Your journey begins with a short flight to Lukla, the first stop in your journey to base camp. Say goodbye to the mundane and prepare for the journey of lifetime.
Form the plane you will see the lofty peaks of the mountains of the Himalaya rising above a sea of clouds. A sight to behold with the promise of the journey to come. Beneath the clouds is an endless expanse of winding mountains cascading into the horizon. Large swathes of remote Nepalese farmland are established on the mountainsides which are otherwise covered with forests.
On arriving at Lukla, you are welcomed into a local establishment for refreshments and orientation before your trek begins. An assortment of monastery’s and prayer wheels, large and small, guides you towards your next destination, Phakding, at 2610 meters (8560 ft). The trek will be 3 to 4 hour walk where you will find a glimpse of the mountains of the Himalaya, your home for the next 11 days. Once you reach Phakding, you will set down for the night and celebrate the first night of your adventure, an apt prelude of what’s to come.
After breakfast at Phakding, you will journey again into the mountains. Your next stop, Namchebazzar. The walk will take you 6 to 7 hours, with rest stops, hot meals, and well deserved respite along the way. You will be trekking through the mountainside among the lush green forest and beset on all sides by the awe inspiring vista of the Himalayan Mountain. Beside you always, as your companion, is the river which runs in the deep ravine in between the mountains, roaring in the summer months, with a pristine white coat of ice during the winter months.
Your path will be relatively easy, and you will meet fellow travelers along the way whose faces you are likely to meet in the days to come. Every now and then you will cross paths with a herd of mule or Zoppa / dzoppa / dzopkye, an important livestock for the local Sherpa people of the Himalaya. As you wind through the mountain, your scenery will change around you. Every time you look into the never ending folds of the mountain range, your destination will become closer, until, at last, you will see the mountain town of Namchebazzar.
With population of fewer than 2,500, Namchebazzar is a small commercial hub and the largest of its kind in the region. Even at 3400 meters (11285ft.), your creature comforts can be catered for, form hair salons to a variety of dinner options. If you have not purchased all your preparations for the Journey, Namchebazzar is the best place to stock up. There is much to explore if you’re so willing, or simply relax and enjoy the sights.
On day 5 is for acclimatization to the altitude. The day can be spent exploring Namchebazzar, catching up with some light reading, or making friends with your fellow travelers. If the altitude is not a problem for you, you will have the option of climbing to hotel Everest view point which is world highest hotel and Khumjung valley to get proper glimpse of the Mount Everest summit. There also you will find monument to the pioneer Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, as well as a cultural museum dedicated to the native Sherpa people of the Himalaya. A good night’s rest will prepare you for the next day’s journey to Tengboche monastery.