Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1338m
We pick you up at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private vehicle
Today, we visit few of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu valley that includes Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. Swayambhunath is a Buddhist pilgrimage site that lies on a hilltop and hosts a panoramic view of Kathmandu city. Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred pilgrimages of Hindus all over the world. Likewise, Boudhanath is the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and is considered the holiest in Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m/35 minutes and ride & trek to Phakding 2610m/3-4 hours riding
Early morning, we transfer you to domestic airport and we relish the stunning view of Himalayas throughout our flight before landing in Lukla Airport. Upon landing in Lukla, you meet with our guide, porter, horse man and horse. We ride on our horses’ back and pass the beautiful village of Cheplung. We can enjoy the alluring view of Mt. Karyolung (6511m) on our way to Phakding. Overnight at a lodge in Phakding.
Day 4: Ride and trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m/5-6 hours riding
We ride our horses along Dudh Koshi River and enter Sagarmatha National Park via Monjo village. Riding through beautiful lush forests of rhododendron, we reach the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar after 6 hours. The vibrant town welcomes you with ever bustling Sherpa settlements, restaurants, and pubs. Overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Acclimatization Day - ride and hike to Hotel Everest View 3880m
To acclimatize at high altitude, we spend our day in Namche Bazaar. We explore the town and learn about the Sherpa culture by visiting the town. Later, we can hike up to the hotel operated at the highest altitude, Hotel Everest View (3880m), which hosts a magnificent view of Mt. Everest (8848.86m) and other snowy peaks. Overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 6: Ride and trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3860m/4-5 hours riding
Riding along Dudh Koshi River with a beautiful view of Everest (8848.86m), Lhotse (8516m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and the other Himalayas in the background, we pass several small Himalayan villages to reach Tengboche. We take a short tour of the ancient Tengboche Monastery which hosts an outstanding view of the mountains. Overnight at a lodge in Tengboche.
Day 7: Ride and trek from Tengboche to Dingboche 4410m/5-6 hours riding
We cross a couple of suspension bridges over Imja Khola and ride through dense rhododendron and pine forests on our way to Dingboche. We also come across beautiful waterfalls, free-flowing water streams, and small Himalayan villages before reaching Dingboche. Overnight at a lodge in Dingboche.
Day 8: Acclimatization day - ride and hike to Chhukhung (5 hours riding side trip)
We take a day off to acclimatize ourselves at high altitude. However, we can hike or ride up to Chhukhung which hosts mesmerizing view of Ama Dablam (6856m), Taboche (6542m), Island Peak (6189m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m), Lobuche (6145m) and other peaks. We then return back to Dingboche. Overnight at a lodge in Dingboche.
Day 9: Ride and trek from Dingboche to Lobuche 4910m/5-6 hours riding
Riding along gentle trails, we come across moraines of the beautiful Khumbu Glacier. We then pass few Chortens, ridges covered with Buddhist prayer flags, and monasteries before finally reaching Lobuche. We may encounter some problems due to altitude. From Lobuche, we relish superb panorama of Nuptse (7861m), Pumori (7161m), Khumbutse (6636m), Lingtren (6749m), Lobuche (6145m), Taboche (6542m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and the other Himalayas. Overnight at a lodge in Lobuche.
Day 10: Ride and trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep 5140m/2-3 hours riding and Exploring the Everest Base Camp 5364m/3-4 hours riding
Riding our horses along the bank of Khumbu glacier, we have to ride on a steep climb uphill, till we reach Changri Glacier. From Changri Glacier, we ride downhill till we reach Gorakshep. Today afternoon, we ride our horses to the Everest Base Camp which is the nearest of Mt. Everest (8848.86m) that a person without mountaineering gears can go to. The view of the Himalayas from the base camp is truly amazing. We get to enjoy the beauty of Khumbu Icefall with the alluring panorama of Everest and the other Himalayas. After spending a short time at the camp, we return to Gorakshep following the same steep and icy trail on the way back. Overnight at a lodge in Gorak Shep.
Day 11: Hike to Kala Patthar and ride & trek from Gorakshep to Pheriche 4240m/4-5 hours riding
We head on an early morning hike to Kala Patthar (5550m) for the sunrise view over the Himalayas. Kala Patthar is the best viewpoint to relish the beauty of Mt. Everest (8848.86m) alongside Lhotse (8516m), Pumori (7161m), Nuptse (7861m), and many other Himalayas. The view looks even more enchanting during the sunrise. We then back to Gorakshep. We ride our horses on the way back downhill passing small villages of Lobuche and Thukla till we reach Pheriche. Overnight at a lodge in Pheriche.
Day 12: Ride and trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar 3440m/6-7 hours riding
Riding downhill, we use the same route back to Tengboche. We ride along pasture lands and cross a couple of bridges to reach Pangboche. We then ride through dense forests of rhododendron to finally reach Tengboche. Like before, we use the same route back to Namche Bazaar. We pass a couple of dense forests of rhododendron, pine, and juniper, and enter the small village of Kyangjuma. From Kyangjuma, we ride for a couple of hours and reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 13: Ride and trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2840m/6-7 hours riding
On the last day of our horse ride, we ride along Dudh Koshi River to reach Jorsalle. We then pass a couple of lush Himalayan forests till we reach Phakding. From Phakding, we ride our horses for another couple of hours and reach Lukla. Overnight at a lodge in Lukla.
Day 14: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu 35 minutes
We take an early morning flight to the capital city of Kathmandu with the scenic beauty of the Himalayas throughout the flight. You will have leisure time for relaxing in hotel or shopping. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Final Departure from Kathmandu
After breakfast in hotel, we drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport to connect you with your flight to home or other destination.
Important Notice for domestic flight to and from Lukla
Due to avoid air traffic congestion at Kathmandu Airport and for smooth flights operation, the Lukla flights shall be operated from Ramechhap (Manthali) Airport effective from Spring (March 16, to May 31, 2023) and Autumn (September 1, to November 30, 2023).
In this matter, you need 1 buffer day to manage all transfer to and from Manthali Airport (OR we adjust the program on Day 2 that you will do the guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and later in the afternoon, transfer to Mulkot). We would like to suggest you for driving to Mulkot which is 3 hours driving away from Kathmandu and spend a night there at a hotel, then next morning an hour of driving brings you at Manthali Airport to catch the flights to Lukla. On return, you can fly to Manthali Airport and same day drive back to Kathmandu.
Pricing for Group Size Basis: (Private Tour)
All inclusive Trip Cost for 1pax (single/individual/solo rider); USD 2995
All inclusive Trip Cost for 2pax basis (couples/friends); USD 2665 per person
All inclusive Trip Cost for 3pax basis (small groups); USD 2595 per person
All inclusive Trip Cost for 4pax basis (small groups); USD 2470 per person
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NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Trekking & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by clients themselves.