Auckland to Kathmandu: We are taken to the Park Village Hotel, our base during our time in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakdingma: We depart Kathmandu on an early morning mountain flight to the Hillary built airstrip at Lukla, altitude 2,840m. Our trek commences along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River to Phakdingma for our first night in the Everest Valley.
Phakdingma to Namche: An early start on the trail up the Everest Valley then on through the entrance of Sagamartha National Park followed by a stunning trek up the famous Namche Hill to the Sherpa capital at 3,440m. We stay at Sherpaland Hotel in the heart of Namche.
Namche: A rest day in and around Namche. We include a walk to the National Park Headquarters, where we are treated to our first view of Mt Everest and other great mountains of the high Himalaya. We also have time to spend at the Namche markets
Namche to Khunde: A steep climb up to the memorial to Sir Ed, his wife and daughter, sees us arrive in the small village of Khunde where we get set for our first night in tents.
Khunde: The camp is set up and run exclusively by the Youth trekkers. Group leader and nurse are close by in case of medical support only. Students do their own planning and cooking. The day is spent on our community projects within the village of Khunde.
A Typical Day
Normal wake up time when on the trail is around 6.30am, with a selection of teas, coffee, and hot chocolate on offer.
After a full breakfast our kit-bags are packed and given to our porters to carry. Trekkers carry only their day-pack. We are usually on the trail by 8.00am with the aim of starting early and finishing early.
Distances traveled each day are no more than a few kilometers, although don’t be deceived as walking at high altitude is very different to sea level. Our longest days stretch to six to seven hours walking at a slow pace, with a long break for lunch to keep out of the midday sun. Trekking is always on well formed tracks, and there is no climbing or mountaineering aspect whatsoever.
Temperatures on the trail start as low as minus 5 deg C before sunrise, and can reach 18 to 20 deg C at midday.
Sometimes snow is encountered, although our seasonal timing ensures the highest likelihood of good weather.
There is a great deal of time to sit and read, talk to the Sherpas, to wander the villages, and to relax and enjoy the magical scenery.