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Title image - BAI takes you to: Everest Region at Christmas

Family and Friends Everest Region Christmas Trek – Trip Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 – North American departure.

  • International travel days.
Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu

Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu

Day 3 – Arrive in Kathmandu. We will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel, the Yak and Yeti or another of Kathmandu's 5-star hotels. Briefing in the afternoon. BAI trip starts.

  • Overnight Kathmandu.

Day 4 – Flight to Lukla. This spectacular mountain landing strip at 9,100ft/2,800m is the gateway for expeditions, trekkers and Sherpa people to the Everest Region. You will be transported from Kathmandu to a bright and colorful scene in clear mountain air. It will feel good to stretch your legs, stiff from days of travel, as we walk downhill to the village of Phakding, along the Dudh Kosi River. Times have been good in the area recently and the trail is full of new Buddhist art, prayer flags and small monasteries. We sleep tonight with sounds of the roaring glacial water of the Dudh Kosi in the background.

  • Overnight Phakding (8,560ft/2610m)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included during trek and on climb.
Namche is a perfect place to spend Christmas

Namche is a perfect place to spend Christmas

Day 5 – Today we hike along the Dudh Kosi, entering Sagarmartha National Park just before lunch. In the afternoon, we climb the notorious "Namche Hill", our first real taste of "ukalo", the Nepalese word for "uphill." With some luck our first view of Everest will be on the way up the hill. Mid-afternoon, we enter Namche Bazaar. Namche is small, scenic beyond belief, and surprisingly cosmopolitan. A mixture of Tibetan traders, tourists from around the world, expedition climbers, proud Sherpas, monks, Nepalese civil servants, dust, mud, colorful costumes, and yaks. We will arrive at a classic lodge which has been a home base for our expeditions since 1987.

  • Overnight Namche (11,285ft/3440m)

Day 6 – Christmas Day in Namche! Before breakfast we usually take a 10-minute walk to the National Park overlook just above our lodge. The views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse are exciting and promise much about the adventures ahead. After the short walk, we will celebrate Christmas morning with a delicious breakfast and we will open gifts. You will have the rest of the day to relax and explore in the village of Namche where there is always something fun to do.

  • Overnight Namche (11,285ft/3440m)

December 26 / Day 7 – Today we take the scenic trail to Khunde. This village is home to the Khumbu’s primary hospital, a school and a monastery famed for its Yeti Skull. It is also home to many of the Berg Adventures staff.

  • Overnight Khunde (12,600ft/3840m)

Top: Tengboche Monastery

Bottom: The views from Pangboche

Day 8 – Today we hike from Khunde to Pangboche. We will stop for lunch at Tengboche where we will gaze up the valley towards the plume blowing off Sargamartha (Everest). After a visit to the Tengboche monastery, we then make our way to Pangboche and stay at the Highland Sherpa Resort, the lodge owned by BAI’s Ang Temba and his family.

  • Overnight Pangboche (13,123ft/4000m)

Day 9 – We will relax in the breathtaking village of Pangboche today. Some may opt to go for a day hike while others may choose to relax at the comfortable lodge. The hospitality of Ang Temba’s family will make you feel at home and the views from the lodge will surely make you wish you never had to leave.

  • Overnight Pangboche (13,123ft/4000m)

Day 10 – The scenic trek back to Namche follows the winding contours of the mountainside high above the banks of the Dodh Khosi River.

  • Overnight Namche (11,285ft/3440m)

Day 11 – Today we will spend the morning enjoying Namche. You may choose to kick back with a cinnamon bun at the bakery or to spend your morning buying souvenirs in the many colorful shops. Mid-morning, we will start our trek back down the valley to the peaceful lodge at Phakding.

  • Overnight Phakding (11,285ft/3440m)

Day 12 – Hike to Lukla. In the evening, we will have a New Year’s Eve celebration with our Sherpa staff.

  • Overnight Lukla (9,100ft/2,800m)

Left: Mani stones and stupas line the scenic trails

Top left: Glaciated peaks everywhere you look; Bottom right: Mingling with locals

Day 13 – Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Today we will leave our new friends behind and return to Kathmandu.

  • Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 14 – An alternate day for KTM flight or free day to spend in Kathmandu.

  • Overnight Kathmandu
  • Breakfast included.

Day 15 – Depart Kathmandu. Travel day. BAI trip ends.

Day 16 – Return to North America.