This trip generally involves an average of 4 – 5 hours slow but steady walk in a day. This rating is for less than 7 days walk below 3500 meters.
Breakfast will be early today as you will be collected from your hotel bright and early for transfer to the Kathmandu Domestic Airport for check-in for your Mount Everest Flight. Your twin-engine aircraft will take you along the southern Himalayan foothills from Kathmandu towards Sagarmatha National Park and Mount Everest. This flightpath delivers fantastic views of all the ice-capped mountains and summits along the Nepal-Tibet border. As the flight progress each passenger will be escorted in turn to take in the fantastic view from the pilot’s cockpit. Make sure you have your camera all charged up and ready. As you approach the national park you will see the massive peaks of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Mera Peak, Manaslu and many more. These are many of the highest peaks in the world. As you take in the view you might spare a thought for the many Sherpas and climbers who may at that moment be battling their way to the top of some of these peaks. After passing Mount Everest your flight will then return along much the same flightpath to Kathmandu. The views are just as good on the return journey.
It will still be early morning when you return to Kathmandu so there is plenty of time for some more sightseeing around the city – Pashupatinath and Boudhanath temples and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Pashupatinath Hindu Temple is a very large and complex and focal point for the Hindu religion. This old and very revered complex of buildings and shrines is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism. While Lord Shiva has multiple forms he is often seen as the destroyer. This has great significance for the Pashupatinath temple as it is the site of many Hindi ritual cremations each day. Pashupatinath is considered by Hindus to be an auspicious site for passing from one stage of life to the next through the purifying and destroying flames of cremation. However, on a happier note, visitors may also get to see the temple in a buoyant festival mode with one of the many Hindu festivals celebrated here through the year.
Boudhanath is a Buddhist religious complex with a history dating back over 500 years. Located on the eastern edge of Kathmandu it is now a site of great pilgrimage for Buddhist followers who circle its massive stupa, spin its many prayer wheels and visit its beautiful monastery. The main feature of Boudhanath is its huge hemispherical white stupa with central golden tower and the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha. Visitors should circle the stupa in a clockwise direction and spin prayer wheels for good fortune and a good life. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the Thangka painting school within the complex to see highly skilled artists at work on religious mandala paintings.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is another UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a wonder of traditional and religious architecture. Your guide will escort you to the main palace building with its balcony of 55 windows and its precious Golden Gate entrance. You will also see the beautiful Nyatapola Temple with its five levels of pagoda roof symbolising the five basic elements of all creation. This is the tallest pagoda in Nepal and built with beautiful architectural artistry. Your tour will also take you to the Pottery Square where pots are made and fired using traditional methods. This part of the complex is like a living museum of the potter’s trade. You may also have the opportunity visit a thangka painting school and watch highly skilled and patient artists paint complex traditional Buddhist designs or mandala. Your guide and driver will then take you the short distance, only about 13 kilometres to Kathmandu and your hotel. You should still have some free time in the afternoon to explore Thamel and is endless laneways of enticing shops, cafes and bars.
Trip start point /meeting point: Client’s Hotel
Start: 5 am
Footwear : Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.
Clothing : Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, sun hat, gloves, track suit.
Other equipment: lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve.
Other items: Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.