My Itinerary

07 October – Saturday – Toronto to Istanbul

  • Leave Toronto for Istanbul

08 October – Sunday – Istanbul to Kathmandu

  • Leave Istanbul for Kathmandu

09 October – Monday – Nepal – Kathmandu and Nagarkot

10 October – Tuesday – Nepal – Nagarkot

  • Nagarkot panoramic hike
  • This hike includes Nagarkot Nature Trail + Village Walk (starting from kartike village) + Panoramic Hiking Trail with 180 degree views of the stunning landscapes with lush greenery.

11 October – Wednesday – Nepal – Nagarkot·

  • Nagarkot 360 degree view tower and village hiking trail.
  • This is the highest point of Nagarkot commanding 360 degree panoramic views of the kathmandu valley in the west, himalayas in the north and deep lush jungles in the south and east.

12 October – Thursday – Nepal – Nagarkot and Dhulikel

  • Nagarkot to Dhulikel hike.
  • It is a panoramic trail in the valley rim and a part of Kathmandu valley cultural trekking trail with an altitudinal drop of 600 meters from Nagarkot (2100m) to Dhulikhel (1500m) above sea level.
  • I will enjoy the stunning views of the eastern and central Himalayas.
  • The highest peaks that can be seen here are Everest (8850m), Cho oyu (8), Manaslu (8156m), Annapurna(8010m), Dhaulagiri (8176m), shishapangma (8) along with lots of peaks above 7000 meters, 6000 meters.  The crow fly distance of the mountains from Nagarkot ranges from 50km (jugal range of the nearest range of the Himalayas to the kathmandu valley) to 150km far (everest). Some famous that can be seen includes Numbur peak (6,958 m), melungtse (7200), gauri Shankar (7,134 m), dorje lakpa (6,966 m), langtang ri (7205 m), Phurbi Chyachu (6,722 m) , ganesh himal (7,422 m) , himalchuli (7900m), Gur Karpo Ri (6,874 m), Gyaltzen Peak (6,705 m) etc.

13 October – Friday – Nepal – Dhulikel and Kathmandu

  • Explore old part of Dhulikhel
  • Leave for Kathmandu
  • Explore Kathmandu

14 October – Saturday – Nepal – EBC Trek Day 1 of 14

  • Explore Kathmandu
  • Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek meeting

15 October – Sunday – Nepal – EBC Trek Day 2 of 14

  • Flight to Lukla
  • In Lukla, meet up with sherpa guides and porters before heading off on the trek towards Phakding
  • Trek to Phakding
  • Distance: 7.5 km
  • Time:  3 to 4 hrs
  • Starting elevation: 9,100 ft / 2,800 m / Ending elevation: 8,563 ft / 2,610 m
  • Starting oxygen: 72% of sea level / Ending oxygen: 74% of sea level
  • Follow the Dudh Kosi, the river that flows down from the Himalayas, crossing hanging bridges along the way. Pass camps and keep an eye out for the mani stones, which boulders carved with Buddhist inscriptions

16 October – Monday – Nepal – EBC Trek Day 3 of 14

  • Phakding to Namche Bazaar
  • Distance covered: 7.4 km
  • Time: 6hrs
  • Starting elevation: 8,563 ft / 2,610 m / Ending elevation: 11,290 ft / 3,440 m
  • Starting oxygen: 74% of sea level / Ending oxygen: 67% of sea level

17 October – Tuesday – Nepal – EBC Trek Day 4 of 14

  • Spend a day in Namche Bazaar acclimatizing to the altitude
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  • Starting elevation: 11,290 ft / 3,440 m / Ending elevation: 11,290 ft / 3,440 m
  • Starting oxygen: 67% of sea level / Ending oxygen: 67% of sea level
  • ***Recommended for acclimatization****: Treks to the surrounding villages of Thame and Khumjung and keep your eyes open — this is the first opportunity to catch a glimpse of the peak of awesome Mt. Everest

18 October – Wednesday – Nepal – EBC Trek Day 5 of 14

  • Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche
  • Distance covered: 9.2 km
  • Time: 4hrs
  • Starting elevation: 11,290 ft / 3,440 m / Ending elevation: 12,687 ft / 3,867 m
  • Starting oxygen: 67% of sea level / Ending oxygen: 64% of sea level
  • The route from Namche to Tengboche route is unbelievably beautiful – the Dudh Kosi is far below and Thamserku, Kantega, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest rise in front. Woods, rhododendron forests, mani walls, chorten (stupas), and suspension bridges across the river make this a lovely walk

19 October – Thursday – Nepal – EBC Trek Day 6 of 14

  • Thyangboche to Dingboche
  • Distance covered: 10.8 km
  • Time: 6hrs
  • Starting elevation: 12,697 ft / 3,870 m / Ending elevation: 14,469 ft / 4,410 m
  • Starting oxygen: 64% of sea level / Ending oxygen: 59% of sea level
  • Stone steps lead down through rhododendrons, birches, and conifers where, due to the hunting ban, almost tame pheasants are regularly seen. At the bottom lies the small village of Deboche and its nunnery. Rising above the tree line, the trail enters alpine meadows of scrub juniper and, in summer, a profusion of wild flowers. From Dingboche, the only place in the region where barley is grown, the mountain views are outstanding.

20 October – Friday – Nepal – EBC Trek Day 7 of 14

  • Dingboche
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  • Starting elevation: 14,469 ft / 4,410 m / Ending elevation: 14,469 ft / 4,410 m
  • Starting oxygen: 59% of sea level / Ending oxygen: 59% of sea level
  • ***Recommended for acclimatization****: Hike up the Imja Khola to Chhukung or Nagarzhang Peak, a small summer settlement from where stunning views of Island Peak, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and the fluted ice walls flanking the Amphu Lapcha pass can be seen. These views are one of the highlights of the entire trek

21 October – Saturday – Nepal – EBC Trek Day 8 of 14

  • Dingboche to Lobuche
  • Distance: 7.0 km
  • Time: 5 hrs
  • Starting elevation: 14,469 ft / 4,410 m / Ending elevation: 16,142 ft / 4,920 m
  • Starting oxygen: 59% of sea level / Ending oxygen: 56% of sea level
  • The ascent towards Everest Base Camp continues through Alpine meadows and summer yak pastures towards the end of the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. At the moraine, there are stone monuments to six sherpas who died in avalanche, as well as monuments to other climbers
  • From here, it is a steep, tough climb towards the village of Gorak Shep
  • Continue on towards Lobuche, where the view is straight towards Nuptse and the sunset is truly magnificent.

22 October – Sunday – Nepal – EBC Trek Day 9 of 14

  • Lobuche to Gorak Shep
  • Distance: 4.3 km
  • Time: 3 hrs
  • Starting elevation: 16,142 ft / 4,920 m / Ending elevation: 16,863 ft / 5,140 m
  • Starting oxygen: 56% of sea level / Ending oxygen: 54% of sea level
  • The higher altitude makes this day’s trekking quite challenging. The Changri Glacier looms ahead as the trek heads for Gorakshep, a small, usually frozen, lake, by lunchtime.
  • Relax and get adjusted to the altitude before the attempt to reach Everest Base Camp.

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  • Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp
  • Distance: 3.5 km
  • Time: 2h 00m to EBC (4h 30m roundtrip)
  • Starting elevation: 16,863 ft / 5,140 m / Ending elevation: 17,598 ft / 5,364 m
  • Starting oxygen: 54% of sea level / Ending oxygen: 53% of sea level
  • After lunch, trek to Everest Base Camp. The route follows the Khumbu Glacier with its intriguing 15m (49ft)-high seraces of ice, a feature unique to Himalayan glaciers

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  • Return to Gorakshep for an overnight stay

23 October – Monday – Nepal – EBC Trek Day 10 of 14

  • Gorak Shep to Kala Pattar to Pheriche
  • Try to see a different view of Everest today, with a trek up to Kala Pattar. Known to have the best views of Everest, this is a challenging trek, but worth it on a clear day.
  • Time: 2.5 hrs

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  • Begin the descent from Kala Pattar, heading for Pheriche. This is not the most challenging of hikes, but the altitude can make the many uphill sections below Gorakshep seem tough. Stop to look around; the views are quite spectacular.
  • Distance: 15km
  • Time: 8 hrs

24 October – Tuesday – Nepal –  EBC Trek Day 11 of 14

  • Pheriche to Thyangboche
  • Time: 5 to 6 hrs
  • Descend the Imja Khola past Pangboche, the highest permanent settlement in the region. Its gompa, the oldest in Khumbu, is built over the hermitage of Khumbu’s saint, Lama Sanga Dorje. The juniper trees on either side are said to have sprung from hair cut from his head, and a rock-like projection is said to be a piece of mountainside he pulled out for protection one day.

25 October – Wednesday – Nepal – EBC Trek Day 12 of 14

  • Thyangboche to Monjo
  • Distance: 16 to 17 km
  • Time: 9 hrs
  • Continue the downhill descent from Thyangboche, heading for Monjo. Follow the ascents and descents on the path and enjoy the view.

26 October – Thursday – Nepal – EBC Trek Day 13 of 14

  • Monjo to Lukla
  • Distance: 16 km
  • Time: 7 hrs
  • The final day of my trek takes me back to Lukla, where I will have a chance to relax after the rigorous adventure I just undertook.

27 October – Thursday – Nepal – EBC Trek Day 14 of 14

  • Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day of rest in Kathmandu

28 October – Saturday – Nepal – Kathmandu / Pokhara

  • Kathmanmdu to Pokhara
  • Day of rest
  • Join Sherri

29 October – Sunday – Nepal – Pokhara

  • Paddle on Lake Phewa Tal – Bird watching
  • Walk to World Peace Pagoda for views of Annapurna range

30 October – Monday – Nepal – Pokhara

  • Cycle from Pokhara to Sarangkot and overnight in Sarangkot – Views of Annapurna range at sunset and at dawn

31 October – Tuesday – Nepal – Pokhara

  • Cycle from Sarangkot to Pokhara 

01 November – Wednesday – Nepal – Pokhara / Chitwan National Park

  • Drive from Pokhara to Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge
  • http://www.tigertops.com/tharu-lodge/
  • On arrival at the Lodge meet and assist by Lodge Manager and briefing regarding the tailor made program.
  • Activities and overnight at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

02 November – Thursday – Nepal – Chitwan National Park

  • Activities and overnight at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

03 November – Friday – Nepal – Chitwan National Park

  • Activities and overnight at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

04 November – Saturday – Nepal – Chitwan National Park

  • Activities and overnight at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

05 November – Sunday – Nepal – Chitwan National Park / Bharatpur / Kathmandu

  • Early morning activities at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge
  • Breakfast transfer to Bharatpur Airport
  • Fly from Bharatpur to Kathmandu
  • On arrival, meet Tiger Tops representatives and transfer to hotel
  • Overnight at Dwarika’s hotel
  • http://dwarikas.com/home

06 November – Monday – Nepal – Kathmandu Valley

  • Optional:  White water rafting; Rock climbing ; Bungee jumping; Paragliding; Mountain biking

07 November – Tuesday – Nepal – Kathmandu Valley

  • Optional:  White water rafting; Rock climbing ; Bungee jumping; Paragliding; Mountain biking

08 November – Wednesday – Nepal – Kathmandu Valley

  • Optional:  White water rafting; Rock climbing ; Bungee jumping; Paragliding; Mountain biking

09 November – Thursday – Kathmandu / Dubai

  • Day in Kathmandu
  • Fly to Dubai and re-unite with dearest friends

10 November – Friday – Dubai

  • Breakfast on the beach
  • Dubai Mall: Dancing fountains, consider skiing, Burj Khalifa
  • Dinner on top of Burj Khalifa

11 November – Saturday – Dubai

  • Breakfast on the beach
  • Desert safari and overnight
  • Consider sand boarding

12 November – Sunday – Dubai

  • End of desert safari
  • Dubai tour: Souqs and markets, etc

13 November – Monday – Dubai / Abu Dhabi

  • Abu Dhabi tour

14 November – Tuesday – Dubai

  • Day in Dubai

15 November – Wednesday – Dubai / Istanbul

  • Depart Dubai for Istanbul
  • Arrives in Istanbul
  • City Tour

16 November – Thursday – Istanbul – Ottoma Istanbul Theme

  • Topkapi Palace and Harem (get to the Harem at 8:45 to avoid crowds)
  • Hagia Sophia.  Don’t miss the mosalics on the upper level.  From Eastern Orthodox to Roman Cathedral back to Eastern Orthodox to a Mosque.  Now a museum
  • Consider Blue Mosque (Marc)
  • Byzantine Hippodrome.  Enjoy the monuments in the park
  • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art…a treasure house of Anatolian art
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Consider Turkish bath….just not with a bunch of men….perhaps just with Sherri

17 November – Friday – Istanbul – Byzantine Constantinople Theme (4th to 14th centuries)

  • Constantinople was founded by Emperor Constantine the Great in 333 AD as the “New Rome,” but after the sack of the old Rome in 410 it became the Only Rome (so far as the emperor was concerned). The capital of the Roman Empire was now on the Bosphorus.  Though most of western Europe—formerly the heartland of the empire—had fallen to “barbarian” peoples such as the Visigoths and Vandals, the eastern territories, Emperor Justinian (527-565AD), a great general and statesman, preserved and expanded the empire’s power to include Greece and the Balkans, Anatolia, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, eastern North Africa, and even parts of Italy.
  • Bosphorus cruise on the 32 km (20-mile)-long strait which joins the Sea of Marmara to the south with the Black Sea to the north of Istanbul.  We will ride past Dolmabahce Palace, the Rumeli Ruins, the Maiden’s Tower, and many mosques, mansions, and gardens along the way
  • Divan Yolu:  Walk from the Hippodrome uphill along this historic boulevard, the ancient Roman Mese, to see the tombs of the Ottoman sultans, other Ottoman buildings, and Çemberlitaş (Forum of Constantine) to Beyazıt Square(Forum of Theodosius) and Istanbul University. Take a bus or taxi to Edirnekapı and the Chora Church (Kariye Museum) or, better yet, make the most of your time and avoid hassles by joining a convenient, value-for-money guided tour that takes you to a number of hard-to-reach sites.
  • Grand Bazaar:  Over 4000 shops. Have lunch at one of the little restaurants right in the bazaar. When you’re done, walk downhill along Long-Market Street or take a tram or taxi to Eminönü and the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar.
  • Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar:  Right next to the southern end of the Galata Bridge, it’s much smaller than the Grand Bazaar, but the surrounding district is full of other shops selling food, clothing, kitchen utensils, etc. The tram will take us right back to Sultanahmet.

18 November – Saturday – Istanbul – 19th century Istanbul Theme / Toronto

  • Galata bridge
  • Lunch at Galata tower for a 180 degree view of Istanbul.  Consider roasted eggplants
  • Dolmabahce Palace.  The mother of all Ottoman palaces
  • Depart Istanbu for Toronto

19 November – Sunday – Home

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