From the moment you step from the small plane on the tenuous airstrip at Lukla, the feeling of excitement and keen anticipation will be palpable. The classic trail to Everest, through bustling Sherpa villages, past colourful tea houses, across sparkling rivers and up steep sided valleys is like no other, simply because the trail leads to the highest mountain in the world.
We first walk up to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. Its market stalls, local ridge walks and breathtaking setting make it great place to rest and acclimatize for the days ahead. Beyond Namche the trail traverses steeper hillsides and the walking is exhilarating. We stay in lodges along the way, and so have daily encounters with the local people.
We finally leave the villages and terraced fields behind and while the trail remains steady, the altitude, the harshness and the ever larger mountain scenery begin to take over. But you'll make it! Kala Pattar (5554m), the famous vantage point for close up views of the Khumbu icefall and the SW face of Everest is an awe inspiring place to stand, surrounded by breathtaking peaks and glaciers.
With fitness and stamina, there is also time to to reach Everest Basecamp before returning to Namche by a different route past Ama Dablam and Tyangboche Monastery.