13 days
Duration
2 to 12
Group Size

Trek to Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Spectacular high mountain scenery, Sherpa culture, excellent lodges and views of beautiful Mt Ama Dablam are the highlights of this busy and popular trek.

Everybody wants a glimpse of the world’s highest mountain and that’s the reason why the Everest Base Camp Trek is so popular. The trek has a number of stunning attrac- tions, not least of these is being able to say you’ve visited the highest mountain in the world. The trek gets you right into the high-altitude heart of the high Himalaya, more so than any other teahouse trek. There are some lovely villages and gompas (mon- asteries), and the friendly Sherpa people of the Solu Khumbu region make trekking through the area a joy. Most of the trek is through the Sagarmatha National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site (Sagarmatha is the Nepali name for Everest) and a refuge for musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, black bear and many spectacular types of irridescent pheasant.

The Adventure of a lifetime

At the start of this 12-day trip you will meet your fellow team members in a comfortable Kathmandu hotel, before boarding a twin-engine flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu region. During the next 10 days of trekking, you and the team will experience the best of Himalayan culture and hospitality, stopping off at villages and settlements far removed from the bustle of modern life. After reaching the historic Everest Base Camp of Hilary and Tenzing’s 1953 expedition, the trip will be capped by a summit of 5643m Kala Patthar, where you will rewarded with spectacular views of the mighty Himalayan peaks.
Highlights : Explore exciting Kathmandu, Visit the museum of Namche Bazaar, Experience the exhilaration of reaching Everest Base Camp, Discover remote monasteries, Admire spectacular Himalayan vistas, Stay in mountain teahouses, Learn about Sherpa culture, Take a flight over mountain peaks

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Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

When you arrive in Nepal you will be picked up and taken to your hotel in Kathmandu. Once you’re settled in you have the afternoon free to explore Kathmandu. There will also be a chance to change money and pick up any last-minute essentials. In the evening there will be a pre-trek briefing before dinner.

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Day 2

Fly to Lukla

After an early breakfast, we will set off the Kathmandu Airport, and our Twin Otter flight to Lukla. This vibrant town is the gateway to the Khumbu region- home of Everest. During the flight we may catch our first glimpse of Everest towering above the clouds. After landing, we will trek towards Phakding. We will follow the course of Dudh Kosi river, along a centuries-old trading trail that runs from Nepal to Tibet. After passing the small hamlet of Thado Kosi, we will cross a small bridge and view the triple peaks of Kusum Kanagaru to the east. Following the cobbled trail, we will pass the village of Ghat and reach the lively village of Phaking.

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Day 3

Trek to Namche

After breakfast, we will trek for 2 hours to reach Monjo, before continuing up the banks of the Dudh Kosi River, crossing it twice over small suspension bridges (not for the faint-hearted!). At Monjo we will enter Khumbu National Park. After crossing the river a few more times, we will have a steep climb through pine forests, to reach Namche Bazaar at 3440m. This prosperous trading town is the capital of the Khumbu Region, and home to a bustling market. Many Tibetans will cross the border to reach Namche and trade their goods. From the village, you can view the majestic peaks of Thamserku and Kangtega- signposts that we are now entering Big Peak Country.

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Day 4

Acclimatise Day

Today we will rest and allow our bodies to acclimatise. In the morning, there will be the option to walk up to the Everest View Hotel (3900m), before returning to Namche for lunch. The tactic of walking high and sleeping low is one the most effective ways to acclimatise to the altitude. Once back in Namche, there are some nice bakeries which are renowned for their fresh apple pie where we can pick up a treat before watching the Himalayan sunset.

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Day 5

Trek to Thyangboche

We will take the well-worn Everest Trail around the side of the valley from Namche. Far below us the Dudh Kosi river follows the valley floor. After a short trek we will get our first views of the imposing peaks of the Khumbu- Everest, Lhotse, Nupste & Ama Dablam. Our route today takes us through several small villages, and numerous tea shops. After crossing Dudh Kosi once more, we will make the steep climb towards Thyangboche. This village is home to an impressive monastery, which was recently rebuilt. There will be time to explore the town, and perhaps enjoy a little more fresh apple pie, before we retire to our guesthouse for the night.

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Day 6

Trek to Dingboche

After leaving Thyangboche in the early morning we will follow the rhododendron-shaded trail, through Deboche, and across a suspension bridge. We will then come to Pangboche, a spot which affords some excellent views of Ama Dablam (Mother’s Charm Box), and which is also home to the Sherpas who work on the mountain after each monsoon season. We will then recross the valley and cross the river to follow the Imja Valley to the picturesque town of Dingboche.

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Day 7

Acclimatisation Day

It’s another acclimatisation day before our ascent to the upper section of the Khumbu Valley. Today we will take a short walk up to Nangkartsang Peak (5072m) before heading back down for the night. Climb high, sleep low!

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Day 8

Trek to Dugla

We will return to Pheriche, before following the trail along the valley floor towards Dugla. Ahead of us we will see the trekking peak of Lobuche East (6116m), and to our left looms the formidable north face of Taweche. After three hours trekking we will reach the lodges and huts of Dugla at 4620m. From here we will follow the trail along the glacier moraine to the small collection of tea houses at Lobuche. Our afternoon here will be spent relaxing and adjusting to the increasing altitude.

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Day 9

Trek to Gorak Shep

After breakfast we will trek for 3 hours to reach Gorak Shep. This was the site of the historic 1953 expedition’s base camp. At 5165m, the tiny village is surrounded on all sides by imposing peaks. After a stop in the village, we will continue to reach the modern-day base camp, where the groups ascending Everest depart. From here we will be rewarded with amazing views of the legendary Khumbu Ice Fall, and will spend some time exploring the camp before returning to Gorak Shep for dinner.

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Day 10

Trek to Kala Pattar and back to Lobuche

Today we will touch the sky and reach the highest point of our trek at Kala Pattar (5545m). This climb will be hard work, and you will feel the effects of altitude on the way up. The effort is well worth it though, as from the summit you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Mount Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, along with Lhotse, Nupste and Pumori above.

We will then follow the trail back to Lobuche, and return down the Khumbu valley. After a stop in Dugla, we will push on to Pheriche.

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Day 11

Trek to Namche Bazaar

Following breakfast, we take the main Everest trail down a beautifully scenic valley, passing through Pangboche and crossing the Dudh Kosi before returning to Thyangboche monastery. A steep descent of 500m will take us through rhododendron bushes filled with birdsong, down to the river. After crossing via suspension bridge, we will climb the opposite valley wall to reach the path back to Namche Bazaar, where we will spend the night.

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Day 12

Trek to Lukla

Our trail flattens out today, and the rocky mountain trails are becoming a distant memory! We will cross the river twice, before making a shallow climb up a hill side to reach Lukla. We will feel the difference in altitudes and today’s trek will be a world away from the chilly heights of Everest Base Camp. We will take the time to soak up the atmosphere in each village we pass through, stopping at the occasional tea house for refreshments and small talk. We will spend the night in Lukla.

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Day 13

Fly to Kathmandu

We will catch an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. From the windows of our Twin Otter plane, we will catch our final glimpses of Everest and the mountains of the Khumbu. After transferring back to our hotel, the afternoon can be spent exploring Kathmandu- shopping and visiting the temples, or simply relaxing with a drink and some snacks in one of the lively bars in the Thamel district. Here you can mingle with fellow trekkers, and trade tales of the mountain. In the evening we will transfer to a restaurant in town for a celebratory dinner.

Everest Trekking
Everest Trekking
Everest Trekking