With many of the world's highest mountains within its borders, most treks in Nepal feature spectacular mountain vistas. None more so, than the classic Everest base camp trek, through the Sagarmatha National Park up to Everest Base Camp. You trek through friendly Sherpa villages, experience a great variety of natural habitats, cultures and traditions, as well as enjoying the incredible Himalayan mountain scenery. But best of all you get to see Mount Everest up close and personal! Read more
Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport we meet & greet and transfer you to your chosen hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for you to settle into your hotel and relax, or start exploring the local area.
Today we take a short early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m) and begin the Everest basec camp trek to Phakding (2,652m). Descending out of Lukla the trail we trek, gently winds its way along the river and serves as an easy introduction to the more challenging trekking days we face ahead. We overnight at Phakding at one of the many comfortable trekking lodges.
Today's hiking starts gently as we make our way along the river to the entrance of Sagamartha National Park; this is where we will obtain our trekking permits and register with the park authorities. Soon the trail starts to rise and we begin the long climb up to Namche Bazaar (3,446m), where we stop for the night.
You have a free day in Namche Bazaar today, for acclimatisation. This colourful Sherpa town is a great place to spend time exploring and makes welcome break from trekking. There are plenty of shops and stalls selling everything form cut price trekking gear to Buddhist prayer flags. Its internet cafes, bakeries and cafes are also popular with the many visitors. Of course, if you’re not too tired, there are plenty of interesting and scenic day walks you can do if wish. We overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Leaving Namche Bazaar behind our goal today is the village of Thengboche, which lies on top of the next ridge. This means we start the day with a long descent through Rhododendron forests down to the suspension bridge at Phunki Tenga (3,250m). Then we start the climb and it really is a strenuous climb, as now we have to fight against the altitude as well at the steepness of the trail. Eventually we crest the ridge and arrive at Thengboche (3,870m), from where, on a clear day, the views of Everest and Lhotse are magnificent. Thengboche is also the site of a large Buddhist monastery, which is certainly worth a visit. We overnight at a lodge in Thengboche.
Today’s journey takes us through some beautiful Rhododendron forests as we follow the river up the Imja valley to Dingboche. Whilst on this stretch of the trail there is a good possibility of spotting the elusive musk deer, an endangered species, indigenous to this area. Leaving the forests behind, today ends with a steep climb up to Dingboche (4,410m). We overnight at a lodge in Dinggboche.
We spend today in Dingboche acclimatising to the high altitude. This traditional Sherpa village is a patchwork of fields enclosed by stonewalls and offers wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. If you've got plenty of energy and don’t feel like resting you can trek up the valley towards Chukung for even better views. We overnight at a lodge in Dingboche.
Today we climb up from Dingboche and follow the valley high up on one side until we reach Dughla (4,620m) and the entrance to the Khumbu valley. Heading up the Khumbu valley, a steep climb takes us over the Thokla Pass (4,830m). From here we hike along the edge of the glacial moraine onto Lobuche (4,910m). We overnight at a lodge in Lobuche.
As we continue through the Khumbu valley the unfolding mountain panoramas are spectacular. After reaching the Lobuche Pass (5,110m) we continue on to Gorak Shep (5,140m). Whilst here we take a welcome break from the altitude before making our short but steep ascent of Kalar Pattar (5,550m). This view point is the perfect place to take in the full majesty of the surrounding mountains. We overnight at a lodge in Gorak Shep.
We continue up the edge of the Khumbu glacier today, until we finally reach Everest Base Camp (5,364m). If you’re lucky, you may see expeditions preparing to climb Mount Everest. After spending some time to enjoy the surroundings and the completion of our goal, we make our way back down to Lobuche. We overnight at a lodge in Lobuche.
From Lobuche we head back down the trail to Lukla, via Namche Bazaar. Having acclimatised well to the altitude the trekking is much easier as we make our way back down to Lukla. There is plenty of time to take in the beauty of our surroundings. We overnight at a lodges in Namche Bazaar and Lukla.
This morning we catch the flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu, where we transfer you to your city centre hotel. The rest of the day is free. You can also arrange some tours with your local guide today for your free day tomorrow..
Today is kept as a free day, leaving you to enjoy Kathmandu at your leisure. There are many options available including visits to the nearby towns of Patan and Bhaktapur as well as the chance to go rafting on the Bhote Khosi River.Note. This day is built into the itinerary in case of delays to the flight back from Lukla to Kathmandu, which do occur fairly frequently when the weather is cloudy or there are high winds.
Your time is free today until we transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
We use a range of carefully selected hotels on our group departures. If you have specific requests for hotels, please ask for a private or tailor-made tour.
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