The ultimate for mountaineers, take on the challenge and adventure of a lifetime trekking through stunning scenery, passing yaks, discovering the fascinating Sherpa culture and traditions, resting in Nepalese teahouses, and taking in awe-inspiring views on this Everest Base Camp trek.
- Small group tour (groups between 1 to 16 travellers)
- Take in utterly awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas on an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime trek up 5364m to the famous Everest Base Camp
- Embark on a Kala Patar day trek, where you'll witness some of the Himalayas' most recognisable sights from an excellent vantage point
- Learn about the fascinating sherpa culture
- Visit the Sherpa Heritage Foundation and Tengboche Monastery
- Explore the colourful and historic city of Kathmandu
- Return internal flights between Kathmandu and Lukla
- Accommodation: 2 nights in guesthouses, 12 nights in teahouses
- Entrance to the Sherpa Heritage Foundation and Tengboche Monastery, plus Kala Patar day trek
About this trip: As the world's highest peak, Mount Everest is rightly seen as the pinnacle of mountaineering, with treks to the Everest Base Camp reaching altitudes over 5500m (over 18,000ft) for periods of four to eight hours each day over 12 days. This is a challenging, but fulfilling and rewarding trip, but you must ensure you have understood the fitness requirements for this high altitude trek. Whilst some active holidays can require just a moderate level of fitness, the Everest Base Camp trek requires an excellent level of fitness to deal with the many ascents and descents, and the strenuous walking. If travelling in December and January in particular, the weather can be harsh, with a combination of snow and frosts. This trip also includes one or more overnight stays over 3500m/11500ft, where there's a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), although many people will only feel discomfort as an effect of being at high altitude; however, some (a small number of people) may require extra care, which will be provided by the tour leaders and local staff. If you are worried about any pre-existing condition (such as heart problems) or unsure of your physical ability, you must seek medical advice prior to booking, and you may also wish to discuss medication such as Diamox that may help aid acclimatisation.
International flights are not included, but can be arranged by our travel specialists
Full itinerary below
Day One - Kathmandu
Your Everest Base Camp trip starts in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, where traditional architecture mixes with symbols of the 20th century in a fascinating blend, and shrines, temples and ornately carved balconies show off the city's rich artistic and cultural heritage. It's a magical city, and well worth exploring, so be sure to arrive a day or so beforehand to explore (we can arrange the pre-tour accommodation along with the flights). At 14.00, you'll meet for an important group briefing, where you'll meet your tour leader and fellow trekkers.
Day Two - Phakding (2610m)
Known locally as Sagarmatha, Mount Everest has long been revered as the home of the gods, and - sitting at 8848m - it's famous as the highest peak in the world. First conquered in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, Everest still remains the ultimate goal for mountaineers. As you start your trek to the fabled Everest Base Camp, you'll gain a fascinating insight into the world-famous Sherpa culture, and cross glaciers and broad plains, traverse valleys, and climb high passes; it will be challenging, but the spectacular views and incredible sense of achievement will be more than rewarding. Starting early today (approximately 6.30am), you'll fly from Kathmandu to Lukla- and, if the weather is good, you'll have the opportunity to take in some truly incredible views of the Himalayas! You'll breakfast in Lukla before being introduced to your porters, attending a short safety talk and gearing up to commence your trek. Following the milk-white Dudh Kosi River for about three houses to Phakding (at 2610m), today is a fairly gentle introduction, and the overall altitude gain today between places you sleep is -190m.
Days Three and Four - Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Your next stop is Namche Bazaar, a seven-hour trek today along a trail lined with blue pine forest and following the river valley; those hiking in the spring will be able to admire the rhododendron flowers when they're bright in bloom. Today your path will take you across the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar, before continuing on the Monjo (2,835m) which makes for a good place to stop for lunch. After fuelling up, the walk starts to get a little tougher with a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, and you'll enter into the national park, crossing the river through the village of Jorsale (2805m) and continuing upstream, crossing another spectacular suspension bridge and then it's on to the ascent, but you'll be rewarded with some awe-inspiring photo opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche come into view for the first time. Later you'll arrive in Namche Bazaar, where you'll stay for two nights, giving you time to acclimatise to the altitude, and your last chance to check your equipment and hire any additional gear for the high altitudes from Dingboche onwards, and your last chance to enjoy the local nightlife or take to the pool hall and video parlours. On day four, as you acclimatise, it's best to take a strenuous walk up to a high altitude and then come back down to sleep - perhaps walk above the Bhote Khola River Valley towards Thami (3810m) or take a walk to see both sunrise and sunset views from the national park HQ, which boasts a stunning vista, including a super panorama of the Khumbu peaks and some fantastic views of Everest. You might also like to check out the interesting displays about Sherpa lifestyle and culture, and the local flora and fauna that's featured at the national park headquarters.
Day Five - Phortse Gaon (3810m)
After having acclimatised in Namche Bazaar, it's time to continue onwards (and upwards), heading to cover the 9km to Phortse Gaon. Over the 6-7 hour hike today, you'll take in an amazing insight into the life and culture of the sherpas, and you'll stay overnight in a village that's home to a number of sherpas who have reached Everest's summit, and boasting fantastic views of Amadablam. Today, the overall altitude gain is 370m.
Days Six and Seven - Dingboche (4410m)
Your hike today will take you above the tree-line as you trek approximately six hours and 8km to Dingboche with an overall altitude gain of 600m. You'll stay in Dingboche for two nights, with day seven acting as another acclimatisation day, with day hikes to Amadablam base camp, Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung.
Day Eight - Lobuche (4900m)
You'll be brought closer to your ultimate goal today with a five-hour trek to Lobuche, covering 7km and making an overall altitude gain of 490m.
Day Nine - Everest Base Camp (5364m)
Today is the day you finally make it to the Everest Base Camp, as you trek from Lobuche, arriving at the Base Camp, before heading back down to your lodge at Gorakshep (5140m), and enjoying astonishing views over the Himalayas, and making an overall altitude gain between places you sleep of 240m.
Day Ten - Kala Patar/Pheriche or Orsho
Making an early start to avoid the early morning clouds, you'll take in some of the best views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and other surrounding peaks, as you trek to the notable landmark of Kala Pattar (5545m and meaning 'black rock' in Nepali and Hindi), witnessing some of the Himalayas' most recognisable sights. Trekking approximately 7 hours, it's a tough walking day (but worth it), and - depending on how the group feels - your leader will decide where you spend the night.
Day Eleven - Tengboche (3840m)
Today's trek is shorter, approximately four hours, as you head to Tengboche, where you'll take in excellent views of Amadablam, and visit the Tengboche Monastery and the Sherpa Heritage Foundation.
Day Twelve - Monjo (2860m)
Continue the descent as you trek downhill and out of the national park for approximately five hours, arriving at the small settlement of Monjo.
Day Thirteen - Lukla
This morning you'll descend to Lukla, and have the rest of the day at leisure to rest for an overnight stay before flying back to Kathmandu.
Days Fourteen and Fifteen - Kathmandu
Weather permitting, a short early morning flight will take you from Lukla back to Kathmandu, where you'll return to the Kathmandu Guest House and have a relaxing afternoon at leisure, to perhaps go sightseeing or shoppping as you please; the city's many markets offer lots of clothing, embroidery, carpets, and ceramics for you to browse through. Alternatively, a head over the Bagmati River to the adjacent city of Patan, where you can explore its abundance of temples and monasteries. Later this evening, enjoy a final night together, sharing your memories of your incredible once-in-a-lifetime trek. Should weather or low cloud conditions delay your flight back to Kathmandu, you'll have another day in Lukla to relax or do a day walk, simply returning to Kathmandu by late morning on day 15, which is departure day. There's no planned activities on day fifteen, and you're free to depart from the hotel at any time.
Our travel specialists can help tailor this trip to suit you, including a pre- or post-tour extension to relax or explore further
Various departure dates are available
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