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Everest Base Camp Trek

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trek to Everest Base camp and Kala Patar
  • Includes a full day to explore Namche Bazaar
  • Enjoy some of the finest Himalaya mountain views
  • Variation return trek via Phortse and across the Mon La


This lodge-based trek follows the legendary 'Everest Trail' from the airstrip at Lukla. Within little more than 2 weeks, this is your chance to visit Everest Base camp, trek to the exceptional viewpoint of Kala Patar and to experience the wonderful mountain scenery of the Khumbu. A memorable flight from Kathmandu to the airstrip at Lukla provides access to an alpine world where the air is crystal clear and colourful prayer flags flutter from the rooftops. Following the famous 'Everest Trail', we trek to the prosperous village of Namche Bazaar and onwards, alongside the torrential Imja Khola, to the high valley below Everest. During the course of this excellent and relatively easy-paced trek, we visit many delightful Sherpa villages, including the stunningly located Thyangboche with its impressive backdrop of Everest and Ama Dablam. Providing outrageous mountain views and a wonderful insight into the way of life of the hardy Sherpas, this is the perfect trip for a first visit to Nepal and the Himalayas.
  

The trekking conditions on this Nepal holiday are relatively easy, following good paths and yak trails throughout. Additionally, as the Khumbu is Nepal's most popular trekking destination, the area is well supplied with teashops and lodges and the trails between these are well used and present easy walking conditions. It should be noted however, that trekking at altitudes above 3000m makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers.

BRIEF ITINERARY
  • Day 01 Fly Kathmandu to Lukla. Trek mainly downhill following the river to Phakding. 
  • Day 02 Trek from Phakding to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m). Rest of day free to explore.
  • Day 03 Rest and acclimatisation day in Namche. Optional hike to viewpoint of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.
  • Day 04 Trek to Thyangboche (3860m) located on a ridge below the impressive north ridge of Kang Taiga.
  • Day 05 Trek to the seasonal settlement of Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley. 
  • Day 06 Acclimatisation walk to Imja Valley with fantastic views towards Tibet. Return to Dingboche. 
  • Day 07 Trek via Dugla and then beside the Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche (4910m). 
  • Day 08 Trek to the Yak pastures at Gorak Shep. (5140m) at the base of Kala Patar. 
  • Day 09 Trek to Everest Basecamp following the moraine and Khumbu Glacier itself. Return to Gorak Shep. 
  • Day 10 Early morning ascent of Kala Patar (5500m) for classic view of Everest. Descend to Pheriche (4270m).
  • Day 11 Trek to Pangboche, where we visit the monastery. We take an alternative high trail to Phortse (3800m).
  • Day 12 Trek via Mon La to join the main Everest trail to Namche Bazaar and continue to the village of Monjo.
  • Day 13 We trek mostly downhill following the Dudh Kosi river, before the final short climb to Lukla.
  • Day 14 Fly to Kathmandu and check into our comfortable hotel. Rest of day free for sightseeing or shopping.
  • Day 15 Free day in Kathmandu for sightseeing, shopping or relaxing.
  • Day 16 After breakfast transfer to Kathmandu Airport for the flight home.

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