- Trip Outline
- Trip Includes
- Trip Excludes
If your ambition is to walk amongst the highest, most majestic mountains on earth then this is the trek for you. The Everest area of Nepal is famous due to the exploits of mountaineers such as Hillary, Tenzing, Bonnington, Messner and Macartney-Snape.
The Sherpa people who inhabit Khumbu, as the area is called, are well-known for their cheerful hospitality. This trek visits their villages and monasteries and provides a wonderful opportunity for cultural interaction. The 5545m “hill” of Kala Pattar, is the highest point of the trek. You’ll stand in awe, inspired by breathtaking beauty. Mt Everest and a host of Himalayan giants will surround you in a 360 degree panorama that you’ll never forget. The following day, we plan to trek to Everest Base Camp. The views from here up the rugged Khumbu Icefall are simply awe-inspiring.
Meals included as indicated: B – Breakfast, D – Dinner
Day 1If arriving in Kathmandu today, we will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. After hotel check-in, a pre-trek briefing will be held in your hotel. In the evening, we will have a welcome dinner in a nearby restaurant. (D)
Day 2(35mins flying time, 3hrs walking) We begin the trek with a short but spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860m). After landing at Lukla the trek begins. We have two easy, leisurely days walking a wide, well graded trail along the Dudh Kosi Valley. Our lodge tonight is in the large Sherpa village of Phakdingma. (B)
NAMCHE BAZAAR 3440m
Day 3(6hrs trekking) Today we reach Namche Bazaar, the largest Sherpa village in the Khumbu area. We pass many porters and yaks carrying local trade goods and expedition equipment.
ACCLIMATISATION DAY IN NAMCHE BAZAAR
Day 4Today is used to help us acclimatise for the higher altitudes. We set out on a half day trek to visit the Everest View Hotel (3880m), set high on a ridge, with stunning panoramic views.
Day 5(5hrs trekking) The trail traverses high above the Dudh Kosi Valley then winds up through alpine forest to a large clearing atop a ridge at 3860m. Here we find the most important Buddhist monastery in the Everest area, Tengboche. The trail then descends to Deboche where we stay overnight.
ACCLIMATISATION DAY IN DEBOCHE
Day 6On this morning’s acclimatization walk expect to reach an altitude of 4,500m. The views are outstanding and include Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse plus dramatic views of Ama Dablam. Following the morning's exertions, the afternoon can be spent relaxing.
Day 7(4hrs trekking) A shorter day to assist in acclimatisation as we trek to Dingboche.
ACCLIMATISATION DAY IN DINGBOCHE 4350m
Day 8Another acclimatization day gives us the opportunity to ascend to over 5000m and outstanding views of the planet’s 5th highest mountain, Makalu (8485m).
Day 9(4hrs trekking) The trail follows a long shelf of land on the Eastern side of the Khumbu Valley then crosses a stream coming from the snout of the Khumbu Glacier. Reach our overnight stop at Lobuche by mid-afternoon
GORAK SHEP 5170m & EVEREST BASE CAMP 5360m
Day 10(8hrs trekking) From Lobuche we trek for 2 hours on a rough, rock strewn trail to Gorak Shep. We’ll have lunch here and a short rest before crossing over the Khumbu Glacier on the 3 hour trek to Everest Base Camp (5360).
PHERICHE 4240m via KALA PATTAR 5545m
Day 11(9hrs trekking) Our goal today is the highest point of the trek, Kala Pattar, 5545 meters. Kala Pattar is the ideal place to view the dark, menacing South Face of Everest. Surrounded by mountains and glaciers, the breathtaking scenery will truly make you feel ‘On Top of the World’. We return to our lodge at Gorak Shep for breakfast before commencing the long descent to Pheriche.
NAMCHE BAZAAR 3440m
Day 12(4hrs trekking) Due to the lower altitudes, today’s walk should be pleasant and enjoyable. We follow the main trail to Deboche just below Tengboche Monastery. We stop here for lunch then commence the afternoon walk. We stop for the night at our favourite lodge above Namche Bazaar.
Day 13(2.5hrs trekking) This is the last day of trekking and it's quite easy. Expect to arrive here by late afternoon. In the evening there will be a special celebration dinner followed by a ceremony to farewell our Nepali trekking crew.
Day 14(35mins flying time)At the completion of the trek we fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, a shelf of land situated high above the Dudh Kosi. For most, this flight has proved to be a major highlight. The mountain views from the plane are unequalled anywhere else in the world.
Day 15Free day to explore Kathmandu. (B)
Day 16The trip ends today after breakfast. (B)
- Trek crew consisting of local guides and porters
- Flights in Nepal
- All accommodation – 4 nights in comfortable hotel with breakfast daily plus 14 nights in Lodges on the trek
- Walking tour of Kathmandu
- Kathmandu Airport transfers
- First night welcome dinner (food only) in Kathmandu
- All land and air transport for trek
- Down sleeping bag & kit bag for use on trek
- All fees & permits
- International flights
- Visa and any passport costs
- Personal clothing
- Medical expenses
- Meals other than those shown on the itinerary
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
- All items of a personal nature
- Tips for trekking crew