What to Expect
Enjoy a challenging 15-day Everest Base Camp trek of the Kala Patthar, offering some of the best and most accessible views of Everest from the camp to the peak. Climb to the high scenic point of Kala Patthar and walk some of the most exciting and memorable trekking routes of the Himalayas.
Go to the sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, and immerse yourself in the rich Buddhist culture of traditional villages on a round-trip trek from Lukla. Accommodation is in charming tea houses or lodges in strategic and scenic spots, while all meals are catered for during the trek to keep your energy up.
Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu
You will be picked up from Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport at the start of your tour and transferred to a city hotel. Relax at leisure and prepare yourself for the journey ahead!
Day 2: Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley
Before your mountain climb, explore the historic Kathmandu Valley on a full-day sightseeing tour of the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most significant Hindu temples of Shiva in the world. Go to one of Kathmandu’s holiest Buddhist sites at the Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world. Continue to the ancient religious complex of Swayambhu, also known as “Monkey Temple” for the holy monkeys that have taken up residence. Return to your hotel for the night, and get ready to climb!
Day 3: Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding Altitude: 8,743 Feet/2,610 Meters. Duration: 5 Hours
Following a morning flight to Lukla, with spectacular views of the peaks of Gauri Shankar (7,135 meters/23,902 feet), Melungtse (7,181 meters/24,056 feet), and Numbur (6,959 meters/23,313 feet), transfer to the gateway to the Everest Base Camp in the land of the sherpas. Head north from the village of Lukla, treking along the bank of the Dudh Kosi (Milk River), and end with a meandering walk along the level paths to Phakding. Spend the night at a local tea house.
Day 4: Trek to Namache Baazar Altitude: 11,283 Feet/3,440 Meters. Duration: 5 Hours
Trek along the banks of the Dudh Kosi and climb through forests of rhododendron and giant pines. Cross the Dudh Kosi, and start a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. Known as the “Sherpa Capital,” Namche Bazaar is situated in a natural, crescent-shaped amphitheatre that towers above the 2 great valleys of Dudh Kosi and Bhote Kosi. Enjoy stunning views of the mountains across the valley.
Day 5: Namche Bazaar Rest Day
Acclimitize to the high altitudes on a rest day in Namche Bazaar. If you want to stretch your legs, you can hike up to the Everest View Hotel for stunning views of the peaks of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. Return to the tea house for your overnight stay.
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche Altitude: 12,931 Feet/3,860 Meters. Duration: 5 Hours
Continue to the Tengboche Monastery in the largest gompa of the Khumbu region. Tenzing Norgay, who became the first man to reach the summit of Mt. Everest with Sir Edmund Hilary was once sent to Tengboche Monastery to train to be a monk! Enjoy panoramic views of the well-known peaks of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche Altitude: 14,465 Feet/4,410 Meters. Duration: 5 Hours
Start with a steep trail that winds through meadows and pine forest towards a small bridge over the Imja Khola river. Then, it’s a steady climb to Dingboche with spectacular views of Ama Dablam. En route, pass Pangboche, home of the most ancient monastery of the region, as well as the site of the famous Yeti scalp.
Day 8: Rest Day at Dingboche<strong>
</strong>Enjoy a 2nd rest and acclimatization day at Dingboche, with an optional hike to Chhukhung Ri (18,592 feet/5,550 meters), once used as yak pasture and offering sublime views of Imja Tse. The climb requires no special technical skills. Overnight at a local tea house.
<strong>Day 9: Trek to Labuche Altitude: 16,104 Feet/4,910 Meters. Duration: 5 Hours
</strong></strong>Back on the trail, head up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse (6,335 meters/21,222 feet) and Taboche (6,367 meters/21,329 feet). Approach the foot of the Khumbu Glacier and take a zigzag path through boulders to reach Labuche. Overnight at a tea house.<strong>
<strong>Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep and Everest Base Camp Altitude: 18,023 Feet/5,380 Meters. Duration: 3 Hours
</strong></strong>Start today with a gentle ascent along the side of the Khumbu Glacier and get breathtaking views of the dome of Pomo Ri. Marvel at the towering peaks of Nuptse. Behind it is Everest (29,641 feet/8,848 meters). Descend back to Gorakshep (5,140 meters/17,219 feet) for an overnight stay in a tea house.
<strong>Day 11: Trek to Kala Patthar Altitude: 18,593 Feet/5,550 Meters. Duration: 6 Hours
</strong></strong>Enjoy an early morning hike to an excellent viewpoint of the Everest region, with panoramic vistas of the front of Mt. Everest and Pomo-Ri. Trek back down to the village of Pheriche (14,204 feet/4,240 meters), home of the Himalayan Rescue Association and a hospital built by the Japanese. Enjoy an overnight stay at a tea house.
<strong>Day 12: Trek to Khumjung Village Altitude: 12,398 Feet/3,780 Meters. Duration: 6 Hours
</strong></strong>Today’s trail is mainly downhill, following a gradual ascent through a forest to the large Khumjung Valley at the foot of the sacred Khumbi Yul Lha. Rest at Khumjung for the night at a tea house.
<strong>Day 13: Trek to Monjo Altitude: 9,497 Feet/2,835 Meters. Duration: 5 Hours
</strong></strong>Continue to the tiny village of Monjo in the Dudh Kosi river valley just before the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, a protected area and important bird sanctuary.
<strong>Day 14: Trek to Lukla
</strong></strong>End your mountain expedition with a 5-hour trek down to Lukla (9,514 feet/2,840 meters), the start point of your adventure. Celebrate the end of your trek at a local tea house and gaze back at the jagged peaks of the mountains you’ve just climbed.
<strong>Day 15: Flight to Kathmandu<strong>
</strong></strong></strong>Enjoy panoramic mountain views on the early morning flight back to Kathmandu. You will arrive in time to explore Kathmandu and its shops, or simply chill out.
<strong>Day 16: Departure
</strong></strong></strong></strong>Depart Nepal on the flight to your onward destination, catching some last minute mountain views as you leave.