Since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norway Sherpa first summited Mount Everest, adventure enthusiasts have been captivated by the world’s highest mountain. The most popular trek in the Himalayas, Everest Base Camp takes climbers over suspension bridges, past farming villages, next to ancient monasteries and beyond Sherpa communities to meet Sagarmatha face-to-face. The most daring travelers climb Kalapathar at 5545m above sea level to survey 360-degree views of snow-capped peaks. Combine friendly Nepali hospitality with comfortable accommodations and you have a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime.
Trek responsibly with trained porters and guides
Our staff is committed to make sure your journey is a safe and memorable one. Each guest is paired with one porter to ensure a comfortable trek, and all of our guides receive medical and mountaineering training to make sure your experience is pleasant. We provide safety equipment and bring necessary medical supplies on each trip.
Enjoy local and cultural experiences with our knowledgeable team
With side excursions to monasteries and farming villages, we take our guests on trails less traveled by other climbing companies. Along the way, our footsteps will cross the shadows of Amadablam as our bodies adjust to higher elevations and more rugged terrain. Returning home, we’ll travel down a different route that allows us to encounter ancient Tibetan rituals at the Buddhist Thyanboche monastery.
Prepare for an adventure of a lifetime
Before we begin our trek, our team will review our itinerary to Lukla and answer your questions about what to expect in the days leading to Everest Base Camp. The Dudh Koshi River has carved a natural trail for us to follow as we hike towards the picture-perfect village of Namche Bazaar. We’ll spend several nights adjusting to altitude before making our way into the hidden valleys of Khunde and Khumjung. We’ll stop in Gorak Shep to prepare for our final ascent to see the ice-blue Khumbu glacier. Your stamina will be tested as we wake before sunrise to climb Kalapathar, a peak resting at 5545 meters above sea level. Here, the first rays of morning will paint mountaintops copper and gold, and we’ll bask in the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas. This is truly a moment you’ll never forget.
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu! A Traditional Nepali Dinner and Cultural Dance
Your group leader will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel where you can relax, meet your teammates and take a stroll through Kathmandu’s bustling streets. We’ll enjoy a traditional Nepali dinner together and watch a cultural performance before getting much needed rest.
Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour: Buddhist Temple and Hindu Shrine
Visit some of Kathmandu’s most noteworthy sights, including the white dome of Boudhanath and UNESCO’s Pasupatinath. You will learn about Nepal’s religious diversity while seeing ancient religious practices firsthand. At night, we’ll discuss the itinerary for our trek and what to expect in the days leading to Everest Base Camp.
Day 3: Flight to Lukla (2800m/9186 ft), Trek to Phakding (2600m/8530 ft)
The short, steep Lukla airport is one for the books. After landing, we’ll make our way through farming communities and Sherpa villages before seeing our first views of the Dudh Koshi River. Since today’s walk will be an easy one, you can comfortably take in the landscape and valley views. Over dinner at our Phakding teahouse, your guide will prepare you for tomorrow’s journey.
Day 4: Namche Bazaar (3450 m/11318 ft)
Namche is what postcards are made of! To get there, we’ll cross suspension bridges passing over rushing rivers and framing snow-capped peaks. Your trekking team will be sure to wake you with ample time to enjoy the day. We’ll pass several mountain villages before we enjoy a hot lunch in Jorsale. Our bellies will be full as we continue to adjust to the altitude of Sagarmatha National Park to witness our first views of Mount Everest.
Day 5: Rest Day
Wake early to see golden mountain peaks and sip tea before we stroll to a local Tibetan-Buddhist center. Today our focus is rest and acclimatizing in preparation for climbing at higher altitude.
Day 6: Khumjung (3780m/12401 ft)
Known as ”Valley inside the Clouds,” Khumjung is a three hour walk from Namche. This village is home to a yak farm, the monastery with the famous yeti scalp, and Sir Edmund Hillary’s school. With a free afternoon, you can choose where you’d like to wander or simply awe at the mountain setting.
Day 7: Trek to Phortse Village (3810m/12500 ft)
Here, our itinerary diverges from most. We’ll skip the overcrowded traditional trails to explore the lower section of the Gokyo valley. It will take us about six hours to walk the ridge of Mong-La, and we may encounter musk deer along our way. The terraced village of Phortse will reward our efforts and keep us warm for the night.
Day 8: Dingboche (4360 m/14304 ft)
Words can’t do justice to today’s trek. Be sure your camera is ready! Mountains will surround us and, if we’re lucky, a musk deer will cross our path to Pangbuche and Somare. We’ll have lunch in the shadows of Amadablam, and peaks that were previously hidden will slowly reveal themselves as we trek further into the Himalayas.
Day 9: Rest Day
After breakfast, our group will go for a morning excursion to help us acclimatize further and take in the stunning 360-degree mountain views. Our destination is a hilltop where we will see a bird’s eye view of Imja valley and the village of Dindbuche below. The world’s fifth higher mountain, Makalu, will also frame our photos.
Day 10: Lobuche (4910m/16108 ft)
Gradually we will make the ascent above tree line and reach a wide meadow. Cholatse, Lobuche and Pumari mountains contrast this new landscape. “Sherpa’s Graveyard,” the area in which memorials have been built to honor those lives lost in this region is a sobering moment. We will rest at this landmark before continuing onto Louche, a settlement built at the foot of Lobuche Mountain.
Day 11: Gorak Shep (5288m/17349 ft), Everest Base Camp (5360m/17585 ft)
It will take us three hours to reach Gorak Shep from Lobuche. It’s a rocky, snowy terrain, and we’ll stop for lunch before setting out for Everest Base Camp. At Base Camp, we see the icy-blue Khumbu Ice Fall and prayer flags and tents from current and past excursions. This is a moment you’ll remember for life.
Day 12: Kalapathar (5545 m /18192 ft), return to Pheriche (4240m/13901 ft)
Though the sunrise trek to Kalapathar is a difficult one, the sunrise view is worth it. This is the highest we will reach on our trek together. At the top, dreamy Himalayan peaks will turn purple and gold in the morning sun. We’ll celebrate before beginning our descent to Pheriche.
Day 13: Namche Bazaar
Taking a different route, we’ll visit the Tyangbuche Monastery. You’re welcome to light a butter lamp and visit the monastery grounds. Upon returning to Namche, you may crave a piece of apple pie at one of the local bakeries or take advantage of cheaper wi-fi prices to reconnect with friends at home.
Day 14/15: Lukla
We retrace our steps through the rhododendron forests to the banks of the Dudh Koshi. Phakding will be a friendly memory as we complete our journey. Tonight we complete our adventure together eating, drinking and dancing at a local tea house.
Day 16/17: Lukla to Kathmandu
In case of bad weather, we’ve scheduled an extra day in our itinerary as flights can be postponed. After reaching Kathmandu, you have earned your rest! Take a hot shower and spend the day as you please. Our leaders have recommendations for you based on your interests: gift shopping, local restaurants or late-night happenings.
Day 18: Departure
Say goodbye or “Pheri Betaula” to new friends and get ready to edit many photos on your departure flight. Your leader will be there to wish you well on your journey home.