Squeezed between the Asian and Indian tectonic plates, rise the mightiest mountain range on the planet, the Himalaya. This enormous network of summits and valleys is the back drop of our adventure to the base camp of the highest summit of them all, Mt Everest. This is a place where legends are made, explorers such as Norgay and Hillary, stand atop of the pantheon of great adventurers. The Everest Base Camp trek deserves the hype it has garnered over the years, trails meander up lush valleys until we hit the higher altitudes, where shrubs give way to snow and glaciers. We will be trekking through small trading villages and past ancient monasteries as we journey towards the Khumbu Glacier. When we reach Everest Base Camp we will also include a trek to Kala Pattha (5643m) with its legendary views of Everest itself.
Afterwards we will board our helicopter and head down the Khumbu on what is surely one of the most scenic helicopter rides on the planet. If you are short on time but still need the adventure of reaching Everest Base Camp, then our Heli Trek is perfect for you.
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 fly back to Kathmandu in one of the world's best scenic flights.
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: Namche to Thyangboche (3800m) 6 hrs.Thyangboche is home to the most famous Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu. This monastery was recently re-built after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. We will have spectacular views of the Everest massif and the stunning Ama Dablam. As this area is a devout Buddhist region, the wild life is unharmed so there is a possibility that we may see some wild animals such as musk deer, mountain goat and pheasants etc. We will have a chance to look around and understand the importance of Buddhism in this part of Nepal.
Day 7: Thyangboche to Dingboche (4360m) walk approx 6 hrs.
This is considered one of the most beautiful sections of the entire trail. We will head to Dingboche, which is at the foot of Ama Dablam, one of the region's iconic peaks. After lunch at Somare village we continue up the valley, reaching our lodge at around 4pm.
Day 8: Rest day in Dingboche
This is a very important acclimatisation day, getting us ready for the higher days ahead. We will walk to an amazing 360 degree viewing point of Island Peak and Makalu, the world's 5th highest peak.
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche (4930m) walk approx 4-5 hrs.
As we are gaining altitude, it is important to walk slowly and steady. Walking on barren slopes above the tree line we will see different peaks such as Cholatse, Lobuche and Pumari unfold in this contrasting and spectacular landscape. Rock Cairns can be seen dedicated to the memory of climbers attempting the high mountains at Dugla Ridge. Walking up onto the Khumbu Glacier (the longest glacier in Nepal) to Lobuche for the overnight camp, one can feel the temperature drop as we are more exposed with our camp situated along this glacier.
Day 10: Gorak Shep (5288m) walk approx 3-4 hrs / trek to Everest Base Camp (5360m) 5 hrs
Today, we are high among the glaciers of the world's highest peaks as we trek towards Gorak Shep. After lunch we head for Everest Base Camp. The trail sometimes can be difficult to follow so do keep an eye on your Sherpa guides and walk carefully. On the way we might encounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to the Expedition group in March and April. We could not see Everest from base camp but we can see the most difficult and dangerous section of any Everest expedition, the Khumbu Ice Fall that flows from the Western Cwm. After Everest Base Camp we head back to Gorak Shep. Note: The trek to Everest base camp is optional so if you are feeling tired you can rest at Gorak Shep instead.
Day 11: Climb Kalapathar (5546m) approx walk 4 hrs and trek back to Pheriche (4240m) walk approx 4 hrs.
After the rest, we ascend the slopes of Kalapathar, a small, rocky peak on the south west ridge of Pumori. A slow and steady pace once again takes us to a vantage point to savour the sensational Himalayan vistas all around. The climb is not easy but the view from the top surpasses your wildest imagination. We will hear huge glaciers creaking as they move under pressure and be awe-struck at the sheer size and majesty of the surrounding peaks including Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Tawache, Kantega and Everest - the highest mountain in the world. About 3 kilometers to the east and some 200 meter below, the famed Everest base camp is seen in a bowl at the bottom of the notorious Khumbu Ice Fall. For many trekkers, reaching Kala Pathar is a very emotional experience and we have allowed plenty of time on Kala Pathar to enjoy the experience. We return to Gorak Shep and then onto Periche where our helicopter will pick us up for our flight back to Kathmandu (approx 2 hours)
Day 12: Departure/Trip Concludes
It is time to fly home. Those people traveling by aircraft to further destinations will be transferred to the airport.
Note: The above route and walking hours must be seen as a guide only. This itinerary may change at any time due to weather, trail conditions or other reason.