Trip Facts

Grade: Strenuous
Duration: 16 days (on trek 11 days)
Max. Altitude: 5,545m/18,192ft (Kala Pattar)
Group Size: 2 - 12

Description

Follow in the footsteps of the great mountaineers for an opportunity to stand in the shadow of the tallest mountain in the world.

This classic Everest Base Camp Trek is a once in a lifetime opportunity to stand in the shadow of the tallest mountain in the world. It combines an outstanding trek through untouched wilderness with a gradual ascent, allowing you to fully acclimatize to the altitude while trekking to Everest Base Camp.

The trek begins with a walking tour of Kathmandu before the spectacular flight to Lukla. The trail gradually leads us up from the sparkling waters of the Dudh Khosi River, through the heart of Sherpa country to the dramatic high mountain scenery beyond. We trek on paths away from the main trail and visit welcoming villages, including Namche Bazaar. After being well acclimatized, we follow in the footsteps of the great mountaineers and trek to Everest Base Camp where we may see Everest expeditions during the spring climbing season. The next day we ascend nearby Kala Pattar, 5,545m/18,192ft, for superb views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu.  All of our treks to Everest Base Camp offer the full tea house trek service, with a first rate trek leader, excellent acclimatization and success rates.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu where AH team member will receive you and escort you to your hotel. Explore the tourist hub of Kathmandu and enjoy a traditional welcome dinner. Meals D
Day 2: Experience the cultural and artistic heritage of Nepal on guided tour of ancient palaces, iconic mounuments, and bustling bazaars of Kathmandu valley. Meals B
Day 3: Fly to Lukla. Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,562ft). 3 - 4 hours. Meals B+L+D
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,445m/11,303ft). 5 - 6 hours. Namche is the largest and most prosperous village in the Khumbu. Thamserku (6,618m), Kwangde (6,224m) and Khumbila (5,707m) loom to the east, west and north. Meals B+L+D
Day 5: Acclimatization day - you could walk up the hill to the Park Headquarters and visit the interesting Sagarmatha National Park Museum. Meals B+L+D
Day 6: Trek through forests of rhododendron and blue pine to Thyangboche (3,860m/12,664ft). 5-6 hours. Visit the old Tibetan Buddhist monastery and enjoy panoramic views of the majestic mountains. Meals B+L+D
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4,350m/14,271ft). 5 - 6 hours. Enjoy stunning views of Ama Dablam before you reach the village of Pangboche. Meals B+L+D
Day 8: Acclimatization day - trek to Chhukung (4,710m/15,453ft) and trek back to Dingboche. 4 - 5 hours. Meals B+L+D
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft). 5 hours. The landscape is now wild and rocky and there is a real feeling of being high in the mountains. Sunset over Nuptse is particularly spectacular from here. Meals B+L+D
Day 10: Ascend to Everest Base Camp (5,300m/17,388ft). Although you do not have views of the actual summit of Everest, there are sensational close-up views of the terrifying Khumbu ice-fall. 7-8 hours trek. Meals B+L+D
Day 11: After a tough ascent of approximately 2-3 hours, you finally reach the rocky summit of Kala Pattar at 5,545m – the high-point of your trek! From the summit of Kala Pattar there are great views of the summit of Everest as well as other Himalayan peaks. M
Day 12: Descend to Monjo and warmer climates. There are still wonderful mountain views. (5-6 hours trek each day) Meals B+L+D
Day 13: Trek to Lukla and finish the trek. (6-7 hours trek). Meals B+L+D
Day 14: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. Relax, shop for souvenirs, or revisit sights. Meals B
Day 15: Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. Meals B+D
Day 16: Transfer to international airport for your journey back home. Meals B

Cost Includes: *Airport pick up and drop off in a private vehicle *Good standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, twin share, bed and breakfast basis *Full day guided Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour *Welcome and farewell Nepalese dinner with traditional, ethnic music and dance *Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight *All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek *Government licensed and well trained English speaking trek leader and his entire expenses *Porters (one porter for 2 trekkers) and his entire expenses *Trek leader/porters properly insured and equipped *4 solar showers while on trek *Park fees & TIMS fee *All government taxes *Trip map

Accommodation: Hotels, teahouses

If wishing to travel at other times alternative itineraries are available.

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