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Everest Basecamp Trek

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This 16-day bucket-list trekking and camping expedition take place at the base of the highest mountain above sea level, Mount Everest, in the Himalayas of Nepal. Explore the Kathmandu valley before ascending to Everest Base Camp, the acclimatization and resting site for many Everest mountaineering expeditions. Discover the central history, art, culture, and religious influences of Nepal on this unforgettable trip. 
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Highlights
  • Visit Kathmandu, the temple city and capital of the Kingdom of Nepal
  • Explore the famous UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu's city
  • Hike to Everest Base Camp
  • Enjoy backcountry glamping and nutritious chef-prepared meals
  • Experience panoramic views of Khumbu Glacier
Places Visited
  • Asia
  • Nepal
  • Dingboche
  • Everest Base Camp
  • Gorakshep
  • Hotel Shanker Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Lobuche
  • Lukla
  • Monjo
  • Namche
  • Phakding
  • Pheriche
  • Tengboche
Activity Level: Challenging
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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal

On your arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu and after clearing customs & immigration, a representative will escort you to your hotel.  

Kathmandu is the capital and the most populous city of Nepal and is located in the Kathmandu Valley, a large valley in the high plateaus of central Nepal. The city is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world, founded in the 2nd century CE. The valley was historically called the "Nepal Mandala" and has been the home of the Newar people, a cosmopolitan urban civilization in the Himalayan foothills. The Kathmandu valley (1450 M) is famous for its cultural heritage, scenic beauty, beautiful countryside, ethnic settlements, and pilgrimages to the holiest shrines for Hindus and Buddhists. With seven World Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in the Kathmandu valley, this city is a cultural hub and the center of various multi-attractions for all Nepal visitors.

Day 2: Kathmandu, Nepal

After your breakfast, get ready for a sightseeing tour of Patan City and stroll the nooks and corners of the Patan Durbar Square and the exquisite Patan Museum, set within the restored royal palaces of the Malla Era. Enjoy the old city of Patan, which is known for its carved temples, royal courtyards, water spouts, public baths, and traditional neighborhoods. A walk through the heritage and culture of the Newari architecture and ancient urban designs. 

In the afternoon, take a drive to Boudhanath Stupa, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Stupa is a spiritual home to the Tibetan exile community in Nepal. On the original trade route to Lhasa, it is one of the world's largest and oldest Buddhist stupas. Apart from its religious interest, the life around the Stupa is colorful, unique, and vibrant, and a wide array of Tibetan antiques, brocades, and jewelry.

After walking around the Stupa, embark towards Shechen Monastery for evening prayers, located near the Stupa in the alleys. This beautiful Monastery is famous for its architecture, founded by the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Most Buddhist monasteries welcome visitors and entering these atmospheric buildings can be a powerful and evocative experience. During the evening prayers, the lamas (high-ranking Tibetan Buddhist monks) and novices gather to chant Buddhist texts, accompanied by a cacophony of crashing cymbals, thumping drums, and booming Tibetan horns.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla | Phakding | Chumoa

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take an early morning flight by Twin Otter aircraft to Lukla, the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust originally planned it as an emergency evacuation runway for the wounded brought to the Trust's hospital in Kunde. Lukla is now one of the busiest runways in Nepal. Watch the steep foothills give way to the Himalayan snowline, which contains several of the world's highest peaks, such as Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu. The world's third, fourth, and fifth-highest mountains can occasionally see from the plane's window. Meet the Sherpas when you arrive, and then follow the trail out of Lukla after a cup of tea. Surprisingly, this high-altitude hike starts with a river descent at Phakding. Further on, choose one of several good campsites in a wooded area at Chumoa, close to the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, and stay overnight at the local lodge.

Hiking Time: 3 Hours
Distance: 8 km
Max Altitude: 2,652m / 8,699 ft

Day 4: Phakding or Chumoa | Namche

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The first day may have been surprisingly long for some, but camping at Chumoa allows us to begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar first thing in the morning. About halfway up the hill, a gap between the trees allows us to spy on Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear, the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Take your lunch en route to the lodge.

Namche is Khumbu's most prosperous and most populous town. Every Saturday, a bazaar is held. Meat, cereals, vegetables, souvenirs, hand-woven aprons, and Tibetan boots are all on display. The Sherpas welcome foothills traders as well as Tibetans from across the border. Thamserku (6648m), Kwangde Ri (6187m) and Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in. Stay overnight at the local lodge.

Hiking Time: 6 Hours
Distance: 10-12 km
Max Altitude: 3,440 m / 11,282 ft

Day 5: Namche

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take the day off to allow your bodies to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere before ascending to higher altitudes. The secret of safe acclimatization is to ‘climb high, sleep low, so it is safe for the more energetic amongst to hike up the hill behind Namche to the airstrip at Syangboche or stroll across the museum behind the police post. Others may prefer to ‘chill out and visit one of the lodges for a freshly-baked cinnamon roll. Namche is a busy and bustling trading place, and there is always plenty going on. Stay overnight at the local lodge.

Hiking Time: 3-4 Hours
Distance: 3-4 km
Max Altitude: 2652m / 8699 ft

Day 6: Namche | Tengboche

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, leave the village to climb to the top of a ridge on a level mountain path that offers an excellent panorama of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangri. To the right, a cliff drops down to the Dudh Koshi, faintly visible on the valley floor below. Make your way around a branch ridge, and Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7,855 m), and Tawoche (6,501 m) suddenly appear. After a moderate slope, the mountain path comes to a close at a crossroads that leads to Gokyo. You descend past two teahouses through the village of Trashinga. Though you cannot see it, you can hear the Dudh Koshi, and soon you descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga. Tengboche is a long climb, with the first half being extremely challenging. The elevation eases as you climb through the forest zone, and a stunning view appears. Continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by lamas that marks your entry into Tengboche. The sunset on Everest and Ama Dablam is notably stunning above Tengboche and is a significant viewpoint point on this trek.

Hiking Time: 5 Hours
Distance: 10-11 km
Max Altitude: 3,860 m / 12,660 ft

Day 7: Tengboche | Dingboche

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Follow the path down from Tengboche through the rhododendron forest to Deboche and cross an exciting bridge with the boiling, roaring Imja Khol beneath our feet. A gradual climb takes you to the village of Lower Pangboche. You are now in the heart of Khumbu, with spectacular views across to Ama Dablam. The afternoon stroll takes you along a path that hugs the valley wall and then across wide plains to a split in the valley. The Khumbu breaks left, up to Periche, but you can take a detour right to the hamlet of Dingboche at the start of the Imja Tse valley. Stay overnight at the local lodge.

Hiking Time: 5 Hours
Distance: 11-12 km
Max Altitude: 4,410 m / 14,464 ft

Day 8: Dingboche | Lobuche

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Climb the ridge behind Periche and stay high, mesmerized by the views of Tawoche and Cholatse, until you reach the tea houses at Dughla. The climb to the Khumbu glacier's terminal moraine is currently underway. A series of stone monuments mark the top of the climb, remembering climbers who have died on journeys to this zone. A rough but obvious trail cuts across the left, away from the glacier, to the campsite at Loboje, a windswept collection of huts tucked in a narrow meadow between the glacier the Loboje Peak (6156m). The Lhotse ridge is just simply impressive from this angle.

Hiking Time: 5 Hours
Distance: 11-12 km
Max Altitude: 4,910 m / 16,105 ft

Day 9: Everest Base Camp | Gorakshep

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, trek from Loboje to Everest Base Camp and Gorakshep. Follow the rugged boulder trail up to the valley to experience icy glacial ponds and icebergs below the Khumbu glacier on this long but rewarding day that lasts about seven hours. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar (5,545 m) and Mt. Pumori (7,145 m). Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp, with the new camp being further up the valley. Now the trail winds through a rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Lho-La, and Khumbutse appears in front of you. After some time, you retrace your steps back, passing through the Khumbu glacier with magnificent views of Lobuche, Cholatse, Mt. Pumori, and Tabuchi.

Hiking Time: 8 Hours
Distance: 14-15 km
Max Altitude: 5,364 m / 17,594 ft

Day 10: Gorakshep | Kala Pathar | Pheriche

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, climb from Gorakshep to Kala Pattar in the early morning before returning to Loboje to catch the spectacular sunrise. Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, and many other mountain peaks can all be seen from Kala Pattar. Stay at a local lodge for the night.

Hiking Time: 7 Hours
Distance: 10-11 km (5,555 m to 4,200 m)
 

Day 11: Tengboche

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
 Spend the whole day relaxing in Tengboche, or opt for an optional helicopter flight from Pheriche to Kathmandu.

If you wish for an optional helicopter ride from Pheriche back to Kathmandu to make it a short 12-day hike, contact us for the additional excursion pricing.

Hiking Time: 7 Hours
Distance: 10-11 km
Max Altitude: 3,860 m / 12,660 ft

Day 12: Monjo

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Return to Monjo and explore the village while staying at a local lodge for the night. 

Hiking Time: 5-7 Hours
Distance: 10-11 km
Max Altitude: 2,835 m

Day 13: Lukla

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Return to Lukla and spend the night in a local lodge.

Hiking Time: 3 Hours
Distance: 8 km
Max Altitude: 2,652 m / 8,699 ft

Day 14: Lukla | Kathmandu

This morning you will have another chance to enjoy this great flight. Please be aware that flights departing Lukla are occasionally delayed due to poor weather, whether in foggy Kathmandu or windy Lukla. Please rest assured that if this occurs, the people of Lukla and Kathmandu will do everything necessary to minimize the inconvenience.

Upon arrival back in Kathmandu, you will be met by the local representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure and overnight in Kathmandu.
 

Day 15: Kathmandu

Drive to Bhaktapur after breakfast and learn more about the city's history and vibrant culture. Bhaktapur, the Kathmandu Valley's most meticulously preserved medieval city, is an architectural marvel. Walk through historic homes and courtyards, taking in the sights of Hindu and Buddhist deities at every turn. Before lunch, stop by the Pottery Square to see local artisans at work and try your hand at traditional local pottery. You have the day free to do some last-minute shopping.

Day 16: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to the airport on time for your trip back home.

Accommodations

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  • 15 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 15 Nights Accommodations
  • 13 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Government fees and taxes
  • Entrance Fee to Places of Visit and Monuments.
  • Hotel, Airports and Railway Assistance
  • An English-Speaking trekking guide and a porter
  • Everest National Park Permit Fee and TIMS card
  • Internal Flights: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Electronic Visa upon Entry

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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