This 15-day trekking and camping expedition takes place in the playground of the world's highest mountain above sea level, Mount Everest, in the Himalayas of Nepal. This unique hiking tour is a great way to get acquainted with the Sherpa culture of this region, as well as bask in breathtaking views of the Himalaya range. Learn about the influence of Buddhism on the Sherpa way of life as well as their indelible mark on the history of some of the world's most extreme mountaineering expeditions.
Visit famous monasteries in Tengboche and Pangboche
Meet the Sherpa people and learn about their way of life
Hike in the beautiful Khumbu region of Nepal
Stay in a local village and enjoy backcountry glamping
Trek through Khumjung Sherpa village and cross various Sherpa villages
On your arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu and after clearing customs & immigration, a representative will escort you to your hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu | Manthali
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, walk through the busy streets of Kathmandu and visit Ason, an old spice market, before driving 4-5 hours to Manthali in the afternoon to catch the flight to Lukla the following day.
Note: If you wish to pre-book a seat on a direct helicopter flight to Lukla, contact us for more information and the current pricing.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla | Phakding
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 and stays overnight at the local lodge.
Follow the Dudh Koshi River, crossing a suspension bridge on the Kyashar Khola, and pass through Jorsalle, the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. A one hour of trekking in a combination of flat, some short steep ascents, and descending to a high suspension bridge. There is a steep ascent of 2 hours after the bridge to Namche Bazaar.
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.
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.
Day 6: Namche | Thame
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, leave the village to trek to the village of Thame (3,700m). You will encounter very few trekkers on the trail as this is away from the main route to Everest base camp (EBC). Instead, the course takes you through some small villages, and forested areas, with Mount Kongde towering on the opposite side of the valley. Stay in a lodge owned by Apa Sherpa, who holds the world record of 22 successful ascents of Everest.
Retrace your steps to the ‘fork’ on the trail and begin climbing towards the Shyangboche airstrip, where you can stop for lunch. Then, trek to the village of Khumjung (3,790m) via Khunde village. Visit the hospital in Khunde village and the school at Khumjung, built by Sir Edmund Hillary. The village of Khunde and Khumjung lie below the protector deity mountain Khumbila.
Start your trek by descending towards Kyangjuma, where you are back on the main trail to EBC. We might be able to see our national birds – Impeyan Pheasants – feeding on the fields on our downhill hike. Next, start descending towards Phunki Tenga. You have a two-hour uphill climb to make it to the ridge where the renowned Tengboche Monastery is situated. Visit the monastery and take in the surrounding peaks while you're there (if the weather allows). This location is busy and well-liked. Follow the path downhill to the less populated Deboche at 3790 meters.
Follow the rugged boulder trail up to the village of Pangboche (3,860 m). Cross the Imja Khola on a suspension bridge, walk through rhododendron and pine forests, and pass many stone-carved walls. Finally, you get very close to Mount Ama Dablam at 6812 meters.
The staff will either make arrangements for a picnic lunch to be served on the way to Phortse village or eat an early lunch at Pangboche. This village is off the busy Everest trail. We can go spot Musk deer and Impeyan Pheshants, Nepal's national birds.
Your trek leader will have an interesting story to tell while the chef prepares another one of his healthy and nourishing meals.
To get to Tengboche Monastery, hike down to the Dudh Koshi River and ascend a steep slope. Retrace your route back to Kyangjuma (3,700m), a small community with only three lodges, while staying in a lodge owned by a two-time Everest summiteer. On their way to EBC, trekkers frequent this area in the mornings. They stop to get hot drinks, enjoy the stunning mountain views, and do some souvenir shopping.
Hike back to Namche on a trail you bypassed while enjoying the panoramic views. Pass through Namche Bazaar and, after the long downhill stretch, follow the turbulent Dudh Koshi River back to Monjo (2,840m), where you stop for lunch. Finally, continue your walk to Phakding village and stay overnight at the local lodge.
Return to Manthali and drive back to Kathmandu. 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.
Note: If you wish to pre-book a seat on a direct helicopter flight to Kathmandu, contact us for more information and the current pricing.
Today, you are free to explore Kathmandu. You can visit Boudhanath Stupa, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or Pashupatinath (UNESCO World Heritage Site), situated on the River Bagmati banks around 8 km from the city, which is one of the holiest Hindu shrines. The Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Return Home
After breakfast, transfer to the airport on time for your trip back home.
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).