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Everest Trekking with Legendary Sherpas

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This 15-day trekking and camping expedition takes place in the region 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 Himalayan 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. While trekking, a private chef will prepare tailored meals made from superfoods that aid in acclimatization to high altitudes while keeping you fit and healthy. The specially prepared meals are a culinary adventure in themselves that you can relish while hiking in the pristine mountain air.
Amadablam Base CampView of Namche Bazaar village in Himalayas, NepalLocal VillageAmadablam BasecampBoudhanath Stupa, KathmanduHimalayan Mountain RangeYak PorterAcclimatization DayTrekkers and the support crewMount Everest
Highlights
  • 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
  • Detoxify the body with trekking superfoods for the best nourishment
  • Trek through Khumjung Sherpa village and cross various Sherpa villages
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Activity Level: Ultimate
Requires the highest level of physical challenge and performance. Includes tours involving strenuous multi-day trekking or summit hikes. The majority of the hours in most days are physically active. Travelers will need intensive training in advance to meet the physical demands on these trips.
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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal

Welcome to Nepal's vibrant capital city, Kathmandu! Upon your arrival at the airport, a friendly representative will be there to greet you and escort you to your comfortable hotel. Before embarking on your trek, you'll be provided with all the necessary information and details to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. 

Day 2: Kathmandu | Manthali

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Experience the charm of the old spice market of Ason and the grandeur of the ancient Durbar Square on a morning walking tour. After a delicious lunch, embark on a 4-5 hour drive to Manthali, where you will spend the night before catching an early morning flight to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) the next day.

Note: If you wish to avoid the drive to Manthali, ask your Trip Planner about pre-booking a seat on a direct helicopter flight to Lukla, contact us for more information and the current pricing.
 

Day 3: Fly to Lukla | Monjo

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your journey to the Everest Base Camp begins with a flight to Lukla in the morning. However, due to the unpredictable weather conditions, flights may experience delays. Depending on the time of arrival in Lukla, you will embark on one of two treks. If you arrive in the morning, you will undertake a lengthier trek of 5 hours to reach the charming village of Monjo. If you arrive in the afternoon, you will trek for 3 hours to get to Phakding village. Your overnight stay will be at a lodge.

Hiking time: 3-5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Challenging
Max. Altitude: 2,650 meters / 8,695 ft

Trekking Wellness:
Trekking is not just a fun activity, it also has a range of benefits that can improve your health and wellbeing. It helps detoxify your body and nourishes your soul. This premium wellness trek goes above and beyond by tailoring meals to include superfoods as part of the ingredients to keep you fit and healthy while assisting in acclimatization to high altitudes. Combining hiking in the pristine mountain air and healthy food makes trekking a complete culinary adventure that you won't forget.

Examples of Meals While Trekking: 
BREAKFAST: Cereal, porridge, and eggs to order (usually scrambled or fried). Toast or whole wheat chapati (Indian flatbread), served with honey or good peanut butter, waffles served with goji berries or raisins, and honey are examples of a tailored breakfast on the trek. Tea or freshly ground Himalayan organic coffee. It is possible to request options such as oat milk as a non-animal-based sustainable, eco-friendly product as well. Please ask your Trip Planner for more information. 

LUNCH: In many regions, the chef will provide a simple but nutritious hot meal for lunch. Meals usually consist of noodles/potatoes, curry, salad, rice and dhal, fried meat and vegetables, chapatis or bread, fruit juice, tea, or fresh Himalayan organic coffee. A packed lunch will sometimes be provided when crossing high passes or drier regions. It may consist of the following: jam sandwiches, chapatis, chicken, boiled eggs, fruit, chocolate, and cartons of juice. When we arrive at a camp there will usually be tea, biscuits and, if available, cake.

​DINNER:  Typically, dinner starts by grazing on popcorn or pappadums, and sometimes treats such as Danish blue cheese, olives, salami, tuna pate, and hummus. Soup and the main course followed. Meals vary from typical ‘trekking food’ to Thai curries, rendang curry with local proteins like buffalo and yak, pasta carbonara, tuna pizza with a Himalayan twist, local steaks cream, and mustard sauce. Despite the essential equipment available on the trek, it is incredible what the chefs can produce: excellent iced cakes, apple tarts, pizza, fried chips, spaghetti, pasta, and even jelly! The chefs are trained to produce a variety of menus and will usually accommodate specific requests.

Day 4: Namche Bazaar

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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/21812ft), Kwangde Ri (6187m/20299ft) and Khumbila (5707m/18724ft) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in. Stay overnight at the local lodge.

Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Challenging
Max. Altitude: 3,500 meters / 11,483 ft

Day 5: Acclimatization Day | Namche Bazaar

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Embarking on an early ascent, we reach new heights and bear witness to the breathtaking vistas of Mt. Everest and its neighboring peaks. Afterward, we take a moment to delve into the rich history and culture of the region at the Sherpa Museum and cultural center. This exclusive collection is situated right within the premises of our lodge, which is owned by a passionate conservationist and skilled photographer. For a keepsake of our incredible adventure, we can purchase stunning posters and postcards captured by the lodge owner himself. Overnight at the local lodge.

Day 6: Namche | Thame

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a hearty breakfast, leave the village to trek to the village of Thame (3,700m/12,140ft). 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.

Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Challenging
Max. Altitude: 3,700 meters / 12,140 ft

Day 7: Khumjung

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Retrace your steps to the ‘fork’ on the trail and begin climbing towards the Shyangboche airstrip, where you stop for lunch. Then, trek to the village of Khumjung (3,790m/12,435ft) 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. Along the way, you'll learn about the local people and their connection to the land. 

Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Challenging
Max. Altitude: 3,790 meters / 12,435 ft

Day 8: Deboche

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 (12435 ft).

Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Challenging
Max. Altitude: 3,790 meters / 12,435 ft

Day 9: Pangboche

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Follow the rugged boulder trail up to the village of Pangboche (3,860 m/12,665 ft). 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 (22350 ft).
 
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.

Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Challenging
Max. Altitude: 3,950 meters / 12,960 ft

Day 10: Kyangjuma

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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/12,140ft), 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.

Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Challenging
Max. Altitude: 3,700 meters / 12,140 ft

Day 11: Phakding

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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/9,318ft), where you stop for lunch. Finally, continue your walk to Phakding village and stay overnight at the local lodge.

Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Challenging
Max. Altitude: 2,650 meters / 8,695 ft

Day 12: Lukla

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As we traverse the bustling terrain connecting Phakding and Lukla, our spirits are lifted by the stunning scenery and companionship of our fellow adventurers. After a satisfying stroll, we make a momentous toast, sipping on well-deserved refreshments and reminiscing about our shared escapades. Return to Lukla and explore the village while staying at a local lodge for the night. 

Day 13: Manthali | Kathmandu

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.

Day 14: Kathmandu

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.

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  • 13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • 10 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
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