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Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers of Mt. Everest and visit the most famous of exploration base camps. Walk amongst the giants of the Himalaya on this classic trek through the amazing and dramatically beautiful Khumbu Icefalls Valley and view the majesty of Mt. Everest up close.
After a quick flight from Kathmandu with your local Sherpa guide, through the southern foothills of the Himalaya, you’ll arrive in the tiny town of Lukla where you will pick up your Sherpa porter. From Lukla, you will begin your trek up the steep valleys, stopping along the way at the numerous Sherpa villages that are nestled along the sides of the near vertical valley walls. Nights will be spent in the same quintessential guest houses that hosted many a great explorer of both the past and the present.
Reaching the famous town of Namche Bazaar, you will travel up through the Khumbu Valley which has been carved out over millions of years from snow that falls on Mt. Everest and the surrounding mountains.
After witnessing the dramatic and breathtaking views from the hilltop of Kala Patthar and visiting the famous Mt. Everest Base Camp, follow the picturesque Khumbu valley back down to Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu, concluding one of the greatest treks on earth.
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Mt. Everest Base Camp trek, Namche Bazaar, Kala Patthar, Lukla, Kathmandu, Nepal, Everest trek
B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: Guided tour of Kathmandu (B)
Day 3: Fly to Lukla (9,318 ft) - Trek to Phakding (8,662 ft-4 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (11,286 ft-6 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 5: Acclimation & Rest Day in Namche Bazaar (11,286 ft) (B, L, D)
Day 6: To Tengboche (12,662 ft-5 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 7: To Dingboche (14,270 ft-6 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 8: To Lobuche (16,156 ft-6 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 9: Acclimation Day in Lobuche (B, L, D)
Day 10: To Kala Patthar (18,190 ft) & Gorakshep (16,959 ft-6 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 11: To Mt Everest Base Camp (17,090 ft) return to Gorakshep (7 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 12: To Pheriche (14,040 ft-6 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 13: To Tengboche (12,662 ft-4 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 14: To Namche Bazaar (11,286 ft-5 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 15: To Lukla (9,317 ft-7 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 16: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (B)
Day 17: Trip Ends (B)
Arrive Kathmandu (4,200 feet)
Arrive at the Kathmandu airport where you will be met by one of our representatives. If you bought the airport transfers through us, you will be transferred in a private vehicle to one of the best known hotels for climbers and trekkers located in the heart of the exotic and energetic neighborhood of Thamel. Alternatively you can take a cab to the assigned hotel where our representative will meet you. After you settle in our representative will meet up with you to discuss the itinerary and to answer any last minute questions. The remainder of the day is yours to relax and enjoy the gardens of the hotel or take a walk through the vibrant streets of Thamel.
Kathmandu (4,200 feet)
Today you will take a guided tour of Kathmandu in a private car. Your English speaking guide will introduce you to the magic of this amazing city and its peaceful Buddhist culture. The tour will include many interesting attractions including the old Royal Palaces in Durbar Square, the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath.
The afternoon is a great time to pick up any last minute personal equipment you may need. Kathmandu is a great place to buy supplies for your trek, such as extremely inexpensive, yet quality warm weather clothing, sleeping bags, snacks, etc. Get a good night of sleep tonight, as tomorrow starts your trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp!
Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (9,318 feet) - Trek to Phakding (8,662 feet - 4 hours) (L, D)
Early in the morning your guide will meet you at the hotel and you’ll head out together to the Kathmandu airport for a quick, yet exciting flight through the southern foothills of the Himalaya to the small mountain airport in Lukla. After gathering your gear and a local Sherpa to carry all but your day pack, you will begin your trek up the well worn trail towards your first overnight stop in the village of Phakding.
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (11,286 feet - 6 hours) (B, L, D)
Getting another early start you will trek along a glacier fed river, through rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir forests, eventually reaching the bustling town of Namche Bazaar, the largest and most important Sherpa town in the region.
Acclimation and Rest Day in Namche Bazaar (11,286 feet) (B, L, D)
Today is the first of two acclimation and rest days on your trek. These are very important days that are used to help your body acclimatize to the increased altitude and thinning air of the Himalaya. To acclimate properly, you will hike to the top of the hill above Namche and then return that afternoon to sleep at the lower altitude.
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (12,662 feet - 5 hours) (B, L, D)
With the first of your two acclimation days completed, you continue up the main trail towards Mt. Everest Base Camp. Following along the fabled Khumbu Valley you will drop into the valley, cross the river and eventually arrive at the village of Tengboche in the afternoon. In Tengboche the views of the surrounding mountains are nothing short of spectacular. It is here that you finally realize that you are truly in the heart of the Himalaya. While in Tengboche you will have the unique opportunity to visit the Thyangboche Monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. If you’re lucky, you may catch the monks in the midst of their amazing prayer ceremony.
Tengboche to Dingboche (14,270 feet - 6 hours) (B, L, D)
From Tengboche your treks continues to follow the main trail. From this point on, your trek will be above the tree line, affording you unsurpassed views. In the afternoon, you will arrive at the village of Dingboche, your next stop on the trek.
Dingboche to Lobuche (16,156 feet - 6 hours) (B, L, D)
Today is considered your first real day at altitude. The trekking is considerably more difficult and your guide keeps the pace purposefully slow to avoid exhaustion in the thinning altitude. But with the altitude, the views also open up tremendously with dominating and uninterrupted views of the dozens of snow capped peaks that surround you, including Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and a host of other amazing snow-capped mountains. After the days trekking, you will arrive in the Sherpa village of Lobuche located in the shadows of the mightiest of the Himalayan mountains.
Acclimation Day in Lobuche (B, L, D)
Today is the second of your rest days. After the long trek to Lobuche, this is a welcome day. For enthusiasts, you have the opportunity to take a light acclimation hike up the valley for excellent views and photo opportunities.
Lobuche to Kala Patthar (18,190 feet) and Gorakshep (16,959 feet - 6 hours) (B, L, D)
Bright and early you will begin your trek to summit the nearby hilltop peak of Kala Patthar. Possibly the most spectacular view you can ever witness without technical climbing skills, the panoramic views of Mt Everest and her neighboring peaks, including Lhotse and Nuptse, are nothing short of absolutely breathtaking from Kala Patthar. It will be worth every breath and every step you take on this amazing trek of a lifetime.
You will then descend down Kala Patthar to the village of Gorakshep where you will spend the night.
Gorakshep to Mt Everest Base Camp (17,090 feet) and return to Gorakshep (7 hours) (B, L, D)
After witnessing the spectacular vista from Kala Patthar the previous day, you will trek up to Mt Everest Base Camp, where a great variety of both history and myths have been born. Along with its legendary history, the views at Everest Base Camp are fantastic, as the camp is strategically situated along the edge of the famous Khumbu Icefalls Glacier, a river of snow and ice that drops down from the peaks of Mt Everest and Lhotse.
Used as the base of operations for those summiting Mt Everest and their crews, Mt Everest Base Camp is a hive of activity during climbing seasons. Who knows, perhaps you will spot a famous climber or Sherpa during your visit? After visiting the historic Mt Everest Base Camp you will descend back down to Gorakshep.
NOTE: if weather prevents a summit of Kala Patthar on Day 10, you will have the opportunity to summit early on Day 11 before heading up to Mt Everest Base Camp.
Gorakshep to Pheriche (14,040 feet - 6 hours) (B, L, D)
Leaving the mighty Mt Everest behind, you will continue back down the Khumbu Glacier Valley to the village of Pheriche where you will spend the night. Be sure to take a walk outside at night to view the stars from the clear high altitude. You will be happy you did.
Pheriche to Tengboche (12,662 feet - 4 hours) (B, L, D)
Continuing down the valley to lower altitudes, the air is easier to breath, your steps come a little more quickly, and trees start surrounding the trails once again.
Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (11,286 feet - 5 hours) (B, L, D)
Returning once again to the lively and bustling village of Namche Bazaar, the trail is mostly down hill but the village is a welcome site.
Namche Bazaar to Lukla (9,317 feet - 7 hours) (B, L, D)
Leaving Namche, the final day of your trek finds you back in Lukla where you will spend the night before catching a morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
An early morning flight brings you back to the vibrant city of Kathmandu. The afternoon and evening are yours to spend at your leisure to recover from the long, yet momentous trek.
The trip ends after breakfast. If you bought the airport transfers through us, we transport you back to the airport for your flight home. OR, stay on for one of our other incredible Nepal, Bhutan or Tibet trips.
All Prices are LAND ONLY. You are responsible for making your own international flight arrangements between your home city and Kathmandu and for arriving at the designated departure location as per the itinerary. However, flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you receive a written guarantee from Head Out Adventures that the Land Only portion of your trip has been fully booked.
Visas are required for Nepal and can typically be purchased upon arrival in Kathmandu for citizens of most countries. Please check the nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate for current requirements. NOTE: it is the traveler's responsibility to obtain any and all visas for entry to Nepal.
This trek reaches altitudes of approximately 18,192 feet (5,545 meters). Please confer with your doctor prior to purchasing this trip to ensure that you are physically capable of completing this adventure safely.
Actual itinerary, stops, etc. are subject to change at the discretion of the guide due to many possible factors including, but not limited to, weather, trail conditions, safety, trek pace, availability, etc.
It is important to check with your doctor for vaccination requirements and to assure physical and mental ability to complete this trip.
It is recommended that you extend your arrival and departure by at least one day to avoid conflicts due to potential travel delays and to further explore the wonderful city of Kathmandu.
While in Nepal, why not add on a trip to the Annapurna region, Tibet or Bhutan.
Trip ID: AS1102
RT Flight KTM-Lukla:
OPTIONAL Airport/hotel round trip transfers
- 17 day trekking tour to Mt. Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar
- All meals while trekking
- 3 nights in an excellent 3 star guest house in Kathmandu & 13 nights in Himalayan tea houses
- Round trip flight between Kathmandu and Lukla Airport
- Kathmandu sightseeing tour in private car with English speaking guide
- Services of an English speaking Sherpa guide and a Sherpa porter
- Everest Area National Park fee
- Guides airfare plus domestic airport tax
- Medical kits
Price Does Not Include
- International airfare from your home country to Kathmandu, Nepal
- All airport transfers first and last day
- Meals in Kathmandu
- Nepal visas (about $30 US and available upon arrival at Kathmandu airport for citizens of most western countries - IMPORTANT: please confirm, well before departure, with your nearest Nepalese embassy or consulate for current Visa rules/requirements)
- Airport departure taxes and fees (Domestic airport tax of about US$ 3 per person AND International Flights: Rs 1,695 or about US$27)
- Travel insurance with high altitude coverage (mandatory)
- Personal equipment such as sleeping bag, down jackets, waterproof jacket (can be easily rented in Kathmandu for about $1 per day/item)
- Personal expenses
- Tips for guide and porter
- Extra expenses due to unavoidable circumstances such as weather delays, etc.
Minimum Group Size
- Local English speaking Sherpa guide and a Sherpa porter
Number of Days
- 3 nights in an excellent 3 star guest house in Kathmandu & 13 nights in Himalayan tea houses
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner while trekking
- Breakfast in Kathmandu
- Can be trekked nearly anytime. The most popular seasons are March-May and September-November. The December & January winter season can be cold and summer can be rainy. Regardless of when you trek in the Himalaya, it is always advisable to extend your stay in Nepal to avoid shortened trekking due to weather delays.