Description

Mount Everest is more than just a mountain and the way to its base camp is more than just a hike. Along a route that some call "the stairs to heaven," a new photo opportunity awaits around every bend in the trail, as well as beautiful forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines and foothills. Our trekking guides will introduce active adventurers who like to work up a sweat to local cultures before opening a window to the "Roof of the World."

 

Day 1 Kathmandu

Arrival possible at any time.

 

Day 2 Kathmandu/Phakding

Mountain flight to Lukla and hike to Phakding.

The mountain flight to Lukla is spectacular and the landing is an exciting start to the trekking adventure - one end of the runway is 60m higher than the other.

After arriving in Lukla, we head through pine and cedar forests along the Dudh Kosi River to Phakding. We spend the next three nights hiking in the area to acclimate to the altitude in preparation for the climb to base camp. This is a challenging trip with difficult hiking at high elevations, but the whole experience is simply breathtaking!

 

Day 3 & 4 Phakding/Namche Bazaar

Spend two nights in Namche acclimatizing for the trek. On an acclimatization day, you can take a trip to Thame and the green village of Khumjung.

 

Day 5 Namche Bazaar/Thyāngboche

Enjoy a 6- to 7-hour hike through woodland and rhododendron forests to Tengboche.

 

Day 6 Thyāngboche/Dingboche

Hike about 6 hours to Dingboche, where we have time to acclimatize.

 

Day 7 Dingboche

This is an acclimatization day. You can take advantage of an acclimatization day here to hike along the Imja Khola River to Mount Chhukung or Nagarzhang. There is a small summer settlement there from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Island Peak, Lhotse and Ama Dablam mountains. In addition, you can also see the rippled ice walls along the Amphu Lapcha Pass. These sights are among the highlights of the entire trek.

 

Day 8 Dingboche/Lobuche

Hike along the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche for spectacular views of Nuptse.

 

Day 9 Everest Base Camp

On this day we make a challenging ascent along the Khumbu Glacier to Nuptse. We cross the Changri Glacier to Gorakshep and then enjoy the highlight of reaching Everest Base Camp.

 

Day 10 Gorak Shep/Pheriche

Enjoy an early morning hike to Kala Pattar to see Everest at sunrise. On a clear day, this challenging hike is known to offer the best views of Everest.

Begin the descent from Kala Pattar towards Pheriche. This is not the most difficult hike, but the altitude and the many climbs before Gorakshep can seem very strenuous. Stop along the way and enjoy the rather spectacular views. Altitude: 4270 m

 

Day 11 Pheriche/Kyangjuma

Descend through Pangboche with its magnificent gompa to Kyangjuma.

 

Day 12 Kyangjuma/Monjo

Continue the trek from Thyāngboche downhill towards Monjo. Follow the ascents and descents of this route and enjoy the views. Altitude: 2835 m

 

Day 13 Monjo/Lukla

The last day of our trek takes us back to Lukla, where we can recover from the exhausting adventure we just had.

 

Day 14 Lukla/Kathmandu

Flight to Kathmandu.

 

Day 15 Kathmandu

Departure possible at any time.

 

Accommodation details

A teahouse is a combination of guesthouse, restaurant and social gathering place. Most teahouses have private rooms, except at higher elevations where there are only dormitories. Most bathrooms are shared, and toilets can be either squat or western style. Most teahouses have running water. Most teahouses have only cold showers, but a few have hot water for an additional charge. However, we discourage our groups from using wood-heated water, as the lack of firewood in the villages is a major environmental problem in Nepal.

During a teahouse trek, you will usually have your breakfast and dinner at the teahouse, with lunch at one of the wayside restaurants. Each teahouse serves the traditional Nepali meal of dal bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of other dishes, including rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes, and soup. Some also offer Nepali versions of Western dishes such as pizza, pasta and chips. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available at most wayside teahouses and restaurants. And of course, Nepalese milk tea is served everywhere.

All teahouses have boiled water for hikers. We do not recommend buying bottled water. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose of and have become an environmental problem.

Included/Excluded

Hotels/pensions (2 nights), teahouse lodges (12 nights)
English speaking local guide and assistants for the hike
Porters included on the hike
Hike to Everest Base Camp
Domestic flights
All transfers between destinations and to and from included activities
CEO during the whole trip, helper during trekking
All meals (Plan for USD360-470 for meals not included).
Flights to and from Nepal

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Couples
Individuals
Friends

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