17 Day Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek
This journey explores one of the most famous regions of the world – the Everest region of Nepal. Mount Everest is the crown jewel of a range of numerous 8000+ meter (26,000+ feet) snow-covered peaks. The area is a paradise for the mountaineer, the trekker, the photographer, the adventurer and any lover of raw, powerful nature.
Being the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest has a mystique and reputation that sets it apart from any other mountain. Everest was first climbed in 1953 by the young New Zealand beekeeper and mountaineer Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide/companion, Tenzing Norgay. Everest still represents the ultimate challenge for many of the world’s finest mountaineers and since Hillary’s first ascent, there have been more than 3000 attempts to reach the summit. Less than 29% of climbers who set out were successful; over 225 climbers have died trying.
Participants on this trek will get to enjoy many of the awe-inspiring views that Hillary and other mountaineers have seen without being subjected to the physical traumas and dangers that they endured. Fully supported by experienced Sherpa guides and porters, participants will follow Hillary’s footsteps to the base of the famous mountain. Along the way, they will trek past remote monasteries and isolated villages that have changed little over the centuries. The local residents – mostly Sherpas – are curious and welcoming.
Your adventure starts in the colourful, chaotic, magical and utterly fascinating city of Kathmandu. Accompanied by a local guide, you will explore various temples, and wander through bazaars that are likely different from anything you have ever experienced. As you wander through narrow streets and alleys, you will sample the local cuisine and have the opportunity to bargain with merchants and artisans who are keen to sell their exotic items.
The following day, you join other trekkers and mountaineers as you embark on a 45-minute mountain flight to the small airstrip outside of “The Gateway to Everest” – the 230-inhabitant village of Lukla. Final provisions are packed and equipment is checked before commencing your trek. As exciting and exotic as it has been to this point, it only gets better and better.
Following the valley of the Dudh Kosi River, the winding dirt path carries you sweeps you upward to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and its 1600 residents.
Shortly afterwards, you will get your first glimpse of Mount Everest as it peeks above the Lhotse-Nuptse Ridge. The base of the mountain is still many days away, but its pull on you is already strong.
Slowly ascending as you move ever-deeper into the region, your body becomes acclimatized to the high altitude. Slowly ascending in order to acclimatize to the high attitude, you pass through small villages on the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sagarmatha National Park and the Tengboche Monastery. Tenzing Norgay grew up in this village and the connection with Hillary’s Foundation remains strong.
Ascending further, one comes to Kala Pattar, a rocky outcrop west of Everest. This vantage point offers fantastic views of Everest’s Ice Fall and the South Col. A stunning view of the southwest face of Everest – first climbed in 1975 – will forever remain in your mind.
The journey continues, climbing gradually yet inexorably until you reach the base camp of the most famous mountain in the world. Few people in the world will be able to ever say they have experienced and accomplished what you have – to be at the base of “a larger than life legend” — Mount Everest.
Trip Highlights: Scenic flight to Lukla, Sherpa home down, monasteries, amazing view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku. Views of Khumbu Ice- Fall, Sherpa village, Tengboche Monastery, Everest Base Camp, Kalapattar and so on.
Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu or meet our representative in Kathmandu – transfer to hotel. Overnight (O/N) Hotel.
Day 2Kathmandu sightseeing, including the Buddhist stupa of Boudhnath, Swyambhunath(Monkey Temple), and Patan Durbar Square, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. O/N Hotel.
Day 3Fly to Lukla (2,795 m) and trek to Phakding (2,610m). O/N Lodge.
Day 4Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,480m). O/N Lodge.
Day 5Namche Bazaar - acclimatization day. O/N Lodge.
Day 6Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,860m). O/N Lodge.
Day 7Trek to Dingboche (4,350m). O/N Lodge.
Day 8Day trip to Chhukung valley (4,710m) and return trek to Dingboche. O/N Lodge.
Day 9Trek to Lobuche (4,920m). O/N Lodge.
Day 10Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,300m), then back to Gorak Shep. O/N Lodge.
Day 11Visit Kalapattar (5,545m), and trek to Pheriche (4,240m). O/N Lodge.
Day 12Trek Khumjung (3,790m). O/N Lodge.
Day 13Trek to Monjo (2,840m). O/N Lodge.
Day 14Trek to Lukla (2,795m). O/N Lodge.
Day 15Flight to Kathmandu - Transfer to Hotel - Free time to relax. O/N Hotel.
Day 16Kathmandu – Time on your own - sightseeing can be arranged. Overnight Hotel.
Day 17Last day of trip.
No specific previous experience is required to complete this trek but good health and able to walk min. 4 to max 7hrs at a normal pace are necessary (with breaks in between) | Beside the given departure date, the trip can be arranged at any date | Single supplementary may apply
Included and Additional Expences
- Airport/Hotel/Airport transfers.
- 4 Nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast Basis
- Sightseeing tour with English speaking city guide and all monument fees
- Basic comfortable Mountain lodge on trek
- Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu flight.
- Domestic airport tax.
- 1 porter for each 2 members to carry their baggage (includes their food, accommodation and daily wages).
- 1 Sherpa English speaking guide for entire trek days (includes their food, accommodation and daily wages).
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on trek.
- Guide and porter insurance.
- Trekking Permit.
- TIMS Permit.
- Down Jacket, Sleeping bags (which need to be returned after the trek.)
- Duffel/kit bag (to put your trekking gear during the trek) can take after the trek as a souvenir.
- All taxes and 13% Govt Vat
- Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and mineral water.
- Meals on trek and Kathmandu.
- International airfare.
- Nepal entry visa (Can be obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, requires 2 passport size photos and US$ 40 or equivalent in any other currency)