This is the way into Everest Base Camp, taking the spectacular flight into the airstrip of Lukla then meeting the classic trail at Phakding, follow it upwards through Sherpa country, distinct Buddhist culture and colourful market towns to the series of lakes that mark the base camp of the mountain. Our treks and times may vary depending on weather conditions and other events when we arrive, but typically all our base camp treks follow the same structure
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, collection from airport and transfer to Hotel. Food, Trip Briefing and Bed early to prepare for the next day.
Day 02: Rise Early Morning, Breakfast, transfer to Airport for Himalayan flight. Fly to Lukla (2,840m), trek to Phakding (2,610m) – 4 to 5 hours walking.
You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for the early morning flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla. This is a truly spectacular beginning to the trek as you fly over the rolling foothills of Nepal with the huge Himalayan peaks visible to the north. On arrival Sherpa guides will arrange porters and then begin the trek following the Dudh Khosi valley to the village of Phakding. Overnight lodge.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,445m )- 5 to 6 hours walking.
Today there is a long and steep climb up to the trading town of Namche Bazaar. Halfway up the hill we are rewarded with our first views of Everest and Lhotse. Namche is the largest town in the Khumbu and has superb views of Thamserku (6,648m), Kwangde (6,220m) and Khumbila (5,700m). Overnight at lodge.
Day 04: Acclimatization day in Namche
Today we take a rest day to allow us to adapt to the gain in altitude. There is plenty to do in and around Namche, we can take a short walk above the town to get a view of Everest. There is also an interesting Sherpa Culture Museum which is well worth a visit. We will return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon you can either relax or visit the Bazaar. Overnight at lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Debuche (3,770m) - 5 hours walking.
Straight through Namche's town, join the main trail emerging onto a precipitous canyon wall above the Dudh Kosi. Continue to a junction in the trail then descend to the river, crossing the bridge at Phutenga, 2 hours from Namche. Ascend steeply up a forested ridge to a saddle, a little less than 2 hours away. Thyangboche's monastery lies here with its spectacular views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku & Tobuche. The lodge at Deboche is 15 minutes walk away from Tengboche.
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4,350m) - 5 to 6 hours walking.
Trekking past the Gompa, which holds the famous Yeti scalp, at Pangboche, are the summer yak pastures and here lies no doubt as to the Spartan lives of Sherpas. Beyond this, it is as well to understand that overnight sleeping facilities can reflect the harshness of our surroundings. Much of the walking in this area is of comparatively gentle gradient, although a leisurely pace is anyway recommended due to the high altitude.
Day 07: A second acclimatization day, with optional hikes to Nagajun Hill (approx. 5,050m) or Chukung village, with fine views of Ama Dablam, Makalu and other peaks, interspersed with lakes and glaciers.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4,931m) - 5 hours walking.
From Dingboche the trail contours above Pheriche and on towards the moraine of the Khumbu glacier and then across to Dughla. From Dughla the trail goes directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier before turning left just past the climber and sherpa memorial. From here the route descends a little and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche, Tawache and Nuptse are particularly spectacular from Lobuche, towering almost two kilometres directly above you!
Day 09: Trek to Everest base camp and back to Gorakshep (5,160m) - 8 to 9 hours walking.
After an early start we follow the trail along the western side of the broad Khumbu valley. The conical peak of Pumori comes into view further along, it is on a lower ridge of this mountain that we will be going tomorrow for the Everest view point of Kala Pattar. The trail makes a short descent onto the sandy area at Gorakshep. It should take between 2 to 3 hours walking to get to Gorakshep from Lobuche. After a light lunch walk to Everest base camp will head off for the 6 hour return trek. The trail is mainly on rocky moraine before crossing over on to the glacier. There is a dramatic view of the infamous Khumbu icefall from the basecamp.
Day 10: Trek to Kala Patar (5,545m) and return to Pheriche
The best vantage point for viewing Everest and the surrounding peaks at sunrise; as if not just Everest but the entire world is breathtaking. Then descend to the flat and sandy expanse of Gorakshep, and on down to Pheriche.
Day 11: Trek to Phortse village - 6 hours walking.
Shortly after leaving Pheriche we cross a bridge over the Khumbu River and then rejoin the trail that we took to Dingboche on Day 8. Just before entering Pangboche village we take a different trail that contours high up the hillside and finally reaches the village of Phortse. From here there are superb views of Tengboche monastery with Mount Kangtega behind.
Day 12. Trek to Monjo - 6 to 7 hours walking.
On leaving Phortse we descend steeply through birch and rhododendron forest to the Dudhi Khosi. After crossing the river there is a steady walk up to the Mong La pass at 3,963m. From here we descend to Tashinga where we join the main Base Camp trail again. We retrace our steps back to Namche Bazaar and then down to Monjo village.
Day 13. Return to Lukla- 5 hours walking.
From Monjo we carry on the descent of the Dudh Khosi valley through the villages of Phakding, Ghat and Cheplung. At Chaurikharka we start ascending the final hill of the trek to reach Lukla. On getting to the Sunrise Lodge you can relax and enjoy your last evening with the Sherpa guides and wonderful porters.
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel & rest of the day at leisure.
Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 16. Transfer to Kathmandu airport for the flight back home.