15 days on an epic journey to Everest Base Camp! Embark on an adventure that takes you through forests & snow-laden mountains. Experience Sherpa culture on a fully guided trek. Ascend & descend through various terrain, all the while taking in astounding views of the surroundings. Join us as we brave the elements & make for Everest Base Camp!
Day 1 - Tuesday, April 16: Kathmandu [1,350m/4,428ft]
Arrival day. After airport transfers explore Kathmandu or simply relax in your hotel before gearing up for our first official group dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant. Rest up because your adventure of a lifetime begins tomorrow.
Day 2 - Wednesday, April 17: Kathmandu to Lukla [2,800m/9,184ft] to Phakding [2,652m/8,700ft]
Fly across the Himilayas to Lukla, on one of the most awe-inspiring flights you’ll ever wished to see – dramatic landscapes, rolling hills and high mountainous peaks aplenty. Take some time to check out Lukla before starting our trek to Phakding for the night. After our short trek, take a side trip to one of the nearby monasteries for some cultural experience.
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Day 3 - Thursday, April 18: Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3,440m/11,283ft]
After breakfast, we trek across the beautiful Dudh Koshi River and view the magnificent Mt. Thamserku from the Benkar village. We’ll make our way past Sagarmatha National Park, cross the Hilary Suspension Bridge all the while taking in the view from Chautara on our way to the colourful village of Namche Bazaar, the main gateway to the Khumbu region.
Day 4 - Friday, April 19: Namche Bazaar [3,440m/11,283ft]
Spend the day acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar. Choose an optional day hike to Thame or Khunde, or choose a relaxing exploration of Namche Bazaar itself. The tourist centre alone will keep you entertained for hours with an assortment of great Everest history. Take in lunch in Kumjung and head back to Namche Bazaar for the night.
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Day 5 - Saturday, April 20: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche [3,870m/12,694ft]
Action packed fifth day on the trip with a trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche. Along the way, take in superb views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and you guessed it, Mt. Everest itself! Touch climbing through a pine forest in the afternoon before settling in at Tengboche for the night.
Day 6 - Sunday, April 21: Tengboche to Dingboche [4,360m/14304ft]
With the mountains as the backdrop, the monastery in Tengboche looks spectacular, especially in the early morning. After leaving camp, we cross a traditional and cultural Sherpa village called Pangboche, where we can see a close up of the daily activities of Sherpa people. Afterwards, it’s off to the riverside mountain valley of Dingboche for the night.
Day 7 - Monday, April 22 Dingboche [4,360m/1,300ft]
Today is our second day set aside for acclimatization, this time in Dingboche. A refreshing breakfast while admiring a looming Ama Dablam (6856m/ 22493 ft) to the south awaits us, and is really fantastic. This will be an ideal acclimatizing excursion. Upon this juncture, we can see three of the world's six highest peaks, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Yu meanwhile to the west loom the towering Cholatse and Taboche peaks. From a vantage point high on the ridge, we can scan the sweeping Imja Khola valley, as well as the picturesque fields and pastures of Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.
Day 8 - Tuesday, April 23: Dingboche to Lobuche [4,930m/16,170ft]
After breakfast, we hike the steep terrain of the Khumbu Glacier. Making our way through boulder-strewn slopes, we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge with dramatic mountain views. The terrain drops and we’ll find ourselves in front of the great peaks of Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. The altitude will be getting high by this stage and the nights much colder, but the mountain is getting closer. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 9 - Wendesday, April 24: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp [5,364m/17,594 ft] and back to Gorak Shep [5,170m/16,961ft]
Take the trail to Everest Base Camp through Gorak Shep Lake. Pass through rocky dunes and streams until we reach the base camp. Take in the views of all the colourful mountaineers’ tents from base camp along with views of Nuptse, Khumbutse and Pumori. We return to Gorak Shep for a good night's rest, but not before taking in the indescribable sunset from Kala Patthar before hitting the hay. Optional climb of Kala Patthar for sunrise if group returns to Gorak Shep before 3pm.
Day 10 - Thursday, April 25: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar [5,545m/18,192 ft] and back to Pangboche [3,985m/13,070ft]
Wake up early and take in the dramatic sunrise and first light shining on Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar. Take in the whole panoramic view of the Himilayan mountain ranges from atop Kala Patthar, one mighty mountain to another. Take as many photos as you can, but let the mind’s eye soak in the sights too because these vistas will last a lifetime. Back to Pangboche for a good night’s rest.
Day 11 - Friday, April 26: Pangboche to Namche Bazzar
From Pangboche we retrace our footsteps through the forest as we return to Tengboche, where after lunch we continue our tree-lined descent. Follow the Dudh Koshi Gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests until eventually reaching Sansa. Keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colourful pheasants and more as we make our descent. Return to Namche Bazzar and take one final look upon Mt. Everest before settling in for a nice hot shower and warm bed.
Day 12 - Saturday, April 27: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Descend and cross the suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi and its tributaries where the trail becomes more level and natural. Walk through the Buddhist Sherpa villages, taking in their cultures along the way. Arrive in Lukla for the second to last night of our amazing journey.
Day 13 - Sunday, April 28: Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla and use this day to rest and restore your energies or take in some final exploration of Kathmandu itself. Buy some traditional gifts or just relax for the day before we spend our final night as a group in a typical Nepalese restaurant, watching a Nepalese cultural show for entertainment. Re-live the best moments of your trip – from the quite literal highs and lows to the most memorable peaks. Enjoy each other’s company one more time before the trip of a lifetime comes to an end.
Day 14 - Monday, April 29: Kathmandu
Free day in Kathmandu. This day is in the itinerary to be used as a contingency plan incase bad weather or anything else slows our journey. Use this day to explore the city of Kathmandu, relax and unwind in your hotel.
Day 15 - Tuesday, April 30: Kathmandu
Farewell to your new friends. Take out your bucket list and tick Everest Base Camp off! You are saying good bye to the mountains as your trip of a lifetime comes to an end today. Spend a final few hours in Kathmandu before going to back to reality to gloat in front of all of your friends and family. Now you get to tell them about your awesome adventure to Everest Base Camp!
"I absolutely loved it. I can't wait to do another trip!" - Emma Ferris