The trek to Everest Base Camp is one of the Worlds classic treks and is suitable for anyone in good health and physical condition. The walking, at times, is challenging but amply rewarded by the stunning scenery. The itinerary is planned with enough rest days to ensure proper acclimatisation.
After exploring the temples, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. From here we trek north through pine forest to the bustling Sherpa ‘capital’, Namche Bazaar. Our route then passes through the magnificent Thyangboche Monastery surrounded by mani walls, chortens and prayer flags, under shadow of the Everest massif and Ama Dablam. This is one of the most beautiful settings in the world and a highlight for many on this trek.
From Thyangboche onwards the alpine scenery becomes more rugged and we trek above the tree line to reach Pangboche and then Dingboche located in the Imja valley, As the air gets thinner we ascend steadily, following glacial moraines, via Lobuje to the lodge at Gorak Shep. Over the next two days we climb Kala Patar, recognised as the best vantage place to see Mount Everest,and then make the short trek to the historic site of Everest Base Camp.
We then return back to Lukla, via the villages of Khumjung and Kunde, for the flight back to Kathmandu.
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Price & Inclusions
Price on application – ex Brisbane *Fligh upgrades and single supplement available.
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Price will depend on numbers.
Your trek costs include:
return economy airfare from Brisbane
eight week adventure fitness preparation program, including access to specialised Altitude Training
all food during trek
all lodge fees
return flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
three nights twin share accommodation in Kathmandu
experienced trek leaders
EE adventure trek clothing
trek gear including back pack, sleeping bag, camelback
personal travel insurance
oxygen if required
Your trek costs do not include:
personal expenses eg. phone calls, beverages at the hotel etc
any inoculations required
boots, a small amount of personal trek clothing and wet weather gear
connecting flights to and from Brisbane
8 weeks remote or supervised.
Private Group Departures
Private departures are available on each of our adventures. This enables you to choose departure dates that are suitable for your family, business or sporting group. We will advise you on the best months of travel to each destination. Private departures require a minimum of 10 trekkers.
KATHMANDU (1360M) You arrive in Kathmandu and are transferred to the Shangri La Hotel. A pre-trek briefing, given by the group leader, will be scheduled for the late afternoon. He will discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. In the evening we enjoy a meal at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.
KATHMANDU (1360M) In the morning we explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour, visiting Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. Here we may observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the Stupa. In addition we also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we will see Hindu holymen (Sadhus), pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The early afternoon is free to relax in the spacious hotel garden or you may wish to visit Thamel for any last-minute shopping. In the afternoon you will be supplied with your Trek Pack and trek departure information.
PHAKDING (2652M) In the early morning we take the spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m), flying parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibetan China. Flight time is about 40 minutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing we will have time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load the trekking equipment. In the afternoon, we begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River, where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, just above Chaurikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), it is a short walk to Phakding.
MONJO (2835M) From Phakding we cross the river and head up valley following porters from the south ferrying supplies to Namche. The trail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is very spectacular in the spring months when the flowers are in bloom. We cross the Dudh Kosi at Benkar where there are tantalizing glimpses of the snow peaks Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m) where we arrive in time for lunch. We spend the night in Monjo with the afternoon free, with the opportunity to do some exploring around the village. The day has been deliberately kept short to aid acclimatization, a very important process.
NAMCHE BAZAAR (3446M) Today the walking is a little tougher and includes the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. From Monjo, it is a short walk to the entrance of the National Park before we cross the Dudh Kosi, to Jorsale (2805m). The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank, to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi rivers; it is here that we start the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. After crossing a large and stable suspension bridge high above the river we slowly ascend at a steady pace towards Namche. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. After arriving in Namche, we enjoy lunch with the afternoon free to bargain in the shops for ‘Tibetan’ artefacts, or relax and marvel at the beautiful scenery.
NAMCHE BAZAAR (3446M) We remain at Namche for a second night to allow for proper acclimatization to the altitude. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large, protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today a limited amount of trade exists at Namche and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat.
It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the National Park Headquarters above the village. The view is stunning, with a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks including great views of Everest. After breakfast, a variety of options exists; perhaps a walk towards Thami (3810m) above the beautiful Bhote Khola river valley or a visit to the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and details of the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides will be on hand to offer advice and escort you on your walks.
THYANGBOCHE (3875M) From Namche, we climb towards the park headquarters and follow a contouring trail high above the Dudh Kosi River. Above Namche the route to Thyangboche becomes visible with the monastery seen below the summit of Everest and surrounded by Himalayan peaks. On today’s walk there are opportunities to spot the local wildlife, including the beautiful Danphe Pheasant often seen among the birch and silver fir forest between Shanasa and Trashinga, and Himalayan Thar on the high ground above the trail. After reaching the re-forestation nursery at Trashinga, the trail drops steeply to cross the Dudh Kosi at Phunkitenga (3250m), where we take lunch. In the afternoon we pass water-driven prayer wheels and ascend, initially steeply, through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron forest towards Thyangboche. The monastery and our lodge are located in a beautiful meadow surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks in a truly peaceful and tranquil setting. The most notable peaks seen from here are Kantega, Ama Dablam – perhaps the most beautiful peak in the region – and of course Mount Everest.
According to legend, Thyangboche Monastery was founded in the 17th century by Lama Sange Dorjee, who came from Tibet’s Rongphu Monastery. Thyangboche was destroyed by an earthquake in 1933, rebuilt and again badly damaged by fire in 1989. Construction of the present monastery was completed in 1992. We spend the first part of morning at Thyangboche to visit the monastery and the nearby museum. There is a small entrance fee for the museum and a small donation to the monastery is appreciated.
PANGBOCHE (4040m) We descend through alpine forests to the settlement of Deboche, where there is a convent, and then through to Milingo to cross a bridge over Imja Khola. From here the trail gradually climbs up, with great views of Ama Dablam, to the village of Pangboche where we stop for the night. In the afternoon we visit the village of Upper Pangboche. We then head of towards a ridge below Tawache to aid our acclimatization before returning to our lodge for tea and biscuits.
DINGBOCHE (4360M) Today we have a pleasant walk, ascending gradually high above the Imja Khola River and passing the tea houses at Orsho before crossing the river and old glacial moraines on our way to our lodge in the settlement of Dingboche. The scenery is spectacular and although Everest here disappears behind the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge, the huge peaks that tower above the eastern end of the valley are ample compensation. We are now almost completely above the tree-line and, in clear conditions, can look out for spectacular sunsets here and on Ama Dablam. Today’s walk is quite tiring due to the altitude, so it is important to take notice of your trek leader’s advice and recommendations regarding rest and fluid intake.
DINGBOCHE (4360M) Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of small fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds. It is occupied mainly through the monsoon months, when large numbers of yaks are brought here to graze on the valley pastures. Behind our lodge the huge rock faces of Taweche seem to soar to the heavens.
Your leader will advise on activities today; the short excursion up the valley towards Chukung is worthwhile. The views are fantastic in this valley; the towering south face of Lhotse to the north, Island Peak in the centre of the valley, and the fluted ice-walls of unnamed peaks that line the southern end of the valley form a hauntingly beautiful sight. In the afternoon an optional hike up the hill behind our lodge will afford great views of the fifth highest mountain in the world, Makalu (8481m), which is not visible from the valley floor.
LOBUJE (4930M) In the morning we ascend the small ridge behind the village above the Pheriche valley. From the chorten at the top, Taweche and Cholatse (6440m) make for a striking scene as they seem to lean forwards from across the valley in the west. To the north, Lobuje Peak (6119m) and the snowfields of the Cho La dominate the skyline. The walking is now generally fairly flat on wide-open fields, but do take your time and ensure you are well hydrated. Late in the morning we cross the Khumbu Khola at Thughla (4620m) and take a light lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines of the Khumbu Glacier flowing off Everest. In the afternoon, there is a solid and quite steep climb on a rocky trail to the top of the moraines. On the crest of the ridge, you pass a line of memorial cairns, built in memory of the Sherpas and climbers who have died on various Everest expeditions over the last 50 years. From here the view is spectacular, Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m), Khumbutse (6623m), and across the border in Tibet, Changtse (7550m) are seen at the head of the valley, whilst Everest is hidden behind the towering walls of Nuptse and Lhotse. We then follow the valley stream to our lodge at Lobuje, arriving early afternoon. Today is a tiring day but the fantastic scenery makes it all very worthwhile. If you still have some energy and conditions are clear, a walk, taken gradually, up onto the large ridge at the rear of the lodge can reward you with even more spectacular views.
GORAK SHEP (5180M) As the trek to Gorak Shep is relatively short, we have the opportunity for a leisurely breakfast before beginning the day’s walk. From Lobuje we follow the broad valley that runs parallel to Khumbu Glacier. A gradual ascent enables us to build the slow, steady rhythm required when walking at high altitude. When we reach the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier, we make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that leads eventually to the surprising glacial sands of Gorak Shep (5160m) – reached after about three hours of walking.
After lunch we relax for an hour or so before starting the uphill climb the to Kala Pathar (5545m) to experience the sensational sunset views from this amazing vantage point. From the lodge the ascent is quite steep, so start very slowly and try to ascend at a steady rhythmic pace. Kala Pathar is the rocky hilltop below Pumori. It is a tough walk because of the altitude, but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. It will probably take a good hour and a half to reach the summit from Gorak Shep, although lower viewpoints can provide views that are almost as good. Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest, the highest mountain in the world, surround us. About three kilometers away and some 200 meters below, the area of the Everest Base Camp can be seen in a bowl at the bottom of the Khumbu Ice Fall. For many trekkers, reaching Kala Patar is a very emotional experience and it is worthwhile spending as long as you wish in order to savor this special moment.
GORAK SHEP (5180M) After a leisurely breakfast we head off towards the Everest Base Camp. The trek to the base camp can be achieved in around three hours. Though we will not see any climbing expeditions at this time of year the stunning and wild location of the base camp gives an insight into the challenging living conditions of those who will be attempting the peak. Expeditions arrive in late March and leave only in late May a long time to be surviving at such high altitudes under basic conditions. From Everest Base Camp we do not get great views of the summit of Mount Everest, but we are able to see the notorious Everest Ice Fall that flows from the Western Cwm, which is regarded as technically the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain. The return journey from the Base Camp to Gorak Shep takes the same amount of time.
PANGBOCHE (4040m) After breakfast we retrace our steps across the moraines of the Changri Nup Glacier and the follow the open valley, beside the Khumbu Glacier, back to the lodges at Lobouje. After enjoying a short break for drinks and snacks we descend back to Thugla. From here we take a different route than on our ascent from Dingboche. We follow the wide valley, below the peaks of Taweche and Cholatse and onto Pheriche for lunch. The mornings walk is quite long but mainly downhill all the way. In the afternoon we cross the Khumbu Khola and ascend a short steep trail to the top of a small ridge for great views of the Imja Valley, Ama Dablam and Kantega. We then descend to the small settlements at Orsho and Shomare, and continue contouring high above the Imja Khola and onto Lower Pangboche. We will arrive in the mid to late afternoon having descended over a thousand metres.
KHUMJUNG (3785M) From our lodge we continue to descend to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River and re-trace our steps past the nunnery at Deboche and onto Thyangboche Monastery. It is a steep descent back to Phunkitenga where we enjoy a welcome tea stop. After crossing the Dudh Kosi on the new suspension bridge it is a steady uphill hill climb through beautiful pine and fir forest to Trashinga where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon a short ascent followed by an hour or so of contouring leads us back to Shanasa. We leave the main trail here and ascend through a small birch and rhododendron copse that lines the trail enroute to the villages of Khumjung and Kunde. Our lodge is located in Khumjung where we enjoy spectacular mountain views of the surrounding peaks. After a welcome cup of tea and settling into our rooms we make a short side trip to the nearby Khumjung Monastery to see the famous Yeti scalp.
MONJO (2835M) – In the morning we explore both villages in the valley. We start at the Khumjung School built by Sir Edmund Hillary in the 1960’s where there will never be a shortage of students willing to show us around. A short distance away is the local hospital also built by Hillary and after a short visit there we descend past the Yak breeding station to the small airstrip at Shyangboche . It is only a short distance from here to return to Namche Bazaar. We take lunch here and perhaps take a shower or catch up with our emails at one of the many internet café’s. In the afternoon we continue to descend to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi. We follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo where we stay the night.
LUKLA (2800M) In the morning we make a leisurely start following the Dudh Kosi river via Benkar through blue pine and rhododendron forest with great views of Kusum Kangaru back to Phakding where we take lunch. This is our last day of trekking, however, in the afternoon there is a bit of an unexpected uphill climb back to the airstrip at Lukla. In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner, followed by a few celebratory drinks and dancing with our Sherpa companions.
KATHMANDU (1360M) We rise early in the morning to be ready for the arrival of the aircraft for the flight back to Kathmandu. We will be met at the airport and transferred to the Shangri La Hotel.
KATHMANDU (1360M) Today, we have a free day allotted to do some souvenir hunting, explore the local markets or just relax in the beautiful garden of the Hotel Shangri La.