The trek to Everest base camp is a comprehensive and colourful journey through Nepal’s most famous valley, the Khumbu, the home of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8501m). The trail offers glimpses of Everest and Lhotse as well as other 8000m giants, Cho Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8463m) and Shisapangma (8013m). During Spring, the valley is awash with flowering rhondodendron trees of various colours and large white magnolia trees. The rolling landscape varies from lush low alpine vegetation to dry high altitude scrub land. Inhabiting this harsh land are the Sherpa people, an ethnic group famous for their hardiness, spirit and mountaineering prowess. This trek journeys into the heartland of the Sherpa people providing an insight into their rich Buddhist culture and traditional way of life. Sir Edmund Hillary grew a passion for Sherpas from his early mountaineering years and following Everest, spent his remaining years dedicated to fundraising and bringing development to the region.
Spring also brings climbers from around the globe with Everest ambitions. You’ll share the trail with yaks and porters carrying supplies to Everest base camp. During this season, Himalayan Ascent can offer you accommodation at an Everest Expedition camp. This unique opportunity gives a chance to mix with excited and anxious climbers, and gives close up views of the infamous Khumbu ice fall. Alternatively in autumn, you can visit Ama dablam base camp or rest an extra day soaking in the views.
Our Route begins from the gateway airport town of Lukla at 2840m. Following the Dudh kosi river on the valley floor, the trail first passes through farming villages of mixed Tamang, Rai and Sherpa communities. We then make a sharp ascent up to Namche, the capital of the Khumbu and the traditional trading centre of Sherpa people. We take a less traveled road to Phortse, a typical Sherpa farming village and the site of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation’s Khumbu Climbing School. Many Sherpa climbers come from Phortse and have been trained at the Khumbu Climbing School. From here it’s a short trek to Pangboche, the highest permanent Sherpa settlement. We acclimatise in Dingboche first before trekking the last few kilometres of a high altitude trail to Everest base camp. The view of Everest and Lhotse from Kala Pattar, our highest point, is a magnificent reward! The return route passes through Tengboche and the Tengboche monastery. This is the largest monastery in the region and is open to visitors to share prayer time with monks.
Trekking permits, 4 nights Kathmandu hotel, trekking guides, transport in Nepal, extensive high altitude wilderness first aid kit, all meals outside Kathmandu, porters to carry personal/group equipment, down jacket, sleeping bag and expedition duffel.
international flights to Kathmandu, meals in Kathmandu (USD 10-15 per meal), aerated and alcoholic everages, personal items (e.g.phone calls, laundry), tips, travel insurance (incl. early departure , mountain rescue) and personal trekking gear.
Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu
A Himalayan Ascent representative will collect
you from the airport. It’s a free day to recover
from your international flight. Later in the
evening, there will be a group briefing and
welcome group dinner.
Day 2 In Kathmandu
This is a free day for you to explore the crazy,
yet wondrously beautiful city of Kathmandu.
Home to 5 World Hertiage sites, Kathmandu
is a stunning landscape of handcrafted
wooden palaces (durbar or palace squares
of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur) and
glorious Buddhist stupas (Swayambu and
Boudhanath). It’s a city that stimulates all
senses, so be prepared because Kathmandu
is a city that demands attention.
Day 3 Fly to Lukla (2840m), trek to Monjo
(2840m) ~5 hrs
Our trip begins with an early morning 30 min
flight to Lukla, that flies over endless rolling
hills covered with green terraces. Once in
Lukla, we have a short break to organise
porters and gear before starting our day’s
walk, descending and ascending to Monjo.
We pass green villages and colourful maniwalls
as we follow the Dudh kusi river upstream.
This region is Buddhist so remember to walk
clockwise or to the right of maniwalls and
prayer flag poles. Monjo is an apple farming
village situated near the base of the hill up to
Namche. Take the time to drop into the Monjo
school, they love visitors.
Day 4 Trek Monjo (2840m) to Namche
(3440m) ~5 hrs
Before leaving Monjo, we’ll drop into the
Khumbu National Park Information Centre
where you can trace our trail from a 3D model
of the region. The route crosses several steel
suspension bridges covered with katas,
white well-wishing scarves, and prayer flags.
From the last bridge, it’s a 2-3 hr hike up to
Namche. On a clear day, you can catch your
first view of Everest from a lookout about
mid-way up the hill. Once in Namche, you
have the afternoon to rest, do last minute
gear shopping or catch locals enjoying the
Day 5 Acclimatisation day in Namche
~ 5 hrs
We spend an extra day in Namche before
trekking higher to allow our bodies to adjust
to the lower levels of oxgyen in the air. In the
morning, we will walk up to the Everest View
Hotel to enjoy a panoramic view of Everest,
Ama dablam and Thamserku. It’s just a taster
for the spectacular scenery to come! From
here, you can explore the villages of Khunde
and Khumjung where Sir Edmund Hillary
opened a hospital and school, respectively.
Or the afternoon is free for wandering around
Namche, emailing friends/family or relaxing
over coffee and cakes in the bakery.
Day 6 Trek Namche (3440m) to Phortse
(3810m) ~ 5 hrs
The trail behind Namche is a gentle track
that traverses high above the Imja river with
overlooking views of Thamserku and Ama
dablam. We pass a chorten in memory
of Tenzing Sherpa, Sir Edmund Hillary’s
climbing partner, before reaching Kyangjuma
to break for morning tea. We split from the
regular traffic of trekkers heading to EBC
by taking the higher road up to Mong for
lunch enroute to Phortse. Many villagers still
depend on potato and buckwheat farming
here, but Phortse is also known for producing
many climbing Sherpas to supplement
incomes. Since 2003, the Khumbu Climbing
School which operates in Phortse has trained
many keen young men and women. Every
winter, reowned international climbers and
local guides work together to run climbing
courses. The partnership has not only
increased climbing enthusiasm amongst
locals, but has also improved general climbing
safety. On arrival, we will stop into the Khumbu
Climbing School to check their activities,
perhaps even getting in a rock climb at the
Day 7 Trek Phortse (3810m) to Pangboche
(3930m) ~2.5 hrs
Heading out of Phortse you will see Cho
Oyu, the 6th highest mountain in the world
up the Ngozumba glacier leading to Gokyo
lakes. The trail to Pangboche is an easy
day of traversing with views of Tengboche
monastery just across the valley. Pangboche
is the highest permanent settlement with the
oldest monastery in the Khumbu. The horizon
from here to Lobuche is dominanted by Ama
dablam, (6856m) one of the most picturesque
mountains in the Khumbu that is technically
demanding to climb.
Day 8 Trek Pangboche (3930m) to
Dingboche (4410m) ~4 hrs
As we hike up the track towards Dingboche,
there’s a distinct change in the landscape
as we cross the 4000m barrier. High
altitude scrubs replace trees and formidable
mountains suddenly appear within reach.
You feel instantly that Everest must be
close! Dingboche is the first of a series of
settlements leading to EBC established to
accommodate trekkers. It is a seasonal
village with a few fields and yaks. The
afternoon is free to use internet or to do
some much needed laundry. There are a
few bakeries you can try too.
Day 9 Acclimatisation in Dingboche ~5
We take a rest day in Dingboche to
acclimatise to our increased altitude gain.
In the morning, we’ll walk up to a lookout
to touch the 5000m mark. It’s a steep
climb but the views of Makalu (8463m),
Lhotse (8501m), Nuptse (7861m) and
on clear days, Cho Oyu (8201m) and
Shispangma (8013m) are worth any feelings
of breathlessness. After lunch, if you’re feeling
energetic, you can hike towards Chhukung
village or down to Pheriche. Alternatively,
curling in with a book and hot chocolate is
Day 10 Trek Dingboche (4410m) to
Lobuche (4910m) ~5 hr
Just above Dingboche and along a plateau
of yak herder shelters, we enter a serene
santuary of panoramic mountains. Take a
moment to absorb and reflect on feelings
of excitment that Everest is just around the
corner! Passing Dughla, it’s a 1 hr hike up to
Thokla pass (4830m) where memorials have
been built for fallen climbers. We then cross
rocky terrain to Lobuche for the night.
Day 11 Trek Lobuche (4910m) to Gorak
Shep (5140m) and Kala Pattar (5550m) ~7
Gorak Shep is the last settlement before
reaching EBC. From Lobuche, it’s a short
walk of a couple of hours across a glacier
moraine to reach there around mid morning.
After a quick refreshment, we will hike the trail
up the large black hill behind our teahouse.
The summit of Kala Patter or “Black Rock”
offers us our first real look at Everest, an
unobstructed view of the highest mountain in
the world. Alongside it stands Lhotse, the 4th
highest in the world. Kala Pattar is also our
highest point on the trek. We trek back down
to a hearty lunch and a good rest.
Day 12 Trek Gorak Shep (5140m) to
Everest base camp (5300m) ~4 hrs
Finally we reach our objective today, EBC! We
walk further along the rocky terrain alongside
the Khumbu glacier to EBC. This pile of rocks
sitting at the foot of the infamous Khumbu
ice fall in spring is home to some 30 teams
(hundreds of climbers and support staff)
aspiring to climb Everest. In the afternoon,
we’ll take our time inspecting the Khumbu
ice fall and visiting the Himalayan Rescue
Association. We’ll spend the night at EBC
using the camp facilities of Himalayan Ascent’s
Everest/Lhotse operation. This is a great
opportunity to see firsthand, what it takes to
climb an 8000m mountain. During autumn,
instead of staying at EBC, we’ll spend a day
visiting Ama dablam base camp or simply
resting with fantastic views and a good book.
Day 13 Trek EBC (5300m) to Pheriche
(4270m) ~7 hrs
As we trek the undulating glacier trail back
to Thukla pass, we look back and around
at the snow peaks within this wonderous
valley. You can understand why this region
attracts so many climbers to this playground
of mountains. We continue the downhill trail to
Day 14 Trek Pheriche (4270m) to
Tengboche (3860m) ~4 hrs
As we descend to lower altitudes, every step
you take from here to Lukla, you will feel
rejuvenated with increasing oxygen in the
air. We have lunch at Pangboche, cross the
river and pass through Deboche to reach
our destination of Tengboche for the night.
Tengboche monastery is famous for hosting
the major Buddhist festival, Mani Rimdu, in
November. The monastery itself was rebuilt
after a fire in 1989. Visitors are allowed to
observe prayer time with the monks at mid
morning/mid afternoon. This is not to be
missed! Also enjoy a cake at the bakery.
Day 15 Trek Tengboche (3860m) to Monjo
(2840m) ~ 5 hrs
It’s a big descent from Tengboche to the Dudh
koshi river crossing, followed by a 45 min hike
up the otherside heading back to Namche.
The trail from here is an easy traverse with
familiar sights of Thamserku and the Kongde
range. We pause in Namche for lunch before
making another big descent back to the valley
floor. Crossing over the many suspension
bridges in warmer temperatures again, we
evenutally break in Monjo for the night.
Day 16 Trek Monjo (2840m) to Lukla
(2840m) ~ 3 hrs
Enjoy the sights of the maniwalls around Ghat
and other villages, as we make our way back
to Lukla. This is our last opportunity to take
in the Buddhist culture that has prevailed
throughout the trek before returning to the
melting pot of cultures found in Kathmandu.
Day 17 Fly Lukla to Kathmandu, stay in
Another early morning flight out of Lukla back
to Kathmandu. You have the rest of the day
to rest from the trek. A massage is highly
Day 18 In Kathmandu
Our last day to catch in some sight seeing,
shop, relax and prepare for departure. If you
didn’t make it to Bhaktapur or the other durbar
squares in Patan/Kathmandu, make sure you
don’t miss these world hertiage sites. They
provide another viewpoint of Nepal’s diverse
culture and ancient architectural talents.
Day 19 Depart Kathmandu
We bid Kathmandu and Nepal farewell….until
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