16 days | Best season: March to May, Sept. to Nov. | Min. 2 persons. | Max altitude: 5,545m | Moderate to Sterenuous trekking
If you have ever longed to see the highest mountain Everest from a stone throw distance, this is the trek. This trek gives you the opportunity to fulfill a dream, while walking through some of the most breathtaking sceneries in the Himalaya. Ever since the days of early expeditions, the 8,848m mountain has had a lure of its own, drawing climbers to scale it and trekkers to gaze on its icy faces. Naturally, the trail to the base camp of the mountain has become one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal, yet few people return from the trek unmoved by the experience of being right in among the highest peaks in the world.
From Kathmandu we fly to Lukla, and the adventure begins as we land at its tiny airstrip. We spend several days trekking through the homelands of the Sherpa people, among their villages and Buddhist monasteries, with distant views of Everest and neighboring Ama Dablam, considered by many to be among the most beautiful mountains in Nepal. A day is spent at Namche Bazaar, the bustling market town in the heart of Sherpa country, and at Pheriche a cluster of houses set among the high summer grazing pastures of the region. These rest days allow time to explore further and to acclimatize, an important factor in your enjoyment of the trek. Those who have fully acclimatized may trek to the Everest Base Camp but without doubt, the highlight for most will be the awe-inspiring views which unfold from the summit of Kala Pattar - the chaotic ice sculptures of the Khumbu Glacier, Nuptse and the south-west face of Everest itself. Not forgetting, of course, the personal sense of achievement that many experience at the end of their trek, when it is all over and we fly back to Kathmandu.
GLIMPSE OF EVEREST REGION
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing tour. Visit Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Patan Durbar.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding 3,450m. Overnight in lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m. Overnight in lodge.
Day 05: Rest day in Namche for acclimatization.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche 3,867m. Overnight in lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche 4,252m. Overnight in lodge.
Day 08: Rest day at Pheriche. Explore around.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche 4,930m. Overnight in lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep 5,184m. Overnight in lodge.
Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,357m. Overnight in lodge.
Day 12: Trek to Pangboche 3,985m. Overnight in lodge.
Day 13: Trek to Namche 3,450m. Overnight in lodge.
Day 14: Trek to Lukla 2,800m. Overnight in lodge.
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Transfer to airport. Trip concludes!