This adventure is the classic Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar trek. This classic trek includes two important acclimatisation days to allow you to adjust to the increasing changes in altitude and to do some local exploring. You will be trekking through the homelands of the Sherpa people, among their villages and Buddhist monasteries, with distant views of Everest and neighbouring Ama Dablam, considered by many to be among the most beautiful mountains in Nepal. One acclimatisation day is spent at Namche Bazaar, the bustling market town in the heart of the Sherpa country, and the other at Pheriche, a cluster of houses set among the high summer grazing pasture of the region. 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, and the base camp of Everest itself. Each day's trek is between 5 and 8 hours in duration.
Day 1 (Sat 10th November): London - Kathmandu
Depart London on an overnight flight to Kathmandu.
Day 2 (Sun 11th November): Kathmandu (1400m)
Arrive in Kathmandu and check into our hotel. Today is free for you to explore the local area before having a briefing on the challenge ahead from our main Sherpa guide and enjoying a welcome dinner and cultural show tonight. Kathmandu is a living museum with something new around each corner! Literally hundreds of Hindu temples sit alongside Buddhist stupas and Tibetan monasteries with their evocative prayer flags flapping in the breeze.
Day 3 (Mon 12th November): Kathmandu - Lukla (2843m) - Monjo (2835m) 4 hours
Fly with our guide to Lukla this morning on a scenic 40-minute flight landing on a steep mountain runway which sets the scene for our forthcoming trek! We will meet our assistant guides and our porters before starting the trek up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail towards Phakding where we cross and re-cross the river on a series of high suspension bridges before we arrive into the small village of Monjo where we stay overnight. Approx. 9km trekking.
Day 4 (Tue 13th November): Monjo - Namche (3445m) 5-6 hours
Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagamartha National Park, set up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment for future generations of trekkers and mountaineers. From Monjo we take a steep hike to Namche where, if the weather is clear, we catch our first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy market, numerous shops, cafes and most famously, freshly baked apple pies! Approx. 7km trekking.
Day 5 (Wed 14th November): Namche (acclimatisation day)
Spend today in the Namche area to acclimatise to the altitude before continuing to trek higher. This morning you will take an acclimatisation walk and this afternoon you can enjoy the bustling town of Namche (and try a slice of famous apple pie!). For your walk, you may walk up to the Everest view hotel (3880m) with views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Thamserku and more. There is plenty to do around Namche; such as visiting Khunde Hospital, set up by Sir Edmund Hillary or visiting the interesting Sherpa museum and Syangboche airport (3780m) where you may catch a glimpse of Everest. Approx. 3km trekking.
Day 6 (Thu 15th November): Namche - Deboche (3820m) 5-6 hours
From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi river where we get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu. Passing several villages and numerous tea shops we descend steeply into the forest towards the village of Phunki Tenga situated next to the river, where we stop for lunch. After lunch we take a steep climb out of the forest to Tengboche which is famous for its monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. We then descend to a village nearby, Deboche, where we stay overnight.Approx. 10km trekking.
Day 7 (Fri 16th November): Deboche - Dingboche (4410m) 6-7 hours
This morning we continue to descend through the forest until we cross the river and start our steady ascent up towards the village of Dingboche, stopping at a village for lunch. The trail this afternoon opens up into what feels like a vast plain after following a narrow trail earlier in the day. You can notice the temperature dropping as you approach Dingboche, which is at the highest altitude on the trek so far.Approx. 12km trekking.
Day 8 (Sat 17th November): Dingboche (acclimatisation day)
Today is another important day for acclimatization. You will ascend to around 4600m from where you will have panoramic views of the nearby peaks and the rural farmland in the valley below. Look out for Ama Dablam, Amphu Gyabjen, Cholatse and Tabuche which surround vast glaciers and turquoise lakes. This afternoon you can explore the village and perhaps visit one of the bakeries or cafes for refreshment. Approx. 3km trekking.
Day 9 (Sun 18th November): Dingboche - Lobuche (4910m) 5-6 hours
We retrace our steps from yesterday's acclimatisation up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tabuche but turn right and take a steep ascent towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. We stop to have lunch at Thukla (4620m), a small village surrounded by vast peaks before continuing on the trail towards the memorial, home to tributes to all those who have died in Nepal's Himalayas. After some time to reflect, we continue following the Khumbu glacier up towards the cluster of houses at Lobuche where we stay for the night. Approx. 9km trekking.
Day 10 (Mon 19th November): Lobuche - Everest Base Camp (5364m) - Gorak Shep (5140m) 8-9 hours
Today we make our final journey to our goal, Everest Base Camp! Starting our trek just after dawn we continue to follow the ice pinnacles and crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier as it winds its way through the valley. After around 4 hours trekking we stop for an early lunch at Gorak Shep before making the final push to reach Base Camp, arriving a few hours later. After celebrations, group photographs and time to appreciate the stunning surroundings at Base Camp we return to Gorak Shep for a well-deserved rest! Approx. 10.5km trekking.
Day 11 (Tues 20th November): Gorak Shep - Kala Pattar (5545m) - Pheriche (4240m) 7-8 hours
The trek to the top of Kala Pattar is optional but it offers superb sunrise views of Everest (which you can't actually see from Base Camp) and other vast peaks. If you wish to do this trek a pre-dawn start is required to make it to the top for sunrise. For those trekking Kala Pattar, you will return to Gorak Shep in time to meet the rest of the team for breakfast before starting the descent to Pheriche, a small town you will have seen from across the valley in Dingboche when we stayed there on day 7 and 8. Approx. 10km trekking (plus 2km for Kala Pattar).
Day 12 (Wed 21st November): Pheriche - Kyangjuma (3550m) 5-6 hours
Today's trek is mostly downhill as we retrace our steps and descend to Kyangjuma, a village just outside of Namche. There are lots of places of interest along the way including a trekker's health post, water driven prayer wheels and rhododendron forests. Approx. 10km trekking.
Day 13 (Thu 22nd November): Kyangjuma - Monjo (2840m) 4-5 hours
Today we continue on the trail to Namche and Monjo. We will take a small detour this morning to visit Khumjung (3780m) and Khunde (3840m), where you can visit the Edmund Hillary School and hospital, both still in use today. We descend into Namche for lunch before making our way back to Monjo for the night. Approx. 8km trekking.
Day 14 (Fri 23rd November): Monjo - Lukla (2843m) 4 hours
Today marks our final day of trekking as we follow the Dudh Kosi back to Lukla for a rest before flying back to Kathmandu the following day. Here you may wish to visit one of the many bars, cafes and restaurants including Starbucks, Yakdonalds and the Irish Pub or simply relax and reflect on the incredible achievement you have made over the past 11 days. Tonight you will enjoy a celebratory meal together and have a thank you and tip ceremony for the Sherpa staff. Approx. 9km trekking
Day 15 (Sat 24th November): Lukla - Kathmandu
We pack up early this morning and head to the airstrip for the flight back to Kathmandu. You can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening we will enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 16 (Sun 25th November): Kathmandu - London
There may be time for some shopping in Kathmandu this morning, before you transfer to the airport. Depending on flight times you may land in London on Monday 21st November.
N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.
What is included
- Return flights from the UK
- Airline taxes and charges
- Local transfers and transport in Nepal
- 2-3* hotels; tea houses on the trek
- Expert English-speaking local guides
- Different Travel UK tour manager
- Local guides and porters
- All meals as per itinerary
- Two important acclimatisation days
What is not included
- Any necessary vaccinations
- Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
- Transport to/from UK airports
- Travel insurance
- Personal kit and clothing
- Nepal visa
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