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.
This is a trek only and it requires no prior trekking experience. Good fitness is required as most days will involve 4-6 hr of trekking carrying a 5kg daypack. The trail is non-technical but will reach a maximum altitude of 5550m.
- Stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama dablam
- Colourful Buddhist culture
- Spirited Sherpa people
- Alex Lowe Foundation’s Khumbu Climbing School Tengboche Monastery
Day 2: In Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Lukla, trek to Monjo
Day 4: Trek to Namche
Day 5: Acclimatisation in Namche
Day 6: Trek to Phortse
Day 7: Trek to Pangboche
Day 8: Trek to Dingboche
Day 9: Acclimatisation in Dingboche
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche
Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep, climb Kalapatthar
Day 12: Trek Everest base camp
Day 13: Trek to Pheriche
Day 14: Trek to Tengboche
Day 15: Trek to Monjo
Day 16: Trek to Lukla
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 18: In Kathmandu
Day 19: Depart Kathmandu