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Location

Nepal

Difficulty

7

Strenuous

Length

17

Trip Cost

from $4480 pp
twin share

Overview

  • Be hypnotised by the chaotic and fascinating buzz of Kathmandu
  • Experience the unique Sherpa culture and a spiritual perspective on the mountains they call home
  • Witness the extraordinary panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and surrounding peaks from Kala Pattar
  • Discover the Tibetan Buddhist Thyangboche Monastery nestled at the base of Mount Ama Dablam
  • Stay in luxury lodges (where available) with some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery at your doorstep

The Everest region has drawn many thousands of intrepid travellers from all over the globe, all eager to lay eyes on the captivating Mount Everest. Soaring 8,848m into the thin, pristine Himalayan air, Mount Everest is a sight many aspire to witness in their lifetime. Everest Base Camp is truly a trek that inspires visions of the most iconic peaks, spinning prayer wheels, colourful prayer flags and a camaraderie among like-minded people all with the goal of setting eyes on the worlds tallest mountain.

From the thrilling flight to Lukla, to grand-stand views from Kala Patta, to enchanting Sherpa communities, you will be awed at the magic and natural beauty of the Everest region. Join experienced guides and porters on this world-famous challenging trek that will leave you with a great sense of achievement and unforgettable memories.

Luxury Accommodation

If you are looking for an adventurous trek but like to treat yourself to a bit more comfort without compromising on the typical warm, Nepalese hospitality, this luxury lodge option may be for you.

On the Everest Base Camp Luxury trek we are able to offer you accommodations of a higher standard in all but the highest, more remote areas. These luxury lodges are operated by Sherpas from the Solu-Khumba region and they extend a warm welcome and a very comfortable place to rest your head after a long day’s trek.

Large fireplaces keep you toasty while you re-fuel on delicious and fresh meals made from vegetables and herbs grown on the property. The lodges often feature a small library, well stocked bar, 24 hour service and wifi. Rooms offer the luxury of private bathrooms with hot and cold running water and an electric mat on your bed to keep you warm during cooler mountain nights.

Please note that the closer to base camp you get the less accommodation options are available. They are more simple and reflective of a typical Nepalese teahouse/lodge. So while we cannot guarantee luxury accommodations on all stops on your trek, we will book the best available in the area. If you would prefer a trek with only luxury lodges, we are able to customise a special itinerary that features the higher standard properties available. You will not hike to base camp but you will have many opportunities to see the majestic Mount Everest and the beautiful scenery of the Everest region. Please contact our Nepal Expert for further details.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The emotions conjured up by the views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. Our local RAW Travel support team will be waiting to greet you after your plane lands at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be escorted to your hotel where are welcome drink can be enjoyed before settling into your room.

Day 2: Kathmandu exploration

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, before continuing on to the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath. We take a tour to Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. We walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square.

Meals: B

Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2850m) and trek to Phakding (2656m; 3-4 hours)

A scenic 30-minute flight from Kathmandu takes us through valleys and alongside the Everest massif to Lukla airport. The airport is set spectacularly on top of a mountain making for a thrilling landing; have your camera ready! This is the gateway to the Everest region and after meeting your trekking team, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail to Phakding.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Trek to Namche (3450m; 4-5 hours)

From Phakding, we criss-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. Continuing on we take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get our first glimpse of Mount Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and has a busy Saturday market – a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Rest day in Namche

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day acclimatising to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To help you acclimatise, we suggest you visit Khunde Hospital, set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a 1 hour walk at sunset up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche, for a view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum located just above the town.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (3867m; 6 hours)

From Namche, the trail contours the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi river. Today we get much better views of the great peaks of the Khumbu, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it takes us through beautiful, rhododendron dotted scenery  with an epic mountain backdrop. This is also a good place for spotting birdlife – keep your eyes peeled! Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam dominating the horizon can be seen from our overnight accommodation.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Trek to Pheriche (4252m; 6 hours)

Today we descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola tributary and climb steadily towards the village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam (6856m), and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the gompa, mani walls engraved with Tibetan Buddhist prayers, and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours walk brings us to Pheriche.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Rest day in Pheriche

Pheriche is a popular spot for acclimatisation on the Everest trail and we will have time to relax and rest today. We will also have the opportunity to wander up the valley to look at the Tshola Tsho and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. We can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche for a view of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Mount Lhotse.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: Trek to Lobouche (4930m; 3-4 hours)

After breakfast, we continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on our left. We then veer right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to enjoy our lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier’s terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: Trek to Kala Pattar (5545m) & trek back to Gorak Shep (4930m; 6-7 hrs trek)

Today we will make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar (5554m). We will follow the Khumbu Glacier on a trail that offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at tonight’s camping place, Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon we reach Kala Pattar (translates as ‘black rock’), a small peak that offers astounding views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.

*Please note that we may return back to Lobouche for the night instead of Gorak Shep, depending on accommodation availability

Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5357m) and back to Gorak Shep or Lobuche (4930m; 6-7 hours)

A very early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp today. It will us takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. After time to reflect on reaching the base of the world’s highest mountain, we return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 12: Trek to Pangboche (3985m; 5 hours)

Today’s trek is mostly downhill as we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend into Periche. Here we arrive at the Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekkers aid post. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche, our stop for the night.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 13: Trek to Namche (3450m; 5-6 hours)

Our path this morning continues to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen along the way. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi river. At Phunki Tenga we will see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way to Namche for the night.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 14: Trek to Lukla (2800m; 3-4 hours)

Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi river down to Lukla. This last evening we will come together to celebrate accomplishments, unforgettable memories and friendships of our Everest adventure. You are welcomed to sample some ‘chang’ (local beer) and try out some Sherpa dance steps. A merry way to say goodbye to your amazing porters and guides.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu

We pack up early today and head for the airport for our flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day is yours to explore, relax or recover with a well earned massage.

Meals: B

Day 16: Kathmandu

Today planned as a contingency day in the event that bad weather prevented you from flying into Kathmandu yesterday. The day in Kathmandu is at your leisure. This evening you will be treated to a farewell dinner and cultural show.

Meals: B,D

Day 17: Depart Kathmandu

Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B

Dates

Self-guided trips offer flexibility, independence and choice. Set your own agenda while someone else worries about the logistics. Our self-guided walking holidays are fully flexible which means you can normally start your walk on any day during the season and customise by adding extra days for resting or sightseeing. As you’re walking independently, you’re free to follow the trail at your own pace. You set your own speed as you are not limited by the constraints of group travel.

Note that if booking for a start date of less than 30 days from the time of booking we cannot guarantee that your trip is possible unless you have contacted us first and your trip details have been confirmed.

Inclusions

  • 5 nights accommodation in luxury lodges* with private bathrooms, hot running water, wifi and electric mats to keep your bed warm
  • 4 nights, 4 star accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in traditional lodges/teahouses when luxury options not available (twin share, non-attached bathrooms)
  • Private tour with your own guide
  • Flexibility to select your own departure date* and travel with your own group of friends or family
  • Trip cost is based on 2 people travelling together (enquire for group pricing)
  • Experienced, English-speaking local guide and porters (1 porter for every 2 guests; luggage 12kg only per member)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during trek only
  • Airfare Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • National park fees and trekking permit
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English-speaking local guide and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Farewell dinner and cultural show in Kathmandu
  • Airport transfers and tour transfers in private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Insurance for all guides and porters

* Subject to availability

Not Included

  • Nepal visa fees
  • Personal insurance
  • International flights and any airport tax
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (except 1 x farewell dinner)
  • Personal gear and clothing. Please note that we can help you arrange the rental of some important gear (sleeping bag, soft sided bag etc). Please contact our Nepal Expert for more information.
  • Any applicable extra baggage charge above allowance (Lukla flight – 12kg main luggage plus 3kg hand luggage)
  • Tips for local staff
  • Personal expenses (including hot water/shower on the trek when at simple lodge/teahouse)
  • Single supplement $920 ( available for stay in Kathmandu and luxury teahouses, not simple lodge/teahouse)
  • Solo surcharge – please contact office for details

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Reviews

Chris, Sydney (NSW)
I loved everything about this experience. It was truly life-changing. The views of the mountains and peaks as you ascend along the trail are incredible. It was so satisfying each afternoon when reaching your lodge and most of all upon climbing Kala Patthar with such a great, clear view to the top of Everest. The support of the guide, sherpas and porters was outstanding and the hosts at each lodge made us feel so welcome. Definitely one of the best and most satisfying treks I’ve ever done. 

Angela, Mornington (VIC)
What can I say about the Himalayas! An amazing destination and one place that should be on everyone’s to-do list. It is a true adventure in every sense. The mountains are like nothing else and I can’t wait to go back.

What our Clients Say

The support of the guide, sherpas and porters was outstanding and the hosts at each lodge made us feel so welcome. Definitely one of the best and most satisfying treks I've ever done. 

Chris, Sydney (NSW)

An amazing destination and one place that should be on everyone's to-do list. It is a true adventure in every sense. The mountains are like nothing else and I can't wait to go back.

Angela, Mornington (VIC)

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Trip Grading

This trip is rated as Strenuous