Why trek to Everest Base Camp?
Which Everest Trekking Holiday should I choose?
| ORIGINAL |
| TRIP CODE ||EBT & EBL||EVT & EVL ||EHW ||EOB||EVP||ELL |
|DURATION / DAYS (Land only)||17 ||20 ||22 ||24 ||12||13 |
|START OF TREK||Lukla ||Lukla ||Lukla ||Jiri ||Lukla ||Lukla |
|GRADE*||6||8||10 ||8 ||3||4 |
|LODGE||Yes ||Yes ||No ||No||Yes||Yes |
|CAMP||Yes||Yes ||Yes ||Yes || No||No|
| COST FROM (Land only)||£1195 ||£1395 ||£1695 ||£1495 ||£995 ||£1695 |
| MEALS INCLUDED||ALL meals ||ALL meals ||All meals ||All meals ||All meals ||All meals |
| - Views of Everest||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes |
| - Visit Base Camp||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||No ||No |
|- Climb Kala Pataar||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||No ||No |
| - Gokyo Lake||No ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||No ||No |
| - Cho La Pass||No ||Yes ||Yes ||No ||No ||No |
| - Rinjo La / Kongma La||No ||No ||Yes ||No||No ||No |
|- Namche Bazaar||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes |
|- Tengboche Monastery||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes |
| - Thame||No ||No ||Yes ||No ||No ||Yes |
| - Kongde Viewpoint||No ||No ||No ||No ||No ||Yes |
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More information on our Everest Trekking Holidays
All but one of our routes to Everest Base Camp start and finish at the high airstrip of Lukla in the Valley of the Dudh Kosi River. The exception is our ‘Original' Everest Base Camp trek which follows the original route of the first Everest climbers, walking through the verdant foothills of the Himalaya from Jiri to reach the Dudh Kosi just below the modern airstrip. From Lukla, all trekkers and climbers bound for Everest follow the same trail through this steep-sided valley, dotted with farms and villages, as far as the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. All groups spend a minimum of two nights in Namche to acclimatise to the high altitude before proceeding on their individual routes.
The Classic Everest Base Camp Trek
From Namche Bazaar, the classic trail to Everest Base Camp follows the Imja Khola (River) past the monastery of Tengboche and through the villages of Pangboche, Dingboche and Lobuche to reach the Khumbu glacier which is fed by the snows of Everest and Lhotse. Walking beside the glacier on good trails you have just a final couple of kilometers over the rubble covered glacier to reach the Mecca for climbers and trekkers alike. Anyone who is reasonably fit can with a little preparation, undertake this trek and this is the option to choose if you are not an experienced trekker or if you have a limited time available. We offer this trail either as a camping trip or staying in local lodges. There is no difference in price for these two options.
The Ultimate Everest Trek
Beyond Namche, this trek turns away from the classic trail and ascends the spectacular lake filled Gokyo Valley below Cho Oyu before crossing the snow covered Cho La pass to Lobuche. From Lobuche the trail is the same as for the classic trek and you return to Namche via Pangboche and Tengboche monastery. With steeper ascents and slightly longer walking days than the classic trek, including the crossing of the 5400 metre high Cho La, this option to visit Everest Base Camp will provide a suitable challenge for keen hill walkers and enable a visit to Gokyo, one of Khumbu's most stunning valleys. Only 2 days longer than the classic trek you get a huge added value for the 2 days. We offer this route either as a camping trip or staying in local lodges. There is no difference in price for these two options.
Everest the Hard Way
For anyone with a high level of fitness and 3 weeks to devote to trekking to Everest Base Camp, there is no finer trek than this tour de force of the Sherpa region. From Namche our ‘Hard Way' groups trek first to Thame the much less visited second city of the Sherpas. Above Thame special permits are required to ascend the valley, which leads to a high pass used by Tibetan traders. On this trek we first cross the Renjo La (5340m) to reach the lakes of Gokyo and then the Cho La (5420m) to reach the Khumbu and Everest Base Camp. On this trek before returning to Namche we cross the Kongma La (5400m) for extra special views of Makalu, Island Peak and the incredible 2 mile-high south face of Lhotse. This trek is only offered as a camping trip as it is not possible to comfortably do this trek staying in lodges.
If you want to get up close and personal with Everest but do not want to trek to the high altitudes required by a visit to the Base Camp we have two easier trekking options, both offering sensational views of the world's highest peak.
As with our Base Camp treks this option begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then follows the classic Base Camp trail as far as Tengboche monastery for spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. This trip is very easy-paced with plenty of time to explore the villages and monasteries on the route and while in the Everest region you stay in comfortable Sherpa lodges.
Everest Luxury Lodges
On a different level of comfort, are the Yeti Mountain Home Luxury Lodges. Here at the end of your trekking day you can relax in one of the specially built panoramic view lodges where you stay in heated twin or double rooms with attached bathroom and hot and cold running water, and many of the facilities and furnishings you would normally only see in a city hotel. This tour not only uses the superb facilities of the Yeti Mountain Home lodges, but also provides a unique opportunity to trek a little used trail to the village of Kongde, a sensational and unique viewpoint for Everest and the Sherpa villages of the Khumbu.
For anyone looking for a real challenge and a trek with a difference we also offer you the chance to join the famous Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon. Definitely not for the faint hearted!
Mount Everest Marathon
Starting at Everest Basecamp (5364m), close beneath the spectacular Khumbu Icefall, this is the highest marathon in the world. First run in 2003 as an event for local runners, the race now has a more international reputation and typically includes runners from a dozen nations. The route leads mostly downhill on rough tracks and trails, through the spectacular homeland of the Sherpa people, to Namche Bazaar (3446m). A sting in the tail, however, is the 500 metre ascent from Phunki Tenga to Kunde, before the final descent into Namche. In 2006, Deepak Rai set the record for the route at 3 hours, 28 minutes and 27 seconds. To take part in the race, runners must sign up for the Mount Everest Marathon package, which includes a 10-day trek following the Classic Base Camp Trek and includes 2 additional days for acclimatisation.