Classic Everest Basecamp Trek
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 17 days - from £1,395 (land only) - from €1,745 (land only) - from $2,325 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner and overnight at the hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
Day 2: An early start for the dramatic flight through the mountains to Lukla. From the airstrip we have a short trek to our first night's halt at Phakding (2610m). Overnight in a lodge. Walk distance 9.57 km, with approx. 630 metres of descent and 400 metres of ascent. 3 - 4 hours.
Day 3: Following the Dudh Kosi valley upstream we cross and re-cross the river before making a final steep climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m). We check in at our comfortable lodge and the rest of the day is free for relaxing or to explore the bazaar. Walk distance 10.19 km, with 1148 metres of ascent and 398 metres of descent. 6 hours.
Day 4: A rest day at Namche for acclimatisation. There is the option of a day hike to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Kunde for views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. We spend a second night at our lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Our trail now follows the Imja Khola (river) to reach Thyangboche (3860m), located on a ridge below the impressive north ridge of Kang Taiga. We check into our lodge close to the monastery, one of the most important in Nepal. Walk distance 11.18 km, with 985 metres of ascent and 706 metres of descent. 6 - 7 hours.
Day 6: We trek via Pangboche, the highest of the original permanent habitations in the valley and reach the seasonal settlement of Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley. Overnight in a lodge. Walk distance 11.55 km, with 867 metres of ascent and 416 metres of descent. 6 hours.
Day 7: We make a day hike into the upper Imja Valley, to Chukkung (4730m) below the tremendous south face of Lhotse. In the afternoon, having gained valuable acclimatisation, we retrace our steps to Dingboche. Our second night in the Dingboche lodge. Walk distance 10.46 km, with 440 metres of ascent and descent. 5 hours.
Day 8: Continuing on the main trail we trek via Dugla and then beside the Khumbu Glacier to reach our lodge at Lobuche (4910m). Walk distance 8.39 km, with 642 metres of ascent and minimal descent. 5 - 6 hours.
Day 9: We walk beside the Khumbu Glacier and cross a tributary dry glacier to reach the Yak pastures at Gorak Shep (5140m) at the base of the viewpoint hill known as Kala Patar. The lodges here are necessarily basic, but the warm dining room will be a welcome refuge from the cold evening at this altitude. Walk distance 5.22 km, with 295 metres of ascent and 71 metres of descent. 3 - 4 hours.
Day 10: The big day as we trek to Everest Basecamp following first the lateral moraine then the Khumbu Glacier itself. During the spring season the basecamp will be busy with climbers and sherpas from multi national expeditions. After spending time at basecamp, we retrace our steps to our lodge at Gorak Shep. Walk distance (round trip) 6.89 km, with 174 metres of ascent and descent. 5 - 6 hours.
Day 11: Our lodge is at the foot of Kala Patar and we make an early morning ascent of this classic Everest viewpoint to around 5500 metres. Afterwards, we make the long descent through Lobuche to Pheriche (4270m) where we check in at a lodge. Walk distance 16.05 km, with 495 metres of ascent and 1395 metres of descent. 7 - 8 hours.
Day 12: We follow the main basecamp trail as far as Pangboche. Here, we climb to visit the monastery and then take an alternative high trail to the less often visited village of Phortse (3800m). Walk distance 14.01 km, with 443 metres of ascent and 1254 metres of descent. 6 - 7 hours.
Day 13: We drop steeply down to cross the river at 3600 metres, before climbing to the Mon La (3973m). We then descend and rejoin the main Everest Trail to Namche Bazaar and continue to the village of Monjo. Walk distance 14.10 km, with 648 metres of ascent and 1323 metres of descent. 6 - 7 hours.
Day 14: Mostly downhill today following the fall of the Dudh Kosi River, but there's a sting in the tail as we make the final short climb to our lodge accommodation in Lukla. Walk distance 13.23 km, with 665 metres of ascent and 580 metres of descent. 5 hours.
Day 15: Flights out of Lukla are usually in the morning and we should arrive in Kathmandu with plenty of time for further sightseeing or shopping. We check in at our comfortable hotel and the rest of the day is free.
Day 16: A free day in Kathmandu to enjoy the sights and sounds of this colourful, bustling city. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 17: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.