Classic Everest Basecamp Trek
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 17 days - from £1,395 (land only) - from €1,955 (land only) - from $2,260 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight 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. / 8563ft.). Overnight in a lodge.
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. / 11,155ft.). We check into our comfortable lodge and the rest of the day is free for relaxing or to explore the bazaar.
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. Lodge.
Day 5: Our trail now follows the Imja Khola (river) to reach Thyangboche (3860m. /12,665ft.), 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.
Day 6: We trek via Pangboche, the highest of the original permanent habitations in the valley and reach the seasonal settlement of Dingboche (4410m. / 14,470ft.) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley. Overnight in a lodge.
Day 7: We make a day hike into the upper Imja Valley, to Chukkung (4730m. / 15,518ft.) below the tremendous 3,000 metre south face of Lhotse. In the afternoon having gained valuable acclimatisation and feasted on the impressive ice flutings and ridges which surround us, we retrace our steps to Dingboche. Our second night in the Dingboche lodge.
Day 8: Continuing on the main trail we trek via Dugla and then beside the Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche (4910m. / 16,110ft.). Lodge.
Day 9: We walk beside the Khumbu glacier and cross a tributary dry glacier to reach the Yak pastures at Gorak Shep. (5140m. / 16,865ft.) at the base of the viewpoint hill known as Kalla Pattar. The lodges here are necessarily basic but the warm dining room will be a welcome refuge from the cold evening at this altitude.
Day 10: The big day as we trek to Everest Basecamp following first the moraine then the Khumbu Glacier itself. During the spring season the basecamp will be buzzing with activity as climbers and sherpas from multi national expeditions plan and prepare for the climb. After spending time at basecamp we then retrace our steps to Gorak Shep. Overnight at the lodge.
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 5500m. / 18,000ft. Afterwards we make the long descent through Lobuche to Pheriche (4270m. / 14,000ft.) where we check into a lodge.
Day 12: We follow the main base camp trail as far as Pangboche. Here we climb to visit the monastery and then take an alternative high trail to the lesser visited village of Phortse (3800m.). Lodge
Day 13: We drop steeply down to cross the river at 3600m. before climbing to the Mon La at 3973m. We then descend and rejoin the main Everest trail to Namche Bazaar and continue to the village of Monjo. Lodge.
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 Lukla. Lodge.
Day 15: Flights out of Lukla are usually in the morning and we should arrive in Kathmandu with have plenty of time for further sightseeing or shopping. We check into our comfortable hotel and the rest of the day is free.
Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu. 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.