The Original Everest Basecamp Trek from Jiri
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 24 days - from £1,595 (land only) - from €1,915 (land only) - from $2,630 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE group package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: We leave Kathmandu along the Friendship Highway towards Tibet. At Lamasangu, we turn into the foothills and follow the jeep road as far as Jiri, where we make our first camp. 5 to 6 hours of driving.
Day 3: We trek through forest and across the Mali Danda ridge (2440m) where we gain our first views of the snowy Himalaya to the north. We also pass the settlements of Mali and Doban to reach Shivalaya, where we reach our first camp at 1810 metres.
Day 4: Today, we climb across a terraced hillside and through forest, passing several small settlements to reach the Deorali Pass at 2730 metres. Descending, we reach the village of Bhandar (2160m) where we camp.
Day 5: After trekking downhill through thick forest, we cross the Tharo Khola and then follow the river to Kenja and begin the ascent to the Lamjura Pass, breaking the long climb at Sete (2520m) where we camp.
Day 6: We continue the climb to the Lamjura Pass (3530m) then make a long gradual descent to the large Sherpa settlement of Junbesi, where we camp in a beautiful setting and at an elevation of 2580 metres.
Day 7: We have a fine view of Everest today. We pass Ringmo's orchards of apples, peaches and apricots and cross the Trakshindo La (3071m), before descending to our next camp at Nuntalla (2220m).
Day 8: We descend to the Dudh Kosi where we turn towards the north. We make a gradual ascent passing the villages of Jubing and Kari Khola and make a final short climb to the ridge-top camp at Bupsa (2360m).
Day 9: We continue upstream beside the Dudh Kosi on an undulating trail, crossing several ridges and passing several Sherpa settlements to reach Cuplung at 2710 metres, where the trail from the airstrip at Lukla meets the valley floor.
Day 10: 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 (3140m). Here, we stay in a lodge.
Day 11: 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 12: Our trail now follows the Imja Khola (river) to reach our camping place at Thyangboche (3860m), a village that is located on a ridge below the impressive north ridge of Kang Taiga.
Day 13: We trek via the last permanent habitation of Pangboche to the seasonal settlement of Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley.
Day 14: We make a day hike into the upper Imja Valley, to Chukkung (4730m) below the tremendous 3000 metre south face of Lhotse. After lunch we return to our camp at Dingboche.
Day 15: Continuing on the main trail we trek via Dugla and then beside the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche (4910m) where we camp.
Day 16: We walk beside the Khumbu Glacier and cross a tributary dry glacier to reach the Yak pastures at Gorak Shep at an altitude of 5140 metres. This our highest camp of the holiday.
Day 17: The big day as we trek to Everest Basecamp following first the moraine then the Khumbu Glacier itself. We then retrace our steps to the camp at Gorak Shep.
Day 18: Our camp is at the foot of Kala Patar and we make an early morning ascent of this classic Everest viewpoint, whose summit is at 5500 metres. Afterwards we descend to a camping place at Pheriche (4270m).
Day 19: Our return trek follows the main base camp trail via Pangboche to Thyangboche.
Day 20: We return to Namche Bazaar and continue to the village of Monjo close to the entrance of the Sagamatha National Park. Camp.
Day 21: 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. Here, we stay in a lodge.
Day 22: Taking a morning flight to Kathmandu, we check in at the group hotel and have plenty of time after lunch for further sightseeing or shopping.
Day 23: We have a free day in Kathmandu, with time to explore the Nepalese capital's colourful street, markets and temples.
Day 24: KE group 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.