Everest Basecamp Pioneer's Trek
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 17 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,620 (land only) - from $2,265 (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. After lunch we have a short trek to our first night's camp at Phakding (2610m).
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 a 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.
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. Our camping place is 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 our camping place near the seasonal settlement of Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley.
Day 7: We make a day hike into the upper Imja Valley, to Chukkung (4730m) below the tremendous 3000 metre south face of Lhotse. In the afternoon, having gained valuable acclimatisation and feasted on the sight of the impressive ice flutings and ridges which surround us, we retrace our steps to Dingboche.
Day 8: Continuing on the main trail we trek via Dugla and then beside the Khumbu Glacier to reach our camp at Lobuche (4910m).
Day 9: We walk beside the Khumbu Glacier and cross a tributary dry glacier to reach the Yak pastures at Gorak Shep (5140m) and our highest camp of the holiday.
Day 10: The big day, as we trek to Everest Basecamp following first the lateral moraine then the Khumbu Glacier itself. We then retrace our steps to Gorak Shep.
Day 11: Our camp 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 descend to Pheriche (4270m).
Day 12: We follow the main Everest 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).
Day 13: We drop steeply down to cross the river at around 3600 metres, before climbing to the Mon La (3973m). We then descend and rejoin the main Everest Trail to Namche Bazaar and from there continue our downhill walk as far as the village of Monjo.
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, where we spend our final night in the Khumbu, at a lodge.
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 and an opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of this colourful, bustling city. We spend a second night at our 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.