• Nepal: Everest Base Camp Trek

    Our ultimate, signature trek to the base of the world’s highest and most iconic mountain

    Join us on this milestone quest along the Himalayan foothills to Everest Base Camp at the foot of Mount Everest —a must for any serious adventure traveler. MTS first pioneered trekking in Nepal in 1969, and no one does it better. Our expert mountaineer guides are the best of the best, and offer you a local’s perspective on this enchanted land, its rich Buddhist culture, and its friendly people.

    best times to go: April - May, October - November

    departures: 6 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $4,595 see detailed pricing

    The Himalaya

    Ultimate Challenge
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Our ultimate, signature trek to the base of the world’s highest and most iconic mountain

How many of us have fantasized making the pilgrimage to Everest? Known in Tibetan as Chomolungma (or “Mother Goddess of the Snows”), Everest is a mountain of superlatives with an irresistible lure to adventurers far and wide. The experience of gazing upon its splendor is an indescribable thrill, and for many, the realization of a lifetime dream. Only a select few have stood on Everest’s daunting summit, yet trekking to its flanks is an adventure of the highest sort that many can achieve, and we are the best company to get you there, with over four decades of leadership trekking this challenging terrain. Our expert MTS guides are knowledgeable and highly experienced. They will be there at every step to explain in detail what you'll see, and make the whole experience come to life.

This 19-day quest includes 14 days of strenuous and exhilarating hiking, with overnight stays in comfortable lodges. We’ll start with a mountain flight to Lukla at 9,200 feet. Our first few days of trekking take us through the principal Sherpa villages of Namche Bazaar and Tashinga, and to the beautiful Tengboche Monastery, where we have a chance to meet the friendly people and soak up the colors, sights, and sounds of Sherpa village life. We’ll walk trails lined with beautiful mani stones and have a few days of rest to acclimatize and prepare for the days ahead. Then we head for the rarified heights as we take the most direct hiking route to the stunning rocky outcrop of Kala Patar (18,192'), where we set our eyes on the awesome face of Everest, The Big One. Weather permitting, we’ll also visit Everest Base Camp, with its views of otherworldly 50-foot-tall seracs (the blocks of ice among the crevasses of the glacier). As the leading Himalaya adventure travel company, we work hard to maintain the absolute highest standards for our trip members while at the same time making sure we act in the best interest of the local community. We work closely with our staff to provide training for cooks and sirdars (chief of Sherpa staff), and encourage professional development of Nepalese guides. We ensure our porters are properly fed, clothed, and well paid. We also adhere to the strictest environmental standards to minimize our impact on this precious place. You can count on us to provide the best, most memorable experience under the most respectful and socially conscious conditions.


14 days strenuous hiking at high elevation (max. 18,192')


  • Trek to Everest Base Camp with the most respected company, the best guides, the smallest groups, and the best lodges on the mountain—this is the itinerary which inspired us to coin the term “adventure travel” in 1969
  • Feast your eyes on the awe-inspiring Himalaya—the greatest mountains in the world
  • Challenge yourself with high-altitude hikes to Kala Patar (18,000') and Everest Base Camp—we give you plenty of time to acclimatize to the elevation changes throughout the trek which is why our groups are so successful in reaching Base Camp
  • Explore peaceful and quiet Sherpa villages and the elegant splendor of ancient Buddhist monasteries

Duration: 19 days Start Location: Kathmandu End Location: Kathmandu

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    Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal.

    Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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    Day 2 : Mountain flight to Lukla (9,200')

    Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. Possible warm-up hike in the afternoon.

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    Day 3 : Trek to Monjo (9,317)

    Leave Lukla and begin trek, passing many small villages as we head into the heart of the Khumbu. Overnight in Monjo.

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    Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (11,286')

    Trek up the steep "Namche Hill" to the Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar (11,270'), the unofficial capital of the Khumbu.

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    Day 5 : Trek to Tashinga (11,800')

    After a morning visit to the Sagamartha National Park Visitors Center and Museum, we'll continue our trek to Tashinga (11,800').

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    Day 6 : Trek to Pangboche (13,107'), via Tengboche

    Continue trek to Pangboche, stopping along the way to visit famous Tengboche Monastery.

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    Day 7 : Layover day in Pangboche, day hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,091')

    A layover day in Pangboche, with a day excursion to Ama Dablam Base Camp.

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    Day 8 : Trek to Dingboche (14,500')

    Today we’ll follow the river with the beautiful peak of Ama Dablam looming directly overhead. Crossing the Khumbu Khola, we'll make our way up to the remote village of Dingboche.

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    Day 9 : In Dingboche, optional hike to Nangkartsang Peak (16,672')

    Continue trek to Dingboche.

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    Day 10 : Trek to Lobuje (16,200')

    Today we'll hike up along the broad valley floor to Dughla (15,100'), where we stop for lunch, then continue to the yak grazing pastures at Lobuje.

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    Day 11 : Trek to Gorak Shep (17,000')

    Trek to Gorak Shep (17,000'), from where you can take an optional hike up Kala Patar (18,192') for views of Everest.

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    Day 12 : Everest Base Camp (17,600')

    Time and weather permitting, we can make an optional hike up to Everest Base Camp (17,600') for views of the Khumbu Icefall.

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    Day 13 : Pangboche (13,107')

    Retrace our steps back down the scenic Imja Khola to Pangboche.

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    Day 14 : Trek to Tashinga (11,800')

    Return trek to Tashinga.

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    Day 15 : Return to Monjo (9,317') via Khumjung

    Return to Monjo with a visit to Khumjung Monastery along the way.

  • Day 16 : Return to Lukla (9,200')

    Return to Lukla and overnight.

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    Day 17 : Fly to Kathmandu

    Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.

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    Day 18 : Morning tour of Kathmandu

    Morning tour of Kathmandu. Afternoon free to relax or shop for souvenirs.

  • Day 19 : Fly Home

    Transfer to Kathmandu airport for homeward-bound flights.

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DATES: Best time to go: April - May, October - November Departures: Oct 7 - 25, 2014 Nov 4 - 22, 2014 Apr 12 - 30, 2015 May 8 - 26, 2015 Oct 5 - 23, 2015 Nov 6 - 24, 2015


2014 Prices

$4,595 (7-12 members)
$4,995 (4-6 members)

$340 internal airfare – Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu - subject to change
$800 single supplement

2015 Prices

$4,695 (7-12 members)
$5,095 (4-6 members)

$350 internal airfare – Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu - subject to change
$800 single supplement

  • Yak & Yeti Hotel
    Kathmandu, Nepal

    A 5-star deluxe oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, the Yak & Yeti is the perfect blend of contemporary international standards and time-honored Nepali tradition. Guests will find refuge among antique fountains, gilded temples and emerald gardens, while enjoying a state-of-the-art gymnasium, spa, shopping arcade, atrium, tennis courts and swimming pools.

  • Lukla Lodge
    Lukla, Nepal

    This lodge lies at the very gateway to Mount Everest. Spacious, comfortably furnished rooms with en-suite facilities, a lovely sunny garden and traditional interiors make for a very warm welcome to arriving guests.

  • Monjo Lodge
    Monjo, Nepal

    Located at an altitude of 2,850 meters in the quaintly picturesque valley of Monjo, this lodge overlooks the village and the narrow Dudh Koshi valley. Thamserku Himal rising high up behind the lodge serves as a dreamlike backdrop.

  • Pangboche Lodge
    Pangboche, Nepal

    Pangboche is located literally at the lap of Ama Dablam, often described as one of the most beautiful mountains on earth. With Everest to the north, Thamserku and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south, and the Imjatse River flowing through the wide fertile valley, this quaint lodge rests in the midst of abundant natural glory.

  • Tashinga Lodge
    Tashinga, Nepal

    Situated amidst pine forests overlooking the Dudh Koshi valley, this lodge offers breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, the Tabouche Peak and Khumbila. Comfortable rooms and local hospitality make for a wonderful stay at one of the most beautiful locations along your trek.

  • Sherpa Land Lodge
    Namche Bazaar, Nepal

    This local tea house lodge offers comfortable accommodations in the heart of Namche Bazaar. Surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world, yet close to shopping and local culture in the village center, Sherpa Land offers guests a unique experience amidst the majestic grandeur of the Himalayas.

  • Mountain Lodge

    Mountain Lodge or local inns or {bhattis} have existed for centuries in the hills and have evolved into the lodges. Most lodges are family- run with private rooms for guests. We have chosen better lodges that offer private rooms and, in some cases, private bathrooms. The sherpas will bring you a bowl of washing water with your morning tea or coffee.  Showers are available at extra cost.  The rooms are Spartan; the only furniture will be a wooden bed and a table to hold a candle. With luck, there will also be a few hooks or nails to hang your clothes on. In some lodges there will be solar powered lights, except for Namche Bazaar where there is 24-hour electricity, it will be "lights out" soon after dinner. Breakfasts and dinners will be served  in the common dining room. Wear your warm clothing to dinner.

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

  • Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa

    Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa was born in Namche Bazaar to a mountaineering family. (His father was a climbing Sherpa and went to the South Col on several expeditions, including the 1963 American Everest expedition.) After completing his education, Lhakpa tried mountaineering on Kanchenjunga (the world’s third highest peak), but decided that he prefers trekking and now limits his climbing to trekking peaks like Mount Mera. Lhakpa has a deep interest in environmental issues and has been associated with Mountain Travel Sobek since 1983, first as sirdar and now as a trekking guide. He speaks Nepali, Sherpa, and Tibetan as well as English.

  • Pranoy Rai

    Pranoy Rai was born in Nepal, studied in Darjeeling, India, and is a travel enthusiast who has always been keen on adventure. Working as a trekking leader since 1999, he has an enormous experience in the field, having led numerous treks and tours to Nepal, Tibet and India. Pranoy successfully completed his basic mountaineering course from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute of Darjeeling with grade 'A' certificate. He has been trained in wilderness medicine by Dr. Jim Duff, an expert in wilderness first aid and co-author of “First Aid and Survival in Mountain and Remote Areas.” In addition to being fluent in English, Nepali, and Hindi, he speaks basic Tibetan and Chinese. Pranoy is very keen on birds, plants, and flowers, and has acquired a very good knowledge in them that he looks forward to sharing with you on trek.

  • Sergio Fitch-Watkins

    A native of México, Sergio is Mountain Travel Sobek's senior climbing guide, with over 30 years of experience (his climbing resume is eight pages long—the short version, that is). Besides leading our climbing expeditions in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina’s Aconcagua, he also loves to lead some of our more challenging treks in Nepal and Peru. Having led more than 300 trips for Mountain Travel Sobek, Sergio has acquired a considerable, loyal following!

  • Sanjeev Chhetri

    Sanjeev Chhetri is a graduate of Delhi University, India, and has been leading treks in Nepal, Tibet, India and the Alps since 1990. He is an avid bird-watcher and very well traveled, with time spent in India, Tibet, China, England, Ireland, France, Thailand, USA and Switzerland. He lives with wife and son in Kathmandu. Sanjeev is very knowledgeable of the cultures, religions, and traditions of the countries he leads trek for and enjoys sharing his experiences with you.

photo credits: ©Christopher Bettencourt, Tara Starr-Keddle, MTS Photo File


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Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.


More active trips involving hiking over moderate terrain, usually - but not always - with vehicle support and at elevations less than 10,000 feet, or trips with long hiking days, multiple sea kayaking days, wilderness camping, or other invigorating activity. On many trips, you can elect to skip a day's activity, depending on logistics. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips and river rafting trips with Class III rapids.


Hiking and trekking over steeper or more rugged terrain or where elevations may exceed 10,000 feet - often several days in a row. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips (4-5 hours paddling a day) and river rafting trips with Class IV-V rapids.

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Our most demanding trips: trekking over steep, rugged terrain at high elevations (no vehicle support) or with substantial altitude gains and losses; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips. Includes our most demanding sea kayaking (5-7 hours paddling a day) and river rafting trips with Class IV-V rapids.


Departure Dates

Oct 7 - 25, 2014 Nov 4 - 22, 2014 Apr 12 - 30, 2015 May 8 - 26, 2015 Oct 5 - 23, 2015 Nov 6 - 24, 2015

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