Our cornerstone expedition—honed to perfection since 1969!
In a land where the greatest peak is almost six miles high, everything below it seems miniscule in comparison. However, it is here in the lively Sherpa villages of Nepal where one hears the heartbeat of the Himalaya. With the hum of Buddhist monks chanting from ancient monasteries in the distance, it is no wonder that this land has inspired spiritual awakening: one glimpse of the giant mountains that dominate the landscape is enough to humble anyone, and the gracious Nepalese people and their vibrant culture impart a sense of joy and serenity to their guests. No place is more strongly associated with Mountain Travel Sobek than Nepal, since it’s here that we laid the cornerstone of our passion for adventure in the late 1960s by organizing the first commercial treks in the country. In the past four decades we've honed our itineraries to provide the finest trekking experience available.
This classic first-timer’s trek through the legendary Khumbu (Everest region) is a feast for the senses with magical views in every direction. We trek into all the most famous Sherpa villages, plus the famed Tengboche Monastery, where the sunrise and sunset views of Mount Everest are unforgettable. Although Everest is undeniably the star of the show, we will also see a stunning panorama of other Himalayan monarchs as well—from Kangtega (22,340') to Thamserku (22,208') and the obelisk of Ama Dablam (22,494')—a veritable outdoor cathedral of soaring peaks. High mountain villages are steeped in timelessness and tradition. Wildflowers dot the hillside in spring. Best of all, the friendly Sherpa people will captivate your heart in a second and make you a devotee of this part of the world forever. Throughout the journey you'll be accompanied by an expert, knowledgeable guide who will share and explain all the details of what you see every day on the trail in the way only an insider can. Our reliable crew takes care of all the trek details, giving you plenty of time to acclimatize to long days of hiking at high altitude. We work closely with the staff and guides, provide training for sirdars (chief of Sherpa staff), encourage professional development of Nepalese guides, and ensure that our porters are well taken care of. You can count on us to provide the best, most memorable experience possible!
9 days moderate to strenuous hiking at medium elevation (max. 15,091')
- The perfect trip for first-time travelers to the legendary Khumbu with MTS—the experts in the Himalaya since 1969
- Trek along the foothills of the Himalaya’s iconic giants with MTS’ exclusive expert guides
- Overnight in some of the best hotels & lodges in charming, high mountain villages captured in time
- Immerse yourself in the quiet beauty of Nepal’s Buddhist culture and explore ancient monasteries
Duration: 14 days Start Location: Kathmandu End Location: KathmanduDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal
Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Day 2 : Touring the Kathmandu Valley
Tour nearby Bhaktapur, with its well-preserved 17th-century architecture.
Day 3 : Mountain flight to Lukla (9,200')
Fly to Lukla (9,200'), meet the Sherpa crew, and trek to Monjo (9,317'), passing mani walls (boulders with carved Buddhist prayer inscriptions), small villages, and terraced hillsides.
Day 4 : Monjo (9,317')
Begin trek, hiking from Lukla to Monjo (9,317') where we'll relax and acclimatize.
Day 5 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (11,286')
Steep climb to Namche Bazaar (11,270'). Afternoon free to explore the area or perhaps bargain for treasures at the market.
Day 6 : Trek to Tashinga (11,800')
Trek from Namche to Tashinga (11,800')
Day 7 : Tengboche (12,680') – Pangboche (13,107')
Trek to Tengboche Monastery (12,680'), with its eye-popping views of Ama Dablam (some consider it the most beautiful peak in the Himalaya). From here you can get a view of the great massif of Mount Everest.
Day 8 : Pangboche and day excursion to Highend Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,091')
Day Excursion to Highend Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,091').
Day 9 : Trek to Tashinga (11,800')
Trek to Tashinga (11,800').
Day 10 : Monjo (9,317')
We begin by retracing our trail to Namche Bazaar but detour after one hour to to Khumjung village (12,366'), with its superb mountain panoramas. Descend through a beautiful rugged valley to Mende (12,263').
Day 11 : Return to Lukla (9,200')
Return to Lukla along the Dudh Kosi.
Day 12 : Return to Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu (weather permitting). Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
Day 13 : Kathmandu
Sightseeing in Kathmandu, including the Hindu shrines at Pashupatinath on the Bagmati River and the large Buddhist stupa at Bodhnath, center of the Tibetan Buddhist culture in Kathmandu.
Day 14 : Fly home
Depart Kathmandu, or join one of our extensions to India, Vietnam, or Cambodia.
DATES: Best time to go: April - May, September - December Departures: Sep 29, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014 Oct 4 - 17, 2014 Oct 20, 2014 - Nov 2, 2014 Nov 1 - 14, 2014 Nov 17 - 30, 2014 Dec 23, 2014 - Jan 5, 2015 Apr 13 - 26, 2015 May 4 - 17, 2015 Sep 29, 2015 - Oct 12, 2015 Oct 16 - 29, 2015 Oct 25, 2015 - Nov 7, 2015 Nov 9 - 22, 2015 Nov 22, 2015 - Dec 5, 2015 Dec 21, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016
Yak & Yeti HotelKathmandu, 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 LodgeLukla, 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 LodgeMonjo, 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.
Sherpa Land LodgeNamche 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.
Tashinga LodgeTashinga, 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.
Pangboche LodgePangboche, 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.
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 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.
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.
Gyamcho Wangdi has led treks for Mountain Travel Sobek since 1988. A Bhutanese, he grew up in the small hill town of Kalimpong in the Darjeeling District of India and received his schooling from a Scottish missionary school. He studied botany and zoology and was a naturalist at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in Nepal for eight years. While working at the park, he greeted VIPs and other celebrities such as Princess Anne, the late Rajiv Gandhi (former Prime Minister of India), King Gyanendra (present King of Nepal), Bjorn Borg (former #1 tennis player), Reinhold Messner (Everest summiteer), and actors James Coburn, Robert Redford, Goldie Hawn, and Carrie Fisher. Gyamcho’s passions are seeing new places, off-road driving, interior design, and drawing cartoons (he has published a cartoon book on the Yeti called "Mysterious Mystical Yeti," which became a hit among Nepal trekkers). His gentle, courteous manner, amusing anecdotes, and overall knowledge of Bhutan and Nepal are the key to the success of your trip. He is fluent in English, Hindi, Nepali, and Bhutanese.