Trekking in the Himalaya is a lifelong dream for many avid hikers, and what could be better than a pilgrimage to its greatest mountain - Mount Everest, known locally as Chomolungma, the "Mother Goddess of the Snows." This 19-day adventure is nothing short of a true quest and, with 50 years' experience leading the pack in Nepal, MT Sobek is the best company to get you to Everest Base Camp at 17,600 feet elevation. The peerless leadership of our top-notch guides, all of whom are seasoned mountaineers, guarantees your trek will be a memorable experience! This is our ultimate signature trek to the base of the world's highest mountain.
Trek to Everest Base Camp with MT Sobek's legendary guiding team in Nepal
Celebrate yourself after completing challenging high-altitude hikes to Kala Patar and Mt. Everest Base Camp
Explore peaceful Sherpa villages and the elegant splendor of ancient Buddhist monasteries and culture
Welcome to Kathmandu! Meet your trip leader or an MT Sobek representative and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, receive a briefing and orientation, including information on trekking, altitude acclimatization, areas you will visit, and culture within the region. Enjoy a welcome dinner at Dechenling Restaurant.
Transfer to the airport for the mountain flight to Lukla. The short but spectacular flight leaves the Kathmandu Valley and heads into the Himalaya, home to the world's highest mountains. Make an unforgettable landing on Lukla's 1,729-foot-long, 65-foot-wide runway, perched high on a mountainside above the Dudh Kosi (River of Milk). Collect your gear and walk to your lodge. If the flight is on time, fit in a warm-up hike to Kharka, on a trail that leads to Mera Peak, passing small hamlets and resident shepherds along the way.
Begin trek from Lukla with a descent to the Dudh Kosi. Follow the trail to Phakding, passing mani walls (boulders inscribed with Buddhist prayers), small villages, and well-terraced hillsides. Meet Khumbu locals who, unlike the majority of Kathmandu residents, are Sherpas - people who migrated from Tibet over 500 years ago and still dress traditionally and practice evolved forms of Tibetan Buddhism. With Khumbila (18,800'), sacred peak of the Sherpas, looming above, arrive at the lodge in Monjo (9,317') in the early afternoon. Relax and enjoy free time while you acclimatize.
Head north into UNESCO-listed Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) National Park, established in 1976 to protect an area of great environmental, religious, and cultural importance. Cross the Dudh Kosi and begin the steep climb up "Namche Hill" amidst lovely rhododendron, fir, and magnolia forests. As you ascend, catch your first glimpse of majestic Everest (29,028')! Arrive in the vibrant Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar, the unofficial Khumbu capital beautifully situated in a terraced amphitheater facing the hanging glacier below Kwangde (20,293'). Check into the lodge, then spend the afternoon exploring Namche Bazaar.
We'll have some time in the morning to visit the Sagarmatha National Park Visitors Center and Museum, where there are terrific views of the Everest region and numerous educational displays on the culture, geography, geology, climatology, and wildlife within the park and the Khumbu. A great way to kick-off the cultural experience! Our trail follows the classical route to Everest, on a winding, almost level trail. After about 3 hours of hiking, we'll take a slight detour off the main path and hike 15 minutes further before arriving at our comfortable lodge. After check in, we'll have the rest of the afternoon free to rest and relax.
Descend into the deep Dudh Kosi Gorge - one of the most beautiful valley walks on Earth - and then climb steeply to the famous Tengboche Monastery (12,680'). Burned in 1989 and now completely rebuilt, Tengboche is the spiritual center of the Khumbu and a training center for new monks. After lunch, continue through this holy region to Pangboche. This incredibly scenic hike follows the Imja River, and Ama Dablam (22,349') and the great massif of Everest hovers majestically above. The tangible spirituality and stunning scenery of this place always impresses!
After crossing the Imja River and a gradual ascent to Lhabarma, you find yourself facing Ama Dablam, one of the Khumbu's most beloved and spectacular mountains. Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,013') sits on an open yak pasture beneath the west face, affording incredible views of Kan Tega (22,254'), Thamserku (21,729'), and Tawoche (21,463'). Here you'll likely meet climbing groups, either acclimatizing or fixing their route, as this trek coincides with climbing season. With binoculars you may even see climbers descending the steep ice slopes from the summit. Return to the lodge.
It's all stunning scenery all the time today as you follow the river with the breathtaking peak of Ama Dablam watching over you. With the giant Himalayan mountains now coming into clear view, cross the Khumbu Khola and make your way up to the remote village of Pheriche (14,070').
Today you have the option to take a day hike to Samso Chopo Ridge (16,864'). This optional hike is one of the least crowded and most scenic of the journey, and offers the opportunity to see 360-degree views in addition to the Mahalangur Himal range of the Himalayas. It is a steep, 2,700-foot climb, but take it slow and know that the sweet reward of stellar views are well worth it! Return to Pheriche to end the day.
Walk through the broad and beautiful Khumbu Khola riverbed en route to a herdsmen's settlement - also once a 1953 British Everest expedition camp. With Tawoche and Cholatse towering above, ascend to the hamlet of Dughla, then continue up a steep terminal moraine atop which stand memorial cairns to those lost on Everest. The landscape is now wild and rocky, and an often frozen stream leads to Lobuche - a former yak-grazing settlement now serving trekkers and climbers bound for Everest Base Camp and Kala Patar. Enjoy a spectacular sunset over Nuptse (25,850').
Walk along boulder fields and glacial debris to the edge of the Khumbu Glacier, then continue up to Gorak Shep (17,000'), nestled under the snow-coned summit of Pumori (23,442') and the sheer west face of Nuptse. If you're well acclimatized and up for an additional push, hike up Kala Patar (18,192'), high above the Khumbu Glacier, for a dramatic close-up view of Mother Everest.
It's your big base camp day! An early start helps ensure you arrive before the clouds do. From Gorak Shep it is a fairly arduous trek to base camp (17,600'), initially following the top of the moraine and then descending onto the boulder-strewn glacier. After a couple of hours you reach Everest Base Camp - huzzah! Enjoy sensational views of the Khumbu icefall and surrounding scenery (though not Everest herself). At this altitude the return to Gorak Shep feels long and exhausting, but you can do it. Then take the trail back down to Lobuche.
From Lobuche, follow the path down to tiny Dughla. Instead of taking the trail back to Pheriche, you stay up high on the wide grassy plateau and make your way to Dingboche to admire a glimpse of Imtsa Valley. After lunch descend the pleasant trail to Pangboche. If you did not have a chance to visit the gompa (temple) in Pangboche on the way up, it is worth a quick visit now.
Today we'll cross the Mengbo and the Dudh Koshi rivers to a quiet trail on the other side. The panoramic vista with old stone houses and the absence of other trekkers along the way is blissful. When we arrive in Tashinga we will check into the lodge with the rest of the day free to rest and relax.
Today we will trek by the villages of Khumjung, across the top of Namche Bazaar and then up the Nangpo Dzangpo. Leaving Tashinga Lodge, we contour on a small path to reach the main trail leading to Khumjung, approximately one hour. The path leads gently up the shallow valley and Khumjung (12,366') is built into a mountain bowl and surrounded by patterned, terraced fields. The village of Khunde is a short walk further on and contains the famous medical center estbalished by the Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. We will also take time to visit the Edmund Hillary School. Time permitting, we will visit the Monastery of Khumjung with the infamous Yeti Skull on display. We will then return to Monjo.
We'll return to Lukla along the Dudh Kosi, retracing our steps from Day 4. Overnight at the lodge in Lukla.
Bid a fond, if somewhat hesitant, farewell to the Khumbu as you fly from Lukla back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel and enjoy lunch and dinner on your own.
If your flight from Lukla operates as scheduled, you'll enjoy a morning tour of the Pashupatinath Hindu temple complex on the Bagmati River and Bodhnath's enormous Buddhist stupa - the largest in Asia and the center of Tibetan Buddhist culture in the Kathmandu Valley. This afternoon you're free to roam, relax, or do some last-minute shopping or sightseeing on your own. In the evening, join the group for a farewell dinner.
After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to airport and depart Kathmandu on your homeward-bound flight. Or if you'd prefer to spend more time in Asia, consider joining one of our extensions in India, Vietnam, or Cambodia. We would love to accompany you on another trip through Nepal in the future.
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Strenuous hiking on mountain paths, covering 3 to 9 miles per day on rugged terrain at a maximum elevation of 17,600'.
Scenic and comfortable mountain accommodation in Nepalese inns and lodges, plus three nights at the luxury Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kathmandu.
Fall temperatures are typically 30 - 65°F during the day, and -5 - 35°F at night. Rain or snow is possible. Springtime is usually 5 - 10°F warmer.
An MT Sobek representative will meet you outside the customs area of the Kathmandu Airport on Day-1. Our representative will be holding a MT Sobek sign-board and will identify you by your red MT Sobek baggage tags.
Flights to and from Lukla are commonly delayed or cancelled due to the Khumbu's unpredictable weather. If we are delayed, lodging and meals at Lukla are at your expense. We do everything possible to obtain replacement reservations or try to book helicopter flights when Lukla flights are cancelled, but be prepared for delays. The extra day at the end of the trek is to ensure connection to your homeward-bound flight.
Yes, and you can get a 30-day visa on arrival for $40.
You don't need to bring a sleeping bag. Quilts and blankets are provided at the lodges. We'll provide sleeping bags with fleece liners wherever they are needed.
It's best not to count on it, as coverage is spotty.
Yes. You can bring 15 kg / 33 lb baggage per person-including checked and hand-carry baggage. It's not possible to pay for overweight baggage.
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"The Everest Base Camp trek with MTS is one of the 'once-in-a-lifetime' ultimate challenges."
MT Sobek Guest, Everest Base Camp
"In a word, 'Incredible!' The journey to base camp was well planned and the difficulty was moderate, but we were all ready for the challenge. Mountain Travel Sobek did a wonderful job bringing us together for a trip of a lifetime!"
MT Sobek Guest, Everest Base Camp