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Nepal Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour

The Ultimate Himalayan Mountain Adventure


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 in Nepali as Sagarmatha, the "Peak of Heaven." This 16-day adventure is nothing short of a true quest and, with more than 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. Our peerless, top-notch guides - all of whom are seasoned mountaineers - guarantee your trek will be a memorable experience! This is our ultimate signature trek to the base of the world's highest mountain.

16 Days

From: $5,995

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 in Nepali as Sagarmatha, the "Peak of Heaven." This 16-day adventure is nothing short of a true quest and, with more than 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. Our peerless, top-notch guides - all of whom are seasoned mountaineers - guarantee your trek will be a memorable experience! This is our ultimate signature trek to the base of the world's highest mountain.

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Highlights


  • Trek with our legendary guiding team in Nepal and follow experts who understand the terrain and climate of the Khumbu
  • 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

Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek

Start: Kathmandu, Nepal  End: Kathmandu, Nepal

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Nepal

    Day 1

    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.

    Accommodation: Yak and Yeti Hotel

    Meals: Dinner

  • Fly to the Khumbu

    Day 2

    Transfer to the airport for the 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.

    Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge-Lukla

    Activity: 3 hours/3 miles hiking

    Transportation: 30-minute flight

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Hike Lukla to Monjo

    Day 3

    Begin your 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.

    Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge-Monjo

    Activity: 6 hours/8 miles hiking with 819' elevation loss/865' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Namche Bazaar

    Day 4

    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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Namche

    Activity: 4-5 hours/3 miles hiking with 1,858' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Tashinga

    Day 5

    You’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 kickoff the cultural experience! Follow the classical route to Everest, on a winding, almost level trail. After about 3 hours of hiking, take a slight detour off the main path and hike 15 minutes further before arriving at your comfortable lodge. After check in, the rest of the afternoon free to rest and relax.

    Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge—Tashinga

    Activity: 4-5 hours/4 miles hiking with 795' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Ascend to Tengboche and Pangboche

    Day 6

    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!

    Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge—Pangboche

    Activity: 5-6 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,274' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day Hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp

    Day 7

    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.

    Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge—Pangboche

    Activity: 6-7 hours/8 miles hiking with 1,939' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Continue to Pheriche

    Day 8

    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').

    Accommodation: Edelweiss Lodge

    Activity: 3 hours/3 miles hiking with 996' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Optional Day Hike to Tabuche Ridge

    Day 9

    Today you have the option to take a day hike to Tabuche Ridge. 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.

    Accommodation: Edelweiss Lodge

    Activity: 5-6 hours/4.5 miles hiking with 2,700' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Lobuche

    Day 10

    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').

    Accommodation: Himalayan Eco-Resort

    Activity: 5-6 hours/4 miles hiking with 2,130' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Gorak Shep and Base Camp

    Day 11

    It's your big base camp day! Begin your ascent to Gorak Shep (17,000'), the highest village in the Khumbu. Pause here for a nourishing lunch at the lodge, then continue a fairly arduous trek, following the top of the moraine and then descending onto the boulder-strewn glacier up to Everest Base Camp (17,600') - huzzah! Enjoy sensational views of the Khumbu icefall and surrounding scenery (though not Everest herself).

    Accommodation: Snowland Highest Inn

    Activity: 7-8 hours/10 miles hiking/1,400' elevation gain, 600' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Kala Patar (18,500')

    Day 12

    Start early for a hike up Kala Patar (18,500'), reaching the highest altitude of the trip, high above the Khumbu Glacier. Your reward is dramatic close-up views of Mother Everest and the awe-inspiring surrounding peaks. After many photos, descend to Gorak Shep which, at this altitude feels long and exhausting, but you can do it. Then take the trail back down to Lobuche and Thukla (15,090').

    Accommodation: Kala Pathar Lodge

    Activity: 6-7 hours/7 miles/1,500' elevation gain/3,490' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Pangboche

    Day 13

    This morning, 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.

    Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge—Pangboche

    Activity: 4-5 hours, 5.7 miles, 2,200' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Fly to Kathmandu

    Day 14

    Bid a fond, if somewhat hesitant, farewell to the Khumbu and enjoy a short helicopter flight for the descent back to Lukla (to refuel) and onwards to Kathmandu (via helicopter or small plane). Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel and enjoy lunch and dinner on your own.

    Accommodation: Yak and Yeti Hotel

    Transportation: 30-minute flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hinduism & Buddhism in Kathmandu

    Day 15

    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.

    Accommodation: Yak and Yeti Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Depart for Home

    Day 16

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


  • MT Sobek is a pioneering outfitter in Nepal and has offered Everest Base Camp adventures since 1969. This is where adventure travel started!

  • This 16-day legendary adventure has been expertly crafted to build in acclimatization time for a successful personal achievement - reaching Base Camp at 17,600 feet and Kala Patar at 18,500 feet.

  • Trust MT Sobek's professional local guides on this expert-led Himalayan trek. Along the way you will explore Sherpa villages, visit Buddhist monasteries, and come away feeling connected to the people as well as the place.

Dates & Prices


  • 2024
  • 2025
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2024

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

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Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

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*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.


Looking for a private family adventure?


This trip can accommodate guests with a
minimum age of 16.

Private Trip Pricing:


2024 Pricing

4 to 5 guests from $6,495 per person double occupancy

6 to 9 guests from $6,295 per person double occupancy

10 guests from $5,995 per person double occupancy

2025 Pricing

4 guests from $6,695 per person double occupancy

5 guests from $6,495 per person double occupancy

6 to 9 guests from $6,295 per person double occupancy

10 guests from $5,995 per person double occupancy

*Seasonal rates may apply.

Additional Costs:


Internal Airfare: $1,200

Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Create Your Very Own Adventure


Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Binoy R.

Binoy R.

Raised in the Himalayas and schooled in Darjeeling, Binoy has always been passionate about trekking and mountaineering. In addition to being a top guide on MT Sobek’s Everest Base Camp and Everest Lodge to Lodge adventures, he has undertaken an Advance Mountaineering Course from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling and is well-versed in Wilderness First Aid. Binoy has climbed many peaks in the Nepal and Sikkim Himalaya, and enjoys studying the region’s flora and fauna. Above all, he is eager to share the wonders of his home country with you.

Pranoy R.

Pranoy R.

Pranoy was born in Nepal, studied in Darjeeling, India, and has always been a travel enthusiast. Since 1999, he has led numerous treks and tours to Nepal, Tibet and India, and has enormous experience in the field. Pranoy successfully completed his basic mountaineering course at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute of Darjeeling with grade 'A' certificate and is trained in wilderness medicine. 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 he looks forward to sharing his knowledge with you on the trek.

Lhakpa N.

Lhakpa N.

Lhakpa 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 spent time mountaineering on Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world, and trekking among Nepalese peaks. Lhakpa has a deep interest in environmental issues and speaks Nepali, Sherpa, and Tibetan as well as English. Lhakpa has worked with MT Sobek since 1983, first as sirdar and now as a legendary trekking guide. Meet Lhakpa on one of our popular Everest adventures!

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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.

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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\').

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It\'s your big base camp day! Begin your ascent to Gorak Shep (17,000\'), the highest village in the Khumbu. Pause here for a nourishing lunch at the lodge, then continue a fairly arduous trek, following the top of the moraine and then descending onto the boulder-strewn glacier up to Everest Base Camp (17,600\') - huzzah! Enjoy sensational views of the Khumbu icefall and surrounding scenery (though not Everest herself).

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Start early for a hike up Kala Patar (18,500\'), reaching the highest altitude of the trip, high above the Khumbu Glacier. Your reward is dramatic close-up views of Mother Everest and the awe-inspiring surrounding peaks. After many photos, descend to Gorak Shep which, at this altitude feels long and exhausting, but you can do it. Then take the trail back down to Lobuche and Thukla (15,090\').

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This morning, 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.

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Bid a fond, if somewhat hesitant, farewell to the Khumbu and enjoy a short helicopter flight for the descent back to Lukla (to refuel) and onwards to Kathmandu (via helicopter or small plane). Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel and enjoy lunch and dinner on your own.

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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.

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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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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 5. On this trek you will be hiking 7-9 hours a day, mostly at elevations above 12,000'. The trails are extremely difficult and this type of terrain, combined with the altitude, makes it a challenging experience. You need to be in excellent physical condition and have similar previous experience of hiking and sleeping at high altitudes.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

3 hours/3 miles hiking

Day 3

6 hours/8 miles hiking with 819' elevation loss/865' elevation gain

Day 4

4-5 hours/3 miles hiking with 1,858' elevation gain

Day 5

4-5 hours/4 miles hiking with 795' elevation gain

Day 6

5-6 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,274' elevation gain

Day 7

6-7 hours/8 miles hiking with 1,939' elevation gain and loss

Day 8

3 hours/3 miles hiking with 996' elevation gain

Day 9

5-6 hours/4.5 miles hiking with 2,700' elevation gain and loss

Day 10

5-6 hours/4 miles hiking with 2,130' elevation gain

Day 11

7-8 hours/10 miles hiking/1,400' elevation gain, 600' elevation loss

Day 12

6-7 hours/7 miles/1,500' elevation gain/3,490' elevation loss

Day 13

4-5 hours, 5.7 miles, 2,200' elevation loss

Accommodations


Scenic and comfortable mountain accommodation in Nepalese inns and lodges, plus three nights at the Yak & Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu.

Yak and Yeti Hotel
Yak and Yeti Hotel

A five-star 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 features, shopping arcades, atrium, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

Everest Summit Lodge-Lukla
Everest Summit Lodge-Lukla

Lying at the very gateway to mighty Mount Everest, the Everest Summit Lodge in Lukla has spacious, comfortably furnished rooms with en-suite facilities. The natural stone facade is complemented by a lovely sunny garden, and its traditionally appointed interior makes for a very warm welcome to arriving guests.

Everest Summit Lodge-Monjo
Everest Summit Lodge-Monjo

Rest in comfort at the Everest Summit Lodge in picturesque Monjo. The setting is spectacular, overlooking the village and the narrow Dudh Kosi Valley, and with the dreamlike backdrop of magnificent Thamserku rising high up behind the lodge. Hot tea and warm staff help every guest feel welcome.

Everest Summit Lodge—Tashinga
Everest Summit Lodge—Tashinga

Situated amidst pine forests overlooking the Dudh Kosi Valley, the Tashinga Lodge offers breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche, and Khumbila. Comfortable rooms and local hospitality make for a wonderful stay at one of the most beautiful locations along your trek.

Everest Summit Lodge—Pangboche
Everest Summit Lodge—Pangboche

The village of Pangboche sits, quite literally, in the lap of Ama Dablam. With Everest to the north, Thamserku and Kang Taiga to the east, Kongde Ri to the south, and the Imja River flowing through the wide fertile valley, the quaint Pangboche Lodge rests in the midst of abundant natural glory. En suite facilities round out the comfortable accommodations.

Hotel Namche
Hotel Namche

Travelers boast about the location (not uphill!) and the kind staff of this simple but comfortable lodging in the heart of Namche Bazaar. Guests can enjoy the restaurant, bar, and outdoor patio. Most rooms have electric blankets, private bathrooms, and hot showers — welcome comforts in the chilly Khumbu region.

Edelweiss Lodge
Located within the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, Edelweiss Lodge commands a panoramic view of Himalayan peaks. The lodge was constructed with a blend of modern practicality and Sherpa traditional style. Simple rooms have WiFi, ensuite bathroom, and views of the mountains. Meals are served in the dining room, also with breathtaking views, a warm wood-burning stove, and a mix of local and continental fare.
Himalayan Eco-Resort
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalaya within the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, Himalayan Eco Resort offers simple rustic rooms with shared bathrooms and a single hand-washing station. Hot water bottles keep you cozy at night. The long low building is accented with stone walls and beautiful surroundings. WiFi is available in the dining room.
Kala Pathar Lodge
This simple lodge has a homey feel with stone walls and outdoor picnic tables when the weather warrants it. At Kala Pathar, rooms are small and simple with shared bathrooms and a single handwashing station. Hot water bottles keep you warm at night. Hikers gather in the dining room, heated by a wood stove, to share stories of their day over a hot meal, access the WiFi, and perhaps purchase one of the delectable cakes on offer to enjoy together.
Snowland Highest Inn
Surrounded by Himalayan peaks, Snowland Highest Inn's spacious dining room features comfortable seating, wood stove heating, a small shop, views from paned windows and WiFi. Guest rooms are simple with 2 single beds and shared bathrooms. Gorak Shep is the last lodging before reaching Everest Base Camp.

Weather


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.

 
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Namche Bazaar 
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Know Before You Book


It's important to note that the Nepali government has the authority to make the final decision on the type of aircraft used for the flights between Kathmandu and Lukla, and this decision is subject to change at any time. It may be either a scheduled flight or helicopter.

FAQs


How can I get to Kathmandu from the US?

There are no direct flights from the USA to Kathmandu. However, there are many airlines that offer connecting flights through major hubs in Asia, such as:

  • New York (JFK): Air India, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Etihad Airways
  • Los Angeles (LAX): Air India, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines
  • Chicago (ORD): Air India, Turkish Airlines, Etihad Airways
  • San Francisco (SFO): Air India, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines
  • Houston (IAH): Air India, Emirates
  • Atlanta (ATL): Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines

The flight time from the USA to Kathmandu will vary depending on the hub you transit through, but it will typically take around 19-21 hours.

What happens if my flights are delayed in Lukla?

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 alternate 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.

Do I need a visa for Nepal?

Yes, and you can get a 30-day visa on arrival for $40.

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag for this trip?

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.

Will I have cell coverage on this trip?

It's best not to count on it, as coverage is spotty.

Are there any baggage weight restrictions on the flight to Lukla?

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.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.

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