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Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek

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 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

Arrive:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Depart:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Duration:

19 Days

Activity Level:

5

Departures:

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Price: from $5,995

  • 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 & Yeti Hotel-Kathmandu

    Yak & Yeti Hotel-Kathmandu

    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, shopping arcade, atrium, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Fly to the Khumbu

    Day 2

    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.

    Accommodation: 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.

    Activity: 3 hours/3 miles hiking

    Transportation: 30-minute flight

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Hike Lukla to Monjo

    Day 3

    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.

    Accommodation: 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.

    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

    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.

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

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Tashinga

    Day 5

    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.

    Accommodation: Tashinga Lodge-Tashinga

    Tashinga 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.

    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: Pangboche Lodge-Pangboche

    Pangboche 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.

    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: Pangboche Lodge-Pangboche

    Pangboche 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.

    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: Mountain Lodges-Everest Base Camp Trek

    Bhattis, mountain lodges or local inns, have existed in Nepal for centuries. Most are family-run with private rooms for guests, and some offer private bathrooms. The sparsely decorated rooms are comfortable enough, and some lodges have solar-powered lights, so it's "lights out" soon after dinner. Breakfasts and dinners are served in the dining room - wear warm clothing to meals.

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

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Optional Day Hike to Samso Chopo

    Day 9

    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.

    Accommodation: Mountain Lodges-Everest Base Camp Trek

    Bhattis, mountain lodges or local inns, have existed in Nepal for centuries. Most are family-run with private rooms for guests, and some offer private bathrooms. The sparsely decorated rooms are comfortable enough, and some lodges have solar-powered lights, so it's "lights out" soon after dinner. Breakfasts and dinners are served in the dining room - wear warm clothing to meals.

    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: Mountain Lodges-Everest Base Camp Trek

    Bhattis, mountain lodges or local inns, have existed in Nepal for centuries. Most are family-run with private rooms for guests, and some offer private bathrooms. The sparsely decorated rooms are comfortable enough, and some lodges have solar-powered lights, so it's "lights out" soon after dinner. Breakfasts and dinners are served in the dining room - wear warm clothing to meals.

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

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Gorak Shep

    Day 11

    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.

    Accommodation: Mountain Lodges-Everest Base Camp Trek

    Bhattis, mountain lodges or local inns, have existed in Nepal for centuries. Most are family-run with private rooms for guests, and some offer private bathrooms. The sparsely decorated rooms are comfortable enough, and some lodges have solar-powered lights, so it's "lights out" soon after dinner. Breakfasts and dinners are served in the dining room - wear warm clothing to meals.

    Activity: 3 hours/5 miles hiking with 800\' elevation gain (+2-3 hours optional with 1,192\' elevation gain & loss)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Reach Everest Base Camp

    Day 12

    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.

    Accommodation: Mountain Lodges-Everest Base Camp Trek

    Bhattis, mountain lodges or local inns, have existed in Nepal for centuries. Most are family-run with private rooms for guests, and some offer private bathrooms. The sparsely decorated rooms are comfortable enough, and some lodges have solar-powered lights, so it's "lights out" soon after dinner. Breakfasts and dinners are served in the dining room - wear warm clothing to meals.

    Activity: 9-10 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 600\' elevation gain & 1,400\' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Pangboche

    Day 13

    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.

    Accommodation: Pangboche Lodge-Pangboche

    Pangboche 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.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/6 miles hiking with 3,126\' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Tashinga

    Day 14

    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.

    Accommodation: Tashinga Lodge-Tashinga

    Tashinga 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.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/5 miles hiking with 1,307\' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Monjo via Khumjung

    Day 15

    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.

    Accommodation: 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.

    Activity: 7-8 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 2,296\' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Lukla

    Day 16

    We'll return to Lukla along the Dudh Kosi, retracing our steps from Day 4. Overnight at the lodge in Lukla.

    Accommodation: 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.

    Activity: 6 hours/8 miles hiking with 117\' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Fly to Kathmandu

    Day 17

    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.

    Accommodation: Yak & Yeti Hotel-Kathmandu

    Yak & Yeti Hotel-Kathmandu

    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, shopping arcade, atrium, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

    Transportation: 30-minute flight

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Hinduism & Buddhism in Kathmandu

    Day 18

    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 & Yeti Hotel-Kathmandu

    Yak & Yeti Hotel-Kathmandu

    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, shopping arcade, atrium, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Depart for Home

    Day 19

    After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to airport and depart Kathmandu on your homeward-bound flight. Or if you'd prefer to <a href="https://www.mtsobek.com/trips/asia/" target="_blank">spend more time in Asia</a>, consider joining one of our extensions in India, Vietnam, or Cambodia. We would love to accompany you on another <a href="https://www.mtsobek.com/trips/asia/nepal/" target="_blank">trip through Nepal</a> in the future.

    Meals: Breakfast

Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek is a legendary pioneering outfitter in Nepal and has offered Everest Base Camp adventures since 1969.

Reason #02

Trust MT Sobek to turn your high-altitude Ultimate Challenge into a successful personal achievement by building in acclimatization time.

Reason #03

Hike to Everest Base Camp with expert MT Sobek guides who understand the terrain and climate of the Khumbu.

Meet your guides

Binoy Rai

Binoy Rai

Raised in the Himalayas and schooled in Darjeeling, Binoy Rai 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 Rai

Pranoy Rai

Pranoy Rai 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 Norbu Sherpa

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 spent time mountaineering on Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in 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. He leads our Everest Base Camp Trek and Everest Lodge to Lodge adventure.

Activities

Strenuous hiking on mountain paths, covering 3 to 9 miles per day on rugged terrain at a maximum elevation of 17,600'.

Lodging

Scenic and comfortable mountain accommodation in Nepalese inns and lodges, plus three nights at the luxury Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kathmandu.

Climate

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.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

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.

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 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.

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.

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Additional costs

  • $600 Internal Airfare
  • $1,100 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner (except while on trek)
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Lunch on Day 2, 17 & 18 and Dinner on Day 2 & 17
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Optional travel protection

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