The Majesty of Everest
The tallest mountain in the world… anyone who sets eyes on Mount Everest will be captivated by its presence and beauty. There is a reason the trek to Everest Base Camp attracts adventurers from across the globe every year. From your arrival into Kathmandu to the winding pathways leading to Gorak Shep, you will be welcomed by the Nepalese people, and captivated by the spectacular views that surround you every step of the way.
After returning to Kathmandu, you will visit Royal Chitwan National Park. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, the park covers over 900 square kilometres, and is home to several species of birds, tigers, monkeys, elephants and more. No trip to Nepal is complete without a visit to this breath-taking haven of natural wonder. Over 2 days, our expert guides who will share their knowledge of the flora and fauna on walking safaris. You also have the chance to take a canoe ride through the dense jungle. Watching the sun set over the park, with the sounds of the jungle ringing out all around, is a memory that will last a lifetime.
Your adventure will be rounded off with a visit to Pokhara, This lakeside town offers jaw-dropping views of the Himalayas mountain range, along with a host of adventurous activities and more relaxing pursuits.
In good hands
We are fully compliant to the British Standard for overseas expeditions and adventures (BS8848), and demonstrate a rigorous approach to the safe planning and management of our adventures. Our team in Nepal has many years experience on the Everest Base Camp trail and beyond, and will ensure the safety, well-being and enjoyment of all our clients.
The adventure of a lifetime
At the start of this 24-day trip you will meet your fellow team members in a comfortable Kathmandu hotel, before boarding a twin-engine flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu region. During the next 13 days of trekking, you and the team will experience the best of Himalayan culture and hospitality, stopping off at villages and settlements far removed from the bustle of modern life. After reaching the historic Everest Base Camp of Hilary and Tenzing’s 1953 expedition, the trip will be capped by a summit of 5643m Kala Patthar, where you will rewarded with spectacular views of the mighty Himalayan peaks.
When you arrive in Nepal you will be picked up and taken to your hotel in Kathmandu. Once you’re settled in you have the afternoon free to explore Kathmandu. There will also be a chance to change money and pick up any last-minute essentials. In the evening there will be a pre-trek briefing before dinner.
After an early breakfast, we will set off the Kathmandu Airport, and our Twin Otter flight to Lukla. This vibrant town is the gateway to the Khumbu region- home of Everest. During the flight we may catch our first glimpse of Everest towering above the clouds.
After landing, we will trek towards Phakding. We will follow the course of Dudh Kosi river, along a centuries-old trading trail that runs from Nepal to Tibet. After passing the small hamlet of Thado Kosi, we will cross a small bridge and view the triple peaks of Kusum Kanagaru to the east. Following the cobbled trail, we will pass the village of Ghat and reach the lively village of Phaking.
After breakfast, we will trek for 2 hours to reach Monjo, before continuing up the banks of the Dudh Kosi River, crossing it twice over small suspension bridges (not for the faint-hearted!). At Monjo we will enter Khumbu National Park. After crossing the river a few more times, we will have a steep climb through pine forests, to reach Namche Bazaar at 3440m.
This prosperous trading town is the capital of the Khumbu Region, and home to a bustling market. Many Tibetans will cross the border to reach Namche and trade their goods. From the village, you can view the majestic peaks of Thamserku and Kangtega- signposts that we are now entering Big Peak Country.
Today we will rest and allow our bodies to acclimatise. In the morning, there will be the option to walk up to the Everest View Hotel (3900m), before returning to Namche for lunch. The tactic of walking high and sleeping low is one the most effective ways to acclimatise to the altitude.
Once back in Namche, there are some nice bakeries which are renowned for their fresh apple pie where we can pick up a treat before watching the Himalayan sunset.
We will take the well-worn Everest Trail around the side of the valley from Namche. Far below us the Dudh Kosi river follows the valley floor. After a short trek we will get our first views of the imposing peaks of the Khumbu- Everest, Lhotse, Nupste & Ama Dablam.
Our route today takes us through several small villages, and numerous tea shops. After crossing Dudh Kosi once more, we will make the steep climb towards Thyangboche. This village is home to an impressive monastery, which was recently rebuilt. There will be time to explore the town, and perhaps enjoy a little more fresh apple pie, before we retire to our guesthouse for the night.
After leaving Thyangboche in the early morning we will follow the rhododendron-shaded trail, through Deboche, and across a suspension bridge. We will then come to Pangboche, a spot which affords some excellent views of Ama Dablam (Mother’s Charm Box), and which is also home to the Sherpas who work on the mountain after each monsoon season.
We will then recross the valley and cross the river to follow the Imja Valley to the picturesque town of Dingboche.
It’s another acclimatisation day before our ascent to the upper section of the Khumbu Valley. Today we will take a short walk up to Nangkartsang Peak (5072m) before heading back down for the night. Climb high, sleep low!
We will return to Pheriche, before following the trail along the valley floor towards Dugla. Ahead of us we will see the trekking peak of Lobuche East (6116m), and to our left looms the formidable north face of Taweche. After three hours trekking we will reach the lodges and huts of Dugla at 4620m. From here we will follow the trail along the glacier moraine to the small collection of tea houses at Lobuche.
Our afternoon here will be spent relaxing and adjusting to the increasing altitude.
After breakfast we will trek for 3 hours to reach Gorak Shep. This was the site of the historic 1953 expedition’s base camp. At 5165m, the tiny village is surrounded on all sides by imposing peaks. After a stop in the village, we will continue to reach the modern-day base camp, where the groups ascending Everest depart.
From here we will be rewarded with amazing views of the legendary Khumbu Ice Fall, and will spend some time exploring the camp before returning to Gorak Shep for dinner.
Today we will touch the sky and reach the highest point of our trek at Kala Pattar (5545m). This climb will be hard work, and you will feel the effects of altitude on the way up. The effort is well worth it though, as from the summit you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Mount Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, along with Lhotse, Nupste and Pumori above.
We will then follow the trail back to Lobuche, and return down the Khumbu valley. After a stop in Dugla, we will push on to Pheriche.
Following breakfast, we take the main Everest trail down a beautifully scenic valley, passing through Pangboche and crossing the Dudh Kosi before returning to Thyangboche monastery. A steep descent of 500m will take us through rhododendron bushes filled with birdsong, down to the river. After crossing via suspension bridge, we will climb the opposite valley wall to reach the path back to Namche Bazaar, where we will spend the night.
Our trail flattens out today, and the rocky mountain trails are becoming a distant memory! We will cross the river twice, before making a shallow climb up a hill side to reach Lukla. We will feel the difference in altitudes and today’s trek will be a world away from the chilly heights of Everest Base Camp. We will take the time to soak up the atmosphere in each village we pass through, stopping at the occasional tea house for refreshments and small talk. We will spend the night in Lukla.
We will catch an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. From the windows of our Twin Otter plane, we will catch our final glimpses of Everest and the mountains of the Khumbu.
After transferring back to our hotel, the afternoon can be spent exploring Kathmandu- shopping and visiting the temples, or simply relaxing with a drink and some snacks in one of the lively bars in the Thamel district. Here you can mingle with fellow trekkers, and trade tales of the mountain. In the evening we will transfer to a restaurant in town for a celebratory dinner.
Day 14 – 16
These days are set aside in case of delays on flights to or from Lukla. Accommodation will be provided on a bed & breakfast basis. We recommend exploring the Kathmandu valley- visiting the Bodnath Stupa, the Monkey Temple or catching a glimpse of the living goddess at Durbar Square in Kathmandu.
We will be collected early in the morning from the hotel, and will transfer to Royal Chitwan National Park in private vehicles. The park is around 100 km from Kathmandu, and the route follows some narrow mountain tracks with picturesque views. After freshening up, we will get some lunch, before setting out for an afternoon in the jungle.
An early morning start today, allowing you to experience the natural wonders of Chitwan up-close. Today, you will have the opportunity to take a canoe ride through the jungle or accompany one of our expert guides on a bird watching tour.
We will rise early for tea & coffee, and take a nature trek through the park, spotting the wildlife in its natural habitat as we go. Afterwards, we will have a leisurely breakfast before transferring to Pokhara. After checking in to your hotel, the evening will be yours to spend as you wish.
Days 20 & 21
You can spend these days at your leisure in Pokhara. Drink in the relaxed Himalayan atmosphere, explore the beautiful lakes, or get your kicks white water rafting & paragliding.
After breakfast, we will transfer back to Kathmandu. You’ll have a chance to pick up some last-minute souvenirs, before heading out for one final dinner.
Catch return flight to UK.
Package including Royal Chitwan National Park & Pokhara:
- £4,350 (including return flights from London)
- £3,450 (book your own flights)
- £3,350 (including return flights from London)
- £2,450 (book your own flights)
Everest Base Camp
- International return flights to Kathmandu (excluding book your own flights option)
- Experienced English-speaking guides
- All meals, transfers & accommodation as outlined above
- Bottled or safe, purified drinking water during the trek
- All park fees, taxes, permits & fees as required for the itinerary
- Accommodation during days 2-14
- Hotel accommodation on twin shared room basis, where specified
- Fully supported emergency procedures & 24/7 support line
- First Aid kit
- All porter & luggage services
Chitwan & Pokhara:
- All meals in Chitwan
- All park fees & entry permits
- Professional, English-speaking guides
- Land transfers to & from Kathmandu
- Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Pokhara
- Airport transfers