Everest’s the highest mountain in the world soars so high that it offers those that even dare to reach its basecamp an adventure of the highest nature. Join us on a 11-day Himalayan trek to Everest’s Southern face Base Camp, which allows us to view the world’s most spectacular mountain scenery along with the most hospitable people. Stay in cottages that have been the homes of Sherpas. Knowing and understanding their unique culture whilst staying in villages set against Sky-high, jagged peaks; walk along the trials that have are lined with small Tibetan Buddhist stupas and Prayer stones learning about the Sherpas spiritual outlook on the peaks they call home.
From your arrival in Tribhuban International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel, we’ll gather for a briefing explaining the daily routine for the coming days. You will also receive your Sagarmatha National Park Permits and TIMS.
Walking Distance: 8km (3-4 hours) Pick Up from hotel and transfer to Kathmandu Domestic Airport. We fly to Lukla which sits at an elevation of 2850 meters, soon after we take some refreshments be introduced to your guides and porters. We start the first-leg of our trek to Phakding which is a 2 hour hike walking along the shores of Dudhkoshi River(2,530m/8,300ft). We will be staying the night to acclimatize, after an early dinner you have a free time in Phadking.
Walking Distance: 10-12km (5-6 hours) After an early wake-up call and breakfast, we will be gearing for our trek towards Namche Bazaar, the largest Sherpa village in Nepal. Your trail takes you first over the Dudhkoshi River (River of Milk), and then north through a beautiful pine forest to Monju, about two hours away. Soon after, we will approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park and then descend towards the Dudh Koshi River (spotting Mani Prayer stones along the way!) en route to Jorasalle. Lunch will be served here, and then it’s uphill to Namche. Your path along the riverbank is flanked by two crossings, one of which is the Hillary Suspension Bridge. It’s a tough climb up the hill to our resting place, but you'll be rewarded in Namche Bazaar with your first glimpse of Everest in its Great Splendour. We will spend the next two nights here acclimatizing and taking short treks.
We spend the day here today as we rest, relax and re-energizer for what is to come.
Walking Distance: 10km (6 hours) Breakfast in Namche Bazaar fuels us for another day of trekking towards Everest Base Camp today! En route you will see breath taking views of famous Himalayan mountain peaks such as Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde. A short decent brings us to the riverside, and then it's across the river upwards through the forest pass. Brace your legs for a continual uphill trek at this point, alternating between a gradual grade and some seriously steep ground! Our destination, Tengboche, its view of Ama Dablam is one that takes your breath away, and is considered one of the most beautiful places in this region. We'll stop in on the Thami Monastery, which is one of the largest in Khumbu region. Nourish your spirit with a guided tour of the monastery grounds, followed by chanting and prayer with the resident Buddhist monks.
Walking Distance: 11km (6 hours) Our Trek today Kicks off with a walk down the rhododendron forest, known as the “Laliguras” to the locals and is the national flower of Nepal and is found in abundance in the mountains of the country. After a hike through this forest we reach a suspension bridge over the raging sound of the “Imja Khola” river. Passing the valley walls we reach the Pangbouche village, another major Sherpa settlement. Interacting with locals gives us a deeper insight on the lives of the Sherpa culture. After a brief hike to the Pangboche Monastery, we will soon depart for the dry and deserted mountain terrains towards our final destination for today Dingboche.
Walking Distance: 11-12 km (6-7 hours) Dingboche onwards the elevation gradually increases, and the trek becomes more challenging as the altitude rises. To reach Dungla, we have to scale a High hill with a steep climb. On its summit you reach a memorial that is dedicated to all the climbers that have lost their lives to Everest over the years. The next leg of our trek takes to through rocky mountain terrain to Lobuche, with spectacular views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumori and Nuptse. As we are now almost three miles above the sea level, the weather in the evenings are downright chilly.
Distance of walking: 15km (6-8 hours) As we near your final destination, the first part of our trek from Lobuche to Gorekshep is relatively easy. On the other hand, the following trail to Everest base Camp is harder which involves rocky dunes and moraine, that have formed over the years from glacier debris. On the way to the Base Camp, we will see famous sights such as Khumbu Glacier and Ice fall located on the slopes of Everest. With Destination in sight you can see the view of The world’s highest Mountain dominating the skies in front of you. As the afternoon sun wanes you walk down to Gorekshep for a much needed rest.
Walking distance: 12-13km (5-6 hours) We wake before the sun and trek towards “Kalapathar” (meaning “Black Rock”) to view the golden First light hit the peak of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks of Nuptse, Cholatse and Lhotse. You hike back to Gorekshep have your breakfast and down towards Pheruche.
The walk from Pheruche back to Tengboche is mainly downhill, although it does, counter intuitively, require an hour scaling a hill. We'll be in Namche by late afternoon and off to bed before our last day on the mountain.
After Breakfast, we trek towards the Hillary Suspension Bridge and many local villages. Your arrival in Lukla marks the end of an extraordinary trip. This will be the first day you stay in a proper Hotel.
After an early morning, we hop on our flight to Kathmandu. where we get our much needed solo rest and time to contemplate on your Himalayan experience.