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Total duration

18 days


Kathmandu - Everest Base Camp - Kathmandu

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Tour Details

Embark on a 18-day adventure that encapsulates the essence of the Himalayas, starting with the vibrant city of Kathmandu and culminating in the iconic trek to Everest Base Camp. Your journey commences in Kathmandu, a city steeped in culture and history, before flying to Lukla to begin the trek towards the majestic Mount Everest.

Kathmandu, a metropolis brimming with cultural treasures, where ancient temples mingle with bustling markets and a vibrant urban life. This historic and spiritual city immerses you in the captivating essence of Nepal. From the cultural treasures of Durbar Square to the spiritual atmosphere of Swayambhunath, Kathmandu offers a fascinating glimpse into Nepal’s heritage. This captivating city acts as the gateway to the majestic adventure that awaits in the Himalayas.

This ultimate Himalayan trek spans 14 days, immersing you in a world of stunning mountainous landscapes and cultural richness. Trekking through high-altitude terrains, you’ll witness the splendor of Everest Base Camp (5,364m), the pinnacle of mountaineering ambition at the foot of the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest (8,848.86m).

The experience promises an unforgettable immersion in high-altitude landscapes, dotted with esoteric Buddhist monasteries, traditional Sherpa villages, and diverse high-altitude flora and fauna, all against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

This trek embraces flexibility, allowing a three-day margin to accommodate potential flight delays or cancellations in Lukla. This flexibility ensures the itinerary remains adaptable, offering the freedom to fully absorb the wonders of the trek at your own pace. Additionally, we provide expert guidance to assist you in purchasing international flights, ensuring a seamless travel experience from start to finish.

While Everest Base Camp on the Tibet side serves as a resting place for climbers, our focus is on the Nepal side, renowned for its classic and highly sought-after route, making this trek an iconic milestone in the realm of mountaineering.

Price Includes

  • Pre-trip online personal advice
  • Round trip flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • All permits
  • Bedroom in teahouse lodges during trek
  • Three meals per day during 14 days of trek
  • Government registered, well experienced, English speaker and friendly local trekking guide
  • Staff fees with all their expenses and necessary insurance
  • Welcome dinner
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu including tickets and transportation
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa fee
  • Health insurance with heli-rescue up to 6,000m (compulsory)
  • Personal expenses due to flight delay
  • Any expenses which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political trouble, and strikes etc.
  • Personal expenses (phone charging, WiFi, hot shower, laundry...) during trek
  • Drinks and bar menu during trek
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day of trek
  • Gratuity (optinal)

You can add to your pack

  • Guide in your own language
  • Porter for the trek (20kg max)
  • Private room
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Round trip vehicle or flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • International flight


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What to Expect

As you embark on this incredible journey, get ready for an experience of a lifetime!

In Kathmandu, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and history of Nepal. From the bustling streets to the ancient temples and spiritual sites, Kathmandu offers a fascinating introduction to the country’s rich heritage.

Once you start the trek towards Everest Base Camp, expect simple accommodation in high-mountain areas. Teahouses provide basic amenities such as hot showers, Wi-Fi, and power sources for a nominal charge. Moreover, every teahouse offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains, allowing you to wake up to stunning vistas each day.

Indulge in fresh and authentic Himalayan cuisine available at teahouses along the trail. Meals are prepared using fresh local produce, ensuring delicious and nourishing dishes. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor steaming hot Dal Bhat, a traditional Nepali meal!

A good level of fitness is essential for this trek. To help you prepare, we offer pre-trek online personal advice to enhance your fitness. During the trek, we prioritize ensuring your proper acclimatization to the altitude. Staying well-hydrated is crucial for acclimatization, and we’ll guide you through this process to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

  • Kathmandu, where ancient heritage meets vibrant urban life, offering a captivating blend of culture, spirituality, and bustling cityscapes.
  • Flying over the Himalayas
  • World's extreme and highest airport (2,846m)
  • Learn about the culture and lifestyle of the local Sherpa and Tibetan people
  • Visit ancient buddhist monastery in Tengboche (3,876m)
  • Views of the eight-thousander mountains Everest (8,848.86m), Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m) and Cho Oyu (8,201m)
  • Khumbu Glacier, highest on Earth (4,900 m)
  • Spectacular panoramic views from Kala Patthar (5,555m)
  • Stay in Namche Bazaar, cozy village and starting point for all Everest expeditions
  • Enjoy the essential acclimatization days in rural villages
  • Stand at the base of Mt Everest
  • Discover the unique Sagarmatha National Park

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, our team will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your hotel for relaxation and settling in. Later, we’ll explore the lively Thamel district, an ideal spot for shopping and immersing in the local culture. In the evening, we’ll gather for a welcome dinner. This dinner, held the night before our trekking expedition begins, is a special occasion for us to connect and get acquainted before embarking on our exciting adventure. It also provides an opportunity for you to address any questions or concerns with your guide before starting the journey. This first day in Kathmandu marks the beginning of our gradual acclimatization process.

Day 2Flight from Kathmandu (1,400m) to Lukla (2,850m). Trek to Phakding (2,650m)

Flight: 40min

Trek: 3h 30min, 200m descent, 50m ascent, 6.2km distance

After the scenic flight, we will land at the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, extreme and highest in world. It’s an easy and gentle first day from Lukla to Phakding. The trail starts at the north end of Lukla, passing a kani(ceremonial gatehouse) and a police checkpost. We’ll probably spot our first yaks, we have to step to the side of the trail to let them pass. Leaving Lukla the trail drops steeply then runs level above the village of Kyangma, which has a large Gompa and a school founded by Sir Edmund Hillary. Nearby is the Sherpa village of Chaurikharka. Later we’ll enter the village of Cheplung (2,700m). As we continue north we’ll catch our first views of the Dudh Kosi River roaring along the bottom of the valley. From now and throughout the whole trek we’ll cross some swaying metal suspension bridges, if any yak or pony trains are already on the bridge, let them pass. It’s a short climb around the ridge to Ghat (2,590m). Leaving Ghat, the trail enters a sacred Buddhist site. The trail winds through the forest beside the Dudh Kosi.  We are going to follow the path up into the village of Phakding, a collection of lodges, straddling the Dudh Kosi (2,610m).

Day 3Phakding (2,650m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

5h 30min, 1000m ascent, 100m descent, 7.4km distance

From Phakding the trail follows the Dudh Kosi Valley north, we’ll pass a bluff overlooking the river. Continuing up the valley there is a pretty, multilevel waterfall where locals wash their laundry. We’ll soon get our first glimpse of Thamserku (6,608m), the peak that rises to the east of Namche Bazaar. What a walk it is! Before long, we’ll reach Chumoa (2,820m). Along this stage of the trek, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of Nepal’s much-loved national flower rhododendron, and also magnolia and fir. From Chumoa, it’s another steep climb to the outskirts of Monjo (2,840m). The teahouses along the trek are set around kitchen gardens that provides plenty of fresh organic vegetables for the cookpot. Just above Monjo is the entrance checkpoint for the Sagarmatha National Park, where our permits will be checked. Then we’ll climb up through the dense forests from where we will catch the first sight of Mt. EverestAlong the whole trail there are water-pipes where we can fill our drinking bottle. The climb to Namche Bazaar will take us to an elevation where we may feel the first symptoms of altitude, we should climb slowly. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to Everest.

Day 4Acclimatization in Namche (3,440m)

Trekkers must respect ‘acclimatization day’ in Namche to avoid symptoms of AMS further up the trail. This doesn’t mean we have to stop walking, Namche Bazaar hosts numerous wifi-linked cafes and restaurants, souvenirs, and gear shops, and there are short walks through the hills around. If you are passionate about Everest, you should not miss hiking up to Everest View Hotel, from where you can catch the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest. 

Day 5Namche Bazaar (3,440m) to Tengboche (3,855m)

5h, 350m descent, 750m ascent, 9.2km distance

We will trek from Namche to Tengboche,on a trail that runs gently downhill towards the river.  As we descend, the thumb-like peak of Ama Dablam soars into view above the trail. The Tengboche trail drops on steep stone steps to Phunki Thenga (3,250m). From here it’s a draining climb to Tengboche. The trail climbs past some water-powered prayer wheels and begins a sustained climb through a forest of tall, mature rhododendrons. On the way, there are several chautaara (porter rest stops) where we can set down our pack and enjoy the views towards Kantega. The name means ‘horse saddle’, and from here it’s clear how the mountain got its name. Eventually we’ll reach a kani and a pair of chortens marking the start of Tengboche. The village is scattered across a wide, grassy saddle below a crescent-shaped ridge covered by scrub pines and dwarf rhododendrons. This day also provides us the chance to see the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu Region, the Tengboche Monastery. From the viewpoint at the top of the hill there are awe-inspiring views over the Himalaya. Looking north over the saddle, we’ll see the distinctive peak of Ama Dablam (6,856m) standing proud of the massif containing Everest (8,848.86m), Nuptse (7,861m) and Lhotse (8,501m). Down the Pangboche trail we can find Debuche.

Day 6Tengboche (3,855m) to Dingboche (4,360m)

4h 30min, 70m descent, 580m ascent, 12km distance

Dingboche will be part of the acclimatization. The trek to Dingboche also forms part of the approach route for the ascent of Island Peak (6,189m). Coming from Tengboche, we’ll follow the Pheriche trail as far as Orsho, and we’ll take the lower path along the west bank the Imja Khola. The trail will drop to a small bridge over the Khumbu Khola (4,130m) and then we’ll climb beside the river. On the way, we will be passing many Chortens, mani walls, and several small villages, including Pangboche, from where you can enjoy the stunning views of Mt. Ama DablamDingboche is a pleasant place to stay, the sun stays here long each evening and the wind blows gently over the potato fields. This is the highest Sherpa settlement in the Khumbu Region.

Day 7Acclimatization day in Dingboche (4,360m)

It is very important to spend an additional night at Dingboche to aid the acclimatization process. This is the second of the mandatory acclimatization days on this trek. Trekkers are happy to spend the day exploring Dingboche, there are several interesting day hikes in this area. One enjoyable short walk is the climb to Nangkartshang Gompa, the base of Nangkartshang Peak on the ridge north of Dingboche. From this vantage point there are good views way off to the east to Makalu (8,463m), the fifth-highest mountain in the world. We can also get spectacular views of mountains Ama Dablam, Island Peak, and Cho Oyu.

Day 8Dingboche (4,360m) to Lobuche (4,930m)

4h 30min, 700m ascent, 8.5km distance

On the trail, there are outstanding views of the twin peaks of Taboche and Cholatse above a desolate, rounded landscape sculpted by vanished glaciers. Ama Dablam appears as a perfect pyramid. The Dingboche trail drop down to a glacial stream, rising up the other side to Dughla (4,620m), set in a small depression. Half of the village was washed away in the 2007 floods. From Dughla, the trail goes directly up the gravelly terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The surrounding terrain is parched and desolate, with fingers of ice and snow dropping down sheer mountain walls on all sides. The path bears left at the top of the ridge, which is covered with memorials to lost climbers and sherpas. As we cross the ridge, the perfect peak of Pumori (7,165m) soars into view. The air is heavy with the scent of ground-hugging rhododendron bushes. To the west, across a shallow gravel gully, you can trace the route of the trail to the Cho La pass. After meeting the junction with this trail, make a labored ascent to the north over loose moraine to Lobuche, originally a summer village for herders. The bitter cold keeps most people inside around the dung-fuelled heater. We can see the Khumbu Glacier, with Everest mostly obscured by Lhotse and Nuptse (7,861m). 

Day 9Lobuche (4,930m) to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and back to Gorak Shep (5,185m)

7h, 450m ascent, 200m descent, 15km distance

The altitude will really become apparent. The trail goes past the turn-off to the Italian Pyramid. The Khumbu Glacier, highest in the world, gurgles and moans under a blanket of ground-up rocks and gravel. This enormous tongue of ice marches down the slopes of Everest at a rate of up to a meter per day, breaking off into brittle towers of ice at the Khumbu Icefall. As a result of global warming, the glacier is shrinking away from the moraine wall at an alarming rate. The route of the path changes regularly as the edge of the moraine tumbles onto the glacier. We’ll get our first views of Kala Pattar (5,545m). The walk to Base Camp is a draining scramble over and ever-changing path across the Khumbu Glacier. We’ll look out for mouse-hares scurrying between the boulders on the path. The atmosphere at Base Camp is fascinating. Gorak Shep is a flat sandy bowl at the foot of Kala Pattar. This was the base camp for the 1952 Swiss Everest expedition. The sandy patch bellow is actually the bed of a vanished lake. There are grand views over the Khumbu Glacier from the top of the moraine. Dotted around the ridge above Gorak Shep are a number of memorials to expedition members lost during various ascents of Everest. Since 1921 climbers sherpas and porters have perished here, either on the peak or in helicopter crashes at Base Camp.

Day 10Hike to Kala Patthar (5,545m), trek to Gorak Shep (5,185m) then to Pheriche (4,250m)

5h, 200m ascent, 1,090m descent, 9.6km distance

The summit of this dark mound of mountain rubble provides perhaps the best view of Mt. Everest in the Himalaya. Mornings are usually sparkling clear, and this is the best time to climb to Kala Pattar for one of the world’s definitive mountain views. This can be the highlight of our trek. We will start this trek as soon as it gets light. The path to Kala Pattar climbs up the grassy ridge above Gorak Shep. As we climb, the peak of Pumori looms dramatically ahead. Having gained the summit we’ll sit back and be amazed. We have placed ourselves in front of one of the most astonishing views on earth, a 360-degree panorama of Himalayan giants from Pumori and Lobuche West (6,145m) to Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. Even Gorak Shep seems impossibly distant, a tiny speck next to the frozen river of the Khumbu Glacier. From this elevation, the true height of Everest becomes clear. The entire south face is clearly visible, as well as Lho La, the pass between Nepal and Tibet, and most of the West Ridge route. On our way back down to Gorak Shep, after a morning climb as we skip down the mountainside, we’ll be losing all the altitude we have gained. We’ll retrace our steps along the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. For Pheriche, the path drops along the wide valley of the Khumbu Khola.

Day 11Pheriche (4,250m) to Tengboche (3,855m)

4h550m descent, 70m ascent, 8.5km distance

To go to Tengboche, we’ll drop down the valley to Orsho, then we’ll follow the west bank of the Imja Khola to Shomare and on to Pangboche. From there, we’ll retrace our footsteps down and up through the juniper forest to Tengboche.

Day 12Tengboche (3,855m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

4h 30 min, 750m descent, 350m ascent, 9.2km distance

From Tengboche, we’ll retrace our steps down to Phunki Thing, then we’ll climb the ridge towards Namche Bazaar. The trail takes us through forests full of high-altitude wildlife like pheasants, musk deer and mountain goats. Along our path, we’ll also see numerous prayer flags, chortens, the backside of Lhotse, and Mt. Everest. We’ll celebrate the return to Namche with a good meal.

Day 13Namche Bazaar (3,440m) to Phakding (2,650m)

4h, 1000m descent, 100m ascent, 7.4km distance

The descent from Namche to the Dudh Kosi can be one of the hardest stage of the entire trek. Although the path is all downhill, the unrelenting slope places massive impact on the knees. Using trekking poles will help, as will wearing a knee support bandage. Once we cross the high suspension bridge, the paths runs mostly level to Jorsale and the climbs to Monjo, where we will stop in the checkpost. It’s an easy run through Benkar to Phakding.

Day 14Phakding (2,650m) to Lukla (2,850m)

3h 30min, 50m descent, 200m ascent, 6.2km distance

It’s an easy journey with a final ascent until we reach in Lukla. Once in Lukla we will reconfirm our flight reservation. There is usually a bit of a party atmosphere among trekkers who are finishing their trek here and several bars in Lukla offer happy-hour deals, pool tables and late-night drinking.

Day 15Fly back to Kathmandu (1400m) from Lukla (2,850m)

Flight: 40min

This is the last of our trek. This morning, after having breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to Mt Everest and the Khumbu Region as we board our flight back to Kathmandu Airport. Depending on weather conditions we will be back in Kathmandu for brunch or in the early afternoon. We’ll gather for dinner where we’ll have the chance to reflect on and discuss our experience. It’ll be a wonderful opportunity to share our thoughts and memories, reminiscing about our journey and the experiences we’ve had together. Additionally, it will provide us with the chance to express our gratitude to our guides and porters for their invaluable support throughout this remarkable adventure.

Day 16Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Temples

Begin our day with breakfast at the hotel and then we’ll wander through local neighborhoods and explore Kathmandu Durbar Square, home of the sacred Kumari girl, a site rich in history and culture featuring remarkable palaces, ancient temples, and statues, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following our morning exploration, indulge in lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, let’s make our way to Pashupatinath Temple, a revered Hindu destination. During the afternoon, we’ll visit Boudhanath, one of the largest Buddhist stupas, where we can admire the stupa’s beauty and immerse ourselves in its spiritual ambiance. To conclude our day, we’ll dine at one of the nearby restaurants, enjoying a delightful dinner while taking in the awe-inspiring views of the remarkable Boudhanath stupa.

Day 17Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Villages

Let’s kick start the day with a delightful breakfast at our hotel to gear up before heading to the Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath), a Buddhist site with panoramic views. After this visit, we’ll travel to Kirtipur, an ancient town brimming with history, where we can explore its alleys and monuments. Here, we’ll indulge in a traditional Newari lunch, immersing ourselves in the local culinary delights and customs. Later, we’ll visit Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to delve into its Newari architecture and culture. We’ll return to Kathmandu in the afternoon to unwind and share our day’s experiences over dinner at a local restaurant. This itinerary will lead us to explore a fascinating blend of history, culture, culinary traditions, and Newari architecture in Kathmandu and its outskirts. Let’s revel in the day exploring these remarkable sites together!

Day 18Last day in Kathmandu

On our final day, we’ll start with breakfast at the hotel before spending time doing some last-minute shopping in Thamel, seizing the chance to pick up final souvenirs and soak in the unique atmosphere of this bustling neighborhood. It’ll be a perfect opportunity to once again appreciate the local culture and bid farewell to this charming place before our departure.

Flight delays

Our itinerary is meticulously designed, considering potential flight delays. Visitors traveling to the Khumbu region arrive at the small airstrip in Lukla, situated at 2800 meters with a 12-degree slope, exclusively accommodating small aircraft like the Twin Otter or Dornier. During the trekking season, there can be up to 100 daily flights between Kathmandu and Lukla, transporting trekkers, guides, porters, and cargo.

However, flights to Lukla don’t always operate as scheduled due to visibility issues at the airstrip, leading to last-minute delays or cancellations. If such circumstances arise in Kathmandu, the airline typically arranges seating on the next available flight. Yet, if aircraft remain grounded at Lukla, it can result in extended delays and rescheduling. Therefore, we strongly recommend booking your return flight from Kathmandu with a buffer of at least three extra days. The duration of your stay in Kathmandu might vary due to these flight contingencies, potentially altering both the departure date and the number of days spent in the city.

What is the best time to trek?

Best season is October to December and February to May.

It is theoretically possible to trek in the Khumbu year-round, but flights are frequently cancelled in winter and during the monsoon because of poor visibility at the Lukla airstrip. The best weather is in autumn, when the skies are clear and temperatures at higher altitudes are more bearable. However, spring is calmer time to visit, though cloud and rain become more frequent in the build-up to the monsoon.

The most serious obstacle to trekking in winter is the cold. Days can be perfectly comfortable, but the mercury plummets as soon as the sun sinks behind the mountains. At some time during the season from October to March there is certain to be a storm or two that will blanket the countryside with snow.


Our trek climbs above 4000m, it is essential to ascend slowly and take the recommend rest days. These are very important for acclimatization and will allow us to see much more of the Khumbu region than we’ll see if we rush directly to Base Camp. We also have to keep well hydrated.

Trek travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for the trek. All the trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation- including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes (up to 6,000m).

Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information after trek booking. In case of emergencies, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. It will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help, etc. Please ensure that your insurance covers all costs incurred during mountain rescue service.

Before buying travel insurance, make sure to call the insurance company and recheck if they have heli-rescue up to 6,000m.

Drinking water

We recommend you bring a container for one liter of water. In the teahouses we can buy boiled water suitable for drinking with which to fill our bottles. Another option is to refill the water from the fountains that we find along the way or from the tap of the teahouses themselves, for this we have to count on water disinfectant tablets that we can find in pharmacies.

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