Everest Base Camp

One of the Great Treks of the World

Overview

The trek to the legendary climbers’ camp below the soaring flanks of Mt. Everest (29,035'), Mother Goddess of the Snows, is one of the greatest hikes in the world—and we do it without camping! Our lodge-based trek is perfectly paced as it leads us up to Kala Patar (18,365'), a hiker’s peak with sensational views of Everest’s Southwest Face, and to Everest Base Camp itself by way of the great Khumbu Glacier. En route, we acclimatize with three very special Exploration Days off the main Everest route for hikes to Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,400') and the Chukhung Valley. Unbelievable Himalayan panoramas, atmospheric Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, getting to know the welcoming Sherpa people, and accommodations in cozy lodges make this the perfect high mountain adventure. Our Trek Leaders were born in this celebrated region and our private cook staff keeps us well fed. This is the way to experience the top of the world!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-6
Kathmandu / Lukla / Namche / Tengboche

We explore the fascinating Hindu and Buddhist sites of Kathmandu, then on Day 3 fly to Lukla (9,350'), “the airstrip in the air.” Our trails bring us through the classic villages of Namche Bazaar, Khunde, and Khumjung, then up to the ridgetop site of Tengboche Monastery (12,650'), spiritual center of the Sherpa people.

Hotel Shangri-La
Kathmandu, Nepal
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Days 18 to 19 (2 nights)
Sherpa Lodges, Khumbu
Khumbu, Nepal
Days 3 to 17 (15 nights)
Days 7-11
Pangboche / Ama Dablam Base Camp / Chukhung Valley

Our Exploration Days bring us to Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,400'), nestled right below one of the most photogenic mountains in the world, to Chukhung (15,584'), surrounded by massive glaciers, and to Island Peak Base Camp (16,690') or the rocky peak of Chukhung Ri (17,772').

Sherpa Lodges, Khumbu
Khumbu, Nepal
Days 3 to 17 (15 nights)
Days 12-13
Kala Patar / Everest Base Camp

From Kala Patar (18,365'), we enjoy one of the best views you can get of Everest without climbing it! We also offer a hike on the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp itself.

Sherpa Lodges, Khumbu
Khumbu, Nepal
Days 3 to 17 (15 nights)
Days 14-20
Lukla / Kathmandu

Our descent brings us to Phortse, home of the Khumbu Climbing School for Sherpas, of which WT is a proud supporter. Continue to Namche and down to Lukla, fly to Kathmandu on Day 18, depart on Day 20.

Sherpa Lodges, Khumbu
Khumbu, Nepal
Days 3 to 17 (15 nights)
Hotel Shangri-La
Kathmandu, Nepal
Days 18 to 19 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Hike to famed Everest Base Camp, launching site of legendary climbing expeditions
Exploration Days with fantastic hikes to Ama Dablam Base Camp and the Chukhung Valley
Paced for maximum acclimatization and led by the Khumbu’s most experienced Sherpa Trek Leaders
Overnights in Sherpa lodges (no camping) with our own private cooking crew!

Details

Length: 20 days
Cost From: $5695  
Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal
Lodging: 4 nights first-class hotel, 15 nights family-owned Sherpa lodges
Meals: All meals included except 3 lunches and 3 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

15-day trek on moderate to steep trails, 4-8 hours a day, altitudes between 9,000-18,365 feet

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