A 20 day voyage through the world famous Khumbu Region
4 Days exploring the ancient city of Kathmandu
14 Days hiking up to 17,575ft/5357m in the stunning Himalayan mountain range
Write a brief paragraph here to describe the everest BC trek
Day 1- Kathmandu- 4,383ft/1336m
We welcome you to Kathmandu with a private car from the airport to the colorful Shangri-La Boutique Hotel, an exceptional escape from the craziness of international travel and Kathmandu alike. Meet your fellow Trippers over a meal of the traditional Nepali meal of Dal Bhat
Day 2- Kathmandu- 4,383ft/1336m
As you awake on your first morning of your new adventure, we have a hearty breakfast ready to fuel you for the day ahead. A scenic drive to Bhaktipur, the old city center of Nepal, and a UNESCO World Heritage site for it’s rich culture, and metal, stone and wood artworks. Driving back to Kathmandu, we will have the option to relax at the Shangri-La Boutique, or walk to the famous Pashupatinath Temple for the sunset. Pashupatinath is an historically significant site dating back to 400BC. It is often compared to the Ghats in Varanasi, India for their tradition of burning the dead on a river
Day 3- Phakding- 8536ft/2610m, ~4.5 miles of hiking
Now that we’re acclimated to the time change, we’ll fly on a twin-engine otter to the small village of Lukla, where our Himalayan journey will begin. A short town a half hour walk brings us to our first teahouse accommodation in Phakding.
Day 4- Namche Bazaar- 11,286ft/3440m, ~4.5 miles
Zig-zagging across the Dudh Kosi on incredible suspension bridges lined with prayer flags, we enter into Sagarmatha National Park. Sagarmatha is the Nepalese name for Everest. As the trail ascends steeply, we will get views of Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu.
Day 5- Namche Bazaar-11,286/3440m Rest day
Today we rest in the famous Namche Bazaar, where plentiful shops and busy locals are sure to keep us engaged. A sunrise hike above the village gives us the first views of the famous mountains we came to see. Everest, Lhotse, and the diamond shaped Ama Dablam are just a few. On the way down we can visit the Sherpa Museum, with a photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. For the rest of the day relax, sip tea, and enjoy the view
Day 6- Thyangboche-12,664ft/3860- 5 miles
As we get closer and closer to the headwaters of the Dudh Kosi, the feeling of remoteness will begin to sink in. In the evening we will visit The Thyangboche monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region, which houses an incredible 20 foot sculpture of Buddha.
Day 7- Dingboche-14,446ft/4410m
As we continue to ascend deeper into the mountains, we cross the Imja Khola on yet another incredible suspension bridge. Tonight we will stay in the Sherpa village of Dingboche, with magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Island Peak.
Day 8- Dingboche-14,446ft/4110m
In order to assure our proper acclimatization, we’ll take another rest day in Dingboche. As the saying goes, “Hike high, sleep low”, so we will have a short hike up valley during the day for acclimatization and photo opportunities, and then return to Dingboche to sleep.
Day 9- Gorkha Shep-16,109ft/5182m ~10 miles
Today we walk up the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, really feeling the power of the mountains now. We will sleep the highest we have yet, at over 16,000ft.
Day 10- Everest BC and Back to Lobuche-17,575/5357m
Finally the day we have been waiting for, Everest Base Camp. After a restful lunch in the shadow of the mighty Himalayan giant, we turn around and start walking down the moraine at the foot of the famous Khumbu Icefall on our way back to Lobuche to sleep for the night.
Day 11- Dzonglha-15,945ft/4860m
This is the point where we deviate from the trail we came up on, and heads towards the mountain pass that will lead us to the famous Gokyo Lakes. Our first stop on the way is in the small village of Dzonglha.
Day 12- Thangnak-15,420/4700m
Ascending through Pine forests on our way towards Cho la, we will have the opportunity to take in the panoramic views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and the mighty Chomolungma (Everest) at the top of the pass. A steep descent takes us down to the quiet village of Thangnak.
Day 13- Gokyo Lakes-15,584ft/4750m
Today we will explore the otherworldly Gokyo Lakes basin, where these glacier fed lakes glimmer in the high altitude sunshine.
Day 14- Gokyo Ri to Macchermo- 17,575ft/5375m
Today is the day comparable- if not better- to the Everest Base camp day. The steep ascent to Gokyo Ri has some of the most incredible views of the 8000m Himalayan giants not found anywhere else in the world. We will be looking down on the amazing emerald glacier lakes below Gokyo Ri, and tower above the expansive Nogzumpa Glacier. On our way back down towards Macchermo, we will pass by the thundering Dudh Koshi and the steep rock walls that line this glacier fed river.
Day 15- Namche Bazaar-11,286ft/3440m
As we start to descend down from the mountains, we will walk through pine forests where Musk deer often graze. We will get to spend the afternoon back in the bustling market village that Namche Bazaar is famous for. Here we will see Tibetan traders, local Sherpas, and other travelers from all over the world.
Day 16- Lukla- 9,334ft/2845m
Our final day of hiking will bring us back down into lush forests. We will stay the night in Lukla to be ready for an early flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 17- Kathmandu- 4,383ft/1336m
We’ll catch an early morning flight back to Kathmandu, where you will be able to relax, shop in the famous markets of Thamel, and bask in the incredible accomplishment you have just achieved.
Day 18- Kathmandu- 4,383ft/1336m
Our final night of the trip, we will offer options to explore the famous Swayambhunath (monkey temple), Pashupatinath, or just enjoy sipping tea on a rooftop overlooking the bustling tourist market of Thamel.
Day 19- Extra day
On trips into the mountains it’s always a good idea to have flexibility on your days. Weather, illness, and just plain being tired can contribute to needing an extra day. Flying out of Lukla can be dependent on weather, so accounting for an extra day is always a good idea. This allows us to have flexibility in other parts of the trip for any issues that may arise. This is your trip, so we want to make sure you feel the flexibility to rest when needed.
Day 20- Fly home