One of the Great Mountain Hikes of the World


If there is one epic adventure on the planet, it has to be the trek to the base of mighty Mt. Everest (29,035'), Mother Goddess of the Snows. This is one of the greatest hikes in the world and the realization of a dream for many. Our perfectly planned trek brings us to the top of Kala Patar (18,365'), a hiker’s peak with sensational views of Everest’s magnificent Southwest Face, and then to Everest Base Camp itself by way of the great Khumbu Glacier. En route, we acclimatize with three very special Exploration Days that take us off the main Everest route for spectacular hikes to remote Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,400') and high into the Chukhung Valley. Amazing hikes, stunning Himalayan panoramas, exquisite Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, the delights of Sherpa culture, and accommodations in cozy Sherpa lodges make this an unforgettable adventure. Our own private cook staff travels with us to prepare our meals along the way.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-6
Kathmandu / Lukla / Namche / Tengboche

We visit the temples and bazaars of Kathmandu, then fly to Lukla and trek to the Sherpa villages of Namche Bazaar, Khunde, and Khumjung. Trails through rhododendron forests lead us to beautiful ridgetop Tengboche Monastery, below the snow peaks of Kangtega and Thamserku. Overnights are in Sherpa lodges with private rooms and private or shared facilities.

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Days 7-11
Pangboche / Ama Dablam Base Camp / Chukhung Valley

Our Exploration Days bring us to the wilds of Ama Dablam Base Camp and the high Chukhung Valley, with fantastic views of Lhotse, the fourth highest peak in the world, just south of Everest.

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Days 12-13
Kala Patar / Everest Base Camp

Hike to the top of Kala Patar (18,365') for awesome views of Everest’s Southwest Face and the enormous faces of Lhotse and Nuptse. The next day, enjoy the option to hike farther to Everest Base Camp (17,600'), below the Khumbu Icefall.

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Days 14-20
Lukla / Kathmandu

We descend back to Pangboche, with its ancient monastery and views of Ama Dablam, then into the Imja Khola Valley to the charming village of Phortse. Continue to Namche and on to Lukla, fly to Kathmandu on Day 18, and depart on Day 20.

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Fantastic Exploration Days at Ama Dablam Base Camp and in the Chukhung Valley
Hike up to a spectacular viewpoint on Kala Patar
Paced for maximum acclimatization and led by the Khumbu’s most experienced guides
Overnights in family-owned Sherpa lodges—no camping!


Length: 20 days
Cost From: $4895  
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 4 dinners
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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