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.
One of the best trips of my life: unbelievable scenery, wonderful organization, smoothly run. I had pretty high expectations going in, but it ended up even better than I'd hoped.
— John O., Palo Alto, CA
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.
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.
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.
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.