Imagine trekking amid the glorious peaks of the Himalaya by day and retreating to the warmth of a lodge each night—you can do it on this superb trek! Beautiful trails bring you through traditional Sherpa villages nestled below the highest mountains on earth, to exquisite Tengboche Monastery, where Everest’s unmistakable summit is visible behind Lhotse’s majestic wall, and to vantage points for jaw-dropping views of Ama Dablam, one of the most revered mountains in the Khumbu. Fabulous Himalayan panoramas, warm encounters with the friendly Sherpa people, expert Trek Leaders, welcoming lodges—this is the best way to trek the Himalaya!
A great trip! Bala and his staff were wonderful and took care of us like we were a part of their family. I will never forget the first views of the mountains, the smiling people, the temples, the prayer wheels, the food, our fellow travelers, everything that made it one of life's great adventures.
— Woody H., Evergreen, CO
Kathmandu / Lukla / Namche Bazaar / Tengboche / Pangboche
After exploring Kathmandu, fly to Lukla and hike to the Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar, set in a dramatic U-shaped amphitheater. On our special Exploration Day (essential for acclimatization), explore the twin villages of Khunde and Khumjung, sites of the hospital and school built by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. Trekking higher, we reach thriving Tengboche Monastery (12,650'), spiritual center of the Khumbu and gloriously surrounded by spectacular mountains. In Pangboche, site of the oldest monastery in the Khumbu, enjoy incredible views in every direction, including the spire of Ama Dablam, and have the option to hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,400'). All along the way you’ll stay in comfortable lodges offering unforgettable views, most with guestrooms with private facilities (a huge step up from camping!).
Phortse / Syangboche / Lukla / Kathmandu
Circling back by a different route, explore Phortse, a traditional farming village off the main trail to Everest, and Syangboche (12,730'), with its enchanting views of Everest and other towering peaks. From Lukla, fly to Kathmandu and depart on Day 14 (or join one of our extensions).