Imagine trekking amid the glorious peaks of the Himalaya by day and savoring the comforts of a cozy lodge each night—you can do it on this superb trek! High trails bring you through traditional Sherpa villages nestled below the highest mountains on earth, to exquisite Tengboche Monastery, where Everest’s unmistakable diamond summit is visible, to Pangboche, with its views of Ama Dablam, and to cloud-perched Phortse, with its traditional culture. Our circle trek also includes a special Exploration Day to hike up to Ama Dablam Base Camp for jaw-dropping views of one the most revered mountains in the Khumbu. Fabulous Himalayan panoramas, wonderful encounters with the unforgettable Sherpa people, welcoming lodges—this is the best way to trek in 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 / Khumjung
After exploring Kathmandu, fly to Lukla and hike to the Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar. Namche holds the headquarters of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, established in 1976 as the first national park in the Himalaya. From Namche, our acclimatization hikes bring us to the picturesque villages of Khumjung and Khunde, home to thriving Sherpa communities.
Tengboche / Pangboche
Hiking up to Tengboche Monastery (12,650'), we are in the spiritual center of the Khumbu and gloriously surrounded by spectacular mountains. Tengboche, always alive with activity, is festooned with prayer flags in the five colors representing the five Buddhist elements: earth, wind, fire, water, and space. Our trails lead farther to Pangboche, site of the oldest monastery in the Khumbu and known for its incredible views of Ama Dablam. Here you have the option to hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,400'). Throughout the trek, our overnights are in lodges, most with private facilities in the guestrooms.
Phortse / Syangboche / Lukla / Kathmandu
We circle down a high trail along the Imja Valley, enjoying views of Tengboche and Ama Dablam as we make our way to tranquil Phortse, a culturally well-preserved village off the main Everest trail. At Syangboche (12,730'), we soak up our last enchanting views of Everest, then hike to Lukla. Fly to Kathmandu on Day 12 and depart on Day 14 (Day 15 for the Mani Rimdu departure), or join one of our extensions.