One of the Great Treks of the World

Overview

Trek to Everest Base Camp, the renowned climbers’ camp below the icy majesty of Mt. Everest (29,035')! Our perfectly paced trek includes special Exploration Days along the way that add adventure as they help you acclimatize. Atop the trekkers’ peak of Kala Patar (18,365'), you’ll have epic views of Everest’s Southwest Face and the 10-mile-long Khumbu Glacier (the world’s highest glacier), and you’ll hike right to Everest Base Camp at 17,600 feet, where the steep Khumbu Icefall makes a spectacular backdrop. Our Trek Leaders, who were born in this celebrated region, bring us into the heart of Sherpa culture, and our private cook staff keeps us well fueled for the adventure. This is the way to experience the top of the world!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Kathmandu

We explore some of the most fascinating sites of the city, including Bodhnath, the 1,400-year-old Buddhist stupa that attracts pilgrims from across Asia.

Hotel Shangri-La
Kathmandu, Nepal
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Days 18 to 19 (2 nights)
Days 3-6
Lukla / Namche / Tengboche

A mountain flight brings us to Lukla (9,350'), and we hike through the classic villages of Namche Bazaar, Khunde, and Khumjung, exploring Sherpa culture and enjoying Himalayan panoramas at every turn. Trails through rhododendron and juniper forests lead us to Tengboche Monastery (12,650'), spiritual center of the Sherpa people, where the unrivaled backdrop is the spire of Ama Dablam. Overnights are in Sherpa lodges.

Sherpa Lodges, Khumbu
Khumbu, Nepal
Days 3 to 17 (15 nights)
Days 7-11
Pangboche / Ama Dablam Base Camp / Chukhung Valley

As we trek higher, our special Exploration Days bring us to Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,400'), nestled beneath one of the most photogenic mountains in the world, and to the small settlement of Chukhung (15,584'), surrounded by massive glaciers. We also explore on hikes to Island Peak Base Camp (16,690') or even as far as the peak of Chukhung Ri (17,772').

Sherpa Lodges, Khumbu
Khumbu, Nepal
Days 3 to 17 (15 nights)
Days 12-13
Kala Patar / Everest Base Camp

From the summit ridge of Kala Patar (18,365'), we are rewarded by uninterrupted views of the highest mountain on Earth and the magnificent Himalayan giants that surround it. Those who wish to can also hike beside the Khumbu Glacier up to Everest Base Camp itself.

Sherpa Lodges, Khumbu
Khumbu, Nepal
Days 3 to 17 (15 nights)
Days 14-20
Lukla / Kathmandu

Our descent brings us to Phortse, home of the Khumbu Climbing School for Sherpas, founded by mountaineer Conrad Anker, which WT proudly supports. Continue to Namche and down to Lukla, fly to Kathmandu on Day 18, and depart on Day 20.

Sherpa Lodges, Khumbu
Khumbu, Nepal
Days 3 to 17 (15 nights)
Hotel Shangri-La
Kathmandu, Nepal
Days 18 to 19 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Hike to famed Everest Base Camp, launching site of climbing expeditions
Exploration Days with fantastic hikes to Ama Dablam Base Camp and the Chukhung Valley
Paced for maximum acclimatization and led by the Khumbu’s most experienced Sherpa Trek Leaders
Overnights in Sherpa lodges (no camping) and we have our own private cook crew!

Details

Length: 20 days
Cost From: $5395  
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 3 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
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