First climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953, Mount Everest is, of course, the highest mountain in the world. Everest has come under a lot of scrutiny recently. Photographs showing enormous queues near the summit have opened a huge debate about overcrowding on Everest.
One thing’s for sure though, the inherent draw of Mount Everest is not going to go away any time soon. Mankind is drawn to the mountain like moths to a flame. As well as those looking to take the route from Everest Base Camp to the summit, trekking to Everest Base Camp itself is also hugely popular. In fact, it’s become one of the world’s most famous multi-day treks.
Trek the famous trails to Everest Base Camp and follow in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu
After checking in you'll have a pre-departure meeting with your guides to run through the final plans and arrangements for the trek. You'll finish the day with a group dinner to get to know your team for the next few weeks.
Day 2 Journey to Manthali
You'll have the morning free to explore a little more of Kathmandu before jumping on the bus and heading to Manthali. This remote region is where most Lukla flights now depart from and you'll spend the night in safari tents near to the small airport so you're ready to jump on the first flight in the morning.
Day 3 Trek to Phakding Hiking
4hrs · 7.5km · 610m up · 830m down
Today starts with a short flight to Lukla Airport in the Everest region.
After meeting the other crew members you'll start your trek, passing through the prosperous village of Lukla before reaching Phakding on the Dudh Kosi River. You'll spend the night in the village and should have time to visit some of the nearby monasteries.
Day 4 Namche Hiking
6hrs · 10.5km · 1670m up · 880m down
Start the day with a walk through beautiful pine forests and along the track to the Dudh Koshi River. One of the (many) bridges is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge with a particularly epic viewpoint of the gleaming Mount Thamserku (6618 m).
From here you'll continue through the village of Jorsale before a challenging uphill climb to Namche Bazaar, where you'll get your first glimpse of Everest.
Day 5 Acclimatise and explore Namche (3440m)
Today will be a rest day in order to acclimatise to the altitude, but rest assured, there’ll be no time to get bored! Instead, there’s the opportunity to hike to a nearby viewpoint and enjoy mammoth vistas of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse...we could go on.
On the way back, you’ll walk around the Khumjung valley and have the chance to visit the Hillary School and Khunde Hospital, before heading back for the night.
Day 6 Namche to Tengboche Hiking
6hrs · 9.3km · 1270m up · 840m down
Things get challenging as the trail forks northeast along a tributary valley and you approach the holy ground of Tengboche (3860m).
There you’ll be met by a monastery, yak pasture and the world’s highest sacred institution combined! Team this with more epic views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Everest and you'll find it's worth every puff.
Day 7 Tengboche to Dingboche Hiking
6hrs · 10.4km · 930m up · 440m down
Trek past the Gompa holding the famous Yeti scalp and pass summer yak pastures on the way to Dingboche, where you'll stay for the night.
Most of the trekking in this area is comparatively gentle, although taking it easy is recommended due to the high altitude.
Day 8 Explore and acclimatise at Dingboche
Today you 'll have your second acclimatisation day at Dingboche (4410m), which is vital considering the high altitudes you’re now reaching.
Fear not, you can get still involved in some optional hikes to the nearby Nagajun Hill or Chukung Village which both boast panoramic views of Ama Dablam and Makalu.
Day 9 Dingboche to Lobuche Hiking
5hrs · 7.8km · 690m up · 120m down
Climb at a leisurely pace and cross ice covered torrents until you reach Lobuche (4910m). Here, you’ll be met with stone houses that sit amongst the frozen wilderness.
Only one more night until your goal.
Day 10 Everest Base Camp Hiking
6hrs · 11.6km · 630m up · 380m down
Ascend to Everest Base Camp (5380m). Congratulations, you're in the company of legends.
Take some time to reflect and enjoy it. Many a new profile picture has been taken here!
Once you’ve taken in the views and given yourself a massive high-five, you'll continue back to Gorak Shep (5364m) for the night before beginning the descent tomorrow.
Day 11 Pangboche via Kala Patthar Hiking
8hrs · 21.4km · 820m up · 2050m down
The best way to see Everest (and its surrounding peaks) is as the sun comes up so be prepared for an early start.
You'll ascend to Kala Patthar (5550m), the highest point of the trip, with awesome views of Everest before heading down to Pangboche for the night.
Day 12 Pangboche to Namche Hiking
6hrs · 13.5km · 1140m up · 1660m down
Descend down to Phungi Thanga and then continue on to Namche, where you'll stay for a night of celebrations.
Day 13 Lukla Hiking
6hrs · 18km · 1720m up · 2290m down
Set off for the final descent into Lukla (2860m). On the way, you'll trek through a forest of rhododendrons and pine until you reach a Sherpa village. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to say your final goodbyes to the local team before moving on to Lukla.
Day 14 Back to Kathmandu
Fly back to Ramechhap after your incredible mountain journey. You'll drive back to Kathmandu in time for some well-earned beers and a celebration dinner.
Day 15 Last day in Kathmandu
Enjoy a well-earned lie in and breakfast at your hotel, then spend your last day exploring the city before heading back to the airport, and reality.
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