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Everest Base Camp Trek

Introductory 20 Days Nepal
Trek to Everest Base Camp and gain unparalleled perspectives while trekking alongside Sherpa, guides, and climbers who are continuing on to the summits of Everest and Ama Dablam. Experience Nepal’s culture and learn its history while trekking in the beautiful Khumbu Valley. We use premier logistics that are the same as those used on the region’s high altitude climbing peaks.        
Apr 14, 2024 – May 03, 2024
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Emily Harrington touching prayer wheels in Nepal during the Everest Base Camp Trek with Alpenglow Expeditions

Trek through Khumbu Valley to Mount Everest Base Camp.

The fact that its summit is the highest point in the world speaks for itself, but when traveling in the Khumbu Valley, it becomes apparent that it’s not only Mount Everest’s most famous statistic that makes this place so special, but the greater picture of the mountain range, including the history, the weather, the people who live there, and the climbers who visit.

FITNESS

Trekkers must be in great physical shape to join this expedition. This is perhaps the most important aspect of high altitude trekking, and cannot be stressed enough. Regular, challenging exercise for many months in advance of departure is the only way to gain the necessary level of fitness that is needed. Please contact us for more information on physical training.

ALTITUDE

No prior experience at altitude required.

Technical

No prior technical experience required.
Three hikers passing by penitentes on the Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Two hikers standing in front of a yellow expedition tent at Everest Base Camp with a view of Everest in the background
Day 1
Arrival

Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (4,600 feet/1,400 meters). We transfer to our hotel, and begin the process of getting over jetlag.

Elevation: 4,300′
Lodging: Hyatt

Day 2
Explore Kathmandu

Today, we explore some of Kathmandu’s most famous sites as an acclimatization day. These include Swyambunath (the Monkey Temple), Pashupati (Nepal’s largest Hindu temple), Boudanath (Kathmandu’s most important Buddhist temple) and the old city’s original central square, Durbar. We also have our first team meeting, and organize our bags for the trek.

Elevation: 4,300′
Lodging: Hyatt
Hours on the move: 3-5

Day 3
Fly to Lukla & Trek to Monjo

Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (9,000 feet/2,743 meters), 45 minutes. Trek Lukla to Monjo (9,300 feet/2,835 meters), 3-5 hours. One of the most beautiful and memorable mountain flights in the world, our 45-minute flight takes us from Kathmandu to Lukla, the town where we begin our trek to base camp. After organizing our yaks and porters, it’s time to trek and we begin the half-day hike to the town of Monjo. The trail is excellent, and after descending to the town of Phakding, climbs easily from the river and across our first suspension bridges up to our lodge in Monjo.

Elevation: 9,300′
Lodging: Tea House
Hours on the move: 45min flight, 3-5hr trek
Distance covered: 6 miles (trekking)

Day 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek Monjo (9,300 feet/2,835 meters) to Namche Bazaar (11,300 feet/3,444 meters), 3-4 hours. The walk begins with a couple of thrilling suspension bridges and wanders along the banks of the raging Dudh Khosi River, before climbing steeply up a 2,000 foot (610 meter) hill into Namche Bazaar. This hill is the first of our challenging climbs into higher elevations. Along the way we are rewarded with our first views of Mt. Everest, and plenty of well-built stone terraces to stop and rest. We have lunch in Namche Bazaar, and spend the afternoon exploring the vibrant town. Namche is the most important town in the Khumbu Valley, and is filled with fun shops, great bakeries, and colorful winding streets. We also visit the local monastery and the Sherpa Museum of Culture and Himalayan Climbing History. The museum’s exhibits chronicling sherpa climbing history are not to be missed.

Elevation: 11,300′
Lodging: Tea House
Hours on the move: 3-4
Distance covered: 3 miles

Day 5
Trek to Khumjung

Trek Namche Bazaar (11,300 feet/3,444 meters) to Khumjung (12,400 feet/3,790 meters), 1 hour. For acclimatization purposes we spend a second night near Namche Bazaar. After a relaxing morning exploring town and enjoying our first stunning views of Ama Dablam from a viewpoint above town, we have lunch and then take a one-hour walk to Khumjung and our sirdar’s (lead sherpa’s) home. We spend the night with Phurba Tashi and his family in his comfortable lodge, and possibly visit the Hillary School in Khumjung, and the Khunde hospital, both projects of Sir Edmund Hillary, and significant centers of Sherpa life.

Elevation: 12,400′
Lodging: Tea House
Hours on the move: 1
Distance covered: 2 miles

Day 6
Trek to Phortse

Trek Khumjung (12,400 feet/3,790 meters) to Phortse (12,450 feet/3,800 meters), 3 hours. Phortse is home to most of our sherpa team. It is a mountain town perched on the walls of a massive river valley and sees few Western visitors. To get there we set off on small trails, featuring a long stone staircase through vertical rock cliffs that ends at the Mong La, a high pass with striking 360 degree views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kantegri. We descend to the river then climb easily to Phortse, arriving in time for lunch. We spend the afternoon visiting our sherpa team in their homes, drinking tea and tasting the locally made yak yogurt.

Elevation: 12,450′
Lodging: Tea House
Hours on the move: 3
Distance covered: 4 miles

Day 7
Trek to Dingboche

Trek Phortse (12,450 feet/3,800 meters) to Dingboche (14,800 feet/4,530 meters), 5-7 hours. We begin today’s trek far from other trekkers on the trail from Phortse to upper Pangboche. In Pangboche we visit the oldest monastery and temple in the region and explore its paintings and statues. If we are fortunate, we may also receive blessings from the local lama. Once finished, we continue hiking to Dingboche, a small seasonal town perched at the base of Lhotse’s South Face that has incredible views of Ama Dablam’s North Ridge.

Elevation: 14,400′
Lodging: Tea House
Hours on the move: 5-7
Distance covered: 7 miles

Day 8
Rest Day in Dingboche

Rest day in Dingboche (14,800 feet/4,530 meters). Optional climb of Chukkung Ri (17,600 feet/5,364 meters), 6-8 hours. Chukkung Ri is not glaciated, but provides an excellent way for us to gain additional acclimatization, as well as stunning views of Lhotse’s South Face and the huge glaciers filling the Amphu Valley. In the afternoon we return to Dingboche. As needed, this day also makes for a great rest and recuperation day prior to continuing higher in the Khumbu Valley. Many shorter day hikes also exist around the town of Dingboche offering an opportunity to explore without attempting the complete climb of Chukkung Ri.

Elevation: 14,400′
Lodging: Tea House
Hours on the move: 0 (Optional 3500′ climb of Chukkung Ri: 6-8 hours)
Distance covered: 9 miles (Optional)

Day 9
Trek to Lobuche

Trek Dingboche (14,800 feet/4,530 meters) to Lobuche (16,109 feet/4,910 meters), 4-6 hours. We say goodbye to the Ama Dablam climbing team this morning, and then take our time and move slowly as we move considerably higher in the valley. The walk to Lobuche follows a high plateau with beautiful views of the surrounding peaks and yak herders’ huts, before crossing a small river and climbing steeply above the town of Dughla to the Everest memorial zone. Here there are stone memorials and plaques to many of the local and international climbers who have been lost climbing Everest and the Khumbu’s other big peaks. After some time here to take in the beauty of this place, we continue up the valley to Lobuche.

Elevation: 16,100′
Lodging: Tea House
Hours on the move: 4-6
Distance covered: 5 miles

Day 10
Trek to Gorak Shep

Trek Lobuche (16,109 feet/4,910 meters) to Gorak Shep (16,942 feet/4,910 meters), 3 hours. Optional climb of Kala Patar (18,192 feet/5,164 meters), 4 hours round-trip. Today, although not long, is quite challenging due to the altitude and occasionally difficult trail. After an early morning start, we follow the valley next to the Khumbu Glacier all the way to the final Sherpa settlement of Gorak Shep. If the weather and views warrant, we may choose to climb Kala Patar this afternoon to see sunset on Everest’s South Face. Summiting Kala Patar is a non-technical but strenuous hike on good, generally snow-free, trails. The views of Everest from its summit are the best anywhere in Nepal, and well worth the hard hike. We spend the night in a lodge at Gorak Shep.

Elevation: 16,950′
Lodging: Tea House
Hours on the move: 3
Distance covered: 3 miles

Day 11
Trek to Everest Base Camp

Trek Gorak Shep (16,942 feet/4,910 meters) to Lobuche (16,109 feet/4,910 meters), 2 hours. Continue trekking to Everest Base Camp (17,575 feet/5360 meters) at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall, an additional 3-4 hours round trip. In the autumn the base camp is quiet, but still a stunning place to visit. In the afternoon we descend all the way to Lobuche.

Elevation: 16,100′
Lodging: Tea House
Hours on the move: 4-6
Distance covered: 7 miles

Day 12
Trek to Pangboche

Trek Lobuche (16,109 feet/4,910 meters) to Pangboche (12,894 feet/3,930 meters), 5 hours. Along the way we visit the town of Pheriche, home to the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association), an important medical clinic that treats both foreign trekkers and the local Sherpa. We will also enjoy having more oxygen for our bodies, warmer temperatures, and re-entering the world of trees and vegetation after the stark beauty of Everest. We spend the night in one of our sherpa’s lodges in Pangboche.

Elevation: 12,800′
Lodging: Tea House
Hours on the move: 5
Distance covered: 8 miles

Day 13
Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp

Trek Pangboche (12,894 feet/3,930 meters) to Ama Dablam Base Camp (14,500 feet/4,420 meters), 3-4 hours. Today we make a short but steep climb away from the main tourist track to visit our climbing team in Ama Dablam Base Camp. This base camp may be the most beautiful in Nepal, with unbelievable views of Ama Dablam and a perfectly flat grassy valley with a river running through it. We enjoy a comfortable night in tents, and food from the best chef in the mountains.

Elevation: 14,500′
Lodging: Base Camp
Hours on the move: 3-4
Distance covered: 3 miles

Day 14
Rest Day in Ama Dablam Base Camp

Rest day in Ama Dablam Basecamp (14,500 feet/4,420 meters). Optional hike to Ama Dablam Yak Camp (17,100 feet/5,200 meters), 6-7 hours round-trip. Since our climbing team and Sherpa will all be here preparing for their climb of Ama Dablam, this is an opportunity to see the inner workings of a major Himalayan climbing expedition. For trekkers that are feeling strong, there is an optional hike to Yak Camp on Ama Dablam. This hike gives a close-up view of the technical Southwest Ridge on Ama Dablam, our climbing group’s route of ascent. We spend a second night in tents at Ama Dablam Base Camp.

Elevation: 12,600′
Lodging: Base Camp
Hours on the move: 0
Distance covered: 0 miles

Day 15
Trek to Thyanboche

Trek from Ama Dablam BC (14,500 feet/4,420 meters) to Thyangboche (12,664 feet/3,860 meters), 4-5 hours. We leave base camp in the morning and hike down the hill to Pangboche. After tea we continue down the valley and through thick rhododendron forests to Thyangboche. Thyangboche is home to the most important and active monastery in the Khumbu and we will spend the afternoon visiting the monastery and monks and watching a traditional Tibetan Buddhist ceremony.

Elevation: 12,600′
Lodging: Tea House
Hours on the move: 4-5
Distance covered: 5 miles

Day 16
Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek from Thyangboche (12,664 feet/3,860 meters) to Namche Bazaar (11,300 feet/3,444 meters), 5 hours. Our walk begins with a big drop down to the Dudh Khosi River and a stunning suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge we climb again to our lunch spot in Sanasa. After lunch, we continue contouring along hillsides and over small ridges until dropping into Namche Bazaar.

Elevation: 11,300′
Lodging: Tea House
Hours on the move: 5
Distance covered: 6 miles

Day 17
Trek to Lukla

Trek from Namche Bazaar (11,300 feet/3,444 meters) to Lukla (9,000 feet/2,743 meters), 5-7 hours. Our final day of walking covers the same ground we spent 2 days climbing on the way in. Now that we are acclimatized we cover the distance easily, and enjoy the many suspension bridges, tumultuous rivers, small towns and monasteries. After lunch in Phakding, the trail climbs a final 600 vertical feet (180 meters) to the airstrip in Lukla, and our final lodge where we spend the night.

Elevation: 9,000′
Lodging: Tea House
Hours on the move: 5-7
Distance covered: 9 miles

Day 18
Fly to Kathmandu

Fly Lukla (9,000 feet/2,743 meters) to Kathmandu. This 45-minute flight begins with one of the most exciting takeoffs in the world. Once airborne, there are incredible views of the mountains, the foothills, and finally the city. After landing in Kathmandu we return to our hotel for an evening of celebration. Night in hotel.

Elevation: 4,300′
Lodging: Hyatt
Hours on the move: 1.5 hr flight
Distance covered: 0 miles trekking

Day 19
Weather Day

Contingency day for flights from Lukla to Kathmandu. Since the flights to and from Lukla are often delayed or cancelled due to bad weather in the mountains, this is an essential extra day. If we arrive back in Kathmandu on time, this day can be used for sightseeing in the city, shopping for souvenirs, or sleeping in and enjoying the fantastic pool at the hotel.

Elevation: 4,300′
Lodging: Hyatt

Day 20
Departure

Depart Kathmandu for home. After a final group breakfast, return to the airport to catch international flights home.

 

 

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