Ready for the world’s most famous hiking vacation?
The lodge trek to Mount Everest Base Camp is certainly the most famous in the world. You will depart for Kathmandu, Nepal anticipating the awe when first laying eyes on the world’s tallest mountain, but you will return home in love with a beautiful country and smitten by the friendliness of the Sherpa people who inhabit the valleys below Everest. View our Everest Base Camp slideshow!
Despite popular belief, you do not need to be a super fit athlete to complete this trek in a safe and comfortable manner. With hiking days of 5 to 6 hours and a well-establish program of acclimatization, a person in good physical fitness can stand at the foot of the world’s highest mountain. That being said, however, we do highly recommend that you do some training (3 days per week) before departing for your Everest Base Camp Trek. Walking, jogging, biking, swimming, yoga, weight training…it all counts and will go a long way to getting your body and mind ready for the strain and rigors of trekking and facilitate the adaptation to the high altitudes.
After flying from Kathmandu to the mountain airstrip at Lukla (9,300 feet), the Everest Base Camp route will take you through many picturesque Sherpa villages and through some of Nepal ’s most dramatic mountain scenery. A typical trekking itinerary would take you from the Lukla airport to Phakding or Monjo. From there you would leave for Namche Bazaar and spend a well-needed rest day acclimatizing to the 11,200-foot altitude before heading north to the monastery village of Tengboche . The following days you will pass through Deboche, Pangboche, Periche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep and finally the famous Everest Base Camp. You will need to rest for a day on a couple of occasions en route in order to acclimatize to the higher altitudes, but there are plenty of places to see while taking a day off from trekking. Another sometimes overlooked fact is that you can’t actually see Mount Everest from Base Camp! From Gorak Shep (16,900 feet) many people will make the 4 to 5 hour round-trip hike up to the 18,200-foot summit of the rocky viewpoint called Kala Patar.
Most of the Everest Base Camp groups we arrange opt for a lodge trek versus a tented camping trek. A lodge trek offers the relative comfort of sleeping on a bed, taking a hot shower, ordering hot and healthy food and socializing with fellow trekkers from all over the world. In villages such as Lukla, Phakding, Monjo, Namche Bazaar and Lobuche, you have the option of staying in luxury lodges. These luxury lodges offer a relatively posh accommodation amongst superb mountain vistas. Most of the lodges en route are standard lodges owned by Sherpa families and offer a comfortable stay in a characterfully-decorated setting. During the course of your trek you will be escorted by an experienced, English-speaking Sherpa trekking guide and porters to carry the group gear. A rather civilized way to travel through the mountain valleys of Nepal’s Khumbu region!