CELEBRATE THE 1ST ASCENT OF THE WORLD’S HIGHEST PEAK
- Special Trek to the world’s highest peak
- Stay at Everest Base Camp on May 28th
- Accommodation in family-run lodges
- Explore Khumbu Icefall & Kala Pattar
- Visit Tengboche Monastery
- Watch the start of the Everest Marathon
- Celebrate the 1st ascent of Mt. Everest
The Everest region is understandably one of the world’s most popular and spectacular hiking destinations. Our Everest Base Camp Lodge Trek trip begins with a spectacular flight from Kathmandu to the 9,000-foot airstrip at the mountain village of Lukla. We then follow the traditional expedition route to the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu, the village of Namche Bazaar and onwards, alongside the raging Imja Khola River to the high valley below Mount Everest. En route to the world’s highest peak, we will visit many picturesque Sherpa villages. Tengboche, the home of Nepal’s most famous monastery, is situated beneath the impressive backdrop of Everest and Ama Dablam.
Our journey to Everest Base Camp takes us close up beneath the spectacular “Khumbu Icefall” which leads up to the South Col and was the route taken on the first ascent of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 1953. Our special departure includes one night of full-service tented camping at Everest Base Camp with the Everest Marathon Group and the option of hiking to the top of the viewpoint peak of Kala Pattar (18,188 feet), which will afford our hard effort with extraordinary views down over Base Camp and up to the peaks of Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori and, of course, Mount Everest.
This relatively easy-paced, fully-supported lodge trek in the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) allows us to enjoy an excellent introduction to trekking in Nepal and provide a unique insight into the ‘Land of the Sherpa’ and home to the highest point on the planet – Mount Everest. This is a 30+ year, time-tested trip itinerary with a proven acclimatization schedule.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to group hotel.
Day 2: Free day in Kathmandu or afternoon drive to Ramechap. Hotel.
Day 3: Fly Ramechap to Lukla. Trek to Phakding. 3 hr trek.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar. 11,150 feet. 5-6 hour trek.
Day 5: Rest and acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche. 12,665 feet. 5-6 hour trek.
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche. 14,470 feet. 5-6 hour trek.
Day 8: Rest day for acclimatization and local hike.
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche. 16,110 feet. 5-6 hour trek.
Day 10: Trek to Everest BC and camp. 8-9 hour trek.
Day 11: Trek to Pheriche. 13,776 ft. 8-9 hour trek.
Day 12: Trek to Phortse Village. 6-7 hour trek.
Day 13: The Mon La to Monjo. 9,320 feet. 6-7 hour trek.
Day 14: Trek to Lukla. 9,200 feet. 5 hour trek.
Day 15: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu or fly to Ramechap and drive to Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 16: Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 17: Transfer to airport for departure.