Days
16
Price from
£1,900GBP

Take the ultimate trek and conquer the Himalayas with Peregrine

Surround yourself with the greatest mountain scenery in the world with an unrivalled trek to Everest Base Camp. Combine an incredible sense of accomplishment with landscapes that must be see with your own eyes to be truly appreciated. With time to soak up the unique atmosphere of Kathmandu, fly to Lukla and explore the trails, villages, and peaks that lie on the road to Base Camp. Meet Sherpas, monks, farmers and more and end each day with new achievements and new mountain memories. Become one of the few to stand halfway to the top of the world. This is truly what adventures are made of.


Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Country
Nepal
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Trekking
Code
PHEB
Physical rating
Ages
Min 16
Group size
Min 1, Max 14

Why we love this trip

  • Become one of those who conquer the trek to Everest Base Camp, a target for all adventure seekers

  • Help Nepal get back on its feet by retuning to the country and discover how Kathmandu remains a legendary destination

  • See temples rich in symbolism and narrow streets filled with monks, incense, goats and sacred cows, all ringed by iconic Himalayan Mountains

  • A breathtaking flight over the mighty Himalaya range gives you the chance to witness some truly world-class mountain scenery

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a strenuous trip with 12 days of trekking, reaching altitudes above 5,500m. Please ensure you understand the fitness requirements for this high altitude trek. You should be in good health and able to trek between 4 and 8 hours a day. Physical preparation before your trek will be a definite advantage.

  • Please carefully read all trip information to gauge your fitness and suitability for this trip.

Itinerary

Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. When you arrive in Kathmandu you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The airport representative will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few metres from the exit door. Look out for the Peregrine signboard. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes. A briefing given by the group leader is scheduled for this afternoon. Your trekking program and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements will be discussed. Look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, maybe arrive a day early so you're able to attend. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. The evening will be free, but the leader will usually organize an evening meal (optional) at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants. Alternatively you can enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation
  • Annapurna Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Early this morning you’ll board a plane for a quick journey from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m) (approximately 45 minutes). This is spectacular flight parallel to the giants of the Himalayas, with unforgettable views of the mountains bordering Nepal and China. Land on an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing you will have time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load your trekking equipment. After a quick safety talk, begin your trek to Phakding. You’ll descend towards the milky white waters of the Dudh Kosi River, where you will join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walk is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), it’s only a short walk to Phakding.
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
(Trekking: approximately 4 hours / 8.5km)
Today you’ll trek approximately 7 hours to Namche Bazaar, when you will memorably see Everest for the first time. From Phakding you’ll cross the river and head up the valley, following in the footsteps of the porters carrying supplies for Namche Bazaar. The trail, lined with blue pine forest, follows the river valley and is especially spectacular in spring when the rhododendron flowers are bright in bloom. Cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar, and look up to see the peaks of snow-capped Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). Press on to Monjo (2835m), a good place to break for lunch. From here the walk starts to get a little tougher, with a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. Enter into the national park, cross the river through the village of Jorsale (2805m) and then continue upstream. Cross another spectacular suspension bridge and begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar at a steady pace. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time.
Accommodation
  • teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
(Trekking: approximately 5 hours / 10.5km)
Namche Bazaar will be your base for another night so that you can properly acclimatise to the altitude. One of the best ways to do this is to take strenuous walk up to a high altitude then come back down to sleep – so there’s an optional walk above the Bhote Khola River Valley towards Thami (3810m). Taking a walk to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village is also a great option. This stunning vista includes a super panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. The national park headquarters are home to interesting displays about Sherpa lifestyle and culture, and the local flora and fauna. Namche gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Rugs, clothing, salt and dried meat still all do a roaring trade in the village centre. Your guides are on hand to offer advice and escort you on walks.
Accommodation
  • teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The best way to acclimatise is to do a strenuous walk up to a high altitude then come back down to sleep. Remember - it doesn't matter how fit you are, anyone can be affected by altitude, so have a chat to your doctor before you leave to talk about the symptoms and what to expect.
Today you will visit a small village that not many travellers will know about or stop in. Phortse Gaon is a traditional village that offers an amazing insight into the life and culture of the Sherpas. The village that you will stay in is home to a number of Sherpas who have reached the summit of Everest. You’ll take a very leisurely walk from Namche past Khumjung village, Lawi Schyasa and Tashinga crossing the Dudh Kosi and ascending to the village of Phortse. This 9-kilometre stretch of trekking will take approximately 6-7 hours. The dramatic views of Amadablam, sunset vistas, and peace and quiet make this a highlight of the trek.

Notes: The overall altitude gain between Namche and Phortse is 370m.


Accommodation
  • teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Walk across a ridge before descending on an exposed trail to the Imja Khola. Keep an eye open for Himalayan tahr, often seen perched precariously on the crags high above the trail. Join the trail coming from Thyangboche via the suspension bridge, then gradually climb to the village of Pangboche, where the peak of Ama Dablam dominates the skyline. Have lunch here and then take the opportunity to see the beautiful monastery that once housed (what was claimed as) the hand and scalp of a yeti. After lunch, follow the trail high above the Imja Khola, passing the tea houses at Orsho, before again crossing the Imja Khola and old glacial moraines to a lodge Dingboche. Here you’ll find a beautiful patchwork of small fields enclosed by stone walls. These walls protect crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds. The scenery is once again spectacular and although Everest will be hidden behind the Lhotse-Nuptse Ridge, the huge peaks that tower above the eastern end of the valley are more than worthy. If the weather’s right, then there will be gorgeous sunsets illuminating the peaks – Ama Dablam, the south face of Lhotse to the north, and also Island Peak in the centre of the valley.
Accommodation
  • teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
(Trekking: approximately 6 hours / 12km)
Today is another acclimatisation day, with Dingboche remaining as your base for the night. There are a number of different trails available today, with day hikes to Ama Dablam base camp, Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung. Ama Dablam is a peak that dominates the route towards Everest base camp, and it’s an opportunity to get off the main trail and explore a quieter area in the Khumbu below one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Nagarjun Hill (5100m) offers incredible view of Makalu, Island Peak and Ama Dablam. The Chukkhung (4750m) walk is a short one, but the gain in altitude and incline is steady. The views of surrounding peaks and snowy terrain are breathtaking – some of the best in the world for high altitude scenery.
Accommodation
  • teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
From Dingboche, ascend the small ridge behind the village above the Pheriche valley. From the stupa at the top, Taweche and Cholatse (6440m) make for a striking scene; they seem to lean forwards from across the valley in the west. To the north, Lobuje Peak (6119m) and the snowfields of the Cho La are the kings of the skyline. The walking will now be fairly flat on wide-open fields, but remember that there’s no rush. Late in the morning you will cross the Khumbu Khola at Dughla and take a light lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines of the Khumbu Glacier flowing off Everest. In the afternoon, there will be a solid and quite steep climb on a rocky trail to the top of the moraines. On the crest of the ridge, you’ll pass a line of memorial cairns (stacks of stones), built in memory of the Sherpas and climbers who have died on various Everest expeditions over the last fifty or so years. From here the view is downright spectacular once again, with Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m), Khumbutse (6623m), and across the border in Tibet, Changtse (7550m), surrounding you. Then follow the valley stream to the lodge at Lobuje, arriving early afternoon. Today will be tiring, but the fantastic scenery and the fact that base camp lies ahead tomorrow make it worthwhile.
Accommodation
  • teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
(Trekking: approximately 5 hours / 7.5km)
Today is a memory maker, the day you arrive at Everest Base Camp. You’ll first enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the trek to Gorak Shep is relatively short. From Lobuje, follow the broad valley that runs parallel to Khumbu Glacier, with a gradual ascent enabling you to build the slow, steady rhythm required when walking at high altitude. When you reach the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier, you will make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that eventually leads to the surprising glacial sands of Gorak Shep (5160m) – reached after about three hours of walking. After a short break to eat and gear up, begin for Everest Base Camp. The trek to the base camp can be achieved in around three hours and, if trekking in the popular climbing period of March to May, you will almost certainly encounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to expeditions here. From Everest Base Camp you will not get views of Mount Everest, but you are able to see glorious glaciers, lakes, caves, and the notorious Everest Ice Fall that flows from the Western Cwm. It's regarded as technically the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain. The return journey from the Base Camp to Gorak Shep takes the same amount of time. You will have an early dinner so that you are able to get up early the next day for awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan giants from Kala Patar.
Accommodation
  • teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
(Trekking: approximately 3 hours to Gorak Shep, 5 hours round trip to Everest Base Camp.)
You’ll wake early today for the trek to Kala Patar (5545m), where you’ll experience sensational sunrise views from this amazing vantage point. The lodge the ascent is quite steep, so start very slowly and try to ascend at a steady rhythmic pace. Kala Patar is the rocky hilltop below Pumori. It’s a tough walk because of the altitude, but the view from the top will surpass your wildest imagination. It will probably take a 1.5 hours to reach the summit from Gorak Shep, although lower viewpoints can provide views that are almost as good. Some of the highest mountains in the world – Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest – will surround you. About three kilometres away and some 200 metres below, the area of the Everest Base Camp can be seen in a bowl at the bottom of the Khumbu Ice Fall. For many trekkers, reaching Kala Patar is a very emotional experience and it is worthwhile spending as long as you wish in order to savour this special moment. The descent to Gorak Shep is easy and when you arrive back at the lodge you’ll relax with a drink and pack your bags while breakfast is prepared. After breakfast, set off to Lobuche and Thugla, where you will stop for lunch. Then you’ll cross the Khumbu Khola and head down the valley below Cholatse to Pheriche, where you will stop for the night.
Accommodation
  • teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
(Trekking: approximately 8 hours)
From Pheriche cross the Khumbu Khola River and ascend a short steep trail to the top of a small ridge for great views of Imja Valley, Ama Dablam and Kantega.
You will then descend to the small settlements at Orsho and Shomare before passing through Lower Pangboche to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River to ascend back to Thyangboche for lunch.
According to legend, Lama Sange Dorjee, who came from Tibet’s Rongphu Monastery, founded Thyangboche Monastery in the 17th century. Thyangboche was destroyed by an earthquake in 1933, rebuilt and again badly damaged by a fire in 1989. Construction of the present monastery was completed in 1992.
You will be visiting the monastery and the nearby museum. There is a small entrance fee for the museum and a small donation to the monastery is appreciated.
Accommodation
  • teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
(Trekking: approximately 5 hours)
Descend steeply through beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. Cross the Dudh Kosi River and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa and on to Namche Bazaar. Descend steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. You’ll follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where you’ll stop for lunch. In the afternoon it’s only a short walk via Benkar through blue pine and rhododendron forest, with great views of Kusum Kangaru, back to the lodge in Phakding.
Accommodation
  • teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
(Trekking: approximately 4 hours)
This is your last day of trekking. It’s only a short walk in the valley before making the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla, where you’ll farewell your Sherpa crew. You will then have lunch at the lodge and the afternoon is free to wander around and relax. In the evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner, perhaps followed by a few celebratory drinks.
Accommodation
  • teahhouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
(Trekking: approximately 3.5 hours)
Take the short flight from Lukla to Kathmandu this morning (approximately 45 minutes). Return to your accommodation and then enjoy some free time during the afternoon for further sightseeing or shopping. Located in the south of the city, Patan is also worth a visit with its own Durbar Square full of historic structures and statues of past kings.
Accommodation
  • Annapurna Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This morning you’ll explore Kathmandu on a sightseeing tour. You’ll start by joining the pilgrims at Bodhnath Stupa, the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. It's the centre of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism. Continue on to Pashupatinath, a Hindu temple on the banks of the Bagmati River in Deopatan, just outside the city. It's dedicated to a manifestation of Shiva called Pashupati (Lord of Animals) and here you can see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The rest of your afternoon in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing and exploration. Perhaps explore Patan's Durbar Square, or see the ancient Swayambhunath stupa, known to tourists as the Monkey Temple, which is Kathmandu's most important Buddhist shrine. The sleepy, all-seeing Buddha eyes that stare out from the top have become the quintessential symbol of Nepal.

Accommodation
  • Annapurna Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements. A departure transfer to the airport is not included. Kathmandu has so much to offer and occasionally flights from Lukla can be delayed, so we recommend that you consider booking pre-tour or post-tour accommodation and a departure transfer before you commence your travels.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners

Transport

Plane, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel, Trekking lodge

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Important notes

A very good level of fitness is required. You will be trekking on hilly terrain, generally on well-defined paths, walking anywhere between 2-7 hours per day, on average about 5 hours a day. Altitude may exceed 5545 metres.
Due to the demands of travelling at high altitudes a Passenger Self Assessment Form is required for this trip.
Please bring 3 passport sized photos to your joining meeting
Please see important note about extreme weather, flight cancellations to/from Lukla and insurance claims

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