This yoga trek takes you to the Basecamp of Mount Everest, without doubt the most iconic among the Himalayan giants and a symbol of challenge and perseverance among adventurers everywhere. It has a duration of 14 days.
|Price per person||US$ 2,395|
|Destination||Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar view point|
|Starting From||Kathmandu and Lukla|
|Ending at||Lukla and Kathmandu|
A classic among the Himalayan treks, this trek offers you ample adventure and stunning views. Starting among picturesque mountains and forests which are inhabited by a wide range of animal and bird species, we discover the unique culture of the Sherpa communities who welcome us to their villages as we move up the valley towards Mount Everest, known as the abode of the Gods. Following in the footsteps of legends, we climb from Lukla to the vast glaciers and razor-sharp ridgelines of the Everest Himalayas, home of the world’s highest peaks. At Everest Base Camp, we stand face-to-face with the fabled Khumbu Ice Fall and its towering seracs. We hike to the summit of Kala Pattar at (5,545m) for a uniquely unobstructed 360 degree view of iconic Mount Everest and the other giants surrounding it, such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, AmaDablam, Pumori, to only name a few, before making our way back to Lukla. This trek equally offers the opportunity to visit the old Buddhist monasteries of Thame and Thengboche, this region’s largest monasteries.
Route and Itinerary
Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding – Namche Bazaar – Thengboche – Dingboche – Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp – Kala Pattar – Pheriche – Lukla – Kathmandu
Day 01 // Kathmandu
Preparatory day with a full trekking briefing and time for last minute shopping. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02 // Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding // 2,650m/8,700ft // 40min flight, 4hr trek
Following breakfast, early morning flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world, and it culminates in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet our porters and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. Overnight at Phakding.
Day 03 // Phakding – Namche Bazaar // 3,440m/11,300ft // 6hr trek
We cross the Dudh Kosi by the first of several bridges built by the Himalayan Trust. Continuing gradually up the valley the trail takes us through the forest through Benkar and Chumoa before reaching Monjo where we will have lunch. After lunch we enter the Sagarmatha National Park and we follow the Dudh Kosi further north, crossing from one bank to the other. This day’s walk takes us through magnificent forests of rhododendron, giant fir and magnolia trees, and both in spring and autumn the ground is bright with flowers. After Jorsale the trail climbs over a spur and alongside a dripping moss-grown cliff, to cross the west fork of the river, the Bhote Kosi, and start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar, during which we should have a first view, weather permitting, of the summit of Everest appearing behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. Another short climb brings us to Namche Bazaar, administrative centre of the Khumbu region and headquarters for the Mount Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park.
Day 04 // Namche Bazaar // Day hike to Thame Buddhist Monastery // 5hr hike
This is the day for acclimatisation to altitude. We spend the day taking a hike to Thame valley and Thame Buddhist Monastery or just walking around the village itself. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. We can visit the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05 // Namche Bazaar – Tengboche Monastery // 3,870m/12,700ft // 6hr trek
During today’s trek we are rewarded with excellent views of the Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and many other magnificent Himalayan peaks. We break for tea at the spectacularly situated Everest View Hotel, and visit Tengboche, and ancient sacred place and home to the region’s largest monastery, a destination for monks of all ages throughout the country to practice and study Buddhism. The public is invited to witness their puja ceremonies, where they chant prayers and perform rituals inside the ornately decorated gompas.
Day 06 // Tengboche – Pangboche – Dingboche // 4,400m/14,430ft // 6hr trek
Very early wake up call to visit the impressive morning puja in Tengboche Monastery, followed by breakfast and today’s trek which takes us through Pangboche. At 3,985m, Pangboche is the highest permanent settlement on the approach to Everest and in the upper village there is a gompa (monastery) founded by the lama Sange Dorje. Pangboche offers great views on what many people consider as the most beautiful mountain peak in the Himalayas, Mount Ama Dablam.
We descend throughout most of the morning toward the Imje Khola river only to once again gradually ascend as we follow the river northward, past more mani walls and through a few small villages. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche Khola, descend into the khola and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche (4,400m).
We are now on the northwest side of Ama Dablam and, having changed our perspective on it by over 90 plus degrees over the last few days, we see another view of its incredibly steep sides tapering up to a near perfectly pointed peak.
Day 07 Dingboche // Rest day or 3hr day hike
Continuing our acclimatisation, we stay in Dingboche today. Those adapting well to the altitude can climb Nangkartshang at 5,100m for great views of Chalotse, Tawoche and Mount Ama Dablam.
Day 08 // Dingboche-Louche // 4,900m/16,070m 5hr trek
Back on the trek again, we climb from Dingboche up to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier from where we have a beautiful panoramic view of the peaks on the Nepal-Tibet border. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche (4,900m), a tiny hamlet with a few teahouses. The sunset on Nuptse is not to be missed.
Day 09 // Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar // 5545m/18,200ft // 10hr trek
Another long day and again we leave very early. Trekking across a glacier, the trail winds up and down through fascinating ice seracs to Everest Base Camp, where we may see some of the expedition teams as they prepare to climb the mountain (mainly in the spring). From the Base Camp we get fantastic close up views of the Khumbu Ice Fall and we can appreciate just how difficult it is for teams climbing Mount Everest to negotiate a route through the huge blocks of ice. From here we can climb up to Kala Pattar for incredible 360 degree views. Finally, we descend from the Base Camp to Gorak Shep.
Day 10 // Gorak Shep – Pheriche // 4,370m/14,340ft // 7hr trek
Retracing our steps along the moraine we descend into the Pheriche valley with spectacular views of Ama Dablam.
Day 11 // Pheriche – Pangboche – Tengboche // 3,870m/12,700ft // 6hr trek
Retracing our steps along the terminal moraine we descend into the Pheriche valley with spectacular views of Ama Dablam. We follow the main Imja Khola Valley down to Pangboche through an alpine meadow landscape with superb views looking back to the great ridge of Lhotse-Nuptse. Descending to the Imja Khola river, we walk through the peaceful rhododendron forests, to the village of Devoche and then Tengboche.
Day 12 // Tengboche – Namche Bazaar 3,440m/11,300ft // 5.5hr trek
From Tengboche we descend off the ridge and walk back to Namche Bazaar along a beautiful trail high above the Dudh Kosi from where we can see Mount Everest once more.
Day 13 // Namche Bazaar – Phakding – Lukla // 2,860m/9,380ft // 6hr trek
Descending from Namche Bazaar, we have lunch in Monjo, where we finally leave Sagarmatha National Park again. We pass Phakding and just before Lukla climb the short distance to the famous Lukla airstrip.
Day 14 // Lukla – Kathmandu
We fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel, spending the rest of the day at leisure.
NOTE: Occasionally the flight back from Lukla is cancelled due to bad weather. In this case we would try to fly back to Kathmandu on the morning of the next day. Our program ends on day 14 of the itinerary however our staff will look after you until you get back to Kathmandu. In case of further delays in Lukla past Day 14 of the itinerary, any extra costs for accommodation and food will need to be covered by the guest.
What Is Included
- Daily yoga and meditation classes during the trek
- Yoga Mats and Blankets
- Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus (lunch included)
- All necessary transportation during the trek
- Hotel accommodation (twin sharing) in Kathmandu on the first and last day of the itinerary
- Dinner in Kathmandu on the first and last day of the itinerary
- Teahouse accommodation (twin sharing) during the trek
- 3 meals a day during the trek
- Healthy snacks
- First Aid supplies
- All necessary paperwork, conservation fees and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS), and local taxes
What Is Excluded
- Beverages (Hard or Soft drinks, Mineral Water Bottles, Filtered Water)
- Personal travel equipment
- Personal expenses (WiFi, phone calls, laundry, extra porters, water, hot shower etc.)
- Personal travel and health insurance
- Any expenses related to emergency evacuation
- Any cost arising due to circumstances outside of our control such as natural disasters, strikes and political disturbances, guest sickness, etc.
- Tips for trekking guide, yoga teacher & porters