Everest Base Camp Trek

Khumjung

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What you will do

We invite you to join us for one of our most incredible journeys, and certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, to reach Everest Base Camp. It retraces the footsteps of the world’s greatest mountaineers to the starting point of climbs to the highest peak on Earth. We’ll begin our journey in Kathmandu, Nepal’s bustling and colourful capital city, before taking a short flight to Lukla high in the Himalayas, the gateway to the Solu Khumbu region and the starting point for our trek to Everest Base Camp.

Itinerary:
Monday — Arrive Kathmandu
Your trip starts in the lively and bustling city of Kathmandu with an explosion to the senses - take a deep breath! You will be met at Kathmandu Airport by a friendly face from Active Adventures Himalayas who will accompany you to our hotel. If you arrive early, you can head out to explore the city's labyrinth of back street courtyards, colourful market stalls and ancient temples on your own for your first taste of Nepal's culture and friendly people. This afternoon, your trip leader will meet you at our hotel and run through what to expect from the days ahead. Tonight, your guide will take you for dinner at a local restaurant for your first experience of Nepalese dining - a culinary crossroad between the influences of China, India and Europe which makes for some really interesting flavour combinations.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Dinner)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Tuesday — Visit Swayambhunath Temple
Today we’ll walk a short distance out of town to an ancient stone pilgrim stairway that leads to the Swayambhunath Temple. Keep an eye out for Macaque monkeys as they often join us on the walk up the stairway – they’ve even been known to steal hats on occasion, so stay alert! According to local legend, Swayambhunath (meaning “self-arisen”), was said to have risen up from a lake that once covered the land where Kathmandu now stands. Up on the hilltop temple, the smell of incense and butter lamps will follow you as you gaze out over the sprawling city of Kathmandu below. Local devotees come here daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the centre piece stupa (a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine) and spin the prayer wheels set into its base. Later, we’ll make our way back down into town and make preparations for our journey to Lukla and the Everest region tomorrow.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (All meals)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Wednesday — Journey to Lukla, hike to Phakding
This morning we’ll take a short flight to the mountain settlement of Lukla. This small town high in the Himalayas is the gateway to the Everest region and an important base for mountaineering expeditions. After a last gear check with our guides, we’ll lace up our boots and hit the trail, hiking down into the Phakding village on the banks of the Dudh Khosi River. When we arrive in Phakding, you can relax at your home for the night, a local tea house with great views out to the surrounding mountains and down to the river and the fertile valleys it supports.
Tashy Tagey Lodge, Phakding (All meals)
Hiking distance: 7 kilometres (4.3 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Phakding - 2610 metres (8560 feet)

Thursday — Hike to Namche Bazaar
This morning we’ll set off through a narrow valley divided by the Dudh Khosi River, passing terraced crop fields, small villages and ever-present prayer wheels (always pass on the left and spin them clockwise!). As we approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, we’ll be greeted with sensational views of massive snow-capped Himalayan peaks with names you’ll soon become familiar with, such as Thamserku and Kangtega. Sagarmatha National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a wide range of plants and animals. Himalayan tahr (a type of wild goat), musk deer and Himalayan monals (a bird in the pheasant family) are known to frequent this area, so keep your eyes peeled and a telephoto lens handy if you’re a keen photographer. After lunch, we’ll begin our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, home to the world’s highest marketplace and incredible 360° views.
Hotel Namche, Namche Bazaar (All meals)
Hiking distance: 12 kilometres (7.5 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

Friday — Acclimatisation day, Namche Bazaar, hike to view Mt Everest
With its remote alpine setting and outlook across to Kongde Ri at 6187 metres (20,298 feet) and surrounding peaks, Namche Bazaar is one of the most beautiful villages in the Himalayas – a great place for a relaxed, acclimatisation day. Namche Bazaar is a fairly small town so you can wander its narrow, cobbled streets to explore the monasteries and tea houses without worrying too much about getting lost. This place was historically an important stopping point for trading expeditions across the Nangpa La to Tibet and is still an important supply point for mountaineers and trekkers today, so the local market is definitely worth a look. This afternoon we will hike above Namche Bazaar for a great panorama. It's a steep trail, but the views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam are brilliant and make the effort thoroughly worth it. Look out for Himalayan thar and the Danphe pheasant (Nepal's national bird).
Hotel Namche, Namche Bazaar (All meals)
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

Saturday — Hike to Deboche and visit a Monastery
This morning, we'll set off early with fantastic views of Everst and head back down to the Dudh Khosi River. We'll stop at a local Sherpa tea house for a lunch, take a few moments to soak in the surroundings and then carry on along up the trail. As we draw closer to Tengboche, we'll be greeted with even closer perspectives of Ama Dablam 6856 metres (22,493 feet) and Nuptse 7861 metres (25,791 feet) until finally, upon our arrival at Tengboche, Mt Everest and Lhotse begin to loom ahead in the distance. Looking south, we'll have a view of numerous other peaks such as Kangtega, Thamserku and the jagged ridgeline of Kongde Ri. We'll then carry on to Deboche and stay at Rivendell Lodge.
Rivendell Lodge, Deboche (All meals)
Hiking distance: 12 kilometres (7.5 miles), 6 hours
Elevation: Deboche - 3681 metres (12,076 feet)

Sunday — Acclimatisation day in Deboche, visit Tengboche Gompa
We'll take today as an acclimatisation day, letting our bodies adjust to the higher elevation. Today is yours to enjoy. We're in Thamserku and Kangtega's shadow with stunning views of where we've come from over the last couple of days. The vistas are extraordinary. If you're up for a game of cricket, we'll find some locals to join in! Your trip leader will point out some great side hikes and photo locations, or for those who are keen we'll visit the Tengboche Gompa, an important Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region. Here, we'll find a sacred stone with a foot imprint believed to have been left by Lama Sange Dorje as he flew around the Himalayas in the 17th century. If there's time, we'll sit in on a Buddhist puja ceremony as the local monks chant their scriptures. Even if you're not spiritually inclined, it's an amazing experience.
Rivendell Lodge, Deboche (All meals)
Elevation: Deboche - 3681 metres (12,076 feet)

Monday — Hike Deboche to Dingboche
We'll begin our day's hike by passing through a dense forest of dwarf conifers. Musk deer and monal pheasants are often spotted here so keep your cameras ready. Our trail then drops steeply through the forest until we cross over the surging waters of the Dudh Kosi River before beginning our ascent to Dingboche. Today, we'll leave the forest for the last time until we return from Everest Base Camp. From here, it's a much more austere landscape of boulders and alpine meadows. The final stretch of the day's trek takes us alongside the fast flowing Imja Khola River which drains directly from the snows of Lhotse, before we spend the night in Dingboche.
Good Luck Lodge, Dingboche (All meals)
Hiking distance: 11 kilometres (6.8 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Dingboche - 4303 metres (14,117 feet)

Tuesday — Acclimatisation day in Dingboche, hike to Nangkartshang
The golden rule of acclimatising slowly is 'climb high, sleep low', and that's exactly what we'll be doing today. Just outside Dingboche is a small peak called Nangkartshang. It's a steep climb up the ridge, but we'll be taking it steady. We'll be looking straight at Makalu, Lhotse and Cho Oyo – three of the six highest mountains in the world – it's an incredible vista (and there's more to come over the next few days). It's your holiday and nothing is compulsory, so if you'd prefer not to do this side hike, you can hang out, rest up, read and chat with fellow trekkers in Dingboche instead.
Good Luck Lodge, Dingboche (All meals)
Elevation: Dingboche - 4303 metres (14,117 feet)

Wednesday — Hike Dingboche to Lobuche
We'll set off in the morning up the Khumbu valley, passing yak herders' shacks along the way. From here, the views of the twin peaks of Taboche and Cholatse, as they rise steeply above the open alpine valley, are outstanding. Arakam Tse appears steadily closer as we continue ascending to the village of Dughla. We'll take a breather at this little streamside town before the final stretch up over the Thokla Pass to Lobuche, our home for the night and the last stop before our trek to Everest Base Camp tomorrow.
Peak XV Guesthouse, Lobuche (All meals)
Hiking distance: 7.5 kilometres (4.6 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Lobuche - 4910 metres (16,110 feet)

Thursday — Everest Base Camp
Today is the day! We'll make our way up the trail in between the Khumbu glacial moraine and the mountain walls. We'll pick our way through massive boulders before reaching the town of Gorak Shep where we'll stop for a well earned lunch. Recharged, we'll make our way past the moraine wall of Khumbu Glacier; slow and steady is the name of the game as we weave our way up the path which leads us to Everest Base Camp at 5364 metres (17,598 feet). Situated at the base of the Khumbu Icefall, the camp is the stuff of legends, having been the launching point for numerous expeditions by the world's greatest mountaineers for many years. Mountaineers have the best chance of reaching the summit of Mt Everest using what's known as 'siege' techniques, where they'll spend weeks establishing a series of high camps stocked with food and oxygen cylinders ready for a push to the summit when the conditions are right. During the climbing season, Everest Base Camp becomes a village of brightly coloured tents and there's an incredible atmosphere in the air. After taking in this awesome experience, we'll leave Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep for the night. Congratulations!
Yeti Guesthouse, Gorak Shep (All meals)
Hiking distance: 8 kilometres (4.9 miles) to Everest Base Camp, 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) to Gorak Shep, 9 hours
Elevation: Gorak Shep - 5140 metres (16,860 feet)

Friday — Hike to Kala Patthar, descend to Pheriche
We'll don our headlamps and set off before sunrise this morning to the ridgetop of Kala Patthar. At 5550 metres (18,208 feet), this is the highest point we'll reach during the trip and the location of one of the most dramatic views anywhere in the Himalayas – an amazing accomplishment! From the summit of this rocky knoll, you'll have a panoramic view of Mt Everest and the surrounding peaks – the views from this place are simply off the charts! After lunch at Lobuche, we'll descend to Pheriche and spend a comfortable night at the White Yak Hotel - hot showers, yak steaks and cold beers await!
White Yak Hotel, Pheriche (All meals)
Hiking distance: return hike to Kala Patthar 2.5 hours, 15 kilometres (9.3 miles), 8 hours
Elevation: Pheriche - 4240 metres (13,910 feet)

Saturday — Hike from Pheriche to Deboche
With Mt Everest behind us, and Ama Dablam ahead, we'll descend with the Dudh Kosi. As you descend into more oxygen-rich air today, you'll feel like you could run a marathon (in fact, today's walk is part of the world's highest marathon). With this in mind, we'll be able to make good progress all the way to Deboche, once again getting low enough to see rhododendron and pine forests across the valley.
Rivendell Lodge, Deboche (All meals)
Hiking distance: 12 kilometres (7.4 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Deboche - 3681 metres (12,076 feet)

Sunday — Deboche to Khumjung
This morning we'll make our way down through beautiful forest, where we're sure to hear the now familiar bells of yaks grazing nearby. Keep an eye out for musk deer as we head through the forest as they're often seen here. As we descend, the air becomes richer, the air temperature warmer and the sounds of raging rivers louder. We'll stop for tea beside the Dudh Khosi River before winding our way up towards the picturesque village of Khumjung and past a tree nursery established by Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust. As proud Kiwis, we'll be sure to tell you all about Sir Ed! After arriving in Khumjung, we may get the chance to visit a local monastery and then it's time to rest our legs in a comfortable lodge before enjoying dinner. Kumjung is famous for its potatoes and green roofs. It's also a lot quieter than Namche Bazaar, and a favourite overnight stop amongst our hikers.
Hidden Valley Lodge, Khumjung (All meals)
Hiking distance: 8 kilometres (4.9 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Khumjung - 3780 metres (12,400 feet)

Monday — Hike from Khumjung to Jorsalle
After a leisurely start, we’ll pass the largest school in the area, also established by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1961. After crossing a small hill with great views back to Everest, we’ll pass Syangboche Airport one of the world’s highest, used to fly in supplies and equipment for the expedition climbers tackling the surrounding peaks. We’ll then take on the switch backs that descend down the valley back to the Dudh Khosi River and from here the trail happily flattens out somewhat as it follows the river to Monjo. This attractive village sits near the boundary of the Sagarmatha National Park and is one of the lesser-known stopping points on the trekking trail so we’ll often have this place virtually to ourselves.
Nirvana Lodge, Jorsalle (All meals)
Hiking distance: 5 kilometres (3.1 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Jorsalle- 2750 metres (9022 feet)

Tuesday — Hike from Jorsalle to Lukla
This is our final full day on the mountain trails of the Khumbu region so it's time to put our boots on one last time. We'll stop for tea in Phakding village before making the climb back up to Lukla. We'll share a final meal with our local team of porters and cooks to celebrate our incredible achievements and experiences on the trek, and to thank the team that helped make it all happen.
Norbu Guest House, Lukla (All meals)
Hiking distance: 12 kilometres (7.4 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Lukla - 2840 metres (9320 feet)

Wednesday — Return to Kathmandu
This morning we'll take our last look at the Himalayas from Lukla before the short flight back to Kathmandu. For those who are keen this afternoon, we'll walk to Durbar Square, the place where Nepal's kings were crowned in past times. The square is in the centre of old town Kathmandu, and is the city's greatest example of traditional architecture, so much so that it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Dinner this evening will be yours to explore and experiment at one of the many great restaurants in town.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Lunch)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Thursday — Free day in Kathmandu
Today you're free to explore the winding streets, atmospheric temples and markets of Kathmandu. Every now and then, flights out of Lukla can be delayed due to the weather, so there's a chance we may be flying back into Kathmandu today instead. Either way, you can take the time to soak up the sights and sounds of this energetic, colourful culture. Tonight we'll meet at a local restaurant for our final dinner together to celebrate our achievements and adventures in the Himalayas.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Dinner)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Friday — Depart Kathmandu
Today is the final day of your Himalayas trekking trip with us amongst the highest mountains in the world. If you have extra time after your trip, we're happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of it. On the other hand, if you're on your way home today, we'll send you back refreshed and invigorated from the great hiking and adventures you've had with us in Nepal!
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Duration

19 days

Activitiy Location

Khumjung, Eastern Region, Nepal

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