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Everest

BASE CAMP TREK

ITINERARY

18 Days

Prepare yourself for the ultimate adventure – into the heart of the majestic Himalayan mountains, to the foot of the world’s greatest peak – Everest. Your journey begins in Kathmandu, a legendary city filled with mystical temples and ancient religious sites.

After a breathtaking flight to the mountain village of Lukla, your trekking adventure through the Khumbu Valley begins, taking you through ancient Sherpa villages and towards the base of the towering Mount Everest. Be prepared to face the ultimate challenge and experience the unforgettable thrill of standing at the foot of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.

Trek Stats

  “Our guides Mingma, Shabane and Kombe were AMAZING!  Mingma with his vast knowledge and know-how, and Shabane and Kombe who we had complete trust in with our health and well-being.  Also, great personalities! This is our 2nd Tusker trip and we look forward to doing more Tusker trips. Higher end, safe and great attention to details!” 

5-Star Review by “Tim & Sherrie”

DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1 – Kathmandu

4,390-ft/1,388-m

You’ll be picked up at the airport and transferred to the superb 5-star Marriott hotel, in the center of Kathmandu, a city renowned for its cultural wonders and fascinating markets. Here you meet your guides.

You settle into your room and relax in modern oasis nestled among the tall buildings and bustling streets of the ancient capital that dates back to the 12th century.

• Meals: Dinner • Lodging at the Marriott Hotel

Day 2 – Kathmandu
4,390-ft/1,388-m

You meet your seasoned guides for an invigorating orientation and gear check. This is a golden opportunity to forge a bond with your team leaders, and glean some sage advice.

On your guided city tour, be prepared to lose yourself in the magnificent wonderland of Patan, steeped in the history of skilled craftsmen and their artistry. Marvel at the stunning pagodas, Hindu temples, and majestic palaces on display. Take a stroll through the bustling narrow streets of Thamel, and pick up some unique handicrafts for your collection.

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner • Lodging at the Marriott Hotel

Day 3 – Fly Lukla – Trek Phakding
8,702-ft/2,652-m • 6-miles/9.5 km • 5 hours

A rush of adrenaline surges through your veins as you prepare to embark on an flight that offers a breathtaking view of the magnificent Himalayan range.  We arrive at Lukla to be greeted by our team of skilled cooks and porters. The trek starts with a hike to Phakding, tracing the tranquil DudhKosi River. Brace yourself for a heart-stopping moment as you cross one of the famous hanging bridges, high over the rushing waters.

Don’t be misled by the initial downhill descent that may make you believe that the trek to Everest Base Camp is a mere walk in the park. The path ahead holds within itself the thrill of a lifetime, ready to unfold its secrets.

• All Meals • Lodging at the Sunrise Lodge

Day 4 – Namche Bazaar
11,306-ft / 3,446-m • 10-miles/16-km • 7.5 hours

Nestled in the Himalayas, Namche is a centuries-old trading center between Tibet and Nepal. Quaint with cobblestone streets and little shops, it is the last town on the trek before reaching base camp. After a long day, we reach our lodge, and settle in for the night, surrounded by the tallest mountains on earth. We are here for two nights. These two-night stops are designed to allow you to adjust to the thinning air and have proven very successful in helping Tusker bodies acclimatize.

•  All Meals • Lodging at the Culture Home Lodge

Day 5 – Namche Bazaar
11,306-ft/3,446-m

Namche Bazaar is a centuries-old trading center between Tibet and Nepal, where the clanging of yak bells fills the air, and the spirits of the Himalayas permeate everything. We spend two nights here, for acclimatization to the altitude.

Namche is a hive of activity, pulsing with the heartbeat of adventure and the thrill of discovery. With every turn, there’s something new to behold, a fresh wonder to uncover. It’s a place where dreams are made and stories are born, a true gateway to the majestic Himalayas.

•  All Meals • Lodging at the Culture Home Lodge

Day 6 – Khum Jung
12,300-ft/3,750-m • 3-miles/5-km • 3 hours

The hike to Khum Jung – one of the most fascinating and captivating hikes of the trail. Spring is the season when the majority of climbers attempt their climbs of Mt. Everest, making this journey all the more exhilarating. You never know who you might chance upon while wandering the trails, each person with their own story to tell, each one having undergone their own set of challenges and triumphs.

As you traverse the trail, the views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Kangtega, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam are more magnificent than ever.

  All Meals •  Lodging at the Sherpa Land Lodge

Day 7- Tengboche
12,687-ft/3,867-m • 5-miles/8-km • 4 hours

Tengboche Monastery – a sacred sanctuary nestled atop a towering hill, where the DudhKosi and ImjaKhola rivers merge. The journey up to this spiritual center is not for the faint-hearted, but one that will test you and leave you with a profound sense of accomplishment.

Here, at this holy site, we have the privilege of visiting the temple, a place of immense significance for the Sherpa people. We witness a mesmerizing ceremony, where the monks chant hypnotic hymns, enveloping you in a world of transcendence and peace. It’s a moment that stays with you, long after you have left this sacred haven.

•  All Meals •  Lodging at the Himalaya Lodge

Day 8 – Dingboche
14,114-ft/4,302-m • 7-miles/11-km • 5 hours

Dingboche – a critical way-point on our journey, perched at an altitude where the thin air and biting cold can begin to wear on the body. The altitude can take a toll, which is why we spend not one, but two days here, acclimatizing ourselves to the altitude, a process that is necessary.

At the lodge owned by the family of Mingma, our Sherpa guide, you’ll find a warm, cozy environment that is perfect for relaxation and recuperation. It’s a place where you can leave behind the trials of the journey and recharge your spirit for the adventures that lie ahead.

• All Meals • Lodging at the Chomolungma Lodge

Day 9 – Dingboche
14,114-ft/4,302-m • 7-miles/11-km

Today, we venture higher. The views  are nothing short of extraordinary, but more importantly, this is a crucial day that prepares our bodies and minds for the challenges that lie ahead.

The air thins and the cold bites harder, forcing us to adapt and acclimate to this new environment. But you’ll begin to notice the subtle changes in your body, a growing ease in your breathing and a newfound resilience in your spirit, the result of your persistence and grit.

Back at the lodge, you’ll find a comfort that is all the sweeter after a day of pushing yourself to the limits. As you lay in bed, you’ll feel the difference in your body and mind, stronger and more capable than before, ready for the trials that lie ahead.

• All Meals • Lodging at the Chomolungma Lodge

Day 10 – Lobuche
16,126-ft / 5,164-m • 5.5-miles/9-km • 6 hours

After a fine sleep and hearty breakfast  to fuel our limbs, we hike up the broad valley from Dingboche. As we approach Dhukla, our eyes fixate upon the hills of jagged boulders  that mark the Khumbu Glacier’s terminal moraine.

Continuing our trek, we arrive at a hushed sanctuary, a place of commemoration for those brave souls who have lost their lives in pursuit of the summit of Everest. These stone memorials, known as “chortens” in the Tibetan language, stand as a solemn testament to the perils of the mountain and the steadfast determination of those who dare to conquer it.

• All Meals • Lodging at the Mother Earth Lodge

Day 11 – Everest Base Camp – Gorak Shep
Base Camp: 17,585-ft/5,360-m • 5.5-miles/9-km • 7 hours
Gorak Shep: 16,942-ft / 4,915-m • 2.5-miles/4-km • 2 hours

Today we journey to the fabled Everest Base Camp, but not before stopping to refuel at the lively Gorak Shep for lunch. We navigate the terrain along the Khumbu Glacier moraine and  the sheer thrill of being so close to the towering summit of Everest spurs us on.

At last, we reach our destination. We revel in the majesty of the world’s highest peak, its icy crown piercing the heavens.as we bask in the glory of our achievement. Then we make our way back down to Gorak Shep, weary but elated from our incredible journey. This is a day that will be etched in our memories forever.

• All Meals • Lodging at the Himalayan Lodge

Day 12 – Kala Patar – Pheriche
Kala Patar: 18,513-ft / 5,643-m • 3-miles/5-km • 4 hours
Pheriche: 14,200-ft / 4,328-m • 7-miles/11-km • 5 hours

Early today you can join the hearty on an optional thrill like no other: a heart-pumping, 4-hour climb up to the highest point of our trek – the towering Mt. Kala Patar, at 18,513-ft/5,643-m.

Up there, at the summit, the world is at our feet, and the views are simply breathtaking. We feast our eyes on the majestic peaks of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse, standing tall and proud in the clear mountain air. From there, we set out on our  descent through the rugged Khumbu Valley down to Pheriche. 

• All Meals • Lodging at the Himalayan Lodge

Day 13 – Tengboche
12,687-ft / 3,867-m • 8-miles/13-km • 6 hours

Our lungs heave a sigh of relief as we inhale the  oxygen-laden air, and our legs feel lighter and more sprightly with every step. We break up the long downhill trek to Namche by spending the night at Tengboche.

Our cozy lodge sit just across from the Monastery, where the chanting of the monks reverberates through the crisp mountain air. The mystique of the place is captivating, enveloping us like a cloak. It is humbling, once again, to be in  the presence of such ancient and sacred traditions.

• All Meals • Lodging at the Himalaya Lodge

Day 14 – Namche Bazaar
11,306-ft/3,446-m • 7.5-miles/12-km • 5 hours

With each step down the winding trail, the anticipation builds. Finally, after a full day’s hike, the vibrant town of Namche comes into view.

As you explore the labyrinthine streets, you can’t help but be captivated by the colorful shops teeming with authentic Nepali handicrafts. The intricate weaving and bold textiles catch your eye, beckoning you closer to examine their intricate details.

• All Meals • Lodging at the Culture Home Lodge

Day 16 – Monjo
9,301-ft/2,835-m • 4.5-mi/7-km • 4 hours

As we settle in for our final night in the Khumbu Valley, the air is thick with a mixture of triumph and sorrow. We’ve traversed some of the most demanding terrain, and the challenges we’ve faced have left us stronger and more resilient than ever before.

Tomorrow we have a final push up the massive hill, making our way back to Lukla.

• All Meals  Lodging at the Mt. Kailash Lodge

Day 16 – Lukla
9,384-ft/2,860-m • 9-mi/14.5-km • 4 hours

It’s our last day of trekking, and with excitement we start our hike uphill. Arriving at Lukla, we enjoy a much-needed break, where we rest and rejuvenate. Tomorrow, we say a bittersweet farewell to our amazing crew who have been our support throughout the journey, then fly back to Kathmandu.

• All Meals  Lodging at the Everest Plaza Lodge

Day 17 – Kathmandu
4,390-ft/1,388-m

After our epic trek through the Himalayas, we arrive in Kathmandu and make our way to the oasis that is the Marriott.

With the rest of the day free, we’re free to explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu, discovering the hidden treasures that lie around every corner. And just when we thought the day couldn’t get any better, we head out for a special celebration dinner at our favorite restaurant in town.

• All Meals   Lodging at the Marriott Hotel

Day 18 – Fly Home
4,390-ft/1,388-m
On your final day you fly home.
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“My favorite parts of the trip were the spectacular views, the unparalleled knowledge and humor from our guides Mingma, Shabane & Kombe, and making it to Everest base camp. They absolutely made the trip. We felt safe the whole time, thanks to their attention to detail and knowledge.  We learned from them, and enjoyed their personalities immensely.  Thanks for an amazing trip!”

– 5-Star Review by “Elizabeth” 

HIGH ALTITUDE GUIDES

You’re in very good hands on Tusker’s Everest Base Camp trek. Your dream team of guides includes our Sherpa guide, Mingma plus aTusker Kilimanjaro high altitude (HAFR) safety guide, with decades of climbing experience. Having led thousands of climbers to extreme altitude, Tusker’s HAFR guides are fully experienced, trained and adept at keeping you safe at altitude.

The Crew On Your Trek

Your guides and the Nepali crew are the heart and soul of your exciting journey to Everest Base Camp. Tusker has a dedicated team of porters and yaks (Yaks are dedicated) who take care of transporting your food and equipment for this extraordinary journey.

Rounding out the crew  is our treasured Nepali chef, Sheri. He and his cooking team ensure that every meal is jammed full of delicious and nutritious eats to keep you fueled and  energized for the challenging journey.

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DATES AND PRICES
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