Everest Base Camp

This is a classic trek in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalaya, following steep-sided valleys lined with tall, imposing peaks to reach the highly glaciated approaches to Everest.  This is undoubtedly the most popular trekking objective in Nepal, and deservedly so.  Our tour offers a variation to the traditional, direct route in, starting with a side visit to Thami and less-frequented Sherpa villages located off the main trails.  This not only aids acclimatisation, it also enables you to get away from the busier trails and experience a slice of more genuine Sherpa culture.

Once past Tengboche, we head to Dingboche, which is generally considered to be more attractive than Pheriche, a traditional stop for many Everest treks.  At this point an interesting side trip is made up the Imja Khola to Chhukhung, and a nice acclimatisation climb is made to just below Chukkung Ri (5550m), from where there are excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lohtse Ridge and the Nuptse Glacier, and Island Peak with Makalu beyond.
 
Moving back round into the heart of the Kumbu, you journey up to Gorak Shep and make the climb to Kala Patthar (5550m) for classic views of Everest and Nuptse.  A visit to Everest Base Camp itself is normally excluded owing to the absence of views, and the trail can be obscured when expeditions are not present.   However, the excursion can be made on request, for which you need to allow an extra day.