This trip will lead you through the Khumbu valley’s most popular and scenic areas, with incredible views from Kala Patar and Lobuche and the opportunity to see Everest Base Camp for yourself.
Your trip begins at the gateway to the Khumbu (Everest) region of Nepal in Lukla. We will trek up the Khumbu valley towards Mt Everest, passing through numerous Sherpa villages until we arrive at Dingboche. Our introductory climb will be on Pokhalde (5,806m), which is a rock ascent from Kongma La pass. At the top you will see spectacular views all around you. We will then drop down towards and cross the Khumbu glacier to reach Lobuche for our second, more challenging climb, of Lobuche East (6,119m). This climb will require 3 camps, one base camp at the foot of the mountain and 2 higher camps. Some try to attempt the summit with only 2 camps but we wonder, why the hurry? An extra day on the mountain enjoying the amazing views is one of the experiences you won’t want to rush.
Whilst at our base camp, we will practice rope skills and fixed line climbing. Our summit day will involve crossing the summit ridge, which offers an exhilarating sense of exposure and amazing views towards Mt Everest.
This trip will introduce you to the introductory mountaineering skills that you need for this trip. The trip will involve challenging trekking and introductory mountaineering, moving on snow, rock and ice, with technical tools, at reasonably high altitudes up to around 6,500m, depending on the trip. For this trip, you want to have a sound level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own-body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 4 times per week for the period of around 4-6 months before this trip. Weight training is also recommended to build up your strength. Training on uneven terrain is recommended.
View the printable version of the short itinerary and detailed trip notes here.
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2In Kathmandu
Day 3Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m), trek to Monjo (2,840m) -5 hrs
Day 4Trek Monjo (2,840m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) -5 hrs
Day 5Acclimatisation day in Namche 5 hrs
Day 6Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,800m)
Day 7Tengboche to Dingboche (4,100m)
Day 8In Dingboche, acclimatisation walk -5 hr
Day 9Dingboche to Lobuche - 5-6 hrs
Day 10Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m) - 3 hrs
Day 11Gorak Shep, Kala Patar (5,500m) or Everest Base Camp (5,350m), back to Lobuche East Base Camp - 5-6 hrs
Day 12Rest Lobuche East Base Camp
Day 13Lobuche East Base Camp (4,830m) to Lakeside Camp (5,250m)
Day 14Lakeside Camp to High Camp (5,500m)
Day 15High Camp, summit (6,119m), back to Lobuche East base camp -5 hrs
Day 16Lobuche East base camp to Namche
Day 17Trek Namche (3,440m) to Lukla (2,840m) -5-6 hr
Day 18-19Fly to Kathmandu and in Kathmandu
Day 20Depart Kathmandu
Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.