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Everest Base Camp (21 days)

The focus of this trip is to reach Everest Base Camp and the higher vantage point of Kala Pathar. Words cannot explain the achievement; trekkers see a stunning panoramic view of some of the highest mountains in the world, of Everest itself, and of the Khumbu Glacier. Along the way trekkers experience the best that the Khumbu and its Sherpa people have to offer.


After arriving in historic Kathmandu, trekkers fly from Kathmandu to the alpine airport at Lukla, at the base of the Khumbu Valley. Lukla, at an altitude of 2,840m, is a significant village through which many trekkers and mountaineers pass each year. We are joined by porters who carry our kit-bags for us, enabling us to carry just day packs with our immediate requirements.

Over the next two days we trek to Namche, the capital for the Sherpa people, where we acclimatize over a two night period. We head up-valley for a night in the quiet village of Khunde, then on past Thyangboche and its impressive Buddhist monastery, and on to Dingboche where we spend two more nights acclimatising. From Dingboche, we trek up the steep hill above Dughla to Lobuche, and then through to Gorak Shep, where we spend two nights at 5,140m. We have three opportunities to achieve our goals of Everest Base Camp, at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall, and Kala Pathar, a short but steep hill climb to see the most stunning vista imaginable. We stare straight at Mt Everest, and are in awe of those who have climbed the further 3,300m to its summit.

We head back down Valley with a spring in our step as we enjoy the increasingly comfortable breathing that comes with the lower altitude. At Namche we pause to celebrate our achievements, and from there it is back to Lukla, our return flight to Kathmandu, and a chance to reflect and relax before heading home.

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Day 1 Depart Auckland 
Day 2  Arrive Kathmandu
Day 3 Kathmandu, fly to Lukla, trek to Phakdingma
Day 4  Phakdingma to Namche
Day 5   Namche, acclimatisation day
Day 6 Namche to Khunde
Day 7   Khunde to Deboche
Day 8  Deboche to Dingboche
Day 9 Dingboche, acclimatisation day
Day 10 Dingboche to Lobuche
Day 11 Lobuche to Gorak Shep
Day 12 Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp & return
Day 13 Gorak Shep to Dingboche
Day 14 Dingboche to Deboche
Day 15 Deboche to Namche
Day 16 Namche to Phakdingma
Day 17 Phakdingma to Lukla
Day 18 Lukla, fly to Kathmandu
Day 19 Kathmandu, day tour
Day 20 Depart Kathmandu
Day 21 Arrive Auckland







elevation & distances
Everest Base Camp
Trip duration: 
21 days
Highest point achieved:
Kala Pathar (alt 5,550m) and Everest Base Camp (alt 5,364m)
Maximum trekkers per trip:
Cost (all inclusive):

NZ$9,850 ex Auckland, New Zealand
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Degree of difficulty:
Moderate to difficult; a good level of fitness is required; see Fitness
Next trips:

October 2019 / May 2020