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Sacred sites, cultural connections—a true trek of a lifetime
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Kathmandu, Namche Bazaar, Dingboche, Everest Base Camp
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Strings of prayer flags dance on the wind and pierce the clouds. You’re trekking through the Himalayas on one of the world’s most legendary hikes to Everest Base Camp, gateway for those seeking to reach the highest point on the planet. It’s a place unlike any other on Earth, at an altitude you’ve only dreamed of, gazing at the spired peaks above and flowing valleys below. You’re standing right where the world’s greatest climbers have tested their mettle. Now you’re testing yours, trekking in the “Land of the Gods,” over dazzling peaks and past deep blue lakes—each day, each hour, pushing yourself higher, farther, deeper. Despite the sore feet and tired muscles, the experience is more rewarding than you thought possible.
This 17-day trekking and cultural adventure sounds like fantasy. In fact, it’s Nepal. This exclusive journey takes you to the country’s most sacred sites and stunning mountain passes, with twelve days of fully supported Himalaya trekking—all accommodations, transport, food, porters and permits taken care of—plus the opportunity to connect to Nepal’s timeless traditions thriving at monasteries, markets, and remote mountain villages. We have prime access to the heart of the Himalayas and, on our inaugural departure, we’ll travel alongside Outside editor Matt Skenazy, who’s led the magazine’s Everest coverage for the past five years.
Off the grid, into the breach, you look up and breathe in the view of the world’s most storied heights. You’re no longer just a hiker—you’re an explorer. Here, at the rooftop of the world, all your worries flutter away like flags on a string.
In style! This is a fully supported trek led by experienced local guides. Our nights in Kathmandu are spent at elegant resorts, while on the trail we camp under the stars with expedition-quality gear and in family-run mountain lodges. We carry lightweight day packs, while the rest of our gear is carried by yak and mule. All transport and food are taken care of.
We'll cover 70+ miles, hiking 5 to 8 hours a day with elevation gains between 500 and 2,500 feet. Most of our trek is above 10,000 feet; Everest Base Camp is the highest point at 18,372 feet. This trek is accessible for most age levels who maintain good physical fitness, have previous multi-day hiking experience, and recognize the inherent unpredictability of hiking at altitude in remote areas.
On our inaugural departure we travel with Outside editor Matt Skenazy, who's led the magazine's Everest coverage for the past five years. If you’re ready to explore one of the world’s premier hiking trails alongside Outside's regional expert plus local Sherpa guides with decades of experience, this trip is for you, with local access like you won’t find anywhere else.
“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They do decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” -Sir Edmund Hillary
“Sunlight streamed through grumbling storm clouds that played like tiger kittens around the mountain ridges.” –Jane Wilson-Howarth
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From remote mountain lodges to exquisite boutique resorts, we strike the perfect balance between luxury and intimacy.
The palatial property beautifully captures the craftsmanship and architectural heritage of traditional Nepal, with every detail—from the handwoven linens to the pottery and brass work adorning the walls—made by local artisans. This is one of the finest hotels in Kathmandu, with all the comforts you'd expect, including a swimming pool and spa perfect for preparing minds and bodies for our adventures to come. We're just a stone’s throw from Pashupathinath temple and the Buddhist stupa at Bouddhanath.
It's located in the heart of Namche, on a hill with sweeping views of towering Himalaya peaks. You can easily spend hours on the outdoor deck watching the clouds and ever-changing colors of the sky. Rooms are newly built and comfortable, with private bathrooms and showers—an uncommon luxury on the trail—with solar-powered hot water. We'll sleep well here.
We camp for two nights (on Days 3 and 7) in expedition-quality mountaineering tents, fully supported by our guides, camp cook and trekking crew. Other nights on the trail we stay in family-run mountain lodges ('tea houses'), a centuries-old Nepalese tradition. Most have simple facilities (the higher the elevation, the simpler the facilities) typically with open fireplaces and communal dining areas, and shared bathrooms. These are classic, humble way stations, places to break bread and reflect on the day’s adventures and replenish ourselves for the day to come.
Nestled in serene hills just outside Kathmandu, this resort’s philosophy draws upon a winning combination of Vedic astrology, Buddhist philosophy, and ancient Himalayan herbal remedies. Breathe in the purified air of the Himalayan Rock Salt House (built from 22 tons of Himalayan salt); take a barefoot sunrise stroll through meditation maze; rebalance your chakras and consult with a master astrologer; or climb to the highest point and enjoy a hilltop sunset from the comfort of a divan-sized outdoor swing. This is true luxury and an idyllic spot to end our time together in Nepal.
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Four nights at boutique luxury hotels around Kathmandu; two nights of fully supported camping; ten nights in mountain lodges; internal flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; helicopter transfer from Namche Bazaar to Dhulikhel; porters, camp cook, and expert local trekking guides; activities, tours and monastery visits; Kathmandu airport arrival and departure transfers; all fees related to permits and internal taxes; all breakfasts, lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals; gratuities for local staff.
Roundtrip airfare to/from Nepal; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s meeting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; lodge incidentals including room service, laundry, etc; personal gear; gratuity for trekking guides and Modern Adventure trip leader.
This is considered a 'hard' trekking adventure. You will be carrying a day pack each day, with your own water and daily supplies, while the rest of your luggage is transferred by pack animal. We'll cover more than 70 miles, much of this at altitudes that require appropriate time to acclimatize. Most days we trek for 5 to 8 hours, with elevation gains between 500 and 2,500 feet. We’ll follow maintained paths but sometimes go off-trail over steep, uneven, occasionally icy terrain. Although we’ll use the itinerary as a guide, circumstances like weather conditions, individual ability, and safety may cause us to adjust. Out here, we roll with what Mother Nature gives us. We strongly recommend that participants have a good level of fitness and have previous multi-day hiking experience, and recognize the inherent unpredictability of mountain trekking.
We recommend you should be capable of hiking at a minimum pace of 1 to 2 miles per hour, for up to 8 hours a day. Pre-trip physical conditioning should begin no later than 2 months before departure. Training should include walking, hiking or breaking-in boots you intend to wear, and practicing hiking or camping in a variety of conditions (nice weather, rain etc.). Pre-trip physical conditioning is important to creating a fun and positive experience for yourself, and for the group as a whole. We strongly discourage guests from arriving without doing pre-trip physical conditioning.
We recommend arriving in Kathmandu, Nepal, one full day prior to your rtrip starting date, in case of travel delays. Nepal's only international airport is Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Our adventure ends back in Kathmandu. On our last day, Modern Adventure will organize a complimentary group transfer to Kathmandu's KTM airport.
In Kathmandu we stay at unique, luxurious boutique hotels. En route to Everest Base Camp we sleep and dine at mountain lodges for 10 nights, and camp fully supported for two nights. Nepal's mountain lodges (also called 'tea houses') are often family-run with simple facilities; the rule of thumb is the higher the elevation, the simpler the facilities.
This adventure is recommended for travelers aged 18 and above who are in good health and have previous experience hiking or trekking on multi-day itineraries. This adventure is limited to no more than 12 fellow adventurers and your Modern Adventure team. We will be joined for this adventure by expert expedition guides, each highly qualified in all necessary skills to safely travel through the Himalayas. On our October 4 departure, we will be joined by Outside editor Matt Skenazy. Please note that Outside Interactive, Inc. is not responsible for the organization or operation of this experience, which is governed by Modern Adventure's Terms of Service (see link below).
Prices are based on double occupancy. If you are a solo traveler and want to have your own accommodations, a $600 supplement will apply at checkout. These spots are extremely limited and available first-come, first-serve. Please note that Single accommodations may not be available from Day 8 thru Day 13 due to the nature of the family-run mountain lodges we stay at; requests will be made but we cannot guarantee Single rooms on these nights.
US citizens require a valid passport, and can obtain the mandatory travel visa on arrival at Kathmandu's airport for $50 for stays up to 30 days. It is recommended that your passport is valid for six months after your travels are over. For citizens of other countries, please check with a Nepalese Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most 'Cancel For Any Reason' policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit. Since this adventure takes place in some remote locations, it can be difficult and expensive to plan medical evacuations. It is each guest’s responsibility to be covered by emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance, or to be prepared to cover the cost yourself, for expenses related to an emergency medical evacuation and repatriation.
You may cancel on or before June 6, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after June 7, 2022 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after August 5, 2022 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).