Everest Base Camp

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Epic Everest

Sacred sites, cultural connections—a true trek of a lifetime

2 Departures

Dec 20, 2022 - Jan 5, 2023

March 17 - April 2, 2023

17 Days, 16 Nights

Each date limited to 14 people to maximize our access

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$9,000

Per person based on double occupancy. Includes internal flights, accommodations, transport and trekking team

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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, at an altitude you’ve only dreamed of, gazing at the spired peaks surrounding you. 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 ever 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 with Nepal’s timeless traditions at monasteries, markets, and remote mountain villages. We have prime access to the heart of the Himalaya, with exclusive access to people and places, and limited to just 14 people plus our trekking crew.

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 so many flags on a prayer string.

Everest Base Camp Highlights

How We Travel

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.

Activity Level: Hard

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.

Who It’s For

If you seek epic adventure, the perfect blend of trekking and culture and, of course, stunning Himalayan landscapes, this trip is for you. We’ll visit ancient temples and bazaars, experience local life at monasteries and remote Sherpa villages—it's an insider's view of Nepal exclusively for us.

Your Experience

“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They do decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”
Sir Edmund Hillary

Kathmandu, Namche Bazaar, Dingboche, Everest Base Camp

“Sunlight streamed through grumbling storm clouds that played like tiger kittens around the mountains.”
Jane Wilson-Howarth

Day by Day

Day 1

Nepal ma swagat cha! Welcome to Nepal and to its buzzing capital, Kathmandu. We kick things off in style, with a leisurely day to explore the old city’s alleys and colorful temples, or to slow down and recharge at our hotel, maybe lounging by the pool or preparing mind and body with an Ayurvedic treatment in the spa. 

Tonight we’ll sleep off our jet lag in graceful comfort, and wake refreshed for our incredible adventure to come.

Day 1 Highlights

  • Arrivals in Kathmandu
  • Afternoon and evening to explore
  • Stay at Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2

After breakfast, we immerse ourselves in the ancient cities of Kathmandu and Patan, the oldest of all the cities of Kathmandu Valley. We’ll tread the paths of the ancient kings who ruled over these cities, visiting royal palaces, courtyards, and temples including Boudhanath, Nepal’s largest stupa and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet. Just outside the city, Swayambhunath’s golden spire and lofty white dome are visible for miles in all directions. It’s arguably the oldest shrine in Kathmandu Valley, with inscriptions dating back to the 5th century.

We finish at the markets of Asan, one of the most photogenic quarters of Kathmandu. This neighborhood on the old India-Tibet trade route has been a bustling bazaar for centuries, where vendors hawk aromatic dried spices and textiles. We’ll stroll through the streets and market stalls, then meet up for a delicious welcome dinner at our hotel.

Day 2 Highlights

  • Explore Kathmandu & Patan
  • Visit Asan bazaar
  • Group dinner at hotel
  • Stay at Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3

We leave at sunrise to catch our short, scenic flight to Lukla (9,200 ft), sweeping in low over Kathmandu Valley to land at tiny Tenzig-Hillary airstrip, with views of the Himalayas off in the distance. Soon we will be walking among those mighty peaks.

We’ll gather gear and load up our yaks, then head out bound for Everest! Our trail from Lukla descends through terraced hillsides, along stone fences, and across suspension bridges stretched over the Dudh Kosi river, fed from the meltwater of Everest’s infamous Khumbu icefall as it flows all the way from India to Tibet. We’ll be sure to hike clockwise around the mani (Buddhist prayer stones) we encounter, and may find ourselves, like locals, chanting the mantra ‘Om mani padme hum,’ a virtuous deed believed to influence the next life. It’s about four hours to our first camp near the village of Phakding (8,600 ft), a UNESCO World Heritage Site with many examples of traditional Nepalese architecture.

Day 3: 5 miles, 3 to 4 hours, 600’ loss

Day 3 Highlights

  • Morning flight to Lukla
  • Hike thru Dudh Kosi river valley
  • Camp near Phakding village

Day 4 & 5

Our first morning on the trail! After hot tea and a hearty breakfast, we follow the rolling terrain past traditional villages and plowed fields, and up into aromatic pine and cedar forests. We ascend slowly to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, with the glacier-encrusted peak of Thamserku (21,856 ft) giving a glorious hint of what’s to come. After lunch, it’s a steep 1,800-foot climb to Namche Bazaar (11,300 ft), the region’s largest Sherpa village and trading hub, and the primary staging area for Everest expeditions. We’ll spend two nights here to allow for acclimatization (and to enjoy our last hot showers on the trail!).

We’ll wake to the long, deep wail of temple horns and yak bells as the sun rises above the mountains. Today is an acclimatization day: slow and steady, achieving a higher elevation than where we sleep. Our day hike earns us altitude as well as truly stunning views of Nuptse (25,790 ft), Lhotse (27,940 ft), Ama Dablam (22,943 ft) and even Everest (29,035 ft). Along the way, we’ll stop for a private visit with a local sherpa who’s also the last living person from the 1953 Everest Expedition—a rare and special experience.

Day 4: 6.8 miles, 7 hours, 2,700’ gain
Day 5: 3.5 miles, 5 hours, 1,100’ gain

Day 4 & 5 Highlights

  • Hike to Namche
  • Acclimatization hike
  • Stay at Panorama Lodge in Namche

Day 6 & 7

Leaving Namche behind, our trail crosses the valley and ascends through a rhododendron forest along the southern slope of Khumbila, the sacred mountain of the sherpas, and which may not be climbed. We’ll keep an eye out for iridescent impeyan pheasant, with feathers shining in all the colors of the rainbow; as well as ruff-necked tahr mountain goats and white-bellied musk deer. Our lunch stop dazzles with views of Thamserku (21,856 ft). We descend to Phortse Tenga alongside the Dudh Koshi River, fed by the glaciers of the world’s tenth-highest peak, Cho Oyo (26,864 ft). Tonight we sleep in the farming village of Phortse (12,598 ft), a hub of traditional Sherpa life just off the main trekking route.

Next morning it’s a leisurely half-day ascent to Pangboche (13,030 ft), where we set up camp among traditional homes and fields. After lunch and a rest, we’ll visit the oldest monastery in the Everest region, Pangboche Monastery, said to have been founded by the father of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Rinpoche. We camp tonight in Pangboche.

Day 6: 6 miles, 6 – 7 hours, 2,100’/700′ gain/loss
Day 7: 3 miles, 3 – 4 hours, 300’ gain

Day 6 & 7 Highlights

  • Trek from Namche to Pangboche
  • Visit Pangboche Monastery
  • Stay at mountain lodge in Phortse
  • Camp at Pangboche

Day 8 & 9

Acclimatization time! We’ll spend two days in and around Dingboche village (14,469 ft), the highest permanent Sherpa settlement in the region, soaking in razor-edged views of Ama Dablam (22,349 ft). It’s late lunch at camp on arrival, with the rest of the afternoon on our own to rest, journal, read, or simply soak in the views.

The following morning we’ll hike high, then descend to sleep in Dingboche for a second night. Don’t be fooled into thinking today is some ho-hum acclimatization hike! In fact, it is a route that few visitors to the Everest region experience, starting with an ascent to the base of Nangkartshang (16,676 ft), a walkable peak with some of the best views in the region, taking in sacred cliffside sites and the showstopper profile of Makalu (27,762 ft), the world’s fifth-highest peak. We’ll hike as high as feels right, reaching our zenith somewhere between 15,500 and 16,500 feet, then return to camp.

Day 8: 4 miles, 4.5 hours, 1,300’ gain
Day 9: 3 miles, 3.5 hours, 2,000′ gain

Day 8 & 9 Highlights

  • Hike to Dingboche
  • Acclimatization hike to Nangkartshang
  • Stay at mountain lodge in Dingboche

Day 10

After a hearty breakfast, our trail follows a gentle rise along the upper route into Pheriche (14,340 ft), past alpine scrub and yak pastures to open horizon-wide views of Taboche (21,463 ft) and Chola Tse (21,129 ft). Directly behind us, Ama Dablam rises straight up through the valley floor to its fullest snowy height. It’s a few more hours of slow, steady climbing to reach Thugla Pass (15,748 ft). Take a moment to absorb the views, and the long strands of prayer flags connecting stone monuments and memorials dedicated to Everest summiteers who did not make it. 

From Thugla we crest the pass to equally panoramic views of Nuptse (25,791 ft), Lhotse (27,940 ft), Lhotse Shar (27,536 ft) and a host of “lesser” peaks. Our goal tonight is Lobuche, a low-key trekkers’ outpost where we’ll stay for one night.

Day 10: 5 miles, 5 hours, 2,100’ gain

Day 10 Highlights

  • Hike to Pheriche
  • Cross Thugla Pass
  • Stay at mountain lodge in Lobuche

Day 11 & 12

Fasten your seatbelts! The next two days are the ultimate expression of Himalayan magic, the pinnacle of an already exceptional trek. After a relatively flat 3 miles up to the tiny outpost of Gorakshep (17,100 ft), nestled in the immediate shadow of Kala Patthar (18,190 ft), we’ll break for lunch, then evaluate conditions and decide on our next objective. Our sights are set on a 4.5-mile roundtrip to Everest Base Camp—pitched in a mighty valley atop Khumbu Glacier—with a return after dark. At around 18,370 feet, Everest Base Camp’s pop-up tent village is at the limit of where human life can be sustained. It’s a well-provisioned home base for summit-bound trekkers, who dash up the mountain for four to five days at a time before returning to base camp.

Next morning, we’ll set out for Kala Patthar (3 – 4 hrs, 1,300′ gain) before dawn in pursuit of a sunrise glimpse of Everest, the crowning glory of our trip, then return to camp for a hearty breakfast. The rest of the day we are on a slow descent towards Lobuche and Thokla.

Day 11: 9-11 miles, 6-8 hours, 1,200’/800′ gain/loss
Day 12: 6-8 miles, 5-7 hours, 1,300’/800′ gain/loss

Day 11 & 12 Highlights

  • Hike to Gorakshep and Everest Base Camp
  • Sunrise hike to Kala Patthar
  • Stay at mountain lodges in Gorakshep, Lobuche

Day 13

After breakfast, we hike out and climb a short distance to Pheriche pass (14,378 ft), with yaks roaming peacefully in the ruins of the old Pheriche village. If it’s open, we’ll stop in at a volunteer-staffed medical rescue association that’s crucial to the well-being of local communities as well as trekkers and climbers.

From the pass it is downhill all the way, passing through rhododendron forests and small Sherpa villages, as well as convent that was badly damaged in a 2006 earthquake and since largely rebuilt, en route to our lodge in Debouche (12,464 ft).

Day 13: 9 miles, 6 hours, 1,900’ loss

Day 13 Highlights

  • Hike to Pheriche Pass
  • Stay at mountain lodge in Debouche

Day 14

The next morning we continue down, down, down, with a special pilgrimage to Tengboche Monastery, the region’s largest, whose residing rinpoche, or incarnate lama, blesses pilgrims, mountaineers, and travelers like us passing through. We continue descending to the Dudh Koshi river, then climb to the small village of Kyangjuma (11,811 ft) for lunch before heading back to Namche Bazaar, to celebrate with well-earned luxuries like hot showers, Internet access, and the most remote Irish pub on the planet. We’ll say farewell to our porters and trek support crew, basking in the glow of accomplishing something hard and returning safely, with a lifetime of stories to share.

Day 14: 6 miles, 5 – 6 hours, 900’ loss

Day 14 Highlights

  • Hike from Debouche to Namche
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery
  • Hot showers & celebration
  • Stay at Panorama Lodge in Namche

Day 15 & 16

It’s our final breakfast in the mountains, and time for one last look at the towering peaks encircling Namche Bazaar. We’ll pack up and transfer to Kathmandu via private helicopter—cameras at the ready to snap bird’s-eye views of the majestic landscapes we’ve come to know so well over the past two weeks—and check into our boutique hotel. This is one of Nepal’s most stunning properties, an oasis of 360-degree vistas and luxurious facilities, and the perfect way to relax and recharge for two nights.

Join us the next morning for a group yoga class. Then we’re off to Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu Valley, noted for its towering temples and centuries-old buildings. We’ll wander the narrow alleyways of this ancient town, stopping to admire artisans weaving cloth and chiseling timber. We’ll have time to relax at our hotel before our farewell celebration: momo (dumpling) making followed by dinner and a flight (or two!) of local brews. As they say in Nepal, “Subhakamana!” to the joyful times we’ve shared, and the friendships we’ll bring back with us.

Day 15 & 16 Highlights

  • Helicopter transfer from Namche to Kathmandu
  • Visit Bhaktapur UNESCO Site
  • Farewell dinner & momo-making
  • Stay at Dwarika Dhulikhel

Day 17

It’s time to say farewell to the Himalayas—our time together in this magical mountain kingdom has come to an end. After a final breakfast today, we’ll say farewell and head to Kathmandu airport. Until we meet again!

Day 17 Highlights

  • Farewell breakfast
  • Transfer to Kathmandu airport

Where We Sleep

From remote mountain lodges to exquisite boutique resorts, we strike the perfect balance between luxury and intimacy.

Dwarika's Hotel

Kathmandu

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.

Panorama Lodge

Namche Bazaar

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.

Mountain Lodges & Camping

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.

Dwarika's Resort

Dhulikhel

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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  1. What does the price include?

    Four nights at boutique luxury hotels in Kathmandu; two nights of fully supported camping; 10 nights in Himalayan 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.

  2. What does the price not include?

    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.

  3. How difficult is this trek?

    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.

  4. How much physical conditioning is needed?

    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.

  5. What are the arrival and departure details?

    We recommend arriving in Kathmandu, Nepal, one full day prior to your trip 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.

  6. What are the accommodations like?

    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.

  7. Who is going on this adventure?

    Each departure is limited to no more than 14 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. This adventure is for travelers aged 18 and above who are in good health and have previous experience hiking or trekking on multi-day itineraries.

  8. What if I am a solo traveler?

    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.

  9. What travel documents are needed?

    US citizens require a valid passport to enter Nepal, 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.

  10. Do I need Travel Insurance?

    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.

  11. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel up to 121 days of your trip’s scheduled departure date and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel within 120 days of travel, there is a 50% cancellation fee; within 90 days of travel 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 of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).

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