Himalaya – the name says it all. Straddling the border between Tibet and its southerly neighbor, the Kingdom of Nepal, the world’s tallest mountains soar to the heavens, seemingly piercing the unimaginably blue Tibetan skies. For the peoples of the Himalayan kingdoms, these mountains are sacred; for on their lofty heights dwell the gods and goddesses of the Indic religious traditions of Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. In fact, the mountains themselves are considered manifestations of the deities.
Rising above them all is the “goddess” of all mountains, the colossal Everest. Reaching a stupendous 29,017 feet, the world’s tallest mountain exerts a powerfully magnetic pull. Indeed, for many an intrepid explorer, the lure of the summit has proved irresistible, albeit at times tragically so. Known as “Peak XV” by the early Indo-British surveying team that established its summit as the world’s highest, the mountain was later named after Sir George Everest, head of the Great Trigonometrical Survey. While this is the name by which most Westerners know the mountain, to Tibetans it is Chomolangma, “The Goddess Mother of the Universe,” while to Nepalis it is Sagarmatha, “The Forehead of the Sky.”
We begin our private journey through Nepal in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu before taking the breathtaking mountain flight to Lukla, our trailhead. We then undertake the popular trek to bask in the glory of Everest’s majestic south face in the Khumbu, land of the Sherpa. Staying in comfortable mountain lodges or private camps, we hike along the historic trekking route that was pioneered by the likes of Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
Day 1 | Kathmandu
Begin your tour of Nepal by exploring Kathmandu.
Day 2 | Lukla
Begin the Everest Trek in a Twin Otter plane to Lukla.
Day 3 | Namche Bazaar
Trek to Namche Bazaar, the nerve center of Sherpa life.
Day 4 | Kumjung
Trek to Kumjung, where famed climber Sir Edmund Hillary founded a school for members of the Sherpa community.
Day 5 | Thyangboche
Trek to Thyangboche, which offers one of the most stunning panoramas in the Himalaya.
Days 6-7 | Dingboche
Arrive and acclimate in Dingboche.
Day 8 | Lobouche
Hike to Lobouche, within striking distance of both Everest Base Camp and the peak of Kala Pathar.
Day 9 | Kala Pathar
Slow and steady climb to Kala Pathar, where most of the iconic photos of Everest are taken.
Day 10 | Everest Base Camp
Arrive at Everest Base Camp and meet with some climbers.
Days 11-12 | Trek to Namche Bazaar
Return trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 13 | Lukla
Trek to Lukla
Day 14 | Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu
Day 15 | Departure
Trip Dates & Pricing
Dates:May 2, 2020 - May 16, 2020
Oct 3, 2020 - Oct 17, 2020
Land Price 2020
2 Participants – $5,385.00
3 – 4 participants $4,885.00
5 – 9 participants $4,200.00
This itinerary, trekking in the Khumbu towards the Southface of Mt. Everest, will be at a sustained altitude of above 12,000 feet with a high point being reached at between 16,000 ft and 18,000 feet depending on the strength of the group. This trek requires that participants are in excellent physical condition and participate in a regular cardiovascular exercise program prior to departure as participants will be hiking for 4-8 hrs. on a daily basis. Though not the monsoon season, mountain weather is unpredictable and the trek is subject to snowfall, storms, ice, rain, wind, and other high mountain hazards. Circumstances may mean that some days could be long and arduous for some people. Flexibility and a sense of humor are mandatory.
Anyone with a history of medical problems, particularly cardiac or respiratory, should consult a doctor before considering this tour. Release of liability and a medical certificate signed by a physician will be required from all participants.