OVERVIEW

Complete the Everest Base Camp trek, one of the world's most iconic walks. This walk delivers the best hiking and scenery this incredible region has to offer. Trek to the summit of Kala Patthar and Gyoki Ri Peak, cross Cho La Pass and enjoy superb views of Everest and other Himalayan Massifs. Traverse stunning trails along raging rivers, via glaciers, to the stunning Goyko Lake and Gyoko Ri Peak. Experience fewer crowds, greater scenic beauty via unique vantage points and a real sense of accomplishment in reaching Everest Base Camp.

Highlights

  • Beautiful, off the beaten track tour of Thamal
  • Epic helicopter rides with the mighty Himalayas in full view
  • The magic of catching your first glimpse of Everest alongside many other magnificent peaks
  • Reaching the stunning town of Namche with its array of Nepalese handicrafts
  • The beautiful village of Phoryse
  • Hiking through vast junipers, over ridges, and witnessing majectic mountain views
  • At times, less travelled paths for a greater sense of serenity
  • The stunning Goyko Lake
  • Celebrating reaching your ultimate goal of Everest Base Camp!
  • Witnessing golden hues on the the majestic Himalayas at sunrise
  • Ascending above the tree line to beautifully barren terrain
  • Insight into mountain life and remote living at the village of Chukhung
  • Stunning walk up the Khumbu Glacier

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
17 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Strenuous

Grade 7 - Strenuous

Longer, tougher, steeper hill sections, rough surfaces and many steps. Active lifestyle, good fitness and walking experience required.

PRICE FROM
$ 3285

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 145

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of a room when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15
  • Day 16
  • Day 17

DAY 1
Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport and be met by one of our representatives to enjoy a private transfer to your 4-star hotel in the Thamel area. Tonight there will be a welcome dinner and a trek briefing about the details of the journey that you will take over the next 16 days.

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mulberry
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2
Kathmandu Guided Tour and Trek preparation

After breakfast,  venture out into the Thamal with your guide, visiting all the iconic sites like Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Swayambunath (Monkey Temple).  The tour will also have you visit off-the-beaten-path locations like Buddanath Stupa and less-known but very beautiful places that you might miss without insider local knowledge. We’ll leave enough time for one of our guides to go through all your hiking gear and allow for any last-minute shopping if needed. Kathmandu is famous for trekking gear and is a lot cheaper than in Western countries.

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mulberry
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3
Trek to Phakding

We start the hike on the Everest base Camp today, but not before taking an epic helicopter ride to Lukla (2860m).  This is a real highlight of the trip, with your helicopter skirting the mountains with the mighty Himalayas in full view.

Once you arrive in Lukla there is time to explore a little and enjoy a snack or further shopping. Set off with your guide and porters on what is a very beautiful hike along the Dudh Kosi, one of the many raging rivers you will encounter on this walk. The broad well-maintained track travels through buckwheat farms and small villages to the village of Phakding. Tonight we stay in real luxury for the mountains, in the 3-Star Hotel in our very good friend Mingma’s hotel in Phakding.

Distance: 8km
Elevation Gain/Loss: -248m
Accommodation: 3-star hotel with ensuites
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar

Today is our first challenging ascent on the EBC track.  It comes with some very special views, including our first glimpse of Everest and Lhotse (the fourth highest mountain at 8516m in the world).  Hike to the stunning town of Namche and enjoy the authentic and largest Sherpa mountain town in the region. There are an array of shops selling authentic handmade Nepalese handicrafts and jewellery so try and pack light if you want to indulge!   You’ll stay in a good quality 3-star hotel for 2 nights, with an amazing restaurant looking over the mountains, including Mnt Kondge.

Distance: 11km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 832m
Accommodation: 3-star hotel with ensuites
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 5
Namche Hike and Acclimitisation day

It’s essential to take acclimatisation days in your quest to reach Everest Base Camp to help avoid getting altitude sickness.

So today we enjoy the mountains and, in doing so, build on your hiking fitness with a short walk taking the ridge track above Namche. There are good views over the Everest Base camp track. There are even better views of Everest on the lookout, and on the way down you visit the Sherpa Culture and Everest Mountaineering Museum. There’s time to explore Namche, do some shopping, or relax in one of the many restaurants (or at your hotel) and soak up the mountain atmosphere with the other trekkers and climbers.

Distance: 7km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 200/-200m
Accommodation: 3-star hotel with ensuites
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 6
Trek to Dole

Leaving Namche Baazar you hike up the hill past the now little-used Shyangboche airstrip.  Walk past one stunning Everest view point and through a forest of gorgeous juniper and birch trees. Passing through the beautiful village of Phoryse Tenga and more forest to Dole, where you stay this evening.

Distance: 11 km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 580m
Accommodation:  Dole in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 7
Trek to Machherno (4470m)

Today’s walk is quite diverse. The trail travels through vast junipers over another ridge and into a large valley with majestic views once again over mountains, the valley and the small town of Machherno in the Khumbu region.

Distance: 8 km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 430m
Accommodation:  Dingboche in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 8
Trek to Gokyo (4790m)

The walk starts with a climb up to the moraine, the point at which the stream flows into a lake. There are stacks of wood ducks (slang for native ducks) in this area along with various other bird life. The trail snakes its way through a beautiful serene valley; fewer walkers come via this way so we get to enjoy the serenity largely by ourselves. You will pass another gorgeous second lake and an outcrop of rocks and large boulders as you come to the magnificent Gokyo Lake.

Distance: 9km
Elevation Gain/Loss: +310m
Accommodation: Gyoko in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

 

 

DAY 9
Climb Gokyo Ri Peak (5350m) and an acclimatisation day

Get ready for an exceptional walk today! The climb to Gokyo Ri Peak (5350m) provides outstanding views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Chu Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Chalatse, Tawaachee, along with stunning Gokyo Lakes. The trail to the top takes around two hours and is a moderate challenge, but the payoff is worth it as the views are simply breathtaking. We arrive back at accommodation mid-afternoon allowing ample time to further acclimatise, explore the village and take in the stunning views of the lakes and surrounding mountains. We stay in the same accommodation as we did last night.

Distance: 6 km
Elevation Gain/Loss: +560m/-560m
Accommodation: Gyoko in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 10
Trek to Thagnak

The trek from Gokyo to Thagnak is gorgeous, and is a relatively shorter segment of the Everest Base Camp trek. The trail from Gokyo to Thagnak takes you through picturesque alpine landscapes. You’ll be surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks, including Cho Oyu, one of the world’s highest mountains, and other stunning peaks like Cholatse and Taboche. Along the way, you’ll also encounter the Ngozumpa Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in the Himalayas.

Distance: 9km
Elevation Gain/Loss: -510m
Accommodation: Thangnak in a lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 11
Epic traverse of Chola La Pass (5420m) to Dzongla

Crossing the Cho La Pass (5420m), the second highest point on the trek, is a challenging and adventurous part of the Everest Base Camp trek. It is the same height as the much-acclaimed Throng La Pass on the Annapurna Circuit. There are spectacular views from the top, including panoramic vistas of towering peaks, including Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lobuche, Taboche, Thamserku, Everest, glacier scenery and more.  This is a challenging day but with one step at a time, we get there and it is well worth the effort.

Distance: 9km
Elevation Gain/Loss: +720m/-590m
Accommodation: Dzongla in a lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 12
Trek to Lobuche

Today’s walk is one of the shortest on the trek, a likely welcome rest after yesterday’s exertions!

Enjoy a lovely walk to Thukla, your lunch spot.  The track begins to get steep as you travel up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.  From the top, embark on a reasonably flat wonderful section into Lebouche.

Distance: 9.8km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 133m
Accommodation: Lebouche in a lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 13
Trek to Gorakshep via Everest Base Camp (5364m)

The thin air slows things down a bit today.  However, we take it slowly, and you have the option of leaving your pack in Gorakshep to make the walk a little easier. The trail is rocky in sections and traverses moraines and over streams before reaching your ultimate goal: Everest Base Camp. There are amazing views at the top of the track just before heading down to the world-famous Icefall and the camp. There’s time to celebrate before making your way back to Gorachep for a well-deserved rest. Tonight there’s an optional small celebration at 5288m, which is sure to create special memories, before tomorrow –  the most incredible day of all.

Distance: 11.3km (feels like 22.6km!)
Elevation Gain/Loss: 440m (there’s undulation on this section)/-110m
Accommodation: Gorakshep in a lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 14
Trek up to Kala Patthar (5644m) and Pheriche

Today is the most epic of all of the trekking days on the EBC trip with the hike up to Kala Patthar. We leave early aiming to summit at sunrise.  Kala Pattar is a Hindi name that translates to “black rock”. From the summit of these black rocks, the views are simply spectacular. The sight of the sunrise casting golden hues over the majestic Himalayas is a sight to behold. The views of Mount Everest are extraordinary and easily the best on the walk. Most trekkers remark that they are filled with a profound sense of joy as they are surrounded by the tallest mountains in the world with 360-degree views at the top.

It is a much easier walk down as we make our way to Pheriche, via Gorakshep, for lunch, and our last stop in the mountains. Tonight we celebrate your up close viewing of Everest and the achievement of conquering the EBC. The dinner tonight is enjoyed with the guide/s and porters and say your goodbyes as tomorrow you return via helicopter to Kathmandu.

Distance: 11.6km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 500m/ – 1300m
Accommodation: Pheriche in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 15
Helipcopter ride back to Kathmandu from Pheriche

Today revel in your achievement, and top it off with the most epic helicopter ride in the world back to Kathmandu.  Not only does this finish your adventure on a real high, but it saves at least 3 days of retracing your steps downhill and saving your knees in the process!du.

Once you lift off you will once again enjoy epic views of Everest and its companions.  The helicopter follows the EBC for a while back down the mountains and then via the foothills to Kathmandu. After a magical hour or so in the air,  land back at the airport where we took off from on Day 3 and be transferred back to your hotel.  The rest of the day is free for you to relax.

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mulberry
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16
Contingency day Kathmandu

Even with the use of helicopters, the weather can, on very rare occasions,  make travel unpredictable.  In order to ensure your acclimitisation is not rushed, and/or risk missing an international flight with any unavoidable delays, we have factored in this contingency day.  It is most likely that this extra day will be spent in Kathmandu as a recovery day – you could indulge in meditation or yoga, a massage or simply relax around the infinity pool. Or all of the above!

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mulberry
Meals: Breakfast and farewell dinner at Mingma’s restaurant

DAY 17
Onward Travel or more rest days in Kathmandu

The tour ends after breakfast, but depending on your onward travel arrangements, take a walk around Kathmandu or indulge yourself with a massage.  We can happily book more days for you in Kathmandu (at extra cost) if you would like to stay on.  Be transferred back to the airport – just let our team know what time you would like once you are back in Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Epic Helicopter rides to Lukla and from Pheriche back to Kathmandu, saving both your knees and substantial time
  • Expert local guide ( 1 to 4 pax) with superior training and years of experience
  • Walk pack free with luggage transfers each day
  • 4 nights accommodation in 4-star accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Guided tour in Kathmandu
  • 3-star hotels and handpicked boutique lodges/teahouses
  • 16 breakfasts and 14 dinners
  • Welcome and farewell dinners at excellent Kathmandu restaurants
  • Allocated acclimitisation and contingency days
  • Our team on the ground has four helicopters with priority at all times, making your walk as safe as possible
  • All trekking permits, entrance fees to Heritage sites & gov taxes, duffel bag, buff and walking information pack
  • Be met at the airport – 4 private transfers from and to the airport
  • Flexibility to pick another departure date if those available do not suit you

Please read ‘WHY TRAVEL WITH US – THE AUSWALK DIFFERENCE‘ in GENERAL INFO to learn more.

 

 

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ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

During this tour, you will stay in a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu, and 3-star hotels and the best accommodation available in the mountains.

All the accommodations are accustomed to welcoming trekkers and very well-equipped to make your stay comfortable regardless of the weather conditions. Typically, rooms are very comfortable with ensuites where possible. As you ascend towards Everest Base Camp the accommodation gets more and more standard.  We have endeavoured to use all the best accommodations available as you ascend.

Dining
You will be provided with 16 breakfasts and 14 dinners. You will enjoy a welcome dinner at an authentic Nepalese restaurant on arrival and a farewell dinner at a beautiful open-air contemporary Nepalese restaurant on one of the last 2 nights. On the trek, you can order off the menus for breakfast and dinner. Lunch can be obtained as you walk, but given the size of breakfast and dinner, we find that many walkers eat very little at lunch. The food is good but becomes simpler as you ascend.

It is suggested that you bring some snacks with you from Kathmandu or your home country. Some dense quality protein balls and some good quality scroggin will be of benefit. You can buy beer, soft drinks, chocolate and various other snacks at almost all the accommodations. Pancakes are on almost every menu as are pizzas. Dahl Baht the local delicacy is tasty and we recommend that you try this, especially at altitude. It is what the sherpas eat and for good reason. You will need to keep your calorie intake up to support you at altitude.

  • NIGHT 1, 2 ,15 & 16

  • NIGHT 3

  • Night 4 & 5

  • NIGHT 6 -13

  • NIGHT 14

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

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DISTANCE - BELOW AVERAGE

Distance is not a major consideration in your training program. However, you should still incorporate some long walks as it will increase your cardiovascular fitness.

ELEVATION - ABOVE AVERAGE

Elevation training is a major consideration in your overall training program. You must include walks with serious hill climbs. If you do not have access to hills, it it essential to replicate the elevation level you will be undertaking in any way possible via a treadmill or stair climber. Prioritizing resistance training assumes heightened significance in this context, emphasizing the incorporation of stair climbing whenever feasible. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand, or up and down small hills, boring as that sounds, is incredibly useful. Elevation is the chief walk killer, not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles. If high altitude is a factor, incorporate sessions at a higher altitude to acclimatise your body to reduced oxygen levels ( this may not be possible). Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with Mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and or rocky balancing and core exercises are vital. Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills or up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand or up and down small hills, boring as that sounds, is incredibly useful. Elevation is often the chief walk killer, not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles. So concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

GENERAL INFO

WHY TRAVEL WITH US - THE AUSWALK DIFFERENCE

Travel without stress or delays

  • Most visitors travel to Lukla via aeroplane, however, flights are often subject to weather-related delays or cancellations.  Hence we use helicopters which are far less susceptible to such issues, helping to deliver your trip as per the carefully planned itinerary
  • Returning from the peak via helicopter also eliminates walking all the same way back down to the trailhead in Lukla – your knees will be very grateful!  This saves up to 3 days of repeat walking and in addition to this, eliminates having to travel for 5 hours to and from Ramechhap for Lukla flights
  • Built-in contingency day in case the weather delays departure from the mountains.  This rarely happens with helicopters but we know you wouldn’t want to miss your international flight in the unusual event that it did!
  • Priority use of our team’s 4 helicopters in case of an emergency

 

The best possible food and accommodation

  • Staying in a 4-star hotel in the quietest part of the bustling Thamel in Kathmandu, where you enjoy the Thamel area but are insulated from the bustle
  • Enjoying the best accommodation options available on the trek.  Note: accommodation levels vary and, where possible, rooms have ensuites.   Accommodations at a few high altitude locations are less luxurious but still comfortable
  • Since food plays a significant role in hiking at higher elevations, we strive to serve our guests fresh and healthy meals every time

 

Be well guided and looked after

  • Sufficient time to visit Kathmandu’s unmissable 7 World Heritage sites with our guided tour
  • Highly experienced fun-loving guides with fluent English
  • Guide to hiker ratio of 1 to 4 passengers so you will be very well looked after
  • Our professional safety-focused team on the ground ensure the best possible experience

 

We support the region and the environment

  • We support the Himalayan Sherpa Hospital at Phakding through the Himalayan Sherpa Foundation
  • We support the organization KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). KEEP provides valuable training programs for guides, including language training, map reading, and a porter welfare program
  • We offset our carbon emissions, raise money and donate to Odonata, an environmental charity committed to supporting biodiversity
  • Auswalk has earned Advanced Eco Tourism Certification

 

AVAILABILITY AND THE WALKING

This walk is only available in March, April, May, September, October and November

Strenuous: the distance walked on this trip is not great each day, and at low altitudes, the walks are not that difficult. However, as we ascend and at higher altitudes, fitness level becomes a factor, which is why this trip is rated as Strenuous. Tracks and trails on this tour will have prolonged ascents along mainly well-travelled tracks (we avoid the long sections of descent with helicopter flight). There are a few long sections of elevation and some sections of steps. At the end of the track, there is a rocky section on your way to EBC.  There are FOUR high altitude walks above 5000m which adds to the difficulty. Distance walked each day is an average of 12km with approx 500m of ascent. Having an active lifestyle and preparing or being an experienced walker will make this journey more enjoyable. The real challenge comes toward the end of the walk altitude. Please be assured that we take acclimatisation seriously and we factor in extra days and take extra care not to ascend too quickly.

Importantly, your guide is an expert mountaineer and is local with expert knowledge of the track.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

This walk starts and ends at Kathmandu Airport. 

Kathmandu Airport 
The trip starts with a transfer from Kathmandu Airport to your accommodation. You will be met at the airport by one of our representatives. Please let us know your travel plans so we can arrange your private transfer. If you are already in Nepal then the walk starts at your hotel.

At the end of the trip, we transfer you back to the airport for your international flight.

A useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from or to other destinations.

LUGGAGE

Each morning it will be up to you to pack your bag and place your luggage outside your room. Your guide will let you know what to do. Bags must be less than 15kg and be Soft Bags (i.e. not hard cases). We supply a duffel bag for each walker.

Any excess kilos can be stored at the hotel in Kathmandu.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred by our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

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  • Walk pack free with luggage transfers each day
  • Be met at the airport and private transfers back and forth to the airport and out to Shyabrubesi day 3
  • 3 nights accommodation in 4-star accommodation in Kathmandu & 4-star Hotel in Pokhara & the best accommodation options available on the trek; handpicked boutique lodges &teahouses
  • 12 breakfasts and 10 dinners – welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu
  • Our team on the ground has 4 helicopters so we have priority at all times, making your walk as safe as possible
  • All trekking permits, entrance fees to Heritage sites, all hotel transfers & gov taxes
Overview

OVERVIEW

Complete the Everest Base Camp trek, one of the world's most iconic walks. This walk delivers the best hiking and scenery this incredible region has to offer. Trek to the summit of Kala Patthar and Gyoki Ri Peak, cross Cho La Pass and enjoy superb views of Everest and other Himalayan Massifs. Traverse stunning trails along raging rivers, via glaciers, to the stunning Goyko Lake and Gyoko Ri Peak. Experience fewer crowds, greater scenic beauty via unique vantage points and a real sense of accomplishment in reaching Everest Base Camp.

Highlights

  • Beautiful, off the beaten track tour of Thamal
  • Epic helicopter rides with the mighty Himalayas in full view
  • The magic of catching your first glimpse of Everest alongside many other magnificent peaks
  • Reaching the stunning town of Namche with its array of Nepalese handicrafts
  • The beautiful village of Phoryse
  • Hiking through vast junipers, over ridges, and witnessing majectic mountain views
  • At times, less travelled paths for a greater sense of serenity
  • The stunning Goyko Lake
  • Celebrating reaching your ultimate goal of Everest Base Camp!
  • Witnessing golden hues on the the majestic Himalayas at sunrise
  • Ascending above the tree line to beautifully barren terrain
  • Insight into mountain life and remote living at the village of Chukhung
  • Stunning walk up the Khumbu Glacier

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
17 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Strenuous

Grade 7 - Strenuous

Longer, tougher, steeper hill sections, rough surfaces and many steps. Active lifestyle, good fitness and walking experience required.

PRICE FROM
$ 3285

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SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 145

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Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15
  • Day 16
  • Day 17

DAY 1
Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport and be met by one of our representatives to enjoy a private transfer to your 4-star hotel in the Thamel area. Tonight there will be a welcome dinner and a trek briefing about the details of the journey that you will take over the next 16 days.

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mulberry
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2
Kathmandu Guided Tour and Trek preparation

After breakfast,  venture out into the Thamal with your guide, visiting all the iconic sites like Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Swayambunath (Monkey Temple).  The tour will also have you visit off-the-beaten-path locations like Buddanath Stupa and less-known but very beautiful places that you might miss without insider local knowledge. We’ll leave enough time for one of our guides to go through all your hiking gear and allow for any last-minute shopping if needed. Kathmandu is famous for trekking gear and is a lot cheaper than in Western countries.

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mulberry
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3
Trek to Phakding

We start the hike on the Everest base Camp today, but not before taking an epic helicopter ride to Lukla (2860m).  This is a real highlight of the trip, with your helicopter skirting the mountains with the mighty Himalayas in full view.

Once you arrive in Lukla there is time to explore a little and enjoy a snack or further shopping. Set off with your guide and porters on what is a very beautiful hike along the Dudh Kosi, one of the many raging rivers you will encounter on this walk. The broad well-maintained track travels through buckwheat farms and small villages to the village of Phakding. Tonight we stay in real luxury for the mountains, in the 3-Star Hotel in our very good friend Mingma’s hotel in Phakding.

Distance: 8km
Elevation Gain/Loss: -248m
Accommodation: 3-star hotel with ensuites
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar

Today is our first challenging ascent on the EBC track.  It comes with some very special views, including our first glimpse of Everest and Lhotse (the fourth highest mountain at 8516m in the world).  Hike to the stunning town of Namche and enjoy the authentic and largest Sherpa mountain town in the region. There are an array of shops selling authentic handmade Nepalese handicrafts and jewellery so try and pack light if you want to indulge!   You’ll stay in a good quality 3-star hotel for 2 nights, with an amazing restaurant looking over the mountains, including Mnt Kondge.

Distance: 11km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 832m
Accommodation: 3-star hotel with ensuites
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 5
Namche Hike and Acclimitisation day

It’s essential to take acclimatisation days in your quest to reach Everest Base Camp to help avoid getting altitude sickness.

So today we enjoy the mountains and, in doing so, build on your hiking fitness with a short walk taking the ridge track above Namche. There are good views over the Everest Base camp track. There are even better views of Everest on the lookout, and on the way down you visit the Sherpa Culture and Everest Mountaineering Museum. There’s time to explore Namche, do some shopping, or relax in one of the many restaurants (or at your hotel) and soak up the mountain atmosphere with the other trekkers and climbers.

Distance: 7km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 200/-200m
Accommodation: 3-star hotel with ensuites
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 6
Trek to Dole

Leaving Namche Baazar you hike up the hill past the now little-used Shyangboche airstrip.  Walk past one stunning Everest view point and through a forest of gorgeous juniper and birch trees. Passing through the beautiful village of Phoryse Tenga and more forest to Dole, where you stay this evening.

Distance: 11 km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 580m
Accommodation:  Dole in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 7
Trek to Machherno (4470m)

Today’s walk is quite diverse. The trail travels through vast junipers over another ridge and into a large valley with majestic views once again over mountains, the valley and the small town of Machherno in the Khumbu region.

Distance: 8 km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 430m
Accommodation:  Dingboche in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 8
Trek to Gokyo (4790m)

The walk starts with a climb up to the moraine, the point at which the stream flows into a lake. There are stacks of wood ducks (slang for native ducks) in this area along with various other bird life. The trail snakes its way through a beautiful serene valley; fewer walkers come via this way so we get to enjoy the serenity largely by ourselves. You will pass another gorgeous second lake and an outcrop of rocks and large boulders as you come to the magnificent Gokyo Lake.

Distance: 9km
Elevation Gain/Loss: +310m
Accommodation: Gyoko in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

 

 

DAY 9
Climb Gokyo Ri Peak (5350m) and an acclimatisation day

Get ready for an exceptional walk today! The climb to Gokyo Ri Peak (5350m) provides outstanding views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Chu Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Chalatse, Tawaachee, along with stunning Gokyo Lakes. The trail to the top takes around two hours and is a moderate challenge, but the payoff is worth it as the views are simply breathtaking. We arrive back at accommodation mid-afternoon allowing ample time to further acclimatise, explore the village and take in the stunning views of the lakes and surrounding mountains. We stay in the same accommodation as we did last night.

Distance: 6 km
Elevation Gain/Loss: +560m/-560m
Accommodation: Gyoko in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 10
Trek to Thagnak

The trek from Gokyo to Thagnak is gorgeous, and is a relatively shorter segment of the Everest Base Camp trek. The trail from Gokyo to Thagnak takes you through picturesque alpine landscapes. You’ll be surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks, including Cho Oyu, one of the world’s highest mountains, and other stunning peaks like Cholatse and Taboche. Along the way, you’ll also encounter the Ngozumpa Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in the Himalayas.

Distance: 9km
Elevation Gain/Loss: -510m
Accommodation: Thangnak in a lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 11
Epic traverse of Chola La Pass (5420m) to Dzongla

Crossing the Cho La Pass (5420m), the second highest point on the trek, is a challenging and adventurous part of the Everest Base Camp trek. It is the same height as the much-acclaimed Throng La Pass on the Annapurna Circuit. There are spectacular views from the top, including panoramic vistas of towering peaks, including Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lobuche, Taboche, Thamserku, Everest, glacier scenery and more.  This is a challenging day but with one step at a time, we get there and it is well worth the effort.

Distance: 9km
Elevation Gain/Loss: +720m/-590m
Accommodation: Dzongla in a lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 12
Trek to Lobuche

Today’s walk is one of the shortest on the trek, a likely welcome rest after yesterday’s exertions!

Enjoy a lovely walk to Thukla, your lunch spot.  The track begins to get steep as you travel up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.  From the top, embark on a reasonably flat wonderful section into Lebouche.

Distance: 9.8km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 133m
Accommodation: Lebouche in a lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 13
Trek to Gorakshep via Everest Base Camp (5364m)

The thin air slows things down a bit today.  However, we take it slowly, and you have the option of leaving your pack in Gorakshep to make the walk a little easier. The trail is rocky in sections and traverses moraines and over streams before reaching your ultimate goal: Everest Base Camp. There are amazing views at the top of the track just before heading down to the world-famous Icefall and the camp. There’s time to celebrate before making your way back to Gorachep for a well-deserved rest. Tonight there’s an optional small celebration at 5288m, which is sure to create special memories, before tomorrow –  the most incredible day of all.

Distance: 11.3km (feels like 22.6km!)
Elevation Gain/Loss: 440m (there’s undulation on this section)/-110m
Accommodation: Gorakshep in a lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 14
Trek up to Kala Patthar (5644m) and Pheriche

Today is the most epic of all of the trekking days on the EBC trip with the hike up to Kala Patthar. We leave early aiming to summit at sunrise.  Kala Pattar is a Hindi name that translates to “black rock”. From the summit of these black rocks, the views are simply spectacular. The sight of the sunrise casting golden hues over the majestic Himalayas is a sight to behold. The views of Mount Everest are extraordinary and easily the best on the walk. Most trekkers remark that they are filled with a profound sense of joy as they are surrounded by the tallest mountains in the world with 360-degree views at the top.

It is a much easier walk down as we make our way to Pheriche, via Gorakshep, for lunch, and our last stop in the mountains. Tonight we celebrate your up close viewing of Everest and the achievement of conquering the EBC. The dinner tonight is enjoyed with the guide/s and porters and say your goodbyes as tomorrow you return via helicopter to Kathmandu.

Distance: 11.6km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 500m/ – 1300m
Accommodation: Pheriche in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 15
Helipcopter ride back to Kathmandu from Pheriche

Today revel in your achievement, and top it off with the most epic helicopter ride in the world back to Kathmandu.  Not only does this finish your adventure on a real high, but it saves at least 3 days of retracing your steps downhill and saving your knees in the process!du.

Once you lift off you will once again enjoy epic views of Everest and its companions.  The helicopter follows the EBC for a while back down the mountains and then via the foothills to Kathmandu. After a magical hour or so in the air,  land back at the airport where we took off from on Day 3 and be transferred back to your hotel.  The rest of the day is free for you to relax.

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mulberry
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16
Contingency day Kathmandu

Even with the use of helicopters, the weather can, on very rare occasions,  make travel unpredictable.  In order to ensure your acclimitisation is not rushed, and/or risk missing an international flight with any unavoidable delays, we have factored in this contingency day.  It is most likely that this extra day will be spent in Kathmandu as a recovery day – you could indulge in meditation or yoga, a massage or simply relax around the infinity pool. Or all of the above!

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mulberry
Meals: Breakfast and farewell dinner at Mingma’s restaurant

DAY 17
Onward Travel or more rest days in Kathmandu

The tour ends after breakfast, but depending on your onward travel arrangements, take a walk around Kathmandu or indulge yourself with a massage.  We can happily book more days for you in Kathmandu (at extra cost) if you would like to stay on.  Be transferred back to the airport – just let our team know what time you would like once you are back in Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Epic Helicopter rides to Lukla and from Pheriche back to Kathmandu, saving both your knees and substantial time
  • Expert local guide ( 1 to 4 pax) with superior training and years of experience
  • Walk pack free with luggage transfers each day
  • 4 nights accommodation in 4-star accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Guided tour in Kathmandu
  • 3-star hotels and handpicked boutique lodges/teahouses
  • 16 breakfasts and 14 dinners
  • Welcome and farewell dinners at excellent Kathmandu restaurants
  • Allocated acclimitisation and contingency days
  • Our team on the ground has four helicopters with priority at all times, making your walk as safe as possible
  • All trekking permits, entrance fees to Heritage sites & gov taxes, duffel bag, buff and walking information pack
  • Be met at the airport – 4 private transfers from and to the airport
  • Flexibility to pick another departure date if those available do not suit you

Please read ‘WHY TRAVEL WITH US – THE AUSWALK DIFFERENCE‘ in GENERAL INFO to learn more.

 

 

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Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

During this tour, you will stay in a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu, and 3-star hotels and the best accommodation available in the mountains.

All the accommodations are accustomed to welcoming trekkers and very well-equipped to make your stay comfortable regardless of the weather conditions. Typically, rooms are very comfortable with ensuites where possible. As you ascend towards Everest Base Camp the accommodation gets more and more standard.  We have endeavoured to use all the best accommodations available as you ascend.

Dining
You will be provided with 16 breakfasts and 14 dinners. You will enjoy a welcome dinner at an authentic Nepalese restaurant on arrival and a farewell dinner at a beautiful open-air contemporary Nepalese restaurant on one of the last 2 nights. On the trek, you can order off the menus for breakfast and dinner. Lunch can be obtained as you walk, but given the size of breakfast and dinner, we find that many walkers eat very little at lunch. The food is good but becomes simpler as you ascend.

It is suggested that you bring some snacks with you from Kathmandu or your home country. Some dense quality protein balls and some good quality scroggin will be of benefit. You can buy beer, soft drinks, chocolate and various other snacks at almost all the accommodations. Pancakes are on almost every menu as are pizzas. Dahl Baht the local delicacy is tasty and we recommend that you try this, especially at altitude. It is what the sherpas eat and for good reason. You will need to keep your calorie intake up to support you at altitude.

  • NIGHT 1, 2 ,15 & 16

  • NIGHT 3

  • Night 4 & 5

  • NIGHT 6 -13

  • NIGHT 14

Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

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DISTANCE - BELOW AVERAGE

Distance is not a major consideration in your training program. However, you should still incorporate some long walks as it will increase your cardiovascular fitness.

ELEVATION - ABOVE AVERAGE

Elevation training is a major consideration in your overall training program. You must include walks with serious hill climbs. If you do not have access to hills, it it essential to replicate the elevation level you will be undertaking in any way possible via a treadmill or stair climber. Prioritizing resistance training assumes heightened significance in this context, emphasizing the incorporation of stair climbing whenever feasible. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand, or up and down small hills, boring as that sounds, is incredibly useful. Elevation is the chief walk killer, not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles. If high altitude is a factor, incorporate sessions at a higher altitude to acclimatise your body to reduced oxygen levels ( this may not be possible). Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with Mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and or rocky balancing and core exercises are vital. Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills or up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand or up and down small hills, boring as that sounds, is incredibly useful. Elevation is often the chief walk killer, not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles. So concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

WHY TRAVEL WITH US - THE AUSWALK DIFFERENCE

Travel without stress or delays

  • Most visitors travel to Lukla via aeroplane, however, flights are often subject to weather-related delays or cancellations.  Hence we use helicopters which are far less susceptible to such issues, helping to deliver your trip as per the carefully planned itinerary
  • Returning from the peak via helicopter also eliminates walking all the same way back down to the trailhead in Lukla – your knees will be very grateful!  This saves up to 3 days of repeat walking and in addition to this, eliminates having to travel for 5 hours to and from Ramechhap for Lukla flights
  • Built-in contingency day in case the weather delays departure from the mountains.  This rarely happens with helicopters but we know you wouldn’t want to miss your international flight in the unusual event that it did!
  • Priority use of our team’s 4 helicopters in case of an emergency

 

The best possible food and accommodation

  • Staying in a 4-star hotel in the quietest part of the bustling Thamel in Kathmandu, where you enjoy the Thamel area but are insulated from the bustle
  • Enjoying the best accommodation options available on the trek.  Note: accommodation levels vary and, where possible, rooms have ensuites.   Accommodations at a few high altitude locations are less luxurious but still comfortable
  • Since food plays a significant role in hiking at higher elevations, we strive to serve our guests fresh and healthy meals every time

 

Be well guided and looked after

  • Sufficient time to visit Kathmandu’s unmissable 7 World Heritage sites with our guided tour
  • Highly experienced fun-loving guides with fluent English
  • Guide to hiker ratio of 1 to 4 passengers so you will be very well looked after
  • Our professional safety-focused team on the ground ensure the best possible experience

 

We support the region and the environment

  • We support the Himalayan Sherpa Hospital at Phakding through the Himalayan Sherpa Foundation
  • We support the organization KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). KEEP provides valuable training programs for guides, including language training, map reading, and a porter welfare program
  • We offset our carbon emissions, raise money and donate to Odonata, an environmental charity committed to supporting biodiversity
  • Auswalk has earned Advanced Eco Tourism Certification

 

AVAILABILITY AND THE WALKING

This walk is only available in March, April, May, September, October and November

Strenuous: the distance walked on this trip is not great each day, and at low altitudes, the walks are not that difficult. However, as we ascend and at higher altitudes, fitness level becomes a factor, which is why this trip is rated as Strenuous. Tracks and trails on this tour will have prolonged ascents along mainly well-travelled tracks (we avoid the long sections of descent with helicopter flight). There are a few long sections of elevation and some sections of steps. At the end of the track, there is a rocky section on your way to EBC.  There are FOUR high altitude walks above 5000m which adds to the difficulty. Distance walked each day is an average of 12km with approx 500m of ascent. Having an active lifestyle and preparing or being an experienced walker will make this journey more enjoyable. The real challenge comes toward the end of the walk altitude. Please be assured that we take acclimatisation seriously and we factor in extra days and take extra care not to ascend too quickly.

Importantly, your guide is an expert mountaineer and is local with expert knowledge of the track.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

This walk starts and ends at Kathmandu Airport. 

Kathmandu Airport 
The trip starts with a transfer from Kathmandu Airport to your accommodation. You will be met at the airport by one of our representatives. Please let us know your travel plans so we can arrange your private transfer. If you are already in Nepal then the walk starts at your hotel.

At the end of the trip, we transfer you back to the airport for your international flight.

A useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from or to other destinations.

LUGGAGE

Each morning it will be up to you to pack your bag and place your luggage outside your room. Your guide will let you know what to do. Bags must be less than 15kg and be Soft Bags (i.e. not hard cases). We supply a duffel bag for each walker.

Any excess kilos can be stored at the hotel in Kathmandu.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred by our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

Map

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Annapurna Circuit over Thorung La 13 days

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The perfect Annapurna Circuit trip for those who care about their time, safety and comfort. Trek the Circuit, optimising your time via taking epic flights, ensuring that you have more time to ascend safely. Stay in a 4-star hotel in Katmandu and the best accommodations possible on the Circuit.

Self-guided 13 Days From $3690 Challenging to Strenuous What's Included

Annapurna Circuit over Thorung La 13 days

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What's Included
  • This is the perfect Annapurna Circuit Trek for those who want to care about their time, safety and comfort. 
  • Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu & scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • One expert local guide with superior training and years of experience to every 4 guests (2- 10 pax) and a guided tour of Kathmandu
  • Walk pack free with luggage transfers each day
  • Be met at the airport and private transfers back and forth to the airport and out to Shyabrubesi day 3
  • 3 nights accommodation in 4-star accommodation in Kathmandu & 4-star Hotel in Pokhara & the best accommodation options available on the trek; handpicked boutique lodges &teahouses
  • 12 breakfasts and 10 dinners – welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu
  • Our team on the ground has 4 helicopters so we have priority at all times, making your walk as safe as possible
  • All trekking permits, entrance fees to Heritage sites, all hotel transfers & gov taxes

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