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EBC: Route & Itinerary

DAY 1

Departure Day

We will meet our group and Action Challenge staff at the airport and check in together before boarding our flight to Kathmandu.

 

Meals: L,D*   Accom: Flight / Hotel*   *(dependent on flight schedule)

DAY 2

Kathmandu

On arrival, we are met at the airport and transfer to our hotel at 1,852 m, on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Here we have a briefing from our Action Challenge leader and local head guide who will be leading us on the challenge. In the evening we enjoy a welcome meal together and relax before our early departure in the morning.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 3

Lukla and Monjo - 5-6 hours trekking

We leave our hotel early and transfer to the airport for our exhilarating flight to Lukla. Clear skies permitting, we will get our first glimpse of Everest, Ama Dablam and Nuptse. The awe-inspiring scale of the Himalayan giants will give us an exciting taste of what’s to come. On arrival in the famous town of Lukla (‘Place with many goats and sheep’) we start our acclimatisation walk down to Monjo 2,850 m and to our lodge for the night.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 4

Namche - 3,449 m - 7 hours trekking

On our first full trekking day we cross the mighty glacier-fed Dudh Kosi river and continue through forested valleys to enter the Sagarmatha National Park, where we find rock walls and huge boulders ornately carved with Buddhist prayers. Tonight we stay at the famous village of Namche Bazaar.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 5

Acclimatisation Day - 7-8 hours trekking

Today we rise early to climb to the ridge above Namche for a stunning sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks. We spend the morning trekking along the beautiful river valley, returning for a more leisurely afternoon in Namche before settling in for a second night to allow for further acclimatisation.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 6

Tengboche - 3,867 m - 8 hours trekking

From Namche, the trail follows the contours of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. From here we will see incredible views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stop-over for lunch. Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche, famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu, where we spend the night.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 7

Dingboche - 4,343 m - 12 - 15 hours trekking

In the morning we visit the Tengboche Monastery and have time to enjoy the 360 degree mountain panorama before descending to Devouche. The trail winds through rhododendron forest, crosses the Imja Khola river and has fine vantage points of Ama Dablam. It then climbs gradually past beautifully carved mani stones to reach the village of Pangboche where we continue along the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Kholas, turning east into the Imja Valley. A path lined with stone walls leads us through fields to our accommodation in Dingboche village.

 

DAY 8

Acclimatisation Day - 4-5 hours trekking

Dingboche village lies at the head of two valleys in the shadow of Pokalde (5745m). For our acclimatisation walk today we head up the Chukung Valley for fantastic views of the Himalaya’s majestic mountains including the towering south face of Lhotse and Island Peak. We return to our accommodation in Dingboche for the night.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 9

Lobuche - 4,930 m

We head up the Chola Khola valley towards the village of Dughla and descend to follow the valley to Lobuche. We will feel the temperature drop today, but the stunning sight of Nuptse bathed in an ethereal moonlight will keep our spirits high.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 10

Base Camp

Today is the day! With the buzz of expedition in the air, we leave Lobuche at dawn. The sun soon reaches the summits of the Himalayan peaks and slowly lights up the valley floor. We traverse the Khumbu Glacier, climbing towards Gorak Shep (‘Graveyard of Crows’), where a couple of simple mountain lodges are set amongst breathtaking mountain scenery. Together we continue at a slow but steady pace on our bid to reach Base Camp along the Khumbu Glacier. It’s a long and tiring day at altitude but team spirit drives us on to reach Everest Base Camp. We spend a little time taking photos and celebrating our achievement before making our way back down to Gorak Shep where we spend the night.

 

DAY 11

Kala Patthar - 15 km / Approx 8 - 10 hours

Today, for those who are in good shape, it is a slow and steady climb to the summit of Kala Patthar. This is a tough trek but an achievement that is rewarded with spectacular views of the mighty Everest and the Khumbu Glacier below. We descend to Periche to complete a long but unforgettable day. If a trek to Kala Patthar is not possible due to inclement weather, we descend directly to Periche.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 12

Descend to Namche - 20 km / Approx 9 - 10 hours

After breakfast this morning, we descend back down from Periche to the colourful village of Namche.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 13

Descend to Lukla - 20 km / Approx 8 - 9 hours

Today, we complete the last leg of our challenge together back down to the town of Lukla.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 14

Fly to Kathmandu

On arrival back in Kathmandu, we sit down for our last meal together; a celebration of our great achievement and a toast to our new found friends!

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 15

Depart Kathmandu

This morning, we will have the opportunity to take in the ancient Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site, crammed full of brightly-coloured stalls laden with Buddhist and Tibetan souvenirs and surrounded by palaces and temples. We can also visit Swayambhu, a large Stupa with stunning views of the city, plenty of monkeys and a great place to eat Momos (a delicious local specialty!). Those who want to take it easy can spend the afternoon wandering around backpacker haven Thamel, or kick back with a book in the beautiful “Garden of Dreams.” This evening we transfer to the airport for our return flight.

 

Meals: B   Accom: Flight / Hotel*   *(dependent on flight schedule)

DAY 16

Arrive in London

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