If your ambition is to walk amongst the highest, most majestic mountains on earth then this is the trek for you. The Everest area of Nepal is famous due to the exploits of mountaineers such as Hillary, Tenzing, Bonnington, Messner and Macartney-Snape.
The Sherpa people who inhabit Khumbu, as the area is called, are well-known for their cheerful hospitality. This trek visits their villages and monasteries and provides a wonderful opportunity for cultural interaction. The 5545m “hill” of Kala Pattar, is the highest point of the trek. You’ll stand in awe, inspired by breathtaking beauty. Mt Everest and a host of Himalayan giants will surround you in a 360 degree panorama that you’ll never forget. The following day, we plan to trek to Everest Base Camp. The views from here up the rugged Khumbu Icefall are simply awe-inspiring.
|Trek Inclusions||Not Included|
|Trek crew consisting of local guides and porters||Visa and any passport costs|
|Kathmandu Airport transfers||Meals other than breakfast other than those shown on the itinerary|
|All accommodation – 4 nights in a comfortable hotel with breakfast daily plus 14 nights in Lodges on the trek||Personal clothing|
|Walking tour of Kathmandu||Medical expenses|
|First night welcome dinner in Kathmandu||Travel insurance (compulsory)|
|Flights in Nepal||All items of a personal nature|
|All land and air transport for trek||International flights|
|Down sleeping bag and kit bag for use on trek||Tips for trekking crew|
|All fees & permits||Group Size|
|Maximum 14 people|
|Plus trek leader|
For us at Back Track, trekking is our way of life. We always prepare well and are dedicated to ensuring that our trekkers have the holiday of a lifetime. Our trekking itineraries are arranged so we can meet each day’s objective in a leisurely fashion.
As well, a program for acclimatisation is built into each itinerary so everyone will have the maximum chance to acclimatise to the altitudes in which they are trekking. There is plenty of time to stop and take photographs, rest, or just have a cup of tea with the locals in a village tea house.
Our group size is limited to a maximum of 14 trekkers plus our Back Track trekking crew. Having only small groups ensures all trekkers are given maximum attention and assistance when required. Once booked, you will be issued with comprehensive Pre Departure Information detailing your gear and clothing requirements and everything you need to know to ensure you are professionally prepared. In addition, you have access to a trekking expert at any time by calling us on our ’1300′ Trekkers Assist line.
Sherpa Lodge Style
Our Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes and Everest High Passes treks are conducted in Sherpa Lodge Style.
The Khumbu area of Nepal, home to the Sherpa people, is where these treks take place. The Sherpas have a long association with western trekkers providing guides and climbing crew for mountaineers way back to the early 1920’s. In their homelands they have built an infrastructure of clean, basic and comfortable lodges in all the major villages and trekking locations. Therefore there is no need to camp on these treks. Back Track utilises these lodges for accommodation. Rooms are usually twin share with comfortable beds.
Includes breakfast daily plus all tips for local trek crew.
To save you money, for the duration of the trek a Camp Kit is provided consisting of a warm sleeping bag, suitable for cold Himalayan nights, and a kit bag to hold your belongings on the trek. The kit bag is carried by your porter.
This trek is graded challenging, requiring participants to commit to a dedicated training program prior to departure. Depending on your current level of fitness, if you are not as fit as you would like to be, a minimum 3 month program is required to ensure that you are fit enough to enjoy the trek. Back Track willingly provides advice to all our trekkers on how to obtain the required fitness level. Your pre-departure information guide contains extensive fitness training information.
Costs & dates
|TRIP DURATION||19 days from Kathmandu|
|2018 and 2019 COSTS^ & DATES||Trek 1: 01 March – 19 March 2020
Trek 2: 29 March – 16 April 2020
Trek 3: 18 October – 05 November 2020
Trek 4: 06 December – 24 December 2020
– land only from Kathmandu $3950*
The pace of this trek is slow and easy to allow trekkers to acclimatise in the high altitude and to absorb the stunning scenery of the area. You won’t be carrying a heavy pack either as our local crew carry your belongings. We stay in comfortable Sherpa lodges so there’s no camping on this trek. This is an awe inspiring, unforgettable trek and rightfully regarded as one of the top 10 treks in the world.
Back Track is one of only a few companies worldwide that operates its own fulltime office in Kathmandu, ensuring our trekkers a professional, well organised and safe holiday in the best trekking destination in the world.
*^Although we are not expecting any price increases from our suppliers, airline prices and/or taxes could increase. These increases will be added to our quoted holiday costs.
DAY 1: KATHMANDU 1300m
If arriving in Kathmandu today, we will be met on arrival and transferred to the Holy Himalaya Hotel. After hotel check-in, the trek leader will take us on a short orientation walk in the area around the hotel. In the evening, we will have a group dinner in a nearby restaurant. (D)
DAY 2: KATHMANDU 1300m
Time to walk through the old city and visit the famous temple complex of Durbar Square, or hire a taxi and visit the other cities in the Kathmandu Valley, Patan and Bhaktapur. A pre-trek briefing will be held in our hotel at 4.00pm. (B)
DAY 3: PHAKDINGMA 2640m (35mins flying time, 3hrs walking)
We begin the trek with a short but spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860m). The view from the aircraft gives us a tantalising taste of things to come. The flight path follows the length of the Himalaya from Kathmandu to Khumbu, an awe-inspiring display of snow peaks spread out before us. After landing at Lukla the trek begins. We have two easy, leisurely days walking a wide, well-graded trail along the Dudh Kosi Valley. Our lodge tonight is in the large Sherpa village of Phakdingma. (B)
DAY 4: MONDZO 2815m (3hrs plus additional 3hrs acclimatisation walk)
We pass many porters and yaks carrying local trade goods and expedition equipment. Numerous rest stops are taken to soak in the atmosphere of the villages along the trail. The pine and rhododendron forests that surround the trail provide cooling shade. We arrive in Monjo before lunch. After lunch, we’ll do our first acclimatisation walk. Our aim is to ascend to an altitude that approximates the same altitude above sea level as our next day’s overnight stop, thus allowing us to be acclimatised to that altitude. Ascend very slowly for about 2hrs to reach a high vantage point that gives us a spectacular view of Mt. Kusum Kanguru. Descend for an hour back to Monjo.
DAY 5: NAMCHE BAZAAR 3440m (3hrs)
Today we reach Namche Bazaar, the largest Sherpa village in the Khumbu area. The trail follows the Dudh Koshi (the river that drains from Mt Everest) crossing three suspension bridges followed by a steep, arduous climb to Namche. Namche has many lodges, a bank, a post office, bakeries (serving great coffee and famous Namche apple pie), a dental clinic, internet cafes and many shops selling local goods, tourist souvenirs and trekking clothing and equipment. Our lodge is above the village and is a short walk from the National Park headquarters and museum.
DAY 6: ACCLIMATISATION DAY IN NAMCHE BAZAAR
Today is used to help us acclimatise for the higher altitudes. We set out on a half-day trek to visit the Everest View Hotel (3880m), set high on a ridge, for stunning panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and other majestic peaks. From Namche onward, the trek becomes a true mountain experience combined with a fascinating insight into Sherpa life and culture.
DAY 7: DEBOCHE 3770m (5hrs)
The trail ascends steeply past the last houses of Namche then traverses high above the Dudh Kosi Valley. We get impressive mountain views along this section of trail before descending to a bridge that crosses the Dudh Kosi at the village of Phunki Tenga. A dusty trail winds up through alpine forest to a large clearing atop a ridge at 3860m. Here we find the most important Buddhist monastery in the Everest area, Tengboche. There is ample time to rest here and visit the monastery. The trail then descends through rhododendron and juniper forest to the lovely hamlet of Deboche where we stay overnight.
DAY 8: ACCLIMATISATION DAY IN DEBOCHE
As part of our acclimatisation, we plan to ascend a ridge overlooking Tengboche Monastery. We expect to reach an altitude of 4,500m which will provide essential acclimatisation for the days to follow. The views from today’s walk are outstanding and include Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse plus dramatic views of Ama Dablam. We reach the highpoint late in the morning and return to Deboche for lunch. Following the morning’s exertions, the afternoon can be spent relaxing.
DAY 9: DINGBOCHE 4350m (4hrs)
A shorter day to assist in acclimatisation. Descend on a gentle slope through a rhododendron forest passing numerous mani walls. Be alert for wildlife; you may see Nepal’s National Bird, the Danphe pheasant plus musk deer. The trail crosses over the deep, narrow gorge of the Imja Khola before commencing the long, gradual incline to the villages of Lower Pangboche and Upper Pangboche. To the right, on the other side of the valley, looms the distinct, towering shape of Ama Dablam (6860m). The gradient eases and the vegetation thins out as we approach Dingboche.
DAY 10: ACCLIMATISATION DAY IN DINGBOCHE 4350m
Another acclimatization day gives us the opportunity for further exploration. A trail leading north from the village will allow us to ascend to over 5000m and give us outstanding views of the planet’s 5th highest mountain, Makalu (8485m). If time and weather conditions allow, we may continue ascending and reach Nagkar Tshang (5616m).
DAY 11: LOBUCHE 4940m (4hrs)
The trail follows a long shelf of land on the Eastern side of the Khumbu Valley then cross a stream coming from the snout of the Khumbu Glacier. It’s then a short ascent on the main trail to Dughla (4600m) where we stop for lunch. The trail then climbs steeply through boulders to reach a group of rock cairns bedecked with prayer flags – memorials to climbers who lost their lives on Mt Everest. From here the elevation eases and crosses to the west side of the valley between a high ridge and the moraine wall of the Khumbu Glacier. Reach our overnight stop at Lobuche by mid-afternoon.
DAY 12: GORAK SHEP 5170m & EVEREST BASE CAMP 5360m (8hrs)
From Lobuche we trek for 2 hours on a rough, rock strewn trail to Gorak Shep. We’ll have lunch here and a short rest before crossing over the Khumbu Glacier on the 3 hour trek to Everest Base Camp (5360). There are no views of Everest’s summit from Base Camp but there are fine views of the Khumbu Ice Fall and the large seracs of ice on the glacier beside base camp. We retrace our steps to our lodge at Gorak Shep.
DAY 13: PHERICHE 4240m via KALA PATTAR 5545m (9hrs)
Our goal today is the highest point of the trek, Kala Pattar, 5545 meters. Kala Pattar is the ideal place to view the dark, menacing South Face of Everest. Surrounded by mountains and glaciers, the breathtaking scenery will truly make you feel ‘On Top of the World’. Making it to the top of Kala Pattar is a tremendous accomplishment, and for most, a once in a lifetime experience. We depart Gorak Shep well before dawn, walking by the beam of our headlamps. The return walk, plus rest times from Gorak Shep to the top of Kala Pattar is about 3 hours. After returning to Gorak Shep for breakfast, we then retrace our steps past Lobuje descending to our lodge on the wide plain at Pheriche village.
DAY 14: DEBOCHE 3757m (3hrs)
A shorter day after the previous day’s exertions. We follow the main trail to Deboche just below Tengboche. The views down the trail ahead are magnificent – Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku and other snow peaks are arrayed before us. We stop for lunch and the night at the pleasant settlement of Deboche. Reaching Deboche before lunch means we can relax or take an afternoon stroll to visit the impressive Tengboche monastery.
DAY 15: NAMCHE BAZAAR 3440m (4hrs)
Due to the lower altitudes, today’s walk should be pleasant and enjoyable. The trail passes through Tengboche before descending through a forested path to cross the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga. There’s a long but gentle ascent through small villages to reach a high section on the west side of the river. The spectacular mountain views continue as the foot traffic increases. We stop for the night at our favourite lodge above Namche Bazaar.
DAY 16: LUKLA (2.5hrs)
This is the last day of trekking and it’s quite easy. The trail is mostly along the floor of the valley before a gradual climb to Lukla. Expect to arrive here by late afternoon. In the evening there will be a special celebration dinner followed by a ceremony to farewell our Nepali trekking crew.
DAY 17: KATHMANDU (35mins flying time)
At the completion of the trek we fly from Lukla, a shelf of land situated high above the Dudh Kosi. For most, this flight has proved to be a major highlight and an extremely rewarding experience. The mountain views from the plane are unequalled anywhere else in the world. You’ll see Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Gauri Shankar, Melungtse and many more. (B)
DAY 18: KATHMANDU
Free day to explore Kathmandu. This exciting, vibrant city is a favourite destination of travellers from all over the world. Kathmandu is a giant, living museum of Hindu and Buddhist art with more shrines and temples than anywhere else in the world. Our hotel is located a short walk from the narrow, winding streets of the old city. There are many things to do. You can visit ancient towns in the Kathmandu Valley, poke around the bazaars and discover real bargains in artwork and souvenirs; or sit by a temple and just soak up the atmosphere as you watch the world go by. (B)
DAY 19: DEPART KATHMANDU
The trip ends today after breakfast. If you are leaving Kathmandu today you will be transferred to Kathmandu Airport for your onward flight. (B)
Meals included as indicated:
B – Breakfast, D – Dinner
Thank you to our Back Track trekkers who have travelled with us in Nepal and shared their feedback:
I would just like to thank Ray (Australian Trek Leader) and his crew for the exceptional support and care given to all of the members of the trek group. Making decisions on a trek with such exceptional circumstances (Nepal Earthquake), is always going to be very difficult. But I was always confident that Ray and the crew had the safety of trek and crew members as the first priority.
P ul, Everest High Passes, April 2015
I cannot even begin to explain how eye-opening this trip ahs been. Back Track ahs been AMAZING in organising and preparing us all for this incredible experience. I also have to say a huge thank you to all of the thoughtful, caring crew we’ve spent the last 2 weeks with. Always happy to help even if its not needed. The situation that happened with the Earthquake was handled amazingly and positively! Ray kept us all so positive. I’ll be back to trek with Back Track again for sure.
Anna, Everest High Passes, April 2015
Kylie was the perfect trek leader. Her knowledge and obvious passion for Nepal and its people was infectious. She guided us through each day with confidence, humour, warmth and energy. We were lucky to have her in charge!
Carolyn, Everest & Gokyo Lakes November 2014
A fantastic experience!!!! Kylie was a fabulous leader. Her passion and enthusiasm for Nepal is highly contagious. Kylie took care of all our needs no matter what was asked of her. She is an asset to Back Track. Food was awesome! Accommodation was very comfortable. Mila and Ram our local guides were great to have on board.
Jo, Everest & Gokyo Lakes November 2014
Kylie was an awesome trek leader. I can’t sing her praises enough. She was the consummate caring professional. I would travel with her again anytime. Kylie was also good for a chat and a laugh, she really made the trip enjoyable for me. I loved Nepal, I’m so glad I have had the opportunity to experience the culture, weather, food and those magnificent mountains which I will miss gazing at constantly. Our local crew were lots of fun and generous with their time and knowledge too. Thanks again and you know I’ll be boring all my friends, family, staff and patients silly with my photos and stories.
Sharlene, Everest & Gokyo November 2014
OMG what a fantastic experience. Everyone was in great shape physically and mentally – great group. The local crew where exceptional Ram, JB, Biru and Mila what a great crew. Learnt a lot from Damian. Thanks to all the staff at Back Track Adventures – it’s great to travel with you!
Chris, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Your Nepal trekking crew were sensational. Ram, Mila, JB and Biru were professional, fun and extremely supportive to al participants. Their efforts in getting everyone down the glacier were indeed outstanding. Lots of fun to be around.
Peter, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Damian was a fantastic leader. made the journey a lot of fun. Would love to do another tour with him. Our local crew Ram, Mila, Biru & JB were fantastic also. Altogether a memorable trip that will be remembered forever. Thanks Back Track.
Jim, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Our Trek leader Damian was sensational in all aspects of the track. Made our trek informative, safe and enjoyable.
Anon, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
As usual all guides and porters were fantastic. Damian’s advice, knowledge, help and support was very helpful/ A wonderful person to have shared this trip with. 10/10.
Allan, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Thank you for a wonderful holiday. Damian’s knowledge of the Himalaya’s was amazing. The crew were fantastic – always looking out for us. Such a beautiful part of the world!
Lyn, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Particularly impressed with the planning of the Itinerary which gave max. opportunity to achieve the goal of reaching Base Camp. All staff were sensational.
David, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Greatly appreciated Damien’s Leadership! Herding us ‘cats’ is no easy feat but Damien did it with Humour, Grace and Patience. I also appreciated that the Itinerary gave everyone as much time/opponity as possible to acclimatise and as a consequence, achieve all 4 major goals. A Big Thank you for the Birthday Wishes – the effort and fuss was a delightful surprise.
Rosemary, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
An excellent well-run trek. The support crew were amazing and Damian was also excellent and knowledgeable. The training program before going was well created, but nothing really readys you for trekking at altitude. Challenging but rewarding – Thank you.
David, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
The trip was absolutely amazing. Damian was an amazing trek leader who managed the group incredibly well and also kept everyone laughing. The trek crew were amazing and provided fantastic support as well. Overall it was an incredible experience that I would recommend to anyone.
Sam, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
The trekkers, the guide, Ram and crew all combined to make a very enjoyable holiday – even it was ‘bloody hard’ work on quite a few days! Thanks for the experience – Again.
Warren, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
A very well organised trip – very professional (as usual!). Great bunch of people, everyones needs and desires met. Bhaktapur and Patan excursion was fantastic. Mind blown to see the real people and environs as the city stirred from its slumber. I rate the whole package AAA. Thank you Back Track.
Steve, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Our Trek Leader Damian was exemplary in his performance. I love the trek and experience and will cherish it for a long time. I loved every second and would gladly travel with Back Track in the future.
Mathew, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
This Everest trip changed my life. Spencer was an amazing leader who was just there every step of the way! Words can’t describe the real experiences I’ve had in Nepal and I look forward to going back as soon as I can. Spencer was extremely knowledegeable, kind, uplifting and occasionally pushy – but that’s exactly what I needed!!! I want do so much more with Backtrack. Their service and knowledge is world class and so perfectly intimate! Thanks
Sheridan, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2012
Just a quick note to say loved the trip. Struggled with the altitude from Namche and probably the odd day of not drinking enough. Everyone I have spoken to is so impressed that everyone in our group who wanted to get to base camp made it, as we heard that on other companies, a fair number struggling with the altitude don’t get there. Heather was great with managing each of us and our trekking family. If it wasn’t for her I don’t know whether I would have made it and enjoyed my time away. Do feel a real sense of achievement. Your other staff in Nepal also all worked well together and made life on the trail easier. Have passed your details onto those who ask along with a high recommendation.
K.A., Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes