Highlights of the Everest trek
Start either of our Everest Base Camp treks in lively Kathmandu, filled with fine wooden structures and colorful temple complexes, before flying to the Sherpa village of Lukla. Here's where the fun begins with a light trek to Phakding for acclimatization. Hiking through beautiful pine forest and crossing the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge, you'll see scenic rivers and quaint villages before you catch your first glimpse of Everest on the way to Namche Bazaar. The steep climb to the Hotel Everest View, the highest place hotel in the world at 3,880m, offers awe-inspiring vistas and is a wonderful stop before proceeding to the foot of the Sacred Mountain Khumbila.
More steep walks to the Mong La pass and Phortse may reveal sights of Himalayan wildlife including mountain goats and deer. The ridge climb up the Imja Khola Valley and on to Dingboche offers a chance to visit an ancient monastery. The Chukkung Valley is one of the highlights of the Everest Base Camp trek with imposing mountain peaks and great fluted ice walls. As the trail gradually climbs, more stunning views await before reaching Everest Base Camp where Edmond Hillary began his legendary ascent. Marvel in your achievement with your fellow trekkers and revel in the 'expedition life' before heading back downhill to Lukla.