Destination Himalaya
Sanjay Saxena recipient Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist Award for India, Tibet, Nepal, Sri Lanka
India, Tibet, Nepal & Sri Lanka

to the Base Camp with David Breashears
& Mingmar Sherpa

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. 

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 Nepalis it is Sagarmatha, “The Forehead of the Sky.” 

One of Everest’s most ardent admirers is also one of her most legendary explorers – renowned author, filmmaker and legendary climber, David Breashears. On this exciting trek to Everest’s South Face, we start by taking the breathtaking mountain flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. We then undertake an eleven day trek in Khumbu, land of the Sherpa, to view Everest’s majestic south face.

Outline Itinerary – 2011

Day 1 & 2: USA TO BANGKOK (OR DELHI) Fly from your home town to Asia. wE recommend taking one the new non-stop flights to Delhi on Jet Air, Air India, Continental (from NYC) or American (Chicago). Alternate options are transpacific to Bangkok.

Day 3: TO KATHMANDU – Like Lhasa, Kathmandu conjures images of mysterious and exotic travel destination. Located in Central Nepal, the Kathmandu area is the center of Nepali cultural and political life. Indeed, the Kathmandu Valley has been a hub of civilization for over two millennia After checking into the luxurious Yak & Yeti, we take a walking tour of “old” Kathmandu. Yak & Yeti Hotel

Day 4: FLY TO LUKLA – START TREK (9,380 ft.) We begin our Everest trek with an exciting flight in a Twin Otter plane to the small airstrip at Lukla, 9,275 feet, where we will meet our trekking staff. The first day's walk is moderate, as we make our way down from Lukla to a riverside camp by the Dudh Kosi (the “Milk River,” named for its color), in an area known as Phakding. Camp

Day 5: TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (11,300 ft) – A long and challenging day with many ups and downs from Phakding to Namche. Along the trail are villages interspersed with forests of rhododendron, magnolia trees, and giant firs. Towards the end of the day, about halfway up the final hill to Namche, we find our first views of the snowed-capped summits of Lhotse (27,916 feet) and Mt. Everest (29,035 feet). Camp

Day 6: TREK TO KUMJUNG – Leaving Namche, we have relaxed hike to a lovely side valley reaching the village of Kumjung by early afternoon. Camp

Day 7: TREK TO THYANGBOCHE – The morning takes us downhill, through terraced fields and pastures, crossing the foaming Dudh Kosi river on a cable-suspension footbridge before climbing through a forest to one of the most beautiful spots in the Himalaya, the monastery called Thyangboche. Sunrise and sunset are magnificent, with the rocky tip of Everest peeping from behind the dramatic Lhotse/Nuptse wall, the beautiful Ama Dablam, and many other peaks shifting through the pink spectrum of alpenglow colors. Camp

Day 8: TO DINGBOCHE –Today we gain altitude as we continue our hike towards Everest. Camp

Day 9: IN DINGBOCHE –Acclimatization day. Dingboche is a great spot to take day hikes to spectacular viewpoints. Camp

Day 10: TO LOBUCHE – Hiking well above the tree line we reach the glacier moraine region of Everest. Camp

Day 11: TREK TO HIGH POINT (KALA PATHAR OR EVEREST SOUTH BASE CAMP)– Departing just before dawn we make the strenuous trek to Kala Pathar via Gorak Shep. Conditions and stamina permitting we also have the option of hiking to Everest's South base Camp. Camp

Day 12: TO PERICHE – Start our return trek to Lukla. Reach Periche today. Camp

Day 13: RETURN TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR – We make our return trek to Namche Bazaar. Camp

Day 14: TREK TO LUKLA – Today we end our trek by making our way back to Lukla. We will make camp in Lukla, as we will rise early the next morning to catch our flight back to Kathmandu. Camp

Day 15: FLY TO KATHMANDU Weather permitting the morning flight will get us back to the Nepali capital, where we will return to the cozy confines of the Yak & Yeti Hotel. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure to shop, wander the bazaars and enjoy exotic Kathmandu. Yak & Yeti Hotel

Day 16: IN KATHMANDU – Kathmandu’s legendary temple sites and stupas are truly amazing, and are simultaneously revered as sacred reliquaries and bustling with contemporary social life. WE have the day to explore the city. This evening we will gather for a special Farewell Dinner, as we bring our incredible journey to a close. Yak & Yeti Hotel

Day 17: KATHMANDU TO BANGKOK (OR DELHI) From Kathmandu we will fly to Bangkok or Delhi, where we will overnight before connecting to our return flight to the USA the next day.

Day 18: RETURN TO USA Depart Bangkok (or Delhi) and arrive in the USA the same day.

Suggested Extensions:
  • QuickEscapes – Kerala
    After this hard high altitude tour, take in some R&R in the calm and leisurely paced life on the backwaters of the Arabian Sea, enjoy the pristine beaches of Kerala and an ayurvedic spa. We fly you to Cochin via Kathmandu.

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Detail of mural showing the Sakyamuni Buddha
Hiking to Everest base
Photo: Mike Useem

Area Expert David Breashears
Kathmandu Valley
Sherpa Culture
Everest South Base Camp
Everest views
11 day trek

It's Included:
Medical & evacuation insurance
All hotels, meals, ground transportation, local guides and entrance fees
Fully escorted trip
Oct. 6 – 23, 2011
Land Cost:
From: $6885 per person
Special Note:
This trip dovetails with our Photographer's Tibet tour that visits Everest's North Base Camp in Tibet.

Statue of Maitreya lighted by butter lamps, Drepung Monastery
Kathmandu Valley Temple

Monk at Buddhist Festival
Traditional Nawari doorway, Kathmandu

Camp, Namche Bazaar
Photo: Mike Useem

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