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

Destination Himalaya Photo Tour to Nepal

Trek to Everest's Base Camp

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. 

We begin our journey photographing the historical (two World Heritage site) and the modern hustle and bustle of Kathmandu before taking the breathtaking mountain flight to Lukla, our trailhead.  We then undertake the popular trek to bask in the glory of Everest’s majestic south face in the Khumbu, land of the Sherpa.  Staying in comfortable mountain lodges or private camps, we hike along the historic trekking route that was pioneered by the like of Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. 

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive 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. Orientation meeting - gear check and "welcome dinner."

Day 2: Fly to Lukla - trek to Monjo
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 the Dudh Kosi (the “Milk River,” named for its color), and continue along the river, with one final push to Monjo.

Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar
A challenging day with many ups and downs hiking along the river untill our final push up the Namche hill. 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).

Day 4: Trek to Kumjung
Leaving Namche, we have relaxed hike to a lovely side valley reaching the village of Kumjung by early afternoon.

Day 5: 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.

Day 6: Trek to Dingboche
Today we gain altitude as we continue our hike towards Everest. Lodge

Day 7: Acclimitazation day - In Dingboche
A day hike to view point as we acclimate to the higher elevation.

Day 8: Trek to Lobuche
Hiking well above the tree line, passing the Everest memorial chortens, we reach the glacier moraine region of Everest.

Day 9: Trek to Kala Pathar (High Point) - Gorak Shep
Hiking along the glacier morrain a gradual but steady ascent finds us at Gorak Shep by lunch time. Late afternoon we head up to Kala Pathar. Being directly opposite Everest, Kala Pathar offers some of the best panoramic views, the most famous photographs of Everest are taken from this position. We descend after enjoying sunset on Everest.

Day 10: Everest Base Camp - to Lobuche
An early start as we head to the Base Camp of Everest. After enjoying afew hours at BC, we hike back to Lobuche for our overnight.

Days 11 & 12: Return Trek to Namche (11,300 ft.)
Today we start our return trek to Lukla Airport. First stop is the monastery of Thyangbouche and then to Namche, reaching there with enough time to do some shopping in the bazaar and a “hot shower.”

Day 13: Trek to Lukla
Today we hike back to Lukla. In the evening we will have a "Farewell" dinner with trekking staff.

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu
Yak & Yeti Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 15: Kathmandu
Full day to explore Kathmandu Valley - this day also serves as our 'back-up' day in case on inclement weather casuing a delay on our trek of the flight from Lukla.
Yak & Yeti Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 16: Depart Kathmandu/Nepal
We will be transferred to Kathmandu’s airport for flights to our respective Asian transit cities for connecting return flights to the USA.

For detailed day-to-day itinerary or to book this trip please call us at 1-800- MY INDIA.


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Call us toll free at 1-800 MY INDIA (1-800-694-6342) or email us to request a detailed day-to-day itinerary.

Trekking to Everest base  Photo Tour to Nepal Everest
Hiking to Everest's base
Photo: Mike Useem

Kathmandu Valley
Sherpa Culture
Kala Pathar Summit
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
Special welcome & farewell dinners in Kathmandu
All fees related to trek (permits, conservation fee, park fees)
Internal Nepal flights
Full trek support (camping gear, sleeping bag, etc)
Fully escorted trip

Private Departures:
Spring & Fall
Land Cost: per person
4-7 trekkers $4400
8 - 12 trekkers $4085

Himalayan Peak Photo Tour to Nepal Everest
Traditional Nepali doorway, Old Kathmandu

Himalayan Peak Photo Tour to Nepal Everest
Ama Dablam
Photo: Alan Plisskin

Trekking to Everest base Photo Tour to Nepal Everest
Trail to Namche Bazaar
Photo: Alan Plisskin

Tangboche Monastery  Photo Tour to Nepal EverestThyangboche Monastery
Photo: Alan Plisskin

Himalaya Peak  Photo Tour to Nepal EverestMomentary Clearing
Photo: Alan Plisskin

Temple in Kathmandu Photo Tour to Nepal EverestTemple in Kathmandu

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