Trip Overview

Join other Adventure Women on a trek to Mount Everest’s Base Camp in the majestic Himalayan Mountains in Nepal! Take in the view high above the clouds at 17,598 feet and celebrate your triumph in April 2020 as you share this outstanding accomplishment with your fellow trekkers.

This incredible high-altitude trek to Mount Everest’s Base Camp ascends 8,215 vertical feet over eight days through steep and challenging terrain! With Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumore, and Nuptse, four of the highest Nepalese mountain peaks in the world inspiring you to press on, the gorgeous knife-edged peaks and the friendly local villagers and mountaineers that you meet along the way will nourish your spirit while the friendships formed with your hiking companions help support and sustain you.

Arrive in Kathmandu for two days in readiness for your trek. Get to know the wonderful women you’ll be hiking with over a welcome dinner, then tour the city’s many shrines together to learn how deeply rooted the region is in spiritual faith, particularly Tibetan Buddhism. With cameras at hand, depart by plane for the Khumbu Region, flying over the breathtaking waves of colossal mountains, where craggy peaks and blade-sharp ridges pierce the sky and clouds.

Land in Lukla to organize supplies and meet the wonderful sherpas who’ll be guiding you into the higher elevations. Overnight accommodations along the way will be in friendly tea houses which also serve hot, filling meals when you’ve arrived famished from a day on the trail. From Lukla, set out for Phakding along the Dudh Koshi, a river known for extreme rapids and its milky glacier-fed waters. Following a pace designed for controlled acclimatization, cross mountain villages and suspension bridges on a six hour trek to reach your first Himalayan peak, Namche at 11,286 feet. Take two days’ rest here with a few easy walks as you acclimate, including a short hike for a very motivating look at Mount Everest! Follow the rocky, hard-packed trail lined with carved mani stones to the Tengboche Monastery where the exquisite Ama Dablam mountain (22,349’) towers over all. Ascending to Dimboche, you and your trail sisters make the final push to Everest Base Camp.

At Base Camp, navigate the prayer flags and cairns to tap the survey monument marking your achievement at 17,598 feet, and gather for epic group photos! Let the majesty and power of Mount Everest soak in then continue on, stopping for a restorative sleep at Gorakshep and a trek to Kala Patthar where, at 18,519 feet, you’ll get the very best view of Mount Everest and an exquisite panorama of the range that includes Nuptse. Continue on as you enjoy your four-day descent to Lukla where you’ll celebrate your trekking adventure with the Sherpas that led you all the way. You’ll then head back to Kathmandu for a final city tour and heartwarming farewell dinner. Over the delicious meal, new friendships will be sealed, photos shared, and perhaps a promise or two to hike Nepal together again one day!

Main Attractions

  • Explore the shrines and vibrant markets of Kathmandu
  • Take in panoramic views on your scenic flight to Lukla
  • Traverse mountain passes on narrow suspension bridges in the foothills around Everest
  • Hike to the Tengboche Monastery to meet Tibetan Buddhist monks
  • Celebrate your trekking triumph when you arrive at Everest Base Camp

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu
You will be met at the Kathmandu Airport and transferred to your hotel.

Enjoy a lively welcome dinner as you get to know your fellow travelers this evening. Share stories and learn about why each woman in your trip is excited to explore Nepal!
Welcome Dinner

Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel

Elevation: 4,593 feet

 

Day 2

Kathmandu
This morning, you’ll explore Kathmandu as a group. You’ll visit Swyambunath, a Buddhist shrine also called the monkey temple, Pashupathi Nath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and Boudhanath, a Buddhist site. Soak in the hustle and bustle of this busy city.

Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many local restaurants during your tour of Kathmandu.

Late this afternoon, meet your trekking guide for a briefing on the trip and a gear check. You’ll receive your duffel bag for the trek, and the guides will check that you have proper gear.

Dinner is on your own this evening.
Breakfast

Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel

Day 3

Kathmandu to Phakding
Wake up early this morning and head to the airport for your flight to Lukla. During this short flight you’ll see panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

When you arrive in Lukla, you’ll meet your Sherpas for the trek, as well as your yaks which will carry your bags.

Pick up any rental gear you need for the trek today. Rental gear can be paid for in US dollars.

Start your trek today. Head to Phakding located near the river Dudhkoshi, which means “white like milk.”
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trekking: 4-4.5 hours, 4.5 miles

Overnight: Sunrise Lodge

Elevation: 8,695 feet

Day 4

Phakding to Namche
Continue trekking today along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. Pass by many small mountain villages and cross several suspension bridges, including the Hillary Bridge. You will trek slowly to help your body adjust to the altitude. Reach Namche this afternoon.

Once you arrive in Namche, take some time to kick your feet up at your lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trekking: 6-7 hours, 4.7 miles

Overnight: Khumbu Lodge

Elevation: 11,286 feet

Day 5

Namche to Khumjung
Take a short hike today to help your body adapt to the elevation. Walk to Khumjung, passing the Syangboche airport. On the way, you’ll stop at Everest View Hotel for, you guessed it, a spectacular view of Mount Everest, Mount Amadablam, and more (weather permitting of course).

Have an afternoon to relax. Check out the nearby monastery or explore the town.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trekking: 3 hours, 1 mile

Overnight: Ama Dablam Lodge

Elevation: 12,434 feet

Day 6

Khumjung to Tengboche
Head to Tengboche this morning. You’ll start by hiking downhill to the river, and crossing to the other side. Once you cross the river, the trail climbs steeply through forests and mani stones.

Arrive at the Tengboche Monastery, which boasts the most magnificent view of the Himalayan giants: Kwangde (20,299 feet), Twachee (21.463 feet), Amadablam (22,349 feet), Everest (29,029 feet), and Nuptse (25,850 feet).
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trekking: 5-6 hours, 3.7 miles

Overnight: Himalayan Lodge

Elevation: 12,687 feet

Day 7

Tengboche to Dingboche
Leave Tengboche and descend to Debuche through a forest of birches, conifers, and rhododendrons.

Cross the Imja Kohla River on a steel bridge, and then the route begins to climb to Pangboche. This afternoon can be quite cold and windy.

From Dingboche, you will be treated to views of Island Peak, Makalu, and another face of Amadablam.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trekking: 6 hours, 5.6 miles

Overnight: Everest Lodge

Elevation: 14,862 feet

Day 8

Dingboche
Head out for a short hike near the Nangakarshang Hill to continue acclimatizing. Enjoy beautiful views of Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu, and admire Cholatse and Taboche peaks before returning to Dingboche.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trekking: 2 hours, 1.9 miles

Overnight: Everest Lodge

Elevation: 14,862 feet

Day 9

Dingboche to Lobuche
Leave Dingboche and trek through the high alpine regions. Cross the frozen glacial river at Thukla and climb as you enter Lobuche, admiring the magnificent views of Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori, and Nuptse. You’ll pass the climbers’ memorial today.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trekking: 4-5 hours, 4 miles

Overnight: Himalayan Eco Resort

Elevation: 16,175 feet

Day 10

Lobuche to Gorak Shep via Everest Base Camp
Leave Lobuche and hike very slowly to Gorakshep. Along the way, you’ll see the Khumbu Glacier. Once you arrive in Gorak Shep, you’ll see Mount Pumore and Mount Nuptse standing above you.

After taking a short break in Gorak Shep, hike to Everest Base Camp (17,598 feet). Take some photos and head back down to Gorak Shep for the night.

Celebrate your accomplishment with your group!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trekking: 7 hours, 4.7 miles

Overnight: Himalayan Lodge

Elevation: 17,270 feet

Day 11

Gorak Shep to Pheriche
Leave before dawn for an optional climb Kala Patthar (18,514’) this morning to take some photographs of the panoramic view of Mount Everest and its range.

Start hiking down to Pheriche after breakfast. You will move faster going downhill, and descending to lower elevations will feel great! Enjoy lunch along the way.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trekking: 5-6 hours, 10 miles

Overnight: Himalayan Hotel

Elevation: 14,042 feet

Day 12

Pheriche to Tengboche
Keep trekking down from Pheriche to Tengboche today.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trekking: 4-5 hours, 7.5 miles

Overnight: Himalayan Lodge

Elevation: 12,687 feet

Day 13

Tengboche to Monjo
Today is another long descent day (with uphills included!) to Monjo. You’ll have a great time celebrating your accomplishment with your fellow AdventureWomen trekkers along the way! Don’t forget to enjoy the views as you hike. You’ll have a chance to do some shopping in Monjo.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trekking: 6 hours, 10 miles

Overnight: Mt. Kailash Lodge

Elevation: 9,350 feet

Day 14

Monjo to Lukla
Enjoy your final hike in the Himalayas as you descend to Lukla. Celebrate this evening with your Sherpa friends as they share their culture with you.

After you finish your trek, take the chance to celebrate your accomplishment with your guides and porters. This is a good time to give the team gratuities and to thank them for helping you on this adventure.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trekking: 5 hours, 7.5 miles

Overnight: Khumbu Resort

Elevation: 8,606 feet

Day 15

Lukla to Kathmandu
Leave Lukla today and fly back to Kathmandu. You’ll be transferred to your hotel.

Enjoy some time to explore Kathmandu today, or just kick your feet up at your hotel. Have dinner at one of the many delicious local restaurants or at the hotel.
Breakfast

Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel

Elevation: 4,593 feet

Day 16

Kathmandu
Today is free to explore. Check out the markets and do some shopping, wander the streets, or just relax with a coffee and watch the hustle and bustle of daily life in this busy city.

Have a farewell dinner with your new AdventureWomen friends. Reminisce over all of the memories you have made and celebrate the end of an amazing journey through this truly spectacular country.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel

Day 17

Kathmandu and Depart
Enjoy one last morning in Kathmandu.

Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

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Traveling to Nepal



Arrival and Departure Information

Arrive: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (KTM) on April 12, 2020 by 2:00pm.

Depart: Depart Kathmandu, Nepal (KTM) on April 28, 2020.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates and a minimum of two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

You will need a tourist visa to enter Nepal. You can obtain your visa upon arrival at the airport for US$25. You must bring two passport photos for your visa.

If you choose, you can apply for your visa prior to your trip. For more details, please visit http://www.nepalembassyusa.org/tourist-visa/

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Challenging. Our Challenging adventures get your heart rate pumping, these are demanding yet deeply rewarding and designed for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts. You should be in excellent physical condition, and be able to hike up to 10 miles, in steeper, more rugged terrain.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

General Preparation Guidelines

Training for your Everest Base Camp trek requires both physical and mental preparation. You do not need technical climbing skills, but do not underestimate the demands of the climb. You WILL need to be fit. Endurance, good cardiovascular health, and a healthy desire to reach the top are important.

We suggest that you begin focused training at 60-90 days before your departure, more rigorous training at 15-60 days, and then taper off in the final two weeks. You should consult your physician if you are significantly altering your physical routine for training.

We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you to ensure that you are prepared for the trip. Visit https://fitfortrips.com/partners/adventure-women/ to learn more!

We will send you a full training guide with suggestions for physical activities when you register for your trek. Please let us know if you have questions!

Altitude Symptoms

At high altitude, it is typical for trekkers to feel some physical effects such as loss of appetite, fatigue, or headache. Symptoms become more severe if you experience acute altitude sickness. Symptoms of acute altitude sickness can include troubled breathing while resting, severe coughing, confusion, impairment of motor skills, and irrational behavior.

Notify your guide immediately if you believe you are experiencing any of these symptoms. As a highly-trained professional, your guide makes your safety his top priority. If he determines that you are suffering from an acute form of altitude sickness, you will need to descend immediately to a lower altitude with a guide. This could mean being evacuated by helicopter. Medical evacuation insurance is required for this trek.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Nepal, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Nepal.

Money

The currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. US Dollars are generally not accepted in Nepal except for gratuities. Credit cards are accepted in a few large hotels, where there is generally a surcharge for credit card use of 3-4%. ATMs are in larger towns only. You should plan on bringing cash and exchanging it for local currency.

Suggested Gratuities: We will advise the number of guides and porters closer to departure.

  • Guides: $30 each
  • Porters (will be divided among all staff after the trek): $80

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Supplemental Trekking Release
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before January 13, 2020. A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • All transportation throughout the trip
  • All activities as listed in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guides throughout the trip
  • Services of local guides and porters
  • Boiled drinking water
  • All entrance fees
  • Domestic airfare
  • Duffel bag (provided upon arrival)
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages, unless otherwise specified
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities for your guide and porters

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Yak & Yeti Hotel
The restored 19th-century palace houses two restaurants, several grand banquet halls, and the Casino Royale. In the lobby, granite floors, carved wood pillars, and gleaming brass and copper provide a suitably exotic feel, and through a wall of glass you can see the hotel’s extensive gardens. All of the guest rooms are comfortable and nicely equipped to give a feeling of being home while away from home. It is THE place to stay in Kathmandu!

Trekking Lodges
The lodges you will stay in on this trek are small, simple tea houses. At some lodges, you will have en suite bathrooms and showers, at others, you will have shared bathrooms and no showers, and at the highest lodge, you’ll have shared squat toilets. Toilet paper is provided for you! All of the lodges provide comfortable, clean, and basic accommodations, plentiful food, and boiled water. As you go up in elevation, the amenities at the lodges go down.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

Packing List and Training:

We will send you a comprehensive packing list, available rental gear list for your trip, and training guide with suggestions for physical activities when you register for your trek. Please let us know if you have questions!

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686