A Christmas Special; a journey into the world’s highest and most majestic mountain range over the Christmas and New Year period. A magical trip in a true winter wonderland.
Pack your Christmas Crackers and celebrate your day in the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, and that’s not all…. early on New Year’s Day, you will be up on top of Kala Patthar watching the first sunrise of the year appear on Mt Everest. And all of this in amongst the best mountain scenery this planet has to offer; cold, crisp conditions with virtually the place to yourself.
Our itinerary for this famous trek is designed to maximise your safety by allowing you the time to acclimatise properly. By including 3 nights in the Namche Bazaar area, your body is given more time to gradually adjust, which helps to reduce the potential negative effects you may suffer when trekking at altitude. This not only makes your journey more enjoyable, but ultimately leads to a higher success rate for our Everest Base Camp Challenges.
Spend Christmas Day in Namche Bazaar
Watch the first sunrise of the year on Everest (and its majestic neighbours) from Kala Patthar
Not all base camp treks are the same: we provide optimum acclimatisation
We include an additional day in Kathmandu as well as flexible days in the mountains; this is a resilient itinerary
Our guides and Sherpas are fully qualified and experienced to ensure your safety
Beautiful crisp, clear conditions with very few people about
From Lukla, your journey criss-crosses the Dudh Kosi river on airy suspension bridges as you make your way over 9 days to reach Base Camp. Passing through many Sherpa Villages along the way, you will have plenty of opportunity to absorb the cultural riches and mysticism of Nepal before you reach the goal of your journey.
From the bustling village of Namche Bazaar, your journey takes you through Tengbouche, home to the famous monastery and a yes, a ‘German bakery’ where looks are often a priority over taste! From here, we continue until we reach Dingbouche were you will enjoy your second acclimatisation stage and another rest before the final push to your furthest and highest lodge at Gorak Shep (5100m).
As safety is our priority, we minimise your stay at Gorak Shep to just one night. We head to Base Camp, which is located at the foot of the dramatic tumbling Khumbu Icefall. The following morning before breakfast (New Year’s Day), you have the opportunity to climb the famous Everest viewing point of Kala Patthar (5,600m). From this lofty summit, you get excellent close up views of the summit of Everest and its impressive neighbours: Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam before descending back down to warmer temperatures.
It is then just a glorious 4 days of descending to Lukla and a well deserved pat on the back. Our return route incorporates a quieter and less commercialised trail via Phortse to experience traditional Nepalese village life overnight.
This is a moderate paced challenge that is a perfect first time trip for anyone wanting to experience the Himalayas while creating lasting memories and an immense feeling of accomplishment.
Clothing and Equipment – No specialist equipment is required. Please refer to our Kit List webpage.
EBC..... Thank you for such a great, well organised trek to EBC. The advice at home was really good and I felt well prepared by the time I go there. Hotel was terrific; lovely people who cared.
Everest High Passes... outstanding. Tough going at times but well worth it. Guide was one in a million, couldn't of wished for anyone better.
Steve, New Forest
Date and Prices Content
Meet in Country
21 Dec 2017 – 7 Jan 2018
21 Dec 2018 – 7 Jan 2019
Min number to guarantee the trek’s departure – 2
If Sole Occupation is requested – £120
The dates apply regardless of year in order to achieve the objective of being in Namche on Xmas Day and on Kala Patthar at the right time.
21 Dec – Depart UK
Fly from London (afternoon departure), bound for Kathmandu.
22 Dec – Arrive Kathmandu
You will arrive in Kathmandu in the morning, collected by our Representative and transferred to the hotel (25 mins). There will be a meeting with your Guide in the afternoon allowing further and final preparations.
Our friendly staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance.
23 Dec – Domestic flight to Lukla – Trek to Monjo 2835m
An early start for your domestic flight to Lukla. Enjoy a late breakfast in Lukla whilst watching the flights come and go from this unique mountain airstrip. Begin trekking, Lukla (2840m) – Monjo (2835m)
Today is an easy 5 – 6hrs of trekking through the village of Phakding en route to Monjo where you will stay the night. BLD
24 Dec – Namche Bazaar (3500m)
The entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park is just on the outskirts of Monjo (checkpoint for Permits) and once through that, it is a steady hour following the river before you cross the final of 7 suspension bridges and begin the 90 min steep ascent up to Namche.
This is the first of the ‘big’ hills so take it steady. You will catch your first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance from a rest point (weather permitting). Namche Bazaar is by far the biggest village in the region with shops and even internet cafes. Expect to arrive at lunchtime. 4 hrs. BLD
25 Dec (Christmas Day) – Namche Bazaar (3500m)
Acclimatisation Day. Your Guide will take you out on a trek to a variety of places in the local region primarily to gain some additional altitude and assist your body in its acclimatisation process (trek high, sleep low) and to see more of the stunning surroundings.
Today, you are likely to head out to the village of Thame. BLD
26 Dec – Namche Bazaar – Khumjung (3800m)
An additional acclimatisation day with a slight increase in altitude.
It is a short trek over the ridge to Khumjung (via the Everest View Hotel) where the Edmund Hilary Himalayan Trust school is located. BLD
27 Dec – Namche Bazaar – Pangbouche (3900m)
A beautiful and easy trek down and out of Khumjung and then down into a deep valley before ascending up to Tengbouche for lunch. Famed for its hilltop Monastery, this village has one of the best views of Everest.
After lunch, it’s a short’ish trek to Pangbouche (about 90 mins – 2 hrs). BLD
28 Dec – Pangbouche – Dingbouche (4300m)
After the initial steady climb for an hour or so, the trail levels off for a while before crossing a river followed by a climb up to the village of Dingbouche. BLD
29 Dec – Dingbouche – Acclimatisation Day
Dingbouche is another important stop as the Nepalese Rescue Association (NRA) has an outpost here. The actual medical station is located in Pferiche just over the ridge and manned (during the trekking season) by volunteer qualified Doctors. Through experience, if you are going to suffer from altitude sickness, symptoms will begin to surface here.
Your Guide will encourage you to take an acclimatisation walk, once again to gain some altitude to assist your body to acclimatise. Wonderful views.
Take the opportunity to go to the free daily presentation on altitude sickness, given by the volunteer Doctors and rest as much as you can. BLD
30 Dec – Dingbouche – Lobouche (4900m)
A lovely day’s trekking. A short sharpe rise out of Dingbouche and onto the ‘high path’ that leads to the small cluster of tea houses known as Dughla (2 – 2 1/2 hrs). This sits at the base and the very front end of the Khumbu glacier.
Your next section is to climb up the front of the glacier (although not on ice!), a steep but relatively short section (~45 mins). Be sure to spend some time at the top for there lies many memorials to climbers who have lost their lives in this region. It is a moving place.
From here it is just 60 – 90 mins into Lobouche. 5 – 6 hrs. BLD
31 Dec – Lobouche – Gorak Shep (5100m) – Everest Base Camp (5300m)
An early start to reach Gorak Shep in 3hrs for breakfast; your final and highest tea house on this trip (5100m). Once you have rested here, it’s onto Everest Base Camp! Savour the moment before returning to Gorak Shep. The Base Camp itself is potentially enormous; it has to house some 250 – 300 people during the main climbing season. The centre is not marked but is generally known to be a cairn with prayer flags. There is an excellent close up view of the Khumbu ice field. Climbers have to negotiate this dangerous section every time they go up for acclimatisation or to summit. This is a demanding day so be sure to rest and sleep as much as you can. BLD
1 Jan 2018 (New Year’s Day) – Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5500m) – Down to Pferiche (4200m)
A pre-dawn rise to summit the highest point on this trek (although this is optional). It is a 90 min tough ascent (and potentially very cold) but gives you excellent views of the summit of Everest.
The descent is much faster; time for breakfast! At about 0900hrs, you will begin the trek back, first back across the moraine and then through Lobouche (stop for coffee), Dughla and then you drop down onto the valley floor into Pferiche). You will appreciate the lower altitude and warmer temperatures! A long day but relatively easy going. 8 hrs. BLD
2 Jan – Pferiche – Phortse (3810m)
Cross the river out of Pferiche, up and over the small pass and from there is a breeze down to Pangbouche, maybe a coffee stop?
Then, we switch tracks to Phortse; few people go here so it’s much easier walking. BLD
3 Jan – Phortse – Monjo
Down and out of Phortse, cross the river and contour round towards Khumjung, avoiding Tengbouche.
Once you join the main track again, it’s 90 mins to Namche, lunch and then a further 90 mins – 2 hrs downhill to reach Monjo. BLD
4 Jan – Monjo – Lukla
The final section takes approx 5 hrs with a break in Pfadking.
You will be elated to reach Lukla having completed one of the classic treks in the world; well done. BLD
5 Jan – Lukla – Kathmandu
An early start to have breakfast and be ready for your flight back down to Kathmandu. You should reach your hotel by midday; plenty of time to enjoy the facilities that Thamel has to offer. You can continue with any sightseeing, have a post trek massage (very inexpensive in Nepal), shop ‘till you drop or simply relax in one of the many cafes, restaurants and bars soaking up the atmosphere. BLD
6 Jan – Kathmandu – Free/spare day, B
7 Jan – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal
Mount Everest signpost
Gorak Shep village with prayer flags
Trip at a Glance
Days on Trek
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