Enjoy a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, where you will begin your dream trek. Landing at and departing from Lukla’s world-famous uphill airstrip will provide you with story fodder for many dinner parties to come. Let the adventure begin! The Airstrip was constructed by local Sherpas under Edmund Hillary's supervision. The Lukla landing is one of the best of Nepal's alarmingly rough rural airstrips.
As the main trading center of the Sherpa people, this village is both beautiful and fascinating. Take plenty of time to shop and enjoy Namche’s amazing bakeries, restaurants, and even an Irish pub! All routes up must pass through Namche , and it is an essential acclimatisation stop. The facilities are well developed and the village bustles with trekkers most of the year.
You’ll most likely encounter the memorials on the ninth day of your trek, on the way to Lobuche. Located at the end of the Khumbu Glacier and above the village of Thukla, this collection of dozens of memorials to fallen Everest climbers provides a poignant look at the cost exacted by the world’s tallest peak over the past 100 years. Memorials include that of Scott Fischer, an American guide tragically killed in the Everest disaster of 1996.
First View of Everest
As early as the third day of the trek, we may get our first glimpse of Mount Everest. To see the mountain in person for the first time is very special, to say the least.
Everest Base Camp
Although every mile and location on the trek will provide life-changing memories, walking into base camp is something special. It’s the culmination of months of planning, training, and dreaming, and it is always an emotional experience. Well done, you!
Climbing the “Black Rock” — Kala Patthar — at Gorak Shep isn’t for the faint of heart, but provides your very best views of the summit of Everest. Those who summit Kala Patthar willreach 18,000 feet, the highest point on the entire trek to base camp. For many this is the true highlight of the trip and even gazumps the visit to base camp.