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A trek to Everest base camp follows in the steps of the great Everest climbing expeditions and gets you as close to the world's highest mountain as possible without the technical scaling of the peak. From Lukla, you head north along the Dudh Kosi Valley to Namche Bazaar (3440m) and onto the monastery at Thyangboche for spectacular views of Everest and the surrounding peaks. From here, you head north to the Khumbu Glacier with a wonderful panorama of the peaks on the Nepal-Tibet border. Trekking across the glacier, you eventually reach Everest Base Camp (5440m), where there are great views of the Khumbu Ice Fall. In spring, there will be the encampments of expeditions aiming to ascend Everest, in autumn the area will be deserted. The views of the Everest peak itself aren't great from base camp so many expeditions include an ascent of the nearby Kala Pattar (5545m), which offers breathtaking views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and numerous other peaks.


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Organised group tours: The following tours for Everest Base Camp are available:


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Annapurna & Everest Basecamps Trek

£2395

excl. flights

23 days

Annapurna & Everest Basecamps Trek

This superb new holiday from KE - the Nepal experts, offers the opportunity to trek to the Base Camps for both Annapurna 1 and Everest. These are undoubtedly two of the most famous trekking destinations on the planet and now it is possible to bag them both in one great trip. Starting out from the relaxing lakeside town of Pokhara we first follow the Modi Khola river valley. Passing through small villages where rice is grown on hillside terraces, we progress through forests of bamboo, rhododendron, juniper and pine into the Annapurna Sanctuary, a hallowed place where we are surrounded by towering peaks of six, seven and eight thousand metres, including Annapurna and the beautiful 'Fishtail' Mountain. Leaving the Annapurna region we then fly via Kathmandu to the high and remote airstrip of Lukla, gateway to the Everest region. Trekking first to Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpas, we leave the beaten trail behind for a couple of days to follow a much less used route through the village of Phortse and on a high terraced path offering sensational views not normally seen by Everest trekkers. Rejoining the main trail above the village of Pangboche, we continue to Everest Base Camp and have the option to climb Kala Pattar, before returning via the monastery of Tyangboche. The acclimatisation gained from our trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary means we don't have to '˜sit out' any days acclimatising on the way to Everest, which makes it is possible to complete these two classic treks in a 3 week holiday. This holiday is a must for those who want it all and want it now!


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Everest Adventure

£999

excl. flights

15 days

Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences. Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character. Affordable public and private transport for maximum cultural interaction. Plenty of optional activities tailored to your interests and budget.

Designed for outdoor adventurers. Hungry to walk, hike, trek, bike, raft and kayak your way across the world's greatest destinations? You don't have to be a decathlete to take an Active trip, just someone with a healthy love for getting active and the outdoors.

Everest Adventure

Everest is more than a mountain and the journey to its base camp is more than just a trek. Along a route dubbed by some as the steps to heaven, every bend in the trail provides another photo opportunity – beautiful forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines, and foothills. For active adventurers not afraid to break a sweat, our full trekking support staff will bring you close to local cultures before opening a window to the top of the world.


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Everest Basecamp Lodge Trek

£1495

excl. flights

17 days

With over 200 holidays to choose from, KE Adventure Travel has one of the very best collections of trekking and walking holidays worldwide. Graded on a scale from 1 to 12, we have holidays to suit everyone. Our tougher treks are likely to involve multi-day hikes through wilderness regions, with porter support and tented accommodation. Whilst at the other end of the scale, our softer walking holidays are more likely to be hotel or lodge-based with a day-walk format and an emphasis on uncovering the area's history, culture and cuisine. From our earliest days we've developed a range of treks that include celebrated classics such as Peru's Inca Trail trek, the ascent of Tanzania's Kilimanjaro and the ever popular Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal. Alongside these, we have always made it a priority to seek out distinctive and unique itineraries in less familiar areas such as Armenia, Cameroon, Madagascar and Burma. Whichever of our trekking or walking holidays you choose to undertake, you can be sure you'll enjoy breaking out of your day-to-day routine and exploring exotic landscapes on foot, with the chance to experience different cultures.

Everest Basecamp Lodge Trek

This lodge-based trek follows the legendary 'Everest Trail' from the airstrip at Lukla. Within little more than 2 weeks, this is your chance to visit Everest Basecamp, trek to the exceptional viewpoint of Kala Patar and to experience the wonderful mountain scenery of the Khumbu. A memorable flight from Kathmandu to the airstrip at Lukla provides access to an alpine world where the air is crystal clear and colourful prayer flags flutter from the rooftops. Following the famous 'Everest Trail', we trek to the prosperous village of Namche Bazaar and onwards, alongside the torrential Imja Khola, to the high valley below Everest. During the course of this excellent and relatively easy-paced trek, we visit many delightful Sherpa villages, including the stunningly located Thyangboche with its impressive backdrop of Everest and Ama Dablam. Providing outrageous mountain views and a wonderful insight into the way of life of the hardy Sherpas, this is the perfect trip for a first visit to Nepal and the Himalayas.


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Mount Everest Marathon

£1995

excl. flights

20 days

Our exciting range of multi activity holidays are designed to show off the highlights of the regions they visit, whilst also including a variety of activities. With a choice of activity holidays both in the summer and winter, you will find a whole range of exciting and sometimes adrenalin-fuelled sports and other elements. You can raft, rock climb, horse-ride, cycle, kayak, hike and much more on one of our summer multi-activity holidays. Whilst on a Winter Activity Holiday you can try out cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledging, ice fishing and even overnight in an igloo! The activities included are aimed to suit everyone from action heroes to complete novices. All equipment and training is provided, so no previous experience is necessarily required. A 'go-for-it' attitude and a reasonable level of fitness are however needed.

Mount Everest Marathon

Wednesday 29th May 2013 is Race Day for the 10th annual Tenzing-Hillary Mount Everest Marathon. Starting at Everest Basecamp (5364m), close beneath the spectacular Khumbu Icefall, this is the highest marathon in the world. First run in 2003 as an event for local runners, the race now has a more international reputation and typically includes runners from a dozen nations. The route leads mostly downhill on rough tracks and trails, through the spectacular homeland of the Sherpa people, to Namche Bazaar (3446m). A sting in the tail, however, is the 500 metre ascent from Phunki Tenga to Kunde, before the final descent into Namche. In 2006, Deepak Rai set the record for the route at 3 hours, 28 minutes and 27 seconds. To take part in the race, runners must sign up for this 21-day Mount Everest Marathon package. With 4 nights in the colourful capital city of Kathmandu and a 10-day trek to Everest Basecamp that includes 2 additional days for acclimatisation, this is a fantastic adventure. During the trek, the runners will be accompanied by experienced local guides and a full local support crew, including doctors who will monitor the runners' physical condition. On race day, there will be an official timekeeper, a team of marshals, regular checkpoints and drinks/feeding stations, as well as medical and emergency evacuation support. Although mostly downhill, this is a challenging route, with snow and ice at the highest level and a lot of rocky and exposed sections of trail. The race is only suitable for runners who regularly train or race under cross-country, trail, fell or mountain conditions. Relatives and friends can sign up for the trek and accompany the competitors as non-running group members.


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Tenzing-Hillary Everest Basecamp Trek

£1895

excl. flights

25 days

Tenzing-Hillary Everest Basecamp Trek

For the purist and those who do not wish to fly into or out of the mountains, we have the original pioneering experience of the early Everest expeditions, trekking all the way to Base Camp without the use of aircraft. Unlike those early expeditions we will have the relative comfort of staying in lodges and we will take advantage of new roads to shorten the journey, but essentially we will be walking '˜there and back again'. After a day of driving through spectacular scenery to Shivalaya, we will enjoy a week of idyllic trekking on quiet trails through the terraced middle hills of the Solu Khumbu, before joining the main Everest trail from Lukla airport to reach the Sherpa capital of Namche. Trekking via Tyangboche monastery to Gorak Shep, we have allowed time to reach both the true Base Camp for Everest, and the summit of Kala Pattar for classic views of the icefall, South Col and Hillary Step. Our return trek follows a lesser used variation through the villages of Upper Pangboche and Phortse and across the Mon La to Namche, before descending the Dudh Koshi river. Our walk out of the region then follows a different route to our walk in. We can enjoy more timeless trekking through the pleasant and unspoilt landscapes and villages of the middle hills to reach the end of the trek in Paphlu. Achievable in just over three weeks, this is definitely the trek of a lifetime.


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The Original Everest Basecamp Trek from Jiri

£1695

excl. flights

24 days

With over 200 holidays to choose from, KE Adventure Travel has one of the very best collections of trekking and walking holidays worldwide. Graded on a scale from 1 to 12, we have holidays to suit everyone. Our tougher treks are likely to involve multi-day hikes through wilderness regions, with porter support and tented accommodation. Whilst at the other end of the scale, our softer walking holidays are more likely to be hotel or lodge-based with a day-walk format and an emphasis on uncovering the area's history, culture and cuisine. From our earliest days we've developed a range of treks that include celebrated classics such as Peru's Inca Trail trek, the ascent of Tanzania's Kilimanjaro and the ever popular Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal. Alongside these, we have always made it a priority to seek out distinctive and unique itineraries in less familiar areas such as Armenia, Cameroon, Madagascar and Burma. Whichever of our trekking or walking holidays you choose to undertake, you can be sure you'll enjoy breaking out of your day-to-day routine and exploring exotic landscapes on foot, with the chance to experience different cultures.

The Original Everest Basecamp Trek from Jiri

Starting the walk-in to Mount Everest at Shivalaya, this fantastic 3-week trek follows the same approach used by the Everest expeditions of the 1950's. For the first week, it's a real roller-coaster holiday, as we trek 'across the grain' of the country over high passes and through the deep valleys of the Solu Khumbu region. During the day, we enjoy trekking through an unspoilt Himalayan landscape. Whilst, each evening, we check in at a simple lodge, usually situated in one of the many peaceful Sherpa villages on our route. Reaching the Dudh Kosi River, we pass beneath the airfield at Lukla and continue northwards to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to one of the most remarkable high mountain landscapes on earth. Fit and acclimatised after our long approach, we can enjoy all of the sights and experiences of the high Khumbu, as our trek continues through the monastery village of Thyangboche and on towards Everest. Above the highest of the Khumbu's tea-houses at Gorak Shep (5288m), we hike along the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Basecamp and we also have the option to climb to the top of Kala Patar, for arguably the best Everest views.

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