Footsteps of Hillary Trip Notes

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Trip code : GIEB
Trip length : 16
Trip starts in : Kathmandu
Trip ends in : Kathmandu
Maximum group size : maximum 15


  • 17th Century Thyangboche Monastery
  • Having a (eye)ball in Nepal
  • Kala Patar (5643m) - the best vantage point to see Mount Everest
  • Aint' no mountain high enough
  • Bodhnath Stupa of Kathmandu - one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world
  • Everest Base Camp and the notorious Everest Ice Fall
  • Kathmandu’s hidden old town
  • Namche Bazaar – the gateway to the High Himalaya

Got your trekking pants on? Good. Fly from Kathmandu to Phakding then start walkin’. Check out Namche Bazaar, have a lil’ look at old Everest, bliss out in the coolest monastery in the world, eat cake, visit Everest Base Camp. Yeah… this is a pretty ace trip. Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first ones to summit Everest in 1953. Even though you won't be climbing the great mountain you'll still feel the rush of being up there where it all began.(Was Everest Base Camp)




Surely one of the highlights of any trek is the forced carb loading? Break out the stretchy pants and tuck into some guilt-free pizza, pasta, cheese spaghetti and momo dumplings.Pre-departure meeting at the hotel and an optional group dinner in the evening



Fly to Lukla then head off on foot from the airstrip. Towering above our route to Phakding are the icy peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru.Fly parallel to the Himalayan giants en route to LuklaLand on an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid 1960sExplore the village of LuklaBegin the trek and descend to the Dudh Kosi River, heading to a lodge in Phakding(Walking time: approx 3 hours)


Namche Bazaar

Yes, that's right. You're looking at Everest. Spend a bit of time acclimatising in Namche, which means "no strenuous activity". See if you can find the yak parking area above the market and gorge yourself at the bakeries (you're still carb loading, remember).Day 3Set off on an 8 hour trek, acclimatising slowly to ensure peak physical formWalk through tracts of blue pine and rhododendron forest - both spectacular in the springAwesome views of Kusum Kanguru and Thamserku peaksCross a suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River The peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche come into view for the first timeStay in a village lodge in NamcheHaggle for Tibetan artifacts in local shops - if you've got the energy(Walking time: approx 8 hours)Day 4Stay at Namche to allow for acclimatisation Perhaps view the sunset and sunrise, and fantastic panoramas of Everest from the national park headquarters above the villageOptional walk up the Bhote Khola River Valley to ThamiSee displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture



You'll come to appreciate the tern "short walking day". Stop by the National Park Museum, Everest View Hotel and a hospital built by Sir Edmund Hilary on our way to Khumjung.Continue the ascent alongside EverestPanoramas of towering Himalayan snow peaksPerhaps visit the nearby small hospital run by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan TrustView a yeti skull at the Khumjung Monastery (if you're lucky!)Stay in a lodge in Khumjung(Walking time: approx 2 hours)



As far as monasteries go, this one takes the cake. If you don't feel a sense of calm sitting at 3867m in Nepal's spiritual centre of Tibetan Buddhism while looking at Mt Everest, then you might be a robot.Perhaps stop off for a hard-earned coffee and cake from the Khumjung bakeryRejoin the trail to Everest, keeping eyes peeled for Danphe Pheasant and Himalayan TharEnjoy views of Kantega, Ama Dablam and EverestStay overnight at Thyangboche(Walking time: approx 6 hours)



Everest is so close you could touch it. We know you're excited but pace yourself because altitude sickness can sneak up when you least expect it.Day 7Visit the Thyangboche MonasteryIndulge in lunch at village of Pangboche, with the peak of Ama Dablam in the backgroundClimb through alpine hillside to a lodge in Dingboche(Walking time: approx 5 hours)Day 8A day off from hiking to rest and acclimatiseExplore the beautiful Imja Khola Valley and view the surrounding peaks


Kala Patar - Base Camp

Yes folks, it's the one you've all been waiting for - Everest Base Camp. Look out for expedition groups on their way to the summit. They're the rock stars of the climbing world (without all the groupies).Day 9Tough hike to LobucheView the peaks of Taweche and Cholatse from the chorten atop the Pheriche ValleyEat lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines of Khumbu GlacierVisit a line of memorial cairns, built in memory of Sherpas and other climbers who have died on various Everest expeditionsSpectacular views of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, and, across the border in Tibet, Changtse(Walking time: approx 6 hours)Day 10Follow the broad valley that runs parallel to Khumbu GlacierAscend gradually to the moraines of Changri Nup GlacierExperience the sensational sunset views from the amazing vantage point of Kala PatarGains views of Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest(Walking time: approx 3 hours)Day 11Wake early for the trek along the glacier to Everest Base CampIf trekking between March and May, you'll almost certainly encounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to expeditionsSee the notorious Everest ice fall(Walking time: approx 7 hours)


Thyangboche - Lukla

Say goodbye to our Sherpa crew at Lukla, where they'll entertain us with a bit of a traditional song and dance. Get together with the rest of your group and pool your tips.Day 12Head downhill to Dughla and enjoy a long tea break in PhericheVisit a trekkers' aid postGreat views of Imja Valley, Ama Dablam and KantegaRe-trace your steps to Debuche and on to Thyangboche(Walking time: approx 6 hours)Day 13Descend from Thyangboche to the suspension bridge at PhunkitengaCross the Dudh Kosi river and ascend to TrashingaGrab lunch in Namche Bazaar and enjoy a final opportunity to visit the shops(Walking time: approx 8 hours)Day 14Set off on the last, steady 5 hours of the trekArrive back in Lukla and celebrate (or sleep off) what you've just achieved(Walking time: approx 5 hours)



Time to celebrate with a tongba (hot millet beer) and a plate of ziva (pastry fingers filled with cheese), while you relax your weary but incredibly toned legs. You've earned it.Day 15Wake early in Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu - hopefully not too hungoverSpend the final night in the Thamel district of KathmanduDay 16The trip ends this morning, but Kathmandu has a lot more to offer those who wish to prolong their stay


While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.



Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.


Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.


Explore the world on two feet - or two wheels! Our active trips range from classic treks & trips where walking forms an integral part of the itinerary to cycling tours offering a totally new perspective on a destination.

Some of our active adventure tours include the classic treks such as the Inca Trail, Kilimanjaro or Everest Base Camp as well as shorter one day or overnight hikes. Our cycling tours allow you to access hidden corners of a destination, discover remote villages and meet the locals – either en route or even by cycling alongside them. All our active trips are fully supported – with either porters and mules or by a support vehicle.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures


  • Expert English-speaking local tour guide and trekking staff.
  • 16 day trek along the classic route to Everest Base Camp.
  • Return local flights from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • Twin-share lodge accommodation, generally in rooms with sleeping mattresses.
  • Porterage on trek.
  • Ascent of Kala Patar.
  • Acclimatisation days in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche.
  • Gecko’s kit bag and first aid kit.


International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre or post tour accommodation, all other meals, optional tours sightseeing or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, fully comprehensive travel insurance (obligatory on all trips and must include helicopter evacuation and repatriation), tips, items of a personal nature, laundry, cost of showers on trek (if available) and flights unless specified.
Please note that no meals are included in this tour. Some brochure versions incorrectly state that 12 breakfasts and one lunch are included.


Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.


The local payment is the final part of your overall tour cost. It MUST be paid in cash, in the currency indicated, to your tour leader at the start of your trip. Having a local payment helps us to pass cost savings on to you. Please note that the Local Payment is non-refundable.


A good level of fitness is essential. You will trek on hilly or mountainous terrain at altitudes of up to 5000 metres, for up to 7 hours per day.

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