Everest Base Camp Photography Adventure
This Everest Photography Adventure trek will take you into the heart of the Himalaya’s, thought to be the “home of the gods” by the mountain people. With incredible scenery and a backdrop of the world’s tallest peaks the Khumbu is a photographers paradise. Lined with picturesque villages under a canopy of snow capped peaks the SoloKhumbu (Everest Region) With raging rivers and waterfalls around every corner, You will have the chance to get up close to Mt Everest and visit the iconic Everest Base Camp as well as visit the most picturesque area of the region, the Gokyo Lakes. This trek includes 2 minor peaks (with incredible views) and 1 mountain pass so there is time for a bit of adventure. There is opportunity to visit some of the monasteries in the region and experience the Buddhist tradition and Sherpa culture of the region. This adventurous trek is suited to the adventurous photographer who will be rewarded with the photos of a lifetime.
- Fly into Lukla airport – considered by some the most exciting commercial airport on earth.
- Everest Base Camp – The ultimate Bucket List trek.
- Views from Kala Pattar where you will get great views of Mt Everest and hundreds of massive snow capped peaks.
- Gokyo Lakes – Definitely the most incredible photo location in the region.
- Waterfalls and gorge scenery along Dudh Kosi River.
- Namche Bazaar, beautiful town set amongst towering mountains and is the main hub of the region.
- Visit the pretty village of Thame where Tenzing Norgay grew up and visit the local monastery.
- Visit Tengboche Monastery, set high in the mountains and surrounded by snow capped peaks and Rhododendron forest.
- Gokyo Ri – superb panoramic views of the Himalayas highest peaks.
- Cho La Pass – a remote high altitude pass with captivating scenery.
- Visit beautiful Dingboche, a pretty village nestled in the confluence of 2
- rivers and under pretty Ama Dablam.
Day 1 – Kathmandu Arrival
Today is arrival day. You will be picked up at the airport by our staff and transferred to your hotel. At 4pm we meet for our tour briefing and final preparations for your trip.
Day 2 – Fly to Lukla (2840m) then trek to Phakding (2610m) 8.5km 4 hrs
In the morning we trek up to the Thame Monastery which is the oldest in the Khumbu.After lunch weh ead off towards Thamo the highlight being the recently updated monastery with brand new temple.
Day 3 – Phakding (2610m) to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 10.5km 6-8 hrs
We begin the day at Phakding and walk along the gorge past waterfalls and beautiful scenery until we arrive at the highest suspension bridge on our trek. From here it’s a steep uphill (and one of the hardest climbs on the trek) climb for around 4 hours before arriving at Namche Bazaar.
Day 4 – Namche – acclimatization day
This morning we walk above Namche via the Namche Gompa (Monastery) where we can learn a little about the traditional Buddhist Monasteries and Sherpa history of the region. On climbing the hill above Namche we can view the Everest View Hotel and get a panoramic view of the mountain ranges that surround us. We also can get a great view of Mt Everest from this spot. We return to Namche via the Syangboche Airstrip and have the afternoon free for last minute shopping or watching the Sherpa movie at one of the local café’s.
Day 5 – Namche (3440m) – Thame (3820m) 8km 4-6 hrs
We walk to Thame today along the Bhote Kosi river with picturesque villages along the way. For lunch we stop at Thamo which has recently built a new temple building for the nunnery there, its is a magnificently ornate building and if lucky there may be an opportunity to sit with the nuns during prayer time. This is the main trading route to Tibet and is less travelled by trekkers thus much of the village life is very traditional. Thame is the childhood home of Tenzing Norgay and is nestled amongst 9 over 6000m snow capped peaks. The river that flows beside the village is one of the best spots in the region for photography.
Day 6 – Thame (3820m) to Khumjung (3780m) 11 km 6 hrs
In the morning we trek up to the Thame Monastery which is the oldest in the Khumbu. From here we backtrack towards Namche but instead walk uphill to Khumjung via the Syangboche Airstrip. Khumjung is the main village in the region where the local homes are based and is a great place to view local life and culture. The Khumjung Monastery is the home of the Yeti skull and a visit to hear is an opportunity to get a glimpse of this artifact.
Day 7 – Khumjung (3820m) to Dhole (4110m) 7km 4 hrs
We follow the Dudh Kosi river through the deep valley with the river thundering below and small hamlets on the way. The village of Mongla is a great spot for lunch, perched on the top of the pass of the 2 valleys it has panoramic views all around. From here it’s a downhill to Dhole through magnificent rhododendron and birch forest covered in hanging moss.
Day 8 – Dhole (4110m) to Machermo (4400m) 6km 4 hrs
Our view ahead is of the Cho Oyu Range as we trek through the picturesque river valley of the Dudh Kosi. We are now walking along the ridge up the valley and the vegetation is a lot more barren.
Day 9 – Machermo (4400m) to Gokyo (4750m) 7.5 km 5-6 hrs
We walk up the valley today and begin to near the Ngozumba Glacier before a little climb and our arrival at the first lake in Gokyo. From there it’s a walk past lake 2 before we arrive at lake 3 and the picturesque village of Gokyo.
Day 10 – Gokyo day trip to Fifth Lake (4980m) 9km 6 hrs
Today is an optional hike out to the fifth lake. With astounding views of not only Cho Oyu (8201m) but of the whole Everest range through a gap in the mountains. With more to see of Everest than Kala Pattar it is often referred to as the “scoundrels viewpoint”.
Day 11 – Gokyo day trip to Gokyo Ri (5357m) 6km 8hrs
Today our goal is to climb Gokyo Ri a steep trail on a rocky hill. The view from here is spectacular with a breathtaking panorama of peaks including Mt Everest and closer peaks of Taboche and Cholatse.
Day 12 – Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m) 6km 4 hrs then Gokyo (4750m) to Thangnak (4680m) 5km 3-4 hrs
For sunrise our goal is to climb Gokyo Ri, a steep trail on a rocky hill opposite Gokyo. From here we can see a breathtaking panorama of peaks including Mt Everest and the closer peaks of Taboche and Cholatse. We return to Gokyo for breakfast before heading out across the Ngozumpa Glacier with fabulous mountain views across barren but stunning scenery to Thankgnak, a little village located at the start of the valley heading to the Cho La Pass.
Day 13 – Thangnak (4680m) to Cho La Pass (5368m) to Dzongla (4830m) 9.5km 8-10 hrs
Today we head off and cross the Cho La Pass on a steep path with stunning mountain scenery all around. The mountains here seem incredibly close. The views across the pass are stunning, as is the glacier at the top of the pass. This is the most difficult day of this trek and will require mental and physical fortitude.
Day 14 – Dzongla (4830m) to Lobuche (4940m) 7km 4-6 hrs
Waking in Dzongla to the mesmerising sight of Cholatse looming over the lodges we head off past the Chola Lake. The view is stunning with Cholatse rising above the lake and is an incredible photo opportunity. On arrival in Lobuche which is a beautiful small village surrounded by huge peaks there is an opportunity to climb the hill beside for some great late afternoon photo’s (weather permitting).
Day 15 – Lobuche (4940m) to Gorak Shep (5170m) 3.7km 4-6 hrs
The trail to Gorak Shep runs through a gully that has the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier on the right hand side. It is a landscape of stark grandeaur with magnificent peaks all around.
Day 16 – Gorak Shep (5170m) to Everest Base Camp (5300m) 8km 4-6 hrs
Everest Base Camp is a stark and lifeless place. Nestled at the foot of Mt Everest and other massive peaks and perched on the edge of the Khumbu Glacier. It is a beautiful and yet barren place. With strange boulders perched on top of one another and interesting ice formations. This is the starting point for many of the climbing expeditions to Mt Everest.
Day 17 – Gorak Shep (5170m) to Kala Pattar (5545m) return 4.2km 4 hrs to Lobuche (4940m) 3hrs
Early morning we trek to Kala Pattar, a steep rocky hill with a close up view of Mt Everest and the peaks surrounding it. This is the classic view of the Everest range. After lunch at Gorak Shep we head down to Lobuche for the night.
Day 18 – Lobuche (4940m) to Dingboche (4360m) 7.5km 4-5 hours
We head down the Khumbu Khola valley today walking through magnificent scenery with mountains on all sides. We spend the night at Dingboche, a beautiful village at the base of Ama Dablam and at the confluence of valleys.
Day 19 – Dingboche (4360m) to Tengboche (3860m) 8.5 km 5hrs
We head back down the valley with the Imja Khola below with picture perfect scenery, raging river crossings and Ama Dablam close by. We visit beautiful Tengboche which is nestled on the hilltop surrounded by mountains. The highlight of our day is the opportunity to watch the monks in the Tengboche Monastery performing their afternoon ritual.
Day 20 – Tengboche (3860m) to Namche (3440m) 12 km 4-6 hrs
It’s a fairly easy walk today along the mountainside with stunning views as we head back to Namche today.
Day 21 – Namche (3440m) to Lukla (2840m) 19 km 6-8 hrs
It’s quite a long walk back to Lukla today but as it’s all downhill it’s not difficult.
Day 22 – Lukla to Kathmandu
Today we fly back to Kathmandu where we can do some shopping in Thamel or sightseeing. This evening we will have a group farewell dinner and cultural show.
Day 23 – Departure day
You are free to depart at any time. Transfer to the airport will be arranged for you.
Note: This itinerary may differ slightly during your tour. Occasionally itineraries need to change to allow for weather conditions, transportation , travellers desires etc. It is recommended that you allow an additional 1-2 days before your international flight to allow for mountain airport delays and other unforeseen circumstances.
Tour cost includes:
- All accommodation as specified in the itinerary
- All domestic flights and transportation as stated in the itinerary
- Arrival and departure airport transfers
- Trekking fees and permits
- Set meals during trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- One porter per 2 people and local mountain guide for your group
- Insurances for porters and guides
- Farewell dinner and cultural show
Not included in tour cost:
- International flights to Nepal
- Visa costs
- Meals other than those listed in inclusions (this includes additional tea or coffee, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and water)
- Laundry, towels, hot showers where optional, internet access, recharging of batteries and other items of a personal nature
- Donations to enter monasteries, museums etc
- Tips for porters and guides
Book onto one of our fixed departures or contact us to arrange your own departure for this trek.
There are no fixed departures at this time – contact us with your preferred date and we can arrange a departure to suit.