Everest Base Camp Trek with Wasfia Nazreen

  • Trip Type: Active
  • Activity Rating: Maximum
  • 19 Days | Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details


Join National Geographic Adventurer and Explorer Wasfia Nazreen on a special departure of our 19-day Himalayan trek to Everest’s Southern Face Base Camp. As you hike through some of the world’s most spectacular mountain scenery, enjoy an insider’s perspective on the world’s highest peak from a mountaineer who has scaled its summit. Stay in villages set against soaring, jagged pinnacles; discover remote mountain monasteries; and learn about the Sherpas’ spiritual perspective on the mountains they call home. Join Wasfia for morning meditation sessions, and gather around the campfire in the evenings to hear a firsthand account of her adventures and trials at the top of the world.

Trip Highlights

  • Trek to the foot of breathtaking Everest alongside National Geographic Adventurer and Explorer Wasfia Nazreen, a renowned climber who has scaled the world’s seven summits and was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2015.
  • Set out on challenging hikes to Kala Pattar (18,192'), Nangkartshang Peak (16,672'), and Everest Base Camp (17,590').
  • Get an insider’s perspective on the unique culture of the Sherpas from Wasfia, who has spent time immersed in the region, and then encounter their traditions in mountain villages and the ancient Thami and Tengboche monasteries.
  • If you wish, join Wasfia for morning meditation sessions amid spectacular Himalayan scenery; and gather around the campfire after dark to hear stories of her mountaineering adventures.

Itinerary - 19 Days

Days 1 & 2 — Kathmandu, Nepal

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel, where we’ll meet our expedition team including our lead guides and National Geographic Adventurer and Explorer Wasfia Nazreen. Spend the following day discovering medieval Kathmandu. Venture into Pashupatinath and visit Nepal’s largest Buddhist stupa, the Bodhnath Stupa, both part of UNESCO’s World Heritage site.
Shangri-La Hotel Kathmandu (Day 1: D; Day 2: B)

Day 3 — Lukla/Begin Trek/Phakding

Weather permitting, fly over the mountains to Lukla (9,200'), perched high on a slope in the Khumbu region of the Himalaya. Here, we’ll meet our porters, Sherpa guides, and pack animals and start out on our trek, descending 1,500 feet to the Dudh Kosi (River of Milk). As we follow the trail to the village of Phakding, we’ll pass mani walls, boulders carved with Tibetan Buddhist prayer inscriptions. (5 miles hiking, 3 hours)
Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)

Days 4 & 5 — Namche Bazaar

The trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Monjo, where it officially enters Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Catch a first glimpse of Everest during a steep climb that brings us to the Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar, our home for the next two nights. We’ll spend an extra day here to acclimatize, heading out on short hikes to take in views of Everest. Wasfia will provide insight into Sherpa traditions and spirituality based on her time spent immersed in their culture. (Day 4: 6 miles hiking, 5-6 hours; Day 5: 3-4 miles optional hiking, 2-3 hours)
Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Thami

If you wish, join Wasfia outdoors for a morning meditation session. Then set out on a trail along the Bhote Kosi to the remote village of Thami, the last outpost on the ancient trading route over the Nangpa La (pass) between Tibet and Nepal. Cross the Bhote Kosi and hike steeply uphill to Thami. (2-3 miles hiking; 4-5 hours)
Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Khumjung

Venture into Thami Monastery (13,000'), then retrace your steps before turning uphill toward the lovely village of Khumjung, where Sir Edmund Hillary established a school in 1961. Pay a visit to the school and learn about “Sir Ed’s” other projects in the community. (7 miles hiking; 5-6 hours)
Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Tengboche/Debuche

Set out through the Dudh Kosi gorge to Tengboche Monastery on one of the most beautiful valley walks on Earth. The monastery is the home of the Rimpoche of Tengboche. After our visit, descend to our lodge in Debuche. Spend the evening trading stories around the campfire, and hear Wasfia recount her experiences scaling the Earth’s seven summits. (7-8 miles; 5-6 hours)
Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)

Days 9 & 10 — Pheriche

Today’s hike takes us down through a beautiful forest to the village of Pangboche. With the stunning peak of Ama Dablam towering directly overhead, hike up to the remote village of Pheriche, where we will spend two nights at a lodge. The next day, head out on one of the most scenic hikes of the trip, an optional 2,100-foot climb to Nangkartshang Peak (16,672') to see Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu (three of the six highest peaks in the world). (Day 9: 6 miles hiking, 5-6 hours; Day 10: 5 miles hiking, 6-7 hours)
Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)

Days 11 & 12 — Lobuje/Gorak Shep

Continue along the valley floor to Dughla (15,157'), where we stop for lunch before hiking on Lobuje. The next day, walk to the edge of the Khumbu Glacier then hike up to the village of Gorak Shep, nestled under the soaring summits. Climb up Kala Pattar (18,192') for a dramatic close up view of Everest. (Day 11: 4 miles hiking, 5-6 hours; Day 12: 5 miles optional hiking, 2-3 hours)
Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 13 — Everest Base Camp/Lobuje

Weather permitting, we’ll head out on the final climb to Everest Base Camp, tucked into the mountainside under the sparkling Khumbu Icefall. Return to Lobuje for the night. (9 miles hiking; 9-10 hours)
Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)

Days 14, 15, & 16 — Descent to Lukla

Retrace your steps along the Imja Khola to Debuche. The following day, hike down a steep trail to the Dudh Kosi and climb to Namche Bazaar for the night. The final day of our descent, we’ll have a long and leisurely trek back to Lukla. (Day 14: 9-10 miles hiking, 6-7 hours; Day 15: 8-9 miles hiking, 5-7 hours; Day 16: 9 miles hiking, 8 hours)
Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 17 — Lukla/Kathmandu

Weather permitting, we’ll fly back to Kathmandu today and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. We have scheduled an extra day in case of a delay in our flight.
Shangri-La Hotel Kathmandu (B)

Days 18 & 19 — Kathmandu

Explore the town of Bhaktapur, which has preserved its ancient character. See the temples and palaces of Durbar Square and examine the intricate Sun Dhoka, a gilded copper gate crafted in 1753. This afternoon, Kathmandu is yours to explore. The following day, depart Kathmandu on your homeward-bound flight.
Shangri-La Hotel Kathmandu (Day 18: B,D; Day 19: B)

National Geographic Active Expeditions are unique, active itineraries for intrepid travelers that combine spectacular places, cultural interaction, and physical challenge. You'll explore fascinating, off-the-beaten-path places with top guides, and wherever possible, meet National Geographic experts in the field.

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Wasfia Nazreen

Wasfia Nazreen Mountaineer and activist Wasfia Nazreen is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and Adventurer of the Year. Wasfia is the only Bengali to climb the world’s seven summits, and has won numerous international awards for her activism and commitment to empowering women through outdoor adventure. She is the founder of Ösel Foundation, which provides young girls in Bangladesh and Nepal with mindfulness training and outdoor education. She is also the co-founder of RESET, which connects leaders with nature and encourages them to create positive change for the planet. Wasfia was named by Outside magazine in 2017 as one of the 40 women who have advanced and challenged the outdoor world through their leadership, innovation, and athletic feats, and by Men's Journal as one of the 25 most adventurous women of the past 25 years.

Wasfia will join the following departure:

Apr 13 - May 01, 2018


  • Apr 13 - May 01, 2018

Trip Cost



Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room/tent, add $900. International airfare to/from Kathmandu and airfare within Nepal is not included in the adventure cost. The group flight within Nepal is $380 (subject to change).


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Activity Level


While on the trek, we will be hiking 4–10 hours per day (2–10 miles), on moderate to steep grades and at elevations ranging from 9,318 feet to a maximum of 18,192 feet. Some days will be rest days with optional hikes to properly acclimatize.

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What To Expect

Accommodation Style

We will stay 4 nights in comfortable Nepalese-style hotels and 14 nights in simple, rustic mountain lodges with basic amenities and shared bathrooms.

Travel Logistics

Porters and pack animals will transport our gear. Participants should be in excellent health (a signed medical form from your doctor will be required).

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