This trail follows the classic route taken by expeditions and exploration teams almost a century ago through the Himalayan foothills and Sherpa country, leading in 1953 to the first ascent of Everest. While most treks now begin with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport (2,840 m), this one begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya ( (1,750 m) to begin a fascinating hike to Namche Bazaar for acclimatization, then upwards past famous Thyangboche monastery (3,860 m), Lobuche (4,910 m), Gorak Shep (5,288 m) to Everest Base Camp (5,300 m), and to the Everest viewpoint of Kala Pathar (5,550 m). After this exhilarating hike, back down to Lukla for your flight back to Kathmandu.
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