Everest Base Camp Trekking
Everest base camp trekking is a world class hiking tour that brings to the foot of Mount Everest. Truly Everest base camp tour is the exploration of magnificent high mountains of the planet, impressive glaciers, different culture of the Sherpas- the heroic mountaineers, distinctive landscape of Himalaya region with its endangered flora and fauna.
Everest Base Camp trek begins after 40 minutes sensational mountain flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hilary airstrip at Lukla. Lukla is the gateway of this adventure trip. From Lukla, the trekking starts following the upward path to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar passing through the Dudh Koshi River valley with views of Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru peaks. It takes about two days to reach this Sherpa village, which is a central hub of Khumbu area. Usually, at this place trekkers allow a day of rest for acclimatization to minimize effects of Altitude Health problems (AMS). They then trek another two days to Dingboche (Alt. 4,260 m/13,980ft) before resting for another day for further acclimatization.
Another two days takes to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar and Mt. Pumori. After the visit of the south base camp of Mount Everest the hiking to the top of Kalapathar (Alt. 5555m/18225ft), the black rock nearby Gorakshep, provides a 360-degree awesome panorama of world’s tallest mountains of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Pumori, Mount Lobuche, Mount Nuptse and other surrounding peaks. From this elevation the true height of Everest becomes clear. The entire south face of Everest is visible.
Afterward, the trekking will retrace down Lukla following the places of Pheriche, Pangboche, Tengboche, Namche, and Phakding. In Lukla, it ends the trekking. Next morning from Lukla you fly back to Kathmandu. Eventually, the program of this journey completes with the wonderful sightseeing tour of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley along with farewell dinner at authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural dances.
“Everest base camp trekking is the lifetime hiking journey to the foothills of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain 8,848 meters/ 29,029 feet above sea level.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Namaste and welcome to Nepal and the start of our adventure. We’ll be waiting with a warm greeting and transfer to your hotel. At the hotel, he will assist you to check in and do a pre-trip meeting with you. You will be briefed about your overall program, introduced to your guide and clear your questions/queries if any. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Morning Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,804m/9,199ft). Start trekking from Lukla to Phakding (Alt. 2,610m/8,563ft). Walking 3 hours.
Early morning you will be picked up at the hotel by our guide and escort you to domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport. Then you board the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. During the 40 minutes, you enjoy stunning views of Himalayas. After landing at Tenzing-Hillary airport you meet your porter. He will carry your luggage. Then you start your trekking. Today you will trek for three hours. It’s easy and gentle. The trail starts passing a Kani (ceremonial gatehouse). It descends steeply then runs level above Kyangma village, which has a large gompa (monastery) and school. After that, you enter Cheplung village. The trail descends through community forest with the sight of Dudh Koshi River. Crossing suspension bridge it’s a short climb around the ridge to Ghat. Leaving Ghat the trail passes a school and complex of mani walls, chortens and prayer wheels. Then the trail climbs to the hamlet of Chhuthawa. From Chhuthawa after a short walk, you reach to Phakding. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 3: Trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (Alt. 3,441m/11,289ft). Walking 5 hours.
After breakfast, you continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. Continuing up the Dudh Koshi valley you will reach a cluster of local Bhatti (porter rest houses) and a small hydroelectric project. The trail climbs up over the ridge and pines to the small village of Toktok. You will soon get your first view of Thamserku peak (6,608m). The trail again climbs steeply around the ridge and reach Benkar. Here you find waterfalls. Leaving Benkar the trail crosses east bank of Dudh Koshi River over suspension bridge and heads to Chumoa. From Chumoa it’s another steep climb to the outskirts of Monjo village. Just above the Monjo, there is a checkpoint for Sagarmatha National Park. Your trekking card is checked here. Afterwards, the trail cuts across to the west bank of the Dudh Koshi River on another suspension bridge and runs to Jorsale. Above Jorsale you follow the river bank over gravel before climbing to the forest. You will see flowing together of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. From here it continues ascent through dense pine forests and then eventually enters to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 4: Acclimatization day. Day trip to Shyangboche and Khumjung Village (Alt. 3,780m/12,402ft) and trek back to Namche Bazaar. Walking 5 hours.
Today you stay at Namche Bazaar to avoid symptoms of Altitude Sickness (AMS). This doesn’t mean you have to stop walking. You hike up the Shyangboche. You cross grass airstrip at Shyangboche and walk towards the Everest View Hotel, the highest hotel in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. From here you can have a good view of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks. Then you continue walking to Khumjung, the largest Sherpa village in Everest region which sprawls below the peak of Khumbila (5,761m). The houses here are large and ostentatious and many locals own tracts of land further north along the valley. You visit Khumjung Gompa. One of the treasures kept here is a Yeti Skull. From the flat area in front of the Gompa, there are views east to Amadablam, Thamserku, and Khumbila. After the visit of Khumjung village, you return directly to Namche Bazaar following the path behind the village school. Today you will have also option to visit Sagarmatha National Park Visitor center where you can see some well-preserved displays on Himalayan flora and fauna and the culture of Sherpa people. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 5: Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (Alt. 3,860m/12,664ft). Walking 5 hours.
After breakfast, you follow the path by the giant Mani in Chhorkung and trek north around the long ridge. At the end of the bluff is a viewpoint over a panorama of Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest. Then trail reaches Kyangjuma. After a short walk, it takes to trail junction at Sanasa. You follow the trail to Tengboche runs gently downhill towards the river traversing Lawichasa, Tashinga, and Phunki Thenga. Then it crosses the river on the bridge. From here the trail climbs past some water powered prayer wheels and begins a sustained climb through a forest of rhododendrons. On the way, there are many porter rest stops. Eventually, you will reach to Kani and a pair of chortens and arrive at Tengboche. The major attraction of this place is Tengboche Gompa. Inside the monastery are incredibly elaborate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 6: Trekking from Tengboche to Dingboche (Alt. 4,350m/14,272ft). Walking 6 hours.
Your day starts with following the trail through conifers and rhododendrons forest. The trail sooner reaches Debuche. Then the path continues through rhododendron forests to Milinggo. From here the trail descends steeply to the suspension bridge over Imja Khola. Crossing the bridge it climbs. You find the good photo shooting place of beautiful Stupa mirroring towering Ama Dablam. Afterward, you will soon arrive at Pangboche. Leaving Pangboche the trail climbs above the tree line and enters the arid landscape of alpine meadows. It follows the path of Imja Khola (stream) and passes Shomare and Orsho. After Orsho the trail splits. You will follow the lower path along the west bank of Imja Khola that leads to Dingboche. From Dingboche, you can have good views of Island Peak, Peak 38 and Lhotse. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 7: Acclimatization day. Walk around Dingboche. Walking 4 hours.
Today you spend a day in Dingboche for the acclimatization. In the morning you have refreshing breakfast while admiring views of the looming Ama Dablam (6,856 m). Then after our guide take you a short walk to Nangkartshang Gompa. This Buddhist monastery is 400 m above Dingboche on the ridge. From there you can enjoy the view of Makalu (8463m), the fifth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu. From this vantage place, you can also see Imja valley as well as picturesque fields and pastures. Then you walk back to Dingboche and get relaxed at your lodge. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 8: Trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche (Alt. 4,910m/4,910ft). Walking 5 hours.
From Dingboche, you follow the path climbing slowly along the ridge through the village of Dusa. On the way, you can have a spectacular view of twin peaks of Taboche and Cholatse, Ama Dablam and Kantega. Then the trail drops down to a glacial stream following rising up to Dughla. From this village, the trail goes directly up gravelly terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. Afterwards, it moves at the top of the ridge which covered with memorials to lost climbers and Sherpas. From here you can enjoy an impressive view of Pumori (7,145m), Lingtren (6,697m), Khumbutse (6,623m), Changtse (7,550m) Nuptse and Lhotse. Then trail meets the junction. You follow the path that ascends north over the loose moraine and arrive at Lobuche. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 9: Trekking from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (Alt. 5,365m/17,602ft) then back to Gorak Shep. Walking 7:30 hours.
Today your trek begins following narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain wall past the Italian Pyramid. The route of the path changes regularly as the edge of the moraine tumbles into the glacier. To find the trail look for cairns of stones left as markers and hoof prints and dung left by yak trains. After rounding the trail you will have your first views of Kalapathar (5,545m). As you climb to take the time to detour to the edge of the moraine to look out over the Khumbu Glacier. Then the trail passes Changri Shar Glacier and reaches Gorak Shep, flat sandy bowls at the foot of Kalapathar. You continue walking to Everest Base Camp following the path across the Khumbu Glacier. Everest Base Camp is at the bottom of the Khumbu Icefall at 5,365m. Visiting Everest Base Camp you trek back to Gorakshep for night halt. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 10: Early in the morning hike up to Kalapatthar (Alt. 5,555m/18,225ft) then trek down to Pheriche (4,200m/13,780ft).
Wake up early in the morning then hike up to Kalapathar through grassy ridge above the Gorak Shep. It takes one and half hour to two hours to reach the summit which is marked by prayer flags. As you climb it the peak of Pumori looms dramatically ahead. By climbing 200 m you will find yourself in front of world’s definitive mountain views- a 360-degree panorama of Himalayan giants from Pumori and Lobuche to Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. From this elevation the true height of Everest becomes clear. The entire south face of Everest is visible. After taking photos this world class scenery you back down to Gorakshep. Have lunch in Gorakshep. In the afternoon you trek to Pheriche retracing your steps along the moraine of Khumbu glacier. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 11: Trekking from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (Alt. 3,441m/11,289ft). Walking 6:30 hours.
After breakfast, you descend to the valley of Orsho then follow the west bank of Imja Khola to Shomare and on to Pangboche. From Pangboche you retrace your footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche and Tengboche. From Tengboche, you trek down to Phunki Thenga then climb the ridge towards Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 12: Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (Alt.2,804m/9,199ft). Walking 6:30 hours.
From Namche Bazaar, you follow the steeply downward path. Once you cross the high suspension bridge the trail runs mostly level to Josale and then climbs to Monjo where your trekking card will be checked out. Then it’s an easy run through Benkar and Phakding to Lukla. After arriving at Lukla it ends your overall trek. Most trekkers make a celebration of finishing their trekking with their guide and crew members at Lukla. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning. Rest of the day at leisure.
Early in the morning, you move to Tenzing-Hillary airport. Then catch once again that scenic mountain flight to Kathmandu. After you land in Kathmandu airport you will be transferred to your hotel. You have free time rest of the day. You can have a hot shower, spa for relaxing your body in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Sightseeing tour to World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu valley. Evening farewell dinner with Nepali Cultural show.
After breakfast, you will be offered cultural sightseeing of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley accompany with the professional guide. By our private vehicle you will visit Pashupatinath, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located on the banks of the Bagmati River 5 kilometres north-east of Kathmandu city; Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet which is the center of Tibetan culture; Bhaktapur Durbar Square, medieval royal palace that glimpse you Nepalese authentic art and architecture and unique culture. After sightseeing, you have free time for your last minute shopping. Evening you will be offered farewell dinner with Nepali cuisines and cultural dances at typical Nepali Restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Departure Day.
The trip concludes today. We will drop you off at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
Namaste & we hope see you again soon!
Cost, Includes and Excludes
- Airport pickup and drop
- Kathmandu city tour
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights
- Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (hotel standard is as per your choice)
- Lodge to lodge accommodation during trekking
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek
- English speaking trekking guide
- Porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers =1 porter)
- Salary, insurance, food and lodging for guide and porter
- Trekking permits and National parks fees
- Farewell dinner
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except welcome
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, Bottled or boiled water, shower etc.)
- Tips for guides and porters