Everest base camp trek
The Everest base camp trek is the most popular trekking destination in the Himalayan region of Nepal. However, due to its high altitude, distinct landscape, and diverse flora and fauna, this trek is obviously a unique experience of a lifetime. In fact, it is a dream come true for every trekker to set foot at the bottom of the world’s highest mountain. On the other hand, the Everest base camp trek reveals some of the most breathtaking and spectacular views of the Himalayas. For instance, a panoramic view of Everest, Ama Dablam, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse, Mount Cho-Oyu, can be relished from Kala Patthar.
This trek is graded as moderate to difficult. Therefore, trekkers should be physically fit and have previous trekking experience. This spectacular journey takes place in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The journey passes through unmatched natural beauty, filled with emerald pine forests, huge boulders carved with Buddhist mantras, whitewashed chortens, prayer flags, and Sherpa villages. The Sherpas have a traditional and well-deserved reputation of being the best mountain guides in the world.
Our adventure begins with a scenic flight to Lukla. After that, we begin our trek. The trail follows the Dudh Koshi river across rhododendron forests, past villages, and monasteries to Namche Bazaar. In Namche, we will have the opportunity to explore and interact with the locals learning more about their culture, tradition, and lifestyle. Afterward, we ascend past several popular overnight stops like Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche to Gorakshep. In the meanwhile, we hike to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar to enjoy the mountain views.
• Enjoy scenic breathtaking mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
• Observe the Sherpa culture and village lifestyle in the heart of the Himalayas.
• Great mountain view from Namche Bazaar, Syangboche, and Kalapatthar.
• Explore Tengboche monastery, one of the largest Monasteries in the Everest region.
• Hike to Kalapathar (5643m), the highest point of this trek and the ultimate destination for spectacular mountain views.
• Visit the highest mountain base camp in the world at 5364m.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, you have the option to stroll around Thamel and the local tourist market of Kathmandu valley. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek Preparation
After breakfast half day sightseeing of some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites which may include Pashupatinath temple and the Boudhanath Stupa. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world, the fabulous pagoda houses the ‘linga’ of Lord Shiva. Boudhanath Stupa, another important Buddhist pilgrims site, is one of the largest Stupa in the world. Later in the afternoon, we will have a short briefing regarding the planning and preparation for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla-Trek to Phakding(2610m/3hrs)
After breakfast transfer to the domestic airport to board a flight to Lukla (2840m). The flight to Lukla will be one of the most scenic lifetime experiences. Upon arrival at Lukla start trekking until Phakding, It will take about 3 hours to reach Phakding (2650m). The trail to Phakding lets you discover the green landscape with a scenic view of local villages green farmlands in the lower Everest region of Nepal. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3440m/6hrs)
After breakfast start trekking through a beautiful pine forest that leads us along the bank of Dudh Koshi River and Hillary Suspension bridge to reach the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. The trail passes through the Dudh Koshi, Bhote Koshi river and reaches Chautara, from where we can get our first glimpse of Mt. Everest. Namche Bazaar is one of the trading points for the Sherpa people. It is also an ideal market for visitors to purchase traditional locally made crafts. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Namche Bazaaar(rest day)
Today is the day for acclimatization, it is best to gain altitude in the morning and descend in the afternoon. There are several ways to do this, we can take a hike to the Everest View Hotel, Everest View Hotel provides great panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache, Thamserku, Kongde, and many more. En route to Syangboche, we can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and the Everest Photo gallery. Return to Namche Bazaar after the visit. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 6: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche(3870m/5hrs)
Trek from Namche Bazar to Tengboche with the majestic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Thamserku along the way. The trail passes through Kayangjuma, Sansa, and the small village Phunki Thenga then crosses over the Dudh Koshi river and finally reaches the beautiful village of Tengboche. Tengboche situated at the hilltop is a wonderful spot for scenic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Ama Dablam. Tengboche also houses the largest Buddhist monastery (3860m) in the Everest region. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 7: Tengboche to Dingboche(4460m/5hrs)
From Tengboche, we hike over the Imja Khola, Pangboche village, crossing several suspension bridges and passing through several small villages. From today we will find a remarkable change in the vegetation, the mountain vegetation changes to short bushy alpine vegetation. Along the way, we come across occasional stone walls carved with prayers and colorful prayer flags swaying in the Himalayan breeze. Upon reaching Dingboche, we can relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Amadablam peaks that tower over the village. Overnight in Dingboche.
Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche(4910m/5hrs)
Today we head towards Lobuche, a small Sherpa settlement with the Lobuche Peaks looming in the background. Along the way, we pass through Thukla and the Khumbu Glacier along a memorial yard to those Sherpas and climbers who had lost their lives on the quest of conquering Mt. Everest. The trek goes past pasture lands with a noticeable change in the vegetation from lush forest to sparsely dotted alpine shrubs. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep(5180m)-Everest Base Camp(5364m)-Gorakshep(8hrs)
Today is one of the most anticipated days of the trek. We head towards Gorakshep, the last human settlement we encounter on the way to EBC. We stop here for lunch after lunch continues our journey alongside the Khumbu glacier moraine towards the base camp. After spending some time at the base camp, we will return to Gorakshep overnight. Overnight in Gorakshep.
Day 10: Hiking to Kala Pattar(5545m)-Gorekshep-Pheriche(4370m) 7hrs
Today will be a tough day, wake up early in the morning and hike to Kalapatthar to witness the spectacular sunrise view and the best panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumari, Lola peak, Khumbu peak, Baruche, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Lhotse and other ranges. After enjoying the breathtaking views return to Gorakshep for breakfast and then descend to Pheriche (4210m) via Lobuche and Thukla. Overnight in Pheriche.
Day 11: Trek Pheriche to Phortse(3950m/5-6hrs)
Start our trek from Pheriche to Phortse village(3810m), which will take approximately 5-6 hours. The trail passes through a forest with the opportunity to spot wild animals like a mountain goat, musk deer, and many species of Himalayan birds. Along the way, we pass along monasteries at Pangboche and Phortse village, which were constructed during the 16th century. After about three hours of descent, we arrive at Pangboche village and further continue our journey to Phortse. Overnight in Phortse.
Day 12: Trek Phortse to Monjo(2835m/6hrs)
From Phortse village the trail drops sharply down to the Dudh Kosi river past the village of Phortse Thangka, where we cross the river and ascend to Mongla Hill (3973m), which offers close up mountain views. From here descend all the way down to Namche Bazaar. Lunch at Namche Bazaar, after lunch hike down to Monjo. Overnight in Monjo.
Day 13: Monjo to Lukla(2860m/5hrs)
Today is the final day of our Everest Base Camp trek. We start our trek downhill along the Bank of the Dudh Kosi River passing various Sherpa settlements enjoying the dense forest area covered by beautiful rhododendron and pine trees. We will come across monasteries that resembles a unique Buddhist culture and tradition in the region. Upon arrival at Lukla, we will have a relaxing time at the hotel and prepare to fly back to Kathmandu the next day. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 14: Fly back Lukla to Kathmandu
Take the early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel and rest afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu
This day is reserved for any delays in the Lukla-Kathmandu flight(frequent cancellation due to unpredictable mountain weather). Free day in Kathmandu, you can request for local sightseeing around the valley. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 16: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Round trip domestic flight tickets to and from Lukla.
- Half day sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local tour guide as per itinerary.
- Accommodation in 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and local village lodges /tea house during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
- One welcome/farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
- English speaking local trekking guide along with porter (one porter for every two member) during the trek.
- Meals, wages, transportation, insurance and trekking gears for guide, porter and trekking staff.
- All necessary paper work and permits (TIMS/ Everest National Park permit)
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry visa.
- International flight to and from Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
- Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
- Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
- Hot showers during the trek.
- Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to natural forces, political situation or early return from the trek.
- All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.
10th November, 2015
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27th December, 2019
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