Everest Base Camp Trek
“Adventure within world highest mountains around scenic high Khumbu valley”
Everest Base Camp Trek an adventure that you have dreamt to travel and visit at the foot of number one for once in your lifetime experience, Everest Base Camp Trek takes lead you to the foot Mt. Everest which towers high above at 8,848 m and 29,028 ft, as world number one peaks that borders Nepal in the south and Tibet / China towards north.
Everest Base Camp Trek starts and ends at Lukla the gateway Sherpa town with a unique airstrip known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport tribute to legendary mountaineers who first conquered the summit of Mt. Everest by late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and late Sir Edmund Hillary with British Expeditions led by Sir John Hunt in 29th May 1953 AD.
Everest Base Camp Trek where you will have time to explore traditional Sherpa farm villages adorned with Buddhist religions and fascinating cultures with its old traditional life, where walk involves entering into lovely rhododendron, pines and oaks trees with constant views of giant peaks on daily walks.
As walk progress reaching Namche Bazaar, a large village and a town with houses full of the lodge, hotels with excellent restaurants, stores, and shops, where colorful Saturday market takes place once a week.
At Namche for acclimatization before heading high areas, from Namche on the gradual path towards to reach famed Thyangboche monastery, offers grand views of Everest and Amadablam peaks.
Walk continues heading higher where tree lines and vegetation drops for small alpine bushes as the trail leads into high windswept terrain passing through Pangboche, Dingboche and Lobuche villages and settlement to reach at Gorakshep with two nights in the comfort of nice cozy lodge where hike to Everest Base Camp and climb of Kalapathar starts from this point.
Entering Everest base camp with super views of Khumbu Icefall and glacier and then our return journey takes you at the top of scenic Kalapathar hill, the highest spot of the adventure at 5,545 meters with grand views of Mt. Everest and other high mountains.
Finally, our adventure to Everest Base Camp trek concludes, taking a smooth and scenic flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla, after a wonderful experience on Everest Base Camp Trek.
Mode of Trekking: On hotels & Lodges basis
Trekking Grade: Moderate & Adventurous
Highest elevation: 5,545 mats Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m.
Trekking: 11 nights and 12 days (Lukla to Kathmandu)
Total Trip: 14 nights and 14 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Season: All season except July to Mid September monsoon wet months
Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 05: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m – 05hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m – 05hrs.
Day 07: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 05 hrs.
Day 09: To Everest Base Camp 5,364 m via Gorak Shep 5,170 m and back at Gorakshep.
Day 10: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4,240m – 05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Tengboche – 05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Monjo 2,860m – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 15: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Day 16: International departure homeward bound.
Everest Base Camp Trek begins with sweeping short flight to land at Lukla, during 30 minutes on air view of stunning mountain range with Mt. Everest, as the plane lands at Lukla named as ‘Tenzing-Hillary Airport’ in honor of legendry climbers’ first summiteers of Mt. Everest.
From Lukla our first day walk starts on winding downhill path with short climb passing many traditional Sherpa farm villages with views of peaks, after a pleasant walk reaching at Phakding for overnight stop near the glacier fed Dudh Kosi (river).
After a wonderful stop with free days at Namche, morning walk leads to nice winding path through rhododendron and pine tree forest with views of Amadablam, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tharmarserku and Kwangde peak.
After few short ups walk descends to Imjatse River at Phunge Tenga, for lunch and then afternoon walk leads to a climb of few hours into pristine forest to reach at Tengboche Monastery. Tengboche Monastery located on a small plateau with wonderful views of Amadablam, Kangtenga, Thamserku, Kwangde and Mt. Everest. A holy spot as the head lama (Rinpoche) resides in this famous monastery, where mountain expedition climbers receives blessing from a high priest (Rinpoche) for successful and safe climb.
Morning with eye catching views of mountains, our journey starts with a long descend through beautiful birch-rhododendron and pines forest, and then crossing a bridge over Imja Khola. From here tree lines stops for short bushes of juniper and dwarf rhododendron bushes (azalea), after the bridge a slow climb brings your at Pangboche, this is the last permanent village further up are temporary settlements to cater the needs of travelers with fine cozy lodges.
Walk leads slowly into exposed areas of windswept landscapes with grand close views of Mt. Amadablam with gradual up and crossing the last small bridge reaches you at Dingboche for another town night stops. Dingboche located on scenic Imjatse valley a summer grazing areas for yaks, at present with many good lodges with great panorama of mountains with views of Island peak, Lhotse-Nuptse and North Face of Amadablam.
After Dingboche, climb uphill for an hour then a nice good walk to Thugla ( Dugla) on the midway of Pheriche-Dingboche and Lobuche, with views of Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori, Amadablam. Thugla a popular lunch spot for people heading up hill to Everest base camp, after a lunch break an hour climb to a ridge known as Thug-la pass festooned with many memorials of unfortunate climbers, who died on Everest-Lhotse-Pumori expeditions.
From this lovely spot an hour more of pleasant walk brings you at Lobuche on route Everest base camp.
Morning walk leads on gradual trail with few short steep up gaining high altitude with superb views of Mt. Pumori, Lingtrin, Khumbutse and Mt. Everest. After few hours of scenic trekking reaching at Gorakshep after walking past moraine and glaciers, Gorakshep with few nice lodges for overnight stop, this isolated spot located beneath Kalapathar Hill and Pumori peak on route Everest base camp. Gorakshep was the earlier and original base camp in 1950’s to 1970’s, from here our journey continues walking over moraines and glaciers trail to reach our main highlight of the adventure at Everest base camp.
Everest Base Camp located beneath massive Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers, this super spot with immense views can be crowded during peak expedition season around April and May months, here enjoy surrounding views with Mt. Everest hidden behind high peaks of Lho-la and Nuptse. On reaching our destination and highlight return back to Gorakshep for last overnight stop around high and beautiful Khumbu valley
Starting early morning to reach Kalapathar with steep climb for few hours, on reaching the top of black rocky ridge, enjoy super panorama views of giant peaks including Mt. Everest at close distance, on top Kalapathar highest point of the adventure at 5,545 m / 18,192 ft.
After a fantastic time on top of scenic Kalapathar, return walk downhill to Gorakshep and then continue trek to reach Pheriche valley for overnight stop, walk leads on same trail to Thugla, after crossing a small bridge then down to Pheriche windy valley. A nice walk of few hours to reach at the end of the valley at Pheriche for overnight stop, this windy spot has many good lodges with HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) medical post.
An important and necessary to have one extra day in Kathmandu in case of flight delay and cancellation, due to bad unfavorable weather which can happen sometimes as Himalayan weather is unpredictable. If all goes well as per our itinerary days, one can join in our delightful and interesting tour of Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur, all these places full of world heritage site of historical-culture and religious importance.
- Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car.
- Hotel In Kathmandu: Three night’s standard selected Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast
- Meals During Trek: Your stander meals in mountain (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
- Trekking permit: ‘Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit. And Everest National park permit.
- All necessary paper works.
- Domestic airport pick up and drop by car/.
- Domestic Flight Ticket From Kathmandu to Lukla / Kathmandu . including airport Tax.
- Accommodation In Trekking: All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
- During the trek necessary toilet paper
- Fresh fruit during the trek
- NHT’S Dawn jacket and sleeping bag
- NHT’s gifts, as like a pashmina and T-shirt
- An experienced,expert, helpful and friendly Guide. Porters: Experience Trekking Porters(1 porter for 2 clients). And Their well-paid Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter. (Guide flight Katmandu / Lukla/ Katmandu.)
- Adventure Certificate: NHT provides Adventure Certificate.
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
- Medical kit bag.
- All government taxes.
- Service charge.
- Drop to airport by car/van/Bus
- Welcome and farewell dinner with company’s Director.
Cost does not include on:
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Katmandu).
- Your Travel and rescue insurance.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- All the Food in Kathmandu. Also in the case of early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled Itinerary.
- All the expenses in mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay or canceled flight)
- Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than schedule Itinerary.
- All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, bottle of water, hot water, shower..
- Tips for the guide and porter.