Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trek in the world. During this trek you reach right at the base of Mt. Everest ( read more about Mt. Everest ) which is used as the base camp Everest by all expedition teams these days. There are numbers of myths, mysteries and beliefs on this highest mountain on earth. The whole region is sacred to the Sherpas – ethnic people of the Khumbu region who migrated from Tibetan parts some 500 years ago.
“Once in their lifetime, every person should journey to a place where legends live, where everything is bigger than life. For me, Everest has always represented nature at its most powerful, most awe-inspiring, most unconquerable. —An American Mountain Climber”
The UK’s leading magazine The Observer, has selected Everest Base Camp Trekking in Nepal in 20 Journeys of a Lifetime and a must see place before you die.
Mt. Everest Base Camp trek is for a lifetime experience ( read what other says about the trek ). You will be inspired, strong and ready to begin new wonderful life after the trek with us.
Summit of Kalapatthar ( 5,416 m / 17,769 ft) – the most popular viewpoint in the region and gaze the heavenly and spectacular view of the mountain peaks including Mount Everest is a key attraction of the trek. Some major peaks that you can see in close proximity during the trek are Mt. Everest ( 8,848 m / 29,029 ft), Lhotse ( 8,5146 m / 27,940 ft), Lhotse – Shar south ridge ( 8,393 / 27,536 ), Nuptse ( 7,861 / 25,790 ft ) with other peaks in Nuptse massif such as Nuptse II, Nuptse Shar etc all over 7000 m, Pumori ( 7,161 m / 23,494 ft), Khumbutse ( 6,665 m / 21,867 ft), Thamserku (6,608 m / 21,680 ft ) and many more in 360 degree.
You walk in the Sagarmatha National Park which covers 1,184 sq km and the first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site of the country. The major flora of the park in the lower elevation are blue pine, birch, juniper, hemlock, rhododendron, bamboo etc and the higher elevation covers with shrubs such as lichens, and mosses. Above snow line ( 5,750 m / 18, 860 ft) all plant life come to an end. The forest shelters at least 118 species of birds which includes Himalayan Monal, Pheasant, Chough with major mammal species such as musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, red panda, Himalayan thars, Monkeys, Wolves, Martens etc. The national park is listed in the Special Bird sanctuary by Birdlife International and included in the Sacred Himalayas.
The trek begins with a short yet thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport towards the eastern Himalayas. After landing in this tiny airstrip at Lukla ( 2,850 m / 9,350 ft) – nominated as one of the most dangerous airport of the world , the adventure to the base camp Everest of a lifetime begins. From Lukla you trek to north through beautiful pine forest along the river to bustling Sherpa ‘capital’, Namche Bazaar. As you advance to higher altitudes, the alpine scenery becomes more rugged and climb above the tree line to reach Dingboche in the Imja valley for further acclimatization and exploration. It is then a steady ascent, following glacial moraines, to Lobuche/ Gorakshep and return back to Lukla mostly same trail to fly back Kathmandu and then your sweet home.
Day 01 & 02: Depart your home and arrive Kathmandu.
Depart your sweet home for a lifetime adventure in the Himalayas .
Arrive at Kathmandu international airport – meet with our representatives at the meeting area and transfer to the Hotel.
Requirements for Visa: Two passport sized photographs and USD 40 for one month visa.
It is about 20 -30 minutes drive to your Hotel. You will be amazed with hustle and bustle of the city management at first !
Based on your arrival time either participate in short tour of the Kathmandu City and Basantapur Durbar Square ( 18th century palace complex square) or stroll around the Hotel, do final shopping and relax before your great trek begins . Overnight stay in the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu – Lukla (2,850 m ) & Hike to Phakding ( 2,652 m. / 8,700 ft.)
6 – 7 am : Your guide and other support staff meet you at your hotel lobby and transfer to the domestic terminal at the airport to board thrilling flight to Lukla. This half an hour flight is very adventurous from where majestic Himalayan ranges can be viewed. Landing in the Lukla Airport ( regarded as the most dangerous airport of the world) is always fun, adventure and thrill.
9 – 10 am : Hiking begins from Lukla after small breakfast. The day is comparatively easy and gentle uphill and downhill. We pass through various small towns, settlements, waterfalls, streams,hanging bridges, beautiful rolling midhill farming fields during hiking.
1 – 2 pm : We stop for Lunch, place our order of Lunch in some teashops, wait 30 – 40 minutes before they serve our delicious meal.
After the Lunch, we walk another good hour. The beautifully carved stone wall with Buddhist mantras ( sacred chanting ), colourful prayer flags, Dudhkoshi River valley are awe inspiring for the day.
3-4 pm: Arrive Phakding and overnight stay in the mountain lodge. We eat dinner in the same hotel where we stay.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar ( 3,440 m. / 11,286 ft. )
7.00 am: Breakfast in the hotel.
7.45 am: start hike for the day which is longer and tougher day of hike than the first day. We walk on the western bank of Dudhkoshi river towards north till Bengkar in the most beautiful gorge with pine forest, waterfalls, streams, little villages. We come across with first sight of beautiful Thamserku in the morning towards north – east.
12- 1.00 pm: We enter SAGARMATHA NATIONAL PARK from Jorsalle. After entry formality we cross high hanging bridge to the other side of the river and enjoy our lunch. We can adjust lunch place based on our group’s pace.
After lunch, we walk on the eastern bank of river till Larja Dobhan where Bhote Koshi flowing down from western corner and Dudh Koshi flowing down from eastern corner meet. We cross scary hanging bridge over the river Dudh Koshi and then walk steep uphill to Namche Bazaar for about 2 hours. We gain approximately 800 mtr height today and reach above 3,000 m from where precaution should be taken to avoid altitude sickness.
3 – 5 pm: Arrive beautiful and bustling town Namche Bazaar which is the gateway of the Everest Region. Namche Bazaar is the most popular town among trekkers for acclimatization stop prior to the hike to Base Camp and party after the Base Camp.. Bank and ATM service, grocery shops, restaurants, bakeries, world class climbing and hiking gears are available in the town. Overnight stay in the lodge in Namche.
Day 05: Everest View Hotel / Khumjung Excursion & Acclimatization
8 am: Breakfast in the hotel.
8.45 am: Start hike. We visit National Park’s museum and information centre situated in the eastern ridge of the town, from where Mt. Everest along with various peaks can be seen.
After this, we walk steep uphill towards Everest View Hotel which is located at an altitude of 3800 mtr and the view of mountain peaks such as Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kantega are stunning.
We can drink coffee in the Hotel yard enjoying the view of majestic himalayan peaks and then walk about 30 minutes downhill to Khumjung valley, a large permanent settlement of Sherpa community.
1-2 pm: Lunch in Khumjung and walk through the Hillary School which was established by Sir Edmund Hillary and run by Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust. The establishment of this school is the milestone of academic development among Sherpa children.
3- 4 pm: We then, return back to Namche, the way back is basically downhill except small uphill immediate after we start. Enjoy delicious dinner in the hotel.
Day 06: Hike Namche Bazaar – Phortse ( 3,810 m. / 12,500 ft. )
7.00 am: Breakfast in the Hotel.
7.45 am: Start hiking towards the north eastern ridge of Namche town and then continue towards north (Mt. Everest). First stretch until Kyangjuma is gentle up and down from where the view of the himalayan peaks such as Mt. Everest (8.848 mtr / 29,029 ft), Lhotse (8,516 mtr / 27,939 ft), Lhotse shar (8,382 mtr / 27,500 ft), Nuptse (7879 mtr / 25,850 ft), Peak- 38 (7591 mtr / 24,905ft), Ama Dablam (6,856 mtr / 22,493 ft), Thamserku (6,623 mtr / 21,729 ), Kangtega (6,783 mtr / 22,254 ft), Kusum kangaru (6,367 mtr / 20,889 ft), Cholaste (6,335 mtr / 20,784 ft), Tabuche peak (6,495 mtr / 21,309 ft), Khumbi La (5,765 mtr / 18,904 ft) and Kwangde Ri (6,011mtr / 19,721 ft ) is amazing.
From Kyangjuma, the trail forks where the lower trails leads towards Tengboche and Imja valley whereas the upper trail leads towards Gokyo valley. We take the upper trail to Phortse. The trail up to Mong La (3,975 mtr / 13,041 ft) is beautiful with magnificent view of the river valley, Tengboche, Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Kantenga and Thamserku.
12-1 pm: Lunch in Mong la. After lunch we walk down to the river DudhKoshi which takes about forty minutes and cross the bridge for the final uphill of about an hour to Phortse.
4-5 pm: Arrive Phorse village and enjoy the rest in the lodge.
Day 07: Hike to Dingboche ( 4,530 m. / 14,800 ft. )
7.00 am: Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy the magnificent view of the mountain peaks of Gokyo Valley which we will not be able to see afterwards. The peaks include 8,201 mtr / 26,906 ft Cho Oyu, Machhermo Peak.
7.45 am: We start hiking for the day. The small climb to the ridge from your hotel in the morning is beautiful with the view of the mountain peaks. From the top of the ridge, we continue through the cliffs and long stretch. View of Tengboche, Imja khola valley, mountain peaks are magnificent during the hike.
12-1 pm: Lunch in Pangboche. We can visit one of the oldest monastery of entire Khumbu region that which housed the palm of mysterious Yeti.
4-5 pm: After lunch, we walk approximately another 3 hours to Dingboche which is a beautiful and wam town facing towards Imja Valley. The view of the mountain peaks including Lhotse – Shar south face, Island peak, Baruntse and Ama Dablam are beautiful from the town.
Day 08: Excursion to Chukung Valley and Acclimatization
8.00 am: Breakfast in the hotel and then hike to Chukung Valley.
Chukung is the last town before Island Peak – the most climbed peak in the region. In the afternoon, we may visit Himalayan Rescue Association’s health post in Pheriche and take part in the information talk about High Altitude ( depends upon our return time from Chukung and energy). Overnight stay in the Hotel in Dingboche.
Day 09: Hike to Lobuche ( 4,940 m. / 16,210 ft. )
7 – 7.45 am: Breakfast in the hotel/ lodge and then hike to Lobuche.
Trek to the base camp Everest starts to be difficult in the higher altitudes from today. Due to low pressure level of oxygen we find it hard to catch breath. We must walk very slow uphill, drink enough water and other liquid form of meal, make ourselves warm.
We turn westward from Dingboche and then walk towards north in a beautiful gazing land called Palrung Kharka. The walk in this Kharka ( grazing field ) is really enjoyable since the trail is flat and the view of towering Cholatse and Tawache peak on the western corner with a Pheriche valley beneath. The trail from Dingboche and the trail from Pheriche to Lobuche joins near a place called Dughla ( 4,620 m / 15,158 ft)
12-1 pm: Lunch in Dughla. After lunch, it is a steep ascend to Dughla Pass (4,830 mtr / 15,846 ft) and takes about 1 good hour to reach the top. On the top there are numbers of memorial chortens erected in the memory of those climbers who sacrificed their life to the mt. Everest and the Himalayas. You can see the memorial of Scott Fischer ( the first American climber to climb Mt. Lhotse, and the one to die in 1996 Everest Disaster) decorated with prayer flags on the right side of the pass on a ridge. A book by Robert Birkby named Mountain Madness is a biography of Scott Fischer and his role in a TV movie Into Thin Air is played by Peter Horton. There is another notable memorial of the famous climber who had summited mt. Everest 10 times with a world record of staying 21 hours on top of the Everest without auxiliary oxygen.
After this pass, we walk in the cairns for about one and half hour to reach Lobuche. We walk northeast along the Khumbu glacier which flows on the right hand side behind the ridge.
3-4 pm: Arrive Lobuche which is beautifully located in the lap of Lobuche peak (Lobuche East and Lobuche West ) near the confluence of Lobuche Glacier and Khumbu Glacier. Overnight stay in the lodge.
Day 10: Hike to Gorakshep – Gorakshep ( 5,170 m / 16492 ft)
7.30 am : Breakfast in the lodge.
8.30 am: We walk around 3 -4 hours to reach Gorakshep today. On the way we can visit Italian Research Centre called EV-K2CNR which is a research institute in the high altitude, sustainable development and high altitude fragile ecosystems.
The trail is not steep climb but is tough due the the moraines, cairns and rock boulders. We walk along the Khumbu Glacier which can be seen on the right side after short walk.
12-1 pm: Arrive Gorakshep. Enjoy Lunch in the lodge and rest of the day to explore surrounding. Gorakshep is a sandy lake bed situated at the height of 5,170 mtr from sea level in the lap of Kalapatthar ( a viewpoint and hilltop above Gorakshep with black rocks on top as it named) . The view of Nuptse on the right across the Khumbu glacier is beautiful from Gorakshep.
Day 11: Exploration of Base Camp Everest – Gorakshep
After breakfast, we explore the Base Camp Everest. Gorakshep was the original Base Camp Everest for Swiss Mountain climbers who attempted to climb Mt. Everest on 1952. Present Base camp which lies some 2 / 3 hours further up near Khumbu Icefall is due to the global warming. From Gorakshep it is about 3 hours walk in the moraines created by the Glacier towards north east direction to the Base Camp Everest. It is a full day excursion to Base Camp and return. Overnight stay in the lodge in Gorakshep.
Day 12: Climb Kalapatthar ( 5,545 m / 18,192 ft. ) – walk back to Pheriche
4.00 am: We start to climb uphill in a pre dawn to Kalapatthar which takes about 2 hours to enjoy the most stunning, marvelous, excellent, remarkable, smashing, spectacular, wonderful, mind blowing, majestic, awe inspiring , astonishing, mesmerizing, spell bound, fascinating, enchanting, charming……………….. view of the mountain peaks including Mt. Everest in your reach.. You may use any word by yourself to describe the beauty in the morning around you or no word , but just WOW. The view of Mt. Everest is the best from this top and you might be standing on the highest point ( 18,192 ft / 5,545 m) in your lifetime ( if you have not done any height previously).
View of Mt. Everest and other mountains including Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori, Amadablam, Lobuche with many other peaks make a perfect 360 degree. Mt. Everest is best viewed from the top of Kalapatthar than from any place. Take photo of Everest and yourself and then climb down to Gorakshep again.
9 – 10 am: Breakfast in the lodge, and we say Ciao to this inspiring place. We climb down and back to Pheriche.
4-5 pm: Arrive Pheriche and enjoy the rest of the day. Overnight stay in the lodge.
Day 13: Hike to Tengboche ( 3,867 mtr / 12,687 ft)
We walk to Tengboche after breakfast. The trail is downhill most of the time and easier than going up. You can enjoy the surrounding, Sherpa life, people on the way back while you do not have to struggle for breathing. Arrive Tengboche and overnight stay in the Lodge. If you want to walk further, you can climb up to Kyanjuma from where the view of mountains is also excellent.
Tengboche is a beautiful town where the famous Tengboche Monastery dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism is situated. All expedition team and climbers receive blessings from the reincarnated monk ( Rinpoche ) of monastery for a successful climbing. The monastery is popular for its mask dance ( mani rimdu festival ) which falls in the month of October – November. The dance continues for nine days of ceremonies and special meditation by the monks.
Day 14: Hike to Monju | Jorsalle or Namche Bazaar
We just walk back to Monju, Jorsalle, or Namche Bazaar. If you want to party in Namche, you can stay overnight in Namche as well.
Day 15: Hike to Lukla
Walk to Lukla and then enjoy rest of the day in Lukla. Party after successful adventure trek to base camp everest of lifetime.
Day 16: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu in the morning and transfer to your Hotel. The day is free for your to explore the City on your own.
Day 17: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour | Extra day for contingency for the flight Lukla – kathmandu
After breakfast we set for sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. The major places to tour around includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Stupa and Swoyambhunath Stupa.
Kathmandu Durbar Square used to be a royal palace complex square of Nepal’s Malla and Shah King’s. They rule in Kathmandu from the palace from 14th Century till 18th Century. The palace complex is completely decorated with artistic temples, shrines , statues etc. Whole palace square reflects the opulence of Malla era and little from Shah dynasty. Most popular in the square is 9 storey royal palace complex built by King Prithvi Narayan Shah in mid 18th century. King Prithvi Narayan Shah was the king of Gorkha and triumphed over Kathmandu kingdom after many attempts in 1768 A.D. Living Goddess “ KUMARI “ and beautifully crafted and decorated palace where she lives during her tenure is another attraction. Kumari is young girl ( prepubescent ) worshipped in Kathmandu valley as manifestation of goddess Durga ( a divine female energy) . You can have a glance of Goddess Kumari while she appears in the window of her palace upon request. Huge black Bhairab statue of 6th century, mask of white Bhairava, Shiva temple, Vishnu temple, Taleju temple, various courtyards are others to see and explore in the square.
Pashupatinath Temple is our next destination, which is the most prominent Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva ( God of destruction according to Hindu philosophy) . It is taken as one of the holy abode of Shiva among 275 on the continent. The present temple was erected in 17th century, though the history of site goes back to many centuries. Cremation in the bank of river Bagmati amazes you along with various shrines, temples, stories related to Hinduism.
We then visit Boudhanath Stupa, the most famous and the holiest stupa in Nepal and biggest in terms of its expansion and height. Present sky high stupa was erected and renovated in 18th century. It is located in ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet. With influx of Tibetan refugees in 1959, the area is home to many Gompas ( monasteries ) which follows tibetan buddhism.
In the afternoon, enjoy shopping in Nepal. You find Silk Carpets, Tibetan Carpets, Pashmina Shawls, Thanka Paintings, Statues, Handicrafts, Jewellery, Gurkha Knife, Garments and other various items either in a narrow street of Thamel or other shopping areas.
Overnight stay in the Hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening, enjoy farewell dinner with cultural dance.
We take this day as a reserve day as contingency. The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. In this case, we can use this day to fly back.
Day 18 & 19: Departure Kathmandu – Arrive your sweet home
You will enjoy free time before we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to home or other destination. Arrive home with fond memories of the World’s Highest Mountain.
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