Everest Base Camp

Region-Route-country: Central West-Lukla-Nepal
Days of Completion: 14 days
Max. Altitude of Trial: 5,550 meters
Accommodation Type: Hotel/Guest House or Camp
Package Type: FlyIn – Fly-Out


Everest Base camp is an absolute treat for every adventure lovers who wish to trek in the Himalayas. Mt. Everest is definitely the primary reason to go on this trek; however, it is not the only reason. You will be equally thrilled to witness unbelievably spectacular views of mountains after mountains on this trek and to observe the culture and lifestyle of the Sherpas.

We first take a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla onwards, our trek begins. As we walk from Lukla to several other small villages around the Dudh Koshi River, we will be surrounded by the view of soaring peaks such Thamaserku and Kusum Kanguru. We take a good rest at Namche Bazaar, the capital of Khumbu, in order to relax and to be familiar with the genuinely rich culture of the Sherpas. We then go to Tengboche, from where we get to see a magnificent view of the Everest, the Lhotse-Nuptse Wall, Ama Dablam and Kantega. This place is not only known for the scenic beauty but also for its spiritual relevance. The Tengboche Monastery is considered by the Sherpas to be one of their most sacred monasteries. The trek continues past Tenboche to other similar villages where we further get to witness many more cultural, spiritual, and natural beauty of this truly magnificent region.

 

Itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu : Arrival Day 
Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft 
 
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital and cultural hub of Nepal! We’ll be waiting with a warm greeting and easy transfer to your hotel. Plan on an evening briefing on last-minute specifics about your trek and an early lights-out: you have a big day ahead.
 
Day 02: Morning Flight to Lukla - Meet Guide at Airport
Monjo/Phakding 2,652m/8,698ft Walking Distance: 8km (3-4 hours)
 
A short morning flight to Lukla, you’ll be introduced to your guide and porter at Lukla. Kick off your trek with an easy walk through Chaurikharka village and descent towards Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River until Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), where we will be staying for the night to acclimatize. Enjoy your free time in Monjo/Phakding, a popular stopping point.(B,L,D)
 
Day 03: Trek to Namchhae Bazaar 
Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft Walking Distance: approx. 10-12km (5-6 hours)
 
Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge.First, we catch wonderful prospect of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Upon this juncture, we stop at Chautara to admire the view. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region. We stay overnight in Namche Bazaar. (B,L,D)
 
Day 04:  Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazzar
 
Today we will spend time resting, visit around or perhaps make new friends. There’s an optional 2 hour hike to Everest View Point, an uphill walk that will help speed acclimatization. Otherwise, spend the day exploring Namche Bazaar. Check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering.  (B,L,D)
 
Day 05: Trek Namche to Tengboche 
Altitude: 3,870m/12,684ft Walking Distance: approx. 10km (6 hours)
 
After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek towards Tengboche enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga we then have a little tough climb steep up through the pine forests while before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu region. We pay our visit to the monastery the same day at around 3 p.m. to witness the ceremony in the principal and popular monastery of Everest region. Over night stay at lodge at Tengboche.(B,L,D)
 
Day 06: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche
Altitude: 4,400m/14,435ft Walking Distance: approx. 11km (6 hours) 
 
Our trek today kicks off with a walk through the rhododendron forest to Deboche followed by a bridge over the raging Imja Khol River. We’ll pass the valley wall and then traverse the plains to Pangboche village, the biggest settlement of Sherpas in the region. Enjoy a great opportunity to observe a typical Sherpa village and have lunch with the locals! The intrepid can brave a brief hike to the Pangboche monastery, one of the oldest in the area. Our afternoon trek will be a difficult one, as the landscape gives way to dry, deserted mountains and we hike towards Dingboche. (B,L,D)
 
Day 07: Acclimatazation Day : Day Hike to Chhukung Valley Overnight at Dingboche (B,L,D)
 
Day 08: Trek Dingbocke to Lobuche
Altitude: 4,900m/16,076ft Walking Distance: approx. 11-12 km (6-7 hours)
 
Behond Dingboche, we climb up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountain views. At the top of the ridge, we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive. Mt Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As we pass along a murmuring stream leaving the Khumbu Glacier behind, we now begin to feel a little out of breath due to high altitude. Overnight at Lobuche. (B,L,D)
 
Day 09: Trek to Gorak Shep & Everest Base Camp EBC 
Altitude: 5180m/16,994ft (Gorekshep) & 5364m/17598 (EBC) Distance of walking: approx. 15km (6-8 hours)
 
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world - Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here. By now we have met the ultimate objective of our trip.

However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view, so it is suggested to visit Kala Patthar today during sunset. As the setting sun's rays strike the snow capped mountains the resulting scenery is indescribable. For those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar, our guides and Sherpas coordinate in hiking to Kala Patthar for amazing sunset view today rather than waiting until the next day. Overnight in Gorak Shep at a local lodge. (B,L,D)
 
Day 10: Trek Gorak Shep to Kalapathar - Overnight at Pheriche
Altitude: 5,545m/18,192ft (Kalapathar) & 4,320m/14,173ft (Pheriche) Walking distance: approx. 12-13km (5-6 hours)
 
We’ll wake before dawn today to trek towards Kalapathar (which means “black rock”) for a fiery, glorious sunrise over Mt. Everest. The day’s first light will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse Nup, Changtse and Lhotse.This may be, of the whole journey, your most opportune moment to snap amazing pictures of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Afterwards, it’s back to Gorekshep for breakfast and down in the direction of Pheriche, our nighttime stop. Our pace will be a lot brisker as we descend, and the walking is easier going this way. (B,L,D)
 
Day 11: Trek to Phortse 
Altitude: 3,440m/11,284ft Distance of walking: approx. 9-10km (5-6 hours)(B,L,D)
 
Day 12: Trek Phortse to Namche/Monjo 
 
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. By today we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages' noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. Upon arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on faces! Overnight in Lukla. (B,L,D)
 
Day 13: Namche to Lukla
Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft 
 
Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in our last Tea House and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you’ve accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet.(B,L,D)
 
Day 14: Lukla-Kathandu FlyOut
Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft 
 
In the morning, you’ll hop a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and ends. You’ll transfer to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We’ll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants in town, where we’ll be eager to hear your feedback on the trip.
 

What Is Included

  • All domestic flight, hotel/airport transfer
  • All ground transportation by private vehicles
  • 12 B,L,D Lodging + Breakfast while return flight
  • Experienced Local Guild and Potter
  • All necessary paper works and permits
  • All government and local taxes if necessary

What Is Not Included

  • Nepal Visa fee (International airfare to & from home city)
  • Excess personal baggage charges beyond 32kgs
  • Hotel, Lunch & evening meals during Kathmandu stay
  • Travel & rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills etc.
  • Gratuity for staffs
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend  

However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trial or your suitability for it, please contact us by email so that we can process further. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at:

00977 1 4390339 / WhatsApp 9841 844963 (  Ang gylazey Sherpa)