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Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek

Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek

Trek to Kalapatthar with an optional hike to Chhukhung.

18

Days

TREK

Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek Trip Map, Route Map
Trip highlights
  • Scenic, breathtaking mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Explore the Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpa people & gateway of Mt. Everest & interact with residents.
  • Explore the Everest National Park (National Park situated the highest altitude in the world) and diverse flora and fauna in this area
  • Observe Sherpa Buddhist culture and village lifestyle in the heart of the Himalaya of Khumbu region of Nepal
  • Explore the Everest and surrounding mountain’s panoramic view from Namche, Syangboche, and Kalapatthar
  • Explore the Tengboche monastery, one of the biggest Monasteries in the Everest region
  • Trek along the bank of Dudh Kosi River & explore the local villages
  • Hike to Kalapathar (5550m), one of the highest altitude of this trek and ultimate destination to have the great panoramic mountain view from very close distance
  • Visit highest mountain base camp in the world situated at 5364m.
  • Remarkable view of Khumbu ice fall and Glacier in Khumbu region of Nepal

Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar trek is a popular trekking destination in Nepal due to its feature of exceptional high altitude, distinct complex landscape, remarkable natural beauty, diverse flora, and fauna. Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek offer adventure travelers an exciting opportunity to explore up to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest (8848m).

Mount Everest Basecamp (5364m) and Kalapatthar trek have been popular trekking destinations after the first successful completion of expeditions to Mount Everest Summit (8848m) on May 29th, 1953 by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar trek reveal some of the most breathtaking and specular scenery of the Himalayas, traditional Sherpa culture, and the hidden Buddhist culture in the Khumbu region of Nepal.

Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar trek begin with the half-day sightseeing and trek preparation in Kathmandu. Then next day, we take an early morning flight to Lukla, the starting point of our trek. The trail follows the bank of Dudh Kosi River towards Phakding. From Phakding, we hike further on to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital in the Khumbu region. At Namche Bazar, you have the option to explore the village and interact with the local Sherpa people to develop insight into the culture, tradition, and living style of people in the Everest region of Nepal.

Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek provide a good opportunity to immerse in the rich Buddhist culture and learn about the culture and tradition of the people living in the mountain region. From Namche, the trail ascends the Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorekhshep (last teahouse accommodation available). We hike to Everest Base Camp the same day and return to Gorakshep., The following morning hike to Kalapatthar (5550m) to experience sunrise and mountain views. Then we descend back through Pheriche, Phortse, Khumjung, and Bengkar and end our Trek at Lukla.

Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek is moderate to difficult, where trekkers should have prior trekking experience and some level of physical fitness. If you are a beginner and looking for a short and easy trek in Nepal, some of our short programs below may fit your choice. These treks do not require any previous training and are suitable for every age group. Everest View Comfort Trek, Everest Sherpa Cultural Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, and Mardi Himal Trek.

Detail Itinerary 

Day1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at theInternational airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, take a stroll around Thamel, the main tourist district in Kathmandu. Also, walk through the busy alleys to visit Asan and Indrachwok markets. Dinner in the evening in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with a cultural performance. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation
Half-day sightseeing tour covering Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa, both listed as the UNESCO world heritage sites. The Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. The Kathmandu Durbar Square reveals Nepalese art, craft, and architecture of an ancient period. The architecture is typical of the Malla dynasty, which ruled over Nepal from the 12th to 18th century. Then we visit the world’s oldest Buddhist pilgrimage site and tourist destination Swambhunath Stupa. Swayambhu is popular among foreigners as Monkey Temple with a large monkey population. After sightseeing, we will have a discussion session to discuss our trek plan and preparation in the afternoon. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m) 30 min &Trek to Phakding (2652m/3hrs)
Transfer to the domestic airport to board a scenic mountain flight to Lukla. The flight to Lukla will be of a lifetime experience. Upon arrival at Lukla, start trekking until we reach Phakding, passing through beautiful Chaurikharka village on the left-hand side. Further, the trail traverses Chheplung (2660m), Thado Koshigaon (2580m), where you can get a glimpse of Mt. Kusum Khangkaru (6367m), Nuring (2492m), and reach Phakding. The trail to Phakding lets you discover the green landscape with a scenic view of local villages and farmlands in the lower Everest region of Nepal. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/6hrs)
Today the trek goes through a beautiful pine forest along the bank of Dudh Koshi River and Hillary Suspension Bridge to reach the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park and Monjo Village. After crossing the Phakding, we get the first view of Mt. Kongde Ri (6186m) on the right-hand side. We further hike past Bengkar to reach Monjo, the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. At the check post, we stop, make entry and continue the trekking via Jorsalle village (2740m), Dovan (2830m), and cross one of the highest suspension bridges in the Everest region over the Dudhkosi River. Then follow up the steep trail for about one hour and reach Chautara, the first viewpoint of Everest. Trek further uphill for an hour and reach Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital in the Khumbu region. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 5: Acclimatisation day(trek to Everest view hotel Shyangboche (3880m/4hrs)
Today is the day to rest and adjust to the high-altitude climate. In the morning, we take the excellent opportunity to explore the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery, After the visit, hike to Everest View Hotel past Syangboche Airstrip (3700m). The Everest View Hotel provides panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and other peaks. We hike to Khumjung village, interact with local people, and observe the culture, tradition, and living style. You have the option to visit the Khumjung High School and interact with teachers and students. After the visit, descend back to Namche Bazaar for the night. Overnight in a village lodge.

Day 6: Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3860m/5hrs)
Trek from Namche Bazar to Tengboche, along the way it offers the majestic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The trail passes through Kayangjuma, Sansa, Phunki Thenga, and cross over the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing the river, it is a steep uphill hike to reach Tengboche. Tengboche monastery is the largest monastery in the Everest region of Nepal. Tengboche offersbeautaful views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusum Khangkaru and Kongde Ri on the South. Overnight in a village lodge.

Day 7: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/5hrs)
Visit the Tengboche monastery to participate in and observe the early morning prayers. After breakfast, we begin our trek from Tengboche to Dingboche. We cross over the Imja Khola and trek along with beautiful green fields, and the village of Pangboche (3900m). The hike is steep uphill past Somare and Orsho with an excellent view of Mt. Ama Dablam. We descend to the river and follow the up steep trail to reach the Dingboche via the north face of the Pheriche village. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 8: Acclimatization day(Optional hike to Chhukhung)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast with a spectacular sunrise view over the mountain, admiring Aama Dablam to the South, Mt. Lhotse, and numerous other peaks. After breakfast, we hike to Chhukhung to observe the spectacular mountain view. Three of the six highest mountain in the world are visible from the viewpoint, which includes Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8485m), and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m). You can also see the peak of Cho Lhatse (6440m) and Taboche (6542m) to the west. Then we hike back to Dingboche for the evening. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/5hrs)
Trek to Lobuche via Khumbu Khola valley & Duglha (4530m) (also known as Thukla) to the white Chorten on the top of the ridge. Then further continue through Dusa (4530m), Palrung Kharka. At the top of the ridge, we come across a collection of stones with prayer flags and memorials of several famous mountaineers, who perished on a mission to submit Mt. Everest. The trail further continues to the Khumbu Glacier moraine with a great view of Mt. Pumori (7161m), Khumbutse, Khumbu peak, Nuptse, Baruche, Lola peak, and beautiful views of the Himalayas. As we pass the Khumbu glacier moraine, you might feel a little out of breath due to the high altitude. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5180m) Hike to Everest Base- Camp (5364m) & back to Gorakshep (8hrs)
The trail to Gorakshep passes through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier with a view of the north ridge of Mt Everest, Mt. Pumo Ri, Mahalangur, and Mt. Nuptse and surrounding peaks. After lunch at Gorakshep, we hike to Everest Base Camp, the ultimate destination of our trek. On the way, we pass through the massive icefall and glacier, and after walking for about one and a half hours, we get the first glimpse of Mt. Everest. Enjoy the natural magnificence of Khumbu Glacier and icefall, people staying in the tented camp, and some of the enthusiastic mountain climbers preparing for the Everest expedition. We will spend an hour or more at the base camp enjoying the Himalayan beauty and capturing the majestic views with our cameras. Then trek back to Gorakshep for the night. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 11: Hike to Kala Patthar (5545m) for sunrise; descend to Gorekshep & Trek to Pheriche (4210m)7hrs
Today is the toughest day on this trek. Wake up before sunrise and hike to Kala Patthar for the spectacular sunrise over the mountains. view and the massif mountains. It will take about 2-3 hours to reach Kalapatthar. A long but, truly exciting experience to observe the golden hue of the sunrise over the mountains. , We will enjoy the majestic views of various mountains including Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Pumo Ri (7161m), Lingtren(6749), Khumbutse peak (6640m), Baruche (7129m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Kangtega (6685m), Thamserku (6608m), Lhotse (8516), and the Tibetan ranges to the far end. After capturing the beautiful lifetime memories for about an hour or so, we descend to Gorakshep for breakfast. After breakfast, we then descend to Pheriche (4210m) via Lobuche and Thukla. After descending 2-3 hours from Gorekhshep, we reach Thukla where we will have lunch. It will take another hour to reach Pheriche. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 12: Pheriche to Phortse (3810m) via Pangboche 5-6hrs
Today we hike towards Phortse. From Pheriche, the trail descends to the river valley and climbs up to the ridge with beautiful views of Ama Dablam. The trail then descends and rejoins the main Everest trail. On the way, you can spot wild mountain goats, blue sheep, musk deer, and many species of Himalayan birds. At Pangboche the trail is divided into two branches. One goes to Tengboche, but we take the other one to Phortse, this trail avoids much of the trekkers and yak traffic. The trail to Phortse contours to the side of the hill above the river. Phortse is less often visited and remains out of the way compared to other villages on the route. The views are amazing with the Kangtega dominating in the background. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 13: Trek Phortse to Khumjung (3780mm/6hrs)
From Phortse village the trail drops sharply down to the Dudh Kosi River for about 20 minutes, crossover the bridge, and arrive at Phortse Thenga. And then it is a steep uphill climb for about an hour to Mong La. Mong La offers excellent views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru, Kongde Ri, and Tawache peak. After lunch at Mong La, we descend to Khumjung, the largest village in the Khumbu region. There is well equipped High school established by Sr. Edmond Hilary in 1960. In the afternoon interact with the school students and teachers at the school and explore the Khumjung village to observe the Sherpa culture tradition and living style of local people. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 14: Trek Khumjung to Bengkar (2630m/5hrs)
After breakfast at Khumjung, we descend to Namche Bazaar. From Namche, it is a steep downhill walk for about 3-4 hours to Monjo. The beautiful Monjo village is located near the boundary of Sagarmatha National Park along the trail. Another hour or so from Monjo is Bengkar. In the evening explore the village and the surrounding area. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 15: Bengkar to Lukla (2840m)
Today is our final day on our Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar trek. From Bengkar, we retrace back to Lukla along the banks of the Dudh Koshi river valley. 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 a trekkers lodge.

Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu
Bid farewell to the Khumbu region with everlasting memories and fly to Kathmandu. On arrival transfer to the hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu(Contingency day)
Today you have the whole day at leisure, you can use this day to explore Kathmandu. This extra day is a contingency day, in case the flight from Lukla gets canceled due to inclement mountain weather. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 18: Departure
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.

  • Group SizeMinimum 2 Pax.

  • MealsOnly breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and three standard meals while on trek

  • Trip Accommodation3-4 star hotel in Kathmandu & local village lodge/tea house during the trek

  • RouteKathmandu- Lukla- Namche Bazar- Tengboche- Dingboche-Lobuchhe- Gorak Shep- Everest Base Camp- Kalapatthar- Pheriche- Monjo- Bengkar -Lukla- Kathmandu

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • Trip SeasonsMarch-June and September-November

  • Best MonthsMarch, April, May, October, November

  • Good MonthsJune, September

  • Lean MonthsFebruary, July, August

  • Not RecommendJanuary, December

Prices & Dates

Our costs are based on the number of participants to offer the lowest possible cost:

  • 8 members = US$ 1465 per person
  • 6 members = US$ 1535 per person
  • 4 members = US$ 1645 per person
  • 2 members = US$ 1845 per person
  • Single traveler = US$: 2495 (including single room supplement)
  • Single room supplement = US$ 140

Costs are based on a double sharing basis. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. If you are willing to share accommodations, we will match you with a roommate if one is available. If we cannot match you with a roommate, the single supplement fee will apply.

Included

  • All airport & hotel transfers by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in 3-4* category in Kathmandu and in local village lodge/tea house during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu, and all meals included during the trek days.
  • One welcome or farewell dinner with cultural performance in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary with entrance fees.
  • English-speaking local trekking guide along with a porter(1 porter for every two-member).
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.
  • Necessary paperwork and permits (TIMS card/National Park fee)

Not included

  • Nepal Visa.
  • Meals other than listed (lunch and dinner are not included in Kathmandu and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Personal expenses (Tips, Laundry, Telephone, bar, beverages, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
  • Rescue & travel insurance effects (we strongly advise buying a travel insurance policy).
  • Trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft, or damage to baggage and personal belongings.
  • International flights from and to Kathmandu.
  • All other personal expenses are not listed in the included section.

Accommodations

Kathmandu(4*) category hotels: Hotel Shambala or similar
During the Trek: Best available local village lodge/tea house along the way

Upgrade of the hotel is available at an extra cost.


Hotels in Kathmandu

Trip Guide/Leader


  • Min Singh

    Min Singh

  • Hem Raj Bastola

    Hem Raj Bastola