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Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekking in the Khumbu region of Nepal

16

Days

TREK

Trip highlights
  • Visit World Heritage sights in Kathmandu.
  • Spectacular mountain flight to and from Lukla.
  • Explore the bustling Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar.
  • Experience the unique Sherpa culture and their generous hospitality.
  • Walk through beautiful coniferous forests, alpine shrubberies, glaciers, and desolate mountain terrain.
  • Visit the Everest Base Camp at 5364m.
  • See Mount Everest up close along with Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Kangtega, Thamserku, and Toboche.
  • Experience the breathtaking view of sunrise over the snowcapped peaks from the summit of Kalapatthar at 5545m.
  • Remarkable views of the Khumbu Glacier.
  • Breathtaking views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), Pumori (7161m), and surrounding mountains in the Khumbu region.
  • Get close to the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest(8,848m).
  • Visit the ancient monasteries of the Khumbu region.

Everest Base Camp Trek is a spectacular high altitude trek in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The Everest Base Camp Trek is renowned for its reputation as the best hike on the planet. It is one of the most exciting adventures on Earth. Everest is more than a mountain, and the journey to its base camp is more than just a trek. Ever since the successful completion of the expedition to summit Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953, it has become every adventurer's dream to set foot at the Everest Base Camp. This epic journey takes you through valleys full of forests and alongside ridgelines and quaint mountain villages. Besides, it reveals some of the most breathtaking and spectacular close-up views of Mount Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m), and Cho You (8156m) with other peaks. The trekking trail passes through unmatched natural beauty, with the age-old tradition, culture, and hospitality of the Sherpa people. Likewise, this trek goes through the Sagarmatha National Park, where you will find forests dotted with rhododendron and pine and come across Himalayan Thar, monal pheasant, and many other wild species.

The adventure begins with a short spectacular flight to Lukla, one of the highest airports in the world. Your trek starts as soon as you get off the flight at Lukla. The trail passes through lush forest, high-hanging suspension bridges, steep ridges with incredible views to Phakding. From Phakding, our trek leads towards the famous village of Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the largest Sherpa settlement in this region and the gateway to Mt. Everest. We will spend two nights in Namche Bazaar acclimatizing before proceeding further. From here, we will pass through several overnight stops like Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche alongside views of the mountain peaks all along the way until Gorakshep. On the way, you will get to meet all kinds of people, including guides, mountaineers, porters, as well as additional adventurers as you traverse through these villages. From Gorakshep, we will hike to Everest Base camp and ascend Kalapatthar(5545m), from where you can see the classic climbing routes to the summit of Mount Everest. We then make our return journey via Lobuche to Pheriche. From Pheriche, we retrace our hike back to Namche, Lukla, and finally to Kathmandu with everlasting memories of a lifetime.

Outline Itinerary


Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at the airport, meet our representative/guide and transfer to the hotel. As there are no activities planned for today, you may either enjoy the evening at leisure or take a self-guided tour to familiarize yourself with the city. Evening dinner at a traditional Nepali Restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2. In Kathmandu(trek preparation).
Today in the first half, we will visit some of the major UNESCO heritage sites. We shall visit Boudhnath stupa, one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world. We shall also pay a visit to Pashupatinath temple, the most sacred Hindu temple in the country. Next, we will drive to Bhaktapur and visit the famous Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The Durbar Square houses a collection of pagoda and shikhara–style temples strategically placed around a 55 window palace constructed of brick and timber. Later in the afternoon, we shall plan and prepare for the trek. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 3. Fly to Lukla-Trek to Phakding(2652m/3hrs).
Early morning, we will take a 30-minute flight to Lukla Airport - also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. The flight offers a stunning view of some of the highest peaks on earth. Upon arrival, we will gather our gears and begin our trek for about 3 hours to Phakding. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 4. Phakding – NamcheBazaar (3440m/6hrs).
We begin our journey through a beautiful pine forest. We follow the trail north along the Dudh Koshi River up the valley of Benkar. We then cross the Dudh Koshi River and continue past Monjo and Jorsalle village and then finally ascend to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazar is one of the popular trading posts for the Sherpa people. It is also an ideal market for visitors to purchase traditional crafts and trekking gears. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 5. In Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar is the center of the Sherpa community and an important trading center in the Everest region. The purpose of staying at Namche Bazaar is to acclimatize. As you will be walking beyond 4000 meters in the next few days, it’s essential to prepare your body for high altitude and thin air. There are several options to do this. We can either hike to the Everest View Hotel past Syangboche airstrip or hike to Khumjung and Kunde village. Everest View Hotel provides a stunning view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse. These hikes help us to adjust and adapt to the altitude gain. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 6. Namche Bazaar – Tengboche(3810m/5hrs).
Today we begin at a leisurely pace. Leaving Namche, the trail winds uphill through rhododendron forests with beautiful views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Thamserku along the way. We continue our hike past the Imja Khola, through rhododendron-laden hamlets and emerald pastures to Tengboche. Tengboche houses the Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery in this region. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 7. Tengboche – Dingboche(via Pangboche)(4410m/5hrs).
Today the trail descends over stone steps through lush forests of birch, conifer, and rhododendron to the tiny hamlet of Debuche. Crossing over several suspension bridges, we arrive at the settlement of Pangboche. From here, 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 trekker’s lodge.

Day 8. Acclimatization Day - hike to Nagarjuna (Nangkartshang) hill viewpoint (5083 m)(3-4hrs).
Today is another day reserved for acclimatization. Today we hike up the Nagarjuna(Nangkartshang)hill. The hill provides excellent views of the surrounding mountains. The hike is uphill and rather strenuous, but the incredible views you get to savor from the viewpoint are definitely worth the journey. Enjoy panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Kantega, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Cholatse, along with the panoramic view of the entire Imja Khola valley. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 9. Dingboche - Lobuche (4910m/5hrs).
Today, the hike goes through alpine meadows and summer yak pastures towards the end of the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Along the way, we pass through Thukla and the Khumbu Glacier. At the moraine, we come across a memorial yard of those Sherpas and climbers who had lost their lives on the quest of conquering Mt. Everest. As we trek further, we notice significant changes in the vegetation from bushes to alpine shrubs. Today’s trek ends at Lobuche, a small settlement with Lobuche peak towering in the background. Overnight in trekker’s lodge.

Day 10. Lobuche-Gorakshep (5180m)-Everest Base Camp (5364m)-Gorakshep (7-8hrs).
From Lobuche, we hit the trail to Gorakshep, the last stop on the way to the Everest Base Camp. Gorakshep is also sparsely populated and has only a few teahouses standing on the barren terrain. After reaching Gorakshep, we shall have lunch and a short break at the tea house and then continue towards EBC following the Khumbu Glacier. Enjoy the incredible view, explore the campsite at the Base Camp, and Khumbu Icefall before returning to Gorakshep. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 11. Gorakshep – Kala Patthar(5545m)-Pheriche(4210m)(6-7hrs).
Wake up before sunrise and hike to Kala Patthar, the most popular viewpoint in Everest Region. Kala Patthar offers the best sunrise and the panoramic views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori, and Changtse. We will enjoy the astounding views and then descend to Gorakshep for breakfast. After breakfast, we descend to Pheriche, a small settlement with a clinic run by the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA). Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 12. Pheriche-Namche(5-6hrs).
Today we descend the Pheriche valley towards Namche Bazaar. It is a long descent back to Namche. Stop and enjoy the beautiful mountain views en route. Join the Imja Khola valley and then descend past Pangboche, Tengboche, and finally to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 13. Namche-Lukla(6-7hrs).
Today we have a long day to hike from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. We shall retrace our route past Phakding. We will spend our last night in Lukla celebrating the completion of our Everest adventure. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 14. Lukla-Kathmandu.
Wake up early to bid goodbye to the spectacular scenery of the Khumbu region before boarding your morning flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is to rest, relax or explore the local market. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 15. In Kathmandu.
Today is a contingency day kept reserved for emergencies and flight delays in the Lukla-Kathmandu sector(frequent cancellations due to unpredictable mountain weather). If everything goes as planned, you can utilize this day as per your wish. You can request a local sightseeing tour, explore the markets looking for souvenirs, or relax at your hotel. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 16. Departure.
Transfer to the airport for your departure to your next destination.

  • Group Size2-8

  • MealsOnly breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals included while on trek.

  • Trip Accommodation3-4*hotels in Kathamandu and trekkers lodge/tea house during the trek.

  • RouteKathmandu-Lukla-Namche Bazaar-Tengboche-Dingboche-Lobuche-Everest Base Camp-Gorakshep-Pheriche-Namche Bazaar-Lukla-Kathmandu

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • Best MonthsMarch, April, May, September, October, November

  • Lean MonthsFebruary, June, July, August

  • Not RecommendJanuary, December

Prices & Dates

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Included

  • All airport and hotel transfers by private vehicle.
  • Round trip domestic flight tickets to and from Lukla.
  • Sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local tour guide as per itinerary.
  • Accommodation in listed or similar(3-4*) hotels in Kathmandu and in local village lodges /tea houses during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu, all meals during the trek.
  • One welcome/farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • English speaking local trekking guide along with porter (one porter for every two members) during the trek.
  • Meals, wages, transportation, insurance, and trekking gear for guide, porter, and trekking staff.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (TIMS/ Everest National Park permit)
  • All Government taxes and service charges.

Not included

  • 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 your health, natural condition, political situation, or early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section

Accommodations

3-4* category hotel in Kathmandu and trekkers lodge/tea house while on the trek.