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Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek (13 Days)

Everest Base Camp Trek (13 days)

The Everest Base Camp trek package provides you with an utmost spectacular snow topped high mountain scenery, experience of the Sherpa culture, and excellent tea house views of the Khumbu Himalaya of Nepal. In this trip, you can view four of the tallest peaks in the world, namely, Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8463m) and Mt. Cho Oyu, (8156m). Trekking to the base camp of Mt. Everest starts with a very exciting flight from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to the Tenzing Hillary airport in Lukla, then an uphill trek to a beautiful Sherpa settlement and the trading capital of the Khumbu region called Namche Bazar. After a one-day acclimatization in Namche Bazar, you start your trek for another two days to Dingboche (4,260m). Another two days of trek will lead to Everest base camp, passing through Gorakshep, the flat land below Kalapathar (5,545m) and Mt. Pumori.

Trekking to the Everest base camp gives you a chance to witness the lifestyle of the Sherpa people, observe the amazing and unique flora and fauna that the national park has to offer, and visit huge monasteries and museums whose existence goes very far behind the time period. The best time to trek Everest is at the beginning of September to October/ November and March to April/May.

Trip Summary

Trekking Duration: 13 days
Difficulty: Medium
Trekking Season: March to April, October to November
Accommodation Type: Lodge / Tea Houses
Maximum Elevation: 5550m

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu and immerse yourself in the Nepali culture
  • Visit Namche Bazar, the trading capital of the Khumbu region
  • Take a side trip to the Sherpa village of Khumjung
  • Set foot on the base camp of Mt. Everest
  • Have magnificent mountain views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori and Mt. Ama Dablam along the way
  • Climb Kalapathar to get a stunning view of the Himalayan range

Itinerary

Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu, hotel transfer and trip briefing
From the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Thamel. In the afternoon, you will have a short briefing about the trip and your Sagarmatha National Park Permits and TIMS card will be issued. You will have some free time in the evening to explore Thamel and prepare for the trip the following day.

Day 02 – Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2660m)
After an early morning flight to Lukla, we trek down to Chheplung, Chaurikharka. From here, the trail contours along the banks of Dudhkoshi (Milk River) valley before ascending to Ghats (2530m). The trail then ascends towards Phakding (2660m) where we stay overnight.

Day 03 – Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3535m)
The trail crosses the Milk River through several suspension bridges before leading to Banker village (2700m) and Chumoa. Further along the trail leads to Monju where we take a quick break for registration, before descending to Dudh Koshi and Joraselle, the last village before Namche Bazar. A steady two to three hours of climb will lead us to the famous Sherpa settlement and trading capital.

Day 04 – Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar
Namche Bazar is the Sherpa capital of the Solu Khumbu region which houses the Sagarmatha National Park visitor center. There are plenty of things to do around Namche Bazar. We will spend a day here acclimatizing by visiting Syangboche, Everest View hotel, Khumjung and Khunde village.

Day 05 – Trek from Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3880m)
After an early morning breakfast in Namche Bazar, we head straight to the trail that slightly goes uphill then descends to Dudh Koshi River (3250m). There are several small lodges in this area and a series of picturesque water-driven prayer wheels. Most trekkers take their lunch in this place before ascending to Tengboche (3880m). From Tengboche, you get a stunning view of Mt. Ama Dablam. During the peak trekking season of October or November during the full moon, a colorful festival called Mani Rimdu is held in the Tengboche monastery courtyard where masked dancing and performances from the Tibetan Opera take place.

Day 06 – Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m)
From Tengboche, the trail slightly drops down to Debouche, crosses the Imja Khola and climbs through a  rhododendron forest past superb mani stones carved with the Tibetan Buddhist mantra “Om mani padme hum” to Pangboche(3860m). The monastery here is oldest in the Khumbu Region, and it is considered the best place in the area to stop for lunch. The trails climb past Somare village and Orsho to Pheriche (4240m). Pheriche village has a dozen of lodges for overnight stay, and it also possible to secure medical assistance here courtesy of the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) aid post.

Day 07 – Acclimatization day in Pheriche
Another acclimatization day will be spent in Pheriche by resting in village or visiting Dingboche. Chukung is another possible destination, and both places offer very good view of the snowy peaks of the Khumbu Himalaya.

Day 08 – Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4920m)
From Pheriche, the trail slightly climbs uphill to Phulang Khola (4340m) then another mild two and a half hour trek will lead to Thukla where you will have rest and take lunch. One and a half hour from Thukla, the trail goes directly up the graveyard of the Khumbu glacier. This area is the memorial place of deceased international climbers and Sherpas, including Scott Fischer who perished in the 1996 Everest disaster. It is a short climb with a view of Mt. Pumori. Half an hour from the memorial pass is Lobuche.

Day 09 – Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5180m) and go to Everest Base Camp (5346m)
The uphill trip from Lobuche to Gorakshep will take around three hours  Another three hours from Gorakshep is the base camp of Mt. Everest. This can be done in a single day. If you are travelling in April or May, there are plenty of expedition tents because of the climbing season. In other months, there is no view from Everest base camp. There are limited sceneries to see including the Khumbu Icefall. 

Day 10 – Trek from Gorakshep to Lobuche (4930m)
Early the next morning, we climb Kalapathar  for the best chance to have good view of the mountains. At 5545m, the small viewpoint in Kalapathar offers the best view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and other snowy peaks in Nepal. Gorakshep is the base camp of the 1952 Swiss Expedition to Mt. Everest. After scaling Kalapathar, we go back to the lodge in Gorakshep to have breakfast before heading down to Lobuche for around three hours. 

Day 11 – Trek from Lobuche to Dingboche (4410m)
From Lobuche, the trail slightly goes down. It takes about four to five hours of trek to reach Dingboche, where you will stay for the night. There are plenty of nice lodges with good views of surrounding peaks like Island Peak (Imjastse) and Mt. Lhotse.

Day 12 – Trek from Dingboche to Namche Bazar (3535m)|
Reaching Namche Bazar from Dingboche takes around six to seven hours. The trail slightly goes down to Namche Bazar, passing through the villages of Orsho, Somare, Pangboche, Imja Khola, Debouche, Tengboche, Phungithaga and Sanasa.  

Day 13 – Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla (2850m)
The trail steeply goes down through a rhododendron and pine forest to Largung bridge. It will take a total of seven hours to walk to Lukla.

Day 14 – Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1350m)
You will take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. You have the remainder of the day to rest and relax after the gruelling trek.

Day 15 – Departure for your onward flight

Price and Cost Details

Cost Includes:

  • Airport pickup and drop off
  • Two nights tourist accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
  • Conservation/national park fees and all government taxes
  • All required trekking permits (Trekkers' Information Management System card)
  • All meals during trek  ( Breakfast, lunch nd Dinner) Menu available 
  • Round trip domestic airfares (KTM-Lukla-KTM) and airport taxes
  • All accommodations during the trek (twin sharing basis with common toilet)
  • Government-licensed and experienced English-speaking trekking guide
  • Porters to carry luggage on 1:2 ratio (max. of 20 kg)

Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare and travel tax
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Tourist visas are issued upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Fee is 40 USD for 30 days stay)
  • Entrance fees for private museums, monasteries, sideshows etc.
  • Personal donations for schools, monasteries, churches, etc.
  • Medical/personal travel insurance (must cover emergency evacuation cost)
  • Personal trekking gear
  • All meals and beverages in Kathmandu
  • All beverages during trek (mineral water, tea, coffee, soft drinks, etc.)
  • Dessert, snacks and dry food during trek
  • Personal expenses such as hot shower, telephone calls, laundry, wifi and battery charging
  • Tips for guide and porter (expected by staff)

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