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Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal

Everest Base Camp Trek

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Facts of Trip

Destination: Everest Region, Nepal

Duration: 16 Days

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Trek Duration: 11 Days

Group Size: Minimum 1 - Maximum 14

Best Season: March - May & October - November

Max. Altitude: 5545 meters

Transportation: Car and plane

Trip Highlights

  • Moderate to fairly challenging but thrilling to the core!
  • Exciting flight to Lukla
  • Sherpa home down; Monasteries; amazing view of mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Views of Khumbu Ice - Fall
  • Namche Bazar, the gateway to Everest Base Camp
  • Tengboche Monastery
  • Everest Base camp
  • Kalapathar, the view point to see the World highest Peak "Mt. Everest"
  • Experienced, helpful and friendly guide and porters

The Everest Base Camp trek, a very well known mountain trek, starts from Lukla (2804m) and follows the Dudh Kosi valley which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche, a bustling bazaar that’s a junction for trekkers, the local Sherpa and expedition groups.

All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it the kind of walk you will remember for a long, long time.

Mount Everest Base Camp trek is the most popular destination for trekkers in Nepal. Its popularity has grown since the first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1950s. The trek takes off from Lukla. First we should take 30 minutes morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and we land its tiny at Lukla Airstrip then our trek start to Khumbu Region. The trek follows the Dudh Kosi valley route with an ascent up to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. From Namche, you traverse along a high path from where you have the first good view of Everest. You head towards Thyangboche Monastery located on top of a mountain ridge and then descend the Imja Khola and continue to the villages of Pangboche and Pheriche. After that you arrive at the Khumbu Glacier. The trek through the glacier takes you first to Lobuche and then to Gorak Shep, where you finally reach your destination, Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu ice falls.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 meters)

Day 02 : Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (2804 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters)

Day 03 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3535 meters)

Day 04 : Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar

Day 05 : Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3850 meters)

Day 06 : Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 meters)

Day 07 : 2nd Acclimatization day

Day 08 : Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4950 meters)

Day 09 : Trek from Labuje to Everest Base camp (5400 meters) and return trek to Ghorakshep (5160m)

Day 10 : Hiking from Ghorakshep to Kalapathar (5545 meters), then trek to Pheriche (4280m meters)

Day 11 : Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazar

Day 12 : Trek from Namche to Lukla

Day 13 : After breakfast fly back to Kathmandu

Day 14 : Leisure day in Kathmandu (it´s also a spare day incase of any flight delay in Lukla due to bad weather)

Day 15 : Leisure day in Kathmandu (it´s also a spare day incase of any flight delay in Lukla due to bad weather)

Day 16 : Transfer to Airport for your home departure. End of the tour!

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up and drop off by car
  • 11 nights twin sharing accommodation at Guest houses during the trek, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 1 cup of tea or coffee in each meal
  • 1 night pre-trek and 3 nights post-trek accommodation in Kathmandu (bed and breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu)
  • Round trip flight (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • 1 highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide
  • 1 porter for your baggage sharing in 2 members including his food, accommodation, salary, equipments, insurance
  • First Aid Medicine (clients are advised to bring their own as well)
  • Permits (SNP and TIMS)
  • Government taxes (13%)
  • Office service charge

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance against medication, flight delay and air ambulance (Before you leave for the trek, please provide us a copy of your travel insurance policy)
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Winter clothes including sleeping bag (you should a 4 season sleeping bag) and warm down jacket
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 meters)Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be met by our Airport Representative, and transferred to hotel. Our staff will brief you about the trek and introduce you with your guide. If you arrive Kathmandu by noon, you may do a walking tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square (old palace) and local market of Asan Bazar. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 02Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (2804 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters)After taking early morning breakfast, we drive to Airport (15 minutes) and we take 30 minutes exciting flight to Lukla (2804 meters.). After meeting our trekking crews, we embark our first day trek to Phakding (2610 meters) - Enjoying the view of landscape, villages, crossing a couple of streams, bridges, we reach to Phakding in 3 hours. There is probability to get flight delay or cancel even in good season of October - November or March - April. Thus, we should be mentally prepared for such a delay! If flight is on time, we reach to Phakding on lunch time; we just stop on the way for just a cup of tea or coffee. In case of any delay we stop for lunch in Lukla or after an hour walking from Lukla. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 03Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3535 meters)After taking breakfast at around 7 am, we start our second day trek following Phakding village and local market; then we cross an iron bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. After a couple of hours easy trail following the river; we arrive Manjo and Jorsali where stop for our lunch. In Jorsale there is also a checkpoint (Sagarmatha National Park office). After our lunch we register our trek permits here then enter into Sagarmatha National Park zone from here. From here trail descends for 10 minutes, we cross the bridge over the river and continue follow the Dudh Koshi river and the trail gradually ascend until we reach the last high bridge over the Bhote Koshi river. From here the trail ascends steeply until we reach Namche Bazar. It is approximately 6 hours walking. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 04Acclimatization day in Namche BazaarWe are now quite in high elevation; thus it is an ideal to spend 2 nights here by doing day hiking to higher elevation and sleep lower elevation. This day after breakfast, we go for 3 - 4 hours hiking to Syangboche, Khungde (3840 meters), Khumjung (3780 meters). It is also worth visiting to Sagarmatha National Park Musuem. This day we will be thrilled by overlooking the amazing views of Himalayan ranges including Amadablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Lhotse and Mount Everest. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 05Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3850 meters)Today´s total walking hours will be approximately 5 - 6 hours. After leaving Namche Bazar, we follow the well defined curving trail over looking the mountain views. After 1 hour walking we arrive at Khyangjuma (3550 meters), where there are some guest houses. This place also offers amazing view of Mount Ama Dablam. From here trail descends to Sanasa and then arrive at Phunki Tenga (3150 meters) in one hour and 30 minutes. We stop here for our lunch. After crossing the river; the trail ascent following the delightful pine, rhododendron and birch forest. In a couple of hours walking we reach at Tengboche on the hillside. This place offers excellent view of Mount Amadablam and glimpse of Mount Everest. While we are here in Tengboche, it would be worth visiting the old monastery "Tengboche Monastery" in the morning or evening a the time of prayers. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 06Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 meters)As usual we take our breakfast at around 7 am and start our trek at 8 am. After leaving the Tengboche monastery the hill side, we descend through pine and rhododendron forest and in about 20 minutes walking we arrive at Deboche (3820 meters). For another 20 minutes we continue our walking through the pine, rhododendron and birch forest until we arrive at the bridge and ascent again after crossing the Imja river and after about 1 hour climbing uphill we arrive at Pangboche (3930 meters). We stop here for our lunch here. It would also be worth visiting to Pangboche monastery; the oldest Gompa in the Khumbu region. After lunch we continue our trek following the Imja river with gradual ascent and after an hour walking we arrive at major trail junction (4175 meters). The left trail leads to Pheriche and and the right trail leads to Dingboche. From the junction we descent to a bridge, cross the Imja river and ascent again to reach Dingboche in an hour. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 072nd Acclimatization dayThis is our 2nd acclimatization in Dingboche valley after Namche Bazar. We are now at the elevation of 4410 meters. There is possibility to get symptoms of high altitude (headache, loss of appetite). Thus, this is an ideal to be here for 2 nights by doing some day hiking to higher elevation and spend overnight here. For day hiking there are 2 alternative destinations: The first option is to go to Chhukung Ri (5546 meters). From there, we see magnificent view of 5th highest mountain Makalu; and the second alternative hiking destination is Nagarjun Hill (5000 meters). Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 08Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4950 meters)We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 09Trek from Labuje to Everest Base camp (5400 meters) and return trek to Ghorakshep (5160m)Leaving early morning the trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place Gorak Shep. Later at noon we make our way to Everest Base camp (5400 meters) and return to Gorak Shep for overnight stay. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 10Hiking from Ghorakshep to Kalapathar (5545 meters), then trek to Pheriche (4280m meters)The day starts with a hike up to Kalapathar (5545 meters), an excellent viewpoint to observe the Mount. Everest and innumerable spectacular mountains views. After our return from Kalapathar, today’s trek is mostly downhill. As we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, we arrive at The Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s aid post and worth a visit. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 11Trek from Pheriche to Namche BazarAfter breakfast we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche. We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche for the night. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 12Trek from Namche to LuklaOur final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration because this is our last day on these fantastic mountains that were home to us all of these days. It's celebration time now with our trekking crew who has got close to us over the weeks & are now good chums. We sample some 'chang' (locally brewed mountain beer) and try out some Sherpa dance steps. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 13After breakfast fly back to KathmanduWe pack up early and head for the airstrip to hop a flight back to Kathmandu On touchdown, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last minute shopping and packing, or send a few post cards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 14Leisure day in Kathmandu (it´s also a spare day incase of any flight delay in Lukla due to bad weather)Leisure day in Kathmandu (it´s also a spare day incase of any flight delay in Lukla due to bad weather). Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 15Leisure day in Kathmandu (it´s also a spare day incase of any flight delay in Lukla due to bad weather)Leisure day in Kathmandu (it´s also a spare day incase of any flight delay in Lukla due to bad weather). Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 16Transfer to Airport for your home departure. End of the tour!Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking, etc - please don't hesitate to let us know). We would be glad to help you.

Please bring:

  • Down Jacket
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Jumper or fleecy jacket
  • T - shirts
  • Trekking shoes or boots
  • Polypropylene/wool socks
  • Light cotton socks for under wool sock
  • Rucksack
  • Sun hat
  • Woolen hat
  • Gloves
  • Sun block for lips
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Long underwea
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon windbreaker
  • Nylon wind pants
  • Water bottle
  • Sewing kit
  • Medical & first aid kit
  • Flash light
  • Batteries and bulbs
  • Swiss army knife
  • Towel and toiletries

When is the best time for this trek? Mid October through mid December and March through May are considered the best time for this trek.

Do you operate the trek based on our time schedule? Yes, please choose your own convenient depature date from Check out dates and prices or Book Now button. 

Do you accept booking for solo trekker? Yes, we do.

Is there availability and if so, when do I have to book by? We advise you to book as earliest as possible to manage the required logistics including hotel and flight booking

What skill level is required for such a trek? When you are physically fit and mentally prepared; you can join this trek. Before joining this trek, we advise you to go for a regular jogging for a month or so. Doing so, it helps you to trek in the mountain terrain.

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