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Everest Base Camp Trekking

Everest Base Camp Trekking is one of the most popular and sought out trekking in the Himalayas. It’s a dream of every hiker to be at the foot of Mt. Everest at the Everest Base Camp (5,320m). Everest Base Camp Trekking fulfils all of these. Another important feature of the Everest Base Camp Trek is the hike to Kalapathar. Kalapathar is a rocky hill at 5,550 meters which commands some spectacular panorama of the Khumbu Himalayas including Mt. Everest. Visit the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar. Then to Tengboche Monastery, the biggest in Khumbu region. Hike to the Everest View Hotel just above Namche bazaar for a spectacular view of the Khumbu Himalayas. Everest Base Camp Trek is in a bucket list of every adventure enthusiasts.
 
Everest Base Camp Trekking begins with the trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Landing at the small air-stripe at Lukla, the trek starts to Phakding. Next day, the trail takes you to Namche Bazaar. One day is allowed in Namche for rest/acclimatisation. You will take a short hike to the Everest View Hotel just above Namche. Witness Mt. Everest and other Khumbu giants from the hotels balcony. Next stop is Tengboche Monastery, one of the biggest monasteries in Khumbu region. The following days, you will hike towards the Everest Base Camp. Hike to Kalapathar for a 360-degree panorama of the Khumbu mountains. Eventually, trace your way back to Lukla then fly to Kathmandu.
 
Everest Base Camp Trekking is joining up with other people from around the world. The trek operates as per our fixed departures. All of our group departure dates are guaranteed to operate. Joining such group is also fun as you get to met people from all over. If our fixed departure dates didnt meet your planned travelling dates then Everest Base Camp Trek can also be organised privately.

Trip Highlights

  • Exploring the Sherpa Captial & gateway to the Everest, Namche Bazaar
  • Spectacular Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu  flights known for great Himalayan panoramas
  • Trekking through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc.
  • Visiting Tengboche Monastery renowned as one of the famous monasteries in the region situated at a height of 3860m
  • Attending the Everest Base Camp (5,320m) & witness the popular Khumbu Glacier
  • Hike to Kala Patthar, a rocky hill at the height of 5,550m which offers a splendid 360-degree panoramic view of the world’s tallest mountains including Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Thamserku (6623m), Mt. Nuptse (7816m) etc.
  • Discover abudent flora & fauna at Sagarmatha National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Kathmandu to Lukla (flight- 40 min) to Phakding (2652m) 3-4 hours, 14.3km

Day 02 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hours, 11.4km

Day 03 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours, 7km

Day 04 : Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) 5-6 hours, 10.5km

Day 05 : Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 5-6 hours, 14.5km

Day 06 : Acclimatization at Dingboche, hike to Chhukung valley (4410m) 11.6km

Day 07 : Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) 5-6 hours, 8.5km

Day 08 : Lobuche to Gorak Shep & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,320m) 5-6 hours, 13.5km

Day 09 : Gorak Shep to Kala Pathar (5550m) to Pheriche 5-6 hours, 18.5km

Day 10 : Pheriche to Kyanjuma (3,500m) 5-6 hours, 20.5km

Day 11 : Kyanjuma to Khumjung to Monju (2,850m) 5-6 hours, 11.5km

Day 12 : Monju to Lukla (2800m) 5-6 hours, 16km

Day 13 : Lukla to Kathmandu (flight) 40 min

What is Included

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off by private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip flight fare
  • Domestic airport departure tax
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges
  • Meals (Breakfast Included)
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance
  • Sagarmatha National park entrance Permit and fees
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit
  • Trip achievement certificate & trekking map
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner during trek
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, the internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (Tea/coffee, mineral water, bottled beverage etc)
  • Single supplementary (US$ 295)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

(Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole can be hired with an extra cost.)

Day 01 : Kathmandu to Lukla (flight- 40 min) to Phakding (2652m) 3-4 hours, 14.3km

You will have to wake up early as the flight to Lukla leaves in the morning. The super scenic flight takes around 40 minutes to touch down in Lukla. You will have a whale of a time in the brisk flight as you can see the most amazing natural views from the airplane window.  After landing in Lukla, the trek to Phakding will start after lunch.  You will reach Phakding before sunset where you will get ample time to stroll around the village.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 02 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hours, 11.4km

From Phakding, the route gets a head start by crossing suspension bridges on the Dudh Koshi River towards Namche Bazaar.  On the way, you will pass by the Sagarmatha National Park where you could see varieties of floras and faunas. Soon, you will have to make a descent towards Jorsalle village crossing Bhote- Koshi River through a suspension bridge. You will reach Namche Bazaar, the main trading town also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest in the Khumbu Region before sunset.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 03 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours, 7km

Getting acclimatized is very important while embarking on the high altitude trek. For the purpose, the day is reserved for the acclimatization process where you will spend a full day to get used to the altitude and the environment of higher altitude places. After lunch, you will be taken for a short hike towards Everest view hotel. From the hotel premises you can see the panoramic view of the Everest region. O/N at Lodge.

Day 04 : Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) 5-6 hours, 10.5km

The day will start with a hike towards Tengboche traversing different forests. The route offers magnificent views of mountains like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak. After reaching Tengboche, you will visit Tengboche Monastery which is renowned as one of the famous monasteries in the region.  The monastery is situated in a beautiful location from where you could witness amazing sceneries. O/N at Lodge.

Day 05 : Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 5-6 hours, 14.5km

The day’s trek will proceed towards Dingboche also known as Summer Valley. The route will start by descending through rhododendron forests to reach the village of Pangboche.  After few hours of hike, you will reach Dingboche. O/N at Lodge.

Day 06 : Acclimatization at Dingboche, hike to Chhukung valley (4410m) 11.6km

Today is rest at Dingboche for better acclimatizing. Optional hike to Chhukung valley can be taken which offers great views of the mountains like Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Cholatse and Taboche peaks. Towards the north-west side are Lobuche West, Lobuche East and Lhotse. From another location on the ridge one can witness Imja Khola Valley and the beautiful Dingboche village. Then back to Dingboche. O/N at Lodge.

Day 07 : Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) 5-6 hours, 8.5km

Climbing through Duglha via Khumbu Khola Valley, on the day, you will proceed towards Lobuche.  Descending via Duglha village, you will reach Lobuche before sunset.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 08 : Lobuche to Gorak Shep & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,320m) 5-6 hours, 13.5km

This is going to be one of the most exciting days in the trek as it leap your steps towards the Everest Base Camp.  You will have to make some steep ascent towards the base camp. However, during the climb you can enjoy the natural splendor of Khumbu Glacier and ice fall from the base camp site.  Also, you will have to pass over rocky dunes, moraine and streams to make you way towards the base camp. After a brief stay at the amazing high altitude site, also known as the point form of Everest expedition, you will have to hike backwards on the earlier route until you reach Gorak Shep. O/N at Lodge.

Day 09 : Gorak Shep to Kala Pathar (5550m) to Pheriche 5-6 hours, 18.5km

On the day, you will hike towards Kala Pathar known for offering splendid 360-degree panoramic view of the world’s tallest mountains including Mt. Everest.  At the Kala Pathar site, you can enjoy mesmerizing views of snow laden giants over your head. After getting enthralled at the amazing place for some time, the trek descends to Pheriche via Gorak Shep. O/N at Lodge.

Day 10 : Pheriche to Kyanjuma (3,500m) 5-6 hours, 20.5km

Walking downhill and crossing Phungithanka viaTangboche, on the day, you will proceed towards Kyanjuma, the junction of the trinity ways to Gokyo Valley. The trails pass through suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. Later, leaving few rhododendron forests behind, you will reach Kyanjuma for an overnight stay. O/N at Lodge.

Day 11 : Kyanjuma to Khumjung to Monju (2,850m) 5-6 hours, 11.5km

This is an exciting day as you trek past Khumjung, a village in Khumbu region inside Sagarmatha National Park crossing bridge over Imja River to reach Monju.  On the route, you will visit Hillary memorial school. Later, the trail ascends to the Syangboche airport and then descends towards the Namche Bazaar. You can explore the bazaar for some time, before heading way towards Monju for an overnight shelter. O/N at Lodge.

Day 12 : Monju to Lukla (2800m) 5-6 hours, 16km

This is the final day of the trek as you prepare yourself to hike to Lukla following the lower altitude trail in the Everest region. Traversing various Sherpa settlements, and hiking past some dense forest area covered by beautiful rhododendron and pine trees, you will slowly proceed towards Lukla. On the way, you will also see few monasteries that resemble unique Buddhist culture and tradition. You will reach Lukla before sunset.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 13 : Lukla to Kathmandu (flight) 40 min

You have completed your trekking as you wait to board a Kathmandu bound flight from Lukla. You excitement level will proliferate as the plane flies between hills before it reaches to a required elevation. The 40 minutes flight will also give you a bird’s eye view of glorious Kathmandu city by the time it prepares to land. After landing at the Tribhuvan airport, the company representative will transfer you to you designated hotels.  The remaining day in the capital city will be all yours. You can do whatever you like.  You can relax at the hotel or visit markets for the final day shopping. O/N at Hotel.

What is the best season for Everest Base Camp trek?
The best season is from pre-monsoon springtime (February, March, April, May) and post-monsoon fall (September, October, November). December and January is the winter and is colder and June, July, August is the summer/monsoon, so rain might be an issue.
 
What kinds of clothing are required for the trek?
We suggest warm clothes that includes down jackets, thermal longs & tops, comfortable trekking shoes, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, gloves. Thamel, the main tourist hub, in Kathmandu has lots of trekking shops with both local and branded where you can also buy these clothing.
 
What kind of meals do we get during the Everest Base Camp trek? Is it organic, hygienic?
Lodges in the Everest trail serves organic and hygienic meals and mostly a typical meal includes daal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, pasta or potato dishes along with vegetables and egg/chicken/meat dishes. Some desserts like apple pies, pancakes can also be found. Breakfast includes porridge, muesli and toasts with peanut butter and honey.
 
Is there any mountain sickness problems?
To avoid any AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) problems our itineraries are carefully designed. AMS normally occurs from 3,600 meters/11,808 feet and above. During the trek you gently and slowly gain altitude with day’s rest for better acclimatizing. Most people will feel some affect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly light headed which is fairly common. Our experienced guide will be with you who shall advise you how to avoid AMS. Drinking more water, walking slowly, not skipping the acclimatization days is suggested to avoid AMS.
 
How fit I have to be to participate in this trek?
The trek is good for any average people who are moderately fit enough and no previous experience as such is required. Though running, swimming, hiking are recommended before your join your trek. For preparation, you should start training at least two to three months before your trek. The best will be hiking in relatively steep ascents and descents.
 
What is the maximum group-size?
The maximum group-size for this trek is 14 people as this group size makes a perfect team with the trek guide can also give attention to each individual time and again.
 
What kind of accommodation is expected while trekking?
We use lodges/teahouses which are clean and having basic facilities, and they also provide quilt or blankets. The toilets in the lodges have essential and basic facilities and always outside the room.
 
What‘s the weather will be like in the mountains?
Himalayan weathers are rather hard to predict. Generally nights are colder than the days. 
 
In winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is colder but days are beautiful with clear skies. A bit of snowfall is expected in winter.
 
In spring (Mar-Jun) the average temperature is 17 degrees C with a maximum of 25 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.
 
In monsoon (Jun-Aug) the maximum temperature averages to 25 degrees C during sunny days with a minimum -15 degrees C in the morning and night at areas above 4000 meters. The average temperature tends to be around a comfortable 18 degrees C.
 
In autumn (Sep-Nov), the average temperature during the fall is 15 degrees C with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters altitude.
 
How about my trekking guide?
We have experienced trek guides who have been in the field for a long time and know the area where you will be trekking. They are also government recognized trek guides and well trained in mountain first-aid plus friendly and helpful individuals. They are also insured during the trek.
 
Where can I store my luggage before trek?
You can store your luggage in your hotel for free. Take along the essential items for your trek and the rest can be left at the hotel, later on claim after returning back from trek.
 
Do I get to shower while on trek?
Major places like Lukla/Namche has hot shower and other areas have hot water in a bucket. The cost comes to US$3-4 per shower.
 
Can I use credit card while trekking?
In the cities like Kathmandu, yes, but during trekking only cash is accepted. Please change into Nepali rupees before heading for trek.
 
Are there ATMs in the Everest area?
ATMs are available only in Namche and Lukla but it’s service might not work or may be out of cash. So changing into rupees before trek is suggested.
 
What if I have to call home, friends, families?
Landline telephones are available in most of the villages along the trek route from which you can make international calls. Mobile phone services are available and even at the Everest Base Camp but the reception quality varies depending upon the locations. Internet facilities can be found but is expensive.
 
How about charging batteries?
Charging your cameras etc comes to about Nepali rupees 200-1000 approx.
 
Will I need insurance for Everest Base Camp trek?
While trekking in the Himalayas insurance is highly recommend covering both medical and evacuation. You should also be careful of the insurance policy while buying the insurance as some insurance companies may have special exception of evacuation from certain altitude only.
 
How about drinking water while on the trek?
Boiled water is available at the lodges. Bottled water will cost US$2 at lower places and US$4 at higher places per liter. If you have brought purifying aid you can use them in normal tap or spring water.

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 13 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Challenginng

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Best Season: Feb - May and Oct - Nov

Max altitude: 5545m/18192ft (Kalapattar)

Daily walking: 5 - 7 hours each day

Transportation: Private vehicles & Flights

Accommodation: Lodge/Guest house during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge to Lodge Trek

Group Size: 2-14 People

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