Our Everest base camp trek is a great introductory lodge trek that offer sensational mountain views and an insight into the lives of the Sherpa people. After exploring the temples, shrines, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, capital of the Kumbu Sherpas, where we are again greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. A rest day here aids acclimatization and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area. We then follow the trail to famous Tengboche, located high on a ridge where a magnificent 360-degree panorama awaits. The views of Everest, the Lhotse-Nuptse Wall, Ama Dablam and Kantega dominate this peaceful and spiritual location – surely one of the most tranquil and inspiring places in the world.
While passing Buddhist monasteries views of Everest get closer every day. This stunning trek visits both, Everest base camp and Kala Patthar (5,555m/18225ft), a viewpoint recognized as the best vantage point to see Mount Everest which is a premier goal for many adventurous walkers in the Himalaya. After trekking to base camp and Kalapattar we return at our leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our return flight to Kathmandu
Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)
Day 2 – Visit old town of Kathmandu
Day 3 – Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m/9,186 ft). Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563 ft)
Day 4 – Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286 ft)
Day 5 – Namche Bazaar acclimatization day
Day 6 – Trek from Namche Bazaar to Deboche (3,800m / 12,467ft)
Day 7 – Trek from Deboche to Orsho (4,130m / 13,550ft)
Day 8 – Trek from Orsho to Dingboche (4,350m/14,272 ft)
Day 9 – Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109 ft)
Day 10 – Trek from Lobuche to EBC (5,365m/17,602 ft) and then to Gorakshep (5,180m/16,995 ft)
Day 11 – Trek from Gorakshep to Dingboche (4,350m/14,272 ft) via Kalapathar (5,555m/18,225 ft)
Day 12 – Trek from Dingboche to Phortse (3,680m/12,073 ft)
Day 13 – Trek from Phortse to Monzo (2,825m/9,268 ft)
Day 14 – Trek from Monzo to Lukla (2,800m/9,186 ft)
Day 15 – Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)
Day 16 – Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 17 – Departure
After landing at Tribhuvan International Airport and finishing the formalities inside. Our representative will be waiting for you with your name in the placard at the exit of the arrival hall. He will be escorting to you to the hotel. After refreshment, you will receive a brief instruction about your trek.
A professional guide and vehicle will be provided for sightseeing in and around Kathmandu city. We will visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city along with other interesting cultural monuments that dot the valley. These include Bouddhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holy temple of Hindus), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings), along with other popular cultural attractions. We get to observe the lifestyle of Nepalese people, holy sadhus and monks, fascinating history as well as awe-inspiring architecture.
Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the airport in Kathmandu for a scenic 30-minute flight to Lukla. The airport guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding (2,610m). There will be some time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sorts and loads trekking equipment and baggage. The trek starts with a descent to Dudh Kosi River, from where the wider trail leads us to the village of Ghat (2,550m), and then to Phakding on an easy-paced walk.
Walking along the shores of Dudh Kosi, we get to cross the serene river many times on exhilarating suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags. A little further, we enter Sagarmatha National Park from where the trail climbs steeply with picturesque sights. After trekking for a few hours, we reach Namche Bazaar, known as the Gateway of Everest.
In order to acclimatize to the altitude gained and thinner air, we spend a day in Namche Bazaar. There are several quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries at this town, also the largest in the Everest region. We pay a visit to the museum nearby known for its traditional artefacts that showcase the Sherpa culture. We also hike to Syangboche Airport from where we can see rewarding vistas of stunning sunrise and sunset over the Himalayan panorama.
We ascend out of the village and follow a high, fairly level path above the Dudh Kosi enjoying spectacular mountain views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse as we go. We pass the various shops set up by Tibetans selling trinkets and then descend through forest of blue pine to cross the Dudh Kosi again at Phunki (3,250m). We make another ascent on a switchback trail, sometimes made quite dusty by yak trains, to reach the spectacularly sited Thyangboche Monastery (3,867m) from where there are brilliant views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Taboche to the north and northeast, Thamserku and Kantega to the southeast and Kwangde to the southwest. Thyangboche Monastery was seriously damaged by fire in 1989 but has since been rebuilt and there will be time to visit both the monasteries and a museum. We reach our teahouse at Deboche. 6 hours walk.
Descend through meadows and Rhododendron forest, past the Buddhist nunnery at Deboche to cross Imja Khola (river) and up to pass village of Pangboche. Now above the tree line, climb up to the Orsho (4,100m). Approx 4.5 hrs walk mostly ascending. 120m descent 340m ascent.
Gradually climb up hill to the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Khola we continue to Dingboche (4410m). Approx 2.5 hrs walk. 310m ascent. Afternoon optional walk to Chukhung 4730m (5 hours) or to Nangkartshang peak 5,060m (5 hours).
Walk to Dughla (4620m) and ascend to Lobuche at 4930 m. (Approx 6 hours walk) 580m ascent 60 descent.
Early start for the excursion to Base Camp. Gentle walk initially, then ascend after about an hour and cross the moraine. Descend to the expanse of the Gorakshep (5,150m), where we check in the Lodge. From GorakShep, the trail splits off to Base Camp and Kalapathar. There is a possibility of meeting/visiting famous climbers and their camps at Everest Base Camp. Retrace steps to Gorakshep. About 9 hours walk ascent 560m and descent 106m)
A 2 ½ hours steep ascend brings us to the top of Kalapathar and outstanding views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Tawache, Pumori Gyachung Kang and the Khumbu Icefall, Khumbu Glacier, etc. From Kalapathar descend to GorakShep and trek back to Lobuche. From Lobuche, we walk down to Dughla with superb views of the Taboche peak a head. From Dughla it is possible, instead of merely retracing our steps, to take a high level route with fine views of Thamserku and Kangtega ahead and night spent at Pheriche.
From Pheriche continue descending to Imaja river and retrace trail to Pangboche to reach Phortse where we spend the night. (Approx 6 hrs walk) 265m ascent 635m descent. Pangboche is the highest year-round settlement in the upper Khumbu valley. A chance to visit the Pangboche Monastery , the oldest monastery of this region.
Descend to Phortse Tenga and ascend to Moangchorten (3,992m). Drop down again to Sanasa and return by a different trail to Namche Bazaar via the Everest View Hotel and Shyangboche airstrip or via Khunde and the Hillary hospital then descend and exit the National Park to overnight at Monzo 2840m. Approx 7 hours walk. 1650m descent, 620m ascent
Continuing to retrace the route along the DudhKoshi River we will make a final ascent to reach Lukla (2,840 m). Approx 5 hours walk. 340 m descent 340 m ascent.
Today we fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla, and during your flight you can enjoy some last-minute glimpses of the mountains. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you can rest, relax and go sightseeing throughout the day.
Today will be leisure and rest day. You can go around in Thamel for souvenir shopping, spa and more exploration of the city, or extend your trip to include bungee jumping, rafting, mountain biking, Everest mountain flight and other adventurous activities. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner.
The trip concludes today. You will be dropped at Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport by our airport representative for your flight departure from Nepal. We hope you will have a wonderful trek with us and we hope to serve you again.