Since the first expeditions to Mount Everest from Nepal side in 1953, Mount Everest Base Camp Trek has been a popular destination for trekkers. Along with 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 a kind of walk you will remember for a very long time.
The Everest Base Camp trek is a very well known mountain trek, starts form the upper Phakding & follows the Dudh Kosi River valley which climbs up to the Namche Bazar, which is a junction for trekkers, the local Sherpa and expeditions en route to the mighty Mt. Everest. From Namche Bazar, we trek along a high path where we have our first good views of Everest and then head towards Thyangboche Monastery, which is a 2 hour climb up. The monastery sits at 3867m in a clearing surrounded by rhododendrons. The monastery is structurally located on a ridge top with commanding views of the Mt. Everest landscape. The view from this spot, seen to have a best advantage in the morning in clear weather, is absolutely exciting and dramatic and is rightly deemed to be one of the most magnificent in the world.
We then descend to the Imja Khola and continue walk toward villages of Pangboche and Pheriche before approaching the Khumbu Glacier. Then we follow the glacier, first to Lobuche, a vantage point for some impressive views of the Ama Dablam, Taweche and others peaks and hiking to Gorak Shep for the rest.We also have the opportunity to come up Kala Pattar [5554m] from where we can get some awesome views of the Himalayan giants which literally frozen your senses with breathless admiration that beholds the eye; and makes up for the lung-bursting climb that took you up there. You soon realize it was absolutely worth for your adventure . This also includes fantastic views of the south west face of the enormous view of Mt. Everest.Then we trek down to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu ice fall before finally making our way back down to Lukla.
Everest Base Camp Trek – Itinerary
Day 01 : Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and it takes – 30 minutes. Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m.) – 3 hours:
We will transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. Lukla is a small town with an airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. You begin today’s trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi river. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding.
Day 02 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) – 4.30 hours:.
This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. You can also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La.
Day 03 : Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization and excursion around the places:
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization you walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.
Day 04 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) – five hours.
From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. Now you have a glimpse of first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, the trail descends steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga (3250m.).The village has an excellent place for lunch and you can take a short rest before making the steep climb to Tyangboche. Although exhausting due to the zigzag path, the trek has numerous attractions like rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds chirping and superb mountain scenery making your trek exciting. Tyangboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region.
Day 05 : Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) – 5 hours.:
You gradually descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily up to the village of Pangboche. This is directly opposite to Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the Gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. As you gradually ascend, you find thick forests. This part of the trail is full of thorny and juniper bushes. A further two and half hour’s walk brings you to Dingboche. Here you can see Sherpa people working hard in the agricultural farm.
Day 06 : Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion in and around the places:
Here you can steeply climb up to Nakartsang Gompa for the rare outstanding view of Mount Makalu (8463m.) along with Lhotse, Island Peak, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The another option provided is a small side trip to Chhukung which takes about 2 and half hours to go up and 1 and half hours to come back to Dingboche. There are some of the lodges which serve you the delicious food items.
Day 07 : Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m.) via Dughla/Thukla (4620m.) – 5 hours:
From Dingboche we start our trail towards Lobuche via Dughla/Thukla from where you can have a view which offers panoramic view of the mountains – Mt. Nuptse (7896m.), Mt.Lhotse (8511m.), Baruntse peak (6800m.),Ama Dablam peak(6856m.),Thamserku peak (6608m.), Konde Ri or peak(6187m.), Tawoche peak(6542m.), Cholotse peak (6441m.) and more. The teahouse at Dughla/Thukla is a good spot to have lunch. At the top of this climb there are many stone caves, 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.
Day 08 : Trek from Lobuche (4900m.) to Gorakshep (5180m.) – 4 hours, Trek from Gorakshep (5180m.) to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and retrace back to Gorakshep 3 hours:
From Lobuche we start to trek start slowly and you will have lunch at Gorakshep, take rest and if the trekker feels fine, the participants can walk to Everest Base Camp. You will spend about 4 and half hours trek up to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep. The trek is on glacier and snow capped rocks. You can also see many small frozen lakes around the Everest Base Camp and return back to Gorakshep.
Day 09: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and back to Pheriche (4243m.) – 6 hours.:
You accomplish an early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) to enjoy the view of sunrise. From Kala Patthar you can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. We return back from Katala Patthar to Gorakshep and have a breakfast. After breakfast we start to trek to Pheriche. Pheriche is the place where one can make phone calls to any part of the world. You can see the mountain Yaks in Pheriche. Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town. There you can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. There is located Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post and foreign volunteer doctors are to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people.
Day 10 : Trek from Pheriche to Khumjung (3790m.) via Phortse (3750m.) – 6hours:
The trail descends to Pangboche and now the trail starts turning up and down in every half an hour to Phortse. On the way there is an opportunity to see wild life in and around the area like mountain goat, musk deer and many species of Himalayan birds. There are village monasteries in Pangboche and Phortse rich in cultural heritage of Sherpa people. Along this, you see an old monastery in Pangboche which is believed to have been established during 16th century. The Pangboche village is known to have highest permanent settlement throughout the year.
We continue our trail from Phortse to Khumjung. The trail here descends for early twenty minutes and ascends up steeply for almost one hour to Mongla (4000m.). From this spot, you can see the panoramic view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Now the trail descends and ascends frequently up to Khumjung. The Khumjung village is said to have the largest settlement of Khumbu region. There is well-equipped high school built by Edmund Hillary in 1960. Not limited to this, there is an old monastery where the skull of Yeti is believed to have preserved. The neighboring village of Khumjung is Khunde where a well equipped Hospital is built by Edmund Hillary in 1964.
Day 11 : Trek from Khumjung to Monjo (2835m.) – 5 hours:
While trekking from Khumjung to Monjo you come across few Sherpa settlements and you will meet friendly Sherpa people. Trekking this day is little bit easier in comparison to other days. Monjo is a small village and the area is mainly for agriculture. You can see people being engaged in agricultural activities.
Day 12 : Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2800m.) 5 hours:
This day the trail gradually descends and ascends as well. You cross the Dudh Koshi river over suspension bridges.
Day 13 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu – 30 minutes:
You will fly from Lukla to Kathmandu early in the morning and we will pick up from airport. Rest time free to relax.
- Transfer to and from domestic airport by private car.
- Round trip ( KATHMANDU-LUKLA & LUKLA – KATHMANDU) flight fare with all taxes.
- An English speaking guide during the whole Trek.
- Porter during the whole trek (one porter for two people).
- Everest National Park Trek Permit, TIMS card & Any required permits or Official Documentation.
- Full Board basis Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as per above Itinerary
- Tea/coffee – 3 times day during the trek.
- Selected Tea house Lodge/Guest house Accommodations during Trek( Shared Toilets/ bathroom)
- Insurance, Daily Wages, Equipments and all meals & Lodges for Porters and Guide during the whole trek
- First Aid Kid Box( for Normal Treatment only)
- Government taxes & Other Applicable Fees.
- International Airfare to and from your country
- Nepal Visa fee: Nepal entry visa ( US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days . you will also require 2 passport size photos.)
- Travel & Health Insurance- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)
- Any Alcoholic Drinks, Cold Drinks, Boiled & Mineral Water, Beverages Etc in Trek
- Tips for Trekking & other employed staffs which is not mandatory but expected.
- Hot Shower, Battery Charges( Available in Trek with Extra cost or Free in some lodges)
- Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation or Delayed, Sick in Trek, and Helicopter rescue in Trek. Cost due to bad weather etc which is out of our control
- Any Other Cost, which is not mentioned in Cost Includes Items as Above