Leaving behind the narrow, confusing streets of Kathmandu, we take a thrilling 40m flight to Lukla, a.k.a the gateway to Everest Base Camp. Once on the ground, we pass through villages, hamlets and cross the mighty Dudh Koshi river back and forth on narrow suspension bridges till the bridge crossing to Namche Bazaar, the commercial hub of the Khumbu region, from where we get the first glimpse of the mighty Everest.
The trail further ascends to the famous Thyangboche monastery, an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists, which also offers a panoramic view of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. The vegetation changes dramatically from pine, fir, black juniper, and rhododendron trees to dry shrub and grass as we continue to Dingboche. As we ascend steeply up a terminal rim towards Lobuche, we stumble upon stone cairns; memorials of Sherpas and climbers who have died on Everest. From here the trails are unsure, marked with memorial cairns all the way to the Khumbu Glacier, a frozen lakebed covered with sand.
After hiking to EBC, we spend a night Gorak Shep and climb early morning up to Kala Patthar, a rocky hilltop ridge of Pumori, for a rewarding sunrise panorama of the fluted peaks; Everest, Nuptse, Changtse, glimpses of the northern flank and summit of Lhotse. Backtracking, we take the lower trail to Pheriche and spend a night at Kyangjungma (famous for views of Amadablam, Thamserku, and Everest) and make our way to Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.
Our 16 day Everest Base Camp trek is perfect for those who have no prior experience as the itinerary isn’t rushed for proper acclimatization.
Highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek
- 16 days challenging and adventurous journey to the Everest Base Camp
- Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back
- Towering views of the eastern Himalayas; Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and other mountain ranges
- Encounter with the legendary Sherpa people famous for their mountaineering skills
- Explore the Sherpa villages of Lukla, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, and Dingboche; their stone mani walls carved with prayers, chortens with colorful prayers flags and centuries-old monasteries
- Appreciate the flora and fauna of the Sagarmatha National Park
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Everest Base Camp trekking and while you are under our care. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,820 m) and walk to Phakding (2,640 m), 4 hrs.
Morning depart from the hotel for fabulous Everest Base Camp taking a short scenic flight of 30 mins with sweeping panorama of high peaks including Mt. Everest, as the small aircraft lands at Lukla of above (2,820 m) high, from here walk towards Phakding on gradual downhill trail with short ups with views of Kwangde and Kusum-Kanguru peaks as the walk leads through Choplung and Ghat Sherpa villages to reach our overnight stop at Phakding. Phakding village, located above Dudh Kosi River here with time for a short hike around this lovely village to witness Sherpa cultures with an overnight halt in a nice cozy lodge.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), 5 hrs walks.
After a pleasant night stop with the sound of river, morning walk leads following the Dudh Kosi River upstream and crossing suspension bridges to reach at Monjo village with grand views of Kwangde and Thamserku peaks, from here into Sagarmatha National park (Sagarmatha Nepalese name for Mt. Everest, while Sherpa calls Chomolungma in both languages means 'Great Mother'). Walk proceed towards Jorsalle village and into river valley covered within rhododendron-pines-oaks and fir trees as the route leads uphill for few hours to reach famous Namche Bazaar, where colorful and busy Saturday market is held weekly.
Day 04: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.
An important rest day for proper acclimatization before heading higher elevation, at Namche one can take a short walk to Everest View Hotel of few hours walk uphill or visit the park museum located on top of Namche Bazaar offers grand views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Amadablam and other series of snowcapped peaks. Visit its interesting museum full of information regarding Sherpa people, culture with flora/fauna and as well of mountaineering history, rest of the afternoon free at leisure with views of mountains.
Day 05: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery (3,867 m), 5 hrs.
With a marvelous stop at Namche Bazaar, morning with the short steep climb and then on a pleasant winding trail into alpine woodland with super views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Nuptse-Amadablam with other smaller peaks, as the walk continues heading downhill at Phunki-Tenga, a small place by the Imjatse River for lunch. After lunch with few hours climb into serene alpine forest filled with rhododendron-oaks-magnolia-pines-juniper and fir tree lines with a constant view of peaks, finally walk leads on a small plateau at Thyangboche Monastery the highest spot of the trek at 3,867 m high offering mind-blowing views of Mt. Everest-Amadablam and arrays of peaks that surrounds this lovely spot. Here with time to visit it's interesting and famous Buddhist monastery, where in October a great festival Mani Rimdu is held and as well mountaineers take blessing from the priest for safe and successful climbs.
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m), 5hrs.
From Thyangboche after catching the morning glorious panorama of mountains and then heading downhill through serene woodland reaching at a metal bridge over Imjatse River, from here with uphill walk to Pangboche, the last permanent Sherpa farm village before Everest base camp, as our walk leads to Somare for lunch with super views of Amadablam at close distance, and then heading on gradual path with short climb to reach at Imjatse valley. Dingboche at 4,360 m located within beautiful Imjatse valley with close North Face views of Amadablam including Lhotse and stunning Island peak towards east.
Day 07: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion.
Another important rest day at Dingboche for proper acclimatization before heading towards higher zone to base camp and climb of Kalapathar, Dingboche with many fine lodges with some cyber facilities a summer pasture for yaks, with grazing fields. Here the Sherpa from nearby village tends their barley and buckwheat fields as well as catering the needs of the trekkers. At Dingboche, one take short acclimatization walks up Nagarjung hills for super views of surrounding mountains with Mt. Makalu towards further east.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4,930 m), 5 hrs.
Morning overlooking superb views of high snowcapped peaks with Amadablam North Face, as our adventure begins heading uphill for an hour to a ridge and then on gradual up with stunning views as the walk leads to Thugla, where Khumbu glacier melts into a raging icy river here with rest and lunch then climb up to Thugla ridge, where you can observe many memorials of climbers and mountaineers who died on Everest expedition including other peaks within Everest region. After a pleasant stop, another hour of high altitude walk brings you at Lobuche with 10-12 good lodges to stay facing Nuptse and Lobuche peaks.
Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) and return to Gorakshep (5,180 m), 6 hrs.
Today a big marvelous day with an adventure towards our main goal and highlight of the trip reaching at the foot of world number Mt. Everest at base camp, morning walk leads on a gradual uphill slope with a short steep climb near Glass Pyramid, optional sidewalk to visit at this glass pyramid a metrological station and a lab, established by Italy and Nepal government to track and read the Himalayan weather and the flow of the glacier. From here few hour of good walk over moraine and glacier brings you at Gorakshep located on route Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar hilltop, Gorakshep with 3-4 nice lodges for overnight stops, from here our walk leads further east over glacier and moraine then reaching at Everest base camp of above 5,364 m high with sweeping views of Khumbu Ice Fall and glacier. During peak expedition season this place is flooded with climbers-guides and porters with many tents pitched above the glacier. After feeling high with an adventure of a lifetime experience head back to Gorakshep for an overnight stop before heading back to Lukla.
Day 10: Hike to Kalapathar (5,545 m) trek to Pheriche (4,240 m), 5 hrs.
Early morning optional walk up to the top of Kalapathar, the highest spot of the adventure at above 5,545 m high offering breathtaking panorama of mountains with Mt. Everest at close distance, after a vigorous climb descend to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue trek on the same path till Thugla. From here our route diverts towards Pheriche windy valley on near level ground with fabulous views during the walk all the way to Pheriche for the overnight stop. Pheriche with many good fine lodges here you can visit HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) office with a small medical post.
Day 11: Trek to Kyanjima (3,630 m), near Namche & Khumjung via Thyangboche, 6 hrs walks.
From here onward on long descend with few climbs as the trail leads towards Pangboche village and then to the bridge, after the bridge back into greens and tree lines as the route climbs up to Thyangboche Monastery, with downhill walk to Phunki Tenga on crossing a wooden bridge climb uphill to Lobesa and Sanasa small villages with gradual winding path to Kyanjinma. A beautiful spot with few lodges facing Everest-Amadablam and Thamserku peaks, here the chance of spotting some wildlife like Thar, Musk deer and the colorful Danphe (Impeyan pheasant and the national bird of Nepal).
Day 12: Trek to Monjo (2,880 m), 6 hrs.
After a wonderful time at this scenic quiet spot within serene alpine woodland walk descends towards with pleasant and scenic walk towards Namche Bazaar, here having a short rest and then continue to walk downhill towards Monjo for the overnight stop.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla, 4 hrs.
Our fabulous Everest Base Camp treks concludes with a walk back to Lukla, as the trail leads on the same route following gentle path past Phakding and Ghat villages with a climb to reach Lukla, where you can enjoy the afternoon relaxing and celebrate with staff-guides-porters and fellow member on this last night around high Khumbu within Everest areas.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Early morning transfer to Lukla airport known as Tenzing & Hillary airport with its unique airstrip, sometimes the flight can delay due to bad weather, as the flight arrives from Kathmandu board on the smaller Twin-Otter or Dornier airplane where a scenic flight brings you at hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life.
Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour.
We have reserved as contingency and a free day in case of flight delay and cancellation at Lukla due to unpredictable bad weather conditions, on this day you can book for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu as the valley, filled with most of the World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities.
Day 16: Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to the respective destination with a wonderful experience on Everest Base Camp Trekking.
What's included !
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
- Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three or four star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (3 nights)
- All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
- Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek
- Licensed English speaking guide.
- The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
- Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
- Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
- Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- Official expenses.
What's not included !
- Air travel to/from Nepal,
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu,
- Soft/hard drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, all items of personal nature,
- Personal clothing, insurance against accidental, medical and emergency rescue evacuations,
- Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the trip due to sickness or emergency purpose.
- Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
- Travel Insurance
- Emergency helicopter rescue evacuation arrangements will be covered by travel insurance.
What is trekking ?
Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.
Is trekking good for me ?
In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.
Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?
You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.
How difficult is trekking and climbing ?
Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.
Is travel insurance necessary ?
Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.
What types of permit are required for trekking ?
It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.
How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?
During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.
What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?
Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.
Will I have to carry my own luggage ?
Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.
Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?
Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.
What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?
There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.
Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?
It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.