Everest Base Camp Trek is, unquestionably, a lifetime adventure experience for the trekkers. This is the most perused trekking trail among various trails in Nepal.A research shows that 80 % of the total tourist who come Nepal have dream to go to Everest Base Camp and they want to witness the top of the world, Mt. Everest along with other world highest mountains above 8 thousands meter. Since every travelers dream is to witness Mt. Everest from Everest Base Camp, they start with other easy and moderate treks and ultimately they do Everest Base.
The trekking trail, Everest Base Camp Trek having been located at the highest altitude of the world offers a wide variety of Himalayan insights as a whole entire insight of Nepal Himalaya. The trail you use to go to Everest Base Camp is the legendary trekking trail used by two legendary climbers, Tenjing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary who successfully scaled the top of the world, Mt. Everest. After a short and scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu, the trekking to Everest Base Camp Trek commences. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to Everest Base Camp trekking where you will have a spare day for acclimatization. It is a beautiful city in the lap of Himalaya. Namche Bazaar and Hotel Everest View at the top of the hill offer you some panoramic view of the mountain located in Everest Region.
As the trail ascends up to Tengboche , the trip changes into , more or less, a spiritual trekking for the tourists will get opportunity to experience holy monasteries, prayer flags and holy carvings on stones. And One of the considerable highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek is Sagarmaha National Park which is a world heritage site of UNESCO. The rocky terrain and deep gorges of this park are considerably adventurous and exciting to go through. The Sagarmatha National park spreads over an area of 1,148 sq. km and ranges from 3,300 mtr (11,000 ft) to 8,848 mtr (29,029 ft) which is listed as the National park located at the highest altitude from the sea level on earth. Besides, the park is abode to many wildlife and birds including musk deer, Derow, Ghoral and Himalayan Thar as well as red-billed chough, impheyan pheasant, blood pheasant and yellow billed chough.
Finally, a climb to Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp Trek offers you the most astonishing view of the top of the world, Mt. Everest, (above eight thousands ) Lhotse (8,516m) ,Makalu (8463m) , cho oyu (8201m) , Nuptse (7,879m) Pumori (7,165m)Tawachee (6542m), Cholatse (6542m) and numerous other famous peaks above 6,000 m. At the moment you will entirely feel ecstatic that you are deeply in love with the giant peaks.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines, our TH staff will receive with courtesy transfer to hotels in the centre of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting to be with many shops, stores and excellent world class restaurants, with time for short walk and to buy necessary items for the trip, in the hotel our guide will inform and brief regarding trekking and other important things.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
An early morning start from the hotel with a short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport for super scenic flight of 35 minutes to Lukla with awesome views of mountains range, and the shortly landing at strange runways with an uphill, on reaching Lukla with time for rest and to refresh with morning tea and coffee and probably breakfast depending upon the time of arrival, from here a slow start passing the market with shops and stores in Lukla and heading downhill for a while, and then with short ups and gradual winding trail passing many farms and villages, Buddhist prayer monuments and views of snow capped peaks of Kusum Kanguru and Kwangde and finally reaching the overnight stop at Phakding by the river Dudh Kosi.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
Morning walk of the 2nd day trekking starts with an easy walk with few ups following the river Dudh Kosi most of the way, crossing the same river by suspension bridge reaching at Monjo village a nice village with lodges catering the trekkers for many years, view of Thermasharkhu peak and Khumbi-la mountain the patron god of Khumbu area, Monjo is the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at the park entrance a rest after getting the permits to travel this area requires Park permits with fees and as well TIMS ( Trekking Information Management System) after a brief rest here continue walk crossing the bridge over Dudh Kosi and to Jorsalle village for lunch, this is the only village for 2-3 hours till Namche is reached. From here walking on the river bed for a while and then after crossing the last bridge over Imjatse River (which joins Dudh Kosi) an uphill walk for few hours through beautiful alpine forest lined with rhododendron, pines and fir trees with awesome mountain scenery of Kwangde, Kusum kanguru if the day is clear view of Mt. Everest and Lhotse also, after a hard climb of few hours reaching at famous Namche Bazaar the Sherpa capital of Khumbu region with many houses with lodges, hotels, pubs, restaurant with fresh bakery and cyber café, health post, post office and banks.
Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
An important and necessary to have a rest day or 2 nights at this altitude to safe guard from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) where drinking plenty of fluids helps but not alcoholic drinks which dehydrate you. In Namche optional walks around neighboring area up to Everest View Hotel (believed as world highest hotel at 3,880 meters) a 2-3 hours hike with promising mountain views with Mt. Everest and magnificent Ama Dablam peak, or walk to the top of Namche hill with aerial view of Namche with Mt. Everest, Lhotse,Tawache, Tarmasarku, Kwangde and Ama Dablam peaks and visit interesting museum with full of information of this Khumbu area, afternoon at leisure to browse around the bazaar with nice stores, this place is flooded with locals and trekkers on Saturday big market.
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche 3,867 m – 05hrs.
Morning with a short climb to the ridge above Namche and then on the pleasant walk for the first half of the day with views after views of mountains and surrounding beautiful landscapes and into a nice woodlands and then on the downhill slope for an hour to reach lunch break at Phungi-tenga located in a gorge by the river Imjatse and in the middle of alpine woodland.
After a refreshing moment starting with an uphill for 2 hours through nice tree lines of rhododendron and pines with beautiful views of snow clad peaks and finally reaching the famed Tengboche Monastery (Gomba) for overnight stop.
This beautiful scenic spot offers tremendous views of peaks that encircle this place with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and towering Mt. Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Thermasharkhu and Kwangde peaks, afternoon visit this interesting monastery with Lama and monks chanting prayer at the main hall statue of Sakyamuni Buddha and with thanka paintings around the wall and ceiling, and then visit the small museum.
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m – 05hrs.
After an interesting impressive time here, morning walk leads to a descend through nice serene forest passing few prayer walls and then to cross a bridge over raging Imjatse River, after the bridge a slow uphill walk with few steep climb and descend till Pangboche village (the last permanent village on route to Everest base camp)
From here a short steep climb to Shomare a small settlement popular stop for lunch on route trekking higher, after lunch a gradual uphill climb on the windy exposed terrain and crossing the same river and with a climb for an hour reaching our overnight stop at Dingboche a nice place located at the start of Imjatse valley beneath the towering Ama Dablam North Face and Mt. Lhotse with nice views of Island / Imjatse peak towards east.
Day 07: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion.
We have set another rest day for proper acclimatization, so that you can enjoy the adventure feeling good and healthy, at Dingboche optional walk and hike, the very wise and best thing to do is to climb a hill above Imjatse valley to Nagajung hill which takes about 1-2 hours of fine climb offering great super views of surrounding mountain panorama with world 5th highest Mt. Makalu towards east adding extra heights of the day helps to acclimatize also, afternoon at leisure.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 05 hrs.
From Dingboche with good night rest, morning walk leads to a short climb over a hill festooned with prayer flags and Buddhist payer monuments, overlooking superb views of Imjatse valley, Ama Dablam North Face, Island / Imjatse Peak, and world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu towards east the peaks of Twache and Cholatse looks closer from this spot, from here on the gentle uphill path leading to a small place at Thukla for lunch stop, where the trail from Gokyo via Tshola and Pheriche meets and as well Khumbu glacier melts into torrential river. After a nice break here a steep climb for an hour to cairn of Thulga pass top, where many tombs and memorials are placed of the unfortunate mountaineers, from here a good walk for another hour brings at Lobuche for overnight stop, Lobuce with more than good lodges around beneath the Lobuche East and West Peaks.
Day 09: Trek to Gorak Shep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep – 06 hrs.
Today this awesome journey leads to our goal and highlight of this great trip, morning walk on the gentle slope for few hours passing near the metrological stations of glass pyramids managed by Nepal and Italian scientific on glacier of this area. From here walk leads over rocky moraine and ice and below Khumbu glacier with views of Everest, Nuptse and of Mt. Pumori and after crossing moraine area reaching at Gorakshep located on route Everest base camp and Kalapathar climb with Mt. Pumori soaring above this flat valley.
After a good rest continue walk for 2-3 hours to Everest Base Camp through glacier and moraine sections, on reaching at Everest Base Camp grand views of Nuptse, Lho-la, Changtse in Tibet and top of Everest with its notorious Khumbu ice falls and glaciers at near distance from the base camp. This desolate but tremendous spot feeling out of this world, in high expedition’s season around April and May this place is flooded with different groups of expeditions.
After an overwhelming moment retrace the walk back to Gorakshep for overnight stop after feeling high and at ease after reaching the goal of this trip.
Day 10: Hike to Kalapathhar 5,545 m trek to Pangboche 3,900 m – 06 hrs.
Yet, another highlights of this trip to be accomplished climb to the top of Kalapathar the highest point of this adventure at 5,545 meters offering stupendous panorama of surrounding mountains with Mt. Pumori high above the rocky top of Kalapathar and view of Mt. Everest at mere distance, the climb leads for two hours on the steep path, on reaching enjoy the glamorous views on the highest spot of this adventure, from here reach Gorakshep for breakfast and continue descend towards Lobuche and to Thukla and then on the new trail to Pheriche, walk leads downhill for an hour and into the windy valley floor walking for an hour to Pheriche located on a wide valley with windy afternoon with views of Cholatse, Tawache and Ama Dablam, this place with HRA station (Himalayan Rescue Association). From Pehriche a nice walk to the river and then a short climb with a downhill towards Somare and Pangboche village for overnight stop,
on the same trail to Tengboche for overnight stop in this beautiful surrounding.
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar – 06 hrs.
Retrace the journey back to Namche Bazaar (with an option via Khumjung / Khunde village) through Tengboche Monastery from Imjatse river a steep climb for an hour and then on the nice trail to Namche Bazaar for overnight stop.
Day 12: Trek to Lukla – 06 hrs.
Today the last walk of this wonderful adventure back to Dudh Kosi valley crossing the same river few times and to the national park entrance / exit gate and then to Monjo village after hours of walks, retracing on the same trail passing villages of Phakding, Benkar, Ghat, Choplung and from here the last climb of this trip for 45 minutes to Lukla, on reaching Lukla by afternoon or lunch time with time for stroll around Lukla bazaar.
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Morning transfer to Tenzing / Hillary airport at Lukla, as per the flight time board the small plane Dronier or Twin Otter a short scenic flight of 35 minutes brings you at Kathmandu and then transfer to respective hotels, with afternoon free at leisure and souvenir shopping.
Day 14: In Kathmandu full day sightseeing tour.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel.
Day 15: International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in Nepal, after a most memorable and overwhelming time in the high Himalaya with great service of Team Himalaya guides and staff, transfer to Kathmandu international airport terminal for your flight to respective countries.