Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 Days
Trekking to Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas. Thousands of trekkers visit this beautiful region of Nepal each year. The two week trek through the Sagarmatha National Park to Everest Base Camp takes you to the land of Sherpa’s where romanticist finds their each step following the footsteps of Hillary, Tenzing and other explorers.
The Everest Trek has been a centre of attraction for trekkers and climbers since 1953.
The trail that climbs through the foothills of the world’s highest mountain offer some of the most spectacular scenery and challenging trekking experience in Nepal. The way to Everest Base Camp has been extensively developed for trekking, with well maintained trails and plenty of guest houses.
The Solukhumbu Region, at the base of Everest, is homeland of Sherpa people whose reputation for their excellent skills in trekking and climbing mountains is recognized worldwide.
This trail will remain equally memorable for those who enjoy distinct life style and cultural heritages. The Buddhist monuments of the Sherpas called Stupa, Chorten and Gompas (monasteries) reflects distinct cultural values of northern Himalayan community. The natural heritage, in addition, is there to delight you. The towering landscape all around the Sagarmatha National Park which is also rich in bio diversity is full of various plant and animal species. Rare plants like Jatamasi, rare birds like Lophophorus and rare animals like Snow Leopard and Panda are all there to delight its visitors.
To start the trek we will fly to Lukla, whose airstrip is not more an hour’s flight from Kathmandu.
The trail to Everest Base Camp begins at Lukla, descending to the village of Phakding, and then following the Dudh Koshi valley. There you will climb steadily to Namche Bazaar, a large bustling town of Sherpa People. During the first day we will pass through a number of small villages, interspersed with magnificent forests, moss covered groves of Rhododendron trees, (Laligurans, the national flower of Nepal) waterfalls, Magnolia trees and giant firs.
The trail ascends from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche that passes through meadows where views of grazing yaks enchant you. Our trek will finally take you to the sandy plain of Gorak Shep. Here you climb up amongst large boulders to the broad summit of Kalapathar (5,545m) where you will discover mountain views known to be the most amazing on earth. They include Mt Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. Finally, you will trek down to Everest Base Camp, at the foot of the famous Khumbu ice fall.
The Everest Base Camp Trek returns to Lukla for the flight to Kathmandu. This is our general route. However, certain change can be made as per your special request.
Everest Base Camp Highlights:
No words can ever make you feel the exact life experience that you perceive first hand in Everest Base Camp. Scenic flight to Lukla, diversity of flora and fauna, the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar, friendly Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries, the sandy plain of Gorakshep, the broad summit of Kalapathar (5,545m), amazing views of Mt Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse among others are some of its attractions
Trek Name: Everest Base Camp Trekking
Trek Duration: 16 Days
Best Season:February, June, September and November are the best months among others. July and August are okay for trekking. However, the visibility is likely to disturbed due to rain.
Accommodation: Tea House
Group Size: Min.1 to Max 10 persons in a group
Min. altitude: 2840 m
Max altitude: 5545 m
Mode of Travel: Flight( Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu )
Price: For the most up-to-date and competitive price, please Contact Us
Everest base camp trek itinerary details:
Day 1:Meet at Kathmandu Airport:
We will meet you in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel. When you find yourself fresh, we will invite you to visit our office and provide you with brief information about your trek program. During this visit we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits etc.
Day 02: A full days sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley:
After breakfast our guide will accompany you on tour of sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. You will visit the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. You will also visit Swyambhunath, a 2000 year old temple which is popularly known as monkey temple. Moreover, you will enjoy Patan City which is famous for its fine arts and historical architecture. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and likely to take a leisurely stroll through the famous Durbar Square.
Day 03:Flight from KTM to Lukla and Trekking to Phakding (2652m):
After having 40 minutes of scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the Everest Base Camp journey begins from Lukla and continues to Phakding which takes approximately 3 hours. Along the way you will have a delightful view of Mt Nupla (5885m), Kusum Kangaru (6367m) and the Mount Kwongde Range. At night you will stay at Phakding (2,652m).
Day 04:Phakding trekking to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Beginning with an easy climb to Jhorsalle, the trail passes waterfalls and other cultural as well as natural items that remains memorable. At day time, we will pass through Sherpa villages and magnificent forests. The Rhododendron trees, Magnolia trees and giant firs provide a breathtaking backdrop to this part of the trek. Along the way, you will be rewarded with your first glimpse of Kusum Kangru (6369m), Thamserku (6608m), Everest (8848m) and Nuptse (7879 m). A steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche bazaar (3440m) will afford you further spectacular views and a comfortable place to spend the second night of the trek.
Day 05:Acclimatization day in Namche (3440m)
Acclimatization is most important before proceeding to a higher elevation. It is therefore recommended that you take a short day's hike to Thame, Khunde, and Khumjung or up to Everest View Hotel which provide a very close up view of Mt Everest. You are also likely to relax and explore the Sherpa culture of Namche.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar trekking to Tengboche (3,867m).
After walking for an hour you will arrive at Phungithanga. From there the trail climbs through forests where you can mark musk deer. Tengboche sits, surrounded by dwarf firs and Rhododendrons, holds your attention here. Moreover, spectacular sites of snow peaks like Kwongde (6187m) Tawache(6542m), Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7855m), Lhotse (8618m), Amadablam (6856m) and Thamserku (6608m) provide an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We visit the Buddhist Monastery at Tengboche, the largest in Khumbu region.
Day 07:Tenghoche trekking to Dingboche (4360m).
Early in the morning you are likely to be rewarded with views of mountain and monasteries in Tengboche. Our trail moves downwards to Imjatse Khola that passes through the forest of birches, conifers and rhododendrons. As we follow the river northward, the trails pass through several chortens, Mani walls and rural villages as well. On the way, we will have enchanting view of Ama Dablam. On arrival at Dingboche, we will enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes. The view goes impressive from Dingboche. There, we can see Island Peak and Mt. Makalu. At night we will stay at Dingboche.
Day 08: Rest day in Dingboche for the acclimatization (4360m):
Walking up again and then returning down is better than just resting in high altitude. So, you are likely to have a short hike of 400m. up to the Nangkartshang Gompa on the northern ridge of Dingboche. From Nangkartshang you are likely to enjoy bewitching view of Mt. Makalu (8463 m).
Day 09:Dingboche Trekking to Lobuche (4940m):
You continue your journey from Dingboche through the high alpine region to the end of Luboche and stay overnight there. On the way to Lobuche, You will cross the glacial frozen river at Thukla and climb up hill, watching magnificent view of Mt. Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori and Nuptse. At night you will stay at Lobuche.
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170m), trekking to Everest Base camp (5364m)back to Gorakshep 7 – 8 hour: The first section of the trail from Lobuche follows the narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain wall then crosses tributary glaciers to reach the dry lake bed of Gokrak Shep. Stopping for lunch at Gorekshep, after we walk to Everest Base Camp and explore the area famous for so many climbing expeditions to Mt Everest. The Base Camp area provides an opportunity to experience the freezing and harsh conditions that mountaineers brave to summit this famous mountain. After exploring the Everest Base Camp, trekking back to Gorakshep
Day 11: Gorak Shep trekking to Kala Patthar (5545m) trekking back to Pheriche (4280 m) 7-8 hrs:
We start early in the morning as mornings are usually sparkling and clear and best time to climb the Kalapathar, this is the highlight of the trekking, we will be rewarded the 360 degree dramatic panorama views of Mt Everest and surroundings mountains, On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast followed by a gradual descend down to Pheriche for a good night's rest. Overnight in Pheriche. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Pheriche Trekking to Namche Bazaar via Pangboche and Tengboche: 6-7 hour:
We will trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it's spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings from Tengboche the trail goes down to Phunki Thanga, from here mostly the trail goes through the pine forests and have chance to see the wild life like mountain goats, snow leopard and colorful pheasants, finally we will arrive at Namche for overnight stay.
Day 13: Namche Bazaar trekking back to Lukla (2850m) 6-7 hour:
Today the trail descends steeply downward before crossing the suspension bridges on Dudh Koshi River. From here the trail becomes more level and natural. We will work though rhododendron and pine forests with the view of distance snow covered peak before arriving Phakding after lunch continue trekking to Lukla. Our last night with your trekking team remains memorable.
Day 14: Flight from Lukla - KTM, Saying goodbye to our porters, we board our flight and make the exciting one-hour flight back to Kathmandu. If the flight is under schedule, we are likely to be back at our hotel before noon and you can have good shower and afternoon rest.
Day 15: Today you will be free to spend the afternoon shopping, It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla which makes the Lukla flight delayed and cancel. In the evening you can enjoy a typical Nepalese dinner and cultural show.
Day 16: Depart Kathmandu: If you are leaving Nepal and not continuing your holiday here in Nepal, we will take you to the Kathmandu Airport to catch your flight home. Our staff will oversee your safe and timely arrival at the Tribhuvan International Terminal and help you arrange your last minute departure details.
We will wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of Nepal and hope to see you again!
Price For The Trip:
The total cost for the trek or tour you decide you want to do will depend on several different factors. The type of accommodation you prefer in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara will make a difference to the overall cost (budget to 5 star accommodation) The mode of transport you prefer will also affect the cost of your package, for example prices vary greatly between flying versus private car/van, tourist or local buses. The number of guides and/or porters required will also affect the total cost of your trek. For these reasons the same trek/tour can vary in price quite substantially.
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- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car/van
- 3 night’s accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
- Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour with English speaking Tour guide, and transport by private car / van.
- Langtang National park Trekking Permit.
TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Langtang Trekking .
- Full board meals during the trekking (meals are choices from Menu) Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Twin sharing Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trekking
- Seasonal fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc
- An Experienced & Professional Government license holder Trekking guide trained in wilderness first aid.
- Above The Himalaya’s duffle bag if necessary.
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Trekking porter carry all personal gear and group equipment( 1 porter for 2 person basis)
- Food, accommodation, salary, local tax, all trekking equipment and medicine for all trekking staff.
- Proper Insurance for all trekking staff including porter.
- All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
- Above the Himalaya Special Gifts (T shirt, Pashmina shawl, Trekking certificates and others)
- Welcome/Fare well Nepali Culture Dinner in Kathmandu
- All local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek by local buses ( for bigger group start from 5 person land cruiser will be provided, for 1 to 4 person local buses and land cruiser can be provided by adding extra cost)
- Meals in Kathmandu Aprox US $ 10- US$ 12 per day
- Nepal entry Visa Fee (You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal ’s Airport in Kathmandu )
- International/Domestic Airfare and Airport Tax, sightseeing entry fee
- Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water
- Dessert, chocolates, personal shopping, laundry, phone call, internet, Camera battery charging.
- Personal trekking Equipment, travel and medical insurance & helicopter rescue, personal expences.
- Tips and Gratitude (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section
Private Trip Departure everyday upon your request. But if you would like to join one of our Groups please see below our fixed group departure dates as per your requirement.Fixed Departure Trek 2012