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Everest Base Camp Trek

Package Duration: 16 Days | Difficulty Grade: Strenuous

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Trip Overview of Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to the breathtaking close-up view of the ‘king of all of the mountains’ – Mt. Everest [8848m]. Since 1953, when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay conquered it for the first time, this region is attracting trekkers from all over the world. Everest Base Camp trek (16 days) offers most magnificent mountain panoramas, lush Himalaya’s flora and fauna and a wonderful hospitality of native Sherpa’s.

Everest Base Camp trek adventure starts with an exciting flight from Kathmandu, to Tensing Hillary airport at Lukla. Next, you will be trekking up the Dudh Koshi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks and heading towards Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Khumbu Sherpa’s. We will trek along a moderate path where you will experience a first panoramic view of Mt. Everest. Next part of the trip will bring us to Thyangboche Monastery, situated at 3,867 m. The monastery is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal with a wonderful 360-degree mountain view.

We then descend to the Imja Khola and head to the villages of Pangboche and Pheriche, before arriving near the Khumbu Glacier. During the trek you will experience a wonderful hospitality of Sherpa’s and their traditional lifestyle which will surely amaze you. Furthermore the path of the Everest Base Camp heads to Lobuche with a magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Taweche and next to Kala Patthar [5554m]- a very famous Mt. Everest viewpoint. Finally, at the foot of Khumbu ice fall in Everest Base Camp trek, we will walk at leisurely tempo to return to Namche and Lukla to take a return flight to Kathmandu.

For all the trekkers seeking a great adventure, Nepal Everest Base Camp trek is the most recommended trekking route. It brings an unforgettable experience of the overwhelming vistas of the Everest Himalayan chain of Khumbu region, which consists of five of the world’s highest mountains: Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt, Makalu (8,463m), Mt, Cho Oyo (8153m), Mt. Lhotse (8,501m) and Mt. Lhotse Shar (8,393m).

Aside from the beauty of the Himalayas, this area includes natural wonders heritage site indexed by UNESCO. Rich in pine forests of rhododendron (Nepalese national flower) and an endangered species of birds and animals this trek is truly unique and memorable.

Trekking at Everest Base Camp is feasible for the entire 12 months. However due to the climate and the weather conditions we recommend to do it from the start of March to mid-May and then again from the start of the September to mid-November. During the winter months snowfall may cause difficulty in traveling. On the other hand, summers are wet and the extraordinary peaks are frequently lost in the clouds. Please read the below itinerary highlights and contact us directly for booking a trip of your life.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Duration: 16 Days from arrival to Departure in Nepal
  • Trek Grade: Fairly Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude: Kalapathar (5545m.)
  • Best Travel Time: February to Mid June, September – Mid December are the best seasons.  Dec & January are Winter and cold can be snow on the trail, July & August are rainy time, trekking can be done but visibility can be poor due to rain.
  • Transportation:  Private Car/Van/ Plane
  • Activity: City tour, Trekking
  • Trip Snippets:16 days, 4 night’s hotels, 11 nights Lodges, Breakfast in Kathmandu, 3 meals a day ( breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek are included.
  • Total Distance: 75 Km. (Round Trip)
  • Departure Dates: We are able to offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November and December for a group of 1 to 12 people.
  • Equipment rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however in Kathmandu there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment.
  • Your trek Backpack/duffle bag: Your baggage on the trek will be carried by our porters, the maximum weight per trekkers is 15kg including hand carry, If you have any items not required on trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu.

Detailed Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek

We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be transferred to hotel. Where you will have your time to freshen up and after that, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.

The very next morning, after breakfast you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath might make you feel calm and peace and visit Patan the city of fine arts and Durbar Square is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments. On journey back to hotel, you can explore the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. After your dinner, you can perhaps take leisurely stroll through the famous streets like Thamel and Durbarmarg.

Early morning we flight from Kathmandu to Lukla via mountain flight of about 40 minutes scenic flight. With clear weather we get spectacular views of the mountains, including Everest as we enter deep gorge of the Dudh Kosi valley. You begin your trek from Lukla, along the way you will have a view of Mt Nupla (5885m), Kusum Kangaru (6367m) and Kwongde Range. We then take an easy walk for about two hours to Phakding village for the overnight stop and rest of the time stroll around the village for local knowledge.

The trail follows the Dudh Koshi valley north, meandering through the pines, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park. Beginning with a slight climb to Jhorsalle, the trail passes waterfalls and other culturally and naturally occurring items of interest. 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.

Set in a natural amphitheater looking across to the jagged ridge of Kongdi Ri(6187m), Namche Bazaar is one of the most attractive settlements in the Khumbu region. We will have a full day rest so that we won’t face any problem ahead. Today we make a short acclimatization trek up to Khumjung, a delightful Sherpa village above Namche. You have full day leisure for wonderful panoramic view or stroll around the market You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, and Kwangde and so on.

We start our trek with the pleasant walk through the forest with the magnificent view of mountains. We follow a spectacular path that traverses around the hillside high above the Dudh Kosi River. After walking one hour you will arrive in Phungithanga. The trail climbs past some water-powered prayer wheels and begins a sustained climb through a forest of tall, mature rhododendrons. Look out for musk deer and Himalayan tahr among the trees. The start of the Tengboche (3870m), the village is scattered across a wide, grassy saddle below a crescent-shaped ridge covered by scrub pines and firs. From the viewpoint at the top of the hill, there are awe-inspiring views of distinctive peaks like Amadablam (6856m), standing proud of the massif containing Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8501m) and inspiring views of Himalayan giants. We visit the Buddhist Monastery at Tengboche, the largest in Khumbu region.

In the morning views of mountain and monasteries are spectacular in Tengboche. From Tengboche, we head north and soon cross the Dudh Kosi river by way of a small suspension bridge which spans a deep chasm in the river valley. Follow the trail as far as Orsho and take the lower path along the west bank of the Imja Khola, through the forest of birches conifers and rhododendrons. As we follow the river northward the trails pass through several chortens and mani walls and small villages. Today’s walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-Tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. Dingboche is also the gateway to Chukung and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards Makalu area. We enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat, and potatoes. Overnight stay in Dingboche.

It is very important to spend an additional night here to aid in the acclimatization process. It can be along a short hike 400 m climb to the Nangkartshang Gompa on the ridge north of Dingboche. Good view of Makalu (8463 m) from here. You can go for a day walk like a trek to Chhukung (4,730m) is worthwhile which takes approx. 4/5 hours from Dingboche but it might ruin your rest. To the north of Dingboche, there are spectacular views of Lhotse’s huge South Face.

The trail follows a downward path to Pheriche village. It joins the trail below thungla beautiful views of cholatse across the valley. After another steep ascend the trail climbs up and over the terminal moraine of khumbu glacier. Today’s walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. The path follows a pleasant, grassy valley. Stark and rugged beauty creates almost moonscape campsite at Lobuche a wind swept collection of huts tucked in a narrow meadow between the glacier and the Lobuche peak. Tawoche and Nuptse are particularly spectacularly from Lobuche towering. Stay overnight at lodge.

The first section of the trail from Lobuche follows the narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain walls, past turn off to the Italian pyramid. Take time to detour to the edge of moraine to look over the Khumbu glacier. Along with a windy and rocky path with the wonderful view of Mt. Pumori, Nuptse, and other magnificent peaks, we reach Gorakshep. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley.

After lunch, our adventure continues towards Everest Base Camp Distance 3.5 km one way. The trail passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams. The Base Camp area provides an opportunity to experience the freezing and harsh conditions that mountaineers brave to summit this famous mountain. In Everest Base Camp the climbers gather for summiting Everest during the high expedition season. We explore base camp and its surroundings glacier and return back to Gorakshep.

Mornings are usually sparkling and clear and this is the best time to climb the Kalapathar ( about 2 km one way) for one of the world’s definitive mountain views. We will be rewarded the 360-degree dramatic panoramic views of Mt Everest and surrounding mountains like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku along with many other peaks.

You will have an easy walk for about 2hrs to reach Lobuche and continue downhill to Pheriche. Continue down moraine to Dughla and drop to the bridge over the gushing stream that flows out of the glacier. Stay overnight at lodge.

We will trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. It Takes approximately four hours to Tyangboche. It is a small village with a famous monastery offering you splendid views of Mt. Amadablam, lush green hills and river views.

After crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River trek onwards to the Kyanjuma the junction of the trinity ways to Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village, and Namche Bazaar. Dense wildlife of some species of Pheasants, Himalayan Griffons, Musk deer and wild goat can be found in abundance inside the rhododendron forest. Evening explores the small surrounding area with magnificent scenery.

The descent from Namche to the Dudh Koshi can be the hardest stage of the entire trek. Although the path is all downhill, the unrelenting slope places massive impact on the knees. Once you cross the high suspension bridge, the path runs mostly level. We will work though rhododendron and pine forests with the view of distance snow covered peak before arriving Phakding. Enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village arrival in Lukla. You’ll have time to stroll around the local areas.

Saying final goodbye to our porters, we will have a flight back to ktm of an exciting one hour. (It also can be a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla which makes the Lukla flight delayed and cancel.). Overnight stay at hotel

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows.

Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.

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Cost Includes & Excludes

Above the Himalaya Trekking have made every effort to keep our price as competitive as possible, by still providing an excelling service to our customer. We pay our porters and guide the legal wages agreed with the porters union, our trekking staffs are some of the best paid in Nepal which allow us to attract only the best guides and porters and we have same amount of Insurance for guide and porter which is more than Government fixed amount. All our price are nett and there are no hidden cost everything is clear on cost includes and excludes this is the main reason all our customer are happy from our service. For up to date cost for the trip please contact us.

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
  • Round Trip flight ticket for Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu.
  • Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals chosen from the Menu   (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Sagarmatha National Park fees.
    Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
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Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration

    Trip Duration
    16 Days

  • Tri Destination

    Destination
    Nepal

  • Trip Group Size

    Group Size
    2-14 Person

  • Accomodation in Trip

    Accomodation
    Hotel & Lodge

  • Altitude Icon

    Maximum Altitude
    Kalapathar (5545m)

  • Trip Difficulty

    Trip Difficulty
    Strenuous

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