Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp
Go on a trek through Everest National Park and visit the famed Mount Everest base Camp on this two-week journey through mountaineering history and some of the most breathtaking sites on earth. This adventure starts and ends in Kathmandu and includes full-board accommodation in Kathmandu and at lodges on the trek.
Join us on a two-week-long trek to Mount Everest Base Camp (5300m), situated on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The journey will take us through the Everest National Park, from Lukla through the Solukhumbu region, stopping at Namche Bazaar and hiking up to Kyanjuma and its magnificent views. Next, we go through the Rhododendron jungle to Thyanboche and visit the sherpa village of Dingboche, where we stay for an acclimatization day. After that, you can climb Nangkartshang Peak (5100m). Then via Dughla, we continue to Chupkolhare memorial site and then on to the Khumbu Glacier and Lobuche. Finally, on the 9th day, we follow the trail Beside Khumbu glacier and reach the Everest Base Camp. We return to Gorakshep and then start our descent through Periche and Pangboche past Ama Dablam to Debuche. From Periche, we go down through the forest of Imjakhola and on the Kyanjuma. We then follow the trail back to Namche Bazaar past the Tenzing memorial. We then descend to Monzo. The final day takes us through Phakding to Lukla, from where we will fly back to Kathmandu, where there is time for a day’s rest and site seeing.
Fitness is vital with extended walking in mountainous terrain. You might also experience high altitudes, challenging climates, and remote locations. Trekking experience is desirable but not vital if you are confident in your physical condition. Walking days are usually between six and eight hours, although they may be longer for passes or peaks. Daily ascents can be around 2,955ft to 3,280ft (900m to 1,000m), perhaps with the odd day around 3,610ft to 3,940ft (1,100m to 1,200m).
Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel (1,350m).
Welcome to Kathmandu, a city full of vibrant markets, bustling streets, colorful temples, and grand pagodas. Our guide will meet you at the airport and take you to our hotel. The remainder of the day you will have an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the shopping areas closest to your hotel and catch up on shopping for equipment. In the evening, our tour guide will give you a brief introduction and provide valuable information about the trek. In the evening you will meet the rest of the group at a welcome dinner at a local Nepali restaurant.
Guided Sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley; Duration: 4-5 hours.
At about 8.30 am, after a healthy breakfast, your sightseeing trip begins and takes you to several cultural sites and places of historic interest in the Kathmandu Valley. A private car and guide will lead the way!
Fly to Lukla (2,804m) & trek to Phakding (2,640m) Duration: 4-5 hours.
After an early morning start, you will be picked up at the hotel by our guide who will take you to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes around 35 minutes, time enough to take in the spectacular views of the Himalayas. After landing at Tenzing-Hilary airport you will meet your porter who will carry your luggage. You then begin your journey with a relatively easy trek passing a Kani (ceremonial gatehouse) before the trail descends then leads above Kyangma village with its large gompa (monastery) and school. We then continue to Cheplung village where the trail passes through community forest within sight of the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing the suspension bridge you climb across the ridge to Ghat and then passes a school and complex of Mani walls, Chortens and prayer wheels. After a short walk from Ghat, we reach Phakding. Overnight at a mountain lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner Included
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
After breakfast, the trek crosses several suspension bridges over the Dudh Kosi River before passing through Tok-Tok, Bhenkar, and Monjo and then arriving at Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate where you will be required to buy a permit. After following the river bed for a few hours and after the last Hillary suspension bridge, there is a steep uphill trek to Namche Bazaar. Namche has a good selection of restaurants, a cyber café, pubs, post office, ATM and banks. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (Hike to Everest View Hotel) Duration 3-4 hours.
This idyllic town is an ideal place for”acclimatization”. Health specialists recommend we spend the day being active, rather than sitting idle. From Namche it is possible to take a short hike to Everest View Resort, Thame, visit Khunde or relax and explore Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the main center of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, internet cafes, shops, restaurants, bakery, and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. A short trek of only a hundred metres will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides will also take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of relics related to the first mountaineers to climb Everest, Sherpa culture and discover the varied plant and animal life of the Everest region. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Trek to Tengboche (3,870 m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
The trek continues along the rapid flowing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains (Mt. Everest, Lhoste, Taboche peak, Amadablam. You eventually reach an altitude of 3,800 meters at Tengboche. At the Tengboche monastery are unbelievably ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of various poses of the Buddha and musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. Our group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony, either in the evening or in the morning, depending on how the trekking goes this day. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Trek to Dingboche (4,460m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
The trek from Tengboche to Dingboche is only a short distance which we will most likely complete in the afternoon. The last hill into Dingboche, and at this high altitude, is challenging!. The trail then heads to the village of Somare (4020m) and then to Orsho, both of which have lodged. Later the trail divides, with the left trail heading up to Pheriche before crossing a suspension bridge and a steep climb to the village of Dingboche (4460m) with many good guesthouses. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Acclimatization day at Dingboche and hike to Chukkung Valley (4730m) Duration: 4-5 hours.
It is sensible to spend another day acclimatizing before heading to higher altitudes. One way of doing this is to hike up to Chukkung Valley (4730m) and on to Island Peak (Imja Tes). Above Dingboche is Nagkartshang Gompa (a strenuous trek takes around 2 to 3 hours), or alternatively head to Pheriche for an afternoon lecture on altitude sickness. The trail to Chhukung leaves Dingboche heading to Bibr (4570m) and is surrounded by fabulous mountain Peaks: Taboche, Nuptse, Lhotse, the enormous flute-shaped pass of Amphu Laptsa Pass, Ama Dablam. Chukkung has several lodges and is the most popular spot for those climbing Island Peak. If trekkers feel better acclimatized they can head up a grassy slope towards the peak of Chukkung Ri (5550m) for a magnificent view of Makalu. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Trek to Lobuche (4,900 meters) Duration: 5-6 hours.
After breakfast, our trek starts with an easy walk towards Thukla before crossing the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and then passing through the boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara where we find clusters of stones with prayer flags placed by Sherpas as a memorial to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer), 10-time Everest summiteer Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepalese Sherpa mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Mt. Everest. The path then continues to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and before us are many beautiful mountain peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Mahalangur Himal. We stay overnight in Lobuche. Breakfast,lunch & dinner included
Trek to Gorak shep (5,180m) trek to EBC & overnight stay at Gorekshep Duration: 7-8 hours.
We commence our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp through the vast Gorak-Shep. Along the trail, we pass the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. At this point the path can be confusing, so following your guide is important. The thin air at this high altitude can be exhausting. We traverse rocky dunes, moraine, and streams before reaching the Mt. Everest Base Camp. From Everest Base Camp you will see some of the world’s highest peaks, in stark contrast to the gray surroundings – especially in the spring. Before we are Khumbuste, Nuptse, and Pumori. We will then head back to Gorak Shep. Breakfast Lunch & Dinner Included.
Hike to Kalapatthar (5,550m) at sunrise & trek to Pangboche (3,900 m) Duration: 7-9 hours.
At around 4 a.m. in the pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C) we begin our trek. It is common for there to be cold winds at this altitude. Towering peaks, such as Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Changtse loom before us to the east as Everest comes into view. Not until we reach Kala Patthar (5550m) do we get a 360 degree up-close and bird’s eye view of Mount Everest. After taking in the panoramic views and madly clicking cameras we will return back to Lobuche and then to Pangboche for a good night’s rest. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Trek Back to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
From Pangboche we retrace our steps descending to the Imja Khola and then up through the rhododendron forest to Tengboche monasteries. For some, this will be an opportunity to see the nuns perform their religious ceremonies at the Tengboche Monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue our trek across the hillside blanketed by colorful rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the (milky river) Dudh Koshi River our trail continues through the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. Along the way we keep our eyes peeled for wildlife, such as (Himalaya Thar) mountain goats, snow leopards, and colorful pheasants while passing through the forest. After passing a Chorten we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar where we stay overnight. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) Duration: 6-7 hours.
This is our final day of trekking before returning to our starting point at Lukla. This is a time to reflect on the unforgettable memories of our trek as a group and our achieving our individual goals. A free afternoon allows you time to relax and enjoy a hot shower! In the evening we will celebrate with a few drinks and dance.. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Fly back to Kathmandu; flight Duration: 30 minutes.
After our 13 day trek, we take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. After arriving at Kathmandu, you can take a rest or do some shopping. This is also a time to catch up on visiting places you missed on arrival in Kathmandu. Our guides will continue to assist you with b souvenir shopping or sightseeing. This evening is our farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant along with a traditional cultural dance show.
Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport.
Your adventure comes to an end today – but your memories will last a lifetime! Our company representative will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your nearest next adventure and explore the most magnificent mountains of Nepal.
To trek to Mount Everest Base Camp can be a life-changing experience that combines adventure, culture, natural beauty, personal growth, and spiritual exploration. You should pick this 16 day travel plan because:
- You can rely on our excellent Sherpa guides, who will ensure you are safe, inspired, and motivated to do your trek. They know the ins and outs of this area.
- The flight to Lukla is included.
- We have sought comfortable accommodation and planned out the days accordingly with acclimatization.
- This is on many people’s bucket lists – a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you with lifelong memories.
When you trek to Mount Everest Base Camp it takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The trail will take you through beautiful valleys, past crystal-clear rivers, and up to high mountain passes with breathtaking panoramic views. This area of the world is home to the Sherpa people, with a unique culture and lifestyle. Trekking through their villages and learning about their way of life can be an enriching experience. It can be challenging to trek to Mount Everest Base Camp, but the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel when you reach your destination will be worth the effort. The trek can also help you build physical and mental strength, endurance, and resilience. This adventure of a lifetime involves crossing suspension bridges over raging rivers, ascending steep mountain trails, and acclimatizing to the high altitude. The Sherpa people consider this trek sacred, and there are many Buddhist monasteries and prayer flags along the trek. For many, this trek can be a spiritual journey that helps them connect with themselves and the world around them.
What is Mount Everest Base Camp?
Mount Everest Base Camp is the starting point for climbers attempting to summit Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. It is located at an elevation of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) in the Khumbu region of Nepal.
How difficult is the trek to Everest Base Camp?
The trek to Everest Base Camp is considered a challenging trek that requires good fitness and some prior experience with high-altitude trekking. The trek involves steep ascents and descents and walking at high altitudes where the air is thinner.
How long does the trek to Everest Base Camp take?
The trek to Everest Base Camp typically takes around 12 to 16 days to complete, depending on the itinerary. This includes time for acclimatization, which is important to prevent altitude sickness.
What is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?
The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally clear and dry. The views of the surrounding mountains are also at their best during these months.
Should I be an experienced climber to trek to Everest Base Camp?
No, you do not need to be an experienced climber to trek to Everest Base Camp. However, you should have some prior experience with high-altitude trekking and be in good physical shape. It is also recommended that you have some experience with hiking in mountainous terrain.
What equipment do I need for the Everest Base Camp trek?
You will need to bring appropriate trekking gear, including warm clothing, a sleeping bag, a down jacket, a headlamp, and sturdy hiking boots. It is also recommended to bring a hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a water bottle. You may also want to bring trekking poles and a camera to capture the stunning views.
Included in the price:
- Airport picks up and transports by private Car/Jeep.
- Three night’s standard twin sharing Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Three meals a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
- Fresh fruit every evening after dinner.
- Trekking Lodge (Tea House) accommodation during the trek.
- All necessary paperwork including Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit & Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight with private airport transfer and domestic airport tax.
- A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
- Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
- Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
- Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
- Sherpa Expedition and Trekking T-shirt
- Government taxes and official expenses.
- Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour with private car/jeep.
- Everest base camp trekking route map.
- Trip achievement certificate after the successful trip completion.
- Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.
- Assistant guide for groups of 8 or more people.
Excluded from the price:
- Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu – lunch, and dinner.
- Nepal entry visa fee (easy to obtain the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15-day visa.
- Personal travel and medical insurance.
- International airfare.
- Your personal expenses.
- All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
- All desserts & sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
- Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
- Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)
- Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees($30 USD per person)
- Excess baggage of more than 15 kg for Lukla flight.
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