Everest Base Camp Trek

There are many good reasons why the Everest Base Camp trek is a popular classic: the incredible views of Everest (8848m) and several other mountains above 6000m, the interesting Sherpa culture, the abundance and quality of the lodges, and the thrill of standing at the foot of the tallest mountain in the world.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration - 17 Days
Trekking Duration - 13 Days
Trekking Mode - Tea House Trek
Trip Level - Demanding
Max. Altitude - 5545 Meters
Min. Group Size - 2+

There are many good reasons why the Everest Base Camp trek is a popular classic: the incredible views of Everest (8848m) and several other mountains above 6000m, the interesting Sherpa culture, the abundance and quality of the lodges, and the thrill of standing at the foot of the tallest mountain in the world.

Highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Everest from many angles!
  • Accommodation options that suit all budgets, from simple to luxurious
  • Fascinating Sherpa culture, Buddhist stupas, monasteries, carved mani stones and other cultural treasures
  • The opportunity to climb Kala Patthar(5545m) for what is probably the best view of Everest
  • The variety of landscapes, from deep river valleys and rhododendron forests to stark rocky moonscapes

The Route Followed

Most trips in the Khumbhu region require a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, which is an exhilarating experience! Note that flights into/out of Lukla can often be delayed due to visibility, so buffer days are required for any itinerary that includes Lukla.

Follow the trail up the Dudh Koshi River, the ‘river of milk’ that flows from Everest. Cross the highest suspension bridge in Nepal—it must be done, whether or not you’re afraid of heights! On the way to Namche Bazaar, you’ll catch your first glimpses of Everest, through clearings in the forest.

It takes a couple of days of steady uphill to reach Namche Bazaar (3440m), a center of Sherpa culture. This is an ideal place to stop for an acclimatization day, as there are plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes in the town, as well as cultural attractions like the oldest Sherpa home, a monastery, and numerous short day hikes you can try.

As you climb in altitude, the views of the mountains become more impressive. Stop at small towns along the way, such as Tengboche, with its famous monastery where Everest climbers stop to be blessed by the head lama. You will also pass many strings of colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind, sending mantras through the air, as well as carved mani stones with Tibetan mantras carved on them, and prayer wheels you can spin.

Gorakshep (5164m) is the highest point on the trek at which you will sleep. From here, trek to Base Camp itself, and up Kala Patthar (5545m), for views of Everest, Lhotse (8516m), Pumo-Ri (7161m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6782m), Kangtega (6782m), and the mountain that is often called the most beautiful in the world: AmaDablam (6812m).

The straightforward route takes twelve days, but there are many options for side-trips in the area, should you have more time and wish to explore off the beaten path.

Accommodation

Because the Everest Base Camp trek is so popular, there is no shortage of accommodation along the way. You can find accommodation to suit your budget and requirements, from low budget to luxurious, with many of the comforts of a high-class hotel in Kathmandu! Most lodges provide warm blankets and some form of heating in the common areas, if not the private rooms, but it’s always a good idea to bring your own sleeping bag.

Everest Base Camp Trek short Itinerary;
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters)
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding. (2610 meters)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar. (3440 meters)
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche. (3860 meters)
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche. (4220 meters)
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche. (4910 meters)
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep. (5180 meters)
Day 11: Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and trek to Lobuche. (4900 meters)
Day 12: Trek to Thyangboche. (3860 meters)
Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters)
Day 14: Trek to Lukla. (2810 meters)
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 17: Departure.

Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek

Detail Itinenary

Arrival In Kathmandu Day 01
Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters)
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel)
sight-seeing-kathmandu-valley Day 02
Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included).
Fly to Lukla Day 03
Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding. (2610 meters).
An early morning scenic flight to Lukla (35 minutes) is followed by a leisurely breakfast at Lukla. We meet up with our crew and after a brief introduction and a quick sorting of our daypack and the main bags, our adventure starts. The trail gradually drops into the Dudh Koshi Valley and passes through the lovely Sherpa villages of Chauri Kharka, Cheplung, then undulates through villages of Thado Koshi, Ghat, and finally arrives at Phakding. First views of Kusum Kanguru (6367 meters) can be viewed at Thado Koshi just before a small climb at Thado Koshi. During the day and in most of the other days on the trek, we follow the Dudh Koshi river and pass through a couple of suspension bridges and several mani walls, mani stone, chorten, stupas and prayer flags with snow-capped mountains in the background. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
Trek to Manjo Day 04
Trek to Namche Bazaar. (3440 meters).
During the day, we follow the Dudh Koshi river and cross the river several times on the suspension bridges. Views of Thamserku (6608 meters) and the holy mountain Khumbi Yui Lha (5761 meters) shows themselves for the first time as we trek through small villages of Tok Tok, Ghat, Benkar and Monjo. The trail keeps undulating for the whole morning and enters into the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. The path drops down to Jorsalle and steadily follows the river for a while until the start of steep climb with a dramatic suspension bridge (situated at more than 50 meters above the river) joining the two different valley. First glimpse of Everest (8848 meters) with the Lohtse face infront of it can be enjoyed on the midway of the climb through the pine forests, on the way to Namche Bazaar. This famous town in the lap of the Himalayas also offers the best views of the Kongde Range. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Namche Bazaar Day 05
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
A walk to the twin village of Khunde (3840 meters) and Khumjung (3780 meters) through the Syangboche Airport (3720 meters) is considered as one of the interesting days of the trek. With the benefit of gain in altitude, this day trip also offers a chance to visit a hospital and school started by Sir Edmund Hillary himself. Breathtaking views of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Lohtse (8516 meters) and Ama Dablam (6856 meters) are also an added incentive for the day hike. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
Trek Back to Thyangboche Day 06
Trek to Thyangboche. (3860 meters).
The trek continues on a well maintained path in the morning with towering mountains on almost every direction. After passing a couple of teahouses at Kyangjuma, the path starts to drop down to the river passing small teashops at the villages of Sanasa, Lausasa and finally reaches Phunki Tenga at the bottom of the valley. Yet another suspension bridge helps us to cross the river at Phunki Tenga and then an identical climb to Namche waits. The climb through a thin Rhododenron forests finally ends at Thyanboche. Thyangboche is famous for the Thyangboche Monastery, the biggest and the most important monastery of the region. Thyangboche also offers stunning panoramic views of Everest with the Lohtse face, Ama Dablam (6856 meters), Khangtega (6685 meters) and the Kongde Range. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Dingboche. Day 07
Trek to Dingboche. (4220 meters)
The path drops down passing through some teahouses at Deboche and after a brief period on easy terrain, crosses the Dudh Koshi once again. A small ascend leads to Pangboche, the village with the oldest monastery of the region. The trek continues in the valley and passes small villages of Somare and Hortse. After Hortse, the path drops in and out of a valley and then a steady walk finally ends the day at Dingboche. At Dingboche, views of another snowcapped pinnacle adds to the already impressive list of mountains, as view of Island Peak (6189 meters), one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal, appears in the North. (5-6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Acclimatization day at Dingboche. Day 08
Acclimatization day at Dingboche.
A climb on the ridge of Nangkar Tshang for couple of hours or a hike to Chukkung further into the valley are the two options available at Dingboche for acclimatization. The climb on the ridge offers better views of the mountains and also a good couple of hundred meters gain in altitude. A leisurely lunch and a good rest can be enjoyed in the afternoon. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Lobuche Day 09
Trek to Lobuche. (4910 meters)
After a short climb, the tail continues to gradually ascend for the most part of the morning. After crossing a small river, the trail climbs to Thukla, followed by a steep climb that ends at the top of Thukla Pass (4830 meters). The pass is filled with memorials dedicated to the mountaineers perished in the mountains of Khumbu region and also provides serene views of the mountains responsible for those memorials. An easier walk in the afternoon ends the day at Lobuche. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Gorakshep Day 10
Trek to Gorakshep. (5180 meters).
An early start leads us into the undulating trail and into the Khumbu Glacier for a while. After getting out of the glacier, the path leads to Gorakhshep (5180 meters). After a brief stop and lunch, the trail again enters the Khumbu Glacier and undulates all the way up to Everest Base Camp. At Base Camp, one can enjoy the close up views of Nuptse (7861 meters), Pumori (7165 meters), Lingtren (6749 meters), Khumbutse (6665 meters), Changtse (7653 meters) and Lho La (6026 meters). We return to Gorakhshep through the same route on the glacier. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Climb Kala Patter & trek to Lobuche. Day 11
Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and trek to Lobuche. (4900 meters)
A steep climb to Kala Pattar (2 hours) is rewarded with the proper view of the southwest face of Everest. Kala Pattar is also the highest point of the trek. After returning to Gorakhshep, we return to Lobuche via same route. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Thyangboche. Day 12
Trek Back to Thyangboche. (3860 meters)
The trail consistently keeps losing height with every hour and enters into the different valley of Pheriche in the morning. The valley is left behind after a brief climb and once again, the trail descends and passes the villages of Hortse, Somare and Pangboche. After Hortse, the trek continues on the same path taken during the way up. The days trek ends at Thyangboche. (7-8 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek Back to Namche Bazaar Day 13
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters)
The return trek towards Lukla continues on the previously travelled route taken during the way up. Following the same track toward to Namche Bazaar about 5 hours trek. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek Back to Lukla Day 14
Trek to Lukla. (2810 meters)
We take a last look at the Everest and merrily continue the trek down to river. The exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and a brief drop leads to the village of Monju. We trek back to Lukla via same route taken before and end the trek at Lukla. We also bid farewell to our support crew and formally end their trek for them as well. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Fly Back to kathmndu Day 15
Fly back to Kathmandu.
A 30 minutes flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
Sightseeing in Kathmandu Day 16
Free day at Kathmandu.
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Chitwan, Lumbini etc. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
Final-Departure Day 17
Departure
Our representative will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)

Service includes on trip cost;

  • Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
  • Full days sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with City Guide and necessary land transport.
  • 4 Nights’ accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu in a 3* standard Hotel with breakfast. (2 nights before and 2 nights after the trek.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
  • Accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while on trek in normal teahouses.
  • Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
  • porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 12 KG) (1 porter for 2 Clients)
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Service charge and Government taxes.

Service excludes on trip cost:

  • International airfare to Nepal and from Nepal
  • Nepal entry Visa Fee. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival in Kathmandu airport $40 for 30 days and $100 for 90 days valid visa.
  • Entrances fee during the sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
  • Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses like beverages (Drinking water, Shower, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.
  • All not mentioned in inclusion section.

 

Gear List

Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen on safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Thermal shirts/underwear
  • Nightwear thermals
  • Fleece/sweatpants
  •  Day-wear shirt/rain pants
  •  Trekking pants
  • Wind pants
  • Warm hat/balaclava
  • Neck gaiter
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Quick drier Towel
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen 35++
  • Water purification
  • A set of Earplugs
  • Trekking Poles
  • Hiking Boots
  • Socks
  • First aid kit
  • Antiseptics
  • Camera and video camera
Medical
  • Betadine / Dettol.
  • Hand-plaster
  • Bandage
  •  Eye drop.
  • Eardrop
  •  Sinex.
  • Gauge
  • Cotton
  • Move / Spray
  • Design
  • Diamox
  •  D-Cold
  • Vicks
  • Paracetamol
  • Medicine for diarrhea
  • Medicine for a toothache

 

Notes: ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE.

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