Everest Base Camp Trek is not just about being on top of the world but it’s about facing the challenges that come by to achieve the dream of being on the top! The never-ending rough paths that wind up and down in the high altitude with thin air, the journey is not a simple undertaking. The trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal is among the most famous treks in the world and attracts tens of thousands of trekkers each year. The classic trek route from Lukla to Everest Base Camp is beautiful but has become quite crowded and over-developed. Here are some highly recommended alternatives that take you off the beaten path and let you experience Mt Everest in ways that few people do.
It’s a path full of challenges and at times you may question your sanity if your decision for the trek was wise? But the breathtaking views of the mountains in such a wild attire will keep you going! As you move along, the changing landscape from green farmland, dense rhododendron forest, alpine vegetation to dry and barren land in the backdrop of the towering wild mountains, you will admit that your choice for the Everest Base Camp Trek was worth it. Despite all those physical and mental challenges, the trophy of being on top of the world – Mt Everest is the proudest moment that you will hold for a lifetime.
During this trek to Everest, you will have the opportunity to meet cheerful Sherpa people, spending nights in teahouse lodges set against soaring altitudes, enjoying local gastronomy and get acquaintance to Sherpa culture and hardy lifestyles while enjoying the majestic landscape of mountains and Sherpa country. For the first visit to Nepal who wants a glimpse of the world’s highest peak and the mighty Himalayas, it should be on the bucket list.
- Trek to one of the most popular routes in the Everest region
- Experience the local Sherpa culture and traditions
- Up-close encounters with the grandeur of Mt. Everest and its towering neighbor
- Stunning views of the world’s highest mountains including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho-Yu and many more
- Enjoy continuous breathtaking views of magnificent Himalayan ranges along the trek
Day 01, Kathmandu
Arrival at Kathmandu (1348m)
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Day 02, Lukla/Phakding
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886 m) and it takes about 30 minutes
Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m) which takes approximately three hours. You begin today’s trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi river
You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367 m) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse
You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding
Day 03, Phakding/Namche Bazaar
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) and it takes approximately five hours. The trail starts along a level path along the right bank. We cross a stream and climb the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, to arrive at Bengar. The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. We continue along the path, cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village of Monjo
Now we descend the path of stone steps and return to the right bank over a wooden bridge. After a short climb we come to Jorsale’s tea house and hotel, also stop at the National Park Service where a park entrance fee is collected
After our departure from Jorsale, we enter a forested mountainside. We follow a short walk along the Bhote Koshi, begin the steep ascent to Namche Bazar.
Pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the village. The village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here
Day 04, Namche Bazaar
Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440 m) for acclimatization. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook
For the acclimatization we walk upto Khhumjung where we can visit monastery. We can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde and so on. Or we can have an hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800 m) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. This museum exhibits Sherpa culture
Day 05, Namche Bazaar/Tyangboche
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867 m) which takes about five hours
Leave the village for a climb to the top of a ridge and level mountain path that offers an excellent panorama of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangrib. Make our way around a branch ridge, and Ama Dablam (6812 m) Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7855 m) and Tawoche (6501 m) suddenly appear
After a gentle descent the mountain path ends; we will come to the fork leading to Gokyo. We descend past two tea houses through the village of Trashinga. Though we cannot see it, we can hear the Dudh Koshi and soon we descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga. We continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until we come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks our entry into Tyangboche (3860 m)
We may use the large plateau in front of the splendid monastery as your campsite. Tyangboche is an important lookout point on this course, and the sunset on Everest and Ama Dablam is especially beautiful
Day 06, Tyangboche/Dingboche
Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260 m) which takes approximately five hours. Descend a rhododendron covered area to emerge to a pleasant level area
Being welcomed by a long Mani stone wall we enter the village of Deboche. We continue to Minlinggo and leave the mountain path to cross over a suspension bridge to the left bank of the Imja Khola
Climb the mountain path while looking up at Ama Dablam and Kantega (6779 m) as they appear on the opposite bank
Ascend the shorten-lined route, come to a fork, take the lower path to Pangboche Olin and its stone wall-enclosed potato field
Pass through the village and cross a stream to a path skirting a rocky area to terraced hills along the riverbank
The trails climb slowly, winding above the Imjatse River, to a big Mani Stupa. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse.
Day 07, Dingboche/Lobuche
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m) which takes about five and half hours. The onward journey leads north for up to 50 minutes until you come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below
Today's walk offers views of the Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741 m), Kongma-tse (5820 m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595 m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. We will stop at Dugla, for lunch, before continuing for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break, continue trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind
Day 08, Lobuche/Everest Base camp
Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5486 m) via Gorakshep (5180 m) and it takes about seven hours
Trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar (5545 m) and Mt. Pumori (7145 m). Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley
Now the trail winds through rocky path and Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse appears in front of us. Sometime an avalanche can be seen on the way
After a great moment, we retrace back passing through Khumbu glacier with magnificent views of Lobuche, Cholatse, Mt. Pumori and Tabuche
Day 09, Gorakshep/Kala Patthar/Pheriche
Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545 m) and trek to Pheriche (4243 m) and it takes about six hours
We accomplish an early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545 m) and enjoy the view of sunrise
From Kala Patthar we can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more
Pheriche is the place where one can make phone calls to any part of the world. We can see the mountain Yaks in Pheriche. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town. There we can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. There is located Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post and foreign volunteer doctors are to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people
Day 10, Pheriche/Tyangboche
Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (3867 m) which takes approximately four hours. We can have a morning visit to the research center
Then, trek back to Tyangboche, an easier descent passing through rhododendron forest, continue walking Tyangboche. It is a small village with a famous monastery offering us the splendid view of Ama Dablam, green hills and river views
Day 11, Tyangboche/Namche Bazaar
Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) which takes about four and half hours. The walk from Tyangboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path
En route we will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. There is an opportunity to visit one of its monasteries, the only monastery that has a Yeti Scalp
From Khumjung village another 30 minutes walk brings us to the village of Khunde, where we can visit the Khunde Hospital funded by Sir Edmund Hillary Trust
After Khunde, a scenic and pleasant walk brings us to Namche for overnight stay
Day 12, Namche Bazaar/Phakding
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2640 m) and it takes about four hours. The trails descend steeply for early one and half hours
After that, the path has small ups and down to Phakding through Monjo
Day 13, Phakding/Lukla
Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2886 m) and it takes about three hours. Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla
This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with our special sherpa guides and porters, being offered chhang and Sherpa dance with a memorable trekking experience in mind
Day 14, Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes 30 minutes. Take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu
Party with local guys organized by www.pasangdendi.com.np
Stay overnight at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with breakfast
Day 15, Kathmandu- Evening flight Back home
- All ground transport in a private vehicle including airport transfers.
Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek. Private bathrooms with hot showers are provided at Phakding and Lukla.
One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff.
Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes.
Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking.
Duffle bag for trekking.
Trekking achievement certificate.
First aid medicine kit.
Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee.
TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit).
Government taxes & office service charge.
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary.
Personal Travel insurance.
Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
Soft drinks including water.
Snacks and other personal expenses.
Hot showers during the trek except when in Phakding and Lukla.
Personal trekking equipment.
WiFi internet and phone call unless its free.
Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers.