The Everest Base Camp Trek begins with a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The journey to the base camp then begins by travelling through the Sagarmatha National Park which is a rocky and spectacular landscape. While hiking up you will have an opportunity to enjoy the calm mountain atmosphere, monastery visit and the Sherpa culture in the Namche Bazaar. Namche bazaar (3440m) is the capital of Sherpas and a gateway to the Mt. Everest. Someday should be spent in the Namche Bazaar for the proper recovery and gathering energy for higher altitudes. The Vastness of Thyangboche monastery (3880m) can be explored before heading to Dingboche(4360m).
The alpine landscape becomes more rugged on climbing the tree line to Gorak Shep(5288m) through Lobuche(4930m). The trek to Everest Base Camp (5545m) over the Khumbu glacier moraines is a challenging effort yet achievable and rewarding. The panoramic view of the Himalayan region and stunning glaciers around seen from vantage point Kalapathhar will make you understand the immense international plea gained by the Mt. Everest and Sagarmatha National Park.
After arriving at the Everest base Camp, trekkers will have an opportunity to explore new surrounding and enjoy their achievements. Instead of hiking down to Lukla from the Everest base camp, trekkers will fly back from Pheriche which is just below the Everest base camp. This is a lifetime adventure you will ever embark on. It’s a combination of adventurous trek and gaining lifetime memories and highly recommended for those looking to explore new cultures.
|Trip Duration||10 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)|
|Trekking destination||Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar (5545m)|
|Best Seasons||Mid-September to November & mid-March to May)|
|Meals||9 Breakfast, 10 Lunches & 9 dinners|
|Transportation||Private vehicle/ Domestic flights/ Chartered helicopter|
Arrival in Kathmandu – 1,350m
Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by our representative who will take us to our hotel. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant where we will be able to enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding – 2652m (3 hours)
After breakfast, drive to the domestic airport in Kathmandu to catch the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It’s about 40 minute’s flight passing over the majestic mountains and considered one of the beautiful air-route in the world. Finally landing at Tenzing-Hillary airstripe in Lukla. Meet the trekking crew and you will start the trek to Phakding after some brief rest. The trail is filled up with green landscape and scenic view of Kusum Kangaru. O/N at Lodge.
Trek to Namche Bazaar – 3440m (6 hours)
After breakfast, trek starts with stiff walk through beautiful pine forest along the Dudh Koshi River and crossing the Hillary suspension bridge. Then you will reach the check-post and the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. You will reach Chautra after further walking and get rewarded with the first glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. After two hours of continue walking will reach Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to Everest and the administrative headquarter of the Khumbu region. This high mountain settlement has many restaurants, hotels, shops, local market. O/N at Lodge.
Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours
Today is set for acclimatization as it’s very important whilst trekking in the high altitude. The full day is spent getting used to the high altitude and environment of higher elevations. After lunch, you will go for a short hike towards the Everest View Hotel from where some great panoramic views of the Khumbu peaks including Mt. Everest can be witnessed. Later on back to Namche. O/N at Lodge.
Trek to Tengboche -3860m (5 hours)
Trek starts after breakfast to Tengboche en-route witnessing majestic views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku peaks. The trail is more or less smooth with few ups and downs. It passes through Kayangjuma and reaches Sanasa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. You will walk further crossing the Dudh Koshi bridge to reach Punki Thenga – a small village with few teahouses and lodges. The trail now slightly turns to a rougher climb to reach Tengboche. Tengboche is the a good spot to observe Everest, Nuptse & Amadablam. Tengboche has the biggest monastery and it’s the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. O/N at Lodge.
Trek to Dingboche – 4410m (5 hours)
The trek today is towards the summer valley known as Dingboche. You will choose the upper trial passing thru several Chortens, Mani walls & small villages. Cross the Imja Khola including the village of Pangboche (3,900m). En-route keep up spotting the majestic views of Amadablam and other Himalayan ranges. Then the trail enters the Imja Valley and descends into the Lobuche River. You will then climb continuously to finally reach Dingboche. You can spot beautiful green fields protected by stone walls from cold wind and animals. O/N at Lodge.
Trek to Lobuche – 4910m (5 hours)
After breakfast trek to Lobuche climbing towards Duglha thru the Khumbu Khola Valley. You will continue your walk reaching Dusa, Phulung Karpo and reach Chola Lake. En-route spot some great view of Mt. Pumori. After crossing a small bridge the trail ascends to Duglha from where spectacular Himalayan views can be seen. You still climb up passing thru Chupki Larka and still continue till reaching Lobuche. We might feel some breathing disorder due to high altitude but no need to panic. O/N at Lodge.
Hike to Everest Base Camp – 5400m & return Gorak Shep (7 hours)
Today is the special day to achieve the ultimate destination of the trek – Everest Base Camp. The trail is with many ups and downs in high altitude and you may feel tired but the journey is still worthwhile. It takes about 3 hours of steady hiking to reach the base camp. Upon reaching the base camp, enjoy the natural splendor of Khumbu Glacier and icefall. This exactly is the point from where expedition to Mt. Everest begins. After base camp, you will return to Gorakshep. O/N at Lodge.
Hike to Kalapathar – 5550m & return Gorak Shep to fly back to Kathmandu on a Chartered helicopter
Wrapping up the Everest Base Camp Trek and today you will fly back to Kathmandu on a Chartered Helicopter. Early in the morning, you will hike towards Kala Pathar (5550m) known for offering splendid 360-degree panoramic view of the world’s tallest mountains including Mt. Everest. At the Kala Pathar site, you can enjoy mesmerizing views of snow laden giants over your head. Then hike back to Gorak Shep from where fly back to Kathmandu enjoying the panoramic Himalayan views onboard the flight and make sure you have a camera or handy-cam to capture the spectacular mountain drama as it unfolds. The flight then lands at the Kathmandu airport and you will be met by our representatives who shall transfer you to your hotel. PM: Enjoy the day in Kathmandu just by strolling around and shopping or just relaxing at the hotel. In the evening, we shall take you for a Farewell Dinner at one of the Nepali authentic restaurant. O/N at Hotel.
As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by our representatives to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu.
Observe the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Himalayas (esp. Sherpa)
Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site)
Tengboche Monastery situated at the height of 3860m
Discover beautiful blend of rich Buddhist & Tibetan culture and traditions
Everest Base Camp and a decent walk on the Khumbu Glacier
Flight back to Kathmandu on a Chartered Helicopter