Bhandar to Everest Base Camp Trek

Duration: 23 Days
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About Bhandar to Everest Base Camp Trek

The ‘Bhandar via Jiri to Everest base camp’ is a classic trekking route in the Khumbu region. Back in 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa took the same route for the expedition of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. Before the establishment of Lukla airport in 1964, it was the only route everybody used for the Everest Base Camp trek. Nowadays, most of the trekkers take a flight directly to Lukla, which makes the trek a week shorter. Bhandar is 217 km northeast from Kathmandu, and it takes approximately 8-10 hours of a bus ride.

Everest Base Camp trek is probably one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. Even though starting the trek from Lukla is more popular these days, this particular classic trail rewards the trekkers with an amazing experience of the less explored lower Everest region. This trekking trail begins from Bhandar passing through the numerous beautiful villages of different ethnic groups including Tamang, Jirel, Rai, Brahmin, Chettri, and of course, the Sherpa with the amazing scenery of terraced farmlands & dense rhododendron forests of the lower Everest region, magnificent view of Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Numbur, Ama Dablam, Makalu, and many others snow-capped mountains.

This particular trail provides the trekkers with the opportunity for encountering the typical culture of multiple ethnic groups especially of the Sherpa’s. If you want, we can extend our journey to Cho-La Pass to Gokyo Valley or 3 High Passes. Other major attractions of this trek are beautiful Buddhist monasteries, Namche (The gateway to Everest/Hub of the Everest), and Khumjung. At the end of the trek, we will take a scenic mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • This was the route used by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norgay Sherpa for their Everest Expedition in 1953
  • Short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla and again back to Kathmandu in the end
  • A trekking route that connects the less explored Lower Khumbu region with the more popular one, 'Everest Base Camp'
  • Stunning sceneries of Mt. Everest (8848 M), Lhotse(8516 M), Cho Oyu (8201 M), Mt.Makalu (8463 M) and other peaks below 8000
  • Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site known for its rich wildlife and vegetation
  • Magnificent view of some of the highest mountains from Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp
  • Rich culture and tradition of the Sherpa people which is similar to the Tibetan people
  • Ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and beautiful Sherpa villages

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 M) and transfer to hotel
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Bhandar
  • 2190 M
  • 8-10 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Sete
  • 2520 M
  • 6-7 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Junbesi
  • 2700 M
  • 7 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Junbesi
  • 2700 M
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Nunthala
  • 2330 M
  • 6 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Bupsa
  • 2360 M
  • 5-6 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Surke
  • 2290 M
  • 5-6 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Phakding
  • 3792 M
  • 4-5 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Namche Bazar
  • 3440 M
  • 5 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Namche Bazar
  • 3440 M
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Tengboche
  • 3860 M
  • 6 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Dingboche
  • 4410 M
  • 5 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Lobuche
  • 4910 M
  • 5 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Gorak Shep
  • 5140 M
  • 7-8 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Pheriche
  • 4280 M
  • 8-9 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Phortse
  • 3810 M
  • 4-5 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Monjo
  • 2835 M
  • 7 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Lukla
  • 2840 M
  • 5 hours

We will wake up early in the morning and fly back to Ramechhap airport then drive to Kathmandu.

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • 35 minutes
  • B&D
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • B&B

What’s Included

  • Airport pick up and drop.
  • 4-night accommodation in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis (A single supplement room will be served on request with an additional cost).
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with hot drinks) during the trek.
  • Flight ticket for Lukla-Kathmandu with airport tax.
  • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • English speaking guide (French-speaking guide available with an extra additional cost if needed).
  • One porter for two people (maximum weight: 12 kg per client) and assistant guide for group size above 4 people.
  • All the necessary permits and paperwork needed for the trek.
  • Government taxes, VAT, service charges, and official expenses.
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing with a tour guide in a private vehicle.
  • All Staff’s salary, insurance, and accommodation.
  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu, Lunch, and Dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Your Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Laundry, telephone and personal trekking equipment.
  • Medical evacuation (In case of emergency).
  • Excess baggage charges during domestic flights (only 15kg altogether).

Useful Information

Note: Since Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal operating all the domestic and international flights, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has decided to operate all flights to Lukla from Ramechhap airport from the spring of 2019 till further notice as a measure to reduce the air traffic. The distance between Kathmandu and Ramechhap is around  135 km which takes a minimum of 4 hours of drive. 

If you would like to avoid the hassle of driving early in the morning to Ramechhap airport and taking the flight to Lukla, we have options to fly to Kathmandu from Lukla directly by taking a helicopter that fits 5 people. However, it is a little costly about 2500 USD per one way flight.