Everest Base Camp Trek

Duration: 17 Days

About Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek is an adventurous trek to the land of the Sherpa’s who are mostly known for their exceptional mountaineering skills, and the home to some of the highest peaks in the world, including the highest of all, Mt.Everest or also known as Sagarmatha in Nepali and Chomolungma in Tibetan. Everest Base Camp Trek has been voted as one of the best trekking trails many times and is a favorite destination among adventure seekers around the world. Most of the trek lies within the boundary of Sagarmatha National Park, which is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also the home of the rare & endangered species like Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bear, and Himalayan Wolves.

The trek takes you to the base of the world's highest peak, Mt.Everest passing through the beautiful villages of the Sherpa’s with their warm hospitality and rich culture, an alluring forest of rhododendron, pine, and oak, numerous suspension bridges, quiet and peaceful Buddhists monasteries, prayer flags, stupas, chortens, and stunning mountain scenery. The spectacular views of Mt.Everest (8848 M), Lhotse (8516 M), Makalu (8463 M), Cho Oyu (8201 M), Nuptse (7855 M), Pumori (7161 M), Thamserku (6623 M), Mt. Amadablam (6812 M), and many more can be seen throughout the trek. The trek starts from Lukla after taking a short scenic flight from Kathmandu and again ends at Lukla.

Highlights

  • Short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla and again back to Kathmandu in the end
  • 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
  • Highest glacier on Earth- Khumbu Glacier (4900 M)

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 M) and transfer to hotel

You will land on the Tribhuvan International Airport and welcomed by one of our representatives. He will guide you to your hotel. In the evening, you will meet with a tour guide in the hotel lobby. He will brief you about the day 2 program.

  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

You will go on a guided sightseeing tour to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will visit one of the holiest temples of Hindus, Pashupatinath temple. Nearby this temple is located the largest of Nepal, Boudhanath stupa. After visiting these places, you will head to Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, you will meet with your guide and he/she will brief you about the trekking program.

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

Early in the morning between 2 am to 3 am, we will drive to Ramechhap airport from where we will take the flight to Lukla. This short and thrilling flight will present us with the magnificent views of the Himalayas. From Lukla, we will start our trek to Phakding village through the forested trail passing through numerous Sherpa villages mainly Cheplung, and Nurning with a superb view of Mt. Khumbila, Kongde, and Kusum Khangkaru. Today, the trek will be quite easy.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Phakding
  • 2651 M
  • 7 hours

After having breakfast, we will head towards Namche Bazar. On the way, we will pass by several villages like Jorsale and Monjo. Monjo is the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park. From here, we will trek through the national park crossing several small streams, rivers, alpine woods, and small settlements. After crossing the last bridge, we will ascend all the way to Namche Bazar. Upon reaching Namche Bazar, we will be welcome with excellent views of Mt. Thamserku (6623 M) and Kongdi Ri Himal (5115 M). 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Namche Bazaar
  • 3438 M
  • 5 -6 hours

Today is an acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. We will spend the day exploring the village and its nearby areas. We will wake up early and go on a hike to Syangboche Airstrip or Everest View Hotel for a stunning view of Mt. Everest (8848 M) and surrounding mountains. Later in the day, we will visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Namche Bazaar
  • 3438 M

Today, the trail will take us to the largest and oldest monastery of the Khumbu region, the Tengboche monastery. After having breakfast, we will trek towards Phungki Tenga which will be our lunch camp. From Phungki Tenga, we will ascent to Tengboche through the huge Rhododendron forest with an opportunity to encounter the wildlife. Later in the evening, we will visit the Tengboche monastery where we will have deep insight into the culture of the locals. Moreover, from the back of the monastery, fantastic views of Mt. Everest (8848 M), Mt. Ama Dablam (6812 M), and many other mountains can be seen. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Tengboche
  • 3870 M
  • 5 hours

Leaving Tengboche behind, we will descent through the dense forest of Pine and Rhododronden then cross Imja Khola on a suspension bridge. We will then trek and reach Pangboche village. From here, the trail gradually ascends through the Imja Khola riverbank and leads us to a picturesque village of Dingboche which is the last village. We will get to see captivating views of Mt. Lhotse (8516 M), Mt. Ama Dablam (6812 M), and Island Peak (6189 M) from here.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Dingboche
  • 4360 M
  • 4-5 hours

Today is our rest day for acclimatization. We will begin our day with a warm breakfast and then go on a short excursion to Nangkar Tshang, which is located at 5100 M. The hike will be a little tough due to steep ascend, however upon reaching the top, we will get to see wonderful views of many snow-capped mountains like Lobuche East (6119 M), Lobuche West (6135 M), Ama Dablam (6812 M), Taboche Peak (6542 M), Thamserku (6623 M), and Kangtega (6782 M). After spending some time at the top, we will return back to Dingboche for the night stay. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Dingboche
  • 4360 M

The trail today will take us to the lap of Mt. Lobuche where Lobuche is situated. After short ascend, we will trek through the Yak pasture land and cross a river to reach Thukla. From here, a 1 hour of steady ascent will take us to Thok La Pass through the memorials built for all of the people who passed away on the Everest expedition till now.  From here, we will trek to Lobuche through the left side of Khumbu glacier.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Lobuche
  • 4940 M
  • 4-5 hours

In the morning, we will begin trekking towards the lap of the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest. The trail gradually ascends following a rugged path. On the way, we will get to see an amazing view of Khumbu glacier. We will reach Gorakshep, have lunch and hike to Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching EBC, we will observe the irresistible landscape and numerous snow-capped mountains. After spending some time at the base camp, we will descend to Gorak Shep.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Gorak Shep
  • 5140 M
  • 6-7 hours

We will take an early morning hike to Kala Patthar for the amazing 360-degree views of the Himalayas. The viewpoints offer a stunning view of Everest (8848 M), Nuptse (7861 M), Lhotse (8516 M), Khumbutse (6636 M), and many other peaks of Khumbu region. Then, we will hike back to Gorakshep and continue our trek down to Pheriche. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Pheriche
  • 4240 M
  • 7 hours

After having breakfast, we will begin trekking down to a river. Further, passing several small villages, we will reach Pangboche. On the way, we will get to see stunning views of the mountains. Further, we will descend and cross a bridge over Imja Khola from where the trail will pass through the Pine and Rhododendron forest until Tengboche. After walking for some time on a straight trail to Deboche, we will ascend to Tengboche.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Tengboche
  • 3870 M
  • 4 hours

Trekking back following the same trail, we will reach Namche Bazar. From here, we will trek through forested trail and pass by small villages to reach Monjo for night stay. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Monjo
  • 2835 M
  • 6-7 hours

We will begin descending steeply and cross a suspension bridge. Further, the trail will pass by colorful prayer flags, chortens, mani walls, and small gompas. Trekking through lush forests of pine & rhododendron, small villages, and crossing various streams, you reach Lukla.

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

In the case of flight cancelation or delay due to various unexpected circumstances like bad weather, political strike or natural calamities, we always keep one extra day as a security/reserve day

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

You will have breakfast and check-out of the hotel as per your flight time. One of the members of our company will drop you at the airport and bid you our last goodbye to you.

  • B&B

What’s Included

  • Airport pick up and drop.
  • 4 nights accommodation in 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu on B/B 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.
  • Round flight Kathmandu-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.
  • Excess baggage charges during domestic flights (only 15kg altogether).
  • Medical evacuation (In case of emergency).

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 (Manthali) 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 Lukla from Kathmandu directly by taking a helicopter that fits 5 people. However, it is a little costly about 2500 USD per one way flight.