Everest Base Camp Trek
The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most beautiful as well as famous trekking journeys of Nepal. Why trek to Everest when there are so many other less frequented treks in the Nepal Himalaya, like Ganesh Himal? “Because it’s there” is good enough reason for most, since it is the highest mountain in the world. However, as dominating as Everest is, there are many other reasons to trek in the Khumbu Region.
Of all the trekking regions in the Nepal Himalayan, it is to the Everest Khumbu region that those seeking a peek at the highest mountain on the earth come. Iconic Mt. Everest has exerted a powerful draw for a century now. By following this route, you will be following in the footsteps of great mountaineers like Reinhold Messner, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. As you climb through the foothills of the world’s highest mountain, the terrain soars on all sides like jagged shards of glass. The trails are steep and the altitude hangs on your muscles like a diving belt, but the sense of achievement at the end of the trek is quite profound.
But this region also holds added delights apart from Mount Everest, for the wealth of the culture is as fascinating and varied as the many peaks on display. The Everest region’s trails are now being integrated into the great Himalayan Trail network. Fit and adventure trekkers can bag a couple of demanding lesser summits for a grander perspective.
The Everest Base Camp Trek leads Together with the beauty of the Himalayas, the trek is culturally enticing which makes it the trek of a lifetime for the trekkers. Experience the Khumbu’s many majestic features, go through amazing mountain valleys and revel in the region’s awe-inspiring hallmarks. Similarly, observe the legendary Sherpa Culture of the Khumbu region. Embarking a journey that was first done by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953 is a matter of immense pride and glory. Brace yourself for the most exotic and beauteous journey of your lifetime!
Day 01: Arrive in the Kathmandu (1300m)
Your journey will start from the Kathmandu Valley. When you arrive at the Kathmandu Airport, our representative Wongchhu Peak Promotion (WPP) will welcome you and he/she will drop you at the hotel so that you can relax and take rest in the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley:
After morning breakfast Wongchhu Peak Promotion will introduce you with your tour guide and he will pick you from respective hotel for an interesting tour of Swayambhunath Stupa located on a hill top, with fabulous views of Kathmandu city, green hills that surrounds the valley and of high snow capped mountains.
Swayambhunath one of the oldest historical sites listed in world heritage of more than 2,5000 years old Buddhist religious complex with huge dome shape stupa with four mystical eyes of Buddha overlooking four directions North, South, East and West. After an impressive tour visiting the monastery and small chapels this place surrounded with green forest with many monkeys around and this place is also known as “Monkey Temple”.
Next nice tour leads towards east of Kathmandu city at Pashupatinath Temple area, tourist or non Hindu are not allowed inside the main temple, however one can overlook the temple from the bank of Bagmati river the holy and famous Shiva temple with golden pagoda tier roofs and four silver doors surrounded with lovely forest with many monkeys around. This place is flooded in the mid February on Shiva Ratri (birth anniversary of lord Shiva). Nearby on the opposite bank of the river funeral and cremation takes places for all Hindu religion.
Then after drive towards north east reaching at Bouddhanath Stupa also called as “Little Tibet” due to strong Tibetan influence in culture, traditions and Buddhist religion, Bouddhanath a huge dome with tow tier where one can walk up near the top with nice views of surrounding Bouddhanath area with shop, stores, restaurants and monasteries.
After a fascinating and lovely historical and cultural tour return back to respective hotels. Then take rest for a while and in evening you will meet with your trekking guide and representative from Wongchhu Peak Promotion (WPP) office for short briefing before your trip because you should know all the essential factors and places before going to the trek.
Day03: Kathmandu – Lukla (35-45 mins) Lukla – Phakding(2610m) (3-4 hours)
The next day, you need to be well prepared for the trek. Flight leave at the crack of dawn from Kathmandu domestic airport and check-in is even earlier. Lukla is situated at the altitude of 2880m you need to get to the domestic airport of Kathmandu in order to fly to the Lukla. It takes around 35 to 40 minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After such a literally breathtaking flight, it is pretty normal to feel slightly fuzzy in the head on arrival in Lukla. Most people take tea, a second breakfast or lunch before setting out. There is no great rush to reach Phakding. The trek can be done in 4 hours or so. The trail passes through choplung (2660m) and Nachi Pang, with its magnificent view of the snowy peak of Kusum Kanguru. The sprawling village of Ghat has a small monastery. Phakding village has lodges on either bank of the Dudh Koshi. Phakding monastery, high above on the west side, is best visited on the return to Lukla . Overnight in Lodge
Day04: Phakding – Naamche (3440m) (6-8 hours)
In the fourth Day, early in the morning after having breakfast you will have a walk through a magnificent forest of Rhododendron with unimaginable views of the river side. From Phakding the trail climbs and contours through pleasant pine forest. The next village, Bengkar (2630m), is well known for its apple pies. The route climbs to Monjo (2835m) and the entry check post for the Sagarmatha National Park. From Jorsale (2740m) it’s all up, with a glimpse of Everest as the trail climbs to Namche (3440m).This beautiful trek will take around 5/6 hours from Phakding and end at Namche Bazaar. This is normally one of the harder days on the trek, not because of the particularly different terrain, but because it’s the first critical day in which altitude plays a part. Overnight in Lodge.
Day05: Namche acclimatization day (3440m)
Everyone should take a rest day in Namche to adjust to the altitude. Namche Bazaar is a very famous place for sight-seeing of Mt. Everest and all Himalayan ranges as well as wonderful sunrise and sunset, not only that it is also famous for a local museum. So early in the morning after having breakfast you will walk around one and a half hour to have a wonderful Everest view and sunrise. After a few hours back to the hotel you will take some rest. Then in the evening, you will enjoy the beauty of Namche village and lively markets, where you will get unimaginable hospitality from the local people. Then you will visit the local museum and in the museum, you will get chances to see native’s flora and fauna as well as about the history of Mt. Everest. Overnight in Lodge.
Day06: Namche to Tengboche (3860m) (5-6 hours)
There are several routes from Namche to Tengboche. The next trek destination is to Tengboche and it takes almost 5-6 hours to reach the destination. Tengboche is one of the well-known traditional places and it is famous for its Tibet Buddhist monasteries with Sherpa religion and lots monks as well. You will start your treks early in the morning around 8 am, during your journey you will have remarkable views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Cholatse, Kantaiga, AmaDablam and Thamserku. You will also enjoy with great Tibet Buddhist monasteries along with Sherpa religion. Buddhist monasteries will open every day at 4o’clock in the evening that every tourist will welcome over there and tourists will enjoy best worship and meditations. And finally, you will have wonderful sunset views from there. Overnight in Lodges.
Day07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) (5-6 hours)
Dingboche is famous for the most beautiful trails with outstanding views of the enormous Mountain and deep valley. It is situated at the altitude of 4,481m. From the very beginning of the trek, you will explore the natural scenarios of the place. Whole day trek will be filled with forests of verities of lush trees such as birch, conifers,and rhododendron. On the way most of the time you will get chance to meet lots of yaks. This charming trail will continue to dip down to Devuche by crossing the Imja River until you reached to Dingboche. There you will see Himalayan Rescue Association Trekkers and medical assistance in the hotel and let you know about the high altitude information.
Day08: Dingboche acclimatization day
It is very important to spend an additional night at Dingboche to aid the acclimatization process. Many trekkers are happy to spend the day exploring Dingboche but there are several interesting day hikes in this area. One enjoyable short walk is the hour long climb past prayer flags and chortens to Nangkartshang Hermitage, a collection of retreats built around the meditation cave of Sange Dorje, on the ridge north of Dingboche. The trail continues up the hillside for another 90 minutes to a viewpoint at 5070m that offers fantastic views north to Cholatse (6443m) and Taboche (6542m) south to the lakes at the foot of Ama Dablam and east to Chhukung and Makalu (8463m), the fifth- highest mountain in the world. Throughout the journey, trekkers will simultaneously follow the invaluable suggestion of WPP guides. Trekkers will stay overnight in the Dingboche.
Day09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m)
From here onward, the trek will move more gradually be more challenging, due to the higher altitude. We’ll pass Dungla (Thukla), but not before a tough, steep walk to the top of a high hill. At the top hill small chorten can be seen. It is a memorial stupas dedicated to the climbers and trekkers who lost their lives to Everest over the years. The next part of our adventure brings over craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with amazing views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumari and the Nuptse. Prepare to snuggle up for a cold night, as we are now almost three miles above sea level and the evenings can be downright chilly! Overnight in Lobuche.
Day10: Lobuche to Gorakshep(5164m)
The first section of the trail from Lobuche follows the narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain wall, past the turn-off to the Italian Pyramid. You need to trek almost 2 hours to reach Gorkshep which is situated at the altitude of 5,164m. During the journey, you will have beautiful views of Mt .Everest, Pumori, and other so many Himalayan ranges. In the Gorkshep, you will take delicious lunch and hike for Kalapathar (5644m) if the weather is clear. Kala Pathar hill provides perhaps the best view of Mt. Everest in the Nepal Himalaya. Mornings are usually sparkling clear, and this is the best time to make a ascent. For many people this is the highlight of their trek, but cloud can roll in quickly, obscuring the peaks. After wonderful views you get back to Gorakshep and overnight in Gorakshep Lodge.
Day11: Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5364m)
From Gorakshep the Trail ducks around Boulders, rocky clumps and the huge moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base camp (5364m). You need to trek around 4 hours to reach Everest Base Camp from Gorkshep, where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the Khumbu Icefall from the world renowned Mt. Everest Base Camp.
Day12: Gorakshep to Pheriche(4371m)
After proper exploration and enjoyment in Kalapthar and EBC, you need to trek back to Pheriche .You can take your time over downhill stroll to Pheriche. Continue to down the moraine to Thukla and drop to the bridge over the gushing stream that flows out of the glacier. Pheriche has good lodges and the HRA clinic with a team of doctors, oxygen supplies and Gamow bags in season. And you will stay overnight in the Pheriche.
Day13: Pheriche to Tengboche (3860m)
The trail heads back to lower Pangboche (2-3Hrs). There are various mani walls and Chorten overlooked by Ama Dablam. The path decends to cross the Imja Khola and climbs into wispy forests of Juniper. The small settlement of Deboche houses a few people with a number of comfortable lodges. The final short but steep climb comes to the famous monastery at Tengboche(3860m). Tengboche is the spiritual center of the Khumbu. An Eco Museum center near the monastery promotes the centre and raises money for the training of monks. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day14: Tengboche to Monjo (2835m)
Crossing on yet another suspension bridge, we climb up the opposite side of the valley to reach the contouring path leading back through Namche Bazaar. A steep descent for down Namche Hill leads to the suspension bridge crossing the Dudh Kosi River and the small village of Monjo. Not only is Monjo a quieter place to stay than Namche, it also means our porters have a less strenuous walk back to Lukla tomorrow. Over night in Monjo.
Day15: Monjo to Lukla (2860)
Retracing our steps along the east bank of the Dudh Kosi we make our final ascent down to Lukla, arriving sometime in the middle of the afternoon, affording ample time to relax and enjoy the feeling of a job well done. Lukla itself is a thriving community that is an eclectic mix of Sherpas, trekkers and soldiers and makes for a fascinating place to explore at the end of the trek. Overnight in Lukla.
Day16: Fly back to Kathmandu
After having breakfast we head toward airport for our flights. The terminal building is extremely cold; drinks and snacks are limited. The flight is exciting – once you have taken after off hurtling down into the void. After the plane has missed the hillside below Number Peak and dodged over the lamjura pass , it’s on to Kathmandu. Then you will be picked by Wongchhu Peak Promotion representatives at Domestic airport. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 17 – Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu
This will be a spare day in Kathmandu after the tiring trekking program. You have the option to extend your trip. You can continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, and scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
Day18: Departure to Home:
Finally it’s SEE OFF TIME. You will be picked from Hotel by representatives of Wongchhu Peak Promotion staff and dropped at Tribhuvan International Airport.
• Airport – Hotel transfers in KTM
• Hotel in KTM for 2nights pre and two nights post trek (total 4 nights) , including breakfast on a twin-sharing basis
• City tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Swyambhunath
• Transportation, tour guide and entrance tickets during city tour
• Flight from KTM-Lukla-KTM via airplane.
• Khumbu Entrance Fee
• Everest National park entrance fees
• Teahouse trekking accommodations including food
• Boiled water, tea, coffee, including all food
• Guides & porters during trek.
• Wongchhu Peak Promotion duffel bag and trekking map.
• Salary & insurance for all Nepali staff.
• Welcome & Farewell Dinners
- Meals in Kathmandu (except welcome and farewell dinner)
- Extra night accommodations in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- If required to change from airplane to helicopter flight to/from Lukla (i.e. weather) , additional costs will be shared by clients.
- Beverages and alcoholic drinks on trek – Personal trekking equipment
- All personal expenses, including Nepal Visa (for country entrance)
- Personal medical and evacuation insurance
- All other additional charges for additional services, including recommended TIP.
- Additional tips for tour guide, others as one sees fit.
- Personal purchases.