Hiking to Everest Base Camp is sure to be a bucket list item for most every adventurous trekker. If you are one of those, we guarantee you don’t need to look any further for two reasons: First, our pricing is competitive. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, we have a proven track record of booking the best trekking accommodations available. Interested? Continue reading to find out more about this incredible trek.
Nepal is known worldwide for its rugged Himalayan terrain and the peaceful, hospitable and inspiringly-resilient people who inhabit the mountains. This is true for most treks in the area, but getting to Everest Base Camp is special because on arrival it feels as though you’ve stepped into a natural amphitheater. Base Camp is 5364m above sea level and is surrounded by three of the six tallest mountains in the world: Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Choyu. It is a truly glorious and unrivaled place in the world.
Our trek into Everest Base Camp will be beautiful too, as most of the hiking will be within Sagarmatha National Park. Sagarmatha is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site to preserve forested areas of firs, pines, and rhododendrons as well as the rare animal species such as musk deer, snow leopards, and red pandas that live in the park. Along the way, we’ll also spend some time at important cultural and religious destinations such as Namche Bazar and Thyagboche Monastery.
Accommodations on our trek will be provided by gracious Sherpas who’s ancient traditions are also protected within the park. After a long day of hiking, we’ll cozy up around the furnace in the main dining room for hot tea and a home-cooked meal. It’s not uncommon to hear stories from retired climbers who can tell you from first-hand experience what Everest is all about.
Day 1: Arrival In the land of the Himalayas (1320m/ 4329ft).
Day 2: Knowing the Land of Newars.
Day 3: Flying to the land of Sherpas (2800m/9184ft)
Day 4: Trek to Namche bazar 5-6 hours (3440m/11284ft).
Day 5: Acclimatization in Namche
Day 6: Trek to Phorthe 4 -5 hours. (3790m12694ft).
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche 5 – 6 hours, (4410m/14464ft).
Day 8: Trek to Thukla ( Dhukla) 2 – 3 hours, (4620m/15154ft).
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche 3 -4 hours, (4930m/16172ft)
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp 4-5 hrs. (5364m/17593ft).
Day 11: Hike to Kalapatthar and downhill trek to Pheriche (2400m/13776ft).
Day 12: Trek to Thyangboche 4- 5 hours, (3870m/12694ft)
Day 13: Trek to Monju through Namche 5- 6 hours, (2830m/9282ft)
Day 14: Hike to Lukla 4-5 hrs. (2800m/9184ft).
Day 15: Fly Back to Kathmandu, Trip end with farewell dinner.
Landing in Kathmandu – a valley surrounded by mountains and silver shinning Himalayas in the north sets the immediate tone of nature, adventure and thrill. On the way to your hotel, you will witness the lively and thriving way of life of our capital. It’s diverse and mesmerizing for anyone – right from its traffic to the antiques and temples.
Kathmandu valley is home to Newars: Traditionally regarded for their incredible craftsmanship and business acumen. Though in the present they are equally prevalent in every walk of life- Kathmandu reflects the craftsmanship of the Newars and the kings that ruled the valley and Nepal. It is home to a host of UNESCO world heritage sites including the famous Swayambhunath (Monkey temple), Pashupatinath, Boudhanath stupa religious shrines and the Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Squares – landmarks that are regarded as the masterpiece of Nepalis architectural skills.
Mountain flight to Everest – is one of the thrilling adventures in Nepal. Today we take this flight and after gliding in parallel to some of the tallest peaks in the world land at Lukla Airport – termed as one of the most extreme airports in the world situated at the 2,800m/9,184ft from the sea level. After this exciting ride, we join our crew members – who are none other than the famous Sherpas, world-renown for their bravery and mountaineering skills. And we head out for Phakding- our stop for the night- through dense rhododendron, magnolia and pine forest, mountains covered with fluttering Buddhist prayer flags, Mani stones, and Gumpas.
The trek to Namche Bazar is an interesting part of the Everest Base Camp trek. This 5-6 hour journey takes you through one of the famous glacial river – Dudh Koshi River and offers scenic views of the snow-capped Mountains Kushum kangaroo (6369m), Thamserku (6623m). Trekking to Namche is fairly difficult & includes a perpendicular climb to Namche. After a short break at Chautara, where you will get plenty of opportunities to admire the beautiful view of Mt. Everest, we continue our ascent to Namche Bazaar, the main trading center of Khumbu. Overnight in lodge.
To accustom ourselves to the climate – we will spend the day visiting places around Namche. This is a prosperous village situated in a large protected hollow and the amazing scenic view of the Khumbu Himalayas. Among others, we will make a short hike to Everest viewpoint, the beautiful village of Khumjung and the headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park- a UNESCO Natural Heritage. These short treks and visits offer the panoramic view of Mt Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, insights into culture and lifestyle of the Sherpas and Buddhism. Apart from that, you can enjoy plenty of modern amenities in Namche such as internet café, shopping center, bakeries, restaurant to spend your time and getting closer to the local’s way of life.
Trekking to Phorthe from Namche Bazar is a moderate trek that offers plenty of panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, among others. The Khumbu region is home to the musk deer, Himalayan Thars, and multicolored pheasants and you can expect to encounter them, if lucky. A steady trek up the hills takes us to Kayangjuma, Sanasa to the top of Mongla peak, which offers the spectacular upfront view of Mt. Thamserku. After briefly admiring the raw beauty of the mountains we continue our journey through pine forests down to Phorthe Thanga a small village with a couple of teahouses and of course great lunch. Post lunch and some rest, we head out for our final leg for the day- Phortche. After an hour – its time for mingling the hospitable Sherpas at Phortche and other groups who are also on their way to the Everest Base Camp.
Phortche to Dingboche trek is a gradual trek at the end of which we go five hundred meters above the sea level. The hike is gradual and offers opportunities to see the regions wildlife and even closer views of the Himalayan ranges. As we pass through the way, Chortens and Mani walls become more frequent. On the way we will have our lunch at Pangboche – this small village is famous for offering a closer view of the Mount Ama Dablam. From here onwards we walk along the riverside with a gradual ascent to Dingboche. Since wind gets pretty cold here, terrace farms are enclosed with high stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. We enjoy their hospitality for the day/night.
Today we will start our trek to Thukla with spectacular Mountain view. The pathway ascends steeply out of Dingboche past a chorten and climbs the valley gradually to Dugla. We’ll take a glance of beautiful tiny flower carpeting the land. The path follows the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, Soon after crossing the Khumbu Khola bridge, we will reach today destination Thukla. After short rest, we will have a lunch and hike higher to acclimatize our body. Overnight in Thukla yak lodge.
Soon after our breakfast, we start our hike to Lobuche- our destination for the day. The first leg of today hike is a steep climb up to Chukpo Lari (Memorial wall), a beautiful, yet heart touching place which is home to a memorial that honors the climbers who died in the Mount Everest region during an expedition. After the memorial, the trail’s gradient becomes far easier and smoother until we reach Lobuche. We will have our lunch here and will head out for small casual hikes along the Khumbu Glacier and enjoy views of Mount Nuptse and Pumori and hang around in Lobuche.
The big day is here. We head out for the Everest Base Camp in the early morning – as this is going to be a long day. After around 3 hours we will reach Gorekshep, the last teahouse settlement on this trekking trail. After lunch, we continue our hike to Everest base camp which is an exhausting climb through the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trek provides an astounding view of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, among others. This is a no break-day for cameras – each and every step takes you to another yet spectacular view of the Mount Everest region. After spending some at the Everest Base Camp we will trace our steps back to Gorekshey and rest for the night.
We saw the Everest Base Camp yesterday but the big view is reserved for the day. We head out for Kalapathhar- a view point that offers the best view of Mount Everest, Pumori, Amadablam among others. The trek is a gradual 2-3 hour of ascent. After capturing the views in our feelings and feelings in our heart, we trek down for today’s final leg – Pheriche, yet another Sherpa village on the bank of Khumbu River. Overnight in a teahouse at Pheriche.
As we descend, you will find it easier by the day to breathe and find yourself more energetic for trekking to Thyangoche- a Sherpa settlement that is famous for its ancient monastery. It is home to one of the oldest monasteries in the region. The trail to it passes through high altitude suspension bridges, through the village Pangboche where we will have lunch and then continue our descent to the majestic Himalayan town of Thyangboche. The monastery offers privileges to visitors for offering prayers at the monastery and even if you are not in for that the view of Buddhist monks offering prayers at the monastery is a spectacular view. Overnight in Thyangboche.
After having a breakfast with a great view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse ridge, Amadablam, Thamserku and many others snowy peaks at Thyanoche, we start our journey to Monju. The trail to Monju consists of gravel and dusty roads that run up and down the hills. After having lunch at Namche Bazaar we will continue our hike through the banks of Dudkoshi River and through the Sagarmatha National park to reach Monju. Overnight in Monju teahouse
The last and the easiest trek of the Everest Base Camp package is the trek to Lukla from Monju. The trail consists of gradual descent and mostly flat trails through rhododendron and pine forests in the background of Mount Kwangde peak. The mani walls, the fluttering prayer flags fluttering over high peak mountains make the journey more serene. The final leg of the trek is a 45 minutes ascent to Lukla from Chheplung. Overnight at Lukla.
We take mountain flight back from the Lukla Airport and you will have the whole day to yourself which you can spend resting at your hotel or roaming around alleys of Kathmandu and be shopping around. We end our adventurous Everest base camp trek with a farewell dinner in the evening by enjoying delicacies.
What is Trekking?
Trekking is a thrilling adventure! And this activity requires a multi-day hike and climbs on mountain villages and park trails. The mountain trail usually steep, gradual and likely to encounter with snow at high elevation (that above 3000m/9840ft in winter and 5500m/18040ft in summer).
How tough is this Trek?
Trekking to Everest base camp is quite tough but we recommend this trek is for everyone who loves outdoors, physically fit, have a good health condition and patient. As we are hiking on a higher altitude, you better to have some physical training before going for this trek.
Does This Trek Require Previous Experience?
Well, if you have a healthy circulatory ability and good strength to cope with high altitude and lower oxygen density then it doesn’t require early experience. But who have early experience on trekking or hiking they can enjoy their Himalayan adventure maximum!
What is Altitude Sickness? How to Deal with?
Altitude sickness, also known as “mountain sickness” is a symptom that can attack while you hike or climb to the higher elevation. Especially this can be happening after 3000m/9840ft. if you walk too quickly.
There are three types of Altitude sickness
AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness: Very common one. Symptoms: dizziness, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting.
HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema: Can happen when it build up fluid in lungs. This is very dangerous and even life threating.
HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema: this is the most severe form of altitude sickness and it can happen when fluids take a place in the brain. This is life threating, as soon need to seek medical attention.
What should you do
Hike (Ascend) slowly.
What is the best time for Everest base camp trekking?
March to end of May and Mid-September to end of November would be the best time for this trek.
Are any permits require for this trek?
Trek to EBC, you need to get Sagarmatha (Everest) National park entry fee $30 and Local Government tax fee $20.
How long must walk every day?
In average, we walk 5 to 6 hours a day. But in higher elevation (over 4400m/14430ft) normally we hike 3 hours a day.
What types of meals we can get in this Trek?
Continentals menus are generally available in this trek. As well you can get traditional Nepali Dal-Bhat and some Sherpa dishes (Sherpa Stew, Tsampa porridge).
What types of accommodation do we utilize?
Most of the area in this place we can get a clean and comfortable guest and lodge. Some luxury hotels also available.
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Deluxe Hotel and Guest house
Breakfast in Kathmandu and 3 times meal during the trek.