- Guided full-service trek to the Everest region
- Scenic yet adventurous flight to Lukla
- Opportunity to know about Sherpa culture, tradition, and lifestyle
- Breathtaking views of high Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, and other peaks.
- Beautiful Sherpa villages of Namche Bazaar and Tengboche
Everest Base Camp Trek offers you the opportunity to walk to the foot of Mount Everest, the tallest peak on earth, passing through the beautiful Sherpa country, ancient monasteries, lush forests, and fast-flowing rivers originating from Himalayan glaciers.
Trek to the Everest Base Camp is a journey of a lifetime for many. This Everest Trek has featured numerous international guide books, travel shows, and vlogs thanks to its main attraction — Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world. Because of Everest, the trail may look difficult for many. But the trek is moderately difficult as one can get altitude sickness and every fit person can do this trek with proper acclimatization.
When trekkers directly fly into Lukla, they suddenly find themselves in the Buddhist land. One can see prayer wheels, mani walls, and chhortens throughout the trek which reflects the rich Buddhist heritage of the region. On the day of trekking, a walk is easy initially. The trail that goes along the Dudh Koshi River valley is scenic with beautiful villages and lush forests rich in diverse flora and fauna. The trek provides you with an opportunity to meet and interact with Sherpas — the amazing climbers.
The trek to the base camp of Mount Everest remains etched in your memory for a long because trekkers walk on the same trail used by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first climbers of Mount Everest, and their climbing party nearly seven decades ago. They are the ones to reach Everest for the first time.
The trek begins with a 40-minute flight to Lukla airstrip in the Everest Region. The trail then passes through the settlements of Chaurikharka and Cheplung to Phakding. It then continues along the Dudh Koshi River to Monjo before making a climb to Namche Bazaar. From Namche Bazaar, the trail again drops to the Dudh Koshi River before making a climb to Tengboche. The trail then passes through beautiful Sherpa settlements of Debuche, Dingboche, and Lobuche to Gorakshep. Gorakshep is the last village on the Everest trail. The return leg begins after a short hike to Kalapatthar ridge which offers unhindered views of the high Himalayan peak.
- Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1310m)
Welcome to Nepal. Our representative will be at the airport to offer you traditional Nepali welcome and transfer you to your hotel. Remaining time is free for independent activities. In the evening, meet your guide and attend the trek briefing session.
- Day 2 - Fly to Lukla (2810m), trek to Phakding (2800m) -- Approx 40 minutes flight, 4 hrs trek
After early breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel who will transfer you to the airport for a short flight to Lukla. Lukla is the starting point of Everest Base Camp trek. The flight takes about 40 minutes and offers your bird’s eye view of terraced fields, lush forest and diverse topography of Nepal. You can also enjoy breathtaking views of high mountain peaks of the Himalayas as you leave Kathmandu Valley. Be prepared for the adventurous landing as many have described Lukla Airport as one of the most difficult airports to land. The slightly inclined airfield sits on a cliff above the Dudhkoshi River valley leaving pilots no room for error. Upon arrival in Lukla, meet your crew and wait for them to arrange your loads and begin your trek. As the trail is easy, you will get used to it on the first day itself. After leaving Lukla, we will walk through the levelled trail of Chaurikharka village and Cheplung before descending to the Dudhkoshi River which originates in the Khumbu glacier. The trail contours along the left side of Dudh Koshi River as it progresses forward. There are plenty of restaurants and guesthouses on the trek. We will have lunch in one of them before continuing our trek to Phakding. Lookout for mani walls and prayer wheels on the trail which reflect the amazing Buddhist heritage of the region. Phakding is a beautiful village seated on the banks of Dudhkoshi River. There are plenty of lodges and teahouses on both sides of the river.
- Day 3 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) -- Approx 5-6 hrs
We will resume walking after having breakfast at your teahouse. After crossing the Dudhkoshi River on a suspension bridge, the trail is on the right side of the river. The trail passes through the settlements of Toktok and Bengkar before crossing the river and making a short climb to Monjo. We will get the first view of Mt Thamserku from Bengkar. Monjo is a popular stopover on the Everest trail. Some trekkers spend a night here instead of Phakding so that they can climb the uphill trail to Namche Bazaar in the morning time. The Sagarmatha National Park area begins from Monjo village. We will show our permits at the check post of the national park, exit Monjo village and head toward Namche Bazaar. There are plenty of ups and downs on the trail. Today, we will gain around 600 meters in altitude. We can see caravans of Yaks and Jokyos ferrying supplies to villages lying in the upper areas of the Everest region. A short walk from Monjo will take us to Jorsalle where we will stop for lunch.
After lunch, we will cross the confluence of two rivers, which form Bhotekoshi River, on a suspension bridge and start an uphill walk to Namche Bazaar. The winding trail to Namche Bazaar passes through beautiful pine forests. The walk is difficult but you will forget your pain after you reach the beautiful village of Namche Bazaar where we will spend two nights. We will explore the beautiful settlement of Namche Bazaar in the evening. Namche Bazaar has everything that a tourist looks for. There are many coffee shops and bakeries. It even boasts of a discotheque in high season.
- Day 4 - Day 4: Rest day for Acclimatization
Today, we will take the first rest day of our trip for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar. It is necessary to take a rest day after gaining a certain altitude as it helps our body to acclimatize to a higher altitude and prevent altitude mountain sickness (AMS). There are several activities to do to utilize this day. Hike to the twin villages of Kunde and Khumjung, where there is a school built by Sir Edmund Hillary, visit Sagarmatha National Park Office and Sherpa museum, and a hike to Everest View Hotel are some of the options. Your guide will select the appropriate activity for you.
- Day 5 - Trek to Tengboche (3890m) -- Approx 6 hrs
Fresh after a day’s rest, we will resume our walk after having breakfast at our teahouse. The walk turns difficult from here as the high altitude kicks in. However, the views are rewarding and you will see mountains ahead of you almost all the time. A little uphill from Namche Bazaar will take us to one of the most scenic walks of the entire trek. We walk on a ridge above Dudh Koshi River with mountain peaks, including Amadablam, dominating the northern horizon. We will stop at Kyangjuma (3600m) for lunch. Kyangjuma is a small Sherpa settlement on the Everest trekking trail. After lunch, we will make a descent to Dudh Koshi River and cross it on a suspension bridge. The final leg of today’s trek is mostly uphill to Tengboche. The magnificent Tengboche Monastery is the main attraction of this small Sherpa village. In the evening, you can offer prayers at the monster and interact with young monks. Climbing parties to Everest often make special prayers at the monastery praying for the success of their expedition.
- Day 6 - Trek to Dingboche (4350m) -- Approx 5 hrs
After enjoying the sunrise and magnificent mountain views early in the morning, we start our walk toward Dingboche. The trail is a gradual downhill initially to Debuche. It then contours on the right side of Bhote Koshi River to the settlement of Milinggo. Going further, we will cross the river and walk on the left side of the river to the village of Pangboche and further to Shomare where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we continue our walk to the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Imja Khola rivers. We cross the river and follow the Imja Khola River to Dingboche. The trail on the left side of the river goes to the village of Pheriche where there is a health check post operated by Himalayan Rescue Association. Both the routes eventually meet at Dugh La. However, many trekkers use the route to Dingboche as it promises magnificent mountain views. Imja Khola river originates from Imja glacial lake which lies at the bottom of Imja glacier of Island Peak.
- Day 7 - Day 7: Rest day for Acclimatization in Dingboche
Today, we will take another rest day for acclimatization as we are now walking above 4,000 meters. There are plenty of activities to make use of this day for acclimatization. The first option is to hike to Nagarjuna Hill (5050m). Nagarjuna Hill is an excellent viewpoint in Dingboche. The hill offers unhindered views of mountains like Ama Dablam (6812m), Makalu (8485m) and Cho Oyu (8201m), among others. As trekkers are advised to climb to higher altitude for acclimatization during rest days, a hike to Nagarjuna Hill is the best option. But if you do not want to take the ordeal of climbing a hill, you can enjoy a walk to Chukhung village which lies below the Chhukung is a stopover in the Everest Three Passes Trek. Explore the village and return to Dingboche for lunch.
- Day 8 - Trek to Lobuche (4920m) -- Approx 6 hrs
Fresh after a daylong acclimatization break, we will resume our Everest trek today. In total, we will complete the distance of about 9 kilometers gaining some 700 meters of altitude. There are two steep sections in today’s walk. The first is right after you resume walking as you will need to climb a hill above Dingboche. Second is a steep walk to the pass above Dugha La. Dugha La is about five kilometers from Dingboche. It will take around three hours. There are few lodges here. We can stop here for lunch or continue toward Lobuche if it is too early. Right after Dugha La, we will need to climb to a high pass. It is a steep climb of about 300 meters. The views from the top of the pass are rewarding. After the pass, the trail descends to the river and it is an easy walk along the river to Lobuche.
- Day 9 - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5340m) and back to Gorakshep (5130m) -- Approx 7 hrs
Today is the day you have been waiting for! We will start early as we will need to reach Gorakshep by midday so that we have sufficient time to hike to the Everest Base Camp and come back to Gorakshep. The distance is short but the walk is demanding. There are multiple ascents and descents on this trek but not a single place to take a rest. Look for the views around every time you reach the top before making a descent. After a walk of about four hours, we will reach Gorakshep. Gorakshep is the last village on the Everest trail. There are no facilities beyond Gorakshep.
After having lunch, we will start the hike to the base camp. The distance to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep is about 7 kilometers. But it is more difficult than the trail to Gorakshep. There are some difficult ascents as you will have to climb through Khumbu glacier. As there is no marked trail, it will be difficult if you get lost. So, always follow your guide. The base camp looks nothing but a moraine. Surprisingly, you won’t see Mt Everest from the base camp. Take some pictures and cherish the journey of your lifetime before you start your return walk to Gorakshep.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
- Day 10 - Morning hike to Kala Patthar (5640m) and trek to Pheriche (4350m) -- Approx 6 hrs
Hike to Kalapatthar viewpoint is something not to be missed while on the Everest Base Camp Trek. Kala Patthar is a small ridge above Gorakshep that offers unhindered views of high mountain peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Changtse, among others. Though the distance is very short, it takes around three hours to reach the top. However, you can come down to Gorakshep in just an hour. The trail is well-marked and you won’t be alone while going to the top as most of the trekkers hike to this viewpoint to enjoy a panoramic view of some of the highest Himalaya peaks. After spending some time at the top, we will descend to Gorakshep, have breakfast and begin our return leg of the trek. We walk on the same trail via Lobuche and Dugha La. After Dugha La, we will take the lower trail on our right to Pheriche instead of going to Dingboche where we spent two nights while coming up. Pheriche is a small settlement on the left bank of Dudh Koshi River.
- Day 11 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Another easy walk! We will resume the walk after having breakfast at our teahouse. A little below Pheriche, we will cross the river and walk along the right side of the river toward the settlements of Shomare and Pangboche. After a short walk from Pangboche, we will cross the river on a suspension bridge and walk along its left bank to Debuche and rich Tengboche after a short climb. From here, the trail descends again to the river and we will make a final ascent after crossing the river to the village of Kyangjuma. After a short uphill from Kyangjuma, we reach the ridge from where it’s an easy walk to Namche.
- Day 12 - Trek to Lukla -- Approx 6 hrs
This is going to be our final walking day. After breakfast at Namche Bazaar, we will descend to the river confluence and Jorsalle and continue our walk toward Monjo where we will need to show our permits. We will then continue through the villages of Bengkar, Phakding and Ghat before making a short climb to Cheplung and then to Lukla. In the evening, we will organize a small get together in honour of our amazing crew members.
- Day 13 - Fly to Kathmandu
After early breakfast, we will take a flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our guide will transfer you to your hotel. Remaining time is free for independent activities. Perhaps, you will choose to take a rest in your hotel room after a long trek.
- Day 14 - Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley
Today, we will take a sightseeing trip to Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Valley is a treasure trove of historical monuments and cultural attractions as the small area are home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. We will visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, then Kathmandu Durbar Square and cap our sightseeing by visiting Pashupatinath Temple. A tour guide will accompany you today so that you get more historical and cultural facts about the site that you visit. In the evening, we will host a farewell dinner for you to celebrate the success of your trek.
- Day 15 - Departure
Your final day in Nepal! After a leisurely breakfast, our guide will pick up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your return flight. We will take you to the airport at least three hours before your flight time so that you don’t have to rush for customs and immigration formalities. You will have plenty of time to reflect on the amazing time that you spent in Nepal while you return to your destination.
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