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Everest Base Camp Trek

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Everest Base Camp Trek

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Duration 16 Days

Both for experienced trekkers, who have not yet been on this trip, as well as for beginners alike, the Everest Base Camp Trek remains a ‘once in a lifetime dream trip’s to be fulfilled. No doubt the Everest Base Camp Trek continues to be the most awesome trekking destinations in the world, not to mention some of the most breathtaking views one encounters during this trek. The Everest Base Camp Trek also introduces you to the lives and culture of the Sherpa community living high near the vicinity of the tallest mountain in the world – The Mount Everest (8,848 m), and who are ardent followers of the Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism. 

The Khumbu region of Nepal is where the Everest Base Camp Trek trail falls. This trek can be approached from many different places around the country but then each approach dictates varied number of days required for this trek. However, the most popular option is to fly in and out of Lukla (2,800 m). This option of the Everest Base Camp Trek commences with an exciting 40 minutes mountain flight to Lukla from where the trek begins, all the while taking you through several Sherpa villages and interesting monasteries until you finally arrive at the Everest Base Camp (5,360 m).  

You retreat back to Lukla via the same trail and fly back to Kathmandu. The 14 days Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary chalked out below is straight forward but allows the much needed time for acclimatization in between.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Sightseeing tours of Buddhist Monastery, Hindu Temple & and Old Palaces 
  • Ample acclimatization periods in between trek days
  • Beautiful Sherpa villages and monasteries around Everest region
  • Introduction to the cultural and religious practices of the Sherpas
  • A visit to the famous Tengboche Monastery
  • Fantastic sunset views over the Mt. Everest from Kala Pathar
  • Views of the entire south face of Mt. Everest
  • Panoramic views of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lobuche West (6,145m), Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Everest
  • A visit to the Everest Base Camp
 

Day

Trek

Day

Destination/Activities

  Accom/Meals                                  

    Alt.

 AWHPD

01

 

Kathmandu: Arrive and transfer to the hotel

   Hotel

1,300 m

 

02

 

Kathmandu : Sightseeing tour of Swayambhu, Bhaktapur & Pashupatinath

  Hotel B

1,300 m

   06-07 hrs

03

 01

Monjo : Fly to Lukla & then trek to Monjo

   Lodge

2,880 m

   05 hrs

04

 02

Namche Bazaar: Trek

   Lodge

3,440 m

  04 hrs

05

 03

Acclimatization Day in Namche

   Lodge

3,440 m

 

06

 04

Deboche : Trek

   Lodge

3,870 m

  05 hrs

07

 05

Dingboche: Trek

   Lodge

4,360 m

  04.5 hrs

08

 06

Dughla: Trek

   Lodge

4,620 m

 02 hrs

09

 07

Lobuje: Trek

   Lodge

4,930 m

  02.5 hrs

10

 08

Gorak Shep: Trek in the afternoon climb Kala Pathar 5,545m for getting wonderful sunset view over the Himalayas

   Lodge

5,160 m

  05 hrs

11

 09

Lobuje : Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,360 m & walk down to Lobuje.

   Lodge

4,930 m

  07 hrs

12

 10

Debuche : Trek

   Lodge

3,860 m

  06 hrs

13

 11

Monjo : Trek

   Lodge

2,880 m

  07 hrs

14

 12

Lukla: Trek

   Lodge

2,800 m

  04 hrs

15

 

Kathmandu: Fly to Kathmandu

   Hotel

1,300 m

  25 m

16

 

Departure : Transfer to the airport

    B

  

B = Breakfast ,  AWHP = Average walking hour per day

 

DAY 01 : Arrival KATHMANDU

You will be warmly greeted by our representative at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu upon your arrival. After escorting to your designated hotel in the city you’ll be assisted in checking into your room. Before checking in, the timing and location for a short briefing session concerning your trip will be arranged. After such briefing, which will include a quick check of your personal trekking gears by our experts, you’ll have the afternoon/evening of that day all for yourself.

Overnight at the Hotel. (On your Own)

Includes: Transfers on a Private AC vehicle to the hotel

DAY 02 : Sightseeing tour of  SWAYAMBHU + BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE + PASHUPATINATH

After breakfast drive 2 km west to the world’s most glorious Buddhist Chaityas  - SWAYAMBHU.  Built in 250 BC and known to be the largest in Nepal, this stupa displays typical Buddhist architecture. With painted eyes on all four sides symbolizing the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha, this historical monument rests on thirteen tiers, and it represents the elevator to Nirvana. The big white dome of the Swayambunath stupa is regarded as a spotless and pure jewel of Nirvana. The vicinity of the Swayambunath stupa is surrounded by hundreds of other Buddhist shrines all around.
Then we drive to BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE an ancient palace rich in traditional art, architecture and historical monuments. It is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal.
In the late afternoon we will visit the most holy temple of Hindu  PASHUPATINATH. This is a two tiered golden roof and silver door temple dedicated to a manifestation of Shiva called Pashupati (Lord of Animals). The exact date of foundation of the shrine is not known but the first historical records date from the 13th century. The site has sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries along the banks of the sacred Bagmati river.

Overnight in the hotel.

Includes:  Sightseeing tour with local guide, private AC transportation and entrance fee during the sightseeing tour .

DAY 03 :  Fly to LUKLA and trek  to MONJO (A) – 2,840 m – Approx. 6 hrs. walk

Our trek program commences today with an exciting 35 minutes mountain flight to Lukla (2,800 m) from where we start walking through the beautiful mountainous Sherpa land. Our nearly 5 hours walk today will reach us to village of Monjo (2,840 m). Walk will be through villages, community forest, crossing rivers on a metal suspension bridge with Kusum Kangru peak (6,367 m) towering at the backdrop; mani walls, chortens & boulders carved with Tibetan mantras and brightly painted prayer wheels.

Overnight in the lodge.

Includes: Transportation to airport, flight to Lukla, local guide, porter support, simple accommodation  with common bathroom and toilet and permit and conservation park fee

DAY 04 : Trek to NAMCHE BAZAAR (A) – 3,440 m – Approx. 4 hrs. walk

The walk today to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) will comprise of around 4 hours. Initially the trail is gentle but gets you involved with high and long climbs at later stages actually taking you from a safe altitude to an area which can pose risks of altitude sickness. Hence, avoiding exhaustion by taking your time and moving slowly is advised. Trail passes through enormous granite bluff, carved with mantras in huge Tibetan characters, crosses Dudh Kosi river on a suspension bridge then walk through pine forest to famous Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.

Overnight in a lodge.

Includes : Local guide, porter support, simple accommodation  with common bathroom and toilet and permit and conservation park fee.

DAY 05 : Acclimatization Day in NAMCHE – Explore  - 3,440 m

This day we have kept it as a rest day for acclimatization before proceeding towards higher altitude. On this day we will do a day hike to nearby villages and explore the Saturday market.  Or option is walking upto Hillary Ridge to get some fantastic view of the Himalayas and villages.

Overnight in the lodge

Includes: Local guide, porter support, simple accommodation  with common bathroom and toilet and permit and conservation park fee.

DAY 06 : Trek to DEBOCHE – 3,820 m – Approx. 6 hrs. walk

Today after breakfast we walk to Deboche through a beautiful trail.  It goes through rhododendron forest, crosses Dudh Kosi River in a suspension bridges, Mani Walls, Chortens you get fantastic views of  Mt.Thamserku, Kantega, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest rise in front. On the way we will pay a visit to Tengboche Monastery constructed in 1916 by Lama Gulu. Also you will be able to get good panoramic view of the Himalayas. Our stay will be little bit below Tengboche i.e. Deboche.

Overnight in the lodge.

Includes: Local guide, porter support, simple accommodation  with common bathroom and toilet and permit and conservation park fee

DAY 07 : Trek to DINGBOCHE (4,360 M) – Approx.  4 ½  hrs walk

Today we follow the trail which goes through dense rhododendron forest then we cross the suspension bridge hanging above Imja Khola.  After the trail climbs to Pangboche through mani wall and white stupa. From the trail, you can have a great view of the Ama Dablam mountain. Continue following the trail of the Imja Khola past an enormous mural of Guru Rinpoche to the small Sherpa village of Shomare for lunch break.  Then we walk very gradually for couple of hours gaining altitude to quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche.  From here you can have a great view of Lhotse, Island Peak and Ama Dablam mountains. 

Overnight in a lodge.

Includes: Local guide, porter support, simple accommodation  with common bathroom and toilet and permit and conservation park fee

DAY 08 : Trek to DUGHLA : (4,620 m) – Approx. 2 hrs walk

Today after breakfast walk slowly up gaining altitudes to the village of Dughla with some great views of the rugged twin peaks of Taboche and Cholatse.  Also you can see Mt. Ama Dablam as a perfect pyramid.

Overnight at the lodge.

Includes: Local guide, porter support, simple accommodation  with common bathroom and toilet and permit and conservation park fee

DAY 09 :  Trek to LOBUJE : ( 4,930 m) – Approx. 2 ½ hrs walk

Today is another short walk to Lobuje (4,930 m) as we gain altitudes. The trail climbs straight up the rough terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier covered with parched and desolate surroundings with fingers of ice and snow dropping down sheer mountain walls on all sides. The area has rows of stone monuments built in memory of Sherpas who died in an avalanche during the 1970 Japanese skiing expedition on Everest including Babu Chhiri Sherpa (10 times Everest summitter) & Scott Fisher who died in 1996 Everest disaster.  While crossing the ridge from here, you will have a great view of the Pumori peak (7,165 m) before continuing our climb up to the north over loose moraine and finally arriving at Lobuje.

Overnight at the lodge.

Includes: Local guide, porter support, simple accommodation  with common bathroom and toilet and permit and conservation park fee

DAY 10 : Trek to GORAK SHEP – 5, 210 m - KALA PATHAR – 5,545 m – Approx. 3 hrs. + 4 hours for climbing Kala Pathar & return.

It’s going to be quite an ordeal today, in terms of both mental and physical exhaustion, as we further climb towards higher altitude. But don’t you fret already, because while walking through the ‘off beaten’ trail via the Italian Project, you will be pleasantly rewarded with fantastic views of the Khumbu glaciers, Mt. Pumori (7,400 m), Lola and Link Tring(Tibetan mountains), Nuptse and the mighty Mt. Everest.

Upon arriving at Gorak Shep around lunch time, you will have nearly 3 hours break. After enjoying your lunch you will gradually start your climb to Kala Patthar (5,545 m). Once atop, you can then watch awesome views of the sunset unfolding over the Himalayas, which momentarily will make you feel like you’re actually in Heaven. The view of course is subject to weather conditions.

Overnight in a lodge.

Includes: Local guide, porter support, simple accommodation  with common bathroom and toilet and permit and conservation park fee

DAY 11 : Trek to EVEREST BASE CAMP & Back to LOBUJE – Approx. 7 hrs walk

We walk to our final destination today, the Everest Base Camp (5,360 m). From the north end of Gorak Shep, you follow the trail across the Khumbu Glacier where you’ll see numerous prayers flags wedged between rocks at the bottom of the Khumbu Icefall (5,340 m). 

In comparison to your ascent to Kala Patthar you had the previous day; the trek to the Everest Base Camp is not going to be anything spectacular- the sole reason being absence of views of the Everest. However, once at the base camp during spring season you’ll be greeted with an atmosphere which is fascinating in itself. You’ll see climber groups from various countries eating, reading, playing cards and doing everything possible to kill their time while they wait for the green signal to commence their climb to the summit. After spending some time we return down to Lobuje. Overnight in a lodge.

Overnight in a lodge.

Includes: Local guide, porter support, simple accommodation  with common bathroom and toilet and permit and conservation park fee

DAY 12 :  Retreat back to DEBUCHE (A) – 3,820 m – Approx. 6 hrs walk

You walk today involves a descent to Imja valley and walk down to Debuche.

Overnight in a lodge.

Includes: Local guide, porter support, simple accommodation  with common bathroom and toilet and permit and conservation park fee

DAY 13 : Retreat back to MONJO (A) – 2,840 m – Approx. 6 hrs walk

Today we descend back to Monjo.  The walk today is going to be bit longer and bit steep down giving bit of pressure in the knee.

Overnight in a lodge.

Includes: Local guide, porter support, simple accommodation  with common bathroom and toilet and permit and conservation park fee

DAY 14 : Trek back to LUKLA (A) – 2800 m – Approx. 4 ½ hrs walk

It’s the last day of your walk down to Lukla. The next day you along with our crew will board the domestic flight to Kathmandu.

Overnight in a lodge.

Includes: Local guide, porter support, simple accommodation  with common bathroom and toilet and permit and conservation park fee

DAY 15 : Fly back to KATHMANDU  – 1300 m – Approx. 30 m flight

After breakfast fly to Kathmandu. We will receive you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel once again.  Rest of the time will be free for your independent activities.

Overnight in the Hotel.

Includes: Flight back to Kathmandu,  airport transfer & accommodation

DAY 16 : DEPARTURE (B) – (Hotel Check Out Time is before 1200 Hrs)

Transfer to the airport as per the flight schedule.

Includes: Breakfast & airport transfers

 
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Facts File

  • Area:

    Everest Region

  • Treks & Travels:

    12 Days Trek + 4 days

  • Difficulty:

    Demanding

  • Season:

    March/April & October/November

  • Elevation:

    5,545 m

  • Style:

    Lodge Trek

  • Price:

    US $ 1,225/-

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Everest Base Camp Trek

Departure

2017

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