To be in the foothills of the tallest mountain in the world is every trekker’s dream. With this Everest Base Camp trek, we will take you to one of the best-known trails in the Himalaya with breathtaking mountain sceneries, parades of glistening peaks, stunning glaciers and take you the homeland of the brave and the most warm-hearted people in the world- the Sherpa people. Often referred as “the steps to heaven”, this trek will provide you with a once in a lifetime opportunity to stand in the shadow of the tallest mountain in the world, the Mt. Everest. The Everest region itself boasts 4 of the 6 highest mountains in the world: Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt.Makalu, and Cho-Oyu.
Yet this trek is not just about the great mountains, it’s the unparalleled kindness and hospitality of the mountain people, the colorful mixes of the culture and the relaxed pace of life in the Khumbu region that will make this trip worthwhile your lifetime. This is also your chance to meet the Sherpas and mountaineers who have left such deep imprints on history.
The adventure begins as soon as you take your spectacular flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. The trail from the Lukla will lead you up from the sparkling water of the Dudh Koshi river, through the heart of the Sherpa country to the dramatic high mountain sceneries beyond. You will reach Namche Bazaar, a bustling settlement of Sherpas. This will be your perfect place for acclimatization. Besides a number of good hotels, restaurants and equipment stores, you can even find a proper pub, cyber café, and an ATM Vending Machine. The route then continues along the Imja Khola river to the valley below Everest. Following further the traditional route via Lobuche and Gorakshep, you will reach your coveted destination: The Everest Best Camp (5300m). Although you do not have views of the actual summit of Everest from Base Camp, there are sensational close-up views of the terrifying Khumbu ice-fall.
For the best view of the Everest’s south side as well as Khumbu Glacier, we will take you to a great Vantage point, Kalapatthar (5545m). Nothing will beat the thrill and sense of accomplishment that will grip you on seeing the power and grace of the mighty Everest up close.
Enjoy this trek with our insightful guides while staying in the best lodges in the region.
Basecamp, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, Chhukung Valley, Khumbu Glacier, Thukla Pass, Gokyo Lakes and Ri are the not to be missed places or passes of Everest region. The trail offers from basic to well-equipped lodges, traditional shops with local souvenirs, Sherpa culture and tradition and of course pristine landscape with panoramic peaks including Mt. Everest and Buddhist monasteries. The trip starts with a Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and then taking a flight on twin otter for 35 minutes and landing in one of the most dangerous airports in the world in Lukla. Now you entered in the Everest region. Your trek starts from here and you will be staying in one of the most luxurious mountain lodges with a high-class service and food on the top of the world wherever it is available. You will be acclimatizing in Namche, a capital of Sherpas for a day and you will also see colorful prayer flags, mani walls, and monasteries along the way. After trekking for almost 12 days you will be flying back again to Kathmandu and chill out for few more days, take a flight back to your home or make another trip plan with us.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Early morning fly to Lukla (2810). Trek to Phakding (2660). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazar (3300m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 5: Namche Explore Day. Da hike to Khumjung (3900m) Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 6: Trek to Tyangboche (3870m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 7: Trek to Pheriche (4240m), Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 8: Acclimatization in Pheriche. Overnight at Guesthouse
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche (4940m). Overnight at Guesthouse
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp and then back to Gorak Shep (5160m). Overnight at Guesthouse
Day 11: Trek to Kalapathar (5545m) and then back to Pheriche. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 12: Trek to Tengboche (3870m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 13: Trek to Monjo (2835m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 14: Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2810m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu (1300m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 16: Depart back to your home country.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
You will be met at the airport and transferred to Hotel. We will have an elaborate discussion about the trek over the welcome dinner.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for the trek.
Today you will visit some of the historical and cultural landmarks of the city. You will visit Boudhanath stupa in the morning. The stupa was heavily damaged by the major earthquake of 2015 but the reconstruction is completed and it is open to tourist. It is one of the largest stupas in the world. The all-seeing red, white and blue eyes of Buddha are painted on all four sides of the stupa, similar to Swayambhunath, and surrounded by hundreds of fluttering prayer flags, prayer wheels and small images of Buddha. During the day, you will have a tour of Patan Durbar Square. While in Patan, you will explore the shrines, temples and ancient Newari architecture. The square is full of ancient palaces, temples, and shrines noted for their exquisite carvings. One can rummage for treasures and souvenirs in the various shops around the square. The main attractions of the Patan Durbar Square are the ancient Royal Palace itself. You will also visit the house of Kumari, the living goddess, who manifests herself in the body of a virgin girl. In the evening you can stroll in the alleys of Thamel and buy some stuff you will need during the trek if you have missed while packing.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2810m) & trek to Phakding (2660m). 3-4 hours walk.
Today you will catch an early morning flight to Lukla. Your approx. 45 flight to the Lukla airport, the one with of the shortest runways in the world, will take you on a spectacular journey to the Himalayas. After your breakfast in Lukla (2840m), your team leader will brief you about the safety talks as well as introduce your porters. Your trek begins now. You will trek for around 3 hours through the cultured Sherpa villages with exceptional beauty following the Dudh Koshi valley to reach Phakding. On your way, you will get the first glimpse of some of the mountains you will get to know well over the next week. Accommodation: Teahouse. Meals: (B,L,D)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m). 7-8 hours walk.
Your real trek in the thin air begins from Phakding. Today you will trek for around 7-8 hours with scenic beauty, deep George and soaring cliff as your backdrop. You will walk around 3 hours before you reach Jorsale for Lunch. You will trek through pine forests, crossing different suspension bridges and encountering the ever-smiling Sherpa people on the different colorful villages on the way before entering ‘The Gateway to Everest’, Namche Bazaar. Namche is the largest as well as the most prosperous village in the Khumbu. The gorgeous views and the great Sherpa hospitality will amaze you for forever. Situated in an arch-shaped mountain, Namche will be your last chance for a hot shower, an ATM booth, gear shops and a good pub as well. Today, you will have the first glimpse of the majestic Everest. You will also have great views of Kusum Kangaroo, Thamserku and Holy Khumbiyela mountain on your way. Accommodation: Teahouse. Meals: (B,L,D)
Day 05: Explore Namche Bazaar. Acclimatization Day.
Khumjung Hiking (3900m). Today will be your acclimatization cum exploration day at Namche. You can explore local market, visit local museums, mingle with local sherpas or you may as well hike to the famous Everest View Hotel built by Japanese in the ’60s to catch a glimpse of the Mount Everest. You can also trek to Syangboche Airport (3700m) – perhaps the highest airfield on the earth.
Day 06: Trek to Tyangboche (3870m). 6-7 hours Walk.
Your today’s trek of around 6-7 hours will take you to the beautiful village of Tyangboche. On your way, you will visit the Khumjung Gompa which was believed to possess the skull of a Yeti. Wouldn’t it be a rare phenomenon to witness? The Phunki and Tyangboche monastery on the trail will offer you one of the most magnificent views in the world. You can also offer your prayers to the gods and nature at active Tyangboche monastery. According to legend, Lama Sange Dorjee, who came from Tibet’s Rongphu Monastery, founded Tyangboche Monastery in the 17th century. Thyangboche was destroyed by an earthquake in 1933, rebuilt and again badly damaged by a fire in 1989. Construction of the present monastery was completed in 1992. Spend a bit of time visiting the monastery and the nearby museum. Tyangboche is in the panoramic place surrounded by Kwangde (6187m.), Twachee (6542m.), Amadablam (6812m), Everest (8848m.), Nuptse (7879m), Lhotse (8501m.)
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche (4240m).5-6 hours walk.
The sound of the horns and cymbals that come as the monk perform their first prayer of the day will wake you up early in the morning. Leaving Thyangboche, you will descend down to Debuche, a small but very beautiful nunnery, passing through the forest of birches conifers and rhododendrons. Your chance of spotting the national bird of Nepal, Danphe is very high as hunting has been banned in this area and pheasants and other birds are found in abundance. You may also witness musk deer and mountain goats on the way. You will pass further houses and “mani” walls as the trail continues along the river valley and forest. After crossing the Imja Khola you will ascend to Pangboche with a closer view of the Towering Ama Dablam (6856m). From Pangboche you will climb towards Pheriche with a short stop at the beautiful Orsho village.
Day 08: Pheriche – acclimatization day > Nangartsang Hill Hiking (5010m)
You can spend this day exploring the Pheriche and acclimatize to the high altitude by taking short hikes. You can also have a trip to Nagartsang Gompa and the surrounding valley or take an even longer trek to Imja Tse Valley toward the Island peak for a magnificent view of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Cho Oyu. You can also take part in a short briefing class conducted by Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) on Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) on the afternoon.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4940m).
You will leave the village and will walk on a wide and grassy plateau to Phulung Kharka from where your long upward climb will begin. You will see the mountain stones and pebbles straight ahead which is the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. You ascend steeply up this moraine to reach the top where there are many memorial cairns to those who have died on Everest. The landscape is now wild and rocky and there is a real feeling of being high in the mountains. Following the often frozen stream at one side of the moraine, you will finally reach Lobuche. Earlier this place used to be a yak grazing settlement and was inhibited only during summer but now it is open throughout the winter serving trekkers and climbers and is the jumping off point for Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar.
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365m) and walk back to Gorak Shep (5160m). 7-8 hours walk.
From Lobuche, you will trek to Everest Base Camp via Gorak Shep that includes a challenging climb past the Khumbu Glacier. You will cross the Changri Nup Glacier on your way to Gorak Shep. Here you will find monuments dedicated to climbers who have died on Everest as well as trekkers who have succumbed to High Altitude. After lunch, you will head towards the Everest Base Camp. Making your ways through blue ice pinnacle and plateaus you will finally reach the Base Camp near Pumo Ri. Though you may not see Everest from here, the walk in the tough terrain will surely be rewarding. In the late spring you will likely see numbers of climbers there but in the fall, there is less. After your successful trek to the best camp, you will return to Gorak Shep for the overnight stay.
Day 11: Trek to Kalapatthar (5545m).
The highest point on the trek. Back to Pheriche. 7-8 hours. Today you will wake up early to reach Kala Patthar, an amazing viewpoint for Everest, the Khumbu Glacier, and many other peaks. The climb is very difficult in the beginning because the first incline is very steep. The climb won’t be easy but the view you will be privileged will be priceless. As you keep walking the sudden view of Pumo Ri(7165m) will be a surprise. Below the Pumo Ri, you will see a tiny black hill, our destination, Kala Patthar. Finally, after you reach the ride, the sensational 360-degree mountain vista of Everest, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and other surrounding peaks will surely blow your mind. You will then descend down to Pheriche leaving those majestic mountains behinds and indelible memories in your mind.
Day 12: Trek back to Tengboche (3870m). 5-6 hours walk.
You will descend towards Tengboche passing through Pangboche. Pangboche is one of the round-the-year inhibited villages in the area. You will visit the Pangboche Gompa. After exploring Pangboche you will trek down to Tengboche for the night.
Day 13: Trek to Monjo (2835m). 5-6 hours walk.
Trekking down through forests along with sweet-scented hillsides, past mani stones, across the Dudh Koshi river you will reach Namche. From Namche, you will again walk down through the Namche Wall that you climbed what seems an eternity ago, and ends in Monjo.
Day 14: Trek back to Lukla (2810m). 6-7 hours walk.
Today will be your last day to trek in the beautiful mountain terrains. The leisurely walk of 6-7 hours will take you to Lukla. During the afternoon, you will have enough time to explore the Lukla bazaar on your own. On the evening, it will be your last dinner with the entire crew who assisted you to make your trip successful. You can share any gift with them if you may wish.
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu (1300m).
Weather permitting the short and spectacular flight will take you to Kathmandu before lunch. You will have free time during the afternoon for further sightseeing, shopping or may just relax in one of the rooftop restaurants. You may buy some embroideries, ceramic, thangkas or carpets for your friends and families. In the evening, We will enjoy a final night together, reliving the trek and our extraordinary achievements over the farewell dinner.
Day 16: Final departure.
Today you will fly back home with exhilarating memories in your mind of the Himalayas. If you don’t feel like leaving, you can extend your trip for few days as well.
- All arrival and departure, airport/ hotel transfer
- Four nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Welcome and farewell dinner with Nepalese culture program
- Guided Kathmandu city sightseeing tour including entrance fees
- Sagarmatha National Park entrance and trekking permit & TIMS card.
- Kathmandu / Lukla/ Kathmandu round trip flight ticket and departure taxes
- Three meals a day (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner) tea/ coffee during the trek
- Teahouse/ Lodge accommodation during the trek
- An experienced guide including his flight, salary, equipment insurance, lodging and food.
- Porter/s (2 trekkers =1 porter carry 15 Kg) his salary, insurance, lodging and food
- A first Aid medical kit box
- All government tax and local taxes
- International flight ticket to and from Kathmandu
- Nepalese visa fee
- Lunch and dinner in (city) Kathmandu
- Extra baggage charge to Lukla (Per person 15 kg is allowed)
- Travel and personal insurance
- Emergency evacuation service
- Personal bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Tips for guide and porters