One of the most enthralling treks on earth Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to the mighty Everest region along Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with so much to offer. The trekkers have their trip of lifetime exploring the adventurous trails to the base camp of world’s tallest mountain. The majestic sights of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho-Oyu , Mt. Everest make you wanting to come back for the rest of your life. Further, the historical Tengboche monastery offers fascinating information on Buddhism practices and their religious significance in this part of the world. Everest Base Camp Trek is undoubtedly the best trek in the Himalayas with its natural, historical, cultural and geological significance.
The trek starts with a Kathmandu-Lukla flight while trekkers make sure they are well equipped with necessary trekking gears. The trek is relatively easier for fit and healthy trekkers aware of conditions at high altitude. However, the trip can be customized as per the physical condition and interest of trekkers. A normal Everest Base Camp Trek is about 14-16 days; however, the extended trek would be of 18-22 days. The highly experienced and licensed trek leaders and skilled crew members join the trekkers during Everest Base Camp Trek. We give first priority to the local staffs with adequate environmental, cultural and historical knowledge on Everest region to accompany trekkers. They are well trained to ensure safety of trekkers even in adverse conditions. Further, they are good in speaking English and local languages.Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in planet earth, it scales 8848 m above sea level. Mountaineering is one of the extreme adventure, climbing mount Everest needs very high immunity and stamina. Above picture shows mount Everest on the left and the Nuptse ridge on the right. This picture is taken from Kala Patthar on 2017.Trekking in Sagarmatha national park needs permit from government, we will arrange these permits before your arrival. You can stay in Kathmandu for couple of days doing sightseeing or we can fly straight to Lukla. Here is a brief day to day typical itinerary that I suggest my guests.
Everest Base Camp Trek
Days 1 & 2
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel, where we’ll gather for an orientation. Spend the following day discovering medieval Kathmandu. Venture into Pashupatinath and visit Nepal’s largest Buddhist stupa, the Bodhnath Stupa, both part of UNESCO’s World Heritage site.
Lukla – Phakding
Weather permitting, fly over the mountains to Lukla (9,200′), perched high on a slope in the Khumbu region of the Himalaya. Here, we’ll meet our porters, Sherpa guides, and pack animals and start out on our trek, descending 1,500 feet to the Dudh Kosi (River of Milk). As we follow the trail to the village of Phakding, we’ll pass mani walls, boulders carved with Tibetan Buddhist prayer inscriptions.
Day 4 & 5
The trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Monjo, where it officially enters Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Catch a first glimpse of Everest during a steep climb that brings us to the Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar, our home for the next two nights. We’ll spend an extra day here to acclimatise, heading out on short hikes to take in views of Everest. (Day 4: 6 miles hiking, 5-6 hours; Day 5: 3-4 miles optional hiking, 2-2.5 hours)
Set out on a trail along the Bhote Kosi to the remote village of Thami, the last outpost on the ancient trading route over the Nangpa La (pass) between Tibet and Nepal. Cross the Bhote Kosi and hike steeply uphill to Thami. (2-3 miles hiking; 4-5 hours)
Venture into Thami Monastery (13,000′), then retrace your steps before turning uphill toward the lovely village of Khumjung, where Sir Edmund Hillary established a school in 1961. Pay a visit to the school and learn about “Sir Ed’s” other projects in the community. (7 miles hiking; 5-6 hours)
Set out through the Dudh Kosi gorge to Tengboche Monastery on one of the most beautiful valley walks on Earth. The monastery is the home of the Rimpoche of Tengboche. After our visit, descend to our lodge in Debuche. (7-8 miles; 5-6 hours)
Days 9 & 10
Today’s hike takes us down through a beautiful forest to the village of Pangboche. With the stunning peak of Ama Dablam towering directly overhead, hike up to the remote village of Dingboche, where we will spend two nights camping. The next day, head out on one of the most scenic hikes of the trip, an optional 2,100-foot climb to Nangkartshang Peak (16,672′) to see Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu (three of the six highest peaks in the world). (Day 9: 6 miles hiking, 5 hours; Day 10: 4 miles hiking, 5-6 hours )
Days 11 & 12
Continue along the valley floor to Dughla (15,157′), where we stop for lunch before hiking on Lobuje. The next day, walk to the edge of the Khumbu Glacier then hike up to the village of Gorak Shep, nestled under the soaring summits. Climb up Kala Pattar (18,192′) for a dramatic close up view of Everest. (Day 11: 4 miles hiking, 5-6 hours; Day 12: 5 miles optional hiking, 2-3 hours)
Everest Base Camp/Lobuje
Weather permitting, we’ll head out on the final climb to Everest Base Camp, tucked into the mountainside under the sparkling Khumbu Icefall. Return to Lobuje for the night. (9 miles hiking; 9-10 hours)
Days 14, 15 & 16
Descent to Lukla
Retrace your steps along the Imja Khola to Debuche. The following day, hike down a steep trail to the Dudh Kosi and climb to Namche Bazaar for the night. The final day of our descent, we’ll have a long and leisurely trek back to Lukla. (Day 14: 9-10 miles hiking, 6-7 hours; Day 15: 8-9 miles hiking, 5-7 hours; Day 16: 9 miles hiking, 8 hours)
Weather permitting, we’ll fly back to Kathmandu today and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. We have scheduled an extra day in case of a delay in our flight.
Days 18 & 19
Explore the town of Bhaktapur, which has preserved its ancient character. See the temples and palaces of Durbar Square and examine the intricate Sun Dhoka, a gilded copper gate crafted in 1753. This afternoon, Kathmandu is yours to explore. The following day, depart Kathmandu on your homeward-bound flight.
Includes / Excludes
Everest Base Camp Trek
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner according to available menu.
Hot water, Coffee, Snickers, Fruits
Accommodation in a teahouse or tent
Well experienced mountain guide and Climbing gears
Flight Tickets Kathmandu – Lukla
National park entry permits and other permits
First aid kit and satellite phone.
Alcohol, Cigarettes and other personal expenses
Travel, accidental/ health insurance (mandatory).
International airfare and airport tax, Visa fee Guides/ Porter’s tip.
Personal belongings (i.e.camera, water bottle, extra money, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat, hiking shorts/ synthetic T-shirt etc).
Hiking boots, sports shoe/ trainers, 3/4 woolen socks ,2pairs liners socks, 1 pairs gloves, warm hat, 1 Day back pack and duffel bag for your clothing.
Warm layers, down or synthetic jackets, fleece, hiking pants, thermals.
Comprehensive list will be provided after you book the trip.
Most of the items can be bought or hired in Kathmandu.