The Everest Base Camp Trek takes one to the foothills of the mightiest of the mountains in the world. Enroute, traverse through rhododendron and pine forests, rivers, Sherpa villages and Buddhist Monasteries from temperate to snow line regions. The Himalayas are best seen on this trek as one traces the main route through the Khumbu region from the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar. Trekkers get a close view of the world’s greatest mountains, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Tawache and others.
CULTURE: SHERPA, TAMANG
HIGHEST ACCESS POINT: KALAPATHAR (5500M)
HIMALAYAN SIGHTSEEING: EVEREST, AMADABLAM, LHOTSE, ETC
DAY 01: KATHMANDU – LUKLA – 2700M – PHAKDING 2600, 4 HRS
Early morning transfer to the airport to fly toLukla (2880m) This 35 minute flight provides a magnificent entry to the trek. It highlights the snowline of the Himalayan Range in the north and the rugged landing at the Lukla airport which is said to be one of the most spectacular flights in the world. Upon arrival, meet the Sherpa team and while the team reassembles the equipment for the distribution to the Porters and Jhopke (a cross between and cow and a Yak used to carry loads), there will be a short lunch break. During this break, the guests are welcome to explore this bustling town on top of a hill with rows of houses, hotels and shops lining both sides of cobbled street.
After lunch, the trek starts by following the trail leading to the northwest direction through the narrow street, which immediately descends from the end of the village on a trail through the open hillside. The trail is well defined and there are many shops and lodges catering to the trekkers. The trek this day is a very easy one and ultimately descends to the river at Phakding (2652m). Flight- 35 min. Trek- 3 hours.
Dinner and Overnight at Phakding.
DAY 02: PHAKDING – NAMCHE BAZAAR 3440M, (6 HRS)
We continue north following the Dudh Kosi river and on to Jorsale where we enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here it is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the lmja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi) followed by a steep climb (for about 2hrs.) to Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market. Overnight.
DAY 03: NAMCHE BAZAAR REST DAY
Namche Bazaar rest day and overnight Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. Once named the ‘Trekkers Mecca of Nepal, Namche now boasts an abundance of lodges and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatising to the new altitude of 3450m before heading off towards Gokyo. Options for acclimatisation walks include a visit to Khunde Hospital and also the one hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. Overnight.
DAY 04: NAMCHE BAZAAR – TYANGBOCHE, 3860M, (6 HRS)
From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. Now we get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an excellent lunch spot, and here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although tiring, the hike up the zigzag path has numerous distractions, with rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu.
DAY 05: TYANGBOCHE – DINGBOCHE, 4300M, (6HRS)
After breakfast we head up to Dingbuche. On the way the majestic Amadablam over shadows our day. On the way we meet a little Sherpa village called Pangbuche continue to Dingbuche for overnight.
Day 6: Dingboche (4410 m). – acclimatization day.
As per the study on high altitude sickness, it has been found that most of the people suffer or show signs of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) from the altitude of 14,000 ft. Thus it is highly recommended to have a rest day to acclimatize at this altitude before starting an ascent.
A trekkers’ aid post operates at the settlement of Pheriche which can be reached in 1 ½ hours from Dingboche. The Aid post is supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association and Tokyo Medical College. A western physician is usually in attendance during the trekking season. This establishment, and the doctors who operates it, specialize in the study and treatment of altitude sickness and strive to educate trekkers in the dangers of too fast an ascent to high altitudes.
Also, another option is to take a walk towards the beautiful Chukung Valley for acclimatization and walking in high altitudes.
Dinner and overnight at Dingboche.
DAY 07: DINGBOCHE – LABUCHE 4930M, (6 HRS)
We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and climb more steeply towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier.At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. Overnight.
Day 08: LABUCHE TREK TO GORAKPSHEP 5170M, (2 AND HALF HRS) KALAPATTAR (5500M) – GORAKSHEP 3 HRS, TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP 5300M AND BACK TO GORAKSHEP AND OVERNIGHT
We continue our trek along the Khumbu Glacier. We will reach our destination quiet early but you can spend rest of the days for acclimatization & preparation for the next day adventure and Hike to Kalapatthar or Everest base camp and Overnight at Gorakshep.
Day 09: GORAKSHEP – KALAPATTAR (5500M) – TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP 5300M AND BACK TO PHERICHE 4280M (7 HRS)
Wake up early morning. The sunrise colors begin to appear on Everest, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. And trek back to Gorakshep for Breakfast. We eat our breakfast and then continue to Everest Base camp (5300m).Walk to base camp and back would requires about 5-6 hours, following the Khumbu glacier, sometimes on moraine and sometimes on the glacier itself. The walk is especially interesting for the views of the 15-meters high series of ice, a feature peculiar to Himalayan glaciers. The base camp of the highest mountain in the world is mostly inhabited by several expeditions all over the world.
Back to Pheriche for overnight
Day 10: PHERICHE – KHUMJUNG OR NAMCHE BAZAR 3860M, (6 to 7 HRS)
We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Khumjung. Overnight.
Day 11: KHUMJUNG/ NAMCHE BAZAR – PHAKDING 3440M, (5 HRS)
From Phakding the trail descends steeply to the village of Jorsale. Passing the villages of Phakding (2640m) From Khumjung we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki where there are water driven prayer wheels, then climb and contour around the hillside to Phakding. Overnight.
DAY 12: PHAKDING – LUKLA 2840M, (4HRS)
From Phakding Passing the villages of Phakding (2640m) and Choplung, we reach Chaunrikharka and the trail that cuts up to the airstrip at Lukla. Overnight.
DAY 13: LUKLA- KATHMANDU
Early morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. End of Trek.
Notice on Domestic Flight (Kathmandu – Lukla)
The Government of Nepal has announced an issue for the flight operation to Lukla. Most of the flights to Lukla will commence from Ramechhap until further notice to avoid the heavy traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport. The airport in Ramechhap is located 130km from Kathmandu (approximately 3-4 hours drive).
Alternatively, helicopter arrangements can be made on 5 people sharing basis with the addition of USD 500 for one way flight per person to change your airplane flights to the helicopter. We will try to coordinate and form groups at the airport for this arrangement, but we cannot guarantee it. The drive to Ramechhap and flight to Lukla is almost always guaranteed unless the flight is canceled due to bad weather conditions.
Travelers are suggested to advise us on the prefer.
In the Above Cost It Includes:
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 2 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed & Breakfast) on Twin Sharing Basis.
6. All accommodation during the trek on sharing Basis.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from trail head by Private and Sharing Transport from Kathmandu to Ramechap to Kathmandu to Ramechap)
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
14. Welcome dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
15. Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
16. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
17. All Government and local Taxes
18. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
19. Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.
20. Domestic Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
21. Domestic Flights for Trekking Guide.
22. Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
Services and Cost Does not Included in Price:
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu
10. Extra Domestic Ticket of Jomsom, Pokhara etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.