Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: 16 Days

Key Information

  • Duration:16 Days
  • Primary Activity:Trekking
  • Group Size:1 - 25 Peoples
  • Country:Nepal
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Difficult
  • Meals:All meals included
  • Accomodation:Hotels / Teahouses
  • Max-Altitude:5545 m.
  • Transportation:Flight & Private Car
  • Departure from:Kathmandu
  • Culture:Sherpa

Everest Base Camp Trek: 16 Days

Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most famous adventure trekking routes in the world. This trek offers amazing views of the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest and many other snow peaks. Since the days of early climbing expeditions, this 8,848m mountain has had a charm of its own, drawing climbers to scale it and trekkers to come face to face with it. After reaching Base Camp, you will easily see why this trek has become one of the most well-liked trekking routes in the world.

Everest Base Camp Trek starts with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla, you will walk to the famous Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar and on to the Tyangboche Buddhist Monastery, with panoramic views of Everest – 8848m, Cho Oyu – 8153m, Lhotse – 8501m, Makalu – 8463m and Ama Dablam – 6856m in the distance. Then the trail begins across the glaciers to the foot of Mount Everest where one of the most spectacular views of your life awaits you.

Everest Base Camp Trek is considered as a tough, adventurous trek. If you have adequate fitness levels and a sense of adventure, you will enjoy this trek. This program is designed to acclimatize you gradually so you are at less risk of experiencing high altitude sickness.

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Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300 m /4,264 ft).

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Travel Society Nepal. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa, etc) you will be then transferred to the hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by our Trekking leader over a typical Nepali welcome dinner that will include a cultural dance performed by the local women. You then return to your hotel for your first overnight stay at the hotel (D)

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Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation(1,300 m /4,264 ft).

Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influences in the valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a full-day guided tour to the historic sights such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath). In the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we meet our trek leader and other stuff for your adventure trip. Stay overnight at hotel. (B)

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Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla; Hike to Phakding-2,652 m. (3-4 hour)

Our EBC trek starts with an early morning flight to Lukla. After an adventurous 30 minutes flight above breathtaking, scenic mountains, we reach the airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountain peaks. Here, we start our Everest Base Camp Trekking through the affluent village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. (B, L, D)

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Day 04: From Phakding to Namche Bazaar-3,440 m. (5-6 hours)

Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing many suspension bridges – one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. From here, you can see wonderful views of the Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through forests and crosses bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours, we get first sight of Mt. Everest, peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. After 1.5 hours, we reach Namche Bazaar – the gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading center of this region. We stay overnight in Namche Bazaar. (B, L, D)

 

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Day 05: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar 

Today is spent acclimatizing to the high altitude. You can either spend the day resting and exploring the bustling town, or take a day hike to Thame or Khunde. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery, and a colorful market every Friday and Saturday. Another option is to go to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest climbers, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. (B, L, D)

 

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Day 06: From Namche Bazaar to Phorse Village-3,800 m (5-6 hours)

The trail to Phorse Village is rather steep but boasts great views of the Himalayan mountains and the spectacular river gorge below, including an inaccessible natural rock bridge. Starting on a level trail, we trek up stone steps and reach Mongla pass (3975 m) where we see Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Mt. Khumbila. Sherpas regard Mt. Khumbila as a sacred mountain of the patron god of the Khumbu area. Descending to Dudhkosi Khola (3250 m), we cross a bridge and again trek up through the rhododendron forest – a host for Himalayan wild deer and musk deer. Finally, we arrive at the walled fields of Phorse. Phorse is just under the snow-dusted peaks of Tawoche and Cholaste. From here it’s a short trek to Phorse village where we rest overnight.(B, L, D)

 

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Day 07: From Phorse Village to Dingboche-4,360 m (6-7 hours)

From Phorse Village, we trek down the narrow trail through a Monastery. We continue our trek through lush alpine forests until we reach the large village of Upper Pangboche. We then continue through the villages of Shomare, Orsho, and Tsuro Wog. The trek goes further up through the Khumbu Khola Valley to the ridge top from where we witness spectacular views of the soaring mountains of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lotse, and Cholatse. We even can see the beautiful Imja Khola valley to the east from here. Finally, we will see sprawling fields and the settlement of Dingboche in our sight, full of Chortens and prayer flags as we gently ascend down to Dingboche village. Stay overnight in Dingboche. (B, L, D)

 

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Day 08: From Dingboche to Duglha-4,600 m (3-4 hours)

We start the day with a climb to Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley. The trek along the arid terrace is awarding with awesome views of the mountains on all sides. As we come to a yak herder’s place called Dusa, the valley begins to narrow and we continue through Phulung Karpo, one of the campsites used during the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. Above Phulung Karpo is Chola Lake. As we continue our trek, the majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7138 m) comes into view. As the trail descends and curves, we come across a roaring stream. After crossing a small wooden bridge, we ascend to Duglha. We can see the tip of Nuptse from here as well as Cholatse, Thamserku, and several other magnificent peaks. Spending a night in Duglha is ideal for acclimatization purposes. Stay overnight in Duglha. (B, L, D)

 

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Day 09: From Duglha to Lobuche-4,940 m (3-4 hours)

Today, we will trek up the steep trail of the Khumbu Glacier. We find our way through the boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountain views. At the top of the ridge, we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (mountain guide from Nepal) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops away from the Khumbu Glacier, we find ourselves right in front of several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains hidden. We finally reach Lobuche where we stay overnight. (B, L, D)

 

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Day 10: From Lobuche to Gorak Shep – 5170m via Everest Base Camp-5,364 m (7-8 hours)

The trail to Gorak Shep goes through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We follow the trail along the north ridge of Everest with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, and Nuptse in our sight. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we have 360-degree views of snowy mountains. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mount Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. As we reach Everest Base Camp we take regular stops to appreciate the path that many Everest climbers took – a hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer’s tents stand out in bright colors against all the dull gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste, Pumori are the mountains we can see from Base Camp. However, Everest is not visible from here. After multiple photographs and celebrations, we head back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest. Stay overnight in Gorak Shep. (B, L, D)

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Day 11: From Gorak Shep to Pheriche-4280m. via Kala Patthar-5,545 m. (7-8 hours)

Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic sunrise views from Kala Patthar as we witness the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. The temperature will be around -10 to -14 C so be well prepared. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we pause regularly to catch our breath at several outstanding viewpoints to take pictures. After several hours of ascending, we reach Kala Patthar. From here we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks while our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan views. We head back to Gorak Shep for breakfast before gradually descending down to Pheriche for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Pheriche. (B, L, D)

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Day 12: From Pheriche to Tengboche-3,870 m(6-7 hours)

After the previous day’s tiring ascent to Kala Patthar, today is an easier walk down to a lower altitude. Following the same route back, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Pheriche, Orsho, and Shomare. If we wish to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche we can do so by taking a different trail from Shomare. Otherwise, we take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. From Pangboche, we retrace our footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche or if interested, we can visit the nuns at the Debuche monastery. From here, we reach the village of Tengboche. If we are trekking during November or December, we might get the opportunity to witness the Mani Rimdu festival in the monastery at Tengboche. Overnight in Tengboche. (B, L, D) (B, L, D)

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Day 13: From Tengboche to Namche Bazaar – 3,440 m (6-7 hours)We will trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees from Tengboche. If it’s Spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our path. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudkoshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga. The trail then follows the Dud Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests and eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction in the region. We stop at Kyangjuma (3570 m) for a relaxed lunch and to soak up the views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptese. Following lunch, the trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After 6-7 hours of trekking, we reach the army camp of Namche Bazaar. Upon reaching our lodge, you can have a nice hot shower and rest in Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight. (B, L, D)

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Day 14: From Namche Bazaar to Lukla – 2,800 m via Phakding (5-6 hours)The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly as our shaky legs continuously battle against the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast following Dud Koshi, the trail becomes more level and natural. Although we are traveling the same route down, we will see completely different views – a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow-covered peaks. Stay overnight in Lukla. (B, L, D)

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Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu and Farewell DinnerThis is an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes. After having breakfast, we head back to Kathmandu. The rest of your time here is free for shopping and sightseeing. In the evening; you will be invited to a well known Nepali kitchen for a delicious farewell dinner of authentic Nepalese cuisine. Stay overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu (B, D)

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Day 16: Transfer to Airport/Bus Stop for your Onward Travel
Our driver will escort you to the airport or bus stop for your onward travel. We will send you on your way with good luck and gratitude that you chose us for your adventure of a lifetime.(B)

Day 16

Note: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner.

Cost of Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 days

Price Per Person: $1,440

(Contact us for Group Discounts!)

Note: Please feel free to ask us for a tailor-made itinerary that suits your interest, time, and budget.

Service Included

  • All airport transfer by private a/c car/van/bus
  • All transportation included
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Farewell Dinner.
  • Tea-house accommodation
  • Licensed English-speaking guide experienced in First Aid
  • Necessary Porters
  • Meals during the trek basic
  • Sagarmatha Conversation Area Project Permits
  • Sleeping bags and other necessary equipment are available on hire
  • Staff insurance, medication, and equipment
  • All Govt. and Local Taxes
  • First Aid Kit

Service Excluded

  • Transportation by Flights (Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu) /International airfares/ airport taxes
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Mountain rescue charges or insurance
  • Drinks hot and cold.
  • Bottled drinks on trek (cold and alcoholic)
  • Lunches and dinners when not trekking
  • Additional food or drink on the trek in addition to three standard meals
  • Personal expenses, Emergency Expenses, road blocked, snakes, desert.etc
  • Special region permit and liaison officer fees (where applicable)
  • Tips

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