Everest Base Camp Trek
Tread in the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, the first icons to scale Mount Everest in 1953. The Everest Base Camp trek takes you through the Khumbu valley surrounded by the biodiverse Sagarmatha National Park. The highlight of the trek remains the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8462m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) from Kala Patthar at 5500m. The Khumbu region is inhabited by an indigenous community called Sherpas who have a unique culture and tradition. Visit Buddhist monasteries along the trail and listen to their history entangled with that of the mountains. This classic trek highlights the history of the Sherpas and pays homage to the trailblazers of Mount Everest.
Kathmandu is an enchanting city with packed markets lining the bustling streets. This exotic city is spotted with vibrant temples and pagodas and brims with rich history and culture. After being transferred to your hotel, you will have the whole day to explore this charming city. You will be briefed about the trek that you will commence on leaving you spare time to do some necessary shopping in the city.
Today we will take you for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will visit some incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath and Swqyambhunath stupa. The Boudhanath is a massive Buddhist Tibetan stupa situated at the heart of Kathmandu. You will find monks, and laymen circumambulating this temple. This practice is known as “Kora”. The Pashupatinath temple is an aesthetically marvelous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It hosts Hindu crematorium rituals on the banks of the river. The Swayambhunath Stupa is another Buddhist stupa commonly known as the monkey temple because of an abundance of monkeys found there. In the afternoon you can explore the Durbar Squares of Patan and Bhaktapur on foot, on cycles or a trishaw. These squares represent the epitome of art, architecture, and culture in Nepal. You will see in Durbar square, intricately carved buildings and monuments and ancient royal palaces showcasing the Newari architecture. Enjoy this beautiful and enchanting city which is chaotic but also harmonious. There are excellent bookshops, markets, and handicraft shops to do some souvenir shopping. Overnight at a hotel.
35 min flight | 2-3 hours, 200 m ascent and 50 m descent, Camp alt. 2,652 m
And so it begins! Your journey will start off with a spectacular Himalayan flight to Lukla. When you land in Lukla you will notice that it is only a small town consisting of an airport and one runway, an adorable mountainside town. You will then walk through pine, rhododendron and magnolia forests towards Phakding. Phakding has a local monastery you can visit. We recommend taking a good long rest here in Phakding to start off the actual trek with full gusto the next morning.
5-6 hours, 300 m ascent and 300 m descent, Camp alt. 3,438 m
Today you will hike through pine forests along the banks of the Dudh Koshi river and cross the suspension bridge named after the eminent Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the firsts to scale Mount Everest. As you continue on you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park where you might spot beautiful wild species like the Himalayan bear, Thur and the Red Panda. Enjoy the wilderness and cherish the first glimpse of Mount Everest from here. You will rest in Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mount Everest for two nights. This is the main trading center of the Khumbu region. Explore the Bazaar and also be sure to visit the famous bakeries of this town.
The rest day today in Namche Bazaar is necessary to acclimatize your body to the altitude. This day will entail a day trip to Namche Bazaar. Keeping in touch with the “hike high, sleep low” mantra of trekking, you will hike 300 m to a higher elevation of Khumjung town, an enchanting Sherpa village, and sleep at a lower elevation in Namche Bazaar. Visiting Khumjung town will give you an insight into the livelihood of high altitude communities in the Himalayas. You will visit a local Buddhist monastery and some schools in the area. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
4-5 hours, 350 m descent and 750 m ascent, Camp alt. 3,870 m
The trail today will take you through stone steps to Mongla Pass at an altitude of 3,975 m. From this pass, you can get spectacular views of Mount Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Khumbila. The Sherpas believe that these mountains are sacred for the patron god of the Khumbu region. You will visit Tengboche Monastery, famously known as the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. Climbers visit this monastery to receive blessings before they set on their journey too Everest.
5 hours, 70 m descent and 580 m ascent, Camp alt. 4,360 m
Today you will trek through high altitude alpine forests and several small villages, serving you the perfect opportunity to witness local Nepalese communities’ lives in the mountains. As you pass the Khumbila Kohloa valley and further ascend your eyes will relish the gorgeous landscapes. From here you will see the soaring Mount Taboche, Nuptse and Cholatse among several others. As you near Dingboche there is a visible change in the landscape where the vegetation is mostly low shrubs giving the space a desert look. There will be more of these change in landscapes that will keep your trek even more fascinating. Spend a night in Dingboche.
You will go on a day trek up a steep mountain to acclimatize your body to the altitude. To get to the point where you are able to see amazing vistas, you will have to trek through steep and rocky points. From the viewpoint, draped with vibrant prayer flags you will get breathtaking views of Ama Dablam and other towering peaks. You also have the option to climb further for an hour for even more amazing views of these peaks. You will trek back to Dingboche and rest. Spend the night at Dingboche.
4-5 hours, 700 m ascent, Camp alt. 4940 m
Today you will trek to Lobuche. The trail is a steep mass of rocks and sediments left by the Khumbu Glacier. As you climb uphill you will be rewarded with breath-taking vistas of the mountains. As you get to the top of the hill you will notice a memorial for many climbers who lost their lives while climbing Everest. Further climbing will bring you to Lobuche, almost at the highest altitude on this trek. Spend a night in Lobuche.
7-8 hours, 450 m ascent and 200 m descent, Camp alt. 5170 m
Today, you will commence on the most awaited part of this trek, the hike to the Everest Base Camp. You will trek towards to Gorak Shep, the official base camp of the expedition in 1953, before EBC. On your journey to Gorak Shep, you will catch sight of the great Khumbu Glacier. As you reach the rough section of the trail you will know that you are nearing Gorak Shep. After some well-deserved rest at Gorak Shep, you will head onwards to EBC. Continue on towards the top of the Khumbu Glacier and get the spectacular view of the icefall of the Khumbu Glacier. Finally, you will make it to the long-anticipated Everest Base Camp at 5,364m above sea level. Mt. Everest cannot be seen from here because Mt. Lhotse stands right in front of it. You will then head back down to Gorak Shep and spend a night there.
6-7 hours, 200 m ascent and 1090 m descent, Camp alt. 4288 m
The highlight of this entire trek is the hike up to Kala Patthar at 5545 m, the highest point of the trek. You will get the best views of Mt. Everest from this point. From the top, you will get a spectacular panoramic view of the Himalayas such as the Khumbutse, Changtse, Lhotse, Nuptse and Mt. Everest. You will then head on down to Periche, spend overnight here.
7-8 hours, 1250 m descent 400 m ascent, Camp alt. 3438 m
Today you will head on down to Namche Bazaar, the capital city of the Khumbu valley. In doing so you will pass by Tengboche and Pangboche. This rest day will mirror a celebration for your accomplishment, with lodges, cafes, and restaurants around Namche Bazaar for you to indulge. You’ll spend a night at Namche Bazaar.
7 hours, 950 m descent 250 m ascent, Camp alt. 2860 m
You will descend further down all the way to Dudh Koshi river to get to Phakding, the last leg of this trek. After some rest time in Phakding you will make a small ascent to Lukla. You will spend your last night in the Everest region in Lukla.
Today you will fly back from Lukla airport to Kathmandu where you will enjoy once again the breath taking views of the snow-capped Himalayas. You can choose to rest in Kathmandu or explore this chaotic yet beautiful city. Spend a night in Kathmandu.
Depart from Kathmandu International airport to your destination.