Destination: Everest Region, Nepal
Duration: 15 Days
Trip Grade: Strenuous
Trek Duration: 11 Days
Group Size: Minimum 1 - Maximum 14
Best Season: March - May & October - November
Max. Altitude: 5545 meters
Transportation: Car and plane
Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the popular treks in Nepal at an elevation of 5364m. Trek to Everest Base Camp is an incredible to sit into the lap of the world’s highest peak Mount Everest (8848m). EBC trek has been recognized as one the best trek in the world.
A flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m) initiates a trek to Everest Base Camp. Lukla Airport is the world’s most dangerous airport with shortest runway in the world. In fact, Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay walked through these trails to conquer the Mount Everest. Likewise, trekkers also step on to the same trails to climb over the Everest Base Camp.
Further, the trek on the feet begins form the Lukla to Monjo (2835) easily as the altitude descends bit. Trekkers buy tickets in the beautiful village for entrance to the Sagaramatha National Park region. The Sagarmath National Park is listed as Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Similarly, the hike starts to increase from Monjo till Namche bazar (3440m). The route keeps you thrilling with its natural beauty of the Himalayas. They are full of stone steps especially to Namche Bazar. On the way hikers find the big rock walls written with beautiful Buddhist scriptures. Namche Bazar is the Himlayan people dominated region for instance Sherpa’s who mounts by birth.
Sherpa are strongest and quickest people to clamber the mountains who also work as porters and guides. The Sherpa tradition and culture is very beautiful as you can observe the very different lifestyle from Kathmandu. Also, trekker can buy the imitation trekking equipment’s brought from Tibet. Namche Bazar is the last valley available with pub, café, and internet services with beautiful views of the head of Everest.
To the surprise, the trek is full of beautiful and stunning suspension bridges connecting to parallel mountains. In addition, the suspension bridges are full of flare flags representing Buddhism in the area. The bridges all the way make you feel like swinging in the air. The charismatic rivers flowing down the bridges making the howling sound brings the peace.
The route is also accompanied by the Buddhist monasteries or stupas all the way to Tengboche (3860m). One of the largest Buddhist Monasteries in Tengboche is very pretty and serene. From monastery, one can see the Ama Dablang peak (The mother’s necklace mountain) and the Everest. Countless helicopters flying with people are like birds in the air. Where, you can also do meditation to feel the cool breeze touching you.
Also, the sound of wind connects you to the soul and peaceful state of mind. Hikers stay a night at Tengboche to acclimatize. The air becomes crisp and freezing. As a matter of fact, the oxygen level drops to 93% which is lesser comparatively to the sea level. The bell-sound of the Yak becomes your music all the way.
The desert-like alpine terrain, the howling sound of the wind and absence of civilization makes you feel like on the moon. Moreover, the landscape is just amazing with the spectacular sights of mountains. The journey takes you to an elevation of 4410m at Dingboche.
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 meters)
Day 02 : Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (2804 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters)
Day 03 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3535 meters)
Day 04 : Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
Day 05 : Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3850 meters)
Day 06 : Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 meters)
Day 07 : 2nd Acclimatization day
Day 08 : Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4950 meters)
Day 09 : Trek from Labuje to Everest Base camp (5400 meters) and return trek to Ghorakshep (5160m)
Day 10 : Hiking from Ghorakshep to Kalapathar (5545 meters), then trek to Pheriche (4280m meters)
Day 11 : Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazar
Day 12 : Trek from Namche to Lukla
Day 13 : After breakfast fly back to Kathmandu
Day 14 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 15 : Transfer to Airport for your home departure. End of the tour!
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 meters)Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be met by our Airport Representative, and transferred to hotel. Our staff will brief you about the trek and introduce you with your guide. If you arrive Kathmandu by noon, you may do a walking tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square (old palace) and local market of Asan Bazar. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
Day 02Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (2804 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters)After taking early morning breakfast, we drive to Airport (15 minutes) and we take 30 minutes exciting flight to Lukla (2804 meters.). After meeting our trekking crews, we embark our first day trek to Phakding (2610 meters) - Enjoying the view of landscape, villages, crossing a couple of streams, bridges, we reach to Phakding in 3 hours. There is probability to get flight delay or cancel even in good season of October - November or March - April. Thus, we should be mentally prepared for such a delay! If flight is on time, we reach to Phakding on lunch time; we just stop on the way for just a cup of tea or coffee. In case of any delay we stop for lunch in Lukla or after an hour walking from Lukla. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 03Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3535 meters)After taking breakfast at around 7 am, we start our second day trek following Phakding village and local market; then we cross an iron bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. After a couple of hours easy trail following the river; we arrive Manjo and Jorsali where stop for our lunch. In Jorsale there is also a checkpoint (Sagarmatha National Park office). After our lunch we register our trek permits here then enter into Sagarmatha National Park zone from here. From here trail descends for 10 minutes, we cross the bridge over the river and continue follow the Dudh Koshi river and the trail gradually ascend until we reach the last high bridge over the Bhote Koshi river. From here the trail ascends steeply until we reach Namche Bazar. It is approximately 6 hours walking. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 04Acclimatization day in Namche BazaarWe are now quite in high elevation; thus it is an ideal to spend 2 nights here by doing day hiking to higher elevation and sleep lower elevation. This day after breakfast, we go for 3 - 4 hours hiking to Syangboche, Khungde (3840 meters), Khumjung (3780 meters). It is also worth visiting to Sagarmatha National Park Musuem. This day we will be thrilled by overlooking the amazing views of Himalayan ranges including Amadablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Lhotse and Mount Everest. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 05Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3850 meters)Today´s total walking hours will be approximately 5 - 6 hours. After leaving Namche Bazar, we follow the well defined curving trail over looking the mountain views. After 1 hour walking we arrive at Khyangjuma (3550 meters), where there are some guest houses. This place also offers amazing view of Mount Ama Dablam. From here trail descends to Sanasa and then arrive at Phunki Tenga (3150 meters) in one hour and 30 minutes. We stop here for our lunch. After crossing the river; the trail ascent following the delightful pine, rhododendron and birch forest. In a couple of hours walking we reach at Tengboche on the hillside. This place offers excellent view of Mount Amadablam and glimpse of Mount Everest. While we are here in Tengboche, it would be worth visiting the old monastery "Tengboche Monastery" in the morning or evening a the time of prayers. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 06Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 meters)As usual we take our breakfast at around 7 am and start our trek at 8 am. After leaving the Tengboche monastery the hill side, we descend through pine and rhododendron forest and in about 20 minutes walking we arrive at Deboche (3820 meters). For another 20 minutes we continue our walking through the pine, rhododendron and birch forest until we arrive at the bridge and ascent again after crossing the Imja river and after about 1 hour climbing uphill we arrive at Pangboche (3930 meters). We stop here for our lunch here. It would also be worth visiting to Pangboche monastery; the oldest Gompa in the Khumbu region. After lunch we continue our trek following the Imja river with gradual ascent and after an hour walking we arrive at major trail junction (4175 meters). The left trail leads to Pheriche and and the right trail leads to Dingboche. From the junction we descent to a bridge, cross the Imja river and ascent again to reach Dingboche in an hour. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 072nd Acclimatization dayThis is our 2nd acclimatization in Dingboche valley after Namche Bazar. We are now at the elevation of 4410 meters. There is possibility to get symptoms of high altitude (headache, loss of appetite). Thus, this is an ideal to be here for 2 nights by doing some day hiking to higher elevation and spend overnight here. For day hiking there are 2 alternative destinations: The first option is to go to Chhukung Ri (5546 meters). From there, we see magnificent view of 5th highest mountain Makalu; and the second alternative hiking destination is Nagarjun Hill (5000 meters). Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 08Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4950 meters)We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. 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 at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 09Trek from Labuje to Everest Base camp (5400 meters) and return trek to Ghorakshep (5160m)Leaving early morning the trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place Gorak Shep. Later at noon we make our way to Everest Base camp (5400 meters) and return to Gorak Shep for overnight stay. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 10Hiking from Ghorakshep to Kalapathar (5545 meters), then trek to Pheriche (4280m meters)The day starts with a hike up to Kalapathar (5545 meters), an excellent viewpoint to observe the Mount. Everest and innumerable spectacular mountains views. After our return from Kalapathar, today’s trek is mostly downhill. As we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, we arrive at The Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s aid post and worth a visit. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 11Trek from Pheriche to Namche BazarAfter breakfast we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche. We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche for the night. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 12Trek from Namche to LuklaOur final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration because this is our last day on these fantastic mountains that were home to us all of these days. It's celebration time now with our trekking crew who has got close to us over the weeks & are now good chums. We sample some 'chang' (locally brewed mountain beer) and try out some Sherpa dance steps. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 13After breakfast fly back to KathmanduWe pack up early and head for the airstrip to hop a flight back to Kathmandu On touchdown, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last minute shopping and packing, or send a few post cards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
Day 14Sightseeing in KathmanduToday, you will have a beautiful sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu valley. The tour includes visiting the four major UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the city. You will visit the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the Swayambhunath Stupa, the Bouddhanath Stupa and the Patan Durbar Square. After the tour, you will be taken to your Hotel.
Day 15Transfer to Airport for your home departure. End of the tour!Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking, etc - please don't hesitate to let us know). We would be glad to help you.
When is the best time for this trek? Mid October through mid December and March through May are considered the best time for this trek.
Do you operate the trek based on our time schedule? Yes, please choose your own convenient depature date from Check out dates and prices or Book Now button.
Do you accept booking for solo trekker? Yes, we do.
Is there availability and if so, when do I have to book by? We advise you to book as earliest as possible to manage the required logistics including hotel and flight booking
What skill level is required for such a trek? When you are physically fit and mentally prepared; you can join this trek. Before joining this trek, we advise you to go for a regular jogging for a month or so. Doing so, it helps you to trek in the mountain terrain.