Everest Base Camp Trek

Since 1953, Everest Base Camp has been a popular destination for trekkers. The Everest Base Camp trek starts from Phakding and follows Dudh Koshi valley which climbs up to Sherpa capital of Namche.

From Namche, after having our first beautiful views of Everest, we then head towards Thyangboche Monastery. The view from this spot is absolutely stunning, beautiful and mesmerizing. This view is rightly deemed to be one of the most outstanding in the world. We then moving down to Imji Khola and continue to the villages of Pangboche and Pheriche before moving to Khumbu Glacier. We move upward to Kala Patthar from where we can get some awesome views of Himalayan giants. This also includes awesome views of the colossal Mt. Everest of the south west face. We then trek down to the foot of the Khumbu ice fall at Everest Base Camp. Finally, making our way back down to Lukla.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. Representative from our office will be at the airport to welcome you and will transfer you to your respective Hotels.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour. Preparation for the trek next day.

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding
We will make an early morning start for the flight to Lukla (2,840m), the gateway to the Khumbu region of Eastern Nepal. We can have a beautiful & unforgettable glimpse of Mt. Everest in the distance, as well as up-close views of some of the highest mountains on the way to Phakding. We can find tea houses every kilometer or so through to the little village of Phakding (2,600m) with its large selection of lodges, as it is a common first night stop.

Day 04: Trek to Namche (3,450m)
Namche Bazaar is a village lying at the junction of the Dudh Koshi and a lateral valley that leads to frontier pass of Nangpa La (5,500m). We will continue up the banks of Dudh koshi, crossing it twice by small bridges before reaching the village of Monjo where we will enter the Khumbu National Park. We will then cross confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi on a high bridge and climb for about 2 hours up ‘Namche Hills’ to reach Namche Bazaar. This is the unofficial capital of Khumbu region of Nepal, and is a major stop-off point for trekkers. Namche Bazaar is the major regional training centre, and contains the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park. There is plenty to do around Namche Bazaar and a day should be spending here for acclimatizing.

Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
Today is acclimatization day. We can enjoy the beauty of Namche’s quaint village as well as the friendliness and hospitality of its local people. We will spend time by resting and trekking to high altitudes, this will allow our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of 3,450m. We can also visit the local museum containing exhibits displaying the area’s native flora and fauna as well as the history of the Mount Everest region.

Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche
After breakfast we will proceed towards Thyangboche which is set an altitude of 3,860m. Thyangboche, the Buddhist monastery is further above after a long climb. During the full moon in Nov - Dec, the Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated in this place. A trek in immense cultural experience and a glance of Everest in a short period of time, Thyangboche Trek is a life time experience.

Day 07: Trek to Pheriche
We continue through the forests, enjoying the fresh scents of vegetation, this will be our last chance for several weeks. The Picturesque trail dips down to Devuche, crossing the Imji River before climbing up to the Pheriche. There are plenty to do around Pheriche and a day should be spent here for acclimatization.

Day 08: Acclimatization day in Pheriche
A recommended aid to acclimatization is by making a short journeys to Dinboche (4,360m) and Chhukung valley (4,700m) to enjoy and experience beautiful views of Himalayas. By the evening, we are back to Pheriche.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche
Leaving Pheriche, the trail climbs up steeply into the terminal debris of Khumbu Glacier then contours down to a stream to reach the village of Duglha. A short steep climb on the moraine to a row of stone monuments: established in the memory of six Sherpas and climbers who perished as the result of an avalanche at Lobuche.

Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep
Early morning walk, while enduring a climb of approx. two hours and arriving at Gorak Shep. Like Lobuche, this settlement is here just to service the trekkers and climbers. Most of the trekkers stay in Gorak Shep making two excursions from there: a visit to Base Camp and a climb up Kala Pattar. As we have plenty of time to spend on Base Camp, we may want to focus on climbing Kala Pattar (2 hours of trekking). Once observing one of the most up-close and beautiful views of Mt. Everest from Kala Pattar, we head back to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.

Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp
After breakfast, we ascend contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quiet vague, weaving between heaps of debris. Base Camp is located at the snout of the infamous Khumbu Icefall. It offers us the insight of extra-ordinary flora and fauna which we have never heard of or seen before. Over the years, many good camping spots have been developed, and once the spring snow has melted it can be warm and pleasant. Then, we return back to Gorak Shep.

Day 12: Trek to Pangboche
We descend down Pangboche which is the highest year-round settlement in the valley, where the Imja Khola, coming from the right, joins the Dudh Koshi River a little above the village. It has a famous gompa (monastery) which is thought to be one of the oldest in the Khumbu region. And also, Pangboche has religious belief regarding Buddhism in Khumbu region. Overnight stay at Pangboche.

Day 13: Trek to Namche
After breakfast, we descend steeply to Namche Bazaar (3,441m) Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 14: Trek to Lukla
Easy walks down to Lukla for the final night’s stay in the Khumbu region and enjoy a farewell dinner from the Everest region sherpa families.

Day 15: Flight to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. Evening at your own.

Day 16: Depart Kathmandu
Our representative will see you off at the airport for final departure to your hometown.

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