Everest Base Camp Trek
Trip Grade: Moderate
Max Elevation: 5545 Meters
Total Duration: 16 days
Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec
Group Size: Min 1 Pax.
"Everest Base Camp" is a term that is used to describe two base camps, each on opposite sides of Mount Everest. South Base Camp is in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 metres (17,598 ft) (28°0′26″N 86°51′34″E), and North Base Camp is in Tibet at 5,150 metres (16,900 ft) (28°8′29″N 86°51′5″E). These camps are rudimentary campsites on Mount Everest that are used by mountain climbers during their ascent and descent. South Base Camp is used when climbing via the southeast ridge, while North Base Camp is used when climbing via the northeast ridge.
Supplies are carried to the South Base Camp by sherpas or porters, and with help of animals, usually yaks. The North Base Camp has vehicle access (at least in the summer months). Climbers typically rest at base camp for several days for acclimatization to reduce the risks and severity of altitude sickness.
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a staff / representative from Great Himalayan Guide as you come out at the airport after the immigration formalities. You will be transferred to a hotel. A briefing of the trekking trip will be arranged at a convenient time.
- Day 02: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3 - 4 hrs.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway for Everest. After an adventurous 35 minute flight with spectacular views of breathtaking Himalalays, we land at Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, the trekking guide will arrange the loads for the porters to carry and commence the trek. We take easy walk to Phakding for three hours and spend the night there to help acclimatize. You can make a small side trips in Phakding if you are not so tired and the time permits.
- Day 03: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440 m): 5 - 6 hrs
We walk through beautiful pine forest passing Dhudhkosi River crossing several suspension bridges. We Walk through the busy trail and view the tantalizing glimpses of Kusum Kangru (6,369 m ), Everest (8,848 m.) and Nuptse (7,879 m ). Arrive at Namche Bazar ( 3,440 m ). a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region.
- Day 04: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar
A pleasant day can be spent exploring the village, talking to the Sherpas and marveling at the incredible scenery. You can make a side trip to Thame, another Sherpa town north – west of Namche for acclimatization. Another option could be a day hike to Khumjung and Everest View Hotel for a good view of Everest.
- Day 05: Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m) - 5 - 6 hrs.
It is a steep one hour walk to Synagboche. The trail descends gradually to Phunki Thanga and then climbs steeply at first and then gradually ascends through forest and mani stones to Tengboche (3870m.).The views of the Himalayas including Kwangde (6,187m.), Everest (8,848m.),Nuptse ( 7,879m.), Lhotse, Tawache, Amadablam are magnificent from here. You will visit famous Tengboche monastery.
- Day 06: Tengboche to Pheriche (4,240 m): 5 - 6 hrs
We pass through the forest of briches, conifers & rhododendrons with possible sights of snow pigeons, golden eagles,goshawks in tha trail. The route climbs past some magnificiently carved mani stones to Pangboche. The views of Amadablam is magnificent. We enter into Imja valley passing through beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls leaving behind alpine meadows to Pheriche ( 4,240m).
- Day 07: Rest & Acclimatization day in Pheriche.
We hike up to Nagazong Ri for acclimatization and great views of the Himalayas in the south, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Baruntse, Amadablam, Kangtega, Island Peak.
- Day 08: Pheriche – Lobuche ( 4930m. ): 5 – 6 hrs.
The valley begins to narrow as we pass through Dusa, the yak herders place and Phulung Karpo. We walk up a small ridge and then contour round the base of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, we take a short steep climb to the terminal moraine of the glacier from where the views are stunning. We Arrive at Lobuje.
- Day 09: Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5170 m) - Everest Base Camp (5364 m) - Gorak Shep: 8 - 9 hrs.
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier with the views of. Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including Mt. Everest. We further move towards Everest Base Camp and finally we see tents pitched in the vast area of glaciers for Everest and Lhotse expedition members and the dangerous Khumbu icefall, the killer of hundreds of mountaineers. Although Everest is not visible from here, it is the destination for the trekkers of the world to put their steps and make a memorable moment of their life. We return to Gorakhshep for night stop over.
- Day 10: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar - Pheriche (4280 m ): 8 - 9 hrs
Today is the day of our ultimate destination. We start our hiking early in the morning with the target to reach Kalapatthar for sunrise to witness the first day light shining on Everest and gradually making yellowish glittering mighty massive. Walking at dark with cold temperature and chilly wind, gasp and slow steps will be paid off as we reach Kalapatthar for the breathtaking panorama of Himalayas and the bet and closest views of Pumori, Chnagtse, Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse, Amadablam etc. We marvel at from one awesome massive to another taking life memorable pictures and leave before the chilly strong wind hit us. We retrace to Gorakhshep and then to to Pheriche.
- Day 11: Pheriche-Pangboche-Tengboche-(3,870m): 5 - 6 hrs
We retrace our steps passing wide alpine valley. We cross Khumbu Khola and ascend a short steep trail to the top of a small ridge and have the great views of Imja valley, Amadablam and Kangtega. After passing Pangboche, we descend through beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir. If it is in spring season, rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. We gradually ascend through the forest and arrive at Tengboche.
- Day 12: Tengboche – Namche ( 2800m. )
We descend to Dhudhkosi, cross the bridge and pass through pine trees and ascend to Tasinga. Thamserku and Kangtega are still visible from here. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Sanasa. We bid farewell to the view of Lhotse, tip of Everest and Tengboche from Kyangjuma and arrive at Namche.
- Day 13: Namche Bazaar-Lukla (2,800m): 6 - 8 hrs
The trail descends steeply downward. We walk slowly through rocky terrain. We cross suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi River for serveral times, pass through rhododendron and pine forest, Sherpa villages and arrive at Lukla.
Day 13: Lukla – Kathmandu
We fly back to Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day at the hotel after a long mountain journey. We take you for a farewell dinner at one of the finest typical Nepali restaurant with traditional Nepali culture program.
- Day 14: Free in Kathmandu
You are free for your personal activities such as buying souvenir for your nears and dears or any other adventure tours.
- Day 15: Airport transfer for your onward journeys.
We transfer you to the airport for your return journeys.
- International and domestic airport arrivals and departures
- Accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan ( as per the choice of the trekkers )
- Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight fare including airport tax
- All necessary paperwork for permit ( national park entrance, TIMS card )
- Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail
- All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) in the trekking
- An experienced English speaking trek leader ( trekking guide ) and assistant trekking guide ( 4 trekking members ), and porters ( one porter between two trekkers ) to carry luggage including their meals, accommodation, wages, equipment and accident insurance.
- First aid medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Farewell dinner
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Nepal visa fee
- Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel and rescue insurance for trekking members
- Any additional expenses due to domestic flight delay or cancellation
- Any other expenses of personal nature ( phone calls, laundry, bar bills battery recharge, hot shower and boiled water in the trekking ).
- Gratuity for the trekking staffs
Starting From :
per person : $ 1450
Note: Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu flight may be delayed by few hours or even cancelled due to bad weather condition. You should be prepared for such flight delays or cancellations. We will do our best to avoid such conditions. In case of flight cancellation, we will try to get you on the flight for the next day. Getting early flight for the next day may be not possible during the high season. We can arrange flight by helicopter as well with extra cost. If we have a group of 4- 5 people, we can charter helicopter for you to fly from Kathmandu - Lukla or vice versa. It will be advisable to have extra days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking. Great Himalayan Guide can arrange you cultural / adventure tours ( such as sightseeing tours, rafting, jungle safari, ) with extra cost if the extra days are not used for the flight conditions to Lukla and back. If the flight is delayed and cancelled for several days which could disturb your onward journey, you are free to choose trekking in Annapurna, Langtang and other regions.Great Himalayan Guide will arrange the alternative trek for you as soon as possible.