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Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Stand at the base of Mt Everest in awe of its majesty and size
  • Witness the sun setting over Everest from Kalapatthar, known as the Everest viewpoint
  • Fly into the high altitude Hilary Tenzing Airport at Lukla, an experience in itself
  • Visit Sherpa villages with their Tibetan like peoples and yak herders
  • Stay in Namche Bazaar, the starting point for all Everest expeditions
  • Be stunned by the chilling beauty of the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefalls
  • Use the essential acclimatization days to learn something of the lifestyle of the Sherpas
  • Pass through Sagarmatha National Park with its unique flora and fauna
  • Follow the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and many other famous mountaineers
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery with its strong spiritual connection

This is not a luxury tour, this is an experience of a lifetime!

Accommodation is on a twin-share basis. Hot showers, wifi, and power sources are provided, with a small charge. The rooms might not be luxurious, but where else can you get views of the Himalayas mountains from your window?

Enjoy fresh Himalayan foods in teahouses along the trail. Where else can you be part of such beauty that is the Khumbu Valley while enjoying steaming hot DalBhat?

A good level of fitness is required. But we will ensure you are well acclimatized to the altitude. We suggest you keep well hydrated on the trek, keeping alcohol to a minimum.

Itineraries

First Day

Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu! Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft

Accommodation: Hotel
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Your hotel is in the center of the city, in the vibrant and colourful area known as Thamel. With its restaurants, bars, and shops with unique Nepali handcrafted items and trekking gear this is an interesting place to spend the afternoon.

There will be the opportunity to meet your guide today and ask any questions you still may have about your trip to Everest Base Camp.

Second Day

Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding Phakding – 2651 m / 8697 ft – 4 hrs

Flight time: 35 to 40 minutes
Trek time: 3 to 4 hours
Accommodation: Tea House

Due to changes in the regulations and upgrading at the domestic airport in Kathmandu, it is very likely that flights to Lukla will operate out of Manthali Airport in Ramechhap District.

This involves a four-hour drive from Kathmandu during the night. The flight from Manthali will depart early in the morning and take 20 minutes.

On arrival in Lukla our experienced, local porters will meet you. Heading down the trail to Phakding we already notice the fluttering Tibetan prayer flags and meet local people reciting Tibetan mantras as they walk.

Third Day

Day 3: Phakding to Namche Namche – 3440 m / 11286 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
Accommodation: Tea House

Today the trail takes us through forests, traditional villages with their ploughed fields, and yak pastures. As we reach the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park we can see Thamserku rising above us.

After lunch, we continue on to Namche Bazaar. This is the largest Sherpa village in the Khumbu Region and is the starting point for expeditions and trekking groups.

Here you can purchase a few last minutes items (such as chocolate) should you have forgotten to do so in Kathmandu.

Fourth Day

Day 4: Acclimatization Day in Namche Namche – 3700 m / 12139 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
Accommodation: Tea House

Today is an acclimatization day to allow our bodies to adjust to the high altitude. But that doesn’t mean we do anything! The best way to acclimatize is to be active.

There is an opportunity to spend a few hours hiking around the area or visiting Visit the school set by Sir Edmund Hillary in the Khumjung village as a thank you for all the assistance the Sherpa people gave him in his successful ascent of Mt Everest.

Some of the mountains on view today are Kwangde (6,011m), Thamserku (6,623m), Kangtega (6,782m), Nuptse (7,861m), Lhotse (8,516m), Ama Dablam (6,812m) and, of course, Mount Everest (8,848m).

Fifth Day

Day 5: Namche to Tengboche Tengboche – 3956 m / 12979 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
Accommodation: Tea House

Today, there are not many steep ascents and descents today which gives plenty of time to concentrate on photography! Stupas (Buddhist shrines), prayer flags, mani walls (walls with Buddhist prayers carved into them), mountains, such as Ama Dablam, and Tengboche Monastery are all worth photographing.

The trail up to Tengboche is a dusty switchback route but the panoramic views from the monastery make it all worthwhile. If you are lucky you will be able to attend a service, for which a small donation would be appreciated. Definitely, you can light some butter lamps.

Sixth Day

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche Dingboche – 4380 m / 14370 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
Accommodation: Tea House

The trail is of course very scenic, but also quite challenging today. We start off following the Imja Khola before climbing up to the windswept fields (mainly potato) of Dingboche.

This is the highest Sherpa settlement in the Khumbu Region. The views of Ama Dablam from here are particularly spectacular and dramatic. As we will arrive at Dingboche in time for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax with a book or simply gaze at the surrounding mountains.

Seventh Day

Day 7: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche Dingboche – 4380 m / 14370 ft – 3 to 4 hrs

Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
Accommodation: Tea House

With the ever-rising altitude, it is important to take another day to acclimatize. There are a number of options available for short hikes today.

Such as visiting the base of Nangkar Tshang Peak, with its sacred sites and views of Mt Makalu. This trip is a 3.5 to 5 hours round trip and the ascending altitude on this hike will help our bodies prepare for the high altitudes ahead.

Eighth Day

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche Lobuche – 4938 m / 16200 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
Accommodation: Tea House

Today the trek begins with a gentle climb towards the Pheriche Valley. Trekking above the valley floor we pass through alpine scrub and yak pastures. On display are Tawoch and Cholotse, with Ama Dablam behind us. From here it appears Ama Dablam is rising directly from the valley floor.

The trail continues on to Thokla Pass where the ascent is challenging. Again a photographer’s paradise as there are panoramic views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, and a few other 7,000 plus meter peaks!

After crossing the pass we reach Lobuche. Not a very attractive settlement in itself, the scenery surrounding it is both beautiful and dramatic.

Ninth Day

Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep (Afternoon hike to Kalapatthar) Gorakshep – 5160 m / 16929 ft – 6 to 7 hrs

Trek time: 6 to 7 hours
Accommodation: Tea House

This is an exciting day! Today we ascent to the viewpoint for Everest. First, the trail takes us for about 3 hours over boulders and rough terrain to the small settlement of Gorakshep.

After lunch starts out for Kalapatthar from where the views of Everest are simply the best views you can possibly get. At 5,545m this is the highest altitude we can trek in Nepal without requiring climbing permits. Its name means black rock, and it is more of a ridge than a mountain.

If the weather is not clear, we may leave Kalapatthar for the morning as sunrise is over Everest is equally as awe-inspiring as sunset is. Should we decide on this option, today we will hike to Everest Base Camp itself. Please be aware, trekking groups do not go right into the base camp where expeditions are set up.

This is so we do not disturb the activity of the climbers nor place their health at risk. (We don’t want to give them our colds and flu when they are embarking on such an epic journey!) But we get a good view of all the on-going activity.

Tenth Day

Day 10: Gorakshep to Pheriche (Morning hike to EBC) Pheriche – 4371 m / 14340 ft – 8 to 9 hrs

Trek time: 7 to 8 Hours
Accommodation: Tea House

If we didn’t make it to Kalapatthar yesterday, we will do this morning, returning to Gorakshep for breakfast. Similarly, if we did not visit Everest Base Camp on day 09 we will do that this morning. Each trip takes 3 – 4 hours to return from Gorakshep.

After breakfast, we head to Pheriche, approximately 4 hours. This little settlement houses the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic.

Long established it is now a hospital but still remains focused on altitude sickness and altitude-related problems of trekkers and climbers as well as the health of the local people. Staffed mainly by volunteer medical personnel, this is an interesting feature of the area.

Eleventh Day

Day 11: Pheriche to Namche Namche – 3440 m / 11286 ft – 6 to 7 hrs

Trek time: 6 to 7 hours
Accommodation: Tea House

The trail descends quite considerably today, but there are some uphills to be tackled also! As we approach Namche the forests and greenery return.

This is a long day of walking, made harder by the hard hiking the day before. But push on because a good dinner and a hot shower await! And now is the opportunity to celebrate your successful trek to Everest Base Camp with a beer!

And with wifi available now is also time to touch base with loved ones at home and perhaps upload a few pictures of your trip.

Twelveth Day

Day 12: Namche to Lukla Lukla – 2860 m / 9383 ft -7 hr

Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
Accommodation: Tea House

In the earlier part of the day, take a good final look at the magnificent Himalayan mountains, and say goodbye to the Khumbu Valley and Mount Everest. Then put your head down as we make a final long ascent into Lukla.

Thirteenth Day

Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight) Kathmandu – 30 min

Flight time: 35 to 40 minutes
Accommodation: Hotel

This morning says goodbye to Mt Everest and the Khumbu Region as we board our flight back to either Kathmandu or Manthali Airport. Depending on which airport is open at that time, and of course weather conditions, either we will be back in Kathmandu for brunch or in the early afternoon. Then there is time to do some shopping before our farewell dinner in the evening.

fourteenth Day

Day 14: Departure Departure

After breakfast, our representative will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport in time for your onward flight. Should you be staying longer in Nepal or have a late flight, please note hotel check-out time is 11 am.

  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flights x 2
  • Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu flight
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Park and Local Entry Permits
  • Guide for 12 days
  • Porter for 11 days
  • 2 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu 
  • 11 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff
  • 12 x set breakfast, 11 x set lunch and 11 x set dinner while on the trek

 

  • Personnel expenses of any kind and travel insurance

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Yes! It is definitely worth it to trek to Everest Base Camp. The views are spectacular, particularly in October and November. During the expedition period from April to May base camp is busy with climbers. If you feel you can do this trek in the winter there will be far fewer other trekkers and climbers and the views will be clear. However, it will be more challenging and cold!

If you are doing a solo trek, you should budget USD 35+ a day. The flight return flight to/from Lukla will cost you another USD380 to USD 400. If you decide to go for an all-inclusive package, guided trek these start from around USD 1300 up to around USD 4500 for luxury accommodation and a helicopter flight on the return journey from Base Camp instead of walking to Lukla for a fixed-wing flight.

When you arrive at Lukla you are already at 2800 m so you will feel the difference in the air temperature straight away. Once you get to Dingboche (above Namche Bazaar) the temperature will have dropped. And continue dropping the higher you go. During the winter the temperature can go down to -20 Celsius at night.

Being that this is the most popular trek the teahouses and lodges are open throughout the year and people do trek all months of the year. The best time in terms of weather and scenery is October, November, and April, May.

You do not require any technical expertise or mountaineering skills to trek to Everest Base Camp. Be aware this is not a climb it is a trek. There are also no high passes to cross. However, there is the altitude to consider and you need to acclimatize properly. Which will be done when you trek with an experienced guide. If trekking solo does take note of your health and go slowly.

If you know you are planning to come to Nepal to do the Everest Base Camp Trek (or any trek), start straight away on preparing yourself physically. Aim to make walking the main part of the training by taking long and regular walks to keep fit.

Base Camp is marked by prayer flags and stone piles. During expedition time you will see tents of climbers in preparation for their push to the summit. There are no tea houses at base camp the nearest one is around 2.5 hours away at Gorak Shep. You will witness the Khumbu Icefall and glacier.