Trip Facts

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Trip Duration 18 Days
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Trip Difficulty Strenuous
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Maximum Altitude 5,545m
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Best Season To Visit March-May, Mid September-November

Trip Highlights

  • Max altitude: 5,545 m/18,192ft
  • Trek destination: Everest Base Camp
  • Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization
  • Accommodation in the best-selected lodges and tea houses along the trail and in Kathmandu
  • Thrilling Mountain Flight to Lukla
  • The highest mountain on earth (Mt. Everest, 8,848 m)
  • Stunning views of Himalayas, Khumbu icefall, Makalu, Mt Everest, etc
  • Trekking through Sherpa villages, learning and experiencing their ethnic culture
  • Fauna found through the trail: wild – Snow Leopard, Musk deer, wild yak, Himalayan black bear
  • Mount Everest is the home of the “black jumping spider”. It has been found at altitudes as high as, 6700 meters above sea level.
  • Major plants that are found including birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo, wild rose, rhododendron, hemlock, etc.
  • Various types of high elevation mushrooms and herbal plants are also found in Everest base camp trek trails.
  • The home of the Sherpa people and the mysterious Yeti.

Trip Overview

Everest Base Camp Comfort Trek Itinerary is a classical journey that lets you be part of highland interesting Sherpa culture, and incredible massive mountains such as Mount Everest, and several massive peaks.

The journey starts in primeval Kathmandu, where you will explore the medieval city rich in art and architecture. Then trek through Sherpa country brings you to the base of the world’s highest mountain. You’ll cross numerous suspension bridges,  pass  Buddhist monasteries, market towns, and soaring peaks as you follow in the footsteps of well-known mountaineers—ultimately making your way to the Everest Base Camp. The trek brings you through heavenly landscapes of yaks grazing in the pastureland and stone huts of migrants.

The blanketed forest of birch and bamboo trees provides a serene nature to trek through. Also, the beautiful backdrop of Silver Mountain makes a wonderful journey that enhances worth to the final destination of the base camp.

The route is heavenly as you reach closer to the panorama of the highest peaks in the world. Khumbu glacier started appearing to make the views more attractive. After an overwhelming time at EBC, we take an ascent to rocky Kalapathar to view Everest and many other massive white peaks in closer proximity and stand on the highest point of the adventure at 5,545 m elevation.

During the trek, we use the chain of Yeti Mountain Homes and Everest Summit Lodges in Lukla, Phakding Thame, Tashinga, Namche Bazaar, and Pangboche. The lodges offer comfortable beds and en-suite bathrooms. These are environmentally friendly and known for the most scenic views due to their special location. However, there are no comfort lodges above Pangboche village.

This is a sample itinerary of Everest Base Camp Comfort Trek. We can tailor-make the program as per your needs and preferences.

 

Everest Base Camp Comfort Trek

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Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu airport

Altitude above sea level: 1,302 m

Driving Time: Approx. 30 minutes, depends on traffic

Accommodation: Hotel Shangri-La or similar

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to cordially welcome you with great hospitality. The representative will be displaying the “Nepal Sanctuary Treks” placard outside the airport terminal.

You will be then escorted and transferred to the hotel in our private vehicle. Further, you will be given a brief description of the activities that will take place during the upcoming trip and a preliminary briefing on hygiene and safety by our representative.

Day 2: Cultural Introductory Tour and Trek preparation

Altitude above sea level: 1,302 m

Tour Duration:  Approx. 8 hours

Accommodation: Hotel Shangri-La or similar

Meal: Breakfast

9:00 AM: After breakfast, we start our guided cultural tour around Kathmandu Valley. On this cultural tour, you will experience the numerous colors, sounds, and tastes of authentic Kathmandu and its surroundings. Our experienced tour guides will tell you all you need to know and answer all your curiosities regarding those sites.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

You will head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square, also called Hanuman Dhoka Durbar. This ancient site used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. It incorporates an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines dating from the 15th to the 18th century.

The prominent sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square are Kumari Ghar or the house of the living goddess.  Kasthamandap is a huge rest house that is said to have been built with the wood from a single tree and is the source of which Kathmandu valley got its name. Other sites around Kathmandu Square are the ferocious Kal Bhairab – the red monkey God- Hanuman, hundreds of erotic carvings, temples, and statues dedicated to different deities.

Swayambhunath:

Swayambhunath (monkey temple), is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Swayambhunath is the ideal place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal. In the shadows of the imposing structure and besides the integrated architecture can be found the daily surge of devotees faithfully offering their prayers to the gods. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist song “Om Mani Padme Hum” resounds everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe and enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.

PM: Boudhanath

Then we drive towards Boudhanath.  From the moment you step into the sanctuary, you’ll immediately feel the spiritual energy that comes from the place. Boudhanath is one of the biggest stupas in Nepal built in the 5th century and listed on the world heritage list by UNESCO in 1979. The surrounding area is a central spiritual hub of Tibetan life and culture in Nepal. You can see the beautiful dome-shaped structure stupa surrounded by brilliant colorful prayer flags. It is believed that prayer flags convey mantras and prayers into the universe while fluttering in the wind. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha.

You can witness monks draped in maroon robes rolling the prayer wheels, burning incense, and flickering butter candles. Moreover, it’s fascinating to see the people feeding grains and maize to hundreds of pigeons around stupa areas. The devotees turn the prayer wheels & chant which is humbling to see such dedication to their beliefs.

Delight in the serenity as you hear the Buddhist mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ being chanted by devotees, alongside the echo of music streaming out from the nearby shops.

Pashupatinath

Moving on, you will visit the Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of the Bagmati River. The word Pashupati means “the king of animals” and the temple is famous for its monkeys. You will be visiting the Pashupatinath area to indulge in a spiritual journey.

Pashupatinath is more than just a religious destination. It is a combination of religion, art, and culture. The temple, spread across 246 hectares of land, abounds in temples and monuments. Hundreds of rituals are performed here every day. You will get to witness people performing the religious ritual and funeral pyres burning at open-air cremation. Also witness elaborately dressed holy men meditating outside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines.

After touring around prominent sites, you will be transferred safely back to your hotel.

Day 3: Flight Kathmandu – Lukla –Hike to Phakding

Altitude above sea level: Lukla (2,840m), Phakding (2,610m)

Flight Duration: Approx. 35 minutes

Hiking Duration: 4-5 hours

Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your spectacular flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla. Lukla is Nepal’s busiest domestic airport and, for the trekker’s intent on seeing Mt. Everest, flying here is an essential part of the adventure.

During the flight, you get to see the world’s soaring mountains including  Cho Oyu (8,153 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Gauri Shankar (7,145 m), Menlungtse (7,181 m).

After an exhilarating landing at Lukla, you will set off the hike to Phakding. You follow the ridge on the bank of milky Dudh Koshi River to the village of Phakding. Dudh Koshi, or Milk River, is named for its chalky color that emerges from all the glaciers up above.

You will follow this river the rest of the day, passing through picturesque hamlets filled with tea houses, suspension bridges, shops, carved mani stones, prayer wheels, and packed animals.

After passing through the small villages like Chaurikharka and Ghat you arrive at the Phakding which is located right next to the Dudh Koshi River.

 

Day 4: Phakding- Namche Bazaar

Altitude above sea level: (3,445 m)

Hiking time: 6-7 hrs. Approx.

Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today, after a hearty breakfast, you will cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river, named “Dudh” (milk) Koshi (river) because of its color. Sections of today’s walk are through pine forest and cleared areas to reveal terraced fields and a variety of crops. You pass small groups of donkeys and yaks carrying trading goods and trek-gear along the trail. The trail passes through the villages of Benkar, Monjo, and Jorsale then climbs steeply the 2000′ feet to the market town of Namche.

Namche is the largest town in the Khumbu region, surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, and opens out only where it faces the Dudh Koshi. This vibrant village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here. Also, it is the main trading village in the Khumbu region, is the historic meeting point for Hindu traders from the lowlands and Tibetan yak caravans.

Day 5: Acclimatization day in Namche

Altitude above sea level: 3,962 m

Hiking duration: 2-3 hrs. Approx. (Hotel Everest View)

Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Namche is an ideal place for acclimatization. The places of interest around Namche are remarkable and beautiful. There is plenty to do in and around Namche.  You can take a short walk above the town to get a view of Everest. The trail leading to the hotel is a pleasant walk across a hill. You might spot yaks grazing nearby, or a Himalayan Tahr (wild goat) balancing perfectly on the cliffs.

Hidden on a ridge overlooking the Everest range, Hotel Everest View is an incredible establishment that blends gracefully with its remarkable surrounding. Appreciate the panoramic view of the Everest Region from the iconic Hotel Everest View.

There is also an interesting Sherpa Culture Museum which is well worth a visit.  After exploring, you take a downhill trail back to Namche. Spend the afternoon at leisure.  You can either relax or visit the colorful Namche Bazaar.

Day 6: Namche – Tashinga

Altitude above sea level 3,450 m (Tashinga)

Hiking duration: 5hrs Approx.

Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge

 Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After having a hearty breakfast, you leave Namche on the trail contouring the hillside high above the Imja Koshi. You can enjoy an amazing view of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse and also the beautifully shaped Ama Dablam also known as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Once you reach Tashinga and refresh yourselves in the lodge with views down the valley.

Day 7: Tashinga-Pangboche via Tengboche

Altitude above sea level: 3,985 m (Pangboche)

Hiking duration: 5 – 6hrs hike

Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today you set off to trek by descending to the small village of Phunki Tenga situated beside the Dudh Koshi. You cross the suspension bridge before starting a steep ascent. This part of the trail winds through a dense forest of rhododendron and pine trees. Once out of the forest, the trail becomes gentler and more gradual, all the way to the monastery.

Tengboche monastery is the largest and most famous monastery in the Everest Region. The monastery hosts the vibrant Mani Rimdu festival, celebrated every year after the full moon of autumn with religious gatherings, songs, dances, enactments of legends. Visitors are also welcome to participate in the festivities. Savor a majestic view of the soaring peaks, including the well-known peaks of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. After your visit, you will continue to trek towards the lovely village of Pangboche.

Day 8: Pangboche – Dingboche

Altitude above sea level:4,350 m

Hiking duration: 4 – 5hrs hike

Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

You start our trek with an early breakfast, leaving Pangboche behind. From Pangboche, you hike towards Shomare, at 4,120 m, which would be our lunch stop.  On the way, you might spot the musk deer, mountain goats, and different birds. All this day you are treated to magnificent views of the Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and the world-class Mount Everest.

Further, continue up the glacial valley to Dingboche passing some of Khumbu’s beautifully carved prayer stones. Entering the outskirts of Dingboche, you are welcomed by the Buddhist Stupa. Dingboche is situated at the foot of soaring Amadablam Mountain and myriad other mountains which are hidden from Namche views.

 

 

Dingboche is a tiny village and is hidden in the Chukkung Valley. It’s surrounded by a superb view of mountains.

Day 9: Acclimatization and Rest day at Dingboche

Altitude above sea level: Nangkartshang ((5,080 m),  Chukung village (4,730 m) Samso Chopo Ridge (5,140 m)

Hiking duration: Optional 3 hours hike to Nangkartshang (View Point), Chukung village approx. 5-6 hours,  Samso Chopo Ridge  6 hrs. Approx.

Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

You spend the acclimatization day of your Everest Base Camp trek in Dingboche today, utilized by short hikes to a higher elevation to adapt yourselves to the heights.

Hike to the Nagerjun Hill would be a great option to spend time at Dingboche. Nangkartshang nestled above Dingboche on a hill at the edges of the Chukkung valley. The hike provide the  panoramic views of Lobuche East (6,119 m), Lobuche West (6,145 m), Kangtega (6,685 m), Taboche Peak (6,367 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), and the Ama Dablam (6,856 m).

Alternatively, you can also embark on a couple of hours hike towards Chukkung, a way to Island peak and superb views of Amadablam, Makalu, and accompanying the Himalayas.

Also, you have the option to take a day hike to Samso Chopo Ridge. This hike is one of the least crowded and most picturesque of the trip. The hike provides a chance to witness 360-degree views in addition to the Mahalangur Himal range of the Himalayas. Though it is a steep, 2,700-foot climb, you will be rewarded with stellar views once you get to the summit, and well worth the effort.

Day 10: Dingboche- Lobuche

Altitude above sea level: (4,931 m) Lobuche

Hiking duration:  5 hours approx.

Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After having early breakfast, you start trekking uphill gradually along a plateau of yak herder shelters. The trail offers superb views of mountains like Everest, Cholatse, Lobuche, and Pumari spread out before us in a contrasting and spectacular landscape.

After two and half hours of gradual walk, we will reach Thugla nestled below the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier-the the highest glacier in the world.  From Thugla, the trail goes directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier before turning left just past the climber and Sherpa memorial. The memorial park is for all the people that had lost their lives climbing Everest, some with inscriptions detailing their accomplishments, and others with no more than a simple pile of rocks.

You are now away from the tree line area and into glacial moraine. From here, you caught the first sight of Kala Patthar. The trail now descends slowly and flows to the western side until you reach the valley of Lobuche.

Day 11: Lobuche-GorakShep-Everest Base Camp-Gorak Shep

Altitude above sea level: Gorak Shep (5,288 m), Everest base camp (5,360 m)

Hiking duration: (Lobuche – Gorak Shep) 3hrs approx. (Everest base camp)   4–5 hrs. Approx.

Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today is the main day as you summit Everest Base Camp (EBC). After breakfast, get prepared and hike along the rocky terrain alongside the Khumbu glacier to EBC. Leaving Lobuche, the trail to Gorak Shep is extraordinary through the rocky moraine undulating trail.

After a light lunch at Gorakshep, continue to hike to Everest base camp. You trek across the rocks towards the several colorful prayer flags that mark the spot.  Celebrations and screams fill the air as you reach the spot that marks where base camp is. Once you step at base camp, you will be encircled by massive snow-capped mountains. Spectacular views of the notorious Khumbu icefall were revealed in proximity.

After spending remarkable time in the base camp, you take a descent back to Gorakshep.

Day 12: Gorak Shep – Kalapathar – Lobuche

Altitude above sea level: 5,545 m (Kalapathar)

Hiking duration: (Gorak Shep – Kalapathar) 3hrs approx, (Kalapathar-Lobuche) 3-4 hrs. Approx

In the early morning, you set off for Kala Patthar, the big hill located next to Gorak Shep. ‘Kala’ means black and ‘Pathar’ rock, together with being ‘Kalapathar’ or black rock. The hike to the summit of Kala Patthar, is tough but well rewarded. Kalapathar is a popular vantage point for panoramic vistas of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhostse, Pumori, and several other peaks. Like sunrise and sunset, the views are more vibrant. Kalapattar is one of the prime highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek.

After soaking up the captivating views from Kala Pathar, you will begin descending back down to Gorakshep for the breakfast. Thereafter, you continue to trek down to Lobuche.

Day 13: Lobuche-Pangboche

Altitude above sea level: 3,875 m (Pangboche)

Hiking duration: 6hrs hike

Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After an early breakfast, you leave Lobuche behind and head towards Pangboche. With the trail to Dingboche above us, you hiked through the Khumbu Khola valley into Pheriche. Further, you take downhill to Pangboche.

Day 14: Pangboche-Namche Bazaar

Altitude above sea level: 3,445 m (Namche Bazaar)

Hiking duration: 6 – 7 hrs hike

Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After breakfast, you set off on a hike to Namche. You ascend through the rhododendron forest to Tengboche and take a  downhill trail to the river at Phunki Tenga and cross the bridge. Further, you take a steady ascending trail to Namche Bazaar. Once you reach Namche, get some rest and prepare yourselves for tomorrow’s trek to Lukla.

Day 15: Namche-Lukla

Altitude above sea level: 2,840 m (Lukla)

Hiking duration: 7 – 8hrs hike

Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After breakfast, you take a downhill trail to Monjo. Further, continue to descent to the Dudh Koshi valley through the villages of Phakding, Ghat, and Cheplung. Once you reach Chaurikharka, start climbing the final hill of the trek to reach Lukla.

Day 16: Flight Lukla-Kathmandu

Altitude above sea level: (1,302 m)

Flight Duration: 35 minutes approx.

Accommodation: Hotel Shangri-La or similar

Meal: Breakfast

You will have an early breakfast and fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. You will then be accompanied to your hotel and have time to take a rest and relax after a long, amazing trek.

Day 17: Leisure day in Kathmandu

Altitude above sea level: (1,302 m), Kathmandu

Accommodation: Hotel Shangri-La or similar

Meal: Breakfast

It’s also a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if we could not fly on the scheduled date and time.  You can spend your leisure time shopping for souvenirs for your beloved ones or simply relax after an exhausting but momentous adventure.

Day 18: Final Departure

Meal: Breakfast

It is time to fly back home, keeping all the incredible experiences of Nepal in mind. The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport, where you should check in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.

Price Included

What's Included

  • Airport transfers,
  • Internal flight Ktm-Lukla-Ktm
  • 4 nights Hotels**** in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Accommodation in comfort lodges up to Pangboche and Tea house lodges above Pangboche on full board
  • Trek Permits & National Park Fee,
  • Staff insurance on the trek,
  • Trek guide & porter
  • Duffel bag
  • Information pack including Map
  • Guided sightseeing of Kathmandu with entrance fees

What's not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (US$20 approx. per day)
  • Beverages
  • Personal equipment,
  • Personal bills,
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage beyond 15 kilos, including day pack
  • Visa fee: US$ 30 for 15 days and US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 125 for 90 days multiple entries
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects), public liability
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