Everest Base Camp Trek is a “dream destination” for many adventurers. Everest Base Camp trek offers amazing views of Mount Everest and unforgettable scenery of the ‘Himalayas’.
The life of mountain dwellers is vastly different from one we live in the city and is worth experiencing.
To look into the heart of the villages of these people we offer an exceptional trek featuring a wide range of spectacular scenery combined with unique cultural encounters with the Sherpa people who inhabit these high altitude regions.
This trek weaves through the famous Buddhist villages and monasteries of the Sherpa people while affording unparalleled views of some of the world’s highest peaks. You will get to see so many amazing things about Everest region while on this trek.
The short distances covered between daily itineraries, a steady gain of altitude and separate rest days ensure that we are properly adjusting to fully enjoy our trek to the Everest base camp.
Note: Below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for the general idea only.
- Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Accommodate at Kathmandu.
- Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.
- Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft), –Phakding (2,610m/8,562ft) 4 – 5hrs hike
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your 35mins flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla. After reaching Lukla your guide will introduce with porters then start trekking following mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi to the village of Phakding where we will be resting the night.
- Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazar (3,445m/11,302ft) 5 – 6 hrs hike
Today we will climb up to the traditional town of Namche Bazar also known as ‘ gateway to Everest ‘ , is a town of Sherpa Ethnicity . After having breakfast at lodge, we continue trekking following the Dudh Koshi River and crossing it many times on the way, however half way up the hill we see our first view of Everest and Lhotse. After few hours of walking we reach Namche Bazar crossing path surrounded by pines. Namche is the largest town in 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. Overnight at lodge.
- Day 05: Day hike to Thame village (3750m/12300ft)- 7 to 8 hrs hike
Turning away from the main Everest trail we head out past Namche’s gompa to join a high alpine trail contouring Nepali flat style along and gently up through pine forest and meadows to the hamlet of Thamo. From here it’s another couple of hours to the ethereal Thame village. In the afternoon r we retrace back to Namche for overnight.
- Day 06: Namche - Khumjung (3790m/12430ft)- 4 hrs hike
The route starts by climbing up to the Shyangboche airstrip. We continued on to the Everest View Hotel, great views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. We continued our hike to Khumjung. After lunch we take a tour of the twin villages of Khumjung and Khunde, Khumjung Monastery with big statue of the Guru Rinpoche. We may visit Khumjung High School with the statue of Sir Edmund Hillary, who is the founder of this school. Afterwards we then strolled slightly uphill to Khunde through potato fields, visit the Khunde Hospital then hiked up to the Khunde Monastery. The Khunde Monastery is quite small compared to the Khumjung Monastery, there is good view from up there of Khunde and Khumjung .
- Day 07: Khumjung – Phortse Village (3810m/12500ft)- 5 to 6 hrs hike
After breakfast we start our walk with superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku on the way to Phortse. The trail with a few ups and downs overlooking amazing views of the great Himalaya along the way, you may spot pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma and the path eventually reaches Sanasa, then the trial goes up through reach Mongla pass at 3975m, descend to Dudh kosi Khola and trek up through the rhododendron forest, finally we arrive at the walled fields of Phortse, Phortse is stands under the snow dusted peaks of Tawoche and Cholaste, overnight at Tea house lodge.
- Day 08: Phortse village – Dingboche (4,350m/14,304ft) 5 – 6hrs hike
Leaving Phortse we take the high trail, considered to be one of the most beautiful trails with outstanding view of enormous mountain and deep valley. Walking in dry hill along the rock strewn trail we gradually slide up crossing through the typical Sherpa villages like Pangboche and Shomare before we finally reach to the Dingboche. On the way we might be lucky enough to spot the musk deer, mountain goats and different birds. Dingboche, situated at the foot of soaring Amadablam Mountain is another attraction, views of countless other neighboring mountains which are hidden from Namche view.
- Day 09: Acclimatization and hike day at Dingboche
The Everest Base Camp Trek has now gained the altitude above 4,000m. Hence, today we have one more acclimatization day. A morning excursion for acclimatization will be conducted after breakfast. Hike to the Nagajun Hill (5,050m/16,568ft) or Chhukung Village would be best options. We will return to Dingboche and after lunch, you would basically have free time for rest and relax. We will be staying overnight here.
- Day 10: Dingboche– Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) 5 – 6hrs hike
Today, after the early breakfast, we start our trekking uphill gradually along a plateau of yak herder shelters, which is an amazing trek, beautiful walk where mountains like Cholatse, Lobuche and Pumari unfolds before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape. After 2 and half hours gradual walk, we will reach to Dughla, from Dughla the trail goes directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier before turning left just past the climber and Sherpa memorial. From here, Away from the tree line area, the trail descends gradually and flows to the western side until we reach to the valley of Lobuche where we will rest overnight.
- Day 11: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,288m/17,349ft) 3hrs – Everest base camp (5,360m/17,585ft) 4–5 hrs hike
This is the most important day of Everest Base Camp Trek as today we reach the Everest Base Camp (EBC). After the breakfast, we prepare ourselves and walk along the rocky terrain alongside the Khumbu glacier to EBC. Leaving Lobuche this trail to Gorak Shep is out of the ordinary through the rocky moraine undulating trail. After a light lunch at Gorak Sep we then walk to Everest base camp, the trail is mainly on rocky moraine before crossing over on to the glacier. There is a dramatic view of the infamous Khumbu icefall from the base camp. After few time in the base camp we then descend back to Gorak Sep for accommodation.
- Day 12: Gorak Sep – Kalapathar (5,545m/18,192ft) 3hrs hike – Pheriche (4,240m/13,901ft) - 5hrs hike
‘Kala’ means black and ‘pathar’ rock, together being ‘Kalapathar’ or Black rock. Today we climb this black rock located just above Gorak Sep, after breakfast we begin our trek. Today’s trek can be tough and freezing cold as the place is very windy, the epic climb to Kalapathar is not easy. However, the view from the top surpasses the wildest imaginations, views of Mt. Everest (8848m/29000ft) including the full spread of Khumbu Himalayas; truly an unobstructed view of the highest mountain in the world. Alongside, Mt. Pumori looks great close up. As the sunset, the views are more colourful. Kalapattar is one of the prime highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek. After our successful climb we then descend to Periche as we rest our night there.
- Day 13: Pheriche – Namche (3,445m/11,300ft) 8hrs hike
Getting back to the tree line area we retrace our steps back to Pangboche with still much to see at Tyangbuche Monastery. Being it a pious Buddhist settlement, the wild life is unharmed so there is possibility to encounter some wild animals such as musk deer, mountain goat, Pheasants etc.
- Day 14: Namche – Lukla (2,840m/9,315ft) approx 7hrs hike
After breakfast we descend to Monjo, from Monjo we carry on the descent of the Dudh Khosi valley through the villages of Phakding, Ghat and Cheplung. At Chaurikharka we start ascending the final hill of the trek to reach Lukla. Overnight at Numbur Lodge.
- Day 15: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,302m/4,270ft) approx 35mins flight
We will have an early breakfast at the lodge and walk to Lukla airport and take flight back to Kathmandu, you will then be accompanied to your hotel and you have free time for yourself and overnight at hotel.
- Day 16: Leisure day in Kathmandu
It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if we could not fly on scheduled date and time, or we can organize you a guided day tour in or around Kathmandu, you can refresh yourself and explore the valley on your own. Accommodate Overnight at hotel.
- Day 17: Fly Back Home
You will be assisted by our staff in a vehicle and transferred to TIA airport in Kathmandu from where you will take your flight back home.
- Max altitude: 5545m/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 8848m)
- Stunning views of Himalaya, Khumbu ice fall, 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
- Airport transfers,
- Four nights Hotel*** in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Internal flight Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu, airport taxes,
- National park fee, trek permit,
- Accommodation in lodges along the trek on full board,
- Staff wages and insurance.
- Trek guide and porters.
- Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with entrance fee
- Nepal Sanctuary Treks trekking bag/duffel bag
Cost: US$ 1525 per person (min 2 pax)
US$ 100 for single room supplement (available in Kathmandu hotel only)
What's not Included
- Additional tours and meals that are not mentioned,
- Excess baggage charge beyond 15 Kg each (including day pack)
- Personal equipment,
- Personal bills,
- Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or
Most Common FAQs
- 1 . What is the best time of the year for this trek?
The trek is possible throughout the year. However, autumn and spring are the best seasons; choose to trek in autumn (Sep-Nov) as spring is busy with expedition stuff.
- 2 . How fit do I need to be for this trek?
You will be walking for minimum of 5 – 7hrs a day, you don’t have to really fit but minimum level of fitness is required as the trek is not an easy one. You do have to be healthy and mentally prepared for trekking in this region although it doesn’t require mountaineering skills.
- 3 . Why should I trek with Nepal Sanctuary Treks (NST)?
We (NST) believe in socially and environmentally responsible, sustainable tourism. Our personalized services are guided by these principles and our 27 yrs of experience in the field of trekking is invaluable in giving our clients quality service. Our itineraries are suitably designed for acclimatization and we use the best selected lodges through the trail and in Kathmandu.
- 4 . Can children trek in this region or are there any age restrictions?
Yes, children can trek as there is no age restrictions. Nepal Sanctuary Trek can design suitable trekking itinerary for all age group above 8yrs. However, for children fewer than 8 can have high time trekking for the longer period of time and altitude sickness can be a problem.
- 5 . What to take for the trek (clothes, personal kits)?
To make it easier for you Nepal Sanctuary Treks have prepared you a kit check list, you can have a look at it below:
- 6 . Do I need travel insurance covered while trekking/traveling in Nepal?
Insurance is a compulsion as anything can happen in the trek; for emergency rescue, personal liabilities, cancellation, loss of luggage and other reasons if necessary.
- 7 . How much weight do I have to carry or how much will my porter carry?
You can bring enough luggages as you want but a porter will carry 10kg per person and the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla allows only personal weight limit of 5kg for hand luggage. You can leave some of your luggage in Kathmandu itself.
- 8 . What medical facilities are there on Everest Base Camp Trek?
Medical facilities are available according to the tourist seasons. During the season time there are basic altitude clinics at certain places as Gokyo and Pheriche, there is health post in Namche and Lukla. Besides the season time there are pharmacies in Namche and Lukla, and a small hospital in Khumjung. However, you need to carry a First Aid and bring all your personal medicines you need. (First aid will be provided by Nepal Sanctuary Treks), also your guide will be trained for first aid in case of emergency.
- 9 . Is there any alternative way to Everest Base Camp or have a close view of Everest without having to trek?
There are many other ways to see Everest; you can take a mountain flight around the region to get a close up view of the Himalayan Ranges. For the base camp, you can charter a helicopter that will take you directly to the base camp, but it will cost you high price. However, you can’t see Everest from the base camp so if you don’t want to trek all the way up to the base camp then you can trek from Lukla to Namche which will take two days but will offer beautiful views, but trekking is still the best suggestion as you can experience high mountain life too.
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