Trek Highlights

  • Scenic flight flight Kathmandu / Lukla.
  • Namche Bazaar doorway of Mt. Everest
  • Experience Sherpa culture and their tradition
  • Everest panoramic vistas from Syangboche.
  • Tengboche monastery
  • Climbing Kalapathar (5545m)
  • Spectacular and breathtaking views of Mt, Everest, Mt Lhotse and other mountains from Kalapathar.
  • Explore Namche bazzar
  • You are likely to encounter with yaks, mountain goat, blue sheep and pheasant
  • Views of beautiful rhododendron and pine forests
  • Amazing walk to the ridge of Mong-La with magnificent mountain backdrops.
  • Spectacular view of Khumbu ice falls

Trek Overview

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.

Itinerary

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    Trip Highlights:

    Visit UNESCO Heritage sites

  3. 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 35 mins spectacular scenic flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla. After reaching at Lukla we meet our crew of cooks and porter and set off our hike to Phakding following ridge on the left bank of milky Dudh Koshi River to the village of Phakding where you will accommodate at lodge.

    Highlights:

    • Views of beautiful rhododendron and pine trees.
    • Along the way you can see several gompas, Sherpa village and mani wall
    • Splendid backdrops of Kusumkang, Kongde Mountain.
  4. Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazar (3,445m/11,302ft); 6-7 hrs hike

    Today we will leave Phakding behind and climb up to the traditional town of Namche Bazar which is also known as ‘ gateway to Everest ‘ and town of Sherpa Ethnicity. Nestled in the Himalayas, Namche is considered as a centuries old trading center between Nepal and Tibet.

    After a hearty breakfast, we set out our trek following the trail continues north up the glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi River. We walk through rolling terrain, past traditional homes, cultivated fields, forests and cross bridges. Trekking half way up the hill you can see first glimpse of Mount Everest and Lhotse A few hours of walking will lead you to the Sherpa capital village of Namche Bazaar 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 can be purchased here. In addition you can see yaks roaming around the streets with magical sounds of their bells. You can enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Lhotse from the top of the hillside town.

    Highlights:

    • First glimpse of Mount Everest and Lhotse
    • Cross 4 suspension bridges.
    • Explore vibrant Namche village
    • You can see yaks roam on the streets of Namche
  5. 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 village of Thamo. From here it’s another couple of hours to reach Thame village. In the afternoon we retrace back to Namche for overnight.

    Highlights:

    • Visit gompas and view of mountain like Tashi Lapcha Pass
    • You can see Mani walls and various kinds of animals and birds such as yak, mountain goat, blue sheep and pheasant on the way.
    • View of Nambola, the way to Tibet.
  6. Day 06: Namche - Khumjung (3,790m/12,430ft)- 4 hrs hike

    Today we will do short and soothing hike to Khumjung Village which is also known as “Valley inside the Clouds”, located at the foot of the sacred mountain Khumbiyela. We begin our trek through steep ascent for one hour to the Shyangboche airstrip.

    After that we continue on to the Everest View Hotel where you can see magnificent views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku up to Khumjung. After lunch, we visit Khumjung Monastery (where Yeti scalp is kept) with big statue of the Guru Rinpoche. We also explore the school Sir Edmund Hillary established in Khumjung.

    Afterwards we walk slightly uphill to Khunde through potato fields and visit Khunde Hospital then hiked up to the Khunde Monastery. The Khunde Monastery is quite small compared to the Khumjung Monastery. However, you can enjoy the spectacular backdrops of Khunde Khumjung and Khumbiyela Mountain from here. We stay overnight in hotel of Khumjung.

    Highlights:

    • Views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam Thamserku and Khumbiyela Mountain
    • Visit Khumjung and Khunde Monastery
    • Explore Sir Edmund Hillary School and hospital
  7. Day 07: Khumjung – Phortse Village (3,810m/12,500ft)- 5 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 reach Sanasa, and then a steep walk takes us to the Mong La pass 3975m with spectacular views of Ama Dablam and Khumbila mountains. We stop for lunch at Mong La Pass. After lunch we then descend to Phortse Tanga River and traverse the small bridge. After that, we trek up through the rhododendron forest. Finally we arrive at the very traditional Sherpa village of Phortse where you may encounter with mountain goats or danphe, the national bird of Nepal. We stay overnight in Phortse.

    Trip Highlights:

    •  Amazing walk to the ridge of Mong-La with magnificent mountain backdrops.
    • You are likely to see pheasant, musk deer and hers of the Himalayan Thar.
    • Explore Sherpa village and their lifestyle
    • Beautiful views of Ama Dablam and Khumbila mountains.
  8. Day 08: Phortse village – Dingboche (4,350m/14,304ft) 5 – 6 hrs hike

    Leaving Phortse behind, 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 with its ancient monastery and Shomare where we stop for the lunch before we head towards Dingboche. On the way, we might be lucky enough to spot the musk deer, mountain goats and different birds.

    We continue up to the glacial valley to Dingboche passing some of Khumbu’s beautifully carved prayer stones. It takes around 3 hours to reach Dingboche from Somare. Dingboche is situated at the foot of soaring Amadablam Mountain and myriad other mountains which are hidden from Namche views.

    Highlights

    •  If you are lucky you might see the musk deer, mountain goats and varied range of  birds
    • Visit Pangboche ancient monastery.
    • Vistas of innumerable other snow capped peaks which are hidden from Namche view.
  9. Day 09: Acclimatization and hike day at Dingboche

    The Everest Base Camp Trek has now gained the altitude above (4,000m/13,123 ft).  Therefore, 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.

    Highlights:

    • Explore beautiful village with an range of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals
    • Hike to Nagarjun Hill for magnificent views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Taboche, Ama Dablam and view of Imjatse Valley with Dingboche village
  10. Day 10: Dingboche– Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) 5 – 6hrs hike

    After having early breakfast, we 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 contrasting and spectacular landscape.

    After two and half hours gradual walk, we will reach to Thugla nestled below the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We stop for lunch at Thugla. From Thugla, 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 slowly and flows to the western side until we reach to the valley of Lobuche where we will stay overnight.

    Highlights:

    • Spectacular view of snow capped mountains like Everest, Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumari and several other peaks
    • View of beautiful Khumbu Glacier
    • Pass Sherpa memorial
  11. Day 11: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,288m/17,349ft) 3hrs – Everest base camp (5,360m/17,585ft) 4–5 hrs hike

    Today is the main day as we reach Everest Base Camp (EBC). After breakfast, we prepare ourselves and walk 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 Gorak Sep we continue to walk to Everest base camp. The trail is mainly on rocky moraine before traversing over on to the glacier. You can see spectacular view of the notorious Khumbu icefall from the base camp. After spending few times in the base camp we then descend back to Gorak Sep for accommodation.

    Highlights:

    • View of Khumbu glacier
    • Spectacular view of Khumbu ice falls
  12. 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 to view the magnificent majestic views of Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, and the entire Khumbu Glacier as the sun rises above the peaks.

     Today’s trek can be tough and freezing cold as the place is very windy, the epic climb to Kalapathar is not easy. We start our trek ascending uphill for 2-3 hours. Once you reach at the summit of Kalapatthar you can see breathtaking, views of Mt. Everest (8848m/29000ft) including the full spread of Khumbu Himalayas; truly open view of the highest mountain in the world. Alongside, Mt. Pumori looks great close up. As the sunset, the views are more vibrant. Kalapattar is one of the prime highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek. After our successful climb we descend down to Gorakshep where we stop for the breakfast. After breakfast, we continue to descend to Periche and stay overnight here.

    Highlights:

    • Magnificent views of Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, and the entire Khumbu Glacier
    • Beautiful sunrise view from Kalapathar
  13. Day 13: Pheriche – Namche (3,445m/11,300ft) 8hrs hike

    After breakfast we get back to the tree line area and retrace our steps back to Pangboche. We walk downhill with short ascend to Pangboche and after two hours climb will takes you to Tengboche where you can visit Tengboche monastery. On the way you might encounter some wild animals such as musk deer, mountain goat, Pheasants etc. From here we continue to take descend trail all the way to Namche. We stay overnight in Namche.

    Highlights:

    • Visit Tengboche monastery
    • Encounter with musk deer, mountain goat and pheasants
  14. Day 14: Namche – Lukla (2,840m/9,315ft) approx 7hrs hike

    After breakfast we descend to Monjo. We continue the descent to the Dudh Khosi valley through the villages of Phakding, Ghat and Cheplung. At Chaurikharka we start climbing the final hill of the trek to reach Lukla. We stay overnight in lodge.

    Highlights:

    • Pass through picturesque village
  15. Day 15: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,302m/4,270ft) approx 35mins flight

    We 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 rest and relax after a long amazing trek. You will be accommodating in hotel of Kathmandu.

  16. 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 spend your leisure time by shopping souvenir for your beloved ones or simply relax after exhausting but momentous adventure.

  17. 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.

Fast Facts

  • 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
  • Everest in the Nepali language is Sagarmatha which means goddess of the sky and it stands at a staggering 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level.
  • Home to three of the highest peaks in the world: Everest 8848m; Lhotse, 4th highest at 8516m; and Cho Oyu, 6th highest at 8201m
  • The Sherpa people of the Khumbu are so closely associated with the trekking business that the name Sherpa is also given to a specific role on a trekking team
  • Buddhist culture in the Khumbu region
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What's Included

  • 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)
  • Beverages, 
  • Personal equipment, 
  • Personal bills, 
  • Visas, 
  •  Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or
  •  Tips

Most Common FAQs

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

    For further enquiries you can contact Nepal Sanctuary Treks at:

Reviews

Tulsi has provided me with many services over the last 20 years, from organizing raft support on kayaking expeditions, to internal flights (where he seems to have good contacts at many airports around the country, which I think is important when flights are cancelled, delayed frequently), accommodations, to full expedition support. In 1998 I organized a 7 men team to climb Mt. Pumari, and we had an additional 12 friends and family trek to Base Camp. Tulsi competently organized all permits, provision, supporting staff and internal transport. Subsequently similar expedition support was provided in 2001 when we made an attempt to climb Mt. Everest from Tibetan side. We once again organized an expedition to Chomlang and Mera peak on the way back on 2010. His company is competent, reliable, trustworthy and hard working. His ability and network of contacts allows him to solve those problems that present themselves from time to time when traveling in such a country.

I have recommended Tulsi to others to their satisfaction, and have no hesitation in utilizing his services again.

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Theo Kossart, Expedition leader, Melbourne, Australia

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