Trip Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek is a “dream destination” for many adventurers. This 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.

 

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

Outline Itinerary

Day 01
Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
Day 02
Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation
Day 03
Kathmandu – Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft), –Phakding (2,610m/8,562ft) 4 – 5hrs hike
Day 04
Phakding – Namche Bazar (3,445m/11,302ft) 5 – 6 hrs hike
Day 05
Day hike to Thame village (3750m/12300ft)- 7 to 8 hrs hike
Day 06
Namche - Khumjung (3790m/12430ft)- 4 hrs hike
Day 07
Khumjung – Phortse Village (3810m/12500ft)- 5 to 6 hrs hike
Day 08
Phortse village – Dingboche (4,350m/14,304ft) 5 – 6hrs hike
Day 09
Acclimatization and hike day at Dingboche
Day 10
Dingboche– Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) 5 – 6hrs hike
Day 11
Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,288m/17,349ft) 3hrs – Everest base camp (5,360m/17,585ft) 4–5 hrs hike
Day 12
Gorak Sep – Kalapathar (5,545m/18,192ft) 3hrs hike – Pheriche (4,240m/13,901ft) - 5hrs hike
Day 13
Pheriche – Namche (3,445m/11,300ft) 8hrs hike
Day 14
Namche – Lukla (2,840m/9,315ft) approx 7hrs hike
Day 15
Lukla – Kathmandu (1,302m/4,270ft) approx 35mins flight
Day 16
Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 17
Fly Back Home

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
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 at 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.

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.

Theo Kossart, Expedition leader, Melbourne, Australia

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