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Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip Facts

From
$1275 USD

15 days , Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Style of Trek Tea House
  • Accommodation Hotels & Resort
  • Transportation Car, Jeep & Flight
  • Maximum Altitude 5,550M
  • Grade

A trek to Everest Base Camp is the ultimate trekking experience, full of everything Nepal has to offer with a little bit more and one that will remain with you forever. It is possible on a clear day to view a small speck in the far off distance from The Kathmandu Valley hills.You can also view it from the comfort of a plane seat on one of the many daily mountain flights sightseeing tours from Kathmandu. However, there is only one way for the ultimate Everest experience if you truly have the need inside you. Go early in the morning before sunrise on a cold and possibly windy day when your muscels may ache and stand face to face with the last earthly stairway on the journey to the heavens.

Getting there is often as important,enlightening.Apart from the fabulous region, the people are amazing an opportunity to enter into the unique and colorful Sherpa people both weathered and shaped by this harsh mountain envireonment.A chance to be amongst them and soak up their rich cultural heritage and lifestyle as you are truly walking alonside them. We visit the 500 year old Thyangboche Monastery on route set almost surreal surrounded by mountains in the pristine wilderness of Sagarmatha National Park.

The trail up is pretty demanding at times but not so demanding If you are reasonably fit, very possible.We follow the route once walked by the iconic mountaineers Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.The trek is designed for a steady gain of altitude with separate rest days included to ensure that we are properly acclimatized to fully enjoy the experience. 

The experience starts on day one with a spectacular flight through the heart of the Himalayas to the mountain airstrip of Lukla.From this tiny airfield carved in to the mountains, the trail leads up through Sherpa villages, past Buddhist Monasteries, amidst alpine forests of fir and rhododendron and across high suspension bridges.We need to be aware of the caravans of Yak along the way to Namche Bazaar. Namche itself is worth a mention,it is a colorful, bustling market post set in a natural amphitheater where traders from as far away as Tibet come to exchange and barter their goods.

Moving up the trail the views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam from Tengboche are out of this world,breathtaking.Climbing above the tree line we cross alpine pastures and glacial moraine before eventually reaching Kala Patthar surrounded by rock, snow and ice for compelling views as these ice clad monsters reach out to touch you.

Many people dream of the chance to view the highest place on earth, only a few will actually acheive the dream.Will you?


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Itinerary

We will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport for the transfer to your hotel.after time to settle you will meet your trek guide for a trek briefing. Overnight Hotel.

 

Early morning we fly from Kathmandu to Lukla ,the flight is a very scenic one with some spectacular mountain views. We commence our trek from Lukla, along the way views of Mt Nupla (5885m), Kusum Kanguru (6367m) and the Kwongde Range.The trek today is  easy, we walk for about two hours to Phakding village for the overnight stop with time to relax in the village. Overnight Lodge.

 

The trail today follows up the Dudh Koshi Valley, hiking through pine forest, crossing the river twice via small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo. Monjo is the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park. After entering the park there is a slight climb to Jhorsalle, the trail passes waterfalls with a lot of bio diversity on the way. We are rewarded with our first glimpse of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) Thamserku (6608m), Everest (8848m) and Nuptse (7879 m). A steep climb up to the beautiful large village of Namche Bazaar (3440m) a buzzing center of trade where many tradespeople come to haggle and sell their wares. Overnight Lodge.

 

 

We spend a day here allowing our systems to get used to the higher altitude. Set in a beautiful natural amphitheater, Namche Bazaar is one of the most attractive settlements in the Khumbu region. We take the opportunity to make short acclimatization treks up to Khumjung, a lovely Sherpa village above Namche and to The Everest View Hotel from where there are wonderful panoramic views of  Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, and Kwangde .Plenty of time to pick up on the atmosphere Namche provides. Overnight Lodge.

We begin to feel that the real trek is now beginning although the start today is deceptive with a pleasant walk through the forest with magnificent views of the mountains. We follow an interesting path that traverses around the hillside high above the Dudh Kosi River. After walking for around an hour we arrive at Phungithanga. The trail climbs past some water-powered prayer wheels and then continues with a sustained climb through a forest of tall, mature rhododendrons that act as cover for musk deer and Himalayan tahr among the trees. Tengboche (3870m), is scattered across a wide, grassy saddle below a crescent-shaped ridge covered by scrub pines and firs. From the top of the hill, the mountains reveal themselves for what they truly are, the distinctive peaks of Amadablam (6856m) Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8501m) are both inspiring and humbling. We stop to visit the reknowned Buddhist Monastery at Tengboche, the largest in the Khumbu region. Overnight Lodge.

 

 

 

The early morning vista of mountains behind monasteries are spectacular from here. We leave  Tengboche heading  north to cross the Dudh Kosi river via a small suspension bridge which crosses the river valley. We continue on as far as Orsho to take the lower path along the west bank of the Imja Khola. Beautiful forest of birches conifers and rhododendrons. Continueing up the river we pass several chortens and mani walls strewn between small villages before reaching our overnight destination of Dingboche. Dingboche set amongst an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat, and potatoes. acts as a gateway to several other treks towards Chukung and farther beyond towards Makalu. Overnight Lodge.

 

 

We spend an additional day and night here to aid the acclimatization process. There are optional hikes, a short hike 400 m  to climb to Nangkartshang Gompa on the ridge north of Dingboche is a good one. Good views of Makalu (8463 m) from here. There is also the possibility for a day trek to Chhukung (4,730m) approx. 4/5 hours.To the north of Dingboche, there are spectacular views of Lhotse’s huge South Face. Oernight Lodge.

 

We begin with a descent to Pheriche village. It joins the trail below Thungla beautiful views of Cholatse across the valley. There follows another steep descent over the terminal moraine of Khumbu glacier. Today’s provides great views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-Tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. We carry on through a grassy valley rugged beauty at its best before reaching Lobuche a windswept collection of huts tucked in a narrow meadow between the glacier and the Lobuche peak. Tawoche and Nuptse are particularly strong from Lobuche towering just above. Overnight Lodge.

 

From Lobuche we follows the narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain walls, we can make a detour to the edge of moraine to look over the Khumbu glacier. Wonderful views of Mt. Pumori, Nuptse, and other magnificent peaks on the way to  reach Gorakshep which is the original location of the Everest Base Camp.The new camp is situated further up the valley.

After lunch we continue to Everest Base Camp Distance 3.5 km one way. The trail passes over rocky moraine and several small streams. At Base Camp we have the opportunity to experience the freezing and harsh conditions that mountaineers brave to summit this famous mountain. It is a place for climbers to gather to make the final preparations. We explore base camp and its surrounding glacier before our return back to Gorakshep. Overnight Lodge.

 

We are hoping for the normal sparkling and clear day as we set off early to climb Kalapathar ( around 2 km from Gorakshep. It is now you fully appreciate your effort is rewarded by an almost surreal experience of the 360-degree dramatic panoramic view of Mt Everest and the surrounding mountains of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku along with many other peaks in the range. Spend some time to gather your thoughts before we leave for the easy walk for about 2hrs to Lobuche and onwards  downhill to Pheriche. Continue down moraine to Dughla and then drop to the bridge over a gushing stream that flows out of the glacier. Overnight Lodge.

 

A lovely day you are fully acclimatized and everything is easy especially as its downhill most of the way. We trek down a hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees full of wildlife; Pheasants, Himalayan Griffons, Musk deer and wild goats are all fairly common along with a huge variety of birds. It takes approximately four hours to reach Tyangboche

From Tengboche we trek sharply down to the Dudh Kosi then after crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River we trek onwards to the Kyanjuma a junction where there is a choice of three trails to Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village, and Namche Bazaar. We follow the trail to Namche for some delicious food, hot showers and great accommodation. Overnight Lodge.

The descent from Namche to the Dudh Koshi can be the hardest stage of the entire trek if you are not keen on downhills  especially on the knees. Once we have crossed the suspension bridge high over the river, the path runs mostly level. A lovely trail through rhododendron and pine forests with distant views of snow covered peaks before we reach Phakding. We are now very close to our destination passing through local Sherpa villages to finally arrive in Lukla to perhaps celebrate with the team befor the flight back to Kathmandu the following morning. Overnight Lodge

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the mountains for the flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival one of our reps will be waiting for the transfer back to the hotel.An evening meal is often arranged on the last day.

Overnight Hotel.

Breakfast at hotel. Hotel Check-out and transfer to the International airport or your onward destination.

includes

You will be happily served and facilitated by Nepal Social Treks with:
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
  • Accommodation at 3* hotel in Kathmandu Bed and Breakfast.
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Guided city tour of Kathmandu by private car / van / bus when mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Three meals a day B/L/D during the trek.
  • Best available Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
  • Our own Sherpa licensed English speaking guide along with the required number of local staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment for all our staff.
  • Everest National Park permits.
  • The loan of Down Jacket, duffel/kit bag and sleeping bag if required
  • Domestic return flight plus departure tax from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu
  • Surface transfers from and to Kathmandu.
  • All government taxes

excludes

You will be facilitated by Nepal Social Treks for :
  • N.B. All tour prices quoted are land only:
  • Nepal entry visa fee obtainable at Kathmandu airport on upon arrival,
  • Items of a personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water, hot showers on trek, battery chargeing, Telephone, etc..
  • Tips for trekking/ tour guide & porters (expected but, not mandatory)
  • Valid travel Insurance with Medical evacuation in case of emergency
  • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc.

Map

Elevation Chart

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for Everest Base Camp Trek

If you’re fully fit, you don’t need any specific training. If you are completely deskbound, then some cardiac training is recommended before trekking. You can try stair climbing or hill walking. You'll be trekking uphill and downhill on rough paths for 13 days and 5 to 7 hours per day. Altitude may also make things harder for you. We build in days to acclimatise on the way which helps a lot. In short the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the experience.

Everest Base Camp is a comparatively hard trek. In terms of topography, no ropes and no ice picks are needed, there is no vertical climbing. However, the ground is not paved so at times it is going to be a rough, rocky, and gravel-strewn. The trek involves long trails that go up and then down repeatedly. You should take caution if you have weak ankles. There can also be snow and ice on the trails depending upon the seasons. All our guides are experienced at high altitude.

All permits such as Sagarmatha National Park Fee & TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card are arranged by us before you start the trek.You just need to send us two passport-sized photos and scanned passport copies for the permits.

Well, it depends on your current travel insurance provider. Some insurance may not include mountain trekking or mountain climbing. You should check with them to confirm that trekking if your policy covers the Everest Base Camp trek

Some insurance may not cover you above certain altitudes as well. So, you need to confirm this with your insurance provider too. A typical rescue costs $5,000 just for the helicopter alone. So it is essential you make sure you have adequate insurance coverage.

 

Flights to Lukla depend on the weather contiditons. In the case of bad weather it is normal for the flgiht to be delayed. If the flgiht gets cancelled then we will arrange your flight for the following day. We reccomended you have spare days within your peraonal itinerary between your scheduled domestic and internation flgihts.  

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