A JOURNEY TO EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

No bucket list is complete without a trip to Everest Base Camp. Imagine this – you are standing 5,545 metres above sea level, an uninterrupted view of the majestic Himalayas ahead of you, standing tall and proud is Everest – the world’s tallest peak and there you are staring at it after days of trekking, passing through some of the remotest and yet paradise like trail. That is Everest Base Camp trek – a journey into the Himalayas.

One of the top trekking destinations of the world, Everest Base Camp trek reveals you mesmerizing landscapes and untouched vistas of the Khumbu Valley, Sagarmatha National Park and the Himalayas. Traverse your way through the land of the Sherpas – the fierce climbers and make your way to Kala Pathhar, take in the panoramic views of the Himalayas – Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Cho Oyu, to name a few of the treats that lay en route. A journey like no other, a trek to Everest Base Camp is a must experience.

This journey starts with a dramatic flight to Lukla. From here the hike starts towards north passing through pine forest, Sherpa villages, monasteries, gushing rivers, crossing hanging bridges to arrive at the bustling Sherpa ‘capital’ Namche Bazaar. In the next few days we head towards Phortse via Khumjung village and further we continue our ascend crossing the Imja Khola, the scenery becoming more rugged and crossing the tree line to reach Pheriche. It is then a steady ascent following glacial moraines to Lobuche and then to our lodge at Gorak Shep. From here we hike to the famous and historic site of Everest Base Camp. Finally we will climb Kalapathaar (5545 meters ) to get some mesmerizing views of the Himalayas.

 


Description

Day 01:     Kathmandu Arrival.

Day 02:     Half Day Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.                 

Day 03:     Fly Lukla (2880m) & trek to Phakding (2652m) 

Day 04:     Namche Bazaar (3447 m)

Day 05:     Khumjung (3780 m)

Day 06:     Phortse (3800 m) 

Day 07:     Dingboche (4350 m). 

Day 08:     Acclimatization at Dingboche (4350 m).

Day 09:     Lobuche (4930 m).

Day 10:     Gorak Shep (5160m) / to Everest Base Camp (5360m) & back 

Day 11:     Trip Kala Pattar (5545 m) & back to Pheriche

Day 12:     Thyangboche (3867m)

Day 13:     Namche Bazaar.

Day 14:     Lukla

Day 15:     Lukla / Kathmandu by Flight

 Day 16:     Free day (Options of doing sightseeing)

 Day 17:     Final Departure  

Trip Facts

Best Period:                  Feb to May – Oct to Dec

Time Period:                 16 Nights / 17 Days.

Trek Period:                  12 Night / 13 Days

In Kathmandu:              04 Nights

Flights:                          2 Ways (domestic Lukla flights)

Trek Type:                     Difficult

Highest Altitude:          5545 meters

Warning:                        Altitude Sickness.

Trek Start / End Point: Lukla

Accommodations:       Hotels in Kathmandu / Lodges on trek 

Features

National Park:    Sagarmatha National Park (1148 sq. kms)

 Mountains:         Everest, Lhotse, Tamserku, Ama Dablam, Nuptse,  Kantega, Pumo-ri, etc.

Rivers:                Bhote Kosi, Dudh Kosi and Imjatse Khola etc.

Villages:              Lukla, Namche, Thyangboche, Pheriche,  etc 

Tribes:                Mostly Sherpas & Tibetans 

Forests:              Of Rhododendron and Pine.

Landscapes:      Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival: TIA, Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu, met by a Khempalung Adventure representative and hotel transfer. Relax the rest of the day.

Overnight: Hotel

 

Day 02: Am: Sightseeing PM: Trek Briefing/Last minute essentials purchase

In the morning, travel through time as you explore the various UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu. Visit the temples and palaces of the Durbar Square with beautiful architecture, Swayambhu Stupa (Monkey Temple) and watch the Kathmandu Valley atop a hill.

In the evening a short brief about the trek and allow time to purchase last minute essentials.

Overnight: Hotel

 

Day 03: Flight: Kathmandu – Lukla, Trek: Lukla to Phakding (2652 m)

Catch an early morning amazing flight to Lukla – a trailer to your journey. The short flight will provide you glimpses of the Himalayas – your home for the next few days. Be met by Sherpa team and a short stroll around Lukla.

After we are set and porters have been assigned the luggage, we follow the trail towards the north-east. We cross a suspension bridge to leave Lukla behind. Cross small picturesque villages of  Chaunrikharka and Ghat and descend to reach Phakding just by the river.

Overnight:  Phakding           Trek Duration: 3 hours.

 

Day 04: Namche Bazaar (3447 m)

Follow the trail with the gushing Dudh Kosi on your right – a pleasant walk as we pass through agricultural fields, small villages and a beautiful monastery. Cross Dudh Kosi at Benkar and be greeted with tantalizing glimpses of snow-capped peaks Kusum Kanguru(6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). Steep climb for 20 mins to reach Monjo – our lunch stop.

Head to the check post to clear our permits and enter Sagarmatha National Park. A busy trail with several interests – small villages, pine forests. After crossing the river again, a steady climb to reach Namche Bazaar – halfway through the climb catch your first glimpse of the mighty three – Everest (8848m), Mt. Nuptse (7879m), and Lhotse (8383m).

Reach Namche Bazaar – a bustling little prosperous town in the Khumbu region surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks.

Overnight: Namche             Trek Duration: 5 – 5 ½ hours.

 

Day 05: Khumjung (3780 m) via Everest View Hotel

Set out from Namche Bazar and reach a small pass – a steep ascent awaits you. Reach Syangboche which features an inoperative airport with a stone plowed runway. A pleasant hike through meadows and small remnants of coniferous forests with beautifully scattered rhododendrons. Kongde Ri (6186m) is behind you.

We reach Everest View Hotel which features unspoiled views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse amongst other Himalayan peaks. Head towards towards Khumjung– the largest Sherpa village in Khumbu.

Overnight: Khumjung           Trek Duration: 3 ½ – 4 ½ hours.

 

Day 06: Phortse (3800 m)

A steep walk towards Mong La pass as we pursue our journey towards EBC. Be greeted with spectacular views of Ama Dablam and Khumbila mountains. Our destination for the day is a very traditional Sherpa village by the name of Phortse where we are likely to spot Himalayan tahr (mountain goats), musk deers and Daphne – the national bird of Nepal.

Overnight: Phortse               Trek Duration: 4 ½ hours.

 

Day 07: Dingboche (4350 m)

Stunning views of Tengboche and Ama Dablam as we climb up a ridge towards Imja Khola Valley. We reach Pangboche which has an ancient monastery famous for its purported possession of Yeti scalp and hand (the hand is believed to have been stolen). Stop for lunch.

Continue up the glacial valley to Dingboche – en route we pass beautifully carved and inscribed prayer stones – a tribute to the gods as offered by the natives of Khumbu region who revere the Himalayas.

Overnight: Dingboche          Trek Duration: 5 ½ hours.

 

Day 08: Rest/Acclimatization: Dingboche (4350 m)

In the mountains, to avoid AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), it is advised to take rest – let the body acclimatize to the change in altitude. Thus today, we allow a rest day and allow our bodies to adapt before heading higher up.

After breakfast hike to the hill top on the left. Magnificent views of the surrounding Himalayas of Amadablum, Thamsherku, Kangtega etc are visible. One also gets to see the Pheriche village from the top.

Overnight: Dingboche          Trek Duration: 3 – 3 ½

 

Day 09: Lobuche (4930 m)

Follow and ill-defined track across the open landscape – a short steep ascent leads to you to a hill top. Travel along the ridge and arrive at Thugla for an early lunch. (Note: Due to the unavailability of water ahead, this is the only lunch stop available, thus an early lunch).

A steep ascent for an hour and we reach a beautiful memorial site – in remembrance to the brave mountaineers who died during their expeditions. The memorial chortens (shrines) dot the skyline facing the mountains and overlook the valley below them.

The trail leads to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. A stunning view of the Pumori (Widow’s Peak) is ahead of us. After an hour of steady trek through the moraine, arrive at the windswept valley of Lobuche. Settle down and absorb without interruption, the mesmerizing views of Tawatse (6501m) and Nuptse (7855m).

Overnight: Lobuche             Trek Duration: 4 – 4 ½ hours.

 

Day 10: Gorakshep (5160m) – Everest Base Camp (5360m) – Gorakshep

Travel along the Khumbu Glacier through jumbled moraines and scattered rocks – on a clear day Everest can be seen looming behind Nuptse. Approach the ridge above Gorakshep and tread down to reach it.

 

Gorakshep was used as EBC during the 1950s expeditions and has several monuments dedicated to Everest expeditioners who lost their lives during their attempts to scale Everest. After a short rest, we head up to the EBC – just below the infamous Khumbu Icefall.

The EBC is not a specific location, more of a scattered region, where each expedition team sets camp before heading on towards the summit. Watch the towering mountain ranges surrounding us and be in awe of the treacherous Khumbu Icefall as we trek alongside it. Return to Gorakshep.

Overnight: Gorakshep          Trek Duration: 7 ½ – 8 ½ hours.

 

Day 11: Kala Patthar (5545m) – back to Pheriche (4371m)

Early breakfast and an arduous trek uphill for about 2 hours, reach Kala Patthar to catch stunning, panoramic, awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas – Everest included. The trip to Kala Pathhar although difficult is rewarding – find yourself deeply immersed in the majestic Himalayas. Catch sights of some of the tallest peaks of the world – Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7855m), Lhotse (8516m), Pumori (7145m), and more. Kala Pathhar offers the closest view available of Everest from Nepal unless you are climbing the peak.

Take some time to fully take in the spectacular view ahead of us before heading back down. From Gorakshep, we collect our belongings and head down the jumbled moraines to reach Lobuche. Continue onward, cross the Sherpa memorial, Thugla Bridge, and take the right hand trail to Pheriche.

Overnight: Pheriche             Trek Duration: 6 ½ – 7 ½ hours.

 

Day 12: Thyangboche (3867m)

After spending days above 4200 metres, most trekkers welcome the thought of returning to warmer weather, and the body yearns for softer climbs. Keeping that in mind, the walk today is a delight.

We start our journey along the walled paths of Dingboche, a slight gradual ascent before we descend towards the gushing Dudh Koshi. Cross Pangboche, and walk to the meadows of Devouche – a lovely fir and rhododendron forest. A short climb during our last leg brings us to Thyangboche.

Overnight: Thyangboche                             Trek Duration: 4 ½ – 5 hours

 

Day 13: Namche Bazaar (3447m)

Retrace our steps through the forests of juniper, rhododendrons and fir to Phunk Tanga. Cross Dudh Kosi, ascend to Trashinga. Stop for a short break and Shanasa – a small town where Tibetan traders have traditional artifacts and souvenirs for sale. Indulge yourself.  An easy walk brings us to Namche Bazaar.

Overnight: Namche                                      Trek Duration: 4 ½ – 5 hours.

 

Day 14: Lukla

We exit the Sagarmatha National Park at the same point we had entered a few days ago. Follow the same footsteps, take in the views of the mountains – our abode for the past few days and make way to Lukla – where we officially finish our trek.

In the evening, a farewell dinner, and may be followed by a few celebratory drinks and dance with our Sherpa companions.

Overnight: Lukla                                           Trek Duration: 6 – 6 ½ hours.

 

Day 15: Flight: Lukla to Kathmandu

A hearty breakfast – our last meal in the lap of the Himalayas and take a short flight to Kathmandu.

Upon arrival, be met by a representative and transferred to hotel.

The remainder of the day is free.

Overnight: Hotel, Kathmandu.

 

Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu

Take the day to explore Kathmandu – a city where the modern meets the traditional.
Note: If you wish to go sightseeing, please contact our representative for tour options.

Overnight: Hotel

 

Day 17: Departure

Last minute shopping of souvenirs and transfer to TIA, Kathmandu for onward journey.
Watch the Himalayas pass by as you relive the memories spent only days ago in the heart of the mountains. Relish on the achievement of a lifetime experience.

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