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Everest Base Camp Trek


Route: Kathmandu – Lukla – Namche – Everest BC – return to Lukla - KTM The trek to Everest Base Camp offers a comprehensive and colourful journey through Nepal’s most famous valley: the Khumbu, the home of Mt Everest (8,848m) and Lhotse (8501m). The trail also offers glimpses of other 8,000m giants: Cho Oyu (8,201m), Makalu (8,463m) and Shishapangma (8,013m). The Khumbu is the main homeland (within Nepal) of the Sherpa people, an ethnic group famous for their hardiness, spirit and mountaineering prowess.
 
 
 
 

Trip Facts

  • Price Starts From: USD 2,200

  • Duration: 19 Days, 18 Nights

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate Trekking

  • Type:

  • Activity: Trekking

  • Max. Altitude: 5300m

  • Destination: Nepal

Trip Highlights

Inclusions

Internal fixed wing flights, trekking permit fees, 4 nights in Kathmandu hotel equivalent to Hotel Tibet or Radisson (Lazimpat or similar), experienced trekking guides, team transport in Nepal, lodge accommodation on trek (tent accommodation where trek includes stay at EB expedition camp April / May season), extensive high altitude wilderness first aid kit, all meals outside Kathmandu plus breakfast in Kathmandu, porters to carry personal/group equipment on trek, plus receive a trekking duffel.

Exclusions

International flights to and from Kathmandu, lunch and dinners in Kathmandu (allow USD $10- 15 per meal), aerated and alcoholic beverages, personal items (e.g. phone calls, internet, laundry), tips, travel insurance (incl. early departure, evacuation / rescue) and personal trekking gear.
 
 
 
 

Trip Map

Short Itinerary

Day 1:   Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2:   In Kathmandu
Day 3:   Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m), trek to Monjo (2,840m) ~5 hrs
Day 4:   Trek Monjo (2,840m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) ~5 hrs
Day 5:   Acclimatisation day in Namche ~ 5 hrs
Day 6:   Trek Namche (3,440m) to Phortse (3,810m) ~ 5 hrs
Day 7:   Trek Phortse (3,810m) to Pangboche (3,930m) ~2.5 hrs
Day 8:   Trek Pangboche (3,930m) to Dingboche (4,410m) ~4 hrs
Day 9:   Acclimatisation in Dingboche ~5 hrs
Day 10:   Trek Dingboche (4410m) to Lobuche (4910m) ~5 hr
Day 11:   Trek Lobuche (4,910m) to Gorak Shep (5,140m) and Kala Patar (5,550m) ~7 hrs
Day 12:   Trek Gorak Shep (5,140m) to Everest BC (5,300m) ~4 hrs
Day 13:   Trek EBC (5,300m) to Pheriche (4,270m) ~7 hrs
Day 14:   Trek Pheriche (4,270m) to Tengboche (3,860m) ~4 hrs
Day 15:   Trek Tengboche (3,860m) to Monjo (2,840m) ~ 5 hrs
Day 16:   Trek Monjo (2,840m) to Lukla (2,840m) ~ 3 hrs
Day 17:   Fly Lukla to Kathmandu, stay in Kathmandu
Day 18:   In Kathmandu
Day 19:   Depart Kathmandu
 
 
 
 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu

An Expedition Base representative will collect you from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport. It’s then a free day to recover from your international flight. Later in the day, there will be a team briefing, gear check and welcome team dinner.

Day 2

In Kathmandu

This is a free day for you to explore Kathmandu. Home to 5 World Heritage sites, Kathmandu is a stunning landscape of handcrafted wooden palaces (Durbar or palace squares of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur) and glorious Buddhist stupas (Swayambu and Boudhanath).

Day 3

Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m), trek to Monjo (2,840m) ~5 hrs

Our day begins with an early morning 40 min or so flight to Lukla. Once in Lukla, we have a short break to organize porters and gear before starting our day’s walk, descending and ascending to Monjo. This region is Buddhist so remember to walk clockwise or to the left of mani walls and prayer flag poles (keeping them on your right) .

Day 4

Trek Monjo (2,840m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) ~5 hrs

Before leaving Monjo, we’ll check into the Sagarmatha National Park Information Centre. On a clear day, you can catch your first view of Mt Everest from a lookout about mid-way up the hill to Namche. Once in Namche, you have the afternoon to rest, do last minute gear shopping or catch locals enjoying the Saturday market. There are lots of great cafes in which to relax and enjoy special treats.

Day 5

Acclimatisation day in Namche ~ 5 hrs

We spend an extra day in Namche before trekking higher to allow our bodies to adjust to the increased altitude. In the morning, we will walk up to the Everest View Hotel to enjoy panoramic and you can explore the villages of Khunde and/or Khumjung. The afternoon is free for exploring Namche, or relaxing, as you wish.

Day 6

Trek Namche (3,440m) to Phortse (3,810m) ~ 5 hrs

We pass a chorten in memory of Tenzing Sherpa, Sir Edmund Hillary’s climbing partner, before reaching Kyangjuma to break for morning tea. We soon take the high trail up to Mong for lunch enroute to Phortse, well known as a potato and buckwheat growing area.

Day 7

Trek Phortse (3,810m) to Pangboche (3,930m) ~2.5 hrs

The trail to Pangboche is an easy day of traversing with views of Tengboche monastery just across the valley. Pangboche is the highest permanent settlement with the oldest monastery in the Khumbu. The horizon from here to Lobuche is dominated by Ama Dablam, (6,856m).

Day 8

Trek Pangboche (3,930m) to Dingboche (4,410m) ~4 hrs

High altitude scrubs replace trees and formidable mountains suddenly appear within reach. Dingboche is the first of a series of settlements leading to EBC established to accommodate trekkers. Beautiful views towards Mt Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam – and more!

Day 9

Acclimatisation in Dingboche ~5 hrs

It’s a rest day in Dingboche to acclimatise to our increased altitude gain. In the morning, we’ll walk up to a lookout to touch the 5,000m mark. It’s a steep climb but on a clear day expect views of giants Makalu (8,463m), Lhotse (8,501m), Nuptse (7,861m) and
on clear days, Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Shishapangma (8,013m)

Day 10

Trek Dingboche (4410m) to Lobuche (4910m) ~5 hr

Just above Dingboche and along a plateau of yak herder shelters, we enter a serene sanctuary of panoramic mountains. You will pass Dughla, and it’s a 1 hr hike up to Thukla (4,830m) then onto Lobuche for the night.

Day 11

Trek Lobuche (4,910m) to Gorak Shep (5,140m) and Kala Patar (5,550m) ~7 hrs

Gorak Shep is the last settlement before reaching EBC. From Lobuche, it’s a short trek of a couple of hours across a glacier moraine to reach there around mid morning. We then walk a trail up the large black hill behind our teahouse. The summit of Kala Patar or ‘Black Rock’ offers us our first real look at Mt Everest, an unobstructed view of the highest mountain in the world.

Day 12

Trek Gorak Shep (5,140m) to Everest BC (5,300m) ~4 hrs

Today, we reach Everest BC! In the northern spring, expect to see many tents and much activity within the camp. You’ll have the opportunity of spending the night in tents at Everest BC. In the northern autumn, instead of staying at Everest BC, we’ll spend a day visiting Ama Dablam base camp or simply relaxing, as you wish.

Day 13

Trek EBC (5,300m) to Pheriche (4,270m) ~7 hrs

As we trek the undulating glacier trail back to Thukla and Pheriche, we look back and around at the snow peaks within this wonderous valley. We continue the downhill trail to Pheriche.

Day 14

Trek Pheriche (4,270m) to Tengboche (3,860m) ~4 hrs

With every step descending, you will feel rejuvenated with increasing oxygen in the air. We have lunch at Pangboche, cross the river and pass through Deboche to reach our destination of Tengboche for the night. Tengboche monastery is famous for hosting the major Buddhist festival, Mani Rimdu, in November.

Day 15

Trek Tengboche (3,860m) to Monjo (2,840m) ~ 5 hrs

It’s a big descent from Tengboche to the Dudh koshi river crossing, followed by a 45 min hike up the other side heading back to Namche. The trail from here is an easy traverse with familiar sights of Thamserku and the Kongde range. We pause in Namche for lunch before making another big descent back to the valley floor, and you feel the temperatures starting to warm up as you descend.

Day 16

Trek Monjo (2,840m) to Lukla (2,840m) ~ 3 hrs

Enjoy the sights of the mani walls around Ghat and other villages, as we make our way back to Lukla.

Day 17

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu, stay in Kathmandu

Another early morning flight out of Lukla back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy a rest, shower or a massage!

Day 18

In Kathmandu

Your last day to take in some sightseeing, shop, relax and prepare for departure. If you didn’t make it to Bhaktapur or the other durbar squares in Patan/Kathmandu, maybe add to your adventures for today.

Day 19

Depart Kathmandu

Goodbye Kathmandu and Nepal... until next time. We will be sad to see you go. We hope to see you again soon!
   
 
 
 
 

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