Everest base camp trekking is as close as you can get to Mt. Everest. First climbed in1953 by Hillary and Tenzing, this trip introduces you to a legendary trail. Our route passes by Gorakshep which was the base camp of Hillary and Tenzing that adds glory and recalls the history of this epic journey. This pretty challenging trek offers you the unbelievable natural beauty of Nepal – the Himalayan pheasant, amazing views of Everest and you could explore the enormous landscapes, alpine country and beautiful villages that have made this region a crowd puller for decades.
The trek to base camp is a passage consisting of green terraced villages, lush meadows, thrilling airy suspension bridges, dense forests with immense flora and fauna, wonderful spots of nature that brings calm, and short breaks at local ‘teahouses’ which are cozy and comfortable to be in, all in the laps of the majestic peaks of this surreal region. The welcoming Khumbu Valley can be explored to your heart’s content, with modest, kind and welcoming hearts of the folks of Khumbu. The feeling when we start humming our favorite songs while hiking through the most wonderful terrains and peaks, enjoying our night camp firesides in comfortable lodgings is probably the most wonderful feeling a trekker can experience hereabouts…
Our Everest base camp trek begins with a flight to Hillary’s Lukla airport at (2800 meters). this follows with a dreamy journey through the colourful Sherpa Village/town of Namche Bazaar [said to be the Las Vegas of the Khumbu] to Gorakshep as we plod on to the dizzy heights of Kalapathar at (5545m), this is where our emotions go on overdrive as we witness brain storming views of Everest along with some of the greatest peaks on planet earth. The trek goes above 3000 meters into high alpine country of the Khumbu and Imja valleys; vegetation is scarce hereabouts. There is plenty of time to enjoy the natural wonders of the region, the Sherpa culture and the Buddhist monasteries. Local teahouses offer ‘Chyang’ (mountain millet beer famous especially on the Himalayas), which warm us up with its unique flavor. The multi-colored fluttering flags of Buddhism, and beautifully carved Mani stones lining the hillsides, is a wonderful sight to behold. These flags fluttering in the mountain winds whisper odes of prayers to the brave souls who lost their lives while attempting to conquer the majestic Mt. Everest.
The trek provides enough acclimatization at Namche and we haul up in some of the most interesting villages on the way for some rest and a chat with the locals, giving us deep insights into their lives and traditions. Together we retrace the classic “Everest Approach March” made famous by Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. As we backtrack to Namche to wrap us this wonderful odyssey, we go on to Lukla for our last night on these mountains where we celebrate the trip with a few dancing jigs with our crew whom we befriended over the weeks and hop our flight to Kathmandu and the luxuries of a warm soft bed at our hotel…
Day 1 : Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
Day 2: Orientation and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2804 meters) trek to Phakding (2610 meters) 3-4 hours.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 6 hours.
Day 5: Namche Bazaar – This is a day for Acclimatization.
Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) reckons this takes about five hours.
Day 7: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) this will take approximately five hours
Day 8: Trek from Dingboche to Duglha (4600m.) which takes about 3-4 hours.
Day 9: Trek from Duglha to Lobuche (4,950 m) 3-4 hours trek.
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) then return to Gorakshep (5170m.) 7 -8 hours
Day 11: Ascend to Kalapathar (5,550m) & return to Pheriche (4,280 m) 8-9 hours trek.
Day 12: Pheriche-Pangboche-Kyangjuma [3,500 m/11,280 ft]: 6 -7 hrs
Day 13: Trek from Kyangjuma to Khumjung [3810 m/12500 ft] – Monjo (2850m} 5-6 hrs trek
Day 14: Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2,800m.) 4-5 hours trek.
Day 15: Lukla – Kathmandu – departure for the green, green grass of home
Note: The above itinerary should be taken only as a guideline; it could change due to fluctuating weather patterns, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions related to the environment. In case of any trek Itinerary alteration or if it needs to be re-routed to other areas, your Group Leader or senior Sherpa Guide will make the final decision after consulting the group.
It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip over a delightful welcome Nepalese dinner. This is your first night in historical Kathmandu.
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath. At eventide, you will be finally briefed about your trip & equipments. Overnight at your hotel
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) which takes about 30 minutes. You begin today’s trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Kosi River. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, and is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at a Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Kosi to Phakding. Stay overnight in a tea house lodge
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about five hours. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set up to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche Bazaar and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Kongde-Ri and Tawache peak. You will also visit some of the village monasteries on the way trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Stay overnight at a hotel in Namche
On this day we rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization at a high altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. For acclimatization you walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set up by the late Sir Edmund Hillary and you can also hike for an hour up to Tengboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for some outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Center and Museum just above the town. Stay overnight at Namche.
As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and splendid views appear. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3860m). Stay overnight at lodge.
Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of well cultivated lush green fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Stay overnight at lodge.
The onward journey leads north for up to 50-minutes until you come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below. Today's walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m) Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After 1 ½ to 2 hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Duglha (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of the Khumbu glacier. Stop at Duglha, for lunch, before continuing for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break, continue (1 ½ to 2 hours) of trekking up to Lobuche which is hidden and sheltered from the wind.
Beyond Duglha we trek up the steep difficult moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We find our path through the boulder-strewn slope as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an uncanny ridge top with dramatic mountains views. An early start is necessary today, as we have to cross Cho La and make the long descent to Lobuche. As we hike up the valley, we cross a ridge and an old lateral moraine, before beginning the rocky scramble to the pass. From the pass there are excellent views, across to the famous Rolwaling Valley in the west and Ama Dablam to the south east. The descent from the pass involves the crossing of a small glacier [often snow covered] which is fairly straightforward. There are more excellent views of Ama Dablam and the forbidding north face of Cholatse as we descend to the pastures below. The way to Lobuche contours the grassy slopes above a lake, the Tshola Tsho, to join up with the main Everest trail from Pheriche and Thyangboche. The trail flattens out and follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier as we plod on to Lobuche for the night.
For the trek to Everest Base Camp, a very early start is required. It takes several hours on a trail across the Khumbu Glacier which weaves its way along translucent ice pinnacles and past seemingly bottomless crevasses. At Base Camp, there will hopefully be an expedition 'in residence' and there are great views up into the Khumbu Icefall where there is often some climbing activity. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the south Col. We then return to Gorakshep. We will spend approximately 4 and half hours trekking up to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep. The trek is on a glacier and snow- capped rocks. We can also see many small frozen lakes around the Everest Base Camp area. We then return to Gorakshep for our stay overnight at a lodge.
After some early morning tea/coffee, we climb to Kalapathar (5545m.) and enjoy a spectacular sunrise view. From Kalapatthar you can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks that include a host of famous ones: Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more huge peaks. Yaks are normally regarded as four legged porters in this area due to its tough terrain which would be difficult for human porters. The town of Pheriche is also known as a highly windy town.
Hereabouts, you can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. The Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post is also located here and foreign volunteer doctors provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people in this area. We stay overnight at a lodge.
we will trek down through hillocks blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it's spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers set our surroundings ablaze. Depending on our hunger and condition, we either have our lunch in Pangboche or wait until we reach Phunki Tenga for a lunch break. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River trail, we then follow the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sanasa which is the major trail junction in the region. We stop at Kyangjuma (3570 m/11,710 ft) for a relaxed lunch & rest our weary bones. We unknowingly appreciate the gorgeous Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse with every bite. Following lunch, the trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc, while we pass through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. We want to take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche from here. On reaching our lodge, we take a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in our room in Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar
Today's journey starts with a climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. Trekking up for about 2 hours and then leveling off until we reach the village of Khumjung. The Khumjung valley surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, hosts a well-known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit Hillary School which is at the same site. Another set of busy and colorful monasteries, lined with prayer flags and prayer wheels, are braced along the slopes high above this traditional village. We might have our lunch near Phunki Tenga. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. We want to take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche from here. After Namche we walk down to the hill, cross some suspension bridges and reach Monjo for an overnight stay.
By today we begin to get warmed up by a pleasant light breeze. Although we are traveling the same route down, we feel completely different with new views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We take time and walk leisurely today as this is the last day of our trek. We feel the Sherpa villages' impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we have plenty of time to relax, stretch those tired, sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the conclusion of an amazing trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with real happy faces! Upon arrival in Lukla, we stroll around while our leader will re-confirm our flight ticket. In the evening, we enjoy a celebration last dinner with your crew. Overnight in Lodge
After an early breakfast, hoping for good weather, we board our 35 minutes flight for Kathmandu. We bid farewell to these wonderful mountains that sheltered us all of these days as our journey in Nepal concludes today on a merry note! There is not much except send a few mails home telling the folks about the dream holidays you enjoyed.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 15 Days
Difficulty Level : Strenuous
Minimum Altitude : 1300m
Maximum Altitude : 5545m.
Group Size : 2-20 People
Activities : Trekking, Sightseeing
Transportation : Flight, Car & Jeep
Best Season : Sep/ Oct/ Nov/Feb/ Mar/ April and May.
Accommodation : 3-4 star hotel in kathmandu, Normal hotel in Trekking