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Everest Base Camp Trekking

Everest Base Camp Trekking

 

Everest Base Camp Trekking is the second most popular trekking trail in Nepal . It would probably the most popular destination to the people all around the world. Everest region is justifiably famous, not only for its proximity to the world's highest mountain (8848m) but also for its Sherpa people, picturesque villages great variety of cultures and traditions, colorful festivals and monasteries. The flora and fauna are other ornaments of the Sagarmatha National Park . The story of the yeti is still a mystery to the world from the Khumbu region. The main highlight of the trekking that we offer is the visit to the Everest Base Camp at an elevation of 5340m. An Everest trek involves a tremendous amount of up and down walking. All the rivers in this part of Nepal flow south from Himalayan glaciers, but the trek route proceeds east. Therefore the trail must climb to the ridge that separates two rivets, descend to the river itself and ascend the next ridge. Most of our trips start with a scenic flight landing you at the airstrip of Lukla 2850m from where you begin your walking to the sherpa villages and ends up with the another scenic flight back to Kathmandu offering that view at a lifetime.

 

Your objective is to visit Everest Base Camp (5400), scene of so many triumphs and tragedies or even more challenging, Kalapathar (5545 m) with its superb view of Everest, the Khumbu Glacier and the surrounding peaks. This is for those who have dreamed of seeing Everest close up.

 

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 General Facts of Everest Base Camp Trekking:

Trip Days : 17 Days.
Everest Base Camp Trekking Days: 14 Days.
Maximum Altitude: 5545m.
Weather : Be well equipped for coldness. 
Accommodation : Camping / Guest House Available (T-House)
Transportation Facilites: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla.
Trek Grade: Moderate to Strenuous. 
Medical Facilities : Himalayan Rescue Association Health Post at Pheriche
Sir Edmund Hillary built Hospital at Thame. 
Communication Facilities: Telephones / Internet available at Namche. 
Rescue Operations : Helicopter Flights from Kathmandu. 
Per day Trekking: 5 to 7 hours.
Best Season: February - May / September - December

 

Everest Base Camp Trek Summary:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla (2850 m) trek to Phakding (2650 m)

Day 03: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazzar(3440m.)

Day 04: Rest day in Namche Bazzar(3440m.)

Day 05: Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3865m.)

Day 06: Tengboche to Pheriche (4250m.)

Day 07: Rest day in Pheriche (4250m)

Day 08: Trek Pheriche to Lobuche (4900m)

Day 09: Trek Lobuche to Gorakhshep (5160m.)

Day 10: Trek Gorakhshep Kalapattar (5545m) - EBC (5400m) - Gorakhshep

Day 11: Trek Gorekhshep to Pangboche (3975m.)

Day 12: Trek Pangboche to Namche (3440m.)

Day 13: Trek Namche to Lukla (2850m.)

Day 14: Lukla fly back to Kathmandu (1300m.)

Day 15:Transfer to Airport for final Departure.


Detailed Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Upon your arrival our representative will pickup from the airport and transfer to Hotel. After short refreshment we will conduct a briefing of the Everest Base Camp Trek.

 

Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla (2850 m) trek to Phakding (2650 m)
A short spectacular mountain flight to Lukla (2850m) early in the morning takes us to the gateway of the Everest trek. After a short explore of Lukla village, the trek starts with a descent towards the Dudh Koshi River which meets the main trail of our trek. This fairly easy 4-5 hours trek passes trough few pleasant Sherpa villages and provides magnificent views of Kongde and Kusumkangaru; two of Nepal's technical trekking peaks. We fnally reach Phakding where we stay for the night.

 

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazzar(3440m.)
We start the morning with slow ascend through the blue pine and rhododendron forest that is very spectacular in the spring months when the flowers are in full bloom. We will cross the Dudh Koshi River at Benkar and enjoy great views of the snow peaks Kusum Kangaru and Thamserku until we reach Monjo. After Monjo the trek will be a little strenuous with steep ascent. We then enter the Sagarmatha National Park where our permits are checked before we descend quite steeply to Jorsale. The trek continues upstream on a flat terrain to the confluence of the Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. After crossing a large suspension bridge high above the river we climb steeply up to the village of Namche Bazaar where we will have the first glimpse of Everest including , Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Tawoche. This is a slow 6-7 Hours walk to reach Namche where we spend the night.

 

Day 04: Rest day in Namche Bazzar(3440m.)
Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town, before the clouds move in, reward climbers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam. On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. There is the option of walking up to the Everest View Hotel 3,900m to khumjung Hillary village or day hike to Thame. Over night stay Namche in same hotel.

 

Day 05: Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3865m.)
From Namche, the trail continues on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi through few villages and numerous tea shops. We descend steeply before we cross over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch where we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. On most treks we see Himalayan Thar, Danphe (the National Bird of Nepal) and Musk Deer along the trail. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery; the largest in the Khumbu. We spend the night next to the Thyangboche monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. It takes 6-7 hours to reach there where we spend the night.

 

Day 06: Tengboche to Pheriche (4250m.)
From Tengboche we walk through rhododendron forests, and then descend a muddy trail to Debuche to cross the Imja Khola River. On the trail we pass several Mani walls, then a couple of shortens on the way to Pangboche. The Pangboche Gompa is the oldest in the Khumbu area. When the trail to Pheriche crosses a small hill you can see not only the village, but Island Peak, one of Nepal's most famous trekking peaks, very closer view of famous mountain Ama Dablam many more mountain views. It takes around 5 hours to reach Pheriche where we stay in guest house for the night.

 

Day 07: Rest day in Pheriche (4250m)
A day to rest and acclimatize. The best way to acclimatize is to go high and sleep low, so we will climb towards Mhera Peak, at 5200m, from where there is a spectacular view of Nuptse, Island peak, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Khangtega, Tawache Peak, Cholatse and Lobuche Peak. We also get to wander up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. We can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche for the view of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Mt.Lhotse. Overnight stay at same guest house.

 

Day 08: Pheriche to Lobuche (4900m)
We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest over the past 50 years. . From here the view is enthralling. Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, and across the border in Tibet. Changtse are seen at the head of the valley, whilst Everest is hidden behind the towering walls of Nuptse and Lhotse. We then follow the valley stream to our lodge at Lobuje where we will be arriving early afternoon after 5-6 hours trek.

 

Day 09: Lobuche to Gorakhshep (5160m.)
After breakfast we follow the broad valley running parallel to the Khumbu glacier. The trail ascends gradually to the moraines of the Changri Nup Glacier but from here we make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that leads eventually to Gorak Shep. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We will take lunch at Gorakh Shep where we stay over night in guest house.

 

Day 10: Gorakhshep Kalapattar (5545m) - EBC (5400m) - Gorakhshep
Early morning we hike to the best view point of Khumbu region;the Kalapattar.This is literarily the best view point of Mount Everest and many more other high mountains. From the top of Kalapattar we see mountains all around us with Khumbu glacier too. After lunch we descend down to Everest Base Camp. From Base Camp we do not get views of Everest but we will be able to see the notorious Everest Ice Fall which is regarded as the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain. 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 return to Gorakh Shep stay there for the overnight.

 

Day 11: Gorekhshep to Pangboche (3975m.)
From today we are going back to Lukla by the same way; so every view and every thing are same as mention in previous days itineraries. Today's trek is mostly downhill. We retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, where we will take our lunch. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche. It takes around 6 hours where we stay for the overnight.

 

Day 12: Pangboche to Namche (3440m.)
We continue the descend following the river, cross it over, climb back through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche crossing the small villages of Deboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche. It takes around 7 hours where we stay for the night.

 

Day 13: Namche to Lukla (2850m.)
Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla. It takes around 7 hours to go back to Lukla where we stay for the night. This last evening calls for a celebration. We have a party with our Sherpa guides and porters. We sample some change (local beer) and try out some Sherpa dance steps. Altogether an end to a memorable trip on a merry note.

 

Day 14: Lukla fly back to Kathmandu (1300m.)
Early morning 05:30 for breakfast then check in airport for flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer from the airport to the hotel.

 

Day 15: Transfer to Airport for final Departure.


Include & Exclude

The Above Cost Includes:

All accommodation in Kathmandu on Bed and Breakfast Basis.

Free one full day sightseeing in Kathmandu.

All Transportation by luxurious reserved tourist coach.

All Trekking arrangement (Guide,Sherpa, and Helpers).

All meals (Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner) in Trekking.

Accommodation in Trekking on T-House or Guest House.

Kathmandu-Lukla-kathmandu domestic flight.

Trekking permit and all entry permits.

 

Above Cost Doesnot Includes:

Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu .

Personal nature cost,Beverages,Personal insurance and personal tips.

Beverages like coke,fanta,mineral water,Beers and wines.

 

FAQ About Everest Base Camp Trekking

1. I am interested in Everest Base Camp Trekking. How do i book my Everest Trekking ?
In order to book Everest Base Camp Trekking you can simply sent email to any of the government registered trekking agencies in Nepal and follow the process as per the company standard.

 

2. How is Everest Base Camp Trek after 2015 Earthquake ?

Everest Base Camp Trek is fully running after the 2015 earthquake. It was neither closed nor affected by the earthquake. Some of the guest houses were slightly affected but after repair all are in operation.

 

3. I have never done Trekking before so how much difficult will Everest Base Camp Trekking for the Begineers ?
Most of our trekkers are first timer. As per our past experience all of our begineer client has successfully completed Everest Base Camp Trek. It depends on your level of fitness and stamina. So we recommend you to walk daily atleast a 2 month before starting your Everest Trekking.

 

4. Do i need guide and Porter during my Trekking or i can Travel to Base Camp on my own ?
Well there are so many FIT's who prefer to travel on their own without any support but we never suggest you to do so. Your safety is our primary concern so we always advise and suggest trekkers to travel with government registered experienced guide and porter to overcome any unforeseen circumstances.

 

5. How will be my accommodation during my Everest Base Camp Trekking ?
You can get from Budget to Deluxe accommodation as per your requirement and travelling budget.

 

6. How do i buy Flight ticket to Lukla ?
Your trekking operator will book flight tickets to you. Those FIT's who are travelling to Everest Base Camp on their own can also buy only flight ticket from us.

 

7. Are there any ATM's on the Everest Base Camp Trek?
Yes, but they don't always work and are only available sporadically. It's far better to get all your money ready in Kathmandu.

 

8. Can I Drink the Water on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

We donot suggest you to drink Tap water. Bring water purifying tablets to save money and the environment. At higher elevations during the coldest times of year the water will freeze, so you’ll need to buy boiled water from teahouses. Buy a decent thermos flask or plastic water container in Kathmandu so that you can fill up with hot, boiled water at the beginning of the day – starting with hot water will stop it freezing.

 

9. Will My Travel Insurance Cover Me for the Everest Base Camp Trek?

It depends upon the insurance policy you purchase. You need to buy your travel insurance from your own country. While buying your insurance policy for Everest Base Camp trek you should make sure that your policy cover for trekking up to 6000m on recognised routes. You should also ensure you are covered for helicopter evacuation from the mountains in emergencies.

 

10. What are the list of equipment necessary for Everest Base Camp Trekking ?
For the list of equipment you can visit: http://www.yatranepal.com/check-list.

 

11. What type of medical facilities are available during Everest Base Camp Trek ?
Medical facilities operate on a seasonal basis. During peak season there are basic altitude clinics in Gokyo and Pheriche, and a more sophisticated facility in Namche. There are pharmacies in Namche and Lukla, and a small hospital in Khumjung, but other than that you’re on your own. It’s important to bring all medicines you think you might need with you, including treatments for every minor ailment you’ve ever had, all the common stomach bugs and AMS, and to have full medical cover, including helicopter evacuation , on your travel insurance.

 

12. Which is the best time of the year to do Everest Base Camp Trekking ?
Alike other trekking routes and regions Everest region also has the same season for trekking. please visit: http://www.yatranepal.com/when-to-travel to know about best time to do trekking in Nepal along with Everest Base Camp.

 

13. How do you communicate back home and updates?
There are internet cafes in Lukla, Namache and a few villages up to Gorak Shep (last before Everest Base Camp). They charge a reasonable price for being where it is but not 100% reliable. Satellite phones are the most common method. Nowadays even cell phones work in the Everest Base Camp route.

Everest Base Camp

Average EBC Weather

Month

Max°F

Min°F

January

39.0

3.0

February

41.0

6.0

March

64.0

13.0

April

53.0

7.0

May

61.0

16.0

June

68.0

25.0

July

66.0

32.0

August

64.0

33.0

September

62.0

28.0

October

56.0

10.0

November

47.0

12.0

December

42.0

4.0

Everest Trek Map