The Everest Base Camp Trek, one of the grandest treks in the world, is an unparalleled opportunity to trek in the Himalayas where Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set off on their epic journey in 1953. The trip also includes acclimatization and a cultural trek into the scenic Sherpa heartland of the Khumbu Valley.
Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Himalayan range near the Khumbu region with four of the world’s six tallest peaks of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu rising above everything in view. Besides trekking, take a glimpse into the life of world famous climbers, the Sherpas. The trek further provides an immense opportunity to survey around the world heritage site of the Sagarmatha National Park, which hosts a variety of Himalayan flora and fauna and to explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, after completion of our custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up from airport and transfer to hotel. Depending on time if we have enough time we will hang around thamel and buy some necessary gears.
In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner and short briefing.Today, there will be a meeting to brief all the members about upcoming trip by your Trek Leader. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.
Day 02: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3 hours trek (Trekking times only)
After breakfast, we will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight in Phakding.
Included meals: breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 03: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 6 hrs
Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the DudhKoshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch wonderful prospect of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6608 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we will enter the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the DudhKoshi and BhoteKoshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Upon this juncture, we stop at Top Danda to admire the view. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading center of this region. We stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 04: Namche Bazaar: Rest day
This is the first of the two days set aside for "acclimatization". Health experts recommends to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day's hike to Thame or visiting Syangboche Everest View Hotel you can explore Namche Bazaar after lunch. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various flora and faunas of Everest region.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,876m/12,694ft): 6-7 hrs
Upon breakfast in Namche, we set out towards Tengboche, enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. AmaDablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows more or less smooth trail with few ups and downs which will not bother us as the magnificent view of the Himalayas keeps our company all through the journey. Along the way, we have chances of spotting wi musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail goes gradually down after Kyangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The trail then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over the DudhKoshi River, we reach PhunkiThanga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at PhunkiThenga, we gear up for a slightly tougher climb through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Mt AmaDablam, Mt Nuptse, and Mt Everest, and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. We pay our visit to the monastery the same day at around 3 pm to witness the ceremony in the principal and popular monastery of Everest region. Overnight stay at a lodge at Tengboche.
Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,358 m/14,300ft): 6 hrs
With mountains at its backdrop, the monastery at Tengboche looks more spectacular in the morning. At this juncture, we can take pictures of the monastery and the scenery around and as usual start the day journey. We choose the upper trail for better views on the way to Pangboche village. We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. The place where we stop for lunch not only serves delicious food but also allows a fantastic close-up view of Mt AmaDablam. In the afternoon, we walk north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt AmaDablam. From here onwards, the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley gradually unfolds as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. We descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. On arrival at Dingboche, we will see beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight at Dingboche.
Day 07: Dingboche (4,358 m/14,300ft): Acclimatisation Day
We spend our second day of acclimatization at Dingboche. A refreshing breakfast while admiring a looming AmaDablam (6856m/ 22493 ft) to the south is really fantastic. To better appreciate Mt AmaDablam, Mt Lhotse and numerous other peaks visible from Dingboche, we climb the ridge of Nagarzhang on the north behind the village. This willbe an ideal acclimatizing excursion. Upon this juncture, we can see three of the world's six highest peaks, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Cho Yu. To the west, loom the towering peaks of Cholatse (6440 m/21,126 ft) and Taboche (6542 m/ 21,463 ft). As we look northwest, we see an array of peaks rising at the head of the Khumbu Khola valley. The Lobuche West and Lobuche East peaks are most dominant along with Lhotse which stands over 8500 meters (8501m/27, 890 ft). From a vantage point high on the ridge, we can scan the sweeping ImjaKhola valley as well as the picturesque fields and pastures of Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.
Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910 m/15,090 ft): 5 hrs
We start the day with a climb to Lobuche through the Khumbu Khola valley. The walk along the arid terrace is rewarding with awesome views of mountains on all sides. After 2.5 hour walk we reach Thukla for lunch.Beyond Thukla, we climb up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend ChupkiLhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountain views. At the top of the ridge, we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter BabuChiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountaineer) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and MahalangurHimal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive. Mt Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As we pass along a murmuring stream leaving the Khumbu Glacier behind, we now begin to feel a little out of breath due to high altitude. Overnight at Lobuche.
Day 09: Lobuche-GorakShep (5,180 m/16,961ft) - Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) - GorakShep: 8 - 9 hrs
The trail to GorakShep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid signpost. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to ThangmaRiju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach GorakShep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world - Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast GorakShep Lake. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. We will spend half an hour than we will back to Gorakshep. Over night Gorakshep.
Day 10: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft)- Pheriche (4280 m/14,070 ft): 8 - 9 hours
We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar and witness the first light of day caress the peaks of the mountains, particularly, Mt. Everest. However, we need to be prepared for an early morning departure, amid predawn darkness and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C). Further, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we can pause to catch breath at several outstanding view points from where we can snap great pictures. After one and half hour of steep ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and we start to trek back Pheriche from Gorakshep .Along the pheriche valley , is regarded as the windiest valley so wind cheater will be recommended. Overnight stay in Pheriche.
Day 11: Pheriche to Kyangjuma (3600m) : 5-6 hours
On this day in the morning we will descend down to Kyangjuma from Pheriche via Pangboche (3930m). We will touch the Pheriche pass (4210m) in the starting of the trek. On the way of Pangboche we can see some beautiful Gompas and from Pangboche it’s a stone steps down to the Tengboche for lunch . After enjoying lunch with Everest View , we start our descent to phunkithanga before we have our final ascent of 1.5 hrs to Kyangjuma. Kyangjuma is a small settlement of few teahouse lodges with amazing view of Thamserku and Ama Dablam .Overnight stay in Tengboche.
Day 12: Kyangjuma to Monjo (2830m ) : 5 hours
The trek back to Namche itself is spectacular on itself with the views of mountains and valley down south.We descend down to Namche bazaar for tea break and then continue our trek to Monjo . We exit the National park and then a short trek to Monjo after exiting National Park.
Day 13: Monjo – Lukla(2835 m ) : 5 hours
Early morning after breakfast, we start our last day of trek to lukla. The undulating trail crosses thru several sherpa villages till Chheplung and a short ascend to lukla as a home stretch trek. You can relax and enjoy your last day in the Himalayas and celebrate the last day with the crew members . Your tour leader will inform you about tipping the crew members as the porters won't be coming to Kathmandu as it shows your gratitude towards the people who have assisted in your trek . Make them happy. Overnight stay in Lukla.
Day 14: Lukla - Kathmandu and shopping
Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at hotel. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner.
Day 15: Final Departure
Asia Voyage representative will drop you to airport according to your flight schedule.
Included Meals : B