Everest Basecamp Trek
- CNN International recommended Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal as one of the best top ten adventure trip in the world for 2011
- The Everest Base Camp trek was ranked the world’s 10th best journey in 2003.
- UK’s leading magazine The Observer a sister publication of UK’s Guardian published an article in its Sunday edition where “Everest Base Camp trek of Nepal” was listed in the 20 Journeys of a Lifetime.
A CLASSIC AND AFFORDABLE TOUR TO MOUNT EVEREST
At the base of Mount Everest on its southern side lies the Everest Base Camp scaled by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa in 1952 which was 50 years ago!
The home of the Sherpa’s and inhabited by the Yaks, Everest Base Camp trek is our most popular trek and has been the safest route since forever!
The base camp is situated in the Himalayas at a height of 5600 meters / 18,370 feet. There are no rocky ridges to traverse, no scrambling or technical climbing but just a good well-graded path accessible to all keen hikers and trekkers which lead all the way to the base of Mt.Everest. Nevertheless, one aspect that should not be underestimated is that your efforts to experience the Mt.Everest trail and its remarkable culture, history and scenery will take place at an altitude. The key to trekking to Everest Base Camp is consequently being careful while pacing and taking plenty of time to accommodate.
With more than a decade of experience of organizing treks to the Himalayas you can be certain that trips offered by Earthbound Expeditions Nepal intended for Everest Base Camp allows you optimum adaptation time to the mountains because of the days you would have spent either by just walking for a couple of hours or even while resting.
- If by any odds you are not able to make it to Mt.Everest, you can also opt to trek simply up to Kalapathar viewpoint which offers you with a close up sight of Mt.Everest.
- Everest Base Camp trek can also be coupled with Island Peak Expedition which can be further combined with Gokyo Chola Pass.
18 days Amazing walking holidays, Everest Base Camp trekking in Nepal
14 days lodge to lodge Everest base camp trek, up to world renown stunning mountain view point Kala patthar (5500mtr)
4 days in Kathmandu sightseeing, world heritage sights
Trip Details & Facts
On our way to Everest Base Camp we will
- Walk amongst the highest mountains in the world.
- Will have time to be accustomed to the environment and get ample rest during the trek.
- Enjoy full meals in family run lodges in the Khumbu Region.
Some FACTS about Everest Base camp trekking in Nepal
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu- Nepal – 1300 meters
- Day 02: Kathmandu Valley – Sightseeing
- Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla – 2880 meters and Phakding -2740 meters
- Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar -3445 meters
- Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Rejuvenation Day
- Day 06: Namche to Thame -3801meters and Khumjung - 3,791meters
- Day 07: Khumjung to Tengboche -3863meters
- Day 08: Tengboche to Dingboche -4412meters
- Day 09: Dingboche: Rejuvenation Day
- Day 10: Dingboche to Lobuje -4931meters
- Day 11: Lobuje to Kala Pathar -5545meters and Gorak Shep
- Day 12: Gorak Shep to Everest Base camp- 5364 meters and Lobuche
- Day 13: Lobuje to Phortse - 3847meters
- Day 14: Phortse to Namche - 3445meters
- Day 15: Namche to Lukla - 2880meters
- Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu
- Day 17: Day in Kathmandu
- Day 18: Departure to the airport
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu- Nepal – 1300 meters
You will be received and assisted by Earthbound Expeditions Nepal representatives and checked into a (3) three starred hotel for accommodation in Thamel which is a tourist hub of Kathmandu. You can settle down and travel around for the rest of the day.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley – Sightseeing
We will take you for sightseeing the next day to tour the UNESCO World Heritage sights in Kathmandu. You will be spending the night at a hotel and a pre-trek briefing will be conducted where you will also get introduced to your guides that will be assisting you throughout the trek. This meeting will, in addition offer you the ideal opportunity to ask any last minute questions that you may have.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla – 2880 meters and Phakding -2740 meters
we will munch our breakfast early in the morning and depart for the airport where we will take a flight to Lukla operated by Twin Otter aircraft which is the most renowned mountain flight corporation in the world.
On the flight we can gaze at the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalayas. A lot of the world's highest mountains including Kanchenjunga -3rd, Lhotse- 4th and Makalu-5th can be seen every now and then.
Once we are in Lukla, we pick up our porters weighed down by our bags and we ultimately start our journey on the trek trails of the Everest. Initially we begin by descending to Phakding River and we stay for the day at this juncture.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar -3445 meters
unpredictably for some travelers the trek to Phakding River proves to be stretched but the break allows them to rejuvenate for the trek to Namche Bazaar at sunrise.
At about half-way up the hill we get to witness the Everest for the first time! The cloud can often be seen stretching away from the incredible summit.
If the weather is clear at the top of the South-West the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge will also be visible.
Namche Bazaar is prosperous and the biggest town in the Khumbu region. A market (bazaar) is held here every Saturday.
Namche Bazaar is encircled by Thamserku - 6648meters, Kwangde Ri – 6187 meters and Khumbila - 5707meters.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Rejuvenation Day
we will take this day off to allow ourselves to adjust to the complex atmosphere before heading for the higher altitudes. The reason for this familiarization is to "climb high and low trails" so as to set you up for the trek.
The distance from Namche Bazaar to the airstrip at Syangboche is a stroll away; it is located right across the museum behind the police station.
You can chill at Namche Bazaar and visit places but you should also try one of the freshly baked cinnamon rolls they sell at the lodges.
Day 06: Namche to Thame -3801meters and Khumjung - 3,791meters
On this day we pass through the west enjoying the spectacular view of Kwangde Ri and the waterfalls that cascade off its flanks. The trail stays high up until the banks of Bhote Kosi and eventually as we cross the river we can view Thamserku and Kusum Kangru which is 6369 meters
After that we come across the rhododendron forest and the pasture lands of Thame.
Tenzing Norgay, the first Sherpa who ascended Mt.Everest in the company of Sir Edmund Hillary in 1952 was born in Thame.
We go back down the valley via Thamo a hillside nunnery and then take the high trail that passes Namche Bazaar and ends in Khumjung which is a beautiful village in the Khumbu region.
The Himalayan Trust has build schools for the villagers in this region and has set up medical post for locals and trekkers in the nearby village of Khunde.
Day 07: Khumjung to Tengboche -3863meters
The trail this morning descends to Dudh Kosi River which offers spectacular views of Ama Dablam- 6696 meters, Kantega – 6779 meters, Mt.Everest -8848meters and Lhotse- 8501meters. You should keep a look-out for pheasant in the undergrowth while on this trail.
We eventually cross a river at Phunki Thanga and trek through the afternoon amongst rhododendron forests to the saddle at the top of the hill. We finally reach Tengboche the principal monastery of Khumbu region which offers a splendid view.
Day 08: Tengboche to Dingboche -4412meters
we follow the path down starting from Tengboche all the way through the rhododendron forests to Deboche where we cross a gripping bridge called Imja Khola beneath our feet.
A gradual climb takes us to the village of Lower Pangboche where we are now in the heart of Khumbu, with spectacular views of Ama Dablam. The afternoon stroll takes us along a path that hugs the valley wall and then across the wide plains to a split in the valley. The Khumbu breaks left up until Periche but we take a detour to the right of the village at Dingboche, the starting point of Imja Tse valley.
Day 09: Dingboche: Rejuvenation Day
Rather than just sitting around in the tents or the tea houses we encourage you to attempt one of the two hikes we recommend.
The shorter option ascends the hill immediately behind Dingboche to descend steeply down to Periche. The Himalayan Rescue Association operates a medical post here and the western doctors conduct excellent seminars on Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) here on most afternoons.
The longer option is to trek up Imja Tse valley towards the Island Peak. The views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Cho Oyu from here are outstanding. After a few hours the trekker’s halts at Chhukung and after resting for a while we return downhill to the valley.
Day 10: Dingboche to Lobuje -4931meters
We climb up to the ridge behind Periche and get mesmerized by the views of Tawoche and Cholatse until we reach the tea houses at Dughla. A steep stiff ascent to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier is now tackled. The top of the climb is marked by a series of stone monuments to commemorate some of the climbers that did not return from the expeditions to this region.
A rough but obvious trail cuts across the left away from the glacier to our camp site at Lobuje. We will settle down in a windswept collections of huts tucked in a narrow meadow between the glacier and the Loboje Peak -6156meters. The Lhotse ridge is simply remarkable from this angle.
Day 11: Lobuje to Kala Pathar -5545meters and Gorak Shep
we have a long day ahead of us so we start early in the morning. We trek along the rough paths along the side of the Khumbu glacier to the tea shacks at Gorak Shep. Behind it elevates the attractive 7000meters peak of Pumori which dwarfs our trek's summit of Kala Pathar. The route upwards is straightforward and takes most trekkers between 90 minutes to 2 hours. Most of the peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and various other peaks can be seen from this point.
Day 12: Gorak Shep to Everest Base camp- 5364 meters and Lobuche
You will re-pack your baggage’s this morning before breakfast and get ready for the reasonably easy trek from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp.
You may have a particular token you would like to place there like prayer flags, a stone, a crystal, a photo of a loved one or anything else that has a meaning to you and as long as it's eco-friendly.
The base camp has been cleaned up well by some trekker’s who specifically joined this expedition for cleaning purposes so that the icefalls and glaciers are in a pristine condition. The elevation here is 5364 meters / 17,598 feet.
You will enjoy your lunch at the Base Camp and can take heaps of photos to commemorate the moment before hiking back to Gorak Shep. You can also stop to pick up any of your personal belongings you have left at the guesthouse and begin the trek back to Lobuje where you will stay overnight at Lobuje guesthouse.
Day 13: Lobuje to Phortse - 3847meters
We descend all morning via Periche to Pangboche at which point we stay high on the west bank of the river all the way to the Sherpa village of Phortse which lies on the lower southern flank of Tawoche, directly across the valley from Tengboche.
Day 14: Phortse to Namche - 3445meters
We descend through a forest towards the Dudh Kosi River where we cross the appealing passages and climb up to witness the valley of Phortse, Tengboche and the surrounding mountains. Eventually we turn south off the main trail to Khunde and Khumjung contouring past the Everest View Hotel. The route then leads downhill to Namche Bazaar.
Day 15: Namche to Lukla - 2880meters
The majority of trekkers head towards Lukla with a heavy heart because of the reminiscences you made with the village and the people of Khumbu valley in your prior days. All these reminiscences aid you with the deceptively long but the final climb up to Lukla.
Our tea house lodges are located in some places and offer a good resting spot.
Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu
please note that flights from Lukla are sometimes delayed due to bad weather conditions such as fog-bound Kathmandu or stormy winds in Lukla. Be reassured that our staffs in Lukla and Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimize the inconvenience caused and your patience is anticipated.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be received by our Earthbound Expeditions Nepal representatives and checked into your hotels.
Day 17: Day in Kathmandu
This is your leisure day in Kathmandu. You can explore around Kathmandu and in the evening we will host you with a farewell dinner alongside a cultural show.
Day 18: Departure to the airport
This is a goodbye. We hope to see you time and again.
Thank you for choosing Earthbound Expeditions Nepal as your travel guide. Have a safe flight.
What is included
- Accommodation in a 3 starred hotels in the cities but for the duration of the trek only effortless lodges are available.
- Ground transportation provided.
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu where Earthbound Expeditions Nepal, city tour guide will accompany you.
- Full broad meals will be provided throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp - 17 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 15 dinners.
- Government trained guides and needed no. of porters with their insurance, salary and meals will be provided.
- Farewell dinner along with one cultural show.
- Every single entry fees and TIMS permit will be provided.
- Every single Domestic Flights will be booked according to the Itinerary listed.
- Sleeping bags and down jackets for trek will be provided.
- Car / Bus / Domestic Flights included.
What is not included
- International Flight tickets.
- Museums entrance fees.
- All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverage, snacks etc.
- Airport tax.
- Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
- Personal clothing and gears.
- Tips to guide and porter.
- Cost raised by cancelation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness will not be our responsibility since these factors are not within our grasps.