Everest Base Camp

Trek through the classic Sherpa Village to the foot of the world’s highest peak

Everest (8848m) – there is no greater or more awe-inspiring mountain. This lodge-based trek follows in the footsteps of the great climbing parties. Trekking through Sherpa country past cultivated fields and small villages, we follow the Dudh Kosi before the hard work begins as we climb up to Namche Bazaar. Above the tree line the scenery is stark but spectacular. The incredible monastery at Thyangboche is a photographer’s paradise, set against the backdrop of the spectacular Ama Dablam, Everest and other huge, snowcapped peaks. With time for acclimatisation en route, our goal is Everest Base Camp on the Khumbu Glacier and the opportunity to climb Kala Pattar (5545m) for a breathtaking view of the highest mountain on earth.

Detailed Itinerary

  • DAY 1: Kathmandu
    Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Drive approx  25 minutes depending on the traffic. After the check in formalities at the hotel lobby there will be short briefing of the follwoing day's program by your Tour Leader. After the briefing you have a choice to go for group dinner  to a Nepalese restaurant and experience the culture through our food and dance.

     

    DAY 2: Phakding (Fly Lukla)
    Depending on the flight scedule, for morning flights we will have a morning wake up call. After reaching the Airport we board flight for Lukla (2850m) . Its 25 minutes flight  from Kathmandu, please do not forget the stunning views the flight offers.  After arriving at Lukla we will be met by our trekking crew,  same day we set off for  the village of Phakding (2656m) 3 hours. (B).

     

    DAY 3: Namche Bazaar (3445m)
    We climb steadily on a winding path along the banks of the Dudh Kosi river,through  villages and forests dwarfed by gigantic rock walls until a final climb that brings us to Namche Bazaar the capital of Solukhumbu region. Namche is unique for its geographical location surrounded by mountain ranges and colourful houses scattered in an amphitheatre of rock. (5-6 hours). (B)

     

    DAY 4: Kyangjuma (3600m)
    Today we hike up to Kyanjuma ( 3600 m ) via Japanese made Everest View Hotel,located at an altitude of 3880m.The walk up is fairly steep but along the way you get great views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and many other mountains. It is basically a acclimatization walk. We descend to Kyanjuma via Khumjung and Khunde villages visiting the Hillary School, Khunde Hospital and Khunjung Monastery that houses the only Yeti skull. ( 5 hrs walk). (B)

     

    DAY 5: Thyangboche (3867m)
    Today we walk for about 4 hrs. First we walk 1 hr downhill to the river Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga and cross the river by a suspension bridge, we then climb for about 3 hrs steeply through the rhododendron forest up to Thyangboche in time for lunch. For those interested they attend the evening service at the monastery. If the weather is clear you get amazing sunset views over the Everest. (B)

     

    DAY6:Dingboche (4360m)
    A gradual climb leads us to the highest settlement in the area, the Sherpa village of  Dingboche. A slow and steady pace as we gain altitude will reap benefits. Today we go above the tree line. Approx 5 hrs(B).

     

    DAY 7 Dingboche (4360m)
    We spend an extra night here which will help with the acclimatization. There are several options at Dingboche. You can follow a gradual trail up the Imja Khola towards the village of Chukkung (4750m). Or you can attempt to climb Nangkartshang Peak (5100m) which is 3hrs steep up and 2hrs down for amazing views of several mountains including Makalu ( the 5th highest Mountain on earth ) and Ama Dablam. (B)

     

    DAY8: Lobuje(4930m)
    We set off on gradual climb to Dughla. From here its an hour steep climb to Chupko Lhare( 4840m) the memorial site of the Sherpa & Western climbers who perished during their climbing expeditions on Everest and other mountains of the area .From the memorial site the trail climbs gently to reach the lodges at Lobuche, alongside the Khumbu Glacier. (5 hours). (B)

     

    DAY 9: Gorak Shep (5180m) Visiting Everest Base Camp
    An early start for Gorak Shep. We follow the main trail over the moraine beside the Khumbu Glacier and arrive at the tiny settlement in 2-3 hours for a welcome hot drink and light lunch before setting off for one of our goals – the Everest Base Camp (5300m), situated on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We return to Gorak Shep for the evening. Today is a long day with 7-8 hrs walking . (B)

     

    DAY10: Pheriche (4243m)
    Today’s activity will depend on energy, weather, and what was achieved yesterday. The weather is usually clear in the  morning so an ascend of Kala Pathar (5545m) at first light may be the best plan. It takes about 2-3 hours to reach the top and from there we can see magnificent south face of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall. We aim to descend as far as Pheriche today for a better sleep at lower altitude. Approx 8 hrs walking. (B)

     

    DAY11: Kyanjuma
    From Pheriche we drop down to Pangboche (4000m) and then retrace our steps past  Ama Dablam to Debuche where it is worth looking out for Eagles, Musk deer, Himalayan Thar and Himalayan Monal our National bird . A half an hour climb leads from Debuche up through the woods to Thyangboche from where we descend through the forest to Imja  Khola and then climb back up to Kyanjuma. 6 hrs walk(B)

     

    DAY12: Monzo 2800m
    Follow the lower trail to Namche Bazaar . Its the best trail in the region with stunning views and pass the Tenzing memorial . If you have missed the museum or National Park headquarters on the way up, there will be time to fit this in. We then descend through Namche and Jorsale to Monzo. ( B)

     

    DAY13:Lukla (2850m)
    Our last day's walk takes us back through Phakding, from where we have a final
    climb to Lukla. 5 hrs walking (B)

     

    DAY14: Flight to Kathmandu from Lukla
    We fly from lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. (B)

     

    DAY15: Free day in Kathmandu
    Kathmandu – perhaps visit Swayambhunath also called the Monkey Temple, or the Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace & temples with  intricate woodcarvings are located.If you are lucky you can see the "Kumari" at the Home of the Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living goddess. Or do some final shopping. (B)

     

    DAY16: Depart Kathmandu
    Transfer to Kathmandu airport for final departure or continue with your own arrangements. (B)

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Duration: 16 Days
Trip Grade: Challenging
Best Season: Spring, Autumn
Accommodation: B&B
Meals: B&B
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