Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 Days
Take in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Himalayas. Ever since the days of early climbing expeditions, the 8848m mountain has had a lure of its own, drawing climbers and trekkers to it like a magnet. Naturally, the trail to the base camp of the mountain has become one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal, yet few people return from the trek unmoved by the experience of being among the highest peaks in the world.
During the trek we follow the main Everest Base Camp Trail, the route pioneered and still used by many climbing expeditions. The trail is well maintained and apart from the walk up Kala Pattar and the final stretch to base camp, it is not particularly demanding.
What makes it hard going is the altitude, which may affect your performance, though rest days are built into the trek to help you acclimatise. Most trekking days allow ample time to cover the distance at a leisurely pace. To enjoy the trek fully you need to be reasonably fit previous trekking experience would be an asset, but is not essential.
Explore Sherpa museum in Namche Bazar,
Panoramic view from Syanbuche - Experience Sherpa culture in
Khumjung village- Ascent Gokyo Ri, Grand view of Everest, Choyu,
Lhotse, Nuptse and Amadablam
Day 1: Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (2804m), followed by an easy walk to Phakding (2610m)
In just about half an hour, you will land at Lukla and get the first introduction to the Sherpa country. It is about three hours again to Phakding, and the course is initial descent from Lukla to Dudh Koshi riverbank followed by level walk on the riverside. Plenty of cool air, rhododendron and pine trees lie on the way.
Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m.)
Today you get an introduction to the Himalayan peaks, in all their majesty and grandeur. The trail goes more up and down than following flat, horizontal movement. In rickety suspension bridges, we cross the Dudh Koshi River twice, the Bhote Koshi equal times afterwards, and the Imjatse River once finally. The turn to shine today is of Mt Thamserku from the villages named Benkar and Monzo, then of Kusum Kangrau, Kwnagde and Mt Everest itself as you pull up an otherwise difficult, uphill final leg of today’s journey to reach Namche.
Day 3: Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization and excursion around the places
This day break is necessary for the sake of altitude adjustment, but remember that the best adjusted are those who keep active during the day. Get on day hikes around the Namche Bazaar, climbing into higher altitudes than where you spend the night. There are plenty of options here: from the national park headquarter, the Sherpa museum to the pristine Sherpa settlements in Khumjung and Khunde.
Day 4: Trek to Tengbuche (3850m)
The walk today does not need more than three hours, but because of altitude gain, we go no farther than the Sherpa village Tengboche and its magnificent monastery. Onwards from Namche, never-ending panorama of peaks fascinates you.
Day 5: Trek to Dingbuche (4250m)
Another day of short trek amidst the heavenly Himalayan panorama, and still deeper into the land of Sherpas. It is surprising to see them living at such attitude and climes.
Day 6: Day trip to Chhukung valley and back to Dingboche
This is another acclimatization day trip to Chhukung valley and back to Dingboche in the evening. There will be plenty to admire and appreciate as you go to Chukung from Dingboche and return to Dingboche. Some of the most spectacular memories and sceneries will linger on your mind although our intent today is to acclimatize ourselves in the high altitude.
Day 7: Trek to Lobuche (4950m)
Initially gentle but the final one hour is very steep, nose-kissing-ground walk as the local proverb goes. But you are least likely to notice the difficulties because the glimmering peaks all around just captivate you. There are countless of them today like Tawache, Ama Dablam, Kongmatse, Nuptse, Pumori , both well-known and little known. We drop into a teahouse in Lobuche to spend our night.
Day 8: Lobuche to Ghorak shep (5140m)
Gorak Shep is the flat field at the foot of Kalapathar. It used to serve as the base camp for Everest Expeditions long ago. En-route you will not just walk over the glacial moraine, but also have good view of the Khumbu glacier downwards. Around in the horizon, the piercing peaks as usual. Stay in a teahouse in Gorakshep overnight.
Day 9: Hiking to Kalapathar (5545m), and back to Ghorakshep
It is possible to climb Kalapathar the best vantage point offering awesomely close views of Everest and return to Gorak Shep the previous day. But to make the trip relaxed and strain-free, we recommend you to spend the night at Gorakshep, and then climb to Kalapathar early in the morning to catch the sunrise. At anytime of the day, the visitors get beside themselves with excitement to have close up views of grand, majestic mountain panorama for 360 degrees. Now imagine for yourself the fresh beauty of the glimmering, glistening mountain peaks in the morning!
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5400m), and back to Ghorakshep
Although there is not much to appreciate in terms of sceneries from the base camp to compare with those from Kalapathar, the journey gives you something to brag about! After reaching a few hours distance to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain, it sounds almost unmanly, a bit cowardly to return without making it to the point.
Day 11: Trek back to Debuche (3860m)
We trace our steps back to Tengboche today.
Day 12: Trek back to Namche Bazaar
We trace our way back to Namche Bazaar. Feel the difference in your perception today of this same place. After days in sparsely populated, high mountain terrain, you may feel like being thrown from virgin wilderness to a booming metropolish!
Day 13: Trek back to Lukla
We return to Lukla from Namche.
Day 14: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
We fly back to Kathmandu and end our trip.
Please note: This itinerary can be modified to suit your own requirements.
Participants should bring the following equipment: Sleeping bag, down jacket, gloves, warm hat, thermal clothing, suitable hiking boots, sun glasses, sun cream and a walking pole.
In addition, participants are required to provide 3 passport size photographs for the trekking permit.
- Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu domestic flight tickets (including airport tax)
- Required ground transport
- Meals - 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner, selectable from the menu)
- Accommodation (2 nights in Kathmandu - tourist class hotel; basic with shared bathroom)
- Trekking permits and National Park entrance
- Guide and porter with insurance and overall expenses
- Required trekking equipment (walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc.)
- Drinks (bottled water, beverages)
- Hot showers
- Battery charging
- Personal expenses, tips and donations
- Your travel insurance
Good health and physical fitness are required on all trips. We recommend a physical examination for all clients on extended treks and tours.
It is a condition of booking a trek/tour with us that clients must be protected by insurance that covers cancellation, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects. Should an emergency evacuation be required, provided policy details are made available, together with your authorisation, we can deal directly with your Insurance Company.
- Children must be accompanied by parents.
- If required, an extra porter can be hired to carry your child.