Everest Base Camp Trek
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and you will over night at your hotel.
Day 02 Sightseeing tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan Durbar Square
Kathmandu is the historic and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan
Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal, Boudhanath, and after that to the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath. We take a tour to Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. We walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of the Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square.
Day 03 Flight to Lukla – Trek to Phakding [2656m] approx. 4-5 hrs walk
A flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding. Overnight at a local lodge.
Day 04 Trek to Namche Bazzar [3450m] approx. 5-6 hrs walk
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market – a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight at Everest Inn Lodge
Day 05 Rest in Namche Bazzar
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatising to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatise, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and a museum just above the town. Overnight at Everest Inn Lodge
Day 06 Trek to Tengboche [3860m] approx. 5-6 hrs walk
From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. We get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. the village is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Tengboche offers a spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam and is home to the largest monastery in Khumbu – Dawa Choling Gompa. Overnight at a local lodge.
Day 07 Trek to Dingboche [4260m] approx. 5-6 hrs walk
We descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Dingboche. This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours walk brings us to Dingboche. Overnight at a local lodge.
Day 08 Rest day in Dingboche. Excursion around Dingboche.
A day for rest and acclimatisation. 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 at local lodge.
Day 09 Trek to Lobuche [4930m] approx.5-6 hrs walk.
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 the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mount Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. Overnight at a local lodge.
Day 10 Trek to Gorakshep[5184m] approx 3 hrs walk, Trek to Everest Base Camp [5357m] approx. 5 hrs walk.
A very early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. 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 either Gorak Shep or Lobuche. Overnight at a local lodge.
Day 11 Early morning climb to Kalapathar [5554m] and trek back to Pheriche [4242m], approx. 6-7 hrs walk.
To reach our next stop, Kala Pattar, we follow the Khumbu Glacier. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place: Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. After Kala Pattar, we trek back to Pheriche for overnight. Overnight at a local lodge.
Day 12 Trek to Namche [3450m], approx. 6-7 hrs walk
We will be heading down and we walk down hill towards Tengboche and after crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi river trek onwards to reach Namche Bazaar. Great view of AmaDablam, Thamserku, Tawache and Lhotse as well as dense wildlife of some species of Pheasants, Beautiful Griffons, Musk deer and Wild goat can be found insides the rhododendrons forest. Descending takes a lot less hours and obviously AMS is no longer an issue. Enjoy the passes and forest until we reach Namche. Overnight at Local Lodge
Day 13 Trek to Lukla [2860m] approx 6-7 hrs walk
Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration. We have a party with our sherpa guides and porters. We sample some chang (local beer) and try out some Sherpa dance steps. Altogether, an end to a memorable trip on a merry note. Overnight at Everest inn Lodge
Day 14 Fly back to Kathmandu [fly times around 27 min)
We pack up early and head for the airstrip to hop a flight back to Kathmandu
On touchdown, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last minute shopping and packing, or send a few post cards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia.
Day 15 Depart Kathmandu
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home.