Start From: US$ 1985
Total Duration:15 Days
Trip Grade:Moderate to Strenuous
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Transportation:Private Vehicle and Aeroplane
Accommodation:Hotel, Lodge and Tea HouseShow All
Everest Base Camp Trek is an incredible experience introducing you to an amazing view of the highest mountain in the world, where being able to stand on the top of the world has for centuries been one of the most daring challenges. Since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa conquered the summit of Mount Everest in May 29, 1953, many have visited `The Land of the Sherpas to wonder at this achievement, making it one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. It is located amidst some of the most spectacular scenery and landscape.
The trek can be started either from Jiri, Shivalaya, Phaplu or the Sherpa village of Lukla, and uses the traditional expedition route to Khumbu. The route then continues along the Dudh Koshi River to the valley below Everest. This trek pretty much follows the original route taken by the first expedition to Mount Everest to the final destination of the Everest Base Camp.
The Everest Base Camp Trek passes through a collection of small villages, allowing you to get a feel for the region, its people and their lifestyle. The photographic opportunities are limitless thus enabling you to capture and relive your experience upon your return home. The highlights of this trek are Everest Base Camp – the foot of the highest mountain on earth, Khumbu Glacier, Khumbu Icefall, Kalapattar, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and other surrounding Himalayan peaks, interesting monasteries and Buddhist monuments, beautiful Sherpa villages, Sherpa culture and life-style, Buddhist festivals, Tibetan Buddhism, alpine scrub, junipers, pine forests and rhododendron flowers, Himalayan flora & fauna and many more. For many reasons, Everest Base Camp trek is undoubtedly one of the most scenic and challenging treks of Nepal.
Day 01:Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu/ Pick up from the airport and transfer to the Hotel
Day 02:Fly to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) and Trek to Phakding (2610m/8561ft) 35 minutes flight/ 3-4 hours trek
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) 5-6 hours
Day 04:Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazar/ Day Hike
Day 05:Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3870m/12694ft) 5-6 hours
Day 06:Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m/14301ft) 4-5 hours
Day 07:Acclimatization Day in Dingboche/ Day Hike
Day 08:Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m/16170ft) 4-5 hours
Day 09: Lobuche to Gorakshep then to Everest Base Camp (5360m/17581ft) and back to Gorakshep (5160m/16925ft) 7-9 hours
Day 10:Hike to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) then back to Gorekshep and trek down to Pheriche (4240m/13907ft) 8-9 hours
Day 11:Pheriche to Namche Bazar (3440m/11283ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 12:Namche Bazar to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) 6-7 hours
Day 13:Fly back to Kathmandu (1335m/4379ft) 35 minutes flight
Day 14:Kathmandu valley sightseeing/ UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Day 15:Drop to the airport for farewell and departure or extend the trip with other activities
Day 01Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu/ Pick up from the airport and transfer to the HotelThe trek/tour guide or/and our airport representative holding AUTHENTIC ADVENTURES sign-board and group name-list will greet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and transfer you to the Hotel on our private vehicle which takes about 20 minutes from the airport. After refreshments, s/he will take you to our office based in downtown Thamel for some welcome drinks, paper works and introduction with the crew. The leader/guide will brief about the trip/ trek.
Day 02Fly to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) and Trek to Phakding (2610m/8561ft) 35 minutes flight/ 3-4 hours trekQuite early in the morning we drive to the Airport for the 35 minute scenic flight to Lukla. Upon arriving at Lukla, we meet our crew members and begin packing and arranging with them. The mountainous landscape becomes quite prominent and the air carries a crisp freshness. From Lukla, the trekking trail slowly moves towards the Cheplung Village. From there, a gradual walk downwards leads to the village of Phakding. The terrain is amazing and offers fascinating views including Khumbila and Kusum Kangaru. The village of Phakding lies in the Dudh Koshi valley north of Lukla which has a bunch of lodges, restaurants and colorful shops.
Day 03 Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) 5-6 hoursWe continue trekking along the Dudh Kosi, crossing the majestic river a few times on thrilling suspension bridges decorated with colorful prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar is the Gateway to Everest with interesting shops, lodges, bars and bakeries.
Day 04Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazar/ Day HikeWe spend an extra night in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize. Today, we trek a short distance to the National Park Visitor's Center located atop the town with breathtaking views to the mountains and down the valley. After that we hike up to the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest-placed hotels in the world with oxygenated rooms. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas including the almighty Mount Everest.
Day 05Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3870m/12694ft) 5-6 hoursThe trek continues along the Dudh Kosi valley with a long descent to the Dudh-Koshi River with magnificent mountain views. After crossing a suspension bridge, we ascent through the pine and rhododendron forests to Tengboche. After refreshments, the group will be taken to observe an evening prayer ceremony inside the monastery. The Tengboche monastery if the biggest and famous monastery in the Everest region which is decorated with ornate wall hangings, 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, Buddhist religious scripts, musical instruments and robes of the Lamas.
Day 06Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m/14301ft) 4-5 hoursWe descent to Devuche through forests of birch, conifers and rhododendrons. Todays trek also reward us with amazing views of the high mountains. The picturesque trail crosses the Imja River and takes us to Pangboche. We trek towards the Imja Valley crossing the Lobuche River and climbing to Dingboche. In Dingboche, we see beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.
Day 07Acclimatization Day in Dingboche/ Day HikeTo acclimatize ourselves well before heading to the Everest base Camp we take an another acclimatization day in Dingboche. We take day hikes to either Nangkarstang peak or Chukkhung Valley depending on the interest of the group members. The mountain views from both the hikes are spectacular.
Day 08Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m/16170ft) 4-5 hoursWe start the day with a gradual climb to Thuglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, we climb up a steep trail to Chupki Lhara, where we find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to the mountaineers who has lost their lives in the Himalayas. Then, we continue to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and find ourselves facing towards Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche.
Day 09 Lobuche to Gorakshep then to Everest Base Camp (5360m/17581ft) and back to Gorakshep (5160m/16925ft) 7-9 hoursThe hike to the Everest Base Camp is strenuous due to rocky trail and high altitude. We hike through rocky dunes and moraine to the Everest Base Camp. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night's rest. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. In such case, do not hesitate to report immediately to your leader/guide and he will take appropriate action.
Day 10Hike to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) then back to Gorekshep and trek down to Pheriche (4240m/13907ft) 8-9 hoursWe prepare for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures. Be prepared for chilly winds which are quite common. This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east as Everest begins to reveal itself. The ascent is demanding but we get the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest peak on earth towers straight ahead and on all sides loom the giants such as Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep and have hot breakfast, and then trek down to Pheriche.
Day 11Pheriche to Namche Bazar (3440m/11283ft) 5-6 hrsWe trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the prayer-flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through pine forests. In the forest, we may come across colorful pheasants and blue sheeps. The path eventually reaches Sanasa from where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. We trek through winding trails back to Namche Bazaar.
Day 12Namche Bazar to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) 6-7 hoursThe trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. In the evening, have a few celebratory drinks and dance with your trek mates.
Day 13Fly back to Kathmandu (1335m/4379ft) 35 minutes flight We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner with Nepalese cultural program in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.
Day 14Kathmandu valley sightseeing/ UNESCO World Heritage SitesToday, we will visit three spots in Kathmandu valley of historical, cultural and religious importance which are also the UNESCO Wolrd Heritage Sites. We first visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, and observe old palaces, beautiful temples and have a quick glimpse of the Living Goddess “Kumari.”
After exploring the historical, religious and cultural center on Kathmandu we will take short drive of about 20 minutes to the Swoyambhunath Stupa, which is popularly known as the Monkey’s Temple as many hundreds of monkeys hang around the temple and amuse the visitors. Monkey’s Temple is situated atop a hill which is believed to have self-existed and its hill top location provides great view down the city and also the Himalayas in a clear day.
Then, we drive to another ancient town of Patan and explore its people and their art, culture, tradition and lifestyle. Observing beautifully decorated age old temples and monasteries, we may also have a chance to have a personal audience with the Patan Kumari (Living Goddess). Patan is famous for its temples, fine arts, metal works, stone & wood carvings. We can witness local artists working on their workshops. Patan used to be separate kingdom from Kathmandu and Bhaktapur and different kings ruled this ancient city until the 17th century.
There has been little damages at the above sites by the recent earthquake but still beautiful and definitely worth a visit. The renovation is going on most of these sites.
Day 15Drop to the airport for farewell and departure or extend the trip with other activitiesYour adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Authentic Adventures will drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your outbound flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
However, If you have more time in Nepal and are interested in extending the trip with us, there are many options such as trekking to other regions, jungle safari, river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain biking, adrenaline activities etc.
You will be accommodated in a 3-4 star hotel in Kathmandu and mountain lodge/tea-houses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-sharing basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional US$ 175. Authentic Adventures will arrange rooms with attached washrooms when possible; however, mountail lodges/teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations during peak trekking season.
During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodge/teahouse where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way around mid-day. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be provided in Kathmandu. However, there will be fabolous welcome and farewell dinners for the group before and after the trek.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate to strenous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5 to 7 hours a day with a light rucksack. In some days we might even need to walk for 7 to 8 hours. Walking in higher altitude is more physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood diseases should inform Authentic Adventures before booking the trek. We also recommend that you consult your doctor before the trip.
Best Months to Travel
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (October and November) are the best months for this trip. Although this trip can be done throughout the year. However, during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone and during monsoon, the trails are a bit wet and the views are not always clear.
Your satisfaction and safety is of paramount concern while traveling with us. Please note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the original itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we are exposed to weather conditions, health condition of the crew, unexpected natural disasters etc. The leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
The Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights are very sensitive to the weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best trek seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports.
We can organize Helicopter shuttles in such conditions with some extra charge, if it is available and the weather is okay for that. The helicopter charges around US$ 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight.
Any Additional Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by phone or email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977 98511 11907 and/or 00977 98066 00888 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also video chat with us on Skype. Our Skype id is bhuwan.stha