Everest Base Camp Trek

Duration
16 Days
Grade
Moderate (3)
Altitude
5,545m
Service Level
*****
Rating

Overview

Mount Everest (8,848m) is the highest peak of the world. On the 29th of May 1953 Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary successfully ascended the peak. Since then many people from all over the world have been dreaming to do the Everest Base Camp Trek once in their lives. Miles from traffic and daily luxuries, you will experience natural beauty and test your endurance. The trail leads through many traditional Sherpa villages nestled between enormous mountains. It eventually leads to Base Camp at (5364m). You may also ascend Kala Patar (5545m) above Gorak Shep, a most beautiful viewpoint with some 8000m peaks and numerous other tops over 6,000 meters visible as well as the treacherous Khumbu Icefall.
Our experienced and knowledgeable guides and porters are there to ensure the safest, most enjoyable, most fascinating trek possible. You'll support the local economy, discover hidden strengths in yourself, and make both friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
Various Accommodation and meal arrangements are on offer: these could be luxury or simple lodges or tents (or a mix) with generally full board (breakfast, lunch or packed lunch, & dinner) provided. Cheaper options available, please inquire.

Trip Itinerary

01 Day Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to your hotel.

After arrival at Kathmandu International Airport an ‘Region Treks’s representative will take you to your hotel in town. You will be briefed about your trek and there will be time to walk around in the vicinity of the hotel. Evening meal. There will also be a chat regarding accommodation and meals during the trip.

02 Day Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu.

After breakfast we offer a guide for a tour of the Kathmandu valley with visits to the Pashupatinath Temples, Durbar Square and the Boudhanath Stupa. If preferred you can have a free day.

03 Day Flight to Lukla (2850m) & walk to Chaurikharka (2650m); approx. 1-2 hours.

After breakfast transfer to Kathmandu Airport for the half hour flight to Lukla: one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in the dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by giant peaks. After a brief rest we start the walk through Lukla with its many shops to the nearby village of Chaurikharka visiting a school and monastery on the way. Meeting staff and porters, evening meal and overnight stay in Buddha Lodge.

04 Day Trek from Chaurikharka to Monjo (2860m),approx. 5-6 hours.

After early breakfast we trek along the undulating trail up the marvelous Dudh Kosi valley with a break in Phakding. Onwards mainly uphill through various small settlements, across bridges and past tea houses to Monjo.

05 Day Monjo to Namche Bazar (3460m); approx. 4 hours.

Soon after breakfast we enter the Everest National Park (access formalities will be completed by your guide). The trail follows the Dudh Kosi crossing it several times to the Hillary Bridge festooned in prayer flags. There the steep and relentless climb to Namche begins; usually a rest is taken at the spot where Everest can be seen for the first time. Namche Bazar with its many shops, tea houses and hostels is the true heart of the Khumbu district.

06 Day Acclimatisation Day in Namche Bazar.

You have a choice to rest, stroll through the village or take part in an easy walk to Chor Camp and its museum with views to Everest and many other remarkable peaks.

07 Day Namche to Tengboche (3867m),approx. 5 – 6 hours.

The undulating trail leads across rhododendron slopes past the Tenzing Memorial Stupa to Sanasa, then down and across the Imja Khola to zig-zag up to Tengboche with its famous monastery.

08 Day Tengboche to Dingboche (4350m), approx. 5-6 hours.

We first trek slightly downhill to Debuche through rhododendron and a variety of birch and conifer forests. Then across the Imja Khola to Pangboche where tremendous views open up towards Everest. Later across the Lobuche River and up to Dingboche with its many stone-walled fields.

09 Day Acclimatisation Day in Dingboche.

You have a choice to rest or take short walks to the Nagargang Hermitage or up the Chukung valley with great views to Makalu, Lhotse and other mountains.

10 Day Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m), approx. 5-6 hours.

Initially a gentle uphill stretch to Duglha at the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier followed by a steep climb towards the Chupki Lhara stone memorials for climbers perished on Everest. Once on the Khumbu moraine the view opens to Pumori and other great peaks to soon arrive in Lobuche. Please inform your leader about the preferred alternatives for Day 11 and Day 12 !

11 Day Everest Base Camp (5360m) and Gorak Shep (5170m),approx. 6-7 hours.

Alternative 1: trek through the former Gorak Shep Lake after which route finding becomes difficult through the moraines - it is important to follow the leader exactly – to Base Camp for a rest : many colourful tents between Nuptse and Pumori (Everest is not visible from here). Return to Gorak Shep. Alternative 2: as the sunset view from Kala Patar is more spectacular than the sunrise one we recommend to visit this top in the evening.

12 Day Gorak Shep, Kala Patar (5545m) and to Pheriche (4243m), 7-8 hours.

Alternative 3: early start, cold and wind a possibility, to climb Kala Patar with its 360 degree panorama which includes Pumori close by and, best of all mighty Everest and Nuptse. Down to Gorak Shep and on to Pheriche. Alternative 4: trek to Base Camp today and return to Gorak Shep. Both groups from there to Pheriche.

13 Day Pheriche to Namche Bazar (3460m),approx. 6-7 hours.

Down and eventually through various forest to Sanasa and on to Namche. Being acclimatised one may appreciate the stunning landscape even more than on the way in.

14 Day Namche Bazar to Lukla (2860m),approx. 6-7 hours.

Initially steeply down - a last view to Everest – and across the Hillary Bridge to gentler downhill trekking all the way to Lukla with some uphill stretches. It may be possible to stay overnight in ‘Buddha Lodge’. It is customary to tip porters & guides.

15 Day Flight Lukla to Kathmandu.

After breakfast to Lukla Airport for the flight back and transfer to accommodation in town. The rest of the day is free: you either take a break or enjoy the town with its many shops and sights. In the evening we celebrate our successful trek with a farewell dinner.

16 Day Final Departure to your port of Destination.

After breakfast we will take you to Kathmandu International Airport about three hours before your scheduled return flight.

Included in Our Price

  • Airport pickups and drop and from and to the airport by private or tourist vehicle according to program deal.
  • 2 or 4 Nights accommodation with breakfast at a 2 - 3 -5 star Hotel in Kathmandu according to program deal.
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Twin sharing lodge accommodation during the trek Experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu including departure taxes.
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate First aid medical kit.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits Fee.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Fee. Farewell dinner.
  • Government taxes & office service charge.

Excluded from Our Price

  • International flight airfare and departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple entry tourist visa, good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Multiple Entry Tourist Visa for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos and cash for the Visa.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain other than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance required for rescue and evacuation.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and porters (staff) and drive (well tipping is expected).

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