Everest Base Camp Trek [15 Days] - Adventures Snow Mountain

Everest Base Camp Trek [15 Days]

 Trip Duration: 15 Days                                           Max-Altitude:  5545m/18192ft

TRIP INFO –

Everest Base Camp Trek is a short trek that has been exceptionally popular for trekkers since the very first successful expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest. This trek takes us to the backyard of the world famous Sherpas, Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park, the mesmerizing viewpoint of Kalapatthar and the Everest Base Camp itself. During the trek we reach Tengboche Monastery- the highest monastery in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Further, we come across the world’s tallest peaks viz. Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu. We begin our hike to the Everest base camp with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla equipped with all necessary permits and trekking gears. This trekking region is one of the most well-liked trekking destinations for tourists in Nepal. While many of the routes through the mountains are challenging, there are ample places to rest and enjoy a meal along the way.

Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 7-9 hours a day with a light rucksack. The best seasons for this trip are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). However, people who are strong enough to get caught with cold temperatures can take this trip during winter as well.

OUTLINED ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation day.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2610m): 3 hours walk
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m): 5-6 hours walk
Day 05: Acclimatization and rest day at Namche Bazaar
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3870m): 5 hours walk
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4410m): 5-6 hours walk
Day 08: Rest and acclimatization in Dingboche
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910m): 5-6 hours walk
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5160m): 3 hours, hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m): 2-3 hours walk
Day 11: Excursion to Kalapatthar (5545m): 2 hours walk and trek to Pheriche (4240m): 5-6 hours walk
Day 12: Trek to Namche (3440m); 6-7 hours walk
Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2800m): 7-8 hours walk
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 15: Final departure back to home country.

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
After your arrival at Kathmandu, you will be picked up from the airport and will be transferred you to the hotel. Get refreshed and rest. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner where you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation day.
It is paper work day today; you could do preparation day or take rest if you have been taking a long flight to Kathmandu. We leave you the choice to visit Kathmandu – is known as “the city of temples” and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. A guided tour can be arranged to famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swayambhunath; known as money temple among westerners. Overnight in Kathmandu hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2610m)
Take exciting and adventurous flight to Lukla (2800m) from Kathmandu with beautiful views of landscape and snow capped mountains and start our trek to Phakding. It is pleasant walk of 3 hours today passing many colorful Tibetan Buddhist prayer walls, monasteries and monuments. We have a tea or lunch trek on the way to Phakding. Phakding is a beautiful town of Sherpa village at the altitude of 2610m. When you arrive, you will check into your room and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and starting the acclimatization process. Make sure you keep well hydrated, drinking 4 to 5 liters of water a day is essential all the way through the trek. 9km (5.6 ml) to Phakding. Overnight stay in lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m).
After hot breakfast; we start our trek to Namche viaToktok, Benkar, Monjo and Jorsalle. For the first couple of hours on day 2 you will get to cross some of the famous suspension bridges, while gradually moving up-hill towards the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, the official entrance to the Everest Region. You continue downhill on for a short time before it levels out to flat ground on mixed terrain. The trail then follows the river to the final high suspension bridge before you begin the long ‘Namche Hill’, which can take 2 hours, to reach the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. Our itinerary has us based in Namche Bazaar for 2 nights at (3,340m / 11,286ft) The total for today’s trekking is usually 5-6 hours long with plenty of breaks and rest along the way. There are many exposed parts on the trail so be aware of your surroundings and stay away from drops and exposed parts of the trail. From Phakding to Namche is 14 km/ 5 miles Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Taking rest is vital for the trekkers to schedule an ‘acclimatization day’ to acclimatize our body and to avoid AMS further up the trail. This never means we have to stop walking but it is always suggested to hike to higher elevation and sleep at lower so we can hike up to Everest view hotel for panoramic and spectacular view of mountains, walk to twin Sherpa village (Khumjung and Khunde) and visit Sherpa museum or hang around at Namche Bazaar. There are many hotels, lodges, restaurants, bars, cyber café, boutiques, souvenir shops and groceries at Namche. This place is nice to hang around. Stay over in lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3870m); 5 hours
Today; we hike towards Tengboche at the altitude of 3870m. In the morning, we start our trek like as before days and the trail first goes up for 20minutes then continues to straight pleasing trail until reaching Kyanjuma and takes about 1 and half hour walk and then the trail drops down to the Dudh Kosi River and cross by suspension bridge at Phungitenga. We can see a series of picturesque water driven prayer wheel. Then we will have lunch in Phungi Thangna. From here it will take 2 to 3 hours to hike up the long hill to the town of Tengboche. This is a gradual but long ascent and the total time will be 5 – 6 hours of hiking today. 12km/ 7.5 miles. Explore the region’s most active Buddhist Monastery at 4PM and visit sacred land exhibition center. The views of the mountains are fabulous in the morning and evening. Stay overnight in Lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4410m); 5 hours walk. 
The trail continues through the Rhododendrons, birch and blue pine forests until reaching the suspension bridge near the Pangboche village which takes about 2 hours. Then we cross the bridge and we climb up gently steep trail until Pangboche village. We will have lunch break at Somare. After lunch the trail continues in the isolated pastures and fields till Orsho, left trail goes to Pheriche and right trail continues to Dingboche. Then we continue our trek to following the upstream of Imja Khola. Finally we arrive in Dingboche which takes about 2 hours. Now we have a good view of Amadablam, Island Peak, Lhotse, Tawache, Tsolache, Lobuche and other peaks. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 08. Another rest and acclimization day in Dingboche
Today, we spend another night in Dingbouche to further the acclimatization process. From here we will aim to reach the height of (4,900m/ 16,076ft), gaining 500m/1,640ft, in this acclimatization trek which should take approximately 3 hours. We will enjoy the views and rest for about 30-45 mins at the high point before dropping back down for lunch and an afternoon of relaxing. 3km/ 1.86 miles and 500m/ 1,640 feet of ascent and descent. We have option to hike Nangkar Tshang (5616m), this is will be physically much demanding but worth of better view of Mount Makalu and surrounding peaks. Overnight in Dingboche in lodge.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910m) 5-6 hours walk. 
The short climb brings us to the ridge above Dingboche and past the small Chhorten trail goes through easy grassy moraine above the Khumbu Khola valley until reaching Thukla. We can see a short glimpse of the majestic peak of Pumori, Nuptse, Lobuche, Cholatse, Tawache, Amadablam and other small peaks. The trail steeply ascends from Thukla until reaching at the top of the ridge, is an array of cairn memorials and large heaps of stones with prayer flags, remembering mountaineers who passed away on missions to climb Everest. Then your trail continues to Lobuche which takes about an hour. We will be trekking for a total of 5-6 hours today. 12km/ 7.5 miles. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5160m) 2-3 hours walk and trek to EBC (5364m) 2-3 hrs walk.
After breakfast in the morning, we continue our trek in the left bank of Khumbu glacier and steep climb up till Changri glacier, and then short descend to reach Gorakshep. It takes about 2 and half hour. We take lunch break there, book room and dropped stuffs then hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and stay there for sometime enjoying the view. We then head back to Gorakshep. It takes about 4-5 hours round trip from Gorakshep to EBC and back. As some people find it most challenging today, we have a choice to hike Kala Patthar (5545m) to catch a sunset on Everest instead of hiking to base camp. You can make it next day. 10km/ 6.2 miles. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 11: Hike up to Kalapatthar (5545m) 2 hours walk and trek to Pheriche (4240) 5-6 hours walk.
Early in the morning, hike to Kala Patthar 5550m; meaning black stone. It is 400m ascends to Kala Patthar view point from hotel, takes max. 2 hours. Now the view is 360˙degree view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Khumbutse, Pumori, Lingtren, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lobuche peak and other peaks all around. There is also unobstructed view of sunrise and sunset. Then we walk down to hotel after breakfast continue our trek to Pheriche via Lobuche and Thukla, the trail continues gently descends till reaching Pheriche. Stay overnight in lodge.
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Day 12: Trek to Namche (3870m); 6-7 hours walk. 
Today we will trek from Pheriche back to Namche Bazaar. Today is another long day and can take approximately 8 to 9 hours. As you are heading down-hill, to lower levels of altitude, and you can cover the ground quicker than on the way up. When you get back to Namche you will get to enjoy the delights at the Namche Bakery or play a few rounds of pool at Cafe Danfe before we rest up for the long walk back to Lukla tomorrow. 22km/ 13.7 miles

Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2800m), 7-8 hours walk.

This is another long day and can be one of the hardest as your body is tired after the trek. You start the day going back down Namche Hill and then the long stretch back to Lukla. You will pass Phakding before starting the last uphill section into Lukla where we will sleep for one more night. Today’s trek can take 7 to 8 hours. 21km/ 13 miles. Overnight in Lukla in lodge.

Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu. 
After breakfast at Lukla, fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla at around 8:30am. It is a picturesque flight of 35 minutes. You can visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath on the way back from Lukla as it is on the way to your hotel or do some last hour shopping for loved and dear ones back home and chill out at Thamel as per your interest. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Fly back to home country. 
We will drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. Farewell and see off at the airport. You have a very pleasing flight with lots of memories of Nepal within.

Hope you never stop your adventure and keep walking…beyond!

INCLUSION

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Trekking map
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

 

EXCLUSION

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)