Everest base camp trekking is one of the popular trekking destinations. Everest trekking is the most famous trekking routes in the world and is a lifetime opportunity to see some of the most breathtaking scenery. It is primarily famous for its scenic views of the highest peak of the earth, the Mt. Everest (8,848m) and other peaks lying around the region.
Mt. Everest, the highest peaks in the world, popularly known as Sagarmatha, meaning the goddess mother of the earth, has always been the greatest attraction among the tourists. Besides, the scenic views, the trekking to Everest camp is famous for unique landscapes of the Solukhumbu, the heartland of the Sherpa. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay had made successful ascend of this the highest peak of the world from this same route in 1953. Therefore, this trekking trail has been much demanded in recent days. While trekking in the region, the trekkers are enchanted with the views of unbelievable peaks, Buddhist monasteries and friendly Sherpa ethnic villages. The highest mountain in the world continues to lure adventurers as ever. The hair-raising flight lands you at the airstrip at Lukla from where you begin walking to the famous Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar and continues up to Tengboche monastery with the mesmerizing peak of Ama Dablam hovering in the sky. Then it’s over the glaciers to the foot of Everest for the view of a lifetime. This rout is no doubt to make everyone’s dream come true, as it offers magnificent views of snow-capped mountains including the highest peaks of the world Mt. Everest, and other mountains above 8,000 m, such as Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho-oyu, and other neighboring mountains such as Amadablam, Themserku, Nuptse among others.
There are many routes for reaching Everest base camp and many places to rest and enjoy meal along the way. The trekking to Everest base camp begins from Lukla, where we can reach with having direct flight from Kathmandu. You can have a tour to the Tengboche Monastery, the monastery situated at the highest place in the world and at least make attempt on the Khumbu glacier, the longest glacier in the world and have panoramic views of sunrise and sunset from Kalapatthar and finally we reach at base camp and making tour in the area, we return back to Kathmandu from same route.
- Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m).
Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain guide Treks (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check in, if time allows, you will visit MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
- Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
The day after breakfast we will start sightseeing tour with our professional tour guide to the several of most historical and spiritual Place in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered the World Heritage historic Sites such as Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. After come back from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and other team members. Mountain Guide Trek will brief you regarding your trek as well as we may have an opportunity to discuss any difficulties regarding our upcoming adventure. Rest of the time you could use for travelling around the Thamel and shopping of needed equipments and other necessaries. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
- Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2610m) 3-4 hrs.
Early morning transfer to airport for Lukla flight. The flight into Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at high evaluation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters! Trek to Phakding with green landscape & view of Kusum Kangraru. (Overnight at teahouse on full board basis)
- Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hrs.
We follow the Dudh Kosi, ascending through Himalayan pine and Doedar cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days in Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike we capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. (Overnight at teahouse on full board basis).
- Day 05: Acclimatization Namche to Khumjung Hiking and return back to Namche Bazaar.
This day is reserved for acclimatization and a very slow descent into thin air. After breakfast you will start the ascent towards Khumjung. The trail ascends above Namche Bazar and passes through Syangboche (3720m) - this is where the local airport is located. From a hill top above the airport, you will get your first views of Taboche Peak (6 367m), Lhotse (8 414m), Peak- 38 and Ama Dablam (6856m). On arrival at Khumjung (3 780m), you could visit the Hillary School before stopping for lunch at one of the tea houses ‐ the walk takes about 3 hours. After lunch you will continue ascending the foot path to Khunde (3 840m), here you could visit the local hospital before the 2 hour ascent back to Namche Bazar. This day is physically demanding at times and you should be prepared as the weather is very unpredictable. Namche Bazaar is known as the gateway of the Everest Region, visit the local museum where you can see the traditional custom of the Sherpa peoples. You will spend a second night in Namche. (Overnight at teahouse on full board basis).
- Day 06: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) 5-6 hrs.
The flat and easy trail leads towards the view of Mt. Everest, then descends deep into the Dudh Kosi Valley at Pungki Thanka; from here it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Tengboche Monastery (3860m). It is the spiritual center of the Khumbu; the climb is long, but more than adequately compensated by views of Mt. Amadablam and on a clear day, views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks. (Overnight at teahouse on full board basis)
- Day 07: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 5-6 hrs.
Descend through a beautiful forest then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m); perhaps today is the most interesting trekking because you will not lose altitude like on other days and you will enjoy views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse & other peaks; the route continues through pastures to Dingboche, known as the 'summer valley'. (Overnight at teahouse on full board basis)
- Day 08: Acclimatization day in Dingboche; hiking to Nagerjun (5100m), 4-5 hours.
This would be your second acclimatization day that requires about 6 hours of trekking to an altitude of 5100m. After breakfast you ascend Nagerjun (5100m), a hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. The main aim is to climb high and sleep low. The foot path becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically challenging day - ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude. From this altitude there are good views of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). On a clear day you could even see Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, including great views of the Pheriche Valley. After a short rest, you start the descent back to Dingboche to the walk at altitude takes about 2 hours. After lunch you should take a well deserved rest, afternoon temperatures could drop rapidly as the sun sets over the mountain tops. You will spend a second night in Dingboche. (Overnight at teahouse on full board basis)
- Day 09: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) 5-6 hrs.
Trek along a broad valley floor to Dughla, passing the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche (4240 m), staffed by western volunteer doctors and supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association which offers treatment and consultation to trekkers. Continue up the valley, gaining altitude. Come out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures of Lobuche (4910m). (Overnight at teahouse on full board basis).
- Day 10: Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5400m) then back to Gorekshep (5181m) 6-7 hrs.
After a short climb through meadows, look down on the Khumbu Glacier. Straight ahead is Kalapattar - the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After couple of hours we will get at Gorekshep, and continue our journey to Everest Base camp. There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs and, combined with altitude, this can be a tiring portion- but the journey is worth it. After approximately 3 hrs of hiking you will arrive at Base Camp and enjoy views of the Khumbu Glacier and icefall, where Everest expeditions begin. (Overnight at teahouse on full board basis)
- Day 11: Hiking Gorekshep to Kalapattar (5545m) to Gorekshep to Pheriche (4210m) 6-7 hrs.
The day starts with a hike up to Kalapattar (5545m), the best viewpoint to witness Mt. Everest and the spectacular Himalayan range. Then trek back to Gorekshep for hot breakfast and then descend to Pheriche (4210m). (Overnight at teahouse on full board basis)
- Day 12: Trek Pheriche to Tengboche (3860m): 5-6 hrs.
After the previous day's tiring ascent to Kala Patthar, today is an easier walk down to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back to the terminal moraines at Dughla and following the wide valley of Khumbu Khola we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Pheriche, Orsho, and Shomare. If we wish to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche we can do so by taking a different trail from Shomare. Otherwise we take the regular trial to reach Pangboche. From Pangboche we retrace our footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche or if interested, we might visit nuns at the Debuche monastery. Finally, we reach Tengboche. If we are trekking during the full moon of November or December, we might get an opportunity to witness the Mani Rimdu festival in the monastery at Tengboche. (Overnight at teahouse on full board basis)
- Day 13: Trek Tengboche to Namche Bazaar: (3440m): 5-6 hrs.
We will trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it's Spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudkoshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga. The trail then follows the Dud Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction in the region. We stop at Kyangjuma (3570 m/11,710 ft) for a relaxed lunch. We unknowingly appreciate the gorgeous Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptese with every bite. Following lunch, the trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. We want to take a long last look back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche from here. On reaching our lodge, we take a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in our room in Namche Bazaar. (Overnight at teahouse on full board basis)
- Day 14: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m) 6-7 hrs.
After a long walk today we’ll have long and last day trek back to Lukla, Firstly we descend the long way before cross the bridge and further walk to Monju and ten Phakding for lunch. We trek back with enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village. After long walk 7-8 hrs we arrival in Lukla and you’ll have time to stroll around the areas and guide will re-confirm your flight ticket and enjoy the last celebrate dinner with your crew member for memorable trip. (Overnight at teahouse on full board basis)
- Day 15: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu - 30 min.
If the weather is good, early in the morning you fly back to Kathmandu after your long mountain journey. After 30 min you will be arrive at domestic airport at Kathmandu. We will send private Car/van/bus to pick up you to the hotel than you can rest and relax throughout the day in the hotel if you don't have any necessities things to do. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
- Day 16: Leisure day in Kathmandu.
Today is your leisure day, if interested you could buy some gifts from Nepal for your friends and relatives, you will visit some nearby shops or venture at Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If enthralled to explore some other areas of Kathmandu you could take some more time to do that today! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration "Farewell dinner" at traditional Nepalese restaurant with Mountain Guide Trek staffs for successful completion of the Everest Base Camp Trek! (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
- Day 17: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination).
Today is last day in Nepal for this trip; you are saying good bye to the mountains as journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.
Useful Info: -
- Please note that often the Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to bad weather conditions. Such conditions may happen even in the best seasons. Therefore, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits both at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We do our extreme to avoid such delays, and fix you on next flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellation, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. We also organize Heli rescue in such conditions, if it's available and upon request by our clients. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for the trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla).
- Cost Include:
- 1. Airport pick up drop service
- 2. All land transportation as per itinerary
- 3. One day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with license holder tour guide
- 3 night's hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in deluxe hotel on BB basis
- 4. Guest house/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in 2 bed room) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
- 5. Domestic air ticket (Kathmandu-Lukla-kathmandu)
- 6. Domestic airport Tax
- 7. "Farewell dinner "before a day your departure from Nepal.
- 8. An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
- 9. Down jacket, for seasonal sleeping bag, Mountain Guide treks & Expedition kit bag/duffel bag, trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- 10. All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- 11. A comprehensive medical kit.
- Cost Exclude:
- 1. Nepal entree visa: you can get 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 US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- 2. International airfare
- 3. Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- 4. Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- 5. Travel and rescue insurance
- 6. Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
- 7. Personal trekking equipments & clothing
- 8. Any donation and monuments entrance fee
- 9. Tips for guides and porters.