Everest Base Camp Trekking
The trek up to the base camp of the highest peak is the world is in itself a big feat to accomplish. Needless to state, the Everest Base Camp trek is a highly adventurous, exhilarating, strenuous trekking trail situated in the beautiful Khumbu Region of Nepal. With the support and the hospitality of the warm and welcoming ethnic inhabitants of the Khumbu region, the trek can be carried out with ease and comfort.
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The trek up to the base camp of the highest peak is the world is in itself a big feat to accomplish. Needless to state, the Everest Base Camp trek is a highly adventurous, exhilarating, strenuous trekking trail situated in the beautiful Khumbu Region of Nepal. With the support and the hospitality of the warm and welcoming ethnic inhabitants of the Khumbu region, the trek can be carried out with ease and comfort. A good physique and mental alertness are requirements for embarking on this trek and the last few destinations require proper acclimatization to reduce health hazards.
There are two trials up to the Everest Base Camp, the northeast route via the Island Peak and the northeast route via the Khumbu Icefall. The northeast route passes through Tibet and requires a special permission from the Chinese government. Due to the easy accessibility and technical ease of the route, the southeast route is preferred over the other one. Both routes begin with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From here, the trail moves into Namche Bazar, Kenjum, Senansa via hamlets and rivers into Tengboche. For the northeast route, the trail enters into Dingboche village, Chhukhung and then not the base camp known as the Perashya Gyab(5087 m). Ascending upwards, the trail leads trekkers into the Island Peak, or Imja Tse, a viewpoint offering exclusive views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest and other snowcapped mountains of the Khumbu Region. For the southeast route, the trail ascends upwards to Periche from Tengboche. From here, trekkers trek across Lobuche, Gorak shep and then to the Everest Base Camp (5364 m). The Everest itself can be climbed via this route.
Whichever route be chosen, the trek across the Khumbu region is a rewarding one. With constant alluring views of the Everest and other peaks, the trail passes through ethnic villages and topographically varied areas up to the base camp of the highest peak in the world. The months of March to May and September to November are the best suited for embarking on this adventure. This trek is highly recommended to a trekker with a flair for adventure.
- All airport/hotel transfers
- Aaccommodation in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, and Guest House accommodation in mountain
- All domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals in mountain
- All ground transportation as per the itinerary program by private vehicles
- All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking local guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter),
- All necessary paper works
- Travel and rescue arrangements
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs )
- Excess baggage charges
- 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 (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
Our airport representative welcomes you at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and transfers to your hotel. Briefing on trekking, gears, foodstuff, guide and porters will take place at the hotel. Enjoy welcome dines with cultural show. Overnight at hotel. (D)
Kathmandu sightseeing tour (Approx. 5 hrs)
This is the day of visiting culturally, historically and architecturally enhanced valley. Today’s highlights are Swayambhunath- the Monkey Temple, Bouddhanath- one of the largest stupas in the world and Pashupalinath – the most famous ancient shrine with open public cremation. The former two monuments are the Buddhist ones where the latter one is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva. Rest of the moments can be enjoyed roaming around the town. Overnight at hotel. (B)
Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (Approx. 3 hrs)
After driving to Kathmandu airport we will have 30 minutes’ scenic flight to Lukla (2800 MASL). When we meet our Sherpa team, we will depart for Phakding (2600 MASL). Overnight at Guest House . (BLD)
Phakding – Namche (Approx 5 hrs)
Namche (3440 MASL) is regarded as the gateway of Trans–Himalayan trade since long. After long hike from Phakding, we will take rest in this land of Sherpa inhabitants. Overnight at Sherpa Summit Lodge. (BLD)
Acclimatization at Namche
This rest day supports you to energize in highest elevation preventing from altitude sickness. We will explore local villages and museum nearby. While visiting Hillary School and the Hospital, we will memorize the pioneer mountaineers Tenzing Norge Sherpa and Edmund Hillary and will bow our head to pay respect to them. Overnight at Guest House. (BLD)
Namche – Deboche (Approx 5 hrs)
Via Tengboche, we continue our journey to Deboche (4350 MASL). The largest monastay in Khumbu, Tengboche (3850 MASL), offers gigantic view of Everest along with Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, etc. Here, we will pass by quiet rhododendron forest. Overnight at Guest House (BLD)
Deboche - Pheriche (Approx 4 hrs)
As we leave Deboche, we will hike to Pangboche and will obtain blessing from Lamp Geshe for the sake of successful trip. Geshe is the distinguished religious figure of Solukhumbu. Here we follow Imja river in order to reach Pheriche. (4240 MASL). Overnight at Guest House. (BLD)
Acclimatization at Pheriche
On this rest day, we visit a clinic run by Himalayan Rescue Association and then accend to Imja river valley. This place proffers superb vista of northen Amadablam. Overnight at Guest House. (BLD)
Pheriche – Lobuche (Approx 4 hrs)
This trail is full of past memorials for mountaineers made up of rocks. Along the way, you will see many Chhortens and prayer flags. And, you may encounter with snow trail further. Lobuche (4950 MASL) is a Himalayan village on the base of the peak Lobuche. Overnight at Guest House. (BLD)
Lobuche – Gorakshep (Approx 3 hrs)
Marching ahead, we will cross over the Khangri glacier after walking lower ridges of Khumbu glacier. This trail leads us to Gorakshep (5150 MASL), the final stop before the Everest base camp. Overnight at Guest House. (BLD)
Gorkshep - Everest Base Camp - Gorakshep (Approx 6 hrs)
In order to touch the ground of most important part of the trek, we leave the grassy mountainous valley and set out across icy-rocky Khumbu glacier into the base camp (5400 MASL). And, we return back to Gorakshep. Overnight at Guest House (BLD)
Gorkshep - Kalapaththar - Pheriche (Approx 6 hrs)
Today we accend for Kalapaththar (5545 MASL) in the morning. This is another remarkable day since today you are at the highest point of the whole trek.
The striking and glorious Everest creates heavenly surrounding in the morning. Now, in order to wipe out hunger and thirst of good sleep and thick air, we begin to decend towards Pheriche (4240 MASL). Overnight at Guest House. (BLD)
Pheriche - Namche (Appox 7 hrs)
Fragrant pine and thriven rhododendron woods deliver pleasant moments on the way to Namche (3440 MASL). Rejoice the evening with yak steaks, beer and pastries.
Overnight at Guest House (BLD)
Namche – Lukla (Approx 6 hrs)
Crossing a number of suspension bridges over Dudhkoshi river and approaching lush valleys of lower Khumbu, we hike down to Lukla (2800 MASL) on the last day of the trek. Overnight at Guest House. (BLD)
Lukla – Kathmandu (Approx 35 mins)
This panoramic flight to Kathmandu delivers unforgetful moments of farewell to the Himalayan landscapes and culture. Invest your free afternoon for relxation and exploration of the city, Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel. (B)
After breakfast, our representative will transfer you to the airport (TIA) for your onward journey. Have safe flight. Farewell! (B)
A trek in Nepal is more about endurance than anything else. You will be trekking most days and can expect to be on the trail an average of 5–7 hours per day. The lower elevations may be the most difficult as you cover the most ground and the temperatures are hotter. By the time you reach the higher elevations you will be in prime condition and the distances are shorter. People of many ages and ability successfully complete all the treks in Nepal—those who are strong willed and in good condition should have few problems.
The answer depends on the trek but the range is about 1–3 weeks. The quickest way to get up close and personal with the big mountains is the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, which can be completed from Pokhara in as few as 8 days. Longer treks in remote regions such as Makalu Base Camp can take three weeks or more. The Everest Base Camp trek takes 14–17 days.
You will also want to spend a couple of days in Kathmandu before your trek getting your bearings straight and making final preparations (more if you haven’t pre-booked a guide). And try to leave a cushion after your trek in case things take longer than expected.
Peak season is the fall months of October and November when the air is clear and the mountain views are best. Temperatures during this time are ideal for trekking—warm at lower elevations and cool up high—and the conditions are relatively dry. Along with the good weather comes the biggest crowds, felt from the bustling streets of Thamel to the trails themselves.
The temperature drops during the winter months but the air remains clear. If the weather is on your side, the first half of December can be epic with fantastic views and greater solitude. Be aware that once winter arrives the mountains slow down–high elevation trekking becomes treacherous and teahouses may close.
The second most popular time of the year to trek in Nepal is the spring season from late February to mid-April. Temperatures are as good as the fall and the crowds are smaller, but you can expect more haze and precipitation, particularly at lower elevations. Mountain views should be clear up high but things can get socked in down low.
Trekking in Nepal from May through August is best avoided. The monsoon months bring heat, clouds and rain, limiting the mountain views and creating messy trails and ground transportation headaches. One possible exception for hiking during the monsoon is the dryer Mustang region.
Nepal is under a constant cloud of political uncertainty as has been for years. The U.S. Department of State and other governments urge caution when traveling to Nepal, often in the form of official travel warnings. Travelers should read these warnings and exercise caution as they would before traveling to any other country.
After significant due diligence before my recent trip to Nepal, I came away reasonably confident that Nepal is safe for trekkers. A number of knowledgeable people were unequivocal in their opinions that trekking in Nepal is mostly unaffected by politics. I booked our tickets after hearing from two fellow Coloradans who were in Kathmandu preparing for a trek when the King was overthrown. Their advice was to go and that, “everything will be fine…just don’t burn tires in front of the Royal Palace.”
As with any foreign country, use good judgment and do your part to ensure that you have a safe trip. Solo trekkers are most at risk for a number of reasons and it’s best to go with a guide. Don’t walk around the streets of Kathmandu late at night (taxis are extremely cheap) and avoid large crowds. Petty theft can occur at lowland villages including from the tents of unsuspecting trekkers.
For those who decide to make the trip, the number of people trekking in Nepal remains relatively low compared to years past and it’s a great time to go.
Thamel in Kathmandu has a variety of food options and you should be able to find just about anything. While trekking you will become all too familiar with dal baht, the traditional Nepalese dish consisting of rice, lentils, and seasonal vegetables (meat is often available too). Dal baht may not be your first choice for a post-trek meal but genreally it’s tasty and the portions are generous, making for happy trekkers.
You won’t regret bringing a box of protein bars and vitamins from home. Dal baht provides carbs and some protein but isn’t exactly packed with nutrition; bars make a great snack on the trail or backup for a less than stellar meal. Snickers are ubiquitous in the villages and serve the same general purpose.