Everest Base Camp
A journey to Everest is something that many of us dream of, and with us, you can achieve it. We can make your dream come true! The trek usually lasts for an average of fourteen days. According to your needs, we can design the perfect trip for you and assure a memorable time. Meet fellow trekkers from around the world and get to know the people who will help you realize your dream. For those interested in exploring the culture of Sherpa people, March-April is the best time. Whereas in September-October, you will be graced by the majestic mountains under the striking blue sky. Throughout the trek, you will feel something new every step of the way. The trek package can be adjusted according to your preferences and budget plan.
Day 1: Leisure day in Kathmandu.
You get to meet your crew who will be helping you throughout the trek. Thamel is a bustling city full of tourist attractions and home to various local and international cuisines. You can take a stroll and indulge yourself in street food delicacies. Your guide will help you do a final gear check and shop for necessities. Enjoy dining with your new friends.
Altitude: Approximately 1400m.
Overnight: 3 star hotel
Day 2: Kathmandu to Phakding
Depending on the season, you may need to get up for an early road trip to Ramechhap and/or for a flight to Lukla. You will get to see the Kathmandu city sprawled out beneath you and beautiful White Mountains if the weather permits. As the airplane winds around hills, find yourself descending on the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. Be greeted by fellow trekkers from different parts of the world and the locals. Walk through the busy streets of Lukla lined with bakeries, cafes and souvenir shops. You will be in awe as it will feel like stepping into a whole another dimension. Smell the earth and the incense in the air as you pass by Mani walls, prayers carved stones. ( Can I mention the first day may be difficult as in the first day starting off on a dirt trail?) We will have our lunch at Ghat beside a river among pine forests. Cross your first of the many suspension bridges on the trek just before Phakding. We will get to see the roaring Dudh-Koshi river snaking round the colorful zinc roofed houses of Phakding. Settle into your hotel room with a view of the big river and lush green forest. Wind down for the day in the common room with your friends. Or, you can go on a walk and interact with the villagers.
Altitude: 2610 m
Overnight: local family owned hotel
Day 3: Phakding to Namche
After enjoying a hearty Sherpa breakfast, we will make our way to Namche. Today, we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park (SNP). It was established in 1976 by the Nepal Government in an effort to conserve the Himalayan flora and fauna. After passing the check point, we will walk towards our lunch destination, Jorsalle. On the way, we will see the donkeys and occasionally horses clad in vibrant colored threads and ornaments. Crossing the big bridge, we will reach Jorsalle. Relish the nepali meal ‘Dal Bhat’ over a riverside resort and we will prepare ourselves for the steep trail ahead. Taking breaks in between, we can birdwatch and share snacks among ourselves. We will need the extra energy. At the end of the hill, we will reach a clearing looking out towards the ‘Sherpa capital”, Namche Bazaar and the towering Kongde Ri. The horse-shoe shaped valley will welcome you with a stream flowing downwards. After a long day of walk, we will get to feast our eyes on the great mountain before us. You may choose to wander nearby or you can save it for tomorrow and rest.
Altitude: 3440 m
Overnight: Commercial owned hotels
Day 4: Acclimatization day and hike to Khumjung valley
Today, we will ditch our day bags and hike to the view point on top of Namche. We can visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and the National Museum nearby. A perfect place to take pictures with mountains all around and even a view of the majestic Everest if we are lucky. For lunch, we will hike to the Khumjung valley. It’s a rich Sherpa village and you will notice that the distinctive blue roofs stand out. After lunch, we will descend to Namche. Here, you will start to feel the cold so you will need to bundle up. For the rest of the day, you can shop for new gears, treat yourself to some warm drinks and dessert and even visit the world’s highest Irish pub.
Altitude: 3780 m (Khumjung)
Overnight: Same hotel as previous night
Day 5: Namche to Phortse
Start your day feeling well rested. After breakfast, we will walk towards Phortse. Walk in ease along the winding hills. On the way, you will see street vendors with handmade jewelries and home décor items. We can stop for a tea break and shop for souvenirs. Channel the spirit of a mythical being as you cross over silent flowing streams over a wooden bridge. Except, you will have just left a tea house after some toasty drinks. We will have our lunch at Mong Dada. Mong Dada is a beautiful place atop hill. Moreover, the hill directly overlooks Thamserku and Ama Dablam, two of the most famous mountains in Nepal. So, we get to eat while watching the majestic peaks stand before us. Coming down, we will get to see wild mountain goats grazing on the hill side. After a final climb, we will reach Phortse. Phortse is a small village so most of the guesthouses are family owned. The houses are cozy; walls lined with family photographs and mountaineering pictures. It will feel as if we are visiting a friend for dinner. There is a climbing school nearby and we can go visit it.
Overnight: Family owned local place
Day 5: Phortse to Dingboche
After breakfast, we move towards Dingboche. Today, we walk along a very pleasant trail while enjoying the Mountain View all the way. Depending on the time of the year, we will get to see the Rhododendron, Nepal’s national flower in pink, white and red in all its glory. If we are lucky, we may also spot the Danphe, Nepal’s national bird adorned with multicolored feathers. A perfect trail to take pictures and to charge your solar batteries. Our lunch destination is Somare. The village is decorated with prayer flags inter twining amongst themselves. There are old houses and you can also see the delicately painted prayer wheels. As we move towards Dingboche, the terrain becomes increasingly barren and we ascend above the tree lines. The houses are made of stones and wood with stonewall fences. The teahouses are usually family owned. You can enjoy some warm soup and popcorn near the heater and interact with the lovely locals.
Altitude: 4410 m
Overnight: Dingboche Guest House (family owned)
Day 6: Acclimatization day at Dingboche
We can climb up to the Nangkartshang Gompa. We can hike up to the ridge overlooking the village which serves excellent view of the mountains and the valley. If you are feeling up for it, we can hike up to the Chhukung Village. From both the ridge and Chhukung, we will be able to see the Makalu, the fifth highest peak in the world, Cholotse, Island Peak, Baruntse and more. For those who want to rest and acclimatize, you can go on a village tour and enjoy the rest of the day sunbathing. There is an amazing café nearby and you can treat yourself to some delicious food.
Altitude: 4730 m (Chhukung)
Day 7: Dingboche to Lobuche
After a proper Sherpa style breakfast, we will start our day. We will climb up hill and move up the Thukla ridge and onto moraine towards the Khumbhu Glacier. Down the valley, we can see a small village Pheriche. As we are gaining altitude, it’s important that we walk slow and steady. Thukla is our lunch stop for the day. Basking under the warm sun, we will refuel our body with food and drinks. Right after lunch, there is a 200 meter climb but it will feel like it is much more than that. The trail is full of rocks and boulders and there are yaks and donkeys all the way. But it will be okay. We will take our time and walk comfortably. On top of the hill lies the Everest Memorial Ground, the highest graveyard of the world. The place is full of chortens built in the memory of people who lost their lives in Everest. We will rest and look around. Our destination for the day is Lobuche. Getting there alone is a feat so we will eat and rest for the day.
Altitude: 4910 m
Overnight: Mixed type of hotels both business and family owned.
Day 8: Lobuche to Gorakshep and Base Camp
Today, we will have an early start. It’s a short day in terms of the walking hours but with the altitude, it is going to be tough challenge. But we will overcome it together and when night falls, we will be sipping warm tea in a heated room at Gorakshep. We will drop our bags at Gorakshep and have lunch. After lunch, those of us who feel like going to the Base Camp will head out. Those who want to stay at the lodge and acclimatize can enjoy the wonderful view just outside their doorstep. On the way to Base camp, we continue along the side of the Khumbhu Glacier. After walking for an hour, we will move on to the glacier itself. In the spring season, the base camp will look like scattered flowers in a garden; climbing tents in red, blue and orange etc. When we get there, we can take turns taking pictures of each other. This is what we are here for. Sure, it was tiring sometimes but we have finally made it. Together and safe. We will have a little celebratory party with drinks and snacks. And then, we will return to Gorakshep in ease. The return trip to Gorakshep takes about two hours.
Altitude: 5364 m (Base Camp)
Overnight: mixed lodges
Day 9: Gorakshep to Kala Pattar view point and back to Lobuche
Today, we will have an early start. After some warm drinks, we will head towards the Kala Pattar to catch the sunrise view. We will need to stock up on some sugar bars and snacks. Keeping the altitude in mind, the hike to Kala Pattar is relatively not an easy one. But we need not worry. We will take breaks and look out for each other. Kala Pathar translated to Nepali is “black rock” and it lives up to its name. It is draped with colorful prayer flags and khadas, religious silk scarves. The view on the top is absolutely spectacular. You are standing so close to the mountains as if you can almost touch them. You will have 360 degree views of Himalayan giants like Khumbutse, Changtse and Lhotse with the Everest peeking over shoulders of other mountains. You can also see the Everest Base Camp and an icy glacial lake down below. We will have our breakfast at Gorakshep and leave for Lobuche. The trip to Lobuche from Gorakshep takes around two and a half hours. We can stay at Lobuche or have lunch here and move onto Pheriche.
Overnight: local lodges
Day 10: Lobuche to Deboche
We leave Lobuche after breakfast. The trail to Thukla is a pretty flat but a rocky one. After having lunch at Thukla, we won’t retrace our steps over the Thukla ridge. Instead, we will pass through Pheriche. The way to Pheriche is very lovely. You can see the yaks and the donkeys grazing on the flat pastures. Occasionally, you pass by a chorten and small streams. Depending on the season, it may be windy so we will need to put on our goggles and wind proof jackets. After passing a small village, there is an uphill steady climb. We will walk along bending hills and stop at Somare for a tea break. Here, we can fill up our water bottles and have some snacks. Then we move towards Deboche. At Deboche, we can finally get hot water for showers at a reasonable price. After a long day of walking, it will feel just right.
Day 11: Deboche to Jorsalle Today’s trail will be a lot of ups and downs. We will walk through the forest and cross over rivers. It will start getting warmer so it will be a lot easier to walk. Before reaching Tengboche, there is an uphill climb for approximately an hour. But it will feel like walking through a storm. Especially after recent days of walking downhills. At the top of hill, we reach a clearing. Depending on the time of the year, you will see green pastures and horses grazing. We can visit the famous Tengboche monastery. Moreover, this is a wonderful rest stop. We descend through pine forests nearing the Phunki Tenga river. We will have our lunch at Khyangjuma. Here is where you will see the last of Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Retracing our steps away from Namche, we drop down the unforgettable switchbacks. Jorsalle will be our stop for the day. Today was a long day. So we will settle into a cozy riverside teahouse. Treating ourselves to some treats, we will wind down for the day.
Altitude: 2740 m
Overnight: Family owned
Day 12: Jorsalle to Lukla
After breakfast, we will start our walking with ease. You will easily recognize the way back and the trail will appear familiar. There’s no need to rush. Arriving Lukla is a celebration in itself but it will also be a day of reflection of our week long trip. Here, you can get a hot shower, any food or drinks you have been craving for a while. From here, the porters who have been assisting you every step will be returning back to their villages. So, today is a celebration night. We will be together for the last night; whole as a team. Among ourselves, we can share our feelings and thoughts regarding the trip and say our good byes.
Altitude: 2840 m
Overnight: Family owned
Day 13: Flight to Kathmandu
We catch a flight to Kathmandu and check into hotel. You can rest in the hotel room or go around for sightseeing.
Altitude: 1400 m
Overnight: 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
Day 14: Fly back home
Our crew will bid you goodbyes at the airport. Your guide will help you on the way to airport. Safe trip and happy journey. ( If you want to, you can go on a tour around the major cities of Nepal, Pokhara and Chitwan. )
- Kathmandu arrival and transferred to hotel
- Kathmandu Lukla to flight same day trek to Benkar.
- Lukla to Kathmandu by flight
- All ground Transportations
- All necessary permits and TIMS cards
- All meal during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Guide and staffs wages and insurance
- Bar bills, laundry and tips
- Rescue, insurance, souvenir shopping
- Items of personal expenses
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Personal rescue if needed
#Note above day to day itinerary. May be change depending on weather and flight.