Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek - 18 Days

Group Size
Minimum 2
3-4
5 +

Charges Per/Person

US $ 2150
US $ 2050
US $ 1950

Day 01. Arrival in Kathmandu- transfer to Hotel
    
 I will receive you in Kathmandu Airport then escort to a 3 star level hotel. Introductory talks with refreshment and dinner.

Day 02. Kathmandu to Lukla flight then move to Phakding 2750 meter

    
 With a plan of taking an early flight we will go to the airport with a cup of tea or coffee. Flight delays or cancellations often happen due to bad weather either in Luka or in Kathmandu. You will enjoy the magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges from your seat in the plane. Flying over the high hills alongside the Himalayan ranges and landing on the narrow airstrip at the elevation of 2850 meter is an adventure itself. We will have breakfast in Lukla then move to Phakding for lunch and stop for the day. We will stay at Shangrila Guest House in Phakding.

     It is just the time to experience the land of Sherpa people and its natural-beauty of the villages, terraced farming plots, Monasteries, stone prayer walls, zopkey caravans, deep valleys, waterfalls, rivers and of course snow clad high mountains. An astonishing natural beauty rejuvenates in your physical system.

     After a while a wide vista opens at Dudh Koshi river valley. Dudhkoshi river is flowing from Nangpa La Tibetan border and adjacent various glaciers and the main tributary river is Imja Khola which is fed by Chhukung and Imja glacial lakes, Khumbu glacier and Ngazumba glacier. Vertically standing majestic view of Mt. Kusum Kangru 6330 meter is seen from Kusum Khola or Thado Koshi, the tributary rivulet to Dudhkoshi.

Day 03. Phakding – Namche (3445 meter)

     
Early start is required for the day due to steep climb below Namche, in the afternoon. We will trek along the banks of Dudhkoshi river, crossing over the suspension bridges for four times on the same river. This is the day you will enter the Sagarmatha National park. All the documentation and entry fees will be in your guide's responsibility. The fifth bridge we will cross is over the Imja Khola. We will see Tao Tse peak from the bridge, in a clear day.

     You have got to test your ability below Namche while climbing steep terrain and gaining height faster. Looking back provides fascinating views of Dudh Koshi valley. But, many of the trekkers do not take a chance to look back because they are gasping on taking height rapidly. We will trek with several stops allowing our body to acclimatize in higher altitude. Don't push up yourself harder. If you do push yourself the consequence will be headache and other high altitude related sicknesses by the time you reach Namche. In a clear day, you will have a chance to see Mt. Everest from Top Dada below Namche.

Day 04. Namche acclimatization day
 
     Acclimatization day in Namche gives a few options to choose for the day; shorter or longer. I recommend everyone to walk up above Syangboche airstrip. The views from the ridge is outstanding, we will be surrounded by some of high mountains of Khumbu region, including Mt. Everest. We can see some of the ages old pine and juniper trees. Also, we can see the hidden villages of Khunde and Khumjung.

Day 05. Namche – Tyangboche (3850 meter)
      The trek today starts easy contouring to the village of Sanasa where the trail forks for Khumbu Valley and Gokyo valley. Then it is all the way down to Funkitenga Imja river side. We will stop at Funkitenga for a lunch. After lunch we will take the steep climb up all the way up to Tyangboche. Tyangboche is known for its natural beauty. The Monastery in this place is about 400 years old is UNESCO approved World Heritage Site is the center for Budhist learning center and the heart of the Sherpa community. The views from Tyangboche are breathtaking - Mt. Knagteiga 6685 meter, Mt. Thamserku 6630 meter, Mt. Amadablum 6868 meter, Mt. Kongde 6185 meter, Khumbila 5360 meter, Mt. Towtse 6345, Mt. Nuptse-Lhotse wall (7990 and 8516 meter respectively) and Mt. Everest itself.

      We will stay in Tashi Deleg Lodge. Tyangboche usually becomes over crowded sometimes it is difficult to find a room. If it happens we will move further for about 20 minutes to Deboche for the night stop. This section of the trial may be muddy after ice melted on the ground. We will have to walk with extra care, as keeping safety first in our mind.

Day 06. Tyangboche to Dingboche (4420 meter)

      At the first the trail takes easy way, downhill and flat. After crossing the bridge over Imja Khola we will be on the sunny side with closer view of Mt. Amadablum. Now we have crossed the tree line. We will trek through Pangboche village as known the village of climbers. Our lunch break will be at Somare about 4100 meter above sea level. Another option is there, we can reach Dingboche for late lunch and that is all for the day. We will stay in Peaceful Lodge in Dingboche.

      We still can see Mt. Amadablum and Mt. Tao Tse, but may not be able to recognize because of its different appearance from another face. You can see one of the popular trekking peaks, the Island peak (6210 meter).

Day 07. Dingboche acclimatization day,
      We will hike up above Dingboche village or to Chhukung 4730 meter. We will be back to Dingboche for lunch if we hike up above the village. We will have a lunch in Khangri Resort in Chhukung if we hike up to Chhukung. Then, walk back down to Dingboche. It will be quite a long day.

Day 08. Dingboche to Italian Camp 8000 Inn 5010 meter via Lobuche 4930 meter

      After breakfast we will walk up to Thugla contouring the grazing pasture. The trial takes up the height from Thugla teashop. This part is tougher because of steepness and higher altitude. At the crest 4850 meter, there are a number of monuments erected in respect of climbers who died up in the mountains. Uphill is over for the day. We will walk on almost the flat level, still gaining the altitude rapidly.
      We will reach Lobuche 4930 meter above sea level. We will stop there for a lunch, it will be a late lunch of the day. After lunch we will have to walk for about 45 minutes to reach the Italian camp 8000 Inn 5010 meter above sea level. That will be the night stop. This is the place for High Altitude weather Research Center. You can have a tour in the Laboratory of the research center. Not to forget, we can have a high altitude hot shower experience at this place if it is a sunny day. Some waiting time is expected.

Day 09. Lobuche Acclimatization day
      Forth coming days are more challenging so we have to be well acclimatized. We will have longer sleep and late breakfast. We will walk up to the ridge above the Researcg Center to have look at the wide view of Khumbu glacier. We can see the destination of the following days; Kalapattar, Goraksep and Mt. Everest base camp.

Day 10. Lobuche to Gorakshep (5160 meter) Kalapattar (5623 meter)

      We will move towards Goraksep 5160 meter. We will stay higher walking off the trail for about an hour, then meet the main trail at the edge of Khumbu Glacier. After this point we have to walk carefully while crossing the Changri glacier. We will see huge glacial holes that can swallow anything into it. Glacier crossing is not an easy task we need great effort to go through. We will reach Goraksep where we will spend the night in one of the lodges. After lunch we will be heading towards Kalapattar 5623 meter. It takes a few hours to reach the summit of the peak. If you cannot make it all the way, you can stop at what you can make; that gives you satisfactory view of Mt. Everest at Sunset.

      We will see some of the Khongma birds running up the hill with super stamina. The birds are highly respected by Sherpa people, kindly treat them as local cultural asset. It is believed that harming the birds brings bad luck at home. The birds do expect some handouts of leftover food stuffs like nuts and broken biscuits. I often give some biscuits to keep them around me.

Day 11. Gorakshep- Everest Base Camp (5360 meter)- Back to Lobuche
     It will be a round trip to Mt. Everest Base Camp 5364 meter and back to Goraksep. We feel like, "It is just there". But the distance in the high altitude is very deceptive: just there but takes longer to reach. This trip needs a full day with pack lunch and sufficient drinking water. Nothing more to see than the glacial structure, Mt. Everest itself is not seen from its base camp. You will be surrounded by the Himalayan walls. This is the day you can say, "I have been to the Mt. Everest Base camp!".
     After the completion of the trip to the Mt. Everest base camp we will rush back down to Lobuche for a warmer stay.

Day 12. Lobuche to Tyanboche via Dingboche 4420 meter
     We have done and seen almost everything by now. Easy start, we will trek down all the way to Tyangboche via Dingboche.

Day 13. Tyangboche to Namche
     An early start is better to get to Namche earlier for some coffe and cakes in Sherpa Barista Cafe. We will try to get to Namche for Lunch.

Day 14. Namche to Lukla

     It is quite a long day to come down to Lukla in one day. We will stop at Phakding for a lunch break.

Day 15. Lukla to Kathmandu,

     Get ready early morning, go to airport check in lounge and start playing a waiting game checking the amount of cloud on the horizon to catch the flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 16. Fly out from Kathmandu

     Departure to your further destination. Transportation to the airport is provided.

Services covered in the package
Services not covered in the package

*Airport pick up and drop off Transport,
*Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu
(Twins bed, 3 Star level hotel)
*All three meals and accommodation provided during the trek,
*Guided city tour in Kathmandu (Transport provided),
*Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Domestic flights,
*Permit fees for National Park and World Heritage sites,
*Documentation for Traveller's Information card (TIMS),
*Two beds sharing room in standard lodges during trek,
*Porter to carry your belongings and guide service

*Travel insurance and Helicopter rescue,
*International flights, Visa fees,
*Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu,
*Bottled beverages and bar bills,
*Cost of re-hydration fluid in high altitude,
*Hot showers & Battery charging cost on trek,
*Staff gratuities/tips off,
*Personal equipment sets,
*Non scheduled meals and other expenses,

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