Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days

Overview

  • Duration14 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate 
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • ActivityTours, Hiking, Discovery
  • Group Size8 People Maximum
  • Max Altitude5545m. Kala Patthar

About Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest base camp trek is a lifetime adventure, a trip for people with higher dreams than the clouds. You will saturate your spirit with beautiful nature and stretch your personal endurance beyond what you thought possible, miles away from cars, conveniences and daily luxuries.

The trip begins in ancient Kathmandu, where you will acclimate and explore the city at leisure, while anticipating your ascent. Your trek to the Everest Base Camp (5.364m) to the base of the highest mountain in the world will take you across suspension bridges spanning thin air chasms, through hidden Buddhist monasteries, and into the heart of the warm, rugged Sherpa culture.

As you travel alongside thrill-seekers and nature lovers from all over the globe, you will spy on Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu-three of Earth's 10 highest peaks! You will rest easy at night in cozy and colorful lodges, knowing that our experienced, knowledgeable native Sherpa guides and porters are there to ensure the safest, most enjoyable and most fascinating experience possible.

You will support local economies, discover hidden strengths within yourself, and make friends and memories that will last a lifetime. What are you waiting for? Let's go!

Highlights

  • Trek to the base of the highest peak in the world, the Everest Base Camp.
  • Get to know Sherpa's unique culture and tradition.
  • Visit the most famous Tengboche Monastery in the Everest region.
  • Enjoy the magnificent views of the Khumbu Glacier and the Khumbu Icefall.
  • Take a breathtaking view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and other peaks.

Itinerary

  1. Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

    On your arrival in Kathmandu, we will pick you up from the airport and drop you to your hotel.

    Your hotel is located in the center of the city, in a vibrant and colorful area known as Thamel. With its restaurants, bars, shops with unique handcrafted Nepalese items and trekking equipment, this is an interesting place to spend the afternoon.

    You will have the opportunity to meet your guide today and ask questions about your trip to Everest Base Camp.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:No
    • Maximum Altitude:1400m.
    • Time:Rest
  2. Everest Base Camp trekking adventure starts on the second day with a scenic flight from Manthali, airport to Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,804 m).

    Update: Kathmandu to Lukla flight has been shifted to Manthali airport, Ramechhap. During peak seasons spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) due to increased traffic as well as renovation in Kathmandu airport since March 2019. Manthali airport can be reached within 4 to 5-hour drive from Kathmandu.

    This means you need to wake up very early in the morning around 2:30 am to go for a drive and catch your early morning Lukla flight from Manthali. Night travel is required as there are only few hotels available in Mathali and the flights to Lukla all leave in the morning.

    The flight is itself a remarkable and exciting 20 minutes across the mountain range. On arrival in Lukla, we start our trek with a 3-hour hike to Phakding Village.

    Note: if you wish to avoid the night road journey to Manthali talk to us about taking a helicopter directly from Kathmandu to Lukla.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2651m.
    • Time:20 mins. Flight + 3 hours walk
  3. Today the path takes us through the forests, the traditional villages with their ploughed fields and the yak pastures. We can see Thamserku rising above us as we reach the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park.

    After lunch, we'll continue to Namche Bazaar. It is the largest Sherpa village in the Khumbu region and the starting point for expeditions and trekking groups.

    Here you can buy some last-minute items (such as chocolate) if you have forgotten to do so in Kathmandu.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:reakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3440m.
    • Time:5 - 6 hours
  4. Today is an acclimatization day that will help our bodies to adapt to high altitudes. But that doesn't mean we don't do anything about it! The best way to acclimatize is by being active.

    There's a chance to spend a few hours hiking around the area or visiting Sir Edmund Hillary's school in Khumjung Village as a thank you for all the assistance Sherpa people gave him in his successful ascent of Mount Everest.

    Some of the mountains seen today are Kwangde (6,011m), Thamserku (6,623m), Kangtega (6,782m), Nuptse (7,861m), Lhotse (8,516m), Ama Dablam (6,812m) and, of course, Mount Everest (8,848m).

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3440m.
  5. Today, there are not many steep ascents and descents that offer a lot of time to focus on photography! Stupas, prayer (peace) flags, mani walls (walls with Buddhist prayers carved into them), mountains such as Ama Dablam and the Tengboche Monastery are all worth taking pictures of.

    The trail to Tengboche is a dusty switchback route, but the panoramic view of the monastery makes it all worth it. If you're lucky, you'll be able to take part in a service for which a small donation will be appreciated. You can definitely light a few butter lamps.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3856m.
    • Time:5 hours
  6. The trail is very scenic, but today is also quite difficult. We start to follow Imja Khola before climbing to the windswept fields (mainly potato) of Dingboche.

    This is the highest settlement of Sherpa in the Khumbu region. Ama Dablam's views from here are especially stunning and magical. As we'll arrive at Dingboche in time for lunch. You can relax with a book or just gaze on the surrounding mountains for the rest of the afternoon.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4380m.
    • Time:4 - 5 hours
  7. With the ever-rising elevation, it is best to take another day to acclimatize. There are a number of options available today for short hikes.

    Such as a visit to the base of Nangkar Tshang Peak, with its sacred places and views of Mt Makalu. This hike is 3.5 to 5 hours round trip and the ascending altitude of this hike will help our bodies prepare for the high altitudes ahead.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4380m.
  8. Today the trek starts with a gentle climb to the Pheriche Valley. We pass the alpine scrub and the yak pastures hiking above the valley floor. Tawoche and Cholotse are on display, and Ama Dablam is behind us. From here, Ama Dablam appears to rise directly from the valley floor.

    The trail continues to the Thokla Pass, where the ascent is difficult. Again, a paradise for photographers, as there are panoramic views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and more 7,000 metre mountains!

    We reach Lobuche after crossing the pass. Not a very attractive settlement in itself, the views surrounding it is both wonderful and dramatic.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4938m.
    • Time:4 - 5 hours
  9. It's an exciting day! Today, we're going to the viewpoint for Everest. First of all, the trail takes us for about 3 hours over boulders and rough terrain to the small settlement of Gorakshep.

    After lunch, head out for Kalapatthar, where the views of Everest are simply the best views you can possibly get. At 5,545m, this is the highest altitude we can hike in Nepal without any climbing permits. Its name means black rock, and it's more like a ridge than a mountain.

    If the weather is not clear, we can leave Kalapatthar for the morning as the sunrise over Everest is just as awe-inspiring as the sunset is. If we decide on this option, we'll hike to the Everest Base Camp itself today.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:5545m.
    • Time:2 - 3 hours (+ 4 hours)
  10. If we didn’t make it to Kalapatthar yesterday, we'll do today, returning to Gorakshep for breakfast. Similarly, if we didn't visit the Everest Base Camp on day 9, we'll do that this morning. Each hike takes 3 to 4 hours return from Gorakshep.

    After breakfast, we head to Pheriche for about 4 hours. This small settlement homes the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic.

    It has long been established as a hospital but remains focused on the problems of trekkers, climbers and the local people. This is an interesting feature of the area, staffed mainly by volunteer medical staff.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4371m.
    • Time:4 hours (+ 4 hours)
  11. Today's trail descends considerably, but some uphill are also to be tackled! The forests and greenery return as we approach Namche.

    It's a long day of walking, made harder by the hard hiking the day before. But push on, because a good dinner and a hot shower are waiting for you! Now is the opportunity to celebrate your successful trip to the Everest Base Camp with some beer!

    And WIFI available now, it's also time to touch base with your loved ones at home and perhaps upload a few photos of your trip.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3440 m.
    • Time:6 hours
  12. In the early part of the day, take a good final look at the magical Himalayan Mountains and say goodbye to the Khumbu region and Mount Everest, then we head a final long ascent to Lukla.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2860m.
    • Time:6 – 7 hours
  13. This morning, we say goodbye to Mt Everest and the Khumbu Region as we board our flight back to Kathmandu via Manthali Airport. We will be back in Kathmandu for a brunch or in the early afternoon.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:Breakfast
    • Maximum Altitude:1400m.
    • Time:20 min flight (4 – 5 hours’ drive)
  14. It’s a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla.

    In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with culture show.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:1400m.
    • Time:Rest day
  15. The time has come to say goodbye to Nepal. Our representative will drop you off at the international airport, as per your flight schedule.

    What's Included

    Included

    • Airport transfers pick-up and drop-off.
    • Airfare both ways (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu).
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
    • All accommodations during the trek.
    • English speaking Sherpa trek guide.
    • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staffs
    • Everest National park entry permit and local entry permits.
    • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
    • Magical Summits duffel bag.
    • Hiking pole for the trek, if needed.
    • Trek map.
    • Farewell dinner including a cultural show.

    Not Included

    • International airfares and Nepal visa.
    • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur.
    • International Travel insurance which included rescue.
    • Tips for the guide & porter (tipping is expected).
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the ‘Included’ section.

    Dates & Price

    Dates StatusPrice 
    Start DateNov 07, 2021End DateNov 20, 2021StatusAvailablePriceUS$1380

    Our published dates are guaranteed departures. If the dates don't match with your travel plans, we are more than happy to create your desired date.

    Useful Info

    Accommodation

    Accommodations are provided on the twin-sharing basis. If you are a solo traveler, a single supplement will be served. Accommodations during the trek in the Himalayas, you will be staying at basic mountain lodges where you'll have a nice and clean room with the warm blankets, pillows, and comfortable matrices (matrices may not be very thick size but they’re comfortable).

    Meals

    During the trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking, there will also be farewell dinner.

    Best Time to Visit

    The best time to visit Himalayas is between September to December and March to May, when the skies are a clear blue and the views spectacular. The weather remains dry until about May, with temperatures varying between regions.

    Nepal is good for trekking throughout the year. Autumn and spring seasons are the most famous trekking seasons in the Himalayan region of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. It has beautiful, cool, blue skies, clear weather conditions and amazing views of the white mountains and the countryside.

    During the spring season, this time of year offers a breathtaking view of the Rhododendron flowers and lush forests.

    FAQs

    1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport?

    Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying Magical Summits signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

    The Everest Base Camp trek is a moderate to demanding trek that does not require any technical skills of mountaineering. It is basically a long hike up to the altitude of 5,364 meters / 17,599 feet.

    There are no major walking difficulties on the popular route to Everest Base Camp. You follow trails that connect villages that are suitable for baggage animals for most of the time and that are walked by locals of all ages, from toddlers to great grandparents.

    This trek is suitable for everyone who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is needed. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, jogging, hiking is recommended before you begin on your journey.

    Generally, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for hot showers and a few drinks during the trek. Please note, the more expensive products are, the higher you go.

    The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp are in the months from March to May and the post-monsoon months of Mid-September to Mid-December.

    During spring, this is also the time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations (if you are trekking in from the road head). The autumn season are the most popular for trekking in Nepal with settled weather and warm days at middle altitude.

    December through to February is the time to visit if you want to avoid crowds and but it will be a little colder at this time, the days are sunny, blue skies and the air is normally crystal clear.

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