- 16 Days
- 5,545 m. Kala Patthar
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 (5364m) 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 10th 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!
The Everest Base Camp Trek trails have a good trekking record in all seasons. The two seasons (spring and autumn) among them have a high number of visits. However, winter and monsoon seasons are also popular, but only at certain times of the year.
The best seasons to trek Everest Base Camp is either side of the March to May (spring) or September to November (autumn). The main trekking seasons are late September through November and March through May, when Base Camp temperatures can reach as low as -5°C and conditions are generally stable. In late April or early May, you might see group of climbers preparing for their attempts on Everest expedition.
Although the temperatures in late November and early February are extremely cold, around -15°C by day and much colder at night, clear skies are generally the norm, with quieter trails and teahouses adding to the thrilling feeling of wild and unspoiled isolation.
While trekking in the Himalayas, accommodation is important because you need a proper place to freshen after a long day. So, each trekker is wondering, what the staying arrangement will be during the 14 days of Everest Base Camp Trek.
The Everest Base Camp Trek trails offer a number of lodges and tea houses with a very basic building. Usually, these places offer a double/twin sharing room that comes with a mattress, sheet, pillow, blanket.
Well, our trip offers accommodation in tea houses, which have cozy bedrooms and facilities than lodges. Accommodation in the Khumbu region ranges from place to place. In the lower areas, there is a cozy dining area with a fireplace and attached bathroom. But as you go higher, using the standard bathroom gets simpler.
Also, the toilets are mostly built outside, so walking at night in the cold difficult sometimes. As you ascend to higher elevations, the evenings/nights generally get colder, so sleeping bags and down jackets are useful at this time.
If you did not bring with you, don’t worry! You can also rent in Kathmandu. If you prefer to stay in a private single room. We can arrange for you stay alone in the room, but you will need to pay a separate fee for the full space. However, it’s only feasible out of season.
Every trekker wonders about the difficulty of Everest Base Camp. The journey to Everest Base Camp is a moderate-level trek ideal for any trekker.
The trek is a bit tough for beginners, but it can be completed efficiently with normal fitness. The trails involve several ups and downs through the rocky terrain.
You should also be aware of climate change and altitude sickness. Nothing is predictable as the trek takes you above 5000 meters. Ascending and descending every day will be hard for beginners.
The trek mainly consists of physical walks with no technical parts, so prior mountain climbing experience is not required. However, to complete the 14-day journey in the Himalayas, you need to have confident and dedicated.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Time to say goodbye to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu with breakfast in a café, a city walk or souvenir shopping.
Our representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home.
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.
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