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Everest Base Camp Trek - 15 Days

Everest Base Camp Trek
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The ultimate adventure of Everest base camp trek offers breathtaking mountain panoramas, if you like to walk this is one of the most inspiring places in the world to do it. The tallest summit on the earth standing tall at height of 8,848 meters is not only the aspiration of mountaineers from all over the world, but its base camp, Everest Base Camp is also one of the most popular and rewarding trekking destinations. More than 25,000 trekkers trek to this region every year.

Our Everest base camp trek is a great introductory lodge trek that offers sensational mountain views and an insight into the lives of the Sherpa people. Everest Base Camp trek trail follows the trail for the Mount Everest expedition till the base Camp. After discovering the temples, shrines, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Kumbu Sherpas, where we are again greeted by spectacular mountain vistas.

A rest day here aids acclimatization and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area. We then follow the trail to famous Tengboche, located high on a ridge where a magnificent 360-degree panorama awaits. The views of Everest, the Lhotse-Nuptse Wall, Ama Dablam and Kantega dominate this peaceful and spiritual location – surely one of the most tranquil and inspiring places in the world. The Everest base camp trek is not only famous for its nearness of world’s highest peak but also for its friendly Sherpa people, world’s highest Buddhist monasteries, picturesque Sherpa villages, great variety of cultures, traditions and active Buddhist monasteries. This stunning Everest Base Camp trekking visits both, Everest base camp and Kala Patar (5645meters), a viewpoint recognized as the best vantage point to see Mount Everest which is a premier goal for many adventurous walkers in the Himalaya.

Trek Highlights

  • Visit Everest Base Camp and experience the camaraderie as climbers attempt the world’s highest peak
  • Highly experienced Sherpa leaders
  • Stand on the summit of Kala Patar at 5,645 m. (18,519 ft) for stunning views of Everest
  • Visit ancient monasteries and receive a blessing from a monk or lama
Day 1
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal (1400 meters)

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery Adventures, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 02: Free in Kathmandu for sightseeing and pre trip briefing and gear check.

Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.

There will also be a full trip briefing today with gear check. In case you need to hire or buy equipment locally there will be time to do this today. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2886 meters) and trek to Phakding (2652 meters) 3 hours.

An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan international Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla at 2804meters. On arrival at the airport guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding.

After landing we have time to discover the village while our staff sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713meters). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550meters) it is a short walk to Phakding, It is important to take these first few days slowly to enable your body to acclimatise and to enjoy the passing scenery and culture. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) 5.30 hours.

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar known as the Gateway to Everest which is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, Money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 5
Day 05: Rest day and discover around Namche Bazaar.

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. As well as a short trek where a museum is celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. Today we hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters) 5 hours.

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860meters today. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the days trekking went. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4260 meters) 5.30 hours.

From Thyangboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time so we avoid getting affected by the altitude. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 8
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4930 meters) 5 hours.

Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910meters at Lobuche which is really just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek to Everest Base camp (5365 meters) then back to Gorak shep (5175 meters) 7.30 hours.

we will ascend gently to begin with through lovely pasture lands, This is another difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365meters. the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team there about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak shep for the night. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 10
Day 10: Hike up to Kalapattar (5645 meters) early in the morning and trek down to Periche (4200 meters) 7 hours.

This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of morning in this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5645meters. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028ft, 8848meters, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5180meters then trek down to Periche. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5.30 hours.

From Periche we take a slightly different route down to Orsho then to Pangboche village. Here is the oldest monastery in the region which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a Yeti, or abominable snowmanthe. Leaving mountains behind us our descent takes us through Tengboche Monastery at elevation of 3860meters before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar at 3441meters. We arrive back into Namche Bazaar in the afternoon. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 12
Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2804 meters) 6 hours.

Finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also giving you time to discover the town. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 13
Day 13: From Lukla morning flight back to Kathmandu.

Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu we are met and transferred back to hotel. You can rest and relax throughout the day. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 14
Day 14: Free day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. If you get interested to take some gifts from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or go out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guide or you can do it yourself too. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15
Day 15: Transfer you to the International airport for your final departure.

The trip concludes!, our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers (pick-up and drop-off).
  • Pulse Oximeter for the blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Hot drinks (tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate) three cup a day.
  • All accommodation during the trek (standard).
  • All necessary paper works, Everest National park entry permit.
  • Trekking information management system (Tims) permit.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu including airport departure tax.
  • English speaking, trained government license holder a Sherpa guide.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 people).
  • Accommodation / salary / food / drinks / insurance / equipment / medicine and transport for all staff.
  • Himalaya Discovery duffel bag.
  • Hiking pole for the trek, if needed.
  • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • Farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant after the trip completion in Kathmandu.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares and Nepal visa.
  • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur.
  • International Travel insurance which included rescue.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for staff.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the ‘Service Includes’ section.

Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.

  •  For trekking in Mustang or Dolpo region we recommend May to September.
  • The Poon hill  trek  in the Annapurna region takes place throughout the entire year.
  • Cultural tours takes place throughout the entire year. For the best mountain views the periods February to May and September to December are recommended.

Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?

A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).

Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.

Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.

Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.

Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).

Q. Where can I change money?

A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.

Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?

A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).

Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.

Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?

A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.

Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?

A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:

  • Do not take photos of anyone without their permission; always ask permission first!
  • Do not wear hot pants/short paints or stylish clothes in the remote area! (shoulders and legs should be covered)
  • Do not wear hats or caps when you enter a chapel!
  • Do not touch Buddha statues or ritual offerings inside of a monastery!
  • Do not kiss or hug in public places, especially in monasteries!
  • Do not step across someone’s feet, cups or cooking gears!

Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?

A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.

Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?

A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:

  • 15 days (several entries possible)  $ 25 (approx. EUR 20.00)
  • 30 days (several entries possible)  $ 40 (approx. EUR 35.00)
  • 90 days (several entries possible)  $ 100 (approx. EUR 85.00)

An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.

Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?

A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111, info@ciwec-clinic.com.

Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?

A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.

Q. What happens in bad weather periods?

A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.

When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making  allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.

Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?

A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.

Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?

A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).

Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?

A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).

Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.

Practical Information Everest Base Camp Trek

People and Culture

The Everest base camp trek is not only famous for its nearness of world’s highest peak but also for its friendly Sherpa people, world’s highest Buddhist monasteries, picturesque Sherpa villages, great variety of cultures, traditions and active Buddhist monasteries. This stunning Everest Base Camp trekking visits both, Everest base camp and Kala Patar (5645meters), a viewpoint recognized as the best vantage point to see Mount Everest which is a premier goal for many adventurous hikers in the Himalayas.

How difficult is Everest Base Camp Trek?

The difficulty of this trek, it is very moderate and doesn’t demand advanced physical fitness levels so anyone can enjoy and take pleasure in nature walking during this trek.  Mt. Everest is unbelievably tall. It stands at a height of 8848 meters, but if you want to trek in the Everest region, you won’t have to go that high.

To set off to the Everest Base Camp trek, you have to take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Kathmandu is approximately 1400 meters above the sea-level while the Lukla airport has an elevation twice that of Kathmandu.

Trekking Everest Base Camp Namche bazar allows your body to get adapted and acclimatized with high altitude. The visitor having previous hiking experience with a fit body can trek it within two weeks of time.

When to trek Everest Base Camp?

From September to November (autumn) and March to May (spring) are the best seasons to trek to Everest Base Camp. June to August (monsoon) is the rainy months but this time is best for keen botanists and has clear sky sometimes. During the hike, it offers grand spectacles of blooming rhododendron flowers during months of March, April and May.

The view of Mt. Ama Dablam with the rising sun shining on it is one of the superb views of this trek. At the highlight of this trek, you will climb Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar at dawn to enjoy one of the most brilliant mountains views on the Earth. If you would like to avoid crowd then it is recommended to trek in winter (December – February). The temperature is cold in the mornings but not unbearable and it is warm during the day and clear sky with a fantastic view most of the days.

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing List

The ultimate packing checklist.

You are going to be trekking for 4-6 hours a day. 1. Base Layer 2. Trekking Shirts 3. Trekking Trousers and Shorts. 4. Fleece Jacket 5. Insulated Jacket 6. Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear 7. Sun Protection Hat 8. Trekking Backpacks 9. Camera Gear and Accessories 10. Hiking Boots and Socks 11. Jackets and Other Outerwear 12. Long Underwear and Base Layers 13. Gloves, Hats, and Rain Gear Other Essentials

How much Everest Base Camp Trek does it cost?

Everest Base Camp Trek cost range per person from USD 1200 to USD 2000 for an average 12 – 16-days trek. The price will vary according to group size, standard and deluxe trek plan you prefer. The most popular way to arrange a trek to Everest Base Camp.

Cost Includes: Roundtrip flight from KTM – Lukla – KTM, permits, accommodation, meals, but costs do not include: insurance, visa, personal equipment, drinks.

The advantage of booking a package trek to Everest Base Camp is that everything is taken care of for you. Accommodation will be booked ahead, meals will be paid for and arranged. You should get to meet your guide before the trek. The downside, if you prefer high-class accommodation you will still be paying for this.

Getting Everest Base camp

The Everest Base Camp Trek starts in Lukla and leads you through the Khumbu Valley to the Everest Base Camp situated on the south side of Mount Everest.

Most trekker’s however, begins in Kathmandu. From there it is a short, yet unforgettable flight into Lukla 30mins from where you will start the actual trekking.

The entire journey including the trek typically lasts between 14 and 16 days, with 12 days on the trail. Of these 12 days, 2/3 will be spent acclimatizing to the high altitude, so 10 days of actual trekking can be expected.

For those who don’t want to start their trek by flying into Lukla Airport, the Shivalaya or Deurali to Everest Base Camp Trek variation provides a unique alternative. This trek starts with a bus ride from Kathmandu via Jiri to Shivalaya or Deurali from where the trekking starts. Because Jiri is considerably further away than Lukla, this variation will add around 5-6 days into the trek.

Please note: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trekking itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.

On an adventure trip of this type, weather, political strikes, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

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Price From USD$1,295/person
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Trip Facts

  • 15 Days
  • Demanding
  • Min. 2 to Max.14 persons in a Group
  • 5,645 M.
  • The price of the trip will be adjusted according to the group size and the customization.

MD & Trip Planner

Chhiring Sherpa

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