EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK (5,643)

Legendary trail walked by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

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Overview

Overview of the Everest Base Camp Trek

With the help of our team experts, we can bring you to the top of the world. Regardless of who you are and how old you are, we will be there to help check this off your bucket list.The Everest region is one of the world’s most popular and spectacular trekking destinations and is famous for its spectacular mountain peaks, including Mt. Everest (8,848m) and several other giants and it has lured many people to experience it. Prepare for the most significant adventure yet – the Everest Base Camp trek. This famed trek may sound daunting, but it’s sure to take your breath away.

Highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp trek begins at Kathmandu, where you can visit some of the stunning Unesco Heritage sites or head on to the valley for its scenic views. From Kathmandu, we will fly on to Lukla and will go through the bustling market village of Namche Bazar, the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu. The rich Sherpa culture and their friendly nature are an added extra bonus on this awe-inspiring trip. We will them go through Tengboche, the home of Nepal’s most famous monastery, situated beneath the impressive backdrop of Everest and Ama Dablam (6,856m), to name but a few. The most challenging part of this trip will be the hike across Khumbu Glacier to reach our final goal to Everest Base Camp, and the hike up to Kala Patthar – the highest point – for its breath-taking view.

The popular Base Camp trek isn’t just culturally awe-inspiring; it also boasts of its beautiful trails. Experience being on top of the world and indulge in one of the most stunning views you’ll ever come across.

There are no limits to the beauty that you will witness on this Base Camp trek. Our team’s goal is to make sure that you experience the best sights and sounds Nepal has to offer. It’s our priority to guide you on the best trek you’ll ever be a part of. We look forward to being part of your next adventure.

Is the Everest Base Camp Trek right for you?

The Everest Base Camp Trek is a strenuous trek with a duration of 12 days. You will be trekking between 5-7 hours a day on most days and at altitudes over 5000m at times.

The weather can be unpredictable in the Himalayas. It can be harsh particularly in December and January, with a combination of snow and frost. A significant number flights to or from Lukla are delayed or cancelled every year due to the bad weather conditions. See Day 1 of the itinerary for alternative plans in case your flight was cancelled.

A good level of fitness and health is mandatory. It is advisable that you train for your trip in order to be best prepared.

The accommodation in the mountains is in teahouses – mountain lodges – and is very basic and has basic facilities too. Access to electricity points for charging your devices will be at an extra cost. Wi-fi is available at some locations, but connections may be poor.

What you need to pack for your Everest Base Camp Trek will vary depending on the season you are trekking in. It is important to be prepared.

The Everest Base Camp Trek is a very popular route. You will encounter many trekkers en route as well as at the teahouses. If you’d rather go for a less travelled trail and spend more time trekking through communities, see our Langtang Valley trek or Tamang Heritage Trail.

What can you do before or after your Everest Base Camp Trek

We at Himalayan Treks allow full customisation for our customers, which is why we also have add-ons and trip extensions which can be perused by interested trekkers. Some popular trip extensions availed by our clients include a day or more exploring the historic sites of KathmanduBhaktapur or why not pay a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Chitwan National Park. Likewise, it’s also possible to extend your trek to link it with other treks in the same Everest area, for instance the Gokyo Valley trek. However, if you are looking for a different experience altogether, we can recommend the Annapurna Circuit trek or the  Manaslu Circuit trek.

TRIP ITINERARY

Welcome to Nepal! Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, a member of the Himalayan Treks team will be waiting for you and take you to your hotel.

ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY IN CASE OF FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS

The weather can be unpredictable in the Himalayas. It can be harsh particularly in December and January, with a combination of snow and frost. A significant number flights to or from Lukla are delayed or cancelled every year due to the bad weather conditions. This can potentially modify the itinerary. This is the plan in case of flight cancellation from Kathmandu to Lukla:

Day 2: We will go to the airport to board our flight as per the itinerary. If this flight was cancelled, we would return to our hotel in Kathmandu for an additional night.

Day 3:We will go to the airport to try to board our flight again. If this flight is cancelled but helicopters are available and allowed to fly to Lukla we will try our best to fly the group by heli. Trekkers will need to use their emergency fund to cover the cost of this chartered helicopter, though. The cost of the helicopter will depend on how many trekkers are in your group. The investment could be up to USD 500. If we manage to reach Lukla on Day 3 we will still follow the same itinerary as normal – we have left a spare day on Day 14 in case of cancellations.

Accommodation 

Hotel in Kathmandu (1 night)

Meals included

Breakfast in the hotel

The Everest Base Camp trek starts with a panoramic flight to Lukla that includes majestic views of the Himalaya range. The trek will begin from the Dudh Koshi valley towards Monjo. After Phakding, we will follow and cross the river several times over high suspension bridges.

ALTITUDE: From 1,400m to 2,610m


Accommodation 

  • Teahouse (1 night)

Optional activities

Meals included

There are no meals included on this day

After Monjo, we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO Heritage site. On this day we will see stupas, mani walls, and prayer wheels along the way.

Once we have entered the Sagarmatha National Park, the trail becomes a bit steep all the way to Namche Bazar, the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu region, with its bustling market. In Namche, you have a chance to find anything that you may have forgotten, like finding a bank or pharmacy. We may even catch our first glimpse of Mt Everest from here if the sky is clear.

ALTITUDE: From 2,610m to 3,440m

Accommodation 

  • Teahouse (1 night)

Meals included

There are no meals included on this day

 

The acclimatisation process starts at this day while we are in Namche. We will trek up to the Everest View Hotel (at 3,880m) in the morning to help acclimatise and also enjoy the fabulous mountains views of Ama Dablam. We will have the first (or second) glimpse of Mt Everest. Afterwards, we will come back to Namche for lunch. You should remember again that Namche is the last piece of modern civilization in this trek.

ALTITUDE: 3,440m (Everest View Hotel, 3,880m)

Accommodation 

  • Teahouse (1 night)

Meals included

There are no meals included on this day

After Namche, we will continue following the valley above the Dudh Koshi.  We will witness awe-inspiring views of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. The trail goes gradually downwards until we spot a high suspension bridge. We will cross the bridge and have lunch at the village of Phunke Tenga.

After the lunch break at Phunke Tenga, there is a steep climb up to Tengboche. Tengboche holds the Tengboche monastery, one of the most important monasteries of Nepal and one of the highest monasteries in the world. It lays beneath the impressive backdrop of Everest (1,848m) and Ama Dablam (6,856m).

The best time to visit the Tengboche Monastery is during the Mani Rimdu festival, a yearly celebration taking place between the middle of October and November. This festival is the most important festivals in the region. It focuses on the events of empowerment and sacred ceremonies involving masked dances by the monks. The people of the Sherpa and Tibetan communities gather to celebrate the last three days of the festival, which are open to the public. Himalayan Treks organises an Everest Base Camp trek around the Mani Rimdu festival. If you wish to have more information about this festival, follow this link Mani Rimdu festival or contact us here.

ALTITUDE: From 3,440m to 3,860m


Accommodation 

  • Teahouse (1 night)

Meals included

There are no meals included on this day

From Tengboche, the trail continues through the forest. We will cross the Imja Khola via another high suspension bridge. We get to enjoy the fabulous views of Ama Dablam while crossing the bridge. Then, the trail goes up via the village of Pangboche and continues until the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) aid post at Pheriche.

ALTITUDE: From 3,860m to 4,252m


Accommodation 

  • Teahouse (1 night)

Meals included

There are no meals included on this day

On this acclimatisation day, we will hike to Tshola lake. The short trek will take us to the ridge over Dingboche, where we’ll witness the Imja Valley spread below and the south face of Lhotse.

ALTITUDE: 4,252m


Accommodation 

  • Teahouse (1 night)

Meals included

There are no meals included on this day

Today, we start by trekking gentle until we reach Thukla where we’ll stop for lunch. After lunch we continue the walk up the steep hill to Thukla pass, where we’ll come across the Sherpa memorials. There are breath-taking views from here. Afterwards, the trail starts steeply up towards the glacier moraine. Then, it levels out and after a little while the trail eventually leads to the village of Lobuche.

ALTITUDE: From 4,252m to 4,930m


Accommodation 

  • Teahouse (1 night)

Meals included

There are no meals included on this day

The trail now follows along the Khumbu Glacier, providing outstanding panoramic views of the nearby Himalayan peaks. Then, we continue the trek until we reach Everest Base Camp. Lunch will be served at Gorak Shep.

ALTITUDE: From 4,930m to 5,164m


Accommodation 

  • Teahouse (1 night)

Meals included

There are no meals included on this day

 

We’ll set off very early on this day to reach the viewpoint of Kala Pattar (‘black rock’). The climb up should take around 2-3 hours and can be hard work towards the top. However, the effort is rewarded by the astonishing view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and the Khumbu Icefall. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most spectacular mountains views you will ever see.

After a little for rest and food, we’ll commence the descent back to Dingboche.

ALTITUDE: From 5,554m to 4,410m


Accommodation 

  • Teahouse (1 night)

Meals included

There are no meals included on this day

We’ll follow the river again for some time. Then, we will retrace our steps back to Tengboche through the rhododendron and birch woods.

This will take us approximately 3 hours. We’ll walk down to the same lunch spot than on the way up just before crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi. Then, we start a steep ascent back up the other side of the valley and return to Namche.

ALTITUDE: From 4,410m to 3,440m


Accommodation 

  • Teahouse (1 night)

Meals included

There are no meals included on this day

Our last day of trekking follows the Dudh Koshi valley into Lukla.
At Lukla, there is usually a farewell party for guides and porters to celebrate another successful trek.

ALTITUDE: From 3,440m to 2,840m


Accommodation 

  • Teahouse (1 night)

Meals included

There are no meals included on this day

We will have an early breakfast on this day. Afterwards, we will be headed for Lukla airstrip for our return flight to Kathmandu.


Accommodation 

  • Teahouse (1 night)

Meals included

There are no meals included on this day

Free time to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu. Some recommendations are to visit the temples of Swayambhunath (‘Monkey Temple’), Pashupatinath, Bouddha stupa, the Durbar Square of Kathamdu and districts of Bhaktapur and Patan to witness the rebuilding. Contact us here if you need help with organising the visits to some of the sites.

Accommodation 

  • Hotel in Kathmandu (1 night)

Meals included

There are no meals included on this day

Your Everest Base Camp Trek is over and it’s time to start planning your next adventure.
A member of the Himalayan Treks will come wave farewell and send you off to the Kathmandu airport.

Namaste!

Accommodation 

  • Hotel in Kathmandu (1 night)

Meals included

Breakfast in the hotel

 

 

COST & DATES

Trip Date Availability Price Book
October 5, 2019 - October 19, 2019 Available USD 1,485 Enquiry
October 19, 2019 - November 2, 2019 Available USD 1,485 Enquiry
October 27, 2019 - November 10, 2019 Available USD 1,485 Enquiry
April 4, 2020 - April 18, 2020 Available USD 1,499 Enquiry
April 19, 2020 - May 3, 2020 Available USD 1,499 Enquiry
April 25, 2020 - May 9, 2020 Available USD 1,499 Enquiry
September 26, 2020 - October 10, 2020 Available USD 1,499 Enquiry
October 11, 2020 - October 25, 2020 Available USD 1,499 Enquiry
October 17, 2020 - October 31, 2020 Available USD 1,499 Enquiry

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