Nepal: Everest Base Camp Trek
As a bucket list item, a trek to see Mt. Everest probably ranks right up there along with your favourite movies. Trek to the Mount Everest not just to tick.
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As with all classics, the Everest Base Camp trek is quite famous for a reason. It gives you a glimpse of the tallest mountain of the world. You can almost see Edmund Hillary climbing up the Khumbu Icefall and then finally the Hillary Step. Unlike most other treks where you rough it out, the Everest Base Camp Trek is also interesting as you can do it staying in lodges along the way.
The program at a glance
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: In Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport and hike to Phakding
Day 4: Hike from Phakding to Namche
Day 5: A day for acclimatisation at Namche
Day 6: Hike from Namche to Tengboche
Day 7: Hike from Tengboche to Dingboche
Day 8: A day for acclimatisation at Dingboche
Day 9: Hike from Dingboche to Lobuche
Day 10: Hike from Lobuche to Gorakshep
Day 11: A day hike from Gorakshep to Kalapattar (Everest Base Camp) and back
Day 12: Hike back to Dingboche
Day 13: Descend to Tengboche
Day 14: Hike back to Namche
Day 15: Hike back to Lukla
Day 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 17: Depart from Kathmandu
Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! On arrival, our representative will meet you and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will drive 7 km, South East of Kathmandu to visit Patan city. The city is located on a lovely little plateau across the river Bagmati and is roughly inhabited by some 4–5 hundred thousands people. It is considered the oldest city in Kathmandu valley and was founded in 3rd century A.D. by King Veera Dev and has the distinction of being the home of the finest Newar Crafts since time immemorial.
Day 2 – A day in the capital city
Today, you will leave for a city tour of Kathmandu. You will first visit Swoyambhunath Stupa – one the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and later Today, you will leave for a city tour of Kathmandu, the capital of the Kingdom of Nepal and Bhaktapur a.k.a Bhadgaon, known as city of devotees.
Day 3 – The flight that starts the hike
Today, you will take a 35 minutes mountain flight offering stunning views of the mountain to Lukla, a Sherpa village located in the Khumbu region of Solukhumbu district. Immediately after landing in Lukla, you will start trekking to Phakding.
The trail from Lukla leads you to Chablung (2700) and it descends steeply to the Tharo Kosi which is also known as Kusum Kangru Khola (river). Beyond the Tharo Kosi Bridge, the trail climbs to Ghat (2590) and again climbs to Phadking. In Phadking you can climb to the gompa to see the first view of the high peaks.
Day 4 – Hiking to a Bazaar
After breakfast in Phakding, you will commence your trek to Namche Bazaar. From Phadking the trail follows the Dudh Koshi River and reaches Zamphuti. From here you will get excellent views of Thamserku peak. Then the trail climbs to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project, an interesting place to have a look around and gain an insight into the farming way of life of these people. From Chomoa, the trail again climbs to Monjo (2840m) and enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park (1148sq km, established in 1976). Walking some distance up hill you will be at Jorsale (2830m) and after a long climb with views of Mt. Everest peeking over the ridge of Nuptse (7879m) the trail reaches the street of Namche Bazaar. Namche is a central hub of the Everest area and also a major trading village for food, trekking gears and other necessary goods.
Day 5 – A day to acclimatise
Acclimatisation is important before proceeding higher. Today, you have the option to relax at Namche. You will take walk around Namche Bazaar and hike to the Everest View Hotel, the ideal place to overview some of the outstanding mountains such as Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse etc. Make sure you have your camera to capture this moment. You will walk around the Khumjung valley, Hillery School and Khunde Hospital and then return back to Namche. In the centre of Namche you will visit the mountaineering museum and visit the Sagarmata Pollution Control Committee (SPCC).
In Namche Bazaar you can spend some time interacting with the funloving Sherpa and Rai people. If you wish you may visit the Sagarmatha National Park headquarters to look at the visitor centre. It is open from 8am to 4pm except Saturdays and holidays.
Day 6 – A hike to a shrine
From Namche Bazaar the trail climbs up and down to Sanasa where the trail descends gradually to Teshinga and then it drops steeply to Phunki Thanga. Climbing two hours from Phunki Thanga you will reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a religious place for the Sherpa people and the entire Solukhumbu area. Here you will see the Tengboche Monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries in Nepal. Here, you may get a chance to see the monks chanting and singing.
Day 7 – Hike to Dingboche
From Tengboche, you will reach the tiny village of Devuche and after climbing some magnificently carved stones you will be at Pangboche (3860m). Walking the lower route from Pangboche and entering the alpine meadow you will be at Shomara. The trail then passes to Orsho. Beyond Orso the route divides to Dingboche or Pheriche (4240m). Pheriche is the windiest place of the Khumbu area.
Day 8 – A day for acclimatisation at Dingboche
Today you will will take a short hike to Chhukung valley (4730m) which is surrounded by mountains, it is a famous place for climbers making attempts at Island peak and Chhukung RI.
Day 9 – Hike from Dingboche to Lobuche
The trail ascends from Debouche and after crossing some bridges you will reach Duglha. From Duglha the trail steeply goes up to the Khumbu glacier and drops a bit to the valley of Lobuche (4930m).
Day 10 – Hike to Gorakshep
The trail from Lobuche progresses gradually upwards providing splendid views of Mt Pumori. In the afternoon, you will reach Gorak Shep which is surrounded by mountains.
Day 11 – On to EBC!
Today, you will start early and hike hike to Kalapattar (5545m) which is the most exciting part of the trip to see the panoramic views of Mt. Everest, the way of the South Col Khumbu, the icefall and glacier and Pumori as well.
You will return to Gorek Shep for Lunch. Later, you will trek to the Everest Base Camp (5400m) walking along the undulating trail to this much coveted place. From here you will see the blue ice and the Khumbu icefall.
Days 12-15 – Back to Lukla
With memories of the great Mt. Everest, you will wind your way back to Lukla via Dingboche, Tengboche, and Namche. Sagarmatha watches over us as you make your way back and by the time you reach Lukla, you will already start feeling nostalgic.
Day 16 – Fly back to Kathmandu
In the morning you will take the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu you will be received by a representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free in Kathmandu for some well-deserved RnR.
Day 17 – Depart from Kathmandu
After paying your respects at the Pashupatinath Temple in the morning and the Boudhnath Stupa in the afternoon, it may be a tearful goodbye as you board your flight out of Kathmandu