Among other trekking destination Everest Base Camp trekking is the most desired by many trekkers and a visit to Mount Everest is the life time dream of many people. Being the ideal chance to take in the majestic mountain and the splendid beauty of the region’s scenery this trek takes its position in the top rank amongst trekking on the world stage. This trek winds, climbs and descends its way through lush low land and alpine forest, Buddhist monasteries and authentic Sherpa Villages. Highlights of this trek includes the lifestyle of the Himalayan people, their religion, customs and traditions, rare birds like the golden eagle, snow pigeon, red-billed and yellow-billed choughs and flowers like rhododendron, magnolias, blue pine, chir pine, juniper and hemlock make the trekking a delight for nature lovers.
Everest Base Camp trekking involves a remarkable amount of up and down walking. Tea house trekking is possible on the main trail to Everest Base Camp. While the visit to Everest Base Camp is the goal for many trekkers, the view of Everest itself from the base camp can be disappointing. For the best views of Everest we recommend taking the Kalapatter Trek. This trek can be completed in conjunction with the Everest Base Camp Trek
Facts of the Trek
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Best season: Feb – May, Sep – Nov
Per day walking: 5 – 6 hours
Type of Trek: Teahouses
Duration: 14 days
Maximum Elevation: 5545 m
– Views of Mount Everest
– Year round extensive flora and fauna
– Unique hill culture to explore
– Monastery in Tengboche
– Numerous trekking peaks to climb
– Connecting treks to remote areas
– Visit to the Hilary school in Khumjung
Day 01: Flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Trek to Phadking (2700m)
You have a scenic flight of 30 – 35 minutes to Lukla (2800m) from Kathmandu. In Lukla you can see the airline office and numerous lodges. 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 your first view of the high peaks. Now you will really feeling like you have arrived in the Himalayan Kingdom. Stay at Guest house- Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast. O/N at Phakding.
Day 02: Phadking to Namche Bazaar (3420m)
From Phadking the trail follows the Dudh Koshi River and reaches Zamphuti. From here you can see 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. Stay at Guest house- Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast. O/N at Namche Bazaar (3420m).
Day 03: Acclimatization in Namche (3420)
After having breakfast take some sightseeing around Namche Bazaar. Then you can 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 can walk around the Khumjung valley, Hillery School and Khunde Hospital and then return back to Namche. In the centre of Namche you can visit the mountaineering museum and visit the Sagarmata Pollution Control Committee (SPCC). In Namche Bazaar you can spend some time interacting with the fun-loving Sherpa and Rai people. In Namche above the police check post you will see Sagarmatha National Park headquarters and if you want to look at the visitor centre it is open from 8am to 4pm except Saturdays and holidays. Stay at Guest house- Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast. O/N at Namche.
Day 04: Namche to Tengboche (3850m)
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. Maybe you can get a chance to see the monks chanting and singing. Stay at Guest house- Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast. O/N at Tengboche.
Day 05: Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m) /Dingboche (4350m)
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, here you will find the Health post and Himalayan Rescue Association. Stay at Guesthouse – Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast. O/N at Pheriche or Dingboche.
Day 06: Acclimatization day
After having breakfast you 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. Back to Guesthouse – Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast. O/N at Guesthouse.
Day 07: Pheriche/Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m)
The trail ascends from Pheriche/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). Stay at Guesthouse – Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast. O/N at Lobuche.
Day 08: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5160m)
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. Stay at Guesthouse – Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast. O/N at Gorak Shep.
Day 09: Site trip to Kalapattar and Everest Base Camp
Early in the morning hike to Kalapattar (5545m) which is the most exciting part of the trip and take in panoramic views of Mt. Everest, the way of the South Col Khumbu, the icefall and glacier and Pumori as well. Return to Gorek Shep,for Lunch. If you are interested to go to EBC (5400m) your guide will take you along the undulating trail to this much coveted place. From here you can observe the blue ice and the Khumbu icefall. This trekking will be an unforgettable experience in your lifetime. Head back to Gorek Shep. Stay at Guesthouse – Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast. O/N at Gorek Shep.
Day 10: Gorekshep to Pheriche
Trek back to Periche. Stay at Guesthouse – Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast. O/N at Pheriche.
Day 11: Pheriche to Tengboche
Trek back to Tengboche. Stay at Guesthouse – Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast. O/N at Tengboche.
Day 12: Tengboche to Namche
Trek back to Namche. Stay at Guesthouse – Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast. O/N at Namche.
Day 13: Namche to Lukla
Trek back to Lukla. Stay at Guesthouse – Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast. O/N at Lukla.
Day 14: Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu.