- The authentic Sherpa culture.
- The highland monasteries.
- Kalapattar for the whole view of Everest..
- The glacial walk over Khumbu Glacier.
This trek is designed to offer a unique outlook on the Everest region and its greater inhabitants, Sherpas. Offered in a reasonable budget, this 11 days trek culminates into an adventure travel along with sightseeing and cultural immersion.
We drive to airport early in the morning to take our flight to Lukla. The scenic 35 minutes flight to Lukla caters the panorama of the peaks of Langtang, Rolwaling and Annapurna Himalayan Ranges. Landing at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla is a thrilling adventure. Instantly, after making the final arrangement for the Everest Base Camp Trek, we kick off. Trekking 200m downhill to Thado Koshi River, we cross the suspension bridge over it. The view of Mt. Kusum Kangru looming dramatically to the East is wonderful view from the bridge. Beyond the bridge the trek begins to gain altitude gradually to Ghat. Ghat is a Buddhist Village with wonderful Black Mani walls engraved with prayers in white. The final push from Ghat through scattered viallges and yak herder's camps brings us to Phakding. The first day of Everest Base Camp Trek ends at Phakding.
Explore remaining time around this local village. Overnight at Mt. Lodge.
The Everest Base Camp Trek today crosses suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi River five times. The first bridge we cross comes after five minutes of walk from our hotel in Phakding. Crossing it we trek through the forested trail on the left bank of the river for 35 minutes to Taktak. Exiting out of Taktak we get to see the magnificent view of Mt. Thameserku 6608m from a viewpoint. Almost thirty minutes of gentle walk from the viewpoint brings us to Banker. We cross the second bridge over Dudh Koshi River while making our way out of Banker. Trekking on the right bank of the river on the stony trail that goes uphill and down like the waves in the ocean, we arrive to Monjo. Walking through the typical Sherpa Village, we arrive to the Entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. Trek downhill for twenty minutes on the stony trail to the river, cross the third bridge and arrive to Jorsale, where we stop for the lunch.
Post lunch, we cross the forth bridge and trek along the right bank of the river for forty minutes to arrive at Larja Doban. At Larja Doban we sight the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River. There are two elevated bridges at Larja Doban. We cross the higher one and begin the uphill climb on the stony trail towards Namche. Almost after 1 and half hour of trek we arrive to Top Danda. Savoring the first view of Everest from Top Danda, we trek uphill for the next ninety minutes through pine forest to Namche.
Rest day during trek means to hike to higher elevation and trek down back for proper acclimatization. Today we will walk up to the Everest view Hotel, which lies at the altitude of 3880m (440m higher than Namche). 2.5 hours of uphill hike on the stony trails of open hill brings us to Everest View Hotel. Savor the views of Thameserku, Kusum Kangru, Kantega, Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam among others from the site. Trekking down back to Namche on the same trail is easy 1.5 hrs walk.
Rest of the time you may just explore Namche Bazaar, visit its Sherpa museum- a great place to learn Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering and if this happens to be Saturday, you would have a wonderful local market (Hatt Bazaar) at Namche Bazaar. It is interesting and a wonderful experience to understand how the locals exchange their goods or buy the necessary stuffs from the market itself. Namche Bazaar, itself is a tourist shopping hub with all the required trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment. O/N at Namche.
We begin the trek with the uphill walk to emerge out of Namche. Thirty minute walk along the twisted trail savoring the views of Everest, we arrive to Tenzing Norgay Memorial Stupa. Almost two hours of walk on the open hillside from the stupa brings us to Kyangjuma. The view of Dudh Koshi River Valley from Kyangjuma is exceptional. 300m downhill trek through the pine forest from Kayngjuma brings us to Phungitenga, where we have our lunch. Post lunch we cross the bridge over Dudh Koshi River and begin the uphill climb to Tengboche. The first one and half hour uphill walk to Tengboche is tougher along the stony trails whereas, the next one hour is a pleasant and gradula climb through the beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron. Tengboche, one of the most beautiful places in the Himalaya, is famous for its amazing views of Ama Dablam Mountain at the backdrop of Tengboche monastery itself. The Tengboche monastery is one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries of Khumbu region, your guide will take you to see this monastery surroundings, chant with Buddhist monks, enjoy the praying ceremony. O/N at Tengboche.
Breakfast at Tyangboche, then will start walking of this day. The trail descends down winding through the rhododendron forest to Devoche. Crossing a bridge over the raging Imja Khola River beyond Devoche, we hug the valley wall, and then traverse to the plains of Pangboche village which is the biggest Sherpa village of Khumbu. Here we have great chance to see the typical Sherpa people, culture and traditions. We will take a short hike to the monastery over to hill at Pangboche- probably the oldest monastery of Khumbu. Then, we walk thirty minutes through the village and hike for an hour through the open valley to Somare 4040m. Somare is the treeline border during Everest Base Camp Trek. We have our lunch at Somare and then begin the real adventure of Everest Base Camp Trek. Climbing gradually on a uphill trail through the glacial moraines and yak grazing lands for two and half hours we arrive to Dingboche.
On this day you will rest before the last leg of the journey. You may explore the surrounding Chhukung and Imja valleys which are connected with the most interesting Island Peak, the high passes of Amphu Laptse and Makalu Barun National park.
If you interested, you may hike to the Chhukung Ri(5000m Approx) for the panorama of the valley or explore the Dingboche itself with its typical local peoples and their lifestyles.
However, we suggest you to hike up to Nagarshang Hill, which is 300m higher than Dingboche and just 2-3 hours roundtrip. From the hilltop the views of Thameserku, Kantega, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Cholatse and Island Peak among others are wonderful. O/N at Dingboche.
From this day onward, the trek is gradual up hill; due to the altitude it is harder and tough. However for two and half hours until reaching to Dungla, we walk mostly on the leveled trail that winds through yak herders shelters and grazing lands. At Dughla, we have short breather and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee. One hour of uphll climb from Dughla brings us to Dugh-La Pass 4620m, which has the memorials of famous climbers who lost their lives during Everest Expedition. The memorials here include of Scott Fisher and Babu Chiri Sherpa. From the pass the Everest Base Camp Trek now winds on the trail beside Khumbu Glacier for almost an hour to Lobuche. From Lobuche we see the best views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumari and the Nuptse. O/N at Lobuche.
The first hour of the trek today is an easy walk on the leveled trail. Then we climb up for 25 minutes or so follwed by next thrity minutes of easy hike to catch the glacial moraines of Mt. Pumori all the way to Gorakshep. Though it is quite early to have lunch at Gorakshep, we will have light lunch before kicking off the adventurous walk to Everest Base Camp.
Post lunch the walk of your lifetime to Everest Base Camp begins. Two and half hours of up and down trek on the glacial moraines extended from Khumbu Icefall is an adventurous roller coaster. Going down to the glacier crossing half of it all the way to Everest Base Camp is amazing fun walking. At Everest Base witness the colorful tents of Expedition Groups if it is peak season of climbing. Take enough photographs and feel the world's highest summit from the nearest proximity possible. At the latter half of the day trek back to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.
Another big day of Everest Base Camp Trek- today we climb gradually uphill on a grassland for two hours followed by twenty five minutes of walk through the black rocks to the summit of Kalapattar. Kalapattar refers to black rock in Nepali. Kalapattar is a vantage point for the closest view of Everest. We get to see the whole of Everest from Kalapattar, which is a sight worthwhile enduring an early morning hike. Enjoy 360 degree panorama of Everest and its siblings from Kalapattar.
Then, trek back on the retracing trail to your hotel, enjoy the breakfast and begin the trek downhill towards Periche. Until Dughla we tread on the retracing trail. From Dughla, we trek downhill to the flat valley of Periche. Overnight at Periche.
From Periche we will walk thirty minutes to exit out of the village. In next thirty minutes we arrive to the bridge, cross it and hike up almost 80 meters to get to Periche Pass 4350m. From the pass we slide down thirty minutes to merge back into the main trail of Everest Base Camp Trek, then retrace on the trail back to Namche. O/N at Namche.
After the breakfast, we hike down a trail steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continue walking over several local villages and most of walking is through Dudh Koshi River valley and surroundings. Upon reaching at Lukla, freshen up at your hotel and relax. Evening, you could have a party with your trekking crew as it is your celebration of successful Everest Base Camp Trek also the last night in the Everest Region. O/N at Lukla.
- Airport Pickup and Drop
- Accommodation and Meals (Meals other than those mentioned in Itinerary, Welcome and Farewell are excluded)
- Domestic Flight/Transportation (Kathmandu & Lukla)
- Trekking Permit (TIMS)
- Duffle bag, T-shirt, down jacket and duffle bag
- Entry fee for the national parks
- First Aid
- Trek Guide
- Insurance for Guide/Porter
- Certificate for Trek Completion
- International Flight
- Additional Excursions (Applicable to those not mentioned in Itinerary)
- Trekking Equipments
- Personal expenses
- Insurance coverage
If the company cancels the booking in the case of natural disasters, flight cancellation, strikes, wars, riots, government intervention, weather conditions etc, the full refund will be made, plus you are entitled to take an alternative trip of the similar cost.