Day 01: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, then trek to Phakding (2652m): 3-4 Hours
3-4 Hours After having the breakfast in the morning, we get transferred to the domestic terminal of the Kathmandu Domestic Airport to catch our scheduled morning flight to Lukla. Lukla is the starting point of Everest Base Camp Trekking. After an adventurous 30 minute scenic flight above the breathtaking green and white Himalayas, we land on the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. Then we meet our porters and other crew members and start Everest Base Camp Trekking, after some packing arrangements. After a few hours of walk, we reach Phakding. We only have a short hike today to assist the proper acclimatization. However, if you are interested, you can also take a side trip to a nearby monastery. We stay overnight at local guesthouse.
Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m): 5-4 Hours
This is the second day of your Everest Base Camp Trekking; today, we walk through a beautiful forest of pine. The walk leads us along the bank of the Dudhi Koshi River through many suspension bridges. Hillary Suspension Bridge is one of the famous suspension bridges we will be crossing today. En route, we witness the wonderful views of Mount Thamserku (6618m). We pass through the settlement of Benkar and Monjo and eventually arrive at the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. Before reaching Namche, we also pass through the last village of Jorsale. Our trail further ascends through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers. We get the first sight of Mount Everest over the Lhotse and Nuptse ridge just after a final steep ascent for about two hours. To reach Namche, we still have to walk for about an hour and a half further. Namche Bazaar is the gateway of Everest Base Camp Trekking, also the main trading center of the Everest region. We stay overnight at guesthouse in Namche.
Day 03: Namche: Acclimatization and Rest Day
Acclimatization and Rest Day According to the Health Experts, we need to stay active and moving during the rest days instead of being idle. So, we either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring the Namche Bazaar itself. Actually, Namche Bazaar is the main center of the Khumbu Region and has many Government Offices, Internet Cafes, ATMs, Restaurants, Shops and other amenities. Our guides will take you to the Tourist Visitor Center near the Headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park, where you can observe an assortment of things which are related to the First Everest Climbers and Sherpa Culture. You will also get to learn about various flora and fauna in Everest Region.
Day 04: Trek from Namche to Phorse Village (3800m): 5-6 Hours
Our trail today moves from Namche to Phorse Village and is rather steep, but boasts excellent views over to Phorse and to the spectacular river gorge below including an inaccessible natural rock bridge. We start on a level trail and walk up through the stone steps to reach the Mugla Pass at the altitude of 3975m. From Mongla Pass, we can witness the beautiful glimpse of Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Khumbila, and Mount Thamserku. Sherpa people regard Mount Khumbila as the sacred mountain of the patron god of the Khumbu area. We descend to the Dudh Koshi Khola and then cross a bridge and again trek up through the rhododendron forest. Eventually, we arrive in the walled fields of Phorse. After a short trek, we arrive at Phorse village where we stay overnight at local guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek from Phorse Village to Dingboche (4360m): 6-7 Hours
We trek down the narrow train through a Monastery from Phorse Village. We then continue our Everest Base Camp Trekking through the lush alpine forests until we reach the large village of Upper Pangboche where we will get astonished by the dramatic views. On the way, we pass through the villages of Shomare and Orsho. Continuing through Tsuro Wog, we trek further up through the Khumbila Khola Valley to the ridge top from where we witness the beautiful views of the soaring mountains of Taboche, Mount Thamserku, Mount Ama Dablama, Mount Nuptse, Mount Cholatse, and Mount Lhotse among others. We can even observe the beautiful Imja Khola Valley to the east. Moving further onwards to the trail, we eventually reach Dingboche. Our accommodation tonight will be at a local guesthouse in Dingboche.
Day 06: Trek from Dingboche to Duglha (4600m): 3-4 Hours: Many people take acclimatize day in Dingboche and make to Labuche in one day but we rather suggest you stay Duglha which makes you much easier .
We start the sixth day of Everest Base Cam Trekking with a climb to Dughla through the Khumu Khola Valley. Our Trekking trail will pass along the dry terrace with some awesome views of surrounding mountains. As we reach Dusa (a yak herders' place), the valley narrows and we have to continue through Phulung Karpo. There's a Chola Lake above Phulung Karpo. As we continue the trek, we witness the majestic views of Mount Pumori (7138m). We ascend to Duglha after crossing a small wooden bridge. We stay overnight at Duglha.
Day 07: Trek from Duglha to Lobuche (4940m): 2-4 Hours
We have to walk up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, beyond Duglha. As we ascend to Chupki Lhara, we find our way through the boulder-strewn slope. We find an array of stones with the prayer flags at the top of the ridge. That collection of stones with prayer flags is used as the memorials to American Mountaineer, Scott Fischer and 10-times Everest Summiteer Babu Chhiri Sherpa (Nepali Mountaineer) who perished on a mission to climb the Everest. We can witness the beautiful sights of Mount Khumbutse, Mount Lingtren, Mount Pumori, and Mahalangur while dropping down the Khumbu Glacier. We finally arrive at Lobuche where we stay overnight.
Day 08: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5150m) to Everest Base Camp (5364m), back to Gorakshep: 7-8 Hours
Today is the main important day of Everest Base Camp Trekking, our trail to Gorakshep goes ahead through the side of the Khumbu Glacier. Our path passes through the pyramid sign post. A small ascent would take us the Thangma Riju from where we can perceive 360 degree vista of snowcapped mountains. As we reach Gorakshep, the surrounding snow capped mountains, including the top of the world welcome us. From Gorakshep, we trek to Everest Base Camp. After having the rewarding views of Mount Everest and other mountains around our site, we return back to Gorakshep where we stay overnight.
Day 09: Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) to Pheriche (4280m): 7-8 Hours
Today we will reach the highest point of the Everest Base Camp Trekking trip. So, we make an early start in the morning to catch the dramatic mountain views from Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar is considered one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest Base Camp Trekking. From Kalapatthar, we can observe the first light of the day shining on the glorious Mount Everest. Similarly, the familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Mount Khumbutse, and Mount Changtse among others tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself rising between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. We can take the pictures of the mountains around us. After spending some hours in Kalapatthar, we descend back to Gorakshep. After having breakfast, we gradually descend down to Pheriche where we stay overnight.
Day 10: Trek from Pheriche to Namche (3440m): 6-7 Hours
Today is going to be an easy walk down to the lower altitudes. As we follow the same route back to the terminal moraines at Duglha and following the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, now we have to pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Pheriche, and Orsho along with Shomare. We then reach Pangboche village where we can explore the oldest monastery in the region which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of repulsive snowman Yeti. We leave the mountains behind us and descend through Tengboche Monastery at the elevation of 3860m before we reach Namche. We stay overnight at guesthouse in Namche.
Day 11: Trek from Namche to Phakding and then to Lukla (2800m): 5-6 Hours
Eleventh day and last day of your Everest Base Camp Trekking, today trekking trail has descended steeply downward. Therefore, we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. The trail becomes more level and natural after crossing the suspension bridges over the raging Dudh Koshi River. We start to get warmed up by the light breeze by today. Passing through the lovely forests of pine and rhododendrons, we eventually arrive at Lukla where we stay overnight.
Day 12: Flight back to Kathmandu
Today we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. We catch our morning flight from Lukla and after about 35 minutes, we arrive will at Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, you can take your time for rest or go for last minute shopping.