Days: 14 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Mount Everest Base Camp Trek is an incredible experience introducing you to an amazing view of the highest mountain in the Himalaya, where being able to stand on the top of the world has for centuries been one of man's most daring challenges. Mt. Everest Base Camp has been a popular destination for trekkers since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1953. To reach this part of the Himalaya within a limited time, we have devised this two week trek to Everest Base Camp which runs directly to and from Lukla. Mt. Everest Base Camp trek, a very well known mountain trek, starts at the upper Phakding and follows the Dudh Kosi valley which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche, a bustling bazaar that’s a junction for trekkers, the local Sherpa and expeditions en route to the mighty Mt. Everest. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it the kind of walk you will remember for a long, long time. From Namche, we trek along a high traversing path where we have our first good views of Everest and then head towards Thyangboche Monastery, which is a 2 hour climb. The monastery sits at 3867m in a clearing surrounded by dwarf firs and rhododendrons. The monastery is structurally located on a ridge top with commanding views of the Everest landscape. The view from this spot, seen to best advantage in the morning, is absolutely mesmerizing and stunning and is rightly deemed to be one of the most magnificent in the world. We then descend to the Imja Khola and continue to the villages of Pangboche and Pheriche before finally approaching the Khumbu Glacier. We then follow the glacier, first to Lobuche, a vantage point for some spectacular views of the Ama Dablam, Taweche and other peaks and then hike to Gorak Shep for a breather. We also have the opportunity to ascend Kala Pathar from where we can get some awesome views of the Himalayan giants which literally numb your senses with breathless admiration that beholds the eye; and makes up for the lung-bursting climb that took you up there. You soon realize it was absolutely worth it. This also includes fantastic views of the south west face of the colossal Mt. Everest. We then trek down to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu ice fall before finally making our way back down to Lukla. The definitive Himalayan trek, flying into Lukla and climbing to the foot of Mt. Everest, through breathless mountain landscapes. Your destination is either Everest Base Camp or the stunning view point at Kala Pathar. There is a powerful mystique surrounding the trek to the foot of Mt. Everest. By following this route, you will be following in the footsteps of great mountaineers. As you climb through the foothills of the world’s highest mountain, the terrain soars on all sides like jagged shards of glass. The trails are steep and the altitude hangs on your muscles like a diving belt, but the sense of achievement at the end of the trek is quite profound. However, this is not a mountaineering expedition or a wilderness survival experience. You should also be aware that views of Mt. Everest are not guaranteed. Although you stand a good chance of a clear view in the morning, many trekkers climb up to the summit of Kala Pathar, only to find that the peaks have vanished into a swirling mass of vapour. You will have more fun if you set aside any preconceptions about what to expect from this trek and allow the journey to be the destination.
Itinerary in details
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m and trek to Phakding 2610m/3-4 hours,
After 45 minutes fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and will have breakfast and then continue our journey passing many Buddhist monuments during the trail and finally we reach in Phakding which takes about 3 hours. We will have lunch there. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast; we start from hotel and we reach in Monjo after 3 hours walk passing many suspension bridges with good view of Mt. Thamserku and we should entry our permit and will have lunch in Jorsalle. Then we start to climb steep up slowly passing high suspension bridge till Namche Bazar which takes about 2 and half hour. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 4: Acclimatization Day,
In this day, we will hike to Everest view hotel for panoramic and spectacular view of mountains. It takes 2 hours to reach in there and after 1 hour enjoy with the mountains then we climb down to Khumjung village for the visit ancient monastery and Khumjung Hillary School. It takes about 1 hour. We can see Skull of Yeti inside the Monastery. This is the biggest Sherpa village in Khumbu region. Again we continue our trek to Khunde village which takes about 1 hour. We will have lunch there and visit the old monastery and back to hotel in Namche via Syangboche village. It takes about 1 and half hour. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3860m/4-5 hours,
In the morning, we start our trek like as before days and the trail continues to straight until reaching Kyanjuma village and takes about 1 & half hour walk and then the trail climbs down to the Dudh Kosi River and cross by suspension bridge. We can see a series of picturesque water driven prayer wheel. Then we will have lunch in Phungi Thangna. The steep ascent brings us to Tengboche village. We can visit ancient Buddhist Monastery in evening time to take a meditation with many monks and nuns. The views of the mountains are spectacular in the morning and evening. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 6: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche 4410m/5-6 hours,
Today, our trail continues through the Rhododendrons forests until reaching the suspension bridge near the Pangboche village which takes about 2 hours. Then we cross the bridge and we climb up gently steep trail until reaching the Pangboche village. The trail continues a little steeper up till to reach Pangboche monastery. We can visit the monastery and continue our trek till Somare village, it takes about 1 hour. We will have lunch break there. After lunch the trail continues in the isolated pastures and fields till Orsho, left trail goes to Pheriche and right trail continues to Dingboche. Then we continue our trek to following the upstream of Imja Khola. Finally we arrive in Dingboche which takes about 2 hours. Now we have a good view of Amadablam, Island Peak, Lhotse, Tawache, Tsolache, Lobuche and other peaks. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche 4910m/5-6 hours,
In the morning, after breakfast, the short climb brings us to the ridge above Dingboche and past the small Chhorten and descends to the broad terrace above the Khumbu Khola valley. We continue our trail passing the terrace until reaching Thukla which takes about 2 and half hour. We can see a short glimpse of the majestic peak of Pumori, Nuptse, Lobuche, Cholatse, Tawache, Amadablam and other small peaks. We will have lunch break there before climb the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. After lunch, the trail steeply ascends until reaching at the top of the ridge, is an array of cairn memorials and large heaps of stones with prayer flags, remembering mountaineers who perished on missions to climb Everest. We have a dramatic mountain views like Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbutse, Lingtren, Lobuche, Tawache and Amadablam etc. then your trail continues until reaching Lobuche which takes about 2 and half hour. In the evening time we go to look Khumbu Glacier. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 8: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak-Shep 5140m/3-4 hours and Exploring the Everest Base Camp 5364m.
In the morning after breakfast, we continue our trek in the left bank of Khumbu glacier and steep climb up till Changri glacier, and then short descend to reach Gorak shep. It takes about 2 and half hour. We will have lunch break there. After lunch, we can enjoy great view of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Nuptse. Today’s afternoon journey is a round trip to Mount Everest Base Camp. First we pass by the glacier lake. Then, we go through the side of moraine and go down to the central part of Khumbhu glacier. We follow the small ups and downs through the glacier until reaching Everest Base Camp which looks desolate surrounding ice, snow and rock faces. We can see from here South Col and the icefalls of the Western Cwn as well as Pumori. Then, we return back to our Lodge which takes about 6 hours for round trip. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 9: Trek from Gorak-Shep to Pheriche 4240m (4/5 hours)
Early in the morning, we will hike to Kala Pathar 5550m. The trail steeply ascends until reaching Kala Pathar view point which takes about 2 hours. Kala Pathar means Black rocks. Now we have an excellent view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Khumbutse, Pumori, Lingtren, Changtse (Chinese mountain), Amadablam, Thamserku, Lobuche peak and other peaks all around. There is also unobstructed view of sunrise and sunset. Then we climb down till our hotel and it takes about 1 hour. We will have our breakfast. After breakfast we continue our trek passing the Changri glacier until reaching Lobuche which takes about 2 hour. Then we continue again until reaching Thukla which takes about 1 hour. We will have lunch there. After lunch, the trail continues gently descent till reaching Pheriche. It takes about 2 hour. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche 3860m/4-5 hours,
This day after breakfast, we return back same way to Tengboche. Firstly our trail continues passing the pastures land and cross a small stream, then gradually descends to Pangboche Village and cross by an Iron bridge. We keep walking through the Rhododendron forested area until reaching Debuche. Then a short steep ascent brings us to Tengboche village and it takes 4 hours. We will have lunch there. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazzar 3440m/4-5 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we leave the village and descend gentle slopes. Then, the trail becomes a steep descents through the forest until reaching the Dudh Kosi River and cross by a bridge. It takes about 1 and half hours. After crossing the bridge, we keep ascending through a forest and arrive in the village name is called Kyangjuma. Now we walk the level trail the mountain flank until reaching the large settlement of Namche Bazzar which takes about 2 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2840m/6-7 hours,
In the morning, we leave the Namche Bazar and trail descents through pine trees and cross the high suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. Then our trail continues River side and we arrive in Jorsalle and it takes about 2 and half hours. We continue again our trek until reaching Phakding with crossing several bridges about 1 and half hours walk. We will have our lunch there. After lunch our trail continues until reaching Lukla with passing up and down which takes about 2 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu,
Early in the morning fly back to Kathmandu which takes approximately 45 minutes. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 14: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Our Trek Package Cost Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van / Bus.
* 2 nights deluxe accommodation with breakfast at 3* hotel in Kathmandu as per above program.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot water during the trek.
* All teahouse/lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter between 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, equipment and their insurance.
* Round Trip flight to & from Lukla & Domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla.
* Sagarmatha National Park permits and other necessary permits.
* All the ground transportation by private car/van/bus.
* First Aid Medical kit box.
* Government taxes.
* Office Service charge.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't Include:
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal
Tourist Visa fee. You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu.
* Disembarkation Airport Tax in Nepal
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Trekking Equipments (down sleeping bag and down jackets are available to hire or buy in Kathmandu).
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Horse renting and addtional porters used during the trek.
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek:
This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at email@example.com
NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by clients themselves.