Trip Name

Everest Base Camp Trek - 15 Days

Trip cost USD 1390 (Per Person) Contact for group discount

Trip Fact

Trip Duration 15 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Moderate
Activity Trekking
Transportation Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
Accomodation Hotel + Lodges
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in Kathmandu
Maximum altitude 5160m
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A direct approach to the foot of the world's highest mountain – Mt. Everest

A trek designed to get you real close-up to the 'Mother of all Peaks' Mt. Everest, A PEAK THAT RULES OVER ALL THE OTHERS…

The Trek to Everest Base Camp is one of the most thrilling and fulfilling adventure that is a dream of every daredevil mountain climber out there. The unyielding beauty, the majestic landscapes and the cold fresh air will make every trekker feel what real nature is. Famous for a wide range of soaring peaks and the heartwarming hospitality of the locals (the Sherpa), the Everest region is among the most popular spots for exploring the wild in Nepal. Lasting about two weeks, the trek to Everest Base Camp is a wholesome package for mountain lovers.

You can trek to Everest Base Camp throughout the year but the most favourable time to visit the Everest is from the start of March to mid of May and also from early September to mid of November. The weather is very cold in the winter and the snowfall may make it hard to trek. For the beautiful views of green glens, colourful wild flowers of Rhododendrons adding a contrast of red in the valleys, heart throbbing landscapes, the high peaks and the constant and calm streams, spring season (April and early May) is the best time to hit the trails hereabouts.

A 35 minutes flight to the airport of Hillary’s Lukla, starts the journey to the Everest Base Camp. The overhead views from the plane will grant you marvelous sights of the Himalayan range including most of the tranquil snow-capped mountains, verdant hills, calm and clear brooks and many of the natural wonders seen in this region. It is truly a magnificent location to behold from above the clouds which will definitely leave you mesmerised.

A slow trek from Lukla takes us towards the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, alongside the valley of the Dudh Koshi River. Everest Base Camp is still many days of uphill trekking from this point but with some steady pace, and with careful acclimatization, you will eventually reach the heights of the Khumbu region. As you enter the vast wilderness, the breathtaking sights of Nuptse, Lhotse and Khumbutse peaks appear before you…it’s a wonderful feeling you are unlikely to forget for a long time…Travel Maker South Asia will escort you throughout this trailblazing odyssey.

Trip Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Excellent acclimatisation, giving high success rates and greater enjoyment
  • Trek to both Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar
  • Highly experienced Sherpa leaders, some of whom are Everest summiteers
  • Star hotels, time to relax and a walking tour whilst in Kathmandu

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu 1360m, overnight Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Kathmandu trek preparation
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2650m), 4 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D)
  • Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3435m), 5-6 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D)
  • Day 05: Rest day in Namche Bazaar (3435m) Side Walk around Namche bazaar. (B, L, D)
  • Day 06: Trek to Deboche (3820m), via Tengboche Monastery beautiful sun set (3860m), 6-7 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D)
  • Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4410m) via Pangboche Monastery, 6 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D)
  • Day 08: Rest day in Dingboche (4750m), side treks, 4-5 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D)
  • Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4900m), 5-6 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D)
  • Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5357m) and back to Gorakshep (5100m), 8-10 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D)
  • Day 11: Climb Kalapathar (5545m) for sunrise* (2 hours) and trek to Pheriche (4240m), 4 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D)
  • Day 12: Trek to Monjo (2840m) or Namche Bazaar (3435m), 5-6 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D)
  • Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2800m), 6 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D)
  • Day 14: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (45 mins), stay at Hotel, farewell dinner. (B)
  • Day 15: Drive to the Airport to head back to that lovely place we call ‘home’’

Detail Itineraries

  • Day 01:Arrival Kathmandu 1360m, overnight Kathmandu You arrive in Katmandu and transferred to the warmth of your hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be scheduled to discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. Get familiar with your surroundings by going for a hike down the street before we head to a delicious dinner where the cuisine is prepared Nepalese style and is known for its healthy ingredients. This is your first overnight in the valley of the gods. Meals included:
  • Day 02:Kathmandu trek preparation today will be the preparation day, that means rechecking the trek gears and preparation of permits and necessary document. we would like to recommend you to buy necessary gears while you are here in Kathmandu. you can also go for sightseeing and can be arranged upon request.
    You will be provided with your trek departure information in the afternoon. Meals included:
  • Day 03:Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2650m), 4 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D) In the early morning we take the fantastic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at 2827m. Flight time is about 40 minutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. This flight of true sightseeing in space gives you box office views of some of the highest mountains in the world, right from the window of your plane. After landing we will have time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort out and load the trekking equipment. In the afternoon, we begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River, where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, just above Chaurikharka at 2713m. The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat at 2550m, it’s a short walk to the first local village of Phakding where we’ll crash out for the night. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.
  • Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3435m), 5-6 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D) Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch superb scenes of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. At this juncture, we stop at Chautara to admire the views. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading centre of this region. Overnight in Namche [Las Vegas of the Khumbu] – B. L. D
  • Day 05:Rest day in Namche Bazaar (3435m) Side Walk around Namche bazaar. (B, L, D) This is the first 'acclimatization' day for this trek. Mountain climbing experts always advise us to stay active and move around on a rest day instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or we visit Khunde; maybe we could just relax and explore the lively Namche Bazaar itself. This is the nerve centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday where any and everything is up for sale. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Travel Maker South Asia guides will take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an collection of equipments related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. We also take an interesting side trip up to the vibrant Khumjung. We further climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip will be the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. The Khumjung valley is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, which hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit Hillary School which is located at the same site. After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, we walk back down to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (B, L, D)
  • Day 06:Trek to Deboche (3820m), via Tengboche Monastery beautiful sun set (3860m), 6-7 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D) After enjoying a hot breakfast in chilly Namche, we start out for Deboche enjoying fabulous views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and an upfront view of Thamserku. Our trek follows a gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking brilliant views of the awesome Himalayas. Along the routes, we come across some wild fauna that include pheasants, musk deer, and sometimes a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes steadily down up to Kyangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sanasa, which is the major trail junction for Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The pathway then follows through pine forests and after we cross the prayer-flag festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Tenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch and some rest at Phunki Tenga, its then a pretty little gritty climb that goes steeply up through the pine forests until we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a perfect spot for close-up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has the largest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region. Hiking by rhododendron forests for something like an hour, we reach Deboche. Hereabouts, we crash out at a cosy teahouse lodge.
  • Day 07:Trek to Dingboche (4410m) via Pangboche Monastery, 6 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D) With the Mountains as an ideal backdrop, the monastery in Tengboche is a lovely sight to behold more in the morning. We click some pictures of the monastery and the surrounding scenes before we start our journey of the day. We hike through a few Chortens, mani walls and some small villages after which, we haul up for some grub and while enjoying our meals we savor some upfront views of Amadablam towering just above us; We trek via Pangboche, the highest of the true lasting settlements in the valley and reach the regular settlement, the final steepest climb of the day on our way to Dingboche at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley. We spend our night in a lodge. With 867 metres of ascent and 416 metres of descent, we finally hit the sack at a local lodge for the night in Dingboche
  • Day 08:Rest day in Dingboche (4750m), side treks, 4-5 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D) This is a day to haul up and rest without being idle. We can stroll around the village and get pally with the local folks with some interesting conversations. This will give us deep insights into the lifestyles and cultures of the local folks in this region. At the same time we can also relish the landscapes that surround us and we can also catch up on some reading. Our acclimatizing gets a further boost with our hike to Chhukung village. we then do a steep climb up to Chhukung Ri at 5550m [if we feel like it] and as we top it with gasping breath we soon realize the gritty climb was worth the go; the rewards are as lovely as it comes with the natural beauty that greets us for our efforts, the jaw-dropping vistas of Cho Oyu at 8201m, Pumori at 7161m, the gigantic Lhotse wall at 8400m, Amadablam at 6812m, Makalu at 8481m & Baruntse at 7129m all put together set our hearts on top gear as it skips a beat while watching these massive peaks. Overnight at our lodge in Dingboche – B. L. D
  • Day 09:Trek to Lobuche (4900m), 5-6 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D) After crossing by some of the teahouses of Duglha, we plod higher onto the pretty risky moraine of the Khumbu glacier, passing a chain of stone monuments built in memory of Sherpas who have died on mountaineering expeditions to Mt Everest.
    From hereabouts, the trail lowers and goes by the west side of the valley to Lobuche. The sunset on Nuptse from this point is an amazing sight to behold. Overnight at Lobuche – B. L. D
  • Day 10:Trek to Everest Base Camp (5357m) and back to Gorakshep (5100m), 8-10 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D) A real early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the risky route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a grand view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to Gorakshep for a restful night. B. L. D
  • Day 11:Climb Kalapathar (5545m) for sunrise* (2 hours) and trek to Pheriche (4240m), 4 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D) Today is the most important part of our trip. We start early at dawn to catch the dramatic views from Kalapathar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to expose itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kalapathar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to click pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kalapatthar. From here, we scuttle to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kalapathar rocks and our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan views, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we possibly can with our camera so they can last a lifetime. After this we make our way back to Pheriche with a slow descent; for a good night’s rest which we truly deserve. Overnight at a local lodge after a great day – B. L. D
  • Day 12:Trek to Monjo (2840m) or Namche Bazaar (3435m), 5-6 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D) The trail from Namche Bazar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. It’s interesting to lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards and colourful pheasants while we pass through the forest by the trail. A steep descent from Namche Hill leads to the suspension bridge crossing the Dudh Kosi River near the confluence of the Dhudh Koshi and the Bhote Koshi Rivers. We cross the Dudh Koshi River twice at separate locations before reaching Monjo. Upon this juncture, we are out of the Sagarmatha National Park after exiting from its official entrance near Monjo and finally reach Monjo Village. Monjo is comparatively a quieter place to stay than Namche and it also means our porters have a less strenuous walk back to Lukla next day. Overnight in the docile village of Monjo – B. L. D
  • Day 13:Trek to Lukla (2800m), 6 hours, overnight teahouse. (B, L, D) Today, we begin to get warmed up by the light cool breeze. Although we are traveling the same route down, we enjoy completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We take time and walk at our own pace today as this is the last day of our trek. We experience the Sherpa villages' impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayer flags while we walk through the villages. Upon arrival in Lukla, we have plenty of time to relax, stretch those aching legs, and recall the experiences of the last couple of days. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with truly happy faces! Upon arrival in Lukla, we stroll around while our leader will re-confirm our flight ticket. In the evening, we enjoy last dinner with our crew and make it a party night which calls for a celebration. Overnight at our Lodge - B. L. D
  • Day 14:Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (45 mins), stay at Hotel, farewell dinner. (B) Today, after a hale and hearty b/fast, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our hotel. If interested, we could buy some gifts to take home from Nepal for loved ones and friends and relatives; we can visit some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods. This short excursion either can be assisted by Travel Maker South Asia’s guides or we can do it ourselves too. If we want to explore any other areas in Kathmandu, we have to manage time for this today as well! At eventide, we will attend an exciting celebration dinner together for successfully completing our original EVEREST Base Camp trek hosted by Travel Maker Treks! Overnight in Kathmandu, the valley of the gods, they say (B)
  • Day 15:Drive to the Airport to head back to that lovely place we call ‘home’’ After b/fast, our rep and office vehicle will be on standby at our hotel to transfer us to the airport for our connecting flight home. Serving you was a wonderful joy and pleasure, we at Travel Maker South Asia will cherish the bonds of our relationship created over the time you spent with us and we thank you for choosing us as your travel partner and for visiting this amazing country Nepal. We are sure that trekking in this beautiful region of the Khumbu [Everest region] will give you lifetime memories of a vacation well enjoyed. Ciao friends! Till we meet again. Breakfast

Departure Details

fixed departure is subjected to the minimum 2 person

Cost Includes

Two way flight to lukla and back Kathmandu.

Drop and pick up to flight for lukla, the Everest region by private car or van.

All necessary government and local permits for the trek.

Accommodation: on descent mountain lodge.

Descent Sleeping bag during the trek.

All breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.

Basic emergency first aid kit.

Well experienced English speaking guide.

Assistant guide for the group more than 4

All food and accommodation for guide and assistant.

Insurance for guide and assistant.

 

 

Cost Excludes

Your accommodation and food in Kathmandu (can be arranged on request)

your personal trekking gear

All beverages including bottled water.

Your personal insurance, (it’s recommended to make insurance at least 40 days before the trek)

Tips for your guide and assistant.

Clients Reviews

  • Sam
    Sam
    Australia Published: Thursday, October 26, 2017

    Excellent trip and amazing care of Keke the owner

    Rating:

    They make our trip easy and very funny, they care everithing from katmandu to katmandu, our trek was amazing and we have lucky to stay with toran our guide, he care everithing to have allways place to sleep, eat and bus tickets, they make our trek posible without any problems …Continue

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That although we try to follow the itinerary given above, at times local trail or weather conditions may necessitate slight changes if necessary. The trekking itinerary may also vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This adventure goes into wild territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the safety of your trip and your life. Thank you so much for your understanding.

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