Everest Base Camp Trek reveals some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Himalayas. After exploring Kathmandu, you fly to Lukla where your trek to Everest begins. The trail follows the course of the Dudh Kosi, the ‘River of Milk’, gradually climbing through forests of rhododendron and magnolia. There are rest days at Namche Bazaar (the delightful Sherpa capital) and at Dingboche village (set below the spectacular peak of Ama Dablam) – to help adjust to the altitude.
By the time, you reach Loboche the temperature will have dropped and you will be walking among frozen rivers in an icy wilderness. From here, you make the trek to Base Camp itself – at the foot of the world’s highest peak. The next day brings you to the final highlight – Kalar Patar (5545m) with stunning views of Everest and the Khumbu Glacier cascading below.
Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 -Trek preparations in Kathmandu
Day 3 – Kathmandu to Phakding
Day 4 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Day 5 – Acclimatisation in Namche Bazaar
Day 6 – Namche to Tengboche/Deboche
Day 7 – Deboche to Dingboche
Day 8 – Acclimatisation day in Dingboche
Day 9 – Dingboche to Lobuche
Day 10 – Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp
Day 11 – Gorak Shep to Periche
Day 12 – Periche to Namche
Day 13 – Namche to Lukla
Day 14 – Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 15 – Kathmandu
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting.
Day 2 : Trek preparations in Kathmandu
Today we will be finalizing your trek preparations and permits. There will be a half day tour of World Heritage sites in Bhaktapur or Kathmandu, and time to shop for any last minute items you might need for the trek. In the evening you will enjoy a traditional Nepali welcome dinner and a trek briefing with your guide.
Day 3 : Kathmandu to Phakding
Early morning you will be transfered to the Kathmandu airport, from where you will take the 35 minute flight to Lukla. At Lukla we will meet with our porters and head north to Chablung (2700m). Here we will cross the Tharo Kosi river on a local-style suspension bridge. Just past the bridge we can see the peak of Kusum Kangru (6367m), which is the most difficult of the so-called “trekking peaks”. Beyond the Tharo Kosi the trail climbs a bit towards Ghat (2590m), we will cross a ridge marked with painted mani stones and then cross a bridge over the Dudh Kosi river to our overnight lodge in Phakding (3 hrs).
Day 4 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar
From Phakding we follow the valley of the Dudh Kosi river, staying on the west bank of the river. We climb steeply over a rocky ridge towards Benkar (2710m). 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 a beautiful walk. We cross the Kyashar Khola river and climb out of the valley to Monjo (2840m). Just beyond Monjo the trek enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, which was established in 1976 to protect a 1148 sq km area surrounding Mt Everest. Beyond the national park entrance station, the trail makes a steep rocky descent and crosses the Dhud Kosi river on a 120m-long suspension bridge towards Jorsale (2830m). After crossing this river a few times we make a long, steep ascent up to Namche Bazaar (3420m). Namche Bazaar is the main trading centre in this region and features numerous shops, hotels and restaurants (6 hrs).
Day 5 : Acclimatisation in Namche Bazaar
Acclimatisation is important before proceeding higher. Today we will take a day hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung. We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Shyangboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will slowly ascend towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From Khunde we follow the trail eastwards to Khumjung, the largest village in Khumbu, at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. After enjoying lunch here we will follow a steep switchbacking trail descending to Chhorkung (3540m). From here it is a quick descent back to Namche Bazaar (5 hrs).
Day 6 : Namche to Tengboche/Deboche
Our route of today to Tengboche weaves in and out of side valleys, making small ups and downs, to the teashops of Kenjoma, and joins the trail from Khumjung just before a collection of mani stones. The views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trek. We pass the small settlement of Sanasa from where the trail drops towards Phunki Thanga (3250m). From here the trail climbs steeply through forests and around mani stones as it follows the side of a hill to the saddle on which the monestary of Tengboche sits at 3870m. The view from here is rightly deemed to be one of the worlds most magnificent. Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Ama Dablan, Kantega and Thamserku provide an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. From Tengboche we end our day by descending for about 30 minutes through forests of birches, conifers and rhododendrons to the village of Deboche where we will spend the night at an idyllic Sherpa lodge . (5 hrs).
Day 7 : Deboche to Dingboche
From here the level trail passes many mani walls in a deep rhododendron forest. After crossing the Imja Khola River the route climbs past some magnificently carved mani stones to Pyangboche (3860m). This is the highest year-round settlement in the valley, and the Pangboche gompa is the oldest in Khumbu and contains relics that are said to be the skull a yeti. Beyond Pangboche the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line, mostly consisting of scrub juniper and tundra. We will cross the Khumbu Khola river then head northwest toward the Chukkung Valley and arrive in Dingboche at the foot of the valley (4:30 hrs).
Day 8 : Acclimatisation day in Dingboche
To help insure our proper acclimatization before ascending further up to EBC we will spend another day in Dingboche. A good way to spend the day is to hike up to the small summer settlement of Chhukung where we can briefly experience higher altitudes at 4730m. From here we have tremendous views of Island Peak (6189m), the south face of Lothse and the south eastern face of Ama Dablam. After enjoying the views here we return back to Dingboche to spend the night at lower altitude (4 hrs).
Day 9 : Dingboche to Lobuche
From Dingboche the trail goes directly up a ridge overlooking the deep valley and the village Periche. After a steep climb from Dulgha where we can stop for tea we reach the memorial area known as Chukpilhara which was built in memory of six Sherpas who died in an avalanche during the 1970 Japanese skiing expedition on Everest. From here the trail drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche, a summer settlement at 4930m that has become a major trekking stop. The sunset on Nuptse, seen from here, is a memorable sight.(5 hrs)
Day 10 : Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp
The first section of todays trail follows the western side of the broad Khumbu valley and ascends gently through meadows besides the glacial moraine. The ascent becomes steeper and rougher as it crosses several side moraines. After rounding a bend in the trail, the conical peak of Pumori comes into view. On the lower slopes of this mountain a ridge extending to the south terminates in a small peak, known as Kala Pattar (5545m), meaning ‘black rock’. The trail then makes a short descent onto the sandy, flat expanse of Gorak Shep. From here we will continue to the current Everest base camp, which is about a 4 hours return walk from Gorak Shep. We will return to this small settlement after our visit to the base camp (6 hrs).
Day 11 : Gorak Shep to Periche
We will start our day very early by climbing the Kala Pattar (5545m) for a spectacular dawn view of the classic Himalayan peaks. This is a steep ascent up the grassy slopes west of Gorak Shep. From Kala Pattar the entire Everest south face is visible as well as Lho La (the pass between Nepal and Tibet, also named the Western Cwm), Changtse (the northern peak of Everest) and most of the West-Ridge route. We return to Gorak Shep and continue to descend to Lobuche and Periche which we trekked above on our way up to EBC. (6 hrs).
Day 12 : Periche to Namche
The route from Periche desents the Imja valley, then crosses the Khumbu Khola on a wooden bridge and climbs to rejoin the upward trail at some stone huts. Following the trail downhill from here we will arrive at Tengboche in time for lunch (5 hrs). From Tengboche we retrace our steps down to the Dudh Kosi River before ascending back up to Namche. (7 hrs)
Day 13 : Namche - Lukla
Today we retrace our trail down toward Monjo and hike along the river before ascending up to the entry of the Sagarmatha National Park where we will have our trekking documents checked . It’s a fairly long trek day but mostly downhill and flat until a final one hour moderate climb up to Lukla, where we will reconfirm our flight tickets for the next day and spend the night (5 hrs).
Day 14 : Lukla to Kathmandu
The 35 minute flight from Lukla will bring us back to Kathmandu. Since the flight usually arrives in the morning you should have plenty of free time for sightseeing or shopping in Kathmandu.
Day 15 : Kathmandu
Transfer to airport for international departure flight or continue to your next destination in Nepal.
Package Type Package Info Price Standard 15 days $ 1500 per person Deluxe 15 days $1700
- Airport Pick off and drop off
- Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur with breakfast
- Attached bathroom at teahouses wherever available during trek, or common bath with hot shower
- Regular meals with hot beverage whilst trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- All necessary documents and entry permits for trekking
- Flights to/from Lukla, including airport tax and transfers
- Licensed, English-speaking guide
- Porter for carrying all luggage on trek (one porter carries up to 30 kg for two trekkers)
- Trek staff gear and insurance
- Trail map( To Keep)
These items are not included in the trek price.
- Lunches and dinners while not on trek
- Bottled drinks
- International travel and mountain rescue insurance
- Staff tips