A trek to Everest Base Camp is an adventure of a lifetime, a journey for those who dream to soar higher than the clouds. Miles away from cars, conveniences, and daily luxuries, you will saturate your spirit in natural beauty and stretch your personal endurance beyond what you thought what is possible. The path begins in ancient Kathmandu, where you will acclimatize and explore the city while anticipating your ascent. Your trek to Everest Base Camp at 5,364m to the base of the world’s tallest mountain will bring you over suspension bridges spanning chasms of thin air, through hidden Buddhist monasteries, and into the heart of the warm, rugged Sherpa culture.
As you travel alongside thrill seekers and photographers from all over the globe, you will be able to see Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu – three of Earth’s 10 tallest peaks! You will rest easy at night in cozy, traditional teahouses knowing that our experienced, knowledgeable guides and porters are there to ensure the safest, most enjoyable and most fascinating experience possible. You will support local economies, discover hidden strengths in yourself, and make both friends and memories that will last for a lifetime.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02- Kathmandu valley sightseeing (& trek preparation?)
Day 03- Fly to Lukla then trek to Phakding(2650m)
Day 04- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3450m)
Day 05- Acclimatization day at Namche
Day 06- Trek to Tyangboche (3860m)
Day 07- Trek to Dingboche (4345m)
Day 08- Trek to Labuche(4903m)
Day 09- Trek to Gorakshep (5200m), excursion EBC
Day 10- Trek to Pheriche (4240m) after hike to Kalapathhar (5550m)
Day 11- Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 12- Trek to Lukla (4650m)
Day 13- Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 14- Departure from Kathmandu
A representative from Himal Reisen welcomes you at arrival gate of Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. You will be taken to your hotel where you can relax and recover from your journey. Today we will also brief you also more detailed about the trek to make absolutely sure that you are well prepared.
Second day, you will visit different historical and cultural sites of the Kathmandu valley with one of our guides. In the morning after having breakfast you will go and visit the Buddhist and Hindu temples Boudhanath and Pashupatinath, which reflect the culture and tradition of the Nepalese society. After having visited these temples you will go to Kathmandu Durbar square in Basantapur, later in the afternoon we will pay a visit to Swayambhunath, the famous monkey temple and in the evening you will return to your hotel.
In the morning you will fly from Kathmandu in about 30 - 35 minutes to Lukla (2800m.). With clear weather you will be able to see the snowcapped mountains and green fields below. From Lukla we start our walk and head to Phakding passing through a forest and then we will follow the river bank of the DudhKoshi River. In Phakding you can climb to the Gumpa to see the first glimpses of the high peaks. We will spend the night in Phakding.
From Phakding the trail follows the DudhKoshi River and eventually we reachZamphuti. From there we can see excellent views of theThamserku peak. Then the trail climbs to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project, an interesting place to have a look around and gain an insight into the farming way of life of the local people. From Chomoa, the trail climbs to Monjo (2840m.) and we will enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park (1148sq km, established in 1976). From there we will walk some distance to Jorsale, from where we will climb while we enjoy views of Mount Everest peeking over the ridge of Nuptse (7879m.).Finally the trail will reach the street of Namche Bazaar, here we will stay overnight at a guest house.
Today will be a resting day, for proper acclimatization.We will combine this with an excursion. We will hike to Everest View Hotel, the ideal place to see some of the highest mountain tops such as Mount Everest, AmaDablam, Thamserku, Lhotse and a few other mountain tops. You can walk around the Khumjung valley, Hillary School and Khunde Hospital and then return back to Namche. In Namche Bazaar you can spend some time interacting with the local Sherpa and Rai people.
We will leave Namche Bazaar and walk for some time along the ridge and then descend to DudhKoshi River at Phunkithanka. Then after crossing the bridge as we hike up the steep path to Tengboche. When you reachTengboche you will see the local monastery. Tengboche has the largest Monastery of the Khumbu region, we will stay there overnight at a tea house.
An early morning hike will give an opportunity for great pictures of theTengboche monastery. We will take the upper trail, which has great views as well. We will be able to see chhortens and Mani walls on the way to Pangboche village. Our lunch place will offer a niceviewof MountAmaDablam. The second part of the trek will be more moderate as we enter Imja Valley. Towards the end of our hike of today there will be a steeppath that will take us to Dingboche village (4,360m).
Today’s trek will lead us through a dry terrace along with an outstanding view of the valley and MountPumori (7,138m). The trail descends and we ill cross a fast flowing stream on a wooden bridge. We will stop at Duglha for lunch. After a short rest we will climb over a steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. During this hike we will pass a few shrines for those who have died climbing Mt. Everest (8,848m) prayer flags and stones have been erected in their memories. We’ will stay overnight inLobuche.
Today is longest trekking day but we will try to achieve our goal: Everest Base Camp. Walking over moraine and a slippery trail; it might be difficult for some of you but an incredible 360° Mountain View will help to develop strength. Once we reach Everest Base Camp there will be enough opportunities to caputure shots of Mount Everest. There is no place to stay at Everest Base Camp, so we will return to GorakShep stay there overnight.
Today we will viewthe sunrise from Kala Patthar (5,545m), an amazing sunrise viewpoint. From Kala Patthar, a number of high peaks will be visible this is an amazing opportunity for great photo’s. From Kala Pattthar we will walk back to GorakShep. From there we will continue our trek and descend to Pheriche, where we ill stay overnight.
We will continue descending, across the DudhKoshi River and then along the DudhKosti gorge as it rapidly descends through the pine forests. There will be opportunities to maybe see himalayanthars and pheasants. We will reach Namche Bazaar and stay there overnight.
After breakfast we will start with our trek towards Lukla Valley. While descending you can enjoy the mountain views; there will be time to talk to local people; we will spend the night in Lukla.
Today we will fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu we will shift to our hotel where we have some time to relax. You can do some last night shopping in Thamel. In the evening there will be a goodbye dinner.We will stay overnight in Kathmandu.
About 3 hours prior to your flight time, we transfer you to the airport to fly your onward destination.
- Airport pickups and drops offs in a private vehicle
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Teahouse / guest house accommodation during the trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepalese visa fee
- Excess baggage charge(s)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu, apart from farewell dinner
- International flights
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
This is departure.
How to trek to Everest Base Camp
Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices – many with their lives – in their own attempts to the summit.
But today, the trek to Everest Base Camp has become an achievable goal for people from all walks of life who want a glimpse of the world’s highest peak. In 2012, between 35,000 and 37,000 people trekked in the Everest region.
What’s it like trekking to Everest Base Camp?
Aside from breathtaking scenery, travelers to the region can experience unique Sherpa culture by visiting monasteries and museums along the way. Days are filled with walking for the sheer pleasure of it, past colorful prayer wheels and across swing bridges straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, while evenings are rewarded with hot food and conversation with like-minded people around the dining-room fire.
The heady mix of natural beauty, fascinating culture and a personal sense of achievement, as well as warm Nepalese hospitality from the people of the Solukhumbu region, makes the Everest Base Camp trek one of the worlds most unforgettable.
When should I make the trek?
From March to May and from September to December. It gets hot in May, just before the monsoon season; be prepared for possible rain. December reaches below-zero temperatures but the days are still beautiful and there are fewer trekkers (but remember to wrap up warm in the evenings).
Journey with Us
A trekking company, Himal Reisen offers the advantage of having everything arranged for you, including airport transfers, accommodation and porters and/or guides and their insurance.
How do you get in shape?
Nothing can really prepare you for the trek’s extreme hills and altitude of up to 5545m. But don’t be put off – people with average fitness can do this trek. ‘Slow and steady’ is the key to achieving, and enjoying, your trek.
Prepare with cardiovascular training several times a week: cycling, swimming, hill climbing and lots of walking. Aim for a five-hour walk once a week. Seek out hills or find a tall building and repeatedly walk up and down the stairs.
What should You take?
Pack lightly – aim for 10 to 15kg. Consider your porter’s load before you include that big bottle of shampoo or pair of jeans.
A fleece jacket, down jacket and thermal underwear are a must, as the Himalaya gets cold above 3000m any time of the year. Also take two pairs of long pants, two or three T-shirts (synthetic fabrics – not cotton – that wick away sweat), and another warm jumper or light fleece.
Footwear requires lightly broken-in boots, trekking socks, and sneakers or sandals for evenings. You will also need a raincoat, gloves, woollen hat, sunhat and polarised sunglasses. A good sleeping bag (rated to -20°C/0°F) is essential; if it’s winter, a thermal liner makes it extra toasty.
Opt for travel-size toiletries, including a good sunscreen, lip balm, travel towel and tissues. Baby wipes are handy for days when you can’t shower.
We provided first aid kit should include medication for diarrhea. Using two 1L water bottles with water purification tablets is a reliable and safe way to drink water – and more environmentally friendly than buying bottled water from lodges.
Staying healthy and safe on the trek
Take your time. Altitude sickness can affect anybody – even the extremely fit. (The acclimatization days, usually at Namche set for a reason.) Watch for signs of altitude sickness: symptoms include headaches, dizziness, sleeplessness, loss of appetite and breathlessness. Bring a supply of the medication Diamox for treatment; if symptoms persist, descend.
Be vegetarian. As tempting as it is to try a juicy yak steak or ‘buff burger’, be aware that all meat is carried up by porters from below Lukla due to the no-killing policy in Sagamartha National Park, so by the time you have it, it’s getting old. The safest, healthiest option is to eat dal bhat (lentil soup with rice) – it’s made fresh daily and is a great source of protein and energy. As the saying goes, ‘Dal bhat power, 24 hour!’
Cover up. The sun here is harsh, so use a good sunscreen and reapply regularly. Wear long-sleeved tops, long pants and a light scarf – or be prepared to blister.