Trek to Everest Base Camp

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Everest Base Camp Trek is a trek like no other. This is one trek that offers you breath-taking and unparalleled views of the highest mountain peak in the world – Mount Everest. You start your trek from Lukla in Nepal and trek all the way to Kala Patthar above South Base Camp at 18,192 feet.

This trek would give you an adrenaline rush and a sense of accomplishment like no other trek. It combines tough terrains, extremely high altitudes and stunning landscapes, with the icing on the cake being mighty Everest. Everest Base Camp Trek is literally the mother of all Himalayan Treks as it is higher in altitude than most other Himalayan treks and requires a certain level of physical fitness and mental preparedness.

Aside from breathtaking scenery, travellers 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 colourful 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, makes the Everest Base Camp trek one of the world’s most unforgettable one. 

Higlights of the Trek 

- With the high passes and the white misty glaciers Everest Base Camp trek will give you an experience of a lifetime.

- On this trek, you will trek to the foothills of the Everest, the world’s highest mountain.

- Get a chance to explore the amazing beauty of Kathmandu and learn about the people and their culture.

- Visit the ancient Tengboche monastery and marvel at the beauty of the Sherpa village.

Brief Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m / 4428 ft), transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2840 m / 9,315 ft) trek to Phakding (2610 m / 8560 ft) 3-4 hours.

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450 m / 11316 ft) 5-6 hours.

Day 05: Rest day in Namche.

Day 06: Namche to Tangboche (3870 m / 12693 ft) 5-6 hours.

Day 07: Tangboche to Dingbouch village (4410 m / 14464 ft), 5-6 hours.

Day 08: Tangboche to Lobuche (4910 m/16104 ft) 3- 4 hours.

Day 09: Lobuche to Gorak-Shep (5170 m /16,957 ft) to Everest Base Camp (5364 m /17593 ft) to Gorak-Shep, 6-7 hours.

Day 10: Climb to Kalapatther (5550 m /18,204 ft)  & to Pheriche (4280 m /14038 ft) 7-8 hours.

Day 11: Phericher to Namche  Bazaar-6- 7 hours.

Day 12: Namche to Lukla, 6-7 hours.

Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu 35 minutes.

Day 14: Kathmandu sightseeing or reserve day.

Day 15: Final departure to own destination

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: 30th Sept - Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m / 4428 ft), transfer to hotel

Arrival in Kathmandu which is the capital of Nepal and is a tourist hub. It is the gateway to the Himalayas and stands at the elevation of 4,600 ft. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: 1st Oct - Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Post breakfast we take a day to explore the city and at the same time we also review our things to carry for the trek and do some last minute shopping.

We shall visit Pashupatinath temple and Nepal’s largest Buddhist stupa, the Bodhnath Stupa, both part of UNESCO’s World Heritage site.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: 2nd Oct - Fly to Lukla (2840m/9,315 ft) trek to Phakding (2610m/8560 ft) 3-4 hours.

We fly over the mountains to Lukla (9,200'), perched high on a slope in the Khumbu region of the Himalayas. Here, we’ll meet our porters, Sherpa guides and start our trek to Phakding. The trail to Phakding is mostly descending. After a small forest trail in the beginning, you will walk through Nepalese villages surrounded by a lot of vegetation.

Overnight at the lodge.

Day 04: 3rd Oct - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (345m/11316 ft) 5-6 hours

We continue our trek to Namche - a village in Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal. It is located within the Khumbu area. Namche Bazaar is popular with trekkers in the Khumbu region, especially for altitude acclimatisation, and is the gateway to the high Himalayas.

Overnight at the lodge.

Day 05: 4th Oct - Rest day in Namche

Namche Bazaar, is an important stop for all climbers going to Everest Base Camp, it is worth exploring. Today we do a final review of all important things that we need for the trek and hire or buy items from the market.

You can also hike to the Sherpa Cultural Museum from where you get great views of the Everest and Ama Dablam. The museum details the history of the region with a peek into the lives of Sherpas. You will see photographs from Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s climb as well as maps detailing all hiking trails in Nepal.

Overnight at the lodge.

Day 06: 5th Oct - Namche to Tangboche (3870m/12693 ft) 5-6 hours

Today we ascend from Namche Bazaar, following a high, fairly level path above the Dudh Kosi river, enjoying the spectacular mountain views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse as we hike along our trail. Then after some time, our path begins to descend through a forest of blue pine to cross the Dudh Kosi following which, we will begin our ascent on a switchback trail all the way up to reach the spectacular Thyangboche Monastery (3867m) from where there are (hopefully) brilliant views of Everest. This ascending and descending will work wonders on our acclimatisation plus our appetites! Helping us to enjoy our hearty dinner at the teahouse close to the Monastery in Tangboche.

Overnight at the lodge.

Day 07: 6th Oct - Tangboche to Dingbouch village (4410m/14464 ft) 5-6 hours

Today we start trekking, by descending through the Rhododendron forest, to Imja Khola, where we walk across the bridge at Imja Khola and along the Mani stone wall to reach the village of Pangboche. Our route then continues through summer pastures to Dingboche, our home for the night.

Overnight at Lodge.

Day 08: 7th Oct - Dingbouch to Lobuche (4910 m/16104 ft) 3- 4 hours

We continue with our trek over the treeline. Walking slowly, we actually first descend past Dusa to a stream at 4580m and from there we ascend slowly, up to the teahouse at Dugla and then onto a ridge which contains the memorial site for Sherpa’s who gave their lives on expeditions to the top of Everest. Once past this ridge we really start to see changes in the landscape because we will now be walking alongside the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier with views of Kala Pattar and Pumori as we hike all the way to Lobuche our stopping point for the night.

Overnight at the lodge.

Day 09: 8th Oct - Lobuche to Gorak-Shep (5170m/16,957 ft) to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17593 ft) to Gorak-Shep, 6-7 hours

We start our day again following the Khumbu Glacier northwards to Gorakshep. Every which way we turn the scenery is incredible. After about 3 hours we reach Gorakshep. From here we take a break for a while and we set off for our final destination – Everest Base Camp. Again, we continue alongside the glacial moraine for around 2 hours before we actually start walking on the rocky glacial moraine itself. We can see the camp long before we reach it which makes it even more enticing as we wind our way along the trails all the way to Everest Base Camp.

From Base Camp we get fantastic views of the Khumbu Ice fall which is one of the most difficult traverses for those attempting to summit Everest. After some time we will then return, with smiles on our faces, making our way back to Gorakshep for our well-earned food and night-stop.

Overnight at the lodge.

Day 10: 9th Oct - Climb to Kalapatther (5550m/18,204 ft)  & to Pheriche (4280m /14038 ft) 7-8 hours

Today, we walk early in the morning to climb Kala Pattar to reach the highest point on the trail. We meander up the switchbacks to enjoy the first light of the day shining on Mount Everest from Kala Pattar. Once we reach Kala Pattar we can climb and nestle ourselves amongst the rocky outcrops here. While sitting amongst the prayer flags on these outcrops, enjoying chai and biscuits and watching the day break on the highest point in the whole world is something to really cherish. Once we’ve had our moments, we will slowly return to Gorakshep for our well-earned breakfast before then setting off back to Lobuche for lunch and onto Pheriche for our overnight stop.

(Please note that the walk to Everest Base Camp and the climb to Kala Pattar are both tough. Sometimes we may change the order in which we tackle the walks depending on the group’s ability and the current weather conditions).

Overnight at the lodge.

Day 11: 10th Oct - Phericher to Namche  Bazaar 6- 7 hours.

Pheriche is a village in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal. Situated at an altitude of about 4,371m, above the Tsola River, Pheriche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers. We spend our night at a lodge in Phericher.

Overnight at the lodge.

Day 12: 11th Oct - Namche to Lukla, 6-7 hours.

And today we begin our journey to the point from where we started. Exhilarated, excited, tired, overjoyed, all those emotions will help carry us back down our trail. Today's walk is still quite a long walk but as we meander back downhill. We retrace our steps to Pangboche, down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche, and onto Namche Bazaar, our stop for the night.

Overnight at the lodge.

Day 13: 12th Oct - Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu 35 minutes

We are now back to below the tree line, the scenery has changed back to beautiful pine forest and rhododendrons. We start crossing our suspension bridges again, climbing up the opposite side of the valley to reach the contouring path leading back along the Dudh Kosi river through the small village of Monjo and finally our last and final push onto to Lukla to complete our circle to the tip of the world and back. Tiring as it may be, it will be nothing compared to the exhilaration at having completed such an amazing feat, despite the sore feet.

Overnight at the lodge.

Day 14: 13th Oct - Kathmandu sightseeing or reserve day

We have left this day free in Kathmandu in case of any change in weather in Lukla which may delay our return flight. If all goes as planned, then on this day we can chose to arrange along with fellow group members to visit some of the sites of Kathmandu. In the evening, we will all go out to celebrate our victory with dinner, reminiscing and reminding ourselves of our fabulous adventure and hopefully planning for the next!

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15: 14th Oct - Departure for home

 

List of hotels in Kathmandu & EBC Trek

Kathmandu: Hotel Manaslu

Phakiding: 
Namaste Lodge/Guest house 

Namche: 
Himalyan Lodge 

Tengbouche: 
Gumba Lodge/Himalayan Lodge

Dingbouche: 
Mountain Lodge 

Lobuche:
Alpine Lodge or Above the Club 

Gorak- Shep:
Buddha Lodge or Yeti Resort 

Pheriche:
White Lodge/Himalayan Lodge

Namche: Himalayan Lodge 

Phakiding: 
Namaste Lodge/Guest house 

Lukla: 
Himalayan Lodge or Eco Paradise Lodge 

Trip Cost : 

Rs 78,000 + 5% GST per person 

The Packages Cost Includes:

- All airport/hotel/airport transportation by private vehicle (car or van) depends on the group size


- Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with hot drinks) veg/non-veg during the trek

- 04 nights in 3 star hotel in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast on twin sharing basis


- 10 nights at guest house/lodge on the mountain on full board twin sharing room


- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu – UNESCO World heritage site

- An English speaking trained/government license holder trek guide

- 2 trekkers: 1 porter for tea house trek with salary, food and lodging

- 1 trekker: 2 porter camping trek with salary, food and lodging

- All land transportation as per our Itinerary by car, jeep or bus

- Airfare for the sector KTM -Lukla to KTM flight including airport tax

- Welcome or farewell dinner

- All necessary official documents and paper work

- Sagarmatha National Park Permit and TIMS cards

- Trekking duffel bag and trekking map

- Office service charge

 

The Packages Cost Excludes:

- Hot shower/camera battery charge, telephone during the trek

- International airfare and clients travel insurance papers

- Tips for guide, porters & driver (tips is expected)

- All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

- High risk medical & personal equipment

- Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu

- Monasteries entrance fee

- Nepal entry visa fee

- Any other expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Overview 

Everest Base Camp Trek is a trek like no other. This is one trek that offers you breath-taking and unparalleled views of the highest mountain peak in the world – Mount Everest. You start your trek from Lukla in Nepal and trek all the way to Kala Patthar above South Base Camp at 18192 feet.

This trek would give you an adrenaline rush and a sense of accomplishment like no other trek. This trek combines tough terrains, extremely high altitudes, and stunning landscapes, with the icing on the cake being mighty Everest. Everest Base Camp Trek is literally the mother of all Himalayan Treks as it is higher in altitude than most other Himalayan treks and requires a certain level of physical fitness and mental preparedness.

Aside from breathtaking scenery, travellers 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 colourful 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, makes the Everest Base Camp trek one of the world’s most unforgettable one. 

Weather Condition

One of the main trekking season to climb Mt Everest occurs from early October until late November. At 10 to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, Everest's base camp is balmy, with winds hovering between five and seven mph. Humidity returns to the winter lows of about 20 percent, keeping trekkers mostly dry in the valley and on expeditions to the summit. The summit climbing season is a window roughly from October 1 to 20, and a visit to base camp around this time provides introductions to the brave souls determined to reach the peak.

Mobile Coverage 

Ncell is the Nepalese subsidiary of Swedish phone company TeliaSonera, who have set up a 3G mobile broadband station in the remote town of Gorak Shep. Located just miles from Everest at an altitude of 5,200 metres, the station has provided much needed signal to hikers along the Everest Base Camp trek for the last few years.

Carry a photocopy of your passport to purchase a sim card in Kathmandu. 

ATM

ATM services are available only in Lukla and Namche Bazaar. However, the services might not work or run out of cash very often. Therefore, we suggest you to carry small amount of money to buy drinks, snacks etc during the trek.

Fitness -

Cardiovascular endurance – Target 10 km in 6o minutes

On Everest Base Camp trek, you trek an average of 7 hours a day in an altitude that is not too friendly.  To prepare your body, begin by jogging everyday. Ideally, you should be able to jog 10 km in 60 minutes.  It takes time to cover this distance in a given time- so start slow, and increase your pace everyday. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too.

Strength – Target 4 sets of squats with 20 in each

This is an important area you need to work on. From Macchermo, you’ll start feeling the altitude. The terrain, when you walk among big mountains, isn’t too friendly. There is a lot of moraines on the trail to Everest Base Camp, boulders to navigate on Chola Pass and unstable glacier to cross. For this, you need to strengthen your legs.  For a trek like this, you must strengthen your core muscles.

Flexibility

Flexibility determines the amount of movement your bones can make in any direction around joints such as shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. It is an aspect that will help you trek comfortably. Stretching your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and lower back muscles regularly, promotes relaxation in the tissues reducing the strain on your back.  On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light for over 14 days of trekking, can become a strain. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Things to Carry :

- Back pack & rain cover(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps 

- Day pack + rain cover 20  ltr 

- Walking stick advisable 

- Head torch. 

- Water bottle 

- Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits

- Personal Medical Kit 

- Trek pants Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)

- T-shirts Full sleeves (Non-cotton)

- Fleece T-shirts

- Fleece jacket. 

-  Hollofil jacket

- Thermal 

- Poncho

- Personal Utilities

- Sunscreen & hand sanitizer

- Moisturiser & antibacterial powder

- Lip balm, toothbrush and toothpaste

- Toilet paper,  wipes

 - Quick dry towel

- Sun cap. (One that covers the neck as well)

- Woolen cap

- Balaclava 

- Sunglasses (Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected)

     People who wear spectacles-

- (A)- Use contact lenses. 

- (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.

- Trekking shoes (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)

- Floaters/flip-flops (Optional)

- Cotton socks

- Woollen socks

- Gaiters

- Waterproof gloves

- Fleece/woollen gloves

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Info

Trip Cost : Rs  78,000 + 5% GST

Travel Dates : 30th Sept to 14th Oct 2017

Hotel Links :

Kathmandu:- Hotel Manaslu. 

Phakiding:- Namaste Lodge / Guest house 

Namche:- Himalyan Lodge 

Tengbouche:- Gumba Lodge / Himalayan Lodge

Dingbouche:- Mountain Lodge 

Lobuche:- Alpine  Lodge  or Above the club 

Gorak- Shep:- Buddha Lodge or Yeti Resort  

Pheriche:- White Lodge or Himalayan Lodge 

Namche:- Himalyan Lodge 

Phakiding:- Namaste Lodge / Guest house 

Lukla:- Himalayan Lodge or Eco Paradise Lodge 

Kathmandu:- Hotel Manaslun

 

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