Highlights: Rich Buddhist culture, warm-friendly locals, traditional village, land of world’s heritage, high alpine valleys in the shade of the mighty ‘Mt.Everest’.
The trek to the Everest Base Camp has been dubbed as one of the best holidays of the world. We begin our trek in Lukla that serves as a gateway to this region and make our way across suspension bridges along the high ridges of the Khumbu region to Namche Bazar, a vibrant settlement set on ridge shaped like an amphitheater. From here you have extraordinary views of the snow covered peaks. As you make your way higher up and make your way to the top of the ridge that looms over Namche you are blessed with great views of the highest peaks in the world. We continue towards Tengboche the religious heartland of this region. The beautiful Tengboche Monastery set against the backdrop of Thamserku and Amadablam is a sight that will haunt you forever.
We march further to the heart of the Everest region towards Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. The viewpoint of Kalapatter at 5545m offer astounding views of Nuptse, Everest, Lhotse and a host of other peaks. We retrace our way back along the Dudh Kosi to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m via respective airlines'/N Hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where one of our leader or a Sherpa guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trek/Camping, do’s and don’ts and other related information that you might require while in Nepal. Our Tour Officer will ask for your International flight ticket and your passport for safe keeping and for reconfirmation of your out bound flight from Kathmandu to your next port of arrival.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phak ding
Pick up from the hotel and transfer to airport and schedule flight to Lukla (2840m). A spectacular 35 to 40 minute flight and hair raising landing on the mountain runway to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2610m).
Day 03: Trek to Namche (3440m)
From Phakding, cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Jorsele is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment and TIMS (Trekking Information Management System). Ascend steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt. Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed Nangpa-La.
You will continue your ascent to Namche Bazar, 3,440m. This day’s trek will be a gradual ascent, spanning 5-6 hours. Along the way you will have the opportunity to visit Buddhist Monasteries.
Namche Bazar is a village steeped in Sherpa culture. It is a historic trading village where Nepalese and Tibetans exchange a myriad of goods. Once you have reached this village you will have the opportunity to explore the local markets and mingle with the people.
Day 04: Trek to Khumjung (3780m)
Known as the green valley. One of the most interesting hikes is the climb up the hill north of town to the Shyangboche airstrip area and Khumjung. You will enjoy the fantastic view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Kantenga, Thamserku and Ama Dablam. Visit the local Khumjung Gompa, school, hike to Khunde and visit to hospital.
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3860m)
Descending from Khumjung you pass Sanasa (3569m). Reach the Dudh Koshi and the village of Phunki Tenga (3321m) with its water-driven mills and prayer wheels. The largest monastery in Khumbu, peaches on the saddle of a ridge and commends and outstanding panorama with peaks in every direction. The Monastery is especially beautiful with Mr. Ama Dablam rising up behind it. Tengboche monastery is the site of the annual Manirimdum Festival, celebrated on October/November.
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4410m)
Descend a sleep tail through a damp rhododendron forest to the village of Deboche (3736m), which has a nunnery. Pass through Pangboche (3930m), then the trail proceeds up a gentle slope and passes the small village of Shomare, where there are some tea houses. Beyond Shomare, the trail flattens a bit and passes a lodegs Orsho. Beyond Orsho there is a fork in the trail, right and cross the small wooden bridge crossing the river. The trail goes steep up for a short while and after 45 minutes you will reach Dingboche.
Day 07: Rest for acclimatization or you can day visit to Chhukung Village (4730m)
You can day visit to Chhukung Village (4730m) -Dingboche - Chhukung (4730m). Then move from Dingboche to the little town of Chhukung on the way to the Imja glacier (5010m) and Island Peak Base Camp. It’s a stretch to call Chhukung a town, really, since it consists of about six lodges and a couple of yak pastures. From Chhukung, Ama Dablam dominated the view to the south O/N at Lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4910m)
Leave Dingboche by the sleep trail going straight to shorten on top of the hill. From there a gentle slope goes to Tukla. Relax for 15 minutes near the tea houses and steep to the pass (4755m). Just after the pass is all the monuments from Sherpa and foreigners who died on Mount Everest or on a trek of the expedition. From there a gentle slope will bring you by the left side of the river to Lobuche.
Day 09: Trek to base camps through Gorak Shep
To reach Gorak Shep continue up the valley from Lobuche along a level path with Khumbu Glacier to your right and overnight at Gorak Shep.
The trail from Gorak Shep (5140m) to the Base Camp is a 2 & half an hours walk in each direction on a difficult and sometimes difficult ever hanging trail. On the way you might encounter some beautiful ice caves and rock formations. You can’t actually see Mt. Everest from the Base Camp. You can trek back to Gorek Shep – 2 hours and overnight.
Day 10: View of Everest, overnight at lobuche
The trail climbs a moraine from which there is a view of Gorak Shep (a sandy, flat area with a frozen lake) and Kala Pattar. At the top you have not only a stunning view of Everest, but a 360-degree panorama of peaks including Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kantega, Thamserku, Tawatse, Pumori and Changtse. Once you have taken in the view, hustle back down to Gorak Shep and to Lobuche for overnight stay.
Day 11: Trek to Pangboche (3930m)
This is not a difficult day. It takes about a half hour from take to reach the flats of Parrish Valley. From there it will take an hour to reach Pheriche and have a lunch in Pheriche. After lunch, a small ascent to the pass. Crossing the small pass, you will reach Shomare after a long slowly descending pasture. From Shomare it takes an hour to reach Pangboche for overnight stay.
Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazar
Beautiful walk through Rhododendron, Birch, Willows and cross the Dudhkoshi River. Then walk along side to Sanasa and Melingo. From there a large trail brings you to Namche Bazar.
Day 13: Trekking Dush koshi to lukla
Final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. This last evening is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some change, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.
Day 14: Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu from Lukla. Transfer to hotel. Relax or spend the afternoon doing some final shopping in Kathmandu.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Kathmandu - Delhi
Post breakfast, transfer to airport for international flight.
Other applicable costs:
Sagarmatha National Park Fee and TIMS Fee
for Indian National: US $22 per person
Schedule flight: KTM-Lukla-KTM
for Indian National: US $194 per person (airfare subject to change)
Lodge trek costs include:
- Standard lodge accommodation on room sharing basis with breakfast and dinner during the trek.
- Wages of guide and porter(s) while on trek.
- Accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu on first and last day.
- An assistant guide will be provided above 6 persons in a group.
- Local taxes and insurance for guide and porter(s).
- Domestic airport departure tax and transfers.
Costs do not include:
- Expenses of personal nature, personal tips, alcoholic beverages, cold drinks, Mineral water/boiled water and hot shower during the trek
- Lunch during the trek.
- Travel insurance, personal medical expenses and rescue evacuation .
- Sightseeing tour (optional) in Kathmandu and required entrance fees for monasteries, temples and monuments.
- Any costs arise due to flight cancellation, political disturbance and natural disaster.
- Tourist visa for Nepal (except Indian Nationals) and international flight to/from Kathmandu.