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Everest Base Camp Trekking

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  • Duration
    Duration:15 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 3 Nights (Standard Hotel)
    12 Nights (Lodges/Tea Houses)
  • Meals
    Meals :14 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches
    13 Dinners
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade : Moderate
  • Max Altitude
    Max Altitude: 5,545m/18,193ft

Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek does not offer merely a trekking opportunity but it also offers a diverse sightseeing opportunity. Mt. Everest, every trekker’s dream has a great legend of Sir Edmund Hillaryand Tenzing Norgay Shrepa. Due to this legend, trekkers’ flow is spiralling into the Everest region. Everest Base Camp Trek is considered as a trek full of tragedy and triumph.

The scenic beauty, soaring mountain peaks and picturesque villages scattered through this region offers once in a life time opportunity to enjoy breathtaking beauty of the nature. Everest Base Camp (5364m) is the entry point of the summit of the World’s highest mountain in the World. The appealing manifestation the Everest has really attracted millions of people from all over the World. Besides these, a day in Namche, the capital of Sherpa, offers you an opportunity to experience their culture. Visiting Thyanboche monastery, world’s highest monastery and the most important cultural center of Khumbu region provides you an opportunity to explore Sherpa culture.

Everest Base Camp Trek is considered the most popular trekking destination in the Earth by attracting millions of trekkers for their holiday trekking. You will have an enthralling experience while ascending to Everest Base Camp whereas the unrivalled views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse and the surrounding peaks from Kalapatthar (5545 m) is indeed mesmerizing and spellbinding. You will really experience the wonder of Thyangboche Monastery beneath the shadow of Mt. Ama Dablam.

Highlights

  • Fascinating views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse and the surrounding peaks from Kalapatthar (5545m)
  • Experience the wonder of Thyangboche Monastery beneath the shadow of Ama Dablam
  • Breathtaking mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Wonderful sightseeing of the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath and the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu ( 1300m/4264 feet)

Upon arrival in the Kathmandu Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed and greeted by our representative and then transfer to the hotel. After check in, you can either take rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.
Hotel Encounter Nepal

Dinner 

Day 2Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast, break the day with guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. The first visit is made in Swayambhunath Stupa- oldest stupa situated on the hillock. Enjoy the bird eyes view of Kahtmandu Valley and mountains. After then visit Kahtmandu Durbar Square – Palace of Malla and then Shah King of Nepal. Visit Kumari Ghar (living goddes), Kasthamandap (made up of single tree), Hanuman Dhoka (Gate to enter the palace) and many more temples. Finally visit in Patan Durbar Square- city of fine art and architecture. Visit Krishna Temple, Palace square, Mahabauddha, Mahabihar and many more temples and master piece monuments. Late afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Black Diamond briefs us regarding the trip as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Hotel Encounter Nepal

Breakfast

Day 3Kathmandu to Lukla flight and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight, 3-4 hours trek

Early morning after breakfast transfer to Kathmandu airport’s domestic terminal to fly over Lukla, a gateway destination for trekking in Everest Region. After 40 minutes adventurous and scenic view flight, we reach in the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla. Here we meet our other crew members and then we begin our first day’s easy trek through forest, villages and along the Dudh Koshi River to Phakding.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft): 5-6 hrs trek

Today also we follow the Dudh Koshi River and cross suspension bridges many times, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. On the way, we can see the beautiful view of Mt Thamserku (6618m). Passing through the small village of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo we enter in to the Sagarmatha National Park. We cross the last village of Jorsale before Namche and then gradual walk through the forest and bridges until we reach the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers (Larja Dobhan). After then about 2 hours steep climb we reach Chautara from where we get the first sight of Mt. Everest. From there another 1.5 hours easy walking bring us to Namche Bazzar, the gate way to Mt. Everest and the main trading center.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5Namche Bazaar: Rest day

After 2 days walking we take a rest in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize the body. It is recommended to stay active during rest day also which helps to acclimatize our body quickly. Walking little high altitude around 100 ft will help to acclimatize properly. Morning we do hike in Thame and later explore Namche Bazzar.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6Namche Bazzar to Pangboche [3860m/12664ft]: 6 - 7 hrs trek

Today the trail is gradual ups and downs with the magnificent view of Himalayas and Musk Deer, Monal, Blue Sheep may come across on our way while walk through the jungle. We begin the day with gradual walk down up to Kayanguma, passing by Tenzing Norgye Memorial Stupa and viewing massive Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, Taboche, Thamserku more snowcapped peaks. After then little ahead we reach Sansa, the junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. We follow the right trail to Everest Base Camp through pine forests and come across the bridge over Dhudh Koshi River in Phungi Thanga. From there the trail is little steep through the forest of rhododendron and fir trees to Tengboche village, the home of biggest Buddhist Monastery of Everest region and the close up view of massive Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Everest is very impressive. We continue the journey through gradual down from rhododendron trees and again come across the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River. About an hour further walk will bring us to Pangboche which offers a dramatic view of Himalayas and village.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7Pangboche to Dingboche [4360m/14304ft]: 3- 4 hrs trek

Passing by several Chortens, Mani walls and Pangboche Gompa we continue the trek through the village of Syomare, Orsho and Samso Ogma. From there we follow the right path and after crossing the bridge over the confluence of Khumbu Khola and Imja River we climb steep path to Chyakunwa Kharka from where we can see the spectacular view of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Khangteka, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse and many more. After few minutes gradual climb we will be welcomed by chorten and prayer flags in Dingboche.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8Dingboche to Dughla (4,620 m/15,154 ft): 3-4 hrs trek

Today all the way is dry but offers awesome Mountain View on all sides. We start the trek walking gradually through the Khumnu Khola Valley and reach the yak herder’s place, Dusa (4503m). After then following the narrow trail we reach Phulung Karpo where camp site was asserted during first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. Further the sight of Chola Lake and Mt. Pumo Ri (7161m) appears on the way. As we descend the trail the view of Mt. Pumo Ri disappear and come across the roaring stream. We cross the small wooden bridge and climb steep up to Dughla. Dughla offers marvelous view of Nuptse, Cholatse, Thamserku and several other magnificent peaks.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9Dughla to Lobuche (4910 m/16,105 ft): 3-4 hrs trek

Today is short but difficult walking day as we have to walk through the boulder path left by khumbu glacier. Initially we walk steep path through moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and climb to Thukla Pass (4830m). At the top there are piles of stones with prayer flags, memorials of death climbers including Babu Chiri Sherpa, 10 times Everest submitter and Scott Fischer, American mountaineer. As we descend to Khumbu Glacier moraine, several great peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, Mahalangur Himal greet us. After crossing Khumbu Glacier we get the beautiful sight of towering Mt. Nuptse (7855m). Further climbing the steep trail along roaring stream we reach Lobuche.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Lobuche to Gorak Shep [5140 m/16,860ft] to Kalapatthar [5550m/18204ft] to Gorak Shep Or Lobuche to Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft] to Gorak Shep: 8-9 hrs

Today we have two options. First one is, we reach Gorak Shep and in late afternoon hike to Kalapatthar for impressive sunset view over Himalayas including Mt. Everest. Second one is, we reach Everest Base Camp and then trek back to Gorak Shep for overnight. We can split the group for option 1 and option 2.
After early breakfast we start trek through the moraine of Khumbu glacier. Passing through Italian Research Center and Lobuche Pass (5110m) we reach to Chongri Glacier. On the way to Chongri Glacier we get the first sight of the summit of north ridge of Mt. Everest along with 360 degree view of snowcapped mountains including Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and many more. Walking up through boulder path of Changri glacier we reach Gorak Shep.
Option 1:- Evening we hike to Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar is the popular view point hill. It takes 45 minutes to reach from Gorak Shep. From there we can see very impressive, massive and sky towering Himalayas including Kantenga, Pumo Ri, Thamserku, Changtse Ama Dablam, Kantenga, Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest and many more.
Option 2:- Leaving the Kalapathar (view point) on left and passing by Indian army mountaineers’ memorials we continue towards Everest Base Camp which takes us around 3 hours to reach. We celebrate the achievement of our trip goal by capturing massive Nuptse, Khumbuste and Punori from Everest Base Camp in our camera. But from here Mt. Everest is not visible. After spending memorable moment we trek back to Gorak Shep.
Note: Sunset view from Kalapatthar is more impressive than the sunrise view over snow capped mountain including Mt. Everest. So who wish to hike Kalapatthar today, our guide and porters will accompany you.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar [5550m/18204ft] / Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft] to Pheriche [4240 m/13,907 ft]: 8-9 hrs

Those participants, who had choose option 1 yesterday (Kalapatthar), will visit Everest base camp today. And who had choose option 2 yesterday (Everest Base Camp); they will hike to Kalapatthar today for sunrise view over snowcapped mountains including Mt. Everest and then wait for other participants to return back in Gorak Shep.
After having lunch together in Gorak Shep we trek back to Dughla via same route and then follow the right side trail to Pheriche.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12Pheriche to Pangboche to Tengboche to Namche Bazzar [3,440 m/11,280 ft]: 6 -7 hrs trek

After breakfast we trek down through rhododendron and juniper forest passing by Samdrang village, stone wall, Tsuro Og and then Samso Ogma, Orsho and Syomare village. Crossing the river several times through suspension bridge and walking steadily we reach at the home of biggest Buddhist Monastery of Everest region, Tengboche. From there we descend down to the river and again crossing suspension bridge, passing by beautiful village of Sanasa, Kyangiuma as well as enjoying magnificent view of Himalayas on the way we reach at Tenzing Norgye Memorial Stupa. On the way we may encounter with wild life such as snow leopards, colorful pheasants, Himalayan Thak, deer etc. After then about one hour gradual walk will bring us to main town of Everest Region, the Namche Bazzar.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13Namche Bazaar to Lukla [2,800m/9,186ft]: 6 hrs trek

Today is our last trekking day and we trek back the same route but we feel completely different view. Trail is steep, so we need to walk slowly supporting own body with shaky legs. We trek back exploring attractions on the way, experiencing Sherpa culture in beautiful villages and enjoying distance view of Himalayas. Freezing cold turns to moderately warm and our body get relief today. After breakfast we begins gradual walk for few minutes and then steep down to the Larja Bridge which is the confluence point of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River. From there the gradual walk along Dudh Koshi River will bring us to the exit point from National Park, the Jorsale village. Again following the Dudh Koshi River, pass by the small village of Monjo, Chumoa, Benkar and walking through rhododendron forest, we reach Phakding. Few hours more gradual walk will bring us at Lukla. In Lukla we do relax and stretch the tired body. Late afternoon we can stroll around the Lukla. Evening we enjoy the last dinner with crew members.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14Lukla – Kathmandu

After early breakfast we fly back to Kathmandu memorizing those excited and beautiful days. In Kathmandu you can take a rest throughout the day in hotel or you can explore other attractions of Kathmandu. For the memorizing the Nepal trip you can buy some souvenirs for yourself or for friends and family in Thamel Area. Late evening we celebrate the success of our trip and enjoy dinner together.
Hotel Encounter Nepal

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15Departure

After breakfast you are free till departure time. If you have more time you can do shopping or sightseeing around Kathmandu. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Black Diamond drops you to the airport.

Breakfast

Included

  • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu airfare
  • Domestic airport tax
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 11 nights accommodation in standard guest house/lodges during trekking
  • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • Farewell dinner
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • An experienced guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) during trek
  • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide and porter
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are need to be returned after trek)
  • All necessary paper work and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes.

Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • ravel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • City tour guide
  • Entrance fees in the monuments during city tour
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • All kind of drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

Accomodation

You will be accommodated in Hotel Encounter Nepal or a similar category’s hotel in Kathmandu, and basic tea houses/guest houses/tents during the trek and Expedition when trekking and Expedition with Black Diamond Expedition. On most Everest expeditions, the tea houses or lodges serve rooms on a twin-sharing basis with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single-supplement rooms are served with an extra charge of USD 495. This is for the Everest trek but if you go on a different trek then will be cheaper than this. However, it may be difficult to get one at higher points or during the peak season of trekking and expedition. Some of the tea houses in this expedition region in both lower and higher elevations may have shared bathrooms and toilet facilities. We always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation at Everest Base Camp.

Meals

Your meal plan in Kathmandu includes only breakfast while you are on the trek, there are three-course meals that will be served during the trekking. The tea house where we spend an overnight will serve us a balanced diet for breakfast and dinner whereas lunch is taken at one of the tea houses on the way to our next destination. Black Diamonds has also prepared a special Welcome and Farewell dinner for the guests following a cultural performance in Kathmandu.

Best time to trek Everest Base Camp

The months during fall(September-October-November) and spring (March-April-May) are considered as the best time for Everest Base Camp trek. In this season the temperature is moderate with clear sky and the dry trails, which gives us ample opportunity to admire the majestic view of mountain ranges with perfect trekking conditions. During the months of winter (December-February) the temperature is extremely cold with heavy snowfall and during the months of monsoon (June-August) there is heavy rainfall and the trail is slippery with leeches on the way. During the winter and monsoon you should take extra precautions as the unfavorable condition makes it difficult to trek. If you like to trek when there are few tourists, winter and monsoon are the best times and you can get an extra discount on top.

Packing list for Everest Base Camp Trek

While trekking to the high altitude Everest area, it is essential to pack necessary items wisely. You should be sure not to overpack the stuff because you will be trekking through the rough terrain in high altitude areas and it will be difficult for yourself to carry all the stuff and trek. So you should be careful and clever to pack only the necessary items. Some of the essential items that you should pack includes:

  • Sun hat & sunglasses
  • Base layer
  • Insulating layer
  • Gloves
  • Trekking poles
  • Trekking Boots

For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive Everest Base Camp packing list.

FAQs

How hard is it to climb Everest Base Camp?

Everest base camp difficulty level is fairly demanding due to its long duration trek at an altitude of 17,599 feet (5,364 meters) and unpredictable trail conditions. Despite the challenges, the trek can be completed with proper preparation and determination as it does not require any technical mountaineering expertise. It is also important to follow appropriate safety measures while doing the trek. We also can make arrangements for the porters to do heavy lifting for you. Through the trek, we always make sure that you are fit and fine for the next destination. In addition to that, our expert guide will make sure to support, encourage and assist you during Everest Base Camp trek.

What is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?

The months during fall(September-October-November) and spring (March-April-May) are considered as the best time for Everest Base Camp trek. In this season the temperature is moderate with clear sky and the dry trails, which gives us ample opportunity to admire the majestic view of mountain ranges with perfect trekking conditions. During the months of winter (December-February) the temperature is extremely cold with heavy snowfall and during the months of monsoon (June-August) there is heavy rainfall and the trail is slippery with leeches on the way. During the winter and monsoon you should take extra precautions as the unfavorable condition makes it difficult to trek. If you like to trek when there are few tourists, winter and monsoon are the best times and you can get an extra discount on top.

What if I cancel the trip? Do I get a refund?

With our lifetime deposit policy at Black Diamond Expedition, you have the flexibility to transfer your deposit to anyone or any other trip. However, if you still prefer to cancel your booked trip, certain fees will be charged. For more detailed information on our policy, please visit our terms and conditions.

Is my trip guaranteed?

Definitely yes! Our booked trips typically run as scheduled. Unlike  other agencies, you are certain to go on your trek, even if other trekkers cancel their trip.You can book in confidence with us, knowing that our trips are almost always guaranteed to run. The only exceptions are extreme and unfortunate circumstances namely political riots, natural disasters, pandemics, epidemics or severe weather. We are a tailor-made company, so even if your trips have been canceled by other operators and on stress, you’re always welcome to us in order to sort out your trip decisions.

What kind of clothes and gears are needed to trek Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp trek is a unique experience where you will be trekking on remote places of himalayas staying in lodges or tea houses instead of camping. It is not as cold as Mount Kilimanjaro. But still it is important to come prepared with the appropriate clothing. You’ll need clothes that can be layered, which makes it easy to add and remove  as per need. For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive Everest Base Camp packing list.

What kind of accommodations are found on the route to Everest Base Camp?

During your long duration trek to Everest Base Camp it is important to take the time to relax, and get proper rest after a long day’s hike in order to be ready for the next day’s adventure. So to ensure your comfort, we always book the best lodges available. While booking, we make sure that these accommodations are clean and have comfortable beds with an electric blanket, attached bathroom & modern western toilets (wherever available). Keep in mind that the higher you get the less facilities you get as it is difficult to transport building materials. We prioritize your safety and comfort, so we always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation at Everest Base Camp.

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