Everest Base Camp Trekking

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16 Days

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Activity

Hiking and Trekking

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Best Season

March, April, May, September, October and November

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Difficulty

Challenging

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Group Size

2-100

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Transportation

Flight/ Private vehicle

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Meals

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Accomodation

Tea Houses

Everest Base Camp Trekking has become popular destination in the world for mountain lovers and climbers due to high Himalayan wonders, exclusive Sherpa settlement, wonderful trekking trail and typical Tibetan Buddhist living standard. Shortly, it is also known as EBC trek, offers diverse experiences to take pleasure for lifetime and need proper physical fitness without any requirement of technical skills to complete it. Trekking journey to EBC begins from simple relax walk in the beginning to adventure and exciting hike until we reach Base Camp and Kala Pathar (5,545m). Similarly, the trek incorporates the marvelous viewpoint of Kala Patthar having magnificent display of all the White Mountains including Mt. Everest like mirror. 

Trekking to Everest Base Camp provides good opportunity to board on heroic journey that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norway Sherpa put first human feet on the Summit of Mt. Everest in 1953. This trekking trail offers splendid Himalayan sights such as Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,481m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Nuptse (7,861m), Ama Dablam ( 6,812m), Thamserku (6,623m), and more silver mountain peaks. It is moderate trek gives extraordinary experiences because of unique Sherpa culture, scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, historical Tengboche monastery, sunrise view of Kala Patthar, exotic Khumbu Glacier, wonderful suspension bridges and gateway of Mt. Everest called Namche Bazzar. Besides mountain scenery, the local traditional life of Buddhist Monks and local people who are praying and doing meditation in Tengboche monastery makes your trip more cultural. 
Everest Base Camp Trekking begins after having 40 minutes beautiful scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu with an elevation of 2800m and even it ends in Lukla after you will complete your trekking. We start our trek from Tenzing Hillary Airport Lukla and trek up to Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar and hike down same way to Lukla. We hike through beautiful Sherpa villages, Terrace Potato field, Rhododendron and Pine forest, ancient Buddhist monasteries, Chortens, Mani wall, glaciers and Rivers.

 

Highlights
  • Embark scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Explore exclusive Sherpa settlement and Tibetan Buddhist living standard
  • Encounter splendid mountain view of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,481m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Nuptse (7,861m), Ama Dablam ( 6,812m), Thamserku (6,623m
  • Magnificent sunrise view of Kala Patthar & exotic Khumbu Glacier
  • Historical Tengboche Monastery, Chorten, Mani Wall and Payer flags
  • Gateway of Mt. Everest called “Namche Bazaar”
  • Exciting suspension Tenzing Hillary bridge of Jhorsalle
     

Itineraries

Your adventure and cultural trip to Nepal begins after your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu. After you will land, get your hand bag and go to immigration office where you can get your Nepal visa. There must be many people; need fill form before apply for visa and get down to 1st floor where you will wait your suitcase. After getting suitcase, go outside where our office member shows your Name in white paper sheet and transfer to Hotel. We have booked your hotel in Thamel which is the touristic hub of Nepal.

After breakfast, your cultural tour begins where our Guide will brief to you about whole Nepal including history, culture, people, religion, geography and living standard of People. You will visit popular world Heritage sites of Nepal such as Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple) - Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site, Patan Durbar Square – Old King Palace with Beautiful Temples and Houses, Pashupatinath Temple - popular Hindu temple of South Asia and Boudhanath Stupa – biggest Buddhist stupa with monastery around. It is full day guided city tour where you will learn most important historical and cultural things of Nepal. After you will return back to Hotel from sightseeing, meet with your Trekking Guide and brief about trekking program.

Early morning, our guide comes in your hotel and be ready your bag pack and transfer to airport; have 35 minutes scenic mountain flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla. Our Guide will arrange porters here so you can take first mountain tea/ coffee in local lodges. Today, you have very short and easy trekking trail to Phakding from Lukla having picturesque images of suspension bridges, Chortens, Mani Wall, prayer flags and Dudh Koshi River. You will hike through local Sherpa villages till reach to Phakding where some terraced potato field can be seen on the route. Today is your first day, so you feel relax and comfortable downhill walk to Phakding from Lukla with first mountain scenery called Kusum Kagaru.

You will start your trek after having breakfast in Tea House with pleasurable walk alongside the Dudh Khoshi River towards Monjo which is the permit check-Point of Sagarmatha National Park. The trekking trail goes through pine, rhododendron, Magnolia, Giant fir, Himalayan Pine forests, crossing many suspension bridge via the Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo and Jhorsalle. After your permit is checked by national park office, go little down along with Dudh Koshi River and cross amazing Tenzing Hillary suspension bridge from where the trail is slightly strenuous with a steep uphill to Namche Bazaar by inspiring first Mt. Everest View. Today you are very tired due to nearly 900 meters climb from Phakding. Namche bazaar is the commercial and administrative center of entire Khumbu region from where one can explore amazing Himalayan view.

Today is acclimatization day but you are not staying at Tea House rather our Guide will help you to encounter around Namche Bazaar. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and health proficient suggest to stop for one extra night here due to keeping body strong and balance. So be active and roam around than sleep and rest; climb high, sleep low and drink more water which is the theory of acclimatization in Himalaya. That is why, you hike to Japanese build Everest View hotel from where can have magnificent view of Himalaya such as Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,861m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Thamserku (6,623m), Cholatse (6,440m), Taboche (6,542m), and many mountain peaks. Also visit the Khumjung village where you can encounter head of yeti inside ancient monastery. Namche Bazaar is a beautiful Sherpa Village full of Tea houses, Lodges, markets, Café, Bakeries, ancient culture and lively atmosphere. You can also have pleasurable walk around this Sherpa settlement.

After exploring Namche Bazaar, we will trek to Tengboche having overlooking view of Mt. Ama Damlam and Mt. Everest. The trail is full of up and down with spotting wildlife on the way such as Musk Deer, Pheasant, and Himalayan Thar. We cross alpine woodland by leaving up trail of Gokyo valley and trek down to Imjatse River at Phunki Tanga which is a small settlement with few lodges. Mostly, trekkers take lunch here due to challenging steep climbing to Tengboche for next step. Again we walk through Rhododendron, Oak, Magnolia, Pines, and Fir trees till reach to Tengboche nearby there is famous and historical Buddhist monastery surrounded by Himalayan peaks. Our guide takes to you visit monastery which opens after 3:00 pm every day for peace meditation. You can meditate with local Buddhist Monks inside monastery.

Leaving Tengboche, having hill at the backdrop, we walk down through rhododendron and Juniper forest of Dubuche and further walk to Imja River by crossing a suspension bridge and reach beautiful Sherpa settlement of Pangboche village; explore old Pangboche monastery here. Further, the path climbs to Somare and cross Imja stream with super view of Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam Himalaya. Finally, your trail reach to another classical Sherpa village of Dingboche.

It is mandatory to have one more night in Dingboche for acclimatization and make body strong and balance. Dingboche is also known as “Summer Valley” of Khumbu region because of receiving rain during Monsoon, contributing to farming lands. Today, you are not staying in Hotel rather our guide takes you to climb Nagarjuna Peak, offers complete view of Khumbu Himalaya including Mt. Makalu with panoramic vistas of the entire Imja valley. You can also hike to Chhukung village which presents magnificent view of Island Peak, Amadablam, Makalu, Taboche which is optional. There will be many alpinists who are heading to Chhukung for climbing Island Peak.

After having good time in Dingboche, we start climbing up having impressive view of Cholatse and Taboche on the left and steep climb towards Khumbu glacier with amazing view of Mt. Ama Dablam on backdrop. After crossing glacier, reach to small settlement of Thukla having few lodges. It is a good ridge to have lunch and zigzags trail having memorial statues of the climbers who passed away in this region and it is absolutely awed gazing. Then the path climbs along the glacier and rock finally reach in Lobuche.

Today, we have short walk to Gorakshep, climb through meadows and moraine stone steps having amazing view of Glacier. First we check in Tea House, having Lunch and start our exploration to Everest Base Camp. We hike 2 hour alongside the Khumbu glacier and reach to Base Camp; if it is spring season, can see many Camping Tents of climbers who are heading up to Everest summit. Later, we will return back to Gorakshep for stay.

Early morning, hike to Kala Patthar from Gorakshep which is one of the popular destinations during your trek to EBC. Kala Patthar is a popular ridge to see a panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam Pumori, and more snow-capped Himalayan Peaks as well as massive Khumbu glacier. After enjoying sunrise view, walk down to Gorakshep, take breakfast and way back down to Pheriche.

As usual, we begin our trekking to Namche Bazaar from Pheriche which is a small settlement with many lodges. The trekking trail goes down to Imja River all the way to Tengboche via big Sherpa settlement of Pangboche village. From Tengboche, the trail moves down to Phunki Tanga and climb to Namche.

Today, is your last day trekking in Khumbu region, we will hike down to Lukla from Namche Bazaar. We will hike through many suspension bridges, Sherpa villages, terraced potato fields, and local forests along with Dudh Koshi River. Your permit of Sagarmatha Natonal Park is exit in Monjo and hike down to Lukla for your next day flight to Kathmandu. You feel warmer today due to low elevation. In Lukla, you can have last night dinner with your trekking Guide and porter. You can have some tipping to porter saying Thank you to him.

Today, you will leave Khumbu region, feel long memory of your adventure trekking. Early morning, you will fly to Kathmandu with your Trekking Guide having scenic Himalayan view. From airport, drive to Hotel tell good bye to your Guide. You are totally free today and have good rest in Hotel. In the evening our director will invite to you having typical Nepali food with cultural local dance in Thamel. Enjoy your Nepali meal with folk song and dance with our director and also discuss about your trekking experience.

After completing, Gokyo Lake Trekking, you are free in Kathmandu or you can have shopping as gift of Nepal to your family and friends. You must be very tired after trekking, can also have good body massage in Spa center. You will feel free and explore local markets and also enjoy your time in good restaurant in Thamel.

Our staff help your departure to Tribhuvan International Airport for your respective destination. Hopefully, we will wait your recommendation and suggestion and also review about your trek to Everest Base Camp. Our Guide and Porters can wait for your next adventure journey to Nepal Himalaya. See you again and good bye.

INCLUSION

    • Airport Pickup and drop in Private Transport
    • Kathmandu Sightseeing with Cultural Tour Guide, Entrance Fees of Hindu/Buddhist Temple
    • Twin share 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast only
    • Kathmandu to Lukla Flight Ticket (Before Trek), Lukla to Kathmandu flight Ticket ( After Trek) 
    • Guide flight Ticket Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu (Both way) 
    • English Speaking Trekking Guide including his salary, insurance, equipment, Food and Accommodation 
    • Strong Trekking Porter including his salary, insurance, equipment, Food and Accommodation
    • Twin share Tea House Accommodation  with Breakfast only during Everest Base Camp Trekking 
    • Everest/ Sagarmatha National Park Permit, Khumbu Pasang Lamu Rural municipality entrance Fee 
    • Nepal Government Taxes and Office Service Charge 
       

EXCLUSION

    • Lunch & Dinner During Kathmandu
    • Lunch & Dinner during Everest Base Camp Trekking
    • Nepal Visa Fee (30$ for 15 Days and 50$ for 30 Days) 
    • International Flight Ticket
    • Personal Trekking /Travel Insurance 
    • Personal Trekking equipment and Clothes 
    • Hot Shower, Wi-Fi in mountain, Battery Charge and all personal expenses during Trekking 
    • Tips for Guide & Porter
    • Any other things not mentioned 
       

Additional Information

Lukla flight 
Lukla airport is one of the most exciting airport in the world where in peak seasons, the airport becomes very busy with many flights from Kathmandu. Sometime due to unexpected weather the flight can be delay and cancellation of the flight is common here. If there will be uncertainty Lukla flight, also can have helicopter charter from Kathmandu which will be little expensive than regular aero plane flight. Even sometimes weather will change suddenly, so we suggest to have one more night in Kathmandu after finishing Everest Base Camp Trekking.
 

Trekking Difficulty 
Is it difficult to trek to Everest Base Camp?  You do not need to be a good Football player or Olympic athlete to success Everest Base Camp trek. Sometime, we have many experience of young people failing to reach Everest Base Camp and older people succeeding. So, anyone who is mentally and physically fit can easily completer the journey to Everest Base Camp. Walking slowly, drink plenty of water, enjoying nature, avoiding cold, eating a balanced died and mentally daring to reach EBC with happy mood are the hallmarks of your successful journey to destination. Though, EBC is challenging trekking trail having steep hills with zigzagged path, sometime with ice but there will be no need any technical equipment or skill. 
 

High Altitude Sickness 
If the trekkers have symptoms of headache, loss of appetite, diarrhea, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, rapid pulse with sleeping problem, he/she is suffered by high altitude sickness.  The other factors such as changing weather, cold, sun, wind, low oxygen and bad foods are the key component of high altitude sickness. So trekkers need to warm while trekking EBC with proper clothes and equipment. It can affect people of any age, sex and physical conditions. So, we suggest our clients, do not drink alcohol and smoke, drink plenty of water while hiking to EBC, train your body and strength up before trekking, eat energy food, and mentally be happy during your journey. The most common medicine for preventing high altitude sickness is Diamox or Acetazolamide. Even our guide takes Diamox on the route which is easily purchased in Kathmandu and Namche Bazaar. Ascending down is the solution to avoid high altitude as the altitude sickness affects people from the elevation of 2600 meters above sea level. For normal high altitude sickness our guide helps to control by providing medicine and good food and he takes to medication center where available. If the trekkers feel bad, we send private helicopter for rescue, which is covered by your personal travel insurance. So, individual insurance is necessary while trekking to Everest Base Camp. 
 

Best Time to Go 
If you are looking trek to Everest Base Camp, must know the best time to visit such as weather and circumstances with other factors that affects in your trip. The best time to visit Everest Base Camp is March – May and Sep – Nov due to clear sky and pleasant temperature.  Spring and autumn is considered as the best season to trek Everest Base Camp. In spring, the days are warmer and longer whereas the autumn has short days. October and April is the peak touristic months having more crowd but the weather is fantastic and amazing.

Pre-monsoon is called spring season that covers the month of March, April and May whereas the lower region of Everest, rhododendron and flower blooms with warm temperature. In higher route, there will be more chance of problematic snowfall with sunny weather. 

Post-monsoon is called autumn season that covers the month of September, October and November whereas the Himalaya is full of blue sky, pleasant atmosphere, moderate temperature with less chance of problematic snowfall. As for the climate, it is neither warmer at day or not freezing cold at night. The Tea houses, cafes are full of tourist and visitors in autumn season. 
 

Accommodation 
During the trekking trail to Everest Base Camp, trekkers sleep and eat in Tea houses. Tea houses provide tea and food which is the best possible accommodation available on the route. Tea houses offer very basic accommodation facilities having bed and blanket inside the room and some places attached bathroom too. The tea houses looks very basic and normal but it is neat and clean. For luxury trekkers, even there are best lodges in lower part such as in Lukla, Monjo, Phakding and Namche Bazaar with cost per night 100$ above. In our program, we provide simple/normal lodge for trekkers and according of their choice and interest also can provide luxury lodge where available. Though, tea houses provide us the blanket but it is not enough to reduce cold. That is why, we suggest to bring sleeping bag own self to make warm and safety night. 
 

Food and water 
Food and water is very important things during the trekking to Everest Base Camp. Tea houses provide breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/coffee. Trekkers can choose the food from Menu list what they like to eat such as Nepali food (Dal Bhat), soups, snakcs, momos, fried Rice, continental and American breakfast, porridge, Bread with Jam and honey, Eggs, noodles, spaghetti, spring roll, fried potatoes, and steak. We recommend to have vegetarian food during trek due to porter and yaks carry meat from lower region which is not refrigerated that may cause stomach problem. Therefore, we would highly recommend to avoid meat dishes on the route with exception of tinned fish and preserved items. So, no need to carry food except chocolates, such as Diary milk, Snickers, Mars and so on. 

Do not drink water from river or water fall; local people can easily drink the running water that is not fit for foreigners as they do not have habit before. So, we recommend to drink bottle water or boiled water for good health that keeps our body safe. Even, trekkers keep purification tablet inside water, kills 99.9% of bacteria, virus and protozoa. Because of the altitude, it is recommend to drink 2-3 liters per day. 
 

Hire a Guide 
A person having license from Nepal government, who guides visitor, interprets the cultural and nature, leads the right track to the Himalaya having responsible work recognized by the appropriate authority is known as trekking guide. Guide not only led the way rather he is the ambassador of country explaining People, history, geography, religion and make successful attempt for visitors. 

Trekking guide is also knows as Trek Leader who makes easy access in Himalayan region to book Tea houses, order food for visitors, manage porters, and lead the right trail to destination. During trekking, Guide is a good friend, makes entertainment with fun and laughter too. So, Trekking guides has very important role who not only make enjoyable trip but also educate the visitors through interpretation and contribute sustainability of local environment. The trekking agency should choose appropriate guide by providing suitable training time and again though they are government license holder. Guides expected to work to a high level of customer service keeping good reputation of the company and clients. 

That is why our Guide has good communication skill, immediately solve the problem, decision making with self-motivation having physically strong and fit. Either the visitor go to Everest region trek, Annapurna region trek, Upper Mustang trek or other trekking trail, our guide makes successful effort to complete the trip. 
 

Hire a Porter 
Trekking porters are those people who carry the gear of trekkers from one place to other, lives in village especially from Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung and Rai, community. They are very innocent, kind, pleasant and smiling having broken English will be together from beginning to the end of the trip. During Everest Base Camp, Treking, Guide will fly with the visitors from Kathmandu and he manages the porters who are waiting out of airport for at Lukla airport. During Everest region trek, porters is not living with you rather they stay at porter house, comes early morning to receive the luggage at Visitor's Tea house and in the evening same, they depart to own porter house after completing their effort. Porters are the backbone of the trekking without them it will be incomplete. A trekking porter carries 25 kg to 30 kg of gears who are very fit from mountain altitude. Porters are the transport of the visitors so must be good relationship with Guide and trekkers. During the end of the trek at Lukla, we suggest for visitor to have TIP to porters for their support and cooperation. 
 

Telephone and Internet 
The internet, telephone and mobile phone is available all the way to Everest Base Camp. There are multiple option for Internet such as Everest Link, with mobile network such as NTC and NCELL. Sometimes internet becomes poor during the time of bad weather or snow. Everest Link internet works all the way to EBC can purchase Wi-Fi cards too but comparatively NCELL and NTC are cheaper that works during trekking trail as well as Kathmandu too. But for trekking route, Everest Link is better due to its speed and capacity. Even the guest houses have WI-FI during the lower region such as Lukla, Phakding and Namche which is not free, may charge to you. 

Due to the exciting geography and sometime bad weather conditions the mobile network has not access in all parts of the trial but the network such as NCELL and NTC works most of the places. The both NTC and NCELL Sim Cards can purchase at Tribhuvan Interantional Airport, Kathmandu or in the street of touristic town Thamel. 
 

Toilet and Shower 
Wherever travel in the Himalaya, must know the circumstances of toilet and shower before depart to the destination. During the trekking to Everest Base Camp, in higher route, toilet should be shared by all trekkers due to common Tea houses only with normal beds in the room. But in Lower part such as Lukla, Phakding and Namche Bazaar, there are attached bath room with toilet and shower inside. Bucket Shower is possible in high altitude such as in Lobuche and Gorakshep due to no running water. But during the time of bad weather for example if heavy snow at that time it is hard to get shower above 4500 meters. We suggest to bring toilet paper during the trail due to very cold water for your safety and protection. 
 

Trek Insurance 
Trek insurance is very important component during the trek to Everest Base Camp. We suggest trekkers to make plan to be covered up to 5500 meters. Due to unexpected event or emergency evacuation, if the trekkers feel uncomfortable to walk in Himalaya, Helicopter rescue is necessary along with administration in hospital. So, need insurance for your safety and protection. There are so many insurance companies, you may find in internet and make strong insurance for your security. There may occur so many causes such as altitude sickness, accidents, physical illness, flight cancellation, that is why need to make insurance before you fly to Nepal for Everest Base Camp Trek. 
 

Trek Permit 
Trek permit is required for Everest Base Camp Trek such as Everest National Park Permit, which is also known as Sagarmatha National Park Permit. This permit can purchased in Nepal Tourism Board of Kathmandu or in Everest National Park entrance gate of Monjo. The cost of Everest National Park Permit is 30$ per person. 

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance permit is also mandatory that cost 20$ per person. This permit can obtained at Monjo village of Everest region which was imposed from 1st October 2018 replacing an existing TIMS Card. There is no need Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) Card right now.
 

Trek Equipment List 
While trekking to Everest Base Camp, need to sufficient trekking gears for your protection and safety. Trekking gears not only make protection for your body, it makes successful trip to Everest Base Camp. The trekking gears also have benefit to remove high altitude sickness and make easy access to destination. The following gears are mandatory towards Everest Base Camp Trek. 

 

  • Sleeping Bag ( -20) 
  • Trekking poles 
  • Waterproof hiking boot
  • Water proof warm Gloves
  • Sport shoes 
  • Waterproof hiking Pant
  • Fleece pant
  • Comfortable underwear 
  • Warm and thin socks 
  • Duffel Bag, 90L
  • Hand carry bag 
  • Water bottle 
  • Hiking Shorts 
  • Down Jacket
  • Warm Cap & Sun Cap 
  • Sun Glass
  • Sun Cream
  • Lip care 
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Neck Gaiter  
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • aterproof jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain coat 
  • Travel Towel 
  • Camera
  • Personal first Aid Kit ( Though our guide also have First Aid Kit) 
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