Everest Base Camp Trek

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Trip Grade : Moderate to Difficult
Duration : 14 Nights/15 Days
Max. Altitude : 5357 meters
Destination : Nepal
Region : Everest
Activity : Trekking & Hiking
Theme : Lodge Trekking
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Price Per PersonUS$3150All-inclusive services


Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, stands proudly in Nepal’s ancient land, situated in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas. With a towering height of 8,848m, its massif includes neighboring peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse, and Changtse.

In 1865, the Royal Geographical Society officially named the peak Everest, following the recommendation of Andrew Waugh, the Surveyor General of India, who named it after his predecessor, Sir George Everest. In Nepali, it is known as Mount Sagarmatha.

The Everest Base Camp is divided into two camps facing opposite sides of Mt Everest. The Southern Base Camp, in Nepal, lies at an altitude of 5,364m, while the Northern Base Camp is in Tibet at 5,150m. The Nepalese side of Everest has been a popular destination for trekkers since the 1953 expeditions.

The Everest Base Camp trek, a renowned mountain trek, starts at Upper Phakding, following the Dudh Kosi Valley, climbing up to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital. The trail passes through villages surrounded by magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia, and giant firs, creating a memorable walk.

After reaching Namche, the trail continues along a high traversing path with stunning views of Everest, heading towards Thyangboche Monastery. This monastery, located at 3867m, offers commanding views of the Everest landscape, providing a mesmerizing and stunning experience.

Descending to the Imja Khola, the journey continues through Pangboche and Pheriche before reaching the Khumbu Glacier. The trek then leads to Lobuche, offering spectacular views of Ama Dablam and Taweche, and further to Gorak Shep for a breather.

For those seeking an extra adventure, there’s the opportunity to ascend Kala Patthar [5554m], providing awesome views of the Himalayan giants and the southwest face of Mt. Everest. The trek then descends to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall before making the way back down to Lukla.

This incredible journey promises not only breathtaking views but also a deep sense of accomplishment and awe-inspiring moments that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Trips Itinerary

Day 1

We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla a small airstrip high above the Dudh Kosi valley. After meeting our trekking crew and sorting out our gear we then begin the trek by descending to Chaunrikharka and heading up the Dudh Kosi valley to Phakding. Overnight stay will be at the Lodge in Phakding on full board basis.

Day 2

From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond the Monjo lies the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then ascend up to Namche and along the way when the weather is clear we catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market – a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight will be at the lodge in Namche on full board basis.

Day 3

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. It has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Gokyo. Options for acclimatization walks include a visit to Khunde Hospital that was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary. Around an hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche. From there we can watch the sunset over Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the village. Overnight will be at the lodge in Namche on full board basis.

Day 4

The fourth day is a spectacular day in terms of scenery as we follow the main trail north out of Namche. A short climb to a crest reveals a wonderful view towards Everest and Lhotse. We follow this main trail for a while by passing many traders selling Tibetan handicrafts to a crossroads high above the Dudh Kosi. The trail to Everest drops down the hill but we turn off here and climb to cross the Mon La before reaching Phortse Tenga. From Phortse Tenga, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. Overnight stay will be at Lodge in Dole on full board basis.

Day 5

From Dole then we climb steadily along the side of the valley where the rhododendron forests give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements that are used when Yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while at the rear are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. We will arrive at Machermo in time for lunch. Overnight stay will be at Lodge in Machermo on full board basis.

Day 6

We head for the lakes at Gokyo and then we follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La – our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is breathtaking with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Overnight night stay will be at Lodge in Gokyo on full board.

Day 7

Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake. Following a steep path up the hillside we climb the summits of Everest. Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri thatis one of the finest in the Everest region – some says it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. For those who still have some energy, there are more good views one can get by dropping back down to the main path and following it north to the fourth and fifth of the Gokyo lakes, the latter being about three hours from Gokyo. Overnight stay will be at Lodge in Gokyo on full board.

Day 8

Fit and acclimatized we then leave to Gokyo to cross the Ngozumpa Glacier. We descend to the second lake and drop down onto the glacier. The route across the glacier is marked by cairns and is generally quite well defined. We climb off the glacier by a small dwelling known as Tragnag and follow a shallow valley to our camp by a small Kharka. Overnight stay will be at Lodge in Tragnag on full board.

Day 9

An early start is necessary on the ninth day because we have to cross Cho La and make the long descent to Lobuche. Continuing up the valley we cross a ridge and an old lateral moraine before beginning the rocky scramble to the pass. From the pass there are excellent views, across to the Rolwaling Valley in the west and Ama Dablam to the south east. The descent from the pass involves the crossing of a small glacier which is fairly straightforward. There are more excellent views of Ama Dablam and the forbidding north face of Cholatse as we descend to the pastures below. The way to Lobuche contours the grassy slopes above a lake, the Tshola Tsho, to join up with the main Everest trail from Pheriche and Thyangboche. The trail flattens out and follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche. Overnight stay will be at the Lodge in Lobuche on full board.

Day 10

To reach our next objective that is Kala Patthar the trail continues to follow the valley beside the Khumbu Glacier and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. Later in the afternoon, when the sun begins to set over the Everest, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Khumbu, Kala Pattar [5549m]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day. Overnight stay will be at Lodge in Gorak Shep on full board.

Day 11

For the trek to Everest Base Camp, a very early start is required. It takes several hours on a trail across the Khumbu Glacier which weaves its way along translucent ice pinnacles and past seemingly bottomless crevasses. At Base Camp, there will hopefully be an expedition ‘in residence’ and there are great views up into the Khumbu Icefall where there is often some climbing activity. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the south Col. We then return to Gorak Shep. Overnight stay will be at Lodge in Gorak Shep on full board.

Day 12

It is downhill most of the way today, past Lobuche to Duglha and Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue Association has trekkers’ aid post here which is interesting to visit. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche. Overnight stay will be at Lodge in Pangboche on full board.

Day 13

We continue to follow the river and after crossing it we then climb up through birch and rhododendron forest to Thyangboche and its famous monastery. There are magnificent views from here and Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants which can be seen. From Thyangboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga, where there are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche. Overnight stay will be at Lodge in Namche on full board.

Day 14

Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. Overnight stay will be at the Lodge in Lukla on full board.

Day 15

We pack up early and head for the airstrip to hop in a flight back to Kathmandu.

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