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Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to the trails used by Tenzing Sherpa, Edmund Hilary and many mountaineers who set out to conquer the tallest peak of the world before and after they conquered Everest. Thus trek to the Everest Base Camp has plenty of legends, myths, stories, sheer excitement and a sense of satisfaction. This, for many like you around the world, is a journey of a lifetime and will never cease to vanish from your memory. Thus it is no surprise that Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. The ultimate dream for many trekkers is to hike this unbelievable trail to Base Camp of Mt. Everest.
The trails of Everest Base Camp trek run through the Khumbu region. A scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla starts the trek. The Lukla airport is known to the world for its approach and is sure to raise your pulse. Starting from Namche, the trails will guide you through stunning Himalayan landscapes, traditional Sherpa villages, monasteries, prayer flags and chortens. You will eventually find yourself among soaring peaks. Turn your head around and the stunning views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and above all Mt. Everest, will be greeting you.
We follow a specific, tried and tested acclimatization regime that allows us to safely ascend to the lofty heights of Base Camp at 5300m and then ultimately spend 2 nights at Base Camp itself mixing with our very own climbing team and experiencing what it feels like to be climbing Everest itself.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and trip preparation – 1,300m/4,264 ft
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM) you will be greeted by a representative from Alliance Trekking (AT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Alliance Trekking display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel Manang or a similar category hotel. After check in, you will visit our office, meet your trekking guide as well as other participants and do final preparation for the trip. Later in the evening we will organize a “Welcome Dinner” at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program along with a fine meal.(D).
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sight seeing – 1.300m/4,264ft.
Take your breakfast at the same hotel and then at 9:00AM by a private car start your Kathmandu Valley sight seeing of Bouddha Nath Stupa – the world’s largest stupa, a sight of great reincarnation to the Buddhist. It’s then off to Pasupatinath temple – the most sacred of the Hindu Temple in Nepal dedicated to lord Shiva. Built in 1696. we will stop by at Patan for your lunch and after sight seeing tour of Patan Durbar Square – a city of architecture and fine arts. This city is known as the second oldest city in Kathmandu and Patan museum is the best museum in the South Asia. It is said that Krishna temple was made of a single stone. Visit the famed Golden temple, Patan palace square along with local market street visit. Our next stop is Swoyambunath Stupa/Monkey temple – the oldest Buddhist shrine. Looking east from on top, one can see the entire Kathmandu Valley spread out below. The front way is over 300 steps to get on the top of the Stupa makes for an interesting walk. This place is also the best for sunset views over the mountains. Over night at hotel. In the evening at 5:00 PM, we meet at our head office for a briefing about your trip program. We will hand over your trekking documents- flight ticket, permits, trek itinerary, check equipments and introduce you to your trekking guide. (B)
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3-4 hrs.
After breakfast, early morning we get transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where our trek starts. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Here we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities. we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight in Phakding. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B,L,D)
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft): 5-6 hrs
Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River across numerous suspension bridges. One of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. We catch wonderful view of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We pause in our trek at Chautara to admire the view. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Base Camp and main trading centre of this region. We stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.(B,L,D)
Day 05: Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar: 3,440m/11,284ft
This is the scheduled ‘acclimatization’ day for this trek. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day rather than being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Khumbu region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides will take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first climbers, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the this region. We also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung. We climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. The Khumjung valley is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit the Hillary School which is at the same site. After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, we walk back down to Namche Bazzar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. (B,L,D)
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) – 5 to 6 hrs walk
After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek towards the village of Tengboche, enjoying superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking magnificent views of the great Himalaya. Along the way we can spot wildlife like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, we experience a slightly tough climb up through the pine forests while before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu region. We visit the monastery the same day at around 3 p.m. to witness the ceremony in the principal and popular monastery of the region. Over night stay at lodge in Tengboche.(B,L,D)
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 to 6 hrs
With the mountains as a backdrop, the monastery in Tengboche looks spectacular in the morning sun. We snap pictures of the monastery and the scenery and as usual, begin our day’s journey. We choose the upper trail for better views to visit Pangboche village and its ancient Monastery. We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. We enjoy lunch with fantastic close-up views of Ama-Dablam. In the afternoon, we move north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. We descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. On arrival in Dingboche, we enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight in Dingboche. (B,L,D)
Day 08: Dingboche – Duglha (4,600 m/15,090 ft): 3 to 4 hrs
We start the day with a climb to Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley. The trek along the arid terrace is awarding with awesome views of mountains on all sides. As we come to a yak herder’s place called Dusa, the valley begins to narrow and we continue through Phulung Karpo. THis is one of the camp sites during first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. Above Phulung Karpo is Chola Lake. As we continue our trek as the majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. As the trail descends and curves hiding Mt. Pumori as we come across a roaring stream. After crossing a small wooden bridge, we ascend to Dugla. We can see the tip of Nuptse from here as well as Cholatse, Thamserku, and several other magnificent peaks. Spending a night in Duglha is ideal for acclimatization purposes of this higher elevation. Overnight in Duglha. (B,L,D)
Day 09: Duglha – Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 2 to 4 hour trek
Beyond Duglha we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We find our way through the boulder-strewn slope as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountains views. At the top of the ridge we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (mountain guide from Nepal) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves right “in front of” several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest, but the great mountain still remains hidden. Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As we trek along a murmuring stream we do not see the Khumbu glacier because of its lateral moraine wall and we now begin to feel a little out of breath due to high altitude. Overnight in Lobuche. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Lobuche – Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961ft] – Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft] / Kala Patthar (5545 m/18,192 ft) – Gorak Shep: 8-9 hrs
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass though the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mount Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. As we reach Everest Base Camp, we cannot stop ourselves from appreciating the Everest climbers who took the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer’s tents stand out in bright colors against all the dull gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from base camp. By now we have met the ultimate objective of our trip. However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view, so it is suggested to visit Kala Patthar today during sunset. As the setting sun’s rays strike the snow capped mountains the resulting scenery is indescribable. For those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar, our guides and Sherpas coordinate your hike to Kala Patthar for amazing sunset view today rather than waiting until the next day. Overnight in Gorak Shep at a local lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar / Everest Base Camp – Pheriche [4280 m/14,070 ft]: 8-9 hrs
Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning as it is dark and the morning temperatures are cold (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of an ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From here we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks as our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can with our camera while the incredible view will be in our minds for a lifetime. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and wait for other participants to return back. Those participants who will visit Everest base camp today will have early breakfast to start early as Everest base camp hike takes longer time (4-5 hrs) than the Kala Patthar hike. Upon return back to Gorak Shep, the group will have lunch together; and afternoon time is taken to descend down to Pheriche for a good night’s rest. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Pheriche-Pangboche-Tengboche-Namche Bazzar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 5-6 hrs
We will trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it’s spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze in our surroundings. Depending on our hunger and condition, we either have our lunch in Pangboche or wait until we reach Phunki Tenga for lunch. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction in the region. We stop at Kyangjuma (3570 m/11,710 ft) for a relaxed lunch. We unknowingly appreciate the gorgeous Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse with every bite. Following lunch, the trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while we pass through the forest on the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. We want to take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche from here. On reaching our lodge, we take a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in our room in Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. (B,L,D)
Day 13: Namche Bazaar-Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6-8 hrs
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more levell. By today we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are travelling the same route down, we see completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages’ noticing the impressive faith of Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with a smile on their faces! Overnight in Lukla. (B,L,D)
Day 14: Lukla – Kathmandu
We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. If you;d like to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu take the time to do that today! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration dinner together for successfully completing your trek to Everest Base Camp! Overnight in Kathmandu. (B,D)
Day 15: Farewell Friend
You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade e-mails with your travel companions and organize your photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Alliance Trekking will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. (B)
In some circumstances we can face problem of internal flights to/from Lukla delayed by few hours or canceled for a day or many days too because of bad weather. Very rarely, but it could happen even in best trekking season also as you know how climate change is effecting our globe. Thus, we always recommend you to add supplement night/s in Kathmandu after your trek if possible (just in case).If everything runs smoothly, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, rafting , wildlife activities, shopping, as you wish in those additional day. However, if you want heli rescue in the state of flight cancellation to/from Lukla-we can organize it. A helicopter charge around USD 5000 and it can lift 4 persons per flight.
Package price includes.
• All airline tickets and tax.
• All necessary permit and entrance fees.
• All hotels in Kathmandu.
• Airport pickup and drove.
• All ground transportation
• All staff wages and insurance.
• All the meal during trek period (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Package Price Excludes
• Personal bar bill, travel insurance/ International airfare
• Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks. laundry and tips etc
• Nepal entry visa fee
• Personal rescue if you need
#Note above day to day itinerary. May be change depending on weather and flight.