Everest

Base Camp Trek

Level

Challenging

Duration

15 days

Time to travel

March, April, October and November are considered best months for this trek.

Route

  • Kathmandu- Lukla- Phakding – Namche Bazaar –Dingoboche- Dingbonche – –Lobuche- Gorakshep -Kalapattar–Everest Base Camp-Gorak Shep-Pangboche- Namche- Lukla-Katmandu
  • Maximum altitude: EBC – 5,357 m ( Kalapattar – 5554 m )

Altitude

5,357 m

Situated amongst the greatest peaks of the Himalaya, The Kingdom of Nepal is a land of endless fascination. It is a land with ancient history, colourful cultures and people, striking scenery and some of the best treks on earth.

Ever since Mt. Everest was first conquered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953, Everest Base Camp has been magnetically attracting the trekkers of the world.

The Everest Base Camp trek kicks off at Lukla to the upper Phakding along Dudh Kosi valley which mounts up to the land of great Sherpas. During the early autumns and the late springs, the flowers on the neighbourhood of the trekking trial will make your walk an everlasting memory.

From Namche the trekking trial goes along a high traversing course and then head towards Thyangboche Monastery. The monastery majestically postures at 3867m and is structurally settled on a ridge top with imposing views of the Everest landscapes. Then the trial condescends to the Imja Khola and proceeds to the cultural villages of Pangboche and Pheriche before finally drawing closer to the Khumbu Glacier. Leaving the timberline behind and following the glacier, the trial first grasps the cultural encounter at the highland Sherpa village Lobuche; a vantage point for some spectacular views of the Ama Dablam, Taweche and other peaks and then heads towards Gorak Shep for a breather. From Gorakshep we also have the chance to climb up to Kala Pattar from where we can catch some top-drawer views of the Himalayan giants. The view from Kalapattar includes fantastic views of the south-west face of the colossal Mt. Everest. We then trek down to the Everest Base Camp; the base of mighty Everest at the foot of the Khumbu ice falls before finally making our way back down to Lukla.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

The first view of Nepal from the window of your plane could be a lifetime memorable view as the clear wide and white range of Himalayas shine straight in-front of your eyes. The ecstatic beauty is so rare that you won’t be able to blink your eyes. Welcome to Nepal; a large heaven within this small planet Earth.

A Rahhalah representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

Overnight Kathmandu

Day 02: Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding (2656m) (B, L, D)

A flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.

Approx trekking time 4-5 hrs /Distance:  6km

Day 03: Trek to Namche (3450m) (B, L, D)

From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. 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.

Approx trekking time 5-6 hrs/Distance: 7,5km

Day 04: Rest day in Namche (B, L, D)

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops, and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.

Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3867m) (B, L, D)

From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi.  We get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery.

Approx trekking time -5-6 hrs /Distance: 7 km

Day 6: Trek to Dingboche (4358 m) (B, L, D)

We descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours walk brings us to Dingboche.

Day 7: At Dingboche (B, L, D)

A day for rest and acclimatization. We also get to wander up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. We can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Pheriche for the view of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Mt.Lhotse.

Day 8: Trek to Lobuche (4930m) (B, L, D)

We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier’s terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

Approx trekking time 5-6 hrs /Distance :7,5km

Day 9: : Trek to Gorak Shep and Kala Pattar (B, L, D)

To reach our next stop, Kala Pattar, we follow the Khumbu Glacier. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place: Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar .As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.

Approx trekking time: 3-4 hrs to Gorakshep /Distance 4,5 km

Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5357m) (B, L, D)

A very early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. 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 return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche.

Approx trekking time 4-5 hrs /Distance:  4,5km

Day 11: Trek to Pangboche (3985m) (B, L, D)

Today’s trek is mostly downhill. As we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, we arrive at The Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s aid post and worth a visit. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.

Trekking distance: 14 km

Day 12: Trek to Namche (3450m) (B, L, D)

We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.

Trekking distance: 10 km

Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2800m) (B, L, D)

Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi  down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration. We have a party with our sherpa guides and porters. We try out some Sherpa dance steps.

Trekking distance: 13,5 km

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu (B, D)

We pack up early and head for the airstrip to hop a flight back to Kathmandu.
On touchdown, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last minute shopping and packing, or go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia.

Day 15: Departure (B)

Our representative will take you to the airport for your flight home.

2,580 USD

Trip Dates

4th November 2017

NOTES

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • Full payment should be made 30 days prior to departure date.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.

THIS INCLUDES

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation during trek ( local lodges) based on Double occupancy
  • 2 Nights Standard 4* Accommodation in Kathmandu: based on Twin share with breakfast
  • 3  meals per day during trek
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu  airfare  ( plane)
  • English local expert guide, porters
  • Sagarmatha National Park fees
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System fees
  • Cultural authentic farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs/ Insurance for all staff & porters
  • Government TAX/VAT

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare
  • Single supplement
  • All the personal expenses like Alcoholic beverages, Bottled drinks, Mineral water etc.
  • Medical and Travel Insurances (compulsory)
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • Personal gear equipment
  • Cost due to an early descent
  • Expenses due to bad weather ,cancelled flights ,etc
  • Emergency Helicopter Rescue charges
  • Main Meals in Kathmandu
  • International airport taxes
  • Excess baggage charges

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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