Everest Base Camp Lobuche East Peak is an incredible journey under the shadows of one of the ancient creation of the world the Himalayan range. As the main approach route to Mt Everest (Sagarmatha), the Everest region has an almost mystical status in the world of trekking. The two-week climb to Everest Base Camp Lobuche East Peak is perhaps the world’s most famous trek, and tens of thousands of trekkers tackle the route every year for grandstand views of the world’s highest mountain and its even more dramatic neighbours, Lhotse and Nuptse.
This is an outstanding trek and climb visiting the high lush valleys of the Khumbu with time to explore villages and monasteries and to sample the incredible hospitality of the Sherpa people. Adventure begins with a sweeping flight to Lukla.
Then trek follows slowly to Phakding for the first day and overnight stop. Next day then trek ahead to the Namche Bazaar. With time to acclimatize, before following the quiet trail to Gokyo and Khumjung village in the high valley and visiting the ancient Buddhist monastery here. At Gokyo, morning hike to Gokyo Ri top for the world’s most fabulous views of the surrounding peaks and landscape including the giant Mt.Everest, Mt.Makalu and Cho Oyu.
Our journey continues for the climb of Lobuche East Peak before making our way through lovely forests towards Pangboche and Thyangboche the many highlights of the adventure. The views along the trail through out are tremendous, panorama of snow capped chain of mountain ranges to all sides.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu through Tribhuvan International, a representative from Arihant Holidays will receive you and escort to the Hotel. After Check in, you’ll be visited by your trekking guide and carry out any final preparation for the trip. We will organize a “Welcome Dinner” later in the evening in a traditional Nepalese Restaurant featuring a Nepalese cultural program along with a fine meal.
After a delicious breakfast spend the day visiting some of the popular sights of Kathmandu. Also fulfill all necessary purchase and packing in preparation of the upcoming treks. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
After a breakfast get transferred to the domestic airport in Tribhuvan International Airport where we depart for Luka. When we land in Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla, a hillside surrounded by high mountain peak., we meet up with the rest of the trek team to start our journey. We begin the trek through the prosperous village of Lukla, through steep terrain, catching the first glimpse of the Dudh Koshi River, across a metal suspension bridge until we reach Phakding. Also, get a taste of the rich culture and belief in the region following mani walls, chortens, boulders carved with Tibetan mantra and bright painted prayer wheels. Overnight stay at Phakding.
Departing from Phakding we trail north alongside the Dudh Koshi River and through the sweet-smelling pine forest above the west bank of the river. A steep climb follows rewarded of the first glimpse of Thamserku (6,608m) which rises to the east of Namche Bazaar. We must cross over suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, trek past the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, through villages entwined with forest of rhododendron, magnolia and fir and follow a zigzagging ascent through the Pine forest to reach our destination: Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpas. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Today is a reserve day for acclimatization. Health experts suggest staying active during the rest day instead of being idle. We have the option of spending the entire day either exploring Namche Bazaar or visiting the neighboring village Khunde or Thame. Namche Bazaar is one of the most attractive settlement and the main trading center in the Khumbu Region. Historically, it was an important staging point for trading expedition across the Nangpa La into Tibet. Because of the steep climb from Phakding, it is essential to stay at least one extra night to adjust to the altitude. Health experts recommend trekkers to stay active during the acclimatization period instead of being idle. Thus, spend the entire day either exploring Namche Bazaar or visiting the neighboring village of Khunde or Thame.
Namche Bazaar is populated with government offices, ATMs, museums, internet cafes, shops, restaurants and bakery café for your recreational and travel needs. Visit museums to see an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders; learn about the Sherpa culture and also the various plant and animal life found in the region. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
We pick up the path walking in the presence from Thamserku to Ama Dablam. Follow the trail through a forest of tall mature rhododendrons where you can find the wildlife like musk deer and Himalayan thar in their natural habitat. The entrance of Tengboche is marked with a kani and a pair of chortens. The village located below a crescent shaped ridge covered by shrub pine and rhododendrons. The hub of Tengboche is the famous Tengboche Gompa and the magnificent view of the Himalayas. Overnight stay at Tengboche.
Leaving Tengboche through a forest of dwarf conifers and rhododendrons keep a look out for wildlife like the monal pheasants and musk deer. Follow the path which drops steeply to the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola and the climbs over the hillside. We descend and trek along the Imja Khola across a small bridge to ascend up to the scattered houses of Dingboche. Overnight stay at Dingboche.
We spend an additional day at Dingboche to aid in the acclimatization process. Spend the day exploring the village and observe their unique ways of farming barley, buckwheat and potatoes enclosed by stonewalls to protect it from cold winds and grazing animals. Enjoy the snowcapped summits of Island Peaks (Imja Tse; 6,189m), peak 38 (7,591m) and Lhotse (8,501m). Visit the highest internet café in the Khumbu Region. Situated north of Dingboche is the Nangkartshang Gompa where you can witness the fifth highest mountain in the word Mt. Makalu (8,463m). Overnight stay at Dingboche.
We depart Dingboche and trek onwards enjoying the beautiful view of the twin peaks of Taboche and Cholatse. We reach Deglha after descending down to the glacial stream and climbing up the other side. Overnight Stay at Duglha.
We pick up the trail through the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and pick our way through boulder littered slopes as we climb the eerie ridge top with gorgeous mountains views. The path is covered with memorials to lost climbers ad sherpas. We hike across the ridge and the shallow gravel gully until we make a strenuous ascent over loose moraine and reach Lobuche. Overnight stay at Lobuche.
We follow the trail through a narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain wall, past the pyramid sign post. We climb and follow the trail until we are surrounded by snow capped mountains looming all around us. We have finally reached Gorak Shep. You can continue the trek to Kala Patthar today itself as the view from Kala Patthar at sunset is more admirable than the sunrise. The panorama resulting as the setting sun’s rays strike the snow capped mountains simply cannot be described in words. For those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar, our guides will escort you to Kala Patthar for the sunset view today rather than waiting until the next day. Overnight in Gorak Shep at a local lodge.
We start the day by catching the impressive sight of the first morning light shining on Mount Everest from Kala Patthar. Climb to the peak of Kala Patthar marked by cairns and prayer flags and absorb the awe inspiring view of the Himalayan panorama. After the trip to Kala Pathar retrace your steps along the moraine of the khumbu glacier. We continue descending until we reach a bridge over the stream flowing out of the glacier. From here we follow the low path along the valley of the Khumbu Khola up to Pheriche. Overnight stay at Pheriche.
Pheriche is a labyrinth of stone walls; we pass through a ridge topped by stupas and memorials of lost climbers. Retrace the trek through a forest of matured rhododendrons, water powered prayer flags and across the bridge till you reach Kyangjuma. Kyangjuma features an inspiring view of Ama Dablam. Overnight stay at Kyangjuma.
Monjo is a small village located below the Sagarmatha National Park. We travel through Namche Bazar and across suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi River to reach Monjo. Located near the Dudh Koshi the village has a small gompa set in a rocky outcrop overlooking the vegetable fields. Overnight stay at Monjo.
From Monjo we depart to Lukla, signaling the final leg of our trek. Overnight stay at Lukla.
We spend some time buying souvenirs and capturing some memory of the mountains. We catch a flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. After landing in Kathmandu you are transferred hotel. You can also go for some sightseeing of Kathmandu, shopping for souvenirs or relax in the hotel after the strenuous trek. We will organize a Farewell dinner in your honor to celebrate the successful completion of your Trek to Everest Base Camp in the evening.
It’s now time to say fare-well to towering mountainous as the time for departure is arriving soon. You can squeeze in some last minute sightseeing and shopping. A representative from Arihant Holidays will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.
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Two clients share one porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.
Baggage weight limitation
The weight limit for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights is 15 kg or 33 pounds. This is combining both the duffel bag and the daypack. If you exceed this limit, you will have to pay an additional fee. When this happens, sometimes the airline sends your bag in later flights and this can be very problematic for many reasons. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.
- 4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek.)
- Duffel bag
- Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; We can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek.)
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
- Sun hat
- Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Neck warmer
- Liner gloves
- Heavier shell gloves
- Lightweight expedition thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
- Synthetic sports bras (For women)
Lower Body – Legs
- Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
- Nylon hiking shorts
- Soft shell and hard shell trek pants
- Water/windproof trousers
- Casual pants
- Liner socks
- Heavyweight socks
- Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
- Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
- Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)
First Aid Kits
Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
- Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
- Anti-infection ointments
- Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
- Sunscreen (SPF 40)
- Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
- Water bottle/bladder
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)
- Adjustable trekking poles
- Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
- Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
- Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women
- All airport/hotel transfers
- 3 nights in 4-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Shanker or similar standard) with breakfast
- 13 nights in standard lodges/teahouses in mountain
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring exact USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters