The Everest Base Camp trek begins with one of the world’s most adventurous flight, the Kathmandu- Lukla flight. It can’t get better than this. We begin the trek from Lukla, travelling through the breathtaking views of Sagarmatha National Park to Namche Bazar; the home of the Sherpas.
Situated in a crescent shaped mountain slopes, presenting spectacular views of the mountains across the valley. Aiding the acclimatization that is offset by the change in the altitude we take a day’s rest in Namche Bazar mingling with the Sherpas learning their culture, visiting their monasteries and the wild life museums.
Passing the lush alpine forest with its enchanting wildlife along with glacial rivers and waterfalls we get closest to the mighty Himalayas and Everest.
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 scrumptious Breakfast, get transferred to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Take a 40 minute mountain flight in the early morning light, gaze upon the truly magnificent Himalayan range with its breathtaking scenery. Upon arriving at Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), convene with the rest of our crew member. After some packing and arrangement; we begin the trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. We have schedule a short hike to Phakding on this day to assist with the acclimatization. However, if the hikers interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight at Phakding.
Follow the trail through beautiful pine forest, alongside the Dudh Koshi River and walk across many suspension bridges including the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. Firstly we gaze upon the glistering Mt. Thamserku (6,618m) then pass through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo. Along the path you shall reach the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After passing the village of Jorsale we begin a steep ascent to reach our destination of Namche Bazaar. After around two hours of ascension we get the first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We stop and admire the view from Chautara and then hike another 1.5 hours to finally reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading center of the region. We stay overnight in Namche Bazaar
This is the scheduled ‘acclimatization’ day for this trek. 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 Bazzar is the main trading center in Khumbu region and has government offices, ATMs, museums, internet cafes, shops, restaurants and bakery café. There is also a colorful market that is opened on Friday evening and Saturday. We can also hike for about one and half to two hours from Namche Bazaar to reach Khumjung (3790m) and then Khunde. 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. Trek for about two and a half to three hour walk from Namche Bazaar to reach the traditional village of Thame (3,750m). It is the home to one of Khumbu’s oldest monasteries. This trail is also a traditional route to Tibet. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
After Breakfast at Namche, we journey to Tengboche through the pine forest. Enjoy the view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and closeup view of Thaserku. The trail is fairly level to Kayangjuma and eventually leads to Sansa, a major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. We follow the path through the forests and cross the bridge over Dudh Koshi river to reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of tea houses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. The trail then ascends steeply through the pine forest to reach Tengboche. The major attractions of Tengboche are close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, Everest and the biggest Buddhist Monastery in Khumbu Region. The ceremony in the principal and popular monastery of the Everest region can be witnessed at around 3p.m. Overnight stay at lodge in Tengboche.
Spend the morning enjoying the spectacular view of the morning light on the mountains and the monastery before we begin the journey to Dingboche. We take the upper trail to visit Pangboche village and its ancient monastery. We will pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages, and enjoy lunch with a fantastic view of Ama- Dablam. In the afternoon we will trek to Pheriche. As we enter the Imja Valley the terrain begins to be fairly moderate. When we start to approach the confluence of the Lobuche River the valley will start to widen. We descend into the river and begin the steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. Dingboche has an array of beautiful fields of barley, buckwheat and potatoes enclosed by stonewalls to protect it from cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight stay in lodge at Dingboche.
We begin our today’s hike to Duglha. Indulge in the awesome views of the mountains on all sides while trekking along the arid terrace until we reach Dusa, also known as a yak herder’s place. As we continue onwards Phulung Karpo the valley begins to get narrower. The Chola Lake is located above the Phulung Karpo and as we continue forward we gaze upon the majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7,138m/ 23,418 ft). As the trail descends and curves Mt. Pumori we come across a roaring stream crossing it via a small wooden bridge and ascend to Dugla. From here you can spot the tip of Nuptse, Cholatse, Thamserku and several other magnificent peaks. Spending the night at Duglha is ideal for the acclimatization purpose. Overnight at Duglha.
We start the trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We find our way through the boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountains views. As the trail drops to the khumbu glacier moraine we reach the vicinity of Everest; though the mountain remains hidden we find ourselves in front of several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. With Nuptse towering to the right we follow the trail crossing the Khumbu Glacier. As we trek along a murmuring stream we do not see the Khumbu glacier because of its lateral moraine wall. Here we begin to feel a little out of breath due to high altitude. Overnight in Lobuche.
We reach Gorak Shep by trekking through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of the Himalaya. We catch our first glimpse a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori known as Kala Patthar by climbing to the top through the torrent of Changri glacier. When we are surrounded by snow capped mountains looming all around us we have reached Gorak Shep. After a brief lunch and rest, we follow the trail through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake to reach the Everest Base Camp. We can view Nuptse, Khumbutse and Pumori mountains from the base camp, Everest though is not visible from here. By now we have met the objective of our trip as we stand in the shadow of the daunting summit of Everst. 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 and Sher will coordinate your hike to Kala Patthar for the sunset view today rather than waiting until the next day. Overnight in Gorak Shep at a local lodge.
We begin the day by catching the impressive views from Kala Patthar when the first light of day shines in Mount Everest. However, we have to be prepared beforehand for a dark and cold early morning temperature (-10 to -14C) and possibly chilly winds. After several hours of an ascent we reach Kala Patthar. When we reach the top we sit on Kala Patthar rocks and absorb the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama wandering from one mighty massif to another. We spend some time to capture the awesome view in our mind as well as on film and then return to Gorak Shep and have breakfast. Participants who hike to Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast as the route is 4-5 hours extra. Upon their return to Gorak Shep, the group will have lunch together and descend to Pheriche.
We hike down the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees (if its spring). The path eventually reaches to the major trail junction of Samsa. We stop and have a relaxing lunch with the sight of Ama Dablan Thamserku and Nuptse at Kyangjuma (3570 m/11,710 ft). We follow the trail along winding bends clinging to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, to Namche Bazaar. We keep a lookout for wild life as we pass through the forest by the trail. After passing Chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. 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.
We descend steeply downwards on the trail continuously battling the rocky terrain, across the suspension bridge over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi after which the trail becomes more level and natural. We walk through the Sherpa villages noticing the faith in Busshism and its culture of prayer stones and prayer flags. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch our 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 smile on their faces! Overnight in Lukla.
Take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Spend the day resting and relaxing in the hotel. Also, visit the nearby shop vendors or venture out to Thamel to buy gifts from Nepal for your family. Also, note that we will be hosting a fantastic celebration dinner for the successful completion of your trek to Everest Base Camp Trek! Overnight in Kathmandu
The time has come to say goodbye to the Himalaya as your trip to Nepal comes to a close. If you have time you can squeeze in some more shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Arihant Holidays will escort you to the airport.
Two clients share one porter. We will supply you with 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.
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. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.
- 4-season sleeping bag (We can borrow you if you need one but it has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffel bag
- Down jacket (We can borrow you if you need one but it has to be returned after the trek)
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
- Sun hat (We will provide you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya hat)
- Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Neck warmer
- Liner gloves
- Heavier shell gloves
- T-shirts (2)
- 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 trekking pants
- Water/windproof trousers
- Casual pants
- Liner socks
- Heavyweight socks
- Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
- Light shoes/sneakers
- 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 tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours)
- 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
- 2 nights in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Shanker or similar standard) with breakfast
- 11 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 paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- A comprehensive medical kit
- 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