Everest Base Camp Trek is arguably the most adventurous experience one can ever indulge in. For an adventurous and enthusiastic heart, nothing can beat the feel of being in the lap of Mighty Everest and finding yourself amidst the beautiful snowy mountains bathed in serenity. This alluring journey takes you to an out of the world experience laden with blissful perks that takes a lifetime to appreciate.
Everest Base Camp Trek can be one of the most inspiring walks anyone can ever take in their lives. Trekking through Namche Bazaar gives an insight about the livelihood of people living in the mountains, a path crossing Tengboche Monastry makes sure you get to know about the Buddhist religion, cultures and the traditions that people are keeping alive in the mountains. This trek takes you through the beautiful forests of rhododendron which definitely adds color to your journey.
Leading though the Sherpa villages, the trek provides you an enlightening experience of knowing more about legendary Sherpas, ethnic mountain people of Nepal known worldwide for their exceptional mountaineering skills, and their stories of bravery while sipping tea along with them. Being friends with yaks, walking beside the flow of rivers, sometimes being at the top of a hill and looking down on the path you just accomplished, Everest Base Camp Trekking manages to give all these pleasures compacted in one journey. Being able to see the tallest mountain of the whole world is a whole another story, but the small pleasures that come along your way in the trek such as watching great glaciers, looking at the breathtaking panoramic view of snow clad mountains all the way to Everest, you can’t get enough of it.
Everest Base Camp stands at the elevation of 5300m, which is in the lap of mighty Mt. Everest rising above the world at the height of 8848m. To reach this destination, we can either take a flight to Lukla, which is also another exciting and dangerously adventurous way as this remote airstrip can be very unreliable due to its geographical positioning, or we can trek for a week to reach there. Eventually, our trek routes us through Namche Bazaar, Syangboche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorek Shep and finally, Everest Base Camp. Lastly, to see Mt. Everest posing its extreme beauty, we take time to climb another mountain, Kalapatthar which stands tall at the height of 5545m.
The top of Kalapatthar provides a blissful time for us to dip into the raw beauty of Mt. Everest which has brought the world down to its knees. Embracing the greatness of Everest and internalizing its sensational beauty from Kalapatthar is sure to make your trek back to Lukla, a heartwrenching experience. Inevitably, we leave our heart back in Everest Base Camp and take a mind full of memory back to Lukla and then Kathmandu.
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You will be met by our representative and transfer to hotel and a short brief about the trekking after refreshment.
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2886m.) Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) which takes about 40 minutes. Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m.) which takes approximately three hours. Lukla is a small town with an airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. You begin today’s trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountain side on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River.
You descend a mountain side path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse.
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about four and half hours. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo village (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment.
You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market.
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 as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tengboche tiny Village. For the acclimatization you walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867 m.) takes almost five hours. From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. Now you have a glimpse of first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, the trail descends steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga (3250m.). Tengboche is also very famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region.
Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4260m.) takes about five hours. You gradually descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily up to the village of Pangboche. This is directly opposite to Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the Gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. As you gradually ascend, you find thick forests. This part of the trail is full of thorny and juniper bushes. A further two and half hour of walk brings you to Dingboche. Here you can see Sherpa people working hard in the agricultural farm.
Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion in and around the places. Here you can steeply climb up to Nakartsang Gompa for the rare outstanding view of Mount Makalu (8463m.) along with Lhotse, Island Peak, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The another option provided is a small side trip to Chhukung which takes about 2 and half hours to go up and 1 and half hours to come back to Dingboche. There are some of the lodges which serve you the delicious food items.
Now you begin your trek to Lobuche via Dongla which offers you panoramic view of the mountains along the way. The tea house at Dongla is a good spot to have lunch, before zigzagging up through the boulders of the glacier’s terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone caves, 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.
Trek from Lobuche (4900m.) to Gorakshep (5180m.) takes about three and half hours. You will lunch at Gorakshep, take rest in your own room and if the trekker feels fine, the participants can walk to Everest Base Camp (5486m.). You will spend about 4 and half hours trek up to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep. The trek is on glacier and snow capped rocks. You can also see many small frozen lakes around the Everest Base Camp and return back to Gorakshep.
Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and back to Pheriche (4243m.) takes about six hours. You accomplish an early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) to enjoy the view of sunrise. From Kala Patthar you can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. In Phiriche, there is foreign volunteer doctors are always available to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people.
We will trek down through the hillside blanketed by juniper trees. If it’s Spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. Depending on our hunger and condition, we either have our lunch in Pangboche or can reach to Tengboche. After reaching at Tengboche we can visit the oldest Buddhist monastery where we can see all Buddhist monks praying and doing ritual things.
The trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. 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.
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 level and natural. 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 feel completely different views.
We snap a mixture of open plains and pine forests and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages’ noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages.
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 get interested 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