Everest base camp trek is one of the most scenic and popular trek in Nepal. The Himalayan Buddhist practices, Sherpa culture and majestic peaks make the trek the most appealing. Everest National park is enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Site for its dramatic landscapes, glaciers, alpine lakes and its fragile eco system that sustains rare species like Snow leopard and Lesser Panda. Everest Base camp trek is moderate – difficult trek with accommodation options available from basic teahouse to deluxe and luxury lodges in most of the places.
The trek starts with one of the most scenic Himalayan flight that hovers along the snow peaks east of Kathmandu and land in airstrip at Lukla at 2,800 m. The route then follows Bhote Koshi River valley wedged between snow peaks of Kusum Kanguru and Kongde, upstream to its confluence with Dudh Koshi and then climbs to Namche bazar. The walk is thrilling with alpine landscape with view of snow peaks from the very first day. At the altitude of Namche bazaar, the trail comes out of the tree line offering up close view snow peaks in almost 360 degree. Namche, Khumjung, Tengboche and Pangboche are the villages at the highest point in the world and are dwellings of Sherpas. Finally we trek out of the Sherpa dwellings and head off to their yak pastures at Pheriche and Dingboche spending enough time for acclimatization. Everest base camp is camp settlements of mountaineers in the glacial moraine surrounded by spectacular peaks all around. However Everest base camp is too close for view of Mt Everest itself. A short climb to Kalapatter (5,550 m) offers the best sunset view over Mt Everest.
Trekking in the Sagarmatha (Everest) national park enlisted as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Spectacular view of some of the world's highest mountains including Mt Everest.
Trekking through the Tibetan Buddhist villages that survived the cultural revolution it's counterpart Tibet went through.
A cultural immersion experience with Sherpas known as legendary alpinests.
Best eco trek and sustainable tourism practice as we stay at local places, employ locals and consume local foods.
Outline Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 01:Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02:Know people and culture
Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2,800 m) and trek to Phakding - 4 hrs
Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 6 hrs)
Day 05:Rest day for acclimatization
Day 06:Trek to Tengboche monastery (3,800 m / 6 hrs)
Day 07:Trek to Pheriche (4,200 m / 5 hrs)
Day 08:Rest day for acclimatization
Day 09:Trek to Labuche (4,900 m / 5 hrs)
Day 10:Trek to Gorekshep (5,100 m / 3 hrs) and day hike to Everest north base camp (5,300 m / 6 hrs)
Day 11:Hike to Kalapather (5,550 m) and trek down to Pheriche 8 hrs
Day 12:Trek back to Khumjung village (3,700 m / 6 hrs)
Day 13:Trek down to Phakding - 6 hrs
Day 14:Trek back to Lukla - 4 hrs
Day 15:Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 16:Drive to the airport for final departure.
Day 01:Arrive Kathmandu Our represent will come to Kathmandu airport for pick up as per the flight details you have given. After meeting and greeting drive to the hotel. You can do a short familiarization walk in the evening.
Day 02:Know people and culture This is a day to get rid of jet-lag and do the last preparation before you fly to Lukla. A guided sightseeing of Kathmandu is a good transition to the local culture. Kathmandu is like melting pot of 125 ethnic groups from across the country.
Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2,800 m) and trek to Phakding - 4 hrs We will drive to the airport to catch early flight to Lukla. The 35 mints flight is the most spectacular and exciting with view of almost half of the Nepalese Himalayan range. On arrival at Lukla, our porters will take care of the luggage, adjust it to be carried on their back and finally the walking begins. The trail winds toward north with short ups and downs crossing streams on suspension bridges. Phakding is small Sherpa village settlement along the Dhud Koshi river.
Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 6 hrs) On the day we enter the Sagarmatha (Everest National park) and climb to Namche Bazaar. The trail follows upstream Dhud Koshi river crossing it several times on suspension bridge. First part of the trek is pretty much leveled with only short ups and downs until it comes to the confluence with Bhote Koshi river. At the point we cross the river on one of the highest suspension bridge and start climbing steeply to Namche bazaar. As we climb we will have our first view of Mt Everest and Tawache. Namche is center for village merchandise with Saturday market, Tibetan market and now a famous tourist hub.
Day 05:Rest day for acclimatization The altitude and ambiance of Namche bazaar is perfect for trekker's first acclimatization stop. You can walk to the ridge top where there is national park head quarter for the view of Mt Everest and other mountains like Amadablam, Thamsherku, Twache and others. Later on a day, we will hike to Shyangboche or Thame valley to stay active and adopt with higher altitude.
Day 06:Trek to Tengboche monastery (3,800 m / 6 hrs) After spending another beautiful morning in Namche bazaar, we will head towards our next destination, the Tengboche monastery. The trail first climbs up the ridge above Namche bazaar and then follows the contour along the mountain flanks coming to the several scenic view points. From Phorse Tenga, climb down to the river basin and then climb steeply to the ridge top marked by the biggest monastery of the region. This is one of the best view point looking into the Himalayan corridor dominated by Mt Everest. Visit the monastery, information center and enjoy the sunset.
Day 07:Trek to Pheriche (4,200 m / 5 hrs) it worth to wake up early to watch the effects of morning lights over the snow peaks and witness the monks praying in the monastery. After breakfast, trek further into the valley to Pheriche. The trail follows upstream climbing gradually to Pangboche village. Past the village we will cross pasture coming to a point where trail braids. The trail towards east leads to the famous 'Island Peak', the Imjatse valley. We will continue towards north coming to another pasture where there are few lodges.
Day 08:Rest day for acclimatization A rest day at this altitude is must for better performance in coming days. You can climb to the ridge east of Pheriche and to the top of rocky mountain for better acclimatization. In the evening join the briefing on high altitude sickness and other trekking tips at the health post of Himalayan rescue association.
Day 09:Trek to Labuche (4,900 m / 5 hrs) You will feel the thinner air. Distances at this altitude is less but you will be slowed down and it is important to just gain only certain altitude. The trail traverses the pasture to the end of the valley and climbs steeply to Labuche.
Day 10:Trek to Gorekshep (5,100 m / 3 hrs) and day hike to Everest north base camp (5,300 m / 6 hrs) The trail from Labuche menders along the Khumbu glacier and crosses rockery and scree filled sections at several points. Finally we come to another valley with lodge settlements. We will leave our bags in the lodge and go for a day hike to Everest base camp. The trail gradually climbs over glacial moraine to the base with amazing view of Mt Pumori and Khumbu glacier.
Day 11:Hike to Kalapather (5,550 m) and trek down to Pheriche 8 hrs Kalapather offers the best view of Mt Everest, Everest base camp and the Khumbu glacier. In the morning climb to the Kalapather top and start trekking back down to Pheriche.
Day 12:Trek back to Khumjung village (3,700 m / 6 hrs) We will descend back to Phorse Tenga and deviate from the main trail to climb to Khumjung village. Khumjung is typical Sherpa village where you can see daily chores of Sherpa life. You can also visit 'Sir Edmund Hilary School' and local monastery which possess the 'Yeti Skull'. This is less touristic village off the busy trail.
Day 13:Trek down to Phakding - 6 hrs After scrumptious local breakfast, start climbing to Shyangboche ridge and climb down to Namche bazaar. Follow the trail back to Phakding.
Necessary trekking permits. Sagarmatha national park, Local tax and TIMS (Trekking information management system)
Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight
Trekking with licensed and experienced guide and necessary porters.
Teahouse accommodation with three meals a day during the trek.
3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast and taxes included as per agreement.
Guided sightseeing of Kathmandu and Pokhara as per agreement.
Airport pick up and drop as per agreement.
Any type of insurances. Rescue and evacaution will be done on your account.
Delay and cancellation because of natural phenomenon.
Meals beside beakfast while in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Bottled drinks and beverages, toiletries and things of personal nature purchased by clients.
Tea breaks and snacks bought by clients beside three meals.
Tips for guide and porter.
Canada Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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