Everest Base Camp – 16 Days

Nepal boasts eight of the world’s tallest mountains and the world’s oldest Hindu and Buddhist sites. While Kathmandu valley is made of three ancient cities filled with enchanting medieval palaces, pagodas, temples, statues and stupas, the rest of the kingdom offers unparalleled adventure options with abundance in flora and fauna.

In this trek, we follow the footsteps of legends like Messner, Bonington and Hillary, up to Everest Base Camp (EBC) and experience how they felt during their quest to Everest. Home of the renowned Sherpas, the mountain hardy people and the realm of Everest, this region needs no introduction. The airhead at Lukla serves as the gateway to the region. The trek passes through the picturesque Sherpa village of Namche bazaar culminating in the ascent” of Kala Patthar – from where the classic views of Everest and its surrounding peaks are available.

Skeleton Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m / 4,600 ft)

You will be met by one of our representative at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Evening will be at leisure.

Overnight at Hotel [-/-/-]

Day 2: In Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the largest city of Nepal is the political as well as the cultural capital of the country. Like any big city, Kathmandu has rapidly expanded over the last decade but despite the hustle and bustle of the city, its people have remained as friendly as ever.

Also visit Swayambhunath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient stupa is the most sacred Buddhist shrine of Nepal.

Later transfer to Patan, the city of architectural interior.
Patan also known as Lalitpur is the city of artisans and a paradise of fine arts. It is home to Kathmandu Valley’s finest craftsmen who have preserved such ancient techniques and lost wax process used to produce exquisite sculptures.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Monjo (2,835 m / 9,300 ft)

Flight Duration (Domestic Flight): 30 minutes approx.
Trek Time: 4 hours approx.

Early morning transfer to airport for your flight to Lukla. The flight to Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is on a slope and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 197ft (60m). Meet with your guide and the rest of the crew. You will need to identify your luggage which is made into loads. Your crew will load these on the animals or get it ready for your team of porters and trek to Phakding.
Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/-/-]

Day 4: Trek to Namche (3,446 m / 11,300 ft)

Trek Time: 4 hours approx.

The trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Jorsale, where the trail officially enters the Sagarmatha National Park. There is an entrance station just beyond the village where trekking permits are checked and National Park fees are collected. Continue along the trail, crossing the BhoteKosi River to begin the steep climb up to Namche Bazaar, the administrative center of the Sagarmatha National Park and the hub of Sherpa society. Remember to look out for glimpses of Mt. Everest from the trail on the way to Everest.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/-/-]

Day 5: In Namche Bazaar for acclimatization

Suggested activities include a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park headquarters, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with spectacular views of the surrounding snow-capped giants and the valleys way down below. There is also an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, its geography, culture, mountaineering history and information on flora and fauna of this region. You can then enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/-/-]

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12687 ft.)

Trek Time: 6 hours approx.

The trail leads along a winding path with great views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and a close-up view of Thamserku. You will come to a busy place called Sagnasa, and on this area there is a much higher chance of seeing the beautifully colored Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) the national bird of Nepal, and the elusive musk deer, and sometimes even a herd of Himalayan Thar (mountain goat). As you reach Tengboche, you will be assured by a religious Buddhist gate that the walk for the day is almost over. Tengboche is one of the most beautiful places in the Himalayas, and the first thing that you will see is a big Ghompa (monastery), before a large field with campsites and teahouses, lodges beneath the peak of Ama Dablam with Everest looming above.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/-/-]

Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4,530 m / 14,800 ft)

Trek Time: 6 hours approx.

The trail descends through a forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron and comes out at a lovely spot at Deboche. From Deboche you will walk past the long prayer mani wall, the path is gradual until you reach a small bridge over the narrow gorge of the Imja-Tse River. The walk continues gradually uphill most of the ways, as you come to a large mani wall gate. A little further from here the route diverts two ways; the upper one going to the upper Pangboche village, where the old Monastery is located, the lower route is the straight forward main trail to Dingboche, Pheriche and beyond. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/-/-]

Day 8: In Dingboche for acclimatization

Today is a very important acclimatization day. On this day we explore the Imja Khola. There are some breathtaking views of the north face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as we explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. The days walk is usually short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon and either do some washing etc. or just laze in the sun.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/-/-]

Day 9: Trek to Lobuche (4,930 m / 16,175 ft)

Trek Time: 5 hours approx.

Our onward journey leads north, and the path heads up for about 40-50mins until you come to a mani-prayer stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below. Today’s walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, AmaDablam and to the north-Pokalde (5,741m), Kongma-tse (5,820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After a walk of 1 ½ to 2 hours the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. There is another 1 ½ to 2 hours of trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/-/-]

Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep (5,184 m / 17,000 ft)

Trek Time: 6 hours approx.

After an early breakfast, you will prepare for your final destination at the foot of Everest Base Camp. You will trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path. You can see the icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep on the flat field below Kalapatthar (5545m) and Mt.Pumori (7,145m). Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/-/-]

Day 11: Trek to Kalapathar and back to Pheriche (4,252 m / 13,950 ft)

Trek Time: 7 hours approx.

Early morning walk to Kalapatthar from Gorakshep involves about 1.5 to 2 hours walk. The walk is gradual till you reach the rocky spot after an hour walk. From here another uphill climb for ½ hour brings you to Kalapatthar, 5,288m. From Kalapatthar top, the views will be beyond your wildest imagination, with Everest seeming within a stone throw distance between the summit of Mt. Nuptse and Lho-La and Lhotse on the back. After a great moment, an hour descent takes you back to Gorakshep and then all the way back to Pheriche for the night.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/-/-]

Day 12: Trek to Tashinga (3,450 m / 11,318 ft)

Trek Time: 7 hours approx.

We retrace our trail up to Tashinga, which will take about 7 hrs.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/-/-]

Day 13: Trek to Monjo (2,835 m / 9,300 ft)

Trek Time: 6 hours approx.

Today we walk on an easy high trail before descending to Namche from where we retrace our steps back to Monjo which will take about 6 hrs.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/-/-]

Day 14: Trek to Lukla (2,850 m / 9,350 ft)

Trek Time: 4-5 hours approx.

Today we trek along the DudhKosi River through Jorsale and Chourikharka. The trail has ups and downs and flat as we ascend to Lukla.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/-/-]

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu

Flight Duration (Domestic Flight): 30 minutes approx.

Fly back to Kathmandu and drive to the hotel. Your day will be at leisure.

Overnight at the Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 16: Final Departure

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey after breakfast at the hotel.

-End of Program-

Destination Nepal
Trip Duration 16 Days
Arrival In Kathmandu
Departure From Kathmandu
Meals Bed & Breakfast basis (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Best Season September – April
Activity Trek
Grade Strenuous
Includes •    Arrival and departure transfers
•    3 nights’ accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
•    12 nights’ accommodation in tea house/lodge based on Bed and Breakfast basis with supporting staff
•    Everest Conservation fees
•    TIMS card
Excludes •    Nepal entry visa fee
•    International airfare
•    Airfare for the sector Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
•    Refreshments, tips, bottled drinks and bar bills
•    Insurance and rescue of any form
•    Any meals which are not mentioned in the itinerary
•    Cost arising out of flight cancellation or reasons beyond our control
•    Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost
•    Gratuities, tipping to guides and drivers
•    Excess baggage
•    Personal insurance policy – suggested a comprehensive travel insurance covering tour and flight cancellations, loss of valuables, thefts, illness, accidents and hospitalization
•    Any other thing that is not mentioned in the cost inclusion