14D13N Everest Basecamp Trek

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A. Overview

The epic hike passes through Nepal’s legendary Khumbu region to the foot of the world’s highest mountain, the Everest Base Camp trek passes through the land of the Sherpas to the foot of the world’s highest mountain, Sagarmatha, Nepalese for Mount Everest. The fullest views of Mt. Everest actually are from the Tibetan side, but this trek is about so much more than one mountain. Multiple 8,000-meter peaks line the Khumbu region, the grandest stage of all for alpine trekking. You’ll have to stomach the hair-raising flight into Lukla and this is one of Nepal’s most popular trekking routes, but the mountain views are simply unmatched anywhere else in the world. 

Length: 14–18 days.
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging. The main EBC trail is in good condition but the initial jump in altitude to Lukla can be challenging.
Starting elevation: 2,800 meters (9,200 feet) at Lukla.
Peak elevation: 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) at Everest Base Camp.
Guiding: Recommended for Safety
Accommodations: Teahouses (camping is possible but not recommended). 
When to Go: Fall peak trekking season is from October to early December; spring trekking season is in March and April.
Access: Lukla, a 35-minute flight from Kathmandu.
Best Viewpoints: Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar.

Trek Overview

The journey beings with the flight from Kathmandu to the hair-raising Lukla airstrip, perched at a lofty 2,800 meters (9,200 feet). The small airstrip frequently makes lists of the world’s most dangerous airports and there have been numerous crashes over the years. But you likely are safer making the journey by air than by Nepal’s system of mountain roads with sheep drops into steep canyons, no guardrails, and buses that could be described as “aging” at best. Altitude is an important consideration on the Everest Base Camp trek and nearby Namche Bazar (3,440 m; 11,286 ft), the Sherpa village and gateway to the Khumbu region, is often used as an early layover for rest and acclimatization.

From Namche the trek heads upward through colorful Sherpa villages along the Dudh Kosi River. Terraced rice fields and rhododendron forests eventually turn into hardened landscapes of rock and ice. On the approach to Everest Base Camp is the final outpost of Gorak Shep; there are no teahouses at Everest Base Camp so trekkers can either day hike from Gorak Shep or bring camping gear. The scramble to nearby Kala Patthar (5,545 m; 18,192 ft) offers a panorama of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse that bests the views from base camp itself. The main Everest Base Camp trail is an up-and-back route, meaning that you hike down the same trail you hiked up.

Everest Base Camp is Nepal’s most popular trek with upward of 30,000 trekkers per year and 10,000 per month during peak season (these numbers are from before the 2015 earthquake and reliable information since then unfortunately is not available). An upside to the number of trekkers is a well worn trail and facilities are as good as anywhere in Nepal. For those seeking to get off the beaten path, side trips up the Gokyo Valley and Chukhung Valley will greatly enhance the trip. 

Highlights

  • Astounding views of peaks above 8,000 metres in addition to Mt. Everst.
  • Mesmerizing view of mountains like Amadablam, Lhotse Cho Oye, Kanchenjunga, etc.
  • Experience the warmth of Sherpa hospitality and cultures.
  • Once in a lifetime experience flight to Lukla.
  • Exploring the most popular destination in Everest Region: Kala Patthar.
  • Discovering different Khumbu icefalls while you trek.
  • Explore the famous Tengboche Monastery
  • Behold the heart-warming view from the Everest Base Camp.

B. Outlined Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Rest and Tour Day at Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2,800m) and trek to Phakding (2,850m) – 3 hrs
  • Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3,440m) – 6 hrs
  • Day 05: Acclimatization Day
  • Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m) – 5 hrs
  • Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,350m) – 6 hrs
  • Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m) – 5 hrs
  • Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to GorakShep (5,180m), Visit Everest Base Camp (5,365m)  – 7 hrs
  • Day 10: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,550m) to Pheriche (4,288m) 7-8 Hours
  • Day 11 : Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) – 4 hrs
  • Day 12 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,840m) 6 – 7 Hours
  • Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu and free day and farewell dinner
  • Day 14: Departure

C. Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Our Representative will be waiting for you at the airport and welcome you in our typical Nepali culture. You will be quickly arriving at the hotel afterward where you can expect luxurious accommodation. There will be a welcome dinner tonight and afterward a proper sleep which is much needed after the long trip from home.           

Day 02: Rest and Tour Day at Kathmandu
Today you can take rest and do trekking preparation such as strolling to Kathmandu nearby Marketplace to buy your personal trekking stuffs or rent trekking tools.. A quick stroll in the streets of Kathmandu and last minute gear shopping is a perfect thing to do in the evening. Our Company representative will give a trekking briefing to give you enough knowledge on the daily schedule and the trekking plan.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2,800m) and trek to Phakding (2,850m) – 3 hrs
The early morning 30 minutes flight to Lukla is definitely going to give you some Adrenaline rush. A quick tip: Try to sit in the right-hand side seat of the aircraft for mesmerizing views during the final approach to the airport. After landing, the trek begins where you follow Dudhkoshi River valley, cross TharoKoshi River through a suspension bridge and make a final climb towards Phakding.

We will walk about 5 hours today before arriving Phakding and stay overnight. 

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3,440m) – 6 hrs
On our fourth day of the trip, today, we will walk about 5 hours, starting by following the same DudhKoshi River. The first interesting destination of today would be Zamputhi where you will get a mesmerizing glance of Thamserku Peak. Another interesting destination will be Chomoa, which is the site of an agricultural project. This location will offer you an insight into the farming style of the people in this region. On walking further uphill, we will enter Sagarmatha National Park and we continue to finally reach Namche Bazaar. On our trip today we cross a suspension bridge that falls in 123rd position in the list of world’s tallest bridge. We stay overnight in Namche.

Day 05: Acclimatization Day
In the morning we make an acclimatization hike to Everest view hotel and during the afternoon we explore the local market of Namche Bazaar. There are a lot of things that Namche offers and a single day can be short enough for you to enjoy everything. For a short day of refreshment, you can go for a movie or to a bar for refreshment. There are also a few popular coffee shops in the area. And of course, if you want to have a refreshing massage before you really start climbing; Namche can be the perfect point to do it.

Or, we have another choice of doing a quick hike to Syanboche, where you can get your first close-up of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam and Thamserku.

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m) – 5 hrs
Today, 5-6 hours of walk will take us to our destination: Tengboche. Following the trail along the right side of Dudh Koshi River and enjoying the astounding natural scenery of streams, hills and the Himalayan peaks, the village of Tengboche is reached. The village of Tengboche is situated at the union of the Dudh Koshi and the Imja Khola rivers and is bounded by rhododendron trees. The village is renowned for Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery of the Khumbu region. Tengboche Monastery is also considered as the mystical hub of the Khumbu region. Accommodation at tea house.. We stay overnight in Tengboche.       

Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,350m) – 6 hrs
The trekking track crosses Imja River via a suspension bridge and leads towards the village of Dingboche. En route, the village of Pangboche is crossed. Dingboche is entitled the “Summer Valley” of the Khumbu region. Elegant views of Lhotse (8414m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Island Peak/Imja Tse (6189m) can be observed from Dingboche. Accommodation at tea house. We stay overnight in Dingboche. 

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m) – 5 hrs
Today should not be a difficult day as we walk again for about 5/6 hours and we are used to it by today. Our trail will follow a moraine of the Khumbu glacier and pass across stone memorials for the climbers who had to face sudden demise on nearby summits. We continue our climb, getting escorted by panorama of beautiful mountains and reach Lobuche. This place has very few settlements, lies at the foot of an enormous Lobuche peak and provides us the rest for the day as we stay overnight. 

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to GorakShep (5,180m), Visit Everest Base Camp (5,365m)  – 7 hrs
You desperately wanted to reach Everest Base Camp, didn’t you? Guess what, today is the day your dream comes true. We also walk a bit more hours than the previous days and the walk is also going to be quite difficult. We will hike up to GorakShep and continue walking to Everest Base Camp. This is the location where people can go closest to the peak of Mt. Everest, without any mountaineering equipment. The view you will get of the surrounding ridges and peaks will be so astounding that it will be pasted in your memories forever. After spending some time in EBC, we head back to GorakShep for our overnight stay. 

Day 10: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,550m) to Pheriche (4,288m) 7-8 Hours
An early morning start to Kala Patthar from Gorakshep is one of the best parts of the Everest trip. Kala Patthar is a well-known vantage point common for providing panoramic views of Mount Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Pumori (7165m), Lhotse (8414m), and many other peaks. A tough ascent to Kalapatthar rewards you with the mesmerizing sunrise over the snowy peaks. The sun rays touch the tip of the mountains and change the Colour of the peaks from silver to gold. After spending some time in Kalapatthar, you hike down to Gorakshep and then trek all the way down to Pheriche. Overnight stay at Guesthouse.

Day 11 : Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) – 4 hrs

Today is a long but worthwhile day of trekking along a sandy trail that winds its way down, up, and around numerous villages.  Everest base camp trek takes to Phunke Tenga, and crossing the numerous suspension bridges, you reach Khumjung, the largest Sherpa village of Khumbu region. You finally reach Namche Bazaar by crossing a long Mani wall.  When you reach Namche Bazaar, enjoy the panorama and celebrate the accomplishment. Overnight stay at Guesthouse.

Day 12 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,840m) 6 – 7 Hours
The trek back to Lukla moves through a trail that descends and crosses several suspension bridges. Chortens, prayer flags, and small Gompas line the villages and the track. The presence of the Bhote Koshi River enhances the lovely atmosphere amid the natural scenery. As you reach Lukla you can just rest. In the evening, you can explore the vibrant town. Accommodation at tea house. 

Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu and free day and farewell dinner
You take a flight back from Lukla to Kathmandu early in the morning, which takes about 40 minutes. On arrival, we transfer you to the hotel. Refresh and relax. Later, stroll in the streets of Thamel. Enjoy cultural dinner in Kathmandu. 3-star Hotel.

 Day 14: Departure
Today is the final day in Nepal. After breakfast, our team representative will drop you at the airport before the scheduled time.

 D. Package Types & Cost Inclusion

 1. Full Service (FS)

  • Airport Pickup & Drop
  • Flight Ticket Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Hotels & Tea Houses during trekking
  • Inland Transport (Private/Tourist Bus/Jeep)
  • 3 x Meals per day
  • Trekking Permit & other Government trekking taxes
  • Professionally licenced & experienced Guide
  • Porter (1 Porter for 2 Persons)
  • Nepal Simcard 4GB
  • First Aid Kit
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Other trekking services on Spot

2. Standard Package (SS) :
All the above Full Service (FS) inclusion but – Porter, – Meals, – Nepal Simcard 4GB, – Farewell Dinner.

3. Regular Package (RS) :
All the above Full Service (FS) inclusion but with +Porter, – Meals, + Nepal Simcard 4GB, +Farewell Dinner.

Excludes:

  • Flight Ticket from Country of Origin
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for Guide and Porter staffs
  • Mineral water, Drinks (hot/soft/cold) and liquors
  • Personal shopping and laundry, Personal trekking equipments, Gifts and souvenirs
  • All items not listed in Cost included section
  • 0 – 05.99 free of Charge.
  • 6 – 11.99 pay 50% of tour price.
  • 12+ pay full tour price as per adult person.
  • if your tour includes airfare then an extra charge for child rate may apply.

In case you cancel your trip, the following scale of charges will be applied:

  • From the date of booking until 61 days before your arrival date, 15% of the entire tour price will be charged.
  • Between 60 and 30 days before your arrival date, 25% of the entire tour price will be charged.
  • Between 29 and 15 days before your arrival date, 50% of the entire tour price will be charged.
  • Between 14 and 7 days before your arrival date, 75% of the entire tour price will be charged.
  • Between 7 and 1 days before your arrival date, 100% of the entire tour price will be charged.

Additionally, there are cancellation fees on all international flights within Druk Air of Tashi Air. If you cancel a tour at any time, you will be subject to any fees according to airline’s cancellation policy.

  • Advance Payment : 20% on the date of Order Placement Confirmation
  • The remaining balance full amount: to be paid by cash upon arrival in Kathmandu before trekking schedule or full settlement 1 week before departure.
  • Payment by PayPal to our email [email protected] or Bank Transfer to:
  • in US Dollar to PT SUKA KREASI MANDIRI , BCA (Bank Central Asia), Bank account : 134.8000.801. Swift Code: CENAIDJA.
  • In Indonesian Rupiah to PT SUKA KREASI MANDIRI, BCA (Bank Central Asia), Bank Account: 1348000101

Special Documents for Traveller coming to Nepal as of 2020 Travel:

  1. Passport (original)
  2. SWAB/PCR Document (Free Covid-19 Certificate)
  3. Travel Insurance