Everest Base Camp Trek is one the most popular trekking in Nepal. Fundraising Treks is accepting booking for 2016, 2017 and 2018 from individuals and groups.
Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,598 ft) is located in the Khumbu region of Nepal on the border to Tibet (China). It is nestled in the Himalaya mountain range, which stretches over 1500 miles from Northeastern Pakistan to Bhutan. Of the fourteen peaks over 8,000 m, nine are located in the Himalayas, making this area, literally the top of the world. This beautiful and famous region owes its merit to the staggering mountain peaks and unique excursion experience. This is by far the most popular trek in Nepal. In addition to foreign trekkers, hundreds of locals pass through each day as they haul food or water to their tiny mountain villages. The path leads through communities with teahouses where trekkers can rest and recover, either for a few minutes or for the night.
Some treks are designed to uncover the best mountain views, others expose trekkers to life in the high-mountain villages, and some are based on detox or healthy lifestyle programmes including daily yoga and meditation classes. No matter the type of experience you are seeking, the rich and beautiful culture and friendly people of Nepal are the main reason that people from around the world trek this path.
Everest base camp trek begins at Lukla at 2,819 m/9,250 ft and climbs steadily to Everest Base Camp.
Detailed itinerary for Everest Base Camp trek:
Kathmandu to Lukla: Fly to Lukla Airport. It is a short flight of approximately 25 minutes. Lukla is the gateway to the Everest region. Just past the nearby village of Monju is the checkpoint for entering Sagarmatha National Park.
Day 1: Lukla to Monju
We pass directly through the village of Lukla and follow the path to Namche. The first village after Lukla is Chheplung, followed by Ghat and Phakding. Both villages have a good selection of lodges and restaurants that are conveniently located for taking a break and enjoying a nice meal. The walk from Lukla to Monju is 9.5 km (6 miles) and takes about 6.5 hours. We typically spend the night in Monju where we are greeted with a hearty breakfast the following morning before approaching the steep ascent to Namche.
Day 2: Monju to Namche
We pass through the protected area of the Himalayas called Sagarmatha National Park (sagarmatha means ‘sky’ and ‘head’ in the Nepali language), and the trail passes through the village of Jorsale and follows the river. We cross two bridges before beginning the ascent to Namche (approximately 3-4 hours). There are no teahouses or lodges on this part of the trek, so you must have ample water to get to the top. At this point, we are entering a high altitude area.
Days 3 & 4: Namche Bazaar, the gateway of Everest Base Camp trek
This amazing place has two museums, several internet cafes, two pizza houses and three cafes (locally known as bakeries). Namche is a great place to stock up on local currency (lodges and restaurants in Khumbu only accept Nepali Rupees).
After a day of exploring Namche, you can visit the charming neighboring villages. Khumjung takes about half to two hours to reach. There are several sights in the village and a few lodges and eateries. Khunde is a short walk from Khumjung via the Tengboche trail above Namche, near a huge mani stone, past the stupa. From there, take the path down the hill. You will see the playground and school buildings of Khumjung Hillary School. Thame is a more traditional village that is a 2.5 to 3-hour walk from the Namche Monastery. From there, it is a relatively flat walk with beautiful views that passes the ochre-coloured Namche Monastery (Namche Gompa). Phurte can be identified by its forest nursery, and then shortly after is the village of Tesho. The water that runs through Tesho comes directly from Mount Khumbi Yui Lha (the most sacred mountain for the Sherpa people) so there are several retreat huts built into the niches. Thame has a few lodges and is home to one of Khumbu’s oldest monasteries. This trail is also the traditional route to Tibet, so don’t be surprised to encounter caravans of yaks led by long-haired Tibetan merchants on your walk.
Day 5: Namche to Tengboche
After a short but steep climb out of Namche Bazaar, there is a fairly level trail to the villages of Kenjuma and Sanasa. Here, there are extensive displays of souvenirs to tempt trekkers. The Ama Dablam Lodge in Kanjuma offers good food and the sitting area out front boasts uninhibited views of Ama Dablam. In addition, the lodge reputedly has the best selection of jewellery for sale in the whole of Khumbu, so if you plan to choose the alternative return route, this is a great place to pick out a few light souvenirs.
The trail then descends to the Dudh Koshi River, where we pass a few hamlets and cross several bridges. Then at Phunki Thanga, the trail ascends steeply. There are no teahouses or lodges on this stretch, stock up on water in Phunki Thanga for the climb to Tengboche. Here the air is thinner, so take it easy!
Day 6: To Everest
The trail passes through the villages of Deboche (here, there is a small nunnery that is definitely worth a visit), Pangboche (3,860 m/12,664 ft), Dingboche and finally Periche (4,240 m/13,910 ft). These villages all offer food and lodgings. Pangboche (especially Upper-Pangboche, where the local monastery is located) is arguably the most pleasant because it is surrounded by trees and is a great place to relax.
Day 7: Periche
Here we will take a day to acclimatize. It is helpful to take short, slow walks around the village and marvel at the peaks but it is important not to overexert yourself. If you begin to feel unwell, inform your guide or lodge owner and return as quickly as possible to a lower elevation. Some Nepal experts suggest hiking each day to a higher elevation than you will sleep, following the ‘hike high, sleep low’ strategy.
Day 8: Periche to Lobuche (4,930 m/16,174 ft)
We will spend the night in the small village of Lobuche, popular with tourists. There are several lodges but otherwise it is a relatively quiet place. Often trekkers entering Lobuche will find the lodges full and may have to share a room or sleep in a common area. Even if you have a room, you may be asked by the lodge owner to share it with someone.
Day 9: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,160 m/16,929 ft)
This is a fairly easy day and the hike should take about 3 hours. You can take a short side-trip to visit the Everest Pyramid, a weather station built by Italians. In Gorak Shep there is a small, usually frozen lake. This village now has three lodges: Himalaya Lodge, Snowland Lodge and the Kala Pattar Lodge.
Gorak Shep will be our base for visiting Everest Base Camp (5,380 m/17,650 ft) and climbing Kala Patthar (5,643 m/18,513 ft), a nearby hill with excellent views of Mt. Everest and the surrounding mountains.
Day 10: Everest Base Camp
The final leg of the trek is to Everest Base Camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu icefall. In general, it is a rudimentary campsite on the southern face of Everest used by mountaineers. This is the ultimate adventure experience in the Himalayas. The anticipation that has been building on the trek is not disappointed by the sight of this incredible mountain.
Alternate Return Trip:
It is also possible to return from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu (160 km) by helicopter or on a 5-day trek. The following is an outline of the trek:
Day 11: Return to Kyanjuma
We first head back down to Gorak Shep and then to Pheriche to stay the night. In the morning, we will walk for 5-6 hours to Kyanjuma (3,500 m/11,480 fts), a much easier task than the trek up!
Day 12: Kyanjuma to Khumjung to Monju (2,850 m/9,348 ft) 6-7 hr walk
The path to Kyanjuma descends gradually and features marvelous views of the surrounding hills. We can stop at a teahouse in Kyanjuma to relax a before visiting the Hillary School or a hospital run by charity on the to Monju. We will spend the night in Monju.
Day 13: Monju to Lukla (2,800 m/9,186 ft) 4-5 hr walk
Today you can expect to have mixed feelings because this is where we began the adventure, and the end is visible. We will spend the night in Lukla where we can enjoy what the village has to offer.
Day 14: Flight back to Kathmandu
Once the Everest Base Camp trek is over and we are back to Lukla, We will take an early flight back to Kathmandu. Upon your return, you have the say to enjoy the exquisite Nepalese cuisine, relax, and try to digest all the great stories in which you were the protagonist.
Departure from Kathmandu
Grab some last minute souvenirs and snap a few photos to add to your incredible memories of your Himalayan adventure.
Please contact us for cost information.
The price for the Everest Base Camp trek includes following services:
- Airports pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin/triple sharing basis
- Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer
- World Heritage sites entrance fees during sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- Local transportation (when applicable)
- Flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and vise versa
- Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee during the expedition
- A highly experienced and licensed guide approved by the government of Nepal and porters during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance coverage
- Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS)
- Everest Base Camp Trek Permit fees
- Government taxes
- Service charge
The price does not include the following:
- Any meals in Kathmandu
- Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise buy a travel insurance policy
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
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