Everest Base Camp Trek (17 days)
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Everest Base Camp Trek starts by flying over 35 minutes from Kathmandu airport to a tiny airstrip at Lukla (2,800 m) through Sagarmatha National park where you will get opportunity to experience pleasing mountain views. Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla offers a great mountain views including of Mt. Everest. As the Everest Base Camp Trekking is an adventurous and but needs good physical fitness as well as good acclimatization. This is an entry point to Everest Base Camp and other Everest region trekking. As our itinerary has been fully prepared considering the fact of acclimatization, you would trek gradually to Everest Base Camp. Your trek begins from the capital of Sherpa, Namche Bazar, where you will spend a day.Everest Base Camp Trek will be another great experience to know the village, its culture, monasteries, wild life museum and some other great mountaineers. The photographic opportunities are limitless inspiring views like Khumbu Glacier, Everest and Nuptse, alpine scrub and junipers of the Sherpa region, and the pine forests and rhododendron flowers of the valleys. Those pictures taken will make you relive while on the way home. You will make your way through alpine forest, glacial rivers, waterfalls, stony trails, mountains and monasteries to a Kala Patthar from where 360 degree good view of mountains including Mt. Everest . Then you will head back for lukla to Kathmandu after achieving your target to Everest base camp (5400 M).
Everest Base Camp Treks trip is of 17 days and for short time traveler we provide the package of 14 days also but need quality fitness. The price is fixed as per your request and trek planning. The best season to go Everest Base Camp Trekking is autumn (Sep. to Dec) and spring (March to May) and its path will be crowded. Then weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views but the cold nights. Winter (Dec, Jan, and Feb) is also good for Everest Base Camp Trek, only issue is cold. Summer and monsoon (June and July) will be rainy but less crowded a when you can enjoy best of nature.
Outline Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trekking
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
You will be warmly welcomed by Well Nepal Treks representative at your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted you to hotel and our representative describe the itinerary of your tour. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sight Seeing Tour
Today you are going to explore the several cultural and natural sightseeing in this ancient city Pashupatinath, Boudhanah Stupa, Swayambunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring this places you will do preparation for trek. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 3 Kathmandu to Lukla-Phakding
After breakfast you will head toward Tribhuvan airport to fly for Lukla. It is about 40 min. flight above great green and white mountains. After you reach at lukla airport our other team member will meet you there and help in your packing and other arrangement and then you will head through beautiful village of Lukla till you reach at Phakding.
Day 4 Phakding to Namchebazar
After breakfast you will walking through a beautiful pine forest, along the Dudh Koshi River, you will see wonderful prospect of the Mt. Thamserku (6618 m), you will arrive at the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. Then we pass through the last village of Jorsale and following the trail through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep climb of about two hours you get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. From there we still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 5 Acclimatization
Today is an acclimatization day so you can relax, you can also explore the surrounding of Namche Bazaar or you can mail to your parents, friends etc. Stay overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 6 Trek to Tengboche (3,870m)
After breakfast in Namche, you start your trek towards Tengboche enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Enjoying wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar, through alpine forests, Dudh Koshi River, you reach to Phunki Thenga where you will have lunch then steep up through the pine forests while before you reach to Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and a biggest Buddhist Monastery in Khumbu region which we will visit too. After long trek you will stay overnight at lodge at Tengboche.
Day 7 Tengboche to Dingboche (4360 M)
After breakfast you will gear up for our day hike to Dingboche. You will pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. The place where you stop for lunch not only serves delicious food but also allows a fantastic close-up view of Mt Ama Dablam. From here onwards, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imja Valley to Lobuche River. You will descend into the river and begin the steep climb of the day up to Dingboche. On arrival at Dingboche, you will see beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Enjoy overnight stay at Dingboche.
Day 8 Dingboche to Duglha (4360 M)
After Breakfast you start the day with a climb to through the Khumbu Khola valley to Phulung Karpo Above which is Chola Lake. As you move on, the majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. After crossing a small wooden bridge, you ascend to Duglha. From there you can see the tip of Mt Nuptse, Mt Cholatse, Mt Thamserku and several other magnificent peaks. Spending a night in Duglha is ideal for acclimatization purposes. Stay overnight in guesthouse at Duglha.
Day 9 Duglha to Lobuche (4940 M)
After breakfast you climb up the steep moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. At the top of the ridge of Chupki Lhara, you will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, you find yourselves facing several great peaks. You are now in the surrounding of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive. Stay overnight at Lobuche.
Day 10 Lobuche to Gorakshep (5180m)
After breakfast you continue your journey through Khumbu Glacier to Thangma Riju from where 360 degree views of mountains can be observed. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, you catch your first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori and you will be at Gorakshep finding snow-capped mountains bright all around us including Mt. Everest. Stay overnight at Gorakshep.
Day 11: Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5400m) and return Gorakshep (5180m)
After breakfast you will trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorakshep Lake. Finally you are at your destination. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains are the mountains that can view from the base camp. You will explore Everest Base Camp and clicked some pictures. Stay overnight at Gorakshep.
Day 12: Back to Pheriche (4210m).
After breakfast you will walk all the way back to Pheriche. Enjoy the magnificient sunrays at cap of mountains, feels like tear-bursting. After a long hike of 7 hour. Stay overnight at Pheriche.
Day 13 Pheriche to Khumjung (3900m)
After breakfast you will head downward for 6 hour to Khumjung and stay overnight at a guest house.
Day 14 Khumjung to Jorsale (2740m)
After breakfast you will trail down to Jorsale with 6 hours of walk. Stay overnight at Jorsale.
Day 15 Jorsale to Lukla (2800m)
After breakfast you head back from Jorsale to lukla from where you started your real hike. The trail descends steeply downward so you need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. Way down through Sherpa villages noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag, you feel completely different views. Upon arrival in Lukla, you stretch those aches and sore body parts and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. you experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on faces. Stay overnight at Lukla.
Day 16 Lukla to Kathmandu (1337m)
After breakfast you fly back to Kathmandu and do some shopping for gifts, memory, collections and some traditional items and they all rests at a single venue, Thamel. There will be a small party upon the successful campaign. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 17: Departure
Today your Everest Base Camp Trek comes to an end so collects the photographs and gadget. Then our representative will help you to drop to the airport or if you have plenty of time to spend in Nepal, then feel free us to join another trip or adventurous activities like hiking, river rafting, bunjy jumping, paragliding etc.
Necessary Local Transport by Private vehicle
Accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 star standard hotels with breakfast.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide.
Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu, National park fees on Treks
Accommodation on Lodge/Guest House while on treks.
Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking including Tea/coffee.
Experienced government license holder trek guide and porter to carry your luggage.
Insurance of our field staff.
Permits and Group medical supplies (first aid kit)
Lukla -Kathmandu flight ticket including 15kg Baggage’s
TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)
All additional government tax.
Services exclude:Nepal entry visa fee
International / any air fare.
Travelers insurance (compulsory)
Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, political disturbances etc.
A trekker who is able to hike and trek normally 5-6 hours per day with a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to perform this trekking. There may be stone steps, ups and downs, rocky paths and which are very uneven and also because of long trails your leg may feel tired and shaky so we strongly recommend you to use walking poles and trek sticks to feel safer and to maintain the pace. You will be informed about altitude and you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it, acclimatize as well as walk slowly and have more water and other drinks to maintain yourself hydrated.
Trekking Accessories- Trekking Bag pack, Trekking day bag (Small handbag), Trekking stick, Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket, Sleeping bag, etc
Footwear - Trekking shoes, Camping Shoes, Sports shoes or comfortable sandal, 4/5 pairs of good qualities socks, etc
Cosmetics - Sun cream, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, lip balm, Mirror Wet Tissue Papers, Soap, Perfumes, and Tooth brush etc.
Clothes - Pullover or warm sweeter, Sun Hat, Warm woolen cap, Raincoat, Hand gloves, 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers, 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts, 3/4 pairs of Underwear, etc.
Gears - Flash or Torch light, Head Torch lights, lighters, Chargers, Camera and batteries, Eye glass, Water bottle, etc.
Extra – IPods, Binoculars, First Aid Kit, Ear Plugs, Pen & diary, Travel Map or GPS, etc as per your requirements and necessities.
Always Drink Safe Water
Well Nepal Treks suggest you to have purified drinking water. Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but we might not find it in higher ground. In such cases we suggest you to drink boiled water which might charge very tiny fee in tea houses. Bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Recommend yourself to use boiled rather than mineral water which will be helpful for protection of you and healthy environment.
About Recharging Your Batteries & Electronic Devices during Trek
Hydro electricity may not be available in every location, so solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, I phone etc. Several Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities for consumption of electricity or solar power. Well Nepal Treks recommends you to have adaptors and chargers before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.
Well Nepal Treks suggest you to use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry a separate garbage carrier in the way and dispose it where dustbin facilities are available and promote the healthy environment.
Well Nepal Treks reminds you on your sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.
Washing and Toilet facilities
Every guest houses offer hot showers in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. But please note that at higher altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. So you must limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. Don’t feel hesitated to get warm bowl of water If the water frozen.
Toilets here are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.
On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. Note that while staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services so be friendly in every way possible.
Extra Advice from Well Nepal Treks
You may see some beautiful, sweet children and poor ones that might make you to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and other stuffs. But, Well Nepal Treks suggest you better not to do so because it directly encourages them towards beggary and ask to every trekker which is also a sign of negative practice.
Passport And Visa
People from all countries except India require a valid passport to enter Nepal. An Indian national must have any of their documents like Passport , Election Commission Card with Photo, Identity Card issued by Embassy of India in Kathmandu.
An Indian national do not need visa to enter into Nepal. Most nationalities can issue a visa on arrival to Nepal but travelers from other countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan need visa to be obtained before travel.
Various lengths of stay tourist visas can be purchased. If you want to obtain a visa on arrival, you will need to fill in a landing card, (most airlines provide these before landing in Kathmandu, if not, they will be available in the airport) pay a fee (cost differs depending on your length of stay) and provide a passport photo so don’t forget to bring one in your hand luggage to present to the immigration officers. Visa fees are as follows:
US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency: Multiple entry for 15 days
US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency: Multiple entry for 30 days
US $ 100 or equivalent convertible currency: Multiple entry for 90 days
(A tourist can stay for a maximum of 150 days in a visa year)
While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.