Everest Base Camp Trek Offer 2022 and 2023
The Everest Base Camp trek takes you to its basecamp and Kalapathar to view Everest from its nearest point and to the important sites and villages of the Khumbu region.
Everest, the World’s highest mountain, rises in the eastern part of Nepal, in the Solu-Khumbu region, an area inhabited by the famous Sherpa people into the Everest National Park, with an area of 1,148 square kilometres with an average elevation ranging 2,845 to 8,848, the summit of Mount Everest. The district Solukhumbu comes after Solu, the lower part from Monjo, and Khumbu, the upper part from Monjo. The northern part of Everest, dividing from its summit, falls into Tibet and is protected under the Qomolangma National Nature Reserve.
The Everest National Park is bordered by Makalu Barun National Park, a remote and wild stretch of mountain peaks and deep and densely forested valleys to the east and Gaurishanker National Park to the west, into the west the Rolwaling valley, a well-protected microcosm of cultures and ecology. The central park area is the ancient settlement area of the Sherpa people and remained undisturbed by outsiders and even by the central government for centuries. Tourists entered in 1960, and the National Park was established in 1976 and became the first national park of Nepal in 1979. There are various established trekking routes into this national park, and one can optionally take a scenic walk of less than a week to 3 weeks. The significant passes that cross from one valley to another through some of its panoramas filed hill saddles are Renjo La, Cho La, Kongma La and are also known as the three passes of the Everest Region.
Most of the Everest National Park villages are the primitive settlements of the Sherpa people. The history relates far to pre-Buddhist times in China and Tibet. It prospers following the development of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet in the early 8th century. The Sherpas are followers of Mahayana Buddhism and one of the leading followers of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padma Samvaba), the 8th-century Buddhist saint and founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet.
The trail leading to the north of Thame, crossing over the World famous Nangpa-La pass, is the main pass from which the Sherpas migrated in the current domain from their ancestral land at Kham, one of the most prominent regions in Tibet around thirteen hundred years ago. They discovered Solu Khumbu while seeking refuge to escape war and religious persecution. Since then, they continued to live in the region in peace and harmony. Their living, Buddhist practise, and the beautiful mountains attracted many spiritual travellers, trekkers and mountaineers, and it continues. The famous trans-Himalayan trail via Nangpa-La linked cultural and trans-Himalayan business, between Nepal and Tibet, for centuries and have been in use since and far before the migration of the Sherpas. The Sherpas first settled themselves in the current Junbeshi, in the Solu area, and later dispersed in Solu, Khumbu, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Rolwaling, Hyelambu, Sikkim and Bhutan.
The southern part of the district, Solu, is much less frequented by tourists and has retained much more traditional characteristics. The Peekye trek and the Dudh Kunda trek are two of the most beautiful destinations. The Peekye Trek is one of the most beautiful and easily accessible, with options of taking a scenic walk of less than a week to two weeks.
The Everest Base Camp trek takes you to its basecamp and Kalapathar to view Everest from its nearest point and to the important sites and villages of the Khumbu region.
- Visit the Everest basecamp, the base of the Third Pole
- See the Everest from its nearest viewpoint, Kalapathar, in its full majesty
- Visit the villages with Sherpa people and experience their culture, religion and life
- Experience a life time trekking In the Everest region in the shortest period.
- The total length of the trip: 16 days from arrival to the day of departure
- Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / visit UNESCO sites
- Road transport mode: A comfortable tourist vehicle depending on group size
- Trek starting point: Lukla
- Trek ending point: Lukla
- A domestic flight out: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu (Both way flight)
- Highest elevation: 5,545 metres Kalapathar lookout
- Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu, Teahouse (Lodge) on full board basis on the trek.
- Meals:An open menu for each meal to choose from by clients.
- Trip Grade: Moderate-difficult
- Best season to Trek: second week of March to end of June and from the first week of October to mid of December.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350M)s
DAY 2: FLY TO LUKLA (2,866M) AND TREK TO PHAKDINGMA (2,652M)
DAY 3: TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440M)
DAY 4: MOVE TO KHUMJUNG (3,790M)
DAY 5: TREK TO TENGBOCHE (3,867m.)
DAY 6: TREK TO DINGBOCHE (4,410m.)
DAY 7: DINGBOCHE
DAY 8: TREK TO LOBUCHE (4,887m.)
DAY 9: TREK TO GORAKSHEP (5,164m.) / KALAPATHAR (5,545m.)
DAY 10: EXCURSION TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364m.) AND TREK TO LOBUHCE
DAY 11: TREK TO PHORTSE (3,840m.)
DAY 12: TREK TO JOR SALLE
DAY 13: TREK TO LUKLA 2,866m
DAY 14: FLY TO KATHMANDU
DAY 15: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR
DAY 16: DEPARTURE
THE 16-DAYS EVEREST BASE CAMP & KALAPATHAR TREKKING
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350M)sOur personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport (TIA) to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your circuit guide will update you about the necessary formalities for your proposed Trek. Then, depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of either nearby visiting shrines or resting back in your room. • Overnight stay in the hotel.
DAY 2: FLY TO LUKLA (2,866M) AND TREK TO PHAKDINGMA (2,652M)At 06:30, we drive to Tribhuvan International Airport to board a flight to Lukla early in the morning. It is an exhilarating mountain flight of 40 minutes. We can enjoy exceptional views of the Himalayas and most villages and valleys during the journey. Upon arrival at Lukla, you'll meet the porters and Sherpa staff to help you with your gears and escort you ahead. After a short tour of Lukla village, you'll set out on a trek of about 3 hours to Phakdingma, where you'll lodge for the night. A pleasant walk of the first day passes through several villages of Sherpa people with the view of Kongde Peak and Dudh Koshi River valley. Phakdingma is a lovely place for an overnight stop set on the bank of the Dudh Kunda river. • Estimated duration is 40-minutes flight and 3h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 3: TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440M)Today's Trek goes through Toktok and Jorsalle and on to Namche. The entire route is scenic and full of nature. The surrounding hills are covered with dense forest, and beyond them are mountaintops capped with snow. After a lunch stop in Jorsalle, we continue to Namche Bazaar. Along the way, we climb to a vantage point called Topdanda, near Namche Bazaar. From there, weather permitting, one can see Mt. Everest and the Tengboche valley and its famed monastery. Half an hour later, you are at Namche Bazaar, the "capital of the Khumbu valley". Namche Bazaar, surrounded by beautiful mountains from all directions, is the Khumbu region's commercial centre. If you arrive on a Friday, you can view the weekly bazaar the next day when local people converge from the surrounding area. In the Khumbu Valley, it is forbidden to kill any animals, so people from lower valleys come on Saturdays to sell meat and everyday supplies, and the local people and hotel/lodge operators from around to buy. • Estimated duration is 5h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 4: MOVE TO KHUMJUNG (3,790M)Today, your guide will take you to visit the monastery in Namche, Sagarmatha National Park Museum and the Sherpa House Museum. Instead of staying all day in Namche, we move to the village of Khumjung. After lunch, we make a scenic Namche to Khumjung trek. The trail leads through the nose-ridge above Namche to Syangboche, a short landing field for Pilatus porter plane. The higher we go, the scenarios are more open. The Dudhkoshi Valley, Kongde Himal, Khumbila, Tawoche, Everest, Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusumkangru are some of the great masses of mountains in the World surrounding us from all directions. Going to Khumjung, there are several trails. Still, we go through the Everest View Hotel, the only five-star hotel situated at the highest place in the World, at an elevation of 3880 meters above sea level. The hotel has a spectacular view of Mount Everest, 8,848m., from every room. The hotel offers a panoramic view of Everest and many other high peaks, including the most imposing Ama Dablam (6,812m.), described by many as the most beautiful mountain they have ever seen. This hotel will surely make a stop for a cup of tea/coffee and enjoy the most magnificent panorama that the place offers. Then we descend to the village of Khumjung, where we can optionally visit Khumjung monastery and its village. • Estimated duration is 2h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 5: TREK TO TENGBOCHE (3,867m.)This day's Trek contains magnificent views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Nuptse, all the way to Tengboche. Along the trail, one can spot wild animals, such as longhaired mountain goats, musk deer, and the colourful national bird, danphe etc. We stop for lunch at Punggi-Tanga and then gradually climb to Tengboche, where we check into the Lodge and visit the famed Tengboche monastery. From the meadow at Tengboche, there are beautiful views of Nuptse-Lhotse, the tip of Everest, and the giant Mt. Amadablam. Tengboche is one of the religious centres of the Khumbu Valley. The monastery burned down in 1989 was rebuilt to its original shape thanks to generous contributions from the local community, trekkers, and the Himalayan Trust. Here, every year in October/November, according to the Buddhist lunar calendar, is celebrated one of the most spectacular and important religious festivals, the Mani Rimdu. • Estimated duration is 4h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 6: TREK TO DINGBOCHE (4,410m.)The Trek takes us first through a seemingly virgin forest and fine mountain panoramas to a monastery of nuns at Dingboche. After a rest and visit, we continue across a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. The trees thin out and give way to shrubs. We arrive at Pangboche village and then go on to Dingboche. We cross a bridge over a stream that flows from the Khumbu glacier below Pheriche, and after an easy climb, we arrive at Dingboche, the last largest village in the Chhukung valley. It is a small but beautiful village with Ama Dablam and Chhukung. If the weather permits, it is advisable to climb up the village to better view its surroundings. The fields of Dingboche village are covered by kilometres of stone walls. These walls are built using the removed stones while preparing the terrain to plough the soil. These walls only do not save the field but also maintain the temperature of the ground by blocking the surface wind, and the day heated stones help to keep the night temperature of the field, which promotes the growth of vegetables and potatoes. • Estimated duration is 5h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge. NOTE If we arrive here in July/August, we stay at Pheriche instead of Dingboche. This is because the part of Dingboche gets closed during the grass flowering season, and locals close all activities.
DAY 7: DINGBOCHEIt is a rest/acclimatization day, but we recommend taking a trip to Chhukung and back. The trail is beautiful, with Buddhist stupas, prayer flags and incredible views. If time permits, we also recommend climbing to the Chukung-Ri (5.540m) at Chhukung. It is a hill above Chhukung village and just below the sheer wall of Mount Nuptse and Lhotse. Some say that the view from Chukung-Ri is better than that from Everest Kalapathar. The sheer wall of Lhotse and Nuptse, the red granite of Makalu, and the south wall of Baruntse, fluted with ice next to 7000m of Ama Dablam. Many feel that Chhukung-Ri has the most beautiful views in the World. We take a hearty lunch at Chhukung and retrace back to Dingboche. • Estimated duration is a 5-6h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 8: TREK TO LOBUCHE (4,887m.)TThe Trek gently leads toward the Khumbu (Everest) Glacier. The World's most significant mountain masses surround you and feel the low oxygen. En route, near the lower edge of the glacier, above Thugla, you can see numerous Chortens (memorials for those who died during Everest expeditions). Finally, you are at Laboche, the base for most trekkers hiking to Kalapathar View Point and Everest Base. After checking into the Lodge, time permitting, you can stroll around the glacial rim to observe the Khumbu Glacier, its loud cracking of ice and noises of chunks of ice and scree falling into the glacial river. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 9: TREK TO GORAKSHEP (5,164m.) / KALAPATHAR (5,545m.)The trip begins early in the morning to reach the summit of Kalapathar for sunrise. From Lobuche, we'll trek to Gorakshep along the rim of the Khumbu glacier catching views of Nuptse, Pumori, Changtse, Cho Lhatse, and many more peaks. Gorakshep is a pleasant place towered by beautiful Mt. Pumori. From here, a 3-hour walk brings us to Everest Base Camp (5,350m), and in one hour on top of Kalapathar (5,545m), one of the most famed viewpoints to sight mount Everest from its nearest location. Arrive at Gorakshep, check into a lodge, possibly take a cup of coffee and continue the way up to Kalapathar lookout, which is about a 45-minute walk to the top of Kalapathar. The view from there is indescribable, seeing Mount Everest from a distance of your hand reach. Enjoy the fantastic sceneries of the Himalayas, including Everest and descend to Gorakshep for breakfast. The remaining day is free to rest and stroll around to enjoy the grand views the place offers. Both sunrise and sunset, from Kalapathar lookout, are genuinely breathtaking so consider repeating the hike to Kalapathar lookout for a sunset view. • Estimated duration is 3h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 10: EXCURSION TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364m.) AND TREK TO LOBUHCEToday we make our dreamt Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364m/17,598ft., (28°0′26″N 86°51′34″E), the base of the Third Pole. The trail from Gorakshep is panoramic, with an incredible view of the Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu Glacier. The mount Pumori dominates the northwestern horizon, just above a hand reaching distance. The flat field below Kala Patthar, 5,545m/18,192 ft., and Mount Pumori is the Khumbu glacier. The glacier has large ice pinnacles, forming a perfect place for ice climbing training. The Everest Base Camp, one of the most famous mountain bases in the Himalayas, is visited by thousands of trekkers and climbers each year. We stop at the basecamp and have our packed lunch, take essential photographs and then retrace our steps to Gorakshep and on to Lobuche. A long day but an achievement, an accomplishment of the mission that most people does not get. • Estimated duration is 6-7h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 11: TREK TO PHORTSE (3,840m.)From Lobuche, we retrace the same trail we took while going up and reach Pangboche, an ancient village with a Monastery. We'll spend a visit to the village and 400 years old monastery, the oldest in the region. After lunch, we'll set off for Phortse village, which offers a beautiful view of Thamserku and Kongde. Tourists do not frequent these parts of the trail, which allows the possibility of seeing wild animals and the colourful national bird of Nepal. The grand mountain sceneries are in every direction. At Phortse village, we check into the Lodge. This village is one of the typical Sherpa villages of the Khumbu region and offers a beautiful panorama containing Mount Ama Dablam, Kangthega, Thamserku, Kusumkangru and Tengboche Monastery. • Estimated duration is 6 to 7h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 12: TREK TO JOR SALLEWe go down to Phortse Tenga, cross the river that flows from the Gokyo Valley, and then begin a steep climb to the hilltop to Mongla. There we take tea-brake and enjoy the magnificent panorama from this beautiful lookout. The trail further descends to Senasa, below the Khumjung village, where we will make our lunch stop, or one may continue further thirty-five minutes to Namche. From Namche, the trail directly drops to the Dudh Koshi River. We are getting back again to "European" altitudes as we descend towards the entrance to Everest National Park at Jor Salle, a pleasant place to spend a night after several days in the higher altitudes. • Estimated duration is 5hrs trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 13: TREK TO LUKLA 2,866mFrom Jor Salle, the trail mostly follows the river retracing through some small Sherpa villages and arriving at Lukla. At Lukla, you spend your last night in the Khumbu Valley. This evening is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a one-long-day trek and one-day Jeep ride to Kathmandu or stay at Lukla to continue another trekking back to Everest Base Camp! • Estimated duration is 5-6h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 14: FLY TO KATHMANDUEarly morning, after breakfast, we walk to the airport for check-in formalities and fly back to Kathmandu. Then, finally, arrive at Kathmandu airport, where a vehicle will be waiting for our arrival and get transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to rest and relax, or if you wish, you could stroll around the high street of Kathmandu or spend time doing things of your choice, or you can also go shopping for your friends and family as a souvenir from Nepal. • Breakfast • Overnight stay in the hotel.
DAY 15: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOURA free day or optionally take a guided city tour. The trip is over. In the evening, we enjoy farewell dinner in one of the best local restaurants in Kathmandu.
- Breakfast included.
- Accommodation in Hotel.
DAY 16: DEPARTUREHave breakfast and have some relaxing free time for yourself. Our office representative and vehicle will arrive at your hotel to escort you to the airport at the indicated time. Drive to Kathmandu international airport (TIA), see off formalities, you will go through the immigration and departure.
- Breakfast included.
What is included
- Airport pick up and departure service as per itinerary
- 4-night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Category selectable)
- Manthali to Lukla and Manthali Airfare (Tax included)
- Trekking period on full board basis (tea house lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis).
- 1 Guide in the group and one porter, between every two members, for the entire trek
- Insurance and all expenses of local staff
- A trekking duffel bag to each member (if required)
- A Trekking Map in the group.
- A good sleeping bag to each member (if required)
- A pair of trekking pole for each member
- A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency.
- A medial kit box for first aid medical purpose.
- Everest National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu entry permits
What is not included
- Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
- International air tickets
- Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport)
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Personal expenses
- Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek
- Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
- Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in above price include section.