• Destination Everest, Nepal
  • Activity Trekking
  • Accomodation Hotel, lodge (tea house)
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Grade moderate to fairly challenging…but a once in a lifetime trip…
  • Start and End Point Katmandu / Kathmandu
  • Nature Of Trek TH (Tea House / Lodge)
  • Transportation Flight and car

Everest Base Camp Trek – 14 Days

  • 14 Days
Trip Overview

Your Everest Base Camp trek is a lifetime journey; however, it’s not the mountains that we conquer, but ourselves… Once your mind is made up for a holiday, the Himalayas strike your mind first. As a result, your thoughts stray to Mount Everest. Mount Everest is a major attraction for being top of the world. And Everest Base Camp trek for beginners is the ideal trip to begin your Himalayan vacation. You will soon learn of a whole different world to explore as your trekking boots hit the trails. This trip offers opportunities to see many stunning Himalayan peaks including Everest in shorter time periods. The mesmerizing magnificence of Mt Everest has always attracted trekkers from different corners of the world. Your Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks on earth. For most adventure lovers, to be at the base camp of the planet’s mightiest mountain is a virtual status symbol. Nevertheless, the rewards are huge in the risky world of the wild.
Our almost 2 week’s teahouse trek begins with a nail biting flight to Lukla. From here on, our trek starts to the quiet village of Phakding where we haul up for the night. The next day we hike on to the Everest gateway of Namche where it’s all happening. We then continue to the pretty villages of Tengboche, Dingboche and Lobuche while interacting with locals on the way. Our Everest Base Camp route gives you exciting insights into the local culture. Additionally, highlights of Everest Base Camp trek also includes getting to Base Camp. If your trip is in the spring season, you’re likely to see expeditions preparing for the big climb to Everest. On the other hand, your own taxing climb to Kalapathar at 5550m, the highest point you reach on this odyssey; brings you unbelievable rewards in a class of its own.
The gripping views from Kalapathar of the snowy giant peaks of Everest, Mount Pumori, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse leave you gasping for breath. Everest Base Camp trek – Nepal Trekkers gives you a sense of fulfillment at this point of your trip. This Everest Base Camp trek is an ideal trip for anyone looking for a challenge to the base of the highest peak on earth. If you’re looking for something to test you more physically, then try our 3 High Passes Trek – 20 days. You will know how far your limits can go.

Key Highlights

  • Excellent acclimatisation, giving high success rates and greater enjoyment
  • Trek to both Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar
  • Highly experienced Sherpa leaders, some of whom are Everest summiteers
  • 3-4 star hotels, time to relax and a walking tour whilst in Kathmandu

Itinerary

Our office representative will be on standby with our vehicle to Meet and greet you at the airport. You will see our display board with your name written inside a heart with ‘Nepal Trekkers Booking Treks & Expeditions’ distinctly displayed. This is the only display board of its kind among a whole lot of others. You will be transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to get familiar with the area of the hotel surroundings and get acclimatised to this happening medieval city. Alternatively, you may prefer to recover from your journey by relaxing beside the hotel pool and get rid of all that jetlag. Your guide will later provide you an informal briefing about your trip in the days ahead. Later in the evening it would be good to have an early supper and get to bed so you could get up early the next day to begin your trip. Overnight at your hotel in the valley of temples, some say it’s the most on earth.
We will need to wake up before the birds and depart the hotel at around 2-3am for a drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport to catch our flight to Lukla. During this time of day there is usually light traffic, the drive ought to take something like 3-4 hours. Roads in Nepal are not of the same standard like the west, there may be potholed areas and the last section is pretty roughshod. We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m); and relish what we see on one of the most beautiful air routes on earth, which stunningly concludes on a sharp ridge surrounded by high mountainous peaks. Lukla is a gateway to the Khumbu region and our trek begins from hereabouts. We meet our other crew members and begin sorting out our equipment with help from them. We then hit the trails for a brief leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or & Milk River & known so because of the gushing streams that look white and milky). We descend from the small plateau, down into the lush forested valley. The trail offers some teasing views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding at (2,652m), where we spend our first night in a Tea-house lodge (our sleeping altitude is 2,652m)
After a hot breakfast, we head out of Phakding and follow the Dudh Kosi northwards. Today & hike takes us through splendid forests with lovely vistas of the mountains ahead. We criss-cross the river several times by airy bridges as we pass through the villages of Benkar, Monjo and Jorsale. The last bridge brings us to the foot of the sharp climb to Namche. Halfway up this ascent, we are likely to get our first views, if the clouds are kind, of the summit of Everest which appears regally behind the great rim of Nuptse-Lhotse. A last 300m of clambering brings us to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and the main town in the area. Namche is a flourishing Sherpa town and an ancient trading centre. It has a weekly market on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning but the town buzzes everyday with trekkers, coffee shops, bakeries, ATMs, internet cafes, government offices, a bank, great restaurants and stores selling all kinds of trekking and climbing gear as well as Tibetan souvenirs. You will have enough time to stroll around and strike up a bargain for something you like. We will bunk out in a hotel or teahouse lodge (our sleeping altitude is 3,440m)
After breakfast, we begin our acclimatization hikes. It is important walking to higher altitudes during your two day stay in Namche Bazaar. There are options here to trek to Khumjung where you can visit the local school and hospital or to Thame village, home to Sherpa Everest expediters, namely, the great Everest climber Tenzing Norgay. We can also hike to the airstrip in Shyangboche at (3720m), above the airstrip is the Everest view hotel, which was set up by the Japanese to bring affluent tourists into the region for a prime view of Everest. The scheme was brought down by the fact the hotel was at nearly 4000m and many suffer from altitude sickness. For much of the walk, we have great views of Ama Dablam and other Himalayan giants. We walk back down through Khumjung to a monastery. Sadly, it was damaged in the earthquake but is now being repaired. Inside is a small box and after paying the entry fee (which goes towards the repairs) - we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! Descending to the main trail we spend the night at Namche
This morning after breakfast, we descend to the river line; and cross it at the small settlement of Phunki Tenga at 3,250m, then climb steeply through the forest to Tengboche at 3,870m. We ought to arrive here by lunchtime and at high noon we will visit the famous monastery. The sunset and sunrise on these unbelievable panoramas of mountains we behold is something we will never forget for some time to come - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam provide a spectacular backdrop to our teahouse. As we hike we look out for Himalayan Tahr in the lush forest surrounding the monastery. We crash out in our tea house (sleeping at an altitude of 3,870m)
After breakfast, we descend and hike through dense forests filled with a variety of abundant trees – birch, conifers and rhododendrons. This walk wonderfully rewards us with fabulous views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The quaint trail dips down to Deboche, crosses the Imja River and takes us to pretty village of Pangboche. The upper Pangboche trails welcome us with more immaculate views of the big peaks and the old Pangboche Monastery, one of the oldest in the Khumbu. The hike then goes ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and finally begins clambering up to Dingboche. At Dingboche, we see a fine display of fields surrounded by stone walls to protect crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. We spend the night here in a tea-house lodge (sleeping at an altitude of 4,350m)
Dingboche is a well known haul up point for trekkers and climbers making a beeline to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam or Island Peak [Imja Tse]. The chocolate box village is attractive with an assortment of fields surrounded by stone walls to protect precious crops like barley, buckwheat and potatoes from strong winds and grazing animals. We hang around for a day at Dingboche to get used to the thin air we will experience in the days ahead. We take day hikes to either Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung Valley for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Cholatse, Tawache and Ama Dablam. Those adapting well to the altitude can climb Nangkartshang Peak at 5,100m. There is the option to climb halfway to the peak or for the energetic it takes about 3.5hrs to the top. It’s a tough and steep climb but well worth the effort for the amazing views. We bunk out at the same altitude for the night.
After breakfast, we set out on the trail as it climbs steeply out of Dingboche past a chorten and ascends the valley gradually to Dughla at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We haul up hereabouts for a tea break and munch on some snacks before the sharp climb up to Chupki Lhara, a beautiful, yet touching place where you will find a line of memorials in honor to the climbers who died on Everest and from where we have beautiful views of the peaks lying on the Nepal-Tibet border. Our trail then cools off as we go by the valley to Lobuche, a pretty little hamlet with a few teahouses. Late afternoon we get options to hike up onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier to witness a breathtaking sunset on Nuptse which you will not forget in a hurry. We then spend the night in a tea-house sleeping at an altitude of 4,940m).
Today after breakfast, we must be prepared for a grueling, challenging day and for this we must hit the trails very early. We head for the Khumbu Glacier northwards to Gorak Shep. The trail goes up and down the moraine with some short steep sections. The path is stony as we are now on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We take something like 2-3 hours to reach Gorak Shep where we haul up for a breather and something to eat. Between base camp and back no lodges are available, so we will fill our water bottles and carry some snacks for the journey to Everest Base Camp. We start by walking across a grimy flat at Gorak Shep and climb onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for several hours before finally descending onto the rocky glacial moraine itself. The trail winds up and down through interesting ice seracs to the area we call Everest Base Camp. In spring, we might see in the distance some of the expedition teams gearing up to climb the mountain. From the Base Camp we get stunning upfront views of the Khumbu Ice Fall as we understand just how difficult it is for the climbers to negotiate a route through the huge blocks of ice. Nuptse towers above us and Pumori rears up behind us. After a brief halt to get some great pictures by the Base Camp rock we retrace our steps to Gorak Shep. We stop here for a night in tea-house lodges sleeping at an altitude of 5,170m.
We get set for an early morning departure, real early at the break of dawn in darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, we must brace up for biting winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. Nevertheless, it is upon reaching Kalapathar that we get to see 360 degree close-up and gripping, breathtaking views of Mt. Everest. Our video cams go on overdrive; we enjoy the glorious mountain panorama, and then return back to Pheriche via Pangboche for a well earned night's rest. The early afternoon time is used to descend down to Pheriche for a good night & rest. Pheriche is a great village to spend the day because of its ancient monastery. We also interestingly get to know that all the ice doctors who prepare Everest summiteers for the big climb hail from this pretty village. We spend our night at a teahouse lodge sleeping at an altitude of 3985m.
After breakfast, we begin our trek down through a ridge carpeted by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the airy prayer-flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail clings to the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly, but pleasantly through pine forests. While in the forest, we may come across colorful pheasants and mountain goats. The route finally reaches Sanasa from where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. We also pass meandering trails and then cut through a forest before reaching the bustling Namche Bazaar. We do an Overnight in Namche Bazaar at an altitude of 3,440m.
This is our last day on these lovely mountains which have been home to us all of these days! Today the trail descends sharply downward so we need to take care as our tired wobbly legs continuously navigate the rock-strewn terrain. After crossing some airy suspension bridges over the gushing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail gets a bit easy going and natural. When we finally touch down at Lukla, we relax our aching legs and reminisce on the wonderful experiences of the last couple of weeks. We arrange for a special celebration because this is our last day on these mountains that have given us so much of joy all these days. We then go to bed after a wonderful day in Lukla.
We hop an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our almost 2 weeks mountain odyssey. On reaching Kathmandu, we can take some rest or do some last minute souvenir shopping. If we want to participate in any other activities of ancient Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with some shopping or sightseeing. We will enjoy a farewell dinner at a good restaurant in the evening. While enjoying our meals, we’ll be entertained to some scintillating cultural dances performed by the local belles to celebrate the successful conclusion of a fantastic trip. Overnight in Kathmandu
After breakfast, our rep and office vehicle will be on standby at our hotel to transfer us to the airport for our connecting flight home. Serving you was an honour and pleasure, we at ‘Nepal Trekkers Booking Treks & Expeditions’ will treasure the bonds of our friendship created over the time you spent with us and we thank you for choosing us as your travel operator and visiting our incredible country Nepal. We know that trekking in this striking region of the Khumbu [Everest region] will give you lifetime memories of a vacation well enjoyed. Adieu friends! Till we meet again. Please Note: We would like you to know that although we try to follow the program given above, at times local trails or weather conditions may compel us to make slight changes if necessary. The trekking itinerary may also vary slightly subject to our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This odyssey goes into untamed territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the safety of your trip and your life. Thank you so much for your understanding. We value your precious life.

Cost Includes

  • All Airport transfers/drop off services in a private vehicle
  • 3-star deluxe accommodation with personalized services in Kathmandu, breakfast included
  • Best available clean and comfortable Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trip
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • An extra 5kg luggage allowance on Lukla flight, total 15kg
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader
  • (Guide)
  • Assistant Trekking Guide (5 trekkers: 1 Asst. guide) for personalized care
  • Porter service to carry your main luggage during the trek (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance, equipment etc.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee and Community Fee
  • First Aid kit, Pulse Oximeter and essential medicines (Paracetamol, Diamox etc.) carried by the
  • Trek Leader
  • Souvenirs – Nepal Trekkers Booking Treks & Expedition’ kit bag (Duffel bag), and trekking map
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trek completion)
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's Not Included

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
  • Excess baggage fee (15 kg Baggage allowance for Lukla flight, 10kg check-in baggage + 5 kg
  • hand baggage – for extra baggage it will cost around USD 1 per 1 Kg)
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or
  • boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is generally expected on such arduous trips)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control on some of the most rugged
  • territory on earth

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