The Everest Base Camp Trek, one of the grandest treks in the world, is an unparalleled opportunity to trek in the Himalayas where Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set off on their epic journey in 1953. The trip also includes acclimatization and a cultural trek into the scenic Sherpa heartland of the Khumbu Valley. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Himalayan range near the Khumbu region with four of the world's six tallest peaks of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu rising above everything in view. Besides trekking, take a glimpse into the life of world famous climbers, the Sherpas. The trek further provides an immense opportunity to survey around the world heritage site of the Sagarmatha National Park, which hosts a variety of Himalayan flora and fauna and to explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world.
- Activity: Trekking
- Duration: 19 days
- Grade: Hard
- Highest Alt: 6189m
- Trek Type: Tea house Trek / Camping Trek
- Best Season: Oct-Nov-Dec / Mar-April-May
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmanduw, after completion of our custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up from airport and transfer to hotel. Depending on time if we have enough time we will hang around Thamel and buy some necessary gears. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner. Overnight stay at 5 star hotel in Kathmandu.
In this day we will complete all essential paper works. Today, there will be a meeting to brief all the members about upcoming trip. Here, our guides and Sherpas will check all the climbing gears and also provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.
After breakfast, we will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight in Phakding.
Included meals: BLD
Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch wonderful prospect of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Upon this juncture, we stop at Chautara to admire the view. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading center of this region. We stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
This is the first of the two days set aside for "acclimatization". Health experts recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day's hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region.
Upon breakfast in Namche, we set out towards Tengboche, enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows more or less smooth trail with few ups and downs which will not bother us as the magnificent view of the Himalayas keeps our company all through the journey. Along the way, we can spot wildlife musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, we gear up for a slightly tougher climb through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, and Mt Everest, and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. We pay our visit to the monastery the same day at around 3 pm to witness the ceremony in the principal and popular monastery of Everest region. Overnight stay at a lodge at Tengboche.
With mountains at its backdrop, the monastery at Tengboche looks more spectacular in the morning. At this juncture, we can take pictures of the monastery and the scenery around and as usual start the day journey. We choose the upper trail for better views on the way to Pangboche village. We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. The place where we stop for lunch not only serves delicious food but also allows a fantastic close-up view of Mt Ama Dablam. In the afternoon, we walk north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt Ama Dablam. From here onwards, the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley gradually unfolds as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. We descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. On arrival at Dingboche, we will see beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight at Dingboche.
We start the day with a climb to Lobuche through the Khumbu Khola valley. The walk along the arid terrace is rewarding with awesome views of mountains on all sides. After an hour walk we reach Thukla, where we can have tea and some snacks.
Beyond Duglha, we climb up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountain views. At the top of the ridge, we 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, we find ourselves facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive. Mt Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As we pass along a murmuring stream leaving the Khumbu Glacier behind, we now begin to feel a little out of breath due to high altitude. Overnight at Lobuche.
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid signpost. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world - Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. We will spend half an hour than we will back to Gorakshep. Over night Gorakshep.
We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar and witness the first light of day caress the peaks of the mountains, particularly, Mt. Everest. However, we need to be prepared for an early morning departure, amid predawn darkness and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C). Further, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we can pause to catch breath at several outstanding view points from where we can snap great pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and wait other participants to return. After every one is back to we start descending toward the Island peak. We will reach in Lobuche in the mid off the day, will have lunch and rest. Over night at Lobuche.
Earlier in the morning we will start our trek. The trek from Lobuche to Chhukung is down steep up to Dingboche. We reach to Dingboche after crossing the beautiful places like Thukla and Dusa. The path from Dingboche is gentle steep up following the trail via Imja Khola valley with magnificent views of the Mountains. As we walk through the we can behold scenic view of glaciers and massive mountains all around us. After reaching to Chhukung we have also the choice, whether wevwant to have a relaxing time resting in Chhukung or hike to the rocky knoll of Chhukung Ri.
Overnight we stay at Chhukung. Included meals:BLD
By following the trail climbing toward south of the valley and later it will be continued turning east. From the Lhotse Glacier the trail will continue with the south edge of the moraine. The trail will end at he Basecamp of Island Peak walking through the Lhotse Glacier and Imja (on the north of Imja Lake). At the basecamp the Sherpa khangri Outdoor's guide will conduct the training session for peak climbing.
Overnight stay at Island Peak Base Camp. Included meals:BLD
On this day in the morning to make our ascent accessible we will climb from basecamp to the height of 5600m and set the High Camp. The path to the high camp is quite sandy initially. After walking 3 to 4 hours from the basecamp we will reach the high camp and rest for the whole day, its helps us to acclimatization. At the high camp we prepare for the summit.
Included : BLD
Today is our summiting day. We will begin our climbing very earlier, around 2 - 3 AM. From the high camp we climb a rocky and little bit snowy route. After following a ridgeline leading us to an exciting pass through the snout of the summit glacier. Here our guide fix the ropes which helps us to climb a vertical snow hill, this hill lead us to the summit. After the ascent of Island Peak (6189m) we will descend to its Basecamp (5200m) and celebrate our achievement. Overnight stay at Basecamp.
Following the trail descend from south the valley after crossing the Lhotse glacier we will reach to Chhukung. From Chhukung we will walk down along with the Imja River we stop our steps at Dingboche and take some rest over there. The trail down toward Pangboche along with Imja River is gentle and relaxing. After crossing the Tauje River we will finally reach to our deatination; Pangboche where we can visit multiple beautiful Gompas.
In this day we continue our trek in the morning, following the river and after crossing it with the great view of Rhododendron forest we will reach to the Tangbochu Monastery located in Tangboche. The amazing views of giant Himalayas like Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku will add excitement to us. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi and at Phungi Thanga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels. From Phungi Thanga the steep down way through Sansa will ends our today's trek at Namche Bazar.
Early morning after breakfast, we will descend down to Lukla. Coming down is much easier than climbing up since we had enough acclamation. Tonight we will do last party with out staff. In Lukla we will drink and eat together with staff. If you want to give to give them tips today is the day. Make them happy.
Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at hotel. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner.
Departure. Sherpa Khangri Outdoor representative will drop you to airport according to your flight schedule.
- Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
- Accommodation in Kathmandu, teahouses and tents during trekking and expedition
- All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
- Climbing and Trekking Permit
- Trekking guide and porter
- Staff Insurance and Salary
- All domestic flights (Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu)
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals in mountain
- Porter services for trekking
- All necessary paper work; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
- Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment’s
- Medical kit
- Travel and rescue arrangements
- Company services and all required government taxes/royalties
- Nepalese visa fee
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
- Personal climbing equipment
- Personal climbing guide if requested
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- Tips for guides and porters