Everest base camp trek 15 days

Everest base camp trek 15 days


What to expect from this marvelous trekking expedition
Trek to Everest Base Camp.
Cross mountain passes and glaciers.
Enjoy the local Sherpa culture.
Visit Monasteries and meet locals.
Enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Ranges.
See many mountains of over 8000 meter height and more.

Region: Nepal’s Himalayan Zone.
Trek Type: Group Trekking Adventure.
Group Size: 1 to 16 People per Group.
Popular Season to Trek: April to June and Sep to December.
Start & Finish Point: Kathmandu.
Trekking Duration: 14 nights / 15 days.
Trek Grade: Medium to Difficult.
Trekking Distance: 120 Kilometers (round trip).
Maximum Altitude: 18,519 feet / 5, 645 meters.
Approximate Daily Altitude Gain: 200 to 400 meters.
Accommodation: Local hotels or tea houses on a twin sharing basis.
What to expect: An adventure filled fun time with moderate to difficult trekking on mountain terrain.
Fitness Needed: Active Individuals between 12 to 80 years old, enthusiastic and adventure lover, just moderate or above fitness level.
Weather: Depends on the month of your trek. Night time temperature in the highest Altitudes area ranges between -5 to -15 in summer and -10 to -25 in winter. The lower altitude ranges between 20 to 0 in summer and 5 to -10 in winter. (Temperature in degree Celsius).

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu (1,400 meters, 4,600 feet).

You will be picked up from the airport upon your arrival and will be dropped at the hotel. We will brief you about the planned itinerary for this trekking expeditions and the rest of the day is leisure. You may plan to explore the historic city of Kathmandu as it has many places of interest. You can visit the Darbar square (it is ruined after the earthquake), Darbar Marg, and The great Pashupati Nath Temple or enjoy the evening in Thamel.

Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2,800 meters, 9,187 feet) and Trek to Phakding (2,600 meters / 8,530 feet).

Early morning we will leave for the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan international airport and take our flight to Lukla. This will be one of your finest flying experiences in a tiny Dornier flight that offers some spectacular views of mountain top villages, series of snow-capped mountains on your left-hand side and 100s of lush green mountains with many waterfalls. The total flying time will be about 40 minutes. It is a thrilling experience to land and take off on the Lukla airport. It has a small runway on top of a mountain. Whether you are a passenger sitting inside the aircraft or someone standing on the ground watching the landing and takeoff, this is an absolute thrilling experience for both.

Lukla is a very nice and cool place with lot of restaurants and coffee houses. You can have your breakfast here and then we will start our trek to Phakding. Once you are outside and in walking in the Lukla Street, turn back and look towards the Lukla airport to get a view of a huge and spectacular mountain called Mera-La.

The beautiful trekking trail between Lukla and Phakding passes through many small villages along side of the Dudh Koshi River. You will spot some amazing Buddhist Stupas and monasteries. There is one monastery which will fall on your right and situated on a cliff is really beautiful. The trek from Lukla to Phakding is a downhill trekking and should not take more than 4 hours to reach Phakding, so you can walk really slowly and enjoy the scenic beauty that surrounds this trail. Phakding is a very beautiful village situated on the bank of Dudh Koshi River. The Hotel (Tea House) which you will be staying is also on the side of the Dudh Koshi River. If you may like then get down and touch the icy cold water that is flowing from the Khumbu Glacier.

Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters / 11,290 feet).

Another day of spectacular views and experience awaits us. The trail begins along the side of Dudh Koshi River. As we cross the main village we will get a hanging bride to cross over the river. While on the bridge, you can see a tiny monastery right on mountain before you. The view of this monastery from the bridge is really stunning and perfect setting for some nice photographs. The very river will cross our trail for 5 times today, before we reach Namche. After we cross some distance from Phakding, we will get clear views of the Mountain Thamserku. It is really a huge mountain and its views from the trail are spectacular. We will cross several small villages like Monjo and Jorsila, before we reach Namche. We will have our lunch at Jorsila, this is the last village before Namche.

After Jorsale village we will cross 2 hanging bridges to reach Namche Bazaar. The first one is a normal hanging bridge with less height. Once we cross this bridge, we will trek on Dudh Koshi river bed for little distance and after some time the trail goes through the edge of the mountain. The stretch is very narrow in some places and you need to be very careful as the Yaks and Mules do not follow the rules. It is better to trek along the side of the mountain and not on the side facing the river.

Once you cross this stretch, you will reach a big hanging bridge. This is the highest bridge in this zone. There are 2 bridges one above another, the below one is abandoned and the one above is functional. Crossing this bridge itself is a real thrilling experience. If the skies are clear then you will get a small and your first glimpse of Mount Everest from the middle of the bridge. This part of trekking route is a heaven for photography, especially the sight of the bridges from the trail.

After this bridge the trail goes through dense forest and it’s the toughest part of today’s trekking, as the trail goes up-hill. After 2 hours of up-hill trekking you will reach a resting point where you will find toilets/rest rooms and some locals often sale fruits and snacks at this point. Also from this place you can see a much better view of Mount Everest and Lhotse. After this place the trail is not that strenuous and you will cross Namche check post and enter the Namche village. We will have to climb several steps before reaching our hotel.

Day 4: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar

Wake up and get a mesmerizing view of Kongde Mountain which is just in-front of Namche village. Today we will start really early and roam around the colorful Namche main market for a while. We will then hike to The Namche Museum; on our way to the museum you can see the Namche primary school. Namche museum is situated on top of the Namche village. Namche museum has a big flat ground and the views of surrounding mountains are really spectacular. You can see almost all the big mountains from this place and there is a big bronze statue of Tenzing Norgey, which was built in 2014 to add more sense to this place. A photo is a must with the Tenzing Norgey statue set in the spectacular background of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.

After spending some time on the Namche museum and its beautiful ground, we will go for an up-hill hike to Syangboche airport(3,780 meters ,12,402 feet). The higher you go from the Namche Village the better is the view of Namche Bazaar. Once you reach at the airport, you will be surprised by the size of the airport as it is really big. However, the airport is non functional and used only in emergencies. It is situated on top of a mountain with a much better view of all the mountains that we saw from Namche museum. After this, we will go to Everest view hotel, which is just above the airport. We will have a tea/coffee break here amidst the view of big mountains and then we will do a downhill hike to the very famous Khumjung village(3,970 meters, 13,025 feet).

Khumjung is a big village situated on the foothill of the highly sacred Khumbila Mountain. We will have our lunch in this village and will proceed to Khumjung monastery, where you can see the so called Yeti scalp in a glass box. You have to tip the monk before taking photographs of the Yeti Scalp! After visiting Khumjung Monastery we will go to Khumjung High School, also called The Hillary School, founded by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1961. This is a very good high school in the entire Sola Khumbu region. You can even play football with the school kids in the big school playground. After visiting The Hillary School, we will trek back to Syangboche airport and then get down to Namche Bazaar. While returning to our hotel you can also visit the Namche Monastery which will come on the way to our hotel.

Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,867 meters / 12,687 feet).

Today we will trek to Tengboche, which is famous for its monastery and it will take about 7-8 hours to reach, including the lunch break. Today’s trek goes through few beautiful villages like Kyangjuma and Phungi Thanga, amidst the great views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and several other big mountains. Today we can see many table top villages including the most beautiful Phortse village. The trek is a moderate trek up to Phungi Thanga village and this is the last village before Tengboche, so we must finish our lunch here as there is nothing available on the trail after this village. Today we will cross only 1 hanging bridge in Phungi Thanga and after that it will be uphill trek to Tengboche.

Once we cross Phungi Thanga the trail is completely uphill and goes through dense forest. Once you start from Phungi Thanga, you will get two trails, one is the main trail and the other one goes through the really dense forest and is more beautiful than the main trail. However, both the trails join in a resting place before Tengboche and from here it is only one trail to Tengboche.

Once you reach Tengboche you will be mesmerized by its beauty. This place is having a big monastery and the view from this place is very spectacular. The mountains look much bigger and beautiful from this place. Thamserku Mountain looks really gigantic from this place. This is a very beautiful place for photography and you can visit the monastery as well as be the part of their prayers.

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,530 meters/ 14,800 feet).

We will start our day early today. The trails offers some magnificent views of The Mount Ama Dablam, means mother’s ornament. It really lives up its name as this is one the most beautiful mountain in the entire Sagarmatha region. We will start from Tengboche and climb down several steps to reach the village Deboche and then will trek downhill towards Pangboche village. We will trek on the right side of Dudh Koshi River. After sometime we will almost get down to the river bed and cross a beautiful wooden bridge. This is one of the most beautiful places for photography. You can get some really beautiful views of Mount Ama Dablam from this tiny wooden bridge.

After the bridge, it will be an uphill trail up to Pangboche village. Pangboche is a big village with a beautiful Monastery. You can get some beautiful and gigantic views of the Mount Ama Dablam from this village. After Pangboche we will trek on the left side of Dudh Koshi River and will reach Shomare village. We will have our lunch here as there is nothing available between Shomare and Dingboche.

After lunch we will start towards Dingboche and you can feel the difference in this area as you can find the mountains become tree less. The trail from Shomare to Dingboche is an easy trekking trail only a small hike is there before Dingboche. The trail between Shomare and Dingboche is windy. You need to take right diversion from the main trail and cross the Dudh Koshi River on a small Iron bridge as the other trail goes uphill towards Pheriche village. After the bridge the trail goes little uphill and then becomes completely flat till Dingboche.

Day 7: Acclimatization day in Dingboche.

Dingboche is a really beautiful village, situated on the back side of Ama Dablam Mountain. The view of Mount Ama Dablam is completely different from this place. You will be able to get some clear views of Mt. Lhotse from Dingboche. Today we will go for a hike to a place, called Ama Dablam old base camp. The views from here are really very spectacular. There is a pristine Lake on the base camp and from here we can see two of the world’s biggest mountains, Makalu and Cho Oyu ranked 5th and 6th respectively. The hike to this place is really strenuous and steep but the views and the pristine lake will make it worth the pain. If you are visiting in November and December, then the lake might have been completely frozen.

After spending some time in this place we will get down to Dingboche village and take rest in our Hotel.

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940 meters / 16,207 feet).

Today we will hike to Lobuche via Dughla/ Thok La (4,620 meters / 15,160 feet) and the trail to Dughla is really nice and flat. Once we start from Dingboche, we will get a small uphill trail and after that the trail is completely flat up to Dughla/Thok La. The views from the trail is really awesome, especially the view of Mount Pumori, another beautiful mountain in Sagarmatha Region. Once we reach Dughla, we will have our Lunch and then hike to Dughla/Thok La Pass. This is a very significant small mountain pass as you can find 100s of memorials in this place, which belong to climbers who died in many expeditions in the past. The hike is strenuous after Dughla/Thok La, but it is not a very lengthy trail. Once you are on the top, you can spend some time here and then proceed to Lobuche.

After the memorial place the trail is really flat up to Lobuche and you can find Khumbu Glacier on your right hand side but you cannot see it as a big wall is there along side of it. If you climb that wall then the Khumbu glacier will completely visible.

After reaching Lobuche you can take rest in the hotel or you can go for a visit to World weather station which is just below to a hinging glacier and very close to the hotel. Alternatively you can hike to the Khumbu glacier wall which is just in front of our hotel.

Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,164 meters / 16,942 feet) and visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters , 17,598 feet).

Toddy’s trekking will be the longest one in this trekking expedition. We will start early and reach Gorakshep. We will then keep our stuffs in the hotel, have some light food and then immediately start for Everest Base Camp. One we start from Lobuche the trail is very flat up to some distance, then we need to hike a small mountain pass called Lobuche pass. After the Lobuche pass the trail goes through lot of ups and downs, along side of The Khumbu Glacier up to Gorakshep. In few places you need to walk on the glacier and can see solid ice that are as old as 1000+ years. Once you get down from the rocky up and down glacier hills, you will reach Gorakshep, a flat lake bed. We will keep our luggage in the hotel and have some light food then start towards Everest Base Camp. The trail to the base camp is quite similar to the trail what we just crossed before Gorakshep. You can see some really great views of Mount Nuptse on your right side and a spectacular view of Mount Pumori on your left, also a great view of Khumbu glacier.

You need to get down from the ridge to Khumbu Glacier as the Base camp is on the Khumbu glacier. The trail is not so good in this area as the trail keep shifting itself as the glacier keeps moving with. Please don’t except a proper trail while going to Everest Base Camp. Once you reach to the Base camp you will find yourself amidst some huge mountains and the feeling over here is really out of the world. The sounds of ice breaking in Khumbu glacier or an avalanche on a distance mountain are really different experiences. Please note the base camp is a really safe place, as this is situated quite a distance from the nearest mountains.

The Khumbu icefall starts just after the base camp and you will have a great view of The Khumbu glacier. If you are here in April and May then you can see a lot of tents spread across the base camp. All these tents belong to the climbers and their support teams. After spending some time on the Base Camp we will come back to Gorakshep. On our return, we can take photographs with the famous sign board which says “WAY TO M.T EVEREST B.C.” which is quite close to our Gorakshep hotel.

Day 10: Hike Kala Patthar (5,644.5 meters, 18,519 feet) and trek back to Lobuche (4,940 meters / 16,207 feet).

This is the most important day of our trip. Today we will hike to Kala Patthar and see a really great view of Mount Everest and panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. The hike to Kala Patthar starts just after Gorakshep and the trail goes up hill, the trail is quite good for a walk if you walk on your own pace, then this hike will be the best hike for you. Once you are on the top or near the top of Kala Patthar, the view of Mount Everest get more broad and clear. Also you will get a solid view of mount Pumori while hiking Kala Patthar. Just before the summit, you will find big rocks on the trail and you need to climb on these rocks to reach to the top of the Kala Patthar. Once you are on the top then the view from here is absolutely superb! You can see really gigantic view of The Mount Everest and other surrounding chain of mountains, form here. From this point, you can realize how big is the Khumbu Glacier and also get a very clear picture of Khumbu Ice fall, which looks much closer from the top. You can tie a prayer flag here along with thousands of other prayer flags that are already tied. Take some finest clicks of your life time and get down to Gorakshep. Don’t spend much time on top of Kala Patthar as this place is really windy and don’t go to the edge of the mountain.

After reaching our hotel we will return back to Lobuche which is very easy downhill trek.

Day 11: Lobuche to Tengboche (3,867 meters / 12,687 feet) via Pheriche (4,371 meters / 14,340 feet).

Today we will trek back to Tengboche via Pheriche and the trek will be very easy as most of the time we will do downhill. After crossing Dughla we will get down to Pheriche valley, a small settlement on a big flat valley along side of Dudh Koshi River and the river bed is very wide here. The Himalayan Rescue Hospital is situated over here. After Pheriche we will do a small uphill hike to reach The Pheriche pass and then again the trail will be very flat up to Deboche village. After Deboche village we will climb some steps to reach Tengboche. The steps can possibly be the difficult part of today’s trek.

Day 12: Tengboche to Monjo (2,835 meters / 9,301 feet).

Today we will trek back to Monjo and the hike is moderate, as most of the trek is downhill. Once we get down to Phungi Thanga we will get an uphill trek for some distance and after that the trail will be very flat up to Namche bazaar. After Namche Bazaar the trail is fully downhill up to Jorsale village, and then we need to climb few steps to reach Monjo.

Day 13: Monjo to Lukla Lukla (2,800 meters, 9,187 feet).

We will trek back to Lukla on the same trail and on the way we will cross Phakding village. There will be an uphill trek before Lukla. This part of the trek is not a tough uphill trek but many a times it feels much longer as you are excited to reach Lukla as soon as possible.

Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,400 meters, 4,600 feet).

Today we will fly back to Kathmandu after a lifetime trekking experience. Once you reach in Kathmandu you can relax in our hotel or chill out in Thamel Street.

Day 15: Departure.

Check out before 12 PM. We will drop you at airport based on your flight time.

What Is Included

Airport pick up for international terminal.
Domestic airport transfers.
Accommodation in Kathmandu (2 nights).
Accommodation during the trekking period (12 nights).
Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS).
Certified guide.
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
All government and local taxes.
Please Note: For single trekker we provide porter cum guide.

What Is Not Included

Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu.
Food and drinking water throughout the trip.
Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc.
Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health or any other reason.
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
Nepalese visa fee.
Tips for guide(s), porter(s).

Items to bring with you

Trekking Bag
UV Protected Sun Glasses
Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Preferably Water Proof).
Trekking Poles
Crocs Shoes/sandal
Water disinfection Drops / Tablets
Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack
Good jacket to protect from cold
Sleeping Bag
Windcheater
Thermals – Top and Bottom
Poncho (for rain)
Knee Cap 1 Pair.
Moisturizer
1 quick drying towel
Sun blocks (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sun blocks
Toilet Paper
Wet-Tissue Papers/ Baby wipes
Headlamp, Torch with spare batteries
Gloves
Trekking Socks
Gaiters for hiking in winter
Basic First Aid Kit
2 light weight trekking pants.
3 light weight trekking T-Shirt
4 pairs trekking socks
Dry Fruits and Chocolates.

INR. 35, 000*

(For Indian National Only)

USD. 720

(for Non Indian and Non Nepali Citizens)

*4.5% Service Tax will be applicable

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