1. Breathtaking view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru from the Phakding Village, a scenic settlement in the Dudh Koshi Valley.
2. Walking along the route of Dudh Koshi river and crossing it at the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge.
3. Stunning close view of the Khumbu Ice Glacier, the highest altitude glacier in the world.
4. Exploring the famous Namche Bazar and the Everest Viewpoint Hotel, the latter of which is one among the highest altitude hotels in the world.
5. Enjoying the warm and generous hospitality of the local Sherpa Community.
6. Breathtaking 360-degree view of mountains from the top of Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp. Mountains on view include Mt Everest, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Lhotse etc.
Everest base camp trek is the standout trekking destination of the world. This trek takes you to the base of the highest mountain in the world and lets you experience the rich flora, fauna, culture and stunning natural beauty of a serene place that is far away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday chaos elsewhere. The Khumbu region – where the trek takes place – is home of the wonderful and warmly hospitable Sherpa people and has many Buddhist monasteries and shrines that give the place a transcendental feeling. These monasteries often provide a perfect resting abode for the trekkers on their way to the base camp (5365m).
The base camp trek has been on the bucket list of adventure aficionados from around the world since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa immortalized the route by making it to the top of the world in 1953. One can relive most of that experience easily by making it to the basecamp and being within touching distance of some of the major peaks in the world: Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Manaslu etc.
Watch some of the most endangered species of flora and fauna walking along the Dudh Koshi river trail. Impeyan Pheasant (Danfe), Snow Pigeon, Mountain Goats, Yak, Snow Leopard etc. are the animals encountered on the way while Rhododendron, Magnolia and Giant Firs form a majority of vegetation. The green farmlands and Sherpa settlement on the vicinity of Namche Bazar, the gateway town to Everest, slowly turn to dense forests and valleys on our way before it gives way for tundra vegetation and climate on the upper reaches of our trek. Experienced guide and porters make sure that there are no difficulties encountered on the way, making your travel a breeze. Cozy resting places and tea houses, operated by the ever-smiling Sherpas, help you acclimatize, shed your pain and get ready for the next day’s journey.
The tour starts with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. We walk to Namche Bazaar from Lukla. From Namche, we aim for the base camp.
Route summary: From Kathmandu - Lukla - Namche Bazaar - Tengboche To Everest Base Camp and again back from Base camp - Kalapatthar - Namche - Lukla - To Finally Kathmandu.
Best Season: September to December and February to may
Day 01: Pickup from the Airport and placement to the respective Hotels
Day 02: Exploring Kathmandu and preparation for the trek.
Day 03: Take off from Kathmandu to Lukla [2,850 m / 9,350 ft] by air, estimated duration: 30 minutes, and then initial walk of 8 km to Phakding [2,650 m], estimated duration: 3 - 4 hours.
Day 04: Start a 12 km trek towards the beautiful town Namche Bazaar [3, 440 m / 11286 ft], estimated walk duration: 6 - 7 hours.
Day 05: Exploring Namche Bazaar and acclimatizing for further journey.
Day 06: Destination Tengboche [3,800 m / 12,467 ft]. Estimated distance: 10 km, estimated walk duration: 5 - 6 hours.
Day 07: Destination Dingboche [4,400 m / 14,435 ft]. Estimated distance: 11 km, estimated walk duration: 5 - 6 hours.
Day 08: Exploring Dingboche and acclimatizing for further journey.
Day 09: Destination Lobuche [4,900 m / 14,435 ft]. Estimated distance: 10 km, estimated walk duration: 4 - 5 hours.
Day 10: Destination Gorakshep [5,130 m/ 16,076 ft] and a refreshing hike to Everest Base Camp [5,316 m / 17,440 ft] and again back to the destination. Estimated distance 15-17 km, estimated walk duration: 8 - 9 hours.
Day 11: Finally step towards the top of Kalapatthar [5,545 m / 18,192 ft] and then to the Pheriche [4,350 m / 14,271 ft]. Estimated distance: 15 km, estimated walk duration: 8 - 9 hours.
Day 12: Destination Phortse Village [3950 m / 12959 ft]. Estimated distance: 10 -11 km, estimated walk duration: 4 - 5 hours.
Day 13: Destination Monjo [2,835 m / 9,301 ft]. Estimated distance: 14 -15 km, estimated walk duration: 6 - 7 hours.
Day 14: Back to Lukla [2,850 m / 9,350 ft]. Estimated distance: 11 km, estimated walk 4 - 5 hours.
Day 15: After the peaceful journey, takeoff to Kathmandu and a night at Hotel.
Day 16: Heading back to your destination.
The flight between Kathmandu and Lukla where the trek starts is generally reliable but if the weather is bad all flights will be delayed or canceled for the day. In the event the flight is canceled we will attempt to get you on a chartered helicopter but you are responsible for the extra costs in this event which can range from $200 to $600 or more depending on the number of people on the flight.
We in some itinerary schedule one extra day into the trek already as a buffer day in case of delays and in some Itineraries do not have extra day after trek but as flights can at times be delayed for several days we suggest you add a couple of extra days at the end of your trip in case of any delays. Extra days should always be scheduled at the end of the trip and not the start.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
Trekking is simply not just walking. Some of our trips are extremely adventurous and needs serious efforts to complete them successfully. We kindly request all our valuable guests to come well prepared before doing any of these extreme treks. Buying proper and reliable insurance coverage with Helicopter Evacuation on emergency is the most important thing before starting the adventures. Sometimes, our treks are done in extremely remote places where you will have no access to outer world. On serious injuries or sickness Helicopter can be the only mean to evacuate you. In other hand bad weather conditions can also ruin the whole adventures. So, we say
"Get prepared first and enjoy the adventure without worrying"
Day 01: Pickup from the Airport and placement to the respective Hotels
Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport where our representative will be waiting for you to pick up. After your arrival, you will be moved to your respective Hotel Room to freshen up get some rest. At the end of the day, our guide will prepare your for the trek with required knowledge and information.
And of course, the courtesy to welcome you with delicious traditional Nepali dinner.
Day 02: A fresh day for exploring Kathmandu and preparation for the trek.
A fresh day to explore Kathmandu - a city rich in cultures, traditions, historical monuments, and temples. A day to loosen up and prepare yourself for the coming days. Pack the necessary baggage for the adventure.
Day 03: Take off from Kathmandu to Lukla [2,850 mt. / 9,350FT] by air of estimated 30 minutes and then initial walk of total 8 km to the Phakding [2,650 mt.], estimated walk 3 - 4 hours.
After a peaceful day at Kathmandu, our next stop is Lukla which is estimated to be 30 minutes by air. After reaching Lukla which is our initial step towards Khumbu region, there will be your porter to accompany you throughout your journey (only if you booked one from the beginning). According to the time schedule, you will have your time for foods, then within a time, you will start your trek towards Phakding village where you will be spending your night. The route to reach Phakding is estimated to be 8 km for which you need to trek for 3-4 hours.
Phakding is a small village where there are lodges of standards ranging from normal to high standards. The route to Phakding is stone paved and peaceful where we will be taking the trails of Dudhkoshi River and Thado-Khola, On the way, you will encounter beautiful Sherpa villages, farms and a mesmerizing view of Kusum Kangaru.
Day 04: Starting 12 km trek towards magnificent market Namche Bazaar [3, 440 mt. / 11286FT], estimated walk 6 - 7 hours
After a night at Phakding, we will head towards our next destination Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the most remarkable and modern town present in that region and also named as the gateway to the Everest. The route consists of many high suspension bridges over the Dudhkoshi river. When you pass the Monjo, you can see the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park which stands for the conservation of the fragile mountain environment. There you have to make sure your trekking permit is well checked. Moving onward, you will be stunned by the very first clear view of Everest and other mountains such as Kusum kangaru, Lhotse, Tawache etc. Finally, after the long uphill road, you will reach the beautiful and busy village named as Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: A day to explore Namche Bazaar and acclimatize for further journey
Long treks may make your morale down, that is the reason you will be spending your whole day in Namche Bazaar to relax and acclimatize. You can explore the market where you can enjoy the breathtaking view of mountains including Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, and Thamserku. Apart from the mountain views, you can visit the local Sherpa museum signifying their culture and rituals. At the end of the day, you can spend some time preparing yourself for your upcoming treks with the help from your guide.
Day 06: Destination Tengboche [3,800 mt. / 12,467FT] estimated distance 10 km, estimated walk 5 - 6 hours.
Our next destination will be Tengboche, the place so much popular for ancient Buddhist monasteries, peaceful yoga and meditation. Also, you can enjoy the nice view of the sun setting in the Himalayan region. The path towards Tengboche is quite steep and tiring but the path is full of rhododendron trees and endangered birds. It is the best place to stay in overall because you can see the panoramic view of mountains such as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam etc.
Day 07: Destination Dingboche [4,400 mt. / 14,435FT] estimated distance 11 km, estimated walk 5 - 6 hours.
After estimated 5 to 6 hours of walk, you will reach Dingboche. Dingboche is the valley surrounded by hills from every direction. Also, it is considered as the gateway to the Island peak. The place is situated in Alpine region reason for not seeing any big trees. The way is difficult at the first because of uphill trails.
Day 08: A day to explore Dingboche and acclimatize for further journey
The day is to rest and enjoy in Dingboche. You need to acclimatize yourself for the further journey. You will discover the similar as the previous stays. You can also pay a visit the nearest village called Chukung which the gateway to Island peak if you have energy. Else you can stay in your Hotel rooms and gather energy for your next day trek.
Day 09: Destination Lobuche [4,900 mt. / 14,435FT] estimated distance 10 km, estimated walk 4 - 5 hours.
Then we will start our steps towards Lobuche which will be 600m above Dingboche. At this stage, it is better to move slowly because altitude will be increasing gradually. You will encounter the graveyard of mountain climbers on the way. After crossing the Thukla, the road becomes steeper and hard. But still, the surrounding natural beauty will take all of your exhaustion away. You can see the beautiful view of the sun setting in the mountains of Pumori and Nuptse. After the long walk, a peaceful night at the lodge.
Day 10: Destination Gorakshep [5,130 mt. / 16,076FT] and a refreshing hike to Everest Base Camp [5,316 mt. / 17,440FT] and again back to the destination, estimated distance 15-17 km, estimated walk 8 - 9 hours
Finally, a day to reach Everest base camp. You have to be ready early in the morning to carry out the plans. The road is dangerous because you have to walk through one of the biggest glaciers in the world i.e. Khumbu glacier. You were seeing the mountains view from a distance but walking on this trial will give you the very close view of mountains like Nuptse, Pumori, Lhotse, Amadamlan, and Everest. You will stop for the lunch in Gorakshep and then start moving towards the base camp. The path is full steeper and dangerous due to high altitude and thin air.
Reaching Everest base camp you will see the mesmerizing view of different mountains. But there you will also encounter the stones filled with the names of climbers who died during the mountain climb. You need to careful on the trails because the ice movement of glaciers may mislead your way. From Gorakshep, it normally takes 2 to 3 hours to reach to EBC and same for returning towards Gorakshep.
Day 11: Finally step towards the top of Kalapatthar [5,545 mt. / 18,192FT] and then to the Pheriche [4,350 mt. / 14,271FT], estimated distance 15 km, estimated walk 8 - 9 hours.
After Everest base camp we will head for Kalapatthar, the most excellent place to be at and enjoy the natural scenery. The reason for naming it KalaPatthar is because the place is full of black stones. From there you will see the perfect and clearer view of Mt. Everest between two mountains, the reason for people calling Mt. Everest as the shy mountain. Then leaving this beauty behind you will be heading towards Pheriche through the Gorakshep. The path will be same as we follow the trail of Thukla. The downward roads are easy to cover than the uphill roads. At Pheriche, you will be spending your night quietly.
Day 12: Destination Phortse Village [3950 mt. / 12959FT] estimated distance 10 -11 km, estimated walk 4 - 5 hours.
Instead of returning from the same old path you took to go up, you will be taking another beautiful path for coming back. A fresh new trial to cheer up your enthusiasm. The path is flat at first then starts to appear down to stream. To reach Phortse village, you’ll have to trek for almost 4 to 5 hours. The way is full of natural beauty and scenes.
Day 13: Destination Monjo [2,835 mt. / 9,301FT] estimated distance 14 -15 km, estimated walk 6 - 7 hours.
To reach Monjo, you have to trek for 6 to 7 hours. The path will be easy as compared to the uphill trails and also the altitude will start to decrease. On the way, you will encounter most terrific viewpoint named as Mong-la. You will be having your lunch at Namche and again resuming your journey towards Monjo.
Day 14: Back to Lukla [2,850 mt. / 9,350FT] estimated distance 11 km, estimated walk 4 - 5 hours.
After spending the night at Monjo, next morning you will start your journey towards Lukla. You will follow the same path as you took for the first and second day of your trek. This time you will be saying goodbye to the mountains and other natural beauty. When you reach Lukla, your guides will be helping you to make your way back to Kathmandu. The night will be your last night in the mountains.
Day 15: After the peaceful journey, takeoff to Kathmandu and night at Hotel
Just a small walk to reach to the airport and you will be heading back to Kathmandu with an approximate time of 30 minutes. Before on boarding plane, you can shop some souvenirs from the mountain village.
Day 16: Head back to your onward destination or you can extend your journey.
This will be your last day at Kathmandu as you will be departing to your respective country or you can extend your stay and plan for another beautiful expedition
US$ 1199/ per person(price valid minimum 2 person)
- Pickup from Airport by our representative by private vehicle before trek and dropping after the trek.
- The accommodations will be managed in Kathamndu. The breakfast will be complimentary.
- Air Ticket of Kathmandu to Lukla and return from Lukla to Kathmandu
- Includes all the domestic airfare taxes.
- Trekking permits and documents necessary.
- Full day meal plan consisting of 3 meals and 3 cups of hot drinks per day.
- Fruits available as per the season will be provided after night meal.
- Every accommodation cost during Trekking.
- Well trained English Speaking guide for trekking along with their salary and transportation costs, foods, accommodations, and insurance.
- For groups over 6 people - assistant guide (includes salary, accommodation, meal and insurance)
- Porters throughout the trek (1 porter will carry 2 trekkers baggage), includes salary, food, accommodation, and transportation.
- Basic equipment for trekking such as down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag and Himalaya t-shirt ( Duffel Bag, Down jacket and Sleeping Bag must be returned after completing the trek)
- First aid kit with the expert hand.
- Expedition taxes, paper works, and company service charges for the trek.
- A traditional welcome dinner in typical Nepali restaurant at the time of arrival.
- Certificate of achievement can be prepared along with the signature of company director and your local guide (only if requested).
- Excludes overseas airfares such as visa fees ($ 25 for 15 days, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days ),
- Travel, emergency rescue charge and insurance.
- Besides 3 meals and 3 cups of hot water per day extra cost of hot and cold drinking and beverages, telephone bills, laundry charges, shower fees are excluded.
- Wifi Charger, Battery charging bill during the trek are off the package.
- Activities not mentioned in itinerary and extra porter charge also.
- Lunch & Dinner costs for the stay in Kathmandu even if the early return from the trek.
- Extra costs caused by natural disaster, flight delay, early arrival etc.
- Extra incentives such as tips, gifts, gratuities for the guides or porters.
- Any benefits not mentioned in Service Includes Section unless indicated on booking of the trekking
Regarding personal equipment all trekkers need to bring with you a pair of well broken trek Boot, sleeping bag, down Jacket, pullovers, neck scarf, etc. for Evening/night/morning use, Sun Hat, casual warm clothing for day use, some pairs of good quality socks Apart from above please bring slippers, suntan lotions and personal medication.
Here is the list of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. Depending on the trekking route, days, season etc. these gear list can be different. Please consider with us before starting your journey. Some of these items are not compulsory and optional. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat or scarf Light balaclava or warm fleece hat Sunglasses [real ones, with true UV protection]
Under Garments, Comfortable hiking shorts, Lightweight cotton long pants, Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, Fleece or wool pants [seasonal], Waterproof [preferably breathable fabric] shell pants
Thin, lightweight inner socks Thick, Warm wool hiking socks, Hiking boots with spare laces, Sandals [flip-flops for use after a day trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom], Gaiters [For high altitude trekking and crossing passes]
T-shirts, Light and expedition weight thermal tops, Fleece jacket or pullover Gloves [warmth], Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket [optional], Waterproof [preferably breathable fabric] shell jacket, Down vest and/or jacket *
One microfiber towel [most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry], Sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade,* DSLR / Digital camera with spare battries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, Trekking bag with rain cover / Duffel bag,* Comfortable daypack, Trekking Poles, Water bottle / came bags, Ear Plug [rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms]
Multipurpose soap [preferably biodegradable], Deodorants, Nail clippers, Sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste [preferably biodegradable], Feminine hygiene products, Small mirror
Wet wipes [baby wipes], Tissue / toilet rolls, Anti-bacterial hands wash, Water purifier [Better than using mineral water to keep the mountain clean]
Extras / Luxuries:
Adaptors [Nepal two prong, 220 volt plug; or just an international, universal adaptor], Multi tool [Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool], Personal snacks [candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse], Sewing Kit [Sometime it’s very useful], Superglue, Books for reading on free time, Cell / mobile phone, Trail Map / Guide book,* Ipod / Walkman / Mp3 Player / Mp4 Player, Pens / Pencils and small notebooks, Games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards