Mount Everest Base Camp Trek
The world's highest peak Mount Everest is at an altitude of 8848 meters. Similarly, Everest Base Camp trekking is adventurous trek which is the supremely exciting and rocking - where you will be leading to the high Himalayas and to the base camp of the Mount Everest. The Everest Base Camp is situated in Solukhumbu district of Nepal and the base camp is a stunning paradise where you get the splendid, panoramic mountain sight of the entire Everest range and other snowcapped peaks. You get to embark on this outrageous steps.As we all know that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa were the first climbers to the summit of the world highest mountain Everest in 1953.
The main highlights of this trekking is that you will get the magnificent mountain view from the Everest Base camp and also you will get the close view of the highest mountain Everest at 8845 meter and others Mountains such as Lhotse at 8515m, Mt. Nuptse 7850m, Mt. Pumori 7160m, Mt. Changaste 7551m, Mt. Lingterin 6678m, Mt. Amadablam 6855m and other many several peaks. Besides that, you will also be heading to the Kalapathara at the altitude of 5550 meters where you get the most closet view of the Everest.
This trekking begins with a scenic short mountain flight to Lukla. And our main trekking begins from here and we will heads to phakding crossing several Sherpa village and then reaching "Namche Bazar", the main center of the Sherpa community where will be acclimatizing doing a short hike and also experiencing Sherpa culture who are very hospitable. Then we head to visit the biggest monastery in the Himalayan region - Tengboche monastery. And from this monastery, we can also get the alluring and remarkable view of Mount AmaDablam. On the trail, you will be spotting many walls, chortens and monasteries - as in this region - most communities living here follow Buddhism- hence, you will also get to spot small Chortens with colorful prayer flags. And from Tengboche, we head to Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep and from here - we will be heading to the Kalapathar for the closer view of the Everest.
On this trail to this Everest Base camp we will also get chance to spot numerous animals like musk deer, leopards, jackals, red panda,Himalayan Thar, even rare bird species like pheasants, and long tail bird, munal etc. and different floras like rhododendron, oak, junipers etc. These floras are spotted only during the spring seasons. So this trekking is best if attempted during the spring and autumn season where one will get to observe clearly the mountain views and also relish this natural pristine biodiversity.
This is 14 days itinerary and we the Accent Himalaya had carefully arranged this itinerary focusing on the level of adaptation of high altitude by modifying each and every steps from day 1 to till your departure date. So, if this itinerary does not fit you let us know we will set you a different itinerary according to your holiday schedule. And just be ready to experience world's top nearly.
We will have accommodated in best as your desire as possible. We will have accommodated in Three Star Category lonly planet recumend Hotel in Kathmandu valley and teahouses or lodges during the trek period out of the Kathmandu valley. We will accommodated with twin-shared basis, however we will get single supplement with additional cost of US$ 400 only (please note that single supplement confirmly available in cities and lower elevation but can’t guaranteed in upper elevation because of the remoteness of the area). Accent Himalaya will have arranged rooms with attached washrooms but in teahouses and lodges you may have shared restrooms/washrooms.
We will enjoy the typical Nepalese cuisine and may also the common international cuisine like Tibetan, Italian, Indian, Continental, and so other during the trek journey. We will serve breakfast and dinner by teahouses/lodges where we will stay night and we will take our lunch on the way to our day destination. However in the cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, only breakfast will be available there (lunch and dinner in your own). There will have an arrangement of welcome and farewell dinner for trekkers also.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Trekking at high altitude and snow level is moderate and suitable for those passionate trekkers who have ability to walk at least 7 hours/day, even 8/9 hours in some days as the situation. High elevation walking and trekking is completely physically challenging performance. However with excellent health condition and average physical fitness along with positive attitude and hard determination, we definitely success for accomplish the trek. Regular exercise, yoga and jogging is best idea for enhance our strength and stability. The experience of hiking and trekking yet before is beneficial, however the technical skills is not necessarily important. Accent Himalaya recommends for information about pre-existing medical conditions such as blood, lung, heart and so others. We also recommend you for necessary check-up consult your doctors before journey.
Best Season to Travel
The best Seasons for travel are Spring(March-May) and Autumn (September-November). Though the trip also can be taken during winter but the cold environment might not be suitable for all. Because of ascending temperature level in Rainy/Monsoon with melting snow, we can’t recommend for trekking in months of June, July and August.
Trip Start Dates and Cost
Please check out the available trip starting dates and cost of the trek journey. Also contact us for your arranged departure date.
Day 1: Welcome to vibrant Kathmandu where our Nepal adventure begins.
We heartily welcome you to the Himalayan country Nepal. This Everest base camp trek package begins firstly with small meeting about the trip at the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team Office. As soon as you arrive at Kathmandu airport our representative from the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be there waiting for you and finishing all your custom formalities and heading to the terminal gate you can see our staff carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and they will welcome you and drive you to the hotel. If your flight arrives early we can visit some of the heritage sites of Kathmandu. In evening the company will be hosting a welcome dinner in excellent Nepali restaurant which serves you mouth-watering Nepali cuisine.
Dinner is provided.
Accommodation: Kathmandu hotel which is 3 star hotels
Day 2: Fly to Lukla and hike through colorful villages to Phakding.
Altitude: 2,800m/9184ft (Lukla) & 2,652m/8,698ft (Phakding) Walking Distance: 8km (3-4 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate. Flight time: 35 min
Today early morning from Kathmandu airport you’ll board on a flight to Lukla which will take almost 45 minutes. Lukla flight we usually take Himalaya mountain domestic flight and make sure to take a left side seat to capture the picturesque view of Himalayas including with the mighty mountain Everest including with several snowcapped peaks. Landing at the Lukla airport and here we will be meeting our porters. After a quick exploring the Lukla village we will start our trek to Phakding. We will descend down alongside the deep Dudh koshi River and follow the trail to Namche Bazaar situated over Chaunrikharka. We will continue our hike which is easy hike and then we will pass via tiny village- Ghat and walk for awhile and finally reach at Phakding. Today we all will be trekking approximately 3 hours.
3 times meals are included.
Accommodation: tea house or trekking lodge
Day 3: Hike through fields and villages from Phakding to Namche Bazaar.
Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft Walking Distance: 10-12km (5-6 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.
Today you will be trekking for approximately 6 hours and trek towards Namche Bazaar and spend our day acclimatizing the altitude. The first view with no doubt you get is the mighty mountain Everest. We will be crossing the river following steps of our trek guide. We will be all trekking through blue pine forests following the river and if you are trekking in spring season than you can observe the rhododendron flowers blooming. Crossing the Dudh Koshi River through suspension bridge and we get to perceive several mountain named Kusum, Thamserku and Kanguru which is above 6000 meter. We will stop for a lunch at Monjo. After that we will continue our trek and from here our trails becomes bit difficult with a steep ascend towards the trail to Namche Bazaar. After that we will enter to national park and then cross the river via jorsale village and continuing trekking alongside the river. Again we will be crossing the striking suspension bridge and start ascending towards Namche Bazaar. From here we will be viewing breathtaking view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Tawache. In Namche you can take a hot shower in hotel as in the upper area there might not be facility of hot shower.
3 times meals are included.
Accommodation: Tea house/ Trekking lodge
Day 4: Day hike for our first views of Everest, then return to Namche Bazaar.
Today we will be spending another night in Namche itself for the proper acclimatization. For that we will be hiking to the high altitude visiting and exploring some sites as well as viewing the mind blowing mountain scenery. It is necessary to adapt the altitude properly whether you are fit or not ones should well adapt the altitude. There is an option that you can also hike above Bhote Koshi river valley to Thami or you can even walk to headquarter national park to capture the best sunrise and sunset view including with Everest and Khumbu peaks. The headquarters of National park showcases culture of Sherpa and varied flora and fauna. In Namche Bazaar the local people sells local made products like dried goat meat and many more.
3 times meals are included
Accommodation: Tea house/ Trekking Lodge
Day 5: Hike through Kumjung villages from Namche to Tenbuche visit Tenbuche's impressive monastery.
Altitude: 3,870m/12,684ft Walking Distance: 10km (6 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.
Today we will be trekking towards Thyanboche and on the trail you will be observing varied birds- Danphe pheasant even you get to spot Himalayan Thar which is similar to Goat. Heading on the trail towards monasteries we will first relish the view of Everest with several other snowcapped peaks. Continuing trekking to Thyangboche monastery and reaching the monastery we will explore the monastery which revels religious of Buddhism. Even from the monastery we will get the splendid view of mountain which are Ama Dablam, Kantenga and of course the Everest. Today we will be trekking approximately 5 hours. We will be spending our night in Thyanboche.
Three times meals are provided
Accommodation: Tea House/ Trekking Lodge
Day 6: Hike to Dingboche, the highest permanent Sherpa village in the Khumbu.
Altitude: 4,400m/14,435ft Walking Distance: 11km (6 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.
Today we will be trekking to Dingboche as the Everest view is close but be aware of the altitude as we will be heading to the high altitude. We will be ascending over the tree line and slowly ascend to the Pangboche village and here we will stop for lunch as well as view several snowcapped peaks. After lunch we will continue our trek following the Imja River passing several tea houses and cross the Imja River and glaciers. Within awhile we will reach at Dingboche village with beautiful fields surrounded by the stone walls. The stone wall is surrounded for the protection of the crops, barley and potatoes from cold winds. From here also we can get the amazing mountain view of Everest at the back of Nuptse and Lhotse ridge. If the sky is clear we will get spectacular view of sunset revealing on the peaks.
Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge
Three times meals are included
Day 7: hike to remote monastic caves and views of Makalu.
Today we will spend our night in Dingboche itself for the proper acclimatization. There are plenty of trails that we will be hiking for the acclimatization where we can hike to the Ama Dablam base camp, Chukung or Nagarjun hills. The mount Ama Dablam peak leads to Everest base camp and on the trail one gets the splendid view of snowcapped peaks and the nagarjun hills which is at the altitude 5100 meter and from this hill one gets the striking view of island peak, Makalu and Ama Dablam peak. Chukhung at 4750 meter hike will be the short hike nonetheless one get the mind-blowing view of several peaks.
Three times meals are included
Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge
Day 8: Hike to Dingbuche to Lobuche
Altitude: 4,900m/16,076ft Walking Distance: 11-12 km (6-7 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.
Today you will be heading to Lobuche and on the way you will come across the expedition group to summit the peak. We will then climb small ridge above the Pheriche. The view of tawache and cholatse peak from the top of stupa is the most impressive to view. We will continue our trek where from here our trails becomes relatively easy walking in flat land on wide fields and during your trek always drink plenty of water and stay hydrated to avoid from the altitude sickness. After that we will be crossing the Kumbu River and we will stop at Dughla for lunch. After lunch we will continue our trek and ascend through the rocky trail. After that we will pass through stacks of stones which were constructed in the memory of the Sherpa climbers who died through summiting the Mount Everest since log ago. From here one get the amazing view of mount Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse and many other snowcapped peaks. We will then follow the river and head to the Lobuche Lodge.
Three times meals are included
Accommodation: Tea houses/ Trekking lodges
Day 9: Depending on weather, climb Kala Patar or hike to Everest Base Camp.
Altitude: 5180m/16,994ft (Gorekshep) & 5364m/17598 (EBC) Distance of walking: 15km (6-8 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.
Today we will be trekking towards Everest Base camp. Firstly we will be trekking to Gorakshep where we will begin our trek form Lobuche following the wide valley which runs parallel to glacier of Khumbu. After that we will ascend slowly and gradually trek while trekking to the high altitudes. When you reach moraine of Changnup glacier and from here we will ascends and descends down via rocky trail which leads to Gorakshep. We will then continue our trek to Everest base camp and from here one cannot get the view of Everest but you will be viewing stunning glaciers, caves, and lakes.
Note: While we travel to the Everest Base Camp area, we do not visit the climbing camp out of respect for the climbers' health and privacy.
Three times are included
Accommodation: Tea House/ trekking lodge
Day10: Gorekshep to Kalapathar and Pheriche
Altitude: 5,545m/18,192ft (Kalapathar) & 4,320m/14,173ft (Pheriche) Walking distance: 12-13km (5-6 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.
Today we will wak up early morning and trek towards kalapathar and enjoy the illumination sunrise view with close view of Everest and several snowcapped peaks. For this beautiful view we will be trekking for awhile and ascend through the steep path. The trail is bit challenging but the view you get from this hill- Kalapathar will outshine you mind. The view of the mountain you’ll get from here is Ama Dablam, Changtse, Kangtenga, Tewache and Everest plus the Khumbu ice fall. We will then descend down to Gorakshep and then cross the Khumbu river and after a short ascend to high hills to capture the mind blowing view of Ama Dablam, Imja valley and Kantenga. After that we will descend to Orsho to spend our night.
Three times are included
Accommodation: Tea Houses/ trek lodge
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar, with views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.
Altitude: 3,440m/11,284ft Distance of walking: 13-15km (7-8 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.
We will then crossing the Imja River and cross the suspension bridge and enjoy the amazing view of Ama Dablam, Imja valley and Kangtega. We will retrace back to Thyangboche and then we will descend steep via lush juniper, rhododendron and fir forests. After that we will be crossing the Dudh Koshi river and climb towards Trashinga. We will then continue our trek to Shanasa and then we will reach at Namche bazaar. We will be spending our night in Namche Bazaar lodge.
Three times meals are provided
Accommodation: Tea House/ Trek Lodge
Day 12: Hike to Lukla and enjoy a final night in a comfortable lodge.
Altitude: 2,800m/9,184ft Walking Distance: 16km (6-7 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.
Today is the last day of your trekking and we will trek approximately 5 hours. We will be descending down steeply and then cross the Dudh Koshi River following the trail via Jorsale and retrace back to Monjo. We will then trekking through rhododendron and pine forest including with the view of Kusum Kangaru. After trekking for awhile we will reach at Lukla and reaching Lukla you can enjoy hot shower in hotel
Three times meals are included
Accommodation: Tea House/ Trekking lodge
Day 13: Return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, weather permitting.
Altitude: 1350m/4428ft Flight time: 35 min
Today we take a flight to Kathmandu which will approximately take 45 minutes. Reaching at Kathmandu city our representative will drop you at the hotel and in afternoon you can stroll around the Thamel area and visit souvenir shops. In evening the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company will be hosting a farewell dinner.
Breakfast and dinner are included
Accommodation: Kathmandu standard hotel which is three star hotels
Days 14: Our Everest Base Camp trekking adventure ends today in Kathmandu.
Today your journey comes to an end and if you like to extend some days sightseeing some other places then let us know we will arrange it for you. Our representative will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule.
Breakfast are provided
Hotel and Lodge on Everest Base Camp Trek:
Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 4 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek to Everest base camp there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.
Meals and Drinks on Everest Base Camp Trek:
We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.
Best Season to Travel:
The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.
Luggage/Backpack on Everest Base Camp Trek:
Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.
Guide/Porter on Trek:
We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group.
Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:
Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges Everest base camp trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides.
Personal Expenses on Trek:
Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.
Gears Available in Kathmandu:
For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.
A Typical Day on Trek:
On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.
Our Greetings at Airport:
We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this Everest base camp trekking we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:
Our usual itinerary of Everest base camp trek is 16 days which is main customary and pragmatic. In this 16 days itinerary it has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.
Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of. If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.
Booking and Payment:
For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable. The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.
Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla:
Only domestic mountain flight is only available to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition so, that why we have kept the extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situation like delay or cancel the flight. In case if the flight is canceled for 2 or more than that, then we will have to charter a helicopter and make sure that you reach on scheduled flight and reach safely in your own home. This extra service cost can be deposited directly to the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team office and the expense is carried out by the Insurance Company as the helicopter charter cost will be maximum US$ 500 or the US $ 3500 which depends on a number of people in flight.