Everest Base Camp Hiking starts from Lukla takes you through lush valleys with abundant flora and fauna, past friendly Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries, and far above the tree line towards the earth’s highest mountain Mount Everest. Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and Mt Everest tower above you on this challenging but very rewarding hiking in Nepal. There are quite nice guest houses along the Everest hiking trail with facility of charging batteries, telephone and internet.
Autumn and Spiring is the best time for Everest base camp hiking. A good hiking gear is necessary. Mount Everest, it is simply called Sagarmatha, the “sky head” by Nepalese people. To the Tibetans it is Chhomolungma, the mother goddess of the earth. To the rest of the world it is the most renowned mountain. When it comes to spectacular breathtaking mountain panorama, the Everest hiking is incompariable with other trips in the world.
Everest Hiking is a nature hiking. It is awesome hiking, stay in nature, play in nature, breath in nature, feel it and touch nature and culture of Everest.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. There will be a short arrival briefing to get you oriented and to take care of the necessary bureaucracy for the trek.
Day 2: Kathmandu Tour
We have a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu durbar square and Swoyambhunath Stupa that will give you a good introduction to the Kathmandu Valley and plenty of ideas for further exploration on your own.
Day 3: Trek Preparation
Free morning, and trek briefing. We can also assist you with the purchase or rental of trekking and climbing equipment if required.
Day 4: Kathmandu Phakding
Get 40 minutes spectacular flight to Lukla (2850m) flying over a few hundred feet above the ground, and the views of the river valleys and terraced landscapes below as well as the proximity of some of the world’s highest mountains make it a truly memorable experience. The porters’ loads are organized in Lukla before we head north up the valley of the Dudh Koshi (“Milk River”) to Phakding (2640m). Easy trek takes 3/4 hours.
Day 5: Trek Namche bazzar
Trekking enter the Sagarmatha National Park before beginning the long, steep climb up to the town of Namche Bazaar (3450m), the main administrative and trading centre for the Khumbu region. Magnificent forests of blue pine, fir, juniper and rhododendron as well as our first views of Everest help to ease the climb.
Day 6: Namche acclimatize day
Acclimatization day in Namche, it is nice relaxing in exploring the tiny shops in the bazaar, the best option for altitude acclimatization is a hike up to Everest view point at Namche.
Day 7: Trek Khumjung village
Morning visit to the colorful Saturday market, where local and Chinese goods brought over the high passes from Tibet can be seen and purchased. A short, stiff climb brings us to the small airstrip at Shyangboche and continue walk to Everest View Hotel with its spectacular views of the Khumbu Himal including Everest and Ama Dablam. Trek descends shortly to Khumjung (3790m). The afternoon is free to visit Khumjung Monastery with its famous “yeti scalp” and the Hillary School.
Day 8: Trek to Phortse
Stay high above the main trail, continue trek and climb to the Mong La with terrific views of Ama Dablam. Continue trek to traditional Sherpa village of Phortse (3800m) where we may well see Himalayan goats, Himalayan pheasants and musk deer.
Day 9: Trek to Dingboche (4/ 5 hours walking).
There are stunning views of Tengboche and Ama Dablam during this morning’s ridge climb up the Imja Khola Valley to the village of Upper Pangboche with its ancient monastery. We continue up the glacial valley after lunch, passing some of the Khumbu’s most beautifully carved Mani stones to Dingboche (4350m) at the mouth of the Chukhung Valley.
Day 10: Dingboche acclimatize day (3 – 3.5 hours walking).
This is the second of our important acclimatization days. It can be spent relaxing in Dingboche enjoying the scenic views of Ama Dablam, but the best option is a morning hike up to Chukung valley. This route passes below the massive Nuptse-Lhotse wall and offers marvelous views of the surrounding mountains. Afternoon free in Dingboche.
Day 11: Trek to Dugla (3 – 4 hours walking).
Trek is relatively short as we continue our acclimatization process. The trail climbs gradually to the tiny settlement of Dughla (4600m) nestling below the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. There will be an optional side trip to a spectacular viewpoint that overlooks Tshola Tsho glacial lake below Cholatse and Taboche peaks to the south, and also offers an incredible view of the peaks at the head of the Khumbu Valley.
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (3 – 4 hours walking).
It is a short but steep climb to Lobuche (4940m). We have impressive views of the sunset on Nuptse.
Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep (4 – 4.5 hours walking).
A demanding, but very rewarding trekking follows the glacial moraines to Gorak Shep (5170m). Our goal today is the ascent of Kala Pattar (5545m). The climb is hard work, but offers the most magnificent mountain panorama of Everest (8848m) towers directly ahead, while Nuptse, Lhotse, Changtse, Pumori and countless other giants loom on all sides. The descent to our camp at Gorak Shep is much easier.
Day 14: Trek to Thukla (6 – 6.5 hours walking).
A tough but rewarding trekking goes on along the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp (5380m). This is the closest that you can get to Everest without mountaineering equipment, and there are often several expeditions in Base Camp. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from here is spectacular. It’s then a long descent to the comparatively thick air in Dughla. Please note that those doing Island Peak climb will proceed from Lobuche to Dingboche on this day.
Day 15: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (4 – 4.5 hours walking).
Trek on a slightly different route down to Lower Pangboche before crossing over the Imja Khola and climbing through lush pine and rhododendron forests to our camp at Tengboche (3860m). This is the site of the Khumbu’s most important Buddhist monastery, and we will have the opportunity to explore the monastery and to observe the monks at prayer and at work. It is noted that those doing the Island Peak climb will trek from Dughla to Chukhung via Dingboche on this day.
Day 16: Trek to Chumoa (4.5 – 5 hours walking).
After a spectacular sunrise, we descend steeply to the Dudh Kosi before climbing to join a ridge contour trail offering farewell views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and other Himalayan giants en route to Namche Bazaar. Another descent brings us back to Chumoa (2815m) just outside the National Park.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla (4 – 4.5 hours walking)
An easy day’s walk brings us back to Lukla for our final night in the Khumbu. Although it may have looked primitive the first time though Lukla will seem quite modern compared to the isolated villages further up the valley.
Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu
An early morning flight takes us back to Kathmandu, and gives us a last view of the mountains we have just spent two weeks exploring.
Day 19/20: Kathmandu Nepal
Free in Kathmandu to continue exploring the valley and surrounding hill towns. We can organize an optional flight over Mount Everest or an optional biking trip around the Kathmandu Valley.
Day 21: Kathmandu airport
End of the Everest Base Camp trekking. Transfer to the airport for your return flight, or start optional trips to Tibet and Bhutan.