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Everest Base Camp Trek
Tour Name: Everest Base Camp Trek
Destinations: Kathmandu – Pkhakding – Namche – Tengboche – Dengboche – Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Pheriche – Namche – Lukla – Kathmandu
Duration: 14 Nights & 15 Days
Day 01: Arrival In Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft)
The trek officially begins after your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. At outside the Airport Terminal, a representative of MMT cordially receives you and transfers to a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu at Thamel, backpackers colorful market. In the afternoon, you will be taken to the MMT office for guide introduction and final detail information about the trek. In the evening, stroll around tourist hub, Thamel.
Day 02: City Excursion And Trek Preparation
After delightful breakfast in the morning, 9am our city tour guide takes you to Swayambhunath temple which is popularly known as ‘Monkey Temple’ among tourists. The major attractions of the temple are Spherical dome, Mani wheels, huge bajra, holy stupas, and reckless monkeys. From Swayambhu, the tour heads towards Patan, the city of festival, feast, art, and culture. The main highlights of the tour are Patan Durbar square, Krishna Mandir, Ganesh Mandir, museum and different places that hold cultural, architectural and religious importance. Boudhanath is the next UNESCO listed site in Kathmandu. The stupa here is one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. It is the most sacred shrine of Buddhists where Hindus and Buddhist pilgrims worship throughout the year. Finally, we visit Pashupatinath temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Nepal. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter inside the premises of the temple. At Pashupatinath, we inspect the traditional cremation ceremony from the opposite bank of the holy Bagmati River and capture the exotic scene in the camera. In the evening time, the guide takes you back to your own hotel. Get refreshed and prepare gears or luggage for the early morning Lukla flight and trek on next day.
Day 03: Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft) To Lukla (2,845m/9,333ft) And Trek To Phakding (2,610m/8,562ft)
Early morning, transfer to TIA airport in our private vehicle for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight. From Kathmandu, we take 35-40 minutes of a scenic mountain flight and land at the highest airport in Nepal, Lukla airport. The airport is one of the most dangerous airports in the world with just a single runway on a cliff. After landing at Lukla airport, take rest for a while at the Lodge and arrange the bag packs while our guide introduce your porters. The formal EBC trek commences from Lukla, the gateway to Everest Base Camp. At Lukla check post, submit the trekking Permit card and enter the Everest region through Pashang Lhamu Sherpa memorial gate. From Lukla, the trail descends down to Cheplung and then ascends to Ghat alongside the Dudh Koshi valley with the introductory view of Mt Khumbila (5,761m/18901ft). Eventually, the trail from Ghat takes an hour short inclined walk and reaches Phakding (2,610m/8,562ft). Overnight, stay at Phakding.
Day 04: Phakding (2,610m/8,562) To Namche (3440 M/11,285ft)
After early morning breakfast at Phakding, we trace through the dense forest alongside Dudh Koshi River and ascend over a ridge to Benkar. The trail from Benkar descends to Chhumuwa and then to Monjo through rhododendron, pine forest and numerous suspension bridges. Monjo is the border village of Sagarmatha National Park where trekkers need to submit trekking permit-card to trek to EBC through the Sagarmatha National Park. We trace inside the dense forest of National Park enjoying the melodious atmosphere of birds chirping and move further crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Koshi River. After walking along the Dudh Kosi River bank from Jorsale, our trail ascend straight and cross high suspension Hilary Bridge over the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River. A viewpoint just ahead of the bridge offers the first introductory view of mighty Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,029ft). After witnessing the spectacular view of sparkling Mt. Everest, the trail again ascends zigzag route for a couple of hours and finally reaches today’s destination, Namche: the largest mountain tourist hub in the Everest region. The village is the most advanced village where we get standard hospitality and accommodation service.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization And Exploration Day
Namche is the best destination for acclimatization and exploration. The largest tourist hub has many more things to be explored. In the early morning, we hike to the Sagarmatha National Park museum on the hillock where we scrutinize Sherpa culture, tradition, costume, local flora-fauna, and art. Further, the trail traces to the Everest view hotel, one of the world’s highest hotels in the world. The hotel is the renowned view-point which offers the stupendous view of mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,029ft), Khumbila (5,761m/18,901ft), Thamserku (6,623m/21,729ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft) and Ama Dablam (6,812m/22,349ft). After the short hike, if any trekkers feel exhausted or weak, they can return back to the lodge at Namche. Otherwise, the hike from here continues to Khumjung, Kunde and Syangboche villages with the physically fit trekkers. From here, we head to Khumjung and Kunde villages where we visit Yeti headed monastery, Khumjung Hillary School and Kunde Hillary hospital established by Sir Edmund Hillary in the Everest Region. Eventually from Kunde, the trail ascends and drops down to the Syangboche airstrip which offers the spectacular view of Namche village from the runway. Finally, the trail drops down to Namche. Take plenty of rest at the lodge.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285ft) – Tengboche (3,870m/12,467ft) (3,870m/12,696ft)
In the early morning, we have our delicious breakfast at the lodge before beginning the trek. At first, the trail ascends to army post with the excellent view of Mt. Everest and then follows the zigzag flat trail for a couple of hours until we reach Sanasa junction. From Sanasa, the trail traces either to EBC on right and to Gokyo on left. We follow the right trail to EBC and descend down to Tashinga enjoying the majestic view of sparkling Ama Dablam (6856m/22,493ft) and few other mountains. The trail from here again descends to the beautiful village with clustered houses, Phunki Thanga (3,240m/10,630ft) for delicious lunch. After the lunch, we eventually follow through the dense rhododendron, juniper, and pine forest and reach at Tengboche for today’s accommodation and meals. The village is famous for the largest gompa, Tengboche Gompa, which holds the most sacred festival of this region, Mani Rimdu festival, in the month of October-November. In the evening time, we visit the gompa and inspect evening prayer.
Day 07: Tengboche (3,870m/12,696ft) - Dingboche (4,410m/14,467ft)
We have our delicate breakfast at Tengboche and commence our journey tracing the stone-paved trail for few minutes. The trail then ascends to Debuche where we explore the Debuche Nunnery, its Thanka paintings, Mural paintings, and architectural work. Pangboche is the next village comes on our way after tracing from Debuche through the dense forest, arid landscape and moraine boulders. With the wonderful view of Ama Dablam Peak (6856m/22,349ft), the trail from Pangboche ascends to Somare and then to Orso. After half an hour of walk from Orso, we cross a glacial river and take a right turn to Dingboche along Imja River. The summer village, Dingboche, is the our today’s shelter.
Day 08: Acclimatization And Exploration Day At Dengboche
Dingboche is the perfect scheduled destination included in the itinerary for acclimatization before ascending to the higher elevation above 4,500m. On this day, the guides arrange a short hike in Chhukung valley to adjust the AMS or thin air for next day trek. In the early morning, we trace the north ridge of Dingboche and climb the Nangkar Tshang Peak (5,616m/18,425ft). On the halfway to the peak, there is a popular Nangkar Tshang gompa which is the best spot for short rest and exploration. The short hike today offers the stunning view of glorious mountains like Mt. Makalu (8,463m/21,204ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft), Cho Oyo (8,201m/26,901ft), and Ama Dablam (6,856m/22,493ft). Finally, after the hike, we return back to Dingboche and enjoy the late sun in the summer valley.
Day 09: Dingboche (4,410m/14,467ft) – Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft)
The trail today is strenuous than earlier days trail as we have to take a complete ascent from Dingboche to Lobuche. In the early morning after delicate breakfast, we trace the trail through rocky boulders to Dusa and climb a ridge to Dughla. With the majestic view of countless peaks like Taboche (6,542m), Cholatse (6,440m), Ama Dablam (6,856m), Pumori (7,161m), Khumbutse (6,636) and Lhotse (8,516m), Our trail contine along the moraine glacial formed by Khumbu glacial and cross Thokla Pass (4,830m/15,846ft) where you would see the Everest Clibmers cemetary. Eventually, we walk easy tail for an hour and reach today’s destination, Lobuche.
Day 10: Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft) - Gorak Shep (5,160m/16,928ft) - Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,597ft) - Gorak Shep
Today is the most important day for every trekker. On this day, we summit at the base camp (5,364m/17,598ft) of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,028ft) in the early morning, the trek begins through a narrow mountain gap and above glacial moraine alongside the world’s highest Khumbu glacier. Tracing through the rocky boulder trail for 2-3 hours, we reach the last human settlement, Gorakshep, a junction village that leads the trail to Kala Patthar on left and EBC on right. At Gorakshep, we check in the lodge, leave our luggage and then ascend through the rocky sandpit and boulder trail for another 2-3 hours showcasing Mount Everest. Eventually, we reach the Everest Base camp from where we perceive the elegant view of scenic landscape, 360° view of Mountains, and Khumbu glacier. Enjoy the good time, celebrate the victory and share happiness with the fellow trekkers and retrace back to Gorakshep for today’s shelter.
Day 11: Gorak Shep (5,160m/16,928ft) – Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,207ft) – Pheriche (4,230m/13,877ft)
One of the main highlights of the trek is an early morning hike to the most popular peak, Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,208ft). In the early morning, we commence the trek from Gorakshep and climb the summit of Kala Patthar to witness the 360° view of snow-capped mountains and exquisite sunrise view over Mt. Everest. Mt. Everest isn’t clearly and precisely seen from EBC; but the Kala Patthar offers the awe-inspiring view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lingtren (6,749m), Khumbutse (6,636m), Nuptse (7,861m) and Pumori (7,161m). After the exotic glimpse of sunrise over the mighty Everest, retrace back to Gorakshep. At Gorakshep, we have our breakfast and then resume the return journey from the land of Himalayas retracing down through the previous trodden trail. From Gorakshep, we descend down to Lobuche and then take an alternative route for a few hours to Pheriche. The village is renowned for the elementary health camp run under the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) which provides emergency health service. Overnight, stay at a lodge at Lobuche.
Day 12: Pheriche (4, 23m/13,877ft) – Namche Bazaar (3,440 M/11,285ft):
From Pheriche, we descend down along the glacial river and retrace the village Orso, then follow the west bank of Imja Khola to Somare. The trail hereafter traces to Pangboche and drops down to Imja Khola before ascending to Debuche from where we take a short incline walk to the hilltop of Tengboche through dense rhododendron forest. Retracing the trail from Tengboche, the trail finally descends to Phunki Thenga (3,250m/10,663ft) and then climbs a ridge to Sanasa fork from where the trail reasonably easier to Namche for today’s accommodation with hot shower. Namche is the perfect place to celebrate the triumph and accomplishment of the trek.
Day 13: Namche (3440 M/11,285ft) To Lukla (2,845m/9,333ft)
From Namche, the trail takes steep descent route crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and through dense forest. The trail retraces the route of National park up to Monjo and then takes a steep descent to Benkar, Ghat, and Cheplung with the wonderful vista of sparkling peaks on the background. Eventually from Cheplung, we ascend for more than an hour and reach Lukla, our today’s shelter. In the evening time, there may be a party atmosphere at Lukla. Enjoy the moment and celebrate with other trekkers.
Day 14: Lukla (2,845m/9,333ft) – Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft)
Today, we return back to Kathmandu from Lukla on a flight. After 30-40 minutes of scenic mountain flight, the plane lands at TIA and you will be transferred to your Hotel. Get refreshed at the hotel, arrange your luggage, check your passport, tickets, and other important belongings. In the evening time, visit the market in Kathmandu and enjoy the nightlife in the main tourist hub of Nepal, Thamel.
Day 15: Kathmandu Departure
After breakfast, check out the hotel 12 PM and transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for onward destination flight.
- Airport pick up and drop off on both international and domestic flights,
- Hotel Accommodation with breakfast on twin sharing basis.
- Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
- Assistance for the trekking gears and the shopping for the trekking equipment if required,
- Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) while in trekking,
- Accommodation in Mountain Lodge,
- All domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) and departure taxes,
- Treks Gears – sleeping bag and duffel bag for the use during the trek,
- Professional local guide with extensive experience trained in Wilderness First Aid and accredited by the Nepalese government,
- First Aid Kits Comprehensive Bag.
- Necessary Porters/ Sherpa to carry all personal gear and group equipment, & Adequate insurance for all staff including porters,
- Group trekking map.
- Meals on the cities except Welcome Dinner
- Nepal entry visa fee which you will get it in to Kathmandu airport on upon arrival,
- Personal equipment
- Items of a personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water, hot shower, battery charge, Telephone, etc..
- Tips for trekking/ tour guide & porters (expected, not mandatory)
- International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges.
- Valid Travel Insurance with Medical evacuation in case of emergency
- Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc.