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Everest Base Camp Trek

14 Days

The Everest Base Camp trek is a popular choice among adventure enthusiasts. It allows you to experience the stunning beauty of the Himalayan ranges while immersing yourself in the local Sherpa culture. Throughout this trek, you will have the opportunity to visit iconic landmarks such as Namche Bazaar, Hotel Everest View, Syangboche, Khumjung Valley, Tengboche Monastery, Gorak Shep, and Kala Pattar.

With our trek packages, we aim to cater to individuals of varying fitness levels. The route includes manageable ascents and descents, making it accessible to those with a willingness to trek. Our packages are designed to be flexible, allowing you to choose the duration and budget that best suit your needs.

Embarking on the Everest Base Camp trek promises an unforgettable adventure in the breathtaking landscape of the Himalayas.

Overview

Duration: 14 days Group Size: 6-12
Country: Nepal Activitty: Trekking and Hiking
Arrival on: Departure From:
Max elevation: 5545 m Meals/Accomodations: Provided

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and trip preparation – 1,300m/4,264 ft.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m.) by plane 30 min. and walk to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3 – 4 hrs

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft): 6 – 7 hrs walk

Day 05 : Namche Bazaar Rest and acclimatization day.

Day 06: Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) – 5 – 6 hrs walk

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 – 6 hrs walk

Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 5-6 hrs walk.

Day 09: Lobuche to Gorak Shep [5170 m] 3 hrs, to Everest Base Camp [5364 m], 3 hrs to Gorak Shep, 3 hrs. Total 8 – 9 hrs walk

Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar to Pheriche [4280 m/14,070 ft]: 8 – 9 hrs walk

Day 11: Pheriche to Tengboche to Namche Bazzar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 5 – 6 hrs walk

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 7 – 8 hrs walk

Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight 30 min.

Day 14: Final departure to your home country

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and trip preparation – 1,300m/4,264 ft.
Upon reaching Kathmandu International Airport, our representative will extend a warm welcome and facilitate your transfer to the hotel. Later in the evening, BG Travel will host a welcome dinner for you at a restaurant.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.

After having breakfast today, we embark on a guided tour to explore several significant historical and spiritual sites in Kathmandu. Among these landmarks, some hold the prestigious designation of World Heritage Sites. Our itinerary includes visits to the historic Durbar Square, the revered Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the renowned ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath), and the Buddhist shrine (BouddhaNath), recognized as one of the largest Stupas globally. Around noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where you can meet our trek leader and fellow team members. During this session, we will provide detailed information about your upcoming trek, address any questions you may have, and ensure you are well-prepared for the adventure ahead. The overnight stay will be in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m.) by plane 30 min. and walk to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3 – 4 hrs

Following breakfast, you will be accompanied to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), serving as the starting point for our trek. The 40-minute scenic flight takes us above stunning green and white mountain vistas, leading to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This aerial journey is renowned as one of the most picturesque air routes globally, concluding with a thrilling landing on a hillside surrounded by majestic mountain peaks. Upon reaching Lukla, we meet our additional crew members, undertake necessary packing and arrangements, and commence our trek through the thriving village of Lukla, eventually reaching Phakding. The overnight stay will be in Phakding.

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft): 6 – 7 hrs walk
As we traverse a picturesque pine forest, the path takes us alongside the Dudh Koshi River, crossing numerous suspension bridges, including the renowned Hillary Suspension Bridge. Our journey begins with a captivating view of the majestic Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Passing through the settlements of Benkar, Chumoa, and Monjo, we reach the check post and the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. Continuing through the last village of Jorsale, we approach Namche Bazaar. The trail ascends through forests and bridges, leading us to the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. Following a steep ascent of approximately two hours, we catch our first glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. At this juncture, we pause at Chautara to appreciate the view. To reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and the primary trading center of the region, we still have about 1.5 hours of hiking. We will spend the night in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05 : Namche Bazaar Rest and acclimatization day.

Today is designated as an ‘acclimatization’ day for the trek. Health experts advise staying active and mobile even on rest days, rather than being sedentary. You have the option to spend the day engaging in activities such as a day hike to Thame, visiting Khunde, heading up to Everest View Hotel, or simply relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. As the main center of the Everest (Khumbu) region, Namche Bazaar boasts government offices, ATMs, internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery, and a vibrant market every Friday evening and Saturday.

During your time in Namche Bazaar, you can visit the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park. Here, you’ll find displays related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture, and information about the diverse plant and animal life in the Everest region. This day offers a valuable opportunity for acclimatization while immersing yourself in the rich cultural and natural aspects of the area. The overnight stay will be in Namche Bazaar.

Day 06: Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) – 5 – 6 hrs walk

After breakfast in Namche, the trek to Tengboche begins with stunning views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The trail, featuring occasional ups and downs, showcases the beauty of the Himalayas. Wildlife like pheasants, musk deer, and Himalayan Thar can be spotted along the way. Passing through Kayangjuma and Sansa, a crucial trail junction, you traverse pine forests and cross a bridge adorned with prayer flags at Phunki Thenga. Following a relaxed lunch, a challenging climb through pine woods leads to Tengboche, renowned for its panoramic views and the largest Buddhist Monastery in the Khumbu region. A visit to the monastery around 3 p.m. allows you to witness a ceremonial event. Overnight accommodation is at a Tengboche lodge.

This leg of the journey provides a mix of natural beauty and cultural richness. The trek offers memorable encounters with Himalayan wildlife and culminates in the exploration of Tengboche’s breathtaking scenery, featuring iconic peaks and a revered monastery. Witnessing a ceremony at the monastery adds a spiritual dimension to this trekking experience in the Everest region. The overnight stay at Tengboche allows for a tranquil and immersive mountain retreat.

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 – 6 hrs walk
After breakfast, opt for the upper trail to Pangboche village, offering enhanced views. Pass through Chortens, Mani walls, and small villages, enjoying the scenic journey. The lunch spot not only provides delicious meals but also presents a captivating close-up view of Mt. Ama Dablam. In the afternoon, head north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt. Ama Dablam. The walk becomes moderately easy as you enter the Imja Valley, gradually unfolding as you approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. Descend to the river and commence the final, steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. Arriving in Dingboche, you’ll be greeted by a picturesque landscape with fields enclosed by stone walls protecting crops from the elements and grazing animals. Overnight stay is at Dingboche.

Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 5-6 hrs walk.

After breakfast, the trek begins with a climb to Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley, offering stunning mountain views. Passing through Phulung Karpo, the 1953 Everest Expedition campsite, and Chola Lake, Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. The trail descends to a stream, and after crossing a wooden bridge, it ascends to Duglha with glimpses of Mt. Nuptse, Cholatse, and Thamserku. Lunch is at Duglha, followed by a steep climb up the Khumbu Glacier’s terminal moraine.

Ascending Chupki Lhara, a ridge with memorials to Scott Fischer and Babu Chiri Sherpa, you’ll witness dramatic mountain views. Descending to the Khumbu Glacier moraine reveals impressive peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, and Mahalangur Himal. Although in Everest’s vicinity, the summit remains hidden. As you cross the glacier and pass a stream, the effects of high altitude become apparent. The overnight stay is at Lobuche, marking a day of challenging climbs, memorial ridges, and breathtaking Himalayan landscapes.

Day 09: Lobuche to Gorak Shep [5170 m] 3 hrs, to Everest Base Camp [5364 m], 3 hrs to Gorak Shep, 3 hrs. Total 8 – 9 hrs walk

Early in the morning, the trek to Gorak Shep, Everest Base Camp, and back to Gorak Shep commences. The trail leads through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, passing the pyramid signpost. Along the way, the north ridge of Everest, along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, and Mt. Nuptse, comes into view. Climbing steeply up to the top through the Changri Glacier, Kala Patthar, a green knoll beneath Mt. Pumori, becomes visible.

Upon reaching Gorak Shep, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, including the majestic Mt. Everest, a brief lunch break is followed by the trek to Everest Base Camp through the once-vast Gorak Shep Lake. At the base camp, the colorful tents of mountaineers contrast against the gray surroundings, offering a unique perspective on the challenging Khumbu icefall route. Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori are prominent peaks visible from the base camp. While Everest itself may not be fully visible here, the accomplishment of reaching this iconic location is undeniable. For an even more captivating view, it is recommended to visit Kala Patthar during sunset, where the setting sun’s rays create an indescribably beautiful scenery. Overnight accommodation is at Gorak Shep in a local lodge.

Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar to Pheriche [4280 m/14,070 ft]: 8 – 9 hrs walk

Today marks the pinnacle of our journey as we rise early to witness the spectacular views from Kala Patthar, capturing the first light of day illuminating Mount Everest. Prepared for a pre-dawn departure in dark and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C), the ascent to Kala Patthar offers breathtaking viewpoints for capturing memorable pictures. After hours of climbing, you reach the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. Seated atop Kala Patthar, you’re treated to an unparalleled Himalayan panorama, absorbing the grandeur of mighty massifs. With camera in hand and the awe-inspiring scenery etched in your memory, you savor this moment.

Returning to Gorak Shep, breakfast awaits, and you have time to wait for fellow participants to return. Those heading to Everest Base Camp today start with an early breakfast, given the longer duration (4-5 hrs) of the trek. Upon everyone’s return to Gorak Shep, the group shares lunch before descending to Pheriche for a well-deserved night’s rest. This day encapsulates the triumph and beauty of the Everest region.

Day 11: Pheriche to Tengboche to Namche Bazzar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 5 – 6 hrs walk

Today’s trek involves descending through hillsides adorned with rhododendron and juniper trees, creating a vibrant landscape, particularly during the spring when pink and red rhododendron flowers paint the surroundings. Depending on hunger and condition, lunch is either enjoyed in Pangboche or delayed until reaching Phunki Tenga. Crossing the prayer flag-adorned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, the trail descends rapidly through pine forests, leading to Sansa, a major trail junction. A stop at Kyangjuma (3570 m/11,710 ft) offers a relaxing lunch with stunning views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Nuptse.

After lunch, the trail to Namche Bazaar follows the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through bends. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, and colorful pheasants in the forest. Passing a Chorten, you reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. Here, take a final look and picture of Lhotse, the tip of Everest, and Tengboche. Upon reaching the lodge, enjoy a refreshing hot shower and a relaxed night’s sleep in Namche Bazaar. This day offers a blend of natural beauty, wildlife encounters, and a gradual return to the comforts of civilization.

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 7 – 8 hrs walk

The descent takes us steeply downward, requiring a slow and controlled pace as we navigate the rocky terrain. After crossing suspension bridges over the fast-flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail levels out, offering a more natural path. The light breeze begins to warm us up, dispelling any lingering sore throats or colds in the refreshing mountain air. Despite retracing the same route, the descent unveils entirely different views – a blend of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and distant snow-covered peaks.

Passing through Sherpa villages, we observe their deep faith in Buddhism, evident in the culture of prayer stones and prayer flags adorning the villages. Upon reaching Lukla, sore legs are stretched, and reflections on the experiences of the past days set in. The trek concludes on a joyous note as everyone returns safe and sound, smiling faces reflecting the fulfillment of a fantastic journey. The overnight stay in Lukla marks the end of this memorable trek.

Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight 30 min.
Today marks the return flight to Kathmandu, concluding our extended mountain journey. The early morning flight lands us in Kathmandu, where you can spend the day resting and relaxing at the hotel. If you’re inclined to bring back souvenirs from Nepal for friends and family, consider exploring nearby shops or venturing into Thamel for typical Nepalese goods. In the evening, a farewell dinner is organized to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. It’s a time to reflect on the adventure and enjoy a pleasant evening. The overnight stay is in Kathmandu, providing a fitting end to our trekking experience.

Day 14: Final departure to your home country
The adventure within the mountains of Nepal concludes today! With no specific activities planned, you may exchange emails with fellow travelers, organize photos, or, if time permits, engage in some shopping or sightseeing. About 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from BG Travel will accompany you to the airport. As you journey home, there will be ample time to reflect on the experiences and plan your next adventure trip in the wonderful country of Nepal. This marks the end of an enriching mountain journey, with memories to cherish and new adventures to anticipate.

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