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Enjoy the classic trek, following in the footsteps of Hilary and Tenzing, ending with an ascent of Kala Pattar. Enroute you will follow the Khumbu Glacier, where huge ice pinnacles soar to unbelievable heights, and visit the Tyangboche monastery.
How to complete world’s famous trek Everest Base Camp
Although, it can be argued that, when it comes to adventure holidays, it’s observed as a niche holidays. Thus, popularity of such holidays may be not high as others as common for example wildlife & jungle safaris, cultural or family holidays. Infact, Everest Base Camp trek although is an adventure trek, it is also revered as one of the world’s most demanding, popular and classic trek. So everyone has coveted desire to conquer the trip of life time Everest Base Camp trek. Every year, large number of group and individual trekkers conquer Everest Base Camp trek. On the other hand, lots of trekkers trek Everest base camp trek charity. The generic Everest base camp trek itinerary is 17 days Kathmandu to Kathmandu. The Everest Base Camp packages are mostly come with all meals. The Everest Base Camp trekking distances is on average 4-6 hours walk daily.
You will notice from the Everest base camp trek map that it is located in the Khumbu region. Aside from its reverence as classic trek, Everest Base Camp trek offers amazing, breath-taking and natural sceneries throughout the trail. The trekkers also have opportunity to explore local culture especially Sherpa’s way of living the life in the mountain region. The monasteries are great monuments that adds value to the Everest Base Camp trek. The surrounding prevails tranquillity with waving prayer flags. So, the spectrum of breath-taking sceneries, monasteries, unique cultural and colourful prayer flags makes Everest Base Camp trek as world’s most demanding and popular classic trek.
It is important to have a bit research on the Everest base camp trek weather. The best time to hike Everest base camp are September, October, November Feb, Mar when the weather is clear and fresh and sceneries are breath-taking. However, trek to Everest Base Camp can also be completed in December, January, April and May. So it’s entirely up to you when you want to plan trip to Everest Base Camp.
The answer to this question is yes. You do require government licensed guide to complete Everest Base Camp trek. Your guide will help you with trek route, local history, booking accommodation and any other assistance that may be required.
There are several travel & trekking companies in Nepal and abroad who operate Everest Base Camp trek. It’s your discretion whether to choose Nepal based or western registered travel company. So ensure to check they provide financial protection towards your holiday. Generally, UK based travel companies provide financial protection through Travel Association and ATOL.
When we talk about the Everest Base Camp trek difficulty, Everest Base Camp trek is strenuous trek as it goes up to 5545 meters altitude. However, nothing to worry about as long as you have average fitness. The key advice is you should be slow and steady, drink a lot of water, and take enough rest.
First and foremost, warm clothing, shoes, walking sticks, sun cream, hats, sun glasses, medicine. The Everest Base Camp trek kit list continues in details so you will be provided by a travel company a complete trek dossier with extensive pack list upon booking your Everest Base Camp trek. You will also be advised on Everest base camp trek equipment list. By now, hope you will have enough information that you would require regarding Everest Base Camp trek. However, you require more information if you find this from Everest base camp trek blog, watch Everest base camp trek YouTube or travel Company or may choose to read Everest base camp trek reviews.
Hopefully your questions such as how to get to Everest base camp, hike to Everest base camp cost, how hard is it to climb to Everest base camp and Everest base camp hike distance are gone way. If you still have any more questions, give us a call or email, we will take care of rest to make your Everest Base Camp trek an unforgettable one.
Day 01 : Kathmandu Arrival (1300m). Overnight in Hotel - Lumle Holidays representative will greet you in an airport and will transfer to your hotel. After the arrival, the group will be formally introduced to Guide for the activities over the next few days. One should pay attention in particular to the safety aspects of the briefing. Any questions or doubts should be asked and clarified at this time. We check your insurance details and other requirement for your trekking
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing. Overnight in Hotel - After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square. Durbar Square: This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums. Swayambhunath, 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Pashupatinath, Dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.
Day 03 : Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) trek to Phakding (2640 m.). Overnight in Trekking Lodges - Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) which takes about 30 minutes and trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m.) and it takes approximately three hours. You transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. It is a small town with an airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. You begin today’s trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding.
Day 04 : From Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Overnight in Trekking Lodges - Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) and it takes approximately five hours. The trail starts through a level path along the right bank. Thamserku looms skyward on the opposite bank. You cross a stream and climb the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, to arrive at Bengar. The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. You continue along a path with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village of Monjo. Now you descend the path of stone steps and return to the right bank over a wooden bridge. After a short climb you come to Jorsale’s teahouse and hotel, also stop at the National Park Service where a park entrance fee is collected. After your departure from Jorsale you enter a forested mountainside. You follow a short walk along the riverbed of this V-shaped valley where the river forks – the right is the Dudh Koshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi that leads to Nampa La. After short distance along the Bhote Kosi you begin the steep ascent to Namche Bazar. As the mountain path zigzags uphill, you will emerge at a ridge top rest area that offers excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.) The climb eases somewhat, and Namche Bazar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines. Pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the village. Namche Bazar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi. The village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.
Day 05 : Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Overnight in Trekking Lodges - Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) for acclimatization. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization you walk upto Khhumjung where you can visit monastery. Khhumjung is densely populated by Sherpa community. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde and so on. Or you can have an hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There is also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. This museum exhibits Sherpa culture.
Day 06 : Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867 m.). Overnight in Trekking Lodges - Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867 m.) which takes about five hours. You leave the village for a climb to the top of a ridge and level mountain path that offers an excellent panorama of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangrib. To the right there is a steep cliff that drops down to the Dudh Kosi, faintly visible on the valley floor below. As you make your way around a branch ridge, Ama Dablam (6812m) Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7855m) and Tawoche (6501m) suddenly appear. After a gentle descent the mountain path ends; you will come to the fork leading to Gokyo. Now you descend past two tea houses and through the village of Trashinga. Though you cannot see it, you can hear the Dudh Kosi and soon you descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga. It is a long climb to Tyangboche; the first half is especially steep. As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. Continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3867m). You may use the large plateau in front of the splendid monastery as your campsite. There are a lodge and hotel managed by the National Park Service. Tyangboche is an important lookout point on this course, and the sunset on Everest and Ama Dablam is especially beautiful.
Day 07 : Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260 m.). Overnight in Trekking Lodges - Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260 m.) which takes approximately five hours. Leave Tyangboche and the Khumbu mountains as a backdrop-and descend a rhododendron covered area to emerge to a pleasant level area. Pass a long Mani stone wall to enter the village of Deboche. Go on to Minlinggo and leave the mountain path to cross over a suspension bridge to the left bank of the Imja Khola. Climb the mountain path while looking up at Ama Dablam and Kantega (6779m) as they appear on the opposite bank. Ascend the chorten-lined route, come to a fork, the upper path passes Pangboche and a monastery, take the lower path to Pangboche Olin and its stone wall-enclosed potato field. Pass through the village and cross a stream to a path skirting a rocky area to terraced hills along the riverbank. The trails climb slowly, winding above the Imjatse River, to a big Mani Stupa. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with views of the eastern snow-capped mountains including the Island Peak or Imjatse (6,189m) Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.
Day 08 : Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.). Overnight in Trekking Lodges - Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.) for acclimatization. This is a remarkable acclimatization day. There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. The walk is short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon. You have another option as you can hike upto Chhukum. From here you can enjoy the panoramic view of Island peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others. On the same day you come back to Dingboche and have rest.
Day 09 : Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m.). Overnight in Trekking Lodges - Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m.) which takes about five and half hours. The onward journey leads north for up to 50-minutes until you come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below. Today’s walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m) Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. Stop at Dugla, for lunch, before continuing for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break, continue trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind.
Day 10 : Lobuche to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (5160m.). Overnight in Trekking Lodges - Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (5160m.) and it takes about seven hours. Trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar (5545m) and Mt. Pumori (7145m.) Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. Now the trail winds through rocky path and Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse appear at the front of you. Sometime the avalanche can be seen on the way. After a great moment, you retrace back passing through Khumbu glacier with magnificent views of Lobuche, Cholatse, Mt. Pumori and Tabuche.
Day 11 : Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Pheriche (4243m.). Overnight in Trekking Lodges - Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Pheriche (4243m.) and it takes about six hours. Early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of sunrise. From Kala Patthar you can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. Pheriche is the place where one can make phone calls to any part of the world. You can see the mountain Yaks in Pheriche. Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town. There you can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. There is located Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post and foreign volunteer doctors are to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people.
Day 12 : Pheriche to Tyangboche (3867 m.). Overnight in Trekking Lodges - Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (3867 m.) which takes approximately four hours. You can enjoy a morning visit to the research center. Then, trek back to Tyangboche, an easier descent passing through rhododendron forest. It is a small village with a famous monastery offering you the splendid view of Ama Dablam, green hills and river views.
Day 13 : Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m ). Overnight in Trekking Lodges - Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m ) which takes about four and half hours. The walk from Tyangboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. En route you will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. There is an opportunity to visit one of its monastery, the only monastery that has a Yeti Scalp. From Khumjung village another 30 minutes’ walk brings you to the village of Khunde, where you can visit the Khunde Hospital funded by Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. After Khunde, a scenic and pleasant walk brings you to Namche for the overnight.
Day 14 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.). Overnight in Trekking Lodges - Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) and it takes about five hours. The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote-Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.
Day 15 : Lukla to Kathmandu fly Overnight in Hotel - Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 16 : Kathmandu free day of your own. Overnight in Hotel - This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping. In the evening we will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.
Day 17 : Final Departure. - All too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure Himalaya.
Cities The accommodation in cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Bandipur in this itinerary includes in good 3 star category hotels. The accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bandipur includes bed & breakfast whereas in Chitwan includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, jungle activities and other cultural programmes.
Tea houses/lodges The accommodation during trekking in this itinerary includes in tea houses/lodges. The accommodation in tea houses/lodges in the trekking region is very basic and it is not possible to book an accommodation in advance. Although, in some tea houses/lodges you will be able to have your own room, in many others you will be sharing a dormitory with other fellow trekkers. All amenities such as bathrooms, corridors but not limited are shared. The hot water and hot showers may be available but subject to extra charges so you will have to borne costs for these services. Your guide will arrange a place for your stay when you arrive in each place. Please note that, there may be no or very little choice as it all depends on what times of the year you are trekking, how full the lodges are and how late in the day you arrive at that destination. Normally, during peak season such as September, October, November, Feb, March and April lodges operate in extremely full occupancy.
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