- Trip Code:HTNEBCT
- Trip Grade:Moderate - Challenging
- Max Elevation:5545m
- Total Duration:16 days
- Best Time:March-May & Sept-Dec
- Activities:Trekking, historical and cultural excursion
- Trekking Duration:12 Days
- Trip start from:Kathmandu
- Trip ends at:Kathmandu
- Meals:Full board in Trekking & Breakfast basis in City
- Accommodation:Double/Twin shearing in hotel/lodge
- Transportation:Private vehicles /Tourist Bus/Flight
- Per Day Walking:About 05 hrs
- Group Size:01-10 pax
Everest Base Camp Trekking, one of the dreams of many wide world travelers to get a glimpse of Mt. Everest the highest mountains in this planet, towers high into blue sky line at the height above 8,848 m and 29,028 ft high.
Truly one of the most fascinating areas for all types of adventure within high and scenic Khumbu in the shade of Everest and other high peaks that surrounds you on this magnificent adventure on Everest Base Camp Trekking.
Adventure to Everest Base Camp Trekking begins with sweeping scenic flight to land at Sherpa town in Lukla with its unique small airstrip, and then our walk leads following Dudh Kosi River upstream past Sherpa farm villages of Phakding and Monjo to enter into Sagarmatha national park.
The park listed as World Heritage Sites covering an area of 1,148 sq. kms offering varieties of rare flora and fauna with world highest mountains, Sherpa colorful culture and age old traditions of Buddhism religion.
Slowly walking high to reach at famous Namche Bazaar, where exciting and busy market takes place on Saturday once a week, a great place to be on the day of market, from Namche walking with awesome views of Mt. Everest and series of peaks with majestic Amadablam.
As our trek progress each day, then heading towards famous and scenic Thyangboche Monastery, a lovely spot with views of mountains within green forest surrounding where Mani-Rimdu a great colorful festival held in the month of October.
On leaving the green lush vegetation and tree lines approaching into high barren and arid country within arctic zone of ice and glaciers at Everest base camp with mind-blowing scenery of giant peaks and notorious Khumbu Ice falls and glaciers.
With enjoyable time beneath towering South Face of Everest then heading back to Lukla with a climb to Kalapathar, the highest spot of the adventure above 5,545 m high offering grand panorama with Everest at a stone throw distance.Finally our great scenic and cultural walks ends at Lukla for exciting flight back to hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu with fabulous adventure of a lifetime experience on Everest Base Camp Trekking.
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m and transfer to Hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines, where you will be received by our office staff and guide with warm welcome then transfer to your hotels in the hub of the city.
After checking into your rooms and getting refreshed be ready for briefing on Everest Base Camp Trekking, our guide offers you with useful important information regarding trek and your stay in Nepal with us.
Evening includes welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk Culture program of Nepal while having your dinner.
- Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning, depart from the hotel for exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest, Kathmandu city and its valley steeped with historical and religious monuments temples and monasteries listed as World Heritage Sites.
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Pashupatinath Temple
- Bouddhanath Stupa
- Swyambhunath stupa
After an interesting tour afternoon free to relax and preparation for Everest Base Camp trekking next early morning flight to Lukla.
- Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs.
Starting early morning transfer to domestic airport for short and scenic flight to Lukla, taking a smaller aircraft (Twin Otter or Dornier) during 30 minutes on air with amazing panorama of Himalayan series of peaks with Mt. Everest, as the plane lands on its unique uphill runways reaching at Tenzing & Hillary airport in Lukla.
From here a slow start with few hours of walks on downhill past many Sherpa farm villages with well tended crops and vegetable fields and terraces with occasional views of snow capped peaks of Kwangde and Kusum Khanguru, and then reaching our first overnight stop of the trek at Phakding in the comfort of nice and cozy lodge located by the raging Dudh Kosi River.
- Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.
Today with long uphill walk to reach at famous Namche Bazaar, starting with gradual walk following Dudh Kosi River upstream crossing few bridges to reach Sagarmatha National Park entrance near Monjo village.
Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepalese while Sherpa calls Chomolungma (of Tibetan origin) in both languages means 'Great Mother', from here a pleasant walk on river bed then climb for few hours into forested trail with views of snow capped peaks, as this scenic walk reaches you at exciting Namche Bazaar.
- Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and local excursion.
A rest day at Namche Bazaar for necessary acclimatization, before heading higher area an ideal spot for free day at this height above 3,440 m high.
In Namche spend the day with scenic hike to view points on top Namche facing Mt. Everest-Amadablam and other range of peaks, afternoon explore the streets and shops, Namche holds a colorful and busy Saturday Market once a week.
- Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery 3,867 m – 05 hrs.
From Namche walk leads on gradual scenic path with downhill to Imjatse River at Phunge-Tenga for lunch, afternoon uphill climb into rhododendron, pines, fir forest with grand views of snowcapped peaks.
After few hours of climb reaching at Thyangboche Monastery, enjoy marvelous views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtenga, Thamasarku, Kwande with magnificent Amadablam, afternoon with time to visit its interesting monastery and observe monks and priest on prayer.
- Day 07: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05hrs.
Morning on downhill for an hour towards Imjatse River, after crossing a bridge walking into an open country where tree lines stops for few short juniper and rhododendron bushes, uphill for a while to reach at Pangboche village at 3,900 meters.
This is the last permanent village before Dingboche and beyond, from here a slow climb to Somara for lunch and continue walk with climb to Dingboche village for overnight stop, located within scenic Imjatse valley with excellent views of Ama Dablam and Island Peak.
- Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion.
A rest day for proper acclimatization here a short hike up to Nakarjung hills for better views of surrounding peaks with Mt. Makalu towards east adjoining.
For some energetic people optional walk to Chukung at 4,760 m high, a small settlement within Imjatse valley offers incredible views of Island Peak, Lhotse Shar, Lhotse, Nuptse and Amadablam.
- Day 09: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.
After a nice and pleasant stop at Dingboche, as our morning walk lead to short climb facing excellent views, and then walk on gradual scenic trail to Thugla for lunch, this is where massive Khumbu glacier melts into a raging river.
From here trail Pheriche and Dingboche trail joins towards Everest Base Camp, after a break a steep climb for an hour to Thugla pass, witness stone memorials of unfortunate climbers who died climbing on
Mt. Everest, Lhotse or other high mountains. From here a nice walk to Lobuche for overnight stop.
- Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5364 m and return to Gorakshep 5,180 m - 06 hrs.
Today our adventure takes you at Everest Base Camp our main goal and highlight of the trip walking for few hours with short steep climb in between glacier and moraine, then reaching at Gorakshep, beneath lofty peak of Pumori and Kalapathar rocky hill.
Walk continues towards Everest base camp, at base camp enjoy views of massive Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers, after an exciting time with experience of a lifetime retrace the journey back to Gorakshep for overnight stop.
- Day 11: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Pangboche 3,900 m via Pheriche - 06 hrs.
Early morning climb on top Kalapathar at above 5,545 m, our highest point of the adventure with magnificent views of mountains includes Mt. Everest at close distance, after a great time on top descend back to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue walk to Thugla, from here downhill to Pheriche around windy valley with nice scenic walk to Pheriche for possible lunch stop.
Pheriche houses many lodges with a health post and a station of HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association). From here another few hours of good walk reaches you at Pangboche village for overnight halt.
- Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar - 06 hrs walks.
Walk leads on same route from Pangboche to reach at scenic Thyangboche Monastery, allowing you with more time on this beautiful spot to explore its interesting monastery and observe monks and priest on prayer chanting in the harmony of tranquil surrounding of green woodland and mountain views.
From Thyangboche walk downhill with short up to reach at Namche Bazaar with grand views of Everest and Amadablam includes other close peaks then reaching at Namche for overnight stop after a pleasant walk of short ups and downs.
- Day 13: Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs.
Our last day walk of the great adventure, morning starts with long descend towards Sagarmatha National Park entrance at Monjo village and then crossing a long bridge to reach at Phakding.
From Phakding towards Lukla as walk leads ups and downhill with last climb of an hour to reach at Lukla for last overnight stop in Khumbu and Everest region.
- Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
From Lukla an early morning flight to Kathmandu with panorama of mountains views all the way to Kathmandu, at Kathmandu domestic airport our staff transfers you back into your hotel with free afternoon to relax after a great and wonderful time on Everest Base Camp Trekking.
- Day 15: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Today a free day in Kathmandu reserved as extra day in case of flight delay and cancellation in Lukla, due to unfavorable bad weather conditions which can occur sometimes as Himalaya weather can be unpredictable.
If all goes well as per our guideline set itinerary, one can enjoy this day relaxing or with individual extra activities or book for another exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest.
- Day 16: Final International departure from Nepal.
Your last day in Nepal, country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to next respective connecting destinations.
Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing memory and great time on Everest Base Camp Trekking.
- All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
- Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
- 04-night twin/double sharing accommodation in Kathmandu on BB
- Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle.
- Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax
- National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
- A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance.
- 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment.
- Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
- Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
- Safe drinking water and first add kid box
- Holiday Tours Nepal’s sleeping bag, down jackets,Ti-shart, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
- Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
- Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
- All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary
- One-hour complimentary spa/massage in Kathmandu after the trek
- Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
- All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- entrance fees for guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu.
- Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
- In case of extra more nights accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary
- Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
- The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
- Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
- Anything not included in service includes column
Cost and Dates
|Trip Start Date||Trip End Date||Price||Availability||Book|
|2nd September, 2018||17th September, 2018||US$1399||Guaranteed||Book Now|
|5th September, 2018||20th September, 2018||US$1399||Guaranteed||Book Now|
|8th September, 2018||23rd September, 2018||US$1399||Guaranteed||Book Now|
|11th September, 2018||26th August, 2018||US$1399||Guaranteed||Book Now|
|14th September, 2018||29th September, 2018||US$1399||Guaranteed||Book Now|
|17th September, 2018||2nd October, 2018||US$1399||Guaranteed||Book Now|
|20th September, 2018||5th October, 2018||US$1399||Guaranteed||Book Now|
|23rd September, 2018||8th October, 2018||US$1399||Guaranteed||Book Now|
|26th September, 2018||11th October, 2018||US$1399||Guaranteed||Book Now|
|29th September, 2018||14th October, 2018||US$1399||Guaranteed||Book Now|
Activity Level Rating of Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trekking
Someone who is able to hike normally 5-6 hours per day carrying a lightweight backpack will be fit enough to do this trekking. There are some uneven stone steps, and due to some long descents your legs may feel shaky so we recommend the use of walking poles. The maximum altitude of the trek is 5545m (18,192 feet), so you need to be careful about your health and altitude related risks. To properly acclimatize one needs to walk slowly and drink more water.
Safe drinking water on Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek
Generally, you can find bottled water at lower altitude places but it gets harder to find it as you go higher. It also gets more expensive. In those higher altitudes, we recommend you drink previously boiled water which tea houses sell for a small fee. You can also bring chlorine tablets to purify your water if you wish. Because it is difficult discarding plastic bottles, it is probably better to use boiled water, which is better for protecting our environment.
Recharging Batteries/Electronic Items on Everest Base Camp Trek
Hydro electricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like your camera, batteries, iPod, phone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge a small fee for charging facilities. We recommend buying adaptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.
Extra Advice for Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek
In your trek you might come across some beautiful and sweet children and you may want to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and pens as many trekkers have done. However it is best not to do so because it encourages them to beg. While trekking, keep your valuables safe. Do not leave valuables behind unless you lock your door when you leave your room. Also do not hang anything outside at night.
Use a dustbin and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbage when dustbin facilities are not available in order to conserve the environment.
Spending Money per Day
It mainly depends upon your spending habits. Normally you should allocate US $9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. While trekking, US $10-15 a day is good enough for buying drinks and snacks.
Travel Insurance for Everest Base Camp Kala Patthar Trek
You need to be sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers an emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure that your insurance covers all these activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner will provide the appropriate medical responses based on your policy and insurance.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek:
All the guest houses offer hot showers, which can be in the bathroom or a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitudes there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for ecological reasons. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water is frozen, ask your guide to get a warm bowl of water. Toilets are mainly Asian squat style. Toilets are outside your room and they vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole, but rather use the rubbish bin that is kept next to the toilet.
On this trekking route local people have built tea house lodges with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will have the opportunity to interact with the charming local people and experience their hospitality.
Altitude sickness results in changes to the body due to high altitude, and a decrease in atmospheric pressure makes breathing difficult due to less oxygen. Mainly, it happens above 3300m (10,000ft). Signs and symptoms are as follows:
- Sleepy but can’t sleep
- Loss of Appetite
You can prevent this by dressing warmly as per weather conditions, drink and eat plenty, walk slowly and climb higher in the day, but return to sleep at a lower altitude. Keep hydrated, but make sure you avoid alcohol.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Holiday Tours Nepal is a government licensed trekking company in Nepal. You can see our legal documents in the “about us” section. Under the following terms and conditions, we will accept your booking:
We require a non-refundable deposit of 15% as down payment in advance in order to book flight tickets, hotel bookings and your trekking permit cards. Booking must be done at least 5 days in advance, and the amount can be either a Bank Transfer, Western Union, Money Gram, or a Credit Card with the balance payable upon your arrival in Nepal.
Suggested Equipment list for this trip;
- Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Holiday Tours Nepal’s duffel bag that is to be returned after the trip)
- Day pack
- Trekking shoes
- Sports shoes or sandals
- Sun Hat/cap
- Warm woolen cap
- Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket
- Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
- Pullover or warm sweeter
- 4/5 pairs of good quality socks
- Hand gloves
- 2/3 pairs of trekking trousers
- 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
- 3/4 pairs of underwear (non cotton preferred)
- Sun glasses
- mask to protect from dust
- Water bottle
- 4 season sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it. It is to be returned after the trip)
- Flash or Torch light
- Camera and batteries
Most Common FAQs
WHAT IS TREKKING?
Trekking is longer duration walks involves longer days from few days to a week or more within Himalayan terrain of ups and downhill with some gradual portion.
Trekking from moderate, adventurous to challenging grade which is for you to choose as per your physical fitness and ability to cope with minimum 3-4 hrs to longer 5 to 6 hours walks within fresh clean mountain air.
IS TREKKING FIT FOR ME TO JOIN IN?
As long you are physically fit and in sound health with good medical history background where all age-groups and interested one can join choosing the right types of trekking itineraries with grading of walks.
WHY GUIDE NECESSARY AFTER MUCH EXPERIENCE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES?
Guide is recommended in all parts of the walking journey in Himalaya destinations especially around remote and isolated region of Nepal Himalaya, where trek leads beyond villages and human life in complete sheer wilderness.
Guide is best to take for one safety and to communicate with local people and to gain knowledge of the areas of trekking.
Every leading company in Nepal and as well Government Department of Tourism encourages foreign travelers to have experience guides to escort, lead and to accompany. This will benefit you in case you are lost or in worst disaster, landslide-avalanche-floods, riots and broken trails.
Guides are handy in such situation and help you in all kinds of situation where you won’t feel lonely and helpless if situation arise.
What is the age-limit?
No age bar and limit where all age-groups can join in for various types of holiday provided in varied programs, where children under 16 years of age and above 70 years, should be accompanied by guardian-friends and relatives.
Depending upon the type of trekking where in moderate to adventurous program nearly all age group can join in as long they are physically fit and able to cope with long hours of ups and down-hill as well with cold temperatures wise.
How tough and hard are the treks?
Treks in Nepal considered as one of best adventure destination in all Himalaya and probably in this planet, where people can have many choice and options to choose from group joining to make your own private trip as tailor made.
Trekking and walking in Himalayan country involves much ups and downhill walks with some gradual portion, it all depends upon your choice of trekking program on most moderate treks walking for maximum 6 hrs with minimum of 3-4 hrs some days.
The only tough is climbing uphill where high passes are involved on treks with steepness and altitude wise also.
Is previous Trekking Experience necessary?
Depends upon the area and grade of trekking, for moderate and adventurous treks where one should be physically and medically fit, rest lies on each day walking hours where you will gain enough exercise and experience on Himalayan terrain and landscapes.
To be fit for the trek we suggest that after booking trips in Himalaya get prepared with some exercise at home jogging-swimming-aerobic-Zumba-walking minimum for an hour, walking on steps ups and down at least a month before departure from home country for Nepal.
What should I pack for the trip?
Please follow our trekking equipment list as provided for extra from the list is at your own to carry or not, if it’s too much than international airlines baggage allowance more than 20-25 KGS, where you should consider yourself, if it is much important for you than pack in the bags depending upon it’s not too heavy or bulky.
Some of the things that you miss packing essential items, which you can buy in Kathmandu, as the city have large range of shopping Mall including many trekking and mountaineering shops-stores where you can purchase or rent on daily basis, like sleeping bags-duvet / down jackets and etc…
What type of insurance should I obtain or purchase?
All major trips in our wide range of trekking-climbing programs where medical and travel insurance are compulsory for all clients for holiday in Himalaya destinations, where medical and other comfort lacks in remote corners of Himalaya. Medical Insurance is a must in case of emergency related to your ill health condition while on trekking or climb in Himalaya, where you might need to be evacuated the fastest way like using chopper or other means of quick transportation to reach the nearest medical facilities and good hospitals.
Medical insurance comes into action when you are fully insured covering immediate costly Helicopter services including your medical bills on treatments.
As for Travel Insurance which might arise sometimes due to bad weather conditions where domestic flights might get delayed and cancels hampering your itinerary days for some days, where you might have to break the journey in some situations.
Delay in overland journey due to bad road or broken trail conditions with landslides-floods including strikes and other political situation where the company will be forced to delay or cancel the trips or reroute to other places, where some people might not be interested or do not have much holiday in this case where you Travel Insurance Policy will take place to claim from the trip that did not happen as expected.
When is the best time to book a trek in Nepal?
Nepal for all season best time from March to May, when most of the day is clear with minimum temperatures of 0° to 20° Celsius depending upon the altitude and areas. Where most of the morning till mid days clears for views and walks, sometimes afternoon can get overcast with chances of light rains and snow.
March to May will be lively with wild-flowers in full bloom especially various species of rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) from trees to short bushes.
Monsoon wet months starts from mid-June till mid-September, where most of the days gets much rain in the southern areas of Himalaya, where northern region gets less rains falls in rain shadow, where monsoon clouds blocked by Himalayan range of mountains.
October to December another good time for trekking specially on the mid hills where temperatures are mild and pleasant to walk with clear views of mountains, cold in the morning and night time with shorter day lights during autumn / fall and in winter months of December to mid-February.
If booked for high altitude treks, which involves passes above 4,500 m or 5,000 m where the pass might be closed due to heavy snow conditions, which you have to consider that the guide and the company will do their best to make the trip as per the standard itinerary days.
Are any permits required for trekking?
Trekking permits required in all walks in Himalayan areas the permit TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) which is applied to all foreign nationality as well to Indian where price differs.
Besides Trekking permits one has to obtain either national park entrance or conservation fees as per the areas of trekking destinations, all permits are obtained well in advance by your local company once you have booked the trip providing Pass Port details with photograph required on permits