Everest Base Camp In Style

5,545m

17N / 18D

5/5

A spectacular flight from Kathmandu brings you to Lukla, and the start of your trek through the heart of Sherpa country. Good acclimatisation is the key factor in ensuring that you reach and enjoy your trek objective. You will spend a night at Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital where you can enjoy wandering around the shops, and even surf the internet! Our side trek to the lovely village of Khumjung then takes you off the beaten track, and more importantly builds in an additional acclimatisation day. The trek culminates first in an ascent of Kala Pathar (5,545m/18,188ft) From the summit of Kala Pathar there are magnificent views across to Everest and other Himalayan giants.

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Stay at the most comfortable lodges
  • Visit the Sherpa’s homeland
  • Ascent Kala Pathar, 5.545 meters before sunrise
  • Fly to Lukla, the gateway to Everest
  • Get the best Mountain View from Tengboche
  • See the highlights of Kathmandu
Includes
  • Airport Transfers
  • 3 nights at 5 star hotel of your choice on BB. (Hotel Yak and Yeti )
  • 1 Night Khurkot Hotel on Half Board
  • 7 nights at Everest Summit Lodges on Full Board
  • 2 Nights Shreedewa Lodge Pangboche on Full Board
  • 4 Nights Mountain Lodges on Full Board
  • Private Vehcile: Kathmandu – Manthali – Kathmandu
  • Airfare: Ramechhap – Lukla – Ramechhap with airport tax
  • National Park Fee + Local Development Fees
  • Guide, Assistants and Porters (Luggage: 13kgs per person)
  • Staff Insurance
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • All logistic support
Excludes
  • Meals unless stated
  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks and Beverages
  • Rescue and Evacuation
  • Helicopter Medivac
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Medical Insurance
  • Visa Fee USD.50 for 30 days
  • Expenses occurred as a result of delay beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellation or natural calamities

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu, Transfer to your Choice of Hotel

Your guide or our office representative will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to your choice of Hotel. In the evening you guide will brief you on your trip.

Overnight: Hotel

1,852 m

Day 2
Drive to Khurkot

The morning is at leisure to get over your jet lag and relax at your Hotel. In the afternoon drive to Khurkot a small town on the BP highway for the night.

Overnight: Hotel

3 - 4 Hrs

Day 3
Fly to Lukla, Excursion to Kharka

Early morning a short drive of 30 minutes to the Manthali airport in Ramechhap, Check in and embark on exciting flight. On arrival at Lukla, check in at the Summit Lodge, Lukla. After an early lunch, take a walk up Bom Danda (app. 3000m) to its village, an ideal way to acclimatize and prepare for the days ahead. Walking along, you get very good view of Lukla and its airfield. Return to the lodge for dinner

Note for the day: As you board the flight to Lukla, try taking the seat to your left, for if the weather permits you will be offered with a spectacular snow line of the Himalayan range. And minutes before you land at Lukla airport another enthralling experience can be felt as the plane suddenly gains altitude to fly over the Lamjura pass and drops to line up for an unforgettable landing. For most this is the first feeling of truly being among the Himalayas.

Flight Time: 15-20 minutes

Activity: Approximately 5 km / 2-3 hrs , Minimum Elevation: 2793m, Maximum Elevation: 2850m

Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Lukla

2,850 m

5 Km

2/3 Hrs

Day 4
Trek to Monjo

An early start after breakfast is planned to avoid the rush of trekkers and porters arriving from Kathmandu. Passing by lovely Sherpa settlements, along gentle undulating trails and enjoying the marvellous scenery of the Dudh Kosi valley, we arrive at the village of Phakding (8700’/2652m). After a break for lunch, we continue on for approximately three more hours to Monjo. The sounds of plodding porters with transistor radios stuck to their ears, the cacophonic mix of myriad languages, strange sounding birds, the sight of porters, loads aside, resting outside tea houses, weather-beaten, windblown trekkers winding their way back to Lukla, prayer flag a-flutter, the brightly painted tea houses and of course the dramatic scenery are memories to treasure of this first day on the trail.

Activity: Approximately 13 km / 5- 6 hrs , Minimum Elevation: 2495m, Maximum Elevation: 2850m

Overnight: Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo

2,850m

13 Km

5/6 Hrs

Day 5
Trek to Namche

A principal benefit of walking as far as Monjo on the second day is that you can walk up the steep hill to Namche when fit and fresh in the early morning. You leave Monjo and continue to the park gates of the Sagarmartha National Park at Jorsale where you complete entry formalities. You then walk alongside the river to arrive at the confluence of the Imja Drangka and the Nangpo Drangpo, which combine to form the Dudh Khosi. Crossing the river on a high bridge you start the steep climb to Namche. Near the halfway point up the hill, if the sky is clear, your first views of Everest and Lhotse come into sight. You then continue the climb, less steeply now, to Namche. Namche is the largest and most prosperous village in Khumbu. Thamserku (6,618m) and Kwangde (6,224m) loom to the east and west and the sacred mountain Khumbila (5,707m) dominates the skyline to the north behind the village. The narrow streets at its centre are a mixture of traditional and modern, with Sherpa homes mingled with cafes, handicraft shops and shops selling or renting trekking and climbing equipment, foodstuffs and vegetables, tennis shoes and Tibetan boots. Don’t be surprised if, after the exertion of the climb and the rise in elevation, you feel a little tired and head-achy. You will feel better after a cup of tea and a rest

Note for the day: Namche is the capital of Khumbu Region with its shops, restaurants’ and cafes, also a alst stop to buy any essential that you might have forgotton. Vist the musuen to get an insight into the culture and the history of the region.

Activity: Approximately 6 km / 5 hrs , Minimum Elevation: 2850m, Maximum Elevation: 3445m

Overnight – Hotel Namche, Namche

3,445m

6 Km

5 Hrs

Day 6
Trek to Tashinga via Namche

A scant five minutes from the lodge you enter the Everest National Park, where entry formalities will have to be completed. Today will be one of the tougher days of the trek but we take it slowly, enjoying the scenery as we hike along the river, crossing and re-crossing it on suspension bridges till the climb begins to Namche Bazar. A long steep climb but with several stops to catch our breath, and a slow plod, we make our way steadily upwards. The trail to Namche Bazar is well marked, comfortably broad trails and walking in the cooler part of the morning, it is easier to breathe and get used to the increasing altitude. After an easy-paced three hour walk, we arrive at the heart of Khumbu – Namche Bazar, (3450m). A well deserved break for lunch and enough time to look around this amazing amphitheatre, and then we take the trail to Tashinga, following the classical approach route to Everest. Keeping to the almost level, winding trail for about 2 1/2 hours, we make a slight detour off the main trail to arrive at the lodge within the next 15 minutes.

Note for the day: On your route today, you will cross the tremendously impressive suspension bridge named Hillary Bridge after Sir Edmund of Everest fame. As you climb along the zigzag path nearly half way up the hill to Namche Bazaar, if the sky is clear, your first view of Everest and Lhotse comes into sight. Follow the classic trail towards Everest.

Activity: Approximately 12 km / 6 hrs , Minimum Elevation: 2850m, Maximum Elevation: 3450m

Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Tashinga

3,450m

12 Km

6 Hrs

Day 7
Trek to Pangboche via Tengboche

The descent to the Dudh Koshi River and the gradual ascent to the Tengboche plateau (3,870 m) is no more than three hours walk. On the way up to Tengboche through rhododendron forest, it is quite common to be accompanied by monks, trekkers, and traders. During the lunch break visit the most famous monastery in Khumbu. Bypass Deboche, where you find a nunnery and shortly thereafter walk along the Imja Drangka River to Pangboche. For the most part, it is a comfortable and scenic walk. Our lodge in Pangboche is located right along the trail to Everest and almost at the base of the Mt. Ama Dablam

Note for the day: The Tengboche Monastery is the largest and the leading centre of Buddhist spirituality and pilgrims in the Khumbu region and has received international media coverage in recent years. On your visit there, do not forget to be blessed by the residing Rinpoche.

Activity: Approximately 12 km / 6 hrs , Minimum Elevation: 3255m, Maximum Elevation: 3980m

Overnight – Shreedewa Lodge Pangbcohe

3,980m

12 Km

6 Hrs

Day 8
Excursion to Amadablam Base Camp and Back

Ama Dablam is one of the most loved and admired mountain in Khumbu. After crossing the Imja Drangka river, followed by a gradual ascent until Lhabarma you are suddenly standing right in front of the mountain ridge. The fact that one can walk right to its foothill and absorb the aura of the mountain is a real gift of Mother Nature.

Activity: Approximately 12 km / 6- 7 hrs , Minimum Elevation: 3980m, Maximum Elevation: 4850m

Overnight – Shreedewa Lodge Pangbcohe

4,850m

12 Km

6/7 Hrs

Day 9
Trek to Dingboche

You leave Pangboche on a path which ascends above the village with the height reflected in the sparse landscape. You pass some yak herders’ cottages and walled fields at Orsho before crossing a stream and making a final steep ascent to Dingboche. The village of Dingboche is set in a stunning position, surrounded by high peaks. In summer months they grow barley here, which is possibly the highest altitude in the world at which this crop is grown. Depending on the time you arrive here and your energy levels, there may be time for an optional afternoon walk around Dingboche

Note of the day: From here onwards the accommodations starts to get more basic, no attached toilets but shared common indoor toilets, due the latitude

Activity: Approximately 7 km / 4- 5 hrs , Minimum Elevation: 3980m, Maximum Elevation: 4410m

Overnight – TashiDelek Lodge or Similar

4,410m

7 Km

4/5 Hrs

Day 10
Acclimatization Day - Excursion to Ama Dablam Base Camp

This morning you ascend the ridge to a large chorten above Dingboche village and it is then an easy walk up awide, grassy plateau. The peaks of Tawoche and Cholatse tower above you and it is possible to see Pheriche village in the valley below to your left. At the tiny hamlet of Duglha you reach a jumble of rocks which marks the terminal moraine at the base of the Khumbu glacier. You ascend steeply up this moraine to reach the top where there are many memorial cairns to those who have died on Everest. The landscape is now wild and rocky and there is a real feeling of being high in the mountains. Following the often frozen stream at one side of the moraine you soon reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. This rather bleak spot was once a yak grazing settlement and was then inhabited only during the summer months but now it is open throughout the winter serving trekkers and climbers and is the jumping off point for Everest Base Camp and Kalar Pattar. Sunset over Nuptse is particularly spectacular from here. It is worth walking over to the moraine to view the moraine covered glacier behind it.

Activity: Approximately 10 km / 5- 6 hrs , Minimum Elevation: 4410mm, Maximum Elevation: 4930m

Overnight – Himalayan Eco Lodge or similar

4,930m

10 Km

5/6 Hrs

Day 11
Trek to Gotakshep (5165m) On to Everest Base Camp (5280m) and back

Start Early from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and get a head start towards Everest Base Camp. It’ll take 2-3 hours to get here, as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. Though the path is a gentle climb, the high elevation makes it more difficult. Take it slow and enjoy Mount Everest views along the way.

When you arrive, you’ll be greeted with piles of stones, strings of prayer flags, and a few “Everest Base Camp” signs with dates and elevation. Celebrate with your fellow trekkers and absorb the incredible landscapes.

Activity: Approximately 15 km / 8- 9 hrs , Minimum Elevation: 4410mm, Maximum Elevation: 5280m

Overnight – Snowland Lodge or similar

5,280m

15 Km

8/9 Hrs

Day 12
Kalapathar and back to Pheriche

Start early morning from Gorakshep, Although not far this is a tough ascent of approximately 2-3 hours until you finally reach the rocky summit of Kala Pattar at 5,545m – quite literally the high-point of your trek! From the summit of Kala Pattar there are great views of the summit of Everest as well as other Himalayan giants – Pumori (7,145m), the Tibetan peak Changtse (4,501m), Nuptse, Lhotse and countless other needles and snow fluted ridges. You can also look down on the Khumbu glacier where base camp is located during the climbing season in late spring. Back from the summit, we head down to Pheriche.

Activity: Approximately 15 km / 7- 8 hrs , Minimum Elevation: 4310mm, Maximum Elevation: 5545m

Overnight – Edelweiss Lodge Pheriche

5,545m

15 Km

7/8 Hrs

Day 13
Return Trek to Tashinga

Retrace your step back down to Pangboche first, then on to Tengboche, stop for lunch and then head down towards the once familiar lodge at Tashinga

Activity: Approximately 14 km / 6- 7 hrs , Minimum Elevation: 3980m, Maximum Elevation: 4000m

Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Tashinga

4,000m

14 Km

6/7 Hrs

Day 14
Return Trek to Monjo

From Tashinga, return to the lovely lodge at Monjo, this time taking the lower trail back to Namche. There will be time enough for a shortstop in Namche for some last minute shopping before making the final descent to Monjo. Crossing the Edmund Hillary Bridge, we shall soon be in the familiar surroundings of the lodge at Monjo. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Note for the day: Stop at the Sagarmatha National Park visitors’ centre and museum at Namche, where there are educational displays on the culture, geography, geology, climatology and wildlife of the Khumbu region.

Activity: Approximately 12 km / 5 hrs , Minimum Elevation: 2766m, Maximum Elevation: 3592m

Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo.

3,592m

12 Km

5 Hrs

Day 15
Trek via Gumila Monastery to Lukla

Today’s return trek to Lukla will bring us through the village of Phakding and a chance to visit the monastery of Gumila high above the village. It takes about 30-45 minutes to reach this monastery accessible by a path leading off the main trail. It is home to 12-15 monks of the Gelugpa sect and a centre of Buddhist learning. Continue back to the main trail and on to Lukla.

Note for the day: It takes about 30-45 minutes to reach the Gumila monastery accessible by a path leading off the main trail. It is home to monks of the Gelugpa sect and a center of Buddhist learning, where very young monks with never ending smiles will happily show off their monastery to you.

Activity: Approximately 14 km / 6 hrs , Minimum Elevation: 2497m, Maximum Elevation: 2827m

Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Lukla.

2,827m

14 Km

6 Hrs

Day 16
Fly to Kathmandu

Today we leave the mountains behind and fly back to Manthali. Drive to Kathmandu along the banks of the SunKoshi river. Please note that flights are sometimes delayed due to weather conditions either at Manthali or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimise the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in trying circumstances, which can occur, will be greatly appreciated. Your final day of leisure in Kathmandu does of course provide a valuable ‘cushion’ against missing your flight home, should the Lukla flight be delayed. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to the Hotel of your choice.

Day 17
Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Time today to relax and reflect on your adventures and to complete any sightseeing and last minute shopping. In the morning there is a half-day guided sightseeing tour. You will visit Boudhanath Stupa then Kathmandu Durbar Square with its many temples and palaces. You will end your tour in Kathmandu’s busy main bazaar, Thamel. Afternoon is at leisure.

Day 18
Transfer to airport for departure

Your Guide or our office representative will pick you up at the Hotel and transfer you to the airport.

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Additional information

Best times to travel

Mid-March to May and September-November

Trek Leaders

Our treks are led by professionally trained English speaking Guides. They have an intimate and expert knowledge of the trekking regions of Nepal and will make your trek a memorable experience. All our mountain guides are certified by the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (The recognised body for guides) and the Deutsche Alpine Verein Club, in Germany. Our guides get yearly refreshment courses in First Aid. All guides are trained on how to use the PAC Chamber bags.

Hospitals

Notable hospitals with professional staff and dispensaries include, and are not limited to: The Pasang Lhamu Nicole Niquille Hospital, the Kunde Hospital and the open-during-season-time Clinic in Pheriche, run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. These Hospitals are usually used by clients when they have upset stomachs, and headaches. Major medical emergencies require us to call a helicopter, upon the judgement of the First Guide. To receive more information about this process please email us at info@everestlodges.com

Climate

Temperatures in the Everest region are quite cool after sundown but due to the strong sunlight at high altitudes, it is usually warm during the day. If the weather is good you will certainly be trekking in a t-shirt and long shorts or light trekking trousers, and a sun hat. The monsoon traditionally arrives around mid-June and clears away by the end of September leaving clear skies, warm temperatures during the day and cooler ones by night. The best time to visit the Everest region is from beginning of October until the end of May. Temperatures steadily decrease as you proceed towards the end of November and it can be quite cold at higher altitudes until the end of February.

Important note:

Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary but as this is adventure travel, we cannot guarantee it! By its very nature adventure travel involves an element of the unexpected, particularly in remote and/or mountainous regions. A variety of factors such as adverse weather conditions, difficulties with transportation and the health of group members can all contribute to the need to make changes, often at the very last minute. Changes can affect any part of the itinerary including overnight stops, duration of walking days, choice of accommodation and routing. Your trek leader will make every effort to maintain the integrity of the original itinerary and minimize the impact of any changes, but an easy-going and flexible nature is a real asset! Please note that all timings and distances given are approximate. Being in the mountains, flights can be delayed or cancelled due to weather conditions, thus the first night at Lukla gives us the buffer day in case of any delays or cancellation.

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