Hike to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar and walk across the highest trekking trail on Earth. Located at the base of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, EBC is the ultimate destination for passionate hikers and adventurers. Trek to Everest Base Camp and visit Kala Patthar, the most popular viewpoint in Khumbu region. The route to Everest Base Camp crosses remote Sherpa villages, ancient Buddhist monasteries and the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Your adventure kickstarts with a thrilling flight to Lukla, the ‘Gateway to Everest’. From Lukla you begin your hike to Everest Base Camp. You walk for several days over hilly terrain before finally arriving at your destination. Get awestruck with stunning views of Himalayan peaks, some of the highest in the world. Cross swaying suspension bridges built over thundering glacial rivers. The alpine landscape is covered with pristine pine and rhododendron forests and snow covered peaks. At intervals you will find the trail adorned with Buddhist mani walls, chortens and colorful prayer flags. Overnight stops at Sherpa settlements offer a rare chance to observe traditional Sherpa lifestyle and culture. An incredible adventure and cultural experience at an affordable price; this is a trip not to be missed!
Lukla Flight Alert: Due to congestion at the Kathmandu airport during high season (Spring- March, April, Autumn - October, November) flights scheduled to and from Lukla will operate from Ramechhap Airport. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu. However, most airlines will operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you make an early booking, we can try to secure a place for you on the direct flight to Lukla (KTM-Lukla). It will be easier to fly directly from Kathmandu instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap. Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will continue to operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
A representative from our office will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel. Check in and take rest. A trip briefing will be held at our office or at your hotel’s lounge later in the day. Meet your guide and other team members during the briefing. If you have any queries you can ask your guide. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Drive to the airport and catch your flight to Lukla, the Gateway to Everest. Once you arrive in Lukla you meet the rest of the crew. Sort your luggage and start your trek. Walk past Lukla Bazaar and head down to Phakding. It is a short hike and you reach in Phakding in about 3 to 4 hours. Cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River to finally arrive at the picturesque village of Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
The trail goes through forests of pine and rhododendron. As you head higher you cross many suspension bridges, including the highest of them all the Hillary Bridge over the Imja Khola(river). Just before you arrive in Namche you get to enjoy your first view of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world and other 7000 and 8000 metre giants. Head to a teahouse and take rest. Overnight in Namche.
Spend a rest day in Namche, the Sherpa Capital. The settlement is carved on a mountainside overlooking the snow covered Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Take an acclimatization hike to Hotel Everest View and Khumjung Village. Hotel Everest View lies above Namche and offers mesmerizing view of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Khumjung Village is an old Sherpa settlement with a monastery (that houses the scalp of a Yeti) and the first school established by Sir Edmund Hillary in the Khumbu Region. Overnight in Namche.
Leave Namche and head to Tengboche. Tengboche is a small village wit few houses. The village is named after its monastery Tengboche Gompa, the largest and the most important Buddhist monastery in the Everest region. You can visit the monastery with your guide and witness a Buddhist prayer ritual. Overnight in Tengboche.
Wake up early and catch the sunrise over Ama Dablam, a mountain that lies close to Tengboche. Ama Dablam is regarded as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. After breakfast, hit the trail to Dingboche. As you walk past the 4000 metres mark, you can feel the effect of high altitude. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Overnight in Dingboche.
Hike to Nagarjun Hill that lies close to the village. The vegetation turns sparser and the tree line vanishes. The landscape turns stark and barren. No technical climbing is required to climb the hill. It is an uphill ascent. From the top you can enjoy 360 degree views of Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Makalu, Lhotse etc. Overnight in Dingboche.
Take the trail to Lobuche. Walk past Thukla and Thukla Pass. Thugkla Pass is decorated with stone memorials dedicated to climbers who lost their lives climbing Mount Everest. Among the memorials are those dedicated to Rob Hall and Scott Fischer whose tragic Mount Everest expedition is the subject of Jon Krakauer’s bestselling book “Into Thin Air” and the movie “Everest”. There is also memorial dedicated to one of the finest Nepalese climbing Sherpas, Late Babu Chiri Sherpa. He broke the world record for climbing Everest without supplementary oxygen and staying at the summit for 21 hours and reaching the summit in record time of 16 hours and 56 minutes. Lobuche has a few teahouses offering basic facilities. Overnight in Lobuche.
This is D-Day. You walk up to EBC, your destination. As you will be walking above 5000 metres, you need to keep your face slow and steady. After reaching Gorak Shep, head to a teahouse. Have some food and after a bit of a rest, hike to Everest Base Camp. The trail follows the Khumbu Glacier. The loose rocks and dirt on the trail can be tricky. Walk carefully as you step on the moraine. Once you reach EBC, take pictures and enjoy the incredible views. Though the summit of Mount Everest is not visible from EBC you can enjoy the views of the Ice Fall, Nuptse and Lhotse. If your trip is during climbing season you can see the colourful tents of the expedition groups. Later return to Gorak Shep, have a warm dinner and have an early night. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Wake up early and make your way to Kala Patthar, the most popular view point in Everest region. Kala Patthar lies right above Gorak Shep. From here you can enjoy 360 degree views of some of the highest peaks in the world- Mount Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse etc. At 5,550 metres, Kala Patthar is the highest point of your trek. Later descend to your teahouse and take the trail to Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche.
Follow an up and down trail to Namche. It downhill all the way to Tengboche and from there a steep ascent will bring you to the busy Sherpa settlement of Namche. At Namche, enjoy your favourite meal and take a well-deserved rest. Overnight in Namche.
This is the final leg of your EBC adventure. Descend to Lukla crossing the many suspension bridges en route. Celebrate your last evening in Khumbu with your crew. Thank the local crew (guides and porters) for helping you on your journey by tipping them. Make your last night in the mountains memorable by singing and dancing with the Sherpas. There wil be Sherpa brew(chhyang) to get you in the mood. Overnight in Lukla.
Bid goodbye to the mountains and fly to Kathmandu. You will be driven to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. You can spend the day resting at your hotel or explore the city on your own or take a guided tour (ask us, we will be more than happy to help!). Celebrate the end of your trip with a farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.
You will be driven to the airport 3 hours before your flight’s departure. If you want to indulge in more Himalayan adventures, do let us know. We have some delightful itineraries that might interest you. We can also customize your itinerary as per your needs.
The best seasons to Hike to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September – November). During these seasons the skies are clear and weather remains pleasant. This trip can also be done during December and Janaury. Though the weather will be cold and harsh, it will be less crowded and the skies will remain clear offering spectacular and unobstructed views of the mountains. Read more about the ideal seasons to visit Nepal.
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Hotel in Kathmandu and teahouse accommodation while trekking are included in your trip cost. 2 nights’ stay in Kathmandu at Aryatara Kathmandu Hotel, a 3 star establishment. Aryatara is located in central Thamel close to popular restaurants and shops. The rooms are fitted with air conditioners and have en suite bathrooms. Other amenities include free wi-fi, restaurant, coffee shop and bar.
On the trail, 11 nights at local teahouses. Usually mountain teahouses are more rustic than city hotels and offer only basic facilities. At Lukla, Phakding and Namche the rooms will have attached bathrooms. At other places These have shared washroom facilities which are generally clean. You will have to pay extra for using the wi-fi hotspot, hotshowers and charging your electronic devices.
Accommodation is on twin-sharing basis. If travelling alone, you will have to share the room with a team member of the same gender. A single room will be allocated on request, at an added cost. Single rooms are available in Kathmandu and at lower elevations on the trail. At higher elevations single rooms will be hard to find especially during high season.
Breakfast will be provided at your hotel in Kathmandu. On your last evening enjoy complimentary farewell dinner.
While trekking all meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and seasonal fruits will be provided. You can choose any item from the menu. Traditional Nepali and Tibetan items include local Dal-Bhat (rice, lentil soup, curry), momo(meat or vegetable dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), thenthuk(a vegetable or meat stew), Tibetan bread etc. Indian and continental items include chappati, curries, pancake, pizza, hash brown potatoes, macaroni, spaghetti etc.
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