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11Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Itinerary and trek details for Everest Base Camp
Happy travellers heading towards Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

In this blog post, you will get some basic ideas about Everest Base trek Itinerary. The trek is a two weeks exciting journey that leads you to the base of the tallest mountain of the world, Mt. Everest. It is one of the ultimate destinations and a dream of every expert traveller around the world, who wants to fulfill their dream.

There are many tourist attractions in Nepal. Among them the Everest Base camp is the best attraction for travellers! While you plan for the Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary, you can choose for 12 days trek itinerary to 14 days itinerary including Kathmandu.

Lifetime Experience

Hiking to Everest Base Camp will be one of the beautiful memories and experiences in a lifetime as this trek escorts you for the close up view of the Himalayan range including Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8481m) and Cho Oyu (8201m), which are certified as the top 10 tallest mountain of the world.

Trek Preparation?

Everest Base Camp trek is a tough and challenging trek compared to other treks as it is located at high altitude. Be physically and mentally prepared to complete the trek successfully. To prevent from high altitude sickness, you should go in slow pace and ensure yourself that your body is being adjusted with thin air.

When to trek?

Firstly, from mid September till the end of November is the best season to trek for the best travel experience. So, for the best photography experience, you should plan this trek during the period. Secondly, you can trek from March till mid of June.

In Nepal from mid June to mid September is monsoon season. In other words, trekking is not recommended during this period. The weather is not favorable in December through February due to minimum temperature. However, you can still trek during the time, but not highly recommended.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Travellers heading towards Everest Base Camp

How to start your trek to Base Camp?

In order to start your adventure, you will take a half an hour exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; the “Gateway to Everest.” To reach the famous Sherpa villages of Phakding and Namche Bazar, you will trek from Lukla, so you will enjoy your first day hike. Moving further up, you will trek towards Tengboche Monastery, which is located on the top of the mountain ridge, that reflects the prominent Sherpa culture. Then, you will trek further ahead towards Dingboche, Lobuche , Gorak Shep and then importantly you will reach at Everest base camp, and Kalapathar.

After exploring 360 degree panoramic views of the Himalayas, you will trek back to Lukla and then to Kathmandu by flight.

Trip Highlights:

  • Trek to the base Camp of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
  • Visit the best viewpoint in Everest region, Kalapathar.
  • Enjoy the adventure of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World heritage site.
  • Experience the culture and lifestyle of Sherpa people by visiting various monasteries and villages of this region.
  • Enjoy the fascinating view of Khumbu Glacier.

Detailed Trek plan:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

Our airport representative will meet you and transfer to your hotel. You will be introduced to your guide and the trek leader will be briefing you about the trek plan.

Overnight at hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 02: Kathmandu flight to Lukla (2804m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)

You will take a 35 minutes flight to Lukla from Kathmandu after early morning breakfast. After meeting trek members in Lukla, your journey to Everest Base Camp begins by crossing beautiful landscapes, bridges and villages. You will reach Phakding after a 3 hours trek from Lukla.

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 03:  Trek Phakding to Namche bazaar (3440m)

Your second day trek will start crossing the suspension bridges, pine forests and you will reach Monjo, the entrance point to Sagarmatha National Park. Just before you arrive at Namche Bazar, you get to enjoy your first view of Mt. Everest. After 6 hours of trek from Pkhading, you will arrive at Namche Bazar- capital of the Everest region.

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Acclimatization

Day 04:  Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar

Today is the rest day and you will be doing hikes in Namche Bazar. After breakfast, you will hike to Syangboche, Khungde (3840m) and Khumjung (3780m) or Thame as optional. You will have a great day after viewing the mesmerizing panoramic views of the highest mountains such as Mt Amadablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Lhotse and Mt. Everest. 

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 Day 05: Trek Namche to Tengboche (3850m)

After having breakfast at Namche Bazar, you will follow the trail that leads towards Khyangjumpa (3550m) from where the trail to Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp separates. After 2 hours of trek from Khyangjumpa, you will reach Tengboche, a beautiful and famous village of Khumbu region from where you can spot the charms of beautiful mountains.

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m)

This day, your journey starts with a short trek through lush green pine forests and fresh rhododendron forest towards a beautiful forest Pangboche (3930m).  On the way to Dingboche, you can admire the view of the Himalayas. After 6 hours of trek, you reach the picturesque village, Dingboche, which is also known as gateway for Island Peak climbing.

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Another Acclimatization before reaching Everest Base Camp

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Dingboche

Today is another day for acclimatization in Dingboche to avoid any further risk of altitude. You will climb the top of hill and hike to Chhukung village which is surrounded by splendid peaks like Mt. Lhoste, Makalu, Cho Oyu and many more.

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4950m)

This day you will be trekking for almost 6-7 hours. On the way to Laboche, you can see many memorials made in the memory of the climbers who lost their lives climbing Mount Everest with praying flags and stones.

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09: Trek Labuche to Gorak shep (5104m) to Everest Base Camp (5400m)

After early morning breakfast, you will leave early for Everest Base Camp. After 3-4 hours of trek, you will reach Gorak Shep and rest for a bit. You will start your hike towards the final destination, Everest Base Camp after some lunch. After capturing some valuable memories on your cameras and heart, you will head back to Gorak Shep and spend your night there.

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Return to Lukla…

Day 10: Hike to Kalapathar (5545m)

Another exciting day after trekking to Everest Base Camp! You will start hiking very early in the morning towards Kala Pathar, which is one of the best viewpoints in the Everest region. It will take approximately 2 hours of walking. Then you will start descending to Pheriche (4317m), where you will spend your night there

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11: Trek back to Namche bazaar

You will start your trekking back to Namche Bazar following the same trek routes passing the villages of Tashinga and Sansa. You will stay at Namche Bazar and can enjoy your hot shower and relax

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12: Trek back to Lukla

This is the final day of your trekking in the land of Himalayas. After your breakfast, you will start trekking back to Lukla. Passing some breathtaking views you will reach Lukla and spend your time there with your trekking members for the last time.

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

You will take a flight to Kathmandu after early morning breakfast. Flights may be delayed due to weather conditions.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.

Day 14: Final departure

After breakfast, our representative will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport with a private vehicle for your departure flight; bid a farewell for your safe flight.

11How long does the Annapurna Base Camp trek take?

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp trek leads you to perceive the beauty of magnificent snow capped Himalayas. Unlike other high altitude treks, it is one of the easier, shorter and the most popular treks in Nepal. This trek indulges the most splendid view of Annapurna range, Machhapuchre (Fishtail), Hiuchuli and Dhaulagiri range along with diverse wildlife and rich culture.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek should be on the list of trekkers who are seeking to trek in Nepal because it would be the most amazing trek ever. Spring (March-May) is the best season to trek here though people hike here in all the four seasons because in spring, weather is moderate and clear, Himalayas can be viewed clearly and the forest is full of red Rhododendrons, the national flower of Nepal.

Who does not want to observe waterfalls? Yes, in this trek, trekkers can enjoy beautiful waterfalls and also can enjoy peaceful and healthy hot springs.

Trekkers, who are curious about Nepal’s culture, can get the knowledge and meet the people from different ethnicity, especially the Gurungs   and Magars, famous for Gurkha regiment while visiting the beautiful and popular village, Ghandruk. It’s up to the trekkers to visit the village or not but that would be worth-full if trekkers visit there once. Same goes to Ghorepani poon hill, which is the viewpoint of Annapurna and other peaks and for blissful sunrise and sunset.

Choosing Annapurna Base Camp for trekking is like going for two trekking at a time since Machhapuchhre Base Camp is on the way to Annapurna Base Camp. This trek is escorted by the deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki. This trek could be quite difficult for elderly people but it is worthwhile.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Breathtaking view of the mountains
  • Explore the typical Nepali village and the culture of the locals
  • Ghandruk museum
  • Ghorepani Poon Hill and close view of sunrise and sunset
  • Natural hot spring
  • The deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki
  • Various flora and fauna
  • Ascend/descend the popular tone stairs of Ulleri

Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Drive for 4-5 hours by tourist bus or fly for 25 minutes to Pokhara from Kathmandu.

Day 02:  Drive to Nayapul (823m), trek to ulleri (2050m)

It takes around 45 minutes to reach Nayapul from Pokhara by bus. Your trek starts from Nayapul. 3-4 hours of walk is enough to take you to Ulleri and you will get the opportunity to climb the popular stone stairs of Ulleri.

Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani (2874m)

Trek to Ghorepani from Ulleri depends on the speed of your walk. It could take a whole day of walking to reach there.

Day 04: Trek to Poon Hill (3210m) for sunrise and then to Tadapani (2610m)

Hiking for 45 minutes is enough to reach Poonhill to see the early sunrise. Trek for 5-6 hours and then you are at Tadapani.

Day 05: Trek to Chhomrong (2140m)

Trekking to Chhomrong from Tadapani takes about 4-5 hours of walk crossing the beautiful villages on the way.

Day 06: Trek to Dovan(2500m)

5-6 hours is enough to reach Dovan from Chhomrong.

Day 07: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) (3700m)

Today, trekking starts from Dovan and stops at Deurali(3230m) for some lunch. Climbing some bamboo forests and rhododendron forest we reach at Hinku Cave. For another 2-3 hours uphill walk, we head to MBC through Annapurna Valley.

Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)

The distance between MBC and ABC is 2.9km. Trek to Annapurna Base Camp is exciting as you walk with beautiful and stunning mountains around and glacier water coming off Annapurna. This trek would take around 2 hours.

Day 09: Trek to Bamboo (2300m)

After some sunrise viewing and Annapurna range viewing, trek to Bamboo starts because it could take almost 6 hours of hiking as the distance between MBC and Bamboo is 13.5 km.

Day 10: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1740m)

It will be worth walking for 5 hours early in the morning from Bamboo since you can relax your body and mind in peaceful hot springs at Jhinu Danda.  Today you walk 11.7km.

Day 11: Trek to Pothana/Ghandruk

This day, you will be walking for about 3 hours from Jhinu Danda. Exploring Pothana and Gurung museum at Ghandruk village will be exciting and new. And it will be the last day for your physical strengths.

Day 12: Drive to Pokhara

Today, we will be driving back to Pokhara and you will be taken for some sightseeing in Pokhara.

Day 13: Drive/fly back to Kathmandu

Picking up from the airport and driving you to airport for departure is on our service list.

11Nepal Nepal 2020
Visit Nepal 2020 – ‘Lifetime Experiences’

Visit Nepal 2020

Nepal is a naturally gifted beautiful country that has great potential for tourism industry. After a glorious success of past tourism years: Visit Nepal 1998, and Visit Nepal 2011, Ministry of Culture, tourism and civil aviation has announced a new tourism campaign, Visit Nepal 2020. The objective of this campaign is to promote Nepal as a tourism destination and to attract to million tourists in Nepal by the year 2020.

It’s slogan is “Lifetime Experiences’. For the overall success of this campaign, the government has separated 5 sectors to promote and develop. It includes People and Heritages, Nature and Wildlife, Culture and Leisure, Religion and Pilgrimage and lastly, Adventure and Outdoor. Those who are dreaming to visit Nepal can get the lifetime experiences through different affordable tour packages. Similarly, they can enjoy the beauty of Nepal in the cheapest cost with warm hospitality and luxuries never than before. So, it’s going to be major event in the fields of tourism.

Among the top 10 most visited places on the Earth and the best value destination in the world, Nepal comes at 5th and 1st position which is one of the main reasons behind this Campaign ‘Visit Nepal 2020’.

The pristine beauty of Nepal is enough to hypnotize millions of travelers all around the world. Travelers do not have only one reason to visit Nepal. Traveling to Nepal is the dream of millions of people from the around the world for various reasons. It is the birth place of Gautam Buddha, Mount Everest, the highest point o the Earth, the land of rivers, birds watching and sightseeing unique triangular national flag, multi language country, Kathmandu as a city of temples, never changing history of Nepal, 10 World Heritage Sites, 35+ popular trekking route, 100+ beautiful lakes, cultural variation, national parks, peace and security and affordable cost are some of the alluring factors for the tourist to attract to Nepal.

The government has been constructing 2 international airports for the easy accessibility of the tourists and virgin locations have been identified for visiting.

Tourism industry has played an important role in the G.D.P of the country. People have been engaged in tourism business to earn for their livelihood. In this sense, tourism is the backbone of Nepal. Similarly, Nepal is compared to heaven by travelers due to mesmerizing Himalayas, intriguing cultures and picturesque scenic beauty.  

As tourism has greater scope and significant contribution in Nepal economy, the government has advertised about the programs in different medias through the world. The country wise tourism promotion strategy is said to tap the outbound travelers of the neighboring countries to Nepal. In the context of rising number of outbound travelers, the ministry of tourism has reviewed the Air Service Agreement with multiple countries.

It’s true that the more the flow of tourists the more the country gains. Nepal is no longer just and agricultural country. Our economy is sustained by foreign  employment and tourism alongside agriculture. Since a decade, as Nepal bade  goodbye to 10– years – long tragic civil war, as a result the tourism industry has started to come out from the long hibernation. Nepal has to spread a good message to entire world that it has risen up from the devastating collapse made from 2015 Earthquake and it has successfully completed the renovation works.

The main objective of Nepal tourism year 2020 is to inform the world that it is safe, ideal time to visit Nepal and have age long memories of the visit.

It’s sad news to all of us that the Government of Nepal has stopped this national campaign due to ongoing spread of COVID-19 throughout the world. So, it has been officially declared that the campaign will be launched in 2022 with new vision and goals. We should appreciate the government’s decision to halt the campaign due to the threat of deadly disease. It’s because of the safely of the people. When the world will come out of the agony of COVID-19, it can be announced again.

11Is Nepal safe to travel

Updated: March 19, 2020

Is Nepal safe to travel ?
Is Nepal safe to travel ?

Is Nepal Safe to Travel? 

The deadly disease called CORONAVIRUS or COVID-19 is rapidly crashing the world lately. Firstly discovered in WUHAN city in Hubei province in mainland China, this disease has outbreak in more than 170 countries and territories causing 219,345 confirmed cases, 8,969 deaths and 85,745 recoveries as of 19 March, 2020.

Signs & Symptoms of Coronavirus

As stated by World Health Organization (WHO) and multiple health institutes, the virus can be transmitted from the people with no symptoms. The virus can be transmitted to 3 people by an infected person with a direct contact.

The signs & symptoms of CoronaVirus are:

  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pneumonia
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome

Prevention

Prevention is better than cure.”

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Practice respiratory hygiene
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose & mouth

Most Affected Countries:

More than 170 countries and territories have been affected by this CoronaVirus 2019. This disease is spreading so rapidly that the number of confirmed cases and death cases are increasing in a speed manner. Some of the most affected countries by the disease are listed below.

  • China

The first case of novel COVID-19 was diagnosed in Wuhan, China in late December, 2019. Making it the most affected country globally, China has 80,928 cases, 3,245 deaths and 70,420 recoveries as of the latest report.

  • Italy

The European countries have also been affected by Coronavirus disease. This deadly disease has widespread so rapidly in Italy making it the second most affected country with 35,713 confirmed cases, 2,978 deaths and 4,025 recoveries.

  • South Korea

The outbreak of the disease in South Korea has made the lives of the people very rough. The latest report shows that the country has 8,565 confirmed cases, 91 deaths and 1,947 recoveries.

  • Iran

Iran has been placed in third position in the list as the country has 17,361 confirmed cases, 1,135 deaths and 5,710 recoveries.

  • Japan

The outbreak of COVID-19 in Japan has caused 986 confirmed cases, 33 deaths and 191 recoveries as of 19 March, 2020.

Is Nepal safe to travel
Is Nepal safe to travel

Is Nepal Safe From COVID-19? / How safe is Nepal from CoronaVirus 2019?

Is the neighboring country of China, Nepal safe from CoronaVirus?

Every person may ask this question or have a concept that Nepal is definitely not safe from CoronaVirus. However, Nepal is in the list of least affected countries globally till this date carrying only one confirmed case. A Nepali student returning from Wuhan on 5 January was diagnosed with COVID-19 and kept in quarantine zone for 14 days and got recovered.

On 16 February, 2020, 175 Nepalese citizens were evacuated from epicenter Wuhan, Hubei province in China. They were monitored at the quarantine zone in Kharipati, Bhaktapur for two weeks. All the results came negative and got discharged.

Recently, there were 4 suspected people (3 Nepali citizen & a French national) who landed from South Korea, UAE and Qatar but the results tested negative.

Luckily, Nepal is safe from this deadly disease till the date. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Coronavirus may outbreak in Nepal.  And, if the disease enters the country, it will be epidemic as Nepal is a third world country and lacks in proper healthcare institutes, modern technology and necessary equipment in sufficient amount to diagnose the person with highly infectious COVID-19.

Governmental Works to Prevent COVID-19

The global tension has been alarming the whole world since few months. Though the disease has not affected Nepal, the government of Nepal, many health organizations and agencies have taken many steps to prevent the disease to outbreak.

The Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Control Hospital, Epidemiology and Disease Control Division are the two major health institutions involved to prevent the virus to crash in the country. Temperature screening via thermal cameras and self reporting has been initiated in Tribhuvan International Airport for the passengers flying in from other countries. Nepal Government has also assigned other hospitals like Bir Hospital, Civil Hospital, Patan Hospital and TU Teaching Hospital regarding coronavirus outbreak in Nepal.

On 9 March 2020, Government has declared that on-arrival visas to Nepal from 8 different countries which have been highly affected are suspended temporarily. ON-arrival-visas from the following countries are suspended for a period of time.

  1. China
  2. Iran
  3. Italy
  4. South Korea
  5. Japan
  6. France
  7. Germany
  8. Spain

The action is implemented from March 10, 2020 for first five countries, whereas for France, Germany and Spain, it will be effective from 13 March, 2020.

A day after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Coronavirus as Pandemic Outbreak and warned the world to take precautionary action; the Government of Nepal has decided to suspend all the on-arrival tourist visas to all the countries excluding diplomatic and official visas. The meeting on the late Thursday night on 12 March also ended up deciding to cancel all the spring expeditions along with Everest climbing.

According to the officials, the government also decided to cease on-arrival tourist visas to Nepal through land routes and the visa suspension will be effective from March 14 and last until April 30, 2020. However, anyone wishing to visit Nepal in between must have a medical certificate/report showing the person is COVID-19 negative.

Is Nepal safe to travel?

Despite the outbreak of COVID-19 is disturbing the peacefulness in the world; people are willing to travel to fulfill their desires of travelling. Nepal, the land of the Himalayas is linked with China and is listed under the danger zone by  the World Health Organization (WHO). However, the outbreak of the Corona Virus disease has not affected the country. The only one case was seen till this date and was recovered with timely treatment. Otherwise the suspected cases have resulted in negative.

The immediate actions of government and medical assistance are working to make Nepal safe from the disease. The Hon. Tourism Minister of Nepal, Yogesh Bhattarai has invited all the travelers without any hesitation and fear on a press release by Nepal Tourism Board. It concludes that “Nepal is Safe to travel”.

Please click the link below for suspension of Visa-On-Arrival.