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Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 days

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16 days
Availability : September through June
Kathmandu
Everest Base Camp
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 14
Tour Details

Mount Everest Base Camp trek is the most popular destination for trekkers in Nepal. Its popularity has grown since the first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1950s. The trek takes off from Lukla. First we should take 30 minutes morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and we land its tiny at Lukla Airstrip then our trek start to Khumbu Region. The trek follows the Dudh Kosi valley route with an ascent up to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. From Namche, you traverse along a high path from where you have the first good view of Everest. You head towards Thyangboche Monastery located on top of a mountain ridge and then descend the Imja Khola and continue to the villages of Pangboche and Pheriche. After that you arrive at the Khumbu Glacier. The trek through the glacier takes you first to Lobuche and then to Gorak Shep, where you finally reach your destination, Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu ice falls.

This is a sixteen-day journey into the most iconic region of the Himalayas. You will arrive at the Everest Base Camp on your ninth day in Nepal. During the long trip you will enjoy the traditional culture and hospitality of the local Sherpa people, and see the country change as you rise higher into the mountains, from the forested slopes, fields and terraces of Lukla to the steep, rocky valleys approaching the snowline and the enveloping icy peaks of the high elevations on the lower slopes of Everest itself.

Spending time at such heights, even the approaches to Everest Base Camp, requires some acclimatization. After flying into Lukla from Kathmandu and then completing the two-day trek up to Phakding and Namche Bazar in the Lower Everest region (3535m), you will spend a day adjusting to the conditions with a walk in the valley and a leisurely visit to the local Sherpa museum. After a day’s trek to Dingboche, you will enjoy another acclimatization day with a trip to the Chhukung valley where there are fine views of the world’s fifth highest mountain peak, Makalu (8463m). With snow capped peaks all around, you will be eager to trek higher up to the Everest Base Camp.

The high altitude Everest region has fewer visitors than Annapurna, but trekkers are well provide for with guest houses and lodges giving a welcome warm bed for the night, including breakfast and often lunch and dinner as well. Along the way you will visit the lavishly rebuilt monastery at Tengboche. In its idyllic setting backed by high snow-capped peaks and surrounded by pine trees and alpine meadows, it presents to the world a modest red-roofed exterior, while the interior is a magnificent, brightly colored and ornamented tribute to Buddha.

On the first day of the return trip from the Everest Base Camp you will stay overnight at Ghorakshep and then hike up the slopes of Kalapathar (5545m) for a fine view of Everest and the icy wastes of the surrounding peaks. Then it’s a three-day trek back to Lukla via Pheriche and Namche Bazar before flying back to Kathmandu.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal (Google Map)

Departure Time

Between 7 – 8 am

Price Includes

  • Domestic air fare to and from Lukla airport
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Accommodation at Guest houses during the trek (twin sharing)
  • Meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • English speaking trek guide and porter
  • Trek permit and TIMS
  • Airport pick up / drop off

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping for guide / porter
  • Trekking equipment including sleeping bag

Complementaries

  • Trekking duffle bag
  • Company T-Shirt
What to Expect

We will provide English speaking guide during the trek. A porter for 2 members will be provided, who will carry your bag upto 22 k.g. Accommodation at guests houses will be provided during the trek. Meals are included.

  • Moderate to fairly challenging but thrilling to the core!
  • Exciting flight to Lukla
  • Namche Bazar; the tourist hub and the gateway to Everest Base Camp
  • Tengboche Monastery
  • Exciting trek to Everest Base camp
  • Kalapathar, the view point to see the World highest Peak "Mt. Everest"
  • Experienced, helpful and friendly guide and porters
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 meters)

Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be met by our Airport Representative, and transferred to hotel. Our staff will brief you about the trek and introduce you with your guide. If you arrive Kathmandu by noon, you may do a walking tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square (old palace) and local market of Asan Bazar.

Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 2Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (2804 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters)

After taking early morning breakfast, we drive to Airport (15 minutes) and we take 30 minutes exciting flight to Lukla (2804 meters.). After meeting our trekking crews, we embark our first day trek to Phakding (2610 meters) – Enjoying the view of landscape, villages, crossing a couple of streams, bridges, we reach to Phakding in 3 hours. There is probability to get flight delay or cancel even in good season of October – November or March – April. Thus, we should be mentally prepared for such a delay! If flight is on time, we reach to Phakding on lunch time; we just stop on the way for just a cup of tea or coffee. In case of any delay we stop for lunch in Lukla or after an hour walking from Lukla.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3535 meters)

After taking breakfast at around 7 am, we start our second day trek following Phakding village and local market; then we cross an iron bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. After a couple of hours easy trail following the river; we arrive Manjo and Jorsali where stop for our lunch. In Jorsale there is also a checkpoint (Sagarmatha National Park office). After our lunch we register our trek permits here then enter into Sagarmatha National Park zone from here. From here trail descends for 10 minutes, we cross the bridge over the river and continue follow the Dudh Koshi river and the trail gradually ascend until we reach the last high bridge over the Bhote Koshi river. From here the trail ascends steeply until we reach Namche Bazar. It is approximately 6 hours walking.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar

We are now quite in high elevation; thus it is an ideal to spend 2 nights here by doing day hiking to higher elevation and sleep lower elevation. This day after breakfast, we go for 3 – 4 hours hiking to Syangboche, Khungde (3840 meters), Khumjung (3780 meters). It is also worth visiting to Sagarmatha National Park Museum. This day we will be thrilled by overlooking the amazing views of Himalayan ranges including Amadablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Lhotse and Mount Everest.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3850 meters)

Today´s total walking hours will be approximately 5 – 6 hours. After leaving Namche Bazar, we follow the well defined curving trail over looking the mountain views. After 1 hour walking we arrive at Khyangjumpa (3550 meters), where there are some guest houses. This place also offers amazing view of Mount Ama Dablam. From here trail descends to Sanasa and then arrive at Phunki Tenga (3150 meters) in one hour and 30 minutes. We stop here for our lunch. After crossing the river; the trail ascent following the delightful pine, rhododendron and birch forest. In a couple of hours walking we reach at Tengboche on the hillside. This place offers excellent view of Mount Amadablam and glimpse of Mount Everest. While we are here in Tengboche, it would be worth visiting the old monastery “Tengboche Monastery” in the morning or evening a the time of prayers.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 meters)

As usual we take our breakfast at around 7 am and start our trek at 8 am. After leaving the Tengboche monastery the hill side, we descend through pine and rhododendron forest and in about 20 minutes walking we arrive at Deboche (3820 meters). For another 20 minutes we continue our walking through the pine, rhododendron and birch forest until we arrive at the bridge and ascent again after crossing the Imja river and after about 1 hour climbing uphill we arrive at Pangboche (3930 meters). We stop here for our lunch here. It would also be worth visiting to Pangboche monastery; the oldest Gompa in the Khumbu region. After lunch we continue our trek following the Imja river with gradual ascent and after an hour walking we arrive at major trail junction (4175 meters). The left trail leads to Pheriche and and the right trail leads to Dingboche. From the junction we descent to a bridge, cross the Imja river and ascent again to reach Dingboche in an hour.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 7Acclimatization day in Dingboche

This will be our 2nd acclimatization after Namche Bazar. After breakfast, we will take a side trip to Chhukung valley, then we return to Dingboche in the evening (on the way in Chhukung we stop for lunch), We will take you to Chhukung Ri (5546 meters) from there, we can observe the 5th highest mountain Makalu.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 8Trek from Dingboche to Labuje (4950 meters)

After acclimatization, we feel refreshed and get ready for another hiking to Labuje (4-5 hours walking).

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 9Hiking to Everest Base Camp (5400 meters)

Today we leave early morning (5 am) for Everest Base camp hiking and it takes approximately 3-4 hours to reach Ghorakshep (5160 meters); the last guesthouses before Everest Base Camp. We stop at Ghorakshep for breakfast and then continue hiking to Everest Base camp (3 hours) and return to Ghorakshep (2 hours) for overnight stay.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10Hiking to Kalapathar (5545 meters)

Get ready for another exciting hiking!

Kalapathar is the best vantage point to observe the Mount Everest in closer range. We start hiking at 5 am (2 hours walking) to reach the top and return to Ghorakshep for breakfast and continue a 3 hour walk to Pheriche (4280 meters).

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11Trek back to Namche Bazar

We follow the trail that leads us back to Namche Bazar via Pangboche and Tengboche after a 7 hour walking.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 12Trek back to Lukla

7 hours walking to down hill following the Dudhkoshi River, Manjo and Phakding village bring us back to Lukla for our last day of the trek.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13Fly back to Kathmandu

After breakfast get ready for return flight to Kathmandu. Depending on weather condition, the flight may be early morning or late morning or even afternoon.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast.

Days 14 - 15Leisure days in Kathmandu

We have given flexibility of 2 more days as spare days after the trek. The flight delay or cancellation may be happen pre or post trek as the flight between Kathmandu and Lukla or vice versa is dependable on weather condition. If the flight goes smoothly, you may spend the remaining days in Kathmandu or even out of Kathmandu valley doing some side trips.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 16Return back home with your unforgettable memories

According to our tour itinerary, you will return back home. We will arrange a car transfer to airport based on flight departure time (20 minute drive to airport from city center) and be at the airport before 2 hours 30 minutes before boarding your flight.

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Nick

Solo Traveller

The trip to Everest Base Camp and Kalar Pathar in June was fantastic. Thank you for your help and support. Ramesh, my guide was excellent, I couldn’t have asked for more in a guide. He was helpful, caring, had excellent English and good knowledge of the area. The food and accommodation were all fantastic and the trip was well organised.

Nepal Hiking Agency was overall very helpful and professional. It is nice to know that you have a company you can rely on in Kathmandu if anything should be needed.

Thanks again,

August 3, 2017

Colm

Family Traveller

Hi Tilak,

We would like to write a short note to say thanks to you for organising our trip, and to encourage other travellers to Nepal to use Nepal Hiking Agency. We did the Everest Base Camp trek, but only had 15 days due to work commitments – Mr Tilak set-out a personalised schedule for us which allowed us to take in all of the sights, reach Base Camp and get back safely. But that’s not all our flight was cancelled from Sydney, which lost us a day of our trip. At a time when we were pretty stressed, and fearing that our already tight time frame would jeopardize our trip, Mr Tilak was fantastic and reorganised everything (airport pickup, hotel in Kathmandu, rearranged flight to Lukla, change the trekking schedule and accommodation).

For those of you coming to Nepal for the first time, like me, you may be considering doing it all yourself. My experience with Nepal Hiking Agency over the last few weeks is that it is better to leave this to the experts. Trying to get flights to and from Lukla, understanding weather conditions, understanding your own health, forecasting your progress etc. is all time and energy consuming. In my opinion, save your energy for trekking. These guys understand the local infrastructure and how to get things done.

We were guided by Basu, a guy we now would consider a friend. His insights into the area, the landscape, the people were great – mind you he has been doing this for 20 years, so he is an expert guide. We were a bit jaded as we approached Base camp, but he had great advice on altitude sickness prevention and when one of us had a bad night (fever) – it was Basu who took charge and we were able to proceed (if left to our own devices we would have lost a lot of time and perhaps even stopped). He’s also a great card player, and we spent many, in fact most, nights playing (partners). He gave us flexibility in our trip – so we could stop when we were tired or hungry, or keep going if we weren’t. We ate in the best places and there was always plenty. He set a good pace and because of this we were able to reach all of our goals in the time we had, and have a good chat along the way.

We also met other travellers (from Canada and Portugal) who were with Nepal Hiking, and had a ball. We tended to meet up at different times and stay in the same places usually. Their guides (Ram and Hari) and porters were also well organised, and so there was a real feeling of being part of a bigger group – even though there was only three of us. In such awesome country, it’s good to have that kind of security of mind.

I had never been to Nepal before or indeed done any trekking. I can honestly say that this was the best holiday ever, and that it was made better by Nepal Hiking Agency. Their guides, porters, accommodation and food were great. We were also treated to two weeks of blue skies and sunshine, which made a beautiful place even better. The highlight of our trip was probably the Chukkung Valley, with magnificent views of Amadablam, Makalu, Island Peak and the roof of the world. Base Camp was a magnificent sense of achievement, but the trip as a whole will live in the memory for ever for the generosity and hospitality of our hosts.

Thank You Mr Tilak

(ps – I would be happy to provide more feedback to prospective visitors, who can get my email address from Mr Tilak)

COLM, LLOYD AND CATHERINE
Sydney, Australia

May 26, 2017

David Luedicke

Couple Traveller

How disappointing – to have to return home last week after the wonderful trip that you orchestrated for us to Nepal!!

Our time in your country was fantastic and mesmerizing; the kind people from your team looked after us all so well from initial arrival in KTM airport to the 5 day Poon Hill Trek to the Chitwan jungle elephant safari to the cultural and historical immersion of the Kathmandu city and valley areas. Such a great blend of activities for a family to challenge physically and to savour intellectually and culturally.

Many thought my wife and I were mad to attempt this with our 7 and 11 year old boys, and I thought our 3 week family exploration of Vietnam 2 years ago would not be surpassed; all misplaced feelings. This was superb and I would highly recommend to families your tailored individual packages; guided and assisted when we wanted, left alone to ourselves when we desired. Also, changes to what we wanted to do when in Nepal were accommodated with ease as my children’s energy surged and ebbed.

Of particular note, I would like to highlight the following individuals from your team:

Basu: Our guide on the 5 day Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk trek. He was outstanding. So understanding of our needs and capabilities, so engaging with my little boys during the trek days and in the tea houses in the evening (card games are now addictive with the boys), and I enjoyed long talks with him over a few glasses of Roksy (my spelling!). We were all very sad to say goodbye to him when we departed from each other in Pokhara and my boys want an e-mail from him when he can!. I would recommend Basu highly as a perfect guide for families trekking with younger children; he is a superb man who will seek out the best food, accommodation and service for you; whilst also being great fun to be around on the long trek days and socialising at night.

Mr Thapa: Our guide in Kathmandu when we went to Durbar Square, Patan, Bhaktapur, Nargakot etc. He was such a knowledgeable, intelligent and articulate man. We learned so much from him about Nepali history, culture, Hinduism and Budhism. I especially enjoyed our chats about the challenges facing Nepal in the era of globalisation.

I would be grateful if you could thank again for me all those who assisted in our visit to Nepal, and pass my comments above directly to Basu and Thapa.

In the future, we would like to come back to Nepal when the boys are a little older and we can attempt an even more challenging trek. ABC, the Annapurna Circuit Trek or Everest Base Camp may be options when the boys are a little older and stronger.

I will definitely recommend you to my friends who fancy some adventure. In fact, you have some friends of mine with you now, who I recommended should go to Nepal with your company after your expert organisation of our trip.

Thank you for making this adventure happen for me, my wife and my young boys.

If families wish to e-mail me about our experiences and advice, please do so through Tilak. I would be delighted to assist you.

Kinds Regards,

March 29, 2017

Avtar Dhanota

Solo Traveller

Hi Tilak

I’m now back in Canada after my travel and trekking in Nepal and India.

I am writing to let you know that our group had a wonderful time doing EBC and Kalapathar trekking with your team.

Basu was a great guide and Hari, Ram, Krishna and Bhim were wonderful friendly porters. Your reception and see-off team was also a group of very friendly guys.

What really impressed me was that you and your team did not cut corners when it came to accommodation and food. Wherever possible Basu arranged for the best food and accommodation. I can’t say enough for your teams’ friendly relationship with us. I can’t wait to join you again for more trekking and Nepal exploration. You may use my email and phone for anyone who wants to know more about your company.

February 24, 2017

Taner Uysal

Family Traveller

Dear Tilak,

Namaste!

We also, wish you and your family, along with all Nepal Hiking, a Happy New Year and Best Wishes.

We hope the new year brings health, happiness, peace, prosperity and good business to all of your team, to You and to your family.

Under the skillful guidance of Nepal Hiking and your management, we enjoyed another excellent Everest Base camp Trek this year, as a group of 12-people, from Zirve Mountaineering & Outdoor Sports Club, Turkey. All of our group members have asked me to convey their thanks again, to You and to Nepal Hiking. Our Group have expressed me their commendations towards your skillful coordination and teamwork organization during our activity.

Thus, we have shared during 2011, a second come back trekking activity with wonderful memories in Nepal, after our Classical Everest Base Camp Trek (Jiri-Kala Pattar ) activity that we have shared also under Nepal Hiking guidance during year 2008.

Thank you for having assigned Guide Narayan Khan to our activities, who , along with Kapel, were both very successful and helpful.

As more of our Club members and other friends in Tukey are expressing interest to visit Nepal, we wish and look forward to cooperate with you and your Company again, during coming years, also to other trekking routes in Nepal. It has been a pleasure working with you repeatedly, in the past. I am confident that it will be the same in future.

Best of luck in the New Year..

Best Regards,

Taner Uysal

Marmaris, Mugla
GSM: 0532-251 0911; Tel/Fax: 0252-417 6600

January 4, 2017
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