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Our frequent trekker, Taner Uysal, delights in horse riding as he makes his way back to Lukla.
Embracing the thrill of the journey, our regular trekker, Taner Uysal, opts for a horseback ride while returning to Lukla. The mountains echo with his adventurous spirit!

Introduction

Horse riding to Everest Base Camp (EBC) combines the thrill of trekking in the Himalayas with the experience of riding a horse through some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes. This option offers a less strenuous approach to reaching EBC, making it appealing to those who might find the physical challenge of trekking daunting.

The Experience

  • Nature of Ride: The trails to EBC are rugged, varying from steep inclines to meandering river banks. Riding a horse through these terrains offers a distinctive perspective, allowing riders to enjoy the scenery without hiking fatigue.
  • Interactions: Along the way, riders can experience genuine Sherpa culture, from welcoming tea houses to vibrant monasteries. The horse handlers, often locals, provide insights into the intricacies of Himalayan horse care and the nuances of the region’s ecology.
  • Horses: The horses for this journey are local breeds acclimatized to high altitudes and rugged terrains. Furthermore, they are sturdy, sure-footed, and adapted to the cold climate.
     

When is the best time for horse riding to Everest Base Camp?

The best time for horse riding to Everest Base Camp aligns with the optimal trekking seasons in the region:

1. Pre-Monsoon (Spring) – March to May:

Advantages:

  • This is the most popular time to trek or ride to Everest Base Camp.
  • During the day, temperatures are relatively warmer.
  • Rhododendrons and other alpine flowers bloom, enhancing the scenic beauty.
  • Clear mornings offer majestic views of Everest and surrounding peaks.

Disadvantages:

  • Due to its popularity, particularly in April and May, which coincide with the prime mountaineering season for Everest summit attempts, Lukla can become crowded.

2. Post-Monsoon (Autumn) – Late September to November:

Advantages:

  • Another popular time, the post-monsoon period, offers clear skies and spectacular mountain views.
  • While temperatures are milder compared to spring, they remain conducive for travel.
  • In contrast to the spring season, the trails are less crowded.

Disadvantages:

  • As winter approaches, temperatures start dropping, especially during the night.

What are the times to avoid horse riding at Everest Base Camp?

Monsoon (Summer) – June to early September:

  • The region receives heavy rainfall.
  • The trails can be slippery and muddy.
  • Leeches can be a nuisance.
  • There’s an increased risk of landslides in the lower altitudes.
  • Visibility is often poor due to cloudy skies.

Winter – December to February:

  • The temperatures drop significantly, especially at higher altitudes, which can be challenging for riders and horses.
  • Many of the teahouses and lodges en route might be closed.
  • The trails are less crowded, which might appeal to some, but one should be prepared for snow and harsh cold.
Tour Details

Horse riding to Everest Base Camp is an adventure that marries the thrill of high-altitude expeditions with the bond between a rider and their horse. It’s a journey of discovery, resilience, and witnessing the grandeur of the world’s tallest peak from the back of a steadfast companion.

Departure & Return Location

Tribhuvan International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

  • 3 Hours Before Flight Time (International)
  • 1 Hour Before Flight Time (Domestic)

Price Includes

  • Pick up and Transfer:Pick up and transfer as per the trip itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu:3 nights double/twin sharing room with breakfast.
  • Round-trip Flights: Kathmandu to Lukla and back.
  • Horse Rental: Cost of hiring the horse for the entire journey.
  • Horse Handler: An experienced handler to ensure the horse's well-being and guide it through difficult terrains.
  • Accommodation on the trek route: Teahouses or lodges throughout the journey.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek.
  • Permit Fees: Sagarmatha National Park entry fee and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Insurance: Insurance coverage for the horse, which covers any injuries or accidents.
  • Guides and Porters: Professional English-speaking guide and porters to carry luggage.
  • First Aid and Safety: Basic first aid kit and necessary safety equipment.

Price Excludes

  • Personal Expenses: Snacks, drinks, souvenirs, and other personal expenses.
  • Travel Insurance: Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • Equipment: Personal trekking and riding gear (except for standard saddles).
  • Additional Horse-related Expenses: Any unforeseen costs related to the horse, e.g., if a replacement is needed.
  • Tips: For guides, porters, and horse handlers.
  • Emergency Evacuation: Costs associated with emergency evacuation or medical treatments.
  • Additional Days: Costs arising from delays, e.g., due to weather conditions.
  • VISA Fees: Nepal entry visa for international travellers.
  • International Flights: To and from Nepal.

Complementaries

  • T-Shirt
  • Trekking duffle Bag
What to Expect
  • Unique Perspective: Riding a horse on the rugged terrains of the Himalayas offers a distinctive vantage point, allowing travellers to absorb the grandeur of the landscapes without the exhaustion of trekking.
  • Local Horse Breeds: Riders get to mount local horse breeds that are well-acclimatized to high altitudes and tough terrains, offering an authentic Himalayan equestrian experience.
  • Cultural Interaction: Journeying with local horse handlers allows a deeper understanding and appreciation of Sherpa culture, traditions, and their deep bond with nature.
  • Crossing Suspension Bridges: Experience the thrill of crossing high-suspension bridges, especially the iconic Hillary Suspension Bridge, on horseback with the roaring Dudh Kosi River below.
  • Namche Bazaar: The Sherpa capital not only offers panoramic views of the Himalayan range but also bustling markets, teahouses, and a rich cultural experience, all while on horseback.
  • Tengboche Monastery: Visit the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region. This prominent monastery, set against Ama Dablam, Everest, and other peaks, is a sight to behold.
  • Everest and Himalayan Panorama: Throughout the ride, magnificent views of towering peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.
  • Diverse Terrain: Horse riding through various landscapes, from dense rhododendron forests and alpine meadows to rocky trails and icy paths, offers an ever-changing backdrop.
  • Acclimatization Rides: On acclimatization days, like in Dingboche, riders can take shorter horse rides to nearby vantage points for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Wildlife Spotting: The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sagarmatha National Park, boasts diverse plants and wildlife. Riders might spot
  • Rider-Horse Bond: Throughout the journey, riders often form a deep bond with their horses, making the adventure not just about the destination but the companionship.
  • Final Stretch on Foot: Leaving horses at Gorak Shep and trekking to EBC on foot ensures riders don't miss out on the traditional trekking experience for the last crucial stretch.
  • Environmental Impact: Using horses can reduce the carbon footprint by lessening the need for helicopters for evacuations or supply transportation.
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel where you’ll receive an introductory briefing about your upcoming trek. Your first night will be spent in Kathmandu, setting the stage for the adventure ahead.

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you can embark on a full day of sightseeing, including visits to Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple. This day also allows for final preparations and packing for your trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Note: The day tour for sightseeing is not included in the trip cost and remains optional. If you’re interested in availing of this tour, please inform NepalHiking upon arrival, and arrangements can be made accordingly.

Day 3Fly to Lukla & Horse Riding to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft, 3-4 hours)

An early morning flight takes you to Lukla, where you’ll meet your horses and their handlers upon arrival. This marks the beginning of your horse ride to Phakding, where you will spend the night, setting the tone for the adventure that lies ahead on your trek.

Day 4Horse Riding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft, 5-6 hours)

Your journey continues as you ride along the Dudh Kosi River, crossing several suspension bridges that offer unique vantage points of the river and surrounding landscapes. The route then leads you into Sagarmatha National Park, a protected area home to diverse flora and fauna and some of the world’s highest peaks. The day’s ride culminates with an ascent to Namche Bazaar, the bustling heart of the Everest region. Here, you’ll spend the night immersing yourself in the local culture and preparing for the days ahead.

Day 5Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

To aid acclimatization, you’ll embark on short hikes that offer breathtaking views of Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam, allowing you to adjust to the higher altitude slowly. During your stay, take the opportunity to explore the Sherpa Museum, gain insights into the rich cultural heritage of the Sherpa people, and browse the local market for unique finds and souvenirs. Your day ends with another night in Namche Bazaar, providing ample time to soak in the vibrant atmosphere of this mountain hub.

Day 6Horse Riding to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft, 5-6 hours)

Your journey takes you through a serene forest brimming with pine, fir, and blooming rhododendron trees, offering a tranquil backdrop as you make your way to your next destination. The ride culminates at Tengboche Monastery, a spiritual retreat renowned for its breathtaking mountain views and spiritual ambiance. Here, you’ll spend the night, nestled amidst the tranquility of nature and the spiritual presence of the monastery, providing a perfect setting for reflection and rest.

Day 7Horse Riding to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300ft, 5-6 hours)

Your adventure continues as you ride through lush forests, crossing the cool, flowing waters of the Imja River. The path then takes you upward to Pangboche, a village known for its ancient monastery and traditional Sherpa culture. You’ll ascend further to Dingboche, a picturesque village set against towering peaks. Here, amidst the stunning high-altitude landscape, you’ll spend the night, allowing you to rest and acclimatize in preparation for the journey ahead.

Day 8Acclimatization day in Dingboche

You can undertake hikes for acclimatization, offering panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and landscapes. These hikes are designed to help your body adjust to the altitude while allowing you to explore the region’s beauty. Additionally, you can explore the nearby pastures, immersing yourself in Dingboche’s serene and natural beauty. Your day concludes with another overnight stay in Dingboche, giving you time to rest and prepare for the next leg of your journey.

Day 9Trek to Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft, 5-6 hours)

At this journey stage, you’ll transition to trekking on foot, as the horses stay behind due to the terrain’s difficulty. You’ll cross the challenging and icy expanse of the Khumbu Glacier, navigating its crevasses and icefalls with care. The trek continues with an ascent to Lobuche, a small settlement offering spectacular views of the surrounding Himalayan giants. Here, amidst the raw beauty of the high-altitude landscape, you’ll spend the night in Lobuche, resting and acclimatizing in preparation for the next phase of your adventure.

Day 10Hiking to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft), then back to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft, 7-8 hours)

You’ll embark early towards Everest Base Camp (EBC), passing by the frozen expanse of Gorak Shep Lake. The journey to the base camp allows you to enjoy unparalleled views of the Everest massif and the surrounding peaks, a reward for the challenging trek. After spending time at the base camp and soaking in the views, you’ll head back to Gorak Shep, where you’ll spend the night. This offers a unique opportunity to rest at one of the highest lodges on Earth, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayas, marking a significant milestone in your adventure.

Day 11Hike to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) and trek down to Pheriche (4,288m/14,070ft, 8-9 hours)

An early morning hike to Kala Patthar is planned to capture the stunning sunrise views over Mt. Everest and its neighbouring peaks. This vantage point is renowned for offering one of the most spectacular panoramas of the Himalayas. After witnessing the sunrise, you’ll descend to Pheriche, a village known for its picturesque setting and a popular stop for climbers and trekkers. Spending the night in Pheriche provides a well-deserved rest in a tranquil environment, allowing you to reflect on the journey thus far and prepare to continue your adventure.

Day 12Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft, 6-7 hours)

You’ll retrace your steps towards Namche Bazaar, descending through beautiful, dense forests home to a variety of wildlife and vibrant flora. The journey includes crossing the Dudh Kosi River, adding to the scenic variety of your trek. Once back in Namche Bazaar, you’ll spend another night enjoying the comforts and warm hospitality of this bustling Sherpa town. This return to Namche offers a moment to relax and enjoy the achievements of your trek, surrounded by the stunning landscape you’ve become familiar with.

Day 13Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft, 6-7 hours)

Your journey concludes with a descent to Lukla, signalling the end of your trek through the mountains. This day is a celebration of your achievements and the completion of your trek. In Lukla, you’ll spend the night, likely sharing stories and experiences with fellow trekkers and the local community. It’s a time for reflection on the challenges overcome and the unforgettable moments experienced amidst some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes. Your final night in Lukla encapsulates the spirit of adventure and camaraderie that defines the trekking experience in the Himalayas.

Day 14Fly back to Kathmandu

You’ll catch an early morning flight back to Kathmandu, marking your return to the hustle and bustle of the city after the tranquillity of the mountains. Upon arrival, the day is yours to rest, indulge in some shopping, or further explore Kathmandu’s vibrant streets and cultural landmarks at your own pace. The evening brings a farewell dinner, a chance to celebrate your journey and share memories with fellow travellers. Your night in Kathmandu offers a comfortable conclusion to your adventure, providing a moment to reflect on the experiences and connections you made in Nepal.

Day 15Departure from Kathmandu

You’ll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for your home journey. 

Important Notice!

Lukla Weather Overview
Please note an important notice regarding Lukla’s weather. The weather in Lukla is notoriously unpredictable, frequently resulting in flight delays or cancellations. To account for this uncertainty, allocating an additional 2-3 days before your scheduled return flight home is advisable, allowing flexibility to accommodate any potential disruptions. This precaution ensures a smoother and less stressful journey back home.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Horse Riding to Everest Base Camp

Is horse riding to Everest Base Camp suitable for beginners?

While beginners can undertake the journey, prior basic riding experience is beneficial. The terrains are rugged, and having confidence in riding will enhance the experience.

How do I ensure the well-being of the horses during the journey?

It’s essential to choose a reputable tour operator that follows ethical practices in treating and handling the horses. Regularly check the horses for signs of fatigue or injuries and ensure they’re adequately fed and rested.

What kind of horses are used for the journey?

Local Himalayan breeds, accustomed to the high altitudes and rough terrains, are usually employed for such rides.

Do I need special equipment for horse riding?

Standard trekking equipment is necessary. For riding, a comfortable saddle (provided by the tour operator) and a riding helmet are essential. Some riders also prefer riding gloves.

Can I ride the horse to Everest Base Camp?

Typically, riders leave the horses at Gorak Shep and trek the final stretch to EBC on foot due to the terrain’s challenging nature near the base camp.

What if the horse gets sick or injured?

Reputable tour operators will have provisions for such scenarios, including bringing in a replacement horse if necessary.

How does the altitude affect the horses?

Local breeds are well-acclimatized to the altitude. However, just like humans, they need time to acclimatize when ascending to significant heights. Regular breaks and acclimatization stops are planned to ensure their well-being.

What's the average distance covered daily on horseback?

Depending on the terrain and altitude, riders typically cover 10-15 kilometres daily, taking 4-7 hours.

Is it environmentally responsible to take horses to EBC?

With proper management, horse riding can have a lower environmental impact than transportation methods like helicopters. However, it’s crucial to ensure that the horses’ waste is managed properly and that the trails aren’t degraded.

How does the cost of horse riding to EBC compare with trekking?

Horse riding can be more expensive than traditional trekking due to the added costs of the horses, their handlers, and other related logistics.

Are there emergency provisions in case of accidents or severe altitude sickness?

Yes, reputable operators such as Nepal Hiking Pvt. Ltd. will have emergency protocols, including communication facilities and evacuation plans, in case of severe altitude sickness or other emergencies.

Can I undertake the journey solo?

While possible, it’s advisable to go with a group or guided tour for safety and logistical reasons, especially considering the challenging conditions and terrains.

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