This classic walk through the Sherpa homeland of Solu-Khumbu is moderately-strenuous high altitude trek with a clear-cut goal - to see Everest. Much to their surprise, many people find the snout-like Everest out-ranked by peaks like Ama Dablam and the Lhotse wall. Khumbu is the best region in Nepal for close-up mountain views. This trip features 3 nights in Kathmandu and a 11-day lodge trek to the base of Everest. Gorak Shep is our highest camp from where we hike to Mount Everest Base Camp and climb Kala Pattar, the Black Rock (5 550 m) where we admire the huge South Col of Everest, the tongue of the Khumbu glacier and more than 15 spectacular Himalaya peaks. This is without doubt one of the best mountain viewpoints of the world!
What is included in the tour
Two nights in Hotel Potala Guest House * Private car transportation during Kathmandu Arrival and departure including pick up and we drive to the Tribhuvan International/Domestic Airport.
Return ticket for Everest: INR. 18,609 per person ($330 for international tourist!) * Accommodation (common bathroom), 1 assistant guide, 1 professional trekking guide, 1 porter for 2 trekkers with their travel insurance, salaries, necessary trekking equipments, Entry fee for Sagarmatha National Park, TIMS cards, Khumbu local government tax, domestic airport tax and all ground transportations and government taxes.
In case of delay of flights due to weather conditions
In case of delay because of weather conditions Traveltimes Treks is prepared to cover unusually for the members of Events the costs for one night lodging in Lukla and one night in Hotel Potala Guest House (http://www.potalaguesthouse.com) . All further costs will be on personal charge of the travelers.
What is NOT included in the tour
Any meals or drinks during the trek, Personal expenses like laundry, communication, shopping, necessary trekking gears etc. Tips for Guides and Porters or staffs
Travel Insurance (required)
With the high passes and the white misty glaciers, Everest Base Camp trek will give you an experience of a lifetime.
- On this trek, you will trek to the foothills of the Everest, the world’s highest mountain.
- You will be trekking in some of the challenging treks like Kala Pattar, Nangkartshang Peak, and Everest Base Camp.
- Get a chance to explore the amazing beauty of the Katmandu and learn about the people and their culture.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Flight to Lukla & Trek Phakding (2 600 m)
Day 03: Trek Namche Bazaar (3 440 m)
Day 04: Rest Day
Day 05: Trek Tengboche (3 860 m)
Day 06: Trek Dingboche (4 410 m)
Day 07: Rest day Dingboche (4 410 m)
Day 08: Trek Lobuche (4 930 m)
Day 09: Trek Gorakshep (5 160 m)
Day 10: Trek Pheriche (4 215 m)
Day 11: Trek Namche Bazaar (3 440 m)
Day 12: Trek Lukla (2 850 m)
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
Pick-up at Tribhuvan International Airport, meeting with your guide and transfer to the hotel. First impressions of Kathmandu (1 350 m) – walk to medieval Kathmandu Durbar Square and explore the beautiful complex of palaces, temples, shrines and courtyards built by the ancient Nepali kings between the 12th and 18th century. We bring you to our office and Thamel - the vibrant tourist area with hotels, restaurants, bakeries and outdoor shops. We get to know each other over a welcome dinner.
Day 2 – Flight to Lukla & Trek Phakding
We drive to Tribhuvan Domestic Airport to connect our fly to take our flight to Everest region. After breakfast in Lukla (2 850 m) we start trekking through beautiful settlements to join soon the main trail in Churi Kharka. We follow the east bank of the Dudh Koshi- the River of Milk- where you witness the typical Nepal terrace culture, slate roofed houses and views on Kusum Kangaru (5 579 m). We reach Phakding (2 640 m) after 3 - 4 h gentle walking.
Day 3 – Trek Namche Bazaar
Today we make a challenging hike to Namche Bazaar (3 440 m), situated at 6-7 hours walking from Phakding. We climb up along the west bank of the Dudh Kosi to the tiny village of Toktok. We get our first glimpse of Thamserku peak (6 608 m) and reach Benkar (2 710 m). The cliffs above the village are decorated with huge paintings of Buddhist deities. We cross the colorful suspension bridge and enter the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo (2 840 m). After Jorsale we follow the river bank over gravel, climb through a pine forest and cross the Dudh Kosi by a big suspension bridge. Then we face a continuous zigzag ascent of 2 hours through dense pine forests. In the early evening we reach the vibrant center of Namche Bazar, on of the most attractive settlements of Solu-Khumbu district.
Day 4 – Day hike to Hotel Everest View Hotel
Today we climb to Hotel Everest View in Khumjung village situated at 3700 m where we visit Khundi Hospital, the first hospital build in Khumbu Region by Sir Edmund Hillary and Himalayan Trust in 1966.
Day 5 – Trek Tengboche
Trek to Tengboche (3 860 m), 5-6 hour long hike from Namche Bazaar. The first part of trail is a winding smooth path which offers fantastic views on Mount Everest (8 848 m), Thamserku (6 618 m), Ama Dablam (6 814 m). After the trail goes down to the riverbank and then we make a strenuous 2 hour ascend to Tengboche. We walk through rhododendron forests where musk deer and Himalayan ‘tahr’ or mountain goat live. At the rest place you can enjoy the views towards Kantega mountain (6 783 m). Tengboche, is famed for the Buddhist Tengboche Monastery (where you can attend the daily puja), Cafe Tengboche and the view point.
Day 6 – Trek Dingboche
Trek to Dingboche (4 410 m), 6-7 hours walking from Tengboche. We descend through conifer and rhododendron forest to the beautiful settlement Deboche where you have a close view at Ama Dablam. We cross the suspension bridge and look over the surging white waters of Imja River. Soon after a snow white stupa with gorgeous all seeing eyes is mirroring the Ama Dablam, this is a marvelous place for a picture! Then the trail ascents gently to the village of Pangboche (3 860 m), where we climb above the treeline. After, the trail passes numerous farmer pastures with big yak populations before we reach Dingboche valley.
Day 7 – Rest day Dingboche
Optional acclimatization trek (5-6 hours) to the remote village of Chhukung (4 730 m) and Chhukung Ri (top) located at 5 550 m. We have magnificent sights at Island Peak (6 189 m), Amphulapche (5 663 m), Baruntse Base Camp (5 400m) and the white ice lake of Imja Tsho.
Day 8 – Trek Lobuche
After ascending 150 m up to the main road, we reach a viewpoint where we have outstanding sights at Tawachee (6 495 m) and Cholatse peak (6 440m). After our lunch camp in Dugla (4 620m) the trail goes directly up the gravely terminal moraine of the Khumbu glaciers for about one hour. The trail leads to a row of memorial monuments of lost climbers and sherpas. The trail then drops a little and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche. After four to five hours hiking we reach the small settlement of Lobuche which is situated at 4 930 m. We sleep in a lodge at Gorakskhep, a semi-permanent village at the bottom of the Khumbu Icefall.
Day 9 – Trek Gorak Shep
The ascent to Gorak Shep (5 160 m) becomes steeper and rougher as we cross several moraines. Soon we see the peak of Pumori (7 145m). We also have our first views at Nuptse (7 864 m), Kala Patthar (5 545 m) and Mount Everest. At the right side you look over the Khumbu Glacier, an enormous tongue of ice which marches down the slopes of Everest. We reach Gorak Shep by lunchtime and trek to Base Camp in the afternoon. In total we hike six-seven hours today.
Day 10 – Trek Pheriche
Early morning we climb to Kala Pattar – the Black Rock - located at 5 545 m and marked by a tangle of prayer flags. At this viewpoint - one of the most astonishing views on earth- you have a 360 degree panorama of Himalayan giants from Pumori and Lobuche West to Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. We return back to Gorak Shep via the view points of the ice lakes of Pumori and Everest. After breakfast we return in 4 hours back to Pheriche located at 4 215 m.
Day 11 – Trek Namche Bazaar
Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3 440 m). We descend approximately 5 hours.
Day 12 – Trek Lukla
We start this 6 hours during trek with a strenuous descent from Namche Bazaar to the Dud Kosi (hard work for the knees), after the path climbs up to Monjo and then runs easily to Benkar, Phakding and Lukla.
Day 13 – Flight to Kathmandu
After breakfast we fly in about 40 minutes from Lukla to Kathmandu. Arrive at Tribhuvan Airport and transfer to hotel and leave for Namo Buddha sightseeing in Kavrepalanchwok.
The following list gives a general idea of the personal items to be brought by you to trek in the Everest region. The most important things are clothes for cold weather. During this trek you have to pack in 2 bags: porters will carry the duffel bag: max weight allowed per person is 12 kilos (porter carry 2 bags). Consider your porter’s load before you include that big bottle of shampoo or pair of jeans. Travelers will be carrying a day pack with items needed for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper.
1 duffel bag
1 day pack
1 sleeping bag: comfort zone -20 degrees (can be rented in Kathmandu)
1 windproof warm jacket (lower part)
1 rain poncho or good rain gear
1 down jacket (can be rented in Kathmandu)
1 pair waterproof trekking boots
1 pair of gaiters, good for keeping dust, rocks and snow out of your boots as well as keep your feet dry if necessary
1 pair of sandals
3 pair warm socks (wool) & 2 pair of light socks for the lower/warmer parts of the trail
2 nylon pair short pants (quick dry)
2 pair long synthetic pants or trekking pants
1 power stretch leggings or fleece pants
1 pair hard shell pants (Gore-Tex or equivalent)
3 t-shirts or short sleeved shirts
1 long sleeved shirt
1 warm sweater (wool or fleece)
1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool)
1 warm wool of synthetic hat that cover your ears
1 neck warmer
1 hat with sun protection/bandana
1 sun glass 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage
1 water bottle
1 flashlight with extra batteries
1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band aides, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, Ibuprofen for general aches and pain, medicines for upset stomach or diarrhea, antibiotics
1 toiletry kit including toilet paper, hand wiper, liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, lip balm and sun cream (high SPF value)
1 pair walking stick
Needle and thread, safety pins
4 plastic bags (organize clothes)
Reading material and music