Everest Base Camp Trek
Season: Spring, summer and autumn
Important Note and Optional Activities
Please note: all the trekking itineraries are flexible and can be revised in order to best meet your requirements i.e. your time, interests etc. Please make contact us if you have any special requirements or interest.
This trek is similar to the 14 day trek to Everest Base Camp Trek for a description of the Everest region please refer to E.B.C trek 14 day itinerary. It differs in days because we have built an itinerary that includes some times Kathmandu, that will also allow your time to explore the valley where there is also so much cultural along with natural beauty to discover. It also leaves a free day in Kathmandu at the end of the trek to wind down a little and reflect on your Everest experience.
The trek to Everest Base Camp goes right into the heart of Himalayas taking you through the famous Sherpa trading town of Namche and to Thyangboche the world’s highest Buddhist monastery and on to Everest Base Camp itself where Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgey set off on their epic journey to the summit of Mt.Everest in 1953.
|Day 1||Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu, / pick up and transfer to hotel/ introduction to staff and briefing.
|Day 2||Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation.
There will be a guided tour of Kathmandu’s historical, spiritual attractions and many other important sites.
|Day 3||Kathmandu-Lukla (40min flight)- Phakding; 3-4 hours trek (Trekking times only; stops not included)
Early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft)/ final preparations/ trek starts/ pass Chaurikharka village/ make a descent towards the Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530m/ 8,300ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River until Phakding (2,652m/ 8,700ft)/ overnight.
|Day 4||Phakding-Namche Bazaar: 5-6hrs
The trail crosses Dudhkoshi River/ long suspension bridge/ along the river to Hilary’s Suspension Bridge/ trail climbs further from here to Namche Bazaar/ overnight.
|Day 5||Namche Bazaar: Rest Day
This is a rest day taken for the acclimatization/ day hike to Thame/ visiting Khunde/ relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar known as the gateway to Mt.Everest/ overnight.
|Day 6||Namche Bazaar-Khumjung: 4 hours
Start/ climb up to the Shyangboche airstrip/ just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel/ Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on earth (3,810m/12,500ft)/ overnight.
|Day 7||Khumjung-Tengboche: 4-5 hours
Trail descends slightly to Dudhkoshi at 3250m/ steep ascent to famous Tengboche Gompa/ stunning background of Ama Dablam, Mt.Everest and other peaks/ overnight.
|Day 8||Tengboche-Dingboche: 5-6 hours
Slight descent early today through lush forest/ gradual climb up the valleys highest year around settlement of Pangboche (3,860m/ 12,664ft)/ continue ascending in the afternoon/ through the alpine meadows/ yak herds/ eventually reaching Dingboche.
|Day 9||Dingboche: Rest Day
The second rest day is taken for the acclimatization at Dingboche. As at Namche Bazaar, there is a side-trip planned from Dingboche, or you can rest. The side trip will wind up the valley to Chhukung for sensational views.
|Day 10||Dingboche-Lobuche: 5-6 hrs
Today climb to Duglha (4,620m / 15,158ft)/ stunning views of Tawachee and Cholatse(6,440m)/ trail goes up to Khumbu Glacier for an hour then left into the memorial area before reaching the village of Lobuche(4,930m/ 12,894ft). By this stage the effects of the altitude will be kicking in and you can expect colder nights.
|Day 11||Lobuche-Everest Base Camp-Gorakh shep: 5-6hrs
The trail continues climb to Gorakh shep/ then to the Everest Base Camp (5,357m/ 17,575ft) / rocky and glacial trails where climbers gather for summiting Everest/ trek back/ overnight Gorakh shep(5,160m/ 16,929ft).
|Day 12||Gorakh Shep-Kalapatthar-Lubuche: 5-6hrs
Early morning hike to Kalapatthar/ takes a couple of hours to walk up to famous viewing point of Kalapatthar (Back Rock) 5,545m/18192ft; small peak/ best views of Mt.Everest, Pumori and Ama Dablam without climbing/ return to Lobuche (4930m/ 12894ft) overnight at Lobuche.
|Day 13||Lubuche-Pangboche: 5-6 hours
The trek retraces halfway back and lunch at Pheriche. Finally the trek ends at Pangboche (3,860m/ 12,664ft), which lies on the bank of Imja Khola.
|Day 14||Pangboche- Namche Bazaar: 5-6 hours
Now the trail retraces the same way back, stopping at Tengboche. During the November-November full moon the colorful Mani Rimdu festival is held here with much singing and dancing. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3,400m/ 11,285ft)
|Day 15||Namche Bazaar- Phakding: 5-6 hours
Trail steeply descents to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continues on an easy natural trail. Overnight stay (2,652m/8,700ft).
|Day 16||Phakding-Lukla: 3-4 hours
It’s final day, return back to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft). Arrival in Lukla / time to relax.
|Day 17||Lukla- Kathmandu
Early morning flight to Kathmandu/ pick up from airport/ transfer hotel/ rest of the day is free for your shopping and relaxation.
|Day 18||Departure day
Transfer to airport as per your flight schedule/ flight to onward destination.