Everest is an ultimate goal of many people (bucket lists) and those who had already been there; they rate it as one of the best experiences of their lives.
Everest Base Camp Trek is an iconic trekking destination in the Himalayas and probably the most popular worldwide. Everest is located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas and is the world's highest mountain at 8,848 meters
above sea level located on the international border between China (Tibet Autonomous Region) and Nepal. Mount Everest is also well known as Sagarmatha in Nepali and as Chomolungma in Tibetan.
During this classic trek, you will follow the footsteps of legendary mountaineers like Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and explore the Solu Khumbu region, a homeland of Sherpa people who are the most well-known mountain guides in Nepal. You will discover Buddhist monuments, Sherpa stone stupas and carved mani walls (Tibetan) and decades-old monasteries add to this beautiful Khumbu landscape. Lodges here range from standard to luxury and you will love the sherpa hospitality while exploring the top of the world.
You will reach the highest altitude of 5,545 meters at Kala Patthar
, 2 hours away from Gorakshep, which is one of the highlights of the trek and offers the best view of Everest. This viewpoint is where you will have the best chance of photographing Everest. Besides Everest, you will also see the panoramic view of Changtse, Nuptse, Lhotse and Khumbu glacier.
Millions of people dream of traveling to this majestic land of iconic mountains. If you want to make your dream of Everest come true, then share your dream with us and we will tailor your trek to meet your expectations.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek
- Trek to the base of the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest at 5,364m.
- Exploring Sherpa traditional villages enriched with Buddhist culture and customs.
- Visiting old heritage and interesting monasteries in the backdrop of some of the worlds most spectacular high peaks, beautiful alpine rhododendrons, and pine forests as well as the barren Khumbu icefall glaciers.
- Experiencing panoramic views of high mountains while spending your nights in the warmth and comfort of clean scenic lodges - and of course the well known Sherpa hospitality!
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel 1,350m.
Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by Sherpa Expedition and Trekking staff with a warm welcome and transfer to respective hotels with a briefing regarding Everest Base Camp trek, hotels, lodge on the route with do's and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.
Day 02: Morning Flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2804m/9199ft). Trekking from Lukla to Phakding (Alt. 2610m/8563ft). 3 hrs.
Early morning you will be picked up at the hotel by our guide and escort you to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport. Then you board the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. During the 40 minutes, you enjoy stunning views of Himalayas. After landing at Tenzing-Hilary airport you meet your porter. He will carry your luggage. Then you start your trekking. Today you trek of three hours. It’s easy and gentle. The trail starts passing a Kani (ceremonial gatehouse). It descends steeply then runs level above Kyangma village, which has a large gompa (monastery) and school. After that, you enter Cheplung village. The trail descends through community forest with the sight of Dudh Koshi River. Crossing suspension bridge it’s a short climb around the ridge to Ghat. Leaving Ghat the trail passes a school and complex of mani walls, Chortens and prayer wheels. Then the trail climbs to the hamlet of Chhuthawa. From Chhuthawa after a short walk, you reach to Phakding. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3,450m 6 to 7 hrs.
After a nice morning, walk continues crossing bridges over Dudh Kosi River passing several interesting villages of Toc-Toc,Bhenkar and Monjo arriving at Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate, from here on the river bed for few hours and after the last bridge a steep uphill to Namche Bazaar, at Namche with facilities of good restaurant, pubs, cyber café, post office, and banks.
Day 04: Acclimazation at Namche bazzar.
This is the first of the two days set aside for "acclimatization". Health experts recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day's hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the main center of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery, and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region.
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We’ll have trekked to an altitude of 3,860 m upon reaching Tengboche. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or in the morning depending on how the trekking goes this day.
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche 4,460m 4 to 5 hrs.
This stage is short, but as mentioned many will be doing it in the afternoon. The last hill into Di Dingboche is where the altitude often bites. Beware of too much activity on this first night. those merely strolling up from Pangboche should be fine. Leaving upper the routes heads to the village
of Somare (4010m) and then Orsho; both have lodges. Later the path divides the left path goes up to Pheriche. the trailheads around to a bridge, before a steep climb to the village of Dingboche (4410m), which has quite a few very good lodges.
Day 07: Acclimatization day at Dingboche. Hike to checking and back to Hotel.
It's advisable to have another acclimatization day off before going higher. The best option is to hike up the valley to Chukkung (4730m) and on towards Island Peak (Imja Tes). Above Dingboche is Nagkartshang Gompa (allow 2-3hrsfor an energetic but short trip). or head to Pheriche for the HRA afternoon lecture on altitude sickness. The trail for Chhukung leaves Dingboche for the cluster of Bibr (4570m) is surrounded by fabulous Peaks: Taboche, the wall of Nuptse and Lhotse and the tremendous fluted cirque liking the Amphu Laptsa pass and Ama Dablam. Chukkung has several lodges and is a popular spot for those climbing island peaks. Well acclimatized trekkers can head up a grassy slope towards the peak of Chukkung Ri (5550m) to view Makalu.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche 4,900m 5 to 6 hrs.
After breakfast, we start with an easy walk towards Dugla. Next, we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, and then pass through the boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara where we find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest summiteer Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepalese mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. The trail then continues to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and we find ourselves facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 09: Trek to Gorekshep 5,180m 3 to 4 hrs and trek to EBC and overnight at Gorekshep.
We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence it is important that we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine, and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night's rest. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Day 10: Hike to Kalapatthar 5,550m For Sunrise and Trek to Pangboche 7 to 8 hrs.
We prepare for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Lobuche for a good night's rest. Overnight in Pangboche.
Day 11: Trek Back to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 4 hrs. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
From Pangboche we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, we can also visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Baza
Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
This is our last day of trekking as we return to Lukla where the trek began. We enjoy this time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. The afternoon is free, so you can wander about, relax and enjoy a hot shower! In the evening, have a few celebratory drinks and dance with your trek mates.
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu.
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenirs shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the climbers’ successful summit of the Island peak.
Day 14: Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
- Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
- A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
- A pair of half gloves
- A warmer hat that covers the ears
- Neck warmer
- Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
- Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
- A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
- Warmer shell gloves and liner
- long sleeve t-shirts
- Thermal Tops
- wool Jackets or pullover
- Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
- Water and windproof shell jacket
- Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
- windproof and waterproof trousers
- warmer trouser
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Extra casual sport pants
- A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
- Pair of sandals
- 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
- Socks liner
- Light shoes and sneaker
First Aid Kits and Medicines
- Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
- Blister treatment
- Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
- Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
- Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
- Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
- Water purifying pills
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
Miscellaneous, but must useable
- 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
- Water bottle & filter
- Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
- Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
- Comfortable trekking poles
- Best energy dry foods (up to you)
- Power Bank and music players
- Camera (Memory card, chargers and extra batteries)
Sherpa Expedition & Trekking Pvt. Ltd information about the Himalayas of Nepal & trekking in the Everest region.
Doing treks in the Himalayas of Nepal is a distinct cultural experience in a unique majestic environment. Trekkers need to consider the following do’s and don ts.
- Do smile and greet the local people saying “Namaste” and “Tashidelek” to show respect.
- Do walk in a group or keep a distance that you could see the person in front and the person behind you.
- Do consult with your trekking guide before trying anything new during the trek.
- Do ask questions of the guide about the next day trekking so that you can pack it in your small backpack because the bulk of your baggage will be carried by porters and will only be accessible in the evening.
- Do give donations deposited in the donation box at the monastery in the trekking area -if you feel inclined. This is entirely at your discretion.
- Do inform your trekking guide if you are not comfortable with your health while approaching higher altitudes.
- Don’t disrespect the local culture and beliefs - even if you are uncomfortable with it.
- Don’t take photos of local people you encounter on your trek without their permission. Doing so may be offensive to them.
- Don’t be offended if local people stare at you. It is because they are surprised to see you. It is not their intention to offend you.
- Don’t expect too many facilities in the trekking areas. Most places provide you only the basic facilities - but in a warm environment.
- Don’t harm wild animals, birds, and plants during the trek and take a global perspective and responsibility to save and preserve this unique environment.
- Don’t give money to children and beggars as it encourages them and they become a nuisance to fellow trekkers.
Note Regarding Itineraries:
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan and their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa Expedition & Trekking Pvt. Ltd. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is safe and successful. Your safety is paramount.