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Everest Base Camp Trek The Complete Guide Sherpa Expedition

This Everest Base Camp trek (5364m) will follow in the footsteps of New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal stood before their famous ascent of the world’s tallest mountain - Mt. Everest (8848m). This is your chance to look at what lay ahead for them as they prepared for this mammoth undertaking on 29 May 1953. You will be heading into the UNESCO and World Heritage Sagamartha National Park. You will visit the famous Tengboche Monastery where you can see this massive peak, as well as other 8000m plus peaks like Lhotse (8516m) and Makalu (8463m). You will ascend to Kala Patthar (5550m) which is the closest viewpoint of Mt. Everest and other enormous snow-capped Himalayan peaks. At EBC you can see the Khumbu Glacier as it slowly descends down the face of Everest.
You will trek through gorges, lush forests across mountains in order to reach EBC. There will be plenty of time set aside that will allow you to acclimatize before ascending to higher elevations where there is less oxygen. Passing through a number of villages in the Khumbu region will give you a taste of what the villagers endure daily to survive in the Himalayan mountains, and also how their Tibetan Buddhist faith enriches their lives and creates a sense of tranquility. 

Along the trail you will be surprised at the closeness of these snow capped peaks. The sheer magnitude of these mountains makes you feel small and insignificant as you stare skyward. This is similar to looking up at a skyscraper; except these are natural wonders with four of the tallest mountains in the world in this region.

Your scenic flight into and out of Lukla will highlight the far-reaching range of the Himalayan Mountains. On the return fight you will have a different appreciation and perspective of them, due to having trekked through these mountains and valleys in order to reach EBC. This trek will certainly appeal to nature-lovers and those who have always been in awe of seeing the world’s tallest peak.

Sherpa Expedition & Trekking has more than 40 years been satisfying trekkers and climbers in the Himalayas. We have an excellent reputation and excel in making this a journey to be remembered with memories to last a lifetime. 

This Everest Base camp trek is famous, not just because of its stunning views of over 8000m plus Himalayan peaks, but also because of the exploration and understanding of the extraordinary lifestyles of the Sherpa people living in this region. Please also do not hesitate to get in contact with us here at Tourradar if you have any questions.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY OF EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu transfer to hotel.
Your adventure begins at Kathmandu. On arrival, a staff member from the Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. You will stay here overnight at a hotel in Thamel – the tourist hub of Kathmandu. 

Day 02: Fly to Lukla, and trek to Phakding (2,651m) Duration: 4-5 hours.
Today we have an early morning start.  you will be picked up from your hotel by our guide who will take you to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport.  The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes about 35 minutes, giving you time to absorb the spectacular views of the Himalayas. After landing at Tenzing-Hilary airport you will be met by a porter who will carry your luggage. You then begin your journey with a relatively easy trek passing a Kani (ceremonial gatehouse) before the trail descends and then heads above Kyangma village with its large Gompa (monastery). We then head to Cheplung village where the trail passes through a forest within sight of the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing the suspension bridge you climb across the ridge to Ghat Village and then pass some Mani walls, Chortens and prayer wheels.. After a short walk from Ghat we reach Phakding.  We will stay overnight at a guesthouse with all meals provided.

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
The trek today crosses over a number of suspension bridges of the Dudh Kosi River before heading through Tok-Tok, Benkar, and Monjo and then arrives at the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park you will be required to buy a permit. After following the river bed for several hours, and after the last Hillary suspension bridge, there is a steep uphill climb to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar has a good selection of restaurants, an internet café, pubs, post office, ATM, and banks. We will stay here at a guesthouse with all meals included.

Day 04: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar.
We have set aside two days for acclimatization that is necessary before heading to the higher altitudes later on the trek. Health experts recommend being active during this time in order to better acclimatize. We have several options open to us. We can take a trek to Thame or visit Khunde. Alternatively, we can use this time to explore Namche Bazaar and check out the weekly market that takes place on Friday evening and on Saturday morning – if our timing is right! Your guide will be with you and will gladly take you to the Tourist Visitor Center close to the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park that has an interesting display of equipment and relics of the first Everest climbers. You can also learn something about the flora and fauna of the region. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
Today we follow the wild torrent of the Dudh Kosi River as its freezing waters cascade down from the mountains. The trail also offers some stunning mountain views as we gradually climb higher to 3860m at Tengboche Village, famous for its decorative wall hangings and 6 meter Buddha, Tibetan musical instruments, and vivid Lama robes. A highlight of visiting here will be the evening prayer at the monastery that is relaxing and soothing to your soul. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,350m) Duration: 5-6 hours.
Today is a more relaxed day with a relatively easy trek to Dingboche – except for the last part where we have to climb a steep hill which acts as a reminder that trekking at higher altitudes is more physically draining. We will initially pass through the villages of Somare (4010m) and Orsho. Further along the trail we meet a fork and take the left trail that heads to Pheriche Village, then cross a bridge before that steep climb to Dingboche Village (4410m) that has several suitable lodges for us to choose from. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.
Today is the second day set aside to acclimatize. In order to stay active, recommended by health specialists, we will climb 400m to Nangkartshang Gompa situated on a ridge just north of Dingboche Village. From here we have views of Mt. Makalu (8,463m), the world’s fifth highest mountain, as well as Mt. Ama Dablam. If you are feeling energetic then we can head to the summit at Nangkartshang (5090m). Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940) Duration: 5-6 hours.
We initially head to Dughla Village and then cross the fairly steep moraine at the base of the Khumbu Glacier, having to cross slopes covered with boulders. We continue to ascend to Chupki Lhara that has an array of stones with prayer flags placed as a memorial to climbers Scott Fischer (American) and ten-time Everest summiteer Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepalese guide) who died while attempting a climb of Everest. As we head to the Khumbu Glacier moraine a number of huge peaks stare right at us: Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, and Mahalangur Himal. This scene will leave you spell-bound! We will stay in a lodge tonight. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 9: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,180m), And Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364M) Duration 7-9 hours.
We are slowly getting closer to our ultimate destination, gradually heading to higher elevations passing along the way Gorak Shep Lake and then further on come to a memorial that honors Indian mountaineers who have died on the mountain. Walking now is more physically taxing as a result of the thinner air at this altitude. The trail has rocks, moraine, and streams to cross prior to reaching EBC. The first thing we notice on arrival at EBC is the contrasting array of colorful tents of mountaineers waiting for the right conditions before attempting a climb to the summit. From EBC we can clearly see Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori and the snow glistening on their peaks. After a rest and scout around EBC, we head back to Gorak Shep for a well deserved night’s sleep. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 10: Hike to Kala Pathar (5550m) and trek Pangboche (3985m) Duration: 7-9 hours.
We head out in the brisk pre-dawn dark, with temperatures around -10 to -14C as we head to Kala Patthar. There is also the possibility of strong winds that will add the chill factor. In the east are the peaks of Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse. Everest also starts to appear. Upon reaching the summit of Kala Patthar we will be ecstatic as we take in the 360-degree views and the immense and looming Mt. Everest that appears right in front of you. Now is the time to have your camera out and to take some awesome snaps of Everest that will be a reminder for years after leaving Nepal. We will then descend to Pangboche for the night. Breakfast, lunch & dinner are included.

Day 11: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) Duration: 6-7 hours.
Today we return on the same trail, at first heading to Imja Khola and then ascend through the forest to Tengboche. If time is on our side we may choose to pay a visit to the Tengboche Monastery – home to Buddhist nuns. This is also a good place for a lunch break before crossing a hillside speckled with juniper and rhododendron trees. Next, we have to cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and down a rapid descent through the gorge and pine trees to Sansa Village. In this leg of our journey, it is possible to see various animals, such as mountain goats, snow leopards (elusive), and the vivid colored pheasants – Nepal’s national emblem. Just prior to reaching Namche Bazaar we pass a chorten and then the army camp at Namche Bazaar. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m) Duration: 6-7 hours.
Again we follow the trail back to Phakding on our final day of trekking. We should arrive at Lukla with time to spare, which will allow you to explore the village and surrounding countryside. You will take a breath and retrace this wonderful journey in your mind, go over your photos and catch up on emails to your family and friends. This is the time to pat yourself on the back and enjoy that feeling of accomplishing this physically demanding trek. In the evening you may decide to party a little and have a few celebratory drinks!

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,350m) Duration: 35 Minutes.
Up early today and we catch our flight back to Kathmandu – this time with a new perspective of the mountains below. You have had a first-hand taste of the vast and beautiful Himalayas. After arriving back at Kathmandu there will be time to do some last-minute shopping for souvenirs or to catch up with friends. You can also unwind by wandering through Thamel and maybe head for a café or bar for your last night out in Nepal. This may be a time to kick up your heels and celebrate! Our guides will be available to point you in the right direction, whether it is for sightseeing or shopping. Tonight Sherpa Expedition & Trekking will provide a celebratory dinner for our final get-together in Nepal. Breakfast & dinner included.

Day 14: Final departure from Kathmandu.
This is possibly your last day in Nepal – until you come back for another exciting adventure to these magnificent Himalayan Mountains. Sherpa Expedition & Trekking will take you to the airport at least three hours prior to your departure and wish you a safe journey home. We hope that on your flight you will already be making plans for your next exciting journey in the Himalayas of Nepal. Breakfast included.

COST INCLUDED IN EBC PACKAGE

  • Airport picks up and transports by private Car/Jeep.
  • Two night’s standard twin sharing Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after dinner.
  • Trekking Lodge (Tea House) accommodation during the trek.
  • All necessary paperwork including Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit & Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight with private airport transfer and domestic airport tax.
  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking T-shirt
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour with private car/jeep.
  • Everest base camp trekking route map.
  • Trip achievement certificate after the successful trip completion.
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.
  • Assistant guide for groups of 8 or more people.

COST EXCLUDES

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu - lunch, and dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (easy to obtain the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15-day visa.
  • Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • All desserts & sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees($30 USD per person)
  • Excess baggage of more than 10 kg for Lukla flight.

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

Sherpa Expedition And Trekking provide the cheapest Everest Base camp trek of 14 days at Just USD 1200. wth best service. Yes, you heard that right, Sherpa Expedition And Trekking which was established on 1977., and is one of the most experienced and trustable trekking companies in the world, What are you waiting for, if Everest base camp trek is on your bucket list, Book With Sherpa Expedition And Trekking Team.

Quick Note: Sherpa Expedition and Trekking is one of the most experienced (more than 40 years) Trekking agencies which has a 99.9% success rate on every Everest trek and it provides one of the best trekking and expedition packages that you'll never find on other agencies. We at Sherpa Expedition and Trekking team always have the safety, comfort, and satisfaction of our valued customers as our foremost priority at all times, and we assure you a wonderful and unforgettable time with us in our beautiful country.

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