Have you got your trekking boots on? Good, because once the the plane lands after the most scenic flight of your life in Lukla we start walking. And it won’t be just any type of a walk – you will be walking in the altitude of 5,500m for 12 days.
This trek to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) takes you up to the serene heart of the highest mountains on earth. While trekking within the world natural heritage Sagarmatha National Park, you explore valleys of milky-white Dudh Kosi river, stay in Sherpa trading capital of Namche Bazaar, visit Tengboche monastery and cross paths with loaded yaks over the high Khumbu glacier.
Throughout the entire journey, you will see not only Mt. Everest but also several less famous yet still beautiful mountains like Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum – Kanguru and Pumori. However it’s not just seriously high peaks you will be impressed by on this trek. You& can also experience first hand the rich Sherpa culture in Khumjung and Photse village.
Day 1: Flight Lukla (2800 m) and trek Phakding (2600 m) fly-35 min/walk 3 hours
We will take a flight over the mountains to the Lukla airport dedicated to Sir Edmund Hillary which is one of the most scenic flights in the world. We would walk through the middle of the bazaar and soon leave Lukla entering an honorary gate to first Nepali women who summited Mt. Everest. On our way to Phakding, we will cross scenic Sherpa settlements Chauri Kharka, Thado Kosi and Ghat.
Day 2: Phakding (2600 m) to Namche Bazar (3440 m) 5 hours
Brace yourself for some stunning views today. From Benkar we will see Mt. Kusum Kanguru (6658 m). Monjo village is another highlight of this trip where you will just love to sip on spicy chai while enjoying great atmosphere all around you. After crossing the suspension bridge over Dudh Kosi it’s time to prepare you for the climb up to Namche.
The green lavish valley view is amazing providing you dare to look down from the bridge. This is also the time when you the first glimpse of Mt. Everest. Once you are in Namche, you can chill in Irish Pub, visit Cafe 8848 (every day at 3 pm, they show the movie “Sherpa’’) or stock up on trekking stuff in gear shops.
Namche itself is a great place to stay and hang around the town popular with all trekkers. In the evening we do a 10-minute acclimatization by hiking up to National Park Headquarter Sherpa Cultural Museum. The sunset over the mountain ranges only adds another bonus.
Day 3: Namche to Khumjung (3800 m) 2 hours
Acclimatization day in Sherpa village
Today, we will hike for 2 hours up to the Everest view point. We reach Khumjung for lunch and overnight stay. Khumjung village is the largest, oldest and most scenic Sherpa village in the entire Khumbu valley. In this village you can find the ever so popular bakery serving the best apple pie, several cozy lodges providing comfortable and affordable overnight stay.
Spending a night here gives us better acclimatization and allows us to explore unique surroundings. We can visit the Khumjung monastery which showcases mysterious YETI skull and scalp. You can also get excellent views of Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Everest from Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Park.
Day 4: Khumjung (3800 m) to Phortse (3840 m) 5 hours
Just like yesterday we will chose an unbeaten trail above the main “tourist highway” towards the base camp. Firstly we descend through beautiful rhododendron forest to Sansa from where we gradually climb up through treeless zone. On our way to Phortse, we cross a small Mongla pass and continue via Phortse Tenga by crossing a bridge over Dudh Kosi.
Make sure you get your cameras ready as the views along the way are breathtaking. You might also snap some fantastic shots of herds of grazing Himalayan Thar, Danfe pheasants- a multi-coloured Nepal’s national birds, Tibetan snow cock and many other animals.
We will finish off today’s trek in Phortse – another largest Sherpa village still with their unique Tibetan-Buddhist practices, where the people will welcome you with warm greetings and hospitality.
Day 5: Phortse (3840 m) to Dingboche (4400 m) 4 hours
During this non-touristy trail you will get to enjoy Himalayan flora and fauna and scenic mountain background without masses of tourists around you. Pangboche village is a great resting place, an ideal spot for a milk tea or a coffee break in a sweet little bakery. We will then continue walking for roughly 2.5hrs through rough terrain villages of Somare and Orsoleading us to our final destination of the day – Dingboche. We will reach this village early afternoon giving you time for a much needed rest.
Day 6: Acclimatization day in Dingboche (4400 m)
An extra day in Dingboche will be needed to help your body to adapt to the high altitude and gives you a chance to explore the area. Depending on your fitness level and wishes we have also arranged two options for a day’s treks:
1. Climb up to the nearby Nagarjuna Hill (5100 m) for some magnificent views.
This famous view point surrounded by picturesque fluttering prayer flags gives a scenic panoramic outlook of towering mountains including the world most beautiful Mt. Ama Dablam (6812 m) in the south, Cholatse (6440 m) in the west, Nuptse (7186 m), pyramidal Pumori (7161 m) in the north, far to the east the fifth highest Mt. Makalu (8463 m) and finally the popular trekking Island Peak (6189 m). It takes roughly two hours of rather challenging hike to reach the top but the views are certainly worth every step of the way.
2. Make a round side trip to Chukung village to get a closer look of the Island Peak as well as World 5th highest Mt. Makalu.
Do you want to push yourself and to do a high pass?
Or are you interested in peak climbing?
We have a great option for you in hiking the Kongma-La pass (5535 m). This side trek offers you some seriously dramatic views. Island Peak (6189 m) climbing is the best option for all beginners so why don’t you challenge yourself and try something new and exciting.
Day 7: Dingboche (4400 m) to Lobuche (4940 m) 4 hours
Today, we mostly walk in high meadows and cross Khumbu river to reach Dugla, a place to recharge your batteries before pushing yourself even further later on. The way up to Lobuche is a gradual ascent. This is the point where many might find it difficult with the high altitude however the reward in all the spectacular views along the way is well worth the challenge. During the walk you will be able to see towering Tabuchi peak (6542 m) in the right, Lobuche peak (6119 m) standing in left, pyramidal Pumori (7161 m) and other bordering mountains standing in the north. From here onwards we will pace ourselves gently for around 2 hours from to our final spot for the day – Lobuche.
Day 8: Lobuche (4940 m) to Gorakshep (5161 m)- a round trip to EBC (5364 m) 5 hours
A hearty breakfast will be much needed to give you the extra push to reach our final spot – Everest Base Camp. It’s time to get ready for some seriously exciting things ahead of you today. We will explore the massive Khumbu glacier and Khumbu Icefall, see amazing Nuptse and Lhotse. What can make this even more special is if there are mountaineers preparing to conquer the actual Everest summit who are always happy to share their story over a cup of hot coffee. Make the most of the time here to wander around the glaciers and feel in the atmosphere all around you. Afterward we will head back to Lobuche as it is the last place with lodges.
Day 9: Kalapatthar (5545 m) back Pheriche (4371 m) 4 hours
Early in the morning we will do a small hike to Kalapathar (5545 m) which means black stone based on the surroundings all around us. This place will give you a wonderful panoramic view of Gorakshep. From here you also get the finest view to see the one and only, the Tibetan mother goddess- Chomolungma aka Mt. Everest, along with 360 degree super splendid view of unparalleled mountains around us. You can see Pumori, and snow lakes over Khumbu glacier.
From here we head back down through rough terrain moraine via Dugla. We will finish off the day in Peniche, a small but beautiful village on the left side of Khumbu river.
Day 10: Pheriche (4371 m) to Tengboche (3860 m) 5 hours
Today will be pleasant and highly enjoyable as we leave the big mountains behind us and keep heading down. Along this busy route we will pass through villages like Pangboche and Debuche (3800 m) on our way to the largest monastery in Himalayas – the Tengboche monastery. We will have a rest break in Pangboche and then carry on descending to Imja river, walk over the newly constructed bridge and head towards picturesque village Tengboche. The place is famous for Mani Rimdu, a Sherpa dance and drama festival that falls on November’s full moon. Descending through fairy-like pine and rhododendron forests surrounded by towering silver white mountains will make the descent even more pleasurable.
Day 11: Tengboche (3867 m) to Namche (3440 m) 5 hours
Morning prayer horns will wake you up in Tengboche, adding yet another spiritual dimension to the trek. We will start our day with a decent walk up to Dudh Kosi river. While crossing the swinging suspension bridge keep an eye for blue sheep and Himalayan goat Thar. We will hike up to Tashinga set within the rhododendron and juniper forests. After passing through Somare, it’s an easy straight hike to Namche. Here you get to enjoy the feeling of how wonderful a hot shower is, celebrate with a cold beer and listen to some pub music.
Day 12: Namche Bazaar (3400 m) to Lukla (2800 m) 7/8 hours
Say goodbye to Everest as this is the last time we will be able to spot this king of a mountain as we will be heading further down the valley. Just like when going up you will cross paths with numerous trekkers, porters, and loaded donkeys. This is the place where we get to enjoy the last breathtaking scenes of always changing Khumbu valley. We finish the day in Lukla, the perfect place for a celebration.
Day 13: Fly Kathmandu (1300 m) 35 minutes
It’s time to take another scenic flight this time back to Kathmandu. If you haven’t explored the capital yet, you may like to see medieval old palaces, temples and ancient stupas like Swyambhunath and Boudhanath towering in the center of the valley. Wander freely through the night market in Thamel and buy handicraft souvenir like Pashmina, Gurkhas Knife – Khukuri or old tibetan paintings – Thangkas all of which make the perfect and unique gifts for your loved ones back home.
Prices start from $1,190per person
(calculated on the basis of 2 people sharing a room)
compulsory permits (TIMS Card, national park entry fee)
guide for the duration of your stay
porter for the duration of the stay
accommodation (private room with communal bathroom/toilet facilities, en-suite rooms available for higher charge)
transportation (ground transport in tourist buses/shared jeeps, flight to/from Lukla)
international flights to/from Kathmandu
*Note: A price for a flight ticket for your guide will need to be included your in case your guide is flying from Kathmandu.
When to go?
Spring (April – June) is ideal as there are slightly less people, however the weather is not as predictable
Autumn (September – October) is the main tourist season. These months offer a pleasant weather for the trek