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Everest Base Camp Trekking

The Everest Basecamp trek on the south side is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year.

Price (P/P)US$ 1800

Everest Base Camp Trekking

Trip Overview

This is a trip that’s planned and geared to bring you real close-up to the 'mother of all peaks' Mt. Everest, the tallest on the mother of all planets on earth. The supernatural nature of Everest lures trekkers from all over the planet to trek along the best-known trail in the Himalayas – the Everest Base Camp trek; this classic trek is a once in a lifetime opportunity to stand in the shadows of the tallest mountain in the world. Nepal Nomad has been treading this route for over two decades, and it blends an outstanding trek through untouched wilderness with a gradual ascent, allowing you to fully acclimatize at your pace to the higher altitudes while trekking to the foothills of the mighty Everest, Everest Base Camp. Our Everest Base Camp trek begins with a historical and cultural tour of Kathmandu before the gripping flight to famous mountaineer Hillary’s Lukla, where we meet our experienced Sirdar (guide) and Everest Base Camp trekking crew. Our trail gradually takes us up from the gleaming waters of the Dudh Kosi River, through the heart of Sherpa country to the striking high mountain vistas beyond. We trek on paths away from the main trail and visit welcoming villages, including Namche Bazaar.
Everest is not just a mountain to be climbed, and the hike to its base camp is more than just a trek. Along a route said by some to be "the steps to heaven," every curve in the trail provides another photo opportunity – gorgeous forests, lively Sherpa villages, glacial moraines, and the lovely green foothills. For energetic adventure seekers not afraid to break a sweat, our full trekking support team will bring you upfront with local cultures before opening a door to the top of the world the colossal Mt. Everest from where it all begins for those who seek to climb up to this master peak. The following day we ascend nearby Kala Pattar, 5,545m/18,192ft, for superb views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. This area is said to be one of the best areas in the region to meditate on the beauty that is Mt. Everest it doesn’t get any better than this. When the trail of Everest was opened, Everest Base Camp became the leading location for many adventure trekkers. From here on, we then trek to the significant site of Everest Base Camp before getting back to Lobuche which heralds the conclusion to our odyssey & back to a comfortable and warm bed in Kathmandu.

  • Trip Code: EB01

    Destination: Nepal

    Duration: 16 Nights / 17 Days

    Trip Grade: Strenous

    Activity: Day Tour, Trekking and Hiking

    Best Season: : September - December and March - May

    Trip Style: TH (Tea House / Lodge)

    Accommodation: Included

    Transportation: Flight and Private vehicle

    Meals: Included

    Highest Altitude: Kalapather 5555m

    Group Size: 2 minimum-10 maximum

    Region: Everest Region Trekking

    Start From: Kathmandu

    Ends In: Kathmandu

  • Trip Highlights

    • The most amazing mountain flight to Tenzing and Admand Hillary airpot at Lukla.
    • Namche: facinating mountain hub traditional to modern bazaar for traveler.
    • Trek to the foot of breathtaking Everest, the world’s highest mountain.
    • Set out on challenging hikes to Kala Pattar
    • Explore Sherpa villages and Tengboche monasteries.
    • Everest Base Camp feel the thrilling of Mighty Peak's lap on earth.
    • A lodge-based trekking holiday and the full Everest experience

Day to day itinerary

You arrive in Katmandu and transferred to the warmth of your hotel. A per-trek briefing will be scheduled to discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. Get familiar with your surroundings by going for a hike down the street before we head to a delicious dinner where the cuisine is prepared Nepalese style and is known for its healthy ingredients. This is your first overnight in the valley of the gods.
Meals included: 1 welcome dinner.
Today we explore Katmandu on an organized sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country.
Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the Ghats. The cremation site here is open to all the citizens of Nepal that begins with royalty to the simple man on the street. The early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some last minute shopping. You will be provided with your trek departure information in the afternoon.
Meals included: 1 breakfast.
In the early morning we take the fantastic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at 2827m. Flight time is about 40 minutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. This flight of true sightseeing in space gives you box office views of some of the highest mountains in the world, right from the window of your plane. After landing we will have time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort out and load the trekking equipment. In the afternoon, we begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River, where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, just above Chaurikharka at 2713m. The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat at 2550m, it’s a short walk to the first local village of Phakding where we’ll crash out for the night.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.
From Phakding, we cross the river and head up valley where we’ll see porters from the south ferrying supplies to Namche. The trail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is real beautiful in the months of spring when the flowers are in stunning colorful bloom. We cross the Dudh Kosi at Benkar where there are tempting glimpses of the snow peaks Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m) where we arrive in time for lunch. We spend the night in Monjo with the afternoon free to do some exploring around the village. The day has been well planned to keep it short to aid acclimatisation, a very important process in your buildup to the bigger climb in the days ahead.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
Today the hiking is pretty roughshod and includes the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. From Monjo, it is a short walk to the entrance of the National Park before we cross the Dudh Kosi to Jorsale at 2805m. The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank, to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi rivers. It is here that we start the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. After crossing a large and stable suspension bridge high above the river we slowly ascend at a steady pace towards Namche. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. After arriving at the capital of the Khumbu region - Namche, we’ll have lunch and the afternoon is free to bargain in the shops for 'Tibetan' artifacts, or relax and marvel at lovely surrounding landscapes.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
We remain at Namche for a second night to allow for proper acclimatisation to get our bones set for the higher elevations to come. Namche is a bustling prosperous village that’s now become more like a town, situated in a large protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today a limited amount of trade exists at Namche and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat. It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the National Park Headquarters above the village. The view is stunning and offers a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks with great views of Everest. After breakfast, there are a number of options: perhaps a walk towards Thami (3810m) above the scenic Bhote Khola river valley, or a visit to the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and details of the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides will be on hand to offer advice and escort you on your walks.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
The trail contours around Khumbilya's lower slopes, passing through beautiful birch forest and on to treeless, grassy slopes to a stupa-3992m on top of a rocky ridge at Mongla. Once again the views of the mountains are magnificent. Phortse can be seen across the valley, a chocolate box village set in a patchwork of stone-walled fields. From the stupa you descend on a series of switchback trails to the Dudh Kosi River, 300 meters below, at Phortse Bridge & cross the Dudh Kosi and ascend to the village of Phortse for overnight under a moonlit night.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
From Phortse, we ascend through the high ridge of Imja khola. Along the way keep an eye open for Blood and Danphe Pheasant, Musk Deer and, high on the steep slopes of the valley, the Himalayan Thar. Gradually ascend & descend to the village of Pangboche where the peak of Ama Dablam dominates the skyline. We will take lunch here and perhaps view the beautiful monastery that once housed the legendary Yeti scalp. In the afternoon our route ascends gradually, high above the Imja Khola, passing the tea houses at Orsho before crossing the Imja Khola and old glacial moraines to our lodge in the settlement of Dingboche.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
From Dingboche we head up through the village, following the Imja Khola valley. The ascent is gradual, crossing small streams, through open alpine pastures with fine views of Island Peak at the head of the valley. We will reach the Chukhung lodge in time for lunch, with the afternoon free to rest and acclimatise. If you feel energetic enough, you can head up the valley towards the old moraines that flow down from Lhotse. The views of the massive Lhotse Wall and Ama Dablam are particularly impressive hereabouts.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
After a sunny break fast in the morning, we ascend the small ridge behind the village above the Pheriche valley. From the chorten at the top, the Taweche and Cholatse (6440m) peaks make for a striking scene as they seem to lean forwards from across the valley in the west. To the north, Lobuje Peak (6119m) and the snowfields of the Cho La dominate the skyline. The walking is now fairly flat on wide-open fields, but do take your time and ensure you are well hydrated. Late in the morning we cross the Khumbu Khola at Dughla (4620m) and have a light lunch at the foot of the huge moraines of the Khumbu Glacier flowing off Everest. In the afternoon there is a solid and quite steep climb on a rocky trail to the top of the moraines. On the crest of the ridge, we pass a line of memorial cairns which were built in memory of the Sherpas and climbers who have died on various Everest expeditions over the last 50 years.
From here there are splendid views of Pumori 7145m, Lingtren 6697m, Khumbutse 6623m, and, across the border in Tibet, Changtse 7550m, can be seen at the head of the valley. Everest is still hidden behind the towering walls of Nuptse and Lhotse. We then follow the valley stream to our lodge at Lobuje. Today is a taxing day but the fantastic scenery makes it all very worthwhile. We arrive in the early afternoon so if you still have some energy and conditions are clear, a walk up onto the large ridge at the rear of the lodge can reward you with even more fabulous views.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.
From Lobuche we follow the broad valley running parallel to the Khumbu glacier. A gradual ascent enables you to build the slow, steady rhythm required when walking at high altitude. Once we reach the moraines of the Changri Nup Glacier we make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that leads eventually to the surprising glacial sands of Gorak Shep where we will stay overnight. We’ll arrive in time for lunch and a quick rest before setting off for Everest Base Camp. The trail can sometimes be difficult to follow so keep an eye on your guides and fellow trekkers on this section.
The trek to base camp can be achieved in around three hours. If you are trekking in the popular climbing period of March to May, we’ll almost certainly encounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to Everest expeditions. From base camp we do not get views of Everest but we will be able to see the notorious Everest Ice Fall that flows from the Western Cwm. This is regarded as the technically hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.
Early in the morning we will make a steep ascent to Kala Patar. You will need to start very slowly and try to ascend at a steady rhythmic pace. Our goal, Kala Patar, is the rocky hilltop below Pumori. It is a tough walk due to the altitude but the view from the top is a spectacle to remember for a lifetime. It will probably take a good hour and a half to reach the summit from Gorak Shep, although lower viewpoints will provide views almost as good. Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest surround us. About 3kms away in distance and some 200m below, the area of Everest Base Camp can be seen in a bowl at the bottom of the Khumbu Ice Fall. For many trekkers, reaching Kala Patar is a very emotional experience and it is worthwhile spending as long as you can to relish this special moment. The descent back down to Gorak Shep is easy.
Today it is downhill most of the way, as we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue Association has a trekkers’ aid post here and it is quite interesting to visit. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the valley to Pheriche. The trail descends through Lobuche to Pheriche and on a clear day, there are still stunning views of silver grey mountain landscapes that gleam in the sunshine.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.
From Lobuche we retrace our steps to Dughla. It seems much quicker and easier going down! From here we take a different route to our ascent, following the wide alpine valley covered in scrub juniper through to the temporary settlement of Phulung Karpo (4343m) and then to Pheriche for the evening. There is also a Trekkers' Aid Post here, supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association which, although not manned year round, is well worth a visit if open.
From Pheriche, we cross the Khumbu Khola and ascend a short steep trail to the top of a small ridge for great views of the Imja valley, Ama Dablam and Kantega. We then descend to the small settlements at Orsho and Shomare, where we have lunch and later pass through Lower Pangboche to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River and retrace our steps to Deboche and Thyangboche.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
After breakfast we descend steeply through beautiful forests of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea we cross the Dudh Kosi, and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa and its then a gradual walk to Namche Bazaar where we have lunch and descend to Manjo for an overnight stay.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
today is our last day of trekking. It’s only a short walk along the valley before we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. We’ll have lunch at our lodge and the afternoon is free for you to wander around, relax or perhaps have a hot shower! In the evening, we may have a farewell dinner followed by a few celebratory drinks for porters. We could perhaps try some ‘chhang’ {mountain beer brewed from fermented rice, its healthy enough to give it a go. We do a jig to some Sherpa dance steps with our Sherpa crew who we’ve come to know so well over the weeks. It’s altogether been a merry trip on these rugged but lovely mountains; we then enjoy a great meal and hit the sack in blissful sleep under a moonlit starry sky.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee
We get up early in the morning to be ready for the arrival of your aircraft for the flight back to Katmandu. We will be met at the airport and transferred to hotel. Please note, our flight will be subject to good weather for the sake of our overall safety.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch.
Today is free to relax until your departure or to commence any additional trips or activities you may have booked. If you are departing, you’ll be transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home. Meals included: 1 breakfast.

Trip Cost Details

Cost Include

  • 3 night's standard accommodations in Kathmandu on BB plan .
  • All meals as specified for trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • All internal local transport as per the itinerary.
  • Internal l flights from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for client and trek leader.
  • All trekking arrangements including trekking permits, national park entrance fees, accommodation in twin sharing local basis lodges or best available places for accommodations, trek leader and porters-salary, insurance, food, accommodations and other allowances.
  • Trek bag, basic first aid kit carried by your leader. No single supplement is required in Kathmandu or in the mountain.
  • Arrival airport pick and departure drop.

Cost Exclude

  • Kathmandu food-lunch and dinner, International flights from your home to home.
  • Airport taxes, car, taxi or van, visa fees, medical examination (if required) and vaccination costs, personal expenditure, all bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, hot shower in the mountain, mineral water, sweet deserts, we recommend bringing Water purifier and neutralizer tabulates to reduce your cost of traveling and to become responsible traveler.         
  • Tipping for trek crew (driver, trek leader and porter-tipping is not mandatory but expected).
  • Meals or drinks except 3 meals or not specified in the itinerary, personal clothing and equipment, travel insurance, optional trips.     
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond Nepal Nomad's control.
  • Anything not specified in the cost includes section.

General Info

Prior to set off to, we host a Pre-Trip meeting here in Kathmandu office on the 2nd day of your itinerary which starts in the evening during the dinner and introduce your trek Leader. It is an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your trekking as well as introduce your self to one another.
Everest Base Camp trekking requires a good level of fitness and experience of mountain walking. These tend to be longer treks with some more difficult days, some of which may involve walking at increased altitudes and more difficult terrain. There may occasionally be a longer day when negotiating the more challenging sections such as a mountain pass or viewing peak. Altitude may range up to 5000 meters.
The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should not weigh more than 20 kg.
Head:
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Lower Body:
Under Garments
Hiking shorts
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet:
Thin, lightweight inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter cold.
Upper Body:
T-shirts
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket
Hands:
Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
Accessories:
Sleeping bag rated to zero DC *
Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
Nepal Trek Bags/Duffel bag *
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Trekking Poles
Water bottle (2) or camel bag
Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
Toiletries:
1 medium sized quick drying towel
Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Feminine hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene:
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti bacterial hands wash
Extras Luxuries:
Binoculars
Reading book
Trail Map/Guide book
Journal & Pen
Walkman
Pencils and small notebooks
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
Swimming custom for city.
At 6.30 am your Sherpa knocks on your door with a cup of good morning tea. Then it's time to have breakfast, tight up your bag pack and head off for today's trekking hiking for the next three to four hours then stop for an hour at pleasant spot along the way for a well-prepared hot lunch. Afterward, walk another three hours or so, before you stop for the over night. The evening can be spent reading or chatting with your fellow hikers or trekking crew about the trip of the day. Pack of games can be an asset to these nights; your trekking crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Eventually, it's time to bed for a well deserved night.
Whilst on to Everest Base Camp trekking, accommodation options are limited so please do not expect the Ritz! Nepal Nomad use simple family run lodges, with a large sociable central dining area and a cozy chimney burning fire. Accommodations are on a twin share basis and we recommend you use your own sleeping bag. Lodges in the Everest Base Camp trekking tend to have shared bathroom facilities and you may not always have access to a shower. Despite the lack of facilities, these lodges certainly have a rustic charm, most are blessed with spectacular views and being family run operations, they offer a great insight into the daily life of the Mountain people.
It is Nepal Nomad's booking terms & conditions of joining Everest Base Camp trekking with us that you must be fully insured with medical, emergency rescue evacuations including trip cancellation insurance which should cover over 3000m to 6000m.
Our Everest Base Camp trekking itinerary designed to ensure there is plenty of times for adequate occurs as a result of acclimatization and cases of mountain sickness are rare. The common Symptoms are headaches, nausea, irregular breathing, insomnia and the swelling of fingers and glands. Treatment is to descend to a lower altitude as quickly as possible which normally results in rapid improvement and recovery.
On our Everest Base Camp trek three meals on full board basis will be provided (Nepali, Sherpa, and Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Chinese and Indian cousins). Each day dinner and breakfast will be taken in the same lodge you spend over night but Lunch will be taken on your way to next village. Reception, farewell dinner and breakfast will be provided in Kathmandu.

Trip Note

The above program is only a guideline pattern which we provide. Trekking on the lap of mighty Everest Base Camp can also be done for 19 days & can be tailor-made to suit your specific requirements. Its also vital to note a trekking tour of this type is prone to unpredictable calamities related to mountain weather, local politics, and transportation etc, which will be beyond Nepal Nomad’s control and as a result, this may require a change in your itinerary. However, it is very unlikely that such circumstances may occur but our effort is to minimize its effect, and Nepal Nomad will not be responsible for any situation developing in delays or changes to your program. In the event of any changes, your senior guide will make the final decision after consulting with the group.

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