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Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek

Group size: 

Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Max-Altitude: 

5,545

Trip Grade:
 
Moderate

You are likely to walk for 6-7 hours each day over steep hilly terrain on usually rough trails but no real extremes of weather. Moderate trails entail reaching up to 5500 m with daily ascends of around 400-700 m. You will also be facing high altitude air with a low level of oxygen on some days and are therefore required to have a positive attitude and be physically fit. Previous hiking or camping experience is preferable.

Destination: 

Nepal

Best Season: 

Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec

Meals: 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:

 
3 Star Hotel and Trek House while Trekking

Overview

Everest Base Camp lies in the foothill of the world's highest peak Mount Everest (8848 meters). EBC or Mount Everest. The Mount Everest Base Camp trek is adventurous journey - supremely exciting - where you will be led to the high Himalayas and base camp of Mount Everest. The Base Camp is situated in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal and is a stunning paradise where you get the splendid, panoramic mountain sight of the entire Everest range and numerous other snowcapped peaks. You will get to undertake this adventure that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa took in 1953 to the summit of the world’s highest peak – Mount Everest.
 
Trek Highlights & Summary of Mount Everest Base Camp

The major highlights of this trek is that you will get the magnificent mountain views from the Everest Base Camp and also you will get the close view of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest at 8848 meters as well as other mountainssuch as Lhotse (8,515 meters), Mount Nuptse (7,850 meters), Mount Pumori (7,160 meters), Mount Changaste (7,551 meters), Mount Lingterin (6,678 meters), Mount Ama Dablam (6,855 meters) and numerous other peaks. Besides that, you will also be heading to Kala Patthar, a high mound at the altitude of 5,550 meters where you get the closet view of Everest.

This trek begins with a scenic short mountain flight to the village of Lukla. Our main trekking begins from here and we’ll head to the village of Phakding crossing several Sherpa villages before reaching "Namche Bazaar", the main center of the Sherpa community where we will be acclimatizing: doing a short hike and also experiencing Sherpa culture who are very hospitable. After that, we head to visit the biggest monastery in the Himalayan region – the Tengboche monastery. And from this monastery, we can also get the alluring and remarkable view of Mount Ama Dablam. On the trail, you will be spotting many walls, chortens, and monasteries in this region - most communities living here follow Buddhism- hence, you will also get to spot small Chortens with colorful prayer flags. Then, from Tengboche, we will head to Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep and from there - we head to Kala Pathar for a closer view of Everest.

On this trail to Everest Base Camp - we will also get a chance to spot numerous animals like musk deer, leopards, jackals, red panda, Himalayan Thar, and even some rare bird species like pheasants, long tail bird, munal, etc. The flora is something to behold as well that includes rhododendron, oak, junipers, etc. These floras are spotted only during the spring seasons. So this trek is best attempted during spring and fall seasons where one will get to observe clearly the mountain views and also relish the natural pristine biodiversity of the land.

This is a 14-day itinerary that the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) has carefully arranged to focus on the level of adaptation of high altitudes by modifying each and every step from day 1 till your departure date. So, if this itinerary does not fit you - please let us know & we’ll set up a different itinerary for you according to your holiday schedule. Also, be ready to experience something new! 

Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Vibrant Kathmandu from where our Nepal Adventure Begins.

We heartily welcome you to the Himalayan country - Nepal. As soon as you arrive at the Kathmandu airport, our representative from the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be there waiting for you once you have finished all your custom formalities and are heading to the terminal gate. There you will see our staff carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and a warm welcome before driving you to your hotel. If you choose to book your flight to arrive a few days before your trek gets underway, we can visit some of the heritage sites of Kathmandu. This Everest base camp trek package begins at the office of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team with a small discussion/meeting about your trek. In the evening, our company will be hosting a welcome dinner in an excellent Nepali restaurant, which serves mouth-watering Nepali cuisine.


Meals: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Transport: Airport Pick Up in a Private Car.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Altitude: 1,350 m, 4,428 ft.

Day 2
Fly to Lukla and hike through colorful villages to Phakding

On the second day in the early morning - you’ll board on a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu, which will take around 35-40 minutes. We usually take the Himalaya mountain domestic flight so make sure to book a left side seat to capture the picturesque view of the Himalayas including the mighty Everest. Once we land at Lukla’s Tenzing Hillary airport, we will meet our GHHT representative. After a quick exploration of the Lukla village, we’ll start our trek to Phakding, descending down alongside the deep Dudh Koshi River. This trail leads to Namche Bazaar, which is situated over Chaunrikharka. Once we have descended from Lukla, we will continue an easy hike, passing the tiny village of - Ghat until we finally reach Phakding. Today’s - trekking for approximately 3 hours. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.  

 Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.

 Altitude: 2800 m, 9184 ft (Lukla) & 2652 m, 8698 ft (Phakding

Walking Distance: 8 km (3-4 Hrs) - All distances and time estimates are approximate. Flight time: 35 min

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Day 3
Trek to through fields and villages from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Today you will be trekking for approximately 6 hours to Namche Bazaar where we will be spending our day acclimatizing to the altitude. On our acclimatization hike you will get the first view of Everest. On this leg of the trek, we will be crossing the Dudh Koshi River, following the steps of our trekking guide. On the way, you’ll be walking through blue pine forests as you follow the river, and if you trek in the spring season, you’ll be able to observe beautiful rhododendron in full bloom.
Crossing the Dudh Koshi River over the Hillary Suspension Bridge - we will get to view several mountains like Kusum, Thamserku, and Kanguru which are above 6,000 meters. After we stop for lunch at Monjo, where we enter the national park, we’ll continue trekking alongside the river passing the village of Jorsale. From Jorsale, the trail becomes a bit difficult with a steep ascent towards Namche Bazaar. Again, we will be crossing the river over the Hillary suspension bridge before ascending toward our destination of Namche Bazaar, where we will be viewing breathtaking views of stunning peaks - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Tawache. In Namche, you can take advantage of a hot shower in the hotel as in the upper regions, there might not be any showers. 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Altitude: 3440 m,11283 ft

Walking Distance: 10-12 km (5-6 Hrs) - All distances and time estimates are approximate. 

 

Day 4
Day hike for our first views of Everest, then return to Namche Bazaar

Today, we will be spending another night in Namche for proper acclimatization. To ensure we are at our best, we’ll be hiking up in the surrounding hills to a higher elevation where we will visit and explore some sites as well as view the mind-blowing mountain sceneries. It is necessary to adapt the altitude properly. There is an option that you can also take, hiking above the Bhote Koshi river valley to Thami or you can walk to the headquarter of the national park to capture the best sunrise and sunset views of Everest and the Khumbu peaks. The headquarters of National park showcases the culture of the Sherpas and the varied floras and faunas of this region. In Namche Bazaar, the local people sell locally made products like dried goat meat and much more.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Altitude: 3440 m, 11283 ft 

Day 5
Trek to through Kumjung villages from Namche to Tengboche & visit the impressive Tengboche Monastery.

Today we will be trekking towards Thyanboche, and on the trail - you will be observing varied birds - Danphe (Pheasant – Nepal’s national bird) and others. You might even get to spot a Himalayan Thar - which is similar to a goat. Heading on the trail towards the monasteries, we’ll relish the views of Everest & several other snowcapped peaks. Once we ascend to Thyangboche, we will see the monastery, where we can explore the tradition and religion of Buddhism. Even from the monastery, we will get splendid views of the mountains such as Ama Dablam, Kantenga, and of course Everest. Today we’ll be trekking approximately 5 hours and we’ll be spending our night in Thyanboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House/ Trekking Lodge.

Altitude: 3870 m, 12684 ft

Walking Distance: 10 km (6 Hrs) - All distances and time estimates are approximate

Day 6
Trek to Dingboche, the highest permanent Sherpa village in the Khumbu region

Today we will be trekking to Dingboche and noticing that the views of Everest are getting closer. But we need to be aware of the altitude as we are getting up there and will be subject to minor discomfort. On our way, we will be ascending over the tree line and then slowly ascending to the Pangboche village. Here we will stop for lunch as well as view several snowcapped peaks.
After lunch, our trek continues, following the Imja River and passing several teahouses while crossing the Imja River and glaciers. Once we reach Dingboche village, with its beautiful fields that are surrounded by the stone walls we’ll acclimatize once more in preparation for our final push to Everest Base Camp. Feel free to roam around the village, taking in the stone walls surrounding the crops for protection from the cold winds. Here you will find barley and potatoes. Also from here, we can get amazing views of Everest hiding behind the Nuptse and Lhotse ridges. If the sky is clear – we’ll get a spectacular view of the sunset being revealed on the peaks.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.

Altitude: 4,400 m, 14,435 ft

Walking Distance: 11 km (6 hrs) - All distances and time estimates are approximate. 

Day 7
Hike to remote monastic caves and magnificent views of Mount Makalu

Today, we will spend our night in Dingboche for the proper acclimatization. There are plenty of trails that we can choose from for our acclimatization hike such as the trail to Ama Dablam base camp, or a trail to the Chukung or Nagarjun hills. The hike to the Ama Dablam peak leads to Everest base camp and on the trail - one gets splendid views of snowcapped peaks, whereas from the Nagarjuna hills (5,100 m) one gets a striking view of Island Peak, Makalu, and Ama Dablam. The hike to Chukhung at 4,750 meters will be the short hike. Nonetheless, one gets awesome views of several snow-capped peaks.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.

Altitude: 4,400 m, 14,435 ft 

Day 8
Trek Dingboche to Lobuche.

Today we’ll be heading to Lobuche, and on the way, we might come across expedition groups heading to summit the peaks. The hike will include a climb up a small ridge above Pheriche where we will be able to take in impressive views of Tawache and Cholatse peaks from the top of this stupa. Our trail will then level out for relatively easy walking in the flat land on wide fields. Please be advised that you should always drink plenty of water and stay hydrated to avoid the altitude sickness during your trek.
Once we cross the Kumbu River and stop at Dughla for lunch, we’ll continue ascending through the rocky trails where we will pass stacks of stones constructed in memorial to the Sherpa climbers who died on the way summiting Mount Everest. From here, one gets amazing views of Mount Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse and many other snowcapped peaks.  We follow the river afterward to the Lobuche Lodge..

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Altitude: 4,900 m, 16,076 ft

Walking Distance: 11-12 km (6-7 hrs) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.

Day 9
Trek to Gorakshep Depending on the weather - climb Kala Patthar or hike to the Everest Base Camp

Today is the big day! Everest Base Camp! We get up early for our long day and head for Gorakshep following a wide valley, which runs parallel to the Khumbu glacier. As we go, we ascend slowly and gradually while trekking to the higher altitudes. Once we reach the moraine of the Changnup glacier, we ascend and descend down rocky trails, which lead to Gorakshep. After a brief rest and have something to eat, we’ll continue our trek to Everest Base Camp! Although one cannot get the views of Everest from the camp, you won’t be disappointed because there will be views of stunning glaciers, caves, and lakes.
Note: While trekking to the Everest Base Camp arena, we do not visit the climbing camp out of the respect of climber's health and privacy.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge

Altitude: 5,180 m, 16,994 ft (Gorekshep) & 5,364 m, 17,598 ft (EBC)

Distance of walking: 15km (6-8 hrs) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.

Day 10
Gorekshep to Kala Patthar and Pheriche

Today we wake up early in the morning and trek toward Kala Patthar to enjoy the fabulous sunrise with close views of Everest and several other snow-capped peaks. For this breathtaking view, we’ll be ascending a steep path that is a bit challenging, but the view you’ll get from this hill- KalaPathar, will blow you away. You’ll also get views of Mount Ama Dablam, Changtse, Kangtenga, and Tewache  plus the Khumbu icefall. After a brief stay, we’ll descend to Gorakshep and cross the Khumbu river, where we ascend to the high hills where we get to capture views of Ama Dablam, the Imja valley, and Kantenga. Our destination will be Orsho where we will spend our night telling tales of all we’ve seen.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.

Altitude: 5,545 m, 18,192 ft (Kala Patthar) & 4,320 m, 14,173 ft (Pheriche)

Walking distance: 12-13 km (5-6 hrs) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.

Day 11
Trek to Namche Bazaar - with views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.

Today, we will cross the Imja River on a suspension bridge and enjoy the amazing views of Ama Dablam, Imja valley, and Kangtega. As we retrace our path to Everest Base Camp back to Thyangboche we will descend a steep section of the trail into lush juniper, rhododendron and fir forests. Here, we will cross the Dudh Koshi river and climb back up towards Trashinga and continue our trek to Shanasa and finally, Namche Bazaar. We spend the night in Namche Bazaar lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.

Altitude: 3,440 m, 11,284 ft

Distance of walking: 13-15 km (7-8 hrs) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.

Day 12
Hike to Lukla and enjoy a final night in a comfortable lodge

Today will be the last day of your trek, and we’ll be hiking approximately 5 hours, descending steeply before crossing the Dudh Koshi River to Jorsale. We then retrace our step back to Monjo, hiking through rhododendron and pine forests with views of Kusum Kangaru. The trail then ascends up to Lukla where we can enjoy a hot shower in our hotel.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking lodge.

Altitude: 2,800 m, 9,184 ft

Walking Distance: 16 km (6-7 hrs) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.

Day 13
Return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, weather permitting.

Today we take a flight to Kathmandu, which is approximately 35-40 minutes. Once we land, our representative will receive you and drop you at your hotel. Your options are wide open after that: you can stroll around Thamel area, visit souvenir shops in the afternoon take a rickshaw ride, visit Dubar Square or the Monket Temple. But make sure you are back in time for our farewell dinner at your hotel that evening! – The Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be wanting to send you off with a farewell dinner and to say their good-byes.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Altitude: 1,350 m, 4,428 ft Flight time: 35 min

Day 14
Our Everest Base Camp trekking adventure ends today in Kathmandu

Your journey comes to an end today unless you would like to extend some additional days for sightseeing some other places. If so, we can surely arrange that for you. Our representative will drop you at the airport three hours prior to your flight schedule.


Meals: Breakfast
Transport: Airport Drop-Off in a Private Car.

Altitude: 1,350 m, 4,428 ft

 

 

FAQ's and Notes

When to book this Trip ?

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend you not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.

How kind of food is served during the trek ?

We serve food rich in proteins, carbohydrates and highly nutritious hygienic nourishing food - vital while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. The trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination. In cities, either breakfast or dinner is included.

Vegan foods are also availabale.

How safe is stream water ?

Stream water is completely safe but we suggest you to carry water purification pills (chlorine tablets) or water filters to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses on your own expense.

How about my luggage ?

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary.

Gears and clothes not necessary can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal does not allow more than 15 kilograms including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge can cover that up.

The porter will be carrying up to 12 kg luggage of each trekker.

What is the group Size or crew members ?

We Ganesh Himal Hiking team arrange most of the treks with a minimum of 2 clients to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be divided accordingly.

What about guides ?

We provide honest, well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 6 people - an additional guide will be accompanied and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group.

Is there any personal expenses on the Trek ?

Well, not that much but depends upon how you manage your expenses. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot showers (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, meals (around US $ 5-7), extra accommodation in Kathmandu, tips for driver, guide and porters, etc.

Tips to the guides, porter or any other members is not mandatory but feel free to tip them if you are satisfied with their service.

How about trekking gears or other equipment ?

Trekking gears are readily available in the stores of major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara at a very reasonable price. Down jacket & sleeping bags can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. Thus, you don’t have to buy it from your hometown.

But if already have it and have no issues bringing it, please feel free to bring it.

What would a usual day on a trek be like ?

Each and every day gives pleasant suprises and rewarding experience. Each day differs according to the itinerary or schedule, or the place you are trekking.

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.

How about Airport Pickup and Drop Off ?

After booking, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will pick you up from the airport on your scheduled landing time. You can spot GHHT member outside the exit terminal. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.

We also pick and drop you from domestic airport. On your departure day, we will also see you off.

Can I customize the Itinerary ?

Our itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also has an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.

How do you deal with emergency situations ?

Our tour guide and trek leader will make sure that each and every one of you is well taken care of in emergency situations. If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. For serious conditions – we will use the rescue helicopter expenses being carried out by the insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary. The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments.

What if flight is delayed from ?

Only domestic mountain flight is only available from Kathmandu to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition.

This is the reason we have kept an extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situations. In case the flight is canceled for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to make sure that you reach on the scheduled flight to your destination. The expense for this service will be carried out by the insurance company. The helicopter charter cost is in between the US $ 500 to $ 3500 depending upon the number of people in the flight.

Accomodation

Hotel & Lodges

Accommodation in Himalayan Countries While Tour/Trek

GHHTEAM manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 stars) will be provided. However, if you are willing to spend more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels.

But once you set out for Everest Base Camp Trekking, normal lodges or teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow. A few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited to the high mountains.

Included in the Price

    • All the airport transfers by private vehicle.
    • Two nights’ hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
    • Meals ( breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast as per the itinerary.
    • All necessary paper works, National park entry permits and TIMS permit.
    • Flight fare (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) with domestic airport tax.
    • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek on twin sharing basis.
    • An experienced, helpful and friendly guide and porters (1 porter for each 2 trekkers and a porter will carry maximum of 25 KG).
    • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for the guide and porters.
    • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
    • All government taxes, VAT and service charge.

Not Included in the Price

    • Nepalese visa fee 
    • Excess baggage charge(s)
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
    • International flights
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Fixed Departures - 2018



Departure DateAvailable Space
 Jan 4th YES
 Jan 12th YES
 Feb 2nd YES
 Jan 19th YES
 Feb 14th YES
 Feb 20th YES
 March 8th YES
 March 14th YES
 March 19th YES
 March 28th YES
 April 2nd YES
 April 9th YES
 April 15th YES
 April 22nd YES
 3rd May YES
 17th May YES
 20th May YES
 27th May YES
 14th June YES
 23rd June YES
 6th July YES
 28th July YES
 4th August YES
 17th August YES
 2nd September YES
 8th September YES
 12th September YES
 17th September YES
 22nd September YES
 28th September YES
 4th October YES
 9th October YES
 14th October YES
 19th October YES
 29th October YES
 6th November YES
 11th November YES
 18th November YES
 5th December YES
 16th December YES

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