Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 Days

Duration: 14 Days

5550m/18,209ft

Khumbu

Moderate

Min 2 pax

Standard Hotel in Kathmandu and Teahouse lodges on the trek

Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, AmaDablam, Nuptse, Tawatse, Kantega, PumoRi, etc

BhoteKosi, LobucheKhola and DudhKosi

Rhododendron & Pine

Kathmandu to Lukla & back.

Spring and Autumn

Altitude Sickness

OVERVIEW

Everest Base Camp Trek is the most popular and iconic Himalayan trekking trail takes us to the world’s famous sherpas land, culture of Buddhism and colorful prayer flag with spectacular view of the world’s four tallest peaks: Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Cho-Oyu. Sagarmatha national Park and the Namche Bazar, gateway of Everest (khumbu) region, are the two attraction of this trek.  14 days everest base camp trek begins with scenic mountain flight to lukla airport and ends with a return flight to Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu.

This 14 days Everest base Camp trek is specially designed for those travelers who wish to visit famous Everest base camp in short period of time. Travelers need to be physically fit, healthy and have previous trekking experience for this two-week trek.  Himalayan Holidays Nepal has other trek like 15 days Everest base Camp trek and Gokyo cho-la Pass trek for those who want to spend long time in Everest region.

DETAILED ITINERARY

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon arrival in Katmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet, assist and transfer to hotel. After welcome refreshments and room check in the hotel, there will be a short briefing and orientation about the trek

    Eve:Trip briefing followed by welcome dinner at Authentic Nepali restaurant with culture program.

    Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.                                                        (Welcome Dinner)

  • Day 02: Fly To Lukla & start Trek to Monjo (2,835m / 9,301ft.) – 5 Hrs.

    Am: Early morning transfer to the airport for Lukla (2,880m) flight. This 27-minute flight provides a magnificent view of the Mountains, Himalayan Range and the rugged landing at the Lukla airport, which is said to be one of the most spectacular flights in the world. Upon arrival the guide will arrange the porters at the nearby lodge. During this break, the guests are welcome to explore this bustling town on top of a hill with rows of houses, hotels and shops lining both sides of the traditional cobbled street.

    Pm: The trek starts by following the trail leading to the northwest direction through the narrow street, which immediately descends from the end of the village on a trail through the open hillside. The trail is well defined and there are many shops and lodges catering to the trekkers. This day’s trek is an easy one and ultimately reach to Monjo (2,835 m). 

    Overnight at teahouse lodge.                                                                (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 

  • Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,447m / 11,300 ft) – 5~6 Hrs

    Am: After breakfast, leave the main village and follow the trail on the left bank of the DudhKosi River. It is a pleasant walk for the first half of the day as one passes through agricultural countryside and small wayside villages. Eventually, you will enter into the Sagarmatha National Park. Descend for 10 minute and then cross a suspension bridge to arrive at Jorsale (2,800m). Pass through several small villages and beautiful pine forest. This is a busy trail with plenty of human interest.

    Pm: Our first good views are of west ridge of KusumKangru (6,339m). Follow the DudhKosi River, crossing a rickety suspension bridge, which is in a dilapidated condition, and then slowly climb up a very steep trail to Namche Bazaar.  Near half waypoint, we enjoy our first views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,879m) and Lhotse (8,383m) - the big three. The climb is for nearly 3 hours as one gain in altitude making breathing difficult due to rarified air. Arrive at a gate with a sign saying, "Welcome to Namche Bazaar" but it is very misleading as it takes another 20 minutes to arrive at the main town. 

    This prosperous town is the largest in Khumbu. Mt.Thamserku (6,648 m) and KwangdeRi (6,624 m) loom along the east and west of the village. The sacred mountain Khumbila (5,707 m) dominates the skyline along the west.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.                                               (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  • Day 04: Rest morning and during day trek till PhunkiThanga (3,200 m) - 3 Hrs

    Am: Morning time will be completely rest with breakfast.

    Pm: After lunch as we walk, we descend through the rhododendron forest, watching for the blood pheasant and Imphayan pheasant in the undergrowth. As we reach the valley there is DudhKosi River where we stop at PhunkiThanga for overnight. 

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.                                                (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  • Day 05: Trek to Pheriche (4,220 m / 13,840 ft.) - 6 Hrs.

    Am: In the morning after breakfast, start your trek with gradual walking.  Later there is steep climb to Thyangboche Monastery, explore monastery.

    Pm: Now we have steep and muddy descent to Devouche through a forest of birches, conifers and rhododendrons. After we pass the Devouche village there is steep climb up to the village of Pangbouche. For the next half an hour the path is on level ground with few gentle climbs. After Somare the trails goes up to the left, through the front yards of a few herders’ huts, over a stone wall and climbs a small ridge before descending to KhumbuKhola, crossing it on a wooden bridge. From the bridge it is 10-mins walk, usually in the wind to Pheriche which is a windier place and is colder than most places in Khumbu. 

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.                                                 (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  • Day 06: Rest Day

    Today is a complete acclimatization day. After breakfast, hike upto view point of Pheriche where you will see panoramic view of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Ama-Dablam, Island Peak and Dingboche valley. Later hike down to hotel have lunch and have complete rest. 

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.                                                (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  • Day 07: Trek to Lobuche (4,931 m / 16,173 ft) – 7 Hrs

    Am: An ill- defined track traverse across the open landscape with a short steep ascent to arrive at a ridge to join the main trail coming up from Dingboche on the right and the trail from Cho la pass on the left. On the way you can watch the beautiful view of the Mt. Cholatese (6,442m) back on the Westside of the route and Mt. Amadablam to the rear. After arrival at the ridge, descend, for about ten minutes, cross a bridge and arrive at Thugla for a short break. 

    Have your lunch here, and later there is a very steep ascent for about one hour to the ridge where there is a Sherpa memorial in remembrance to those brave mountaineers who died during Expeditions. 

    Pm: Travel along the jumbled moraines and scattered rocks passing by the memorials of Rob Hall and Yasuko Namba and others who perished during the Mt. Everest disaster of 1996. The memorial chortens dots the skyline facing the mountains and overlooking the valley below. Further on the trail leads to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier with views of Pumori or Widow’s Peak in the foreground. The stark and the rugged beauty create almost a moonscape. The teahouse at Lobuche is reached, after another hour of steady trekking through the moraine and is situated in a windswept valley with the views of the Tawatse (6,501m) and Nuptse (7,855m).

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.                                                (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  • Day 08: Trek to GorakShep (5,160m) & Lunch and Trek to Everest Base Camp and return to Gorekshep (5,416 m) - 7 Hrs.

    Am: From Lobuche, a short climb brings one to another valley. Travel along the Khumbu Glacier through the jumbled moraines and scattered rocks. The trail continues to slowly contour on the open landscape through an ablation and after about an hour, there is a steep ascent for about 20 minutes. Climb slowly to a ridge and then continue on a trail of rocks caused by rockslides. On a clear day Mt. Everest can be seen looming behind Nuptse. Arrive at the ridge above Gorakshep and then descend to Gorakshep, a settlement with 3 teahouses to stay overnight. This was the base camp for the 1952 Swiss Everest expedition. In 1953 A.D. the British Everest expedition called this “lake camp’. GorkShep or "graveyard of the crows” has a small lake that is usually frozen and several monuments to climbers who have died during various Everest expeditions. The carved stone in memory of Jake Britenbach, US expedition and the monument of Indian Ambassador H. Dayal, who died during a visit to the Everest Base Camp after the 1965 A.D, Indian expedition, are northeast of the lake. -  3 Hours. 

    Pm: After lunch at Gorakshep keep your bag - packs in the lodge and take the left-hand side trail and head straight up the Everest Base Camp. The Everest Base Camp is also the site for the base camp for Lhotse and Nuptse. It is not actually a specific site as various expeditions have elected different locations for a semi-permanent camp during their assault on the mountains.

    The highlight of this place is the sight of the Khumbu icefall and the trek along the Khumbu Icefall is an interesting and an exhilarating one. 

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.                                                (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  • Day 09: Hike upto KalaPatthar (5,555m / 18,000 ft.) & back to Pheriche – 9 Hrs.

    Am: Wake up early morning at around 4:00 AM and hike upto KalaPatthar. The climb to the KalaPatthar though tough, is well worth it as the views from here are breathtaking. The giants of the earth are all around Pumori (7,145m), Everest (8,848m), and China’s peak Changtse (7,553m), Nuptse (7,855m), Lhotse (8,516m), AmaDablam and many others. Track back to gorekshep and have breakfast and track back to Pheriche. 

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.                                                (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  • Day 10: Back track to Namche (2,860 m / 9,380 ft.) – 8 Hrs.

    Am: Start your walk by crossing Pheriche pass and reach Debouche and Thyangboche. The decent to the Imja Khola and the small village of Phunki (3250 m) with its water powered Prayer Wheels takes about one and half hour. The original bridge built by Sir Edmund Hillary was washed away when a flood caused by the landside from the Ama Dablam caused a flooding in this region. Cross the river over the smaller bridge and start the climb towards Khumjung. At the rear is the beautiful west face of the Thamserku (6,608 m) and Kang Taiga (6,685 m). 

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.                                               (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 

  • Day 11: Back track to Lukla - 7 Hrs.

    Am: A very long day’s walk. From Namche, head to the end of the village and then immediately start to descend to the river. If going up was tough, then it is equally hard to get down the hill. Head along the banks of the river and then further descend to Monjo or Phakding for lunch. 

    Pm: It is interesting to watch others staring enthusiastically on the trek ahead as we head down at Phakding. From Phakding, it is a surprising hard uphill climb to Lukla, which should take about 3 hours. It is a delightful ending to the trip as one enters into this busy village of Lukla.

    Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.                                               (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

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    Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu (27 min) & transfer to hotel.

    Am: Early morning, fly from Lukla to Katmandu. Upon arrival, meet, assist and transfer to hotel.

    Rest of the day is free for shopping and personal activities.

    Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.                                                          (Breakfast)

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    Day 13: Rest Day

    Today is a completely rest day and a contingency day in-case the flight gets cancelled from Lukla.

    Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.                                                          (Breakfast)

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    Day 14: Final departure.

    Free for final minute packing and shopping until transfer to the airport for final departure.  (Breakfast)

cost includes

    • Airport arrival and departure service on private tourist vehicle with a/c.
    • Airfare of Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu return.
    • Welcome Garlands of seasonal flowers upon arrival.
    • Himalayan Holidays Nepal’s Duffle bag to carry your luggage during trek.
    • Welcome Dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with some cultural dance programs.
    • 3 nights stay at Standard hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis including breakfast and all taxes.
    • Tea House Trek as per Itinerary including meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) accommodation at Lodges and Tea Houses, and the service of experienced English speaking trek Guide.
    • Cost of required number of guide, sherpas and porters and their meals and insurance.
    • Sagarmatha National Park fees & TIMS Permit.
    • Farewell Dinner in a restaurant which is famous among trekkers and climbers.
cost excludes

    • International airfares and airport departure taxes.
    • Items of a personal nature such as; laundry, bar bills, snacks, alcoholic beverages, extra mileage, optional tours such as Mountain Flights, telephone calls, internet services, personal gratuities as tips to guides, bell-hops or hotel porters, drivers, etc.
    • Comprehensive Travel Insurance or “Umbrella Insurance” to cover – Illness, hospitalization, travel medicines, loss of valuables, thefts, change of itinerary, flight and tour cancellations due to unavoidable circumstances and most of all Emergency Helicopter Charter for evacuation purpose.
    • Tips for guide, porters and sherpas.
    • Any items that are not mentioned in above the costs include section.
FAQs

Nepal visa is easily issued from Nepalese Embassy in your country. Nepal also issue on arrival visa for 15 days, 30 days and 90 days charging fee of USD 25, USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please carry two passport size photos along with you.

Best season for trekking in Nepal is from March to May and September to November. During this time weather is clear and warm. But, if you like to avoid crowd then best time for your trek will be from May to September. 

Yes, we do provide international airport pick up and drop off services. Outside terminal, our staff will be displaying companies play card or your name card depending upon group size, for your convenience.

It is compulsory to have your insurance before you visit Nepal. For trekking and Alpine Climbing you must have High Altitude Insurance. And for Tour and sightseeing you must have travel insurance.

You must be physically fit and healthy for trekking in Nepal. It’s better to do at least 2 hours morning or evening walk to prepare yourself for this trekking. Please let us know in advance if you have any medical problems like heart disease, asthma and blood pressure.

Difficulty level depends upon the remoteness and altitude of the trekking route. Basically, trekking below 3,000m is easy. Higher the altitude, it’s more difficult to walk.

In trekking, wide variety of food is available. Teahouses prepare Nepali food, Indian food and Continental food as per menu. All the foods are freshly prepared. We suggest you not to consume meat items during the trekking.

Basically, we accommodate our clients in 3 to 4 star hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and other major cities in standard rooms on twin sharing basis. For luxury package we accommodate you in 5 star and beautiful boutique hotels in available places. On trek we accommodate you in best available lodges and teahouses standard rooms on twin sharing basis and occasionally dormitory on busy season.

In teahouse trekking basic facilities are available, with clean rooms, blankets, freshly cooked warm food. Sometimes there will be common toilets and bathrooms outside your room. Warm water is available for shower on extra cost.

In camping trekking, we will use the tents that can keep us warm from -20 degree Celsius to -40 degree Celsius. Tents for toilet, shower, dinning and kitchen will be set up for your convenience. Comfortable trekking chairs, tables and mattress will be available. Fresh and healthy food will be prepared by our professional cook.

Means of transportation depends on places you travel. We have our own fleet of transportation like car, jeep, Hiace and Coaster tourist bus for ground transfer. Domestic airplane and helicopter are used for air transportation.

Weather in the Mountains is highly unpredictable. So we should always be prepared to tackle the cold. From March to May and September to November in the morning and evening temperature will be (from 3000m to 6000m) 0 degree Celsius to 5 degree Celsius, in afternoon it will rise upto 20 degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius and at night it might fall down till -5 degree Celsius to -10 degree Celsius. Similarly, during winter i.e. December, January and February there will be heavy snowfall in the Mountains dropping temperature till -15 degree Celsius at night. Morning and evening will be around -5 to 5 degree Celsius and temperature will rise upto 15 degree Celsius during day time. And our monsoon season from June to August where we expect heavy and continuous rainfall. But if we go above 3000m altitude ratio of rainfall will decrease. Temperature during day will reach upto 25 degree Celsius high and reduce till 0 degree Celsius to -5 degree Celsius. Morning and evening will be chill from 5 degree Celsius to 15 degree Celsius.

For trekking in the Mountains you will need very warm, windproof, waterproof clothes. You must bring trekking/hiking boot which is comfortable to wear and walk. Beside that quick dry t-shirt, trouser and towel is important.

On average you have to walk 6 to 8 hrs a day covering 12 to 18 km in distance.

Of course, this trip is completely safe for solo travelers. You will have your guide and porter for your assistance; they will definitely take care of you along the trip.

Health and safety of our clients is a major concern of our company. All our guides have got first aid training. Your guide will be carrying first aid kit and satellite phone during the trekking in case of emergency and we can use the helicopter service for immediate evacuation.

Yes, you can use your debit/credit card in major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. We suggest you to carry cash (Nepali Currency) during the trekking for your personal expenses.

If its Altitude Sickness problem then we will immediately carry you down to lower altitude. We will take you to the nearby health post and if the case is serious we will immediately do helicopter rescue and admit in major hospitals in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

We have included rest/spare day in your itinerary to acclimatize in the thin air. Your guide will encourage you to drink more soup and garlic which is believed to help in high altitude. Besides that, your guide will be carrying medicine (Diamox) to reduce altitude sickness.

Giving tips to your guide and porters is a small gesture of thank you for your service. We don’t fix the amount of tips but it’s completely depends on the level of satisfaction from your guide and porters service during your trekking. This small gesture will really help to support their family living. Tipping system in Nepal is 10% of the amount that you paid for your trip.

Yes there are telephones and internet facilities available in the most places during trekking. Your guide is always carrying a mobile phone, you can request him to make international call and in return you can recharge/top-up or give small amount as international call charge.

Yes all your electronic gadgets charging facility is available on your trekking. They do charge NRS 200 to NRS 500 for service.

Yes, it’s possible to extend your trip. You can always let your guide know about it and we will arrange the logistic.

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