Everest Base Camp Trek is a trek like no other. This is one trek that offers you breath-taking and unparalleled views of the highest mountain peak in the world – Mount Everest, along with other eight thousanders. You start your trek from Lukla in Nepal and trek all the way to Kala Patthar above South Base Camp at 18192 feet.
This trek would give you an adrenaline rush and a sense of accomplishment like no other trek. This trek combines tough terrains, extremely high altitudes, and stunning landscapes, with the icing on the cake being mighty Everest. Everest Base Camp Trek is literally the mother of all Himalayan Treks as it is higher in altitude than most other Himalayan Treks and requires a certain level of physical fitness and mental preparedness.
We start and end in Kathmandu and over a period of 15 days, make our way through many scenic valleys, villages, passes and glaciers. Some days will be extremely challenging and the others relatively easy. One thing that you can be certain about is that each day would be more memorable than the last in the Everest base camp trek.
DAY 1: ARRIVE AT KATHMANDU
You would arrive in Kathmandu by air. At the airport you will be met by our representative and transported to the hotel. After some rest we head out to see the sights of Kathmandu including the Thamel area, extremely popular with tourists, and window-shop at the street filled with trekking gear outlets.
DAY 2: KATHMANDU TO LUKLA
Take the exciting flight out to Lukla after breakfast and then trek down to Phakding (8700 ft). The flight is only 35 minutes, but Lukla is a spectacular airport. The trek is fairly simple and you will pass through many villages and get a chance to look at the lifestyle and farming in the region.
DAY 3: PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (11286 ft)
Namche bazaar, the heart of Sherpa-land, is your destination on this day. You stop by for lunch at a small village called Monjo. It’s a gradually steep walk up to Namche Bazar and before you get there you will get your first glimpse of Everest. The six hour walk to Namche is not too hard except for a few steep sections. The view all around is fantastic with tiny villages dotting the countryside and verdant spaces all around.
DAY 4: ACCLIMATIZATION AT NAMCHE (11286 ft)
As you climb to higher altitudes you need to acclimatize and prepare for the Everest base camp trek. It’s important that we follow this routine because the body needs time to build RBCs so that you get enough oxygen into your system with each breath in the rarified atmosphere. Namche is a bit of a touristy place with bars, coffee shops and souvenir shops. It’s easy to spend the day lazing around or visiting the Namche Monastery.
DAY 5: NAMCHE TO TENGBOCHE (12664 ft)
The Tengboche Monastery is really beautiful and probably the village is one of the prettiest on the route. The trek is moderately difficult and will take about six hours, but when you get there, the spectacular monastery and the surroundings more than make up for the fatigue. Tengboche sits in a small valley and you begin to feel the effects of altitude.
DAY 6: TENGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE (14304 ft)
As you hike towards Pangboche where you have to stop for lunch, the route is dominated by great views of Ama Dablam which means mother’s necklace. The ridges on both sides stretch out like arms, like a mother protecting her child. This 22349 ft peak was first climbed by British mountaineers in 1961. Post lunch, you head out towards Periche and the Imja valley. Past the Lobuche River the hike today passes 2 steep sections and could take up to seven hours for the average trekker.
DAY 7: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY AT DINGBOCHE (14304 ft)
You are in serious altitude, so acclimatization is very important at this stage. You will get some headaches and lack of sleep, but that is a sign that your body is getting used to the altitude. The views here are mind-blowing. You get to see three eight thousanders, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Lhotse and several other smaller peaks.
DAY 8: DINGBOCHE TO LOBUCHE (16207 ft)
You trek through Dughla on this day and the going gets tougher. The reward is fantastic views of Pumori, sometimes called Everest’s daughter, Nuptse, Cholatse and Thamserku. You also get to see Lingtren, Khumbutse and Mahalangur. View of Mt Everest still eludes you. Average trekkers cover the distance in about eight hours. Sleep overnight at a Tea House.
Note: Tea Houses are just another name for an Inn and the Innkeepers have converted their homes into a place for trekkers to stay
DAY 9: LOBUCHE (16207 ft) TO GORAKSHEP (16961 ft) TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (17598 ft) AND BACK TO GORAKSHEP
You will be trekking on the glacier now, greenery and trees left far behind, and you are really as close to heaven as it gets. The trek is not very difficult. Although you do get glimpses of Everest, you won’t get a great view from the Everest Base Camp, but there’s a wonderful view of the Khumbu ice falls, the route taken by climbers on their way to higher camps on Everest. The walk is moderate and you get really close views of the glaciers and peaks around Everest. Save the best views for the next day when you walk up to Kala Patthar. You stay overnight at Gorak Shep which is a frozen lake bed.
DAY 10: HIKING TO KALA PATTHAR (18192 ft) AND DESCEND TO LOBUCHE (16207 ft)
The toughest hike brings the best rewards and through the most difficult part of the trek you get the best view of Mount Everest that you can possibly imagine. It takes about 3 hours to get to Gorak Shep and another 3 hours to get to Lobuche (16207 ft). The way down is very steep and rocky, and one has to be very careful on the descent.
DAY 11: LOBUCHE (16207 ft) TO TENGBOCHE (12664 ft)
Today we walk back towards civilization. Though it’s easy as most of the time you are losing altitude, it’s very hard on the knees and it’s advisable to use walking sticks and knee caps.
DAY 12: TENGBOCHE (12664 ft) TO MONJO (9301 ft)
Today we will walk for about 6-7 hours and reach Monjo. It will be an easy trek downhill. We stay overnight at Monjo.
DAY 13: MONJO (9301 ft) TO LUKLA (9186 ft)
Today will be a simple trek to Lukla and it will take about 6 hours. There will be a small incline just before Lukla. Overnight stay at Lukla.
DAY 14: LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
Take the flight back and spend the day exploring Kathmandu and spend the night at a quaint hotel.
DAY 15: DEPARTURE
You need to check out and leave for the airport before 12 Noon. We will drop you to the airport in time for your flight.
USD 800 per person for Non SAARC country citizenship holders
( Payable as per prevalent ROE at the time of booking )
Oct 2016 : 8th , 9th ,15th ,16th ,22nd , 29th ,30th
Nov 2016 : 5th ,6th ,12th ,13th ,19th ,20th ,26th ,27th
Dec 2016 : 3rd , 4th ,10th ,11th ,17th ,18th ,24th ,25th ,31st
Jan 2017 : 14th , 21st , 28th
Mar 2017 : 25th
April 2017 : 1st , 8th ,15th ,22nd ,29th
May 2017 : 7th ,14th ,21st , 28th
Supplement Costs for Hotel Upgradation in kathmandu :
INR 3300 per person per night on single occupancy on Room Only Basis.
Maximum Altitude: 18192 feet
Total Distance: 62 kms
Best Time to go: Through out the year except January , February and last week of December
THINGS TO CARRY:
1. Trekking Bag
2. Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Quechua Forclaz 500 or similar)
3. Crocs Shoes for rest days
4. Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack
5. Sleeping Bag
6. Thermals - Top and Bottom
8. Sunblock (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sunblock
9. UV Protected Sun Glasses are a must
10. Trekking Poles, 2 units
11. Water disinfection Drops / Tablets to purify water so that you can use for drinking purpose. (If you don’t get it in India, there are plenty available in Kathmandu)
12. Good jacket to protect from cold
13. One Windcheater
14. One Raincoat OR Waterproof Jacket and Trouser
15. 4 passport photos for permit
16. Passport for Foreign nationals, Indian can carry Voter ID or Passport
17. Lightweight Towel (1 unit)
18. Toilet Paper (plenty)
19. Wet-Tissue Papers (plenty)
21. Trekking Socks
22. Dry Fruits and Chocolates
We recommend and request using natural stream water for drinking purpose. This can be purified using the water purifying drops / tablets. We have two reasons to request this to you, 1: It helps in not dumping plastic in the world’s remotest area and 2: its saves thousands of rupees as mineral water price is very high in trekking zone.
1. 2 nights' accommodation in Standard hotel Kathmandu on twin sharing basis
2. 12 nights' accommodation in the trekking route on twin sharing basis
3. Price valid on a minimum of 2 persons travelling together
4. Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Flight Tickets (2 ways)
5. One Trekking guide (English speaking and Hindi Speaking)
6. One Porter (1 porter for 2 Trekker) in a group
7. The porter will carry only one luggage per person (10 kg per baggage )
8. Trekking Route Map
9. First Aid Kit
10. All necessary permits
11. Trek Completion certificate
12. For foreign nationals/ NRI / OCI INR. 59,999/- (plus 9.00% GST)
1. Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu
2. Food and drinking water throughout the trip
3. Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates etc.
4. Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health or any other reason
5. Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance
6. Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem
NOTE: Not more than 12 nights in trekking route and not more than 2 nights in Kathmandu shall be provided under any circumstances and nor shall be any accommodation be adjusted towards less nights being consumed either in trekking route or in Kathmandu.
I just completed EBC trek through you and loved the arrangements and will surely go for other treks through you guys.
It was good, the guides can be more encouraging towards pushing the limits for people to do Kala Patthar.
Well organised trek. I would recommend this trek to everyone who loves adventure in the Himalayas. The services were up to the mark. Great going!