1. Spotting endangered animals and birds in Sagarmatha National Park.
2. Breathtaking view of some of the highest mountain peaks in the world and the spectacular sight of Mt. Kusum Kangaru from Phakding village.
3. Following the beautiful path of the DUDH Koshi River and crossing it on the famous Hillary Bridge.
4. Close view of Khumbu Ice Glacier.
5. Watching traditional agricultural farms, grazing pastures and yak sheds of the local community.
6. Visiting fabled Buddhist monasteries and shrines.
7. Close by view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam and other mountain peaks from Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp.
Few trekking routes are comparable in beauty and thrill with Everest Base Camp Trek. Sky high mountains, spectacular glaciers, gorges, mountain valleys, ancient Buddhist monasteries and the unique culture of Sherpa people are some of the salient features of Everest trek. The rich plant and animal life diversity of the high Himalayas are other attraction while trekking to the Base Camp of Mount Everest.
Crisscrossing the ancient Khumbu Trail, you will be able to watch peaks like Mt.Thamserku, Mt. Nuptse, Bancharo Peak, Pasang Lhamu Peak, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Kangtenga, Mt. Tabuche etc. from a close range. We will walk along the banks of the Dudh Koshi river for most part of the trek. The lower belt of the Everest region is covered by rhododendron forests. The northern stretch, which lies at higher altitude, is full of Alpine vegetation. The places at farthest north, Everest Base Camp and Kalapathhar, are barren and tundra like.
You will enjoy a thrilling walk along the Khumbu ice glacier before reaching Everest Base Camp. EBC provides spectacular view of the mountains that are within touching distance. Kalapatthar is at a higher altitude. Mount Everest is seen between two mountain peaks from Kalapatthar - therefore getting its name as the shy mountain.
The itinerary for this EBC trek is designed at 14 days. It is two days longer than the 12 day EBC trekking and a two days shorter than the 16 day trek to Everest Base Camp. This trek provides a perfect balance between time required, thrill and rest opportunities. You will be accompanied by trained and highly experienced guides and porters who have taken the trip to Everest Base Camp many times before. They are also adept at emergency treatment and first aid.
Route Summary: Kathmandu - Lukla - Namche Bazaar - Tengboche - Everest Base Camp - Kalapatthar - Namche - Lukla - Kathmandu.
Best Season: September to December and February to May
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Flight to Lukla [2,850 m/ 9,350 FT] and trek to Phakding [2,650 m / 8,694 FT]. Estimated time: Flight (30 mins) and trek (3 - 4 hours).
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar [3,440 m / 11,286 FT], estimated walk 6 - 7 hours.
Day 04: Rest and acclimatization in Namche Bazaar also sightseeing
Day 05: Tengboche monastery [3,800 m / 12,467 FT] trekking. Estimated distance - 10 km, estimated walk 5 - 6 hours.
Day 06: Dingboche [4,400 m / 14,435 FT] trekking. Estimated distance - 8 km, estimated walk 5 - 6 hours.
Day 07: Acclimatization in Dingboche and sightseeing
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche [4,900 m / 16,076 FT] . Estimated distance 10 km, estimated walk 4 - 5 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep [5,130 m / 16,830 FT], hike to Everest Base Camp [5,316 m / 17,440 FT] and back to Gorakshep. Estimated distance 15-17 km, estimated walk 8 - 9 hours
Day 10: Trek to the top of Kalapatthar [5,545 m / 18,192 FT] and Pangboche [4,350 m / 14,271 FT]. Estimated distance 18 - 20 km, estimated walk 9 - 10 hours.
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar [4,900 m / 11,286 FT]. Estimated distance 15 km, estimated walk 6 - 7 hours.
Day 12: Back to Lukla [2,850 m / 9,350 FT]. Estimated distance 20 km, estimated walk 4 - 5 hours.
Day 13: Travel to Kathmandu by air (30 minutes) and night at Hotel.
Day 14: Departure or extension of trip.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
We will book a chartered helicopter in case of cancellation of your flight but you're responsible for the cost incurred. Cost can range from US$ 200-600 or more. It depends upon the number of people in the flight and the distance involved.
We suggest you to add two extra days at the end of your trip to allow as cushion for unforeseen events. Always add extra days at the end of your trip and not at the start.
Please come fully prepared because Everest Base Camp Trek is extremely adventurous and challenging. We suggest you to buy insurance with Helicopter Evacuation coverage because helicopters will be the only evacuation means in case of altitude sickness and emergency during the trek.
Day 01: Pickup from Kathmandu airport
Altitude: 1,300 m/4,265 ft
Our representatives will be waiting for you at the Airport and you will be transported to your hotel. You can explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu if you're willing. Kathmandu is a city rich with historical monuments, ancient temples and museums. Our guide will prepare you for the upcoming Everest Trek with required information at the end of the day.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla flight and trek to Phakding
Altitude: Lukla (2,850 m/9,350 ft), Phakding (2,650 m/8,694 ft)
Time: Kathmandu-Lukla (30 minutes)/ Lukla-Phakding (3-4 hours)
Today we will start our journey and fly to Lukla, which approximately takes 30 minutes. Lukla will be our first step towards Khumbu region. Your porters will be waiting to welcome you at Lukla. Everything - breakfast/lunch etc. - will be setup on your arrival at the Lukla tea house. Lukla is a developed village where most modern facilities are available.
We will start our walk towards Phakding village after a quick breakfast/lunch. The walk takes 3-4 hours. The trekking route is trouble free and flat at this stage. You will meet Sherpa villages, agricultural farms and Yak sheds on the way. We will follow the trail of Dudh Koshi river and then the Thado-Khola route to reach Phakding. You will get a clear view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru on the way.
Phakding is a beautiful and small village which consists of numbers of accommodation for lodgers and trekkers. We can find lodges of all range here.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Altitude: 3,440 m/ 11,268 ft
Distance: 12 Km/Time: 6-7 hours
Namche Bazaar is our next stop. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to Everest Base Camp and the most developed town in Everest region. We need to cross the Dudh Koshi river multiple times to move forward, which we will do via high suspension bridges. We will pass through Monjo Village and we will reach the entrance of Everest National Park after trekking for a while. Your trekking permits will be checked here.
Everest National Park was formed to protect and conserve the beautiful environment of the region. You will get the first sight of Mt. Everest from the path ahead. The trekking path offers view of mountains such as Mt. Thameserku, Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Tawache etc. You will have the colorful vision of beautiful Namche Bazaar after trekking a long uphill path.
Day 04: Sightseeing and acclimatization in Namche Bazaar
Altitude: 3,440 m/ 11,268 ft
We will acclimatize today and prepare ourselves for the trek to Everest. You can have a chat with your guide regarding how to spend your leisure time. Guides normally suggest you pay a visit to the Everest View Point Hotel. Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kusum Kangaru and Amadablam are on clear view from Everest View Point Hotel. You can visit the local Sherpa museum where you will get valuable information about the culture, way of living and history of the Sherpas.
Day 05: Namche Bazar to Tengboche
Altitude: 3,800 m/12,467 ft
Distance: 10 km/Time: 5-6 hours
We will have an early breakfast and restart our Everest Trek. Tengboche is a popular place in Everest region. The reason for its fame are the ancient Buddhist monasteries, where many visitors come for Yoga and peaceful meditation. You can also enjoy the spectacular view of the sun setting in the mountains from Tengboche. Tengboche is also famous for the glazing and shining views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Amadablam etc.
Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche
Altitude: 4,400 m/14,435 ft
Distance: 11 Km/Time: 5-6 hours
Our next stop is Dingboche. Dingboche is a small valley surrounded by hills. It is also known as the gateway to Island Peak - one of the most popular trekking peaks in the Himalayas. The path to reach Dingboche is not easy because most of the path is uphill and difficult. Dingboche is a moderately populated village where you can find numerous lodges of normal to high standards. Food of all variety is served by the lodges here. It will take 4-5 hours of trekking to reach Dingboche.
Day 07: Sightseeing and acclimatization day
Altitude: 4,400 m/14,435 ft
We will spend a full day in Dingboche toady for acclimatization and final preparation for trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC). You can consult with your guide on how to spend your leisure time. If you have time then you can pay a short visit to Chukung Village. Chukung is a beautiful small village and lies on the road to Island peak. Dingboche is a popular resting place for travelers to Everest, Amadablam and Imja Tse (Island) peaks. The beautiful Imja river, originated from the glacial melt of Imja mountain snow, flows through Dingboche.
Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche
Altitude: 4,900 m/14,435 ft
Distance: 10 km/Time: 4-5 hours
The altitude will start to increase on the way towards Lobuche. The uphill trail and high altitude makes the path a bit difficult. You will encounter a graveyard on the way. The graveyard is the memorial of the climbers of the mountains of Everest region - mostly Everest climbers. Lobuche is used by many trekkers to acclimatize for the altitude of Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp.
Day 09: Lobuche-Gorakshep-Everest Base Camp-Gorakshep
Altitude: Gorakshep (5,130 m/16,076 ft), Everest Base Camp (5,316 m/17,440 ft)
Distance: 15-17 km/Time: 8-9 hours
We will set our goal towards Gorakshep after a night at Lobuche. The path becomes scarier and dangerous from this point onward because we will have to walk on moraine of glaciers. We will walk along the side of Khumbu Glacier, which is one of the largest glaciers in the world. The altitude also starts to increase sharply. We are marveled by the close view of mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Amadablam and many other small peaks despite of the prevailing hardships.
We will see a number of gravestones in the memories of dead climbers at Everest Base Camp. The reason for the huge number of death in Everest region is because the trails often leads to false ways due to the movements of glaciers and heavy snowfall. The camp may get crowded at peak season. We will head back to Gorakshep, which takes 2-3 hours.
Day 10: Gorakshep-Kalapatthar-Pangboche
Altitude: Kalapatthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft), Pangboche (4,350 m/14,271 ft)
Distance: 18-20 km/Time: 9-10 hours
We will trek towards Kalapatthar today. We will move early in the morning so that we can enjoy the breathtaking view of beautiful sunrise over the mountains. The reason the place is called Kalapatthar is because there are big black rocks in the place. People usually call Everest a shy mountain because it is seen hiding in between two mountains from Kalapatthar.
We will start our trek towards Pangboche through Gorakshep after spending sometime at Kalapatthar. The return path will be downhill and easy. We will walk about 9-10 hours today.
Day 11: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
Altitude: 4,900 m/ 11,268 ft
Estimated distance: 15 km/ Time: 6-7 hours
We will have an early breakfast and start our journey towards Namche Bazaar via the trails of Dudh Koshi River. The spectacular view of the mountains will be with us throughout the trek. We will have to walk for 6-7 hours to reach Namche Bazaar.
Day 12: Trek to Lukla
Altitude: 2,850 m/9,350 ft
Distance: 20 km/ Time: 4-5 hours
We will move towards Lukla via Phakding. We will take the same path which we took on the way up. You will view the mountains for the last time and wave them goodbye. Our guides will arrange the flight tickets back to Kathmandu. The night will be the last night of your trekking. You say goodbye to your guide and porters. You may shop for souvenirs at local antique shops.
Day 13: Flight to Kathmandu
Time: 30 mins
We will fly back to Kathmandu today. The flight is short, taking only about 45 minutes, therefore you'll have ample time for activities in Kathmandu. You can enjoy a wonderful musical and cultural evening in Thamel. Before that, we can explore the inner part of Kathmandu - which includes many ancient temples and monasteries.
Day 14: Departure
We will drop you at the airport after a traditional ceremony marking your departure. You will head back to your destination from there.
US$ 1099/ per person
- Pickup and drop service from and to airport in private vehicle.
- Accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu with complimentary breakfast.
- Flight between Kathmandu and Lukla round Airfare
- All domestic airfare taxes.
- Trekking permits TIMS ( Trekkers Securities)
- Sagarmatha National park Entry Permit
- Meals during trek ( 3 Meals a day , Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Seasonal fruits after night meal in trekking
- Accommodation in Lodge during trekking
- English speaking guides with proper first aid training and his salary, meal, accommodation, transportation and insurance paid for.
- We provide Assistance guide over 6 People in the group and his Expenses
- Basic equipment for trekking such as down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag if you need, after trekking return us.
- Free Ambition Himalaya t-shirt
- Normal First aid kit with guide
- Taxes, paperwork and necessary documentation, and company fee.
- Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]
- Pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before the trek
- Worst case rescue and medical evacuation arrangements
- Visa fee and international airfare.
- Emergency evacuation and insurance.
- Extra food, Bar and beverage , telephone bills, dessert, laundry charges and shower fees.
- Wi-Fi and battery charging bill during the trek.
- Cost of porter. ( If you need we arrange with extra cost)
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek)
- Tips, gifts and similar extra payment to guides and porters.
- Things not mentioned in the 'cost includes' section.
Equipment you need to bring
- Pair of trek boot, sleeping bag, down jacket, pullovers, neck scarf for evening/night/morning.
- Sun hat and casual warm clothes for day.
- Some pairs of good quality socks, slippers, suntan lotions, personal medications etc.
List of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. These gear list can be different depending on route, season etc. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.