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Everest Base Camp trekking is the most popular and sought-after trekking trail in the world. First explored by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in the 1950s, Everest Base Camp trekking will forever remain a classic for trekkers, mainly because of the lure of Mt. Everest, the world’s highest peak.
At every step of this trek you will witness a breathtaking 360 degree panorama of highest Himalayan peaks including Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and Ama Dablam. The culmination of this trek is the hike to Kalapathar at an altitude of 5545m and Everest Base Camp (EBC), where you will meet hundreds of mountaineers preparing to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Adjacent to these mountains lie the magical Khumbu Glacier and Imja Glacier. Trekkers should be careful in treading here since they will be completing the entire Everest Base Camp trekking within the boundary of Sagarmatha National Park, which is a world heritage site. So don’t be surprised if you come across wild animals such as Himalayan Thar, Snow Leopard, Red Panda.
An inseparable part of the Everest experience is Sherpa culture, cuisine and hospitality which is unique to this region in Nepal. Sherpas are steeply immersed in Buddhist tradition and festivities, among which Lhosar, Dumje and Mani Rimdu offer an unforgettable spectacle. Centuries old Tyangboche Monastery, colorful maniwalls, stupas and presence of fluttering prayer flags are a constant reminder of how beautiful and peaceful this land is.
The best time for Everest Base Camp trekking is obviously Spring and Autumn however you are welcome here anytime of the year. A 30 min flight from Kathmandu will reach you to Lukla, the gateway to Everest region. The trekking is categorized moderate to strenuous which means trekkers be physically and mentally fit. The route follows the villages of Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Tyanboche, Lobuche, Dingboche and Gorakshep.
● Hike to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar
● Enjoy 360 degree panorama of Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam etc.
● Get a taste of Sherpa culture and hospitality
● Explore Tyanboche Monastery and participate in local festivals
● Walk through Sagarmatha National Park
● Enjoy a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
● All airport/hotel transfers.
● Three Night Accommodation in BB at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.
● All accommodations and meals during the trek.
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.
● Round-trip fare for domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Lukla-Kathmandu)
● Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
● Private transport for sightseeing at Kathmandu.
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Farewell dinner
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Meals in Kathmandu
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and
early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle
or boiled water, shower, etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Tips for guide, drivers and supporting staff.
● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase
● Day bag.( Small handbag)
● Trekking shoes
● Sports shoes or sandals.
● Sun Hat/cap
● Warm woolen cap
● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket
● Pullover or warm sweeter
● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
● Hand gloves
● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
● 3/4 pairs of Underwear
● Eye glass
● Water bottle
● 4 seasons Sleeping bag
● Flash or Torch light
● Camera and batteries.
For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.
For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.
The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star Hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.
For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.
For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.
Upon your arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport, we will come to receive you and help you transfer luggage. We will directly drive you to your booked hotel where you can relax and unwind. In the afternoon/evening, our guide will accompany you to our office where you receive a short briefing about your trip. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
This is a day allocated for you to spend sightseeing in and around Kathmandu. After breakfast, our tour guide will take you on a drive to see some of the most famous touristic places in Kathmandu. On this day you will visit three world heritage sites namely Swoyambhu or Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Learn about the history of Buddhism in Nepal, meet red robed monks and make a parikrama of two biggest Buddhist stupas in the world. Kathmandu Durbar Square offers you to relish the most illustrious Newari architecture and artwork that are centuries old. In the evening you can take a stroll through the busy streets of Thamel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
You will take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This 30 minute flight could not be any more adventurous as you fly over countless hills with views of Himalayan peaks to finally land at Lukla airport, which is one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Once in Lukla, your trekking guide will lead on the first day of trek to Phakding. The trail winds away across the hills passing the Sherpa villages of Chheplung and Thado Koshigaon. Sighting of mani walls and prayer flags is an indication you
are in a Buddhist land. You will reach Phakding by early afternoon. Stay overnight in Phakding.
After full breakfast, we follow the trail along Dudh Koshi River. Ahead you crisscross forested hill and witness the first glimpses of Kongde Ri Peak and Thamserku peaks.
Cross Benkar village enroute to briefly stop at Monjo, which marks the entry to Sagarmatha National Park. Ahead you will pass by Jorsale village and another 20 minutes walk will reach the confluence of raging Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers. Just over a ridge from here is a perfect point to spot Mt. Everest (8848m) for the first time. The trail climbs gradually until we reach Namche Bazaar, the main center for the Sherpa community. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
We will use the full day today for acclimatization. Namche is a modern village full of bakery shops, coffee outlets, entertainment centers alongside ancient Buddhist stupas and maniwalls. You can try out Sherpa cuisine and stop by Sherpa cultural museum.
Take a short hike to Khumjung village or Everest hotel to get the feel of the weather and climate as well as to beautiful views of Everest, Thamserku, Lhotse etc. You can also visit Hillary School in Khunde village. Spend the evening in the warmth and hospitality of Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
You will move ahead leaving Namche behind. The trail is fairly easy and straight as it follows Dudh Koshi River. One of the prominent places you will come across enroute is Phunke Tenga which is the only visible sign of human presence between here and Tyangboche. You will be surrounded by rhododendron forest on your approach to Tyangboche Monastery which sits just opposite the gorgeous Ama Dablam mountain. Everest, Lhotse, Kwangde, Tawache, are other mountains visible from here. The
500 year old Tyanboche Monastery is the largest monastery on this side of the Himalaya. It is headed by a Rimpoche and hosts the popular Mani Rimdu festival. Stay overnight in Tyangboche.
The trail ahead of Dingboche is devoid of any settlements. It is an open expanse of land that is only surveyed by wild animals such as Musk Deer and Blue Sheep. Today you will experience Alpine landscape with very scarce vegetation. Explore Pangboche and Somare on the way. The Imja River flows by as you ascend to Pheriche and then Dingboche. The village of Dingboche is a small settlement surrounded by potato fields and offers clear views of Lhotse and Island Peak among others. Stay overnight in Dingboche.
Another acclimatization day for you at Dingboche. Today you will experience higher altitude by taking shorter hikes to nearby places. A 2 hr walk can take you to Nangkartshang Gompa which is famous for hosting Yeti scalp which was once used by Hillary to verify the existence of Yeti. The medieval gompa still contains old paintings and thangkas. This is the path used by mountaineers to reach the base camp of Island peak. Stay overnight in Dingboche.
The trek today is going to be even more exciting as we move to higher ground. The lands above have no human presence except for some cattle herds and the occasional maniwalls and chortens. Enjoy walking through glacial valleys while catching rare views of Tabuche Peak and Ama Dablam peaks. We eventually come to a place called Dughla, which is the last human settlement. Crossing this section we come across a shrine dedicated to the mountaineers who have lost lives in the mountains. The final
section of the trail is a memorable hike over glacial moraines and on your right is spread Khumbu Glacier. Stay overnight in Lobuche.
Today is a special day for you will be heading to Everest Base Camp, the ultimate prize of this trekking. Wake up early and follow your trekking guide carefully. The trail passes over lateral moraines of the Khumbu Glacier, walks over Lobuche Pass and heads down to Gorakshep. It will take another 2 hrs from here to trek to Everest Base Camp. You will spend some quality time at Everest Base Camp observing Mt. Everest and glaciers nearby. Return and stay overnight in Gorakshep.
Prepare yourself for some tough hike today to Kalapathar. Kalapathar stands at an altitude of 5545m. In order to save time and to be able to reach the peak of Kalapathar to see the sunrise, you will rise early, around 4am, and start your trek. Led by your trekking guide, you will determinedly climb Kalapathar. The top of Kalapathar offers undoubtedly the best and perfect view of Mt. Everest and Khumbu Glacier, which you will obtain from nowhere. Enjoy sunrise views on Everest and other mountain peaks such as Mt, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse and Island Peak. After spending ample time in Kalapathar we will climb down and continue our trail to Pheriche. Stay overnight in Pheriche.
Today we will return to Namche Bazaar by the same route. As before we will follow Dudh Koshi River. You will continue to enjoy beautiful views of mountain peaks, explore gompas and forests. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Retrace your trail back to Lukla. The trail descends from Namche passing through Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River. Pass by suspension bridges, mani walls and prayer wheels. Stay overnight in Lukla.
Take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. The flight lasts for about 30 minutes and offers scenic views of rolling green hills and crisp Himalayan peaks. Once in Kathmandu, our staff will receive you and take you to your hotel. In the evening we will organize a farewell dinner for you. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Depending on the timing of your international flight, our staff will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope to see you again in Nepal.
Yes, Everest Base Camp is one of the safest treks in Nepal. It has well maintained trails, adequate facilities for accomodation and hygienic meals, good access to internet and mobile connection..
In general Everest Base Camp trek is graded easy to moderately strenuous. The highest point reached on this trek is Kalapathar at 5545m. The trail is a mix of muddy, rugged and glacial terrain. Proper acclimatization is a must.
To do this trek, you should have good physical strength and mental balance. Previous experience of Himalaya trekking is recommended but not essential.
The program cost we offer to you is both comparative and reasonable. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of host destination and our staffs. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practice of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable competitive price.
Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite
flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs.
We are flexible in designing programs that suit your interests and needs. Feel free to let us know what you prefer and what your choices are. You can combine two or three trek programs in one go or even more. Alternatively you can go for tour and trek programs combinedly. We are open to any set of combination you want to pursue.
You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.