The 15-day Everest Base Camp Trek in eastern Nepal is one of the most spectacular and iconic hikes of all, with trekkers from all points of the compass gravitating towards the natural allure and legend of the world's highest (8848 m) and most famous peak. It's an experience that encompasses more than just mountains, as the trek offers a golden opportunity to observe the region's mix of classic Tibetan and Sherpa cultures, a host of regional dialects, and the deeply devoted Buddhist beliefs of the region. Throw in a slew of waterfalls and perfect scenery, abundant wildlife, Khumbu Glacier, and of course the majestic presences of Everest and Lhotse, and you have the makings of one of the most remarkable treks in the country.
Synonymous with the name of Everest — other than Hillary of course — has always been the name of the people most closely associated with the mountain and its conquest, the Sherpas, a hardy people of cheery disposition, resolute manner, and boundless reserves of energy, with a capacity for carrying stunning loads up the steep and hazardous slopes that frequently amazes visiting climbers. Starting with the most famous of all, Tenzing Norgay, they have gradually shifted from basic support roles on climbing expeditions through the years to a complete mastery of the mountains, with some like Kami Rita Sherpa assuming iconic status within the country in recognition of climbing Everest over twenty times.
The Everest Base Camp Trek's ultimate goal isn't just about the imposing presence of Everest and Lhotse though, as the area hosts an amphitheater of impressive mountains that include popular climbing peaks such as the extraordinary Amadablam, as well as the trekking peaks of Lobuche East, Lobuche West and Island Peak. Encompassing virtually all of the area is the UNESCO-listed Sagarmatha National Park, one of the most remarkable wilderness areas in the world with its mixture of soaring peaks, glaciers, rivers and forests, as well as being home to a wide variety of flora and fauna that includes black bear, musk deer, snow leopard, and red pandas. Most impressive of all perhaps is that over two thirds of the park's area of 1148 square kilometers lies at an altitude of 5000 meters or higher, a truly astonishing fact.
Within the park's boundaries also lies one of Nepal's most famous monastery of all, Tengboche, renowned as the destination of all climbers to the region since the days of Hillary, with each expedition seeking the protective blessing of the Lama before moving on to attempt a climb. Our trek through the area allows plenty of scope to pay the monastery a rewarding visit.
So, if you're looking for an adventure that includes beholding the roof of the world, taking in the scenic and natural wonders of one of the great national parks, and basking in the rich and gentle culture of the local inhabitants, get in touch with our staff and let Nepal Trekking Experts organize you visit to Everest Base Camp. For more detailed information feel free to also consult our highly informative blog on Everest.
Typically we enter Sagarmatha National Park from Monjo, which is where trekkers can obtain permits for the park. Tims card are also required, which we can obtain from the TAAN office or which individual trekkers can obtain independently from the Nepal tourism board. It cost 3000 rupees for National park and 2000 rupees for Tims Card.
Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to your Hotel.
Day 02: Free day for final trekking preparation.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla by scenic mountain flight and trek to Phakding (2610m, 4/5 hrs).
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 6 hrs).
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche.
Day 06: Namche to Tengboche (3870m, 5/6 hrs)
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m, 6 hrs).
Day 08: Another acclimatization day.
Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m, 6 hrs).
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5140m, 7 hrs) then hike to thrilling Everest Base Camp 5364m and back to Gorak Shep for overnight.
Day 11: Early morning hike to Kala Patthar (5550m), then descend to Pheriche (4280m, 5/6 hrs).
Day 12: Pheriche to Namche(3440m, 7 hrs).
Day 13: Namche to Lukla (2840m, 7hrs).
Day 14: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight then enjoy with final shopping, drinks, meal etc.
Day 15: Departure
Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize your own & contact us.
Welcome at airport and transfer to your hotel. An introduction to your trekking program then the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of Kathmandu.
Free day for final trekking preparation and spend your day as you prefer.
A magical scenic flight takes us to Lukla in the morning, and from there we begin the trek with a hike to the day's first destination, Phakding.
Our day starts by following the Dudh Koshi river and crossing over the Edmund Hillary suspension bridge, then heading towards Sagarmatha National Park and the checkpoint at Monjo. The path ascends markedly until it eventually leads us into Namche Bazaar, the regional capital for the Sherpa district.
A rest day to allow the body to acclimate to the high altitude conditions. Namche is perfect for the situation, as there's plenty to do in the scenic town including visiting Khunde Hospital, the local medical facility set up through Edmund Hillary's charitable work in the area, taking in the panoramas from Everest View Hotel, visiting the Sherpa Cultural Museum, or hiking up to Khumjung Valley and its monastery, complete with the display of its famous Yeti scalp.
The trail leads away from Namche Bazaar through a series of small villages and a suspension bridge en route to Phunki Tenga, and then climbs through a series of switchbacks and dense rhododendron forests to Tengboche. The village is famous for its monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region, and is justly known for its long association with mountaineering expeditions to the area.
The day begins by descending gradually through more woodland until we cross another suspension bridge and climb steadily towards Pangboche and Sumare, the formidable presence of Ama Dablam keeping us company all the way. Mani walls and a monastery greet our arrival in Dingboche, Lhotse, Island Peak and other mountains adding their own stunning profiles to the view.
Another mandatory rest day, with hikes to Chhunkung Ri, Nangar Dzong, or Dolma Ri providing ample opportunities to bask in the glorious panoramas of each viewpoint.
With plenty of rest from the previous day our bodies are fully prepared for the next stretch towards Thugla, where we pass numerous cairns and monuments dedicated to the many Sherpas and climbers who have perished on Everest's slopes. Further along on the trail through the barren terrain we come to Khumbu glacier at the foot of the famous mountain and marvel at the terrible beauty and chaos of the inexorable mass of ice. The day finishes up with our arrival at the jumble of buildings that make up the remote outpost of Lobuche.
Our trek reaches its climax today with the much-anticipated arrival at Everest Base Camp, truly one of the most memorable experiences in Nepal. The morning is spent traversing Khumbu Glacier and heading to Gorak Shep, where we typically pause for a well-deserved meal and the extraordinary views before heading out again for the journey's reward, our arrival at the historic base camp, temporary home through the decades to some of the most legendary figures in the annals of mountaineering. After pausing to drink in the astonishing spectacle, and perhaps view the latest expeditions mounting their challenge, we reluctantly turn around and make our way back to Gorak Shep for our night's rest.
Everest may not be in our reach but Kala Patthar is on hand to give added meaning to the visit via unmatched views of the entire Khumbu basin and a sense of accomplishment in scaling the peak. After returning for breakfast and to retrieve our trekking gear we hit the trail once more for the pronounced descent to Pheriche.
Though the trail is a familiar one the hike back to Namche Bazaar provides a different perspective on the scenery, as well as the more relaxed journey that comes from a gradual descent.
Our final day on the trail, easing back to Lukla along the Dudhi Koshi and its suspension bridges. Once at Lukla we can finally throw off our backpacks, take a relaxing shower, and sit back to savor the heady accomplishment of making it to the foot of Everest.
After breakfast we take a flight to Kathmandu where you'll have enough time to savor the city's treasure's one last time before getting together for a farewell dinner with friends before departure.
Farewell and drop-off at the airport, or the opportunity to join another of our programs.
I started my base camp with a tour guide with the the Nepal Trekking experts, named Raj. This guy is arguably someone that i would most importantly consider a friend and tour guide. For the majority of the time, he spent everything with a customer who was not physically capable of making it to base camp, however he reassured her and made sure she made it to the end and as an end result she was unbelievably grateful. This to me was impressive, given going to base camp is not the cheapest in journey in the world. Even though the trip is a total of 12 days walking, he made it feel like a walk in the park :) I'm not the biggest fan of giving reviews, however Raj considers people like family, not as a customer - he is extremely customer service focused and takes his job extremely seriously. I was lucky enough to meet his family, (including his wife and children) and confirm he is a true gentleman. If you ever go to Nepal, i highly recommend Raj - a man with a big heart and knowledge of the himalayan mountains that are greater than you can imagine. Thanks, Iain
My name is Bill and I have just returned home after trekking in the Everest region on the Himalayas. My guide was none other then my Himalayan Sherpa himself mr Rajesh. When you arrive in Nepal and walk thamel looking for a trekking company it is such an incredibly difficult choice to choose which company to use. I finally settled on Nepal Trekking Experts company as I was drawn to the very friendly and extremely knowledgable staff there. This is because there is no "boss" as such but the company is owned by a group of actual guides. This makes a massive difference. Rajesh spoke perfect english and his knowledge was impeccable. Every and I mean EVERY mountain in the region he knew the name of and the exact hight and even the difficulty of climb. I am personally more into mountain climbing then trekking, however I went on my trip to get an up close view of mountains that I one day wish to summit, and it was so amazing to have such a knowledgable guide as it made the trip so much more special. Even the other people whom where trekking with different companies said to me how much they liked my guide and how he was better then theirs. I feel externally lucky to have been able to take the himalayan Sherpa, mr Rajesh as my guide and am proud to be able to call him my friend now. I will 100% be using Rajesh from Nepal Trekking Experts again for my return trips to the Himalayas. Thank you Nepal Trekking Experts and especially thank you to my guide and friend Rajesh! See you soon. Visited June 2014