12 Day Everest Base Camp Trek
The Trek to Everest Base Camp is one of the most thrilling and fulfilling adventures that is a dream of every daredevil mountain climber out there. The unyielding beauty, the majestic landscapes and the cold fresh air will make every trekker feel what real nature is. Famous for a wide range of soaring peaks and the heartwarming hospitality of the locals (the Sherpa), the Everest region is among the most popular spots for exploring the wild in Nepal.
Lasting about two weeks, the trek to Everest Base Camp is a wholesome package for mountain lovers. You can trek to Everest Base Camp throughout the year but the most favourable time to visit the Everest is from the start of March to mid of May and also from early September to the middle of November.
The weather is icy in the winter, and the snowfall may make it hard to trek. For the beautiful views of green glens, colourful wildflowers of Rhododendrons adding a contrast of red in the valleys, heart throbbing landscapes, the high peaks and the constant and calm streams, spring season (April and early May) is the best time to hit the trails hereabouts. A 35 minutes flight to the airport of Hillary’s Lukla, starts the journey to the Everest Base Camp.
The overhead views from the plane will grant you spectacular sights of the Himalayan range including most of the tranquil snow-capped mountains, verdant hills, calm and clear brooks and many of the natural wonders seen in this region. It is indeed a magnificent location to behold from above the clouds which will leave you mesmerised.
A slow trek from Lukla takes us towards the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, alongside the valley of the Dudh Koshi River. Everest Base Camp is still many days of uphill trekking from this point, but with some steady pace, and with careful acclimatisation, you will eventually reach the heights of the Khumbu region.
As you enter the vast wilderness, the breathtaking sights of Nuptse, Lhotse and Khumbutse peaks appear before you…it’s A wonderful feeling you are unlikely to forget for a long time!
- Star hotels, time to relax and a walking tour whilst in Kathmandu
- Highly experienced Sherpa leaders, some of whom are Everest summiteers
- Trek to both Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar
- Excellent acclimatisation, giving high success rates and greater enjoyment
- Scheduling: Shared Tour
- Languages offered on activity/tour: English
- Duration: 12 days
- Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Not recommended for children under 16
- Pick-up servicePick up to/from domestic airport.
- Easy CancellationThere is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
- Instant Confirmation
- Cut-off TimeAvailable to be booked until 2 days before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
- Insurance for guide and assistant.
- All food and accommodation for guide and assistant.
- Assistant guide for the group more than 4
- Well experienced English speaking guide.
- Basic emergency first aid kit.
- All breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
- Descent Sleeping bag during the trek.
- Accommodation: on descent mountain lodge.
- All necessary government and local permits for the trek.
- Drop and pick up to flight for lukla, the Everest region by private car or van.
- Two way flight to lukla and back Kathmandu.
- Tips for your guide and assistant.
- Your personal insurance, (it’s recommended to make insurance at least 40 days before the trek)
- All beverages including bottled water.
- your personal trekking gear
- Your accommodation and food in Kathmandu (can be arranged on request)
In the early morning, we take the fantastic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at 2827m. Flight time is about 40 minutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s.
This flight gives you box office views of some of the highest mountains in the world, right from the window of your plane. After landing, we will have time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort out and load the trekking equipment. In the afternoon, we begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River, where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, just above Chaurikharka at 2713m.
The walking is easy, and after passing through the small village of Ghat at 2550m, it’s a short walk to the first local village of Phakding where we’ll crash out for the night.
Walk through a beautiful pine forest, and the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch superb scenes of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618m).
Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers.
After a final steep ascent of about two hours, we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. At this juncture, we stop at Chautara to admire the views. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading centre of this region. Overnight in Namche [Las Vegas of the Khumbu]
This is the first 'acclimatisation' day for this trek. Mountain climbing experts always advise us to stay active and move around on a rest day instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame, or we visit Khunde; maybe we could relax and explore the lively Namche Bazaar itself.
This is the nerve centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colourful market each Friday evening and Saturday where any and everything is up for sale. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to acclimatise properly. Visit Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe a collection of equipment related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. We also take an enjoyable side trip up to the vibrant Khumjung.
We further climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the aerodrome will be the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. The Khumjung valley is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, which hosts a famous monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit Hillary School which is located at the same site.
After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, we walk back down to Namche Bazaar.
After enjoying a hot breakfast in chilly Namche, we start out for Deboche enjoying fabulous views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and an upfront view of Thamserku.
Our trek follows a gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking brilliant views of the awesome Himalayas. Along the routes, we come across some wild fauna that includes pheasants, musk deer, and sometimes a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes steadily down up to Kyangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sanasa, which is the major trail junction for Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp.
The pathway then follows through pine forests, and after we cross the prayer-flag festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Tenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch and some rest at Phunki Tenga, it's then a pretty little gritty climb that goes steeply up through the pine forests until we reach Tengboche.
Tengboche is a perfect spot for close-up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has the largest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region. Hiking by rhododendron forests for something like an hour, we reach Deboche. Hereabouts, we crash out at a cosy teahouse lodge.
With the Mountains as an ideal backdrop, the monastery in Tengboche is a lovely sight to behold more in the morning. We click some pictures of the monastery and the surrounding scenes before we start our journey of the day.
We hike through a few Chortens, mani walls and some small villages after which, we haul up for some grub and while enjoying our meals we savor some upfront views of Amadablam towering just above us; We trek via Pangboche, the highest of the true lasting settlements in the valley and reach the regular settlement, the final steepest climb of the day on our way to Dingboche at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley.
We spend our night in a lodge. With 867 metres of ascent and 416 metres of descent, we finally hit the sack at a local lodge for the night in Dingboche.
This is a day to haul up and rest without being idle. We can stroll around the village and get pally with the local folks with some interesting conversations. This will give us profound insights into the lifestyles and cultures of the local people in this region. At the same time, we can also relish the landscapes that surround us, and we can also catch up on some reading.
Our acclimatising gets a further boost with our hike to Chhukung village. We then do a steep climb up to Chhukung Ri at 5550m [if we feel like it] and as we top it with gasping breath we soon realize the gritty rise was worth the go; the rewards are as lovely as it comes with the natural beauty that greets us for our efforts, the jaw-dropping vistas of Cho Oyu at 8201m, Pumori at 7161m, the gigantic Lhotse wall at 8400m, Amadablam at 6812m, Makalu at 8481m & Baruntse at 7129m all put together set our hearts on top gear as it skips a beat while watching these massive peaks.
After crossing by some of the teahouses of Duglha, we plod higher onto the pretty risky moraine of the Khumbu glacier, passing a chain of stone monuments built in memory of Sherpas who have died on mountaineering expeditions to Mt Everest.
From hereabouts, the trail lowers and goes by the west side of the valley to Lobuche. The sunset on Nuptse from this point is an amazing sight to behold.
A real early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier.
After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the dangerous route through the Khumbu icefall?
Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colours against the monotony of grey surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a grand view of the Khumbu icefall and the road to the South Col.
Today is the most important part of our trip. We start early at dawn to catch the dramatic views from Kalapathar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common.
Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to expose itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kalapathar, we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to click pictures. After several hours of rising, we reach Kalapatthar.
From here, we scuttle to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kalapathar rocks, and our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan views, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we possibly can with our camera so they can last a lifetime. After this we make our way back to Pheriche with a slow descent; for a good night’s rest which we truly deserve.
The trail from Namche Bazar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. It’s interesting to look out for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards and colourful pheasants while we pass through the forest by the trail.
A steep descent from Namche Hill leads to the suspension bridge crossing the Dudh Kosi River near the confluence of the Dhudh Koshi and the Bhote Koshi Rivers. We pass the Dudh Koshi River twice at separate locations before reaching Monjo.
Upon this juncture, we are out of the Sagarmatha National Park after exiting from its official entrance near Monjo and finally reach Monjo Village. Monjo is comparatively a quieter place to stay than Namche, and it also means our porters have a less strenuous walk back to Lukla the next day.
Today, we begin to get warmed up by the light cool breeze. Although we are travelling the same route down, we enjoy entirely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We take time and walk at our own pace today as this is the last day of our trek.
We experience the Sherpa villages' profound faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayer flags while we walk through the villages. Upon arrival in Lukla, we have plenty of time to relax, stretch those aching legs, and recall the experiences of the last couple of days.
We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smiling faces! Upon arrival in Lukla, we stroll around while our leader will re-confirm our flight ticket. In the evening, we enjoy the last dinner with our crew and make it a party night which calls for a celebration.
Today, after a hale and hearty b/fast, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our hotel. If interested, we could buy some gifts to take home from Nepal for loved ones and friends and relatives; we can visit some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods.
If we want to explore any other areas in Kathmandu, we have to manage time for this today as well! At eventide, we will attend an exciting celebration dinner together for completing our original EVEREST Base Camp trek.
- Please bring the following personal belongings you will require for the duration of your trip: Books, Paintings, Camera, Headtorch/Flashlight, Toilet paper, Multifunctional towel, Water purification tablets, Emergency Forst Aid kit, Trekking sticks, Hiking Boots, Large (1.5 litres) water bottle, Sleeping bag, Winter jacket, Thermal suit, Gloves, UV protection sunglasses, Hat, Sunscreen, Raincoat, Backpack and extra plastic bags so your important belongings are extra protected.