Overview

The Everest Base Camp Trek is a perfect combination of luxury trekking with one of the most famous and sought-after trekking journey in the world. Trek to the base camp of Mount Everest, all the while taking in the amazingly diverse and vibrant landscape and topography of the Khumbu region, its rich Sherpa culture and prominence and it’s ethereal Himalayan ranges as you enjoy the height of luxury that is available in the remote and isolated mountains of Nepal. It is an ideal package that caters towards finer hotels and better accommodations at locations in the Khumbu like Phakding, Lukla and Namche Bazaar. Start off the trek with an amazing tour of the Kathmandu valley where you will visit cultural heritage sites like the city’s Durbar Square and its Buddhist and Hindu temples. Take a dramatic short flight to Lukla from the capital and enjoy the fascinating views of the changing terrains below as the plane flies around mountains and tall hills to land at the Lukla Airport- one of the most daring airports in the world. Feel the difference in the air as you inhale fresh crisp Himalayan wind when you arrive at Lukla to begin your trek to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain peak. Furthermore, revel in the luxury of the grand accommodation while there, and savor the opulence of first-class service that is the specialty of the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek.

Make your way through the deep river valleys and cross glacial rivers like the Imja and the Dudh Koshi to arrive at famous Khumbu villages like Namche Bazaar and Tengboche. Observe the Sherpa culture and traditions of the local mountain people and immerse yourself in the sight of magnificent mountain peaks like Everest, Changtse, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kongdi RI, the Kusum Kangraru and the Thamserku among many others as they appear at the foreground of the valleys and towns while on the trekking trail. Hike under the canopy of rhododendron and azalea flowers as you walk on paths surrounded by verdant alpine woods of the Sagarmatha National Park. Then celebrate your accomplishment as you reach the base camp of Mount Everest, a base that is located right in the centre of the Himalayas and surrounded by vast expanses of ice and snow. Follow the trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier and the Khumbu Icefall as you trudge besides the icy moraine. Visit Kalapatthar, a famous vantage point of the region popular for its panorama of the entire Mount Everest massif. The Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek presents the opportunity to really saturate oneself in the Khumbu region’s many attributes with the added revelation of finer accommodations.

 

 

DAY 1 – KATHMANDU: ARRIVAL DAY
Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital and cultural hub of Nepal! We’ll be waiting with a warm greeting and easy transfer to your hotel. Plan on an evening briefing on last-minute specifics about your trek and an early lights-out: you have a big day ahead.

DAY 2 – KATHMANDU TO LUKLA FLIGHT AND PHAKDING
Altitude: 2,800m/9184ft (Lukla) & 2,652m/8,698ft (Phakding)
Walking Distance: 8km (3-4 hours) *
Flight time: 15 min from Ramecchap
Drive time: 4 hours & 30mins (Kathmandu to Ramecchap)

After a short morning flight to Lukla, you’ll be introduced to your guide and porter. Kick off your trek with an easy walk through Chaurikharka village and descent towards Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River until Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), where we will be staying for the night to acclimatize. Enjoy your free time in Phakding, a popular stopping point.

Please Read: Lukla Flights are departing and returning to Ramechhap instead of Kathmandu due to ongoing upgrades at Kathmandu Airport. Its about a 4 hour drive to Ramechhap from Kathmandu so we will get started for the airport around 2 am. The return drive at the end of the trek is between 4 and 6 hours depending on traffic.

DAY 3 – PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR
Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft
Walking Distance: 10-12km (5-6 hours)

We’ll have breakfast in Phakding before gearing up for the trek to Namche Bazaar, the biggest sherpa village in Nepal. Our trail takes us first over the Dudhkoshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through a beautiful pine forest to Monjo, about two hours away. Soon thereafter, we will approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park for a brief permit check and then descend to Dudh Kosi River (spotting Mani stones along the way!) en route to Jorsale. Lunch will be served here, and then it’s uphill to Namche. Our path along the riverbank is flanked by two crossings, one of which is the Hillary Suspension Bridge. It’s a tough climb up the hill to our resting place, but you’ll be rewarded in Namche Bazaar with your first glimpse of Everest in its majesty.

DAY 4 – NAMCHE BAZAAR: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft

At this point, we take a well-deserved break! Today will be spent resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude. There’s an optional 2 hour hike to Everest View Point, an uphill walk that will help speed acclimatization. Otherwise, spend the day exploring Namche Bazaar. Check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open for trading and an intimate look at the locals’ marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment.

DAY 5 – NAMCHE BAZAAR TO PHORTSE
Altitude: 3,700m/12,139ft
Walking Distance: 10km (6 hours)

Breakfast in Namche Bazaar fuels us for another day of trekking towards Everest Base Camp today! Breathtaking views of the Himalayas – Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde – are some of the highlights not be missed. Our destination, Phortse, is known as one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region. Its views, which include Ama Dablam, are legendary.

DAY 6 – PHORTSE TO DINGBOCHE
Altitude: 4,400m/14,435ft
Walking Distance: 11km (6 hours)

The trail today parallels the canyon of the raging Imja Khol River with its glacial blue waters. Its a gradual climb up to the village of Pangboche, the biggest settlement of Sherpas in the region. Enjoy a great opportunity to observe a typical Sherpa village and have lunch with the locals! The intrepid can brave a brief hike to the Pangboche monastery, one of the oldest in the area. Our afternoon trek will be a difficult one, as the landscape gives way to dry, deserted mountains and we hike towards Dingboche.

Note: During winter season if snow is on the trail we will use the route via Debouche and Tengboche as an alternate.

DAY 7 – DINGBOCHE: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
Altitude: 4,400m/14,435ft

This is your chance to rest up before the last leg of our adventure! Savor a full day of exploring Dingboche and the surrounding valleys of Chhukung and Imja, the latter of which links with Island Peak, the high passes of Amphu Laptsa, and Makalu Barun National Park. Taking an optional trek to the valleys will pay off in rewarding views, but taking it easy is the most important thing today. You’ll need your rest for the penultimate day of ascent tomorrow.

DAY 8 – DINGBOCHE TO LOBUCHE
Altitude: 4,900m/16,076ft
Walking Distance: 11-12 km (6-7 hours)

From here on forth, the trek will move more gradually be more challenging, due to the higher altitude. We’ll pass Dungla, but not before a tough, steep walk to the top of a high hill. Here are the memorial stupas dedicated to the climbers and trekkers who lost their lives to Everest over the years. The next part of our adventure brings over craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with amazing views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumari and the Nuptse. Prepare to snuggle up for a cold night, as we are now almost three miles above sea level and the evenings can be downright chilly!

DAY 9 – LOBUCHE TO GORAKSHEP AND EVEREST BASE CAMP, EBC TO GORAKSHEP
Altitude: 5180m/16,994ft (Gorakshep) & 5364m/17598 (EBC)
Walking Distance: 15km (6-8 hours)

This is it! Our big day kicks off with an initial, relatively easy trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep. The subsequent, straight trail to Everest Base Camp is harder, involving rocky dunes and moraine, formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris. On the way to our destination, we’ll approach the famed Khumbu Glacier and icefall, located on the slopes of Everest. At the Base Camp, our goal, you’ll have the chance (during the spring climbing season) to meet climbers attempting to scale the mountain’s summit. Break out your cameras for unbelievable views of breathtaking beauty. As the afternoon sun starts to wane, we’ll head back to Gorekshep for some much-needed rest and relaxation after a grueling and busy day.

DAY 10 – GORAKSHEP TO KALAPATHAR AND PHERICHE OR PANBOCHE
Altitude: 5,545m/18,192ft (Kalapathar) & 4,320m/14,173ft (Pheriche)
Walking Distance: 12-13km (5-6 hours)

We’ll wake before dawn today to trek towards Kalapathar (which means “black rock”) for a fiery, glorious sunrise over Mt. Everest. The day’s first light will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse Nup, Changtse and Lhotse.This may be, of the whole journey, your most opportune moment to snap amazing pictures of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Afterwards, it’s back to Gorakshep for breakfast and down in the direction of Pheriche, our nighttime stop. If the group has energy we may continue from Pheriche to Panboche for the final stop. Our pace will be a lot brisker as we descend, and the walking is easier going this way.

DAY 11 – PHERICHE TO NAMCHE
Altitude: 3,440m/11,284ft
Walking Distance: 13-15km (7-8 hours)

The walk from Pheriche back to Tengboche is mainly downhill, although it does, counterintuitively, require an hour scaling a hill. We’ll be in Namche by late afternoon and off to bed before our last day on the mountain.

DAY 12 – NAMCHE TO PHAKDING AND LUKLA
Altitude: 2,800m/9,184ft
Walking Distance: 16km (6-7 hours)

After breakfast, we trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages. Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in our last Tea House and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you’ve accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet.

DAY 13 – LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
Altitude: 1350m/4428ft
Flight time: 35 min

In the morning, you’ll hop a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (See Note), where your journey both began and ends. You’ll transfer to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We’ll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants in town, where we’ll be eager to hear your feedback on the trip.

Please Read: Lukla Flights are departing and returning to Ramechhap instead of Kathmandu due to ongoing upgrades at Kathmandu Airport. Its about a 4 to 6 hour drive from Ramechhap back to Kathmandu depending on traffic.

DAY 14 – KATHMANDU: DEPARTURE DAY
Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft

It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.

Detailed Itinerary

Cost Includes

    One registered and well experienced local trekking guide for Annapurna Circuit Trek.
    1 Assistant guide to take care of clients and porters if the group size is more than 6 pax.
    1 Sharing porter between 2 trekkers (weight limit 25kg)
    1 Night deluxe room in 2 star category hotel in Pokhara with breakfast on double occupancy basis.
    3 Times meals daily: lunch, breakfast and dinner during the trek.
    Trekking lodge accommodation in twin sharing basis.
    Kathmandu to Besisahar by local bus and connecting jeep to Jagat from Besi sahar.
    Tourist bus: Pokhara to Kathmandu and taxi transfer to bus station.
    Salary, food, accommodation and insurance of your guide and porters.
    TIMS Card, ACAP entrance permit.
    Government tax, vat and office service charges.

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