Everest Base Camp Trek – Detailed Itinerary

Everest Base Camp Trek – Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Nepal Airlines is one of many carriers offering convenient flights to Kathmandu.

Nepal Airlines is one of many carriers offering convenient flights to Kathmandu.

Welcome to the capital of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will welcome you and assist with transfer to the Yak and Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu. After getting refreshed, in the evening you’ll meet the rest of the team during a welcome dinner at a restaurant in Thamel, the heart of Kathmandu.  After dinner, you will be briefed about your trip and then rest up in your hotel.

Day 2: Rest and logistics day in Kathmandu
Some people will be tired after their long intercontinental flight to Nepal, others will need a bit of time to acclimatize to the elevation, and yet others will want to go around town to pick up whatever pieces of equipment they need for the trek. Kathmandu is a great spot to shop for gear, as well as to load up on one’s favorite snacks which will be a godsend on the trek.  We will meet in the afternoon to go over everyone’s gear needs and then help them obtain the necessary items.

Lukla, the gateway to Khumbu Region

Lukla, the gateway to Khumbu Region

Day 3: Flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft)
Early in the morning we take a 40 minute scenic flight from Kathmandu to the tiny airstrip at Lukla.  After checking into the hotel, and once the exhilaration of the amazing vistas starts to wear off, you will have time to stroll around, while the guides sort out the load to be carried by porters.  If the flight arrives with no delays, we will have the option of starting the trek same day, thus cutting out next day’s workload.

Day 4: Trek to Bengkar (2,709m/8,888ft), 4-5 hrs walk
This is your first day on the trek, and first day doing physical stuff at altitude, and so we take it easy.  After a nice breakfast, we take an easy four-hour walk to the village of Bengkar.  This is the second-last village before a big climb to Namche Bazaar, and so it is a very convenient place for the overnight stop and rest.  Upon arrival you will have plenty of time to stroll around the village and mingle with the locals, taking photos, or simply “taking it in”.

Day 5: Trek from Bengkar to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast we will continue up the banks of the Dudh Kosi, to the village of Monjo, and to the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. When we enter the National park boundary we descend to the river, and then a pleasant walk up a gradual slope brings us to the twin suspension bridges over the Bhote-Koshi river to Jorsalle village.  After a lunch stop, we start a climb up to Namche Bazaar. Namche is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region, and an all around stunning location.

Smiles and vistas: a rest day in Namche offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the mountains.

Smiles and vistas: a rest day in Namche offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the mountains.

Day 6: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Seeing that the previous day was pretty challenging, we will spend a day in Namche Bazaar resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude.  You’ll have a full day of leisure, or can join the team for a hike to the famous Everest View Point Hotel for lunch with a wonderful panoramic view of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks.

Day 7: Namche to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft), 5-6 hours walk
After breakfast we start our trek with pleasant walk through the rhododendron forests and magnificent views of the mountains. We will take in the mighty snow-capped peaks of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku and Kwangde. After a descent to the valley floor, the trail leads uphill through the forested path to Tengboche.  This is one of the most beautiful places in the Himalaya and the first thing that comes to your eye is the big monastery (largest in the Khumbu region), then the large field with teahouses and lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak of Ama Dablam.

After a lunch break at the most excellent bakery, we get back on the trail, which takes us through more animal-filled rhododendron forest to Deboche, crosses a bridge over the raging Imja Khola River, and then up a gentle slope towards Pangboche, the oldest Sherpa village in the region.

Dingboche, 4400 metres above sea level.

A wintry scene in Dingboche, 4358 metres (14,295 ft) above sea level. Dress warm and  enjoy!

 

Day 8:  Rest and acclimatization day in Pangboche / optional hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,500m/14,500ft)
If you wish to rest, go ahead and rest.  If you wish to explore the villages, you have that as an option, or you can go for the best of the day and hike up to the Ama Dablam Base Camp. A spectacular journey up a moraine will stun your eyes with sheer beauty of the place.  The basecamp is located at 4,500 metres (14,500 feet), and so it isn’t the easiest of hikes, but it definitely is a very rewarding one as you will get treated to some of the most amazing views of the valley.

Day 9: Pangboche to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft), 3-4 hrs walk
Today the trail is an easy, gradual up-slope which follows the Imja Khola.  Sometimes it hugs the wall, other times it is a wide path through some shrubbery.  After traversing the morraine we get to Dingboche, the start of the Imja Tse Valley. First we get greeted by the dominant stupa before getting to our guesthouse for a well-deserved dinner.

Dingboche is also the gateway to Chukung and farther beyond lay the most challenging traverses towards Makalu area and Hinko Valley via Sherpani col (6,100m) and Amphu Laptsa pass (5,780m).

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Dingboche
On this day you will rest before the last leg of the journey. You may choose to have a full day’s rest, or you can go for a day hike: a trek to Chhukung (4,730m) is worth while.  This takes approximately 3-4 hours from Dingboche, east via the Imjatse Valley. Although the hike is gradual, you can feel the thin air as you get closer to Chhukung.

Alternately, you can do a shorter hike up to the Dingboche gompa, a monastery perched high above the village, offering unparalleled views of the valley as well as surrounding peaks.

A horse looks down at Dhugla, halfway up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.

A horse looks down at Dhugla, halfway up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.

Day 11: Trek from Dingboche to Dugla (4,598m/15,090 ft), 3 hours walk
From Dingboche there is a pleasantly flat hike until we tackle the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.  After a moderate climb, we arrive at a simple but cozy guesthouse which is located in a phenomenally beautiful spot with some of the most spectacular scenery you have ever seen.  The day is short, so you can spend the remainder on sipping tea, reading a book, chatting with other trekkers, or exploring the area.

Day 12: Trek from Dugla to Lobuche (4,928m/16164 ft), 3-4 hrs walk
In the morning, we continue up the massive moraine, trekking along the rugged route to Lobuche. On our right side is the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, and on the left the spectacular Lobuche Peaks.  After a few hours we get to Lobuche and check into our cozy accommodation with a wonderfully warm common area where we fill up on snack and hot chocolate before hiking up the moraine for some great vistas of the glacier.

Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m/16,929ft), 5 hours walk
After breakfast we continue our trek to Gorakshep, which is the last settlement before Everest Base Camp.  We follow a windy and rocky path while taking the wonderful view of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse and other magnificent peaks. After a glacier crossing we get to Gorak Shep, check in at our lodge and enjoy a well-deserved lunch. The rest of the day will be spent on basking in the sun and feeling good about ourselves, having made it all the way to this marvellous spot.

Summit expedition tents at Everest Base Camp

Summit expedition tents at Everest Base Camp

Day 14: Hike to Everest Base Camp (5,320m/17,450ft) 6-7 hrs walk return
Our adventure continues on a day trip towards Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Icefall. The trail passes through over rocky moraines and glacial streams, until we reach the base camp, perched on the rock-covered Khumbu Glacier.  We explore the base camp, bask in the awesomeness of the surrounding mountains, and then return back to Gorak Shep.

Day 15: Hike to Kala Pattar (5,550m/18,204ft), 5-6 hours round trip (perhaps more!)
After a relaxed morning and a nice lunch, we will start hiking up to Kala Pattar for the most wonderful views of Mount Everest. It takes about 2-3 hours to reach the summit, and we are certainly not going to be in a rush. This small peak offers the best views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Pumori and Ama Dablam along with the entire mountain views of the Khumbu Himalayan range.  This is the absolute apex of the journey, and there is no need to speed through this.  On this day make sure to bring plenty of warm garments which will allow you to stay longer on the summit, basking in the sun and feeling great about your outstanding achievement.  Some people will opt to walk down early, while others will have the option of sticking around for the indescribably beautiful sunset and then returning to Gorak Shep after dark. Don’t forget your torch and mittens!

Team shot in Pheriche; a view of Khumbu Glacier from Kala Pattar; a yak having a rest.

Team shot in Pheriche; a view of Khumbu Glacier from Kala Pattar; a yak having a rest.

Day 16: Trek to Pheriche (4,371m/14,340ft), 6-7 hrs walk
After breakfast, we hike down towards Lobuche, pass through Dugla, walk down the terminal moraine to the bottom of the valley, and then make our way to Pheriche for the night.  Tonights special treat, for the carnivores, will be a yak-steak sizzler, by far the best presented meal on the entire trek. Bon apetit!

Day 17: Pheriche to Tengboche (3,867m/12,684ft), 4-5 hours walk. 
Heading down into the oxygen-rich elevation, the going is easier and the pace faster. Take back great memories with you and walk downhill past Ama Dablam, while checking out the dense wildlife: it is not unusual to spot pheasants, Himalayan griffons, musk deer and wild goats while you stroll through the rhododendron forest just before getting to the village of Tengboche.  This time we spend the night in here, at an incredibly scenic lodge near the Tengboche Monastery.

Trexplorers on the summit of Kala Patar, 5550 metres (18,204 feet) above sea level

Trexplorers on the summit of Kala Patar, 5550 metres (18,204 feet) above sea level

Day 18: Tengboche to Namche (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk
The day’s hike starts easy as there is a big descent, followed by a gradual ascent to Namche, where we will spend the night.  Namche offers some of the long-lost creature comforts that you may be craving by now: showers and pizza!  Enjoy!

Day 19: Namche to Phakding (2,650m/8,700 ft), 4 hrs walk
From Namche there is a very big descent towards the park gates at Monjo, from where we walk past some waterfalls and descend upon the village of Phakding.  This is an easy and speedy hike, as now we are in oxygen-rich areas and everyone is well energized and happy.  Keep your eyes open for wild sheep which are plentiful in this area.

Day 20: Phakding to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 4-5 hrs walk
This morning we make our way back to Lukla: you can walk at your own pace and enjoy the lush green scenery around while passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa villages.  After a short snack break, we will get back to Lukla where you’ll have time to stroll around the village while the guides re-confirm your flight ticket. In the evening we will enjoy our last celebratory dinner on the trek, and then settle in for the overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 21: Flight to Kathmandu
If there are no weather snags, after an early morning flight to Kathmandu our guides will transfer you back to your hotel. You now have time to relax after the long journey and get your breath back, or invade the multitude of fantastic restaurants and fill up on the things you have been craving for the last couple of weeks.

Departure from Kathmandu
Depending on your flight arrangements, you may have a few days for sightseeing and shopping, or you might be leaving the country.  If you have spare time, you can join us on one of the variety of Kathmandu tours, or you will be taken to the airport and carry on to your next destination.

An evening view of Mt. Everest (left) and Nuptse (right)

An evening view of Mt. Everest (left) and Nuptse (right)