We hike through the foothills of the mightiest mountain on earth…the Mt. Everest…& as we hike the winding trails our eyes behold some of the most gobsmacking landscapes on earth…and that’s why the E. B. Camp trails is billed a 'Classico’…
the vibrant colorful sherpa villages you walk through on the way with the welcoming local folks is an added attraction that’ll warm your soul for some time to come…
The Everest Base Camp trek is one of those treks you’d sure want to do in a lifetime. This venture, which follows in the footsteps of legends, goes by the beaten path at the higher elevations of Phakding and clings to the Dudh Kosi valley as we go on hiking up through dotted sherpa villages to the thriving Sherpa capital of Namche, a kicking bazaar that’s a virtual staging point for trekkers, the local Sherpa folks from around the region meet up here to barter for and trade essential goods and for expeditions en route to the king peak of Mt. Everest. All along the trail, villages are separated with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In early autumn and late spring, this area of the journey is literally bedecked with pretty colorful flowers, stirring your emotions to the core and will occupy a place in your memories for some time to come; the beauty of this particular area will give you pictures to adorn the favorite corners of your home…the Mt Everest Base Camp adventure has always been a magnet for trekkers heading to Nepal’s Himalayas. The original trail via the Jiri route got legendary status when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa successfully summitted Mt. Everest in the early 50s; however, after Sir Edmund saw the huge hurdles the local folks had to suffer in this region, the Hillary Trust built an airport at Lukla to ease the sufferings of the sherpa people and today most backpackers prefer to fly in for the famous EBC trek, but there are those that still prefer the old Jiri trails that go through a steamy belt of villages and diverse landscapes that offers more of nature to enjoy as you head down to Namche. It’s a matter of choice where your trip can now begin with a 30 minute flight before you hit the trails to glory. It’s only after you check out From Namche, that you get the first good views of mighty Everest towering over the planet. Our trip culminates at Everest Base Camp before we head down to Pangboche, Namche and Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu and a soft warm bed at our hotel.
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Trekking Code: STE/ER/02
Trip Duration: 15 Nights/16 Days
Trek duration: 12 Nights/13 Days
Accommodation: Hotel, lodge (tea house)
Meals: Healthy meals provided on the trail
Transportation: Flights/ private Vehicle
Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging but thrilling to the core
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude: 5357m
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport
Day 2 : Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 3 : Flight to Lukla & trek to Phakding
Day 4 : Trek to Namche [3450m]
Day 5 : Rest day in Namche
Day 6 : Trek to Thyangboche [3864m]
Day 7 : Trek to Pheriche [4252m]
Day 8 : Rest day in PhericheRest day in Pheriche
Day 9 : Trek to Lobuche [4930m]
Day 10 : Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m]
Day 11 : Trek to Everest BC , back to Gorak Shep
Day 12 : Trek to Pangboche [3985m]
Day 13 : Trek to Namche [3450m]
Day 14 : Trek to Lukla [2800m]
Day 15 : Fly to Kathmandu
Day 16 : Final departure
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and over night at your hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
AM: after an early breakfast, we set out on a guided tour to the primary historical spots in Kathmandu. We will tour symbolic monuments, temples, monasteries, palaces and UNESCO World Heritage Sites that include: Boudhanath, and the temples of Pashupatinath. As we stroll along the exotic locales of Kathmandu, more diversified cultural settings in the valley welcome us with warm hospitality. At Boudhanath, one of the biggest stupas in Asia, we get deep insights into Buddhism. This may invoke your spiritual senses. Overnight at your hotel
Day 3: Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding [2656m] hiking time approx 3 hrs
A flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.
Day 4: Trek to Namche [3450m] – hiking time approx 5 hrs
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.
Day 5: Rest day in Namche
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.
Day 6:Trek to Tengboche [3867m] hiking time approx 5 hrs
From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. We get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch.
Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam rising in the horizon can be seen from the campsite.
Day 7: Trek to Pheriche [4252m] hiking time approx – 5-6 hrs
We descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the gompa, Mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours walk brings us to Pheriche.
Day 8: at Pheriche
This is a day for rest and acclimatization. We also get to wander up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. We can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche for the view of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Mt.Lhotse.
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche [4930m] hiking time 5-6 hrs
We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m] hiking time 5-6 hrs
To reach our next stop, Kala Pattar, we follow the Khumbu Glacier. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place: Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.
Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp [5357m] hiking time 7-8 hrs
A very 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. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche.
Day 12: Trek to Pangboche [3985m] hiking time 3-4 hrs
Today’s trek is mostly downhill. As we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, we arrive at The Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s aid post and worth a visit. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.
Day 13: Trek to Namche [3450m] hiking time approx 4-5 hrs
We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche for the night.
Day 14: Trek to Lukla [2800m] our last night in the outback - hiking time approx 3 hrs
Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration because this is our last day on these fantastic mountains that were home to us all of these days. We have a party with our Sherpa guides and porters who've got close to us over the weeks & are now good friends. We sample some 'chang' (locally brewed mountain beer) and try out some Sherpa dance steps. Altogether, this is an end to a merry trip on a merry note. After supper, we relax under the starry skies on a moonlit night & reflect on the emotional experiences we had while hiking through these massive mountains that have probably helped us re-discover ourselves in ways least expected. We then slumber into blissful sleep.
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu
We pack up early and head for the airport to hop a flight back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last minute shopping and packing, or send a few post cards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia.
Day 16: Depart Kathmandu
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking, etc - please don't hesitate to let us know). We would be glad to help you. Thank you for doing this venture with us & it's been wonderful knowing you over the weeks. Please do stay in touch in the months ahead. Bon Voyage & take care!!!
Please Note: that although we will go the lengths to follow the itinerary given above, at times local trails or unpredictable weather patterns may necessitate slight changes if necessary. The trekking itinerary may also sometimes vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This adventure goes into wild territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the success and safety of your trip and your life.
A ‘TH [Teahouse Lodge] is a term used for sleeping in teahouse lodges on the trails. These teahouses are pretty basic but provide all the comforts that you would expect when hiking in remote conditions, they are cozy and warm – you’d like the homely environment. We crash out in single rooms wherever available, but often times we sometimes have to adapt to sleeping out in dormitory type rooms for a night. Generally, it’s just a bed with a pillow and blankets. It’s a matter of choice, if you want, you bring your own ‘Air pillow’ and freak out anyways, and this is adventure in the wild…the rougher it gets the better. We accommodate our trek groups in local lodges available each day. Our porters hike ahead of us to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance). Please note, that some of them are very basic and a spirit of adventure is the call of the day. It is cheaper to stay in lodges rather than organizing a camping trek.
We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection with this itinerary, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website. Accommodation is never a problem, the choice exclusively yours.
At ‘Incentive Holidays’ – its zero tolerance on cutting of cost when it comes down to feeding our trekking guests, because we know how tough it is on the trails; we ensure that the lodges provide three tasty, bountiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast is ‘king size’ [the first meal of the day] consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereals followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
After a lengthy gritty day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice and pasta dishes completed with a simple dessert. Don’t be surprised if the delectable ‘apple pie’ lands on your plate, it’s literally ‘yummy’’, even better than the ones you come across in Thamel. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The local trek leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain extremely high standards of health over many years of planning treks - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. ‘Gluttony is a sin’ but there are no restrictions on the grub we serve to our guests on the mountains; we leave it up to our trekking guests who are the best judge of their own appetites…Bon Appétit!!
NOTE : If there will be any changes in the schedule due to natural disaster (force majeure), Incentive Holiday will not be responsible for any extra expenses incurred.
The best time to visit for a trip of this kind would be in the Spring and Autumn. It is wonderful during this time of the year when an overall beauties of the landscapes found in these trips are so distinct & stunning, due to clear weather pattern & sunny blue skies. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.