12 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Sep 27, 2019
  • Rajesh Thapaliya
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The immaculate beauty of the Mt. Everest (8,848 m) is probably one of the most travelled and beautiful areas around the world. Each portrayal of the majestic Himalaya explores a different aspect from its mesmerizing beauty to its majestic size and its undeniable charm. The Everest Base Camp is a Himalayan journey which takes you to the foothills of the majestic Mt. Everest (8,848 m) allowing you to be part of a surreal experience.

At the heart of the Khumbu region, the Everest Himalayan Range forms the northern border of Nepal to Tibet. One of the most frequented regions around the nation the lush green hills are the ethnic home ground of the Sherpa ethnic community who value hospitality above everything else. Renowned for their prowess in navigating through the Himalayas, the Sherpas possess a wealth of vibrant culture and traditions passed down from generation to generation. Thus, the Everest Base Camp Trek is an ultimate adventure which takes you on a journey around some of the world's tallest mountains.

Everest Base Camp Trek
Mt. Nuptse

 

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The Journey to Everest Basecamp

After touring the UNESCO world heritages spread around Kathmandu, we begin our Himalayan journey with a scenic flight to Lukla. Touching down at one of the most thrilling airstrips at Lukla, we follow the banks of the Dudh Koshi River towards Phakding. Alongside the riverbank, the next stretch of the journey takes us over the Hillary suspension bridge and past Chhamuwa, Bengkar, and Monjo. Past Jorsalle, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park which is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Reaching Namche we take a day off to acclimatize before setting off towards the hamlet of Tengboche.

The next stretch of the journey takes us to Dingboche where we take another day off to acclimatize. The final stretch of our ascending journey takes us over to Lobuche before veering towards Gorakshep and then onto the Everest Base Camp. Enjoying a scenic Himalayan sunrise from Kala Patthar, we make our way back to Pheriche. Retracing our steps through Pangboche and Tengboche, we head back to Namche before a final descending run to reach Lukla. Ending our adventure with a final glimpse at the Himalayas we fly back to Kathmandu for departure.

Everest base camp trek
Mt. Everest (8,848m)

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the Everest Region as you accompany the hilly trail through lush green forests
  • Witness a majestic Himalayan sunrise over the summits of Mt. Everest (8,848m) from Kala Patthar
  • Experience the beauty of the Sagarmatha National Park
  • Journey through vibrant hamlets home to the traditional Sherpa ethnic groups

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Lukla (2840m.) and trek to Phakding (2610m.) 3 hours.

Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) 6 hours.

Day 03: Rest and acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m.)

Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m.) 5 hours.

Day 05: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m.) 5 hours.

Day 06: Acclimatization day at Dingboche (4410m.)

Day 07: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m.) 4- 5 hours

Day 08: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m.) via Gorakshep (5140m.) 7-8 hours.

Day 09: To Kalapatthar (5545m.) descend to Gorakshep and trek to Pheriche (4210m.) 5 hours.

Day 10: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar 6-7 hours.

Day 11: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla.6 hours.

Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu.

Everest base camp Trek
Kalapatthar (5550m)

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Lukla (2840m.) and trek to Phakding (2610m.) 3 hours.

  • Altitude: 2840m/9320 ft. (Lukla) and 2610m/8560 ft. (Phakding)
  • Trekking hours: 3 to 4 hours
  • Highlights: Thrilling mountain flight to Lukla, Aerial views of the Langtang, Jugal, and Everest ranges
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

An early start to the day we begin our Himalayan adventure heading towards the stunning Himalayan town of Lukla. Exiting the capital city the 45-minute flight takes us above the lush green valleys before and towards the Himalayas. As the majestic snowy summits slowly break into our view we touch down at the thrilling Lukla airport kicking off our adventure. After a brief rest at Lukla, we make our way towards Phakding following the banks of the Dudh Koshi River.

Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) 6 hours.

  • Altitude: 3440m/11290 ft.
  • Trekking hours: 6 hours
  • Highlights: Enjoy stunning Himalayan views along the Dudh Koshi River, Sherpa culture and traditions
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Exiting the hamlet of Phakding we follow the banks of the Dudh Koshi River heading through a series of suspension bridges including the failed Edmund Hillary Suspension bridge. The next stretch of the trek takes us through Bengkar and Monjo alongside the river bank. From Jorsalle, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park as the hilly trail winds through the lush green forests. Enjoying the pleasant views of Kusum Khangkaru (6,367m), we continue our journey towards Namche.

Day 03: Rest and acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m.)

  • Altitude: 3440m/11290 ft
  • Trekking hours: 6 hours
  • Highlights: Explore the town of Namche, Visit Sherpa villages like Khumjung and Khunde, Visit Buddhist monasteries and Chortens
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The first of our acclimatization days today we take some time off at the town of Namche exploring the picturesque town. The gateway to Everest region the town is always buzzing with locals and tourists and is also an ideal spot to restock on things you might need up in the Himalayas. For our acclimatization hike, we ascend towards Khumjung. The journey is a pleasant one adorned with Himalayan views. Khumjung is also home to the Yeti Skull Monastery which is believed to house the skull of a real-life Yeti.

Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m.) 5 hours.

  • Altitude: 3860m/12660ft
  • Trekking hours: 5 hours
  • Highlights: Explore the Dawa Choling Monastery, Learn more about the ancient Sherpa culture, heritage, and way of life
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Exiting Namche, we continue our ascending journey towards Tengboche. The increasing altitudes are evident in the landscapes as the lush green forests are replaced with alpine shrubs. Past Namche, the trail gently ascends heading towards Sanasa. Past Lawi Schyasa, the trail reaches Phunki Tenga crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River en route. Enjoying the views of Ama Dablam (6,856m) the final stretch of the journey brings us to Tengboche for the night. Arriving at the hamlet, we also explore the Dawa Choling Monastery which also hosts the annual Mani Rimdu Festival.

Day 05: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m.) 5 hours.

  • Altitude: 4360m/14300ft
  • Trekking hours: 5 hours
  • Highlights: Follow the rugged Himalayan trail, explore the summer valley of Dingboche, views of Ama Dablam (6856m).
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

On with our Himalayan journey, we exit Tengboche early headed for the summer valley of Dingboche. Following the Himalayan trail north, the journey takes us through Debuche before meeting up with the Imja River at Milingo. Following the river towards Pangboche, the final stretch of our journey takes us through Shomare and Orsho before reaching Dingboche.

Day 06: Acclimatization day at Dingboche (4410m.)

  • Altitude: 4360m/14300ft
  • Trekking hours: 4 to 5 hours
  • Highlights: Explore Dingboche, Sherpa lifestyle, surreal Himalayan views
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The final of our acclimatization days, today, we take some time off at Dingboche ensuring that we are well prepared for the altitudes ahead. For our acclimatization hike, we ascend a nearby mountain enjoying the picturesque Himalayan views as we go. We also take some time off to explore the hamlet touring the local heritages and interacting with locals. Overnight at Dingboche.

Everest base camp trek
Mt. Pumori from Kalapatthar

Day 07: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m.) 4- 5 hours

  • Altitude: 4910m/16207 ft.
  • Trekking hours: 5 hours
  • Highlights: Trek through the lateral moraines of the Khumbu Glacier, views of the Everest range, cross the Thukla Pass
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

An early start to our day, the ascending journey is a steep one and takes us through the terminal moraines of the Khumbu Glacier. Exiting Dingboche, we make our way through Pheriche and Dughla enjoying the stunning Himalayan views of the Everest Range as we go. The final step of the journey takes us alongside the majestic Khumbu Glacier before dropping down to Lobuche for the night.

Day 08: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m.) via Gorakshep (5140m.) 7-8 hours.

  • Altitude: Gorakshep (5140m/16961 ft.) and Everest Base Camp (5364m/17400 ft.)
  • Trekking hours: 6 hours
  • Highlights: Explore the majestic Everest Base Camp, views of Khumbu Glacier and Icefall, Everest Himalayan range
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The most anticipated day of the journey, today, we make our way over to the Everest Base Camp. Past Lobuche, the trail continues to ascend through the snowy Himalayan landscapes towards the moraines of Khumbu Glacier. Enjoying the mesmerizing Himalayan views as we go we make our way over to Gorakshep stopping for a brief rest. The next stretch of the journey takes us through the steep Himalayan trail with views of the Khumbu Icefall. Arriving at the Everest Base Camp, we take some time to soak in the mesmerizing beauty of the Himalayas as well as the thrill of making it to the places. The descending journey sees us drop back to Gorakshep.

Day 09: To Kalapatthar (5545m.) descend to Gorakshep and trek to Pheriche (4210m.) 5 hours.

  • Altitude: Pheriche (4270m/14070 ft.) and Kala Patthar (5545m/18192 ft.)
  • Trekking hours: Approximately 7 hours
  • Highlights: Mesmerizing sunrise views of the Himalayas from Kalapatthar, views of mountain ranges and glaciers
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

An early start to the day we make our way over to the hill summit of Kalapatthar. At an altitude of 5545m, the summit boasts stunning views of the entire Everest Range at sunrise. With the rays of the morning sun, the majestic summits of Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,861m), Changtse (7,543m), Lhotse (8,516m), Ama Dablam (6,856m), Lingtren (6,749m) are coloured golden creating an intricate Himalayan panorama for us to enjoy. Taking some time at the summit we drop back to Gorakshep for a lovely Himalayan breakfast before dropping down to Pheriche.

Day 10: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar 6-7 hours.

  • Altitude: 3440m/11290ft.
  • Trekking hours: 6 hours
  • Highlights: Descending journey through vibrant hamlets and pleasant hilly trails
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

One of the longer days of the journey the trail takes us to Namche for the night. Past Pheriche we quickly drop down to Orsho before reaching Pangboche. After a quick rest, the trail finds the bank of the Imja Tse River leading towards Milingo and then to Debuche. Arriving at Tengboche, we begin our final stretch of the journey to Namche.

Day 11: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla.6 hours.

  • Altitude: 2840m/9320ft.
  • Trekking hours: 6 hours
  • Highlights: Meet up with the Dudh Koshi River following it back to Lukla, views of Kongde and Kusum Khangkaru ranges
  • Accommodation: Basic Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Exiting Namche, the trail slowly descends through the lush green forests heading towards the hamlet of Jorsalle. As the Himalayas are covered by the rising hills the journey exits the Sagarmatha National Park bringing us to Monjo. After a brief rest, we continue our descending journey past Bengkar arriving at Phakding. Following the banks of the Dudh Koshi River, we continue our descending journey past Koshi Gaon and Ghat before dropping down to Lukla.

Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu.

  • Highlights: Thrilling mountain flight with one final glance at the Himalayas
  • Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

An early start to the day we depart from the Everest Region and back to the capital city. Bidding goodbye to the majestic Himalayas we once again relive the thrill of Lukla airport before heading towards Kathmandu. Reaching the city we make our way directly to the hotel wrapping up our Himalayan adventure.

Conclusion

Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most illustrious journeys in the entire Himalayan realm. As such, there is a great number of natural and cultural attractions on the trip. Enjoy the delightful panorama of the Himalayas and relish Sherpa companion as you trek through the Sagarmatha National Park.

Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

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