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Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

 

The journey through the Sherpa homelands to the base of the Everest and the shining spires of the Khumbu ice fall thoroughly deserves its moniker of one the world’s greatest treks. Not to be undertaken lightly this trek rewards with incredible scenery, rich and diverse cultural landscapes and the Everest or Sagarmartha Mother Goddess of the Earth herself.

This is an exhilarating trek: most trek days are 5-6 hours long and sometimes 7-8 hours; we have steady gains in altitude, carefully paced to allow us to acclimatize; the paths and tracks are a mix of wide, relatively even and well marked main trails to some more alpine style footpaths on the higher hills. The trekking is sustained with rest days built in to allow acclimatization.

At a Glance

Day Itinerary Accomodation Meals
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu  Hotel in Kathmandu  
Day 2 Fly to Lukla (2,850m) and trek to Phakding (2610 m) Local Lodge L D
Day 3 Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) Local Lodge B L D 
Day 4 Acclimatization day Namche Local Lodge B L D
Day 5 Trek Namche to Tengboche (3870 m) Local Lodge B L D
Day 6 Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 m) Local Lodge B L D
Day 7 Acclimatization day Dingboche (4410 m)    Local Lodge B L D
Day 8 Trek to Lobuche (4910m)  Local Lodge B L D
Day 9 Trek to Gorak Shep, and continue on to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) Local Lodge B L D
Day 10 Ascent of Kala Patar (5140m) and descend to Pheriche (4626m) Local Lodge B L D
Day 11 Trek Pheriche to Tengboche Local Lodge B L D
Day 12 Trek Tengboche to Namche  Local Lodge B L D
Day 13 Trek Namche to Lukla Local Lodge B L D
Day 14 Fly  Lukla – Kathmandu Hotel in Kathmandu B
Day 15 Free day in Kathmandu  Hotel in Kathmandu  
Day 16 Final Departure    

 

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01:                  Arrive In Kathmandu.

Meals:        None           

Welcome to Nepal!

It is 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. A representative and driver from Yeti Adventure will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

DAY 02:      FLY KATHMANDU – LUKLA AND TREK TO PHAKDING (3 hours)

Meals:        Lunch & Dinner

Start of our services when you meet our trek guide and you take the short mountain flight to Lukla (2,850m). Upon arrival meet the trekking crew and start our walk to Phakding.

Descend through the rhododendrons forest with views of the valley to our right. Dudh Koshi river approaches as we pass a mani wall and arrive at Ghat. We follow the Dudh Khosi river to Phakding. As we walk through the Sherpa villages, we notice an impressive display of faith in Buddhism and cultural practices associated with it as prayer stones dot the landscape and prayer flags flap in the wind.

Overnight at Local lodge

DAY 03:      TREK PHAKDING - NAMCHE (5-6 hours)

Meals:        Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we start our walk to Namche. The walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill with multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River and magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m) from the Benkar village. We cross more bridges and reach entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked in order to keep record of trekkers and local trekking staffs as well. A descend and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The walk is enjoyable through the river bed and we reach Hillary Suspension Bridge. Now, as we climb up hill towards Namche Bazzar, closer and magnificent sight of Kwangde Peak, Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, and many other fabulous mountains will be viewed closely. We stop at Chautara to admire the view. Finally, we reach the colorful village of Namche Bazzar, the main gateway of Khumbu region.

Overnight at Local lodge

DAY 04:      IN NAMCHE – ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

Meals:        Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, turning away from the main Everest trail we head out past Namche’s gompa to join a high alpine trail contouring Nepali flat style along and gently up through pine forest and  meadows to the hamlet of Thamo. This trail forms part of the entry route to Tibet, which passes near the 8,012-metre peak of Cho Oyu, first climbed in 1954. It is also the historical route that the Sherpa’s migrated from eastern Tibet 800 years ago. Thamo is also the home Ang Rita Sherpa, who holds the record for scaling Mt Everest ten times without oxygen.

After lunch at Thamo, we retrace our step back to Namche.

Overnight at Local lodge

DAY 05:      TREK NAMCHE – TENGBOCHE (5-6 hours)

Meals:        Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek towards Tengboche. The trek has a few ups and downs with magnificent views of the great Himalayas. We enjoy the hike until we stop and relax for lunch. After lunch we start walking through the pine forest for about 2 more hours to reach Tyangboche. Tyangboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam which has the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region. 

Overnight at Lodge lodge

DAY 06:      TREK TENGBOCHE – DINGBOCHE (5 hours)

Meals:        Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A very different from the previous day we are now on the wide rounded slopes of the lower valley gently ascending to Orsho before crossing the river and a final up to the vibrant village of Dingboche and our lodge.

Overnight at Local lodge

DAY 07:      ACCLIMATIZATION DAY - DAY TRIP TO CHUKKUNG

Meals:        Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

To help our adjustment to the ever increasing altitude we spend two nights at the same sleep height. So today is free for a morning walk up the Imja khola valley towards Chukkung and the glittering folds of glacier visible opposite.

Overnight at Local lodge

DAY 08:      TREK DINGBOCHE – LOBUCHE (6 hours)

Meals:        Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we climb up past the chortens on the ridge above and take a gently rising path on the fell side above the main valley toward the mouth of the Khumbu glacier. We stop at Thugla for lunch then press on for a short but steep climb to attain the side of the glacier. From here it’s a flat-ish couple of hours to Lobuche.

Overnight at Local lodge

DAY 09:      TREK LOBUCHE – GORAK SHEP AND EXCURSION TO BASE CAMP (8 hours)

Meals:        Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We start early and trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below of the Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar (5545m) and Mt. Pumori (7145m.) Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. The trail winds through a rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse appears at the front of you. Sometimes an avalanche can be seen on the way. After witnessing a great moment, you retrace your steps back passing through the Khumbu glacier with magnificent views of Lobuche, Cholatse, Mt. Pumori and Tabuche.

Overnight at Local lodge – Gorak Shep

DAY 10:      ASCENT OF KALA PATTHAR AND DESCEND TO PHERICHE (8 hours)

Meals:        Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Early morning ascent of Kala Patar (5140m) to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar and witness the first light of day caress the peaks of the mountains, particularly, Mt. Everest. Later, descend to Pheriche. We have a cheeky climb up to the glacier side, then start to head down to Lobuche, down again to Thugla and then the final walk down the valley to our lodge for the night at Pheriche.

Overnight at Local lodge

DAY 11:      TREK PHERICHE – TENGBOCHE (5-6 hours)

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We start our downhill walk to Pangboche and continue further down to Deboche. From here we walk uphill to the crest of the ridge to the monastery at Tengboche.

Overnight at Local lodge

DAY 12:      TREK TENGBOCHE – NAMCHE (5-6 hours)

Meals:        Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We then descend to Phunki Tenga. Re-crossing the river we have a last sustained pull back up to Kyangjuma and then it’s along and around to Namche. The trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. We lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, and colourful pheasants while passing through the forest by the trail.

Overnight at local lodge

DAY 13:      TREK NAMCHE - LUKLA (5-6 hours)

Meals:        Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 cross the Dudh Koshi River twice at separate locations before reaching Monjo. We are out of the Sagarmatha National Park after exiting from its official entrance near Monjo and finally reach Monjo Village. Continue our walk to Lukla with some downhill walk and brief ascents too. We further enjoy a combo of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distant background Kwangde peak. We cross the Dhud Koshi River three times through the prayer flags strewn suspension bridges and also cross one of its tributaries, Thado Koshi once. The final ascent of about 45 minutes from Chheplung takes us to Lukla.

Overnight at Local lodge

DAY 14:      FLY LUKLA - KATHMANDU

Meals:        Breakfast

Early morning walk to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Remaining day is at Leisure.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

DAY 15:      RESERVE DAY

Meals:        Breakfast

Today you have a free day to explore on your own or relax at your hotel. Or take a half day sight seeing your to Boudhanath and Pashupatinath.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

DAY 16:      FINAL DEPARTURE

Meals:        Breakfast

All transfers and services are at own arrangements . Fly back home.