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EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

everest base camp trek itinerary

Being the base camp of world highest mountain, Everest base camp trek itinerary has become most popular trekking routes. Everyone feels glory to be on the lap of Everest & view the roof of the world from Kalapathar because Kalapathar offers best views of Everest. Everest Base camp trek itinerary is commenced after a 45 minutes flight to Lukla .Once you trek in Everest Base camp, an additional hike to Kalapathar peak (5,545m.) is suggested for the best views of Mt. Everest & Khumbu Glacier. It is a 5,545m. high non-technical hiking peak & can be climb without special climbing permission. The main attraction of Everest Base camp trek itinerary are unique Sherpa villages, Namche Bazar, Khumjung, Fortse village, views from Kalapathar, to be in Everest base camp & meet some world great mountaineers in climbing season. Tenboche & Thame village have very popular monasteries in Khumbu region for Buddhist culture study.

EBC (Everest Base Camp) trekking route may include some very popular trekking peaks such as Island Peak (6,189m.) & Labuche peak. Those who have basic mountaineering skills & fitness can combine trekking with peak climbing for a great experience.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and preparation for trek(1,300m. / 4,264 ft).

Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,805m.) about 45 minutes, trek to Phakding (2,652m.) 3hrs.

Day 03: Trek Phakding  to Namche (3440m) 6 hrs.

Day 04: Namche –  A day exploration for preventing from AMS.

Day 05: Trek Namche to Thyngboche (3867m) 5 hrs.

Day 06: Trek Thyngboche to  Dingboche (4,413m.) 5 hrs.

Day 07: Day exploration Chhunkung(4,730m.) or Nangkharsang Gompa (4,600m.).

Day 08: Trek Dingboche to Labuche (4930m) 5 hrs.

Day 09: Trek Labuche-Kalapathar(5545m) – Gorak Shap(5140m) for 6 hrs.

Day 10: Trek Gorak Shap to Kala Patthar (5,545m. / 18,192 ft) to Pheriche (4,288m. / 14,070 ft) 7 hrs.

Day 11: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar.(3,440m. / 11,280 ft) 6 hrs.

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m. / 9,186 ft) 7 hrs.

Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu.

Day 14: Final departure.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and preparation for trek(1,300m. / 4,264 ft)

On arrival at international airport, received by our Visit View Nepal Trek staff with warm welcome and then escort to your hotels in the center of Kathmandu city. Time to get relaxed and refreshed after a long flight. Our company  welcome you with dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurant with folk culture programs.


Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,805m.) about 45 minutes, trek to Phakding (2,652m.) 3 hrs.

It takes about 45 mins. flight from Kathmandu to reach Lukla, one of the best and most beautiful air routes in the world climax on a hillside surrounded by high mountainous peaks. From Lukla, our trek begins, we meet our other staff and start packing & arranging with them. From Lukla, we gradually descent about an hour reaching Cheplung village from where we have a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila. Further descending gradually until we reach Phakding for overnight stay.


Day 03: Trek Phakding to Namche (3440m) 6 hrs.

We follow the trial north up the valley of Benkar walking through a beautiful pine forest. Next, we head to Everest National Park crossing through Dudh Koshi river and go on passing Chumoa to Monjo. Then we cross a suspension bridge and pass Jorsale village walking alongside of the Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers respectively. Few km. steep ascent brings us to the prime heart land of Sherpa village – Namche Bazar. Overnight in Namche Bazzar.


Day 04: Namche - A day exploration for preventing from AMS.

Today we  scheduled ‘acclimatization’ day for the trek. It is preferable  to stay active and energetic  during the acclimation period to acquaint  your lungs with the thin air. We either spend the day taking a day hike to visiting Khunde or Thame.

We can explore the Namche Bazzar too. Namche Bazzar is the main center of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes,  restaurants,  shops, and so on. We can learn more about first climbers of Everest, native Sherpa culture of the Everest region from  Tourist Visitor Center. The sacred peak Khumbila surrounds this valley which entertain a well-known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We will spend overnight in Namche Bazaar.


Day 05: Trek Namche to Thyngboche (3867m) 5 hrs.

After, finishing our breakfast, we will catch our trail for today’s destination. All the way up we can observe to spot wild pheasants, deer, and thar before arriving to Kayangjuma. Phunki Thenga will be our nest spot to take rest for a lunch break and continue along a steep path through dense forests. We will keep walking up-to Tengboche for our tea house program.


Day 06: Trek Thyngboche to Dingboche (4,413m.) 5 hrs.

We descent from Tengboche and walk through forests filled with a variety of lush trees – birch, conifers and rhododendrons. On the way, it rewards us wiith tremendous views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam and Lhotse.

Then we head to Pangboche passing through picturesque trail dips down to Devuche, crosses the Imja river. We will visit the Pangboche monastery while following the upper Pangboche trials. The trek moves ahead towards the Imja valley, Lobuche river and ultimately begins climbing up to Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.


Day 07: Day exploration Chhunkung(4,730m.) or Nangkharsang Gompa (4,600m.).

Dingboche, a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. It is a beautiful village with an array of fields. The fields are enclosed by stone walls to protect potatoes, buckwheat and barley from the grazing animals and from cold.

We spend a leisure day at Dingboche for acclimatization and we go out for hikes to either Nagarjjun hill or Chukkung valley where we can view a Mt. Makalu, Lhotse, Tawache, Ama Dablam and Chalotse. Overnight at Dingboche.


Day 08: Trek Dingboche to Labuche (4930m) 5 hrs.

Today our trail leads us to Thugla, along the way our walk continues with steep climb about an hour with beautiful views of valley and mountains, where Khumbu glaciers melts turning into a river.

Here trail from Pheriche joins, after rest and lunch a steep climb for an hour to Thugla ridge top, where you can see many stone memorials of unfortunate climbers who died climbing Mt. Everest, Lhotse and other high mountains. We will stop at Lobuche after a walk of an hour for overnight stay.


Day 09: Trek Labuche-Kalapathar(5545m) - Gorak Shap(5140m) for 6 hrs.

Today our final adventure leads to Everest Base Camp, starting with moderate walk for few hour and then climb over glacier and moraine to Gorakshep located at the bottom of Mt. Pumori and Kalapathar hill and view point. We will head towards to Everest Base Camp following the path nearly close to Khumbu glacier. We  can enjoy the views of Kuhmbu Ice Fall and glaciers from base camp. After capturing a picture for memory, walk back to Goarkshep for overnight stop.


Day 10: Trek Gorak Shap to Kala Patthar (5,545m. / 18,192 ft) to Pheriche (4,288m. / 14,070 ft) 7 hrs.

We depart at early morning, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14ºC). Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. We begin to reveal Everest while familiar with other peaks i.e. Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east. But, to see 360º up-close views of Mt. Everest, we have to reach Kala Patthar. After enjoying with the panoramic views of mountains we take some of the time to capture the photos as a memento and then return back to Pheriche for a good night’s rest.

Everest Base Camp hike takes longer than the hike at Kala Patthar so those participants who will visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast to start early. We will return back to Gorak Shep and have our lunch together with other groups. At afternoon, we will descend down to Pheriche for a good niight’s rest.


Day 11: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar.(3,440m. / 11,280 ft) 6 hrs.

We trek down through the hillside covered by rhododendron and juniper trees. We will follow the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through pine forests, after crossing the prayer-flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. The forest trial offers to view the colorful pheasants and mountain goats, following the path eventually reach Sansa from where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. Before reaching Namche Bazzar for overnight stay we pass through winding trails.


Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m. / 9,186 ft) 7 hrs.

Today, all the way we descends steeply downward so we need to walk cautiously as our unsteady foots continuously battle the rocky terrain. The trial becomes more level and natural only after we cross the suspension bridges over the fast flowing river Dudh Koshi and its tributaries. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and do some rest as the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Overnight in Lukla.


Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu.

From Lukla an early morning flight to Kathmandu, with  domestic airlines. Our guide and staff transfer you back to your hotels.


Day 14: Final departure.

Your last day in this amazing country Nepal full of adventure and various rich cultures, after a wonderful Mt. Everest Base Camp trekking with excellent guidance of Visit View Nepal Trek, as per your flight time our staff transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for final departure to your home countries or to other respective destination.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrance fees during Kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow