Everest Base Camp Trek
The Allure of Everest, and the world’s highest mountain bring us back time and time again,
The Everest Base Camp Trek boasts five of the world’s highest peaks, including Everest, which towers above all the rest. Mount Everest stands 8,848m (29,035ft.) above sea level and the summit sits on the border of Tibet and Nepal. The Nepalese people call Mt.Everest Sagarmatha which means ‘Higher than the sky’. We boast 100% success rate to date on this trek, achieved by adding in one extra day in the critical acclimatization period. We have a great team of trusted staff who deliver every time. Making the journey through the Everest Region is not only a visually stunning region, you will discover amazing cultural diversity, monasteries, adventure and not to mention the most genuine people you will ever encounter, the Sherpa people. This trip is one of the highlights of any avid trekker’s career and achievable for most fit walkers. This trek is rated one of the best treks in the world and a journey never to be forgotten. Check out our upcoming trips in 2015 Read our top tips
A little bit more about the trek
The quickest route into the region is by air, leaving from Kathmandu on a forty-five minute flight into the village of Lukla, which sits at 2,853m. The Everest Region, also known as the Solukhumbu Region, is characterized with sweeping glaciers, picturesque mountains and forests, inhabited by a wide range of animal and bird species as well as world famous monasteries. The Sherpa people dwell in this region, living along the trails, welcoming you to their villages as you move up the valley towards Mt. Everest. Recent statistics show that an extra day in Namche Bazaar gives you the best chance at making the journey to Everest Base Camp. So on some selected treks we will spend three nights acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar giving you the best chance at making the Everest hike to Base Camp.
This trek is by no means an easy task. With our expertise and experience, we will provide you with all the necessary information you need to make your trip a success. We will make sure that you are prepared both physically and mentally as well as to make sure that you have trained with and bring the necessary gear and equipment that will make your trip to Everest Base Camp a pleasurable and successful adventure. We have amazing group rates, so get in touch.
What people said
We are just back from our Trek to Everest Base Camp, we had the journey of a lifetime. I wish I had of trekked here many years ago. We will be back next year to trek the Annapurna Circuit with you. Ian I want to thank you for your encouragement, I am not sure I would have made this journey without your help. Everyone looked after us so well and this trip exceeded our expectations. Thanks again.-Frank Myers, Everest Base Camp 2013Itinerary
Fly to Kathmandu, Some people may choose to fly in a day early to have an extra day in Kathamandu and this face paced city. You should aim to arrive on the afternoon, the day before the trek. There are plenty of sights to visit and explore and you can pick up any last minute items on the streets of the Thamel district. One nights accommodation in Kathmandu is included in the cost of the trip.
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. We will make an early morning start for the Twin Otter flight to Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft), the gateway to the Khumbu Region. This is an exciting flight, which should give a glimpse of Everest in the distance. In Lukla, we will meet our trek staff and porters and set off straightaway for our first night’s stop at Phakding (2,600m/8,500ft). Situated on the banks of the Dudh Kosi, which drains the whole of the Khumbu Region, this small hamlet is on the main trade route through the area and there are a number of clean, well-built lodges where we can spend the night.
Trek to Namche Bazaar. We will continue up the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo where we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park. We will then cross the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi on a high suspension bridge and climb steeply for about two hours up ‘Namche Hill’ to reach Namche Bazaar (3,400m/11,155ft). This is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region. Many Tibetans cross the nearby border to trade their wares here, and the local market is a fascinating spectacle. This is a good place to buy genuine Tibetan artifacts. Just across the valley to the east stand the peaks of Thamserku and Kangtega, both very impressive mountains.
Today will be used as an acclimatization day as we need to adjust to the low oxygen levels. We will take a hike up to Shangbouche hill 3,900m/12,800ft) with stunning panoramic views of the whole Everest Region. During this critical acclimatisation phase, we will spend time resting and trekking to higher altitudes to aid in the process. This will allow our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of 3,450m (11,300ft). After this breath taking hike we will returning to Namche for lunch. The afternoon can be spent sampling the delights of the Namche bakery! or playing pool in Cafe Danfe.
We will spent as another day in this region. We will either made a hike to Thame (3,800m/12,500ft)
or Khunde (3,840m/12,600ft) Thame is the home town of Tengzing Norgay, Everest’s first summiteer. This will be vital in giving you the best acclimatization for moving further up into the Everest region and help you safely reach Everest Base Camp. We will spend the afternoon resting and relaxing and enjoy a nice chicken sizzler at the Himalayan lodge.
Trek to Tengbouche at (3,900m/12,800ft). From Namche the Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the Dudh Kosi. As we follow the path, we will get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. We descend down to our lunch stop passing by several small villages and numerous tea shops, we will cross the Dudh Kosi River. After our break we will make the long climb on a dusty zig zag trail. Tengbouche is home of an impressive and recently rebuilt monastery. We have plenty of time to look around Tengbouche (and have a cake at the bakery!). We will stay at an impressive new lodge across from the monastery.
Trek to Dingboche. We will make an initial descent down through Rhododendron trees the trail crosses a new suspension bridge just beyond Deboche. An hour’s walking from here will bring us to Pangboche, an excellent viewpoint for Ama Dablam (‘Mother’s Charm Box’) and home for the a lot of climbing Sherpa’s who work on this imposing mountain each post-monsoon season. Contouring up the valley side, we will re-cross the river and turn up the Imja Valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche at 4,410m (14,465ft). There is an internet cafe, some nice lodges and a new bakery. It is important to keep hydrated and relax for the rest of the day.
Today is spent as another acclimatization day. We will make an morning ascent of the ridge which sits behind Dingbouche and we will try and ascend up to (4,900m/16,000ft) This acclimatization hike gives us great view of Ama Dablam (6,856m/22,495ft), Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) and Tabuche (6,367m/20,890ft) We will descend back to Dingbouche for the afternoon. While in Dingboche, you can attend a seminar about high altitude acclimatization at the hospital in nearby Pheriche (4,200/13,780ft) run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. The walk over to Pheriche and back will also serve as good acclimatization training.
Trek to Lobuche. We will continue along the trail up on a platform above the valley floor. This will lead us up towards Dugla. Ahead of us is the trekking peak of Lobuje East(6,119m/20,075ft), and to our left is the formidable north face of Tabuche, the scene of many cutting-edge Himalayan ascents of the 1980s and 1990s. After three hours we reach the small collection of lodges at Dugla (4,620m/15,153ft). After lunch we continue the walk up the steep hill to the Sherpa memorials, there are outstanding views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Tabuche. From Dugla, the trail starts steeply to climb up beside the glacier moraine. After a few hours the trail eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft).
Trek to Gorak Shep. We will start early this morning. About three hours beyond Lobuche we reach Gorak Shep (5,180m/17,126ft), the site of the 1953 Everest Expedition’s base camp. We will be sleeping here tonight on return from Everest Base Camp. We will fill up with more water and continue the famous trail to Everest Base Camp. We will need to be careful as there is a chance of some small rock fall on our left as we move onto the Khumbu Glacier. This is it you will walk the final section into Everest Base Camp, walk around base camp, go to the edge of the Khumbu Ice fall. If you are trekking in from the end of March to May you will meet some of the climbing teams preparing to summit the world’s highest mountain and experience this magical place, before return back to Gorak Shep which may take 2 hours.
Today we will make the ascent of Kala Pattar at (5,545m/18,188ft) (this can also be done on the day before) It is highly recommended to make an early morning ascent of Kala Pattar for hopefully a stunning sunrise view over Everest. The climb takes between 2 and 3 hours and can be hard work, but the effort is rewarded by the classic view of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, as well as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori immediately above. This view of Everest will leave you inspired, maybe change your life in simple, small and in ways you never imagined. From the morning summit we will return to Gorak shep, pack your bags and move down the trail back to Pheriche (4,200m/13,780ft)
Trek to Tengbouche. We will retrace our steps down past Pangbouche and return down the Khumbu Valley, stopping for plenty of breaks and pictures on route to Tengbouche. We will cross the river and start the slow ascent back up to Tengbouche where we will spend the night. There is an opportunity to revisit the Monastery or hang out in the bakery.
We will try and make an early start and make the journey back to Namche Bazaar. We will make the long decent back down the dusty hill toward the valley crossing and start a steep ascent back up the other side of the valley, passing some of the small villages and top out at our lunch spot with some amazing lunch views of Thamserku. We will continue the traverse along the side of the mountain and drop back into Namche bazaar. You can spend the rest of the day playing pool and celebrate your success in cafe Danfe.
Trek to Lukla. Leave Namche by 9am for a long seven hour trek back to Lukla, we will cross bridges and see the Khumbu valley from a different view on the return journey. We arrive back to Lukla where we stay the night as flights only leave early the following morning.
Fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning and spend the rest of the day at Leisure in Kathmandu or fly back to your home destination. For those eager to see as much of Kathmandu as possible, an early start is worthwhile to visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath and districts of Bhaktapur and Patan. Durbar Square is also on the essential list, as is the shopping area of Thamel.
Do some last minute shopping and take a trip to the Kathmandu spa before being dropped off at the airport and your return journey home.
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