Everest Base Camp Trek, also known in Nepal as Sagarmatha and in Tibet as Chomolungma, is Earth’s highest mountain. It is located in the Mahalangur mountain range in Nepal and Tibet. Its peak is 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. Everest Base Camp tour is the most famous trekking route. The international border between China (Tibet Autonomous Region) and Nepal runs across Everest’s precise summit point. Its massif includes neighbouring peaks Lhotse, 8,516 m (27,940 ft); Nuptse, 7,855 m (25,771 ft) and Changtse, 7,580 m (24,870 ft).
In 1856, the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India established the first published height of Everest, then known as Peak XV, at 8,840 m (29,002 ft). The current official height of 8,848 m (29,029 ft) as recognised by China and Nepal was established by a 1955 Indian survey and subsequently confirmed by a Chinese survey in 1975. In 1865, Everest was given its official English name by the Royal Geographical Society upon a recommendation by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India. As there appeared to be several different local names, Waugh chose to name the mountain after his predecessor in the post, Sir George Everest, despite George Everest’s objections.
If you are interested in a shorter tour, please also take a look at the Mount Everest Gokyo Trek. There exist different tour alternatives which vary in terms of duration and difficulty. Consider the Everest Panorama Trek if you want to focus in a short and easy trekking tour!
- Pickup / Drop international airport and Domestic airport by private tourist vehicle.Car, van or bus. (Depends on size of group)
- Flight ticket to Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu. And Domestic airport tax.
- Everest National Park fee.
- TIMS (Trekking information management system) Fee.
- Lodge trek with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation in tea house lodge.
- Service of English speaking trekking guide. And Porters. We provide 1 porter for 2 Persons (Maximum weight carried by one porter is total 25 Kg).
- Allowance, all food, accommodation, flight ticket Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu. And domestic Airport tax of guide.
- Allowance, all food, and accommodation of Porters.
- Insurance of guide and porters.
- All applicable government taxes and service charge.
- Any accommodation, meals and other services in Kathmandu
- Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
- Bottle Drinks (Mineral waters, any cold drinks and alcoholic drinks) during your trek.
- Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver, laundry, bar bill, Telephone calls etc.
- Nepal Visa fee.
- Any other cost not mention above in cost includes.
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1345 meters / 4438 ft.)
We will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle.
Kathmandu is the capital city and largest city of Nepal with a population of around 1 million. Kathmandu is also the largest metropolis in the Himalayan hill region. Nepali is the most spoken language in the city.
Day 2Transfer to airport for Kathmandu / Lukla flight (35 minute flight). (2804 meters / 9253 ft.) Then trek to Phakding (2652 meters / 8751 ft.) Approx. 4 hours
Early in the morning we drive to Tribhuwan domestic Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minute flight to Lukla. Upon arrival we take you to a restaurant for a short stop to introduce you to your porters. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Koshi River. On our way to Phakding we can explore different villages. The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat it is a short walk to Phakding. There we stay Overnight.
Day 3Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters / 11352 ft.) Approx. 5 – 6 hrs
Today, the walk is pleasant with a few ups and downs. We will have a magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m / 21,675ft) from the Benkar village. After crossing the bridges we reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. When entering the National Park boundary, we descend towards the suspension bridge of Dudh Koshi River to reach the last village till Namche which is call Jorsale village.
We will also cross the highest bridge in this region over the Imja Tse River. Then continuing our trek, we walk along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with a magnificent view of Kwangde peak and Kusum Kanguru on the back. As you climb higher, you will have a view of Mt. Everest and Lhotse on the way to Namche.
Day 4Acclimatization day around Namche Bazaar. Approx. 4 – 5 hrs.
On the following day we take you to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park. There is a view point to see Mt. Everest, Lotse, Amadablam and many more mountains. You can also visit Sherpa Museum, a great place to learn about Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. Then we walk to the Syangboche airstrip & luxury Everest view hotel for acclimatization.
After that stroll back to Namche. Namche Bazaar is a very old trade point. You can see Tibetans by crossing the Nangpa La Pass to sell cheap goods from China. Also you will enjoy Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life in the Everest region. The village itself is a beautiful place to spend a day for proper acclimatization. Stay overnight.
Day 5Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3870 meters / 12771 ft.) approx. 5 hrs.
We start our trek with magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nupste, close up of Thamserku and Amadablam. After some easy walk with view a of these mountains we walk down to Phungi Thanga. When crossing the suspension bridge uphill to Tengboche we reach the place of biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. We will visit this monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the day’s trekking went. Stay Overnight.
Day 6Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4360 meters / 14388 ft.) Approx. 6 hrs.
With witnessing the wonderful view the trail drops to Dibuche and crosses the suspension bridge on the Imja Khola. We climb to Pangboche, a village of the oldest Monastery in Khumbu Region. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. Dingboche is one of that village where we have agriculture over the 4000 metres. Stay overnight.
Day 7Acclimatization day in Dingboche
Today is another day for acclimatisation. This day, we take a day’s hike to Nagarstang hill (4 – 5 hrs.), all the way to top is 5060 metres. If you reach the top it is great for your acclimatisation. If you don’t want to reach that top, we recommend you to go 400/ 500 metres from Dingboche and than back down for lunch. After than we have free time to take a rest. Stay overnight.
Day 8Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters / 16203 ft.) Approx. 5 hrs.
Trek along a broad valley floor to Dughla. When continuing up the valley along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier, we pass a trail decorated with stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. Then we are heading to an altitude of 4910 meters at Lobuche. We come out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures of Lobuche. Just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Stay overnight.
Day 9Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364 meters / 17701 ft.) & back to Gorekshep (5180 meters / 17094 ft.) Approx. 8 hrs.
Start early and get to Gorakshep. After a short climb through meadows, look down at the Khumbu glacier. We will have early lunch then we head up to Everest Base Camp. During the main climbing season, we will see the encampments of expeditions from all over the world whose common aim is to make successful ascents of the world’s highest mountain.
There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs and, combined with altitude, this can be an exhausting trek to Base Camp. Enjoy a magnificent view of the Khumbu glacier and ice fall, where the Everest expeditions begin. After spending some time there then walk back to Gorakship. Stay overnight.
Day 10Excursion to Kalapattar (5549m meters /18311 ft.) & back down to Pheriche (4210 meters / 13893 ft.) Approx. 7 hrs.
Starts early with a hike up to Kalapattar. The best viewpoint to witness Mount Everest (8848 m. / 29198 ft.) in all its glory and the spectacular Himalayan range towers directly ahead. On all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse, Thamserku, Amadablam and countless others. After spending some time we make a quick descent to Gorak Shep for breakfast. Then, continue down to Pheriche. Stay overnight.
Day 11Trek back to Namche (3440 meters /11352 ft.) Approx. 7 hrs.
From Pheriche we walk a slightly different route down to Pangboche village along the Imja Khola. Continue a slightly different trail to Dibuche and a short climb to Tengboche. Then descend Pungki Thanka and complete steep to Sanasa. Following we hike an easier trail to Namche. Stay overnight.
Day 12Trek back to Phakding (2652 meters / 8751 ft.) Approx. 4 hrs.
Today we descend all the way to that high bridge over the Imja Tse River. Then we take a slightly different route down to Phakding.
Phakding is a small village in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It lies in the Dudh Kosi river valley just north of Lukla and south of Monjo, at an altitude of 2,610 m, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979
Day 13Trek back to Lukla (2804 meters / 9253 ft.) Approx. 4 hrs.
The trek continues along the Dudh Kosi River to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla which will seem like a lifetime ago. Finally enjoy the time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also you have time to explore the town last night in the Himalayan mountains. Stay overnight.
Day 14Fly back to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
Take a 35 minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu. We have to fly to Kathmandu in the morning time, because of the wind problems to fly the aircraft in the afternoon. Sometimes the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other unprecedented reasons that are beyond our control. After reaching Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel you can rest and enjoy. When the trip ends, our airport representative will drop you at the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 25 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 40$ for a 30 days visa and USD 100$ for a 90 days Multiple visa, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo.
Booking your International flight
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Airport Condition: -
Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Doesn't stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.
Which currencies are accepted in Nepal?
Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visa and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.
When and where should you arrive?
You will arrive at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu on the trip starting day or earlier. You will be received outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal gate by our representatives holding a Himalayan Social Journey signboard and he will escorts you to the Hotel.