Everest Base Camp Trek 15 Days


Namche Bazzar Lukla Airport Everest Base Camp On the way to Everest base camp

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Trip Cost : US$ 1295

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Overview

The Everest Base Camp Trek is an extremely popular and famous trekking trail, as people from all over the world come here looking to be totally absorbed in this exotic corner of the world while being awestruck by magnificent views of Mt. Everest and its sibling mountain ranges. This trek takes you to the Base Camp (5,320m/17,450ft) of the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,021ft).

 

The Everest Base Camp Trek is indeed the journey of a lifetime. Trekking in the Everest region is very popular due to the spectacular Himalayan scenery as well as the opportunity to bear witness to the interesting cultures and lifestyles of its inhabitants (the Sherpas). You will also have opportunities to explore the Sherpa museums and famous Buddhist monasteries along your route. The trail gives you perfect views of beautiful peaks, rocky mountains, valleys and Sherpa villages, granting the trekker a glance into their daily life.

 

Mt. Everest Base Camp is a glacier moraine that does not have views of Mount Everest itself, but instead has great views of the Khumbu ice fall and the surrounding mountains. Another highlight during the trek to Mount Everest is the hike to Kalapathar (Black Rock), which has the most dramatic views of Mt. Everest, Pumari, Nuptse, and many other peaks. It has breathtaking sights for tourists of the Khumbu Himalaya region; the views of the valleys and glaciers are simply spectacular. The Everest Base Camp hike begins with the scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, leading to the Dudh koshi valley along with the Sherpa villages.

 

The powerfully spiritual prayer rocks and impressive suspension bridges are but a few of the numerous phenomena you’ll find yourself capturing through photographs. Children in the local villages will often rush over to make you stop and say the classic Nepali greeting “Namaste”. The beginning phase of the Everest walk is culturally rich, allowing you to meet the local people as you experience their warm hospitality.

 

Special Notice: Due to unpredictable weather conditions in the Himalayas, there may be unforeseen schedule changes in domestic flights to Lukla and from Lukla. The flights may be delayed for several hours or pushed back by a day or more, depending on the circumstances. Although this is rare, it can happen even during the best trekking seasons. As you know, high altitude weather conditions can be difficult to predict. Therefore, we strongly suggest that you plan for this by allowing for an extra day or two in Nepal after your trek, if possible. This will help ensure that you have some flexibility with regard to your trek. On the other hand, if everything goes according to plan, you will have time to enjoy other activities such as rafting, wildlife viewing, shopping, or just relaxing after your adventure.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazzar (3440m/11,283ft)

Day 05: Acclimatize day

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12684ft)

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft)

Day 08: Acclimatize Day

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4,928m/16164 ft)

Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp - Gorak Shep (5,320m/17,450ft EBC )/ (5,160m/16,929ft Gorekshep )

Day 11: Hike to Kala Pattar - Pheriche (5550m/18,204ft Kalapatthar)/ (4,358m/14,295 ft. Pheriche)

Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,283ft)

Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft)

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 15: Departure day


Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, Adventure Mountain Explore Treks (AME) will greet you and assist you to the Hotel.  We can meet later on that day (if possible) or the next day to take you to our head office to brief you on your upcoming Trek with us. At that time we will introduce you to your trekking guide and Sherpa. If your flight arrives on time, we will take you to one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance. This will give you a glimpse into the different ethnic groups of the country. If you arrive late in the evening we can do this the next day.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

After breakfast, you will begin a city tour of Kathmandu where you will see the main attractions of the valley. On this tour you will visit the Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (the old palace). After finishing the city tour, we will meet again to check your clothing and trekking equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots). This evening will be spent in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)/35 minutes flight and 4 hours walk

We drive to airport early in the morning as per flight departure time to take our flight to lukla (2,800m). It is scenic flight about 35 minutes which gives you a perfect site of mountain range. Once you are at Lukla airport, meet our other trekking member there and breakfast at the lodge. By the time prepare luggage for the Porters then walking starts through the stone paved trails towards Bhaisekharka. It is few up downs to get in to Phakding passing through plenty of prayer Rocks (Mani in local language). After getting in to the lodge at Phakding, fresh up and short walk to the village or hike up to the Gompa to get acclimatize. Stay overnight at the lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazzar (3440m/11,283ft)/ 5-6 hours walk

After hot breakfast at your lodge, the trail leads towards the suspension bridge and easy uphill to the Monju from where Sagarmath National Park begins. After short National Park formalities, drop down to the river, cross another suspension bridge and continue walk to the high Hilary Bridge at the bottom of the hill. After the bridge the trail leads uphill to the Namche Bazzar. On the way you will have great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Kusum Khangru and more with beautiful valley. Stay overnight at the Lodge.

Day 05: Acclimatize day

Today you explore the Museum, visit Khumjung village and Khongde village where you can enjoy the views of Mt. Everest and surroundings peaks with Sherpa culture. You can also visit Thame which is old Sherpa village as an option. Remaining of the day you can explore Namche Bazzar where you can use Internet, visit National Park head office, Museum and monastery as per your interest and time.  Stay overnight at Namche.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12684ft)/ 5 hours walk

After breakfast at the lodge at Namche, the trail leads short up towards ridge and easy way to Kyamjuma then descends slightly to Dudhkoshi at 3250m. After that a steep ascent will bring you to the famous Tengboche monastery, with its picturesque background of Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest and other peaks. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft)/ 5-6 hours walk

We hike half an hour down to riverside though lush forest, across the river and take a gradual climb up to the valleys highest year round settlement of Pangboche (3,860m/12,664ft). Continue ascending in the afternoon through alpine meadows and yak herds, eventually reaching Dingboche. Over night at Lodge.

Day 08: Acclimatize Day

Today we again acclimatize at Dingboche as second acclimatize  day on this trip. You may hike up to Chhukung towards to Island peak or explore Dingboche valley or hike up to Chhukung Ri or relax. Over night at Dingboche.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche(4,928m/16164 ft)/ 5 hours walk

After breakfast at the lodge the trail leads through the valley and get in to the bottom of the hill from where uphill begins to get in to Dugla. After that the trail continue climb upto the ridge where many memories of Sherpa who died on the glacier of Mount Everest. The the trail gently climb up to the Lobuche for overnight.
 

Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep-Everest Base Camp-Gorak Shep (5,320m/17,450ft EBC )/ (5,160m/16,929ft Gorekshep )/ 7-8 hours walk

The trail continues climb to Gorak Shep, check in to Mt. lodge, lunch and start your hike to EBC. This day leads you finally to the Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft) walking through rocky and glacial trails which is the most wonderful renowned place of this trek. After visiting the Everest Base Camp you will return to Gorak Shep (5,160m/16,929ft) for overnight.

Day 11: Hike to Kala Pattar - Pheriche (5550m/18,204ft Kalapatthar)/ (4,358m/14,295 ft. Pheriche)/ 7-8 hours

Today early morning your leader will knock your door to wake up you and you will take a dark climb up to the Kala Pattar. It takes a couple of hours to walk up to the famous viewing point of Kala Pattar (Black Rock) at 5,545m/18,192ft ; this small peak offers the best views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lotse, Pumori and Ama Dablam. The views are golden along with sunrise and then back to its original color of white snow capped. Explore sunrise with Everest as long as you want then hike back to Gorekshep, breakfast and will retrace back to Pheriche for overnight.

Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,283ft)/ 7-8 hours

After hot breakfast at the lodge, the trail drops easy downhill through the dry valley till Pangboche village. Then the trail drops to the riverside and cross a bridge and continues up through the pine and juniper forest to Tengboche. The trail descends to the Dudhkoshi River and continues up to Kyungjuna. Finally an easy walk leads you to the Namche bazzar for overnight where you will have really hot shower which is the best after few days having no shower. Stay overnight at the lodge.

Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft)/ 7-8 hours

After breakfast at the lodge, the trail drops downhill through the pine forest till to the bridge and continue walk to the Monju. Again some formalities has to be done at the check post of the National park at Monju then continue walk to the Phakding for the lunch. After that your last day of the trek continue to the Lukla. Stay overnight at the lodge.

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)/ 35 minutes scenic flight

Normally flights are always in the morning due to the weather. So guide will do all airport formalities by the time you can have a breakfast at the lodge. Your luggage will get in to the airport already with the help of our sherpas and porters. Once guide get news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, will call you to watch how the small aircraft get lands in to the small airstrip. After quick photograph, get in to the airport and straight away get in to the plane to fly out to Kathmandu. Once you are at the airport at Kathmandu, guide will assist to get in to your hotel by private vehicle.

Day 15: Final departure

Today is the last day of the trip with us. If you would like to extend your holiday with us, we will help you if you require otherwise we will assist you to the airport as per your flight departure time. If your flight is late evening, you can do last minute shopping or manage your photos of the trip then final departure from the airport.
 


Dates and Prices

Special Note: On our trip you are able to schedule your own departure dates. We are able to depart our trip every day (only Nepal). So kindly choose your own date as per your convenient. Contact us to schedule your own departure day.




Useful Information

 

Travel Insurance
you should have travel insurance to be adequately protected in terms of insurance. A travel insurance policy that should cover cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors' fees and repatriation costs are the client's responsibility. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you if you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers those.

Health and Fitness
We strongly recommend you to consult the doctor before planning your holidays. You should obtain professional advice from a travel clinic or your local GP about which vaccinations to have before you arrive in Nepal. Your doctor will advise current inoculation requirements. If a doctor has recommended against travel or indicated travel may be inconvenient then kindly inform us of the details. On all trekking and exploratory trips technical experience is not required, hiking/camping experience is an advantage, but by far the most important thing is a positive attitude and a generous amount of determination. We run regular first aid courses for our all trekking guides and Sherpa helpers.

Foods and Accommodation
In Kathmandu we use tourist standard hotel to ensure a comfortable stay and relaxed environment before and after your adventure. All breakfasts are included at the hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are generally twin share – depending on group size and room availability, triple share may be offered up on your request. A single supplement room is available at an additional cost for accommodation and required expenses during the trek to provide good quality food and services. For breakfast you expect to have porridge, toast or chapattis, omelet and local bread. We will provide all meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee) from the teahouse menu during the trekking period. Whilst trekking on the Everest, the accommodation is in guesthouses or Lodges which are basic with shared facilities. Some lodges offers shower and mostly offers bucket hot water up on request. During the trip you can expect for 2 times hot shower.

Our effort while you are on a trek
while you are on a trek, there are not much communication facilities so that we would pass your message to your family and friends if required. Our guide will have cell phone and we often speak with you so that easy for us to deliver message. Our every effort will be made to keep to the proposed itinerary, however as this is adventure travel in a remote Himalayan region. The health of member, weather conditions can all contribute to changes the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. If you are delayed longer than the itinerary date we can help reschedule your international flights but prepare to pay some extra charge if required.

Why to Trek with us!
We are passionate to deliver real adventure experience that allows you to visit places that unseen and cultures and traditions that untouched. Trip itineraries are optimized to the best of our knowledge to cover the most famous travel routes and interests of the discerning traveler. We have put our heart, soul and over 15 years of experience into an outstanding adventure trips.  We are committed to a high level of service so that all of our customers' expectations are met. Our local Sherpas and Leaders are very much dedicated to their services. It is our highest priority to provide you with the best services available through our company. We are here to fulfill your desire. We can tailor trips to your liking. We know how to cater to the needs of our valuable clients. Our specially trained staff understands the best destinations for people with varying interests, physical abilities, budgets, and ages. Customer care is our priority. We also pass your day to day trip update to your family if required. Our guide and Sherps will have cell phone which works most places on this route. Hence, you can tell us what to write to your family about your trip so that they should not worry about your adventure trip.

Our legal documents
We are a government authorized and certified company. We have special authorization from the government of Nepal to operate trekking tours, expeditions, Tibetan tours, Bhutan tours and many other tourism related services. Besides being registered with the government, we are proud to be members of different professional organizations such as the following:
Ministry of Finance, Department of Taxation PAN No. 304585539
Company Registration Office, Pvt. Ltd. No. 79438/067/068
Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Tourism Industry License No. 1288/067
Central Bank of Nepal, Nepal Rasta Bank Foreign Exchange Department License No. 1159/1/068
Nepal Tourism Board
Trekking Agent Association of Nepal (TAAN)
Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP)

Travel season
we do have two best seasons to visit our beautiful country. We suggest you to come at the right time of the year if possible. So the best time is spring and autumn.

Spring :-( March, April, May) - Best warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, warmest weather of the year.
Autumn: -(Mid September, October and November) - excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility.
Winter : -(December, January and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this.
Summer: -Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid June, July and August).We do not suggest you this time to visit Nepal. Nepal can be visited the whole year round.

What to bring
Pack list: It is essential to have warm clothing and equipment to plan this trip. Here below are some suggestions for planning this trip. Please kindly take it as a reference and prepare yourself.

Equipments:
Head;
Sunglasses with UV protection
Sun Hat
Lip balm
Upper body:
T- Shirts (2)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/ or jacket (Included)
Hands:
Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves/ mittens with a waterproof outer shell
Lower body:
Underwear (4)
Hiking shorts (2)
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet:
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/ or sandals)
Gaiters only for winter)
Accessories:
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F (Included)
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small padlock or combination lock
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags- for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Day pack (you will carry your own small daypack)
Water bottles (2)
Hiking poles/ walking sticks
Toiletries:
Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothbrush etc
Ear plugs
Small wash towel
Extras:
Camera with extra batteries and cards/ film
Binoculars
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Reading book
Trail Map/ Guide book
Journal & Pen
IPod & Travel games (i.e. cards, chess, and backgammon)

Passport & Visa Information
Nepal visa is the easiest visa to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US cash & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip. Nationals of SAARC countries and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. As per this rule, Indian nationals do not require visa. Transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain Nepalese visa from the following border.
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
 Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees
3 days transit visa - Free of cost
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Kathmandu, and
Tel: 00977-1 4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453, Download visa form-: www.immi.gov.np

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I highly recommend AME Treks . From the start to finish the where always quick to respond. Due to bad weather i could not do Everest trek but AME were quick and flexible in organizing me to do Annapurna instead and doing Annapurna Base Camp was such a beautiful trek. I was very lucky to have a very experience guide who was knowledgeable and I was so glad I had him to organize everthing and even the porter was so fast and strong. N...More »

Paul Anders