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Everest Base Camp Trek

Start of the Trip: Kathmandu
End of the Trip: Kathmandu
Duration: 15 Days
Difficulty: Medium
Hotels: Excellent
Seasons: Feb- May, Oct - May

Mt. Everest has been calling out to trekkers and climbers since it first appeared in telescopes of mountain surveyors, and the trails that climb through the foothills of the world’s highest mountain still offers some of the most challenging trekking in Nepal. Like the Annapurna region, with well- maintained trails and plentiful lodges, but the trekking routes start higher ans stay higher, touching the tops of some of the most famous mountains in the Himalaya. 

Highlights

Flight to Lukla, Sherwi Khangba Sherpa Cultural Museum at Chhorkung, Thamo Gompa, Khumjung Gompa (which claims to enshrine the “yeti skull”), Tengboche Monastery, Kopan Monastery, Thame Gompa, Debuche Monastery, Tengboche Gompa, Pengboche Monastery, Nangkartshang Gompa, Island Peak, the Italian Pyramid (Research Station), Khumbu Glacier, Everest Base Camp (8848m) and more.

Peaks at Sight

Ama Dablam (6856m), Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7873m), Lhotse (8516m), Taboche (6542m), Cholatse (6440m), Island Peak (6165m), Pumori (7145m) and more.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1:  Kathmandu Arrival (1,400m.)

Upon arrival, representative of Gandaki Tours will greet you at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring Kathmandu, capital of Nepal.

Day 2: Kathmandu – Lukla (2,860m.)– Phakding (3,200m.)

Trek Duration: 2 ½ hour, 50m ascent, 200m descent

After an early breakfast we make our way to the airport for flight departure to Lukla. The flight duration is about 35 minutes. Along the way you will be passing along small settlement villages of Chepulung. Lunch will be held at Lukla or Phakding. Leaving Lukla, the trail meanders down to the Dudh Khosi onto to Cheplung and just before reaching Phakding there is a large bridge, where you can gaze down upon the surging raging torrent.

Day 3: Phakding – Namche (3,440m.)

Trek Duration: 5 ½ hour, 1000m ascent, 100m descent

We begin by following the North Dudh Kosi passage, before arriving to Zamfute village.Then you will be climbing up over the ridge, coming past the rocky cliff and jungles to reach Toktok village, from here you can also enjoy a spectacular view of Mt. Thamserku (6680m).From Toktok, take a strenuous steep climb to Benker(2710m). Head towards north of Benker and pass through the east bank of Dudh Kosi, then cross through a suspension bridge, to reach Chumoa (2820m). Leaving Chumoa steeply climb to Monjo village (2840m). A major attraction of the Monjo region is Sagarmatha National Park, which is enlisted as UNESCO world heritage site.After crossing another suspension bridge above the west bank of Dudh Kosi, you will arrive at Jorsale (2830m).After three hours walk from Monjo, you will finally reach Namche Bazaar (3440m).

Day 4: Namche Bazaar

Spend a day to rest and acclimatize. Altitude sickness often starts to kick in upon reaching Namche Bazaar (3420m). Namche Bazaar is one of the most beautiful, commercialized and developed village of the Khumbiu region. At Namche Bazaar, there are: cybercafés, telephone offices, post offices, health posts and hospitals, Rastriya Banijya Bank, and numerous shops, restaurants and hotels readily available. While spending the day acclimatizing, you may choose to explore many exciting places around Chhorkung (3540m), Thame (3750m), or neighboring villages of Sherpas around Khumbu.

Day 5:  Namche – Tengboche (3,867m.)

Trek Duration: 4 hours, 350 descent, 750m ascent

Start early in the morning, trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867m). One of the first village you will come across is Sanasa (3600m), from here you will be following the route towards Chhorkung and trek north around a long, denuded ridge. Descending down the slopes you will arrive at Kyangjuma (3550m). After taking rest, take a short walk to reach Sanasa, and from the Sanasa junction trail downwards to Lawichasa. Proceed towards a narrow side trail to Tashinga (3380m). Then follow a steep stone steps trail leading to Tengboche, this trail lies just below Lawichasa. After a couple of hours walk from Sanasa, arrive at Phunki Thenga (3250m), from here climb for another 2 hours to reach Tengboche (3867m). After an exhausting climb you will finally arrive to Tengboche, the village lies amidst pine forests scattered across grassy land decorated with Rhododendrons.Tengboche enshrines a very picturesque monastery or Gomba, which is especially sacred to Sherpas and Tibetans. Also from here, you will get an excellent view of Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse and Everest.

Day 6: Tengboche – Pheriche (4,240m.)

Trek Duration: 3 hours, 70m descent, 550m ascent

The first village we will be visiting today is the Deboche village; here one can visit the famous monastery with spectacular old thangkas and murals on display. Leaving the village, cross a suspension bridge, and then climb a hillside opposite to a white stupa to reach Pangboche (3958m). The walk from Tengboche to Pangboche takes another 1.15 hour, so we will spend some rest at Teahouses at Pangboche. While there you may also visit Pangboche Gompa, founded in the 17th century, which is one of the oldest monasteries. It is believed to have contained skull and hand of a yeti until it was stolen in 1991. However there are still some remains of the relic that are put on display for visitors. There are two trails from upper Pangboche one leading to Phortse along Gokyo trek and the other towards Pheriche trail. From Pangboche head towards north from either of these two trails. Follow trail through the rough terrains, past Imja Khola, and go past an enormous mural of Guru Rimpoche, to arrive at Shomare (4010m). After couple of hours of walk from Pangboche, you will reach Orsho. From here, trek another couple of hours to reach Pheriche (4240m). Pheriche is located 130m below Dingboche, at Pheriche you can have access to satellite phones, and medical facilities.

Day 7: Periche 

Spend a day to rest and acclimatize at Pheriche. There are quite a number of places nearby to explore, so enjoy the day taking short side trips. You may choose a 5 – 6 hours strenuous trek to Chhukung. From here get a good glimpse of Taboche (6542m), Cholatse (6443m), and Ama Dablam. Alternatively, you may take a short trip to the small Nangkartshang Gomba, ascending about 400 meters above the village. Trekkers are advised to put on layers of clothes to keep themselves shielded from the bone chilling glacial winds.

Day 8: Periche to Lobuche (4,930m.)

Trek Duration: 3 hours, 550m ascent

Today's trial ascends gently sloping from Periche to Phalang Karpo (4340 m). In many places the trail crosses small streams on boulders. Look back down the valley from Phalang Karpo and see how much elevation you gave gained. From here you can great views of Tawachee and Cholatse. Then from Phalang Karpo, follow a trail along the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Along the trail notice the parched and desolate terrains. Upon crossing the ridge, you will get a perfect view of Pumori (7145m). The surrounding area is filled with fragrance from Rhododendron shrubs. Proceeding further from the junction, ascend further towards the north to arrive at Lobuche (4930m).

Day 9: Lobuche

Spend the day to acclimatize and explore places around Lobuche. Climb the ridge at the east of the village to have a first glance at the Khumbu glacier, or take a stroll for 20 minutes towards the north and visit the Italian Pyramid, a research laboratory which was constructed in 1990 by an Italian mountaineer and a geologist. Housed inside is a striking glass pyramid, the research laboratory was initially established to measure the exact heights of K2 and Everest. But nowadays the laboratory is used by scientists to research on mountaineering, mountain conservation, and effects of altitude and climate changes. From Lobuche, you can also enjoy spectacular view of Nuptse peak (7873m).

Day 10: Lobuche - Everest Base Camp (5,545m.) - Lobuche

Trek Duration: 6  hours, 450m ascent, 450m descent

The final ascend today could well be the highlight of the trip. Today’s trail is also the toughest of all; you will have to navigate your way through route starting from the north of Gorak Shep, across the Khumbu Glacier. From Gorakshep (5160 m), trail through the narrow gaps formed by the glacial moraine and the mountain walls, and get past the Italian Pyramid. At end after rounding a bend in the trail, get a first glimpse at Kala Pattar (5545m), from here enjoy the best view of Everest. On the route, you will also get a grand view of the Khumbu glacier. Look out for the Changri Shar Glacier (5150m). Gorak Shep village appears like a run-down village, and it appears pretty similar to Loubuche. Eat lunch and take rest especially at Gorak Shep and avoid lethargy. From there, it is a few hours climb to the Everest Base Camp (5400 m). The Base Camp is filled with brightly colored tents, prayer flags, and is jam packed with people of different nationalities. There is no guarantee for trekkers to be enjoying a spectacular view of the Everest from this point as clouds and icefalls often obstruct the view, however it is worthwhile to make the trip just to gain an interesting cultural experience. Those who really want to get the best view of Everest must further embark on 4 hours trek to Kala Pattar. Early mornings are the best time to view the mountain ranges. From the summit (5545m) you can get a 360-degree magnificent view of Pumori, Lobuche, Everest, Nuptse, Lho la pass (pass between Nepal and Tibet), and a few ridges. Return to Lobuche in the afternoon.

Day 11: Lobuche to Periche (4,240m.)

Trek Duration: 6 hours, 550m descent

Begin to retrace your route. Following a downhill trail through the moraines of the Khumbu From Lobuche follow a descending trail to Pheriche. Continue the descending through the moraines past Dughla, and cross a bridge above the glacial stream. When coming from Pheriche, go downhill and follow through the wide valleys of Khumbu Khola.

Day 12: Periche to Namche (3,440m.)

Trek Duration: 7 hours, 800m descent

Follow a downhill trail before descending to Imja Valley, then descend further to Orsho, the trail will eventually lead you to Imja Khola. From here continue trekking onwards to Shomare and then head towards Pangboche. It requires a few hours to reach Tengboche from Pangboche. From Tengboche you will follow downhill footsteps to Phunki Thenga, then cross a ridge to reach Namche Bazaar.

Day 13: Namche to Lukla (2,860m.)

Trek Duration: 6 hours, 950m descent, 250m ascent

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla and celebrate the completion of trek. The route from Namche to Dudh Kosi is considered the most difficult part of the trek as the uneven terrains and slopes put pressure on the knees. Past a high suspension bridge, follow the trail to Jorsale then to Monjo. From Monjo gradually reach Benkar and Phakding before finally arriving at Lukla. Enjoy the overnight at Lukla taking a well-earned rest. Reconfirm your flights. 

Day 14: Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m.)

This scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu takes approximately 45 minutes. After reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 15: Kathmandu Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport by our representative to connect you with your flight back home.

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