10 days Everest Base Camp Trek - an epic journey to Mount Everest

10 days Everest base camp trek to the world famous Everest region is one of the most popular and best selling trekking packages in Nepal. The tea house trek through the Everest national park is the best choice and epic journey for all adventure lovers. We are organizing this trek as a small group trek departure from Kathmandu on every Tuesday and Saturday. 

Everest base camp trek

10 days Everest base camp trek will be leading by our experienced English speaking trekking guide. The maximum altitude of this trek is 5550m that is Everest base camp and the best season for this trek is from mid February to June and then September to December and anyone with normal physical fitness will be able to enjoy this epic journey.  10 days Everest base camp trek start in Kathmandu and end in Lukla is the journey of a lifetime. 

Everest trekking attractions:

Sherpa people:
Sherpas: Sherpa means "easterner" because they came from the Kham in eastern Tibet. One of the first persons to come to Khumbu came by way of the Rolwaling valley and Tashi Lhapcha pass. He opened this valley so other people could come to settle. Later many families came from Tibet over the Nangpa La (pass). He came to Khumbu from Kham Salmo-Gang (east of Tibet). His clan was called Thimi. When he came to Tibet, the people asked where he came from – “the cast part of Kham”. That is how the name Sher-pa, meaning east people, came to be.... See more.

For 600 years, people have migrated from Tibet to these mountain valleys in Nepal. There was a time of great unrest in Tibet when many Lamas, their families and followers left their homes looking for new places to live. They settled in the mountain valleys of northern Nepal. These places came to be called Yolmo (Helambu), Langtang, and Khumbu. Now they live in the Solu-Khumbu district, Sagarmatha zone of Nepal. They live in the highest places. In the Khumbu, they number about 9500 with a total of roughly 55,000 living in all of Nepal. The Sherpa language (a dialect of Tibetan), literature, history and Philosophy came from old Tibetan religious books.

Today approximately 55,000 Sherpas live in Nepal and around 9500 of them live in the Khumbu region on the south side of Everest. Since the 1950s, tourism has become the dominant source of employment and income in the area. Many Sherpas, as well as people from other ethnic groups, work as part of the climbing and tourism industry. While the Sherpa people retain their Buddhist religion and many of their traditional practices, this shift in the local economy and way of life has necessarily meant changes in the Sherpa culture. Among these, there has been a shift from regarding climbing the mountain as blasphemous, to regarding it as a source of economic opportunity and pride. Sherpas hold many impressive Everest records, including most times summitted for men and women, quickest ascent, without oxygen ascent, quickest descent, and most time spent on top and youngest climbers to reach the summit.

Sherpa Religion and Culture
In Solu-Khumbu the most common sect of Tibetan Buddhism is the Nyingmapa, the oldest tradition. Sherpa and Tibetan lamas taught this religion to the people and organized the communities.  These Sherpa and Tibetan Ngakpa (lay lamas) brought teaching from Tibet to Khumbu that were from Books hidden by the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Rinpoche. Lamas called tertons are incarnations of Guru Rinpoche who rediscovered these hidden teachings. Ter means “spiritual treasure” in Tibetan. A lama named Rigdzin Godem found some of these books, the Chang-ter, hidden in northern Tibet. The other lama, Nyatak – Nyung, found the Lho-ter in southern Tibet. The terton, Terdak Lingpa found the books and wrote the texts used in the Sherpa’s Pujahs, religious rituals.

As more people came to Khumbu, traditions started that helped to unite the villagers and to project the valley. Daily life revolves around each village Gompa/Stupa (temple). Closely tied to Buddhist beliefs are their daily activates of farming, herding and trading. Since the 1950s they have worked for tourists and earned fame on climbing expeditions.  

Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park:
Most of the part of Everest trekking is within the boundary of Sagarmatha( Everest) National Park.  This national park is spread in an area of 1148 square kilometers in Himalayan ecological zone in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park was established on July 19, 1976 and was inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1979. The Park includes the upper catchments areas of the Dudhkoshi and Bhotehoshi Rivers and is largely composed of rugged terrain and gorges of the high Himalayas, ranging from 2,860m at Lukla to the top of the world's highest Mountain - Everest at 8,848meters above the sea level. Other peaks above 6,000m are Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam and Pumori. In this national park barren land above 5,000 m (16,400 ft) comprises 69% of the park while 28% is grazing land and the remaining 3% is forested.

Flora:
In Everest region you will find varieties of flora and fauna. In the lower forested zone, birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo and rhododendron grow. Above this zone all vegetation are found to be dwarf or shrubs. As the altitude increases, plant life is restricted to lichens and mosses. Plants stop to grow at about 5,750 meters (18,860 ft), because this is the permanent snow line in the Himalayas.

Fauna:
The forests of Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park provide habitat to at least 118 species of birds, including Himalayan Monal, Blood pheasant, Red-billed chough, and yellow-billed chough. This Park is also home to a number of rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda. Himalayan thars, langur monkeys, martens and Himalayan wolves are also found in the park.

Tengboche monastery:
Tengboche Monastery is a famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in the Tengboche village in Khumjung. This monastery is also known as Dawa Choling Gompa. Situated at 3,860 meters (12,687 ft), the monastery is also the largest Gompa in this region. The monastery was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. However, in 1934, it was destroyed by an earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1989, it was destroyed for a second time by a fire and then rebuilt with the help of volunteers and international assistance. In the background of this monastery there is good view of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Lhotse and others. In Everest trekking area apart from Tengboche monastery, Thame, Khumjung and Pangboche are some other famous monasteries.

10 days Everest Base Camp Trek – Short itinerary

Day 01: Fly from KTM to Lukla (2880m), and trek to Phakding (2640m), 4 hrs walking. 
Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 03: Acclimatization day, hike to Everest view hotel. 
Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m), 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 05: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4250m), 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 06: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4900m), 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 07: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m) via Gorakshep (5150m), 8 hrs walking.  
Day 08: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and then to Pheriche (4240m), 7 hrs walking.
Day 09: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 10: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880m), 6 to 7 hours walking.
Day 11: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

10 days Everest Base Camp Trek – Detailed itinerary

Day 01: Flight from KTM to Lukla:
After having a 35 minutes scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, The Everest base camp journey start from here and continue trek to Phakding, which takes approximately four hours, on the way you will have a view of Mt Nupla( 5885m) Kusum Kangaru (6367m) and mount kwongde range. Overnight in Phakding (2,652m).

Day 02: Phakding to Namche (3,440m):
the trail passes a waterfall. All day, we pass villages interspersed with magnificent forest- rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant firs. And on the way to walking you will be rewarded (weather permitting) your first glimpse of Kusum Kangru (6369m) Thamserku (6608m) Everest (8848m) and Nuptse (7879 m). A steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche bazaar (3440m).

Day 03: Acclimatization day in Namche:
Acclimatization is most important before proceeding to a higher elevation. It is therefore recommended that you take a short days hike to Thame, Khunde, Khumjung or up to Everest view hotel which provide a very close up view of Mt Everest or relax and explore the Sherpa culture of Namche.

Day 04: Namche to Tengboche (3,867m).:
After walking one hour you arrive in phungithanga from there the trail climbs through forests where you can spot musk deer. Tengboche sits on a saddle at 3870m in a clearing surrounded by dwarf fires and rhododendrons. Kwongde (6187m) Tawache(6542m) Everest (8848m) Nuptse (7855m) Lhotse (8618m) Amadablam (6856m) Thamserku (6608m) provide and inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We visit the Buddhist Monastery at Tengboche, the largest in Khumbu region.

Day 05: Tengboche to Pheriche:
Beyond Tengboche the altitude really starts to tell. The trail droops down to Dingboche, crosses the Imja Khola and climbs past superb mani stones ( carved with the Tibetan Buddhist chant om mani padme hum) to Pangboche at 3860m The Gompa here is worth visiting. Then the trail start climbs to Pheriche 4240m. Where there is a medical facility, which gives lectures everyday on Altitude Sickness.

Day 06: Pheriche to Lobuche to the trail climbs to Phalang karpo at 4340m then Duglha at 4620m. From Dughla the trail ascends the broad, gently slopping valley and climb steeply in to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier then left in to the memorial area Chukpilhara, before reaching the Lobuche at 4930m.

Day 07: Lobuche to Gorakshep:
The trail from Lobuche follows the grassy ablation valley with great views of Pumori then crosses tributary glaciers to reach the dry lake bed of Gokrakchep. Stop for lunch then climb Kalapattar to get the best views of Everest and the surrounding mountains, then and back to Gorakshep for the evening.

Day 08: Gorekshep to Everest Base Camp back to Pheriche:
Early morning we walk to Everest Base Camp, visit Everest base camp area and walk down to Pheriche.

Day 09: Pheriche to Namche:

Day 10: Namche to Lukla,

Day 11: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight:

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Fact of 10 days Everest base camp trek:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu/ Lukla

Destination: Everest base camp

Trip Duration: 10 days

Max. Altitude: 5545 meters

Group Size: Min.01 to Max.12

Best Season: Mid February to June, September to December

Trip Grade: Strenuous plus

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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