Everest Base Camp Holidays - Small Group, 12 days Guided Trek to EBC with Locals

Everest base camp holidays is a trip of a lifetime, the very famous Himalayan trekking to the base camp of the highest mountain on the planet, one of the world's fantastic treks. This is a 12 days guided holiday that starts in Lukla and goes through the Everest National park offering some of the most breathtaking views of the Khumbu region including Mount Everest (8848m).
We organize small group trek to Everest base camp throughout the year but the best time to trek EBC is from March to May and October to December. This is a fully tea house based trekking and the highest elevation of the trek is 5,545 meters (Everest base camp).

South Everest base camp trek

Everest base camp holidays begins with a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to mountain airstrip at Lukla. A 35 minute flight offers beautiful, awe-inspiring and stunning views of the Khumbu Himalayan region. At Lukla, the trek starts with a pleasant hike down to Phakding village where the first night of the trek is spent. The trek continues via Everest National park to Namche Bazaar where we spend two nights at a comfortable lodge to get a proper acclimatization for the trip to EBC. Everest National park offers a wide range of wildlife including Musk Deer, Mountain goats also known as Himalayan Thar, wild yaks, snow leopard, etc... The National park also offers an opportunity to watch the different spices birds. After two days rest at Namche, the trek get continues to Tengboche, the famous place for its legendary monastery, Dingboche where we spend two nights, Lobuche and Gorakshep, the beautiful alpine villages then finally reach the miraculous base camp of Everest where we shake hands and congratulate each other!.
Further hike to Kalapather provides breathtaking view of sunset, sunrise and Everest ranges.Drop us an inquiry for the trip information and cost details, we will come back to you within 24 hours.

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.

Everest base camp holidays - short itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2880m), 35 minutes flight and 4 hrs walking.
Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 03: A day for rest at Namche Bazaar (3445m), 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 (4260m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 06: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4900m), 6 to 7 hrs walking. 
Day 07: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m) via Gorakshep (5150m), 7 to 8 hrs walk. 
Day 08: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m) and then to Pheriche (4243m), 6 hrs walk. 
Day 09: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3860m), 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 10: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3444m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 11: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880m), 6 to 7 hrs walking. 
Day 12: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes.

Trip cost: Please contact 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.

Everest base camp holidays - itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2880m), 35 minutes flight and 4 hrs walking.
After breakfast, A 35 minutes scenic flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2640m) takes approx four hours. Our trek begins from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5885m) which can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. We descend a mountainside path that merges into our route to Everest, with views to a valley to our right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.  
Six hours walking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: A day for rest at Namche Bazaar (3445m), hike to Everest view hotel.  
Rest day for acclimatize; it is an ideal place to spend a day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. Today we can walk up to Khhumjung where we can visit a monastery and enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, and Kwangde and so on. Or we can take an hour's walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for other outstanding views. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Approximately five hours walking. As we climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appear. We continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until we come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks our entry into Tengboche (3860m). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4260m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Approximately five hours walking. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4900m), 6 to 7 hrs walking.  
Approximately six hours walking. The onward journey leads north for up to 50-minutes until we come to a mani-prayer Stupa and then takes a downward path to Pheriche village. Today's walk offers views of Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After a two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla. Stop at Dugla, for lunch, before continuing for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break, continue (1 to 2 hours) of trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind. Overnight at lodge. 

Day 07: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m) via Gorakshep (5150m), 7 to 8 hrs walk.  
Approximately seven hours walking. Trek up the valley following a rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below the Khumbu glacier. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. Now the trail winds through a rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. The views of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse appear in front of us. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m) and then to Pheriche (4243m), 6 hrs walk.  
Approximately six hours walking. We accomplish an early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the spectacular sunrise. From Kala Patthar you have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and others. We also get an up close and personal view of some of the yaks in the area which are normally used as four-legged porters in this region. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3860m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.  
Approximately five to six hours walking. Tengboche is a small village with a famous monastery offering splendid views of Ama Dablam, lush green hills and river views. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3444m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Approximately five hours walking. The walk from Tengboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Sanasa. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. En route we will visit the traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. From Khumjung village, another 30 minute walk brings us to the village of Khunde. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880m), 6 to 7 hrs walking.  
Approximately six hours walking. The last day of our trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla for our overnight stay.

Day 12: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes.
After breakfast, we take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at airport, we transfer to hotel. Rest of the time will be on your own. In the evening, join a fare well dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with your guide and team enjoying the drink and meal hosts by Ram Kumar. End the Journey!

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

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Everest base camp holidays Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu

Destination: Everest Base Camp

Trip Duration:  12 days

Max. Altitude: 5545 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.12

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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