Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek - Trek to Everest Base Camp for a lifetime memory

Everest Base Camp trek from Nepal side is the most popular trekking trail in the Himalayas that start with an hour amazing flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Trekked by thousands of adventurers each year this trek offers breathtaking landscapes, unique Sherpa culture, historic monastery and stunning vistas of snowy peaks including Mount Everest and it’s ranges. This is a pleasant trek to the Mount Everest Base Camp, a great challenge and achievement, thrills of being so close to the highest peak on the planet.

Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek

This 13 nights 14 days trek to Everest Base Camp gives you an immense pleasure to introduce you to a breathtaking view of the world’s tallest peak. Perhaps in viewing Everest is this way, you will be fulfilling a long held dream. Certainly you will never be quite the same again.
Everest Base Camp trek from Nepal has been a popular trip for all adventure seekers since the very first expedition to the Nepal side of Everest in the 1953, since the days of early expeditions, this mountain (8848m / 29142ft.) has had a lure of its own, drawing climbers to scale it and trekkers to gaze on its Icy faces.

14 days Everest Base Camp trek commences in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where you will explore the ancient Durbar square, Stupas, temples and the world heritage sties. Next day, a 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is another thrilling experience in this trip. Lukla is adorned with a tiny airstrip from where your adventure journey to the Base Camp really begins! The trek passes through the homelands of the Sherpa people, and will enjoy Buddhist monasteries and close up views of Mt. Everest and neighboring peaks, considered by many to be among the most beautiful mountains in Nepal.

During the Nepal Everest base camp trek, you will ascend to Kalapattar ( as know as black rock 5545m) where you can get rewarding views of the Himalayan giants which literally numb your senses with breathless admiration that beholds the eye; and makes up for the lung-bursting climb that took you up there. You soon realize it was absolutely worth it. This also includes fantastic views of the south west face of the massive Mt. Everest. We then trek to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu ice fall before finally making our way down to Lukla.

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.

Nepal Everest Base Camp trek short itinerary

Day 01: Flight from KTM to Lukla (2880m), trek to Phakding (2640m), 35 minute flight, 4 hrs walk.
Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 03: Acclimatization day in Namche, hike to Everest view hotel.
Day 04: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 05: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 06: Another acclimatization day in Pheriche.
Day 07: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4900m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 08: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5150m) to Kalapatthar (5545m), to Gorakshep, 8 hrs walk.
Day 09: Trek from Gorekshep to Everest Base Camp (5364m) back to Pheriche, 8 hrs walking.
Day 10: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche, 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Day 11: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar, 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.
Day 14: Final departure.

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.

Nepal Everest Base Camp trek - itinerary

Day 01: Flight from KTM to Lukla (2880m), trek to Phakding (2640m), 35 minute flight, 4 hrs walk.
After breakfast, we take a 35 minutes scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, The Nepal Everest base camp trek starts from here and continue trek to Phakding, which takes approximately four hours, on the way we will have a view of Mt Nupla( 5885m) Kusum Kangaru (6367m) and mount kwongde range. Overnight at guest house in Phakding.

Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
After breakfast at guest house, our adventure day begins with the beautiful trail. All day, we pass villages interspersed with magnificent forest- rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant firs. And on the way to walking we will be rewarded (weather permitting) by first glimpse of Kusum Kangru (6369m) Thamserku (6608m) Everest (8848m) and Nuptse (7879 m). At the end, a steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche bazaar where we will spend our two nights to gain the proper acclimatization. Overnight at guest house or hotel in Namche bazaar. 

Day 03: Acclimatization day in Namche, hike to Everest view hotel.
Acclimatization is most important before proceeding to a higher elevation. It is therefore recommended that we take a short day hike to Everest view hotel which provide a very close up view of Mt Everest or relax and explore the vibrant town of the Khumbu region. Overnight at hotel or guest house.  

Day 04: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
After walking about one and half hour we arrive in phungithanga from there the trail climbs through forests where we can spot musk deer. Tengboche sits on a saddle at 3860m in a clearing surrounded by dwarf fires and rhododendrons. Kwongde (6187m) Tawache(6542m) Everest (8848m) Nuptse (7855m) Lhotse (8618m) Amadablam (6856m) Thamserku (6608m) provide an awe- inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We visit the Buddhist Monastery at Tengboche, the largest in Khumbu region.  Overnight at guest house in Tengboche.

Day 05: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Beyond Tengboche the altitude really starts to tell. The trail droops down to Deboche, crosses the Imja Khola and climbs past superb mani stones ( carved with the Tibetan Buddhist chant om mani padme hum) to Pangboche at 3890m 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. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Another acclimatization day in Pheriche.
Again walking up and then coming back down is better than just resting in high altitude, so we can make a day trip to Nangkartshang Gompa or up the hill to look down on to Dingboche, either walk offers good views of Everest and other surroundings mountains . Overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4900m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
From Pheriche to Lobuche, the trail climbs to Phalang karpo at 4340m then Duglha at 4620m. From Dughla the trail ascends the broad, gently sloping 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 4900m. Overnight at guest house.  

Day 08: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5150m) to Kalapatthar (5545m), to Gorakshep, 8 hrs walk.
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 Gorak Shep. Stop for lunch then climb Kalapattar to get the best views of massif Mt. Everest and the surrounding mountains, then trek back to Gorakshep for the evening. Overnight at guest house in Gorakshep.  

Day 09: Trek from Gorekshep to Everest Base Camp (5364m) back to Pheriche, 8 hrs walking.
Early morning we walk to Everest Base Camp, visit Everest base camp area and trek back down to Lobuche. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche, 6 to 7 hrs walking.
After breakfast, we start our trek leisurely down to Tengboche enjoying the thin air and stunning views of Himalayan giants. Staying the night at Tengboche, makes an interesting accommodation alternative. Overnight at guest house.

Day 11: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar, 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Our pleasant trek starts after a hot and warm breakfast at Tengboche. Lunch will be at phungithanga, the trek continues to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at hotel in Namche Bazaar.

Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, 6 to 7 hrs walking.
After breakfast, we descend slowly down to Monjo then to Phakding where we will have our lunch. After Lunch, the trek gets continue to Lulka. We trek steep up for 45 minutes to reach Lukla. Overnight at guest house or hotel in Lukla.

Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.
After breakfast, we take a scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport we will be transferred to hotel. Rest and relax till evening. One of our team leaders will come to see you and take you for a fare well dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy the drinks, food and live culture show with your guide and crew host by Ram Kumar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your flight back to home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight and see you again in the future.

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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Cost starts from USD 1190 Per person. Trek Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu/ Lukla

Destination: Kala Patthar/Everest Base Camp

Trip Duration:  14 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

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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