Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal
There cannot be a better choice of trek for people keen on getting under the skin of Nepal, as the excitement builds from Kathmandu itself, where you board the aircraft that whisks you away to the airstrip at Lukla, nestled in an alpine world of pure air and colourful Buddhist prayer flags.
Our route follows the furious Dudh Koshi river to Namche Bazaar, a village in the Khumbu region made famous by the hardy Sherpa community. From there we head higher, into a valley and all the way to the base camp from where expeditions to the 8,852 metre peak are planned. The going is easy leaving us with enough time to explore the culture at picturesque Sherpa hamlets, among which is Thyangboche, a jaw-dropping cluster of beautiful houses with the picturesque monastery above it. The trek’s high points include awe-inspiring views of Everest from Kala Pathar’s summit, and Everest Base camp, where we go memorably close to the spectacular “Khumbu Icefall”, which leads to South Col – the route taken on the first ascent of the legendary “third pole”. If the walk and the landscapes are a double joy, the icing on top is the standard of lodges on the trail.
Grading: Demanding Trek
Date: 09-26 Apr 2020; 29 Oct – 15 Nov 2020
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu.
Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 3 Kathmandu – Lukla (2860m) – Phakding (2600m) – Monjo (2840m, 4.5 hrs)
Day 4 Monjo – Namche Bazar (3446m, 6 hrs)
Day 5 Namche Bazar, one-day rest for acclimatization
Day 6 Namche Bazar – Tengboche (3867m, 6½ hrs)
Day 7 Tengboche (3867m) Rest day
Day 8 Tengboche – Dingboche (4343m, 6 hrs)
Day 9 Dingboche (4343m) Rest Day.
Day 10 Dingboche – Lobuche (4930m, 5½ hrs)
Day 11 Lobuche Rest Day
Day 12 Lobuche – Gorakhshep (5200m) <-> Everest Base camp (5357m, 8 hrs)
Day 13 Gorakhshep – Kalapattar (5545m) – Pheriche (4240m, 8 hrs)
Day 14 Pheriche – Khumjung (3780m, 6 hrs)
Day 15 Khumjung – Phakding (2600m, 7 hrs)
Day 16 Phakding – Lukla (2860m, 3 hrs)
Day 17 Fly back Kathmandu
Day 18 Departure
18 DAYS EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1375m) O/N Hotel (Dinner)
Arrive Kathmandu, Transfer to the Hotel & welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 02: Kathmandu. O/N Hotel (Breakfast)
Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley & prepare for the trip
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla (2860m) – fly in the morning for 45 minutes then Commence trek to Phakding (2600m) – Monjo (2840m) – 4.5 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After a very early start and an early take off from Kathmandu Domestic Airport, a 45-minute flight is all it takes to propel into the Everest region of Nepal. The landing at Lukla (2800m) is spectacular and on arrival trekking crew who organize the luggage and hustle you off for tea will greet you. After a leisurely lunch you will start the trek in earnest, setting off for a gentle walk to Phakding (2800m), a further 3 hours to the north. The trail leads through Lukla, past hotels, shops and airline offices to the edge of the Lukla plateau where the trail drops to meet the intersection of the Jiri trail at Chablung. From here the trail follows the Dudh Kosi north through the village of Ghat, Phakding and then finally to Monjo where you should spend the night.
Day 4: Monjo – Namche Bazar (3446m) – 6 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi Valley, staying 100m above the river on its West Bank. The trail leads to Jorsale (2810m) where you enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here you will continue on an ever-steeping trail to Namche Bazaar (3446m), known simply as Namche. En route you have cross the spectacular suspension bridge high above the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and the Dudh Kosi, and shortly after glimpse first view of Everest, way off to the northeast. The trail to Namche is steep and long, but eventually you will reach the remarkable Sherpa capital perched high on the hillside and dominated to the east by the immense bulk of Kwangde (6187m).
Day 5: Namche Bazar, one-day rest for acclimatization. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Acclimatization is important before trekking higher, and this is a scheduled stop, which will allow you to gradually become used to the effects of altitude – the lower pressure and the thinner air. You can spend the day by taking a side trip to Thami or Khumjung, by visiting the National Park Visitor Center on the hill above Namche or by simply resting and browsing in the shops in the town. Namche is a fascinating place simply to ‘hang out’ and take in the culture of the mountains, from the trading of visiting Tibetans to the stories of departing mountaineers.
Day 6: Namche Bazar – Tengboche (3867m) – 6½ hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
From Namche you have to trek northeast on a direct line to Everest, starting up the hill to the Visitor Center and continuing on a reasonably flat easy trail high above the Dudh Kosi. Ahead of you can see one of the most beautiful mountains in the Khumbu – Ama Dablam (6856m), as well as Everest but it is still far off in the distance. At Sanasa you should branch off the trail and head up the hill to the small settlement of Phunki where you will stop for lunch. From here it is a steady descent to the Tengboche. This is a beautiful settlement where you can see the famous Tibetan Monastery. This is the place where you have to spend overnight.
Day 7: Tengboche (3867m) Rest day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8: Tengboche – Dingboche (4343m) – 6 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Descend from Tengboche and cross the Imja Khola, then side hills gradually to Pangboche. An interesting Gompa site above the main village. The trekker is the midst of the Himalayas here with spectacular views all around. Dingboche lying in a shelter spot above the Imja Khola is generally more attractive. It is however note that Himalayan Rescue Association has their aid post at Pheriche.
Day 9: Dingboche (4343m) Rest Day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10: Dingboche – Lobuche (4930m) – 5½ hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The route past Pheriche slants over a ridge and stays above the village. It joins the trail below Thungla Beautiful views of Cholatse 6440m across the valley. After another steep ascend the trail climbs up and over the terminal moraine of Khumbu glacier. The trail is rough in the parts. Stark and rugged beauty creates almost moonscape Campsite at Lobuche a wind swept collection of huts tucked in a narrow meadow between the glacier and the Lobuche Peak6145m. Tawoche and Nuptse are particularly spectacularly from Lobuche towering almost two kilometers directly overhead.
Day 11: Lobuche (4930m) Rest Day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12: Lobuche – Gorakhshep (5200m) – Everest Base camp 5357m – 8 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Start early in the morning to get Everest Base Camp. Your dream will come true here. Return to Gorakhshep for overnight
Day 13: Gorakhshep – Kalapattar (5545m) – Pheriche (4240m) – 8 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Start early in the morning to get Kalapattar. This is the place from where you can see the wide view of the Everest. Then descend to Pheriche.
Day 14: Pheriche – Khumjung (3780m) 6 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15: Khumjung – Phakding (2600m) 7 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 16: Phakding – Lukla (2860m) 3 hours. Reconfirm flight ticket (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 17: Fly back Kathmandu (45 mins) and enjoy a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, -, Dinner)
Day 18: Departure (Breakfast)
Today we bid fond farewell to this beautiful country.
LAND Price per person in SGD: S$ 2120
Based on min 4 pax
Tour Code: NPL-EBC-18
Price is subjected to changes without prior notice
Airfare: SIN-Kathmandu-SIN: From S$ 650 + taxes
LAND Price includes
- 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu (Bed & Breakfast) on twin sharing basis
- Internal Flights and all Land transport in the itinerary
- 1 Nepalese Trek guide
- 1 porter between two trekkers
- Food for porters & crew members
- All permits
- Twin sharing room on trek
- All meals on trek (03 meals / 03 times Tea or Coffee)
- Includes Local Service tax
- Briefing prior departure
- 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries
- International Airfare
- International airport taxes
- All optional additional tours or activities during free time
- Transportation outside of the tour program
- Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature like phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir etc.
- Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
- One should budget for at least Rs. 250 per day for the bottled water on the trip. Average cost of bottled water on the trail is Rs. 70 per bottle.
All the crew were very professional and we had no problems at all. Our guide and porters went out of the way to make our stay as pleasant as possible. Ram was extremely experienced, kept us safe, handled unexpected situations well and gave us good advice. He obviously loves his job and always keep our spirits high.
The trek was not really strenuous, but the hard part was to avoid falling sick and AMS. That means always keeping our hands clean, be careful with what we eat, and avoid climbing too quickly.
The trek from Dingboche (4310m) to Lobuche (4960m) was long and the 650m elevation gain in 1 day was too much for proper acclimatization. 3 out of 5 members felt sick at Lobuche due to the altitude and 1 had to descend.
I enjoyed walking around Namche Bazaar on our rest day and at Dingboche admiring the beautiful peaks all around. But it was our dream come true when we reached EBC. Kala Patthar had amazing views of Everest, Nuptse and the Khumbu Ice Fall.
Lobuche tea house was cold, dark and unhygienic. Those in Dughla and Gorak Shep are much better.
I suggest spending 1 night less in Tengboche and 1 more night at Dughla (4600m) for proper acclimatization.
I must say that the guide service is excellent. He certainly take great care for our safety and provide us all the support and help that we need.
The best moment of the trek is when I arrive at the teahouse for the night stop and I can have a hot shower before retiring to bed for a good rest.