17 Days Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek Tour
(NT-EBC-17) Kathmandu - Phakding-Namche Bazaar-Tengboche- Dingboche- Lobuche-Gorakshep- Everest base camp-Kathmandu
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Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
Trip Level Guide:
- Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
- Moderate - suitable for ones with average level fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 yrs.
- Moderate to Strenous - suitable for ones physically fit; have experiences of high altitude trek.
- Strenuous: suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.
The trek begins with an "eye opening" flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. The trek passes through the picturesque Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar, from where classic views of Everest and its surrounding peaks are available. Most of the trek is spent above altitudes of 3000 meters.
You will visit Tengboche Monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu and a training center for new monks. Then continue hike to Dingboche and take a rest in Lobuche. Most importantly, the views are unbelievable from Gorak Shep to Kala Pattar, where you will get the best view of Mt Everest. After that, trek to Everest Base Camp, the ultimate destination of this tour. From here, you will retrace back to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.
At a GlanceDay 1
Arrive in KathmanduDay 2
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing(B) and Preparation for TrekkingDay 3
Kathmandu (1310m/4298ft) - Lukla (2840m/9317ft)-Phakding (2640m/8662ft) 4 hrsDay 4
Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m/11285ft) 6 hrsDay 5
Namche Bazaar - rest day for acclimatizationDay 6
Namche Bazaar - Tengboche(3860m/12662ft) 5 hrsDay 7
Tengboche - Dingboche (4350m/14270ft) 6 hrsDay 8
Dingboche - Lobuche (4925m/16156ft) 6hrsDay 9
Acclimatize day In Lobuche(4930m/16172ft)Day 10
Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5170m/16959ft) - Kalapatthar (5545m/18190ft)-Gorakshep 6 hrsDay 11
Gorakshep - Everest base camp (5210m/17090ft) - Gorakshep (5170m/16959ft) 7hrsDay 12
Gorakshep - Kala Pattar - Pheriche (4280m/14040ft) 6 hrsDay 13
Pheriche - Tengboche (3860m/12662ft) 4 hrsDay 14
Tengboche - Namchee Bazaar (3440m/11285ft) 5hrsDay 15
Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2840m/9317ft) 7hrsDay 16
Lukla – Kathmandu (1310m/4298ft) fly 30 minutesDay 17
Departure from Kathmandu (B)
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, and you are welcomed by the hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to your hotel.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing(B) and Preparation for Trekking
Day 3: Kathmandu (1310m/4298ft) - Lukla (2840m/9317ft)-Phakding (2640m/8662ft) 4 hrs
This morning we will be transferred from your hotel to Kathmandu airport for our domestic flight to Lukla. The flight itself is awe-inspiring as we fly parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibetan China. Flying time to Lukla is approximately 40 minutes. Upon arrival in Lukla, we will be met by our local guides and porters. There will be time to explore the village whilst the Sherpa crew sort and load equipment.
Lukla lies at an altitude of 2850m ("luk la" = place of sheep). From Lukla we descend on a wide trail northwest to the village of Choblung in the Dudh Kosi Valley. The valley radiates energy through beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. The walking is easy and we follow the river's course, passing through the village of Ghat. Our destination is the small village of Phakding where accommodation is provided in the form of Tea House Lodges.
Day 4: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m/11285ft) 6 hrs
From Phakding we head up valley on a busy trail: porters from the lower Solu district in the south ferrying supplies to Namche, Sherpas with their Zopkio (half yak, half cow) taking trekking or climbing expedition equipment to the higher valleys. Continue along beside the Dudh Kosi amongst beautiful alpine scenery, through the fragrant blue pine and fir forest, glimpsing spectacular views of Kusum Kangru (6369m) and Thanserku (6608m) along the way.
We again cross the Dudh Kosi, to the western bank at Jorsale prior to trekking through the entrance to the Sagamartha National Park. Continuing upstream along the banks to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi, it is here we begin our first sustained ascent to Namche Bazar after crossing the large suspension bridge.
Walking at a slow pace, we have a fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8511m), Nuptse (7879m), Arna Dablam (6856m) and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. Climbing again, the path takes us through pine trees to reach the distinctive horse-shoe shaped bowl containing the village of Namche Bazar. Stay in the heart of the village.
Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar
Day 5: Namche Bazaar - rest day for acclimatization
Today we have whole day for acclimatization and rest. We climb up to Everest view hotel to see the Everest Panoramic ranges including view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. It takes about 2 hours to go up and we will have a tea break for an hour with the panoramic view of everest at Everest View Hotel and we back down to Namche Bazar.
Day 6: Namche Bazaar - Tengboche(3860m/12662ft) 5 hrs
Day 7: Tengboche - Dingboche (4350m/14270ft) 6 hrs
Day 8: Dingboche - Lobuche (4925m/16156ft) 6hrs
We will trek to the small village of Lobuche (16,170ft). En route to Lobuche we will pass by a number of stone memorials to honor climbers lost on nearby peaks, mostly Mt Everest.
Stay overnight in lodge
Day 9: Acclimatize day In Lobuche(4930m/16172ft)
Today we will take a rest and prepare equipment for the ascent of Lobuche Peak. This is a chance to recover and let the body prepare the days to come.
Day 10: Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5170m/16959ft) - Kalapatthar (5545m/18190ft)-Gorakshep 6 hrs
Day 11: Gorakshep - Everest base camp (5210m/17090ft) - Gorakshep (5170m/16959ft) 7hrs
Today, we will trek to Everest Base Camp. The trek to the base camp can be achieved in around three hours and en route we will almost certainly encounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to expeditions here. From Everest Base Camp we do not get views of Mount Everest but we are able to see the notorious Khumbu Ice Fall, which is regarded as technically the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain.
The return journey from the Base Camp to Gorak Shep takes the same amount of time. We have an early dinner so that we are able to get up early the next day for the awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan giants from Kala Patar.
Stay overnight in lodge
Day 12: Gorakshep - Kala Pattar - Pheriche (4280m/14040ft) 6 hrs
We wake up early the next day for the trek to Kala Pattar (5,643m) to experience a sensational sunrise vista from this amazing vantage point. From the lodge the ascent is quite steep so we start very slowly at a steady rhythmic pace. Kala Pattar is the rocky hilltop below Pumori. It is a tough walk because of the altitude but the view from the top surpasses your wildest imagination. It will probably take a good hour and a half to reach the summit from Gorak Shep. From here Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest, the highest mountain in the world, surround us.
About three kilometres away and some 200 metres below, the area of the Everest Base Camp can be seen in a bowl at the bottom of the Khumbu Ice Fall. For many trekkers, reaching Kala Patar is a very emotional experience and it is worthwhile spending as long as you wish in order to savour this special moment.
The descent back down to Gorak Shep is easy and once back at the lodge we have a quick drink and head off to the rooms to pack our kit bags whilst breakfast is being prepared. After breakfast we set off to Lobuche and Thugla where we stop for lunch. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola and head down the valley below Cholatse to Pheriche, where we stop for the night.
Day 13: Pheriche - Tengboche (3860m/12662ft) 4 hrs
After the rigours of the last few days, today is a relatively short day where we can now look forward to a reduction in altitude and easier going as we retrace our ascent route. You have a chance to relax now that the hard part is over and concentrate on those aspects of mountain life that may have been overlooked on the way up.
From Pheriche we cross the Khumbu Khola River and ascend a short steep trail to the top of a small ridge for great views of Imja Valley, Ama Dablam and Kantega. We then descend to the small settlements at Orsho and Shomare before passing through Lower Pangboche to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River to ascend to our lodge at Tengboche.
Stay overnight at lodge
Day 14: Tengboche - Namchee Bazaar (3440m/11285ft) 5hrs
After breakfast, we will continue on an ascent through conifer and rhododendron forest to Namchee Bazaar, and then get on the trail and descend to the Dudh Koshi River. Finally, arrive in Namchee Bazaar.
Day 15: Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2840m/9317ft) 7hrs
Leave Namche at 10 am and trek the final leg for Lukla. We will stay in a guest house in Lukla and up early for our flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Lukla – Kathmandu (1310m/4298ft) fly 30 minutes
Early in the morning, you will fly back to Kathmandu, which takes you 30 minutes. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, it's free time for individual activities.
Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu (B)
You will be transferred to airport for your own destination.
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- All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
- Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
- Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
- All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
- Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
- All meals listed in the above itinerary;
- Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
- First aid kit;
- International flight to and out of China;
- Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
- Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
- Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
- Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
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