The classic trek to Everest Base Camp brings you to the foot of the World's highest peak Mount Everest. It is undoubtedly one of the most famous treks in the world - and with good reason. It is a spectacular trek which takes you through the land of the Sherpas to Everest Base Camp and the famous viewpoint of Kala Pathar at 5,645 m/18.520 ft.
You will meet the cheerful Sherpa people in their small villages and visit their Buddhist monasteries. You will walk in footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgays through the great Khumbu Valley, along the Khumbu Glacier and the rugged alpine landscape, deep into the heart of the Himalayas, where you will meet the climbers in Everest Base Camp. This is one of the Worlds most classic walks and a "Must Do".
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel, which is centrally located in Kathmandu. The rest of the day is at your leisure. There is a pre-trek info meeting in the evening.
We leave the hotel early in the morning, and drive to the airport for the flight to Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla we will start the trek as soon as the luggage is organized. After leaving Lukla we cross the Tharo Kosi river on a suspension bridge. From the bridge you will have the first view of the snow capped Himalayas, as the Kusum Kanguru, (6,367m/20.889 ft.) rises high above the valley. After a short steep climb, and a long decent, we will arrive in Phakding The trek from Lukla to Phakding is approximately 3-4 hours.
From Phakding we follow the Dudh Kosi River on the western bank. The trail taken us through several small villages and the rhododendron forest. After crossing Kyashar Khola river we walk in to the village of Monjo, (2840m/9.317 ft.). Shortly after Monjo we enter the Sagarmatha National Park, established in 1976 to protect the area around Mount Everest. At Jorsala we cross the Dhud Kosi River on the Hillary Bridge - a 120m/394 ft. long suspension bridge. The next couple of hours is a long steep climb up to Namche Bazar at 3.420m/11.220 ft. Namche Bazar is the main trading center in the region with many shops, tea houses and restaurants.
It is important that you become well acclimatized to the altitude before continuing up to Base Camp. The best way to do that, is to walk high and sleep low. We recommend to make a trip up to the Everest View Point, which is located a few hundred meters above Namche Bazar. You can also walk up to the heliport, from where the old caravan route to Tibet starts. The city's fine monastery is on the way and it should also be experienced. The afternoon can be used to experience the Sherpa's "capital" with the many equipment stores and cozy cafes and restaurants.
The route from Namche Bazar to Tengboche follows the Khumbu valley's western slope, high above the Dudh Kosi River, and with a breathtaking view of Ama Dablam, (6.812m/22.349 ft.). There are several smaller settlements along the trail and many small religious monuments beautifully decorated with mani-stones and prayer flags.
After a few hours we arrive in Phunki Thanga, (3,250m/10.662 ft.). We cross the river before we start the steep climb up through the forest to Tengboche. It's a tough climb, but the reward is awaiting at the top of the hill. Tengboche, (3,870m/12.696 ft. is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the World. From the monastery we have a clear view of Ama Dablam, (6812m/22.349 ft.), Kwangde Ri (6187m/20.298 ft), Nuptse, (7.855m/25.770 ft), Lhotse, (8501m/27.890 ft) and Everest, (8,850m/28.051 ft).
You should not miss out on visiting the Sherpa people's main monastery. If you are lucky, you might stumble upon the locals taking part in Puja. You spend the night in Tengboche.
From Tengboche the trail leads down through the rhododendron forest. There are good opportunities to see musk deer on this part of the trail. In half an hour you cross the river, and from here it runs smoothly through the Khumbu valley.
After a few hours, the landscape becomes more alpine with bushes and grass, and shortly after Shomare, (4,019m/13.185 ft), we turn eastward to the Imja Khola River. This route leads, among other things, to the Island Peak Base Camp. You stop in the village of Dingboche (4,410m/14.468 ft.) It is a nice Sherpa village with good lodges to spend the night at.
We use the day for acclimatization, with an excursion to the village of Chhukhung, (4,730m/15.518 ft).
We will see many yaks grazing on the slopes in the harsh alpine landscape. You will also get the chance to climb Nagarjuna Peak, (5.020m/16.469 ft). We return to Dingboche to spend the night.
From Dingboche the route leads west and follows a nice trail high above the valley, overlooking the village of Pheriche and Mount Cholatse, (6335m/20.784 ft).
A short steep climb from Dughla (4,620m/15.157 ft), leads up through the Khumbu glacier moraine to a memorial for climbers, who died in attempt to climb Mount Everest. We follow the western side of the valley to Lobuche, (4930m/16.174 ft), where we spend the night. Besides of being a popular place for trekkers, it is also a great grazing spot for yaks.
Today's trek follows the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. After a couple of hours the trail leads up on the moraine, and eventually the trail crosses the glacier to Gorak Shep, (5,140m/16.843 ft), where we will spend the night. You will distinctly feel the altitude now and many think the last part to get to the lodge is a tough hike, but it is a relatively short trip and you'll arrive there well before noon.
After a refreshment in Gorak Shep, we leave for Everest Base Camp. The first part of the trek leads over sandy fields, but we will quickly climb the moraine, from where you have stunning views to the beautiful conical Mount Pumori, (7.145m/23.441 ft). On the last part of the trek into Base Camp we actually walk on the glacier, which is not very active in this part. The trail winds through some funny looking ice formations, with big rocks on top of them.
We can’t really see Mount Everest from Base Camp, but we have a great view of the famous Khumbu Ice Fall. Base Camp is a tented city located on the glacier in a giant pile of rock and ice. The climbers spend many days in Base Camp to rest and acclimatize to the altitude, preparing for the next ascent. There is not much to do or see at Base Camp, so many climbers enjoy telling about their adventures in the mountains. During the afternoon we return to the teahouse in Gorak Shep.
We will wake you up before sunrise and have a quick breakfast. We leave the teahouse in the dark and while the day dawns, we start our climb to the summit of Kala Pathar. It is hard work and you will be gasping for breath in the cold thin air. It requires many short breaks before we reach the summit of Kala Pathar, 5.545m/18.192 ft.
As the sun casts its first rays on the surrounding Himalayan giants, we can just sit and enjoy the spectacular view of the highest mountain in the World - Mount Everest, (8,850m/29.035 ft.), as well as the world 4th highest mountain Lhotse, (8.501 m/27.890 ft). You will have a clear view to South Col, where the climbers have their highest camp before they make their summit attempt. After the photo shoot, we start our decent to Gorak Shep. When we've rested a bit, we continue down to Lobuche and Dughla. After a long day at high altitude, we reach Pheriche, where we will spend the night.
From Pheriche it is all downhill until we reach Pangboche, (3,930m/12.893 ft). From Pangboche we leave “the main road” and follow a very beautiful trail that meanders along the hillside high above the valley. Ama Dablam rises in the sky next to us. The trail leads us up to the village of Khumjung, (3,800m/12.467 ft). The Sherpa village have the region's biggest schools, and in the small monastery it is actually possible to see the scalp from a Yeti! We spend the night in Phortse and we will have plenty of time to explore the village.
A relatively easy day awaits us. The trail from Phortse takes us past the Everest View Hotel and the nearby airstrip, before we drop down to Namche Bazar, where we will spend the night.
The steep decent from Namche Bazar quickly takes us down to the river. Shortly after crossing the Hillary Bridge we will leave the Sargamatha National Park. There are still 4trekking hours before we larrive in Lukla - end of the trek. We highly recommend celebrating your arrival at the local "Starbucks Coffee Shop". It is certainly not the real Starbucks, but the coffee and the cakes are fantastic and there is WiFi!
Hopefully the weather is nice and clear so the planes are flying in and out of Lukla. After a 45 minute flight we arrive in Kathmandu. It's almost a culture shock to come back to Kathmandu after all the days in the mountains. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Accommodation is at our hotel.
After breakfast we leave the hotel for a full day sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley. You visit the great Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. The most fascinating experiences are around the temple, which lies down towards the Bagmati River, where the Hindus burn their dead on the river platforms. There are also good opportunities to greet the colorful sadhoes - holy men, who have dedicated their lives to religion.
Then head to the great Buddhist stupa Boudanath, as well as the 2,500-year-old Swayambunath temple, situated on a hilltop high above the city. In the afternoon, the tour passes Kathmandu's old center, where some of the city's finest pagodas can be found.
The day is free for your own activities in Kathmandu. You can rent a bike or take a taxi and visit the ancient royal cities Patan and Bhaktapur.
Transfer to the airport for departure.
This is an individual holiday. This means that it is only you, who is on the trip, and you have your own guide and own carriers. If, for example, you do not mind being put together with other travelers, then you can let us know and then we will put you together with others if they should have the same desire.
On this trip you have local guides and porters leading and supporting you. Your guides speak English, they are experts in the area, and have done the trip many times before.
Please note that transportation to and from Kathmandu is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online or by contacting us for an offer on firstname.lastname@example.org
Important: We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.
We ensure that you are picked up from and brought back to the airport no matter what time of day you arrive and depart.
In Kathmandu, breakfast is included, but you need to buy the other meals yourself. Meals during the trek are not included in the price, but you can opt for "all meals during the trek" when booking the holiday.
If you select 'All meals on the trek'
(this can be selected when booking the trip or later from your "My holiday" page)
You will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea and coffee. In addition, you get hot drinks three times a day. It is expected that you eat at the teahouse, where you spend the night. Lunch is had on the way, when it fits. There is good food served at the teahouses and the menu cards are pretty much the same at all the teahouses. You can buy fresh bottled water at all the teahouses, as well as hot tea, coffee, cocoa, beer and soft drinks.
In Kathmandu you live at a good tourist class hotel, which is centrally located in the district of Thamel.
On the trek you stay at teahouses as they are called in Nepal. The teahouses are guest houses that are run and owned by local families. The quality of the teahouses varies, and we strive to get the best options, but you must be prepared for the conditions to be relatively primitive. The teahouses often have a cozy common room, which is heated by a wood-burning stove. We usually stay in double rooms, but at some teahouses there may be multi-bed rooms with 4-6 beds in each room. The rooms are not heated. At some teahouses it is possible to buy a bath, but remember to ask, whether the water has been heated by solar energy, so that we can help protect the vulnerable forest growth.
A typical trekking day begins with a morning wake-up call at 6 - 6.30am.
When you have gotten dressed and had your breakfast, you pack your luggage and start trekking at about 8am. It is important that you walk at your own pace and take the breaks you need.
At approx. 11.30am - 12.00pm you will have a nice long lunch break for about an hour before you continue on the afternoon's hike.
You arrive at the accommodation in the afternoon and once you have gotten your room, there is plenty of time to relax, experience the village, or read a good book. Dinner is served between 6-7pm and you choose the meal from the menu yourself. Most people choose to go to bed early.
This trip's difficulty level is 4-5. This means that the trip is predominantly a 4, but some days are a 5.
The local currency is called rupee (NPR). In Kathmandu, there are many ATMs where you can withdraw money, as well as exchange booths, where cash dollars and euros can be exchanged. It is also possible to exchange or withdraw rupee on credit cards in Namche Bazar, but we recommend that you withdraw / exchange an appropriate amount of money for the trekking trip before leaving Kathmandu. At most teahouses, only rupees are accepted.
There is a tradition of giving tips in Nepal. At restaurants, around 10% of the bill is rounded up. There is also a tradition of giving tips to guides and carriers. You should prepare about 90-100 US dollars for that purpose. The tour guide gathers the group's tips together in an envelope and distributes it between our Nepalese team.
It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.
Remember to bring along 3 passport photos for the visa (if it is possible for you to obtain it at arrival) and the trekking permit.
We advise you to contact a medical specialist or you personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. Please note that you should bring your vaccination certificate when you travel to Nepal.
When you've booked your trip, you will receive all the practical information and a packing list for the trip.
We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by an necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.
The best seasons for trekking in the Everest region are spring and autumn. March, April, May, October, November and early December are great for trekking. It is usually clear weather and bright sunshine in the morning. During the afternoon the evaporation of snow in the mountains forms some clouds, but it usually clears up by sunset. It is also possible to trek in the winter months of January and February, but it can be very cold in high altitude. The summer season from June to the end of September is characterized by the Indian monsoon with a lot rain.
In the mountains, the temperature varies greatly depending on the height and time of day. In the middle of the day, it can easily be warm in even at great altitude (4,500 - 5,000m/14.750 - 16.400 ft.) with up to 20°C/273K. When the sun goes down, the temperature drops dramatically, and it can be - 10°C/263K at night at the same height.