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 in the airport and take you to your hotel, centrally located in Kathmandu. Rest of the day at leisure. 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 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 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 and the best way to do that, is to go 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 start.
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 beautiful decorated with mani-stones and prayer flags. After a few hours we arrive in Phunki Thanga, (3250m/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 waiting 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).
From Tengboche the trail leads down through the rhododendron forest. There is a good opportunities to see musk deer on this part. After a few hours, the landscape becomes more alpine and shortly after Shomare, (4,019m/13.185 ft), we turn eastward to the Imja Khola River. We will spend the night in the village of Dingboche, (4.410m/14.468 ft).
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 cross the glacier to Gorak Shep, (5,140m/16.843 ft), where we will spend the night. It is a short trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, and 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 into 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 for rest and acclimatizing to the altitude, and preparing for the next ascent. Time in Base Camp can be boring and many climbers enjoy telling about their adventures on the mountain. During the afternoon we return to the teahouse in Gorak Shep.
We will wake you up before dawn and we will 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, 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. After a short rest, 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 to 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 school, 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 send 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 is still 4 hours trekking before we late in the afternoon arrives in Lukla. The trek is over ad we can highly recommend to celebrate our trek at the local Starbucks Coffee Shop. It is certainly not a 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 minutes flight we arrive in Kathmandu, It's almost a culture shock to come back to Kathmandu after all the days in the mountains. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at our hotel.
After breakfast we leave the hotel for a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. We will visit the famous monkey temple Swayambunath. The temple is Kathmandu's oldest Buddhist shrine, and stands on top of a hill, overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. We will also visit Nepal's largest shrine Boudanath. The beautiful big stupa is surrounded by buddhist monasteries. The day ends on the banks of the Bagmati River and the Hindu temple Pashupatinath.
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.
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