Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 Days

Kathmandu, Nepal

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Duration: 16 days
Group size: 1 - 14
Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 Days
Kathmandu, Nepal


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Duration: 16 days
Group size: 1 - 14

About this trip

  Trip Highlights


· Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.

· Scenic flight to and from Lukla.

· Get acquainted with Sherpa culture.

· Visit Tengboche Monastery.

· Remarkable views of the Khumbu Icefall.

· Hike up to Kala Patthar (5,555m) & Nangkartshang Peak(5,083m).

· Trek to Everest Base Camp and Khumbu Glacier.

· Get close to the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest(8,848m).


Trip Information


Everest Base Camp Trek to the base of the world’s highest mountain Mount Everest (8848), offers the ultimate challenge for trekkers and adventurers. Filled with breathtaking mountain panoramas and charming Sherpa settlements, the trail goes up the Dudh Koshi Valley to Namche Bazaar and Kala Patthar (5555m), the highest point of the trek. This is a walk on the wild side. If you are up for the challenge, this is one of the most inspiring places in the world to do it.


This Everest Base Camp Trek is a great introductory lodge trek that offers sensational mountain views and an insight into the lives of the Sherpa people. After exploring the temples, shrines and bazaars of Kathmandu, we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Koshi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, capital of the Khumbu Sherpas, where we are again greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. A rest day here aids acclimatization and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area. We then follow the trail to Tengboche, located high on a ridge where a magnificent 360-degree panorama awaits. The views of Everest, Lhotse-Nuptse Wall, Ama Dablam and Kantega dominate this peaceful and spiritual location – surely one of the most tranquil and inspiring places in the world.


While passing Buddhist monasteries, views of Everest get closer every day. This stunning trek visits Everest Base Camp (5,365 m), which is a premier goal for many adventurous walkers in the Himalayas, and Kala Patthar (5,555 m), a viewpoint recognised as the best vantage point to see Mount Everest. After trekking to Base Camp and Kala Patthar, we return at leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our return flight to Kathmandu.


Detailed Itinerary


Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Note: If you happen to arrive after 4 pm you would be briefed about the trip by our guide, this will be the pre-trip meeting for you, so please make sure that you ask all the questions. But if you arrive earlier than 4 pm, your pre-trip meeting would be on that very day at our office. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.


Day 02 – Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley

After a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

Pashupatinath Temple:
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.

Boudhanath Stupa:
Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the royal residential quarter of King Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied pagoda temple of Nyatapola , Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking essentials.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.


Day 03 – Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 hours

An early morning start takes us to the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,804 m). On arrival at the airport, the guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding (2,610 m).

After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713 m). The walking is easy. After passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550 m), it is a short walk to Phakding.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 04 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5.5 hours

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the ‘Gateway to Everest’) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 05 – Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day

We will spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up to Syangboche Airport and the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest-placed hotels in the world. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas including Mt Everest.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 06 – Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) – 5 hours

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi with magnificent views of the mountains. We’ll have trekked to an altitude of 3,860m upon reaching Tengboche. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or in the morning dependent on the day’s trek.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 07 – Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m) – 5 hours

From Tengboche, the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time, so we avoid getting affected by the altitude.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 08 – Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m) – 4 hours

This day is planned as acclimatization day. We don’t make progress towards Everest Base Camp. Instead we will take a hike to Nangkartshang Peak just above Dingboche. The peak is an excellent view point especially of the gorgeous Ama Dablam. If weather is clear, we will get to see Ama Dablam in its entirety. You can spend the afternoon strolling around the village or resting.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 09 – Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) – 5 hours

Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the village of Lobuche which is located at the foot of giant Lobuche peak.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 10 – Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and then Back to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) – 8 hours

This is a big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365 m, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. During spring, there will likely be expedition teams about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak Shep for the night.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 11 – Morning hike up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) & descend to Pheriche (4,200 m) – 7 hours

This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of the morning is spent climbing Kala Patthar, a small peak at 5,555 m. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama – Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8,848 m, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the giants such as Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep and have a hot breakfast, and then trek down to Pheriche.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 12 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 7 hours

Leaving the mountains behind us, our descent takes us through Pangboche and Tengboche before continuing to the town of Namche Bazaar. We arrive back to Namche in the afternoon.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 13 – Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 6 hours

This is our last day of trekking as we return to Lukla where the trek began. We enjoy this time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. The afternoon is free, so you can wander about, relax and enjoy a hot shower! In the evening, have a few celebratory drinks and dance with your trek mates.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 14 – Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Enjoying the last glimpse of the mountains we have recently visited, the 35 minutes scenic flight takes us back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to our hotel.

If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.


Day 15 – Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu

It’s also a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla.

In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.


Day 16 – Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure

The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast included.


Price Includes

· Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle.

· Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (4 nights).

· Guided city tour in Kathmandu by a private tourist vehicle.

· All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).

· Guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms (11 nights).

· Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English-speaking trekking guide.

· The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek. We assign one porter for every two guests.

· Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.

· Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.

· Down jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (to be returned after the trek).

· Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airports.

· Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep).

· Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.

· Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.

· All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

· Official expenses.


Price Does not Include

· Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.

· Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)

· International airfare and airport departure tax (See the international flights page.)

· Nepal entry visa; you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

· Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.

· Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab).

· Tips for trekking staff and driver (tipping is expected).

· Any others expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

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Ace the Himalaya
Ace the Himalaya is a trekking and adventure sports agency based in Nepal serving to provide first-class adventure and holiday experience in the Himalayas. The company was established by Prem K Khatry in early 2006 with rather humble beginnings. Born in a remote village, surrounded by lush forest and an endless chain of hills, Khatry was inspired to start a career in travelling as a trekking Sherpa then eventually as a guide.