The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most sought-after trekking journeys not only in Nepal but the whole world. It does certainly deserve its spot at the top because of the many highlights and features it presents to the trekkers. From the low-lying river valleys to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain peak, the trekking trip is nothing short of awe-inspiring. It begins with a short but thrilling airplane ride from Kathmandu to Lukla. The short flight in itself is considered a mini-adventure because the Lukla airport is located atop a cliff with a 60-meter long runway that drops off to the cliff on one end. Further on out during the trek, the trail goes through coruscating valleys, small villages and settlements, and thick woodlands to finally conclude at the base camp of Mount Everest. It is absolutely beautiful and captures the natural and cultural ethos of the Khumbu region of Nepal quite brilliantly.
Furthermore, the trek is also famous for its views and sights of the Himalayas. Mount Everest, along with many peaks of the Khumbu are a constant company to the trekkers as they make their way along the trail. Not only that, but the trek also presents a grand experience to enjoy the legendary Sherpa culture of the region as well. You will go through the Sherpa towns and villages like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche and many others where you can immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Sherpa ambiance blended together with the Himalayan quintessence.
Moreover, you will also be trekking through the Sagarmatha National Park- a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site that protects a large area of the Khumbu and is home to many species of endangered plants and animals like the Snow Leopard, the Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, and the Red Panda among others. The Everest Base Camp Trek is a great way to really enjoy the beauty of Nepal’s Himalayan terrain along with experiencing an exotic Sherpa culture that is famed all over the world as being legendary for the people’s ability on being expert mountain climbers.
Correspondingly, the trek also has trails that go to Kalapatthar- one of the most famous vantage points of the Khumbu from where you can enjoy the sunrise view amidst the Everest Himalayas. The phenomenon is absolutely breath-taking as the rays of the sun sweep over the mountains like a cascade of molten gold. Finally, relish in the mountain surrounding as you reach the base camp and enjoy the sight of the amazing Khumbu Glacier and Icefall.
A thrilling short airplane ride to Lukla from Kathmandu where the changing landscapes are seen majestically
A verdant trans-Himalayan landscape covered in beautiful woodlands and rhododendrons forests.
Breath-taking and absolutely splendid views and sights of the Mount Everest massif and many of its neighboring peaks, like Nuptse, Lhotse, the Ama Dablam, Mount Khumbila and Thamserku among others.
Namche Bazaar- the popular Himalayan town dubbed as the gateway to Everest
The holy Tengboche Monastery at the beautiful Tengboche village
A dense concentration of ethnic Sherpa culture and practices
Many settlements and small villages that are situated on the foothills and crevasses of the Himalayan topography
The famous vantage point of Kalapatthar- from where the entire panorama of the Sagarmatha massif is seen in a spectacular fashion
Himalayan pasturelands and grazing fields on forest clearings ornamented with Mani stone walls carved with prayers and small chortens with mounted prayer flags of bright colors
The view of the Khumbu Glacier and Icefall
Trekking through the Sagarmatha National Park- a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site
The Everest View Hotel from where the view of Mount Everest is seen through all of its windows
(also listed in the Guinness Book of World records as the highest located hotel in the world)
You may arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport at any time. Upon your arrival, you will be picked up and escorted to your Hotel.
A short morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla commences the trek. From Lukla, you will then be trekking to Phakding.
From Phakding, the trek continues on to the much-celebrated town of Namche Bazaar. The journey takes about 5 to 6 hours of trekking.
Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar. During the acclimatization process, you will visit the Everest View Hotel.
From Namche Bazaar, you will trek to the Tengboche village where you will visit the holy Tengboche Monastery.
Trekking to the Summer Valley of Dingboche from Tengboche, which takes about 4 to 5 hours .
Acclimatization at Dingboche. During the acclimatization process, you will visit Nagerjun .
From Dingboche, you will have a 5-hour trek to the village of Lobuche, passing by the Trekkers Aid Post run by foreign volunteer doctors at Pheriche.
Trek to the Everest Base Camp, and then return back to Gorakshep, which takes about 7 to 8 hours of trekking .
Hike from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5,545 meters) and on to Pheriche (4,280 meters) on a 7 to 8-hour trek.
Enjoy a 6 to 7-hour trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters) as you commence your mountain descent.
Continue your descent on a 5 to 6-hour trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding and on to Lukla (2,800 meters), where the amazing trekking adventure ends.
Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla.
You will have a transfer to the Kathmandu International Airport, from where you will depart