Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most visited treks of Nepal. What makes it popular is the destination of the trek- the base camp of Mt. Everest (highest peak in the world). As thrilling as this may sound, the view of the mountains makes up only a small part of the entire journey.
The trek was opened for recreation after the successful expedition of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953. Since then, several trekkers, mountaineers, spiritual seekers and nature enthusiast visit Everest Base Camp Trek seeking for solace .
The entire route is decorated with the finest element of nature. Some areas are covered in various shades of green, deep and light. While some have blossoming red rhododendron flowers sprinkled over the greenery.
The rivers and lakes carve their way through hills and valleys forming beautiful and intricate patterns and designs seen from higher altitude. And yes, the altitude that Everest Base Camp Trek takes you cannot get any more audacious.
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla than trek to Monzo.
Early this morning, you will be transferred to the domestic airport to catch a flight to Lukla. The 35 minutes flight is a scenic and a perfect spot for mountain-seeing. The view from the flight is more like a trailer to the entire movie that lies ahead in your trek.
Once you reach Lukla, you will trek to Monzo. It will take you about 4hrs. You will spend the night in a local lodge.
Day 02: Trek from Monzo to Namche Bazaar
You will trek to Namche bazaar from Monzo. The route will lead you into Sagarmatha National Park. Its remarkable beauty has it enlisted under UNESCO world heritage site. The park is also home to several wildlife inhabitants.
Namche Bazaar lies at 11,270ft and is also an unofficial capital of the Khumbu Region. You will spend the night in a local lodge in Namche bazaar.
Day 03: Rest Day in Namche Bazaar.
You will need to rest for a day in Namche Bazaar. The rest is a must for acclimatization. However, you will not be spending this day idle. You will be taken for sight-seeing and small hikes around Namche. You will spend the night in Namche Bazaar.
Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
The route to Tengboche is a spiritual one comprising of various monasteries and temples. You will be visiting Tengboche Monastery, the spiritual center of Khumbu situated at an elevation of 12,700ft. The trail heads through Kayangjuma towards Sansa and a Pine Forest before entering into Tengboche. You will spend the night in a local lodge.
Day 05: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche.
The hike to Dingboche is at an elevation of 14,000 ft. You will also be walking over a suspension bridge that gains its popularity from the spectacular view of the mountain, Ama Dablam. The valley will slowly begin to open up as you approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. A steep climb across the river will bring you to Dingboche. You will spend the night in a local lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche.
Lobuche lies at an elevation of 16,170ft. On the way to Lobuche you will pass by a number of stone memorials to honor climbers who failed in their attempt to make it to the peak of Mt. Everest. This route will also offer you views of Nuptse, Cholatse, Thamserku, and several other magnificent peaks. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, you will gain the closest view of Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. You will spend the night in a local lodge.
Day 07: Trek from Lobuche to Ghorakshep (5160 mtrs.) and Trek to Explore Everest Base camp and down to Ghorakshep.
This is probably the most thrilling day of the trek. After lunch at Gorak Shep, you will hike up the notorious Khumbu icefall. From here, you will walk to the Everest Base Ccamp. You will spend an hour opr so exploring the camp side which is affluently gifted with natural scenic beauty. You will trek back to Ghorakshep, and spend the night in a local lodge there.
Day 08: Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapathar and Trek down to Phireche
Kalapathar ( 5555M) is the highest height you can gain in this trek. It is an excellent viewpoint of Mount Everest. Along with Everest, innumerable spectacular peaks are also visible from Kalapthar. From Kalapthar, you will walk down to Periche which lies and an elevation of 4280m and stay the night in a Guest House.
Day 09: Trek from Phireche- Khumjung Village.
You will be descending down to Khumjung village. The village is beautiful and is resided by Sherpa people. You will get a chance to acquaint yourself with their culture and life style. You will spend the night in Guest House.
Day 10: Trek from Khumjung Village - Manjoo.
The walk to Manjoo is through trail that weaves small elevating and descending valleys. The view of Everest is excellent along this trail. You will also see several mani stones stretching across the trail. You will spend the night in a Guest House.
Day 11: Trek from Manjoo- Lukla.
The walk from Manjoo to Lukla will take you about 5hrs. Manjoo is a small village with scanty settlements. The view of the mountain seen from this place appears to be stretching far along the skyline behind the green hills. You will spend the night in a local lodge.
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu.
You will take around 35 minutes an early morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your respective hotels
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