The Everest Base Camp Trekking (EBC Trek) is the most beautiful trail in the Everest Region and is indeed the most famous Himalayan Trek. Everest Base Camp Trek is famous for its spectacular mountain views and hospitality of its inhabitants, the Sherpa people. Mount Everest is also known as Sagarmatha in Nepalese language, which in English literally means “Mother Goddess of the World”.
Everest Base Camp trekking offers a unique experience with panoramic views of the world's highest and most beautiful mountains. It is one of the most inspiring place in the world and trekking is possible all year round, but the best times to visit are March to May and September to December.
he trip begins with a 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is an entry point of the Everest Region. You start your trek from Lukla. On the way there are many tea houses in which you can stay and eat locally as well as Western food. The trail takes one through the green Dudhkosi Valley, which is rich in Flora and Fauna, Sherpa Villages, and Buddhist Monasteries. It leads one up to the legendary Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar where you spend two nights exploring and acclimating, an important factor for your safety and enjoy experience the Everest Base Camp trekking. Then you follow the trail to the villages of Tengboche, Pangboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche where Yaks can be seen grazing in the high meadows. Finally you reach the last human settlement, the village of Gorakshep, which is just two hours from Everest Base Camp. From here, you can see the Khumbu Ice Fall and interact with other mountaineers climbing the Everest. From Gorakshep your trail takes you to Kalapathar from where you have the best possible view of the Himalayan Range. This is your turn around point and you descend following the same trail with still more splendid, fascinating and breathtaking views that leaves you with a lifetime of wonderful memories.
Day 01:Arrive to Kathmandu airport (1380m)
Welcome to Kathmandu. Once you reach the airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly received by our airport representative who will help you with the transfer to the hotel on a private car or a bus. After Checking into your hotels, you can either rest or stroll around to explore your vibrant surrounding at your convenience.
Day 02:Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Your sightseeing trip starts from the hotel after breakfast at around 8:30 am. We will be provided private vehicle and a professional tour guide for the tour. You will start your sightseeing tour from the largest Hindu temple Pashupatinath, then visit Bouddhanath and Swoyambhunath (the Monkey temple). At the end of the day, you will visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square and then drive back to the hotel to prepare for the trip with a short briefing about the trek.
Day 03:Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m)
You board a 30 minute flight to Lukla early in the morning. Enjoy the magnificent mountain range as you arrive at Lukla airport. You will be introduced to your porter at the airport. After enjoying a hearty breakfast in Lukla, you will begin your trekking. The walk to Phakding is a fairly easy 3 hour walk through the Dudhkosi valley. You will head north from the airstrip to Chheplung (2700m) and cross the ThadoKoshi River on a local-style suspension bridge. Just past the bridge, you can see the peak Kusum and Kanggru (6367m), which are some of the most difficult trekking peaks to climb. Beyond the ThadoKoshi, the trail climbs towards the Ghat (2590m) and crosses a ridge marked with painted Mani stones. You will continue our ascend to reach the beautiful village of Phakding where you will stay overnight.
Day 04:Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m)
You start your second day of the trek through the Valley of Dudhkosi River. You cross the Dudhkosi River five times on the exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags on the way to Namche. After you cross the last bridge, you will continue your ascent, gradually lead leading you to Jorsale. It is a two and a half hour climb up to Namche with two view points on the way.You will enjoy a mesmerizing view of Mt Everest on a clear day on the trail. At Jorsale you enter the Sagarmatha National park where you will need to verify your permits. After 5 or 6 hours of hard walking, you reach the main trading center of the region, the Namche Bazaar.
Day 05:Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar (3445m)
Acclimatization is very important before proceeding higher to avoid altitude sickness. You will be taken for a day’s hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung and come back to Namche through the Everest view hotel Khumjung.You can see the so called skull of a Yeti in the monastery in the region. You can also visit the bakery at world’s highest altitude. You get to enjoy the panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and many other mountains on a fair day. Even the view from the Everest View hotel is very impressive. After a savory breakfast, you take a steep one-hour climb to the Syangboche airstrip (3790m), from where you will slowly ascend towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From Khunde you follow the trail eastwards to Khumjung, the largest village in the Khumbu region, at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. After enjoying lunch at Khumjung,you follow a gradual climb to Everest View Hotel where you will enjoy the splendid mountain views. Then you descend towards Namche (3540m). 4/5 hours walk.
Day 06:Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m)
Your route for today to Tengboche weaves in and out of side valleys, making small ups and downs, to the teashops of Kenjoma, and joins the trail from Khumjung just before a collection of Mani stones. The views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trek. You pass the small settlement of Sanasa from where the trail drops towards Phunkithanga (3250m). From here the trail climbs steeply through pine forests and around Mani stones as it follows the side of a hill to the saddle on which the monastery of Tengboche sits at 3870m. The view from here is rightly deemed to be one of the world’s most magnificent sceneries. Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Amadablam, Kantega and Thamserku provide an inspiring panorama as the Himalayan giants. You will spend the night in the Tengboche village (5 hrs).
Day 07:Trek to Dingboche (4360m)
Today you start your trek with a descent through a beautiful forest, then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures to Dingboche. You will spend the night at Dingboche. It is a very relaxing village with lots of mountain views. This is a very easy walk and takes about 3 to 4 hours.
Day 08: Acclimatization in Dingboche (4360m)
You will start around 8:30 after breakfast. The trek up to Chhukung is quite nice and easy. You get a really nice view of most of the mountains specially Ama Dablam. The view from Chhukung and further up the valley on the moraines towards Island Peak is tremendous. To the south-west, the eastern face of Ama Dablam provides an incredible view of the picturesque peak. This short trek is one of the highlights of the trek. It is a quick trip back down the valley to Dingboche for the night. While going back to Dingboche you might encounter strong winds.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4930m)
You start with a climb to the chorten trail that is a gentle climb for about 1 and half hours.Thenyou get to Thugla at 4600m with a tea house where you will have your lunch before climbing the steep part of the day’s trek for about one and a half hour. You start to get close to high mountains like Mt. Pumori and Mt. Nuptse after a while as you proceed towards Lobuche where only basic accommodation and food is provided. Then you trek along a broad valley floor to Thugla, leaving behind the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche at 4240 Meters. A western volunteer doctor, supported by The Himalayan Rescue Association is stationed here and offers treatment and consultation to trekkers as you continue up the valley gaining altitude. When you come out of the valley, you descend to the yak pastures at Lobuche. Overnight at Lodge.The day’s trip takes about 5 and a half hour’s walk.
Day 10:Trek to Gorakshep (5160m) and Hiking to Everest base camp (5545m.), back to Gorakshep.
This morning, you will take a2 hour hike up to Gorakshep.The first part is nice and easy, but one hour later the trail starts to get harder, which is compensated by the really nice view of big walls formed by Everest, Nuptse and many other mountains. Once you climb about 150m then the trail gets better again. Shortly after you will get to the moraine. Finally, you get to 5160m, the world’s highest settlement at Gorakshep. Once you have lunch, you begin your walk to Everest base camp. You will be walking on a side ridge of the Khumbu glacier. After walking on the ridge for about one and half hours, you cross the Glacier and into the Everest base camp area. Today you reach your final goal by trekking to Everest base camp at an altitude of 5360m. You will be able to meet and talk to other mountain climbers at the base camp. You can get a good view of Khumbu glacier and Khumbu Ice fall. From there you can also see the big crevasses in the climbing way. After appreciating your own efforts and photographing the achievements, you start your way back to Gorakshep. (6-7 hour).
Day 11:Trek to Kalapathar (5545m) & back to Pheriche (4280m)
The early morning walk to Kalapathar from Gorakshep is about approximately 2 hours.The short hike up to Kalapathar with clear views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks are magnificent. Most of the famous photographs of Everest are taken from this “thump” on the landscape. In the afternoon, you trace back your steps to Gorakshep which is a fairly easy descent. You will go down to Gorakshep, get some food then go down to Pheriche. You feel much better once you descend the highest point of the trek .Overnight at Lodge. We will descent towards Pheriche. (6 – 7 hours)
Day 12:Trek to Namche Bazaar
From Debuche a half an hour climb takes you to Tengboche and from Tengboche you descend to Phunkithanga at 3200m. Then you make the final climb towards Namche Bazaar for the final party night, which is also the last chance to have close-up views of the mountains. Following the same way back to Namche is an easywalk. Once you get to Namche you can use the various services to get connected to the rest of the world. You can have an amazing time at the bakery, bar and other fun places.
Day 13:Trek back to Lukla
It is approximately a 7 hrs trek from Namche to Lukla which is mostly downhill to the flat part. This day you are going to end the trek as you exit the Sagarmatha National park. The Next day you will take a flight to Kathmandu. You end this amazing trek with a pleasant walk down to Lukla.
Day 14:Fly to Kathmandu from Lukla and transfer to Hotel.
You will fly to Kathmandu early in the morning. Even the flight allows a really nice view of most of the Himalayan range. Do not forget to choose the seat on the right hand sight of the aircraft. Finally you will reach Kathmandu airport from where you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 15:Departure to Home
It is finally time to bid farewell to this amazing country. Our representative will transfer you to the airport from where you will catch your flight. Bid goodbye to this beautiful nation as you fly to your next destination.
Essential Equipment for Trekking in Nepal.
Warm backpacking sleeping bag comfort temperature up to -15 degree Celsius.
Comfortable hiking boots. Make sure they are tried and tested before you go.
Spare boot laces.
Lightweight trainers/shoes for wear in lodges.
Light-weight fleece or wool vests.
Long or short-sleeved shirt; often more comfortable to wear than a fleece vest or T-shirt.
Warm hiking trousers.
Warm hat (can be purchased in Kathmandu for a couple of pounds).
Wide rimmed sun hat.
2 – 3 pairs good quality walking socks.
Warm gloves or mitts.
Large rucksack or Duffel bag. (55 to 70 liters)
Rucksack liner or thick bin bag.
Day sack. (25 to 40 liters)
High factor sun-cream.
Lip balm preferably with sun bloc.
Ear plugs. (Walls in lodges are very thin)
Head torch/torch and spare batteries.
1 liter 2 water bottle.
Water purification kit. (On trek you will need to drink 3 – 4 liters of fluids each day)
Small hand towel. (Do not bring large towel. They are bulky and heavy)
Toilet paper. (You can buy poor quality paper along the route)
Non essential but recommended Equipment
Walking or hiking pole(s).
Light-weight windproof jacket.
Sleeping bag liner.
Length of string or para-cord. (12 feet)
Half a dozen clothes pegs.
Safety pins. (For attaching wet washing to rucksack to dry while trekking)
Plastic bags; shop carrier bags. These come in handy for a myriad of uses.
Camera. (Can recharge batteries for a small cost in lodges)
Hand cleansing gel.