Posted on 2022-02-02
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Everest Base Camp Trek: 12-day Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

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  • +€500.00


Take an Everest Base Camp Trek and follow the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on an incredible steady climb from 2800 m to 5545 m from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. Enjoy fantastic mountain views in the shortest possible timeframe for this trek and explore and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

◾ Join an incredible 12-day Everest Base Camp trek and discover the magnificence of the Himalayas
◾ Follow your experienced local guide and get an in-depth and authentic cultural experience in the local Sherpa villages
◾ Take in incredible views of the soaring peaks, gaping valleys, and glaciers as you trek to Everest Base camp

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About this experience

✔ Small-group or private experience
✔ English speaking guide and a porter per group of two
✔ Full Board during the trek

MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 5,545m (18,193ft) at Kala Patthar
OPENING SEASON: Year-round (best seasons March to May & September to November)
WHO CAN COME: Everest Base Camp Trek is suitable for anyone in good health and reasonably fit. No previous experience in high altitudes is required

Free Cancellation

◾ If you cancel your Everest Base Camp Trekking up to 15 days before departure you forfeit your deposit only
◾ If you cancel your tour between 15 and 7 days before departure you forfeit 50% of the tour cost
◾ If you cancel your tour within 7 days from the start of your experience you forfeit 100% of your tour cost
◾ You can reschedule the starting time of your experience up to 15 days prior to the original starting time for free. If your want to reschedule your starting time within 15 days prior to departure extra fees might apply
◾ No refunds are made if you voluntarily leave a trip for any reason after the trip starts
◾ No refunds will be made for accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals, or any services not used

What's included, what's not

✔ Airport pickups and drops by private vehicle
✔ Deluxe hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for two nights with breakfast
✔ Best available teahouse accommodation during the Everest trek
✔ All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
✔ Welcome and farewell dinners
✔ All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle
✔ Domestic flights from a regular Twin Otter plane (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
✔ Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
✔ An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers = 1 assistant guide)
✔ Porter service (2 trekkers = 1 assistance guide)
✔ Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
✔ Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
✔ All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
✔ Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
✔ All government and local taxes

✖ Nepal entry visa fees
✖ Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
✖ Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
✖ International flights and helicopter rides from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu (if requested by guests)
✖ Travel and rescue insurance
✖ Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
✖ Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Description - What to expect

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

◾ Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport to be warmly welcomed by your host. Drive and check in to your hotel for some rest before you explore this historic and vibrant city on your own. In the evening a welcome dinner will be hosted by the Alpine Club of Himalaya. Overnight in Kathmandu.

◾ Day 2: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (2651m/8700ft), 40 mins flight, 3-4 hrs trek
Take an early morning flight to Lukla by a Twin Otter plane, where all Everest treks begin. Meet the rest of your team in Lukla and start trekking from there. Walk on a gradually descending trail to Cheplung village. From here, you can get a glimpse of Mount Khumbila, a sacred mountain that has never been climbed. Then gradually descend until Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3438m/11,280 ft), 5-6 hrs
Your trail passes through pine forests and continues up north through the Benkar Valley. Cross Dudh Koshi River and pass Chumoa and Monjo villages before reaching the entrance of the Everest National Park. After entering the park, ascend on a steep trail with amazing views. Ascending further will reach Namche Bazaar, the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 4: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3870m/12,694ft) (5-6 hrs)
Today’s trek includes the famous descent to the Dudh-Koshi River and the equally famous ascent along with the rhododendron forests to Tengboche. While descending to Dudh Kish River, enjoy the views of mountain tops like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kongde. Upon reaching Tengboche, visit Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery in the region, and be amazed by the views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and other peaks. Overnight in Tengboche.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 5: Tengboche to Dingboche (4360 m/14,300 ft), 4-5 hrs
Today descend and trek through forests filled with a variety of lush trees such as birch, conifers, and rhododendrons. This journey is again filled with tremendous views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The picturesque trail dips down to Devuche, crosses the Imja River, and takes us to Pangboche. The upper Pangboche trails will be more rewarding with a more pristine view of the Himalayas and the Pangboche Monastery. Move ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River, and ultimately begin climbing up to Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 6: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft) (5-6 hrs)
Today’s trek starts with a gradual climb to Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, climb up a steep trail to Chupki Lhara, where you will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. Next, continue your trek to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and find yourself facing several great peaks including Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, and Mahalangur Himal. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 7: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft),6-7 hrs
Take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorakshep Lake. Continue straight ahead, will come across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. The path from here can be misleading and it is important to follow your lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to the thin air at the high altitude. Pass through rocky dunes, moraine, and streams before reaching the Base Camp. Upon reaching your destination, you will see tents of mountaineers standing out in bright colors against the grey of earthy surroundings. Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori are the mountains you can view from the base camp. Get back to Gorakshep for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Gorakshep.

◾ Day 8: Trek to KALA PATTHAR (5545m/18193ft), return trek to PHERICHE (4240m/13911ft)
Starting after an early breakfast, cross through the wide sandy bed of the dried-up lake and steep zigzags to ascend about 100m to have the great view of Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse. As the climb begins get a grand view of the Khumbu glacier and Nuptse massif as you climb to the rocky viewpoint of Kala Patthar. It’s a slow tough climb but every meter ascended is rewarded by a bit more of Everest until finally, you find yourselves sitting on the Kala Patthar rocks in the middle of an unbelievable Himalayan Panorama.

Retracing the way you walked up to pass through Gorak Shep, Lobuche, and from Dughla, instead of moving towards Dingboche, descend to Pheriche making our way along Khumbu Khola, for the night stay. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

◾ Day 9: Fly to Kathmandu
From Pheriche, the trail descends to Tsuro Wog, after crossing the bridge across Khumbu Khola enjoying great mountain views. From Tsuro Wog start descending retracing the way you walked up proceeding through Orsho, Shomare, and upper Pangboche and finally to the most beautiful place of Tengboche. The Tengboche monastery is Khumbu’s largest gompa. From Tengboche, walk towards Phunki Tenga and then descend to Sanasa and Kyangjuma until you finally reach Namche Bazar.
Overnight in Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

◾ Day 10: Trek back to Lukla
Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla retracing the way you came up. Overnight in Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

◾ Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu
Catch an early flight to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, you can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, this is your day. Your guide can help you with both souvenir shopping and sightseeing. There will be a farewell meeting in the evening by the Alpine Club of Himalaya to celebrate the successful completion of your journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

◾ Day 12: Departure
Your Everest adventure in Nepal ends today. Your host will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight.

Bring with you

For this Everest Base Camp Trekking, we recommend carefully considering all essentials for the trek. (an extensive list can be provided on request) The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own.

Accommodation offer

You will be accommodated in Alpine Hotel and Apartments or similar hotels in Kathmandu and standard tea houses during trekking. All accommodations in Kathmandu and tea houses are on a twin-shared basis. We can cater to a special request for a single room in Kathmandu by paying a single supplement of USD 310.

Prepare for the experience - Things to know before you go

◾ The Government of Nepal has announced an issue for the flight operation to Lukla. Most flights to Lukla will commence from Ramechhap until further notice to avoid heavy traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport. The airport in Ramechhap is located 130km from Kathmandu (approximately 3-4 hours drive). Alternatively, helicopter arrangements can be made for up to 5 people on a sharing basis with the addition of USD 500 for one way flight per person to change your airplane flights to a helicopter.

The drive to Ramechhap and flight to Lukla are guaranteed unless the flight is canceled due to bad weather conditions. Travelers are suggested to advise us on the preferred alternatives for the flights to/from Lukla affected due to possible delays or disruptions.

◾ Your safety is of paramount importance and your host has the authority to cancel the trip or change the itinerary, when deemed necessary or when there is reason to believe your safety is at stake. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, natural disasters, and such, can contribute to changes in the itinerary when traveling in remote mountainous regions. In these extreme situations, we kindly request that you offer your full co-operation to the trusted leader of the group.

COVID-19 - Update information

Nepal is open to fully vaccinated people. Provider complies with local legislation and applicable health recommendations with regard to Covid-19 prevention measures