EVEREST BASECAMP TREK

EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK 15 DAYS 
Country: Nepal
Destination: EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
Arrival At: Kathmandu
Departure From: Kathmandu
Duration: 14 Nights 15 Days
Accommodation: 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and teahouses during the trek
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. All meals during the trek
Activities: Trekking and Culture
Highest Altitude: 5,554m/18,192ft
Best Months: Sept to Nov and March to May
Tour Grade: Moderate
Transfer By: Private Vehicle & Domestic Flight
Group Size: 1-12 people
Permit Needed: Sagarmatha national park Entrance ticket and TIMS

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
DAY 01   KATHMANDU ARRIVAL (1300m/4264ft)
DAY 02   KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
DAY 03   KATHMANDU LUKLA (FLIGHT) TREK TO PHAKDING (2,652m/8,700ft)
DAY 04   PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440m/11,280 ft)
DAY 05   NAMCHE BAZAAR ACCLIMATIZATION
DAY 06   NAMCHE BAZZAR TO TENGBOCHE (3,440m/11,280 ft)
DAY 07   TENGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE (4,360 m/14,300ft)
DAY 08   DINGBOCHE ACCLIMATIZATION
DAY 09   DINGBOCHE TO LOBUCHE (4940 m/16,207 ft)
DAY 10   LOBUCHE TO GORAKSHEP TO EVERESTBASECAMP (5,364m/17,594ft) TO GORAKSHEP (5,170 m/16,961ft)
DAY 11   GORAKHSHEP TO KALAPATTHAR (5545m/18,192ft) TO PHERICHE (4280 m/14,070 ft)
DAY 12   PHERICHE TO NAMCHE BAZZAR (3400m/11280ft)
DAY 13   NAMCHE BAZZAR TO LUKLA (2800m/9186ft)
DAY 14   LUKLA TO KATHMANDU (FLIGHT)
DAY 15   DEPARTURE

EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK 15 DAYS 

DAY 01: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL
Altitude: 1300m/4264ft
Meals: N/A
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will meet and assist at airport and transfers to hotel. Rest of the day will be free and in the evening, there will be tour briefing of trek, Overnight in Kathmandu.

DAY 02: KATHMANDU LUKLA PHAKDING Altitude: 2,652m/8,700ft
Flight time: 40 min
Trek to Phakding: 3 - 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After breakfast, transfer to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for a flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), gateway of Everest region. After an adventurous flight for 40 min we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. After arrival at Lukla, our other crew members will join us; we start our trek through the flourishing village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. For acclimatization, we only have a short trek today. However if interested we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery, overnight in Phakding.

DAY 03: PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR
Altitude: 3,440m/11,280 ft
Trek to Namche: 5 - 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After breakfast start for trek, trail will got through beautiful pine forest, there are many suspension bridegs on Dudh Koshi River, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. Mount Thamserku (6618m) is visible in today’s trial. After crossing the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we reach the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We need to pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail goes through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the DudhKoshi and BhoteKoshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region, overnight at Namche Bazaar.

DAY 04: NAMCHE BAZAAR ACCLIMATIZATION
Altitude: 3,440m/11,280 ft
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

This is the first of the two days set aside for "acclimatization". It is recommended to stay active during the rest day too. We can go for a day's hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides will take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe variety of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region.

DAY 05: NAMCHE BAZZAR TO TENGBOCHE
Altitude: 3,440m/11,280 ft
Trek to Tengboche: 5 - 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After breakfast, we begin our trek towards Tengboche, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku are visible. Our trail is more or less smooth with few ups and downs. Along the way, we can spot musk deer, herd of Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail goes gradually descend to Kayangjuma. The path finally reaches Sansa, which is a junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The trail then goes through the pine forests and after crossing bridge decorated with the prayer flags over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post. After having a lunch at Phunki Thenga, there is slightly tougher climb through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche offers close up views of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, and Mt Everest, and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. We pay our visit to the monastery the same day at around 3 pm. overnight stay at a lodge at Tengboche.

DAY 06: TENGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE
Altitude: 4,360 m/14,300ft
Trek to Dingboche: 5 - 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After Breakfast, We choose the upper trail for better views on the way to Pangboche village. The trial passes through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. we can trek north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt Ama Dablam.  As we enter the Imja Valley the trail becomes moderate, the valley gradually unfolds as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. After descend into the river, begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.

DAY 07: DINGBOCHE ACCLIMATIZATION
Altitude: 4,360 m/14,300ft
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Our second day of acclimatization is at Dingboche. For better view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt Lhotse and numerous other peaks, we climb the ridge on the north behind the village. This will be perfect acclimatizing excursion. From there we can see three of the world's highest peaks, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Cho Yu. To the west, the peaks of Cholatse (6440 m/21,126 ft) and Taboche (6542 m/ 21,463 ft) are visible. As we look northwest, we see an collection of rising peaks at the head of the Khumbu Khola valley. The Lobuche West and Lobuche East peaks are most dominant along with Lhotse which stands over 8501 meters (8501m/27, 890 ft), overnight at Dingboche.

DAY 08: DINGBOCHE TO LOBUCHE
Altitude: 4940 m/16,207 ft
Trek to Lobuche: 3 - 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The trail goes upwards to Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley followed by arid terrace and awesome views of mountains on all sides. The majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view as the trail descends and curves, Mt. Pumori disappears from view. After crossing a small wooden bridge, we ascend the trail to Duglha. After leaving Duglha, we need to ascend the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and pass through boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, several great peaks are visible - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. Mt Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. overnight at Lobuche.

DAY 09: LOBUCHE TO GORAKSHEP TO EVEREST BASECAMP TO GORAKSHEP
Altitude: GorakShep (5,170 m/16,961ft) Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft)
Trek Duration: 8 - 9 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. After passing through the pyramid sign post we see summit of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A short climb would take us to Thangma Riju from where 360 degree panorama of snowy mountains is visible. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green hillock beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains around us, including the top of the world Mt. Everest. After a lunch and some rest, we continue our trek to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. On the way we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. Finally ultimate objective of our journey Everest Base Camp is reached; Tents of Mountaineer's stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surrounding. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here overnight in Gorak Shep at a local lodge.

DAY 10: GORAKHSHEP TO KALAPATTHAR TO PHERICHE
Altitude: Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft) Pheriche (4280 m/14,070 ft)
Trek Duration: 8 - 9 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

We start early in the morning amid predawn darkness and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) to catch the spectacular views from Kala Patthar and observe the first light of a day in the mountains, particularly, Mt. Everest. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to expose itself. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From kala Patthar, we scramble up to the top of a rocky outcrop marked by cairns and prayer flags. Mind-blowing Himalayan panorama unfolds before our eyes as they wander from one mighty massif to another. After coming back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and wait other participants to return. We descend in the afternoon and arrive at Pheriche in time for a good night's rest.

DAY 11: PHERICHE TO NAMCHE BAZZAR
Altitude: Namche bazzar (3400m/11280ft)
Trek Duration: 6 - 7 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The trek is usually downhill, through rhododendron and juniper forest. The trial goes along the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing pine forest the trial reaches Sansa village from where views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse can be seen. After passing a trial through a forest we finally reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

DAY 12: NAMCHE BAZZAR TO LUKLA
Altitude: Lukla (2800m/9186ft)
Trek Duration: 6 - 7 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The trail descends most of the time. We can enjoy last day of walking in this region, After our arrival in Lukla rest and relax at guest house. Overnight in Lukla.

DAY 13: LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
Meals: Breakfast Dinner

We take early morning flight to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu transfer to hotel. Day will be free to rest and relax or for shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey we will organize a dinner, overnight in Kathmandu.

DAY 14: DEPARTURE
Meals: Breakfast

Morning will be comparatively free and closer to the time of your flight; you will be transferred to the airport in time to board your flight for onward journey.

Inclusions
All airport and hotel transfers
Accommodation in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport departure taxes
An experienced English-speaking trekking guide, assistant trekking guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
A comprehensive medical kit
All government taxes

Exclusions
Nepal Visa fee
International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Excess baggage charges
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary due to any reason)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
Tips for guides and porters