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Everest Base Camp Trek    

17 Days   USD $1695    Kathmandu    Kathmandu  
Duration : 17  Days
Grading : Moderate Difficult
Max Altitude : 5365 meters
Activity : Trekking
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu
Trip Route : Ktm-Lukla 25 min flight and trek to Phakding (2610m-4 hours)
Best Season : September to November

Overview


The great thing about Nepal is that it is home to one of the highest peaks in the world, Mount Everest, with 8848 m (29,029 feet) being the highest. The trek at the base is known as the greatest and most rewarding challenge that you can imagine.

We need to reach for more and push ourselves to the limit. Obstacles are known to block our path, but at times we need to find the motivation and effort to overcome them. Trekking on this journey will lead to a brand new experience and perspective on life. After climbing to the top and working through the difficulty will be rewarding after seeing the multicolored flags waving in the wind.

The trek allows trekkers to explore and enjoy the culture and natural significance of the Khumbu region. Himalayan panoramic view of different and highest peaks like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Choyu.

On this tour, you will be able to see breathtaking views and experience something new. You will be able to see life from a different perspective while enjoying the clear skies and testing your limits. This type of tour is for individuals who are experienced and anyone that wants to see something beautiful. This tour includes strenuous activity and constant waking. Some of the paths can be uneven and rocky. Our previous trekkers have stated that this experience has been eye-opening and a lovely trek. It is one of our most popular treks. Come join us and see what this trek has to offer.
 
Important note for Everest Base Camp Trek
 
There are some important points to bear in mind for trekking in Everest region. This guide provides advice on the best approaches to take and informs you about the services you can expect to receive while in the Himalayas. It also advises on health considerations and tells you what will happen if you should become unwell. While it is helpful to learn what works best, you can also take assurance from the fact that your guides will be experts in mountain-climbing and have an intimate knowledge of the Everest Region. So you’ll be in safe hands throughout the whole experience.
 
Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions, and these conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airport, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter flights in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients and at an additional cost to the clients. The helicopter costs vary but can be around the $4,000 mark and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you will have the option to set up activities around the Kathmandu Valley, which can be organized bySabbatical Explore Nepal for you. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc. Unfortunately, if these situations arise and you cannot fly in or out of the mountains due to weather constraints, we cannot be held responsible and you will not be issued a refund in this case.
 
On the flights in/out of  Lukla, the airlines restrict the amount of weight you can bring with you. They limit your duffel bag to 10kg and your backpack to 5kg. While on the trek your duffel bag is allowed to have 15kg in it, so you will have to adjust to meet these requirements or pay the excess baggage fee at the airport. The fees currently are $1 per kilo over the allowance, however, the airlines will not guarantee that you will get your bag on the plane if you are over the weight allotment, so we DO NOT recommend you going over the amount allowed. (Our Guide will weigh both luggage in Hotel before departure to Airport so please feel free and easy to consult with our guide and follow him.)
 
 

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Lukla Flight
  • Traditional salt trade route (Namche Bazaar)
  • Explore the centuries-old monasteries
  • Explore ethnic Sherpa culture and tradition
  • Sunset view from the altitude of 5545 meters ( Kala Patthar)
  • Stunning views of Everest and Lhotse from Kalapatthar

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival In Kathmandu (1345m)


As soon as you landed and went through the immigration process, you will be welcomed and picked up by the Sabbatical Explore Nepal team, who will take you to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu. Settle down after your long journey. In the evening we will brief you about your whole program for other days.

Day 2: Kathmandu valley historical-cultural sightseeing


Today we check your trekking goods and prepared trekking permits and other necessary documents. You will be visiting the major cultural sites in the Kathmandu valley. The first stop is Pashupatinath. The world’s largest Hindu temple is truly fascinating, as cremation processes are happening here regularly. After spending some hours exploring the temple you will head to Boudhanath, the world’s largest stupa, looming 36 meters high. The design of the stupa is really fascinating, with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. As you enter from the hustling main street, you will feel the peace and spiritual energy of this place. After visiting this Stupa we will drive you to Kathmandu Durbar Square, which used to be a Royal Palace arena – now it's home to the Living Goddess ‘Kumari’. The palaces and the pagodas are rich in arts and superior examples of wooden crafts that flourished in the 14th century. You will then head towards Swayambhunath (Monkey) Temple, which is not only home to many monkeys but also the perfect example of religious harmony between Hinduism and Buddhism. 365 stone steps lead up to the Stupa on the top of the hill, from where you will have a magnificent view over Kathmandu city. In the evening we would like to invite you to a traditional Nepalese dinner with a cultural dance and music. Overnight at the same Hotel.

Day 3: Ktm-Lukla 25 min flight and trek to Phakding (2610m- 4hours)



We take an early morning domestic flight to Lukla, at 2804 meters, and land in Tenzing and Hillary Airport (named after Everest’s first summiteers). After landing, you can enjoy drinking tea in the village, buy last-minute trekking utensils and take photos, while our crew prepares our trekking equipment. At last, our trek begins! Descending toward the Dudh Koshi River, we follow the main trail and head toward our overnight stay at Phakding. Overnight at guesthouse.
The highlight of the day: A breathtaking view of the Himalayas
 

Day 4: Trek to Namche (3440m- 6hours)


We start the hike early to leave several meters of altitude behind us while crossing numerous wire suspension bridges. After entering the Sagarmatha National Park (the locals’ name for Everest), the trail climbs steeply, offering spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. After lunch, we hike two more hours before arriving at the Sherpa capital and gateway to Everest Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazar has many good restaurants, lodges, shops, pharmacies, banks, and bakeries. Overnight at guesthouse.
The highlight of the day: Spectacular views within Sagarmatha National Park

Day 5: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar (4 hours hike)


Today we are acclimatizing to the high altitude by ascending and descending in steps to adjust into now-thinning air. We will visit a museum about fascinating Sherpa people and learn about their traditions and customs. We will also see Mount Everest for the first time from here, behind the statue of  Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary on the world’s first Everest ascension. Tenzing is regarded as one of the bravest and most heroic Himalayan climbers of all time. Overnight at guesthouse in Namche.
The highlight of the day: First views of Everest

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche Monastery from Namche (3860m- 5hours)


When we pass the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi, we will have stunning views of the nearby snow-peaked mountains, including Everest. After reaching Tengboche, we will visit the local monastery where you can watch a prayer ceremony either in the evening or the next morning, depending on how tired you are from trekking. Inside you’ll find ornate wall hangings, a six-meter tall sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. Overnight at guesthouse.
The highlight of the day: Tengboche Monastery

Day 7: Trek to Dingboche walk from Tengboche (4350m- 4.5hours)


Leaving Tengboche behind, we will cross another exciting wire suspension bridge over the Imja Khola and then ascend to Pangboche. Thousands of mani stones embellish the way — large boulders carved and painted with Buddhist mantras. The uphill trek continues to the quaint Sherpa village of Dingboche, offering spectacular views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and the steep ice summit of Ama Dablam. We will trek slowly today, easing safely into the thinning air. Overnight at guesthouse.
The highlight of the day: Views of Ama Dablam

Day 8: Acclimatization in Dingboche & trek around Chhukun area (4710m)


This is another acclimatization day. Our body needs to adjust with the thin air as we’re getting closer to Everest, we have a harder time seeing it from this point on, until we reach Kalapattar. So, we head for Chhukung Valley via the Imja-Khola (a small river from Imja Glacier) valley, with marvelous views of the surrounding peaks, the most dramatic of which is Lhotse’s massive south wall. By evening, we return down to Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche guesthouse.
 

Day 9: Trek to Lubuche from Dingboche (4910m- 5hours)


After acclimatized it is much easier to continue along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, passing through stone memorials of Sherpas and other climbers who have perished on nearby summits. After paying our respects, we’ll continue up to Lobuche at 4910m. The trek offers snowy mountain ranges flanking the trail on every side. It’s the most photogenic Everest trek. Overnight at guesthouse.
The highlight of the day: trail leading into Lobuche

Day 10: Trek to Gorakhshep from Lubuche (5200m- 3.5hours)


We are already about at 5000 meters, so altitude sickness becomes a serious threat. To counter it, we walk slowly and ascend gradually today. Along the way, we can gaze at the peaks of Nuptse, Lobuche, above others. We can also see Khumbu Glacier, a gnarly river of solid ice that stretches far ahead and twists upward into the base of Everest. After lunch in Gorak Shep, we rest up in our guesthouse for our big day tomorrow. Overnight at guesthouse.
The highlight of the day: Views of the Khumbu Glacier

Day 11: Finally Base Camp Enjoy & Relaxed (5364m)


This date will be a day of lifetime memory of your life. Finally, you will be at Everest Base Camp! Walking along the Khumbu Glacier, which leads us to Everest Base Camp. Feel the higher, breathe the thin air, and find closest to nature at the highest Himalaya. Enjoy… do whatever you like to… some people cry… many of them laugh… After taking pictures, we’ll return back to Gorakshep overnight.
The highlight of the day: Everest Base Camp!

Day 12: Kalapatthar to Pheriche (4250m- 7hours)


It will be a long day today. Early in the morning, we hike to Kalapatthar, a 5550-meter peak from where you have the best view of Mount Everest, where we will be in time for sunrise, you can enjoy the panoramic scenery of Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse, and many other peaks. After taking photos and enjoying the view, we walk down back to Gorakshep. After some time, we continue down to Pheriche for the night. Overnight at guesthouse.
The highlight of the day: Kalapatthar & sunrise over Mt. Everest

Day 13: Walk down to Tengboche (3860m)


We continue to Pangboche village where we visit the oldest monastery in the region. The myth says it holds the scalp and bones of a Yeti. Leaving the mountains behind us, we descend back to Tengboche. Overnight at guesthouse.
The highlight of the day: Pangboche Monastery

Day 14: Trek to Manjo a Himalayan culture (2840m- 6hours)


We have another chance to explore the Tengboche monastery. It is famous as a Dawa chholing Gumba locally and it is the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. After breakfast and exploration, we’ll continue to walk down to Namche Bazaar, and then on to Manjo for overnight.
Overnight at guesthouse.
The highlight of the day: Tengboche Monastery
 

Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2804m- 4hours)


We are finally returning to Lukla, where the trek had begun. Feel proud of your experiences and celebrate it for a great accomplishment to Everest Base Camp and back. Overnight at guesthouse.
The highlight of the day: Cafés and bakeries in Lukla

Day 16: Flight back to Kathmandu


Early morning we fly back to Kathmandu taking beautiful Himalayan memories with us. After arriving domestic airport in Kathmandu, we will pick you up and drive you back to your hotel. Feel free to rest, enjoy the Garden of Dreams or stroll through the vibrant area of Thamel, where you can buy souvenirs for your loved ones or go for a coffee at the numerous cafés. In the evening, we would gladly invite you to our traditional Nepalese dinner. We would love to hear about your experience say Goodbye to you. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 17: ​Airport drop off after breatfast


After breakfast, it is time to say Goodbye to Nepal. We will pick you up and drop you off at the airport where you will catch your flight back home. We hope you had a memorable experience in Nepal.

What's included

  • Airport Pick up and transfer to the hotel (all)
  • Welcome & farewell dinner
  • 3 nights Room Accommodation with Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • All meals during trek with tea and coffee
  • All ground transfer with Private vehicle
  • English speaking tour guide in Kathmandu
  • Experienced Trekking guide
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight
  • Everest region Trekking guide (Kathmandu- Trekking- Kathmandu)
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight for guide
  • Entrance fees for above mention places
  • Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS)
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit Fees
  • 1 porter (Helper) per two trekkers to carry trekking bag during trek
  • All food, accommodation, salary and Insurance for trekking guide and porter(s)
  • Government Tax & VAT

What's not included

  • Nepal Visa fees
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Comprehensive Travel/Medical Insurance that covers heli rescue
  • Natural Calamities beyond our control and expenses incurred during rescue services
  • Client’s personal insurance
  • Any kind of unforeseen expenses
  • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks, cigarettes etc)

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Reviews

Roni & Peter
Roni & Peter

United States

My partner and I met Shiva years ago on a trip to Vietnam. We had Da Nang trip together. We were on a plan for the next trip to Nepal and had found ourselves to figure out what to do. We had heard so much conflicting information from other travelers, guides people etc.When we met Shiva he went through various options with us outlines different costs and ways to save. He outlined everything we wanted at various prices and levels but with absolutely no hard sale.In the end, we booked  Everest Base camp trek with a porter and transportation through him. He also referred us to decent suggestions and ideas for the Kathmandu valley tourSubsequently, we have been back twice and got help and advice from  Shiva. He is honest and caring and does things even when there is no gain in it for him.I couldn't recommend him more highly he is the best in Kathmandu and a genuinely nice man. I have sent friends to him since and they have all reported the same.He goes above and beyond and knows tourism in Nepal no matter how pedestrian or extreme; an expert in his field!Thank you Shiva, see you next time!!!Roni & Peter
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