Trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp will bring you a front row view of the crown of the world. It is an epic journey which is suitable for those of adventurous spirt following the footsteps of world famous and legendary climbers. Mt Everest, Lotse, Nupse, Amadabalam, Lola, and Labuche are famous mountain that can be viewed as we walk. Trekking to Mount Everest not only means lofty peaks and high altitude as it is also accompanied by natural beauty, flora, fauna and rich Sherpa culture. Tibetan Buddhism has a huge influence on the life of Sherpa people and we will visit several monasteries along the way.
Our trek begins in Lukla after a breathtaking airplane ride from Kathmandu. We will rest that night at Phakding following an overall downhill decent. Further trekking to Jorsalle will bring us to the National Park entrance. Further ahead we will reach Namche, Tengbuche and Pangbuche as we walk through forests of rhododendron, pine and juniper along the way. Further on from Pangbuche is tree barren land where we will have stunning views of all surrounding majesty. Upon reaching Dingbuche we will spend a full day of rest to provide adequate acclimatization to the lofty elevation. From there we continue our climb to Thukla. We will make our last push on the trail through the rocky moraines and glaciers until we reach the base camp.
During Everest Base Camp Trek, we will be staying at local teahouses. These offer accommodation and food served in a dining room. This also functions as a social meeting place with other trekkers. All accommodation is on a twin share basis. A single room is usually available at a little extra cost. The tour guide will arrange the best available accommodation in each village. As we advance to higher and more remote villages it may occasionally be necessary to share a room with more than 2 people. During the treks, we share most of the bathroom and toilet facilities and toilet can be either a squat or a western toilet.
In Kathmandu, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food such as Thali and Momo at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. For instance, a Newari restaurant is a special place serving Newari food. The Newari are the indigenous people of the Kathmandu valley. Newari food is famous and unique. During the trek, we will eat traditional Nepalese food as well as more international cuisine (Tibetan, Indian, Italian and continental). We take dinner and breakfast at the teahouse where we spend the night and lunch at one of the trail teahouses.
Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
When you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Open Trail will be there holding your group name or leader name. He will taxi you for drop off you at the hotel. After checking in, you are welcome to rest or visit Open Trail’s office in Thamel, which is located in the heart of a major shopping district. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Open Trail Treks, where you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine. This is a great introduction to Nepalese food and culture.
Day 2 – Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
We will begin our second day with breakfast before starting a guided tour to some of the historical and religious sites of Kathmandu, which are listed as World Heritage Sites. We will visit Kathmandu Darbar Square, Buddhist Stupa (Buddha Nath), and Hindus secret temple, Pashupatinath. We will end our tour by visiting the Monkey temple – Swayambhunath. In the middle of the tour, we will take you to the very special local restaurant for lunch. After we finish the tour we will meet our trekking guide and leader for discussion and preparation for our upcoming days of trekking.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m/9186ft) and Trek to Phakding(2600m/8530ft): 3 hours
Today we start with an early morning 45-minute flight to the busy village of Lukla which sits at an altitude of 2,800 meters. The left-hand side of the plane will offer you an amazing view of the Himalayas. Once we arrive at Lukla a quick traditional breakfast will be prepared for us before an easy three-hour hike, crossing the mountain ranges via high suspension bridges (not for the faint of heart). The trail will take us to our first guesthouse along our journey in a little village called Phakding. We will warm ourselves by the fireplace in the evening which will help your muscles be best prepared for tomorrow’s strenuous trek.
Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazar(3440m/11,286ft): 5 hours
Today we will start our trekking with a gasping climb over 600 meters to Namche Bazar. This trial tests the fittest of trekkers. The hike takes us over the Dudh Kosi River and then we follow the eastern side of the mountain ranges. Although this hike will test your fitness, the trail will continually reward you with magnificent views of mountain ranges we ascend further and further. During this climb to Namche, you will notice the altitude and once reaching the village, tomorrow’s rest day will feel very well deserved.
Day 5: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazar(3440m/11,286ft): 4 hours
Namche is the hub of the Khumbu region and many locals gather here in the marketplace for trade. This market gives you a great opportunity to explore the city centre and pick up any last supplies you may need for the rest of our trek. There is a famous German Bakery here where you can indulge in freshly brewed coffee and cake. Today is also a good opportunity to walk up to the Everest View Hotel, which will not only provide your first views of Mt. Everest but will also assist your body in further adjusting to the high altitude.
Day 6: Namche Bazar to Tengbuche(3,870m/12,696ft): 6 hours
Once exiting Namche the trail winds along a high mountain range. The first part of today is flat allowing you to take in the remote beauty of the Khumbu region. While walking you will be able to spot Mount Everest nestled in the mountain ranges of Amadabalam, Lhotse, and Lhotse Shar. The track will then descend to cross a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River allowing you to catch your breath. It is here where we will have lunch before ascending for a hard 2-hour trek to a teahouse in Tengboche. Tengboche holds the largest monastery within this region and if you’re lucky enough to be here in the months of October and November, you will get the opportunity to witness the Mani Rimdu festival where there will be masked dancers and Tibetan Opera, celebrating the recreation of Buddhist events.
Day 7: Tengboche to Dingboche(4,350/14,271ft): 5 hours
Today we will begin descending into Dubuque, passing through the famous rhododendron forest. We will then cross over the ImzaKhola and begin a steady climb into Pangbuche. It is here you will really begin to feel the strain of being at high altitude and the pace will be slow. Once we reach Dingbuche we will have gained over 450 meters of additional altitude. Here is the highest point you will notice locals growing vegetables.
Day 8: Acclimatization day in Dingboche(4,350/14,271ft): 4 hours
Due to the amount of altitude gained from the previous day, we will have an acclimatization/rest day in Dingboche. It gives you the chance to put your feet up and enjoy a rest from yesterday’s climb or alternatively test your fitness again and take a two-hour hike to help with the altitude and capture the pure beauty of the Himalayas. This hike offers amazing views of Makalu, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and Island Peak. If you are up for a challenge, you can extend your acclimatization hike to reach heights of 5,330 meters – the same height as Everest Base Camp!
Day 9: Dingbuche to Labuche(4,930m/16,175ft): 5 hours
Today will begin with an easy climb through the Yak Kharka, which translates to grassland for yaks. Within a few hours, we will reach a small village of Thukla. Although we will have only been trekking for a short time it is a good chance to have lunch and prepare for a challenging 1 ½ hour ascent, shortly followed by heavy trekking through the Khumbu Glaciers before reaching Lobuche for the evening. It is during this part of the trek we will pass through a memorial commemorating the missing or deceased climbers and Sherpas of Mount Everest.
Day 10: Lobuche(4,930m/16,175ft) to Gorakshep(5,140m/16,864ft) and EBC(5,364m/17,598ft): 7 hours
Today will start early with an alternating up and down trek for 3 hours until we reach Gorakshep. From here we will have a quick lunch before leaving our bags and porters behind to go on a 5hour round trip to Everest Base Camp. It is today that all your hard trekking will be made worth it as you gaze upon the pure beauty and realization of where you are.
Day 11- Gorakshep to Pheriche(4,243m/13,920ft): 6 hours
This morning is a great chance to view an early morning sunrise on the top of Kala Patter. This mountain is famous for showcasing the best views of Mount Everest. It will also provide excellent views of the Khumbu Glacier and Everest Base Camp. The round trip takes just under 3hours. Once we arrive back to Gorakshep we will have breakfast before heading back down the mountain.
Day 12 –Pheruche to Tengbuche(3,870m/12,697ft): 4:30 hour
We will cross the Khumbu Khola and trek steadily downhill following the beautiful valley, On the way, we will pass through the settlement of Somare and Pangbuche. We will cross the river again and walk for half an hour through the rhododendron forest to Dubuque. We will continue along a gentle and steady uphill to Tengbuche where we will spend a restful evening.
Day 13 – Tengboche to Manjo(2,840m/9,318ft): 5 hours
Starting with a one hour steep downhill descent to the river and another hour uphill will take us to the settlement of Kyangjuma. From here, we will trek onward to Namche, The trail leading to Namche is considered mild and easy. If we are lucky, we may see wildlife such as mountain goats, colourful pheasants, and/or even the elusive snow leopard. We will continue our descent down through the pine forest and cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. We will cross the Dudhkosi River again two more times before we get the village of Manjo where we will stop for the evening.
Day 14 – Manjo to Lukla(2,800m/9,186ft): 5 hours
It is an easy day today, because at this point you deserve it, and because our trail heads straight through the valley of Dudhkosi River. The trekking is mostly gentle up and downhills with several suspension bridge crossings. While walking through the village, we can observe the lifestyle of the inhabitant Sherpa people. After we get back to Lukla we will have time to look around the town. We can even celebrate our last day at an Irish Pub. We will overnight in Lukla.
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu (1300m/4,264ft)
Early in the morning, we will head back to the Lukla Airport for our flight to Kathmandu enjoying the 45 minutes of breathtaking views of beautiful mountain scenery. We can spend the rest of our day exploring the old town of Kathmandu and of course some souvenir shopping in and around Thamel if interested. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner hosted by Open Trail Treks.
Day 16: – Final departure
It’s the last day of your adventure and you are welcome to have breakfast with us. After breakfast, if you have time before your flight you can do some shopping or go sightseeing. If you want to go sightseeing inform us a day earlier and we will help provide you with a car. When your adventure is coming to a close, a representative from Open Trail Treks will drop you at airport 3 hours before your flight.
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