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Everest Base Camp Trek is the world-renowned trekking trail to the base camp of Mt Everest. The trails find its way to the foothold of Mt Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Mt Everest along with other mountains watches over this legendary trail. Your trekking journey passes through ancient Sherpa villages and old monasteries. The people here are followers of the Buddhist religion. So, this trekking experience will be the best and challenging things you ever did in your life.
The beautiful trekking journey starts with a thrilling flight to Lukla airstrip. As you get off, Himalayas welcome you with its cool breeze. First, we descend to the Phakding. We take an uphill steady walk to Namche crossing over Hillary suspension bridge. The bowl-shaped Namche bazaar welcomes you with warm Tibetan greetings. Savor the traditional sherpa cuisine and get acclimatize your body. It is a perfect chance to explore the beautiful market. This acclimatized trek to Thyangboche to Pangboche to Dingboche and to the Base camp offers you the best panoramic view of Everest along other outstanding mountains. On the way, you might encounter the hundreds of mules or Zopkio or Yak. They carry an unbelievable load on their back. The bell on their neck is nice and soothing. Get revitalized and continue trek while enjoying the beauty of Nature.
At base camp, you might encounter with mountaineers who are ready to set their journey to Mt Everest. The very notable landmark at the base camp is the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall. Climb to Kalapatthar (5,550m), you can see the most exotic moments of your life. The silver Mt Everest turns into a golden and sparky chunk. This is the closest view and the best view possible of Mt Everest. The lunch at Hotel Everest View gives you the best dining experience. You can savor your delicacies with close up view of Everest and Ama Dablam with other ranges.
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
3 Hours Before Flight Time
While entering the border of Nepal, you see the Terai Plain and everlasting green hills. The Himalayas at the horizon smile over your arrival in Nepal. After Custom clearance, proceed toward the arrival terminal (gate). Our company’s representative receives you and transfers to the hotel as assigned.
The exploration of Kathmandu valley starts after taking breakfast. You will visit some of the ancient UNESCO heritage which is an important destination. Our tour guide will take you to Pashupatinath Temple and its surroundings to explore. This temple is the holiest destination on Earth for Hindu. The temple’s architecture is a masterpiece to behold. After this, you will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is the largest stupa in Nepal. After exploration, visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, the monkey temple of Nepal. These two stupas are the pious destination for Buddhists. The vibes you get from these places are unworldly and divine. As time goes by, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the oldest squares in the valley. From here, we can walk up to the Thamel market if we have some shopping left to do for trekking.
Early morning, we drive to the domestic airport. We take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It takes 35 minutes to reach Lukla. During the flight, you will see thousands of hills covered with clouds and veined with rivers. The Mountain View will excite our new venture to the Everest region.
As soon as we land at Lukla Airport, the fresh smells of the Himalayas hype our emotions. We explore the local market while our support staff will load the luggage and gears. The trail to Phakding is almost downhill. We descend and reach to Cheplung Village from where the view of Mt. Khumbila is way too incredible to behold. The trail further descends to Phakding which lies at the Dudh Koshi River valley. Phakding lies north of Lukla and this is our first stopover in the trek.
At Phakding after having breakfast, we continue the trek to Namche. We cross the Dudh Koshi River. time and again through the suspension bridge. The prayer flags and khada (Buddhist shawl) decorate the bridge. We pass through the pine forest and approach Monjo. It is an entrance to Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. The trail climbs steeply as we enter the national park. The view keeps on opening with amazing vistas as we approach Namche Bazaar. It is the biggest Sherpa settlement in Nepal. This place is full of hotels, lodges, guesthouses, cafes, restaurants, internet cafes, and other means of facilities. On a clear day, we can see a glimpse of Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse too.
A day at Namche Bazaar can be well spent either hiking or exploring Namche. If you plan to hike, we can go to Syangboche Airstrip. From here, we can see the Namche Valley along with the Himalayan vistas from a different angle. Later, we can trek to the Everest View Hotel – the highest placed hotel in the world. It offers a panoramic view of Mt Everest and other series of mountains.
Back at the Namche, we can go to Sherpa Museum and Everest Photo gallery to explore. Enjoy with the liveliness of Namche Bazaar visiting the colourful markets. Savor the local and other delicacies at Namche and prepare for next day.
Our trek to Tengboche starts with a slight drop to Dudh Koshi River and the trail continues along the river. The journey to Tengboche is exciting. We witness the beautiful scenario of hill, rivers, mountains, and Himalayan vegetation. We approach our destination Tengboche.
At the confluence of Dudh Koshi River and Imja River, Tengboche lies. It is a beautiful Buddhist village well known for Tengboche Monastery. This Monastery is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. The view of Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, and other many mountains is the feast for eyes to behold. We can join the monastery for evening prayer or morning prayer. A short meditation at the monastery heightens the spirituality enlightenment.
The exciting trek to Dingboche continues through the Rhododendron forest with a slight drop to Debuche. We cross over raging Imja River through suspension bridge then hike up to Pangboche. On the way, we come across the mani wall and chorten. Pangboche is another largest Sherpa settlement. We take rest at Pangboche and have Lunch. If time permits, we hike to Pangboche Monastery. The uphill trek continues to Dingboche. The amazing landmark of this village is the kilometer-long stone wall. This wall has different sizes of stone that covers the entire Imja valley. In the long run, the villager dug out the stone, and the wall formed. This stone wall helps to protect the crop from cold windblown to the valley.
The day starts with the magical view of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and the Island Peak from Dingboche. It is the last place to get your body properly acclimatized in the trek. We trek 3-4 hours hike to Chhukung and Imja valleys and explore. Back at the Dingboche, we rest and take good sunbath to make the body energized. Make sure to get proper rest before continuing the trek.
The trek gets tougher and tougher as we keep ascending. On the way, at Pheriche, there is a health aid post. The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) mange and run this health-aid-post. The volunteer doctors run this post twice a year during the trekking season. It is organized to prevent the death of travellers from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). As we reach Dungle, we see the stone cairn and stupa made to commemorate the death of trekkers and mountaineers to Everest. We continue our trek to Lobuche, located just below the giant Mt Lobuche. From here, we can see Lobuche, Mt Pumori, and Nuptse standing aloft.
Today is a big day. We walk slowly along the Khumbu Glacier. It is the world’s highest glacier located in the Khumbu region. We walk for 2-3 hours and reach Gorakshep with few guesthouses. We check-in and take a rest. From here we continue our trek to Everest Base Camp. This is the closest we can get to Mt Everest with a trekking permit. The glimpse of Khumbu Icefall and other mountains is breathtaking. During spring, we will be able to meet some of the climbers preparing themselves to climb Mt Everest. After spending some time, we return to Gorakshep retracing the same path.
The trek to Kala Patthar is the toughest but the reward is bigger than you expect. Early dawn, we trek to Kalapatthar (5550m) passing through rocks and boulders to see the sunrise. At first, the sun rays kiss the Nuptse, Changtse, and Lhotse. The whole mountain ranges turn silver to gold. This is the best panoramic view one can see throughout this trek. The tears might drop with excitement. Capture those moments and back to Gorakshep. From Gorakshep, we trek down to Dingboche retracing the same path we came.
After breakfast, we trek down to Namche Bazaar. As you hike down to lower region, the landscape keeps on changing. The barren landscape full of rocks and grey shades turn to green, friendly environment. The heart gets content to see greenery and be back to Mother Nature. Lunch at Tengboche Monastery, a spiritual domain in Khumbu region.
We descend to Phakding and take uphill trek to Lukla. We pass through steep ridge, pine and rhododendron forest. Then we cross suspension bridge to reach Lukla. We cherish our last day trek at Lukla with small party with our team members.
We take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. It takes 35 minutes to reach Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and check – in. Rest time and time for shopping and souvenirs.
Enjoy your final day at Kathmandu. Free till final departure. Transfer to airport 3 hours before the flight time.