Trekking Everest Base Camp 14 Days
Trekking Everest Base Camp - 14 Days
Our Everest Base Camp trekking itinerary is a direct approach to the foot of the world's highest mountain – Mt. Everest.
Trekking Everest Base Camp is one of the most thrilling experiences for mountain lovers. Our Everest Base Camp itinerary is a direct approach to the foot of the world's highest mountain – Mt. Everest.
However, what makes this trek more attractive are the trails used by famous climbers in the years gone by.
Cosy teahouse lodges keep you warm
This is a teahouse lodge trek that begins from Lukla, one of the highest airstrips in the world. Furthermore, the famous towering peaks and the friendly hospitality of the locals (the Sherpa); make the Everest region [local name ‘Khumbu’] one of the hottest adventure destinations on the planet. The two week’s trip to Everest Base Camp is worth its weight in gold for lovers of the Himalayan wilderness. The lodges are pretty basic with clean linen and provide good hot meals; nevertheless, they are cosy enough to shelter us from the elements outside.
Our Everest Base Camp itinerary provides ample time for important acclimatization. Furthermore, frequent acclimatising gives more chances to enjoy successful treks in the Everest region. A wonderfully scenic flight to one of the world’s highest airstrips – Lukla, opens to an alpine world of exceptional beauty. The air is so pure and colourful prayer flags flutter from rooftops, welcoming you to this sublime region. The well marked trail takes us through the well-known villages of Namche and Dingboche as well as Tengboche monastery; which reflects the true Sherpa culture. In addition, we make an ascent to Kala Pathar at (5545m). This is the point we get to view the famous climbing routes to the legendary summit of Mount Everest.
Above all, a sortie also includes a walk to Everest Base Camp where expeditions prepare to climb the world's highest peak. Perhaps, this is why most hikers consider this the perfect trip for a first visit to Nepal and the Himalayas.
- Ascend to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar with our experienced team of guides and porters. Enjoy breathtaking close-up views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and other famous peaks.
- Acclimatisation well planned to keep you safe at your pace above the timberlines.
- Great opportunities to interact with the local people so you get to learn about the interesting culture, lifestyle and traditions in this region.
- We visit the historicalTengboche Monastery that sits beneath the shadow of Ama Dablam. The views from here are classic in a world of its own.
Trip Duration: 14 Days
Grade: A moderate challenging journey…but then who ever said hiking through some of the most beautiful wilderness in the world would be easy? This trip would be ideal for greenhorns and first time visitors to Nepal.
Activity: Adventure - trekking
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Trek Type: TH [teahouse] with camping where necessary
Accommodation: Hotel, camping or lodge (tea house)
Meals: All meals provided on the trail
Transportation: Flights and private vehicles
Maximum Altitude: 5545m
Is this trek for you?
Trekking Everest Base Camp would be ideal for first timers on an adventure sortie to Nepal. The trails are well marked and used by yaks and the local people; the trails are also some of the world’s most famous. In addition, the trek is based in the Everest region, also known as the ‘Khumbu’ and is globally known for its high peaks. Despite the high elevations, this area has great teahouse lodges and eateries supplying organic food. However, its important to bear in mind that hikes hereabouts exceed 3000m and goes above the tree lines and this can pose challenges even for those physically prepared for such a venture. Nevertheless, our itinerary is well planned and gives you 2 whole days to acclimatize with slower days to Dingboche and Lobuche. We have organized your trip in a way that sets you up ultimately for the big climbs to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar at 5545m for some stunning sunrise views that will leave you breathless, virtually. To truly enjoy this trip, you should be pretty habituated to walking for 4-6 hours each day for several days on the go while some days will be relatively longer. We encourage you to walk at a pace that suits you without any rush whatsoever. This is a key aspect to enjoying such trips in the planet’s most popular region. You ought to be physically fit and an active walker to get the best of this epic venture to the south side of the mighty Everest.
Your detailed itinerary to prepare you for the trip:
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu Airport (1360m)
Our office representative will be on standby with our vehicle to Meet and greet you at the airport. You will see our display board with your name written inside a heart with ‘Unique Adventure International’ distinctly displayed. This is the only display board of its kind among a whole lot of others. You will be transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to get familiar with the area of the hotel surroundings and get acclimatised to this happening medieval city. Alternatively, you may prefer to recover from your journey by relaxing beside the hotel pool and get rid of all that jetlag. Your guide will later provide you an informal briefing about your trip in the days ahead. Later in the evening it would be good to have an early supper and get to bed so you could get up early the next day to begin your trip. Overnight at your hotel in the valley of temples, some say it’s the most on earth.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 8km, 3 - 4 hours trek
We will need to wake up before the birds and depart the hotel at around 2-3am for a drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport to catch our flight to Lukla. During this time of day there is usually light traffic, the drive ought to take something like 3-4 hours. Roads in Nepal are not of the same standard like the west, there may be potholed areas and the last section is pretty roughshod.
We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m); and relish what we see on one of the most beautiful air routes on earth, which stunningly concludes on a sharp ridge surrounded by high mountainous peaks. Lukla is a gateway to the Khumbu region and our trek begins from hereabouts. We meet our other crew members and begin sorting out our equipment with help from them. We then hit the trails for a brief leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'Milk River'known so because of the gushing streams that look white and milky). We descend from the small plateau, down into the lush forested valley. The trail offers some teasing views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding at (2,652m), where we spend our first night in a Tea-house lodge (our sleeping altitude is 2,652m)
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 11km, 5 - 6 hours
After a hot breakfast, we head out of Phakding and follow the Dudh Kosi northwards. Today's hike takes us through splendid forests with lovely vistas of the mountains ahead. We criss-cross the river several times by airy bridges as we pass through the villages of Benkar, Monjo and Jorsale. The last bridge brings us to the foot of the sharp climb to Namche. Halfway up this ascent, we are likely to get our first views, if the clouds are kind, of the summit of Everest which appears regally behind the great rim of Nuptse-Lhotse. A last 300m of clambering brings us to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and the main town in the area. Namche is a flourishing Sherpa town and an ancient trading centre.
It has a weekly market on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning but the town buzzes everyday with trekkers, coffee shops, bakeries, ATMs, internet cafes, government offices, a bank, great restaurants and stores selling all kinds of trekking and climbing gear as well as Tibetan souvenirs. You will have enough time to stroll around and strike up a bargain for something you like. We will bunk out in a hotel or teahouse lodge (our sleeping altitude is 3,440m)
Day 04: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)
After breakfast, we begin our acclimatization hikes. It is important walking to higher altitudes during your two day stay in Namche Bazaar. There are options here to trek to Khumjung where you can visit the local school and hospital or to Thame village, home to Sherpa Everest expediters, namely, the great Everest climber Tenzing Norgay.
We can also hike to the airstrip in Shyangboche at (3720m), above the airstrip is the Everest view hotel, which was set up by the Japanese to bring affluent tourists into the region for a prime view of Everest. The scheme was brought down by the fact the hotel was at nearly 4000m and many suffer from altitude sickness.
For much of the walk, we have great views of Ama Dablam and other Himalayan giants. We walk back down through Khumjung to a monastery. Sadly, it was damaged in the earthquake but is now being repaired. Inside is a small box and after paying the entry fee (which goes towards the repairs) - we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! Descending to the main trail we spend the night at Namche
Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 10km, 5 - 6 hours
This morning after breakfast, we descend to the river line; and cross it at the small settlement of Phunki Tenga at 3,250m, then climb steeply through the forest to Tengboche at 3,870m. We ought to arrive here by lunchtime and at high noon we will visit the famous monastery. The sunset and sunrise on these unbelievable panoramas of mountains we behold is something we will never forget for some time to come - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam provide a spectacular backdrop to our teahouse. As we hike we look out for Himalayan Tahr in the lush forest surrounding the monastery. We crash out in our tea-house (sleeping at an altitude of 3,870m)
Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,350 m/14,300 ft): 9km, 5 - 6 hours
After breakfast, we descend and hike through dense forests filled with a variety of abundant trees – birch, conifers and rhododendrons. This walk wonderfully rewards us with fabulous views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The quaint trail dips down to Deboche, crosses the Imja River and takes us to pretty village of Pangboche. The upper Pangboche trails welcome us with more immaculate views of the big peaks and the old Pangboche Monastery, one of the oldest in the Khumbu. The hike then goes ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and finally begins clambering up to Dingboche. At Dingboche, we see a fine display of fields surrounded by stone walls to protect crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. We spend the night here in a tea-house lodge (sleeping at an altitude of 4,350m)
Day 07: Dingboche: Acclimatization
Dingboche is a well known haul up point for trekkers and climbers making a beeline to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam or Island Peak [Imja Tse]. The chocolate box village is attractive with an assortment of fields surrounded by stone walls to protect precious crops like barley, buckwheat and potatoes from strong winds and grazing animals. We hang around for a day at Dingboche to get used to the thin air we will experience in the days ahead. We take day hikes to either Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung Valley for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Cholatse, Tawache and Ama Dablam. Those adapting well to the altitude can climb Nangkartshang Peak at 5,100m. There is the option to climb halfway to the peak or for the energetic it takes about 3.5hrs to the top. It’s a tough and steep climb but well worth the effort for the amazing views. We bunk out at the same altitude for the night.
Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 5-6 hours
After breakfast, we set out on the trail as it climbs steeply out of Dingboche past a chorten and ascends the valley gradually to Dughla at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We haul up hereabouts for a tea break and munch on some snacks before the sharp climb up to Chupki Lhara, a beautiful, yet touching place where you will find a line of memorials in honor to the climbers who died on Everest and from where we have beautiful views of the peaks lying on the Nepal-Tibet border. Our trail then cools off as we go by the valley to Lobuche, a pretty little hamlet with a few teahouses. Late afternoon we get options to hike up onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier to witness a breathtaking sunset on Nuptse which you will not forget in a hurry. We then spend the night in a tea-house sleeping at an altitude of 4,940m).
Day 09: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours
Today after breakfast, we must be prepared for a grueling, challenging day and for this we must hit the trails very early. We head for the Khumbu Glacier northwards to Gorak Shep. The trail goes up and down the moraine with some short steep sections. The path is stony as we are now on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We take something like 2-3 hours to reach Gorak Shep where we haul up for a breather and something to eat. Between base camp and back no lodges are available, so we will fill our water bottles and carry some snacks for the journey to Everest Base Camp. We start by walking across a grimy flat at Gorak Shep and climb onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for several hours before finally descending onto the rocky glacial moraine itself. The trail winds up and down through interesting ice seracs to the area we call Everest Base Camp. In spring, we might see in the distance some of the expedition teams gearing up to climb the mountain. From the Base Camp we get stunning upfront views of the Khumbu Ice Fall as we understand just how difficult it is for the climbers to negotiate a route through the huge blocks of ice. Nuptse towers above us and Pumori rears up behind us.
After a brief halt to get some great pictures by the Base Camp rock we retrace our steps to Gorak Shep. We stop here for a night in tea-house lodges sleeping at an altitude of 5,170m.
Day 10: Gorak Shep - Kala Pathar [5545m] - Pangboche [(3985m/ 13,070 ft):]: 8 - 9 hrs
We get set for an early morning departure, real early at the break of dawn in darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, we must brace up for biting winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. Nevertheless, it is upon reaching Kala Pathar that we get to see 360 degree close-up and gripping, breathtaking views of Mt. Everest. Our video cams go on overdrive; we enjoy the glorious mountain panorama, and then return back to Pangboche via Pheriche for a well earned night's rest. The early afternoon time is used to descend down to Pangboche for a good night's rest. Pangboche is a great village to spend the day because of its ancient monastery.
We also interestingly get to know that all the ice doctors who prepare Everest summiteers for the big climb hail from this pretty village. We spend our night at a teahouse lodge sleeping at an altitude of 3985m.
Day 11: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 20km, 6 - 7 hours
After breakfast, we begin our trek down through a ridge carpeted by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the airy prayer-flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail clings to the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly, but pleasantly through pine forests. While in the forest, we may come across colorful pheasants and mountain goats. The route finally reaches Sanasa from where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. We also pass meandering trails and then cut through a forest before reaching the bustling Namche Bazaar. We do an Overnight in Namche Bazaar at an altitude of 3,440m.
Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m/9,186ft): 19km, 6 - 7 hours
This is our last day on these lovely mountains which have been home to us all of these days!
Today the trail descends sharply downward so we need to take care as our tired wobbly legs continuously navigate the rock-strewn terrain. After crossing some airy suspension bridges over the gushing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail gets a bit easy going and natural. When we finally touch down at Lukla, we relax our aching legs and reminisce on the wonderful experiences of the last couple of weeks. We arrange for a special celebration because this is our last day on these mountains that have given us so much of joy all these days. We then go to bed after a wonderful day in Lukla.
Day 13: we fly out to Kathmandu
We hop an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our almost 2 weeks mountain odyssey. On reaching Kathmandu, we can take some rest or do some last minute souvenir shopping. If we want to participate in any other activities of ancient Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with some shopping or sightseeing. We will enjoy a farewell dinner at a good restaurant in the evening. While enjoying our meals, we’ll be entertained to some scintillating cultural dances performed by the local belles to celebrate the successful conclusion of a fantastic trip. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 14: Departure Day for home sweet home
After breakfast, our rep and office vehicle will be on standby at our hotel to transfer us to the airport for our connecting flight home. Serving you was an honour and pleasure, we at Unique Adventure International will treasure the bonds of our friendship created over the time you spent with us and we thank you for choosing us as your travel operator and visiting our incredible country Nepal. We know that trekking in this striking region of the Khumbu [Everest region] will give you lifetime memories of a vacation well enjoyed. Adieu friends! Till we meet again.
Please Note: We would like you to know that although we try to follow the program given above, at times local trails or weather conditions may compel us to make slight changes if necessary. The trekking itinerary may also vary slightly subject to our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This odyssey goes into untamed territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the safety of your trip and your life. Thank you so much for your understanding. We value your precious life.
Recommended Gear Lists :
- Good wind/rain jacket
- Warm fleece jacket or jersey
- Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots
- Good -20 Sleeping bag (which can be rented or buy in Kathmandu)
- A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband.
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottom
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Other necessary equipment:
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (We also provide comprehensive first aid medical kit and Oximeter)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Water bottles (2 bottles recommended)
- Small wash towel
All conditions stated in the itinerary are for the visitors who prefer full package programme. At the same time, we also serve you based on your choice. The selection of itineraries and the staff depends on your choice and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement regarding your interest and financial condition.
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Everest North Side Advanced Base Camp - (6500m)
My friend traveled with Unique Adventure several years ago. So, it was an easy choice for us, when we decided to reach Advanced Base Camp (ABC), 6500 m, on the North side of Everest. We just contacted Khum.
Unique Adventure is a Nepalese company. To arrange trekking in Tibet, the company collaborated with the Tibet Kyunglung Travel Service, making sure that all necessary logistics is in place. With their well coordinated efforts, we became legal in Tibet and smoothly crossed the Chinese border in both directions.
We had a Tibetan guide, Paldin, responsible for booking and transportation in Tibet. We also had a Nepal Sherpa guide, Tenging, who arranged a permit to the ABC 6500m on the North Face of Everest and with his small crew and yaks helped our successful trekking (see everest6500.com), while providing us with food and comfort to the degree possible above 5,000m.
Thank you, Khum, Paldin, Tanging!