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Everest Base Camp Trek with Kalapatthar (5545 m) is one of the most rewarding, satisfying, and exciting trek not only among those in Nepal but the world. Besides being adventurous and thrilling, the Everest Base Camp Trek offers adequate opportunity to explore the local Sherpa Culture, diverse ecosystem in the Sagarmatha National Park, and immerse yourself in the serene and tranquil environment of the Khumbu Valley.
The trail passes through dense forests of Rhododendron, Pine, Junipers, Fir along the Dudh Koshi River traversing numerous settlements of Sherpas. The domination of Sherpa Culture and Buddhist Religion in this area can be demonstrated by showcasing of multi-colored prayer flags, prayer wheels, carved Mani Stones almost throughout the trail.
The majestic views of Mt. Everest, Mt.Lhotse, Mt.Ama Dablam, Mt.Pumori, Mt.Nuptse, Mt. Makalu, Mt Cholatse, Mt Thamserku, Mt. Kangtega, and many others are the most stunning aspect of this trek. Kalapatthar is the highest point of this overall trek and offers the classic views of Mt.Everest and many other snow-capped giants.
The best season to go on the Everest Base Camp Trek is between March to May and September to December when winds are calmer, the days are sunny, temperatures are mild and the trail is gorgeous with green dense forests, raging rivers and streams, the soothing sounds of the birds and animals and the uninterrupted views of the grand massifs throughout the trail. The overall journey gets even more beautiful during these months.
Everest Base Camp trek is one of the best trekking options for passionate trekkers willing to test their endurance and stamina. EBC Trek requires a good level of physical fitness and some basic experience of trekking. So, if you are planning to go on a trek to the base of the highest peak in the World, you better start going on short hikes and treks to places with higher altitudes than where you live.
Upon your arrival at the TIA, one of our representatives will be waiting to welcome you. After meet and greet, you will be transferred to the hotel booked for you to rest. There you will freshen up and relax. You can go around the streets of Thamel for refreshments.
On the second day, we will fulfill all our official procedures including necessary documentation, obtain permits, and other formalities needed for our expedition. We will start our preparation for our trek. We will now pack our bags, do some necessary shopping, re-check everything that we need (Especially medicines and essentials). Briefings will be made about each and every aspect of the trek and trip duration, accommodation, facilities at the base camp and during the trek. It is also an opportunity for you to communicate and introduce yourself to your fellow trekkers and teammates.
Early in the morning, after an amazing breakfast, we will take a thrilling flight to Lukla Airport. The flight gives you a bird’s eye view of the valleys, rivers, hills, and gradually mountain ranges. Even though the flight is only for half an hour, it does not fail to mesmerize you now and then. As we land at Lukla Airport, which is already exciting, we start our trek to Phakding, our destination for the day. After obtaining the permit for the region, we will slowly move through the settlements on a mixed trail of dirt, stone pathways, and some rocky sections at times. This is an easy start so make sure to enjoy all the greeneries, floras, and faunas as you walk. The trail takes you over several suspension bridges and along the Dudh Koshi river. Enjoy the rest of the day at Phakding.
After Phakding, we move towards another beautiful destination, Namche Bazaar, which is the commercial point of the Khumbu region. Passing through the dense luscious forests of pine, juniper, Rhododendron, looking out for animals in the Sagarmatha National Park, climbing the stairs, enjoying the rages of rivers at some points, and mostly walking uphills are the major activities of the day’s trek. This trek will be long and tiring as we start gaining significant elevation. As we reach Namche, we rest at our hotel and enjoy our dinner. The next day, we will go around the village area and experience some local sherpa culture.
After acclimatizing at Namche, we set our feet on the trail towards Khumjung valley, also called the green valley because of its dense vegetation. We follow the rocky pathways, steep uphills, rugged terrain, and most importantly enjoy the glimpses of the mountains at a distance throughout.
After Khumjung, we then approach the most beautiful and tranquil part of this Trek, the Tengboche monastery. This trail is a mix of smooth up and downhill paths with a steep uphill climb through the forests before we reach Tengboche. If we got lucky, we may even be able to spot some musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Tahr, and pheasants along our way.
Tengboche monastery is one of the most popular monasteries among Buddhists around the world. The views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam are visible towards the north while Thamserku and Kangtega stand towards the south with striking views. We will also join in some prayer ceremonies and rest for the day.
After spending our night in Tengboche, we begin our trek for the day towards Dingboche where we will stay for the next day to acclimate ourselves. Following the path down from Tengboche towards Deboche through the forests of Rhododendrons, we cross a bridge over the raging Imja river. Then, we gradually climb uphill to reach the village of Lower Pangboche where we can witness the spectacular views of Ama Dablam. We then move across the valley to reach our destination Dingboche at the start of the Imja Tse valley after an approximate walk of 5-6 hours. We spend our next day here to prevent any kind of mountain sickness as we go higher. We go on short hikes around the area to get some striking views of the mountain grandeur.
After acclimatizing in Dingboche, we head towards another beautiful stop, Lobuche. The journey starts with a climb to the ridge behind Pheriche until the tea houses at Dughla followed by a steep ascent to the terminal moraine of Khumbu Glacier. You will encounter a series of stone monuments made in the memories of climbers who couldn’t make it back home. We will reach the memorial of Scott Fischer and 10 times Everest summiteer Babu Chhiri Sherpa who remained in the mountains.
After walking for almost 6-7 hours on rugged terrain we reach Lobuche, a small settlement of Sherpas. It is the final village with lodges on this trail to Everest. We take a day’s rest at Lobuche and enjoy the day with short excursions to view the beautiful mountains in the outskirts. Great Peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, and Mahalangur Himal are clearly seen during the trek on this trail. With the end of the Khumbu Glacier, Mt Nuptse lies towards the right but Everest is yet to be seen.
The air gradually becomes thinner and there can be high chances of altitude sickness so we recommend you to keep communicating with your sherpa guide all the time about how you are feeling.
After Lobuche, we follow the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier followed by a small ascend to reach Thangma Riju, a viewpoint that offers 360 degrees view of all giant mountains. After a steep climb through the Changri Glacier, glimpses of Kalapatthar and Pumori are visible. After a short lunch break, we head towards the Everest Base Camp. The total trail is about 13 km and demands walking for 8-9 hours which can be strenuous. But the best part is: enjoying the grand views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many others in the background we finally reach the base of the world’s highest mountain. After spending some time at the base camp, we must return to Gorakshep to stay overnight.
The best part about the Everest Base Camp is the view one can admire from the top of Kalapatthar. It is the point from where the views of the mountains are most accessible through a much wider lens. Situated at the height of 5545 m, also the highest point we reach during the EBC Trek, Kalapatthar is the highest limit one can climb without the climbing permit. As the wind gets chilly and dry during the daytime, we start our trek early in the morning, so as to make it to the top before Sunrise, because that’s where the serenity is. The golden rays of sunlight when they touch the white snow on the giants, the sparkle that is disclosed is unreal. It will make anyone believe that if there is heaven, it is here on Earth itself. As we spend some time at Kalapatthar, we prepare to descend back to Pheriche, a small settlement with basic lodging to rest overnight. The total distance covered on this day will be around 16 km.
We wake up early to a beautiful morning breakfast then we head towards the Khumbu Khola. Walking along the standard Everest trail, we pass numerous villages of Tsuro Wog, Orsho, and reach Pangboche. Then we cross the bridge over the Imja Khola and pass through the Debuche village towards Tengboche. Expecting an encounter with any kind of wild-lives, we descend down to Namche through the forests. We will have covered 20 km distance on this day.
We follow the same route back to Lukla. Stopping at Phakding for lunch we reach Lukla to rest for the day. We cover a distance of 19km and walk for about 7-8 hours.
On the 14th day of our journey, we will take the short flight back to Kathmandu collecting and preserving our memories of the Himalayas. In Kathmandu, you can relax in Thamel, a popular street for tourists where you can get anything you want. You may do some shopping, eat in a nice restaurant, get some spa, do some laundry and many other things. There are also many different attractions in Kathmandu including but not limited to Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath Stupa, Basantapur, Bhaktapur, Patan, and so on. You may go on sightseeing around these areas with one of our city guides. We will join for the farewell dinner in the evening.
Our journey of Trek to Everest Base Camp ends on this day. With so many beautiful memories together, we gratefully and delightedly bid you farewell and good luck for your flight back home. One of our representatives from 8K expeditions will drop you off at TIA 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.
Climbers are advised to prepare and train their bodies and mind in a perfect way to adapt to the remoteness, high altitude, and distance from the families. It is also advised to carry lesser amounts of valuable belongings. Also, pack in some cotton clothes for your stay in Kathmandu while some warm ones for the Himalayas. Always keep a copy of your passport and photos with you.
Trekking and mountain climbing in the Everest Region are highly dependent on weather conditions. We try to schedule our trips at the most favorable time but in case of extreme scenarios, domestic flights to Lukla may be delayed or canceled. In cases as such, we would like to notify you that except for the total number of days in the itinerary section, expenses of other extra days shall be borne by the client himself/herself. However, 8K Expeditions will make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as a helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, we can arrange it at a nominal extra charge.
Also, 8K Expeditions shall not be liable for any compensation for losses due to missed International Flights but we will surely help to make necessary arrangements to minimize your loss. To avoid missing flights, we suggest keeping some flexible time frames before trip departure and after trip departure.
Also be notified that as we will be traveling in remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and geography where trails can be distorted at times, we might need to adjust our itineraries as required. But we assure you that the quality of service shall not be compromised at any cost.
Thank you for joining us on our Expedition and Trekkings!!