8. Epic Adventure: 15 Days of Trekking to Everest Base Camp
DAY 1 : ARRIVAL You will be welcomed warmly and taken to the hotel comfortably by our team in a private vehicle. After arriving at the hotel, we will explain about the trek shortly then, you will enjoy a hearty dinner with Nepal’s kick in it and rest for the night. DAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING On this day, be ready to have your mind blown by the diversity and harmonical peace that Kathmandu has to offer. Along with that, you will also visit around and see as many Unesco world heritage sites as possible. Besides all these, the rich Newari culture and warm, hospitable people around will have you feeling warm and welcomed. DAY 3 : LUKLA/PHAKDING (2656 M) After collecting sights around Kathmandu, we leave for Tribhuvan International airport after breakfast and catch a flight to Lukla for the actual start of the Everest base camp trek. On arriving at Lukla after 30 to 35 minutes, the adventure begins. With a motive to guide us out of Lukla, you will first hike to the Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate, from where the path of the trek goes down to the beautiful village of Phakkding along with other gorgeous Sherpa villages like Thalsharoa, Chheplung, Thado Koshi Gaon, and Chhuthawa. We are going to be pleased with a magical view of the Kusum Kangru and Dudh Koshi rivers. After walking for about 4 hours, Phakding welcomes us. DAY 4 : TREK TO NAMCHE (3450M) After an early morning breakfast, the trekking continues through a dense forest of pine and a few suspension bridges. We will also enjoy the sight of Toktok, Bengkar, and Chhamuwa, leading us to Monjo. From Monjo, you enter Sagarmatha National park after all the requirements are met. The trek begins to climb down from here steeply, and you will eventually be crossing the Dudh Koshi river by bridge. Then we arrive at Larja Dovan, followed by Larja bridge, walking the trail of the lower river bank and forest. Crossing the Larja bridge, the majestic view of Mt.Everest smiles at us. From here, to reach Mislung the rocky path crosses forests and hills. An easy walk from Mislung takes us to Namche. Upon arriving at Namche, you can either stroll around and explore Namche or rest at a teahouse. DAY 5 : ACCLIMATIZATION This day will be spent focusing on ways to prevent us from possible mountain sickness. Instead of sitting dully, we will be hiking for the entire day through Khunde, Khumjung, and back to Namche. You will get a view of Khunde, Namche, Ama Dablam, and Pachermo Peak from the Hillary Memorial viewpoint. On our way here, the trail offers a splendid view of Thamserku peaks before arriving at Khunde Tsamkhang, which is a stunning Buddhist temple which is located above Khunde village. We will explore Khunde and continue moving towards Khumjung, the Khumbu region’s largest village. Along with the Mani wall and Khumjung monastery, the village also has Hillary school, a school built by Sir Edmund Hillary. The night after the hike will be spent at Namche Bazar. DAY 6 : TREK TO TENGBOCHE (3870 M) After breakfast walking past Phunki Thanga through the village with the largest and most astonishing monastery in the Everest region climbing down, we reach Sagarmatha National park. From here, you will experience the most beautiful view of snow-capped mountains like Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Nuptse. After these magical views, you arrive at Tengboche, from where we should be able to witness a Buddhist ceremony if you arrive on time. To relieve all the stress from the trek, accommodation will be arranged at a teahouse in Tengboche. DAY 7 : TREK TO DINGBOCHE (4410 M) On this day of Everest base camp trek, we will get sight of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam after trekking downhill through a beautiful rhododendron forest along with birch and conifers trees. Then you will move towards Pangboche, passing the Imja river by climbing down until Debuche. After reaching Pangboche, we continue to move forward, admiring the view of the Himalayas and Pangboche monastery. From here, in order to arrive in Dingboche, you will cross the beautiful Lobuche river and ascend for a while. Overnight stay in a teahouse at Dingboche. DAY 8 : ACCLIMATIZATION To tackle the possible sickness that The Everest base camp trek has, acclimatization is a must. For the day, we will be involved in actively walking around beautiful and small villages with terrific lands of farms, and fields of barley, buckwheat, and potatoes as it helps in acclimatization. Observing and admiring views of Mt.Makalu, Lhotse, Cholatse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, and others, you will also be part of the hike to Nagarjun hill. After a very pleasant and active day, the night will be spent in a teahouse at Dingboche. DAY 9 : TREK TO LOBUCHE (4940 M) After breakfast, you will move towards Lobuche. We will slowly climb up as the trail elevates higher and higher from here. Through boulder-strewn slopes that take you to Chupki Lhara climbing terminal moraine of Khumbu glacier, give you the thrill of adventure. On moving further up for a while from Khumbu glacier, the Everest base camp trek’s another destination for the day, Lobuche, is reached. Teahouse will be arranged for an overnight stay. DAY 10 : TREK TO GORAKSHEP (5170 M/EVEREST BASE CAMP (5364 M) Cherishing the glorious view of Mt. Everest along with other snow-capped peaks like Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, etc., we march towards Gorkashep after warm breakfast in the morning. Firstly you trek accompanied by moraine of Khumbu glacier. Before moving further through beautiful streams, and rocky paths along with other mountains that finally get us closer to Everest itself, you will devour lunch at Gorakshep. From this location, Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori mountains will also come into our sight. The night will be spent in a teahouse at Gorakshep DAY 11 : KALAPATTHAR (5545 M)/PHERICHE (4288 M) The trek starts early in the morning to catch the golden sunrise with a climb up for several hours and to get us to Kalapatthar. The highlight of this particular day is the sunrise from Kalapatthar that strikes on Mount Everest and gives a golden reflection. On climbing down, you will be blessed with breathtaking views of other mountains like Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse, and Lobuche. At Kalapatthar, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast and then move back to Gorakshep, then resume trekking to Pheriche through a rocky route. We will stop here and stay at a teahouse. DAY 12 : TREK TO NAMCHE After having breakfast in the morning, we will first leave for Tengboche by climbing down for a bit. You will again be back at Sagarmatha National Park, surrounded by majestic snowcapped mountains all the way to Namche. The accommodation for the night at Namche will be arranged in a teahouse. DAY 13 : TREK TO LUKLA We will get back to the place where the Everest base camp trek started, which is Lukla. Walking our way back to Pheding through divine Dudhkoshi, you will reach Lukla. Our trail has a suspension bridge of Thado Koshi river and small but vivid Sherpa villages. You will spend your last night on the lap of mountains in a teahouse. DAY 14 : KATHMANDU From Lukla airport, we take our flight back to Kathmandu. Since the whole day will be ahead of us after arriving at the capital, it is up to you to either take a stroll around the city or just rest in the hotel. DAY 15 : DEPARTURE Your flight will be scheduled for this day, and our staff will monitor and look after all the necessary requirements and see you off at the Tribhuvan International airport.