The Everest Base Camp and Lobuche Peak Trek provide the opportunity to achieve two once-in-a-life time experiences in less than a month –trekking to the base of the world’s highest mountainand summiting a 6119 meter mountain in the Himalayan ranges.
The mountain flight to Lukla (the starting point of the trek) is in itself an experience on its own. The trek takes you towards the Khumbu glacier where you will come face-to-face with the giants of the Khumbu region such as – to name a few – Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Everest.
What is included in the tour
- All airport transfers as per the itinerary
- Airfare: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
- Airfare for guide
- Domestic airport tax for guest and 1 guide
- All necessary permits e.g. Everest National Park etc.
- Service of Sherpa
- Pasang Lhamu Village development fee
- Climbing equipment for Sherpa
- Garbage deposit fee
- High altitude insurance policy coverage for climbing guide and staff
- Professional licensed Trekking Guide
- Accommodation during Trekking
- Porter (maximum 30kg luggage per porter)
- Insurance for Nepali staff (Trekking Guide and Porter)
- Fully loaded medical kit box
- Trekking Kit Bag
What is NOT included in the tour
- Travel insurance (must cover all risk undertaken)
- Personal climbing and trekking gears
- Expenses of personal nature like phone calls, laundry etc.
- Bar bills (hard and soft drinks)
- Gratuities for staff
- Expenses caused due to unforeseen circumstances
- Services not mention herein
- Scenic flight to and from Lukla Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of Himalaya.
- Visiting Tengboche Monastery.
- Remarkable views of Khumbu Ice fall.
- Everest Base Camp, Kalapattar and walking on the Khumbu glacier.
- Summit to Lobuche East at elevation of 6,119 meters.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: 1300m/4265ft (BB)
Arrival in Kathmandu where you will be met the airport and transferred to Hotel, just walking distance to any styles of good restaurants and shops. Our Representative will give you short briefing on hotel facilities and safety. Tonight we only have a short introduction to the area, just what you need to know before the main briefing tomorrow. O/N Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites: (BB)
After breakfast, trek briefing will take place around 10 am. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square. O/N Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03:Fly Kathmandu -Lukla. Trek begins. Phakding: 2610m/8727ft, Lunch at Chaplung. (Full Board)
Take the morning flight a thrilling experience to the dramatic airfield at Lukla (2,860m) where we are immediately in amongst the peaks. You will meet by your rest of the crew porter will carry your main luggages. The sudden change in altitude can leave some of us quite breathless, but we descend to Chaplung (2680m) before lunch to let ourselves adapt more gradually. The afternoon is an easy introduction to the trek up the beautiful Dudh Kosi river valley, passing huge carved mane stones and prayer wheel shrines, to our night lodge at Phakding. The lodges on the first half of the trek are good: twin rooms with comfortable mattresses and nice glazed dining rooms with stoves for cold weather days. The menus include all sorts of wholesome favorites: pasta, noodle and rice dishes with remarkably fresh vegetables, puddings and every variety of hot drinks. The lodges have the same pattern all the way up, but understandably they become a bit more simple right at the top of the trek - though still remarkably good for the location. We always select the best of the standard lodges in each night stop. O/N Lodge at Phakding.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar: 3440m/11286ft, Lunch at Jorsale. (Full Board)
Through blue pine and Rhododendron forests we continue gradually upriver to reach Monzo at the entrance to the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. Just beyond, after crossing the river on one of the excellent new pedestrian suspension bridges, we take lunch at one of the tea houses that line the banks at Jorsale (2775m). So far our gain in height has been barely perceptible, but the afternoon sets us a fairly tough challenge, exaggerated by the early stage of our acclimatization. Rising first to cross a marvelous bridge high above the Imja Khola, we then gradually ascend the ridge opposite. And halfway up, we should be able to look out for our first view of Everest ahead. We must also look out for pack-yaks which we will see from now on; generally good natured, we should still keep up-side of these huge beasts - avoiding a playful nudge! We arrive at Namche Bazaar, the Khumbu district capital, built within a natural amphitheatre setting surrounded by peaks, and now a thriving lodge town. O/N Hotel in Namche.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche: 3440m/11286ft, Lunch at Namche (Full Board)
After breakfast, we explore this next of Khumbu region; we hike upto Khumjung village and school founded by Sr. Edmond Hilary, Namche local market, Museum. There is plenty to do and explore around Namche, including the Sherpa museum above the village. O/N Hotel in Namche.
Day 06: Namche- Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5- 6 hours Lunch at Pungethanga. (Full Board)
From Namche Bazar, we will pave our paths towards Tengboche. First few hours include a steady walk, and later, we will descend towards river valley. From the river, we will again walk uphill into the rhododendron forest. A 5-6 hours' of the trek will take us to Tengboche. Tengboche has the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. Throughout the trail, we can enjoy breathtaking views of the Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Kusum Mt. Thamserku and many other peaks.O/N at Tengboche
Day 08: Tengboche-Dingboche: 4410m/14465ft.
Mt. Ama Dablam backdrop at Tengboche Monastery, looks even more striking in the morning. Enjoy the view and the breakfast and resume the trek. Today's trek begin with the short descend. We will have pleasant walking through the treeline for 30 minutes, and after crossing the bridge on local stream, as treeline ends, we will start walking in dry and deserted hill. Walking in dry hill along the rock stwern trail we gradually slide up crossing through the typical Sherpa villages like Pangboche and Shomare before we finally reach to the Dingboche for overnight.
Day 09: Dingboche-Lobuche: 4910m/16105ft, Lunch at Thugla: (Full Board)
Today we start our final approach to the base camp area. It’s easy enough to start with, as we round the ridge above Dingboche by a single chorten, and contours along wide grassy slopes all the way to Duglha (4595m) our lunch stop. Then we climb steeply up the terminal moraine at the snout of the Khumbu glacier, until we come out alongside it at a ridge lined by hundreds of cairns dedicated to the many Sherpas who have lost their lives in attempts on Everest and other peaks. We continue alongside the glacier finally crossing what is now no more than a stream to Lobuche our lodge stop. There are limited individual rooms available here and in peak season we sometimes have to fall back on sleeping in the still very comfortable dormitory of the best lodge. O/N Sherpa Lodge in Lobuche.
Day 10: Lobuche-Gorakshep, Kalapattar (5550m/18204ft) Everest viewpoint: 5140m/16859ft, Lunch at Gorakshep: (Full Board)
We make an early start, about 6.30-7.00am, to cover the few hours alongside the Khumbu glacier up to Gorak Shep (5180m) at the base of Kalapattar. Crossing open unexpected sand flat we start to climb on a good well-trodden path. Its pretty breathless walking, but we adopt a deliberately slow, steady rhythm taking plenty of short breaks to watch the view gradually unfold as we go up. The final slopes become rocky as we approach the top (5555m), decked in colored prayer flags. A stunning 360 degree panorama awaits us. The dramatic free-standing form of Pumori directly in front of us, Changtse in Tibet, and across the wide space of the Khumbu glacier, the vast black pyramid of Everest itself, down as far as the South Col which joins it to Lhotse. This is the ideal time to be here, early enough to be most sure of clear views, but late enough to allow the sun to swing southward and light the peaks directly - too early and all you see is a silhouette! The dramatic end of the Nuptse ridge dominates the foreground, and so many lesser peaks spread away southward. We look down on base camp on the edge of the glacier. It is obvious why so many people go to this effort to stand here. Taking as long as we want at the top, we descend to Gorak Shep for lunch. We stay here tonight, so we can take it easy this afternoon. Clear sunsets in the Himalaya are rarer than clear dawns, but if there is even a hint of one, we should take our chance and go up Kalapattar again. Sunset on Everest from here is pure magic, gold to pink catching the tips of the peaks, subtly fading with the light - worth every effort. It turns very cold after losing the sun - wrap up in everything you brought, down jacket and all. Don't forget your head-torch for the descent. O/N Himalayan Lodge in Gorakshep.
Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m) and trek to Pheriche (4940m): 7-8 hours (Full Board)
Early morning, climb 2-3 hrs. up to Kala Patthar (5550 m/18,207 ft) to see first day sun light from top of the world (Mt. Everest) This is milestone of the trek to inspect panoramic view with the fantastic sunrise over Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nupte, Mt. Ama Dablam and many more After accomplish Kala Patthar, trek down to Gorakshep and retrace down to Pheriche to the warmer and better night sleep. Overnight in Pheriche.
Day 12: Pheriche to Tengboche (Full Board)
Today, our trail goes back to the tree line area and re-steps to Pangboche. The famous Tengboche monastery has still much to see and make sense to halt a night which breaks and relief to EBC sore legs. Being it a pious Buddhist settlement, the wild life is unharmed so there is possibility to encounter some wild animals such as musk deer, mountain goat, Pheasants etc.
Day 13: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (Full Board)
After breakfast, our trail drops down to Dudh Kosi river to Phunki Tenga and rise up to Kyanjuma where we skipped EBC trail. About 3 more hrs considerably easy walking bring to Mountain Hub Namche Bazar and get yourself a break with drinks and some celebration to feel vacation. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 14: Namche - Lukla: 2840m/9315ft, Lunch at Phakding: (Full Board)
Steeply down the ridge again to the suspension bridge, we follow the river down the way we came up, as far as Phakding for lunch. In the afternoon we continue down to Lukla. This is where we tip the staff (not compulsory but definitely customary), an impromptus little ceremony and always enormous Sherpa smiles. Then something of a party is inevitable. This will be your last night with your trekking crew except trekking Guide. Trekking crew will organize a farewell ceremony, Nepali song and dance, staff members will be allowed to drink to join the party. You may want to try local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong. O/N Kongde View Lodge.
Day 15: Fly Lukla - Kathmandu: (BB)
We catch the spectacular flight past the mountains back to Kathmandu. We are met and brought back to a warm welcome and the comforts of the Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 16: Day at leisure: (BB)
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel or explore Kathmandu city, shopping etc. in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Holiday extension or final departure:
Today either you’ll have your holiday extension for another tour or we will transfer you to airport for final departure flight. You will require Rs. each for airport departure tax.