Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 Days
Trekking at the Everest Base Camp is a prominent trek. Since the very first expedition to the Everest in 1953, it has been a popular destination for trekkers. Mountain Sun Valley trek and Adventure has set up a two-week trek to get you close to Earth's highest mountain. The region of Everest is situated in northeastern Nepal. The most visited part of this region is the district of Solukhumbu, home to the legendary Sherpa's and the world highest peak, the 8848 m high Mt. Everest. The Sagarmatha National Park lies to the north of Solukhumbu, the Makalu Barun National Park to the east. Sherpa's, Rais, Tamangs, Brahmins and Chhettris are the major ethnic groups living in the region. Here you can see a variety of wildlife and vegetation. You can meet in the forests mountain goats, musk deers and barking deers. Birds such as pheasants ("Danfe" in Nepal, Nepal's national bird), ravens, crows, coughs, and snow pigeons. During spring and autumn, the best time for a visit. Explore hidden Nepali culture in Kathmandu, Trek to the foot of amazing Everest, the highest mountain in the world, Explore Sherpa village and ancient monasteries, Start on challenging hikes to Kala Pattar (5550m/18,19 ft.) And Everest Base Camp or Ebc trek (5,364m/17,598 ft.)
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m)
On the first day after your arrival to Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport), our representatives warmly welcome you with great respect and greetings along transfers you to a fine tourist hotel. We also hold a short meeting at our head office to introduce you to our trekking members and we discuss regarding our upcoming trek too.
Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing
On the second day after having hot breakfast, we begin our sightseeing tour throughout Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa and Swyambhunath stupa (monkey temple) which are listed on the list of UNESCO world heritage site. After noticing these wonderful sights, we return back to the hotel and start finalizing our clothing and trekking gears. The second night will also be spent at the same hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Kathmandu – Lukla (2,642 m) – Phakding (2,562 m)
On the third day according to our flight schedule, we will be shifted to Tribhuwan International Airport to catch our (30 to 35 minute) Himalayan scenic flight and fair landing at Lukla (gateway of Khumbu/Everest region). Leaving Lukla, we start our short (3 to 4 hours) trek downhill towards Sherpa settlement of Cheplung along following Dudh Koshi valley, we step Phakding. This night we stay at the lodge in Phakding.
Day 4: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
On the fourth day, we trigger our trek forward crossing several Sherpa settlements, suspension bridges and pine forests to reach official permit checkpoint (entrance to Sagarmatha National Park). Continue to walk through junction point of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River along developing certain upward hike with starting view of Himalayas through the pleasing forest leads to Namche Bazaar for stay overnight.
Day 5: Namche Bazaar: (first day of Acclimatization)
On the fifth day, we are already on elevation above 3,000 m so before ascending additional height, we focus on proper acclimatization and we don’t trigger our trek forward. This day, we plan and hike towards local areas to explore minor Sherpa villages and on leisure/rest time you can hang out on internet coffee shops or visit museums. This night we stay at the same lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 6: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3,870 m)
On the sixth day after enjoying our delicious breakfast, we aim to reach Tengboche and move forward passing through curvy hillsides holding rhododendron forests, memorial stupas and Sherpa settlements, which take us to Kyangjumg. Moving forward observing many snowcapped mountains and crossing over Dudh Koshi River enters Imja Khola valley along two hours more pull towards hilltop steps Tengboche. There we explore Tengboche monastery and spend the night in the lodge.
Day 7: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m)
On the seventh day splitting Tengboche, we start our journey through stone steps crossing Chortens and long mini wall along Imja Khola to ascend Pangboche. Walking with the close view of mountains throughout terraced fields offers Dingboche. Extra time will be spent on exploring round Sherpa settlement along night will also be spent at the lodge in Dingboche.
Day 8: Dingboche: (second day of acclimatization)
On eight day, we are already above the height of 4,000 m so this day is separated as second acclimatization day. This day we won’t stay idol, we hike up towards the north and sight many other famous peaks with Dingboche valley on the floor. On remaining time we will self-prepare for the remaining journey and spend our night in the same lodge in Dingboche.
Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940 m)
On a ninth day after having morning breakfast, we climb to the ridge and continue through yak pastures, wooden bridge, and roaring stream to reach Dungla. Crossing many views of mountains and memorial stupas from here, we climb up the steep terminal of Khumbu glacier to breath in Lobuche. This day is to enjoy the view of many mountains on the Himalayas during the trek and stay on Lobuche.
Day 10: Lobuche – Everest base camp (5,364 m) – Gokarshep (5,160 m)
On the tenth day, we aim to step our final destination point and develop our walk early morning passing through a windblown rocky path to Gokarshep for lunch. Targeting Everest base camp, we move on and finally, after some hours Everest base camp is steeped. Nearly, you can also sight 360° stunning view from high altitude and spend some hours there, we return back to Gokarshep and spend our night there.
Day 11: Gokarshep – Kalapathar (5,550 m) – Pheriche (4,358 m)
On the eleventh day after having early morning breakfast, we hike up for a couple of hours through the Himalayan chain to reach viewpoint of Kalapathar (5,545 m) before sunrise. We notice the view of Kalapathar growing golden when a first sunray of the day is spotted there and gradually it changes back to its original color as before. As an addition, we notice numerous of tall mountains around and after appreciating those pleasing views, we return back aiming Pheriche for an overnight stay.
Day 12: Pheriche – Namche Bazaar (3,400 m)
On twelfth day after having our breakfast on Pheriche, we continue our walk downhill till Pangboche along passing pleasing forests and bridge over Imja Khola, we climb up for some hours to step Tengboche. Developing our trek continuously passing Dudh Koshi River and mini-settlements offers Kyangjuma along easy walk for some hours leaving Kyangjuma, we reach Namche Bazaar. This night will be spent at Namche Bazaar relaxing in restaurants and cafes.
Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (3,652 m)
On the thirteenth day leaving Namche Bazaar, we catch our trail which drops us near the junction point of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River and then we reach Monjo. As same as before, we consider some formalities at the checkpoint of National Park and continue our walk towards Phakding for our lunch along enjoying easy walk through Rhododendron forests and Sherpa villages, we reach Lukla for overnight. This night will be our last night on the Himalayas.
Day 14: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,300 m)
On the fourteenth day, we catch our morning flight towards Kathmandu after having delicious breakfast. The guide takes to care for all of your airport formalities and porters will be there to transfer your bag and luggage to Airport. After 30 to 35 minute of flight over snowcapped mountains, we reach Kathmandu along private vehicle will be awaiting you to transfer there towards the fine hotel. Since it will be the last night in Kathmandu, we will enjoy Nepali food in Nepalese restaurant with ethnic dance and musical program as a farewell dinner.
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu (1400m):
Early morning fly back to Kathmandu. Free day for shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16: Departure
On last day managing your short time, you can go shopping to collect souvenir for your friends and family members. We help you with your necessary arrangements and flight booking along our private vehicle transfers you to the airport focusing departure time. Well-wishers and representatives will be there with greetings to wish for you and your safe steps ahead.
- Warm Clothes, windproof jackets, thermal wear, warm socks, scarf and woolen cap.
- Proper hiking boots, running comfortable shoes and a pair of flip-flops.
- T-shirts and hiking shorts
- Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
- Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries.
- A small light weight and quick drying towel.
- Water bottle and water purification tables
- Water purification tables or a water filter
- Sleeping bag and silk liner
- Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)
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All visitors are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese visa can be easily obtained upon arrival on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport or Nepalese embassy abroad. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon arrival. The Visa can also be secured at entry point at Nepalese borders. A valid passport for at least six months, recent digital photo (size: 1.5" x 1.5") will be required and you can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.
Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal.
Weather in the mountains is pretty difficult to predict. Nights are generally cooler and days are warm. Months of winter (January and February) are bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. It snows during the month of January, February and December in Himalayan areas.
Best time to travel
Nepal offers diversified geographical regions and so as the climatic condition differs from the Himalayas to the plains. The climate varies as per the season. Nepal generally offers 4 seasons amongst which autumn and spring are the two most favorable ones for visiting Nepal. It is always wise to know about the weather and climatic condition of the place you visit. The best time to travel really depends on your destination, activities and season of travel. Our destination specialists will recommend certain travel times after learning more about your preferences. The favorable months for trekking and climbing are usually September – November, and February – April. The monsoon season is June – August.
Even though the physical fitness plays an important role in trekking you don’t have to be super athletes or a marathon runner to trek in Nepal. Many people of good fitness for their age can complete the trek. You can prepare yourself before hand by doing some yoga which will prepare you in your breathing as you will be going to the higher altitude. Running or hiking to hills, going for a long walk will also help you. And if you live in urban area running in the stairs of a tall building will also work better in keeping you fit for trekking. All though these preparations aren’t strictly compulsory, you can do well even when the preparations you do aren’t rigorous like that of some ultra-athletic person. Do these things in moderate pace for two months or even less. And you are set to complete any trekking to Nepal.
Doing the insurance while trekking is Nepal is not compulsory but will surely help you a lot if you do one, as it covers any comprehensive expenses possible to acquire due to medical issues or accidents. Your travel insurance must protect air ambulance, treatment charge, rescue and evacuation, product cancellation and refundable charges, flight delay and cancellations. We suggest you to bring you travel insurance certificate or send us scan copy and it must be issued from your home land. We do not arrange or sell insurance so you can find your local travel insurance for this.
Vaccination for Nepal
All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities) For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.
While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Marg, Kathmandu Nepal by email or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking. We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid upon arrival in Kathmandu.
- Do proper research about the company that you are planning to trek with and make sure they are legally registered travel agency.
- You should be well acquainted about the travel health and travel insurance before travelling.
- Have idea about the climate, geography, temperature and environment of Nepal before starting your trip.
- Using credit cards instead of cash is a wiser idea.
- Majority of the Nepalese people are nicer but there are few scammers you will come meet on your way and need to avoid them, for example ‘holy men’ who will try to plant a tika (a red paste denoting a blessing) on your forehead demanding a payment for it on streets.
- Be careful while buying the medicinal herbs as some may be illegal for you t take home and also be aware of duplicate products.
- Never get yourself involve in doing drugs, trafficking and sexual relations with children as there is a strict rules for these cases and might get yourself into a big problem.
- Take copies of your passport, visa, air ticket and trekking permits and keep them separately from the originals.
- Prepare yourself for altitude sickness and be familiar with its symptoms so that you can follow the guidelines for safe acclimatization.
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