Short Everest Base Camp Trek – 12 Days
Trekkers those who have trekked multitudinous spots of the earth even carry thirst of trekking towards short Everest base camp trek 12 days on the foot of Mount Everest. This trekking offers a chance to explore Khumbu region’s natural and cultural beauties including many attractive trekking destinations like Phakding, Tengboche, Dingboche and Namche Bazaar. This trek carries other more attractions like Kalapathar, Sagarmatha National Park, former monuments, flattered praying flags, Sherpa settlement and foremost opportunity to read lifestyle and cultures of Legendary Sherpa’s. Viewing real giant face of Mount Everest from near and other skyrocketing peaks (Mount Makalu, Mount Lhotse, and Mount Cho Oyu) are highlighted presentation of Everest base camp trekking.
Here we have come up with 12 days package including best meal and accommodation along with the flight ticket to and from Lukla. Both Western and Nepali dishes are served during the trek. The unique experience on famous tea houses is another best part of the trek. The trek starts with a flight to Lukla and ends with the flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 1: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652 m) 4 hours walk
The first-day early morning after breakfast, we will be transferred to Kathmandu Domestic Airport to catch our flight towards Lukla. It holds nearly 30 to 35 minutes of time over the white Himalayas to reach Lukla Airport (gateway of trekking). On Lukla, you will be introduced to other trekking members and after few minutes of packing and arrangements, we develop our short trek towards Phakding. However, first-day short trek assists proper acclimatization for you and steeping on Phakding, the first night of trekking will be at one of the guest house in Phakding.
Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) 5 to 6 hours walk
This second day of trekking towards Everest base camp takes us through pleasing pine forests along the bank of Dudh Koshi River passing first suspension bridge and many small villages to Monju (gateway of Sagarmatha National Park). Eventually, after a short time we reach check post and after short formalities, we entrance forward to Sagarmatha National Park. Our trial further offers lovely forest, old monuments and many short and long suspension bridges across Dudh Koshi River and after walking some certain time, we reach to Namche Bazaar (gateway of Everest base camp trekking).
Day 3: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) First day for acclimatization
This is the first day of acclimatization considered as a rest day but we need to stay active and moving instead of being idle. This day, we move a hike to Thame or explore throughout Namche Bazaar which offers the first sight of Mount Everest with encircled snowcapped mountains and largest Sherpa settlement. Actually, Namche Bazaar is center of Khumbu region which holds many internet cafes, restaurants, and other amenities for relaxing and many monuments, museum, and parks for visiting on endure time.
Day 4: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,867 m) 5 hours walk
The fourth day after having delightful breakfast, we develop our trek through zigzag trail crossing valley above Dudh Koshi River which provides an opportunity to sight wild musk deer, multi-colored pheasants, the herd of Himalayan Thar and much other flora and fauna. Walking some more hours passing through many views of the giant Himalayas, beautiful settlements, terraced field and pleasing rhododendron and pine forests, we are probably offered by the most beautiful spot of Everest region, Tengboche. There we explore Tengboche monastery (Khumbu region largest monastery) which is really improbable and have a night there at the lodge.
Day 5: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,358 m) 5 to 6 hours walk
As usual, we start our trek after having breakfast from Tengboche. Crossing Imja Khola and lush rhododendron forest we climb up to the valley’s highest year-round settlement of Pangboche and passing several fascinating mini walls and small villages, we short sight Pangboche monastery. You can also get a close view of Mount Ama Dablam from there and at afternoon collecting different and new experience, we continue our walk to Pheriche from where our route takes Imja valley and after last climb offer Dingboche.
Day 6: Dingboche (4,358 m) second day for acclimatization
Today sixth day is also separated for acclimatization but we won’t stay idle. This day we head towards north, behind the village to collect breathtaking view of many visible short and tall mountains (Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Lhotse especially). You are also offered to notice Imja Khola valley, fields and pastures of Dingboche or you can explore throughout the valley for the whole day. We won’t step forward on the sixth day so this night we will be staying at Dinboche.
Day 7: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,928 m) 5 hours walk
On the seventh day after having breakfast, we trigger our trek upward to Dungla through Khumbu Khola valley and during our trek we appreciate memorial stupas, Chola Lake, Majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7,138 m), wooden bridge and roaring stream too. Finally stepping on Dungla, we head towards mortal Khumbu Glacier of Mount Everest and many great giant peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal are spotted from Khumbu Glacier and after splitting stunning Khumbu Glacier we gently move upward and reach Lobuche for the night.
Day 8: Lobuche, Everest base camp (5,320 m) and Gokarshep (5,160 m) 7 to 8 hours walk
As usual, after having selected breakfast, we leave Lobuche and continue our walk towards Gokarshep to have lunch and again start to climb up focusing Everest base camp. After a certain walk we pass pyramid sign and now you can spot the real giant north face of Mount Everest and many other tall mountains too. Near from small ascend you are offered really stunting 360° view with tall snowy mountain around. Developing trek continuously through rocky and glacial trail viewing amazing views, you step to Everest base camp (aimed destination). After sightseeing and captures, we return to Gokarshep to stay.
Day 9: Gokarshep, KalaPathar (5,550 m) to Pheriche (4,358 m) 7 to 8 hours walk
This ninth day is the day to step on highest elevation point of the trekking towards Kalapathar. We develop our trek forward to viewpoint of Kalapathar in early morning and after some hours of walk before the sunshine we catch the sight of Kalapathar (Black rock) and other more tall mountains around and we notice that view of Kalapathar grows as golden with the first light of the day spots there and gradually return back as same as before. After having a genius look we walk to be back to Pheriche to stay overnight there.
Day 10: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,400 m) 7 to 8 hours walk
On the tenth day after having hot breakfast, we catch the same route that we had developed before towards Pangboche village and return crossing Imja Khola, pleasing forests, numerous bridge and many settlements to reach Tengboche. Extending our walk continuously, passing praying stones and mini walls we step Namche Bazaar at late afternoon and on this tenth night, we will spend our night enjoying Sherpa cultural dances and dishes at Namche Bazaar.
Day 11: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,652 m) 7 to 8 hours walk
On the eleventh day we shoot out trek early morning from Namche along crossing through Dudh Koshi River, suspension bridges, and settlements, we reach Monjo. As past, after considering some formalities at the check post of National Park we head towards Phakding. This is last day of our walk and almost, most of the tracks are open plains with rhododendron and pine forests and ancient monuments on the way. On the evening after you step on Lukla your time will be spent on entertainment and memory sharing with crew members.
Day 12: Lukla to Kathmandu (1,300 m)
Last day of our trekking, we catch our scheduled flight from Lukla over snow-capped mountains to Kathmandu. Normally flights are on morning time but you can have plenty of time for your breakfast. The guide takes a care of your Airport management along your bags and luggage will be carried by local porters to the airport. After you will return back to Kathmandu private vehicle will be awaiting you to pick and shift to your hotel. Tonight we host a farewell dinner in one of the finest restaurant in Kathmandu.
- 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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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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