Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar Trek
- Country: Nepal
- Destination: Nepal
- Maximum altitude: 5545 meter
- Group size: Min - 1
- Best Season: Spring & Autumn
Ever since the ascension in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, Everest region has been the ultimate travel destination for mountaineers and adventurers alike. The Everest Base Camp encompasses awe inspiring and mesmerizing beauty along the titanic foothills of the Himalayas. The journey also follows through cultural and religious diversity of the populace that influences the region like monasteries, nunneries and sanctums. Rhododendron the nation flower of Nepal highlights the untouched tundra vegetation that captures the tranquility and provides euphoric serenity.
The months between March to May (during spring) and September to December (during autumn) are the best months to trek Everest Base Camp. Even though the earthquake in 2015 had some impact in the Everest Region, the situation has been back to normal and infrastructures along the route have been reconstructed.
The trail of Everest Base Camp has been designed in such a way that it provides you with ultimate trekking experience for the ultimate travel destination in the world. The trek vibes off majestic mysticism by combining the aspects of natural raw beauty andcultural and religious influences. The trail is provided with lodges and teahouses along the way for relaxation and serves local cuisines native to only that region.
The adventure begins by a 40 minute flight from Kathmandu to a small airstrip in Lukla. The trail of the Everest Base Camp runs through Khumbo region. The trek includes Namche Bazaar commonly referred to as 'Gateway to Everest', a popular town bustling with teahouses, shops and hotels that provide unobstructed view of the Himalayas at its full glory.
The trek to Dingboche and Lobuche is led by Tengboche Monastery in Khumbu region. It is referred to as 'Chomolungma' by Sherpa people which translates to 'Goddess Mother of the world’. Tengboche Monastry is the highest monastry in the world. It provides a taste of Tibetan Buddhist influence through monasteries and nunneries. Various handmade shrines dedicated to Lord Buddha can be also be observed.
The Lobuche leads towards Everest Base Camp(5310m). One of the major highlights of Everest Base Camp includes Kala Pattar (5545m). 'Kala Pattar' translates to Black rock which is a notable landmark on the south ridge of Pumori region in Himalayas. It provides the only accessible point to view Everest from base camp to peak. Other notable sites include the largest glacier of Nepal and the highest glacier in the world, Khumbu Glacier.
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Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
As you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu you will be greeted by a designated individual. Then you will be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed on the set itinerary to make necessary trip preparation.
Day 2: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
A 40 minutes flight early in the morning will be required to reach Lukla. After arrival, you will be introduced to trek guides and porters. The trek starts with a short walk to Chaurikharka village and descends towards Dudh Koshi valley. The trail follows along Dudh Koshi River to reach Phakding village where we spend overnight.
Day3: Trek to Namche Bazaar
After breakfast, we leave Phakding village for Namche Bazaar. It follows over Dudh koshi river by a suspension bridge into a pine forest. We arrive at the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park and descend through Dudh Koshi river .We pass through Josale village before reaching Namche Bazaar where we stay overnight in a local lodge.
Day 4: Namche Bazaar
Today will be acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar.In the morning, after breakfast we visit Sherpa Museum. We will also visit local shops for necessary equipment and clothing.In the afternoon we visit villages near Namche Bazaar.We return to the lodge and spend overnight
Day 5: Trek to Tengboche
After breakfast we ascend out of the village along the trail. Along the trail Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse and other Himalayan peaks can be observed. A gradual uphill ascent will be required in the steep trail. We follow the yak trails towards Tengboche Monastery and tour across its premise. We stay overnight below the monastery at a local lodge.
Day 6: Trek to Dingboche
We descend through Rhododendron forest to Deboche and a bridge across Imja Khola River. We will then pass the valley walland through the plains to enter Pangboche village. After lunch, we hike to Pangboche monastery and follow through summer pastures to Dingboche.We spend overnight at a local lodge
Day 7: Trek to Lobuche
We ascend along the tree line to Dusa and descend towards teahouse of Dughla and Sherpa memorial stupas dedicated to lives lost in Everest. We continue along the trails of Khumbu Glacier and reach Lobuche. Views of Mt. Lobuche and Nuptse can be observed. We spend overnight at a local lodge.
Day 8: Trek to Gorakshep-Everest Base Camp
We trek towards sandy flat at Gorakshep. The trail to Everest Base Camp becomes harder. We approach the Khumbu Glacier and icefall located on the slopes of Everest. We then trail towards the Everest Base Camp where we can meet climbers attempting to scale the summit and observe breathtaking views. We return back to Gorakshep and spend overnight at the lodge.
Day 9: Trek to Kala Pattar and Pheriche
We start early to catch the sunrise along Himalayan views from Kala Patthar. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar where amazing views of the Himalayas can be observed. Then we retrace our steps to Gorakshep. After lunch in Gorakshep, we continue down the valley towards Pheriche for overnight at local lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar
We trek down through the hillside and reach Phunki Tenga. Here we descend following the Dudh Koshi river trail through pine forest. We reach at Kyanhjuma through Sansa and follow the trail towards Namche Bazaar where overnight is spent at local lodge.
Day 11: Trek to Lukla
After breakfast, we descend downhill following Hillary suspension bridges and through local Sherpa villages. In the evening we reach Lukla.Then we spend overnight at a local lodge.
Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu
In the morning, we take a brief flight to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to your hotel where you can get your much needed rest. You will be spending overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Depart from Kathmandu
Today on the last day there will be free time to enjoy Kathmandu until departure. You can spend your time by sightseeing some UNESCO world heritage sites in the valley and finally board your flight to return back to your country.