Banjaracamps
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek
Duration 15 nights 16 days
Best Time March – May & Sep - Nov

Everest base camp is every hiker’s dream, short only of summiting the peak itself

    KATHMANDU (1400 M)

    Day 1: KATHMANDU (1400 M)

    Arrive at Kathmandu airport. Transfer to your hotel in the vibrant Thamel area. Rest of the day at leisure.

    KATHMANDU – LUKLA (2623 M) 35 min flight – start trek to PHAKDING 3 hrs trek

    Day 2: KATHMANDU – LUKLA (2623 M) 35 min flight – start trek to PHAKDING 3 hrs trek

    After breakfast at our hotel we drive to the Domestic Airport to fly to Lukla.  From here we trek to the village of Phakding: an easy trail descends northwest to the village of Choblung in the Dudh Kosi Valley and then along the river via Ghat to reach our destination for the night.

    PHAKDING – NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440 M) 6 hrs trek

    Day 3: PHAKDING – NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440 M) 6 hrs trek

    The trail continues upstream along the river to the confluence point of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi.  After crossing the large suspension bridge, the trail starts ascending through pine tree forests and en route there are fantastic photo-ops as the peaks of Everest (8848 M), Lhotse (8511 M), Nuptse (7879 M), Ama Dablam (6856 M) and Taweche (6542 M) come into view for the first time.

    NAMCHE BAZAAR

    Day 4: NAMCHE BAZAAR

    Day reserved for acclimatization. Rising early, those who climb to the ridge above Namche will be rewarded with the stunning dawn and sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks with views of Everest, Nuptse and Ama Dablam.  The day can be spent exploring this colourful village, walking along the Thami Valley in the afternoon or visiting the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture.

    NAMCHE BAZAAR – TENGBOCHE (3867 M) 4 hrs trek

    Day 5: NAMCHE BAZAAR – TENGBOCHE (3867 M) 4 hrs trek

    Today is fantastic hiking with stunning views throughout, as we follow a fairly flat route in the morning, followed by a steep ascent to Tengboche - a lovely town with a bakery and famous monastery that we can visit.

    TENGBOCHE – PANGBOCHE (3930 M) 4 hrs trek

    Day 6: TENGBOCHE – PANGBOCHE (3930 M) 4 hrs trek

    The day begins with a steep descent out of Tengboche through rhododendrons and the village of Deboche. We then cross a precariously perched bridge before beginning the steep ascent to Pangboche. This final ascent takes us past some magnificent Gompas with tremendous views back to Tengboche where the monastery dominates the ridge.

    PANGBOCHE – DINGBOCHE (4410 M) 4 hrs trek

    Day 7: PANGBOCHE – DINGBOCHE (4410 M) 4 hrs trek

    We continue on a relatively easy track as we clear the tree line and are rewarded with uninterrupted mountain views.  The final section of the track is the steepest but relatively short and it should not pose a problem.

    DINGBOCHE – DUGLHA (4620 M) 3 hrs trek

    Day 8: DINGBOCHE – DUGLHA (4620 M) 3 hrs trek

    A short trekking day that starts with a steep ascent out of Dingboche onto the ridge above Pheriche. On reaching the Gompa on the top of the hill we are rewarded with fantastic views of the previous days trek as well as views of the Cho La pass and Labouche peak. From here our trail is very easy and relatively flat and affords uninterrupted views.  Duglha is reached around lunch time and is situated just below the Khumbu Glacier.

    DUGLHA – LOBUCHE (4930 M) 5 hrs trek

    Day 9: DUGLHA – LOBUCHE (4930 M) 5 hrs trek

    We have a steep climb in the morning up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and ascend over the snow line.  We pass by a set of memorials to climbers – a fitting tribute to those who have risked everything on their attempts to summit Everest. From here we have a very beautiful and easy walk into Lobuche, and again we are treated to spectacular views of the lofty peaks.

    LOBUCHE – EVEREST BASE CAMP (5364 M) – GORAKSHEP (5140 M) 9 hrs trek

    Day 10: LOBUCHE – EVEREST BASE CAMP (5364 M) – GORAKSHEP (5140 M) 9 hrs trek

    The route to base camp via Gorak Shep is generally well defined with a series of cairns marking the way. We walk on the glacial ice that is pitted with many small stones and the occasional ice tower that juts up and arrive at the base camp area, which is a sprawling mass of tents during the main spring climbing season. Although we cannot see the summit of Everest from base camp, the Khumbu icefall is right in front of us and we may be able to see the black dots of climbers descending through this chaotic jumble of ice blocks. To the west we get a new perspective on Pumori and can pick out the usual route of ascent, while to the south we have a panorama of lesser Khumbu peaks including Cholatse, Taboche and Kwangde. After taking our photos and admiring the scenery we retrace our steps back to Gorak Shep.

    GORAKSHEP – KALA PATTHAR (5545 M) – LOBUCHE (4930 M) 9 hrs trek

    Day 11: GORAKSHEP – KALA PATTHAR (5545 M) – LOBUCHE (4930 M) 9 hrs trek

    Today you summit Kala Patthar and enjoy spectacular close up views of Everest, Nuptse, Changtse and glimpses of the northern flank and summit of Lhotse. Later descend down via Gorak Shep to Lobuche.

    LOBUCHE – TENGBOCHE (3867 M) 4 hrs trek

    Day 12: LOBUCHE – TENGBOCHE (3867 M) 4 hrs trek

    Today we retrace our steps back to Tengboche. It is a magnificent walk and a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the true extent of the trek we have undertaken so far.

    TENGBOCHE – KHUMJUNG (3790 M) 5 hrs trek

    Day 13: TENGBOCHE – KHUMJUNG (3790 M) 5 hrs trek

    Today we follow an easy path although there are a couple of steep sections. We will arrive in Khumjung at lunchtime; it is a wonderful tranquil place and home of the Sherpa’s.  It has been well supported over the years by mountaineers and has beautiful well maintained tea houses and a superb bakery which is guaranteed to have your favourite cake and decent coffee to boot.  We will also visit the Sherpa Heritage Museum.

    KHUMJUNG – end trek at LUKLA (2623 M) 8 hrs trek

    Day 14: KHUMJUNG – end trek at LUKLA (2623 M) 8 hrs trek

    A good days walking with some very steep downhill sections.  This is our final day in the Khumbu and there should be plenty of free time for reflection and to soak up our last views of the highest mountains in the world.

    LUKLA – KATHMANDU 35 min flight

    Day 15: LUKLA – KATHMANDU 35 min flight

    Morning flight back to Kathmandu. Full day at leisure, you could rest or do some sightseeing.

    KATHMANDU - FLYOUT

    Day 16: KATHMANDU - FLYOUT

    Post breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight.

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