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Everest Base Camp Short Trek takes us to the backyard of the world famous Sherpas, their faith in Buddhism, Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park, the mightiest viewpoint of Kala Patthar and the Everest Base Camp itself. Mount Everest base camp trekking takes us to Tengboche Monastery which is the highest monastery in the Khumbu region of Nepal and come close to four of the world’s six tallest peaks: Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho-Oyu. We begin our hike to the Everest base camp with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla equipped with all necessary permits and trekking gears.
Our 14-day trek to Everest base camp is a great option for travelers who are pressed for time and are looking forward to almost similar amenities under the cost inclusion section as the 16-day trek. Hikers who are physically fit, in good health, and have a little experience with high altitude walks can sign up for this trip. But, if you are a novice trekker who is in good health and average physical fitness, and if you wish to enjoy easy trek then Everest View Trek – 12 Days might be right for you. For more experienced hikers who wish to take up more challenge and “”stay off the beaten path”, then Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes – 18 Days would be an ideal choice.
|Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu and trip preparation||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 02 Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding||2,800m/9,187ft||3-4 hrs|
|Day 03 Phakding to Namche Bazaar||3,438m/11,280ft||5-6 hrs|
|Day 04 Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar||3,438m/11,280ft|
|Day 05 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche||3,870m/12,697ft||5-6 hrs|
|Day 06 Tengboche to Dingboche||4,360m/14,305ft||5-6 hrs|
|Day 07 Dingboche: Acclimatization||4,360m/14,305ft|
|Day 08 Dingboche to Lobuche||4,940m/16,208ft||5-6 hrs|
|Day 09 Lobuche to Gorak Shep , visit Everest Base Camp||5,364m/17,599ft||6-7 hrs|
|Day 10 Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar to Pheriche||5,545m/18,193ft||7-8 hrs|
|Day 11 Pheriche to Namche Bazaar||3,438m/11,280ft||6-7 hrs|
|Day 12 Namche Bazaar to Lukla||2,800m/9,187ft||6-7 hrs|
|Day 13 Fly to Kathmandu||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 14 Final departure||1,350m/4,429ft|
As soon as we land in Kathmandu, a friendly representative from Himalayan Glacier will greet us at the airport and help us with our luggage. From there, we’ll be escorted to our hotel and given some time to rest and freshen up. Later in the afternoon, we’ll have a chance to meet our trek leader and other team members during a pre-trip discussion. This is an ideal opportunity to ask any questions we may have about the itinerary or our journey to the management and trek leader.
In the evening, we’ll be treated to a special welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier. We’ll have the opportunity to sample some of the best Nepalese cuisine while getting to know our fellow trekkers. The food will introduce us to the rich culinary traditions of Nepal, and the warm ambiance will make us feel right at home. This will be a great way to kick off our adventure and set the tone for the rest of our journey.
As we take off from Kathmandu for our 40-minute flight to Lukla (9,186ft), we embark on one of the most scenic air routes in the world. The journey culminates on a hillside surrounded by towering mountain peaks, making for a breathtaking arrival. Upon landing at Lukla, the gateway to our trek, we’ll meet our other crew members and begin packing and organizing our gear with their help. From Lukla, our trek begins.
After a one-hour gradual descent, we’ll arrive at the Cheplung village, where we’ll catch our first glimpse of Mt. Khumbila (18,900ft), a sacred mountain that has never been climbed. We’ll continue our descent from Cheplung until we reach Phakding, where we’ll spend the night. The trek will be a gradual descent with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes, and the night spent in Phakding will offer a chance to rest and acclimate before continuing our journey.
As we begin our trek, we’ll pass through a stunning pine forest and follow the trail north up the valley of Benkar. After crossing the Dudh Koshi River, we’ll pass through Chumoa and Monjo, which is the entrance to the Everest National Park. We’ll then cross a suspension bridge and continue walking alongside the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers, passing through the charming village of Jorsale. As we ascend steeply, we’ll reach the heartland of the Sherpa community – Namche Bazaar.
If the weather permits, we’ll have the opportunity to view the awe-inspiring sights of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse just one hour away from reaching Namche Bazaar. This will be a breathtaking experience that will stay with us forever. We’ll spend the night in Namche Bazaar, where we can rest and explore the town’s vibrant culture and history.
Namche Bazaar, the main center of the Khumbu region, offers a variety of activities to do, and we’ll spend a day here acclimatizing to the altitude. The town boasts government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a vibrant market, and our guides can show us around to discover the real charm of Namche Bazaar.
For those interested in hiking, a trek to Sagarmatha National Park is a must-do. The hike offers trekkers a stunning sunrise view, as well as panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and other peaks. Alternatively, we can take a day hike to Khumjung village (12,401ft), a beautiful village with a Sherpa settlement. While exploring Namche Bazaar, we’ll have the opportunity to observe traditional Sherpa life and visit the Khumjung Hillary School. We’ll also have the chance to appreciate the flora and fauna found at such altitudes. We’ll spend the night in Namche Bazaar, preparing for the journey ahead.
This part of the trek is particularly exciting, as we’ll descend to the Dudh-Koshi River and then make an equally famous ascent along the rhododendron forests to reach Tengboche. As we descend to the Dudh Koshi River, we’ll be treated to awe-inspiring views of some of the highest mountain peaks in the world, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and many more. Upon reaching Tengboche, we’ll visit the famous Tengboche Monastery, the largest and most revered monastery in the region. From here, we can take in the spectacular views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and other surrounding peaks. We’ll spend the night in Tengboche, recharging our batteries for the next stage of our journey.
We will continue our journey by descending through lush forests filled with a variety of trees such as birch, conifers, and rhododendrons. The trek rewards us with breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. As we make our way to Pangboche, we cross the Imja River and enjoy the picturesque trail that offers a more pristine view of the Himalayas and the Pangboche Monastery. We then head towards the Imja Valley and Lobuche River before starting the ascent to Dingboche. Along the way, we will see beautiful fields enclosed by stone walls protecting barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. We will spend the night at Dingboche.
Dingboche is a popular destination for trekkers and climbers heading to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, or Imja Tse. The village itself is beautiful, surrounded by an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. We will spend a day acclimatizing in Dingboche and take day hikes to either Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung Valley for breathtaking views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, and Ama Dablam.
We begin the day with a gradual climb to Duglha, located at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From there, we ascend a steep trail to Chupki Lhara, where we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (an American mountaineer) and Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide), who perished on a mission to climb Everest. Continuing on, we reach the Khumbu Glacier moraine and are met with breathtaking views of several great peaks, including Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, and Mahalangur Himal. The trail then becomes easier as we follow the valley to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
We follow the trail to Everest Base Camp, passing through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian Army Mountaineers’ memorials. The path from here can be misleading, so it’s essential to follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to the thin air at high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine, and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp.
Once we reach the Everest Base Camp, we’ll see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings, especially in spring. From the base camp, we can view Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori. After spending some time here, we’ll head back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest.
However, it’s worth noting that the sunset view from Kala Patthar is often more admirable than the sunrise view. So, we recommend that we visit Kala Patthar during sunset today. As the setting sun’s rays strike the snow-capped mountains, the resulting scenery is breathtaking. Therefore, for trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar today instead of the next day, please inform your guide, and he/she will coordinate accordingly.
We will start our day early, in the pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures ranging from -10 to -14°C. It is important to prepare for the potential of chilly winds that are common in the area. As we set out, familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse will tower to the east, with the majestic Everest gradually revealing itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we will get the chance to witness up-close and formidable 360-degree views of Mt. Everest. We will take pictures and enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama before returning to Pheriche for a well-deserved night’s rest.
For those participants who will visit Everest Base Camp today, we will start with an early breakfast to allow for the longer hike compared to Kala Patthar. After returning to Gorak Shep, both groups will have lunch together before descending to Pheriche in the afternoon for a good night’s rest.
We begin our descent through a hillside adorned with lush rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge festooned with prayer flags over the Dudh Koshi River, we continue our trek along the Dudh Koshi gorge, rapidly descending through pine forests. Along the way, we might encounter colorful pheasants and mountain goats. The trail eventually leads us to Sansa, where we can enjoy spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Nuptse mountains. We pass through winding trails in a forest before finally arriving at Namche Bazaar. We will spend the night in Namche Bazaar.
The trail descends steeply, so we need to walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast-flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. Upon our arrival in Lukla, we can stretch our sore legs and reminisce about the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We can enjoy our last evening in the mountains, sharing stories and memories with our fellow trekkers and guides. Overnight in Lukla.
We will catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we may take some rest or go for souvenir shopping. If we want to explore other areas of Kathmandu, our guides can assist us with that. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. We will spend the night in Kathmandu.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! Although it may be difficult to say goodbye to the beauty of Nepal, take comfort in knowing that you’ve experienced something truly special. Spend your last moments trading emails with your travel companions and organizing your photos. A representative from Himalayan Glacier will accompany you to the airport, about 3 hours before your scheduled flight, to ensure a smooth departure. As you journey back home, take the time to reflect on the unforgettable memories and plan your next adventure in this wonderful country.
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Significant Information: The unpredictable weather conditions in the Everest region may lead to cancellation of Lukla flights. So, what do you do if your flight is cancelled at the last minute? We have several alternative options for Lukla flight cancellations for you, in case you have limited time in Nepal. Make sure that you are well-informed about this critical issue well ahead of time!
Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities which can be arranged by Himalayan Glacier upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc.In case the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund, if you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.
During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.
We will be staying in Yatri Suites & Spa or similar in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 425. Himalayan Glacier will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
Mount Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light rucksack. In some days we might even need to walk for 7 to 8 hours. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Himalayan Glacier before booking the trek. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.
This trek's itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, we take rest in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude.
For this trek there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size but we after years of experience we have found a maximum of twelve people to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to book this trip for a larger group then that can be arranged too.
Trekking in the Everest region will be an extremely fun-filled adventure when you know exactly what gears and equipment are significantly necessary. Have a quick glimpse on a complete packing list for Everest base camp trek and savor your experience of a lifetime.
The most significant thing that makes this trek, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful leader(s) and the crew members with the ability of operating our days on the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of Himalayan Glacier’s leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Himalayan glacier only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region(s). The trek and expedition leaders have undergone the following trainings:
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Everyone needs a visa to enter into Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan do not require visa for a period of 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visa on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist your visa processing. Taking the completed for and paying the visa fee, you need to stay in the long immigration queue for your visa-on-arrival.
Visitors can now apply for online visa within15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo that needs to be uploaded in the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.
Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate located in their respective or countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the visa office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate around the world, you may CLICK HERE.
Whichever way you enter into Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90 day visa as per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:
Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a year and these extensions are granted only at the department of immigration offices at Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visa, visit our visa information page.
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: +1-410-307-0007
Autumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon(June to Aug) will be affected by rain but Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.
It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier’s trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.
Tips are not mandatory. However, if you wish to tip to show your gratitude, it will be welcomed. Tipping can be in USD or Nepalese Rupees (NRS). Upon arrival in Kathmandu, it is good to carry small denominations of USD for small tips to driver, hotel staff, etc. However, hotels/restaurants in Kathmandu, Lukla already charge you with 15 % service charge.
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Everest base camp trek is a lodge-to-lodge trek. It is also known as a teahouse trek. It means that you will not be required to sleep in camping tents and most of the facilities like laundry, food, etc. are easily available throughout the trek. However, you need to carry some of the most essential items that you will personally require during the trek. As Everest base camp trek is considered quite challenging, we recommend packing only the necessary gears and required equipment. Make sure that you don’t over-pack, and at the same time don’t under-pack.
In order to enjoy the trip rather than worry about the weight of your load, you need to pack light only with the essentials. Read the complete Everest base camp trek packing list and pack smart and light for a more comfortable and a fulfilling trip to the base camp.
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