Everest Base Camp Trek 15 Days, the world’s most astonishing and iconic mountain trail trek takes us to the backyard of the world famous Sherpa’s, Buddhism, the quaint Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park, the highest monastery on the Everest region, the mightiest viewpoint of Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp itself and close to four of the world’s six tallest peaks: Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho-Oyu. Everest Base camp Trek follows beautiful, pine forest, trekking trail and head off to the Glaciated Dudh Koshi River and to the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. The Nepal trekking first prominent, shining view of Mt. Thamserku (6, 608 m) impresses you as the trekking trail leads you to the Sagarmatha National Park, an Important Bird Area and the Sacred Himalayan Landscape of the World. Everest Base camp Trek viewpoint offers the exceptional view of 8000 m and 7000 m peaks.
Our Everest Base Camp Trek 15 Days is a great introduction trek for those travellers who wish to reach the base camp of Mount Everest in a short period of time. Everest Base Camp Trek is the world’s most awe-inspiring and iconic mountain trail trek takes us to the backyard of the world famous Sherpa’s, Buddhism, the quaint Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park, the highest monastery on the Everest region, the mightiest viewpoint of Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp itself and close to four of the world’s six tallest peaks: Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho-Oyu. Nepal Trekking will start from the Phakding and end to the Lukla where you can explore your mesmerizing views of Natural beauty.
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu and trip preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing (B)
Day 03 : Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 3 – 4 hours trek (BLD)
Day 04 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 5 – 6 hours (BLD)
Day 05 : Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft) (BLD)
Day 06 : Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) – 5 – 6 hours (BLD)
Day 07 : Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 – 6 hours (BLD)
Day 08 : Dingboche: Acclimatization (BLD)
Day 09 : Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 5-6 hours (BLD)
Day 10 : Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 6-7 hours (BLD)
Day 11 : Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pherice (4,288m/14,070ft) 7-8 hours (BLD)
Day 12 : Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 6 – 7 hours (BLD)
Day 13 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6 – 7 hours (BLD)
Day 14 : Fly to Kathmandu (BL)
Day 15 : Final departure (B)
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and trip preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Welcome to the country of Himalayan Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative welcomes you and transfers you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Later in the evening, we will take you to welcome dinner at one of the finest restaurants in Kathmandu offering typical Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food
culture. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing & Pre-trip meeting. (B)
After breakfast, we will conduct a guided tour and introduction to our rich culture and fascinating history. You will visit with our guide of these places Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar square.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 3 – 4 hours trek
Early morning we will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. Lukla has a tine airstrip and the scenic flight of 40-minute duration above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary airport. Lukla, a gateway destination from where our trek begins. Upon landing, while the guides and porters will divide the baggage and you can have a good look around and take pictures. Depending upon when we land at Lukla, we might even have our lunch there. From Lukla, we walk to Phakding village. The walk is fairly easy and we will stay overnight in Phakding. We can spend our evening stroll around the village, visit the nearby located monasteries. Overnight at Phakding at Yeti Mountain Home or similar hotel.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 5 – 6 hours
Our day’s hike will start after we have our breakfast. We start by walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the banks of Dudh Koshi River; we will have to cross this river twice today. We will have to cross many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. We catch the wonderful prospect of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). We will then arrive at a small village called Monjo. Monjo is the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. After entering the National Park, we descend down to Bhote Koshi River upon which we arrive at Jorsalle village. We walk further from there heading off to Namche Bazaar, a prosperous trade hub in the lap of the Himalayas which is also the capital of Khumbu region. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)
After already having ascended an altitude of 3,440 m (11,253ft), we will use today for acclimatization. It is very important that our body is prepared for further ascending and is also a scheduled acclimatization day. We have the day at our disposal and can choose to do what you wish with it. We can walk up to the Everest View Point Hotel and enjoy the view it offers. We can also choose to just walk around Namche Bazaar and observe the local proceedings and lifestyle. If it is Saturday today, there will be local traditional Saturday Market and it will be a wonderful experience visiting the marketplace. There is a Sherpa Museum in Namche which would be the place to visit if we are into Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. We can also hike to Thame or visit Khunde. We also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung. We further climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. The Khumjung valley, surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, hosts a well-known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit the Hillary School which is at the same site. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) – 5 – 6 hours
Today after breakfast we start our trek with the pleasant walk through the forest with the magnificent view of mountains. The great view of the mighty peaks like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak is a constant throughout the day. Today’s trail goes through gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer-flag festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River. Upon crossing the river, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, we then have a tough little climb that goes steeply up through the pine forests until we reach Tengboche. The first thing that could draw your attention after reaching yangboche could be its big monastery. Tyangboche has a large campsite, tea houses and lodges overseeing Mt. Ama Dablam. We will spend the night at a hotel in Tyangboche.
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 – 6 hours
We descent and trek through forests filled with a variety of lush trees – birch, conifers and rhododendrons. This journey again rewards us with tremendous views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The picturesque trail dips down to Devuche, crosses the Imja River and takes us to Pangboche. The upper Pangboche trails reward us with a more pristine view of the Himalayas and the Pangboche Monastery. The trek moves ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and ultimately begins climbing up to Dingboche. At Dingboche, we see a beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight at Dingboche.
Day 08: Dingboche: Acclimatization
Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. The village is beautiful with an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. We spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We will have a trip to Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley to get a marvellous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse’s massive south wall, then return to Dingboche in the evening. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 5-6 hours
We start the day with a gradual climb to Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, we climb up a steep trail to Chupki Lhara, where we find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepali mountain
guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. Next, we continue to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and find ourselves facing several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 6-7 hours
For those of you who are doing the Everest Base Camp Trek for the first time, the day starts with a mixture and anxiety. Today you will be hiking up to the Everest Base Camp. The day will be the most challenging day of the trek and at the same time the most fulfilling as well. The base camp is situated at an altitude of above 5,000m (16,000ft).
We start off by hiking to Gorak Shep first. It is a small village sitting atop a small frozen lake buried under sand. We will have our lunch there and hike further following the trails of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid signpost. Ahead on the trail, we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, and Nuptse. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive a 360-degree vista of the snowy mountains. Upon climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of the Changri glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mount Everest. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. As we reach Everest Base Camp we cannot help appreciating the Everest climbers that take the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineers’ tents stand out in bright colours against all the dull grey surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from base camp. We will spend quality time exploring the base camp and surrounding areas and return to Gorak Shep to spend the night.
Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pheriche (4,288m/14,070ft) 7-8 hours
Our first destination for the day will be Kala Patthar. We will start especially early at dawn to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest.and your guide will arrange everything for the early departure. The reason behind leaving early is to reach Kala Patthar before sunrise. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From here, we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks and our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we possibly can with our camera so they can last a lifetime. We will have breakfast on returning to Gorak Shep. Upon returning back to Gorak Shep, the group will have lunch together and afternoon time is taken to descend down to Pheriche for a good night rest. Overnight at a local lodge in Pheriche.
Day 12: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 6 – 7 hours
We trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the prayer-flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through pine forests. In the forest, we may come across colourful pheasants and mountain goats. The path eventually reaches Sansa from where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. We also pass winding trails then through a forest before reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6 – 7 hours
Finally, we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago; enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part and also giving you time to explore the town. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu
We take the earliest possible flight back to Kathmandu. Our guide will transfer you to your hotel where you can relax at your will. Later the evening, we will treat- exquisite Nepalese cuisine at one of the finest restaurants. It will also be a great opportunity to hear from you about your experiences and get constructive criticisms and suggestions that will help us make improve ourselves. You can also go shopping to Thamel for typical Nepali handicrafts as the gift for your friends and family as you have day leisure after arriving from Lukla.
Day 15: Final departure
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative from World Favour will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items as your individual interest, and choice. In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, camera, sun cream, water bottle, rain gear, and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the mountain range.
(Note : We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek).
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
Shade hat or baseball cap – of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses. This is to protect your eyes from the rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness.
A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it .
Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc.
Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety
Some people like ear-muffs; these are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient but this is a personal choice for some people .
1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone a days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
Light and expedition w)eight thermal tops.
Fleece jacket or pullover.
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
Lower Body – Legs
2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
Underwear, stay away from cotton .(4/5)
1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
2 pairs trekking pants, the knees so they double as shorts.
1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
2 pairs lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
4/5 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
3/4 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the treks.
1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
1 pair sandals (Optional).
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note WFTT guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)
Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
Buprofen for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti- infection ointments, etc. your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
Most Necessary Documents/Materials
Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight) (Optional).
Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.
Above This list is only a guide lines. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Please Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.