The Everest Base Camp trek is largely the favourite among trekkers the world over. Besides being one of the highest treks in the world, it also caters to a bigger picture of flora and fauna at an elevation. The mountains seen on this trek are majestic with 8000 meter peaks soaring above all else.
We start the trip by flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and start to walk further into the mountains. Phakding is the first stop after Lukla, the next day we head towards Namchebazar, and after that Tengboche, Dingboche and finally Kalapattar. The villages which we come across in the trek are as beautiful as the panoramic view of the mountains.
|Day 01:||Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and take a short trek to Phakding.
We fly from KATHMANDU to the tiny airstrip at LUKLA (2,744m), built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas. The flight itself is awe inspiring. Once landed, we have lunch while our equipment is sorted and loaded. We then take a walk to PHAKDING and camp.
|Day 02:||Trek to Namche
A fine day’s walk along the Dudh Kosi Valley crossing several suspension bridges and small lodges. Arrive at Namche, at 3450m. This is an important village in this region with distictly a Sherpa flavour.
|Day 03:||Rest at Namche
We enjoy a rest day here to allow for maximum acclimatization on our way to Everest Base Camp. A pleasant day can be spent exploring the incredible scenery.
|Day 04:||Trek to Tengboche
Descend through the valley, continuously passing picturesque Mani walls and Chortens before ascending along Dudh Kosi. You could see several water driven prayer wheels. Ascending gradually towards Phunkitenga untill you reach Tengboche at 3867m. Tengboche is reputed to be one of the most beautiful spot in the Himalayas with an outstanding monastery and a spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse (8616m, world’s 4th highest)
|Day 05:||Trek to Dingboche
We move up to the Imja Khola valley to Pangboche (3,830m). We stop here for lunch and to visit the Monastery and look at the Yeti scalp. In the afternoon we continue on to the summer village of Dingboche. The scenery is superb, all day. Rest and acclimatisation at Dingboche (4,386m):
|Day 06:||Dingboche rest
Another day for rest and acclimatisation which should give everybody an excellent chance of ascending Kala Pattar. From this yak herder’s village there are various interesting side excursions. A two hours walk to the huts at Chhukhung (4,750m) will take you to the glacier flowing off Nuptse and Lhotse. We camp at the foot of the Ama Dablam.
|Day 07:||Trek to Labuche
We walk up a small ridge and then tour round the Base of the Khumbu Glacier and have lunch at Dughla (4,628m). From here we have a short steep climb to the terminal moraine of the glacier from where the views are stunning. We can tour around the morraine again to camp at the foot of the Lobuche Ice Fall.
|Day 08:||Trek to Kalapattar/ Lobuche
We walk slowly over several moraines before a hard ascend to Kalapatar (6,753m), Lingtren (6,329m) and Khumbutse (6,127m) from the Tibetan boarder: glaciers surround us: and Mount Everest dominates all. This is the â€œroof of the worldâ€.
|Day 09:||Trek to Pheriche
Retracing our steps down to Dughla (4,596m) for lunch, we then descend to Pheriche. Here is located the Himalayas Rescue Association (HRA), a small high-altitude experimental medical station, is located in this place. It is certainly worth a visit.
|Day 10:||Trek to Tengboche
We continue down from Pheriche Valley to Tengboche.
|Trek to Jorsale
We pass through Namche Bazaar for a quick cup of tea, before descending again to the Dudh Koshi and the trail to Jorsale.
|Day 12:||Trek to Lukla
We follow the trail back to Lukla and have a small farewell party to thank our trekking crew.
|Day 13:||Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.