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Destination Everest, Nepal
Lowest Altitude Approximately 1310 meters Kathmandu
Highest Altitude Approximately 5545 meters Kalapatthar
Category Trekking
Activities Everest Base Camp - Phaplu trek
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 19 Days Trip,17 Days Trek
Start-End Kathamndu-phaplu-ebc-kalapthar-phakding-lukla-kathmandu
Group Size Minimum two to Maximum Fifty
Best Season March-May, September-November

Nepal is a country overflowing with natural beauty, and Everest, also known as “Sagarmatha” to its home, is a matter of national pride. Ever since Hillary and Norgay first set their foot on the summit, there have been many people who conquered this giant. This trek gives you a golden chance to experience for yourself what the glory is all about.

The trek starts when you land on the small airstrip at Phaplu, lying south to Mt. Everest. You lower down to Rimgo khola and then Dudh Koshi, from where you follow its trail through Bupsa and Surkey to Phakding. The route goes up and down to the Sherpa capital Namche, where you take a day for acclimatization. You hike up to Tengboche where you visit the famous Monastery, and follow the trail made by chorten lines and Mani stone walls to the base camp. Along the way you come across many memorials in tribute to the mountaineers who lost their lives in Everest, like Scott Fisher, as you pass the small villages of Tengboche, Dingboche and Lobuche. Base camp is the closes you can get to Everest in this trek, but it doesn’t end here as you hike up to Kala Patthar to catch the sun rising among the giant peaks of Himalayan range including Everest itself. From there you trace your way back at a leisurely place to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.

Also listed in BBC’S list of “20 things to do before you die”, seeing Everest is an experience that will instill itself deep inside you, and trekking in the Everest region is one of the best way to do it!

 

Itinerary Overview

Day one: Arrival on kathmandu.

Day Two: Fly to Phaplu and trek to Nunthala
Day Three: Trek to Bupsa
Day four: Trek to Surkey
Day Five: Trek to Phakding
Day six: Trek to Namche Bazar
Day Seven: Acclimatization day
Day Eight: Trek to Tyangboche
Day Nine: Trek to Dingboche
Day Ten: Acclimatization at Dingboche
Day Eleven: Trek to Lobuche
Day Thirteen: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters)
Day fourteen: Trek to Kala Patthar
Day fifteen: Trek to Tengboche
Day Sixteen: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m)
Day Seventeen: Trek to Phakding (2640 meters)
Day Eiehteen: Trek to Lukla
Day Ninteen: Fly back to Kathmandu

 

 

Note: We customize itinerary as per your interest to manage your specific requirements.

Day 01

 Arrival on kathmandu.

Day 02: Fly to Phaplu and trek to Nunthala

You are transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Phaplu. Phaplu is a small town with an airstrip. From here, you descent to the Ringmo Khola(2500 meters). There is an apple orchard at this place, and the way immediately sharpens down to Trakshindo pass, and drops down to Nunthala.

Day 03: Trek to Bupsa

The hike gradually lowers to Dudh Koshi river passing agricultural farms in small Sherpa and Rai settlements. You go up all the way to Kharikhola via Juving, which is a pretty big village with a VDC. The trail flattens for 45 minutes to rise steeply up to the camp. The buddhsit Monastery in bupsa, although in aruined state, is a place of tourist attraction.

Day 04: Trek to Surkey

You start early in the day for the quite tough hike up to Khari La pass. Passing through rhododendron and oak forest, we get excellent views of Numbu, Cho-oyu, and Thamserku. The way is comparatively flat now and goes down to Chaubar, through Bamboo forest and Puiyan. As the day draws to an end, you finally find yourself walking on a steep way to Surkey.

Day 05: Trek to Phakding

The first part of the trek is a mild climb for 2 hours to Chhiplung, a junction between the roads to Jiri and Lukla. The way from here is quite broad and busy, and almost plain. Treading through ups and downs, you find yourself in Phakding after quite a short while.

Day 06: Trek to Namche Bazar

After you head out from Phakding the way climbs from the riverbed into the mountain, through your way to Chumoa. You pass a tiny village called Monjo, walk up and down and cross many streams till your way to Sagarmatha National Park entrance, near the village of Jorsale, where an entrance fee is collected. From Jorsale the landscapes unravel themselves at each turn as you enter a forested mountainside. The river forks along this V-shaped valley and after a short ascent along the Bhote Koshi river, you begin a steep walk to the Namche. Along the way you’ll discover many traditional huts as well as many new buildings that are being built to accommodate the ever increasing and booming tourist trade. As the mountain path zigzags uphill, you will emerge at a ridge top rest area that offers excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.) The climb eases somewhat, and Namche Bazar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines. After passing the plateau you enter the Namche village where you will be spending the night.

Day 07: Acclimatization day

Namche, which is known as the gateway to Everest, is the capital of the Sherpa. It is the central trading hub, consisting many shops, health centers, hotels and lodges. This is the place to acclimatize before you hike up to higher altitudes. For doing so, you have various options. You can walk up to the Sherpa culture Museum, which also offers great views of the Himalayas and the Namche from a height. The other option would be the Monastery located in the Sherpa populated Khumjung, where the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Tawche can be enjoyed. Or you can have an hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m), where Everest View Hotel is situated above the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru.

 

Day 08: Trek to Tyangboche

You leave the village for a climb to the top of a ridge and a path that offers an excellent panorama of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangrib. To the right there is a steep cliff that drops down to the Dudh Koshi, faintly visible on the valley floor below. Making your way around a branch ridge, there is a sudden view of Ama Dablam (6812m) Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7855m) and Tawoche (6501m). After a gentle descent, the mountain path ends where the way forks leading to Gokyo. You descend past two tea houses through the village of Trashinga where you are greeted by the gentle gurgle of Dudhkoshi river from somehere out of sight. And soon enough you descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga. It is a long climb to Tyangboche with an especially steep first half. As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3860m). You may use the large plateau in front of the splendid monastery as your campsite. There is a lodge and a hotel managed by the National Park Service. Tyangboche is an important lookout point on this course, and the sunset on Everest and Ama Dablam is especially beautiful. You will be spending the night at a guest house.

Day 09: Trek to Dingboche

With the khumbu mountains as a backdrop, we leave for this five-hour trek from Tengboche. The descent through a canopy of Rhododendron leads to the Deboche wall where a long Mani stone wall welcomes you. Continuing to Minlinggo you cross yet another suspension bridge over the Imja river. It is followed by a chorten-lined route to the forked way where the upper fork leads to Pangboche. You take the lower route to Pnagboche Oiln which has a remarkable potato field with stone fencing. The trails climb slowly, winding above the Imjatse River, to a big Mani Stupa. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with views of the eastern mountains including the Island Peak or Imjatse (6,189m). Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes.

Day 10: Acclimatization at Dingboche

Dingboche is a village in the Khumbu region of north eastern Nepal. Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers for acclimatization. The village relies heavily on tourists with lodges and tenting areas comprising most of Dingboche. One of the characteristics of Dingboche is the kilometers of stone walls, built using the stones of different sizes that cover the entire Valley of Imja.  A short walk to the island peak with breathtaking views of the north face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge aids acclimatization. You could also hike upto Chhukum, from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Island peak, Ama Dablaml, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others.

Day 11: Trek to Lobuche

Much of the walk today is through wide open pastures, where the Yaks graze as you make a very gradual ascent above Periche Valley. You walk adjacent to the moraines with ice floating like foam on a fast-flowing river all the way up to Thukla (4620m) at the base of the Khumbu Glacier terminal moraines. The northern sky is dominated by the mountain Lobuche (6119m) and Chola. You stop at Dugla for lunch after which the climb gets strenuous, but the vast landscapes will keep you going. The slow, step ascent through mainly uneven terrains comes to a crest of the ridge where a line of memorial cairns have been built in memory of Sherpa’s and climbers, like Scott Fisher who have died in a number of Everest expeditions over the last 50 years. You continue on a gradual incline following the valley stream to Lobuche.

Day 12: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters)

This is another big and difficult day walk along the rocky-moraine path with views of glacial ponds and glaciers. A short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar. Gorakshep was originally the base camp with the new one shifted further up the valley. The trail now winds up through a rocky path and Khumbu glacier with views of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse in front and occasional views of the avalanche. Once you reach the base camp, the closest you can get to Mt Everest, you spend a while and retrace your way back to Gorakshep with amazing views of Lobuche, Cholatse, Mt. Pumori and Tabuche.

Day 13: Trek to Kala Patthar

The trek to Kala Patthar should begin early in order to capture the beautiful sunrise. This trek, though one of the toughest, is the most rewarding in this journey. You can see the sky paint itself in hues of orange and red above the Everest which now stands right in front of you, surrounded by other looming giants like Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, and many more. After a beautiful moment in this place, you trek back to Pheriche. Calls to any part of the world can be made from Pheriche. It is a windy town with porters, yaks, shops and also a rescue aid post with foreign doctors.

Day 14: Trek to Tengboche

The descent through a rhododendron canopy to Tengboche is easy and takes about four hours. Tengboche is a small village famous for its Monastery. This place exhibits unique Sherpa culture and will you help learn about the Sherpa a little more. The major attractions of this place are ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas.

Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. Along the route, you will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. There is an opportunity to visit one of its monasteries, the only monastery that has a Yeti Scalp. From Khumjung village another 30-minute walk brings you to the village of Khunde, where you can visit the Khunde Hospital funded by Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. After Khunde, a scenic and pleasant walk brings you to Namche for overnight stay.

Day 16: Trek to Phakding (2640 meters)

This four-hour route descends steeply for one and half hours, after which it passe through several ascents and descents through the valley of Monjo to reach Phakding.

Day 17: Trek to Lukla

The final day trek follows the Dudh koshi trail to Lukla. A night there is spent with the Sherpa, enjoying the traditional drink chhyang and a cultural dance.

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu

You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu over the clouds that hover above snow-capped mountains and green luscious fields.

Note: We customize itinerary as per your interest to manage your specific requirements.

The Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation during the treks in local tea-houses and lodges

  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner and 3 times tea) during the trek

  • One professional guide and porter for the trek with their meal,

  • Insurance and flight.

  • All National Park Entrance fee and TIMS card.

  • Airfare both ways to KTM - Lukla -KTM, in a fixed wing aircraft.

  • Down jacket and sleeping bag if necessary during the trek.

  • Airport picks up services.

  • Necessary transport.

  • First aid kits for guide and porters

  • Insurance and equipment for the Nepali staffs.

The Cost Excludes:

  • Bar bills (coca cola, mineral water etc.)
    Personal Insurance & emergency rescue charges if necessary
    Extra porter & transport charges in the event of landslides
    Other personal expenses, airport tax, Kathmandu city entrance fee
    Personal, medical and evacuation insurance
    Laundry, cost raised by re-routing, cancellation, political disturbance etc.
    Tips and any other expenses, which are not mentioned above.
    Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (We can arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget).

To enjoy your trip more you need to be comfort and breathability all day long, for that you need to put emphasis on equipment’s that are necessary. The following list includes items that are necessary which can also be hired.

  • Backpack: During your trip you need to be careful to make the weight of your clothing equipment down to minimum. Your packed trek bag, should weigh no more than 15 kilograms (33 pounds.)
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleeping bag rated to at least 15-degrees Fahrenheit (Optional/ Sleeping bag is provided by us if necessary)
  • Duffel Bag
  • Flash Light (Head lamp)
  • Sun glass
  • Water purifier

Feet

  • Trekking boots
  • Lightweight sandals
  • Woolen socks (3 pairs)

Clothes

While packing your clothes, you need to be careful to not to pack heavy clothes. It’s rather good to go on layers than in bulky clothes.

  • Hat (For warmth)
  • Lightweight long sleeve trekking shirts
  • Long sleeves are good for sun protection. Light weight makes for easy wash material
  • Fleece Jacket or pullover
  • Underwear (4 pairs)
  • Fleece or wool trouser/ Pants
  • Gaiters (Optional)
  • Thermal Clothing (As per the Season)
  • Lightweight rain Jacket
  • Warm Gloves or mittens
  • Sports bra

Miscellaneous Items

  • Sun block
  • Toilet articles and towel
  • Small Knife
  • First-aid kit (containing all drugs prescribed to you)
  • Batteries backup

Accommodation: You would be accommodated at Nagarjun homestay with facilities of hot water, western toilets, electricity, television, free WIFI during Kathmandu stay. And offered to stay at teahouses with facilities granted by teahouses during trek.

Meal: You would be offered breakfast, Nepali meal at homestay during time at Kathmandu while on trekking you would be provided Nepalese meals three times a day during trek.