Trekking to the foot of the world’s highest peak may not be simple but with the high determination and courage, it is possible to achieve it that proffers us a great time with a lifetime experience.
Day 1: Flight Kathmandu – Lukla/Trek to Phakding (2656m)
Almost all treks to Everest begins from Lukla so, early in the morning, a drive to Tribhuvan International airport (in a private car) for a flight to Lukla will be arranged. It takes 30-35 minutes to reach Tenzing Hillary airport/ Lukla airport. After reaching Lukla, the porters and the team members joining us on the trek will be introduced. The ultimate Everest Three High Passes Trek begins with a hike up through the beautiful town of Lukla to the Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate. From the gate, the trail leading us out of Lukla, drops down to the village of Phakding, traversing the community forest and small Sherpa villages like Thalsharoa, Chheplung, Thado Koshi Gaon, and Chhuthawa. Savor the beauty of well-decorated chortens, prayer rocks, prayer flags and prayer wheels on our way alongside the mesmerizing view of Kusum Kangru and the Dudh Koshi River. It takes about 4 hours of walk downhill to reach Phakding. Check-in at the teahouse. In the remaining time, either rest or explore the nearby monasteries. Overnight stay in a teahouse at Phakding;
Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazar (3450m)
After breakfast in Phakding, Everest three high passes trek continues. Crossing the bridge across the Dudh Koshi River, leaving Phakding our trail continues north, through the forest of pine, up and downhill past a few suspension bridges and small settlement: Toktok, Bengkar, Chhamuwa to Monjo. At Monjo, your guide will take care of the necessary formalities, before entering the Sagarmatha National Park. From the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park, continuing on a trail which steeply drops down to the bridge across the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing the bridge, and following the lower river bank trail, we climb into the forest over gravel and boulders and continue to Larja bridge, past Larja Dobhan. Crossing the Larja Bridge, enjoying the first view of Mt. Everest and hiking up the steep hill through the pine forest on a rocky trail to Mislung, the forest ends and the trail levels out from Mislung. From Mislung, the even and plain trail leads us to Namche. After checking into the teahouse, the remaining time can either be spent resting or exploring the town of Namche. Overnight stay at Namche;
Day 3: Acclimatization
To prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), further up the trail, a day stop at Namche for acclimatization is a must. Staying active boosts, the process of acclimatization rather than simply resting. Therefore, we will go for an acclimatization hike – a full-day circuit through Khunde, Khumjung and back to Namche. Enjoying the wonderful view of Khumbu la, Ama Dablam and Thamserku peaks we advance to Khunde Tsamkhang (a Buddhist temple), built above the village of Khunde. We reach Hillary Memorial Viewpoint to see the 360-degree views of Khunde, Namche, Ama Dablam, and Pachermo Peak. After exploring Khunde, through the potato fields we continue east to the largest village in the Khumbu region- Khumjung. Exploring around the village to see the Hillary School (a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary), the longest Mani wall in the Khumbu region, and Khumjung monastery which treasures a skull of a Yeti. Overnight stay at Namche;
Day 4: Trek to Tengboche (3870m)
We begin the trek to Tengboche through an easy trail to Phunki Thanga. Ascending towards Tengboche village which is home to the largest monastery in the Everest region, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. The monastery is located within the Sagarmatha National park. Enjoying panoramic views of the highest mountains on the earth including Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Nuptse, we reach Tengboche. If we reach there early, we will most probably be able to witness a religious Buddhist ceremony. Overnight stay in Tengboche;
Day 5: Trek to Dingboche (4410m)
After breakfast, we begin our day’s trek walking downhill passing through lush forests full of birch, conifers and rhododendron trees. Accompanied by breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam, the trail descends down to Debuche, passing over the Imja river taking us to Pangboche. Walking the upper Pangboche trails, enjoying pristine views of the Himalayas and Pangboche monastery, we move towards the Imja Valley. Passing the Lobuche river and climbing up to Dingboche, we reach the beautiful windy village adorned by chortens and prayer flags. Overnight stay at Dingboche;
Day 6: Acclimatization
This marks our second stop for acclimatization. Dingboche is a very popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam and Imja Tse. Walking around the beautiful village with stone walls protecting fields and crops like barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from cold wind and grazing, we spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take a day hike to Nagarjun Hill where we can observe great views of Mt.Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, Ama Dablam and others. Overnight stay at Dingboche.
Day 7: Trek to Lobuche (4940m)
The trail will become more and more challenging as we reach higher altitudes. We ascend the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier which goes through boulder-strewn slopes leading us up to Chupki Lhara. Chupki Lhara is a ridge that provides spectacular views. After climbing the moraine on the far side through Khumbu glacier the trail leads us to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche;
Day 8: Trek to Gorak Shep (5170m) and Everest Base Camp (5364m)
Moving along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier, we leave icy cold Lobuche and head towards Gorak Shep. On the way, we come across the magnificent view of the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and other mountains. After almost two hours of walking, we reach Gorak Shep and rest for lunch before heading to Everest base camp. We pass through rocky dunes, streams, and moraines and reach the base camp to the highest mountain in the world; Everest. From here, we can observe the stunning view of Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori mountains. We trek back to Gorak Shep. Overnight at Gorak Shep;
Day 9: Sunrise at Kala Patthar (5545m) and trek to Pheriche (4288m)
Early in the morning, we start our trek to Kala Patthar to catch the breathtaking view of sunrise on Mount Everest from Kala Patthar. After several hours of ascent, we reach the top of Kalapatthar from where, we can admire the glorious sunrise over Mount Everest up close. The day’s first light will illuminate the pristine views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse, and Lubuche on the way down. From Kala Patthar, we head back to Gorak shep for breakfast. After breakfast, we head down the rocky route to Pheriche. Overnight stay at Pheriche.
Day 10: Trek to Namche
We trek down the descending trail at first to Tengboche. Walking downhill retracing our way back through Sagarmatha National Park accompanied by the stunning views of the glorious mountains we reach Namche. Overnight at Namche.
Day 11: Trek to Lukla
After our breakfast, we return back over the main track down to Dudh Koshi retracing our way back to Phakding. Following the track, we reach Lukla scaling different Sherpa villages crossing a suspension bridge above Thado Koshi. This will be our last night in the mountains until next time. Overnight stay at teahouse in Lukla;
Day 12: Flight to Kathmandu
After about 35 minutes of flight time, we land in Kathmandu and we’ll drive back to the hotel. Rest of the day is for relaxing or sightseeing around Kathmandu city or it’s up to you to plan whether to stroll around the city buying souvenirs or spend a relaxing day at massage. Overnight at Kathmandu.
- What Will You DoYou will trek a world famous path Classic Everest Base Camp Trek to the top of the World. Be ready to walk at least 5 hours a day and at most 8 hours a day in a comfortable, not challenging pace.
There will be stops every 1,5 hour to have a break. The hardest day will be on the way to Namche Bazar, a sherpa village, as there is a strenuous part with steps.
The highest point is 5545m on Mount Kala Patthar. To reach there before the sunrise you'll start off your ascend very early at around 3:30am.
You'll be able to experience a life time view - Mount Everest in burning first lights of sun. It is definitely a highlight of this trek.
- What Is Included- Trekking permits, all necessary paperwork and Trekkers' Information Management System fees(TIMS);
- All applicable government taxes;
- Available accommodation and meals (B,L,D) during the trek;
- Equipment clothing for porter and guide including their full insurance
- Two-way Kathmandu- Lukla airfare with domestic airport departure tax;
- Authorized English speaking guide along with porters in 3:1 ratio (20 kg per porter) for trek
- All expenses for staffs; meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation;
- Sim card service (zero balance);
- Souvenirs from Nepal;
- Map of Everest base camp;
- Certificate of appreciation (if requested);
- What Is Not Included- Travel and rescue insurance;
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s);
- Excess baggage charge(s) for the domestic flight;
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.);
- Extra night accommodation in Lukla because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary;
- Know Before You Go- Please note that extra buffer day is needed between Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu in case of bad weather or unforeseen circumstances or changes, therefore we request you to have extra day in Kathmandu before your international departure.
- Medical and helicopter emergency rescue should be covered by your insurance and it should be shown to the operator before the trip departure. The insurance should cover the altitude up to 5500m.
- To avoid mountain sickness it is important to stay hydrated during the trek
- Anyone can do this trek who has good physical shape. Age limit 8-70