Region :- Nepal
Grade :- Medium to High
Max Altitude :- 18,520 Ft.
The Everest, region is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Nepal , which is famous for its fantastic mountain peaks and the beauty on the hills. Most of the places to this spot go through ridges and trails, but you would have ample space to rest and have meal on your way. And one of the best things about this place is that you don’t have to worry about being lost, as you can ask anybody for the next village. The people here are very friendly and offer help and support even to strangers. The people who live here are mostly shepherds and understand English; some even speak it fluently.
You can come to this destination all around the year as people trek in all seasons; however the best time to come to this area is between March to mid may and between Septembers to mid November. Many people do not prefer coming here in winters as the weather is very cold and the snow all around may make your trekking experience difficult. In such conditions, it would not be possible to go to higher altitudes. At higher altitudes, the lodges may even be closed due to the weather and you might have a difficult time in finding a place to rest and spend the night. Therefore it becomes a mandate to carry your tents along. Not to mention, the nights may get very cold and you would have to carry some extra clothes to keep you warm.
During the summers, the season is wet and the peaks are lost in the clouds. Therefore April and May might just prove a good time to go around this place. You can enjoy the tree and shrubs blossoming in this season, with Rhododendrons in particular. This adds a spectacular color and beauty to the surrounding. However the views are much better if you plan a post monsoon trek than a pre monsoon trek because the rain and wind clear the dust which blows from the terrain. However while trekking to this area; it is mandatory to visit the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS), particularly if you are going to Khumbu region.
Most of the lodges and restaurants in the Khumbu region only accept the Nepalese currency. As the place is relatively cheaper than India in terms of currency value, you can expect a budget of Rs.1000-1500 per person per day for accommodation and meals. The price would increase for these amenities as you go to higher altitudes. Different items have different charges according to the availability and product.
The preparation before trekking to this area should be adequate. Beside some of the few obligatory items like hiking boots, warm clothes, UV sun-block etc, there are a lot of things that you need to carry on your way ahead. A lot of stuff that you might not have considered taking along are mentioned here; these things may seem unnecessary at first but would enhance your trekking experience once you start your trip. Firstly, you must carry water-disinfecting drugs which can be found n Kathmandu. This would help in treating your own water bottles which you can fill from nearby lakes and rivers. It would also save your money on buying new water bottles every time. You should carry soft and light shoes, also known as Kung-Fu shoes. After you have trekked for a long time, you would have a great pleasure in slipping in your light weight shoes and going around the place. You can wear them, in and around the villages. Carrying a light weight knapsack is also a great idea as you would be able to fit in your camera and other stuff in it, like a few clothes or even e sleeping bag; if you plan to spend the night in the open.
What is included in the tour
- Airport pick up and drop for international terminal.
- Domestic airport transfers.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu (2 nights)
- Accommodation during the trekking period (12 nights).
- Domestic return flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu).
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Certified guide.
- Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
- Trek completion certificate by Nepal Govt.
- Please Note: For single trekker we provide porter cum guide.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu.
- Food and drinking water throughout the trip.
- Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc
- Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight.
- Cancellation, health or any other reason. Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge,
extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.). Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s).
- GST 5%.
- Cancellation charges
25 or more days before the date of departure: 10% of total cost.
18 – 24 days before the date of departure: 20% of total cost.
10 – 17 days before the date of departure: 30 % of total cost.
Less than 10 days: 70% of total cost.
Note:Trekking is an adventure sport and it does have its' own risk factor and the individual is responsible for their well being and understands all risks involved and also understands the role of the organizer as a facilitator. The Everest region is a very remote area. Also the weather is very unpredictable and challenging.We are booking Tara Airlines of Nepal for the 2 way tickets as per our itinerary. However, you must note that the air line operator reserves the right to change flight timing or cancel flights as they may be forced by regulations, terms and conditions, weather or security or any other reason.
Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu.
Upon arrival our representative will meet you and take you to the hotel and issue your first permit. In the evening you can visit the Thamel Street, it is a very popular place. It has lot of restaurants, casinos and plenty of shops to buy trekking gears and accessories.
- Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (2, 860 m / 9,383 ft, 35 minutes flight), then trek to Phakding (2,652 m / 8, 700 ft): 3 hours.After breakfast we will proceed to the Tribhuvan Domestic Airport, Kathmandu. We will take a flight to Lukla. The total flying time is of 35 minutes. The experience of flying in this route will be one of your best. The flight will be passing through valleys and presenting some breathtaking views of the mountainranges and the Nepali villages atop. Once you arrive in Lukla, our representatives will receive you. Immediately we will start our trekking and trek to Phakding. It is at an altitude level of 2652m. It is a simple trek for 3 hours. The trail will pass via many small villages and green mountains. Overnight stay in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3, 440 m / 11, 286 ft): 6-7 hours.
Today we will trek for Namche Bazaar. Namche is at an altitude level of 3, 440m. The route is surrounded by huge green mountain ranges. The Dudh Koshi river flows along the side till Namche. We will stop at Monjo for the lunch, as that is the last point to get food before Namche. The route between Monjo and Namche is a gradually inclining trail amidst thick green forest. You will be able to get a glimpse of Everest and Lhotse just before Namche, though not very clear. Total trekking will be 6 to 7 hours with moderate difficulty level and a portion after Monjo will be strenuous. Overnight stay in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
Day 4: Acclimatization at Namche, Short Hiking.
This is a day for acclimatization and we will be resting in Namche Bazaar. It is a place that has everything one can wish for. Coffee shops, Bars, Restaurants and many more things to do. You can go to the Namche museum,this a little above Namche Bazaar, just about 20 minutes trek. You can get a clear view of Everest and Lhotse from this place. You can visit the Namche Bazaar (Market) and Namche Monastery. Overnight stay in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
Day 5: Namche to Tengboche (3, 860 m / 12, 664 ft) : 6-7 hours.
Tengboche is a small valley at an altitude level of 3, 860m. It is one of the most beautiful places of our entire trekking route. The Tengboche Monastery is a famous and beautiful place, worth visiting. The trek time will be
about 6 - 7 hours with moderate difficulty level. Overnight stay in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410 m / 14, 468 ft) : 5 – 6 hours.
Today we will start our trek and go towards the Pangboche village; we will get some nice views of Mount Ama
Dablam. We are likely to have our lunch at Pangboche. We will then trek towards Pheriche and proceed to the Imja Valley. We will be able to see the Lobuche River and will pass through it and take steep hike to Dingboche. The trek will be about 5 to 6 hours while it will be moderate for most part, there will be about 2 steep inclines.Overnight stay in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
Day 7: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.
Today will be an acclimatization day. We can take a small hike to get a view of worlds three top mountain peaks, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu and Mount Cho Yu. Besides these, you will see plenty of
peaks and mountain ranges. Overnight stay in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
- Day 8: Dingboche to Dughla/Thukla (4,620 m / 15, 157 ft) : 3 hours.
Today's trek to Dughla (4, 620m) will be our shortest trek in this trip. The distance between Dingboche and Dughla is less in comparison to rest of the days. The flat trail till Dughla will offer some of the best views of this trekking expedition. On our right, we can see a magnificent view of mount Pumori (7, 138m) and a glacial lake. We will cross the Dhudkoshi River just before our Tea House; in fact the source of this river is just 1KM from this place. You can see the wall of Khumbu glacier from this place. Overnight in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
Day 9: Dhugla/Thukla to Lobuche (4,940 m / 16, 207 ft) : 3.5 hours.
Today we will start our trekking towards Lobuche which is situated beside the Khumbu glacier. Initial part of the trek will be tough as we will hike to Dughla Pass/ Thukla Pass. It is a short and steep hikefrom Dhughla/Thukla. The pass is full of mountaineers’ memorials. You can find many famous mountaineers memorials who lost their lives in different expeditions. We usually spend some time at the pass and then proceed to Lobuche. Dhugla / Thukla Pass to Lobuche trail is almost flat. Overnight in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
- Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5, 164 m / 16, 942 ft) and visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m / 17,598 ft): 7 – 8 hours.Today's trekking trail will have a lot of ups and downs till Gorakshep. Most of the ups and down trails are on the Khumbu glacier moraines. Once we reach Gorakshep, we will have a light lunch and proceed to Everest Base Camp, which is situated at the beginning of the Khumbu glacier. The trail goes along side of the Khumbu glacier. You will get to sight some extra ordinary views of Mt. Pumori on your right and Mt. Nuptse on your left. The Khumbu icefall is clearly visible from base camp. This portion of the trek brings us up-close to these gigantic mountains and it feels like heaven. We need to hike on the Khumbu glacier for a small distance to reach at Everest Base Camp. It is situated on the glacier close to Khumbu ice fall which is very clearly visible. We will spend some time at the base camp and return to Gorakshep on the same trail. Overnight in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
Day 11: Hike to Kala Patthar (5, 644 m / 18, 519 ft) and trek down to Pheriche ( 4, 371 m / 14, 340 ft) : 7 – 8 hours.
Today we will start our trek early in the morning to Kala Patthar. The hike to the summit of Kala Patthar is one of the most difficult and yet rewarding part of this trekking expedition of yours. You will be able to see the most beautiful and gigantic view of Mount Everest. After the Kala Pathar hike, you will discover why Everest is the highest peak on our planet. In fact Kala Patthar is the only place from where you can get views of almost the entire high peak mountains of the Khumbu Range. It will take about 3 hours to reach Kala Patthar from Gorakshep. We can’t spend much time on the top as it’s a windy place. After Kala Patthar it will be all descending from now on and the trek becomes very simple, though you have to be careful about the decline. We will need another 4 hours to reach Pheriche. It is a flat valleyon the bank of Dhudhkoshi River. Overnight in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
Day 12: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar.
Today’s trek will be a moderate trek till Namche Bazaar. We have a little hike before Tengboche and after Phungi Thanga
Day 13: amche Bazaar to Lukla.
Today is the last day of our trekking in Khumbu. The trek is of moderate difficulty level as we return to Lukla on the very same trail. The last hike to Lukla will appear endless as we will be in a hurry to reach Lukla, however the trail is not tough at all.
Day 14:Lukla to Kathmandu
Today we will proceed to the Airport and catch our flight to Kathmandu and enjoy the valley views throughout the 35 minutes flying time. This is a complete leisure day and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 15: Departure
Please check out by 12 noon to catch your flight. We will drop you at the Airport.
- rekking Bag (60-80 lts )
- Best Quality Hiking Shoes
- Crocs Shoes for rest days
- Small Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack
- Sleeping Bag
- Thermals - Top and Bottom
- Sunblock (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sunblock
- UV Protected Sun Glasses are a must
- Trekking Poles, 2 units
- Water disinfection Drops / Tablets to purify water so that you can use for drinking purpose. (If you don't get it in India, there are plenty available in Kathmandu)
- Good jacket to protect from cold
- Hand sanitizer.
- Headlamp, torch with spare batteries.
- light weight trekking/hiking pants.
- Bandana or head scarf.
- Non-cotton underwear briefs.
- ·Warm hat that covers your ears.
- Knee cap 1 pair
- One Wind cheater
- One Raincoat OR Waterproof Jacket and Trouser
- Cotton socks & wollen socks
- Lightweight Towel quick drying (1 unit)
- Toilet Paper (plenty)
- Wet-Tissue Papers (plenty)
- Trekking Socks
- Dry Fruits and Chocolates.
- For Winters (additional)
- Gaiters for hiking in winter.
- One Raincoat OR Waterproof Jacket and Trouser
- Poncho (for rain and snow).
- 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
- 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
- 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
- large Ziplocs
- 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
- 1 small folding knife
- Binoculars (optional)
- 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
- We recommend and request using natural stream water for drinking purpose. This can be purified using the
- water purifying drops / tablets. We have two reasons to request this to you, 1) It helps in not dumping plastic
- in the world's remotest area and
- 2) Its saves thousands of rupees as mineral water price is very high in trekking zone.
- Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
- 1 skin-blister repair kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Anti-headache pills
- Cough and/or cold medicine
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
- Water purification tablets or water filter
- 1 set of earplugs
- Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Trekking is an adventure sport and it does have its’ own risk factor and the individual is responsible for their well being and understands all risks involved and also understands the role of the organizer as a facilitator.
The Everest region is a very remote area. Also the weather is very unpredictable and challenging.
We are booking Tara Airlines of Nepal for the 2 way tickets as per our itinerary. However, you must note that the air line operator reserves the right to change flight timing or cancel flights as they may be forced by regulations, terms and conditions, weather or security or any other reason that may deem fit to them. The main baggage limit is only 10KG and hand baggage is 5Kg beyond that may be charged.
You will be permitted to be part of the group only after you sign the indemnity bond and acceptance to the terms and conditions of HOLIDAY ADVENTURES The bond will be signed after all payments are received by us.
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
- Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
- Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
There are many alternative trekking itineraries in Everest. It ranges from eight days to twenty six days or even more. For general itinerary from Lukla to Everest Base Camp, it’s difficulty grade can be defined as “Demanding Grade” trek. There are mainly four different factors to be considered while determining the trek difficulty grade. They are walking time, altitude, terrain and remoteness. Know more about factors determining trek difficulty grade for Lukla to Everest Base Camp Trekking.
- Walking Time During Everest Base Camp Trek
For demanding grade trek, walking time duration per day in average range between five to eight hours per day. There might be some days up to twelve hours walk. In Lukla to Everest Base Camp, you don’t need to walk more than nine hours in a single day. Average walking time is six hours per day. Also the number of days is just thirteen.
- Altitude during Everest Base Camp Trek
For demanding grade trek maximum elevation limit is fifty hundred meter from sea level. Everest base camp trek from Lukla starts with 2850 m from sea level and highest elevation encountered is 5545 m at Kalapatthar. The highest overnight stay is at 5179 m at Gorakshep. You will wait few hours at Kalapatthar (5545 m) for sunrise or sunset without additional effort. Also you can bypass this climb.
- Terrain during Everest Base Camp Trek
For demanding grade trek terrain is a mix of steep ascend and descend, also marked and rocky trails. In Everest, trail in between Jhorsalle and Namche is steeply up. Also trail in between Phunki Thanga and Tengboche is steep up. It is a mix of steep up and down in some part. Also trail in between Gorakshep and Kalapatthar is mostly rocky. Trail also encountered some glacial walk while approaching Everest Base Camp.
- Remoteness of Everest Base Camp Trek
For demanding grade trek remoteness is best described as multi days approach to the nearest motor able road and absence of general communication facilities. During Lukla to Everest Base Camp, nearest motor able road is in Salleri, which is at least three to four days walk, down lukla.
In most of the part communication facility is excellent. Except in the village of Dingboche and Pheriche.