Region :- Nepal
Grade :- Medium to High
Max Altitude :- 18,192 Ft.
Portal Trekking :- 120Km.
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
- 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis.
- 12 nights accommodation in the trekking route on twin sharing basis.
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Flight Tickets (2 ways).
- Airport drop and pick up.
- One porter guide (English speaking , Hindi Speaking, Nepali Speaking).
- The porter will carry only one luggage per person.
- All necessary permits.
- Basic First Aid Kit.
- Trek completion certificate by Nepal Govt.
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.
- Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
- Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
Not more than 12 nights in trekking route and not more than 2 nights in Kathmandu shall be provided under any circumstances and nor shall be any accommodation be adjusted towards less nights being consumed either in trekking route or in Kathmandu.
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. You can also visit the Darbar Marg.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla, then walk to Phakding (2652m).
- 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 mountain ranges 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 2.5 hours. The trail will pass via many small villages and green mountains. We will stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m).
- Today we will trek for Namche Bazaar. Namche is at an altitude level of 3440m. 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. Overnight stay at hotel. Total trekking will be 5 to 6 hours with moderate difficulty level and a portion after Monjo will be strenuous
Day 4: Acclimatization at Namche (3440m).
- 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.
Day 5: Namche to Tengboche (3860m).
- Tengboche is a small valley at an altitude level of 3860m. 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 5 hours with moderate difficulty level.
Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m).
- 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. Overnight stay at Dingboche. The trek will be about 6 to 7 hours while it will be moderate for most part, there will be about 2 steep inclines.
Day 7: Acclimatization day at Dingboche (4360m).
- 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 at hotel.
- Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m).
- Today we will start trekking towards Dughla (4600m) and then to Lobuche (4940m). On this route we will get to see a huge stream and many mountain peaks including Mount Pumori (7138m), Mount Nuptse, Mount Cholatse and Mount Thamserku. Once we pass the Khumbu Glacier we will get to see the highest peaks such as Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur. While all of these will look very near to the Mount Everest, it is not possible to get a glimpse of Everest from here. Total trekking time will be 6 to 8 hours and this will be a moderate trek. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 9: Lobuche (4940m) to Gorakshep (5170m) to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and come back to Gorakshep.
- This will be a completely glacier route. The trek to Gorakshep (5170m) and Everest Base Camp (5364m) is likely to be a moderate trek. You can see Everest on the way but you can’t get a full view from Base camp, the Kumbhu icefall will be very clearly visible. This part of the trek will surely feel like you are in heaven amidst the glaciers and see the gigantic mountain up-close. We will get to see the peak of the Everest very clearly tomorrow from Kala Patthar. Overnight stay in Gorakshep. The total trekking time will be 5 -7 hours and will be moderate.
Day 10: Hiking to Kala Patthar (5645m) and descend to Lobuche (4940).
- The hike to Kala Patthar will be the most difficult part of this trekking expedition of yours as well as the most rewarding one. You will be able to see the Peak of Everest. In fact Kala Patthar is the only place which will give you views of almost the entire high peak mountains of the Himalayan Ranges. It will take about 2.5 to 3 hours to reach Kala Patthar from Gorakshep. 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 3 hours to reach Lobuche (4940m). Total trek time will be 7 hours max with only one steep incline and rest simple and easy trek. Based on group’s decision you can trek down to Pheriche also
Day 11: Lobuche (4940m) to Tengboche (3860m).
- It will be about 6 to 7 hours of easy declining trekking. You will be passing through the amazing Himalayan ranges.
Day 12: Tengboche (3860m) to Monjo (2835m).
- This will be a moderate trek; it will take about 6 – 7 hours trek to reach Monjo. Overnight stay at Monjo.
Day 13: Monjo (2835m) to Lukla (2800m).
- It will take about 6 hours to reach Lukla. This will remain a simple trek. We will get a very small incline just before Lukla. Overnight stay at Lukla.
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.
- Trekking Bag
- Best Quality Hiking Shoes
- Crocs Shoes for rest days
- 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
- One Wind cheater
- One Raincoat OR Waterproof Jacket and Trouser
- Cotton socks & wollen socks
- Lightweight Towel (1 unit)
- Toilet Paper (plenty)
- Wet-Tissue Papers (plenty)
- Trekking Socks
- Dry Fruits and Chocolates
- 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.