Trek to Everest Base Camp

About the Experience

In some ways, it feels like your life has been leading you to this…to this trek to gaze upon the summit of the planet. To this quiet, astounding ascent that leads you to the feet of one of mother earth’s most resplendent gifts.

From the moment your plane glides into Lukla, your eyes stretch wide with wonder. You will hike your way through the Himalayas – one boot in front of the other – the sky before you brilliant and blue and seemingly there just for you; for this euphoric, golden moment.

The cold air fills your lungs, as your body practically buzzes with excitement at the grand adventure unfurling before you. You stroll through the candy-colored Namche Bazaar, sharing smiles with locals. You carefully trek a suspension bridge, hovering above so much breathtaking beauty you feel trapped within a watercolor.

You awaken in the morning to music from the local monastery, then stand in awe as the sun makes its way into the sky, the light dancing on the peak of the goddess herself: Chomolungma. Sagamartha. Everest. You are looking at the top of the world with your own eyes.

Later, you will carry these magical days with you like a secret. Like a gift. You will carry the memory of how your heart beat in your ears as though it was pounding out the beat to a triumphant song: Strong. Joyful. Fearless. The heart of a true adventurer.

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Trek to Everest Base Camp

About the Experience

In some ways, it feels like your life has been leading you to this…to this trek to gaze upon the summit of the planet. To this quiet, astounding ascent that leads you to the feet of one of mother earth’s most resplendent gifts.

From the moment your plane glides into Lukla, your eyes stretch wide with wonder. You will hike your way through the Himalayas – one boot in front of the other – the sky before you brilliant and blue and seemingly there just for you; for this euphoric, golden moment.

The cold air fills your lungs, as your body practically buzzes with excitement at the grand adventure unfurling before you. You stroll through the candy-colored Namche Bazaar, sharing smiles with locals. You carefully trek a suspension bridge, hovering above so much breathtaking beauty you feel trapped within a watercolor.

You awaken in the morning to music from the local monastery, then stand in awe as the sun makes its way into the sky, the light dancing on the peak of the goddess herself: Chomolungma. Sagamartha. Everest. You are looking at the top of the world with your own eyes.

Later, you will carry these magical days with you like a secret. Like a gift. You will carry the memory of how your heart beat in your ears as though it was pounding out the beat to a triumphant song: Strong. Joyful. Fearless. The heart of a true adventurer.

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Day One: Arrival in Kathmandu

You arrive in Kathmandu Airport.  Already at 4386’/ 1337m, you will feel the altitude and immediately notice the Himalayas towering around you. You will be picked up at the airport when your flight arrives and taken to the hotel. Relax and freshen up, then meet your Wild Women trek & city tour guides in the lobby at 4pm for trip orientation then head out together for dinner.

  • Overnight: The Address Kathmandu Hotel
  • Meals Included: None

 

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Day Two: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

Today you explore Kathmandu. Your city tour guide will tell you stories, sharing the history and culture of Nepal as you walk the city visit in sites such as Baudhanath stupa, the stupa’s massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. Then stroll over to see Pashupatinath Temple which is considered one of the sacred temples of Hindu faith and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.  Next we visit the Shoyambhunath Temple. Swayambhu is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal and it occupies a central position on a hill. It is probably the most sacred pilgrimage sites among Buddhist. For Tibetans and followers of Tibetan Buddhism, it is second only to Boudha.

This evening, pack for the trek. Organize your belongings between your day pack and trek duffle bag. Any additional luggage can be left at the hotel.

  • Overnight: The Address Kathmandu Hotel
  • Meals Included: B

 

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Day Three: Into the Himalayas

We start the morning early to grab the first flight out of Kathmandu Airport. We take a 30-minute drive to Tribhuwan International Airport and a 45-minute scenic flight to Lukla. We start our Everest trek with three hours of downhill walking to the town of Phakding. You will be sharing the trails with many yows (like a yak), trekkers and locals as the landscape continues to unveil itself for you.  This is day 1 of 16 days of trekking.

  • Trek Route: Lukla (elev. 2,880 m/ 9449 ft) to Phakding (elev. 2,610 m/ 8563 ft) or Monjo (elev. 2800m/ 9186 ft)
  • Trek Distance: 7 – 8 km/ 4.3-5 mi
  • Elevation Loss: about 270m/ 885 ft
  • Elevation Gain: about 190m/ 623 ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 3-4 walking hours
  • Overnight: Hotel Star (or similar) in Phakding
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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Day Four: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Today’s section is the one you hear the most about. It is infamous for it’s long, consistent and steep inclines uphill as well as a number of very high suspension bridges that you need to cross throughout the day. In the morning, you begin trekking gradually up and down, alongside the  Dhudh Koshi river until Jorsalle where you enter Sagamartha National Park.  

After lunch, the trek will continue along the Dudh Koshi. Once we reach the high suspension bridge we will start the trek up and cross the high suspension bridge and climb up to Namche bazaar. Today’s mantra is “steady, steady” or  “ bsatari bsatari” as you climb at your own rhythm.  The path to Namche is very well traveled so you’ll continually come across locals, other tourists and the continual traffic of yaks and porters. Finally, you arrive in Namche Bazzar and relish in the accomplishment of the climb!

Relax this evening with a group dinner and shower.  It’s free evening to wander Namche Bazzar, practice some yoga or call it a night.

  • Trek Route: Phakding (elev. 2,610 m/ 8563 ft)/ Monjo (elev. 2800m/ 9186 ft) to Namche Bazaar (elev.3535 m/ 11,595ft)
  • Trek Distance:  about 9km/ 5.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: about 925 m/ 3032 ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 5-6 walking hours
  • Overnight: Hotel Namche in Namche bazaar
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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Day Five: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar

A typical acclimatization day consists of a short hike around the valley to adjust to the thin air, then coming back down to sleep. Today’s hike is optional and the route will be to Khumjung and Khunde at3,840 m/ 12,600 ft where you can see the traditional customs and culture of the Sherpa people. In addition to your first view of Everest, other mountains, such as Amadablam, can be viewed from this place. If you stay behind, it is still important for you to get out and about for a walk to help you adjust to the decreasing oxygen. Perhaps explore the shops, take photos or chat with other trekkers in the many cafes.

  • Trek Route: Namche Baazar (elev. 3535m/ 11,595ft) to Khumjung and Khunde (elev.3,840 m/ 12,600 ft)
  • Trek Distance: 3 – 4 km return  
  • Elevation Gain: 0-305m/ 0-1005 ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 5 walking hours
  • Overnight: Hotel Namche in Namche bazaar
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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Day Six: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

A gentle trek this morning to Sanasa and descend down to Phungi Thenga. After lunch, we will trek up till to the Tengboche. By reaching Tengboche, we visit a monastery known as the Tengboche Monastery. Then you will be taken to observe the prayer ceremony, either in the evening or morning.

  • Trek Route:  Namche Bazaar (elev. 3535 m/ 11,595ft) to Tengboche (elev.3850m/ 12,628ft)
  • Trek Distance: 10.4km/ 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 315m/ 1033 ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 4-5 walking hours
  • Overnight: Hotel Himalayan or similar in Tengboche
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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Day Seven: Tengboche to Dingboche

Wake this morning to the prayer music from the Monastery and watch the sunrise on Langur Himal including Mt Everest and several other peaks. After breakfast, we trek to Pangboche and Somare, then onto Dingboche.  As you hike towards Dingboche you start to get more of an idea of the vast expanses and the altitude that you are now at.  With large valleys and winding streams now far below the trails and even more spectacular view around each corner. There are some wide open areas that offer relief for the tired hiker with fairly flat and even ground, still providing magnificent views and breathtaking landscapes.

  • Trek Route: Tengboche (elev.3850m/ 12,628ft) to Dingboche (4350m/ 14,268ft)
  • Trek Distance: 14.5 km/ 9 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 m/1,640 ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 6 walking hours
  • Overnight: Hotel Peaceful or Hotel Sonam Friendship in Dingboche
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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Day Eight: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

Today you can enjoy another day for acclimatization. This day we will have an optional trip to Chhukung valley or a shorter hike to a lookout above Dingboche. The drop in oxygen content in the air is noticeable now with breathing becoming slightly more difficult on the uphill portions of trail. From Chhukung valley, we can observe the fifth highest mountain, Makalu as well as the long ranges of Langur Himal which is connected between Mt. Nuptse and Mt.Lhotse. Enjoy 360 degrees of panoramic mountain views. We all return to Dingboche in the evening.

  • Trek Route: Dingboche (elev. 4350m/14,268ft) to Chhukung Valley (elev. 4730m/ 15,518ft) return to Dingboche
  • Trek Distance: 4km
  • Elevation Gain: 380m/ 1250ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 4-5 walking hours
  • Overnight: Hotel Peaceful or Hotel Sonam Friendship in Dingboche
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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Day Nine: Dingboche to Lobuche 

After breakfast, we enjoy a gentle up hike above Pheriche up to Thugla. After Thugla, there is a short, steep climb up to the moraine and we pass by the Everest Climber memorial. Trek beside clear flowing streams in valleys carved over time by the ice flows then climb into open plains above the ice flows nestled between huge mountain ranges up to Lobuche.

  • Trek Route: Dingboche (4350m/ 14,268ft) to Lobuche (4950m/ 16,210ft)
  • Trek Distance: 8.4km/ 5.2mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600m/ 1,942ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 3-5 hours
  • Overnight: Hotel Peak 15 or Hotel Above the Clouds in Lobuche
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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Day Ten: Lobuche to Gorakshep and up to Kalapatthar

An early morning start to our hike today. Leaving Lobuche, we head out on narrow tracks that are at times a few feet wide and several hundred metres above the ground. At other times we were trekking in wide valleys. Trek to Gorakshep and then hike up to Kala Pattar. The trek to the top takes a few hours and is one of the hardest climbs on the trek with your body demanding more oxygen than is available in the air around you. Kala Pattar is an excellent viewpoint for Mount Everest and has innumerable other spectacular views. Return to Gorakshep.

  • Trek Route: Lobuche (4950m/ 16,210ft) to Gorekshep (5160 m/ 16,925ft) and to Kalapatthar (5545m/ 18,188ft), down to to Gorekshep
  • Trek Distance: 4.3 km/ 2.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 595m/ 1978ft
  • Elevation Loss: 385m/ 1263ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 2-3 hours to Gorakshep, about 1.5-2.5 hours to Kalapatthar
  • Overnight: Yeti Resort in Gorakshep
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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Day Eleven: To Everest Base Camp

Today is the trek to Everest Base Camp. After breakfast trek to the Everest Base Camp for exploring the Base camp of Mt. Everest as it will be quite long day due to elevation as well as hiking through the moraine of Khumbu Glacier. The Everest base camp area is basically a big glacier mixed with rocks and a lot of dust.  The size of the glacier is impressive and hard to get the true perspective. Tonight we will return to Gorakshep or Lobuche depending on how the group feels at altitude and how everyone’s energy levels are doing.

  • Trek Route: Gorakshep (elev. 5160m/16,925ft) to Everest Base Camp (elev. 5335m/17,500ft) back to Gorakshep or Lobuche*
  • Max Trek Distance: 20km/ 12.5mi (Gorakshep to EBC 8km/5 mi plus EBC to Lobuche 12km/7.5 mi)
  • Elevation Gain: 175m/ 575 ft
  • Max Elevation Loss: 385m/ 1263ft (ending in Lobuche)
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 5-8 hours walking time
  • Overnight: Yeti Resort in Gorakshep or Hotel Peak 15/ Hotel Above the Clouds in Lobuche
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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Day Twelve: Lobuche to Pheriche to Pangboche

The hike to Pheriche takes you steadily downhill for the most part.  The last part of the day we follow the valley floor following local tracks beside streams formed by the melting ice of the mountains.

  • Trek Route: Gorakshep (elev. 5160m/16,925ft) to Pangboche (elev. 3985m/ 13,074ft)
  • Trek Distance: 8 km/ 5mi (Est. Steps: 25,331)
  • Elevation Loss: 920m/ 3015ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 4-5 walking hours
  • Overnight: Guest House in Pangboche
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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Day Thirteen: Pangboche to Phortse

Morning after breakfast short hike up to the upper pangboche which is around 20 min and visit to the one of the oldest Monastery which is own by the local Ngakpa Monks of this area. Inside the Monastery you will be able to view the old tradition of clay made statues of Buddhist deities. After crossing the village you will be able to encounter the Blue Sheep grazing on the slope of Pangboche trail. This trail is normally used by local and very few numbers of trekkers are passing on this trail.  Upon arrival in Phortse you will be able to enjoy the custom of sherpa people. There are possible to visit enter the local house and experience their daily lifestyle.

  • Trek Route: Pangboche (elev. 3985m/ 13,074ft) to Phortse (elev. 3810m/12,500ft)
  • Trek Distance: 5.8 km/ 3.6mi
  • Elevation Loss: 175m/ 575ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Overnight: Sonam Lodge (or similar) in Phortse
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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Day Fourteen: Phortse to Namche Bazzar to Monjo

As we leave Phortse, we hike down to crossing Dudh koshi River, then trek to Phortse tenga. We pass throough Mong la and onto Namche Bazzar for lunch. We head down the infamous steep climb that leads into Namche Bazzar.  Yows also struggle up the uphill carrying supplies and trekkers packs up the mountain.  As you pass groups of trekkers heading up the hill to Namche we all remember the climb that we did just a week or so before, glad we were now heading down. Take the time to pace yourself and enjoy the views is an absolute must with every turn presenting an awe inspiring view of some of the highest mountains in the world.

  • Trek Route: Phortse (elev. 3810m/ 12,500ft) to Monjo (elev. 2800m/ 9186ft)
  • Trek Distance: 14km
  • Elevation Loss: 1010m/ 3313ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 5-6 walking hours
  • Overnight: Monjo Guest House (or similar) in Monjo
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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Day Fifteen: Monjo to Lukla

After arrival we will short out with our flight for next morning and rest. In the evening you can say your thank you’s to the porters who have been carrying your luggage along the trek.

  • Trek Route: Monjo (elev. 2800m/ 9186ft) to Phakding (elev. 2,610 m/ 8563 ft) to Lukla (elev. 2,880 m/ 9186ft)
  • Trek Distance: 12km
  • Elevation Loss: about 190m/ 623 ft
  • Elevation Gain: about 270m/ 885 ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Overnight: Khumbu Resort in  Lukla
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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Day Sixteen: Lukla to Kathmandu

We plan to take a morning flight back to the bustling city of Kathmandu. If flights are delayed, which can easily happen due to high winds and mountain weather, you will have the day to explore Lukla or relax at the hotel.

  • Flight Time: about 35 min
  • Overnight: The Address Kathmandu Hotel or Khumbu Resort in  Lukla
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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Day Seventeen: Leisure day in Kathmandu

Spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. 

  • Meals: B

 

Day Eighteen: Depart Nepal

Book flights for after 12pm today. You will be transferred to the airport for your departing flight.
*trip interruption insurance is recommended in case of flight delays from Lukla to Kathmandu  

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