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.

You will carry these magical days with you. You will feel 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.

You will carry these magical days with you. You will feel strong, joyful, fearless. The heart of a true adventurer.

DAY ONE: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 

You arrive at 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 by Norbu (Our local driver) and taken directly to the Address Kathmandu Hotel. Relax and freshen up, then meet your Wild Women trek & city tour guides in the lobby at 4 pm for trip orientation then head out together for dinner.

  • Overnight: Lodge in Kathmandu 
  • Meals Included: D

 

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 and visit sites such as Baudhanath stupa. The stupa’s massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal.  We’ll 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. It is also a cremation site where the last rites of Hindu are performed. 

The site and the events at cremation are not for the faint of heart, your guide will take you across the river where you can watch from the hill. Next, we visit the Shoyambhunath Temple.  Also known as the “Monkey Temple” among visitors from abroad, Shoyambhunath sits atop its hill, overlooking parts of the valley. This is a good place to catch panoramic views of the city. The site itself has stood as a hallmark of faith and harmony for centuries. The glory of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started from this point. It is probably the most sacred pilgrimage sites among Buddhists. 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 safely at the hotel.

  • Overnight: Lodge in Kathmandu 
  • Meals Included: B.L.D

 

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. Ideally, you will arrive in Lukla between 7 – 11 am and we have breakfast in Lukla.

*Please note that flights into Lukla are subject to many factors and if the airlines are not operating flights by 11 am, each member must be ready to pay an additional $150 USD for a helicopter flight to maintain the scheduled itinerary.

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) 
  • Trek Distance: 9 km/ 5.6 mi
  • Elevation Loss: about 270m/ 885 ft
  • Elevation Gain: about 190m/ 623 ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Overnight: Lodge in Phakding
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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 Hillary bridge we cross the highest suspension bridge to climb up to Namche Bazaar. Today’s mantra is “steady, steady” or  “ bsatari bsatari” as you climb at your own rhythm. This grueling climb takes about 3 hours. The path to Namche is very well traveled so you’ll come across locals, other tourists and the continual traffic of yaks and porters. There are many exposed parts on the trail so be aware of your surroundings and stay away from drops and exposed parts. Finally, you arrive in Namche Bazaar and relish in the accomplishment of the climb!

Relax this evening with a group dinner.  It’s a free evening to wander Namche Bazaar, or practice some yoga and relax.

  • Trek Route: Phakding (elev. 2,610 m/ 8563 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 hours
  • Overnight: Lodge in Namche bazaar
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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 we will trek up to the Namche Museum, which holds a stunning view of Mount Everest and surrounding peaks (if it’s clear). This trek is only 1 to 2 hours and 1km/ .6 of a mile. The group returns to Namche for lunch, then the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore the shops, take photos or chat with other trekkers in the many cafes.

  • Trek Route: Namche Baazar (elev. 3535m/ 11,595ft) to Shangbouche Hill (elev. 3,900m/ 12,795ft)
  • Trek Distance:  4 km return  
  • Elevation Gain: about 560 m
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Overnight: Lodge in Namche bazaar
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

DAY SIX: NAMCHE BAZAAR TO TENGBOCHE

After ascending out of Namche, the first 2 hours are relaxed walking, traversing the left-hand side of the valley, high above the valley floor to Sanasa.  The trail then descends down toward the river for our lunch stop in Phungi Thenga. After lunch, we will trek another 2 – 3 hours up a gradual but long hill to the town of Tengboche. Once in Tengboche, you have tea and check into your rooms. The group may visit the Tengboche Monastery to observe the prayer ceremony, either this evening or the next morning. The group will have another short (1 hour/100m) acclimatization hike before dinner.

  • 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 hours
  • Overnight: Lodge in Tengboche
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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, our trail starts down-hill and continues very gradually up and down hills before crossing the river and gradually heading uphill towards Pangbouche. It is then a gradual up-hill trek towards the Imja Valley looking towards Island peak. We arrive an hour later in Dingboche.

As you hike towards Dingboche you start to get more of an idea of the vast expanses and the altitude. With large valleys and winding streams now far below the trails and even more spectacular views 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 hours
  • Overnight: Lodge in Dingboche
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

DAY EIGHT: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN DINGBOCHE

Today you can enjoy another day for acclimatization. Today we will have an optional trip to Chhukung valley or a shorter hike to a lookout above Dingboche where we will aim to reach the height of 4,900 m/ 16, 076ft, gaining 500 m/1,640 ft, which should take approximately 3 hours. The drop in oxygen content in the air is noticeable now with breathing becoming slightly more difficult on the uphill portions of the 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: 3 km/ 1.86 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 m/ 1,640 feet of ascent and descent
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Overnight: Lodge in Dingboche
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

DAY NINE: DINGBOCHE TO LOBUCHE

After breakfast, we enjoy a gentle up hike above Pheriche up to Thugla. The trail heads back towards the Khumbu valley and continues on a long and slow trek across a beautiful elevated route with spectacular views. This stretch usually takes about 2 hours. After lunch in Thugla, there is a steep climb up the moraine over the Thukla Pass to top out at the Everest Climber memorial, which has you gaining 300 m. Thugla to Lobuche is about 3 hours of trekking beside clear flowing streams in valleys carved over time by the ice flows. We’ll then climb into open plains above the ice flows nestled between huge mountain ranges.

  • Trek Route: Dingboche (4350m/ 14,268ft) to Lobuche (4950m/ 16,210ft)
  • Trek Distance: 12km/ 7.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 600m/ 1,942ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Overnight: Lodge in Lobuche
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

DAY TEN: LOBUCHE TO BASE CAMP TO GORAKSHEP

An early morning start to our hike today because we are going all the way to Everest Base Camp!  Today’s trek is very beautiful and unique, crossing a lot of loose rock and Glacier moraine. The up and down trail into Gorak Shep takes approximately 3 hours.  We will have lunch here before continuing an additional 3 hours to reach Everest Base Camp, where we will spend some time enjoying the Base Camp of the World’s highest mountain!

The hike back to Gorak Shep is another 2 hours, bringing this long day to end after a total of 7 or 8 hours of hiking.  Today is a very challenging day for most people due to continued elevation gain, altitude as well as hiking through the rough terrain of the moraine of Khumbu Glacier. The Everest base camp area is basically a big glacier mixed with rocks and is very dusty.  

  • Trek Route: Lobuche (4950m/ 16,210ft) to Gorekshep (5160 m/ 16,925ft) to Base Camp (elev. 5,364 metres/ 17,598 ft) and back down  to Gorekshep (5160 m/ 16,925ft)
  • Trek Distance: 10km/ 6.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 414m/  1358 ft
  • Elevation Loss: 204m/ 670 ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Overnight: Lodge in Gorakshep
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

DAY ELEVEN: KALAPATHAR TO PHERICHE

This morning you can choose to trek up to kalapathar or sleep in. Those wishing to hike Kalapathar (elev. 5643m / 18513 ft) will wake up very early (3 am) to be able to see the sunrise over Everest. This is a difficult 3 hour, 1.2km/ 0.7 mi up-hill hike (gaining and descending 485m/ 1591 ft) which is very hard work, but well worth it for the amazing views of Everest in the early morning. Once you return back to Gorak Shep, you join the group for breakfast.

Today we make our way steadily downhill past the Everest Climbers Memorial and down to Thugla for lunch. The last part of the day has us following the valley floor on local tracks beside streams formed by the melting ice of the Chola glacier with views of Ama Dablam in the distance.

  • Trek Route: Gorakshep (elev. 5160m/16,925ft) to Pheriche  (4371m/  14,336 ft)
  • Trek Distance: 13 km/ 8 mi
  • Elevation Loss: 789 m/ 2588 ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Overnight: Lodge in Pheriche
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

DAY TWELVE: PHERICHE TO PANGBOCHE

From Pheriche, we will gradually descend down to the bridge and gradually up to Pheriche La. We will then gently descend down where we will meet with the main trail where we hiked up towards Dingboche. We’ll continue down on the same trail through Sanasa to Pangboche. After arrival in Pangboche, we’ll have lunch and head over to visit Pangboche monastery.  Inside the Monastery, you will be able to view the old tradition of clay made statues of Buddhist deities and the skull and hand of Yeti.

After passing through the village, we hike along the North side of the Imja Khole River valley you might be able to see the Blue Sheep grazing on the slope of Pangboche trail. This trail is normally used by locals and very few numbers of trekkers are passing on this trail. The trail runs along a very steep hillside with many steps up and down around rock buttresses. Because of the lack of trees and vegetation, the views are impeccable. We can see Danphe pheasants and eagles. Upon arrival in Phortse, you can check into your room and relax for the evening.  

  • Trek Route: Pheriche  (elev. (4371m/ 14,336 ft) to Pangboche (elev. 3985m/ 13,074ft)
  • Trek Distance: 11 km/ 7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 440 m/ 1,444 ft  
  • Elevation Loss: 386 m/ 1266
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Overnight: Lodge in Phortse
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

DAY THIRTEEN: PHORTSE TO MONG DANDA

You awake to views of Tamcherku, Kongde, Ama Dablam, Kantega and many other smaller peaks. As we walk out of Phortse, you will see the local people already up and working the potato fields.  We drop down to the river and through Phortse Thunga and prepare to climb 400 m to Mong Danda. Do not rush, walk slowly and take in the last views of the grand Himalaya!

At Mong danda, if the weather is clear you will have a great view of Himalayan ranges with the Beauty of Amadablam. Ama Dablam is one of the beautiful mountains in Everest region with an altitude of 6812 m. For the westerners, it is known by the name “Matterhorn”. Ama Dablam means “Mother’s necklace”. The long ridges on each side like the arms of a mother (ama) protecting her child and the hanging glacier thought of as the “dablam”, the traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women.

  • Trek Route: Phortse (elev. 3810m/12,500ft) and to Mong danda (elev. 3970m/13,021ft)
  • Trek Distance: 3 km/ 1.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 m/ 1312 ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Overnight: Lodge in Mong Danda
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

DAY FOURTEEN: MONG DANDA TO MONJO

We wake to 360-degree views of all the peaks you have seen for the last 10 days. Take your final photos as you descend as today is your last day to enjoy the Himalayas. We reach Namche Bazaar and stop for lunch.

Next is the steep walk down Namche hill and back to the Hillary bridge. Yows also struggle 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. Taking the time to pace yourself, walking carefully down the gravel path you will again be beside the Milky White river. We arrive into Monjo for dinner and another good nights sleep.

  • Trek Route: Mong Danda (elev. 3970m/13,021ft) to Monjo (elev. 2800m/ 9186ft)
  • Trek Distance: 11 km/ 6.8 mi
  • Elevation Loss: 1170 m/ 3838 ft
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Overnight: Lodge in Monjo
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

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 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: Lodge in Lukla

 

DAY SIXTEEN: LUKLA TO KATHMANDU

We plan to be ready at the Lukla airport by 6 am. Our group is scheduled for the first morning flight back to the bustling city of Kathmandu, however, Lukla is notorious for flight delays so if flights are delayed or canceled, you will have the day to explore Lukla or relax at the hotel.

  • Flight Time: about 35 min
  • Overnight: Lodge in Lukla
  • Meals: B.L.D

 

DAY SEVENTEEN: LEISURE DAY IN KATHMANDU

A spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. 

  • Meals: B

 

DAY EIGHTEEN: DEPARTURE

Book flights for after 12 pm today. You will be transferred to the airport for your departing flight.

*Trip interruption insurance is required in case of flight and/or helicopter delays from Lukla to Kathmandu. We cannot guarantee the day or time of our return flight to Lukla. Trip interruption must cover the cost of rescheduling your flights should you miss your originally planned departure from Kathmandu.  

 

 

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