Day 1: Arrival In Kathmandu (4585 feet)
Arrive in Kathmandu at the Tribhuvan International airport. From here we get into the taxis for a 15 to 20mins drive to out hotel.
We spend the evening taking the relevant permits and permissions for the trek. We need to ensure proper paperwork for each of us as Nepal is very strict into these formalities. After these formalities are dealt with we have a team briefing in which the route and entire trek schedule will be shared with everyone. We also get along with the team mates knowing each and every one of us.
We also have a check on each and every one of our team’s health. This helps us in the overall well being of the entire team.
Day 2: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur and return (4585 feet)
Visiting the local areas of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. We visit the jitorical monuments as Kathmandu Darbar square, Boudhanath and Changu Nath temple.
Other than these, we can also visit Pashupatinath temple, Monkey temple and a few more. Just that we would prefer exploring in the first half of the day, we will need to choose what all to see.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla (9,250 feet) (25mins flight time) to Phakding (8,700 feet) (8kms/ 5hours)
Today we drive back to Kathmandu airport and take the first flight to Tenzing-Hillary airport – Lukla. Landing in Lukla airport is an adventure in itself. Sit on the left side seats of the aircraft to enjoy the best views of the Himalayas. Due to unpredicted weather conditions, we need to ensure to take the first flight to Lukla.
After this short flight, we have a 5hours trek of about 8kms to reach Phakding. Our trek for today is mostly a gradual descending through a small forest trail followed by the local villages. These villages are surrounded with a lot of vegetation. We walk by many boulders that are carved with Budhist prayers. We reach our destination for today followed up with some cool down stretches.
Day 4: Phakding to Namche bazaar (9kms/ 7 – 8hours) (8,700 feet – 11,300 feet)
Today’s trek will give us feel of doing a difficult level trek. We cross a suspension bridge with gradual downhill and uphill climbs at the start. We will be trekking mostly through the forests this day. We reach the Monjo village after about 3hours of trekking and enter the SAGARMATHA NATIONAL PARK (UNESCO World heritage site). Another 3 to 4kms of a steep climb through the forests and we reach the picturesque bridge right over the Dudh-kosi river. We spot peaks like the Kangde Ri (19,700 feet) and Thamsekru (22,020 feet) along with the might Everest (28,980 feet) for the first time. Both Kangde Ri and Thamsekry are hard technical climbing peaks.
We continue to trek through the forest of Rhododendron red flowers and rice paddy fields post Ulleri. We get amazing views of the snow clad mountains over/ through this forest. We trek through Banthanti, Nangge thanti (“Thanti” is a Nepali word that means rest house) to reach Ghorepani and retire for the day. The best views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges are visible from Ghorepani.
Day 5: Namche Bazar (Rest/ acclimatization day)
We give ourselves a day to acclimatize here at Namche bazaar as we are at an altitude of 11,300 feet. We take a short trek to the famous Everest view hotel and return back to Namche bazaar. We get amazing views of Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, Ama Dablam (22,310 feet) and a few more unnamed peaks from here.
After the Everest view hotel, we can also hike till the Sherpa Cultural Museum to get spectacular views of Everest. This museum also has maps of treks in Nepal including our EBC. Today’s acclimatization walk is very important to go for. Once we are back, we can explore Namche bazaar to buy souvenirs or trekking gears for ourselves or loved one
Day 6: Namche to Tengboche (10.5kms/ 5-6hours) (11,300 feet – 12,690 feet)
We make it to the top of the Namche bazaar market after half an hour of the trek. A comfortable trek for a couple of hours and we reach Shanasa. An hour’s decent and we reach the Imjatse river. We halt here to rest and continue our trek.
An hour from here and we reach the budhist entrance. A total of 5 to 6 hours and we reach our destination for the day.
Day 7: Tengboche to Dengboche (12kms/ 5-6hours) (12,690 feet – 14,500 feet)
After crossing a few scattered homes and lodges, we cross the river over a bridge. Before crossing this one, we see a collapsed bridge that is no longer in use. After trekking through the forest patch filled with trees like Himalayan birch, rhododendron, Fir, Juniper etc, we reach the beautiful Dengboche.
From Dengboche we get the amazing views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam.
Day 8: Dengboche to Nagerjun and back (14,500 feet, 5 to 6 hours)
From Dengboche, we head to Nagerjun, which sits on the flank of the Chukkung Valley. Nagerjun is a hilly village that is just above Dingboche. It is a steep climb and a necessary acclimatization hike. From the top we see an amazing view of the mountains, such as Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m), Ama Dablam (6856m) Makalu (8463 m).
Day 9: Dengboche to Lobuche (11.5kms/ 6-7hours)(14,500 feet – 16,250 feet)
Today we pass the famous Khumbu glacier. The first hour of the trek is an easy gradual trek to the Tibetan Mani (a symbol built in remembrance for someone). A gentle trek down and we reach the plains of Pheriche – the Himalayan Rescue Association. The route takes us through Phangboche, which has amazing views of Ama Dablam right above us. Other mountain peaks as Mt. Pumori (23,300 feet), Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Cholatse and Mt. Thamserku are also visible on the route. After Pheriche, we cross the Khumbu glacier, from where we spot peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren and Mahalangur, Pumori as well. We spot various memorials of the sherpas and climbers who tried to conquer Everest. The famous Scott Fisher’s memorial also can be scene here.
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorekshep to Everest base camp and return to Gorekshep (15kms/ 8hours) (16,250 feet – 17,000 feet – 17, 650 feet – 17,000 feet
Today’s trek is a long trek and the farthest point of our trek. We trek mostly on the glacier. Even though we do not get great views of the mighty Mt. Everest today, we will enjoy our trek. After a good hour’s trek we reach the rocky moraines. We spot a few glacial ponds on our way to reach Gorekshep
From Gorekshep the trek to Everest base camp is a strenuous climb of a few hours. The path from here could get tricky hence we follow our guide straight away. On reaching the base camp we spend some time, click some pictures and start our descent back to Gorekshep. Everest Base Camp’ is the closest we get to the world’s highest peak – EVEREST (8,848 mts). Spending time here is a must for every mountain lover. Many mountaineers willing to attempt the Everest would be camping at the base camp. If time allows, and we can spot a few climbers, we could have a conversation with them as well.
Day 11: Gorekshep to Kalapathar and back (4kms) and trek to Lobuche base camp (13. kms) (17,000 feet – 18,625 feet – 16,250 feet) (8 to 9 hours)
We trek to Kalla pathar, scaling up till an altitude of 18,625 feet. It is a very strenuous climb. Our previous day’s trek experience to the base camp will be very useful. We trek for about an hour, climbing on a steep route. After this steep climb we have gradual and easy ascends opening up the best views of the mighty Mt. Everest. A total 4 hours from Gorekshep and we’ll return from Kalla pathar post enjoying the magnificent mountain views.
Post some rest, we pick up our stuff and we start our descent. It will be a long trek descending to Lobuche and from there we head towards the Lobuche
Day 12: Lobuche - Lobuche base/ high camp (13.5kms/ 10 to 11 hours) (16,250 feet – 17,700 feet)
From Lobuche, we head towards the high camp, crossing over the Lobuche glacier. We enjoy majestic views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Cholatse, Pokalde, Kantega and other Himalayan ranges. We walk through the moraines to finally get to the Lobuche base/ high camp. On reaching the base, our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and using climbing gears, such as ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. This will be a very important session as this will qualify us for our climb to the Island peak.
Day 13: Lobuche base camp to Lobuche East Summit (6119m) & return (7.5kms/ 9 to 10 hours) (17,700 feet – 20,080 feet – 17,700 feet)
We trek to the highest point of our trek today – 6,119 metres (20,080 feet), Lobuche East Summit. We have the wake up call by midnight in order to need to start our day by 1am so that we reach the summit before sunrise. The trek route will be tough and challenging. Our previous days session with technical equipment will come in handy today. The trek route comprises to ascends, steep ascends, and more steep ascends. So we need to focus on the rope and keep climbing. This climb also will have a few patches of rock climbing. We trek on the ridge at the top to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas all around.
The wind currents post noon make it challenging to be at the summit, hence we need to ensure to reach the summit before that time. We negotiate stones and rocky patches for a couple of hours and get to the Ice wall. It is a steep vertical climb, and the guide will be using a rope. On reaching the top we spend some time, soak in the wonderful feeling of completing the summit and head back.
After reaching back to the base, we rest for the remaining day
Day 14: Reserve day for contingency/ getting to Lobuche
Day 15: Lobuche base camp/ Lobuche to Pangboche (6kms/ 3 to 4 hours) (16,250 feet – 13,100 feet)
Leaving the mountains behind, we retrace our trek route to get to Pangboche. The distance today is short, yet it will be steep. We loose approx. 3000 feet in altitude this day crossing through towns of Orsho and Somare to get to Pangboche. Pangboche falls in the Imja Khole valley. If lucky, we get to chat with trekkers attempting the Island peak, Lobuche peak or even Ama Dablam.
Day 16: Pangboche to Namche Bazar (12kms/ 4 to 5 hours) (13,100 feet – 11,300 feet)
We start our descend from Pangboche getting to Tengboche and then Phungki,Thanka and Kyangjuma followed by an easy trail to Namche bazar. It will be a steep descend and we’ll need to ensure descending at a comfortable pace. The point is to avoid any injuries while getting to Namche bazar. We can explore Namche for trekking equipment and gears.
Day 17: Namche to Phakding to Lukla (18kms/ 8 to 9 hours) (11,300 feet –9,250 feet)
Post a good breakfast we can spend some time in Namche bazar before we head for Lukla. Trekkers generally do some local shopping from here before we start our trek to Lukla.
This would be an 18kms stretch today to get to Lukla. We trek down to Phakding and continue the descent to Lukla
Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu with a Farewell Dinner
From Lukla we proceed towards the airport to board our 35mins flight to Kathmandu. From there we head straight to our hotel and check-in. Later in the day, we take a stroll on the streets of Kathmandu and proceed towards the local markets. Good trekking equipment is available here in Kathmandu.
This would be a good day to do some shopping for ourselves/ near and dear ones followed with a farewell dinner. Have a closing ceremony on this last night with Wanderers and call it off for the night.
Day 19: Kathmandu – Check out
After breakfast, we check out from the hotel take the drop at the airport to catch our respective flights.
*NOTE – We generally opt for the Tara Airlines to book our 2 way tickets as per our itinerary. However, the airline operator holds the right to change/ re-schedule/ cancel the flight due to weather, security or any other reason that may deem fit to them. The carrying baggage limit is 10kgs and the hand baggage limit is 5kgs.
Total trek distance – 140 to 145km
• Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle.
• Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu (3 nights only) including breakfast.
• Guided city tour in Kathmandu valley by a private tourist vehicle.
• All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
• Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twinshare and occasionally dormitory-style rooms (4 nights only).
• Local Nepali expert guide (english speaking).
• The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (One porter for every two guests).
• Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
• Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.
• All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
• Official expenses.
• Arrival and Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
• Standard Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed- and- breakfast basis.
• Responsible trekking policy of One trekker: 0ne porter
• Accommodation at clean and comfortable tea house or lodge.
• Welcome dinner with cultural program as listed in the itinerary.
• All Domestic flights and airport tax as listed in the itinerary.
• Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
• Professional local trekking group leader well trained in Wilderness First Aid.
• Personal Sherpa Porters to carry all trek personal gear while on base camp trekking.
• Insurance of all staff including porters in base camp Kalapathar hike.
• Warm clothing and required trekking gear for porters like Gortex jacket /trousers, trekking shoes, woolen hat, woolen gloves, woolen shocks, sun glasses etc.
• Complementary team Wanderers: Everest base camp trek T-shirts.
• Comprehensive per-departure information and trip dossiers
• TIMS Trekking permit, Everest national park entry fees for Everest base camp trekking.
• Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
• Travel/ health insurance that covers emergency rescue and evacuation. We could suggest good insurance providers that trekkers can directly buy from.
• International airfare and airport departure tax.
• Nepal entry visa- You can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying $25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying $40 and $100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos). Not applicable for Indian travellers.
• Alcoholic, hot - cold drinks, beverages.
• Personal trekking equipment.
• Tips for trekking staff and driver (you will absolutely want to show your gratitude to your sherpas and porters).
• Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section)
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45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15 Days: No refund
Day 1: Arrival In Kathmandu (4585 feet)