Everest Base Camp - Lite Series

Day 1 - Arrival into Kathmandu

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from wherever you've flown in from, you will be welcomed by a representative of Team Mount Everest at the arrival gate who will accompany you to your hotel.

If there's available time, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2 - Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin the following morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, we aim to visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is regarded as a sacred temple of "Lord Shiva" by Hindus, and is usually crowded with Hindu pilgrims.

After lunch, you will visit the Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of "Monkey temple" among tourists). Likewise, we aim to visit Boudhanath Shrine also by evening time - if time permits. After concluding the sightseeing tour, there will be a seminar for you to attend to discuss the upcoming trekking plans. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3 - Fly to Lukla (35 min) and Trek to Phakding (2652m). 3-4 hrs

Ideally, we aim to arrive in Lukla between 7 – 9 am, so that you can have breakfast and start walking. However, for safety reasons it should be noted that our flight timings are dependent on having good weather.

From Lukla it's mostly downhill, so the first day of walking eases trekkers gently into the rigours of walking at altitude. The total hike should take 3-5 hours, depending on whether we stop for the night at Phakding or Monjo. If we stop at Phakding (2,650m / 8,694ft) it will be about 3 hours walking. For Monjo (2,850m / 9,350ft) it will take approximately 5 hours.

If walking to Monjo, we will have lunch in Phakding and then continue onto Monjo, arriving in the afternoon. When you arrive, you will check into your room and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and starting the acclimatisation process. Make sure you keep yourself well hydrated; drinking 3 to 4 liters of water a day is essential all the way through the trek. 9km / 5.6 miles to Phakding or 13km/ 8.8 miles to Monjo.

Day 4 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m). 6-7 hrs

For the first couple of hours we get to cross some of the famous suspension bridges, while gradually moving uphill towards the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park, the official entrance to the Everest Region. We continue downhill for a short time before the ground levels out onto mixed terrain.

The trail then follows the river to the final high suspension bridge before we begin the long ‘Namche Hill’. It can take 2 hours to reach the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. The total for today’s trekking is usually 6 hours, with plenty of breaks and rest along the way. From Phakding to Namche is 11.3 km / 7.02 miles.

Day 5 - Acclimatisation Day at Namche Bazaar.

Today is one of our acclimatisation trek days. As we trek upwards above Namche Bazaar, the trail is quite steep and we can feel the lack of oxygen as we ascend some 460m / 1,509ft to Shangbouche Airport. We then cross the runway and head another 100m / 328ft up to Shangbouche Hill at 3,900m / 12,795ft.

You will enjoy the stunning views and relax for 30-45 minutes before returning to Namche. This trek is an essential part of the acclimatisation process and usually takes approximately 4 hours. 3km / 1.8 miles.

Day 6 - Namche to Tengbuche (3867m). 5-6 hrs

Today we will hike towards Tengbouche, at 3,900m / 12,795ft. 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. The trail then descends down towards the river for our lunch stop.

From here it will take 2 – 3 hours to hike up the long hill to the town of Tengbouche. This is a gradual but long ascent and the total time will be 5/6 hours of hiking today. 12km / 7.5 miles.

Day 7 - Tengbouche to Dingbuche (4358m). 5-6 hrs

From Tengbouche, we will travel to Dingbouche, at 4,400m / 14,436ft. The trail starts down-hill and continues gradually up and down before crossing the river, then you will gradually head up-hill towards Pangbouche, for lunch. This part of the trek usually takes 2-3 hours. (Pangbouche was one of the villages on the trail that suffered most from the recent earthquakes).

From there it is a gradual up-hill trek towards the Imja Valley, looking towards Island Peak. One hour later you will be arriving in Dingbouche. The total trekking time for today will be 5 to 6 hours. 12km / 7.5 miles.

Day 8 - Acclimatisation Day

Today, we spend another night in Dingbouche to further the acclimatisation process. From here we will aim to reach the height of 4,900m / 16,076ft, gaining 500m / 1,640ft. This acclimatisation trek should take approximately 3 hours.

We will rest for about 30-45 minutes while enjoying the views at the high point, before dropping back down for lunch and an afternoon of relaxing. 3km / 1.86 miles and 500m / 1,640ft of ascent and descent.

Day 9 - Dingboche to Lobuche (4828m). 5-6 hrs

From Dingbouche we will head to Lobuche, at 4828m. The trail heads back towards the Khumbu valley and continues on a long and slow trek across a beautiful elevated route towards Dugla, where we will stop for a while to eat lunch and rest. This stretch usually takes 2 hours and after lunch, we will trek from Dugla to Lobuche, which will be an additional 3 hours with plenty of rest stops in between.

After stopping at Dugla we have a long up hill section over the Thukla Pass to top out at the Everest Memorial, before heading on to Lobuche. We will be trekking for a total of 5 hours today. 12km / 7.5 miles.

Day 10 - Lobuche to Gorakshep - EBC - Gorakshep (5160m - 5365m - 5160m). 7-8 hrs

Today we travel from Lobuche to Gorak Shep at 5,160m. Today’s trek is very beautiful and unique, crossing a lot of loose rocks and Glacier moraines. The up and down trail into GorakShep 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 an end after a total of 7 or 8 hours of hiking. Today is very challenging day for most people. 10km / 6.2 miles.

Day 11 - Hike to Kalapatthar. Descend to Pheriche (5555m - 4358m). 7-8 hrs

After a good nights rest in Gorak Shep, those who feel ready and able, will wake up very early and hike up Kala Phattar to see the sun rise over Everest. This is a difficult 3 hour up-hill hike, 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 will have breakfast and return all the way to Pheriche at 4358m. Which can take 4 hours, making the total amount of time walking 7 hours today. 18km / 11.2 miles.

Day 12 - Descend to Namche Bazaar (3440m). 7-8 hrs

Today we will trek from Pheriche back to Namche Bazaar. Today is another long day and can take approximately 7 to 9 hours. Because you are heading down-hill, lower levels of altitude will be reached because you can cover the ground quicker than on the way up.

When you get back to Namche you will get to enjoy the delights at the Namche Bakery or play a few rounds of pool at Cafe Danfe before we rest in preparation for the long walk back to Lukla tomorrow. 22km / 13.7 miles.

Day 13 - Trek down to Lukla (2652m). 7-8 hrs

This is a long day and can be one of the hardest days since your body is tired after the trek. You start the day going back down Namche Hill and then the long stretch back to Lukla. You will pass Phakding before starting the last up hill section into Lukla where you will sleep for one more night. Today’s trek can take 7 to 8 hours. 21km / 13 miles.

Day 14 - Fly back to Kathmandu (1300m). 35 min fly

Today your legs get a break as you only have to trek to Lukla Airport and fly back to Kathmandu, which is only about 10 minutes of walking!

Day 15 - Departure to the Airport

Note: For those on restricted schedules with proven high altitude experience, it is possible to curtail this itinerary by 2-3 days.

Welcome to Nepal. On the Arrival representative of Team Mount Everest will pick you and take you to the respective 5-star hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel Hyatt, Aloft or Marriott.

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On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from wherever you've flown in from, you will be welcomed by a representative of Team Mount Everest at the arrival gate who will accompany you to your hotel.

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