Mount Everest Routes

Everest Base Camp Trek

Arrival

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy in Kathmandu for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

Briefing

Your guide will meet you around 6:00 PM (depending on the flight schedule) to conduct a pre-climb briefing, where you can discuss the upcoming trek and clarify any queries.

Trek

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Kalinchowk

The road trip from Kathmandu to Kalinchowk typically takes between 7-8 hours, contingent upon traffic and road conditions. Departing from the busy city of Kathmandu with its bustling streets and lively markets, the scenery gradually changes as you leave the city limits. Lush green hills and terraced fields give way to the rugged terrain of the Himalayan foothills.

Following the long and challenging drive, you'll finally arrive in the small town of Kalinchowk, situated at an elevation of 3,700 meters. The town is well-known for its stunning views of the Himalayan peaks and its revered Kalinchowk Temple, which attracts numerous pilgrims and tourists annually.

Day 02: Acclimatisation/ exploration day 

The purpose of spending an acclimatisation day at Kalinchowk is to help trekkers adjust to the high altitude before embarking on the challenging trek to Everest Base Camp. Usually, during this day, trekkers will go on a relaxed hike to explore the surrounding region, visit nearby monasteries, and take in the breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks. Since the altitude at Kalinchowk is relatively high, the aim of the acclimatisation day is to allow the body to gradually acclimate to the high altitude.

Day 03: Drive back to Kathmandu

The return trip from Kalinchowk to Kathmandu is a journey of approximately 7-8 hours, tracing the same route as the previous drive. The road meanders through rugged and hilly terrain, and takes you through quaint settlements, while providing picturesque vistas of the majestic Himalayan range.

Day 04: Sightseeing day in Kathmandu 

Your local guide will meet you after breakfast and take you to Durbar (Palace) Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring many historical and cultural monuments. You'll also visit other heritage sites including the Hindu sacred Pashupatinath Temple, the Buddhist Swoyambhunath Stupa, and the Boudhanath Shrine.

Day 05: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, trek to Namche Bazaar 

Our plan is to depart the hotel at an early hour and arrive in Lukla between 7:00 to 9:00 am. Following breakfast, we'll commence a relaxed descent to Phakding, which should take around three hours to reach an elevation of 2652 meters. Lunch will be provided in Phakding before continuing to Namche Bazaar. As it is going to be a long day, it is recommended to carry a head torch with you. By this point, you should have adjusted to the high altitude.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Deboche/ Pangboche

As you trek from Namche Bazaar to Deboche/Pangboche, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan landscape, meandering through verdant forests of rhododendrons and conifers. En route, you'll encounter picturesque mountain villages, where Sherpa dwellings adorned with vibrant prayer flags abound. The terrain gradually transforms from wooded hills to expansive plains, offering panoramic vistas of the majestic Himalayan peaks, including the stunning Ama Dablam.

Day 07: Deboche/ Pangboche to Dingboche, acclimatisation hike to Nangkartshang peak and back to Dingboche

The trekking journey begins with a gradual ascent from Deboche/Pangboche, where trekkers pass through scenic mountain villages adorned with colorful prayer flags and traditional Sherpa homes. As the terrain changes from wooded hills to expansive plains, hikers will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of Himalayan giants like Ama Dablam and Lhotse.

Afterward, a challenging acclimatisation hike to Nangkartshang Peak follows, which leads to Dingboche, a charming village nestled at an altitude of 4,400 meters and surrounded by magnificent snow-capped peaks.

Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche via Kongma La Pass

From Dingboche, the trail leads through rugged terrain and steep slopes, eventually reaching Kongma La Pass at an elevation of 5,535 meters. The pass provides stunning views of the surrounding peaks before descending towards the Khumbu Glacier and the moraine. From there, you will begin the ascent to Lobuche, which includes several challenging sections and steep inclines. Lobuche is a picturesque hamlet situated at an altitude of 4,940 meters, surrounded by breathtaking views of the majestic peaks.

Day 09: Lobuche to EBC to Gorekshep (Option: hike to Kala Patthar for Sunset) 

The trek begins with a gradual climb from Lobuche, following the Khumbu Glacier to Gorak Shep, situated at an altitude of 5,164 meters.

At Gorak Shep, hikers have the option to ascend Kala Pattar, which is perched at a height of 5,545 meters. Although the climb is steep and challenging, the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including Mount Everest, are breathtaking, particularly at sunset.

After descending from Kala Pattar, the trek proceeds to the Everest Base Camp, located at an elevation of 5,364 meters. The path traverses rugged terrain, the Khumbu Icefall, and the notorious climbing route of Everest. Upon reaching the EBC, trekkers can marvel at the spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and Khumbu Icefall. The trail then returns to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.

Day 10: Gorekshep to Tengboche/ Kyangjuma

As you make your way down from Gorak Shep, you'll pass through beautiful valleys and lush rhododendron forests, catching glimpses of the majestic snow-capped Himalayan peaks in the distance. The trail winds through charming Sherpa villages, allowing you to experience their captivating traditions and way of life. While mostly descending, there are a few challenging sections and steep stretches to navigate.

Day 11: Tengboche/ Kyangjuma to Lukla 

The final leg of the Everest Base Camp trek involves descending from Tengboche/Kyangjuma to Lukla. The trail meanders through lush forests of rhododendrons and conifers, with intermittent vistas of the majestic Himalayan peaks. Along the way, hikers will encounter charming Sherpa hamlets where they can take a break and indulge in a leisurely lunch.

After crossing the Dudh Kosi River, the path climbs uphill towards Lukla. While some sections may be steep, the trail rewards trekkers with stunning panoramas of the surrounding summits. Upon arrival in Lukla, adventurers can commemorate the successful completion of their journey by treating themselves to a meal or a beverage at one of the many restaurants or bars in the vicinity.

Day 12: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu 

As the adventurous trek to Everest Base Camp comes to an end, travelers embark on a picturesque 35-minute flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, offering mesmerising views of the Himalayan mountain range. After arriving at the Lukla airport, trekkers prepare for their return flight to Kathmandu.

 This evening, we'll visit an authentic Nepalese restaurant for dinner and some traditional Nepali songs and dance.

Departure

A driver will collect you from your hotel around 3 hours before your departing flight and transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), ensuring that you arrive there at least 2 hours before your flight departs. Please let us know if you'd like to be collected earlier.

Prices per person



No. in group πŸ‘‰ Solo 2 🧍 3 🧍 4 🧍 5+ 🧍
3 Day Pre-Acclimatisation
10 Day Trek
Additional day on trek
Rafting
City tour*
Extra night, Hotel Buddy

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What's included in the costs?

Note that conversely with many other operations, our prices do indeed cover meals in tea houses along the route, and return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla. You will need cash for additional beverages, and tips.

  • Return airport transfers from Kathmandu Airport (KTM) to your hotel in Kathmandu
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin-share, bed and breakfast basis - one night before and one night after the trek
      • Twin-share accommodation in tea houses along the trek
        • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on the trek and a cup of tea or coffee with each meal
          • Return domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla
            • Services of a guide and porter (1 porter for every 2 trekkers)
              • Wages, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare (where applicable), food and accommodation for your guide and porter
                • Free kit hire of the following items: duffel bag, down jacket, sleeping bag
                  • Preparation of all required documentation and purchase of trekking permits
                    • Use of required medications - as carried by your mountain guide
                      • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

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