An Everest base camp trek is the adventure of a lifetime, a journey for those whose dreams soar higher than even the clouds. This trekking route is rated as the most adventurous trekking destination of the world which takes you to the most popular foothills of the world with lots of new experiences, fun and adventures within in two weeks. Everest Base Camp Trek is full of numbers of stunning attractions, amazing trials and enthralling lifelong experiences which make this trek a world class journey to the Himalayas. This world class journey is full of astonishing views of the majestic mountains, Sherpa villages, lust jungles, rivers, glaciers and much more.
Everyone in this world knows Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world lies in Nepal. It is a part of Mahalangur Himalaya range. While trekking in the Khumbu region, you’ll get rewarded with diverse flora and fauna, frozen lakes, and beautiful mountain vistas. During this trekking journey, you’ll encounter the rich Buddhist culture of the Sherpas. The Sherpas are famous mountaineers living in the high villages of Everest region. Everest region offers a wide range of treks but all treks have a similar aim i.e. to view Mt. Everest.
The 14-day Everest Base Camp Short Trek is a great option for travelers who are pressed for time and are looking forward to almost similar amenities under the cost inclusion section as the 18-day trek. Hikers who are physically fit, in good health, and have a little experience with high altitude walks can sign up for this trip.
Day 1 - Arrival at Capital (1356m)
On your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will pick you up with your name on a sign board ad will escort you to the hotel.
On this day, we will be also have a slight exercise and set our mind for the great expedition ahead. We will be also be visiting local hire shop to pick up last minute equipment required.
At the hotel, we have a small welcome program organized for you, and provide you with your room keys, spending overnight at hotel.
Day 2- Fly to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2652m)
On this day, we will be taking our first step to Trek by travelling to Lukla. We give you option to reach Lukla either via roadways or by airways. The domestic flight to Lukla is approximately 40 minutes and the flight schedules are subjected to weather conditions. And the roadways take approximately 11 hrs to reach.
When you reach Lukla, there you will be meeting with your tour guide and porter. They will guide you to your most awaited adventure and an unforgettable journey.
From Lukla, we move to Phakding by foot and spend the night there.
Day 3 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar is about 6 hours walking.
The trek follows the route of dense Pine forest, along the Dudh Koshi River through many Suspension bridges. We get to see the beautiful scenery of Mt.Thamserku (6618m). We will be passing through various settlements, check posts and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park.
We will be spending that night at Namche Bazaar.
Day 4 - Namche Bazaar tour
Acclimatizing at Namche Bazaar is necessary to adjust the difference in altitude. Namche Bazaar is also one of the most beautiful settlements of Sherpas at a height of 3440m high. We will be acculturating the locals over and learn the livelihood of the people over there.
The afternoon is free for you to make an excursion up the valley beyond Namche towards the village of Thamo or you can relax in the village. About 4 hours walk round trip
Day 5 - Trek to Tengboche (3870m)
Trek to Tengboche from Namche Bazaar is about 6 hours long.
We ascend out of the village and follow a high, fairly level path above the Dudh Kosi enjoying spectacular mountain views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse as we go. The path provides you with spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse Ama Dablam and Taboche to the north and northeast, Thamserku and Kantega to the southeast and Kwangde to the southwest making you feel like you are roaming around heaven.
We will be spending the night below the Thyangboche Monastery (3867m).
Day 6 - Towards Dingboche (4410m)
Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche takes about 5 hours of walking.
The path we go through has a beautiful Rhododendron forest, ivers and bridges making the path beautiful and at the same time venturos.
Day 7- Acclimatizing at Dingboche
For adjusting to the change in climate and altitude, we will be halting the trek for the day. For the day we can either take a rest or can hike to Chukung(4730m) which is about 5 hour far and enjoy the breath-taking panoramic view of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawoche, Lhotse, Nuptse, Island peak and others.
Day 8 - Lobuche (4930m)
Continuing our journey, we will be trekking to Lobuche from Dingboche which is about 6 hours long walking. On the trudge, we will be passing through several memorials to Sherpas killed on expeditions to Everest.
Being above the treeline, we are nearing towards the most awaited, painstaking destination, Everest Base Camp.
Day 9 - Everest Base Camp (5364 m)
The trek continues from Lobuche on the early morning to Gorak Shep and will be reaching at Everest Base Camp (5364m). This is the longest trek in the entire journey taking about 8 hours long walk. Descending on early morning to Gorak Shep takes almost 3 hours of walk. After a short rest we will continue our journey to Everest Base Camp on the day time.
Day trip to Everest Base Camp is worthwhile when there are expeditions based there. If no expeditions then the route through the icefall may be closed and impassable.Then after we will return to Gorak Shep.
Day 10 - Trek to Kala Pattar (5545 m) to Pheriche (4280 m)
On this day, we will be going for some sight-seeing and up close viewing trek to Kala Pattar (5545 m) from Gorak Shep.
Trek to this place is considered as the Finale of Everest Base Camp Trek. After catching up with the glorious morning view from Kala Pattar witnessing the first light of day Shining on Mt.Everest, we will be retreating back to our own world.
We will descend back to Pheriche which is about 9 hours of walking where we will be staying overnight.
(Please note: the walk to Everest Base Camp and the climb of Kala Pattar are both tough. Sometimes we may change the order in which we tackle the walks depending on the group’s ability and weather conditions).
Day 11 - Pheriche to Namche Bazzar
We trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the prayer-flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through pine forests. In the forest, we may come across colorful pheasants and mountain goats. The path eventually reaches Sansa from where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. We also pass winding trails then through a forest before reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 12 - Retracing back to Lukla
Retracing our steps, we reach back to Lukla. A final steady plod will still get us there in good time for a sort out, and a final evening get together with the Sherpas.
Day 13 - Back to Kathmandu
In the early morning, we will be returning back to Kathmandu from Lukla. We can either take off flight from Lukla or take the jeep. The flight from Lukla depends upon weather conditions. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we return to Hotel and have time to rest and relax. You can enjoy spa and massage treatments to soothe the body pain from trekking.
Day 14 - Final Departure
It may be an end to one journey, but another will surely begin! Your journey to Everest Base Camp has officially came to an end on this day.
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight time, our representative will transfer you to the airport.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu for 2 nights and the best available teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, we take rest in Namche Bazaar which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude thus resulting in a successful trip.
For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
This is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Annapurna trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.
The best time for the Trek is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min 12 Pax)