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Everest Base Camp Trekking Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 Fly to Lukla (2,804 mt.), trek to Phakding (2,610 mt.). Walking 3 hours. Overnight at guest house.
This early-morning flight to Lukla lasts for around half an hour. The views outside the window sufficiently capture the attention of all on board – cameras, mobiles, photographs. Our walk to Phakding starts after breakfast in Lukla. Mostly on a flat trail all the way, it’s the Sherpa settlements, the huge prayer stones, monasteries and the distant mountains that seem to attract everyone’s attention on this first walk. Phakding is where we stop for the night today.
Day 3 Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,441 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Along the banks of the Dudhkoshi River and over a number of suspension bridges, the route enters and leaves Monjo Village on the way and heads for Jorsalle, where we stop for lunch. After lunch in this only settlement until Namche Bazaar, we move on. The pine forest, perhaps, is the only relief in those final two hours of the steep demanding climb just before the arrival of Namche. This headquarters of the Khumbu Region where we stop for the night.
Day 4 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house.
The day today is for acclimatization. Once in higher altitudes, it is important that we allow the body the opportunity to adapt since the amount of oxygen in the air now becomes less and less. This process requires us to walk higher up but come down for the night. As a part of this process, we first visit the Sagarmatha National Park Museum, where those of us interested get to know about the landscape, wildlife and people for whom the Everest Region is a home. After this visit, we go further up to Everest View Hotel. This is a location that offers a spectacular view of the Himalayas in its proximity including Mt Everest, Mt Lhotsé and the awesome Mt Ama Dablam. The Khumjung Valley, along with its famous Monastery, is yet another sight most find intriguing. After we return, a walk around the bazaar keeps many travelers engaged in one or the other acts of personal interest.
Day 5 Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3,860 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Our stop for lunch today is Phunke Thanga, a small settlement, around three hours away. With pines and rhododendrons thick in the area and the raging Dudhkoshi somewhere close, a lunch here in PhortseTenga is something of an experience. On a sharp ascent and still through forests, Tengboche is yet another three hours from here on. With its highly revered Monastery, the biggest in the area, along with a breathtaking view of Mt Ama Dablam, the village is certain to inspire many upon arrival. Tengboche is where we spend the night.
Day 6 Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Pangboche, our stopover for lunch today, is around three hours away. Downhill to Deboche then up a gentle prolonged incline, from end to end of patches of forests along the way and crossing a suspension bridge, we arrive in Pangboche. After a decent lunch, it’s three hours to Dingboche in the presence of the majestic Mt Ama Dablam. Dingboche, with around forty households, is home to approximately two hundred locals. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 7 Acclimatization day at Dingboche. Explore around the valley. Overnight at guest house.
Like in Namche, this acclimatization day built into this programme also requires all to go up a sharp ascent towards NangkarTshang (5,616). Atop this vantage point, the wonder can only be rightfully explained by those who have made it there.
Day 8 Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910 mt.). Walking 4 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.
Before that demanding ascent to Dugla, we pass a Chorten and some memorials on the way. After a steep uphill to ChukpoLari, the trail arrives in Lobuchéwith the walk for the last twenty minutes or so gentle on the legs. Lobuche, where we stop for the night, is a very small settlement with only two or three constructions. Mt Nuptse close by, however, sufficiently keeps everyone engaged.
Day 9 Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,153 mt.) to EBC and back to Gorakshep. Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Up a three-hour climb with winds blowing at uncomfortable speeds, the trek arrives in Gorakshep, where we check-in. After lunch, the next to follow is a two-hour walk up a gradual but exhausting uphill, owing much to the thinning of the air at higher altitudes. Everest Base Camp (EBC) sits right on the Khumbu Glacier. Once in the Base Camp of the highest mountain on earth, it’s a time for celebration for many, our actions highlighting the emotions – smiling, taking photographs and hugging one another. We walk back to Gorakshep for the night.
Day 10 Hike up to Kalapatthar (5,545 mt.) in the morning and retreat trek to Pheriche (4,210 mt.). Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Today’s early morning is for that two-hour climb to Kala Patthar almost four hundred meters up. The famous vantage point is famous for a good reason: surrounded by all those gigantic elevations including two of those that have risen more than 8,000 meters, Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse. Back in Gorakshep for breakfast and we head off to Pheriche, starting off by entering the glacial valley. It is in one of the many lodges that the village has on offer that we stop for the night.
Day 11 Pheriche to Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house.
A downhill to Tengboche for lunch and we retrace our footsteps to Namche Bazaar. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 12 Namche Bazar to Lukla. Overnight at guest house.
Stopping only in Phakding Village for lunch, the walk back to Lukla takes about seven hours to some and eight to others.
Day 13 Early morning fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Weather willing, the flight back to Kathmandu should bring most of us for lunch on time. With the day still young, many people choose to spend the afternoon walking around Thamel.
Day 14 Transfer to Airport for your final departure from Nepal.
Depending largely on your travel fixture, you will be leaving for Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure from Nepal either in the morning or in the afternoon or in the evening.