Everest Base Camp Trek
Known as Everest in the world, Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolongma in Tibet, is the highest peak of the world. Everesst base camp trekking commonly known as EBC trekking is one of the most challenging and adventurous trek not only of Nepal but the world. EBC the most popular trek in Khumbu region was known in existence to the world after its successful attempt by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay Sherpa in 1953. Everest region trek is undisputedly a high altitude advanced level trek yet world class which is on every trekkers bucket list. The rich ancient orthodox Sherpa settlement along the trail with never ending eye soothing view of mountains above 7,000 meters and 8,000 meters is the catch of Everest base camp trek.
Everest Base Camp trek starts from Lukla, taking a flight to lukla through the hills to the world’s smallest runway of Edmund Hillary airport itself is an exhilarating experience. Then from Lukla the trails moves forward to Namche Bazzar. Namche is the capital of Sherpas which is a valley encircled by the beautiful mountains. The trek continues ascend to the popular place of Everest region known as KalaPatthar which means black rock in Nepali. Kala Patthar is the best known a view point amongst the view point above the clouds from where can be witnessed the most finest panoramic views of mountains including the highest peak of the world.
After completion of the Everest base camp trek the group heads back to Lukla via same route and flight back to Kathmandu puts an end to the trek. Everest base camp trek can be done throughout the year but the best time to trek in Everest region is from March to mid May and beginning of September to mid November.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
On this day you arrive to Kathmandu and we transfer you to your hotel or hostel. On this day you rest and rejuvenate of days to come.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation
On this day we get busy with couple of things; one making required permits for your trekking and two taking you out for sightseeing. While our back office staff get ready preparing permits from the government offices, our guides help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to different heritages.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (200m descend to 50m descend)
The day starts early and as early as 4 in the morning to catch an early flight to Lukla, which is completely dependent on weather conditions. We have our breakfast in Lukla and follow the stone trail downhill around 45 minutes and walk along with Yak and mules at time, through beautiful Buddhist communities with prayer flags, chorten and mani. Relatively today’s trek is easy and we trek for 3-4 hours until we arrive Phakding.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche bazaar (1000m ascent to 100m descend)
We start strolling on the same undulating trail we had left the earlier day. On this day we walk on the trail, carved on the hills, on the bank of Dudh koshi. Several times we cross rustic suspension bridges to walk on the left and right banks, making our way through beautiful river side Buddhist settlement intermingled with sparse forest of Rhododendron, pine and fir. We get the first glimpse of Thamserku 6608m, on this day. The final ascent to Namche Bazaar through sheer, crisscross and pine scented trail is the most difficult section of the day, we also feel the thin air kick in. On a clear day Namche offers the view of Mt. Everest
Day 05: Rest Day
We take rest on this day to acclimatize with high altitude and an excellent day to explore Namche, culture and surrounding short hikes. Namche is interesting village or town which has terrace like settlement and looks like an amphitheatre. This is the most happening village throughout the Everest base camp trek. On this day we hike to Syngboche airport; one of the high altitude, non commercial air strip. We also take the opportunity to visit Khunde and Khumjung where we see the school built by Sir. Edmund Hillary. Back to Namche we relax and enjoy the view, meanwhile we get ready for the next day’s trek.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (350m descend to 750m ascent)
On this day the trail initiate with gentle ups and downs but every spur we take towards Tengboche seems to bring the mountains closer. As we make our way on the trails through the forest of Rhododendron we have to keep our eyes open for Himalayan Thar and Musk Deer. The final 2 hours ascent is the most demanding section of the trek but we encounter water charged mani wheels and view of mountains which helps fuel us to walk further. We arrive at Tengboche which is a wide open grassy flat land where resides Tenboche monastery; famous and one of the largest in the Everest region.
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (70 m descent, 580m ascent)
On this day we leisurely walk down hill at first and slowly start scale on the trail beside the Khumbu stream for almost 3 hours, until we reach Dingboche. We get gorgeous view of Island peak 6189m, Peak 38 (7,591m) and Lhotse (8501m), towards the right of Dingboche. We call it a day here and rest for the night.
Day 08: Rest day
Dingboche is a lovely place; even is such altitude it receives prolonged sunrise and the wind blows more calmly , compared to that of Periche. We spend a day in Dingboche which is a must to acclimatize and in order to acclimatize it is very important to stay active. We trek around 400m to Nangkartshang Gompa, an excellent view point for mountains in Everest region and even East Makalu (8463m). After climbing up to see the mountains and periphery we head back to have our lunch and further do photography and be proactive but not sleep.
Day 09: Dingboche to Labuche (500m ascent)
Ascending from the very first moment, we make our way through small patches of village with splendid views of twin peak Taboche and Periche above a barren created by vanished glacier. The trail further surpasses gravelly ridges at its edges with majestic view of Amadablam and Kantega. We take a utter nerve wrecking uphill to a memorial that commemorates mountaineer who lost their lives in 2001, this is the most difficult ascend of the day. Further we ascent with the view of soaring Thamserku in front and smell of Rhododendron in the air. We reach Labuche and spend a night.
Day 10: Labuche to Gorekshep to Kalapatthar/Ebc to Gorakshep (Ascent 650m, descent 385m)
It is very important to be careful on this day as we may feel AMS but cautiously we ascend towards Gorakhshep. Most of the days initial trek follows the narrow gap between glacier moraine and the mountain. We make a very small but difficult climb to more technically difficult moraine with the first sighting to Gorakshep. Gorakshep 5160m which is at the base of Kalapatthar 5545m, is a flat land where we have our lunch. It is recommended to visit Kalapatthar on this day to view Himalayas of Everest region. Many people prefer Kalapatthar in the morning but it is not recommended due to the ruined view from sunrise behind the Everest. We either trek to Everest base camp or Kalapatthar and trek back to Gorekshep and spend the night.
Day 11: Gorakshep to Pheriche (200m ascentt, descent 700+m )
If we made it to Kalapatthar on the previous day, we hike to Everest base camp on this day before we descend to Periche. We make a very nominal ascent of 200m this day but is very technical it takes almost 3 hours. We start our trek early at around 6 am to our destination which is a semi-permanent village made out of bright dome tents and bounder covered by prayer flags. Everest base camp is the hub of mountaineers who are waiting for green signal to climb further up, the view of the mountains are spectacular but Everest is not visible due to the towering mountains upfront. After spending brief moments in Everest base camp we trek down for another hour to Gorekshep and further down to Periche in Next 3-4 hours.
Day 12: Pheriche to Namche (Ascent 400+m and ascent 50+m)
From Periche we descend to scenic Imja River and make small and easy ascent and walk through the forest of Rhododendron and Fir. We walk majorly through the banks of Imja stream and Dudh Koshin until an uphill to Tengboche and further down to Phunki Thanka and final sheer uphill for around an hour to Namche.
Day 13: Namche to Lukla (Ascent 950m, descend 250m)
Although we start early and it is all descend from Namche to lukla, it is claimed to be the hardest downhill in the entire Everest base camp route. The remorseless incline makes it difficult on the knees but there is always an option to slow down the pace and stroll easy. It’s a flat trail from Benkar to Pakhding and Lukla and very easy for the knees. It’s the final day in Everest region where we reconfirm our flights and enjoy the party like atmosphere amongst the trekker who has finished their trek.
Day 14: Lukla to Kathmandu
We board an early morning flight on the world’s most adventurous before the weather is wrecked. With the views of the beautiful peaks on our right we head towards Kathmandu.
Day 15: Farewell
On this day the entire team of Silver Mountain adventure and the guests will have time together relax and talk over the dinner. This dinner signifies end of the trip in Nepal but not our relationship. Further we transfer you to the airport according to your flight schedule.
All airport/hotel transfers
Three nights hotel in Kathmandu
Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide
Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport departure taxes
An experienced English-speaking guide
All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
All government and local taxes
Nepal Visa fee
International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Travel and rescue insurance
Tips for guides and porters
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