Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar Trek

Lukla: Gateway to Everest Lobuche to Base Camp Trek
Lukla: Gateway to Everest
Lobuche to Base Camp Trek
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    Destination: Nepal

    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane

    Accommodation: 3* Hotel + Teahouse

    Max. Altitude: 5545m

    Walking level : 5-7 hours per day

 Everest Base Camp & Kalapathar Trek trail starts from Lukla after scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu. You can explore the Himalayan Sherpa people,  their Tibetan Buddhist culture, Buddhist monuments,  local  villages etc.  Lukla the gate way to Everest, trail continues to Phakding  crossing up very beautiful white Dudhkoshi river . Namche Bazaar , the  largest Sherpa village in Khumbu region, Thame located in the west of Namche which is known as the native land of Everest Summitors and Khumjung a historical village for Himalayan wild yeti.

We  can see the amazing views of Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest 8848m "Top of the world",Lhotse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam  Kangtega,Khumbila peak,Thame peak, Kunde, Kunde ri and other several beautiful peaks above trails of Namche.  Everest base camp & Kalapathar  trek offers the best opportunity to discover Himalayan experience, exotic Khumbu glacier and Tengboche ancient Buddhist monastery . This trek is much popular and many visitors , trekkers and summitors come here each year to glorify this once in a life time opportunity. 

Day to Day Itinerary

01Arrive Kathmandu International Airport

02Flight to Lukla / Trek to Phading (2600 m)

03Phakding - Namche Bazzar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 10km, 6-7 hrs

04Namche Bazzar: Acclimatization and exploration day

05 Namche Bazzar - Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5-6 hrs. 10 km

06Tengboche - Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5-6 hrs, 8km

07Dingboche: Acclimatization and exploration day

08Dingboche – Lobuche (4,940 /16,207ft): 7km, 5-6 hrs

09Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,160 m/17,000ft) - Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft) Gorak Shep : 15km, 8-10 hrs

10Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft) - Pheriche (4,280 m/14,070 ft), 15km, 8-10 hrs

11Pheriche – Namche Bazzar (3,440 m/11,280 ft), 15km, 8-9 hrs

12 Namche Bazzar – Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft), 18km, 7-8 hrs

13Lukla – Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft), 35 min flight


Trip Map

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrive Kathmandu International AirportArrival in Kathmandu, meet and assist at airport and transfer to hotel. Check in with trek briefing followed. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02Flight to Lukla / Trek to Phading (2600 m)Early morning, transfer to domestic airport and fly to Lukla (2,780m /9,175ft) gateway to Everest Base Camp 35 minutes Trans Himalaya flight. Culminate dramatic landing on a hillside Lukla, introduce porters and downhill to beautiful Sherpa settlement Choplung. The trail continues along the side of the Dudh Koshi valley before ascending to Ghat ((2,530m /8,350ft) Trail climbs gently again about an hour to final destination Phakding. Overnight in Phakding teahouse.

Day 03Phakding - Namche Bazzar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 10km, 6-7 hrsTrek leads through a beautiful pine forest, along Dudh Koshi River crossing many suspension bridges via Sherpa villages Benkar, Chimoa, Monjo and Jorsole a national park permit check point with the tranquility view of glistering Mt. Thamserku (6,618 m) Trail continues through the Dudh Koshi riverbed to the confluence of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. Trail climbs steadily crossing high Tenzing- Hilary suspension bridge. On the way inspiring glimpse of Mt. Everest right up next Nuptse- Lhotse ridge. About 3 hours ascend through the wonderful pine forest finally, reach a prosperous trading and administrative village Namche Bazar. Overnight in Namche Bazar teahouse.

Day 04Namche Bazzar: Acclimatization and exploration dayToday Acclimatization day.Visit to Syangboche airport 3720m, air field of the 2nd highest altitude in the world and visit Khumjung village 3840m to see the Yeti monuments. We can see the panoramic views of Everest Himalayan range 6 hours . Overnight at tea house .

Day 05 Namche Bazzar - Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5-6 hrs. 10 kmAfter breakfast, our trail leads moderately flat with superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku, Khangtaiga. The trail continues wild lives spot of musk deer (a herd of Himalayan Thar) colorful pheasant (Danphe, National bird) Trail descend to Dudh Koshi river where few lodges and series of picturesque water driven prayer wheels. Cross suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River a steep climb through pine and juniper forest, walk about 2 hours bring you to Tenboche. The famous Tengoche Gompa (Tengboche Monastery) with the background view of Ama Dablam, Nupte, Mt. Everest and many more peaks. During October/November in full moon the colorful Mani Rimdu festival is held here with masked dancing and Tibetan opera in the monastery courtyard. Overnight in teahouse.

Day 06Tengboche - Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5-6 hrs, 8kmToday, our trail descends to Deboche a small village with Chortens and Mani stone walls and nun monastery. Cross suspension bridge over Imja Khola (Imja Strasm) and gradually ascend to Pangboche with the towering view of Ama Dablam (most beautiful mountain in Everest region) Trail follows upstream closer to Imja River fairly moderate up toward Imja valley. The trail fairly seen open to the confluence of Lobuche river and begin last part of the day to Dingboche the last Sherpa settlement with the beautiful terraced field enclosed by stone wall to avoid barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. Overnight in teahouse.

Day 07Dingboche: Acclimatization and exploration dayThis is another scheduled rest day on the trek and will assist your fitness and oxygen intake at the higher altitudes to follow. An enjoyable 3-4 hrs side walk, 400m climb to Nangkartshang Gompa, on the ridge north of Dingboche village can be the best choice. This vintage point offers Mt. Makalu (8,463m) fifth highest Mountain in the world to the east and awesome view of Mt. Ama Dablam and valley floor. If you have more energy, continue to Nangkartshang Hill summit (5090m) for additional adventure and thrill. Return back to Dingboche teahouse and overnight .

Day 08Dingboche – Lobuche (4,940 /16,207ft): 7km, 5-6 hrsAfter breakfast, our trail climbs to ridge with the towering view of Tawache peak & Cholatse. Trail continues through the Yak grazing pasture to Dhukla (4620 /15158ft) crossing a wooden bridge on roaring stream. Trail leads steep up to gravely terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier for about one hour, then bears left to the group of memorialsto lost climbers and Sherpas, including Scott Fischer who died in the 1996, Everest disaster. This place has awesome view of Khumbutse (6623m), Lingtren (6697), Pumori (7145 m) and Mahalangur Himal.Everest is hidden behind the towering wall of Nuptse an Lhotse. Follow the valley upstream about an hour to Lobuche. Overnight in teahouse.

Day 09Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,160 m/17,000ft) - Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft) Gorak Shep : 15km, 8-10 hrsToday main day. With early breakfast , our trek follows windy and rocky path with crest of north ridge to Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, etc. Trail continues along side of Khumbu Glacier to Gorakshep. Check in to Hotel, Lunch and afternoon set out to visit world’s highest base camp Everest Base Camp. Base camp has no view of Mt. Everest but fantastic view of Khumbu Icefall and colorful camp site of Everest expedition during expedition season. Trek back to Gorakshep teahouse for overnight.

Day 10Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft) - Pheriche (4,280 m/14,070 ft), 15km, 8-10 hrsA very early morning climb of 2 hours up Kala Patthar, behind the village, offers a sunrise awakening of the Himalayan chain. First view of Everest (8,848m/29,028ft), then its surrounding vassals: Pumori (7,145m/23,443ft), Lingtren (6,697m/21, 973ft), Khumbutse (6,623m/21,730ft), Changtse (7,550m/24,772ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27,941ft) and Nuptse (7,861m/25,792ft). Plus Cho Oyo (8,201m/26,907ft) in the west and Ama Dablam to the south: amidst countless other peaks that crowd the horizon in all directions. Drop back to Gorak Shep for breakfast, and then retrace your steps down to Lobuche. Return to the snout of the Khumbu glacier, dropping down the moraine and continuing on to the village of Pheriche for a lower and warmer night. Overnight in Pheriche.

Day 11Pheriche – Namche Bazzar (3,440 m/11,280 ft), 15km, 8-9 hrsToday’s trail gradually descends to Deboche before a mild rise through rhododendron forest to the hilltop village of Tengboche which has an important monastery and great views in all directions. A long descent, leads to Phunki Thenga (3,250m/10,663ft) on the Imja Khola: the trek’s lowest point north of Lukla. The path then climbs to Sanasa (where the trail forked to Gokyo) beyond which it broadens for the pleasant contour walk back to Namche Bazzar. Overnight in Namche Bazzar

Day 12 Namche Bazzar – Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft), 18km, 7-8 hrsFrom Namche, the trail descends to more comfortable altitudes, passing through the friendly farming villages of Jorsale (where we exit the National Park), Monjo, Phakding, then crosses the suspension bridge at Thado Koshi before rising to Ghat and Cheplung. Round off the adventure with the final 700m, 35min ascent to Lukla: and say goodbye to your porter. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 13Lukla – Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft), 35 min flightAfter an early breakfast, take the return flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel.
Evening farewell dinner in Nepalese restaurant with cultural show. Overnight at hotel .

Day 14DepartureAfter breakfast, timely transfer to Kathmandu Int'l. Airport for onward flight

Cost Include

  • Kathmandu International airport & Kathmandu domestic airport - hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
  • 3 nights 2 star level Hotel in Kathmandu at Thamel touristic city with breakfast except lunch and dinner.
  • Necessary formalities Trekking permits of Everest (Sagarmatha National Park) and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
  • Accommodation in tea house lodge in twin basis.
  • Food ( breakfast,lunch & dinner with hot drinks) during the trek.
  • Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide and porters.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla round flight tickets as mentioned in above itinerary.
  • Internal airport tax in Kathmandu & Lukla.
  • 13 % VAT compulsory Nepal Government tax  and other  local taxes.
  • An experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide and porters (1 porter carries only 20kg in tea house trek according to syndicate of porters union. We give 1 porter for 2 clients) to carry your luggage.

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal visa fee 40 USD for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained at your country in Nepalese consulate office before arrival in Nepal or you can get Nepal visa after arrival in Kathmandu airport.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu city (And also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
  • Cold and alcoholic drinks
  • Personal high altitude medicines, sleeping bags, first aid kits, equipments, gears, cloths etc.
  • Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
  • Extra porters if you wish to take.
  • Tips for guide and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal since long though it is not obligation if your trip is not satisfied.
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