Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip Overview

Your trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo lakes in the central Himalaya will be a truly unforgettable experience. There are still many people who have never done or even heard of this incredible journey. Everest (8848M)as it is known in English was named after Sir George Everest who was the Surveyor General of India between 1830 and 1843. It’s called Sagarmatha (Abode of Ocean) by Nepalis and Qomolungma (Mother Goddess of the Universe) by Tibetans. It was first climbed on 29th May 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
After enjoying the history and culture of Kathmandu for a day we will fly to Lukla one of the most remote airports in the world. From here we trek through the Khumbu valley,which was named by Sherpas after the sacred mountain Khumbui Yul Iha – the Goddess of the Khumbu region. During the trek you will see Tibetan traders bringing their goods to Nepal over Nang Pa la pass, we will also see Yaks carrying goods into this area. We will be able to see the Sherpa way of life and their culture and experience some aspects of it and we will see examples of Tibetan Buddhism in the area which was brought here, from Tibet, in the 16th century.
When possible this trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo valley will avoid using the main trekking route which can become very busy at the most popular times of the year. We will go off the beaten track which will give us good opportunities to enjoy the real local culture and traditions. Throughout the trek we will use local guides and porters. Accommodation and food will be provided in tea-lodges.

Day to Day Activity
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu(1350m).
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding(2652m).
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar(3440m),
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche.
Day 06: Trek to Khumjung (3790m),
Day 07: Trek to Phortse village(3800m),
Day 08: Trek to Dingboche (4360m),
Day 09: Acclimatization day in Dingboche,
Day 10: Trek to lobuche(4930m),
Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp(5365m),
Day 12: Ascend Kala Pattar (5545m) and trek to Pheriche (4242m),
Day 13/ 14: Trek  back to Lukla(2800m).
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Spare day in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Final depart.

Note: Bed and Breakfast are provided in Kathmandu. Full board is provided during the trek.

Trip Highlight

» The challenging trek to Everest Base Camp (5365m), following in the footsteps of the great climbing parties.
» Exploring fascinating Namche Bazaar and soaking up the Sherpa culture, tradition, and their way of life.
» Trekking through some of the world's highest peaks, with incredible views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku and Ama Dablam.
» Visiting the incredible monastery at Thyangboche

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,
    Check in to your Hotel (Yak and Yeti) right in the centre of the town, just off Thamel. It’s easy to get all the important sights of Kathmandu Valley.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu,
    After breakfast we have arranged guided walking tour, visiting the bazaar and temples of old part of Kathmandu Durbar Square. Nepal’s hustling-bustling capital is a captivating mix of spice sellers and potters, rickshaws and sacred cows, all crowded together amidst a city of vibrant noise and colour. Our sightseeing this morning takes in the sumptuous majesty of Durbar Square and its collection of ornate palaces, courtyards and temples spanning some three centuries of dynastic rule by Malla and Shah kings. We’ll see the Great Bell and the fearsome image of the six-armed Kala Bhairab (destroctive menifestation of Lord Shive), the magnificent Taleju Temple and the Kasthamandap, the oldest building in the Kathmandu Valley. We will also visit the Asan Bazaar and the Kumari Ghar, home to the Kumari Devi, a living goddess worshipped by both followers of the Hindu and Buddhist faiths. This afternoon we will then have a full briefing on the trekking days ahead and take the opportunity to visit a local hire shop to pick up any last minute equipment still needed.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m),
    You’ll be transferred to the domestic airport this morning we take the short 40 minutes flight to Lukla, hopefully enjoying the spectacular views of Gauri Shankar(7415m), Melungtse (7181m) and Numbur peak (6955m) en route. Please be aware that adverse weather conditions and other local factors can cause delays and even cancellations and although seats are booked and confirmed well in advance, it may be necessary to adjust the itineary to make full use of your time. Arriving in Lukla we will meet up with our Sherpa guides and crew and begin the descent down towards the village of Choplung. We then head north, following the east bank of the Dudh Koshi (milk river) to the typical Sherpa village of Ghat (2545m), before crossing the river to our final destination for the day in Phakding (2652m).
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar,
    After breakfast we leave Phakding village and continue along the westernbank of the river, following a fairly level trail initially that leads into the Sagarmatha National Park at Monzo (2835m). The journey takes us through a landscape of pine, rhododendron and Juniper forest, crossing the Dudh Koshi on a couple of occasions and ascending to the village of Chomoa. After lunch we then begin the long ascent to Namche Bazaar, a fairly strenuous 668m climb that should afford us our first views of Everest and Lhotse as we follow a meandering trail that leads through more pine forest up to the horshoe-shaped bowl containing the Sherpa capital village of Namche at 3446m.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche,
    This village is situated high above the Bhote Koshi Gorge, Namche is the centre of Sherpa life in the Upper Khumbu region and its bustling market and steep, narrow streets provide plenty of colour and interest. We have an extra day here to help acclimatize to the altitude, which affords an ideal opportunity to visit the Sagarmatha National Park headquarters this morning, as well as the nearby Sherpa Museum. There are some spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse from here and this afternoon there is a chance to enjoy an optional hike along the Bhote Koshi Valley towards Phurte (3500m), a walk of some two hours that will involve an initial steep climb, but does present some superb views across the surrounding landscapes to the mountains beyond. Alternatively you might just like to enjoy the atmosphere of Namche itself, doing a little bit shopping amongst its myriad of tiny stalls, or watching the bustling chaos of street life as yaks, trekkers and sherpas vie for space amongst its narrow lanes.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 06: Trek to Khumjung via Khunde and Everest view Hotel,
    We walk behind Namche Bazaar climbing up steeply sometime through Junipers bush all the way up to the (now unused) small airstrip at Shyangboche(3730m), and continue on climbing to the ridge taking in the impressive views from the Everest View Hotel and  or perhaps travelling via Khunde and the Hillary Hospital, built by the HimalayanTrust, a charity established by Sir Edmund Hillary to assist the Sherpa people. On our ascent (depending upon which route we take) we may pass the Government Yak breeding centre. Our route today affords us some fine views of great ridge of Lhotse Nuptse, Everest,Thamserku, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Khumbila.

    A traditional Sherpa community who lives here in this village for hundred of years which lies below the sacred face of Khumbi-La. This remarkable village is home to the world’s highest bakery and also the school established by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1960, which has become an important centre of learning for children from the outlying villages and can hold up to 500 students. There will be a chance to visit both establishment today and also possibly encounter the brightly coloured Impeyan pheasant, Nepal’s national bird. You may wish to visit the monastery at Khumjung village (3790m) today where the remainning Yeti skull is locked in a metal cupboard.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 07: Trek to Phortse Village (3800m),
    Leaving this village we walk little down and take left  turn following the trail to Gokyo valley climbing steeply for couple of hours to Mong La Chorten.It’s a pass where you’ll have tea break.From here the trail switch backs down hill through pine forest to Phortse Thagnak for lunch.This place is situated bank of the Dudha Koshi from where you can get cool breeze.You’ll go across the river by a suspension bridge  and then climb steeply again through birch trees to the village of Phortse(3800m).You can walk  to the top of the village where you’ll visit the impressive monastery which is recently re-built by local people.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 08: Trek to Dingboche (4360m) via Pangboche village,
    We follow the trail high above the Imja Khola valley overlooking down Thyngboche monastery otherside is very impressive.We’ll continue on a quiter path which undulates for a couple of hours with few steep sections to Pangboche village(3995m). You’ll visit one of the oldest monastery in this village.This  village pangboche is the last permanent settlement towards Everest Base Camp  and continuing up through this village and taking in the majestic sight of Ama Dablam as we go. Climbing above the tree line we then cross the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Khola rivers and continue climbing up towards the village of Dingboche (4360m), our final destination for the day. The extensive stone walled fields of this village produce barley (for tsampa porridge) -the highest altitude at which this crop is grown in Nepal.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 09:  Acclimatization day in Dingboche,
    This is a summer settlement village.From here you’ll get a 360 degree panoramic view of the snow capped mountains because they all sorround around us.We spend a day at Dingboche to continue our acclimatisation. Those adapting well to the altitude can climb Nangkartshang Peak at 5,100m for the great views of Makalu,Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawoche and Ama Dablam.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 10: Trek to Lobuje (4930m),
    The trail climbs steeply out of Dingboche past a chorten and ascends the valley gradually to Dugla( 4620m) at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here we have a short steep climb up to Chukpo Lari, a beautiful, yet poignant place where there is a line of memorials in tribute to the climbers who have died on Everest and other peaks and from where we have a beautiful panorama of the peaks lying on the Nepal-Tibet border. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuje (4,930m) a tiny hamlet with a few teahouses. The sunset on Nuptse is not to be missed.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365m),
    A very long, hard day today as we leave very early, following the Khumbu Glacier northwards to Gorak Shep (5,180m). After a rest and something to eat we trek across the sandy flat at Gorak Shep and climb onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for a couple of hours before finally descending onto the rocky glacial moraine itself. The trail winds up and down through fascinating ice seracs to the area known as Everest Base Camp, where in spring, we might see some of the expedition teams as they prepare to climb the mountain. From the Base Camp we get fantastic close up views of the Khumbu Ice Fall and we can appreciate just how difficult it is to negotiate a route through the huge blocks of ice. Nuptse towers above us and Pumori rears up behind us from Base Camp. After a short photo stop we retrace our steps to Gorak Shep.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 12: Ascend Kala Patar and trek to Pheriche,
    For those who are still energetic, today is a another hard day as we climb steeply 365m above Gorak Shep to the small peak of Kala Pattar, ‘Black Rock’, at 5,545m from where we can look down over the base camps of the various Everest expeditions.This climb affords a most magnificent view of the Khumbu Glacier and above all a close up view of the world’s highest mountain. We return to Gorak Shep and retrace our steps to Lobuje for lunch and then continue on down the valley to the lower altitude of Pheriche(4242m) for the night.
    (Please note that 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).
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 13 /14: Trek back to Lukla(2800m),
    Descending through Pheriche, we cross a small bridge and have a short climb up to the memorial Chortens before descending to join the main Imja Khola Valley. We follow the valley down to Pangboche through an alpine meadow landscape. We drop down to the rushing river then walk through the peaceful rhododendron forests to the village of Devoche from where we climb back up to Thyangboche(3870) on the ridge. At this village there is a very important monastery for the Sherpa people in Khumbu region. All those climbing expeditions to Everest, before proceeding towards Base Camp they do special Puja or prayer at this sacred place to bring good luck on Everest.You should have time to look round this monastery.We descend off the ridge to Phunki Tenga and walk back to Namche Bazaar along a beautiful undulating trail high above the Dudh Koshi river. Descending through Namche Bazaar, we pick up our outward trail again towards Chaunrikhara. Here we leave the main trail and climb the short distance to the airstrip at Lukla.
    Overnight tea house, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu,
    We fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to our Hotel.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 16: Spare day  In Kathmandu,
    You’ve free day in Kathmandu for individual sightseeing or shopping. We might need this extra day due to the weather conditions, flight delays or any cases.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 17: End Kathmandu,
    You’ll be transferred to the airport for the flight back home. It's good to be at the airport at least 3 hours prior to departure.

    Meals included: breakfast


Price Includes

» Accommodation in Kathmandu - Twin share
» Sightseeing in Kathmandu
» Accommodation on the trek. Twin or multi share occasionally.
» All domestic transport as listed in the itinerary
» Domestic flights Kathmandu-Lukla return and applicable taxes.
» All National Park permits and entrance fees
» Porters and/or pack animals to carry personal gear
» Maximum 15 kg luggage allowance while on trek
» Duffle Bag for your gear
» Sleeping Bag and inner liner if necessary
» Trek Leader and guides
» Comprehensive medical kit

Price Excludes

» Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage, laundry
» Meals in Kathmandu
» International flights and departure taxes
» Visa and passport fees
» Travel insurance
» Emergency evacuation
» Tips and gratuities
» Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Griffon Travel

Equipment List

Equipment List

You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you, if not it’s worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipments here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it. You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu (Thamel).
Sun glasses
Chap stick/Sunscreen
Face mask or Scarf
Hand towel
Fleece beanie
Wind stopper/waterproof top and bottom
Cold weather down jacket below waist
Fleece jacket and trouser
Trekking trouser
T-Shirts (short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
Wind stopper and fleece gloves
Socks and under wears
Trekking boot
Snow Gaiter (optional)
Runners/Snickers for camps
Head torch
Water Bottle/Camel Pak
Trekking/Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Small personal first aid kit

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A 17-member team led by Narayan Sapkota, former president of TAAN Pokhara, started the exploration with a drive to Kushma from Pokhara. From Kushma, the walk started toward Banau (2150 meters) through Ghumti, Bagaicha, Bhatebari, Dhakdhake and Sidhali
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