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This classic trek gives you a once in a lifetime chance to get right up close to Everest. It is a tough trek that needs some preparation, but immensely rewarding. The journey starts in Kathmandu, where we spend a day touring this incredible city with the evening free to explore at leisure.
The next morning we catch an early flight to Lukla to begin our two week journey trekking through the mountains. We pace the itinerary sensibly with acclimatization days en-route in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche. As we climb up through the mountains our days will be rewarded with incredible views of Everest and nights are spent in comfortable trekking lodges dotted along the way.
We make the final push up the Khumbu glacier to our target of Everest Base Camp, We’ll also take a short trek up to Kala Patthar for the best view of Mount Everest and Lhotse, weather permitting. We then begin our decent winding our way back down the mountains before flying back to Kathmandu.
Once back in Kathmandu, we have a free day where you’ll be able to take one of the many optional tours we offer including visits to the nearby towns or Patan and Bhaktapur as well as a rafting trip on the Bhote Khosi river. The evening is free for a final meal in Kathmandu.
On your date of arrival, Imperial Nepal Treks will be there to welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft). We will pick you and shift you for an overnight accommodation as per booking.
On Day 2 we will organize a full day city tour around Kathmandu Valley. The aim behind is to let you have the know-how of the Kathmandu city, the city of monuments, temples and monasteries such as Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swoyambhunath, Changu Narayan, Budhhanilkantha and many others. We will provide you leisure time for rest and preparation for final departure that is scheduled for the next day. On this day, we offer you a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali Restaurant where you will taste different varieties of Nepali food. Your overnight accommodation remains unchanged.
We start our trek with a charming flight to Lukla from Kathmandu after having a breakfast early morning. Once we arrive at Lukla, we head towards Phakding that takes around 4 hours of walk. On our way to Phakding, we will observe beautiful stone walls, painted and non-painted mani stones, view of kusum Khangkaru mountain, and finally reach Phakding. Phakding is the first view point of Kongde Ri mountain range. Also, 500 years old Pemacholing Monastery exists here. Our accommodation would be on a tea house or lodge in full board basis.
From Phakding, we walk towards Namche Bazaar, our second destination of the Everest Base Camp Trek. Passing by Rimshung Monastery and Uchhecholing Monastery, we climb up along the trail and visit Sagarmatha National Park. You can have the internet access here. Moving forward, we cross Larbha Dobhan and taking further step ahead, we will witness the first view of Mount Everest. Climbing up the path, we are finally at Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar is the main gateway to Everest, you will find colorful Khumbu villages, Banks, Money Exchanger, Internet café and overall all the facilities you can find in the city. On Saturday, a special market appears here, people come here to sell their products and buy things necessary for them. Our accommodation would be on a tea house or lodge in full board basis.
This day is the rest day as we need enough time for acclimatization; however, if you are willing to hike for sometime then we take you to famous Everest View Hotel that takes around 3 hours to catch glimpses of Mt. Everest. On our way back, we'll visit Hilary and Sherpa museum. You will get teahouse or lodge accommodation in full board basis.
Heading towards Tengboche from Namche, the first view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, Taboche, Kangtega and Thamserku is witnessed. Moving forward, we pass by an Army Barrack at Phunke Tenga and arrive at Tengboche. Tengboche is famous for the Buddhist Monastery, we visit and explore the monastery. Our accommodation would be on a tea house or lodge in full board basis.
Ascending along the stone steps, we see the National Park Head Office as we pass by Deboche. Following up the path, we reach Pangboche where a religious place called Pangboche Gompa exists. Walking over some flat trails, surpassing tea shops, we arrive at Dingboche. Here, you get teahouse or lodge accommodation in full board basis.
This day is the rest day for acclimatization and the last leg of the journey as well. You can take full rest or if interested explore the areas over there. A trek to Chhukung that takes around 3 to 4 hours can be taken. Walking towards east, within Imja Tsha valley, the path leads to Chukkung. You might experience thin air here as the altitude gains. At Chhukung, there are few teahouses and you can have superb view of the snow capped peaks and glaciers. Enjoying the sceneries all around, we stroll back to Dingboche for an overnight stay in the same tea house/lodge.
Beginning from Dingboche, we head towards Lobuche walking over the mani stones. Taking gradual steps, we will follow the trail of Three High Passes Trek. The trek is quite strenuous as we need to cross Kongma La Pass that resides at an altitude of 5535m. Moving forward, passing by the High camp, we reach Lobuche. At Lobuche, we stay for overnight in a teahouse or lodge accommodation in full board basis.
Climbing high, we follow Everest Base Camp Trek trail, and come across Pyramid, Lobuche pass at 5110m, and Gorakshe Tsho Lake at Gorakshep. We have lunch at Gorakshep and stepping up, passing by Camp and Pumori B.C., we reach Everest Base Camp (5364). We come back to Gorakshep for an overnight stay in a tea house or lodge in full board basis.
In order to snap in the breathtaking morning view, the sunrays over the snow capped Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nupse and others, we walk towards Kala Patthar at an altitude of 5550m. From Kala Patthar, we descend towards Dingboche via Lobuche and finally stay at Pheriche you get teahouse or lodge accommodation in full board basis.
As the trail descends, the travel is easier and faster in pace. Following back the same trail with stone walls around, passing by places like Pangboche, Deboche, and Tengboche, we arrive at Phunke Tenga. Heading downwards and crossing suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, this trek onwards to the Khyangjuma well-known as the trinity ways to Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village and Namche Bazaar. Views of peaks like Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawache and Lhotse are stunning from here. Some species that are found in the rhododendron forest are Pheasants, Himalayan Griffons, Musk deer and wild goats will let you experience the wildlife here. Exploring all these creatures, we reach Khumjung and stay here for overnight in a tea house or lodge where you get meals on full board basis.
Descending from Khumjung, we visit Khumjung Gompa, Khunde Hillary Hospital, Government Yak Farm in the Khumjung valley. Crossing Syangboche where there is a Syangboche airstrip, the world's highest air strip, we walk towards Namche and have our lunch there. From Namche, we walk back downhill and reach Monju. We spend the night in a tea house/lodge where you get meals on a full board basis.
Following back the same trail towards Lukla via Phakding and the same glorious views as well the Sherpa valleys around, we step in Lukla. We will stroll around the Lukla and also reconfirm the flight ticket on this day. Enjoying the very last moments of our Everest Base Camp Trek, we celebrate and have dinner with the crew members. We stay in a hotel at night where you will get meals on full board basis.
We will take in Lukla to Kathmandu flight that is around 30 to 40 minutes. You will meet the team of Imperial Nepal who will drop you at the Hotel you stayed before (unless changed). As this is the last day, we enjoy the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with live music and rejoice the moments.
The representatives from Off Road Adventure will drop you to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and assist you in your final departure from Kathmandu. We bid our last goodbyes and you will head towards your destination.