Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu (4,2624ft)
Upon our arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier and then escorted to our prearranged hotel in downtown of Kathmandu. After a short rest, we will be at the office site of Himalayan Glacier to discuss our upcoming trip. In the evening, we will attend a grand welcome dinner where we enjoy Nepalese cuisine and a cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02 : Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
We stroll around Kathmandu’s several historical and spiritual landmarks. Some of these landmarks are also listed on the World Heritage Sites’ list. We pay our visit to Basantapur Durbar Square to view the historic palace of modern Nepal. Our excursion around Pashupatinath temple-the greatest Hindu Shrine, Bouddhanath Stupa-one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world, and Swayambhunath Stupa-famously known as Monkey temple, are all rewarding cultural delights. We also prepare for our upcoming adventure trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03 : Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (8,700ft): 3 - 4 hours
During the 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (9,186ft), we enjoy one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. At Lukla, a gateway destination from where our trek begins, we meet our other crew members and begin packing and arranging with them. From Lukla, we start trekking. At one hour’s gradual descent, we will be at a Cheplung village from where we have a glimpse of Mount Khumbila (18900ft), a sacred mountain which has never been climbed. From Cheplung, we then gradually descend until we reach Phakding and spend the night.
Day 04 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (11,280 ft): 5 - 6 hours
Walking through a beautiful pine forest, we follow the trail north up the valley of Benkar. Then, we cross Dudh Koshi River and go on passing Chumoa to Monjo, the entrance to Everest National Park. Then crossing a suspension bridge, we pass Jorsale village and walk alongside of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. A steep ascent brings us to the prime heart land of Sherpa village - Namche Bazar. At one hour’s distance to reaching Namche Bazzaar, if the weather permits, we can view the sights Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05 : Acclimatization Day to Namche Bazaar (11,284 ft)
There are plenty of things to do around Namche Bazaar, and we can spend a day here acclimatizing. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Khumbu region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colorful market. Our guides can take us to explore the real charm of Namche Bazaar. Hiking to Sagarmatha National Park rewards trekkers with a sunrise view and the views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. If we are interested in a day hike, we trek to Khumjung village (12401ft)-a beautiful village with a Sherpa settlement. In exploring Namche Bazar, we observe traditional Sherpa life, Khumjung Hillary School and enjoy flora and fauna found at such altitude. Overnight in Namche Bazzar.
Day 06 : Bazzar to Tengboche (12,694ft): 5 - 6 hours
This segment of the trek includes the famous descent to the Dudh-Koshi River and the equally famous ascent along the rhododendron forests to Tengboche. While descending to Dudh Kish River, we enjoy the views of mountain tops like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. Upon reaching Tengboche, we visit Tengboche monastery-the largest monastery in the region and soak in the views of Everest, Ama Dablam and other peaks. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 07 : Tengboche to Dingboche (14,300ft): 5 - 6 hours
We descent and trek through forests filled with a variety of lush trees – birch, conifers and rhododendrons. This journey again rewards us with tremendous views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The picturesque trail dips down to Devuche, crosses the Imja River and takes us to Pangboche. The upper Pangboche trails reward us with a more pristine view of the Himalayas and the Pangboche Monastery. The trek further moves ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and ultimately begins climbing up to Dingboche. Dingboche greets us with a beautiful array of fields and grazing animals. Overnight in Dingboche.
Day 08 : Dingboche to Duglha (15,090 ft): 3 - 4 hours
This section of the trek will again be full of rewarding sights. The journey will be hosted with awesome views of mountains on all sides. On the way to Duglha, we come across Phulung Karpo, the camp site of the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. As we move on, the majestic sight of Mt. Pumori (23,418 ft) comes into view. While moving forth by crossing Mt Cholatse, Mt. Thamserku and other mountains, the trail ultimately leads to Duglha. Overnight in Duglha.
Day 09 : Dugla to Lobuche (16,207 ft): 2 - 4 hours
From Dugla, the trial goes up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, and passes through a group of memorial shrines of the climbers who lost their lives on Mt. Everest. Furthermore, the trail continues to the Khumbu Glacier moraine where we encounter with several magnificent peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 10 : Lobuche to Gorak Shep (16,961ft) to Everest Base Camp (17,594ft) to Gorak Shep: 8 - 9 hours
Lobuche to Gorak Shep follows the trail along the western side of the Khumbu Valley and the beautiful views of Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Pumori - “Everest’s daughter”, - will accompany us. While trekking over the moraine trail, we must admire the view of the “Tip of Mount Everest”. After a brief descent, we reach Gorak Shep. Likewise, Gorak Shep to Base camp trek, the final stretch of the trek, is an arduous journey. Walking along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, we reach the Base Camp. Our dream destination is a flat field between Kala Pattar and Mount Pumori. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the Base Camp. We have met the ultimate objective of our trip by reaching the Everest Base Camp at this point. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Day 11 : Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (18,192ft) to Pheriche (14,070 ft): 8 - 9 hours
It will be the greatest day of the trip. The early morning departure amidst chilly winds and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C) results in the summit of Kala Patthar peak. As we climb towards the peak, peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east and even Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon summiting Kala Patthar that we get to see up-close and formidable 360-degree views of Mt. Everest. The Kala Patthar summit stuns our eyes with an incredible Himalayan Panorama. This once in a lifetime opportunity is one that we will never forget! We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche.
Day 12 : Pheriche to Pangboche to Tengboche to Namche Bazzar (11,280 ft): 6 - 7 hours
We trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the Dudh Koshi River, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction in the region. We have lunch at Kyangjuma (11,710 ft) and continue to follow the trail which goes downwards by crossing several bends. On the way to Namche Bazaar, we keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, and colorful pheasants while passing through the forest. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 13 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (9,186ft): 6 hours
The trail descends steeply downward and crosses the suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi and its tributaries. On our way, we enjoy amazing views of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance, snow-capped peaks. While walking through the Sherpa villages we catch a glimpse of their deep Buddhist faith. After arriving in Lukla we celebrate the fantastic trek that we successfully completed. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 14 : Lukla to Kathmandu: 40 minutes flight
The flight lands us in Kathmandu. After refreshment at our hotel in Kathmandu, we may stroll around the streets of Kathmandu and go souvenir shopping. At the evening, we attend a farewell dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier on our successful completion of our Everest adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 15 : Farewell Friend!
The Everest Base Camp Trek, the grand adventure in the Everest region, comes to an end today! Finally, a representative from Himalayan Glacier escorts us to the airport about 3 hours before our scheduled flight and offers final farewell greetings.