The Khumbu region of Nepal is sometimes called the “top of the world”, topped by the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. It is home to the Sherpa people, who are known for their hospitality as well as their mountaineering skills.
Sherpas practice the Tibetan Buddhist faith and have lived in the high valleys of Nepal for at least three centuries. The region is now controlled by the Sagamartha National Park. Along the way we stop at the Tengboche Monastery, where you can spend a little time enjoying the atmosphere created by the ever chanting lamas. View their art and traditions up close. Learn from the people here how to walk mindfully on your trek.
On the Everest Base Camp Trek experince the great natural beauty of Nepal – home to Himalayan Thar, musk deer and Nepal’s national bird, the brightly coloured Danphe pheasant. The Khumbu region is also famous for its magnificent mountains and stunning scenery. The views of the 8000m Mount Everest, Lhotse and Cho Oyu, as well as the smaller peaks of Nuptse, Thamserku, Kangtega and Kwangde aresome of the best in Nepal. Some say the most impressive of all is the beautiful Mount Ama Dablam.
Trek description: This trek is graded C : a demanding trek, with walking days of between 3 to 6 hours, when there is time to explore the locale or trek a little higher and return, to some longer walking days of 6 hours or more. This trek is suitable for fit and experienced hill-walkers with the stamina for 16 days on the trail in remote high altitude terrain. The ascent of Kalar Pathar is a straightforward walk on a good trail. It is important to remember that most of the trek is above 3000m, therefore, short days walks and small ascents are essential for proper and safe acclimatisation. Trails are mostly well maintained, sandy or rocky paths and steep steps, which lead through a variety of beautiful and breathtaking landscapes, including pine and rhododendron forests, as well as glacial moraine.
Education Options: Everest Base Camp trek should also appeal to those with an interest in Buddhism, Religious Studies, Anthropology – Himalayan culture of of Sherpa, Rai and Tamangs, Tibetan Language variations (Sherpa), wilderness medicine, extreme fitness or sports athletics/health, High Altitude Physiology,
Maximum altitude: Kala Pathar 5545m (sleeping at Gorakshep 5150m).
Best season: October – early December & late March – May
Weather: The weather can be unpredictable at any time of year, and it is usually very cold at night in the upper Khumbu, so warm clothes (a down jacket is a good idea) and a good sleeping bag are essential.
Fly from Kathmandu to Llukla 2700m and trek to Phakding 2600, 4 hrs and overnight. A spectacular flight and a jagged landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail to our first stop at Phakding.
Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar 3440m, (6 hrs) and overnight We continue north following the Dudh Kosi river and on to Jorsale where we enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here it is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the lmja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi) followed by a steep climb (for about 2hrs.) to Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market
Namche Bazaar rest day and overnight Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. Once named the ‘Trekkers Mecca of Nepal, Namche now boasts an abundance of lodges and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatising to the new altitude of 3450m before heading off towards Gokyo. Options for acclimatisation walks include a visit to Khunde Hospital and also the one hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest
Namche Bazaar trek to Tyangboche, 3860m, (6 hrs) and overnight From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. Now we get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an excellent lunch spot, and here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although tiring, the hike up the zigzag path has numerous distractions, with rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. We stay near the monastery with Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam framed in the doorway of our guest house.
Tyangboche trek to Dingboche, 4300m, (6hrs) and overnight After breakfast we head up to Dingbuche. On the way the majestic Amadablam over shadows our day. On the way we meet a little Sherpa village called Pangbuche continue to Dingbuche for overnight.
Dingboche trek to Labuche 4930m, (6 hrs) and overnight We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and climb more steeply towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche
Labuche rest day and overnight Lobuche we walk for 1 weeks already, slowly ascent in order to acclimatize well. We have a beautiful view from Lobuje and the Ama Dablam is seen in a different aspect here. The real top of Kantega is visible far to the left. From Lobuje, a summer village. The sunset on Nuptse (7879m) seen from Lobuje, is a memorable sight.
Labuche trek to Gorakpshep 5170m, (2 and half hrs) and overnight Gorakshep We continue our trek along the Khumbu Glacier. We will reach our destination quiet early but you can spend rest of the days for acclimatization & preparation for the next day adventure
Gorakshep early morning hike to Kalapathar (5500m) and back to Gorakshep 3 hrs, Trek to Everest base camp 5300m and back to Gorakshep (5 hrs) and overnight Wake up early morning. The sunrise colors begin to appear on Everest, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. And trek back to Gorakshep for Breakfast. We eat our breakfast and then continue to Everest Base camp (5300m. Walk to base camp and back would requires about 5-6 hours, following the Khumbu glacier, sometimes on moraine and sometimes on the glacier itself. The walk is especially interesting for the views of the 15-meters high series of ice, a feature peculiar to Himalayan glaciers. The base camp of the highest mountain in the world is mostly inhabited by several expeditions all over the world. Back to Gorekshep for overnight
Gorapshep trek to Pheriche 4280m (6 and half hrs) and overnight Today is downhill most of the way, as we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue Association have a trekkers aid post here and it is quite interesting to visit.
Pheriche trek to Tyangboche 3860m, (4 hrs) and overnight We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche
Tyangboche trek to Namchee Bazaar 3440m, (5 hrs) and overnight From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki where there are water driven prayer wheels, then climb and contour around the hillside to Namche
Namche Bazaar trek to Lukla 2840m, (7hrs) and overnight From Namche Bazaar the trail descends steeply to the village of Jorsale. Passing the villages of Phakding (2640m) and Choplung, we reach Chaunrikharka and the trail that cuts up to the airstrip at Lukla.
Lukla fly to Kathmandu, End of the trek Early morning flight to Kathmandu. Afternoon free to tour around Kathmandu! Ask us about “What to do in Kathmandu!”