Mount Everest Base Camp (a trek designed to get you real close-up to the ‘mother of all peaks’ Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world) – 16 days. A direct approach to the foot of the world’s highest mountain – Mount Everest
Mount Everest Base Camp has been a popular destination for trekkers since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1950’s. To reach this part of the Himalaya within a limited time, we have devised this two week trek to Everest Base Camp which runs directly to and from Lukla. The Everest Base Camp trek, a very well known mountain trek, starts at the upper Phakding and follows the Dudh Kosi valley which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche, a bustling bazaar that’s a junction for trekkers, the local Sherpa and expeditions enroute to the mighty Mt. Everest. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it the kind of walk you will remember for a long, long time. On the cliffs above the river it is possible to spot musk deer and the Himalayan tahr. From Namche, we trek along a high traversing path where we have our first good views of Everest and then head towards Thyangboche Monastery, which is a 2 hour climb. The monastery sits at 3867m in a clearing surrounded by dwarf firs and rhododendrons. The monastery is structurally located on a ridge top with commanding views of the Everest landscape. The view from this spot, seen to best advantage in the morning, is absolutely mesmerizing and stunning and is rightly deemed to be one of the most magnificent in the world. We then descend to the Imja Khola and continue to the villages of Pangboche and Pheriche before finally approaching the Khumbu Glacier. We then follow the glacier, first to Lobuche, a vantage point for some spectacular views of the ‘Ama Dablam, Taweche and other peaks and then hike to Gorak Shep for a breather. We also have the opportunity to ascend Kala Pattar from where we can get some awesome views of the Himalayan giants which literally numb your senses with breathless admiration that beholds the eye; and makes up for the lung-bursting climb that took you up there. You soon realize it was absolutely worth it. This also includes fantastic views of the south west face of the colossal Mt. Everest. We then trek down to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu ice fall before finally making our way back down to Lukla.
An outline of your itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu. Over night hotel
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Over night hotel.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla. Your trek begins to Phakding (2656m) over night camp
Day 4: Trek to Namche (3450m) over night camp
Day 5: Rest day in Namche. Over night camp
Day 6: Trek to Thyangboche (3867m) over night camp
Day 7: Trek to Pheriche (4252m) over night camp
Day 8: Rest in Pheriche. Over night camp
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche (4930m) over night camp
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5184m) and climb Kala Pattar [5554m] for viewing Everest and hike back to Gorak Shep. Over night camp
Day 11: Trek down to Everest Base Camp (5357m), and back to Gorak Shep overnight camp
Day 12: Trek to Pangboche (3985m) over night camp
Day 13: Trek to the Everest regional headquarters of Namche (3450m) over night camp
Day 14: Trek down to Lukla (2800m) over night camp
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu. Over night hotel.
Day 16: Depart Kathmandu
Trip facts: Trip duration: 16 Days. Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging. Activity: Trekking and sightseeing. Starts in: Kathmandu. Ends in: Kathmandu. Trek type: FOT/TH/GAP Accommodation: Hotel, camping or lodge (tea house). Meals: Trek: AP/Hotel: BB. Transportation: Flight, private car or tourist bus. Maximum altitude: 5357m. P.S. – No meals on GAP treks