Everest Base Camp

Days 17
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Everest simply the biggest and best. The trek you have to do in your lifetime!!

At a Glance

Trip Style
Lodge Treks
Moderate +
Best Time to Travel
Sep - Dec/Feb - May

This trek is the premier goal for many adventurous walkers when making their first visit to Nepal. You visit both Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar the viewpoint recognised as the best vantage point to see Mount Everest. The breath-taking mountain scenery is incredible and combined with visits to Thyangboche Monastery and the Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar it is easy to see why this is our most popular trek.


Day 1 - KATHMANDU (1360m)

Kathmandu, the incredibly diverse capital of Nepal is a fascinating blend of centuries old Hindu and Buddhist shrines, traditional architecture and a city embracing the 21 century. Upon arrival, your leader will transfer you to your hotel from the airport. Your hotel is in the heart of the city close to Thamel, a popular choice with tourists, with colourful handicraft stalls, trekking gear shops and excellent restaurants. In the evening, after your trek briefing, you have the option of going out for a group dinner with your trek leader.

Day 2 - PHAKDING (2650M)

Trekking: 3 hours
The early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2830m) is spectacular with sensational views of the Himalayan range. The airstrip is the gateway to the Everest region and was built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-sixties From Lukla you begin trekking and descend towards the Dudh Kosi River where you join the main trading trail to Namche Bazaar, at Chaunrikharka (2720m). The walking is delightfully easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), you cross the river to our lodge at Phakding (2650m) and our overnight stop.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M)

Trekking: 5 hours
You walk through pine and rhododendron forest to Benkar where you have beautiful views of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2840m), arriving in time for lunch. In the afternoon you enter the National Park, where permits are checked, and then pass through the village of Jorsale (2805m). The trail leads to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi, from where you start the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. After crossing the high suspension bridge you climb steadily with opportunities to photgraph your first views of Everest.  You arrive at Namche Bazaar in the early afternoon with the rest of afternoon is free to explore the village.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 - NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M)

Acclimatisation Day
To aid acclimatisation your guide will organise an optional morning walk towards Thami. Other options include either the sunrise or sunset views from the National Park Headquarters above the village where the view is stunning.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 - THYANGBOCHE (3870M)

Trekking: 5 hours
In the morning you climb above the village and contour high above the valley. You will be able to see the monastery at Thyangboche on a small ridge far below the summit of Everest enroute to Shanasa where we take our first tea break. During the morning walk you should keep an eye open for the beautiful Danphe Pheasant and Himalayan Thar At Trashinga the trail drops steeply to the Dudh Kosi at Phunkitenga (3250m), where you take lunch. In the afternoon you ascend, steeply at first, through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron forest to Thyangboche. At Thyangboche you will visit the monastery and also enjoy super views of Everest, Kantega and Ama Dablam.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 - PANGBOCHE (3895m)

Trekking: 3 hours
From Thyangboche, you descend through forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron, to the nunnery at Deboche. Keep an eye open for Blood and Danphe Pheasant, Musk Deer and, high on the steep slopes of the valley, the Himalayan Thar. You cross the Imja Khola and gradually ascend to the village of Pangboche where the peak of Ama Dablam dominates the skyline. You will take lunch here and view the beautiful monastery that once housed the legendary Yeti scalp.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 - DINGBOCHE (4360m)

Trekking: 6 hours
From Phortse the trail ascends gradually, high above the Imja Khola valley, with views of the monastery at Thyangboche below. Do look out for the Himalayan Thar, a large mountain goat, that is often seem on this part of the trek. The mornings walk traverses the hillside before a short descent leads directly into the village of Pangboche where you re join the main trail to Everest. Here you enjoy lunch with the peak of Ama Dablam towering above the skyline.  In the afternoon you ascend gradually, passing through the small settlement at Orsho before leaving the main trail to head into the Imja Valley and your lodge at Dingboche. Everest cannot be seen from here but there are spectacular views of Lhotse, Island Peak and Ama Dablam before you. The walking is quite tiring and to aid our acclimatisation you will enjoy a further rest day in Dingboche.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 - DINGBOCHE (4360M)

Rest and acclimatisation day
Dingboche was initially a summer settlement where yaks were brought to graze on the valley pastures. Today it is now a popular stopover for those en route to Everest Base Camp. The options today include  a short excursion up the valley towards Chukkung where there are beautiful views of the towering south face of Lhotse and Island Peak in the centre of the valley. Alternatively, you may wish to climb to the hill above the lodge for views of the fifth-highest mountain in the world, Makalu (8481m).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 - LOBUCHE (4930M)

Trekking: 4 hours
In the morning you ascend the small ridge behind the village high above the Pheriche valley and gradually ascend past the peaks of Taweche and Cholatse across the valley to cross the Khumbu Khola at Dughla (4620m), where you take a lunch. In the afternoon a steady climb up the moraines of the Khumbu Glacier leads to the memorial cairns, of the Sherpas and climbers who have died on various Everest expeditions. From here the views are marvelous with Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m), Khumbutse (6623m), and Changtse (7550m) seen at the head of the valley. It is only a short walk up the valley from here to Lobuje and our overnight accommodation.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 - EVEREST BASE CAMP (5345m) & GORAK SHEP (5150m)

Trekking: 8 hours
We leave after breakfast and walk slowly up the valley by the side of the Khumbu Glacier to the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier where it is necessary to make a series of small ascents and descents to the sandy flats of Gorak Shep (5150m). reached in around three hours from Lobuje. We rest and take and early lunch and then set off for the round trip to Everest Base Camp. The walk there and back will take around five hours.It is a great achievement to reach Base Camp and you will spend time here absorbing the atmosphere and taking photographs. If trekking during the climbing period of March to May, you will see the climbers tents that are pitched on the glacier below the dangerous Everest Ice Fall. We return to our lodge and will reach there in the latter part of the afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 - KALA PATHAR (5640m) & PHERICHE (4280m)

Trekking: 8 hours
From Base Camp you do not get the picture postcard views of Mount Everest, so we get up early in the morning for the climb to Kala Pathar. (5643m) to enjoy the sensational panoramic views of Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, and Everest. It is a tough walk because of the altitude, but emotionally rewarding and you can spend as long as you wish enjoying this special moment. The descent back down to Gorak Shep is undertaken a lot quicker than the ascent and after a welcome hot drink you retrace your steps back to Lobuje for lunch. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola and head down the valley below to Pheriche, where we stop for the night.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 - NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440m)

Trekking: 5 hours
You make a leisurely start from Pheriche descending down the valley with the peaks of Ama Dablam and Taweche looming majestically above the trail. You quickly reach the settlements of Orsho, Shomare, however, do take the opportunity to turn around and enjoy the views of Everest as you descend. After passing through Pangboche you cross the Imja River to ascend through rhododendron and birch forest back to Thyangboche where you take lunch and visit the monastery. In the afternoon it is a steep descent through forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga where you cross the Dudh Kosi river and ascend to the small village of Trashinga. From here the walking becomes easier as the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa and on to  Namche Bazaar.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 - PHAKDING (2650M)

Trekking: 4 hours
There is a final opportunity to visit the shops in the bazaar and maybe send an email before you descend steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. Back at lower altitudes, fit and well acclimatised the walking is now easy as you follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where you take lunch. In the afternoon  stroll down the valley through Benkar and back to your lodge in Phakding.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 - LUKLA (2800m)

Trekking: 3 hours
This is your last day of trekking. You follow the valley before making the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla arriving in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to wander around, relax or perhaps enjoy a hot shower! In the evening you enjoy a farewell dinner followed by a few celebratory drinks  with your Sherpa companions.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15 - FLY LUKLA to KATHMANDU (1360m)

Flight time: 45 mins
Usually the flight to Kathmandu leaves early in the morning. Weather permitting, you have exceptional mountain views as you fly parallel to the Himalayan range. On arrival in Kathmandu you are met and transferred back to your hotel with the rest of the day free to do souvenir shopping or further sightseeing.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16 - KATHMANDU (1360m)

We have allocated a full day in Kathmandu for you to relax and explore after your trek in the Everest region. This also serves as a contingency day in case of delays in Lukla due to inclement weather. There is an option to see the heritage city of Bhaktapur or Patan. Please ask your leader for sightseeing options and arrangements.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 17 – DEPART KATHMANDU (1360m)

Your trip ends today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements. A departure transfer to the airport is included.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Price Includes

  • 3 nights accommodation in a 5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis
  • 13 nights lodge accommodation on trek on Twin Share
  • All Meals on the trek
  • Experienced English speaking local leader
  • Porter clothing, boots and insurance
  • International Airport Arrival & Departure Transfers
  • Domestic Airport Transfers
  • All Domestic Transfers in a private Vehicle as per Itinerary
  • Medical Kit, Portable Altitude Chamber and Medical Oxygen
  • Trekking and national park permits
  • Flights Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
  • Pre departure Trek Dossier
  • Trekking map

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Nepal visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu where not indicated
  • Items of a personal nature, drinks, snacks, laundry,etc.
  • Tipping


We all really had a fantastic trip and loved every part of it. Tulay was a wonderful guide and certainly made the experience all the better – Cho La Adventures will certainly get my recommendation to anyone I speak to regarding hiking in Nepal.

Rodney Baurycza

Sydney, Australia

I have reflected particularly on my Everest Base Camp Hike with my son. It is the highlight of my year. Not without some hard work but I absolutely loved it and whenever asked about I can feel the smile coming to my face and the satisfaction and achievement I feel. I thank you and Ngima Ongchu(he was a fantastic guide) for a very memorable experience.

Barry Angus

Adelaide, Australia

I thoroughly enjoyed an Everest Base Camp where Nima Lama was our guide/ trek manager. Our group was very impressed with Nima and his team in every area of organization and operation, including: Adequate altitude acclimatisation Trek route knowledge Cultural knowledge Trekkers safety I wish Nima the very best with his new business, Cho La Adventures, and I’d warmly recommend his organisational and guiding skills to any individual traveller, or group.

Dave Watson

Sydney, Australia

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