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Nepal: Everest Basecamp

World famous trek into the heart of the Himalayas - Trip for singles

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GROUP SIZE: 2-24 | 18 DAYS

Nepal: Everest Basecamp

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Spread all over Kathmandu you'll find many temples with lingams that are covered with offerings for the god Shiva. |Nepal



Phakding is a small town in the Khumbu region of Nepal.

Namchee Bazaar

Namchee Bazaar

The Namchee Bazar is famous for the Sherpa market (Saturday) where buffalo meat, vegetable and fruit are sold.



Tengboche (3867 m) offers fantastic views of the snowy mountain tops of the Ama Dablam, Lhotse Kangtega, Thamserku Mount Everest (8848 m).



In Dingboche you'll mostly find mountain climbers on their way to the Mount Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse.



This impressive peak is 4950 meters high and very popular among hikers.

Gorak Shep

Gorak Shep

Before you reach the Everest Basecamp, you walk over a rocky path to Gorak Shep (5160 m).



Via Namche Bazaar and Phaking you'll arrive in Lukla (2800 m).

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Arrival Kathmandu Kathmandu
2 Kathmandu Kathmandu
3 Plane Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding Phakding
4 Walk Phakding - Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar
5 Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar
6 Walk Namche Bazaar - Tengboche Tengboche
7 Walk Tengboche - Dingboche Dingboche
8 Dingboche Dingboche
9 Walk Dingboche - Lobuche Lobuche
10 Walk Lobuche - Gorak Shep Gorak Shep
11 Walk Gorak shep - Kala Patthar - Pheriche Pheriche
12 Walk Pheriche - Kenjuma Kenjuma
13 Walk Kenjuma - Monjo Monjo
14 Walk Monjo - Lukla Lukla
15 Plane Lukla - Kathmandu Kathmandu
16 Kathmandu Kathmandu
17 Kathmandu Kathmandu
18 Kathmandu End of tour


Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal!

Your tour begins in Kathmandu. Your hotel room will be available at around noon. You will also meet your tour leader at this time, in the hotel lobby.

It is contradictory how Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, at first appears unchanged since the Middle Ages and is also being developed. The colourful inhabitants of Kathmandu perform their daily routine, yet it is only fifty years since there were no real roads. The people had to travel on foot for a whole week to reach the plateau of Tibet.

After arriving at the hotel you might want to explore the city. In the 'tourist mecca' Thamel you'll eat your first Nepalese meal. There is plenty of choice of small restaurants on the roofs and courtyards.

Day 2: Kathmandu

Day off. Kathmandu was founded as an independent city in the valley, conveniently located on the trade and pilgrimage route to Tibet. The rivalry of the three royal cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur degenerated into the architecturally stunning building of temples and pagodas, which you can now enjoy.

You will find that your day flies-by in this busy city. A nice beginner is the fine Durbar Square. Have a walk around or climb the stairs of one of the ancient temples to see the royal palace. On a hill outside the town is the great stupa of Swayambunath (the Monkey Temple), a holy place for Buddhists. In Bodnath you can admire an even bigger stupa and then perhaps the most sacred spot in all of Nepal is Pashupatinath. The temple here (non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the inner part) is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. From the stairs down to the Bagmati River you'll see the preparation of cremations.

Day 3: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding

We start our journey with the exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (35mins). You will surely be overwhelmed by the spectacular sight of the Glacier Mountains during your short flight to Lukla. With such an exciting beginning of our journey, we commence our trek by passing along Dudh Koshi through several villages towards Phakding (2652m).

On the way, we encounter the yak caravan carrying the luggage and other trekking equipment and supplies. Besides this, we can see many porters, laiden with luggage, other trekkers making their way back to Lukla after completion of their trek, the flutter of prayers flags, the local tea houses and furthermore the extraordinary sceneries. The trek will last 3-4 hours.

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Day 4: Phakding - Namche Bazaar

This morning, we will be heading towards Namche Bazaar, a village, located within the Khumbu area at 3,440 meters. This will take 5-6 hrs. Namche is considered to be the main trading center of Khumbu region. Being the center of the region, there are many Nepalese officials residing there. And a police station, postal service and a bank are also available.

Day 5: Namche Bazaar

This day also we spend in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization to avoid AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) during the trek. As a matter of fact, the Everest trek is one of the most adventurous and toughest treks going. We must prepare ourselves for the journey ahead by staying one more day in Namche for acclimatization. Therefore, we make a strenuous return day walk to Thame for about 6-7 hours for our acclimitisation purpose. After such a long walk, we re likely to sleep well back in Namche.

Day 6: Namche Bazaar - Tengboche

After staying for two days in Namche, we are now all set to proceed on our onward journey towards Tengboche (3867m and 4-5 hrs). The route we follow is incredibly awesome as we view the Dudh Koshi River far below and also Thamserku, Kangtega, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest emerging in front of us. In addition, we also have a vivacious experience of adventure by walking along and through woods, rhododendron forests, Mani walls, chortens and suspension bridges across the river.

After crossing all these, you move further for about one and half hours all the way towards Tengboche Monastery. The monastery is located amongst the surroundings of some of the most brilliant views of the mountains. The monastery was destroyed a few years ago in an earthquake and fire and was rebuilt through the effort of Sir Edmund Hillarys' Himalayan Trust.

Day 7: Tengboche - Dingboche

Today, we ascend towards Dingboche (4358m), a village in Chukhung Valley with a total population of approximately 200 (2011 estimate). Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers heading to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. The trekkers usually spend two nights in Dingboche for acclimatization purposes. The village is surrounded with many lodges and tenting areas. The Imja River flows directly east of the village. Dingboche also provides the facilities of an Internet (using satellite technology) as it has many internet cafes around and one of the world's highest billiard rooms. Todays trek will last 5-6 hours.

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Day 8: Dingboche

Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization.

Day 9: Dingboche - Lobuche

Lobuche (4,928m) is another popular trekking peak in Nepal. Climbing this eye-catching peak offers a variety of exciting routes. We ascend towards Lobuche through alpine meadows and summer yak pasture that lead towards South Ridge, which is the end of the Khumbu Glacier. The climb will become steeper and tougher. This place displays the stone monuments of six Sherpa who died in an avalanche as well as the monuments of other climbers. Once we reach Lobuche, we can truly have an outstanding view of the sunset. Todays trekking time will last about 5-6 hours.

Day 10: Lobuche - Gorak Shep

Gorak Shep (5160m), the steps to heaven as named by Dalai Lama, is a frozen lakebed covered with sand, near Mount Everest.
The most common treks to Everest Base Camp (5320m) consider the place as a final acclimatization stop which usually start from Lukla to Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Pangboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche and on to Gorak Shep. Also, Gorak Shep provides the best "launching pad" for an ascent of Kala Patthar, which looks like a giant dune looming over the lakebed.

The route to base camp follows the Khumbu Glacier, a feature unique to the Himalayan glaciers. Total Trekking hours: 6-7 hrs

Day 11: Gorak shep - Kala Patthar - Pheriche

The next morning, we begin our trek to Kala Patthar (5550m) for the best views of Everest. It is regarded as the one of the highest altitudes that most will reach without a climbing permit. Attempting this part is every trekkers dream as one can view the full sight of beautiful Mt. Everest. However, due to the structure of Everest, the peak cannot be seen from the base camp itself.

Time to descend to Pheriche, a village above the Tsola River. The trail is not so difficult compared to other portions and the scenery during the trek will keep you continually impressed. Pheriche is not only a popular stop for trekkers and climbers but also the home of the Himalayan Rescue Association. Local people used to keep yaks on potatoes and buckwheat, thus it is primarily a farming village. However, the local people are now employed as local guides and bearers (during summer). Total Trekking hours (including return to Pheriche): 6-7 hrs

Day 12: Pheriche - Kenjuma

Today we make a move towards Kenjuma (3,500m) to get to Monjo. We overnight in Kenjuma and walking time is 5-6 hours. 

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Day 13: Kenjuma - Monjo

This morning, we shall be heading towards Monjo (2855m), a beautiful Sherpa Village. On the way, we cross the Edmund Hillary Bridge. Soon after, we enter the village with familiar lodge surroundings. As we trek through the village, we can enjoy the rural scenes of remote areas along with the priceless and spectacular views of snow capped mountains. Experience the Sherpa Culture in Monjo. 4-5 hrs trekking.

Day 14: Monjo - Lukla

Today you return to Lukla (2800 m), where the trek first began. The path will be familiar to you but this time you will notice other aspects. Once you arrive in Lukla you have enough time to get acquainted with this remarkable place. You walk today for about four to five hours.

Day 15: Lukla - Kathmandu

Today you will take the short flight back to Kathmandu

Day 16: Kathmandu

Make the most of these last few days in Kathmandu before leaving this enthralling country.

Day 17: Kathmandu

Free day in Kathmandu.

Day 18: Kathmandu

The last day of your tour. The tour will end in Kathmandu, usually at 12 noon. We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Nepal.

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When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 18) is not included.
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