EVEREST BASE CAMP (Kalapathar Trek)

Kalapathar, literally meaning ‘black rock’ in Nepali, is one of the most popular spots among trekkers. Kalapthar serves as the most obliging point to the highest peak of the world. The hike to Kalapathar begins at Gorakshep. It is also the easiest route that leads to Kalapathar. In addition to Everest, Ama Dablam (6812m.), Thamserku, Kantenga, Pumo Ri, Lhotse, Kantenga, Nuptse, and Changtse also can be viewed from Kalapathar.

Namche Bazaar is located in the Khumbu valley. It is a popular Sherpa village. Namche Bazaar is known among trekkers as a place for altitude acclimatization and refilling center of their necessary stock. The Friday evening and Saturday markets in the bazaar are interesting. Years back when locals of Namche Bazaar bartered their dairy products with agricultural products, Namche Bazaar was a trading post. The Namche monastery, Namche library, Museum of Sherpa life and the Namche bazaar (market) can be the major places to visit in the Namche area. Lodging, food, communication and even medical facilities are not a problem in the Namche region. Visitors can find a variety in all.

The trek is a seventeen-day long trek that also comprises of sightseeing around major places of Kathmandu Valley and hike to Namo Buddha in the beginning and sightseeing around Thamel at the end.

Day 01     

Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft] 
Upon our arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, You will be received by our representative and transferred to your Hotel.

Evening is free to venture around the city close to your hotel.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 02    

Full day tour: Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath, and Bhaktapur City

Today we start a guided tour to several historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Squares in Kathmandu and Bhaktapure, the famous 'Monkey Temple' -Swayambhunath

Trek briefing in the evening and also meet our trek Guide and other team members who will be with you on the trek.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 03                      

Optional suggestion: One hour flight towards Mount Everest.

Day hike from Namo Buddha(1982m.) to Balthali (2400m.)- Drive to Kathmandu


AM.  We leave the morning free for those who would like to take an optional one-hour flight towards Mount Everest and back.

After breakfast , drive uphill to the temple of Namo Buddha.

Namobuddha is situated approximately 40 Km drive from Kathmandu between Banepa and Panauti on the outskirts of Kathmandu valley. Very conveniently  located and beautifully decorated monastery greets you as you walk up to the hill top shrine. It is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site with rows of Buddhist stupas adorned with fluttering prayer flags. It is most interesting to visit the image of the Lord Buddha in his compassionate manifestation.  The carved stone image portrays a popular legend, which relates that the Lord Buddha in his previous incarnation had offered his own flesh to save a starving tigress and her cubs from the imminent death. There are wonderful views of the mountain ranges from the hill top shrine.

From here another 3 hours of hike will take you to Balthali village (2400m).  Balthali  is a sleepy Newari village which rests on a plateau at the junction of Roshi and Ladku Khola River. If the weather is clear you can enjoy panoramic mountain views of  the  Himalayan range : Manaslu, Mt. Everest, Ganesh Himal, & Jugal Himal  & the Mahabharat range.

This short hike offers you a wonderful opportunity to flex and stretch your legs before your long trek or simply have a wonderful Buddhist cultural experience.

                     Walking time : approx  3-4 hours

Overnight: Hotel in kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 04     

Fly Kathmandu - Lukla(2,800m/9,186ft) - Phakding [2,652m/8,700ft]: 3 - 4 hrs 
After breakfast, Transfer to the airport to connect with the early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), from where our trek begins. After 40-minutes flight that flies through breathtaking green and white mountains before we land at  the Tenzing-Hillary Airport carved out of a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks.  we meet our other crew members and we start our trek through the village of Lukla till Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today.

Walking time : approx  3-4 hours

Overnight: Simple tea house lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 05                       

Phakding - Namche Bazaar [3440 m/11,280 ft]: 5 - 6 hrs ,

The trail leads through pine forest as we climb up and down along the Dudh Koshi River crossing several suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge.  Look out for the first view of Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Walk through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and more bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get our first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Upon this juncture, we stop at Chautara to admire the view. Further hike for about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region.

Walking time : approx  5-6 hours

Overnight: Simple tea house lodge in Namche Bazar

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 06           

Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day (3,447m) with side trip to Syangboche (4050 m)

This is the scheduled 'acclimatization' day for this trek. We spend the day exploring  Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region. Friday evening and Saturdays are especially interesting as it is the main market days. We also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung Village. A stiff  climb up to the Syangboche airstrip offers great view of the highest mountains on Earth. The Khumjung valley, surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit the Hillary School. After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, we walk back down to Namche Bazzar.

Walking time : approx  5-6 hours

Overnight: Simple tea house lodge in Namche Bazar

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 07     

Namche Bazzar to Deboche[3820m/1253ft]: 5 - 6 hrs 
After breakfast, we trek towards Pangboche enjoying a superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and a close-up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and  downs overlooking a magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way, we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests. We cross bridge over Dudh Koshi River to  reach a small settlement at Phunki Thenga. From Phunki Thenga, a stiff climb through the pine forests leads us to Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close-up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region. Further walk for an hour  to our overnight stop at Deboche.

Walking time : approx  5-6 hours

Overnight: Simple tea house lodge in Deboche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 08                       

Deboche to Dingboche [4360m/14304ft]: 4 - 5 hrs 

Today we pass through several chortens, mani walls and small villages and the close-up views of Ama-Dablam will charm you throughout. We continue north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. Then after the confluence, we descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. Upon arrival in Dingboche, we enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.

Walking time : approx  4-5 hours

Overnight: Simple tea house lodge in Dingboche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 09           

Dingboche - Duglha [4,600 m/15,090 ft]: 3 - 4 hrs

Today, we start the day with a climb to Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley. The trek along the arid terrace is awarding with awesome views of mountains on all sides. As we come to a yak herder's place called Dusa, the valley begins to narrow and we continue through Phulung Karpo, the camp sites during first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. Above Phulung Karpo is Chola Lake. As we continue our trek the majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. As the trail descends and curves, Mt. Pumori hides and we come across a roaring stream. After crossing a small wooden bridge, we ascend to Dugla. We can see the tip of Nuptse from this juncture as well as Cholatse, Thamserku, and several other magnificent peaks. Spending a night in Duglha is ideal for acclimatization.

Walking time : approx  3-4 hours

Overnight: Simple tea house lodge in Namche Bazar

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 10           

Duglha - Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 ft]: 2 - 3 hrs

Beyond Duglha we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We find our way through the boulder-strewn slope as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountains views. At the top of the ridge, we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (mountain guide from Nepal) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves right in front of several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains hidden. Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As we trek along a murmuring stream we do not see the Khumbu glacier because of its lateral moraine wall, and we now begin to feel a little out of breath due to high altitude.

Walking time : approx  2-3 hours

Overnight: Simple tea house lodge in Lobuche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 11     

Lobuche - Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961ft] - Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft] - Gorak Shep: 8 - 9 hrs 

The trail to Gorak Shep leads through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Further up we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, and Nuptse. From Thangma Riju as we trek further we perceive a 360-degree vista of the snowy mountains. A stiff climb to the top , we we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, as reach Gorak Shep. The ultimate view point surrounded by the majestic mountains looming all around us including the top of the world - Mount Everest.

After a brief lunch and rest, we offer an option for those willing to trek further to the base camp. we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. The base camp is scattered with mountaineers’ tents.  The base camp is not as impressive as Gorak Shep but certainly worth a visit. Mount Everest is not actually visible from here  but Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from base camp. After a short rest we trek back to Kala Patthar in time to catch the glimpse of the nature at it best during sunset. The view of the sun's rays striking the snow-capped mountains is incredible. Those not willing to walk further can explore to Kalapathar or just relax.

 Walking time : approx  4-5 hours till Gorek Sherp total 8-9 hours till EBC.

Overnight: Simple tea house lodge in Gorek Shep

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 12           

Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar - Pheriche [4280 m/14,070 ft]: 8 - 9 hrs 
Early morning can be very dark and cold and even windy (-10 to -14 C) but we need to start earlyto catch the dramatic views of  the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. During the ascent to Kala Patthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap  pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama in one graceful arc wandering from one mighty massif to another. On returning to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast descend down to Pheriche for a good night rest. 

Walking time : approx  8-9 hours

Overnight: Simple tea house lodge in Namche Bazar

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 13           

Pheriche-Pangboche-Tengboche-Namche Bazzar [3,440 m/11,280 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs

We trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it is spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. We trek on to Pangboche and futher  on to  Phunki Tenga. After crossing the prayer-flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, the trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction in the region. We stop at Kyangjuma (3570 m/11,710 ft) for a relaxed lunch. We appreciate the gorgeous Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse with every step of the way. After our lunch, the trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steeply wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, and colorful pheasants while passing through the forest. Upon passing a chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. While here, we would like to take a long last look back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche.

Walking time : approx  6-7 hours

Overnight: Simple tea house lodge in Namche Bazar

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 14                       

Namche Bazaar - Lukla [2,800m/9,186ft]: 6 hrs

The final day is relatively easy as the  trail descends steep down. We cross the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and continue on to Lukla. Though we are retracing our earlier route the view is still looks great.

Walking time : approx  6 hours

Overnight: Simple tea house lodge in Lukla

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 15     

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu 
Today, an early morning flight brings us back to Kathmandu to end our memorable trek to towards the world's highest peak. You have a full day just to relax or to pick up some souvenirs as you stroll down the Thamel area or also so called the freak street during the Hippy era.

Transfer in the evening for a special farewell dinner hosted by the company

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 16     

Full day free to explore around Kathmandu.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 17     

Departure Transfer.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

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