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Trip Facts

  • Trip Destination: Everest Base Camp Trekking
  • Group Size: Min-2, Max 12,
  • Highest Altitude: Kalapathar 5550M
  • Grade: Challenging
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle, Domestic Flight
  • Type of Tour: Trekking, Hiking, Walking, Culture
  • Trekking Hour: Approximately 5-6 hours each day
  • Total Days: 16 Days
  • Trip Cost: Budget Trip US$ 1600
  • Trip Code: EBC - BN

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Trip Overview

This trek to Everest Base Camp has been designed to offer something uniquely different from what other trekking companies offer by including a trip up to the Base Camp of the most beautiful mountain in this region – Amadablam. The base camp of Amadablam is rarely visited by trekkers. The hike up to Amadablam base camp provides the opportunity to walk from the treeline to high altitude alpine forest and the summer pastures with stunning views of the Maha Langgur range not seen from the main trail to Everest Base Camp. This trek has also been planned to bypass the very popular and often crowded Thyanboche monastery area, staying at the superb Pangboche with the intention of bringing some business to the lodge owners there to have some income for a change.

The highest mountain peak of all of them is Mount Everest. Standing at 8,850metres its imposing majesty has inspired awe and wonder in those who live beneath it, those that have read about it and those who have simply seen pictures of it. This Everest Base Camp trek is no exception, following in the footsteps of the great climbing parties. We trek through Sherpa country past fields and villages before the hard work begins as we climb up to Namche Bazaar. Above the treeline the scenery is stark but spectacular. The incredible monastery at Thyangboche is wonderfully set against the backdrop of Ama Dablam, Everest and other snow-capped peaks.

Everest Base Camp TrekkingOur goal is Everest Base Camp situated on the Khumbu Glacier; we also grab the opportunity to climb Kala Pathar (5,545m) for the ultimate view of Mt. Everest and to capture the spirit of this mountain legend. Your experienced Group Leader and Sherpa Guides will make your health and welfare a priority throughout this Everest Base Camp trek, providing everything possible for a safe and memorable adventure. We have allowed additional rest days for acclimatization to lower the risks of altitude sickness and therefore extended the trek to 22 days with 4 days in Kathmandu.

Over the years whilst leading treks in the Himalayas, we have built up a strong relationship with the lodge-owners, such that the owners of these lodges allow our Trekking Chefs to prepare our special dishes on some special days to pamper you and relish the taste. Finally, your comfort and safety are at the forefront in our treks, particularly at high altitude. Our leaders have comprehensive first aid training and equipment.

Trip Information

Day to Day Outline Itinerary

Day   Activities
Day 1 - Arrive in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. Briefing for the trek.
Day 2 - Fly to Lukla (2,840m) trek to Phakding. Overnight lodge. 2650m.3 hours trek
Day 3 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m). (5 hours walking) Overnight lodging
Day 4 - Namche Bazaar for acclimatisation and exploration day.
Day 5 - Trek to Pangboche via the famous Thyangboche monastery (3790m) and the Deboche Nunnery along with overnight lodging
Day 6 - Hike up to the less trekked base camp of the most beautiful mountain in this region - Amadablam. We will continue on to a ridge at an altitude of 5000m - perfect for acclimatisation while enjoying an off-the-beaten track which is taken only by mountaineers and the villagers when bringing their animals for summer grazing.
Day 7 - Trek to Dingboche (4320m) and up towards Nakardzong Ridge for acclimatisation. Overnight lodge, (5 to 6 hours walking)
Day 8 - Trek to Lobuche (4900m) Overnight lodge (5-6 hours walking).
Day 9 - Trek to Everest base camp and overnight lodging at Gorakshep (5120m)
Day 10 - Trek to Kalapathar and head back toward Lobuche or Pheriche with overnight lodging, (9 hours walking)
Day 11 - Trek Kyangjuma or Namche Bazaar. (Overnight lodging)
Day 12 - Trek to Phakding or Monjo. Overnight Lodge
Day 13 - Trek to Lukla. Last night party with the lads!
Overnight Lodging
Day 14 - Fly Back to Kathmandu
Day 15 - Morning walking tour of Ason (an old spice market) and the old Durbar Square (Palace).
Day 16 - International Departure

Day to Day Detail Itinerary

Day   Activities
Day 1 - Arrive in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. Relax in afternoon. Evening meal to try the local fare and to get acquainted with the group. Evening: A get together for drinks and briefing about the next morning's departure is given, which will be followed by dinner.
Day 2 - Fly to Lukla (2,840m) for a spectacular view of the Himalayas.
We trek through mountain villages, which are home to the Sherpas and people of various ethnic backgrounds. Phakding. Overnight lodge. 2650m.3 hours trek
Day 3 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m)
We will continue towards the north following the path of the Dudh Kosi River and on to Monjo and Jorsale from where we will enter Mt. Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. It is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the Imja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi), which is followed by a steep climb (around 2 hrs) to Namche Bazaar, the main village in the Khumbu. Half way up the hill, if the weather is clear we can get our first view of Mt. Everest and Lhotse. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa village and an important trading centre with a Saturday market. Fresh foodstuffs are brought up from lower villages by Sherpas. (5 hours walking) Overnight lodging.
Day 4 - This will be the first of our acclimatisation and exploration days.
We will visit the Sherpa Cultural Centre and the National Park headquarters. The views of Ama Dablam (6856m), Kwangde (6011m), Tawache (6501m), Thamserku (6608m) and Kangtega (6779m) from here are fantastic.
Day 5 - Trek to Pangboche via the famous Thyangboche Monastery (3790m) along with overnight lodging
We have designed the next couple of days to lose the crowds by passing the often popular and crowded Tengboche monastery and hiking an extra 90 minutes to Pangboche where very few trekkers stop for the night. We will ascend out of the village and follow a high-level path above the Dudh Kosi River enjoying the spectacular mountain views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse as we move on. We will pass through various shops set up by Tibetans selling trinkets and then descend through forests of blue pine to cross the Dudh Kosi again at Phunki Tenga (3250m). Sometimes, the track becomes quite dusty by yak trains. We will reach the spectacularly sited Thyangboche Monastery (3867m) from where we can see the spectacular views of Everest (8850m), Lhotse (8501m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and Taboche to the north and the northeast, Thamserku (6608m) and Kantega (6779m) to the southeast and Kwangde (6011m) to the southwest. Thyangboche Monastery was seriously damaged by fire in 1989. However, it has been rebuilt and there will be time to visit both the monastery and the museum. From Thayngboche, it is a downhill trek to Deboche. From Deboche it is a 45 minutes to an hour of gradual climbing to Pangboche where we stop for two nights.
Day 6 - DAY EXCURSION TO AMA DABLAM BASE CAMP (4,576m) 6-7 hrs approx.
Ama Dablam (6,856m) is one of the most loved and admired mountains in Khumbu. After crossing the Imja Drangka river, followed by a gradual ascent to Lhabarma you are suddenly standing right in front of the mountain ridge. You can walk to its foothill and absorb the enormity of the mountain. Ama Dablam Base Camp sits at 4,576m on an open yak pasture beneath the west face, with the summit some 2,300m almost straight up above. Base Camp affords particularly fine views of Kan Tega (6,783m), Thamserku (6,618m) and Tawache (6,542m). We will proceed further up on a ridge up to 5000m - perfect for acclimatisation. This itinerary not only allows you to see one of the most beautiful and off-the-beaten-path parts of the region but also helps a lodge in Pangboche to make some income as very few trekkers stop overnight here. Overnight Pangboche.
Day 7 - Trek to Dingboche (4320m) along with Overnight lodge
We are now well above the treeline and our walking today brings us to Dusa from where we descend to a stream at 4580m. Immediately above we reach the teahouse of Dughla and continue to a ridge, which has several memorials of Sherpas and other climbers who died on expeditions to Everest. We will continue along the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, with views of Kalar Kala and Pumori to reach Lobuche at 4930m. About 5-6hours of walk.
Day 8 - Trek to Lobuche (4900m) Overnight lodge
We are now well above the treeline and our walking today brings us to Dusa from where we descend to a stream at 4580m. Immediately, above we reach the teahouse of Dughla and continue to a ridge, which has several memorials of Sherpas and other climbers who died on the expeditions to Everest. We will continue along the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, with views of Kalar Pattar and Pumori to reach Lobuche at 4930m. About 5-6hours of walk.
Day 9 - Trek to Everest Base Camp and overnight lodging at Gorakshep (5120m)
At first the trail is fairly level but then starts to ascend and descend across moraine to reach Gorak Shep at 5120m. Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble. After about 3 hours from Gorak Shep, we will eventually reach Base Camp near the foot of Khumbu icefall. For those visiting Base Camp in the spring, it is a chance to meet teams making an ascent of the mountain. Base Camp is actually spread over quite a wide area and we will spend some time wandering through it and getting a sense of what it must be like to be camped here for two whole months, whilst attempting the mountain. To go any further than Base Camp, you need to be a mountaineer. You will have packed lunch, which you can enjoy before we make the return trek to Gorak Shep.
Day 10 - Trek to Kalapathar and head back toward Lobuche or Pheriche with overnight lodging
From Gorak Shep its a steep uphill climb, sometimes over rock slabs, to the top of KalaPathar at 5545m. The views from the summit are outstanding, with Everest (8850m) directly to the east, together with Lhotse 8501m Nuptse 7864, Pumori 7145 Changtse 7553m from close range. close range. We will return by the same route- a long path but a rewarding walk. (9 hours walk)
Day 11 - Trek Kyangjuma or Namche Bazaar (Overnight lodging)
We will return down the Khumbu Valley, stopping in Dugla for break. With views of the stunning peak of Ama Dablam ahead of us, we will continue along the flat valley of Pheriche. Following the main Everest trail down the beautifully scenic valley, we will pass through Pangboche and re-cross the river before climbing to the monastery at Thyangboche. A steep descent of around 1500ft/500m leading towards bird filled rhododendron bushes and fir trees to the Dudh Kosi River. From here, we will continue to Kyangjuma (3,550m/11,545ft) or Namche Bazaar to spend the night.
Day 12 - Trek to Phakding or Monjo. Overnight Lodge
Day 13 - Trek to Lukla. Last night party with the lads!
Overnight Lodge
Day 14 - Fly Back to Kathmandu
Day 15 - Free day in Kathmandu
Morning: Walking tour of Ason (an old spice market), walking through old busy streets of the capital, seeing the old Durbar Square (Palace). After the walking tour, we will head for Kilroy's restaurant for lunch. Then, you are free for rest of the afternoon.
Day 16 - International Departure

Fact Finder

Duration - 16 day
Trip Details: -
  • Experienced Nepalese guides & Leader
  • Porters to carry personal gear
  • 3 Nights in Kathmandu
  • Safe food handling and hygiene on trek
Activities - Cultural, Touring, Walking
Trip Grade - Challenging
Mode of Travel - Private coach, domestic flights.
Group & Staff - Min 2, Max 12, Responsible Adventures leader, local guides plus driver.
Accommodation - Comfortable lodges throughout 12 day trek
Land Cost - Budget Trip US$ 1300           ( Deluxe Package- USD 2500 Click here)

Trip Cost

Cost Includes:-

  1. Non Star Tourist class Hotel in Kathmandu room only basis, twin sharing
  2. Hotel/ Lodges on twin sharing basis
  3. All transportation
  4. Responsible Adventures' Expert Trek leader (Click to watch video of trek leaders)
  5. Complimentary T-Shirt
  6. Use of trekking kit bag during trek
  7. 1 Assistant guide between 6 trekkers
  8. 1 porter between three trekkers
  9. Good clothing for porters and crew
  10. Insurance for crew and porters
  11. All permits
  12. Twin sharing room on trek
  13. Domestic airfare.

Cost Does Not Include:-

  1. Visas
  2. No meals on whole trip Budget US$15-20 per day for breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on trek (A bit more if you have a bigger appetite)
  3. All optional additional tours or activities during free time
  4. Transportation outside of the tour program
  5. Travel insurance (Compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
  6. Tips(suggested amount; US$35 per week for staff only), Leader's tipping up to your discretion
  7. Items of a personal nature e.g alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir etc.

Client Reviews

2 thumbs up for Responsible Adventures! We had a very enjoyable and unforgettable time throughout the trek - starting from Lukla and all the way back to Lukla at the end of the trek. Our heartfelt gratitude for the professional services rendered, be it through the bad and the good times for all of us in the team. A big thank you to your boys for making sure that our needs were fulfilled at all times.

The EBC trek has opened our eyes to really appreciate the magnificent views of beautiful snow-capped mountains, icy flowing rivers, beautiful lakes not forgetting the bluest skies one could ever imagine.

We hope to come back to Nepal and hopefully it would be with Responsible Adventures again. Thank you so much and god bless!

Wan Adibah Zulkhefli
Central Bank of Malaysia

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