A Luxurious Way To Everest Base Camp
No bucket list is complete without a trip to Everest Base Camp. Imagine this – you are standing 5,545 meters above sea level, an uninterrupted view of the majestic Himalayas ahead of you, standing tall and proud is Everest – the world’s tallest peak and there you are staring at it after days of trekking, passing through some of the remotest and yet paradise like trail. That is Everest Base Camp trek – a journey into the Himalayas.
One of the top trekking destinations of the world, Everest Base Camp trek reveals you mesmerizing landscapes and untouched vistas of the Khumbu Valley, Sagarmatha National Park and the Himalayas. Traverse your way through the land of the Sherpas – the fierce climbers and make your way to Kala Pathhar, take in the panoramic views of the Himalayas – Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Cho Oyu, to name a few of the treats that lay en route. A journey like no other, a trek to Everest Base Camp is a must experience.
This journey starts with a dramatic flight to Lukla. From here the hike starts towards north passing through pine forest, Sherpa villages, monasteries, gushing rivers, crossing hanging bridges to arrive at the bustling Sherpa ‘capital’ Namche Bazaar. In the next few days we head towards Phortse via Khumjung village and further we continue our ascend crossing the Imja Khola, the scenery becoming more rugged and crossing the tree line to reach Pheriche. It is then a steady ascent following glacial moraines to Lobuche and then to our lodge at Gorak Shep. From here we hike to the famous and historic site of Everest Base Camp. From here we fly back to Kathmandu in a Helicopter.
In this trip we will be using all the luxurious lodges, where available, on the way to Everest Base Camp.
In the afternoon, we pack for the trek and purchase last minute necessary items (if needed).
Today we head for the Himalayas – a short but a spectacular helicopter flight to Lukla offers us glimpses of the long Himalayan Range – a part of it our home for the next few days. As we take in the snow capped peaks we land at Lukla and meet with the porters.
After we are set and porters have been assigned the luggage, we follow the trail towards the north-east. We cross a suspension bridge to leave Lukla behind. Cross small picturesque villages of Chaunrikharka and Ghat and descend to reach Phakding just by the river.
* Luxurious lodge with attached bathrooms available
Head to the check post to clear our permits and enter Sagarmatha National Park. A busy trail with several interests – small villages, pine forests. After crossing the river again, a steady climb to reach Namche Bazaar – halfway through the climb catch your first glimpse of the mighty three – Everest (8848m), Mt. Nuptse (7879m), and Lhotse (8383m).
Reach Namche Bazaar – a bustling little prosperous town in the Khumbu region surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks.
* Luxurious lodge with attached bathrooms available.
We reach Everest View Hotel which features unspoiled views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse amongst other Himalayan peaks.
In the evening head towards towards Khumjung– the largest Sherpa village in Khumbu.
* Luxurious lodge with attached bathrooms available.
* Deluxe lodge with attached bathrooms available.
Continue up the glacial valley to Dingboche – en route we pass beautifully carved and inscribed prayer stones – a tribute to the gods as offered by the natives of Khumbu region who revere the Himalayas.
* Lodge with attached bathrooms available. Will be providing amongst the best available in this area (Running water in bathrooms not available due to cold climate. Bucket system in toilet / bathrooms)
After breakfast hike to the hill top on the left. Magnificent views of the surrounding Himalayas of Amadablum, Thamsherku, Kangtega etc are visible. One also gets to see the Pheriche village from the top.
* Lodge with attached bathrooms available. Will be providing amongst the best lodge available in this area (Running water in bathrooms not available due to cold climate. Bucket system in toilet / bathrooms)
A steep ascent for an hour and we reach a beautiful memorial site – in remembrance to the brave mountaineers who died during their expeditions. The memorial chortens (shrines) dot the skyline facing the mountains and overlook the valley below them.
The trail leads to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. A stunning view of the Pumori (Widow’s Peak) is ahead of us. After an hour of steady trek through the moraine, arrive at the windswept valley of Lobuche. Settle down and absorb without interruption, the mesmerizing views of Tawatse (6501m) and Nuptse (7855m).
* Lodge with attached bathrooms NOT available anywhere in Lobuche. Will be providing amongst the best lodge available in this area and Hot water bags or heated blankets in beds will be provided)
Gorakshep was used as EBC during the 1950s expeditions and has several monuments dedicated to Everest expeditioners who lost their lives during their attempts to scale Everest. After a short rest, we head up to the EBC – just below the infamous Khumbu Icefall.
The EBC is not a specific location, more of a scattered region, where each expedition team sets camp before heading on towards the summit. Watch the towering mountain ranges surrounding us and be in awe of the treacherous Khumbu Icefall as we trek alongside it. Return to Gorakshep.
* Lodge with attached bathrooms NOT available anywhere in Gorakshep. Will be providing amongst the best lodge available in this area and Hot water bags or heated blankets in beds will be provided)
Take some time to fully take in the spectacular view ahead of us before heading back down. From Gorakshep we will take a helicopter back to Lukla where it will refuel and then to Kathmandu.
Note: If you wish to go sightseeing, please contact our representative for tour options.
Best Period: Feb to May – Oct to Dec
Total Trip Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days.
Trek Period: 8 Night / 9 Days
In Kathmandu: 4 Nights
Helicopter: Kathmandu / Lukla (pre trek) Gorakshep to Kathmandu (Post trek)
Trek Type: Difficult
Highest Altitude: 5360 meters
Warning: Altitude Sickness.
Trek Start / End Point: Lukla
Accommodations: Hotels in Kathmandu / Lodges on trek
National Park: Sagarmatha National Park (1148 sq. kms)
Mountains: Everest, Lhotse, Tamserku, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Kantega, Pumo-ri, etc.
Rivers: Bhote Kosi, Dudh Kosi and Imjatse Khola etc.
Villages: Lukla, Namche, Thyangboche, Pheriche, etc
Tribes: Mostly Sherpas & Tibetans
Forest: Of Rhododendron and Pine.
Landscapes: Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains
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