The most popular trek into the Everest region is the Everest Base Camp Trek. This trek follows the paths of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa who first climbed the peak over 60 years ago. It takes you deep into the high Himalayas as you make your way to the starting point for those who climb the world's highest mountain each year. While trekkers are not allowed to go beyond Everest Base Camp without a special climbing permit, you reach the closest point there is to the world's highest mountain.
The trek passes through pine, magnolia and rhododendron forests. There are ancient Buddhist monasteries to see along with traditional Sherpa villages. There are snowcapped peaks, including several mountains that rise over 8,000 meters along with a chance to see the famed Khumbu glacier. Some of the mountain peaks that are visible on this trip include not only Mt. Everest, but also Mt. Nupse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Lingtring, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Ksumakagru, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Amadablam plus many more. There are so many snowcapped peaks that they will dazzle your eyes and make for incredible photographs and videos.
The trek begins and ends in Kathmandu, where you will fly to Lukla and then begin your trek. There are no roads in the Everest region; all of the travel must be done on foot. Maximum elevation is 5,550 meters at Kalapatthar which offers some of the finest views of the mighty Himalayas. This popular trek is easy to organize and often you can join a group in order to save money on this trip. We can include you in a group, or you can set out with your own guide and enjoy the peace and quiet of the region.
The Everest Base Camp Trek offers one of the most interesting as well as rewarding trek in all of Nepal. While quite popular, there will still be a chance for some isolation as you travel to Everest Base Camp and back. You will not only enjoy the great views, but also the local culture with the Sherpa people who have called this place home for thousands of years.
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DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu, Transfer to your Hotel
DAY 2 – Full Day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
DAY 3 – Flight to Lukla (elev. 2880 m); trek to Phakding (elev. 2740 m) 3 hours
DAY 4 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (elev. 3445 m) 8 hours
DAY 5 – Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar
DAY 6 – Trek to Tengboche (elev. 3400 m) 7 hours
DAY 7 – Trek to Dingboche (elev. 4400 m) 8 hours
DAY 8 – Acclimatization Day at Dingboche
DAY 9 – Trek to Lobuche (elev. 4900 m)
DAY 10 – Trek to Gorap Shep (elev. 5160 m) and Everest Base Camp (elev. 5365 m) 12 hours
DAY 11 – Trek to Kalapatthar (elev. 5545 m) to Pheriche (4200 m) – 10 hours
DAY 12 – Trek to Kyangjuma (elev. 3570 m) 8 hours
DAY 13 – Trek to Monjo (elev. 2840 m) 5 hours
DAY 14 – Trek to Lukla (elev. 2800 m)
DAY 15 – Flight to Kathmandu
DAY 16 – Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu: You arrive at Tribhuven International Airport where a representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will greet you and take you to your Three Star Hotel by private car. You will enjoy a welcome drink as well as an evening orientation about your trip as well as equipment check. Spend the night in the hotel.
DAY 2 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley: There is plenty to see and do in the Kathmandu Valley, and with our private vehicle and your own personal guide, you will spend the day seeing the highlights of the Valley. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, plus a chance to see local culture, taste local foods and to immerse yourself in the local culture.
DAY 3 – Flight to Lukla (elev. 2840 m), Trek to Phakding (elev. 2610 m): After breakfast, we will take a domestic flight to Lukla where we begin our trek in the Everest region. It is just a 45 minute flight, and what a flight it is! We literally follow the backbone of the Himalayas eastward. On the flight you will see not only Mt. Everest, but also the peaks of Kanchenjunga III, Mt. Lhotse IV, and Makalu V. Each of these peaks is over 8,000 meters, literally forming the roof of the world. We land in Lukla village where we begin our trek. There are no roads to Lukla, so this village is only accessible either by air or a seven day trek from Jiri village. We will be heading toward Phakding village. We actually go downhill from Lukla as we travel through the rugged foothills of the Everest region. Trekking time is around three hours and we will stay in a local lodge at Phakding.
DAY 4 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (elev. 3440 m): Our walk begins early in the morning. It is a fairly easy trek, even starting out rather level as we follow the Dudh Koshi River. The land will start to move uphill gradually as we make our way toward the main district city of Namche Bazaar. We will cross the Hillary suspension bridge, and finally we come to the steepest part of today's trek that leads us to Namche Bazaar. There are plenty of views of the high mountains along the way, as well as becoming immersed in the local Buddhist culture of the Sherpa people. We will check into a local guesthouse for the night.
DAY 5 – Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar: It is important to spend a day acclimatizing to the higher elevation as altitude sickness can be quite serious. The day will not be spent just lying around (unless you want to), but we will hike to Everest Viewpoint for a magnificent view of Mt. Everest. From here, you will see the spectacular peaks of Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse and many more. It is only a two hour hike to Everest Viewpoint and we will spend a few hours there enjoying the view as well as having lunch. We will return to Namche Bazaar where you can spend the afternoon exploring this delightful village. There is a lot to see here. We will spend the night in our local guest house.
DAY 6 – Trek to Tengboche (elev. 3400 m): We start trekking after a hearty breakfast with a destination of what could be considered the spiritual center of the Everest Region: Tengboche. Here there is the highest Buddhist monastery in the world. It is a place filled with mystery and spirituality. One of the highlights is the preserved footprint of St. Milarepa, one of the most famous of the Buddhist lamas who brought Tibetan Buddhism to Nepal. We will overnight in a mountain lodge. Trekking time is 7 hours
DAY 7 – Trek to Dingboche (elev. 4400 m): The trail takes us upwards while enjoying close-up views of the very high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. We cross the Imja Khola River today and make our way to the picturesque village of Dingboche where we will spend the night in a mountain lodge. Trekking time is 8 hours
DAY 8 – Acclimatization Day in Dingboche: With these high elevations, it is important to let your body adjust and avoid altitude sickness. Today will be some short hikes around the village to enjoy the scenery and overlooks of the mountains.
DAY 9 – Trek to Lobuche (elev. 4900 m): Our trek takes us upwards as we are getting nearer to EBC. There are stunning views along the way as we gain in altitude. Tonight we will spend the night at a mountain lodge in the beautiful mountain village of Lobuche.
DAY 10 – Trek to Gorak Shep (elev. 5160 m) and Everest Base Camp (elev. 5365 m): We reach our destination today: EBC! It is from this place history was made when Sir Edmund Hillary and Norgay Sherpa became the first men to successfully climb Mt. Everest in 1953. Every year, this is the launch place for those mountain climbers who climb the world's highest peak. We can't go any farther without a climbing permit, but we can explore EBC and enjoy the stunning views from this location. We will spend the night in Gorak Shep at a mountain lodge. Trekking time is 12 hours, making this our longest day.
DAY 11 – Trek to Kalapatthar (elev. 5545 m) to Pheriche (elev. 4200 m): It's another long day of trekking ,but oh, what wonderful views. We reach the highest elevation today at Kalapatthar which will afford us the best view of Mt. Everest. We will spend a little tiem at Kalapatthar before moving on with the goal of Pheriche village where we wil spend the night. Trekking time is 10 hours.
DAY 12 – Trek to Kyangjuma (elev 3570 m): Today is a shorter walk as we continue our descent to the Sherpa Village of Kyangjuma. We cross the Imja Khola River and will stop again at the monastery at Tengboche. From here, it is a steep descent toward the Dudh Koshi River, crossing on a suspension bridge and then finally ending at Kyangjuma. There will be many places to see the snowcapped peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Thamserku, Lhotse as well as Mt. Everest. We will stay at a mountain lodge in Kyangjuma. Trekking time is 6 hours.
DAY 13 – Trek to Monjo (elev. 2840 m): We continue our descent as we make our way down to the village of Monjo. We are likely to see a lot of wildlife in this area, which is home to the blue sheep, snow leopard, colorful pheasants, mountain goats and more. There are some steep places we will descend as we cross again the Dudh Koshi River and officially exit from Sagarmatha National Park. Monjo is a quiet little village where we will spend the night. Trekking time is around 5 hours.
DAY 14 – Trek to Lukla (elev. 2800 m): It is our last day of trekking and our destination is Lukla where we will fly out tomorrow for Kathmandu. It is our last night on the trek, and a good time to make memories with our fellow trekkers as we overnight in Lukla.
DAY 15 – Fly to Kathmandu: We will fly early morning to Kathmandu where you will have a free day to explore the city, do some shopping or just plain relax. We check into our Three Star Hotel upon our return.
DAY 16 – Final Departure: All good things must come to an end, and your trip to Nepal is no exception. Before leaving, why not talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about returning to Nepal for your next holiday. The vast majority of people make a return trip to Nepal because they are impressed by not only the beauty, but also the local people. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition offers trips into neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Be sure to discuss your interests and plans with them today.
While traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition, your all-around safety and satisfaction is of our paramount concern. Please not that the Trip Leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of this itinerary if it is considered necessary due to any safety concern. We leave no stones unturned to keep the itinerary mentioned above, but as this adventure includes traveling to remote areas of the Himalayas, we can't guarantee that we will not be forced to make last minute changes in our plans. Factors enter into these decisions include extreme weather conditions, unexpected natural disaster, health concerns of any of our group members, etc., can all contribute to the necessity of make unexpected changes. Your SNFT trip leader will try to insure that the trip runs as planned, but we kindly request that you please be accommodating if such changes do occur.
Please note that the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight often gets delayed by a few hours or even cancelled due to critical weather conditions. The Lukla airport is notorious for fog which we have no control over. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking will do everything it can to avoid such a situations. Mr. Kishan Gurung, the managing director of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition has developed a strong relationship with the manager of the Lukla airport as well as with local helicopter companies. Mr. Gurung will try to arrange alternative flights if necessary if flights are cancelled. We have a 99% success rate for arranging such flights for our valued clients in case of flight delays and cancellations. For the successful flight in rescue or cargo helicopters, the cost is around USD 200 to $250 per person additional cost. If we must charter a helicopter, then the cost is around USD 3500 for up to five people. It is advisable to always be able to stay an extra day should weather conditions require. Normally, we can usually fly out the same day, but it is a good idea to be prepared.
If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few of your buffer days left, you can arrange alternative activities to participate in with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition upon your request. There are plenty of things to see and do in the Kathmandu Valley, including seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
In case of flight delays or cancellations at the start of the trip, you can also choose an alternative trip, which includes trekking in the Annapurna Region, Manaslu, Langtang, Mustang or any other region in Nepal. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can offer you some really wonderful trekking opportunities in a variety of great locations. You can also choose to spend the time in Kathmandu exploring the Valley and all it has to offer. There is no need to be stuck in a hotel room; we can provide some great experiences as you wait for the weather to clear so you can fly to Lukla.
It is recommended that you set aside two to three days as "buffer days" at the end of your trip before having to depart Nepal when trekking in the Everest region. This is just good planning and will make for a much more pleasant trip. We apologize in advance for any difficulty the weather may contribute to. It is just part of being at the roof of the world.
For this trek, there will be a trek leader and Sherpa Porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can run this trek for groups of any size. Usually, we have found that the maximum number of trekkers in any group is 12 people.
All accommodations for the Everest Base Camp Trek are on twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.
We offer two types of accommodations on this trek. In Kathmandu, you will stay at a Three Star Hotel. As there are no Three Star Hotels available on the trek, you will spend twelve nights in standard tea houses. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.
All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu, there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.
Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional dhal/bhat and momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty.
The trek does include a farewell dinner where you will experience a cultural show with music, dance and the finest of local foods. There is also a daily breakfast in hotels and on the trail.
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