One of the classic treks in Nepal, Everest base camp is most commonly visited as a two week trek starting and finishing at Lukla. Moving on from Namche Bazaar the trail follows the valley of the Imja khola with some spectacular views of the mountains including Thamserku, Kangtega and Ama Dablam and, dominating the skyline ahead, Everest and Lhotse. The most common night stop after Namche is at the top of a steep climb from the Imja khola, at Tenggboche. This is the site of one of the most significant Buddhist monasteries in Solukhumbu and a visit is well recommended. Following the Imja khola from Tengboche the trekking route climbs gradually through pangboche and emerges above the tree line. Eventually, after a long day's trek, you reach the next night's stop at either Pheriche or Dingboche. The mountain panorama around Chhukung is nothing short of amazing with the massive south face of Lhotse rearing above it to the north and a ring of lesser peaks surrounding it.
From Dingboche or Pheriche it takes another day's trekking to reach the cluster of teahouse at Lobuche sited on the lateral moraine of the khumbu glacier. Above Lobuche it is another half day walk to the last settlement on the trail at Gorak Shep. Here a few basic teahouses provide shelter for the night before undertaking the final leg of the trek up the glacier to Everest base camp. Above Gorak Shep rises the well-known landmark of Kala Pattar. A climb of two to three hours will reward the trekker with a marvelous vista. Barely eight kilometers to the east is the summit of Everest and just to the most beautiful mountains to be found anywhere.
The trek along the glacier to base camp can take up to four hours depending on the trail conditions. Care should be taken while traveling here, as route finding can be a problem make sure that you have food and drinks for the return trip. The return trek to Lukla basically follows the upward route but rest days are obviously not necessary.
Introduction and trip briefing
We give a short brief about the trip in Kathmandu on the same day of your arrival and introduce your trip guide and team members. At the mean time, we provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions if any about the trip.
Accommodation: Lodges in the mountains are not as comfortable and clean as in the city but not the very basic. The lodges we use normally have combination of dormitories, twin, triple room and beds have foam mattress. There are few factors that affect our choice of a particular lodge which may not always be immediately obvious but the great looking lodges from outside may not be the cleanest and may not provide the best service or food. Please note that we also do not use lodges that will not provide accommodation for porters and guides as we believe that we have a duty to look after all our staffs. Some of the lodges now have attached bathrooms but we do not include this in the price of your trips. However due to availability issue you may be given a room with a bathroom and we will not charge extra.
Meals: Three meals as per your choice are provided in a day. Every lodge has a food menu and ordering book and you should write down in it everything you order under you name and room number. Guide will assist it actually and check at kitchen how busy they are. However it is good to order the food in one hour advance. Lunch is normally taken in a lodge along the way and we suggest the group tries to order similar dishes to make easier and shorter time. Nepali,Tibetan, Continental etc dishes are available though. However local food like vegetables, potatoes, soups are fresh, hygiene and healthy.
Guide: English speaking, well experienced and knowledgeable holding license from government institutions. They are well trained about the high altitude problem, eco tourism, social responsibilities and sincerely dedicated on their duty.
Actually our guides play an invaluable role in ensuring that our clients have the best opportunity to experience, learn about, and enjoy their trip presenting them whenever you need any help.
Porters: Normally we use only regular porters working for the company. Our porters are fully equipped and insured having knowledge of walking on snow and high altitude passes. They are very honest, reliable, strong and of curse get good pay.
They can speak engligh and will be referred to take the guide training after they are well experience and confident.
We suggest and t is a condition of traveling with us that you must be fully insured, including air rescue services and all medical expenses. You decide and choose what amount and types of is insurance is suitable for your trip nature as some does buy cancellation and only for certain period of time.
Itinerary: Given itinerary is flexible so if needed there is often there will be possibility on the trek to extend or shorten the walking days. In the special case if the trips is ended a week or more earlier, there will be given an optional for a short trip. Please discuss this with your trek guide and express your wishes.
Washing and Toilet: Most of lodges offer hot shower now. Some times a hot shower means a bucket of hot water and ask your trek guide about the availability. For ecological reasons please try and limit your use of hot water if the water is not solar-heated. Please note that higher place and cold time there is very little chance to have enough and hot water. Every lodge will have some kind of hand washing facility but ask your trek guide about the place where you can wash and clean your teeth. In any event it is good idea to carry a bar of soap with you. If the water frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water which does not cost money.
Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are out side the lodge but now some lodge are have inside the room or lodge. They tent to be cleaner in the lower and Annapurna region than the Everest or other remote and high region because of water shortage and temperature. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.
Drinking water: Most of the stomach problems are faced from drinking water in the mountain so you should really care of it. Bottle of mineral water is normally available but environmentally unfriendly options so we recommend filtered and boiled water that should be treated with iodine / purifying tablet before you drink it. The lodge people charge minimum for boiled water as fuel is used to boil the water and wait about half an hour before adding any fruit powder etc.
Transportation: Deluxe private vehicle are provided while on city tour, airport transfers and round trip flight.
Electricity: Small scale electricity schemes are running is several mountain communities but as they by definition small the light may not be strong enogh to read by and is not always guaranteed to be working. Kerosene lamps, candles or solar light bulbs are often used is the dining room where there is no electricity. A toch light, with extera battries is essential. Some lodges have rechargeing facilites for which there is a small charge. Nepal use voltages, 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets are fit both round and flat.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport. You'll be met at the airport by our representative and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Katmandu-Lukla-Phakding: 35 min flight; 4 hours trek
Transfer to Airport and fly to Lukla 2,800m by small twin otter 35 mins. Start trekking passing some of the beautiful Sherpa villages aside the Dudhkosi River until Phakding 2,652m is reached.
Day 03: Phakding-Namche Bazaar 3440m. 5 hours trek
The trail follows the Dudhkoshi River passing the villages and crossing few Hilary's Suspension Bridge then the trail further climbs from here to Namche Bazaar.
Day 04: Rest Day
A day is spent here for hiking around to acclimatise. Namche Bazaar is the main centre in the Khumbu region and has shops, restaurants, a bakery, hotel with hot showers and electric power.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar- Tengboche 3810m 6 hours trek
A short climbs to the top the village then walk through the forest of birch and junipers and beautiful views of Ama Dablam on the right. Descend to Phunki Tenga then Climb up gradually through a forest to the Tengboche.
Day 06: Tengboche - Dingboche 4240m 7hrs trek
The trail descends to suspension bridge through a forest of birches, conifers and rhododendrons. We then ascend through the forest, past magnificently carved mani stones to Pangboche. Then the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line before reaching Dingboche
Day 07: Dingboche – Lobuche 4930m 6hrs trek
The trail ascends the broad, gently sloping valley and climbs steeply into the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glaciers. It then crosses the bridge and climbs higher on the moraine to a row of stone monuments. We then cross the tree line and reach to Lobuche
Day 08: Lubuche-Gorak Shep 5,160m 4 hours trek
A gentle climbs all the way and a short descent to the last village Gorak Shep with few tea-houses facilities. Climb to Kala Pattar 5,545m which offers the best views of Mt. Everest, Pumori and Ama Dablam.
Day 09: Everest Base Camp excursion and trek back to Lubuche 7 hours trek
Walk into the Everest Base Camp 5,357m through rocky and glacial trails where climbers gather for summiting Everest then trek back to Lobuje.
Day 10: Lubuche - Tengboche 3870m. 8 hours trek
The trail gradually descends through scrub junipers, Mani stones, rhododendron forests and beautiful Sherpa villages to Pangboche then further down to the suspension bridge. From here it is a gentle climb up hill to Tengboche through rhododendron and alpine meadows.
Day 11: Tengboche - Namche Bazaar 5 hours trek
The trail descends to Phunki Tenga then Climb up gradually through a forest to Khumjung from where a long flat ridge comes to reach Namche Bazaar.
Day 12: Namche Bazaar - Lukla 7 hours trek
Trek back to Lukla along the same trail and celebrate a successful completion of the trek.
Day 13: Lukla- Kathmandu
Early morning fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. The rest of day is at leisure to rest, souvenir shopping or explore any sights you want to see and evening enjoy Farwell dinner hosted by the company.
Day 14: Departure
If you have time and are interested for other adventure like white water rating, wild life safari or any other activities can extend your holiday or transfer to airport and fly back to sweet home.
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We would recommend Holiday Mountain Trekking Company in Kathmandu. The Tibet & trekking tour were very well organized, all the crew at the company were extremely well knowledgeable, experience, helpful and friendly. All we can say is “the level of customer service was very high”
Mrs. Dawn & group
Flat 4, 1 Adelaide Mansions Home
East Sussex UK
Tibet/ Everest Base Camp Trek
Just come back from Tibet. Trip was great! Everything arranged by Abir was excellent. Especially sightseeing in Lhasa was nice. Rally enjoyed the drive along the river and lake to Rombuk. Atmosphere around monastery and views are super from there and excursion to Everest Base Camp was wonderful.
-Fly to Lhasa to acclimatize as we did
-Make it 8 days instead of 10 days.
-Book your tour through Holiday Mountain for well planning and safe travel.
Carlos and Beatriz
When one organizes a trek to Nepal (Particularly over the internet) one does not know what to expect. We were blessed to have finally organized our trek with Holiday Mountain Treks. They were professional and friendly and made us feel comfortable from the beginning. Abir finalized every detail and provided answers to all our questions.
As for the trek itself, the guide and porters made the journey all the more enjoyable. They took care of the small matters however they allowed us the freedom to decide on major concerns. The climb to Island Peak, this was conducted with experience and safety. At no time we did we feel in danger.
Overall, “Holiday Mountain Treks Ran an excellent trekking establishment and I know they were the best we found”
Spiros Soulis, the tour leader
23 Newmarket St.
Northcote 3070, Melborne, Australia
Everest Trek/ Island Peak climb
The trekking here to Everest base camp is an excellent trips both in service and landscape especially the arrangement of route, food, accommodation etc. I think the trekking to the best experience in my life and I would recommend that everyone should have and enjoy the same wonderful experience in his life with Holiday mountain trekking service and arrangements. I am really appreciate the company provide so high standard service and nice arrangements. I will come back soon not only myself but also my kids because the company I can count on.
Everest Base camp 2001
That was our third trip to Nepal organized by Holiday Mountain. We really enjoyed again a very friendly atmosphere and attitude. We much appreciated a care demonstrated by our guide Robin, he always tried to do some extra service for us, which was especially pleasant in some time tough conditions. The trek was great with superb mountain views and impressive landscape all the way we trek. We wish Holiday Mountain success in their business and look forward to work with you again soon.
Lyudmila & Alexander Savin