Everest Base Camp Trek 14 days package will take you to the base camping site of the globe’s highest mountain peak- Mt. Everest and you’ll be reaching a maximum height of 5,554 meters during the trek.
Everet Base Camp is famous for its spectacular mountain peaks and the loyal as well as friendly Sherpas. The Everest region, also known as the Khumbu region, is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Nepal.
You will be trekking on the trails near to waterfalls, un-spoilt Buddhist monasteries and through the enchanting Sherpa villages on your way to Everest Base Camp. The Everest Base Camp Trek 14 days trek also gives you the opportunity to trek up to Kala Patthar, a 5554 meter peak on the way to Everest Base Camp, which is a superb vantage point for magnificent views of the southwest face of Mt Everest and other surrounding Himalayan Mountains such as Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Lhotse.
After your hike up to Kala Patthar, the trail takes you along the Khumbu Glacier to the foot of Everest where you’ll finally reach the magnificent Everest Base Camp from where climbers are planning their summit attempts.
1. Scenic Mountain Flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport Lukla
The wonderful journey to the Everest Base Camp kicks off with a scenic mountain flight to Lukla with magnificent views of the Eastern Himalayan peaks. Named after the first people to successfully summit the Everest, Tenzing Hillary Airport remains the arrival center for trekkers and mountaineers destined to trek and climb the world’s highest peak. It is an amazing sight of Lukla airport being operated at such a height of over 9000 feet and steep landscape. This first step of trip provides you a sneak peek into glorious Himalayan vistas, first of many to cherish.
2. Beautiful Sherpa villages with Heart-warming Hospitality and Buddhist culture
Traversing through Dudh Koshi valley on the way to the base camp, you will arrive at this beautiful Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. After a day hike to Syangboche, arrive at Everest View Hotel to get the stunning views of glacial valleys and peaks of Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse. Explore ancient villages of Khumbu region including Pangboche, Lobuche, Phortse, Dingboche and the Khumjung, where you discover a monastery supposedly housing ‘Yeti Scalp’. Nepal Himalaya gets synonymous with Sherpas. It is due to the fact that the indigenous people and dwellers of the mountains are the backbone of the region. The brave Sherpa people live life with a simplicity which is quite admirable and inspiring. Their unique Sherpa culture, traditions, and Buddhist religion give you an appealing insight into the lifestyle in this remote corner of the developing world. Also, taste the exotic dishes of the mountain regions including yak cheese, thukpa, potato vegetables, and dal-bhat meals.
3. Sagarmatha National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
A UNESCO listed World Natural Heritage Site, Sagarmatha National Park is a major highlight on your Everest Base Camp trek. The world’s highest national park, yes, the region has several ‘highest’ accolades, is a protected area for a wide range of Himalayan flora and fauna, spread over 440 square miles of area. Walk through the rhododendron and pine forests where you can see various endangered animals and birds including Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), snow leopard, red panda and many more. Also, it is a natural habitat for around 118 species of birds and one can find various species of flora including birch, juniper, blue pines, fir, bamboo, etc. The park has many landmarks to explore which you will learn more below.
4. Tengboche Monastery, the largest of Khumbu region
Tengboche monastery is one of the several Buddhist landmarks you discover on the way to the Everest Base Camp. Also known as Dawa Choling Gompa, the monastery is located in Tengboche village of Khumbu and is the largest of the region. The devout Buddhist pilgrimage is amidst the Sagarmatha National Park offering you a 360-degree panoramic view of Himalayan range. The residing Rinpoche blesses the pilgrims and travelers leaving them with a sense of tranquility and spirituality.
5. Teahouses – where you rest and sleep
The local accommodations in the mountains, tea houses amaze the trekkers with the satisfying level of comfort provided during their long trekking journey. You will be provided will all basic facilities including hot showers. At the end of each trekking day en route to the Everest Base Camp, you can take rest in the evening and warmly spend your nights in the standard, clean and comfortable tea houses. Also, you may socialize with other travelers and meet the local people.
6. Spectacular Views from Kala Patthar
The famous vantage point of Mount Everest, Kala Patthar offers you the most accessible and close-up views of the world’s highest peak. Lying at the base of Khumbu Icefall, it is a big black rock leading you with a freezing walk to the Everest Base Camp. The highest altitude on your trek at 5545 meters, provides you with breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks including Pumori, Changtse, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Lingtren, Khutse, Thangsherkhu and Taboche in addition to Everest. These stunning views from the top of Kala Patthar are simply mesmerizing and make your trek absolutely worthwhile.
7. Sherpa Culture Museum and Pyramid International Laboratory
Visit this private museum in Namche, depicting the Sherpa culture and historical photographs from the Everest region. Owned and maintained by a local photographer, Sherpa Culture Museum preserves ages’ old cultural artifacts of Sherpa and also comprises the photographs of all Everest summiteers.
It is a part of Sherwin Khangba Center as is the Khumbu International library with a huge collection of books, travel guides, and historical journals. You can donate a book to the library which may interest another visitor. This way, your possession remains as a part of the historical center for eternity.
Another interesting place to visit in the Everest region is the Pyramid International Laboratory located in Khumbu valley. The research center is built in typical Nepali lodge style where over 500 scientific missions have been carried out by above 200 researchers from several countries. This is the unique attractions of Everest base camp trek.
8. A delightful walk to Everest Base Camp and Khumbu Icefall
This is the ultimate goal of your exciting trek. The long, tiring and yet pleasant journey reaches its climax at the Everest Base Camp. With the world’s highest mountain soaring high above you, admire the incredible melt patterns and rounded ice towers of Khumbu Icefall. The close-up views of Everest are truly mesmerizing and the best part of the trek. Also, one can get beautiful glimpses of surrounding peaks including Pumori, Khumbuste, and Nuptse. Everest Base Camp trekking is undoubtedly the world’s most popular trekking adventure because you know, it’s EVEREST.
9. Challenging Three Pass with Gokyo Lakes
Everest region is famous for the classic trek to the base camp, though there are many alternative routes. Among them, challenging tree passes trek is itself a major attraction along with the heavenly Gokyo lakes. You will cross Kongma La (5535m), Cho La Pass (5420m) and Renjo La (5340m) to arrive at the base camp of the world’s highest mountain. Along the route, explore the remote villages of Nangpa valley, Marling and popular monastery in Thame. Similarly, the beautiful turquoise lakes of Gokyo prove to be quite mesmerizing for wonderful photographs. Attractions of Everest Base Camp Trek comes with its surrounding nature and geography like Gokyo lakes and Himalayan high passes.
10. Adventurous Peak Climbing
To those experienced trekkers who seek new adventures, Everest region grants your wish with popular peak climbing options like Mera peak and Island peak. Mera peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal standing tall at 6461m. You can get delightful views of five 8000 meter peaks from the top of Mera peak viz. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga. Island peak (5357m) seems like an island in the sea of ice, welcoming hundreds of climbers and trekkers every year.
Alternate to this you can also do the Everest 12 Days Trekking.
Nepal Lion Trekking will be assigning one representative for the airport pick up and transfer to your hotel.
After refreshing you can meet your guide for the trips and make some preparations.
We will be spending this day to admire the world heritage sites of Kathmandu like Monkey Temple, Pasupatinath, Patan Durbar square and so on.
After an early breakfast, we transfer to the domestic air terminal in Kathmandu for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft).Lukla is a gateway destination from where many Everest treks start from. The flight takes around 40 minutes with some breathtaking views along the way. On arrival in Lukla we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek to Phakding,we only have a short hike today. However if people are interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight in Phakding.
We trek up through a beautiful pine forest and along the Dudh Koshi River over many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. On the way we can view Mt. Thamserku (6618 m) glistening in the sunlight. We trek through the settlements of Benkar, Chumoa and Monjo before reaching the Sagar National Park check post at Jorsalle, the last village of the valley before Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs up through forest and over more bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. Here we begin a final steep ascent of about two hours to Namche and catch the first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We stop at Chautara to admire the view before carrying on to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading centre of the region. We stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Rather than just resting . Namche has many every facilities, you can find internet cafes, good restaurants, laundries, etc. Namche Bazar is a good place to experience Sherpa culture Our guide will take you to the Tourist Visitor Center where you can pick up a lot of information regarding Sherpa life along with various plants and animal life of Everest region. Overnight at Namche Bazar.
Soon after breakfast we move on, there are good views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku on the way before we reach Sansa, the major junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. On reaching Phunki Thunga we take lunch. After lunch there is a tough climb to Tengboche. Overnight at hotel in Tengboche
We are up early on our journey past monasteries and through other villages on the way. Our lunch stop provides a fantastic view of Amadablam said by mant to be the most beautiful mountain in Nepal. We cross over Lobuche River before a climb up to dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.
We continue today with a climb to Duglha through the Khumbu Khola Valley the climb provides some fantastic views of mountains on all sides. At a yak herder’s place called Dusa, the valley begins to narrow, we continue on through Phulung Karpo one of the camp sites used during the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. As we continue our trek, a majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view, the trail descends to cross a roaring stream before we ascend to Dugla. From here there are views of Mount Nuptse as well as Cholatse, Thamserku, and several other magnificent peaks.
From Duglha we need to trek through the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trek is quite rough as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountains views. At the top of the ridge at the top[ of the ridge there is an array of stones with prayer flags laid as memorials to Scott Fischer (an American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (mountain guide from Nepal) who perished on a mission to climb Everest around ten years ago. As the trail descends to the Khumbu Glacier moraine we are suddenly “in front of” several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We begin to truly feel in high mountain country, although Everest the greatest of them all still remains hidden. Mount Nuptse towers to the right as we travel across the Khumbu Glacier along a murmuring stream. It is often around here that you begin to feel a little out of breath due to the high altitude. Overnight in Lobuche.
Today on our way to Gorak Shep we still need to negotiate more of the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Ahead of us we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with other peaks Mt. Pumori,Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse,. A small ascent takes us to Thangma Riju where there is a 360 degree vista the mountain giants .Carrying on we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar our Everest View point destination, Kala Patthar is a grey-green knoll situated beneath the Mt. Pumori. On arrival at Gorak Shep we are surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including mighty – Mount Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we continue on the trail to Everest Base Camp on the way there are many memorials to those that never returned from their journey. At Everest Base Camp the tents of mountaineers attempting to summit stand out in bright colors against all the dull gray surroundings. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are clearly visable from here although not Everest. By now we have met the ultimate objective of our trip and the best view we save for tomorrow.
Today is the climax of our trip and perhaps the main reason for the journey to Nepal . We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views of the highest mountain in the world from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on it in all its glory. It’s a day to be prepared early morning at this altitude is, dark and cold with temperatures (-10 to -14 C) and there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks by now are all around us as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar we break to catch our breath at several outstanding view points that provide perfect photo opportunities. After several hours ascending we reach Kala Patthar. We scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. From the top our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama that wanders from one mighty massif to another, it is at this time we realize the true reason for all the hard work. Photos on the memory stick and enough visions in our mind’s eye to last lifetime. Time now to trek back to Gorak Shep for a second breakfast, before we start our descent to Pheriche.
The journey back follows the same route, the trail is blanketed by rhododendron trees, If it’s spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. Depending on our hunger and condition, we either have our lunch in Pangboche or wait until we reach Phunki Tenga. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River the trail follows the river gorge descending rapidly through pine forest. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction in the region. We take lunch at Kyangjuma (3570 m/11,710 ft). There are good views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse with every bite. After lunch we continue towards our destination, Namche Bazaar along a steep and winding wooded slope wild life is good here mountain goats colorful pheasants and even Snow Leopards have been seen.After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche. On reaching our lodge it’s time for a well earned hot shower a hearty meal and a relaxed sleep. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
The final day starts with a steep descent over rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail levels out. The air is a lot warmer at this altitude and any remaining sore throats and colds are soon gone. There is more time now to take in the wonderful culture of these hardy mountain people as we walk through Sherpa villages it is hard not to fully appreciate their impressive faith in Buddhism with the many prayer stones and prayers flag along the way. On arrival in Lukla it is time to chill out and reflect on the experiences of the last couple of weeks, a culmination of a fantastic trek and experience to last for many years to come. Overnight in Lukla.
We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu on arrival we are picked up and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for shopping and relaxing and a farewell evening meal is arranged hosted by ourselves. Overnight in Kathmandu.