Everest Basecamp & Kalapathar
Everest, the World’s highest mountain, rises in the eastern part of Nepal, in the Solu-Khumbu region, an area inhabited by the famous Sherpa people. The Sherpas started to become well known in the 1950s when the Tibet border closed following the occupation of Tibet. The trade between Nepal and Tibet stopped then, and the Sherpas, in search of a new means of livelihood, began to act as guides for foreign expeditions. Previously the Sherpas had never climbed mountains that are regarded by them as the abode of their gods.
The northern part of the district, the Khumbu, is encompassed in Everest National Park. To the east of Everest National Park is Makalu Barun National Park, a remote and wild stretch of mountain peaks and deep and densely forested valleys. To the west is the Rolwaling valley, a well-protected microcosm of cultures and ecology. The southern part of the district, Solu, is much less frequented by tourists, and consequently has retained much more traditional characteristics. The Peekye trek and the Dudh Kunda trek are two of the most beautiful destinations.
In this region, there are various established trekking routes one can optionally take a scenic walk of a week to 3 weeks. The significant passes that cross from one valley to another through some of its panoramas filed hill saddles are Renjo La, Cho La, Kongma La, which are also known as the three passes of Everest Region.
The Trekking to Everest basecamp enables one to see the most famous mountain bases in the World and visiting the Kalapathar, the most visited viewpoints to see the Everest In reality and from its nearest distance! This itinerary offers an opportunity of sleeping at Everest Basecamp!, and meet and mix with hundreds of legendary climbers.
Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu 1,350m.
Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will inform you about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting.
Day 02 : Fly to Lukla 2,866m. & trek to Phakding 2,652m.
A 45 minutes flight and 3 hours trek.
Early in the morning, at 07:30 hour, we’ll drive to Tribhuvan International Airport to board a Helicopter flight to Lukla. It is an exhilarating mountain flight of 45 minutes. During the helicopter journey, you can enjoy exceptional views of the Himalaya and most of the villages and valleys. Upon arrival to Lukla, you’ll meet the guide, porters and Sherpa staff. At Lukla, we stop for about an hour for refreshments and to reorganize and kitbags for porters. After a short tour of Lukla village, we’ll set out on a trek of about 3 hours to Phakdingma, where we’ll lodge for the night.
A pleasant walk of the first day passes through several Sherpa villages with the view of Kongde Peak. Phakdingma is a lovely place for an overnight stop set on the bank of the Dudhkunda river.
Day 03 : Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m.
A 5 hours trek.
Today’s trek goes through the villages of Toktok and Jorsalle and on to Namche. The entire route is scenic and full of nature. The surrounding hills are covered with dense forest and beyond them are mountaintops capped with snow. After a lunch stop in Jorsalle, we continue to Namche Bazaar. Along the way, we climb to a vantage point called Topdanda, near Namche Bazaar. From there, weather permitting, one can see Mt. Everest and the Tengboche valley and its famed monastery. Half an hour later and you are at Namche Bazaar, the “capital of the Khumbu valley”.
Namche Bazaar, surrounded by beautiful mountains from all direction, is the commercial centre of the Khumbu region. If you arrive on a Friday, you can view the weekly bazaar the next day, when local people converge from the surrounding area. In the Khumbu Valley killing of any animal is forbidden so people from lower valleys come on Saturdays to sell meat and everyday supplies and the local people and hotel/lodge operator from around to buy.
Day 04 :Trek to Khumjung 3,790m.
A 2 hours trek.
Today, your guide will take you to visit the monastery in Namche, Sagarmatha National Park Museum and the Sherpa House Museum.
Instead of staying all day in Namche, we move to the village of Khumjung. After lunch, we make a scenic Namche to Khumjung trek. The trail leads through the nose-ridge above Namche to Syangboche, a short landing field for Pilatus porter plane. The higher we go, the scenarios are more open. The Dudhkoshi Valley, Kongde Himal, Khumbila, Tawoche, Everest, Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru are some of the great masses of mountains in the World surrounding us from all directions.
Going to Khumjung, there are several trails. Still, we take the going through the Everest View Hotel, the only five-star hotel situated at the highest place in the World, at an elevation of 3880 meters above sea level. The hotel has a spectacular view of Mount Everest, 8,848m., from every room. The hotel offers a panoramic view of Everest and many other high peaks, including the most imposing Amadablam (6,812m.), described by many as the most beautiful mountain they have ever seen. At this hotel will surely make a stop for a cup of tea/coffee and enjoy the most magnificent panorama that the place offers.
Then we descend to the village of Khumjung where we can optionally visit Khumjung monastery and its village.
Day 05 :Khumjung / Tengboche 3,867m.
A 5 hours trek.
This day’s trek contains magnificent views of Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse and Nuptse, all the way to Tengboche. Along the trail, one can spot wild animals, such as longhaired mountain goats, musk deer and the colourful national bird, danphe etc.
We stop for lunch at Punggi-Tanga and then continue gradually climbing to Tengboche, where we check into the lodge and pay a visit to the famed Tengboche monastery.
From the meadow, at Tengboche, there are beautiful views of Nuptse-Lhotse, the tip of Everest and the giant Mt. Amadablam. Tengboche is one of the religious centres of the Khumbu Valley. The monastery burned down in 1989 was rebuilt to its original shape thanks to generous contributions from the local community, trekkers and the Himalayan Trust. Here, every year in October/November, according to the Buddhist lunar calendar, is celebrated one of the most spectacular and important religious festivals, the Mani Rimdu.
Day 06 :Trek to Dingboche 4,410m.
A 5 hours trek.
The trek takes us first through a seemingly virgin forest and beautiful mountain panoramas to a monastery of nuns at Dingboche. After a rest and visit, we continue across a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. The trees thin out and give way to shrub. We arrive at Pangboche village and then go on to Dingboche. We cross a bridge over a stream that flows from the Khumbu glacier, below Pheriche, and after an easy climb, we arrive at Dingboche, the last largest village in the Chhukung valley. It is a small but beautiful village with views of Amadablam and Chhukung. If the weather permits, it is advisable to climb up the village for a better view of town and surroundings.
Day 07 :Dingboche
A 6-7 hour excursion.
It is a rest/acclimatization day, but we recommend taking a trip to Chhukung and back. The trail is beautiful with Buddhist stupas and prayer flags and incredible views. If time permits, we also recommend climbing to the Chukung-Ri (5.540m), at Chhukung. It is a hill above Chhukung village and just below the incredibly sheer wall of Mount Nuptse and Lhotse. Some say that the view from Chukung-Ri is better than that from Everest Kalapathar. The wall of Lhotse and Nuptse, the red granite of Makalu, and the south wall of Baruntse, fluted with ice next to 7000 metres of Ama Dablam. Many feel that Chhukung-Ri has the most beautiful views in the World. We take a hearty lunch at Chhukung and retrace back to Dingboche.
Day 08 :Trek to Lobuche 4,887m.
A 3-4 hour trek.
The trek gently leads toward the Khumbu (Everest) Glacier. The World’s most significant mountain masses surround you, feel the thinner air. En route, near the lower edge of the glacier, above Thugla, you can see numerous chortens (memorials for those who died during Everest expeditions). Finally, you are at Laboche, the base for most of the trekkers hiking to Kalapathar View Point and Everest Base. After checking into the lodge, time permitting, you can stroll around the glacial rim to observe the Khumbu Glacier, its loud cracking of ice and noises of chunks of ice and scree falling into the glacial river.
Day 09 :Trek to Gorakshep 5,164m. and Kalapathar 5,545m.
A hours trek.
We start the trip early in the morning to get the sunrise view from the top of Kalapathar lookout. From Laboche we’ll trek to Gorakshep along the rim of the Khumbu glacier catching views of Nuptse, Pumori, Changse, Cho Lhatse and many more peaks. Gorakshep is a pleasant place towered by beautiful Mt. Pumori. From here a further 45-minutes’ walk put us on top of Kalapathar (5,545m), one of the most famed viewpoints to sight the mount Everest from its nearest distance. The view from there is indescribable, seeing the Mount Everest from a distance of your hand reach. After taking an essential photograph and admirations, we descend to Gorakshep for a hearty breakfast and a relaxing day.
In the evening we maybe repeat the Kalapathar for a sunset view. Both sunrise and sunset, from Kalapathar lookout, are truly breath-taking so those willing may take a short sunset hike to the Kalopathar lookout for a sunset view!
Day 10 :Trek to Everest Basecamp 5,364m.
A 3 hours trek.
A big day! Today we make our dreamt trek to Everest Basecamp 5,364m/17,598ft., (28°0′26″N 86°51′34″E), the base of the Third Pole. The trail from Gorakshep is panoramic with a surprising view of the Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu Glacier. The mount Pumori dominates the north-western horizon, just above a hand reaching distance.
The flat field below Kala Patthar, 5,545m/18,192 ft., and Mount Pumori is the Khumbu glacier. The glacier is with large ice pinnacles, forming a perfect place for ice climbing training.
The Everest Base Camp, one of the most famous mountain bases in the Himalayas and indeed in the World, is visited by thousands of trekkers and climbers each year. We arrive at basecamp for lunch. We will be greeted by our kitchen crew and distributed to our tents. After lunch, we will briefly visit the Everest basecamp camps, where we will meet hundreds of climbers preparing and moving upward for their climb on Everest. Get introduced with legendary climbers, dinner and overnight in tented camp.
Day 11 :Trek to Lobuche.
A 4 hours trek.
A surprising day! You are woken by a mess attendant who brings in a bowl of hot water for washing and the first cup of tea or coffee in your tent. Thirty minutes later, a full breakfast gets served on camp dining tables! Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the basecamp of Mount Everest. We then go with our guide to see the climbing activities and also visit the camp of Himalayan rescue, a team of doctors, camped to look after the health issue of the climbers. We then return to our camp for lunch and depart on our return trek. After a remarkable two-days stay at the basecamp, the feet are lighter, the sceneries are extensive and the perspective to seeing them. We probably stop back at Gorakshep for a tea-stop and continue another one hours trek down to Lobuche.
Day 12 :Trek to Pangboche and Phortse 3,840m.
A 5-6 hour trek.
From Lobuche, we retrace the same trail we took while going up and reach to Pangboche, an ancient village with a Monastery. We’ll spend a visit to the village and 400 years old monastery, the oldest in the region.
After lunch, we’ll set off for Phortse village, which offers a beautiful view of Thamserku and Kongde. Tourists less frequent the trail so one can see wild animals and the colourful national bird of Nepal. The great mountain sceneries are in every direction. At Phortse village we check into the lodge. This village is one of the typical Sherpa villages of Khumbu region. It offers opportunities to experience the way of Sherpa life in the villages and a beautiful panorama containing Mount Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru and Tengboche Monastery.
Day 13 :Trek to Namche and Jorsalle.
A 5 hours trek.
We go down to Phortse Tenga and cross the river that flows from the Gokyo Valley, and then begin a steep climb to the hilltop to Mongla. There we take tea-brake and enjoy the magnificent panorama from this beautiful lookout. The trail further descends to Sanasa, below the Khumjung village, where we will make our lunch stop or one may continue further thirty-five minutes to Namche.
From Namche, the trail directly drops to the Dudh Koshi River. We are getting back again to “European” altitudes as we descend towards the entrance to Everest National Park at Jorsalle, a pleasant place to spend a night after several days in altitude.
Day 14 :Trek to Lukla 2,866m.
A 6 hours trek.
From Jorsalle the trail mostly follows the river. We retrace through some small Sherpa villages and arrive at Lukla. In Lukla, we spend our last night in the Khumbu Valley. This evening is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a two days’ trek and one-day bus ride to Kathmandu or stay at Lukla to continue another trek back to Everest Base Camp!
Day 15 :Fly to Kathmandu and visit Bhaktapur.
A 45 minutes flight and 45 minutes’ drive.
We’ll board an early morning flight, 08:00 hours, to Kathmandu and arrive at Kathmandu before 9 a.m. We then continue to drive to Bhaktapur, one of the most impressive medieval towns of Kathmandu valley. Arrive at the hotel and get distributed into the rooms — Rest, refreshing and lunch.
After lunch, in the afternoon, the guide will take you to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur – the home of medieval art and architecture. The Squares are some of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights some of the most exquisite medieval art and architecture of Nepal.
Day 16 :Visit the UNESCO sites
At 10:00 a. m. your guide and a car with a driver will arrive at your hotel to commence the visit of UNESCO site of Patan. Founded in the third century B.C., and later expanded in the sixth century, the ancient city of Patan is renowned for its rich Buddhist heritage. In its one period, the entire population of Patan City were comprised only with monks and artisans.
At around the end of the tour, we’ll also visit the Museum of Patan. Located inside the medieval palace, the Patan Museum is a must for anyone interested in Asian Art, history of Nepal, curatorial science, or religion. It is a world-class museum that displays the traditional sacred art of Nepal in an illustrious architectural setting. Its home is an old residential part of Patan Darbar, one of the royal palaces of the former Malla Kings of the Kathmandu Valley. Its gilded door and window face one of the most beautiful squares in the World.
The museum also exhibits a long span of Nepal’s cultural history and some rare objects. Their meaning and context within the living traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism are explained in extensive labels.
We then drive to UNESCO site of Soyambhunath stupa on a hillock overlooking Kathmandu valley. Well known as Monkey Temple the golden spire crowning, Soyambhunath is the most ancient and vital of Buddhist shrine in Kathmandu valley.
In the evening we visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the old palace complex exhibits the multitude of temples and palaces. The main attractions are the Gaddi Baithak Durbar, a Palace constructed in the Rana style in 1908, Basantapur Durbar, the main building of the old royal palace, Kumari Chowk, the residence of the Living Goddess and Kumari Bahal, where the family of Kumari resides. We finalize our visits with a walk through the Ason Bazaar, an old city centre and open market, where one can see and experience a bit of what the Nepalese use in their daily life. Arrive at the hotel to rest and relax.
Day 17 :Departure
Breakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at your hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport see off formalities and departure.
Number in Group Costs per person (per hotel category in cities)
3-Star hotels 4-Star hotels 5-Star hotels
2-3 Persons US $2661 US $2751 US $2231
4-5 Persons US $2482 US $2572 US $2152
6-7 Persons US $2386 US $2476 US $2106
8-10 Persons US $2295 US $2385 US $2065
Single room Supl. US $340 US $430 US $390
- Airport pick up and departure service as per itinerary
- 2-night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Category selectable)
- Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu helicopter flight service
- 1-night hotel accommodation in Bhaktapur with breakfast (Category selectable)
- Trekking period on full board basis (tea house lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis)
- 1 Guide in the group and one porter, between every two members, for the entire trek
- 1-night/two days’ camping service at the Everest Basecamp on a full board basis.
- A Trekking Map in group
- A good sleeping bag to each member
- A pair of a trekking pole to each member
- A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call)
- A small Medial kit box for first add medical purpose.
- Insurance and all expenses of local staff
- Everest National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu entry permits
- Guided tour of Kathmandu valley as per itinerary
- Entrance fees to the monument sites and cities
- All taxes and agency service charge
- Travel insurance, International air tickets, Nepal entry visa
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek
- Tips and those, not mentioned in above price include section.
3-Star hotels 4-Star hotels 5-Star hotels
Kathmandu Marshyangdi or similar Shanker or Malla Del’ Annapurna
Treking Lodge Lodge Lodge