nepal: Everest Base Camp Trek
This classic trek to Everest Base Camp will include a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, a flight to Lukla to hike up the beautiful Dudh Kosi Valley to Namche Bazaar. Then it’s on to Tengboche with it’s famous monastery, Pheriche and the High Himalyan Rescue Station and Pheruche. From Dingboche we will trek to Lobuche and follow the Lobuche valley up towards Pumori, climb to Gorak Shep and summit 18,000 ft. Kala Patar with it’s stunning close-up view of Mt. Everest.
From there we will trek to Chukung for optional climbs of both Island Peak and Chhukung Ri right before descending back to Lukla stopping for a day in the village where Pemba grew up and having dinner with Pemba's mother! From Lukla we fly back to Kathmandu for one more day before returning home.
Everest Base Camp - 18,187 ft (5545 m)
Island Peak - 20,305 ft (6188 m)
Chhukung Ri - 18,196 ft (5546 m)
Trekking only: $3200
Trekkind and Island Peak Climb: $4200
Deposit Amount: Initial deposit to hold space: $500
Balance due, Six weeks before departure.
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Participants should be strong, experienced hikers in good physical condition.
Experience with ice and snow travel over glaciers is preferred, but not necessary.
You must have the willingness to undergo the hardships of outdoor living and long days of strenuous hiking, often at high altitude, with a smile!
6:1 (Student : Guide)
18 years old
23 days - Trekking only
28 days - Island Peak extension
Land cost of trek and climb.
Round trip to Lukla
Guide, siddhar, porters, cook, and staff
Tent and foam sleeping pads (island Peak high camp)
Climbing permit and trekking permit
Sagarmatha National Park entrance fee
Four nights lodging (double occupancy) in Kathmandu
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
One day sightseeing in Kathmandu
Airport transfer in Kathmandu
Bangkok lodging and Bangkok airport tax
Lodging in Kathmandu beyond four days.
Airport tax in Kathmandu
Personal gear for trip
Day 1: Depart for Kathmandu.
Day 2: En route to Kathmandu.
Day 3: Arrival in Kathmandu. We will be met at the airport by Pemba’s Kathmandu staff, who will escort us to our hotel. The group is then free to explore Kathmandu or relax from the long trip.
Day 4: Kathmandu Sightseeing. We have arranged for a private sightseeing tour of the mystical city of Kathmandu that includes the Buddhist shrines of Swayambunath (the famed monkey temple) and Bodhnath, as well as the Hindu funeral pyres of Pashupatinath. The evening is free to finish final packing arrangements.
Day 5: Kathmandu to Lukla and Phakding (8,661ft.). We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (9,350ft.), and land on the memorable Lukla airstrip. We are then met by our trekking crew, and begin our trek by following Dudh Kosi River and traditional Sherpa villages to Phakding.
Day 6: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (11,319ft.). We’ll continue to move up the Dudh Kosi valley, past a waterfall at Benkar (2700m) and on the Chomoa. Magnificent forests of firs, rhododendrons and manolias grace much of this part of the trail. We drop to the Dudh Kosi to cross it and climb again to Jorsale (2850m) where we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park. After lunch at Jorsale, it’s all uphill to Namche, but our first views of Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse make the climb worth it!
Day 7: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar (11,319ft.). Acclimatization is critical before going higher, so you have the day to explore Namche Bazaar. Some members of the group may want to take a long acclimatization hike up to the monastery at Thame. We will also be here for the famous Saturday market, with many Tibetan, having crossed the Nangpa La, selling their wares.
Day 8: Namche to Tengboche (12,664ft.). It’s up to Punkitanga and then on to the famous monastery of Tengboche with its background of mountain peaks, including Ama Dablam and Everest. The original monastery burned down in 1988, but the new structure, built in 1990, is also striking. This still remains the largest and most active monastery in the Khumbu. We’ll camp near the monastery so you’ll have plenty of time to photograph and explore this beautiful site.
Day 9: Tengboche to Dingboche (14,271ft). We continue on to Dingboche, passing some small chhusas (yak herding stations) on the way.
Day 10: Dingboche (14,271ft). Another rest and acclimatization day In Dingboche, we’ll hike up the Valley, great photos option. And we’ll hike to Pheriche and visit the High Himalayan Rescue Station.
Day 11: Dingboche to Lobuche (16108Ft) Today we trek through the meandering trail through a beautiful valley towards Lobuche.
Day 12: Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Kala Patar (18,000 ft) Today we trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, Everest Base Camp to Sir Edmund Hillary, with great view of Khumbu Icefall and surrounding Himal, climb 18,000 ft. Kala Patar with it’stunning close-up view of Mt. Everest, then back to Lobuche.
Day 13: Lobuche to Chukung (15,507ft.). Today we have a beautiful walk to the village of Chukkung, with Lothse (and Chukkung ri) "leading the way"
Day 14: Chukung to Island Peak High Camp (18,200ft.). (Island Peak climbers) Those climbing Island Peak will head east to Island Peak base camp, and then continue up the endless switchbacks to high camp. Our tents will be firmly planted on a series of platforms, protected from the wind. The altitude will now be quite noticeable, so we will rest and drink plenty of fluids and preparation for the climb. Members of the group not climbing Island Peak will travel to Lhotse glacier and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding himal.
Day 15: (Island Peak Climbers) Island Peak Climb (20,252ft.). Return to Chukung (15,584ft.). We begin with a predawn start, lighting our way by headlamp up the rocky trail. The trail is fun, at places requiring easy scrambling. We’ll enjoy a beautiful sunrise on the edge of the glacier as we don our crampons and climbing equipment and slowly climb up to the base of the headwall. From there, we will jumar up the steep, final pitch, and then cross the fantastic ridge to the summit (20,252ft.)!
Day 15: (Those Not Climbing Island Peak) Chukung ri (18,283ft.). Return to Chukung (15,584ft.). After breakfast we will climb Chukkung ri. This classic vantage point is superb for viewing Lhotse, Makalu, Island Peak and the high himal. We’ll return to Chukkung for a good night’s sleep.
Day 16: Chukung to Kyangzuma (11,664ft.). We’ll trek down to Pangboche then retrace our steps back to Tengboche then to Kyangzuma.
Day 17: Kyangzuma to Phakding (8,661 ft.). Today we trek to Namche Bazar before our trek down to Jorsale. The Trek to Jorsale takes us Steeply down along the Bhote Kohi, we cross Bhote Koshi river then On to Phakding.
Day 18: Phakding to Seangma then to Lukla (9,350 ft.). Today we cross the Dudh Kosi river to Sewangma, Pemba's boyhood village. This is an "off-the-beaten path" excursion where we will see no other tourists and will be welcomed by Pemba's family, we’ll have lunch in Sewangma, then we will complete the trek in the village of Lukla.
Day 19: Lukla to Kathmandu. We’ll catch an early morning flight on the memorable Lukla airstrip and return to the luxuries (e.g., hot showers) of Kathmandu!
Day 20: Kathmandu. An open day in Kathmandu to visit more of the temples, shop, and relax.
Day 21-22: Return to U.S.