Everest Base Camp via Kalapathar trek (EEC) is one of most popular adventurous trekking trails in Everest or Khumbu region. EBC trek has been listed as World’s Top Ten Treks by National Geographic and Top 50 Places To Visit Before You Died BBC. The trekking takes you to Kalapathar (5545m) the single most important vantage point to watch Everest in its entirety. Given the fact this is at one of the highest altitude region, the trek is of fairly strenuous grade and very demanding but you are bound to be rewarded with stunning views to be seen from nowhere.
Everest Base Camp via Kalapathar Trek (EBC) has been rated as one of the best adventure trekking in the world by trekkers and adventurers. Following a trail filled with picturesque views of Himalayan peaks, glaciers and awesome Sherpa villages, you trek to the base of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest (also known as "Mother Goddess of the World”).
The journey begins with a scenic, exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the entry point to Everest region. The trek offers memorable and lifetime experience in every step with the breath-taking view of world’s major peak including the highest Mount Everest.
Our representative will meet you on your arrival at the Airport and transfer you to the Hotel. An information session about the program will be conducted by our Tour Guide. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Early morning drives to Tribhuwan International Airport and then 35-minute scenic flight to Lukla airport. In Lukla, you will be introduced with your Guide and Porters. Our Everest Panoramic Trekking starts from here passing along the left bank of Dudh Koshi before reaching Phakding.
From Phakding, our trail crosses the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi. The walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill, with magnificent views of Thermasarkhu (6,608m), then reaching a small village of Monjo, the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. A short descent to the Jorsaleand Village and the trail levels for some time. We are now heading towards Namche Bazaar- the walk along the riverbed is pleasant before winding uphill path, with the magnificent view of Kwangde peak, Kusum kangru Mt.Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse, and Taweche peak in the background. Namche Bazaar is the capital of Sherpa people, distinct for its colorful houses, monasteries located at high altitude. We will be careful to avoid altitude sickness.
Suggested activities on this rest day include a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with the breathtaking view of the surrounding snowcapped giants and the valleys below. We will visit Sagarmatha Museum that consists of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering flora, and fauna of this region. The afternoon is spared for leisure.
The walk is fairly easy for the first half, as trail sees few ups and downs overlooking magnificent view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thermasharkhu, and Kwangde-Ri peak. After two to three hours we will reach Phungitenga (3,250m), a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small Nepalese Army barrack in the midst of the alpine woods of mostly silver fir blue pines, rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees. Walk from here is strenuous and involves an hour or two on the winding trail through the shade of woods till we reach Thyangboche Monastery or Gompa, our overnight spot. This beautiful spot offers views of the majestic beautiful peak of Ama Dablam with Everest looming above the Nuptse wall in the north and Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards the northeast.
Today our trail descends to Dingboche, a small village with Chortens and Mani stone walls and nunnery. Further, ahead we will cross a suspension bridge over Imja Khola and gradually ascend to Pengboche with the towering view of Ama Dablam, one of the most beautiful mountains in Everest region. Trail continues along Imja Valley opening up into the confluence of Imja River and Lobuche river and then to Dingboche. Dingboche is the last Sherpa settlement with beautiful terraced field enclosed by the stone wall.Barley, buckwheat, and potatoes are some local major crops.
We will take a complete rest day at Dingboche, however, we will take the time to explore the area. The valley offers some good views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Imjatse Peak (Island peak), Makalu et al.
After early morning breakfast, we start our trekking towards Lobuche. For a first few minutes, we walk through the romantic Yak grazing yields with the consistent views of Tawache peak & Cholatse, until a wooden bridge. Further, from here, the trail leads to the Khumbu Glacier with impressive views of Khumbutse (6623m), Lingtren (6697m), Pumori (7145m) and Mahalangur Himal. Another hour’s walk upstream, we reach Lobuche, our overnight stop.
The first hour of today’s walk involves gradual ascent along the grassy field past a mass of rocky moraine. You will be able to see icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below Khumbu glacier. A short downhill walk from here will bring you to Gorakshep, on an almost flat land that forms the base of Kalapatthar (5545m) and Mt.Pumori (7145m). Gorakshep hosts three teahouses where we take a longing break. Before long we will continue our journey towards the Everest Base Camp and further to the Khumbu Icefall. The track to the base camp is often misleading, so we will follow our lead Sherpa. Every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier. This stretch of the walk is quite strenuous due to high altitude and thin air, and also as it passes over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, until the base camp. Once you reach EBC, a great view of the Khumbu icefall awaits you. Later we will retrace our journey back to Gorakshep for overnight.
We will wake up before dawn and begin our prized journey towards Kalapatthar. The walk will be physically quite demanding, however, it is worth a lifetime. On reaching the top ridge of Kalapatthar, a rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori, you will be awestruck by the spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Leo-la. Watching the sunrise over Everest is one of the most extraordinary highlights of this trek. The view of Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier is equally superb. Spending a wonderful time here we will descend back to Gorakshep and then continue walk to Pheriche. The walk is mostly downhill and will reach Price, our overnight stop, by afternoon.
We will be trekking to Namche Bazar from Phirche. We will have to cross Pangboche and then Tengboche today. On the way, you can see beautiful Rhododendron and Juniper trees. We will have our lunch on the way. After crossing the Prayer Flag Festooned Bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we will move along the River trail then reach Sansa, a major trial junction in this area. Then we will reach Kyangjuma (3570m) from where we can see the beautiful Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Thamserku. Then we will walk down toward Namche. On the way, we can see wildlife like mountain deer, snow leopard etc. On reaching Namche, we will relax and stay the night there.
The trail descends steeply so we have to be very careful. We will be crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi. We can see many Rhododendron, and pine trees on the way and we can also get the view of beautiful snow capped mountains. We will be crossing Sherpa Villages where you can experience the impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayer flags. On arriving Lukla, we can get fresh and enjoy out last day of the trek.
We will have our breakfast and then grab our bags and move towards the Tenzing-Hillary Airport from where we will be flying back to Kathmandu. After the exciting trek, you can relax at the hotel as this will be your last day in Kathmandu.
Today is your last day in Kathmandu. Hope you have enjoyed your trip with us in Nepal. As per your flight time, you will be transferred to the international Airport for your departure back to your country. We hope to see you again!
Porter-supported trekTwo clients share one porter. We will supply you with a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.
The weight limit for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights is 15 kg or 33 pounds. This is combining both the duffel bag and the daypack. If you exceed this limit, you will have to pay an additional fee. When this happens, sometimes the airline sends your bag in later flights and this can be very problematic for many reasons. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.
- 4-season sleeping bag (You can rent for US$35 if you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffel bag
- Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; You can rent for $35 pp if you need one but has to be returned after the trek)
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
- Sun hat (We will provide you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya hat)
- Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Neck warmer
- Liner gloves
- Heavier shell gloves
- T-shirts (2)
- Lightweight expedition thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
- Synthetic sports bras (for women)
Lower Body – Legs
- Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
- Nylon hiking shorts
- Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
- Water/windproof trousers
- Casual pants
- Liner socks
- Heavyweight socks
- Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
- Light shoes/sneakers
- Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)
Medicines and First Aid Kits(Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.)
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
- Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
- Anti-infection ointments
- Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
- Sunscreen (SPF 40)
Miscellaneous, but Important !
- Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
- Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
- Water bottle/bladder
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)
- Adjustable trekking poles
- Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
- Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
- Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman
- Kathmandu International Airport Arrival & Departure Transfer by Private Comfortable Car / Van / Hiace.
- Welcome and Farewell Dinner with Nepali Cultural Dance show.
- Accommodations Twin Sharing Basis in Kathmandu at 3 to 4 Star hotel.
- All kind of meal including breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek with accommodation.(accept desert item)
- Round trip Land or Air Transportation as per the destination and itinerary.
- English Speaking experienced Trekking Guide (Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder), one extra assistant trek leader for above 8 pax group. 1 porter for 2 people basis (Carry max. 25kg per porter) during the trek.
- All official document process charges including Trek Permit, TIMS card & any required permits or Official Documentation for trekking.
- Insurance, Transportation, Wages, Equipment and all meals & Lodges for Porters and Guides during the trek
- One day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. Note: Entrance fees are included with this package.
- Down Jacket, sleeping bag, Osho Adventure trekking kit bag/duffel bag, First Aid Kid Box (for Normal Treatment), T-shirt and Trekking maps. Note: Down Jacket, Sleeping Bag and Trekking Kit Bag/Duffel Bag must be returned to the company after completing the trekking.
- Emergency helicopter rescue Evacuation Coordination Service (This is only in case of Emergency condition of guests, however, all guests are responsible for paying helicopter Evacuation Charge- US$ 2500 per/Hour if necessary. So all our valued guests are kindly advised to make sure that they have necessary Travel Insurance which should cover here Evacuation expenses in case needed).
- One day free Yoga & Meditation Course in Kathmandu.
- Government taxes & Other Applicable Fees.
- International Airfare to and from your country
- Nepal Visa fee: Nepal entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days & US$ 100 or equivalent foreign currency for 90 days. you will also require 2 passport size photos.)
- Travel & Health Insurance- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)
- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu – keeps $ 5 to 10 for per meal in Tourist Restaurant.
- Extra accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in a case of early return from trekking than scheduled itinerary.
- Any Alcoholic Drinks, Cold Drinks, Boiled & Mineral Water, Beverages, deserts Etc in Trek
- Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation or Delayed, Sick in Trek, and Helicopter rescue in Trek. Cost due to bad weather etc which is out of our control.
- Personal expenses such as the phone calls, laundry service, the internet, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower, etc.
- Any Other Cost, which is not mentioned in Cost Includes Items as Above.
- Tips for Guide & Porter after complete programmed.