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The Everest Base Camp trek on the south side is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year. Trekkers usually fly from Kathmandu to Lukla to save time and energy before beginning the morning trek to this base camp. However, trekking to Lukla is possible.
Mt. Everest 8848m. The world’s highest mountain attracts trekkers from around the world. This trek to Everest Base Camp will put you through unseen, amazing and inspiring views of sky-high Himalayas that appear so close to touching stars. Mount Everest Base Camp Trek will not just let you feel that you're in a complete heaven, but will also let you experience the beauties and unique Sherpa culture of the people living in this region. The traditions, religions and hospitalities you'll be served with in this Everest Trekking is simply spectacular. Learning about Buddhism, visiting ancient monasteries and the traditional farming system will add milestones to your trek to Everest Base Camp that can never make you feel bored.
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in the year 1953 were the first to accomplish this remarkably adventurous journey to Everest Base Camp. Since then, Mount Everest Base Camp Trek has been known as the most popular trekking destination to the people around the globe.
This is a combination of two treks in the Khumbu region of Nepal. We will be using the best lodges on this trek, some are quite comfortable while others are quite basic.
The initiation point for our Everest Base Camp Trek is Lukla. We take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu once the trekking is accomplished. The Route Map has captured every trail we would be following throughout our Everest Base Camp Trek.
Mount Everest Base Camp Trek is the source of abounding nature and cultures. Here are the major highlights of your Everest trekking.
Our Trekking Group
The trekking group to Everest Base Camp Trek depends on the number of persons. Normally, we take in 1-10 persons in a group. However, if you are in a bigger group of more than 10 persons, we can manage the Everest Base Camp Trek accordingly. The maximum number '10' is the outcome of generally organized group treks. But, we are good at organizing treks for any group size you require.
Besides the trekking group, we have our local staffs to assist you as well. Trekking does not just mean traveling around; it will be more rewarding if you can gain good bunch of information of the areas you travel. So, we provide you with guides for that and in order to assure easy travel experience, we have porters who would carry on your luggage. We will facilitate you with 1 porter for 2 persons, 1 porter carrying maximum of 20 kg weight.
Guide and Porters
For trekking group of 1 to 5 people, we provide – 1 Guide and Porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
For trekking group of more than 5 people, we provide – 1 Guide, 1 Assistant Guide and Porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Accommodation and Meals
Our overnight stay would be on Tea houses and Guest Houses during Everest Trekking. Twin sharing comfortable beds and common bathroom will be provided. The place is clean and hygienic. However, if you require a single supplement accommodation, it can also be made available on request at an additional cost of US$ 200. But still you need to be aware that single supplement accommodation may not be available at all the places during your Everest Base Camp trek.
Our Everest Base Camp Trek would let you experience typical Nepali food, special mountain foods and other cuisines including international cuisine like Indian, Tibetan, Italian, and Continental. You can always make your choices from the food menu available there. We will have breakfast and dinner at tea house/guest house whereas we will have lunch on our way.
While in Kathmandu, your accommodation is at tourist standard hotels facilitated with Attached Bath, A/C, 24 hours running hot/cold shower, Internet service and others. The facilities provided here is of 2 to 3 star standard hotel. We offer welcome dinner, farewell dinner and breakfasts during your stay in Kathmandu. Other meals as well as your other personal expenses will be from your own pocket. Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea- Coffee) are included during the Everest Base Camp Trek once you leave Kathmandu.
The means of transportation are cars/vans and planes. Pick up and drop from airport to hotel, and hotel to airport will be done by the vehicles of Imperial Nepal Treks.
Our trekking will start with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla, there is no transportation facility and we will walk all the way to our destination. Coming back to Lukla upon the completion of Everest Trekking, we take back flight from Lukla to Kathmandu again.
Safety and Precaution
It is necessary that you take in good precaution during your travel to avoid any difficulties in your Everest trek. As the Everest trekking leads to higher altitude range, you need some trustworthy, experienced, qualified and well-equipped people around you. Your safety is assured by the local trek guide and other staffs.
Since these hikes take you on the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied with the very experienced, qualified and well-equipped leader such that your trek runs safe and successful one. The guides of Imperial Nepal Treks are trained and licensed from Nepal Government, certified from TAAN and Nepal Mountaineering Association with experience over 8 years. So, this is a double assurance for your safety and to make sure that you are in the correct and professionals hand. Thus, you need not worry about anything; we are here only at your service.
Regarding health issues, we are well aware that you are likely to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up high at faster pace is too harmful and can be fatal as well because of less oxygen. Some general symptoms of AMS are
A good planning for Mount Everest Base Camp Trek is a must to minimize the health risks with problems like AMS. And if you are a patient of heart, lungs or blood disease, it is very important that you consult with your doctors and familiarize yourself with the remedies for the diseases before trek.
Experience of guides
5-18 years in Everest zone
Certifications of guide
Certified form NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) TAAN (Trekking Agent Association of Nepal)
No of porters per client
1 porter for 2 clients
Max group size
Type of Food
Breakfast, lunch and dinner as per the company policy
Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft On your date of arrival, Imperial Nepal Treks will be there to welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. We will pick you and shift you in a tourist standard hotel as per booking for an overnight accommodation
Imperial Nepal Treks organizes a full day city tour around Kathmandu Valley. The aim behind is to let you have the know-how of the Kathmandu city, the city of monuments, temples and monasteries such as Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swoyambhunath, Changu Narayan, Budhhanilkantha and many others. We will provide you leisure time for rest and preparation for final departure that is scheduled for the next day.
On this day, we offer you a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali Restaurant where you will taste different varieties of Nepali food. Your overnight accommodation remains unchanged
Altitude: 2,652m/8,700ft.Walking time , 3 to 4 hrs We start our trek with a charming flight to Lukla from Kathmandu after having a breakfast early morning. Once we arrive at Lukla, we head towards Phakding that takes around 4 hours of walk. On our way to Phakding, we will observe beautiful stone walls, painted and non-painted mani stones, view of kusum Khangkaru mountain, and finally reach Phakding.
Phakding is the first view point of Kongde Ri mountain range. Also, 500 years old Pemacholing Monastery exists here. Our accommodation would be on a tea house or lodge in full board basis.
Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft.Time Travel: 5 to 6 hrs Walk From Phakding, we walk towards Namche Bazaar, our second destination of the Everest Base Camp Trek. Passing by Rimshung Monastery and Uchhecholing Monastery, we climb up along the trail and visit Sagarmatha National Park. You can have the internet access here. Moving forward, we cross Larbha Dobhan and taking further step ahead, we will witness the first view of Mount Everest. Climbing up the path, we are finally at Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the main gateway to Everest, you will find colorful Khumbu villages, Banks, Money Exchanger, Internet café and overall all the facilities you can find in the city. On Saturday, a special market appears here, people come here to sell their products and buy things necessary for them. Our accommodation would be on a tea house or lodge in full board basis.
This day is the rest day as we need enough time for acclimatization; however, if you are willing to hike for sometime then we take you to famous Everest View Hotel that takes around 3 hours to catch glimpses of Mt. Everest. On our way back, we'll visit Hilary and Sherpa museum. You will get teahouse or lodge accommodation in full board basis.
Altitude: 3,870m/12,694ft.Time Travel: 5 to 6 hrs Walk Heading towards Tengboche from Namche, the first view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, Taboche, Kangtega and Thamserku is witnessed. Moving forward, we pass by an Army Barrack at Phunke Tenga and arrive at Tengboche. Tengboche is famous for the Buddhist Monastery, we visit and explore the monastery. Our accommodation would be on a tea house or lodge in full board basis.
Altitude: 4,360 m/14,300 ft.Time Travel: 5 to 6 hrs Walk Ascending along the stone steps, we see the National Park Head Office as we pass by Deboche. Following up the path, we reach Pangboche where a religious place called Pangboche Gompa exists. Walking over some flat trails, surpassing tea shops, we arrive at Dingboche. Here, you get teahouse or lodge accommodation in full board basis.
This day is the rest day for acclimatization and the last leg of the journey as well. You can take full rest or if interested explore the areas over there. A trek to Chhukung that takes around 3 to 4 hours can be taken. Walking towards east, within Imja Tsha valley, the path leads to Chukkung. You might experience thin air here as the altitude gains. At Chhukung, there are few teahouses and you can have superb view of the snow capped peaks and glaciers. Enjoying the sceneries all around, we stroll back to Dingboche for an overnight stay in the same tea house/lodge.
Altitude: 940 m/16,207 ft.Time Travel: 5 to 6 hrs Walk Beginning from Dingboche, we head towards Lobuche walking over the mani stones. Taking gradual steps, we will follow the trail of Three High Passes Trek. The trek is quite strenuous as we need to cross Kongma La Pass that resides at an altitude of 5535m. Moving forward, passing by the High camp, we reach Lobuche. At Lobuche, we stay for overnight in a teahouse or lodge accommodation in full board basis.
Altitude: 5170 m/16,961 ft and 5364 m/17,594 ft.Time Travel: 8 to 9 hrs walk Climbing high, we follow Everest Base Camp Trek trail, and come across Pyramid, Lobuche pass at 5110m, and Gorakshe Tsho Lake at Gorakshep. We have lunch at Gorakshep and stepping up, passing by Camp and Pumori B.C., we reach Everest Base Camp (5364). We come back to Gorakshep for an overnight stay in a tea house or lodge in full board basis.
Altitude: 4280 m/14,070 ft.Time Travel: 8 to 9 hrs walk In order to snap in the breathtaking morning view, the sunrays over the snow capped Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nupse and others, we walk towards Kala Patthar at an altitude of 5550m. From Kala Patthar, we descend towards Dingboche via Lobuche and finally stay at Pheriche you get teahouse or lodge accommodation in full board basis.
Altitude:(3,440m/11,283ft)Time Travel: 8 to 9 hrs walk We have our breakfast at the lodge in Pheriche start our day. As we make our way down to Namche Bazaar, the trail drops downhill to Pangboche village which further drops to the riverside where on crossing the bridge over Imja Khola the trail hikes up to Tengboche. From Tengboche, a steep descent takes you to the Dudh Koshi River, where we cross the first bridge over the Dudh Koshi River in Phunki Tenga. We then pass the village of Tashinga, Sanasa and finally reach Kyangjuma. The trail from here to Namche Bazaar. We spend the night in Namche Bazaar, where you can enjoy a hot shower and loosen up your muscles.
Altitude: (2,652m/8,700ft)Time Travel: 6 to 7 hrs walk After the breakfast, we continue our walk downhill from Namche toward again the second bridge across the Dudh Koshi River near the meeting point of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. Then we walk towards Monjo,Phakding. We stop at Phakding for lunch and soon after the lunch we continue the trail that leads us to Lukla. This is the last day of the trek. On reaching Lukla you can either spend your time with the rest of the crew members or look for some alone time to summon up the wonderful memories made during the past few days. The night will be spent at a lodge in Lukla.
Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft.Flight Time: 30 to 40 minutes flight We will take in Lukla to Kathmandu flight that is around 30 to 40 minutes. You will meet the team of Imperial Nepal who will drop you at the Hotel you stayed before (unless changed). As this is the last day, we enjoy the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with live music and rejoice the moments.
The representatives from Imperial Nepal Treks will drop you to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and assist you in your final departure from Kathmandu. We bid our last goodbyes and you will head towards your destination.
Private and public transport as per itinerary
Reporting at Kathmandu
My Everest Base Camp trek experience with Imperial treks Nepal was just incredible. Everyone was extremely helpful right from the stage of trip planning to helping with ideas in customizing the trip till helping us out in buying/renting the required trekking gear from right places and good prices. I couldn't ask for anything more.
If you are planning to book with Imperial Nepal treks, try and ask for Hari as your guide - he's the best. Hari makes sure you are having a great time all along the trek. He always got us best available teahouses with the best rooms within them for our group. What more, he is also our nutritionist during the trek, giving us valuable suggestions on what to try for food, what not to eat, making sure we are well fed and energetic throughout the trek.
What we especially liked was Hari teaching us few words of the Nepali language. In exchange, we taught him how to play UNO and trust me, you've never seen a guy as happy as him while playing cards.
To make a long story short; he is a great guide and as the trek depends to a large extent on your guide, we were very lucky to get Hari to guide us.
Thanks Imperial Nepal for arranging this amazing trip for us!
My friend Max and I traveled through India, Bhutan and Nepal for two months. We booked our trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, through Imperial Nepal Treks in advance.
We were picked up right from airport and were dropped at our hotel and briefed about the schedule. After resting for a day and touring Kathmadu and arranging all the gear required for the trek, we flew from Kathmandu to Lukla airport where our guide, Hari, awaited us. I would definitely suggest you request for Hari since he really made our already great trekking experience even more awesome. He always finds amazing places for accommodation and arranges good food and takes really good care of his group! He and the Imperial Nepal treks management were also very flexible and reasonable when we wanted to change something from our itinerary in the middle of our trek.
They are totally worth the money and let you focus on having an amazing experience without worrying about any logistics or planning. I strongly recommend them for trekking in Nepal
We are a group of 3 friends from South India and travelled to Nepal and trekked to Everest base camp in November 2015. This was a brilliant trip organized very well from the moment we reached Kathamandu airport. Our guide, Mani was very freindly. He is also very informative and safety conscious. Our porters were also very supportive, cheerful and hard working.
They take very good care of us during the hike and made sure all of us are in top condition and very comfortable during the whole trek. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that they treated us like their own family.
Tea houses where we were taken to were clean and warm and the food we were served was quite decent all along the trek. We thoroughly enjoyed the company of our guide and porters as much as our group and managed to complete the trek safely without any hiccups at any stage.
I will definitely plan to do this trek again and this time I will opt for a longer route as we could then spend more time together and in the remote and beautiful Himalayas.
Organizing the trek with Imperial was smooth. They provided us with all the information needed well in advance. The guys at the office are also very friendly and helpful.
Overall we are very satisfied and happy with Imperial!
Recommendation: Do bring cards or other games that you can play in groups to the trek as you will have free time in the tea houses on several days in the evenings or sometimes even in the afternoons!