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Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek15 Days
Nepal is a region of breathtaking natural beauty. From sky-high mountains to deep valleys, gorges, and tranquil lakes, there is a magnetic view for all types of guests who come here. It boasts many gorgeous areas, rich cultural attractions, centuries-old architecture, and a history that will leave tourists speechless. The Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar journey allows you to experience everything in one trip.
Nepal’s distinct topography makes it one of the most attractive hiking destinations in the world. It boasts a plethora of mountains, natural parks, and hilltops to explore. Yet the best remains Everest Base Camp, which combines raw beauty with numerous activities and cultural feasts.
In terms of culture, people of various races may be found in Khumbu Valley, particularly in the lower regions. Nonetheless, Sherpa people appear to predominate in the highlands, with tens of thousands of people.
The majority of the residents practice Tibetan Buddhism and celebrate the colorful Mani Rimdu festival in October. Trekkers will also come across several Buddhist monasteries, Chortens, and mani walls, which depict the Sherpa people’s ancient cultures and traditions.
Khumbu residents are extremely friendly and open to visitors. They make polite gestures, putting trekkers at ease rather than making them feel unwelcome. Visitors can take part in religious festivals, social gatherings, ritual dances, and songs while learning about the culture.
Everest Base Camp, including a side hike to Kala Patthar, is one of Nepal’s most popular trekking destinations. It’s perhaps the greatest and closest place for trekkers to see Mt. Everest and its surrounding snow peaks, including Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Lhotse.
With mtnepal, travelers will have the opportunity to visit several hidden sites and perspectives that only a few hikers have visited. They will see white landscapes, towering rock hills, sparkling glaciers, and icefalls towards the end of the trip.
Everest Base Camp is located in the northwestern region of Khumbu and is reached after a short flight to Lukla. It is followed by a weeks-long hike above the ridge and down the valley before walking the level plain.
The climb to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar begins in Lukla and passes through several Himalayan communities, including Manjo, Pheriche, and Lobuche. It depicts the trekkers ascending difficult slopes, traversing through dense forest, and making their way from the valley’s edge.
They’ll be trekking rugged routes with rocks and the frozen lakebed from Lobuche to Gorakshep. To reach Everest Base Camp, they’ll have to walk over boulders and ascend glacier valleys. Before returning to the settlement, trekkers will ascend Kala Patthar.
They’ll climb for 2-3 hours from Gorakshep to the summit to take in the breathtaking sights. Following the sightseeing, they will descend the routes and pass through various communities on their way down to Lukla. From there, we’ll board an early morning flight to Kathmandu with the mtnepal crew.
Note: You can customize this trek.
- Panoramic view of stunning mountain ranges from Kala Patthar, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.
- A tour of the Tengboche monastery, historic Chortens, and gompas.
- Discovery of medieval settlements, high slopes, and side cliffs.
- Discover genuine Nepalese culture, Himalayan lifestyle, and traditions.
- Views of beautiful green hills, gleaming glaciers, craggy mountains, and lakes.
Our representatives will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport on this day. They'll be waiting for you in the airport terminal shortly before your aircraft arrives. We'll transfer you to your accommodation in around 10-15 minutes after a brief introduction.
Get some rest and freshen yourself before we meet in the evening for a brief overview of the hike. You can clarify things up by questioning your journey leader further. Inspect all necessary items before the day finishes, so that if any products remain to be purchased, you can do them while in Thamel.
We'll start our Kathmandu City tour with a quick stop at Durbar Square, which is located in the heart of the city. It is a notable historical site in the city, including many old sculptures, paintings, and artifacts. There are many old structures, royal palaces, courtyards, and ponds that will give you a glimpse of Nepalese history and customs.
The majority of the wooden-carved temples and statues in this area depict traditional Newari art and culture. Among of the oldest and most notable structures you'll see during your tour to this UNESCO World Heritage site include Hanuman Dhoka, Kal Bhairav, and Kumari Ghar.
The day tour will then continue to Swayambhunath, one of Kathmandu's most important holy monuments. It is a sacred pilgrimage for Nepalese, particularly Buddhists, who visit the monastery on a regular basis to pay their respects.
Swayambhunath is located west of Kathmandu on a mountaintop overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. It is also known as the Monkey Temple since there are so many of these animals in the jungle. Around the holy complex, you will see various miniature stupas, Chortens, and Buddhist scripture.
Following our exploration of the monastery, we'll board our own vehicle and travel to another Buddhist stupa. It's as beautiful as Swayambhunath but not as old. During the journey, you may see more than 50 little gompas being built around the main stupa.
The key elements of the Boudhanath Stupa tour are prayer flags, mani wheels, and nonstop chants accompanied by musical instruments. We'll return to the hotel after visiting the sites, but we'll stop by Pashupatinath Temple on the way.
Overnight at: a lodge
We'll fly to Lukla early in the morning because the weather is magnificent at this time of year. Following a clear sky, we'll be treated to breathtaking vistas of lofty mountain ranges, picturesque villages, and bright valleys.
We'll be hovering above the huge fields for 30-40 minutes before arriving at the town. We'll have a short lunch break when the plane touches down and then begin walking the trails. The trek from Lukla to Phakding will take 2-3 days at a leisurely pace.
The trail runs off the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River, providing a breathtaking vista for the majority of today's excursion. We'll arrive in Phakding after several ups and downs, where there are numerous lodges and motels for travelers to stay.
Overnight at: a guest house
We'll head for Namche Bazaar after obtaining enough sleep and eating a lovely breakfast. The hike begins with a nice uphill stroll alongside the terrace farm till you reach Bengar. The trail ends at Sagarmatha National Park, where the entrance fee is collected, after various ups and downs along the way.
From there, we'll cross the Dudh Koshi River suspension bridge and proceed through the riverside settlement of Jorsale. After navigating the zigzagged trails, the trail runs straight uphill for 2-3 hours.
We'll arrive at a police checkpoint where the tickets will be collected after navigating the difficult paths. After a few more hikes, the trail comes to a conclusion at Namche Bazaar, one of Khumbu's most famous Sherpa settlements. It's a lovely village with numerous little gompas, chortens, and prayer flags. The village also has various tea houses, chalets, and hotels where visitors can stay the night.
The routes above Namche are constantly inclining, increasing the risk of altitude sickness. To avoid the threat, we'll stay in Namche rather than continue our adventure. We'll spend the day off walking through the towns and climbing the trek to Hotel Everest View, which has spectacular views.
The route to the lookout is uphill with large pebbles and dust, taking us approximately 1-2 hours. Once reaching the clifftop, you'll receive your first close-up view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.
When exploring the property, we'll also see deep canyons, beautiful forests, and rolling landscapes. After spending some time at Syangboche, we'll return to the village and spend the night there.
Overnight at: a tea house
We'll resume our journey after breakfast with a gradual downhill through Trashinga. The trail becomes steeper from here and continues indefinitely through the highly forested area. After around 20 minutes of walking on level ground, our pace will go up.
For approximately 1-2 hours, the trip is simple and peaceful, and then it begins to descend, losing all of the elevation gained. By crossing the old wooden bridge, we'll arrive at a modest teahouse where many travelers stay for lunch.
We'll push ourselves for another 2-3 hours walk after having some much-needed rest and a nice supper here, but this time the trail is steep. You'll see several ancient chortens and steep hills along the way as we approach closer to Tengboche.
As soon as we arrive at the village, you'll be able to see the breathtaking view of Imja Khola and the high ridge over Kunde's valley. Ama Dablam adds to the attractiveness of the village by providing equally stunning scenery in the background. Staying in a tea house for the night.
Overnight at: a tea house
We'll get up before dawn, clean ourselves, and then go to the Tengboche monastery for morning prayer. Before beginning the pilgrimage, we will do the rites and give our prayers.
Soon after, we'll leave the hamlet and climb uphill, where we'll have a long view of Ama Dablam and Kantega. The trail ascends steadily, passing past various Chortens and villages, including Pangboche. You can view stone-closed walls when strolling around town.
The route from Tengboche to Dingboche takes 5-6 hours to complete, however it is relatively difficult. When you arrive in the village, you'll be greeted by breathtaking views of sweeping hills, gleaming mountains, tall hills, and lovely valleys. We're going to spend the night in a tea house.
After a long day, it's critical that we take a day off from the walk to relax. Instead of walking to Dingboche, we'll visit the hamlet and tour its prominent landmarks and points of interest. We'll acclimate by hiking Nagarjun Hill at 16,500 feet. It is situated on the outskirts of the Chukhung Valley, close above Dingboche.
The hikes last around 3-4 hours and take us on an off-the-beaten-path path with rocks and boulders. When you reach the mountaintop, you'll be treated to a spectacular view of Chukhung Ri, Taboche Peak, Kangtega, and Thamserku. There are plenty of lodges and guest homes to accommodate the trekkers ascending the slope. But we won't stay here long and will instead return to Dingboche. Staying in a lodge for the night.
Overnight at: a lodge
The trail descends from Dingboche to the town of Pheriche. It begins going steeply along the river valley after crossing the river. The paths are rough and dirty from here on out, so few villagers and porters volunteer to continue ahead.
We'll arrive at Dugla after about 2 hours of trekking and cross a little wooden bridge across the river fed by Khumbu Glacier. We'll have a quick midday stop at Dugla before continuing on our adventure. The trail ascends for over an hour from here, followed by a short trek to the town of Lobuche.
Throughout the journey, we will be able to see Mt. Everest, as well as Changtse, Makalu, Pumori, and Gyachung Kang. We'll be able to see the rocky slopes, sheer glaciers, and snowy crest even after we get in Lobuche. Staying in a lodge for the night.
Overnight at: a tea house
After breakfast, we'll proceed to the route for a walk to Gorakshep, which is a little more difficult than the others so far. They are rugged and full with rocks and boulders, making it difficult for trekkers to reach the distant village.
The path extends 2.8 miles from the hamlet and follows the rocky moraine, providing a fascinating vista of peaceful glacier lakes and icebergs beneath the Khumbu Glacier. The routes leading to Gorakshep are clogged with loose rocks and difficult to ascend.
Trekkers are more prone to suffer from altitude sickness because the altitude continues to rise from here. As a result, we'll hike the trail gently, taking about 4-5 hours. We'll have lunch in the little settlement and then trek the trail to Gorakshep shortly after.
Depending on the effect of high altitude, the long march ahead of the path could take 2-3 hours. We'll finally arrive at Everest Base Camp after crossing the Khumbu Glacier's base. Standing at the base of the Khumbu Icefall, we get a spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, and Pumori.
The topography and sceneries are magnificent, with glistening glaciers above the base camp. Several tented camps erected up by Everest climbers can be seen during the exploration. Following the sightseeing, we'll return to Gorakshep using the same route as before.
This time, the hike is a little simpler because most of the trails are downhill. We'll be back at the settlement on the edge of the frozen lakebed in an hour or so, with a spectacular view. Overnight accommodation is provided at a tea house.
Overnight at: a lodge
We'll get up early today to race to Kala Patthar, which stands at 18,513 feet. It is one of the most beautiful places in Khumbu, located on the south ridge of Pumori. Although the climb from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar takes only 1-2 hours, it is tough because to increasing altitude and unmarked routes.
Before leveling out, they are steep with stones and rocks with switchbacks. We'll see Kantega, Chumbu, Taboche, and Ama Dablam after arriving at the windy top ridge. The walk is spectacular because of its unique physical features, which include high hills, glacial lakes, and surrounding snow peaks.
After taking in the breathtaking scenery, we will descend the trek to Gorakshep for breakfast. Soon after, we'll leave the settlement and descend slowly to Pheriche, crossing the Khumbu Khola. We'll arrive at Pheriche by following the rough path beside towering hills and valleys below Cholatse.
When we finish our meal, we'll return to the route, which begins with a short level walk. From here, the trail climbs to the top of a small ridge, where you can see Imja Valley, Ama Dablam, and Kantega. Before arriving at Tengboche, we'll take a dip from the clifftop and cross a suspension bridge..
The final push to Namche Bazaar will take us through coniferous and rhododendron forest. We'll cross the suspension bridge across the Dudh Koshi River and the river valley above in the final few hours of the walk. Finally, after approximately 6-7 hours of climbing, we will arrive at Namche Bazaar. We'll stay in a lodge for the night.
On the final day of our Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trip, we'll descend from Namche to Lukla, which should take 5-6 hours. Because the routes are primarily downhill from Sherpa town, it will be a little easier than before.
We'll descend to town after passing through several villages and rising along the river valley. It features a breathtaking picture of snow-capped mountains, Tibetan monasteries, Chortens, and prayer flags. Staying at a guest house for the night.
We'll eat breakfast first thing in the morning and then travel to Lukla Airport to board the flight. The journey from Lukla to Kathmandu will take 30-40 minutes, but even in that little time, you will be able to experience aerial views of verdant meadows, surrounding hills, and gorgeous forests. After leaving the airport, our representatives will transport you back to your hotel, where you can rest.
Early in the morning, our representatives will transport you to Tribhuvan International Airport. They'll drive you to the airport on time so you can catch your journey back home.
What is Included?
- Private airport pickup and drop-off.
- Three nights in a typical twin-share hotel in Kathmandu, including breakfast.
- During the walk, three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are provided.
- Every evening after dinner, I eat fresh fruit.
- Trekking Lodge (Tea House) lodging is available during the walk.
- All required paperwork Fees for the Sagarmatha National Park and the Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality
- Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, with private airport shuttle and domestic airport fee.
- A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, cheerful, English speaking, well-trained, Government License holder guide who covers all of his salary, meal, beverages, lodging, transportation, and insurance..
- Strong, helpful porters with appropriate safety and walking equipment his compensation, food, lodging, and insurance (one porter for two people).
- Complete medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Emergency Helicopter Service Arrangements (paid by your Travel Insurance company).
- Sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, and walking poles (if you don't have your own, they will be returned after the trip).
- T-shirt and cap from the Nepal Eco Adventure.
- Government taxes and expenditures.
- Private car for a guided sightseeing trip of Kathmandu.
- Trekking map to Everest Base Camp.
- Oxymeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice daily (very useful for checking Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms) These will ensure that your trek is in the best possible hands for all levels of trekker.
- Groups of 6 or more people require an assistant guide.
- Meals when visiting Kathmandu Lunch and dinner are served.
- The entry visa charge for Nepal is $30 USD for a 15-day visa on arrival.
- Your medical and travel insurance.
- International flights.
- Your personal costs.
- Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic cold and hot drinks on the journey (i.e. those purchased along the way and in the Tea Rooms in the evenings) All desserts delicious foods like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
- On the tea houses, there is a hot shower and battery charging.
- Gratuities for the tour guide, porter, and driver (Tipping is expected)
- Entrance fees to Kathmandu tourism monuments ($30 USD per person)
- Extra luggage weighing more than 15kg for the Lukla flight.
Lukla is the gateway to Mt. Everest, any trek along the EBC trail begins here. It passes through many well-known villages, including Namche and Dingboche, before arriving at the base camp. Those who hire a private helicopter can avoid the long trail by landing directly at the base camp or stopping at any village, including Tengboche.
No, the Everest Base Camp Trek is not inherently dangerous. However, you must exercise caution and properly acclimate your body to avoid altitude sickness. Also, be cautious of slipping on the trail and being hit by yaks.
Both the Everest Base Camp and the Kala Patthar Trek are moderately difficult. They have varied terrain with numerous ups and downs, which can be unsettling for some hikers. The paths are unpaved but well-marked in the lower regions, but as one ascends, trekkers must pave their way through steep hills and ascend clifftops.
The paths from Lobuche to Gorakshep are filled with rocks and boulders, so trekkers must maintain their physical fitness. They’ll also have to traverse glacial moraine and frozen lakebed before reaching the base of the Khumbu Icefall.
Our Everest Base Camp Trek lasts 15 days and costs $1500 USD. However, there are other options available. The trek can cost as little as $500 for those who trek alone without a porter or guide, avoid air travel, and stay in some of the cheapest lodges. For those who prefer a luxury trek, hire helicopters, and stay in some of the best hotels, the tour can cost more than USD $10,000.
Most trek days require you to walk for 5-6 hours. Slow and steady walks are required.
You can trek on your own if you are an experienced trekker. However, having a guide allows you to plan each day more efficiently. They are more familiar with the area. They explain the routes and local culture. They are most useful in an emergency.
Whether or not hiring a porter is a good idea is determined by the trekker’s physical strength and stamina to carry the load. For beginners, we recommend hiring a porter who will assist you with your luggage. They’ll make it easier for you to walk the trail without tiring and keep up the pace by carrying the load.
Taking children is a foolish decision. However, if they are old enough to trek for days at high altitudes in a cold climate, they should be fine. Check that they are familiar with the symptoms of altitude sickness and have prior experience hiking for a few days.
Unquestionably! Purchase travel insurance that covers you at high altitudes (up to 6000m). Insurance usually does not cover you above 3,000 meters. As a result, make sure your insurance covers the Everest Base Camp Trek. Better to be safe than sorry.
Because the trails to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar rise to 5,643 meters, there is a high risk of altitude sickness. They may experience headaches, tiredness, and fatigue as a result of the low oxygen levels at higher altitudes.
As a result, we make sure that all of our hikers acclimate well before embarking on the trek to higher elevations to avoid sickness. Beginning the trek in a town like Lukla at 2,860 meters also aids in acclimating to the temperature and environment of the mountains.
Altitude sickness can affect anyone at high altitudes. You may experience altitude sickness if you have never lived at a high altitude (also called as AMS or altitude motion sickness). However, with proper attention, a slow walk, and adequate hydration, you can avoid altitude sickness.
Pre-monsoon season (late February to early May) and post-monsoon season (late September to early December) are the best times to visit EBC. Everest Base Camp can also be reached in November-December or June-August. However, November and December are cold months, and June and August are wet. So you have some issues to work out during the off-seasons.
During the fall and dead season, Everest Base Camp is nothing more than a moraine with a few prayer flags. Climbers only visit in the spring and set up tented camps. Sleeping in such a high altitude and cold environment without proper sleeping facilities is dangerous. So you return to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.
In the spring, the trials of the Everest Base Camp trek can be quite crowded. There will be many people on the trails because there will be large groups of trekkers, porters, yaks, and mountaineers. However, there will be times when you will walk for hours without encountering anyone else.
If you travel with a tour operator, you won’t need to bring much cash. The tour guide will arrange for your lodging and meals.
We recommend bringing $20 to $25 per day to cover the costs of Wi-Fi, bottled water, and charging mobile phones and cameras.
Aside from that, you might want to consider tipping your guide and porters. Carry Nepalese Rupees worth a few hundred USD.
You can purchase bottled water or simply carry a bottle and fill it with tap water. If you intend to drink tap water found along the way, bring water purifying tablets with you.
The clothing for the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar treks depends on the season. Because the weather in autumn and spring is mild, you can bring light clothing and a windproof jacket to avoid getting cold. Pack warm clothing for the winter, including high-insulated jackets and fleece pants. Aside from that, they’ll need crampons and hiking poles to traverse the glacial moraine.
You can purchase trekking supplies in your home country. Alternatively, you can arrive in Kathmandu and purchase them in Thamel. However, the majority of the trekking equipment available here is of poor quality and is comparatively inexpensive. So the choice is entirely yours. If you forget to bring any trekking equipment, the last place to buy it is Namche Bazaar.
Trekkers to Everest Base Camp will be relieved to learn that wi-fi is available in Khumbu lodges and guesthouses. Depending on where you are, they charge as little as $1 to $2. Tea houses at higher elevations offer wi-fi for a premium, but connectivity is also poor.
Yes, lodges allow you to charge your electronics. However, they charge you $2 to $6 per hour for this service. The cost of charging your electronics rises as you go up in price.
You are welcome to bring snacks and protein bars. Other than that, it is a poor choice. Dal Bhat – a high-carbohydrate Nepali meal – is part of your daily diet. Lodges may charge you an additional fee if you bring your own food.
The trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar is approximately 62 kilometers one way. The hike and side trip to beautiful Himalayan villages and their famous landmarks take about 2-3 weeks to complete. To reach Everest Base Camp, the hiking trail from EBC and Kala Patthar crosses deep valleys, crosses multiple suspension bridges, and runs alongside the glacial moraine.
On the way to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, there are numerous shops willing to sell trekkers snacks, bars, and chips. However, due to topography and transportation issues, food must be transported from the city. As a result, they become significantly more expensive.
As a result, we advise all trekkers to buy items in town because they are less expensive. If you still want to go to the base camp, stock up on Jorsale because it’s the last village where you can buy many of the food items, including candy bars and snacks.
Hikers will need a permit to enter Sagarmatha National Park. To enter the sanctuary, they must pay US$30 per person. In comparison to foreigners, SAARC nationals pay only US$15 for a trekking permit.
Each trekker’s first four weeks are also charged US$20 by the rural municipality of Khumbu Pasang Lahmu. If the trip lasts longer, trekkers will be charged an additional US$25 per person to stay in the region.
Travel insurance is always a good idea when trekking to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar because it protects them from various risks and financial losses. These dangers range from minor inconveniences like flight cancellations and lost luggage to serious injuries. Travel insurance covers the cost of medical emergencies, immediate evacuations, and even trip interruptions.
Unless the weather is extremely bad, the flight to Lukla is not canceled. Heavy snowfall and windstorms can disrupt and delay the flight. However, once the weather improves, the flight will resume and you will be safely transported to town.
During the peak trekking season, the trail to Everest Base Camp is usually clogged with tourists. It has travelers from all over the world flocking to it, causing chaos on the trip. The overcrowded trail occasionally causes a traffic jam, making it difficult to walk. It will be difficult for trekkers to find accommodation at the last minute, so early booking is advised for all visitors.
Yes, you can charge any of your electronic devices, such as your phone, camera, or powerbank, in the lodges and guesthouses along the way. They charge between $2 and $5 for electricity, so unless it’s an emergency, you might not want to recharge your phone.
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