Everest Base Camp Trek

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Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek is the most rewarding and the most popular trekking trail in Nepal, Everest Base Camp Trek is considerably a classical and legendary trekking trail from the ages to the hiking enthusiasts around the world. Khumbu Region trekking in Nepal and especially Everest Base Camp trek are recognised the first preference of the trekkers. Therefore Commencing at Lukla after a short but rewarding scenic flight and finally ends at the same point.

And to consider most strikingly, This trekking trail succeeded by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary. The legendary figures climb over the top of the world, Mt. Everest in 1953.

Namche Bazar is the centre of the attraction of this trek. Namche Bazar is a popular tourist hub and dominated by Tibetan trade market. Here you normally spend one extra day for your acclimatization. Similarly, The stunning mountain around Namche Bazar will certainly please you greatly.

furthermore, Sagarmatha National Park which engages in a UNESCO world heritage site offering an opportunity to experience a great variety of flora and fauna fascinates every type of trekkers around the globe. This trekking ultimately takes you to Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp and the fabulous views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and many other highest mountains in Nepal. certainly, In this region, you can have an opportunity to be familiar with Sherpa, the climbers. The sacred prayer flags and monasteries take you to the world of spiritualism. And the flowering rhododendron offers you an unforgettable experience of this trekking.

Come up with a right and rewarding preference of hiking and have the most memorable experience in your life with Magic Expedition Travel for Everest Base Camp Trek.


An environment in the Everest region

The mountain of the Khumbu is so Large that they create their own local climate. As you climb through the hills, mixed deciduous forest and scattered rice terraces give way to pine forest, then rhododendrons, then scrub junipers, before finally, the only vegetation is low alpine shrubs and grasses. As you walk , scan the skies and the undergrowth for golden eagle and the spectacular Himalayan Monal ( Damphe or impeyan pheasant ) with its regal, shimmering green blue and purple plumage.

In the forested area around Namche Bazaar, Thame, Phortse, and Tengboche, keep your eye peeled for Himalayan tahr and musk deer often spotted beside trails early in the morning. You may also hear the strange, hoarse call of the muntjak or barking deer. The predators of the Himalaya are rarely seen but they are out there – the Khumbu is home to both leopards and snow leopards.


When to trek?

It is theoretically possible to trek in the Khumbu year round, but flights are frequently cancelled in winter and during the monsoon because of the poor visibility at the luckla airport. The best weather is in autumn when the skies are clear and temperature at higher altitude are more bearable. However the competition for the seat on planes and bed space in lodges can be intense. Spring is a calmer time to visit though cloud and rain become more frequent in the build up to the monsoon.The most serious obstacle to trekking in winter is the cold. Days can be perfectly comfortable,but the mercury plumments as soon as the sun sinks behind the mountain. At some time during the season from October to march there is certain to be a storm or two that will blanket the country side with snow.


Permits and Regulation

You must take two kinds of permint for regular trekking in Everest region. One  permit is for Loyalty of  Sagarmatha National Park . We must take it from Tourism board of Nepal for the sector of regular trekking in everest region. Another permit is TIMS ( Travel Information Management System). That is to records all the trekker profile by the tourism board of Nepal.


Gateways

There are two ways for the trekking in everest region. One way is directly fly from Kathmandu to The luckla and start your trek from Lukla. So When you fly from Lukla you can complete Everest Base camp  with in 14 Days. And other way is Take a bus to Kathmandu to Bandar and start trekking from the jiri / Bandar. If you follow this route you can complete Everest Base Camp in 18 to 19 Days.


Supplies and Equipment :

If you forgotten any thing like cell batteries, sun-creams, film, memory cards, sleeping bags, down jacket, Trekking shoes, sun glasses, to bring you can buy or rent in Kathmandu and in Namche Bazaar. It will be cost depending on the quality you will buy or rent.


Tea house trekking?
Tea house trekking takes you to the mountain where you stay every overnight at guest house. Food and accommodations are provided according to your choice at the guest house.


Festivals In Solu Khumbu.

Along with the connection of Tibetan Buddhism and the Lunar Calender of the Tibetan there are four major festival in Solu Khumbu.

  1. Tibetan New Year or Gyalpo Losar : This festival is usually held in the late februray or early March which is celebrated with the masked dance performances at the end of the 12th month of the Tibetan Calender.
  2. Buddha Jayanti : The festival falls normally in May on the full moon of the fourth Tibetan month. This Buddha jayanti is also known as Saga Dawa and it is celebrates the birthday of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha with parades stupas and Gompas and the lighting of butter lamps at sacred sites.
  3. Mani Rimdu : This a famous Sherpa festival which is celebrated normally in October and November at the monasteries of tengboche , at Thame in May and at Chiwang or near Phaplu at November or December. During the festival monks don elaborate mask and costumes and perform ritualistic chaam dances that symbolize the triumph of Buddhism over Bon. The ancient animistic religion of Tibet. At this festival sherpas from all over the khumbu flock to attend the spectacle and the final evening turns into the Sherpa equivalent of an all night rave.
  4. Dumje : This festival largly celebrate at Namche Bazaar, Pangboche, Khumjung and Thame for the birth of Guru Rinpoche who introduced Buddhism to Tibet.

Altitude sickness?
The more you ascend to higher altitude, the more oxygen will be less. Normally, no traveler will be suffered from altitude sickness below 4ooo m. high. But this is not the case always. Those who lack good stamina, physical fitness, those who drink a lot and smoke will likely to suffer altitude sickness.
Mild and common symptoms include headaches (also a symptom of dehydration), low appetite, and restless sleep. More moderate symptoms include vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhoea. Many compare altitude sickness to the sensations of having a hangover. Severe symptoms include blue lips and fingernails, severe difficulty breathing, poor coordination, fatigue, and drowsiness. To avoid altitude sickness, we recommend you to descend down to the lower altitude, hydrate sufficiently and maintain nutrition. In case you have these above mentioned symptoms, inform to our guide since he will be far more experienced than you.


Travel insurance?
It is required to have travel insurance that covers your rescue in case you are suffered any kind of sickness in high altitude including altitude sickness. We hope everything will be fine during the trekking days but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may occur.Many standard polices cover you for trekking to high altituides, such as on the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trek, but it is very important to check this before you go. Here is a list of insurance companies that we have collected information on (however it is your responsibility to confirm that the information on our website correct):
We recommend companies such as Insure and Go, Virgin Money, and The Post office, as they currently cover the altitudes of all our treks.
For more information please see our information section.


Carrying my stuffs when trekking?
We will employ our porters to carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. This is included in the price of each trek. We provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance to the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general 12kg is more than sufficient. If you have unnecessary stuffs that are not required during the trekking days in the mountain, you can leave at the hotel till you come back. They will store it safely.
Normally each porter will carry 2 peoples rucksacks and he will simply tie them together using rope (this does not harm any of the rucksacks). If you are trekking with a friend or loved one, and there is space in one rucksack for both your possessions, then please feel free to share the same rucksack but please ensure that it weighs less than 24kg.
It is helpful if you do not put things that you may need during the day in your large rucksack as you will not be walking with your porter at all times.


Can I drink the tap water?
We don’t recommend you to drink the tap water in the mountains since it is not safe. To help prevent contamination of the environment, we discourage tourists from drinking from plastic bottles especially when in the mountains. Non-plastic bottle options include:

1) Drinking boiled water from teahouses.
2) Drinking ginger and lemon tea to reduce the need for water consumption.
3) Purifying tap/river water using a chloride pump, iodine, or chloride tablets. The taste of the tablets is not appetising, so it is recommendable to use a dissolvable vitamin tablet to add flavour.


How old does a trekker have to be to go trekking?
All trekkers under 18 must be accompanied by a friend / family member who is over 18 years of age.
Moderate to strenuous treks: minimum age is 14
Easy treks: minimum age is 12-11

Supplies and Equipment :

If you forgotten any thing like cell batteries, sun-creams, film, memory cards, sleeping bags, down jacket, Trekking shoes, sun glasses, to bring you can buy or rent in Kathmandu and in Namche Bazaar. It will be cost depending on the quality you will buy or rent.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, the airport representatives from “Magic Expedition” will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening, we complete office formalities. Your accommodation will be at some Standard Hotel in Kathmandu on Breakfast base.

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Day 2: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, then trek to Phakding (2652m): 3-4 Hours

After having the breakfast in the morning, we get transferred to the domestic terminal of the Kathmandu Domestic Airport to catch our scheduled morning flight to Lukla. Lukla is the starting point of Everest Base Camp Trekking. After an adventurous 30 minute scenic flight above the breathtaking green and the white Himalayas, we land on the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. Then we meet our porters and other crew members and start Everest Base Camp Trekking, after some packing arrangements. After a few hours of walk, we reach Phakding. We only have a short hike today to assist the proper acclimatization. However, if you are interested, you can also take a side trip to a nearby monastery. We stay overnight at the local guesthouse.

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Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m): 5-4 Hours

This is the second day of your Everest Base Camp Trekking; today, we walk through a beautiful forest of pine. The walk leads us along the bank of the Dudhi Koshi River through many suspension bridges. Hillary Suspension Bridge is one of the famous suspension bridges we will be crossing today. En route, we witness the wonderful views of Mount Thamserku (6618m). We pass through the settlement of Benkar and Monjo and eventually arrive at the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. Before reaching Namche, we also pass through the last village of Jorsale. Our trail further ascends through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers. We get the first sight of Mount Everest over the Lhotse and Nuptse ridge just after a final steep ascent for about two hours. To reach Namche, we still have to walk for about an hour and a half further. Namche Bazaar is the gateway of Everest Base Camp Trekking, also the main trading centre of the Everest region. We stay overnight at a guesthouse in Namche.

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Day 4: Namche: Acclimatization and Rest Day

Acclimatization and Rest Day According to the Health Experts, we need to stay active and moving during the rest days instead of being idle. So, we either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring the Namche Bazaar itself. Actually, Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Khumbu Region and has many Government Offices, Internet Cafes, ATMs, Restaurants, Shops and other amenities. Our guides will take you to the Tourist Visitor Center near the Headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park, where you can observe an assortment of things which are related to the First Everest Climbers and Sherpa Culture. You will also get to learn about various flora and fauna in the Everest Region.

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Day 5: Trek from Namche to Phorse Village (3800m): 5-6 Hours

Our trail today moves from Namche to Phorse Village and is rather steep, but boasts excellent views over to Phorse and to the spectacular river gorge below including an inaccessible natural rock bridge. We start on a level trail and walk up through the stone steps to reach the Mugla Pass at the altitude of 3975m. From Mongla Pass, we can witness the beautiful glimpse of Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Khumbila, and Mount Thamserku. Sherpa people regard Mount Khumbila as the sacred mountain of the patron god of the Khumbu area. We descend to the Dudh Koshi Khola and then cross a bridge and again trek up through the rhododendron forest. Eventually, we arrive in the walled fields of Phorse. After a short trek, we arrive at Phorse village where we stay overnight at the local guesthouse.

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Day 6: Trek from Phorse Village to Dingboche (4360m): 6-7 Hours

We trek down the narrow train through a Monastery from Phorse Village. We then continue our Everest Base Camp Trekking through the lush alpine forests until we reach the large village of Upper Pangboche where we will get astonished by the dramatic views. On the way, we pass through the villages of Shomare and Orsho. Continuing through Tsuro Wog, we trek further up through the Khumbila Khola Valley to the ridge top from where we witness the beautiful views of the soaring mountains of Taboche, Mount Thamserku, Mount Ama Dablama, Mount Nuptse, Mount Cholatse, and Mount Lhotse among others. We can even observe the beautiful Imja Khola Valley to the east. Moving further onwards to the trail, we eventually reach Dingboche. Our accommodation tonight will be at a local guesthouse in Dingboche.

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Day 7: Trek from Dingboche to Duglha (4600m): 3-4 Hours

We start the sixth day of Everest Base Camp Trekking with a climb to Dughla through the Khumbu Khola Valley. Our Trekking trail will pass along the dry terrace with some awesome views of surrounding mountains. As we reach Dusa (a yak herders place), the valley narrows and we have to continue through Phulung Karpo. There's a Chola Lake above Phulung Karpo. As we continue the trek, we witness the majestic views of Mount Pumori (7138m). We ascend to Duglha after crossing a small wooden bridge. We stay overnight at Duglha.

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Day 8: Trek from Duglha to Lobuche (4940m): 2-4 Hours

We have to walk up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, beyond Duglha. As we ascend to Chupki Lhara, we find our way through the boulder-strewn slope. We find an array of stones with the prayer flags at the top of the ridge. That collection of stones with prayer flags is used as the memorials to American Mountaineer, Scott Fischer and 10-times Everest Summiteer Babu Chhiri Sherpa (Nepali Mountaineer) who perished on a mission to climb the Everest. We can witness the beautiful sights of Mount Khumbutse, Mount Lingtren, Mount Pumori, and Mahalangur while dropping down the Khumbu Glacier. We finally arrive at Lobuche where we stay overnight.

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Day 9: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5150m) to Everest Base Camp (5364m), back to Gorakshep: 7-8 Hours

Today is the main important day of Everest Base Camp Trekking, our trail to Gorakshep goes ahead through the side of the Khumbu Glacier. Our path passes through the pyramid signpost. A small ascent would take us the Thangma Riju from where we can perceive 360-degree vista of snowcapped mountains. As we reach Gorakshep, the surrounding snow-capped mountains, including the top of the world welcome us. From Gorakshep, we trek to Everest Base Camp. After having the rewarding views of Mount Everest and other mountains around our site, we return back to Gorakshep where we stay overnight.

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Day 10: Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) to Pheriche (4280m): 7-8 Hours

Today we will reach the highest point of the Everest Base Camp Trekking trip. So, we make an early start in the morning to catch the dramatic mountain views from Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar is considered one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest Base Camp Trekking. From Kalapatthar, we can observe the first light of the day shining on the glorious Mount Everest. Similarly, the familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Mount Khumbutse, and Mount Changtse among others tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself rising between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. We can take the pictures of the mountains around us. After spending some hours in Kalapatthar, we descend back to Gorakshep. After having breakfast, we gradually descend down to Pheriche where we stay overnight.

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Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Namche (3440m): 6-7 Hours

Today is going to be an easy walk down to the lower altitudes. As we follow the same route back to the terminal moraines at Duglha and following the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, now we have to pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Pheriche, and Orsho along with Shomare. We then reach Pangboche village where we can explore the oldest monastery in the region which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of repulsive snowman Yeti. We leave the mountains behind us and descend through Tengboche Monastery at the elevation of 3860m before we reach Namche. We stay overnight at the guesthouse in Namche.

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Day 12: Trek from Namche to Phakding and then to Lukla (2800m): 5-6 Hours

Eleventh day and last day of your Everest Base Camp Trekking, today trekking trail has descended steeply downward. Therefore, we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. The trail becomes more level and natural after crossing the suspension bridges over the raging Dudh Koshi River. We start to get warmed up by the light breeze by today. Passing through the lovely forests of pine and rhododendrons, we eventually arrive at Lukla where we stay overnight.

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Day 13: Flight back to Kathmandu

Today we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. We catch our morning flight from Lukla and after about 35 minutes, we arrive will at Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, you can take your time to rest or go for last minute shopping.

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Day 14:Final Departure

Today, you are going to leave Kathmandu. We transfer you to the airport from where you catch the returning flight to your hometown.


Different travellers have different minds; it means different perspectives on travelling. Accordingly, considering such different preferences of travelling according to their budget and timeframe, this trip program also can be customized.


Please note That the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu gets delayed due to the weather condition and may even be cancelled for one, two, or more days. Such a condition can arise in every season. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared and must be flexible for long waits both at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We do our best to avoid such delays and fix you on next flight. Still, we suggest you be prepared for possible delays/cancellation, and if possible to come with some extra more days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. We also organise heli rescue in such conditions, if it's available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 4000 and it can lift 3 persons per flight. If everything runs smoothly and if you are interested, you can also enjoy other activities like sightseeing, rafting, wildlife activities, shopping, etc during your remaining days.


In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your ahead travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for the trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund if you lose your time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you with accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/c cancellation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc) included in the package that you would not use later.


Important Note :

Your safety is of more important concern while travelling with Magic Expedition. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is considered in a specified way due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure necessitates travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that if Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

  • Airport/ hotel/airport pick up & transfer by private vehicle
  • Three nights accommodation with breakfast  in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours, inclusive tour guide and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek; we provide private bathrooms with hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Round trip flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.
  • First aid medical kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and entrance fee during sightseeing.
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All kind of drinks ( hot, cold and alcoholic)
  • Hot and cold showers during the trek
  • Personal shopping and laundry
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

3 reviews for Everest Base Camp Trek

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Witt D

    Great service, budget price!
    We did a trek to Everest base camp (and the surrounding area) with Magic, and it turned out great! Easy booking process, good price, and great experience. We finished the trek a few days early, and they even offered to provide room and board for the remaining days. They’re a hard working and dedicated group at Magic, and they’ll surely add to your Himalayan experience!
    source:- https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g293890-d10455772-r476259958-Magic_Expedition_Trekking_and_Tours-Kathmandu_Kathmandu_Valley_Bagmati_Zone_Cen.html

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    grace lewise

    Everest Region Trekking
    Staff were incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Everything including travel arrangements to and from the Everest Region, climbing permits, climbing gear and guides were organised before arriving and made for an excellent experience.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sirin

    Amazing experience with amazing people 🙂
    I have a very nice experience doing trekking in Everest Base Camp Trek.They were really helpful.
    You start as a customer and finish as a friend!
    If I would have to choose one trek company again, I choose this company one, two, three… times 😉

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