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. Commencing at Lukla after a short but rewarding scenic flight and ends at the same point. And to consider most strikingly, this very trekking trail was used by the legendary figures Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary when they triumphed over the top of the world, Mt. Everest in 1953.
Namche Bazar is the center of the attraction of this trek. Namche Bazar is a popular tourist hub and dominated by Tibetan trade market where you normally spend one extra day for your acclimatisation. The stunning mountain around Namche Bazar will certainly please you greatly.
Sagarmatha National Park which is enlisted in 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 to be witnessed are of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and many other highest mountains in Nepal. 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.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu-Overnight in Hotel
Day 02: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, then trek to Phakding (2652m): 3-4 Hours – Overnight in Lodge
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m): 5-4 Hours – Overnight in Lodge-
Day 04: Namche: Acclimatization and Rest Day – Overnight in Lodge
Day 05: Trek from Namche to Phorse Village (3800m): 5-6 Hours-Overnight in Lodge
Day 06: Trek from Phorse Village to Dingboche (4360m): 6-7 Hours-Overnight in Lodge
Day 07: Trek from Dingboche to Duglha (4600m): 3-4 Hours-Overnight in Lodge
Day 08: Trek from Duglha to Lobuche (4940m): 2-4 Hours-Overnight in Lodge
Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5150m) to Everest Base Camp (5364m)-Overnight in Lodge
Day 10: Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) to Pheriche (4280m): 7-8 Hours-Overnight in Lodge-
Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Namche (3440m): 6-7 Hours – Overnight in Lodge
Day 12: Trek from Namche to Phakding and then to Lukla (2800m): 5-6 Hours-Overnight in Lodge-
Day 13: Flight back to Kathmandu- Overnight in Hotel
Day 14: Final Departure drop to the Airport.
- 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 US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying 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)
Different travellers have different minds; it means different perspectives on travel. Accordingly, considering such different preferences of traveling according to their budget and time frame, this trip program also can be customised.
Environment in Everest region
The mountain of the Khumbu are 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 under growth for golden eagle and the spectacular Himalayan monal ( Damphe or impeyan pheasant ) with its regal, shimmering green blue and purple plumage.
In 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. How ever 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dumje : This festival largly celebrate at Namche Bazaar, Pangboche, Khumjung and Thame for the birth of Guru Rinpoche who introduced Buddhism to Tibet.
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.
What To Take During Trek ?
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 condition can be 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 to 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 interest, 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 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 accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancelation 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 traveling with Magic Expedition. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is consider in specified way due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure necessitate travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that if Weather conditions, 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.