Everest Base Camp & Kalapatthar

Trip Highlights

  1. Trekking to the base camp of the highest mountain.
  2. Sherpa culture at its best.
  3. Great diversity of culture and traditions.
  4. World’s highest National park.
  5. Mount Everest Base camp and peaks in Khumbu.
Everest Base Camp & Kalapatthar
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Trip Duration: 16 days(s) / Trek Duration: 12 days(s)
Max Altitude: 5,545m.at Kalapatthar
Trip Grade: 4
Lodging: On Lodge basis
Transportation: Private vehicle & flight
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any

Trip Overview

This Everest Base camp with Kalapathar trek is one of the best trekking in Nepal.  This adventure in the Khumbu valley takes you to some of the most interesting historical monasteries, villages and view of some of the most beautiful mountains in the eastern part of Nepal such as Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse and others. We start the trip from Lukla and then head towards the base camp of Everest then heads to Kalapatthar, the best view point in the Everest region. Every year more than 30000 trekkers go for this popular trekking in Nepal. The Everest base camp trekking with Kalapathar is done by people of all ages. The accommodation in the trekking is tea house and camping can be done based on camp accommodation.

Outline

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m approx. 5-6 hrs.
Day 05: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m. 5 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche 4,358m. 5-6 hour.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche 4,928m. 5 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep 5,160m & continue to Everest base camp 5,357m.
Day 10: Morning hike to Kalapathar 5,545m and to Pheriche 4,243m 5-6 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Thyangboche 5 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Monjo 2,835m 5-6 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla 5 hrs walk.
Day 14: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 15: Free day at leisure sightseeing tour on request.
Day 16: Transfer to airport for international departure.

Note:

This Itinerary is only a guideline and you can customize the trip as per your budget and time availability. While you are in Nepal we recommend you to try some extra activities such as Paragliding in Pokhara, Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia, Bungee Jump in the Nepal-Tibet border at the last resort etc. You can also try rafting in some of the best white water rivers. A day trip or trips with multiple nights rafting can be arranged as per your requirement. The early morning mountain flight to Mount Everest is also a worthy activity you can do. It needs just couple of hours yet provides you a life time experience.

Service includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfers as per the Itinerary.
  • Standard Accommodation in the cities and tea houses in the trek.
  • Full day guided tour of Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu airfare.
  •  3 meals a day during the trek.
  • Guide, porters and other support staff as per your requirement and out agreed price.
  • ECAP fees.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Necessary equipments during the trek.
  • All taxes and fees required for the program.

Service does not include

  • Meals in the cities.
  • Personal expenses (Laundry, bar bills, water etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking gears not mentioned in the contract.
  • Tips for staffs.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Representative of Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you in the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be in possession of your name plate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us. You will be transfer to the hotel and the trek guide will meet you in the evening for a dinner. During the meal you can discuss your queries (if any). He/she will brief you about some cultural issues and some necessary things to keep in consideration during the trek.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and half day free for final preparation of the trek.
Early in the morning the staff from AMN will meet you to collect your passport copy and photographs (if not sent via email) for the preparation of Trekking permit and TIMS card. After breakfast you will be taken for a half day sightseeing of the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath temple, also refer as the Monkey temple. Both are UNESCO world heritage sites. In the afternoon you can have some free time with the guide around Thamel to do some last minute shopping of things you might need for the trek.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m and 3 hrs treks to Phakding 2,650m.
We will start early morning from the hotel, usually with packed breakfast from the hotel in Kathmandu. A 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu takes us to Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla we will start the trek towards Phakding. The walk is fairly easy with view of some mountains.  A Little more than couple of hours walk takes us to Phakding where we stay for tonight.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m approx. 5-6 hrs.
We will cross the Dudh-Kosi River and start the walk of the day. With occasional ups and down, we will reach the village of Monjo in couple of hours. After completing the formalities in the   gate of the Sagarmatha National Park’s office we walk ahead to the village of Jorsalle village. Another 4 hours walk from here we reach the famous Namche Bazaar. The trail from Jorsalle to Namche has a nice view of the mountains such as Kwande peak; Kusum Kanguru & Mt. Everest You can also see mountains such as Nuptse, Lhotse and Taweche peak from some places.

Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar.
This is a free day for rest so that you can acclimatize before we go towards the higher altitude. Namche Bazar has lot of things to see and spending a day in this town of the Sherpas is not a difficult thing to do.

Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m. 05 hours.
You must have felt energized after the rest day in Namche. We will walk ahead towards Thyangboche. The walk is fairly easy with no steep climbing till Phungitenga 3,250m. The trail also has some exotic view of the mountains close by. The trail also has little vegetation such as alpine woods, silver fir blue pines, rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees. From Phungitenga onwards the walk is demanding as we climb up in almost steep trail up to the Monastery at Thyangboche. We will stop here for overnight. This is one of the best places to see Mt. Amadablam. This is a day you will relish during your trekking in Nepal.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche 4,358m.Approx. 5-6 hour.
After breakfast we head towards the settlement of Dingboche. Throughout the trail we see great view of the mountains and from Debouche the view is much clear. We will stop here for a while to see the Highest Mountain on earth with its neighbors Mt Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse. After walking little bit from Debouche we have an ascent to Pangboche at 3,900m and then to Shomare. We will rest here and have lunch with the view of Everest. After lunch we head towards the Imja Tse Valley below the Island peak or Imja Tse 6,189m, a famous peak for climbing. With about 25 tea houses Dingboche is a small settlement and from Pangboche it takes us little more than 3 hours.

Day 08: Trek to Lobuche 4,928m. Approx. 5 hours.
We will start heading towards north on an ascending trail towards the hill top from where you can see the beautiful settlement at Pheriche. After descending down for half an hour we walk past the settlements at Pheriche and Thugla. We will make a brief stop at Thugla before climbing uphill to the place with memorial of the climbers who died during expedition attempt of Everest. Another couple of hours on a fairly easy trail take us to Lobuche.

Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep 5,160m & continue to Everest base Camp 5,357m.
Today is the most amazing day of the trip as we head towards the base camp of Mount Everest. The best thing about trekking in Nepal is that the time passes quickly as you are engaged with the beauty and diversity of the trekking areas.  The walk is steep climbing for almost one and half hour and then we reach a pasture land from where you can see the Khumbu glacier. We head towards Gorakshep from here. We will spend about half an hour enjoying the view and as Gorakshep is a good place to see Mount Everest.  We then walk ahead towards Everest Base Camp (EBC). Everest Base Camp is full of people during the expedition season. After spending some time at the Everest base camp we return back to Gorakshep for overnight stay.

Day 10: Morning hike to Kalapathar 5,545m trek to Pheriche 4,243m 5-6 hrs.
We start our 2 hours hike to Kalapathar before sunrise. Kalapathar is often described as the best view point in Nepal to see Mt. Everest. Besides the highest mountain in the world you can also see Nuptse, Makalu, and Lhotse with other high mountains in the region. We will come back to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue ahead to Pheriche,

Day 11: Trek to Thyangboche approx. 5 hrs.
We will back track on the same trail to descend down to Thyangboche.

Day 12: Trek to Monjo. 2,835m. Approx: 5-6 hrs.
After breakfast we will go down in a descending trail to the river and then climb up for an hour to Namche Bazaar. Another couple of hours going down from Namche we will reach the village of Monjo. We will have lunch here and explore the area. You can spend more time around Namche; have lunch there and then continue to Monjo for overnight stay as well. Consult with your guide regarding your preference.

Day 13: Trek to Lukla 5 hrs walk.
This is the last part of the Everest base camp trek with Arun Valley. It takes us 5 hours to reach Lukla. We will stay near by the airstrip in Lukla. A party with the staff is a must after such a successful trekking around the Everest region.

Day14: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
The flight from Lukla can be delayed sometime because of weather. It is a short panoramic flight of 30 minutes. During the peak season the weather is usually clear and flight is on schedule.

Day 15: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
You can use this day for doing some sightseeing or just resting at your hotel. We recommend you to take some tours in places like Khokana Bungmati, Patan Durbar Square or Bhaktapur. Strolling around won’t be a bad idea for last minute shopping.

Day 16: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
The trek has come to an end and we hope you enjoyed it. You can extend your trip to some destinations within Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan. Transfer to the airport on time. See you again in Nepal!

Trip FAQs

How fit do I have to be?
The round Everest base camp and Kalapatthar trek is a challenging trekking in Nepal. Some part of the trek is difficult with steep inclines. Even though you don’t need any special skills for the trek we recommend you to do this if you are active in your daily life. You should be in proper health conditions so a check up with your doctor is advised before starting the trek. We advise you to do some light exercise for some time before undertaking this trip. You should be fit enough to walk 4-7 hours a day. But there will be plenty of rest and we can customize the trip as per your speed and requirement so that you can enjoy it much more.

How are the hotels in the cities and during the trek in Nepal?
In the cities especially in Kathmandu there are hotels of all kinds ranging from Back packer’s accommodation with basic facilities to luxury five star accommodations. You can choose from the various types available. Even the budget hotels have Wi-Fi, neat and clean rooms and attached bathrooms. The hotels that are star categorized have special amenities but the standard of hotels in western world can’t be compared with Nepalese standards. We would say a 5 star in Nepal would have the same kind of services like a 3 star or a 4 star hotel in North America/Europe. Around Namche also you can get proper accommodation and there are few other places in the Everest region with good quality accommodation with attached bathrooms.
The accommodations during the trek are basic and may not have attached bathrooms most of the time. You must share the toilets and bathrooms with fellow trekkers. Even though hot showers are not available you can get buckets of hot water for 1-2 USD depending upon how high you are in the mountains. The tea houses have restaurants with limited options but the foods they prepare are really delicious. The tea houses are often managed by individual families and are very welcoming and friendly. They are neat and clean and not bad for a single night. 

Is enough drinking water available? How many liters of water shall we carry in our day pack?
We advise our guests to bring water bottles with them so that they can refill the bottles at the tea house rather than buying everyday as water prices go proportionately higher with the altitude in the Himalayan region. Carrying purification tablets is also recommended. We advise you to drink atleast 4-5 liters of water every day during the trek to avoid dehydration. Trekking in Nepal is fun but only if you are careful about your health.

Where can I keep my extra luggage during trekking in Nepal?
While you are in the trek you can store the extra luggage at our office or at the hotel without paying anything extra either in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Do I need to take walking sticks?
It depends on you but it is advised to carry them as they help you to balance in the small trails while walking in the mountains. They observe the pressure on your legs (quad muscles) while going up and down. Since they are not heavy you can easily tie them in your day pack and walk while you don’t use them.

Can I buy/rent any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
Kathmandu, especially Thamel has lots of places to buy and rent equipments for trekking.  If you want to buy things at home it might be expensive compared to home. The things you buy or rent here will be cheaper but the quality is not the same. Things such as trekking shoes, jackets etc you can buy from home but petty things such as sun glasses, walking sticks, sleeping bags can be bought here.

Is there electricity to charge iPod, batteries, cameras etc… while on the mountain?
Yes you can charge the electronic stuffs at the tea houses during the trek but some tea houses charge you for that. The cost would be around 1 USD for a single device. You can charge them in your rooms in the cities.

Can we take showers during the trek?
It depends a lot I where you are. Usually below 3000m there are common bathrooms in the tea houses where you can take a shower and after you go high you might not want to shower often because of the cold weather. Some tea houses charge you for the hot water they provide in the buckets for Shower.

How much money per day do you think I will need? What currency should I take?
Local currency in Nepal is rupees. We recommend you bring US dollars with you to Nepal and exchange them here as this is easily done and is a widely accepted currency. Although you may get a lesser rate on traveler’s cheques, we suggest you carry a mixture of both depending on your needs. The amount of money you will need on a daily basis depends on your spending habits. A guide would be $10 per day for extra drinks and bar bill during your trek and $20 per day to cover lunch/dinner whilst in Kathmandu.

What do I have to carry with me on trek?
Try not to make the day pack very heavy but don’t miss essential things such as personal items, water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. You will have a porter helping you will most of the things besides the day pack when you are trekking in Nepal. The porters carry maximum 15 Kgs (can be little more or less depending upon the nature of trekking).

What if I get sick while on trek?
It depends on the seriousness of the health issue. If you have problem with altitude or cramp or something small we will take time and provide basic first aid in the place in case of emergency we will arrange for a helicopter or a horse to bring you to the nearest possible hospital.

Do I need to buy compulsory travel insurance for trekking in Nepal? Where do I buy?
Insurance is a must while going for a trek in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. You can get an insurance that covers health issue, rescue and evacuation and cancellations due to bad weather. We advise you to buy insurance at your home country before coming for trekking in Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan as buying insurance here will be twice as expensive.

Is there any compulsory tipping for Guide/Porters/Drivers etc?
Tipping is completely your personal choice. In Nepal there is no any hard and fast rule for tipping but usually the staff working in tourism gets tips from the guest. You can consult with us regarding the tipping. If you are happy with the services you are most welcome for the tipping.

Are there any communication facilities during this trip?
Most of Nepal is nowadays well connected with cell phone networks. There are cyber café or Wi-Fi in all cities and during the trek even the tea houses have internet services below 3000m but places like Lukla Namche, Tengboche etc are exceptions with internet facilities and good cell phone connectivity so communication is not a problem.

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