Everest base camp trekking, one of the most popular trekking routes of Nepal is hinted with the fiction of being to the base of world’s highest mountain; Mt. Everest. The Everest region, often also referred as Khumbu region is the ancient residence of the Sherpas with their unique culture, religion and untouched lifestyle isolated to the rest of the world of modernization. The Khumbu region is a hub of Buddhism with plenty of monasteries alongside in Namche bazaar, Lukla, tengboche, Pangboche and Khumjung. Khumbu Region can also be an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. In the Everest base trekking, you will fly to the incredibly situated airport of Lukla, follow the Dudh Koshi valley to Lukla from where you will have the first glimpse of Mt. Everest, giant and smiling in front of you. You will cross most of Sherpa settlements of the region to reach Gorakshep, from where Everest is seen from the nearest distance and the clearest.
Everest base camp trekking itinerary:
Day 01: Arrrival to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu. Evenings are generally allowed free to shop around at your own. Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu. A day in Kathmandu includes sightseeing which gives you major highlight’s visit inside Kathmandu valley. Visit the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymabhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar square etc. overnight in Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. The Flight to Lukla is wonderful, passing above the mountains; the landing is an exciting moment in almost inclined airport where one end is 60 mtrs higher than the other. Start hiking along the Dudh Koshi to stay overnight in Phakding (2600 mtrs.). You will encounter the first procession of Yaks carrying the goods and creating temporary roadblocks while you are on your way. Yaks, Sheeps, Mule and horses are major transport mean in the region.
Day 04: Trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. Continue walking along the Dudh Koshi to reach the Namche Bazaar. This famous trade center of the region is facilitated much than the other villages of the region. The Saturday market in Namche bazaar remains one of the important venues for the villagers to gather for need of home appliances, goods, clothes. Overnight in Namche bazaar (3440 mtrs.).
Day 05: Free day in Namche bazaar. Acclimatization in Namche bazaar, you may also wish to visit the places around. Overnight in Namche.
Day 06: Trekking from Namche bazaar to Tengboche. The real romance of being in the Everest region starts on this day. The Dudh Koshi River is far below while Giant white snow mountains are in front of you including Thamserku (6623 mtrs.), Ama Dablam, Katenga Mountain and Even Everest (8848 mtrs.). Way through Rhodondren forest, along many Mani walls, Rivers with suspension bridges let you forget all the plains of walking ups and downs on this day. Overnight in Tengboche (3860mtrs.). Religiously, Tengboche is important site of the region with the most famous Tengboche monastery. The monastery was destroyed by earthquake frequently and re-built.
Day 07: Trekking from Tengboche to Dingboche. Follow the way down to Deboche village where there is a small nunnery. The part of the trek is wonderful; you will encounter many pheasant species on this day’s walk. The part of the trail has had a hunting ban from a long time which makes it decorated with increasing number of bird species as well as animals. Arrive Dingboche Village for an overnight stay (4400 mtrs.).
Day 08: Free day in Dingboche village. Acclimatization is allowed on this day here in Dingboche, you may wish to visit the Chukung Village from where you can see the Island peak. Overnight.
Day 09: Trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche. Alpine fields combined with a summer graze pasture of the Yaks lead to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier on this day.You can see the memorial remnants of the climbers here in Lobuche who died of the Avalanches many years ago. Lobuche offers the views of Nuptse, mainly at its sunset is breathtaking. Overnight in Lobuche after around 5 hours trekking (4900 mtrs.).
Day 10: Trekking from Lobuche to Gorakshep. This is most wonderful day. You are trekking at much altitude. Gorakshep has some tea shops, an almost all time frozen lake nearby, and the Kalapattar peak are just nearby. Overnight in Gorakshep preparing next day’s tough trek (5150 mtrs.).
Day 11: Trekking from Gorakshep to Kalapatta, climb the Kalapattar. The day is tough, long yet spectacular day. You will start as early as possible to climb to Kalapattar to avoid the large wind on the top of peak. From Kalapattar, the Everest is seen from the nearest distance. Sunrise view from Kalapattar peak will be one of the wonders of your life. Trek back to Gorakshep to continue your trek back to Lobuche Village (4900 mtrs.).
Day 12: Trek back from Lobuche to Pangboche. Pangboche is one of highest permanent settlements of the world and conserved one of the oldest Gompas of the region. Overnight in Pangboche (3950 mtrs.).
Day 13: Retrace the way back to Namche bazaar.
Day 14: Retrace the way back to Lukla.
Day 15: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping, resting.
Day 17: Free time in Kathmandu, departure in the afternoon.