The 12 Days Everest Base Camp trek is a trek goes through famous terrain in the Khumbu region. It’s a famous trek, famous for its destination, of course, but famous for more besides Everest Base Camp. Put simply,the purity of its visual panorama is without even the palest rival in the natural world. The level of sustained beauty is ineffable, excessive; the experience it affords is visceral, quasi-religious, profound.
From Kathmandu you’ll take a short, exhilarating flight into the valleys of the Himalayas themselves, twisting and turning your way up to the bustling airport of Lukla where you’ll join up with the rest of your team – the Sherpas and companions you’ll be spending next and best eleven days of your life.
The trek starts at an even, relaxing pace as you wend your way over the next two days to the Himalayan Sherpa city of Namche Bazar. Here you’ll have time to acclimatise as you explore this fascinating historical enclave, but after that it’s down to business as you begin your ascent, the route becoming ever more rugged, the views ever more majestic, the signs of human life ever more remote.
Guided by our friendly Sherpas, you’ll grow in strength and confidence by day, and be welcomed and replenished by Nepalese rural hospitality by night until, on the eighth day of your journey you’ll have done it – at an altitude of 5300 meters you’ll have reached the world-famous Everest Base Camp where so many famous mountaineers before you have set foot, and be able to witness at the closest possible range the staggering skycap of Mount Everest itself.
The 12 Days Everest Base Camp Trek is a challenging trek, but with our Sherpas there to provide full support and any other piece of suggestions you may need, at no point will you feel rushed or discomforted or out of your depth. And besides, that’s what you want – you want the 12 Days Everest Base Camp Trek to be a challenge. You want to come away from it feeling that you’ve been challenged and risen to that challenge, and specifically that you’ve done something that very few other people in the world have done.
Day 1: Pick up from your hotel in Kathmandu drive to airport to board short flight to Lukla (2840m/9320ft)–From Lukla trek to Phakding (2610m/8560ft)–approximately 3.5 hours
Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11290ft) – Approximately 6 hrs
Day 3: Acclimatization day trip around Namche Bazaar.
Day 4: Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) – Approximately five hours
Day 5: Trek to Dingboche (4360m/14300ft) – Approx. 5 hrs
Day 6: Acclimatization day trip around Dingboche.
Day 7: Lobuche (4940m/16207ft) – Approx. 5 hrs.
Day 8: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5300m/17400ft) – back to Gorak Shep (5170m/16961ft).
Day 9: Hike up to Kalapattar (5545m/18192ft) then trek to Periche (4270m/14070ft) – Approx. 7 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11290ft) – 6 hours approximate
Day 11: Namche to Lukla (2840m/9320ft) – Approx. 6 hrs.
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel that you booked in Thamel or nearby area. (End of the tour)
Participants must make their own arrangements to arrive in Kathmandu and stay in one of the hotels in the Thamel quarter of the city. We will plan a pre-trek meeting one day prior to the actual trip starting-date. This is a good way to meet your trekking guide and trekking partners, as well as getting information about the trek. Better to arrive in Kathmandu earlier and stay for at least two nights before the trek; get rid of jet lag, do some last minute shopping and save some energy for the road ahead. After the trek, at least another two nights or more is recommended. The Lukla flight can be a bit unpredictable, so it’s desirable to keep plenty of buffer days post-trek. You must also let us know your Kathmandu hotel name and address at least one week prior to the trip starting-date.