Everest Base Camp Ascent
Alpine Ramble - 12 days
- Everest Base Camp Ascent
- 12 days / 11 nights
- Max. group: 10 Persons
- Difficulty: Easy
>Trek to the foot of world’s highest peak Mount Everest
>Scenic mountain flight to and from Lukla
>Highest airport in the world at Syangboche
>Reach Everest base camp (5364 m) walking on Khumbu glacier
>Explore the Sherpa culture and lifestyle
>Visit ancient Tengboche monastery
>Extensive Flora and Fauna
>Trek through spectacular scenery with brilliant panoramic Mountains view
>Hiking to Kala Patthar 5,545 m and see the amazing panoramic views from the top
>World’s deepest Khumbu glacier
The Everest Base Camp Trek - 12 Days is a legendary and classical trekking trail amongst the most delightful trekking ventures. Actually, it is ‘ A giant of Giants’ amongst the most popular treks in Nepal. It is likewise socially alluring. Together with the magnificence of the Himalayas, the trek is really an excursion of a lifetime! Prepare to drench yourself in ponder of the Everest Himalayas. Experience the Khumbu's numerous glorious highlights. Experience stunning mountain valleys and delight in the district's striking trademarks. In a similar manner, you can watch the amazing Sherpa Culture of the Khumbu. In like manner, you will go on an excursion that was done first by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953.
What's the plan?
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,610 m ) 35 min and trek to Phakding (2810 m), 4 hrs walk
We take an early morning scenic flight (35min) to Lukla. We are now in the land of the Sherpa people; we meet and introduce our crew who will carry your luggage during the entire trek. The trek starts from Lukla with a 2 hours acclimatization and tea stop, followed by the downhill stroll and the Dudh Koshi River, passing through the Sherpa villages of Chhupulung, Ghat and then Phakding. The trail offers some majestic and alluring views of the mountains and beautiful landscapes where you will see Tibetan words carved in rocks and multi-color Buddhist flags hanging around the mani walls. We will make sure to let the Yak trains pass safely. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 02:Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3,450 m/11,315 ft) - 5/ 6 hrs walk
Today we will have some breakfast with hot drinks. After breakfast we trek through the lush pine forest crossing the Dudkosi River, where we will get an amazing first view of Mount Everest, Kusum kangaroo, Thamserku, Kangtega etc and we will start our slow and steep climb to Namche Bazar. The view is incredible. Namche Bazaar is the capital of the Khumbu region and also well known as a trading center. it’s a town surrounded by beautiful mountains. In the afternoon we go to the market area to explore. Overnight at lodge.
Day 03: Rest and acclimatization day at Namche
Rest and acclimatization. Today we will ascend to the look-out for the great mountain views of Mt.Evereat, Lhotse, Cholatse, Thamserku, Kwangde, Khandala, gorgeous Ama Dablam and one of the most beautiful valleys you will ever see. We will climb higher to Syangboche and the Everest View Hotel (built by the Japanese as a deluxe hotel with great views of Mt. Everest and the highest mountains on Earth). Afterwards, you can relax and/or explore Namche Bazaar. The city has shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market (each Saturday). Also, we can visit the Sherpa Museum and the traditional customs of the Sherpa, as well as a mountain photo gallery in Namche Bazaar. Overnight at lodge.
Day 04: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3,860 m/12,677 ft)- 4/5 hrs walk
Today we trek along the high way of Everest (one man’s contribution to trekkers and local). This section of the trek includes the famous descent to the Dudh-Koshi River and the equally famous ascent along the rhododendron forests through the Phunki Thanga, across the Imja Khola river and up to Tengboche monastery. Upon reaching Tengboche, we visit Tengboche Monastery- This is one of the spiritual vital carrying Buddhist monasteries in the Khumbu region, with the views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and other peaks, etc, overnight in Tengboche.
Day 05: Trek from Tengbuche to Dingboche (4,410 m/14,485 ft) - 4/5 hrs walk
Today early in the morning light, the monastery in Tengboche and the surrounding mountains look pristine and extremely spectacular. After having breakfast our trail takes us through a beautiful forest (Werner calls it “Merlin’s Forest” because it’s so magical), down to the river and back up to the village of Pangboche. We pass several Chortens, Mani-stone walls, small villages, and marvel at one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, Ama-Dablam. After lunch, we trek past the towering north face of Ama Dablam, into the Imja Khola Valley. We cross the Lobuche River and hike up to Dingboche for a well-earned rest.
Day 06: Rest/ Acclimatization Day at Dingbuche
Today we have a rest day at Dingboche, a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. The village is beautiful with an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley and potatoes from the cold wind. We spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take day hikes to either Nagarjung Hill or Chukkhung Valley for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache Ama Dablam and many other surrounding snowcapped mountains. Overnight at lodge.
Day 07: Trek from Dingbuche to Lobuche (4,910 m/16,105 ft)- 4 hrs walk
We start the day with a gradual climb to Duglha. Then the trail leads the steep climb up to the ridge at Chukpo Lari where we have heart poignant line of memorials in tribute to the climbers who have died on Mt. Everest expeditions since it's beginning. The short gradual ascent brings us to Lobuche and we have a glimpse of the border Himalayas. Overnight at lodge.
Day 8: Trek from Labuche to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorkshep (5,185 m/17010 ft)- 5 hrs walk
Today is the most exciting and long-awaited day. Leaving from Lubuche the trail leads us through a flat meadow for a while, then following the Khumbu Glacier northwards and finally through a short ascent. Then the trail climbs onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to Gorak Shep. The path provides the superb view of the massive Khumbu Glacier and trans-Himalayas. Upon our arrival at Gorak Shep, we check in the room. After lunch we walk to the Everest Base Camp. The trail continues on the moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The path often changes depending on the season because of the melting of the glacier. Once we reach the Base Camp, we take some photographs and then go back to Gorakshep. Overnight at lodge.
Day 9: 2 hrs Hike from Gorak shep to Kalapather (5,545m/18,187ft ) then – Pariche (4,250 m/13,940 ft)- 5 hrs walk, overnight at lodge
We wake up early in the morning today and a 2hrs ascent brings us at Kalapathar, at the bottom of Mt. Pumori. From Kalapathar we see the sunrise over the majestic Himalayas in 360º degrees, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lola, Khumbutse, Ama Table, Tabuchi, Cholatse, Thamserku and numerous other peaks with the excellent views of the Everest Base camp and the Khumbu glacier. Then have breakfast. After that, we continue to walk through the moraine of the Khumbu glacier. We pass Lobuche and we descend through a beautiful valley to Pheritse. Overnight at lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazzar (3,450/11,315 ft) - 6 hrs walk, overnight at lodge
We descend through beautiful Sherpa villages and we get to the bank of the Dudkosi River. After crossing the river, trail goes into the forest via Dingboche. We then climb up to Tengboche. After descending through the rhododendron forest, we cross the river and continue to walk up to Kanjuma. Finally we continue with an easy walk with great views of Ama Table to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2,850 m/9,350 ft)- 6 hrs walk,overnight at lodge
Today the trail descends through Jorsalle, Manjo, Benkar, Phakding and other small villages. Enjoy walking over several suspension bridges over the Dhud Koshi river. This is the time to celebrate and to reflect on such an incredible experience, described by most as, “unbelievable,” “life-changing,” “unimaginable,” “quantum shift in consciousness,” “should be on everyone’s bucket list,” etc.
Day 12: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
A 35-minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla ends our journey.
Note: All above trekking hours and distances are approximate and it’s absolutely for general ideas only
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√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport in Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.
√ Flights to Lukla
The flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back, including airport tax and pickup and drop off, are included.
√ Accommodation during the trek
While trekking in the mountain you will spend your nights in local guest houses commonly known as Tea Houses. These are simple in nature, but fully equipped. Do not expect too much luxury.
√ English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two trekkers. This way you don't have to carry your complete equipment yourself. You will also be accompanied by a licensed, english speaking local guide. If the group has more than 5 trekkers, and additional guide will join the group.
√ Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.
√ Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are incldued during the trek in the mountain.During the trek, you will have plenty of options to choose from, from the menus provided by the local tea houses. The Menu offers verities of ethnic cuisines foods as well as western styles meals. We will also provide seasonal fresh fruits for desert every day.
Supplementary snacks such as energy bars and cookies will be provided.
The total amount includes the costs of the Sagarmatha National park permit. This also applies to the TIMS Card, the Trekkers Information Management System.
In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company.
√ First Aid Kit
During the trek, a first aid kit will be availiable in case it is needed. The kit also includes an Oximeter to monitor oxygen level and heartbeat.
√ Alpine Ramble souvenirs
We will provide you with a trekking route map, a certificate and a printed ART company T-shirt for you to take home as reminders of your great advenure!
× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.
× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.
× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, snacks, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.
× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.
× Extra Luggage
Surplus luggage charges during the domestic flights are not included.
× Unexpected events
Additional cost resulting from events that are out of our control (becuase of to the landscape, weather conditions, illness, change of government policies, strikes, and physical condition etc.) are not included.
× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, bottles of Cold drinks (Inc. coke, water, Fanta etc.) and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas.
During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. The teahouses are basic of nature. Some of them have a squatter toilet, while others provide a western style alternative . Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water. Some teahouses have access to the internet, but always at extra charge. Please read our blog about the teahouses in Nepal.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.
While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is therefore best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.
Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like a backpack and quality trekking socks. Here we provide you with a list of items we consider you must bring to this trek. You can also read a more extensive blog here about what to bring with you.
Remember to keep your luggage as light as possible for a convenient travel. Remember that the porter will be carrying your bags, don't overpack!
Below is the checklist of equipment you need for the trek.
- Sun hat
- Warm hat and scarf
- Sunscreen +40
- Face wipes and towels
List for Hands
- Lightweight gloves
- And warm Globes
- Down or fiber-filled jacket (the trekking company will lend you one)
- 2 pairs of hiking t-shirts, preferably quick drying, possibly thermal tops for the treks
- Fleece jacket and sweaters
- Poncho and rain jacket
- Socks, preferably cotton –mix
- Lightweight cotton trekking pants with folding option
Lists of Footwear
- The proper Trekking Boots
- socks preferably cotton sports socks, take some extra pairs
- Day Backpack above the 30 L
- Pack covers and Thermal bottle
- Water peals
- Walking pole if you need it
- Thick Sleeping bag
- Laundry soap
- Antibacterial Gel
- Cell Phone
- Plastic bag
- Sewing kit
- Extra photos and passport copies
First aid Kit
- Diamox (acetazolamide)
- Elastic bandages
- Cotton bandages and band-aids
- Lancing needle
- Antibiotic eye-drops
- Antiseptic antibacterial cream or solution
- Anti-emetic for nausea (not at high altitude)
- Loperamide to control diarrhea
- Norfloxacin or Cipro to cure diarrhea, other infections
- Oral rehydration salts
Alpine Ramble Treks
Alpine Ramble Treks
Alpine Ramble Treks (P) Ltd. is a leading Himalayan Trekking and Tour operator based in Nepal which is fully approved and certified by the Nepalese government, affiliated with the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Ministry of tourism, and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). It has been operated by expert and a highly dedicated professional and passionate team who has had a decade of experience in the travel and tourism sector. Our team is well-trained by the Nepal Mountaineering Association, and Nepal Academy of Tourism & Hotel Management (NATHM). We have got farsighted vision which is why we always think for the best and prepare for the worst conditions during the treks. Because of professional and institutional care, ART has been getting its popularity by leaps and bounds. We have been guiding groups in the Himalayan routes for years.
Our friendly and experienced field staff will guide you on the most beautiful and spectacular trekking routes in the Himalayas. Additionally, our motto is to provide quality travel services while adopting and promoting Eco-tourism and responsible tourism in Nepal, exploring the beauty of nature and the wonderful and diverse culture in the Himalayas with our enthusiastic team. It is our promise that our dedicated and determined team of Alpine Ramble Treks will take care of you and your safety during your activities in Nepal.
All our ART employees have been participating in various training programs and sustainable tourism courses held by KEEP, ACAP, TAAN, NTB, and NATHAM.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have read our blog post about the best time for trekking in Nepal, you will know that every season in Nepal is suitable for trekking. However, in certain times of the year the one area of Nepal is more favorable than the other. Most people who go trekking in the Everest region and Gokyo Valley do so from March till the beginning of June and from September till the end of December. The Annapurna Region is best enjoyed in March to May and from October all the way to December. Just like Everest, you can trek in Annapurna all year round. The same seasons are most popular when talking the Manaslu Circuit and the Langtang Valley. The Upper Mustang is your choice during the Monsoon season when the rest of the country gets more rainfall. The Upper Dolpo is perfect most of the year, especially from March all the way to November.
Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.
Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek there is an opportunity to give tips. The rxule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).
Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.
No immunizations are required vsiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.
Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.
The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles.Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in health care, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.
How to Book
How does it work?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company. Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking. After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.
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