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Safe and affordable classic Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 days

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16 Days

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15 people

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Overview

The ultimate trekking destination of Nepal: Everest Base Camp Trek

Earthbound Expeditions offers a safe and enjoyable classic trek to the Everest base camp of Nepal at affordable prices.
Booking open for Everest base camp trek for 2020 and 2021.

Why trek or hike to Everest base camp?

  1. CNN International recommended Everest Base Camp trekking in Nepal as one of the best top ten adventure hiking trip in the world for 2011
  2. The Everest Base Camp hiking was ranked the world’s 10th best journey in 2003.
  3. UK’s leading magazine The Observer a sister publication of UK’s Guardian published an article in its Sunday edition where “Everest Base Camp trekking of Nepal” was listed in the 20 Journeys of a Lifetime.
  4. Here is how Nikki explains her enjoyment of the Everest Base Camp trek in her article “ Mount Everest Trek: the go-slow guide to base camp – with a fast ride home” in “the Guardian” with Earthbound Expeditions
    …after crossing a fast-flowing river on a suspension bridge festooned with prayer flags, we switchback up a pine-covered hill, giving way to porters, a company of soldiers, the scenery is, quite simply, epic. We pause often to gaze back down the ravine, or up at griffon vultures gliding through the clouds…
  5. Recently Lonely Planet Writer ANNA KAMINSKI trekked to Everest base camp with Earthbound Expeditions and wrote an article “Returning to Everest: trekking to Base Camp after the 2015 earthquake” and she found it safe and enjoyable

A CLASSIC AND AFFORDABLE TREK TO MOUNT EVEREST BASE CAMP of Nepal

At the base of Mount Everest – “Sagarmatha” on its southern side lies the Everest Base Camp scaled by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa in 1953 !
The home of the smiling Sherpa and the Yaks, Everest Base Camp trekking is our most popular hike and has been the safest trek route forever! after Tenzing and Hillary reached to the Top of Sagarmatha.

The Everest base camp is situated in the Himalayas of Nepal at a height of 5300 meters / 17,388 feet. There are no rocky ridges to traverse, no scrambling or technical climbing but just a good well-graded path accessible to all keen hikers and trekkers which leads all the way to the Everest base camp. Nevertheless, one aspect that should not be underestimated is that your efforts to experience the Mt.Everest trail and its remarkable culture, history and scenery will take place at an altitude. The key to Everest Base Camp trekking is consequently being careful while pacing and taking plenty of time to acclimatise.

With over 20 years of experience of organizing treks to the Himalayas, you can be certain that trips offered by Earthbound Expeditions intended for Everest Base Camp allow you optimum adaptation time to the mountains because of the days you would have spent either by just walking for a couple of hours or even while resting.

You can do both Mt.Everest base camp and trek up to Kalapathar viewpoint at the elevation of 5600 m / 18372 ft. which offers you with a close-up view of Mt.Everest and other Himalaya range.
If you want a little tougher way to get to Everest Base Camp, you may want to do our 19 Days Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp trek or combine this with three high passes and Island Peak Climb. Contact us for more details.

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Arrival Day - Kathmandu

You will be welcomed and received on your arrival by our representative at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Later on, you will be transferred to your hotel; check into the room and spend some relaxing time until we meet at some point in the evening for the trip briefing. You will be informed about the briefing time on your arrival at hotel.

Kathmandu Valley Exploration

After breakfast in the morning we take you for the Kathmandu sightseeing tour. We are going to do the UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR today which includes: Swoyambhunath - The oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, a beautiful abode for lots of monkeys thus also known as Monkey Temple, is also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley. Pashupatinath- A holy pilgrimage for Hindus and Hindu Crematorium, watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the most unique way in the world; we come across men with ash rubbed body, matted locks and dreaded look which is typical look of a Hindu Holy Men known as Sadhus. Boudhanath- the biggest Buddhist temple in the world; a site for Tibetan Buddhism where we can visit monasteries, watch the Holy Monks busy in their chanting ritual going around the temple. Patan Durbar Square- A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, we can see the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and also the amazing Nepali Architecture.

Kathmandu - fly to Lukla 2880 m - trek to Phakding 2740 m

We have our breakfast early in the morning and drive to the airport to take a flight to Lukla, the gateway to Everest Region accompanied by your trekking guide. We fly by a Twin Otter aircraft which is the most renowned mountain flight corporation in the world. Once on the flight we can enjoy the stunning beauty of the rugged foothills that give way to the snowline of the majestic Himalaya. A lot of the world\'s highest mountains including Kanchenjunga III, Lhotse IV and Makalu V and many other snow capped mountains. After enjoying the adventurous flight for about 45 minutes, we land in Lukla, an exceptionally beautiful mountain town in the Everest Region where we meet our porters and prepare for the walk of the day to Phakding, another mountain town. The descending walk leads us along the Dudh Koshi River and to Phakding village for the overnight stay.

Phakding - Namche Bazaar 3445 meters

The early start of the trek of the day takes you on mostly flat and gradual uphill trail along the Dudh Koshi River up to Hilary suspension bridge. From this point your first steep uphill walk on the Everest trail starts which takes you to an extraordinarily beautiful town of Namche, famously known as Namche Bazaar. On the way to Namche you can enjoy the view of some the Himalayan peaks including Thamserku, Tabuche, Cholatsem, Khumbila – Sacred Mountain which protects the Khumbu region and many other mountains. Get yourself immersed in the beauty of local Sherpa and Buddhist culture, take pictures of yaks, take in the spirituality from the prayer flags along the trail and many more just reach the destination for today to enjoy the more majestic view of Kongde, Kusum Kangri and Thamserku.

Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day

A stopover day in Namche for acclimatization. Hike to Everest view point for about two hours uphill and enjoy the view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Amadablam and many other Himalayan peaks. Hike down to Namche and spend rest of the day exploring Namche Bazaar enjoying the local atmosphere.

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Munch the mountain breakfast early in the morning and start the trek of the day to Tyangboche. Initial part of the walk today is on a mountain flat and downhill trails to Phungi Thanga for about four hours. From there another steep walk for about another two and half hours to take you to the famous Tyangboche. Once you are in Tyangboche, never miss the opportunity to visit an ancient Tyangboche monastery where you can see the footprint of Milarepa, a famous ancient Tibetan yogi and poet from the Kagyupa sect.

Tyangboche - Dingboche

Pave your trail through Diboche, crossing Imja Khola to Pangboche and to Dingboche – today’s destination. As you walk on the Nepali flat – sometimes up and sometimes down, enjoy the enchanting view of the snow capped mountains which is luring you even closer to the Everest. The view and the fresh mountain air is enough to make you forget about your tiredness. Engage yourself in the observation of the incredible beauty of the Himalayan atmostphere.

DINGBOCHE - 4,400 m Acclimatization Day

At this altitude, the human body needs time to adjust to the environment so take your day to acclimatize to the high altitude climate. Rather than just sitting around, we encourage you to attempt one of the two hikes we recommend. The short and best option is to ascend the hill immediately behind Dingboche which takes about four hours to reach the top. The view from the top will just blow your mind. Your four hours effort to reach the top will be eventually rewarded.

Dingboche - Lobuche 4,900 m

Be thrilled with additional mountain views as you walk on your pace along the Himalayan trail. Enjoying and integrating the mountain atmosphere into your life, you are heading yet another count of miles towards the famous base camp of the world’s tallest peak. The view is just a catalyst to take you to the Base camp. Communicate and listen to your body and go slow. After observing the memorials for the mountaineers at Dughla pass finally you reach another beautiful mountain village of Lobuche for the overnight stay.

Lobuje – Gorak Shep 5160 m - Everest Base Camp 5365 m

Today is a long day as we walk to Gorakshep, check into lodge, have lunch and walk to the Base Camp and return back to Gorakshep for stay over. The most exciting thing about today is that you are going to be at the base camp. Walking along the Khumbu glacier – the highest situated glacier in the world, and crossing the Changri glacier, we walk ahead towards Gorakshep After the lunch at Gorakshep, we walk to the Everest Base Camp, enjoy the view, take lots of pictures, selfies. Return back to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.

Gorakshep - Kala Pathar 5555 meters – Pheriche 4200 m

Early morning wake up to go to the highest point of the trek, Kalapatthar – a magnificent view point to the world’s tallest Everest and several other mountains in the Himalayan range. It takes about Three hours to reach the top. After the sunrise, hike down to Gorakshep; have your breakfast and then start trekking downhill to Pheriche – today’s destination.

Pheriche - Tyangboche

The descend takes us to Tyangboche today.

Tyangboche - Phakding– 2740m

We continue our descend via Namche Bazaar to Phakding.

Phakding - Lukla - 2,800 m

Lukla – Kathmandu

Please note that flights from Lukla are sometimes delayed or cancelled due to bad weather conditions such as fog-bound Kathmandu or stormy winds in Lukla. Be reassured that our staffs in Lukla and Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimize the inconvenience caused and your patience is anticipated. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to your hotel. We take you for a cultural dinner in the evening.

Departure Day

You will be transferred to airport at your schedule for the final departure as today is the last day of our 16 Days Everest Base Camp Trekking. Thank you for choosing Earthbound Expeditions Nepal as your travel organizer. Have a safe flight. To avoid risk of missing your flight back home we always recommend that you have 2 to 3 days extra at the end of the trip because flight from Lukla airport is sometimes delayed or cancelled due to bad weather conditions. Nevertheless if you are on time and you have these additional days to travel around then you can visit the Chitwan National park, White water rafting in Trishuli River or else to go Pokhara for a tour or simply join Yoga classes. You can also opt to get a massage. P.S: If the flight to Lukla is cancelled for more than 3 days, then in that case we will possibly change the itinerary for something equally better alternative trek. We also recommend you to do travel Insurance that all cover Helicopter ride / recuse or flight delay / cancellation issue.

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation in a 3-star hotel in the cities and simple lodges on the trek (upgrade of the accommodations to luxury hotels/lodge possible at extra cost)
  • All ground transportation provided.
  • Flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and back by fixed-wing aircraft
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with city tour guide
  • Full broad meals will be provided during the trek
  • Government trained guides and needed no. of porters (every 2 trekkers will share 1 porter)
  • Guide and porter's insurance, salary and meals will be provided.
  • Farewell dinner along with one cultural show.
  • All necessary trek Permits.
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets for the trek will be provided
  • Duffle bag
  • International Flight tickets.
  • Kathmandu valley Heritage monuments entrance fees ( about USD 26)
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverage, snacks, meals in Kathmandu etc.
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Tips to guide and porters.
  • Cost raised by cancelation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness will not be our responsibility since these factors are not within our grasps.

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Namaste! Nepal is a place that gets under your skin. It’s energy stays with you long after you’ve left. It makes you want to stay. Makes you smile when you recall the hospitality of the kind Nepali people. Makes your heart bleed to hear about the earthquakes. When you leave, already thinking about returning. I’m writing this review one year after returning from a truly amazing Everest Base Camp trek. Yes it’s taken me a while (!) but a few things recently have really impressed me about Earthbound and they deserve to be recognised. My EBC trek was a Groupon deal, as was that of the other 14 people in my group, from all over the world. I left England alone and nervous. I returned feeling amazing and with many new friends. Our tour guide Resham was brilliant. Bursting with energy and knowledge. He is a credit to Earthbound. So much so that I arranged for him to guide my friend, last month, on his solo Poon Hill/rafting tour. He has raved about his trip nonstop since! Another friend of mine has just returned from her EBC trek. She travelled with Earthbound, on my recommendation, and she absolutely loved it. EE’s president, Rajan, is a tremendous business man. He is highly respected in Nepal and I think his reputation gives EE customers an advantage when services are in demand (ie. fuel/transport difficulties, accommodation, tourist activities). Rajan fiercely strives for the utmost customer satisfaction yet is approachable and friendly. He is extremely busy (meeting the tourists personally, organising his staff, running his businesses, rebuilding damaged schools, etc) yet he responds to my emails the same day and always finds time to reply, when other presidents would’ve delegated it to a deputy. Yes… I’m currently customising my return trip with him : yey! This time some of the friends I met there are joining me, plus some Nepali newbies. The plan is to trek and then do some volunteering work. I can’t wait!
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