Kala Patthar EBC trek – Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350 m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our guides will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Rest and relax for the afternoon. In the evening, join a welcome dinner with one of our team leaders at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy the meal having a nice conversation and a short briefing about your Kala Patthar and Everest base camp trek that begins the next day. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: A scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2880 m) | Trek to Phakding (2640 m) | 4 hrs walk.
After a healthy breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the domestic airport for a flight to Lukla. Lukla is a small town with one of the narrowest airports around the world. There are a few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores for the tourists. From here, our trek begins following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. As we climb up the trail, Mt. Nupla (5885 m) can be seen in a far distance on the opposite bank atop the Kongde Ridge. We descend towards a mountainside path that merges into our route to Everest, which offers views of a valley to our right; and at its far end lies Mt. Kusum Kang (6367 m). The Dudh Koshi River approaches as we pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. We continue our journey along a small path with many ascents and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi River to Phakding. Overnight at guest house.
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445 m) | 5 to 6 hrs walking.
We start our trek after a warm breakfast and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Making our way beyond Monjo (2800 m), we see the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile environment in the mountain. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch our first glimpse of Mt. Everest in a far distance. We enjoy the view of Mt. KusumKangaru, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Konde-Ri and Mt. Tawache peak along our way. We visit some of the village monasteries while trekking to Namche Bazaar to get a better insight on the Buddhist culture. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. A meeting place is set for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight at hotel or guest house.
Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization | Hike to Everest View Hotel.
Namche Bazaar has tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops, and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook on the mountain vistas. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. For the acclimatization, we walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or we can go for a one hour walk up to Syangboche (3800 m) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. KusumKangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860 m) | 5 to 6 hrs walking.
From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi River. We have our first glimpse of the stunning views of the great peaks of Khumbu Region including Mt Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. KusumKangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, the trail descends steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga (3250 m).The village has an excellent place for lunch and we can take a short rest before making a steep climb to Tengboche. Although exhausting due to the zigzag path, the trek has numerous attractions like rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds chirping and superb mountain scenery making our trek very exciting. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4260 m) | 5 to 6 hrs walking.
We gradually descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily up to the village of Pangboche. This lies directly opposite to Ama Dablam (6,856 m) and has an exceptional view of the mountain, with the Gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. As we gradually ascend, we find ourselves near thick forest areas. This part of the trail is full of thorny and juniper bushes. A further two and half hour's walk brings us to Dingboche. Here we can see Sherpa people working hard in the agricultural farm. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07: Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion in and around the places.
Today, we can steeply climb up to Nakartsang Gompa for the rare outstanding view that it has to offer of Mount Makalu (8463 m) along with Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Island Peak, Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Thamserku. Another option provided is a small side trip to Chhukung which takes about 2 and a half hours to climb and 1 and half hours to come back to Dingboche. There are some of the lodges which serve delicious food items which we can try. Overnight at guest house.
Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4900 m) | 6 to 7 hrs walking.
The onward journey leads north for up to 50 minutes until we reach to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail then takes a downward path to Pheriche village. Today's walk offers views of Mt. Tawache, Mt. Ama Dablam and to the north- Mt. Pokalde (5741 m), Mt. Kongma-tse (5820 m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After two hours of walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595 m). We stop at Dugla for lunch before continuing our trek for an hour up to a steep hill to the top, where there are stunning views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break, we continue (1 to 2 hours) trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind. Overnight at the tea house.
Day 09: Trek from Lobuche (4900 m) to Gorakshep (5180 m) and retrace back to Gorakshep.
This trek takes about three and a half hours. We have our lunch at Gorakshep, take rest and when ready, we begin our climb to Everest Base Camp (5486 m). We will spend about 4 and a half hours trekking up to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep. The trek is on the glacier and snow-capped rocks. We can also see many small frozen lakes around the Everest Base Camp and return back to Gorakshep. Overnight at the tea house.
Day 10: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545 m) and back to Pheriche (4243 m) | 6 hrs walk.
We accomplish an early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545 m) to enjoy a mesmerizing view of the sunrise. From Kala Patthar, we can get a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and much more. Pheriche is the place where we can make phone calls to any part of the world. We can see the mountain Yaks in Pheriche. Here in this part of the region, Yaks are normally regarded as the porters. The town of Pheriche is also known as a windy town. We can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache from here and Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post with foreign volunteer doctors provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people is also located here. Overnight at the tea house.
Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Phortse (3750 m) | 4 to 5 hrs walking.
The trail descends to Pangboche and now the route starts go uphill and downhill in every half an hour to Phortse. On the way, we get an opportunity to see wildlife in and around the area, such as mountain goats, musk deer and many species of Himalayan birds. There are village monasteries in Pangboche and Phortse rich in the cultural heritage of Sherpa people. Along with this, we see an old monastery in Pangboche, which is believed to have been established during the 16th century. The Pangboche village is known to have highest permanent settlement throughout the year. Overnight at a tea house in Phortse.
Day 12: Trek from Phortse (3750 m) to Namche (3445 m) | 5 to 6 hrs walking.
The trail here descends for nearly twenty minutes and ascends up steeply for almost one hour to Mongla (4000 m). From this area, we can see the panoramic view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. KusumKangaru, Mt. Konde-Ri and Mt. Tawache peak. Now, the trail descends and ascends frequently up to Khumjung. The Khumjung village is said to have the largest settlement in Khumbu region. There is a well-equipped high school built by Edmund Hillary in 1960.Apart from this, there is an old monastery where the skull of Yeti is believed to have been preserved for several years. The neighboring village of Khumjung is Khunde where a well-equipped Hospital is built by Edmund Hillary in 1964. We continue descending to Namche Bazaar where we spend our night at a cozy lodge.
Day 13: Trek from Namche to Monjo then to Lukla (2800 m) | 6 to 7 hrs walking.
After a heavy breakfast, we follow the trail which steeply descends up to Monjo. We stop at Phakding to eat our lunch and after we are done, we continue walking to Lukla crossing the Dudh Koshi River over the suspension bridges. Overnight at guest house in Lukla.
Day 14: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu | 35 minutes flight.
After breakfast, we take a scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred back to the hotel. Rest and relax till evening. One of our team leaders will pick you up and take you for a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy the drinks, food and live culture show with your guide and crew hosted by Ram Kumar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to the international airport for your flight back home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight and we hope to see you again in the future.
Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.