Everest Base Camp Horse Riding Trek 15 Days

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Everest base camp trek on horseback leads you to a remarkable and unforgettable journey that touches your soul with its overwhelming beauty. Riding through the perfectly blended villages exploring the unique Sherpa culture and the blissful rhododendron forests is simply life-changing. Riders are offered wide ranges of flora and fauna, along with spiritually enlightening monumental landscapes and enchanting monasteries.

15 days horse riding trek to EBC has always been challenging but is one of the most popular and wonderful trips in the Khumbu Region. This strenuous yet exciting journey to EBC commences with a half an hour scenic flight to a small airstrip of Lukla airport. We follow a pleasant route passing through some pine forests and rhododendron flowers all the way to Namche Bazaar, the main trading hub in the Khumbu Region. The riders also get an opportunity to visit the UNESCO world heritage site, Sagarmatha National park along with tiny Sherpa villages, Khumbu valleys, and legendary monasteries over high Himalayan passes. The trail passes alongside the mesmerizing view of the splendid Himalayan giants including Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, and Thamserku. 

Furthermore, making our way through the alpine forests, stony trails, splashing waterfalls, glacial rivers, and monasteries, we reach Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. Here, you will enjoy a spellbinding 360 panoramic view of the Himalayas covering us from all sides. Since the trial is strenuous, we will have enough acclimatization days included in the itinerary. Throughout the trip, you will get an opportunity to click limitless photographs to remember this exceptional journey that you will cherish for a lifetime. The journey that combines the best Himalayan views with thrilling cultural experiences and the satisfaction of having achieved a physically demanding trail, the Everest Base Camp horse riding trek is truly one of the best treks in the Himalayan region.

Highlights

  • Ride through Sagarmatha National park, tiny Sherpa villages, Khumbu valleys, legendary monasteries and over high Himalayan passes.
  • Explore a magic blend of unique culture and tradition of friendly Sherpa people, monumental landscapes and awe-inspiring views of high mountains 
  • Enjoy the beautiful horse riding trip to the base camp of the world highest peak lead by local experts
  • Experience the combination of  Himalayan views with thrilling cultural experiences 
     

Outline Itinerary

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Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m):

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, meet one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. Enjoy the evening with a welcome dinner offered by one of our team leaders. The short brief about your trek to Kala Pattar and Everest base camp will be given at the dinner time. Overnight at hotel.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to domestic airport for a flight to Lukla. Lukla is a small town with an airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores from where our trek begins following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. We descend a mountainside path that merges into our route to Everest, with views to a valley to our right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as we pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. We continue along a small path with many ascends and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:lukla to Phakding
  • Maximum Altitude:2,880m.,2,640m

We start our ride after a warm breakfast and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. We can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. We can also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place 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. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Namche Bazaar
  • Maximum Altitude:3,445m

Namche Bazaar is 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. 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 a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3,800m) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. Overnight at guest house.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Namche Bazaar
  • Maximum Altitude:3,445m

 From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. Now we have a glimpse of first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, the trail descends steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga (3,250m).The village has an excellent place for lunch and we can take a short rest before making the 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 exciting. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Tengboche
  • Maximum Altitude:3,860m

We gradually descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily up to the village of Pangboche. This is directly opposite to Ama Dablam (6,856m), and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the Gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. As we gradually ascend, we find thick forests. 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. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Dingboche
  • Maximum Altitude:4,260m

Here we can steeply climb up to Nakartsang Gompa for the rare outstanding view of Mount Makalu (8,463m.) along with Lhotse, Island Peak, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The another option provided is a small side trip to Chhukung which takes about 2 and half hours to go up and 1 and half hours to come back to Dingboche. There are some of the lodges which serve you the delicious food items. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Dingboche
  • Maximum Altitude:4,260m

The onward journey leads north for up to 50-minutes until we come to a mani-prayer Stupa and then takes a downward path to Pheriche village. Today's ride offers views of Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5,741m), Kongma-tse (5,820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After a two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4,595m). Stop at Dugla, for lunch, before continuing for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break, continue (1 to 2 hours) of trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind. Overnight at tea house.   

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Lobuche
  • Maximum Altitude:4,900m

This takes about three and half hours. We take lunch at Gorakshep, take rest and if we feel fine, the participants can walk to Everest Base Camp (5,486m.). We will spend about 4 and half hours trek up to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep. The trek is on 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 tea house. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Gorakshep and retrace back to Gorakshep
  • Maximum Altitude:4,900m.,5,180m

We accomplish an early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m) to enjoy the view of sunrise. From Kala Patthar we can have 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 many 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. Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town. There we can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. There is located Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post and foreign volunteer doctors are to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people. Overnight at tea house.  

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kala Patthar and back to Pheriche
  • Maximum Altitude:5,545m.,4,243m

The trail descends to Pangboche and now the trail starts turning up and down in every half an hour to Phortse. On the way there is an opportunity to see wild life in and around the area like mountain goat, musk deer and many species of Himalayan birds. There are village monasteries in Pangboche and Phortse rich in cultural heritage of Sherpa people. Along this, we see an old monastery in Pangboche which is believed to have been established during 16th century. The Pangboche village is known to have highest permanent settlement throughout the year. Overnight at tea house in Phortse. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Phortse
  • Maximum Altitude:(3,750m

The trail here descends for early twenty minutes and ascends up steeply for almost one hour to Mongla (4,000m). From this spot, we can see the panoramic view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Now the trail descends and ascends frequently up to Khumjung. The Khumjung village is said to have the largest settlement of Khumbu region. There is well-equipped high school built by Edmund Hillary in 1960. Not limited to this, there is an old monastery where the skull of Yeti is believed to have preserved. 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 will spend our overnight at a cozy lodge.  

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Namche
  • Maximum Altitude:3,750m.,3,445m

After breakfast we leave a beautiful town and follow the trail which really descends up to Monjo, we stop at Phakding to eat lunch. After lunch, we continue walking to Lukla crossing the Dudh Koshi river over suspension bridges. Overnight at guest house in Lukla.  

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Monjo then to Lukla
  • Maximum Altitude:2,800m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your flight back to home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight and see you again in the future. 

    Inclusion

    • The entire airport picks up and drops.
    • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
    • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Lukla return trips.
    • Everest National park fee with trekking permit.
    • Tims card (trekking information management system card).
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) during the riding period.
    • Accommodation (Guest house or mountain lodges) during the riding period.
    • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs.
    • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance.
    • All necessary grounded transportation including horse and horseman.
    • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
    • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu hosts by Ram Kumar.
    • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes.

     

    • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program.
    • Personal nature expenses.
    • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
    • Rescue & Evacuation.
    • Gratitude (tip) for staff.

     

    PRICES & DATES

    Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
    30 Oct, 2021 - 13 Nov, 2021Guaranteed$2700 USD
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    Useful Information

    Best Season for the Kala Patthar EBC Horse Riding Trek 

    As one of the most favorite trekking packages in Nepal, the EBC horse riding trek has some best seasons for riding. Without question, the best months for this amazing Everest Base Camp horse trek are from March to May and from September to November. Basically just before and just after the Nepalese monsoon season. During the spring season, meaning March to May the weather will be clear and the day temperatures comfortable. Every year many trekkers from across the world head out to the Everest trekking region during spring. After the monsoon during the fall season, September to November, the temperatures are a bit cooler but the views are incredible. The skies will be clear and it is no wonder that this is one of the high seasons for trekking in Nepal. The 15 days EBC horse riding trek can of course be done all year round, but Alpine Eco Trek strongly recommends doing this trek either in the spring or fall seasons to get the best experience and views.

    Accommodation during the EBC Horse Riding Journey

    As trekking in the Himalayas requires a lot of fitness, finding a good and comfortable resting place is of great importance. Accommodation during the riding trek is inclusive in the trekking package and our Alpine Eco Trek team makes sure that you get the best available accommodation during the trek, with great views of the Himalayas. The accommodations during the ride to Everest Base Camp are in simple and traditional guest- or teahouses. These have comfortable rooms fitted with 2 or 3 single beds, warm blankets, soft pillows and a comfortable mattress. Most of these teahouses have an attached bathroom but some use a sharing bathroom. On a note, we do recommend bringing a sleeping back as this gives extra warmth and is better for personal hygiene. 

    During horse trek, overnight will also take place in the big city Kathmandu, and while accommodation here is not inclusive in the package, our Alpine Eco Trek travel team would be more than happy to make reservations for you in one of the 4 or 5-star hotels. Just make sure to request this during your booking and note that the overall cost will increase depending on your choice of hotel in Kathmandu.

    Meals during the EBC Horse Trek

    A good diet and enough carbohydrates are necessary to reenergize our bodies while trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas, as so meals during the ride are included itself. Breakfast and dinner will take place at the local teahouses where we spend the night and lunch usually takes place on the trek at a local restaurant on the way or will be packed in the morning and enjoyed as a picnic. These meals during the trek differ from the major cities like Kathmandu, and trekkers have a wide choice of different delicacies varying from traditional Nepalese dishes to international dishes such as pizza or pasta. 

    Breakfast options: 

    • Gurung or Tibetan bread
    • Chapati (dry bread) with cheese
    • Oatmeal or muesli
    • French toast with either jam, honey or peanut butter
    • Eggs 3 ways: scrambled, fried or boiled
    • Hashed browned potatoes
    • Corn flakes
    • Pancakes
    • Seasonable vegetables

    Lunch and dinner options:

    • Nepalese dhal bhat (traditional cooked rice with lentil soup)
    • Momo (a plate of Nepalese dumplings)
    • Tibetan or Chapatti bread
    • Thukpa (a steaming hot bowl of noodle soup)
    • Yak steak
    • Seasonable soups
    • Rice with curry
    • Sherpa stew (a delicious bowl of vegetable soup made with local wheat pasta)
    • Sandwiches
    • Steak
    • Spring rolls
    • Pizza
    • Burgers
    • Pastas

    A good meal is not finished without a delicious dessert. Most teahouses offer homemade desserts varying per season. Some of our favorites are the homemade rice pudding known locally as khir or the freshly made apple pie. Of course, snacks and pastries can also be bought. To warm you up some hot drinks are also available such as black milk coffee or tea, hot fruit juices, and hot chocolate. 

    In order to better experience the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar on horseback, Alpine Eco Trek does advise not to drink any alcoholic drinks during the trip.

    Drinking-Water 

    Riding in high altitudes can provide a lack of oxygen resulting in fatigue, as so it is very important to stay hydrated. Luckily there are a lot of drinkable water sources during the trip. Every shop in the Everest region has bottled mineral water for sale and along the trails, there will be a lot of fresh water sources and water taps to refill your water canteen. Although it might be easier to buy some bottles in the shops, Alpine Eco Trek does ask to refrain from buying bottles as these will end up in a landfill or being burned, destroying the environment. Instead, bring some water purifying tablets or a LifeStraw and refill your canteen where possible to stay hydrated.

    Passport and Visa

    Nepal, has a very easy passport and visa policy. Before you book any trip or trek to Nepal make sure that your passport has at least 6 months' validity left from when you enter the country. The visa for entering Nepal can also be obtained upon your arrival in the immigration section of the airport, just before the baggage claim. Either bring a couple of passport size photos, to film in the visa application form or use the electronic visa kiosks. Upon Arrival Visa you can also get a visa application online from the website, or direct via a Nepalese embassy or consulate in your country. The visa cost can change yearly so it is always advised to check on the official governments department of immigration website. But the cost for a Nepalese tourist visa is 40USD for 30 days. Try to bring the currency in dollars otherwise, you might need to use one of the money exchangers at the visa application section.
    Due to diplomatic relations nationals from China and India carrying a valid passport with at least 6-month validity, can enter the country gratis. 

    Travel Insurance

    In order to trek in the mountains or Himalayas of Nepal, travel insurance is obligated. The country is beautiful and full of natural phenomena but trekking across rocky edges and slippery slopes can be dangerous. So to protect yourself and as an extra security a fully covered travel insurance for treks and mountain or adventure tours in Nepal. Make sure that your travel insurance policy covers at least the following: emergency helicopter rescue, illness, personal injury, medical evacuation and costs. Having a reliable travel insurance policy for the trip is how you keep yourself safe from the unknown. Make sure to send a copy to our Alpine Eco Trek team during your booking of any of our treks and tours, and to keep a copy on your person during the activity.

    Packing List for the 15 days EBC horse trekking 

    In order to make your packing time smoother and easier Alpine Eco Trek has prepared a short packing list for the trip. Most items can be rented or bought within Kathmandu, Thamel. 

    Make sure to pack the following:

    Clothing:
    • A few pair of thermal underclothes
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • A wind and water proof jacket
    • Down jacket
    • 2 pairs of trekking pants
    • Cotton trousers for hiking
    • Mitten or woolen gloves
    • Comfortable and warm hiking socks
    • Trekking boots with spare laces
    • Cap or scarf to protect from the sun
    Gear:
    • Standard trekking poles
    • Water purification item(s)
    • A sleeping bag
    • Water canteen
    • Toiletries 
    • A head light
    • Washing towel
    • Laundry bag
    • A small lock for your backpack
    • Personal medication

    Having these items and clothing prepared you are officially ready for the incredible Everest Base Camp horse riding tour.

    Safety and Satisfaction

    For Alpine Eco Trek your satisfaction and safety is of top priority, and every trek we create a unique experience for you. For your safety and experience, we provide an experienced and charming Sherpa trekking guide. These mountain masters know every turn and bend of the entire region and will guide you safely to your destination. Our team is always ready to listen to your remarks about the trek or trip that you went with Alpine Eco Trek. This way we can always make sure to increase the satisfaction of our future trekkers.

    Before the trek, the safety rules and regulations will be explained and should you get any difficulty during the trek our friendly guides are there to help you get through it.

    Responsible Tourism with Alpine Eco Trek

    With greenery and natural habitats of wildlife disappearing slowly every generation, responsible tourism is more important every year. The entire team of Alpine Eco Trek strongly believes in doing our part in support of responsible and sustainable tourism. While the local economies of entire communities depend on trekking trails and seasons, a lot of destruction and pollution happens when many people gather. Alpine Eco Trek is strongly against loitering and disturbing the local traditions and culture during any type of activity.  As so we ask all our trekkers and travelers to always:

    • Respect the local people and their beliefs, customs or habits.
    • Always keep it clean and green.
    • Consult with your guide if you want to do something for the local communities.
    • Being associated with KEEP, Alpine Eco Trek organizes eco-friendly responsible tours, hikes, and treks in Nepal.

    Horse and Transportation during the Trip

    A trip comes with a lot of planning and moving to remote places, as so renting horses and land transportation during the trip is provided by Alpine Eco Trek and is already included in your package. We arrange necessary horses and horsemen from Lukla and airport transfers in Kathmandu, and a 2 Way fly ticket to Lukla the gateway into the Everest upper region. Furthermore, if you want to book city tours, Alpine Eco Trek can arrange private vehicles with a tour guide if necessary, just inform our travel team during your booking. 

    Booking and Payment process with Alpine Eco Trek

    To make your booking experience easier, the booking and payment process with Alpine Eco Trek is made simple. Any type of a booking can be done via our website or by email, and the payment process via bank transfer. A 10 percent deposit of the total price is required at least 15 days before arrival in order to book and reserve your permits, accommodation, transportation, and guide. The rest of the amount can be paid upon arrival with credit card or cash.

    As a government authorized and registered trekking and adventure operator in Nepal, Alpine Eco Trek has been organizing adventures in Nepal for over two decades. For further reference, you can find us through our government register number: 1907/071. Alpine Eco Trek is also associated with various travel and trek organizations trying to improve the tourism sector in Nepal.

    Personal Expenses 

    While during the trek breakfast, lunch and dinner are included you might want to buy something extra to drink or to snack on. This can create personal expenses that are not included in your package. That is why it is always recommended to bring some extra cash with you at all times. There are no ATMs available during the trek so make sure to withdraw while being in Kathmandu before your flight to Lukla.

    Last-Minute Booking

    Having a last-minute decision to trek to Everest Base Camp? Now with Alpine Eco Trek, you can make a last-minute booking for the horse riding holidays to Everest Base Camp. This can be done one day prior to the start of the trip and the total payment should be made during the booking. Last-minute bookings can cost a bit more due to emergency permit applications and last-minute reservations. Do note that with Alpine Eco Trek last minute booking is not possible for any of our Tibet or Bhutan trips.

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