Everest base camp trekking Itinerary


  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m).

    We hope it’s a fine day when you are flying into Kathmandu, if it is; your tour begins right from the clouds itself. The sights from the windows of your jet shows us shimmering snow-capped mountain peaks spread out below us, giving us the first thrills of a vacation just begun, sparking off a whole reaction of unforgettable experiences that hang on to us for a long while. As soon as your plane hits the tarmac of Tribhuwan International Airport, an Alpine Eco Trek office representative and driver will be on standby to meet and greet you at the Airport and escort you to your hotel. The rep will help you check into your designated hotel, and after going to our rooms and refreshing ourselves we will be briefed about our daily activities. The rest of your time is free to stroll down the neighborhood and get the hang of your surroundings. At eventide, we will meet our senior trek guide who will brief the group about details related to our trek. We then head downtown for a delicious welcome Nepalese dinner & as you enjoy your meal, you will be entertained with a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles. Your first overnight in the ancient city of temples, probably the most in the world. 

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: hotel
    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1,350m
  • Day 02 Rest day or a cultural tour of Kathmandu valley.

    After a good night’s sleep and enjoying a hearty b/fast, we proceed for our tour of Basantapur Durbar Square. Recorded by UNESCO as a cultural World Heritage site, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a bunch of medieval temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. within this square we will find Hanumandhoka Palace Museum, Taleju Temple, Kumari Ghar (House of the Living Goddess), Kasthamandap and other temples and buildings as old as the city itself; from here we head for a tour of the famous Boudhanath Stupa {said to be the largest in the world) and a major centre of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. The stupa is designed to be like a giant mandala (a representation of the Buddhist cosmos).

    We next drive down to Swayambhunath {popularly known as Monkey Temple} “Swayambhu” means “self-created” and refers to the myth that the hill sprung up suddenly from a great lake that once covered Kathmandu Valley. Our next destination is Pashupatinath Temple. This temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Shiva and is said to be the most holy Hindu shrine in Nepal.

    We then wrap up our Heritage tour with a trip to Patan which is one of the three medieval cities in Kathmandu and a destination for connoisseurs of great arts. We return back to our hotel, refresh, and maybe do some shopping, have an early supper and retire to bed, most probably.

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: hotel
    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1,350m
  • Day 03 Fly from KTM to Lukla (2,880m), and trek to Phakding (2,640m), 4 hrs walking.

    After resting well with a good night’s sleep, we wake up for an early breakfast, and get into our vehicle for a drive to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Hillary’s Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway from where our trip begins. After a scenic 40 minute flight above the stunning green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. Perhaps, this is one of the most beautiful sky zones in the world which culminates in a remarkable landing on a hillock surrounded by towering mountains peaks. On touchdown, we meet the other crew members and after some sorting and packing arrangements, we start our trek through the somewhat wealthy village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if you are interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. This is our first Overnight in Phakding. All meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L and D).

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house
    • Place: Lukla,Phakding
    • Altitude: 2,880m,2,640m
  • Day 04 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.

    Walking through a lovely pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch superb scenes of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. At this juncture, we stop at Chautara to admire the views. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading centre of this region. Overnight in Namche [Las Vegas of the Khumbu] – B. L. D.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house
    • Place: Namche Bazaar
    • Altitude: 3,445m
  • Day 05 Acclimatization day, hike to Everest view hotel.

    This is a day to Rest in Namche. After breakfast, we do a leisurely hike to Everest view hotel which is 1000m higher than Namche Bazaar. Everest view hotel offers a brilliant viewpoint of the Himalayans giants including Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dabalam. On the way back to our guest house, we visit a Sherpa museum. Mountain experts sa:, hike higher sleep lower so this would be a worthy walk to get some good acclimatization. Overnight at our guest house with all meals.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house
    • Place: Namche Bazaar
    • Altitude: 3,445m
  • Day 06 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.

    After enjoying our breakfast in Namche, we hit the trail towards Tengboche enjoying superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up views of Thamserku. Our trek follows on the gradual trail with some ups and downs overlooking magnificent views of the great Himalaya.

    Along the way we can spot wild fauna like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sanasa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga we then have a little tough climb steep up through the pine forests while before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and the biggest Buddhist Monastery in Khumbu region is found here. Overnight stay at our lodge in Tengboche – B. L. D.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house
    • Place: Tengboche
    • Altitude: 3,860m
  • Day 07 Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,250m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.

    After breakfast, our high & wild day starts with an easy and pleasant hike through peaceful and beautiful forest to Deboche, then we continue to Pangboche where we have our afternoon meal (lunch). After lunch, we walk relatively uphill to Dingboche which is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Stay overnight at lodge with all meals.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house
    • Place: Dingboche
    • Altitude: 4,250m
  • Day 08 Rest day at Dingboche (4,250m).

    This is a day to haul up and rest without being idle. We can stroll around the village and get pally with the local folks with some interesting conversations. This will give us deep insights into the lifestyles and cultures of the local folks in this region. At the same time we can also relish the landscapes that surround us and we can also catch up on some reading. Our acclimatizing gets a further boost with our hike to Chhukung village. we then do a steep climb up to Chhukung Ri at 5550m [if we feel like it] and as we top it with gasping breath we soon realize the gritty climb was worth the go; the rewards are as lovely as it comes with the natural beauty that greets us for our efforts, the jaw-dropping vistas of Cho Oyu at 8201m, Pumori at 7161m, the gigantic Lhotse wall at 8400m, Amadablam at 6812m, Makalu at 8481m & Baruntse at 7129m all put together set our hearts on top gear as it skips a beat while watching these massive peaks. Overnight at our lodge in Dingboche – B. L. D.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house
    • Place: Dingboche
    • Altitude: 4,250m
  • Day 09 Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,900m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.

    We enjoy a hot breakfast at our guest house, & then we start our onward journey which takes us north for up to 50-minutes until we come to a mani-prayer Stupa and then take a downward path to Pheriche village. Today's walk offers views of Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After a two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of the Khumbu glacier. We bunk out overnight at our lodge in Lobuche with all meals inclusive.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house
    • Place: Lobuche
    • Altitude: 4,900m
  • Day 10 Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) via Gorakshep (5,150m), 8 hrs walking.

    We enjoy a piping hot breakfast at our guest house, trek up the valley following a rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below the Khumbu glacier. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. Now the trail winds through a rocky path by the Khumbu glacier. The views of Nuptse, Lhotse and Khumbutse appear in front of us. We crash out overnight at our lodge in Gorakshep with all meals.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house
    • Place: Everest Base Camp,Gorakshep
    • Altitude: 5,364m,5,150m
  • Day 11 Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapathar (5,545m) and then to Pheriche (4,240m), 7 hrs walking.

    Today is the most important part of our trip. We start early at dawn to catch the dramatic views from Kalapatthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to expose itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kalapatthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to click pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kalapatthar. From here, we scuttle to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kalapathar rocks and our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan views, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we possibly can with our camera so they can last a lifetime. After this we make our way back to Pheriche with a slow descent; for a good night’s rest which we truly deserve. Overnight at a local lodge after a great day with all meals.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house
    • Place: Kalapathar,Pheriche
    • Altitude: 5,545m,4,240m
  • Day 12 Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3,860m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.

    We have our hot Breakfast at the guest house & then trek down to Tengboche, this is a small village with a quiet famous monastery offering splendid views of Ama Dablam, lush green hills and river views. We stay overnight at our lodge in Tengboche with all meals.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house
    • Place: Tengboche
    • Altitude: 3,860m
  • Day 13 Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3,445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.

    After a healthy Breakfast at the guest house, the walk from Tengboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is truly scenic on a long winding path. En route we will visit the traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. From Khumjung village, another 30 minute walk brings us to the village of Khunde. We stay overnight at our lodge in the happening Namche Bazaar with all meals.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house
    • Place: Namche Bazaar
    • Altitude: 3,445m
  • Day 14 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,880m), 6 to 7 hours walking.

    Today, we begin to get warmed up by the light cool breeze. Although we are traveling the same route down, we enjoy completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We take time and walk at our own pace today as this is the last day of our trek. We experience the Sherpa villages' impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayer flags while we walk through the villages. Upon arrival in Lukla, we have plenty of time to relax, stretch those aching legs, and recall the experiences of the last couple of days. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with truly happy faces!

    Upon arrival in Lukla, we stroll around while our leader will re-confirm our flight ticket. In the evening, we enjoy a last dinner with our crew and make it a celebration night which calls for a great party. This is our last night on these lovely mountains that were home to us all of these weeks. After enjoying some local mountain beer [chhang – fermented millet] & enjoying a special meal, we retire for the night at our Lodge with all meals.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house
    • Place: Lukla
    • Altitude: 2,880m
  • Day 15 Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.

    Today, after a hale and hearty b/fast, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our hotel. If interested, we could buy some gifts to take home from Nepal for loved ones and friends and relatives; we can visit some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods. This short excursion either can be assisted by Alpine Eco Trek guides or we can do it ourselves too. If we want to explore any other areas in Kathmandu, we have to manage time for this today as well! At eventide, we will attend an exciting celebration dinner together for successfully completing our original EVEREST Base Camp trek hosted by Alpine Eco Trek & Expedition! Overnight in Kathmandu, the valley of the gods, they say (B, D).

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1350m
  • Day 16 Drive to the Airport to head back to that special place we call ‘home’’.

    After breakfast, our rep and office vehicle will be on standby at our hotel to transfer us to the airport for our connecting flight home. Serving you was an honour and pleasure, we at Alpine Eco Trek will treasure the bonds of our friendship created over the time you spent with us and we thank you for choosing us as your travel operator and visiting our incredible country Nepal. We know that trekking in this striking region of the Khumbu [Everest region] will give you lifetime memories of a vacation well enjoyed. Adieu friends! Till we meet again.