Everest Base Camp & Kalapathar Trek

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Annapurna Encounter offers trekking around high valleys of Khumbu in the Everest region, journey to Everest Base Camp & Kalapathar in the world’s highest country in between towering high peaks of Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,460 m, Nuptse 7,145 m, Kwangde 6,160 m, Kangtenga 6,320 m, Tharmasarkhu 6,145 m, Mt. Pumori 7,125 m and the majestic Mt. Ama Dablam 6,645 meters, never ending views of these snow capped mountains throughout this trip to Everest Base Camp & Kalapathar.

Everest Base Camp & Kalapathar adventure starts with a short scenic flight to Lukla town, the door to Everest area from Lukla begins the real trekking passing several traditional Sherpa villages with their rich old culture and custom with awe inspiring scenery on the walk following the glacial Dudh Kosi river upstream and reaching the famous Sherpa’s capital at Namche Bazaar, with all kinds of modern facilities, hotels, lodge, restaurants, bakery, Cyber café, post office and banks.

From Namche heading higher through beautiful serene woodlands of rhododendron, birch, pines and firs tree lines with tremendous views of high snow capped mountain during the walk every day, visiting the famous Tengboche monastery surrounded by high mountains and then slowly reaching at Everest base camp facing the notorious Khumbu ice falls and glaciers and then a climb to Kalapathar at 5,545 meters the highest point of this trips for mind blowing views of surrounding high peaks with Mt. Everest at a stone throw distance, after an enjoyable and memorable time at Everest Base Camp & Kalapathar heading back to Lukla and into tree lines for the sweeping scenic flight back to Kathmandu with great service of Annapurna Encounter.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode : Hotels & Lodge basis
  • Total Trip : 15 /16 days
  • Higest Point : 5,545 meters at Kalapathar
  • Trip Grade : Moderate to adventurous
  • Season : All season except July and August

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding 30 minutes flight 03 hrs walk.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m -06 hrs.
Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization..
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche 3,867m -05 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche 4,430 m - 05 hrs
Day 07: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization - 05 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche 4,840 m - 05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,360 m via Gorakshep – 06 hrs.
Day 10: Hike to Kalapathar from Gorakshep 5,180 m trek to Pheriche - 06hrs
Day 11: Trek to Tengboche via Pangboche village 3,900 m – 05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Monjo village 2,860 m – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla - 05 hrs with afternoon free at leisure.
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu rest day free for individual activities.
Day 15: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Day 16: Depart Kathmandu for international departure.

In Kathmandu optional activities and extension to other interesting places:
Para Gliding- Rafting at – Bhote Kosi, Trisuli River - Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport our AE staff will receive with a transfer to hotel in the hub of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting place with shops, stores, international standard restaurants. Our guide will meet and inform you with details of the hotels and trekking to Everest Base Camp & Kalapathar and more.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding 30 minutes flight- 03 hrs walk.
Early morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for the super scenic flight on smaller aircraft Dornier or Twin otter to Lukla with awesome panorama views array of snow capped mountains from Ganesh-Langtang-Jugal Himal, Gaurishanker, Numbur and Mt. Everest with Nuptse, Lhotse, after half an hour reaching at Lukla at 2,820 meters the starting point of Everest trekking and mountaineering expeditions begins from this busy town of Lukla, after a break and rest, starting the first day walk through Lukla bazaar with shops, stores, restaurants and number of well built lodge and hotels, and then on downhill walk for an hour with gradual winding trail with few ups and down passing many smaller villages and farm fields with view of Kusum kanguru and Kwangde peaks going around clockwise on Buddhist mani (prayer) walls and monument to reach at Phakding village for the first overnight in Khumbu area. Phakding located by the glacial Dudh Kosi River.

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m -06 hrs.
Starting the fresh morning walk with pleasant uphill following the Dudh Kosi River and re-crossing the same river few times as the walk progress to reach at a nice Monjo village with views of Tharmasarkhu peak and the sacred peak of Khumbila at 5,865m (the patron God of Khumbu area) from here heading down to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park after registration of Park & TIMS permits (Trekking Information Management System) which all trekkers must have to travel in the Nepal Himalayan region, here with information centre which is interesting to learn of the Khumbu area and its mountains and culture.
From here leading to cross a bridge over Dudh Kosi and arriving at Jorsalle the last village before Namche Bazaar of 2-3 hrs walking distance, stopping here probably for lunch break, afternoon walk leads on the river valley for sometime on reaching the last high bridge an uphill climb for 1-2 hours to reach our overnight destination at Namche, walking on the winding uphill through nice pines, firs and rhododendron woodland, chances of seeing some wildlife like Impeyan pheasant Danfe (Lopoforous) a colorful big bird which is Nepal national bird.
After a tiring climb finally reaching at Namche Bazaar with colored roofs houses set in huge U shaped with views of Kwangde Himal and Tharmasarkhu peak, here check into nice clean comfortable and cozy lodge for overnight stop for 2 nights.

Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.
A full rest day here for acclimatization at this high altitude of 3,440 meters before heading higher destination, Namche bazaar full of shops, stores, pubs and restaurants, post office, banks, cyber café with fresh bakery, this place is flooded with locals for shopping fresh supplies in Saturday market. Namche offers places for short or day hike to neighboring scenic areas up to Syangboche small airstrip and towards famous Everest View Hotel, Khunde and Khumjung village on the wide glacial valley beneath Mt. Khumbila or long hike to Tamo and Thame towards west, but the best thing is to 30 minutes climb the top ridge of Namche for aerial view of Namche bazaar and the surrounding mountain panorama with first view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and the majestic peak of Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Tharmasarkhu, Kwangde and Pachermo towards west, here visit the museum with information on flora / fauna, Sherpa traditions, culture and of mountaineering history of Khumbu area.

Day 05: Trek to Tengboche 3,867m -05 hours.
After a fine rest in Namche morning walk leads to a small climb at the top ridge and then on the gentle winding trail with few ups and down along with the great superb views of Mt. Everest and adjoining mountains, walk leads further with constant scenery of mountains rivers and dales in the forested area of alpine vegetations, after few hours, descending to Imjatse River at Phunge Tenga a small place for lunch stop located in the midst of conifer woodland.
From here 2 hours climb through the dense tree lines of pines, firs and rhododendron with awesome views of snow clad peaks and finally reaching the picturesque spot at Tengboche Monastery area with grand panorama of mountains that encircles this small place and towards north view of Mt. Everest and the stunning close face of Mt. Ama Dablam, with afternoon free to visit this interesting monastery and the museum.

Day 06: Trek to Dingboche 4,430 m - 05 hrs.
From Tengboche walk continues with a downhill through nice pleasant forest passing lovely place of Deoboche with Buddhist nunnery area and rows of prayer walls and then leading to cross a bridge over raging deep Imjatse river, after the bridge a gradual climb with awesome post card view of Ama Dablam peak and then reaching Pangboche village, this is the last permanent Sherpa village of this area, further on with only temporary settlement to cater the needs of the trekkers.
After Pangboche walk is moderate and then a steep climb up to Somare a small settlement with lodge and shops, a popular place for lunch spot on route Pheriche and Dingboche, with a lunch break here afternoon can be quite chilly with cold breeze and wind from here onwards, walking slowly on the gentle up with close view of Ama Dablam after few hours of good walk leading to a cross a bridge and with steep up for an hour and then a pleasant walk to Dingboche for overnight stop in this beautiful Imjatse valley with views of Island / Imjatse peak towards East of the valley along with Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawache and the North Face of Ama Dablam which looks totally different from this northern side.

Day 07: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization - 05 hours.
Another rest day for acclimatization which is important at this altitude so that everyone stay fit and healthy to reach our destination and highlight of this trip to base camp and climb to highest point at Kalapatthar. At Dingboche side trip as option a hike to Chukung is quite time consuming of 4-5 hours to and from, great and best thing is do, take a leisure hike for an hour or two on top of the hills of Imjatse valley at Nagarjun adding at least 400 meters with super views of surrounding high snow capped mountains including the worlds 5th highest
Mt. Makalu towards east, afternoon free at leisure enjoying short stroll around Dingboche.

Day 08: Trek to Lobuche 4,840 m - 05 hrs.
With 2 nights at Dingboche feeling refreshing, from here getting closer to our destinations, starting the morning walk with a slow climb to the first top ridge above Dingboche with Buddhist monuments and prayer flags with grand views of surrounding snow capped peaks as far to Mt. Makalu in the east, and then on the pleasant trail for few hours with gradual uphill looking down at Pheriche and the valley beneath the peaks of Tawache and Cholatse, and with first view of Mt. Pumori and reaching at Thugla for lunch stop, a small place with 2-3 small lodges located at the end of Khumbu glacier where it melts and starts into a raging Dudh Kosi River. After a nice break a steep up for an hour or less on the ridge top lined with tombs and memorial of unfortunate climbers on the mountaineering expeditions on Everest and other mountains of Khumbu area, from here a nice walk with slight up to reach at Lobuche for overnight halt with views of Nuptse and Changtse peak which lies into Tibet side over Lho la mountain ridge.

Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,360 m via Gorakshep - 06 hrs.
Today towards our final destination and the highlight of this wonderful trip to Everest Base Camp, starting earlier to reach base camp and back to Gorakshep on time, as this will be one of the longest day trek heading North slowly past the metrological glass Pyramid station nearby, managed by Nepal and Italy government geologist, and then the walk leads through rocky moraine above Khumbu glacier to reach Gorakshep after 2-3 hours of walks, Gorakshep located on route Everest Base Camp beneath Kalapatthar rocky hill and towering Mt. Pumori with 3-4 lodges, after a break here continue walk towards east for few hours on the moraine of rocks with few hard ground and then on the icy glacier reaching to our goal at Everest base camp with awesome views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Changtse, Lho-la Lingtren and of Pumori Everest is hidden behind these high peaks and then looking at notorious Khumbu ice falls, after a wonderful moment feeling high spirit on reaching the highlight of this trip, base camp is flooded with expeditions camps during high season of April to May.
After a time here return back to Gorakshep for overnight stop after 5-6 hours of steady and tiring walk due to high altitude.

Day 10: Hike to Kalapatthar and trek to Pheriche - 06 hrs
Early morning 2 hours hike to the top of rocky summit of Kalapatthar at 5,545 meters the highest spot of this trip offering glorious views of surrounding mountains that encircles this amazing spot with Mt. Everest at near distance after an enjoyable and hard climb return trek back to Gorakshep and continue walk downhill to Pheriche reaching back at Thugla and from here the route diverts towards the valley floor on almost flat ground walking for an hour more on this windy valley reaching at Pheriche for overnight stop. Pheriche with views of surrounding peaks and with medical facilities at HRA post (Himalayan Rescue Association).

Day 11: Trek to Tengboche via Pangboche village 3,900 m - 05 hrs.
From Pheriche after the base camp and climb of Kalapatthar today’s walk is easier on the downhill path with few ups on route, walk leads to cross the river and with 40 minutes climb to a ridge and then downhill to Pangboche and then back to green vegetation and tree lines after the bridge, from here leading to a climb for few hours to Tengboche for overnight stop.

Day 12: Trek to Monjo village 2,860 m - 06 hrs.
Retrace the journey back to Monjo on loosing much altitude through Lobesa, Shanasa after a short climb from the river at Phungetenga and then to Namche Bazaar, after a rest here continue walk downhill to river bed and after crossing two bridges back at Monjo for overnight stop.

Day 13: Trek to Lukla - 05 hrs with afternoon free at leisure.
Today the last leg of the trek with pleasant walk on the winding trail passing several villages of Benkar, Toc-toc and Phakding and then Ghat, from Choplong village where the trail from Jiri joins with the last climb for an hour or more to reach at Lukla for last dinner and overnight with the guides and porters.

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu rest day free for individual activities.
As per the flight time to Kathmandu, a short walk to Lukla airport terminal in the early morning, on boarding the smaller plane 30 minutes of sweeping flight with parallel views of mountains all the way to Kathmandu, at Kathmandu transfer to hotel after a short drive around Thamel area, with whole day free as per the time of return flight from Lukla.

Day 15: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu in case of flight delay due to bad weather as the Himalayan weather are unpredictable sometimes if all goes well as per the planned itinerary, morning guided sightseeing tour at places of interest. Kathmandu city and the surrounding valley steeped with history, culture. Kathmandu is full of World Heritage Sites with old Temples, Monasteries, Stupas, Royal Courtyard and Palaces, afternoon free at leisure for souvenirs shopping.

Day 16: International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in Nepal with memorable moment and awesome experience and good time with Annapurna Encounter services, as per the international flight time our AE staff will transfer you to airport for the flight back home or to respective countries.

In the world’s highest Mt. Everest base camp with views of Khumbu icefalls
visiting Khumbu Sherpa’s village enriched with old tradition and culture
pristine forest of rhododendron, pines, firs and birch trees with flora & fauna
climb of Kalapathar with super views of mountains and Mt. Everest
rich Buddhist culture, religion, monasteries in the shade of snow capped peaks