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Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world at 8848 m above sea level. This Short Everest Base Camp Trek follows in the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary, and you will pass numerous Sherpa valleys before you reach Everest Base Camp. The trail winds its way through Sagarmatha National Park, home to several 8000-meter peaks tiny airstrip of Lukla is the gateway of the trek to Everest base camp. Pass outstanding Sherpa valleys and the bustling towns of Sherpa people, Namche Bazaar and Khumjung. The trail is dominated by the rhododendron forest and some of the Himalayan fauna can be seen. The monasteries, Chhortens, and mani walls are common scenery along the trail of Everest base camp.
The glacial moraine trail at the upper part makes the journey adventurous. Enjoy the views of the magnificent Himalayas. Trek in just a little more than one week, you can trek up to the exceptional viewpoint of Sangboche, witness the stunning Everest view at sunset and experience the breathtaking mountain scenery of the Khumbu. A memorable small-plane mountain flight from Kathmandu to the airstrip at Lukla provides access to an alpine world. Tour the famous Namche Bazaar, the primary town of the Everest or Khumbu region, with government offices, ATMs, internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colorful market. Hike up to Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and others. Don’t miss out on your chance to experience the best of the Himalayas. Trekking enthusiasts find the alpine setting blissful and spiritually solacing. Acclimatization is part of the Everest base camp trek to avoid altitude sickness. The Everest base camp trek’s best seasons are March to May and September to November. Enjoy the best Nepal tour.
We take an early morning flight to Lukla, where all Everest treks begin. We meet the rest of our team in Lukla and start trekking from there. We walk on a trail that gradually descends to Cheplung village from where we get a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila, a sacred mountain that has never been climbed. From here, we gradually descend until Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
Our trail passes through a pine forest and we continue our walk on the trail that goes north up the Benkar valley. We cross the Dudh Koshi River and pass Chumoa and Monjo villages before reaching the entrance of the Everest National Park. Then after crossing a suspension bridge, we pass Jorsale village and walk alongside the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. We ascend on a steep trail and reach Namche Bazaar, probably the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Today we’ll tour Namche Bazaar, the primary town of the Everest or Khumbu region, with government offices, ATMs, internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colorful market. We can hike up to Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and so on. If we are interested in a day hike, we can trek to Khumjung village. Today we also visit the Hillary School and a monastery that houses a yeti scalp! Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
The trek to Phunki is an easy walk. From here we ascend towards Tengboche village which houses the very famous Tengboche monastery which is the biggest monastery in the Everest region. It is located within the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery is blessed with panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. The Tengboche Monastery opens at 3:00 pm, so if we reach there by 3 o’clock we can observe a Buddhist religious ceremony. Overnight in Tengboche
Our trail descends and passes through lush forests of birch, conifer, and rhododendron trees. While trekking, we can admire good views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. We walk downhill to Debuche and cross the Imja River to reach Pangboche. We choose the upper Pangboche trail and admire the Himalayan vista and the Pangboche Monastery. We continue our walk to the Imja Valley and Lobuche River before ascending to Dingboche. It is a picturesque village with beautiful barley, potato, and buckwheat field complete with grazing animals dotted along with those fields.
We ascend to the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail passes through boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara, a ridge providing spectacular mountain views. The top of the ridge is filled with prayer flags and stones, memorial shrines for climbers who lost their lives on Mt. Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we face several great peaks including Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, and Mahalangur Himal. As we are crossing Khumbu Glacier we can also see Mt. Nuptse. Overnight in Lobuche.
The trek to Everest Base Camp is not very difficult. However, we ascend and descend mostly on a glacier path. There is also a lot of meandering on rough terrains. As we reach the base camp, we enjoy the incredible melt patterns and admire the gently rounded ice towers on the upper part of the Khumbu glacier. The Everest Base Camp is stunningly beautiful. We can enjoy amazing views of Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori mountains from the base camp. After soaking in the beauty, we walk back towards Gorak Shep where we spend the night. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
We wake up early for the walk up to Kala Patthar. It is dark outside with cold temperatures and most likely chilly winds. We walk on a fairly steep trail at a comfortable pace. As we are climbing up the hill we can see Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse mountains. The view from the summit is outstanding. We can see the world’s tallest mountain Everest and other mighty Himalayan peaks. After spending some time at the summit of Kala Patthar, we walk back to Gorak Shep which is relatively easier than hiking up to Kala Patthar. Trekkers who visit the Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast as the hike up to the Everest base camp takes longer than the hike to Kala Patthar. After returning to Gorak Shep, both groups will have lunch together. After lunch, we descend to Pheriche to spend the night. Overnight in Pheriche.
Today, we lose approximately 2,000 feet in elevation and walk on a trail with many ups and downs. We descend through a hillside filled with rhododendron and juniper trees and cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. We descend rapidly through pine forests where we can easily spot mountain goats, pheasants, and other wild animals and birds common to the area. The path eventually reaches Sansa from where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Nuptse mountains. We walk on winding trails followed by another walk through a forest before reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
We begin our trek to Namche Bazaar today on rocky terrain. It is mostly a downhill trek on a trail alongside the Dudh Koshi River. We cross several suspension bridges, and pass by several monasteries and villages before reaching Lukla. After getting Lukla, we spend the rest of the day taking rest as today will be our last day in the mountains. Overnight in Lukla.
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping and sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
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