Everest Base Camp Trek 18 Days

This 14 days trek begins with an "eye opening" flight to Lukla at 9,200 feet.  The trek passes through the picturesque Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar, Thengobche, Dingboche and to Gorak Shep culminating in the "ascent" of Kala Pattar (18,000 ft.) from where classic views of Everest and its surrounding peaks are available.   Most of the trek is spent above altitudes of 9,800 ft. in the Khumbu region whose skylines is dominated by the massive peaks of the Eastern Himalaya.

During the trek, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the culture of the Sherpas, visit ancient monasteries and learn how Lamaistic Buddhism influences Sherpa life.  Stop at any of the numerous tea houses sip a glass of sweetened tea or Chang (millet beer) and get a taste of hospitality unique to the Sherpas

Beautiful, multi-hued prayer flags, prayer wheels and intricately-carved Mani stones line every hilltop, rock wall and trail side singing prayers to the gods with every breeze and every passing traveler.

Besides the trek, you also ahe 4 days in Kathmandu, (2 days before and 2 days after the trek), so you can prepare for trekking before the trek, as well as cushion day at the end in case of if the flight delays from Lukla to Kathmandu.

 
 
 
 
  • Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu (4,593 ft.)
  • Day 02 Final preparation for trekking , Kathmandu
  • Day 03 Fly to Lukla (9,383 ft.) and trek to Phakding (9,200 ft)
  • Day 04 Trek Phakding - Namche (11,500 ft.)
  • Day 05 Trek Namche - Thami (12,500 ft.)
  • Day 06 Trek Thami - Khumjung (14,430 ft.)
  • Day 07 Trek Khumjung - Tengboche (12,500 ft.)
  • Day 08 Trek Tengboche - Dingboche (14,432 ft.)
  • Day 09 Acclimazationi Day - Dingboche
  • Day 10 Trek Dingboche - Lobuje (16,170 ft.)
  • Day 11 Trek Lobuje -Ghorakshep (16,942 ft.)
  • Day 12 Trek Ghorakshep-Kalapatter-Lobuje (16,170 ft.)
  • Day 13 Trek Lobuje - Tengboche (12,500 ft.)
  • Day 14 Trek Tengboche - Namche (11,500 ft.)
  • Day 15 Trek Namche - Lukla
  • Day 16 Fly Lukla - Kahtmandu and tranfer to hotel.
  • Day 17 At leisure in Kathmandu.
  • Day 18 Kathmandu - U.S. or an extension trip
 

Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu (4,593 ft.)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu a Third Eye Travel's  representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your Hotel.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02 Final preparation for trekking , Kathmandu

MEAL: Breakfast

Free day in Kathmandu to make the final preparations for your trek or do some exploring on your  own.  We will be happy to arrange sightseeing tours of the valley for you if you desire. Please ask  for this service with our airport representative upon arrival.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03 Fly to Lukla (9,383 ft.) and trek to Phakding (9,200 ft)

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Early morning transfer to airport for flight to Lukla. The flight into Lukla is a lifetime experience, in itself.  The airfield on a slope and the difference between the  two ends of the runway is about 195 feet! Meet with your sirdar and the rest of the crew.  You  will need to identify your luggage which is to be made into loads, and the Sirdat will load these onto pack animals or get it ready for your team of porters.  

After lunch trek for a few hours along the Dudh Kosi river to the village of Phakding at 9200 ft.

Overnight at Lodge.

Day 04 Trek Phakding - Namche (11,500 ft.)

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

The trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Jorsale, where the trail officially enters the Sagarmatha National Park. There is an entrance station just beyond the village where trekking  permits are checked.

Continue along the trail, crossing the Bhote Kosi River to begin the steep climb up to Namche Bazaar  at 11,500 ft., the administrative center of the Sagarmatha National Park and the hub of Sherpa society.  Remember to look out for glimpses of Mt. Everest from the trail on the way to Everest.

Overnight at Lodge.

Day 05 Trek Namche - Thami (12,500 ft.)

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

A moderately easy and beautiful walk to the  village of Thame 12,500 feet., situated at an important junction along the old primary trade route to and from Tibet via the Nangpa La (pass).  The trail leads west past a large array of prayer flags and Mani stones - some of them very picturesque.  After the village of Thomde the trail descends to the river and makes a steep climb to Thame, about 4  hours from Namche.

Overnight at Lodge.

Day 06 Trek Thami - Khumjung (14,430 ft.)

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Morning visit to Thame Monastery, then trek to the serene Sherpa village of Khunde and Khumjung.

Overnight at Lodge.

Day 07 Trek Khumjung - Tengboche (12,500 ft.)

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

This morning the trail leads past the large Sherpa settlement of Khumjung and then descends deep into the Dudh Kosi Valley at Pungki Thanka.  The trail then ascends the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Thyangboche at 12500 feet, home to the famous Thengboche Monastery, spiritual center of the Khumbu.  The climb is long but, more than adequately compensated by views of  Mt. Amadablam and on clear days views of Mt. Everest and it surrounding peaks. Amadablam means "Mother's Charm Box" and is named after the little box that Sherpa women wear around their necks. It is also one of the most beautiful mountains in the Himalaya.

Overnight at Lodge.

Day 08 Trek Tengboche - Dingboche (14,432 ft.)

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Descend through a beautiful forest then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures to Dingboche.

Overnight Lodge.

Day 09 Acclimazationi Day - Dingboche

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

This day will be spent acclimatizing.  You can spend the day doing laundry or you can take a short  hike to Chukkung Valley.  This valley is a summer pasture and contains a temporary settlement for herders of the Khumbu and is at 14,400 ft.  The views from Chukkung and beyond are tremendous.

Overnight at Lodge.

Day 10 Trek Dingboche - Lobuje (16,170 ft.)

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Trek along a broad valley floor to Dughla, leaving behind the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche 13,900 ft. A western volunteer doctor, supported by The Himalayan Rescue Association is stationed here and offers treatment and consultation to trekkers.  Continue up the valley gaining altitude.  Come out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures at Lobuche.

Overnight at Lodge.

Day 11 Trek Lobuje -Ghorakshep (16,942 ft.)

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After a short climb through meadows, look down on the Khumbu Glacier. Straight ahead is Kalapattar - the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks.  Trek to Gorakshep and prepare for tomorrow's ascent of Kalapattar at 18,187 ft.

If the weather is good, just hike to Kalapattar in the afternoon. You don't want to miss the opportunity, since you won't know tomorrow's weather. If the weather is not good, then you may like to to hike to Everest Base Camp. The Base Camp is usually used by expedition teams and you don't see the Everest from  from Base Camp.

Overnight at Lodge in Ghorakshep.

Day 12 Trek Ghorakshep-Kalapatter-Lobuje (16,170 ft.)

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

This morning, those who are able will hike up Kala Pattar for unobstructed views of Everest and its surrounding peaks. Most of the famous photographs of Everest were taken from atop this "bump" on the landscape. In the afternoon, retrace your steps to Lobuche.

Overnight at lodge.

Day 13 Trek Lobuje - Tengboche (12,500 ft.)

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Follow the main Khumbu Valley down to Pheriche, site of the Himalayan Rescue Association's Trekkers' Aid Post. Easy walk along the Imja Khola with a visit to  the gompa at Pangboche, then a short climb up to the Thengboche Monastery.

Overnight at Lodge.

Day 14 Trek Tengboche - Namche (11,500 ft.)

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

The trail descends steeply towards Pungki Thanka and another steep climb to Namche Bazaar.

Overnight at Lodge.

Day 15 Trek Namche - Lukla

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla to catch your return 

flight to Kathmandu. Weather permitting your trekking crew might prepare a farewell treat for you.  

Overnight Kathmandu.

Day 16 Fly Lukla - Kahtmandu and tranfer to hotel.

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Fly Lukla Kathmandu. You will be met at the Kathmandu airport and transferred to hotel.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 17 At leisure in Kathmandu.

MEAL: Breakfast

At leisure in Kathmandu. You  may like to take an optional tour in and around Kathmandu.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

Day 18 Kathmandu - U.S. or an extension trip

MEAL: Breakfast

Transfer to airport and fly to U.S. or an extend your trip to Bhutan, India or Myanmar or other destinations in Asia.