Everest soaring peak is so high that trekking to its base camp is still once in lifetime experience and considered as one of world’s top adventure destination in the Himalayas. Everest base camp trek offers an ultimate challenge and awards a sense of achievement bringing you so close to its peak. This trek can a great introductory bid for expedition to Everest.
Everest region boasts awe-inspiring scenery with parades of sparkling peaks, incredible glaciers and age-old monasteries along with long fabled Sherpa culture and history. The teahouse along the trail are highly organized that remain busier every year. The hospitality of local Sherpa is legendry and religious celebration of festival like Rimdu Mask festival are always worth exploring.
EBC trek offers breathtaking scenery, pristine mountain views, and exceptional high and low trails. Its immaculate beauty is sure to capture your heart as your trek through some of the most remarkable landscapes in the world. The snow-capped peaks above the Khumbu Glacier are unforgettable and the view of Mount Everest from the summit of Kala Patthar (5545m) is sure to take your breath away.
Everest trek begins in Lukla (2800m) after a short trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to the Tenzing-Hilary Airport. You will begin trekking through the village of Chhaurikhara passing colorful mani walls, stupas and prayer wheels along the way, and reach Phakding. Negotiating several uphill section, you will soon arrive in the bustling and beautiful Namche Bazaar, which is the perfect place to acclimatize and rest. During your acclimatization day, you can visit the neighboring village of Shyangboche and Everest View Hotel, the highest situated hotel in the world.
Next day, we procced for Tengboche (3870m) and walk through the villages of Kenjuma and Sansa. We then trek to Lobuche (4930m) and Gorak Shep (5160m) to make our final ascent to Everest Base Camp, the point where the world’s highest Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon starts. The final day of climb to Mount Everest Base Camp over the boulder-strewn moraines can be strenuous but very gratifying for the sense of achievement and great scenery. A pre-dawn climb to Kala Patthar offers surreal view of Everest, the South Col, Nuptse and the lower glacier. The comfortable four days downhill trek uses an alternative lower route staying in different villages.
The expert team of Himalayan Joy Adventure along with knowledgeable guides will offer you support and information about the trails, villages, and landscapes to enhance your trekking experience. At Himalayan Joy Adventure, we aim to create an itinerary that will fit all of your needs while still providing sufficient time to acclimatize to the high altitudes and fully enjoy your Everest Base Camp trip experience. We welcome you to explore this truly amazing destination with us and experience an adventure of a lifetime and are fully committed to providing excellent services for all of our clients.Himalayan Joy Adventurespecializes in providing best services for this region.
Best seasons for trekking in Everest
Though EBC trek is possible to conduct throughout the year, the best time of the year to trek Everest is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The temperature during these seasons are good and so are the views.
Physical and Experience Requirements
Rated as moderately difficult trail, this trek is suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk for 6-7 hours a day on a rugged mountain terrain. Some part of trekking trail might test you endurance capacity. Travelers can engage in cardiovascular exercise and shot hiking trip prior commencing the journey to enhance their strength and stamina. Past hiking experience would be an asset but not mandatory for this trek.
A Himalayan Joy Adventure representative will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival and provide transportation to your hotel. After checking into your room and refreshing, our HJA representative will describe the details regarding your trek. Then, you can visit the tourist hub in Thamel. There are many places to shop for trekking gear and souvenirs. In the evening, Himalayan Joy Adventure will host a welcome dinner at the typical Nepali restaurant with a Nepali cultural dance. After dinner, you will be dropped off at your hotel. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, our city guide will take you to various historical places and world heritage listed sites. These will include Pashupatinath (One of the greatest Hindu temples in Asia), Bouddhanath stupa (Buddhist stupa), Swayabhunath (Buddhist stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (home of the living goddess Kumari)). After sightseeing, you will be dropped at your hotel with time to prepare for your trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
In the morning your trekking guide will take you to the Kathamndu domestic flight terminal to catch your flight to The Tenzing Hilary airport in Lukla. This thirty-five minute flight is spectacular, including views of Gaushankar, Dorjelakpa, and beautiful farming terrains and forests.Lukla(2700m) is the gateway to Everest Base camp and other Everest region treks. After arriving in Lukla, you will begin your trek descending through Chaukharka and Chhoplung village. From Chhoplung, you will have a view of the holy mountain, Khumbila, which is never climbed. The trail continues its descent down to Thado Khola, passing by beautiful Mani walls and prayer wheels along the way. Soon, you will reach Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
After breakfast, you will begin trekking along the Dudhkoshi River, crossing over many suspension bridges. Soon you will reach the small village of Jorshale to eat lunch. Jorshale is the last village until you reach Namche Bazaar. It is also a Sagarmatha National Park check post, where you must stop for a permit check. The trail continues following the river until Dovan, where you will cross a high suspension bridge ascending to Top Danda. It is here that you will have your first view of Mount Everest, and majestic views of Thamserkhu and Kusum Ri. The trail continues to ascend to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar has nice facilities including a bank/ATM service, bakeries and café, massage, trekking shops, health posts, and a weekly market.
You will have an acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar, which means you, will climb to a higher altitude and sleep at a lower altitude to prevent altitude sickness. After breakfast, you will climb to a view point near the army camp with a beautiful view of Everest, Lotse, Nupse, Aamadablam, Thamserkhu, Kusum Ri, Kongde and the Imja Valley. Then you will climb up to Shyangboche, which is home to the famous luxury Everest hotel. From here, you will continue to beautiful Sherpa settlement in the Khumjung valley and Khunde. Khumjung is home of the Hilary School and has a monastery where Yati’s head is kept. After your acclimatization hike, you will return to Namche. Overnight in Namche.
In the morning, you will begin the steep climb out of Namche village and soon enjoy the flat, but still beautiful walk to Sanasa. Once you reach Sanasa, you can stop for a tea break and enjoy the fascinating views, birds (especially the Impayan pheasant), and other wild animals. After Sanasa, the trail divides in two sections, Gokyo Valley trail and EBC trail. You will take the EBC trail down to Phungitanga on the river bank, which has a few teahouses, prayer wheels and an army post. The trail soon has a steep ascent through the Rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Tengboche is home of the largest monastary in the region which stunning views of Aamadablam, Everest and other mountains in the background. Overnight in Tengboche.
From Tengboche the trail descends through a Rhododendron and birch forest to Dibuche, then crosses the Imja Khola and ascends up until you reach Pangpoche. Along the way, you will pass several Mani walls. There are two villages in Pangpoche, one old and one new. Old Pangboche has a monastery and upper trails offering fascinating views. From Pangboche, the trail gently ascends up to Samare. Here, you will have your lunch and great view of Aamabablam. From Samare to Dingboche, you will enjoy walking along the Imja Khola and majestic view of mountains. After one and half hours of walking, you will arrive in Dingboche. Dingboche is a tourist’s hub where mountaineers and trekkers spend about 2-3 days to acclimating to the altitude. There is a nice bakery here, a pool house, and a beautiful stone wall. Overnight in Dingboche.
On your acclimization day, you will hike through Chhukung village to Chhukung-Ri peak. The peak offers incredible views of the Imja Valley, and a panoramic view of Aamadablam, Aamphulapcha, Khangtega, Thamserkhu, Lotse, Nupse and Island peak. After reaching Chhukung-Ri, you willdescend to Dingboch and rest. Overnight in Dingboche.
After breakfast, you will begin a slight ascent. The trail gradually inclines providing views of mountains, peaks, yak herding and Pheruch Valley. The trail then merges in Thukla with a lower trail called; Pheruche.You will take a tea break in Thukla. After Thukla,there is a rapid increase in altitude so it is important to take your time while ascending. After a steep hour ascent, you will reach the memorial for those who have died climbing in the Khumbu/Everest region.After another twenty minute walk, the trail merges with Chola pass trail and continues to Labuche. You will check into your room and hike 200m up from Labuche to assist in acclimation. Overnight in Labuche.
The trail continues to climb through meadows and rocky terrain to Gorakshep (5120m). It will take a couple of hours to get to Gorakshep then another two and a half hours to reach Everest Base Camp (5310m). The trail to Everest Base Camp has many twists and turns and there is some risk of falling stones. Everest Base Camp has incredible views of the Khumbu glacier, icefall and iceberg. Many mountaineers begin their Everest expeditions here. Although there is not much elevation gain on this portion of the trek, most people experience the high altitude at this point; therefore, it is important to arrive in Labuche at an early time. Overnight in Labuche.
Today may be one of the highlights of your trek! Early morning, you will start ascending up the small hill of Kalapatthar (5545m). You will reach the top after 2 hours steep climbing, and at times there may be chilly winds. Throughout your ascent, there will be plenty of time to catch your breath and take photos of the beautiful views. Once you reach the top, you will have the best view of Everest (8848m) and an equally stunning view of Pomori (7100m), and many other mountains including Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changste and Nupse. After summiting Kalapatthar, you will descend down to Gorakshep and have breakfast. The trek continues from Labuche to Peruche, which may seem quite easy after many days of steep uphill climbs. Despite this, it is important to walk slowly and carefully because there may be unstable rocks.After along day of trekking you will rest well in Peruche. Overnight in Pheruche.
In the morning, you will cross the river near Pheriche and go over a small pass before descending downto Sandrang, where the trail merges with Dingboche trail. The trail continues to descend down to Samare and Pangboche. Near Pangboche, you will cross the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola then, gradually ascend to Tengboche. From Tengboche, the trail drops down to Phungi Tanga and ascends up to Kyangjuma. The hiking from Kyangjuma to Namche is not challenging, and you will pass by beautiful Buddhist Stupas along the way. Overnight in Namche.
The hike to Lukla is quite long, but manageable. The trail drops rapidly to Dovan where it crosses over another suspension bridge over the Dudhkoshi River and reaches Jorshale. In Jorshale, you will need to check your Sagarmatha National Park Permit. You will trek through Muse, Banker, TokTok and Phakding. You will have lunch in Phakding then make the ascent to Chhopolung, finally arriving in Lukla. Overnight in Lukla
Early in the morning, you will fly back from Tenzing Hilary Airport in Lukla to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be provided transportation back to your hotel room and will have free time to enjoy Kathmandu. In the evening Himalayan Joy will host as a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant, and provide you with transportation back to your hotel.
Himalayan Joy Adventure will drop at the Tribhuwan International Airport terminal with sufficient time to check in for your flight. We hope that you had an incredible time in Nepal and encourage you to share your experiences with us on Trip Advisor or email. We welcome all feedback and hope that you had an experience of a lifetime with us! Have a safe flight!
Himalayan Joy Adventure arranged our trek in an excellent way with all their experience, skill and care. Cholendra made sure everything was organized and according to our plans, and our guide Tika made it happen with his professionalism, attentive to our limits, in combination with his never ending fascination with the mountains he knows so well. Step by step, garlic soup and warm hats, he made it possible for us to take part of this fantastic landscape with its well adapted people. I can highly recommend this tour company. Visited April 2017
I trekked with Cholendra to Everest Base Camp at the end of December through late January, and it was an experience I will never forget. Not only did my friend and I have fantastic weather the entire time we were in the mountains, but Cholendra and our porter, Kedar, were exceptional hosts, guides, and friends. They were always making sure we had food to eat, were staying warm, and having fun. Cholendra was also very good about maintaining a slow and steady pace that allowed us to go long distances without tiring. In addition, even before the trek began, Cholendra picked up my friend and I from the airport at two separate times, took us out to breakfast and dinner, and helped us gather all of our gear in Thamel - all while running his business! I was blown away by Cholendra's commitment to his clients and to his community. He has done extensive volunteer work and rebuilding for mountain communities (like his own village) since the 2015 earthquake, is a co-founder of a local high school, and is currently starting his own NGO to help with education initiatives in Nepal. If you're looking for a guide that is knowledgable about the area and involved in bettering the community, you will not find a better man than Cholendra. I was so happy to have met him, and he has become a lifelong friend and part of my family. I can't wait to go back for round two!
I truly don't have the words to express how amazing Cholendra and Himalayan Joy Adventure is. My friend and I went on an eleven day trek with Cholendra to Everest Base Camp and it was by far the best experience of my life. To start, Cholendra is prompt and organized. He always returned emails and made sure our trek was planned perfectly. He picked me up at the airport and was sure to spend time with me in Kathmandu before we left for our trek. I felt so welcomed and excited! Once we were trekking, I felt safe and taken care of. Cholendra made sure to move at a pace that was comfortable for my friend and I. He gave us the encouragement we needed and he made sure we were enjoying our time. The accommodations along the way to EBC were lovely and the food was always delicious. Our porter, Kedar, was kind and made our trek much more fun and enjoyable. I was so happy he was able to join us. Honestly, I can't say enough wonderful things about Cholendra and his company. I was constantly moved by his integrity and commitment to community in Nepal. It is obvious that Cholendra has a heart of gold and I feel so blessed that I was able to trek with Himalayan Joy Adventure. I know that I will go on several more treks with HJA, and I am sure that Cholendra will be a lifelong friend (and brother too)!
“Himalayan Joy: best in class service and support; extremely cost-effective” My wife and I spent three weeks trekking and climbing in the Everest region of Nepal in November 2013 with Himalayan Joy as our outfitter. We also spent a month in the Annapurna region of Nepal in 2003 with Ram Karki, one of the owners of Himalayan Joy, as our guide, and we've trekked and climbed in most of the key regions of the world with a wide range of outfitters. This is the basis of our experience for our evaluation of Himalayan Joy. The bottom line: Himalayan Joy is the best outfitter we've ever had the pleasure to work with anywhere in the world. The owners, guides and porters are, in our experience, all the best of the best--extremely knowledgeable, passionate about outstanding service and support, and interesting people to spend a journey of a lifetime with. With the Everest trip, we spent about six months in planning, and were in at least weekly contact with Ram and Cholendra, Himalayan Joy's owners. Their responsiveness could not have been better. During the trek, every single choice Himalayan Joy made on our behalf was well-informed and basically perfect. We once were delayed by about eight hours, and our guide, Vikram, waited late into the night to meet us. That level of support seems to be normal for the owners and staff of Himalayan Joy. For less than the cost of group travel with REI or any number of other vendors in the U.S. who organize treks in Nepal, Himalayan Joy organized a customer itinerary for only my wife and myself, and were happy to make revisions to the itinerary as we wished--which allowed us to adapt to changing conditions at high altitude, to spend more time in areas that we liked the best, etc. All in all, We've known the folks at Himalayan Joy for more than ten years and have always found them to be the most professional outfitters in the business, persons of the highest honor and the only team we wish to work with on high altitude trekking in Nepal. Both of our trips were truly extraordinary, thanks to their expertise and extreme customer focus. Our advice to anyone traveling to Nepal would be to skip the tour operators that are based in your country and work directly with the folks at Himalayan Joy, who speak a handful of western languages, are easy to work with and can create custom itineraries at favorable pricing. That way your travel funds will also remain in Nepal.
I am very happy to write to you and recommend Ram’s trekking agency. Since 1996 I know Ram Kaji Karki and made my very first trek with him to the Everest Base Camp. Back then he was working for a big German trekking agency called Henkalaya and for Gorkha Trek in Nepal. He was the best guide and cook. Later Henkalaya sold their contracts to another company in Kathmandu, because there were some serious problems with the head of the agency, not with Ram. Ram then started his own trekking agency and we made a lot of tours together, to the Annapurna, Thorang-La and Gosainkunda pass, for example.Ram has tremendous experience, because he started as a porter, assistant guide, and cook and eventually as a trekking leader. He really is an excellent guide for trekking as well as mountain climbing, for example to the Mera Peak, Island Peak, and Yela Peak.He provides his co-workers with good equipment such as tents and clothing and has a good relationship with his staffs, which mostly comes from the Solu region near the village, where Ram originates. They all like to work with him because he pays fair prices. On top Ram also offers very competitive trekking prices to his clients, since he is not interested in the fast buck. I have been to Nepal many times and in different parts and noticed that many trekking companies do not have sufficient equipment such as tents and other utensils for the tourists and the carriers.Ram does speak English very well and a bits and German too. I would really like to invite him to Germany. To my knowledge, there is no other agency in Nepal, which offers that much experience, good service at a competitive price as well as the very kind workers.You can find others, but not such as Ram’s trekking outfit. Whoever ever goes to his company all the customer are very happy and satisfied with his services. With these recommendations, I want to wish you the greatest vacation in the Himalaya region in Nepal in this wonderful country with all those very beautiful people. If you desire more and further information about Nepal, please let me know, I am always here for you. My very best regards to you,
I had and awesome time trekking with Cholendra in the Khumbu region! We did the Everest base camp and Kala Pathar summit on the last week of April 2010. Cholendra was always so nice, attentive to my needs and a great company. He has also a lot of experience in those mountains and I always feeled very safe and in good hands with him. Cholendra is also a very smart, ambitious and hard working man, I whish him all the best for the future! In the end, we became like brothers and I will miss him, at least until our next trek together !! Lots of greets from Canada and see you soon in trekking Cholendra!
FLIGHT DELAY IN LUKLA: - Sometimes the flight may be cancelled due to the unpredictable weather in Luka so Himalayan Joy Adventure has created an itinerary for this trek with one day free/extra day at the end of the trek. In case your flight has been cancelled more than two days, we will charter a helicopter to and from Luka to ensure your flight on scheduled towards homeland or further destination. This extra service cost will be minimum $500 to maximum $4000 USD dollars which you can claim from your insurance.
DEPARTURE AND ITINERARY: - Departure dates and itinerary arrangements can be custom-tailored to your needs, so please contact us with your inquiries regarding your tour departure date.
ECO-FRIENDLY: - Every day the world is facing a big issue of environmental pollution and in Nepal as well. Our field staffs are quite conscious about environmental pollution at any time and we encourage to all. We would suggest to our guest to use boiled water or water purification pills than buying a bottle of water, it helps to avoid plastic bottles which can take a long time to disappear. During the trek, if possible you can order same items food in a group which minimises the fuel used and to make a campfire is almost forbidden. We would encourage being a responsible traveller so, just leaving a footprint on the trail and bring out all non-biodegradable which you had.
MEDICAL FACILITY IN THE EVEREST REGION TREKKING ROUTE
Lukla - Government Health Post and Hospital (Pasang Lhamu Nicole Niquille Hospital)
Namche - Dental Clinic and Health post
Khunde - Hospital (Hillary Trust)
Pheriche - HRA Aid – Post Doctor
TRIP COST LIST ACCORDING TO THE GROUP SIZE
Cost ( in USD)
1 – 3 Persons
USD 1495.00 P/P
4 – 6 Persons
USD 1440.00 P/P
7 – 10 Persons
USD 1360.00 P/P
10 or above
USD 1290.00 P/P