• Trip Code : NTE-EBC43
  • Trip Duration : 23 Days
  • Trip Level : Strenuous
  • Trip Max Altitude : 5153
  • Trip Start Location : Kathmandu
  • Trip End Location : Kathmandu
  • Trip Route : Kathmandu-Jiri-Junbesi-Phakding-Dingboche-Gorekshep-Kalapather-EBC
  • Trip Best Season : March-May & August-December

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Explore the Sherpa Culture & museum in Namche Bazar
  • Panoramic view from Syangbuche
  • Experiencing life as the "mountain people" live, in the heart of Himalaya
  • Visit Tyangboche Monastery
  • Remarkable views of Khumbu Icefall
  • Climbing Kalapatthar at an elevation of 5,555m
  • Spectacular Mt. views from Kalapatar.

Trip Information

This is an exploratory route to Mt.Everest Base Camp taken by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953 for the conquest of Mt. Everest. This trail provides a classic trekking experience in the Himalayas offering enchanting sights of Mountain trail in the higher Khumbu and relaxed observation of the diverse flora and fauna in the mid-altitude regions on the approach to the Khumbu valley, the famed Everest territory. The final leg of this trek is strenuous with a lot of ascents and descents, trekking against the ''grain' of the Himalayas. However, these challenges are softened by traditional exquisite tea houses, small hamlets of hardy mountain people and monasteries on the backdrop of towering Himalayas, to make it one of the most delightful treks in Nepal.


Short Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m.).
  • Day 2 - A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
  • Day 3 - Drive to Jiri 6-7 hrs drive.
  • Day 4 - Shivalaya to Bhandar (2200m).
  • Day 5 - Bhandar to Sete (2575m).
  • Day 6 - Sete to Junbesi (2700m).
  • Day 7 - Junbesi to Nhuntala (2220m).
  • Day 8 - Nhuntala to Kharikhola (2050m).
  • Day 9 -  Kharikhola to Surkhe (2300m).
  • Day 10 - Surkhe to Phakding (2650m).
  • Day 11 -  Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450m).
  • Day 12 - At Namche Bazar acclimatization day halt .
  • Day 13 - Trek to Tengboche (3860m).
  • Day 14 - Trek to Dingboche (4410m)
  • Day 15 - Trek to Lobuche (4910m).
  • Day 16 - Trek to Gorakchhep (5153m).
  • Day 17 - Trek back to Lobuche(4910m).
  • Day 18 - Trek back to Pangboche    (4150m).
  • Day 19 - Trek back to Khumjung Village(3860m).    
  • Day 20 - Trek back to Manjo village (2940m).
  • Day 21 - Trek back to Lukla (2840m).
  • Day 22 - Transfer to Lukla airport     
  • Day 23 - Final Departure.
  1. Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m.).

    Arrive at Kathmandu where we are met and transferred to our hotel. In the evening we will conduct a briefing session.

    Hotel/Private Vehicle

  2. Day 2 A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley

    Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley covering UNESCO World Heritage sightseeing of Kathmandu.

    Hotel/Breakfast/Private Vehicle

  3. Day 3 Drive to Jiri 6-7 hrs drive.

    Break fast at hotel check out.

    Drive to Jiri via Botekoshi river bang and Dolekha Vimshen and trek to Shivalaya (1800m).

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Private Vehicle

  4. Day 4 Shivalaya to Bhandar (2200m).

    A usual town giving you the chance to meet various ethnic groups. Distance: 8km/5miles approximately of 6 ½ hours walk.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  5. Day 5 Bhandar to Sete (2575m).

    The trail descends to field, crosses the streams, reaching a cluster of houses and small lodges. Distance: 11km/7 miles approximately of 8 hours walk.
    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  6. Day 6 Sete to Junbesi (2700m).

     An interesting town with some and good lodges and Tea Houses. Distance 10km/6.6 miles approximately of 7 ½ hours walk.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  7. Day 7 Junbesi to Nhuntala (2220m).

    The views are amazing from this tiny place, so make sure you get up early and leave enough time to stand and be amazed. Distance: 16km/10miles approximately 8 hours walk.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  8. Day 8 Nhuntala to Kharikhola (2050m).

    The amazing views of Karyolong (to the north), Kusum Kanguru, Kyachung Kang, Khumbila and many more peaks with rapidly descending to Dudh Koshi River and crossing suspension bridge and experienced densely populated by Rai and Sherpa villages. Distance: 12km/7.5miles approximately 6 hours walk.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  9. Day 9  Kharikhola to Surkhe (2300m).

    The trail descends to cross suspension bridge over a stream and then climbs very steeply for an hour to Bupsa. The trail rises through forested stretch alive with monkeys and birds. Distance: 10km/6.6miles approximately 7 ½ hours walk.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  10. Day 10 Surkhe to Phakding (2650m).

    We go through Phakding in the hope of dining a quiet place for the night (we are now in the most popular section of the trail) where we camp by the river. Distance: 11km/7miles approximately 7 hours walk.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  11. Day 11  Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450m).

    We continue north following the Dudh Kosi river and on to Jorsale where we enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here it is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the lmja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi) followed by a steep climb (for about 2hrs.) to Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market. Distance: 10.5km/6.5miles approximately 5 hours walks.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  12. Day 12 At Namche Bazar acclimatization day halt .

    Namche acclimatization day halt/ rest day or day hike possible. Namche is capital of the Khumbu district and offers many ways to spend a day.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  13. Day 13 Trek to Tengboche (3860m).

    Tengboche. We Climb the ridge above Namche and descend to the Dudh Koshi Riover before climbing again to Tengboche Monastery (12664 feet). (4-6 hours). Devoche is slightly further (20minutes) a charming village.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  14. Day 14 Trek to Dingboche (4410m)

    Dingboche (14000 feet), we walk slowly through the pleasant village of Pangboche and on to Dingboche.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  15. Day 15 Trek to Lobuche (4910m).

    Lobuche (16000 feet) very scenic day hike seems easy but high alpine barren journey walking through glacier moraine and an hour Thugla Pass climb up.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  16. Day 16 Trek to Gorakchhep (5153m).

     Gorakchhep. Our last camp is here before taking our long day hike to the summit of Kalapatthar (18,000 feet, 5545m). Or explore Everest Base Camp (5310m).

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  17. Day 17 Trek back to Lobuche(4910m).

    Kala Pater: During a long day, we ascend and descend Kalapatthar, spend the night in Lobuche.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  18. Day 18 Trek back to Pangboche    (4150m).

    Pangboche. All the way we follow easy down way hike with feeling easy passing the Pheriche village.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  19. Day 19 Trek back to Khumjung Village(3860m).    

    Khumjung- after breakfast join for day hike again descent to Imja khola bridge and easy walk to Dibuche and climb up to Tengboche again and descent all the way to river bank and again ascent to the final stop.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  20. Day 20 Trek back to Manjo village (2940m).

    Manjo- Today you will hike through the Syangboche world’s highest strip then drops to Namche for lunch stop and continue descent again up to final stop.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  21. Day 21 Trek back to Lukla (2840m).

    Return to Lukla- all the way of Dudhkoshi river valley trail we will hike down and uphill climb to until end the Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek.

    Guest House/Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Guide/Porter

  22. Day 22 Transfer to Lukla airport     

    Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel and rest for the day at the after noon explore kathmandu valley.

    Hotel/breakfast/Transport serive

  23. Day 23 Final Departure.

    Your tour ends at Kathmandu and after breakfast following your flight schedule  transfer to International airport.

    Breakfastyy/Private Vehicle

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick up and Drop by private Car,
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu  on Twin share with breakfast
  • Welcome dinner with cultural program
  • Full day guided cultural tour in Kathmandu with heritage 
  • Teahouse / lodge accommodation while on trek on twin share
  • Full board meals while on  trekking.
  • Properly boiled drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Sagarmatha National Park conservation entry trek permit and other trek documentation.
  • Drive to Jiri Lukla Kathmandu airfare with airport tax
  • Private transportationwhere as needed
  • Free use of trekking gears like sleeping bag, down jacket, liner, trekking poles etc
  • Complementary trek duffle bag and T- shirt to every trekkers 
  • Medical trained experienced trekking guide with first aid kit
  • Trek Sherpa guide and porters with all their gear, wages and insurance etc.
  • A Kathmandu city map and Everest region trekking map

Price Does not Include

  • Nepal entry visa and your personal travel insurance of any kind
  • International airfare
  • Drinks and main meals while on city like Kathmandu 
  • Tips and items of personal nature expenses like postage, laundry etc
  • Entrance fees while sight seeing tour in Kathmandu

Trekking equipment and clothing needed for this trek

Clothing for Kathmandu:- Informal clothing is all that is required. Remember to dress in a modest fashion. Light clothing is usually all that will be required for most of the year. During the winter months, December to February, it will be chilly in the early mornings and evenings. A warm fleece or similar jacket will be required. Do bring along a swimming costume as our hotel in Kathmandu has a swimming pool.

General Gears you need During Trekking: -

  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (we provide one if you need but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel bag or Rucksack (70-80 liters) (we can provide one)
  • Down Jacket (we provide one if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Daypack (25-30 liters)
  • Socks: 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene, 3 pairs heavy weight socks (woolen) to be worn over liner socks
  • Trekking Boots: 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu. Remember it is your feet that will be doing all the work. We recommend a good quality boot with a hard lug-cleated sole. Boots should be sturdy enough to tackle rough terrain. For this trek a mid-weight leather or Gore-Tex/Cardura style is an excellent choice. If you are buying boots for your trek, make absolutely sure that they are well broken in before leaving home.
  • Gaiters (seasonal): 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary. Highly recommended for keeping snow from getting inside your boots. They will also help keep the bottom of trousers clean on muddy trails. They can be bought cheaply in Kathmandu.
  • Sandals (optional): A pair of running shoes or sandals will be very useful for wearing around the lodge after the day’s trekking.

Lower Body: -

  • Hiking Shorts (2): Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Trekking Pants (2), preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
  • Lightweight underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
  • Soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • Hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • Cotton pants or (loose jeans/khakis).

Upper Core Body

  • T-Shirts
    For lower altitudes and on warm days a baggy cotton T-shirt or cotton shirt is a practical item. Highly recommended are synthetic T shirt styles that wick away moisture from the body. They are particular useful above 2500m when, even on warm days, you chill quickly when stopping for rests.
  • Thermal Underwear
    Synthetic polypropylene long johns and long sleeved vests are essential for trips departing November through March. Highly recommended for other months. They also make ideal sleeping gear.
  • Waterproof Jacket. Quality waterproof clothing is essential. A proofed nylon or Gore-Tex jacket with hood is required. Ensure that it is about mid-thigh length, with large pockets and has a full-length zipLight and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic
  • Swimsuit for women (optional)
  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
  • Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool Hat or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
  • Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp: Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
  • Ear Muffs (optional): Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people.
  • A neck warmer (optional): is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it

Medicines and First Aid Kits

Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Toiletries and personal Hygiene

  • Quick drying towel (medium sized)
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap/handwash
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Wet wipes
  • Sanitizers

Miscellaneous, but essential!

  • Valid Passport
  • Passport size photos (2 + copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and provide us one just in case if you need to change the date of your flight).
  • Luggage Locks (2)
  • 2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain) Refillable water bottle
    Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional (Luxuries)

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds
  • Reading materials, games (cards, chess, backgammon, scrabble, etc) music and chargers (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight
  • Binoculars
  • Camera, film/memory cards, spare batteries (you must keep the batteries warm when not in use)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen, Pencils and small notebooks
  • Extra contacts or glasses
  • Pillow case (if use lodge provided pillows) or can use your own stuff sacks as pillow(s)
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman to avoid that chilly late night trip
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos

The price per person for the Small group Journey is fixed as stated below. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The discount is subjected to increase with the number of people in your group. Bigger the group better the discount so group bookings are highly encouraged. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why this trip make different?

Nepal Travel Expedition works closely with One of the main supporter's Charity service in Nepal. And contribute 10% of the tour cost for Orphan Childrens (sherpa Outdoor Foundation) We support them in many different ways.

Donation and Charity!

Nepal Travel Expedition donates 10% of its annual revenue to Sherpa Outdoor Foundation Orphan Children Home Which is Located in Lalitpur one can visit while you are in Nepal after or before the trip.  We support Children's for Food, School, Clothes, Medicine also supporting stationery materials to Government School which is located at Lamjung district trying to build a library for them where they could find a different book to read. For this project, we are trying to collect donations.

Sponsorship and Partnership (volunteering programmed)

One of the major activities of Sherpa outdoor Children home in Lalitpur is fully conducted and collaborate with Nepal Travel Expedition and sister concern organization Nepal wildlife safari. The Volunteering concern programmed delivered by Nepal Travel Expedition and Sherpa Outdoor Foundation aims to mobilize a team of experts and interested individuals as an economic measure in providing human capital for education, health, community to share teaching skill various Government school in a different part of the country and community to delivered humanity skills also in our children home.



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