Everest Base Camp & Kalapatthar Trek tour (17 nights/ 18 days)

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu [1300m]

Flying to Kathmandu on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. The panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below is worth a sight. At the airport, the Nepali support team will meet you and escort you to your hotel.

Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley [1300m]

Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities bear a rich historical, cultural and religious signifi cance. There will be a half day guided tour to the most famous Hindu shrine PASUPATHINATH, the largest Buddhist stupa in the city BOUDHANATH, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and SOYAMBHUNATH. In the evening, a trip orientation meeting will be organized.

Day 3 Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding [2656m]

A flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 4 Trek to Namche [3450m]

From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the fi rst glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.

Day 5 Trek to Kanjuma [3500m]

From Namche to Kanjuma is an hour walk. Instead of walking straight to Kanjuma it is important to walk up to Khunde Hospital (3800m) set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary to get acclimatize and take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. From Khunde you can explore the largest village of Khumbu area, Kumjung. You can visit the school founded by Sir Edmund Hillary and can visit the village monastery where the yeti scull have been kept. Walking down to Kanjuma from there is just 30 min. After hot lunch there group can enjoy the peaceful vegetation around Kanjuma.

Day 6 Trek to Pangboche [3867m]

From Kanjuma, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. We get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch and tea. Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam rising in the horizon can be seen from the campsite. After lunch at Tengboche group will head towards Pangboche via Deboche which is more likely a fairytale forest. Pangboche is a famous village for Climbing Sherpas.

Day 07 Acclimatization day, Hike up to Ama dablam Base camp [4650m]

Though a steady up to Amadablam Base Camp but you can enjoy the beauty of the landscape including the mountain views and the villages you will head the next coming days. It normally takes 4 hours to reach Amadablam Base Camp (4650m). You can enjoy hot hunch there. Amadablam Base Camp is considered to be one of the best spot for climbers and trekkers. Members need to make sure that the guide or the Sherpa is close by. When in bad condition weather it is diffi cult to fi nd the proper trial. You will enjoy the walk down from Amadablam Base Camp. Make sure you take warm clothing.

Day 08 Trek to Dingboche [4300m]

Half day walk to Dingboche(4300m). After an hour walk from Panboche you will walk in an open valley where it is normally cold and windy. It will not take more than 4 hours to reach Dinboche. After lunch members can take a good rest and save energy for the coming days or explore the area. When in clear weather in the evening the sunset on Lhotse is mind- blowing.

Day 09 Trek to Lobuche [4930m]

We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steepclimb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier’s terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

Day 10 Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m].

To reach our next stop, Kala Pattar, we follow the Khumbu Glacier. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place: Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, we make our way to the top of one of the fi nest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day. If in bad weather condition members will be taken up to Kala pattar only on the 12th day early in the morning.

Day 11 Trek to Everest Base Camp [5357m]

A very early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche.

Day 12 Trek to Pheriche[4200m]

Today’s trek is mostly downhill. As we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, we arrive at The Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s aid post and worth a visit.

Day 13 Trek to Kanjuma or Namche [3450m]

we continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.

Day 14 Trek to Monzo(2800m)

It is more or less a half day day from Kanjuma or Namchee. Depends on where you stay. You can start late if you have stayed in Namchee. Leader will let you know about the plan. Need to be careful walking down from Namchee towards the river. Dusty and slippery part the fi rst half. The second half you can enjoy walking on the river bed. Monzo your camp is at the exit point of National Park offi ce.

Day 15 Trek to Lukla[2800m]

Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration. We have a party with our Sherpa guides and porters. We sample some chang (local beer) and try out some Sherpa dance steps. Altogether, an end to a memorable trip on a merry note.

Day 16 Fly to Kathmandu

The fl ight times are generally scheduled for morning normally, because of the strong winds in the afternoon, sometimes the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reasons beyond our control. After getting the boarding pass depending upon the flight time, make your way to the terminal for security check, this scenic fl ight from Lukla takes about 30 to 40 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from the window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will receive and escort you back to the Hotel.

Day 17 Free day in Kathmandu

A free day in Kathmandu; please let our staff know if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for scenic mountain flight. In the evening, we visit a reputed Nepali kitchen for dinner & a thrilling cultural dance performed by the local belles. This is a complimentary treat provided by CYT. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 18 Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Today as per your international fl ight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your fi nal departure from Nepal. It was a wonderful experience knowing you. We down here at CYT would like to wish you a safe journey home. We hope the memories of this challenging trip which you have enjoyed so much will enhance your efforts to remember us as time goes by. Take care!!

Mt Everest Base Camp is the most popular destination for trekkers in Nepal. Its popularity has grown since the fi rst expedition to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1950s. For a trek to this part o