Everest, the most famous mountain in the world. Most of the places to this spot go through ridges and trails and scree and passing valleys and villages. Scenic, but also challenging, as it gives you the perfect sense of adventure, right from the moment you land in Lukla. For years, this has been a path trodden by mountaineering greats and at the end of it, you can say you were one of the fortunate ones to follow in their footsteps. During the summers, the season is wet and the peaks are lost in the clouds. Therefore April and May might just prove a good time to visit. However, the views are at their best if you plan a post-monsoon trek because the rain and wind clear the dust which blows from the terrain. The preparation before trekking to this area should be adequate. While there are various things to ponder over when you consider other treks, Everest Base Camp doesn’t really need one. It’s possibly the easiest access that there is to get a glimpse of the highest point on earth, Mt Everest (8850m).
Adventure Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Arriving in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport and assist you to check-in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
After the initial WPA's orientation and briefing about the tour, spend the day at your leisure.We will check the if the necessary packing has been done, in case if anything is missing, you will have sufficient time for shopping.
Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu
Day 2: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding - 2652 m
Early morning board a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The planes are generally small for these flights but the journey is panoramic. On arrival to Lukla, you will be received by White Peaks Adventure representative. Here you will have some time to see Lukla and enjoy its beauty. Your trekking to Everest Base Camp with WPA begins here. A good place to buy some last minute essentials, especially prayer flags that you can put up at Everest Base Camp. The walk from Lukla to Phakding is gradual and has few ups and downs on the way. Witness the superb views of Kusum-Kangru, while you are crossing the short suspension bridge on your way. After a short climb, you’ll reach the Ghat village and another one and a half hours of gradual walk bring you to Phakding village.
Overnight in Homestay/Guest houses.
Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar - 3450m
From Phakding, cross the Dudh-koshi suspension bridge. The walk is easy and pleasant with short uphill and down-hill climb with magnificent views of Thermasarkhu. Cross another suspension bridge over the Bhote- Koshi River, arriving at the small river of Monjo, after a climb of 20 minutes from this area. Here, you can see some interesting water mills which are used for grinding corns and barley. Monjo is situated below the magnificent peak of Thermasharkhu. Close to this, you have the entrance to the Sagarmatha national park. After a gradual walk, you would reach Namche bazaar.
Overnight in Homestay/Guest houses.
Day 4: Namche Bazaar
Today is reserved for acclimatization. Namche Bazaar is a good spot to shop and see magnificent views of the area. The view of Kwangde, and its sister peaks in the east, is spectacular. We will have a short up-hill walk towards the Sangmatha National Park headquarter. This spot is on the top of Namache Bazaar with the breath-taking views of the surrounding areas. There is also a local museum which gives you a fair detail of the history of the Himalayas, its geographic and cultural aspects, mountaineering history and various other information on the flora and fauna of the area.
Overnight in Homestay/Guest houses.
Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery 3860m
The first half of the today’s walk is fairly simple and easy. After a pleasant two hour walk, you’ll arrive at Shanasa. From here you can see the coloruful Danphe pheasant, the national bird of Nepal. You may even spot musk- deer and the Himalayan Thar. After a gradual descent, you will reach the Imjatse River at Phungitenga which is at a height of 3250 meters. After a strenuous walk from here for an hour, you will reach the religious Buddhist entrance which lies just before Tengboche.
Overnight stay in the guesthouse, Tengboche
Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche 4350m
Today we will move onto Dingboche. Our trail will cross forests rich in birch, juniper, fir, and rhododendron. From here you will arrive at Deboche: 3,650 meters, allowing for a magnificent view of Mt. Ama Dblam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse. Onwards, the walk is mostly up-hill and continues to be so until you reach a large mani-wall gate. Dingboche is wonderfully bucolic, and you will find stone- walls protecting the agricultural fields. The walls are built to protect the crops from cold winds and grazing animals.
Overnight stay in the guesthouse, Dingboche
Day 07: Dingboche - Explore Chhukung - 4710m
This day is reserved for acclimatization. From Tengboche, the trail drops to Debuche crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time so we avoid getting affected by the altitude. overnight at guesthouse.
Overnight stay in the guesthouse, Dingboche
Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche 4910m
From Dingboche, the trail diverts towards the north, and the path is gradual and easy for the first 40 – 50 minutes. After this easy walk you’ll arrive at a mani-prayer stupa. From here the trail is slightly downhill towards Pheriche village. Take in the beautiful views of the Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam, and Pokalde, which is approximately 5,741 meters towards the north. You would also have a view of the great wall of Nuptse. A pleasant walk for the next one and a half to two hours from Pheriche until you reach the small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. This place is called Thugla and is the only place which has tea-houses before Lobuche. From here another three hours of strenuous trekking time brings you to Lobuche which lies at one corner of the hill.
Overnight stay in the guesthouse, Lobuche
Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep to EBC and back to Gorakshep 5356m
Today will be an exciting day for you as you are very close to your final destination: it will be an adventurous journey and a great trekking experience. A slow and steady march will bring you to Gorakshep, and a little ahead, the Everest Base Camp, which is marked by the many prayer flags put up there. The first walk of an hour is gradual up to the valley and leads to a grassy field. A walk of nearly 20 minutes takes you to the rocky moraine dunes. As you go ahead on your journey you can see the icy- glacial ponds and icebergs which lie below the Khumbu glacier. The route from Grakhshep to EBC is a bit tricky since its keeps changing due to the movement of glaciers.
Overnight stay in the guesthouse, Gorakshep
Day 10: Kalapatthar to Pheriche. 5550m
After you have trekked to the EBC and returned back to Gorakshep and an over night stay in Guest houses, you are now prepared to climb another destination which nothing but the famous Kalapatthar. The walk towards Kalapather from Gorakshep starts with a few minutes of moderate climb. All this while, you will be walking in the scree. After here, there is a steep climb for about 45 minutes and some strenuous mountaineering involved. To give you some rest there are again plain fields with a relatively easy walk. You would have the comfort of walking for the next one hour, a post which there is again a steep trek to the top of Kalapatthar for about half an hour. The Everest from this point looks closer than you will imagine. From here, you trek back to Pheriche.
Overnight stay in guesthouse, Pheriche
Day 11: Pheriche to Kyagjuma - 3501m
Wake up and fresh up, personal stuff and ready. Today we keep on down valley walk; we cross the river the downward trail pass through yak station area, tea shops at Somare and cross the Imaja River before ascending to Tengboche. We follow the downhill path and walk through oak, Himalayan pine and juniper trees shaded trail to Phugitanga. After crossing suspension bridge at phugitanga the trail takes uphill climb from pine forest, to get at Kyangjuma.
Overnight stay in the guesthouse, Kyagjuma
Day 12: Kyangjuma to Manjo - 2840m
he trailhead straight walk back to Namche. Then downhill path leads through pine forest and cross the suspension bridge. Trek continues downward by side of Dudhkoshi river and passes Jorsale Sagarmatha national park check post before getting at Manjo.
Overnight stay in guesthouse, Manjo
Day 13: Manjo to Lukla 2810m
After you have already reached your final destination the previous day, your cumbersome trekking time is almost over. You have done the Everest base camp trek and summit the Kala Pathar. Heading back to Lukla is relatively easy than coming here. We will enjoy our back journey to Lukla with pleasant and easy walks throughout through Himalayan villages. After the breakfast starts the last day walk mostly follow gentle downward from Phakding, re-cross Dudhkoshi River before arriving at Thadokosi. From Thadokosi path back to Lukla follow the gradual uphill walk.This will be your last day with the Sherpas and other crew members from White Peak Adventures, so you would like to enjoy the day with a delicious dinner and a few drinks.
Overnight stay in Hotel, Lukla
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu
On this day you would have to wake up early as the flights to Kathmandu are generally scheduled in the morning. This is because during the daytime, the weather is generally windy and there might be a delay in the flight timings. However, you expect a slight delay in your early morning flight as well if the weather is not suitable.Consider yourself lucky if you manage to get a window seat as you would take about 45 minutes to reach Kathmandu.
Your White Peaks Adventures end here
Day 15: Departure from Nepal.
After you have visited Kathmandu for a day, you are prepared to depart from Kathmandu, Nepal. You have by now enjoyed the panoramic view of nature, mountains and rivers. You will be transferred to the International airport by your hotel’s taxi or the one you have arranged yourself. And this would mark your departure after an excellent trekking in Nepal.
How to Reach
By Air :-
Most major air carriers like Indian Airlines (www.indian-airlines.nic.in) Jet airways (www.jetairways.com) operate daily flights to Kathmandu. Reaching Kathmandu by flight from New Delhi is the most convenient way.
Delhi to Kathmandu by train + bus :-
Day 1: Take a train from Delhi to Gorakhpur. The Vaishali Express leaves Delhi at around 19:45 and arrives at Gorakhpur Junction at 09:10 next morning, or there's another train from New Delhi at 17:20 arriving Gorakhpur at 06:35 next morning. The fare is around Rs. 2440 (£35 or $54) in AC1, Rs. 1240 (£18 or $27) in AC2, Rs. 785 (£12 or $18) in AC3 or Rs. 315 in Sleeper Class - check current times and fares at www.indianrail.gov.in or www.irctc.co.in.
Day 2: Take a bus or jeep from Gorakhpur to the Nepalese frontier at Sunauli (Indian side) and Bhairawa (Nepalese side, often also called Sunauli). Journey time about 3 hours, Rs. 55 (£1 or $2).
Walk across the frontier, it's then a few minutes’ walk to the Bhairawa bus station. Take a bus or jeep on to Kathmandu. Buses take 9 to 12 hours, cost about 120 Nepalese Rupees or 230 Indian Rupees (£1 or $2). There are many buses daily, either daytime buses leaving regularly until about 11:00 or overnight buses leaving regularly from about 16:00 until 19:00. Indian rupees may be accepted here in Bhairawa, but not further into Nepal.
It's also possible to travel via Varanasi An overnight train links Delhi & Varanasi. Buses link Varanasi with the Nepalese border.