The Everest base camp trek is considered the most iconic of all of the treks in the world. It is very popular and very rewarding for everyone that comes to experience the Himalayas. The very name motivates trekkers from around the world to make their dream of visiting the highest mountain of the world.
A tough day awaits us. In total, about 900 meters up to Namche Bazar. At Monjo we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. We see Thamserku (6608m) towering high above us. Following the Dudh Kosi for the fifth and last time, we have a tough final climb high above the river to Namche Bazaar. With clear weather, in the distance we can see Mount Everest and Lhotse. We stay in a comfortable lodge in Namche Bazaar (3440m). If we just go up in the direction of the military camp and go just around the corner we can see Everest and the Ama Dablan. Namche Bazaar is a commercial city, on Saturdays there is a famous market and many lodge owners come to buy their supplies.
We allow one extra day for acclimatization in Namche Bazaar where we make a short hike with views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Everest mountains. We just go around the corner in the direction of Kenjoma where we have lunch and get accustomed to the altitude. This is really necessary because the next few days we only go uphill.
Today we walk at a leisurely pace through Thamo to the village of Thame (3840m). We walk slowly because the elevation will be noticeable. With nice views to the other side of the valley and high above us the peaks of the Nupla, Shar and Lho Nup we walk along above the Bhote Kosi river. At Thame, a visit to the monastery is very worthwhile. East of Thame is the Rolwaling area with beautiful high peaks and sonorous names such Bigphera Go Shar, Panayo Tippa and Tengi Rai Tau.
Today we have views of Kangtaiga and Thamserku. Beyond Phurte we go through Shyangboche to the pretty village of Khumjung (3780m). However, from the junction there is an hour of climbing before reaching the top of Shyangboche village. From the nearby hill we have a beautiful view of Ama Dablam and surrounding mountains. There is a German bakery in Khumjung with delicious oven-fresh bread and real coffee. The village has excellent educational facilities, thanks to the efforts of the famous Sir Edward Hillary. A visit to the upper village Khunde, with its hospital, is a possibility for an extra side trip.
From Khumjung we descend less than one hour to Phunki Tenga (3250m). After this, there is a long climb of 600 meters to Tengboche. On the other side of the valley, Thamserku (6608m) and Kangtega (6685m) mountains rise high above the valley. The Tengboche monastery is the largest in the region. After a fire completely destroyed it in 1989, with help and donations it was rebuilt in its former style. Here we can, while enjoying many goodies from the bakery, enjoy views of Everest, Ama Dablam and Lohtse. Here we can visit the monastery and the museum. From Tengboche we descend through a beautiful rhododendron forest before we cross the Imja Khola. From the steel bridge we gently climb up and arrive in Pangboche (4000m). We sleep this night near one of the oldest monasteries of the region.
With stunning views of Ama Dablam we leave Pangboche. Along the way we pass many prayer walls (Mani walls), always passing them on the left! We continue on our way towards Orsho where beautiful rock paintings give some color to the environment. Moments later we cross the Lobuche Khola and catch some views of Pumuri mountain in the north. A final climb brings us to Dingpoche (4410m), a beautifully elongated village at the foot of the mighty Ama Dablam (6856m). Here we take our lunch and a trip to the 5080 meter high Nagkar Tshang hill is possible. The cold this evening is already noticeable, as the sun disappears behind the peaks.
We leave our luggage at the lodge and walk with a light day pack to Chhukung (4730m); the last village in the eastern direction. We're getting closer to Island Peak, a climbing peak of nearly 6200 meters. From Chhukung we have a spectacular view of the great northern ice wall of Lhotse. There is enough time to have a side tour and to go up in the direction of the Chhukung Ri or to walk in the direction of Island Peak base camp. We then return to Dingboche for the night.
30 minutes after Lobuche, a little detour from the main trail, we can visit an Italian research centre in the shape of a pyramid. This centre collects and monitors climatology data and it is beautifully situated close to a glacier. We continue on our way to Gorak Shep (5140m), the highest located accommodation on this trek. After lunch in Gorak Shep, we climb Kala Patthar (Black Rock) at 5550 m from where we have a beautiful sunset view and close view of Mt. Everest and surroundings. Climbing up and down takes about 3 hours.
From Lobuche, we take the same way back to Thokla and from there we take the lower path in the direction of Pheriche and further down to Orsho where the higher route goes to Upper Pangboche. Here we have a tea and snack before following the narrow mountain path on the steep slopes leading us to the nice village of Phortse (3810m).
It's only 2-3 hours to Namche Bazaar (3440m). First we have to descend to the river at Phortse Tengi before having a final climb toward Mong La. From Mong La we have a perfect view of Ama Dablam and surrounding mountains. We reach Namche Bazaar where there is still enough time to enjoy some shopping and good food. From Namche Bazaar we continue another 3 or 4 hours to Monjo (2840m). The temperature will certainly feel nicer than 2 days ago.
This is the last day of walking and we move along the same route as we came. We leave the national park at Monjo and cross the Dudh Kosi again four times. After Phakding we descent to Ghat. A final climb brings us to Lukla airport and we can finally take off our shoes and dance along with our staff at the goodbye party.
Price Includes: Guide, assistants, 3 meals per day, afternoon tea & snacks, accommodation for the duration of the trek (2 persons per room). However, during high season one room per two clients may not be always available. If this should happen we request our clients to be flexible and share a triple or room with four beds. Annapurna Park entry and TIMS fees, staff insurance, transport to and from the trailhead, and can supply 75 liters backpack for the main trekking stuff, light crampons, gaiters and trekking map. Assistant- (maximum weight to carry is 10 kg for female assistant guide and 13 kg for male assistant guide). Doesn't include: Soft beverages, air tickets & client insurance
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Everest Epic (Everest Base Camp)
Difficulty level : streneous
Sunday to Saturday 9.00am - 6.00pm