The highest mountain in the world continues to lure adventurers as ever. The Khumbu, known commonly as the Everest region, is the home of the Sherpa people, the mysterious Yeti and of course the highest mountain of the world Everest 8848 m. Solu Khumbu is justifiably famous, not only for its proximity to the world's highest mountain 8848m, but also for its Sherpa villages and monasteries. The Sherpa home land is still dominated by the old mountain gods, their language, customs and religion reflect their Tibetan origins. Their traditional life combined yak-herding, barley and potato farming, and trading with nearby Tibet. After the Chinese invasion of Tibet in the 1950's they quickly adapted to a new role, serving as guides and expediters. Now they are regarded as the best guide and world best mountaineers. This classic walk through the Sherpa homeland of Solu Khumbu is a tough trek with a clear cut aim to see Everest. Khumbu is the best major region in Nepal for close-up mountain views. To get near Everest, you must either walk for 9 days or fly to Lukla, a remote airstrip where flights are notoriously unreliable. It is important to allow enough time on this trek for acclimatisation.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Guided full day tour of Kathmandu valley heritage sites
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,880 m) & trek to Phakding (2,640 m)
Day 04: Trek to Namche (3,440 m)
Day 05: Explore Namche and stay overnight at Khumjung (3,800 m)
Day 06: Trek to Deboche (3,716 m)
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,352 m)
Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche. Excursion to Nangkartshang Peak (4,855 m)
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4,920 m)
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5,180m). Excursion to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and back to Gorakshep
Day 11: Morning excursion to Kalapattar (5,640 m; 3-4 hrs), and descend to Pheriche (4,276 m)
Day 12: Backtrack to Kyangjuma (3,600 m)
Day 13: Backtrack to Monjo (2,830 m)
Day 14: Backtack to Lukla (2,880 m)
Day 15: Morning flight back to Kathmandu & rest of the day at leisure.
Day 16: Morning guided tour of Pashupatinath and Boudha and afternoon at leisure.
Day 17: Departure
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,and transfer to hotel. Evening free to explore …KTM
Day 02: Sight-seeing of Kathmandu:
Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and. Back to hotel and stay.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2652m):
Transfer from hotel to domestic airport to board Lukla flight. Fly to Lukla (2800m). This flight provides a magnificent entree to the trek region. Upon arrival set up your baggage’s and start your first day trek. It is an easy walk through several villages to Phakding, or Monju where you will stay overnight.
Day 04: Phakding/ monju – Namche Bazar (3440m):
you follow the Dudh Kosi for about 2 hour and then climb slowly up a steep trail to Namche. As you climb, you enjoy our first views of Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7879m) and Lhotse (8383m).Overnight at Namche.
Day 05: At Namche - Acclimatization day (3440m):
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar. You enjoy a rest day here to allow for maximum acclimatization on your way to Everest Base Camp. A pleasant day can be spent exploring the village or Shyangboche airtrip, talking to the Sherpas and simply enjoying and marveling at the incredible scenery.
Day 06: Namche Bazar – Thyangboche (3867m):
Trek along a very pleasant trail under the soaring peak to Thamserku and steadily descending to the Imja River where there are a series of water driven prayer wheels. You climb steadily for about 2 hours to Thyangboche Monastery (3875m) and the views from here are magnificent. The Monastery is literally surrounded by mountains. Yaks graze on the small meadow and the monks drone through their prayers. Yes, this is one of the most beautiful spots in the world.
Day 07: Thyangboche – Dingboche (4530m)
Trek up to the Imja river valley to Pangboche (3900m) where you stop for lunch and visit the Monastery. In the afternoon continue your trek to the summer village of Dingboche(4360m). The scenery all day is superb.
Day 08: At Dingboche – Acclimatization day:
another rest and acclimatization day at DINGBOCHE. This rest and acclimatization day should give you an excellent chance of ascending Kalapattar, the Base Camp of the Everest. From Dingboche there are a number of interesting excursions. You can walk to Chukkung (4700m), to the glaciers flowing off Nuptse and Lhotse and return Dingboche for overnight stay.
Day 09: Dingboche – Lobuche (4930m):
Trek further up a small ridge and then contour around the base of the Khumbu glacier and have a light lunch at Dhugla(4600m). From here you trek a short steep climb to the terminal moraine of the glacier from where the views are stunning. Overnight stay at Laubuche (4930m).
Day 10: Lobuche – Everest base camp 5230m
Today, you walk to Everest base camp, The actual distance is not so far but you take it very slowly to compensate for the altitude stopping at Gorakhshep (5288m) for a light lunch and continue trek to everest base camp 5330m following nice and ice-sizzle ring trail. You then take the same way back to Gorakshep overnight.
Day 11: Gorakshep-Kalapather (5545m)-Labuche 4930m:
Early morning (4.30AM) climb up to kalapather from where you can see the Everest Base Camp is just down. This is a hard pull but the view from top surpasses anything you can imagine. All around us flow huge glacier ice. The mountains of PUMORI (7145m), LINGTREN (6697m) and Khumbutse (6623m) separate you from Tibet, and just over the Lho La pass. You see the huge rock of Changtse (7550m) in Tibet itself. But the queen of them all - Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest 8848m) towers over everyone. Over Night Labuche
Day 12: Lobuje – Thyangboche (3867m):
You retrace our steps along the glacier to Pheriche (4260m) and stop for lunch. In the afternoon, take the lower trail to Pangboche and Thyangboche.
Day 13: Thyanboche – Khumjung (3790m):Or Namche
Descending to Imja River we climb to Khumjung for lunch. Excellent views all the day and overnight at Khumjung (3779m).
Day 14: Khumjung/ Namche – Phakding (2652m):
Descending, pass through Namche Bazaar passing under the towering Kongde ridge (6186m) and follow the Dudh Koshi to Phakding.
Day 15: Phakding – Lukla (2800m):
Trek back to Lukla and overnight.
Day 16: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu:
After early breakfast at lodge fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel during the day have nice shower and chill-out .
Day 17: In Kathmandu- free day ( extra day, which can be used in above Itinerary, if the itinerary is disturb due to any factors like sickness, bad weather etc )
Day 18: In Kathmandu-free day
Day 19: Transfer to airport, depart Kathmandu
What is tea house trekking?
Tea house trekking is popular in Himalayan region. Local community run the tea house and lodge. They serve good foods (breakfast, lunch and dinner) these tea houses have good facility with hot water, comfortable rooms with attached bathroom, you can know the local culture, people and tradition and way of living in the trekking route.
What is camping trekking?
Camping trekking is organized and supported with team of professional guide, Sherpa, cook and porters. They accompany you, while trekking porters carry all the logistics like, tents, kitchen accessories, food, and fuel. Trekker should carry his/her minimal personal belongings while trekking.
What is the best time for trekking in Nepal?
The best season for trekking is March to May and September to November, during this period the weather is stable and clear, it is very wonderful time to experience the real Nepal to see the amazing view of mountains, snow caped Himalaya and flora and fauna and culture of local people in the Himalayan region.
How difficult is trekking as I aspect the route?
Trekking is challenging walk in the different altitude, landscape and terrain so it depends on the location and choice of the trekker and the trekking route. There are easy, difficult and extreme treks in the Himalayas. One can choose out of different options of trekking packages provided by the trekking company.
Is there any age limit for trekking in Himalaya?
There is no any age bar in trekking in the Himalaya. We design trek for children, teenager as well as senior citizen. For children and senior citizen we offer short and easy treks like around Kathmandu and pokhara valley. For adult and teenager we offer moderate and extreme trek.
Is trekking permit required?
Yes, you need trekking permit while trekking. Depending on the trekking area you require special permit like restricted area, for other you need conservation / National park entry permit and TIMS (Tourism information management system) card.
How can I book the trekking package?
First you need to log in to our web site HimalyanEcstasyNepal.com; you can get further information in our web site about booking the trekking package. If you are already in Nepal then you can visit our head office in Thamel in front of Kathmandu Guest House. Then we can arrange your trekking package according to your choice.
What type of insurance should I have to do before coming Nepal? Is there insurance facility there?
You should do your insurance from your respective country, which covers your risk, emergency evacuation by helicopter, medical treatment and other possible risks. Here is no policy as such.
Is it possible to communicate to my family while trekking?
You can have easy access to communication but in remote areas we use satellite phone. So communication won't be an issue.
What should be the criteria for physical fitness to trek in Nepal?
The trekker should have general physical fitness, some experience of hiking, should not have any chronic disease, cardio respiratory diseases etc.
Can I trek in the Himalayas of Nepal without prior trekking experience?
Yes you can trek without experience, but you should acclimatize first, have good health, we guide you according to your need, you can do difficult and extreme treks.
Is it necessary to use guide and porter while on trek in Nepal?
It is highly recommended as guide knows the route very well, and communication with local people is easier with guide. Security is the major issue.
Does HEN arrange domestic and international flights and booking hotels?
Yes HEN arrange domestic and international flights and book hotels, we serve this service to our costumers only.
What is the standard of water, sanitation and fooding and lodging while trekking?
As trekking is done in different landscape and trails, those routes are far away from pollution. Water here is drinkable but taking into consideration of our client's health and hygiene we provide mineral water which is purified and filtered. We provide standard and healthy foods. We provide best and comfortable lodging service available in trekking route.
Can I trek without porter and guide?
Yes you can trek without guide, but we suggest you not to trek without guide, due to security reason. Communication with local people, and trek route topography and weather as well as natural disaster are the challenges; if you go with guide it would be more comfortable for you.
How can I avoid blisters?
Shoe and socks should be comfortable, select right size, thick sole and matter of inner sole. If you have sweating feet then you have to change your socks frequently keep your feet clean and dry. You should carry blister prevention tape; skin tape can be helpful.
Do I need trekking pole?
Yes you do need trekking pole, it helps you save energy in high ascend and descend, if you have weak hips and knees and it helps to reduce the strain.
How will you help me if I suffer from altitude sickness or accident ?
Depending on the seriousness of the accident we provide first aid if not then company can arrange the evacuation operation to the nearest medical facility and in case of any emergency company could bring you to Kathmandu.
Where to stay during trekking?
You stay in local lodge or tea house; they have basic facilities like food, accommodation for sleeping and hot safe drinking water. Your guide helps you to accommodate in good lodge or tea house while trekking.
What is the guide's qualification who guides us?
We have government certified and experienced guide who can speak English very well, have good experience of trekking route and have good sense of humor, have knowledge to describe the local culture and community, biodiversity and flora and fauna.
What is the guides and porters safety and about their insurance?
We do insurance for guide and porters, we provide first aid kit for our staff's medicine, and provide emergency rescue. We are always conscious about the health and safety of guide and porters.
Is there tipping compulsory for guides and porters?
Tipping is not necessary for HEN staffs, although tipping for guide and staff is good practice, porter and guide expect tip, your tip helps their family.
How to avoid motion sickness ?
While trekking or driving you may feel motion sickness, vomiting there may be many reason, due to curves and the altitude complete different terrain and topography. Drink enough water while trekking, take lemon pieces, chew ginger or you can use motion-sickness tablets, such as Dramamine. You should not be worry about motion sickness, it is self treatable and get rid of it .
Everest base camp trek
March 09, 2017
I spent very memorable days in the Everest region in Nepal. I used to dream to see this highest peak of the world and now I arrested it in my camera. My guide arranged everything and helped me a lot.…
- HEN, Nepal