This trip will take you on one of the classic Nepal itineraries—the Everest Base Camp trek. After a gentle sightseeing day in Kathmandu, you will be flown to one of the most amazing airports in the world—Lukla. Here you will begin the Everest Base Camp trek. As you ascend over several days, you will pass through an enormous variety of terrain and cultural sites: rhododendron and pine forests, alongside the Dudh Kosi River and over high suspension bridges, old Sherpa towns and monasteries and sweeping panoramic views of the highest mountains in the world—including Everest itself! All along the way you will be staying in some of the most comfortable hotels and trekking lodges in the region. This route is a classic for good reason, and is a trip you will never forget.
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu|
|Day 2||Cultural Tour - Bhaktapur and Panauti|
|Day 3||"Everest Calling" - Flight to Lukla and Trek to Phakding|
|Day 4||Trek to Namche Bazaar (3443m)|
|Day 5||Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar|
|Day 6||Trek to Debuche (3800m)|
|Day 7||Trek to Dingboche (4358m)|
|Day 8||Acclimatization day in Dingboche|
|Day 9||Trek to Dhugla (4620m)|
|Day 10||Trek to Lobuche (4900m)|
|Day 11||Trek to Gorakshep and hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m)|
|Day 12||Hike to Kalapatthar (5545m) and trek to Pheriche (4270m)|
|Day 13||Trek to Khumjung (3600m)|
|Day 14||Trek to Monjo (2800m)|
|Day 15||Trek to Lukla (2820m)|
|Day 16||Return flight to Kathmandu - Home Sweet Home|
|Day 17||Departure to airport|
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Sightseeing in a private vehicle
• Entrance fees
• English-speaking trekking and city guides
• National park permits & TIMS card
• Flight ticket from Kathmandu – Lukla –Kathmandu for client(s) and guide
• All meals and bottled drinks
• Costs due to personal nature (shopping, tipping etc.)
• Costs due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the limit of RMT
• Costs in Nepal entry visa fee
• Costs for International flights
• International airport departure tax
• Travel insurance
• Costs for the services other than mentioned above
Please note that the published itinerary is a statement of intent and is to be used as a guide only. Each day may vary due to the walking times of the group, and trail conditions. The guide in chMore...
Please note that the published itinerary is a statement of intent and is to be used as a guide only. Each day may vary due to the walking times of the group, and trail conditions. The guide in charge of your trip will alter the schedule as necessary, and any/all such alterations are at the discretion of Royal Mountain Travel and your guide.
Hotel in Kathmandu – In Kathmandu, we will be staying at Hotel Traditional Comfort.
While trekking, accommodation is in lodges and teahouses and is of a basic standard. Rooms may be twin or multi share, with basic shared toilet facilities. Showers are available in some places for a small charge.
Some people have the idea that trekking is all sweat and hard work with no fun. This is far from the truth. The days are designed to be challenging, but not exhausting. Each day is different depending on the terrain, distance to be covered, trail conditions and the pace of the group. However, as a guide, most days begin with breakfast at 7 am. You will then need to pack up your duffle bags before breakfast, as porters will set off early. Most days you will be on the trail by 8 am to take advantage of the cool morning and avoid the afternoon winds. Stop for a leisurely lunch around noon. This is generally about 2 hours, allowing plenty of time to explore the village or relax. The afternoon walk is shorter and you usually arrive around 4 pm, leaving time for excursions to nearby sites, exploration of the village or simply relaxing with a book and catching up on your diary. On some days we do not walk in the afternoons. Dinner is generally at 7 pm, after which you can relax by the fire.
Your duffel bag is restricted to 15 kgs. This is carried by porters and is not available to you during the day. Your daypack should contain all that you need during the day: warm clothing, water bottle, camera, sunscreen, lip salve, etc. Your guide will let you know each evening of any extra items you will need for the following day. If you have a comfortable daypack, your load will only be a few kilograms and will be hardly noticeable.
Meals are provided as mentioned in the itinerary.
On the trek, meals are available in teahouses, lodges and bhattis, with limited but tasty menus. Meals are generally simple but filling and include items such as noodles, curry and rice and momos. You may wish to stock up on ‘trail munchies’ before leaving Kathmandu.
The guide is in charge of the trek and looking after you. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. All our guides are highly trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, high altitude medicine, first aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its people. Please remember that they are local guides and their English may be basic and limited to trek related topics.
It is impossible to have a ‘foolproof’ grading system as everyone has different expectations and perceptions of their own fitness level. Remember that no trek in the Himalaya is a stroll, as all involve going up and down in altitude, and altitude affects everyone differently. Regardless of age or fitness, preparation, before you arrive, is essential. Aerobic activity, swimming, cycling or brisk walking is recommended or, at the very least, walking up and down stairs in your trekking boots.
It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance before travelling, which should cover against personal accidents, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. We also recommend that it also covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for current information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses that you may encounter while travelling in Nepal. Be aware that some drugs have different side-effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.
Please be aware that we will be travelling to remote areas, some of which are far from medical facilities. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal first aid kit, as well as sufficient quantities of any medicines you may need (including a spare pair of glasses).
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters, and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the effects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters, until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization can result in headaches, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and the swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to a lower altitude, and your guide’s decision on this matter is final.
Although our routes are carefully planned to allow for proper acclimatization, you may feel some effects of altitude for the first few days, or at higher altitudes. Breathlessness, lethargy and mild headaches are not uncommon, and generally decrease as your body adjusts. Maintaining adequate fluid intake is essential. Please advise your guide if you feel more severe symptoms, and do not medicate yourself without discussing it with them first.
Nepal has a generally temperate climate, but altitude causes distinct variations. The monsoon sweeps up from India each summer, making mid-June to mid-September humid and wet. The three other distinct seasons are all suitable for trekking, and each has its own advantages.
Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate, and mountain weather is notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions. If severe or dangerous weather conditions occur, your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.
Winter (December-February) is cold and you will need to be prepared with warm clothing. However, the air is very clear, providing the best mountain views.
Spring (March-May) is increasingly warm (especially during the day) and the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mist and clouds are not uncommon.
Summer (June-August) is the monsoon season. It will rain every day, although generally in the evening and night. The hills turn lush and green, and at higher elevation alpine plants will bloom.
Autumn (September-November) is the most pleasant trekking season, as the days are warm but not hot. There is little chance of snow and the skies are clear.
Your guide will help you budget for these. Prices for vehicle-based excursions depend on the number of participants.
Please note it is your responsibility to arrange and pay for your visas. You can get your visa at Tribhuvan International Airport on arrival, or apply online before you arrive. To fill out the online form, go to: www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.npYou will get a unique code after submitting your online visa application. Based on this code, upon arrival in Nepal, the immigration office will grant you your visa, after payment.
The prices (in US$) are:
Multiple entry visa valid for 15 days – US $25
Multiple Entry Visa for 30 days – US $40
Multiple entry visa valid for 90 days – US $100
It’s best to bring a mixture of cash in major currencies – USD, CAD, EUR, AUD – in large and small denominations. Cash and ATM cards are mostly used in Nepal. Both Visa and Master Card are accepted by ATMs. Currency exchange rates fluctuate. As of January 2016, the exchange rate was 1USD=104.25 Nepali Rupees.
No ATM machines are available while trekking or when staying at the Homestays. You should exchange sufficient cash into Nepalese Rupees for the duration of your trek, before leaving Kathmandu and Pokhara, as there is no exchange facilities or ATMs in villages along the way.
It is customary in Asia to tip service providers—such as waiters, porters and guides–approximately 10% of the total bill, depending on the service. Tipping is expected, though not compulsory, and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you. There will be several occasions during the trip in which to tip local guides and drivers. You may do this individually, or your tour leader will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides range from $1-$2 USD per person per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. For porters while trekking, the recommended amount is 300-500Rs (4-5USD) per porter per day; ask your guide for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. The amount is entirely a personal preference, but as a guideline, $20-30 USD per person is appropriate.
Arrival in Kathmandu
If you fly into the Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport during the day, you will be treated to views of the snow-capped Himalayas in the distance, and the high wooded hills of the Kathmandu Valley. After you’re picked up in the arrivals hall by our representative, you will be briefed about our company and given other general information. There are no pre-organized activities today, so you have time to rest and settle into your comfortable hotel, but you’ll set a time for a full briefing.
Overnight in Hotel Traditional Comfort
Cultural Tour - Bhaktapur and Panauti
Bhaktapur is the quintessential Newari city, with some of the finest architecture in all Nepal. Among the three oldest cities of the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapurwas once the largest, and was capital of Nepal during the Malla period. In the narrow lanes and open squares of Bhaktapur you can see traditional crafts being made, such as pottery, metalwork, art, and the finest woodwork. Newari craftspeople are still renowned today as producers of some of the best traditional crafts in Nepal.
After our sightseeing in Bhaktapur city we will drive to Panauti (approx 1 hour). Upon arrival at Panauti, we will be welcomed by the whole community. You will be introduced to your hosts, at whose home you will eat a delicious traditional lunch.
Panauti is one of the oldest typical Newari villages, and here you will see a number of beautiful and fascinating Hindu temples. Panauti has generally been spared much earthquake damage over the centuries, even though neighboring towns and cities have suffered. It is believed that Panautiwas built on a single stone, thus making it more stable and secure that neighboring places.
Breakfast at Hotel Traditional Comfort.
Lunch with a local family in Panauti
Overnight in Hotel Traditional Comfort
"Everest Calling" - Flight to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is spectacular, as you pass high mountains, deep gorges, isolated villages and streams and waterfalls below. The landing is also very exciting, as the runway is carved into the side of a mountain.It is a trip you are unlikely to ever forget.
Our short trek today heads gently through pine and cedar woods, following the DudhKoshiRiver, to Phakding. On the way you will certainly encounter your first yak caravans, which carry trekking equipment and supplies (including yours!) towards Everest. These wonderful beasts are a feature of all treks in the Everest Region. It is also possible to see musk deer, Himalayan Tahr and maybe even water rats in the cold river!
Breakfast at Hotel Traditional Comfort
Overnight in Hotel Sunrise
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3443m)
The route today crosses the highest and the longest suspension bridge in Nepal, shortly after which—if the weather is clear—you will catch your first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance, through the pine trees.
Today’s destination is Namche Bazaar, the administrative capital of the region and a hub of local Sherpa culture. It was historically the staging point for trading expeditions to Tibet. Its Saturday market remains an important event, bringing traders from villages a week’s walk away. These days it is a prosperous and a colorful village, with many interesting shops and vendors, a range of cuisines and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. It’s a great place to spend a day acclimatizing.
Overnight in Hotel Sherwi-Khangba
Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
It’s necessary to spend a day in Namche Bazaar acclimatizing to the high altitude before we go higher up into the mountains. On this day, you can take an excursion to Thame (2600 m). Intricately carved mani stones mark the path to this large valley with a picturesque Gompa on the hillside overlooking the valley. In Thame you can enjoy watching the yak caravans, as well as taking in the wonderful mountain panoramas and the interesting culture of the Sherpa people.
Overnight in Hotel Sherwi-Khangba
Trek to Debuche (3800m)
Leaving Namche, the route is unbelievably beautiful – the Dudh Kosi River is far below, and the mountains Thamserku, Kantega, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest rise in front. Woods, rhododendron forests, mani walls, chortens and suspension bridges across the river make this a lovely and memorable walk. Rising above the tree line, the trail enters alpine meadows of juniper, and in summer, a profusion of wild flowers.
Overnight in Hotel Riven Dell
Trek to Dingboche (4358m)
The morning view from Debuche is justifiably considered one of the most magnificent in the world, so don’t forget to set the alarm early.Today’s trek from Debucheto Dingboche will be quite challenging, as Dingboche is at an elevation of around 4400 m. You will no longer find trees around Dingboche, only small spiny shrubs. This is the only place in the region where barley is grown, and—as with so many of our stops along this trek—the mountain views are outstanding.
Overnight in Peaceful Lodge
Acclimatization day in Dingboche
We will spend an acclimatization day here. You can hike up the Imja Khola to Chhukung, a small summer settlement. From there, the views of Island Peak (6189m), Lhotse (8516m), Ama Dablam (6812m) and the fluted ice walls flanking the Amphu Lapcha Pass are some of the highlights of the entire trek.
Overnight in Peaceful Lodge
Trek to Dhugla (4620m)
From Dingboche there is a pleasant flat hike, until we reach the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. After a moderate climb, we arrive at a simple but cozy guest house located in a spot with some of the most spectacular scenery you will ever see. The day’s walk is short, so you can spend the rest of the day sipping tea, reading a book, chatting with other trekkers, or exploring the area.
Overnight in Hotel Dhugla
Trek to Lobuche (4900m)
As we walk to the end of the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we pass through meadows and summer yak pasture, until we reach a steep, tough climb. You will see stone monuments to six Sherpas who died in an avalanche, as well as monuments to other climbers who were lost in this region. From Lobucheyou will get a view straight towards Nuptse, and sunset is truly magnificent.
Overnight in Hotel Oxygen
Trek to Gorakshep and hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m)
During the first part of today we trek to Gorakshep, which is the last settlement before Everest Base Camp. The windy, rocky path affords wonderful views of Pumori, Nuptse and other magnificent peaks. After a glacier crossing we reach Gorakshep, check in at our lodge and enjoy a well-deserved lunch. You can spend some time celebrating the fact that you have made it all the way to this marvelous spot!
After some rejuvenation, our adventure continues with a hike towards Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Icefall. The trail passes over rocky moraines and glacial streams, until we reach the base camp, perched on the rock-covered Khumbu Glacier. We explore the base camp, bask in the awesomeness of the surrounding mountains, and then return to Gorakshep.
Overnight in Buddha Lodge
Hike to Kalapatthar (5545m) and trek to Pheriche (4270m)
Today we will rise early and hike to Kalapatthar to enjoy sunrise over the highest mountains in the world. From here you will have a panoramic view of Everest and many other peaks, such as Pumori, Khumbetse, Nuptse, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Thamserku and others. We’ll return to the lodge in Gorakshep for breakfast, and afterwards start the trek to Pheriche.
In the Sherpa village of Pheriche, the Himalayan Rescue Association has opened a seasonal hospital to help trekkers suffering from Acute Mountain Sickness. Gamow Bags and oxygen cylinders are available here, which can be life-saving equipment.
Overnight in Himalayan Lodge
Trek to Khumjung (3600m)
Today the trail descends to the towns of Pangboche and Tengboche. Along the way we will pass some old Sherpa monasteries, and if you’re lucky we can see mountain goats, musk deer and many Himalayan birds. In particular, look out for Nepal’s national bird, the Danphe, which lives in this area. Looking like a cross between a pheasant and a peacock, it is a beautiful and colorful bird that will certainly delight you.
Although we are descending in altitude today, the trail rises and falls, and is steeply uphill in parts. From Khumjung—one of the largest settlements in the Khumbu region—you will get wonderful views of AmaDablam, KusumKangaru and Konde-RI. You will also pass the well-equipped high school built by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1960, and have the chance to visit an old monastery in which an ‘authentic’ Yeti skull is kept.
Overnight in Hotel AmaDablam
Trek to Monjo (2800m)
We descend in altitude a lot today, and you will probably feel the air get warmer, and easier to breathe. The trees and vegetation will get thicker once again.
Overnight in Hotel Monjo
Trek to Lukla (2820m)
Today we retrace our steps back down to Lukla, through rhododendron and pine forests, past Benkar and Phakding to Chaunrikhara. We leave the main trail at Chaunrikhara, and climb the short distance to the small airstrip of Lukla. You can feel very proud of yourself for completing this trip, and making it back to the starting point.
Overnight in Hotel Mera Lodge
Return flight to Kathmandu - Home Sweet Home
You will fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning and will be picked up from the airport and transferred to Hotel Traditional Comfort. The rest of the day is free to relax, or if you have any energy left, to do some gentle sightseeing or shopping in Kathmandu. Hotel Traditional Comfort is conveniently located a short walk from the Thamel district, where you will find many souvenir shops and multi-cuisine restaurants.
Overnight in Hotel Traditional Comfort
Departure to airport
Departure to the airport for your flight home.
Breakfast in Hotel Traditional Comfort