06 Oct 19D18N Kathmandu + Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

The whole trip took about 19 days including exploring the capital of Nepal – Kathmandu and two additional days for acclimatization during the trek. If you used to climb mountains and have no problems with high-altitude, then you can opt for a shorter trek. For beginners, I strongly suggest you take your time for your body to get used to the altitude and weather because I personally think the most important thing during the trek is to enjoy the journey, not to compete with others.

Before the trip, my partner and I were contemplating whether to get a hiking guide as we were so used to traveling and exploring ourselves. Thank god that we did get ourselves a hiking guide from the Nepal Hiking Team. They drew up for us a very interesting package with a decent price which we are very happy and satisfied with.

It is also very important to check with your guides for the suitable period to trek Everest Base Camp. You do not want to trek Everest Base Camp during the winter season. I am sure it will be freezingly cold. There are two trekking seasons in a yearSpring (mid-March to May) and Autumn (September to November) when the temperature is slightly higher and the weather is dry.

Here is my Kathmandu and Everest Base Camp trek’s 19D18N itinerary:

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Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu and pick up by the representative of 
the Nepal Hiking Team. The representative will share some basic information about Nepal about their country, city, people and culture. There are no planned activities for the day, so it’s free and easy. 

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour + Trek Preparation
Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

alpenglow-daily-nepal-ebc-3Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) | Trek duration: 3 hrs
Early morning transfer from hotel to the airport for Lukla flight. The flight into Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at high evaluation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters! Trek to Phakding with green landscape & view of Kusum Kangraru. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

// Click here to read my personal flight experience to Lukla.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) | Trek duration: 5~6 hrs
We trek along the Dudh Kosi river, ascend through Himalayan pine and Doedar cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days in Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike we capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05: Acclimatization day – Namche Bazar – Everest View Hotel – Return | Trek duration: 2 ~3 hrs
We hike to Syangboche Airport (3700m), the supposed to the highest airport in the world. Then continue climbing to Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache etc. On the way back, we visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) | Trek duration: 5 hrs
The flat and easy trail leads towards the view of Mt. Everest, then descends deep into the Dudh Kosi Valley at Pungki Thanka; from here it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Tengboche Monastery (3860m). It is the spiritual center of the Khumbu; the climb is long, but more than adequately compensated by views of Mt. Amadablam and on a clear day, views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

alpenglow-daily-nepal-ebc2-6Great view of Mount Ama Dablam as we crossed the Imja Khola river.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) | Trek duration: 5 hrs
Descend through a beautiful forest then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m); perhaps today is the most interesting trekking because you will not lose altitude like on other days and you will enjoy views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse & other peaks; the route continues through pastures to Dingboche, known as the summer valley. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 08: Acclimatization Day – Dingboche to Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and return | Trek duration: 2~3 hrs
This would be your second acclimatization day that requires about 6 hours of trekking to an altitude of 5100m. After breakfast, you ascend Nagerjun (5100m), a hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. The main aim is to climb high and sleep low. The foot path becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically challenging day :  ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude. From this altitude, there are good views of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). On a clear day, you could even see Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, including great views of the Pheriche Valley. After a short rest, you start the descent back to Dingboche :  the walk at altitude takes about 2 hours. After lunch you should take a well-deserved rest, afternoon temperatures could drop rapidly as the sun sets over the mountain tops. You will spend the second night in Dingboche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

// Click here to read our personal experience from Namchee Bazaar to Dingboche. You have no idea what we’ve been through.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) | Trek duration: 5 hrs
Trek along a broad valley floor to Dughla and continue up the valley, gaining altitude. Come out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures of Lobuche (4910m). Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) then back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft) | Trek duration: 8 hrs
After a short climb through meadows, look down on the Khumbu Glacier. Straight ahead is Kalapattar – the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After a couple of hours, we will get at Gorekshep, and continue our journey to Everest Base camp. There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs and, combined with altitude, this can be a tiring portion- but the journey is worth it. After approximately 3 hrs of hiking, you will arrive at Base Camp and enjoy views of the Khumbu Glacier and icefall, where Everest expeditions begin. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

alpenglow-daily-nepal-ebc3-8Clear blue sky on our way to the Everest Base Camp (5,364m) from Gorekshep (5,181m).

Day 11 (Tuesday, 19 April): Hiking to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) – Gorekshep  and trek to Dzongla (4830m/15840ft) | Trek duration: 7 hrs
The day starts with a hike up to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft), the best viewpoint to witness Mt. Everest and the spectacular Himalayan range. Then trek back to Gorekshep for hot breakfast and then descend to Dzongla. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 12 (Wednesday, 20 April): Trek to Dragnak/Thangna (4700m/15415ft) via crossing Cho La pass (5420m/17780ft) | Trek duration: 7 hrs
We begin the day by climbing to Chola-la crossing over and descending once more to Thanga (4700m/15415ft). Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 13 (Thursday, 21 April): Trek to Gokyo lakes (4790m/15710ft) | Trek duration: 2-3 hrs
We trek to Gokyo Lake crossing over Ngozumpa Glacier (the large glacier in the Himalayan 36 Kilometers in Length). Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight at this juncture. After lunch, you may explore around the Lake, Dudh Pokhari. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 14 (Friday, 22  April): Hiking to Gokyo RI (5483m/19083ft) and trek to Dole (4200m/13775) | Trek duration: 7 hrs
Gokyo Ri is the highlight of this trip. Early morning, we hike up to the Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak). Climbing to Gokyo Ri is obviously strenuous as it is steep up and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top. But even from the trial scenery of Gokyo village on the edge of the third lake overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Ngozumpa Glacier are mind blowing. We feel like we are surrounded by panoramic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. The sight of sunrays kissing the Everest that towers over all surrounding peaks are unlike from Kalapattar (from Kalapattar Nuptse seems taller). Our Gokyo Ri visit will be unforgettable lifetime memories. We trek down to Gokyo. Upon breakfast, we trek to down to Dole. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 15: Trek to Namche (3440m/11285ft) | Trek duration: 6 hrs
Descend to Phorste Tenga (3680m/1270ft) and complete steep climb to Mong- la Danda (4940m/16200ft), again we descend to Kyangjuma (3550m/11645ft) then easier trail to Namche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) | Trek duration: 7 hrs
The trek continues along the Dudh Kosi River to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu
30-minutes amazing scenic fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

Day 18: Buffer day in Kathmandu
Spend the day in Kathmandu, to rest or to explore, as per your inclination. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

Day 19: Farewell
Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport.

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For more information or further questions about the itinerary, you can e-mail me at jacq@alpenglowdaily.com

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