Trekking in Nepal

Everest Base Camp & Kalapatthar Trek

Everest Base Camp & Kalapatthar Trek
  • Total Duration

    16 days
  • Trek Grade

    Moderate
  • Trek Duration

    12 days
  • Max Elevation

    5550m at Kalapatthar
  • Mode of Trek

    Teahouse
  • Trek Starts

    Lukla
  • Trek Ends

    Lukla

“On the high yak & yeti trail towards the giant peaks of Khumbu.”

Overview

The Everest region is one of the most popular and spectacular destinations in Nepal, for trekkers and mountaineers alike. It offers a fascinating and enjoyable environment. This trek begins with a scenic flight to Lukla. It passes through many traditional farming villages, with beautiful views of the highest snow-capped peaks in the world, and continues on to Kalapatthar, the highest point of the trek, for a breathtaking panorama of peaks and glaciers, including Mt. Everest, which seems only a stone's throw away.

The Everest Base Camp itinerary is set to be flexible, enabling you to enjoy and immerse yourself in the magnificent natural surroundings. The trip includes all the highlights of Sagarmatha National Park, including Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, which is the Sherpa capital, an unmatched view from Kalapatthar (5,545m), and the ever-exciting Everest Base Camp, which is an extraordinary viewpoint for Nuptse, Everest, and Lhotse. This trek gives ample time and opportunity to visit Buddhist monasteries, both at Khumjung, one of the oldest in the area, and at Thyangboche, one of the newest, as it was rebuilt after being burned to the ground.


Departures

SPRING - AUTUMN

15 March to 31 March
12 April to 28 April
03 May to 19 May
20 September to 06 October
18 October to 03 November
15 November to 01 November

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and Transfer to Hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff , who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus. Overnight in Hotel
Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of Kumari, hailed as the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure. Overnight in Hotel
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2840m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m) 04 Hrs
This morning you will be transferred from your hotel to the Kathmandu airport for the domestic flight to Lukla. The flight itself is awe-inspiring, as you fly parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibet/China. Flying time to Lukla is approximately 35 minutes. Upon arrival in Lukla, there will be time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load equipment. Lukla lies at an altitude of (2,850m.) and means “place of sheep.” From Lukla, you descend northwest on a wide trail to the village of Choblung in the Dudh Koshi Valley. The valley is covered with beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. The walking is easy as you follow the river’s course, passing through the village of Ghat. Your destination for today is a small village of Phakding, where accommodation is provided in a teahouse/lodge. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 04: Trek to Namche (3440m) 05 Hrs

After crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi, the walk is pleasant, with a few short ups and downs, until you re-cross the Dudh Koshi from the village of Benkar, taking in the magnificent view of Thermasarkhu (6,608m). You then cross the long suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River to reach Monjo, situated below the spectacular peak of Thermasherkhu and a few minutes' walk from the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. At the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, your trekking permit (esp ecially the park ticket) is checked, as the park keeps a record of all trekkers in the area.

From here, a short descent brings you again to another suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River, after which you reach a bridge to Jorsalle village, the last village and the only place to shop until Namche Bazaar. The walk from Jorsalle village is pleasant, following the river until coming to the last bridge over the Imjatse River. The walk to Namche Bazaar traces a winding, uphill path, with a magnificent view of Kwangde Peak and its other sister peaks towards the east and with K usum Kangru at your back. As you climb higher, you can view the Mt. Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse, and Taweche Peak, all the way up to Thop Danda, where there is a stone wall for porters and trekkers to rest on. From here, another 1-2 hour walk takes you to the destination of the day, the famed Namche Bazaar, where the colorful houses are situated in amphitheater style.Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 05: Rest Day in Namche / Acclimatization Day
Suggested activities include a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headqu arters, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar, with breathtaking views of the surrounding snowcapped giants and the deep valleys way down below. There is also an interesting museum providing with various information on the history of the Himalayas, the geographic information of the area, cultural practices, mountaineering history, and flora and fauna of the region. You can spend the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3860m) 05 Hrs
After breakfast, the trail leads you down a good, winding path with spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse to the north east, Ama Dablam to the east, Kangtenga, Thermasarkhu to the southeast, and Kwangde to the south. After a few hours walk, the path descends towards Fungi Thenga, where you will stop for lunch. After lunch, you ascend through a beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron trees before reaching Tengboche after two hours. Upon arriving in Tengboche, you will pay a visit to the monastery with your guide. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4446m) 05 Hrs
After a rewarding time in Thyangboche, the trail descend through a forest of birch, fir, juniper, and rhododendron before it finally reaches Debouche, a lovely spot sit uated at 3650m, with magnificent views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse. From Debouche, the trail meanders past a long prayer Mani wall. The path is gradual until you reach a small bridge over the narrow gorge of the Imjatse River. From here, it is a gradual ascent most of the way to Pang boche village. Lush vegetation vanishes as you gain altitude. After Pangboche, it is a short climb to Shomare for lunch. Sho mare is a small settlement with a fantastic view of Ama Dablam. From here, you can see the northern face of Kangteng a peak. After a pleasant break in Shomare, your journey continues gradually towards the east; after an hour of walking, just before a small wooden bridge, the road splits in two directions, going towards Pheriche or towards the east, which is the trail you will follow. From here, you can see a totally different view of Ama Dablam, its towering north face. From the bridge, the trail climbs slowly, winding above the Imjatse River, until you arrive at a big Mani stupa. From here on wards the walk is fairly moderate as it enters the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse, with a view of the eastern snow-capped m ountains, including Island peak or Imjatse (6,189m). Dingboche is situate d amongst beautiful patchwork fields enclosed by stone walls, which protect the crops of barley, buckwheat, and potato es from the cold winds and grazing animals. Dingboche has about ten teahouses and it is also the gateway to Chukung. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 08: Rest Day in Dingboche
Today you can take time to explore this part of the Khumbu region. If you are feeling energetic, you can take an optional trek towards Chukung, or simply hike to the top of the hill for the view of Makalu and other peaks. Explore the hidden Imjatse Valley with its awesome views. After Chukung, you retrace your journey for 2-3 hrs back to Dingboche for the overnight stop. After 3 pm, the Himalay an Rescue Association will brief you about high altitude sickness. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche ( 4930m) 05 Hrs
Today’s walk leads you uphill to a small prayer monument (Chorten) and past the village down below, from where you commence trekking on the gradual uphill path with awesome views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. After a good two hours of trekking, you reach Thugla (Dugla). From here, the path climbs towards a small ridge (4,600m), where you can observe a memorial for climbers who died on the Everest expeditions. From this spot, the walk to Lobuche is an hour or two on a good trail. Lobuche, situated just below Lobuche peak, is well-sheltered from the strong Himalayan wind. Lobuche has about six to eight lodges. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and to Gorakhshep (5140m) 06 Hrs
Today wake up early and after tea, trek to Gorakhshep crossing through the huge boulders and glacier part. The walk is pleasant except for the high altitude gain, the trail is gentle for an hour with few short steep climb before reaching the moraine and glacier portion, great view of the Khumbu glacier down below with striking scenery of the high snow capped mountain in front of you, after going through the moraine section a short descend brings you at Gorakhshep, after a break here continue towards Everest Base Camp for another two hours, the path is quite rough in some section. Base Camp is lively in the high climbing season, after being here at the foot of Number One retrace the journey back to Gorakhshep. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 11: Trek to Pangboche (3930m) With Visit to Kalapatthar (5550m) 06 Hrs
In the early morning trek up to the Kalapathar. On the trail, a great view of beautiful Mt. Pumori. This section of the trek also provides good views of the Mt. Everest at a stone throw distance. It is approximately two hrs climb to the top which offers breathtaking views. After the wond erful memorable experience head back to Gorakhshep for breakfast and trek back to Pangboche. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 12: Trek to Namchhe (3440m) 04 hrs
The trail from Pangboche descends towards Imja Khola, after crossing the bridge. Following the gradual trail to Debouche for an hour, from Debouche forty minutes climb to Tengboche. From Tengboche the route steeply descends to Phunki Thangka through the pine and Rhododendron forest then ascends the ridge towards passing some small villages and join at Shanasha and Kyanjuma. Further two hours walk path reaches you at Namche Bazaar.Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2840m) 04 Hrs

Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at your own best pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around.

Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approximately 45 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu 45 Min
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. As we get hold of the boarding pass depending upon our flight time we make our way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 45 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snowcapped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, one of our Tour Officers will be waiting to receive and escort you back to the Hotel. Overnight in Hotel
Day 15: Free Day in Kathmandu
A free day in Kathmandu please let our staff know if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or if you need to extend your stay for few days and join in our extension trip White Water Rafting, Jungle Safari, Paragliding or Bungee Jump.Overnight in Hotel
Day 16: Final Departure
Keep the departure time of international flight in mind, and make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and passport handy! Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from beautiful Nepal.

Sagarmatha National Park – Area (1148 Sq. Km)

LOCATION: Sagarmatha National Park is located to the northeast of Kathmandu in the Khumbu Region of Nepal. The park includes the highest peak in the world, Mt. Sagarmatha (Everest), and several other well-known peaks, such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyo, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kwangde, Khangtiaga and Gyachung Kang. The park was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1979.

FEATURES: The Mountains of Sagarmatha National Park are geologically young and broken up by deep gorges and glacial valleys. Vegetation includes pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes, fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods, scrub and alpine plant communities, and bare rock and snow. The famed bloom of rhododendrons occurs during spring (April and May), although most other flora is colorful during the monsoon season (June to August). Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are the Himalayan thar, ghoral, serow, and musk deer. The snow leopard and the Himalayan black bear are present, but rarely sighted. Other mammals rarely seen are the weasel, marten, Himalayan mouse hare (pika), jackal, and languor monkey.

The park is populated by approximately 3,000 of the famed Sherpa people, whose lives are interwoven with the teachings of Buddhism. The main settlements are Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Khunde, Thame, Thyangboche, Pangboche and Phortse. The economy of the Khumbu Sherpa community has traditionally been heavily based on trade and livestock herding, but with the coming of international mountaineering expeditions since 1950 and an increasing influx of foreign trekkers, the Sherpa economy today is becoming increasingly dependent on tourism.

Complimentary Services

Services as mentioned below are rendered complimentary upon confirmation of your booking with us:
  • Complimentary tourist registration to respective consulate office or embassy
  • Complimentary international flight ticket re-confirmation
  • Complimentary Gurkha Encounters T-Shirt (subject to availability)
  • Complimentary welcome dinner in one of the finest local restaurants in Kathmandu with cultural shows presented by different ethnic groups
  • Complimentary use of sleeping bags and down jackets

Mode of Payment

To confirm your trip we request you an upfront payment of 40% of the quoted amount by authorizing the same with your credit card details filled up in our GE Booking Form.
If you pay by cheque/ bank draft please make it payable to:
Gurkha Encounters Pvt. Ltd.
GPO Box: 20195, A3B, Indreni Apartment,
Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 441 7959
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Note: If you pay by Master/Visa cards there is a bank service charge of 4% which will be charged as an extra; for payment through American Express there is a 5.5% bank service charge.

Terms & Conditions

  • The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
  • Cancellation should be made 48 hours before departure and a 40% cancellation charge is approved besides tax, transportation and permit. See specific information below
  • No refund will be given if the program ends before the provided itinerary date.
  • The Company is not to be held responsible for your early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feels it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues
  • The Company is not liable for an unconvinced or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances
  • The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in international flights being missed
  • The Company is not responsible for the financial implications of rescue. Please ensure you have the appropriate insurance to cover these situations before you arrive in Nepal
  • Our staffs are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety, their conclusions regard safety are final and should you not follow their advice the Company cannot be held responsible for the outcome.
If you wish to cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of charges will apply:

Date of Cancellation Charge Incurred

2 months before departure
29 days to 2 months before departure
10 to 28 days before departure
Less than 10 days before departure
Loss of deposit (40% of Total Trip Cost TTC)
50% of TTC
70% of TTC
100% of TTC
  • 2 months before departure
    Loss of deposit (40% of Total Trip Cost TTC)
  • 29 days to 2 months before departure
    50% of TTC
  • 10 to 28 days before departure
    70% of TTC
  • Less than 10 days before departure
    100% of TTC

Useful Information

Tailor Made Private Charter Adventures

We offer a very competitive complete tailor made service and are happy to design private charter programs for individuals and for groups as well as to tailor any of our packages to more closely meet your requirements. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges, fun draising programs, student programs to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We don’t charge a fortune to tailor make a trip for you and we have plenty of ideas, suggestions and experience we’re happy to share. We’ll work clo sely with you to design your adventure. Our advertised brochure prices will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay but we’ll provide individual quotes based upon your itinerary, requirements, budget and number of people traveling. Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your flights, accommodation, guides, transport, permits, peak fees, equipment requirements, food and all ground handling service for treks, expeditions or tours, using our local knowledge, expertise and contacts. And yo u can get on with enjoying yourself.

Trekking In The Himalaya

The Himalaya mountain regions provide some of the finest trekking routes available anywhere. Within the Himalaya, Nepal’s mountainous, hilly and lowland Terai regions offer some of the most spectacular trekking in the world. Treks vary from high altitude routes some of which visit base camps used by mountaineering expeditions to easy short treks within the Kathmandu Valley and lower hill country where you’ll travel through pretty villages, subtropical lowlands, vast meadows and forests, fast flowing rivers, deep canyons and even the cold and barren regions at the feet of the great mountain peaks. The views change with the seasons, with different stages of planting and harvesting cycles in the villages and valleys and the brilliant display of wild flowers in spring and autumn.
Trekking with us means an adventure walking holiday, with a small group of other trekkers, led by an experienced and professional English speaking local guide. We use professionally trained and experienced local Sherpa guides or Sirdars on our treks, tours and expeditions and are totally confident in their ability and experience. Local guides are integral to providing you with the best travel experience. Not only can they share local knowledge and insights, at the same time as you travel you are contributing to the local economy and supporting local communities at the same time as you travel. Whatever route you choose, you’ll be sure to meet local people and enjoy stunning landscapes as you walk at your own pace through well established village trails. Whilst some of the popular trekking trails are used by climbing expeditions on their approach marches, most have been used for hundreds of years by the local Nepalese for everyday travel and trade.

Tea House Trekking

On the more popular treks in Nepal, particularly in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges, similar to European style alpine lodges offering simple but comfortable accommodation and food. We offer a selection of single/twin sharing rooms in the best available lodges run to a high level of service. We also supply a four season sleeping bag and cotton liner free of charge on our teahouse treks. Hire of other key items if needed can be arranged in advance. During the trek you’ll have 3 meals a day, with a mixture of European and Asian style dishes and large portions. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals, to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools, lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses a nd all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nig hts. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Small Group Travel

Most of our trips, treks and tours are organized on a small group basis, usually with a maximum of 16 persons in a group. On family holidays the maximum number is 20 to allow a number of families to join a group. By keeping numbers small we are able to offer a friendly, personal and high quality service.

Group and Club Organizers

If you are organizing a trip for a group or a club we will offer one free* additional place for every 10 bookings made. You can use this for your own travel, use it to reduce the overall cost of the trip for everyone or perhaps offer it as a fantastic prize for your group members or for a charity. Contact us for more details and for conditions (* permit fees, national park entry fees, airfares and departure taxes not included).

Grading System

In Nepal, the trails often zigzag with plenty of ascents and descents and it is better to think in terms of hours spent walki ng rather than miles covered. A typical day’s walking is from five to seven hours with a number of ascents and descents. This includes a one hour lunch stop, a comfortable pace of walking and time to enjoy your surroundings. We use four grades for our treks, inte nded to give you a general sense of what to expect and to help you choose which adventure will suit you best. Factors such as weather conditions, altitude, fitness level, experience, interests and how you feel on a particular day all contribute to how easy or strenuous you find a trip. If you’re unsure of whether a trek is suitable for you just contact us before making your booking.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals, to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools, lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses and all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nights. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Equipment Checklist

A pair of light hiking boots
A pair of sandals
2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
1 medium poly pro shirt
1 pile jacket
1 down jacket
1 woolen hat
A pair of sunglasses
A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (opt.)
A pair of woolen gloves
One Trekking pack 3000 cubic inches capacity
One Sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and One Sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30
Two Reading books (Optional)
One Walkman (Opt) and Music tapes (Opt) iPods Digi Camera and its Charger
A one liter water bottle
A pair of trekking poles
One flash light with 4 sets of batteries one
5 to 20 sleeping bag
Two Tshirts and one long sleeve T/city shirt
Two Trekking baggy pants.

Toiletry Items

moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc.

Miscellaneous Items

Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries, r eading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items.

Contact Us

We are always happy to provide more information and suggestions. If you are in Kathmandu, please visit our office in Baluwatar, Kathmandu. You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or telephone us on +977 1 441 7959 or contact to our Managing Director (RAJ) Mobile +977 9851022717. For general information please visit our website www.gurkhaencounters.com

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