Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek is the classical trek of 13 days trekking length. It is one of the most popular trekking trail in the world because Mount Everest is there.
You will have the opportunity to witness the world’s highest mountain peaks including Mt. Everest, Amadablam and many more in the adventure district – Khumbu region.
When is the best time to Trek Everest Base Camp Trek?
Thousands of trekkers fly to Lukla during the main seasons Autumn (September, October, November) and Spring (March, April, May). But nowadays, many trekkers choose the off-season who don’t like a crowd and want to trek on budget.
Trekking during winter season (December, January and February) also can be done to Everest Base Camp if you are physically and mentally fit. Generally, trekking during monsoon season (June, July, August) is not highly recommended as there will be high chances of cancellation of Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flights. Get details on our Everest Base Camp trek blog about trekking seasons to Mt. Everest.
What to expect during Kalapathar Everest Base Camp Treks?
This is the famous trek, it’s fine. But, you will get more than a trekking ie exploration of scenic panorama of Khumbu valley, visiting around the Sherpa capital – Namche bazaar, follow the footprints of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, witnessing the world’s highest mountain peaks, play with Himalayan yaks, experience the unique culture and hospitality of Sherpa people.
Kalapathar Trek Itinerary/Routes
Heian Treks and Expedition has 13 days EBC Trek packages from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. This itinerary includes the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, trekking to Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Pheriche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, Everest Base Camp and Pangboche returning to Namche Bazaar and Lukla for flight to Kathmandu.
How much cost does it take to trek Everest Base Camp?
This might be the most asked by the trekkers while they are planning for a trek to EBC. The cost of Everest Base Camp trek may be variable as per following topics
- The size of trekking group
- Mode of Trekking (Budget or Luxury)
- Acclimatization days (normally it should be 2 days rest day for surviving of Altitude sickness)
- The season, weather and climate. Sometime, the flights can be cancelled due to bad weather so it increases the trekking length and hence the cost.
- The accommodation, food and services that you choose.
EBC Trek Difficulty
Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek is a challenging trekking. The trail passes through the remote tough rocky trails, Himalayan glacier, alpine forests and suspension bridges. But, the scenic part is the experience rather than trek difficulty. What you experience during the trek will be your memory.
But, you must be careful about the altitude sickness and do prepare before you go for Everest Base Camp. Here is the detailed information about Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek difficulty, check it out here.
Day 1 Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (2835m)
Wake up early in the morning, breakfast at hotel and drive to domestic airport and then fly to Lukla (2815m). On this very day, we will trek for about 4 hours to Phakding. The trial takes you through Dudh (milk) Koshi (river) and pine forest. We pass small groups of donkeys and yaks carrying trading goods and trek gear along the trial. The allure of the mountain is hard to resist, but we must be patient, as it is very important to acclimatize slowly and thereby fully appreciate our time at high altitude. It is the journey of first step so that needs to go slowly. Overnight at tea house
Day 2 Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3446m)
The trial climbs up the Dudh Koshi Canyon, crossing from side to side passing the villages of Benkar and Chomou and through forests of blue pine, fir and juniper. Between 3600m and 4200m birch and rhododendron predominate. Solid villages with dry stone walls of the type and the lake district can be seen running down from the high meadows. After registering the name of tourist at Jorsale, the trial undulates along the valley up to the confluence of Bhotekoshi and Dudh Koshi. This part of the trial is virtually sunless and notoriously cold and windy, the wind funneling down the gorges of both rivers. From this point, you begin the final step to Namche Bazaar. Along the trial, you can explore the Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Lhotse etc. Overnight rest at Namche bazaar.
Day 3 Namche Bazaar 3440 m
A rest day for acclimatization, which is situated in a sheltered horseshoe shaped basin high above the Bhote Koshi Gorge.Terraced houses cling to the hillside.It is as developed town where banking facilities also available.
Day 4 Namche to Tengboche 3860 m
From Namche, it is a steep one hour climb to Shyangboche ( 3720m). There are good views of Amadablam and Everest from here, and a short airfield built to serve the superb view at Everest view hotel. The trial descends from the this point to the village of Khumjung(3790m). The gompa claims to possess the skull of a yeti, though tests have shown it to be that of humble serow (a goat like antelope). The mixed forest of rhododendron, birch and silver fir contrasts with the bar slopes of the gorge and you may see musk deer and impeyan pheasant. The trial from Khumjung goes down the valley, past chortens and mani walls and soon meet the trial from Namche to Tengboche then climb steeply at first through forest then more gradually to the Tengboche. At early in the morning, a magnificient view of Kwangde (6187m), Tawache (6542m), Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7835m), Lhotse (8616m), Amadablam (6856m), Kangtega ( 6779m) and Thamserku (6608m) can be arrayed in a stunning panorama. Mani Rimdu festival held in full moon day of November/December.
Day 5 Tengboche to Pheriche 4240 m
Descend through forest to Devuche where there are a few travellers’ lodges & nunnery. After crossing the Imja Khola on a steel suspension bridge, climb up past some mani stones to pangboche (3860m), the highest all year settlement in the valley with the HRA first aid post and some lodges. The gomba claims to have a yeti scalp and hand, which yopu can view for a small fee. The trial passes through the small villages of Sherpa community.
Day 6 Pheriche rest
A side trip can be made up to Nagkartshang Gompa (4600m) which also offers a good view of Makalu. There is another, more strenuous, side trip to Chhukung (4700m), a small summer settlement where you can get excellent views of Island peak, Lhotse & Amadablam.
Day 7 Pheriche to Lobuche 4910 m
The first part of the route passes up the long scrubby flat bottom of the valley to Phulung Kharka. It rises steadily, then drops down, crosses the river and enters Dughla (4620m) with its tea shops. From here the trial climbs higher and onto the moraine. A row of chortens in memory of the Sherpas who have died on Everest marks the top of the climb. The views of Tawache & Nuptse are spectacular from Lobuche.
Day 8 Lobuche to Gorak Shep 5140 m
Khumbu Glacier morain until the terminal morain of the Changri Nup and Changri Shar glaciers on your left. It then becomes steeper and rougher as you climb to the top of the morain. As it crosses an unconsolidated slope, the path changes from season to season. Usually, there are small stone cairns and tell tale signs of Yak droppings to indicate the way. Then a short descend to a dry sandy area of Gorak Shep which has a small lake beyond. Mt. Pumori (7161m) can easily be seen from this point. As you follow the south ridge down, you can see Kalapatthar(5545m), the common point for viewing Everest.
Day 9 Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp (5364m)
Gorakshep – EBC is the east of Khumbu Glaciers. After Gorak Shep, you head out through boulder strewn area, some of the rocks having inscription to the many climbers and Sherpas who have died in pursuit of the summit. The trial then crosses the morain wall and descends to the Khumbu Glaciers which you cross. Cairns mark the route which changes the path frequently. A great care is required. The round trip from Gorak Shep-EBC-Gorak Shep requires 6 hours.
Day 10 Gorakshep to Pangboche 3930 m
The trek decends down to Pheriche, lunch and finally the walk ends at Pangboche (3860m), the place is at the bank of Imja Khola.
Day 11 Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
Today, the trial descends down and stopping at Tengboche. The full moon day in November-December, the colour full festival called Mani Rimdu falls with singing and dancing. Overnight at Namche.
Day 12 Namche Bazaar to Lukla
The trial from Namche steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continues on an easy regular trial. Overnight at Lukla.
Day 13 Lukla/Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu airport and drive to city
- Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight
- Accommodation & meals during the trek
- Conservation permit & TIMS
- English Speaking Guide
- Necessary porters
- Domestic airport pick up & drop
- Staff allowance & their insurance
- Arrival pick up & departure transfer
- Three over night Kathmandu hotel
- Beverages & Bar bills
- Personal expenses
- Insurance in case of emergency ( Like helicopter rescue)
- Airport Taxes
- Tipping & other expenses like donation to any party
- Meals during the stay in Kathmandu
Date & Availability
Trip Start From:
Trip End In:
Kathmandu- Namche- Lobuche- Gokyo lake- Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp - Gorakshep - Pangboche - Namche Bazaar
Conservation and TIMS
September to November and March to May