Himalayan
Area

1,510 km²

Established

1961

DESCRIPTION

The Everest Base Camp Leisurely & Heli Return Trek promises a lifetime of cherished memories, with captivating stories and breathtaking locations at every turn. This trek offers a unique glimpse into the life and culture of the region, not just the mountains but also the people you meet.

Following the classic routes of legendary climbers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, this journey is steeped in history and adventure, traversing remote alpine regions, mountain ranges, glacier moraines, lakes, and rivers. It’s an opportunity to explore, discover new things, and meet new people.

Important Note:
Your safety is paramount to the Alpine Club of Himalaya. We reserve the right to cancel or change the itinerary if necessary for safety reasons, including weather conditions, health issues, or natural disasters. We ask for your full cooperation with the group leader in such situations, although we will strive to adhere to the planned itinerary.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

The flight to Nepal offers breathtaking views of endless mountain ranges and lush hills. Upon landing at Kathmandu International Airport and completing immigration procedures, you will be warmly greeted by a representative from the Alpine Club of Himalaya, who will escort you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore at your leisure.

Day 2: Sightseeing Kathmandu

After breakfast, embark on a full-day sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley, also known as the “City of Glory.” The valley offers various attractions, starting with Durbar Square, the epicenter of religious and cultural life, filled with historic temples and palaces showcasing glorious old architecture. Highlights include Kal Bhairav, Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Temple, Kasthamandap, and Kumari Ghar, the home of the Living Goddess.

Next, visit Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the world. Perched high on a hill, it offers panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the mountain ranges to the north. Following this, head to Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This expansive temple complex is situated along the banks of the holy Bagmati River. While only Hindus are permitted to enter the temple’s courtyard, tourists can view the temple from the eastern side of the river.

Lastly, visit Boudhanath, another significant Buddhist stupa and one of the largest in the world. This enormous structure features four pairs of eyes, each facing one of the cardinal directions, symbolizing vigilance over righteous behavior and human prosperity.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla trek to Phakding

Catch an early morning flight from Kathmandu Airport to Lukla, enjoying thrilling views of towering mountain giants along the way. Lukla, a picturesque Sherpa settlement atop a mountain, marks the starting point of your trek.

From Lukla, proceed towards Phakding, descending to the Dudh Koshi River and passing through the settlements of Chheplung, Ghat, Sano, and Thulo Gumela. Along the way, you’ll encounter the Chorten and monasteries of Drangdrak Gompa and Pema Choling Gompa, with breathtaking views of the sacred mountain peaks of Kumbila and its sister summit, Kusum Kanguru. These sacred mountains are among the few unclimbed summits in the Khumbu region, as climbing them is prohibited.

Phakding, situated at an elevation of 2,610 meters, is a small Sherpa settlement nestled in the heart of the Dudh Koshi Valley. Upon arrival, head to your tea house for some rest, and later, take time to explore the area.

Day 4: Phakding to Namche

Today you’ll be heading to Namche Bazar known as the “Sherpa capital”. After breakfast head to the trail crossing through the hamlet of Zamphute and Tok Tok witnessing rays of morning sun dazzling Thamserku peak. The trail passes the Dudh Koshi, a milky glacial river up to Monjo crossing number of suspension bridges and the iconic Hillary Suspension Bridge .

Arrange your permits for inspection before you approach the Sagarmatha National Park entrance a UNESCO world heritage site, after your permits are checked head down alongside the Dudh Koshi River to Jorsale. After a brief rest, head towards Namche Bazaar on an uphill trail on a steep path to an amazing high bridge over the Dudhkoshi River gorge, and just before this bridge, the Dudhkoshi is met by its tributary, the Bhote Koshi. As you gain altitude, you’ll catch your first glimpse of Mount Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge, from here Namche is a short hike away.

Day 5: Acclimatize at Namche

Today is your acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar. As you ascend, it’s essential to allow your body to adjust to the thinner air at higher elevations. The settlement offers various vantage points for acclimatization hikes.

At dawn and dusk, head to any vantage point to witness the breathtaking view of the Himalayas. The rays of the sun illuminate the snow-covered peaks of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and Lhotse. Later, visit the Sherpa Culture Museum to learn about the culture, traditions, and customs of the Sherpa people.

In the afternoon, explore some of the finest bakeries, cafés, restaurants, and shops around Namche. These amenities are unique to Namche and are seldom found on other trekking trails in the country.

Day 6: Namche to Pangboche

Today’s trail between Phortse and Pangboche is not the main route, so expect a narrow path with sheer drops in various sections. Take your time and proceed with caution. Pangboche is a significant settlement inhabited year-round, comprising two villages: Upper and Lower Pangboche.

In Lower Pangboche, lodges are plentiful, and the area features numerous riverside, stone-walled agricultural fields. Upper Pangboche is home to the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region, Riwa Gompa. Most trekkers pass through Lower Pangboche on their way up and visit Upper Pangboche on their return from Kala Patthar. Upon reaching Pangboche, head to your tea house for some rest.

Day 7: Pangboche to Dingboche

After an early breakfast, follow the path along the Imja Khola. The trail ascends towards the village of Shomare, gradually leaving the tree line behind. As you ascend, the landscape transforms into arid, dry terrain with patches of conifers, scrub, and isolated pasturelands.

Continue crossing the grazing lands and passing dotted stone huts, making your way through the settlements of Orsho and Tsuro Wog. Eventually, the trail descends to a point near the confluence of the Imja Khola and Khumbu Khola rivers. Climbing a low ridge, you’ll arrive at the sprawling hamlet of Dingboche. This region experiences cold and windy conditions, with sub-zero night temperatures even in the summer months.

Day 8: Acclimatize Dingboche

Today marks your second day of acclimatization. The settlement offers various vantage points perfect for acclimatization excursions. After breakfast, embark on a hike to the Chukhung valley, ascending along the Imja Khola valley. You’ll traverse a landscape marked by glacial moraines, surrounded by towering, imposing mountains.

From there, head towards the vantage point of Chukhung Ri, a rocky hill situated behind the village. Here, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of Lhotse, Makalu, Cho You, Cholatse, Taboche, Lobuche West, and Lobuche East. After taking in the vistas, return to the settlement and spend some time exploring the area.

Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche

On today’s journey to Lobuche, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the majestic Himalayas, with mountains encompassing your view from all sides, captivating your imagination. Passing through Dusa, you’ll encounter uninhabited stone huts belonging to herdsmen. From there, continue towards Dughla, then onwards to Chupki Lhara.

At Chupki Lhara, you’ll come across large heaps of stones adorned with prayer flags, serving as a memorial for mountaineers who lost their lives while attempting to summit Mount Everest and other peaks in the region. After a brief ascent, you’ll be greeted by the pristine blue waters of Chola Lake.

Continuing from Chupki Lhara, the trail descends to the Khumbu glacier moraine, where you’ll walk alongside the towering peaks of Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Pumori. A final stretch alongside a babbling stream leads you to the settlement of Lobuche.

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Hike to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep.

Today’s trek is challenging and requires an early start. The initial part of the journey takes you through high Himalayan pasture lands and grassy terrains dotted with rocky boulders. Throughout the trek, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the snow-capped peaks looming ahead.

After a 60-meter ascent, you’ll reach the top of the lateral moraine wall of the Changri glacier, arriving at a leveled spot known as Thangma Riju. Here, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of the Himalayan giants, including Taboche, Lobuche, Pumori, and other peaks of the Mahalangur Himal range, with vistas extending all the way to Tibet and Nuptse on the eastern horizon.

Continuing on, the trail crosses the moraine of the Changri glacier and eventually joins the Khumbu glacier from the west. Be prepared for steep, stony slopes as you make your way to Gorak Shep, exercising extra caution along the way. Upon reaching Gorak Shep, you’ll catch your first glimpse of Kala Patthar.

Leaving your heavy backpack at Gorak Shep, proceed towards Everest Base Camp, walking alongside the shallow blue waters of Gorak Shep lake. Along the way, you’ll be treated to views of the Changtse peak and the Lho La peak in close proximity. Traverse glaciers, icefalls, frozen pools of meltwater, exposed icy walls, and large boulders as you make your way to Everest Base Camp. After exploring the base camp, descend back to Gorak Shep for the night.

Day 11: Hike to Kala Patthar and Helicopter Flight to Kathmandu.

Today, you’ll embark on a journey to the renowned vantage point of Kala Patthar, often bustling with trekkers along this trail. Start your day early after a light breakfast, traversing through the wide sandy bed of a dried lake and ascending via steep zigzag trails. As you climb, you’ll be treated to views of Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse. Higher up, a grand vista of the Khumbu glacier and the Nuptse massif unfolds before you. The final stretch to the summit of Kala Patthar rewards you with panoramic views of the towering Himalayan peaks, including the majestic Mt. Everest. After a brief sojourn at the summit, retrace your steps back to Gorak Shep.

Upon reaching Gorak Shep, board a helicopter to bid farewell to the rugged terrain of the Everest region. During the flight, marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas. Flying over snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, and picturesque villages, immerse yourself in the grandeur of nature from a unique perspective. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, make your way to your accommodation. Later, venture out to explore the bustling streets of Thamel. In the evening, join in for a farewell dinner program to commemorate the successful conclusion of your adventure.

Day 12: Final Departure

Today, it’s time to bid farewell to Nepal and return to your country. The representative from the Alpine Club of Himalaya will ensure you reach the airport three hours before your scheduled departure flight. If you wish to extend your stay, feel free to consult us for short tours such as game drives at national parks, rafting adventures, mountain biking excursions, or tours to Tibet, India, Bhutan, and other destinations. We’re here to assist you in planning additional adventures to make the most of your time in this beautiful region.

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