Everest Base Camp 2021
Trek Itinerary: 17-18 days


DAY 1   Arrive Kathmandu,  taxi to hotel
After going through Immigration and gathering luggage, grab a taxi outside the hotel (25 mins),  located in Thamel, a vibrant neighborhood with wonderful restaurants and shopping. Relax and explore!  (Visa instructions and address will be provided.)

DAY 2 Free Day
Short meeting with your trekking guide for info about the trip and departure to Lukla tomorrow.
Now is the time to ask any last minute question and make final preparations.

Breakfast included


DAY 3 Domestic flight to Lukla – Trek to Phakding or Monjo  (approx. 2835m)

The mountain flight into Lukla is spectacular and the landing an exciting beginning to the trek –Once in Lukla, head through pine and cedar woods along the Dudh Kosi to Phakding.

Today is an easy 5 – 6hrs of trekking if you go to Monjo, a bit shorter if you stay in Phakding.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 4 Monjo – Namche Bazaar (3500m)

Just after Monjo is the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, and an hour after that you cross the last of the suspension bridges. From here, it’s about an hour and a half of steady uphill trekking to Namche Bazaar.

Just outside the village is a rest area where you may see Everest for the first time, weather permitting!

Namche Bazaar is the main trading village for the region, and a wonderful place to find a few last Western luxuries, or relax in an internet café.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


DAYS 5/6 Namche Bazaar (3500m)

Acclimatization Days, “Climb high, sleep low”

There are a variety of lovely day treks to take from Namche to help gain additional altitude and help your body acclimate. Your guides will take you to some favorite spots, maybe even The Everest View Hotel!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included



 DAY 7  Namche Bazaar – Tengbouche (3900m)

A gorgeous walk out of Namche, stone steps lead down through rhododendrons, birches, and conifers where plenty of birds, especially pheasants are abundant. At the bottom lies the small village of Debouche and its convent.

Along the valley are stunning views Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam!

The next 90 mins or so is steeply uphill to Tengbouche.  Thisvillage has one of the best views of Everest and is also home the largest gompa (Buddhist monastery) in the region.

You may spend the night here, or walk another 20 min. to Debouche.  6 hrs

DAY 8, Tengbouche – Pferiche (4270m)

The morning is steady trekking and after lunch you’ll arrive at a somewhat flat section with some stunning views of Ama Dablam. There is then a steep (but short) hill that climbs over Pferiche Pass and into the village of Pferiche. 6 hrs.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


DAY 9  Pferiche – Acclimatization Day

Two more days to acclimate –  experience shows that those who will suffer from altitude sickness will begive to feel the effects here on Pferiche.  Fortunately, it is home to theNepalese Rescue Association (NRA) .It is a medicalstation staffed by volunteerqualified doctors.

Your guides will take you on another acclimatizationwalk- everywhere you turn are gorgeous views.

You may want to take advantage of the free presentation on altitudesickness, given by the volunteer doctors (3pm every day).

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


DAY 10, Pferiche – Lobouche (4900m)

The first hour is quite easy today, on the flat valley floor slowly rising up to the small village of Dughla (90 mins – 2 hrs). The ascent towards Everest Base Camp continues through alpine meadows and summer yak pastures towards the end of the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.

Next is a trek up the front of the glacier, a steep, but short section (~45 mins).  At the top is a group of moving memorials to climbers who have lost their lives in this area.

After a rest it is 1-2 hours to Lobouche. 5 – 6 hrs.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


DAY 11 Lobouche – Gorak Shep (5100m) – Everest Base Camp (5300m)

This morning you will leave early in order to reach Gorak Shep in 3hrs for breakfast. Once you have eaten and rested, it’s time for the final push to Base Camp!

The higher altitude can make today’s trek challenging.  The route follows the Khumbu Glacier with its amazing 15m (49ft)-high walls of ice, a feature unique to Himalayan glaciers.

The center of Base Camp is not marked, since it tends to move depending on where the climbers camp during the main climbing season,  but it is marked with a cairn, prayer flags, and a sign.

Here you can take a great close-up look the Khumbu ice field before heading back to Gorek Shep for dinner and bed.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


DAY 12, Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5500m) – descend to Dingbouche

Those who want to experience the sunset atop Kala Pattar will rise before dawn to summit the highest point on this trek (optional). It is a 90 min tough ascent (usually very cold) but it has the best views of the summit of Everest.

The descent is quick and after breakfast you will begin the trek back, first through Lobouche Dughla and then taking the high route into Dingbouche. The lower altitude and warmer temperature will have everyone breathing easier!
Fairly easy trekking on this long day. 8 hrs.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included



DAY 13 Dingbouche – Debouche (3850m)

A welcome easy day to Debouche. 5 – 6 hrs.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


DAY 14 Debouche – Namche
A short, but uphill climb  to Tengbouche before the long descent and then a long ascent up to the path that leads back to Namche Bazaar. 6 hrs,

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included



DAY 15  Namche Bazaar – Lukla
An easy start out of Namche back down the long hill to the high suspension bridge. You will probably rest in Monjo and then trek on to Phakding for lunch. However, if it’s later when you reach Phakding, some groups spend the night here. Before the final 3 hrs to Lukla.  If not, it’s about a 7 hour day, often ending in a celebration dinner with your guides and porters!


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


DAY 16 Lukla – Kathmandu

You’ll need to be up early for breakfast and be ready for your flight back to Kathmandu. You should be at your hotel by noon. You can spend the day sightseeing or shopping, or perhaps just relaxing in one of the many cafes or bars in Thamel



DAY 17/18 Kathmandu, free/spare day,

Depending on your flight arrangements, you will have a day or two to continue exploring KTM. Breakfast is included at the hotel.