Deluxe Everest Base Camp Trek: 16 Days
Explore Nepali heritage, spend nights in a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu, visit historical sites, traverse beautiful river valleys, learn about Sherpa culture, experience mountain lifestyle, witness breathtaking mountain panorama, and challenge yourself to reach the lap of Mt. Everest on our deluxe Everest base camp trek.
The deluxe Everest base camp trek is a 16 days program in Nepal. This trek package is a semi-luxury version of general Everest base camp trekking. You stay overnight in a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu and comfortable guest houses while trekking. The deluxe Everest base camp trek is guided by a professional mountain guide and supported by the number of porters as per the group size.
To make the trek even more memorable, you can combine a helicopter return from Kala Patthar and save three full days of walking back to Lukla.
The deluxe Everest base camp trek starts in the nation's capital, Kathmandu, from where you will take a picturesque 35-minute flight to the quaint airport in Lukla. You will walk past lovely villages, grassy paths, sharp rocks, and verdant river valleys on the Everest base camp journey. You will be walking in the footsteps of famed explorers and mountaineers like Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
As you make your way through this tiny mountaintop settlement, Lukla, assembling with your group and getting ready for the adventure ahead, you'll get to meet many individuals, including guides, mountaineers, porters, and adventurers. From Lukla, you will set off on foot into the Himalayan wilderness, over suspension bridges covered in prayer flags and ascending to rocky vantage points that overlook the surrounding terrain.
The trail traverses within the Sagarmatha National Park during the Everest Base Camp trek. With each step you take, you grow closer to the great Mount Everest, also known as Sagarmatha in Nepali and Chomolungma in Tibetan. As you interact with the welcoming locals who live in the villages along the way, you will learn more about their lifestyle, culture & practices.
Major attractions during the deluxe Everest base camp trekking
Overnight stay in a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu
Not many travelers get to enjoy a 5-star hotel stay in Kathmandu. Unlike most five-star hotels around the world, we will book you a place that bespoke their decades of legacy, Nepali culture & art, and heritage worth learning. You will be spending quality time and top-notch hospitality. A space where you can collect your thoughts and unwind.
Two extra full days in Kathmandu before and after the trek
We have two full days in Kathmandu before and after the trek. You get a lot of time to visit historical sites, pack, and explore the bustling Kathmandu city. We even have a guided sightseeing tour that takes you to monuments like Pashupatinath Temple, Monkey Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Likewise, you also get a chance to visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, which many travelers seem to miss because of not having enough time in Kathmandu. You can shop freely and even visit art galleries, museums, and spas if you wish.
Thrilling Lukla flight and riches of Sagarmatha National Park
One of the most talked about flights in the world, the Kathmandu Lukla flight is known for its scenic aerial views of the Himalayas and thrilling landing/takeoff at Lukla airport. It is a short 35-minute flight to Lukla, the starting point of the EBC trek. If you want to escape from this overwhelming flight, then you can opt for our Phaplu Everest base camp trek.
The Sagarmatha national park is home to numerous plants and animals. Starting from Monjo village onwards, the Sagarmatha National Park goes up to the top of Mt. Everest. The park begins from sub-tropical forests and ascends to rhododendron & magnolia forests. Soon pine and junipers come along with green terraces and open up to rocky hills, cold mountains, and glaciers.
Hanging suspension bridges, picturesque villages, and lovely river valleys
The Everest base camp trail is very adventurous. You will be crossing many hanging bridges of different sizes over the Dudh Koshi river in the first two days of the trek. You will come across cascading waterfalls, tributaries, and streams. Walking past beautiful Sherpa villages like Phadking, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Pangboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche, you make it to the last settlement, Gorak Shep.
Welcoming locals and have a sneak peek into the daily lifestyle of Sherpas
In the course of the trek, you spend nights in the mountain villages. The lifestyle you will experience and the humble natives of the Khumbu region will leave you in awe. You will learn closely about the famous Sherpas and people from other ethnic groups. The locals along the EBC trail are very welcoming. You will not feel distant or awkward at all.
Ample acclimatization days with exciting side hikes
Our 16 days Everest base camp trek has two acclimatization days, one in Namche Bazaar and another in Dingboche village. For a safe trek & to avoid altitude sickness, acclimatization days are very important. Plus you also get to rest and spend more time with the locals.
The acclimatization days consist of hiking to the nearby viewpoints in the morning and spending the remaining day relaxing & exploring the village. In Namche Bazaar, you will hike to the Everest View Hotel. Similarly, in Dingboche, you will hike to Nagarshtang Hill.
Ancient monasteries, stupas, and prayer flags along the way
Among the many factors, the visits to ancient monasteries along the trail somewhat make this remote adventure furthermore meaningful and offer you a better understanding of the civilization in the Everest region. You get the opportunity to pay a visit to Tengboche and Pangboche monasteries.
Likewise, you can also visit Khumjung monastery during your hike to Everest View Hotel if you can walk further. Apart from these monasteries, the trail has many stupas, chortens, and prayer flags. You can see fluttering prayer flags fastened on all the bridges and near any risky points.
Walk on glaciers and moraines to reach Everest base camp
Above Dingboche, the tree line diminishes, and you begin trekking on glaciers to Dughla. The trail then goes along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier and follows a rocky, steep uphill to Everest base camp. EBC is marked with a huge stone, and you can see hundreds of tents of mountaineers. Surrounded by rocky hills, snow-capped mountains, and a thick blanket of snow, EBC is a moving glacier.
The highest point of the deluxe Everest base camp trek is Kala Patthar
Your uphill walk ends at Kala Patthar. This is the highest point of our deluxe Everest base camp trekking. Kala Patthar is a popular viewpoint. Trekkers hike here to see a jaw-dropping sunrise and magical mountain panorama. Kala Pattar offers one of the best views of Mt. Everest.
Never-ending mountain companionship and diverse landscapes
Everest base camp trekking is a venture in the ocean of mountains and hills. They will be your constant companion. As the views of high peaks begin to unfold, you will be mesmerized by their presence. Many trekkers usually get shocked to learn that peaks like Ama Dablam and the Lhotse wall are higher than the snout-like Everest. The Khumbu region of Nepal offers the best views of the mountains up close.
The diverse landscapes, changing from lush green to dry & barren in just a matter of a few days, will blow your mind. The snow-capped Himalayan mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Chamlang, Pumori, Cholatse, and countless others are seen along the way to EBC.