Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek

Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar Trek

The Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek is a popular trek in the Everest region of Nepal. It offers stunning views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Mount Everest, as well as the opportunity to experience the unique Sherpa culture and stunning Himalayan landscape. The trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar is considered a moderately difficult trek. The trek is on the mountain trails with steep ascents and descents, and the high altitude can be demanding of physical fitness. However, with proper preparation and acclimatization as well as a gradual ascent, it can be done by most physically fit people. Usually the trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small airport in the Everest region. It is common to trek to Everest base camp via Tengboche and return via Tengboche, but our route is different, you will trek to Everest base camp via Phortse village and return via Tengboche.

Phortse village is an agricultural village, growing potatoes and buckwheat. Phortse village has also been developed as a model ecotourism village. From Phortse village (3,810 m) you can have spectacular views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Machhermo Peak, Thamserku, Khumbu Yul Lha, and Kwangde Peak. After Phortse village we have to pass through a narrow trail between Phortse village to Pangboche but get more chances to see Himalayan Thar, Yak, Pheasant, and Eagle, etc.

From Lukla, trekkers follow the trail through various Sherpa villages, including Namche Bazaar, Phortse village, Dingboche, and Lobuche, Gorakshep, before reaching Everest Base Camp (5,364 m). Kala Patthar (5,545 m), a nearby peak, offers a stunning viewpoint for panoramic views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks.

After reaching Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, trekkers typically retrace their steps back to Lukla to conclude the trek. The return journey follows almost the same trail as the ascent, but it can be faster due to descending terrain. However, it is still essential to take proper care of your physical well-being, as the downhill trek can be hard on your knees and joints.

Upon reaching Lukla, you will take a short domestic flight back to Kathmandu. It is important to note that flights from Lukla are subject to weather conditions, so there might be occasional delays or cancellations. It's advisable to keep a buffer day in your itinerary in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

The Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar trek itinerary given below is a general itinerary that gradually leads to higher places to prevent the possibility of altitude sickness, but can be customized according to your preferences and needs.

Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,610 m)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
Day 06: Trek to Phortse Village (3,810 m)
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,410 m)
Day 08: Acclimatization in Dingboche (4,410 m)
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m)
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,160 m) and visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m)
Day 11: Gorakshep Hike to Kala Pattar then trek to Pheriche (4,240 m)
Day 12: Trek to Tengboche (3,867 m)
Day 13: Trek to Monjo (2,835 m)
Day 14: Trek to Lukla (2,840 m)
Day 15: Lukla fly back to Kathmandu (1,350 m)
Day 16: Reserve Day in Kathmandu
Day 17: Depart Kathmandu

Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Everest
Trek Start Point:  Lukla
Trek End Point: Lukla
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse / Camping
Trekking Grade: Medium
Best Season:  March - May / September-November
Max Elevation: 5,545 m
Duration: 17 Days

The price of a private trek can fluctuate due to several factors, such as the trekking agency selected, the trek's duration, the group size, the level of services desired, and the preferred category of accommodation (deluxe, standard, or budget) in the city and during the trek, the choice between normal (simple) teahouses or the best available teahouses can also impact the overall price. Therefore, it is recommended that you click here: Price request form and fill in the required information and submit the same to get the exact price of your preferred trek and service.


  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation including before and after the trek
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Historical monument city sightseeing with a tour guide
  • Historical monuments city sightseeing transportation by Non A/C Comfortable Vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing/monument visits Entrance fees
  • Domestic air tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla, Lukla to Kathmandu for guests and guide
  • Trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers Lodge/Teahouse (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Three time meals a day during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Dessert (Fresh Fruits/Chocolate) after dinner on behalf of the company
  • One Experienced English-speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide and his food, accommodation, and salary
  • Porters from Lukla to carry your luggage while trekking (Two guests get one porter carrying a maximum of 25 kg of luggage)
  • Everest / Sagarmatha National park entry fee
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry fee
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government taxes and office service charge


  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International air tickets and airport taxes
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all types of hot drinks in Trekking
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Hot water, battery charge and hot shower charge during the trek (If need to pay)
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Expenses resulting from delays beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellations, or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
After breakfast, Kathmandu visits Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa which are all World Heritage Sites. Durbar Square throws light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage places for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as Monkey Temple and Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. Late in the afternoon, we introduced you to your mountain/trek guide. overnight at Hotel

Day 03: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,610m) 35 minutes fly and 3 hrs walk
A thrilling scenic flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the supporting crew (porter), we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail to Phakding. Stay overnight at Phakding

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar - (3,440m) 6 hrs
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagarmatha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region. Today if clear weather we get the first glimpse of Mount Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Namche is the gateway to the Khumbu region. Stay overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is decorated between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. An ancient market place where goods from as far away as Tibet were and still are traded, Namche today boasts an abundance of lodges, cafes, bars and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Thyangboche. Options for acclimatization walks include the one-hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above the village for the spectacular views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Stay overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar trek to Phortse Village (3810m) 5-6 hrs
Today the trail at first slightly climb up for a while up to the Chor camp at Namche Bazzar then continue easy level walk to kyangjuma 3550m. Along the way from chor camp at Namche bazaar to kyangjuma you may enjoy incredible view of Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse shar (8382m), Nuptse (7879m), peak- 38(7591m), Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum kangaru (6367), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak (6495m), Khumbi La (5765m) and Kwangde Ri (6011m). From kyangjuma the trail follows for a while easy level walk through Rhododendron forest to sanasa .There is three way directions from where one way right hand side leads to the direct Everest base camp trek and another way up ward left hand side leads to the Gokyo valley trek. From here the trail steep climb up approximately one and half hour to reach at Mongla danda (3978m) where there are a few teahouse and a chorten so you may rest here for a while and enjoy magnificent view of Mt. Ama dablam including numerous mountains. The trail from Mongla danda descends in steep bends trail to Phortse thanga (3680m). From Phortse thanga you will meet two trails one higher route left hand side lead to Gokyo valley trek and lower trail right hand side lead to Phortse village. At first the trail follows short easy walk and cross the Dudh Kosi River then steep climb up through pine, juniper and rhododendrons forest finally you reach at Phortse village (3810m.) from here you can see magnificent view of Mt. Cho oyu (8201m), Machhermo peak (6237m), (Thamserku (6623m), Khumbu yul Lha (5761m) and kwangde peak (6090m) etc.  Stay overnight at Phortse village.

Day 07: Phortse Village trek to Dingboche (4410m) 6-7 hrs
From phortse village the trail at first climb up to the ridge of Phortse village from where you may see the Tengboche monastery, valley of Namche, kahmjung as well as magnificent view of Himalayas. After that the trail follows narrow cliff steep climb up with a bit descends approximately one hour. Aftermath the trail follows easy up and down walk to upper pangboche. Along the way between Phortse villge to pangboche you see the Himalayan thar, yak, pheasant and eagle etc. at Upper Pangboche you may visit old monastery in whole Everest region as well as you will see the yeti head at the monastery on request. Beyond pangboche the trail lead level and gradually up to somare (4010m) then level walk to orsho (4190m). There are two trails further ahead from orsho whereas one trail higher up left hand side leads to Pheriche and lower trail right hand side above Imja khola leads gradually ascend to Dingboche (4410m).during the day you can see amazing views of Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse shar (8382m), Nuptse (7879m), peak- 38(7591m), Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum kangaru (6367), Cholaste (6335m) and Island (6189m). Stay overnight at Dingboche

Day 08: Acclimatization in Dingboche (4410m)
Today we have a rest day in Dingboche to acclimatization which is very important before proceeding higher to avoid altitude sickness. Some trekkers trek up to Chhukhung or further climb to the Chukhung Ri (5550m), it is long day walk provides incredible views of moraines  valley and beautiful mountains. If you don’t go Chhukhung it is possible go to Nangkartshang Gompa. One enjoyable short walk (3/4 hours) is the 400m climb to Nangkartshang Gompa, on the ridge north of Dingboche where you can witness the fifth highest mountain in the word Mt. Makalu (8,463m. Overnight at Dingboche.

Day 09: Dingboche trek to Lobuche (4910m) 5hrs
From here on forth, the trek will move more gradually be more challenging, due to the higher altitude. We’ll pass Dungla, but not before a tough, steep walk to the top of a high hill. Here are the memorial stupas dedicated to the climbers and trekkers who lost their lives to Everest over the years. The next part of our adventure brings over craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with amazing views of Mount Lobuche, Nuptse and Pumari. Stay overnight at Lobuche

Day 10: Lobuche trek to Gorak Shep (5160m) and visit Everest Base Camp (5364m) 7 hrs
We start walk by following a trail through the ablation valley at the side of the Khumbu Glacier, gaining height steadily. At this point the glacier is still hidden from us by the moraine, but as we climb to cross the rubble of a tributary glacier, we can see the great Khumbu Glacier stretching away down valley and also up towards the area of Base Camp. Beyond this tributary we reach an island of sparse grasses below the famous hill known as Kala Pattar. This place is Gorak Shep, once a summer yak herding meadow in the middle of nowhere, this remote spot now boasts several of the highest teahouses/lodges in Nepal. Above Gorak Shep, it is a steady trek to Everest Base camp, walking at first on the moraine crest and finally on the Khumbu Glacier itself. We will spend an hour or so in this inspirational place, close beneath the stupendous Khumbu Icefall, before returning at Gorak Shep. Stay overnight at Gorakshep.

Day 11: Gorakshep Hike to Kala Pattar then trek to Pheriche (4240m) 8hrs
Early in the morning, we take a hike to Kalapatthar, dotted with the black rock. Massive Everest region peaks appear eventually during the trek, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse face, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche East and Pumori. The golden sunrise over the white peaks really entices us that we capture in the camera. The Khumbu glacier is seen down in a winding form. Then we descend to Gorakshep and have a breakfast. Tracking down along the descent route, we reach to Thugla and cross the stream. We take a right trail avoiding the trail to Dingbuche. In Pheriche, there is a health centre. Stay Overnight at Pheriche

Day 12: Preriche trek to Tengboche (3867) 4 hrs
From Pheriche at first the trail leads level walk in the valley for a while then descent to Imja Khola and cross a bridge then ascend to the hill where is a few stone memorials of climbers. After that the trail leads slightly descends to Orhso continue level walk to Somare then slightly descents and a bit ascend for a while then level walk to two way junction where one trail higher right hand side goes to Phortse village via upper Pangboche and another lower trail left hand side goes to Tengboche through lower Pangboche. Beyond pangboche the trail descends past some magnificently carved mani stones to the Imja Khola, which we cross via a steel suspension bridge high above the river at a spot where it rushes through a narrow cleft then to Debache and a short steep climb to Tengboche through a forest of birches conifers and rhododendrons. Finally you reach at Tengboche(3867m). You may enjoy the breathtaking view of sunset and sunrise as well as magnificent view of the Mt. Everest including other Himalayas from Tengboche. Tengboche monastery is one of the beautiful monasteries in solu khumbu area as well as the religious center of the whole ‘Sherpa land ‘entire solu khumbu area. Stay overnight at Tengboche.

Day 13: Tengboche trek to Monjo (2835m) 6 hrs
Today we trek back along the Dudh Kosi River through a magnificent rhododendron forest and past brilliant waterfalls. Shortly before reaching Namche, the trek takes us through a pine forest, where musk deer often graze in the early morning. Arriving in town, we may see lowland porters, highland Sherpas, and Tibetan people and again you reach in Namche bazaar. After Namche the trail descend to Larja dobhan (confluence of two rivers) though the pine forests before you reach at Larja Dobhan you may get last opportunity to see Mt. Everest and Lhotse. After cross the bridge at Larja Dobhan the trail descends for while and then walk along the Dudh Koshi River. Re-cross the Dudh Koshi continue level walk to Jorsale. Beyond the Jorsale the trail leads a bit ascend after that re-crosses the suspension bridge then short steep climb to Monjo (2835m). Stay overnight at Monjo.

Day 14: Monjo trek to Lukla (2840m) 5 hrs
From Monjo the trail leads descends for a while and cross Dudh kosi over the suspension bridge then short easy level walk to Benkar. After Benker the trail follows a bit up and down and level walk along the Dush kosi valley then after re-crossing the suspension bridge you reach at Phakding (2610m). Beyond Phakding the trail follows a short descends continue level walk for a while then short steep climb up passes several Buddhist setups at Ghat village. Aftermath short steep climb up to Thado kosi and a bit descends re-cross the small bridge then climb up a short distance after that finally you re-crosses last long suspension bridge of your trek. The trail after the long suspension bridge follows the up wards route as far as Chablung, then turns off towards Lukla. The broad trail at Chablung leading uphill to the left hand side climbs steadily past a few (bhattis) local inn and houses. From there the trail follows through scrub forest above the school and houses of Chaurikharka village then final climb up of your trek about half and hour reach lukla Tamang tole where a new settlement with houses and Bhattis then short distance walk to approach to Hotel close by Lukla airport. Stay Overnight at Lukla

Day 15: Lukla fly back to Kathmandu
35-minutes amazing scenic fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla. After arrive in Kathmandu then drive to your Hotel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 16: Reserve Day in Kathmandu
Lukla gets occasional flight delays during the main season. This may cause missing your international flights as well, so we recommend you to prepare accordingly. Lukla suffers from quick weather changes and that may affect inbound and outbound flights. We reserved this day for possible flight delays. If we have a timely flight on DAY 15, we can use this day for rest in Kathmandu. You can shop around local markets and walk around the city. Overnight at Hotel

Day 17: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination

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