Everest Region

Everest Base Camp Trek by Road - 14 Days

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Since 2018, HoneyGuide has worked with over 1000 independent/group trekkers, 200+ Lodges and 230+ Local Guides/Porters in the Everest Region.

As a concierge, HoneyGuide will:
  • Answer your queries and help you make an itinerary as per your budget, preference and time.
  • Recommend and help you book Flights, Guides/ Porter and Lodges in every night stop at best rates.
  • Full trail support- If any changes occur, we will change your scheduled bookings for free.
Duration14 Days


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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bring predictability to your Everest Base Camp Trek by skipping the flight and taking the road to Lukla.
  • Experience the culturally rich lower Everest Region around Phaplu.
  • Earn some serious bragging rights for making it to the 5,600 meter high Kala Patthar view point and the iconic Everest Base Camp.
  • Experience the amazing hospitality of the Sherpa people throughout the trek, but especially at Khumjung and Namche.
  • Be surprised at how tame and approachable the Himalaya Tahrs, Himalayan Monals, and Tibetan Snowcocks are. :)

QUICK FACTS

  • Difficulty Level
    Hard
  • Total Length
    118 km
  • Highest Altitude
    5,643 meters
  • Elevation Profile
    Not available
  • Start location
    Tham Danda (2,780 m)
  • Finish location
    Lukla (2,870m)
  • Permits
    Sagarmatha NP Permit, Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit (Only For Non-Nepalis)
  • Best Season
    March To June. September To December.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

DESCRIPTION

For those looking to experience the Everest Region without the unpredictability of Lukla flights, taking the road to Lukla is now a possibility. As a bonus, you will also get to experience the lower reaches of Everest Region that is called Solu.

For the first part of the trek, you drive from Kathmandu to the beautiful village of Phaplu. The next day, you get on a jeep again and drive to Thame Danda. Your trek will start from this spot and you join the standard route from Lukla the next day at Ghat.

From there, you will continue on the regular EBC trail via Namche, Dingboche, and Gorakshep. On the way back, you will skip the road and take a flight to Kathmandu via Lukla.

In addition to the amazing mountain views and Sherpa hospitality, this trek is ideal for those who want predictability in their tour and for Nepali trekkers who have a difficult time getting flight tickets to Lukla.


ITINERARY

DAY 1: Kathmandu to Phaplu ~ Private Transfer from Kathmandu (1,400 m) to Phaplu (2,413 m) via Ghurmi (424 m) - 8 hours. ~ Overnight at Phaplu.

DAY 2: Phaplu - Tham Danda - Paiya ~ Drive from Phaplu to Tham Danda (2,780 m) - 5 hours. ~ Trek from Tham Danda to Paiya (2,800 m) - 2 hours. ~ Overnight at Paiya

DAY 3: Paiya to Phakding ~ Walk for around three to four hours through dense villages forests beside Dudhkoshi river to reach Ghat (2,580 m) for lunch. ~ Walk for another one and half hours to settle for the night at Phakding (2,620 m).

DAY 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar ~ Walk for two and half hours to reach Monjo (2,820 m) for lunch. ~ Get your Sagarmatha National Park permits at Jorsalle (2,810 m). ~ Walk uphill for around two to three hours to reach Namche Bazaar (3,460 m) ~ Stroll around Namche and enjoy the sunset from the National Park View Point. ~ Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

DAY 5: Acclimatization Stop at Namche Bazaar ~ After breakfast at Namche, walk to Hotel Everest View (3,880 m) to enjoy amazingly stunning mountain views. ~ Play the grand piano at 3,880 meters. ~ Return to Namche through the twin Sherpa villages of Khumjung (3,780 m) and Khunde (3,860 m) - 2 hours.

DAY 6: Namche Bazaar to Deboche ~ Walk past some beautiful mountain views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega to reach Phungi Tenga (3,315 m) for lunch - 3.5 hours. ~ Watch out for Himalaya Tahr and Himalaya Monal on the first section. ~ Climb up to the famous Tengboche Monastery (3,860 m) - 2.5 hours. ~ Settle for the night at the quiet monastic village of Deboche (3,820 m) - 20 minutes.

DAY 7: Deboche to Dingboche ~ Walk past the village of Pangboche (3,950 m), above the treeline, to have lunch at Syomare (4,060 m) - 3 hours. ~ As you settle in for the night at Dingboche (4,340 m) (2.5 hours), make sure to take an oximeter reading and see how you are feeling. Read more about AMS.

DAY 8: Acclimatization Day at Dingboche ~ Acclimatization Day at Dingboche. ~ Hike to Chukung (4,735 m) or Nangkartshang Peak and return to Dingboche after lunch - 5 hours.

DAY 9: Dingboche to Lobuche ~ Walk past some amazing mountain sceneries to have lunch at Thukla (4,615 m) right at the mouth of the Khumbu Glacier - 3 hours. ~ Settle in for the night at Lobuche (4,930 m) - 3 hours. ~ This is another spot where you have to take stock of your physical well-being with regard to altitude. If you are not feeling too well, let us know. We can help you with the best course of action.

DAY 10: Lobuche to Gorkashep to Everest Base Camp ~ An early start from Lobuche will make sure that you get to Gorakshep (5,170 m) in good time to have a leisurely lunch - 3 hours. ~ After lunch, walk to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) and come back to Gorakshep to settle down for the night - 3 hours.

DAY 11: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar to Pheriche ~ You might want to start real early on this day if you want to enjoy the sunrise from Kala Patthar (5,643 meters) - 3 hours. ~ After the hike to Kala Patthar, you come down to Gorakshep for lunch and then pack off and head down to Pheriche (4,250 m) for the night - 3.5 hours.

DAY 12: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar ~ This is another long day. From Pheriche, it will take you approximately 4 hours to get to Phungi Tenga (3,315 m) where you will have lunch. ~ From there it will be another 3 hours to Namche Bazaar.

DAY 13: Namche Bazaar to Lukla ~ Walk down from Namche to Lukla (2,850 m) - 7 hours.

DAY 14: Lukla to Kathmandu ~ Fly back to Kathmandu - 25 minutes.


Please note that we will be more than happy to assist you to tweak this tour to your liking. However, we will not entertain requests to shorten this trek as we like our trekkers to come back smiling rather than in a rescue helicopter. Some possible changes are: ~ Book a porter - NPR 1,800 per day. ~ Room with attached bathroom where possible.

In case you have any questions, feel free to Call / WhatsApp / Email Ashish at +977-9841370673.


INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS Includes ~ Private Transfer between Kathmandu and Tham Danda. ~ Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu ~ Trekking Guide from Lukla ~ Accommodation on twin sharing basis ~ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ~ 2 liter Hot Drinking Water per day ~ Oxygen Support available at extra cost ~ Permits

Excludes ~ Tips for guides and porters (15% of wages is considered fair) ~ Battery Charging. (NPR 100-500 per hour from Deboche onwards) ~ Extra Hot Water. (NPR 100-300 per liter from Deboche onwards) ~ Hot Shower. (NPR 300-500) ~ Everest Link WiFi Cards. (NPR 600 for 600MB) ~ Drinks, Travel Insurance, and anything else not mentioned in Inclusions.


Essential Information on Everest Region Altitute Illnesses / Best Time for EBC / Packing List / Difficulties / Accommodation / WiFi, Mobile Network, and Electricity / Food and Drinks / Permits / Maps / Lukla Flights

Other Information on Everest Region Mountains / Festivals / Sherpa Food / Wildlife / Flowers / Birds / Photo op Spots / Lakes / See All Posts about Everest

FAQS

Traveling to the mountains poses some inherent risks. As such, the best strategy is to prepare for the worst and then hope for the best.

PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

The first thing to keep in mind is to see if you have pre-existing conditions that could cause complications at high altitudes. Specifically, suppose you have sickle cell disease, pulmonary hypertension, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, or congenital heart problems. In that case, we highly recommend you consult with a qualified physician before planning a trip to the mountains. Read more.

ALTITUDE-ILLNESS

Given the low amount of oxygen at high altitudes, a sensible ascent is essential to give your body the time to acclimate to the thin air. Failure to do so can lead to your lungs or brain filling up with water leading to death in some cases. The key is not to climb more than 500 meters in one day once you pass the 2,500 meters mark. Read more.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

Given the extreme weather in the high mountains, proper gear and regimen must have a safe and comfortable tour. The three most important things that you have to prepare for are cold, snow, and radiation. As such, invest in the right sunglasses, sunscreen, boots, and clothing. Read more.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We highly recommend everyone get travel insurance covering high altitude evacuation before leaving on a trek to the high mountains. Global Rescue and World Nomads are both highly recommended. For Nepali travelers, please note that insurance that covers helicopter rescue is not available as of now. As such, please be careful while planning your tour and only work with companies that can provide timely evacuation service if needed.

RESCUE AND EMERGENCY

As health facilities are limited in the mountains, a helicopter's evacuation is usually the only option during an emergency. As such, the right insurance provider is essential. If you are not buying insurance for some reason, please ensure that there is someone in Kathmandu who can coordinate payments for a helicopter rescue. Here are some other contacts that might come in handy during an emergency. If you still have questions, please feel free to call / whatsapp us at +977-9841370673 or email Ashish at honeyhunter@honeyguideapps.com

HOW DO I MAKE A PAYMENT?

To confirm your tour, you will have to make complete payment either through one of your integrated payment gateways or transfer the funds to the following bank accounts:

For Nepali citizens:
Account Name:: HoneyGuide Pvt. Ltd. Beneficiary Bank: Himalayan Bank, Patan Branch Account Number: 00606903770018
For Indian Citizens:
For USD transfers
Account Name: HoneyGuide Apps, Inc. Bank Name: Silicon Valley Bank Account Number: 3302225311 Swift Code: SVBKOS6S ABA Routing Number: 121140399

BOOKING A TOUR

Deposit Required for Reservation: 50 percent of total tour cost Deadline for Full Payment: 2 weeks before the tour begins

CHANGING A TOUR

Two weeks before tour date: No extra charge 1 to 2 weeks before tour date: 10% additional charge Two days to 1 week between tour date: 20% additional charge Within two days of tour date: Above 30% (variable)

CANCELLING A TOUR

Two weeks before tour date: No charge (transaction charges may apply) One to two weeks before tour date: 20% Cancellation Charge Two days to one week between tour date: 50% Cancellation Charge Within two days of tour date: No Refund.

DELAYS AND CHANGES DURING THE TOUR

In case of flight delays/cancellations due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, HoneyGuide will change the dates at no additional costs. However, any extra cost incurred, including but not limited to accommodation and food, will be the responsibility of the traveler.
In case of changes due to the trekker's health issues, HoneyGuide will make all the changes without any additional cost. However, any extra charge because of the changes will be the responsibility of the traveler.

While Nepal's mountains see six seasons, the best period to go to the mountains is from March-May and September-December. However, every season has its quirk, just like people. So keep reading to find your match.
For those going to Everest Region, do check out the Best time to go to Everest post.

January/February (Winter)

January/February is a good time for trekkers willing to brave the cold and snow for empty trails, fantastic mountain views, and wildlife sightings.

March/April (Spring)

This is a period that offers a little bit of everything: a little bit of mountain view, a little bit of warm weather, a little bit of flowers, a little bit of crowd, and a whole lot of fun.

May/June (Summer)

This is the best time for those into nature. The flowers are quite something this time of the year, and the bird activity is fantastic. The monsoon hasn't started, and as such, mornings are still clear with beautiful mountain views.

July/August (Monsoon)

Only for hardcore trekkers who are willing to put up with the elements for an authentic cultural experience and high altitude flowers. Also, flight disruptions are very likely, and chances of mountain views are close to zero.

September/October (Fall)

This period is everyone's darling, and the trails are as crowded as they can be. The mountain views are something to write home about, and the temperature is just perfect.

November/December (Pre-Winter)

Another popular period among trekkers and the driest two months in the calendar. Indeed it has gotten a bit nippy during the mornings and evenings, but it is still manageable. Count on a lot of sunshine and crystal clear mountain views.

The difficult thing with gear is to make sure you have enough without carrying too much. Whether you are walking or taking the helicopter, the most important thing is to layer up. As such inner thermals, shirts, fleece, a down jacket, and trousers are essential. A warm hat and a buff are beneficial. As for shoes, feel free to make your pick depending on the weather and altitude. Given the amount of UV up there, good sunscreen and sunglasses are also essential. Read more.

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    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
    - John Muir
    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
    - William Blake
    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes
    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
    - John Muir
    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
    - William Blake
    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes