Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar Trek

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Ever since the days of early climbing expeditions, the highest point on Earth has had a lure of its own, drawing climbers and trekkers to it like a magnet. Naturally, the trail to the base camp of Everest has become one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal, yet a few people return from the trek unmoved by the experience of being among the highest peaks in the world.

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Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar Trek.

Ever since the days of early climbing expeditions, the highest point on Earth has had a lure of its own, drawing climbers and trekkers to it like a magnet. Naturally, the trail to the base camp of Everest has become one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal, yet a few people return from the trek unmoved by the experience of being among the highest peaks in the world.

During the trek, we follow the Main Everest Base Camp Trail, the route pioneered and still used by climbing expeditions that attempt the peak from the Nepal side. We visit the Base Camp at 17,600ft, and soak in the energy of teams working their way to the summit.

It’s not a cake walk for sure, and the altitude only makes things tougher. But with fore-knowledge, careful preparation and a basic level of fitness, this is certainly doable for the relatively inexperienced. On reading this, if you feel the tightness in the pit of your stomach, get in touch and we will send you the details. Shouldyoushouldyoushouldyoushouldyou….

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  1. Day 1 Arrive at Kathmandu (1375m)

    Arrive Kathmandu. Check in, relax. Last minute shopping at Thamel, sleep and hydrate.

  2. Day 2 Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (40 mins ; 2850m) & trek to Phakding / Benkar (2650m) 4-5 hours

    We take the 40 minute morning flight from Katmandu to Lukla. After breakfast at Lukla we start the leisurely first day walk to Phakding which we should reach by late afternoon.

  3. Day 3 Phakding to Namche Bazar (3450m) 6-7 hours

    We leave Phakding early by 7.30 am after an early breakfast as it is a long climb to Namche
    Bazar. The trail goes through gentle ups and downs until Jorsale (about 3 hours from Phakding).
    After an early lunch at Jorsale we commence the climb to Namche Bazar which should be around 3

  4. Day 4 Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar

    These days help the body get used to the altitude. Time spent well here & Dugla increases the chances of your well being as we go higher!

  5. Day 5 Namche Bazar to Khumjung (3790m) (2-3 hours)

    We climb up to the Shyanboche airstrip and then descend to Khumjung. The twin Sherpa villages of
    Khumjung and Khunde, are home to some of the most famous Everest climbers.
    We walk to Khunde from Khumjung and visit the hospital, which was established and funded by Sir
    Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. Khumjung monastery is interesting as being the store place of
    one of the alleged Yeti scalps that are to be found in the region.

  6. Day 6 Khumjung to Thyanboche - night stop at Thyanboche or Devoche (3860m) (5 to 6 hours) Devoche is 15 min down from Thyanboche

    As we follow the path, we will get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu:
    Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we
    will cross the Dudh Kosi River and make a steep climb to Thyangboche monastery. Thyangboche is
    the spiritual center for the Khumbu, a training center for new monks. The Rimpoche (incarnate
    Lama) of Thyangboche resides here and the area is considered holy, nothing may be haunted or
    killed. With the treasures of Ama Dablam and Mount Everest in the background, the spirituality and
    scenic value of the site never fails to impress.

  7. Day 7 Thyanboche / Devoche to Dingboche (4350m) (5 to 6 hours)

    The trail leaves Devoche and then crosses the river over a suspension bridge which offers a great
    view of Ama Dablam above the crashing waters of the Dudh Kosi. It then passes a large mani wall in
    the middle of the trail and finally levels out to reach Pangboche. The trail follows the Imja Khola and
    passes the yak grazing areas of Shomare and then the small tea house of Orsho. The trail then crosses a bridge over the river. The right path leads to Dingboche about 45 minutes from the bridge.

  8. Day 8 Rest Day at Dingboche

    The rest day at Dingboche can be used for a day walk upto Chukung with fabulous views of the
    Lhotse/Nuptse wall and Ama Dablam as well. Alternatively a half day walk can be made to the
    Nangkartshang peak or the Ama Dablam lakes across the moraine.

  9. Day 9 Dingboche to Dugla (4600m) (2 to 3 hours)

    We climb the ridge behind the village and then come onto a level plain with enormous views of Taboche in the background. The trail continues along the plain and then crosses a bridge and climbs gently to Dugla. Dugla is just above 15,000 feet so a night halt here should definitely help acclimatization though many trekkers carry onto Lobuche the same day.

  10. Day 10 Dugla to Lobuche (4940m) (3 to 4 hours)

    The hill to climb after Dugla can be hard especially if you are having problems with altitude. At the crest are the ”Everest memorials” for sherpas and climbers who did not make it down from Everest. From the memorials the gradient eases off and in about an hour you can spot the lodges of Lobuche.

  11. Day 11 Lobuche to Gorak Shep to EBC and back to Gorak Shep (5170m) (8 hours + stops)

    The trail follows the moraine of the Khumbu glacier and there is a lot of hard walking over boulders and scree slopes. Pumori comes into view as one approaches Gorak Shep. We usually reach Gorak Shep by 11 am in the morning. Continue to EBC and return to base by late evening.

  12. Day 12 Gorak Shep to Kala Pattar (5554m) and back to Lobuche

    The climb to the view point of Kala Pattar would take around two hours depending on the level of acclimatization. From this high point a, magnificent 360 degree view unfolds with all the major peaks of the region visible. We come down in an hour to Gorak Shep and after a quick lunch head down the valley to Lobuche which is usually reached by evening. This is a long day but a better alternative to spending two nights at Gorak Shep.

  13. Day 13 Lobuche to Pangboche (4000m) (5 to 6 hours)

    The descent down the valley is now swift as we are losing altitude and the air is getting thicker. We stop for lunch at Pheriche and then reach Pangboche by late afternoon.

  14. Day 14 Pangboche to Kyanjuma (3600m) (5 to 6 hours)

    We walk down to Thyangboche and then with a quick stop for tea descend steeply to Phunki Tenka. Lunch is at Phunki Tenka and we then climb for Kyanjuma which we reach by late afternoon.

  15. Day 15 Kyanjuma to Monjo (2825 m) (5 to 6 hours)

    We leave Kyanjuma after breakfast and are in Namche Bazar in an hour and a half. We spend a couple of hours here have an early lunch and leave Namche by noon for Monjo. We descend steeply to the Benkar Bridge. From the bridge we climb up to the Park Headquarters and then the trail levels and enters Monjo by early evening.

  16. Day 16 Monjo to Lukla (5 hours)

    We leave Monjo after a late breakfast and stop for lunch at Thado Kosi. From Thado Kosi the trail climbs for Lukla which we should reach by afternoon.

  17. Day 17 Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

    Fly Lukla to Kathmandu – by morning flight – if the flight is on time we should be back in Kathmandu for breakfast! Transfer to hotel, enjoy Thamel and the city.

  18. Day 18 Return Home

    Onwards to your destination!
    Note: You may choose to fly out on Day 17 as well.

Responsible Travel

We believe that along with the privilege of adventure in the Himalaya comes a serious responsibility, the responsibility to protect and contribute to its ecology, cultures and its tremendous beauty. The “Leave No Trace” philosophy is followed to the letter and we work to minimize the environmental impact of our trips. We are scrupulous in our camping, cooking and sanitation practices; we limit the number of trekkers we allow to join us on our trips and the number of trips we lead in a given area.

In wilderness, commercial agreements between service provider and client require a depth of understanding that is more than what is routinely attached to similar agreements elsewhere. In the outdoors, we have to balance pursuit of stated objective and risk. We try to overcome risk and deliver the objective promised in the agreement between client and service provider. But that does not mean that we ignore risk altogether to chase an objective. We wish you to be informed on what makes a trip safe for you and everyone else.

Please take a few minutes to read the following:

The nature of wilderness
By definition wilderness implies remoteness. It means that response to any accident or mishap takes time. Timely intervention is a life saver. Working back from this, it becomes imperative that any commercial adventure in wilderness be conservative in terms of the risk it courts. Yet adventure means there will be risk. The way out is to manage the risk involved in such a fashion that a safe experience is provided. There are a few things that the client can do.

Prepare in advance
Commercial expeditions entail strain even if others are carrying your load and doing the team’s work. Prior physical conditioning – particularly of the cardiovascular sort contributing to improved endurance – helps. Please invest time and effort for that before embarking on the trip. It will help you in the field.

Be honest, speak up
We encourage clients to be honest about how they are feeling on expedition days; voice any personal difficulties they may be experiencing. This helps the team make relevant decisions for clients’ well being, something crucial when venturing into altitude. Not all of us are meant for altitude. If your physiology rebels, there is nothing to be ashamed of it. Speak up. Make sure that your disclosures about self are not biased by an objective you are feverishly trying to achieve like getting to the summit of a peak or crossing a high pass at any cost. Don’t let summit fever and similar instances of extreme personal ambition, consume you. It puts you and your support team at risk. Stay with the team’s assessment of risk. Go with the resultant decisions. If you think you have a point to make by all means do so. We will hear you out. But risk assessment and decisions, will be by the team leaders as the onus of a safe expedition primarily rests with them.

Let the leaders work
You may be familiar with rivers, mountains and altitude. We don’t wish to question that. But there are reasons why many of us choose to go as clients. One of them is that our primary vocation is something else, while those working in the mountains as guides have chosen to make that their primary vocation or at the very least, dedicate time to it. More than us, they are in the mountains. They are alive to it. That’s why we entrust our passage to them. So, please let them work free of interference. Please don’t influence their judgement. Your expedition needs their best work and best judgement. In any expedition, leadership style will vary with the risk being tackled in a given situation. There will be times when we can travel easy in a very consultative fashion. There will be times when that is not advisable and a more directive style may be adopted by your guides. Please comply.

Be open to alternatives
We can set up the best safety systems possible, checking and double checking to make sure that nothing is left to chance. But we don’t control or totally overcome variables like weather and terrain / river conditions. They impact expedition’s progress. If team leaders review / alter plan citing concerns on any front, we request that it be respected and not viewed as money’s worth denied even if it dims prospects for achieving an expedition’s original goal. Such challenges are frequent in the outdoors. Seasoned trekkers and climbers, when they realize that a particular objective does not seem achievable on a given trip, learn to be happy with other pursuits to compensate – like staying camped and enjoying the mountain environment or attempting more doable hikes from wherever they are. We request you to stay aware of these possibilities. Be open to them. Decades ago when exploration and first ascents were happening in the Himalaya, the explorers / mountaineers / hikers devoted months to their work. Committed outdoorsmen still do. They wait out unfavourable circumstances by having a lot of time and patience. Time is what the modern world does not have even as the mountains remain the same, posing the same challenges; the same risk, the same unpredictable circumstances. An exceptionally lucky circumstance may deliver success. But luck isn’t commonplace. We should be mentally prepared for the above mentioned alternatives.

Be safe
If you don’t achieve your objective it isn’t the end of the world. Be patient, another chance will emerge. There is a simple reminder, climbers often tell their colleagues leaving for a summit: “ the mountain will always be there; make sure you are there.’’
In other words – be safe.

Activity Level
Our expedition trips are designed for energetic and flexible people who have the spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Previous experience in the outdoors and camping helps, though is not a must. These trips are participatory in nature, and everyone is expected to pitch in, set up and break down their own tent, clean their own dishes. Look up our trip grading before you sign up.

Grading of Trips
We have graded our trips in four different categories and you should choose one that suits you the most. Grading of each trip has been done keeping in mind a lot of factors like the trip duration, the altitude, the terrain, the no. of hours of activity everyday, temperatures and conditions encountered, and the level of fitness needed. Any kind of exercise which gets you fitter before this trip is advisable, as it will enable you to enjoy the region more.

  • Easy : Most of our camp based trips, with easy activities, that are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding whitewater trips with easy support and myriad options.
  • Moderate : Active trips involving hiking over reasonable terrain, within vehicular access, upto elevations less than 4000 meters, or trips with long walking days, multiple rafting days, wilderness camping. Includes more demanding whitewater trips with Class III rapids.
  • Demanding : Hiking and trekking to elevations exceeding 4000-5000 meters, away from vehicular access, over multiple days. Encompasses demanding whitewater with Class IV rapids.
  • Challenging : Our most demanding trips include climbing at high elevations in excess of 5000 meters, in remote and extreme conditions with no access to roads; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips, and demanding whitewater trips with Class IV-V rapids.

The Next Step
Ready to go? Email us at [email protected] to book your place and we will guide you through the booking process. Please sign and scan/email us your booking form and inform us about the status of your payments at the time of confirming the trip (Booking form and Payment details below).

Why travel with Aquaterra Adventures?
We are a pioneer in active adventure travel, and run the most number of rivers in India, having opened them up over the past several years. We set the standard and have a strong reputation for excellence. We have a lot to live up to and we ensure we provide the safest, quality trips for our guests.

Should you wish to contact any of our past guests for a trip reference, write to us.

Services provided
In remote regions, we often use local suppliers who provide services that may include vehicles for transportation, equipment, logistical support, hotels, guest houses etc. We do not own or operate these independent services or suppliers. We work with them as they share our commitment to service and quality.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

All travel from KTM airport and back to KTM airport by road / air as applicable (by non ac car / coach), all arrangements for staying and camping while on the trip, accommodation on twin share basis in rest houses / hotels, all meals, professional guide fee, peak fee, sanctuary fee / royalty / permits where applicable, all trekking arrangements experienced Aquaterra leader.

Exclusions & Cancellations

Whats not:
Meals lunch and dinner at Kathmandu, sleeping bag, items of personal clothing, expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, insurance, camera fee and any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.

Please Note: Single / Forced Single Supplement : Rs. 32,000 + tax
Extra porter: Rs. 1500/day ; Baggage Allowance : 12 kgs

Booking conditions: All bookings are subject to availability of space at Camp. We book space on a 100% advance. All payments by wire transfer, cash or cheque/draft in favor of “Aquaterra Adventures (I) Pvt. Ltd.”

Tips & Gratuities: Our recommendation is a minimum 5-10% of your trip cost for tips to be distributed amongst the team that makes your adventure safe and successful. This includes drivers, guides, cook, kitchen team, porters and horsemen. Of course, this remains a personal choice.

a) Kayakers to bring own boat and gear. We can provide kayaks for US$ 250 if you do not want to carry your boat out (choose from Liquid Logic HOSS, Session Plus, Dagger, Necky and Perception boats). This river demands solid boaters with Class 4+ skills and experience in big water.
b) Cost does not include transfers and hotels in Delhi, as there are several options. Airport transfers in Delhi and Delhi hotels can be arranged on request. An airport transfer costs Rs. 2500 (US $40) per transfer. Delhi hotels : The place which we have been using is close to our office, (and where we put up most of our river guests) in a quiet part of South Delhi (about 30 mins from Connaught Place, but equidistant from the airport). They charge Rs. 6000 (US$ 95) for a double room per day.
c) The US $ conversion equivalents are calculated using the exchange rates averaged over the previous year. Please check for any foreign exchange fluctuations at the time of booking.

Rates quoted are on twin share. If you prefer single accommodation, the single supplement is Rs. 15,500/-
If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodation, we will try our best to find you a roommate. If that is not possible, a “forced” single supplement of Rs. 9750 will be applicable.


If it becomes necessary to cancel your tour, you must notify Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt. Ltd. immediately in writing. Once we receive your notice, cancellation will take effect. Please note that the following charges will apply on cancellation:

  • if cancellation takes place more than 45 days prior to departure, your full deposit
  • will be returned except a processing charge of Rs. 5000 or US$ 77 ; (60 days for Brahmaputra trip)
  • if cancellation takes place between 45 and 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the
  • tour price will be forfeited (between 60 and 30 days for Brahmaputra trip); and
  • if cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour price will be forfeited.

Some trips attract a minimum processing charge – please check.

The tour price is quoted as a package. No partial refunds or credit will be given for services not used. We recommend that you obtain travel insurance upon booking.