Everest Base with Chhukung & Island Peak base camp trek
Everest Base Camp trek is Nepal’s most popular trek in the Himalaya. The trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and is unsurpassed for stunning mountain views. We can also spend a couple of extra days exploring the Sherpa villages around Namche Bazaar, make a day tour to Khumjung, or an acclimatization trip to Tengboche which gives you the great opportunity to engage with the local culture.
Home to one of the highest airports in the world 2860m, Lukla is the gateway to Everest – most visitors begin and end their adventure in the mountain town. As one of the big challenges, Mount Everest evokes visions of beauty, danger, awe, and triumph. Standing close to a mountain is certain to leave you breathless.
Highlight of this trek: Staying at tea houses (local guest houses), learning about local Sherpa culture, an adventurous flight into one of the most famous and exciting airports, Admire spectacular Himalayan views and mountains, Colorful Kathmandu valley and Temple city, reaching Everest Base Camp, and discovering remote monasteries.
You can combined this trek with Three passes trek .
- Destination:Nepal, Everest Region
- Trip Grade:Moderate, Strenuous
- Max Elevation:5545m
- Total Duration:23 days
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu, gear check, and preparation.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla. Lukla to Phakding. 3 hours. 200m descent.
Day 4: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar. 6 hours. 1000m ascent, 100m descent.
Day 5: Acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar. Optional day hikes.
Day 6: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche. 5 hours. 350m descent, 750m ascent.
Day 7: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche 5/6hours and stay.
Day 8: Acclimatisation day in Pheriche. Optional day hikes.
Day 9: Trek Pheriche to Chhukung. 5 hours. 70m descent, 450m ascent.
Day 10: Trek Chhukung to Island peak base camp and back to Chhukung and stay.
Day 11: Trek Chhukung to Dingboche and stay.
Day 12: Trek Dingboche to Duglha. 3 hours. 400m ascent.
Day13: Trek Duglha to Lobuche. 3 hours. 300m ascent.
Day14: Trek Lobuche to Gorak Shep. 3 hours. 250m ascent. Optional Kala Pattar trip trek for the sunset view of Mt Everest and Mountain ranges.
Day15: Trek to the Everest Base Camp & back to Lobuche and stay.
Day16: Trek Lobuche to Dingboche. 3 hours. 600m descent.
Day17: Trek Dingboche to Tengboche. 3 hours. 550m descent, 70m ascent.
Day18: Trek Tengboche to Khumjung 5 hours. 750m descent, 350m ascent.
Day19: Trek Khumjung to Monjo via Namche Bazaar and stay.
Day20: Trek Manjo to Lukla and stay at Lukla re-confirm flight tickets and enjoy mountain town.
Day 21: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu 35 minute, and transfer to hotel, meet at the office at 6 pm and go for the post-trip meal with Navigate Outdoor staff.
Day 22: Rest in Kathmandu, shopping and explore/extra day/rest day.
Day 23: Transfer to airport for final departure.
- Experienced guide (4:1 ratio), local porter (2:1ratio).
- Domestic flights Ktm – Lukla - Ktm.
- Airport picks up and drops.
- Hotel 4nights in Kathmandu twin sharing room with breakfast.
- Essential group First aid.
- Trekking permit and TIMS (Tourism Information Management System)
- Our staff’s guides and Porter's salary, food, accommodation and their insurance.
- Food during the trekking, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and hot drinks tea & Coffee.
- Accommodation at local tea-house twin sharing room during the trekking
- Travel/ trekking, accidental/ health insurance (mandatory)
- Personal Expenses (e.g. snacks, coke, Mineral water, chocolate during the day etc)
- Mineral Water and Alcohol and all bottled beverages.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, accept sightseeing and other activities.
- International airfare and airport tax, Visa fee
- Guides/ Porter’s tip.
- Emergency evacuation.
What you need to bring
- Personal belongings (i.e. camera, water bottle, extra money, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat, hiking shorts/ synthetic T-shirt etc.)
- Hiking boots, sports shoe/ trainers, 3/4 woolen socks 2 pairs liners socks, 1 pairs gloves, warm hat,
- 1 Day backpack and the duffel bag for your clothing.
- Warm layers, down or synthetic jackets, fleece, hiking pants, thermals.
Note: We customize your trip according to your interest, duration, and budget. This is brief itinerary gives you some idea and broader pictures of the trip while you are thinking to do so. Please do not hesitate to contact us for details and additional information of the area.
We will provide comprehensive gear list on booking, and most of these items you can buy or rent in Kathmandu.
Karnali River Experience.
They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.
I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Grey Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.
Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.
There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.
You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.
The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.
Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.
The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.
Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fisherman to add extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in the risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.
Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.
The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included bus journey.
Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.