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15 Days Backpacking tour itinerary for nepal: Go For An Eye-opening EBC Trek

Kathmandu, Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Pheriche, Lobuche, Dingboche, Tengboche, Gorakshep, Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp-South, Phakding, Sagarmatha National Park

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Backpacking Tour

Explore the richness and diversity of the Himalayan region, breathtaking natural scenery and unique Sherpa culture. Learn more about the region as you come across the varied flora and fauna along this diverse trekking trail. 

DAY 01

Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft )

  • Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the international airport in Kathmandu and transferred to the hotel by the airport representative. 

  • After refreshments, head for a half day sightseeing tour to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square. 

  • Later this evening, be regaled at a sumptuous cultural dinner. 

  • Stay overnight at the hotel. 

DAY 02

Full day in Kathmandu

  • Embark on a full day guided sightseeing tour of the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Durbar Square, then visit “Swayambhunath” a Holy site of Hinduism and Buddhism also known as “the Monkey Temple” as a large number of holy monkeys are living in the northwest part of the temple. 

  • Next, walk into “Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River.

  • Be driven to “Boudhanath Stupa” one of the biggest and oldest stupas in the world.

  • Later in the afternoon, engage in a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in your hotel. 

DAY 03

Flight to Lukla (2828m/9279ft) 35m and trek to Phakding (2780m/9121ft) 3-4 hrs walk

  • Today, take an early morning transfer to the airport for a 35 min short flight to the Himalayan foothills, where you begin the trek into the Everest region. The views from the plane are stunning, providing dramatic sights of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. 

  • After landing at Lukla airport, walk for 3 hours to the town of Phakding, with few up and downs along the Dudh Koshi River.

  • Stay overnight at the tea house in Phakding.

DAY 04

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) 5-6 hrs walk

  • After breakfast, continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River, crossing this majestic river numerous times on exciting suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags.

  • After entering Sagamartha National Park, from Larja Dobhan the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest region. 

  • Stay overnight at a tea house in Namche Bazaar. 

DAY 05

Rest day at Namche Bazaar

  • Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a colourful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. 

  • An early hike above town, before the clouds move in, rewards you with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, the beautiful Ama Dablam and many more. 

  • On the way down, you can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses exhibits on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist.

  • Stay overnight at the tea house. 

DAY 06

Trek to Tengboche (3850m/12632ft) 4-5 hrs walk

  • The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi with magnificent views of the mountains. 

  • Spend the night next to the Tengboche monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. Inside the monastery, there are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. 

  • With luck, you can witness the Lama perform a ceremony and hear the mystical chanting and music. 

  • Stay overnight at the tea house.

DAY 07

Trek to Dingboche (4350m/14272ft) 4-5 hrs walk

  • Depart from Tengboche with your Nepali trekking guide. The trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, follows through a rhododendron forest and climbs to Pangboche among thousands of mani stones. 

  • Continue the uphill trek, as you head to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche, with its exciting views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. 

  • Stay overnight at a tea house. 

DAY 08

Rest day Dingboche

  • Savour the sights as today is another rest and acclimatization day.

  • There is the option of taking a light hike up the valley to click more varieties of photos of the valley and mountains of the Khumbu region. 

DAY 09

Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16109ft) 4-5 hrs walk

  • From Dingboche, watch as the trail diverts towards the north, with a gradual up for about 40 -50 minutes as you come to a mani-prayer Stupa. From here, the trail takes a gentle pace, with a wonderful view of Pheriche village.

  • Take in the beautiful view of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde and many more mountains, as you reach Thugla. 

  • From Thugla, take a steep 1 hour climb to the top, where you can view Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. Close to this spot you can also see a number of memorials of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region. 

  • Finally, reach Lobuche for an overnight at a tea house.

DAY 10

Trek to Gorakshep (5180m/16995ft) 3-4 hrs walk and Everest Base Camp (5364m/17600ft) 2-3 hrs walk

  • After an early morning start, ascend through the glacier to Gorakshep. 

  • After meals with some time rest, begin trekking to Everest Base Camp which is located at the foothills of the Khumbu Icefall. 

  • Back to Gorakshep and stay overnight at the tea house. 

DAY 11

Trek to Kala patthar (5545m/18193ft) 2-3 hrs walk and to Pheriche (4280m/14042ft) 5-6 hrs walk

  • Wake up and climb to the best viewing point of Everest Base Camp trek i.e. Kala Patthar. From the top, you can see Mt.Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Changtse, Khumbu glacier and southwest face of Everest. 

  • Return back to Gorak Shep for breakfast.

  • After breakfast, retrace your steps to Pheriche, treading on a direct descent.

  • Stay overnight at a tea house. 

DAY 12

Trek to Namche bazaar (3440m/11287ft) 4-5 hrs walk

  • Follow your trail, through the beautiful rhododendron hill jungle, along the Dudh Koshi river and beautiful white waterfall.

  • Trek through the wonderful pine trees forest, where you will have a great chance to see a grazing musk deer before you reach Namche

  • After arriving in town, you are certain to see lowland porters, Highland Sherpa, and Tibetan people trading food and supplies during Namche market time.

  • Stay overnight at a Tea house.

DAY 13

Trek to Lukla (2828m/9279ft) 5-6 hrs walk

  • Retrace your steps back to Lukla, with a big descend till Monjo, along the Dudh Koshi river. Then the trail continues with gentle ups and downs to Lukla.

  • Stay overnight at a tea house in Lukla. 

DAY 14

Fly back to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft )

  • Have an early morning breakfast and fly back to Kathmandu. 

  • Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel.


DAY 15

Final departure

  • Head to the international airport for your departure back home. 

  • 1299 USD Per Adult
  • All airport pick up drop off by the private vehicle. (for both international and domestic flights)

  • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant.

  • 03 night twin/double sharing accommodation on BB at 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle (entrance fees extra).

  • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax.

  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS card)

  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.

  • 02 guest to 01 porter with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment.

  • Your cost includes insurance, wages, food and lodging for both your guide and porter. The operators take excellent care of guides and porters, they are like family to them.

  • Best available twin sharing lodge accommodation during the trek (private bathrooms with hot showers are provided at Phakding, Namche and Lukla).

  • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.

  • Snacks of biscuits/peanuts and seasonal fresh fruits, dessert during the trek.

  • First aid kit.

  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.

  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).

  • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek. This is very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness. (AMS) symptoms, ensuring your trek is in the safest hands possible.

  • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.

  • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)

  • All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay a departure tax for international flights)

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.

  • Meals during traveling time.

  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation (An Helicopter rescue insurance is highly recommended. If you have any problem and you have to be evacuated, without your insurance you have to pay the helicopter in cash.)

  • In case of extra more nights accommodation, lunch and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of the itinerary.

  • Your Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water. It will cost between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp, extra porter etc)

  • Wi-Fi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wi-Fi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few for around $3 and charging costs about $1.50 an hour.

  • Entrance fees for the day tours in Kathmandu.

  • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive.

  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of anybody's control.

  • Anything not included in service includes column.

  • Activity Level rating of Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trekking: A trekker or walker who is able to hike normally 5-6 hours per day carrying a light weight backpack will be fit enough to do this trekking. There are stone steps up and downs which are uneven and due to some long descents your legs may feel shaky so we recommend the use of walking poles. The maximum altitude of the trek is 5545m, so you need to be careful about your health and the altitude related risks. To properly acclimatize, one needs to walk slowly and drink more water.

  • Safe drinking water on Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar Trek: Generally, you can find bottled water at lower altitude places but it gets harder to find it in higher elevation places and it gets more expensive. In those higher altitudes, recommend you drink previously boiled water which tea houses sell for a small fee. You can also bring chlorine tablets to purify your water if you wish. Due to lack of regulation on the discard of plastic bottles, it is probably better to use boiled water, very helpful for the protection of our environment.

  • Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items on Everest Base Camp Trek: Hydro electricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, phone, etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge a small fee per hour for charging facilities. Recommend buying adaptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal, 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

  • Extra Advice for Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar Trek: In your trekking, you might come across some beautiful and sweet children and you may want to distribute balloons, chocolates, money, and pens as many trekkers have felt same. But it is best not to do so because it encourages them to beg. In the trekking, keep your valuables safe. Do not leave valuables behind. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything outside at night.

  • Garbage Disposal: Use a dustbin and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbage in the way where dustbin facilities are not available and conserve the environment.

  • Spending Money per Day: It mainly depends upon spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-15 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.

  • Travel Insurance for Everest Base Camp Kalapatthar Trek: You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

  • Washing and Toilet facilities for Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar Trek: All the guest houses offer hot showers, which can be in the bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water froze, then ask your guide to get a warm bowl of water.

  • Toilets are mainly Asian squat style. Toilets are outside your room and it varies in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use the rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

  • Tea Houses: On this trekking route, local people have built tea house lodges with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses, you will have the opportunity to interact with the charming local people and experience their hospitality.

  • Altitude Sickness: Altitude sickness is a change in a body due to high altitude, decrease in atmospheric pressure makes breathing difficult due to less oxygen. Mainly, it happens above 3300m (10,000ft). Prevention for this is to dress warmly as per weather conditions, drink and eat plenty, walk slowly and climb high sleep low. Keeping hydrated, but make sure you avoid alcohol.

  • Signs and symptoms are as follows:

    • Headache/dizziness

    • Nausea/vomiting

    • Tiredness/fatigue

    • Sleepy but can’t sleep

    • Loss of appetite

Kathmandu, Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Pheriche, Lobuche, Dingboche, Tengboche, Gorakshep, Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp-South, Phakding, Sagarmatha National Park

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