Everest Base Camp Trek and Bhutan Tour

Everest Base Camp Trek and Bhutan Tour is a 20 days tour in which we go for Everest base Camp Trekking for 13 days and a day of visit to historical and cultural sights in Kathmandu valley and spend 5 days in Bhutan visiting different cultural sights along with the hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery.


Tour Highlights:

  • Rinpung Dzong  and Kichu Lakhang
  • Drugyal Dzong and Tiger's Nest Monastery
  • Wangditse Gompa and King's Memorial Chorten
  • Visit zoo to see Takin, national animal of Bhutan
  • Lungchutse Monastery and Chimi Lhakhang fertility Temple
  • Nunnery Temple and National Library
  • Yulley Namgyal Chorten and Punakha Dzong
  • Swayambhu, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square in Nepal
  • Everest Base Camp Trekking

 

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Scenic flight to Kathmandu to Paro 
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • All Meals in Bhutan and during Everest Base Camp Trek according to itinerary
  • Trekking Permits, TIMS Permits and Local Government Taxes
  • All accommodation in hotels in Kathmandu and Bhutan and tea house lodges during trek
  • English speaking Local guides in both countries for tour and Licensed trekking guide
  • All ground transfers in private vehicles
  • Bhutan Visa

 

Trip Cost Excludes:

  •  Tips, drinks and personal expenses (Laundry,phone,excess baggage fee,recharge,bottle water,shower etc)
  •  Any costs or services not mentioned in inclusion


 

Day 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU (1,300 meters )

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight: Hotel with breakfast 

 

Day 02: FLY TO LUKLA (2,800 meters); TREK TO PHAKDING (2,652 meters /8700feet ~3-4hrs)

We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the DudhKosi. We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night.

Overnight: Lodge in Phakding

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 03: TREK TO NAMCHE (3,450 meters) 5-6 hrs

From Phakding, we cross through suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. You then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, you get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market, a meeting place for the traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 04: REST DAY IN NAMCHE (3,450 meters)

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you can do a strenuous day walk to a higher altitude, coming back down to Namche for sleep.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 05: TREK TO TENGBOCHE (3,870 meters) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast we start our trek further to Tengboche. Tengboche is famous for its celebrated monastery, the largest in the Khumbu where lots of visitors come for traditional yoga and meditations. From Tengboche we can see nice views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse and Mount Ama dablam.

Overnight: Lodge in Tengboche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 06: TREK TO DINGBOCHE (4,360 meters) 5-6hrs

We descend through the forest to Devoche and a little further on we cross the rushing Imja River, whose valley we now follow. Climbing steadily the trail enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. Ascending the valley we have lunch at Shomore, after which we leave the trees behind and cross a wooden bridge at the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja River, A short steep climb brings us to Dingboche, at 4,530m, a summer settlement where great peaks surround us.

Overnight: Lodge in Dingboche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 07: ACCLIMATIZATION AND REST AT DINGBOCHE (4,360 meters)

Rest days are for acclimatization of body to high altitude. So we take short walks around and enjoy the views.

Overnight: Lodge in Dingboche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 08: TREK TO LOBUCHE (4,940 meters) 2-4 hrs

Today we walk alongside arid terraces with awesome views of mountains on all sides. We pass through Phulung Karpo, the camp site of the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953 then onwards uphill to to the memorial site. After the memorial site it is an easy walk in the fairly even trail. As we continue towards our destination, the sight of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. Then the trail descends and curves, paving way for Mt Cholatse, Mt Thamserku and others to appear before us and after a short while we reach Dughla. Walking steeply up at first onto the edge of the Khumbu Glacier. Here you come across scores of memorial cairns commemorating climbers and Sherpa’s that have died on the mountains. The path then slowly climbs along the left hand side of the glacier to Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft), a large village with several tea houses.

Overnight: Lodge in Lobuche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 09:TREK TO GORAKSHEP (5,170 meters)~EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364 meters)~GORAKSHEP 6-7 hrs

About three hours beyond Lobuche we reach GorakShep (5,170 meters), the site of the 1953 expedition's base camp. Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble. After about 3 hours we will eventually reach base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. For those visiting base camp in the spring, it is a chance to meet teams making an ascent of the mountain. Base Camp is actually spread over quite a wide area and we will spend some time wandering through it and getting a sense of what it must be like to be camped here for two whole months, whilst attempting the mountain.

Overnight: Lodge in Gorakshep

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10:TREK TO KALA PATTHAR (5,545 meters)~PHERICHE (4,280 meters) (7-8 hrs)
Today we will make an ascent of Kala Pattar (5,545m/18,188ft) and organise ourselves for the trip to base camp the following day. It is highly recommended to make an afternoon and evening ascent of Kala Pattar for hopefully a sunset view of Everest. The climb takes between 2 and 3 hours and can be hard work, but the effort is rewarded by the classic view of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, as well as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori immediately above. We retrace our steps to Lobuche, and return down the Khumbu Valley, stopping for a break in Dugla. With views of the stunning peak of Ama Dablam ahead of us, we continue along the flat valley to Pheriche.

Overnight: Lodge in Pheriche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11: TREK DOWN TO NAMCHE (3,450 meters) 5-6 hrs

Walking mostly downhill, you cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche (3985m). You continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche you descend to the bridge over the DudhKoshi. At Phunki Tenga, you get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making your way back to Namche.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 12: TREK BACK TO LUKLA (2,800 meters) 6-7 hrs

Your final day's trekking follows the DudhKoshi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some chang (home made wine), try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.

Overnight: Lodge in Lukla

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 13: FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU/1,300 meters (40 minutes flight)
In the early morning you take off from Lukla airstrip for a spectacular mountain flight back to Kathmandu. After being met at the domestic airport terminal and transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore this wonderful city; shopping for souvenirs, trying out the various restaurants in Thamel or simply relaxing.

Overnight: hotel with breakfast

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 14: GUIDED SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU/ FAREWELL DINNER

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 kms from Kathmandu city.Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

Boudhnath Stupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and the surrounding is a paraphernalia for Buddhist life.

Kathmandu DurbarSquare: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. 

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic.

You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 15: FLY TO PARO AND SIGHTSEEING IN BHUTAN

Today we fly from Kathmandu to Paro that takes an hour. At Paro airport, you will be greeted by our representative and will take you to your hotel. After lunch, we visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’. Next, visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From here we go to Drugyal Dzong, Bhutan’s Victory Fort which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day we can see Chomolhari Mountain which is Bhutan’s second-highest mountain located at 7,314m. 

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 16: PARO TO THIMPU AND TREK TO TIGER'S NEST MONASTERY

Today we hike for 4 - 5 hours to the most popular monastery at 3,180 meters, Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. A spiritual master Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. The Tiger Nest Monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff. We hike down to the valley floor and leave for Thimphu. 

Overnight: Hotel in Thimpu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 17: WALK TO WANGDITSE GOMPA AND SIGHTSEEING IN THIMPU

Today we drive to BBS Tower. Then we hike for 1 hour to Wangditse Gompa. From this point we get great view of Samtenling Palace which is home to the fourth King and Dorje Drak meditation retreat on the hillside above.  After visiting the Wangditse Gompa, we return to Thimphu. On the way, we visit a Zoo to see Takin which is a national animal of Bhutan. After lunch, we visit the King’s Memorial Chorten  which was built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952 to 1972, the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts) and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. We might also visit Textile Museum, the Handicraft Emporium, and the traditional paper factory and the Tashichho Dzong. 

Overnight : Hotel in Thimphu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 18: THIMPU TO PUNAKHA AND HIKE TO LUNGCHUTSE MONASTERY

Today we drive to Dochu La Pass at 3,100 meters. On a clear day we see amazing views of the Himalayas from here. Passing through rhododendron forests, we hike for 2 hours to Lungchutse Monastery from 108 chortens.  We hike back to Dochu La Pass walking along the high ridges with colorful Buddhist prayer flags and beautiful view of Himalayas. After lunch we drive through fir, rhododendron and hemlock forests. On the way, we stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk to Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to the Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. 

Overnight : Hotel in Punakha. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 19: PUNAKHA TO PARO AND HIKE TO YUllEY NAMGYAL CHORTEN

Today we start early and drive 12 km north of Punakha and begin our 2-hour hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. It is located on a beautiful hillock called Ngezergang that has elaborate paintings dedicated to the old sect of Buddhism. We then hike further to Punakha. On the way back, we visit the second oldest and the second largest Dzong in Bhutan, the Punakha Dzong, built in 1637.  We then drive back to Paro to spend our last evening.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 20:  FLY BACK HOME FROM PARO AIRPORT

Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time

Meals: Breakfast


NOTICE: 

The Government of Nepal has announced an issue for the flight operation to Lukla. Most of the flights to Lukla will commence from Ramechhap until further notice to avoid the heavy traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport. The airport in Ramechhap is located 130km from Kathmandu (approximately 3-4 hours drive).

Alternatively, helicopter arrangements can be made on 5 people sharing basis (for Kathmandu to Lukla) with the addition of USD 500 for one way flight per person to change your airplane flights to the helicopter. We all tour operators are trying to sort out the situation and are coordinating to form groups for this arrangement, but we cannot guarantee it. The drive to Ramechhap and flight to Lukla is almost always guaranteed unless the flight is canceled due to bad weather conditions.


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You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.

 

The tour will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November.

Best Season

The best season for the Bhutan tour is any time of the year except for the rainy months of July and August. 

The spring time from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Everest Base Camp Trekking.


Accommodation

We provide twin sharing hotel accomodation in Kathmandu. In Bhutan we provide Government approved hotels that are clean and well maintained with hot and cold water, telephones with international dialing and fax facilities. 

 

Food

In Bhutan all hot drinks and all standard meals are inlcuded in the trip cost.

In Nepal, breakfast and 2 dinners in Kathmandu and breakfast, lunch, dinner during trekking.

 

Transportation

We use comfortable and reliable vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups; whereas we use the best 4WD SUVs as our support vehicle. And domestic flights for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu and Druk air for Kathmandu to Paro Airport

 

Bhutan Visa
We handle the visa procedures for you. The Bhutanese government sanction visa only after the receipt of full payment in advance. The visa fee is included in our tour price. You need to email us the copy of your passport for visa procedures. Actual Bhutan VISA is stamped in your passport on arrival to Paro airport. Without visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also email a copy of the visa clearance document to our clients for their reference. While the actual visa is stamped on arrival, the initial visa clearance is also required at the time of issuing Druk Air Tickets.2 copies of original passport-sized photographs are required on arrival in the country.

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Tour Guides

We provide Licensed English speaking and local language speaking guide during your stay in each country. And trekking guide and porter during trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.

 

Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.

15 days - US $ 30.00 for 15 days single/multiple entry.
30 days - US $ 50.00 for 30 days single/multiple entry.
90 days - US $ 125.00 for 90 days single/multiple entry.
 
For more information please visit Department of Immigration of Nepal

 

Insurance Coverage

One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss) and also trip cancellation. We don't arrange or sell insurance.

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Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582.