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Everest Base Camp Trekking

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Mt. Everest is the Earth’s highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level and the 5th tallest mountain measured from the centre of the Earth.[8] It is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas. The international border between China and Nepal runs across the precise summit point. Its massif includes neighboring peaks Lhotse, 8,516 m (27,940 ft); Nuptse, 7,855 m (25,771 ft) and Changtse, 7,580 m (24,870 ft).Its popularity has grown since the first expedition to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1950s. For a trek to this part of the Himalaya, within a limited time, we have devised a two week trek to Everest Base Camp. It runs directly to and from Lukla. The trek follows the Dudh Kosi valley route with an ascent up to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. From Namche, we traverse along a high path from where we have our first good view of Everest. We head towards Thyangboche Monastery located on top of a mountain ridge. We descend to the Imja Khola and continue to the villages of Pangboche and Pheriche. We approach the Khumbu Glacier. The trek through the glacier takes us first to Lobuche and then to Gorak Shep. From Gorak Shep we climb up to Kala Pattar for even more spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, including Everest’s south west face. We then visit Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu ice fall before making our way back down to Lukla. You will have chance to see sherpa culture during this trekking.

Trip Highlights

Duration 16 Country Nepal
Trip Name Everest Base Camp Region Everest
Best Time Sep-Nov, Mar-Jun Walking Hour 6/7 hours per day
Culture Tibetan Buddhist Max Altitude 5550m
Min Group Size 2 pax Max Group Size 15 pax
Meal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accomodations Guest House, Tea House
Transportation Van/ Car/ Bus/ Flight Trip Grade Moderate
Trip Start Point Lukla Trip end Point Lukla

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeng tour in Kathmandu
Day 03: Flight to Lukla & trek to Phakding
Day 04: Trek to Namche (3450m)
Day 05: Rest day in Namche
Day 06: Trek to Thayngboche[3864m]
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche [4252m]
Day 08: Rest day in Periche
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche[4930m]
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m]
Day 11: Trek to Everest BC [5357], back to Gorak Shep
Day 12: Trek to Pangboche [3985m]
Day 13: Trek to Namche[3450m]
Day 14: Trek to Lukla[2900m]
Day 15: Flight to Kathmandu
Day 16: Depart Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Flying to Kathmandu on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. The panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below is worth a sight. At the airport, the Nepali support team will meet you and escort you to your hotel.

Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities bear a rich historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the most famous Hindu shrine PASUPATHINATH, the largest Buddhist stupa in the city BOUDHANATH, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and SOYAMBHUNATH. In the evening, a trip orientation meeting will be organized.

Day 3 Flight to Lukla – Trek to Phakding [2656m]
A flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 4 Trek to Namche [3450m]
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high 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. We then take a steep hike to Namche . If the weather is clear, we 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 Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.

Day 5 Rest day in Namche
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 spenda day, acclimatising to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.

Day 6 Trek to Tengboche [3867m]
From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. We get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam rising in the horizon can be seen from the campsite.

Day 07 Trek to Pheriche [4252m]
We descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours walk brings us to Pheriche.

Day 08 Pheriche
A day to rest and acclimatize. We also get to wander up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. We can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche for the view of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Mt.Lhotse.

Day 09 Trek to Lobuche [4930m]
We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steepclimb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier’s terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

Day 10 Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m]
To reach our next stop , Kala Pattar, we follow the Khumbu Glacier. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place: Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.

Day 11 Trek to Everest Base Camp [5357m]
A very early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche.

Day 12 Trek to Pangboche [3985m]
Today’s trek is mostly downhill. As we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, we arrive at The Himalayan Rescue Association , a trekkers aid post and worth a visit. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.

Day 13 Trek to Namche [3450m]
We 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 we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.

Day 14 Trek to Lukla [2800m]
Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration. We have a party with our sherpa guides and porters. We sample some chang(local beer) and try out some Sherpa dance steps. Altogether an end to a memorable trip on a merry note.

Day 15 Fly to Kathmandu
We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 16 Depart Kathmandu
The Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. If you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc.

Cost Details

Cost Includes
For this trip Cost USD 2035 per/Person

  • Transportation system along with pick up and drop service from airport to hotel and vice versa
  •  Accommodation according to the requirement two in sharing
  •  3 or 4 star hotel in Kathmandu
  •   Fly ticket kathmandu/lukla/kathmandu
  •  Food facilities during the trip i.e breakfast,lunch,dinner (along with tea and coffee)
  •  All necessary staffs which includes experienced English preferred guide by the side if need any sort of help and information
  •  Cook, tent and other supplies if you wish for camping trip
  •  Porters (2 trekkers =1 porter) and if you wish for tea house trek 1 porters carries 25 kg only
  •  All necessary paper works, trekking permits,tims ,guide and porter insurance and so on.
  •  If you forget to bring sleeping bags, down jackets then you can hire
  •  Welcome and farewell dinner
  •  Exclusive Medical Kit Bag (first aid)
  •  All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  •  Nepal Visa fee (you must have your own accurate USD cash along with two passport sized photo)
  •  International airfare charges
  •  Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, you will have to pay yourself)
  •  Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival.
  •  Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  •  Travel and rescue insurance
  •  Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge,
  •   Extra porters bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Tips for Guide and porter

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