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Everest Base Camp Trek

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EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

2019 & 2020 - March 5 to 22, March 12 to 29, March 19 to April 5, March 27 to April 13, April 1 to 18, April 14 to May 1, April 21 to May 8, October 4 to 21, October 10 to 27, October 29 to November 16, November 6 to 23, November 13 to 30, November 20 to December 7 & December 19 to 6 January

Getting to an elevation of 5357m at Everest Base Camp is a dream of every trekker. After a day exploration of the cultural troves in Kathmandu the Everest Base Camp Trek begins with the spectacular flight to the airport in Lukla, which hangs on the edge of the cliff at 2900m. While penetrating through the floral and faunal biodiversity of Sagaramatha National Park, the trail winds through the magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and firs. The gateways to scattered highland hamlets are adorned with Buddhist prayers engraved mani walls and fluttering prayer flags.

The stunning landscapes and the breathtaking views of Himalayan giants including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Ama Dablam among others are frequent rewards throughout the trek. Encounter with the culture of native Sherpa families are astounding cultural highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek. Getting closer to colossal Everest, Kalapattar 5545m is a major highlight offering the best view of Everest and the fantastic glacial walk to the Everest Base Camp which lies at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall make the trek absolutely lifetime experience. After stepping on to base camp and Kalapatthar we return at our leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our return flight to Kathmandu.

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Trip Summary

Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu: meet and greet
Day 2 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 3 - Fly to Lukla (35mins) & trek to Phakding (approx 4 to 5hrs)
Day 4- Trek to Manjo (Approx 3 to 4 hours)
Day 5 – Trek to NamcheBazaar (approx 6 – 7 hrs)
Day 6 - Rest / acclimatisation day Namche
Day 7 – Trek to Deboche (approx 6 – 7 hrs)
Day 8 – Trek to Dingboche (approx 6 – 7 hrs)
Day 9 – Rest / acclimatisation day at Dingboche
Day 10 – Trek to Lobuche (approx 6 to 7 hrs)
Day 11 - Trek to GorakShep/Everest Base Camp back to gorakshep(approx 7– 8 hrs)
Day 12 – Hike to Kala Pattar/Pheriche (approx 8 to 9hrs)
Day 13 - Trek to Phortse (approx 6 – 7 hrs)
Day 14- Trek to Khumjung (Approx 6 to 7 hours)
Day 15 - Trek to Bengkar or Phakding (approx 6 – 7 hrs)
Day 16- Trek to Lukla( approx 5 to 6 hours)
Day 17 - Fly to Kathmandu: rest of day for leisure
Day 18 – Departure airport transfer

 

Cost: US$2200 (joining Kathmandu)

Includes: hotel accommodation and all meals (except for lunch Day 1 and Days 16- 17 and Dinner Day 17 , and any meals on Day 18 after breakfast), domestic flights, all airport pickups and drop-offs. A sleeping bag and kit bag are provided whilst on trek, plus Sherpas and porters to assist you en-route and carry your overnight gear. A medical kit will be carried by staff.
Single Supplement: additional US $165

 

18 day Lodge based trek.

Moderate grade trek: good level of fitness required.

 

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Daily Movements

Days Avtivities
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu - Your group leader will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel where there will be a short arrival briefing and then trek briefing at 5 pm at this time your group leader will distribute sleeping bag, down jacket and kit bag. Evening meal with the keep walking family.
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Half day sightseeing tour of the 2 major attractions in Kathmandu. You will visit Boudha (the second largest Buddhist stupa in the world) and Pashupatinath (one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati river). Afternoon at leisure for last minute shopping or you may like to explore Durbar Square or the extensive handicraft shops in Thamel.
Day 3 Fly to Lukla (2800m), trek to Phakding (2610m). Walk approx. 4 hours - An early start flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, it takes 35 minute to land at Lukla airstrip. This is the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends to serve the Everest Region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. We begin our trek to Ghat for lunch and then continue further to Phakding for overnight stay.
Day 4 Trek to Manju (2850m). Walk approx 4 hours - Today we cross and re-cross the glacial river, named "Dudh" (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour, whilst walking through pine forest and terraced fields growing a variety of crops. It is one of the main trading trails and we will see small groups of donkeys, dzopko and yaks carrying supplies. A dzopko is a yak-cow crossbreed while a yak is a full-blood long haired male, (nak being the female) more commonly used at higher altitudes. We see our first Mani walls today. These stone structures are made from many stone tablets, each with the inscription “Om Mani Padme Hum” which translates to “Hail to the jewel in the lotus”, and is mantra (chant) venerated by Buddhists. Buddhists will walk to the left of these mani walls and chortens, but many who have no knowledge of Buddhism will do the same. Overnight at Monjo. This is a short day to allow you to acclimatize.
Day 5 Trek to Namche (3440m). Walk approx. 6-7 hours - Today we cross and re-cross the glacial river, named “Dudh” (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour, whilst trekking through pine forest and terraced fields growing a variety of crops. It is one of the main trading trails and we will see small groups of donkeys, dzopko and yaks carrying supplies. A dzopko is a yak-cow crossbreed while a yak is a full-blood long haired male, (nak being the female) more commonly used at higher altitudes. We see our first Mani walls today. These stone structures are made from many stone tablets, each with the inscription “Om Mani Padme Hum” which translates to “Hail to the jewel in the lotus”, and is mantra (chant) venerated by Buddhists. Buddhists walk to the left of these Mani walls and chortens, but many who have no knowledge of Buddhism do the same. We pass through the gates of the Sagamartha National Park. We follow the river to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi, crossing a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Nepal. It is a tough climb but we have our first view of Mt Everest today. Namche is a prosperous village spread in a horse-shoe shape around the valley. Following lunch, you may like to spend time looking through the shops in search of a bargain. Overnight at lodge.
Day 6 Rest day Namche Bazaar - Those who are fit and acclimatizing well may wish to take the optional walk to the Everest View Hotel (2-3hrs) where spectacular views of Everest and AmaDablam may be seen. Around us also as we walk are Thamserku (6618m), Kantega (6783m), AmaDablam (6814m), Nuptse (7864m) and Lhotse (8516m) and the greatest of all, Mt Everest (8848m). As we sit looking at the magnificent view from the hotel balcony we will share with you some of the technical aspects of scaling some of the peaks we have climbed. AmaDablam whilst not as high as Mt Everest is technically more difficult and therefore is challenging. We have climbed most of the major peaks in the Himalayan range. Overnight at lodge.
Day 7 Trek to Deboche (3820m) via Thyangboche. Walk approx. 6-7 hours - Today's walk along the ridgeline to Deboche is spectacular. We will lunch at Phungi Thanga the junction of the Imja Khola and Dhud Kosi rivers, after which we cross the Dudh Kosi and begin the ascent to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. Continuing our climb, we reach the monastery village of Thyangboche. The views of Everest, as well as all the other major peaks of the area are breathtaking. After a rest and visit to the monastery we head downhill to Deboche. Overnight at lodge.
Day 8 Trek to Dingboche (4410m), walk approx. 6-7 hours - Today is a steady ascent to Dingboche. The stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Kantega, Thamserku, AmaDablam and Nuptse are spectacular throughout our walk today. Crossing the ImjaKhola it is an easy climb along a wide trail to the small village of Pangboche (3930m). Here, we visit the PangbocheGompa, the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region (360 years old). It is here that Buddhist climbers take time to pray with the Monastery Lama for good weather and a safe journey before stepping on the sacred mountain Sagarmatha (Mt Everest). We continue to Shomare (4010m) for lunch. Crossing the river again we trek up to Dingboche, situated beneath AmaDablam, our rest spot for the night.
Day 9 Rest day in Dingboche - An important acclimatisation/rest day today with the option of hiking high up to the ridge (4-5hrs) overlooking the village for excellent views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Chukung Peak (5550m) and ImjaTse (5083m) Overnight at lodge.
Day 10 : Trek to Lobuche (4910m). Walk approx. 6 hours - Gaining altitude, it is important that we move at a slow, steady pace. The slopes are quite barren now as we move above the tree line and the temperature begins to drop. Views of different peaks, such as Cholatse and Lobuche, are seen before us. Climbing up the Dhugla Ridge we step onto the moraine heading towards the Khumbu Glacier. Rock cairns can be seen, which are dedicated to the memory of climbers attempting the high mountains of the area, including Everest. On our last journey to climb Everest we sat with Ang Rita Sherpa, also known as the Snow Leopard (who summited Mt Everest successfully 10 times without oxygen) and remembered the lives of the climbers who died on the slopes of these mountains. Overnight at lodge.
Day 11 Trek to Gorak Shep (5140m) & Base Camp (5364m). Walk approx. 7-8 hours - Trekking alongside the Khumbu Glacier over the rocky moraine we head towards the settlement of Gorak Shep. We are now high among the glaciers of the world’s highest peaks. Following our arrival at Gorak Shep we have an early lunch before we commence our trek further to Everest Base Camp. It's from here the hardcore climbers start their expedition up to the highest mountain in the world. And being at the base camp you can feel amazing. When the sun goes down, we return to Gorak Shep gazing at the sky and the surrounding mountains. Overnight at lodge.
Day 12 Kala Pattar (5550m) & trek to Pheriche (4410m), walk approx. 7-8 hours - Gaining altitude, we trek up to the top of Kala Pattar, the highest point of our trek. The views are spectacular. We can see the mighty Everest with its ascent routes. We will tell you about the different camps that are used to reach the top of the peak and describe the difficulty crossing the Khumbu icefall. After lunch, back at Gorak Shep we head back down to Pheriche. Enjoy views of Nuptse, Lhotse and Chhukung Peak along the trail.
Day 13 Trek to Phortse (3850m). Walk approx. 6-7 hours - Passing more ‘seasonal’ villages our walk today undulates past numerous chortens and views of landslides and streams that have carved out the side of the valley. We enjoy magnificent views of Thamserku, Tengboche Monastery. Phortse village is a maze of small walled lanes. It is one of the oldest villages in the Khumbu region .
Day 14 Trek to Khumjung (3780m), walk approx. 5-6 hours - Khumjung village is home to the only high school in the Khumbu region. Also known as Hillary School, its founder in 1961 Sir Edmund Hillary, cater for over 300 pupils from grades 1 to 10. A monastery in the village is purported to house a yeti scalp.
Day 15 Trek to Bengkar or Phakding (2630m), walk approx. 6-7 hours - Today we head downhill through Namche Bazaar stopping to enjoy the view of Everest before we cross the Dudh Koshi river. Today’s walk is easy and mostly downhill but you need to take your time and enjoy the views, still there is lot to see. We pass the Sagamartha National Park and villages, overnight at Benkar.
Day 16 Trek to Lukla (2800m) Walk approx. 4-5 hours - Today is the last day of our mountain trekking adventure. We gradually descend and walk along the Dudh Koshi river banks. Tonight, our last evening of the trek is a good opportunity for a small party with all the team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here. Appreciation in the form of tips may be expressed at that time to these people who make the trip such and enjoyable adventure.
Day 17 Fly to Kathmandu (1300m) - This morning we fly to Kathmandu. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. We will meet again for dinner.
Day 18 Trip concludes Kathmandu - Journey formally concludes after breakfast with transportation to the airport, unless other arrangements have been made.

 

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