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Everest Base Camp Trek 16 days

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The Khumbu or Everest region is a wonderful high altitude trekking destination that has many spectacular mountains in the region - Lhotse 8501m, Makalu 8481m and Cho Oyu 8155m amongst others. The beauty of Everest region with its mountains and the hospitality and warmth of it's Sherpa people are legendary. From the beginning, the mountains dominate. As we fly along the Himalayas to Hillary's Lukla mountain airstrip, the views are magnificent. We arrive to find we are already surrounded by soaring peaks.

You will stay in lodges run by the Sherpas themselves, passing Buddhist monasteries with the views of Everest getting closer everyday. You will have rest days in the villages of Namche and Dingboche. This will allow you to explore the region and to acclimatize, which is very important.

Moving closer and closer to Everest you journey beyond permanent settlements to desolate wind blown country. You trek across the barren land, over craggy rocks and glacial moraines, to Lobuche. From this, your highest campsite you walk up to Kala Patar. You have the best views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, the Khumbu icefall, Khumbu glacier and the base camp of Mt. Everest from Kala Pathar. You return to Lukla by way of Pherice, Thyangboche and Monjo.

Fact of the Trek

 

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Place Covers

Lukla/ Namche/ Taynbuche/ Chhukung/ Kalapathar/ EBC/Kalapathar/Phakding/Lukla

Group Size

Min.1, Max. 9

Min. altitude

2840m/9317ft

Max. altitude

5545m/ 17182ft

Best Season

February to June and September to November

Transportation

Aero plane (Kathmandu/ Lukla/ Kathmandu)

Trek Duration

16 Days

Age Limit

17 to 68

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) and it takes about 30 minutes. Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m.) which takes approximately three hours. We take a stunning early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, ‘Gateway to the Everest region,’ perched above the Dudh Kosi or ‘River of Milk’ – so named because of the pale milky appearance of the glacier melt-water. We are now in the region of the legendary Sherpas and you will notice the difference in the faces of the people you meet here and those from the Kathmandu valley.

After lunch we trek north down towards Phakding along a meandering trail which is lined with mani stone walls, made with hundreds of stone tablets and giant carved boulders, brilliantly decorated with brightly colored paints. The Buddhists believe these to be sacred and so as a sign of respect to the local culture we pass them in a clockwise direction. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about five and half hours. We head onwards and upwards as the trail starts to rise through a forest of rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir-trees. Our target this evening is Namche Bazaar, a delightful mountain village and the Sherpa ‘capital’, but first we must ascend Namche Hill; walking at a gentle but steady pace we finally arrive at the town that is itself an important meeting and trading point for the local people. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 04: Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. We take a day to rest in Namche; we can explore the markets (which sell everything a trekker could require here!) or happily laze around in the sun. It is important to note that acclimatization is extremely important and that by using these acclimatization days correctly we greatly improve our chances of reaching our goal of Kalapatar, which lies at an altitude of 5545m Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867 m.) which takes about five hours. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 06: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260 m.) which takes approximately five hours. You will probably be woken in the early hours, while it is still dark, by the soundof horns and cymbals as the monks have their first prayers of the day. You willhave time to visit the monastery in the morning if you did not go yesterday. Then, leaving Thyangboche, your path descends through trees to Deboche where the small and atmospheric nunnery is well worth a visit. You pass further houses and ‘mani’ walls as the path continues along the river valley amongst the trees.

After crossing a bridge over a picturesque gorge, the path gradually climbs, withstunning views of Ama Dablam ahead. There are numerous fantastic photo opportunities in both directions, and frequent chortens and mani walls to pass, as height is gained to reach the village of Pangboche. This is a very picturesque village with stone walled fields and there is a very interesting monastery set in trees at the top of the village. This is probably the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region, possibility dating back as far as the first introduction of Buddhism into the Khumbu. There used to be a ‘yeti’ scalp and claw kept here but they were stolen some years ago. From Pangboche the path ascends above the village, the sparse landscape now reflecting the height.

You pass some yak herders’ cottages and walled fields at Orsho before crossing a stream and making a final steep ascent to Dingboche. The village of Dingboche is set in a stunning position, surrounded by high peaks. In summer months they grow barley here – possibly the highest altitude in the world at which this crop is grown. For acclimatisation you need to spend two nights around the 4,000m level and Dingboche, lying in a sheltered spot above the Imja Khola is generally more attractive for this than Pheriche, another settlement situated on the other side of the ridge. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 07: Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.) for acclimatization. There are several opportunities for interesting acclimatisation walks in this region. It is possible to walk up the ridge behind the village to make an energetic ascent of Naga Dzong Ri. This is a steep but not technically difficult ascent to a summit at 5083 metres, from where there are stunning views of Makalu and Amphu Laptse. You can take in the small temple of Nagartsang Gompa on the way down – there is a nice sheltered terrace here from where you can enjoy the views. You will descend in time for lunch in the village.

In the afternoon you might care to walk across to the village of Pheriche to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic – one of the doctors there often gives a talk about high altitude acclimatisation in the afternoon. If none of these appeal it is possible to walk up the valley to the yak grazing pastures at Chukhung (4,730m) – a 4-5 hour round trip. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) which takes about five and half hours. You ascend the ridge to a large chorten above Dingboche village and then it is an easy walk up a wide, grassy plateau. The peaks of Tawoche and Cholatse tower above and it is possible to see Pheriche in the valley below to your left. At the tiny hamlet of Duglha you reach a jumble of rocks which marks the terminal moraine at the base of the Khumbu glacier. You ascend this moraine to reach the top where there are many memorial cairns to those who have died on Everest.

The landscape is now wild and rocky and there is a real feeling of being high in the mountains. Following the often frozen stream at one side of the moraine you soon reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. This rather bleak spot was once a yak grazing settlement and was then inhabited only during the summer months but now it is open throughout the winter serving trekkers and climbers and is the jumping off point for Everest Base Camp and Kalar Patar. Sunset over Nuptse is particularly spectacular from here. It is worth walking over to the moraine to view the moraine covered glacier behind it. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5153m) and it takes approximately three and half hours. 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. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10: Trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5363m.) and back to Gorekshep which takes about five and half hours. 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 Gorak Shep. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11: Hiking up from Gorakshep to Kalapathar(5545 m.) and further to Pheriche (4210m.) which takes about six hours. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 12: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) and it takes about six and half hours. The trails descend steeply for early one and half hours. After that, the path has small ups and down to Phakding through Monjo. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2610m.) which takes about five hours. The trails descend steeply for early one and half hours. After that, the path has small ups and down to Phakding through Monjo. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 14: Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2840m.) and it takes about four hours. Your final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the sherpa guides and porters, being offered chhang and Sherpa dance with a memorable trekking experience in mind. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 15:
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. The duration of this flight is 30 minutes. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu on breakfast basis.

Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu. Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

OUR TRIP PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Airport pick up and drop off services
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 or 4 star category hotel on BB basis
  • Welcome dinner at Nepali cultural heritage restaurant in Kathmandu
  • A trekking guide
  • Porter/s (1 porter can carry up to 25kgs of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Entry Permit for Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation (from hotel to airport & from airport to hotel)
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket if required
  • Rescue assistance
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance and equipment for the Nepali staff
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Airport tax at Kathmandu domestic airport and Lukla airport
OUR TRIP PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Personal nature expenses such as drinks, beverages, hot shower, batter recharge etc.
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal visa fee
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