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Everest Base Camp Trek

One of the classic treks in Nepal, Everest base camp is the most commonly visited as a two week trek starting and finishing at Lukla. During the trekking seasons, there are numerous daily flights into and out of Lukla airport. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla passes over the fertile middle hills with their scattered villages and terraced fields, densely forested valleys and wonderful panoramic views of the high Himalayas as a backdrop.

From Lukla you'd better have a gentle 2-day trek through the Dudh Koshi River valley to reach at Namche Bazar in order to avoid altitude problems. You will walk for some 3 hours to arrive at the first night stop, Phakding village. The next day, as you head from Phakding via Monjo village, you will reach at Jorsalle from where you enter at Everest National Park area. Securities check your permit and keep records of your passport details here. The trail still follows the Dudh Koshi River until a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar at 3440 meter.

For acclimatization reason, Namche Bazaar is an unsurpassed place and trekkers must spend two nights in or around here, which gives opportunities to explore some of the less developed and more traditional villages in the area; the Sherpa villages of Thame, Khumjung and Khunde are more useful.

Moving on from Namche Bazaar, the trail follows the valley of the Imja River with some spectacular views of the mountains including Thamserku, Kangtega, Amadablam, and, dominating the skyline ahead are the Everest and Lhotse. The most common night stop after Namche is Tengboche, where a significant Buddhist Monastery is.

Following the Imja River from Tengboche the trekking route goes through Pangboche. Eventually, after a long day's trek, you reach the next night's stop at either Pheriche or Dingboche. (Depending on your vacation, here another rest/acclimatization day trip being to Chhukung is more worthwhile).

From Dingboche or Pheriche it takes another six hours of trekking to reach the cluster of lodges at Lobuche sited on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. Above Lobuche it is another three hours walk to the last settlement on the trail at Gorakhsep. Here a few basic lodges provide shelter for the night before undertaking the final leg of the trek up the glacier to Everest base camp.

Above Gorakhsep rises the well-known landmark of Kala Pattar at 5545 meter. The trek to Everest Base Camp remains incomplete unless one explores Kalapattar because we can't see the summit of Everest from base camp but Kalapattar offers an awesome view of Everest and other mountain giants in this part of Himalayas.

Itinerary

Day 01 [Arrival in Nepal]: A flight to Nepal offers wonderful panoramic views of snow-capped Himalayan mountain peaks and stunning landscapes. As soon as immigration process completes, you will receive a warm Nepalese hospitality extended by your local agent at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport and you will be escorted to the hotel in downtown. It is better to have a rests on the first day of your arrival in Nepal to adapt local environment.

Day 02 [Kathmandu - sightseeing tour in UNESCO's heritage-sites]: Guided tours will be organized in the UNESCO's heritage sites - mainly in the following places.

  • Pashupatinath; a widespread garden of Shiva's temples, the most respected and sacred site of Hindu Pilgrims in Nepal where we get to observe an interesting Hindu rituals and funeral ceremony, meet many flocks of 'Holy-man' meditating in different postures and see many holy monkeys and deer.
  • Bouddhanath; soon after visits of Pashupatinath, we will head for Bouddhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, where we can see monasteries, stupas and Tibetan refugees praying to their god and goddess. We will have lunch there in the roof-top restaurant.
  • Swoyambhunath; the next destination will be Swoyambhunath popularly known as Monkey Temple, situated on atop hill. Swoyambhunath has pride of being the oldest Buddhist stupa in Nepal from where entire Kathmandu valley; including Kirtipur, Patan (Lalitpur), Bhaktapur and different landmarks are visible if weather is favorable. 
  • Basantapur Durbar; better known as 'Kathmandu Durbar Square' is the last destination for the day. Ancient imperial palace, temple of living goddess - Kumari, and many other architecturally important buildings and Hindu temples are observable here. Kathmandu Durbar Square has many mysterious sites to observe and learn. This was an old palace of Malla and then Shah Empires.

We will be back hotel thereafter.

Day 03 [Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m, and trek to Phakding 2610m]: In the morning, just after breakfast, we drive to the domestic airport and take a flight of 35 minutes to Lukla. At Lukla we will meet our supporting crewmembers and sort out luggage to be carried by professionals. We then start our day with gradual descent. We will cross the Thadekoshi River on a local-style suspension bridge. Just past the bridge we can see the peak of Kusumkangru (6367m), which is the most difficult trekking peak still unclimbed officially. Beyond the Thadekoshi River, the trail climbs a bit towards Ghat 2590m. We then cross a ridge marked with painted Mani-Stones and descend to Phakding where we enjoy the night in a lodge.

Day 04 [Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m]: From Phakding we follow the valley of the Dudhkoshi River. We climb steeply over a rocky ridge towards Benkar Village 2710m, and then the trail continues alongside the river. All along this part of the trail, villages are scattered with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it a beautiful walk. We cross the Kyashar Khola River and climb out of the valley to Monjo Village 2900m. Just beyond Monjo the trek enters the Everest National Park area, which was established in 1976 to protect Himalayan environment. Beyond the national park entrance station, the trail makes a steep rocky descent and crosses the Dhudhkoshi River on a suspension bridge towards Jorsalle 2830m. After crossing the river the way climbs up and brings us at Namche Bazaar 3440m, the gate way to Everest. Namche Bazaar is the main trading centre in this region and features numerous trekking / climbing equipment shops, hotels and restaurants, government's offices, banks, NGOs and so on with all modern facilities like in Western World, the only negative part here in Namche Bazaar is - unexpected price-hike. We enjoy the night in a lodge.

Day 05 [Namche Bazaar - rest for high altitude acclimatization]: We use this day in the capital town of Sherpa World to acclimatise with high altitude. Because of tourism trade (especially adventure travel); Namche Bazaar is a garden of lodges, tea houses, trekking/climbing and souvenir shops and private and government organizations offering all types of modern facilities. It is an unsurpassed place to spend for high altitude acclimatization in this region. Interested persons will have enough time visit Khunde Hospital sponsored by Sir Edmund Hillary and nearby village of Khumjung for more acclimatization.

Day 06 [Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3900m]: Soon after breakfast, we start the day's trek. Our route of today to Tengboche winds speed with small ups and downs, to the teashops of Kenjoma and joins the trail from Khumjung just before a collection of Mani Stones. The views of Everest and Amadablam are excellent from this part of the trek. We pass the small settlement of Sanasa from where the trail drops towards Phunki Tyanka 3250m. From here the trail climbs steeply through forests to Tengboche Monastery at 3900m offering awesome views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Kwangde, Mt. Kangtega, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Jyakambury, and Mt. Thamserku. We enjoy this night here in a lodge to be well acclimatized.

Day 07 [Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche 4250m]: From Tengboche we start our day by descending through forests of birches, conifers and rhododendrons to the village of Dibuche. From here the level trail passes many Mani walls in a deep rhododendron forest. After crossing the Imja Khola River the route climbs past some magnificently carved Mani stones to Pangboche 3860m. Pangboche has the oldest Gompa in this region. Beyond Pangboche the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line, mostly consisting of scrub juniper and tundra. We will cross the Khumbu Khola (River) and arrive at the day's destination Pheriche, which is a jumble of walls and pastures. We enjoy the night in a lodge.

Day 09 [Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche 4950m]: We keep on our way up through wide valley below the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache to the left. We turn right and follow a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. We will have lunch at Dughla. From here the trail goes with zigzag ascent through the boulders of the glacier-moraine. On the top there are many stone cairns built in the memory of many Sherpas climbers. Continually ascending, the trail eventually brings at Lobuche where accommodate in a lodge.

Day 10 [Trek from Lobuche to Gorakhsep, explore Kalapattar 5545m, and return to Gorakhsep 5150m]: The day's trail offers splendid views of the surrounding mountain peaks and khumbu glaciers. We stop for lunch at Gorakhsep, and then we make ascent of the top of Kalapattar (black rock) at 5545 meter; one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region. Before getting dark we descend to Gorakhsep to enjoy the night.

Day 11 [Explore Everest Base Camp 5300m and retrace to Lobuche]: Heading to Everest Base Camp has some risks of crevasse and an early start is more fruitful. We walk gently and carefully to the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours to reach at the Base Camp though the distance is not very far. After exploration in the Everest Base Camp, we return through a higher route to capture the stunning view of the Khumbu icefall and the climbing route to the South Col of Everest. We stroll back to the Lobuche and spend the night in a lodge.

Day 12 [Trek back to Pangboche 3950m]: The return way is mostly descent. We accommodate in a lodge same like in the previous days.

Day 13 [Trek downhill to Namche Bazaar 3440m]: We return following a river unless we cross. After crossing the river, we climb up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche village from where we descend to the bridge over the Dudhkoshi and continue to Namche Bazaar. 

Day 14 [Trek back to Lukla 2850m]: We return to Lukla concluding the most renowned trek and enjoy the last night of this trek in a lodge.

Day 15 [Fly back to Kathmandu]: It is always better take morning flight to/from the airstrip situated in the mountain, and thus we pack up early morning to catch a morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, we drive to hotel and have rests.

Day 16 [Kathmandu - reserved day, guided tours of other UNESCO's site]: We will organize guided tours in Bhaktapur and Patan, two other UNESCO's heritage sites, which were independent kingdoms until 240 years back. At first, we will make tours of Bhaktapur, which lies 13 kilo meter away from our hotel to the East. Our visit of Bhaktapur; Malla ruler's Durbar Square, Lion Gate, Fifty-five windowed Palace, Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Nyatapola, temple of Dattatreya, traditional village, Ceramic Industry Center and other historical monuments offer a deep knowledge of Nepal's history, religion, tradition, craftsmanship and socio-culture.  After the tour of Bhaktapur, we head to another UNESCO's site of Patan that lies 5 kilo meter far to the South-East of the hotel we stay. As we make an excursion of Patan; Malla Dynasty's Durbar Square, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple, Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbheshwor temple and Local Industrial Areas, we get to captivate real Nepalese culture and architecture. After the visit of Patan, we will be back to the hotel.

Day 17 [Departure from Kathmandu]: We drive to the international airport to depart Nepal for home country.

Trekking Cost

US $ 1250 per person (minimum size of group is 4 Pax)

Service included in the trek cost

The cost includes services given below.

1.  Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: A 3 Star Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis with buffet breakfast and all taxes

 2. Permits

  • Everest National Park Area entry permits
  • Trekking Permits (Trekking information management cards)

4. Meals and Accommodation during trek: We provide you all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and accommodation in lodges on twin sharing basis in the best possible lodges throughout trekking; nevertheless if you feel more comfortable to pay directly for your meals and accommodation, you can do it, and in this situation, we reduce US $ 25 per day per person from the total cost.

5. Trekking Guide: An experienced and authorized Trekking Guide; we provide all meals, trekking equipment allowance, daily wage, high altitude equipment allowance, accidental insurance, emergency rescue insurance and transports to your trekking guide.

6. Porters: We provide professional porters; 1 porter for every 2 foreign trekkers. (All meals, trekking equipment allowance, daily wage, high altitude equipment allowance, accidental insurance, emergency rescue insurance, transports, etc. to the porters are included in our service). 

7. Land Transport: Airport-Hotel-Airport transfers by private car or tourist coach in Kathmandu as per the suggested itinerary before and after trek

8. Flights: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights

9. Guided sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu: For sightseeing tour; our service includes a professional Tour Guide, private car or private tourist bus and all entrance permits.

Service excluded in the cost

The services mentioned below are to provide only on request.

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Any kind of insurance for foreign trek/tour member and leader
  • Tips and Donation to any staff, porters, organization, union, person or party
  • Any losses caused by our beyond; such as political unrest, road blockade, natural disasters, etc.
  • Over excess baggage cost while flying to / from Lukla
  • Airport tax while flying to / from Lukla

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