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Everest Base Camp

Trek through the classic Sherpa Village to the foot of the world's highest peak

Everest (8848m) - there is no greater or more awe-inspiring mountain. This lodge-based trek follows in the footsteps of the great climbing parties. Trekking through Sherpa country past cultivated fields and small villages, we follow the Dudh Kosi before the hard work begins as we climb up to Namche Bazaar. Above the tree line the scenery is stark but spectacular. The incredible monastery at Thyangboche is a photographer's paradise, set against the backdrop of the spectacular Ama Dablam, Everest and other huge, snowcapped peaks. With time for acclimatisation en route, our goal is Everest Base Camp on the Khumbu Glacier and the opportunity to climb Kala Pattar (5545m) for a breathtaking view of the highest mountain on earth.

DAY 1: Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Drive approx  25 minutes depending on the traffic. After the check in formalities at the hotel lobby there will be short briefing of the follwoing day's program by your Tour Leader. After the briefing you have a choice to go for group dinner  to a Nepalese restaurant and experience the culture through our food and dance.

 

DAY 2: Phakding (Fly Lukla)
Depending on the flight scedule, for morning flights we will have a morning wake up call. After reaching the Airport we board flight for Lukla (2850m) . Its 25 minutes flight  from Kathmandu, please do not forget the stunning views the flight offers.  After arriving at Lukla we will be met by our trekking crew,  same day we set off for  the village of Phakding (2656m) 3 hours. (B).

 

DAY 3: Namche Bazaar (3445m)
We climb steadily on a winding path along the banks of the Dudh Kosi river,through  villages and forests dwarfed by gigantic rock walls until a final climb that brings us to Namche Bazaar the capital of Solukhumbu region. Namche is unique for its geographical location surrounded by mountain ranges and colourful houses scattered in an amphitheatre of rock. (5-6 hours). (B)

 

DAY 4: Kyangjuma (3600m)
Today we hike up to Kyanjuma ( 3600 m ) via Japanese made Everest View Hotel,located at an altitude of 3880m.The walk up is fairly steep but along the way you get great views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and many other mountains. It is basically a acclimatization walk. We descend to Kyanjuma via Khumjung and Khunde villages visiting the Hillary School, Khunde Hospital and Khunjung Monastery that houses the only Yeti skull. ( 5 hrs walk). (B)

 

DAY 5: Thyangboche (3867m)
Today we walk for about 4 hrs. First we walk 1 hr downhill to the river Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga and cross the river by a suspension bridge, we then climb for about 3 hrs steeply through the rhododendron forest up to Thyangboche in time for lunch. For those interested they attend the evening service at the monastery. If the weather is clear you get amazing sunset views over the Everest. (B)

 

DAY6:Dingboche (4360m)
A gradual climb leads us to the highest settlement in the area, the Sherpa village of  Dingboche. A slow and steady pace as we gain altitude will reap benefits. Today we go above the tree line. Approx 5 hrs(B).

 

DAY 7 Dingboche (4360m)
We spend an extra night here which will help with the acclimatization. There are several options at Dingboche. You can follow a gradual trail up the Imja Khola towards the village of Chukkung (4750m). Or you can attempt to climb Nangkartshang Peak (5100m) which is 3hrs steep up and 2hrs down for amazing views of several mountains including Makalu ( the 5th highest Mountain on earth ) and Ama Dablam. (B)

 

DAY8: Lobuje(4930m)
We set off on gradual climb to Dughla. From here its an hour steep climb to Chupko Lhare( 4840m) the memorial site of the Sherpa & Western climbers who perished during their climbing expeditions on Everest and other mountains of the area .From the memorial site the trail climbs gently to reach the lodges at Lobuche, alongside the Khumbu Glacier. (5 hours). (B)

 

DAY 9: Gorak Shep (5180m) Visiting Everest Base Camp
An early start for Gorak Shep. We follow the main trail over the moraine beside the Khumbu Glacier and arrive at the tiny settlement in 2-3 hours for a welcome hot drink and light lunch before setting off for one of our goals – the Everest Base Camp (5300m), situated on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We return to Gorak Shep for the evening. Today is a long day with 7-8 hrs walking . (B)

 

DAY10: Pheriche (4243m)
Today’s activity will depend on energy, weather, and what was achieved yesterday. The weather is usually clear in the  morning so an ascend of Kala Pathar (5545m) at first light may be the best plan. It takes about 2-3 hours to reach the top and from there we can see magnificent south face of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall. We aim to descend as far as Pheriche today for a better sleep at lower altitude. Approx 8 hrs walking. (B)

 

DAY11: Kyanjuma 
From Pheriche we drop down to Pangboche (4000m) and then retrace our steps past  Ama Dablam to Debuche where it is worth looking out for Eagles, Musk deer, Himalayan Thar and Himalayan Monal our National bird . A half an hour climb leads from Debuche up through the woods to Thyangboche from where we descend through the forest to Imja  Khola and then climb back up to Kyanjuma. 6 hrs walk(B)

 

DAY12: Monzo 2800m
Follow the lower trail to Namche Bazaar . Its the best trail in the region with stunning views and pass the Tenzing memorial . If you have missed the museum or National Park headquarters on the way up, there will be time to fit this in. We then descend through Namche and Jorsale to Monzo. ( B)

 

DAY13:Lukla (2850m)
Our last day's walk takes us back through Phakding, from where we have a final
climb to Lukla. 5 hrs walking (B)

 

DAY14: Flight to Kathmandu from Lukla
We fly from lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. (B)

 

DAY15: Free day in Kathmandu
Kathmandu – perhaps visit Swayambhunath also called the Monkey Temple, or the Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace & temples with  intricate woodcarvings are located.If you are lucky you can see the "Kumari" at the Home of the Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living goddess. Or do some final shopping. (B)

 

DAY16: Depart Kathmandu
Transfer to Kathmandu airport for final departure or continue with your own arrangements. (B)

Profile
12 days point-to-point walking with full porterage. Altitude maximum 5545m, average 3900m.

 

Accommodation
3 Night hotels, 12 night lodges.
Food
Breakfast included in Kathmandu and while on trek.

 

What to Expect
This is a Grade C trek, with 12 days point-to-point walking. The maximum altitude will be 5,545m with an average of 3,900m. Ample time is given for acclimatisation, but altitude is a factor and must be considered. Good fitness is required for this trek.

 

Group size and age
Min. 2, max. 16, plus leader and appropriate local staff. Minimum age 18.

 

Challenging
Fitness is important and you may have to improve your fitness before departure. Previous trekking experience is desirable, but not vital if you are confident of your physical condition.

 

Do I need to take walking poles?
If you are used to walking with trekking poles then take them with you, as you will probably find them useful especially on the way down. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference but do remember to pack them as part of your main luggage to be stowed in the hold. If you decide later you'd like to have some, they are available to buy in Kathmandu.


What distance do we walk each day?
When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day.
For example, you might walk 7 miles one day and it takes 5 hours. The next day the trail might be very steep , rocky and gain substantial altitude and such factors mean you cover just 2 miles in 5 hours!
In the Himalaya, even the local people only ever talk about distances in the mountains in terms of how long it will take, i.e. 5 hours walk. On most trekking trips, you will walk for 3-4 hours in the morning and another couple after lunch.


Any good tips for eating out in Kathmandu?
Head down to the Everest Steak House in southern Thamel for a mouth watering steak and chips, well earned if you’re just back from trek. Finish it off with a cocktail in the legendary Tom & Jerry bar up the road!
You can also head to Fire and Ice Pizzeria in Thamel, a great place with casual indoor and outdoor eating which is popular amongst travellers, and locals alike. This restaurant is a great place to meet for a morning cup of Italian espresso, or a hearty meal of delicious pizzas, pastas, ice cream and even a Grappa!
Is there anywhere to store luggage while on trek?
You will be packing your kitbag for the trek before you leave Kathmandu, and can leave your main luggage at the hotel in Kathmandu, where it will be stored securely free of charge. However, as with any destination, we recommend you keep valuables with you at all times.


Any special food I should try in Kathmandu?
Momos
This Nepalese version of dumplings/ wantons is a traditional delicacy and a must try local dish while you are in Nepal. Momo dumplings are either steamed or fried with chicken/or buff (water buffalo) as well as stuffed with vegetables for vegetarians and have become the most famous fast food amongst Nepalese and can be found on the menus of most restaurants serving locals and tourists alike.
Kwanti soup
This mixed bean soup is usually served during festivals and gatherings and now has made its way in many of restaurant menus. Goes well with Naan or roti bread.
Choela
This is a typical Newari dish smoked meat (chicken; lamb or buffalo meat) tossed with spices and mustard oil. Easily available in most Nepalese and local restaurants in Kathmandu.


I have some free time in Kathmandu?
If you are looking to do something off the beaten track just for half a day around Kathmandu, head out to Bungmati and Khokana. Just an hour drive on the outskirts of Kathmandu and you will find yourself in this sleepy little twin village where not much has changed in terms of construction, profession of people (most are still farmers, woodcarvers and weavers) or the pace of life. The twin villages are 15 minutes apart and you walk through the dirt trails, with farms and fields on either side. Should you have extra time and still want to do something, the Tibetan Refugee Settlement where you can see carpet weaving to a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery falls half way on the way back from here to the Hotel.


On a lodge or teahouse trek, how much spending money should I allow ?
US $ 40 – US $ 50 per day is ample, but it is possible to spend less (and more!). Meals are usually pretty cheap but extras such as sweets or snacks will add a bit more to your budget. There are plenty of ATMs in Kathmandu, so you can withdraw more Nepalese currency if you are running short towards the end of your trip.


Can I buy any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
Yes. There are dozens of trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Depending on how good your bartering skills are, you can usually pick up items for about one third of the price that you'll pay in the Europe / America and its more fun to bargain! However, please note we cannot guarantee the quaility of anything you may purchase so buyer beware.


Should I get my Nepalese visa in advance or at the airport?
Most of our clients choose to get their visas at Kathmadu airport. This may mean some time queuing, but the transfer bus won't leave for the hotel until all arriving passengers are through Immigration and have collected their bags. So if you have your visa in advance, you will avoid the visa queue but you won’t get to the hotel any earlier. If you'd like to get your visa in advance, please contact the Nepalese embassy direct.
Please note if you are staying in Nepal longer than 15 days, you will need to ask for a 30 day visa.

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  • Primary purpose(s) and highlights of visit, including regions of interest.
  • Duration of stay
  • Probable number of people and short profile and level of physical challenge sought
  • Any specific queries or concerns

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