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Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip Introduction

Duration : 17 days
Difficulty Level : Streneous

Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most popular trekking packages which starts with a spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, from where we take an interesting route to the heart of Shepa country. After Namche, the view are stunning, we take time to explore the region. En route are the Khumjung, Pangboche and Thyangboche and numerous Sherpa villages. Thyangboche Ridge (3875m) is said to be the most beautiful place on earth. As early morning ascend of Kala Pathar (5545m) offers you a spectacular view of Pumori (7145m) Everest (8848m). Lhotse (8511m) and Nuptse (7889m) and wild beauty of the Khumbu region. Return is via Pangboche and Phortse villages which lies high above the junction of the Dudh Koshi and Imja khola.

Everest Base Camp Trek Facts
Starting from: Lukla
Ending at: Lukla            
Grade:      Moderate/Strenuous
Highest access of the trek:  Kalapathar (5545m)
Culture:  Sherpa Buddhism
Himalayan sights:  Mt. Everest, Pumori, Kusum Kanguru, Lhotse flank, Thamserku, Kwangde, Island Peak etc.
Most attraction of the trek: Trek in the Everest region and touch the touch the Mt. Everest.
Departures:  Feb-May, September-November

Detailed itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, meet our representative & transfer to hotel.
Arrive in Kathmandu. You will be met by our representative and transfer to the group’s hotel.

Day 2: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2880m / 9449ft.), trek to Phakding (2,610m / 8563ft.). 
You will be transferred from your hotel to the Domestic airport for the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.  This is one of the most spectacular flights in the world.  Twin Otter aircraft fly this route above contrasting country, with the snow line of the Himalayan range to the north and rugged foothills of Nepal immediately below and stretching away to the south.  The landing at Lukla air strip (2,800m) adds considerably to the general excitement and expectation. After some tea or snack in Lukla, a pleasant walk leads you at first through the beautiful farm  village of Chaurikharka. From the ridge line the trail drops then climbs a rough path down to the village of Chaunrikharka.  Here you meet up with the trekkers who have trekked a long way from Jiri. And then we heading north into the Everest area.  From the village the trail drops down to the Kusum Kangru River, and then climbs through scattered farms and fields and finally arrives at Phakding.

Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,445m / 11302ft.).
A principal benefit of walking from Phakding on the first day is that when you walk up the steep hill to Namche you will be warmed up for the steep uphill pull.  Shortly you meet the confluence of the Imja Drangka and the Nangpo Drangpo which combine to form the Dudh Kosi.  Crossing the river on a high bridge you leave Solu District, enter Khumbu and start the steep climb to Namche.  Near the half-way point up the hill, views of Everest (8,850m) and Lhotse (8,511m) come into sight.  Namche is the most prosperous and largest town in the Khumbu.  A  weekly bazaar is held every Saturday.  The wares on display include grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and Tibetan boots. Thamserku (6,648m) and Kwangde (6,224m) loom to the east and west, and the sacred mountain Khumbila (5,707m) dominates the skyline to the north behind the village. Namche is also known as the capital of Sherpas. A very pleasant walk by the river through pine forest leads to Jorsale and the entrance to the KhumbuNational Park. Dropping to the river, a suspension bridge is crossed and a good path followed, passing numerous teahouses to cross the river once again on a plank bridge. About an hour and a half below Namche, at an altitude of around 11000 feet, we gain our first views of Everest. Some of the finest tea shop food in Nepal can be found in this area. 5 hours of trekking.

Day 4: Rest / acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar (3445m.) is tucked away between 2 ridges among the giant peaks of the Khumbu. Known as the trekkers “Mecca,” Namche boasts an abundance of lodges and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Thyangboche. Options for acclimatization walks include the one-hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above the village for the spectacular view of Ama Dablam, Nupste, Lhotse and Everest.

Day 5: Trek to Thyangboche (3,867m / 12687ft.)
Quite an easy day of 5 hours trekking, but very spectacular in terms of scenery. The main trail out of Namche heads in a northwesterly direction. Following this trail, a short climb to a ridge crest reveals a wonderful view towards Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Reaching Kangjuma we begin a long traversing descent to the bridge across the Imja River at Phunki. Beyond the river, we climb a long ridge to Thyangboche where rebuilding work has recently been completed on one of Nepal’s finest monasteries, which was destroyed by fire a few years ago. We have the chance to look around the monastery. This is a popular place to camp as it not only affords a good view of the Everest/Lhotse massif but is also the classic viewpoint for Ama Dablam.

Day 6: Trek to Dingboche (4400m/ 14435ft.).
3 hours trekking takes us to the village of Pangboche, where there is the oldest monastery in the Khumbu. An hour beyond Pangboche, there is a good lunch stop the small Sherpa hamlet of Shomare and then it is a further 3 hours walking, gaining height only very gradually, to Dingboche at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley. We camp outside one of the lodges in this picturesque Sherpa village. 

Day 7: Rest day at Dingboche
In accordance with our program of careful acclimatization, we spend a rest day and second night camped at Dingboche. Options for day hikes include a 4 – 5 hour return trip to view the turquoise lake of Cho La Tso beneath the towering north face of Cholatse.

Day 8: Day walk to Imja Valley return to Dingboche
Today we trek up the Imja Valley towards Chukung Ri. There are fantastic views towards Tibet and of Island Peak and Ama Dablam. We return to spend a third night at Dingboche.

Day 9: Trek to Lobuche (4,912m / 16115ft.).
The trek today follows the Khumbu Valley to the tiny settlement at Dugla. Shortly thereafter, we reach the memorial to those Sherpas who have died on Mount Everest. Here, the trail starts to level out, following the lateral moraine on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche, the last habitation on the route to Everest Base camp. 5 to 6 hours walking.

Day 10: Lobuche to Everest Base camp (5300m / 17388ft.) and return to Gorak Shep (5170m/ 16961ft.).
The big day! We begin at first light, following a trail through the ablation valley by the side of the Khumbu Glacier. Crossing the rubble of a tributary glacier, we arrive at Gorak Shep, a summer yak herding meadow at the foot of Kala Patar, after 3 hours. This remote spot now boasts 2 of the highest tea houses in Nepal. Above Gorak Shep, it is a 5 to 6 hour round-trip to Everest Base camp, walking at first on the moraine crest and finally on the Khumbu Glacier itself. We will spend an hour or so in this inspirational place, close beneath the stupendous Khumbu Icefall, before returning to Gorak Shep where we spend our overnight.
Day 11: Ascend Kala Patar (5545m / 18192ft.) and descend to Pheriche
Aiming to make the most of the usually fine morning weather, we have an early start for perhaps the highlight of our trip, the 2 to 3-hour ascent of Kala Patar (5545m). This is one of the finest viewpoints for Everest and the Khumbu Valley. Returning to Gorak Shep we first retrace our steps to Lobuche, before descending the Khumbu Valley to Pheriche where we camp. There is a permanent clinic at Pheriche, set up by the Himalayan Rescue Association and staffed during the trekking season by Western doctors. A 7 to 8 hour trekking day.

Day 12: Pheriche to Thyangboche
A shorter day of around 5 hours walking. Leaving Pheriche, we soon reach a bridge across the Khumbu River and a junction with our outbound trail below Dingboche. We pass through Pangboche before crossing the Imja Khola and climbing to Thyangboche.

Day 13: Trek to Monjo (2815m / 9235ft.)
Continuing our descent to the hamlet of Phunki, where there is a bridge across the Dudh Kosi, we follow the main trail to Namche Bazaar, which we reach after 5 hours. Time for sightseeing, souvenir buying and lunch, before a 3 hour stroll takes us to Monjo, where we spend the overnight.

Day 14: Trek to Lukla
From Monjo the trail descends steeply, passing through Phakding and Chopling, to reach Chaumrikharka where the trail cuts up to the airstrip at Lukla. 5 hours trekking. 

Day 15: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu & transfer to hotel.
We take the early morning flight to Kathmandu, where we check in to our hotel. The afternoon is free for sightseeing. As a part of the trip package we have included complimentary evening meals at the finest restaurants in Kathmandu on each of the nights that we stay in the city. On this first night after our trek we will certainly have a party.

Day 16: In Kathmandu
A free day in Kathmandu. There is an ‘optional’ guided sightseeing tour of the city’s main attractions, including the Buddhist temple at Bodhnath and the principally Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath. Alternatively, you may prefer to do your own thing, especially if you have visited Kathmandu before. One of the attractions of any visit to Nepal is the chance to walk the streets of Kathmandu, which presents a fascinating mosaic of shops, cafes and restaurants, food markets and street vendors, as well as a bewildering array of colorful temples and shrines of both the Buddhist and Hindu religions.

Day 17: Depart Kathmandu
Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer to airport for onward international departure flight.

Everest Base Camp Trek Outline Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu, meet our representative & transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2,880m) & trek to Phakding (2,610m).
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,445m).
Day 4: Acclimatization day. Acclimatization day. Optional walk upto Kunde and Khumjung.
Day 5: Trek to Tyangboche (3,867m).
Day 6: Trek via Pangboche to Dingboche (4400m).
Day 7: Rest day at Dingboche.       
Day 8: Trek towards the upper Imja valley towards Chhukung. Return to Dingboche.
Day 9: Trek via Thuklah to Lobuche (4,912m).
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5300m) and return camp to Gorakshep (5,140m).
Day11: Ascent of Kalapathar in the morning and return to Pheriche (4,270m).
Day12: Trek via Pangboche, Deuche to Tyangboche (3,867m).
Day 13: Trek to Monju (2800m) via Namche Bazaar.
Day 14: Trek to Lukla (2880m).
Day 15: Fly Lukla/Kathmandu, meet our representative & transfer to hotel.
Day 16: At leisure in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Transfer to airport for onward international journey.

•    3 Nights standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis,
•    Flight ticket: Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu with airport tax,
•    All food (3 meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodations throughout the trekking period,
•    Daily wages, food, insurance, shelter, cloth of sardar (Nepalese guide) and porters,
•    All land transportation, transfer from airport-hotel-airport,
•    National park permit,
•    First Aid Medical Kit (only for staff & porter),
•    15 kg weight allowed per member for personal equipment,
•    Emergency helicopter rescue arrangements,

•    International flight ticket to/from Nepal,
•    Expenses of personal nature & gratitude i.e. laundry, bar bills, telephone calls, drinks and other personal communication bills, breakfast, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu,
•    Personal insurance, and emergency rescue evacuation,
•    Personal clothing,
•    Airport tax (international departure),

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