Everest Base Camp Trek – Nepal


Everest Base Camp Trek – Nepal

Reaching a height of 5,545m (18,193 ft.) at Kala Pattar, Everest Base Camp Trek – Nepal is extremely popular with those who want to be able to say, ‘I have been to the base of the world’s highest mountain’. The challenging trek passes undeniably spectacular scenery and is traffick by local Sherpa people. The heights reached during this trek are dizzying until you acclimatize to the altitude, and the continuous cutting across valleys certainly has its ups and downs.’ – Lonely Planet.

This superb trek begins with a dramatic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the starting point of the trek. Within two days you reach Namche Bazaar, the capital of Khumbu region and acclimatization point for two nights. En route to Everest you can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries at Pangboche, and Thyangboche with an impressive backdrop of Everest and Ama Dablam. From here you walk along trails lined with main walls and up through rhododendron forests before eventually emerging above the tree line into yak pasture en route to Everest Base camp. We include a side trip to Kala Patthar (5545m), which offers unrivalled views of Mt Everest.

 

Everest Base Camp Trek - Nepal

Everest Base Camp Trek – Nepal

 

Main attraction

Homeland of Sherpa people, Buddhist cultural experiences, an ultimate dream for all adventurous people to see Mt. Everest, Famous mountaineering region, unforgettable panoramic views, well conserved vast bio-diversity.

The Route

Max. Altitude 5545 m. Kalapathar, need acclimatization day, about 5-6 hr. Walk per day trail moderate to strenuous.

Best season

Sep to Dec. and April to May. But we can trek at any time with any group.

Glance of Trip

Destinations: Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp via Khumbu

Activities

:
Cultural tour and strenuous grade trekking
Altitude
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5545 m
Duration
Trek type
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16 days ( can increase on your demand only)
Trek type: TH (Tea House / Lodge)

Departures:

This trip can be arranged at any time of the year to suit your plans and be adapted to your viability as required. Please contact us for further details.

Lodging :

A three-star hotel in Kathmandu. As this is one of the most popular trekking routes of the world; therefore, you find locally owned lodges and guest houses in the trails. Our priority is to provide an opportunity to the locals, guides, porters, family-run lodges to generate income; therefore; we will be staying in one of these lodges every night. However, you will have the advantage of being the guests to the traditional Sherpa families of this area. (We can arrange camping trek on-demand only.)

Fitness Requirement :

This trip involves strenuous level trekking that requires 5-6 hours walking uphill and downhill frequently. You need to be physically fit and willing to walk. Overweight or people with cardiac and pulmonary complaints may seek more comfortable options from our office in Kathmandu.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION TRIP GRADE

Moderate to fairly challenging Longer treks going right into the high mountain country, to some of the famous mountaineering Base Camps over high passes. Physically quite tiring, involves approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks. Usually, No previous experience required, you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.

TREK TYPE

Tea House or Lodge trek Includes Accommodation in Lodge, guide, porters and all meals.

ACCOMMODATION

Trekking in the Everest region does not need logistics in terms of accommodation as you will find plenty of clean and friendly lodges along the trail. We stay in single rooms where possible, but often you will have to share. Facilities in tea houses are limited but good enough to offer you a comfortable stay and hygienic meals. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in a local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance). Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary. We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection to this itinerary unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website.

MEALS & DRINKING WATER

On this trek we provide standard breakfast, lunch and three-course dinner, tea or coffee will also be included with each meal. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks and in some areas, you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

LUGGAGE WHILE TREKKING

During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porter or yaks. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 12 to 15 kgs. You simply carry a day pack with a water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. You can leave your valuable items at your
hotel while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel’s safekeeping.

TREKKING CREW

On tea house trek you will be accompanied by a team of local crew whose aim is to make the trek as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible. The crew consists of a local leader (Sirdar or Headman) and a team of porters to carry all your gear. On average, there will be a ratio of one porter to every two trekkers. Sirdar speaks a reasonable amount of English, good enough to explain to you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eyes.

GROUP SIZE

We bring together a small group of like-minded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact with each other in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises of a group of maximum 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, no minimum and maximum apply. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families, and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people (min 1 max 100 at a time).

PERSONAL EXPENSES

Everest region is more expensive than the other regions in Nepal, as most of the goods have to be shipped by airplane and then carried to their final destination by porters. On this fixed scheduled trek breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places). Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate 5 – 10% of the total tour cost as tips.

FLIGHT / LAND TRANSFERS

The starting point of the trek is in Lukla which is connected by a 45mins flight from Kathmandu. We will arrange transportation from your hotel to the airport (Kathmandu). On your return to Kathmandu, our bus will take you back to your hotel.

COMMUNICATION

There are a couple of telephone facilities in the Everest region up to Namche Bazaar. Cell phones work fine up to Tengboche. If it is crucial for you to keep in contact with your family or others, we can provide you a mobile satellite phone (rental charge on request).

TREKKING / CLIMBING EQUIPMENT

For trekking in the Everest region, you will need walking boots, sleeping bag (4 seasons), waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sun cream, and day pack. For climbing: down-jacket, plastic boots, crampons, ice-ax, headlight, harness, jumar, carabineers, belay device, prussic. A comprehensive list of pieces of equipment will be provided once you book your trip.

 

TYPICAL DAY ON TREK

Each morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

 

MEETING AND GREETING IN KATHMANDU

You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a ‘meeting and greeting’ service at the Airport. You just pass through the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard that states either company
name’ or your own name.

 

CLIMATE & BEST TIME TO GO

The best season to trek to the Everest base camp region is Autumn (from mid-September till November’s end), and Spring (from the beginning of March until mid-May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher every day. The nights are cold (between -10 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 20C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon, disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and winter is not recommended, as the visibility
during monsoon is limited, upper parts and high passes could be covered with snow during winter. March, April, September, October, and November are the most favored months. Please choose the date that is convenient for you.

 

PEOPLE AND CULTURE

Sherpas live in the upper regions of Solu Khumbu. They migrated from Tibet about 600 years ago. The Khumbu region has provided a strong group of able-bodied, hardy and fearless Sherpa porters and guides. Sherpas practice Tibetan Buddhism which is also known as Lama Buddhism.

FESTIVALS

Losar is celebrated in the month of February by the Sherpas. ‘Losar’ means New Year in Tibetan. Buddhist monks offer prayers for good health and prosperity at monasteries. People exchange various goods and gifts among them. Families organize feasts and
perform dances. Dumke is celebrated to mark the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava). The celebration takes place in June and lasts for six days. It is celebrated in a big way in the villages of Namche, Thame, and Khumjung. Mani Rimdu is a festival that celebrates the victory of Buddhism over the ancient animistic religion of Bon. This festival is celebrated in the monasteries of Thyangboche, Chiwang, and Thami. At Tengboche, the celebration takes place during the November- December full moon.

ITINERARY CHANGES

Depending on the prevailing situation; itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into
the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.

TREK DURATION

We ensure liability as indicated in the itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

VISA

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained nearest to the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended to the Department of Immigration, Bhrikutimandap, and Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fees.
People willing to get entry Visa at the airport or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph. So, please download form immigration. for more details, please visit: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

Tourist Visa Extension

* Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is the US $ 30 or equivalent convertible currency and visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day * Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).

HEALTH ISSUES

As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis, and polio. The main health consideration in high altitude is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu.

Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and to handle the low oxygen rate. For your service, we carry a medical kit with standard prescribed medicines along with a users’ manual which you can use upon your own risk. We do not take any medical liability since our staffs are not qualified to prescribe medicines. If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you consult your doctor about your suitability for traveling to Everest Base Camp before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, Diarrhoea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly be of help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions. Age is no barrier to take an unforgettable Everest Tour.

RESCUE / EVACUATIONS

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we hope will not happen, you shall be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu.

INSURANCE

Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation, and emergency repatriation. There are good hospitals in Kathmandu where you can get good care.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

The beautiful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. We are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize the detrimental impact on the environment as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats, we do not have campfires and use kerosene as cooking fuel. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.

Garbage disposal is another major problem. Some of the busier trails are at times strewn with litter and garbage thrown by irresponsible trekking groups. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry the non-biodegradable garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy.

TRIP EXTENSIONS

– Paragliding, Rafting
– Chitwan safari after your trek.
– Cultural Tours, a trip to Pokhara.

 

CARE FOR PORTERS AND STAFF

We ensure that all porters and all other staff climbing in high altitude (above 14000 ft.) conditions are provided with adequate clothing and equipment. We ensure that the porters we hire are insured. We try our best to run the trek according to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG – www.ippg.net).

TESTIMONIALS

It’s a pretty popular destination for trekkers and the Trek leader Mr. Siri is a really professional and experienced person who has massive knowledge of trek routes and locations. The services in lodges and tea houses during the trek were better than expected which is very clean (however except some toilets), friendly & hospitable staff with very professional English. I was worried before about the health but the meals during the trek were amazing. Bit expensive but very good dal-bhat (rice with curry) even right at the top! The itinerary was well planned, thank you guys for everything.” -Richard Johnson, UK

Terms and Conditions – Booking Conditions

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PRICE INCLUDES:

 Accommodation during trek (local lodge)
 Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu airfare
 English speaking local expert guide, porters
 Sagarmatha National park fees
 Trekkers’ Information Management System fees
 Three nights’ accommodation at 3-star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
 All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees.
 Airport transfers and escort
 Equipment clothing for porter & staffs
 Insurance for all staff & porters.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

 Nepal visa – Multiple Entrée 30 days – USD 40
 International flight & all domestic departure tax (NRS 170 (Subject to change) per person each way)
 Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
 Hot shower
 Extra baggage charges
 Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
 Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/roadblock due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking
 Your insurance.

Summary Itinerary

Day 01 – Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02 – Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
Day 03 – Flight to Lukla & trek to Phakding
Day 04 – Trek to Namche (3450m)
Day 05 – Rest day in Namche
Day 06 – Trek to Thyangboche[3864m]
Day 07 – Trek to Pheriche [4252m]
Day 08 – Rest day in Pheriche
Day 09 – Trek to Lobuche[4930m]
Day 10 – Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m]
Day 11 – Trek to Everest BC [5357], back to Gorak Shep
Day 12 – Trek to Pangboche [3985m]
Day 13 – Trek to Namche[3450m]
Day 14 – Trek to Lukla[2900m]
Day 15 – Flight to Kathmandu
Day 16 – Depart Kathmandu

 

DETAILED ITINERARY Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and overnight at your hotel.

Day 2

Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a beautiful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighbouring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half-day guided tour to the famous and most significant Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th-century palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath. At eventide, you will brief about your trip.

Day 3

Flight to Lukla – Trek to Phakding [2656m] A flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 4

Trek to Namche [3450m] From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, which was set-up to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu. It has a busy Saturday market – a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.

Day 5

Rest day in Namche Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops, and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. There are also excellent views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.

Day 6

Trek to Tengboche [3867m] From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. We get our first magnificent views of the high peaks of the Khumbu, including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The town is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here we can rest before doing the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam rising on the horizon can see from the campsite.

Day 07

Trek to Pheriche [4252m] We descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours walk brings us to Pheriche. Day 08 At Pheriche A day for rest and acclimatization. We also get to wander up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. We can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche for the view of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Mt.Lhotse.

Day 09

Trek to Lobuche [4930m] We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is the perfect spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier’s terminal moraine. At the top of the climb; there are so many stone cairns. Which built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. Day 10 Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m] 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 most beautiful 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.

Day 11

Trek to Everest Base Camp [5357m] A 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 make a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the way to the South Col. We return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche.

Day 12

Trek to Pangboche [3985m] Today’s trek is mostly downhill. As we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, we arrive at The Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s aid post and worth a visit. After lunch, we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.

Day 13

Trek to Namche [3450m] We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche, we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.

Day 14

Trek to Lukla [2800m] Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration. We have a party with our sherpa guides and porters. We sample some chang (local beer) and try out some Sherpa dance steps. Altogether an end to a memorable trip on a merry note.

Day 15

Fly to Kathmandu We pack up early and head for the airstrip to hop a flight back to Kathmandu On touchdown, the rest of your day is free to do your things. You could do some last-minute shopping and packing, or send a few postcards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia.

Day 16

Depart Kathmandu Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking, etc.- please ask us).

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