Everest Base Camp trek - 18 days

Everest Base Camp trek - 18 days

After flying in to Lukla, you will start trek to Phakding and enter into the home of Sherpa community perched in the nook and corner of the valleys known as Khumbu. After Phakding the trail gradually climb to Jorsale where you will stop for a while at the Park Office and take the steep but gradual walk to Namche Bazar. You spend two nights in Namche bazaar. While at Namche Bazar visit the villages at Thame (3811m) and Khumjung. Thame village was the original home of the famous climber Tenging Norgey who reached the summit of Mt. Everest for the first time in human history with Sir Edmund Hillary. The extra days at 3400 meter allows you to acclimitize in the increasingly thin air as you go up higher. After Namche Bazar the trail drops down to Dudh Koshi River; cross the small hamlet of Punki Thanka and climb another steep trail that gradually takes you to the famous monastery at Thayngboche.

Thyangboche monastery is famous for Mani Rimdu festival that usually happens in October/November. On this festive day the monks perform special dance and the head lama does the prayer. Many trekkers gather on this day to watch the festival. The trail from Thyangboche gently drops down to Dudh Kosi river and follows it. You will reach the summer settlement of Dingboche. Next day walk down the valley of Chukung; It is a short walk. Exploring around the area. There are several high viewpoints to see the panoramic view of the region including the icefall at Amphulapcha. Very close by is the base camp of Island peak; it is one of the most popular trekking peak.

Another two days at 4300 meter around Dingboche also provides sufficient time to acclimitize your body. Lobouje is your second last last stop on the way to Kalapattar and base camp of Mt. Everest. Depending upon weather and logistical condition you may stop at Gorakshep for an overnight or you may go straight to climb Kalapattar to see the close up stunning view of Mt.Everest. If you are energetic and have time you may visit the base camp of Mt. Everest.

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This is the trip review from our clients who were 30 people from United Kingdom. 

 

The high point in this trek is the majestic view of Mt.Everest and surrounding lofty Himalayan peaks in the back drop of deep blue sky. The grandeur of nature that you see would be one of the most memorable times in your life. After completion of your journey you follow same trail back to Lukla. The trek ends with flight to Kathmandu.

Highlight: Everest 8848m - the highest point on earth. The stone-walled fields and houses of ancient villages steeped in history and tradition, golden-roofed monasteries set amid stunning mountain scenery, the Yak and wild animals and of course to see the Sherpas.

Itinerary:

DAY 01: Arrive Kathmandu - Hotel accommdoation

You will be picked up and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. Evening free to explore Kathmandu own 

DAY 02: In Kathmandu - free day on your own - Hotel accommdoation

Sightseeing tour can be organized upon request. We will have trek briefing in the evening where introduction to your trek guide and talk on technical aspect will happened.

DAY 03: FLY FROM KATHMANDU TO LUKLA,  TREK TO MONJO ( 2835M) - Guest House accommodation         

Early breakfast and early transfer to the airport. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is one of the most spectacular in the world –S.T.O.L. Twin otters fly this route of 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 airstrip (9,184/2,800m) adds considerably to the general excitement of landing on a mountain airstrip. At Lukla we will be met by our Sirdar and the entire trekking crew which includes Sherpas, kitchen staff and porters who will be with us for the duration of the trek. After a sort out and a cup of tea, we begin our trek to Monjo. Overnight at Monjo.

DAY 04: MONJO - NAMCHE (3440M) - Guest House accommodation         

After three hours of following the banks of the Dudh Kosi River we come to a spectacular suspension bridge, which marks the start of the climb up to Namche. Near the halfway point up the hill views of Everest (29,028’/8,850m) and Lhotse (27,916/8,511m) come into sight. Namche is the most prosperous and largest town in the Khumbu. A traditional – trading center, a market is held every Saturday. The wares on display include grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots. Thamserku (21,806 ‘6,648m) and Kwangde (20,417/6,224m) loom to the east and west, and the sacred mountain Khumbila (18,729/5,707m) dominates the skyline to the north behind the village. Time –8hours.

Please take note that this is a tough day but the head guide will liaise with the trek leader on how everyone is feeling and make camp (tea house) at Monjo which is approximate half way to Namche. Head to Namche next day.

DAY 05: NAMCHE (acclimatization day) - Guest House accommodation         

A day walk towards Thame (12,467/3,801m) for acclimatization. During an acclimatization day it is important to take some sort of exercise and preferably to gain some altitude before sleeping at the same height for a second night. From Namche we traverse westwards on our acclimatization walk with views of Kwangde (20,806’/6,343m) and the waterfalls, cascading off its flanks into the Bhote Kosi far below. We cross the river higher up and climb up through rhododendron forest to Yak pastures, which Surround Thame. This is the birth place of Tenzing Norgay, the first Sherpa ever to climb Mt. Everest. Time 6 – hours round trip, it is easy to cut it short for anyone finding it hard going. 

DAY 06: NAMCHE  - TENGBOCHE (3863M) - Guest House accommodation         

The trail descends forming a dramatic View of Ama Dablam (21, 9641/6,696m) and Kangtaiga (22,235’/6,779m) flanked by the towering heights of Sagarmatha (the Nepalese name for Everest).Lhotse and Nuptse. Cross the Dudh Kosi at Phungithanga and climb through rhododendron forest to the saddle at the top of the hill. Here lies Tengboche, the main monastery of the Khumbu area. The views from here are unforgettable. Tengboche lies at the base of Kangtaiga and the spur of this ridge affords panoramic views of the main peaks of Khumbu including Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Time – 5 hours.

DAY 07: TENGBOCHE - DINGBOCHE (4412M) - Guest House accommodation                 

Descend from Thyangboche and again cross the Imja Khola, and then trek uphill gradually to Pangboche. There is an interesting Gompa site above the main village. The trekker is in the midst of the Himalaya here, with spectacular views all round. For acclimatization, there is a need to spend two nights around the 14,000’/4,268m level and Dingboche lying in a sheltered spot above the Imja Khola is generally more attractive than Pheriche. It is however, of note that the Himalayan rescue association has their aid post at Pheriche. Time – 5 hours

DAY 08: DINGBOCHE (4412M) Rest and acclimatization day - Guest House accommodation         

A day walk up to Chukung (4730m) is highly recommended. The route gradually ascends to the few scattered stone huts that make up the settlement. To the south are ever changing views of Ama Dablam and to the north the massive walls of the Nuptse ridge and the south face of Lhotse.  Time – 5 hours.

DAY 09: DINGBOCHE   - LOBUCHE (4,910M) - Guest House accommodation         

The route past Pheriche slants over a ridge and stays above the village. It joins the trail below Thugla. There are great views of Cholatse (21,129/6,442m) across the valley. After another steep ascent, the trail climbs up and over the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Up and along the west lateral moraine of the Glacier, the trail is in parts. Stark and rugged beauty creates almost a moonscape. Camp site at Lobuche, a windswept collection of huts tucked in a narrow meadow between the glacier and the Lobuche peak (20,192/6,156m). Tawache and Nuptse are particularly spectacular from Lobuche, towering almost 2 kilometres directly overhead. Time 5 Hours.

DAY 10: LOBUCHE - Kalapattar (5545m)‚Äč - GORAKSHEP (5160M) - Guest House accommodation         

The route continues along the north bank of the Khumbu glacial moraine crossing rough boulder fields. Great views of Pumori and all the peaks across on the other side of the glacier. There is a short descent down into a sandy bowl known as Gorak at the foot of Kallar Patter.

After small stop at Gorakshehep you climb Kalapattar (5545m). The actual distance is not so far but you take it very slowly to compensate for the altitude stopping at Gorakhshep (5288m) for a light lunch. You then take the climb to Kala Pathar (5545m) from where you can see the Everest Base Camp is just down. This is a hard pull but the view from top surpasses anything you can imagine. All around us flow huge glacier ice. The mountains of PUMORI (7145m), LINGTREN (6697m) and Khumbutse (6623m) separate you from Tibet, and just over the Lho La pass. You see the huge rock of Changtse (7550m) in Tibet itself. But the queen of them all - Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest 8848m) towers over everyone.Time 7 hours.

DAY 11: EVEREST BASE CAMP DAY TRIP BACK TO LOBUCHE (4,910m) - Guest House accommodation              

From Gorakshep there is a short steep descent down the lateral moraine onto the Khumbu glacier. Once on the glacier the route meanders through the Ice bluffs following a well-worn trail laid down by the yaks supplying base camp. It takes approximately four hours to reach base camp at 5,360M/17,044’. Once at base camp the Sherpas will organize a small Puja, ceremony, with prayer flags and incense to mark your arrival. Great opportunity to take photos on the Khumbu ice fall. The return retraces the route to Lobuche.    

DAY 12: LOBUCHE - DEBUCHE (3820M) - Guest House accommodation          

Continue your trek down to Debuche. Overnight at Debuche.

DAY 13: DEBUCHE – NAMCHE BY TENGBOCHE MONASTERY VISIT - Guest House accommodation                   

Trek to Namche Bazar via the Tengboche monastery. Overnight at Namche.

DAY 14: NAMCHE  -  LUKLA - Guest House accommodation         

Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages, the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys and it is sad to leave them. After the sharp descent to the Dudh kosi we cross it by the high suspension bridge and then enjoy a pleasant day walking back through the valley villages of Monjo, Benkar and Phakding and then the deceptively long climb leading up to Lukla. Our campsite and lodge are well located and offer a good final resting sport for the one night stay before the early morning departure. This evening a party is organized with our trekking crew during which there is lots of Nepalese dancing and everyone is expected to dance!!! After the party with heavy hearts bid them goodbye. At this point it is recommended that the trek leader collect tips that clients may wish to give to the trekking crew. All tips collected will be given to the Sirdar who will then distribute it to the crew. Please take note that you will be advised on the amount to be tipped to the trekking crew at the pre-trek briefing in Kathmandu prior to the trek . Time 6 hours   

DAY 15: LUKLA – KATHMANDU - Hotel accommdoation

Flights to Kathmandu operate during the mornings before the winds above the Dudh Kosi build up. The take – off is as spectacular as the earlier landing – and then 40 minutes later, Kathmandu. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight hotel – sharing bed & breakfast basis.

DAY 16:  KATHMANDU - Hotel accommdoation

Day of leisure in Kathmandu. Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu - Bed & Breakfast

Day 17: KATHMANDU

This day is kept in Kathmandu because some time flight from Lukla to Kathamndu is cancelled due to bad weather or other reason that is beyond our control. In such situation you still have days to adjust your itinerary.

DAY 18:  DEPARTURE  

Everest Base Camp trips ends. Transfer to airport.

Private arrangement trek cost:

1 pax    US$1790 per person

2 pax    US$1490 per person

3-5 pax  US$1405 per person

6-9 pax  US$1375 per person

10-15pax US$1350 per person

SGL supp:US$150

Cost includes:

01. All meals and standard accommodation in lodge during the trek

02. Service of trek guide and Sharpa assistant for bigger group above 6 person

03. Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.)

04. Accident insurance for staffs and porters

05. Flight Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu

06. National park entrance permit and trekking permit (TIMS)

07. Arrival and departure transfers.

08. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu using 2 star category on BB as per programme

Cost does not include:

01. Personal clothing and sleeping bag

02. Personal accident and health insurance

03. Emergency evacuation and medical expense

04. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, mineral water, laundry, and tips

05. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned.

06. Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies

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  • Price : USD 1350
  • Destinations : Everest, Solukhumbu
  • Max Elevation : 5545
  • Weather : Spring (March - May) and Autumn (September - November) best time to visit
  • Trip Duration : 18 days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate
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