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Everest Base Camp (2)

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Difficulty

Expert

Duration

15 Days

Region

Everest

Max Altitude

5545 M


Best Time To Travel

Spring (March - May) ,Fall (September - December) & Winter season (December - February)


This route taken by Sir Edmund Hillari and Tenzing Norgay in 1953 to Mt. Everest provides a classic trekking experience in the Himalayas. One of the most well-known treks in the world, this trip offers the enchanting sights of the Lukla trail and the higher Khumbu region, and allows for relaxed observation of the diverse flora and fauna.

It winds us through the icons of the Khumbu area, from the spell bounding airstrip in Lukla, to the famous eight-thousanders (mountains over 8,000 m) that tower over the harmonious landscape, the hospitable and rugged Sherpas, bright monasteries, Namche Bazaar, etc., to the base of the relentless Mt. Everest. Explore towns and become dabbed with vacillating petition hails acquainted with brilliant Buddhist and Hindu settlements.

The final leg of this trek is quite strenuous with a series of ascents and descents, trekking against the grain of the Himalayas. However, these challenges are softened by exquisite traditional tea houses, small villages of hardy mountain people and monasteries on the back drop of the towering Himalayas, to make it one of the most delightful hikes in Nepal. We will go through a few days climbing in surrounding towns to acclimatize to the rising elevation. Finally reaching Mt. Everest, we will get to see the legendary Khumbu Ice Fall and its transcending seracs. As we return we will have amassed a collection of amazing stories and new friends from our incredible experience.

 

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon your arrival, our representative from Himalayan Sherpa Adventure awaits you at the airport. We will then proceed towards your hotel and brief you about Nepal and your trek. In the evening, we take you to a traditional Nepali restaurant for dinner where we will give you more information about the tour, your city sightseeing and also answer any questions you may have. Overnight at the Hotel Mulberry. (B, D)

  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and equipment check

    Our guide will check your equipment in the morning to see if everything is fine. We will then start our site seeing tour, heading to at least 3 major attractions in Kathmandu. Our sightseeing starts in the morning and should finish around 3 pm. Some major points of interest are Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar square etc. You will have the rest of the day free and also a chance to do any last minute shopping before your trek. Overnight at the Hotel Mulberry. (B)

  • Day 3: Phakding 2600m 4 walking hours

    Early morning after our breakfast we head out for our flight to Lukla which is about 30-40 mins from Kathmandu. During our flight we will see the hills turn to mountains and the snowy Himalayas come into view on our left side in this wonderfully scenic flight. Upon landing, we will take a little time to refresh and have a cup of tea before we start on an easy trek to Phakding. We have a descending trail for today perfect for acclimatizing. Overnight in Phakding at the Sherpa Shangrila Resort. (B,D)

  • Day 4: Namche Bazaar 3450m 6 walking hours

    After breakfast, we start out our walk to Namche Bazaar following the level path along the right bank from the resort. Thamserku (6623m) mountain looms skyward on the opposite bank. The trail takes us through gentle ups and downs with nature refreshing our soul. We will pass through villages with the amazing Sherpa people and while we register for the permits in our office, we see a lot of local youths preparing to carry their substantial baggage on their back for their journey up ahead. This is where everybody dreams to turn into a climber sometime in the not so distant future. From here, we cross Jorsalle Village and come upon a forested mountainside along the Dudh Kosi River. After crossing two suspension bridges and a short walk along the Bhote Kosi, we ascend to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at the Khumbu Lodge. (B,D)

  • Day 5: Namche Bazaar - Excursion day/Acclimatization day 5 walking hours

    We can sleep in a little as it is an acclimation day, and we also have option to hike up to Khumjung Village that is a 400m incline from Namche. Khumjung, being one of the largest Sherpa communities in Solokhumbu, has many monasteries, as well as a renowned high school which was built by Sir. Edmund Hillary, the first man to summit Mt Everest. Khumjung also houses a Yeti scalp, a mystical creature believed to have roamed in the mountains. Starting today we will begin to see some glimpses of Mt.Everest. We will enjoy magnificent views of Thamserku, Kangtega, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest during the excursion. After our nice hike we descend down to Namche for our stay at the Khumbu Lodge. (B,D)

  • Day 6: Namche Bazaar trek to Tengboche 3875m 5 walking hours

    We start our trek with a pleasant walk through the forest accompanied by a magnificent view of the mountains. We follow a spectacular path that crisscrosses around the hillside high above Dudh Kosi River. The path moves past some mills operated by running water, many prayer carved stones and stupas and through forests full of rhododendron trees. Watch out for musk deer and himalayan thar among the trees. At the start of Tengboche (3870m), the village is scattered across a vast, grassy saddle below a curved shaped ridge covered by scrub pines and firs. From the viewpoint at the top of the hill, there are grand views of distinctive peaks like Ama Dablam (6856m), standing proud the massif containing Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8501m) and inspiring views of the Himalayan giants. We visit the buddhist monastery at Tengboche, the largest in the Khumbu region, and if we are travelling during the season, we even get to see some festivals and local performances. Stay overnight in Tengboche. (B,D)

  • Day 7: Trek to Dingboche 4410m 6 walking hours

    Leaving Tengboche, we descend through a rhododendron forest and enter Deboche Village. Crossing a suspension bridge at Imja Khola, we head towards Minlinggo and Inter Imjatse. Today’s walk offers views of Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam, and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-Tse (5820m), and the high wall of Nuptse. Nuptse wall was built using the stones of different sizes that cover the entire valley of Imja. These stones are detached in order clear land to cultivate the soil and end up being piled one over the other creating kilometers of walls. Dingboche is also the gateway to Chukung and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards the Makalu area. Stay overnight in Dingboche. (B,D)

  • Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche 4930m 5 walking hours

    Early morning, after our breakfast, we continue with an easy walk to Pheriche Town. It joins the trail underneath Thungla, with wonderful views of Cholatse over the valley. After another high rise, the path moves up and over the rubble of Khumbu’s icy mass. The towering masses of Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam, and toward the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-Tse (5820m), and the high wall of Nuptse continue to accompany us until we finally reach Lobuche. Lobuche is also known as the final stop preparing to head up to Everest Base Camp. Because of this we also see a lot of porters and yaks with heavy supplies in this area. Overnight in Lobuche at the Oxygen Lodge. (B,D)

  • Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep 5170m, visit Everest Base Camp 5364m 5-6 walking hours

    Today we head to the last village before Everest Base Camp - Gorakshep. The walk from Lobuche to Gorakshep will not take long but can feel challenging due to the thin air. Once we reach our lodge in Gorakshep, we will drop our bags in our rooms and take a break before heading towards Everest Base Camp. Our trail will consist of rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching Everest Base Camp. From here you can see many camping tents especially during springtime as the Everest summiteers all start their expedition from here. We head back to Gorakshep where we will stay overnight before we will head to Kala Patthar early morning the next day. Overnight at the Yeti Lodge. (B, D)

  • Day 10: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar 5545m and back to Lobuche 4930m 6-8 walking hours

    We start our hike today pre dawn as we want to get to the summit of Kala Patthar right before the sunrise. We will have some tea and carry a packed breakfast that we can enjoy at the summit. It will be a difficult hike but a worthy one as we will have one of the best views of Mount Everest. At sunrise the view is truly extraordinary with all the high Himalayas in the backdrop. You will be surrounded by the Himalayas while at the summit, overwhelming you with pure joy. Later we descend down to Gorakshep and head back towards Lobuche for overnight. Overnight in Oxygen Lodge. (B, D)

  • Day 11: Lobuche to Debuche 3700m 6 walking hours

    Today is a longer day as we scoot back across and down the rubble to Dughla, and then stay along the ridge, high above Periche. Then we have a gradual descent and great views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, the Amphu Laptsa , Cho Polu - a pretty pyramid peak, and Island Peak (6139m) - the most popular of the "trekking peaks” standing by itself at the east end of the valley. Overnight in Debuche at a lodge (B,D)

  • Day 12: Debuche to Namche Bazaar 3445m 5 walking hours?

    Today we stroll to Tawache Slope, situated above rhododendron forests. It is celebrated for the oldest religious community of the Everest region. From the religious community, you can really appreciate the impressive views of Ama Dablam, green slopes, and unblemished waterways. Our trek today moves from Tawache to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) passing a few small towns. Sanasa and Lagusasa are the most renowned ones. You will get the path dives from Gokyo Valley, Khumjung. At last, we arrive in Namche Bazaar in the late evening. Overnight in Namche Bazaar at the Khumbu Lodge. (B,D)

  • Day 13: Namche Bazaar trekking back to Phakding 2600m 7 walking hrs

    Surprisingly, we've been told the descent from Namche Bazaar to the Dudh Koshi River can be the hardest stage of the entire trek! Although the path is all downhill, the unrelenting slope places a heavy strain on our knees, also we will need to watch out for the yaks/horses pack trains climbing elevation carrying supplies. Once we cross the high suspension bridge, the path runs mostly level. We will walk back through rhododendron and pine forests with the view of snow covered peaks in the distance before arriving in Phakding. We will stay at the Sherpa Shangrila Resort for the night. (B,D)

  • Day 14: Departure from Phakding to Lukla 2800m 4 walking hours

    After breakfast, we will start our 4 hours easy walk back to Lukla. On our way back, we can visit the Chaurikharka High School, Kyongma Monastery, Buddhist stupas and villages. Today will be our last night in the Khumbu area and we will celebrate with some nepali drinks and hit the dance floor with our group, while wishing we had just a few more nights left in our trek! Overnight stay at the Khumbu Resort. (B,D)

  • Day 15: Kathmandu 1400m 35 min flight

    We have a morning flight to catch and our team will help you till the airport. A Himalayan Sherpa Adventure representative will be waiting for you in Kathmandu Airport’s domestic terminal. We will bring you back to your hotel and you will have the rest of the day free. This is a great time to get relax and get a massage or do some last minute souvenir shopping. Overnight at the Hotel Mulberry. (B)

  • Day - 16 Final Departure or Join another tour/trek

    After breakfast, we pack our luggage and belongings and head for the airport 3 hours prior to the departure. (B)

What's Included ?
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • 3 nights of hotel stay in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Professionally trained and experienced tour guide and assistant guides
  • Welcome/or Farewell Dinner
  • Transportation in our private company vehicle
  • Entrance permit and fees for all the Heritage sites
  • All government and local taxes
What's Excluded ?
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal Insurance– travel and rescue insurance
  • Airfare for international flights to and from Kathmandu
  • Rescue services
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Services not mentioned in the “Included” section
  • 1. What is the best time to visit the Everest region?

    - The most popular months for trekking in the Everest region are March, April, May and September, October, November, as these months are when the conditions are at their best. The spring and autumn tend to offer reasonable temperatures, clear skies, little to no rain and less chance of problematic snowfall. The average temperature around this time can range from a high around 20 degree Celsius during the day to -15 degree Celsius at night. - December, January and February have colder temperatures and are less frequently travelled, but this should not deter you from making your trip to the Everest region during these months. The weather is very clear allowing you to see all the majestic mountains and most of the lodges and tea houses are open during this time. Best of all, you don’t have to deal with crowds and will have all the views to yourself!

  • 2. How do you get to the Everest region?

    - The most popular way to travel the Everest region is by a short 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Lukla is the starting point for all treks in this region.- There is an alternative way to reach the Everest region by driving from Kathmandu 12 hours to the village of Solu and walking for 2 additional days to reach Lukla.

  • 3. What is the luggage weight limit on flights to the Everest region? Do we need to use duffle bags instead of regular luggage (with frame and roller)?

    - The luggage weight limit on Everest flights are 15 kgs luggage and 5 kgs of hand carry (personal backpack). Before you start your trek, any unwanted luggages can be left in your hotel in Kathmandu. They will happily store it for you as you will be using the same hotel once your trek ends. - Yes, Duffle bags are better while in the trek because it can store more luggages and helps our porter to manage his load better.

  • 4. Where will we be staying during our trek and what to expect from the accommodations? What kind of meals should I expect during the trek?

    - We use only the best available accommodations during our treks which can include hotels, lodges and tea houses. Through our decades of experience, we have selected these places for their hygiene, amenities and client satisfaction. - During your trek the food choices might be more limited but you can always expect to find staples such as Dal Bhat, driving from Kathmandu 12 hours to the village of Solu and walking for 2 additional days to reach Lukla. 3. What is the luggage weight limit on flights to the Everest region? Do we need to use duffle bags instead of regular luggage (with frame and roller)? - The luggage weight limit on Everest flights are 15 kgs luggage and 5 kgs of hand carry (personal backpack). Before you start your trek, any unwanted luggages can be left in your hotel in Kathmandu. They will happily store it for you as you will be using the same hotel once your trek ends. - Yes, Duffle bags are better while in the trek because it can store more luggages and helps our porter to manage his load better. 4. Where will we be staying during our trek and what to expect from the accommodations? What kind of meals should I expect during the trek? - We use only the best available accommodations during our treks which can include hotels, lodges and tea houses. Through our decades of experience, we have selected these places for their hygiene, amenities and client satisfaction. - During your trek the food choices might be more limited but you can always expect to find staples such as Dal Bhat, Noodles/ Chowmein, Fried rice, Sandwiches, Soups and French Fries. You can also find some vegetarian options as well. Another common popular Nepali dish is Momo (dumpling) which is very popular among the locals. Make sure to try one when you can.

  • 5. Do we need to bring towel, toilet paper? Does all the hotels/ lodges on the route provide bathroom, hot shower and toiletries?

    - Not all hotels/ lodges provide the above following. We recommend all our clients to bring their own toiletries. Some hotels will provide attached bathroom with hot shower in your room while others will just provide a common bathroom. - The Everest region is still a remote area with no proper road access. Hence, most of the goods and supplies in this region have to be flown via air. This makes it very difficult and expensive to provide all the facilities. Some of the lodges in the lower Everest region will provide most of the facilities but you need to understand that the higher you trek, the lesser facilities will be available.

  • Do we need to bring a sleeping bag and how warm will the room be?

    - Up until Namche, you will not be needing a sleeping bag. You will only need a sleeping bag in the higher elevation like around Everest base camp. Some lodges will give extra blankets but having your own sleeping bag is better. Your porter will put your sleeping bags in the duffle bags that he carries. If you don’t have a sleeping bag, you can always buy one in Kathmandu or rent through our company.

  • 7. If we bring water bottle, where can we refill clean drinkable water?

    - Unfortunately, the Everest region does not have a system of refilling clean drinkable water. The only way to do so is to purchase a bottle mineral water and then to pour it onto your water bottle. Purchasing mineral water is very easy in the Everest region but please know that the higher you go, so will the price of water. Also, please remember to recycle the plastic bottle or to give it to your guide or the lodge who will recycle it. It is not advisable to drink tap water. Please only use mineral bottle water or boiling water.

  • 8. What about Laundry services and ATM’s along the trek route? Do they accept US dollar during the trek?

    - Laundry machines are very rare in the mountains so please check with your guide for this services. Trekkers usually will not have big laundry during the trek and the little items such as socks and towels can be hand washed and later dried in the sun or by the fire. Most trekkers will only do their laundry once they are back in the capital Kathmandu where you can find plenty of Laundry services. 7. If we bring water bottle, where can we refill clean drinkable water? - Unfortunately, the Everest region does not have a system of refilling clean drinkable water. The only way to do so is to purchase a bottle mineral water and then to pour it onto your water bottle. Purchasing mineral water is very easy in the Everest region but please know that the higher you go, so will the price of water. Also, please remember to recycle the plastic bottle or to give it to your guide or the lodge who will recycle it. It is not advisable to drink tap water. Please only use mineral bottle water or boiling water. 8. What about Laundry services and ATM’s along the trek route? Do they accept US dollar during the trek? - Laundry machines are very rare in the mountains so please check with your guide for this services. Trekkers usually will not have big laundry during the trek and the little items such as socks and towels can be hand washed and later dried in the sun or by the fire. Most trekkers will only do their laundry once they are back in the capital Kathmandu where you can find plenty of Laundry services. - ATM’s are also available but only in certain places. So we urge you to use the ATM’s in Kathmandu where there are plenty and also their service fee will be comparatively less than in the mountains. - Yes they accept US dollar in the mountains but you will get a better deal if you exchange it in Kathmandu in the money exchange shops.

  • 9. Is Internet/ Phone available up in the mountains? How do I charge my electronics?

    - Internet is available but you will need to purchase it from the lodges. If you have bought a Nepali sim card then depending on the subscription, you can also get mobile data services but this is not a guarantee in all areas of the mountain. If your trek is above 4,000 meters high, we will send a company satellite phone along with the guide just in case of an emergency. - We recommend that our clients bring a power bank with them as electricity is limited especially at higher altitudes. We also found out through some of our clients that the solar powered power bank works well during the trek. So we recommend to have both or at least a power bank. Some lodges will provide free electricity for you to charge your power bank and in higher altitudes you may have to pay to charge your electronics. urge you to use the ATM’s in Kathmandu where there are plenty and also their service fee will be comparatively less than in the mountains. - Yes they accept US dollar in the mountains but you will get a better deal if you exchange it in Kathmandu in the money exchange shops. 9. Is Internet/ Phone available up in the mountains? How do I charge my electronics? - Internet is available but you will need to purchase it from the lodges. If you have bought a Nepali sim card then depending on the subscription, you can also get mobile data services but this is not a guarantee in all areas of the mountain. If your trek is above 4,000 meters high, we will send a company satellite phone along with the guide just in case of an emergency. - We recommend that our clients bring a power bank with them as electricity is limited especially at higher altitudes. We also found out through some of our clients that the solar powered power bank works well during the trek. So we recommend to have both or at least a power bank. Some lodges will provide free electricity for you to charge your power bank and in higher altitudes you may have to pay to charge your electronics. - Tip: Batteries will lose their charge fast in colder temperatures. So we recommend tucking your electronics in your blanket/ sleeping bag or you might find your phone/ camera dead in the morning.

  • 10. How common is Altitude Sickness? What to do if I get one?

    - While trekking in the Himalayas, there is always a chance of dealing with Altitude sickness, but there are many things that you can do to minimize the risks. Our itinerary programs are carefully designed to ascend slowly and to provide proper acclimatization activities. Our experienced guides will remind you to stay hydrated and also look out for any early signs of distress. - Our guides receive training every year on Altitude sickness. If they think that you are showing symptoms of Altitude sickness, they might perform some simple diagnostic tests such as checking your oxygen level or asking you to walk in a straight line. The most effective treatment for altitude sickness is to descend to a lower elevation. However, in severe cases or certain conditions where descending is not possible our guides will coordinate an air evacuation as soon as possible. - Note: All of our guides are trained to administer oxygen. Every trek that goes above 4,000 meters will be equipped with an oxygen cylinder and a satellite phone incase of an emergency.

  • 11. Do we need to carry travel insurance?

    - Yes, travel insurance is mandatory while trekking with us. Please ensure that your insurance covers air evacuation service. While trekking to the Himalayas, there is a risk of dealing with an altitude sickness. In case of such emergencies, your air evacuation insurance will help you cover the cost or else the trekker will have to solely bear the costs. Our treks are organized in a very thoughtful manner so you will not have to face such adversities, but we always want our guests to travel in a peace of mind.

  • 12. Do I need guide and porters for my trek?

    - Yes, having a trekking guide and porter is necessary part of your journey. We have our team of guides and porters who work with us every season. Guides and Porters are an integral part of what we do so they are a vital team member. All of our guides are trained every year on leadership skills and basic first aid skills. Our porters are treated fair by limiting the weight they carry and paying well for the job they do. Trekking in high altitude requires good support team and it is very important to have trekking guide and porter along with you. We treat our porters fairly by only allowing 24 kgs of maximum load and limit per trekker a maximum of 12 kgs (26 lbs) to be carried. 1 porter can carry the load of 2 clients.

  • 13. Do I have to tip my guide/ porter?

    - Tipping culture is not mandatory but highly appreciated. Please keep in mind that our guides/porters will not ask you for anything– including tips. However, if you think that they have performed well while doing their job, and earn your appreciation or a "thank you", you may by all means tip them any amount you find reasonable. Typical guidelines on tipping the guides are $5 - $10 per day and for porters $3 - $5 per day. Most clients often leave tips in the last night of their trek.

  • hats/beanie

  • Sunglasses

  • Scarf/Buff.

  • Candies/sweets

  • Headlights.

  • Lip balm

  • Sunscreen

  • A warm fleece

  • fewT shirts/ long and short sleeve shirts.

  • Daun Jacket

  • Windstopper jacket

  • ponchos/Raincoat

  • A few pieces innerwear.

  • few pairs ski underwear

  • windproof trouser

  • pairs of Trekking Socks

  • pairs woolen socks.

  • Slipper & Sandals

  • trekking shoes

  • one comfortable shoes

  • thin gloves & think gloves

  • backpack / Rucksack (waterproof)

  • Sleeping bag -10* C

  • Duffel bag

  • Water bottle

  • Pocket knife

  • thermos

  • Towel & hand towel

  • Toiletries

  • Trekking poles

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