Everest Base Camp Trek is a famous challenging trek in Khumbu, Nepal.
- Trip Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
- Trip Type: Tea House
- Grade & Elevation: Moderate, 5545 meters (Max.)
- Trek Start & End Point: From Lukla to Lukla
- Group Size: Minimum 2 or above
- Trip Season: Sep - Dec & Feb - Jun
Trip Highlights Great opportunity to see world’s heighest mountain Mt. Everest and panoromic views of mountains including Kalapathar, Pumori Peak, Amadablam and historic cultural places in Khumbu Region.
The Everest Base Camp trek is the most famous trekking route in the Everest Region and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable.
Nepal is a fascinating country and the trek gives an insight into the lives and culture of the Sherpa people. Our ascent is steady and well paced to best suit the acclimatization needed.
Sunrise on the snow capped peaks above the Khumbu Glacier is an unforgettable sight from the summit of Kala Patthar. This trek is one for the lover of high places and those wanting to push themselves to the limit. It is a tough challenge and not to be taken lightly with generally well graded paths but some tougher sections along the Khumbu glacier.
Famous for its spectacular mountain peaks and the loyalty and friendliness of its inhabitants (the Sherpas), the Everest region (Khumbu) is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Nepal. While many of the routes through the mountains are arduous, there are ample places to rest and enjoy a meal along the way. Furthermore, don't worry about getting lost. Just ask a local the way to the next village on your route, and they will direct you. Most Sherpas under the age of fifty can at least understand basic English, and many speak it fluently. While trekking is possible in this area the whole year round, the best times to visit are from the beginning of March to mid May and from the beginning of September to mid November.
The winters are very cold and snow may make it difficult to travel higher than Tengboche, and also lodges may be closed above this altitude. Summers, on the other hand, are wet, and the spectacular peaks often lost in the clouds. April and early May is a good time to see the hedgerows and trees bursting into bloom, with Rhododendrons, in particular, adding a spectacular splash of color to the landscape. However, dust from the plains of India during the spring routinely provide less than ideal conditions for clear mountain views. The views are much better after the summer monsoons have cleared the atmosphere of dust, but the days are shorter and cooler.
Fly to Lukla Airport from Kathmandu. There are several Airlines operating dozens of flights everyday. Among them Tara Air and Agni Air are generally considered the most reliable company plying the route. Sita Air alos operates two flights every morning from Kathmandu Domestic Airport to Lukla at 7AM and 8:20AM. The flight takes around 25 minutes. During the summer rainy season, there may be substantial delays of flights, even a wait of one week is not unheard of. For the return journey, the flights leave Lukla at 7:40AM and 9AM. Helicopter Charter service is alos available on demand and mostly used for rescue operation.
Mount Everest Base Camp has been a popular destination for trekkers since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1953 by Tenzing Norge Sherpa and Edmund Hilary. The highest mountain peak of all Mount Everest. Standing at 8,850metres its imposing majesty has inspired awe and wonder in those who live beneath it, those that have read about it and those who have simply seen pictures of it. Everest Region is Famous for its highest mountain peaks and the leopard of the mountains Sherpa people where you can get true traditional Sherpa culture.
This Everest Base Camp trek is no exception, following in the footsteps of the great climbing parties. This trek is for the adventures seekers of high places and those wanting to push themselves to beyond the limit. It is a tough challenge and not to be taken lightly with generally well graded paths but some tougher sections along the Khumbu glacier.
Day 01: Upon your arrival At Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA),
Ghale Treks and Tours Representative than transfer to the hotel. These first moments in Kathmandu are often the most memorable. Once we are situated in respected hotel we will have a short team meeting and orientation and overnight at hotel on BB basis.
Day 02: Kathmandu - Lukla - Monzo,
Weather permitting will have a short but spectacular (25 min) flight to Lukla (9,200ft) for an unforgettable landing. Once all our gear has arrived and has been strapped to yaks or picked up by porters we will really start our trek. After about 4 hours we will arrive at the village of Monzo. Overnight at lodge on full board basis.
Day 03: Monzo - Namche Bazaar,
we will officially enter Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) National Park. We will ascend ‘Namche Hill’ to the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar (11,270ft) and unofficial capital of the Khumbu. You will get your first view of Mt Everest about half way up the hill. Overnight at lodge on full board basis.
Day 04: Rest Day in Namche Bazaar,
As we need to acclimatize, this is a great day to re-group, rest and sightseeing the beautiful Sherpa village. This is a perfect opportunity to pick up souvenirs for friends and family back home. You can make the short, but steep hike to the Everest View Hotel where weather permitting you will get a great view of Mt Everest. Overnight at lodge on full board basis.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar - Tengboche Monastery,
visit to Tengboche Monastery (12,700ft). This Monastery is the spiritual center of the Khumbu and a training center for new monks. With luck we will be able to watch the monks worship and receive a blessing from the spiritual lama. Overnight at lodge on full board basis.
Day 06: Tengboche Monastery - Dingboche,
Hike to Dingboche (14,000ft). During this spectacular day we will cross the famous suspension bridge from which there is the classic view of the mountain, Ama Dablam. . Overnight at lodge on full board basis.
Day 07: Rest Day in Dingboche,
Rest day in Dingboche. There are several beautiful day hikes from the village. Depending on how well the team is acclimatizing we will probably hike up a ridge and get amazing views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Alternatively we will simply rest and take in the views of surrounding peaks. Overnight at lodge on full board basis.
Day 08: Dingboche - Lobuche,
We will trek to the small village of Lobuche (16,170ft). En route to Lobuche we will pass by a number of stone memorials to honor climbers lost on nearby peaks, mostly Mt Everest. Overnight at lodge on full board basis.
Day 09: Lobuche - Gorak Shep,
This is a big day - have your cameras ready. The views are going to be unbelievable. We will trek to Gorak Shep where we will have lunch. Then we will walk to the summit of Kala Pattar (18,190ft) where you will get the best view of Mt Everest without climbing it. Overnight at lodge on full board basis.
Day 10: Gorak Shep - Everest Basecamp, back to Gorak Shep,
This is the final uphill push to Mt Everest base camp. There may be some climbing teams already set up. Depending on time we will hike up to the start of the notorious Khumbu icefall. We will return to Gorak Shep. Overnight at lodge on full board basis.
Day 11: Gorak Shep - Pangboche,
We descend to the village of Pangboche via the high altitude clinic at Pheriche. This clinic is staffed by volunteer Doctors and nurses, often from the US to help climbers who are suffering from high altitude sickness. Overnight at lodge on full board basis.
Day 12: Pangboche - Kumjung,
Pangboche- Khumjung (3790m) Big Sherpa Village, Hiliary School and Hospital. Overnight at lodge on full board basis.
Day 13: Kumjung - Monzo,
From Kumjung it is a short hike to Namche Bazaar. We will stop and give you time to make any final souvenir purchases before continuing on down the hill to Monzo. Overnight at lodge on full board basis.
Day 14: Monzo - Lukla,
Even though we are going down the valley the trek has a final sting for us. We must hike UP a hill to get to Lukla. Overnight at lodge on full board basis.
Day 15: Lukla - Kathmandu,
Early morning fly to Kathmandu by domestic aircraft, upon arrival in Kathmandu transfer to hotel, half day city sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley, evening farewell dinner at Nepalese cultural dance show restaurant. Over night at Hotel on BB basis.
Day 16: Final Departure to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA),
our airport representative assists you at your hotel and transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for your final departure.
- All ground transfers as per our itinerary (Airport Pickup and Drop) .
- 3 Nights Accommodation Hotel (3 Star Standard) in Kathmandu (Bed & Breakfast basis including all govt. taxes and VAT).
- Lodge-to-Lodge Trek: Accommodation & Foods as best available on lodges on the way.
- All entrance fees wherever applicable, National Park Entrance Fees/Permit/TIMS.
- Airfare: Kathmandu-Lukla -Kathmandu (Guest and Guide)
- Daily wages and insurance of our Staffs Guide.
- Sleeping bags
- A Porter (Can carry only 25 K.G. Max.)
- International Airfares and airport departure taxes as applicable.
- The cost of personal items like laundry & all kind of soft & hard drinks
- Optional excursions
- Cost of visas, travel insurance
- Gratuities for services provided on a personal basis
- The single supplement payable on all bookings where only one person is traveling
- All others except committed to provide in cost included section above.
In addition to obvious items such as hiking boots, warm clothing, UV sunblock etc., here is list of things that you might not have considered taking along, but that can greatly enhance the quality and comfort of your journey.
Soft and light shoes (sneakers or kung-fu shoes are perfect) - after a long hike in inflexible hiking boots, you will be extremely happy to have some light and soft footwear to to wear around the lodge or in the village.
Lightweight knapsack - this is very useful for short trips away from your lodge, and will save you having to lug your large backpack along. It should be big enough for your camera and a change of clothes and sleeping bag, if you plan to spend a night away.
Lightweight sleeping bag - as most (all?) lodges can offer you blankets, a light sleeping bag should be sufficient for the journey. Taking a light bag will save you valuable space in your backpack.
Fabric bandaids - blisters on the feet can turn a wonderful walk into a hell. Bandaids (sticking plasters) should be immediately applied to any area of the foot that there is irritation and friction - don't wait for the blister to develop before doing this. However, only fabric made bandaids will stick to a sweaty foot. Others (even those that claim to be water-proof) will fall off in minutes. A good alternative to bandaids is duct tape. Works great for blisters and also proves invaluable in many other ways.
Personal First Aid and Emergency Gear - First aid kit with moleskin and bandages designed to cover blisters Sunscreen lotion. Energy snacks. So many different types are available buy a variety and sample them to learn which brand gives you the biggest boost. An emergency kit in case you get lost. Include a whistle, compass, space blanket, string, duct tape, matches and iodine tablets. Flashlight and extra batteries, Binoculars, Knife, Extra pair of prescription glasses, Bug Repellent.
Are You in Good Enough Shape?-
You may walk a mile or two on pavement comfortably, but can you walk four or five miles a day ? or more? on varied terrain without collapsing on the couch for the rest of the afternoon? Once you've chosen a trip, Ghale Treks will inform you, what level of physical fitness you should be at to take the trip. Then, create a plan to ensure you are ready physically. Ways to Get in Shape for Walking and Hiking -
For many trips it's okay to start your training a month or two before you leave for vacation. Spending time at the gym working with weights and on a treadmill, StairMaster or stationary bike is one route. Supplement the training with long walks or hikes on weekends, preferably on dirt trails instead of pavement. Jogging on toughens you up and increase your agility and stamina.
Bring the Right Pack - Bring a pack that fits your body comfortably? whether it's a day pack to hold your water bottle, snacks, sunscreen lotion and jacket ? or a pack designed to hold enough gear for a multi-day hike through the mountains.
Travel time from September to May (but not June/July/August, because then it is rainy-monsoon season in Nepal)
After every meal (three times a day), tea/coffee will be served during the trekking. Apart from this, every morning we provide clients with either boiled water or soft black tea to carry with them on their Thermos Bottle. For the supplement of extra drinks, clients have to buy mineral water themselves which is available at all places .
Recommended equipment list: sleeping bag, a warm jacket, good trekking shoes, sunglasses/sun cream, an insulated bottle for hot drinks and basic medicines.
Maximum luggage weight 20 kg per person. There are always 1 or 2 additional porters with the crew who take care of clients who get sick or unable to even carry their daily private luggage.
Shower possibilities every 3-4 days during the trek but the cost in not included at trip, no laundry service available.
A prepayment of 30 % has to be paid directly after reconfirmation at our company bank account. Final payment becomes upon arrival in Kathmandu before starting date of the tour.
How this trip makes a difference!
Every booking you make creates a donation. Ghale Treks is a proud supporter of Creative Hands (CA) a social welfare organization. We send part of your service charge to Creative Hands who support worthy causes in poorer communities. Your money will go to education, disabled or physically challenged people, street children, victims, and those living in rural and remote areas of Nepal. Read more about the great work that Creative Hands do and where your donation goes here: http://www.creativehands.org.np
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