EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
Country: Nepal
Destination: EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
Arrival At: Kathmandu
Departure From: Kathmandu
Duration: 16 Nights/17 Days
Accommodation: 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and teahouses during the trek
Meals: Breakfast in kathmandu. All meal during Trek
Activities: Trekking and Culture
Highest Altitude: 5,554M/18,192FT
Best Months: Sept to Nov and March to May
Tour Grade: Moderate
Transfer By: Private Vehicle & Domestic Flight
Group Size: 1-12 people

DAY 01: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL
DAY 02: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
DAY 03: KATHMANDU LUKLA PHAKDING
DAY 04: PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR
DAY 05: NAMCHE BAZAAR ACCLIMATIZATION
DAY 06: NAMCHE BAZZAR TO TENGBOCHE
DAY 07: TENGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE
DAY 08: DINGBOCHE ACCLIMATIZATION
DAY 09: DINGBOCHE TO DUGLHA
DAY 10: DUGLHA TO LOBUCHE
DAY 11: LOBUCHE TO GORAKSHEP TO EVERESTBASECAMP TO GORAKSHEP
DAY 12: GORAKHSHEP TO KALAPATTHAR TO PHERICHE
DAY 13: PHERICHE TO KYANGJUMA
DAY 14: KYANGJUMA TO MONJO
DAY15: MONJO TO LUKLA
DAY 16: LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
DAY 17: DEPARTURE

DAY 01: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL
Altitude: 1300m/4264ft
Meals: N/A

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will meet and assist at airport and transfers to hotel. Rest of the day will be free and in the evening, there will be tour briefing of trek, Overnight in Kathmandu.

DAY 02: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
Sightseeing: Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath Swayambunath & Kathmandu Durbar square
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast there will be a guided tour to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. The sites visited will be Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Buddhist stupa of Swyambhunath and Bouddhanath, and ancient royal palace complex of Kathmandu Durbar Square. After sightseeing drop back to hotel and overnight stay in Kathmandu.

DAY 03: KATHMANDU LUKLA PHAKDING
Altitude: 2,652m/8,700ft
Flight time: 40 min
Trek to Phakding: 3 - 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After breakfast, transfer to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for a flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), gateway of Everest region. After an adventurous flight for 40 min we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. After arrival at Lukla, our other crew members will join us; we start our trek through the flourishing village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. For acclimatization, we only have a short trek today. However if interested we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery, overnight in Phakding.

DAY 04: PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR
Altitude: 3,440m/11,280 ft
Trek to Namche: 5 - 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After breakfast start for trek, trail will got through beautiful pine forest, there are many suspension bridegs on Dudh Koshi River, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. Mount Thamserku (6618m) is visible in today’s trial. After crossing the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we reach the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We need to pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail goes through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the DudhKoshi and BhoteKoshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region, overnight at Namche Bazaar.

DAY 05: NAMCHE BAZAAR ACCLIMATIZATION
Altitude: 3,440m/11,280 ft
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

This is the first of the two days set aside for "acclimatization". It is recommended to stay active during the rest day too. We can go for a day's hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides will take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe variety of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region.

DAY 06: NAMCHE BAZZAR TO TENGBOCHE
Altitude: 3,440m/11,280 ft
Trek to Tengboche: 5 - 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After breakfast, we begin our trek towards Tengboche, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku are visible. Our trail is more or less smooth with few ups and downs. Along the way, we can spot musk deer, herd of Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail goes gradually descend to Kayangjuma. The path finally reaches Sansa, which is a junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The trail then goes through the pine forests and after crossing bridge decorated with the prayer flags over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post. After having a lunch at Phunki Thenga, there is slightly tougher climb through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche offers close up views of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, and Mt Everest, and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. We pay our visit to the monastery the same day at around 3 pm. overnight stay at a lodge at Tengboche.

DAY 07: TENGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE
Altitude: 4,360 m/14,300ft
Trek to Dingboche: 5 - 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After Breakfast, We choose the upper trail for better views on the way to Pangboche village. The trial passes through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. we can trek north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt Ama Dablam.  As we enter the Imja Valley the trail becomes moderate, the valley gradually unfolds as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. After descend into the river, begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.

DAY 08: DINGBOCHE ACCLIMATIZATION
Altitude: 4,360 m/14,300ft
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Our second day of acclimatization is at Dingboche. For better view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt Lhotse and numerous other peaks, we climb the ridge on the north behind the village. This will be perfect acclimatizing excursion. From there we can see three of the world's highest peaks, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Cho Yu. To the west, the peaks of Cholatse (6440 m/21,126 ft) and Taboche (6542 m/ 21,463 ft) are visible. As we look northwest, we see an collection of rising peaks at the head of the Khumbu Khola valley. The Lobuche West and Lobuche East peaks are most dominant along with Lhotse which stands over 8501 meters (8501m/27, 890 ft), overnight at Dingboche.

DAY 09: DINGBOCHE TO DUGLHA
Altitude: 4,600 m/15,090 ft
Trek to Duglha: 3 - 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The trail goes upwards to Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley followed by arid terrace and awesome views of mountains on all sides. After reaching Dusa, the valley begins to narrow and we continue through Phulung Karpo, the camp site of the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. The majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view as the trail descends and curves, Mt. Pumori disappears from view. After crossing a small wooden bridge, we ascend the trail to Duglha. The tip of Mt Nuptse as well as Mt Cholatse, Mt Thamserku, and several other magnificent peaks can be seen from here. Spending a night in Duglha is ideal for acclimatization purposes, overnight at Duglha.

DAY 10: DUGLHA TO LOBUCHE
Altitude: 4940 m/16,207 ft
Trek to Lobuche: 3 - 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After leaving Duglha, we need to ascend the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and pass through boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara. At the top of the ridge, there are array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, several great peaks are visible - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive. Mt Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. We now begin to feel a little out of breath due to high altitude overnight at Lobuche.

DAY 11: LOBUCHE TO GORAKSHEP TO EVERESTBASECAMP TO GORAKSHEP
Altitude: GorakShep (5,170 m/16,961ft)
Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft)
Trek Duration: 8 - 9 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. After passing through the pyramid sign post we see summit of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A short climb would take us to Thangma Riju from where 360 degree panorama of snowy mountains is visible. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green hillock beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains around us, including the top of the world Mt. Everest. After a lunch and some rest, we continue our trek to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. On the way we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. Finally ultimate objective of our journey Everest Base Camp is reached; Tents of Mountaineer's stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surrounding. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here overnight in Gorak Shep at a local lodge.

DAY 12: GORAKHSHEP TO KALAPATTHAR TO PHERICHE
Altitude: Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft) Pheriche (4280 m/14,070 ft)
Trek Duration: 8 - 9 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

We start early in the morning amid predawn darkness and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) to catch the spectacular views from Kala Patthar and observe the first light of a day in the mountains, particularly, Mt. Everest. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to expose itself. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From kala Patthar, we scramble up to the top of a rocky outcrop marked by cairns and prayer flags. Mind-blowing Himalayan panorama unfolds before our eyes as they wander from one mighty massif to another. After coming back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and wait other participants to return. We descend in the afternoon and arrive at Pheriche in time for a good night's rest.

DAY 13: PHERICHE TO KYANGJUMA
Altitude: 3,570m/11,710ft
Trek to Kyangjuma: 5 - 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After breakfast we will start our trek. We cross Khumbu Khola (stream) then following the main Everest trail we pass through the villages of Tsuro Wog, Orsho, Shomare and reach Pangboche at the base of Ama Dablam. After crossing the bridge over Imja Khola and passing through the Deboche village we reach Tengboche. We can spend a short time at Tengboche monastery, and then a steep descent of about 1500ft/500m leads through rhododendron bushes and fir trees to the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing the first bridge over Dudh Koshi we pass the village of Tashinga and Sansa before reaching beautiful village of Kyangjuma overnight at Kyangjuma.

DAY 14: KYANGJUMA TO MONJO
Altitude: 2,840m/9,315ft
Trek to Monjo: 4 - 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The trail clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma with several bends. One can have some time in Namche. A steep descent from Namche leads to the suspension bridge crossing the DudhKosi river near the confluence of the Dhudh Koshi and the Bhote Koshi Rivers. We are out of the Sagarmatha National Park after exiting from its official entrance near Monjo and finally reach Monjo Village overnight in Monjo.

DAY15: MONJO TO LUKLA
Trek to Lukla: 4 - 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Today is the last day of trek at lower altitude in the Everest region. Most of the trail is flat although there are some descends and brief ascents too. In the distant Kwangde peak is visible. The Sherpa villages on the trail displays faith in Buddhism and cultural practices associated with it as prayer stones and prayer flags flutter in the wind. The trail crosses Dhud Koshi River three times through the prayer flags strewn suspension bridges and also cross one of its tributary, Thado Koshi once. The final ascent of about 45 minutes from Chheplung takes us to Lukla, This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity to spend some moments with whole crew as the porters will not accompany with us to Kathmandu. Overnight at Lukla.

DAY 16: LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
Meals: Breakfast Dinner

We take early morning flight to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu transfer to hotel. Day will be free to rest and relax or for shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, overnight in Kathmandu.

DAY 17: DEPARTURE
Meals: Breakfast
Morning will be comparatively free and closer to the time of your flight; you will be transferred to the airport in time to board your flight for onward journey.

INCLUSIONS
All airport and hotel transfers Three nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport departure taxes
An experienced English-speaking trekking guide
Assistant trekking guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
All necessary papework and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
A comprehensive medical kit
All government taxes

EXCLUSIONS
Nepal Visa fee
International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Excess baggage charges
Extra night accommodation and meal in Kathmandu and other cities, due to late departure, and early return from trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
Tips for guides and porters
INCLUSIONS
All airport and hotel transfers Three nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport departure taxes
An experienced English-speaking trekking guide
Assistant trekking guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
All necessary papework and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
A comprehensive medical kit
All government taxes

EXCLUSIONS
Nepal Visa fee
International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Excess baggage charges
Extra night accommodation and meal in Kathmandu and other cities, due to late departure, and early return from trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
Tips for guides and porters