Mt. Everest Base Camp
|| 8th to 22nd April 2016 ||
Mount Everest is the roof of the world. Standing at 29,029ft, it is the highest point on the planet and is well known to command some of the most amazing views possible to witness with the human eye. However you don't have to go to the top to appreciate the awesome majesty imposed by this fantastic mountain. This trek is a twelve-day hike through some of the Himalaya’s most impressive valleys and ranges; to the base camp of the world's largest mountain. The route passes through some of the Himalayas most stunning areas, offering some of the most phenomenal panoramic views of Everest. There is no need to be well-seasoned mountaineers, but it is a strenuous climb, and will take dedication and perseverance to reach the top.
This classic walk through the Sherpa homeland of Solu-Khumbu is strenuous high altitude trek with a clear-cut goal - to see Everest. Much to their surprise, many people find the snout-like Everest out-ranked by peaks like Ama Dablam and the Lhotse wall. You will encounter numerous Monasteries on your way to the Base camp, where you can observe daily rituals and the prayers of the Monks. Khumbu is the best region in Nepal for close-up mountain views. You trek on the Khumbu Glacier to reach the Everest High Base Camp (5410 m) where you will spend one day and Night in the Summit expedition Tents with Everest Summiteers.
This trip features 3 nights in Kathmandu and a 12-day trek to the base of Everest. Gorak Shep is our highest camp from where we hike to Mount Everest High Base Camp and climb Kala Pattar, the Black Rock (5550 m) where we admire the huge South Col of Everest, the tongue of the Khumbu glacier and more than 15 spectacular Himalayan peaks. This is without doubt one of the best mountain viewpoints of the world.
Itinerary in brief
Itinerary in Brief
Day Plan Max. Elevation
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu 1300m
Day 02 Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding 2810m
Day 03 Trek to Namche 3440m
Day 04 Namche acclimatization -Hike to Khumjung back to Namche 3900m
Day 05 Trek to Tengboche 3879m
Day 06 Trek to Dingboche 4252m
Day 07 Dingboche - acclimatization day - Hike to Nangakarshang 501om
Day 08 Trek to Lobuche 4930m
Day 09 Trek to Everest base camp and stay at Gorakshep 5360m
Day 10 Trek to Kalapathar and stay at Pheriche 4000m
Day 11 Trek back to Namche 3440m
Day 12 Trek back to Lukla 2800m
Day 13 Fly back to Kathmandu 1300m
Day 14 Rest & Shopping day ..
Day 15 Final Departure
Arrival in Kathmandu
Transfer to Hotel.
Our staffs will be at airport to pick up you to the Hotel. Introduction with guide and short briefing about the trek.Our guide will also check cleitns’ equipments and recommend to purchase or rent gear.
Days 02 ‐ Fly to Lukla – trek to Phakding (2650m) –around 3 hours walking .Lunch @ Phakding.
Early in the morning you have to wake up for the flight to Lukla via twin otter. You can see panoramicMountain View by aircraft. Within 25‐30 min we will land in lukla, where we can meet our Sherpa staffsand Yaks for baggage. After having breakfast and preparing all gear and staffs ready, treks start towards Phakding. Today is short easy and gentle walking start from the north end of lukla, steeply down and runs above the village of Chaurikharka, where you can see the school founded by Sir Edmund Hillary. Within 45 minutes from Luklayou will be in Cheplung Village. From Cheplung you can see the roaring Dudhkoshi River. Trial slightly descends down, cross the suspension bridge; see the nice view of Kusumkangru(6367m). After short climb, the trail enters the mani walls and chortens craved with tibetian mantras, praying wheels and praying flags. Finally the trail leads you to Phakding village with numerous lodes lined along the street.
Days 03 ‐ Phakding to Namche (3440m) – Around 5-6 hours walking.Lunch @ Monjo
Today is little bit long walkng day. We continue walking along the bank of DudhKoshi River, on the way you will pass different lodge, local bhattis (porter rest house) the trail climb up to Toktok village and continue steep climb after the village3 you will see the magnificent glimpse of Thamserkue Peak ( 6608m). Within one and half hour from Phakding you will be in village called Benker, where you can see the enough lodge for trekkers. Continue walking from Benkeron the way you can see the forest of rhododendron and fir. The trail goes steep from chumoa to Monjo. Monjo is a nice village with lodge and local houses. You can see gompa, school and vegetables fields. After having lunch in Monjo continue walking towards our today’s destination Namche. Just above the Monjo there is check point of Sagarmatha National Park. Guide will arrange all entry process in national park office. Now the trail descend down, cross the suspension bridge, gentle walking to Jorsalle. After Jorsalle re- cross the DudhkoshiRiver over suspension bridge and follow the river bank. Slightly up few step and cross the high suspension bridge over Dudhkoshi. Namche is yet 2 hours far from you, where the walk is little bit tough. It is Zigzagging ascent through the pine forest. Never rush while going up; in every step you are gaining the height, so there is a risk of altitude sickness. Climb slowly and drink enough water.
Days 04 - Namche - acclimatization - Hike up to Khumjung valley (3970m). Lunch @ Khumjung
Today is our acclimatization day in Namche. To adjust with high altitude and to avoid the AMS in further trail acclimatization is require for every trekkers, those who wants to conquer their goal safely. We hike to Khumjung- the green valley, not because of tree but because of green roof of local houses. On the way we will visit NamcheMuseum, where you can see the cultural, religious and some fact of mountains and climbers of Everest region. Cross Syanboche airport, the airport in the highest elevation in the world. While going further ahead you will see the breathtaking view of Mt. Amadablam and others mountains. Few minutes further waling you will be in Everest View Hotel, from where you can see the magnificent view of Mount Everest and Lothse. Slightly descend down to Khumjug valley and visit Sir Edmund Hillary's school and hospital at Khumjung and walk down to Namche.
Days 05 Namche– Tengboche (3840m) – around 4-5 hours walking. Lunch @ Phunki Thenga.
After Breakfast, slowly start to walktowards north leaving the namche back. Trail runs straight through the sloppy hills, somewhere covering with pine and Jenifer’s trees. Crossing different mani walls and chortens, you will be in Sansa within 1 hours. From sansa trail gradually down inside the forest of Pine. Cross some smokey tea houses and continue descend few step. On the way you can see the thumb like view of Amadablam. No sooner you cross the suspension bridge; you will be in PhunkiTenga where you will recharge your energy for next steep climb towards Tengboche.
After having lunch, fill up your water bottle and ready to navigate the uphill. While climbing up gradually inside the rhodendren forest, it is as if you are playing a Hide and Seek game with different peaks. Drinks enough water and continue moving slowly, the trails bring you at one of the magnificent place of your trip. Don’t be confuse, towering big mountains in front of you are Mt. Everest (8848m) and Mt. Lohtse. (8501m).Beside this tengboche offers the breathtaking view of Kwangde (6187m), Twachee(6542m), Amadablam(6812m) Nuptse( 7879m), Kangtega and Thamserku. Enjoy the view, capture the photos and relax in the sunlight. In the evening involve in the praying ceremony in Tengboche Monastry.
Days 06 ‐ Trek to Dingboche. Around 4 hrs walking. Lunch @ Somare.
Wake up early in the morning and capture some magnificent view of mountains, have some breakfast, gear up and ready to move towards Dingboche. First the trail gradually descent down to Deboche through the forest of birches conifers and rhododendron. The continuing path inside the forest leads you to ImjaKhola, cross the steel bridge and continues walking up hill towards Pangboche Crossing different stupa along the route; you will be in Pangboche within one and half hour from Tengboche. Pangboche offers enough lodges for trekkers. In the upper part of the village there is oldest Monastery of Khumbu, founded by Lama SangeDorge in 17th century. Follow the path of ImjaKhola, the trail slightly steep up to Somare , have a lunch and continue the trial along with ImjaKhola, the trail leads you to the small bridge over KhumbuKhola, cross the bridge and climb around 1 hour, you will be in Dingboche the beautiful village with enough lodges for trekkers. The views are great from Dingboche. You can see Island Peak, Makalu and another face, Amadablam.
Days 07 ‐ Acclimatization- Hike to Nagakarsang (5090m)
Acclimatization in Dingboche is mandatory for every trekker as like in Namche. After breakfast, slowly start to scale the Nagakarsang Hill. The view is magnificent form the hill. You can see different glacial lake and some of the best view from Nagakarsang. You can also see the Makalu (8463m) fifth highest mountain of the world. After hiking 2-3 hours you can back down to Dingboche. In the evening explore the Dengboche village.
Days 08 ‐ Trek to Lobuche. Lunch @ Dukla- Around 5 hours walking.
We continue our journey from Dingboche through the high alpine region to the conclusion of Lubocheand stay overnight. Trial goes just above the Pheriche. The gradually up trail leads you to Dhukla, within 2 hours. Before reaching Dukla you have to cross the small glacial stream. Have short rest and you’re your lunch and gain more energy for coming tough walking. The trail is directly up Dukla for about one hour but the magnificent view of Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori and Nuptse gives you more pleasure. At the top of the ridge you can see the memorials of climbers who lose their life in mountains. Continue walking towards Lobuche, the perfect peak Pumori (7165m) soars into view with whistling air, makes you feel cooler. When you are in lobouche you will feel completely different. Symptoms of high altitude may occur on you; drinks enough hot water, noodles and garlic soup.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshpe. Around 6 hours
As usual after breakfast, start to trek towards Gorakshep. The first section of the trail goes through the narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain wall. After rounding the bend you will the first views of Kala Pathar (5545m). This dark mound of mountains provides the best view of Everest and the massive mountains range.. We can see Khumbu Glacier along the way to Gorakshep. After having short rest and lunch in Gorakshep, process towards Everest Base Camp. Though it looks close it takes around 2 hours to reach there. Spend few times @ base camp, take picture of different mountains and giant khumbu glacier and return back to Gorakshep. You can see lots of expedition tent and group inEverest Base Camp during expedition period in spring. Next day our goal is Kalapathar top. To night before going to bed your guide will give you time for next morning and instruction for necessary gear. It’s better to be in kalapathar top before sunrise.
Days 10 ‐ Early in the morning climb Kalapathar (5545m) and back down to Pheriche. Lunch @ Lobuch or Dukla. Around 6 hrs walking.
Early in the morning fill up your water bottle and process towards Kalapathar. The way is straight line up above the Gorakshep along the grassy ridge. With the help of your torch light move continually towards the summit. The more you go up the more you feel cooler. Views are fantastic and breathtaking from the top. It takes around 2 hrs to reach the top. After spending few minutes at the top, the chilling atmospheres push you back down to Gorakshep. Take your breakfast and process down to Pheriche, which is at the bottom of Nagakarsang hill, back side of Dingboche.
Days 11 – Trek back to Namche
Days 12 ‐ Trek to Lukla,
Last trekking day. Back to lukla and enjoy the evening with your crew members.
Days 13 ‐ Fly back to Kathmandu.
Days 14 ‐ Rest / shopping day.
Day 15- Final Departure to your country.
Our staff will be at hotel to help you to the airport.
- A complete list of things to be carried will be provided after you register for the trek.
- Dedicated Guide for the trek.
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for 2 nights /twin share basis in Bed and breakfast plan. (One night before and 2 nights after the trek).
- Return commercial Flight fare from Kathmandu – Lukla for members with 10k kg baggage allowance.
- Domestic airport departure taxes.
- Full board tea house trekking cost with breakfast, lunch, dinner with accommodation.
- 3 times tea / coffee / hot drink while on the trek.
- Porters for carrying luggage.
- Trekking permit.
- National Park Permit.
- Ground Transportation & all Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Beverages and alcoholic drinks
- Mineral or Boiled Drinking water on the trek.
- Tea / coffee ordered more than 3 times a day.
- Extra snacks ordered by clients outside regular meals.
- Emergency medical evacuation.
- How water showers.
- Excess baggage on Lukla flights.
- Tips and gratitude for guide, porters, staffs (which is voluntary & generally ranges $50- $80 per head ).
- Personal expenses and extra services beyond itinerary.
- Helicopter cost / charter plane cost in case of flight cancellation or evacuation.
- Personal clothing and sleeping bag. Dawn Jackets & Sleeping Bags are available on Rent at Kathmandu.
- Anything which is not written in the inclusion list.
It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for trekking. While planning your trekking trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness check up done. If suffering from any kind of allergy or ailment, do carry proper prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, sever headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia. Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma, bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes etc should seek their physicians advice before coming.