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Everest Base Camp Trek

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Trip Fact

Destination: Everest Base Camp

Activities: Trekking + Tour

Duration: 17 days

Grade: Moderate

Mode of Trip: Lodge Trekking

Maximum Altitude: 5545 meter

Transportation: Private Tourist Vehicle + Plane

Accommodation: Hotel + Guest House

Group Size: Min 1 - Max 12

Best Season: March-May and Sept-Nov

Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular mountain destinations in the world. The Solukhumbu region, in Nepal, plays host to thousands of trekkers every year.  Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy magnificent views of the highest mountain on Earth, Mt Everest (8848m) and its neighboring peaks. The natural beauty of the region inspires every photographer. There are beautiful, century-old monasteries to visit and the trek provides the opportunity to experience the unique culture of the Sherpa people.

Following a day taking in the rich heritage of Kathmandu, the excitement of the Everest Base Camp adventure commences with a scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From this village the trekking route passes through Sherpa villages, forests of rhododendron and oak and winds its way up the steep sided valleys surrounded by one of the world’s greatest mountain panoramas

The crowds and sounds of city life are left far behind as you are captured by the Sherpa culture and magnificent views of this unique part of the world. 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1310m)
Our company representative will welcome you at Kathmandu airport. They will be waiting for you outside the arrivals terminal and will be holding a Nepal Gateway Trekking signboard with your name printed on it. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Thamel. Our representative will assist you with your hotel check-in and advise you of the evening meeting time with your Kathmandu tour leader.  Overnight in Hotel - Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu (1310m). City Tour and Trek Preparation
After breakfast at your hotel, your tour guide will pick you up for the Kathmandu city guided tour. You will visit a range of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The historic Kathmandu Durbar Square is an ancient seat of Nepalese royalty and has beautiful carved architecture. You will experience the famous PashupatiNath Temple and cremation site for the Hindu people. It is sited on the holy Bagmati River. Swayambhunath is commonly known as the Monkey Temple and you will marvel at one of the biggest stupas in Asia, BoudhaNath. During the evening you will meet your trekking guide who will deliver your trekking equipment (duffle bag, sleeping bag, down jacket etc.). Take the time to pack and prepare for an early start the next morning.  Overnight in Hotel –Kathmandu

Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m) flight and trek to Phakding (2660m). Walking 3 hours
In the early morning your trekking guide will arrive to transport you to the domestic terminal at Kathmandu airport. After checking in your baggage and receiving your boarding pass we will enjoy the 30 minute exciting and scenic mountain flight to Lukla airport. Lukla is the gateway to the Everest region and has a very tiny mountain airstrip. We will meet our porters and walk to a guesthouse for refreshments. We will then set off following the footprints of the great Everest climbers. As we pass through the Welcome Gate we will see the statue of our National Luminary Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, the first Nepalese woman to climb Mount Everest. From here we will trek downhill through beautiful Sherpa villages.  The trail goes “Nepali Flat” (up and down) to Phakding via the ThadeKholi and Ghat village, where we will pass beautiful carved stone mani walls and stupas.   Overnight in Guesthouse - Phakding

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Walking 6 -7 hours
Following a hot breakfast, the walking adventure to Namche Bazaar commences. We will follow the DudhKoshi river upstream, crossing it 5 times over suspension bridges. After passing more mani walls and stupas, we will arrive at the village of Banker. From here we will glimpse our first snow mountain Thamserku (6608m). A little beyond the village of Manjo we will reach the office of Sagarmartha National Park where your guide will collect your trekking permits. Take the time to read the information boards about this National Park.  After resuming our trek through forest, we will arrive at Jorselle (2800m) where lunch will be served. This is the last village before the 600 m, 3 hours climb up to Namche Bazaar. Along the track, marvel at the high suspension bridge we will cross and keep an eye out for Tsar (native musk  deer) and your first glimpse of Mount Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m) and Nuptse (7980m). Namche Bazaar is the trading centre of the Khumbu region, locals bringing their yaks to carry their goods and purchases, a unique cultural experience to observe. On Saturdays there is a market day with Tibetans crossing the border to sell their wares, hence Namche is often called “Little Tibet”. There are many facilities in Namche, with trekking shops, bakeries, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and good hotels.  As an important town in the region, it is also known as the “Gateway to Everest”.    Overnight in Guesthouse  - Namche Bazaar 

Day 05: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar. Walking  4 – 5 hours 
We all know that acclimatisation is very important to our body while we are ascending. With less oxygen and lower temperatures it is paramount that we take the time for our bodies to adjust.  Taking an acclimatisation day reduces the chance of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)and ensures a greater chance of achieving your Everest Base Camp goal.During this day we strongly suggest a 4-5 hour walk up to a similar altitude of the next day’s walk, then returning back down to our guesthouse in Namche to sleep. There are 2 options for the acclimatization day, either hike up to the villages of Khumjung and Khunde or west to Thame. We recommend Khumjung and Khunde. The day commences with a hike to the Nepalese Army Camp where we can experience breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, AmaDablam, Thamserku and many more peaks.  We can also visit the museum where we can gain a better appreciation of the Sherpa culture and traditions. There is information about Everest expeditions and the local flora and fauna.  Ascending steeply we will reach the Syanboche airport and then onto the Everest View Hotel. From here we will descend slightly to the village of Khumjung. This area is known as the “green valley” in the Khumbu region. If you are interested we can visit the Khumjung Gompa to see the yeti skull.  Another highlight is to visit the Sir Edmund Hillary School. A little further on is the village of Khunde where there is an outpost hospital. This day gives us an excellent opportunity to not only acclimatize but to take in the spectacular mountain views.  Overnight in Guesthouse – Namche Bazaar

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche(3860m). Walking 5 hours
Today we will walk to Tengboche which is one of the highlights of the trek. The village has a magnificent monastery and provides outstanding sunrise and sunset views of the Everest Range. The trail leads uphill for 10 minutes then mostly flat to Kanjuma and then downhill to PunkiThangna – a rest place in Sherpa language. We will have lunch and relax a little. Leaving this village we will pass through forests of rhododendron, pine, silver fir and birch. We may see the colourful  national bird of Nepal, the danphe, (a native pheasant) or a Tsar. The trail ascends more steeply as we approach Tengboche but the mountain views, once we arrive, make the effort worthwhile. After checking into our guesthouse your guide will take you to visit the large and busy Tibetan Buddhist Tengboche Monastery. In the afternoon we can experience a prayer ceremony performed by the monks and receive a personal blessing. Take the time to view the extensive snow mountain views at sunset and again at sunrise. Watching the sunset light up an ice storm plume over Mt Everest is an unforgettable sight. Overnight in Guesthouse - Tengboche

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4410m).  Walking 5 hours
After enjoying the morning views and breakfast, we follow the trail downhill through a thick rhododendron forest to Deboche. We will walk along the Imja Valley passing long mani walls and arriving at Pangboche village (3900m). From here we will have close views of the iconic mountain,AmaDablam (6856m). The trail then goes gradually uphill to Somare (4040m) where we will appreciate a rest and have lunch. Leaving Somare we will ascend above the tree line and trek in alpine meadows. It is advisable at this altitude to walk slowly to maintain steady breathing and put on extra layers of clothing to keep warm. The trail follows the Imja River through to Dingboche, known as the Summer Valley. Dingboche is the highest settlement where potato, cabbage, spinach and barley are grown. Overnight in Guesthouse - Dingboche

Day 08: Acclimatization Day at Dingboche. Walking 4 hours
After ascending 1000m from Namche Bazaar, a second acclimatization day is essential. Today we can hike 3 hours to Nagarjun Hill (5050m). If you are showing any signs of AMS, this climb is not recommended. It is a steep and quite challenging climb but the views of AmaDablam and Makalu (8463m – fifth highest mountain in the world) are a rich reward for the effort. We can spend 15-20 minutes on the top taking photos and acclimatizing in the thin air. After descending back to Dingboche and having lunch, the remainder of the day is free.  Overnight in Guesthouse - Dingboche

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910m).  Walking 5 hours
Trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche is another beautiful hiking day. Leaving Dingboche the trail ascends gradually, passing above Pheriche  (we will go through this village on the way back from Everest Base Camp). Arriving at Thukla (4620m) we will have a rest and a cup of tea before commencing the1 hour climb to Thukla Pass (4830m) which is also known as Memorial Top. There are numerous memorial chortens and stupas dedicated to people who have lost their lives climbing Mt Everest. One famous chorten is dedicated to the late BabuChheri Sherpa who was one of the greatest climbers of his era. He is noted for having spent 21 hours on the Everest summit without oxygen and the only climber to summit Mt Everest twice in one season. The top of Thukla Pass is a perfect site to photograph the Pheriche Valley, AmaDablam and other snow-capped mountains. It is then 1 hour’s easy walking to Lobuche, a small village of only 7-8 teahouses.   Overnight in Guesthouse – Lobuche

Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to GorakShep (5180m).  Walking  7 hours
Today is the pinnacle of the trek.  To accomplish your dream and achieve your goal-  to be at the base camp of the world’s highest mountain. In the early morning, we will leave Lobuche,following breakfast. The first hour of the trail is quite flat then the landscape changes significantly when we reach the top of the Lobuche Pass. It is important to walk slowly at this altitude due to the decreased oxygen level. We will walk steadily alongside the Khumbu Glacier, taking in the surrounding views of the enormous snow mountains as we approach GorakShep. Upon arrival at this small village we will have a light lunch and leave our main bags in our room. Taking some snacks and drinking water in our daypacks, we will continue onto our main destination, Everest Base Camp. It is a 3 hour walk on a rocky, sandy  and undulating trail. Care needs to be taken to ensure we do not slip or fall on the rough rock surface. We congratulate each other and take photos in front of the “Everest Base Camp 5364m” sign where hundreds of prayer flags have been offered. Unfortunately Mt Everest is hidden from view from the base camp. We do, however, have tremendous views of the Khumbu Glacier, the Khumbu Icefall, and numerous high mountains including Pumori, Nupste and Changtse to name just a few. After capturing this memorable lifetime experience we return to GorakShep for a well-earned rest and sleep. An early night is recommended to prepare for tomorrow’s highlight – a climb up Kala Patthar.  Overnight in Guesthouse – GorakShep

Day 11: Hike up to Kala Patthar (5545m), Trek down to Pheriche (4210m). Walking 7 hours
In order to catch the spectacular sunrise, we will have an early start for the 2 hour steep climb up Kala Patthar. Once there we will see a stunning 360 degree mountain view, including Mt Everest and its spectacular surrounding peaks. The Khumbu Glacier & Icefall add to this magnificent panorama. After descending 1 hour back to GorakShep, we will enjoy a well-deserved hot breakfast. It is now time to descend, we will stop for lunch in Thukla and hike the 1 hour downhill to Pheriche. We will pass through farm land, yak grazing fields and traditional houses.  At this lower altitude we will feel very comfortable and sleep well.  Overnight in Guesthouse – Pheriche

Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) via Tengboche. Walking 6-7 hours
After breakfast we will head back to Namche Bazaar. After 45 minutes we meet the trail we took to Everest Base Camp, we then descend, retracing our footsteps to Namche Bazaar via Tengboche. Walking will be easier as we descend along the river and the temperature is warmer below the treeline.   Overnight in Guesthouse – Namche Bazaar

Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2840m). Walking 6-7 hours
After leaving the guesthouse we follow the same trail down the valley. During the descent we have the opportunity for a last glimpse of Mt Everest. We then will follow the DudhaKosi River, passing through Jorsalle, Manjo and Banker villages for a lunch stop at Phakding. After lunch we continue our trekking to return to Lukla for our final night in the Khumbu region. There is an option to have a party with your trekking team to celebrate the success of your Everest Base Camp Trek.  Overnight in Guesthouse – Lukla

Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu
We will take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathamndu, enjoying the mountainous scenery. After landing in Kathmandu airport, you will claim your baggage and we will drive you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to enjoy lunch, rest and shop in Kathmandu.   Overnight in Hotel – Kathmandu

Day 15: Final Departure
Today we transfer you to the Kathmandu Airport for your onward destination.  

Following services are including in the price:

  • All grounded transportation as per itinerary by private car
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing inclusive one expert tour guide and entrance fees
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast
  • Round flight ticket (Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu) inclusive domestic airport taxes
  • Three times meal (Breakfast/lunch/dinner) and all accommodations during the trekking
  • One highly experience government license holder trekking guide and required porter (1 porter between 2 trekkers) assigned for your services and their meal, salary, insurance, transportation and accommodation
  • Sleeping bad and down jacket if needed
  • Sagarmatha National Park permit and TIMS card
  • Everest trekking map
  • Nepal Gateway Trekking Company T-shirt and achievement certificate
  • Rescue assistance
  • First aid kit
  • All necessary government taxes

Following services are not included in the price:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Flight ticket to/from Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa which can be obtained upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (USD 40.00 for 30 days, requires 2 copies of passport size photo)
  •  All kinds of hot and cold drinks and alcoholic beverage in trekking
  • Extra accommodation in Kathmandu which is not mentioned in itinerary
  • Your personal nature expenses, equipment and medical kit
  • Tipping to field staffs ( Tipping is not mandatory but expected)

What is Trekking?
Trekking means gentle walking or hiking around 5-6 hours a day from sea level to the base camp of any mountain; observing the local cultures, society, religions, tradition, and natural beauty of the Himalaya.

What is a tea house trek and what kind of food is available in trek?
Tea house trek means staying and eating in lodges. We stay in single rooms where possible, but often you will have to twin sharing room. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. We eat at tea houses. The food is usually plentiful and delicious and hygienic. They offer a variety of potato, rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. Nepali National meal is called Dal bhat and easily available each tea houses. Beers and local wine are often available too, but that will be at your own cost. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There are also snacks available such as basic biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season.

What type of shape do I need to be for trekking? Is previous hiking experience required to go on a trek?
If you are reasonably fit and enjoy walking for 5-6 hours a day, you can do trekking in Nepal. Normally the shorter treks tend to be easier whilst the longer ones often require a better standard of fitness. It is important to remember, however, that trekking requires an adequate level of physical conditioning. If you are planning a trek longer than a week, some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on a trek.

How long do we walk per day?
This varies with each trip of course. In the mountains we measure hikes in hours, rather than miles. On most treks, we hike 4–7 (8 to 12 Km) hours per day, with a lunch break of 1–2 hours in the middle. We encourage you to walk at your own pace. There is no need to rush or "stay up" with others during the daily hikes. There will always be a guide at the back of the group to make sure that you arrive safely to camp. We know that much of the fun of trekking is maintaining a pace which will allow you to fully enjoy your surroundings. In approximately we trek 8 to 12 km per day.

Do i have to carry a backpack?
Not really. But you have to carry a light day-pack containing your water bottle, camera, an extra layer of clothing, sunglasses, a rain coat or wind breaker, and snacks. Porters or pack animals will carry your luggage.

How much money should I bring for my trip?
This will depend on the destination and you're spending habits. Our trip descriptions provide you with an idea of how to budget for additional meals, optional excursions, and extra expenses you might acquire on any particular trip.

Will there be credit card facilities on tours and in the trekking area?
Some major places like Lukla, Namche, Jomsom, Pokhara etc has the credit card facilities but you have to pay at least 8-10 % on withdraw amount. You can also exchange convertible currency on those places.

What is the weather and temperature like in Mountains?
During spring and fall the temperature between 1000 to 3500 meters ranges as high as 20 deg C to a low of -5 deg C. At higher altitudes the temperatures can range from 20 deg C to -10 deg C. During winter it is a further 10 deg C colder -20.

What is the best season for trekking? Can I go trekking in the months of June and July or winter?
The best time to trek in Nepal is either pre -monsoon during March to May (spring in the Himalayan) or after the monsoon has ended in September to November (the fall or autumn season). You can go trekking in the months of June and July. The Dolpa, Upper Mustang (Rain shadow area in Himalayas) and low elevation trekking around Phokara and Kathmandu Valley are better for monsoon season trekking. We recommend to do low Hilly and Terai areas in winter too.

What happens if I get sick in trekking?
If you get sick during your trek, your guide will do his best to assist you in that situation. He will provide you the medicine and give first aid treatment to recover your sickness. If it doesn’t help, he will manage you to descend and see the doctor if possible. Medicine is not readily available in some remote regions so we recommend you to stock up on things you may needed in advance. Company will also send some primary stock along with group. Should you require it; extra rest days can be taken. If you need evacuation, the company will be contacted and appropriate measure will be taken. In some cases you can find doctors along the trekking routes, or can be called for you.

Are the food / water safe to eat / drink during the trekking?
During the trek, your guide will advise you on what you should and shouldn’t eat and drink. The food at the places you will be staying is all safe to eat. Water you can buy bottled or bring along purification tablets. Tea houses will also provide boiled and filtered water for you to treat accordingly.

Is communication to home possible while on trek?
In some of the larger towns there will be phone and internet connection. Now you can buy easily Sim card in Kathmandu International airport counter.

What is the maximum weight limit on domestic flights?
The maximum weight allowed on domestic flights is bagges10 Kg (mountain areas with small air craft) and 5 kg hand carry bag. Others cities with big aircraft allow 20 Kg per person

Is it possible to trek with the Children?
Yes, it is possible to trek with children in Nepal. There are many trekking routes which suits to children. We arrange easy and beautiful hiking trips where the children can enjoyed with their parents. Even they can’t walk, our porter will carry then in comfortable basket.

Can I charge my battery on the trekking?
Of course you can, some popular trekking region has electricity and solar supply; however do not forget to bring spare battery. In some remote region you can’t charge battery. We suggest you to bring solar charger for remote areas.

Do I need any vaccinations?
You should contact your general practitioner or travel clinic for the latest travel health advice. It is advisable to be up-to-date with Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A vaccination shots.

Do I need travel insurance?
Yes, It is necessary to have travel insurance for all clients to take in any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc. You can arrange this yourself or through Mosaic Adventure in Nepal. The coverage per day is $12 dollars per person.

Please, find the equipment list for trekking as follow;

1. Clothing:

    - Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trouser

    - Fleece jacket or pullover

    - Warm cotton trousers

    - Shirts and T-shirts

    - Lightweight cotton long pants

    - Long underwear

    - Short underwear

    - Sun hat, woolen hat

    - Sunglass

    - Sun cream

    - Glove

    - Rain coat

2. Footwear:

    - Trekking boot

    - Thick socks

    - Light socks

    - Camp shoe

    - Sandal

3. Other Equipment:

    - Sleeping Bag (4 seasons)

    - Down Jacket

    - Day-pack

    - Water bottle

    - Flash light

4. Optional:

    - Insect repellent

    - Toilet articles

    - Note book and pen

    - Pocket knife

    - Towel

    - Binocular

    - Camera

    - Personal medical kit

 

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Trip Highlights

Explore the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley, A scenic flight to/from Lukla, High altitude settlement of Sherpa villages, centuries old monasteries, Namche Bazaar - known as gateway to Mount Everest, Incredible and breathtaking views of high snow capped mountains, Mount Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier and Ice-falls, Sunrise and sunset view from Kalapattar

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