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Everest Base Camp Trekking (15 Days)

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Mt. Everest being the world’s highest mountain offers special adventurous intrigue. During Everest Base Camp trek one can enjoy the warm Sherpa hospitality as well as experience the Sherpa culture and always in the background, the icy pinnacles of Himalaya loom over the scenery. After an extraordinary flight of Lukla, commence the walking to the famous Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar and on to Tengboche Monastery with the Mesmerizing peak of Ama Dablam hovering in the sky. Then it’s over the glaciers to the foot of Everest for the view of lifetime. The highlight of Everest Base Camp trek is hike up to the view point of Kala Patthar(5545 m) situated on one of the spurs of Pumori. The rocky west face of Mt.Everest and south Col, Lhotse, Khumbu glacier making down its way can be seen from the summit of Kala Patthar.

Day 01: Flight Kathmandu – Lukla (2850m) - trek to Phakding (2640m)

Early in the morning after breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to Lukla. After 35 minutes flight land at the airstrip of Lukla. We meet our trekking crews here & set for the first day exciting walk towards Everest. A straight walk for an hour takes you to Chaplung. Here the trail from Lukla meets the main trail from Jiri. The trail still continues for 2 hrs along the forest & reaches to Ghat and after an hour walk takes you to Phakding where few numbers of lodges are situated. We stop here for the night Camp.

Day 02: Phakding – Namche (3450m)

After the breakfast & the crews got ready, we set for another day walk. Cross the long suspension bridge over Bhotekoshi & the trail go straight passes a forest & few villages & after 2 hrs reaches to Jorsele. Where Everest National Park check post is located, where national park permits are checked. Jorsele is also the true beginning of Khumbu region & from this point no firewood allowed. Leaving the park entrance the path drops steeply to the long suspension bridge across the Dudh Koshi. The trail still continues through the straight path for an hour & becomes a bit steep & passes through the forest & several Sherpa villages & after 2 hrs reaches to Namche, a great spot for the first closer views of the Everest & local Sherpa hospitality.

Day 03: Rest Day at Namche

It is an acclimatization day to avoid AMS problems. Or one can have a picturesque excursion to Khumjung village.

Day 04: Namche – Tengboche (3860m)

Leaving for Tengboche, the trail that traverses from Choi Gang to Kyanjuma Foundation. Here descent to the suspension bridge across Dudh Koshi begins. After passing few tea houses the trail reaches to Phungi Tenga. Now the walk up the hill to Tengboche is pleasant. You pass through a blend of forest and shrub on a wide trail with many shortcuts leading from it’s also a better place for spotting pheasant, Thar and Deer. The end of the climb is heralded by a Kani, an arched entrance with ceiling paintings of deities and forms of Buddha. Its function is to cleanse people of the many feared spirits before entering the sacred area. The trail from Phungi Tenga to Tengboche takes about 3 hours. And during the walk one may have the best views of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku & Kangi Tenga. You can also visit the famous Tengboche Monastery.

Day 05: Tengboche – Pheriche (4280m)

The trail passes on a slope track then climbs gently becoming steeper & passes the forest & small lodges & reaches to Pangboche. Pangboche is a village of Sherpas but famous for its Monastery & it is claimed that the Yeti’s scalp & the fingers of hand are kept in this Monastery. After Pangboche the trail passes through the meadow fields & several tea houses & after 3 hrs reaches to Pheriche for the night camp.

Day 06: Rest day at Pheriche

Day 07: Pheriche – Lobuche (4940m)

Leaving Pheriche, the trail meanders up the open valley, beautiful when the weather is fine. A smaller trail then branches off to the left and heads directly to the bridge over a few slippery boulders, while the main path heads up to join the trail directly from Dingboche just a minute before the bridge to Tukla. Climb the ridge behind Dingboche on one of the many trails to the higher plain. There are several paths to follow, all leading to the bridge across Tukla. Beyond Tukla, the hill immediately is tough. And the trail climbs gently and reaches within 2 hrs to Lobuche.

Day 08: Lobuche – Kalapatthar (5545m) - Gorakshep (5170m)

Today the trail is the longest trail as it may take about 8 hours for the roundtrip. The trail from Lobuche to Gorakshep gently climbs and takes about 4 hrs but the walk to Kalapatthar is a bit harder as its steep climb for about 3 hours and may have breathing problems. Kalapatthar is situated in the bottom of Pumori and provides the panoramic views of the whole mountains in the area of Everest. Then we descend down to Gorakshep for our night camp, which takes about 1 hrs, descend.

Day 09: Gorakshep – Everest Base camp (5400m) – Lobuche

Today the trail takes you to the foot of Mt Everest. The trail passes through the yak meadows & mostly on yak trails. The trail also passes the Khumbu Glacier. Have a complete rest at Everest Base camp & return back to Lobuche for the night halt.

Day 10: Trek back Lobuche – Dingboche (4 hrs)

Day 11: Trek back Dingboche – Tengboche (5 hrs)

Day 12: Trek back Tengboche – Namche (4 – 5 hrs)

Day 13: Trek back Namche – Phakding (5 hrs)

Day 14: Trek back Phakding – Lukla (4 hrs)

Day 15: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu

Cost Includes following services:

  • 15 Days Lodge Trek on Full Board ( 3 meals a day) with English speaking guide and porter
  • National Park Entrance fees for trek, to/from trek transfer, TIMS fees
  • Insurance for trekking crew

Cost Excludes:

  • International Airfare, all arrival/ departure transfer
  • Food and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Beverages in Kathmandu and in trek
  • Any kinds of insurance for clients
  • Emergency rescue charges
  • Any items not mentioned in the cost includes section

* Cost applicable from minimum 2 pax

How safe is Everest Trekking?

Safety and security is primary concern. Intentional risk factors are zero and natural and accidental incidents are not in control of human beings. It is strongly recommended not to travel with out local guide reason why the guide can re- route the itinerary in case of any difficulties or possible hazards occurring in pre-determined route. Our guides are well versed to minimize the possible risk and your little carefulness will help to reduce the risk. Adventure always comes with risk so its personal decision to go with it.

How many hours we have to walk each day?

Normally there will be 6 to 7 hours smooth walk per day for both Camping and Teahouse trek but during entire itinerary few days may have to walk for 8 to 9 hours maximum. During the walking you will have enough time to rest and no need to rush

What about the accommodation facility in this region?

For the camping trek, you will have to overnight in tent and all the required equipment will be carried along with the group by trekking crew. For the teahouse trek, you will have to overnight in lodges available. All the lodges are well maintained though you may carry your own sleeping bag. You can find lodges en-route but may required to book in advance.

What about the food?

During the camping trek, you will have to consume at campsite cooked by trekking crew who are trained cook and maintain the hygiene.
While in teahouse trek, all the meals you have consume from the lodges. The lodges also maintain the hygiene since they are serving to the tourist from very past. Though you can be précised to consume well-cooked and fresh food that you can easily identify.

What about altitude sickness?

It may occur in high altitude. Early symptoms of altitude sicknesses are headache, vomiting, breathing shortness etc. if you have such symptoms, should report to your team leader or guide immediately. Trekking guides are known about this problem and the itineraries are also well arranged to acclimatization during trek. If the symptoms occur at you, the trek guide take you down to the low altitude and evacuated to the hospital if required. It is always good idea to have small oxygen cane for the emergency use.

Who gets acute mountain sickness?

Anyone who travel to altitudes of over 2500m is at risk of acute mountain sickness. Normally it doesn't become noticeable until you have been at that altitude for a few hours. Part of the mystery of acute mountain sickness is that it is difficult to predict who will be affected. There are many stories of fit and healthy people being badly limited by symptoms of acute mountain sickness, while their older companions have felt fine. There are a number of factors that are linked to a higher risk of developing the condition. The higher the altitude you reach and  the faster your rate of ascent, the more likely you are to get acute mountain sickness. If you have a previous history of suffering from acute mountain sickness, then you are probably more likely to get it again. Older people tend to get less acute mountain sickness but this could be because they have more common sense and ascend less quickly.

Is it expensive to trek in Everest Region?

Large number of factors is responsible to define the cost of trekking. Trekking area itself is not so easily accessible in terms of transporting the stuffs. Definitely you will have to spent few bucks more but not terribly expensive.

What about the clothing?

During winter, it is extreme cold and you will have to have warm cloths for both day and night use but in summer you can use light clothes (but not sleeveless) and warm cloths for morning and night. We suggest you to have a used boot (not very old) above to ankle, a trekking stick and backpack.

Drinking spring water is safe or not?

We do not recommend you to consume spring water instead you can use boiled or bottled water. Make sure the water is drinkable and purified

What about the hospital facilities?

You can find first aid clinic in distance. You can also find Primary health care center in Lukla and Khunde Hospital in Khunde near by Syngboche for the primary treatment. For the major problem you have to be depot to Kathmandu.

What about the transportation facilities?

You can take flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, phaplu and to Syangboche and the flight is weather dependent. Syangboche airstrip cannot use entire year. Chopper services are also available. There is newly constructed road can take you up to Salleri but it is not a blacktopped and remain muddy during rainy season. It is being upgrading gradually and can rely on surface transport soon.

What about drop/pick up facilities?

YES, our airport representative will come to pick you up as per your arrival time and will drop you to the airport for the final departure to your destination.

Do we need to pay in advance?

Yes, You have to make an advance payment at least 30% of the total cost of your trip. Rest of the payment you can make here in Kathmandu after your arrival.

Does everybody fit to trek in this region?

Physical fitness is required to trek in this region. General discomfort always arises during trek but needs to care extra. You always should give extra care while down hill walking. If you already have physical disorder, you should consult with your physician before making the decision to trek. You are also requested to inform us while confirming your trip for the extra arrangements as per your physical fitness. Lowlanders and over weighted clients should report to us in advance as well.

What is the best season for this trek?

Best season for trekking in Nepal is September to November and February to April.

What sort of weather you can expect?

During the main season of trekking, one can enjoy the spectacular views of the Himalaya. Mostly the sky will be clean and clear. In any exceptional cases, weather condition won’t affect to your program if it is until the Everest Base Camp. If you are going up from the Base Camp, make a consultation within team and report to office. You can also follow the rule of wait and see before making the decision. In any case decision should not endanger to the human life.

What mode of communication you will use during trekking?

Lately, Nepal is within the mobile networks, we can use mobile phones while in the trek

Can I use credit cards while in trekking?

Credit cards are not easily acceptable in the trekking region. It would be better to have foreign and convertible currencies in cash with you during the trek.

Does it a problem if I am vegetarian?

It won’t be a problem at all. All the lodges will serve the vegetarian meals too and it is suggested to non-vegetarian also to consume vegetarian meals while in trekking to avoid any kind of disorder in your stomach.

What if I wish to quit middle of the trek?

By what reason you decided to discontinue the trek will not leads you to get the money refund since we already have spent the money to confirm your trip. In the normal situation, you are requested not to quit the program in the middle. If in case you fall sick we will evacuate you to the better facility in your personal expenses.

What if I wish to extend my trek program?

If you wish to extend the program, there won’t be problem but the associated cost needs to be covered extra

Is there any possibility to store extra luggage’s that are not required for the trek?

You can store your extra luggage at your hotels locker in Kathmandu. You are kindly advice not to put all the valuables in one pocket for the security.

How much additional money per day do I need for the trek?

It depends with personal spending habits. Normally you can calculate for the hot water shower, drinking waters, chocolates, beverages, and cigarettes. To minimize the cost, you can buy such stuffs at city center and have in an average of US $ 20 per day. Maintain separate pocket for the emergency situation and tipping to trekking crew.
Responsible tourism is primary concern.

It is our humble request to all the visitors to be a responsible tourist to minimize the environmental impact. Do not throw elsewhere the litters. Collect all the garbage produce during your trip and dispose it to the designated place. Help us to keep the environment clean and fresh always. Maintain the cultural respect and local customs and beliefs too.

Trip Facts

Tour/Trek grade: Strenuous

Season: Sept – Dec, Feb – May

Clothing: Cottons & light woolens during summer, warm clothing during winter

Cost per person

US $ 1215/- per person*

Extra: Airfare Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu

US $ 330/- per person ( Airfare is subject to change without prior notice)

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