Everest Base Camp
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative will be waiting for you outside the airport or meet us at Hotel,. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 to 30 minutes. A briefing given by our group leader is scheduled for the late afternoon. He will discuss our trekking program and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. The evening is free, but usually our tour leader will organize an evening meal (optional) at one of Kathmandu's fine Nepali restaurants. Alternatively you can enjoy a dinner at the hotel. Overnight at Lodge.
After Breakfast goes to full day sightseeing of Pashuaptinath Temple, Boudha Stupa , Swoyambhu know as Monkey Temple & Kathmandu Durbar square where you will also Visit the Kumari, Museum . Overnight at the Hotel.
(Trekking: approx 3 hours) In the early morning we take the spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m), flying parallel to giant Himalayan mountains bordering Nepal and China (Tibet). The flight time is about 40 minutes and we land at an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing at Lukla we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. In the afternoon we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m) it is a short walk to Phakding. Overnight at Lodge.
(Trekking: approx 3½ hours) From Phakding we cross the river and head up the valley, following porters from the south that are ferrying supplies to Namche Bazaar. The trail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is very spectacular in the spring months, when the flowers are in bloom. We cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar, where there are tantalising glimpses of the snow-capped peaks of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m), where we will spend our night for acclimatization and After check in the room we will have a lunch. Evening we will take a side walk. Overnight at Lodge.
After breakfast we start the walk, its a little tougher and includes a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. From Monjo it is a short walk to the entrance of the national park, before we cross the Dudh Kosi River to Jorsale (2805m). The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi Rivers, where we start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. After crossing a large and stable suspension bridge high above the river, we slowly ascend at a steady pace. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. After arriving in Namche Bazaar, we will check in to our hotel and evening is free to bargain in the shops for Tibetan artifacts’ or simply relax and marvel at the beautiful scenery. Overnight at Lodge.
(Acclimatization Day) We remain at Namche Bazaar for a second night to allow for proper acclimatisation to the altitude. Namche is a prosperous village situated in a large protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today a limited amount of trade still exists at Namche and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat. It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village. The stunning vista includes a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. After breakfast, a variety of options exists. Perhaps a walk towards Thami (3810m) above the beautiful Bhote Khoshi River Valley or a visit to the national park headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and information on the park's flora and fauna. Your guides are on hand to offer advice and escort you on walks.Overnight at Lodge.
(Trekking: approx 6 hours) From Namche Bazaar, we climb towards the park headquarters and follow a contouring trail high above the Dudh Kosi River. Above Namche the route to Thyangboche becomes visible with the monastery seen nestling below the summit of Everest and surrounded by other Himalayan peaks. On today's walk there are opportunities to spot local wildlife including the beautiful Dafne pheasant, often seen among the birch and silver fir forest between Shanasa and Trashinga, and Himalayan Thar, on the high ground above the trail. After reaching the reforestation nursery at Trashinga, the trail drops steeply before crossing the Dudh Kosi River at Phunkitenga (3250m) where we take lunch. In the afternoon we ascend, initially steeply, through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron forests towards Thyangboche. The monastery and our lodge are located in a beautiful meadow surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks in a truly peaceful and tranquil setting. The most notable peaks seen from here are Kantega, Ama Dablam (perhaps the most beautiful peak in the region) and, of course, Mount Everest. Overnight at Lodge.
(Trekking: approx 6 hours) From Thyangboche we descend through forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron, to the nunnery at Debuche. Along the way we keep an eye open for blood pheasant and Daphne, musk deer and, high on the steep slopes of the valley, Himalayan thar. After half an hour of fairly level walking we cross the Imja Khola River and gradually ascend to the village of Pangboche, where the peak of Ama Dablam dominates the skyline. We take lunch here and perhaps view the beautiful monastery that once housed a scalp reputedly belonging to the legendary yeti. In the afternoon our route ascends gradually high above the Imja Khola River and passing tea houses at Orsho before crossing river again and old glacial moraines, on the way to our lodge in the settlement of Dingboche. The scenery is spectacular and although Everest here disappears behind the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge, the huge peaks that tower above the eastern end of the valley are ample compensation. We are now almost completely above the tree line and, in clear conditions, can look out for spectacular sunsets here and on Ama Dablam. Today's walk is quite tiring due to the altitude, so it is important to take notice of your trek leader's advice and recommendations regarding rest and fluid intake. Overnight at Lodge.
(Rest and Acclimatization Day) Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of small fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds. It is occupied mainly through the monsoon months, when large numbers of yaks are brought here to graze in the valley pastures. Behind our lodge the huge rock faces of Taweche seem to soar to the heavens. Our trek leader will advise us on activities for today, but the short excursion up the valley towards Chukung is a worthwhile option. The views are fantastic in this valley; the towering south face of Lhotse to the north, Island Peak in the centre of the valley and the fluted ice walls of unnamed peaks that line the southern end of the valley, all form a hauntingly beautiful sight. In the afternoon an optional hike up the hill behind our lodge will enable us to view the world's fifth highest mountain, Makalu (8481m), which is not visible from the valley floor. Overnight at Lodge.
(Trekking: approx 6½ hours) In the morning we ascend the small ridge behind the village above Pheriche Valley. From the chorten at the top, Taweche and Cholatse (6440m) make for a striking scene as they seem to lean forwards from across the valley in the west. To the north, Lobuje Peak (6119m) and the snowfields of Cho La dominate the skyline. The walking is now generally fairly flat on wide-open fields, but do take your time and ensure you are well hydrated. Late in the morning we cross the Khumbu Khola at Dughla (4620m) and take a light lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines of Khumbu Glacier, which flows off Everest. In the afternoon, there is a solid and quite steep climb on a rocky trail to the top of the moraines. On the crest of the ridge, we pass a line of memorial cairns, built in memory of Sherpas and other climbers who have died on the various Everest expeditions over the last 50 years. From here the view is spectacular - Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m), Khumbutse (6623m) and, across the border in Tibet, Changtse (7550m), are seen at the head of the valley whilst Everest remains hidden behind the towering walls of Nuptse and Lhotse. We then follow the valley stream to our lodge at Lobuje, arriving early afternoon. Today is a tiring day but the fantastic scenery makes it all very worthwhile. If you still have some energy and conditions are clear, a walk, taken gradually, up on to the large ridge at the rear of the lodge can reward you with even more spectacular views. Overnight at Lodge.
(Trekking: approx 3 hours to Gorak Shep, 2 hours round trip to Kala Patar) As the trek to Gorak Shep is relatively short, we have the opportunity for a leisurely breakfast before beginning the day's walk. From Lobuje we follow the broad valley that runs parallel to Khumbu Glacier. A gradual ascent enables us to build the slow, steady rhythm required when walking at high altitude. When we reach the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier, we make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that leads eventually to the surprising glacial sands of Gorak Shep (5160m) - reached after about three hours of walking. We arrive in time for lunch and in the afternoon we have the opportunity to organise our accommodation and relax before setting off to Kala Patar (5630m) to experience sensational sunset views from this amazing vantage point. From the lodge the ascent is quite steep, so start very slowly and try to ascend at a steady rhythmic pace. Kala Patar is the rocky hilltop below Pumori. It is a tough walk because of the altitude, but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. It will probably take a good hour and a half to reach the summit from Gorak Shep, although lower viewpoints can provide views that are almost as good. Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest - the highest mountain in the world - surround us. About three kilometres away and some 200 metres below, the area of the Everest Base Camp can be seen in a bowl at the bottom of the Khumbu Ice Fall. For many trekkers, reaching Kala Patar is a very emotional experience and it is worthwhile spending as long as you wish in order to savour this special moment. The sight of the last, brilliant orange rays of the sun on the heights of Everest far above, highlighted against a cobalt sky will stay with you for a lifetime. The descent back down to Gorak Shep is easy, though we will be descending in fading light, so do take a head torch for this excursion. Upon arrival in our lodge, hot tea will be waiting and a short time later our evening meal. Overnight at Lodge.
(Trekking: approx 8 hours) We wake up early for the trek along the glacier to Everest Base Camp. The trail can sometimes be difficult to follow, so do keep a close eye on your Sherpa guides and fellow trekkers on this section. The trek to the base camp can be achieved in around three hours and if trekking in the popular climbing period of March to May, we will almost certainly encounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to expeditions here. From base camp we do not get views of Everest, but we are able to see the notorious Everest Ice Fall that flows from the Western Cwm, which is regarded as technically the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain. We return to Gorak Shep for an early lunch before re-tracing our steps to Lobuje. Today is another day at high altitude, so do be prepared for it to be both long and tiring. The trek to Everest Base Camp is optional, so if you are feeling tired you can rest at Gorak Shep instead. (Note on Days 12 and 13: Due to altitude and weather considerations a certain amount of flexibility is required on these days. The order in which we seek to visit Kalar Patar and Everest Base Camp may be reversed, depending on prevailing weather conditions. On Day 13, it may also be possible to descend to the lower altitudes of Pheriche rather than spending the night at Lobuje. Overnight at Lodge.
(Trekking: approx 6 hours) From Lobuje we retrace our steps to Dughla - it seems much quicker and easier going down! From here we take a different route from our ascent, following the wide alpine valley covered in scrub juniper through to the temporary settlement of Phulung Karpo (4343m) and then to Pheriche for a tea stop. There is also a trekkers' aid post here, run by the Himalayan Rescue Association, which although not manned year round is well worth a visit if open. From Pheriche we again cross the Khumbu Khola River and ascend a short steep trail to the top of a small ridge for great views of Imja Valley, Ama Dablam and Kantega. We then descend to the small settlements at Orsho and Shomare, where we take lunch, before passing through Lower Pangboche to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River and retracing our steps to Debuche and Thyangboche. Overnight at Lodge.
(Trekking: approx 5 hours) After breakfast we descend steeply through beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea we cross the Dudh Kosi river and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa, where we have the option of visiting Kunde and Khumjung villages before returning to Namche Bazaar where we spend the night. Overnight at Lodge.
(Trekking: approx 4 hours) We enjoy a leisurely departure from Namche Bazaar with a final opportunity to visit the shops in the bazaar before we descend steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. We follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where we take lunch. In the afternoon it is a short walk via Benkar through blue pine and rhododendron forest, with great views of Kusum Kangaru, back to our lodge in Phakding. Overnight at Lodge.
(Trekking: approx 3½ hours) This is our last day of trekking, where it is only a short walk on the valley before making the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. We then take lunch at our lodge and the afternoon is free to wander around, relax or perhaps enjoy a hot shower! In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner, followed by a few celebratory drinks and dancing with our Sherpa companions. Overnight at Lodge.
We rise early in the morning to be ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Kathmandu. Back to our same starting hotel. Evening free for shopping around Thamel.
Our trip ends today after breakfast and you are transferred out to the airport for your flight home or your onward journey. Prices include :- Accommodation based on two in a shared double /twin room or triple share, as shown in itinerary Full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) basis whilst on trek. Bed & Breakfast basis when in towns and cities (i.e. Kathmandu) All transfers to/from the airport in Katmandu for international and domestic flights Domestic flight Katmandu to/from Lukla National Park permit English speaking guide and porter whilst on trek Our supportive walking notes and assistance sheet Storage for suitcases in Kathmandu whilst away on trek Sleeping bag Price does not include Domestic airport tax Drinks (water / Cold drinks) with meals, sundry snacks Insurance Incase if we have to stay another extra day in lukla or Kathmandu due to a bad weather then individual have to pay for that night.