EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK- 19 days 18 nights

The Everest Base Camp Trek, is one of the most famous Trek in Nepal, which is famous for its fantastic mountain peaks and the beauty on the hills. Most of the places to this spot go through ridges and trails, but you would have ample space to rest and have meal on your way. And one of the best things about this place is that you don’t have to worry about being lost, as you can ask anybody for the next village. The people here are very friendly and offer help and support even to strangers. The people who live here are mostly shepherds and understand English; some even speak it fluently..

Overview

Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices, many with their lives in their own attempts to the summit. Everest Base Camp trek of Nepal provides you the chances to view the world's highest peak towring on the elevation of 8,848 meter from its touching destance. Taking a pleasure of the several snocaped himalayas this Adventure journey takes you to the south base of Mt Everest exploring the culture of legendry Sherpas and their life styles.The trek starts with sweeping flight to Lukla airport from Kathmandu where the walking starts from. You will trek along the Dudhkoshi river and discover the main capital of sherpa's origin at Namche. You will discover the largest monestery of the world at Tengboche and arrives no tree region at Dingboche. You will follow the same steps through the glacier where Sir admund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa hiked to get the top of Everest on 1953. Mount Everest base camp Trek passes via the traditional villages, farming terraces, cultural stupas, monesteries. Some major peaks mt. Everest(8,848m), Mt Lhotse(8,501m), Mt. Makalu(8,463m), Mt Cho Oyu (8,153m) are standing higher over anything else on the planet. Mt Everest National Park region is also a home of birds, wilds and more. Aside from breathtaking scenery, travellers to the region can experience unique Sherpa culture by visiting monasteries and museums along the way. Days are filled with walking for the sheer pleasure of it, past colourful prayer wheels and across swing bridges straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, while evenings are rewarded with hot food and conversation with like-minded people around the dining-room fire. The heady mix of natural beauty, fascinating culture and a personal sense of achievement, as well as warm Nepalese hospitality from the people of the Solukhumbu region, makes the Everest Base Camp trek one of the worlds most unforgettable.

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu

Upon arrival our representative will meet you and take you to the hotel. In the evening you can visit the Thamel Street, it is a very popular place. It has lot of restaurants, casinos and plenty of shops to buy trekking gears and accessories. You can also visit the Darbar Marg.

Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, and then trek to Phakding (2652m)

After breakfast we will proceed to the Tribhuvan Domestic Airport, Kathmandu. We will take a flight to Lukla. The total flying time is of 35 minutes. The experience of flying in this route will be one of your best. The flight will be passing through valleys and presenting some breathtaking views of the mountain ranges and the Nepali villages atop. Once you arrive in Lukla, our representatives will receive you. Immediately we will start our trekking and trek to Phakding. It is at an altitude level of 2652m. It is a simple trek for 2.5 hours. The trail will pass via many small villages and green mountains. We will stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

After breakfast we will trek for Namche Bazaar. Namche is at an altitude level of 3440m. The route is surrounded by huge green mountain ranges. The Dudh Koshi river flows along the side till Namche. We will be having lunch on the route at Monjo as that is the last point to get food before Namche. The route between Monjo and Namche is a gradually inclining trail amidst thick green forest. You will be able to get a glimpse of Everest and Lhotse just before Namche, though not very clear. Overnight stay at hotel. Total trekking will be 5 to 6 hours with moderate difficulty level and a portion after Monjo will be strenuous.

Day 4: Acclimatization at Namche (3440m), hike around the area

This is a day for acclimatization and we will be resting in Namche Bazaar. It is a place that has everything one can wish for. Coffee shops, Bars, Restaurants and many more things to do. You can go to the Namche museum, this a little above Namche Bazaar, just about 20 minutes trek. You can get a clear view of Everest and Lhotse from this place. You can visit the Namche Bazaar (Market) and Namche Monastery.

Day 5: Trek from Namche to Thame (3820 m)

This is comparatively a less crowded trekking route. The route is very scenic. You will pass through many villages like Thamo. You will get a bridge and underneath stream water flows, this is a very beautiful site and the sound that it makes is something never heard off. It will take 5 hours to reach Thame. It is a very beautiful village where Tenzing Norgay spent his childhood.

Day 6: Trek from Thame to Lumde (4368 m)

It will take about 5 hours to reach Lumde. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 7: Trek from Lumde to Gokyo (4790 m)

It will take about 6 -7 hours to reach Gokyo. We will cross the Renjho La Pass (5360 m), this patch of the trek will be strenuous. View from the Renjo La pass is really amazing. Overnight stay at a hotel in Gokyo.

Day 8: Rest Day at Gokyo

You will explore the famous Lakes of Gokyo. There are about 5 lakes, but mostly it is possible to cover 2 or 3 lakes.

Day 9: Trek from Gokyo Gokyo Ri (5330 m ) to Dragnag / Thagnak (4790 m)

We will proceed for Gokyo Ri (5330 m). The view of MT. Everest, MT. Lhotse from Gokyo Ri is breathtaking. Then we will descend and reach Dragnag (4790 m). It will take about 6 -7 hours at max to reach Dragnag.

Day 10: Trek from Dragnag / Thagnak Cho La Pass (5420 m) Dzongla (4830 m)

We will cross the famous Cho La Pass (5420m). We will descend to Dzongla for overnight stay. This will again be an amazing view point to see the gigantic Himalayan ranges, including mount Everest and mount Makalu.

Day 11: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4910 m)

This will be a very pleasant walk for you. It is one of the simple routes to trek. It will take us about 3 to 4 hours to reach Lobuche.

Day 12: Trek from Lobuche (4940m) to Gorakshep (5170m) to EBC (5364m) and retreat to Gorakshep

This will be a completely glacier route. The trek to Gorakshep (5170m) and Everest Base Camp (5364m) is likely to be a moderate trek. It will not be possible to see the Peak of Everest; however the Khumbu Glacier will be very clearly visible. This part of the trek will surely feel like you are in heaven amidst the glaciers and see the gigantic mountain up-close. We will get to see the peak of the Everest very clearly tomorrow from Kala Patthar. Overnight stay in Gorakshep. The total trekking time will be 5 -7 hours and will be moderate difficulty level.

Day 13: Trek to to Kala Patthar (5545m) and descend to Lobuche (4940)

The hike to Kala Patthar will be the most difficult part of this trekking expedition of yours as well as the most rewarding one. You will be able to see the Peak of Everest. In fact kala Patthar is the only place which will give you views of almost all of the high peak mountains of the Himalayan Ranges. It will take about 2.5 to 3 hr to reach Kala Patthar from Gorakshep. After Kala Patthar it will be all descending from now on and the trek becomes very simple, though you have to be careful about the decline. We will need another 3 hours to reach Lobuche (4940m). Total trek time will be 7 hours max with only one steep incline and rest simple and easy trek.

Day 14: Trek from Lobuche (4940m) to Dingboche (4360 M)

It will take us about 5 to 6 hours to reach Dingboche. It is a Sherpa village, located on a highest peak. We can take a small hike to get a view of worlds three top mountain peaks, mount. Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Cho Oyu. Besides these, you will see plenty of peaks and mountain ranges. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15: Trek from Dingboche (4360 m) to Tengboche (3860m)

The trek time will be about 5 hours to reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a beautiful small valley at an altitude level of 3860m. We can take a walk to the famous Tengboche Monastery.

Day 16: Trek from Tengboche (3860m) to Namche (3440m)

It will take about 5 hours to reach Namche. You can see the beautiful Phortse village on your way. It is from this village, the maximum no of people have climbed the Mount Everest.

Day 17: Trek from Namche (3440 m) to Lukla (2800 m)

It will take about 5 to 6 hours to reach Lukla.

Day 18: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Take a flight to Kathmandu and overnight stay at Kathmandu. This a complete leisure day.

Day 19: Departure from Nepal

Post breakfast check out by 12 noon.

*In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled or change of dates might happen, and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

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At Everest Base Camp, climbers will often spend 4 - 8 weeks, acclimatizing to the altitude. During that time, the "Icefall Doctors" will set up ropes and ladders in the notoriously unstable Khumbu Icefall. Seracs, crevasses and shifting blocks of ice make the icefall one of the most dangerous sections of the route. Many climbers and Sherpas have been killed in this section. To reduce the risk, climbers will usually begin their ascent well before sunrise when the freezing temperatures glue ice blocks in place.

Camp I

Above the icefall is Camp I at 6,065 m (19,900 ft) Camp 1 is mostly a temporary camp with most climbers just spending one night at this camp.

Camp II

Base Camp II, Advanced Base Camp (ABC) is established at 6,400 m (21,300 ft). The Western Cwm is a relatively flat, gently rising glacial valley, marked by huge lateral crevasses in the centre which prevent direct access to the upper reaches of the Cwm. Climbers are forced to cross on the far right near the base of Nuptse to a small passageway known as the "Nuptse corner". The Western Cwm as the topography of the area geneally cuts off wind from the climbing route. The high altitude and a clear, windless day can make the Western Cwm unbearably hot for climbers.

Camp III

From ABC, climbers ascend the Lhotse face on set ropes up to Camp III, situated on small ledges at approximately 7,200 m to 7,400 m. From there, it is another 500 metres to Camp IV on the South Col at 7,920 m (26,000 ft). From Camp III to Camp IV, mountaineers are faced with two additional obstacles: The “Geneva Spur” and The “Yellow Band”. The Geneva Spur is an anvil shaped rib of black rock named by a 1952 Swiss expedition. Fixed ropes help climbers in scrambling over this snow covered rock band. The Yellow Band is a section of sedimentary sandstone. The route from the base of the Lhotse face to the Summit is almost always completely fixed with static line.

Camp IV

On the South Col, climbers are very close to 8,000 m and can only spend limited time at those altitudes even with supplemental oxygen. Climbers typically only have a maximum of two or three days they can tolerate at this altitude for making peak bids. Clear weather and low winds are important factors when deciding on a summit attempt. If weather does not cooperate within these short few days, climbers are forced to move down, many all the way back down to Base Camp.

From Camp IV, mountaineers will start their summit push from 8 pm to 2 am with the hope of reaching the summit (still another 1,000 metres above) within 10 to 12 hours. Climbers will first reach "The Balcony" at 8,400 m (27,700 ft), a small platform where they can rest and gaze at peaks to the south and east in the early dawn light. Continuing up the ridge, climbers are then faced with a series of impressive rock steps which usually forces them to the east into waist deep snow, a grave sudden large amount hazard. At 8,750 m (28,700 ft), a small table-sized arena of ice and snow marks the South Summit.

From the South Peak, mountaineers go after the knife-edge southeast ridge along which is known as the "Cornice traverse" where snow griping to irregular rock. This is the most bare part of the climb as a misstep to the left would send one 2,400 m (8,000 ft) down the southwest face while to the immediate right is the 3,050 m (10,000 ft) Kangshung face. At the end of this traverse is an imposing 12 m (40 ft) rock wall called the "Hillary Step" at 8,760 m (28,750 ft).

Tenzing and Hillary were the first mountaineers to rise this step and they did it with prehistoric ice climbing equipment and without fixed ropes. Now, climbers will ascend this step using fixed ropes previously set up by Sherpas. Once above the step, it is a comparatively easy climb to the top on fairly angled snow slopes - though the exposure on the ridge is extreme especially while traversing very large cornices of snow. After the Hillary Step, climbers also must traverse a very loose and rocky section that has a very large entanglement of fixed ropes that can be troublesome in bad weather. Climbers will typically spend less than a half-hour on "top of the world" as they realize the need to descend to Camp IV before darkness sets in, afternoon weather becomes a serious problem, or supplemental oxygen tanks run out.

Please Note for bookings done prior to 1st January 2018, trekkers are required to pay the Khumbu region Permit of NPR 2000 (Approx Rs 1250) separately in Kathmandu>bg>

Do not bring non-bio gradable materials

Pay heed to the instructions given by the trek leader and guide

Consumption of alcohol and other intoxicating substances are strictly prohibited

Do check with your doctor if you are medically fit for the trek

We recommend you to buy insurance from worldnomads.com for emergency evacuation

Since Kathmandu-Lukla flights are dynamic, we recommend you keep a buffer day in hand Exclusions -

Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu. Food and drinking water throughout the trip.

Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc.

Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight. Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.) cancellation, health or any other reason.

Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.

Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.

Nepalese visa fee.

Footwear

Hiking boots: Good ankle support.

Hiking shoe or sneaker: As an extra, or to use in Kathmandu.

Woolen socks: 3 pair of hiking heavy woolen socks (75-86% wool).

Light socks: 3 pair of light woolen socks (at least 50% wool).

Outwear

Down jacket: It’s light and warm. At least, 700-fill goose down insulation for lightweight warmth. It gets very cold at night and in the early morning.

Fleece jacket: Your fleece can be layered with your down jackets.

Clothing

Hats: Warm one for the morning and baseball cap or sun hat for the afternoon.

Gloves: Insulated gloves to keep your hands warm on the cold morning trek and liner gloves for cool temper in the evening

Hiking pants: 2 pair of hiking pants, one convertible (it can get hot in the afternoon).

Cargo Pants: 1 pair of jeans and 1 pair of cargo pants for while you are in Kathmandu, and either fleece or other heavy sweat pants to wear during the evening downtime.

Long underwear tops: At least 3 – to wear as a base layer for warmth. Underwear: 7 pairs of underwear.

Tee and Tank: 5 performance tees or tanks to layer with the long underwear tops.

Long underwear bottoms: 2 mid-weight long underwear bottoms to layer with your hiking pants during cooler points of the trek; or to provide extra comfort under your fleece pants in the evenings.

Gears

Day backpack: 25-35 L backpack (depending on one’s preferences). It should be large enough to comfortably carry your camera, water bottle, extra clothes and snacks while you are on your daily trekking route. Porters usually take off early in the morning and complete the trek with greater speed. You would not see them until later in the evening upon reaching your destination.

Duffle bag XL: (140L-165 L) / (32 x19x19). You can purchase a duffel bag in Kathmandu for a real bargain.

Small lock: Bring a small lock for your duffle bag.

Sack /Plastic bags: 2 sacks or plastic bags in which to organize and store your dirty laundry.

Trekking Poles: These will provide you with balance and support – your knees will really appreciate this on the downhill portions of your trek.( You can buy this in Kathmandu )

Sleeping bags: -10° C /14° F for a teahouse (rustic lodging) Guesthouses on your trekking route will only provide you with blankets. Get sleeping bags on rent @ around 70 Rs per day.

Trekking Towels: 1 large, 1 medium and few wash clothes (quick dry is plus!).

Accessories

Cameras, batteries, and memory card: Trekking through the unmatchable beauty of the Everest region will make you a paparazzo! Bring extra batteries (charging cost $1$2.5 along the trail). 32 GB of memory should be sufficient.

Sunglasses: Make sure they have 100% UV protection.

Tablet computer: For entertainment in the evening; there isn’t much to do after 4pm. It is also quite cold and windy in the higher altitudes. Many trekkers choose to stay in their rooms at night; this being especially true once you have trekked into the more desolated regions beyond Namche Bazaar. If you don’t have a tablet, you should bring along books, mp3 players or playing cards to pass the time. These will become your best friends if you ever get stranded at Lukla Airport!

Personal & Medicals

Water bottle: Bring 2 bottles for your trek. Make sure they can hold both hot and cold liquids.

Water purification tablets: These are optional; but if you want to buy them, it is recommended that you do this at your hometown trekking store. The tablets being sold in Kathmandu are questionable.

Pain reliever: Almost all trekkers suffer from an occasional light headache; these will help you ease the pain.

Sun block (35+SPF) and lip balm with sun protection are essential. Personal first aid kit: Having your own kit on the trek is a plus.

Band-Aids: Untreated blisters could make your trek very difficult; fabrics are best.

Baby wipes: Hot showers are limited. Wipes will come in very handy.

Hand wipes: For hand washing in the morning – otherwise good luck with very cold water!

Snacks and goodies: Trail mix, granola bars, energy bars, chocolate, nuts, candy bars, and powdered drink mix are all great to sweeten the trail and to give you a boost of much needed energy. Don’t stress on the high calories, you will burn it off in no time while trekking.

Plastic zip lock bags: They are useful in so very many ways.

Experience of any high altitude trek at least 1 trek The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 45 minutes without a stress. The climber should be able to carry a 10 kg backpack. Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.

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