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Everest Base Camp Trek - 16 Days

A classic trek that takes you through the heart of Sherpa country right to the foothills of the mighty Mt. Everest…with trails that lead to splendid wonders, serene monasteries & majestic landscapes….

Everest Base Camp Trek designed for those wanting the ‘classic’ Everest Trek where you find Sherpa culture, and chances to click some of the best pictures in the world. The adventure also takes you through challenging terrain that includes glacial moraines and a steep climb up Kala Patthar where the adrenalin really goes into overdrive. As you hike up to Everest Base Camp, expect some 3-4 hours hiking every day of the trip, but be prepared for some longer days on the return journey. A reasonable level of fitness is required. After exploring historical Kathmandu, we take a short flight to the hillside village of Lukla (2800m). As we move through the splendid mix and eye-catching vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park, we trek to the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Namche Bazaar. This is an interesting, bustling and friendly town where amazingly, even at such an altitude, almost everything under the skies can be found here. Namche was formerly a trading post between Nepal and Tibet.

We allow a day’s acclimatization hereabouts and then move on to the beautiful Thyangboche Monastery. At this peaceful landmark, we find ourselves amongst the Mani walls, prayer flags and chortens & soon realize we are in the shadows of the magnificent Everest massif and Ama Dablam, where the views are breathtakingly dumbfounding.

The trek from Thyangboche ascends slowly but steadily to Dingboche, Lobuche and finally Gorek Shep, advancing above the treeline into more rugged and moonscape-like surroundings. Gorek Shep, at 5100m is in fact the highest point that we will lodge at, and we take our time to reach this altitude after getting well acclimatized. Naturally, we leave our packs at Gorek Shep to make an afternoon incursion to Everest Base Camp, passing spectacular glacial forms and enjoying the triumph of having made it all the way! A trip that will surely go down into our dairies.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley

Day 03: Flight to Lukla & trek to Phakding

Day 04: Trek to Namche (3450m)

Day 05: Rest day in Namche

Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche[3864m]

Day 07: Trek to Pheriche [4252m]

Day 08: At Pheriche

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche [4930m]

Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m]

Day 11: Trek to Everest BC [5357], back to Gorak Shep

Day 12: Trek to Pangboche [3985m]

Day 13: Trek to Namche[3450m]

Day 14: Trek to Lukla[2900m]

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu

Day 16: Depart Kathmandu

Cost Include

  • Sagarmatha national park fee permit
  • Trekking Map of Everest region
  • Full Board Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, tea or coffee) during trek,
  • Join Nepali Cultural Program with dinner,
  • Hotel in Kathmandu as your requirements.
  • An experienced licensed holder Guide and required porters
  • Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for guide and porters,
  • Transportation by flight and car.
  • Medical kit box
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems)
  • Trekking Equipments
  • All government tax
  • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees
  • All necessary transportation while sightseeing
  • Airport pick up and drop with an escort

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance
  • International flight and departure tax
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Nepal entry visa fee US 100 (duration 90 days from date of issue)
  • Any kinds of Bar bills

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
it’s exciting as you fly into Kathmandu if the day is clear. The views from the windows of your plane give you fantastic views of snow-capped mountain peaks begins to stir the excitement in you that makes you feel elated, & this begins a whole link of blissful experiences that stay with you for a long time. Our escort and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Our escort will also help you check into your reserved hotel. At the hotel, you will be oriented on your daily activities.
This is your first overnight in the valley of the gods.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath.  Overnight at your hotel.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla – Trek to Phakding [2656m]
we hop a flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway introduces us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. We meet with the crew, & head up to the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well known trail that’s been trodden by thousands of backpackers and then stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 04: Trek to Namche [3450m]
From Phakding, we double cross a river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was introduced in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. Next it’s a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is a central trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market – an old time meeting place for the Hindu traders who hail from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.

Day 05: Rest day in Namche
Namche is a little town that lies between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has a lot of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It’s just the place to be for acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche where you get sunset views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. We can also expect good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche [3867m]
From Namche, the trail veers on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi.  This is where we get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Hiking by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. This village is a good stop for lunch & rest. Here we can relax before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is taxing, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and delightful mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its celebrated monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A wonderful panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam mounting in the horizon can be seen from the campsite.

Day 07: Trek to Pheriche [4252m]
we descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village stands exactly opposite Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has special views of the mountain, with the gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours walk brings us to Pheriche.

Day 08: at Pheriche
today we rest and acclimatize. We can go for a stroll up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache.  We can climb up to the ridge overlooking Dingboche for views of the Imja Valley and the amazing south face of Mt.Lhotse.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche [4930m]
We carry on through our journey up the wide valley that lies below the magnificent peaks of Cholatse and Tawache towards the left. We then swerve right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. We go in for a breather in the tea house at Duglha which is a good spot to settle in for lunch. The trail then meanders through the boulders of the glacier’s terminal moraine. As we reach the top of this Sherpa village, we come across many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who visited the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m]
to get to our next destination, which is Kala Pattar, we cling to the route along the Khumbu Glacier. The trail presents fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path forces itself to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We halt for lunch at our camping place: Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, we head to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. As the light begins to fade we trot at our own pace back to our camp at Gorak Shep and crash out for an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.

Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp [5357m]
we must start very early to reach Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail winds its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get superb view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We then return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche.

Day 12: Trek to Pangboche [3985m]
today we begin to trek mostly downhill. As we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, we arrive at The Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s aid post and worth a visit. After lunch & a breather, we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.

Day 13: Trek to Namche [3450m]
we carry on staying close to the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants that we get to see on the way. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we see the water driven prayer wheels, which is interesting to watch before making our way back to Namche.

Day 14: Trek to Lukla [2800m]
on the last lap of our trekking we follow the Dudh Kosi  down to Lukla. This final evening calls for a celebration. We throw a party with our sherpa guides and porters. We sample some chang (local beer) and do a jig to some Sherpa dance steps. This brings an end to a memorable trip on a tipsy note for all the good times on the trail.

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu
We pack up early and hike down to the airstrip to hop a flight back to Kathmandu.
on touchdown, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last minute shopping and packing, or send a few post cards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia.

Day 16: Depart Kathmandu
Our escort team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or you can stay longer for short tours such as a wild outing to our National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking), etc- please don’t hesitate to let us know.

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Your Program Duration = 16 Days
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Teike Van Der Aa

I really wanted to do some trekking while I was in Nepal, but I was alone. It is very difficult to know if you can trust the people when you want to do the trekking. But I joined this nice small company Higher Limits Trek with Gopal. I really liked him from the beginning and I booked the Everest Base Camp Trekking. My guide was Puru, a very experienced nice guide who I recommend to everybody. He spoke good English and was nice company. Because it was monsoon season I was prepared for bad weather, I really wanted to see the Mount Everest, but because of the weather that may have been a problem but at the day of the Kalapather, the sky was blue and I had the nicest views I have ever seen. It was really beautiful!!
It was the best experience from my while in Nepal!
You should not doubt about it and just do it!

Teike Van Der Aa
Netherlands
Email: teikevanderaa@live.nl
16/06/2011

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