Everest Base Camp in 14 Days
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The most challenging yet the most beautiful journey towards the Majestic Mt. Everest also famous as Sagarmatha is the Everest Base Camp trekking. Reaching the forehead in the sky isn’t easy but a journey through this difficult terrain is an experience one can’t miss to add to their wishlist. This 14 days adventurous journey starts off with a pit stop at the airstrip of Lukla, one of the dangerous airports in the world. The airport is dangerous as it is enclosed on one end by a 600m drop off a cliff face and on the other end by a solid stone wall. The trip advances you to the Khumbu valley which is basically the gateway to the top of the world. Namche Bazar is yet another vibrant attraction for the trekkers as you meet traders from different part of the region and also from far off tibet. As you advance through the trail you will get to experience not just the natural beauty of the region but also observe the warmth and welcoming culture of the Sherpas residing in the area. If you are lucky enough you may also witness few wild animals in Sagarmatha National Park region, which covers the area of 443 sq. m. of the Solukhumbu District. Along with these fascinating sites, you will come across 4 of the highest peaks in the world; Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 meters), Mt. Makalu (8,470 meters) and Cho Oyu (8,201 meters) out the 6 listed. You can also gain few information about the culture, the traditions and history of the mountains by stopping at the 500 year old monastery that also falls in the trail to Everest.
- Explore the Legendary destination of Nepal-Kathmandu, City of Temple
- Enjoy the Breathtaking landscape of Himalaya through the Flight to Lukla and touched down to world’s unique Airport
- Trek through Enchanting Sherpa high country and unspoilt Buddhist monasteries to Everest Base Camp and Amazing Khumbu Glacier
- Acclimatise safety on a well-paced trek
- 4-8 hours treks in a day and relaxing night at local tea house with all amenities( subject to availability)
Things to Know
- 12 Days trek to reach the altitude above 5,500m is challenging itself. You need to be well prepared physically and mentally.
- Everest trek is commenced on flight to Lukla. Recently, the flight has been diverted to Manthali airport from Kathmandu Airport. Hence, we will be departing hotel in Kathmandu at early morning 2 Am to reach Manthali Airport to board flight to Lukla in Day 2.
- Any Delays or Cancellation of the flight occurs due to weather or any unwanted situation will be arranged with alternative trekking itinerary. Please visit Alternative Itinerary section.
- Trek leaders are given complete authority to handle the group and run the program smoothly. Hence, all the paper works are to be completed prior to trek in Kathmandu in presence of trek leader and the participant will be legally binded with our operation rules.
- Insurance is compulsory for all our trek and tours programs.
- All the safety measures are implemented in proper orders and with regular updates to clients
- Emergency Rescue team are standby 24/7 during the trek. Evacuation will be implemented anytime studying the case completely.
- Descending from altitude will be our first priority to stop AMS from getting worst. Hence, Trek support team are always ready to descend with client if required.
Our representative welcomes you at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu with the company logo displayed on handheld signage board outside the Airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your hotels on our private vehicle.
Note: Pre-trip meeting will be held at our office or at your hotel on the same day. In this meeting, you are requested to bring your passport, 3 passport-sized photographs and a readable copy of your travel insurance, transcript in English language. Also, most importantly, you must sign a legally binding trip form, and a non–liability disclaimer. In this meeting, you are also requested to ask any questions regarding your trip and other information’s that are in doubts. Also, in this meeting, we discuss about different aspect of trips, information about country, culture norms and values, money matter, eating and dining.
As you are well aware regarding the flight service to Lukla has been moved to Ramechap airport, we need to depart the hotel at around 2- 3 am to drive to Manthali (Ramechap) airport to board our flight to Lukla. As the road will not be affected by heavy traffic, the drive will take about 4 hours to reach our destination from Kathmandu. Reaching upon Ramechap airport, ready to board 15 minutes scenic flight in 15-18 seated aircraft which is a life time experience flights landing on World’s most unique Airport.
Upon arrival in Lukla, your trekking leader will arrange a catch-up meeting with trekking support team who shall be waiting to welcome you at Gateway of Everest. Depending on ETA- we will have breakfast/lunch with team member during the catch up meeting. Gear up now, and we will start our Journey following the trail via pine and cedar wood forest with the flow if Milk white- Dudh Koshi River along the trail. The first village of Trek- Chaurikharka will show you the beauties of Village life in Nepal. Making a slight decent will reach GHAT village(2,503m) where will walk through the first suspension bridge of Trekking route over the Dudh khosi river. Phakding will be our rest stop for the Night. Dinner time will be around 6- 7om and we shall be wrapping off by 8 pm to start an early day for tomorrow.
Rise and shine as the breakfast is set for you at the tea house. In order to meet the set destinations each day, we will always be focused to eat right and start off in time. As we start our day, we trail along the banks of Dudh Khosi river, crossing 5 suspension bridges build at different heights. After having crossed all 5 bridges and witnessing the flow of those rivers like never before, we enter Tok Tok, a village at the height of 2,760 m. You will see how beautiful the Thamserku Peak at height 6,608 m looks from this very point. As we move on, we take an easy walk through the area rich in pine trees with the views of the snow capped peaks getting more appealing to the eyes as if they were just a painting. We also get to enjoy the view of the waterfalls and yaks loaded with goods of trekkers heading to same direction. We then reach the Monjo Village at 2,835 m which will be our Lunch point. After lunch, we walk through a little tough trail to reach Namche. In middle, we cross through Sagarmatha National Park check point where the trek support team will handle all the necessary procedure to provide you all the permits to proceed our journey with no issues. Crossing the Entrance of Sagarmatha National Park and fifth highest bridge- we reach Namche Bazar (the last market in this region and largest Sherpa village of country) which is situated in a steep hill which trails via Jorsale at 2,740m and Larjadhoban at 2,830m.
Namche Bazar being situated at a high altitude works as the acclimatization stop for trekkers to avoid altitude sickness. Breakfast is served in tea house and we start hike uphill from namche to reach Khumjung at the altitude of 3780m. On the way to Khumjung you can enjoy the scenic view of Mt Lhotse, Makalu and Glacier from Island peak. Our first stop will be Hillary memorial view point where the statues of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (first conquer of Everest) is sculpted. Following the trail again, we stop to watch the first view of Everest from Everest View Hotel which is located at the altitude of 3880m. Descending from this point we will stop at Khumjung for lunch. Following the easy trail, we return back to namche through Syangboche Airport where you can see you helicopters are used to transport daily need goods by locals. Reaching upon namche we will have early dinner and get to bed early to wake up early next Day.
As we start our day, we ascend towards a less populated trail to a village that frames the stunning Khumbu Valley; the Phortse Gaun. The trek from Namche to Phortse is a 7 hours trek covering a total of 9 km. Ascending towards the day’s destination might be hard but the magnificent view of the rhododendron forest would make you want to forget all the stress. If we are lucky, we may also encounter few musk deers and wild colourful peacocks which shall add the cherry to the cake. Apart from these, we will also get the first glimpses of Mt. Cho Oyu. Phortse Gaun is surrounded by the most beautiful snow capped mountains like the Mt. Taboche at the height of 6,367 m and Cholaste at 6,335 m, standing right behind the village and the magnificent view of Ama Dablam seems like the village is being watched by this beautiful mountain. We spend the Night in Phortse Gauns till the Sun to shine to continue our journey.
We commence the day walking downhill through the meadows, crossing a bridge over the raving Imja Khola towards the pine forest. First 2 hours might be slight tough, but the way to tengboche via pine forest and scenic view of Mt Ama Dablam will let you forget all your stress and tiredness. More glorious view of Ama Dablam awaits the more we head towards Dingboche our next stop for Night. Halfway to Dingboche, we make a pass through Pangboche village which is home for 500 years old Ancient Monastery of Khumbu Region and also gompa which is famous for the preservation of the famous Yeti’s Scalp. Reaching upon Dingboche, the mysterious sherpa community awaits to share the culture and delicious meals with you. Overnight at Dingboche.
Dingboche will be our second acclimatization point. We will be resting off little and hike around the area. Advancing forward wouldn’t be a bad idea but apart from continuing our journey, we are also here to observe the scenic beauty in a deeper and different way. Hence, we will hike all the way to the flag pole situated at the height of 5,083 m. This point here would be the best point as it provides you with the panoramic view of the mountains like the Island Peak (6,189m), AmaDablam (6,856m), Taboche (6,367m), Cholatse (6,335m) and Lobuche (6,119m). After having refreshed by the view, we head back towards the teahouse. We have lunch and rest for the day as we will be spending the night over at Dingboche.
The trail might be harder as you advance, but it would not stop amazing you with it’s naturally blessed beauty alongside. With the views of Taboche (6,367m) and Cholatse (6,335m), this trail has also been famous as locals call it the habitat of the snow leopards and yeti. The trail is easy with flat till we reach Gongla. We take a break and rest our loads for lunch in Gongla. After the easy walk towards Gongla and the yummy lunch, we get started for a rough climb dropping the trail towards the Khumbu Glacier moraine. The Khumbu Glacier is well known for the memorials placed for Sherpas and climbers who lost their lives in an avalanche during the 1970 Japanese expedition on Mt. Everest including Babu Chiri Sherpa; a 10 times Everest summiteer and Scott Fischer who died in 1996 Everest disaster. As we move forward praying for those souls, we continue our climb towards the north over the rough moraine and arriving at the Lobuche situated at the height of 4,910 m. We rest ourselves at Lobuche for the night.
The 9th day of Trek- The Everest Base Camp Day. We trail along a route of narrow tracks, rocky dunes, streams, and moraine towards Gorakshep Lake. The more we advance the more we are surrounded by the mountains. Though the trail to Gorakshep is not steep, the narrow tracks may make it little tough but more exciting as we walk from 4,900 m to 5,300 m. The hike from Lobuche to Gorakshep is a short distance of 4.5 km which takes approximately 2 hours. Gorakshep will be the stop for our lunch. The trek from Gorakshep towards Everest Base Camp is 3.4 km to cover in 2 and half hours. However, the trail condition is satisfactory but it might require extra effort and time. En-route to Everest Base Camp, fascinate yourself with the prayer flags hovering in the air making a welcome note to Camp Zone.
During the trekking season, we will notice the camp is occupied by many groups who settle there for the day and prepare themselves to proceed the following day for Expedition. We take some time around the Everest Base Camp to enjoy our victory in reaching our destination and head back to Gorakshep, which will be our night stop point. During our time at the base camp, if we are lucky, we may also encounter avalanches on another side of Khumbu glacier; one of the biggest glaciers in the world.
No pain, no gain is what we keep in mind as we hike to Kalapatthar. The hike up to Kalapatthar may be a tough walk of 8 hours, but the aftermath upon reaching the location would make you forget the pain. It is normally said the altitude of Kalapatthar is 5,550 m, however, it is located in slightly higher altitude. Make sure you are well acclimatized as the walk up there is tiring. The attraction of Kala Patthar is the sunrise and the best view of the forehead in the sky; EVEREST!!! So, check you are layered well and have not forgotten your headlamps as we start our hike at 5:00 AM. The ascent up the peak is demanding, especially as it gets very cold (-20c or lower), windy and sometimes snowy. Reaching up on the top, reward yourself with the irresistible views of Mt. Everest (8,848m). Himalayan giants such as Nuptse (7,861m), Pumori (7,165m), Chagatse, Lhotse (8,414m) adding up and countless others loom all around us. Leaving these memories created behind, we descend back to Gorakshep for breakfast at the tea house. We then advance towards Pheriche and bid farewell to Gorakshep. The trail towards Pheriche will descend downhill and we walk at ease.
Descending along the Imja Khola from Pheriche to Namche, we pass Tengboche and visit the oldest monastery of the Khumbu Region. According to the locals, the monastery was founded by Lama Sange Dorjee who came from Tibet’s Rongphu Monastery. We can interact with the monks who may give more information about the monastery and as an offering to gods, light a butter lamp. We then slowly descend for about 2 hours towards PhunkeTenga and again climb up ascending slowly to arrive at Khyangjuma (3,550 m). We take a short break in Khyangjuma and trek uphill for 2 more hours to arrive at Namche (3,440 m) to spend the night there.
The trek to Lukla from Namche via Phakding is a mixture of descending and ascending trail. Relax and refresh every moments you share with mountains while reaching to Everest base camp on the way to back. A mixture of happy and sad emotions at the end of trip can be celebrated with chilled beer as we reach Lukla. We celebrate our last day with trek support team as a farewell party sharing story and thank you speech.
Today we take a flight back to Ramechap (Manthali) Airport. Our flight timing will depend on the weather condition. Reaching upon Ramechap, you will be transferred to Kathmandu on private vehicle. Farewell dinner is organised by us where we get together and make a moment to remember all our journey in Everest.
It wouldn’t be easy to bid you a farewell, but as it is said, we part to meet again. We will be bidding you a goodbye with a heavy heart, hoping that you would choose us again to create memories of a lifetime for the next trip
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle( International Arrival and Departure/ Lukla Arrival and Departure)
- 3-star hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in European Plan
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek with all amenities( Subject to availability)
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Domestic flights (Manthali- Lukla -Manthali)
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
- 1 Trek leader per group of 12 members, 1 Assistant guide for 4 trekkers (total 4 assistant guide in group) and porters
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
- Travel Adventure Nepal logo’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (PARK PERMIT,TIMS),
- First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
- All government and local taxes
- Dinner at arrival day and departure day as part of welcome and farewell program.
- International Flight Tickets
- Nepalese Visa fee
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu for early arrival and late departures or early return from trek than the scheduled itinerary
- Meals during whole trek except dinner at arrival and departure day
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Beverages and personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Dates & Availability
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