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The Everest Base Camp Trek is a once in a lifetime experience, that takes you to the heart of the Khumbu region of Nepal. The chance to travel into the depths of the Khumbu region, and touch the highest peak in the world, is certainly an absolute adventure worth embarking upon.
The mighty Everest is called Sagarmatha in the Nepali dialect and Sherpas call it Chomolungma, meaning Goddess Mother of the World. Scaled by thousands every year, the Everest and its entire surrounding mystique are certainly worth trekking into. The Everest Base Camp Trek, which has been specified as a hard trek, tests your patience and stamina and showers you with extreme beauty and thrilling adventure. Upon starting from the busy city of Lukla, the trek offers exotic views of the Everest Range along with the passage through exciting flora and fauna that adorn the trail.
The trek certainly is challenging physically, but emotionally overpowering. The satisfaction of having uncovered the mystique of the mystical Everest Region and the satisfaction of witnessing the spectacle of the highest peak in the world from down below is unparalleled to any. The itinerary has been created so as to acclimatize with the altitude and phase out the possibility of Acute Mountain Sickness. Proper acclimatization and a good physique are the keys to success in this trek.
Today you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the only international airport in Nepal. A representative will meet you and after welcome, you will be transferred to the hotel. You will have the entire afternoon to yourself today. You can relax in the hotel and relish the exquisite cuisine that Nepal is so famous for. Another option is to stroll around the streets to observe the throbbing nightlife of Kathmandu.
Today, we will drive to Ramechhap early morning for 4 hours. After check in at counter in Ramechhap airport, the approximately 10-15 minutes of flight offers spectacular views of the mountain peaks like Gauri Shankar, Numbur as well as Melungtse. After meeting the Sherpa crew in Lukla, we will descend downloads to the Phakding (2610m) village.
If the flight to Lukla is not delayed, there will also be the opportunity to visit the Lukla monastery as well as the Thanka painting School situated alongside it. After lunch in Lukla, we head towards a northwest descending path to Choplung (2700m). following the Dud Koshi Valley, we head towards the village of Ghat and finally end out day in the village of Phakding.
Adverse weather conditions and other factors can cause cancellation of the flight or delays. The itinerary should be adjusted to suit our needs in such a condition. Approximately 3 hours walk.
Notes: Please note that if Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight could not operate due to consistent of early moring flight of International & domestice air.
The destination for today’s trek is the village of Namche Bazaar (3440m). After breakfast, we follow alongside the bank of the Dhudh Koshi River and then cross it to reach Monzo. From here, we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park and cross a suspension bridge. Further upwards is the Jorsale Village passing which we will pass along the confluence of BhoteKoshi and Dhudh Koshi. After a steep ascent, we will reach the Sherpa Village of Namche Bazaar. Views of Everest and Lhotse, glistening all along the way, will surely set our moods for the walk. Namche is aptly called the entry point to the Everest. Along with perfect views of mountain peaks, this village offers all facilities including the likes of cafes, internet facilities, good lodges and trekking equipment. Approximately 6 hours walk.
Acclimatization is absolutely important to obtain success in the trek. As we have crossed the altitude of 3000 meters today, we will acclimatize with the altitude. This will eliminate the possibility of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Resting is the not the solution and it is best to hike to Khunde and Khumjung.
Firstly we will climb out steeply from Namche to the Everest View Hotel which is located strategically in an area with extremely magnetizing views of the Everest and Ama Dablam. Made by the Japanese it is a perfect area to have a short tea break.
For further magical views of the peaks surrounding the Everest region, we will return back to the Namche Bazaar.
You can also visit the Everest view point and Sherpa musuem if time permits. The afternoon is free for visiting the local market.
We will firstly ascend for few minutes and then walk in a flatish land which will lead to a stunning view.We will cross Trashinga village, then the settlement of PhunkiTenga (3250). We will have our lunch here. After lunch we will ascend through juniper & rhododendron forest and reach Tengboche (3867m). Tengboche is certainly one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region and offers exclusive views of the mountain peaks soaring high above us.
We visit the Tengboche Monastery which is the major attraction of this region. The monastery, which had been seriously damaged by a fire in the year 1989, has been rebuilt back to its former glory. The Gompa of the monastery was built in the year 1916. After an earthquake hit the Everest region on 1934, it was destroyed and then rebuilt, only to fall into the hands of fire on 1989. The new gompa of the monastery, which was finished in 1994, has stood tall ever since. We will walk down for few minutes to a place called Deboche (3820m). This day comes to an end with dinner at a teahouse in Deboche, where we will be spending the night. Approximately 7 hours of walking time is required.
Today, we walk towards to the Imja Khola. Before coming across the Imja Khola, we will pass through lush meadows and beautiful rhododendron forests along the way. Upon crossing the Buddhist nunnery present in Deboche, we will continue downwards to the Imja Khola.
We then move upwards from the north bank of the ImjaKhola. Upon being greeted with the spectacular views of the mighty Ama Dablam, we will climb upwards to Pangboche (3860m). Time will allow us to visit the Pangboche monastery, after which we will cross the confluence of the Imja Khola and the Khumbu River through a wooden bridge. The path now passes through the settlement of Somare. The day ends as we climb up a steep slope up to Dingboche (4410m). Dingboche is a summer settlement, which is surrounded by the views of the exotic mountain peaks. The approximate walking time is 7 hours.
This day will be used for acclimatization, not by resting around the teahouse but by exploring the nearby locations. We can walk up the Imja Khola valley into Bibre (5060m). From here, a walk will bring us to several yak huts situated in Chhukhung. This place offers the best views of the east face of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse.
Another hiking option is to walk up north. The path takes us along the valley side and into the Nangkatshang Gompa. The Gompa is now ruined, but this spot is the best for the exclusive views of the Makalu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Tawoche. You can also climb the Nangkartshang peak which offers even more close up views of these mighty peaks. Approximate 6 hours of walk.
Today, the trail follows a steep path out of Dingboche. We are well above the treeline today. We will walk past a Chhorten. Upon reaching Dusa, we descend downwards to a small stream at the height of 4580m. upon crossing the stream and walking upwards, we will reach the settlement of Dugla where we can rest for some time. Dugla is situated at the end of the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. After this, we will continue further up to a ridge called the ChukpoLari, which comprises of the memorials of the Sherpas who have passed away during the expeditions to the highest peak in the world, the Everest. From this point, we will be witnessing the panorama of the peaks lying tall and strong on the Nepal-Tibet border.
After this point, the trek becomes a little easier as we follow along the valley to finally reach the tiny hamlet of Lobuche (4110m). Lobuche is home to only a few teahouses and is the best point to witness the sunset views on Nuptse. Approximately 6 hours of walk.
This morning will start early and this certainly is a long awaited, yet a hard day. The trek starts with a gentle upward trail, followed by a steep ascent, which is an undulating one with some steep sections along the way. We are now on the lateral moraine of the famous Khumbu Icefall and hence the trail is rocky in some places. We will follow the Khumbu Glacier to Gorakshep (5184m). We will check into our lodge here. Gorakshep is where the trail separates into two portions, one leads to Kalapatthar while the other path moves towards the Everest Base Camp.
We will take the path to the Everest Base Camp, after carrying some snacks to eat while on the EBC. We start off with a sandy flat land and then climb steeply up to the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail ascends through the side of the glacier for quite some time before finally ascending down into the glacial moraine. The undulating up and down the path, through fascinating ice figures, will finally take us to the Base Camp of the highest peak in the world. In the spring season, we might even come across people on their way to scale the Everest and some people who are on their way back.
The Everest Base Camp offers the extremely beautiful views of the Khumbu Ice Fall along with the panorama of several mountains of the region. With our minds amazed at the miraculous big blocks of ice, before us and the beautiful Nuptse towering above us, this moment is certainly a one to remember for a lifetime. Pumori rears up behind the Everest Base Camp. We click as many photos as we want here, before retracting our steps back to our lodge in Gorakshep. Approximately 10-12 hours of walk.
This is another hard day as we will move into climbing the small peak of Kala Patthar (5545m) or the Black Rock which stands true to its name. the day starts off with a steep climb above Gorakshep. On a clear day, Kalapattar offers the exclusive view of the panoramic mountain peaks like the Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Lhotse, Pumori, Tawache, Thamserku all around us. Also included are the views of the beautiful Khumbu Icefall and the various Base Camps of the Everest Expeditions. The best view of them all is the view of the highest peak in the world, the Everest. After this fabulous view embedded in memory, we retrace our steps back to Gorakshep.
After reaching Gorakshep, we will retrace the path back to Lobuche where we will stop for lunch. After this, we will continue down the Imja Khola valley to the lower altitude of Pheriche. It is absolutely important to consider the condition of the group and its members during Day 09 and 10 as these are the most difficult days of the trek. The order of tackle of the trail might change depending upon the persistent conditions. Approximately 09 to 10 hours of walk will be required today.
Today, we start off by descending down through Pheriche, into a small bridge. After a short climb, we will again descend downwards to the main Imja Khola Valley. From here, we will be following the path through alpine meadow landscapes into the Pangboche.
From here, the trail moves downhill. After dropping down into the roaring river, the trail will now take us to the peaceful and beautiful forests of rhododendron. We will finally reach the village of Devoche, from where we will climb back to Tengboche for lunch. After witnessing the spectacular views of the mountain peaks high above us, we will move further downwards to the Phunki Tenga. After this, a short walk will bring us to Leushayasa (3790m) and joined the main trail upon reaching the Namche Bazaar. We will spend night at Namche Bazaar.
Approximately 9 hours of walk.
We will follow the contours of the valley and head down to Jorsale. From Jorsale, we will finally exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and leave behind the glorious views of the region. We move along to end the day in a small settlement of Monzo. Continue downwards along the banks of the roaring Dudh Koshi. The path takes us back to Chaunrikharkha. After a final ascent, we will reach the plateau of Lukla. If possible, we can make an excursion to a small monastery above the river to soothe our senses. We will reach the airstrip of Lukla and spend the night in a nearby lodge. Approximately 9 hours of walking time.
The trekking crew will help you transfer your luggage to the Lukla airport in the early morning. After breakfast you will be leaving behind the spectacles of the Everest Region and returning back to where it all started, the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. The return flight is equally exciting as the incoming flight to Lukla. With reminiscence of the trek fresh and with the views of the Everest that we imprinted in our memory and soul, we bid farewell to the exotic views of the snowcapped peaks.
Notes: Please note that if Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight could not be operated, it is due to manteenance of runway at Kathmandu airport. In this case we will fly from Lukla to Ramechhap airport and drive to Kathmandu for 4 hours.
Today, with hearts delighted over the experience of the past two weeks and our bodies ready for another adventure in Nepal, we depart back to our homelands. It is to be noted that the airport reporting time is 3 hours before the international flight’s time.
A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.
Visa Duration & Fees
Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.
Trekking Gears & Accessories
We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.
Ways of triggering your insurance:
Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.
Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:
General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.
You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.
As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.
What you need to know:
We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.
Examples of insurance companies:
Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com
Important highlights to remember:
Our normal route for flying to Lukla is always a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and for returning its Lukla to Kathmandu. But during the time of repairment, renovation and uncontrolled air traffic in airport in Kathmandu we take flight from Ramechhap airport after we take a drive of 4 hours from Kathmandu to Ramechhap. While returning from Lukla to Kathmandu if it’s not possible to directly fly to Kathmandu, we will fly from Lukla to Ramechhap airport and then take a ride from Ramechhap to Kathmandu. For this ride we will take responsibility and no extra payment should be done by our guests.
During unforeseen bad weathers there are no other option except to wait for weather to get better. If we can fly in the same day we will do accordingly. If not then the flight will have to rebooked for the next day. You can also fly in a chartered helicopter if needed but you will have to pay for this on your own which will cost $400 extra approximately (price varies according to availability & group size). We will refund the flight ticket fare if you decide to take helicopter.
Here are the answers to some of the most frequent queries we get about flight delays and fare:
If you decide to ride by helicopter omitting the chance of travelling in a flight then you will have do it in your own expense. We will manage a helicopter for you but financial roles are all up to you. The price of helicopter rides might vary according to it demands and the time you are booking for. We can give you an outline of the price but it is not an exact value. We can also book you a helicopter ride in advance if you pre inform us.
The other option for helicopter ride is that if limited helicopters are available they provide seats only for shuttle guests to Phalpu which is very near to Lukla. If you are in a hurry our very last option is a 14 hour jeep ride can bring you to Kathmandu from Phalpu which is off-road.
If there is any kind of cancellation we will rebook tickets for the next day. Accommodation fees will be your responsibility. As your tickets were booked in advance, months before you arrived in Nepal. The next day when we book tickets after cancellation of our originally booked ticket we will have low priority seats. This applies to both ways either from Lukla to Kathmandu or Kathmandu to Lukla flight.
For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.
There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.
If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.
If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.
There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.
Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.
Cancellation fees rules:
These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:
So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.
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Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:
The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains. You can also take helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla if flight cancellations occur. Flight cancellations are normal occurring as the weather can be unpredictable sometimes in the Himalayas.
So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.
The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.
Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.
We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.
Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.
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Everest regions are the primary approach route to the highest peak on earth, Mt. Everest. A land of extremes, Everest is home to varying landscapes, most of it being demanding regarding trekking. While the views of the loftiest peaks all around make trips exciting, it should be noted that one has to keep in mind the adverse effects of Altitude Mountain Sickness. Trips to the Everest region are not recommended for children and old people. To tread the path between the rocky terrains, one must have some prior walking experience and good stamina. Read the physical rating of each trip in order to determine if the trip is meant for you.
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