Everest Base Camp

ABOUT YOUR TREK
Everest Base camp trek, a trek also knows as the EBC in spoken short way offers you a lifetime experienced. Getting on the Base of World’s highest peak Mt. Everest (8,848m) offers you a giant views of Everest and many other peaks with a enchanting people of SHERPA. Among the world’s famous trekking route, Everest base camp trekking is one of the most popular destination those who loves adventure along the playing with snows. Popularly known for trekking, mountaineering and peak climbing, Everest or Khumbu region is justifiably an important tourism destination of Nepal. The majestic mountains, the high mountain villages, the isolated monasteries, innate hospitality of the local people, ever smiling faces of the Sherpa are some of the major attractions of the Everest region. Everest region holds the highest mountain of the world, Everest at 8,848m., and many of the world’s 8,000m peaks such as Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu.

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TRIP FACT:
> Activities: Trekking
> Trip Duration: 12 Days
> Trip Grade: Moderate
> Altitude: Maximum: 5,554m/18,192ft
> Accommodation: Local Tea house during the trek
> Meals: All meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek as per menu
> Transportation: Domestic Flight and private vehicles

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:
> One of the famous Namche bazaars.
> Panorama view from Syangboche including Mt.Everest 8848m
> Sherpa people and culture
> Closed view of Thamsherku,Amadablam & pumori
> Sunrise view from kalapathar
> Everest base camp
> Khumbu glacier

PROGRAM:

DAY 01: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3 – 4 hrs.
We transfer to the airport for the 45-minute flight Lukla. This was the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends to service the Everest Region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. It is a memorable flight, with awesome views of the Eastern Himalayas. Our crews assemble and we head downhill towards the Dudh Kosi, a raging river that flows from the highest peaks. The broad and well-marked trail meanders around fields of potatoes and buck-wheat and passes through small villages, as we pass rows of tree dahlia to make our way to our first overnight stop at Phakding.

DAY 02: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft): 5 – 6 hrs
Today we cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river, named “Dudh” (milk) Kosi (river) because of its color. Sections of today’s walk are through pine forest and cleared areas reveal terraced fields and a variety of crops. Spectacular mountain peaks unfold above us and seem to hover above the tree-line as they rise above the deep river valley. Shortly after leaving camp we cross the Kusum Khola, a tributary stream to the Dudh Kosi, and the peak of Kusum Kangru (6369 m) can be seen to the East, at the head of the valley. We will see our first Mani walls today. These stone structures are a compilation of many stone tablets, each with the inscription “Om Mani Padme Hum” which translates to “Hail to the jewel in the lotus”, and is mantra (chant) venerated by Buddhists and Brahmans alike. Today’s walk is not a long one, and you will be eager to press on. Slow down, and enjoy every step of the way. Life is about the journey not the destination. We pass through the gates of the Sagamartha National Park. We follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi, and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Nepal. It is a tough climb as the trail passes through forest of pine to a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt Everest. The trail continues to climb and meander to Namche, and the sight of this prosperous village spread within a horse-shoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri is worth every step. After lunch you may wish to peruse the Tibetan trader’s stalls or the Sherpa shops in search of a bargain.

DAY 03: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar: 3,440m/11,284ft
This is the ‘Acclimatization’ day for the trek. You can take rest at your hotel and walk around by exploring Sherpa people cultural and life style. The change from the narrow lowland valleys to the broad glacial ones is immediately obvious. The steep-sided glacial valley before us gradually winds towards the base of Everest, broken only by the moraines left by retreating glaciers. Its more gradual rate of climb is a blessing for those trekking higher. Towering to over 4000 m above the valley floor, spectacular peaks seem to engulf us. Around us are Taweche (6542 m), Thamserku (6808 m), Kantega (6685 m), Ama Dablam (6856 m), Nuptse (7896m) and Lhotse (8511 m). The greatest of all, Mt Everest (8848 m), rises at the head of the valley. The trip grading Sherpa Cultural Centre has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs. Those who are fit and acclimatizing well may wish to take the optional morning walk.

DAY 04: Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) – 5 – 6 hrs
The walk to Tangboche is one of the most spectacular trekking days in Nepal. The trail meanders easily around the ridges and Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon ahead before we descend through splendid rhododendron forests. This afternoon we cross the Dudh Kosi and begin the ascent to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. As we approach the ridgeline we pass through a traditional gateway and around a chorten before cresting the ridge onto a wide grassy meadow at the monastery village of Tangboche. The monastery was recently re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by fire. The views of the Everest massif, as well as all the other major peaks of the area are astounding and, if we are lucky, we will see the glowing colour of the sunset, and perhaps even the moonlight on the mountains around us.

DAY 05: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 – 6 hrs
The early morning mountain views from the monastery are outstanding. Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are at the head of the valley, their line of sight flanked by Tawatse on one side, and Ama Dablam on the other. Completing a 360-degree panorama of mountains are Khumblia and Kongde Ri which encircle us from across the valley. From Thyangboche we head down to cross the Imja Khola before an easy climb along a wide, open trail to the small village of Pangboche (3901m). We may take a slight detour to visit the Pangboche Gompa – the oldest monastery in the Khumbu, said to be over 300 years old. The views of Ama Dablam, one of the Himalaya’s most stunning peaks, are spectacular. Continuing on, we cross the river again and trek up to Dingboche, situated just beneath the impressive Ama Dablam.

DAY 06: Dingboche – Duglha (4,600 m/15,090 ft): 3 – 4 hrs
After having the breakfast at your hotel, we continue our trek to Dughla through the Khumba khola valley. The walk along the arid terrace is rewarding with awesome views of mountains on all sides. As we come to a yak herder’s place called Dusa, the valley begins to narrow and we continue through Phulung Karpo, the camp site of the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. Above Phulung Karpo is Chola Lake. As we move on, the majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. Overnight at Duglha.

DAY 07: Duglha – Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 2 – 4 hrs trek
After having the breakfast, we again continue our trek towards the Lobuche. We pass through boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountain views. At the top of the ridge, we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive. Mt Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier

DAY 08: Lobuche – Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961ft]-Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft]-Gorak Shep: 8 – 9 hrs
After spending our night at Lobuche, we climb to Gorak shep and Everest Base Camp. The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer’s tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here. This is our main objectives of our trek. We enjoy our time on the Everest Base Camp them slowly back to Gorak Shep again. Over night at Gorak shep.

DAY 09: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar – Pheriche [4280 m/14,070 ft]: 8 – 9 hrs
After breakfast we set off to Upper Pangboche, we will get great views of Island Peck, Lhotse and Everest. Accommodation today is at Upper Pangboche, and the views of Ama Dablam are the best in the region. There are excellent mountain views as we follow the trail as it traverses high above the river, drops to the fields at the village of Portse, and then descends to cross the Dudh Kosi at Portse Tenga. We reach destination by lunch and have the afternoon at leisure.

DAY 10: Pheriche-Pangboche-Tengboche-Namche Bazzar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 5 – 6 hrs
Today, we trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it is spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. A short but steep morning climb is taken in our stride as we are now very fit and acclimatization is not an issue. We crest the ridge at a chorten draped in prayer flags and traverse towards the villages of Khumjung and Khunde. It is a morning’s walk, with time to explore these unique and more traditional villages. This where Sir Edmund Hillary built his “Schoolhouse in the Clouds”, and the famed Khunde hospital is close by. There will generally be an opportunity for you to visit the hospital and school, as well as the monastery at Khumjung where we may see the “scalp of a yeti”.

DAY 11: Namche Bazaar-Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6 – 8 hrs
After breakfast you will be descending down directly to the Dhudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River confluence first then easy walk via riverbank up to the campsite. You will see the last view of the Mount Everest on the way.Retracing our steps along the valley, we pass through a variety of settlements and forests before a gentle climb to Lukla. We savor our final mountain sunsets of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey. Our last evening of the trek is a good time to have a small party for all the team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here. There is usually lots of music, dancing and singing. Overnight at Lucka, a modern fascinated town in the Khumbu region.

DAY 12: Lukla to Kathmandu by air (1330m).
This morning we fly to Kathmandu, a thrilling flight over forests, fields and villages, with the Himalaya in the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. Our trek will be Ended from here.

TRIP COST INCLUDE:
> Full package Trip Cost Include
> All Airport Arrival and Transfer by Private Vehicle
> Tea-house Lodge during the Trekking
>Experienced, Government Licensed English-speaking Guide
> 1 porter for 2 people and all his expenses
> Domestic Airfare (Ktm-Luk-Ktm) with all airport taxes
> All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with cup of tea or coffee during the trekking as per menu
> Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
> Sagarmatha National Park fees.
> Sleeping bag
> Fresh Fruits
> Staff insurance, medication and equipment,
> First Aid Kit
> All Govt. and Local Taxes

TRIP COST EXCLUDE:
> Travel/trekking insurance
> Mountain rescue charges or insurance
> Bottled drinks on trek (cold and alcoholic) and Hot Drinks
> Your Extra day accommodation and food in Mountain and Kathmandu in the cases emergency such as flight cancelled or earlier arrived
> Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
> Additional food or drink on trek in addition to three standard meals
> Personal expenses, Emergency Expenses, road blocked, snakes, desert.etc
> Tips for staff ( Tips are expected)
> Which is not mentions in Cost Included Section.

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