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Everest Base Camp Trek

Kathmandu

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Code : AKA71Z4
  • ViewFrom Everest View Hotel (Namche Bazaar)
  • Nangkartshang Peak (Acclimatization Trek)
  • Suspension Bridge
  • Lodge Restaurant
  • Namche to Tengboche
  • Mt Ama Dablam
  • Tengboche Monastery
  • Kala Pathar
  • Pumori (Kala Pathar)
  • Everest Base Camp

Overview

Tick one off from your bucket list as you take on an adventure of a lifetime by trekking to Everest Base Camp! The11 day trek starts with a short but dramatic flight from Kathmandu to one of the scariest airports to land at - Lukla. From here on, the moderately strenuous high altitude trek crisscrosses the roaring Dudh Koshi river (and later on Imja river) on swaying suspension bridges, while treating you to the dramatic and spectacular mountain scenery of the Solu Khumbu region. As you ascend higher through a trail marked by colorful prayer flags, mani walls and picturesque tea houses the scenery gradually changes from lush green pine and rhododendron forests to cold dry mountain desert.  En-route, visit remote monasteries, local museums and get to learn the unique culture of the Sherpas. 

Why to go

  • See the tallest mountains in the world – Everest. And its neighbours - Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and Ama Dablam. Isn’t that reason enough?
  • Challenge yourself on hikes to Nangkartshang Peak (5050m), Everest Base Camp (5300m) and Kala Patthar (5600m). 
  • Soak up the local culture, eat local food, visit Sherpa villages and remote monasteries
  • This is a Lodge to Lodge trek. Which means, you don’t need to rough it out in tents, but get to stay in basic but comfortable lodges 
  • Experienced guides and a well-structured trek with acclimatization hikes and rest days ensures you have a safe and enjoyable trip
  • Spend two days and discover the historical splendor of Kathmandu

What to know

  • You need to be physically fit to be able to complete the trek and to fully enjoy the journey. On most days, you will be trekking for 6 to 8 hours 
  • Altitude sickness affects even the young and healthy people. It is extremely important to do your acclimatization hikes to adjust to the altitude. Taking a course of Diamox before starting the trek also helps 
  • As the trail follows the Dudh Kosi and the Imja river, you lose precious altitude each time you cross the river
  • Tea Houses and Bakeries dot the entire trail. Try some apple pie while at Dingboche  
  • Buying a local SIM card at Kathmandu airport is advisable. However, connections are patchy throughout the route 
  • You only need to carry your day pack on the trek. Your main pack (maximum 12 kgs) is carried for you by our porters
  • Yaks may be photogenic, but they are aggressive and unpredictable. Climb to the hillside (not the valley side) of the trail and wait for the Yaks to cross

Ideal for :
Bachelors, Couple, Groups, Students
Difficulty Level :
Difficult

What to do

  • Once you have reached your stay for the evening, don’t just sit inside the lodge. Explore the village and talk to the friendly locals. 
  • At Khumjung don’t forget to visit a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary, 
  • Namche Bazaar has its share of local museum, monastery, viewpoints and a colourful market
  • Make it a point to visit the largest and the oldest monastery in Tengboche

Details

Per Person
Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu 
Pick-up at Tribhuvan International Airport, meet your guide and transfer to the hotel. First impressions of Kathmandu (1350 m) – walk to medieval Kathmandu Durbar Square and explore the beautiful complex of palaces, temples, shrines and courtyards built by the ancient Nepali kings between the 12th and 18th century. Stay at a hotel in Thamel - the vibrant tourist area with hotels, restaurants, bakeries and outdoor shops. Get to know the team over a welcome dinner, check formalities and equipment and discuss itinerary

Day 2 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Discover the highlights of Katmandu and the valley. Visit Pashupatinath on the bank of the Bagmati River, where the most important Hindu temples and burning ghats of Nepal are situated.  In Bouddhanath, we circumambulate together with Tibetan and Nepali Buddhist pilgrims the whitewashed stupa. Our sightseeing usually ends in Patan, the city of Beauty, an astonishing center of fine art and Buddhist and Hindu culture.

Day 3 –  Flight to Lukla & Trek Phakding
From Tribhuvan Domestic Airport we take our flight to the Everest region.  After breakfast in Lukla (2850 m) we start trekking through beautiful settlements to join the main trail in Churi Kharka.  We follow the east bank of the Dudh Koshi (the River of Milk) where you witness the typical Nepalese terrace fields, slate-roofed houses and views on Kusum Kanguru (5579 m). We reach Phakding (2640 m) after 3 - 4 hours of gentle walking

Day 4 – Trek to Namche Bazaar 
Today we do a challenging hike to Namche Bazaar (3 440 m), situated about 6 - 7 hours walking distance from Phakding. We climb up along the west bank of the Dudh Kosi to the tiny village of Toktok.  We get our first glimpse of Thamserku peak (6608 m) and reach Benkar (2710 m).  The cliffs above the village are decorated with huge paintings of Buddhist deities. We cross the colorful suspension bridge and enter the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo (2840 m).  After Jorsale, where we will have usually had lunch, we follow the river bank over gravel, climb through a pine forest and cross the Dudh Kosi over a big suspension bridge. Then we face a continuous zigzag ascent of 2 hours through dense pine forests. Some consider this ascent to be the most difficult in the entire EBC Trek.  By early evening, we reach the Namche Bazar, one of the most important settlements of Solu-Khumbu district and the de facto Sherpa capital.

Day 5 – Day hike to Hotel Everest View Hotel
As a part of our acclimatization programme, we climb to Hotel Everest View in Khumjung village situated at 3700 m and if we have time, visit Khundi Hospital, the first hospital built in Khumbu Region by Sir Edmund Hillary and Himalayan Trust in 1966.

Day 6 – Trek to Tengboche
Tengboche (3860 m) is about 5-6-hour hike from Namche Bazaar. The first part of the trail is a winding smooth path which offers fantastic views of Mount Everest (8 848 m) on a clear day, Thamserku (6618 m), Ama Dablam (6814 m). After that, the trail goes down to the riverbank and then we make a strenuous 2 hour zigzag ascent to Tengboche. We walk through rhododendron forests where musk deer and Himalayan ‘tahr’ or mountain goat live. From the lodge at Tengboche, you can enjoy the views towards Kantega mountain (6 783 m) while sipping coffee at the local café. Tengboche is also famed for its Buddhist Tengboche Monastery (where you can attend the daily puja).

Day 7 – Trek to Dingboche
Trek to Dingboche (4410 m), 6-7 hours walking from Tengboche. We descend through conifer and rhododendron forest to the beautiful settlement Deboche where you have a close view at Ama Dablam. We cross the suspension bridge and look over the surging white waters of Imja River. Soon after, we cross a snow white stupa with gorgeous all seeing eyes mirroring the Ama Dablam. Then the trail ascends gently to the village of Pangboche (3 860 m), where we climb above the treeline.  After, the trail passes numerous pastures with huge yak herds before we reach Dingboche valley. 

Day 8 – Rest day at Dingboche
Today we do a challenging acclimatization trek to Nangkartshang Peak (5050m) to prepare ourselves for the next phase.  Enjoy magnificent sights of Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu (three of the six highest peaks in the world) and Imja from the summit. In the evening, catch the absolutely stunning sight of Lhotse Peak in flames.

Day 09 – Trek to Lobuche
After ascending 150 m up to the main trail, we reach a viewpoint where we have outstanding sights at Tawachee (6495 m) and Cholatse peak (6440 m). After lunch in Dugla (4620 m) the trail goes directly up the gravely terminal moraine of the Khumbu glaciers for about one hour.  The trail leads to a row of memorial monuments of lost climbers and sherpas. The trail then drops a little and follows the western side of the valley. After about 4 - 5 hours of hiking, we reach the small settlement of Lobuche (4930 m). 

Day 10 – Trek to Gorak Shep 
The ascent to Gorak Shep (5160 m) becomes steeper and rougher as we cross several moraines.  Soon we see the peak of Pumori (7 145m). And also the first views at Nuptse (7864 m), Kala Patthar, (5545 m) and Mount Everest.  On your right side, you look over the Khumbu Glacier, an enormous tongue of ice which marches down the slopes of Everest. We reach Gorak Shep by lunchtime and trek to Base Camp in the afternoon.  In total, we trek about 6 - 7 hours today.

Day 11 – Trek to Pheriche
Early in the morning, around 5 am, we climb up to Kala Patthar (the Black Rock) located at 5545 m and marked by a tangle of prayer flags.  From the summit, you have a 360-degree panorama of Himalayan giants from Pumori and Lobuche West to Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. We return back to Gorak Shep and after breakfast we trek back to Pheriche (4215 m) and reach there by late afternoon. 

Day 12 – Trek to Namche Bazaar
Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3 440 m). We descend in approximately 5 hours.

Day 13 – Trek to Lukla
We start this 6 hours trek with a strenuous descent from Namche Bazaar to the Dud Kosi and then climb up to Monjo and from here on to Benkar, Phakding and Lukla. 

Day 14 – Flight to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we fly in about 40 minutes from Lukla to Kathmandu.  Arrive at Tribhuvan Airport and transfer to hotel.  

Day 15 – Fly out of Kathmandu 
Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. We hope you enjoyed your stay!

** This is not a tour where everything can be planned in advance to run like clockwork. You probably won't experience exactly what is written in the daily itinerary as things can go wrong and often adjustments need to be made while on the trail. 

Tariff :
Tour cost : INR 65000 /- per person.
Please Note: Minimum 2 Pax needed to run the trek on Scheduled Date

Rs 59800
Duration:15 Day(s)

Inclusions

  • All airport transfers
  • Return Flight Ticket for Kathmandu – Lukla
  • Twin Sharing Accommodation in a Two Star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Twin Sharing Accommodation in Lodges during the Trek 
  • 3 Meals + 3 Tea/ Coffee each day during the Trek
  • Sagarmatha Conservation Area Fee and TIMS Card
  • Trekking Guide, One Porter for two Trekkers (Maximum 12kg duffel bag per trekker will be carried)
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu, including Guide, Vehicle and Entry Fees to World Heritage Centres

Exclusions

  • Tips for Guides and Porters or Staff 
  • Emergency Rescue Insurance (This is mandatory and will cost approx INR 9000)
  • International Flight Ticket, Airport Fees for Nepal, etc
  • Expenses of Personal Nature (laundry, communication, shopping, etc), Personal Items and Travel Insurance
  • Trekking Gear including Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Walking Stick, etc (these can be hired on a per day basis in Kathmandu)
  • Meals in Kathmandu, except Welcome Dinner in an ethnic Nepali Restaurant in Kathmandu
  • Bottled Beverages (Soft Drinks, Alcoholic Drinks, etc), Bottled/ Boiled Water during the Trek and in Kathmandu   

Food and Cuisines

Type: Veg

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellation is made 15 days before the tour starts, 75% of the cost will be refunded.
  • Thereafter no refund would be provided.

Checklist

Attire:
  • Wear layered clothing so that you add or remove a layer as you trek 
  • Heavy duty Trekking Shoes and another pair of light shoes/ floaters
  • Full sleeves T-Shirts and Dry Fits ( 3 to 4) each
  • Windproof Track Pants (at least 3) 
  • Fleece jacket or woolen sweater and outer windproof shell
  • Thermal inners (3 pairs), cotton and woolen socks (keep as many pairs as the  number of days of trek)
  • Snow proof gloves, neck warmer and poncho
  • Broad brimmed hat or cap, bandana, balaclava / monkey cap.
  • Heavy fleece or down jacket (this can be hired at Kathmandu)
  • Fleece/ woolen sleepwear (at least 2 pairs)
Important items : 
  • Water Bottle. (Stainless Steel or Grade One Plastic Bottle)
  • Sunglasses - 100% UV protected (Mandatory)
  • Trekking Poles (this can be hired at Kathmandu)
  • Sleeping Bag - for -20 to -25) (this can be hired at Kathmandu)
  • Head Torch with extra batteries
  • Sun Block (50 SPF), Lip Balm and Cold cream 
  • Toiletries, Toilet Paper (2 rolls), Sanitizer, Anti-Fungal Powder and a light Towel
  • Battery Charger or Spare Batteries 
  • Passport (Original + Photocopies), Passport size photographs ( 4 to 5)
  • Personal Medication, Diamox, Pain Relievers, Anti Cold. Your Medical history note (if any) and Emergency numbers
  • Credit Card/ Debit Card / Spare Cash for emergencies
  • Chocolates and Protein Bars  
Avoid:
  • Wearing gold and other ornaments
  • Carrying unnecessary items. This will make your rucksack heavy.

FAQs

1. Is there an age limit?
- Anyone from 15 to 60 years can do this trek.

2. Which Airport do I fly into?
- Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.    

3. How difficult is the climb?
- Moderate to Difficult. A program of cardiovascular conditioning such as running, swimming, biking or aerobics is essential, but try to supplement your exercise with hiking on steep hills or running up and down steps. The more you can condition by closely simulating the activities of trekking, the better off you will be. 

4. Do I need to be experienced mountaineer?
- No.

5. How fit do I need to be?
- Normal.

6.What about the weather condition in the mountain?
- It is usually sunny during the day but at night, temperatures could drop to as much as -15 degree.

7. What if my pace differs from other climbers?
- No problem, our assistant guide will stay with you and you can join us at the campsite.

8. Can I leave my luggage behind?
- Yes, because we will be coming back by the same route.

9. What if a member of the group wants to turn back?
- One of our staff will keep you company.

10. Is a rescue service available in case of an emergency?
- Yes. Emergency Rescue Insurance costs approx INR 9000 and it is mandatory in our treks to buy it

11. What type of meal is provided during the trek?
- You can choose from an available limited menu
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12. Is drinking water safe?
- Yes, we provide water purification drops to make the water safe to drink. However, it is advisable to buy and drink boiled water during the trek. It usually costs NR 100 to 300 per litre.

13. How much luggage should I carry during the trek?
- 4 to 5 kilos and not more, ideally.

14. How much luggage will the porter carry?
- 12 kilos per person.

15.What is the best time to climb?
- Mostly morning (winter, autumn and spring season).

16.How qualified are the guides?
- They are certified by the Nepal Government and the Nepal Tourism Board and have years of guiding experience.

17.If I am a solo (single) traveler, how can I join your tour?
- You can join by paying the single supplementary charge. 

18.What if I have dietary restrictions?
- You could stick to plain or boiled vegetables.

19.How will I know if I am suffering from AMS (acute mountain sickness)?
- You will feel uneasy, have slight headaches, will be tired, have trouble sleeping, feel nauseous, etc.

20.How much should I tip?
- Approx NR 2500 for an 11-day trek. But, check with your Trek Lead on this.

21.Do you provide equipment on rental basis?
- Basic equipment like Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag can be hired at Kathmandu for NR 150 per day

22.Can I get hot water to shower?
- Yes, Lodges in main settlements like Lukla and Namche Bazaar have hot water showers. It costs approx NR 300 to 500

23.What about charging my mobile and other devices?
- Charging mobile phones usually costs NR 200 to 400 in Lodges. It is far better to carry a spare charger and batteries.

24.How can I get connected with my friends and families during the climb?
- You can buy a local SIM card at Katmandu. Network connectivity is mostly patch throughout the trek.

25.Will the effects of the sun be stronger on the mountains?
- Yes. Please wear 100% UV Sunglasses during the trek.

26.Which currency do we need to carry?
- INR or USD. But it is better to carry Nepalese Rupees during the trek.

27.Who will be leading the group?
-One of our senior trekking guides

29.Do I require a visa to visit Nepal?
- No..

30.Can you arrange flight bookings on 
- No, we do not provide it.


Map & Direction

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Where

Kathmandu

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Getting There

Bus : Bus services are also available to Kathmandu through Gorakhpur

Air : The best way to travel is to take a direct flight to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. All the further travel to the destination will be taken care of.

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