EBC Luxury Lodge Trek

Overview

Trip Introduction

Scenic 40 minutes Himalayan flight from Kathmandu takes you to Everest Base Camp Trek’s starting point – Lukla. Lukla is a hilly, prosperous village. From its Tenzing Hillary Airport, you hike to Phakding, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal. You follow a beautiful, pine forest, trekking trail and head off to the Glaciated Dudh Kosi River and to the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. The first prominent, shining view of Mt. Thamserku (6, 608 m) impresses you as the trekking trail leads you to the Sagarmatha National Park, an Important Bird Area and the Sacred Himalayan Landscape of the World.

One-day rest at Namche Bazaar prepares you for the upcoming high altitude trekking days. Nearby Syangboche Airport offers a panoramic view of mountains. The trek from Namche to Tengboche offers the stunning view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and the world’s most beautiful mountain – Ama Dablam. Endangered Musk Deer, Himalayn Thar, and multi-colored pheasants come into your views as you trek to Tengboche, a village with a viewpoint. This viewpoint offers the exceptional view of 8000 m and 7000 m peaks. It also has the Everest Region famous monastery’s, (Tengboche Monastery) which attracts you with its exuberant workmanship. In the peak season, 600 tourists visit this monastery every week.
Innumerable chortens, maniwalls and small villages are your frequent sites. Enjoying a close – up view of Ama Dablam, you savor the delicious food in a hotel and then you trek in the fields of barley, buckwheat, and potatoes. Dingboche offers the view of the world’s three highest peaks: Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho – Oyu. They win your heart. Equally, Cholatse, Taboche, Louche West and Lobuche East peaks look awesome. The Chukkung Valley, which you visit, lies on the slopes of Lhotse and Nuptse mountains and offers you the stunning view of the Lho and Nup glaciers, as well as of Ama Dablam Mountain. Touching the skyline, this mountain dominates the Chukkung Valley with its beauty. Later, from the trekking trail, you see the Khumbu Glaciers, as well as Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur peaks. From the base camp, you see the Everest climbers, resting and preparing for Everest ascent, from Thangma Riju you see a 360-degree view of mountains, and from Kalapathar’s trekking trail, you see the vicinity of the Himalayas. Every trail of the Everest Base Camp Trek displays the mountains.

 

Over Views

Duration :    15 days
Arrival :    In Kathmandu
Departure :    From Kathmandu
Accommodation :    3 * Hotel in Kathmandu and guest house/tea house on entire your treks.
Meals :    Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals entire your trips
Best Time to go :    March to May, September to November
Trekking :    Guest house /Tea house
Max. Altitude :    5,545m/18,192ft
Group Size :    3-13 people
Transportation :    Domestic Flight

Itinerary Overview

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuvan International airport (1345meters). Overnight at Hotel. (D)
Day 02: Fly to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2804 meters) from Kathmandu, trek to Phakding (2610              meters) 3 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. (BLD)
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. (BLD)
Day 04: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day. Overnight at Guesthouse. (BLD)
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters) 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. (BLD)
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4350 meters) 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. (BLD)
Day 07: Day trip to Chhukung valley (4710 meters) and trek back to Dingboche. 4 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.                    (BLD)
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. (BLD)
Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Gorak Shep. 8 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.                    (BLD)
Day 10: Hike up to Kalapatthar (5555 meters) early in the morning then trek down to Periche (4200 meters). 7                          hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.(BLD)
Day 11:Trek to Tengboche (3, 860 meters) 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse. (BLD)
Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.(BLD)
Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2804 meters) 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.(BLD)
Day 14: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel. (BD)
Day 15: Transfer to the international airport for your final flight departure. (B)

Itinerary

Itinerary in Brief

Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an WFTT signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.Overnight at two star Hotel.

Day 02- Fly to Lukla (2804 meters) trek to Phakding (2610 meters) 3 hours.

In the morning, you fly from Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla. Upon arrival at the airport, your guide will brief you on the trek, as well as introduce you to your porters.While your Sherpas sort out and load your trekking equipments, you have time to explore Lukla. You begin your trek by descending to the Dudh Koshi River. This trek is easy and takes you to a small, Ghat village (2, 550 m). A further short walk from Ghat takes you to Phakding. Overnight at Guesthouse.

(Basic Guesthouse Accomodation)

Day 03- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5.30 hours.

Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch the wonderful prospect of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get our first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Upon this juncture, we stop at Chautara to admire the view. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region.Overnight at Guesthouse.

(Basic Guesthouse Accomodation)

Day 04- Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day.

After already having ascended an altitude of 3,440 m (11,253ft), we will use today for acclimatization. It is very important that our body is prepared for further ascending and is also a scheduled acclimatization day. We have the day at our disposal and can choose to do what you wish with it. We can walk up to the Everest View Point Hotel and enjoy the view it offers. We can also choose to just walk around Namche Bazaar and observe the local proceedings and lifestyle. If it is Saturday today, there will be local traditional Saturday Market and it will be a wonderful experience visiting the marketplace. There is a Sherpa Museum in Namche which would be the place to visit if we are into Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. We can also hike to Thame or visit Khunde. We also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung. We further climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. The Khumjung valley, surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit the Hillary School which is at the same site.Overnight at Guest house.

(Basic Guesthouse Accomodation)

Day 05- Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters) 5 hours.

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi River and offers the magnificent view of the mountains. It also takes you to an altitude of 3860 m and to the Tengboche Monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. In the monastery, you will observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or in the morning, depending on the day’s trekking. Overnight at Guesthouse.

(Basic Guesthouse Accomodation)

Day 06- Trek to Dingboche (4350 meters) 5.30 hours.

We start our day trek after breakfast.The day consists of a lot of descending until we arrive at Deboche. We pass through several chortens, mani walls and small villages. While on the journey, we enjoy lunch with fantastic close-up views of Ama-Dablam. In the afternoon, we go north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. Then after the confluence, we descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. Upon arrival in Dingboche, we enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. It is a relatively easy day in terms of walking. Overnight at Guesthouse.

(Basic Guesthouse Accomodation)

Day 07- Trek to Chhukung (4710 meters) and trek back to Dingboche. 4.30 hours.

Today, we enjoy another acclimatization day, then we trip to the Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley to see the marvelous view of Ama Dablam and Lhotse’s massive south wall. We later return to Dingboche in the evening. Overnight at Guesthouse.

(Basic Guesthouse Accomodation)

Day 08- Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours.

There is a lot of vertical gain today even though the trail length does not clock more than 4.5 miles in itself. The trek along the arid terrace is awarding 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 sites during first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. Above Phulung Karpo is Chola Lake. As we continue our trek the majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. As the trail descends and curves, Mt. Pumori hides and we come across a roaring stream. After crossing a small wooden bridge, we ascend to Dugla. We then continue along the rugged route to reach Lobuche. Beyond Duglha we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We find our way through the boulder-strewn slope as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountains 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-time Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (mountain guide from Nepal) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves right in front of several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains hidden. Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As we trek along a murmuring stream we do not see the Khumbu glacier because of its lateral moraine wall, and we now begin to feel a little out of breath due to high altitude. Lobuche is situated beneath the Lhotse Ridge. Overnight at Guesthouse.

(Basic Guesthouse Accomodation)

Day 09- Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Gorak Shep (5180 meters). 8 hours.

This is another big and difficult walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to the Everest Base Camp (5, 365 m). We are likely to see the teams of Everest Expeditions. The view of the Khumbu Icefall is spectacular. We then return to Gorak Shep for to spend our nights. Overnight at Guesthouse.

(Basic Guesthouse Accomodation Included. All meals excluded)

Day 10- Hike up to Kalapatthar (5555 meters) early in the morning and trek down to Periche (4200  meters). 7 hours.

Today is the climax of our trip. We start early at dawn to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From here, we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks and our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we possibly can with our camera so they can last a lifetime. On returning to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and wait for the other participants to return backOvernight at Guesthouse.

(Basic Guesthouse Accomodation)

Day 11- Trek to Tengboche (3, 860 meters) 5 hrs.

Seeing the great views of Everest and Ama Dablam, we head off to Tengboche, which also has the oldest and stunning monastery of the Everest Region. Overnight at Guesthouse.

(Basic Guesthouse Accomodation)

Day 12- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5.30 hours.

Following up and down trail from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar. you enjoy the stunning view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. This trail also takes you to the area of the endangered Musked Deer, Himalayan Thar, and Pheasant Birds to the area of the Pine Forest, to the course of the Dudh Kosi River, and to the hills of the small villages.Overnight at Guesthouse.

(Basic Guesthouse Accomodation)

Day 13- Trek to Lukla (2804 meters) 6 hours.

You can walk at your own pace today as we head back to Lukla from where we started our adventure. There will be mixed feeling today. You will feel delighted that you have successfully completed the trek and experience the thrills and beauty of it. At the same time you will also be disappointed that you have to leave the beauty and the adventure behind. But, there is always next time and there is always next adventure waiting for you. The evening and the night will be marked with celebrations that will include a lot of singing and dancing. We will spend the night at a hotel in Lukla.Overnight at Guesthouse.

(Basic Guesthouse Accomodation)

Day 14- Morning flight back to Kathmandu.

Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel. If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour you can start today. Please read our trip note about Lukla flight below. Overnight at Two Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15- Transfer for your final flight departure.

Some of you might also have few more days and some other activities planned in Nepal. For the rest of your who are returning today, depending upon what time your return flight is, you can do some last minute shopping if you like to. We will transfer you to the airport hoping it won’t be long before we see each other again!

Hope you had a great Journey with us. Best regards from WFTT.

Includes & Excludes

Cost includes and exclude

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (3 night)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard mention Meals during the trek.(B-Breakfasts, L-Lunches ,D- Dinners).
  • Lodges, Guest houses ,tea house accommodation during the trek .
  • Local GLOBAL TREKS English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Global Treks. (Which need to be returned after finish the trek).
  • Surface transfer from Airport and to Kathmandu.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on before your departure at your final destination. (On Day).
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax .
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos). $
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Date & Price

Date and price will be updated soon.

Equipment

Equipment

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items as your individual interest, and choice. In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, camera, sun cream, water bottle, rain gear, and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the mountain range.
(Note : We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek)

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Shade hat or baseball cap – of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses. This is to protect your eyes from the rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness.
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it .
  • Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc.
  • Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety
  • Some people like ear-muffs; these are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people .

Hand

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone a days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2/3
  • Light and expedition w)eight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton .(4/5)
  • 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
  • All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  • 4/5 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3/4 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the treks.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note WT guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Buprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Documents

Most Necessary Documents/Materials

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.(optional)
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Binoculars (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight) (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).

Please Note

: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Above This list is only a guide lines. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Please Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

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