Everest Base Camp Trekking

Getting to know the land you will tread on:

A typical trek that takes you through the soul of Sherpa country right to the foothills of the mighty Everest with trails that guide you across the splendid wonders of nature divine, into tranquil monasteries & majestic landscapes a trip that warms the heart!

mt-base-campPrepared for that classic Everest Base Camp Trek where you find Sherpa’s culture and the community of ethnic society chances for the video-shoot some of the best landscapes in the world. The adventure also takes you through challenging terrain that includes glacial moraines and a steep climb up Kala Patthar where the adrenalin really goes into overdrive. As you hike up to Everest Base Camp, expect some 3-4 hours hiking every day of the trip, but be prepared for some longer days on the return journey. A reasonable level of fitness is required. After exploring historical Kathmandu, we take a short flight to the hillside village of Lukla (2800m). As we move through the splendid mix and eye-catching vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park, we trek to the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Namche Bazaar in solu district. This is an interesting, bustling and friendly town where amazingly, even at such a remote outpost & altitude, almost everything under the skies, related to the outside world for you to communicate from where you are can be found here. Namche was formerly a trading post between Nepal and Tibet.
We allow a day’s acclimatization hereabouts and then move on to the beautiful Thyangboche Monastery. At this peaceful landmark, we find ourselves amongst the Mani walls, & prayer flags that whisper odes of prayers to the gods for the souls departed and chortens & then we soon realize we are in the shadows of the magnificent Everest massif and Ama Dablam, where the views are breathtakingly dumbfounding.
The trek from Thyangboche ascends slowly but steadily to Dingboche, Lobuche and finally Gorek Shep, advancing above the tree-line into more rugged and moonscape-like surroundings. Gorek Shep, at 5100m is in fact the highest point that we will lodge at, and we take our time to reach this altitude after getting well acclimatized. Naturally, we leave our packs at Gorek Shep to make an afternoon incursion to Everest Base Camp, passing amazing glacial forms and enjoying the triumph of having made it all the way! A trip that will surely go down into our dairies

Outline Itinerary

Day 01st : Arrive at Kathmandu airport. You will be welcome by our representative and transfer to hotel.
Day 02nd : Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) & trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), 3-4 hrs walk.

Day 03rd : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk.
Day 04th : Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Namche to Tyangboche (3,867m/12684ft), 5-6 hrs walk.

Day 06: Tyangboche to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft), 5-6 hrs walk.

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.

Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,928m/16164 ft), 5-6 hrs walk.

Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m/16,929ft) & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,320m/17,450ft) 5-6 hrs walk.

Day 10: Early Hike to Kala Pathar(5,550m/18,204ft) & trek back to Pheriche 6-7 hrs walk.

Day 11: Pheriche to Kyanjuma (3,500m/11,480ft), 5-6 hrs walk.

Day 12: Kyanjuma to Khumjung to Monju (2,850m/9,348ft), 6-7 hrs walk.

Day 13: Monju to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 4-5 hrs walk.

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu.

Day 15: Guided Kathmandu Sightseeing by car.

Day 16: Transfer for your final departure.

Itinerary in Detail
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu .
It’s exciting as you fly into Kathmandu if the day is clear. The views from the windows of your plane give you fantastic views of snow-capped mountain peaks & begins to stir the excitement in you where you get to feel real elated, & this begins a whole link of blissful experiences that stay with you for a long time. Our escort and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. The escort will also help you check into your reserved hotel. At the hotel, you will be oriented on your daily activities. This is your first overnight in the valley of the gods.

tips-to-trek-everest-base-campDay 02: Flight to Lukla – Trek to Phakding [2656m]
In the morning after breakfast, we hop a flight to Lukla & experience landing on a steep mountain runway; introducing us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. We meet up with the crew & head up to the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well known trail that’s been trodden by thousands of backpackers and then stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 03: Trek to Namche [3450m]
From Phakding, we do a double crossing of a river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was introduced in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. Next, it’s a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is a central trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market – an old time meeting place for the Hindu traders who hail from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight in a bustling little town that has lights {electricity} everywhere, something hard to come by on these rugged mountains.

Day 04: A day for Rest in Namche
Namche is a little town that lies between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has a lot of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It’s just the place to be for acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche where you get sunset views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. We can also expect good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.

Day 05: Trek to Tengboche [3867m]
From Namche, the trail veers on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. This is where we get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Hiking by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. This village is a good stop for lunch & rest. Here we can relax before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is taxing, it presents us many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and delightful mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its celebrated monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A wonderful panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam mounting in the horizon can be seen from our campsite.

Day 06: Trek to Pheriche [4252m]
We descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village stands exactly opposite Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has special views of the mountain, with the gompa, Mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours walk brings us to Pheriche.

Day 07: At Pheriche
Today we rest and acclimatize. We can go for a stroll up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. We can climb up to the ridge overlooking Dingboche for views of the Imja Valley and the amazing south face of Mt. Lhotse.

Day 08: Trek to Lobuche [4930m]
We carry on through our journey up the wide valley that lies below the magnificent peaks of Cholatse and Tawache towards the left. We then swerve right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. We go in for a breather in the tea house at Duglha which is a good spot to settle in for lunch. The trail then meanders through the boulders of the glacier’s terminal moraine. As we reach the top of this Sherpa village, we come across many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who visited the cluster of houses at Lobuche. We bunk out at Lobuche

Day 9: Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m]
To get to our next destination, which is Kala Pattar, we cling to the route along the Khumbu Glacier. The trail presents fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path forces itself to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We halt for lunch at our camping place: Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, we head to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. As the light begins to fade we trot at our own pace back to our camp at Gorak Shep and crash out for an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.

Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp [5357m]
We must start very early to reach Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail winds its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get superb view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We then return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche.

Day 11: Trek to Pangboche [3985m]
Today we begin to trek mostly downhill. As we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, we arrive at The Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s aid post and worth a visit. After lunch & a breather, we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.

Day 12: Trek to Namche [3450m]
We carry on staying close to the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants that we get to see on the way. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we see the water driven prayer wheels, which is interesting to watch before making our way back to Namche.

Day 13: Trek to Lukla [2800m]
On the last lap of our trekking we follow the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla. This final or last evening of us being together calls for a celebration. We throw a party with our Sherpa guides and porters. We sample some chang (local beer) and do a jig to some Sherpa dance steps. This brings an end to a memorable trip on a tipsy note for all the good times we shared together on the trail. Overnight at your lodge; At Ace Travels we encourage our guests to get the maximum from their holidays by interacting with local communities & learning of their lifestyles while hiking through some of the most rugged & remote territory on earth. This gives you a sense of fulfillment & may even help you discover yourself.

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu
We pack up early in the morning after b/fast and hike down to the airstrip to hop a flight back to Kathmandu. On touchdown, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last minute shopping and packing, or send a few post cards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia. Overnight at your hotel

Day 15: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley.
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors in the late 50s. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 16 : Fly back at your home or final destination
Our escort team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or you can stay longer for short tours such as a wild outing to our National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking), etc. Please don’t hesitate to let us know. Au Revoir!! It has been wonderful meeting you.

 

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