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Everest Base Camp Trek-17 Days

abcOne of the most popular treks in Nepal – tinged with the romance of being so close to the highest in the world.
From the tiny airfield of Lukla the trail leads through Sherpa villages, forests of fir and rhododendron and across high suspension bridges meeting caravans of Zobkyo (a yak cow crossbreed) along the way. Namche Bazaar is a colorful, bustling market with traders from surrounding villages and as far as Tibet, and from Tengboche the views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam are sensational. Climbing above the tree line to cross alpine pastures and Glacier, where colorful expedition tents give a bizarre appearance to this desolate place surrounded by rock, snow and ice.


Where are you going?

Day 1-2: Flying into Kathmandu is an unforgettable experience with the Himalaya spread out before you. You will be met at the airport on the arrival and transferred to your hotel. In the morning of 2 a half-day city tour will introduce you to some of the highlights of Kathmandu.


Day 3-5: The mountain flight into Lukla is spectacular and the landing an exciting beginning to the trek – one end of the runway is 60 meters higher than the other. Heading through pine and cedar woods along the Dudh Koshi to Pakding you will encounter your first yak caravans carrying trekking and equipment and supplies – including yours – towards base camp. These wonderful beats creating mobile roadblocks, or virtual avalanches on downhill stretches, are a feature of all treks in the Everest region. It is also possible to see musk deer, Himalayan tahr, if you sit quietly on the river banks, water rats. Namche bazaar is the administrative capital of region, historically it was the staging point for trading expeditions to Tibet and its Saturday market remains an important event bringing traders from village a walk’s away. An acclimatization day for an excursion to Thame. Intricately carved mani stones mark the path to this large valley with a picturesque Gompa on the hillside overlooking the valley.


Day 6: Leaving Namche the route is unbelievably beautiful – the Dudh Koshi is far below rhododendron forests, mani walls, chorten and suspension bridges across the river make this a lovely walk. The morning views from Tengboche Gompa, the culture and religious center of Khumbu. Founded in 1912, it has been destroyed and rebuilt twice as the result of earthquake and fire.


Day 7-8: Stones step lead down through rhododendrons, birches and conifers where, due to the hunting ban, almost tame pheasants are regularly seen. At the bottom lie the small village of Deboche and its nunnery. Raising above the tree line the trail enters alpine meadows of scrub juniper and, in summer, a profusion of wild flowers. From Dingboche, the only place in the region where barley is grown, the mountain views are outstanding. An acclimatizing day here can be used to hike up the Imja Khola to Chhukung a small summer settlement from where the views of island peak (6189), Lhotse, Ama Dablam and the fluted ice walls flanking the Amphu Lapcha pass are one of the highlights of the entire trek.


Days 9-11: Alpine meadows and summer yak pastures lead towards the end of moraine of the Khumbu Glacier where there is steep, tough climb. There are stone mountaints to six Sherpa who died in avalanche as well as monuments to other climbers. From Lobuche the view is straight towards Nuptse and an unset is truly magnificent. Altitude makes the climb onto the Changri Glacier tough. Reaching Gorakshep, near a small, usually frozen lake, by lunchtime you can rest or make a side trip up Kala Pathar, which provides the best views of Everest. The route to base camp follows the Khumbu Glaciers with its intriquing 15-meter-high seracs of ice, a feature unique to Himalayan glaciers. The decent back to Lobuche is not difficult, but altitude induced lethargy can make the many uphill sections below Gorakshep seep endless.


Day 12-15: Descending the Imja Khola overnight at Pangboche, the highest permanent settlement. Its Gompa, the oldest in Khumbu, is built over the hermitage of Khumbu’s saint Lama Sang Dorje. The juniper tress on either side are said to have sprung from hair cut from his head and a rock-like projection is a piece of mountainside he pulled out for protection one day. Continue down through Namche Bazaar and Phakding to Lukla.


Day 16: Fly Lukla back to Kathmandu.


Day 17: Departure

 

Trip Facts

Trip name:Everest Base Camp Trek

Trek Grade: Excellent + Fairly Strenuous

Trek type: Teahouse/lodge

Trip Duration: 17 Days

Activity: Trekking, City Tour

Per day Walking: 5 to 7 hours

Transportation: Car / Van / Plane

Group Size: Min. 2 Pax

Starting from: Kathmandu

Ending from: Kathmandu

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Kathmandu (depends on itinerary), Guest Houses / lodges in the mountain

Best Time to Travel: Sep to Dec, Feb to May


Cost Includes:

  • Pick up and drop at Tribhuwan international airport at Kathmandu by private car.
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing by tour guide.
  • All the meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek.
  • Sagarmatha National park fees and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card.
  • Kathmandu/ Lukla/ Kathmandu by flight.
  • 3 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu with B/B basis.
  • Guide and porter: all the meals, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, flight ticket. etc.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • First aid box.
  • Fluent English speaking government register expert trekking guide.
  • All the official charge and government tax.

Cost Excludes:

  • All Hot, Hard and soft drink like cold drinks, mineral water, juice, beer etc.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance and trekking gears.
  • Hot shower, battery charge, boiled water.
  • International airfare and visa fee (15 Days for USD$25 and 30 Days for USD$40).
  • Tips for staffs and guides.