Everest Base Camp Adventure

Everest Base Camp Adventure – 14 days

 

Everyone recognises the Everest Base Camp trek as one of the world’s most iconic mountain expeditions and the grandest route through the Himalayas. The area is famous for the Sherpa villages, colourful Buddhist prayer flags, Namche Bazaar, diverse landscapes and spectacular mountain vistas. Highlights include:

 

  • Sagarmatha National Park
  • The 360˚ panorama at Kala Patthar
  • Four of the world’s six tallest peaks, Mt Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho-Oyu
  • Monasteries
  • Striking Evergreen, Rhododendron and Juniper forests
  • Beautiful Himalayan wildlife
  • Raging glacial rivers and waterfalls
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu

 

This 14-day Everest Base Camp Adventure is a perfect introductory trek for travellers who’d like to reach Everest in a short time. You’ll need to be physically fit, in good health and have some trekking experience. For something more challenging, the 17-day Everest/Gokyo Lake Adventure will take you further off the beaten track.

 

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Your expedition

 

Everest Base Camp Adventure – 14 days

 

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and trip preparation (1,300m/4,264ft)

 

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport (KTM), you will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Adventures. After completing your customs formalities (visa, etc), collect your luggage and look for our representative holding a Himalayan Adventures display board at the arrival gate.

 

You will be then transferred to the Hotel Shanker or another hotel of a similar category. After checking in, if time allows, you will visit our office to meet your trek leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. Later in the evening there will be a welcome dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural programme along with a fine meal.

(D)

 

 

DAY 02: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3–4 hrs.

After breakfast, we are transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early-morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination where our trek starts. After an exciting 40-minute flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary airport at Lukla.

 

This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world, culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountain peaks. Here we meet the other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek from the prosperous village of Lukla to Phakding. To assist in acclimatisation, we only have a short hike today. However, if you are interested in additional activities you can take an optional trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight in Phakding.

(B, L, D)

 

DAY 03: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,280ft): 5–6 hrs

The trail runs through a beautiful pine forest, along the Dudh Koshi river and over many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. We get a wonderful view of Mt Thamserku (6,618 m) sparkling in the sunshine. We pass the settlements of Benkar, Chumoa and Monjo and come to the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, where trekking permits are checked. Jorsale is the last village before Namche Bazaar.

 

The trail climbs through forests and over 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. We stop at Chautara to admire the view. We still need to hike for about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt Everest and main trading centre of this region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

(B, L, D)

 

DAY 04: Acclimatisation Day – Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft)

This is the scheduled ‘acclimatisation’ day for this trek. Health experts always recommend that we keep active on the rest day too, rather than lazing about. We can spend the day hiking to Thame, visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself.

 

Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colourful market each Friday evening and Saturday.

 

If you trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help you to acclimatise properly. Our guides take us to the visitor centre near the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first ascent of Everest, and learn about Sherpa culture and the plant and animal life of the Everest region.

 

We also take an interesting trip up to Khumjung. We climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a luxury hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. The Khumjung valley is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, which hosts a well-known monastery containing a yeti scalp. We also visit Hillary School, which is at the same site. After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, we walk back down to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

(B, L, D)

 

 

DAY 05: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5–6 hrs walk

After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek towards Tengboche, enjoying a superb view of Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and a close-up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows the level trail with a magnificent view of the great Himalayas. Along the way we can spot wildlife such as pheasants, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan thar. The trail goes gradually down  up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then passes through pine forests and, after crossing the prayer-flag-festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi river, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods.

 

A relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga is followed by a short, steep climb through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close-up views of Ama Dablam Nuptse, and Everest and it has the biggest Buddhist monastery in the entire Khumbu region. We visit this monastery at around 3pm to witness a ceremony. Overnight at a lodge in Tengboche.

(B, L, D)

 

DAY 06: Tengboche – Dingboche (4,360m/14,300ft): 5–6 hrs

With mountains as a backdrop, the monastery at Tengboche looks even more spectacular in the morning. After taking pictures of the monastery and the scenery, we start the day’s journey. In order to get better views, we choose the upper trail to the village of Pangboche and its ancient monastery. We pass several chortens, Mani walls and small villages. 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 begins to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche river with the Dudh Koshi. We descend towards the river and then begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche On arrival in Dingboche, we enjoy the beautiful vista of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight in Dingboche.

(B, L, D)

 

DAY 07: Dingboche – Duglha (4,600m/15,090ft): 3–4 hrs

We start the day with a climb to Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley. The trek along the arid terrace rewards us with awesome views of mountains on all sides. As we come to a yak herders’ settlement called Dusa, the valley begins to narrow and we continue through Phulung Karpo, site of one of the camps during the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953.

 

Above Phulung Karpo is Chola lake. As we continue our trek, the majestic Mt Pumori (7138m/ 23418ft) comes into view. As the trail descends, a bend hides Mt Pumori and we come to a roaring stream. After crossing a small wooden bridge, we ascend to Dugla. We can see the tip of Nuptse from here as well as Cholatse, Thamserku, and several other magnificent peaks. Spending a night in Duglha is ideal for acclimatisation purposes. Overnight in Duglha. (B, L, D)

 

DAY 08: Duglha – Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft): 2–4 hrs

Beyond Duglha we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. We find our way up the boulder-strewn slope as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge 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 (an American mountaineer) and the 10 times Everest summiteer Babu Chiri Sherpa (a 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 remains hidden. Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu glacier. As we trek beside a murmuring stream, the Khumbu glacier is obscured by its lateral moraine wall and we begin to feel a little out of breath due to the high altitude. Overnight in Lobuche.

(B, L, D)

 

DAY 09: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,170m/16,961ft) – Everest Base Camp

(5,364 m/17,594 ft) – Gorak Shep: 7–8 hrs

The trail to Gorak Shep runs across the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. We pass the pyramid signpost. Ahead on the trail we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest, along with Mt Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, etc. A short ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where there is a 360-degree panorama 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 Mt Pumori.

 

As we reach Gorak Shep, we will be surrounded by towering, snow-capped mountains, 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 pass the Indian Army mountaineers’ memorials. As we reach Everest Base Camp, we cannot help but admire the Everest climbers who take the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineers’ tents stand out in bright colours against the dull grey surroundings (especially in the spring).

 

Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we see from Base Camp. Everest itself is not visible from here. By now we have achieved the ultimate objective of our trip. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest. However, the view from Kala Patthar at sunset is even more spectacular than at sunrise: as the setting sun’s rays strike the snow-capped mountains, the resulting view is indescribable.

 

For those trekkers who wish to continue, our guides and Sherpas will arrange a hike to Kala Patthar for an amazing sunset view today rather than waiting until tomorrow. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

(B, L, D)

 

DAY 10: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192 ft) – Pheriche (4,280m/14,070ft):

7–8 hrs

Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar as the first light of day strikes Mt Everest. However, we need to be prepared for an early start, in the dark and cold (-10° to -14° C). Plus there is always the potential for chilly winds, which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse and Changtse tower to the east 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 vantage points to take photographs. After several hours’ ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. Here we scramble up the rocky outcrop near the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. At the top, we sit on the rocks of Kala Patthar, taking in the unbelievable Himalayan panorama, our gaze wandering from one mighty massif to another.

 

We take as many photographs as we can and fix the view in our mind’s eye for the rest of our lifetime. Back at Gorak Shep, we have breakfast, followed by a gradual descent down to Pheriche for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Pheriche.

(B, L, D)

 

DAY 11: Pheriche – Pangboche – Tengboche – Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280ft):

5–6 hrs

We trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it’s spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers will blaze around us. Depending on how we are feeling and how hungry we are, we either have lunch in Pangboche or wait until we reach Phunki Tenga . After crossing the prayer-flag-festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi river, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge, descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction in the region.

 

We  stop at Kyangjuma (3,570 /11,710ft) for a relaxed lunch, appreciating the gorgeous Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse with every bite. After lunch, the trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding its way round several bends. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colourful pheasants, etc., while we walk through the forest.

 

After passing a chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. From here, we will want to take a long last look (and a photograph) back towards Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche. On reaching our lodge in Namche Bazaar, we take a nice hot shower and have a very good night’s sleep. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

(B, L, D)

 

DAY 12: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6–8 hrs

The trail descends steeply so we need to walk slowly and carefully as our shaky legs struggle with the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast-flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural.

 

Today we start to warm up in the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will soon disappear as we pass through this lovely mountain air. Although we are travelling down by the same route, we discover completely different views. We photograph a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests and, in the distance, snow-covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages, noticing the Buddhist and culture of prayer stones and prayer flags.

 

On arrival in Lukla, we stretch our sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Our fantastic trek ends on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smiles on their faces! Overnight in Lukla.

(B, L, D)

 

DAY 13: Lukla – Kathmandu

We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. You can spend the day relaxing in your hotel. If you wish to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel with our guides or on your own. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, take the time to do that today! Remember, we will be enjoying a fantastic dinner together this evening to celebrate successfully completing the Everest Base Camp Adventure trek! Overnight in Kathmandu.

(B, D)

 

DAY 14: Farewell Friend

You are saying goodbye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but exchange email addresses with your travelling companions and organise your photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Himalayan Adventures will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

(B)

 

Occasionally, internal flights to/from Lukla are delayed by a few hours or cancelled for a day or more because of bad weather. This is not that common, but it could happen even in the best trekking season, as you know how climate change is affecting our planet. Thus, we always recommend that you add an extra night or two in Kathmandu after your trek, if possible (just in case).

 

If everything runs smoothly, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, rafting, wildlife watching, shopping, as you wish in those additional days.  However, if you want to be flown out by helicopter in the case of flights being cancelled to/from Lukla, we can organise it. A helicopter costs around US$5,000 and can carry 4 people per flight.

 

What we’ve included

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 2 nights in a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Shanker or another of a similar standard) with breakfast
  • 11 nights in standard lodges/teahouses in the mountains
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter). Their wages, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging are included.
  • Down jacket, 4 seasons sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

 

What isn’t included

  • Nepal visa fee (bring the correct money in US$ and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, earlier return from the mountains (for whatever reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of earlier return from the mountains than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

 

The trekking group

For the Everest Base Camp Adventure, there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) This arrangement ensures that should anyone in the group become unwell, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Everest Base Camp Adventure for a group of any size, but generally have a maximum of 12 people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than 12 people, we can arrange this too.

 

Fitness and experience

Our 14-day Everest Base Camp Adventure is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who are able to walk for at least 4–7 hours a day with a light rucksack. On some days you might even need to walk for 8–9 hours. Walking at higher altitudes is physically more demanding than walking at lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health, with average physical fitness, a positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination, you can complete the 14-day Everest Base Camp Adventure successfully.

 

Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital that you consult your doctor before you commit to the Everest Base Camp Adventure. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform us before booking the trek.

 

Accommodation

All accommodation for the Everest Base Camp Adventure is in shared twin rooms and costs are calculated on that basis. Accommodation is chosen based on standards of hygiene, service and food, location, etc. Two styles of accommodation are used during the trek. You will spend 2 nights in a 4-star hotel (the Hotel Shanker or another hotel of a similar category) in Kathmandu.

 

During your trek you will spend 11 nights in standard teahouses/lodges/hotels, which have unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses. We provide en suite rooms wherever possible; however, teahouses/lodges in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities.

 

If you are a solo traveller, you will share a room with someone else of the same sex from your group. If you would prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and obtain single rooms on request by paying a single supplement of US$250. There are several places that do not offer single accommodation in the Everest region. On paying a single supplement, you will get a single room in Kathmandu and single rooms are available up to Namche Bazaar during the trek. Above Namche Bazaar single accommodation is not always feasible. However, we will do our best to provide you with single rooms wherever we can.

 

Meals

During your Everest Base Camp Adventure, you can enjoy typical Nepalese food, and different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and chips to apple pie. You can even enjoy hot chocolate, a variety of breads and a range of drinks and snacks.

 

Breakfast each day will be provided from the menu of the teahouse/lodge where you spent the night. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and breakfast in the teahouse where you will spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

 

 

Acclimatisation and AMS

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a medical condition caused by going up to high altitudes too fast – and it can prove fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen there is in the air. For example, on the summit of Kala Patthar (5,554m/18,192ft) and at Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft), there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. It is absolutely essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatisation because our bodies need a few days to adapt safely to this lower-oxygen environment.

 

Himalayan Adventures does it’s best to minimise the risk of AMS through an acclimatisation-focused itinerary. However, it is important to remember that some people can be more vulnerable to AMS than others, so we advise guests with known heart, lung or blood conditions to consult their doctor before travelling.

 

Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are symptoms of AMS. Read more about it in “Altitude Illness” by Dr Jim Duff.

 

Your guides

The most significant element that makes your Everest Base Camp Adventure successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members who make your days in the mountain run smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of our trek leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude.

 

Himalayan Adventures aims to sustain local communities and only employs Nepalese staff who are knowledgeable about the culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Our trek leaders also receive training in potential medical problems that may arise during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

 

  • Intensive wilderness first aid
  • Trekking guide training
  • Eco trekking workshop & adventure meet
  • English language
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

 

What to pack

For trekking over suspension bridges, climbing along mountain ridges and chilling out at thousands of metres high – check out our list of essential gear.

 

When to go

Autumn (mid-Sept to mid-Dec) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Adventure. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and temperatures can fall to freezing at higher altitudes. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for the Everest Base Camp Adventure – the only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but a summer trek could be perfect for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during the monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy the best nature has to offer.

 

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