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Base Camp of the Mighty Everest

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Considered to be one of the most iconic mountain trail treks in the world, the Everest Base Camp trek is in all its senses truly awe inspiring. As you ascend to the Himalayan range, following the scenic trail, you will get an insight into the life of the Sherpas as you walk  through their quiet villages, Buddhist monasteries and small locally owned and run tea houses. As you walk on the stony trails of Nepal’s Himalayas, absorb the colorful landscapes, alpine forest, raging waterfalls with the breath-taking view of great mountains. A great pick for an adventure tour in Nepal, this trek is a good challenge so a good level of fitness is necessary for those planning on treading the EBC trek. The average age of the trekker must be above 14 years and it is desirable to have prior trekking experience.




Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu Open or Close

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport (KTM) you will be greeted by a representative and transferred to your hotel. After check in, you can either take rest or spend your time exploring the city. In the evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program along with your fine meal.
Meals: Dinner.


Day 2 : Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2652 m/8700 ft); Trek Open or Close


After breakfast, you will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2800m/9186ft), a gateway destination from where the trek begins. After an adventurous 40-minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, you will land at the 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 mountains peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, meet the remaining crew members and after some packing and arrangements, start the trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until you reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, there is only a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities, a side trip to a nearby monastery can be arranged.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 3 : Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11280 ft); Trek

Today the aim is to reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt.Everest. Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads you along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. Look forward to catching wonderful sights of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m) on your way. Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, you will come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. You will pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through forests and bridges until it reaches the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours, you get the first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Upon this juncture, stop at Chautara to admire the view. You still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, the mainTRADING centre of this region.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 4 : Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar


This is the scheduled 'acclimatization' day for this trek. Health experts always recommend staying active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. You can either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATM's, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorfulMARKET each Friday evening and Saturday. If you trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help you properly acclimatize. Himalayan Glacier guides will take you to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where you can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. There is also an interesting side tripup toKhumjung and a climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip will be the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese deluxe 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 hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. Also visit the Hillary School which is located at the same site. After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, walk back down to Namche Bazaar.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 5 : Namche Bazaar - Tengboche (3870 m/12694 ft); Trek 


After breakfast in Namche Bazaar, start your trek towards Tengboche, enjoying superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up views of Thamserku. The trek follows a gradual trail, with few ups and downs, overlooking magnificent views of the great Himalayas. Along the way you can spot wildlife like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Tahr. The trail goes gradually downup toKayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after crossing theprayerflags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, you will reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, there is a steep and slightly tough climb through the pine forests before you reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse and Everest and is also known for the biggest Buddhist Monastery in the Khumbu region. Pay a visit to the monastery the same day at around 3:00 p.m.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 6 :Tengboche - Dingboche (4360 m/14300 ft); Trek


With mountains as a backdrop, the monastery at Tengboche looks more spectacular in the morning. You will take the upper trail for better views on the way to Pangboche village. Enroute, pass through several Chortens, Mani walls and small villages. The place where you stop for lunch not only serves delicious food but also allows a fantastic close-up view of Mt. Ama Dablam. In the afternoon, walk north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt Ama Dablam. From here onwards, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imja Valley. The valley gradually unfolds as you approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. Descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. On arrival at Dingboche, you will see beautiful fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 7 : Dingboche - Duglha (4600 m/15090 ft); Trek

You will start the day with a climb to Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley. The walk along the arid terrace is rewarding with awesome views of mountains on all sides. As you come to a yak herder's place called Dusa, the valley begins to narrow. As you continue through Phulung Karpo, the camp site of the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953, the majestic Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. As the trail descends and curves, Mt. Pumori disappears from view and we come across a roaring stream crossed by a small wooden bridge. Continue to ascend to Duglha where you can see the tip of Mt. Nuptse as well as Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Thamserku, and several other magnificent peaks. Spending a night in Duglha is ideal for acclimatization purposes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 8 : Duglha - Lobuche (4940 m/16207 ft); Trek Open or Close


Beyond Duglha, climb up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Pass through boulder-strewn slopes as you ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountain views. At the top of the ridge, you will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest summitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, you will find yourself facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. You are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive. Mt. Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As you pass along a murmuring stream leaving the Khumbu Glacier behind, you may begin to feel a little out of breath due to the high altitude.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 9 :Lobuche - Gorak Shep [5170 m/16961 ft] - Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17594 ft] - Gorak Shep; Trek


The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Pass through the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail, see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent takes you to Thangma Riju from where you can take in 360 degree views of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply through the torrent of Changri Glacier, you will catch the first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath Mt. Pumori. As you reach Gorak Shep, you will find snow-capped mountains looming all around including the top of the world - Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, pass through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp can you really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains you can view from the base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here. By now you have met the ultimate objective of our trip. The sunset views from Kala Patthar is a sight to behold and a recommended experience – as the setting sun's rays strike the snow capped mountains, the resulting scenery is indescribable. So, while the journey to Kala Patthar is only planned for the next day, guides and Sherpas can coordinate a hike to Kala Patthar if you wish to catch this unforgettable view, today.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 10 : Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar - Pheriche [4280 m/14070 ft]; Trek


Today is the climax of your trip. Start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, you need to get prepared for an early morning that will be dark and cold, with temperatures ranging anywhere from -10 to 14 C. Further, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, 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, you can pause to catch your breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of ascent, you will reach Kala Patthar. From this juncture, scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. On reaching the top, sit on the Kala Patthar rocks, taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, your eyes wandering from one mighty massif to another. On returning to Gorak Shep, have breakfast as you await the other participants to join back. Those participants who will visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast as this hike takes a longer time (4-5 hrs) than the Kala Patthar hike. Upon returning back to Gorak Shep, the group will have lunch together and in the afternoon time you descend down to Pheriche for a good night's rest.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 11 : Pheriche – Pangboche – Tengboche - Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11280 ft); Trek 


Today, trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron andjuniper trees. If it is spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers bloom everywhere. Depending on your hunger and condition, you can either have lunch in Pangboche or wait until you reach Phunki Tenga for lunch. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, the trail then 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. Stop at Kayangjuma (3570 m/11710 ft) for a relaxed lunch. Following lunch, the trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kayangjuma, winding through several bends. Keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a Chorten, you will reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. At this point, take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche. On reaching your lodge, the rest of the evening is free to relax in Namche Bazaar.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 12 : Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2800 m/9186 ft); Trek Open or Close


The trail descends steeply downward so you need to walk slowly as your legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. By today you will start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as you pass through this charming mountain air. Walk through the Sherpa villages noticing their impressive faith in Buddhism through the lovely prayer stones and prayerflags. Upon arrival in Lukla, stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks and the culmination of a fantastic trek.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 13 : Lukla - Kathmandu Open or Close

Today, take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu after your long mountain journey. You can rest and relax throughout the day at the hotel or if you are interested in taking some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, you can visit some nearby shops or venture out to Thamel for typical Nepalese goods. This short excursion can be assisted by Himalayan Glacier guides or you can do so on your own.
Meals: Breakfast.


Day 14 : Departure from Kathmandu Open or Close


The journey to the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today! The day is free to relax till your guide escorts you to the airport for your onward flight.
Meals: Breakfast.





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