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Trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar

 

 

This classic walk through the Sherpa homeland of Solu-Khumbu is moderately-strenuous high altitude trek with a clear-cut goal - to see Everest. Much to their surprise, many people find the snout-like Everest out-ranked by peaks like Ama Dablam and the Lhotse wall. Khumbu is the best region in Nepal for close-up mountain views. This trip features 3 nights in Kathmandu and a 11-day lodge trek to the base of Everest.  Gorak Shep is our highest camp from where we hike to Mount Everest Base Camp and climb Kala Pattar, the Black Rock (5 550 m)  where we admire the huge South Col of Everest, the tongue of the Khumbu glacier and more than 15 spectacular Himalaya peaks.  This is without doubt one of the best mountain viewpoints of the world!

 

Short Itinerary

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

 

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

 

Day 03: Flight to Lukla & Trek Phakding (2 600 m)

 

Day 04: Trek Namche Bazaar (3 440 m)

 

Day 05: Climb to Everest View Hotel (3860 m), Acclimatization trek

 

Day 06: Trek Tengboche (3 860 m)

 

Day 07: Trek Dingboche (4 410 m)

 

Day 08: Rest day Dingboche (4 410 m) + Acclimatization trek

 

Day 09: Trek Lobuche (4 930 m)

 

Day 10: Trek Gorakshep (5 160 m) + Everest Base Camp

 

Day 11: Trek Pheriche (4 215 m) + Kala Pathar

 

Day 12: Trek Namche Bazaar (3 440 m)

 

Day 13: Trek Lukla (2 850 m)

 

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu

 

Day 15: Fly out Kathmandu

 

Detail  Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu

Pick-up at Tribhuvan International Airport, meeting with local expert / guide and transfer to the hotel. First impressions of Kathmandu (1 350 m) – walk to medieval Kathmandu Durbar Square and explore the beautiful complex of palaces, temples, shrines and courtyards built by the ancient Nepali kings between the 12th and 18th century. Evening visit Thamel - the vibrant tourist area with hotels, restaurants, bakeries and outdoor shops. We get to know each other over a welcome dinner, check formalities and equipment and discuss your itinerary.  

 

Day 2 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

Today we discover the highlights of Katmandu and the valley. We adapt the programm to your interests and desires and what you have seen before. Usually, we go to Pasupatinath on the bank of the Bagmati River, where the most important Hindu temples and burning ghats of Nepal are situated.  In Bouddhanath we circumambulate together with Tibetan and Nepali Buddhist pilgrims the whitewashed stupa. Our sightseeing usually ends in Patan, the city of Beauty, an astonishing center of fine art and Buddhist and Hindu culture.

 

Day 3 –  Flight to Lukla and; Trek Phakding

We drive to Tribhuvan Domestic Airport to connect our fly to take our flight to Everest region.  After breakfast in Lukla (2 850 m) we start trekking through beautiful settlements to join soon the main trail in Churi Kharka.  We follow the east bank of the Dudh Koshi- the River of Milk- where you witness the typical Nepal terrace culture, slate roofed houses and views on Kusum Kangaru (5 579 m). We reach Phakding (2 640 m) after 3 - 4 h gentle walking.

 

Day 4 – Trek Namche Bazaar

Today we make a challenging hike to Namche Bazaar (3 440 m), situated at 6-7 hours walking from Phakding. We climb up along the west bank of the Dudh Kosi to the tiny village of Toktok.  We get our first glimpse of Thamserku peak (6 608 m) and reach Benkar (2 710 m).  The cliffs above the village are decorated with huge paintings of Buddhist deities. We cross the colorful suspension bridge and enter the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo (2 840 m).  After Jorsale we follow the river bank over gravel, climb through a pine forest and cross the Dudh Kosi by a big suspension bridge. Then we face a continuous zigzag ascent of 2 hours through dense pine forests.  In the early evening we reach the vibrant center of Namche Bazar, on of the most attractive settlements of Solu-Khumbu district.


Day 5 – Day hike to Hotel Everest View Hotel

Today we climb to Hotel Everest View in Khumjung village situated at 3700 m where we visit Khundi Hospital, the first hospital build in Khumbu Region by Sir Edmund Hillary and Himalayan Trust in 1966.

 

Day 6 – Trek Tengboche

Trek to Tengboche (3 860 m), 5-6 hour long hike from Namche Bazaar. The first part of trail is a winding smooth path which offers fantastic views on Mount Everest (8 848 m), Thamserku (6 618 m), Ama Dablam (6 814 m). After the trail goes down to the riverbank and then we make a strenuous 2 hour ascend to Tengboche. We walk through rhododendron forests where musk deer and Himalayan ‘tahr’ or mountain goat live. At the rest place you can enjoy the views towards Kantega mountain (6 783 m). Tengboche, is famed for the Buddhist Tengboche Monastery (where you can attend the daily puja), Cafe Tengboche and the view point.

 

Day 7 – Trek Dingboche

Trek to Dingboche (4 410 m), 6-7 hours walking from Tengboche. We descend through conifer and rhododendron forest to the beautiful settlement Deboche where you have a close view at Ama Dablam. We cross the suspension bridge and look over the surging white waters of Imja River. Soon after a snow white stupa with gorgeous all seeing eyes is mirroring the Ama Dablam, this is a marvelous place for a picture!  Then the trail ascents gently to the village of  Pangboche (3 860 m), where we climb above the treeline.  After, the trail passes numerous farmer pastures with big yak populations before we reach Dingboche valley.

 

Day 8 – Rest day Dingboche

Optional acclimatization trek (5-6 hours) to the remote village of Chhukung (4 730 m) and Chhukung Ri (top) located at 5 550 m.  We have magnificent sights at Island Peak (6 189 m), Amphulapche (5 663 m), Baruntse Base Camp (5 400m) and the white ice lake of Imja Tsho.


Day 09 – Trek Lobuche

After ascending 150 m up to the main road, we reach a viewpoint where we have outstanding sights at Tawachee (6 495 m) and Cholatse peak (6 440m). After our lunch camp in Dugla (4 620m) the trail goes directly up the gravely terminal moraine of the Khumbu glaciers for about one hour.  The trail leads to a row of memorial monuments of lost climbers and sherpas. The trail then drops a little and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche. After four to five hours hiking we reach the small settlement of Lobuche which is situated at 4 930 m. We sleep in a lodge at Gorakskhep, a semi-permanent village at the bottom of the Khumbu Icefall

 

Day 10 – Trek Gorak Shep

The ascent to Gorak Shep (5 160 m) becomes steeper and rougher as we cross several moraines.  Soon we see the peak of Pumori (7 145m). We also have our first views at Nuptse (7 864 m), Kala Pathar (5 545 m) and Mount Everest.  At the right side you look over the Khumbu Glacier, an enormous tongue of ice which marches down the slopes of Everest. We reach Gorak Shep by lunchtime and trek to Base Camp in the afternoon.  In total we hike six-seven hours today.

 

Day 11 – Trek Pheriche

Early morning we climb to Kala Pattar – the Black Rock - located at 5 545 m and marked by a tangle of prayer flags.  At this viewpoint - one of the most astonishing views on earth- you have a 360 degree panorama of Himalayan giants from Pumori and Lobuche West to Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. We return back to Gorak Shep via the view points of the ice lakes of Pumori and Everest.


After breakfast we return in 4 hours back to Pheriche located at 4 215 m.

 

Day 12 – Trek Namche Bazaar

Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3 440 m). We descend approximately 5 hours.

 

Day 13 – Trek Lukla

We start this 6 hours during trek with a strenuous descent from Namche Bazaar to the Dud Kosi (hard work for the knees), after the path climbs up to Monjo and then runs easily to Benkar, Phakding and Lukla.

 

Day 14 – Flight to Kathmandu

After breakfast we fly in about 40 minutes from Lukla to Kathmandu. Arrive at Tribhuvan Airport and transfer to hotel.

 

Day 15 – Fly out Kathmandu

Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport

 

 

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Cost per person (INR)
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Date From 16th Nov, 14 to 30th Nov, 19
Where Kathmandu
Duration 14 NIghts / 15 Days
Difficulty Difficult
Capacity 20 Seats
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