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Everest Base Camp Trek Package (17 days, 16 nights)

The chilly mountain air will make you shudder and break that reverie you fall into standing in front of a couple of 8000-meter peaks. To be at the base camp of Mount Everest, although a modest desire compared to climbing Everest itself, is for many the zenith of their personal adventure quest. For a number of days you’ll be walking the same route legendary mountaineers have walked, or perhaps find yourself sitting across the aisle in a lodge’s dining room from the man who has climbed Mount Everest ten times.
 
Everest Base Camp, it must be remembered, is only the destination; the journey offers much more than mountains. The trek passes through the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 1,148 sq. km. park is a mountain fastness for species like the musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, red panda and black bear. Bar-headed Geese, which have been recorded flying at altitude of 9,000 meters above sea level, pass through here in their annual migration. The legendary hospitality and rich culture of the Sherpas, the indigenous people of the Everest region, is a reason in itself to visit the Everest region. 

     

    Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

    Assistance at the airport upon arrival and transfer to hotel.
     
    Cultural show and dinner at local restaurant

    Day 02 Half-day tour of Kathmandu City

    Breakfast at hotel, followed by half-day sight-seeing of Kathmandu City.
     
    Kathmandu City
    Three dynasties, a century-long oligarchy, and hordes of hippies have at one time or another occupied the center of old Kathmandu, the Basantapur Durbar Square. Kumari, the living goddess, lives here. In this one square are the wonders, eccentricities, and diversity of Nepali temples. Here is the intimidating image of Kaal Bhairav. Criminals or suspects were brought before this statue in ancient times and put on trial. It is said that if they lied, they died on the spot.

    Overnight at hotel

    Day 03 Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

    Breakfast at hotel, and leave for airport. Flight duration: 40 minutes. Walk duration: 3 hours 
     
    Your adrenaline levels soar to new heights as the plane descends on to the Lukla airport runway. After that begins the gradual yet ceaseless succession of spectacular scenery. From Lukla the trail descends to Cheplung (Chablung). After Cheplung the trails hugs the serpentine course of the Dudh Kosi River. A small climb brings you to Ghat. At the end of another climb is the day’s destination, Phakding (2610m).   
     
    Overnight in Phakding

    Day 04 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

    Trek to Namche Bazaar. Duration: 6 hours
     
    Crossing suspension bridges takes on the regularity of a ritual on the second day. The Dudh Kosi rumbles southward as you head north. An hour of taxing climb from the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and Bhote Kosi rivers, Mount Everest appears on the scene, only partly visible from behind the gigantic wall formed by Lhotse and Nuptse. Another hour’s walk brings you to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa settlement that straddles village and town, our world and that of the mighty Everest.      
                                                
    Overnight in Namche Bazaar

    Day 05 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar

    Spend day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize.
     
    Namche is the hub of two cultures: Sherpa and mountaineering. The Sherpa Museum and Visitor Center in Namche Bazaar presents both in a wonderful way. A hike to the nearby village of Thame flexes muscles and allows your lungs to adjust to the high-altitude air. Or, immure yourself in the lodge and enjoy the apple pies.
     
    Overnight in Namche Bazaar

    Day 06 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

    Trek to Tengboche. Duration: 6 hours
     
    Three giants – Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse – join Dudh Kosi to form a quartet, taking turns to delight and mesmerize. At the Thyangboche Monastery, peaks like Ama Dablam, Taboche, Thamserku, Kantega and Kwangde appear, as though to welcome you. If you are trekking during the October-November full moon, you might witness the Mani Rimdu festival, a masked dance ceremony held annually at the monastery.     
     
    Overnight in Tengboche

    Day 07 Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

    Trek to Dingboche. Duration: 5 hours  
     
    Shortly after Tengboche you arrive at the altitude of 4000 meters. The walking pace slows down to a laborious rhythm. Walking past the sacred mantras on a long mani wall you arrive at Pangboche. Summer pastures lie between here and the day’s destination, Dingboche.
     
    Overnight in Dingboche

    Day 08 Acclimatization day in Dingboche

    Spend day in Dingboche to acclimatize.
     
    Getting used to the amazing views takes longer than adapting to the altitude here. The enrapturing views of Ama Dablam’s north face and the icy hulks of Nuptse and Lhotse can be combined with a leisurely walk to Chhukung.
     
    Overnight in Dingboche

    Day 09 Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

    Trek to Lobuche. Duration: 6 hours
     
    The day’s trek is a steady gain in altitude. Passing through Phulang Kala (4340m) and Duglha (4620m), you arrive at the moraine from the Khumbu Glacier. Climbing beside this waste of rocks you arrive at the somber spot where there are memorials to climbers who have died on Everest. Pumori appears as you near Lobuche and 5000 meters. 
     
    Overnight in Lobuche

    Day 10 Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep and from there to Everest Base Camp

    Trek to Gorakshep. From Gorakshep make a side trip to Everest Base Camp. Duration: 8 hours
     
    From Lobuche the trail climbs, going north along the Khumbu Glacier. The approach to Gorakshep, and the walk for a while beyond it, is over flat ground, offering a respite from the rigors of climbing. With its scenes of expedition teams moving about and views of the treacherous Khumbu Icefall and the masses of Nuptse and Pumori, the Base Camp is like a huge open-air mountaineering headquarters.  
     
    Overnight in Gorakshep

    Day 11 Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar and from there to Pheriche

    Trek to Kala Patthar. Brief stay at Kala Patthar, then descend to Pheriche. Duration: 8-9 hours
     
    You need to start before dusk in order to arrive in Kala Patthar on time to watch Everest bathe in the morning light. The morning chill, made sharper by the winds, test your resolve. After a few hours you arrive at Kala Patthar, the point of culmination of your trek and long-held dream. After capturing your moment with the mountains on camera, you trek down toward Pheriche. 
     
    Overnight in Pheriche

    Day 12 Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche

    Trek to Tengboche. Duration: 5 hours
     
    You descend, and descend with ease, on this day. The trail is easier, with only minor climbs. And in your heart is the satisfaction of having been to Everest Base Camp. At the village of Shomare you have the enticing option to take a side trip to the ancient gompa (monastery) in Upper Pangboche. Similarly, there is the chance to visit the nunnery at Debuche before continuing on to Tengboche.
     
    Overnight in Tengboche

    Day 13 Trek from Tengboche to Monjo

    Trek to Monjo. Duration: 7 hours
     
    A suspension bridge takes you to other side of valley, and, following a winding path, you arrive at Namche Bazaar. After descending on a steep trail from Namche, you cross another bridge across the Dudh Kosi to the quaint village of Monjo. 
     
    Overnight in Monjo

    Day 14 Trek from Monjo to Lukla

    Trek to Lukla. Duration: 5-6 hours
     
    Ascending for a few hours brings you to Lukla. The transient population of trekkers blends with the local populace of Lukla and Nepal Army soldiers to create a community that is perfect for a weary and exhilarated trekker to arrive in at the end of memorable trek.  
     
    Overnight in Lukla

    Day 15 Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

    Take flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Duration: 40 minutes
     
    Overnight in Kathmandu

    Day 16 Rest day in Kathmandu or optional day tour to Bhaktapur

    Breakfast at hotel. Rest and leisurely activities like shopping in Kathmandu. Optional tour of Bhaktapur City.  
     
    Bhaktapur
    Bhaktapur dates back to the 11th century, and in many places that is where it still exists. Walk its brick-paved streets and you see scenes that have almost disappeared elsewhere in the Valley: grains spread out on the ground to dry, spinning potter’s wheels, carpenters chiseling ancient window designs, and elderly men chatting and playing dice games. With three major squares filled with temples, several medieval ponds, and 172 pilgrim shelters, Bhaktapur lives up to its name of ‘City of Devotees.’
     
    Overnight in Kathmandu

    Day 17 Depart from Kathmandu

    Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to international airport.

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    The best time to visit?

    From March to May and again in late September to October. But thousands of trekkers crowd the trails and lodges during these months. If you wish to avoid this trekker traffic, treks can be done in June-July or November-December—provided you are willing to brave rains and the winter cold.
     

    Attire

    The trek passes through some very high places, so clothes for extremely cold weather need to be packed. For protection against the intense high-altitude sun carry a sun hat or scarf. Other essentials include light balaclava or warm fleece hat, sunglasses with UV protection, a few pairs of socks, a warm jacket, hiking pants, pile jacket, shorts, and fleece jacket. Footwear: trekking or running shoes; sandals (for lodges).
     

    How strenuous is the trek?

    There are some days on this trek that involve walking for 8 hours, but they are less strenuous than they sound. The trek is tough only in small stretches. It can be exhausting in places if it is your first ever trek, but the guides are experts in interspersing periods of rest between walks, making it easier for you. Trekkers with a history of problems related to heart, lung, and blood pressure must inform the trekking agency about it. If possible, prepare your body for the trek by jogging or taking long walks.
     

    Is altitude sickness a threat on this trek?

    Like all treks to high-altitude places, this one does carry the threat of altitude sickness. But given that you ascend gradually, allowing your body to acclimatize, the risk of suffering from altitude sickness is minimized. If you do experience prolonged dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, you should convey it to the guide immediately. You only make altitude sickness worse by ignoring it. 
     

    Necessary Items

    Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, a medium-sized quick-dry towel, multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, face and body moisturizer, feminine hygiene products, wet wipes (baby wipes) and tissue, anti-bacterial hand wash, sleeping bag (can be hired in Kathmandu). Bring binoculars if you a closer view of eagles and vultures. Gloves are a must if you are keen on snapping photos in the freezing mornings. Walking poles are recommended; they reduce the strain on your legs going uphill and down. Water bottles (preferably thermoses) and headlamps are also important. Since there will be side trips on some days, bringing a small backpack to carry items like cameras and binoculars is advised.
     

    Accommodation During Trek  

    Trailside lodges, known as teahouses, will be our accommodation during the trek. These places usually have rooms with twin beds. You will need to bring a sleeping bag, although all lodges provide quilts. It must be noted that attached toilets, although not non-existent, are not common in teahouses; washing and toilet facilities are usually shared and may be located in a separate part of the teahouse or outside. If you are alone, and want to pay only for one bed, you are expected to share the room with another trekker of the same sex. However, if you pay for two people you can have a room entirely to yourself. It must be noted, however, that in higher and remoter places, sharing is almost an unspoken law; it’d be unthinkable to occupy a room all by yourself when there are other trekkers in need of a bed.
     

    Food and Water

    During the trek, you will be provided with three meals every day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each meal will also include tea or coffee. Although many dishes familiar to you will be available, sometimes the choices will be limited. Rice and noodle dishes are most common, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. As drinking water goes, you can buy packaged water (mineral water) from local lodges, or, where it is unavailable, get boiled water (extra charge for boiling), which you can further treat with water purification pills.
     

    Luggage While Trekking

    Porters carry the main luggage during the trek, which leaves only small items like water bottles, cameras, spare jacket for you to carry. Valuables and objects not required on the trek can be deposited in the locker provided by your hotel in Kathmandu. You will also be given a complimentary kit bag before your trek starts to pack all your necessary things.
     

    Trekking Crew

    A team of local crew will be your companions on the trek. More than providing company, they will be responsible for ensuring your safety and comfort. The guide/trek leader is the go-to man, who will be responsible for making the trek as smooth and enjoyable as possible. He will inform and entertain. To make the trek easier on the body, the team of porters (one for every two trekkers) will carry your luggage, leaving you unburdened and free to enjoy the mesmerizing scenery.

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    Package Includes

    • Transport, pick-up, and drop
    • Sight-seeing in Kathmandu
    • Hotel accommodation (Hotel with full board Basis)
    • Airport tax (domestic)
    • Entrance fee for: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Sagarmatha National Park

    Package Excludes

    • Visa fee at the International Airport
    • Laundry
    • Personal expenses
    • Airport tax for international flight during departure
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