The next few days are spent trekking through the heartland of the Sherpa people. Passing through by Buddhist monasteries and panoramic views of Khumbu Mountains and close view of Everest everyday. This will allow us to explore the everest region. Although this trek is called the Everest base camp trek, our goal is the summit of Kala Pattar,which is higher than Everest base camp,with awe-inspiring views of Nuptse and Everest with the Khumbu Glacier.The Sagarmatha National Park is rich with flora and fauna, but the existence of the yeti remains a mystery.
Many people enjoy this opportunity to get to know the local Sherpa people in a meaningful way. In addition we visit the famous local market of Namche Bazaar and some beautiful monasteries most famous being the one at Tengboche.Blooming Rhododendrons are the ultimate high altitude delight! This will be an extremely enjoyable experience if you like physical activity and the outdoors. However, you must be prepared to rough it, as conditions in Nepal are variable. You will enjoy the challenge of this trip creating many fond memories and great pictures. It's the experience of a lifetime.
Kalapathar (5,550m): Kala Pathar is a mountain in the Nepalese Himalaya. It appears as a big brown bump below the impressive south face of Pumori (7,161m). Many trekkers in the region of Mount Everest will attempt to summit Kala Patthar, since it provides the most accessible point to view Mt. Everest from base camp to peak (due to the structure of Everest, the peak cannot be seen from the base camp). The views from almost anywhere on Kala Patthar of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are spectacular. Trip Grade: 4/Strenuous:This trek is strenuous. Maximum elevation is 5,550m (Kalapathar).
From the tiny airfield of Lukla the trail leads through Sherpa villages, Buddhist Monasteres, alpine 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 glacial moraine you eventually reach Base Camp, high on the Khumbu Glacier, where colorful expedition tents give a bizarre appearance to this desolate place surrounded by rock, snow and ice.
Day 1: Arrival pick up transfer to Hotel and Orientation. Pick-up at Tribhuvan International Airport, meeting with your guide and transfer to Hotel. First impressions of Kathmandu – 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. We also discover Thamel - the vibrant tourist area with hotels, restaurants and outdoor shops. Briefing hotel where we will be discussing the technicalities of the trek. In the evening you enjoy a welcome dinner with cultural Dance. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 2 :Arrival pick up transfer to Hotel and Orientation. After Breakfast at hotel start Sightseeing with private van to Pasupatinah, the most important Hindu temples of Nepal with the sacred burning ghats located at the holy Baghmati river and Boudhanath the biggest Buddhist stupa in South Asia and Swoyambhunath also known as Monkey Temple. Afternoon checking and arranging trekking gears. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3: Flight to Lukla (2850 m) – Trek to Phading (2640 m). In the early morning we drive to Tribhuvan Airport to connect our fly to Lukla - flight time app. 40 minutes from Kathmandu. 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. Overnight stay at lodge Phakding.
Day 4: Trek Namche Bazaar (3440m). 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 riverbank 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. Overnight stay at lodge Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Acclimatizing day at Namche Bazaar (3440m). Rest day in Namche. Optional walk to the Sherwi Khangba Sherpa Culture Museum or dayhike to the Hotel Everest View in Khumjung village (3 700 m) and Khundi Hospital in Khundi Village, the first hospital build in Khumbu Region by Sir Edmund Hillary and Himalayan Trust in 1966. Overnight stay at lodge Namche Bazaar.
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (3860 m). 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. Atthe 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. Overnight stay at lodge Tengboche.
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4410m). Trek to Dingboche (4410 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 ImjaRiver. 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. Overnight stay at lodge Dingboche
Day 8: Rest day in Dingboche (4410m). Optional acclimatization trek (5-6 hours) to the remote village of Chhukung (4730 m) and Chhukung Ri (top) located at 5 550 m. We have magnificent sights at Island Peak (6189 m), Amphulapche (5663 m), Baruntse Base Camp (5 400m) and the white ice lake of Imja Tsho. Overnight stay at lodge Dingboche.
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche (4930m). 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. Overnight stay at lodge Lobuche.
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5160m) - Afternoon Everest Base Camp Visit (5350m). 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 Pattar (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. We sleep in a lodge at Gorakskhep, a semi-permanent village at the bottom of the Khumbu Icefall. We enjoy our wonderful in the shadow of the highest peak of the world! Overnight stay at lodge Gorakshep.
Day 11: Trek to Pheriche (4240m). 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 (4 240 m). Overnight stay at lodge Pheriche.
Day 12: Pheriche - Tengboche (3860m). We descend the valley of the Imja Khola, trek through the village of Dingboche with its stone walled potatoe fields and the highest year round settlement in the valley. The Pangboche Gompa (monastory) is the oldest in the Khumbu Region. From there we have a gentle climb to the tiny village of Deboche past mani walls deep in a rhododendron forest along the trail climb to Tengboche through a forest of birches conifers and rhododendrons. The singular beauty of Ama Dablam, standing isolated from all other mountains provides a spectacular backdrop and reminder of the height of Himalayan peaks. Overnight stay at lodge Pheriche.
Day 13: Trek to Namche (3440m). From Tengboche the trail drops sharply down to the Dudh Kosi and the village of Phunki, where we cross the river, and up toward Namche Bazaar, winding high above the river with views north towards Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse.
Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Day 14: Trek to Lukla (2600m). We start this 6 hours during trek with a streneous 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. Overnight stay at Lukla.
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu. After breakfast we fly in about 40 minutes from Lukla to Kathmandu. Arrive at Tribhuvan Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 16: Departure to onward journey. After Breakfast in Hotel departure to onward journey or rest tour in Nepal.
Personal Equipment (for trekking) that you should bring with you:
- A pair of light hiking boots
- A pair of sandals
- Some pairs of woolen socks
- One light wool/fleece sweater
- One down sweater/jacket
- One light wind Gore-Tex jacket and one light wind Gore-Tex pant
- A pair of Gore-Tex glove shells with liner or ski gloves
- One sunscreen lotion
- A one - litter water bottle and purifier
- Two T - shirts and one long sleeve T - shirts
- Flashlight (extra batteries)
- Camera and photo films as per your interest
- Sun hat
- One trekking baggy pants
- First aid kit
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, toilet rolls, bath towel etc) and more necessary personal clothes.
Meals during Everest Base Camp Trek:
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during on trek. Three meals ( B,L & D) a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge, Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.
Make sure to have both medical and evacuation insurance before coming to Nepal for Everest Base Camp Trek
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