Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar Trek

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Apr 22 - May 09 | 18 Days

INR 1,39,000 + 5% GST

Highest Altitude: 5170 M

Difficulty: DemandingHiking and trekking to elevations exceeding 4000-5000 meters, away from vehicular access, over multiple days. Encompasses demanding whitewater with Class IV rapids.

Group Size: 8-16 persons

Ever since the days of early climbing expeditions, the highest point on Earth has had a lure of its own, drawing climbers and trekkers to it like a magnet. Naturally, the trail to the base camp of Everest has become one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal, yet a few people return from the trek unmoved by the experience of being among the highest peaks in the world.

During the trek, we follow the Main Everest Base Camp Trail, the route pioneered and still used by climbing expeditions that attempt the peak from the Nepal side. We visit the Base Camp at 17,600ft, and soak in the energy of teams working their way to the summit.

It’s not a cake walk for sure, and the altitude only makes things tougher. But with fore-knowledge, careful preparation and a basic level of fitness, this is certainly doable for the relatively inexperienced. On reading this, if you feel the tightness in the pit of your stomach, get in touch and we will send you the details.

Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp

DAYS 1-5

  • Day 1: Kathmandu Airport – Hotel (1550 M)

Arrive Kathmandu. Check in, relax. Last minute shopping at Thamel, sleep and hydrate.

  • Day 2: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (40 mins ; 2850m) & trek to Phakding / Benkar (2650m) 4-5 hours

We take the 40 minute morning flight from Katmandu to Lukla. After breakfast at Lukla we start the leisurely first day walk to Phakding which we should reach by late afternoon.

  • Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazar (3450m) 6-7 hours

We leave Phakding early by 7.30 am after an early breakfast as it is a long climb to Namche Bazar. The trail goes through gentle ups and downs until Jorsale (about 3 hours from Phakding). After an early lunch at Jorsale we commence the climb to Namche Bazar which should be around 3 hours.

  • Day 4: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar

These days help the body get used to the altitude. Time spent well here & Dugla increases the chances of your well being as we go higher!

  • Day 5: Namche Bazaar – Khumjung (3790 M)

We climb up to the Shyanboche airstrip and then descend to Khumjung. The twin Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde, are home to some of the most famous Everest climbers. We walk to Khunde from Khumjung and visit the hospital, which was established and funded by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. Khumjung monastery is interesting as being the store place of one of the alleged Yeti scalps that are to be found in the region.

DAYS 6-11

  • Day 6: Khumjung – Thyangboche (3860 M)

As we follow the path, we will get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we will cross the Dudh Kosi River and make a steep climb to Thyangboche monastery. Thyangboche is the spiritual center for the Khumbu, a training center for new monks. The Rimpoche (incarnate Lama) of Thyangboche resides here and the area is considered holy, nothing may be haunted or killed. With the treasures of Ama Dablam and Mount Everest in the background, the spirituality and scenic value of the site never fails to impress.

  • Day 7: Thyangboche – Dingboche (4350 M)

The trail leaves Devoche and then crosses the river over a suspension bridge which offers a great view of Ama Dablam above the crashing waters of the Dudh Kosi. It then passes a large mani wall in the middle of the trail and finally levels out to reach Pangboche. The trail follows the Imja Khola and passes the yak grazing areas of Shomare and then the small tea house of Orsho. The trail then crosses a bridge over the river. The right path leads to Dingboche about 45 minutes from the bridge.

  • Day 8: Rest Day at Dingboche

The rest day at Dingboche can be used for a day walk upto Chukung with fabulous views of the Lhotse/Nuptse wall and Ama Dablam as well. Alternatively a half day walk can be made to the Nangkartshang peak or the Ama Dablam lakes across the moraine.

  • Day 9: Dingboche to Dugla (4600m)

We climb the ridge behind the village and then come onto a level plain with enormous views of Taboche in the background. The trail continues along the plain and then crosses a bridge and climbs gently to Dugla. Dugla is just above 15,000 feet so a night halt here should definitely help acclimatization though many trekkers carry onto Lobuche the same day.

  • Day 10: Dugla to Lobuche (4940m)

The hill to climb after Dugla can be hard especially if you are having problems with altitude. At the crest are the “Everest memorials” for sherpas and climbers who did not make it down from Everest. From the memorials the gradient eases off and in about an hour you can spot the lodges of Lobuche.

  • Day 11: Lobuche to Gorak Shep to EBC & back to Gorak Shep (5170m)

The trail follows the moraine of the Khumbu glacier and there is a lot of hard walking over boulders and scree slopes. Pumori comes into view as one approaches Gorak Shep. We usually reach Gorak Shep by 11 am in the morning. Continue to EBC and return to base by late evening.

DAYS 12-18

  • Day 12: Gorak Shep to Kala Pattar (5554m) & back to Lobuche

The climb to the view point of Kala Pattar would take around two hours depending on the level of acclimatization. From this high point a, magnificent 360 degree view unfolds with all the major peaks of the region visible. We come down in an hour to Gorak Shep and after a quick lunch head down the valley to Lobuche which is usually reached by evening. This is a long day but a better alternative to spending two nights at Gorak Shep.

  • Day 13: Lobuche to Pangboche (4000m)

The descent down the valley is now swift as we are losing altitude and the air is getting thicker. We stop for lunch at Pheriche and then reach Pangboche by late afternoon.

  • Day 14: Pangboche to Kyanjuma (3600m)

We walk down to Thyangboche and then with a quick stop for tea descend steeply to Phunki Tenka. Lunch is at Phunki Tenka and we then climb for Kyanjuma which we reach by late afternoon.

  • Day 15: Kyanjuma to Monjo (2825 m)

We leave Kyanjuma after breakfast and are in Namche Bazar in an hour and a half. We spend a couple of hours here have an early lunch and leave Namche by noon for Monjo. We descend steeply to the Benkar Bridge. From the bridge we climb up to the Park Headquarters and then the trail levels and enters Monjo by early evening.

  • Day 16: Monjo to Lukla (5 hours)

We leave Monjo after a late breakfast and stop for lunch at Thado Kosi. From Thado Kosi the trail climbs for Lukla which we should reach by afternoon.

  • Day 17: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu – by morning flight – if the flight is on time we should be back in Kathmandu for breakfast! Transfer to hotel, enjoy Thamel and the city.

  • Day 18: Return Home
Inclusions:
  • All travel from Kathmandu Airport to Kathmandu Airport by road/air as applicable in a non ac vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Kathmandu – Lukla fight included in the above mentioned cost
  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tea houses / hotel
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary & safe drinking water
  • Hot and cold drinks at the teahouse where the stay is
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Professional guide fee
  • One shower/day/person where possible
  • All trekking arrangements with india’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
  • Porterage upto 12kg/person
  • Peak fee/sanctuary fee/royalty/permits where applicable
Exclusions:
  • Reaching Kathmandu flight not included in the above-mentioned cost
  • Sleeping bag & lunch and dinner at Kathmandu
  • Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
  • Bottled water/ hot drinking water/wifi (rates increase the further you get from Kathmandu)
  • Showers more than once a day
  • Items of personal clothing
  • Porterage above 12kg chargeable at INR 1500/day
  • Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee / etc.)
  • Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
  • Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team) – Personal choice
  • Travel & cancellation insurance

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