The Trek to Everest Base Camp is one of the most thrilling and fulfilling adventures that is a dream of every daredevil mountain climber out there. The unyielding beauty, the majestic landscapes, and the cold fresh air will make every trekker feel what real nature is. Famous for a wide range of soaring peaks and the heartwarming hospitality of the locals (the Sherpa), the Everest region is among the most popular spots for exploring the wild in Nepal. Lasting about two weeks, the trek to Everest Base Camp is a wholesome package for mountain lovers.
The fastest way is to take a flight to Lukla, (the closest airstrip to the Everest region) for about 35 min from Kathmandu or take a bus to Jiri 8 hrs drive from Kathmandu and a week's walk till Lukla, once you arrive in Lukla your walk adventure of the classic Everest Base Camp begins.
Enjoy your private transfer from Kathmandu's International Airport to your hotel. In the evening relax with a welcome drink followed by a trip briefing by your experienced, professional guide.
Today enjoy your private, full-day sightseeing tour with English speaking guide to Kathmandu's cultural, religious and historical UNESCO World Heritage sites including Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight at your Kathmandu Hotel.
we take the fantastic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at 2827m. Flight time is about 40 minutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. we begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River, where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, just above Chaurikharka at 2713m. The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat at 2550m, it’s a short walk to the first local village of Phakding where we’ll crash out for the night.
Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River, we catch superb scenes of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618m). The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours, we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading center of this region.
This is the first 'acclimatization' day for this trek. We either spend the day taking a day hike to the viewpoint, maybe we could just relax and explore the lively Namche Bazaar itself. This is the nerve center of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery, and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday.
Our trek follows a gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking brilliant views of the awesome Himalayas. Along the routes, we come across some wild fauna that includes pheasants, musk deer, and sometimes a herd of Himalayan Thar. we reach Phunki Tenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses amidst the alpine woods. After lunch and some rest at Phunki Tenga, Tengboche is a perfect spot for close-up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has the largest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region. Hiking by rhododendron forests for something like an hour, we reach Deboche.
We hike through a few Chortens, mani walls and some small villages after which, we haul up for some grub and while enjoying our meals we savor some upfront views of Amadablam towering just above us; We trek via Pangboche, the highest of the true lasting settlements in the valley and reach the regular settlement, the final steepest climb of the day on our way to Dingboche. With 867 meters of ascent and 416 meters of descent, we finally hit the sack at a local lodge for the night in Dingboche
Our acclimatizing gets with our hike to nearby peak 500m and as we top it with gasping breath we soon realize the gritty climb was worth the go; the rewards are as lovely as it comes with the natural beauty that greets us for our efforts, the jaw-dropping vistas of Cho Oyu at 8201m, Pumori at 7161m, the gigantic Lhotse wall at 8400m, Amadablam at 6812m, Makalu at 8481m & Baruntse at 7129m all put together set our hearts on top gear as it skips a beat while watching these massive peaks. Overnight at our lodge in Dingboche
After crossing by some of the teahouses of Duglha, we plod higher onto the pretty risky moraine of the Khumbu glacier, passing a chain of stone monuments built-in memory of Sherpas who have died on mountaineering expeditions to Mt Everest. From hereabouts, the trail lowers and goes by the west side of the valley to Lobuche. The sunset on Nuptse from this point is an amazing sight to behold. Overnight at Lobuche
A real early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a grand view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to Gorakshep for a restful night.
We start at early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to expose itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. once we reach Kalapatthar. From here, we scuttle to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. After this we make our way back to Pheriche with a slow descent; for a good night’s rest which we truly deserve.
The trek till panboche is a combination of a little steep up and a steep down, from there we follow the same trails as walked before. A steep descent from Namche Hill leads to Monjo. Upon this juncture, we are out of the Sagarmatha National Park after exiting from its official entrance near Monjo and finally reach Monjo Village. Monjo is comparatively a quieter place to stay than Namche.
Today, we are traveling the same route down, we enjoy completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow-covered peaks. Upon arrival in Lukla, we have plenty of time to relax, stretch those aching legs, and recall the experiences of the last couple of days. our guide will re-confirm our flight ticket. In the evening, we enjoy the last dinner with our crew and make it a party night which calls for a celebration.
Today, after a hale and hearty b/fast, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our hotel or visit some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods.
Our team will have a private vehicle on standby to take you to Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport or if you'd like to extend your stay we have many short tours available. You can go on an exciting game drive in Chitwan National Park, experience the exhilaration of white water rafting or take a thrilling mountain bike ride on some of Nepal’s urban trails. Always wanted to visit Tibet or Bhutan? We have the experience to handle the details. At Travel Maker South Asia it is an honor to serve you and we look forward to welcoming you back to beautiful Nepal. We wish you a safe journey.
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