Nepal: Everest Base Camp Trek

Chris Mackay

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Nepal

Everest Base Camp Trek


Everest base camp trek nepal sustainable travelGet ready for the trek of a lifetime! Your trip begins in the capitol city of Kathmandu, visiting the important Buddhist and Hindu UNESCO sites. A short flight to Lukla delivers you to the heart of the Solo Khumbu area and the start of the Everest Base Camp trek. From here, it’s a slow and steady climb up, passing through the famous Namche Bazaar where you will spend two nights getting used to the altitude. After Namche, there is one night in Tengboche, the highest Nepali monastery. Along the way you will be engaging with locals, your porters and guides as well as other international travelers on this once-in-a-lifetime journey. Imagine the thrill of finally arriving in the thin air of base camp with fluttering prayer flags and stories of triumph and tragedy.

on-the-trail-trekking-in-nepalTrekking at altitude is a serious matter and you must be in very good condition to do this trip. You do not need to be fast as you will go at your own pace, it’s about endurance. Trekking days have a typical flow of rising early, breakfast then trekking for anywhere from 4-6 hours with a lunch break. There is always lots of down time in the late afternoon and evenings for reading, cards and talk.

Our operators are top notch in Nepal. Your guides will have satellite phones, carry gamow bags, and are trained in emergency evacuation and understand high-altitude trekking. This trek is planned with plenty of acclimations days. Our guide and porters are paid a higher than normal salary, are provided with quality gear and emergency medical insurance so if they are injured they are lifted out just like you would be. We provide SteriPens to clean water, to save on fuel and to protect you. All meals are provided on the trek and you can choose whatever you wish from the menus.


Sample Itinerary

Our itineraries are designed to let the country and its people guide your experiences. Please be flexible and allow the program to unfold.

DAY 1

ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU, NEPAL

You will be met at the airport and brought to your hotel in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Get checked in, have dinner and get a good night's sleep.

MEALS:  None


DAY 2

KATHMANDU - BOUDHANATH, PASHUPATINATH & PATAN

Today after breakfast it’s time to explore the city, visiting Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan.

The Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest Buddhist stupas, both in Nepal and in the world. Practitioners of Buddhism come from all over the world to perform puja here and to pray for wealth and prosperity. Pashupatinath is the most holy Hindu temple and sits on the banks of the Bagmati River. Hindus from all over the world pilgrimage here to worship and to commit the ashes of loved ones into the river from one of the many funeral pyres that line the temple walls. Patan is a lovely area where you can visit Durbar Square and enjoy all the different types of art and architecture.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 3

Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla in the mountains and begin trekking. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is about 30 minutes. You will start your trek from Lukla and arrive in Phakding, where you will overnight at a teahouse.

Trekking time: 3 hours

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 4

Namche Bazaar

Trek up the valley to the famous village of Namche Bazaar. You will be amazed that a village can be so large with no road into or out of it. The village is situated in a bowl on the side of the mountain and just above it you have your first views of Everest, Ama Dablam and other great Himalayan giants. You will need to spend two nights here to acclimatize before continuing up. On the acclimatization day you can explore the area and take a short hike.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 5

Namche Acclimization Day

After breakfast at the lodge, you can explore the area hiking up to Khumjung or other nearby areas, but you will return to Namche to overnight due to altitude.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 6

Namche - Tengboche

Today we trek to Tengboche, which is at 12,900 ft. Be prepared to be surrounded by breathtaking views all the way up, especially of the picturesque Ama Dablam. You will have time to explore the village and monastery. Overnight at teahouse.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 7

Tengboche - Dingboche

We will wake up at the lodge, grab some breakfast and continue our journey to Dingboche, gaining another 1,000 feet 13,950. We will need two days here as well to acclimatize. Overnight at teahouse.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 8

Dingboche Acclimization Day

Acclimatization day. Today you can head up the valley on a day hike to see Island Peak or hang out, relax and read. Overnight Dingboche.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 9

Dingboche - Dughla

Today we will reach Dughla, which sits at 15,100 feet. You will be going slower now, but there is no rush! Lunch will be provided along the way. Overnight in Dughla.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 10

Dughla - Lobuche

Breakfast will be at the lodge and we will begin the trek to Lobuche, which sits at 16,200 ft. You will pass the memorial to those who have died trying to summit Everest - a somber reminder of the power of the mountains. Overnight at lodge.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 11

Lobuche - Everest Base Camp

Today, the trek takes us up to Gorakshep at 17,000ft. Here we will rest and then head up further to visit Everest Base Camp 17,600 ft. You will be so overcome with joy that you may be doing handstands! The views are beyond stunning. Overnight at the base camp.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 12

EVEREST BASE CAMP - KALAPATHUR - LOBUCHE

After breakfast at the camp, you will have the opportunity to climb Kalapathar where there are incredible views of Everest you don’t get at base camp. Afterwards we will rest at Gorak Shep for lunch and then head down to Lobuche at 16,200 ft. Every step down is like a shot of energy as the added oxygen fills your lungs. Overnight Lobuche lodge.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 13

LOBUCHE - TENGBOCHE

This morning we will hike down to Tengboche. Your lungs will start to feel better as you get lower and lower. Be sure to take in the magnificent views as you head down. Overnight in teahouse.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 14

Tengboche - Khumjung

We will enjoy breakfast at the lodge and continue trekking down towards the village just above Namche Bazzar called Khumjung (12,400 ft.) and overnight.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 15

KHUMJUNG - MONJO

After breakfast at the lodge, we will continue trekking down through Namche and onto to Monjo where we will overnight. At this point your legs will be tired but your lungs will be very strong.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 16

Monjo - Lukla

Rise and shine, it’s your last day of trekking as we make our way back to Lukla. You made it all the way there and all the way back! We will overnight in Lukla.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 17

Lukla - Kathmandu

This morning we will catch a flight back to Kathmandu. After we arrive you will have a free afternoon for shopping and taking a nice hot shower. This day is left open in case of flight delays out of Lukla. (not uncommon!)

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 18

Kathmandu City Tour

This morning after breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel at 10 am for a half day tour of Bhaktapur and Swayambunath. Swayambhunath, also called The Monkey Temple, was constructed around the 5th Century and remains one of the highlights of any visit to Kathmandu. This Buddhist temple is famous for the hundreds, if not thousands, of monkeys who lounge around and call this place home.

You will then make your way to Bhaktapur. Your visit to Bhaktapur is a journey into the past. As soon as you pass beneath the outer wall of the city you are transported back to Nepal's golden age, an age of kings and warriors and gods, a time of plenty as well as a time of great creativity.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 19

Depart Kathmandu

This morning after breakfast enjoy your last afternoon in Kathmandu, doing any last minute shopping. You will be taken to the airport for your flight home 2.5 hours before your departure.

MEALS:  B


PRICE

From $3,365 based on 2 people

DURATION

19D / 18N

DEPARTURE DATES

Custom departures available year-round


ACTIVITY LEVEL

Challenging

ROUTE

Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding - Namche Bazaar - Tengboche - Dingboche - Dughla - Lobuche - Everest Base Camp - Kalapathur - Lobuche - Tengboche - Khumjung - Monjo - Lukla - Kathmandu

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable



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