Everest Base Camp Trek

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Everest Base Camp Trek




Everest base camp trek is one of the most commonly done treks in Nepal. About 30,000+ trekkers attempt this trek every year. Everest base camp lies in the southern side of Mt. Everest in the Khumbu (Solukhumbu) valley of Nepal. The trek starts and ends back at Lukla. To get to Lukla, one needs to first fly to Kathmandu, to the Tribhuvan International airport and then fly the following day to Lukla. The itinerary of this trek is of 14 to 16 days, where we spend about 12 days on the trail. We spend 2 to 3 days acclimatizing so basically, we trek for 9 to 10 days for the base camp and back. It is an approximate of 120kms of trekking over these days. This is a difficult grade trek meant for experienced trekkers.

Everest base camp trek is the most attempted trek in the land of Nepal. It is very scenic and anyone who appreciates experiencing the mighty peaks closely would fall in love with this trek. The trek to the base camp has many folklores, stories of legendary mountaineers who attempted the mighty Everest, successful as well as unsuccessful. During our attempt to the base camp each day we feel the adrenaline seeing the mighty Everest and approaching its base camp. We complete this trek in 16 days, Kathmandu to Kathmandu.

Other treks that can be attempted in Nepal are, Annapurna Base Camp trek as well as Annapurna Circuit trek. There is another route to attempt Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri lakes.
Day 1) Delhi to Kathmandu (4,585 feet) (1hour 40mins) to Thamel (20mins drive)



Take the flight from Delhi to Kathmandu which generally takes an hour and 40mins to land at the Tribhuvan International airport – Kathmandu. From here we get into the taxi for a 15 to 20mins drive to Thamel. We spend the night here in Thamel and get introduced to the team followed with a few discussions about our trek.

Day 2) Stay in Thamel (Permits and Permissions)

We spend a day here in Thamel to take the relevant permits and permissions required for the trek. We need to ensure paperwork is sorted for each of us before proceeding. After these formalities are done, we will have a team briefing in which the route and entire trek schedule will be shared with everyone followed by an introduction session.
We will also do a quick medical check of every team member. This helps us in the overall well being of the group.

Day 3) Kathmandu to Lukla (9,250 feet) (25mins flight time) to Phakding (8,700 feet) (8kms/ 5hours)



Today we drive back to Kathmandu airport and take the first flight to Tenzing-Hillary airport – Lukla. Landing at Lukla airport is an adventure in itself. Sit on the left of the aircraft to enjoy the best views of the Himalayas. Due to unpredicted weather conditions, we need to ensure to take the first flight to Lukla.



After this short flight, we have a 5hours trek covering a disctance of about 8 kms to reach Phakding. Our trek for today is mostly a gradual ascend through a forest trail. These villages are surrounded with a lot of vegetation. We walk by many boulders that are carved with Budhist prayers. We reach our destination for today, Phakding and do some cool down stretches.

Day 4) Phakding to Namche bazaar (9kms/ 7 – 8hours) (8,700 feet – 11,300 feet)



Today's trek will give us feel of doing a difficult level trek. We cross a suspension bridge with gradual descend. We will be trekking mostly through the forests this day. We reach the Monjo village after about 3 hours of trekking and enter the 'Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World heritage site)'. Another 3 to 4kms of a steep ascend through the forests and we reach the picturesque bridge right over the Dudh-kosi river. We spot peaks like the Kangde Ri (19,700 feet) and Thamsekru (22,020 feet) along with the might Everest (28,980 feet) for the first time. Both Kangde Ri and Thamsekry are difficult peaks and require thorough mountaineering skills .

Day 5) Namche Bazaar - acclimatization day

We need to give ourselves a day to acclimatize here at Namche bazaar as we are at an altitude of 11,300 feet already, and we need to go further up to 17,600 feet on our trek. We take a short trek to the famous Everest view hotel from where we will get the first glimpse of Mt. Everest and return to Namche bazaar. Today's acclimatization walk is very important. Once we are back, we can explore Namche bazaar to buy souvenirs or trekking gears. Other than the Everest view hotel, we can also hike till the Sherpa Cultural Museum to get spectacular views of Everest. We also get amazing views of Ama Dablam (22,310 feet) from there as well. This museum also has maps of treks in Nepal.

Day 6) Namche to Tingboche (10.5kms/ 5-6hours) (11,300 feet – 12,690 feet)



We make it to the top of the Namche bazaar market after half an hour of the trek. A comfortable trek for a couple of hours and we reach Shanasa. An hour's descend and we reach the Imjatse river. We halt here to rest for a bit and continue our trek. A total of 5 to 6 hours and we reach our destination for the day- Tingboche.

Day 7) Tingboche to Dengboche (12kms/ 5-6hours) (12,690 feet – 14,500 feet)



After crossing a few scattered homes and lodges, we cross the river though a bridge. Before crossing this one, we see a collapsed bridge which is no longer in use. After trekking through the forest patch full of trees like Himalayan birch, rhododendron, Fir, Juniper etc, we reach the beautiful village of Deboche. From Deboche we get the amazing views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam.



After this we trek ascend for the most part to reach the gate from where we have 2 route options to choose from. We take the route that goes from Pangboche as this route is more beautiful. We reach Dengboche and retire for the rest of the day. Dengboche is greener and bigger compared to Tingboche.

Day 8) Dengboche – Acclimatization day
Today will be an acclimatization day. We spot the mighty Lhotse peak and island peak. Dengboche is also utilised as a start point to climb the Island peak.

Day 9) Dengboche to Lobuche (11.5kms/ 6-7hours) (14,500 feet – 16,250 feet)



Today we pass the famous Khumbu Glacier. The first hour of the trek is an easy gradual trek to the Tibetan Mani (a symbol built in remembrance for someone). A gentle trek down and we reach the plains of Pheriche – the Himalayan Rescue Association. The route takes us through Phangboche which has amazing views of Ama Dablam right above us. Other mountain peaks as Mt. Pumori (23,300 feet), Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Cholatse and Mt. Thamserku are also visible on the route. After Pheriche, we cross the Khumbu glacier, from where we spot peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren and Mahalangur as well. We spot various memorials of the sherpas and climbers who tried to conquer Everest. The famous Scott Fisher's memorial also can be seen here.

Day 10) Lobuche to Gorekshep to Everest base camp and return to Gorekshep (15kms/ 8hours) (16,250 feet – 17,000 feet – 17, 650 feet – 17,000 feet)



Today's trek is a long trek and the farthest point of our trek. We trek mostly on the glacier. Even though we do not get great views of the mighty Mt. Everest today, we will enjoy the trek. After trekking for one hour, we reach the rocky moraines. We spot a few glacial ponds on our way to reach Gorekshep.



From Gorekshep, the trek to Everest base camp is a strenuous ascend of a few hours. The trail from here could get tricky hence we follow our guides. On reaching the base camp we spend some time, click pictures and start our descend back to Gorekshep. Everest Base Camp is the closest we get to the world's highest peak- "EVEREST". Spending time here is a must for every mountain lover. Many mountaineers willing to attempt the Everest would be camping at the base camp. If time allows, and we can spot a few climbers, we could have a conversation with them as well.

Day 11) Gorekshep to Kala pathar to Lobuche (9kms/ 7hours) (17,000 feet – 18,625 feet – 16,250 feet)



Today is the day when we trek to the highest point of our trek- Kala pathar scaling up till an altitude of 18,625 feet. As this is the highest point, it will also be the most strenuous of ascends. Our previous day's trek experience to the base camp will be very useful. We trek for about an hour, climbing on a steep route. After this steep climb we have gradual and easy ascends opening up the best views of the mighty Mt. Everest. A total 3 hours from Gorekshep and we'll reach Kala pathar to enjoy the magnificent views of Mt. Everest.

After spending some time here, we start to descend. It will not be difficult to get down to Lobuche in another 3 hours. As the entire route would be a gradula descend, we will need to be careful not to have an aggressive pace and injure ourselves. This days total trek comprises of a steep incline in the start and an easy yet long descend back to Lobuche. Depending upon the team's fitness and other concerns, we could take a collective call to descend directly to Pheriche.

Day 12) Lobuche/ Pheriche to Tengboche (16,250 feet – 12,690 feet)



Today will be a gentle descend of 6 to 7 hours to reach Tingboche. We cross the Himalayan ranges once again retracing our steps to Tingboche.

Day 13) Tengboche to Monjo (12,690 feet – 9,400 feet)



We trek to Monjo which would take 6 to 7 hours to complete. This would be a moderate level trek. We spend the night in Monjo.

Day 14) Monjo to Lukla (9,400 feet – 9,250 feet) (6 hours)



Our return to Lukla will be a simple descend. Today we trek for 6 hours. We descend gradually and just before reaching Lukla we have a gradual ascend that leads us straight to Lukla. This is the last day of our Everest base camp trek so we click as many pictures as we can.

Day 15) Lukla to Kathmandu

From Lukla we proceed towards the airport to board our 35mins flight to Kathmandu. From there we head straight to our hotel and check-in. Later in the day, we take a stroll on the streets of Thamel and proceed towards the local markets. This would be a good day to do some shopping. Good trekking equipment is available here in Thamel. Have a closing ceremony on this last night with Wanderers and call it a day.

Day 16) Check out from the hotel and head to the airport

We check out from the hotel latest by 11.30am and take a drop at the airport to catch our flights.

*NOTE – We generally opt for the Tara Airlines to book our 2 way tickets as per our itinerary. However, the airline operator holds the right to change/ re-schedule/ cancel the flight due to weather, security or any other reason that may deem fit to them. The carrying baggage limit is 10kgs and the hand baggage limit is 5kgs. Total trek distance – 125 to 130kms (including acclimatization walk)

Inclusions:

Meals - All the meals mentioned above from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Accommodation - 2 nights before the trek at Thamel and 1 night at Kathmandu on the
Porter Service for 10Kgs backpack
Day 15 and 12 nights in hotels/ home-stays during the trek
Airport transfers - Kathmandu to Thamel (Day1)
- Thamel to Kathmandu (Day2)
- Kathmandu hotel to airport (Day16)
Camping/ tea house on double/ triple sharing basis
A certified wilderness first aid responder for any medical emergencies
An experienced and certified skilled mountaineer as the trek leader
2 guides for a group of maximum 12-14 trekkers. Generally it is 1 guide to about 6 members.
All our guides and trek leads are professionally trained/ skilled and have many years of relevant experience in guiding and leading treks.
Clean sleeping bags
Camping Mattresses
Toilets – clean and hygienic (generally separate for males and females Tibetan style)
First aid medical kit with medical assistance for the trekkers
Oxygen cylinder with oxy meter for a close daily check-up
Camping & trekking permits and permissions from the local administrations/ authorities

Exclusions:

Service tax 5% (as per the current in GST)
Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bags/ offloads
Any meals/services not mentioned above
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
Insurance
Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
Price : INR 73,250 + 5% GST (Kathmandu - Kathmandu)
Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of M/S Wanderers payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway.

Bank details:

Yes Bank
New Friends Colony
Account Number: 006961900002710
Account Type: Current Account
Name: M/S Wanderers
IFS Code: YESB0000069
Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips.

Cancellation Policy:

45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15 Days: No refund

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