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Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar

Trip Overview

The Everest Base Camp Trek is certainly a challenge, 14 days of walking, high altitudes, rocky tracks, and some pretty steep inclines, but what an achievement to say you reached the base camp of the highest mountain in the world. The path begins in ancient Kathmandu, where you'll acclimate and explore the city at your leisure while anticipating your ascent. Your trek to Everest Base Camp  world's tallest mountain will bring you over suspension bridges spanning chasms of thin air, through hidden Buddhist monasteries, and into the heart of the warm, rugged Sherpa culture.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Fly Kathmandu – Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,562m /8700ft): 3-4 hrs trek

Day 03: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 10km, 6-7 hrs

Day 04: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization and exploration day

Day 05: Namche Bazzar - Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5-6 hrs. 10 km

Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche (4312m): 5-6 hours

Day 07: Acclimatisation day in Pheriche (4312m) - optional side trek

Day 08: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4920m): 4-5 hours

Day 09: Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,160 m/17,000ft) - Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft) Gorak Shep : 15km, 8-10 hrs

Day 10: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft) - Pheriche (4,280 m/14,070 ft), 15km, 8-10 hrs

Day 11: Pheriche – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft), 15km, 8-9 hrs

Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft), 18km, 7-8 hrs

Day 13: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft), 35 min flight

Day 14: Final Trek departure
 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
We will welcome you at the airport and drop you to the hotel.  

Day 02: Fly Kathmandu – Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,562m /8700ft): 3-4 hrs trek


Early morning, fly to Lukla for 35 minutes.  The trail starts along the side of the Dudh Koshi valley before ascending to Ghat Trail climbs gently again about an hour to final destination Phakding.

Day 03: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 10km, 6-7 hrs
Trek leads through a beautiful pine forest, along Dudh Koshi River crossing many suspension bridges via Sherpa villages Benkar, Chimoa, Monjo and Jorsole  national park permit check point with the tranquility view of glistering Mt. Thamserku.

Day 04: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization and exploration day


Today will be spent resting and allowing your bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude. There’s an optional 2 hour hike to Everest View Point, an uphill walk that will help speed acclimatization. Otherwise, spend the day exploring Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Namche Bazzar - Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5-6 hrs. 10 km
Breathtaking views of the Himalayas - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde - are some of the highlights of the day.

Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche (4312m): 5-6 hours
The trail starts with a steep descent through woods towards a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River. Then you begin a steady climb up to Pheriche via Pangboche, which houses the most ancient monastery in the region.

Day 07: Acclimatisation day in Pheriche (4312m) - optional side trek


As it is important to ascend slowly you'll spend another day acclimatising . There are many day hikes you can take from here, or you can simply have a day of rest.

Day 08: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4920m): 4-5 hours
The trail continues up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse (6440m) and Tawoche (6542m). Afterwards, the climb gets steeper to reach the foot of the Khumbu glacier. 

Day 09: Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,160 m/17,000ft) - Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft) Gorak Shep : 15km, 8-10 hrs


 On the way to our destination, we’ll approach the famed Khumbu Glacier and icefall, located on the slopes of Everest. 

Day 10: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft) - Pheriche (4,280 m/14,070 ft), 15km, 8-10 hrs
A very early morning climb of 2-3 hours up Kala Patthar offers a sunrise awakening of the Himalayan chain. First Everest then its surrounding vassals: Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Lhotse and Nuptse.Plus Cho Oyo in the west and Ama Dablam to the south.

Day 11: Pheriche – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft), 15km, 8-9 hrs
Today a long descent leads to Phunki Thenga on the Imja Khola. The path then climbs to Sanasa beyond which it broadens for the pleasant contour walk back to Namche Bazaar.

Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft), 18km, 7-8 hrs
From Namche, the trail descends to more comfortable altitudes, passing through the friendly farming villages, crossing the suspension bridge at Thado Koshi before rising to Ghat and Cheplung. 

Day 13: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft), 35 min flight


After an early breakfast, take the return flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 14: Final Trek departure
After breakfast, transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination.

Equipment List

  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Waterproof trousers.
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Down jacket.
  • Fleece/sweater
  • Light-weight fleece or wool vests.
  • Long or short-sleeved shirt.
  • Warm hiking trousers.
  • Underwear.
  • Warm hat 
  • Wide rimmed sun hat.
  • 2 – 3 pairs good quality walking socks.
  • Warm gloves or mitts.
  • Large rucksack or Duffel bag.
  • Rucksack liner or thick bin bag. 
  • Dark sunglasses.
  • High factor sun-cream.
  • Lip balm preferably with sun bloc.
  • Ear plugs. 
  • Head torch/torch and spare batteries.
  • 1 liter 2 water bottle.
  • Water purification kit. 
  • Toiletries.
  • Small hand towel. 
  • Toilet paper.

Useful Info

This trek can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at mountainsunvalley@gmail.com

FAQ

What is the level of accommodation like?
In Kathmandu, your accommodation will usually include an attached bathroom and have facilities such as air conditioning, reception and dining services.

Once you start your trek, you will be staying in “Teahouses.” Accommodation is limited, especially the higher you get, so your room may vary from a private single/double room to a bed in a dormitory. Bed mattresses are usually firm, not sprung mattresses that you may be used to at home. The accommodation is very basic and there will usually be shared shower and toilet facilities.

 Where can I keep my luggage?
Any luggage that you will not require during your trek can be kept securely in the hotel in Kathmandu or in the storeroom of our office.

 Do I need to take walking polls?
Walking polls are not essential but can be useful especially on the way down. Poles help you balance on the way down and take the strain off of your legs (quad muscles) on some of the steep climbs. You can buy or hire poles in Kathmandu and they easily collapse so you can attach them to your backpack when they are not needed.

 Can I buy any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
There are plenty of trekking shops in Kathmandu selling equipment inexpensively compared to the prices you would normally pay at home, although, the quality of these products cannot always be guaranteed. If you do not want to take the risk, we recommend you buy major items such as trekking shoes, before you arrive in Nepal.

 Can I recharge my iPod, batteries, cameras etc… while on the mountain tour?

Yes, you can, in the teahouses. Please remember that plugs might be different than at home so don’t forget to bring adapters with you or buy them in Kathmandu before the trip. You will have to pay for the use of the electricity to recharge your electrical items, usually at a cost of $2-3 US per hour.

Can we take showers during the trek?
Showers are available at the teahouses. They will usually be shared bathrooms in most teahouses, especially the higher up you go. You will have to pay for a hot water shower per person.

 How much money per day do you think I will need? What currency should I take?
The amount of money you will need on a daily basis depends on your spending habits. A guide would be $10 per day for extra drinks and bar bill during your trek and $20 per day to cover lunch/dinner whilst in Kathmandu.

 

 

 

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Duration 14 days
Transportation Flight/Jeep/Bus
Group Size 2-14
Difficulty strenuous
Max Elevation 5,555 m /18225 ft
Accomodation Basic
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