Trekking to Everest Base Camp

Trip Facts

Duration : 19 days - 2 nights Kathmandu, 14 nights trek, 2 nights Kathmandu
Grade : moderate-strenuous
Accommodation : Local lodges throughout.

Description

Everest. Named after Sir George Everest, the British Surveyor General of India at the time when the mountain was first identified as ‘Point XV’ on the border with Nepal and Tibet. To the Sherpas and Tibetans however she is ‘Chomolungma’ - Mother Goddess of the Earth. And the Nepalese have their own name, ‘Sagarmartha’. But there is no dispute about the mountain - the highest in the world. Every year climbers from nations all around the world rendezvous at the Nepalese Base Camp, just beneath the infamous Ice Fall to plot a route up the mountain and to dare to dream. Our trek to the simple peak just beside Base Camp, the point known as ‘Kala Pattar’, follows in the footsteps of these mountaineers up the Khumbu valley, home to the most famous people in the Himalayas, the Sherpas. Traditionally traders, they have been associated with Everest ever since the first attempts on the North (Tibetan) side of the mountain in the 1920’s. Nowadays, few expeditions attempt the summit without a cohort of Sherpas in support - and often out in front. Join us on this 15-day, Grade 4 (strenuous) trek; the most famous trek in the world.

Itinerary

01

Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted by an Asian Tour Company representative  and transferred to your hotel.  

Overnight at The Shangri-la Hotel (BB) or Shivapuri Heights Cottage (dinner and breakfast).  

02

In Kathmandu

A pre-trek briefing will be conducted today in which maps and other general information will be distributed.  This will also offer you the ideal opportunity to ask any last minute questions that you may have.  A half day sightseeing tour will also be arranged. 

Overnight at The Shangri-la Hotel (BB) or Shivapuri Heights Cottage (dinner and breakfast).  

03

Fly Kathmandu - Lukla (2880m) & trek to Chumoa (2743m).

Your early morning flight by Twin Otter aircraft rushes us to Lukla, the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. Originally conceived by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust as an emergency evacuation runway for casualties brought to the Trust’s hospital at nearby Kunde, Lukla is now one of the busiest runways in Nepal. On the flight we watch the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalaya; many of the world’s highest mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (the world’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest respectively) may sometimes be seen from the window of the plane. On arrival, you will be met  by our Sherpas and after a cup of tea we pick up the trail out of Lukla. Surprisingly, this high-altitude trek begins by descending to the river at Phakding. Further on and we choose one of several good camp sites in a wooded area at Chumoa, close to the entrance to the Sagarmartha National Park.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

04

Trek to Namche (3445m).

The first day may have been surprisingly long for some, but camping at Chumoa allows us to begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar first thing in the morning. At about half-way up the hill, a gap in the trees allow us to spy Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. A plume can often be seen stretching away from the very summit.

Namche is the most prosperous and the largest town in the Khumbu. A bazaar is held here every Saturday. The wares on display include meat, grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots. The Sherpas play host to trader from the foothills, as well as Tibetans from over the border. Thamserku (6648m), Kwangde Ri (6187m) and Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

05

In Namche - Rest/acclimatisation day.

Take the day off to allow our bodies to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere before ascending to higher altitudes. The secret of safe acclimatisation is to ‘climb high, sleep low’ so it is safe for the more energetic amongst us to hike up the hill behind Namche to the airstrip at Syangboche, or stroll across to the museum behind the police post. Others may prefer to ‘chill out’ and visit one of the lodges for a freshly-baked cinnamon roll. Namche is a busy and bustling trading place and there is always plenty going on.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

06

Trek to Thame (3801m).

After your day off you traverse west, enjoying marvellous view of  Kwangde Ri and the waterfalls that cascade off its flanks. The trail stay high up on the bank of the Bhote Khose, and we wander through a yellow and white rhododendron forest that comes into full bloom in May. As you cross the river, look back down the valley for beautiful views of Thamserku and Kusum Kangru (6369m), before ascending through more rhododendron forest to pasture lands in front of Thame. This is the birth place of Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who made the first ascent of Everest with Hillary in 1953. We camp in meadows at the edge of the village. The hour-long climb to the cliff side monastery is well worth the effort. From this point, trekkers can skirt above the village to climb across the ridge in order to view the route to the Nangpa La, a pass to Tibet frequently used by the Sherpas and their yaks during the monsoon.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

07

Trek to Khumjung (3,791m).

We return back down the valley via Thamo, a hillside nunnery, and then take a high trail that by passes Namche and finally drops into Khumjung. This village is one of the most beautiful in Khumbu. The Himalayan Trust has a school here, as well as a medical post (for locals and trekkers) in nearby Khunde.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

08

Trek to Tengboche (3863m).

The trail this morning descends to the Dudh Khosi. There are spectacular views of Ama Dablam (6696m) and Kantega (6779m) as well as Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8501m). Keep a look-out too for pheasant in the undergrowth. We cross the river at Phunki Thanga and climb through the afternoon amongst rhododendron forest to the saddle at the top of the hill.  Suddenly in front of us is Tengboche, the principal monastery of the Khumbu area; the views from here are unforgettable.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

09

Day in Tengboche - Rest/acclimatisation day.

Another catch-up day for our bodies. Nearby ridges offer the opportunity for a half-day hike to get close-up views of Ama Dablam, whilst the monks usually give conducted tours around the monastery.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

10

Trek to Dingboche (4412m).

We follow the path down from Tengboche through the rhododendron forest to Deboche and cross an exciting bridge with the boiling, roaring  Imja Khol beneath our feet. A gradual climb takes us to the village of Lower Pangboche. We are now in the heart of the Khumbu, with spectacular views across to Ama Dablam. The afternoon stroll takes us along a path that hugs the valley wall and then across wide plains to a split in the valley. The Khumbu breaks left, up to Periche, but we take a detour right to the hamlet at Dingboche at the start of the Imja Tse valley.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

11

Day in Dingboche - Rest/acclimatisation day.

Rather than just sitting around in the tents or tea house, we encourage you to attempt one of two hikes. The shorter option ascends the hill immediately behind Dingboche, to drop steeply down to Periche. The Himalayan Rescue Association operates a medical post here and the western doctors conduct excellent seminars on Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) here on most afternoons. The longer option is to trek up the Imja Tse valley towards Island Peak. The views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Cho Polu from here are outstanding. After a few hours the trekker terminus of Chukung is reached, and after a rest we return down the valley.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

12

Trek to Loboje (4931m).

Climb up to the ridge behind Periche and stay high, mesmerised by the views of Tawoche and Cholatse, until we reach the tea houses at Dughla. A steep, stiff ascent to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier is now tackled. The top of the climb is marked by a series of stone monuments to commemorate some of the climbers that have not returned from expeditions to this region. A rough but obvious trail cuts across left, away from the glacier, to our camp site at Loboje, a windswept collection of huts tucked in a narrow meadow between the glacier and the Loboje Peak (6156m). The Lhotse ridge is simply awesome from this angle.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

13

Trek to Kala Pattar (5545m) & return to Loboje.

A long day and an early start. We trek along the rough path along the side of the Khumbu glacier to the tea shacks at Gorak Shep. Behind rises the attractive 7000m peak of Pumori which dwarfs our trek’s summit of Kala Pattar. The route up is straightforward and takes most people between 90 minutes and 2 hours. All the peaks - Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and scores of other lesser peaks can be seen from this wonderful vantage point.

A trip to the actual Base Camp (BC) of Everest is usually omitted as the Khumbu Icefall blocks all view of the mountain and even when expeditions are on the mountain, a route to BC is difficult to find.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

14

Trek to Phortse (3847m).

We descend all morning via Periche to Pangboche, whereupon we stay high on the west bank of the river all the way to the Sherpa village of Phortse, which lies on the lower southern flank of Tawoche, directly across the valley from Tengboche.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

15

Trek to Namche (3445m).

We now descend through a forest to the Dudh Kosi. From the very pretty crossing point, we climb to a chorten where there are wonderful views back across the valley to Phortse, Tengboche and the surrounding mountains. Eventually we turn south off the main trail to Khunde and Khumjung, contouring past the Everest View Hotel. The route then leads down the hill to Namche and more cinnamon roll!

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

16

Trek to Lukla (2880m).

Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys and our memories help us up the deceptively long, final climb into Lukla. Our campsite and house are well located and offer a good final resting spot.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

17

Fly back to Kathmandu.

Another chance to enjoy this great flight. Please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to un-flyable conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimise the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the sometimes trying circumstances which can occur will be greatly appreciated. 

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.  

Overnight at The Shangri-la Hotel (BB) or Shivapuri Heights Cottage (dinner and breakfast). 

18

Day in Kathmandu

Leisure day in Kathmandu.

Overnight at The Shangri-la Hotel (BB) or Shivapuri Heights Cottage (dinner and breakfast).  

19

International Departure.

Transfer to the Kathmandu International airport for your onward journey.

Note: The routing of the trek may be modified according to local conditions and at the discretion of your Sherpa leader.

Dates

Price Guide & Trip Facts

  • From
    $2575

    price shown is per person based on a sharing basis and a minimum of 2 persons in the final group. US$ 605.00 single supplement for those person preferring not to share.

 

Cost Includes

  • All airport transfers.
    ½ day sightseeing of Kathmandu city.
    Domestic flight Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu by scheduled air services.
    X15 day fully inclusive trek arrangements staying in local Lodges enroute with all meals.
    Sleeping bag and liner.
    Sherpa leader and porters as required.
    National Park entrance fees.
    X4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu.
     

 

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
    Personal insurance.
    Price rises beyond our control (e.g.; increase in permit fees, airfares).
    Charges for unexpected expenses.
    Personal expenses such as gratuities, laundry etc.
    Personal clothing and equipment.
    International departure airport tax.
    Visa fees.
    International airfare.

 
Scroll To Top