Everest Base Camp Trekking
Everest is within the most prominent region of Nepal. More than hundred thousand trekkers visit this region every year. When Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set off on their heroic journey in 1953 this region became famous in the word. Mount Everest “SAGARMATHA” (in Nepali language) at 8848m is the main attraction. Mt. Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Cho-Oyu 8201m, Mt. Makalu 8463m, Mt. Amadablam 6812m are also main attractions of this area. It is also identified as the home of Sherpa people and the mysterious Yeti. This trek comprises not only the Everest Base Camp but also Namche Bazaar, Lukla, Tyangboche and the whole Solukhumbu. The trek to Khumbu area is not only famous for trekking and expeditions but also for the Sherpa culture. One can enjoy and learn Sherpa culture very closely by visiting this region. The complete trek starts from Jiri to Lukla. Flying to Lukla is the best option for those with limited time. Most of the flights depend on weather conditions. However, the helicopter service and chartered flights are also available on request. The Everest Trek is one of the most thrilling adventure treks for excitement-seekers. There are several trekking routes within the Khumbu Region like Kalapatthar, Gokyo Lake, Everest Base Camp and Syangboche trek.
The Everest Base Camp Trek is probably the most famous in the world - and deservedly so. It's taken millions of years and unimaginably powerful forces to create this mountain range; the Himalaya is literally what happens when continents collide. It's even so vast that it's changed our global climate system - and nowhere is it more spectacular than the Everest region. It boasts the world’s highest Buddhist monastery and Everest Base Camp Mt. Everest, Sagarmatha National Park are attractive views from here.
After we complete the trek to Everest Base Camp we then cross the Cho-La pass and trek up to Gokyo. It is a difficult route that goes from the Khumbu glacier to Ngozumba glacier and cuts across the Bhote Kosi and the and then over the Cho La. You will be trekking at high altitudes for a number of days so you must beware of altitude sickness. Moreover, the trek will be cancelled if there is heavy snowfall. Tent equipments, food supplies, cooking fuel, and sheets for porters are necessary. In addition, on the day that you cross the pass, you must have warm clothes for the porters. This minor route cuts off at Gokyo and many be considered a minor route of the Everest and Gokyo courses.
Fact of Trek
Trek Destination: Everest Base Camp / Kalapatthar / Cho La Pass / Gokyo Ri, Namche Bazaar and Lukla
Trek Start / End: Lukla
Grade: Moderate & Strenuous
Highest Access: Kalapatthar (5545m), Chola Pass (5430m), Gokyo Ri (5480m)
Group Size: 1 pax to above
Duration of Trek: 22 Days
Trek Style: Tea House
Walking Each Day: (6-7 hrs)
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and a representative of Nepal Adventure Guide will welcome and transfer you to your selected hotel by private vehicle.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by private vehicle with an expert tour guide.
• Kathmandu Durbar Square
• Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
• Boudhanath Stupa (Large white Buddhist Stupa)
• Pashupatinath (Hindu Temple)
• Patan Durbar Square (Ancient city)
• Bhaktapur Durbar Square (55-window palace)
Day 03: Early morning flight to Lukla (2820m) and then trek to Phakding (2640m) walking (4-5 hrs) O/N at lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) walking (6 hrs) O/N at lodge.
Day 05: Acclimatization day. Visit Everest View hotel or (Khumjung / Khunde) valley or around National Park Museum then back to Namche. O/N at same lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3860m) walking (6 hrs) O/N at lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4410m) walking (7 hrs) O/N at lodge.
Day 08: Acclimatization day excursion Narsyang top (4967m) walking (4 hrs up and 2 hrs down) O/N same lodge in Dingboche.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4970m) walking (6 hrs) O/N at lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5165m) walking (3 hrs) after lunch visit to Everest Base Camp (5380m) walking go and back (5 hrs) O/N at lodge.
Day 11: Early morning climb to Kalapatthar (5545m) ascend (2 hrs) descend an hour and after having breakfast trek to Dzongla (4830m) walking (4 hrs) O/N lodge.
Day 12: Early morning climb to Cho-La Pass (5330m) (3 hrs) and trek to Thangna (4700m) walking (8 hrs) O/N at lodge.
Day 13: Trek to Gokyo (4760m) walking (3 hrs) after lunch we can explore around Gokyo lake and Glacier view O/N at lodge.
Day 14: Early morning climb to Gokyo Ri (5480m) ascending (2 and half hours up and 1 hour down) and trek to Machermo (4390m) O/N at lodge.
Day 15: Trek to Thame (3820m) walking (4 hrs) and explore the Thame valley where we can see traditional Sherpa people living O/N at lodge.
Day 16: Trek to Phakding (2620m) walking (7 hrs) O/N at lodge.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2820m) walking (4-5 hrs) O/N at lodge.
Day 18: Early morning fly back to Kathmandu (35 minutes) transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 19: Souvenir and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 20: A representative of Nepal Adventure Guide will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport by private vehicle.
- Airport pick-up and drop off by private vehicle.
- Four nights in your selected Kathmandu hotel with breakfast.
- A full day’s sightseeing in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
- All meals during the trek (lunch, dinner, breakfast and tea or coffee).
- Accommodation in lodges or guest houses.
- One English speaking government trained license holder and well informed trekking guide.
- One porter for two people to carry luggage.
- All expenses for guide and porters - meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation (bus/flights) etc.
- First Aid kit bag.
- Government and local area taxes where applicable.
- TIMS card fees (Trekking Information Management System).
- Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu flight ticket including airport taxes.
- Sagarmatha National Park entrance fees (See the ‘Trekking Permits’ link under ‘Trekking Info’ for current fees).
- Nepalese entry visa fee. (See the ‘Visa Information’ link under ‘Trekking Info’ for current fees)
- Travel insurance.
- Soft and alcoholic drinks (mineral water, hot water, coke, fanta, beer, spirits, etc).
- Snacks (Chocolate, biscuits etc).
- Hot water, hot shower, heater charge, battery charge, phone calls and laundry service.
- Donation, tips and personal expenses.
- Emergency evacuation and medical equipment.
- Hire equipment and other personal items (sleeping bag, down jacket, hiking boots camera, toilet rolls etc).
- In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides, etc, the extra charge will be borne by themselves.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
I met Jaya in April 2007, who guided me on the Gokyo - Cho La pass - Everest Base Camp
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