Everest Base Camp Trek, September '17
visit everest as a recreational climber
DATES: September '17 - Dive Locker group trip (individual booking dates available upon request)
PRICE: Group size 1 - 2, starting @ R38 550 per person sharing
Group size 3 +, starting @ R36 850 per person sharing
Trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek.
The infamous Everest Base Camp Trek starts from Upper Phakding. From this place follow the DudhKoshi valley and climb up to the bustling Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar- a famous junction for trekkers, tourists, local Sherpa and people hoping to win over the phenomenal Everest . Every foot of this trek will be an adventure and fun is equal ratio. You will be travelling through the crown of the world, through the forest of, magnolia, giant firs and rhododendron. Be at this place in the right time of the year i.e. early autumn and late spring, this trek might be a lifelong enduring memory of joy and beauty.
From the phenomenon Namche will start the real towards the mighty Everest. Travel at a high altitude viewing and admiring the view if the Everest and head towards the Thyangboche Monastery, which takes around 2 hour of climbing. Standing at the height of 3867m, this monastery is located at the top of the ridge and surrounded by beautiful forest of dwarf figs and rhododendron. This place presents best of itself in the morning, with a spellbinding surmise and proof of purity in the world.
From here you will descend to ImjaKhola and head on to the villages of Pangboche and Pheriche and finally get to the Khumbu Glacier after a few hours of trekking. Follow the glacier ahead to reach Lobuche, stop for some click and admiration of views of the AmaDablam, Taweche along with some other mountains, and finally hike to GorakShep.
From here you can ascend to Kala Pattar at the height of 5554m and to the Everest Base camp. Trek to Kala Pattaris a hard trekking, it fatigues you, makes your lungs cry out loud for more oxygen till you get acclimatized but once you reach there, you will feel all the trouble getting there was worth it. Far from the bustling city, pollution and noise, you will find peace and purity there. The fantastic views of South face of the enormous Mt. Everest will spellbind you for moments. One who loves travelling most often expresses their will to participate in Everest Base Camp Trek one more time when they fin this place so extraordinary. After spending plenty time to admire and capture the beauty of the Everest we will then descend to Everest Base Camp region at the foot of Khumbu ice fall, spend some time there and finally trek down making our way back to the town of Lukla.
|Photos by Grant Dugtig
November 2012 climber
DETAILS OF THE TRIP
* Trip Name: Everest Base Camp Trek
* Duration: 18 Days
* Trip Type: Tea House / Camping
* Trekking Grade: Moderate
* Best season: September to November & February to May (however this trek is available throughout the year)
* Transportation: Land or Flight
* Accommodation: Hotel / Resort (Kathmandu ) & tea house (during the trek) or camping
* Highest access of the trek: Everest Base Camp (5486m)
* Culture: Sherpa
* Return international flights
* Kathmandu –Lukla- Kathmandu flight ticket
* Return airport transfers
* Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu, 3 star, including breakfast
* 3 meals a day (breakfasts, lunch and dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek
* Accommodation at lodges, guest houses on twin sharing basis during the trek
* Trekking Guides (Government Licensed holder) and Porters with good English during the trek
The ratio is 2 guests : 1 porter
* Facility of food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all trekking staff
* First Aid medical kit
* Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park permit fees
* Guide airfare Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
* Travel insurance for Nepali staff during trekking period
* TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) Card
* Seasonal fresh fruits such as orange, apple, banana, mango and grape and other Nepali local fruits etc.
* All administrative works (if necessary) related to government body
* Government Taxes, legal expenses
* Meals in Kathmandu
* Nepal entry visa fee
* All alcoholic drinks, mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internet
* Extra tea and coffee
* Personal trekking equipment, medical and travel insurance
* Any extra transportation except itinerary (we can arrange if request)
* Any kind of personal expenses / Helicopter rescue due to cause of out of our control
* Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the inclusive price
* Extra assistance (eg. if you cannot walk properly our guide will arrange transport by horse to came back)
* Tips to trekking staffs (amount at your own discretion)
* Travel, medical and personal insurances
|Photos by Grant Dugtig
November 2012 climber
ITINERARY (subject to change pending season)
* Moutain flight to Lukla
* Views of Everest and Khumbu Ice fall from Kalapathar
* Unsurpassed close views of Ama Dablam and several high Himalayan peaks
* Thyangboche monastery
* Namche Bazaar - Sherpa heartland
If everything runs smoothly, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, rafting, wildlife activities, shopping, as you wish during those additional day/s. However, if you want heli rescue in the case of flight cancellation to/from Lukla, it can be organised. A helicopter charge is around USD 5000 and it can lift 4 persons per flight.
Day 01 Kathmandu arrival
Upon landing at Tribhuwan Intenational Airport, you will be collected by a representative of Actual Adventure Nepal and taken to your hotel.
Day 02 Lukla and trek to Phakding
Early morning transfer to the airport and board flight to Lukla. Upon arrival you will start a downhill walk and make your way through Chaurikharka Village, descending to Ghat (2530 m). Following the bank of Dudhkoshi River you finally arrive in Phakding for an overnight stay.
Day 03 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3430 m), 5 - 6 hours
Following the banks of Dudh Koshi River the trail takes you to Tok Tok. From here one can view the excellent vista of Thamserku Peak. Continuing on the trail climbs to Monjoo (2 840 m) and then enters Sagarmatha National Park. Walking some distance uphill you will arrive in Jhorsalle (2 830 m). After this you will cross a bridge and witness the magical panorame of Everest and Nuptse, after which you will arrive at Namche Bazaar.
Day 04 Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar
After having breakfast you will do some sightseeing around Namche and then hike to Everest View Hotel for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Khongde and Khumbi yu La. Later you will make your way to Khumjung valley where you can see Hillary school, an ancient monastery with the Yeti skull and Khunde Hospital. After this retrace your path back to Namche bazaar for overnight
Day 05 Trek to Tengboche (3867 m), 5 - 6 hours
After having breakfast you will continue the trek through the forest to Kenjoma where the trail joins from Khumjung. After passing the village of Sanasa the trail descends to Phunki Tenga(3250m). Then again the trail climbs steeply through the forest to Tenboche monastery. From here you will witness the stimulating Himalayan panorama of Kwangde, Tawachee, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku
Day 06 Trek to Dingboche (4300 m), 5 - 6 hours
Leaving Tengboche behind, the trail descends through the Rhododendron Forest. Crossing the bridge over the Imja Khola you will arrive in Deboche. The trail for Dingboche falls in the climbing route of Island Peak and Phokalde Peak. The seasonal settlement of Dingboche is also the entrance to Khumbu Valley.
Day 07 Trek to Lebuche (4930 m), 5 - 6 hours
From Dingboche the trail gradually goes uphill to Duglha offering a stunning view of Tawachee and Cholatse. From Duglha the trail goes towards Khumbu glacier for an hour and then turns to the village of Lobuche. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 08 Trek to Gorkshep (5410 m), 3 hours
After having breakfast the trail gradually goes uphill through the side of Khumbu glacier to Gorakshep. The path to Gorakshep is rocky and windy but offers the spectacular view of Mt Pumori and Everest Base Camp.
Day 09 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and retrace the path back to Gorakshep, 5 - 6 hours
After having breakfat the trek continues towards the Everest Base Camp following the Khumbu Glacier. The path here can be confusing, so it is better to follow the Sherpa. Each year the trail changes due to the movement of glaciers. The walk is quite tiring as it goes through rocky dunes, moraine and streams till you reach the Base Camp. Due to high altitude and thin air you too may face some breathing problems . After having a grand time here you will retrace your path back to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.
Day 10 Trek to Kalapathar (5545 m) and descend down to Pheriche (4240 m), 8 - 9 hours
Early in the morning you will hike to Kalapathar to witness a 360 degree panorama of regal mountain peaks. This rocky peak with the altitude of 5545 m gives the joy and sense of self-satisfaction which is beyond imagination. From here Everest looks amazing and the panoramic view of Khumbu glacier seen in the south sweeps you away. After having breakfast in Gorakshep you will trek down to Dhugla and then to the valley floor of Pheriche. Stay overnight in a hotel.
Day 11 Trek to Phortse (3800 m)
Following the main base camp trail you will arrive in Pangboche. From here you will climb uphill to visit the monastery and make your way to the lesser visited village of Phortse for the overnight stay.
Day 12 Trek to Monjo
Leaving Phortse behind you the trail goes steeply down and across a river at 3600 m before climbing Mon La (3973 m). The trail again descends down and joins the main Everest trail to Namche Bazaar and continues to the village of Monjo for the overnight stay.
Day 13 Trek to Lukla (2 800 m), 5 - 6 hours
Enjoying the lush green scenery you will continue the downhill walk following the Dudh Koshi River to Lukla. Stay overnight at a hotel.
Day 14 Fly back to Kathmandu, 35 minutes
You take an early morning scenic flight back to Kathmandu over the Himalayas. After having lunch you will have plenty of time for sightseeing and shopping
Day 15 Free day in Kathmandu
Enjoy either shopping or sightseeing or simply have a rest.
Day 16 Farewell
You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey.
HEALTH & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
The 14-day Everest Base Camp Trek is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-7 hours a day with a light rucksack. Some days you might even need to walk 8 to 9 hours. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness, positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 14-day Everest Base Camp Trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital that you consult with your doctor before you decide and set up for the Everest Base camp trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform HGT before booking the trek.
A TYPICAL DAY ON THE TRAIL . . . . . . .
Soon after first light your Sherpa knocks on your door and offers you a cup of warm tea with a smile. After freshening and finishing up your tea, you pack your bags and assemble in the dining hall for a hearty breakfast before setting off on the day`s trek. After approximately 2-3 hours of trekking you take a break for lunch somewhere in the trail. After a relaxing lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more sometimes on the trail before reaching your stopping point. Throughout the day, you will take frequent rest beaks and take time to admire the fascinating mountains views. You take plenty of pictures of yourself with incredibly panoramic mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, monasteries, etc. Once you arrive at your teahouse, you take a brief rest, shower, and have a light snack with tea or coffee. If you are so inclined, you may take a short walk through the village and surrounding neighborhood. After checking into your room you have time to read or chat with fellow trekkers and your Himalayan Glacier crew. Following a warm dinner in a cozy dining hall your trek leader briefs you on the next day`s itinerary. You place your order for breakfast which allows your guide to have everything ready for you for the next morning. Extra time can be spent reading, enjoying some drinks or playing cards. Your Himalayan Glacier crew loves to teach various Nepali card games as well as learning new Western games. Finally, it`s off to bed for a well earned night`s rest before starting all over again the next day.
For the standard walking and trekking holidays, comfortable mid range hotes, usually two or three star rated are used. For luxury treks four or five star rates hotels are used instead. Please note that many hotels in the developing world are not at the same level or standard as in Western countries. Please refer to the details pertaining specifically to your trip for details on the hotels used in your itinerary.
If you are a single person booking on a standard walking and trekking holidays you do not have to pay the single room supplement, this is only payable if you specifically request to have a room to yourself. You will not have to pay this for this option if you happen to end up with a single room due to odd numbers on the trip.
Tea house lodges are the standard accommodation used for Everest, Annapurna and Langtang treks in Nepal. These are locally run guesthouses so by using these establishments there is a show of support to the local community. The facilities are quite basic although improving every year. the rooms are private with twin beds and many now offer hot showers for a small extra charge. There is a main dining area heated during the evenigns, you can choose your breakfast and eveing meal from the lodge menu.
If you would like to explore Everest regions in style then you could consider staying in the new luxury lodges that have been built recently. These are at a standard far better than anything else available in the area. The lodges provide the highest level of service with landscaped gardens, good food, comfortable bedrooms as well as hot showers and western toilets.
During your Everest base camp trek, you can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and Chips to apple pie. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, variety of drinks, and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menu where you spent your night. Lunch will be served on the way to destination, dinner and breakfast in the teahouse where you will spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.
LEADER/S AND STAFF ARRANGEMENTS
The most significant thing that makes your Everest Base Camp Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of your trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Himalayan glacier rekking only employs Nepalese staffs who have adequate knowledgeable about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trek leaders of HGT are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
· Intensive Wilderness First Aid
· Trekking Guide Training
· Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
· English Language
· Conservation and Biodiversity
· Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)
EQUIPMENT CHECK LIST FOR EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
You are advised to consider the following equipments as essentials while packing for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Please use this list as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be done according to your needs, interests, duration of your trip, season of your trip, etc. You can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and some gears found here are imported from China and are obviously of better quality. You can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores here. The gears in the list below with an asterisk (*) are also provided by Himalayan Glacier Trekking included in the service but if you are choosy or want to use your own private piece, you are encourage you to bring your own. Please remember that at the start of the trek, apart from your day pack, your luggage that will be carried by porters should have weight limitation of approximately 33 pounds or 15 kg.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket *
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
- Sleeping bag rated to zero DC *
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Trekking Poles
- Water bottle (2) or camel bag
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
- Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti bacterial hands wash
- Reading book
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Journal & Pen
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
- Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)