Detailed Itinerary : 13 day Himalayan trek to Everest Base Camp
Is there a more glorious trekking experience in the world? If there is, it is hard to identify, because no other trail can offer you 7 of the highest 10 peaks on Planet Earth to supervise your progress, including Everest herself. Everest must be a ‘she’ because the Tibetans call it ‘Chomolungma’, the mother goddess of the earth. The Nepalese simply call it ‘Sagarmatha’. Irrespective of its many names, Everest is the Queen of all peaks and when it comes to spectacular breathtaking mountain panoramas, I believe the trail from Lukla to Everest Base camp is without equal. Mind you, Everest Base Camp itself is dull, sometimes desolate as it sits on top of the dirty Khumbu Glacier, but the journey to get there is stunning, as is the view from Kala Pattar [5554m] from where the Himalayan giants can be seen in all their glory. In addition, you have sherpa hospitality whose desire to serve and please you has no boundaries, making their behaviour so congruent with the tranquil spiritual nature of this exceptional experience.
|Day 1||ARRIVAL … We will have you picked up from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International airport, where you will be transferred to a most comfortable hotel in the very vibrant Thamel district of Kathmandu. That evening your expert host Nima T Sherpa will brief and ensure that you are thoroughly prepared for the magnificent journey that waits.|
|Day 2||DAY IN KATHMANDU … There are so many things to do in this chaotic metropolis, but my best and simple suggestion is …. Stroll to the Monkey Temple !! It will give you some land legs. It will take you through the shopping areas where you will be stopping every 30 metres, but more importantly it will offer you a glimpse of suburban life outside the obvious tourist areas. The Nepalese people are very friendly, so when you see things that you haven’t seen before …. Just ask them, and learn from the simple neighbourly way that is their hallmark.|
|Day 3||BLD||LUKLA – HERE WE COME … In the morning we have a spectacular 40 minute flight to Lukla, perched at 2850m in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal. The flight is bound to be one of the most exhilarating you will ever take. Much of it is only 1000 metres above ground, and the views of the river valleys and terraced landscapes below as well as the hovering Himalayan giants on the horizon make it a truly memorable experience. Meet your trekking staff and porters, and then begin your glorious hike to Phakding over 3 afternoon hours.|
|Day 4||BLD||TOUGH TRAIL TO NAMCHE …We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. From the river, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway and main trading centre for this Khumbu region. Magnificent forests of blue pine, juniper and rhododendron as well as our first views of Everest help ease the challenge.|
|Day 5||BLD||REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN NAMCHE BAZAAR …Well it is an acclimatisation day because we trek to a higher point before resting in the afternoon, so the day isn’t as easy as it reads. The morning hike to the small airstrip at Shyangboche before detouring to the Everest View Hotel with its spectacular views of Sagamartha and Ama Dablam is memorable. A brunch must be had on the verandah of this glorious hotel, after which we descend briefly to the village of Khumjung famous for the “yeti scalp” and the Hillary School. Rest peacefully that afternoon and don’t get too distracted by all those Namche markets. They will be there on the way back too !|
|Day 6||BLD||TENGBOCHE TOUGHNESS, BUT OH ! – THE REWARD … Unlike the step climb to Namche, this morning is a series of zig-zags to the world famous Tangboche Monastery, site of the Khumbu’s most important Buddhist abode in the region. We won’t stay at Tangboche that evening preferring a little village down the road called Dehuchi, which is a little more protected from the elements.|
|Day 7||BLD||DEHUCHI TO PANGBOCHE … If Namche is the business hub of the Khumbu Region then Pangboche (4350 meters) is its cousin. It’s a busy little village with so many restaurants and hotels for budding trekkers. Just at the entrance to this appealing establishment are small limestone caves, the first sedimentary rocks, proof that millions of years ago the Himalayan peaks formed part of the seabed.|
|Day 8||BLD||PANGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE … You will love this day as we spend our morning visiting the local monastery and visiting the primary school on the upper ridge. If you want you can teach for a lesson or join our project which contributes fund-raised money to a shining beacon on the slopes of the overhanging foothill … A giant Bhudda.|
|Day 9||BLD||GETTING CLOSE NOW … From Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 meters) and if your post lunch energy is good, we will take on Kalopather a low key mountain that gives you a 270 degree vista of the towering Himalayas that surround you. We return to Gorak Shep the last village before Everest Base Camp.|
|Day 10||BLD||EVEREST BASE CAMP (5365 METERS) … We just always hope that the morning winds are kind for if it is blowy then the wind chill factor makes it a very cold journey to the base of the world’s highest peak. This is where they all camp in preparation for their assault, so enjoy the view of spotted tent sites particularly in April and May, belonging to climbers who are about to take on what Hiliary and Tenzing first conquered in 1953. Return to Gorak Shep for rest that is so well earned !|
|Day 11 and 12||BLD||PANGBUCHE and NAMCHE … These are long walks, but probably the most enjoyable of the whole trip. The destination has been achieved and now it is just about enjoyment, environment and awonderful feeling of empowerment which comes from the peace, tranquility and respect of the mountain spirit which surrounds you. I reckon a little celebration at Namche is not out of the question either !|
|Day 13||BLD||PHAKDING and LUKLA … Yes, we could walk out all the way to Lukla, but this walk is a long one and the last trail to Lukla is steep, and who is in a rush anyway ? Why would you want to leave this environment ? Enjoy it one day more at Phakding and then take on the climb to Lukla fresh the next morning. That night Lukla and all its restaurants, taverns and bars are waiting for you and all the other successful trekkers, who have just completed one of the great fortnights of their entire lives.|
|Day 15||B||BACK TO KATHMANDU … Did you get to bed early ? I hope not, but ‘wakey wakey’ for it is an early 9 am flight back to the Nepalese Capital, which gives you so much time to enjoy the afternoon and evening at Rum Doddle … the place where all successful trekkers hang out to share their growing stories.|
|Day 16||B||TRIP ENDS … OR DOES IT ?We transfer you to Tribhuvan International airport or better still, we would love to escort you to a magnificent Safari experience in Royal Chitwan National Park or maybe a rafting experience on the Trishuli River. What will it be ??|
Land Cost: $1895 AUD per person and that includes …
• Tuition and preparation over phone or in person from Bernie Kelly who has trekked this trail on many occasions.
• All transport to and from Tribhuvan International Airport to your centrally located Kathmandu Hotel with escort.
• 3 nights 3 star twin share Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Kathmandu
• Hotel accommodation in Lukla.
• Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu Airfare
• Comfortable Hut and Lodge share accommodation on every night of the trek
• Services of a private mountain guide, cook and adequate ‘Yak/s’ to carry both trip provisions and private bags.
• Sagarmatha National Park fees.
• All food – breakfasts, lunches (packed when necessary) and evening meals — Special dietary requirements are catered for with prior arrangements at no extra costs.
• Free storage of excess baggage at Kathmandu hotel accommodation, not required on the mountain hike.
• Rescue fees
Single Room Supplement: Additional $195 AUD if requested
Best Time: Feb to May and Sept to Dec
Departure dates: Any time from Feb to May and Sept to Dec preferably with a minimum of four people, but there is always a chance that we can get you into one of our many groups who are leaving for Everest Base Camp throughout the year.
• Travel and personal accident insurance.
• Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
• Personal Mountain and trekking equipment.
• Personal Medication & private antibiotics
• Tips (Bernie will advise).
• Expenditure on drinks and beverages, souvenirs and other personal items.
• Additional accommodation added at the base hotel or extra days on the mountain.
• Treated drinking water other than boiled.
• Extra costs incurred in case of own intentional change of itinerary while already on trek.
• Extra porter required in case you give personal luggage in excess of 16Kg
• Additional charges for hot showers
• Nepal single entry Visa
• International Flights to Kathmandu
• Lunch and Dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
• Extra Baggage charges if your baggage has excess weight.
Contact: For more information contact Global Immersion direct on 07 3269 9118