Everest Base Camp Trek – 18 days

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Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest base camp trek will give us immense pleasure to introduce you to an amazing view of the world's highest peak. Perhaps in viewing Everest in this way, you will be fulfilling a long held desire. Certainly you will never be quite the same again. Mount Everest Base Camp has been a popular destination for all adventure lovers since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1953. Since the days of early expeditions, this 8,848m/29142ft. mountain has had a lure of its own, drawing climbers to scale it and trekkers to gaze on its icy faces.

Everest base camp trek begins from Lukla after a thirty five minutes scenic flight from Kathmandu. When we land at that tiny airstrip to the south of the region, Lukla it is considered as the gateway to Mt Everest. From here our adventure really begins. We spend several days moving through the homelands of the Sherpa people, and will see Buddhist monasteries and close up views of Mount Everest and neighboring peaks, considered by many to be among the most beautiful mountains in Nepal.

While trekking, we will ascend to Kalapattar ( as know as black rock 5545m) where you can get rewarding views of the Himalayan giants which literally numb your senses with breathless admiration that beholds the eye; and makes up for the lung-bursting climb that took you up there. You soon realize it was absolutely worth it. This also includes fantastic views of the south west face of the massive Mt. Everest. We then trek to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu ice fall before finally making our trek down to Lukla.

Note: Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks where people from all over the world are keen interested to go there. There are many trekking companies in abroad those are also operating treks to Everest. As a local company we are naturally more familiar with Everest base camp. The money you pay to a local company goes to the hand of needy local people and supports the local economy whereas most of the money you pay to the big travel companies at home remains with themselves. Also traveling with a local company is cheaper than with your home company.

Trip Facts:

Activities: Trekking
Start/End: Kathmandu
Destination: Everest Base Camp
Trip Duration:  17 days
Max. Altitude: 5400 meters
Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.12
Best Season: February, March,  April, May, June, September, October, November & December
Trip Grade: Strenuous
Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
Cost: Please contact us

Trek Map:

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Everest Map

Everest base camp trekking - Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport:
We will meet you at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel. When you have had time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight, you will be invited to on lobby for a briefing about your programme.
During this visit we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits etc.

Day 2: A full days sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley:
The next morning after breakfast you will leave for a full days tour of sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. You will visit the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. You will also visit Swyambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, a 2000 year old temple, and visit Patan City, famous for its fine arts and and historical architecture. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the famous Durbar Square.

Day 03: Flight from KTM to Lukla:
After having a 35 minutes scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, The Everest base camp journey start from here and continue trek to Phakding, which takes approximately four hours, on the way you will have a view of Mt Nupla( 5885m) Kusum Kangaru (6367m) and mount kwongde range. Overnight in Phakding (2,652m).

Day 04: Phakding to Namche (3,440m):
the trail passes a waterfall. All day, we pass villages interspersed with magnificent forest- rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant firs. And on the way to walking you will be rewarded (weather permitting) your first glimpse of Kusum Kangru (6369m) Thamserku (6608m) Everest (8848m) and Nuptse (7879 m). A steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche bazaar (3440m).

Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche:
Acclimatization is most important before proceeding to a higher elevation. It is therefore recommended that you take a short days hike to Thame, Khunde, Khumjung or up to Everest view hotel which provide a very close up view of Mt Everest or relax and explore the Sherpa culture of Namche.

Day 06: Namche to Tengboche (3,867m).:
After walking one hour you arrive in phungithanga from there the trail climbs through forests where you can spot musk deer. Tengboche sits on a saddle at 3870m in a clearing surrounded by dwarf fires and rhododendrons. Kwongde (6187m) Tawache(6542m) Everest (8848m) Nuptse (7855m) Lhotse (8618m) Amadablam (6856m) Thamserku (6608m) provide and inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We visit the Buddhist Monastery at Tengboche, the largest in Khumbu region.

Day 07: Tengboche to Pheriche:
Beyond Tengboche the altitude really starts to tell. The trail droops down to Dingboche, crosses the Imja Khola and climbs past superb mani stones ( carved with the Tibetan Buddhist chant om mani padme hum) to Pangboche at 3860m The Gompa here is worth visiting. Then the trail start climbs to Pheriche 4240m. Where there is a medical facility, which gives lectures everyday on Altitude Sickness.

Day 08: Another acclimatization day:
Again walking up and then coming back down is better than just resting in high altitude, you can make a day trip to Nangkartshang Gompa or up the hill to look down on to Dingboche, Either walk offers good views of Everest and other surroundings mountains .

Day 09: Pheriche to Lobuche to the trail climbs to Phalang karpo at 4340m then Duglha at 4620m. From Dughla the trail ascends the broad, gently slopping valley and climb steeply in to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier then left in to the memorial area Chukpilhara, before reaching the Lobuche at 4930m.

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep:
The trail from Lobuche follows the grassy ablation valley with great views of Pumori then crosses tributary glaciers to reach the dry lake bed of Gokrakchep. Stop for lunch then climb Kalapattar to get the best views of Everest and the surrounding mountains, then and back to Gorakshep for the evening.

Day 11: Gorekshep to Everest Base Camp back to Lobuche:
Early morning we walk to Everest Base Camp, visit Everest base camp area and work down to Lobuche.

Day 12: Lobuche to Dingboche:
Staying the night at Dingboche, makes an interesting accommodation alternative.

Day 13: Tengboche, Overnight at lodge.
Day 14: Namche, Overnight at lodge.
Day 15: Lukla, Overnight at lodge.

Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight:
One of our vehicles will waiting at domestic airport and drive to hotel. Free time on your own.

Day 17: Free day for afternoon shopping:
 In the evening enjoying the local Nepalese cultural dinner show.

Day 18: Depart Kathmandu:
Drive to airport. Fly back home. 

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Why choose us?

Mission Eco Trek aware that there are many companies seeking your business as you plan your adventure holidays in the Nepal Himalayas. We believe we offer the very best value for money and take your safety, comfort and ultimate holiday experience very seriously.

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Service Includes

  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Lodge) during the trekking period
  • National park permit\
  • Domestic airfare
  • Domestic airport tax
  • English speaking guide
  • highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing & salary\
  • Staffs insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Airport picks up & drops
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • TIMS Card (Trekker's Information Management System)
  • All Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be provided from the guesthouse/teahouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same teahouse/lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

Trekking Equipments:-

The following equipment lists are suggested and essential for both camp & teahouse trekking in the Himalayas. Make use of this list as a guideline; some of the equipment can be hired in Katmandu as well. Besides, keep in mind trekking gear can be bought in the many adventure shops in Katmandu, the majority of gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) although it is becoming more common for gear to be imported from China and therefore of better quality.

Luggage:

1) 1 large duffel bag: This will carry all your personal gear on the trekking. It should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.
2) 1 rucksack or day pack: This should accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:
1. Sunhat
2. A Bandana
3. Sunglasses
4.Warm hat
5. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor
6. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

Hands:
1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:
1. T-shirts
2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best
3. Underwear
4. 2 Long shorts
5. 2 Trousers- (loose and comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:
1. Down Jacket
2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)
3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)
4. Waterproof pants
5. Baggy pants
6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)
7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:
1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)
2. Spare laces
3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks
5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:
1. Water Bottle
Purification equipment- Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:
1. 30-40 liter daypack
2. Water Proof Bag- A water proof bag to cover the rucksack
3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:
1. Bandage for sprains
2. Plasters/Band-aids
3. Iodine or water filters
4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters
5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts
6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller
8. Oral rehydration salts
9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)
11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)
12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)
13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:
1. Binoculars
2. Reading book
3. Trail Map/Guide book
4. Journal & Pens
5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:
1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel
2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
4. Deodorant
5. Nail clippers
6. Face and body moisturize
7. Feminine hygiene products
8. Small mirror

Some Frequently Ask Questions by our valued customers

How can I book this trip?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Everest base camp trek?
Everest base camp trek is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Everest Base Camp trek?
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Everest base camp trekking. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday's tours are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of accommodation I can have during the trip?
In Kathmandu, we do provide 3 stars hotel in Kathmandu and during the trekking, we provide you guest house which is called Tea house. Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route.
Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Trekking in Nepal is a exiting and adventure trip. We trek up to 6000m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of Mission eco trek with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Can I extend my holiday?
Everest base camp trek can extend and there are many options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions.

-2 nights / 3 days Chitwan Jungle Safari
-2 full day sightseeing tour in Bhaktapur, Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu valley
-1night/2 days Trisuli or Bhote Kosi river rafting
-Everest mountain flight
- 10 Days Everest base camp tour from Tibet side also possible.

Acclimatization

Mission Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff
http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm

Further Information

Our homepage contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 23742 (Jitendra), 0977 98510 23758 (Thakur).

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Travel Insurance

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Contact Address

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P. O. Box: 19795, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tell.: 00977-1- 4442922
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