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Mount Everest Base camp Tour - Basic Package

Day To Day Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,593 ft) and transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel.

You may have free time during the day depending on what time you arrive. A briefing will be given by our trekking leader in the late afternoon. He will discuss our trekking program in detail. The evening is free, but usually our tour leader will ask if the travellers want to have a group dinner (optional and at the traveller's own expense) at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.

Meals: None

DAY 02: Fly to Lukla (2840m/9318ft) and trek to Phakding (2610m/8563ft). Total Walking Time 3 hrs; Distance 8km; Total Ascent 120m; Total Descent 250m.

After breakfast, we head to the domestic airport for a scenic flight to Lukla. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Hillary Airport at Lukla. Here we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek. We take it easy on the first day to accllimatise.

Meals: B

DAY 03: Phakding (2610m/8563ft) to Namchey (3440m/11286ft). Total Walking Time 5-6 hrs; Distance 15km; Total Ascent 1150m; Total Descent 100m.

We follow the Bhote Koshi through the beautiful pine forest and pasture land, along the valley with small Sherpa settlements. We cross the Bhote Koshi and climb steeply switching back trail to get to the large Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. It is the Sherpa people’s capital spread in the shape of a horse-shoe and the gateway to the Everest. The trading market of the village has changed since the early days to cater for tourists more than the historical salt trade from Tibet. Village is culturally rich with Sherpas in Tibetan life style and prevailing Buddhist religion. On the way, view of Everest (8848 m) and Lhotse (8511 m) come into sight. Mt. Thamserku ( 6648 m) and Kwangde Ri (6624 m) loom along the east and west of the village. The sacred mountain Khumbila (5707 m) dominates the skyline along the west. You get to experience the thrill of walking on many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge.

Meals: None

DAY 04: Rest in Namchey (3440m/11286ft) for acclimatisation. Plenty of things to see or options of day hiking in the area.

This is the first of the two scheduled days for acclimatization. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest days instead of being idle. One option is to trek to Thame (3800m) for view and Sherpa village/culture. In Namche, you find ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday.

Meals: None

DAY 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche (3867m).

It is a long climb to Thyangboche; the first half is especially steep. As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. Continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Thyangboche. A famous monastery lies here. It was re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. The most notable peaks seen from here are Kantega, Ama Dablam (perhaps the most beautiful peak in the region) and, of course, Mount Everest.

Meals: None

DAY 06: Trek from Tyangbochey (3860m/12664ft) to Dingboche (4410m/14469ft). Total Walking Time 5-6 hrs.; Distance 13km; Total Ascent 650m; Total Descent 150m.

Ascending down to the Dingboche village, we will see sprawling fields and the settlement of Dingboche overlooked with Chortens and prayer flags.

Meals: None

DAY 07: Acclimatization day in Dingboche.

We spend our second acclimatization day in Dingboche. The moment of having a relaxing breakfast admiring Ama Dablam( 6856m/ 22493 ft) looming to the south is really fantastic.

Meals: None

DAY 08: Trek from Dingboche (4410m/14469ft) to Lobuche (4910m/16109ft). Total Walking Time 5-6 hrs; Distance 9 km; Total Ascent 650m; Total Descent 300m.

The onward journey leads north for up to 50-minutes until you come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below. Walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m) Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. Stop at Dugla, for lunch, before continuing for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break, continue trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind.

Meals: None

DAY 09: Lobuche - Gorak Shep - Kala Pattar - Gorakshep (5416m/7hrs)

Gork Shep has a small lake that is usually frozen and several monuments to climbers who have died during various Everest expedition. The carved stone in memory of Jake Britenbach of the 1963 US expedition and the monument of Indian Ambassador H Dayal, who died during a visit to base camp after the 1965 Indian expedition, are north-east of the lake.

 

Today is the climax of our However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. We head off to Kalapatthar, the highest point of the trek. The going is difficult as one heads to the black rock. During the ascent to Kala Patthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of an ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From here we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks, our eyes taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can with our camera and also capture the moment in our mind for everlasting memory.

Meals: None

DAY 10: Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp – Gorakshep & return trip to Pheriche (5416m / 6hrs).

We take trip to base camp. While fascinating with the views of Nuptse, Khumbuste, Pumori mountains, the base camp is not spectacular as the ascent of Kala Pattar because there is no view of Everest itself from here. Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse, which loom over the Base Camp, shades the view of Everest.

 

We travel along the jumbled moraines and scattered rocks passing by the memorials of Rob Hall and Yasuko Namba and others who perished during the Mt. Everest disaster of 1996. The trail continues on a ridge from where a small glimpse of Mt. Everest can be seen. At the end of the ridge, a scrabbling descent leads to the entry into the Khumbu Glacier. The trail through the glacier is an interesting one in that one can actually feel as if one is inside a fridge with the cold seeping from all sides. The Everest Base Camp is also the site for the base camp for Lhotse and Nuptse. It is not actually a specific site as various expedition have elected different locations for a semi permanent camp during their assault on the mountains.

 

Some of the sites that expeditions have used as base camps are identifiable from debris on the glacier at 5360m or more. However the highlight of the trip to this place is the sight of the Khumbu icefall and the trek along the Khumbu Icefall is an interesting and an exhilarating one.

Meals: None

DAY 11: Trek back down to Tengboche (4 hrs):

DAY 12: Trek down from Tengboche to Namche (6 Hrs).

DAY 13: Trek down to Lukla.

DAY 14: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu fly (1300m / 45 min). Transfer to hotel.

DAY 15: Final Departure.