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Mt Everest Basecamp Trek - Premium Tour Package.

Day To Day Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrive at 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. 

DAY 02: Fly to Lukla (2840m/9318ft) and trek to Phakding (2610m/8563ft). Flight time 35min; Total Walking Time 3 hrs; Distance 8km; Total Ascent 120m; Total Descent 250m.

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

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

We will follow the Bhote Koshi through a beautiful pine forest and pasture land, then along a valley occupied with small Sherpa settlements. We will subsequently cross the Bhote Koshi and climb steeply, continuing our journey along a trail which will take us to the large Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa people’s capital which is spread out in the shape of a horseshoe and the gateway to  Everest. The trading market of the village has changed since the early days to cater for tourists more so than the historical salt traders from Tibet. The village is culturally rich, with Sherpas following the traditional Tibetan lifestyle and a prevailing Buddhist religion. On the way to Namche Bazaar, Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8511m) come into sight. Mt Thamserku (6648m) and Kwangde Ri (6624m) loom to the east and west of the village. The sacred mountain of Khumbila (5707m) dominates the skyline to the west. You will get to experience the thrill of walking on many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. Meals: B, L & D.

DAY 04: Rest in Namche (3440m/11286ft) for acclimatization. Plenty of things to see or options of hiking in the area. Total Walking 5-6 hrs; Total Ascent 550m; Total Descent 150m.

This is the first of the two scheduled days for acclimatization. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and to move during the rest days instead of being idle. One option is to trek to Thame (3800m) for views and to experience a Sherpa village/Sherpa culture. In Namche, you will find ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colourful market which operates each Friday evening and Saturday. Meals: B, L & D.

DAY 05: Trek to Khumjung (3780m/12402ft). Total Walking Time 4-5 hrs; Distance 3km; Total Ascent 450m; Total Descent 850m.

Today's journey starts with a climb to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. We will trek upwards for about 2 hours before levelling off, continuing until we reach the village of Khumjung. The Khumjung Valley, surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kondge and Thamserku as well as the sacred peak of Khumbila, features a well-known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We will also visit Hillary School which is at the same site. Another set of busy and colourful monasteries, lined with prayer flags and prayer wheels, are braced along the slopes high above this traditional village. Meals: B, L & D.

DAY 06: Trek from Khumjung (3780m/12402ft) to Tyangboche (3860m/12664ft). Total Walking Time 5-6 hrs; Distance 7km; Total Ascent 650m; Total Descent 650m.

There is a famous monastery here. It was rebuilt 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: B, L & D.

DAY 07: Trek from Tyangboche (3860m/12664ft) to Dingboche (4410m/14469ft). Total Walking Time 5-6 hrs; Distance 13km; Total Ascent 650m; Total Descent 150m.

Descending to the Dingboche village, we will see sprawling fields and the settlement of Dingboche overlooked by chortens (Buddhist monuments) and prayer flags. Meals: B, L & D.

DAY 08: Acclimatization day in Dingboche

We will spend our second acclimatization day in Dingboche. The moment of having a relaxing breakfast admiring Ama Dablam (6856m/22493ft) towering to the south is truly fantastic. Meals: B, L & D.

DAY 09: Trek from Dingboche (4410m/14469ft) to Lobuche (4910m/16109ft). Total Walking Time 5-6 hrs; Distance 9km; Total Ascent 650m; Total Descent 300m.

Meals: B, L & D.

DAY 10: Trek from Lobuche (4910m/16109ft) to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17598ft) and overnight in Gorakshep (5140m/16864ft). Total Walking Time 8 hrs; Total Ascent 580m; Total Descent 250m.

We will make the trip to base camp. While offering fascinating views of the Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains, the base camp does not provide sights as spectacular as those seen during the ascent of Kala Pattar because there is no view of Everest itself from there. Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse, which loom over the Base Camp, shade the view of Everest.

We will travel along the jumbled moraines (clumps of glacial debris) and scattered rocks, passing by the memorials of Rob Hall, Yasuko Namba and others who perished during the Mt. Everest disaster of 1996. The trail continues along 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 from which treks to Lhotse and Nuptse are launched. The area, however, is not actually a specified site as various expeditions have elected different locations for semi-permanent camps during their various assaults on the mountains.

Some of the sites that expeditions have used as base camps are identifiable as areas of debris on the glacier at elevations of 5360 metres and above. However, the highlight of the trip to this place is the sight of the Khumbu Icefall, and the trek along the Khumbu Icefall is both an interesting and  exhilarating one. Meals: B, L & D.

DAY 11: Trek from Gorakshep (5140m/16864ft) to Kala Patthar (5550m/18209ft) and back to Pheriche (4240m/13910ft). Total Walking Time 6-7 hrs; Total Ascent 620m; Total Descent 1450m.

Gorakshep features a small lake that is usually frozen in addition to several monuments erected in memory of climbers who have died during various Everest expeditions. The carved stone in memory of Jake Britenbach, member of the 1963 US expedition, and the monument honouring 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 trek. However, we will need to prepare for an early morning departure in addition to dark and cold temperatures (-10 to -14°C). We will head off to Kala Patthar, the highest point of the trek. The going is slow as one heads to the black rock. However, during the ascent to Kala Patthar we will be able to pause to catch our breath at several outstanding lookouts where we will be able to take stunning pictures. After an ascent of several hours, we will reach Kala Patthar. From there we will climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit which is marked by cairns (man-made stacks of stones) and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we will sit on the Kala Patthar rocks, our eyes taking in the unbelievable Himalayan panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. You will have ample time to take as many pictures as you can with your camera and capture a moment which will no doubt remain with you forever. Meals: B, L & D.

DAY 12: Trek from Pheriche (4240m/13910ft) to Phortse (3810m/12500ft) or Tyangboche (3860m/12664ft). Total Walking Time 5-6 hrs; Total Ascent 150m; Total Descent 550m.

After the previous day's challenging ascent to Kala Patthar, today features an easier walk down to lower altitudes. Taking the same route back to the terminal moraines at Dughla and following the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we will pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Pheriche, Orsho and Shomare to reach Pangboche. From Pangboche we will retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche. Finally, we will reach the village of Tengboche. If we are trekking during the full moon of November or December, we might have the opportunity to witness the Mani Rimdu festival in the monastery at Tengboche. Meals: B, L & D.

DAY 13: Trek to Namche (3440m/11286ft). Total Walking Time 6-7 hrs; Total Ascent 480m; Total Descent 350m.

We will trek down a hillside dotted with rhododendron and juniper trees. If it's spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers will be in bloom and will set our surroundings ablaze. We will keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colourful pheasants and the like as we pass through the forest by the trail. After passing a chorten, we will reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. We will want to take a long last look at (and a final picture of) Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche from here. Meals: B, L & D.

DAY 14: Trek from Namche (3440m/11286ft) to Lukla (2840m/9318ft). Total Walking Time 7 hrs; Total Ascent 350m; Total Descent 1050m.

The trail from Namche descends steeply downward along rocky terrain, so we will need to walk slowly and carefully. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast-following Dud Koshi and its tributaries, you will find that the trail levels out somewhat and is easier to walk along. Although we will be staying on the same route, we will receive completely different views at this point. We will catch a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and (in the distance) snow covered peaks. We will be able to appreciate the Sherpa villagers' impressive faith in Buddhism and the age-old culture of the prayer stones and prayer flags as we walk through their villages. On arrival in Lukla, we will have plenty of time to relax, stretch our legs, and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. It’s time to celebrate the successful completion of a safe and truly fantastic trek! Meals: B, L & D.

DAY 15: Fly back to Kathmandu. Afternoon free for shopping and sightseeing.

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DAY 16: Free day in Kathmandu for sightseeing and shopping.

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DAY 17: Final Departure.

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