Involves trekking up to 6 hours a day upt 5400 meters for the duration of 9 -18 days . Any reasonably active person should be able to manage these trips.
See Mount Everest up close and the Sherpa communities dwelling around it in this 19 days’ trip that is sure to test your endurance.
The base camp for Mount Everest where hundreds of mountaineers start their real journey to the top of the world is a formidable place on its own. You have to walk through Sherpa villages and natural landmarks in the Himalayas to get there. It is a long and tiring trip to mountains beyond 18,000 feet but with the Himalayan vista as motivating factor and blessings from Sherpa monasteries, you will have a bucket list adventure.
One of us will be there to pick you up as you land into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (4,600 feet) Stay overnight at your hotel musingover your Himalayan adventure ahead.
We will take you around famous landmarks of Kathmandu in a tourist vehicle. Visit royal courtyards, monasteries and temples which have been included in Unesco World Heritage List for their cultural, historical and religious significance. Although damaged by the devastating earthquake of 2015, they still offer a glimpse into local culture. Your journey starts the next day and we will brief you on your big trip.
A half-an-hour flight takes you to Lukla, a small tourist town overlooking Everest. Landing into the Tenzing-Hillary Airport puts you officially inside the Everest Region from where you will begin your Everest Base Camp trek. We will start with a three-hour warm up trip downhill to Phakding village and rest for the day.
Not more than six hours of hiking will get you to Namche Bazaar, a Sherpa town with probably more tourists than Sherpas. You will be entering into the Sagarmatha National Park and walking through suspension bridges over vertigo-inducing gorges to get there. You will find just about everything at Namche Bazaar so you might want to go for a last minute shopping or perhaps chill out at night club. While acclimatising to the freezing temperature and high altitude at Namche, you will get to meet travellers like yourself who are heading to or returning from Everest.
You will hike for not more than three hours through rhododendron forests to reach Thame village. The Thame monastery is one of the oldest in the region and you might want to pray a lot for energy and endurance for your long journey. This place is used by trekkers as an acclimatisation stop.
In about five hours, you will reach Khumjung, a relatively large village which caters well to tourist needs. The village lies next to Mount Khumbila and the local monastery is believed to made of a Yeti scalp.
A short trek downhill takes you to Phortse in time for lunch. Phortse is a model ecotourism village surrounded by exotic trees, birds, and animals. The Sherpas here are always happy to perform cultural shows for tourists.
We will hike leisurely this day and ascend about 2,000 feet to Dingboche. This hill station is cold and arid and you might feel the first real signs of fatigue in your journey. You will rest here for two days as this is a perfect place to get acclimatised to the rising altitude.
Dingboche is good for a day of sightseeing. It is located at the bank of the Imja River and the monasteries and the stone walls here are prime tourist attractions. You will again have to climb close to 2,000 feet the next day so rest well.
On the 10th day of your expedition to Everest Base Camp, you will hike through rugged snow-covered terrain passing through Thukla village to reach Lobuche at the foot of Khumbu glacier. By now, you will find yourself quite acclimatized to the Himalayas and your much-awaited trip to Mount Everest will just be a day away.
A short three-hour trek will take you to Gorakshep, a village sitting on top of a frozen lake bed. This village will serve us lunch and will be our final stop on our trek to the Everest Base Camp. It’s a two to three hours walk to the base camp from here and you will get to stand on the foot of the tallest peak in the world. Gaze at the Everest as much as you want but you cannot camp here with your trekking permit so we will have to return to Gorakshep before night.
We will ascent to Kala Patthar, which lies on the southern ridge of Mount Pumori (23,494 feet). It’s a two-hour uphill expedition that will put to test your mountain-climbing skills. Here you will get the best panoramic view of the Everest along with the Khumbu Glacier and other Himalayan peaks. It’s all downhill from here and we will descend to Pheriche, a small village full of yaks, and rest for the day.
You have to climb down for five to six hours to reach Tengboche where you start to feel warmer. Located at the confluence of the Imja River and the Dudh Koshi River, Tengboche is home to the largest monastery in the region the Tengboche monastery.
An easy downhill trek through forests, suspension bridges and alongside mountain ridges will get you to Namche Bazaar. Upon reaching here, you will feel like you are back to the society after your ordeal with wilderness. It’s a great place to share your experience with fellow trekkers and look back on the feat you just achieved.
Your journey is beginning to end but you are still very far from home. Trek downhill to Phakding, the same place where you were at Day 3 of your trip.
You have to climb up to Lukla, the place where it all started. Your Everest Base Camp trek ends here and Lukla is famous for hosting your end-of-journey party. You will not have to walk anymore.
After a half hour flight to Kathmandu, the noise of the city will remind you of the tranquillity of the Himalayas.
After 17 days, you have a day scheduled for absolutely nothing so spend it as you like it. But before you leave, we have a farewell dinner to officially end your vacation. It is your last night in Nepal.
We will drop you to Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be gone with recollections of your Himalayan journey to keep you busy throughout the flight.
In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 230.Also note that single rooms is easily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
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Note: The lists have been prepared by our guides based on experience and are meant as suggestion for an average trekker. Each trekker will have his/her own preferences and necessities and we recommend carrying everything that you think you might need. You will find several options for each equipment and we advise to select the best match for your particular trip. You can purchase almost everything on the lists in Kathmandu and we are happy to help you choose.
We give you the power to choose the departure date that suits your group best. A private trip is a perfect solution if you can’t find a published departure date that you and your companions agree on. You can set up a private departure for most of the trips we offer.
We never force our customers to follow our set itinerary.You can customize your itinerary exactly the way you want. Please share with us your ideas.
As one of the core guiding principles for Mountain Kick, we always give back to the mountain community in any way we can as a means of gratitude. The people who live in the Himalayas and share their homes with us deserve to have all their little problems fixed which seem very basic for outsiders but are commonplace in rural Nepal. The people lack proper access to healthcare, sanitation and education but a little effort from travellers goes on a long way to solve these issues. Mountain Kick has made it its corporate social responsibility to help improve the living standards of the local community. We make donations to their cause, organize social campaigns and programs and also have a few trips designed to mix a little volunteer work in your holiday.READ MORE ABOUT CSR