Everest Base Camp Trek

Nepal

Trek to the base camp of the world’s highest peak.

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, trek to Phakding- 3-4 hrs

We will need to wake up before the birds and depart the hotel at around 2-3am for a drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport to catch our flight to Lukla. During this time of day there is usually light traffic, the drive ought to take something like 3-4 hours. Roads in Nepal are not of the same standard like the west, there may be potholed areas and the last section is pretty roughshod.

We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m); and relish what we see on one of the most beautiful air routes on earth, which stunningly concludes on a sharp ridge surrounded by high mountainous peaks. Lukla is a gateway to the Khumbu region and our trek begins from hereabouts. We meet our other crew members and begin sorting out our equipment with help from them. We then hit the trails for a brief leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'Milk River' known so because of the gushing streams that look white and milky). We descend from the small plateau, down into the lush forested valley. The trail offers some teasing views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding at (2,652m), where we spend our first night in a Tea-house lodge (our sleeping altitude is 2,652m).

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After a hot breakfast, we head out of Phakding and follow the Dudh Kosi northwards. Today's hike takes us through splendid forests with lovely vistas of the mountains ahead. We criss-cross the river several times by airy bridges as we pass through the villages of Benkar, Monjo and Jorsale. The last bridge brings us to the foot of the sharp climb to Namche. Halfway up this ascent, we are likely to get our first views, if the clouds are kind, of the summit of Everest which appears regally behind the great rim of Nuptse-Lhotse. A last 300m of clambering brings us to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and the main town in the area. Namche is a flourishing Sherpa town and an ancient trading centre.

It has a weekly market on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning but the town buzzes everyday with trekkers, coffee shops, bakeries, ATMs, internet cafes, government offices, a bank, great restaurants and stores selling all kinds of trekking and climbing gear as well as Tibetan souvenirs. You will have enough time to stroll around and strike up a bargain for something you like. We will bunk out in a hotel or teahouse lodge (our sleeping altitude is 3,440m).

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This morning after breakfast, we descend to the river line; and cross it at the small settlement of Phunki Tenga at 3,250m, then climb steeply through the forest to Tengboche at 3,870m. We ought to arrive here by lunchtime and at high noon we will visit the famous monastery. The sunset and sunrise on these unbelievable panoramas of mountains we behold is something we will never forget for some time to come - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam provide a spectacular backdrop to our teahouse. As we hike we look out for Himalayan Tahr in the lush forest surrounding the monastery. We crash out in our tea-house (sleeping at an altitude of 3,870m)

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Trek to Thukla is easy but at the same time you will feel hard in terms of low oxygen, the view is spectacular!

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Today after breakfast, we must be prepared for a grueling, challenging day and for this we must hit the trails very early. We head for the Khumbu Glacier northwards to Gorak Shep. The trail goes up and down the moraine with some short steep sections. The path is stony as we are now on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We take something like 2-3 hours to reach Gorak Shep where we haul up for a breather and something to eat. Between base camp and back no lodges are available, so we will fill our water bottles and carry some snacks for the journey to Everest Base Camp. We start by walking across a grimy flat at Gorak Shep and climb onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for several hours before finally descending onto the rocky glacial moraine itself. The trail winds up and down through interesting ice seracs to the area we call Everest Base Camp. In spring, we might see in the distance some of the expedition teams gearing up to climb the mountain. From the Base Camp we get stunning upfront views of the Khumbu Ice Fall as we understand just how difficult it is for the climbers to negotiate a route through the huge blocks of ice. Nuptse towers above us and Pumori rears up behind us.

After a brief halt to get some great pictures by the Base Camp rock we retrace our steps to Gorak Shep. We stop here for a night in tea-house lodges sleeping at an altitude of 5,170m.

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We get set for an early morning departure, real early at the break of dawn in darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, we must brace up for biting winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. Nevertheless, it is upon reaching Kala Pathar that we get to see 360 degree close-up and gripping, breathtaking views of Mt. Everest. Our video cams go on overdrive; we enjoy the glorious mountain panorama, and then return back to Pangboche via Pheriche for a well earned night's rest. The early afternoon time is used to descend down to Pangboche for a good night's rest. Pangboche is a great village to spend the day because of its ancient monastery.
We also interestingly get to know that all the ice doctors who prepare Everest summiteers for the big climb hail from this pretty village. We spend our night at a teahouse lodge sleeping at an altitude of 3985m.

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After breakfast, we begin our trek down through a ridge carpeted by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the airy prayer-flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail clings to the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly, but pleasantly through pine forests. While in the forest, we may come across colorful pheasants and mountain goats. The route finally reaches Sanasa from where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. We also pass meandering trails and then cut through a forest before reaching the bustling Namche Bazaar. We do an Overnight in Namche Bazaar at an altitude of 3,440m.

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Today the trail descends sharply downward so we need to take care as our tired wobbly legs continuously navigate the rock-strewn terrain. After crossing some airy suspension bridges over the gushing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail gets a bit easy going and natural. When we finally touch down at Lukla, we relax our aching legs and reminisce on the wonderful experiences of the last couple of weeks. We arrange for a special celebration because this is our last day on these mountains that have given us so much of joy all these days. We then go to bed after a wonderful day in Lukla.

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We hop an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our almost 2 weeks mountain odyssey. On reaching Kathmandu, we can take some rest or do some last minute souvenir shopping. If we want to participate in any other activities of ancient Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with some shopping or sightseeing. We will enjoy a farewell dinner at a good restaurant in the evening. While enjoying our meals, we’ll be entertained to some scintillating cultural dances performed by the local belles to celebrate the successful conclusion of a fantastic trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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FAQs

Includes

  •  Free International Airport- Hotel- Airport pick up and drop
    off by private vehicles  
  • Meals on a full-board basis (Breakfast,
    Lunch, and Dinner/ the main course) during the trek. 
  • A highly experienced, government-licensed,
    English-speaking trekking guide. 
  • All salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and
    insurance for the guide. 
  • All necessary papers including Everest national park permit and TIMS
    card (Trekking Information Management System)  
  • PasangLhamu community Fee 
  • Trekking equipment such as the Sleeping bag, and
    down jacket on request (optional) 
  • Trekking lodges or tea houses during the
    trek  
  • Assistant guide for the group 8 pax or above 
  • A round trip flight from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu
    including all the applicable airport taxes 
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bar, crackers, and
    cookies, etc. 
  • ART's Appreciation of certificate after the
    successful trek. 
  • Farewell Dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with
    traditional performances 
  • A complimentary free T-shirt, and route map,  
  • Oximeter to measure your oxygen and Pulse level during the
    trek in the mountain, it’s very useful for all the trekkers to be aware of
    the high altitude sickness. 
  • A basic medical kid/ first aid box  
  • Emergency rescue operation assistance in
    arranging in case of complex health condition (funded by your Travel
    Insurance) 
  • All government, Local taxes, and official Expenses 

EXCLUDES

  •  Nepal entry visa fees (You can obtain a visa quickly upon
    your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal). $25 USD
    for 15 days Visa. 
  • Extra accommodation and meals before and after the trek 
  • International airfare 
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, hot and cold
    drinks, hot shower, hard and soft alcohols, snacks, hot and cold water,
    Wi-Fi, battery re-charge fee, and extra porter 
  • Travel insurance - insurance has to cover emergency
    high-altitude rescue and evacuation  
  • Personal cloths and trekking
    equipment 
  • Additional cost, the itinerary modifications or delay
    caused by out of management control due to the weather condition, illness,
    change of government policies, strikes, and physical condition, etc. 
  • Gratitudes to the guides and staffs (Recommended by Nepali
    culture ) 
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price
    "inclusive section" of this program   

 The answer is absolutely yes, we have been trekking many times with a solo trekker and all of the trekking tours have successfully done by supporting the help of our friendly and experienced Guides and sherpa team.  

We provide 3 meals a day including breakfast, Lunch and dinner during the trek. The foods are quiet convenient and have a pretty wide selection of the food items on the tea houses menus which are originated and prepared by the local community, the names of the most common meals of the region as given below.  

The Common food options- Momos (dumplings) different verity of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Tibetan / chapatti bread, Macroni, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a verity of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, Raman
soups, burgers and Pizza, yak steak, desserts items, hot and cold drinks are available on the menus on tea house, the menu’s selected meals are fresh and healthy with hygienic specialists by the mountain for the mountain trekkers.
  

Travelers can get an- On Arrival Visa at Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu, Nepal upon arrival. The visa fee for a three-month tourist- visa is 40 USD; it's playable at the airport. Please note that your holding passport should be validated at least six months from the
date of your arrival. Meanwhile, travelers of Indian and Chinese nationalities are not required to pay this fee since the country declared a free visa for these 2 countries.  

Absolutely yes! Under normal circumstances, our booked trips are guaranteed to run. You will still be doing your trek even if other trekkers
cancel their trip. We are a tailor-made company and the number of participants does not stop our operation. If your trip has been canceled by your operator and you are under last-minute stress, remember to find us to sort out your trip decisions. Please feel free to book your stress-free holidays with us. Unless there is a situation that is out of control such as a political riot, natural disaster, pandemic, epidemic or weather catastrophes, our trips are 100% guaranteed to run.  

Yes, you can get wifi internet access everywhere at a little fee even in the mountain.    

The weather in the mountain is always unpredictable. It keeps changing quickly. However, Nepal has four seasons amongst them 2 seasons are
the best season of the year for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal, see the following the best seasons for trekking in Nepal, 

Spring (Pre-monsoon) – Spring includes Feb, March, April, and May, the weather in this month is largely stable and dry with a moderate climate. This time of the year is fairly perfect for trekking in the Everest region offers a crystal clear view of the mountains and sceneries every day, the Temperature can reach up to 15- 20 degrees Celsius in the daytime and the temperature at the nighttime can drop down to - 8/12 degrees Celsius. The spring welcomes thousands of flora and vegetation that make the trek more beautiful and enjoyable in Nepal. 

Autumn (Post monsoon)- Autumn is another great season for trekking on Everest Base Camp, Autumn includes months of September, October, November, and December. During the autumn, the temperatures should be rated as between 14-20 degrees in the daytime, and nighttime can decrease to -5/10 degrees Celsius, it’s great for trekking. 

Yes, travel insurance is mandatory for trekking to the Everest region. -your travel insurance must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for individual trekking members, please kindly provide us your
insurance to us at the time of booking your trip or later - before your trip get started. Alpine Ramble will help and assist you to buy travel insurance for potential unforeseen events or altitude sickness during the trek.  

 Yes, Our Guide and Porters are all insured and they have trekking climbing insurances for trekking to any mountain in Nepal.  

Following lists are the essential trekking equipment for trekking to Everest Base Camp,

  •  A few pairs of Thermal tops 
  • Fleece jacket/pullover 
  • Windcheater - waterproof shell jacket one pair 
  • Down jacket -( It will be provided by the company if you do
    not have your own) 
  • Comfortable Fleece/wool trousers 
  • Trekking pants- at least 2 pairs 
  • Mittens/woolen gloves 
  • Warm Hiking socks 
  • Trekking sue with spare laces 
  • Pair of flip flop 
  • Underwears & Swiming costume 
  • Hiking Cotton trousers/t-shirts 
  • Sun hat/scarf 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Sleeping bag -( It will be provided by the company if you do
    not have your own) 
  • Trekking poles (Not 100%) 
  • Day bag above 40 L 
  • 1 set- Headlamp 
  • Small lock for the day backpack 
  • Reusable water bottles- 2 letters 
  • Water purification tablets/ electric light 
  • Wash towel 
  • Toiletries (wet tissue, quick-drying towel, toilet paper,
    moisturizers, lip balms, sunscreens, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail
    clipper, small mirror, toothpaste & brush, etc) 
  • Rain poncho 
  • Basic personal first aid kit  

After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Alpine Ramble Treks who will drop us off
at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up, and take a rest. In the evening, you will be introduced to a trekking crew at the hotel.  

The accommodations are in the basic tea houses or trekking lodges during the trek in the mountain. in this system, the room typically serves 2 single beds for 2 trekkers of the same gender in a group but a single room can be provided if required. Our room has some warm and nice blankets, pillows, comfortable matrices, attached bathrooms(not everywhere), and nice views. However, the room can be upgraded to Luxury in a hotel like Yeti Mountain Home at request. 

During the trek, we will ensure and accommodate you to the best available tea houses with great views of the mountain and sceneries
 

 You could use the credit card only in cities areas of Nepal,
in the mountain areas, you can only use the cash and some places they will be
accepted accept dollars, Euros, and pounds as well.  

 Acute mountain sickness is an illness that can affect any
mountain climbers, hikers, trekkers, or travelers at high altitudes, normally;
it can be suffered above a high of 9,000 feet. Acute mountain sickness is caused
by reduced air pressure and lowers oxygen levels at high altitudes. If you feel
dizzy, suffer palpitations or severe headaches, and return immediately to a
lower altitude. Do not take altitude sickness lightly. It can be fatal! Please
familiarize yourself with the symptoms of altitude sickness before your trek.
Do not ignore even the mildest of altitude symptoms, inform your guide, porters, or hotel staff immediately. Generally, our guides carry basic medicine and
first aid equipment including simple painkillers, altitude sickness tablets,
bandages, balm for muscle ache, and medication to treat diarrhea and vomiting.  

 Yes, The trekkers should have to have registered trekking
permits, and TIMS (Trekker's Management Systems), they are all helped and
provided by Alpine Ramble Trekks- it's all are included in our package program. 

   

the highest point of this trek is 5545m (Kalapathar)

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