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EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

The World’s Most Famous Base Camp

Tour Information

The mighty Everest, herself, and the famous Everest Base Camp must tops the bucket list of millions of people living on the planet Earth. It is a dreamlike, chilling, feeling to stand in front of the tallest mountain in the world, the Everest. The indigenous to the Everest Region, Sherpas believe it is the Everest where the God resides and look at the earth below. It won't be much of a surprise to get this spiritual feeling after crossing the heavenly landscapes, living with the legendary Sherpas in their high altitude settlements, crossing the colorful prayer flags, and eventually experiencing the high spirit of the Mt. Everest. 

Itinerary Overview

DaysActivity
Day 1 Touch Down in Kathmandu - Meet with your fellow travelers.
Day 2 Experience Kathmandu & Prepare for The Trek.
Day 3 Early morning flight to Lukla - The Gateway to Everest.
Day 4 Namche - The tourist hub in Everest National Park
Day 5 Acclimatization Day - Namche, test your ability.
Day 6 Debuche
Day 7 Dingboche
Day 8 Dingboche - Acclimatization Day
Day 9 Lobuche
Day 10 THE DAY -Gorakshep & our target Everest Base Camp
Day 11 Reward yourself at Kala Patthar & return to Pheriche
Day 12 Namche Bazaar
Day 13 Lukla & party time
Day 14 Kathmandu - Back to chaos and civilization
Day 15 Farewell time - Departures

Information

What's Included?
  •  Service of English Speaking leader for the trip.
  •  Service of 01 Assistant Trekking guide for the trekking.
  •  Service of 01 porters each for 2 trekkers while on the trek – will be hired from Lukla onwards.
  •  International Airport Arrival and Departure transfer.
  •  Domestic Airport Arrival and Departure transfer on a group basis.
  •  03 Nights accommodation in Traditional Comfort with breakfast on twin sharing basis.
  •  Flight ticket Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu for Clients, leader and assistant guide.
  •  Half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English speaking tour guide, entrance fees to Pashupati and Boudhanath Stupa with private transport.
  •  Accommodation for 11 nights in comfortable lodges on twin sharing basis with breakfast (lodges from Dingboche up onwards do not have ensuite bathrooms).
  •  Breakfast while on trekking.
  •  Everest National Park & TIMS Card.
What's Excluded?
  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, mineral water, laundries, telephone calls, internet facilities.
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Medical and Travel Insurance.
  • Additional Expenses which may arise due to circumstances beyond control of RMT such as flight delays and flight cancellations.

SOME IMPORTANT POINTS TO PONDER:

  1. The itinerary has been prepared with years of experience in operating and trekking in Nepalese Mountains. Every single detail has been carefully studied and suggested. Yet there are More...

SOME IMPORTANT POINTS TO PONDER:

  1. The itinerary has been prepared with years of experience in operating and trekking in Nepalese Mountains. Every single detail has been carefully studied and suggested. Yet there are times when trekkers do get high altitude sickness and our team does the needful in making sure trekkers are brought down to lower altitudes where most of the time, they get better. But in a worst case scenario, should health of the trekker do not improve, then the only option we have is called for Emergency Evacuation. Hence we request you that when you buy your travel or medical insurance, please do make sure that your insurance covers this Emergency Evacuation done by helicopters.

 

  1. Due to the unpredictable characteristic weather of the Himalayan Range – heavy cloud, fog and turbulent weather may cause obstruction for the smooth operation of flights between Kathmandu and Lukla. In such cases, we are asked to remain on standby the airlines hoping the weather to clear out. The wait may be four hours, sometimes before airlines finally call off the day and cancels our flight. In such cases, we have no choice to wait and try for the next day. In worst case scenario, our option to or out of Lukla would be taking helicopter flights and should we have to take this option, we will do the needful in negotiating with the service provider and get the best price for the flight. Whatever the difference cost, clients have to pay the same.

 

RECOMMENDED LIST OF ITEMS:

Below are our recommended lists of items that you need to have in your backpack. But please do check with your escort during the Group Meeting or first dinner about the items. Sometimes based on recent climate, they may add or remove a couple of items from the list.

  • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, band aids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
  • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
  • Fleece top/sweater
  • Footwear
  • Hat
  • Locks for bags
  • Long pants/jeans
  • Money belt
  • Outlet adapter
  • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Small travel towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
  • Watch and alarm clock
  • Waterproof backpack cover
  • Windproof rain jacket

High Altitude Trekking:

  • Down jacket (Recommended for winter season)
  • Hiking boots (Worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Pack liners to waterproof bags
  • Reusable water bottler – minimum 1 litre (Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best)
  • Sandals (For wearing around camp in the evenings)
  • Sleeping bag and liner, 4 season
  • Spare boot laces
  • Thermal base layer
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Whistle
  • Windproof rain gear
  • Wool socks

Note: The best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials in layers, as this is quick-drying and can keep the heat in better. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a light fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof layer.

Group Meeting

The group meeting would generally last for 45 minutes to an hour. During the meeting, you will be introduced to your fellow travel companion and your escort leader will be briefing you all about the trek and what to expect during the trekking days. In addition, you will be receiving your duffle bag for the trek in which you will have to pack your belongings for the trek. Your leader will be suggesting you various gears that you may require for the trek. If you do not have the gears as recommended, he will assist you in hiring or if you are interested in buying the same in gear shops which are plentiful in the Thamel area.

After the group meeting, generally to get more acquainted with your fellow travelers and your leader, a group dinner at a local restaurant will be arranged. During the dinner, you have ample of opportunities to discuss more with everyone in the group.


Your Escort Leader:

Our escort leaders are very well trained in terms of leading groups of all destinations of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. They are well trained to manage group and lead them to their goals of the trip booked. Delivering local and unique experiences, managing the expectation of every group member well being and health of every group member is the unique qualities that our escort leaders have. They are trained with First Aid Training, mostly focusing on dealing with High Altitude Sickness and their preventive measures. During the trekking, should you feel uncomfortable in any way, the first person you need to talk to will be our escort leader. He /She will be the best person to give you the best possible option and to give you suggestions to make you comfortable.

 

About TREK Accommodation:

With the beginning of trekking to Everest Base Camp, the early days of staying in tented camps and being served by many Sherpa’s slowly came to end with the start of lodges or tea house houses run by local people. Starting with one or two rooms in each house, slowly it turned into a good business and there are many lodges which have 30 + rooms. But yet the standard of the accommodation remained basic while the room size was still small and to name facilities there was only a couple of beds in each room. The toilets were too basic and were uncomfortable. Slowly nowadays the trend of making comfortable rooms with ensuite bathroom is on the rise. There are many lodges in the trekking route which provide such comfort level accommodation. But saying so, please note that the comfort level of the lodges are not too compared to comfort level hotels of big cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, etc. During our trekking too, we will be staying in the trekking lodges with added comfort level. Comfortable beds with blankets, ensuite toilets (lodges at Lobuche, Gorakshep & Pheriche will be without ensuite toilets), heated blankets (where ever possible) OR hot water bag will be provided. All rooms in the lodges will be twin bedded. You have the possibility to take hot water showers in all places except for Lobuche, Gorakshep and Pheriche. We recommend that you have body wipes with you which you may use during these 3 nights.

 

About Meals:

Breakfast is included in your package. While in Kathmandu, there will be buffet breakfast available and while on trek, breakfast will be much simpler and pre planned by your escort guide.

There are many restaurants when you are in Kathmandu and depending upon your choice you have the option to choose the restaurant you would like to visit. Your escort guide will be suggesting you couple of restaurants you may visit during your free time. But while on trek, choices are limited. During the daytime, your escort guide will be informing you about your lunch time and place. Depending upon the lunch place of the day, he may suggest you some delicacies, and suggest that the all group members other similar items in order to save time. Dinner however, will have to be ordered in the same lodge where we spend the night. Upgrading their restaurant menus, now lodges have started preparing a variety of meals which may include fried noodles, spaghettis ethics.

 

BUDGET:

As per our experience, we would like to recommend that you carry a budget of around USD 300.00 (equivalent in Nepalese Currency) for meals and other beverages not included. There is an ATM machine available only in Namche Bazaar but we would like to recommend not depending on the same. There are times, when the ATM machine does not work. Hence carrying required budget for the trek from Kathmandu itself is highly recommended. There are places where you may get cash from your Master or Visa Card but the service charge is very high up in the mountains.

 

As EMERGENCY FUND, we would like to recommend that you have around USD 400.00 in CASH which you can exchange in case of emergency.

 

Weather Information:

Jan

Very clear mountain view, cold in the evening and blue sky during the day / less tourist season

Feb

Cold in the evening and blue sky during the day might be snowfall in base camp / less tourist season

Mar

Good time, cold in the evening and blue sky during the day, might be snowfall of Base Camp /  tourist season

Apr

Very good time, cold in the evening and blue sky during day  / High season

May

Warm, cold in the evening and blue sky during the day / High tourist season

Jun

Pre monsoon, needs an umbrella / raincoat, humid / less tourist season

Jul

Not a good time for flight to Lukla and back

Aug

Not a good time for flight to Lukla and back

Sep

Very good time, cold in the evening and blue sky during day  / High season

Oct

Good time, blue sky during day, cold evening / high tourist season

Nov

Good time, blue sky during day, cold evening / high tourist season

Dec

Moderate season: very clear mountain view, cold in the evening and blue sky during the day / less tourist season

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Day 1

Touch Down in Kathmandu - Meet with your fellow travelers.

Arriving at Tribhuwan International Airport is an experience in itself. As we exit the arrival terminal, we will see a huge crowd outside the airport with numerous placards. Our airport representative will be waiting amongst the crowd with your name written on a placard. You will be escorted to your booked hotel in Kathmandu. Depending the traffic situation, the drive to your hotel will be approximately 15 minutes to 30 minutes.

 

A warm welcome by the staff of Traditional Comfort offering you auspicious Tika and Buddhist scarf “The KHADA”, you will be handed your rooms keys. You have free time to relax and enjoy the traditional ambience and comfort of the hotel until your Group Meeting which is generally scheduled to take place at the meeting room of the hotel in the evening time. Reception of the hotel will inform you about the meeting time.

Oxygen Level: Approximately 90%

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Day 2

Experience Kathmandu & Prepare for The Trek.

With a hope that you had a very good sleep and you are totally charged up to start our adventurous journey, we start our day visiting two holiest sites of Kathmandu Valley – Pashupatinath Temple & Boudhanath Stupa. Nepal is a unique country where you can see many cultures and religion living in harmony. You will be experiencing these qualities during our sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple – a Hindu temple and Boudhanath Stupa – a Buddhist Shrine. You will be escorted by well experienced tour guide who will be briefing you all in details of both the places.

 

Later in the afternoon, we have free time to prepare ourselves for our arduous trek to Everest Base Camp. Making sure that we have all the necessary gears and clothing as per weather conditions and recommendations from our escort leader. You have ample of opportunities to wander around Thamel – the tourist hub of Nepal, window shopping, trying various eateries (but please do avoid street food) etcs.

 

We recommend that you go to bed early tonight so that you have had good sleep during the night and ready to wake up early in the morning next day.

 

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Day 3

Early morning flight to Lukla - The Gateway to Everest.

Early morning wakeup call and being geared up wearing our trekking trousers, jackets and trekking boots, yes we are all set to depart to domestic airport which around 10 to 15 minutes’ drive from our hotel. After needful check in procedures at the airport, we will have time to take our packed breakfast before we board our flight to Lukla. The flight to Lukla is on a small Dornier / Twin Otter flight and flight duration is generally around 25 – 30 minutes. Its once of life time flight during which we will have ample of opportunities to see the mighty Himalayas (weather permitted) before our eyes as we descend to land in one of the most exciting airports of the world, Lukla airport also known as Tenzing Hillary Airport.

 

At the airport, we will have our first meeting with our group of Sherpa’s. They will be anxiously waiting to welcome us to their work station -The Everest Trekking Trails. We will have our short break here while our Sherpa’s do the needful in arranging our baggage so that it becomes comfortable for them to carry while on trek.  To maintain the service level, we allow only 15 kgs per Sherpa.

 

As said, every journey starts with a small step… here we go towards Everest Base Camp. Today we are going to walk for around 3 to 4 hours. The day is just a glimpse of our walking days ahead. To begin we descend gradually up to Thado Koshi for around 2 hours. Then after we start to make our first ascend of the trek which is gradual uphill all the way Phakding which will take another 2 hours. We reach Phakding during our lunch time.

Oxygen Level: Approximately 73%

** For the interested ones who would still want to hike around, there is the possibility of visit to Rimijung Monastery which is around 45 minutes to one hour steep uphill walking from Phakding village.

  • Phakding:  2650m
  • Population: Around 450
  • Total Distance: 5 km
  • Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
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Day 4

Namche - The tourist hub in Everest National Park

Namche Bazaar is the Gateway to Everest Base Camp and the Capital Village of Sherpas. Today is one of those days when our physical strength, our stamina and our will power will be on the test. Most part of the day we will be walking uphill with short intervals of flat walking too. With numerous opportunities to cross the high suspension bridges, after our first ascent walking of the day, we will reach Benkar where we will be welcomed by gigantic Mt. Thamserku at the horizon. Walking past the Mani Stone walls and the Buddhist Shrines we will reach the Sagarmatha National Park Entry gate. The park gate was established in 1976 and was listed as World Heritage Site in 1979. Here we do our needful entry process and permit checking.

Oxygen Level:  Approximately 64%

  • Namche Bazaar: 3440m
  • Population: Around 1700
  • Total Distance: 9 Km
  • Walking hours: Around 7 hours
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Day 5

Acclimatization Day - Namche, test your ability.

Indeed, today is the day when we will be preparing ourselves for high altitude trekking. We will be assessing our physical ability and endurance against the high altitude that is to come in coming days ahead. Should you feel any uncomfortable with or while on the hike, please do not hesitate to consult with your trekking leader. He is the best person to listen to and get suggestions. Today our acclimatization hike will take us to Syangboche which is 3860m above sea level. The total hiking hours will be around 3 – 4 hours. We start our hike with steep uphill walk all the way to National Park headquarters from where we have the opportunity to enjoy the majestic views of various Himalayan Peaks including Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Kusum, Khangru, Kongde, Phachhermo, Melungtse, Khumbila and Taboche. Along our trail, we have all the opportunity to enjoy the Flora and fauna found in this Himalayan Region.

Acclimatization Hike – Syangboche 3860m (Approximately 3 – 4 hours)

After time spent at Syangboche, we descend back to Namche Bazaar for our Lunch. We have free time to wander around Namche Bazaar, visit local bakeries and shops and do last minute shopping (if required) to buy or hire any trekking gears you may need for the trek.

 

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Day 6

Debuche

Today’s trek all the way to Debuche is mixed with uphill and gradual flat walking. As we go up the stunning views of Himalayan Peaks such Everest and Lhotse keeps on inspiring us to move forward. We stop at Kenjuma (3550m) for a tea break and we keep ourselves mesmerized with the stunning views. Our lunch stop which is another hour walking from Kenjuma is at Phunki Tenga, where we can see prayer wheels spinning with the help of flowing waters from the rivulet. After lunch we ascend for couple of hours to reach Tengboche (3870m) via Rhododendron forest and the stunning view of Mt. Kangtenga.  At Tengboche, we take a break for some time to visit the famous monastery “Tengboche Monastery”. Tengboche Monastery is one of the biggest monasteries of Everest Region and was built in the 16th Century.

Another half hour walk, we descend to reach Debuche for our night halt.

  • Oxygen Level: Approximately 60%
  • Debuche: 3710m
  • Population: Around 150
  • Total Distance: 9 Km
  • Walking hours: Around 7 hours

 

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Day 7

Dingboche

Today we will be leaving the Treeline behind and trek in the high altitude, barren and alpine meadow. The first couple of hours we will be walking through the rhododendron forest, crossing wooden bridges over the Dudh Koshi River to reach the last permanent settlement of the region Pangboche (3970m). Tea break with the majestic view of Mt Amadablam is the highlight of this region. We continue our walk on undulating flat until Shomare (4040m) alongside the banks of Dudh Koshi River. Hence forth after lunch, we leave the Treeline behind and after crossing another wooden bridge over the Dudh Koshi River we start the uphill walk all the way up to Dingboche (4350m).

  • Oxygen Level: Approximately 57%
  • Dingboche: 4350m
  • Population: Around 600
  • Total Distance: 8 Km
  • Walking hours: Around 6 hours
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Day 8

Dingboche - Acclimatization Day

One more acclimatization day before we proceed forward for our ultimate goal of Everest Base Camp. Today we will be going up to an altitude of 4700m at Nagarzhang Peak. We will be walking for about 4 hours today and let our body be acclimatized to high altitude. From the Nagarzhang Peak, we can get the panoramic view 4th highest peak Lhotse, 5th highest Makalu, 6th highest Cho Oyu, and Island Peak etc.

Rest of the day we have time to relax and enjoy.

  • Oxygen Level: Approximately 57%
  • Dingboche: 4350m
  • Population: Around 600
  • Total Distance:
  • Walking hours: Around 4 hours
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Day 9

Lobuche

As we start our day, please be informed that all the settlements henceforth are only for the purpose tourism and serving adventure orientated tourist. There are no permanent settlements henceforth. We walk along the summer yak pasture which is gradual flat and views being dominated by Mt. Taboche and Mt. Cholatse. We stopover for lunch at Thugla (4620m).

After lunch we continue our walking up steep ascent to Chakpki Lara Pass at 4820m, where we pass through memorials of Sherpas and few famous mountaineers. Walking through the end of moraine of Changri Glacier, we are offered with views of peaks including Nuptse, Khumutse, Lingtren, Pumori, Lobuche East and Lobuche West. It is an easy flat hike all the way to Lobuche.

While in Lobuche, we can get the great sunset view of Nuptse and short hike to view point of entire Khumbu Glacier are the sights not to be missed.

  • Oxygen Level: Approximately 54%
  • Lobuche: 4910m
  • Population: Around 100
  • Total Distance: 7 Km
  • Walking hours: Around 5 hours
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Day 10

THE DAY -Gorakshep & our target Everest Base Camp

Today is THE DAY, when we will be achieving our goal. All the hard work, pushing our body and our endurance to the limit; we will be achieving our target. We start early in the morning and with gentle ascending walks; we hit the 5000m altitude. After walking for about 90 minutes or 2 hours, we start our steep ascend, a trail which is pretty rough and rugged all the way to Gorakshep. We will be at Gorakshep by our lunch time.

We do an early check in to our lodge at Gorakshep and have our lunch. After our lunch, we gear up for another 2 hour hike all the way up to Everest Base Camp. During the season time for Everest Peak Summiting, you can expect a huge crowd at Base Camp with members of the expedition team carefully planning and preparing to summit Everest. Otherwise, the rest of the time, it is generally quiet with only Rocky Mountains and prayer flags. Some photography session, enjoying ourselves being at Everest Base Camp, HURRAY…. Yes, we have finally achieved our target.

  • Oxygen Level: Approximately 52%
  • Gorakshep: 5180 m
  • Population:
  • Total Distance: 6 Km
  • Walking hours: Around 3 hours (total walking hours for the day around 7 hours)
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Day 11

Reward yourself at Kala Patthar & return to Pheriche

Yes, we have achieved our goal and we have done, we have trecked for all these days. But it is always a worthwhile visit to Kala Patthar. We generally do the hike to Kala Patthar in the early hours of the morning, which will give us the opportunity for a glorious sunrise over Mount Everest and other Himalayan Peaks. The 360 degrees view of the mighty Himalayas stand before us boasting their presence and beauty. Some regard this hike as the hardest one, but the hard work is worth every bit.

We descend back to Gorakshep for our breakfast and then continue our return all the way back to Pheriche.

  • Oxygen Level: Approximately 60%
  • Pheriche: 4270 m
  • Population: Around 250
  • Total Distance: 13 Km (including early morning excursion to Kala Patthar)
  • Walking hours: Total walking hours of the day around 5 hours

 

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Day 12

Namche Bazaar

  • Namche Bazaar: 3440 m
  • Population: Around 1700
  • Total Distance: 13 Km
  • Walking hours: 8 hours
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Day 13

Lukla & party time

It’s all celebration time as we hike all the way down to the bustling town of Lukla. Goals achieved, smiling faces…. It’s party time when we are in Lukla. We gather up our supporting team who has been with us all these days, helping us, inspiring us and sometimes when required carrying us too. We thank them from our bottom of our heart. We bid them Good bye.

And of course, you have the time to party and have some drink in the evening too. It may have been more than a week when you had your last sip of a drink (consumption of alcoholic beverages while hiking all the up in high altitude is not recommended). But we will have an early morning wake up tomorrow.

  • Oxygen Level:  Approximately 70%
  • Lukla: 2860m
  • Population:
  • Total Distance: 13.5 Km
  • Walking hours: 8 hours
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Day 14

Kathmandu - Back to chaos and civilization

It’s just around 10 minutes walking from our hotel to Lukla airport where we check in and wait for our flight to Kathmandu. Our excite fills up as we hear airport siren which informs that the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla has taken off from Kathmandu airport. It’s a normal routine and we wait anxiously for the flight to land and take us back to civilization. Once in Kathmandu, we are taken back to our hotel where we can have nice hot showers, relax and take a day off. You may wander around the streets of Thamel and do your last minute shopping.

Along with your escort leader, we go for our final dinner in a nice and cozy restaurant where we have our last group dinner together. Sharing each other photographs, email address and the splendid time we all have had during this extra ordinary trekking

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Day 15

Farewell time - Departures

It is departure day, and please confirm your departure transfer with your escort leader. He will make sure that your transport for departure will be at the hotel at your requested time. Should you have some more extra days to wander in Nepal and need more information, your escort leader can help you out in organizing and giving you the information you require.

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