Luxury trek to Everest Base Camp

Luxury trek to Everest Base Camp

Overview

Everest base camp Trek

Mount Everest (8848m), the highest peak of the world has always been a feature for appealing large number of tourist every year. An attempt to reach at the base of the top peak in the world will no doubt offer elating and fantastic experiences. Everest Base Camp trek, the most breathtaking mountain trail will in fact take us to the world famous Sherpa settlement. Plus, you will see the culture of bright prayer flags, the appealing Namche Bazaar, pass by the Sagarmatha National Park. Also, the most appealing part of the trek is reaching the highest view point-Kala Pattar lying at 5550m.

Everest Base Camp trek will begin with an exciting mountain flight to the Tenzing-Hillary airport at Lukla. You will then pass through the appealing Sherpa community Phakding, Namche bazaar. Our path continues to make way up all the way passing through Tengboche, Pheriche, then to Gorakshep and to end with reach Mt. Everest base camp. Subsequently, we will climb to Kalapattar meaning in Nepali black rock which is the incredible view spot and the keep on walking to descend to Lukla and take a scenic flight back to Kathmandu

Boundless Himalaya Trekking and Expeditions is self-assured to put forward Everest Base Camp along with the incomparable service. Without doubt, Everest Base Camp climb is intended to everyone from proficient climber to an inexpert adventure enthusiast. You will be stunned with the superb vistas of Nuptse, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and numerous other snow-topped peaks of Everest area.

As the name speaks for itself, each and every service provided is of superior quality than that of regular standard. Best of the available tea-houses along the trek with attached bathroom as far as possible, free menu meaning clients having freedom to choose anything they prefer, tea and coffee anytime as requested, seasonal fruits and desserts with meals,  adequate number of qualified and experienced trekking guide and porters who are well trained and up to date with knowledge and skills, extra staff such as experienced cook to coordinate with tea-house cooks to prepare best foods and Sherpa staff to make all necessary arrangements before group arrives in each tea house and also during the trek are provided. Clients and their every need are duly taken care of so that they feel safe and secure all throughout the trip. As the quality does cost the money, you will truly feel value for the money.

Ethical Tourism:

Tourism was hardly hit by the devastating earthquakes of 2015. A year has gone by but it’s still struggling to revive. Despite not being particularly affected by the earthquakes, tourism in Everest region was no more an exception in terms of effect. Visiting now would certainly aid in the process of reviving tourism and help the Nepalese.

Natural Environment:

One of the two national parks of Nepal listed in UNESCO’s world heritage sites, trekking in Everest is certainly one of the most liked activities in Nepal. This region includes 4 of the world’s highest mountains including the highest of all Everest. The altitude from 2800m at the lowest to 5545m at the highest makes it diverse region with some of the breathtaking landscapes on earth.

Cultural Environment:

The trek takes you to the world’s famous Sherpa settlement. Namche bazaar, known as the gateway to Mt. Everest is also known as the capital of Sherpa, the renowned mountaineers. Not only Sherpas but also the people from other ethnic communities such as Rai, Tamang, Bramhan, Chhetri live in the region making it culturally diverse.

Map 

Everest base camp trekking map

A. Itinerary in Detail (18 Days)

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrival  Kathmandu / Pick up and transfer to hotel / introduction to staff and briefing.

Accommodation: 5* hotel

Meals: B

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

KTM sightseeing Photo
Guided tour of Kathmandu’s historical and spiritual attractions taking in many of the important valley sites

Accommodation: 5* hotel

Meals: B

 

 

 

Day 03 : Kathmandu – Lukla (40 min flight) – Phakding; 3-4 hours trek (Trekking times only; stops not included)
Early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) / final preparations / trek starts / pass Chaurikharka village / make a descent towards the Dudhkosi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkosi River until Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) / overnight.

Distance: 3-4 hours walk

Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Meals: BLD
Day 04 : Phakding-Namche Bazaar: 5-6 hours 

Namche Bazaar Photo
The trail crosses Dudhkoshi River / long suspension bridge / along the river to Hilary’s Suspension Bridge /  trail climbs further from here to Namche Bazaar / overnight

Distance: 5-6 hours walk

Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Meals: BLD

 

Day 05 : Namche Bazaar: Rest day

This day is a rest day taken for the acclimatization /  day hike to Thame /  visiting Khunde / relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar known as the gateway to Mt. Everest / overnight

Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Meals: BLD
Day 06 : Namche Bazaar- Khumjung: 4 hours 
Start / climb up to the Shyangboche airstrip / just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel / Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on earth. overnight (3,810m/12,500ft).

Distance: Approx 4 hours walk

Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Meals: BLD
Day 07: Khumjung-Tengboche: 4-5 hours 

Young Sherpa boy

Trail descends slightly to Dudhkoshi at 3250m ‘/ steep ascent to famous Tengboche Gompa / stunning background of Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest and other peaks / overnight

Distance: 4-5 hours walk

Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Meals: BLD

 

 

 

Day 08 : Tengboche-Dingboche: 5-6 hour

 Slight descent early today through lush forest / gradual climb up to the valleys highest year round settlement of Pangboche (3,860m/12,664ft) / continue ascending in the afternoon /  through alpine meadows / yak herds /  eventually reaching Dingboche.

Distance: 5-6hours walk

Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Meals: BLD

Day 09: Dingboche: Rest Day
The second rest day is taken for the acclimatization at Dingboche. As at Namche Bazaar, there is a side-trip planned from Dingboche, or you can rest. The side trip will wind up the valley to Chhukung for sensational views.

Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Meals: BLD
Day 10 : Dingboche-Lobuche: 5-6 hours
Today climb to Duglha (4,620m/15,158ft) / stunning views of Tawachee and Cholatse (6440m) / trail goes up to Khumbu Glacier for an hour then left into the memorial area before reaching the village of Lobuche. (4,930m/12,894ft). By this stage the effects of the altitude will be kicking in and you can expect colder nights.

Distance: 5-6 hours walk

Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Meals: BLD
Day 11 : Lubuche – Everest Base Camp – Gorakhshep 5-6 hour

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The trail continues climb to Gorak Shep / then to the Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft) / rocky and glacial trails where climbers gather for summiting Everest/ trek back /overnight Gorak Shep (5,160m/16,929ft).

Distance: 5-6 hours walk

Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Meals: BLD

 

 

 

Day 12 : Gorak Shep-Kalapatthar- Lubuche: 5-6 hour

View from Kalapatthar

Early morning hike to Kalapatthar/takes a couple of hours to walk up to the famous viewing point of Kalapatthar (Black Rock) 5,545m/18,192ft; small peak / best views of Mt. Everest, Pumori and Ama Dablam without climbing /  return to Lobuje (4930m/12894ft)/overnight at Lobuche

Distance: 5-6 hours walk

Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Meals: BLD

 

Day 13 : Lubuche-Pangboche: 5-6 hours
The trek retraces halfway back and lunch at Pheriche. Finally the trek ends at Pangboche (3,860m/12,664ft), which lies on the bank of Imja Khola.

Distance: 5-6 hours walk

Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Meals: BLD
Day 14: Pangboche- Namche Bazaar: 5-6 hours
Now the trail retraces the same way back, stopping at Tengboche. During the November-December full moon the colorful Mani Rimdu festival is held here with much singing and dancing. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3,400m/11,286ft).

Distance: 5-6 hours walk

Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Meals: BLD
Day 15 : Namche Bazaar- Phakding: 5-6 hours
Trail steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continues on an easy natural trail. overnight 2,652m/8,700ft).

Distance: 5-6 hours walk

Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Meals: BLD
Day 16 : Phakding-Lukla: 3-4 hours
Final day back to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) / arrival in Lukla /  time to relax.

Distance: 5-6 hours walk

Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Meals: BLD
Day 17 : Lukla- Kathmandu
Early morning flight to Kathmandu / pick up from airport / transfer hotel / rest of the day is free for your shopping and relaxation. Evening enjoy farewell dinner

Accommodation: 5* hotel

Meals: BD
Day 18 : Departure day
Transfer to airport as per your flight schedule / flight to onward destination.

Cost: $ 2785 USD for the entire trip

Cost Includes

  1. Accommodation in Kathmandu in 5 star hotel on BB basis as per the itinerary
  2. Sightseeing in Kathmandu to visit various monumental zones with a guide and by private vehicle
  3. Entry permits to monumental zones
  4. Everest national park trekking/entry permit
  5. Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) permit
  6. Round trip (Ktm-Lukla-Ktm) flights
  7. Accommodation in guesthouses during the trek
  8. Three meals from Menu(breakfast, lunch & dinner) a day during trek with tea coffee with each meal and seasonal fruits & dessert
  9. Qualified and experienced trekking guide and porter services
  10. Transportation, accommodation, meals, allowance and insurance for trekking guide and porter
  11. All official paper works and applicable taxes
  12. All airport transfers
  13. Sleeping bag, down jacket and rucksack if required
  14. Farewell dinner after the completion of trek

Cost Excludes

  1. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  2. Expenses of personal nature including bar bills and drinking water
  3. Clients’ personal/travel insurance
  4. Tips/gratuities
  5. Expenses caused by unforeseen circumstances

Important Note and Optional Activities

Other Travel Information

Fitness levels

Unlike the name suggests, the Everest base camp trek is suitable for the trekkers with moderate fitness level. Some prior experience would be helpful but you don’t necessarily have to possess that. If you are moderately fit and have the enthusiasm of trekking to the base camp of the highest mountain on earth, you can surely do it. Although you will be walking above 2500 m and have to reach the height of 5545m but there is no difficult pass along the trail.

Travel Insurance:

The itinerary includes adequate amount of acclimatization time so as to lower the risk of high altitude sickness. It’s not only the altitude but there can be other health issues. Although there are some nice health centers/hospitals(some with western practitioners too) along the way but you are required and suggested to have your travel insurance that also covers helicopter rescue in the case of emergency. You are required to provide us a copy of your insurance before the trip is commenced.

Currency:

Foreign currencies are easily exchangeable and there are ATMs easily accessible in cities. There are ATMs also in Lukla and Namche Bazaar. However we cannot fully rely on them. Hence trekkers are suggested to bring their entire travel budget for trek in local currency as it’s more convenient.

Personal expenses: Spending money depends on personal taste for souvenirs, drinks, etc. Approx $600 USD or any currency should be adequate for the 18 day trip. Nepal visitor visa is about US$40. Tipping is an accepted part of everyday life, and although it is always at your discretion, you will be expected to tip to reward service. AU$100 for the guide and team at the end of the tour is recommended.

Equipment: The suggested equipment list is attached herewith. The ones you have can be brought and the ones you do not have can be bought or hired here at relatively cheaper prices. The equipment will be carried by your porter in a duffel bag/rucksack along with your clothing. You can carry a day backpack with essentials like camera, chargers, sunglass, sun lotion, etc.

First Aid: The guide will carry a first aid kit, but we recommend you carry your own first aid supplies including any medication you might require. Your first aid kit should include: broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, cold and flu medication, diarrhea medication, pain killers, plasters, insect repellent and re-hydration salts.

Altitude Issues: Altitude sickness is the effect of the thin air at great heights. As we do climb above 5,000m you are likely to experience some minor symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness (headache, mild nausea, loss of appetite) until your body adjusts to the elevation. This can take from a few hours to a couple of days, depending on the individual. Take it lightly, but drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids. The itinerary includes adequate amount of time for acclimatization and the guide is well trained in this regard and will help you if such situation arises. Proper hydration is critical.

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