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Mt Everest is not just an ultimate challenge for hardcore climbers from all over the world but an imposing natural beauty for every nature lover… Our trek take you to a simple peak just beside Base Camp, the point known as ‘Kala Pattar’ (literal meaning: black stone), follows in the footsteps of mountaineers up the Khumbu valley, home to the most famous people in the Himalayas, the Sherpas. Traditionally traders, they have been associated with Everest ever since the first attempts on the North (Tibetan) side of the mountain in the 1920’s. Nowadays, few expeditions attempt the summit without a cohort of Sherpas in support – and often out in front. Join us on this 15-day, Grade 4 (strenuous) trek; the most famous trek in the world.
|Best Season||Mar – May, Sep – Nov|
|Price (per person)||$1810|
|Internal airfare (per person)||$366 (subject to change)|
Round trip airport transfers in Kathmandu
4 nights hotel accommodation on room sharing basis in Shangri La hotel
Daily breakfast in Kathmandu
Half-day city tour in Kathmandu by English speaking tour guide in private car with a/c
All meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) on the trek
Accommodation on trek in lodges/T-houses on room sharing basis
Sleeping bag with liner, toilet paper
TIMS card, National park entry permits
English speaking trekking guide, porter/s and their salary, allowances
International airfare – please contact us to arrange your flights.
Any additional expenses (hotels, transfers etc) due to international/internal flight schedule changes.
Visa fees & travel insurance.
All expense of personal nature, bar bill, tips, laundry, airport tax.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (4,600′)
Arrive in Kathmandu. Meet and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Full day Kathmandu city Tour
After breakfast, we begin half-day city tour visiting historical and cultural places of Kathmandu. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3: Fly Kathmandu – Lukla (9,949′). Trek to Phakding (8,999′)
Our early morning flight by Twin Otter aircraft rushes us to Lukla, the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. Originally conceived by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust as an emergency evacuation runway for casualties brought to the Trust’s hospital at nearby Kunde, Lukla is now one of the busiest runways in Nepal. On the flight we watch the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalaya; many of the world’s highest mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (the world’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest respectively) may sometimes be seen from the window of the plane. On arrival, we meet our Sherpas and after a cup of tea we pick up the trail out of Lukla. Surprisingly, this high-altitude trek begins by descending to the river at Phakding. Overnight at Himalayan Chain Resort.
Day 4: Phakding – Namche (11,302′)
After breakfast we start walk to Namche Bazaar first thing in the morning. At about half-way up the hill, a gap in the trees allow us to spy Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. A plume can often be seen stretching away from the very summit.
Namche is the most prosperous and the largest town in the Khumbu. A bazaar is held here every Saturday. The wares on display include meat, grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots. The Sherpas play host to trader from the foothills, as well as Tibetans from over the border. Thamserku (21,811′), Kwangde Ri (20,299′) and Khumbila (18,724′) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in. Overnight at Panorama Lodge.
Day 5: Namche – Rest/acclimatization day
We take the day off to allow our bodies to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere before ascending to higher altitudes. The secret of safe acclimatisation is to ‘climb high, sleep low’ so it is safe for the more energetic amongst us to hike up the hill behind Namche to the airstrip at Syangboche, or stroll across to the museum behind the police post. Others may prefer to ‘chill out’ and visit one of the lodges for a freshly-baked cinnamon roll. Namche is a busy and bustling trading place and there is always plenty going on. Overnight at Panorama Lodge.
Day 6: Namche – Thame (12,470′)
After our day off we traverse west, enjoying marvelous view of Kwangde Ri and the waterfalls that cascade off its flanks. The trail stay high up on the bank of the Bhote Khose, and we wander through a yellow and white rhododendron forest that comes into full bloom in May. As we cross the river, we look back down the valley for beautiful views of Thamserku and Kusum Kangru (20,896′), before ascending through more rhododendron forest to pasture lands in front of Thame. This is the birth place of Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who made the first ascent of Everest with Hillary in 1953. We camp in meadows at the edge of the village. The hour-long climb to the cliff side monastery is well worth the effort. From this point, trekkers can skirt above the village to climb across the ridge in order to view the route to the Nangpa La, a pass to Tibet frequently used by the Sherpas and their yaks during the monsoon. Overnight at Tenzing Lodge.
Day 7: Thame – Khumjung (12,438′)
We return back down the valley via Thamo, a hillside nunnery, and then take a high trail that by‑passes Namche and finally drops into Khumjung. This village is one of the most beautiful in Khumbu. The Himalayan Trust has a school here, as well as a medical post (for locals and trekkers) in nearby Khunde. Overnight at Himalayan chain Resort.
Day 8: Khumjung – Tengboche (12,674′)
The trail this morning descends to the Dudh Khosi. There are spectacular views of Ama Dablam (21,969′) and Kantega (22,241′) as well as Everest (29,029′) and Lhotse (27,890′). Keep a look-out too for pheasant in the undergrowth. We cross the river at Phunki Thanga and climb through the afternoon amongst rhododendron forest to the saddle at the top of the hill. Suddenly in front of us is Tengboche, the principal monastery of the Khumbu area; the views from here are unforgettable. Overnight at Gompa Lodge.
Day 9: Tengboche – Rest/acclimatization day
Another catch-up day for our bodies. Nearby ridges offer the opportunity for a half-day hike to get close-up views of Ama Dablam, whilst the monks usually give conducted tours around the monastery. Overnight at Gompa Lodge.
Day 10: Tengboche – Dingboche (14,475′)
We follow the path down from Tengboche through the rhododendron forest to Deboche and cross an exciting bridge with the boiling, roaring Imja Khol beneath our feet. A gradual climb takes us to the village of Lower Pangboche. We are now in the heart of the Khumbu, with spectacular views across to Ama Dablam. The afternoon stroll takes us along a path that hugs the valley wall and then across wide plains to a split in the valley. The Khumbu breaks left, up to Periche, but we take a detour right to the hamlet at Dingboche at the start of the Imja Tse valley. Overnight at Snowline Lodge.
Day 11: Dingboche – Rest/acclimatization day
Rather than just sitting around in the tents or tea house, we encourage you to attempt one of two hikes. The shorter option ascends the hill immediately behind Dingboche, to drop steeply down to Periche. The Himalayan Rescue Association operates a medical post here and the western doctors conduct excellent seminars on Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) here on most afternoons. The longer option is to trek up the Imja Tse valley towards Island Peak. The views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Cho Polu from here are outstanding. After a few hours the trekker terminus of Chukung is reached, and after a rest we return down the valley. Overnight at Snow Line Lodge.
Day 12: Dingboche – Loboje (16,178′)
We climb up to the ridge behind Periche and stay high, mesmerised by the views of Tawoche and Cholatse, until we reach the tea houses at Dughla. A steep, stiff ascent to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier is now tackled. The top of the climb is marked by a series of stone monuments to commemorate some of the climbers that have not returned from expeditions to this region. A rough but obvious trail cuts across left, away from the glacier, to our camp site at Loboje, a windswept collection of huts tucked in a narrow meadow between the glacier and the Loboje Peak (20,197′). The Lhotse ridge is simply awesome from this angle. Overnight at Eco Lodge run by Himalayan Chain Resort.
Day 13: Loboje – Kala Pattar (18,192′) – Loboje
A long day and an early start. We trek along the rough path along the side of the Khumbu glacier to the tea shacks at Gorak Shep. Behind rises the attractive 7,000m/22,966′ peak of Pumori which dwarfs our trek’s summit of Kala Pattar. The route up is straightforward and takes most people between 90 minutes and 2 hours. All the peaks – Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and scores of other lesser peaks can be seen from this wonderful vantage point.
A trip to the actual Base Camp (BC) of Everest is usually omitted as the Khumbu Icefall blocks all view of the mountain and even when expeditions are on the mountain, a route to BC is difficult to find. Overnight at Eco Lodge run by Himalayan Chain Resort.
Day 14: Loboje – Phortse (12,621′)
We descend all morning via Periche to Pangboche, whereupon we stay high on the west bank of the river all the way to the Sherpa village of Phortse, which lies on the lower southern flank of Tawoche, directly across the valley from Tengboche. Overnight at Phortse Guest House.
Day 15: Phortse – Namche (11,302′)
We now descend through a forest to the Dudh Kosi. From the very pretty crossing point, we climb to a chorten where there are wonderful views back across the valley to Phortse, Tengboche and the surrounding mountains. Eventually we turn south off the main trail to Khunde and Khumjung, contouring past the Everest View Hotel. The route then leads down the hill to Namche and more cinnamon roll! Overnight at Panorama Lodge.
Day 16: Namche – Lukla (9,449′)
Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys and our memories help us up the deceptively long, final climb into Lukla. Our campsite and house are well located and offer a good final resting spot. Overnight at Namaste Lodge.
Day 17: Lukla – Kathmandu
Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Meet and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
(Please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to un-flyable conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimize the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the trying circumstances will be greatly appreciated.)
Day 18: Kathmandu
Day at leisure in Kathmandu or a buffer day just in case of Lukla flight cancellation.
Day 19: Departure
Transfer to Kathmandu airport for your flight back home.