EVEREST

Number 15 on the list
The Everest base camp hike is considered to be the grandest walk in the land of the Himalayas.

The Everest region is also considered as one of the most spectacular trekking trail in the world providing memorable moments, long lasting and valuable memories that you will last a lifetime.
 

Everest Base Camp Trek
16 Days/15 Nights

Take an extraordinary journey into the Himalayan Mountains to the base of the mighty giant Mt. Everest.

INCLUDES
• All transfers including arrival/departure and sightseeing visits by A/C Car
• 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast basis
• 13 day Everest Base Camp trek using Teahouse/Lodge on full board basis accompanied by an English speaking trekking guide & porters
• All sightseeing visits with a language speaking local guide in Kathmandu
• Trekking permit (TIMS)
• Return airfares Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
• All applicable entrance & National Park Fees
• All taxes   

EXCLUDES
• Nepal Visa fee, which has to be paid in cash after arrival in Kathmandu Airport with 01 passport size photo)
• Personal expenses and tips
• Any expenses due to natural and political problems
• Any other items which are not mentioned above
• Optional activities/tours
• Travel insurance

ITINERARY
DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport,  a representative will welcome and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2 KATHMANDU
Morning sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath. Afternoon visit of Patan Durbar Square.

DAY 3 FLY TO LUKLA (2,800M/9,186FT) & TREK TO PHAKDING (2,652M/8,700FT), 3-4 HRS WALK
Early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Lukla has a tiny airstrip and the scenic flight duration is just over 40 minutes. Upon landing, the guides and porters will divide the baggage so you will have time to have a good look around and take pictures. Depending upon when we land at Lukla, we might even have our lunch there. From Lukla, we walk to Phakding village. The walk is fairly easy and we will stay overnight in Phakding. Why not spend the evening strolling around the village.

DAY 4 TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440m/11,283ft), 5-6 Hrs Walk
Our day's hike will start after breakfast. We start by walking along the banks of Dudh Koshi River; we will have to cross this river twice today. Then arrive at a small village called Monjo. Monjo, the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. After entering the National Park, we descend down to Bhote Koshi River upon which we arrive at Jorsalle village. We walk further from there heading off to Namche Bazaar, a prosperous trade hub in the lap of the Himalayas which is also the capital of Khumbu region. Stay overnight at a hotel in Namche Bazaar.

DAY 5 ACCLIMATISATION DAY AT NAMCHE
After already having ascended an altitude of 3,440 m (11,253ft), we will use today for acclimatisation. It is very important that our body is prepared for further ascending. You have the day at your disposal and can choose to do what you wish. You can walk up to the Everest View Point Hotel and enjoy the view it offers or choose to just walk around Namche Bazaar and observe the local proceedings and lifestyle. If it is Saturday, there will be local traditional Saturday Market and it will be a wonderful experience visiting the marketplace. There is a Sherpa Museum in Namche which would be the place to visit if you are into Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering.

DAY 6 TREK TO TYANGBOCHE (3,867M/12684FT), 4-5 HRS WALK
Today after breakfast we start our trek with a pleasant walk through the forest with magnificent mountain views. The great view of the mighty peaks like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak is a constant throughout the day. Today's trail ascends through the forest on its way to Tyangboche. The first thing that could draw your attention after reaching Tyangboche could be its big monastery. Tyangboche has large campsite, teahouses and lodges overseeing Mt. Ama Dablam. We will spend the night at a hotel in Tyangboche.

DAY 7 TREK TO DINGBOCHE (4,358M/14,295 FT), 5-6 HRS WALK
The day consists of a lot of descending until we arrive at Deboche. The trails ascend from there through rhododendron forest.  We then cross a valley and through the plains to reach Dingboche. It is a relatively easy day in terms of walking.

DAY 8 ACCLIMATISATION DAY AT DINGBOCHE
It is acclimatisation day again. We require acclimatising to ascend further altitude. You can take a complete rest day or if you so wish and are physically in excellent condition, you can hike up to Chhukung (4,730m). Chhukung is a small hill station overlooking many mountains and glaciers. The main target of the day would be to prepare you physically for the rest of the trek.

DAY 9 TREK TO LOBUCHE (4,928M/16164 FT), 5-6 HRS WALK
There is a lot of vertical gain today even though the trail length does not clock more than 4.5 miles in itself. We walk through the alpine meadows and yak pastures to cross the Khumbu Glacier. The end of the moraine of the glacier is specifically steep and presents a challenge. We then continue along the rugged route to reach Lobuche where we will stay the night. Lobuche is situated beneath the Lhotse Ridge.

DAY 10 TREK TO GORAKSHEP (5,160M/16,929FT) & HIKE TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,320M/17,450FT) 6-7 HRS WALK
For those of you who are doing the Everest Base Camp Trek for the first time, the day starts with a mixture and anxiety. Today you will be hiking up to the Everest Base Camp. Today will be the most challenging day of the trek and at the same time the most fulfilling as well. The base camp is situated at an altitude of above 5,000m (16,000ft).
                                                                                                         
We start off by hiking to Gorak Shep. It is a small village sitting atop a small frozen lake buried under sand. We will have our lunch there and hike further following the trails of the Khumbu Glacier. On the way you will catch a glimpse of an intimidating black rock, the world knows it by the name of Mt. Everest. The way will lead us to the Everest Base Camp. Have you ever heard or read that Mt. Everest cannot be seen from the Everest Base Camp? You will find the answer yourself. We will spend quality time exploring the base camp and surrounding areas and return to Gorak Shep to spend the night.

DAY 11 EARLY HIKE TO KALA PATHAR (5550M/18,204FT) & TREK BACK TO PHERICHE 6-7 HRS WALK
Our first destination for the day will be Kala Patthar. We will start early and your guide will arrange everything for the departure. The reason behind leaving early is to reach Kala Patthar before sunrise. Kala Patthar provides the most wonderful sight for sunrise over Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks such as Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori. You would not want to miss that. It will take a couple of hours to reach Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep. We will take our time enjoying what Kala Patthar has to offer before heading down to Gorak Shep and then to Pheriche to stay overnight.

DAY 12 TREK TO KYANJUMA (3,500M/11,480FT), 5-6 HRS WALK
From now onwards, it's all about descending. So our pace will be faster than earlier and the walks will be easier. The beauty of the Himalayan terrain will never leave us along the way. We will spend the night in Kyanjuma.

DAY 13 TREK TO KHUMJUNG TO MONJU (2,850M/9,348FT), 6-7 HRS WALK
The highlight of the day would be our visit to the Hillary School, established by Sir Edmund Hillary. We will also visit a hospital run by charity and walk the downhill trails to reach Monju and stay overnight there.

DAY 14 TREK TO LUKLA (2,800M/9,186FT), 4-5 HRS WALK
You can walk at your own pace today as we head back to Lukla from where we started our adventure. There will be mixed feeling today. You will feel delighted that you have successfully completed the trek and experience the thrills and beauty of it. At the same time you will also be disappointed that you have to leave the beauty and the adventure behind. But, there is always next time. The evening will be marked with celebrations that will include with a lot of singing and dancing. We will spend the night at a hotel in Lukla.

DAY 15 FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU
We take the earliest possible flight back to Kathmandu. Your guide will transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Then enjoy a sightseeing of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.

DAY 16 DEPARTURE FROM KATHMANDU
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

PRICES
4-Star Category
4 - 6 people from $3,999* per person
7 - 10 people from $3,759* per person
11 - 15 people from $3,599* per person

5-Star Category
4 - 6 people from $4,079* per person
7 - 10 people from $3,859* per person
11 - 15 people from $3,699* person

*Terms and conditions apply. Prices are based on per person twin share, land only and subject to availability at time of booking. Departures are based on minimum group numbers as per above. Offer valid until sold out and for travel from 1 May 2018 to 30 September 2019. Surcharges apply for travel from 1 October to 31 December 2019. Prices are correct as at March 2018 & are subject to change without notice. Seasonal surcharges & single supplements apply, & prices may vary due to currency fluctuations & changes to taxes & surcharges. Valid for new bookings only & not combinable with any other offers. Further conditions apply, call your Bucket List Buddy team.