Everest Base Camp

Description

A memorable trek to Everest Base Camp through forests of rhododendron and magnolia, following glaciers and rivers to reach unparalled views of the Himalayas.

During Everest Base Camp trekking you will explore Kathmandu before flying to Lukla for a 14 day trek up to Kalapahar and the Everest Base Camp.  The scenery during an Everest Base Camp trek is spectacular – not just the awesome Himalayas, but also the forests and unspoilt villages you pass through on the way. As far as experiences go, there is nothing like Everest trekking, it will take your breath away, in more ways than one!

Highlights

  • Exploring historic Kathmandu with its bustling streets and temples
  • Visiting hillside monasteries and Sherpa villages
  • Unforgettable views of the Himalayas
  • The spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

Key Facts

Grade of trek:

Moderate to Strenuous

Max Elevation:

5550m/18209ft

Trek Days:

14

Total Days:

18

Day of arrival:

First Friday of the month

Prices:

From £943 for 18 days, excl international flights

Prices (per person)

1 Person
£1366
2-3 Persons
£1133
4-6 Persons
£1032
7-9 Persons
£976
10 Persons
£943

Included

  • Excellent support throughout the preparation for your trip and whilst you are away
  • Airport transfers and all necessary transport during your trip (including return flight from Kathmandu to Lukla)
  • 4 nights accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu on twin-sharing basis
  • 1 half-day guided sightseeing of the world heritage sites in Kathmandu, including transport and entrance fees
  • Accommodation in good quality lodges en-route during trek
  • Trek with well-respected local firm with experienced guides and full insurance
  • Porters during the trek (weight max. 15 kg per client)
  • National park fee
  • Oyster Trekking kit bag for each group member

Not Included

  • International flights to/from Kathmandu
  • All home country travel costs
  • Travel insurance (this must be appropriate for a trekking holiday)
  • All meals during trek
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (laundry, bar bills etc)
  • Nepal Visa fee (approx US$40 for up to 30 days)
  • Gratuities for staff

Dates & Booking

Our pricing structure means that everyone on an Oyster trek will pay the lowest price. This means that if you sign up as an individual and there are already four people signed up for the trek, each trekker will pay £1032.

Our treks all begin with orientation in Kathmandu on the first Friday of each month during the trekking season. Other dates are possible, particularly during school holidays. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

September to May each year: -

Outline Itinerary

Day 1
Met at Kathmandu airport. Brief introduction to the local area.
Hotel
Day 2
Briefing on Everest trek. Guided tour of world heritage sites
Hotel
Day 3
Fly to Lukla. Trek to Phakding
Lodge
Day 4
Trek to Namche bazaar
Lodge
Day 5
Rest day at Namche bazaar
Lodge
Day 6
Trek to Khumjung
Lodge
Day 7
Trek to Deboche
Lodge
Day 8
Trek to Dingboche
Lodge
Day 9
Trek to Lobuche
Lodge
Day 10
Trek to Gorak Shep, Kalapathar Everest viewpoint
Lodge
Day 11
Everest Base Camp or Pumori Ridge Everest viewpoint
Lodge
Day 12
Trek to Dingboche
Lodge
Day 13
Trek to Deboche
Lodge
Day 14
Trek to Namche Bazaar
Lodge
Day 15
Trek to Lukla
Lodge
Day 16
Fly to Kathmandu
Hotel
Day 17
Day at leisure
Hotel
Day 18
Transfer to airport for final departure
To Home

Full Details

The trip starts in historic Kathmandu, with its ancient temples and bustling streets.  After a day of acclimatizing and sight-seeing we fly over dramatic scenery to Lukla for the start of the trek.  The trek lasts for 14 days and takes in some of the most impressive sights in the Himalaya region.  We begin in the scenic Dudh Kosi valley, passing over into the Khumba valley before finally climbing the Khumbu glacier for fantastic views of the Himalayas.

The route features majestic rivers, lush forests and silent high pastures with magnificent views all the way to Tibet. On the way you will visit Namche – a bustling Sherpa town, remote villages and monasteries, giving you an insight into the traditions and way of life in this northern corner of Nepal.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. Our representative will get you settled in and give you a basic introduction to the local area. O/N Hotel Kathmandu

Day 2: Briefing and Sightseeing

After breakfast you will have a full briefing to prepare you for the trek, including kit, conditions, health and safety.  In the afternoon we take you for a guided tour of this fascinating medieval city.   O/N Hotel Kathmandu

Day 3: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2610m)

We fly over dramatic landscapes to Lukla, situated high among the peaks.  Our trek begins with a descent to Chaplung to allow us to adapt gradually to the sudden change in altitude.  After lunch we have an easy trek to Phakding up the beautiful Dudh Kosi river valley, passing huge carved stones and prayer wheel shrines. O/N Lodge in Phakding

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

The morning’s trek follows the river through pine and rhododendron forests to reach Monzo at the entrance to Everest National Park.  We then cross the river to reach Jorsale for lunch. After a gentle start, the trek gets steeper, crossing an impressive bridge high above the Imja Khola river and then up the ridge opposite. Halfway up, we should be able to see our first view of Everest.  Eventually we reach Namche Bazaar, the Khumbu district capital, built within a natural amphitheatre setting surrounded by peaks. O/N Lodge in Namche

Day 5: Rest day at Namche (3440m) Lunch at Namche:

We explore the local area, hiking up to Khumjung village with its school founded by Sir Edmund Hilary, visiting the local market and the museum. There is plenty to see and do – or you can just relax. O/N Lodge in Namche

Day 6: Namche-Khumjung, option via Thame (3820m) Lunch at Thame

Today we can either take the short direct route up to Khumjung, or the more strenuous option up the beautiful Nangpo river, through undisturbed little villages, to the lovely village of Thame. After lunch we can visit the monastery (gompa) perched on the hillside above. This is one of the best active gompas in Khumbu.  It has beautiful paintings and is approached by a path winding along the longest carved Mani wall in Nepal. We then head for a ridge to see the stunning view north towards the Nangpa La over into Tibet, before trekking on to reach Kunde and Khumjung (3780m).  These two Sherpa villages are less touristy than Namche and are dominated by the beautiful peaks of Ama Dablam. O/N  Lodge in Khumjung

Day 7: Khumjung – Deboche (3820m) Lunch at Phungithanka

We make our way down through the forested hillside to the Imja Khola river (3245m), taking a break at the tea houses of Pungo Tenga with its intricate water-driven prayer wheels. Then we’ll have a steady climb, winding our way up through the rich forest beyond and looking out for groups of Himalayan tahr grazing on the slopes above our heads.  We reach the famous monastery of Thyangboche (3930m) for lunch. This is the most important gompa in the Sherpa region, sadly burned down in 1989, but now almost completely restored.  There are only a few lodges here, since the site is essentially a sacred one.  They get crowded at night, so after visiting the monastery and enjoying the wonderful views we will head on for another 20 minutes to a peaceful, comfortable lodge at Deboche in a garden set amongst the beautiful forests. O/N Lodge in Deboche

Day 8: Deboche – Dingboche (4410m) Lunch at Somare

This is a short, easy morning: we continue down to re-cross the Imja Khola at a dramatic bridged gorge, before continuing the short route to Pangboche (3900m). Here we can visit the gompa above the village. This was built by the Sherpa people when they first moved to the area from their native Tibet.  It is a more private and intimate gompa than Thyangboche and we will need to respect this during our visit. After lunch we continue up to the top of the Khumbu valley through beautiful mossy forests.  Our destination is Dingboche, a village on the Imja Khola. O/N Lodge in Dingboche

Day 9: Dingboche-Lobuche (4910m) Lunch at Thugla

Today we start our final approach to the base camp area.  We have a relatively easy morning, rounding the ridge above Dingboche and proceeding along wide grassy slopes all the way to Thugla (4595m) for lunch. Then we climb steeply up the terminal moraine at the snout of the Khumbu glacier until we come out alongside it at a ridge lined by hundreds of cairns dedicated to the many Sherpas who have lost their lives in attempts on Everest and other peaks. We continue alongside the glacier, finally reaching Lobuche, our lodge stop. O/N Lodge in Lobuche

Day 10: Lobuche-Gorak Shep, Kalapathar (5550m) Everest viewpoint: (5140m) Lunch at Gorakshep:

We start early, trekking alongside the Khumbu glacier up to Gorak Shep (5180m) at the base of Kalapathar.  The route crosses an open sand flat before climbing upwards on a well-trodden path which becomes rockier and decked with colourful prayer flags towards the top. At this altitude you might be feeling pretty breathless, so we will adopt a slow and steady pace with plenty of short breaks.  It is well worth the effort. At the top (5555m) a stunning 360o panorama awaits us: Pumori directly in front of us, Changtse in Tibet, and across the wide space of the Khumbu glacier, the vast black pyramid of Everest itself, down as far as the South Col which joins it to Lhotse. This is the ideal time to be here; early enough ensure clear views, but late enough to allow the sun to reach in front of the peaks. Taking as long as we want at the top, we descend to Gorak Shep for lunch and a relaxing afternoon. Clear sunsets in the Himalaya are rarer than clear dawns, but if there is even a hint of one, we should take our chance and go up Kalapathar again for a magical experience. O/N Lodge in Gorakshep

Day 11: Options to Everest Base Camp (5364m) or Pumori Ridge Everest viewpoint (5140m)

We have a choice of destinations today: base camp itself (historically significant, but with poorer views) or, alternatively, an exceptional viewpoint on the slopes of Pumori. The Pumori option involves taking the route to Pumori base camp and then scrambling the rocky path above to the viewpoint.  From here we can see right into the Western Cwm with the Lhotse face behind; the entire classic ’53 route to the summit. It was right here that Edmund Hillary and Eric Shipton first discovered that there was a climbable route from this side. We will only take the Pumori viewpoint option if participants have adjusted well to the altitude. We can usually run both options, unless the group is very small. We all return for our second night at Gorak Shep. O/N Lodge in EBC

Day 12: Gorak Shep – Dingboche (4410m) Lunch at Thugla:

Our return to Namche takes only 3 days, as we are now well acclimatized. We follow the side of the glacier back to its snout at Thugla for lunch.  Then we continue to Dingboche. O/N Lodge in Dingboche

Day 13: Dingboche – Deboche (3820m) Lunch at Pangboche

We rejoin the Imja Khola river, following the north bank through beautiful forests to Pangboche.  After lunch we cross back over the gorge for a gentle trek to Deboche. O/N  Lodge in Deboche

Day 14: Deboche – Namche Bazaar (3440m) Lunch at Kyangjuma

Today we have another chance to visit Thayangboche before descending to cross the river again.  After lunch in Kyangjuma we continue to Namche. O/N Hotel in Namche

Day 15: Namche – Lukla (2840m) Lunch at Phakding

We start with a steep descent down the ridge again to the suspension bridge and follow the river back down to Phakding for lunch. In the afternoon we continue down to Lukla. This will be your last night with your trekking crew (except your guide).  The crew will join you for a farewell ceremony with Nepali song and dance.  O/N Lodge in Lukla

Day 16: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu

We take the spectacular flight past the mountains back to Kathmandu. After checking back into your hotel, you can relax or wander the streets before dinner in a local restaurant. O/N Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 17: Day at leisure

You have the whole day to yourself to relax at hotel or explore Kathmandu, shopping etc. O/N at Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 18: Holiday extension or final departure:

We will transfer you to airport for your final departure flight, unless you are extending your holiday.

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