Everest-Base Camp-Trek - 17 Days

“Overview”

The legendary ‘Everest Trail’ from the airstrip at Lukla. Within little more than 2 weeks, this is your chance to visit Everest Basecamp, hike up to the exceptional viewpoint of Kala Patar at sunset and to experience the wonderful mountain scenery of the Khumbu. A memorable flight from Kathmandu to the airstrip at Lukla provides access to an alpine world where the air is crystal clear and colourful prayer flags flutter from the rooftops.

Following the famous ‘Everest Trail’, we trek to the prosperous village of Namche Bazaar where we spend a day resting and acclimatising, before continuing our trek alongside the torrential Imja Khola to the high valley below Everest. During the course of this excellent and relatively easy-paced trek, we visit many delightful Sherpa villages, including the stunningly located Thyangboche with its famous monastery and impressive backdrop of Everest and Ama Dablam. Two nights at Dingboche, with an excellent acclimatisation walk to Chukkung are followed by 2 short days to Thukla and then Lobuche. This gives us the best possible preparation for our final trek from Lobuche to Everest Base camp and means we only have to spend 1 night at Gorak Shep. Providing outrageous mountain views and a wonderful insight into the way of life of the hardy Sherpas, this is the perfect trip for a first visit to Nepal and the Himalayas.

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport transfers to hotel.

Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore the immediate vicinity of the hotel and get acclimatised to this bustling city. Alternatively, you may prefer to recover from your journey by relaxing beside the hotel pool. Himalayan Memories Trek package services begin with the evening meal with Nepali cultural show. Your guide will take dinner with you and will provide an informal briefing about the days ahead.

Day 2
Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m).

Approximately 35/40 minute flight to Lukla (2840m). Landing on the narrow, sloping runway in the heart of the mountains is a very spectacular way to reach the Khumbu. We have lunch at Lukla, meet our trekking crew and set off on the first stage of our trek to Everest Basecamp. The short and very pleasant afternoon’s walk leads down to the river then northwards through a number of villages before we reach Phakding (2610m).

Day 3
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3400m).

A very pleasant walk by the river through pine forest leads to a short climb to escape a narrow gorge section. We pass the entrance to the Khumbu National Park where details of our permits are recorded and then drop down again to the river which we cross on a suspension bridge. We continue up the wooded valley on a good trail and cross the river again before reaching a confluence of rivers, one coming down from Thame and the other from the Khumbu. We make a final crossing here on a spectacular high suspension bridge and then begin an hour and half long ascent to Namche Bazaar (3440m) on a wide switch-back trail. This is the sting in the tail of today’s otherwise quite gentle ascent, and one of the steepest of the trek. Just over halfway up this last hill to Namche, we gain our first views of Everest. On arrival in the Sherpa capital, we check into one of the town’s many lodges. Namche has changed tremendously since trekking first became popular in Nepal. The Sherpa people are very adept at working out what visitors need. Many of the Sherpas that own lodges, cafes and shops in the town have visited cities in the USA and Europe and have brought back all sorts of concepts. Today you can find in Namche, German bakeries, Italian coffee, British pubs, pool halls, and hot tubs.

Day 4
Acclimatisation day and optional walk for Everest View Hotel.

Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. An ancient market place where goods from as far away as Tibet were and still are traded, Namche today boasts an abundance of lodges, cafes, bars and souvenir shops. It is a great place to spend an acclimatisation day before going higher. The guide will be keen to take everyone on an acclimatisation walk, whether this involves going as high as the village of Khumjung (3780m) above Namche, or just to the Everest View Hotel. Either of these options provides superb views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. We spend a second night in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5
Trek to Thyangboche (3860m).

A relatively easy day of trekking, although at this altitude it will still feel tough on the uphill section to Thyangboche at the end of the day. The trail today is spectacular in terms of scenery. The main trail out of Namche heads in a northwesterly direction climbing steeply out of the town to a ridge crest where a wonderful view of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam is revealed. Our trail now follows a contour high above the river with occasional short climbs as we cross a series of ridges. At the end of this contour trail is the tiny settlement of Kyangjuma where various items of local art and craft, jewellery and even yak bells are laid out to entice passing trekkers to buy a souvenir of their visit. From Kyangjuma the trail descends to a bridge across the Imja River at Phunghi thangga. Beyond the river, we climb a long ridge to Thyangboche (3860m), the location of one of Nepal’s finest monasteries. We have the chance to look around the monastery and the visitor centre there. This is a popular place to overnight as it not only affords a good view of the Everest/Lhotse massif but is also the classic viewpoint for Ama Dablam.

Day 6
Trek to Dingboche (4410m).

After breakfast we trek for a couple of hours to the village of Pangboche, where there is the oldest monastery in the Khumbu. An hour beyond Pangboche, there is a good lunch stop at the small Sherpa hamlet of Shomare and then it is a further 3 hours walking, gaining height very gradually, to Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley. We overnight in one of the relaxing lodges in this small and picturesque Sherpa village.

Day 7
Acclimatisation day in Dingboche.

In accordance with our careful program of acclimatisation we will spend 2 nights at this altitude before moving further up the Khumbu Valley. To further our fitness and state of acclimatisation we will have a day hike to Chukkung (4730m) in the upper part of the Imja Valley and directly below the tremendous 3000 metre south face of Lhotse. This is a high and wild corner of the Khumbu, visited by relatively few trekkers and the views here of ice flutings and soaring, serrated mountain ridges are sensational. After a most scenic lunch stop, we retrace our steps to Dingboche to spend a second night in the Dingboche.

Day 8
Trek to Thukla (4620m).

Today is effectively another day of acclimatisation as we make our approach to Everest Basecamp. After a leisurely breakfast, our route takes us up the Khumbu Valley on a high trail beneath Pokalde Peak (5806m) and climbs only very gradually for little more than 2 hours to the tiny settlement and lodge at Dugla (4620m) which will be our home for the night. From here, we have the option to hike up the hillside above our lodge and contour around above the glacial lake of Chola Tso at an elevation of 4800 metres. This is the well-used trail leading to the Cho La (5330m) and the summer yak grazing area of Zongla and we can choose just how far we want to go. There is a fantastic and ever-changing panorama across the lake to the Chola Glacier and the spectacular peak of Cholatse (6335m).

Day 9
Trek to Lobuche (4910m).

Another short day as we ascend the Khumbu Valley, starting out with an uphill section to the Thukla Pass (4830m), where we find the memorial to those who have died on Mount Everest. Here, the trail starts to level out and we follow the lateral moraine on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to our lodge in Lobuche (4910m) which we reach well before lunch. The collection of lodges at Lobuche occupies a rocky, streamside location surrounded by towering peaks including Pumori, Nuptse and Lhotse.

Day 10
Trek to Gorak Shep (5140m).

Heading north, we follow a trail through the ablation valley (glacier base melt zone)at the side of the Khumbu Glacier. We can’t see the glacier at first, but climbing to cross the rubble of a tributary glacier we get our first views of the great Khumbu Glacier stretching away down valley and up towards the area of basecamp. Beyond this glacial junction we reach an island of sparse grasses at the place known as Gorak Shep (5140m), once a summer yak pasture in the middle of nowhere and now home to some of the highest lodges in Nepal. Arriving here in time for lunch, we have some time to chill out. Then, in the middle of the afternoon, there is the option to hike to the top of the prominent Kala Pathar (5550m) which rises up above the lodge. The sunset view of Everest from Kala Pathar will be one of the highlights of your holiday.

Day 11
Trek to Everest Basecamp (5364m) and back to Pheruche (4240m).

Above Gorak Shep, it is a steady trek to Everest Basecamp (5364m), walking at first on the moraine crest and finally on the Khumbu Glacier itself. We will spend some time at this inspirational spot, close beneath the stupendous Khumbu Icefall, before retracing our steps to Gorak Shep, where we will have a late lunch. After lunch, we will make a long but quite straightforward descent of the Khumbu Valley.

Day 12
Trek to Phortse (3810m).

Leaving Pheruche, we soon reach a bridge across the Khumbu River and a junction with our outbound trail below Dingboche. We pass through Pangboche as on the way up, but on this occasion we take a different trail which contours the hillside high above the river, offering great views across to Thyangboche Monastery beneath the towering face of Kang Taiga. We overnight in the less often visited village of Phortse (3810m) at the mouth of the Gokyo Valley. Phortse is a particular treat, as we get as close a glimpse into traditional village life in Nepal as anywhere in the Khumbu.

Day 13
Trek to Namche.

From the ridge-top perch of Phortse we make a long descent to the river in the lower part of the Gokyo Valley. We cross the river on a simple plank bridge and begin a steady climb on a switch-backing trail for 400 vertical metres up to the Mong-La (3900m). From here we descend to rejoin the main Everest Trail and continue to Namche Bazaar, which we reach after 4 or 5 hours. The Sherpa capital is a great place in which to celebrate our trekking achievements and after checking in at our lodge there will be plenty of time for sightseeing and souvenir buying in the afternoon. and spend overnight in Namche.

Day 14
Trek to Lukla.

This is the final day of our Everest trekking experience, as we descend, steeply at first, to the trail beside the Dudh Kosi. We cross the river a couple of times on bridges and after 2 hours reach the village of Monjo. Continuing our trek and descending more gradually, the valley becomes more enclosed as we pass Phakding. After a stop for lunch, we continue on the river’s true left bank to Chhoplung (2660m) where we begin the final climb of the trip (the sting in the tail) with a 45 minute steady ascent up to the airstrip at Lukla. Arriving at this bustling airstrip settlement, we check in at our lodge and have some free time. In the evening we will no doubt have a party to celebrate the end of a great trek and to say goodbye to our trek staff.

Day 15
Fly to Kathmandu.

After saying goodbye to our Staff, we take the 35/40 minute flight to Kathmandu. Arriving in the bustling city by mid-afternoon, there is time to freshen up and change before heading into town to enjoy the particular delights of Thamel. This evening we will have a celebratory meal and reflect on our Everest adventure with some Sherpa Beers.

Day 16
Free day in Kathmandu.

This is an important extra day in case of delays to the flights from Lukla. If we have experienced no delays this is another opportunity for independent exploration amongst the colourful streets and temples of Kathmandu.

Day 17
Transfer to Kathmandu Airport for the final departure.

It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty of time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.

Includes

  • * 1. All DOMESTIC FLIGHTS AND GROUND TRANSPORTATIONS TOURIST BUS OR PRIVATE VEHICLES.
  • * 2. ACCOMMODATION IN 3 STAR CATEGORIZED HOTEL IN KATHMANDU.
  • * 3. HIMALAYAN MEMORIES TREK DUFFEL BAG,
  • * 4. WELCOME DINNER WITH NEPALI CULTURAL SHOW.
  • * 5. A PROFESSIONAL AND QUALIFIED TREKKING GUIDE
  • * 6. ALL MEAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, AND TEA, COFFEE,  ON THE TREK.
  • * 7. ALL STAFF EXPENSES
  • * 8. PORTER WAGES
  • * 9. NATIONAL PARK ENTRY FEE.
  • * 10. MUNICIPALITY CHARGE.
  • * 11. ALL GOVERNMENT TAXES.

Exclude

  • * 1. LUNCH AND DINNER IN KATHMANDU EXCEPT WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNER.
  • * 2. INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE.
  • * 3. PERSONAL TRAVEL AND EMERGENCY RESCUE INSURANCE.
  • * 4. NEPAL VISA FEE
  • * 5. ALCOHOLIC STUFFS.
  • * 6. FILMING PERMIT OF DRONE AND CAMERA
  • * 7. EXTRA NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU IF LATE DEPARTURE.
  • * 8. PERSONAL EXPENSES, LAUNDRY, WIFI CHARGE, SO ON.
  • * 9. STAFF TIPS (MINIMUM OF 5% OF YOUR TOTAL TRIP COST)

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daily activities

On your trek, every morning, you are awoken early by a Himalayan Memories Trek staff with a first cup of native tea or coffee, along with a bowl of warm water to freshen up. Next, you are served a full breakfast of local fare. Such as fresh fruit and vegetables where it is available. We mainly serve freshly made porridge, eggs, camp made breads etc.

While you have breakfast the Sherpa’s use this time to disassemble the tents, so make sure you pack all bags before sitting for breakfast. while some porters set off on the daily walk in order to make setups in advance of our arrival at the next stop/camp, so that when we get there, all you have to do is relax and enjoy the area.

Typically, our walks start soon after breakfast. After a couple of hours walk, we will stop for lunches. In general, the afternoon walk is shorter than the morning one, to give people time to visit neighbouring villages, to rest and to chat while the chefs prepare the supper.

Insurance

As soon as you book your trip with Himalayan Memories Trek you should purchase a policy which covers trekking to 5500m this will cover you any unexpected events force you to cancel.

Your policy should also cover helicopter rescue in the event of an emergency evacuation.

The only two methods of travel mostly are on foot or by helicopter once in the mountains. Obviously certain medical conditions are either so debilitating or urgent that the first option is not practicable as an evacuation method. Helicopter evacuation is very expensive and is also dependent on favourable weather conditions. Many of the helicopters are working at the limit of their operating altitude in the higher parts of the valley. Himalayan memories trek will be well placed to coordinate an efficient rescue but we must stress that there is no single definitive cost for a helicopter rescue, much depends on what else the pilot is doing in the area, how far the helicopter has to fly, where it started from and so on. The maximum is about $10,000 from Everest base camp (for example) Itself, so your travel insurance should cover up to this figure specifically for rescue costs. The helicopter company will require a payment guarantee before they fly, this will be done by your insurance provider, opening a case number and arranging the relevant exchanges of information and certification. For this purpose, it is essential that you have the right policy and provide us with all the policy details. Our staff have got mobile phones and generally, there is somewhere near with a phone signal, or else one of the staff will go to the nearest place. The safety and stability of the injured person is the job of the group and the staff and anyone nearby who can assist because sometimes it can take hours for a helicopter to arrive. Thankfully many of the trails have first aid posts along the way, but every group should be prepared to help deal with an injured person and in this case, it goes without saying that the needs of that person are more important than the trek itinerary.
It will be a matter of the helicopter company ascertaining that it is safe to fly to the relevant location and then flying the casualty to a nominated location, almost certainly a hospital in Kathmandu. The helicopter will then be met by Himalayan Memories trek who will help to coordinate any further stages in the process. The helicopter will also fly into Kathmandu airport and our staff will arrange for a car or ambulance to take the person to the hospital. If for any reason the helicopter is unable to fly we will use our many local staff and contacts to coordinate an alternative rescue and treatment regime. Normally this means using horses or simply stretchering a person off the mountain to the nearest safe place or safe helicopter landing area. Again, this is something that will generally involve everyone.

Acclimatisation

Our treks allow a good time to acclimatise and as a mountain guiding outfit we always want to ensure the trek is safe. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of safely reaching base camp also greatly reduce. We follow established mountaineering principles of height gain on all treks to altitude.

7 rules in the Himalayas

1) Go slowly and take a full day for the hike rather than get there as fast as possible.

2) Drink lots of liquid.

3) Always give way to yaks right of way and when you meet one on a path with a drop to one side, always stand on the uphill side.

4) Don’t get caught out with inadequate clothing to cope with a rapid change in weather This is the high Himalaya and a clear bright morning does not mean the same in the afternoon.

5) Do not wander off by yourself and always make sure people know where you are. Anything can happen and a slip on scree or moraine can mean getting cold very quickly while waiting for someone to come and help.

6) Part of the trek is on lateral moraine and some places are slippery. There is no need for crampons but simple care where you are walking is important.

7) Remember that the best approach to safety is to prevent an accident happening in the first place.

equipment

Himalayan Memories Trek aims to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the Himalaya and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night.

You will be given a detailed kit list after booking, but the main points to cover are as follows:

BAGS : Rucksack or duffel bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you. Your payback should be comfortable and capable of carrying everything you need for the day, plus any valuable items such as a camera and passport.
SHELL : Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain.
PUFFY LAYER : A puffy jacket, filled with either down or synthetic, designed to be worn while doing physical activity in the outdoors is essential for your kit. This layer will not only keep you warm on the trail should it be cold, but also help you stay cosy in lodges and tea-houses. Often times, these places do not have heat outside of the common area, so a warm puffy jacket will come in handy.
Neck gaiters/shemaghs are mandatory. (torso, neck and head wear are ESSENTIAL to avoiding illness like a cold or worse),
LAYERS : Shirts, trousers, shorts, T-shirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves. We advise that you do not wear cotton while trekking. Cotton can actually make you colder, and in certain cases, give you hypothermia. Look for synthetic or merino wool material for your layering system.
BASE LAYER: Thin layers to wick away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings. Both top and bottom. At least two sets.
UNDERWEAR: We recommend non-cotton. 5-7 pairs.
FEET: Comfortable Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings. Always be sure that footwear is well-broken in prior to arriving in Nepal. For socks we advise using non-cotton socks with plenty of cushion. If you are prone to blisters, consider getting silk sock liners. 3-5 pairs.
SLEEPING – Warm sleeping bag (3-4 season) to get a good night’s sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)
DRINKING – Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles. We also advise that you do not bring a water bladder. Hose lines can freeze, and if you use boiled water, the hot water will melt your water bladder. For purification methods, we encourage you to bring a UV Filter (SteriPEN), iodine tablets, or a back-country water filter. Please bring spare batteries if you have a UV filter and at least one other method for sterilising water.
WASHING & MEDICAL quick-dry travel towel, first aid kit, blister kit, extra toilet paper, hand sanitiser, lotion (the air is quite dry), lip balm,
SUN CARE – sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen (SPF 50, applied often to exposed areas)
TREKKING – trekking poles, umbrella, dry bags, waterproof cover for your rucksack
PERSONAL ITEMS – cameras, books, headlamp, music, journal, etc.

first aid kit

(Personal first aid kit contents)

Paracetamol
Ibuprofen
Antiseptic Wipes
Adhesive Plasters
Blister Plasters
Zinc Tape
Insect Repellent
Antihistamine tablets
Sunblock Cream
Water Purification Tablets
Lip Salve
Throat Lozenges
Latex gloves
Crepe Bandage
Hydrocortisone Cream
Prochlorperazine tablets (for sickness/nausea)

baggage allowance

Your main item of luggage should be a sturdy kit bag, duffel bag or similar. This will be carried during the trek by porters or pack animals and must weigh no more than 15kg. You should also bring on your holiday a day-pack of approximately 30 litres capacity. It is possible to leave items not required on trek at the hotel in Kathmandu. For your international flights, please check the baggage allowance with your airline.

spending money

Approximately $350(or equivalent in pound Sterling, Euros) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks etc. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Pound Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s in Kathmandu using your debit or credit cards. (Fee applies) During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up by porters or animals, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

staff tipping

Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the porters and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your Guide will advise the group on an appropriate level of tipping. Most groups will hand out the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the holiday. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around 5 to 10% of your total trip cost to these tips. At the end of their trek many people also like to donate various items of equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks are always warmly received by the porters. Your guide will make arrangements for a fair distribution (possibly by raffle) amongst the trek crew. Please note that you will have the opportunity to tip your guide separately during dinner on the final evening of the holiday. If you felt your guide was especially helpful, please consider an appropriate bonus to him or her of 20% of group tips.

Value of money

Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality, service, security and an ethical stance on tourism in a developing country. We don’t want to be so expensive to run fewer trips and have our staff idle, but on the other hand we believe that running cheap trips that promote the practice of skimming budgets would result in the porters getting next to nothing, which is something we cannot consider. Your porters work extremely hard to carry your gear, advance set ups and keep your journey safe and enjoyable, sometimes at their own risk and peril. We could not complete our journey without them. They have families, too, and we all want to have an enjoyable, rewarding expedition full of great memories! Tashi Delek!

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Everest-Base Camp-Trek

Trip Facts

  • 5550m (Kalapather)
  • Best available
  • flight & private transport
  • 2 to 16
  • MAR|APR|MAY|SEP|OCT|NOV
  • fully guided
  • Trekking
  • breakfast/lunch/diner
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