Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal - A private Journeys to Everest
The Everest Base Camp Trek Is One of the Most Popular Treks in the World. The Everest Base Camp Is One of the Most Popular Tourist Destinations on the Planet.
The views from the Everest Base Camp Trek four of the world’s tallest peaks – Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Cho Oyu is unforgettable.
The Everest Base Camp has a lot more to offer other than just attractive views of the Himalayan range, which definitely isn’t a bad thing. The Base Camp attracts climbers and enthusiasts from all over the world, therefore visitors get the opportunity to learn a lot more about other cultures - on one of the highest points on the planet! It’s a spiritual haven as well and the countless Buddhist flags make it evident.
Words can’t describe the atmosphere at the camp, the colorful prayer flags decorating campsite alongside magnificent views of the Himalaya mountain range make it feel like it’s truly heaven on earth.
The trek starts after a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla, trekkers initiate the journey to Everest Base Camp by traveling through Sagarmatha National Park, a rugged and breathtaking landscape that showcases the deep rivers and massive glaciers carved into the terrain.
After the steep climb through the Sagarmatha National Park, trekkers make it to Namche Bazaar. The Namche Bazaar at 3,440m is the home of the famous Sherpas and a charming retreat in this splendid landscape. It has numerous lodging accommodations for trekkers. It also has stores where you can get extra supplies. Trekkers have the chance to discover the rich cultural heritage of the Sherpas and the varied landscape of surrounding areas.
After Namche, the trail passes through lush alpine forests, stunning glacial rivers and sacred Buddhist temples leading towards Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. At Kala Patthar, it’s too obvious and easy to make out why Mt. Everest and Sagarmatha National Park is such a popular destination. This is an adventure that you ought to take that leaves you with a memorable life experience.
Everest Base Camp Trek Cost Includes;
- Airport pickup and drop-off by private tourist vehicle.
- Round way flight to Lukla from Kathmandu ( fare in USD$ 322 per person)
- 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu at 3-star Hotel inclusive of breakfast and government tax
- Guide's Flight fare
- Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
- Trekkers information Management system (TIMS) card
- Daily meal ( breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trek
- Hot Drinks such as Tea, Coffee & Hot Chocolate during the trek
- Twin Sharing Accommodation during your stay in the Mountain
- 1 experience trek guide and his daily wage, food, and accommodation
- 1 porter/carrier for the group of 2 persons and his daily wage, food, and accommodation
- Trekking equipment supplied from Asian Journey such as down jacket, sleeping bag
- Service charge and value added tax
Everest Base Camp Trek Cost Excludes;
- Insurance: you must have insurance that coverage personal accidents, medical and Helicopter Evacuation
- Meals in Kathmandu ( Lunch & Dinner)
- Nepal visa fee, international flights
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, Hot Shower, Dessert, cold drinks, laundry, the Internet, phone call
- Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
- Any extra expenses such as Camera battery charging cost, hot shower, shopping during the trek,
- Tips for the guide & porters
Upon arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will wait for you with a private vehicle and will transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Depending on your time of arrival and whether you are tired or not, you can go around in the tourist hub in Thamel and do some shopping or just enjoy the busy streets of the city.
You will stay at the hotel overnight and prepare for the big adventure waiting for you in the following days.
In the morning our staff will pick you up from your hotel and drop you at the domestic terminal at the airport where you will board a flight to Lukla (2804m).
The duration of the flight is very short (a bit more than 30 minutes) but many travelers list it as one of the highlights of the trip. The airport in Lukla has a short runway which makes the experience a true adrenaline rush.
The flight is safe so all you have to do is enjoy the ride and be amazed by the splendid views of the Himalayan Range (including Mount Everest) from up above.
After the short flight and a break, we will proceed with a short trek to Phakding (2610m).
The trek is almost always downhill and it’s the perfect way to get you started for the long days of trekking that await you. In Phakding you will spend the night at a trekking lodge.
Breakfast at our lodge, upon which we will start walking to Namche Bazaar (3441m).
The trail to Namche Bazaar is quite steep and it lasts for approximately 5 hours, but nonetheless enjoyable as we will walk through dense forests and exposing ridges.
Namche Bazaar is a small hub in the Everest region and a charming little town. If you feel like doing some shopping for mountain gear or Sherpa handicrafts, you can do it in Namche. If the weather is clear, you could see the top of Mount Everest on the way to Namche after crossing the suspension bridge.
We will stay in Namche overnight at a trekking lodge.
Today’s day is solely reserved for acclimatization that is a must in order to proceed to Everest Base Camp.
However, acclimatization almost never means sitting around and doing nothing (unless of course, you are too tired from the previous days). It is always advisable to move on the acclimatization day which will allow your body to get used to the altitude better.
There are many day trips that you can take in Namche’s vicinity. One of them is the short hike to Syangboche Everest View Hotel where you can enjoy a fantastic view of Mount Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, and Lhotse.
After this, we will hike back to our lodge in Namche and stay there overnight.
After breakfast, we will start walking to Tengboche monastery – an endeavor that will take us around 5 hours. Situated at an altitude of 3,867 meters, this Tibetan monastery is the largest one in the Khumbu region. It lies in the village of Khumjung, surrounded by the Everest mountain range.
Upon arrival, you will be able to enjoy the serenity of this holy place and its surroundings. Moreover, you will have the chance to learn more about Buddhism. In the night, we will stay at a trekking lodge.
Today’s destination is the village of Dingboche, lying at an altitude of 4350 meters. The trek usually lasts around 6 hours.
Dingboche is a small village of the Sherpa community famous for its magnificent views of the Himalayan range. After a tiring trek, we will be able to relax and enjoy those views.
We will stay at a trekking lodge for the night.
This is our second and last acclimatization day on this trip. In order to keep our bodies up and moving, we will hike to Chukking valley and enjoy the experience being completely surrounded by mountains.
Going there and back to Dingboche takes 4 hours meaning you will have enough time to rest and prepare for the next couple of days.
Today’s trek will lead us to Lobuche (4,940m) – one of the last overnight stops until Everest Base Camp.
Lobuche is surrounded by several peaks that bear the same name, making the trek into the village spectacular.
In the night we will stay at a trekking lodge.
Today is certainly the most exciting day from the whole journey. Starting early in the morning we will be headed to Everest Base Camp.
The trek to the Base Camp is a magnificent experience in itself, but once you are there, you will feel like you are on the top of the world. We will stop at the base camp for a longer break, where you can take photographs, meet fellow trekkers and perhaps talk with some of the mountaineers headed to Mt. Everest. It is one of the most multicultural experiences in the world, that too on such a high altitude! After a great day at the Base Camp, we will trek back to Gorak Shep where we will spend the night at a trekking lodge.
One more day of adventure! Today we will trek to Kalapatthar (5555m) which offers the best sunrise views of Mt. Everest and then trek back to Phiriche (4200m) where we will stay overnight at a trekking lodge.
Today we are beginning our descent to Lukla, stopping at Namche Bazaar for the night (6 hours).
We will start trekking back to Lukla where we will stay overnight at a hotel.
Early in the morning we will catch a flight to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu you will be free to roam around for the rest of the day or relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants in town. Overnight at a hotel.
Depending on whether we had to wait or not at the airport in Lukla, you will have this day as a free day in Kathmandu to explore the city and the valley. Overnight at a hotel.
We will transfer you to the airport at the given time where you will be able to board on your next destination.
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty Level:
Regarding the Difficulty of this trek, If you can walk 5-9 hours about 10 miles (maximum) a day and are in good aerobic shape (with a doctor's approval) you should do fine.
The actual trekking is on the mostly level ground with a few sections of steep hillsides - up and down and at elevations ranging from 9,318 feet to a maximum of 18,192 feet. Some days will be rest days with optional hikes to properly acclimatize.
You should not be carrying more than a light day pack with a jacket, water, and snacks. However, it is the altitude the creates the main issues. That said, the better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy the overall experience. We also suggest you Have an effective training at home that gives excellent physical conditioning. Building your hiking training from 3 – 6 hours once a week on uneven terrain both up and down hills. You should also be training an additional 3/ 4 times a week.
Accommodation During the Trip:
On your trekking route, trekkers are accommodated in tea houses and mountain lodges. Most of them are simple and basic, but very clean and comfortable. Please note that during the high season, it is very likely that you will have to share the room as all of the accommodation possibilities reach their maximum capacity. Asian Journey will always make sure to look for a single room for you, whenever possible (Single rooms are a subject to an extra charge).
Insurance & Evacuation:
Travel insurance is a very important thing you have and it is a requirement if you want to book with us. We consider travel insurance to be of utmost importance for your own safety and security. We strongly recommend that your insurance covers rescue services, injuries, and sickness.
Although accidents and emergencies do not happen often, we have a complete rescue and an evacuation plan. In the case of a serious sickness or causality, we will make sure you are rescued by a helicopter. That is why, please make sure that this is covered by your health insurance or be prepared to be able to pay it on your own.
Best Time to Trek:
The best season to trek in the Himalaya region is autumn (from mid-September till November's end), and spring (from the beginning of March until mid-May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher every day. The nights are cold (between -10 degrees to 5 degrees C but the days are sunny and hot (between 10 degree to 20 degrees ). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon, disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and winter is not recommended, as the visibility during monsoon is limited, upper parts and high passes could be covered with snow during winter. March, April, October, and November are the most favored months.
You are responsible for bringing your own personal gear and equipment. During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by a porter. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 10 to 15 kgs. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sunscreen, spare jacket etc. You can leave your valuable items at your hotel while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel's safekeeping. Below is a suggested equipment list: -
- 1 x Waterproof Jacket
- 1 x Down Jacket
- 1 x Fleece or soft shell Jacket
- 2 x Long Sleeve Shirt (light-weight), not cotton
- 2 x Short Sleeve Shirt, (light-weight), not cotton
- 1 x Waterproof Breathable Pants
- 2 x Trekking trousers
- 1 x Shorts
- 1 x Long Thermal Underwear, briefs Sports Bra (women)
- Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
- Fleece or Knitted Hat, for warmth
- Warm Waterproof Gloves.
- 1 x Hiking Boots with spare laces
- 1 x Trainers (to wear at camp)
- 3 x Socks, thick, wool or synthetic
- 3 x Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters
- 1 ½ - 2 Liter Water Bladder, Platypus type (recommended) or 2 x 1-litre water bottle
- Towel, small/quick-dry
- Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)
- Sleeping Bag, four seasons or -10 deg C
- Headlamp, with extra batteries
- Trekking Poles ( If necessary)
- Duffel bag, for porters to carry your equipment
- Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear
- Personal Toiletries (toothbrush, paste etc)
- Personal Prescriptions (malaria tablets etc)
- Sunscreen/Lip Balm
- Insect Repellent, containing DEET
- First Aid Kit Hand Sanitizer/Wet Wipes
Food & Drinking Water:
In this Trek, we provide standard breakfast, lunch and three-course dinner, tea or coffee will also be included with each meal. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks and in some areas, you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
Internet & Communication:
In this trekking routes, there is WIFI service available and you will have to pay extra charge and telephone facilities in the village shops & Lodges. Moreover, most of the cell phones work and if you ever need to contact somebody, we will be more than happy to provide you with a mobile phone throughout the trek. Some of the guesthouses have a very modest internet access as well.
Domestic Flight Delay and Cancellation:
It is very important to note that most of the domestic flights within Nepal depend highly on the weather conditions. Thus, delays happen often. If you are delayed lon
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