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EVEREST BASE CAMP 20192018-06-21T16:29:46+00:00

Join Us For The Adventure Of A Lifetime

Everest Base Camp Trek

Spring 2019

We can never wait to get back to beautiful Nepal to trek and after reaching Everest Base Camp in 2017 without any support we were amazed at how many people said they would love to achieve the same.

So we’re returning to the Nepal Himalayas and  this time around you’re invited to join us in the adventure of a lifetime.

It was a dream of ours to reach Everest Base Camp and now we want to help you achieve the same thrill of standing at the foot of the highest mountain on Earth.

We’ve tailor made a trek from our experiences and knowledge of the Everest region through trekking and mountaineering in the area.

We’ll be leading the adventure with the support of a very experienced and ethical Nepalese trekking company who will provide a knowledgeable guide and porters as well as organising everything we will need on the trek.

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We want to make this adventure meaningful and unique so that you not only have the experience of trekking to Everest Base Camp but that it makes a difference in your life, so we’ll be sharing our experiences and knowledge of facing challenges and living a more fulfilling life as we journey toward the highest mountain on Earth.

The Trek

Day 1     Arrive Kathmandu

We’ll meet you at the airport where you’ll be transferred to a comfortable hotel in central Kathmandu to rest or explore if there’s time. We’ll also have a team briefing where we’ll discuss the trek and answer any last minute questions you might have before we start our adventure.

Day 2    Fly To Lukla And Trek To Monjo  2835m

It’s an early start as we transfer to the airport for the spectacular but short mountain flight to the airstrip at Lukla 2640m, where we’ll meet our porters and start our trek to Monjo. Our walk will initially be downhill from Lukla as we follow the Dudh Koshi river Northwards through the settlements of Nurning and Phakding and then uphill to our overnight lodge at Monjo.

Day 3    Trek Monjo To Namche Bazaar  3440m

Reaching Monjo on our first day will allow for a shorter trek today as we are gaining a lot of altitude and we have a big uphill walk to Namche Bazaar. Initially our trail today leaves Monjo and drops down to the entrance of Sagamartha National Park. We then follow the river as we begin to climb upward to a spectacular suspension bridge crossing with great views of the valley below us. We then have the long climb up Namche hill amongst the pine trees but will hopefully (weather permitting ) get our first glimpse of  Mount Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse peaks. We’ll arrive in the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar where you can explore to your hearts content or just sit and take in the amazing mountain views. Most treks only spend two nights here but we’ve planned three nights here to fully acclimatise before moving on.

Day 4   Acclimatisation Day

Our days in the Namche Bazaar area are important for the acclimatisation programme we’ve set out for the team so we’ll be planning a side trek to The Everest View Hotel where on clear day the views of the Khumbu region are breathtaking as you sit and maybe a have a drink on the hotel terrace. From there we can walk to Khumjung and Khunde which will not only help us with acclimatising but are interesting Sherpa villages in their own right. Then we head back to Namche Bazaar for a second night.

Day 5   Acclimatisation Day

Today we take further advantage of the altitude in Namche to fully acclimatise before heading higher on the trail. The day will be free but we will also organise a walk for those who want to or a visit to the view point at the Tenzing Norgay Memorial or a hike up to a high point above Namche Bazaar or you can just take it easy and explore Namche with its gear shops, cafes and general mountain life going on.

Day 6   Trek Namche Bazaar To Debouche 3820m

We leave the Sherpa town of Namche behind as we skirt around the mountain trail with amazing views of  Amadablam and the Khumbu region before us. The trail then descends to the valley floor and the river before climbing back up through rhododendron ( which hopefully will be in bloom ) forests. The trail climbs steeply ( but we take it nice and slowly ) for 2.5 hours to reach Tengboche and the famous monastery surrounded by high mountain peaks. We’ll pass through Tengboche and walk for another 20 minutes or so to reach Debouche and our overnight lodge.

Day 7    Trek Debouche To Dingboche 4410m

Leaving Debouche we follow and cross the river to reach the village of Pangboche as we climb steadily higher along the top of the valley as we leave the tree line behind us. The trail can be windy at times in these high Sherpa pasture lands but the close up views of  Amadablam (which is actually our favourite Himalayan peak ) are stunning. After a steady plod we’ll reach Dingboche and our lodge for the night.

Day 8  Acclimatisation Day

Today is important for our acclimatisation to this altitude so we’ll have a couple of options depending on weather and how you feel. One option will be to climb up the peak above Dingboche to reach Nangkartshang Gompa at around 5000m or you can walk up the valley to explore the Chhukhung area with great views of the Lhotse face before our return for a second night to Dingboche.

Day 9  Trek Dingboche To Lobuche 4910m

We climb steadily out of Dingboche to reach a high level plateau with fantastic views of Amadablam behind us, Cholatse and Tabuche to our left and Pokalde to our right. As we approach Dughla we get our first site of the Khumbu glacial waters as they flow past. We also get a view of our next challenge, the Thokla Pass rising up 200m from Dughla. It’s a tough climb at this altitude but we’re rewarded by amazing views from the top of the pass back down the valley. We’ll stop here not only to take a well earned break but to take a look at the many stone chortens dotted around in remembrance of the many Sherpas and climbers who have lost their lives climbing the huge peaks that now surround us. As we head on we follow the valley floor to our overnight stop at Lobuche.

Day 10  Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep 5140m

Inching ever closer to our objective we leave Lobuche and head over rocky terrain toward the last inhabited settlement of Gorakshep. We don’t gain too much height now but the going is quite slow over the rocky ground.  We may get our first glimpse of Everest Base Camp in the far distance as this time of year there will be tents erected for the Everest climbing teams. As we reach the small cluster of lodges at Gorakshep we’ll be glad of some refreshment and lunch before we  climb the peak of Kalapatthar 5550m above Gorakshep for views of Mount Everest. This option will be dependant on weather conditions, time of day and how the team is feeling. The walk up Kalapatthar is optional as we return to our lodge in Gorakshep for the night.

Day 11   Everest Base Camp 5364m

This is the day ( drum role please ) that we head off from Gorakshep for the final push to Everest Base Camp along the rocky trail Northward beside the Khumbu Glacier. We walk along the final ridge before dropping down on to the glacier itself with its mixture of rock and ice formations.  We’ll have time to celebrate the achievement, have  our picture taken at the huge prayer flag adorned stone chorten marking base camp and if time, weather permitting maybe have a wander on to the ice or through base camp itself before returning to Gorakshep for a second night.

Day 12  Trek Gorakshep To Pheriche 4240m

We retrace our footsteps today as we drop down in altitude back to Lobuche and Dughla but then take a different trail toward Pheriche. Pheriche is home to the Himalayan Rescue Association Medical Centre who provide medical treatment to climbers and trekkers in the region.

Day 13  Trek Pheriche To Khyangjuma

Leaving Pheriche behind us we make our way back through Pangboche and Tangboche to Khyangjima for our overnight stop.

Day 14  Trek Khyangjuma To Phakding

Today we have an uphill section into Namche Bazaar before heading down Namche hill through Monjo where we stopped on the trek in and on to Phakding for our overnight lodge. You’ll find that the trek gets easier as we breath the oxygen rich air of the lower altitudes.

Day 15  Trek Pheriche To Lukla

Our last day walking and it’s a short trek back to Lukla for our last night in the Khumbu Region. We’ll have plenty of time to explore the town of Lukla and its shops and cafes.

Day 16  Fly Lukla To Kathamndu

Today we take an early morning scenic  flight out of Lukla back to Kathmandu flying over the foothills and Sherpa villages. After arriving we’ll head back to our Kathmandu hotel to rest and take a well earned shower. The rest of the day will be free.

Day 17  Kathmandu

Today is a free day for you to do what you like. For those who want we may organise some sightseeing or you can just relax and rest after your accomplishment.

Day 18 Depart Kathmandu

After saying our fond farewells, you’ll head off to the airport for your flight home and time to reflect on your amazing memories of the trek.

What Does This Adventure Include?

  • Our leadership and experience in the Everest Region
  • A fully tailored itinerary for maximum acclimatisation and enjoyment
  • The services of a very experienced and ethical Nepal based Trekking company
  • At least one English speaking Nepali Guide
  • Porters for the team
  • All guides and porters wages, permits, costs and insurances
  • Accommodation in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast at our Kathmandu hotel
  • Simple lodge accommodation throughout the trek
  • All meals while trekking
  • All necessary trekking and conservation area permits for the team
  • Domestic return flights Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Airport pickup and transfers
  • Optional group reflection and learning opportunities along the way

What’s Not Included

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal Entry Visa
  • Your own personal trekking gear and sleeping bags etc ( although we may be able to arrange sleeping bag hire in Kathmandu )
  • Travel insurance ( your insurance must include cover for trekking up to 5600 meters and helicopter evacuation )
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • All personal expenses such as telephone calls, charging of electrical items, laundry etc
  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
  • Extra snacks and drinks etc
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Dates

30th March – 16th April

2019

Price

£1950

per person

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