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Everest Base Camp Trek

Nepal Hiking Team - 12 days

  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • 12 days / 11 nights
  • Max. group: 0 Persons
  • Difficulty: Heavy
Overview
Route
Included
Accommodation
Safety
Packing List
Nepal Hiking Team
FAQ
How to Book

Overview

> Visit chortens and Gompas along the way
> Explore Namche Bazaar
> Enjoy the scenic flight to Lukla

The Everest Base Camp Short Trek is a journey that harmoniously incorporates all of the best features and attributes of the Everest region to present you a short trekking experience perfect for travelers who are short of time. The jovial trekking trail passing through the ethnic villages of the region, and coruscating around landscapes that are extremely beautiful and refreshing, offer a trekking journey that truly captures the essence of the Nepalese mountain life. The Khumbu earns its well-deserved fame as one of the most amazing trekking destinations in the entire world because of the region’s many appeals pertaining to both its cultural aspect and natural setting. The mountain views are seen along the way, the rich natural terrain and its prospect of Sherpa tradition are what makes the Everest Base Camp Short Trek journey a daring feat of adventures in the alpine acreages of Khumbu. The many dispositions of the region play out a harmonious tune to present trekkers from all over the world an experience unlike anything else. Start off the trek from Kathmandu with a scenic flight to Lukla as you hold on to your seats while the plane flies around rolling green hills and mountains to land on one of the most dramatic airstrips on the planet. Trek on beautiful paths to villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche and Dingboche as you make your way to the Everest Base Camp. Hike to the famous vantage point of Kalapatthar and revel in the panoramic sight of the entire Mount Everest massif. Enjoy a jovial trekking journey that completely captures the Everest region’s mountainous diversity.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 01 - Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) Duration: 3 hours
Early morning transfer to the airport for Lukla flight. The flight to Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at high evaluation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about an exceptional 60 meters only. Trek to Phakding with an arresting, green landscape with the view of Kusum Kangraru. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 02 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 6 hours
We follow the Dudh Koshi, ascending through Himalayan pine and cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles.

Besides being a splendid destination to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu that attracts Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days at Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike we capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 03 - Namche Bazar and Everest View Hotel
This day is especially sectioned for acclimatization. We will hike to Syangboche Airport (3700m), supposed to be the highest airport in the world, then continue climbing to Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of the Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache etc. On the way back, we visit Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 04 - Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) Duration: 5 hours
The uniform and easy trail leads us towards the view of Mount Everest, descending deep into the Dudh Koshi Valley at Pungki Thanka and from this point, it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Koshi valley to Tengboche Monastery (3860m). It is the spiritual center of the Khumbu. The climb is lengthy, but is more than adequately compensated by gorgeous views of Mount Amadablam and on a clear day, views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05 - Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) Duration: 5 hours
Descend through a beautiful forest, cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m); perhaps today is the most interesting trekking because you will not lose altitude like on other days and you will enjoy views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse & other peaks; the route continues through pastures to Dingboche, known as the ‘summer valley’. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06 - Dingboche to Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and return Duration: 6 hours
This would be your second acclimatization day that requires about 6 hours of trekking to an altitude of 5100m. After breakfast, you ascend Nagerjun (5100m), a hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche.

The main aim is to climb high and sleep low. The foot path becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically strenuous day. Ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude. From this altitude there are good views of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). On a clear day, you could even see Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, including great views of the Pheriche Valley.

After a short rest, you start the descent back to Dingboche and the walk at altitude takes about 2 hours. After lunch, take a well-deserved rest, as afternoon temperatures could drop rapidly as the sun sets over the mountain tops. You will also spend a second night in Dingboche. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07 - Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) Duration: 5 hours
Trek along a broad valley floor to Dughla, passing the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche (4240 m). This trek is staffed by western volunteer doctors and supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association, which offers treatment and consultation to trekkers. Continue up the valley, gaining altitude. We come out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures of Lobuche. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08 - Trek to EBC (5364m/17594ft) & back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft) Duration: 8 hours
After a short climb through meadows, look down at the Khumbu glacier. Straight ahead is Kalapattar – the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After a couple of hours we will get to Gorekshep, and continue our journey to the Everest bae camp. There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs and, combined with altitude, this can be an exhausting trek – but the journey is worth it. After approximately 3 hrs of hiking, you will arrive at the base camp and enjoy a magnificent view of the Khumbu glacier and icefall, where the Everest expeditions begin. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9 - Hiking to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) - Gorekshep - Pheriche (4210m/13809ft) Duration : 7 hours
The day starts with a hike up to Kalapattar (5545m), the best viewpoint to witness Mount Everest, in all its glory and the spectacular Himalayan range. We then trek back to Gorekshep, for breakfast and then descend to Pheriche. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 - Trek to Namche (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 7 hours
Easy walk along the Imja Khola, short climb to Tengboche, descend Pungki Thanka and complete steep to Kyangjuma, and easier trail to Namche. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11 - Trek to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Duration: 7 hours
The trek continues along the Dudh Kosi River to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla, where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12 - Fly back to Kathmandu
30-minutes amazing scenic fly back to Kathmandu.

Included

Included:

√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport in Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.

√ Flights to Lukla
The flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back, including airport tax and pickup and drop off, are included.

√ Accommodation during the trek
While trekking in the mountain you will spend your nights in local gest houses commonly known as Tea Houses. We will provide you with the best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek. We also provide attached bathroom with hot shower at Lukla, Phakding and Namche.

√ English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two trekkers. This way you don't have to carry your complete equipment yourself. You will also be accompanied by a licensed, english speaking local guide.

√ Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

√ Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
The package is inclusive of full board meals during the trek. It covers breakfast, lunch and dinner. You have the freedom to choose from the menu that the teahouses offer. Typically, you will find dal bhat meal set as staple. Good for the vegetarians out there. There are other options as well.

For drinking water, the package doesn’t cover the cost. You can buy bottled mineral water at tea houses. You can also find fresh spring water at the tea houses for free. However, we highly encourage you to consume the spring water only after adding some water purifiers. It is a wise idea to take your own bottle.

√ Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

√ Permits
The total amount includes the costs of the Sagarmatha National park permit. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for the permits).

√ Equipment
In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company, if required. Nepal Hiking Team will also provide you with a duffel bag for the trek.

√ First Aid Kit
During the trek, a first aid kit will be availiable in case it is needed. The kit also includes an Oximeter to monitor oxygen level and heartbeat.

√ Nepal Hiking Team Kit
We will provide you with a Nepal Hiking Team T-shirt, a trekking map and a trip achievement certificate.

Excluded:

× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, snacks, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.

× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower (except for Phakding, Namche and Lukla), bottles of Cold drinks (Inc. coke, water, Fanta etc.) and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. The teahouses are basic of nature. Some of them have a squatter toilet, while others provide a western style alternative . Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water. Some teahouses have access to the internet, but always at extra charge. Please read our blog about the teahouses in Nepal.  We will provide attached bathroom with hot shower at Lukla, Phakding and Namche.

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Safety

Safety

We can assure you the safest tour possible because with us you are in the hands of experts. Our itineraries are designed in such a way that your trip is hassle free and you get enough time for acclimatization. Our guides are well trained for first aid services and are always ready with the first aid kits. We also provide oxygen cylinders and PAC bags upon request (payable). From hygienic rooms to quality and healthy foods, we offer you the best. Your safety is paramount.

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is therefore best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like a backpack and quality trekking socks. Here we provide you with a list of items we consider you must bring to this trek. You can also read a more extensive blog here about what to bring with you.

Remember to keep your luggage as light as possible for a convenient travel. A porter is available for two people who will carry up to 25 kg at maximum, therefore, keep this in mind before you pack your bags!

Below is the checklist of equipment you need for the trek.

GENERAL

- Duffel or Rucksack bag: (Nepal Hiking Team will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel/kit bag, but one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for non-trek items left at the hotel in Kathmandu)

- Day pack: (Approximately 20-22 Liter)

- Down Jacket: (Your own Down Jacket is strongly recommended, but Nepal Hiking Team also supply complimentary down which need to be return at the completion of the trek)

- 4 seasons’ Sleeping bag: (Your own sleeping bag strongly is recommended, but Nepal Hiking Team also supply complimentary sleeping bags which need to be return at the completion of the trek)

HEAD

- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

FEET

- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters for hiking in winter

HANDS

- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens
- With a waterproof shell outer (Seasonal

LOWER BODY

- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

UPPER BODY

- T-shirts
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

ACCESSORIES

- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry inside trek bag
- Day pack (Approximately 20-22 Liter)
- Trekking Poles
- Water bottles
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
- Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

TOILETRIES

- Tooth brush/paste
- Multipurpose soap
- Nail cutter
- Small mirror
- Personal Hygiene:
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti bacterial hands wash

EXTRAS/LUXURIES

- Binoculars
- Reading book
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Journal & Pen
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e., cards

Nepal Hiking Team

Nepal Hiking Team

Today, Nepal Hiking Team stands as one of the best tour operators in Nepal by providing quality services that any genuine customer would seek for. But this achievement is not a credential of single person but an output or joint efforts of its devoted and enthusiastic team members. Nepal Hiking Team as a whole is a collaboration of its hardworking and passionate staffs and field members who deliberately put their efforts in promoting tourism in Nepal. They work for making tourism service better and better. Each of the team members are good persons, not only professionally but personally too.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season
If you have read our blog post about the best time for trekking in Nepal, you will know that every season in Nepal is suitable for trekking. However, in certain times of the year the one area of Nepal is more favorable than the other. Most people who go trekking in the Everest region and Gokyo Valley do so from March till the beginning of June and from September till the end of December. The Annapurna Region is best enjoyed in March to May and from October all the way to December. Just like Everest, you can trek in Annapurna all year round. The same seasons are most popular when talking the Manaslu Circuit and the Langtang Valley. The Upper Mustang is your choice during the Monsoon season when the rest of the country gets more rainfall. The Upper Dolpo is perfect most of the year, especially from March all the way to November.

Porters
Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.

Tipping
Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek there is an opportunity to give tips. The rxule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).

Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.

Visa Nepal
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.

Vaccinations
No immunizations are required vsiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.

Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.

The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles.Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in health care, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.

How to Book

How does it work?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company. Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking. After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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