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Many people dream of standing face to face with the Everest and this marvelous trek to the Everest Base Camp fulfills that dream.
Imagine the exhilaration of standing on the top of the highest mountain peak on Earth… it certainly is an incredible feeling and you will be like “whoa! I can touch the sky”. Now, move your imagination from the perilous summit to the easily accessible base of the Mt Everest, and, you know what, you can experience the same drugged feeling as if you are right on the top of the world. Hold that thought in your heart, as you sign up for this 14-days trekking expedition to the exotic, exciting and exhilarating Everest Base Camp.
Trekkers have also come to associate the Everest Base Camp with Kalapatthar excursion, and rightly so too if we are to acknowledge the fact that enthusiastic photographers have found the best shot scenes of the majestic Mt Everest standing on this small Kalapathhar peak. (A majority of trekkers, on the other hand, have voted Gokyo peak for outstanding Everest scene-shots.)
We have planned the excursion quite well enough to tackle the altitude sickness, by ensuring acclimatization days at Namche Bazaar, the prosperous Sherpa settlement and Dingboche, the famed hamlet of the beautiful Ama Dablam peak. So, just forget about the everyday works, and set yourself (and your beloved) on a trail of magic and natural wonder. And, oh, do give the snow leopard a “Hello” from me. Good luck!
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu/Check into hotel (O/N)
Board an international flight to Nepal, landing on the soil of Kathmandu. Our guide will escort you from the airport to the hotel, where you will spend the day in leisure.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing/Shopping (O/N)
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is famous for its world heritage sites like the Durbar Square, the Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath, and such other religious monuments expressing the excellence of Nepali art and culture. Follow our guide through a brief tour at Kathmandu, shopping on the way.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla (a 45 minute flight)–Phakding (2610m) (O/N)
We rise up early to catch a spectacular flight, with exquisite views of the Himalayas, standing high and parallel to our plane as it flies from Kathmandu to Lukla. A brief tour here, and then we start our trekking with the first denscent towards the Dudh Koshi river and then cross the village of Ghat on our way to Phakding.
Day 4: Phakding-Namche Bazaar (3440m)(O/N)
Expect around 7 hours of trekking today, as we head upstream by the Dudh Koshi river, walking through a lovely trail lined with rhododendron and blue pine forest, climbing to Zamphuti (yields a grand view of Thamserku peak), another short ascent up to the agricultural site of Chomoa, one more small climb to Monjo and we arrive at Sagarmatha National Park (Established date: 1976, Area: 1148sq km).
With Mount Everest tracking our progress, we then climb uphill to Jorsale (2830m), and then another 600m ascent will bring us to the neighborhood of Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a guest house.
Day 5: Rest at Namche Bazaar (O/N)
Namche Bazar, a lovely settlement of Sherpa and Rai people, welcome you for acclimating with the Himalayan terrain and lifestyle. You could take a tour of the nearby Khumjung valley, check out the local infrastructures, pay a visit to the park headquarter or just climb over to Everest View Hotel, which, as the name suggests, offers stunning views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam among other snowcapped mountains. Return back to your guest house in Namche Bazar, after watching a beautiful sunset over the incredible Khumbu peaks.
Day 6: Namche Bazaar-Thyangboche (3860m) (O/N)
Today we hike to Thyangboche, first walking along the contouring ridge, then passing Trashinga’s reforestation nursery to take a steep descent towards Phunkithanka lying besides the Dudh Koshi river. Then there’s this initially steep ascent towards the beautilful meadow of Thyangboche. The major attraction here is the Thyangboche monastery, surrounded majestically by the snowcapped mountains. It’s a tranquil and lovely setting.
This trek to Thyangboche will only last about 6 hours, and the day is quite eventful since, along the trail, you might possibly see the lovely Danfe pheasant (our national bird) and other exotic wildlife, amidst the trees of pine, fir and juniper.
Day 7: Thyangboche-Dingboche (4410m) (O/N)
We start by descending down to Debuche, and then cross the incredible suspension bridge hanging above the Imja Khola. An easy climb to the lower Pangboche, and further uphill there’s the attractive village of Dingboche. The giant Mount Everest is hidden from this viewpoint but you still have the spectacular view of the lovely Ama Dablam peak to capture with your camera.
Day 8: Dingboche-Lobuche (4910m) (O/N)
The trail leads us up through the teahouses of Dughla, and we stumble across Khumbu Glacier’s lateral moraines and then through the stone memorials (dedicated to the climbers who could not make it back to home). Further up, there’s the Lobuche sitting at the foot of its namesake peak.
Day 9: Lobuche-Gorak Shep (5140m), Everest Base Camp visit (O/N)
This is the day we trek to our major destination – the Everest Base Camp. The trail first climbs to the Gorak Shep, with Pumori (700m) peak rising behind us. We have amazing vistas of numerable mountains, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam among other smaller peaks.
From Gorak Shep (where we will lodge for the night), we make a pleasant climb to the Everest Base Camp (5365m). You can yell out your name or just say “Yes!”, shoot pictures with your fellow trekkers, and plant a prayer flag or some eco-friendly stuff to commemorate your visit to the base of Mount Everest – the highest peak of the world.
Day 10: Kala Pattar (5545m) visit, trek to Pheriche (O/N)
A difficult climb over Kala Pattar, a small mountain, parts way for our hungry eyes to feast upon the most marvelous vista of Mt. Everest, and countless other incredible snow peaks, towering right before us. We then return back to our lodge in Gorak Shep, and make a descent back to Pheriche, where we spend the night at a guesthouse.
Day 11: Pheriche – Namche Bazar (O/N)
From Pheriche, we backpedal towards the prosperous hamlet of Namche Bazar.
Day 12: Namche Bazar – Lukla (O/N)
From Namche Bazar, we then descent down to Lukla – the starting point of our trekking expedition. You may take a tour of the town or just sit back at your lodge, reminiscing the beautiful memories of the mountains and the journey.
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla (O/N)
A spectacular flight back to Kathmandu, with views the snowcapped peaks that you just recently visited. You’ll be picked up from airport to your hotel. We will leave the rest of your vacation time for sightseeing and shopping in Kathmandu until you board the international flight back to your home.