EVEREST BC/KALAPATHAR TREK.

  •   Destination: Nepal
  •  Activities: Trekking & Peak climbing
  •   Trip Grade: Strenuous
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival on: kathmandu,Nepal
  •  Group size: 1-12 peoples
  •  Best Seasons: April - May and Sept - Nov
  •   Meals: All meals during trekking and climbing. Breakfasts in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  •   Accomodation: Hotel/Lodge
  •   Transportation: Flight & private vehicle

Trip Introduction

Many of us trekked to the Khumbu district’s Sherpa homeland with our eyes on Everest, but we returned with fondest memories of the Sherpas, legendary mountain guides and climbers, and valiant friends. Which is a remarkable compliment to these fine folks, as Everest and its neighbors are everything they’re cracked up to be: enormous, eloquent, endlessly engaging. We trek to the world’s apex in the company of one of the eminent Sherpas of his generation, Sona Hishi, a great climber, researcher, and trekking pioneer, and a man held in great respect and affection in the Khumbu and the world (our president, Jim Sano, who led an Everest expedition in the early ’80s, says, “After many treks and climbs since the first time my wife Susan and I visited Nepal, we think of Sona as a dear friend, the very model of a Sherpa sirdar”). We fly from Kathmandu up to Lukla, where we meet Sona and our crack Sherpa crew. Following expeditionary footsteps, we trek up to the Sherpa capital, storied Namche Bazaar, and on to the monastery-aerie of Thyangboche, in the shadow of the astounding icy obelisk of Ama Dablam. Now higher, surrounded by a host of giants, to the giant of giants, which we gaze upon from Kala Patar at a satisfyingly Himalayan 18,500 feet. After slowly hiking back through the villages of the Khumbu, where we’re introduced to Sona’s host of friends, we fly back to the joys of Kathmandu from Lukla.

  • Day 1:Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Arrive Kathmandu
  • Day 3:Fly Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 5:At leisure in Namche Bazaar
  • Day 6: Acclimatisation day
  • Day 7:Trek to Deboche
  • Day 8: Trek to Dingboche
  • Day 9:Acclimatisation
  • Day 10: Trek to Lobuje
  • Day 11:Trek to Gorak Shep
  • Day 12: Trek into Base Camp (c5,350m)
  • Day 13:Climb Kala Pattar and descend to Lobuje
  • Day 14: Cross Kongma La (5,535m) to Chukkung
  • Day 15:Trek to Island Peak base camp
  • Day 16: Trek to Pangboche (4,000m)
  • Day 17:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,400m)
  • Day18: Trek to Lukla (2,840m)
  • Day 19: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu or Trek extention down to lower Solukhumbu for Culture Trek and trek out from Phaplu
  • Day 20: At leisure in Kathmandu
Day 1: Fly to Kathmandu
Welcome in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel
Day 2: Arrive Kathmandu
Cultural tour and trek orientation and   TSW and Edge of Seven project impact
Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla
We will make an early morning start for the Twin Otter flight to Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft), the gateway to the Khumbu. This is an exciting flight, which should give a glimpse of Everest in the distance. In Lukla, we will meet our trek staff and porters and set off straightaway for our first night’s stop at Monjo. Situated on the banks of the Dudh Kosi, which drains the whole of the Khumbu Region, this small hamlet is on the main trade route through the area and there are a number of clean, well-built lodges where we can spend the night.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar
We will continue up the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo where we will enter the Khumbu National Park. We will then cross the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi on a high suspension bridge and climb steeply for about two hours up ‘Namche Hill’ to reach Namche Bazaar (3,400m/11,155ft). This is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region. Many Tibetans cross the nearby border to trade their wares and the local market is a fascinating spectacle. This is a good place to buy genuine Tibetan artefacts. Just across the valley to the east stand the peaks of Thamserku and Kangtega, both very impressive mountains.
Day 5: At leisure in Namche Bazaar
We will spend three nights in Namche Bazaar. During this critical acclimatisation phase (see ‘Caudwell Xtreme Everest Research’ above), we will spend time resting and trekking to higher altitudes. This will allow our bodies to become acclimatised to the altitude of 3,450m (11,300ft). On the first morning, there is the option of walking up to the Everest View Hotel (3,900m/12792ft), returning to Namche for lunch. The afternoon can be spent sampling the delights of the Namche bakery!
Day 6: Acclimatisation day
Thame (3,844m) is located west of the main Khumbu Valley. It is famous as being the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay. Today we will take a leisurely walk towards Thame/ or Everest View Hotel to further aid our acclimatisation, before continuing the following day up the main Everest Trail.
Day 7: Trek to Deboche
From Namche, the well-worn Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the Dudh Kosi. As we follow the path, we will get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we will cross the Dudh Kosi River and make a steep climb to Thyangboche, home of an impressive and recently rebuilt monastery. We have plenty of time to look around Thyangboche (and have a cake at the bakery!), but at the height of the season it is a busy place, so we will drop down to the river and the village of Deboche (3,700m/12,135ft) a little further along the trail, where we will stay in a relaxing lodge.
Day 8: Trek to Dingboche
Shaded by rhododendron trees, the trail crosses an airy suspension bridge just beyond Deboche. An hour’s walking from here will bring us to Pangboche, an excellent viewpoint for Ama Dablam (‘Mother’s Charm Box’) and home for the Sherpas who work on this imposing mountain each post-monsoon season. Contouring up the valley side, we will re-cross the river and turn up the Imja Valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche (4,410m/14,465ft).
Day 9: Acclimatisation
Dingboche is a good location for acclimatisation, prior to our ascent up the upper section of the Khumbu Valley. While in Dingboche, we can attend a seminar about high altitude acclimatisation at the hospital in nearby Pheriche, run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. The walk over to Pheriche and back will also serve as good acclimatisation training and so make the walk doubly worthwhile.
Day 10: Trek to Lobuje
We will retrace our steps back to Pheriche before continuing along the trail up the broad valley bottom towards Dugla. Ahead of us is the trekking peak of Lobuje East (6,119m/20,075ft), which is one of the objectives on our Khumbu Climber itinerary, and to our left is the formidable north face of Taweche, the scene of many cutting-edge Himalayan ascents of the 1980s and 1990s. After three hours we reach the small collection of lodges at Dugla (4,620m/15,153ft). We might choose to walk up to the Sherpa memorials, from where there are outstanding views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Taweche. From Dugla, the trail starts steeply to climb up beside the glacier moraine. After a few hours the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuje (4,940m/16,207ft).
Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep
About three hours beyond Lobuje we reach Gorak Shep (5,220m/17,126ft), the site of the 1953 expedition’s base camp. We stay here for two nights, whilst we visit base camp and climb Kala Pattar. The views from Kala Pattar are often clearer in the morning, though the position of the sun means that photos are often better taken in the evening. By having two nights at Gorak Shep, we can decide when we would like to climb Kala Pattar and on which day we would prefer to trek into base camp.
Day 12: Trek into Base Camp (c5,350m)
Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble. After about 3 hours we will eventually reach base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. For those visiting base camp in the spring, it is a chance to meet teams making an ascent of the mountain. Here we hope to meet up with members of the Jagged Globe Everest South Col team, and catch up on their news of the climb so far. Base Camp is actually spread over quite a wide area and we will spend some time wandering through it and getting a sense of what it must be like to be camped here for two whole months, whilst attempting the mountain. To go any further than base camp, you will need to be on an Everest or Lhotse permit! Our Everest team cooks will serve us lunch before we make the return trek to Gorak Shep.
Day 13: Climb Kala Pattar and descend to Lobuje
In the morning we will make an ascent of Kala Pattar (5,545m/18,188ft), if we have not already climbed it the previous evening. The climb takes between 2 and 3 hours and can be hard work, but the effort is rewarded by the classic view of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, as well as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori immediately above. For most trekking teams, this is as far as they go up the Everest trail. After lunch back in the lodge at Gorak Shep, we will descend the valley to Lobuje.
Day 14: Cross Kongma La (5,535m) to Chukkung
Much underrated, the Kongma La is a challenging pass and more interesting way to approach the Imja Valley than via Dugla and Dingboche. The path is steep at first but eventually reaches the top of the pass, from where we descend past some glacial lakes, and Pokalde – one of the peaks climbed in the Khumbu Climber itinerary. The views from the Kongma La are really spectacular, especially towards Makalu in the east, Ama Dablam’s North Ridge and Nuptse. Chukkung is a small settlement with just a couple of lodges, where we spend the night.
Day 15: Trek to Island Peak base camp
From Chukkung, we follow the glacial moraine and an open sandy valley to our base camp by a stream near the snout of the Imja Glacier. Altitude: 16,400ft/5,000m. Alternatively, we may make base camp a little further on in a site nestled between the glacier’s moraine and the lower slopes of the mountain.
Day 16: Trek to Pangboche (4,000m)
Following a gradually improving path, we lead down the Imja Valley and past the first of many welcoming tea-houses at Chukhung. We stop at Dingboche for lunch, a charming Sherpa village close to where the Imja Valley joins the main Everest trail, before continuing to Pangboche, which is nestled below Ama Dablam.
Day 17: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,400m)
In the morning, we re-cross the river before climbing to the famous monastery at Thyangboche (3,860m). It now has a brand new monastery, the largest in the area, as the old one was destroyed by fire a few years ago. Built in the traditional style, with its gleaming copper roofs, it is as grand as ever. A steep descent from Pangboche of around 1500ft/500m leads through bird filled rhododendron bushes and fir trees to the Dudh Kosi River. Crossing this on yet another suspension bridge, we climb up the opposite side of the valley to reach the contouring path leading back to Namche Bazaar. Namche is the perfect place to enjoy some well deserved celebrations!
Day 18: Trek to Lukla (2,840m)
A steep descent for 2,000ft/600m leads to the suspension bridge crossing the Dudh Kosi river. We cross the river twice more before traversing steadily up the hill-side, past numerous shops and tea-houses to Lukla.
Day 19: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu or Trek extention down to lower Solukhumbu for Culture Trek and trek out from Phaplu
Hotel in Kathmandu and free time for relaxation
Day 20: At leisure in Kathmandu

Included in the Cost

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the Everest base camp trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Himalayan Glacier’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Everest Base Camp Trek- 16 days is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Everest trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is also important that we consult our doctor. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Himalayan Glacier before booking the trek.

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Accommodations

We will be staying at Hotel Moonlight, a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu; and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 320. Himalayan Glacier will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Meals

All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.

Team Composition

Everest Base Camp Trek- 16 days is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Everest trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is also important that we consult our doctor. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Himalayan Glacier before booking the trek.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Everest Base Camp Trek- 16 days is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Everest trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is also important that we consult our doctor. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Himalayan Glacier before booking the trek.

Best Time to Travel

The best time to trek to the Everest Base Camp is Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.