Everest Base Camp (via Thame) Trek

Everest Base Camp (via Thame) Trek

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Everest Base Camp trekking begins with an \"eye opening\" flight to Lukla at 2800 meters and passes through the picturesque Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar to Gorakshep culminating in the \"ascent\" of Kala Pattar (5545 m) from where classic views of Everest and its surrounding peaks are available. Most of the trek is spent above altitudes of 3000 meters in the Khumbu and Imja valleys, whose skylines are dominated by the massive peaks of the Eastern Himalayas.

Max. Elevation :  5545m Grade : 
Best season :  Oct-Dec&Feb-May Type of trek :  Tea house/Lodging
Duration :  20 Days Starting point :  Lukla
Ending point :  Kathmandu Highlights :  Culture/Nature

Everest Base Camp trekking begins with an "eye opening" flight to Lukla at 2800 meters and passes through the picturesque Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar to Gorakshep culminating in the "ascent" of Kala Pattar (5545 m) from where classic views of Everest and its surrounding peaks are available. Most of the trek is spent above altitudes of 3000 meters in the Khumbu and Imja valleys, whose skylines are dominated by the massive peaks of the Eastern Himalayas.

Although Everest base camp trek is a short trek, by Nepal standards, there will be plenty of time to enjoy the culture of the Sherpas, visit ancient monasteries and learn how Lamaistic Buddhism influences Sherpa life. Stop at any of the numerous teahouses sip a glass of sweetened tea or Chang (millet beer) and get a taste of hospitality unique to the Sherpas.

Beautiful, multi-hued prayer flags prayer wheels and intricately carved Mani stones line every hilltop, rock wall and trailside singing prayers to the gods with every breeze and every passing traveller. Set amongst breath-taking high mountain sceneries, this is one of world's best treks with magnificent landscapes, imposing & prestigious peaks, tapering ridges & colorful villages contribute to turning this trek into an unforgettable experience. 

The itinerary leads through the high Khumbu mountains before finally arriving at the foot of Everest. The Kala Pattar (5545m) ascent is one of the highlights of this trek from where one can have a lifetime panorama of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Nuptse, Lhotse & majestic Everest

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Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu International Airport (1300m/4264ft) and transfer to hotel.

 Day 02: After breakfast we set out for an extensive guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley’s cultural, historical, religious and world heritage sites. During the course, we visit the famous Pashupatinath temple of Lord Shiva situated at the holy bank of River Bagmati where we will also observe the Hindu cremation ritual. We then proceed to the Boudhanath stupa, a major pilgrimage centre for the Buddhist faith which also is the largest of its kind in the world. We then have a short break for lunch followed by a visit to Swoyambhunath stupa also known as the Monkey Temple from where we can have a bird’s eye view of whole of Kathmandu valley. Following this we then proceed for a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, the oldest royal palace of Kathmandu and a UNESCO world heritage site.  The whole are of Kathmandu Durbar Square is dotted with numerous fascinating Nepalese architect dating back many centuries. The site is also the home of Nepal’s living Goddess – Kumari, where we will also have the opportunity to experience firsthand this unique Nepali tradition.  In the evening we will attend the welcome dinner hosted by Makalu Adventure with live Nepalese culture shows.


Day 03: Kathmandu ( 1310m) - Lukla (2827m) - Phakding (2652m) 5 hours

After a very early start, and an early take off from Kathmandu Domestic Airport, a 45 minute flight is all it takes to propel us into the Everest region of Nepal. The landing at Lukla (2800m) is spectacular and on arrival we are greeted by our sirdar and trekking crew who organise the luggage and hustle us off for tea. After a leisurely lunch we start the trek in earnest, setting off for a gentle walk to Phakding (2800m), a further 3 hours to the north. The trail leads through Lukla, past hotels, shops and airline offices to the edge of the Lukla plateauwhere the trail drops to meet the intersection of the Jiri trail at Chablung. From here the trail follows the Dudh Kosi north through the village of Ghat and then finally to Phakding where we spend the night.

Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazar (3440m) 7 hours

From Phakding we cross the river and head up to the valley. The trail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododedron forest atht is very spectacular in the spring months when the flowers are in bloom. We cross the Dudh Kosi at Benkar where there are tantalizing glimpses of the snow peaks Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m) where we arrive in time for lunch and where the trail officially enters the Sagarmatha National Park boundry. There is an entrance station just beyond the village where trekking permits are checked and National Park fees collected. After lunch at Monjo, we continue along the trail, crossing the Bhote Kosi River to begin the steep climb up to Namche Bazaar 3500m., the administrative center of the Sagarmatha National Park and the hub of Sherpa society. Remember to look out for glimpses of Mt. Everest from the trail on the way to Everest! Overnight at the Camp or Lodge.


Day 05:Namche: Rest and acclimitazation:

Acclimatization is important before trekking higher, and allowing us to gradually become used to the effects of altitude - the lower pressure and the thinner air. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large, protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today a limited amount of trade exists at Namche and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat.

We can spend the day by visiting the National Park Visitor Centre on the hill above Namche or by simply resting and browsing in the shops in the town. Namche is a fascinating place simply to “hang out” and take in the culture of the mountains, from the trading of visiting Tibetans to the stories of departing mountaineers. Overnight at lodge

Day 06: Namche - Thame (3801m) 4 hours:

From Namche it is a moderately easy and beautiful walk to the village of Thame 3800 m., situated at an important junction along the old primary trade route to and from Tibet via the Nangpa La (pass). The trail leads west past a large array of prayer flags and mani stones - some of them very picturesque. After the village of Thomde the trail descends to the river and makes a steep climb to Thame. Intricately carved Mani stones mark the path to Thame with a picturesque gompa on the hillside overlooking the valley. Many Sherpa live in the village and it is the home of Apa Sherpa, who holds the world record for summiting Everest 21 times! It was also a childhood home of Tenzing Norgay, who was one of the first men to climb Everest (with Sir Edmund Hillary).Camp or Lodge Overnight.


Day 07: Thame - Khumjung (3791m) 4 hours:

Morning visit to Thame Monastery, then trek to the serene Sherpa village of Khumjung enjoying the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, and Kwangde and so on.. Camp or Lodge Overnight.


Day 08: Khumjung - Tengboche (3863m) 6 hours

The trail leads past the large Sherpa settlement of Khumjung and then descends deep into the Dudh Kosi  Valley at Pungki Thanka. The trail then ascends the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Tengboche at 3870m., home to the famous Tengboche Monastery, spiritual center of the Khumbu. The climb is long but, more than adequately compensated by views of Mt. Amadablam and on clear days views of Mt. Everest and it surrounding peaks. Amadablam means "Mother's Charm Box" and is named after the little box that Sherpa women wear around their necks. It is also one of the most beautiful mountains in the Himalaya. Camp or Lodge Overnight.

Day 09: Tengboche - Dingboche (4410m) 5 hours:

Descend through a beautiful forest then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures to Dingboche 4,400meters. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Camp or Lodge Overnight


Day 10: Dingboche - Chhukung (4730m) 4 hours:

 This day will be spent acclimatizing. You can spend the day doing laundry or you can take a short hike to Chukkung Valley. This valley is a summer pasture and contains a temporary settlement for herders of the Khumbu and is at 4700meters. The views from Chukkung and beyond are tremendous. Camp or Lodge Overnight.


Day 11: Chhukung - Lobuche (4920m) 7 hours:

Trek along a broad valley floor to Dughla, leaving behind the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche 4240 m. A western volunteer doctor, supported by The Himalayan Rescue Association is stationed here and offers treatment and consultation to trekkers. Continue up the valley-gaining altitude. Come out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures at Lobuche 4930 m. Camp or Lodge Overnight.


Day 12: Lobuche - Gorakshep (5140m) 6 hours:

After a short climb through meadows, look down on the Khumbu Glacier. Straight-ahead is Kalapattar - the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. Trek to Gorakshep and prepare for tomorrow's ascent of Kalapattar 5545 meters. Camp or Lodge Overnight.


Day 13: Kalapatthar( 5545m) - Everest base camp (5400m) - Lobuche (4920m) 7 hours:

This morning, those who are able will hike up Kala Pattar for unobstructed views of Everest and it's surrounding peaks. Most of the famous photographs of Everest were taken from atop this "bump" on the landscape. After ascent kalapathar retrace your steps to Gorakshep and you can go Everest Base Camp.In the afternoon, retrace your steps to Lobuche. Camp or Lodge Overnight.


Day 14: Lobuche - Pheriche ( 4312m) 4 hours:

Follow the main Khumbu Valley down to Pheriche, site of the Himalayan Rescue Association's Trekkers' Aid Post. Camp or Lodge Overnight.


Day 15: Pheriche - Tengboche (3863m) 5 hours

Easy walk along the Imja Khola with a visit to the gompa at Pangboche, then a short climb up to the Tengboche Monastery. Camp or Lodge Overnight.


Day 16: Tengboche - Namche (3440m) 6 hours

The trail descends steeply towards Pungki Thanka and another steep climb to Namche Bazaar. Camp or Lodge Overnight.


Day 17: Namche - Lukla (2827m) 7 hours:

Down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla to catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Weather permitting your trekking crew might prepare a farewell treat for you. You would be expected to join in the singing and the dancing! Overnight Camp or Lodge at Lukla.


Day 18: Lukla - Kathmandu (1310m)
Fly to Kathmandu (Extra day for the flight schedule / Free day in Kathmandu). Transfer to Hotel.


Day 19: After breakfast we will set out for a sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur and Patan and return to our hotel at late afternoon.


Day 20: Final Departure from Nepal.

Trip Cost Includes
  • All airport/hotel transfers.
  • All accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trek.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • All domestic flight (as and wherever stated)
  • Trek leader, assistant trek leader) Sherpa porters- including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, sleeping bags, Trekking kit bag/duffel bag, trekking map and trekking Poles
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit or entrance fees etc)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
Trip Cost Excludes
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Airport departure tax.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, showers etc).
  • Tips for guides and porters.

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