Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek
18 Days - US $ 2200

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Day 01. Arrival in Kathmandu- transfer to Hotel
     I will receive you in Kathmandu Airport then escort to a 3 star level hotel. Refreshment and dinner provided.

Day 02. Kathmandu city tour and trek preparation

     You will be taken on city tour around to some of the World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. It is a kind of open museum of ancient architectures with the master pieces of wood and stone works. In the afternoon we will do the final preparation for trekking and flight to Lukla for the following morning. We will make sure to pack every item needed up in high altitude. We will rent or buy the items if anything is in short. I will be with you to assist on every step.

Day 03. Kathmandu to Lukla flight then move to Phakding 2750 meter
     With a plan of breakfast in Khumbu Resort in Lukla we will go to the airport with a cup of tea or coffee. Flight delays or cancellations often happen due to bad weather either in Luka or in Kathmandu. You will enjoy the magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges from your seat in the plane. Flying over the high hills alongside the Himalayan ranges and landing on the narrow airstrip at the elevation of 2850 meter is an adventure itself.
We will move to Phakding for lunch and stop for the day. We will stay at Shangrila Guest House in Phakding.

     We will make a move from Lukla passing through the gate with prayer wheels in different languages. It is just the time to experience the land of Sherpa people and its natural-beauty of the villages, terraced farming plots, Monasteries, stone prayer walls, zopkey caravans, deep valleys, waterfalls, rivers and of course snow clad high mountains. Astonishing natural beauty rejuvenates in your physical system.

     A monastery on the cliff is seen from Cheplung right across from the water tap. After a while a wide vista opens to Dudh Koshi river valley. Dudhkoshi river is flowing from Nangpa La and adjacent various glaciers and the main tributary river is Imja Khola which is fed by Chhukung and Imja galcial lakes, Khumbu glacier and Ngazumba glacier. Vertically standing majestic view of Mt. Kusum Kangru 6330 meter is seen from Kusum Khola or Thado Koshi, the tributary rivulet to Dudhkoshi. Huge rocks with prayers in Tibetan scripture chiseled and painted is sitting right on the path at Ghat village.

Day 04. Phakding – Namche (3445 meter)
     Early start is required for the day due to steep climb below Namche, in the afternoon. We will trek along the banks of Dudhkoshi river, crossing over the suspension bridges for four times. This is the day you will enter the Sagarmatha National park. All the documentation and entry fees will be in my responsibility. You may be seated on the step while I work out at the entry check point office. The fifth bridge we will cross is over the Imja Khola. We will see Tao Tse peak from the bridge, in a clear day.

     You have got to test your ability below Namche while climbing steep terrain and gaining height faster. Looking back provides fascinating views of Dudh Koshi valley. But, many of the trekkers do not take a chance to look back because they are gasping on taking height rapidly. We will trek with several stops allowing our body to acclimatize in higher altitude. Don't push up yourself harder. If you do push yourself the consequence will be headache and other high altitude related sicknesses by the time you reach Namche. In a clear day, you will have a chance to see Mt. Everest from Top Dada below Namche.

Day 05. Namche acclimatization day.
    Namche at the elevation of 3445 meter, the trading point between Nepal and Tibet has no recorded History on early trades. The Tibetan traders come over via Nangpa La the glacial pass 5760 meter above sea level with their yak caravan. Yak, most probably the toughest and the healthiest of the animals is only animal that can cross the glacial passes and survives in the open air at -40 degrees Celsius.

     Namche is the place where you will have a chance to see the Yak for the first time. Many of the tourists and the guides mistake that they have seen Yak in Lukla. What you see in Lukla is Zopky - the hybrid of Yak and Cow. Zopkeys are tough enough to deal with higher and lower altitude while the Yaks cannot deal with warmer weather. Another serious common mistake is about "Yak Cheese". Actually, Yak is the male one that does not give milk. The female is called as "Nak" that gives milk to produce cheese. The word "Yak Cheese" is widely used in menus in the region and in Kathmandu.

     Acclimatization day in Namche gives many options to choose for the day. You may go longer or shorter hike that can be decided when you reach there. Walking up to the National park headquarter provides the magnificent views of the mountains including Chomolungma. Some tough trekkers make a day trip to Thame that requires a full day. Some of the trekkers prefer to walk up to the Everest View hotel, also requires fitness to some extent. It is not a must to go tough, one may stroll among the souvenir shops mostly owned by Tibetan refugees. There are plenty of mountain hard wear shops that sell warm clothing to climbing equipment. As well a number of bakeries to treat you with freshly baked items. There are several internet cafes to communicate with your family and friends. If you happen to be there on Saturday market you will have a great chance to have a look on faces and colors.

Saturday Market in Namche;
     Although Namche has been the trading point between Tibet and Nepal since centuries, the Saturday Market after 1960s with tourist influx in the region. The Saturday Market is the meeting point of different faces and colors from higher and lower altitude. Tibetan traders used to come crossing 5700 meter high Nangpa La bring colorful garments, household items, dried meat etc. But, the Chinese authority has stopped the practice since a few years. The sherpa's from adjacent villages bring locally produced butter and locally grown fresh vegetables like carrot, cabbage, beans etc. Rai and Magar tribes from the lower land bring fruits, vegetables, grains, meat etc. The market activity starts early in the morning and clears by afternoon.

Day 06. Namche – Tyangboche (3850 meter)
The trek today starts easy contouring to the village of Sanasa where the trail forks for Khumbu Valley and Gokyo valley. Then it is all the way down to Funkitenga Imja river side. In the afternoon it is all the way up to Tyangboche. Tyangboche is known for its natural beauty. The views from Tyangboche are breathtaking - Mt. Knagteiga 6685 meter, Mt. Thamserku 6630 meter, Mt. Amadablum 6868 meter, Mt. Kongde 6185 meter, Khumbila 5360 meter, Mt. Towtse 6345, Mt. Nuptse-Lhotse wall (7990 and 8516 meter respectively) and Mt. Everest itself.

We will stay in Tashi Deleg Lodge. Tyangboche usually becomes over crowded sometimes it is difficult to find a room. If it happens we will move further for about 20 minutes to Deboche for the night stop. This section of the trial may be muddy after ice melted on the ground. We will have to walk with extra care, as keeping safety first in our mind.

Day 07. Tyangboche to Dingboche (4420 meter)
After crossing the bridge over Imja Khola we will be on the sunny side with closer view of Mt. Amadablum. Now we have crossed the tree line. We will trek through Pangboche village as known the village of climbers. With a tea break on the way we will reach Dingboche for late lunch and that is all for the day. We will stay in Peaceful Lodge in Dingboche.

We still can see Mt. Amadablum and Mt. Tao Tse, but may not be able to recognize because of its different appearance from another face. You can see one of the popular trekking peaks, the Island peak (6210 meter).

Day 08. Dingboche acclimatization day,
This is an acclimatization day, we will hike up to Chhukung 4730 meter. We will have a lunch in Khangri Resort. Then, come back to Dingboche.

Day 09. Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 meter)
After breakfast we will walk up to Thugla contouring the grazing pasture. The trial takes up the height from Thugla teashop. This part is tougher because of steepness and higher altitude. At the crest 4850 meter, there are a number of monuments erected in respect of climbers who died up in the mountains. Uphill is over for the day. We will walk on almost the flat level, still gaining the altitude rapidly.

Day 10. Lobuche Acclimatization day
Forth coming days are more challenging so we have to be well acclimatized. We will have longer sleep and late breakfast. You will be taken to the Observatory Center known as Pyramid to 5050 meter. The pyramid shaped Observatory Center holds the office of the Ev-K2-CNR research center which aims to promote the sustainable development of the mountain area at the safeguard of the high altitude fragile ecosytem. We may have a chance to meet some scientists and have a tour in the center. We come back to the lodge in Lobuche for lunch. After lunch we will walk up the glacial moraine to look over Khumbu glacier.
That's it for the day, we are well acclimatized by now. And, ready for the next height for the next day.

Day 11. Lobuche to Gorakshep (5160 meter) Kalapattar (5623 meter)
Our sleep may be disturbed by some other trekkers who complete the round trip to Kalapattar in the same day start at around 3:00 A.M. The trekkers who make a round trip will miss the chance to see the best view of golden glowing Mt. Everest at Sunset. We will have enough sleep then leave Lobuche by 7:30 A.M. and reach Gorakshep by 12:0 P.M. for lunch. After lunch we will be heading towards Kalapattar 5623 meter. It takes a few hours to reach the summit of the peak. If you cannot make it all the way, you can stop at about 5500 meter that gives you satisfactory view of Mt. Everest at Sunset.

We will see some of the Khongma birds running up the hill with super stamina. The birds are highly respected by Sherpa people, kindly treat them as local cultural asset. It is believed that harming the birds brings bad luck at home. The birds do expect some handouts of leftover food stuffs like nuts and broken biscuits. I often give some biscuits to keep them around me.

Day 12. Goraksep- Everest Base Camp (5360 meter)- Gorakshep
It is just there. But the distance in the high altitude is very deceptive- just there but never get. This trip needs a full day with pack lunch and sufficient drinking water. Nothing more to see than the glacier, Mt. Everest itself is not seen from its base camp. You will find only the walls around you.

Day 13. Goraksep to Pheriche 4200 meter
We have done and seen almost everything by now. Easy start, we will trek down all the way to Pheriche. We will stay in Pheriche Resort. It will be a different experience after having well acclimatized in high altitude. We can have a look on things more in detail that may have been overlooked on the way up while taking height.

Day 14. Pheriche to Tyangboche
Pheriche to Tyangboche is going to be another easy day. We will feel much warmer and better because we have been exposed to the extreme cold and height in previous days. We can have good sleep and slow start. If you like to do, we can have an alternative route in Pangboche for a while going over the old Pangboche village with the Monastery and old juniper trees.

Day 15. Tyangboche to Namche,
it is better to have early start on this day. We will follow on the same route all the way steep downhill to Phunkitenga 3260 meter and uphill to Sanasa 3600 meter. Once the uphill is over, we will contour around to Namche. Early arrival to Namche is better if you like to visit any of the bakeries and bars. You may want to buy some souvenirs for friends and family members, all up to you.

Day 16. Namche to Lukla.
It is a long day. Two day’s hike on the way up will be covered in one day. Early start is required on this day. Should not be any trouble doing this since we are well acclimatized and trained in high altitude. We will stop in Phakding Shangri-La Guest House for a lunch and Khumbu Resort in the night.

Day 17. Lukla to Kathmandu.
Get ready early morning, go to airport check in lounge and start playing a waiting game checking the amount of cloud on the horizon to catch the flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 18. Departure from Kathmandu,
Departure to your further destination. Transportation to the airport is provided.

Services provided in the package
Services excluded from the package

*Airport pick up and drop off Transport,
*Two beds sharing room in a 3 Star hotel in Kathmandu,
*All three meals provided in Kathmandu and on trek,
*Guided city tour in Kathmandu (Transport provided),
*Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Domestic flights,
*Permit fees for National Park and World Heritage sites,
*Documentation for Traveller's Information card (TIMS),
*Two beds sharing room in standard lodges during trek,
*Porter to carry your belongings and guide service (myself)

*International flights, Visa fees,
*Bottled water, soft drinks and bar bills,
*Cost of re-hydration fluid in high altitude,
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Hot showers charges on trek,
*Rescue Helicopter service,
*Staff gratuities/tips off
*Personal equipment sets,
*Items of personal natures,
*Non scheduled meals and side expenses,

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