NEPAL EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
NEPAL EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
18 days/19 Night

NEPAL EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

 

Description

Mount Everest being the world’s highest mountain peak offers special adventurous intrigue. During this trek one can enjoy the warm Sherpa hospitality as well as experience the Sherpa culture and yet, always in the background, the icy pinnacles of Himalayas loom over the scenery. After an extraordinary flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, we commence the walking to the famous Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar and on to Tengboche Monastery with the Mesmerizing peak of Ama Dablam hovering in the sky. Then it’s over the glaciers to the foot of Everest for the view that remains green in human minds for the lifetime. The highlight of this trek is hike up to the view point of Kala Patthar (5545 m) situated on one of the spurs of Pumori. The rocky west face of Everest and South Col, Lhotse, Khumbu glacier making down their way can be seen from the summit of Kala Patthar. This package delivers a face to face interview with the history & culture of Nepal, Tibetan Buddhism, the magnificent Himalayan sights in the very lap of Mother Nature. And the mementos we receive in here do remain with us for a lifetime.

ARRIVAL AT KATHMANDU

BEFORE WE START WE WISH TO EMPHASIZE THAT THE DETAILS OF SITES OR PLACES IN OUR TOURS DO NOT REMAIN RESTRICTED OR CONCLUSIVE. ON THE CONTRARY WE MEET MUCH MORE IN OUR WAY TO OUR DESTINATIONS.

We welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to the selected hotel.

We have half day to start discovering Kathmandu.  We start with Hanuman Dhoka (Durbar Square) built / constructed in the split periods right from the 3rd century AD to 18th century AD..  This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples is the historic seat of royalty. It used to be the seat of ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. One of the three Durbar Squares this Square too has been protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people around.  Other than a 17th-century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages, we may see the historical & interesting things like Taleju Temple (built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD, Kal Bhairav (the god of destruction), Nautalle Darbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of king Pratap Malla, the Big Bell, Big Drum, the Jagannath Temple and three museums including the numismatic museum and the Tribhuvan Museum.

Swayambhunath (Samhengu): Listed as a world heritage site, this is one of the world's most glorious Buddhist sites in Nepal. Its established is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Three km west of Kathmandu this site is situated on a hillock about 77 m. above the valley. Painted on the four-sides of the spire bases are the all seeing eyes of Lord Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

Overnight Hotel.

KATHMANDU

After breakfast, full day visit to Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa & Bhaktapur City

We visit the ancient and mysterious Pashupatinath Temple, obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple had been made and constructed in the 3rd century BC and thereafter it has been renovated quite a few times. It has been devoted to Lord Shiva in the form of Pashupatinath, i.e., Pashu (Living beings – human beings, animals and even plants & trees) + Patinath (Absolute Master); speaking to a T, Lord Shiva as Master of Life. The temple, the seat of the national deity of Nepal, Lord Pashupatinath, stretches on both sides of the Baghmati River, deemed a holy river by the Hindus. Interestingly there are only two Pashupatinath statues / sacrosanct Lord Shiva, one in Kathmandu and one in Madhya Pradesh (India).

Boudhanath is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal.The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s,many of them decided to live around Bouddhanath. They established many gompas, and the "Little Tibet" of Nepal was born. This "Little Tibet" is still the best place in the Valley to observe Tibetan lifestyle. Monks walk about in maroon robes.Tibetans walk with prayer wheels in their hands, and the rituals of prostration are presented to the Buddha as worshippers circumambulate the stupa on their hands and knees, bowing down to their lord. Many people believe that Bouddhanath was constructed in the fifth century.. The stupa is said to entomb the remains of a Kasyap sage who is venerable both to Buddhists and Hindus. The Bouddha area is a visual feast. Colorful thangkas, Tibetan jewellery, hand-woven carpets, masks, and khukuri knives are sold in the surrounding stalls. Smaller stupas are located at the base. Gompa monasteries, curio shops, and restaurants surround Bouddhanath. Conveniently situated restaurants with roof-top patios provide good food and excellent views of Bouddhanath.

Bhaktapur City:
Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a fifty-five window-palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlightsthe ancient arts of Nepal. The golden effigies of kings perched on the top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities lookingout from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in every place-struts, lintels, uprights, tympanums, gateways and windows - all seem to form a well-orchestrated symphony. The attractions at this Durbar Square are: The Lion Gate, The Golden Gate, The Palace of fifty-five Windows, The Art Gallery and The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

Overnight stay at Hotel.

 

 

KATHMANDU TO LUKLA (AIR FLIGHT) > TREK TO PHAKDING


Good Morning, Kathmandu !

We start with an early breakfast and start for the airport to fly to Lukla. 

We enjoy the  35 minute-flight and  land at the rough airstrip of Lukla. We meet our trekking crew(s) here and set for the first day exciting walk towards Mount Everest. A straight walk for an hour takes us to Chaplung. Here the trail from Lukla meets the main trail from Jiri. The trail still continues for two hours along the forest, reaches Ghat and after an hour-walk takes us to Phakding where a few tea-houses / lodges are situated.

We stop and stay here for the night camp.

PHAKDING TO NAMCHE


After the breakfast, the team and crew get ready, we set for another day walk.

We cross the long suspension bridge over Bhote Koshi, the trail goes straight and passes a forest & few villages.  After two (2) hours we reach Jorsale/Jorsele, where Everest National Park checkpost is located, and here national park permits are checked. Jorsale is also the true beginning of Khumbu region and from this point onwards no firewood is allowed.

Leaving the park entrance the path drops steeply to the long suspension bridge across the Dudh Koshi. The trail still continues through the straight path for an hour, becomes a bit steep,  passes through the forest & several Sherpa villages and after two (2) hours reaches Namche - a great spot for the first close views of the Mount Everest and receiving the Sherpa hospitality locale.

REST DAY AT NAMCHE

Good Morning, Himalayas !

We make the day an acclimatization day to avoid AMS & climate-change problems.

Or we can have  picturesque excursions to Khumjung village.

NAMCHE TO TENGBOCHE

We leave for Tengboche, the trail that traverses from Choi Gang to Kyanjuma Foundation.

Here descent to the suspension bridge across the river Dudh Kosi/Koshi begins. We see and pass a few tea-houses / lodges in the way and the trail reaches Phungi Tenga. Walking up the hill to Tengboche is pleasant. We pass through a blend of forest and shrubs on a wide trail. It’s  a fine place for spotting pheasant (bird), thar (goat-antelope) and deer. The end of the climb is heralded by a kani, an arched entrance with ceiling paintings of deities and forms of Buddha. Its function is to cleanse people of the many feared spirits before entering the sacred area. The trail from Phungi Tenga to Tengboche takes about three hours. And during the walk we may have the best views of Mount Everest, Amadablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku & Kangi Tenga.

We may visit the famousTengboche Monastery.

TENGBOCHE TO PHERICHE

The trail passes on a slope track then climbs gently becoming steeper,  passes the forest & small lodges and reaches Pangboche.

Pangboche is a village of Sherpas and has been famous for its monastery.  People from all the world come to the monastery to know about the Yeti's scalp and hand that have been kept in here. After Pangboche the trail passes through the meadow fields and several tea houses / lodges.

In three hours we may reach Pheriche for the night camp.

REST DAY AT PHERICHE
Pheriche is a famous stop for trekkers and climbers.  The famous hospital here is a superfine support for acclimatization.  Trekkers and climbers get themselves prepared for the further adventure.   
PHERICHE TO LOBUCHE

We are leaving Pheriche. 

The trail meanders up the beautiful open valley. A smaller trail then branches off to the left and heads directly to the bridge over a few slippery boulders, while the main path heads up to join the trail directly from Dingboche just  before the bridge to Tukla.

We climb the ridge behind Dingboche on one of the many trails to the higher plain. There are several paths to follow, all leading to the bridge across Tukla.  Beyond Tukla, the hill immediately is tough. And the trail climbs gently and makes us reach Lobuche in two hours.

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LOBUCHE > KALA PATTHAR > GORAKSHEP

Today the trail is the longest route and it may take about eight (8) hours for the roundtrip.

The trail from Lobuche to Gorakshep gently climbs and takes about four (4) hours but the walk to Kala Patthar is a bit harder as it is steep climb for about three (3) hours. And the excursion may have breathing problems too.

Kala Patthar is situated at the bottom of Pumori and provides the panoramic views of almost the entire range of mountains in the area of Everest. Then we descend down to Gorakshep for our night camp, which takes about one hour,
 

GORAKSHEP > EVEREST BASE CAMP < LOBUCHE

Today the trail takes us to the foot of Mount Everest.

The trail passes through the yak meadows & mostly on yak trails. The trail also passes the Khumbu Glacier which is supposed to be the world's highest glacier.

We get ourselves quite a little rest at Everest Base camp and return back to Lobuche for the night halt.

LOBUCHE TO DINGBOCHUE
We trek from Lobuche to Dingboche. The excursion may take four hours.  Local oxen can be hired in case of heavy baggage. 
DINGBOCHE TO TENGBOCHE
We trek from Dingboche to Tengboche.  And the course may take five hours.
TENGBOCHE TO NAMCHE
We trek back from Tengboche to Namche.  The excursion may take four to five hours.
NAMCHE TO PHAKDING
We trek-back from Namche to Phakding.  The excursion may take five hours.
PHAKDING TO LUKLA
We trek back from Phakding to Lukla.  The excursion may take four hours.  
FLY BACK FROM LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
We reach Kathmandu in 35 minutes and lodge into the hotel.  Afternoon remains available for the sight-seeing around.  

Patan Durbar Square, situated in the heart of the city Lalitpur, constitutes the focus of visitors' attraction. The Square is full of ancient places, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings.  Patan Durbar Square is one of the three (3) Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley and all of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 
Patan Museum inside the Durnbar Square specializes in bronze statues and religious objects. Krishna Mandir built in 1637 AD, holds a commanding position in the palace complex of Patan.

Tibetan Refugee Camp: This camp was set up in 1960 under the initiative of the International Red Cross Society & the Swiss Development Corporation in cooporation with His Majesty's Government of Nepal. Its objective has been to help Tibetan refugees respect, support, propagate their peculiar Buddhism with their livelihood through carpet and handicrafts industries. 

Overnight stay at hotel.

KATHMANDU

Transit to the Tribhuvan International Airport is already arranged. 

You are confident that you have been to one of the Mother Nature’s marvels, the Himalayas, and you have become quite a little familiar with the Sherpa culture,  and Tibetan Buddhism too.

Well. A sweet goodbye.

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Tour INCLUDES


  • Accommodation in hotels According to the Itinerary.
  • Daily Breakfast.
  • All Tours and Transfers, visits / excursions according to the programme in airconditioned Vehicle.
  • One Mineral Water bottle on daily basis per person.
  • Local taxes and service tax applicable at the time.
     

Note : In case of any changes in taxes our office will inform you of  the same at least 15 days in advance.

Tour Excludes

  • International flights.
  • Visas.
  • Entrances to museums and monuments, except those mentioned in Includes.
  • Meals, except those mentioned in Includes.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Expenses derived from problems outside the organization such as natural disasters, accidents, medical evacuation, cancellation of flights and trains, delays or changes in schedules.
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