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Tour Name
Everest Base Camp Trek Once in a Lifetime Experience!!!
Duration : 18 Day / 17 Night
Location : Kathmandu - Nepal
 

Everest Base Camp Trek

Ever longed to set eyes on the world’s highest summit? This challenging and exciting trek to Everest Base Camp gives you the opportunity to fulfil a dream, while taking in some of the most breath-taking scenery in the Himalayas. Join us & don’t miss this 18 days experience of a lifetime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day by Day Itinerary

 

  • Day 1 – Departure flight from your home destination to Dubai – Connecting flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 2 – Arrive to Kathmandu – overnight
  • Day 3 – Kathmandu 1st City Tour
  • Day 4 - Scenic flight to Lukla to the Base Camp Trek
  • Day 4-17 – Start the Base Camp Trek
  • Day 17 - Return to Kathmandu - overnight
  • Day 18 – Kathmandu 2nd City Tour & Farewell Dinner
  • Day 19-20 - Depart Kathmandu to Dubai – Connecting flight to your home destination.


Trip Outline

Day 01

Departure flight from your home destination to Dubai – Connecting flight to Kathmandu

Day 02

Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters) and you will be met by our airport representative and transferred to hotel, Evening free and overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03

Pre Trip Meeting and Full day of sightseeing of Kathmandu valley, overnight at Hotel.

Day 04

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m) - 3.5 hours-:

Day 05

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) - 6 Hours:

Day 06

Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440 m) for acclimatization:

Day 07

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867 m) - 5 Hours:

Day 08

Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260 m) - 5 Hours:

Day 09

Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m) for acclimatization:

Day 10

Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m) - 5 Hours:

Day 11

Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5160 m) 3 Hours:

Day 12

Trek to Kalapattar and Base Camp- (5365 m)

Day 13

Trek from Gorakshep to Pheriche (4243m) - 5 Hours:

Day 14

Trek from Pheriche to Tengbuche- 4 hours

Day 15

Trek from Tengbuvhe-  Namche Bazaar (3441 m) 4 hours.

Day 16

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m) - 6 Hours:

Day 17

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. We will take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu, - Overnight at hotel.

Day 18

Second half day sightseeing tin KTM- Farewell Dinner, overnight at hotel.

Day 19 & 20

Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure. Kathmandu to Dubai – Connecting flight to your home destination

 

Trip Highlights

Kathmandu 1st stay

 Kathmandu City Tour

After breakfast you will take a half day guided city tour to see two of the spectacular sites of Kathmandu; Pashupatinath and Bodhnath. The city is a labyrinth of streets and markets, crowded with exotic produce and a bewildering mix of people. You're likely to see Gurkhas from the area east of Pokhara, Tibetan women in their striped aprons, traders from India, and sadhus - Hindu holy men - perhaps on pilgrimage to one of the many temples and shrines of the valley.

 

There should be time left in the afternoon to shop for any last-minute items for the trek or simply relax.

 

 

The Scenic Flight to Lukla

Early in the morning you transfer to the airport to board your flight to Lukla. This sometimes involves a period of waiting around, so remember to pack a book in your daypack! Once up and away, your destination on this breathtaking flight is the Sherpa village of Lukla, perched above the Dudh Kosi or ‘River of Milk’; so named because glacier melt-water makes it appear pale. Years ago, Lukla was a herding pasture (its name actually means ‘Place for Sheep’), but it is now the gateway to the Everest region and many trekkers pass through this prosperous village.

After a picnic lunch you commence your trek with an afternoon’s downhill walking to reach Phakding. One of the first things you’ll notice as you start trekking are the differences between the Newari people of the Kathmandu Valley and the local Sherpa people, who migrated from Tibet 500 years ago. Sherpas dress similarly to the Tibetans and their language is closely related to, though not easily understood by the remaining ‘true’ Tibetans.

Along the trail are mani stone walls, made from hundreds of stone tablets and giant carved boulders, brilliantly decorated with brightly-coloured paints. Buddhists hold these sacred and believe they gain merit in their next life by praying as they go past. As a sign of respect to the local people, you must always pass these in a clockwise direction.

We stop at local lodges, better known as teahouses, where accommodation is comfortable without being luxurious, toilets and washing facilities are shared and rudimentary, and the food is plain and filling. In a teahouse, you are provided with small private rooms with twin beds, mattresses and pillows. At times, in high seasons, and in places where there’re limited number of teahouses, passengers have to make do with dormitories. In some places, teahouses don’t have access to electricity and depend on solar powered lighting. In remoter regions, teahouses don’t have running water and toilets can mean just a hole in the ground. Hot shower facilities are available in the majority of the teahouses for a price and in most of the places, hot shower means a bucket of hot water, barely enough to wash your body.

 

Base Camp Trek

From Phakding the trail follows the river through stands of pine and oak as far as Jorsale, the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. Here the track starts to rise and rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir trees predominate. You start up the famous Namche Hill, your first big ascent, where you take a slow, steady pace. It is an excellent place to learn to walk from the masters - the porters. Their ability to climb such hills with enormous loads is all technique, and following them allows you to learn the rhythm that makes each ascent seem effortless. At the top you reach Namche Bazaar, a delightful mountain village and the Sherpa ‘capital’. It is also an important trading centre for the local people. You spend a ‘rest and acclimatisation’ day here, allowing you time to sightsee or relax in the sun!

On leaving Namche the mountain views start to open up and become more dramatic as you approach the holy ground of Thyangboche, with its wonderful gompa (monastery), where the rimpoche (lama re-incarnate) resides. This is the traditional site where expeditions to the mountains receive their blessing from the High Lama. From the trekker’s point of view Thyangboche is the place where one of the best mountain panoramas can be viewed: Kwangde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Everest all loom above. The walk up the ridge behind the gompa is definitely worth the effort!

Carrying on from Thyangboche, you pass close to Pangboche whose gompa holds the famous ‘Yeti scalp’. From now on you are really in high altitude country, where agriculture is only barely possible and the lives of the local Sherpa’s are spartan by any standards. You walk on to Dingboche, a picturesque village just under Ama Dablam. Much of the walking in this area is over comparatively gentle gradients, although you proceed at a leisurely pace because of the altitude. You’ve now reached an altitude of (4100m) and it’s time for another acclimatisation day. Dingboche is a ‘summer village’, used by Sherpas with homes lower in the valley to look after their herds in the summer months, and it offers outstanding views.

Then comes Lobuche, often reached by walking past frozen rivers where stone houses sit in an icy wilderness of stunning beauty. There are views of the Khumbu Icefall, Pumori and many smaller peaks from ridge tops on the track. From here you make the tough walk to Everest Base Camp at approximately (5367m). During the spring, the main climbing season, you’re likely to see the encampments of expeditions from all over the world, whose common aim is to make successful ascents of the world’s highest mountain. However, in the autumn this area will be deserted, with the only indication of mountaineering activity being the occasional memorial to lives lost on the mountain. Retracing your steps you’ll descend to spend the night at Gorakshep (5160m).

The next day there’s the opportunity to make the steady climb to the lofty summit of Kala Patar (5545m), the rocky outcrop which towers above Everest Base Camp. Most people who are fit and have acclimatised without problems - generally at least more than half of the group - make this ascent. The views from Kala Patar are breathtaking – far better than Base Camp itself; Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and numerous other peaks are visible. After descending from the peak you continue your descent to Pheriche (4240m), rejoining any members of the group who opted not to climb today. NB: Depending upon prevailing conditions the ascents to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patar may be swapped, i.e. you may climb Kala Patar first, before trekking to Base Camp from Gorakshep.

Finally, the next four days are spent retracing your steps to Lukla. The continuous descent and loss of altitude allow you to do this with surprising ease. Your last evening in this spectacular area is spent in this wonderful village and a party in one of the lodges is not unknown!

 

Return to Kathmandu

In the early morning you take off from Lukla airstrip for a spectacular mountain flight back to Kathmandu. After being met at the domestic airport terminal and transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is free to explore this wonderful city; shopping for souvenirs, trying out the various restaurants in Thamel or simply relaxing.

Kathmandu 2nd stay

Today we visit two of the other fascinating landmarks of Kathmandu; the Buddhist stupa sitting on top of the hill at Swoyambhunath and the "City of Living Art" at Patan Durbar Square. The remainder of the day is then left free for you to explore this fascinating city by foot, auto-rickshaw or bicycle. Much of old Kathmandu is centred around the Durbar square. A medieval feel still pervades and there are temples at every turn. The streets all around the central square are full of colour. Market traders spread their wares before them, from vegetables and spices to pans and farming equipment. If time allows, and if you want to visit a picturesque, medieval town, then a short trolley bus ride to Bhaktapur is a must.

This is you last night in Nepal, so you’re kindly requested to join the rest of the group for a complimentary farewell dinner with  Nepali cultural show, courtesy of E.T&T

 

 

Wishing you a very memorable adventure holiday in the Nepal Himalaya!

 

 

 

 

This Package includes the following services:

• Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary.

• 04 Nights Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast on twin sharing.

• 13 Nights Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges/tea house on twin sharing.

• Kathmandu city tours as per the itinerary inclusive of vehicle transfer, entrance fees & professional English speaking tour guide.

• Round trip flight fare from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu.

• Domestic airport tax.

Domestic airport pick up and drop by private vehicle.

• Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea or coffee during the trek.

• Highly experienced Government licensed guide and porters (2 trekkers:1 porter) during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.

• Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS).

• Sagarmatha National Park entrance Permit and fees.

• First Aid medical kit.

Arrangements of Emergency Helicopter Service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.

• Nepali Government taxes, VAT and service charge.

• Duffle Bag, sleeping bag, down jacket to be used during the trek if necessary.

• Complimentary farewell dinner with Nepali Cultural show.

 

This package does not include following services:

• International Airfare.

Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos – Visa fees is 40.00 U$. 

• Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu

• Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.

• Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.

• Items of a personal nature.

• Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, hot shower etc)

• Tips for guides and porters. 

• Any other item not mentioned in this itinerary. 

Rates in ZAR:

Hotel Category

Rate per person in Double

Single Supp

5 Star (Dwarikas Hotel)

22,500

6,850

5 Star (Yak & Yeti or Similar)

19,550

5,950

4 Star (Shanker or similar)

18,400

5,050

3 Star (Hotel Manang or similar)

16,650

3,250

*Rates are Per Person in South African Rands (ZAR), based on Double Occupancy.

Rates in USD:

 

Hotel Category

 

 

Rate per person in Double

 

 

Single Supp

 

 

5 Star (Dwarikas Hotel)

 

 

2475

 

 

750

 

 

5 Star (Yak & Yeti or Similar)

 

 

2050

 

 

650

 

 

4 Star (Shanker or similar)

 

 

1920

 

 

550

 

 

3 Star (Hotel Manang or similar)

 

 

1725

 

 

350

 

 

 

*Rates are Per Person in US Dollars, based on Double Occupancy.

 

 

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