"Everest Base Camp" is a term that is used to describe two base camps, each on opposite sides of Mount Everest. South Base Camp is in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 metres (17,598 ft) (28°0′26″N 86°51′34″E), and North Base Camp is in Tibet at 5,150 metres (16,900 ft) (28°8′29″N 86°51′5″E). These camps are rudimentary campsites on Mount Everest that are used by mountain climbers during their ascent and descent. South Base Camp is used when climbing via the southeast ridge, while North Base Camp is used when climbing via the northeast ridge. The Everest Base Camp trek on the south side is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year.
|Day 01||Arrival in Kathmandu- Nepal.||You will meet Mid Earth representative and will be transferred to a 3 star hotel which is located close to the tourist district of Thamel and offers comfortable accommodation.
A pre-trek briefing will be conducted today along with introduction to your trek leader and guide.
|Day 02||Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2610 m) 5 hrs trek||Our early morning flight by Twin Otter aircraft rushes us to Lukla, the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. On the flight, we watch the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalayas; many of the world’s highest mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (the world’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest respectively) may sometimes be seen from the window of the plane. Once we are in Lukla, surprisingly, this high-altitude trek begins by descending to the river at Phakding. where we stay.|
|Day 03||Hike from Phakding - Namche (3440 m) 7 hrs||The first day may have been surprisingly long for some, but stay at Phakding allows us to begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar first thing in the morning. At about half-way up the hill, a gap in the trees allow us to spy Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear, the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. A plume can often be seen stretching away from the very summit.
Namche is the most prosperous and the largest town in the Khumbu (Everest) region. A bazaar is held here every Saturday. The wares on display include meat, grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots. The Sherpas play host to traders from the foothills, as well as Tibetans from over the border. Thamserku (6648m), Kwangde Ri (6187m) and Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in.
|Day 04||Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar||A day to acclimatize. We hike to Sangbuche for superb view of the snow peaks of Teng Kangpoche (6500m) and Kwangde (6187m). We also visit the Sagarmatha National PARK H.Q., from where we get a glimpse of some of the tallest peaks of the world, including Mt. Everest (if weather permits). The museum here provides a good insight into life in the Khumbu region.|
|Day 05||Namche - Debuche (3820 m) 6 hrs||The trek from Namche Bazaar is relatively gentle to begin with; the path passes around the ridges and then descends down into the valley to again meet the Dudh Kosi River. From here on the trail heads back up through the forest and into a vast display of Rhododendron bushes…We will briefly visit the Tengboche monastery (3860 m), before descending to our hotel in Debuche.|
|Day 06||Trek to Dingboche (4410m) 7 hrs||Cross the Imja Khola and continue through terraced fields and rolling pastures where Yaks graze, to Pangboche (3860m). From here, is a gradual trek till we reach Dingboche.
|Day 07||Dingboche- Acclimatisation Day||Rather than just sitting around in the tea house, we encourage you to attempt one or two hikes. The shorter option ascends the hill immediately behind Dingboche, to drop steeply down to Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue Association operates a medical post here and the western doctors conduct excellent seminars on Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) here on most afternoons or longer option is to trek up the Imja Tse valley towards Island Peak. The views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam / Cho oyu from here are outstanding. After a few hours Chukung is reached, and after a rest return down the valley.
|Day 08||Dingboche - Lobuche (4910m) 7 hrs||The trail climbs through a grass carpeted valley to Khumbu Glacier. We will cross the Thukla pass along the way we will pay our respects to the climbers who lost their lives while attempting to scale these mighty peaks.|
|Day 09||Lobuche - Gorakshep (5140 m)-Everest Base Camp ( 5380 m) 10 hrs||Today's trek is a unique experience- crossing a lot of loose rock and glacier moraine. We check into our hotel at Gorakshep and after a quick lunch, we head off to our target- Everest Base Camp. A challenging trek through boulders takes us to the hallowed EBC. After spending half an hour here, we head back to Gorakshep.
|Day 10||Gorakshep- Pheriche (4240m) 8 hrs (with Kala Patthar) / 5 hrs||Those who are willing, hike up to Kala Patthar . Early morning start for them. It is a steep hike but well worth it. Kala Patthar is the only point from where one can see the sun rising over Mt. Everest. Those too tired can wake up a bit later. Walk down to Pheriche, a beautiful village nestled between mountains.|
|Day 11||Pheriche - Namche ( 3440m) 11 hrs||We start the longest walk of the entire trek, back to Namche. Since we will be descending most of the way, the pace will be quicker.|
|Day 12||Namche - Phadking (2610m) 5 hrs||We continue our descent via Pheriche to Phakding. A relatively easier day, we will recollect the hardships experienced while on the way up.|
|Day 13||Phakding - Lukla (2840m) 4 hrs||Return to Lukla, the place where it all started. A relaxed day by all means.
|Day 14||Flight to Kathmandu||Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
|Day 15||Leisure Day||Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. Visit the famed Pashupatinath temple and Buddhist monastery. Shop local artefacts and relive the days spent in this beautiful Himalayan kingdom.
|Day 16||Final Departure, transfer to airport.||Time to say goodbye and head home .
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