"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||B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to a 3 star hotel in Thamel, which is in the heart of the city. Pre-departure briefing and introduction to guide in the evening.. Overnight in Kathmandu.
|Day 02||Kathmandu - Lukla (2880m) - Phakding (2740m).
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 Himalaya; many of the world’s highest mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (the world’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest respectively) may be visible, if the weather is clear.Once we are in Lukla surprisingly this high-altitude trek begins by descending to the river at Phakding. Overnight in Phakding. (B, L, D)
|Day 03||Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3445m).
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 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 trader 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. Overnight at Namche Bazaar. (B, L, D)
|Day 04||Namche Bazaar- Thame (3800 m) – Namche Bazaar
A day to acclimatize. We hike to Sangbuche for superb views of the snow peaks of Teng Kangpoche (6,500m) and Kwangde (6,187m). (B, L, D)
|Day 05||Namche Bazaar- Tyangboche (3,800m):
From Namche we trek to Khumjung at the foot of sacred Khumbila peak (5,761m). Khumjung Gompa possesses what is said to be the skull of a yeti! Continue to Phunki and Tyangboche monastery for one of the most magnificent views in the world; an awe inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants: Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kategna and Thamserku. (B, L, D)
|Day 06||Tyangboche- Dingboche(4,300m):
Cross the Imja Khola and continue through terraced fields and rolling pastures where yaks graze to Pangboche (3,860m). Overnight at Dingboche. (B, L, D)
|Day 07||Dingboche (4,300m): Rest day
Rather than just sitting around in the tents or tea house, we encourage you to attempt one of 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 in the afternoon. Option 2 is to trek up the Imja Tse valley towards island Peak. The views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam / Cho oyu from here are outstanding. Return to tea house in the evening. Overnight at Dingboche. (B, L, D)
|Day 08||Dingboche-Lobuche (4,900m):
The trail climbs through a grass carpeted valley to Khumbu Glacier and reaches Dughla - Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche. (B, L, D)
|Day 09||Lobuche - Kala Pattar (5545m) - Gorakshep.
A long day and an early start. We trek on the rough path along the side of the Khumbu glacier to the tea shacks at Gorakshep. Behind rises the attractive 7000m peak of Pumori which dwarfs our trek’s summit of Kala Pattar. All the peaks - Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and scores of other lesser peaks can be seen from this wonderful vantage point. Overnight at Kala Pattar. (B, L, D).
|Day 10||Gorakshep-Everest Base Camp (5,300M)- Pheriche
From the dry sandy area of Gorakshep, it is a day trek to the Everest Base Camp. Later return to Pheriche via Lobuche. Overnight at Pheriche. (B, L, D)
|Day 11||Pheriche- Trek back to Namche:
We walk back to Namche. Overnight at Namche. (B, L, D).
|Day 12||Namche -Phakding (2740m):
We continue our descent via Namche Bazar to Phakding. Overnight at Phakding. (B, L, D)
|Day 13||Phakding-Lukla (2,800m):
Return to Lukla where we spend the night. Overnighht at Lukla. (B, L, D)
|Day 14||Lukla- Kathmandu:
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Evening cultural show and dinner. Overnight at Kathmandu. (B, D).
|Day 15||Kathmandu - sightseeing
Leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. Includes Pashupatinath temple (a UNESCO world heritage site) & the biggest buddhist stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Shyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Overnight at Kathmandu. ( B, D)
|Day 16||Final Departure, transfers to airport. (B)|
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