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Everest Base Camp Trekking

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Start your trip with a full day tour of Kathmandu Famous Hindu and Buddhist heritage temples and Stupas, with 7 United Nations World Heritage Sites in the valley, you can step back in time to the golden Ages of Nepal Licchabi Era art and architecture history as well as modern daily life.

After exploring Kathmandu, you’ll fly into the remote mountain town of Luka and begin your trek, an ancient Sherpa trade route to area’s famous Namche Bazaar. Beyond it, you will find traditional villages, rhododendron forests, and terraced field before moving into the glaring landscape of glaciers and ice.

We will visit monasteries in the heart of Sherpa country, where you can observe the monks in their daily prayers. You’ll also hike out onto the Khumbu glacier to visit the world famous Everest Base Camp, where climbers, flowing the steps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, prepare for their summit attempts. Stands at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. During the climbing season we’ll meet many different nationalities base camping and be preparing their expedition at the Basecamp and we’ll have that opportunity to share experiences with them.

  • Destination:Nepal, Everest Region
  • Trip Grade:Strenuous
  • Max Elevation:5,364 m
  • Total Duration:18 Days
  • Best Time:March - June, Sept - Dec

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Travel & Arrive
  • Day 2:Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Day 3: Start your expedition
  • Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar elevation 3440meters/ 11286feet, Distance: 7.2km/ 4.5mile
  • Day 5: Namche Bazaar: Rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 6: Trek Namche to Tengboche; Elevation3860meters/12664feet Distance 8KM/ 5mile
  • Day 7: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche, Elevation: 4410meters/14469feet Distance: 8KM/5mile
  • Day 8 Rest Day at The Dingboche
  • Day 9 Trek Dingboche to Lobuche elevation 4910meters/16109 feet Distance: 8 km/5 mile
  • Day 10 and 11 Trek Lobuche to Gokyo Elevation: 5182meters/17000feet (Trek to EBC Ele.17575feet and Kala Pattar ele.18175feet)
  • Day 12: Gorakshep to Pheriche; Elevation: 4252meter/13950feet Distance around: 9.5K/5.5Mile
  • Day 13 Trek Pheriche to Deboche Elevation 3820meters/12533feet
  • Day 14 Trek Deboche to Namche Long distance about 16KM/ 10miles but almost all downhill.
  • Day 15 Trek Namche to Lukla Elevation 2840meters/9318feet; Distance: 14.4KM/9miles
  • Day 16 Fly to Kathmandu and spent night in Kathmandu.
  • Day 17 Optional one extra day incase of weather and can’t fly the day we were target .
  • Day 18 Depart Kathmandu and fly home

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Travel & Arrive

Travel to Nepal takes several days depending on where you travel from; Arrived in Kathmandu average elevation 1380 meter /4554 feet where Navigate Outdoor’s guide/staff meets you and transfer to the hotel close to great food from all over the world, beautiful handicraft/shopping, and number of temples and markets are nearby.

Day 2:Kathmandu sightseeing

While we wrap up last minute paper works and other arrangements; we arrange for you to enjoy a city sightseeing tour to the Durbar Square, Hindu Temple, Buddhist Stupas or you can just relax at the hotel. The famous places to go in Kathmandu are; Monkey Temple offers panoramic views of Kathmandu, Buddhist temple, Pashupatinath temple Lord Shiva’s temple.

Day 3: Start your expedition

Kathmandu- Lukla – Phakding Elevation 2610meter/ 8563 feet

While we are taking off from Kathmandu airport, the sights from the plane are amazing; views of terraced hills and huge Himalayan mountain views. After landing in the village of Lukla 9350feet we meet the rest of our staff and porter and trek about 2-3hrs to Phakding and stay.

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar elevation 3440meters/ 11286feet, Distance: 7.2km/ 4.5mile

We follow the banks of the Dudh Kosi River, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags. Soon after entering Sagarmatha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu Region and stay.

Day 5: Namche Bazaar: Rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar is a beautiful village many wonderful and interesting handicrafts shops and vendors, tasty food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains, spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and the beautiful Ama Dablam. We can visit Sherpa museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist.

Day 6: Trek Namche to Tengboche; Elevation3860meters/12664feet Distance 8KM/ 5mile

The trek continues along the rushing glacier river of the Dudh Kosi River with magnificent views of the mountains. We visit some of the amazing monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. Inside the monastery are incredibly decorative wall hangings, a 20-feet sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. Almost all the Mt.Everest Climber they spent night there for group luck and Lama perform a ceremony and hear the mystical chanting and music.

Day 7: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche, Elevation: 4410meters/14469feet Distance: 8KM/5mile

From Tengboche the trail drop to Deboche cross another suspension bridge on Imja Khola and climb to Pangboche among thousands of mani(the Buddhist mantras) stones. Our journey continues, taking us to the traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lotse, Island Peak and Ama Dablam.

Day 8 Rest Day at The Dingboche

Explore Dingboche 1-2 hour hike and back to the guesthouse or just stay at the hotel and rest.

Day 9 Trek Dingboche to Lobuche elevation 4910meters/16109 feet Distance: 8 km/5 mile

Today our journey get little bit challenging because of higher elevation and continue along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for the climbers who have perished on nearby summit.

Day 10 and 11 Trek Lobuche to Gokyo Elevation: 5182meters/17000feet (Trek to EBC Ele.17575feet and Kala Pattar ele.18175feet)

After an early breakfast we start earlier than other days,  our target to hike/trek all the way to Base Camp and back to the Gorakshep and stay overnight. Its one of most challenging hike and also optional we just hike to Gorak shep which is about couple of hours and stay at the Gorakshep (we can custom design as you like) and spent two night at the Gorakshep;  one day trek to Kalapattar top and views of Mt.Everest, Lotse and other mountains and second day hike to the EBC and back to Gorakshep.

Day 12: Gorakshep to Pheriche; Elevation: 4252meter/13950feet Distance around: 9.5K/5.5Mile

In the morning we will enjoy tea and breakfast before our descent. We head down the same way we came up with enjoying beautiful views, valleys, surrounding by spectacular snow capped peaks, and reach at the Pheriche for our night hold.

Day 13 Trek Pheriche to Deboche Elevation 3820meters/12533feet

We are rushing down and continue back down the valley, below the tree line and through the rhododendron forest to Deboche, a quite and beautiful village with Tibetan nunnery. If you are motivated we can climb to the remote village of Phortse. Today will be a short hiking day an afternoon to relax, shower, do laundry and prepare for the final day hiking out.

Day 14 Trek Deboche to Namche Long distance about 16KM/ 10miles but almost all downhill.

Today we trek back along the Dudh Kosi River through a magnificent rhododendron forest and pass many beautiful waterfalls. Just before reaching Namche the trek takes us through a pine forest, where musk deer often graze in the early morning. Arriving in town, we may see lots of people including porters, Sherpa guides and interacting about their trade and trip.

Day 15 Trek Namche to Lukla Elevation 2840meters/9318feet; Distance: 14.4KM/9miles

Long day trekking back to Lukla and spent a night at the guesthouse, confirm the flight and another necessary logistic for next and celebrate the successes of out trekking and goodbye some our staff and stay a night at Lukla.

Day 16 Fly to Kathmandu and spent night in Kathmandu.

After we arrived in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel, you can take rest or visit some of the heritage places and get together for final celebration dinner.

Day 17 Optional one extra day incase of weather and can’t fly the day we were target .
Day 18 Depart Kathmandu and fly home

Cost Includes

 

  • Experienced guide (4:1 ratio), local porter (2:1 ratio).
  • Domestic flights Ktm – Lukla - Ktm.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu full day.
  • Airport picks up and drops.
  • Hotel 4nights in Kathmandu twin sharing room with breakfast.
  • Essential group First aid.
  • Trekking permit and TIMS (Tourism Information Management System)
  • Our staff’s guides and Porter's salary, food, accommodation, and their insurance.
  • Food during the trekking, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and hot drinks tea & Coffee.
  • Accommodation at local tea-house twin sharing room during the trekking 

 

Cost Excludes

What is not including?

  • Travel/ trekking, accidental/ health insurance (mandatory)
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. snacks, coke, Mineral water, chocolate during the day etc)
  • Mineral Water and Alcohol and all bottled beverages.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, accept sightseeing and other activities.
  • International airfare and airport tax, Visa fee
  • Guides/ Porter’s tip.
  • Emergency evacuation.

Cost and Dates

Trip Start DateTrip End DatePriceAvailabilityBook
14th May, 201925th May, 2019US$$1499.00 PP Book Now
18th May, 201929th May, 2019US$$1499.00 PP Book Now
17th September, 201928th September, 2019US$$1499.00 PP Book Now
1st October, 201912th October, 2019US$$1599.00 PP Book Now
15th October, 201927th October, 2019US$$1699.00 PP Book Now
1st November, 201912th November, 2019US$$1499.00 PP Book Now
14th November, 201926th November, 2019US$$1499.00 PP Book Now

What you need to bring

  • Personal belongings (i.e. camera, water bottle, extra money, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat, hiking shorts/ synthetic T-shirt etc.)
  • Hiking boots, sports shoe/ trainers, 3/4 woolen socks 2 pairs liners socks, 1 pairs gloves, warm hat,
  • 1 Day backpack and a duffel bag for your clothing.
  • Warm layers, down or synthetic jackets, fleece, hiking pants, thermals.

Note: We customize your trip according to your interest, duration, and budget. This is a brief itinerary gives you some idea and broader pictures of the trip while you are thinking to do so. Please do not hesitate to contact us for details and additional information about the area.

We will provide a comprehensive gear list on booking, and most of these items you can buy or rent in Kathmandu.

Karnali River Experience.

They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.

I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Grey Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.

Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.

There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.

You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.

The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.

 Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.

The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.

Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fisherman to add extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in the risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.

Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.

The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included bus journey.

Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.

Daniel Ives

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