Everest Base Camp Trek – Comfort - 15 Days

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  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate Moderate
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Khumbu
  • Max. Altitude: 5545m/18192ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/ Land transportation

A trek to the Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular trekking route in Nepal that not only provide the trekkers with the opportunity of unmatched adventure but also with the chance to see the peaks along with world’s tallest mountain. It is also the most sought-after trekking destination for adventure-seekers around the globe. The several valleys surrounded by heart touching boundaries of nature moves along with us which makes our trip more fascinating & special. The popular region of Kala Patthar and the Everest Base Camp are some of the key sites of the trek to the Everest region.

Everest Base Camp Trek travels through the majestic Mountains, colorful Monasteries, legendary Sherpa villages and conserved region of the Sagarmatha National Park along with the scenic view of Mount Everest from incredibly close distance. 

Your Trek to EBC begins with the 30 minutes of scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla landing at Lukla Airport also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. From Lukla we trek to Namche Bazar, the gateway to Everest and then to the Base Camp, exploring the Khumbhu Region. 


Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

Day 02: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) 3 hrs

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft) 6 hrs

Day 04: Rest day in Namche for acclimatization

Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) 5 hrs

Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft) 5 hrs

Day 07: Rest day in Dingboche for acclimatization

Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 09: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170 m/16,961ft) - EBC (5364 m/17,594 ft) - Gorakshep 8-9 hrs

Day 10: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft) to Pheriche (4280 m/14,070 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m/11,280 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 12: Retrace your trial back to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 13: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 14: Full day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple–Swayambhunath Stupa– Bouddhanath Stupa

Day 15: Departure from TIA

You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary. Overnight stay in Hotel in Kathmandu.

Early morning, you will be transferred to Domestic Airport to board your onward flight to Lukla Airstrip commonly known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. After wonderful 30 minutes on one of the most scenic mountain flights, you will be at Lukla. After having breakfast, you begin the trek which takes around to Phakding village. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Phakding

In this Day, the trail will take you along the Dudh Koshi River while ascending through Himalayan Pine and Deodar Cedar forests to your destination, Namche Bazar, a historic trading point for Nepalese and Tibetan traders and the Tourist “Hub” for Khumbu Trekking. Along the way, you will get your first glimpse of Mt Everest as well as other mountain peaks such as Kusum Kangru (6369m) and Mt Thamserku (6608m). You will see paintings of Buddhist Deities at Benkar and a small Gompa at Monjo as well as explore the granite bluff carved with Tibetan Mantra’s en route to Jorsale, Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche

The fourth day of the trek will be spent in Namche itself for acclimatization purposes. As the altitude will now increase significantly, a day for rest is paramount and strictly advisable for prospective trekkers. Options for today include a visit the Hotel Everest View (HEV) which is also listed on the Guinness Book of World Records (2004) as the Highest Placed Hotel in the world at  situated at 3900m/13000ft for panoramic views of the surrounding mountain range and our first proper view of Mt Everest. On our way, we pass the Syangboche Airstrip and there is an option to visit Khumjung village which is the location of the Hilary School. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche.

On the fifth day of the trek, you walk about 4-5 hours from Namche to reach Tengboche which is the location of one of the region’s biggest Buddhist Monasteries. Tengboche is a small traditional Sherpa village in the Khumbu region from where there is a beautiful panoramic view of Mount Everest and other Mountain peaks including Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam. You will have the opportunity to see wildlife such as pheasants, musk deer or Himalayan Thar. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Tengboche

On day 6th of your trek, you will get the chance to spot several Chortens, Mani walls on the way to Dingboche, where you can also relax for your minor health issues. Similarly, a delicious lunch that will simply blow you away will be served to you. The feature of the walk today is a close-up view of Mt. Ama Dablam, the Lobuche River and a beautiful vista of fields. Walk through Rhododendron Forests and a suspension bridge over Imja Khola (River) passing several Sherpa villages. You will realise the changes in geography from Lush forest to dry deserted mountain until you reach Dingboche. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Dingboche.

You will have a full day to rest or explore around valleys of Chhukung and Imja. This particular area links with the high passes of Amphu Laptsa and Makalu Barun National Park. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Dingboche.

Today you will be accompanied by magnificent views of the mountains Pumori, Nuptse, Cholatse, Thamserku and several others. We move up upstream of the Imja Khola with deep forests of Rhododendron until we reach Lobuche. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Lobuche.

The trail will bring you to Thangma Riju for a 360-degree view of the mountains where you will catch the very first glimpse of Kala Patthar before reaching Gorak. After you reach Gorakshep (5170 m/16,961ft) and will proceed to Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft). You will get mesmerizing views of Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori today. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Gorakshep.

Early this morning you will climb Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft) for a panoramic sunrise view of Mt Everest. This is the highlight of the trip and includes the classic view of the entire Everest Range and surrounding peaks including 4 of the world’s highest peaks over 8000m. We then head down the valley to Pheriche. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Pheriche.

Today we walk back down the trail accompanied by magnificent mountain views to reach Namche (3440m/11,280 ft). Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche.

Today you will descend from Namche Bazar. Along the trail, you cross  the suspension bridges on Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries. Also, you will get a chance to witness Sherpa culture and their impressive devotion to God. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Lukla.

You will board a flight back to Kathmandu while enjoying exhilarating mountain views for 30 minutes. The rest of the time in Kathmandu, you can spend time shopping or for buying souvenirs. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

The day begins with the breakfast in your hotel; today you will be exploring the fascinating city of Kathmandu. Our first stop is the very sacred Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupatinath Temple, it lies 6 Km from central Kathmandu. One of the holiest Hindu temples it is dedicated to Lord Shiva situated on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River; the main temple is built in pagoda style, has a golden roof and beautifully carved silver doors. Then you will visit the famous Boudhanath Stupa. This stupa is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and also has a strong Tibetan influence and community. Then after we finally visit Swayambhunath Temple also known as Monkey Temple, from there we return to your hotel. Tonight there is a farewell dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with Authentic Nepalese cuisine and cultural show. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.

Inclusion

  • All transportation using private vehicle as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu with Domestic Airport Taxes.
  • Full day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City with all Necessary Monuments Entrance fees.
  • Three Nights accommodation using Three star Hotel in Kathmandu on Twin sharing basis (BB).
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trekking days on Twin Sharing/Dormitory room.
  • Three meals a day followed by tea/coffie while on trekking days.
  • Government licensed holder local English speaking Guide throughout the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek. (02Trekkers:01Porter)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, and transportation for office staffs.
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) conservation’s Area park fees.
  • TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show and Authentic Nepalese Cuisine in Kathmandu.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Service charge and Government Taxes.

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu (Each item costs about $4 - $7 dollars depending on place where you eat)
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items, Wifi access fees in lodges, fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services and Personal trekking gear while trekking.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory), this must include helicopter rescue (Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa cost. One can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US$ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US$ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like( natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Which is not mandatory but highly appreciated)
  • Any other items not mentioned on above Include Section.
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Acclimatization

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

WHAT KIND OF PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT SHOULD I CARRY?
Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:

  • Antiseptic cream (Betadine).
  • Sunblock SPF 30+.
  • Throat lozenges
  • Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
  • Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and 'Second Skin' for blisters.
  • Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
  • Dextrose glucose tablets.
  • Water treatment tablets.
  • Your prescription medications
  • Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips

DOES HIGH ALTITUDE EFFECTS AND BENEFITS?
You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude.The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body' metabolism.

WHAT IS ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS? (AMS) 
Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. 
Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AMS? 
Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
•    Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
•    Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not. 
•    Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
•    Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat. They will feel as if they want to vomit.
•    Pins and Needles: Sensation of a limbs falling asleep.
•    Fatigue: Physical pressure while trekking the long hours followed by Insomnia shows the next symptom of AIMS which is fatigue.
•    Dizziness: A feeling of falling down, it is the early symptoms of AMS.
•    Malaise: Malaise is the feeling of being sick which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.
•    Swelling of hands, feet & face: Due to the accumulation of fluids, the tissues swell which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.

Symptoms associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness includes:
•    Cyanosis (alteration of skin color into bluish or purplish)
•    Chest tightness or congestion
•    Confusion
•    Coughing up blood
•    Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction
•    Grey or pale complexion
•    Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all
•    Shortness of breath at rest
At high altitude, all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored.

LIFE THREATENING FORMS OF AMS.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)?
•    Breathlessness
•    A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
•    Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
•    Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
•    Severe fatigue, progressing to coma

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)? 
•    Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
•    Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
•    Nausea/vomiting
•    Loss of balance or coordination
•    Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

HOW TO PREVENT? 
Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
•    Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
•    Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
•    Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
•    Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
•    Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
•    Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
•    Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT? 
Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.

Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS.  Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
•    Don’t ascent up rapidly.
•    Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
•    Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
•    Climb high and sleep low.
•    Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
•    Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
•    Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
•    Never leave or descent sick person along.
•    Avoid getting cold.
•    Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
•    Sleep more than normal.

Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.
With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

HOW DO WE HANDLE DURING THE CASE OF EMERGENCY?
You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition.  So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal,please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.

HOW TO GET SAFE DRINKING WATER?
On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.

DO WE BE SECURE DURING OUR JOURNEY?
Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

IS YOUR COMPANY GOVERNMENTALLY RECOGNISED?
Our company is not only governmentally recognize but also affiliated with several other national and international agencies related to tourism. Our Managing Director Mr. Surya Bahadur Ghimire has already performed Media and press coordinator role being the Executive Member for two years (2015-2017) in TAAN (TREKKING AGENCIES ASSOCIATION OF NEPAL), which is only an umbrella organization of all trekking agencies’ in Nepal. 
 

Why is Tipping essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the same percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly be invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.

 


Route Map

Trip highlights

  • Stunning views of Mount Everest and surrounding snow-clad mountains from Kala Patthar, the world’s highest belvedere
  • Scenic Himalayan Mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Exploration of the Buddhist Traditions, Wall, Chortens & Old Stupas through out the trip
  • Exposure to Legendary Sherpa villages within Khumbu Region
  • Get a chance to trek with Everest Expedition Members 

Why with us?

  • Your Safety Come first.
  • Great Value of Money
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Social Responsibility
  • Tailor-Made Program
  • Financial protection

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