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  • Duration: 14 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

Are you a real adventure lover? A mountain lover? Or are you a dreamer? If yes, we have many ways to make your dreams turn into reality. We provide you the best blueprint of Everest Base camp which will make you feel “Yes I can do it.”

Everest Base Camp Trekking is the ultimate vessel list trekking location in Eastern Nepal. This trek takes you into the lap of the Himalayas and the home of the highest mountain in the world, Mt Everest with the elevation of 8848 meters. Everest Base Camp is situated at an altitude of 5364 meters and brings you as close as you can get to the highest peak in the world (without a climbing permit). The Belvedere from Kala Pathar 5545 meters allows a classic view of the Everest range including 4 of the world’s 8000m+ peaks. This outstanding trek will bring you to the starting point of summit attempts and in spring you can even view the hustle and bustle of the climbing expeditions preparing for summit attempts.  

Your journey through this majestic region will engage you in the energetic local culture and traditions, colorful festivals and monasteries, charming villages and the gentle essence of the Sherpa people and community. The adventure lovers of the world always craft their dreams to step the base camp of Everest once in their lifetime and Great Nepal Treks, the leading trekking agency in Nepal is ever ready to support you to make your dream turn into reality with local services and family hospitality. Grab this breathtaking offer save your time, effort and optimum satisfaction.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

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

Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft) 6 hrs

Day 4: Rest day in Namche for acclimatization

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

Day 6: Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft) 5 hrs

Day 7: Rest day in Dingboche for acclimatization

Day 8: Trek to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 9: 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: Final Departure

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You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport. From there, you will be transferred to the hotel. Freshen up and meet the representatives once again to get the brief about the trekking itinerary. In your free time, you can stroll around the capital city of Kathmandu. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.  

Early morning, you will be transferred to the Tribhuvan Airport to board your flight to the Tenzing Hilary Airport, Lukla. After a wonderful scenic flight of 30 minutes, you will be at the outskirts of Lukla. Enjoy your first breakfast at a Nepalese rural land, then begin the trek towards the village of Phakding. Along the Dudh Koshi River and on easy trail you walk to arrive at Phakding. Overnight in a tea house in Phakding.

Today, the trail moves along the Dudh Koshi once more. While hiking up, you will be amazed at the Himalayan Pine, Cedar, and Deodar forests. Go through the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park at the Monjo Village and start an uphill climb to the Namche Bazaar. The Bazaar is the major tourist hub of the Khumbu Region. Along the way, you will get the first glimpses of Mt. Everest, Kusum Kanguru, and Thamserku peaks. If you are an art lover, you should visit the Benkar Village. The village is famous for its Thangkas of Buddhist deities. Also, explore the Granite stones carved with Tibetan chanting along Jorsalle. Overnight in a tea house in Namche.

The fourth day of the trek will be spent in Namche for acclimatization purposes. As the altitude increases significantly, the oxygen level starts to decrease. And, as the oxygen level decreases, the chances of suffering from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) will also increase. So, a day for acclimatization is strictly advisable for the adventure seekers. For today, you can visit the Everest View Hotel for panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Pass the Syangboche airstrip on your way. You can also visit the Khumjung Village for nice views of the Amadablam peaks. Overnight in a tea house in Namche.

On the sixth day of the trek, you walk about 4-5 hours from Namche to reach Tengboche which is very famous for the biggest Buddhist monastery. Tengboche is a small traditional Sherpa village in the Khumbu region from where you can observe the scenic panoramic view of Mount Everest and other snow capped Mountain peaks including Mount Lhotse & Mount Nuptse, Thamserku and AmaDablam. You may get the exposer with some harmless wildlife such as pheasants, musk deer or Himalayan Thar etc. You will get pleasant sleep since the muscles of your body require rest after a long and steeply walk. Overnight with clean and fresh oxygen.

On day sixth of your trek, you will get the chance to spot several chortens and 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 the Rhododendron Forests and a suspension bridge over Imja Khola passing several Sherpa villages. You will realise the changes in geography from lush forest to dry deserted mountains until you reach Dingboche. Overnight in a teahouse in Dingboche.

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

Today, you will be accompanied by mountain vistas and snowcapped peaks all along the trek. Enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains Pumori, Nuptse, Cholatse, Thamserku and several other peaks. Keep your heads high as you might encounter some scarce wildlife and vegetation along the way. In the start of our trek, you will have green hills and rocks assisting you. But, as you move up, you will be surrounded by icy fields. As you hike uphill, you will feel the depreciation in oxygen levels. Lobuche is a small village that connects the other villages to the Everest Base Camp. Overnight in a tea house in Lobuche.

A trail through the snowy and rocky path. The trails will take you to the Thangma Riju for a 360-degree view of the mountains. There, you will have the first views of the 5545 meters high Kala Patthar. Gorakshep is the last settlement before hiking up to the Everest Base Camp. Leave all of your belongings on the tea house and hike up to make it to the base of the highest peak of the world. Enjoy the views of the Khumbu Glacier and the surrounding peaks of Pumori, Lingren, Khumbutse, and such other peaks. EBC is full of rocks and icy dust. Hike back downhill to end the day at Gorakshep. Overnight in a tea house in Gorakshep.  

Early this morning, you will summit the high Kala Patthar. The peak offers a panoramic sunrise view of the Mt. Everest. Besides the Everest, it also has 360-degree views of the Nuptse, Cholatse, Pumori, and several other peaks. Enjoy the views of 4 of the world’s highest peaks. After soaking in the views, head down towards Gorakshep. After breakfast, you will again descend back to the village of Periche. Overnight in a tea house in Periche.  

Today’s trek will take you through magnificent rhododendron and juniper forest back to the village consisting the oldest monastery around the region. Along the trail, you may see mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, and several other animals. Explore the Gompa at Tengboche. Walk back down the same trail to reach Namche Bazaar. Get accompanied by the magnificent mountain views and the Rhododendron forest. Also, have views of the Everest, Nuptse, Thamserku, and other peaks. Enjoy the rest of the day wandering around the trade hub of the Sherpa people. Overnight in a tea house in Namche Bazaar.

Today you will descend from the Bazaar back to the entry point of the Khumbu Region. Retrace your trail back to the entry point of the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. From there, cross several suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi and its tributaries. Also, you will get a chance to enjoy and explore the Sherpa lifestyle and culture. Overnight in a tea house in Lukla.

You will be boarding the flight back to the Kathmandu Valley through the Tenzing and Hilary Airport. Enjoy your last meal at the rural land of the country and then board the plane to Kathmandu. Spend your free time shopping for souvenirs and wander around the tourist center of the Kathmandu Valley. You can also visit the spas and natural therapy centers for relaxation. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Your Trip to Nepal ends. A Great Nepal representative will guide you to the airport some 3 hours before the flight. Have a safe journey ahead.  

Inclusion

  • All transportation using private A/c vehicle as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu with Domestic Airport Taxes.
  • Two Nights accommodation using Five star Hotel in Kathmandu on Twin sharing basis (BB).
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trekking days using Twin Sharing/Dormitory room.
  • Three meals a day followed by tea/coffie while on trekking days. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Government licensed 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) National Park fee, Khumbu Entry Fee and TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show and Authentic Nepalese Cuisine in Kathmandu.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Necessary 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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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.



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Trip highlights

  • The authentic view of Mount Everest from Kala Patthar, the world’s highest Belvedere and other different snow-clad mountains.
  • Scenic Himalayan Mountain flight from and to Lukla.
  • Exploration of the Buddhist Traditions, Walls, Chortens & Old Stupa throughout the trip.
  • Exposure to Legendary Sherpa villages & culture within Khumbu Region.

Why with us?

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

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