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Everest Base Camp Trek 16 Days

Everest Base Camp Trek 16 Days

Group size: 

1 Max 12

Max-Altitude: 

5545

Trip Grade:
 
Moderate

You are likely to walk for 6-7 hours each day over steep hilly terrain on usually rough trails but no real extremes of weather. Moderate trails entail reaching up to 5500 m with daily ascends of around 400-700 m. You will also be facing high altitude air with a low level of oxygen on some days and are therefore required to have a positive attitude and be physically fit. Previous hiking or camping experience is preferable.

Destination: 

Nepal

Best Season: 

All around the year except June to Aug

Meals: 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:

 
Twin Shared Basis

Overview


Everest-the highest mountain on earth is the ultimate destination for all adventure lovers.
However, everybody cannot climb Everest to its top therefore most of them end of Trekking up
to its Base Camp for the close view of Everest and lifetime experience of Trekking in
Sagarmatha region. We organize this trek to all ages of people from 8-10 years old kid to 70
years old people with our expert guide and crew. You can trek upto Everest base camp without
compromising sleeping comfort in Tea House and lodges including delicious food of your
choices and hot shower.  


Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival - 1300m
Welcome to Kathmandu!.  On arrival meet, assists and transfer to the hotel by our representative.
Welcome drinks on arrival and briefing of tour program by one of our representative from the
company. 
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
After breakfast start full day sightseeing in UNESCO heritage sites. Sightseeing
at Bouddhanath Stupa- is a very important religious site for the followers of Buddhism. It is
located northeast from the Kathmandu city center. The Stupa is regarded as the centre of faith for
the Buddhists. This is also the largest Stupa of Nepal. The Stupa rich in Buddhist arts and
cultural heritage is also a popular pilgrimage site. Another sightseeing place is Pashupatinath
Temple - a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located on the banks of the Bagmati
River. This temple is considered one of the sacred temples of Hindu faith. This "extensive Hindu
temple precinct" is a "sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised
over the centuries. The last sightseeing place Patan Durbar Square- enlisted in the UNESCO
World Heritage Sites is a distinct place for arts and architecture that reflect on each temple,
monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between 16 th ,
17 th  and 18 th century. The square offers myriad opportunities for visitor willing to study and
research artistic and architectural masterpieces, history and culture of Patan. Rest of the time is
free on your own.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Lukla- Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3- 4 hours trek  -Get ready for
Adventure flight & stepping in Everest Region

Fly to Lukla early in the morning from Kathmandu Tribhuvan Domestic Airport. It is 30 minutes
flight. Lukla is located at the altitude of 2800m so there will be quite cold than in Kathmandu.
After walking few minutes from Lukla airport, stop at restaurant for breakfast. Books, internet
facility and trekking gear are available in Lukla.

The journey starts from Lukla. Today we have to trek for 3- 4 hours to reach Phakding through
Chaurikharka, Chiplong, Thadokovi and Ghat. We can see spectacular Himalayan view from
Chiplong and Thadokovi. The religion of the people of this region is Buddhism so we can see
many monasteries, Maane and script are written on the rock in Tibetan language. Today journey
is not so difficult. Phakding (2650m) is at low altitude than Lukla so we feel quite warmer here
than in Lukla. Phakding is a commercial place so we can see hotel and Bhattis over there.

Day 4: Phakding – Namche - (3,440m/11,280 ft): 6-7 hours walk)-Explore the most
awesome village in Everest region with mordern facilities
Today the journey starts after breakfast. To reach Namche we have to walk through Tok-Tok,
Mamju, Jorsalle. The journey from Phakding to Jorsalle is quite easy. There is Everest National
Park at Manju so, we have to check in there as a first check point. Then after an hour walk along
the bank of Dudkoshi River we reach at Jorsalle where we will have breakfast. There is no any
shop available between Jorsalle to Namche. From Jorsalle after some minutes we have to cross
Dudhkoshi River and bridge. After bridge there is steep up route we have to follow. If the
weather is clear we can see Mount Everest from Thami danda. We can see many beautiful
mountains, waterfalls, Mane on the way. Namche is situated at 3440m altitude so we feel cold
out there. We can see different mountains from Namche. Namche is the biggest commercial area
of Everest Region where we can find everything needed to Trekkers like internet facility, ATM.
From every Friday to Saturday a special type of fair held here. Bakery café and Pub are also
available in Namche.

Day 5: Acclimatization -you need rest to adopt your body with high altitude
Today is the day for acclimatization, so a small hike is optional for you. If you want long hiking
you can go to Thame where you can see Edmund Hillary Nursery, Monastery and various
mountains. Today at least you have to walk 8-9 hours up and down. We have lunch en route
while hiking. For acclimatization we can take a short hike of 5-6 hours for which we have to
walk steep up from Namche to Syangboche then to Everest View Hotel to Khumjung where
lunch can be taken. At Khumjung we can also see Monastery and the school made by Sir
Edmund Hilary. During this trekking we will get chance to see many beautiful mountains. You
can also visit Sherpa Museum located at Namche. After a day hiking return to Namche, have
dinner and overnight. 
Day 6: Namche- Tangboche - (3,870m/12,694ft):5- 6 hours walk 
Today the journey begins after breakfast as usual. Today we have to reach Tengboche from
Namche through Sarasa, Phunki Tanga. We can walk easily from Namche to Phunki Tanga
because the route is straight down. You will have lunch at Punki Tanga. After Phunki Tanga, the
journey is steep up till Tangboche. During the journey you can view beautiful mountains and the

traces of Buddhism culture and people. Tangboche is located at 3800m height. Tangboche is a
small place consisting of 5 hotels. Internet facility is available here. It is the best spot to view
Amadablam Mountain.
Day 7: Tangboche- Dingboche - (4,360 m/14,300ft):5 hours walk
Today the trekking starts after breakfast as usual. Tengboche is famous for Sunrise view.
Today’s journey is down straight and straight up so can be done easily. Then follow down from
Tengboche to  Dudhkoshi  then by walking at the bank of the river you will reach at Dingboche.
Dingboche is the highest altitude place of Nepal where plant vegetation and crops like potato are
grown.
Day 8:  Acclimatization 
Today is also for the acclimatization. You can hike according to your choice. For easy and short
trek you can go to Ama Dablam Base Camp which takes 5 hours up and down.  You can have
packed lunch en route. For long trek (8-9 hours), you can go to Chhuking Ri by Chhukung.
Chhukung is located at the height of 5100m. From here you can see the top most part of Mount
Makalu, Imja glacier and lake. In the evening return to Tangboche, Dinner overnight.
Day 9: Dingboche -Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 5-6 hrs
We start the day with a climb to Lobuche through the Khumbu Khola valley. The walk along the
arid terrace is rewarding with awesome views of mountains on all sides. As we come to a yak
herder&place called Dusa, the valley begins to narrow and we continue through Phulung Karpo,
the camp site of the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. As the trail drops to the Khumbu
Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori
and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still
remains elusive. Mt Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As we
pass along a murmuring stream leaving the Khumbu Glacier behind, we now begin to feel a little
out of breath due to high altitude. Above Phulung Karpo is Chola Lake. As we move on, the
majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. As the trail descends and
curves, Mt. Pumori disappears from view and we come across a roaring stream. After crossing a
small wooden bridge, we ascend to Duglha. We can see the tip of Mt Nuptse from here as well as
Mt Cholatse, Mt Thamserku, and several other magnificent peaks. Spending a night in Duglha is
ideal for acclimatization purposes. Overnight at Duglha.
Day 10: Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft) - Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) -
Gorak Shep:  8 - 9 hrs -final destination of this trip

The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass
through the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along
with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small
ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy
mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our
first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak
Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world
- Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the

once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army
mountaineers' memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate
the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's
tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings especially in the
Spring. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp.
Everest actually is not visible from here. Overnight in Gorak Shep at a local lodge.
Day 11:  Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft)- Pheriche (4280 m/14,070 ft): 8 - 9
hrs -for the best view of Everest

Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from
Kala Patthar and witness the first light of day caress the peaks of the mountains, particularly, Mt.
Everest. However, we need to be prepared for an early morning departure, amid predawn
darkness and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C). Further, there is always the potential for chilly
winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to
the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we can pause to
catch breath at several outstanding view points from where we can snap great pictures. After
several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From kala Patthar, we scramble up to the top of a
rocky outcrop marked by cairns and prayer flags. Mind-blowing Himalayan panorama unfolds
before our eyes as they wander from one mighty massif to another. On being back to Gorak
Shep, we have breakfast and wait other participants to return.

Day 12:  Pheriche to Kyangjuma (3,570m/11,710ft): 5 - 6 hrs
Just after the start of our trek, we cross Khumbu Khola (stream). Following the main Everest trail
down the beautifully scenic valley, we pass through the villages of Tsuro Wog, Orsho, Shomare
and reach Pangboche at the base of Ama Dablam. We cross the bridge over Imja Khola and pass
through the Deboche village and reach Tengboche. We spend a brief time at Tengboche
monastery, observe its many prayer wheels. We cannot explore prayer altars inside as the
monastery opens only at 3 pm. From Tengboche, a steep descent of about 1500ft/500m leads
through rhododendron bushes and fir trees to the Dudh Koshi River. We cross the first bridge
over Dudh Koshi on our return trip at Phunki Tenga. Further, we pass the village of Tashinga
and Sansa before finally reaching beautiful village of Kyangjuma. Upon arrival at this juncture,
we appreciate the gorgeous Ama-dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.

Day 13:  Kyangjuma to Monjo [2,840m/9,315ft]: 4 - 5 hrs
The trail to Namche Bazar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding
through several bends. We look out for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, and
colourful pheasants while passing through the forest by the trail. We have enough time in
Namche to shop and relax in a bakery that serves coffee and cakes, and provides Internet access.
A steep descent from Namche Hill leads to the suspension bridge crossing the Dudh Kosi river

near the confluence of the Dhudh Koshi and the Bhote Koshi Rivers. We cross the Dudh Koshi
River twice at separate locations before reaching Monjo. We are out of the Sagarmatha National
Park after exiting from its official entrance near Monjo and finally reach Monjo Village. Not
only is Monjo a quieter place to stay than Namche, it also means our porters have a less
strenuous walk back to Lukla tomorrow.

Day 14:  Monjo to Lukla: 4 - 5 hrs-Last night in Everest Region
Today we enjoy the last walk at lower altitude in the Everest region. Most tracks today is flat
although we will have some descends and brief ascents too. Today, we further enjoy a combo of
open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distant background Kwangde peak. As we
walk through the Sherpa villages, we notice impressive display of faith in Buddhism and cultural
practices associated with it as prayer stones dot the landscape and prayer flags flap in the wind.
We cross the Dhud Koshi River three times through the prayer flags strewn suspension bridges
and also cross one of its tributary, Thado Koshi once. The final ascent of about 45 minutes from
Chheplung takes us to Lukla, where we stretch our fatigued legs and recall the experiences of the
last couple of weeks. Our fantastic trek culminates on a happy note with everyone back safe and
sound with faces that show happiness. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity
to spend some relaxing moments with whole crew as the porters will not accompany with us to
Kathmandu.
Day 15:  Lukla - Kathmandu -Trekking ends with lifetime experience 
Fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning. After 9 – 10 AM there will be no flights because of
strong wind. Check in hotel. You will offer for the rest and refreshment in the hotel. Evening
take your own time for leisure.
Day 16: Departure
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Ganesh Himal Hiking
Team will transfer you to the airport for final departure to your home country.

Itinerary

FAQ's and Notes

When to book this Trip ?

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend you not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.

How kind of food is served during the trek ?

We serve food rich in proteins, carbohydrates and highly nutritious hygienic nourishing food - vital while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. The trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination. In cities, either breakfast or dinner is included.

Vegan foods are also availabale.

How safe is stream water ?

Stream water is completely safe but we suggest you to carry water purification pills (chlorine tablets) or water filters to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses on your own expense.

How about my luggage ?

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary.

Gears and clothes not necessary can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal does not allow more than 15 kilograms including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge can cover that up.

The porter will be carrying up to 12 kg luggage of each trekker.

What is the group Size or crew members ?

We Ganesh Himal Hiking team arrange most of the treks with a minimum of 2 clients to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be divided accordingly.

What about guides ?

We provide honest, well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 6 people - an additional guide will be accompanied and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group.

Is there any personal expenses on the Trek ?

Well, not that much but depends upon how you manage your expenses. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot showers (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, meals (around US $ 5-7), extra accommodation in Kathmandu, tips for driver, guide and porters, etc.

Tips to the guides, porter or any other members is not mandatory but feel free to tip them if you are satisfied with their service.

How about trekking gears or other equipment ?

Trekking gears are readily available in the stores of major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara at a very reasonable price. Down jacket & sleeping bags can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. Thus, you don’t have to buy it from your hometown.

But if already have it and have no issues bringing it, please feel free to bring it.

What would a usual day on a trek be like ?

Each and every day gives pleasant suprises and rewarding experience. Each day differs according to the itinerary or schedule, or the place you are trekking.

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.

How about Airport Pickup and Drop Off ?

After booking, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will pick you up from the airport on your scheduled landing time. You can spot GHHT member outside the exit terminal. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.

We also pick and drop you from domestic airport. On your departure day, we will also see you off.

Can I customize the Itinerary ?

Our itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also has an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.

How do you deal with emergency situations ?

Our tour guide and trek leader will make sure that each and every one of you is well taken care of in emergency situations. If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. For serious conditions – we will use the rescue helicopter expenses being carried out by the insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary. The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments.

What if flight is delayed from ?

Only domestic mountain flight is only available from Kathmandu to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition.

This is the reason we have kept an extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situations. In case the flight is canceled for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to make sure that you reach on the scheduled flight to your destination. The expense for this service will be carried out by the insurance company. The helicopter charter cost is in between the US $ 500 to $ 3500 depending upon the number of people in the flight.

Accomodation

Hotel & Lodges

Accommodation in Himalayan Countries While Tour/Trek

Included in the Price

Not Included in the Price

Fixed Departures - 2018



Departure DateAvailable Space
 Jan 4th YES
 Jan 12th YES
 Feb 2nd YES
 Jan 19th YES
 Feb 14th YES
 Feb 20th YES
 March 8th YES
 March 14th YES
 March 19th YES
 March 28th YES
 April 2nd YES
 April 9th YES
 April 15th YES
 April 22nd YES
 3rd May YES
 17th May YES
 20th May YES
 27th May YES
 14th June YES
 23rd June YES
 6th July YES
 28th July YES
 4th August YES
 17th August YES
 2nd September YES
 8th September YES
 12th September YES
 17th September YES
 22nd September YES
 28th September YES
 4th October YES
 9th October YES
 14th October YES
 19th October YES
 29th October YES
 6th November YES
 11th November YES
 18th November YES
 5th December YES
 16th December YES

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