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THE 16-DAYS EVEREST BASE CAMP & KALAPATHAR TREKKING

Everest, the World’s highest mountain, rises in the eastern part of Nepal, in the Solu-Khumbu region, an area inhabited by the famous Sherpa people. The Sherpas started to become well known in the 1950s when the Tibet border closed following the occupation of Tibet. The trade between Nepal and Tibet stopped then, and the Sherpas, in search of a new means of livelihood, began to act as guides for foreign expeditions. Previously the Sherpas had never climbed mountains that are regarded by them as the abode of their gods.

The northern part of the district, the Khumbu, is encompassed in Everest National Park. To the east of Everest National Park is Makalu Barun National Park, a remote and wild stretch of mountain peaks and deep and densely forested valleys. To the west is the Rolwaling valley, a well-protected microcosm of cultures and ecology. The southern part of the district, Solu, is much less frequented by tourists, and consequently has retained much more traditional characteristics. The Peekye trek and the Dudh Kunda trek areGokyo Valley+Everest Kalapathar with Lobuche Peak Expedition, Gokyo Valley Expedition, Everest Kalapathar with Lobuche Peak Expedition, Everest Kalapathar Expedition,
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In this region, there are various established trekking routes one can optionally take a scenic walk of a week to 3 weeks. The significant passes that cross from one valley to another through some of its panoramas filed hill saddles are Renjo La, Cho La, Kongma La, which are also known as the three passes of Everest Region.

The Trekking to Everest basecamp enables one to see the most famous mountain bases in the world and visiting the Kalapathar, the most visited viewpoints to see the Everest In reality.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the World famous Everest basecamp
  • See the Everest from its nearest viewpoint, Kalapathar, in its full majesty
  • Visit the villages with Sherpa people and experience their culture, religion and life
  • See the Khumbu glacier from its rim and enjoy seeing several beautiful mountain lakes
  • Experience a life time trekking In the Everest region in the shortest period.

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 16 days from arrival to the day of departure
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / visit UNESCO sites
  • Road transport mode: Car / Hiace Van
  • Trek starting point: Lukla
  • Trek ending point: Lukla
  • A domestic flight out: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu (Both way flight)
  • Highest elevation achievement: 5,545 metres Kalapathar lookout
  • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu, Teahouse (Lodge) on full board basis on the trek, tentedcamp on full board basis while in Chulu West expedition.
  • Meals: An open menu for each meal to be chosen by clients on trek and Expedition meals while in Chulu West Expedition.
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Best season to Trek: first week of March to end of May and from first week of October to mid of December.

Short Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350M)s

DAY 2: KATHMANDU / MANTHALI / LUKLA (2,866M) / PHAKDINGMA (2,652M)

DAY 3: PHAKDINGMA / NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440M)

DAY 4: NAMCHE / KHUMJUNG (3,790M)

DAY 5: KHUMJUNG / TENGBOCHE (3,867m.)

DAY 6: TENGBOCHE/DINGBOCHE (4,410m.)

DAY 7: DINGBOCHE

DAY 8: DINGBOCHE/LOBUCHE (4,887m.)

DAY 9: LOBOCHE/GORAKSHEP (5,164m.)/KALAPATHAR (5,545m.)

DAY 10: GORAKSHEP / EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364m.) / LOBOHCE

DAY 11: LOBUCHE / PHORTSE (3,840m.)

DAY 12: PHORTSE TO JORSALLE

DAY 13: JORSALLE TO LUKLA 2,866m

DAY 14: FLY TO MANTHALI AND DRIVE TO KATHMANDU

DAY 15: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR

DAY 16: DEPARTURE

Detail Itinerary

THE 16-DAYS EVEREST BASE CAMP & KALAPATHAR TREKKING

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350M)s

Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will inform you about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting. • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 2: KATHMANDU / MANTHALI / LUKLA (2,866M) / PHAKDINGMA (2,652M)

Early in the morning, at 03:00 a.m., we take a drive of 132 kilometres in 4-hours to Manthali Airport, to the east of Kathmandu, to board the domestic flight to Lukla. The Airport, at an altitude of 474m, is located in the Tamakoshi River Valley and is the district headquarters of Ramechhap district. From where it is a 15-minute short flight to Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, you'll meet the porters and Sherpa staff. After a short tour of Lukla village, we'll set out on a trek of about 3 hours to Phakdingma, where we'll lodge for the night. • Estimated phase duration is 40-minutes flight and 3h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 3: PHAKDINGMA / NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440M)

Today's trek goes through the villages of Toktok and Jorsalle and on to Namche. The entire route is scenic and full of nature. The surrounding hills covered with dense forest and beyond them are mountaintops capped with snow. After a lunch stop in Jorsalle, we continue to Namche Bazaar. Along the way, we climb to a vantage point called Topdanda, near Namche Bazaar. From there, weather permitting, one can see Mt. Everest and the Tengboche valley and its famed monastery. Half an hour later and you are at Namche Bazaar, the "capital of the Khumbu valley". Namche Bazaar, surrounded by beautiful mountains from all direction, is the commercial centre of the Khumbu region. If you arrive on a Friday, you can view the weekly bazaar the next day, when local people converge from the surrounding area. In the Khumbu Valley, it is forbidden to kill any animals so people from lower valleys come on Saturdays to sell meat and everyday supplies and the local people and hotel/lodge operator from around to buy. • Estimated phase duration is 5h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 4: NAMCHE / KHUMJUNG (3,790M)

Today, your guide will take you to visit the monastery in Namche, Sagarmatha National Park Museum and the Sherpa House Museum. Instead of staying all day in Namche, we move to the village of Khumjung. After lunch, we make a scenic Namche to Khumjung trek. The trail leads through the nose-ridge above Namche to Syangboche, a short landing field for Pilatus porter plane. The higher we go, the scenarios are more open. The Dudhkoshi Valley, Kongde Himal, Khumbila, Tawoche, Everest, Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru are some of the great masses of mountains in the world surrounding us from all directions. Going to Khumjung, there are several trails. Still, we take the going through the Everest View Hotel, the only five-star hotel situated at the highest place in the world, at an elevation of 3880 meters above sea level. The hotel has a spectacular view of Mount Everest, 8,848m., from every room. The hotel offers a panoramic view of Everest and many other high peaks, including the most imposing Amadablam (6,812m.), described by many as the most beautiful mountain they have ever seen. At this hotel will surely make a stop for a cup of tea/coffee and enjoy the most magnificent panorama that the place offers. Then we descend to the village of Khumjung where we can optionally visit Khumjung monastery and its village. • Estimated phase duration is 2h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 5: KHUMJUNG / TENGBOCHE (3,867m.)

This day's trek contains magnificent views of Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse and Nuptse, all the way to Tengboche. Along the trail, one can spot wild animals, such as longhaired mountain goats, musk deer and the colourful national bird, danphe etc. We stop for lunch at Punggi-Tanga and then continue on gradually climbing to Tengboche, where we check into the lodge and pay a visit to the famed Tengboche monastery. From the meadow, at Tengboche, there are beautiful views of Nuptse-Lhotse, the tip of Everest and the giant Mt. Amadablam. Tengboche is one of the religious centres of the Khumbu Valley. The monastery burned down in 1989 was rebuilt to its original shape thanks to generous contributions from the local community, trekkers and the Himalayan Trust. Here, every year in October/November, according to the Buddhist lunar calendar, is celebrated one of the most spectacular and important religious festivals, the Mani Rimdu. • Estimated phase duration is 4h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 6: TENGBOCHE/DINGBOCHE (4,410m.)

The trek takes us first through a seemingly virgin forest and fine mountain panoramas to a monastery of nuns at Dingboche. After a rest and visit, we continue across a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. The trees thin out and give way to shrub. We arrive at Pangboche village and then go on to Dingboche. We cross a bridge over a stream that flows from the Khumbu glacier, below Pheriche, and after an easy climb, we arrive at Dingboche, the last largest village in the Chhukung valley. It is a small but beautiful village with views of Amadablam and Chhukung. If the weather permits, it is advisable to climb up the village for a better view of town and surroundings. • Estimated phase duration is 5h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 7: DINGBOCHE

It is a rest/acclimatization day. But we recommend taking a trip to Chhukung and back. The trail is beautiful with Buddhist stupas and prayer flags and incredible views. If time permits, we also recommend climbing to the Chukung-Ri (5.540m), at Chhukung. It is a hill above Chhukung village and just below the incredibly large wall of Mount Nuptse and Lhotse. Some say that the view from Chukung-Ri is better than that from Everest Kalapathar. The wall of Lhotse and Nuptse, the red granite of Makalu, and the south wall of Baruntse, fluted with ice next to 7000m of Ama Dablam. Many feel that Chhukung-Ri has the most beautiful views in the world. We take a hearty lunch at Chhukung and retrace back to Dingboche. • Estimated phase duration is a 5-7h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 8: DINGBOCHE/LOBUCHE (4,887m.)

The trek gently leads toward the Khumbu (Everest) Glacier. The world's most significant mountain masses surround you, feel the thinner air. En route, near the lower edge of the glacier, above Thugla, you can see numerous chortens (memorials for those who died during Everest expeditions). Finally, you are at Laboche, the base for most of the trekkers hiking to Kalapathar View Point and Everest Base. After checking into the lodge, time permitting, you can stroll around the glacial rim to observe the Khumbu Glacier, its loud cracking of ice and noises of chunks of ice and scree falling into the glacial river. • Estimated phase duration is 4h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 9: LOBOCHE/GORAKSHEP (5,164m.)/KALAPATHAR (5,545m.)

From Laboche we'll trek to Gorakshep along the rim of the Khumbu glacier catching views of Nuptse, Pumori, Changse, Cho Lhatse and many more peaks. Gorakshep is a pleasant place towered by beautiful Mt. Pumori. From here a further 3-hour walk brings us to Everest Base Camp (5,350m), and in one hour on top of Kalapathar (5,545m), one of the most famed viewpoints to sight the mount Everest from its nearest location. Arrive at Gorakshep and check into a lodge. In the evening we maybe take a sunset hike to Kalopathar lookout. Both sunrise and sunset, from Kalapathar lookout, are truly breath-taking so we take a short sunset hike to the Kalopathar lookout for a sunset view! It is about a 45-minute walk to the lookout. The view from there is indescribable, seeing the Mount Everest from a distance of your hand reach. Then return for a hearty dinner and night rest at Gorakshep. • Estimated phase duration is 4h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 10: GORAKSHEP / EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364m.) / LOBOHCE

Today we make our dreamt trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364m/17,598ft., (28°0′26″N 86°51′34″E), the base of the Third Pole. The trail from Gorakshep is panoramic with a surprising view of the Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu Glacier. The mount Pumori dominates the north-western horizon, just above a hand reaching distance. The flat field below Kala Patthar, 5,545m/18,192 ft., and Mount Pumori is the Khumbu glacier. The glacier is with large ice pinnacles, forming a perfect place for ice climbing training. The Everest Base Camp, one of the most famous mountain bases in the Himalayas, is visited by thousands of trekkers and climbers each year. We will stop at the basecamp and have our packed lunch, take essential photographs and then retrace our steps to Gorakshep and on to Lobuche. A long day but an achievement, an accomplishment of the mission that many people does not get. • Estimated phase duration is 4h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 11: LOBUCHE / PHORTSE (3,840m.)

From Lobuche, we retrace the same trail we took while going up and reach to Pangboche, an ancient village with a Monastery. We'll spend a visit to the village and 400 years old monastery, the oldest in the region. After lunch, we’ll set off for Phortse village, which offers a beautiful view of Thamserku and Kongde. Tourists less frequent the trail so one can see wild animals and the colourful national bird of Nepal. The great mountain sceneries are in every direction. At Phortse village we check into the lodge. This village is one of the typical Sherpa villages of Khumbu region and offers a beautiful panorama containing Mount Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru and Tengboche Monastery. • Estimated phase duration is 6h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 12: PHORTSE TO JORSALLE

We go down to Phortse Tenga and cross the river that flows from the Gokyo Valley, and then begin a steep climb to the hilltop to Mongla. There we take tea-brake and enjoy the magnificent panorama from this beautiful lookout. The trail further descends to Sanasa, below the Khumjung village, where we will make our lunch stop or one may continue further thirty-five minutes to Namche. From Namche, the trail directly drops to the Dudh Koshi River. We are getting back again to "European" altitudes as we descend towards the entrance to Everest National Park at Jorsalle, a pleasant place to spend a night after several days in altitude. • Estimated phase duration is 5hrs trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 13: JORSALLE TO LUKLA 2,866m

From Jorsalle the trail mostly follows the river. We retrace through some small Sherpa villages and arrive at Lukla. In Lukla, we spend our last night in the Khumbu Valley. This evening is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a two days' trek and one-day bus ride to Kathmandu or stay at Lukla to continue another trek back to Everest Base Camp! • Estimated phase duration is a 5-6h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 14: FLY TO MANTHALI AND DRIVE TO KATHMANDU

We'll board an early morning flight to Manthali and take a 4 hours' drive to Kathmandu. We will arrive in Kathmandu at around 14:00 hour. The rest of the day is free. • Breakfast • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 15: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR

DAY 16: DEPARTURE

Breakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at your Hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport see off formalities and departure. • Breakfast.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
1 Person 2082$ 2172$
2 - 3 Persons 1542$ 1632$
4 - 5 Persons 1466$ 1556$
6 - 7 Persons 1436$ 1526$
8- 10 Persons 1412$ 1500$
Single room supplement 150$ 240$

What is included

  • Airport pick up and departure service as per itinerary
  • 4-night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Category selectable)
  • Kathmandu / Manthali / Kathmandu transportation by a private vehicle
  • Manthali to Lukla and Manthali Airfare (Tax included)
  • Trekking period on full board basis (tea house lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis)
  • 1 Guide in the group and one porter, between every two members, for the entire trek
  • Insurance and all expenses of local staff / A Trekking Map in group / A good sleeping bag to each member / A pair of a trekking pole to each member
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call)
  • A small Medial kit box for first add medical purpose.
  • Everest National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu entry permits

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
  • International air tickets
  • Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek
  • Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in above price include section.

Best Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or from mid-February to the end of May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its richness. During rainy month the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.

During these month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During rainy months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach to around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands. During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).

End of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February are winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European country and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

NOTE
The best months to take this itinerary is from the first week of March to end of May and from first week of October to mid of December.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en-suite bathrooms. While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. The Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.

Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

Will I be affected by altitude?
Most of the trek takes place at lower altitudes where you are unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. If you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover.

Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination are required to travel Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice for a confirmation deposit as per following.
(A) 200$ per person for trekking and tours
(B) 400$ per person for trekking peak climbing and trekking in restricted areas
(C) 600$ per person for mountaineering expeditions ranging 6,600m to below 8000 metres
(D) 3,000$ per person for all mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m. meter into Nepal
(E) 4,000$ per person for mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m mountain into Tibet.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation

  • To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged:Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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