Nepal – Everest Base Camp
Nepal – Everest Base Camp
A 16 day trip flying into Kathmandu, Nepal and taking a short flight to Lukla where the trek starts. Following the footsteps of incredible historical mountaineers, we enjoy the beauty and spirit of the Himalaya whilst staying in tea houses and letting the excitement and anticipation of seeing Mt. Everest build amongst the group. Not only do we trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) which is where summit expeditions try their bid to summit the highest mountain on earth, but we also trek higher to the peak of Kala Patthar (5,545m.) At Kala Patthar we get a very special view of the South face of Mt. Everest and its top along with the surround mountain range littered with giant peaks and huge glaciers. A very special iconic trip which is full of fun, beauty and a feeling of happiness being in the mountains.
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A good level of fitness, building on prior experience to enhance your ability and keep those challenges going on a journey of progression. Enjoys using clothing and equipment that generally work well but forever prepared to learn and share experiences with others. 6-7hrs of walking each day.
Departure is usually London Heathrow, this may vary and the specific location will be provided upon booking.
All international and connecting return flights are not included in the EDGE Travel Worldwide trip price per person. If you would like EDGE Travel Worldwide to book your flights, please note there will be a £100 administration fee applied.
DAY 1 Kathmandu.
You will be met by an EDGE Travel Worldwide ground agent and transferred to your hotel from the airport. (Usually a late afternoon arrival time.) N.B. All hotels are 3-star rating. (Breakfast)
DAY 2 Kathmandu to Lukla
After early-morning breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive to the domestic airport terminal. Receive your boarding pass and fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,886m) which takes about 35 minutes. The flight offers you up close views of the Himalayas and romantic landscapes of hills, farms and rivers. On arrival to Lukla, you will begin 4 hours trek to Phakding (2,640m.) You start your trek from Lukla with a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Mt. Nupla (5,885m) which can be seen in the distance is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a wonderful valley to your right; and Mt. Kusum Kang (6,367m) to the far end. Stay overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
DAY 3 Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) takes approximately 6 hours. Namche Bazaar (3,440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and faces the Bhote Koshi to the South. Stay overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
DAY 4 Namche Bazaar
A day for rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatisation. It is an ideal place to spend acclimatising with the high altitude. For acclimatisation you walk up to Khumjung where you can visit a monastery. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawoche, and Kwangde and so on. Or you can take an hour’s walk up to Syangboche (3,800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
DAY 5 Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche
Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3,867m) takes about five hours. As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by the lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3,860m.) Stay overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
DAY 6 Tyangboche to Pheriche
Trekking from Tyangboche to Pheriche (4,240m) takes approximately 5.5 hours. Pheriche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Stay overnight at lodge.(Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
DAY 7 Pheriche
Rest day at Pheriche (4,240 m) for acclimatisation. There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. Another option is to hike up to Chhukum (5,070m,) where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Island peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others. Stay overnight at lodge.(Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
DAY 8 Pheriche to Lobuche
Trekking from Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930m.) takes about 5 hours. The onward journey leads north for up to 50-minutes until you come to a Mani-prayer Stupa. The trail follows a downward path to Pheriche village. Today’s walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the northPokalde (5,741m), Kongma-tse (5,820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4,595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. Stay overnight at lodge.(Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
DAY 9 Lobuche to Everest Base Camp
Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,486m) via Gorakshep (5,180m) and again back to Gorakshep takes about 9 hours. Trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below of the Khumbu glacier. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. Now the trail winds through a rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbu Tse appears in front of you. Stay overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
DAY 10 Gorakshep to Kala Patthar
Trekking from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5,545m) and then to Pheriche (4,243m) takes about seven hours. You accomplish an early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5,545m) and enjoy a majestic sunrise with an up-close view of Mt. Everest. From Kala Patthar you can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbu Tse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more peaks. Yaks are normally used to ferry daily essentials. Stay overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
DAY 11 Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
Trekking from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) takes about 7 hours. The walk from Tyangboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. En route you will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. From Khumjung village another 30 minutes’ walk brings you to the village of Khunde. Stay overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
DAY 12 Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,640m) takes about seven hours. The trails descend steeply for about one and a half hours. After that, the path follows a few ups and downs to Phakding via Monjo and then onto Lukla. Stay overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
DAY 13 Lukla to Kathmandu
Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.(Breakfast)
DAY 14 Kathmandu
Opportunity to explore this incredible City and Culture.(Breakfast & Dinner)
DAY 15 Kathmandu – home
Depart Kathmandu for home.(Breakfast)
Introduction to the Himalaya
A few years ago most people who came to visit the Himalaya already had a lot of experience hiking in their home Countries. These people needed to be warned of the subtle hazard of Acute Mountain sickness (AMS,) but in general, they were aware of mountain safety. This fact is no longer true, as many people start into the high mountains of Nepal with very little thought for the difficulties they might encounter. This document is intended to serve as a brief reminder of several important points you should think about before you go trekking.
The trekking trails in Nepal vary from wide, road-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera. Sometimes your routes will become confusing and you may take a wrong path. If you are tired, as one often is at altitude or after a long day, there is a great temptation to try to climb up or down a steep hillside to regain the correct trail. Several people have died from a long fall while trying to do this and others have been painfully injured. Retrace your steps to find the correct path rather than moving cross-country. Never trek alone.
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on Earth, from 200 meters in the Terai to 8,848 meters on the top of Everest. Each altitude will have it’s own weather problems, from tropical heat to arctic cold. It is often difficult to plan for bitter cold winds and snow while walking past banana trees in the hot sun. In the main trekking seasons in Spring and Autumn, the weather is often stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. Those trekkers who encountered an easy day at altitude may spread the word that boots and warm clothing are not required. This is a mistake! Sudden storms can occur at any time, dumping one or two meters of snow on the passes. At that point, anyone with simple running shoes will not be able to proceed and may even be stranded for a number of days. Frostbite is a constant risk if one walks in snow at high altitude.
If you trek in the Winter, you must be prepared for cold and snow. If you trek in the monsoon you might be faced with slippery trails and difficult river crossings but there are much less people on the trail.
You are heading into the world’s highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes in temperature and weather!
Physical Fitness does not Prevent AMS
Do not expect everyone in your party to acclimatise at the same rate. You may have to wait an extra day for some members or be prepared to split the group. Children are more susceptible to AMS and need to be watched closely. It is risky to trek to high altitude with infants who cannot tell you when they are not feeling well. Sleeping pills, sedatives and alcohol should not be used at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. It seems that drinking 4-6ltrs of fluids (boiled water, iodinated water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatisation process. Consider use of the drug Acetazolamide (Diamox) as a treatment for mountain sickness. Talk to your Doctor about its use and side effects.
In addition, other drugs are Nifedipine which is used for HAPE and Dexamethasone which is used for HACE. But remember not to take medications indiscriminately. Sometimes the side effects can be lethal. You should also know about the Gamow bag which is used. When blown up, these bags simulate pressures of lower altitude and the patient inside benefits significantly. No special precautions are needed on descent.
Evacuation by helicopter these days has become more common due to the advent of private helicopter companies and easy access of communication. However, someone in Kathmandu must guarantee the payment of the flight before the rescue. If you are trekking with a Kathmandu based trekking agency, send a rescue request to them and they will arrange the flight. If you are trekking on your own, send a message to your embassy. Send your name, nationality, location and details of the injury or sickness (that is: altitude illness, frostbite, heart problem, fracture, dysetry etc.) It almost takes at least a few hours to twenty-four hours to arrange a rescue, including passing a message. Now-a-days, the private airlines provide effective helicopter services to evacuate trekkers in an emergency. Arranging helicopter rescues through private airlines may be prompt but the charges are a bit higher. One going trekking/mountaineering should have an insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation. If your Country has an embassy in Kathmandu register with them before you trek and record the details of insurance, if you have insurance it will speed up the rescue process
You will need extra money to cover the cost of drinks, souvenirs, meals (where applicable) airport taxes, etc. It is advisable to change money on arrival at international airports whilst waiting for your luggage, as opportunities for changing money are subsequently few. Credit cards are generally not accepted.
Please note all illness, injuries and medication need to be disclosed to EDGE Travel Worldwide at time of booking – please seek advice from your Doctor to your suitability of participating on this trip.
You must make sure you have the right travel insurance for the trip personally and also make sure you have insurance to cover medical evacuation in case of emergency. An example company to arrange this is: ACE European Group Ltd (telephone) 0207 1737796
General local information
Entry Visa – $25 from Kathmandu airport. (Take x2 passport photos with you.)
Lukla trekking tax – $17 payable on leaving Lukla for the trek.
Water on trek – buy bottled water en-route (price ranges from $1 to $5 per bottle) or purify tap water en-route: Chloride, Iodine, Steri-pen.
Mobile Phone sim cards – buy in Kathmandu.
Baggage to Lukla (internal flight): Day-sack must be no more than 5kg and main luggage must be no more than 10kg.
Food on trek – varied but the rule is best to be vegetarian! (Use supplements if desired.) The main food is called ‘Dal bhat’ with rice (lental soup with rice.)
Tips for local crew – $4 per day for each guide and porter. Tips given at the end when at Lukla waiting to fly back to Kathmandu.
Currency in Nepal is Nepali rupees or USD
In this area, tipping is a recognised part of life. Although EDGE Travel Worldwide pays most gratuities for the trip, porters and guides on the trips still look to members of the group for reward. Accordingly, you should allow $100 for tipping. (Please carry low denominations of US Dollar currency.)
Local food and drink: Meals other than those included in the itinerary are paid for separately by the traveller.
These maybe available, please contact us for further details.
Clothing and equipment required for the trekking part of the trip
Personal first aid kit including any medication needed
Day sack: 35 to 50ltrs
Warm and water proof gloves
Warm and water proof hat
Warm jacket for the evening
Sun protection for skin/head/hands
Water proof sacks for the inside of your day sack
4 Season Sleeping Bag & liner
X2 1ltr water containers
X1 3ltr bladder with drinking tube
Personal medical and toiletry Kit
General first aid kit
Foot first aid kit
Men’s toiletry essentials
Ladies toiletry essentials
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I did this tour with Edge in July 2017. It ticked every box and more! I still pinch myself to think I’ve trekked the Himalayas to EBC! Things didn’t go to plan weather wise so Dave had to pull some plan B’s out of the bag but that’s the beauty of trekking…you never know how the elements transpire and what the weather will throw at you but with guided preparation and the strongest of leaders fulfilling the dream of reaching Everest Base Camp felt even more of achievement! This was my second of 3 EDGE treks and each one has exceeded my expectations and fuelled my desire to try another challenge. The Himalayas need to be seen to be believed…I can still feel the excitement of seeing Everest for the first time….and it won’t be the last.
Wendy – UK
I came back from this trip only 4 months ago and it’s still very fresh in my mind. Challenging but very rewarding with outstanding views and some fantastic guides this trip takes you closer to the highest mountains on earth day by day. Reaching Everest Base Camp felt surreal and emotional. This is another experience I’d definitely want to go through again.