Nepal – Everest Base Camp

Nepal – Everest Base Camp

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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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INTERMEDIATE

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/RETURN LOCATION             

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 Trails

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.

Weather

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.

Helicopter Rescue

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

Personal Expenses

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.

Personal medication

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.

Insurance

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

Tipping

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.)

Meal Plan

Local food and drink: Meals other than those included in the itinerary are paid for separately by the traveller.

Optional Excursions

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

Walking boots

Walking socks

Walking poles

Day sack: 35 to 50ltrs

Fleece

Waterproof jacket

Waterproof trousers

Gaiters

Warm and water proof gloves

Warm and water proof hat

Thick Sweater

Warm jacket for the evening

Trainers/sandals

Sun glasses

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

Ear Plugs

Eye Mask

Paracetamol

Ibrufen

Aspirin

Propolis

Diamox

Toilet Paper

Nose tissues

Baby Wipes

Hand sanitiser

Sunscreen

General first aid kit

Foot first aid kit

Men’s toiletry essentials

Ladies toiletry essentials

Included

Not Included

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Reviews

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.

5/5

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.

5/5

Paulina -UK

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Chris, Frodsham

What can I say, this was the experience of a lifetime and was fantastic! Every aspect of the trip for me was handled with professionalism and care with everyone’s safety and enjoyment paramount. The local guides and contacts were fantastic, plainly experienced and some of the loveliest people I have met. Walking at high altitude (19,500 ft at the top) comes with its own risks but I felt that every step of the way our wellbeing and health was being looked after and I am happy to say I would trust my life to Dave and his teams on any of his trips. I got so many things form this trip, meeting new people, walking at altitude, spending so much time laughing and being able to mentally unwind. The achievement of reaching the top of the highest free-standing mountain in the world, seeing the sunrise over Africa, has and will stay with me forever. It has given me the mental strength to do other things in life and when things have got tough afterwards I have been able to say to myself “You walked to the top of the highest free standing mountain in the world, you have got this” and it has inevitably got me through. A massive thank you to Dave and all at EDGE Travel Worldwide for this life changing experience and I can’t wait to go on the next one.

Jayne, Shrewsbury

It has been a privilege to walk with the people I have met. Many of them, friends for life. On my first EDGE Travel Worldwide trip I took my daughter to Machu Picchu. To share such an adventure with her was incredible and we will treasure the memories forever . It changes your mindset seeing the culture and a view if life in a different way .
It’s hard to put into words how much Edge Travel worldwide has changed our lives as a family for the better . Through meeting Sarah and then Dave I have travelled to Machu Picchu and Kilimanjaro & I have now reserved my third adventure

This was my second EDGE trip, this time I took my son , we loved it every second of it . Kilimanjaro is so much more than just the summit it’s the journey before and after . The people that care for you, the guides the trek the adventure folds out in pages like a chapter in front of you you can’t wait to turn the next page . The joy of this experience is you take it home with you and the feeling of such an achievement stays with you . I feel healthier, fitter and addicted to altitude. At the time it’s a tough challenge but to push yourself out of normal daily life and out if your comfort zone its an experience I will never forget . For me it’s about making the most of the time we are here and trying to stay fit as long as I can and share these incredible accomplishments in the knowledge the next adventure is out there. Without Dave none of this would have been possible. The encouragement, guidance and kindness extends far beyond a trip. I have seen Dave show my children how to overcome fear of heights, learn about weather conditions, believe in themselves and succeed without any limits. These are priceless travel experiences and we want to thank you for making our dreams come true for me and my family.

Toni, Leicester

IF you’ve seen and have been inspired by the Comic Relief Killimanjaro climb and are interested in finding out how you too could get close to this amazing mountain and have a wonderful adventure!
IF you wish to challenge and grow yourself in the company of other wonderful inspiring people then you need to meet Dave Pickles from EDGE Travel Worldwide.
We had the most amazing time. We were all from different backgrounds ,different age groups , different fitness levels , and Dave brought us together as a TEAM!
We laughed , cried , sang , stumbled , hugged and shared this amazing experience together .
What you can’t see in the Comic Relief film are the amazing porters who carry the provisions , care for the climbers , encourage every step of the way and who make the journey so special .
I reached the summit holding hands with Hilary – he sang softly for hours as we climbed the mountain in the moonlight and this was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life so far .

Yvonne, Kingsmead

Kilimanjaro, wow – I wanted a challenge and that is what I got!

I absolutely loved this trip; the itinerary was well put together with Dave Pickles coordinating every day seamlessly. The local crew of Porters and Guides were so incredibly funny, friendly, humble and kind, I felt that I was always in safe hands.

I was travelling alone, but within minutes of meeting people at the airport, friendships were made and a lovely group was born. Two thirds of the group knew each other previously but this did not really impact on the group dynamics, everyone integrated well.

This trek took me way out of my comfort zone…I have reasonable fitness level, but I found this so hard, particularly the summit night when altitude sickness descended. But it made the success all the sweeter when I reached the very top of highest freestanding mountain in the world. Ages in our group ranged from 19-74, young and young at heart got to the top, so it really is achievable for all with the right mindset and support.

Dave gave clear guidelines to follow from the outset, rest is best, hydration, pace and relaxation…his support, enthusiasm and vast experience gave me so much confidence in my ability to succeed. Dave constantly encourages, jokes, entertains and manages people in a fun and positive way, striving to give each individual person such an epic experience. He balances that comedic, approachable charm with military organisation and calm professionalism – it is most certainly Dave and his ethos that gives Edge Travel the ‘edge’ above other similar operators.

I could have booked this trip directly with any tour guide in Tanzania, but to be able to draw on Dave’s expertise and knowledge leading up to the trip as well as whilst we were away was invaluable.

Only one small flaw in the itinerary, it would have been wonderful to have an additional day by the pool in our hotel at the end with our group to digest our achievements and raise a toast with a few Kilimanjaro beers! That was just the luck of the draw with the flights and not a complaint, I guess I should have just booked that extra week in Zanzibar after all.

I am rather proud to achieved what I have with the help of Edge Travel, it is all still sinking in and already I can’t wait to plan the next adventure…

Paul, Sandbach

I went on the 2019 trek and what an incredible trip! Certainly tougher than I expected especially on the final ascent but well worth it to have the experience of standing on the roof of Africa. The diversity of landscapes that are experienced throughout the trek is amazing. I would like to highlight that throughout the trip Dave and the team in Tanzania were incredible and the whole trip was made easier knowing that I was in completely safe hands and would thank everyone for their professionalism, care and attention. One of the many memorable moments for me was on the final ascent walk the Tanzania team could see that people were flagging and began singing which I know had an inspirational impact on me and certainly helped get me to the top and speaking to others it had a similar effect. I would not hesitate to recommend Edge Travel to others and also am looking forward to going on another Edge trek.

Angela, Sheffield

I did this trip with Dave in 2017. From start to finish it was the most emotional experience of my life. It was bloody hard, testing and satisfying. I choose the right company for my experience that goes without saying. I didn’t know anyone on the trip but from the end of day 1 I made friends for life and I genuinely mean that. I adore everyone of the team I walked with.
If your looking for a challenge I would defo recommend this one.

Paulina, Spalding

Tanzania and Kilimanjaro was my first trip I did with EDGE. I remember I kept asking myself before the trip if it was really happening. So it did happen and even that until today it’s still the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life I feel I found myself on that mountain. Believe or not I actually did it again for the second time six months later! And want to go again.. Am I addicted? 😀
Tanzania feels like another home to me with kind people, tasty food and great scenery. You won’t be disappointed!

Wendy, Llangollen

This was my first EDGE trek with Dave in September 2016. I am 100% certain I wouldn’t have submitted without Dave. He has summited Kilimanjaro over 50 times and his vast experience is very evident. His understanding of every emotion a trekker on this mountain is going through is uncanny. His ability to feed you enough information for a successful trek is invaluable. The pace is slow to allow safe acclimatising. Up until the summit attempt this feels like a trek that only gradually gets more challenging. Summit night was a whole level tougher but reaching the crater rim with sunrise felt like I was on a film set. Summiting was surreal (take plenty of photos) I descended quickly and enjoyed feeling the air thickening again at about the same pace the enormity of what I’d achieved really did start sinking in. I definitely have to do this one again as it still feels like a dream!

Phil, Leeds 20/07/2020

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