|Fitness Level||: Moderate||Max-Altitude||: 5364m / 17598.21ft|
|Country||: Nepal||Group Size||: 1-12 pax|
|Trip Start||: Kathmandu, Nepal||Trip Finish||: Kathmandu, Nepal|
|Meals||: Breakfasts in Kathmandu, all meals during trek|
|Accommodation||: Superior hotel in Kathmandu, luxury lodges and best tea houses on trek|
Amongst the treks in the Himalayas, the trek to Everest Base Camp has allured travellers as a lifelong ambition to get up close to the world’s tallest mountain, Everest. A strong sense of achievement can be felt reaching the base camp of the mighty Everest. Nothing can be more memorable than to trek to the Everest Base Camp exploring “Khumbu” lifestyle of the infamous Sherpas staying at luxury lodges en route. You can enjoy the indulgent comfort, high quality cuisine and very warm Sherpa hospitality at those lodges- enjoy your stay at your Home above the clouds. Whilst this trek you would be greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. The route takes you to the prettiest Sherpa villages in the Khumbu and to Namche Bazaar the colourful and vibrant heart of Sherpa country. Get ready with your cameras when climbing to a famous vantage point, Kala Patthar, which offers a marvelous 360-degree panorama of the Himalayas.Hospitality at its best starts right from the moment you set foot on the Himalayan soil. Strut around Kathmandu city and observe the fusion of tradition with the contemporary, join your hands and say “Namaste” and you will surely be greeted back cheerfully. Discovering the historical and cultural monuments in Kathmandu - the temples, shrines, gompas, stupas, bazaars, streets, and monuments will surely leave you enchanted to the core.
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We are sure that a brief walk around the city will surely amaze you, and observe how Kathmandu embraces you with contemporary living combines with a traditional touch. The stark contrast of a modern structure next to a quaint building is the hallmark of a city that is inhabited by individuals from all walks of life, yet courteous and welcoming in every manner.
A wholesome Nepalese feast awaits your appetite in the evening, and experience the taste of Nepal as we host a welcome dinner for you. Overnight in Kathmandu.
The daylight reveals the city in many different contrasts; wake up to explore the true identity of Kathmandu. Watch in amusement as scores of people pass by you, stop and observe their faces which hold a smile even to people unknown. The sights, smell and sounds of the city offer an amazing example of jovial concord, the tinkle of the temple bells to the blaring horns, and the ancient dwellings to towering buildings or the mix of incense in the fresh morning air.
As you walk down to the “Durbar Square”, look up at the temples and see, the intricately carved details of gods and goddesses come alive. Take a peek at the “Kumari” ghar (ghar: residence). The Kumari, the living Goddess of purity herself resides inside the walls. The “Jhonchhe” Tole (Tole: locality) used to be frequented by the hippie generation in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Enlighten yourself how a nation came to be in the National Museum nearby. Amazingly around 50 temples can be seen in the vicinity. Also, the Nepalese handicraft stalls line the lanes, so pick something up for your loved ones back home.
The mischievous primates that line the 365 stone steps up the hillock to the “Swyambhunath” Stupa can grab your snacks, if you decide to eat on your way up. The amazing view of the city below will take your breath away.
A little distance away, throngs of Hindu devotees can be seen queued up at the Pashupati Temple, the holy men or “Babaji’s” of the temple will bless you. The temple signifies the once stronghold of Hinduism, which still rules the beliefs of more than 75% of the Nepalese population.
Further away at the gates of the “Boudhanath” Stupa, you will not notice its enormity until you step inside. The gigantic stupa is one of the biggest in the world; the colorful fluttering prayer flags atop the whitewashed background will be a sight to behold. Inhabited mostly by Tibetan settlers, the stupa is an accolade to the deep-rooted Buddhist beliefs of a nation, where Buddha himself was born. All the above mentioned places are listed in the UNESCO, as heritage sites. Take a break in the evening, the bars at Thamel area serve till midnight and the music is live. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Altitude: 2835m/9301ft | Flight: 40 min | Trek 5-6 hrs
Spot the mighty Himalayas, the 40 min flight takes you above the clouds on your way to Lukla. The Tenzing Hillary airport comes into view, as you cut across the clouds to the landing strip below. Lukla, the gateway to the majestic Himalayas, offers a walk of a lifetime. A few technical insights and arrangements later, you will start your first step towards the mountains, our first stop will be Monjo. The trek is light and will help you acclimatize gradually, the joy of seeing the small village come into view beside the "Dudh Koshi" river is simply beyond imagination. Rest a while and fuel up for the trek ahead. Take a hike to the Rimjung Monastery nearby if you want, and seek blessings for safety for the trip ahead. The Everest Summit Lodge Monjo is located on a tranquil spot, so take a hot shower to ward off the weariness. Overnight in Monjo.
Altitude: 3,440m/11,280ft | Trek 4-5 hrs
Grab a hearty breakfast to take on the trail from Monjo to Namche Bazaar, you will need it. However, the trail will definitely make you feel elated, and the mighty peaks will accompany you all along the way. Cross the Dudh Koshi River four times over high suspension bridges and you might even catch a glimpse of the Everest Peak. However, the clouds hold secrets most of the time. Namche Bazaar (Bazaar: small market/town) comes into view in all its glory, it is also referred to as the “Sherpa” capital as most of the inhabitants are mountaineers, and listen to their stories of conquests over the peaks by the fireplace in the evening and you will be impressed. Refuel with authentic and delicious Nepalese “Dal-Bhaat” (lentil soup and rice) at the Yeti Mountain Home Lodge during dinner time. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Altitude: 3,780m/12,401ft | Trek 5-6 hrs
It’s time to acclimatize to the high elevation; Namche Bazaar precisely serves this purpose. So take the day and stroll around the town. The Sherpa capital has lot to offer as it is the trading point for traders from Tibet, as trading is a custom that has been the lifeblood of these regions for generations. You can gain more insights on the Sherpa culture and their lifestyle as the bazaar is bustling with activities. The town also offers access to Internet, check your e-mails and update your status on social media, but before you head on further, visit the Tourist Visitor Center close to the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park, while Namche market itself is certainly worth wandering around and is a good place to get some souvenir shots. Don’t miss the chance to check out the world’s only Yak (Mountain Ox) "parking area" above the market, careful though as the Yaks are notoriously ill-tempered.
If you are in for some more adventure while in Namche, hike up to Kumjung Gompa (Monastery) to watch the scalp that purportedly comes from a yeti. While at the gompa, ask the monks (lamas) for directions for getting to Guru Rinpoche's (Head Monk’s) cave. Back in Namche Bazaar, beat the evening chill at Yeti Mountain Home Luxury Lodge with some local brews and chat with the Sherpas, their stories will enchant you. Overnight in Namche.
If you are in for some more adventure while in Namche, hike up to Kumjung Gompa (Monastery) to watch the scalp that purportedly comes from a yeti. While at the gompa, ask the monks (lamas) for directions for getting to Guru Rinpoche's (Head Monk’s) cave. Back in Namche Bazaar, beat the evening chill at Yeti Mountain Home Luxury Lodge with some local brews and chat with the Sherpas, their stories will enchant you. Overnight at lodge in Namche.
Altitude: 3,840m/12,288ft | Trek 2-3 hrs
Fuel yourself with a hearty breakfast; the trail to Mende is well worn and adventurous. Wow! Will be the first expression to leave your lodge, as the splendid views of Mt Everest, Nupste Peak, Lhotse and Ama Dablam come into range. You will literally feel your jaws drop as you see Thamserku at a close view. The trail leads you to steady ups and downs with the magnificent views of the great Himalayas, always close by; sometimes the urge to reach out and touch them is overwhelming. The trail leads you further towards the pine forests and paths bedecked with gravel and stones and a bridge covered in colorful prayer flags over the Dudh Koshi River. We walk past the Laudo Gumba before crossing the bridge above Thesebu Khola (stream). From here we ascend on steep trail before reaching Mende. Overnight in Mende.
Altitude: 3450m/11040ft | Trek 5-6 hrs
The weather always does not play foul in these elevations; you may rise up to a beautiful sunlit morning to spot the stunning view of the monastery and the mountains. Today we cross the Khunde valley to Tashinga. Our trail gradually descends first to the village of Khunde and then to Khumjung. On the way we see a hospital, a school and a hydro electric plant. In the village of Khumjung we also see the house that Tenzing Norgay used to live in. Overnight in Tashinga.
Altitude: 4150m/13280ft | Trek 5-6 hrs
The trek takes you along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. On the way, you can visit the Tengboche Monastery which is a spiritual center of the entire Khumbu region. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. After the tour, we continue our trek to Pangboche.
Altitude: 4371m/14,340ft | Trek 3-4 hrs
Today we trek to reach Pheriche- the home of the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic. Whilst this trek you can to enjoy the constant company of Ama Dablam rising above us. We can also admire the mountain change its shape as we walk up the valley and see it from a different perspective. Pheriche is in the shadow of Everest Base Camp. Yak trains returning from Base Camp make their first overnight stop here. Overnight in Pheriche.
Altitude: 4940 m/16,207 ft | Trek 5-6 hrs
The ridge top called the Chupki Lhara offers a dramatic view of the mountains beyond. The memorial stones in honor of an American and a Nepalese Mountaineer, who perished in this sites serve as a reminder of man’s relentless thirst for mountain quests, take a moment to pray for their souls. Although the trail descends to moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, you will find yourself facing several great peaks, take a breather the air is already thin up there! After you cross the moraine, the boulder and rock speckled slopes with Mt. Nuptse towering to the right are a sight to behold! You may be looking everywhere for the mighty Mt. Everest, it is close by but still out of sight. Let your body relax and adjust to the low pressure and thinner mountain air at Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
Altitude Gorak Shep: 5170 m/16,961ft, Everest Base Camp: 5364 m/17,594 ft | Trek 8 - 9 hrs.
After all this time in the mountains, you really get used to the environment. The more you see the majestic peaks along the trail the more you want to be here. The crown of Everest North Ridge, in sync with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt Khumbuste, Nuptse peak is a photographer’s delight. The slight elevation at Thangma Riju lets you rotate your camera lens a full 360 degrees to capture the peaks. The Kala-Patthar (Eng: Blackstone) knoll rises beneath Mt. Pumori , make way further to Gorak Shep and get surrounded by the majestic peaks, including the Might Everest. You will need to subdue your hunger pang, with a hearty lunch, the trail to Everest Base Camp cuts across through the once enormous Gorak Shep Lake.
The realization of achieving the goal finally washes you down with utmost ecstasy; weariness wears down and fills you with sense of pride. Appreciation for those who aspire to reach the summit after braving the notorious Khumbu icefall comes at an instant, as you scan the landscape around you. If the weather is glorious, you can view the perfect vistas of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori. Stroll around the bright tents in contrast with the white background and meet mountaineers from all across the globe, who camp there for a respite exchange greetings and spread goodwill. Standing up there, we are sure you will be whispering the words “I m glad I came.”
Backtrack to Gorak Shep for a well deserved rest, if the sky is clear you stare out at the stars at night, they look clearer and closer. Find your place in the galaxy!Accommodation: Yeti Resort
Altitude: 4280 m/14,070 ft | Trek 8 - 9 hrs
If you are into nature photography, you are in for a treat. Kala-patthar offers a stunning view of sunrise over Mt. Everest 8848 ft. The glint of the first rays of the sun that hits the mighty peak, will surely take your breath away. However, pack yourself with several layers of insulated clothing as the sunrise view at Kala-patthar demands you to be out of your sleeping bags even before the larks, the temperatures can plummet to -10°c and further down to -14°c with cold winds howling at your face. The treat for eyes doesn’t stop even after the sunrise the awe-inspiring Himalayan panorama will have you clicking away pictures with your camera, at the speed of light. The vista that you witness here will remain etched not only in your computer desktops, but they will be there within your heart and mind.
Fill your growling tummies with some breakfast at Gorak Shep. Head off to Pheriche village a popular stop for trekkers and climbers alike, the hospital at Pheriche was established to aid ailing climbers and trekkers. The establishment gives you a sense of hope that medical aid is nearby even in the most remote areas of the planet. Rest your soles and souls at Pheriche. Overnight in Periche.Accommodation: Hotel Pumori
Altitude: 3,440 m/11,280 ft | Trek 8-9 hrs
Walk through beautiful hillsides covered by conifers, as you move ahead the Rhodendrons, the national flower of Nepal greets you with various shades of red, the feeling is heavenly. The trail further descends to thick pine forests, all along the way you are never devoid of the view of the peaks nearby. A relaxing lunch at Kyangjuma (3570 m/11,710 ft) with the view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse will set you in motion again. The trail leading Namche Bazaar is winding and wooded, get your cameras ready to take pictures of wildlife in this elevation, mountain goats and pheasants are common sights whereas the elusive snow leopards are hard to spot. Namche bazaar finally comes into view after passing a Chorten, and army camp, take a final look behind at the majestic mountains you have left behind.
Take a warm shower; you would probably need it after all that walking and check your mails, stroll around or hit the sack early once you reach Namche bazaar.
Altitude: 2800ft/9186m | Trek 7-8 hrs
The final leg of this exciting odyssey fills you with apprehension of leaving behind the mountains in their wake. The walk across the suspension bridge laced with colorful prayer flags atop the Dudh Koshi River will make you want to turn back and tread right back to the mountains, the warmer air down at this level will ease your runny noses and sore throats. The distant snowy peaks bid you farewell and a safe journey homewards and the prayer flags and stone shrines wish you with good luck. Lukla nestles you with the assurance that civilization is not far away.
Stretch those sore legs and chat with fellow trekkers about the experience you had beside a bonfire, it is enlivening! Overnight in Lukla.
Altitude: 1300m/4,264ft | Flight: 40 min
Bid goodbye to the gateway of the Himalayas, as you board the plane back to Kathmandu (Note: Flights to and from Lukla to Kathmandu are subjected to weather conditions, delays are common). Back in Kathmandu take the day off, explore the city the vibrant atmosphere and friendly faces that you see in every corner will help you relax. “Thamel” area is a popular tourist hub, meet people from all over the globe and lounge in one of the many pubs and bars, the heady mix of Eastern and Western music sets a fun atmosphere. Shop around for locally produced souvenirs and memorabilia for your loved ones back home. To celebrate the successful completion of the adventurous trek, we will have a farewell dinner where we can pick our meal from their carefully crafted menu that offers a wide range of choices.
Our cheerful representative from Wind Horse Adventures will drop you off to the airport three hours prior to the flight departure. The mystic land of the Himalayas holds many more secrets to be told. Come back again for another rendezvous with the mighty mountains.
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