Overview/Itinerary

Pack your bags this is your opportunity with Treks and Trails, India organizing the Trek to Mount Everest Base camp in May 2016. This program has been designed to fulfill the demands of the people who want to have a glimpse of the world’s highest peak. Apart from breathtaking scenery, travelers to the region can experience unique Sherpa culture by visiting monasteries and museums along the way. Days filled with walking for the sheer pleasure of it, past colorful prayer wheels and across swing bridges straight out of an Indiana Jones movie. While evenings rewarded with hot food and conversation with like-minded people around the dining-room fire, the heady mix of natural beauty, fascinating culture and a personal sense of achievement, as well as warm Nepalese hospitality, makes the Everest Base Camp trek one of the world’s most unforgettable trek. It’s Journey of a lifetime.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and check into your Guest House.

Your local guide will meet you this evening for a Trek briefing.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Phaplu (2451m).

Drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu which will take approximately 8 hours.

Day 03: Phaplu to Ringmo (2720m) – 5-6 hours.

Today is your first day of the trek. The Trekking trail follows Chiwang and Phera through a pine tree and rhododendron forest alive with birds. You will reach Ringmo where you can rest after your first full day of your trek.

Day 04: Ringmo to Khari Khola (1985m) – 5-6 hours.

The beginning of your trek is a gentle ascent for approximately one and half hours to Takshindo La Pass (3100m.). From here, you could see first your view of Thamserku (6623m.), Kantega (6780m.), Kusum Kangaru (6370m.) and Mera Peak (6650m.) The end of your trek is a steep descent to the town Nunthala (2200m.) through a small Sherpa settlement and forest. The descent continues to the Dudh Kosi (‘Milk River’) and crosses the river using a 109m long suspension bridge (1510m) then you will trek up to the sprawling Rai village of Jubing (1680m). You continue to climb up a ridge until you reach the sherpa village, Khari Khola (1985m)

Day 05: Khari Khola to Paiya (2730m) – 6 hours.

After crossing the suspension bridge at Khari Khola the trail will ascend and you will pass some water driven mills. You will continue your ascent to Bupsa (2360m) and continue the trek with a gentle climb, passing the village of Kharte and continue on through forest trails. From this part of the trek you can admire views of Cho Oyu (8153m). You keep climbing the ridge until you reach the teashop on Khari La pass at 2840m. The trail descends into the deep canyon of Paiya Khola. After crossing the bridge you reach the small settlement of Paiya.

Day 06: Paiya to Phakding (2610m) – 6-7 hours.

Today you will make your way to Phakding. The trail climbs up and down for about an hour after Puiyan to a ridge that offers a good view of the Khumbu region and then descends about 500m towards Surke (2290m). Continuing the trail upwards again, you will hike up through a jumble of boulders until you reach Chablung (2700m). The trail drops steeply for bit then descends to Thado Khosi gaon where there is suspension bridge you will cross until you see the head of the valley Mt. Kusum Kanguru(6367m). You will continue to hike to the Dudh Koshi River where you can take a short visit at monastery. You will then trek to reach Phakding (2610m).

Day 07: Phakding to Namche (3440m) – 5-6 hours.

Trek to Namche(3440m): From Phakding you will cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Jorsele is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You will ascend steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt. Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed Nangpa La.

Day 08: Rest day in Namche

Namche Bazar is a village steeped in Sherpa culture. It is a historic trading village where Nepalese and Tibetans exchange a Myriad of goods. It is a tourist hub and the most popular resting stop in the Khumbu region. This hilly settlement is shaped like a horse shoe and positioned in a very unconventional location. Immediately west of this bustling town is Kongde Ri (6,187m) and to the east is Thamserku (6,608m). In addition to the abundant hotels and lodges, Namche boasts of three small museums, a Stupa, a monastery, several bakeries and many well-stocked stores. Here, trekkers can access the modern communication facilities to stay connected to the outside world.

Day 09: Namche to Tengboche (3860m) – 5-6 hours.

Your trek towards Tengboche will give you superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Your trek follows a gradual trail with magnificent views of the Himalayas. The trail goes gradually down up to Kyangjuma and eventually reaches Sanasa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests until you reach the Dudh Kosi River. After crossing the river you will reach Phunki Tenga (3250m), a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Tenga you will have a steep hike up through the pine forests before you reach Tengboche.

Day 10: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) – 5-6 hours

Today you will descend on a steep trail through a damp rhododendron forest to the village of Deboche (3736m). You will pass through Pangboche (3930m), then the trail proceeds up a gentle slope and passes the small village of Shomare. Beyond Shomare, the trail flattens and passes Orsho. Beyond Orsho the trail gets steep for about an hour of your hike until you reach Dingboche.

Day 11: Dingboche to Lobuche (4410m) 5-6 hours:

Leave Dingboche by the steep trail going up until you reach a gentle slope to Duglha. Here you will take a short break before ascending to the pass (4755m). After the passs you will hike on a gentle slope that will bring you to Lobuche.

Day 12: Lobuche - Rest day:

Today ou can take a rest or short day hikes around the area to explore. This is an important acclimatization stop on the way to Everest Base Camp.

Day 13: Lobuche – Everest Base Camp (5364m) and trek back to Gorak Shep (5140m)

Up the valley from Lobuche along a level path with Khumbu Glacier you will hike to Gorak Shep. Once you reach Gorak Shep you will continue to Everest Base Camp. The trail from Gorak Shep (5140m) to the Everest Base Camp (5364m) is a 2 ½ hours walk in each direction. Once you have enjoyed some time at base camp you will trek back to Gorak Shep.

Day 14: Gorak Shep-Kala Pattar (5550m)-Dingboche (4410m) 3 hours

Today you will hike to Dingboche and also visit Kala Pattar. At the top you have not only a stunning view of Everest, but a 360-degree panorama of peaks including Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kantega, Thamserku, Tawatse, Pumori and Changtse. Once you have taken in the view, you will hike back down to Gorak Shep, then Lobuche and continue to Dingboche. This is not a difficult day. It takes about 2 ½ hours to Dingboche.

Day 15: Dingboche to Namche Bazar 5-6 hours

Beautiful walk through Rhododendron, Birch, Willows and cross the Dudh Koshi river and uphill to Mong La (4020m). This is a good view point. Then walk along side to Sanasa and Melingo. From there a large trail brings you to Namche Bazar.

Day 16: Namche Bazar to Chaurikharka (6-7 hours)

The trek down to Monjo – Phakding – Ghat and then Chaurikharka. It is the same trail when you hike up to the Paiya to Phakding. Chaurikharka is a village development committee in Solu Khumbu District in the Sagarmatha Zone.

Day 17: Chaurikharka to Bubsa (5-6 hours)

Bubsa is small village where you can visit the Buddhist Monastery.

Day 18: Bubsa to Taksingdu (2960m) – 7-8 hours

Today’s trek will bring you to Taksingdu La. Along the way you will once again have great mountains views, and then a short descent to Taksingdu where you can visit the Taksingdu Monastery.

Day 19: Taksingdu to Phaplu (7 hours)

Today you will follow the path down to Phaplu through the forest. Continue on down into Phaplu and celebrate the completion of the trek.

Day 20: Drive from Phaplu to Kathmandu and check into your guest house.

Day 21: Departure Day

20 Nights 21 Days Available on request
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give/What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu for 2 nights in Hostel on multiple sharing basis (Mixed)
  •  Accommodation during Trek for 18 nights in Tea house lodges on twin sharing basis (Mixed)
  •  Road transportation for domestic transfers during trek – Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  •  1 English Speaking Trekking Guide for all groups. 1 Assistant Guide for group size above 6 pax.
  •  Porters to carry 10 kg maximum per person on the trek
  •  Sagarmatha National Park Fee
  •  All permits, applicable local taxes required for itinerary and as per Nepali regulations at the time of the trek
  •  Wages, Accommodation, Food, Insurance of trekking guides and porters
  •  Adventure Travel Insurance with emergency medical helicopter assistance and evacuation
  •  Medical oxygen if needed for emergency purpose

What is NOT included in the tour

  •  Personal expenses of any nature, personal tips to guides & porters, alcoholic beverages, cold drinks,     mineral water/boiled water and hot showers during the trek.
  •  Meals in Kathmandu and on the Trek *Meal upgrades available on all packages
  •  International Airfare & Tourist visa for Nepal. Pick up & drop for International Arrival & Departure
  •  Any transportation needs outside of the itinerary inclusions.
  •  Any sightseeing outside of the itinerary inclusions
  •  Any kind of personal Gear, Clothing and Equipment
  •  Any Unforeseen Expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions, International or domestic flight delays/cancellations, political disturbance, natural disaster, deviation in programs and any other circumstances beyond our control
  • Any filming permits of any kind. This includes any type of drone. The fee for drones is at $16,000 (USD) and permits take 45 days to obtain
Things to Carry
Things to Carry

What to bring along as Participants

Woollen Thermals or inners, Cotton Shirts, Slacks, Cotton Pants, Woollen sweaters or Jackets, Gloves, Sun Cap, Shoes, Socks, Enamelled or Steel Mug / tumbler, Plate, Spoon, Water purifying tablets, Pen knife, Needle, Thread, Spare buttons, Goggles, Cold Cream / Vaseline, Soap, Toilet Paper, Towel, medicines which you normally use at home, Camera and Sunscreen SPF 40 or above as recommended by your doctor.

Medical Tips:

• Carry regular medicines for headaches, travel sickness, vomiting, stomach upset, etc.

• Please ensure that you carry specific medication that you are currently consuming (if any).

• Consult your physician for general tips on high altitude travel.

• Consumption of water should be minimum 3 to 3.5 litres per day.

 

FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

Cancellation Policy:

In case you are unable to join this trip you will get 50% of the programme fees as refund, provided your request is received directly at least 30 days in advance from the date of your joining.

Any unforeseen event / strike or natural calamity will not be considered as a cause of cancellation.

Incase the event is not conducted due unforeseen event / strike or natural calamity then Treks and Trails will try to refund your payments after minimum cancellation charges (varies).

 

Important Note:

Registrations are done only on phone calls and will be confirmed only after the receipt of full programme fees.

Registrations will be on first come first served basis.

TreksandTrails reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice.

Food & Water supplies: Simple and nutritious meals will be provided. 

What to bring along as Participants

Woollen Thermals or inners, Cotton Shirts, Slacks, Cotton Pants, Woollen sweaters or Jackets, Gloves, Sun Cap, Shoes, Socks, Enamelled or Steel Mug / tumbler, Plate, Spoon, Water purifying tablets, Pen knife, Needle, Thread, Spare buttons, Goggles, Cold Cream / Vaseline, Soap, Toilet Paper, Towel, medicines which you normally use at home, Camera and Sunscreen SPF 40 or above as recommended by your doctor.

 

Medical Tips:

• Carry regular medicines for headaches, travel sickness, vomiting, stomach upset, etc.

• Please ensure that you carry specific medication that you are currently consuming (if any).

• Consult your physician for general tips on high altitude travel.

• Consumption of water should be minimum 3 to 3.5 litres per day.

 

SAFETY & SECURITY

Extensive and pain taking preparations have gone into the planning the route for your safety. Our field staff and experienced guides have been visiting the area to check all details. While every care has been taken to ensure your safety Treks and Trails, India cannot be held responsible for any accident, illness and such other unforeseen eventualities.

Activity
North India Treks
Destination
Nepal
Duration
7+ Days