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Difficulty : Strenuous

Reference Code: EBKGNP

Trip Start: Kathmandu

Trip Start Date: Sep. 24/ Oct. 09/ Nov. 04, 2020 Mar. 21/ Apr.05/ May 03, 2021

Trek Start: Lukla

Trek Start Date: Sep 27/Oct 12/Nov 07, 2020 Mar 24/Apr. 08/May 6, 2021

Trek Days: 18 days

Maximum Altitude: 5,550m

Age: 10 & Above

Season: Spring and Autumn

Accommodation: Lodge Basis

Service: Standard

Destination: Nepal

Trip End: Kathmandu

Trip End Date: Oct. 16/Oct. 31/Nov. 26, 2020 Apr.12/Apr. 27/May 25, 2021

Trek End: Lukla

Trek End Date: Oct. 14/Oct29/Nov. 24, 2020 Apr.10/Apr. 25/May 23, 2021

Trip Durations: 23 days

Physical Rating: Strenuous

Group Size: 2 to 16

Theme: Walking and Trekking

Trip Highlights:
  • Lukla: Lukla is a small town in Solukhumbu District in the Province No. 1 of north-eastern Nepal. Situated at 2,860 metres (9,383 ft), it is a popular place for visitors to the Himalayas near Mount Everest to arrive. Lukla is served by the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. Weather permitting, twin-engined Twin Otters make frequent daylight flights between Lukla and Kathmandu. Lukla Airport has a very short and steep airstrip, often compounded by hazardous weather. Short runways are a danger because a pilot has limited space both to get the plane off the ground and to land it safely. ... Beyond the perils of the runway and elevation, Lukla airport is precarious due to the harsh landscape that surrounds it. At the landing end of the runway lies a stone wall and a steep mountain. Due to this reason it is also listed 2nd most dangerous airport in the world by National Geography. Only few well trained experienced elite pilots are allowed to make flight to this airport. It is itself an achievement. 
  • Namchebazar: Namchebazaar is a town in  Solukhumbu District of Province No. 1 of north-eastern Nepal. It is located within the Khumbu area at 3,440 metres (11,286 ft) at its low point, populating the sides of a hill. Most Sherpa who are in the tourism business are from the Namche area. Namche is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region with many Nepalese officials, a police check, post, a bank, and even a beauty salon. Namchebazar is also regarded as the gate way to Everest Region. This place also serve as place to acclimatize before rolling higher altitude of Everest region to the travellers to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness.
  • Tengboche: Tengboche is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The height is well over 12,000 feet. The Monastery buildings stand upon a knoll at the end of a big spur, which is flung out across the direct axis of the Imja river. Surrounded by satellite dwellings, all quaintly constructed and oddly mediaeval in appearance, it provides a grandstand beyond comparison for the finest mountain scenery that one can ever seen, whether in the Himalaya or elsewhere. This place is also very popular for old monastery and a hub for Buddhist culture observation.
  • Everest Base Camp: The Everest Base Camp, one of our final destination, on the south side, at an altitude of 17,900 feet (5,500 m), is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and about 40,000 people per year make the trek there from Lukla airport.
  • Kalapathar: Kala Patthar, meaning 'black rock' is a notable landmark, anther final destination, located on the south ridge of Pumori in the Nepalese Himalayas above Gorakshep. Although not a proper mountain, with a prominence of only 10 m (33 ft),[1] the ascent of Kala Patthar is very popular with trekkers in the region of Mount Everest since it provides the most accessible closeup view of Everest. Due to the structure of the Everest Massif, its high summit is blocked by Nuptse from much of the surrounding region. The views of Everest, Nuptse and Changtse are spectacular from Kala Patthar and there are glimpses of the northern flank and summit of Lhotse. The world's highest webcam, Mount Everest webcam, was located here. Kala Patthar is considered the highest altitude most will reach without a climbing permit.
  • Gokyo Lakes: Gokyo is among the most popular tourist destinations leading towards the Sagarmatha base camp and other areas. Gokyo village at 4,790 m (15,720 ft) elevation is a major centre in the area. A visit to the area often includes climbing Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Lakes are oligotrophic lakes, located at an altitude of 4,700–5,000 m (15,400–16,400 ft) above sea level. These lakes are the world's highest freshwater lake system comprising six main lakes, of which Thonak Lake is the largest. The Gokyo lake system of 19 lakes is spread over an area of 196.2 ha (485 acres) lying between 4,600 and 5,100 m (15,100 and 16,700 ft). The Gokyo Lakes are considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. About 500 Hindus take a holy bath in the lakes during the Janai Purnima festival, which usually occurs in the month of August. On an average 7,000 tourists annually visit the Gokyo Lakes.[5] The site is worshipped as the residing place of 'Nag Devata' (Snake God); a temple of the Hindu deities Lords Vishnu and Shiva is situated at the western corner of the lake. The belief that birds and wildlife in the area should not be harmed has traditionally protected fauna.
  • Gokyo Ri: Gokyo Ri/Peak is a 5,357 m (17,575 ft)-high peak in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. It is located on the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the largest glacier in Nepal and reputed to be the largest in the whole Himalayas. Gokyo (4,750 m, 15,583 ft above sea level), at the base of Gokyo Ri, is a small hamlet of a few stone houses and one of the highest settlements in the world. From Gokyo Ri it is possible to see four 8,000-metre peaks: Mount EverestLhotseMakalu, and Cho Oyu. The Gokyo Lakes are in the area.

Mount Everest Base Camp has been a popular destination for trekkers since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1953. To reach this part of the Himalaya within a limited time, we have devised this two week trek to Everest Base Camp which runs directly to and from Lukla.

The Everest Base Camp trek, a very well known mountain trek, starts at the upper Phakding and follows the Dudh Koshi valley which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche, a bustling bazaar that’s a junction for trekkers, the local Sherpa and expeditions en route to the mighty Mt. Everest. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it the kind of walk you will remember for a long, long time.

From Namche, we trek along a high traversing path where we have our first good views of Everest and then head towards Thyangboche Monastery, which is a 2 hour climb. The monastery sits at 3867m in a clearing surrounded by dwarf firs and rhododendrons. The monastery is structurally located on a ridge top with commanding views of the Everest landscape. The view from this spot, seen to best advantage in the morning, is absolutely mesmerizing and stunning and is rightly deemed to be one of the most magnificent in the world.

We then descend to the Imja Khola and continue to the villages of Pangboche and Pheriche before finally approaching the Khumbu Glacier. We then follow the glacier, first to Lobuche, a vantage point for some spectacular views of the Ama Dablam, Taweche and other peaks and then hike to Gorak Shep for a breather.
We also have the opportunity to ascend Kala Pattar [5550m] from where we can get some awesome views of the Himalayan giants which literally numb your senses with breathless admiration that beholds the eye; and makes up for the lung-bursting climb that took you up there. You soon realize it was absolutely worth it. This also includes fantastic views of the south west face of the colossal Mt. Everest.

Gokyo Ri lies at the northern edge of Dudh Pokhari lake. It is reached by following a zig zag path up the hillside. The walk is technically very straightforward but can be pretty tough if you are still in the process of acclimatising to altitude. Just go slowly, take your time and you will enjoy it. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into view and from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself (5360m.), you have one of the finest views of Everest to be had in the Khumbu. At your feet the massive Ngozumpa Glacier (the largest glacier in Nepal) stretches from the foot of Cho Oyu, an 8200m summit to the north almost to the slopes of Cholatse. If the afternoon is clear (unfortunately it often clouds over) seize the opportunity (and a head torch) and go up Gokyo Ri to watch the sun setting on Everest and Makalu, respectively the highest and fifth highest summits in the world. This is a sight that you will not forget. Beyond Gokyo and walking north there are two more lakes and another interesting set of hills that can be climbed (or scrambled up) called Nameless Towers. These offer even more spectacular views of Cho Oyu.

We then trek down to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu ice fall before finally making our way back down to Lukla.

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Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

Namaste! And welcome to Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting on arrival at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport. Our staff will welcome you and pick you to your accommodated hotel. Please seek our company palmplate to find our staff at the main exit gate of the airport. Rest of the day you can relax at the hotel or short evening walk around local market on your own as per your wish.

Day 02 Rest and preparation day

A well deserved rest day at cosy of hotel after a long tiring flight. This day, one can move around nearby local market to purchase or hire trekking equipment that is necessary for the trekking like sleeping bags, walking sticks etc, exchange currency as requirement or simply walk around in the local market or Kathmandu Durbar squire nearby with small entrance fee as per your preference on your own. Evening at the hotel lobby there will be pre-trip briefing in which you will be introduced with your trekking guide and explained about your trip in short, instruction for safety etc.

Day 03 Early morning fly to Lukla(2840m.) and trek to Phakding(2610m.)

Today we have a very early (approx. 6.30 am) flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (45 minutes). If the weather is good, the views of the Himalayas from the small plane are amazing! In Lukla (2840 m), there will be an introduction to the porters, we gear up and commence our trek. Today is a fairly gentle introduction, following the milk-white Dudh Kosi River approximately three-hours to Phakding (2610 m).

Day 04 Trek to Namchebazar(3340m.)

Today you’ll trek around 7 hours to Namche Bazaar, where you’ll spend a couple of days acclimatising to the altitude. You might also get your first look at Everest itself. From Phakding you’ll cross the river and head up the valley, following in the footsteps of the porters loaded with supplies for Namche Bazaar. The trail, lined with blue pine forest, follows the river valley and is especially spectacular in spring when the rhododendron flowers are bright in bloom. Cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar, and look way up above 6,000 metres to see the peaks of snow-capped Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). Press on to Monjo (2835m), a good place to break for lunch. From here the walk starts to get a little tougher, with a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. Enter into the national park, cross the river through the village of Jorsale (2805m) and then continue upstream. Cross another spectacular suspension bridge and begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar. Get your camera out as now there will be your first glimpse of the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche. Namche will be your last chance to check your equipment and hire any additional gear for the high altitudes from Dingboche onwards. Namche Bazaar is also the last chance to enjoy the local nightlife or take to the pool hall and video parlours.

Day 05 Acclimatization day at Namchebazaar

You’ll stay at Namche Bazaar for another night so that you can properly acclimatise to the altitude. One of the best ways to do this is to take strenuous walk up to a high altitude then come back down to sleep – so there’s an optional walk above the Bhote Khola River Valley towards Thami (3810m). Taking a walk to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village is also a great option. This stunning vista includes a super panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. The national park headquarters are home to interesting displays about Sherpa lifestyle and culture, and the local flora and fauna. Namche gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Rugs, clothing, salt and dried meat still all do a roaring trade in the village centre, so haggle for any extra supplies you might need.

Day 06 Trek to Kangjuma(Approx 3700m.)

This interesting walk to the villages of Khumjung and Khunde has been added into our route to further aid acclimatisation, which will be invaluable later on in the trek before we ascend above 4000m. There are spectacular views of Ama Dablam to be had from Kangjuma.

Day 07 Trek to Dole (4040m.)

Soon after Kangjuma the path splits. The path to the right leads up the main trail to Everest Base Camp via the Khumbu Valley. We take the much quieter left-hand trail to the Gokyo Valley. Himalayan tahr and musk deer can sometimes be seen on this part of the route if you are lucky. We follow through rhododendron and birch forest up the left-hand side of the Dudh Kosi Valley heading towards Dole which is 1-2 hours walk from the old check post at 3680m. The hill behind Dole is a good vantage point for sunset views of 6685m Kangtega and 6608m Thamserku.

Day 08 Trek to Machhermo (4410m.)

Another short day of walking, though it is necessary to stop here to restrict our rate of ascent. It is very important to ensure that we stick to the guidelines for ascent to enable us to acclimatise properly.

Day 09 Acclimatization day

We have an acclimatisation day and a local walk on the ridge behind Machermo with fantastic views of the surrounding peaks. This will enable us to gain height during the day, returning to spend a second night at the same altitude. This is a very important aspect of our trek and will undoubtedly assist with the success, as well as with our enjoyment of it.

Day 10 Trek to Gokyo(4790m.)

Our route today takes us further up the Gokyo Valley, to the first of the sacred lakes and past the path we will take later which leads to the ascent route for the Cho La. Continuing on up the valley we come across the second and third sacred lakes, marked by small piles of stones. The village of Gokyo is by the third lake, Dudh Pokhari, and we can see Gokyo Ri to the north of this lake.

Day 11 Acclimatization day

A spare day in case of bad weather or the need for extra acclimatisation. If this day is not needed on the ascent, we can use it to have an extra night at Gokyo for acclimatisation, or at Gorak Shep, devoting a whole day to climbing Kala Pattar. A good thing to do today would be to walk further up the Gokyo Valley to the 5000m “Scoundrels’ View” of Everest by the 5th lake at Ngozumpa Tsho.

Day 12 Trek to Dragnag(4700m.) via Gokyo Ri (5340m.)

We can start today with an ascent of Gokyo Ri if we didn’t climb it yesterday. Depending on your acclimatisation and your confidence on rougher ground, the ascent typically takes around 2 hours, with the descent around half that time. Gokyo Ri offers a fantastic view of Everest and countless Khumbu peaks, and many consider the view from here to surpass the view from Kala Pattar even though Kala Pattar is much nearer to Everest. Returning to Gokyo, we descend the Gokyo valley and across the Ngozumpa Glacier to Dragnag where we overnight (walk around 2 hours). While crossing the glacier the route is not very obvious. Being a glacier, it is important to follow the sherpas carefully along the cairned route.

Day 13 Trek to Dzongla(4850m.) via Chola Pass(5420m.)

The Cho La is a steep ascent, and can appear to be rather intimidating when you are at the foot of the pass. The pass can change in nature quite a lot – sometimes it is too snowy to cross, sometimes icy and sometimes without any snow or ice. If the descent is icy an ice axe is a helpful tool. If there is too much snow to cross the pass, or if people are finding the going rather tough there is the option of retracing our steps back down the Gokyo valley and ascending the Khumbu valley from Phortse. There is limited accommodation at Dzongla, so it might be necessary to continue on to Lobuche. This additional trek can take 2- 3 hours. Today is a long and tiring day, but the length of the day is very dependent on the strength of the group.

Day 14 Trek to Gorakshep(5100m.)

From Dzongla we skirt round on the path above Dughla, with 6119m Lobuche East and 5245m Awi Peak on our left, and 5806m Pokalde opposite us as we join the main Khumbu valley. We take lunch at Lobuche before continuing on to Gorak Shep. The trail gets rougher as we traverse the Khumbu glacier debris where an adjoining glacier flows down from Changri La. Our overnight is at Gorak Shep (5100m).

Day 15 Exploration day to Everest Base Camp (5340m.)

Today we visit the modern-day Everest Base Camp location. The Khumbu ice fall dominates above the part of the glacier that expeditions use for their Base Camps, and trekkers in the spring may well see the climbing expeditions camped here. We return to Gorak Shep.

Day 16 Early morning ascent Kalapatthar(5550m.) and decent to Dingboche(4350m.)

Kala Pattar (5623m) is a steep, but not technically difficult climb. From its summit we may enjoy uninterrupted views of Everest’s black south west face, seemingly dwarfed by its neighbouring giant Nuptse. Khumbu’s tortured ice field stretches away to the south in an unbroken panorama of snowcapped mountains. After retracing our steps along the glacial moraine to Lobuche, we descend the Imja Khola Valley to the village of Dingboche, (4350m).

Day 17 Trek to Kangjuma(Approx 3700m.)

A delightful day of easy walking is ahead of us as we cross first yak meadows and descend into the alpine zone. We continue our descent of the Khumbu passing through Deboche (3757m) and Pangboche with its 300 year old monastery containing wall paintings and Tibetan manuscripts. It is a climb up to Thyangboche Monastery in a magical setting that commands impressive views of shapely Ama Dablam. Dropping down from Thyangboche we traverse along pine-wooded paths to reach Kangjuma.

Day 18 Trek to Monjo(Approx 2700m.)

From the lovely spot at Kangjuma we return along the easy Balcony Path to Namche Bazaar. From here the deep valley of the Dudh Khosi drops away as we retrace our steps to Monjo

Day 19 Trek to Lukla (2840m.)

The last day of trekking is undulating, and the sting in the tail is the final pull up to Lukla where we will stay in a tea house for our final night in the Khumbu. We will no doubt pass fresh-faced trekkers just embarking on their trip. It’s only a short walk from here in the valley before making the final climb up to Lukla, where you’ll say goodbye to your Sherpa crew. Celebrate with a hot shower and a few drinks with your group before flying back to Kathmandu tomorrow morning.

Day 20 Fly to Kathmandu(1350m.)

Weather permitting we take a short early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu on day 14 (approx 45 minutes). We'll return to the hotel and have free time during the afternoon for further sightseeing or shopping. Shop in some of Kathmandu's many markets for clothing, embroidery, carpets or ceramics. If shopping is not your thing, take a trip over the Bagmati River to the adjacent city of Patan, with its abundance of temples and monasteries.

Day 21 Final shopping day.

This is the final day in Nepal. A chance to do some shopping, explore at leisure or merely relax by the hotel. We enjoy a final night together, reliving the trek and our extraordinary achievements.

Day 22 Departure to your next destination

We say 'Namaste' for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. For your final departure, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport approximately 3 hours prior to your international flight time.

Inclusion

Lodge basis
All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.
½ day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with English Speaking Cultural guide
Both way domestic Air fare (KTM-LUK-KTM) with airport tax
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system)
Everest National Park Entry fee
Food for the member during the trek( 3 meals a day as per lodge open menu)
Lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis
Medical supplies(First aid Kit will be available)

All required Nepalese staffs (salary, food, clothing, accommodation)

All Nepalese staffs insurance as per Nepalese Government rules.


Company service charge, VAT and government taxes etc.

Camping basis
All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.
½ day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with English Speaking Cultural guide
Both way domestic Air fare (KTM-LUK-KTM) with airport tax
Cargo charges
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
Everest National Park Entry fee
Food for the members on camping basis
All camping equipment and camping charges
Medical supplies(First aid Kit will be available)

All required Nepalese staffs (salary, food, clothing, accommodation)

All Nepalese staffs insurance as per Nepalese Government rules.


Company service charge, VAT and government taxes etc.

Exclusion

  • International flight with airport tax.
  • Nepalese Entry Visa fee
  • Food during stay in Kathmandu
  • All personal equipment and personal expenses
  • Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
  • Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
  • Personal Medicine
  • Telephone and internet charges
  • Laundry charges
  • Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
  • Rescue evacuation charges if required
  • All Tips...

Equipment List

Clothing and Equipments List
» Pack to pack out - bring enough waterproof bags to carry all non-biodegradable rubbish back down the mountain.
» Remove all unnecessary packaging before leaving home.
» Bring enough warm dry clothes so that you can wrap up rather than burn firewood in the evenings.
» If you are going to trek higher than 5000m or you know it will be cold, buy an aluminum water bottle which can also be used as a hot water bottle at night.
» The easiest way to keep hydrated while trekking is to buy a 1 x liter platypus-drinking bladder to carry in your day pack.
» Make sure to buy proper trekking socks. Don’t buy synthetic socks as these promote sweating and can give you blisters. Always carry a few blister pads in your first aid kit and keep them handy in your day pack.
» Walking poles are very useful while trekking and helpful when descending.
» Please remember that waste disposal and recycling facilitates are limited in Nepal. When buying batteries make sure they are rechargeable and/or high quality so they last longer, and take them home to recycle.

More Lists
There is no definitive list. What you bring will vary according to the area, time of year and the length of your trek. Below is a suggested check list which you should adapt to your own needs. Ask yourself: Will there be snow/how long /high is the trek/are we camping?

» Good quality trekking boots with ankle support
» Lightweight shell/raincoat with hood
» Detachable fleece liner or separate fleece
» Fleece trousers
» Shorts and / or convertibles trousers- quick drying
» Sunglasses
» Sun hat and warm hat(good quality)
» Gloves
» Spare T-shirt x 3
» Sweat towel x 2
» Spare socks x 3 ( walking sock and thin inner sock)
» Small day sack
» Sun cream
» Small water bottle aluminum doubles as a hot water bottle.
» Iodine or water purifying kit,
» Soluble vitamin tablets to taste water or powder fruit drink
» Talcum powder
» Walking sticks or Trekking poles(good quality)
» Camp shoes/trainers/flip flops to wear in evening.
» Spare underwear 3
» Toilet kit
» Tissues
» Pen knife
» Bum bag
» Head torch(good quality)
» Biodegradable washing liquid / soap
» FILM
» CAMERA
» Ear plugs
» Sleeping bag liner(good quality)
» Sleeping bag(good quality-30)
» Bin bag/ gasbag to keep kit dry
» Small towel
» Lip balm
» Available in KTM

Personal First Aid (Aids Kit)
» Antiseptic
» Bandages
» Blister plasters
» Decongestant
» AMS medication like Diamox
» Eye drops – it can get very dusty on trails
» Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen
» Rehydration sachets, Imodium and antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea
» Scissors
» Sterile dressing
» Sticking plasters and tape
» Throat lozenges / sweets
» Tweezers
» A sewing needle etc.

This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.

Sep. 24/ Oct. 09/ Nov. 04, 2020

Mar. 21/ Apr.05/ May 03, 2021

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