On the 14 day Everest Base Camp Trek, we get to experience astounding mountain views, glimpses of the life of the world famous mountain climbers (the Sherpas), enter Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site and tour high altitude Buddhist monasteries. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp of Nepal also provides us an opportunity to embark on an epic journey that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set off to in 1953. Our Sherpas, will guide us to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest. This adventurous trek package that also includes climbing Kala Pathhar( 5643m) to admire the panoramic views of Everest and other Himalayas. Nothing beats the thrill and sense of accomplishment that grips hikers on seeing the power and grace of the mighty mountain up close.
The 14-day Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary is designed for trekkers who are in good health with average physical fitness. The ample distance covered between daily itineraries, steady gain of altitude and separate rest days ensures that we are properly acclimatized to fully enjoy our trek to the Everest base camp.
The trek is not a technically difficult undertaking. However, the high altitudes involved during the trek (as high as 5160m) and the cold of Himalayas, the temperature does go freezing after sunset. It will be vitally important that you have good personal winter gear to keep yourself warm and we will give you a list in effect to the same. You will be advised by the UFO guide to rest and keep your body hydrated as much as possible on the first day of arrival. Your oxygen levels will be monitored from time to time to check on the level of acclimatization. There is fair bit of walking to be done every day, and we would encourage you to do walking/running and breathing exercises. A fair level of fitness will be required to enjoy this trek. All the hard work before the trek will pay off when you enjoy this classic trek to the maximum by following in the footsteps of legendary mountaineers!
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met by a UFO representative and transferred you to the hotel. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20-25 minutes. After your check in the group leader will set a time for your trek briefing to discuss in regards to the trek. The evening is free but your trek leader will organize a welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant.
In the early morning you
will take the spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m) with breath
taking views of the Himalayas. The flight time is about 40 minutes and you will
land at an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa’s in the
mid-1960s. After landing you will have time to explore the village while the
Sherpa crew sort and load your trekking equipment. You will begin the trek by
walking through the Lukla village and join the main trail to the Everest
Valley. The walking is easy today with great views of Kusum Khanguru. We trek
through small villages of Thadokoshi and Ghat. After passing through Ghat
(2550m), it is only a short walk to Phakding
From Phakding you will head towards the valley for Namche Bazaar following the Dudh Koshi river. You get spectacular views of Mt.Thamserku from Benkar.From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m), the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. After lunch, it’s fairly an easy walk till we get to the last suspension bridge. The views of Lhotse, Nuptse and Tawache come into views for the first time; you now make a steep ascent to get to Tope Danda where you have photo opportunities of Mt.Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. We now make a gradual climb to get to Namche Bazaar.
We have an extra day today for you to acclimatize. You can either go for a hike to Syangboche or do other optional walks around Namche. The stunning vista includes a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. The afternoon is free to wander through Namche. You can enjoy the bakeries, surf the Internet or buy souvenirs, etc.
On today’s walk there will be opportunities to spot local wildlife including the beautiful Danfe pheasant, Himalayan Thar (mountain goat) and Musk deer. As we leave Namche Bazaar, you will climb towards the park headquarters and follow a contouring trail high above the Dudh Kosi river. Above Namche the route to Thyangboche becomes visible and is a fairly easy hike to Phungi Tanga. This is where we have lunch. After lunch you will ascend, initially steeply, through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron forests to get to Thyangboche. The views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse Khantega and Thamserku are breathtaking. In the late afternoon we go and visit the Monastery to join the daily prayers with the Monks. This is one of the best spots for sunset.
After breakfast we descend through the alpine forest to get to Debuche. You might be lucky enough to come across Mountain Goats and the Musk deer as it is mostly seen here. After crossing the Imja Khola the trail gradually climbs up with views of Ama Dablam to the village of Pangboche for morning tea stop. We then ascend gradually high above the Imja Khola River and passing the tea houses at Shomare and Orsho before crossing the river to get to the lodge at Dingboche. The scenery is spectacular and although Everest disappears behind the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge here but you get stunning views of Ama Dablam and Island Peak. Today you will be completely above the tree line and the temperatures could drop quickly. The nights could be freezing from here on and you might start to feel the altitude from here. It is important to take notice of your trek leader’s advice and recommendations regarding rest and fluid intake
Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of small fields enclosed by stonewalls. The walls protect crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds. It is occupied mainly through the monsoon months, when large numbers of yaks are brought here to graze in the valley pastures. There are plenty of options for your acclimatization, you can climb Nakarsang or take a walk through the Hukung valley. The views are fantastic with Makalu, the 5th highest mountain coming into sight and other mountains surrounding you. The afternoon is free for you to explore Dingboche.
In the morning you will ascend the small ridge behind the village above Pheriche Valley. From the chorten at the top, Taweche and Cholatse (6440m) make a striking scene. To the north, Lobuje Peak (6119m) and the snowfields of Cho La dominate the skyline. The walking is now generally flat on wide-open fields. Late in the morning you will cross the Khumbu Khola at Dughla (4620m) and take a light lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines of Khumbu Glacier. In the afternoon, there will be a solid and quite steep climb on a rocky trail to the top of the moraines. On the crest of the ridge, you will pass a line of memorial Cairns, built in memory of Sherpa’s and other climbers who have died on the various Everest expeditions. From here the view is spectacular - Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m), Khumbutse (6623m) and, across the border in Tibet, Changtse (7550m) can be seen at the head of the valley whilst Everest remains hidden behind the towering walls of Nuptse and Lhotse. You will then follow the valley stream to the lodge at Lobuje, arriving early afternoon. Today will be tiring but the fantastic scenery makes it all very worthwhile
Today we start early for Gorek Shep following the broad valley that runs parallel to Khumbu Glacier. A gradual ascent enables you to build the slow, steady rhythm required when walking at high altitude. When you reach the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier, you will make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with Cairns that eventually leads to the surprising glacial sands of Gorak Shep (5160m) - reached after about three hours of walking. After a quick bite you will gear up appropriately and head off towards the Everest Base Camp. The trek to the base camp will take you around three hours and if trekking in the popular climbing period of March to May, you will almost certainly encounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to expeditions here.
From Everest Base Camp you won't get views of Mount Everest, but you will be able to see the notorious Kumbhu Icefall that flows from the Western Cwm, which is regarded as technically the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain. The return journey from the Base Camp to Gorak Shep takes the same amount of time.
Today you make an early start for Kalapathar (5643m) to experience the sensational sunrise views from this amazing vantage point. From the lodge the ascent is quite steep, so you should start very slowly and try to ascend at a steady, rhythmic pace. Kala Pattar is the rocky hilltop below Pumori. It is a tough walk because of the altitude, but the 360-degree view from the top will surpass your wildest imagination. It will probably take about two hours to reach the summit from Gorak Shep.Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest, the highest mountain in the world, will surround you. About three kilometer’s away and some 200 metres below, the area of the Everest Base Camp can be seen in a bowl at the bottom of the Khumbu Ice Fall. The descent back down to Gorak Shep is easy and once you have returned to the lodge you will have breakfast and retrace your steps back to Lobuje and to Thugla for lunch. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola and head down the valley to Pheriche for the night
From Pheriche you will cross the Khumbu Khola River and ascend a short steep trail to the top of a small ridge for great views of Imja Valley, AmaDablam and Kantega. You will then descend to the small settlements at Orsho and Shomare before passing through Lower Pangboche to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River to ascend back to Thyangboche for lunch. In the afternoon you will descend steeply through beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea, you will cross the Dudh Kosi River and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa and on to Namche Bazaar, where you will spend the night.
Today after breakfast we visit the shops in the bazaar before descending steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. You will follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where you will stop to have the permits checked out at the national park. It is only a short walk via Benkar through blue pine and rhododendron forest, with great views of Kusum Kangaru, back to the lodge in Phakding for lunch. After a good lunch it’s only a short walk in the valley before making the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. In the evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner, followed by a few celebratory drinks and dancing with your Sherpa companions.
You will rise early in the morning today for your flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred back to the starting hotel. The rest of the day is free to do some souvenir shopping or further sightseeing. Your final night in Kathmandu offers you the chance to go out on the town and enjoy a final dinner (optional) with your travelling companions and newfound friends. Farewell dinner will be organized for the group by UFO.
Your trip comes to an end
today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with
your onward travel arrangements. A departure transfer to the airport is