Trekking to Everest in a week
About the tour
The mysterious land of Nepal is cut off from all other world by high snow-capped peaks and attracts travellers, scientists, esoterics and adventurers from olden times. This region is rich in Buddhist and Hindu temples, ancient monasteries where you can touch the spiritual values of the mankind. But despite all these facts, this mysterious kingdom became available for tourism only in the middle of the last century.
The trek to the base camp of the world highest mountain – Mount Everest is the most famous and popular route. Every year it attracts a huge number of tourists from all over the world who wants to see all the grandeur of Everest. The program does not require special training, and any healthy person can take part in the trek to Everest base camp. Throughout the whole route tourists are surrounded by fantastic views of the Himalayas. In addition, they will have the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful peaks in the world Ama Dablam, one name of which makes climbers’ heart beat faster, as well as to meet the main ethnic group of Nepal – the Sherpas, with their culture and way of life. Sherpas’ culture demonstrates how different life and living conditions can be in different parts of the world. But the culmination of this trekking is to reach the top of Mount Kalapatar, which is an excellent vantage point of the mountain area Khumbu Himal, from where you can see Mount Everest.
Trek to Everest base camp can be done simply by a linear route, which is used by up to 90% of trekkers, and you can go down the same way, but you can make a circle through Gokyo, discovering the new sceneries and not repeating the trail for a single day, but this route is made through the pass over 5000m high. The height of the pass does not affect the acclimatization schedule because some days before that you climb Kalapatar which is still a bit higher.
Trek to Everest
Day 1. Arrive in Kathmandu. Expedition members arrive at the airport “Tribhuvan.” Another half an hour before the landing you can see the velvety green hilly Kathmandu valley out of the airplane window, which from the North is surrounded by Himalayan mountain ranges sparkling glaciers. The time difference between Moscow and Kathmandu is + 2 hours 45 minutes. The first thing you will often hear during your stay in Nepal is a traditional greeting “Namaste”, which literally means “In your person I salute God.” Nepalese visa can be obtained at the airport. The group meets the guide who will take them to the hotel and answer all the questions concerning the trek to Everest base camp. In the evening we all have dinner in national Nepalese cuisine restaurant.
Day 2. Flight to Phakding (2610 m). On the second day, the group flies from Kathmandu to Lukla on a small plane. The flight takes about 45 minutes. The track starts from Lukla. The path passes through Sherpa farms and villages along the trail and leads to the Dudkoshi River, and further down to Phakding. Along the way, you will meet the Tadokola River, from its banks you can admire the magnificent view of Kusum Kangaroo. Then the river is illuminated by a suspension bridge and after a short ascent of the group comes to the village of Ghat. Another hour and a half of walking and the group arrives in the village of Phkding, where they stop for the night.
Day 3. Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m). The group leaves for the road in the morning. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudkosi River, there is a road with small ups and downs, and from the village of Benkar an amazing view of the Tamserku Mountains (6608 m) opens up. Further, the road goes through several bridges and leads to Monjo, the settlement in which the main entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park is located. The group enters the national park, descends and approaches the suspension bridge over the Bhotekoshi River. Behind the bridge, the village of Jorsal begins – this is the last settlement before Namche Bazaar. Further, the road leads through the bridge of the Imjatse River, from where a winding path leads to Namche Bazaar. It offers an amazing view of Everest, Kwangde and Lhotse peaks, as well as a close view of Tawache peak. Finally, the group reaches the village of Namche Bazaar, which is called the “village of colored houses.” It is the main gate of the Khumbu region. Here the group stops for the night.
Day 4. Rest day in Namche Bazaar (3440 m). Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3400 m). On this day, members of the group can visit the Everest Hotel, from where you can admire the panorama. You can also browse the local shops and the market, which is especially busy on Saturdays, or visit the Sherpa Museum. This is a great place to get acquainted with the history of mountaineering and the culture of the Sherpas.
Day 5. Descent to the river, long ascent to the famous Tengboche high mountain monastery (4 hours, 3860 m). Night in the house.
Day 7. Pheriche – Lobuche (4940m). Ascent to the plateau, along which, with a slight ascent, we will approach the moraine of the Khumbu glacier.
Day 8. Trekking from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5164m). From Lobuche, the group makes a two-hour hike along a winding rocky path to Gorakshep, from where there is a beautiful view of the mountains of Kala Pathara, Pumori, Nuptse and the Gorakshep valley. Then the group is accommodated in a hotel, has a tea break, and then visit the Everest base camp (5364m). Return to Gorak Shep (5164 m). Night in the house.
Day 9. Early helicopter flight to Lukla. Flight by plane to Kathmadu. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10. Departure from Kathmandu.
Everest base camp trek cost includes:
- Airport transfers – Pick up and drop.
- 1 Nepalese English – speaking trekking guide for the group.
- 2 Nights on DBL 3*** Hotel accommodations with breakfast in Kathmandu.
- Overnight accommodation in Hotel/Lodges along the trail.
- Group equipment (first aid kit, satellite navigator).
- Registration of all necessary permits for trekking (trekking permit / permit / entrances to national parks, etc.), if required by law or local rules of Nepal.
Everest base camp trek cost does not include:
- International flights
- Domestic flight Kathmandu-Phakding and Gorakshep-Kathmandu by helicopter ($2500-3000/flight)
- Nepal entry visa fee
- Personal Porters on the trek.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Food during the trek.
- Any changes of the program
- Any costs associated with the rescue and non-scheduled evacuation
- Any costs associated with program changes
- Valid passport
- Airline tickets
- Backpack 30-50L
- Sleeping bag (comfort 0C)
- Ski/trekking poles
Clothing and shoes.
- Wind and waterproof layer – Pants and Jacket. Gore-Tex, for example.
- Fleece pants and jacket
- Thermo underwear layer – top and bottom
- Dawn jacket.
- Thick gloves
- Thin gloves
- Warm hat
- Underwear, socks and so on
- Some warm socks
- Trekking shoes/trekking boots
- Shower accessories, toothpaste, toothbrush
- Ski goggles
- Thermos (1 liter, better without button)
- Sunblock and lip balm
- Personal medical kit
- Spare contact lenses or glasses
- Knee supports