Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek

 

ITINERARY - PRE MONSOON DEPARTURES


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Trips #1, #2 and #3

 

Day 1


Arrive Kathmandu

 

2

Gear checks and sightseeing tour

 

3

Fly by helicopter to Lukla (2,860m). Trek to Monjo (2,835m).

 

4

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3407m)

 

5

Rest Day and Sightseeing

 

6

Trek to Tashinga (3,450m)

 

7

Trek to Pangboche (3,985m)

 

8

Trek to Dingboche (4,370m)

 

9

Acclimatisation hike around Dingboche

 

10

Trek to Lobuche (4,940m)

 

11

Trek to Gorak Shep (5,160m)

 

12

Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,300m) and overnight

 

13

Trek to Gorak Shep

 

14

Trek to Dingboche or optional add-on flight from Gorak Shep to Kathmandu

 

15

Spare day for weather delays

 

16

Fly out to Kathmandu

 

17

Depart from Kathmandu


Please note that the itinerary may change at any time and that factors such as weather, team member health, logistics etc. will no doubt create some change in the actual dates of the programme.

ITINERARY - POST MONSOON DEPARTURE


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Trip #4

 

Day 1


Arrive Kathmandu

 

2

Gear checks and sightseeing tour

 

3

Fly by helicopter to Lukla (2,860m). Trek to Monjo (2,835m).

 

4

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3407m)

 

5

Rest Day and Sightseeing

 

6

Trek to Tashinga (3,450m)

 

7

Trek to Pangboche (3,985m)

 

8

Trek to Dingboche (4,370m)

 

9

Acclimatisation hike around Dingboche

 

10

Trek to Lobuche (4,940m)

 

11

Acclimatisation hike in Lobuche

 

12

Trek to Gorak Shep (5,160m)

 

13

Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,300m) and return to Gorak Shep

 

14

Trek to Dingboche

 

15

Spare day for weather delays

 

16

Fly out to Kathmandu

 

17

Depart from Kathmandu


Please note that the itinerary may change at any time and that factors such as weather, team member health, logistics etc. will no doubt create some change in the actual dates of the programme.

AROUND KATHMANDU

The trek members meet in Kathmandu, the capital of the Kingdom of Nepal. We are greeted at the airport by our Kathmandu representatives, who whisk you through the thriving city to your hotel.

Once everybody has arrived we have a team meeting where introductions and the trip outline are completed. You will be briefed on the trip preparations and we can sort out any queries or questions you have.

Your guide will advise you on good shopping and the better restaurants to visit while you are in the city.  After an optional sight-seeing tour and familiarisation with the layout of Kathmandu, you are free to look around. There are plenty of shops and entertainment to suit all tastes. From excellent bookshops to mountain bike hire to CD shopping and bars, Kathmandu’s retail fraternity is waiting to meet you!

We use a full day in Kathmandu sorting out any equipment problems you may have but don’t worry if you have forgotten anything, there are plenty of good outdoor shops in Kathmandu.

THE TREK

The next morning we fly by B3 helicopter into the village of Lukla at 9,000 feet (2800m), thus avoiding the frenetic domestic terminal in Kathmandu and minimising the risk of weather delays at the beginning of our trek. The trek takes 13 days from our departure at Lukla, until we return to Kathmandu via helicopter from the high alpine village of Pheriche. The walking is over mostly gentle terrain with a couple of long hill climbs that follow very well formed tracks through the Sherpa homeland. 

The Sherpa are of Tibetan origin having travelled over the high Tibetan passes to settle in the Nepalese highlands. They developed trade between the two countries bringing gems, wool and salt from Tibet in exchange for the plentiful Nepalese products. The Sherpa brought their Buddhist religion with them, which they evolved to develop their own sect of the faith. They are very generous and spiritual people with a colourful lifestyle, and our trek allows us to spend time with them in their homeland, and visit in their monasteries.

The trekking days are moderate and involve walking between 2 and 5 hours duration with plenty of scenic places to stop along the way. We place a lot of emphasis on maintaining good health to enhance our trekking experience.

There is the issue of altitude we have to contend with which is incorporated into our trekking itinerary. We have included rest days at the relevant elevations to allow our bodies to adjust to the thin air and we carry sufficient medication to deal with most altitude related problems. Experience has shown us that good hydration, rest days at significant elevations and good base fitness help avoid any significant problems during this trek.

From Lukla the trail contours the valley walls of the lower Khumbu Valley with fine views through the stands of Himalayan Pines, up to the high mountains above. We spend a night in Monjo and next day, we follow the valley to the base of the Namche hill. 

A short trekking day, which allows plenty of time for any last minute shopping in Namche Bazaar, then takes us to Tashinga.  From here we have splendid views of the world’s highest mountains. Mt Everest pokes its head out above the high ridges of Mt Nuptse and Lhotse, whilst Ama Dablam stands omnipotent over the valley.

The ascent of the long Tengboche hill takes us through the rhododendron forest, which is in full bloom during our April trek. We gradually climb to the tree line into the sub-alpine regions and our next stop Pangboche, the site of the Khumbu Valley’s oldest monastery which we visit and spend peaceful time within.  

On the trek we will be utilising the best luxury accommodation option available to us – superior luxury lodging in the lower valley and at higher elevations you will stay in luxurious tented camps, supported by our attentive catering staff, with fine meals of fresh local and imported foods.

We gradually climb above the tree line into the sub-alpine regions and our next stop, Dingboche is situated on a green plain with yaks grazing contentedly.  Here we settle into our first tented camp and a rest day allows us the opportunity to walk about and enjoy the views.

The next stage takes us to our next camp near the village of Lobuche and the base of the Khumbu Glacier. Mt Everest is hidden from us even though we are so close, but Pumori, Nuptse, Lobuche and Taweche provide plenty of scenic splendour.  

Then we move to our third tented camp at Gorak Shep, the final resting post prior to Base Camp itself.   We make an early start and begin our final day's trek to Everest Base Camp for a visit to our camp, where, during the spring, the Everest climbers will be preparing themselves for the ascent. It is here that the climbers rest and recuperate when not actually up on the mountain, and our pre-monsoon trek groups (#1, #2 and #3) will have the privilege of spending the night here at base camp and enjoying an insight into expedition life. There is always plenty of activity as the Sherpas and climbers prepare for their next phase of climbing on the mountain. Loads of food, fuel, tents and oxygen cylinders are carried through the spectacular Khumbu Icefall to the camps high on the mountain. 

Our post-monsoon trek group (#4) visits Base Camp for the day and after enjoying a delicious lunch, begin their descent to lower altitudes back down to Gorak Shep. Above Gorak Shep is Kala Patar, which is the highlight of the trek up the Khumbu. At sunrise or sunset, the views of Everest can be magical and we hope to enjoy a photographic session with you there! After an attempt on Kala Patar, we descend to Pheriche for our final night in the Khumbu before we fly back to Kathmandu by helicopter.

 

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