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Classic Everest Basecamp Trek Guided Walking Holiday
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Tour Summary


A lodge-based trekking holiday and the full Everest experience

· Trek to Everest Basecamp and Kala Patar
· Includes a full day to explore Namche Bazaar
· Enjoy some of the finest Himalaya mountain views
· Variation return trek via Phortse and across the Mon La

3 nights hotels, 13 nights lodges, 13 days trekking, Max altitude – 5600 metres, Join in Kathmandu, MEAL PLAN: All meals included

Tour Introduction


This lodge-based trek follows the legendary ‘Everest Trail’ from the airstrip at Lukla.

Within little more than 2 weeks, this is your chance to visit Everest Basecamp, trek to the exceptional viewpoint of Kala Patar and to experience the wonderful mountain scenery of the Khumbu.

A memorable flight from Kathmandu to the airstrip at Lukla provides access to an alpine world where the air is crystal clear and colourful prayer flags flutter from the rooftops.

Following the famous ‘Everest Trail’, we trek to the prosperous village of Namche Bazaar and onwards, alongside the torrential Imja Khola, to the high valley below Everest.

During the course of this excellent and relatively easy-paced trek, we visit many delightful Sherpa villages, including the stunningly located Thyangboche with its impressive backdrop of Everest and Ama Dablam.

Providing outrageous mountain views and a wonderful insight into the way of life of the hardy Sherpas, this is the perfect trip for a first visit to Nepal and the Himalayas.

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. Package services begin with dinner and overnight at the hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Phakding

An early start for the dramatic flight through the mountains to Lukla. From the airstrip we have a short trek to our first night’s halt at Phakding (2610m). Overnight in a lodge.

Walk distance 9.57 km, with approx. 630 metres of descent and 400 metres of ascent. 3 – 4 hours.

Day 3: Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar

Following the Dudh Kosi valley upstream we cross and re-cross the river before making a final steep climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m). We check in at our comfortable lodge and the rest of the day is free for relaxing or to explore the bazaar.

Walk distance 10.19 km, with 1148 metres of ascent and 398 metres of descent. 6 hours.

Day 4: Namche Bazaar

A rest day at Namche for acclimatisation. There is the option of a day hike to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Kunde for views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.

We spend a second night at our lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5: Thyangboche

Our trail now follows the Imja Khola (river) to reach Thyangboche (3860m), located on a ridge below the impressive north ridge of Kang Taiga. We check into our lodge close to the monastery, one of the most important in Nepal.

Walk distance 11.18 km, with 985 metres of ascent and 706 metres of descent. 6 – 7 hours.

Day 6: Dingboche

We trek via Pangboche, the highest of the original permanent habitations in the valley and reach the seasonal settlement of Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley. Overnight in a lodge.

Walk distance 11.55 km, with 867 metres of ascent and 416 metres of descent. 6 hours.

Day 7: Chukkung

We make a day hike into the upper Imja Valley, to Chukkung (4730m) below the tremendous south face of Lhotse. In the afternoon, having gained valuable acclimatisation, we retrace our steps to Dingboche. Our second night in the Dingboche lodge.

Walk distance 10.46 km, with 440 metres of ascent and descent. 5 hours.

Day 8: lodge at Lobuche

Continuing on the main trail we trek via Dugla and then beside the Khumbu Glacier to reach our lodge at Lobuche (4910m).

Walk distance 8.39 km, with 642 metres of ascent and minimal descent. 5 – 6 hours.

Day 9: Yak pastures

We walk beside the Khumbu Glacier and cross a tributary dry glacier to reach the Yak pastures at Gorak Shep (5140m) at the base of the viewpoint hill known as Kala Patar. The lodges here are necessarily basic, but the warm dining room will be a welcome refuge from the cold evening at this altitude.

Walk distance 5.22 km, with 295 metres of ascent and 71 metres of descent. 3 – 4 hours.

Day 10: Khumbu Glacier

The big day as we trek to Everest Basecamp following first the lateral moraine then the Khumbu Glacier itself. During the spring season the basecamp will be busy with climbers and sherpas from multi national expeditions. After spending time at basecamp, we retrace our steps to our lodge at Gorak Shep.

Walk distance (round trip) 6.89 km, with 174 metres of ascent and descent. 5 – 6 hours.

Day 11: Lobuche to Pheriche

Our lodge is at the foot of Kala Patar and we make an early morning ascent of this classic Everest viewpoint to around 5500 metres. Afterwards, we make the long descent through Lobuche to Pheriche (4270m) where we check in at a lodge.

Walk distance 16.05 km, with 495 metres of ascent and 1395 metres of descent. 7 – 8 hours.

Day 12: Pangboche

We follow the main basecamp trail as far as Pangboche. Here, we climb to visit the monastery and then take an alternative high trail to the less often visited village of Phortse (3800m).

Walk distance 14.01 km, with 443 metres of ascent and 1254 metres of descent. 6 – 7 hours.

Day 13: Mon La

We drop steeply down to cross the river at 3600 metres, before climbing to the Mon La (3973m). We then descend and rejoin the main Everest Trail to Namche Bazaar and continue to the village of Monjo.

Walk distance 14.10 km, with 648 metres of ascent and 1323 metres of descent. 6 – 7 hours.

Day 14: Lukla

Mostly downhill today following the fall of the Dudh Kosi River, but there’s a sting in the tail as we make the final short climb to our lodge accommodation in Lukla.

Walk distance 13.23 km, with 665 metres of ascent and 580 metres of descent. 5 hours.

Day 15: Lukla to Kathmandu

Flights out of Lukla are usually in the morning and we should arrive in Kathmandu with plenty of time for further sightseeing or shopping. We check in at our comfortable hotel and the rest of the day is free.

Day 16: A free day in Kathmandu

A free day in Kathmandu to enjoy the sights and sounds of this colourful, bustling city.

Overnight in a hotel.

Day 17: Departure

Package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

Is this holiday for you?

Generally, the trekking conditions on this Nepal holiday are relatively easy, following good paths and yak trails throughout. Additionally, as the Khumbu is Nepal’s most popular trekking destination, the area is well supplied with teashops and lodges and the trails between these are well used and present easy walking conditions.

It should be noted however, that trekking at altitudes above 3000m makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers.

Our itinerary is well staged to allow the best possible acclimatisation and includes extra days at Namche Bazaar and Dingboche.

You should be capable and comfortable with walking for 4 to 6 hours each day and for several days continuously. This classic walk-in to the south base camp of Everest should be within the capabilities of fit and active hikers.

Map & Route Information

Is this holiday for you?

This lodge-based trek follows the legendary ‘Everest Trail’ from the airstrip at Lukla.

Within little more than 2 weeks, this is your chance to visit Everest Basecamp, trek to the exceptional viewpoint of Kala Patar and to experience the wonderful mountain scenery of the Khumbu.

A memorable flight from Kathmandu to the airstrip at Lukla provides access to an alpine world where the air is crystal clear and colourful prayer flags flutter from the rooftops.

Following the famous ‘Everest Trail’, we trek to the prosperous village of Namche Bazaar and onwards, alongside the torrential Imja Khola, to the high valley below Everest.

During the course of this excellent and relatively easy-paced trek, we visit many delightful Sherpa villages, including the stunningly located Thyangboche with its impressive backdrop of Everest and Ama Dablam.

Providing outrageous mountain views and a wonderful insight into the way of life of the hardy Sherpas, this is the perfect trip for a first visit to Nepal and the Himalayas.

Where does the holiday start?


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Tour Information

Holiday Information


What’s Included?

• An experienced English speaking local leader
• Kathmandu Airport transfers
• Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
• Accommodation as described in the trip dossier
• All meals throughout the trip
• Once on trek the group will be assisted by porters and a local guide
• Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

What’s Not Included

• Travel Insurance
• Nepalese Visa
• Tips for porters and other trek staff
• Miscellaneous personal expenses – drinks etc

Meal Plan

All meals are included from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 17. While staying in Kathmandu meals will be taken in the hotel or at a local restaurant. On trek the group will take their meals at lodges. Normally this will be a set meal for the whole group. Boiled or purified water is available at all the lodges we stay at. Bottled water is also available to purchase (at additional cost) but we do not recommend this on grounds of environmental care.

Accommodation

Whilst on trek there are 13 nights in lodges/tea houses. All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis (note that in some lodges only dormitory beds may be available).

If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.

It is not possible to arrange single accommodation in lodges. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as ‘tea-houses’ are simple, friendly and atmospheric.

As they are far from the nearest road is it not surprising that they are simple establishments as everything must be carried up by porters or animals.

Mostly these lodges have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated.

Accommodation is basic in unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag.

The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at $2 – $3 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour).

Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals. The group will also spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally-located tourist-class hotel.

For these 3 nights in Kathmandu single rooms are available for a supplementary cost.

Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available.

For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

Is this holiday for you?

Generally, the trekking conditions on this Nepal holiday are relatively easy, following good paths and yak trails throughout.

Additionally, as the Khumbu is Nepal’s most popular trekking destination, the area is well supplied with teashops and lodges and the trails between these are well used and present easy walking conditions.

It should be noted however, that trekking at altitudes above 3000m makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers.

Our itinerary is well staged to allow the best possible acclimatisation and includes extra days at Namche Bazaar and Dingboche.

You should be capable and comfortable with walking for 4 to 6 hours each day and for several days continuously.

This classic walk-in to the south base camp of Everest should be within the capabilities of fit and active hikers.

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Classic Everest Basecamp Trek, Nepal, 17 days, 16 nights
Whilst on trek there are 13 nights in lodges/tea houses. All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis (note that in some lodges only dormitory beds may be available).

Please call us on 0161 703 5819 for latest prices and availability.

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