Everest Base Camp Trek (South)

Treks
Elevation: 5360 metres | 17 590 feet
Co-ordinates: 28°0’26″N, 86°51’34″E
Location: Nepal

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General information on Everest base camp trekEverest Base Camp Trek- views you can expect

This trek to Everest Base Camp on the South side of this great mountain is strenuous, but previous trekking or mountaineering experience is not necessary. You don’t need to have any technical experience; however, you do need to be in good enough physical condition to hike for 4–8 hours over hilly terrain with a light daypack. This is a trip not to be missed and is a sought-after journey by lovers of adventure worldwide, with amazing sights and awe-inspiring vistas you will never forget! Be a part of the anticipation and excitement of those preparing to summit Everest.

Staff and Leadership

The Everest Base Camp trek will be led by an experienced Western leader who has trekked the Khumbu many times and has summited Everest. He will be assisted by a Nepali leader who has intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture. A Sirdar (Head Sherpa) will manage Sherpa support staff and porters and deal with lodging and food issues.

The client/trekking sherpa ratio will be 1:3

The client/porter ratio will be 1:2

There will be additional porters to carry communal gear other staff designated to boil water for trekkers.

Accommodation

You will be staying at the 3 star Vaishali Hotel on a B&B basis, twin beds sharing. Single rooms can be arranged (depending on availability) at a $75 surcharge .

Four nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu are included in the package. Should you require extra nights please inform us soonest so we can secure the booking.

A typical trekkers’ lodge has a central dining room with wooden tables and plank seats or, in some lodges, chairs. Rooms will be of a minimum size to accommodate two beds and separating walls will be wood. Beds are generally wooden bench-like structures with a foam mattress covered with a sheet. The common toilet is usually in an outside shed – in most cases it will be of the Asian squatting variety and will normally have a tin for the collection of used toilet paper. A bucket of water will improvise as a manual flush. Most lodges offer hot showers at an additional cost.

All trekking lodges are family-owned operations and they will try their best to make your stay comfortable.

Accommodation at Base Camp will be in two-man tents sharing and sleeping mats will be provided.

Fitness

This trek into Everest Base Camp is strenuous but does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. It does not require any technical experience; only that you be in good physical condition and be able to hike for 4-8 hours over hilly terrain with a light day pack.

Acclimatization

Adaptation to altitude requires attention to regulated height gains and timing parameters.

Our itinerary has been tailored to ensure this and incremental height gains are interspersed with rest/acclimatization days.

Your acclimatization progress will be carefully monitored by your experienced Guides and Western Leader on an ongoing basis.

Food and Drinks

Kathmandu restaurants offer varied and delicious fare. In Thamel try Rumdoodles, Everest Steak House, Fire & Ice, and many others.

Drink bottled water in Kathmandu.

The most common meal in Nepal is dal bhat – rice (bhat) with a soup made of

lentils (dal) poured over it. Teahouse menus are, however, extensive and attractive and some cooks can turn out surprisingly good Western-style meals. If meat is on the menu, it will usually be chicken. Goat, mutton, yak or buffalo is sometimes available.

Don’t drink tap water or stream water anywhere on the trek. Stick to bottled water, boiled water, soft drinks or water you have purified yourself. It is advisable to treat drinking water with iodine or chlorine purification tablets.

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Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu

You’ll be met at Kathmandu’s Tribubhan Airport by an Adventures Global representative and transferred to the Vaishali Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. After a short briefing you can explore this mystical city with its multitude of trekking and souvenir shops, internet cafes, hotels, restaurants and bars, bakeries, moneychangers, vegetable and spice markets, temples and stupas. Wander through the maze of narrow, cobbled streets filled with vendors, touts, eccentrically clad backpackers and of course the ubiquitous rickshaws with their persistent drivers offering you their services.

Day 2 – Kathmandu

This morning we will enjoy a half-day tour of Kathmandu, visting some wonderful cultural sights in the company of a knowledgeable local guide.

Climb the many steps to Swayambhunath (the monkey temple), with its commanding views of Kathmandu (at 1420 m), its whitewashed stupas and its unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism. We then move on to the striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. In the midst of traditional gompas, and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, Boudhanath attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations of the stupa. We then visit the Hindu Pashupatinath and its sacred temple complex on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and saffron sit serenely meditating – when they’re not posing for photos-for-rupees.

This afternoon we will do a gear check to ensure that you have all the necessary items for the trek. You will have the opportunity to do some last-minute shopping in Thamel should you need to replace or augment any gear.

Day 3 – Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding (2800m)

We fly on a twin-engine Otter to the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The views from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic vistas of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing in the village of Lukla (2800m), we meet the rest of our staff and porters and trek for about three hours to Phakding, where we stay at the Sunrise Lodge.

Trekking Time: 3 hours

Day 4 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region. Namche Bazaar is a colourful panoply of lodges, houses and restaurants and is nestled in a u-shaped bowl amphitheatre surrounded by mountain ranges on three sides and opening out to the Bhote Khosi on the other. Namche Bazaar is a prosperous trading town and many Tibetans cross the nearby border via the Nangpa La to trade their wares and the local market is a fascinating spectacle. We will overnight at the Kyamde Base Lodge.

Trekking Time: 5 hours

Day 5 – Namche Bazaar

Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Optional activities include an early hike above town, before the clouds move in, rewarding trekkers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam. Visit the Sherpa Museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, its geography, culture, mountaineering history and information of flora and fauna of this region. Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher and taking a day hike to Khunde or Khumjung will be beneficial in this regard. Explore the wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, or indulge in the delights of the local bakeries.

Day 6 – Trek to Tengboche (3870m)

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We pass through Sanasa, which is inhabited primarily by Tibetans, after which the trail drops to Phunki Thanga (3250m). It’s a 2 hour climb from here to Tengboche, through forests and around mani stones up to the saddle where the monastery sits, in a clearing surrounded by dwarf firs and rhododendrons. Views from here of the Himalayan giants are deemed to be the most magnificent in the world. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 6m sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. If our group is fortunate, we will see the resident Lama perform a ceremony and hear the mystical Buddhist chanting and music. Overnight at the Gompa Lodge Trekking Time: 6 hours

Day 7 – Trek to Dingboche (4410m)

It is a short, steep and muddy descent through a forest of birches, conifers and rhododendrons to Debuche. Look out for Nepal’s national bird, the impeyan pheasant. After crossing the Imja Khola on a swaying suspension bridge high above a spot where the river rushes through a narrow cleft, the trail climbs past some magnificently carved mani stones to Pangboche at 3860m.

Beyond Pangboche the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line. The vegetation is predominantly scrub juniper and tundra. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam (“Mother’s Charm Box”). Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. Overnight at the Everest Resort Trekking Time: 6 hours

Day 8 – Dingboche

Today is an important acclimatization day, prior to venturing into the upper reaches of the Khumbu valley. The day can be spent visiting the monastery in Dingboche, famous for its Yeti scalp and hand, and exploring the Imja Khola. There are some breathtaking views of the north face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. Today’s walk is short allowing for an opportunity to relax in the afternoon and either do some laundry, reading, writing, photography etc. or just laze in the sun. Overnight at the Everest Resort.

Day 9 – Trek to Lobuche (4930m)

From Dingboche, the trail traverses through farmlands and meadows before continuing along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the small village of Duglha (4620m), before climbing up to a viewpoint with stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. The trail drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche. The sunset on Nuptse, seen from Lobuche, is a memorable sight.

Overnight at the Alpine Lodge. Trekking Time: 6 hours

Day 10 – Trek to Gorak Shep (5160m)

The trail initially follows the western side of the broad Khumbu Valley and ascends gently through meadows beside the glacial moraine. The ascent becomes steeper and rougher as it crosses several side moraines and route-finding becomes somewhat challenging where, in places, an active glacier is under the moraine and the trail is constantly changing.

En-route to Gorak Shep the conical peak of Pumori comes into view – on its lower slopes a ridge extending to the south terminates in a small peak. This peak is called Kala Pattar (meaning ‘black rock’) and at 5545m high provides the best vantage point for viewing Mt Everest.

The trail makes a short descent onto the sandy, flat expanse of Gorak Shep.

Trekking Time: 3 hours

After enjoying something to eat and hydrating well we set off on our ascent of Kala Pattar. A slow, steady pace is the best approach – avoid rushing!! It’s a tough climb, but the views from the summit surpass the wildest imagination.

The Icefall, the South Col, the entire Everest south face and the North Ridge and the first and second steps are visible as well as the Lho La (the pass between Nepal and Tibet). You are also rewarded with magnificent views of Changtse, Nuptse, Tawache, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Pumori.

These are poignant moments that will be cherished for the rest of your life.

We then descend for a well-earned rest at Gorak Shep.

Overnight at the Buddha Lodge.

Climbing Time: 3 hours

Mt Everest

Day 11 – Trek to EBC (5310m)

In the event of bad weather on Day 10, we have the opportunity for a second chance to climb Kala Pattar. Today we also continue our trek to Everest base camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu icefall. The route follows the Khumbu Glacier, sometimes on the moraine and sometimes on the glacier itself. Base Camp is spread over a wide area and resembles a tented town with expeditions from all over the world vying for a favourable location and ensconsing themselves as comfortably as possible.

Overnight in tents.

Trekking Time: 4 hours

We’ll spend the next few days at Everest base camp, giving you a chance to meet and interact with the Everest climbers and thoroughly explore the area.

Day 12 – EBC

After enjoying hot tea in our tents, we have a late breakfast and soak up the morning sun. The earlier support trek hikes in with the Adventures Global climbing team and helps establish base camp, while the later treks usually experience the acclimatization process and summit attempts of the climbing teams.

Overnight in tents.

Day 13 – EBC

While hanging out at base camp, we can hike to the base of the Khumbu Icefall to get a closer view of the precarious route that weaves its way through enormous jumbled seracs to the Western Cwm and beyond.

Overnight in tents.

Day 14 – Trek to Periche (4240m)

We retrace our steps heading down the glacier and re-enter the lush and beautiful valleys, surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks. Upon reaching the village of Pheriche, we visit the Himalayan Rescue Association’s Trekkers’ Aid Post. The center attracts world-renowned physicians who acquire data to analyse the effects of high altitude on human physiology.

Overnight at the Himalaya Lodge

Trekking Time: 6 hours

Day 15 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Today we trek back along the Dudh Kosi River through a magnificent rhododendron forest and past brilliant waterfalls. Shortly before reaching Namche, the trek takes us through a pine forest, where musk deer often graze in the early morning. Arriving in town, we may see lowland porters, highland Sherpas, and Tibetan people trading food and supplies during Namche’s market time.

Overnight at the Kyamde Base Lodge.

Trekking Time: 7 hours

Day 16 – Trek to Lukla (2800m)

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla where we spend the night at the Khumbu Lodge.

Overnight at the Khumbu Resort.

Trekking Time: 7.5 hours

Day 17 – Fly to Kathmandu

If the weather is clear, the morning flight back to Kathmandu will be a scenic and smooth farewell to the mountains.

Overnight at the Vaishali Hotel

Day 18 – Kathmandu

A free day catching up on any sights we missed during our first few days in Kathmandu, shopping, lounging at the pool, strolling to Durbar Square or perhaps a trip to the medieval city of Patan.

Tonight we will enjoy a final celebration dinner!

Overnight at our hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19 – International Departures

Sadly, we leave the kingdom of Nepal and our new found friends behind, as we make our way home after a life changing experience.

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Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

Rates on request. Our basic trek rate is US$ 2295 and our deluxe trek rate is US$ 2995.

Included in cost:

  • Conservation/National Park fees and all Government taxes
  • All trekking permits
  • Four nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis (twin beds sharing) Half-day world heritage sites tour with Guide and private transport
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • Domestic airfares (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) and domestic airport taxes
  • All accommodation and meals whilst on trek
  • Hot drinks – tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice and boiled water
  • Western leader/facilitator
  • Nepali Leader
  • An experiencd Sirdar/Head Sherpa
  • Assistant Guides as required
  • Porters as required
  • Insurance for all Nepalese staff
  • General first aid kit
  • Tents and sleeping mats at Base Camp
  • Dining tent at Base Camp
  • Celebration meal after trek

Not included in cost:

  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature – personal gear, telephone calls, laundry etc
  • Travel and Medical rescue insurance
  • Staff/Guide gratuities
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
  • Alcohol, soft drinks and mineral water

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Practical Info

Medical Kit

Adventures Global will provide a comprehensive medical aid kit which will cater for the majority of ailments. However, we strongly recommend that you bring your own personal kit which should include antibiotics for stomach and respiratory tract infections.

A Gamow bag and oxygen with mask and regulator will be available in the event of an emergency.

Rescue and Travel Insurance

Whilst most trekkers may experience some minor ill-effects of high altitude, those with persistent symptoms will be required to return to lower altitudes or in severe instances require emergency helicopter evacuation.

All trekkers are thus required to have travel insurance which includes emergency rescue. Should you be unable to arrange cover locally, you can secure cover on the internet at www.ihi.com

Visas

Tourist entry visas can be obtained at Tribuvhan International Airport on your arrival in Kathmandu at the following costs:

Visa Facility Duration Fee

Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

You will require 2 colour photos for your entry visa (bring 5 in total – also for trekking permits etc).

Money

You can use either cash or travellers’ cheques for your expenses in Nepal. US dollars are the most acceptable though banks and moneychangers are also happy with pounds sterling, Australian dollars and most European currencies. There are numerous moneychangers in Thamel.

Whilst on the trek you should carry enough money in rupees to cover any additional costs eg soft drinks, beer, bottled water, gratuities, telephone calls etc.

Gratuities

In Nepal it is customary that each trekker makes a contribution toward staff gratuities. Staff are hard working and loyal and gratuities serve as recognition of a job well done and are accepted with humility and honour. Gratuities are pooled and distributed to individual staff members depending on their responsibilities and duration of employment.

Gratuities will be co-ordinated by the Western Leader – please budget for an amount of not more than $150.

Communication

Fixed line and internet tele-communication is available in most villages en-route to EBC. Mobile signal is available up to Namche Bazaar.

A satellite phone will be available throughout the duration of the trek for communication with base camp and Kathmandu and for international calls in the event of an emergency.

Guides will use hand-held radios to communicate with each other whilst on the trail.

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Our next scheduled trips:

Our next scheduled trips are as follows:

  • 17 March to 3 April 2013
  • 2 April to 20 April 2013
  • 4 April to 22 April 2013
  • 1 April to 19 April 2014
  • 15 April – 4 May 2014

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Trekking Equipment

A variety of clothing is necessary for the trip. You will need clothing for around Kathmandu, trekking in the humidity and heat, and to protect you from the cooler temperatures in the mountains. This list is designed to help you choose the right gear for the demands for this trek and is the minimum requirement. These items are mandatory for survival in the mountains, so ensure you have everything on the list.

The emphasis on equipment necessary for mountain travel follows two simple tenets: Lightweight and Functional. The items you choose to take should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme conditions. The quality of the equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain, so be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing. Comfort lends itself to a more enjoyable experience!

The layering system outlined below is usually sufficient for most people, but if you tend to be colder, bring one extra medium layer such as a vest which would be ideal for extra warmth around camp. When making the final decision as to what goes into your pack, remember that it’s a fine art of taking just enough clothes and accessories to do the job, while not over-burdening yourself with items you probably will not use.

Cotton clothing must be avoided because it dries very slowly and is a poor insulator when wet. Instead, choose wool or synthetic fabrics that “wick” the sweat and moisture away from your skin to keep you much warmer.

Personal Gear

A recommended gear list is available on request.

The bulk of your gear (15kg max.) will be carried by the porters in a duffel bag (strong & waterproof) and you will only need to carry a daypack which will contain your water supply, waterproofs, fleece, camera equipment etc – usually about 5kg.

Upper Body

  • 3 Tee-shirts
  • 2 thermal long sleeve shirts
  • 1 fleece long sleeve top
  • 1 long sleeve hiking shirt
  • 2 women’s sports bras
  • 1 fleece jacket
  • 1 down jacket
  • 1 waterproof jacket with hood
  • 1 pair liner inner gloves
  • 1 pair fleece windstopper gloves
  • 1 pair waterproof shell gloves
  • 1 beanie or balaclava
  • 1 sun hat or peaked cap
  • 1 pair 100% UV protection sunglasses with side shields

Lower Body

  • 4 pairs sock liners
  • 4 pairs trekking socks
  • 1 pair hiking boots
  • 1 pair long thermal underwear
  • 1 pair long hiking pants
  • 1 pair tracksuit pants
  • 2 pairs hiking shorts
  • 1 pair waterproof pants
  • 3 pairs underwear
  • 1 long skirt (women)
  • 1 pair running shoes
  • 1 pair sandals

Miscellaneous

  • Day pack (50 litres)
  • Sleeping bag
  • 1 large duffel bag for gear
  • 1 small duffel bag for storage in Kathmandu
  • 1 pair trekking poles (optional)
  • 1 headlamp
  • 2 water bottles (wide-mouth Nalgene) with insulators
  • 1 camp towel
  • 1 medical kit
  • 1 toiletry kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Wet wipes
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera & battery charger (optional)
  • Books, diary, walkman etc (optional)
  • Moneybelt
  • Favourite snack foods (optional)
  • Stuff sacks for food and gear storage – large Ziplocks are also useful
  • Water purification tablets
  • Small padlocks for duffel bags etc
  • 3-4 large plastic bags to keep gear dry
  • Pee bottle (optional)
  • Pocket knife
  • Spare batteries and bulbs

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Testimonials

“Only after coming back home and letting a trip like this settle, does one actually realise what a life changing experience the trek to Everest Base Camp actually is. The mountains hold a very special space where one can completely let go and surrender to their majestic size, energy, power and stillness. One is constantly surrounded by them and the visual beauty is breath taking. The team that lived by our side for the fourteen days that we were on the mountain were exceptional. When one embarks on a trip like this trust is immense and our lead Sherpa as well as his team of Sherpa’s and porters instilled that trust within us. The Nepali people are gentle and welcoming and do everything in their power to make their home, your home, away from home. I had the most incredible experience and trip of my life and I am already planning my next visit back to the mountains.” Lisa, Johannesburg, South Africa after an Everest Base Camp trek.


 

“ It was like a pilgrimage, rather than a trek.Walking together to go pay respect to the big mountain.Loved every second.” – Derick, Cape Town, South Africa after an Everest Base Camp trek.


 

 “Well it was challenging, but WOW! What an experience!”“To do this with my dad and brother, to get to EBC and share the experience, was truly gratifying”. Nella, Sydney, Australia after an Everest Base Camp trek.


 

 “A great start on a Himalayan journey that will make dreams meet reality.I’ll come back as soon as possible for new challenges and new dreams.Not sure if the next group will be as fantastic as ours, but if they are, what a ripper it will be!”Per, Sweden after an Everest Base Camp trek.


 

“Everest Base Camp – A bucket list item – much anticipated, long planned – and over delivered. What an experience. Both on a physical and sensory level.Lucky to be part of a diverse group which bonded so well – much laughter even at 50% O2.Delightful experience, magnificent visit, my heavy breath cry, yak trains, the smiles of the sherpas, milk tea, the games of cards!I’ll be back!” – Rob, Cape Town, South Africa after an Everest Base Camp trek.


 

“An amazing experience, no under-statements. Scenery unimaginably beautiful, an experience worth a million bucks.Thanks Ronnie and Steve.” – Luke, Sydney, Australia after an Everest Base Camp trek.

 

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