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19 Days

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  • Trekking and Hiking

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Classical Everest Base Camp Climbing is one of the classic treks of the world with stunning mountain scenery including Everest and Ama Dablam. The Classical Everest Base Camp Climbing trek starts with an exciting flight in a Twin Otter plane to the mountain airstrip at Lukla, from here we follow in the footsteps of famous mountaineers for the walk into Everest Base Camp. Lukla is the Buddhist Sherpa country where you will see colourful prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries along the way.

We have designed the itinerary with plenty of time for the necessary acclimatisation. Our route takes you to the prettiest Sherpa villages in the Khumbu and to Namche Bazaar the colourful and vibrant heart of Sherpa country. You have the opportunity to visit the main monasteries of the Khumbu region at Tengboche and Thame. The high points of our itinerary are the walk up to Kala Patar for the panoramic viewpoint of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse and also the hike from Gorak Shep along the Khumbu glacier to Everest Base Camp.

Itinerary

Upon arrival in the Kathmandu Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed and greeted by our representative and then transfer to the hotel. After check in, you can either take rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.

Hotel Encounter Nepal
Dinner

After breakfast, break the day with guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. First, we visit Swayambhunath Stupa- oldest stupa situated on the hillock. Enjoy the bird eyes view of Kahtmandu Valley and mountains. After then visit Kathmandu Durbar Square - Palace of Malla and then Shah King of Nepal. Visit Kumari Ghar (living goddess), Kasthamandap (made up of a single tree), Hanuman Dhoka (Gate to enter the palace) and many more temples. Finally, visit in Patan Durbar Square- the city of fine art and architecture. Visit Krishna Temple, Palace square, Mahabauddha, Mahabihar and many more temples and masterpiece monuments. Late afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Black Diamond briefs us regarding the trip as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Hotel Encounter Nepal
Breakfast

Early morning after breakfast transfer to Kathmandu airport domestic terminal to fly over Lukla, a gateway destination for trekking in Everest Region. After 40 minutes adventurous and scenic view flight, we reach in the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla. Here we meet our other crew members and then we begin our first day's easy trek through forest, villages and along the Dudh Koshi River to Phakding.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today also we follow the Dudh Koshi River and cross suspension bridges many times, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. On the way, we can see the beautiful view of Mt Thamserku (6618m). Passing through the small village of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo we enter into the Sagarmatha National Park. We cross the last village of Jorsale before Namche and then gradual walk through the forest and bridges until we reach the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers (Larja Dobhan). After then about 2 hours steep climb we reach Chautara from where we get the first sight of Mt. Everest. From there another 1.5 hours easy walking bring us to Namche Bazzar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading center.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After 2 days walking we take a rest in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize the body. It is recommended to stay active during the rest day also, which helps to acclimatize our body quickly. Walking little high altitude around 100 ft will help to acclimatize properly. Morning we do hike in Thame and later explore Namche Bazzar.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, trek starts ascending up to the airport in Syanboche which is one of the highest airports on planet. From Syangboche we can see beautiful view of Amadablam and jaw dropping view of Mt. Everest. After then around 2 hours gradual ascent bring us to the Khumjung village which is also known as a second home of Hillary. We explore Khumjung village; visit Khumjung Hillary School and the monastery that houses Yeti scalp.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Khumjung to Phorse Village the trail is ups and downs but offers beautiful views of the river gorge below and marvelous landscapes around. On the way to Phorse village, we may encounter with musk deer, Himalayan wild deer and many kinds of birds. Today our trail begins with leveled walk and later we trek up through stone path to reach Mongla Pass (3975m) from where we can see spectacular view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Mt. Khumbila. Mt. Khumbila is a sacred mountain in Khumbu region which is considered as a goddess power. After then we descend to Dudhkoshi Khola (3250m), cross a bridge and then gradual up through rhododendron forest will bring us to the terrace fields of Phorse Village. Few minutes onward we reach the Phorse Village which lie on the lap of Tawoche and Cholaste Peaks.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we begin our trek walking down the narrow trail passing through a Tharki Gompa. Further the trail is pleasurable through alpine forest till we reach the village of Pangboche that offers dramatic view of Himalayas and village. Passing by Pangboche Gompa we continue the trek through the village of Syomare, Orsho and Samso Ogma. From there we follow the right path and after crossing the bridge over the confluence of Khumbu Khola and Imja River we climb steep path to Chyakunwa Kharka from where we can see the spectacular view of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Khangteka, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse and many more. After few minutes gradual walk we will be welcomed by chorten and prayer flags in Dingboche.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is our second and last acclimatization day of our trip. We take breakfast viewing fabulous Ama Dablam (6856m) peak. It is recommended to stay active during rest day also which helps to acclimatize our body quickly. Walking little high altitude around 100 ft will help to acclimatize properly. We climb the ridge on the north behind the village which helps us to acclimatize properly and it also offers marvelous view. Among six, three highest Mountain Peaks of the world, i.e. Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m) and Cho Yu (8201m) can be seen from here with different spectacular snowcapped mountains. Similarly, the view of beautiful Imja Khola valley as well as the picturesque fields and pastures of Dingboche can be seen in down.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today all the way is dry but offers awesome Mountain View on all sides. We start the trek walking gradually through the Khumnu Khola Valley and reach the yak herder’s place, Dusa (4503m). After then following the narrow trail we reach Phulung Karpo where camp site was asserted during first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. Further the sight of Chola Lake and Mt. Pumo Ri (7161m) appears on the way. As we descend the trail the view of Mt. Pumo Ri disappear and come across the roaring stream. We cross the small wooden bridge and climb steep up to Dughla. Dughla offers marvelous view of Nuptse, Cholatse, Thamserku and several other magnificent peaks.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is short but difficult walking day as we have to walk through the boulder path left by khumbu glacier. Initially we walk steep path through moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and climb to Thukla Pass (4830m). At the top there are piles of stones with prayer flags, memorials of death climbers including Babu Chiri Sherpa, 10 times Everest submitter and Scott Fischer, American mountaineer. As we descend to Khumbu Glacier moraine, several great peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, Mahalangur Himal greet us. After crossing Khumbu Glacier we get the beautiful sight of towering Mt. Nuptse (7855m). Further climbing the steep trail along roaring stream we reach Lobuche. 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we have two options. First one is, we reach Gorak Shep and in late afternoon hike to Kalapatthar for impressive sunset view over Himalayas including Mt. Everest. Second one is, we reach Everest Base Camp and then trek back to Gorak Shep for overnight. We can split the group for option 1 and option 2.

After early breakfast we start trek through the moraine of Khumbu glacier. Passing through Italian Research Center and Lobuche Pass (5110m) we reach to Chongri Glacier. On the way to Chongri Glacier we get the first sight of the summit of north ridge of Mt. Everest along with 360 degree view of snowcapped mountains including Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and many more. Walking up through boulder path of Changri glacier we reach Gorak Shep.

Option 1:- Evening we hike to Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar is the popular view point hill. It takes 45 minutes to reach from Gorak Shep. From there we can see very impressive, massive and sky towering Himalayas including Kantenga, Pumo Ri, Thamserku, Changtse Ama Dablam, Kantenga, Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest and many more.

Option 2:- Leaving the Kalapathar (view point) on the left and passing by Indian army mountaineers' memorials we continue towards Everest Base Camp which takes us around 3 hours to reach. We celebrate the achievement of our trip goal by capturing massive Nuptse, Khumbuste and Punori from Everest Base Camp in our camera. But from here Mt. Everest is not visible. After spending memorable moment, we trek back to Gorak Shep.

Note: Sunset view from Kalapatthar is more impressive than the sunrise view over snow capped mountain including Mt. Everest. So who wish to hike Kalapatthar today, our guide and porters will accompany you.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Those participants, who had choose option 1 yesterday (Kalapatthar), will visit Everest base camp today. And who had choose option 2 yesterday (Everest Base Camp); they will hike to Kalapatthar today for sunrise view over snowcapped mountains including Mt. Everest and then wait for other participants to return back in Gorak Shep.

After having lunch together in Gorak Shep we trek back to Dughla via same route and then follow the right side trail to Pheriche.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is easier day comparing of previous day’s long and tiring walk. From Pheriche we trek down crossing Samdrang village, stone wall, Tsuro Og and then follow the same route back via Samso Ogma, Orsho and Syomare village. After little ahead we meet a junction and follow the left trail. Crossing suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Deboche. We can visit nun at Deboche Gompa. On the way we may encounter with Musk Deer, Mongal, Blue Sheep. Following the gradual trail we reach culturally rich village, Tengboche. We visit Tengboche Monastery. During the full moon of November and December, we might explore the Mani Rimdu festival at Tengboche Monastery.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we leave the beautiful Tengboche village and descend down through rhododendron and fir trees to Dudh Koshi River. We cross the first bridge of today trail in Phungi Thanga and then passing through the beautiful village of Sanasa, Kyangiuma as well as enjoying magnificent view of Himalayas on the way we reach at Tenzing Norgye Memorial Stupa. We may get opportunity to encounter mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants etc. After then about one hour gradual walk will bring us to main town of Everest Region, the Namche Bazzar.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we trek back the same route but we feel completely different view. Freezing cold turns to moderately warm and our body get relief today. After breakfast we begins gradual walk for few minutes and then steep down to the Larja Bridge which is the confluence point of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River. From there the gradual walk along Dudh Koshi River will bring us to the exit point from National Park, the Jorsale village. Again following the Dudh Koshi River, pass by the small village of Monjo, Chumoa, Benkar and walking through rhododendron forest, we reach Phakding.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is our last and relaxing trekking day. We walk back slowly and leisurely exploring attractions on the way, experiencing Sherpa culture in beautiful villages and enjoying distance view of Himalayas. Upon arrival in Lukla we have plenty of time to relax and stretch the tired body. Late afternoon we can stroll around the Lukla. Evening we enjoy the last dinner with crew members.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After early breakfast we fly back to Kathmandu memorizing those excited and beautiful days. In Kathmandu you can take a rest throughout the day in hotel or you can explore other attractions of Kathmandu. For the memorizing the Nepal trip you can buy some souvenirs for yourself or for friends and family in Thamel Area. Late evening we celebrate the success of our trip and enjoy dinner together.

Hotel Encounter Nepal
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast you are free till departure time. If you have more time you can do shopping or sightseeing around Kathmandu. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Black Diamond drops you to the airport.

Breakfast

NOTE: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight may get delay for few hours or may even cancel for few days due to frequently changeable and unfavorable weather condition of Himalayas. Such condition may arise even in the best season. So we kindly request you to keep some spare days in hand to cope with such condition. If flight is cancelled at the start of trip, either you do wait till you have spare days or do another adventure trip to other regions. If flight is cancelled after the trip, either you have to wait for following day’s flight or you have to take helicopter rescue to fly back Kathmandu. The helicopter charges around USD 5,000 and it can lift 4-5 people per flight. If everything goes as plan during trek, in your spare time you can enjoy sightseeing, jungle safari, rafting, bungee and many more luxurious and adventurous activities.

Includion

    • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
    • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu airfare
    • Domestic airport tax
    • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Encounter Nepal- www.encounternepal.com or Hotel Norbu Linka- www.hotelnorbulinka.com) or similar 3-star hotel as per availibility.
    • 15 nights accommodation in standard guest house/lodges during trekking
    • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
    • Farewell dinner
    • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    • An experienced guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) during trek
    • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide and porter
    • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are need to be returned after trek)
    • All necessary paper work and permits
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All government and local taxes.
    • International airfare
    • Nepal Visa fee
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • City tour guide
    • Entrance fees in the monuments during city tour 
    • Excess baggage charge
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
    • All kind of drinks
    • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
    • Tips for guides, porters and driver

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