EVEREST & AMA DABLAM, ESCORTED TREK
A relaxed paced walk to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain
EVEREST & AMA DABLAM, ESCORTED JOURNEY
KATHMANDU – PHAKDING – DINGBOCHE – LOBUCHE – GORAKSHEP – LUKLA - KATHMANDU
19 DAY GREAT WALK 28 SEP- 16 OCT 2018

The Everest Base Camp trek is the classic walk from Lukla to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain. This is a very popular lodge based adventure staying in comfortable accommodation, enjoying good food and excellent Sherpa hospitality. The trip is taken at a relaxed pace, with rest days allowing for proper acclimatization. A sound level of fitness is required to make the most of this excellent trek. The walking is at times strenuous: there will be days when you will be very tired, particularly on the climb to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar, but the rewards are there. The mountain views on this trek are arguably the best in Nepal.

Tour Highlights
  • Fifteen (15) days trekking through the Everest region, including Sir Edmund Hillary  memorial in Kunde, Yeti scalp in Khumjung.
  • Visit Everest Base Camp & Ama Dablam Base Camps.
  • Acclimatization days in Namche Bazaar, Pangboche and Dingboche.
  • Group safety equipment.
  • Sightseeing city tour in Kathmandu (including entrance fees where relevant): Kathmandu – Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath and the holy Bagmati River and Thyangboche Monastery.
Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    NEPAL

  • When
    :

    28 SEPTEMBER – 16 OCTOBER 2018

  • What
    :

    WALKING AND HIKING, NATURE AND WILDLIFE, ESCORTED JOURNEY

Itinerary

You will be greeted at Kathmandu airport by our team in Nepal. It is only a short drive through the hectic traffic to your hotel located in the heart of the city.

After checking into your room there will be some free time before your trek leader gives you a detailed briefing on the program ahead which is scheduled for the late afternoon.

You will also be provided with your sleeping bag, high altitude trek jacket and kitbag for use on trek. Your guide will also update you with plans for the following day.

In the evening you will enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your guide at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.

Meals included: Dinner.

Trekking 3 hours

The early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2830m) is spectacular with sensational views of the Himalayan range.

The Lukla airstrip was built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-sixties  and after landing your crew will sort and load your trekking equipment and we begin our trekking descending towards the Dudh Kosi River. Here you join the main trading trail to Namche Bazaar, at Chaunrikharka (2720m).

The walking is delightfully easy and after crossing a small stream you reach the small village of Thado Kosi (2550m). From Thado Kosi you walk to the settlement of Ghat and walk by Chortens and Mani walls to reach to our lodge at Phakding (2650m) which is our overnight stop.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Trekking 6 hours

From Phakding you walk through pine and rhododendron forest to Benkar where you have beautiful views of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2840m), arriving in time for an early lunch.

In the afternoon you enter the National Park, where permits are checked, and then pass through the village of Jorsale (2805m). The trail leads to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi, from where you start the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar.

After crossing the high suspension bridge we suggest you walk at a slow and steady pace and make the most of the fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8511m), Nuptse (7879m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. You arrive at Namche Bazaar mid afternoon with plenty of time to explore the village.

Meals: No meals included.

Acclimatisation

To aid acclimatisation your guide will organise a morning walk to the airstrip at Shyangboche and then traverse towards the Everest View Hotel for stunning views of Everest and Ama Dablam over a cup of tea or hot chocolate.

We descend to Khumjung for lunch and in the afternoon visit the hospital at Kunde set up by the Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan trust before returning to Namche Bazaar. It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see either the sunrise or sunset views from the National Park Headquarters above the village. The view is stunning.

Meals included: None.

Trekking: approx 2.5 hours

For the next few days we will head away from the main trail and follow a route used by few trekkers. There will be a later departure today and from Namche Bazaar, you climb above the village with fine mountain views of the Kongde, Thamserku and Kantega mountain range to the small airstrip at Shyangboche where we take a short tea break. It is then a short climb to reach the ridge where the holy peak of Khumbilya (5761m) looms above and the village of Khumjung can be seen below.

From here the trail descends past a long mani wall, close to the Sir Edmund Hillary school, where stones are carved with religious scriptures. From here the trail ascends gradually and within half an hour we reach Kunde village and our lodge located close to the Sir Edmund Hillary hospital.

We will arrive in time for lunch. In the afternoon we will take a short walk to the monastery in Khumjung where the Yeti scalp is housed.

Meals included: None.

Trekking: approx 6 hours

You rise early in the morning to walk below the Kunde monastery and then ascend, through forest, to the memorial for Sir Edmund Hillary and his wife and daughter. Few trekkers make this side trip where there are sensational views of the peaks of the Khumbu region including Everest, Ama Dablam and the nearby Kongde range.

You will return to your lodge for breakfast and then you descend through the walled fields of Kunde and Khumjung villages to Shanasa where we ascend on the main trail to Gokyo to the ridge line at Mongla (3975m) from where there are superb views of the surrounding mountains and the village of Phortse, seen across the valley amid a patchwork of stone-walled fields.

From the pass the trail descends steeply over 300 metres into the Dudh Kosi Valley. At Phortse Bridge we take lunch and then cross the river to make a short ascent to our overnight stay in the village of Phortse.

Meals included: None.

Trekking: approx 3 hours

Today is a short walk and we have plenty of time to linger on the trail and look out for the Himalayan Thar a large mountain goat that is often seem on this part of the trek.

From Phortse the trail ascends gradually, high above the Imja Khola valley, with views of the monastery at Thyangboche. Few trekkers follow this route and you continue to traverse before a short descent leads directly into the village of Pangboche where you re join the main trail to Everest. Here the peak of Ama Dablam towers above the skyline.

We check into our lodge and after lunch visit the beautiful monastery that once housed the legendary Yeti scalp. If you are still feeling energetic a short climb above the village offers fine views of Everest and the Lhotse ridge and arguably the regions most spectacular mountain, Ama Dablam.

Meals included: None.

Trekking: approx 5 hours

Today’s walk takes you away from the main trail to Everest to Ama Dablam Base Camp to enjoy spectacular mountain scenery not seen by most trekkers to the region. From your lodge you descend to the Imja Khola river and begin the ascent on open alpine slopes to Lhabarma.

The mountain looms directly above as you trek to the base camp located at an open yak pasture at an altitude of 4,560m. The standard climbing route on Ama Dablam follows the south west ridge so if you look towards the right hand skyline you may see climbers on the mountain.

There are also excellent views of Everest, Kantega, Thamserku and Tawoche (6,542m. After enjoying a packed lunch you return to the lodge in Pangboche early in the afternoon.

Meals included: None.

Trekking approx. 3.5 hours

From Pangboche the trail ascends gradually up the valley to Shomare where we take a short break. From here you will again ascend gradually, passing through the small settlement at Orsho. A little further from Orsho, you leave the main trail and head towards to cross the Periche Khola.

From the river you will ascend up and traverse along rolling pastures towards the Imja Valley where you have spectacular views of Lhotse, Island Peak and Ama Dablam.  You then descend to the settlement of Dingboche nestled in thevalley.

The walking at this altitude can be quite tiring so take your time as we will reach Dingboche in time for lunch today.  To aid our acclimatisation we will enjoy a further rest day in Dingboche.

Meals included: None.

Rest & acclimatization

Dingboche was initially a summer settlement for the Sherpas where they grew barley and potatoes and where yaks were brought to graze in the valley pastures.

Today it is now a popular stopover for those en-route to Everest Base Camp. To aid acclimatization, after breakfast you can enjoy a short excursion up the valley towards the hill of Nankarstang where there are beautiful views of the towering south face of Lhotse and Island Peak and Makalu (8481m).

Meals included: None.

Trekking 5 hours

In the morning you ascend the small ridge behind the village high above the Pheriche valley and gradually ascend past the peaks of Taweche and Cholatse across the valley to cross the Khumbu Khola at Thugla (4620m), where you take a lunch.

In the afternoon a steady climb up the moraines of the Khumbu Glacier leads to the memorial cairns, of the Sherpas and climbers who have died on various Everest expeditions.

From here the views are marvelous with Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m), Khumbutse (6623m), and Changtse (7550m) seen at the head of the valley. It is only a short walk up the valley from here to Lobuche and our overnight accommodation.

Meals Included: None.

Trekking upto 8 hours

We leave after breakfast and walk slowly up the valley by the side of the Khumbu Glacier to the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier where it is necessary to make a series of small ascents and descents to the sandy flats of Gorakshep (5150m).  Gorakshep is reached in around three hours from Lobuche.

We rest and take and early lunch and then set off for the round trip to Everest Base Camp (5345m). The walk there and back will take around five hours. It is a great achievement to reach Base Camp and you will spend time here absorbing the atmosphere and taking photographs.

If trekking during the climbing period of March to May, you will see the climbers’ tents that are pitched on the glacier below the dangerous Everest Ice Fall. We return to our lodge at Gorakshep in the latter part of the afternoon.

The return journey from the Everest Base Camp to Gorak Shep takes the same amount of time. We have an early dinner so that we are able to get up early the next day for awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan giants from Kala Pathar.

Meals included: None.

Trekking 8 hours

From Base Camp you do not get the picture postcard views of Mount Everest, so we get up early in the morning for the climb to Kala Pathar (5640m) to enjoy the sensational panoramic views of Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and Everest. It is a tough walk because of the altitude, but emotionally rewarding and you can spend as long as you wish at the summit enjoying this special moment.

The descent back down to Gorak Shep is a lot quicker than the ascent and after a welcome hot drink you retrace your steps back to Lobuche or further down at Thugla for lunch.

After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola and head down the valley below to Pheriche, where we stop for the night.

Meals included: None.

Trekking 6.5 hours

After breakfast, we head down the Pheriche valley descending down the Periche Khola from where the trail climbs to a small pass with the peaks of Ama Dablam and Taweche looming majestically above the trail. You quickly reach the settlements  of Orsho and Shomare, however, do take the opportunity to turn around and enjoy the views of Everest as you descend.

After passing through Pangboche  you cross the Imja River to ascend through rhododendron and birch forest back to Thyangboche where you take lunch. In the afternoon it is a steep  descent through forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga where you cross the Dudh Kosi river and ascend to the small village of Trashinga.

From here the walking becomes easier as the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa and on to our overnight halt at Namche Bazaar.

Meals included: None.

Trekking 4 hours

There is a final opportunity to visit the shops in the bazaar and maybe send an email before you descend steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River.

Back at lower altitudes, fit and well acclimatised the walking is now easy as you follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where we take lunch.

In the afternoon we take a liesurely stroll down the valley through Benkar and back to our lodge in Phakding.

Meals included: None.

Trekking 3 hours

It is only a few hours walking to the airstrip in Lukla. The first part of the walk follows the valley before making a gradual ascent passing through Chaunrikharka to our hotel located close to the airport.

In the evening it is time to celebrate with your crew, a slap up meal and few drinks and the now traditional dancing with the crew.

Meals included: None.

Depart from the short Lukla airstrip for the return flight to Kathmandu, and on to your hotel. The rest of your day is free to explore.

Meals included: None.

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu today. Visit Boudhanath Stupa, a Tibetan Buddhist shrine that pilgrims circumnavigate as they chant their prayers. Then head to the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you’ll see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats.

This day is also used as a contingency in case of delays from flying out of Lukla.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Room checkout time is 11.00am. If you wish, or need, to stay longer we can arrange an extra night’s accommodation at the time of booking.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions

    PRICE

    28 SEP – 16 OCT 2018TWIN
    PRICES PER PERSON$2,960
    SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (KATHMANDU ONLY)

    *Prices base on twin share room per person.

    INCLUSIONS

    • International Airport arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu
    • Local flights in Nepal; Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
    • Three (3) nights hotel accommodation in Hotel Shangrila or similar Kathmandu (Twin Share)
    • Fifteen (15) nights comfortable trekking lodge accommodation, generally in twin-share rooms with beds with foam mattresses and pillows
    • Three (3) breakfasts – Days 2, 18 & 19
    • Welcome dinner on Day 1
    • Trek escorted by English Speaking local leaders and guides
    • Porterage on trek to carry all luggage
    • Fifteen (15) days trekking through the Everest region, including;
    • Sir Edmund Hillary  memorial in Kunde, Yeti scalp in Khumjung
    • Visit Everest Base Camp & Ama Dablam Base Camps
    • Acclimatization days in Namche Bazaar, Pangboche and Dingboche.
    • Group safety equipment: Portable altitude chamber, Portable oxygen, First aid kit
    • Trek Pack (for loan whilst on trek) valued at over US$500, including: Kitbag designed with porter comfort in mind, High quality sleeping bag designed for sub-zero temperatures and inner sheet, High-altitude jacket
    • Sightseeing city tour in Kathmandu (including entrance fees where relevant): Kathmandu – Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath and the holy Bagmati River and Thyangboche Monastery.
    • Free time to explore Kathmandu and Lukla

    NOT INCLUDED

    • International flights
    • Visas
    • Travel Insurance (Repatriation by Helicopter Mandatory in case of serious illness)
    • Meals not listed (Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu and meals on the trek-suggest approx USD 40 per day)
    • Any optional tours and activities during free time
    • Camera fees where applicable
    • Showers on trek (if available), Bar Bills, souvenirs and personal expenses., etc.
    • Tips or gratuities (Suggest USD 5-8 per day per person)

    * You can tip your Trek Leader separately back in Kathmandu* Note that trekkers are able select their own meals and refreshments each day of the trek from menus at the trekking lodges we stay in – Please allow approximately US$500-550 for these meals and tips while on trek.

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