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Trip Overview

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walk amidst the world’s highest mountain range,
  • with incredible views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam
  • Ascend Kala Pattar for close up views of Mt Everest
  • Explore Namche Bazaar and soak up the Sherpa culture

Everest Base Camp & Kala Pataar Trekking
A must for those who want to get up close to the highest peak on the planet. This is the classic Everest trek, taking you to the Sherpa lands of the Solukhumbu and up the Dudh Kosi and into the Sagarmatha National Park. The trip culminates with a visit to Everest Base camp where you will be in and amongst the Summit groups themselves. Before our descent we will visit Kala Pataar (5545 metres) for stunning views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. A 16 day trip which includes a full itinerary visiting the best sites of Kathmandu.

Included in the Cost

In Kathmandu
Airport pick up to hotel, hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, including breakfast, but excluding lunch and dinner, all entry fees to Kathmandu places of interest, all transportation to places of interest.

On the trek
All transportation, all accommodation in lodges/tea houses during the trek, standard meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at lodges/tea houses, hot drinks with meals, national Park entry permits, trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit, experienced, helpful and friendly guides and porters, salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for the guide and porter, all government taxes, air ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla return.

Not Included in the Cost
Nepal entry visa fee, travel insurance, lunch and dinner whilst not trekking, any personal expenses, bottled drinks, chocolate, Mineral water, Cold drinks, tips for the guide and porter.

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*****Please Note*****
The cost of food whilst in the mountains is quite expensive and is excluded from many comparible Treks. Depending on the length of time you are in the mountains this can lead to a significant addition to your budget. A typical trek like the Everest Base Camp trek can easily add an extra £200 – £300. All Sacred Himalaya trek prices are inclusive of breakfast, Lunch and Dinner whilst on the trek. Our prices also include all internal flights.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Kathmandu Arrival
On your arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan Airport, you will be met by a representative of Sacred Himalaya and taken to your hotel in the Thamel district of Kathmandu.

Day 2 – Swayambhunath Temple – Kathmandu Durbar Square
This will be the first of your sightseeing days in Kathmandu. In the morning we will head for Swayambhunath (Monkey) Temple. Swayambhunath is a UNESCO, World Heritage and one of the must see sights of the Valley. We will walk the 365 steps up to the Stupa. There is much to see, not least the three large Buddha statues of Shakyamuni Buddha, Chenrezig and Guru Rinpoche. in the park to the rear. In the afternoon we visit the Durbar square in Kathmandu

Day 3 –Fly to Lukla and trek northwards to Monjo (2840m) beside the Dudh Kosi (river).
After an early breakfast, we take a bus to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport and check in for the 40 minute flight to Lukla (2840m). Landing on the narrow, sloping runway in the heart of the mountains is a very spectacular way to reach the Khumbu. Here, we meet our trekking crew and set off on the first stage of our trek to Everest Basecamp. Today’s walk is very pleasant, leading down to the river, then northwards through a number of villages including Phakding (2610m). We will stop at a suitable wayside lodge for lunch. Gradually, we regain the height we lost on the initial descent to the river and when we get to our overnight lodge in Monjo we are at back at exactly the same elevation as Lukla, 2840 metres.

Day 4 –Trek to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3440m). Rest of day free to explore.
We have a very pleasant walk by the river through pine forest, followed by a short climb to avoid a narrow section of gorge. We pass the entrance to the Khumbu National Park where details of our permits are recorded and then drop down again to the river which we cross on a Leaving Monjo, we pass the entrance to the Khumbu National Park where details of our permits are recorded. We then drop down to the river which we cross on a suspension bridge, before continuing up this spectacular wooded valley on a good trail and crossing the Dudh Kosi twice more. Reaching a confluence of rivers, one coming down from Thame and the other from the Khumbu, we make a final crossing on a particularly impressive suspension bridge and then begin a steeper one and a half hour ascent to Namche Bazaar (3440m) on a wide switch-back trail. About an hour below Namche, we gain our first views of Everest. On arrival in Namche, we check into one of the town’s many lodges. In the afternoon, we can assist our acclimatisation by taking a hike up above Namche.

Day 5 –A day in Namche Bazaar with an optional acclimatisation walk for Everest views.
Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. An ancient market place where goods from as far away as Tibet were and still are traded, Namche today boasts an abundance of lodges, cafes, bars and souvenir shops. It is a great place to spend an acclimatisation day before going higher. The guide will be keen to take everyone on an acclimatisation walk, whether this involves going as high as the village of Khumjung (3780m) above Namche, or just to the Everest View Hotel. Either of these options provides superb views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. We spend a second night at our lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 6 –Trek to Thyangboche (3860m) on a ridge below the north ridge of Kang Taiga.
A relatively easy day of trekking, although at this altitude it will still feel tough on the uphill section to Thyangboche at the end of the day. The trail today is spectacular in terms of scenery. The main trail out of Namche heads in a northwesterly direction climbing steeply out of the town to a ridge crest where a wonderful view of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam is revealed. Our trail now follows a contour high above the river with occasional short climbs as we cross a series of ridges. At the end of this contour trail is the tiny settlement of Kangjuma where various items of local art and craft, jewelry and even yak bells are laid out to entice passing trekkers to buy a souvenir of their visit. From Kangjuma the trail descends to a bridge across the Imja River at Phunki. Beyond the river, we climb a long ridge to Thyangboche (3860m), the location of one of Nepal’s finest monasteries. We have the chance to look around the monastery and the visitor centre there. This is a popular place to overnight as it not only affords a good view of the Everest/Lhotse massif but is also the classic viewpoint for Ama Dablam. However, water is scarce here and the lodges are often crowded so we may opt to continue for a further 20 minutes, descending to a lodge beside the river at Deboche.

Day 7 –Trek to Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley.
After breakfast at the lodge, we trek for a couple of hours to the village of Pangboche, where there is the oldest monastery in the Khumbu. An hour beyond Pangboche, there is a good lunch stop at the small Sherpa hamlet of Shomare and then it is a further 3 hours walking, gaining height very gradually, to Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley. We overnight in one of the relaxing lodges in this small and picturesque Sherpa village.

Day 8 –Imja Valley acclimatisation walk with great views towards Tibet. Return to Dingboche.
In accordance with our careful program of acclimatisation we will spend 2 nights at this altitude before moving further up the Khumbu Valley. To further our fitness and state of acclimatisation we will have a day hike to Chukkung (4730m) in the upper part of the Imja Valley and directly below the tremendous 3000 metre south face of Lhotse. This is a high and wild corner of the Khumbu, visited by relatively few trekkers and the views here of ice flutings and soaring, serrated mountain ridges are sensational. After a most scenic lunch stop, we retrace our steps to Dingboche to spend a second night in the Dingboche lodge. There are fantastic views towards Tibet and of Island Peak and Ama Dablam.

Day 9–Trek up to the lake of Chola Tso and drop back down to Dughla (4620m).
Today is effectively another day of acclimatisation as we make our approach to Everest Basecamp. After a leisurely breakfast, our route takes us up the Khumbu Valley on a high trail beneath Pokalde Peak (5806m) and climbs only very gradually for little more than 2 hours to the tiny settlement and lodge at Dugla (4620m) which will be our home for the night. From here, we have the option to hike up the hillside above our lodge and contour around above the glacial lake of Chola Tso at an elevation of 4800 metres. This is the well-used trail leading to the Cho La (5330m) and the summer yak grazing area of Dzonglha and we can choose just how far we want to go. There is a fantastic and ever-changing panorama across the lake to the Chola Glacier and the spectacular peak of Cholatse (6335m). We return to spend the night in Dughla.

Day 10 –A short day, trekking beside the Khumbu Glacier to the lodges at Lobuche (4910m).
Another short day as we ascend the Khumbu Valley, starting out with an uphill section to the Thokla Pass (4830m), where we find the memorial to those Sherpas who have died on Mount Everest. Here, the trail starts to level out and we follow the lateral moraine on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to our lodge in Lobuche (4910m) which we reach well before lunch. The collection of lodges at Lobuche occupies a rocky, streamside location surrounded by towering peaks including Pumori (7161m), Nuptse (7861m) and Lhotse (8516m).

Day 11 –Trek to Gorak Shep (5140m) and the optional ascent of Kala Patar (5550m) at sunset.
Heading north, we follow a trail through the ablation valley at the side of the Khumbu Glacier. We can’t see the glacier at first, but climbing to cross the rubble of a tributary glacier we get our first views of the great Khumbu Glacier stretching away down valley and up towards the area of basecamp. Beyond this glacial junction we reach an island of sparse grasses at the place known as Gorak Shep (5140m), once a summer yak pasture in the middle of nowhere and now home to some of the highest lodges in Nepal. Arriving here in time for lunch, we have some time to chill out. Then, in the middle of the afternoon, there is the option to hike to the top of the prominent Kala Patar (5550m) which rises up above the lodge. The sunset view of Everest from Kala Patar will be one of the highlights of your holiday. As might be expected at this altitude and in this remote spot, the lodges at Gorak Shep are quite basic but they do have heated dining rooms and offer a degree of comfort.

Day 12 –Trek to Everest Basecamp (5364m) and descend to Pheriche (4240m).
Above Gorak Shep, it is a steady trek to Everest Basecamp (5364m), walking at first on the moraine crest and finally on the Khumbu Glacier itself. We will spend some time at this inspirational spot, close beneath the stupendous Khumbu Icefall, before retracing our steps to Gorak Shep, where we will have a late lunch. After lunch, we will make a long but quite straightforward descent of the Khumbu Valley to our lodge in Pheriche (4240m). There is a permanent clinic at Pheriche, set up by the Himalayan Rescue Association and staffed during the trekking season by Western doctors.

Day 13 –Trek to Pangboche and then take an alternative high trail to Phortse (3810m).
Leaving Pheriche, we soon reach a bridge across the Khumbu River and a junction with our outbound trail below Dingboche. We pass through Pangboche as on the way up, but on this occasion we take a different trail which contours the hillside high above the river, offering great views across to Thyangboche Monastery beneath the towering face of Kang Taiga. We overnight in the less often visited village of Phortse (3810m) at the mouth of the Gokyo Valley. Phortse is a particular treat, as we get as close a glimpse in to traditional village life in Nepal as anywhere in the Khumbu.

Day 14 –Trek via the Mon La to Namche Bazaar and overnight in the Sherpa capital.
From the ridge-top perch of Phortse we make a long descent to the river in the lower part of the Gokyo Valley. We cross the river on a simple plank bridge and begin a steady climb on a switch-backing trail for 400 vertical metres up to the Mon La (3900m). From here we descend to rejoin the main Everest Trail and continue to Namche Bazaar, which we reach after 4 or 5 hours. The Sherpa capital is a great place in which to celebrate our trekking achievements and after checking in at our lodge there will be plenty of time for sightseeing and souvenir buying in the afternoon. Overnight in Namche.

Day 15–Trek downhill beside the Dudh Kosi River, with a final short climb to Lukla.
This is the final day of our Everest trekking experience, as we descend, steeply at first, to the trail beside the Dudh Kosi. We cross the river a couple of times on bridges and after 2 hours reach the village of Monjo. Continuing our trek and descending more gradually, the valley becomes more enclosed as we pass Phakding and the first lodge we stayed at on our walk-in. After a stop for lunch, we continue on the river’s true left bank to Chopling (2660m) where we begin the final climb of the trip (the sting in the tail) with a 45 minute steady ascent up to the airstrip at Lukla. Arriving at this bustling airstrip settlement, we check in at our lodge and tonight we will no doubt celebrate, once again, the end of a great trek.

Day 16 –Fly to Kathmandu, check in at our hotel. Rest of day free for sightseeing or shopping.
We take the flight to Kathmandu, where we check in at our hotel. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or shopping in the bazaar. This evening we will have another celebration dinner in one of Kathmandu’s popular restaurants.

Day 17 –Free day in Kathmandu for sightseeing, shopping or relaxing.
This is an important contingency day in case of delays to the flights from Lukla. If we have experienced no delays this is another opportunity for independent exploration amongst the colourful streets and temples of Kathmandu.

Day 18 – Depart Kathmandu
Depending on the time of your flight departure, you may have time for a lttle more sightseeing or shopping in Kathmandu. We will then take you to Tibhuvan airport 3 hours before the departure time of your flight home and see you to your departure terminal where we will say goodbye and hope very much, that you will have enjoyed your time with Sacred Himalaya.

 

 

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Pax Book Now
February 28, 2018 March 16, 2018 £1295 Per Person 2-12 Book Now
March 15, 2018 April 2, 2018 £1295 Per Person 2-12 Book Now
April 5, 2018 April 22, 2018 £1295 Per Person 2-12 Book Now
April 11, 2018 January 27, 2018 £1295 Per Peron 2-12 Book Now

What's Included

Included in the Cost

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu according to trip itinerary
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes


Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Important Note:
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Sacred Himalaya. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Trip Overview

Trip Itinerary

Dates & prices

What's included