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MOUNT EVEREST BASECAMP TREK-NEPAL

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Everest is often spelled: "Chomolangma", "Sagarmatha", "Qomolungma", "Chomolungma", "Qomolongma", "Chomolongma", "Qomolangma".

Classic and Affordable Trek to the World' s Most Famous Mountain, to Everest basecamp, to climb the famous Kala Patar for fabulous Everest views. Add a fun trip to Island Peak with an additional 5 days.

 

Scenes along the trek: A view of Everest from the ridge of Kala Patar, and a wild goat in the National Park.

Price includes return round/trip domestic flights, all guides, porters, meals, cooks, tents, teahouses on the trek.

Please "Click" here to add our inexpensive five day Island Peak - easy trekking peak.

Would you like to be involved in charity/service "non-profit" work in the Khumbu valley? Please visit our site to learn more: Charity Non-Profit

 

Our friendly and accomplished trek staff: Nima Dolma Sherpa, Elselien te Hennepe, and Kandu Sherpa, getting ready to start our day's trek after a nice nights sleep and a relaxing breakfast (DL Mazur). Liz, Steve, Elselien, and Kandu on the top of 5545 metre Kala Pattar, a ridge from which the summit of Everest can be seen quite well. Its an easy walk up here, once you get used to the altitude, so please take your time (photo taken by our very kind porter Raj Kumar Rai, with Liz and Steve's camera).

Follow the route first trekked by Tenzing and Hillary, when they made the first ascent of Everest in 1953. 

Everest from Kala Patar area. A picture you could take. D.L.Mazur

Our recent October 2006 Everest trek hosted 5 trekkers, all of whom reached the basecamp safely and successfully.

Interested? Please contact us: Info@SummitTrek.com

Classic Nepalese house on the first day of our trek, near the Phakding bridge, by DL.Mazur.

The Basecamp Trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization and site-seeing and features the classic route to Everest basecamp, where you can follow "Everest Approach March" made by Sir Edmund Hillary and the famous: Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The trek passes through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth and through interesting and friendly Sherpa villages. Its enjoyable walking the wide trails on this relaxing and energizing trek, where our cooks pamper you and our trusty yaks and porters carry all of your baggage, so you don't have to. After a slow and careful walk up to high altitude, with plenty of time for rest and acclimatization, the team will stop at the tiny hamlet beneath Everest: "Gorak Shep". Using Gorak Shep as your basecamp (it was also Hillary's) you have the opportuntiy to spend an entire day walking up to the modern-day Everest basecamp, where all of the big Everest expeditions now go. The following day you can walk up to the ridge top known as "Kala Patar" for fabulous views of Everest.  Full Service Cost includes return round-trip domestic flights, cook, food, porters, guide, and everything for your trek, even a visit to basecamp and a fun and easy climb to 5545 metre Kala Patar.

A peaceful happy Sherpa family in one of the villages along our trek (Liz Stevens).

1. Nepalese Sherpa-English speaking guides for the group (we are also able to provide Sherpa French and German speakers);

2. Return round-trip domestic flights for you and your baggage;

3. Yak and porter transport of all your equipment from Lukla to and from to your final destination on the trek and back down;

4. Three meals per day during the trek, normally these may be cooked, but sometimes, during trekking, we may have a "packed-lunch".

5. All permit fees, trekking fees, and liaison officers;

6. Emergency equipment and supplies: medical oxygen, gamow bag, basecamp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;

7. Sleeping arrangements will be in comfortable and roomy tents while camping, or in comfortable bunks in teahouses; 

What is not included?

A. Hotels and meals in Kathmandu are a minimal expense, with our chosen Nepa Hotel (http://www.hotelnepaintl.com/) costing $20 for a single and $30 for a double. Three large western-style meals a day might cost $20, including beverages, etcetera. There are numerous delicious restaurants and cafes within a few minutes walk of our hotel. In addition, there are over 50 trekking equipment shops near our hotel, so you can easily purchase and hire all of the personal trekking equipment you might need, such as shoes, clothing, sleeping bag, etcetera.

B. Your visa is best obtained at the Kathmandu airport upon arrival. In March of 2006 the cost was $30 for a 60 day visa.

C. Additional expenses like bottled or canned drinks on the trek, tips and gratuities, and expenses of a personal nature (ie: laundry or gift shopping) are not included.


 

Kids on their way to school, Namche Bazaar. Yaks coming fairly close to the trinket tables along the trail below Khumjung (DL Mazur)

IS THIS TRIP FOR YOU

The Trek is suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness.

TREKKING STYLE

We will be totally self-sufficient. We will have our own cook who will prepare all of our meals, and we will camp in tents and stay in comfortable tea-houses through out the whole trek. Food on the trek consists of local fresh food. All your luggage will be carried by porters except for a small day pack. Each day's hiking is not too long (3-8 hours, with an average of 5 hours walking per day) allowing time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and meet the local people.  

SOME FACTS ABOUT EVEREST AND KALA PATAR

Everest was first climbed in 1953 by Hillary and Tenzing, their Base Camp was at Gorak Shep which we will visit. Just above Gorak Shep is the small hill-ridge of Kala Patar (5545 metres). It was from here that Eric Shipton helped to choose the first ascent route on Mt Everest, which Tenzing and Hillary climbed in 1953. According to David Padwa, the peak was named by Mallory during the first Everest Reconnaissance. The mountain behind Kala Pattar has an interesting story: Mallory wanted to name a peak after his young daughter. In the Sherpa and Tibetan languages, "Pumo" means girl, and "Ri" means mountain. So Mallory chose to name it Pumori.

Touring the exotic temples of Bakhtapur, in the Kathmandu Valley (Felix Berg). A holy man praying near the Baghmati River in Kathmandu (Chris Kinny).

Proposed Itinerary:

1.   Arrive Kathmandu-Tribhuvan International Airport (2563 metres) on day 1 of the itinerary (or before), but not after that, as we need you to be in Kathmandu for several days to take care of formalities. Please be sure to let us know your exact flight itinerary details, as our staff will be meeting you at the airport and bringing you to our chosen Nepa Hotel (http://www.hotelnepaintl.com/) costing $20 for a single and $30 for a double. Three large western-style meals a day might cost $20, including beverages, etcetera. There are numerous delicious restaurants and cafes within a few minutes walk of our hotel, in addition to more than 50 equipment shops where you might purchase and hire any kit you could need for trekking.

"Streets" of Lukla (there are no cars here, everything must be flown or carried in for 6 days) Dan Mazur. Flying out to the Lukla Airport from Kathmandu (Wu Guan Jang).

2. Tour Kathmandu, a beautiful exotic Hindu and Buddhist city with an abundance of ancient temples. If this is your first visit, we strongly suggest you tour the temples, including the Monkey Temple, atop a small mountain above the Vishnu Mathi river and the Thamel neighborhood, the Pashupatinath Temple, where the cremations are conducted along the Bagmathi River, Boudhanath , an enourmous white massive stupa first built in 600 AD that you can walk around, absolving a lifetime's sin, and finish at the Kathmandu Durbar or King's Square, where the 400 year old Kathmandu capital was situated. We will take this day to finalize arrangements (such as issuing your trekking permit, etc), in between enjoying food and drink at some of the many westernized restaurants in the Thamel neighborhood. Today is an ideal day to pick up extra bits of trekking kit from the plethora of mountain shops selling a surprising variety of good quality new and used mountain clothing, shoes, and nearly everything you might find in a trekking shop in your home country. The local "supermarkets" are great places to stock up on imported chocolates, sweets, and some surprisingly tasty local trekking foods like energy bars, nuts, granola bars, etcetera. 

Steve from Yorkshire meets a few local kids along the Khumbu trail. Photo: Diane Taliafero.

3. In a small twin engine, twin pilot, 18 seat propeller driven "Twin-Otter", the trusty workhorse of the Khumbu-Everest trekking trade, we will fly for 40 minutes from Kathmandu to the airstrip at 2840 metre-high Lukla and stroll a couple of hours down and through the forested and farmed Dudh Khosi valley with a small clean river ripping through a narrow green rocky mountain studded valley to the picturesque small town of Phakding, where we camp in a field on the river bank at 2650 metres. Throughout the entire trek, every day, our bags will be carried by porters and yaks. Interacting with the people transporting our equipment, as well as their livestock, will be an interesting part of our trip, and allow us to set foot into the local culture.

The Himalayan Tahr can grow to a metre high and weigh upwards of 100 kg. http://www.americazoo.com/goto/index/mammals/420.htm

4.   We arise early and have a typically wholesome breakfast of omelettes, toast, porridge and hot drinks, then walk 4-7hours up through the fir trees and ever-rarer herds of Himalayan Tar, an endangered large wild mountain sheep. Topping the rim of the Sun Khosi Gorge, we slowly and steadily walk into the steep village of 3440 metre high Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa region, which we will have time to explore. Its important to drink lots of liquids during today's trek, and you will certainly appreciate the stunning views of Numbur Peak (6959 metres) over several cups of tea, in our terraced campsite, in what used to be a potatoe field on the upper slopes of the town. In 30 minutes walk on a trail traversing the slope towards Everest, we will see our first views of the stunning Ama Dablam and perhaps Everest itself. 

First views of Ama Dablam, Jay Ullin Photo.

5.  We rest, acclimate, and relax, in order to soak in the comfortable exotic landscape of this Sherpa kingdom. One of the main features of spending a day in Namche is the opportunity to walk 15 minutes down the slope to partake in the tumult of this bustling sherpa and tourist village, especially the many tasty restaurants, tea-shops, pubs, billiard rooms, and internet cafes. All of the electricity here is locally made micro-hydro-electric power, and the telephone and internet connections are wireless/satellite.

Pemba Doma, first Nepalese woman to climb the summit of Everest from Tibet, and Amy Barwick in front of Pemba's family lodge in Namche, the Thamserku View. http://www.Mountain-World.com

6  From Namche we drop down to the river and the famous tea-stop of Fungki Thangka and have a steep climb up through tree nurseries where you could help with the silvaculture and replanting of the Khumbu valley, which is starting to show signs of over-forestation by sherpas heating water for trekker's hot showers. If you are interested in helping, please check out our CHARITY NON PROFIT  website. 

View of deforestation from high above, looking down on Namche village. The closer you get to the village, the fewer trees there are. They were removed to burn as firewood to heat water for hot showers for trekkers. These are among the slopes we wish to replant, with your help. Photo by Rajen.

Throughout this part of the walk, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of endangered herds of Tahr. Finally cresting a rise in a forest of gorgeous Sub-alpine fir and Hemlock, wallking at the feet of the Khumbu giant peaks of Kusum Kanguru and Thamserku, we reach the Buddhist monastery at Thyangboche, which we can visit. The monastery burned in 1989, apparently due to an electric kettle being left on. Tragically the gompa's book collection was ravaged, and during the following years, groups of monks were seen spending hours each day writing with ball-point pens on stenographer's pads, trying to recall ancient texts from memory, which were burned when the fire tore through the library. Here we will find inspiring views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and a very welcome tea and lunch stop. 

At the gompa of Thyangboche, which burned in 1989, Steve doing some exploring (Liz Stevens).

We will then carry on for an hour through the tiny old-style hamlet of Deboche, in a high altitude birch forest, inside the inspiring Khumbu gorge, where there is one spectacular bridge crossing, for 1 hour and stay in Pangboche, 3900 metres, a religious village and the home of the Khumbu Lama, the most respected Buddhist leader in the upper Khumbu valley. This is a long day of trekking, but after all is said and done, you only gain 350 metres. From Pangboche village, one can enjoy the most stunning views of Ama Dablam, Everest, and the imposing south face of Lhotse.

The Pangboche Lama blesses all of us. Here he is blessing our HimalayaTrek employee and trek leader, Ms. Kandu Sherpa. Kandu's sister Maya works for our sister company, SummitClimb, and Maya has become the first Nepalese woman to climb AmaDablam, Pumori, and Cho Oyu. Kandu would also like to become a climbing Sherpa one day (Liz Stevens).

7. The next morning we enjoy a walk along the beautiful Dudh Kosi gorge, to the enourmous flat valley where lies the village of Pheriche. At 4250 metres, its where the famous Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) health clinic is located. Pheriche is the last permanent Sherpa settlement. Here we have spectacular views of Nuptse,Lobuche, Cholatse,  Ama Dablam and many others.

 

Two bridges over the Pangboche gorge. The new bridge is the higher one. Sherpas love to hang prayer flags all over their bridges. Looking down on  Pangboche at 3900 metres (Steve Miscione).

8. A few hours of walking up a rocky slope brings us to the former yak herder's outpost of Dugla at 4620m where a comfortable lodge provides an ideal spot to spend the rest of the day and night, where we can relax, rest, acclimate and drink tea.

Monuments to fallen climbers, known as "chortens" atop the Dugla Hill, with Ama Dablam in the background (Steve Miscione).

The view of Lobuche peak from the teahouse at Lobuche at 4930 metres (Liz Stevens).

9. Hiking across grassy hills, up the rest of the Dugla Hill and through enormous boulders brings us to 4930 metre Lobuche, with stunning views of Lobuche peak and Cholatse. Along the way we cross over the Dugla Hill where we are confronted by a knoll studded with chortens, monuments to fallen climbers and Sherpas who have died on Mt. Everest over the years. You will probably recognize several of the names on the memorials. 

Basecamp with Tawache in the background (Liz Stevens).

10. A short day up the Khumbu glacier takes us to the rocky outpost of Gorak Shep, with three cozy teahouses at 5160 metres. We will tuck into a comfortable tea house and marvel at the lovely views of Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Lobuche, and so many other vast mountains that tower around us, as if our tiny teahouse was a crumb of bread in the jaws of a dragon. We eat and drink a lot up here, so you will have a good chance to rest and recuperate. The nights can be very chilly up here, so you will enjoy bundling up in your warm, fleece, pile, or duvet/down jacket, and wearing your wooly hat, especially in the evening.

Nepal, Gorak Shep Himalayan Ular - fat birds feel very safe in Gorak Shep.

One interesting thing about trek life is being woken up every morning by these Himalayan Ular Snow Cocks (Web).

 

Sturdy and hardworking local gentleman carrying beer to sell to tourists in the teahouses (DL Mazur). These strong yaks carry our expedition equipment (Liz Strevens).

11. Those of us who are feeling well will wake up early and walk up to Everest basecamp which lies atop the Khumbu glacier at 5300 metres. There is a good trail on rocks and scee all the way to basecamp, where you will see several spectacular crashed Russian helicopters. Then we will return to Gorak Shep for another warm night, lots of tea, and a delicious meal.

12. With an early start we trek to the top of Kala Patar (5545 metres) to see the breathtaking views of Everest. Here is where Shipton stood in 1952, to plan the successful ascent of Everest. After climbing to the top of Kala Pattar, we shall walk down to Gorak Shep and have a relaxing lunch, followed by a short walk down to Lobuche and camp. We now walk back down the valley, retracing our steps to Pheriche, and enjoy the final stunning views of the stunning Everest massif. If you are joining our Island Peak trip, here is where you will branch off for the village of Chukkung.

13. We walk back to Namche.

14. Walking down from Namche to Lukla

15. Return flight to Kathmandu

16. Extra Day of Rest and Celebration in Kathmandu. Do take a taxi out to Bhaktapur if you wish to visit an impressive temple city.

17. Flight Home. Good Bye everyone, it was nice meeting you!

    

Rhododendron Tree near Monjo. Trekking in the Khumbu, on the way down to Lukla. D.L.Mazur

Interested? Please contact us: Info@SummitTrek.com

 

Discounts

We are able to provide a five percent discount for:

  • Groups of two or more.  Bring a friend!
  • Combining this tour with one or more of our other tours.
  • Referrals leading to new sign ups.  Tell your friends!

Equipment Note

During travel and trekking, all group equipment and supplies are provided.  All you need bring is your own warm personal clothing, warm jacket, waterproof clothing, sleeping bag, and mattress, in a waterproof, locked travel bag.  If necessary, all items can be inexpensively purchased and/or hired in Kathmandu. Your porter and yak will be carrying these items in your travel bag.


Fitness and Health

To participate in this trek you must be a fit and active walker in good health.  Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales. Please make sure you have properly trained yourself for this tour.


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