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Expedition At A Glance

19 days,18 nights

Difficulty Level: 4

Price (US$): From $2,575.00

Months Available: September through June

OVERVIEW


Everest Base Camp Trek:

Towering Himalayan peaks from Everest to Ama Dablam, picturesque Sherpa villages, and sacred Buddhist monasteries. These are aspects that define the magical and inspiring landscape of the Khumbu region. This is the home of Mount Everest (8,850m). Located in the Sagarmatha National Park, many visitors embark on the Everest Base Camp trek to glimpse the world’s highest peak. But they come away with much more: an appreciation of the local people who make their home in this high and difficult landscape and life-changing personal experiences.

On this journey, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of snow-capped mountains that rise above the clouds. From your highest camp at Gorakshep (17,100 ft.), you will hike to Everest Base Camp (17,700 ft.). This is the site from where hundreds of climbers attempt to reach the summit of the tallest peak in the world. You also have the option to climb Kalapathar (18,195 ft) for an up-close view of the south face of Everest. The crux of this trip is the day you hike from Lobuche to the Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep. This hike can take around 8 hours or more. Return is via Khumjung which is one of the largest Sherpa villages. It is also the site of the Hillary school.

The Everest Base Camp trek is rated strenuous. Walking at high altitude is not easy. And all participants need to be in good cardio-vascular shape. Our program allows optimal time for acclimatization. If you are looking for a more challenging experience, try our Ultimate Everest Trek which involves, after visiting Everest Base Camp, crossing two passes: the Cho la – enroute to Gokyo Lakes and the Renjo la – enroute to Thame.

Our Nepal and Tibet treks and climbs are operated by our sister company based in Nepal. Crystal Mountain Treks  is managed by our founder’s family. His company has been in business for over 25 years.  We employ only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value than other companies they researched. We are happy to provide references of past clients.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore monasteries and palaces in the Kathmandu valley for two full days.
  • Visit Sherpa villages including the famous Namche Bazaar.
  • Hike to the Everest Base Camp.
  • Hike to the summit of Kalapathar for unparalleled views of the South Face of Mt. Everest.

 

EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Day 03 to Day 05: Fly into Lukla. Begin your Everest Base Camp trek. Trek to Namche at 11,270 feet. An additional day is scheduled in Namche for acclimatization.

Day 06 to Day 08: Trek to Tengboche – the site of the famous Tengboche monastery. Continue to Dingboche at 13,950 feet. An additional day is scheduled at Dingboche for acclimatization.

Day 09 to Day 11: Ascend steadily to Gorakshep at 17,100 feet. You have the option to visit Everest Base Camp.

Day 12 to Day 14: The crux of the trek is the ascent of Kalapathar (18,195 feet). Descend rapidly to Khumjung – the largest Sherpa village. And the site of the famous Hillary school and clinic.

Day 15 to Day 17: Trek ends at Lukla. Fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 18: Additional day in Kathmandu. Time to reflect on your Everest Base Camp trek.

Day 19: Final departure.

DETAILED ITINERARY


Day 01 - Kathmandu Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner.

Overnight Hotel Tibet. (Dinner)

Day 02 - Kathmandu Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will be accompanied by our in-house city guide. In the morning, visit Bodhanath, the Stupa of a Million dew drops, to watch monks and devotees circumambulate the largest stupa in the world. Then visit Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Drive to Patan for lunch in the garden of the Patan Museum Café. After lunch, visit the well-maintained Patan Museum storing ancient Nepali artifacts, followed by a tour of Patan Durbar Square. Drive back to Kathmandu.

Overnight Hotel Tibet. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 03 - Kathmandu to Phakding (8,700 ft.) Your day will start early today as most flights to Lukla are scheduled for the morning hours. Be ready for a wait at the airport as your flight can be delayed due to weather. The flight is approximately 25 minutes and the landing at Lukla airport is very dramatic. After a brief stop at Lukla, set off on your Everest trek. Past Lukla, descend to Chaurikharka and continue on a fairly level trail to Choplung. Continue on a descending trail to Ghat. There is a monastery, numerous prayer wheels, mani stones and a chhorten at Ghat. Whenever possible, please remember to turn all prayer wheels in a clock-wise direction and to walk on the left side of shrines and manes (i.e. keeping these sacred objects to your right. From Ghat, it is approximately 20 minutes to Phakding.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 04 - Phakding to Namche (11,270 ft.) The day's trail follows the Dudh Koshi until you begin your ascent to Namche. Pass several villages to Monju. Before reaching Monju is the village of Chumoa where in the 1970's, an eccentric but creative Mr Hagayuki lived without a visa for almost 10 years - farming and running the Hatago Lodge - before being deported. Just beyond Monju is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park where your park permit will be checked. Depending on the time you reach this point, lunch will be either at Monju or the village of Jorsalle inside the park.

Past Jorsalle, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi and crosses it only to recross it at the base of the hill which climbs up to Namche. The climb is long and steep. The switchback trail is well-worn and wide through a pleasant pine forest.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 05 - Namche (11,270 ft.) Today is an acclimatization day. You are free to visit the National Park Museum or wonder around Namche town.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 06 - Namche to Tengboche (12,900 ft.) Climb to the top of Namche Bazaar, then walk on a fairly level trail to Kenjuma and Sanasa. Here there are extensive displays of souvenirs to tempt you. Bargaining is very much in order! The trail descends to Dudh Koshi which must be crossed to reach Phungi Tenga. There is a now-deserted army post here. Past this point, the trail ascends to Tengboche monastery through conifer and rhododendrons forests.

Visit Tengboche monastery in the evening or watch the setting sun cast its last rays over Everest if the skies are clear. There is also an eco-centre with historical and cultural exhibits in the monastery compound. If monks are performing prayer ceremonies when you visit, please do not take flash photos or otherwise disturb the ceremonies.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 07 - Tengboche to Dingboche (13,950 ft.) From Tengboche, the trail descends steeply to the small village of Debuche, where quietly tucked away in the trees is a nunnery. Well past Debuche, cross the Imja Khola and climb to the village of Pangboche. Past Pangboche, the trail climbs to Shomare and then to Orsho on a shelf above the river. Beyond Orsho, the trail divides, the left leads to Pheriche and the right to Dingboche. We will take the trail to Dingboche in the Imja valley.

From today, you will start to notice the change in the landscape. Forests give way to arid landscape with shrubs.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 08 - Dingboche (13,950 ft.) Rest day for acclimatization. Free to go for a day hike or to just relax.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 09 - Dingboche to Dughla (15,100 ft.) Take the high route over Feriche to Dughla. Today is a half day.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 10 - Dughla to Lobuche (16,200 ft.) Another short trek day today. Climb directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier into an area dedicated to climbers who have perished on Khumbu's mountains. Past this point, it is a very gradual incline to Lobuche. After you have settled in at your lodge, you are welcome to visit the varioius memorials to those who have perished on Everest, or hike up one of the ridges above the village for excellent views of Nuptse and Lhotse.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 11 - Lobuche to Gorakshep (17,100 ft.) Another short trek day. Begin the climb today by ascending gently through meadows in the Khumbu valley. Then cross several steep moraines while also walking on an active glacier. Gorakshep is situated on a sandy and flat section that served as base camp for the 1952 Swiss Everest expedition. Continue to Everest Base Camp and return to Gorakshep.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 12 - Gorakshep to Feriche/Pangboche The trek to Kalapathar (18,195 ft.) is the final high-altitude climb of this trip, as a result of which you will perhaps achieve the highest reward for your perseverance. The trail ascends steeply to Kala-Pathar, but the view from here is one you are unlikely to forget. Return to Gorakshep and descend to Feriche.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 13 and 14 - Feriche/Pangboche to Khumjung Descend sharply to the Dudh Koshi river and then ascend to Mong danda. Follow the slopes of Khumbila towards the hidden valley of Khumjung. At Khumjung, visit the Khunde Hospital and then the Khumjung School - both projects of the Himalayan Foundation.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 15 - Khumjung to Monjo Descend to Monjo.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 16 - Monjo to Lukla Last day of trekking in the Everest region. The Everest Base Camp trek ends in Lukla.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 17 - Lukla to Kathmandu Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Day free in Kathmandu.

Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast)

Day 18 - Kathmandu Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu: visit Swayambhunath, the monkey temple. Then drive to Bhaktapur, the city of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square.

Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (All meals)

Day 19 - Depart for home Final departure. (Breakfast)

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COST AND INCLUSIONS


Per person Price valid till December 31, 2018

1 person: $3,395 USD (Includes Single Supplement) 2 - 4 persons: $2,775 USD 5 or more persons: $2,575 USD

Single Supplement: $300 USD

  • $250 per person discount available on May, June, January and February departures.
  • $150 per person discount on November and December departures.
  • Contact us for private departures for two or more participants. Group discounts for 5 or more participants available for private groups.

(Did you know that the price for Grand Asian Journeys' Everest Base Camp Trek is about 30% less expensive than other major US outfitters' prices? It's because we run a Nepal office and have direct access to the best rates and most reliable staff - without the middleman. Other outfitters sell the same trek package for an inflated price. Just ask our previous clients and they'll tell you we provide more for less.)

Price includes:
  • Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Motivated, well-cared-for staff
  • All airport transfers
  • Two full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.
  • 4 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu.
  • Airfare: Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lodge trekking as indicated in the Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary
    • Three meals a day (you choose from a menu)
    • Boiled water for drinking
    • Tea/coffee/hot lemon (as much as you want)
    • Use of Steripen for water purification
    • Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals
    • Guide and staff insurance
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee
  • Gamow Bag (High altitude pressure chamber) or Oxygen cylinder
Price does not include:
  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you
  • Travel insurance (Required)
  • Other expenses of a personal nature

DATES AND AVAILABILITY


2017 Dates:   Nov 21 - Dec 09 Dec 05 - 23 2018 Dates: March 05 - 23 March 26 - April 13 April 09 - 27 April 23 - May 11 May 07 - 25 Oct 01 - 19 Oct 22 - Nov 09 Nov 05 - 23 Nov 19 - Dec 07 Dec 10 - 28

Cannot find a departure that fits your schedule? No problem. Contact us for private departures (two or more participants) for a date of your choosing.

AVAILABLE: Book this trip now as spaces are available.

GUARANTEED: This trip has the minimum sign ups required and is guaranteed to run.

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“Just trekked to Everest Base Camp with Grand Asian Journeys and had an incredible adventure!  They have strong roots in Nepal organizing treks since the 1990’s.  We had excellent guides and porters, and saw the best of the Himalayas.  Also, we were invited to a local’s home to take a cooking class and learn about the culture.  The trip was competitively priced and a great value.  Can’t wait to sign up for another trek with GAJ.”

-Patricia S., Seattle, WA, Everest Base Camp Trek, November 2014

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