Everest Base Camp, Nepal
April 12-27, 2019
Guided by: Dr. Maggie Miller & Pema Tshiri Sherpa
USD $2490 per person sharing
Join Maggie and Pema, on an adventure of a lifetime to stand toe-to-toe with the world’s tallest peak, Mt. Everest. The route to Everest Base Camp is probably the most famous trek in Nepal, boasting panoramic mountain views (including Everest, Ama Dablam, and Kangtega) as you wind your way through friendly and vibrant Sherpa villages, where we will lodge and dine in local tea houses. With climbing season underway, you will pass busy porters and meandering yaks ferrying equipment to base camp for those daring few attempting the summit. Our final destination is Everest Base Camp (5380m/17600ft), which sits on a barren glacial moraine beneath the unforgiving Khumbu Icefall. For those with extra energy scramble to the top of Kala Patthar (5558m/18236ft) for a spectacular view of Everest and the awe-inspiring glacial environment below.
|April 12, 13||Flight to Kathmandu
|Meet Maggie and Pema at the Tribhuvan International Airport on April 13; where you will be provided with transport to a boutique hotel in the bustling and vibrant neighbourhood of Thamel.
|April 14||Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding||2729m/8954ft|
|Rise, Shine & Trek – Catch an early morning flight to Lukla to begin our trek towards Phakding. From the plane, catch views of the eastern Himalayas (about 200km of them!). After arriving in Lukla, the group will meander through a picturesque valley to the village of Phakding.
|April 15||Phakding – Namche Bazaar||3450m/11316ft|
|Cross several suspension bridges over the swift waters of the Dudhkoshi River, before beginning the long climb up towards Namche Bazaar. During your climb spot Everest through the pine forests. Namche is the main trading center of the Khumbu region giving local communities and trekkers access to a weekly Saturday bizarre, email service, money exchange, equipment shops, and even German bakeries and Irish pubs! Also located here are the Sherpa Museum and the National Park Headquarters.
|April 16||Acclimatize at Namche Bazaar||3450m/11316ft|
|Rest and explore the surrounding villages of Khumjung and Kunde. On your way, be greeted by the sights of the beautiful Ama Dablam (6170m; means mother’s necklace), and before leaving be sure to check out the very first school and hospitals set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary himself.
|April 17||Namche Bazar – Tengboche||3858m/12660ft|
|Early morning views of Mt Everest with breakfast, before a slow descent to the village of Phunki Tenga, where we will take a short rest and tea break, before our ascent towards Tengboche. While in Tengboche, visit the Tengboche Monastary (the largest in the region) to pay respect to the mountain gods and Buddhist Lamas, who might be there to wish us well on our journey. Before leaving, we can pop by Kami Sherpa’s home (Everest Summiter and Maggie’s friend) to say hello to his family.
|April 18||Tengboche – Dingboche||4408m/14464|
|Towards Everest we go! A slight downhill section to Pangboche, which will wind us through stone walled villages before reaching our final village for the night, Dingboche. We call these ‘slight downhill’ sections, ‘Nepali flats’ – you’ll understand when we get there!
|April 19||Dingboche – Lobuche||4908m/16104ft|
|Onwards… and UPWARDS! This is what trekking is all about: amazing views, laboured breathing, and the prospect of a comfortable teahouse lodge with some delicious food at the end. In this section, take your time and pace yourself, rushing here will reduce your reserves for later stages. And why not stop and take an extra few pictures anyway, right?
|April 20||Lobuche – Base Camp – Ghorakshep||5380m/17600ft|
|YOU DID IT! You’ll pass the final mountain settlement of Ghorakshep as you push on towards Mt. Everest Base Camp. Once here, be sure to click a snap of the iconic Everest Basecamp sign, and of the panoramic views of the vast valley and glacial moraine. Settle in for a quick break at camp, as you imagine having to spend months here on an expedition(!) before heading back down to Ghorakshep for the night.
|April 21||Ghorakshep – Kalapatthar – Pheriche||5558m/18236ft|
|For those who stored reserves, arise for an early start to witness the sunrise from Kalapatthar (the highest point of the trip). Capture breath-taking photos of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori and the Khumbu Glacier. Then, rejoin the remainder of the group for breakfast and to begin our decent towards Pheriche.
|April 22||Pheriche – Phortse||3809m/12496ft|
|Set out for a relaxing afternoon walk down towards Phortse. Keep a keen eye to capture a glimpse of grazing Musk Deer and the Danphe (Himalayan) pheasant. Our one-night stay will be hosted by Maggie’s friend Pemba Sherpa (Mountain Climber & Everest summiter) and his family, who will show us about the brand new Khumbu Climbing Centre – the first climbing centre of it’s kind in this region, training the future generations of Everest climbers (Phortse is home to over 65 successful Mt. Everest summiters)!
|April 23||Phortse – Khumjung – Namche||3440m/11283ft|
|Enjoy a lovely trek though rhododendron and birch forests, up to the Mong La. Here again the view of Ama Dablam greets us. We’ll make a stop in Khumjung for lunch, and to say hello to Sonam Futi Sherpa’s family (Maggie’s friend) at Hidden Village Lodge. After lunch, a short walk back to Namche Bazaar.
|April 24||Namche Bazaar – Lukla||2609m/8560ft|
|Leaving Namche Bazaar we have a fairly easy day (but long) retracing our steps. A few ‘Nepali flats’, but nothing too rigorous, allowing you to enjoy the views, stop for tea, and perhaps do a little shopping for souvenirs along the way. Once in Lukla, we will celebrate the end of our trip with a final, end of trek party and dinner.
|April 25||Luklaa – Kathmandu||1350m/4428ft|
|Early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, fingers crossed the weather is in our favour!
|April 26||Final day: Debrief
Maggie and Pema say good-bye to the group! Kathmandu excursions are available for those interested. In case of bad weather at Lukla, flights may be delayed for a day (or so). If the flights are regular there are plenty of options to roam the valley, shop, and explore the monasteries and gompas of Thamel.
|April 27||Flight from Kathmandu to home country
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight back home, with some amazing photographs and memories from this incredible region!
Included for this climb:
- Airport pick-ups and transfers to and from hotel
- Three nights in a 3-4 Star hotel in Kathmandu (double occupancy room; breakfast included).
- TIMS card and Sagarmāthā National Park fees
- Round trip domestic airline tickets (Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu).
- Breakfasts in Kathmandu hotel, all meals on trek, hot drinks, teahouse lodging accommodations during trek (double occupancy), guide and porters, and hot water on trek.
- International airline tickets
- Excluded on trek: beer and alcoholic beverages, laundry service, showers (are available in lodges for extra fees), mineral water
- Tips for guide and porters at end of trek
- Emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance (recommended)