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Mount Everest Base Camp Trek – adventure of the lifetime!

Date: 06.04.2017

Start time: 9:00am

Please join me for an adventure of the life time! Let’s take on the world’s tallest mountain and trek to Everest Base Camp. We will experience mind-blowing Himalayan views of snow-capped mountains and huge glaciers, the rich and vibrant Sherpa culture, and stay in tea houses in remote mountain villages. This is the most famous and well-known trek in the world.

What is included in the trip?

Airport transfers

Trekking permits

All accommodation – hotels in Kathmandu and teahouses in the mountains

Guides and porters

Return flights to Lukla airport (foothill of Everest region)

What is not included in the price of the trip?

Visa for Nepal

International flights*

Personal travel insurance

Food – please budget £18 per day

Equipment such as a rucksack, boots, and a sleeping bag

Price structure: 

Please pay the deposit of £200.00 + paypal fees today. This will reserve your spot.

You can pay the reminder of the money at your convenience, but no later than a month before the trip. To make second payment, just go back to the website, choose the ‘reminder’ from the list and make the payment.

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2017-04-06 9:00am

Meeting point

Kathmandu, Nepal – Kathmandu international airport

Description

Please join us for an adventure of a lifetime! Let’s take on the world’s tallest mountain and trek to Everest Base Camp. We will experience mind-blowing Himalayan views of snow-capped mountains and huge glaciers, the rich and vibrant Sherpa culture, and stay in tea houses in remote mountain villages. Join us the most famous and well-known trek in the world.

We are working with an established company specialising in Himalayan treks and offering excellent service, inclusive of porters, fabulous accommodation in Kathmandu: (http://nirvanagarden.com/new/index.htm), 3 acclimatisation days (I know you want to take as little time off work as possible, but the altitude sickness can be a real problem and just think how sad it would be to go through all this trouble and not actually make it to the top or to be so sick up there that you can not even enjoy it!) and extra night in the capital to make sure we make our return flight safely.

A small airplane will fly us from Kathmandu to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest Region. On board we will have an excellent view of Mount Everest and the Himalayas. Out of the 18 days of the trip we will spend 14 days in the mountains trekking, which includes 3 acclimatisation days where we will sleep at the same teahouse and altitude as the previous night. During the acclimatisation days, you have the option of exploring remote villages, putting your feet up and relaxing, or doing a side trek for the day in the surrounding mountain trails.

We will stay in hotels in Kathmandu and tea houses in the mountains. Due to the altitude, the nights can be cold, however, there is nothing more refreshing after a hard day’s trekking than sitting around the roaring fires in the teahouses enjoying a warm drink in a relaxed atmosphere.

Contrary to popular expectations, there is no view of Mount Everest from Everest Base Camp. The spectacular views are actually seen from Kala Pattar. First we will trek to Everest Base Camp to see the tents of mountaineers preparing for their ascent, and then we will trek to Kala Pattar for the highlight of your trek.

If you have any questions that are not answered in the description below, please feel free to email us!

What is included in the trip?

– Airport transfers

– Trekking permits

– All accommodation – hotels in Kathmandu and teahouses in the mountains

– Guides and porters

– Return flights to Lukla airport (foothill of Everest region)

What is not included in the price of the trip?

– Visa for Nepal

– International flights*

– Personal travel insurance

– Food – please budget £18 per day

– Equipment such as a rucksack, boots, and a sleeping bag

Flights and potential delays*

Due to adverse weather conditions, your flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (the airport in the Everest Region), or flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, could be delayed. Therefore we include two days extra for sightseeing.

During these two days, we will explore Kathmandu and Baktapur, an ancient Newari town in the eastern corner of the Kathmandu Valley. There are many interesting temples, stupas, palaces, and parts of the city to explore. Kathmandu is an experience in itself with its chaotic, yet inspiring way of life.

Recommended flights*:

TBP

*As we have minimum and maximum numbers for each trip and we are taking bookings through various platforms, please email Sylwia on admin@curiouskatsadventures.com once you pay your deposit, to find out if your place has been confirmed and whether you can book the flights before purchasing them

Price structure:

Please pay the deposit of £200 + paypal fees to confirm your place and the remainder of the money at your convenience, but no later than a month before the trip.

To make a second payment, just go back to the website, choose the ‘remainder’ option from the list and make the payment.

Cancellations:

Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However, you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure: http://katsadventures.com/#plx_progress_faq_section

Acclimatisation days

During your acclimatisation days, there are side trails and places to visit, such as monasteries, so you will certainly have activities to engage in if so choose. Many trekkers may just what to relax, rest, acclimatise, and build up their energy for the days to come.

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel, and sightseeing (1350m)

When you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be collected from the airport and transported to your hotel. If you arrive early in the day, you can explore the city, rest in your hotel, or indulge in the tasty cuisines served up by the abundance of appetising restaurants and cafes that cater to Western tastes. There is also a wonderful array of artisan shops selling everything from masala teas to luxurious pashminas to traditional Buddhist tankas (paintings that represent the images and stories of the Buddha).

Kathmandu is a chaotic, yet charming city that can be an experience in itself. Many tourists become simply enthralled while wandering its labyrinthian streets and watching its unique city life unravel before them.

In the evening there is a group welcome dinner of traditional Nepalese food.

Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and then trek to Phakding (2640m)

We fly from Kathmandu (1350m) to Lukla (2886m) in a small airplane and we will see an amazing aerial view of Mount Everest. The flight lasts about 40 minutes, and from Lukla we will trek for 3 hours to Phakding (2640m). Depending on the time of our morning flight, we may have breakfast in Kathmandu or Lukla. From Lukla, we will have great views of Kusum Kangru (6369m). The trail to Phaking has numerous ascents and descents through forests and rocky cliffs.

Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m): 5 hours

The distance between Phakding and Namche Bazaar is not that far, however, the high altitude can make this trek difficult. The best strategy is to trek at a slow and gentle pace. Namche Bazzaar is a large town surrounded by two great valleys, Dudh Kosi and Bhote Kosi. It is also the gateway to Mount Everest. There are well-stocked markets and shops giving you one last chance to buy anything that you may have forgotten.

Day 4: Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar (3440m)

We will spend a second night at Namche Bazaar, which is a great place to spend an extra when acclimatising. Even if you feel fantastic, it is important to sleep at this altitude as it will help in your ascent to Everest Base Camp. During the day, you can hike to the Sherpa village of Thami or Khumjung, or you can choose to relax and explore the mountain village of Namche.

Day 5: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m): 5 hours

On the trek to Tengboche, we will experience our first great views of the Everest, Lhoste, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam peaks. The trail has a steep descent towards a bridge over the Dudh Kosi. Then we climb up a zigzagging path through rhododendron bushes. There are some superb mountain sceneries towards Tengpoche, which is famous for its legendary monastery – the largest in the Everest Region.

Day 6: Acclimatisation day in Tengboche (3860m) – optional side trek

This is the second day and night we will dedicate to acclimatisation. You can hike to Pangboche, climb the hill in Tengboche for great views, or explore the monastery. Without a second day of acclimatisation, you are likely to suffer from headaches or more severe symptoms of altitude sickness further up the trail.

Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche (4312m): 5-6 hours

The trail starts with a steep descent through woods towards a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River. Then we begin a steady climb up to Pheriche via Pangboche, which houses the most ancient monastery in the region.

Day 8: Acclimatisation day in Pheriche (4312m) – optional side trek

As it is important to ascend slowly we spend another day acclimatising . As such, we will spend our third and final acclimatisation day in Periche. There are many day hikes you can take from here, or you can simply have a day of rest and save your energy for the days to come.
Day 9: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4920m): 4-5 hours

The trail continues up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse (6440m) and Tawoche (6542m). Afterwards, the climb gets steeper to reach the foot of the Khumbu glacier. It then zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier terminal moraine. Here there are superb views of Nuptse.

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche, Everest Base Camp (5400 m), and then back to Gorakshep (5140m)

The trail continues along the side of the Khumbu glacier. The path becomes rocky and awkward as we keep climbing across the moraine. The sugar loaf dome of Pumori (7145m) lies directly ahead. On the right-hand side, Nuptse rises in a sheer spire and behind it is an elusive sight of Everest.

You will have all afternoon at Gorak Shep to rest. You may also choose to continue on for an additional 6 hours to Everest Base Camp and back. Contrary to popular expectations, Everest Base Camp, whilst still a fascinating place, does not provide any views of Everest. It is the following day at Kala Pattar that you get the amazing panoramic views.

If you are feeling tired and suffering from any altitude symptoms, it is recommended that you save your energy and rest for the following day’s trek to Kala Pattar, one of the highlights of the trip.

Day 11: Hike up to Kala Pattar (5545m) and then retrace our steps back to Lobuche (4920m) via Gorak Shep: 7 hours

Making the most of the clean morning air, we will trek to Kala Pattar. This is one of the most rewarding parts of the trip, as it is from here that you get the most impressive views of Everest. We will follow an intricate route threading its way between crevasses, almost translucent ice pinnacles, and over moraine ridges.

We will glimpse an unforgettable vista from Kala Pattar: Ama Dablam, Makalu, Nuptse, Lhotse, and the impressive black pyramid of Everest. We will then retrace our steps to Gorak Shep and return to Lobuche.

Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Dingboche (4410m): 5 hours

In Dingboche, we will earn well-deserved views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Cho Oyo, Island Peak, Lhotse, and Makalu. We will trek through high pastures and small stone villages of Sherpa summer houses used by the Sherpa in yak herding season.
Day 13: Trek from Dingboche to Tengboche (3860m): 5 hours

From Dingboche, we will descend the Imja Khola Valley. As you are descending over 5000m to below 4000m, you should notice a difference in your body and most probably you will feel that you have more energy.

Day 14: Trek from Tengboche to Namche (3440m): 3 hours

This is the same route as Day 5, but in reverse. There are some superb mountain scenes from Tengpoche towards Namche, and you will be able to see experience them for a second time.

Day 15: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2840m): 5-6 hours

As we have acclimatised and will be descending even further, we will trek the same route as the first two days, but in one day. You will be exposed to great views of Kusum Kangru (6369m) along this route.

Day 16: Flight from Lukla (2840m) to Kathmandu (1310m)

We will take a morning flight to Kathmandu. The afternoon is free for you to relax and explore the city, buy souvenirs from many artisan shops, visit the attractions, or indulge in the tasty cuisines served up by Kathmandu’s many cafes and restaurants.

Day 17: Sightseeing in Kathmandu or free day

We always include an extra free day in Kathmandu as on occasions there are flight delays from Lukla and we like to be cautious. Kathmandu is also an exciting city to explore.

Day 18: Free day and fly home

Temperature and sleeping bags?

As the temperature gets as cold as -12 degree Celsius at night in high altitude, a season 4 or 5 sleeping bag is recommended.

Season 1 = +5 degrees Celsius

Season 2 = 0 degrees Celsius

Season 3= -5 degrees Celsius

Season 4 = -10 degrees Celsius

Season 5 = -15 degrees Celsius

Do not worry about the cold, in the day at the highest altitude; temperatures can get up to 12 degrees Celsius.

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