Everest Base Camp (5300m) & Kala Pattar (5554m)
Tour of Ancient Kathmandu world heretage sites in cluding darbar squares
Visit old Asan Bazaar & shops to observe daly lfie away from normal touristic sites
Colourful culture expriences
One of the world’s Classic Trek
Itinerary at a glance
Brief Itinerary …
THIS IS JUST A TEST CONTENTS ….
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport. Overnight at hotel
Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu, you need to go through immigration, which is very simple. If you already have your Nepal visa, then just go though immigration check; otherwise you need to fill in a visa application form, pay US$40, £25 or €30 (depending on current exchange rate) in cash, for 30 day multiple entry, and provide a passport photo. After completing immigration procedures, you need to descend the stairs to collect your luggage and then leave the arrivals lounge, and we will be waiting for you and your group.
If you don’t already know our staff, and this is your first time of travel with us, when you come out of Arrivals you should look for our hand-held Access-Himalaya notice board showing your name, or the name of your travel group. Our staff member, or company representative, will greet you before accompanying you on the transport, which will transfer you to your hotel, in a quiet spot in the heart of the bustling tourist area of Kathmandu. If you are travelling overland to Nepal we will meet you based on prior arrangements, and take you to your hotel.
After you have settled in, there will be a short briefing about the following day’s programme, and a question and answer session, before lunch/dinner
Please note that you may be pestered by taxi/hotel touts, who offer to help you and sometimes even purport that they are working for Access-Himalaya! Please refuse such help, as our staff will be there to organise everything for you, from trolleys to transport. Also, please do not hand over any loose change, or tips (baksheesh), which you may be pressed for. This begging encourages a culture of dependency which we are all fighting to eliminate, and we need your support.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing. Overnight at hotel
The hotels we use have good restaurants where Indian, Nepalese and Continental breakfasts are served, mostly buffet-style. After breakfast, your bus and an English speaking tour guide will come to take you on a cultural, sightseeing tour of various important World Heritage sites, with mediaeval Palaces, and then return you to the hotel. Although the Kathmandu valley is quite small, there are three cities (originally separate kingdoms), Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, and there is a lot to see. However we can only cover a few of these because of time availability. Probably, the choice will be Swayambunath (commonly known as the Monkey Temple), either Patan or Bhaktapur (to be decided at the previous evening’s briefing), and Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is just 10-15 minutes’ walk from your hotel. A short trek briefing will be arranged later in the day.
Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)
About 40 minutes’ flight and 3 to 4 hours’ walk; 230m altitude loss; Overnight at lodge
After an early start, we take a breathtaking, 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The flight offers outstandingly beautiful views of the high Himalayas, and should include a glimpse of Everest in the distance. The descent onto the airstrip is thrilling, as the runway is unique in its orientation, with an unusual right hand turn. On arrival, we will meet the trekking staff and porters, and will set off almost immediately, following the course of the Dudh Koshi, which drains the whole of the Khumbu region, towards our first night stop at Phakding. To assist with acclimatization, we allow 2 days for the walk up to Namche Bazaar, starting our trek with an easy downhill leg, from Lukla to Phakding beside the river; 2 hours walking to our first camping place. The altitude at this first camp is actually lower than Lukla, at 2610 metres.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
About 6 to 7 hours walk; 830m altitude gain; Overnight at lodge.
From Phakding the trail follows the bank of the Dudh Koshi, crossing the river several times via suspension bridges, and passing through pine forests and the small settlements of Toktok (2760m) and Bankhar (2630m), from where there are magnificent views of Thamserku (6618m). On reaching the larger village of Monjo, we will enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park (1148sq km, established in 1976) where details of our permits will be recorded, We will then cross the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and the Bhote Kosi on a recently-completed and spectacularly high suspension bridge before starting a steep walk of around an hour and a half up to Namche Bazaar (3,450m), through pine forest, on a wide switch-back trail, from which you may enjoy the first glimpses of Everest, when the weather is clear. Namche Bazaar itself is the most prosperous trading town of the Khumbu Region; many Tibetans cross the nearby border to trade their wares in Namche, and the local market is a fascinating spectacle.
In the high season the trail up to Namche can be somewhat overcrowded with trekkers, porters and animals (mules and yaks). However, if your trek is at the beginning or end of the Spring, or Autumn, season, and the path is quieter, there may be sightings of the huge Himalayan Thar (mountain goat); also, you may see the brilliantly-coloured Monal Pheasant (Nepalese national bird), together with many other bird species, especially Ravens and Snow Pigeons.
Day 05: Acclimatization/Rest day in Namche Bazaar. Overnight at lodge
We will spend two nights in Namche, and, during this critical acclimatisation phase, time will be spent resting and trekking to and from slightly higher altitudes. This leisurely day will allow bodies to become acclimatised to the altitude of 3,450m: in the morning we will climb up to the top of the town, if the weather is clear, to enjoy the spectacular view of Ama Dablam (6814m), Thamserku (6618m), Lotse (8516m), Nuptse (7864m) and Everest (8848m), while the afternoon includes an optional walk towards Thame, which is west of the main Everest trail, in the Bhote Kosi valley, and birthplace of Tenzing Norgay. The walk is through beautiful woodlands of pine and juniper, and we particularly recommend those interested in birds to take this option – there are also herds of Himalayan Thar, and you may be lucky enough to glimpse musk deer. Other options for acclimatization walks include the one-hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above the village for the spectacular view of Ama Dablam. Back in Namche Bazaar, the later afternoon might be spent sampling the delights of the bakery with its fresh cakes, and shopping for souvenirs!
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche (3860m) or Debuche (3710m).
About 6 hours walk; 420m altitude gain; Overnight at lodge.
Although at this altitude it will still feel tough on the uphill section, this is a relatively easy day of 5 hours trekking, on a trail particularly spectacular in terms of scenery. Following the main trail out of Namche, heading northwest, there is a short climb to a ridge crest, which reveals a wonderful view towards Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. After reaching Kangjuma there begins a long traversing descent to the bridge across the Imja River at Phunki; beyond the river, a long uphill trail leads through pine and rhododendron forests to Thyangboche, one of Nepal’s finest monasteries, where there is an opportunity to look around the monastery and its interesting visitor centre. Thyangboche is situated above the confluence of the Imja and Phunki Kholas (rivers), at the foot of Thamserku (6608m), Kantega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m), and affords a superb view of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m) and Lhotse Sher (8393m). Sometimes we may decide to continue to Debuche, just 15 minutes’ gentle walk, through Rhododendron forests, down from Thyangboche; this small settlement offers more peaceful overnight accommodation, as well as superb views of Ama Dablam.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4410m).
About 6 ot 7 hours walk; 700m altitude gain; Overnight at lodge.
The trail continues northeast, on the right bank of the Imja Khola, through Rhododendron, Pine, Juniper and Silver Birch forest. Three hours’ trekking takes us across the river and on to the village of Pangboche, site of the oldest monastery in the Khumbu. An hour beyond Pangboche, there is a good lunchstop at the small Sherpa hamlet of Shomare and then it is a further 3 hours’ walk, gaining height only very gradually, to Dingboche (4410m.) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley. After the forested part of the trail, the vegetation becomes sparser, but there are greater opportunities to catch a glimpse of local wildlife, and flowering Alpine plants – miniature Iris, Gentian, Euphorbia, Himalayan Poppy, Clematis and Wild Rose. The terrain changes into wide and open valleys as the trail continues along the northwest bank of the Imja Khola all the way to Dingboche, passing around mani stone walls and chortens, and through alpine pastures.
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Dingboche. Overnight at lodge
Acclimatization day at Dingboche with possible exploration of the Imja valley, a visit to Bibre (4570m) and Chhukung (4370m) villages, before retuning to Dingboche or, if energy allows, an open option to tackle Chhukung Ri (5550m), a walking peak which does not require a permit and/or any climbing skills. From the peak there are superb views of Lhotse Nup and Nuptse glaciers, as well as Lhotse itself and Everest. This option is quite ambitious, but rewarding, if you have the strength.
Alternatively, the acclimatization day may be spent on a short morning walk to the ridge above Dingboche followed by a visit to the well-known Edmund Hillary Hospital at Pheriche, with AMS information provided at Himalayan Rescue Association clinic.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910m).
About 5 to 6 hours walk; 500m altitude gain; Overnight at lodge.
The trek today follows the open Khumbu Valley, where there is little vegetation, given its alpine altitude. The trail heads north on the right bank of the Lobuche Khola, climbing gradually to the tiny pastoral settlement at Dugla (4620m) situated at the end of the Khumbu Glacier. After crossing the river the trail continues up to Thugla Pass (4830m) and on past the chorten built to commemorate Sherpas who have died on Mount Everest. Here, the trail starts to level out, following the lateral moraine on the west ridge of the Khumbu Glacier all the way to Lobuche (4910m.), opposite the towering pyramid of Lhotse: this is a day of 5 to 6 hours’ walking.
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5361m) and back to Gorak Shep (5140m)
About 7 to 8 hours walk; 451m altitude gain and 221m altitude loss; Overnight at lodge
Lobuche is the usual starting point for the final push up to Everest base camp. A very early breakfast allows us to hit the trail as soon as possible; the trek first follows the western side of the broad Khumbu Valley, ascending gently through meadows, and gradually becoming steeper and rougher as it crosses glacial side moraines. Ultimately, after rounding a bend, Pumori comes into view, leading the eye towards a ridge, on the lower slopes of the mountain, which terminates in a small peak – Kala Patthar (5545m). The trail now makes a short descent to the flat, sandy expanse of Gorak Shep (5149m), where we will have lunch and sort out overnight accommodation. Although this place was once a summer yak-herding meadow in the middle of nowhere, it now boasts several of the highest- altitude lodges in Nepal.
It is a 4-5 hour round-trek to Everest Base Camp, so we will set off straight after lunch, walking at first on the moraine crest and finally on the Great Khumbu Glacier itself. We will spend an hour or so at Base Camp, marvelling at the amazing Khumbu Icefall, before returning to Gorak Shep for overnight.
Day 11: Early morning: ascent of Kala Patthar (5545m), and back to Pheriche (4270m)
About 7 – 8 hours walk; 451m altitude gain and 221m altitude loss; Overnight at lodge
Early in the morning we will begin the ascent of Kala Patthar, which will take approximately 2 hours. At around 5500 m, this is one of the finest viewpoints for Everest and the Khumbu Valley. After returning again to Gorak Shep, we pack the bags, take breakfast and leisurely continue all the way down to Lobuche, Dugla and Pheriche.
Pheriche was once a temporary yak herding area but is now a thriving settlement, catering for trekkers throughout the year. Situated to the north-west of the Imja valley, Pheriche can be much windier than other parts of the valley. It is only a short hike to the Nangkartshang Gompa, at 400m above the village – from this vantage point there is a good view, to the east, of Makalu (8463m), the world’s fifth-highest mountain.
Day 12: Trek to Phortse (3810m).
About 5 to 6 hours walk; 630m altitude lost; Overnight at lodge.
Leaving Pheriche, after breakfast, we descend the Imja Valley en route to upper Pangboche (3930m) where the oldest gompa in the Khumbu is to be found. The view from this site, back over the valley, is spectacular, dominated by Tamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m).
The trail from here gradually descends, passing several chortens and small gompas, along a highly exposed ridge above the river valley, requiring extra diligence along the way. Phortse is a small, peaceful settlement away from the main trekking trail, at the foot of Taboche Peak (6367m) and just on the delta plateau of the Imja and Dudh Khosi rivers; its rhododendron and azalea forest setting, and slightly lower altitude, away from the main trail, lends itself to a rich variety of wildlife. Look out for the multi-coloured Danfe (Impean pheasant), Tragopanth and Snow Partridges, together with Musk Deer and Himalayan Thar.
Day 13: Trek to Manjo (2835m)
About 6 hours walk; 975m altitude lost; Overnight at lodge.
The trek route descends for about half an hour through the rhododendron and azalea forests to Phortse Tenga (3680m) where it joins the Gokyo Valley trail. From here the route ascends uphill for about 2 hours, on the west bank of the Dudh Khosi river , as far as Mong La (4000m) from where there is a superb view of the Imja and Gokyo valleys. As with the Phortse area, this part of the Khumbu is extremely rich in wildlife, and also, for most of the day, views of Ama Dablam, Tamserku, Kangtega and Deboche Peak will accompany your trek. From Mong La, the trail now starts to descend, passing Khumjung village (3780m), one of the largest original Sherpa settlements in Upper Khumbu, where the first Edumnd Hillary schools were built. After leaving Khumjung the trail continues to descend steeply, via Namche Bazaar, to Jorsale and then Manjo.
Day 14: Trek back to Lukla (2800m)
About 4 hours walk; 35m altitude loss; Overnight at lodge.
The trail now flattens out and we cross the Dudh Khosi river twice more before a rising traverse up the hillside, to Lukla. Our last day of steady trekking will be a real joy as, at lower altitudes, with ten days of adventure and challenge behind us, and nothing left to prove, we can soak up the special atmosphere in each of the villages we amble through. Any excess energy is guaranteed to be exhausted at the evening farewell party, with our Nepalese crew.
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu.
About 40 minutes’ flight; Overnight at hotel
An early morning flight back to Kathmandu, and onward to our hotel. The remainder of the day may be spent exploring the locality and visiting Durbar Square, the local markets, or possibly browsing bookshops and hunting for souvenirs in the Thamel area.
Day 16: At Leisure in Kathmandu.
An optional visit to Jamarko (EPHC), our project in support of disadvantaged children and community, and last night farewell. Overnight at hotel
Again, the day is yours for enjoyment, and we are able, also, to offer the opportunity to visit either or both of our Jamarko projects, one of which is concerned with underprivileged children in our education centre in Jorpati, near Boudhanath, where informal and formal schooling is provided for over 200 children, from 2 to 16 years of age. The other project, near Chabahil, is a development workshop for disadvantaged women, focusing on training, and production of traditional Nepalese handicrafts, based on sustainable natural fibres. If you are interested to know more about our charity work, you could talk to Gill or Pradip personally, or visit our website, www.jamarko.org. Last night farewell.
Day 17: Transfer to Airport for departure.
Last minute shopping, and leisure time. Our staff will collect you from your hotel and accompany you to the airport, or other departure point, to wish you Good Luck and Bon Voyage.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to our published itineraries, but as almost all of our treks involve adventure travel in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee this! Weather conditions, availability of porters, the health of team members, or even local political turmoil, can all contribute to changes beyond our control. Our trekking guides and their teams will endeavour to ensure that all our trips run according to our planned itineraries, but please be prepared to be flexible, if necessary.
Spring trekkers (March to June) are recommended to take the 4-5 hour round-trek to Everest Basecamp, after lunch (Day 10), walking at first on the moraine crest and finally on the Khumbu Glacier itself. We will spend an hour or so in this very special place, beneath the stupendous Khumbu Icefall, before returning to Gorak Shep for overnight.
Autumn and Winter trekkers, (September to February), are best advised to tackle Kala Patthar after lunch (Day 10) in order to glory in a magnificent alpine glow sunset while enjoying an uninterrupted view of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. The following morning, (Day 11), will include the trek to Everest Base Camp.
Alternatively, the trek to Everest Base Camp will also start in the early morning, for the 4-5 hour walk to the base camp, over the Khumbu Glacier and back down via Gorak Shep, where bags will be packed and footsteps retraced down to Lobuche, Dugla and Pheriche.
Accommodation in Kathmandu, bed & breakfast basis, (accommodation in twin room unless otherwise arranged) – accommodation facilities/details outlined below
All three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
All internal transportation as stated in itinerary, including domestic flights (see itinerary above)
In Lodge trek – mostly basic twin room with clean bed and mattress (toilet facilities may be outside – NO ATTACHED BATHROOM, unless otherwise arranged. Extra cost is applicable and subject to availability)
National Park entrance fees
Experienced staff – (guide, assistant guides, porters or yaks)
Staff and porter insurance
Sightseeing in Kathmandu as stated in itinerary (guide and transport only)
Free gift of Access-Himalaya trekking kit bag for each member of group (to be distributed on arrival in Kathmandu)
Free airport pick and drop
Your personal equipment
Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control
Your travel insurance, (Make sure the policy covers helicopter rescue and evacuation service)
Medical examination and vaccination costs
Personal expenditure, including bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, tips, shower and bathroom facilities on the trek etc. Hot shower charge could be $2 to $5 per person on trek)
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and elsewhere-apart from trek (see itinerary)
Heritage sights/Monastery/Temple entrance fees
Trek and Tour crew tips at end of tour
- Accommodation in Kathmandu
It is our policy to use Nepali-owned accommodation, always, as we feel this is an aspect of fair trade, and the hotels we use in Kathmandu are comfortable, clean, efficient and friendly. Most hotels are also family-run; we visit, and stay in the hotels ourselves, to ensure that facilities are … read more..
- Food on LodgeTrek
On lodge treks clients are provided with three meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menus will be fairly standard, according to the region visited, but will vary in style from place to place, according to availability of ingredients, and in more remote areas choice will be relatively restricted … read more..
- Travel Insurance
It is a strict condition of joining an Access-Himalaya adventure holiday that you must be insured against all medical and personal accident risks, including repatriation if necessary. Helicopter evacuation, in the unlikely event of your being injured or taken seriously ill on trek, is very costly – an average rescue … read more..
- Nepal Visa and Passport
All visitors to Nepal require a passport (valid for at least 6 months after your return to your home country) and an entry visa. A visa application should be obtained from the Nepalese Embassy, in London (click here to download Nepal visa application form ), or in your own country … read more..
- Travel Money
You are advised to take travellers’ cheques with you for safety, and these should be American Express (preferred) or similar, as local bank cheques can be extremely difficult, or even impossible, to cash. ATM facilities are becoming increasingly available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other large towns, so a Visa, or … read more..
- Arrival in Nepal
At Kathmandu airport you should proceed through Immigration (you apply for your Visa here) to the baggage collection area. Once you have collected your baggage you should move on to the Customs officers to have your baggage cleared and chalked up, before leaving the Arrivals lounge. Immediately outside, you will … read more..
- Tipping and Service Charges
Tipping is an entirely personal and optional matter and at the discretion of the individual. Should you wish to give a tip in a restaurant, if there is not already a service charge included you may consider a tip of 10%. Recently there has been a recommendation for 10% charge … read more..
- Trekking Clothing & Equipment Guideline
The following is a guideline, not a prescription: we hope it will help you find your way through the minefield of items of clothing and equipment which fill the catalogues of outdoor adventure outfitters! Jacket x 1This should be breathable, wind-proof and waterproof (not showerproof), with attached hood. Suitable fabrics to … read more..
- Accommodation on lodge treks
Accommodation will be in simple lodges offering twin-bedded rooms with standard foam mattresses (if you require additional comfort you might consider taking along Thermarest or similar self-inflating mattresses). Toilets are mostly of the squat type, situated outside the main building. Toilet paper is not provided, so you should bring this … read more..