TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP
via one of the best routes in Nepal
"Just arrived back in the UK following the trip of a lifetime to Nepal and Everest Base Camp.
If I went into every detail then this review would be endless. Suffice to say that Paul gets it right, every time, which is no mean feat considering the complexity of the venture...."
SO WHAT'S IT
This circular walk is my favourite trek into the Khumbu region and Everest Base Camp area. It explores the heart of the Sherpa homeland, from Namche Bazaar, to the quieter Gokyo Valley, crossing the glaciated Cho La Pass (5420m) and the Kongma La Pass (5535m) and the famous Everest Base Camp. There may also be the chance to climb the popular Island Peak Base Camp (5080m), Gokyo Ri (5483m), Kala Pattar (5545m) along the way, which provide fabulous photo opportunities of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest and views as far as Kanchenjunga in the east and the Tibetan 8000m peak Cho Oyu to the north. Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Cholatse, the beautiful Ama Dablam, as well as countless other Himalayan peaks are just a few more that we’ll see on our journey!
Weather is a determining factor that may not allow us to ascend the main peaks or cross either of the 2 Passes and therefore a change of itinerary may be required. Expeditions are always an adventure, but the key factors are that we stay safe, enjoy the trip and hopefully complete the circuit.
Here's a very broad outline of the adventure...
Fly from the UK
Flight to Lukla, head along the Dudh Kosi to Phakding
Continue along the Dudh Kosi to Namche
Rest Day - Acclimatise and maybe explore further up the valley towards Island Peak Base camp and the glacial lake Imja Tsho
Cross the Kongma La Pass to Lobuche
From Lobuche, it's only a short trek to Gorak Shep and Everest Base camp later in the day.
In the morning head up Kala Pattar for stunning views of Everest and the surrounding peaks and then walk down to Dzongla
Back to Lukla
Flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu
Day spent exploring in Kathmandu
Rest Day - Acclimatise and explore the higher Sherpa villages around Namche Bazaar
Head up Tengboche today and spent the rest of the day immersing yourself in the Monastery, staying at Deboche just beyond
Continue to Dingboche passing Ama Dablam on the way
Here we'll head up to Chhukung for a rest
This is a long day over the amazing Cho La Pass down to Thagnag Kharka
With a very short walk over the Gokyo glacier, this will be a rest day in Gokyo
Today we start the journey back down the best valley in this area and stay overnight in Dole
The long descent down to Monjo
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...
DO I NEED PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE?
This a challenging mountainous walk over 15 days with a considerable amount of time spent at over 4000m. We will be affected by the effects of altitude during the trip and whilst we’ll discuss how to manage this, walking in the high mountains can be quite physically tiring, so combined with the effects of altitude, it’s a fairly challenging environment. The trip is planned to allow your body to acclimatise with some rest days built in, there are also a few short days of journeying, again to allow us to adjust correctly.
To give yourself the best opportunity to enjoy this trip, prior fitness training in the hills and mountains is absolutely essential.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
You’ll mostly just need your mountain walking equipment and clothing, with a couple of extra times, for example, although daytime temperatures can be very pleasant, many of the nights will be close to or below freezing so a warm jacket and sleeping bag are essential. I will send you a detailed kit list when you confirm your place.
WHERE DO WE MEET?
I don’t book your flights, rather once they are released I will confirm the flight I’m flying on and you book your own. Then we will meet centrally at the UK airport. If you wish to fly from another airport then you will need to ensure it arrives and departs in a similar timeframe to mine.
Arrival and departure airport transfers
All accommodation in Kathmandu and on the trek - I use the Kathmandu Guest House in Kathmandu and Tea Houses on the trek, this will be on a twin / shared room basis
Return Internal Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
Park Entrance fees and trekking permits
Porters to carry personal equipment
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
Drinks/food - I do not include food on this trip, rather allow you to choose what you want to eat
Visa & vaccinations
A £400 deposit* will secure your space and the balance payable 90 days prior to the start date
On receipt of your deposit, I will send you a detailed itinerary, equipment list and a packing tick list. This will provide detailed information/advice on flights, accommodation, food, health and hygiene, environmental responsibilities, walking at altitude, fitness, insurance and currency.
*Non-refundable deposit, please see Conditions of Booking