15 Days Everest Base Camp Trek


Price: USD 1876

On the wishlist of every mountain-lover’s pilgrimage, there is the EBC trek. The purpose of reaching the glorious feet of world’s tallest mountain is as spiritually elevated as it is thrilling. The beatific mountain country of Nepal receives hundreds of footfall every year owing to the transcendent calling of the Everest. However, the EBC trek happens to be only moderately challenging in terms of technicalities of average Himalayan trekking. Basically a long hike at altitude, the trek doesn’t demand intense training and neither does it require advanced gears usage compulsorily. The only off-putting aspect of the EBC trek is perhaps the 15-days long duration. Otherwise, the EBC excursion is deemed achievable by anyone with basic fitness!

 

Leading on through Nepal’s fiercely beautiful Kumbhu Valley, the itinerary allows one to take in the profuse grandeur of the Sagarmatha National Park. Four to six of the tallest mountain peaks make themselves seen along these corridors of earth’s extreme. Mt Everest stands breathtakingly at 8848 m, Mt Lhotse at 8,516 m, Mt Makalu at 8,470 m, and Cho Oyu at 8,201 m. Across the Nepal-Indo-China border, many other glorious peaks pop on and off view as we walk. The most magnificent angle on Mt Everest is found from atop Kala Patthar to an altitude of 5,500 m. Flanking the Everest, you can find the peaks Nuptse and Changtse, spectacularly standing, with outlines of Lhotse close by, as looking on from the summit of Kala Patthar.

 

The humbling feeling of touching the feet of the Everest aside, trekkers have in store an awesome flight from Kathmandu to Lukla over slews of jagged snow peaks, acclimatization and rest days spent at quaint Nepalese mountain villages, a look inside the interesting life of the ethnic Sherpa community of Nepal, and scouring the alpine wilderness of the surrounding Sagarmatha National Park.

 

Highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek

 

  • Scouting the inner lair of the spectacular Sagarmatha National Park.
  • A peek into the lives of indigenous peoples, most prominently the Sherpas whose sustainable livelihoods depend upon the resources of the Sacred Himalayan Landscape.
  • An opportunity to live in close commune with the people of the mountains and understanding the spiritual beliefs and conservation ethics of the local communities regarding restoration of essential habitats and protection of endangered species such as the snow leopard.
  • Undergoing an intensive test of strength and stamina on this 15-day long journey, hiking the arduous hike to Kala Patthar at 18,192 ft., Everest Base Camp at 17,590 ft, and the optional expedition to Nangkartshang Peak at 16,627 ft.
  • Treading on the trail of ancient monasteries including Thami and Tengboche monasteries.
  • Finding a rest day at Kathmandu to explore the vestiges of two of the world’s greatest spiritual cultures meeting here, of Hinduism and Buddhism.
  • Retracing the footsteps of legendary mountain climbing heroes, with a visit to the school established by Edmund Hillary in the remote mountain nook of Khumjung.
  • Some of the most atypical yet no less astonishing photo-ops set in the bosom of the Himalayas-- of trails lined with Mani stones engraved with Tibetan Buddhist prayers, the unique architecture of Sherpa homes, remote monasteries set against the backdrop of rugged mountain pinnacles decked with snow, Everest as seen from atop Kala Patthar in the golden hour,
  • The awe-inspiring flight over the snowline on the way from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • Day 1: Kathmandu arrival
  • Day 2: Kathmandu sight seeing
  • Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakdingma
  • Day 4: Phakdingam to Namche Bazaar via Monjo and Jorsale
  • Day 5: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
  • Day 6: Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche
  • Day 7: Thyangboche to Dingboche
  • Day 8: Dingboche to Thukla
  • Day 9: Thukla to Laboche
  • Day 10: Laboche to Gorakshep
  • Day 11: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar; Return to Gorakshep and trek to Pangboche
  • Day 12: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
  • Day 14: Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu
  • Pick-up and drop-off facilities from Kathmandu airport via private vehicle on prior notice.
  • Accommodation in hotels and teahouses on the journey.
  • Three fresh meals every day during the entire course of the trek.
  • Seasonal fruits and local delicacies in the meals.
  • Taxes and vehicle permits on the journey, like National Park entrance fees, Trekkers Information Management System cards, and others.
  • Professional english speaking trekking guides.
  • Porters for two members.
  • First Aid Kit containing basic medicine, oximeter, and blood pressure measuring kit.
  • Rescue and evacuation in worst case scenarios.
  • Flying  fares, international transportation costs of travelling to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepal visa fees.
  • Personal expense like telephone bills, laundry, internet costs, bar bills, etc.
  • Food and accommodation charges in Kathmandu in case of early/late arrival and departure.
  • No refund upon leaving the trek route voluntarily.
  • Tips as token of appreciation.
  • Cost incurred by the trekking party in case of natural calamities or situations beyond control.

Today, EBC is among the most popularly sought treks in the high Himalayas, bringing in great traffic inflow at all times of the year. Teahouse accommodation, food, and medical facilities are therefore never sparse on this route. Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are best the times to approach the EBC trek.

Recommended apparels and equipments you need to carry on Everest Base Camp Trek:

  • Waterproof Jackets, Warm fleece jackets, pullovers
  • Trekking or hiking boots of good quality
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Trekking pants
  • Sleeping bags
  • Socks
  • Shorts
  • Sun hats/scarf
  • Sunscreen lotions
  • Rubber sandals
  • Map
  • Water bottles (water purification system)
  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking poles
  • Small wash towels
  • Toiletries
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