Everest Base Camp trek to the base of mount everest.

Everest Base Camp

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The celebrity of all peaks- the mighty Everest! It is safe to asuume that almost everyone knows about the Everest and a few of you might have also considered trying to summit it. Unfortunately, not many take the first step of actually going forward with it, so first of all congratulations on considering doing EBC and visiting our page. You are on the right trail already!
To reach the summit of Everest is a legendary, humongous task and not within reach for a majority of us, but the Everest Base Camp trek at 5,600 meters, definitely can be. It is no easy task in itself and requires commitment, but it certainly is an achievable goal for people from all walks of life. Surrounded by countless high peaks, lofty glaciers, alpine lakes, and breathtaking scenes, you will be trekking through the mightiest of them all. You will see the peaks’ light up as the sun’s rays fall on them, you will see Buddhist prayer flags decorating the trail, you will feel the fresh air against your face and you will have your breath blown away.
This sureal combination of serene beauty, mighty snow-capped peaks, the experience of a new culture, and most important of all, a personal sense of achievement, will make the Everest Base Camp trek one you will never forget. Now that we have your attention, iwe will get right into the details. We do this trek via the Gokyo-Ri circuit instead of the usual route simply because the trek from Gokyo is much more beautiful, serene, and the lesser trodden path. Also from the Gokyo Ri summit, you get to not only see the usual Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse peaks but Cho Oyu as well!
Added to that is the bonus view of the dangerous Khumbu icefall seracs and the path through which the Everest Expeditioners start their trek to conquer the peak.




Itinerary


Day 0: Hotel stay at Kathmandu. Day 1: Kathmandu to Lukla. Flying into Lukla is hands down one of the best flight you would ever take. So make sure you get the window seat and enjoy the ride! The sight of the tiny village nestled in between the mighty Himalya is mesmerizing. Added to that, is the fact that it is one of the most dangerous runway in the world! Thrilling, isn't it?
Day 2: Lukla to Phakding. And with this, the trek begins! During the first leg of the journey you will feel excitement, nervousness & adrenaline like never before. And let us warn you before itself, it will seem very different from the photos you’ve seen online. You’ve got to experience it to feel it.
Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazzar. Crossing a couple of bridges and trekking through the trail will get you to Namche. And believe us, you will see it all in this little town. We can safely say - it is the capital city of the EBC Highway.
Day 4: Namche Bazzar. This day will be about resting and getting acclimatized so you can visit the museum or roam around the city exploring its culture. The best part of this day will be that you will be able to catch the first glimpse of the mighty Everest! Day 5: Namche to Portse Thanga. This day will be about trekking through some serene and beautiful jungles/forest. As you slowly start ascending higher up, you will notice a gradual change in landscape.
Day 6: Portse Thanga to Machermo. On this day of the trek, you will officially get closer to the higher altitudes and dry lands. You will no longer see villages and locals around, and the tea house will look like isolated army facilities.The dry arid landscape takes over the lush green one.
Day 7: Machermo to Gokyo. Get ready to feel the altitude this day. We will be trekking through the Gokyo lakes, and it will be a challenging one. This day will also probably be the one where you will come to a realization of how tiny we truly are when trekking in between the mighty mountains, snow-capped peaks and vast lakes.
Day 8: Gokyo Ri lakes. This acclimatization day will be one of the best days of the trek, where you can see a barrage of the eight thousanders’. You will also get to eat at the world’s highest bakery and maybe depending on your energy level, get to see more Gokyo lakes. Day 9: Gokyo to Thangnak. This day is about a short walk across a mighty glacier. The short walk might not be as short as you think though. You will have to stay together and trek like one big family or else you might lose your way alone here!
Day 10: Thangnak to Dzongle. Whatever energy you might have conserved till now will all be used on this day. Claimed to be one of the most tiring days of the trek, you will cross the Cho-la pass by traversing through the Cho-la glacier. It will test your stamina and endurance, but believe us, it will be worth it.
Day 11: Dzongle to Lobuche. You will wake up to the beauty of Amadablam on this day. Amadablam is one of the most aesthetically beautiful mountain we have ever come across. You will then start your journey towards the Everest Base Camp. You will join the main trail to EBC here.
Day 12: Lobuche to Gorokshep. This day has a lot of action, and as you trek you will understand why. You will be touching the highest altitude of the trek at Kalapatthar 5,643 m, going to the Everest base camp and much more. And at night you will sleep at the highest Tea house, probably in the world! Day 13: Gorokshep to Pheriche. Going up the mountain is optional but getting down is mandatory. So this day begins your journey down and there will be a lot ahead to be excited about.
Day14: Pheriche to Pang Bache. A day of options; on this day you get to choose. Amadablam base camp or the monasteries in Pang Bache you decide where you want to go.
Day 15: Pang Bache to Namche. As you descend lower, we can say this can be the day when it’s okay to visit some of those party houses if you want and choose you poisons.
Day 16: Namche to Lukla. Arguably one of the hardest days on the trek, with a lot of trekking downhill involved. But then you can have the best sleep you have ever had at the end of the day! Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu. What goes up comes down! And so, this day will be the end to this journey. From Lukla you will catch a flight back to Kathmandu and end your trip on a bustling note. And since you would by then have EBC ticked off your list, we are sure there is no stopping you anymore and we will see you soon on the next one! Maybe on the Anapurana Base Camp trek or the quieter Khopra Ridge trek next time.




Inclusions


Accommodation: Stay starts from hotel in Kathmandu on Day 0 till Lukla on Day 16. You will be staying in tea houses on all days of the trek.
*The rooms in the hotel and tea houses can vary from single, double, or triple occupancy, depending on the availability.

Airport transfers: Transport from the hotel at Kathmandu to the airport on Day 1 and back from the airport to Thamel on Day 17 will be covered by us.
Meals: Three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and evening tea will be provided by us on all trek days. Included meals start with dinner at Kathmandu on Day 0 and end with breakfast at Lukla on Day 17.
*At tea houses, you get to choose anything from the menu during all your trekking days.(Except alcoholic drinks)
Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinder, oximeter will be carried by the trip leader.
Trip Leader: Experienced outdoor leader with Wilderness medical knowledge/Wilderness First Responder certified.
Certified Local Guide: A licensed guide with ample experience as a Himalayan Guide & with good communication skills will be a part of the team.
Porter: You can opt to offload one backpack weighing not more than 10 kgs.
TIMS and Permit: Trekkers information Management System and Permit for trekking in Nepal will be taken care of.




Exclusions


  • Rescue: Travel Insurance is not included. Rescue expenses incurred by helicopter, horse, mule or any other means are not included.
  • Transport: Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, to and fro. It is generally not very easy to get a flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla for a fair price when booking independently. Since Beyond The Wall as an organization has good ties with the local travel agencies there, we can help you book your tickets. The fare will be added to the cost price of the trek while booking if you choose to let us book for you.
  • Airport transfer: Transport from KTM International airport on arrival from your country to the hotel and back to KTM International airport after the trek is complete is not covered by us. We can arrange for means of transport if required.
  • Phone, WiFi, and other battery charging costs – Tea houses in Nepal generally have an additional cost for extra electricity provided.
  • Backpack Offloading of more than 10 kg.
  • Hot Water for shower/bathing- Tea houses charge extra money for a bucket of hot water.
  • Packaged drinking water is not included except in Gorakshep where you will be provided with 2L packaged drinking water.
  • Any tip to porters or guides.
  • Anything apart from Inclusion.
  • Personal expenses of any kind.




Cancellation Policy


We as an organization put in our hundred percent to make sure that you get the best experience throughout the trek with us. To do so we personally book tea houses for each of our treks prior to the trek date and ensure good quality and service. However we do understand that due to unforseen circumstances you might have to cancel your trek. We will process the refund as below- More than 30 days before the start of the trek or due to natural calamities- 4% cancellation fee 15 days - 30 days before start of trek – 15% cancellation fee 14 days - start of trek – No refund can be provided. The money will be transferred to the bank accounts from where the payment was made within a week.




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


1) Will the tea house room have Blankets/Quilts?
Yes, they will all provide warm blankets and beds. But as an added precaution we will also provide personal fleece liners to every trekker from the company.

2) Will I need Gaiters and Microspikes on the trek?
If it is required, we will provide them when necessary.
3) Do I have a weight limit for my porter bag?
Yes, we would like you to respect the mountains and their people and limit your weight to 10kgs.
4) Do I need to get insurance coverage?
Yes, in case of medical emergencies or evacuations, helicopter charges will be covered by the insurance only if you have one.
5) Travel (Adventure Travel) Insurance Travel Insurance is ideal for everyone traveling outside their country. Your insurance should include adventure travel and sports, and should cover emergency rescue operations or helicopter lift-off when needed. Along with adventure travel insurance, it could cover personal accidents, medical expenses, and personal liability.
6) Emergency Rescue & Health Care
Emergency rescue is conducted throughout the Himalaya in case of any accidents or sudden health deterioration. Helicopter rescue missions in such cases are covered by the insurance. However, you must check with your medical insurance before signing off on the documents. If not please make sure you get one before your trek.
7) Can I order anything from the menu and will that be covered by Beyond The Wall?
Yes, you can order anything from the menu at the time of the meal in tea houses during the trek and we will pay for it.
8) Food & Accommodation
Rice and Lentil, popularly known as Dal Bhaat, is the staple diet of most Nepalese. Rich in proteins and carbohydrates, Dal Bhaat can be eaten anytime during the day. Along with many other authentic dishes, Nepal hosts the finest array of international cuisines; American, Thai, Chinese, and Continental, etc, along with fast food which is commonly found in base camp and tea houses. Oats, Muesli, Roast, Pizza, Pancakes, and sandwiches are commonly found in almost every trek trail.
9) Trek Permits
A permit required to trek in Nepal will be provided by Beyond The Wall.
10) About connectivity, since you are traveling to a different country you can buy a local sim card or update your SIM for international travel. But it is not mandatory as Nepal is a wifi-enabled country with every hotel, cafe, and even tea house throughout the trek having wifi connectivity.
If you still want to buy a sim you can buy it from the airport in Kathmandu. We recommend you buy a SIM from the operator called Namaste. To buy a sim you will need your Passport / any form of ID, a passport size photo, and around 1200/- Nepali rupees, ie. about 750/ INR. 11) Use of Electrical Devices and Connectivity
Electrical appliances use 220-240 volts and 50 MHZ of power to operate in Nepal (Some countries use 110-120 volts of electricity, and accept very specific shaped plugs.) If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter to the plugin. These adapters help fit your appliances in any socket.
12) Local Currency and Payments
Most of your stay and food will be taken care of by us once you reach Kathmandu. For stay at Kathmandu, it is better if you exchange currency at the airport. Although many places in Kathmandu do accept Indian Rupees, it would be ideal if you exchange your currency here. There are many licensed money exchangers in the city. Make sure you carry enough Nepali Rupees for the trek if you want extra facilities like Wifi, hot water, packaged drinking water, etc.
There are ATMs in Kathmandu where you can withdraw money using your debit/credit cards, but they will charge a nominal fee for each transaction.
Please check with your bank that your debit/credit card can do transactions in Nepal. Keeping some spare US Dollars is a good idea.
13) Batch size
We as an organization believe in giving the best of the experience that comes with the outdoors. We also understand that nature is something that is better experienced without much disturbance around and in calm solitude so, on the basis of keeping it a truly uplifting experience, we keep our group size limited to 10 trekkers per batch.
14) Tipping custom for guides and porters.
It is a part of the trekking culture to tip your porters and guides.​