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Everest Base Camp/ Kalapatter  Trekking

Popularly known for trekking, mountaineering and peak climbing, Everest or Khumbu region is justifiably an important tourism destination of Nepal. The majestic mountains, the high mountain villages, the isolated monasteries, innate hospitality of the local people, ever smiling faces of the Sherpa are some of the major attractions of the Everest region. Everest region holds the highest mountain of the world, Everest at 8,848m., and many of the world's 8,000m peaks such as Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. Due to the availability of such high mountains in the area, Everest region has gained its popularity as a rewarding trekking region in the world. Regarded as a classic trek, the Everest Base Camp trek which follows in the footsteps of Hillary & Tenzing and ends with an ascent of Kala Pattar. From Kala Pattar, first hand observation of Everest, Kala Patthar and many more can be obtained. Our trail follows the Khumbu Glacier with huge ice pinnacles soaring to unbelievable height before reaching the Everest Base camp.

Our trek starts with an refreshing 35 minutes mountain flight into the airstrip at Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, we go for refreshment in one of the hotels and then start our trek. Namhe Bazaar is the best and first place of acclimatization. From the view point of Namche, we would have first glimpse of Everest, Lhotse-Nuptse, etc. Acclimatizing a at Namche, we proceed to Kala Pattar via Tengboche monastery.


DAY 1- Arrive Kathmandu
DAY 2- In Kathmandu (1330m)
DAY 3- Fly Lukla (2800m). Trek to Phakding
DAY 4- To Namche Bazaar(3440m)
DAY 5- Rest day Namche Bazaar
DAY 6-To Thyangboche (3870m).
DAY 7-To Dingboche (4360m)
DAY 8-Rest day in Dingboche.
DAY 9- To Lobuche (4930m)
DAY 10-To Gorak Shep (5288m) and Kala Pattar (5545m).
DAY 11-To Base Camp (5360 m).
DAY 12-To Upper Pangboche.
DAY 13-To Phortse Tenga.
DAY 14- To Namche Bazaar via Khumjung (3780m).
DAY 15-To Ghat or Phakding
DAY 16-To Lukla (2800m)
DAY 17-To Kathmandu by air (1330m).
DAY 18-: Departure to Katmandu

 

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DAY 1- Arrive Kathmandu
You will be met by Moonlight Nepal Trekking and Adventure staffs at Airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon at leisure for you to explore, Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. A pre-trek briefing will be given this evening

 

DAY 2- In Kathmandu (1330m)
Today will be spent exploring some of the amazing sites of Kathmandu, Bauddha Stupa and Pashupatinath.

 

DAY 3- Fly Lukla (2800m). Trek to Phakding
We transfer to the airport for the 45-minute flight Lukla. This was the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends to service the Everest Region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. It is a memorable flight, with awesome views of the Eastern Himalaya. Our crew assemble and we head downhill towards the Dudh Kosi, a raging river that flows from the highest peaks. The broad and well-marked trail meanders around fields of potatoes and buck-wheat and passes through small villages, as we pass rows of tree dahlia to make our way to our first overnight stop at Phakding.

 

DAY 4- To Namche Bazaar(3440m)
Today we cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river, named "Dudh" (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour. Sections of today's walk are through pine forest and cleared areas reveal terraced fields and a variety of crops. Spectacular mountain peaks unfold above us and seem to hover above the tree-line as they rise above the deep river valley. Shortly after leaving camp we cross the Kusum Khola, a tributary stream to the Dudh Kosi, and the peak of Kusum Kangru (6369 m) can be seen to the East, at the head of the valley. We will see our first Mani walls today. These stone structures are a compilation of many stone tablets, each with the inscription "Om Mani Padme Hum" which translates to "Hail to the jewel in the lotus", and is mantra (chant) venerated by Buddhists and Brahmans alike. Today's walk is not a long one, and you will be eager to press on. Slow down, and enjoy every step of the way. Life is about the journey not the destination. we pass through the gates of the Sagamartha National Park. We follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi, and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa 'capital' of Nepal. It is a tough climb as the trail passes through forest of pine to a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt Everest. The trail continues to climb and meander to Namche, and the sight of this prosperous village spread within a horse-shoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri is worth every step. After lunch you may wish to peruse the Tibetan trader's stalls or the Sherpa shops in search of a bargain.

 

DAY 5- Rest day Namche Bazaar
The change from the narrow lowland valleys to the broad glacial ones is immediately obvious. The steep-sided glacial valley before us gradually winds towards the base of Everest, broken only by the moraines left by retreating glaciers. Its more gradual rate of climb is a blessing for those trekking higher. Towering to over 4000 metres above the valley floor, spectacular peaks seem to engulf us. Around us are Taweche (6542 m), Thamserku (6808 m), Kantega (6685 m), Ama Dablam (6856 m), Nuptse (7896m) and Lhotse (8511 m). The greatest of all, Mt Everest (8848 m), rises at the head of the valley. The trip grading Sherpa Cultural Centre has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs. Those who are fit and acclimatising well may wish to take the optional morning walk.

 

DAY 6-To Thyangboche (3870m).
The walk to Thyangboche is one of the most spectacular trekking days in Nepal. The trail meanders easily around the ridges and Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon ahead before we descend through splendid rhododendron forests. This afternoon we cross the Dudh Kosi and begin the ascent to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. As we approach the ridgeline we pass through a traditional gateway and around a chorten before cresting the ridge onto a wide grassy meadow at the monastery village of Thyangboche. The monastery was recently re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by fire. The views of the Everest massif, as well as all the other major peaks of the area are astounding and, if we are lucky, we will see the glowing colour of the sunset, and perhaps even the moonlight on the mountains around us.

 

DAY 7-To Dingboche (4360m)
The early morning mountain views from the monastery are outstanding. Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are at the head of the valley, their line of sight flanked by Tawatse on one side, and Ama Dablam on the other. Completing a 360-degree panorama of mountains are Khumblia and Kongde Ri which encircle us from across the valley. From Thyangboche we head down to cross the Imja Khola before an easy climb along a wide, open trail to the small village of Pangboche (3901m). We may take a slight detour to visit the Pangboche Gompa - the oldest monastery in the Khumbu, said to be over 300 years old. The views of Ama Dablam, one of the Himalaya's most stunning peaks, are spectacular. Continuing on, we cross the river again and trek up to Dingboche, situated just beneath the impressive Ama Dablam.

 

DAY 8-Rest day in Dingboche.
An important acclimatisation/rest day today with the option of hiking high up to the ridge overlooking the village, or perhaps up to Chukung Village. Excellent views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Chukung Peak and Imja Tse (6189 m) are had from both in the valley or from the ridge above the camp. Massive glaciers drape beneath cliffs that soar up to 3,500 metres in this dramatic valley.

 

DAY 9- To Lobuche (4930m)
We are gaining altitude and it is important that we move at a slow, steady pace. The slopes are quite barren now as we have moved above the tree line. Views of different peaks, such as Cholatse and Lobuche, unfold before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape. We move up the Dhugla Ridge and onto moraine towards Khumbu Glacier. Rock cairns can be seen, many of which are dedicated to the memory of climbers attempting the high mountains of the area, including Everest.
We enjoy spectacular views all day today of Pumori and Nuptse. The hill above the town affords fine sunset views of Nuptse.

 

DAY 10-To Gorak Shep (5288m) and Kala Pattar (5545m)
We trek alongside the Khumbu Glacier as the path winds over the rocky moraine towards the settlement of Gorak Shep. We are high, among the glaciers of the world's highest peaks. Following our arrival at Gorak Shep we have an early lunch before ascending Kala Pattar. Kala Pattar is not a Nepali name but a Hindi name and translates to "black rock". From these black rocks atop the hill the views are spectacular. Most eyes are locked on the mass of Everest and its rocky buttresses immediately before us. Many of the famous ascent routes are quite clear. Below us the Khumbu Glacier snakes towards the icefall and Western Cwm. We can see the area where expeditions set their base camp but the original site was at Lake Camp, now known as Gorak Shep. Take a look in every direction and soak it in. The view south and our route out, is particularly beautiful. The air is clear and the sun is strong but as the sun sets it becomes very cold. Sunsets here can be stunning.

 

DAY 11-To Base Camp (5360 m).
We get an early start and the extra day of acclimatisation we have had by staying here will be invaluable on the walk to Base Camp. Although it has undoubtedly been a cold night we have time to comfortably ascend to the historic site and enjoy it to the fullest. Return to Lobuche.

 

DAY 12-To Upper Pangboche.
After breakfast we set off to Upper Pangboche, we will get great views of Island Peck, Lhotse and Everest. Lots of time for some great photos. Accommodation today is at Upper Pangboche, and the views of Ama Dablam are the best in the region.

 

DAY 13-To Phortse Tenga.
Todays walk is on the upper trail to the Gokyo Valley. There are excellent mountain views as we follow the trail as it traverses high above the river, drops to the fields at the village of Portse, and then descends to cross the Dudh Kosi at Portse Tenga. We reach destination by lunch and have the afternoon at leisure.

 

DAY 14- To Namche Bazaar via Khumjung (3780m).
A short but steep morning climb is taken in our stride as we are now very fit and acclimatisation is not an issue. We crest the ridge at a chorten draped in prayer flags and traverse towards the villages of Khumjung and Khunde. It is a morning's walk, with time to explore these unique and more
traditional villages. This where Sir Edmund Hillary built his "Schoolhouse in the Clouds", and the famed Khunde hospital is close by. There will generally be an opportunity for you to visit the hospital and school, as well as the monastery at Khumjung where we may see the "scalp of a yeti".

 

DAY 15-To Phakding
After breakfast you will be descending down directly to the Dhudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River confluence first then easy walk via riverbank up to the campsite. You will see the last view of the Mount Everest on the way down. We will be staying the night in Phakding .

 

DAY 16-To Lukla (2800m)
Retracing our steps along the valley, we pass through a variety of settlements and forests before a gentle climb to Lukla. We savour our final mountain sunsets of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey. Our last evening of the trek is a good time to have a small party for all the team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here. There is usually lots of music, dancing and singing.

 

DAY 17-To Kathmandu by air (1330m).
This morning we fly to Kathmandu, a thrilling flight over forests, fields and villages, with the Himalaya in the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

 

DAY 18-:Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination.
Moonlight Nepal Trekking and Adventure team will take you to the airport for your flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc.

Trip duration: 18 Days

Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging

Maximum altitude: 5483 m

Accommodation: Hotel/ Tented camp

Best Time for Trek: February, February,March, April, May, September, October and November

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