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Evererst Base Camp Trek

Explorers, travelers and climbers alike have long been seduced by the mythos and excitement of Mt. Everest and the dynamic region of the Sherpa people. While the world's greatest peaks Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam characterize the mighty Khumbu region, trekkers have the opportunity to explore its lower majesty. Along the way, trekkers are showered with impressions of ancient Tibetan Buddhism as we visit and learn from our friends living in these inspiring monastic communities. Trekkers will be guided by world-famous Everest climbers. A reasonable trek for the very fit enthusiast, a journey to these sacred regions will offer a lifetime of impressions and reflections. Most days are nothing short of breathtaking while we walk amidst the Himalayan giants to the jingle of yak bells. Each corner reveals new vistas that transport our psyche further into the shadow of the daunting peaks. Traveling to these regions with Unique Waymaker offers an uncompromising experience. We dare say that no other organization can provide the combination of expertise, intimate relationships with local Nepalis and knowledge of its mountains and environment. Our walking days will include much discourse on the peaks of the Everest region, architecture of Buddhist shrines, Sherpa Buddhism and first-hand climbing lore from the Everest climbers that lead each trek.


The Everest Base Camp trek is arguably the most famous trekking route in the world and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. Nepal is a fascinating country and the trek gives an insight into the lives and culture of the Sherpa people. Our ascent is steady and well paced to best suit the acclimatization needed. Sunrise on the snow capped peaks above the Khumbu Glacier is an unforgettable sight from the summit of Kala Pattar. This trek is one for the lover of high places and those wanting to push themselves to the limit. It is a tough challenge and not to be taken lightly with generally well graded paths but some tougher sections along the Khumbu glacier. 

Day 1 - Kathmandu (1527 metres)
Arrive Kathmandu. Flying into Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an unforgettable experience, with the entire Nepalese Himalaya sprawling out below you. After customs, you will pass out of the restricted area and into the passenger pick-up area outside the building. You will see a Classic Journeys signboard and our staff will be waiting to welcome you to Nepal. After transferring to your Hotel, you will be given a chance to catch your breath and then be given a briefing. Your air ticket will be collected to reconfirm your onward travel. Overnight hotel. 

Day 2 - Kathmandu
A day in Kathmandu. Morning guided sightseeing to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, Swayambunath - the Buddhist monkey temple and Pashupatinath – a sacred Hindu temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River. Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere. In the Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit. The afternoon is free for you to explore the city further and pack bags ready for the start of the trek the following morning. You can leave a bag at the hotel with items you will not need on the trek. Overnight hotel. (B)

Day 3 - Phakding (2656 metres)
After breakfast we are transferred to the airport for the spectacular mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, by 18 seater Twin Otter STOL planes (35 mins flight). The flight takes you over a series of ridges with the magnificent Himalayan peaks to the north, forming the border with Tibet. Entering the Dudh Kosi valley you may see the airstrip at Lukla (2880m) below before the exciting landing. Here our trekking crew will be waiting for us. After sorting out our gear, having a cup of tea (or even lunch depending on the time) and meeting our Sherpas and trekking crew, we begin the trek by descending to Chaunrikhaka and heading up the Dudh Kosi valley to Phakding. (3 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)

Day 4 - Namche Bazaar (3450 metres)

We continue north following the Dudh Kosi river and on to Monjo and Jorsale where we enter the Mt. Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. We will stop for lunch here. It is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the Imja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi) followed by a steep climb (around 2 hrs.) to Namche Bazaar, the main village in the Khumbu. Half way up the hill, if the weather is clear we get our first views of Everest and Lhotse. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa village and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market; fresh foodstuffs are brought up from lower villages to be bought by the Sherpas. (5 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD) 

Day 5 - Namche Bazaar
The first of our acclimatisation and exploration days. Visit the Sherpa Cultural Centre and the National Park headquarters. The views from here of Ama Dablam, Kwangde, Thamserku and Kangtaiga are fantastic. Later in the day we will walk to the airstrip at Shyangboche directly above Namche and on to the Everest View hotel. This hotel was built with Japanese money to provide very expensive accommodation for people flying into Shyangboche. This has never really worked as Shyangboche at 3900 metres is too high to just fly into from Kathmandu and many people doing this suffered serious altitude problems. However the hotel does provide a wonderful view of Everest and sipping tea on the veranda overlooking the valley with Everest above is a pleasant way to acclimatise. Overnight lodge. (BLD)

Day 6 - Thame (3800 metres)
Thame is a very pleasant village with a beautiful Gompa (monastery) about 3 hours walk from Namche. Once out of Namche the trail is almost level and follows the Bhote Kosi valley. This was once a popular trading route into Tibet. Himalayan Thar (wild goat) and Impeyan pheasants are often spotted in the forest in this valley. At Phurte we will visit the forest nursery funded by the Himalayan Trust. Along the way we pass many prayer flags and Mani stones, all indicative of the Tibetan/Buddhist culture of this area. Further up the valley, beyond Thame, is the Nangpa La, the high pass leading to Tibet, beneath the peaks above the Rolwaling valley with fabulous sounding names such as Pigpherogo Shar and Tengi Ragi Tau. (3 to 4 hours walking). Overnight Lodge. (BLD) 

Day 7 – Kunde (3840 metres)
After breakfast we can visit Thame Gompa (monastery), which was established by Lama Sange Dorje, the fifth reincarnate Lama of Rongbuk in Tibet. Lama Sange Dorje played an important part in the spiritual history of the Khumbu. Some of the books here could be more than 300 years old. Head back down the Bhote Kosi valley towards Namche Bazaar, taking the trail to Kunde before descending to Namche. Kunde is a much quieter village than Namche and our Lodge here provides excellent views of Ama Dablam. Kunde is well known for its excellent hospital, which was set up in 1966 and funded by the Himalayan Trust. It is well worth a visit (and a donation). The village of Kunde virtually joins the village of Khumjung but the two villages are quite separate communities. (3 to 4 hours walking). Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day 8 – Phortse (3800 metres)
Soon after leaving Kunde and Khumjung the trail climbs up a steep stone staircase and then gradually continues across the hillside to Mong, a large Chorten (Buddhist monument) on top of a ridge at 3978 metres. This ridge descends from Khumbila (Khumbu Yul La), a 5734-metre peak, and the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. There are great views across the valley to the village of Phortse and the spectacular river gorge below. The trail descends towards the Dudh Kosi where we stop for lunch near the bridge at Phortse Tenga. From here the trail climbs gradually through rhododendron forest to the village of Phortse. On the way look out for colourful pheasants and the shy musk deer, which are very often seen in this forest. The village of Phortse is famous for its buckwheat but potatoes are also grown in large numbers. (5 hours walking). Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Days 9 & 10 - Dingboche (4336 metres)
From Devoche the trail climbs steadily up the Imja Khola valley providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Everest. From Pangboche we walk through alpine meadows passing several yak herders' huts (Goths). The first we come to is Shomare owned by the villages of Pangboche and used for growing potatoes. Our route passes beneath the towering Ama Dablam and after crossing the Lobuche Khola on a wooden bridge we follow the Imja Khola to Dingboche, the highest permanently inhabited village in the Khumbu. (5 hours walking) A second night at Dingboche will be of particular benefit for aiding acclimatisation. There are several possibilities for day excursions. You could walk up the valley towards Chhukung, a small summer settlement near the head of the valley. Another possibility is to ascend Nangkartshang Peak, which towers above Dingboche village and offers some of the best views in this region. Prayer flags and a sudden drop mark the top. The views are magnificent with Numbur, Chhukung, Makalu, Ama Dablam and many more peaks and passes all visible. Overnight Lodge. (BLD) 

Day 11 - Lobuche (4939 metres)
We climb the ridge and cross the flat plain above the Pheriche valley. The trail leads to the bridge crossing a small stream immediately before Duglha. After passing the village of Duglha we climb higher onto the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier, passing a row of stone monuments built in memory of Sherpas and some foreign climbers who have died on mountaineering expeditions in the area. From here the trail climbs gently and follows the west side of the valley to Lobuche. Lobuche is set on the slopes of an ablation valley and the moraine towards Nuptse offers excellent views, the sunset on Nuptse from here can be quite spectacular. (4 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)

Day 12 – Kala Pattar (5600 metres), Gorak Shep (5191 metres)
An early start as this is usually the clearest time of the day. The trail continues along the west side of the valley then becomes steeper as we cross several side moraines before reaching Gorak Shep. It is quite rough walking before the trail suddenly descends to Gorak Shep. Throughout the day we have tremendous views of Nuptse and then Pumori, Lingtren and Khumbutse come into view forming the border with Tibet. After a rest and some refreshments at Gorak Shep we will climb Kala Pattar (5600m) for the classic view of Everest's southwest face. All around are the giants of the mountain world, Pumori (7145m), Changtse (7553m), Nuptse (7855m) and Lhotse (8516m). The ascent takes around 2 hours and the views are incredible. The Khumbu Icefall can easily be seen and even the tents at Everest Base Camp can be picked out. (2 to 3 hours walking from Lobuche to Gorak Shep). Overnight lodge. (BLD) 

Day 13 – Everest Base Camp (5400 metres), Lobuche (4939 metres)
Today we take a day walk to Everest Base Camp, 3 hours away from Gorak Shep. This is a hard day but well worth the effort and for most people, getting to the actual base camp is the highlight of the trek. The route follows the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier, picking its way through a jumble of rock. Along the way there are good views of Everest. Past towering ice-pinnacles (seracs) to arrive at the site of base camp at the foot of the impressive Khumbu Icefall, which tumbles down from the Western Cwm. The walk is hard but well worth the effort and hopefully an expedition will be in progress to add that extra interest. In the spring there is much activity as climbing teams are preparing for summit attempts. The scene is absolutely fantastic and contrary to some reports, the area is clean and generally rubbish free. After returning to Gorak Shep and welcome hot drinks, we descend to Lobuche. For those who don't wish to walk to base camp there is the opportunity of ascending Kala Pattar (for a second time!) and taking a more leisurely walk to Lobuche. (8 to 10 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)

Day 14 - Devoche (3770 metres)
Downhill most of the way, descending to Dughla and Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue Association have a trekkers aid post here and it is quite interesting to have a look around and maybe have a chat with the doctors running the post. From Pheriche we cross the Lobuche Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche and on to Devoche where we stay the night. We are only half an hour from Thyangboche but the water supply is much cleaner and more reliable here than at Thyangboche. The views up the valley to the Nuptse-Lhotse wall with Everest behind are fantastic.(6 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD) 

Day 15 - Namche Bazaar (3450 metres) - Monjo (2815 metres)
From Devoche it is just 30 minutes of climbing through birch and rhododendron forest to the ridge where Thyangboche monastery is located. We spend time visiting the monastery before descending through forest to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki where there are water driven prayer wheels. We then climb and contour around the hillside to Sanasa and on to Namche Bazaar. This is a lovely days walk, the descent is easy and relaxed with the hard work behind us and our return journey provides different views of the mountains and villages that we passed on our ascent. We continue descending from Namche to the Dudh Kosi valley and on to Monjo. (6 to 7 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)

Day 16 - Lukla (2832 metres)
Continue descending, although it is not all downhill. At Choplung we leave the valley trail to ascend gently and contour around the hillside to Lukla. The trail climbs steadily above the fields and school of Chaunrikhaka village. Lukla is a long, narrow village, the central street leading to the airstrip, which is now a tarmac strip on the Lukla hillside high, above the Dudh Kosi valley. The bottom of the airstrip is 60 metres lower than the top. (4 to 6 hours walking). Overnight lodge. (BLD)

Day 17 – Fly to Kathmandu
Today (weather permitting) we pack up early and fly to Kathmandu (35 minute flight). Transfer to our hotel and welcome hot showers. Overnight hotel. (B) 

Days 18 – Depart Kathmandu. 
Transfer to the airport for flight

Cost includes:
- 4 nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu,
- Round trip airfare between LUKLA -Kathmandu
- All surface transfer
- National Park entry permit
- Trekking permit,
- Accommodation in lodges during the trek,
- Food: three meals a day,
- A guide & required number of porter(s)
- Insurance and security for local staff

Cost not includes:
- Personal expenses
- Monument entrance fee in Kathmandu
- Meal in Kathmandu
- Insurance
- Essential equipment.
- Tip for trekking staff
- All alcoholic drinks
- Emergency evacuation by Helicopter, Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc



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