For many, their journey to Nepal would not be complete without a glimpse of the highest mountain on Earth. For some it will be enough to view Everest from the Kathmandu valley rim on a clear day, or to sit in the comfort of a plane seat for the experience. Others however settle only for a more intimate meeting with the last earthly rung on the stairway to the heavens. At an altitude of 5,360 meters (17,585 ft), the Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year. You will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla before beginning the morning trek to this base camp. From Lukla, trek upward to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, 3,440 meters (11,290 ft), following the valley of the Dudh Kosi river. The village is a central hub of the area, and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here. You will acclimatize here for a day before continuing your trek to Tengboche. Once here, visit the Tengboche Monastery which is one of the most important monasteries of the Khumbu region. The following day, you will continue your trek to Periche, where of you are lucky, you might just have a good sight of Nepal's national bird "Danphe". Near Gorak Shep, you are likely to see Tibetan snow cocks racing happily down the hillside. Relax and gather up your strength for one day before your trek to Lobuche. Start your trek early this day to the Everest Base Camp. You will then trek to Kala Pattar and start your descend back to Periche, Namche Bazaar, and finally to Lukla.
Sit back and relax for this airport transfer in a private vehicle with driver. Includes English speaking assistance.
The impressive, and stunning traditional facade of the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is set amongst some pleasant gardens, in the old interesting district of Bodhnath. It is within a 10 minutes walk from Kathmandu’s famous Boudhanath Stupa and various souvenir shops and restaurants. The airport is an approximate 10 minutes drive away, while the city centre and Thamel is a 10 km drive away. The hotel provides a free shuttle bus service to the city centre, shopping and tourist areas of Bhatbhateni, Durbar Marg, Thamel and Kantipath. The Hyatt Regency Kathmandu has a good variety of recreational facilities such an outdoor pool, tennis courts, fitness centre and a top class spa. The spacious, wooden floored guestrooms are well appointed with wooden furniture and traditional Tibetan handmade carpets.
Airfare for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for Nepali Trekking Guide.
Enjoy your flight from Kathmandu to Lukla today. The flight duration is approximately one hour.
Airport transfer with a private vehicle.
Trek to Monjo. Approximate 4 hrs. Overnight at Everest Summit Lodge.
National Park Fee and Trekking Information System Card.
11 nights/12 days trek using best available tea houses on the trekking route or Everest Summit Lodge at Manjo, Pangboche, Lukla & Zhamling Resort or Yeti Mountain home at Namche Bazaar. All meals and accommodations at the lodges/tea houses with services of english speaking trek leader. Insurance for staffs & porters. eliable and trained porters to carry personal baggage (1 porter for 2 pax and will carry 15kg). Duffel bag and sleeping bags for trek. English speaking Sherpa guide during the trekking.
Everest Summit Lodges has redefined trekking and touring in the Nepal Himalaya with eight high-quality lodges. Located at an altitude of 2,850 meters in the quaintly picturesque valley of Monjo, our lodge is a comfortable five hour walk from the domestic airport of Lukla, the air gateway to the Everest country. The lodge overlooks the village and the narrow Dudh Koshi valley. Thamserku Himal (6608m) rising high up behind the lodge serves as a dreamlike backdrop.
Today's trek begins as you follow the Bhote Koshi River through the forest and pasture land, and along the valley dotted with small Sherpa Settlements to safe river crossing point. Once you've crossed the Bhote Koshi, you will climb along the steep back trails to the large Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. This location is nearly the halfway point to Everest, and boasts view of just that, the mighty Mount Everest, as well as Mount Lhotse. This prosperous town is largest in Khumbu and provides additional views of Mount Thamserku, Mount Kwangde-Ri and the sacred mountain Khumbila.
Yeti Mountain Home is a group of luxury lodges situated in the Khumbu/Everest region of Nepal. These lodges are amongst the world's highest lodges, offering panoramic views of the highest mountains in the world, Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, etc. Added to this luxury is the en-suite bathroom with hot running water, the ultimate comfort in the mountains. Complimenting these modern amenities are the well designed menu which comprises of delicious food and fresh veggies from their very own green house. This is very much a luxury for Nepal and particularly being in the mountains.
Today you will acclimatize before continuing your trek.
Optional Day Trip to Khunde/Khumjung/Syangboche
Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth, as measured by the height of its summit above sea level, which is 8,848 metres (29,029 feet). The mountain, which is part of the Himalaya range, is located on the border between Nepal, and Tibet.
Today, you will travel along the Namche trail to Tashinga, following the classical approach route to Everest. As you wind through the almost level path for about 3.5 hours, you will arrive at a detour point, where after travelling for 15 minutes you will arrive at your resting lodge for the evening.
Everest Summit Lodges has redefined trekking and touring in the Nepal Himalaya with eight high-quality lodges. This lodge has the most wonderful location as it is sited amidst pine forests overlooking the Dudh Koshi valley with breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, the Taboche Peak and Khumbila , said to be the spiritual abode of the patron demigod of the Khumbu region.
Trek to Pangboche. Approximate 4 hrs.
Everest Summit Lodges has redefined trekking and touring in the Nepal Himalaya with eight high-quality lodges. Pangboche is located literally at the lap of the Ama Dablam mountain (6865 mts), often described as one of the most beautiful mountain on earth! The scenic surrounding, Everest to the north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imjatse river flowing through the wide fertile valley all combine to make this village a truly special place. This quaint lodge is located right in the middle of all this glory.
En route to Periche, your keen-eye is tested again, as you try to get a good sight of Nepal’s national bird, Danphe. Near Gorak Shep you are most likely to see the Tibetan snow cock, as they race happily down the hillside. The few houses and the gompa of the tiny village of Devuche are off in the distance along the trees to the west, with a nunnery up the hill to the east.
The Himalayan Hotel is located in the Pheriche region of Nepal. This small hotel caters specifically to those whom are trekking to the peaks of Mount Everest. Due to its remote location, it is expected that it provides all the basic necessities needed on a trek of this nature. Each room boasts the basic elements needed to ensure a goodnights rest pre-trekking, which includes a bed, and an attached bathroom.
This morning you will head out on a trail which ascends the broad, gently sloping valley from Periche to Phalang Karpo. This location boasts panoramic views of Tawachee and Cholatse, the ideal habitat for snow leopards, and is particularly more renowned for being the area which is reported to be the home of the mystical abominable snowman or Yeti.
Stay at the Mother Earth Guest House. This guest house offers basic facilities with private room and common bath/toilet.
The Everest base camp is not an actually determined location, but in fact varies on the explorers; various expeditions have selected different locations for their semi-permanent camp during their assault on the mountain. The trip to base camp, while fascinating, is not spectacular as the ascent of Kalapatthar because there is no view of Everest itself from base camp.
Accommodation in normal standard lodge during the trek.
Starting early in the morning, after about one and a half hour walk you will get to see the Khumbu Glacier. The path will gradually become tougher, not due to the incline, but due to the rocky terrain and the high altitude. After about three hours of trekking you will arrive at Gorak Shep, this was the base camp for the 1952 Swiss Everest expedition. Gorak Shep has a small lake that is usually frozen and also boasts several monuments dedicated to climbers who have died during various Everest expeditions. Most of the trekkers reach Gorak Shep by the lunchtime, leaving enough time to climb Kala Pattar and back to Phiriche.
Today you will retrace your steps back to the Namche Bazaar.
Today you will backtrack to Lukla.
Everest Summit Lodges has redefined trekking and touring in the Nepal Himalaya with eight high-quality lodges. Lukla, the gateway to Mt. Everest, lies at 2743 m (9,000 ft). This lodge is most conveniently located directly opposite the airport. Spacious rooms, a lovely sunny garden and traditional interiors make for a very warm welcome to guests arriving in the Khumbu.
Enjoy your flight from Lukla to Kathmandu today. The flight duration is approximately one hour.
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