Everest base camp and Kala Pattar trekking

Duration : 12 days

Nepal, Everest, Khumbu

Level : sport

from 1375 € / p. from 8 to 18 persons

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Description

Designed for all those who dream of going to the foot of Everest and who only have two weeks at their disposal, this trek travels through Sherpa country to reach the base camp of the highest peak in the world as well as the Kala Pattar which offers an exceptional view!

The trek starts at about 2840 metres above sea level, then gradually climbs to 5364 metres (Everest base camp), then 5575 metres (Kala Pattar). It climbs and descends most of the time, so it is necessary for hikers to prepare themselves physically before doing this trek.

It is by air that we reach the gates of Khumbu, the Everest region, after a spectacular 45 minutes flight over the giants of the Himalayas, to land in Lukla, where we slowly start our trek. We reach Namche Bazar, a trading village located between Tibet and Sherpa country, at 3440m altitude. This is an opportunity to take an acclimatisation break for a day. Then we enter the Khumbu valley, at the foot of mythic peaks, including 3 of more than 8000m: Everest (8848m), Makalu (8475m), Lhotse (8383m), not forgetting Pumori (7145m), Nuptse (7879m), Ama Dablam (6856m). We pass through beautiful dry stone villages, numerous manis and stupas, and monasteries perched as close as possible to the sky.

Program

D1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Transfer to the hotel.

D2: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2600m).
The morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla offers a panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayas: Langtang, Gauri, Shanker, Numbur, Manglungtse and finally Everest appear during this 45 minute flight. In Lukla (2700m) the Sherpas are waiting for us with the equipment.
The hike starts with a short descent into the Dudh-Kosi valley.
From the village of Chaunrikarka (2621m), the path leads north through Sherpa villages where wheat, potatoes, corn and vegetables are grown. We cross the river on a beautiful wooden suspension bridge.
About 3 hours of walking, night in lodge.

D3: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3400m).
This day starts with a walk along the Dudh-Kosi river. The path climbs slowly. Several times we cross the river, pass the village of Jorsale (2805m) then start a steep climb towards Namche Bazaar. We arrive in Namche early enough to discover this famous Sherpa village and its inhabitants. Some Tibetan shops and merchants sell jewellery and handicrafts from Tibet. Every Saturday there is an important market where local farmers sell their crops of wheat, maize, millet, etc.
5 hours walk.

D4: Acclimatisation and rest day at Namche Bazaar.

D5: Namche Bazaar - Phortse (3800m).
We climb above Namche Bazaar by a gently sloping path on the mountainside to the Mong pass, overlooking the Ama Dablam and the Kangtega. We then descend to Phortse-Tenga along the Milky River (Dudh-Kosi) before reaching the village of Phortse (3800m). This day allows us to perfect our acclimatization to the altitude.
5 hours of walking, night in a lodge.

D6: Phortse - Pheriche (4270m).
Progressive ascent in the Khumbu valley to Pangboche, a village dominated by the Ama Dablam. During 1h30, we follow the Imja Khola river through Shomare, then we continue to Pheriche.
5 hours of walking, night in a lodge

D7: Pheriche - Lobuche (4910m).
A small steep climb through a wide wet valley is the opportunity to see yaks roaming freely in the meadows, as well as a superb view of the Abi Himal and the Cholatse on the left. The ascent is then quite easy up to Dughla, and then much steeper for an hour. We cross several chortens named after mountain people who died while climbing the peaks of the region. Then an easy walk along a stream leads to Lobuche, a village specially built for hikers.
4 to 5 hours of walking, night in a lodge.

D8: Lobuche - Everest base camp (5364m) - Gorakshep (5140m).
We walk along the Khumbu glacier and the ascent is relatively easy to Gorakshep. Settling in at the lodge and in the afternoon, optional excursion to the Everest base camp and back to Gorakshep.
6 hours of walking, overnight in a lodge.

D9: Gorakshep - Kala Pattar (5545m) - Dingboche (4350m).
Departure early in the morning to enjoy the view at the top of Kala Pattar, reached by a steep climb. We are in the heart of a huge amphitheatre surrounded by the highest and most prestigious peaks in the world in the mineral world of high mountains.
7 hours of walking, night in lodge.

D10: Dingboche - Tengboche (3860m).
We descend through Pangboche where one of the oldest gompas in Nepal is located. We find the forest and the villages, then we go down to Tengboche, the spiritual heart of Khumbu. Visit the famous monastery, a magnificent site dominated by the Ama Dablam.
5 hours of walking, night in a lodge.

D11: Tengboche - Monjo (2800m).
Great descent along the Dudh Kosi river for lunch in Namche. In the afternoon, we go to Monjo where we spend the night.
6 hours of walking, night in a lodge.

D12: Monjo - Lukla (2800m).
4 hours of walking.

D13: Flight Lukla - Kathmandu.
Flight to Kathmandu in the morning. On a clear day, the view is superb over the Himalayan range. Transfer to the hotel.

The price includes

  • Airport/hotel/airport transfers.
  • Insurance for the Nepalese team.
  • 11 days of trekking with full board in lodge.
  • Everest conservation permit.
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management Service).
  • Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu flights.
  • Supervision by an experienced English-speaking guide.
  • An assistant guide from 4 people.
  • 1 porter for 2 participants (in accordance with the rules of the Nepal porter's union, one porter carrying a maximum of 30kg, you will have to hire an extra porter if your luggage exceeds 15kg).

The price does not include

  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • International flights.
  • Personal equipment (sleeping bag, hiking poles, water bottle, backpack, glasses, sunscreen).
  • Personal insurance (compulsory: check that your insurance covers you in case of an accident, i.e. all medical costs, the cost of helicopter evacuation and air repatriation home).
  • Drinks.
  • Entry visa to Nepal (check that your passport is still valid 6 months after your return date).
  • Transport for the visits in Kathmandu.
  • Entrance fees in the city (museum, monument, monastery, etc).
  • The costs of exceptional events (road cuts, landslides, general strike, bad weather conditions, snow...) which cannot be foreseen.
  • Supplements for a single room in the lodges.
  • Hot water in the lodges.
  • Recharging of batteries in the lodges.
  • Bank charges for international transfers.
  • Tips.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".

Any interrupted or shortened trip, any change of programme at the request of the participants (accident, illness, altitude sickness, early return, shortened trek....) will not give rise to any refund.

Accommodation

  • In lodge during the trek.
Next departures :

No scheduled departure, but you can contact me to book your dates.

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