Wedding on Everest Base Camp

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Just Imagine tying the knot on top of the world! Literally. How incredible would it be to take your vows at the most celestial place on earth?  Your romantic, yet adventurous, wedding-venue is being surrounded by the Himalayan snow capped peaks as you stand at the Base Camp of the highest mountain on this planet. Your ceremony will be witnessed by Mount Everest, in a one of a kind experience. To create for you this unique and rare experience of a lifetime is why we have chosen, probably the rarest heavenly spot on earth – the Everest Base Camp (EBC)!

Alpine Exodus will organize a complete wedding package from Kathmandu, Nepal including the flight to Lukla and the trek to EBC. We will provide an excellent trek program with support, adequate altitude acclimatization, ample number of guides and crew members to meet your every comfort need along the way. We can accommodate your wedding photographer or provide one for you. We select luxury lodges en-route and a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu after the ceremony.

In addition, you may continue your honeymoon at a Jungle Resort/Spa at Kasara Resort in Chitwan National Park including a private guide and tours such as a rhino safari, elephant rides at the elephant sanctuary, bird watching and other tailor made activities.

Itinerary:

Day 01: arrive in Kathmandu (1350m).
Upon landing in Kathmandu airport, complete the immigration/visa procedure and meet the represent. Welcoming garlands and transfer to Hotel in Thamel or nearby. We provide 5 star standard hotel that assures pleasant stay, good/safe food and drinks and clean environment around. Room allocation as well as trek registration is followed by welcome drink and then take a short rest before heading for the city tours with guide. The trip advances leisurely, in the there will be 3 places to visit, but do it as possible! In the evening welcome dinner with your guide in one of the local restaurants.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2850m) – trek to Phakding (2630m) & further to Jam Fute (2730m);
Early morning, transfer to airport, domestic section. After getting the boarding pass, there will be sometime free on which if you have breakfast in box, take it with the tea/coffee from the nearby café. The flight to Lukla (LUA) is just of 30 min, upon landing walk to Buddha Lodge and try hot tea of the Khumbu region until the guide assort the load to the porters. It won’t take long, as everyone is previously confirmed or ordered. Soon you are ready to hit the trial and through the Lukla bazaar. Passing the gate that marks one of the Sherpa heroic mountaineers, we head to west-north. Chaurikharka village is 40 min away and Thado Kosi is in another similar time. A short stop here for tea and continue keeping along the bank of Dudh Kosi (milk river). Phakding is about 4 hrs walk from Lukla on easy and steady paces. Our Resort is located further 30 min from town of Phakding. Check in lodge.

Typically this is a regular day of trek in the Everest region. The route or scenery may changes, but out everyday routine more or less similar like, we take the breakfast at the same lodge were we spend the night. After we leave the lodge walk for an hour and half or something we stop for tea break. Tea break is joined by cooking or biscuits. Resuming trek, we get ready for lunch around 11 to 12 noon and by 3 or 4pm we tent to arrive at the lodge where we spend the night. And dinner is at the same lodge where we take the room. This will follow for another days as long as our trek runs.

Day 03: trek to Namche (3440m),
Start trekking after breakfast. In few minutes we make the first cross of the Dudhkosi (river). Today we make five times cross and re-cross of it. Pass interesting villages like Toktok, Manjo, Jorsalle and walk a steep trail as the last leg of the day. Right after crossing the last suspension bridge, we get a peeping view of snow mountain at the north horizon to which many people confuse with Mt. Everest. The peak is Tawache, not Everest. The right view of Mt. Everest is seen from  an hour further from here from a resting spot where is a toilet and one or two venders always stay for selling oranges, peaches or similar seasonal fruits and cigarettes usually.

From this spot, the steep trail to Namche becomes little softer but still have to go about 45 min to one hour if your paces are slower.

Day 04: Namche (3440m) to HEV (3790m), Syangboche;
In Namche walk through the streets and pass by the monastery on the way to Syangboche. A winding steep trail providing commanding views of Thamserku and Kwangde Ri takes about an hour and quarter. By the helipad, you decide go directly to the HEV or taking a little longer walk of Khumjung village with an important monastery here. After lunch it’s all free time to savor the great great vistas by all four corners.

Day 05: HEV to Deevoche (3820m), Tyangboche;
After breakfast in the morning, viewing the Khumjung village we take an easy descending to Kyanjuma and further to Lausasa and finally in an hour and quarter or so to Phunki Tenga. Cross the suspension bridge and time for tea, snack. This is the confluence of two streams one coming from the slope of Fungi Glacier, below the Khangteige Peak and another is from Imjatse glacier below the Island peak.

Tyangboche is reached in 2 hrs plus with a steep up trail. After the hard toll, at Tyangboche monastery area there are wonderful views of the Himalayan peaks as well as the alpine environment. This is one of the best locales to view snow mountains in all four directions as well as one of the holiest sites in the area. Pay a visit to the monastery is quite welcomed and even the bride and groom may get blessing. It needs little time arrange, but is possible if wanted it. Later descend for 25 minute is the lodge area, Deevoche. We have a very nice lodge to stay and stroll around.

Day 06: fly to Everest Base Camp (5365m) and return to Kathmandu;
This is for those who have short time and it is without losing the upscale comfort in terms of accommodation. Everyday hot shower is provided having based on the highly recommended hotels and resorts.

Day 07: morning flight to Chitwan. Transfer to Kasara Resort. Have lunch and involve one of the most exciting safari activities like rhino chasing from riding on elephant.

Day 08: full day in Chitwan. A lot more exciting activities… Kasara Resort.

Day 09: after breakfast transfer to airport to fly to Kathmandu. Hotel as before.

Day 10: fly back home!

Cost:
US $ 5,850 per person for a group of 4 to 5 people,
US $ 5,520 per person for a group of 8 to 10 people,
US $ 450  for the single supplement,

Services: 

  • Airport pick up and private transfers throughout the trip,
  • Kathmandu to Lukla fly with airplane and with helicopter from Deevoche/Tyangboche to EBC and return to Kathmandu,
  • Full-service trek from Lukla to Deevoche (up until the flight to EBC by helicopter and return to KTM) with complete support by a local team of guides, porters and other assistance as necessary,
  • 5 star accommodations such as Hotel Mulberry or The Fair Field Marriott that are located in Thamel (double occupancy/daily breakfast). On trek we provide the best available Hotels, resorts in the town (hot shower, battery charge etc include),
  • Guide while on trek, guide’s assistant and porters as required (usually every 2 guests will be allocated one porter). One porter can carry 23kg. (50lbs) NB: sometimes such porters are substituted by Yaks or Dzopkyos; which is a much more colorful and unique experience for trekkers,
  • All trek permits, TIMS and National Park entry tickets for the trek,
  • Daily 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner with hot drinks – tea, coffee) on trek with daily 2 liters of boiled water (or bottled water) per person,
  • First aid kit (stocked with basic medications, bandages, anti-dehydration packs),
  • Insurance, daily wage, meal allowances, taxes & expenses for all the Nepali supporting team including the guide, guide’s assistant, porters, etc.
  • Complimentary services such as trekking maps of the Everest BC route, hats,
  • Complimentary services of waterproof duffle bags (as it’s manageable for trekking, porters and the helicopter),
  • Complimentary services of fresh and canned fruit, snacks while on tea breaks when trekking,
  • Other assistance while trekking as needed.

NOTE: for the group range of 4 to 5, the ‘single supplement charge’ is not applicable.

Services not included:

  • Personal gear/warm clothes, rain wear, sleeping bag, hiking boots etc. (may be rented in Kathmandu if needed),
  • Drinks (besides water), bar bills, drinks other than coffee, tea or hot chocolate,
  • Travel insurance, medicine or medical assistance outside of first aid,
  • Helicopter emergency rescue fee (there are inexpensive insurance companies offering this coverage we can recommend),
  • If required an additional “personal porter”,
  • International flights,
  • Any extra expenses incurred in-case of the domestic flight delays or cancellations.
  • Tips to your guide, porter(s), driver etc.

 

Plan B – Itinerary outline:

Below is the extended version of the above trip for those who have enough time and the desire to trek all the way to Base Camp from Lukla. It is a lifetime adventure to Everest Base Camp either for a wedding ceremony or just as a trekker:
Itinerary sample:

Day 01: arrive in Kathmandu (1350m).
Activities and programs as above.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2850m) & trek to Phakding (2630m);

Day 03: trek to Namche (3440m),

Day 04: Namche (3440m) to HEV (3790m), Syangboche;

Day 05: HEV to Deevoche (3820m), Tyangboche;

Day 06: trek to Dingboche (4430m),
Passing the nunnery area to Malingo and crossing the Imja Khola again it is to arrive to Pangboche in an hour and half. Lower Pangboche (3930m) to Upper Pangboche, it’s a long scattered Sherpa village. We can see some beautiful terraces fertile for potatoes or buckwheat planted as season and sometime deer including the rarest specie Musk Deer can be spotted here. It’s the guide’s job to show you that one. There is a nice coffee place too, you may stop for it. Shomare (4010m) with an easier trail is about 45 minute ahead. That is a good place for lunch. The whole day is perfectly a scenic day. Dingboche is about two hours away after lunch along a gradual trail. About 20 min walk after Orso (4190m), we cross the stream coming from Everest Base Camp and follow the way of Imja Khola. Right after the metal bridge for 30 min but quite steep trail to arrive the beginning of Dingboche valley. The lodge is some 30 min walk in the middle of the village.

Day 07: Dingboche – Chhukung (4730m) – Dingboche,
It’s a day visit to Chhukung, taking around 4-5 hrs on both ways. The trail is gradual up but with wonderful views of Ama Dablam. Island peak and Peak 38 are seen on the front whereas on the left-hand side there is a great wall of Lhotse! Lunch in Chhukung and return Dingboche at the same lodge.

Day 08: Trek to Lobuche;
After the lodge, we walk to the Chautara with prayers’ flags, for 30 min, steep trail. This is the one place that provides view of Mt. Makalu on this trek. Bad if you miss it. Next place from here is Thugla (4620m) by the gradual trail with great views all around. The particular views of today are the Tabuche and Cholates peaks on your left to right hand side and on the foot of the Cholatse there is peek view of Tsola tso (lake). Dzongla valley with Cho La pass trail is seen after Thugla tea shops. A short tea break is good with some snacks. Ahead is Thugla pass 4830m in an hour and to Lobuche another hour or so following the left-hand side of the Khumbu Glacier – lower part. Lobuche is a small settlement most of which are lodges and is quite cold place but immense view of Nuptse slop.

Day 09: trek to Gorakshep (5165m);
It’s only 3 hrs trek in easy paces, but in this elevation everyone feels little weaker and on top of that the half part of the trail is through the semi-active glacier walking. Starting with grassy area along an easy trail keeps for an hour little plus. By then we make a vertical ascending for 50 meters, and enters in to the glacier area. It is notoriously up and down with full of loose rocks, pebbles or all sort of glacial debris; walking makes considerably slower. But the close up views of Mt. Everest and Nuptse wall makes you forget every difficulty you have. Soon you are in the lodge in Gorakshep and enjoy the different views! After lunch, venturing Kalapatthar Ri (5623m) hike, that takes 3 hrs going and an hour return!

Day 10: trek to Everest Base Camp (5365m),
After breakfast, we trek to Everest Base Camp marking point. We celebrate, take photos! Do the wedding ceremony. Enjoy the vistas and later call the helicopter and return flight to Kathmandu. Good bye Khumu and back to civilization! Check in to the same hotel and there is all free time!

Day 11: its all free day, to kill all the tiredness of the hard trek!

Day 12: morning flight to Chitwan. Transfer to Kasara Resort. Have lunch and involve one of the most exciting safari activities like rhino chasing from riding on elephant.

Day 13: full day in Chitwan. A lot more exciting activities… Kasara Resort.

Day 14: after breakfast transfer to airport to fly to Kathmandu. Hotel as before.

Day 15: fly back home!

Cost:
US $ 6,100 per person for a group of 4 to 5 people,
US $ 5,900 per person for a group of 6 to 8 people,
US $ 5,720 per person for a group of 10 to 12 people with Tour Leader 25% compliment,
US $ 5,650 per person for a group of 14 to 15 people with Tour Leader full compliment,
US $ 475 single supplement,

Services:

  • Airport pick up and private transfers throughout the trip,
  • 5 star accommodations such as Hotel Mulberry or Fair Field Marriott (located in Thamel). Double occupancy with breakfast,
  • Guide on trek, guide’s assistant and porters as required (usually every 2 guests will be allocated one porter). A porter can carry 23kg. (50lbs). Sometimes such porters are substituted by Yaks or Dzopkyos; which is a much more colorful and unique experience for trekkers,
  • Kathmandu to Lukla airplane tickets and Helicopter flight from EBC- after the wedding ceremony directly to Kathmandu.
  • All trek permits, TIMS and National Park entry tickets for the trek,
  • Daily 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner with hot drinks – tea, coffee) on trek or full board trek from Lukla until the return helicopter flight to KTM from Everest base Camp,
  • Daily 2 liters of boiled/treated water (or 2 liter bottled water) safe for drinking,
  • Accommodations while on trek/mountain (lodges/resorts/hotels-as stated above),
  • Complimentary services of trekking maps of the Everest BC, hats,
  • Complimentary services of water proof duffle bags (as it’s manageable for trekking, porters and the helicopter),
  • Complimentary services of fresh and canned fruit, snacks while on tea breaks when trekking.
  • Other assistance while trekking as needed,
  • Insurance, daily wage, meal allowances, taxes & expenses for all the Nepali supporting team including the guide, guide’s assistant, porters, etc.

NOTE: The “single supplement charge” is not applicable in the group range of 4 to 5 people and 14 to 15 people in the group.


Services not included:

  • Personal gear/warm clothes, rain wear, sleeping bag, hiking boots etc.
  • Drinks (besides water), bar bills, drinks other than coffee, tea, hot chocolate.
  • Travel insurance, medicine or medical assistance outside of first aid,
  • Helicopter emergency rescue fee if any (there are inexpensive insurance companies offering this coverage we can recommend),
  • If required an additional “the personal porter”,
  • Any extra expenses incurred in-case of the domestic flight delays or cancellations.
  • Tips to your guide, porter/s, driver etc.
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