Everest Base Camp Trek ‘Drive-in, fly-out’
One of the best routes to visit Everest Base Camp without worrying about gain elevation rapidly, and the often weather-effecting flight to|from Lukla. … Read more
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There is an enormous flatland extended as far as the bottom of the Thugla. On your left at the foothill of the Tawache and Cholatse, there is Khumbu Khola flowing opposite yours destination. Thukla – some 1.5hrs gives a good stop or even a tea break. Ahead to Thukla Pass another an hour and further to Lobuche village 45 min at slow paces. Altogether this is a short day, but we are entering nearly 5 thousand meters, so we might symptom of altitude sickness. Unless there are serious symptoms, no need to worry. Stay active, drink lots of fluid or warm water, coffee drinks are not really helpful and take Diamox if necessary. You may take Diamox twice a day or as per your physician’s recommendation.
Kathmandu arrival | Hotel
Airport pick up and transfer to Hotel. Free time, visit around. (Kathmandu: 1350m|4428ft)
Kathmandu to Salleri | Hotel
Breakfast and about 8am pick up from your hotel to drive to Salleri (2390m|7840ft). It's a 6-7 hrs drive along the mountainous road – finely built or black topped but a slow drive. Every moment is scenic and photogenic. Overnight at Sallei, lodge check in for the night.
Salleri~Thamdanda & trek to Paiya | Lodge
After breakfast drive to Tham Danda (3080m|10104ft) passing some places of the Jiri route such as Ringmo (2720m|8922ft), Nunthala, Kharikhola etc. These are the villages where all trekkers on the past days trekked. It could be Ed Mond Hillary or Junko Tabei or Tenjin Norge Sherpa or Sungdare Sherpa; all had to trek from Jiri to here and further the same trail we are going to trek. So, it’s a following steps of those of the gone by days.
Leave the jeep at Tham Danda and trek to Paiya (2730m|8955ft) for 2 hrs. Another 2 hrs if time permit, trek to Surke (2290m|7512ft). It’s all easy descending from Tham Danda (or where we leave the jeep). O/N at lodge and have dinner.
Trek to Ghat (2492m|8175ft) | Lodge
It’s an easy trail, so your journey advances enjoying the lower elevation's Sherpa villages and their daily chores.
At Choplung, we meet the trail coming from Lukla. Leaving Lukla to be visited on our trip back, we continue the trail towards Namche and further.
At Ghat – a pleasant Sherpa settlement with warmer and more greenery place, we pick up a good lodge for the night stop. Have dinner and good night.
Trek to Namche (3440m|11285ft) | Hotel
This is a tough day of until now. But the hard work pays you back so well! There are amazing views of hills, rivers, canyons and so on. We get to cross the suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi (river) for 5 times. The last one is highest and dramatically scenic. Apart from all those, you will have cool views of Mt. Thamserku from Tok Tok village. And from Larcha, you will have peeping views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Tawache. The views are not that wide and are to be peeped through tree branches and sometime obstructed by the cloud, but if good weather it's your first chance to the Everest!
Namche itself is a booming town with many hotels, guest houses as well as shopping stores of mountaineering gears. There is a monastery almost in the centre of the town and a helipad on is western part which provides some of the excellent views of the town itself, Thamserku mountain, Kwangde Ri etc. Hang around in the town with sampling coffee & local pastry is a quality time spending in this mountain.
Hike to Kyanjuma (3600m|11809ft) | Lodge | Side excursion
After breakfast you start the day, walk towards again to the monastery area and reach to the helipad, perhaps you will find different views at this sun rising hour. You may be able to capture amazing sights! Then go upwards to Syangboche direction. Beautiful trail providing great views of Thamerku, the Namche town itself and Kwangde Ri on your back. Syangboche airport is about an hour uphill walk, then towards Hotel Everest View that will take another 45min. Why not lunch here at this amazing property established by Japanese people. Until your meals is ready, enjoy the view, take photos and have chance of chit-chatting with your friends and other visitors!
After lunch, easy descending for 30 -40 min to Kyanjuma (3600m|11809ft) where you will be spending the night. It’s not worthy to return all the way back to Namche and again tomorrow walk the same way. Kyangjuma has amazingly close up views of Amadablam, Khangtega and Thamserku mountains.
Trek to lower Pangboche (3900m|12794ft) | Lodge | Side excursion
Breakfast and leave the lodge about 8am. It begins with easy descending along the village of Sanasa and then to Lausasa. At Phunki Tenga we cross the river and catch up the trail leading to the hilltop where the Tyangboche monastery is situated. There's an army check post right at the beginning point of the uphill trail. It’s about 2 hrs hike with easy paces, enjoying the lush green forests with seasonal flowers and of course amazing Amadablam and other snow mountain views. There are many switchbacks in the beginning, but the higher we arrive, it becomes gentler. 30min before, we meet a small water tap in which often a drum is set to fill up, perhaps it’s from the monastery people. Getting on the top is ready for lunch with amazing views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawache etc.
After lunch, another 1.5 hrs easy trek to lower Pangboche, where we have lodge for the night stop.
Trek to Pheriche (4240m|13909ft) | Lodge | Side excursion
Another easy and excursion day. From Pangboche to Pheriche it’s 2.5 hrs trek totally. We reach to Pheriche, lodge check in and have lunch. Then we engage another amazing ‘trek high sleep low activity’. After lunch we climb as high as 5000m|16402ft. There is a perfect hill to trek up with amazing views of Amadablam, Island peak, Peak 38 etc. And there is a glimpsing view of Mt. Makalu of the Makalu region. The hike also provides view of a small pond towards the foothill of Amadablam across the Imja Khola (river).
Return to lodge, have dinner and good night.
Trek to Lobuche (4910m|16107ft) | Lodge | Side excursion
There is an impressive flatland extended as far as the bottom of the Thugla. On your left at the foothill of the Tawache and Cholatse, there is Khumbu Khola flowing opposite destination. Thukla – about 2 hrs gives a good stopping point or even a tea break. Ahead to Thukla Pass another an hour and further to Lobuche village 45 min at slow paces. Altogether this is a short day, but we are entering nearly 5 thousand meters, so we might have symptoms of high altitude. Unless there are serious symptoms, no need to worry! Stay active, drink lots of fluid or warm water, coffee drinks are not really helpful and take Diamox if necessary. You may take Diamox twice a day or as per your physician’s recommendation.
Upon reaching at Lobuche, check in lodge and have lunch and go for side visit. Again importantly we do make it as possible "trek high sleep low" routine.
Trek to Gorakshep (5160m|16927ft) | Lodge | Everest BC excursion
Everest Base Camp visit (5365m|17600ft).
Short hike to Gorakshep where we lodge check in and have lunch then hike to EBC for 3 to 4 hrs both ways. EBC is such a unique land, you will enjoy your every step of walking. A close up view of Nuptse and it’s icefall all the way to Khumbu glacier. The topography of Khumbu glacier is so unique and so different than what we have here regularly. Enjoy of having been at the EBC! Celebrate the lifetime achievement that you have just achieved. After done, return to Gorakshep and stay warm. Dinner and then good night.
Kalapatthar excursion & Dingboche (4330m|14204ft) return | Lodge
Early morning hike to Kalapatthar (5623m|18446ft) for 2.5 to 3 hrs and return to Dingboche (4330m|14204ft) in 4 hrs.
It’s another remarkable day by visiting Kalapatthar to see Mt. Everest with its foothill and the summit at a single sight! Kalapatthar will be the highest point you would be ascending on the entire trip. Sun rising time may add more colours on your photography! Return to the lodge and have breakfast before catching up the retracing trail to Lobuche and further to Thukla Pass, Thukla and towards Dingboche along a scenic trail. At Dingboche lodge check in and enjoy the warmth of this pleasant valley of the lower elevation.
Trek to Khumjung (3780m|12400ft) | Lodge
Start another pleasant descending after breakfast. The beautiful trail and villages you will pass are Orse, Somare, Pangboche, Deeboche, Tyangboche etc. Tyangboche will be a good place again for lunch, after descend for an hour to Phunki Tenga and another 1.5hrs to Khumjung village.
One of the most prosperous villages in the Khumbu region is this village. It has a beautiful school and a very famous monastery with the Yeti – fabled snow man, scalp. We will have chance to see it with a certain entrance fees in the monastery. Later have dinner and good night.
Trek to Lukla (2830m|9283ft) | Hotel
It’s a little bit longer day, but start on time in the morning and walk until 3-4pm, you will be in Lukla with the easy paces. At Luckla your tickets will have already reconfirmed and hotel/room already will be taken care of. No worry so no rush! Upon arrival at Lukla enjoy the last evening dinner perhaps with your entire crew members or porters. Sometime it will be a good conclude celebration with singing and dancing. In the past every trip would be concluded like that but recently the originality perhaps little lost. But yet, our porters and guide wan to sing for you.
If you want to tip your porters this is the best moment to do it. Tomorrow morning they will still be seen for carrying your luggage to the airport. That is a last amazing help you would feel from them.
Fly to Kathmandu | Hotel
Morning fly (30min) to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. Hotel check in and free afternoon, take shower and do relax and have food and drinks you might perhaps missing for many days.
Buffer day for more excursion | Lodge
An extra day. It can be spent in the mountain or in Kathmandu with the things you would like to engage more such as more excursion or just do nothing relax in one of the lovely mountainous place or even just doing city tours in Kathmandu. If the weather is concerned, it's advisable that you spend the day in Kathmandu!
Fly back home | Home Sweet Home...
Transfer to airport on the given time and happy see off!!
- International airport pick up and transfer as the program,
- Hotel in Kathmandu before and after the trek twin sharing with daily breakfast including basis,
- Kathmandu to Tham Danda jeep drive. Kathmandu to Salleri which is two third of the entire drive, it’s a privately reserved jeep and for the onward section (about 70km only) the locally available jeeps,
- Trek with guide and porter/s (two members will be provided 1 porter),
- Trek with all meals with hot drinks and accommodations,
- All necessary trek permits and National Park entrance tickets,
- Boiled hot water for drinking in the colder areas (Dingboche and above areas),
- Sleeping bags and down jackets if required for the trek,
- Trekking maps and various complimentary services from the side of Alpine Exodus,
- Bhaktapur city group tours (guide and transportation) and many more…
- Cold drinks, bar bills, luxury drinks various make out of coffee, chocolate etc.
- Personal wear/warm clothes, rain wear, trekking boots,
- Travel insurance, Nepal visa fee, international air ticket,
- If trek extended on your personal wish,
- If longer stay in Kathmandu,
- Entrance fees for Bhaktapur city tours or if more city tours are arranged,
- Medical expenses, your regular medicines if any, emergency evacuation of any form, personal porter, hot showers/battery charging on trek, personal donation, monastery entrance fees when any, etc.
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