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Instant Everest trek (Everest Base camp Trekking) - 14 Days

Instant Everest trek, Everest Base camp Trekking

Everest Base Camp Trekking heads into the Everest Region in the Eastern part of Nepal and is popular trekking area. With a landscape broken into deep gorges and glacial valleys, during the trek you will be treated to breathtaking view of Mt. Everest along with Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Pumari, Thamserku, Amadablam, etc. The trekking area is covered by Sagarmatha National Park with a total area of 1148 sq. km. The region has vegetation graduating from pine, hemlock, fir, juniper, birch, rhododendrons and shrubsto alpine plants and then to bare rock and snow. It is the home of the Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral,Serow and Musk Deer. Common birds are the Impeyan, Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Red-Billed Cough and the Yellow-Billed Cough.

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Fixed Departure

07 Jan, 19 Jan
05 Feb, 14 Feb
07 Mar, 04 Mar
18 Mar, 21 Mar
01 Apr, 06 Apr
15 Apr, 20 Apr
03 May, 10 May
16 May, 23 May
02 June, 22 June
03 July, 14 July
13 Aug, 16 Aug
03, 12, 26 Sep
02, 08, 19, 22 Oct
02 Nov, 05 Nov
16 Nov, 22 Nov
07, 09, 21 Dec
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Day 01: Transfer to airport for Kathmandu / Lukla flight. Arrive Lukla and start trek to Phakding. (From Kathmandu 45 minute to fly for Lukla (2840m), trek to Phakding (2610m) approx 4 hrs walk.
Day 02: Trek Phakding / Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) approx 5 hrs walk.
Day 03: Rest at Namche Bazaar or walk before breakfast to army camp to enjoy view of Mt. Everest from distance.
Day 04: Trek Namche Bazaar / Tyangboche (3860 m.) approx. 4 hrs walk
Day 05: Trek Tyangboche / Dingboche (4410 m.) approx. 5 hrs walk
Day 06: Rest at Dingboche or short hike about 5 hours round-trip to Chhkuhung (4730 m). From Chhkuhung you can have a nice view of Lhotse and other important peaks.
Day 07: Trek Dingboche / Lobuche (4910 m.) approx. 5 hrs walk
Day 08: Trek Lobuche / Everest Base Camp (5364 m) / Gorakshep (5140 m.) approx 8 hrs walk.
Day 09: Trek Gorakshep / Kalapather (5545 m.) / Pheriche (4240m) approx 7 hrs walk. 
Day 10: Trek Pheriche / Phortse (3810 m) approx 5 hrs walk.
Day 11: Trek Phortse / Namche (3440 m) approx 5 hrs walk.
Day 12: Trek Namche / Phakding (2610 m) approx 5 hrs walk
Day 13: Trek Phakding / Lukla (2840 m). approx 4 hrs walk.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel 

Day 01: Kathmandu / Lukla (2840m) Flight ,Trek to Phakding (2610m) approx 4 hrs walk.
After an adventurous 45 minute flight above the breathtaking white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla in Solukhumbu. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Trek Phakding / Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) approx 5 hrs walk.
From Phakding we trek to Namche Bazaar, which was once a small village but since grown in size to accommodate the influx of trekkers, and now is the unofficial capital of the Sherpas. It was once an important trading centre on the route from Tibet to Nepal but has now been largely given over to catering for the needs of trekkers. For acclimatization, we suggest you to spend 2 nights in or around Namche.

Day 03: Namche Bazar - Rest 
We take a rest at Namche Bazaar to acclimatize, which gives the opportunity to explore some of the less developed and more traditional villages in the area. Easier options for passing the acclimatization day can be found by visiting the twin Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde, which are about a 2 hour walk above Namche. While in Khunde, visit the hospital, which was established and funded by Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust. Khumjung monastery is interesting as being the store place of one of the alleged Yeti scalps that are to be found in the region. Having lunch in Everest view hotel and enjoy with gorgeous view of Mt. Everest and Amadablam is other attractions having one day free in Namche Bazaar.

Day 04: Trek Namche Bazaar / Tyangboche (3860 m.) approx. 4 hrs walk
Moving on from Namche Bazaar the trail follows the valley of the Imja Khola with some spectacular views of the mountains including Thamserku, Kangtega and Amadablam and dominating the skyline ahead, Everest and Lhotse. The most common night stop after Namche is at the top of a steep climb from the Imja Khola, at Tengboche. This is the site of one of the most significant Buddhist Monastery in Solukhumbu Region and a visit is well recommended.

Day 05: Trek Tyangboche / Dingboche (4410 m.) approx. 5 hrs walk
After breakfast, we start our trek down to Diboche village through the rhododendron forest and crossing the bridge, we arrive one of the beautiful village in Pangboche .The trail continue to Dingboche as Mt. Amadablam get closer and closer. After 5 hours pleasant walk, finally we arrive in Dingboche which is also the gateway to Chukung Village and Islang peak.

Day 06: Rest at Dingboche or Short Hike to Chhkuhung(4730 m) approx. 5 hours.
Today is another rest day for the acclimatization. You may have full day rest or have an excursion around to village or even consider a day walk to Chhukung Village. The view is awesome as the mountain like Thamserku, Khangtega, Taboche, Cholache as well as Mt. Amadablam are shinning in front of our eyes.
Day 07: Trek Dingboche / Lobuche (4910 m.) approx. 5 hrs walk
After the breakfast, we start our walk. The trail goes gradually up to Thukla. Pleasant uphill walk bring you at the memorial park of the climber and finally to your guesthouse in the Lobuche village.

Day 08: Trek Lobuche / Everest Base Camp (5364 m) / Gorakshep (5140 m.) approx. 8 hrs walk.
After having breakfast early in the morning, we continue our trek to Gorekshep Village. After having wonderful walk about 3 hours in a windy and rocky path, we arrive in Gorakshep.  After check in at lodge & lunch, we continue our adventure towards Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall. During spring season, the entire climbers gather in Everest Base Camp with colorful tents can be seen as if we are in snowy tents park. After exploring base camp and its surroundings glacier, we return back to Gorekshep. Wonderful view of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse and other magnificent peaks, we complete our adventure for today.

Day 09: Trek Gorakshep / Kalapather (5545 m.) / Pheriche (4240m) approx. 7 hrs walk. 
Early in the morning, we start hike up to Kala Pathar for the most wonderful sunrise views of the Mt. Everest. After climbing for couple hours, we arrive in the famous view point, the top of Kala Pathar.  Now we have the best view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Pumori and Ama Dablam along with the entire mountain views of Khumbu Himalayan range. Spending some time to take photograph here, we hike down to Gorekshep. After breakfast, we will have easy walk down to Pheriche for overnight.

Day 10: Trek Pheriche / Phortse (3810 m) approx.  5 hrs walk.
The trail descends to Pangboche and now the trail starts turning up and down in every half an hour to Phortse. On the way there is an opportunity to see wild life in and around the area like mountain goat, musk deer and many species of Himalayan birds. There are village monasteries in Pangboche and Phortse rich in cultural heritage of Sherpa people. Along with this, you can also see an old monastery in Pangboche which is believed to have been established during the 16th century. The Pangboche village is known to have highest permanent settlement throughout the year. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek Phortse / Namche (3440 m) approx. 5 hrs walk.
The trail descends from Phortse to the bridge at Phortse thanga and rejoins the original route from Khumjung and then brings you to Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at hotel at Namche Bazaar.

Day 12: Trek Namche / Phakding (2610 m) approx. 5 hrs walk
We descend from Namche Bazaar and will have lunch in Monjo, where we finally leave Sagarmatha National Park again. If the weather is clear, take plenty of photos of your final views of the great peaks we've enjoyed so much along the way, including Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. After trekking down from Monjo, we reach to Phakding.

Day 13: Trek Phakding / Lukla (2840 m) approx 4 hrs walk.
Today you will take an easy and beautiful walk through the blue pine and Rhododendron forests with the views of Kusum Kangaru and Mt. Kwangde. After taking lunch in Lukla, it is advisable to take a look at the small village of Lukla. You can explore the city visiting the local "School of Thangka Painting" and see the beautiful religious paintings as well. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 14: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.
The flight to Kathmandu from Lukla takes 45minutes. In Kathmandu the day is yours. Enjoy strolling or ambling round the tourist hub. Or you can go for Sightseeing with your guide. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Instant Everest Trek Costs:
Group Size: 2 pax: US$ …1350……... p/person

Extra payable:
Airfare of Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu – USD 330 per person (Subject to change airfare without prior notice by airline)

Above cost includes:
* All domestic airport transfers as per the program by private car
* Everest conservation fee
* TIMS fee (Trekkers Information Management System fee)
* Lodge trek with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation in normal tea house lodges. * Service of one English speaking
trekking guide and porter (the maximum weight carried by one porter is total 25 kg.)
* Accommodation, meals, insurance, equipments, and allowances of guide and porter
* Airfare of guide for Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu flight including his domestic airport tax (We will hire porter in Lukla)
* Sleeping bag and down jacket if necessary
* All applicable government taxes and service charges

Cost does not include:

* Any accommodation and meals in Kathmandu (if required please advice will confirm as per your budget)
* Any sightseeing tours in Kathmandu
* International airfare
* Airfare of Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu flight as mentioned above in extra payable
* Bottled drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks) while on trek
* Your travel insurance
* Nepal visa fee
* Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver, laundry, bar bill, telephone etc.
* Medical, travel, trip cancellation, surface or air evacuation or any other type of insurance

Ines and Mike Newman, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking We had a fantastic holiday organized by Nature Trail. As two couples in our sixties, we wanted to do the trek to the Annapurna Base Camp. We spoke to some friends who had used an international tour company, which they thought was very good, but had found a 12 day trek in a big group a little slow for them. One of our daughters had done the same trek in eight days, but believed that this might be a little too fast for us! We therefore suggested a 10 day trek to Nature Trail, who had been recommended by someone who had worked for the UK Department for International Development. 

We were immediately impressed by how quickly Nature Trail responded and how flexible they were in their arrangements. Having also booked accommodation for us in Kathmandu and Chitwan, and various bus journeys, they collected us from the airport, and took us to our hotel in Kathmandu at no extra cost, and were always friendly and helpful. Our guide on the trek itself, Kami, was brilliant. He was very considerate, interesting to talk to, spoke good English, and helped to make the trek the wonderful experience that it was. We cannot recommend him highly enough. Here is a picture of three of us with Kami at the base camp. We felt very pleased with ourselves for getting there! 

Thank you once again for organizing our trek in November.  It was a great experience and wonderful holiday.  

Ines and Mike Newman
Sue Oppenheimer and Carlos Ordonez

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i)   Everest Base Camp
For foreign travelers, Everest Base Camp has become one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal, offering the chance to gaze on the magnificent north face of the world’s highest peak Mount Everest. Famous for its amazing mountain peaks and the loyalty and friendliness of its inhabitants Sherpa, the Everest Region is one of the most famous destinations for tourists in Nepal. While several routes through the mountains are difficult, there are plenty of places to rest and enjoy meal along the way. Trekking is possible the whole year round in this area. The best time to trek is from the beginning of March to May and from September to November. The winter is very cold and snow may make it difficult to travel higher than Tengboche, and lodges may be closed above this altitude. Summers, are wet and the spectacular peaks are often lost in the clouds. April and early May is a good time to view the hedgerows and trees stuffed into bloom, with Rhododendron, in particular, adding a spectacular spray of color to the landscape.
Everest Base Camp is a term that is used to describe two base camps which are on opposite sides of Mount Everest. South Base Camp is in Nepal side with an altitude of 5,364 m. and North Base Camp is in Tibet side at 5,150 m. These camps are basic campsites on Mount Everest that are used by mountain climbers during their ascent and descent.

Route to Everest Base Camp

Lukla – Phakding  –  Namche Bazaar – Tyangboche  – Dingboche – Lobuche – Everest Base Camp – Gorakshep – Kalapather – Pheriche – Phortse –Namche – Phakding –  Lukla  
From Kathmandu we fly to Lukla, and the adventure begins as we land at its small runway. We can spend several days trekking through the homelands of the Sherpa people, among the most attractive mountains in Nepal. A day is spent at Namche Bazaar, the bustle market town in the heart of Sherpa country, and at Pheriche a bunch of houses set among the high summer grazing pasture of the region. The rest days allow time to explore further and to adjust, an important factor in your enjoyment of the trekking. Those who fully acclimatize may trek to the Everest Base Camp but without hesitation, the highlight for most will be the admiration inspiring views which unfold from the summit of Kala Pattar - the disordered ice sculptures of the Khumbu Glacier, Nuptse and south-west face of Everest itself. Not forgetting, the personal sense of achievement that many experience at the end of this trek, when it is all over and we fly back to Kathmandu.

Views from EBC/Kalapathar

From EBC you can observe refreshing spectacular view of numerous dangling mountains including Everest and typical Sherpa land with typical house and landscape. Therefore, Everest Base Camp Trek is taken as the best and most popular trekking routes in Nepal as well as in the world. From Kala Pathar we can view the most wonderful sunrise views on the Mt. Everest. Scenery and conversing of the Snow River, avalanche and white dazzling snowcapped peaks including Mt. Everest from the top of Kalapathar will enchant you and take you to the world of frantically making your journey a memorable one in your whole life. If you have ever longed to set eyes on the highest Himalayan peaks and rugged perfect glaciers around you, the views from Kalapathar will stay with you forever. We have the best view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lotse, Mt. Changtse, Khumbu Glacier, Ama Dablam and south-west face of Everest will be seen from the top of Kalapathar.

Mt. Everest (Top of the World)

Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Its height is 8,848 meters. Its alternate names are Sagarmatha, Qomolangma, and Chomolungma. Mt. Everest lies on the border of Nepal and China, with half of the mountain lying on each side of the borders. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first climbed Mt. Everest in 1953, with Hillary taking the photograph of Tenzing Norgay in the summit.
There are several bodies still lying on the upper portions of the mountain above the South Col on the Nepal side and the North East Ridge on the Tibetan side. There are 2 main routes, Southeast and Northeast, for climbing the Mt. Everest. Southeast is most frequently used route because it is generally considered safer and with easier access. Ascent via the southeast ridge begins with a trek to Base Camp at 5,380 meters on the south side of Everest in Nepal. Expedition members usually fly to Lukla (2,860 m.) from Kathmandu and pass through Namche Bazar. Climbers then hike to Everest Base Camp, which usually takes 6 to 8 days, allowing for proper altitude adjustment in order to prevent altitude sickness. Climbing accessories and supplies are carried by yaks, dzopkyos (yak hybrids) and human porters to Everest Base Camp on Khumbu Glacier. In recent years, mountain climbers and explorers have been paying attention on Mt. Everest. It has become many brave people’s dreams to demonstrate their courage and skills by climbing onto the world’s highest peak. The weather is comparatively mild and steady with less rain or snow early March to late May, and again so from early September to late October. These are the two best seasons for tourists and mountain climbers.

Does Yeti Still Exist?

Yeti is an ape-like cryptic taller than an average human that is said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. While the greater scientific community largely discounts claims of the Yeti or abominable snowman`s existence, the extent of myth, legends, and accounts of Yeti abound across the Himalaya along the Tibetan border. Many people trust that Yeti is actually the Himalayan Brown Bear, which stands upright and walk like a human. Others recommend that Yeti is really the large Langur Monkey that can be found at higher altitudes. Some say that Yetis are really the holy men from Tibet or India living mendicant lives naked in the snow and are mistaken as wild forest men. Skepticism and speculation aside, there have been many reported finding by locals and climbers alike, and there is a strong history surrounding their existence.

Tales surrounding the yeti abound in villages across the Great Himalaya Trail. Some Sherpa even tell tales of wars with Yeti when they first came down from the mountains to stay in Nepal. They are often referred to as wild forest dwellers and occasionally as demon, plague villagers by stealing or destroying their crops. Paintings and depiction of yetis can be found in different monasteries, and the Khumjung monastery in Everest region is in possession of what lamas believe to be the scalp of a yeti.

Tengboche Monastery

Tengboche Monastery also known as Dawa Choling Gompa, is in the Tengboche village in Khumjung in the Khumbu Region of Eastern Nepal. It is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community situated at 3,867 m. The monastery is the largest Gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It was built in 1916 by Lama Guru with strong links to its mother monastery known as Rongbuk Monastery located in Tibet. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1934 and was consequently rebuilt. In 1989, it was destroyed again by a fire and then rebuilt with the help of volunteers and international support.

Tengboche is famous because of its spectacular and distinctive location. It lies on the main route to the Everest Base Camp of Mt. Everest and offers the first clear views of the highest mountain in the world. Tengboche became famous to the world after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norgay Sherpa made the first ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953. A lot has been changed since those days when Tengboche was remote and inaccessible. Today more than 30,000 people come ever year to enjoy the beauty of Tengboche and splendor of the mountains.
From Tengboche there are spectacular views of some of the world's highest mountains including Nuptse (7,855m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Lhotse (8,516m), Kantega (6,779m), Tamserku (6,623m) and as well as the many others that form one of the most inspiring ranges of snow mountains anywhere. The ice walls of these mountains control the landscape and avalanches can normally be heard rumbling high up the glaciers.

About Hotel/Lodges/Teahouse

There are sufficient hotels, lodges and teahouses in the Everest Region of Eastern Nepal. In tea house meal and accommodation are provided. You can have Nepali and Western food choosing from Menu. Telephone and Internet facilities are available in each destination. Tea house or hotel / lodge are comfortable, clean and healthy food and accommodation is provided in Local Mountain Lodge and hotel. Tea Houses are like hotels, with showers, western food, and private rooms, bathroom, toilet, etc. The accommodation in the Everest region is very basic and it is not possible to reserve a bedroom in advance. In some lodges you will be able to have your own room, but in others you will be sharing a room with other trekkers. Bathrooms are shared with few hot showers and far between and where they are available you will usually have to pay for the benefit. Your guide will help you to arrange the place to stay when you arrive in each place.

Chhola ~ Pass

Cho La is a summit pass located 5,420 m. in the Solukhumbu District in northeastern Nepal. It connects the village of Dzongla (4830 m) to the east and the village of Thagnak (4700 m) to the west. The pass is on Gokyo trail, one of the popular and challenging trekking trails in Khumbu Everest Region in Nepal. To the West the trail continues to the Gokyo Lake crossing Ngozumpa glacier on the way. To the East the trail joins Everest Base Camp trek. The pass can be physically demanding and may require crampons on the top of a slippery glacier. The boundary of the glacier is unstable.

Renjo La Pass

To the west of Gokyo the spectacular Renjo La Pass provides a rarely used crossing to the Bhote Koshi valley above Thame. By this a return to Namche could be made in 2 very long and demanding days;thus creating a challenging circuit. Explore Rejo La Pass, Everest Panorama veiws , along the Pass  and Gokyo Ri Top are wonder, inspiring, encounter highland Sherpa people’s daily life and their distinctive cultural hospitality. Probably it is one of the world’s most famous destination visit. Renjo La Pass trekking is total mountain adventure journey to roof of the world, opportunity for outstanding photographic and many chaos encounter of typical culture in the highlands. Among of them Renjo La Pass trekking takes you to visit popular places like – Namche Bazar,  Gokyo Lake (4700m).

 Sherpani Col

During Shrepani Col Trekking you will have wonderful views of the mountains such as Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu-I, Makalu-II, Jannu, Everest, Ama Dablam, Baruntse, Pumori and Thamserku. It involves technical climbing and takes you to an altitude of approximately 6200 m. as well as a glacier crossing. This is a truly daring expedition passing through a remote and wild region of the Himalayas with superb views of Himalayan ranges.

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  • Annapurna Region, Trekking in Annapurna Region, Annapurna Trekking, Treks to Annapurna
  • Everest Region, Trekking in Everest Region, Everest Trekking, Treks to Everest.
  • Langtaing Region, Trekking in Langtang, Langtang Trekking, Treks to Langtang.
  • Nepal Trekking to Remote Area, Dolpo, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Mustang Trekking.
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