Nepal Trekking Adventure – Everest Base Camp

Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 Day Excursion

Kathmandu – Lukla – Trek to Everest Base Camp – Lukla – Kathmandu

Tour Dates: March 31 – April 16, 2018

Prices: $2,799 CAD plus GST (5%)

Level of Difficulty: Suitable for experienced trekkers up for a challenging excursion.

Group Size: Minimum of 2 people

Tour Add On: One Week Volunteer Program in Kathmandu – more details below.

Must arrive in Kathmandu on March 31. Travel Roots can provide assistance with making flight arrangements. 

Discover the Beauty of the Himalayan Giants

Everest region is without doubt Nepal’s most renowned regions due to the presence of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. The region is also known for its massive glaciers, the alpine forests that are home to various wildlife and the world’s top notch climbers- the Sherpas. Nepal Trekking AdventureRetrace the steps of Hillary and Tenzing while you enjoy spectacular mountain views of some of the tallest mountains of the world, experience the serenity of the trails that go through Sagarmatha National Park- a world heritage site, get up close and personal to the Khumbu Glacier, explore the banks of emerald green lakes in the Gokyo Valley, push your body to the limit huffing and puffing in thin air, get an insight to the lifestyles of the beloved Sherpas while enjoying their warm hospitality, and wake up to morning chants of monks in the numerous Buddhist monasteries that call this region home. On top of that, If you feel like, spend a day shopping in the hustle and bustle of Namche Bazaar- the gateway to Everest! Come get close to the top of the world with Travel Roots and our local partner, Mystik Mountains and see the difference!

Trekking Duration: 15 Days

Grade: Moderate to Strenuous.

Highest elevation : Kalapattar 5545 Meters.

Culture: Particularly based on Sherpa Buddhism Tibetan

Mode of trekking : Teahouse (Lodge) or camping trek

Highlights: Mt. Everest, Mt.Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse , Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Pumori,
Mt.Kantega

 

Volunteer Excursion:

After your trekking experience you will have an opportunity to stay an extra week in the tradtional Tamang village of Changunarayan ( 1 hrs drive from Kathmandu ). You will have a chance to engage in teaching English and other relavant subjects including music, art, sports, etc. to school children which best fits your skills and comfort level. You will have an opportunity to learn more about the local culture,  language, and way of life of the villagers and make some long lasting connections. You will also engage in learning local cooking techniques as well. The main idea is to provide an opportunity to have a life changing experience through experimental learning which involves as inter-culture exchange and helping out the local community.

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

Heartily welcome to country of Himalaya. One of our will pick you at the Tribhuvan intl. airport with the garland and assists you to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After checking at the hotel and refreshment, you will be welcomed at our office. Brief discussion about trekking, introduction with the guide & porter.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing in UNESCO world heritage site of Kathmandu Durbarsquare and Swayebhunath stupa.

Today is great Sightseeing through UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu City: also known as Kantipur, the capital Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal's art and culture. It is a place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments. Kathmandu Durbar Square with its arrays of temples and the ancient palaces of the former Nepali Royals enriches your experience of the centuries old civilisation. Then afternoon we drive to holy place of Buddhist, Swayambhunath: Said to be around 2000 years old, this Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hill. The main stupa is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire crowned by a pinnacle of Copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. The hill of Swayambhu is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. You’ll get a scenic view of Kathmandu city from there.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m) & trek to Phakding (2,650m), 3-4 hrs walk

Early morning we fly to Lukla from Kathmandu.After 30 minutes scenic flight, arrive in Lukla. Having first breakfast in the mountain,we start our trekking to Phakding village. After the lunch, we look around the village.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), 5-6 hrs .

After breakfast we will continue our trek following Dudhkoshi river. We cross it twice to reach Monjo village by small suspension bridge which is also the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park. After descend walk of about 20 minutes we reach to Jorsalle village, the last village till Namche Bazaar.After Jorsalle village, follow the Dudhkoshi river with gradual walk for half an hour and again crossing the suspension bridge, we walk all the way up to Namche Bazaar for couple hour, which is well known as the capital of Khumbu region.

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.

Today is our rest day for the acclimatization. After the breakfast, we make short excursion around Namche Bazaar, visiting Sagarmatha national park head quarter and Everest view hotel for the panoramic view of many white peaks.

Day 06: Namche to Tyangboche (3,867m) 5-6 hrs walk

After breakfast we start our trek to Tyangboche. Today we have such a pleasant walk as we have great views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak. After crosing Dudhkoshi river, it will be hard walk to Tyangboche for slightly more than an hour as the trails leads up hill. After the uphill, you will be right at the Tyangboche village where beautiful Mt. Amadablam and big monasteries will come to your eyes first.

Day 07: Tyangboche to Dingboche (4,358m), 5-6 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 08: Acclimatization day at Dingboche

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 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,928m), 4-5 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 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m) & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,320m) 7-8hrs 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, all the 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 11: Early in the morning, hike to Kala Pathar (5,550m) & trek back to Pheriche 6-7 hrs walk

Early in the morning, we start hike up to KalaPathar 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 12: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3440m), 5-6 hrs walk

After breakfast, we start our trek. Going down is easier and faster. With great memories of those spectacular views, we trek through pangboche, Tyangboche, Kyangzuma and to Namche Bazaar for overnight.

Day 13: Namche to Lukla (2800m), 7-8 hrs walk

After breakfast, start our trek.Today is also easier as 4~hours pleasant walk bring us to Phakding village for overnight. Today is our final day of walking. After breakfast we start our trek with descend path to Dudhkoshi River. Afterwards the trips goes ups and down all the way to Lukla for the overnight. In the evening, you can celebrate your last dinner with your crew member.

Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu.

Today early morning flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. After completing the adventure, you can relax and rest at your hotel. Afterward we will have fare well dinner together. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: The sightseeing in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Patan and Baudhanath)

Sightseeing tour through the UNESCO world heritage site; first of all we visit the hindu temple Pashupatinath, which is one of the oldest Hindu Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is for the Hindus what Mecca is for the Muslims. Situated on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple was built in Pagoda Style with gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. You’ll also be able to see cremation grounds that lie on the bank of Bagmati behind the temple. Then we drive to the holiest place of Buddhist, Boudhanath Stupa:One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal; Boudhanath is one of the holiest structures imposing a height of 37 meters with three massive level Mandala style platforms. It is surrounded by colourful buildings housing families creating a friendly enclosure. The Stupa is visited every year by tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. Then afternoon we visit Patan City, Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu, Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the valley. A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments.

Day 16: Depart Home or Continue with your Excursion.

This is your last day in Nepal. You can do shopping or buy some souvenirs for your family, friends or relatives until your departure to airport. We will transfer to the International Airport for your departure your onward destination.

Cost Includes:

  •  * Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van
  •  Three nights standard accommodation in Kathmandu (on the arrival day and after the trekking).
  •  Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
  •  All necessary paper works and conservation entry permits.
  •  Ground transportation from and to Kathmandu by bus.
  •  All domestic airfare if its included in the iternary
  •  All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  •  Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
  •  An experienced Guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  •  Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  •  Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  •  Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  •  All government taxes.

Cost Excludes:

  •  Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
  •  Nepal entry visa fee.
  •  Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
  •  Your Travel insurance.
  •  Your personal expenses.
  •  International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, due to natural calamties , political disturbance, and strikes etc
  •  Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
  •  Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
  •  Tips for the guide and porter.

Day 17 – day 23 - Volunteer Travel Option

The community service/volunteer activitites will take place in Changunaryan Village which is located in Bhaktapur District in east of Kathmandu Valley . The population of the village is Tamang , Newars , Bramhins , Chetri Dalit, Gurung and Magar . The village provides spectacular Green hills with forest , view of the himalays in the North , ancient temples of Changunaryan , unique culture and traditions and rural village life to Villagers . The village also have well set-up homestays which provides travelers the feel to experience family like enviornment at home . Furthermore travelers and volunteer can enagage and enjoy daily village activites like cattle grazing , farm activities , communities activities ( like teaching in school , health post , environment cleaning , rebuilding community infrastructures ). Etc . From the village one can hike upto famous hilltop destination of Nagarkot for spectacular sunrise –sunset and view of himalayas including the famous Mt. Everst .

The groups/travelers with volunteer service will learn these life long expereinces :

  •  Learn different environmental issues, tourism, culture and hertiages, education, healthcare , gender issues and development issue of Nepalese society from renknowed cultural and anthropology expert from Tribhuwan university.
  • Acquire new skills of interest like music, dance, stone carving, jewelry making, bronze casting, religious traditions, traditional cooking, etc from local traditional expert during off hours of class
  • Learn basic introductory philosophy and spiritual practices of Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism. This will include an investigation of yoga, meditation, iconography and symbolism from the monks and Guru
  • Study basic Nepal language to improve linguistic ability form the Nepali instructor .

Volunteers can be engaged in the following activities :

Education and Literacy

Volunteers can be enaged with local primary school of the village , involve in language teaching , music, sports , story telling , multimedia to school children .

Environment and Sanitation

Volunteer can be enagage to make more clean village by setting up dust-bins , pits to different location of the villages . Also helps to aware the villagers on waste disposal , cleanliness and hygiene . This can de done with the support of local youth clubs , village development committee (government body ) .

Reconstruction :

A lot of individual houses and community infrastructure have been damaged be the massive earthquake of 7.8 magnitude of April 2015. The villagers due to limited resource are yet to build houses and living in temporary GI sheet houses . Also some public infrastructures like school and health post have also been damaged and in process of reconstruction . So volunteer can engagae together to build the houses and gain experience. The new buildings will be focused on earthquake resilient structures .

Volunteer Program Fee: $500 CAD which includes all local transportation, lodging, meals and activities.

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