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The Everest or Solu Khumbu area is the second most popular trekking destination in Nepal. The primary objective of Everest treks is either the Everest base camp, about 5,340 meters, or Kala Pattar, an unassuming 5,545 meter hump on the southern flank of Pumori (7,161 meters), which provides a fine view of Everest (8,848 metres).

One of the biggest problems with the Everest trek is the high likelihood of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), commonly known as altitude sickness, a potentially deadly illness caused by too rapid an ascent to high elevation. Be sure to read the section on Mountain Sickness if you are planning an Everest trek. If you suffer any symptoms of altitude sickness it is still possible to make a fascinating trek to less ambitious destinations including Namche Bazar, the administrative headquarters of the Khumbu region; Khumjung or Thami, more typical Sherpa villages; or Thyangboche monastery, from which an excellent view may he had of Everest and its more spectacular neighbor Ama Dablam (6,856 metres).

The Everest region may be reached by STOL (short take-off and landing) airstrips at LukIa (2,800 metres), Shyangboche (3,700 metres), or Phaphlu (2,364 metres) or by an eight-day trek from the road head at Jiri, 188 km from Kathmandu. Those who fly to Lukla miss the historic and culturally fascinating route followed by the Everest expeditions of the ''50s and '60s although the trek has changed substantially in the past 30 years. It is best to take the time to walk from Jiri, then after acclimatization and conditioning afforded by the trek, visit base camp or climb Kala Pattar and either fly out from Lukla or walk back by an alternative route to Kathmandu. Those who insist their time is limited can fly to Lukla and spend as little as six days to visit Namche Bazar and Thyangboche. It is ill advised to attempt a quick visit to base camp, because of the lack of time for acclimatization, if you fly in to one of these airstrips. You should allow at least eight or nine days to reach the base camp region if you fly to Lukla; the return from base camp to Lukla can be made in as few as four or five days, so an absolute minimum of two weeks is required for a safe trek to base camp. The timing is further complicated because flights to LukIa often do not work as planned, so those with a tight schedule would do well to allow a few spare days for both the flight in and the flight out.
  • Day by Day Itinerary
  • Cost Include & Exclude
  • Prepare & Hints
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,
Upon your arrival, We will be met at Kathmandu airport by our staff. Our baggage will be loaded into our vehicle and we will be driven to our hotel. These first moments in Kathmandu are often the most memorable. Once we are situated in our hotel we will have a short team meeting and orientation.

Day 02: Lukla - Monzo, 
Weather permitting we will have a short but spectacular (25 min) flight to Lukla (9,200ft) for an unforgettable landing. Once all our gear has arrived and has been strapped to yaks or picked up by porters we will really start our trek. After about 4 hours we will arrive at the village of Monzo. Overnight in lodge.

Day 03: Monzo - Namche Bazaar, 
Today we will officially enter Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) National Park.. We will ascend ‘Namche Hill’ to the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar (11,270ft) and unofficial capital of the Khumbu. You will get your first view of Mt Everest about half way up the hill. Overnight in lodge.

Day 04: Rest Day in Namche Bazaar,
As we need to acclimatize, this is a great day to re-group, rest and sightsee this beautiful village. This is a perfect opportunity to pick up souvenirs for friends and family back home. You can make the short, but steep hike to the Everest View Hotel where weather permitting you will get a great view of Mt Everest. Overnight in lodge.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar - Tengboche Monastery,
Today we go to Tengboche Monastery (12,700ft). This Monastery is the spiritual center of the Khumbu and a training center for new monks. With luck we will be able to watch the monks worship and receive a blessing from the high lama. Overnight in lodge.

Day 06: Tengboche Monastery - Dingboche,
We hike to Dingboche (14,000ft). During this spectacular day we will cross the famous suspension bridge from which there is the classic view of the mountain, Ama Dablam. . Overnight in lodge.

Day 07: Rest Day in Dingboche, 
Rest day in Dingboche. There are several beautiful day hikes from the village. Depending on how well the team is acclimatizing we will probably hike up a ridge and get amazing views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Alternatively we will simply rest and take in the views of surrounding peaks. Overnight in lodge.

Day 08: Dingboche - Lobuche,
We will trek to the small village of Lobuche (16,170ft). En route to Lobuche we will pass by a number of stone memorials to honor climbers lost on nearby peaks, mostly Mt Everest. Overnight in lodge.

Day 09: Lobuche - Gorak Shep,
This is a big day – have your cameras ready. The views are going to be unbelievable. We will trek to Gorak Shep where we will have lunch. Then we will walk to the summit of Kala Pattar (18,190ft) where you will get the best view of Mt Everest without climbing it. Overnight in lodge..

Day 10: Gorak Shep - Everest Basecamp, back to Gorak Shep,
This is the final uphill push to Mt Everest basecamp. There may be some climbing teams already set up. Depending on time We will hike up to the start of the notorious Khumbu icefall. We will return to Gorak Shep. Overnight in lodge.

Day 11: Gorak Shep - Pangboche,
We descend to the village of Pangboche via the high altitude clinic at Pheriche. This clinic is staffed by volunteer Doctors and nurses, often from the US to help climbers who are suffering from high altitude sickness. Overnight in lodge.

Day 12: Pangboche - Kumjung,
We continue or descent to the village of Kumjung. This is the birthplace and home of our Sirdar, Kami Tenzing Sherpa. He is very well known in this village. He will probably invite us to his home for tea. Overnight in lodge.

Day 13: Kumjung - Monzo,
From Kumjung it is a short hike to Namche Bazaar. We will stop and give you time to make any final souvenier purchases before continuing on down the hill to Monzo. Overnight in lodge.

Day 14  Monzo - Lukla,
Even though we are going down the valley the trek has a final sting for us. We must hike UP a hill to get to Lukla. Overnight in lodge.

Day 15: Lukla - Kathmandu
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Early morning fly to Kathmandu by domestic aircraft, upon arrival in Kathmandu transferrto hotel, halfday city sightseeing in Kathmandu city, evening farewell dinner at nepalese cultural dance show restaurant. over night at Hotels.

Day 16: Departure,

Transfer to Airport fly onward.

Note:Instead of fly we can start from Jiri and trek back to Jiri (for 28 days) or one way fly also possible, and it takes for 3 weeks.
Included:
  • Airport pick up & drop by Ghale Treks Private Vehicle.
  • A Professional Tour/Trekking guide
  • Everest Trekking Map
  • One porter each two clients in tea-house trek, required cook, trek crews & porters in tent trek
  • Insurance, lodging, food & allowance to your trek crews
  • Tent & mattress for tent and camping trekking
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Land transportation as per itinerary
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • Trekking Permit, TIMS, National Park / Conservation Entry Fees.
  • Domestic Flight Ticket as per itinerary.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges of Ghale Treks.
  • Farewell Dinner at Nepali Cultural dance restaurant.
Excluded:

  • International Airfares and airport departure taxes as applicable.
  • The cost of personal items like laundry & all kind of soft & hard drinks
  • Optional excursions
  • Cost of visas, travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Gratuities for services provided on a personal basis
  • The single supplement payable on all bookings where only one person is traveling
  • All others except committed to provide in ‘cost included’ section above.
Prepare

In addition to obvious items such as hiking boots, warm clothing, UV sunblock etc., here is list of things that you might not have considered taking along, but that can greatly enhance the quality and comfort of your journey.

Soft and light shoes (sneakers or kung-fu shoes are perfect) -
after a long hike in inflexible hiking boots, you will be extremely happy to have some light and soft footwear to to wear around the lodge or in the village.

Lightweight knapsack -
this is very useful for short trips away from your lodge, and will save you having to lug your large backpack along. It should be big enough for your camera and a change of clothes and sleeping bag, if you plan to spend a night away.

Lightweight sleeping bag -
as most (all?) lodges can offer you blankets, a light sleeping bag should be sufficient for the journey. Taking a light bag will save you valuable space in your backpack.

Fabric bandaids -
blisters on the feet can turn a wonderful walk into a hell. Bandaids (sticking plasters) should be immediately applied to any area of the foot that there is irritation and friction - don't wait for the blister to develop before doing this. However, only fabric made bandaids will stick to a sweaty foot. Others (even those that claim to be water-proof) will fall off in minutes. A good alternative to bandaids is duct tape. Works great for blisters and also proves invaluable in many other ways.

Personal First Aid and Emergency Gear -
First aid kit with moleskin and bandages designed to cover blisters Sunscreen lotion. Energy snacks. So many different types are available buy a variety and sample them to learn which brand gives you the biggest boost. An emergency kit in case you get lost. Include a whistle, compass, space blanket, string, duct tape, matches and iodine tablets. Flashlight and extra batteries, Binoculars, Knife, Extra pair of prescription glasses, Bug Repellent.

Are You in Good Enough Shape?-

You may walk a mile or two on pavement comfortably, but can you walk four or five miles a day ? or more? on varied terrain without collapsing on the couch for the rest of the afternoon? Once you've chosen a trip, Ghale Treks will inform you, what level of physical fitness you should be at to take the trip. Then, create a plan to ensure you are ready physically.

Ways to Get in Shape for Walking and Hiking -

For many trips it's okay to start your training a month or two before you leave for vacation. Spending time at the gym working with weights and on a treadmill, StairMaster or stationary bike is one route. Supplement the training with long walks or hikes on weekends, preferably on dirt trails instead of pavement. Jogging on toughens you up and increase your agility and stamina.

Bring the Right Pack -

Bring a pack that fits your body comfortably? whether it's a day pack to hold your water bottle, snacks, sunscreen lotion and jacket ? or a pack designed to hold enough gear for a multi-day hike through the mountains.

Hints:

Travel time from September to May (but not June/July/August, because then it is rainy-monsoon season in Nepal)

After every meal (three times a day), tea/coffee will be served during the trekking. Apart from this, every morning we provide clients with either boiled water or soft black tea to carry with them on their Thermos Bottle. For the supplement of extra drinks, clients have to buy mineral water themselves which is available at all places
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Recommended equipment list: sleeping bag, a warm jacket, good trekking shoes, sunglasses/sun cream, an insulated bottle for hot drinks and basic medicines.

Maximum luggage weight 20 kg per person. There are always 1 or 2 additional porters with the crew who take care of clients who get sick or unable to even carry their daily private luggage.

Shower possibilities every 3-4 days during the trek but the cost in not included at trip, no laundry service available.

A prepayment of 30 % has to be paid directly after reconfirmation at our company bank account. Final payment becomes upon arrival in Kathmandu before starting date of the tour.
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Overview of Trip
Trip Highlights:
Great opportunity to see world’s heighest mountain Mt. Everest and panoromic views of mountains including Kalapathar, Pumori Peak, Amadablam and historic cultural places in Khumbu Region.

Trip Duration:
15 Nights / 16 Days

Trip Type:
Tea House

Grade & Elevation:

Moderate, 5545 meters (Max.)

Trek Start & End Point:

From Lukla to Lukla

Group Size:
Minimum 2 or above

Trip Season:
September – December & February – June
Pictures of Trip
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Map of Trip
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