Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar
23 Days – Trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar
Trek to the South Base Camp of Mt. Everest where world class climbers prepare to begin their ascent in Nepal to the top of Mt. Everest - the “roof of the world”. On the journey to the South Base Camp, we ascend Kala Pattar. The summit of Kala Pattar presents the most excellent views of Everest, South Base Camp and Pumori, and it is from here that most photos of Everest are taken. Guides on this trip are certified by the American Mountain Guides Association and are past Everest climbers. Very strenuous.
Days 1-3 – Depart from USA and fly to Kathmandu, Nepal.
Day 3 – Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport. Transfer to local Kathmandu hotel where you will meet your guides and fellow trekkers for a welcome dinner and spend the night. (dinner)
Day 4 – We spend today in Kathmandu, a city sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus, beginning our acclimatization and touring the city’s important religious sites - the 3,000 year old Buddhist monkey temple Swamayabhu, the Buddhist Boudhanath stupa, and the Hindu Pashupatinath Temple. Meals on your own.
Day 5 – We transfer via helicopter from Kathmandu up to Lukla, 9,380 ft. elevation, the beginning point of our trek to the South Base Camp. Here we join our Sherpas who will prepare all of our meals, set up all of our camps, carry all of our gear and tend to the yaks will share the load. We then set out on the hilly trail through the lush, green hills about 4 miles to our first night’s camp area near the village of Phakding at 8,694 feet elevation on the Dudh Kosi river. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 6 - Today we hike 4 miles up the steep trail to the active trading post town of Namche Bazaar, - 11,286 ft. elevation at its lowest point, where we will camp above the town for the next two nights. Spending two nights here allows us to continue our acclimatization and further stock up on supplies needed for this arduous trek to Everest’s South Base Camp. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 7 – Today we check out the marketplace and local Sherpa culture with a visit to Sherpa museum. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 8 – Our trail takes us up to the village of Thame at 12,464 ft. elevation, a stop on the salt trading route that once existed between Tibet, Nepal, and India, where we will camp tonight. Thame has also been the home of several famous Sherpa who have climbed Mt. Everest. Today we will visit the home of our lead Sherpa to see a traditional Sherpa home and get an intimate look at their culture. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 9 – This morning we hike up to the 400 year old active Buddhist monastery to learn more about the religion and culture of this region. From Thame we hike to the Sherpa villages of Khunde and Khumjung, the home of the hospital and school established by Sir Edmund Hillary. We camp at 12,600 ft. elevation. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 10 – Today we hike up to the village of Tengboche, 12,683 ft. elevation. The views from Tengboche are fantastic. From here we can see many of the famous Eastern Himalaya peaks – Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kwangde, Thamserku, Kantega. We visit the Tengboche Monastery, the center of Buddhism in the Khumbu region, before trekking on to Deboche around 12,000 ft. elevation, the village where we will camp for the night. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 11 – We trek up to the village of Pheriche at 13,907 ft. elevation where we will spend the next two nights acclimatizing to the higher altitudes. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 12 – Today we visit the high altitude research center in the Pheriche Hospital and talk with some of the doctors performing research on the physiological effects of high altitude on humans. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 13 – On the trail from Pheriche to the village of Lobuje, 16,174 ft. elevation, flanked by the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, we pass through the memorial place dedicated to all of the Sherpa who have died on Mt. Everest. We camp at Lobuje. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 14 - The trail today takes us through the high, glaciated terrain to Gorak Shep – the original location of the South Base Camp - where we will spend the night. At 16,924 ft. elevation, it is the last village before we reach Base Camp. While the Sherpa are setting up our camp we make the steep 2-hour ascent to Kala Pattar, 18,514 ft. elevation, where we are presented with the most famous views of Everest (29,021 ft. elev.), Nuptse (25,843 ft. elev.) and Kala Pattar’s neighboring peak Mt. Pumori (23,494 ft. elev.). (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 15 – Leaving Gorak Shep we traverse the Khumbu Glacier’s moraine up to Everest South Base Camp, 17,300 ft. elevation. At Base Camp during the climbing seasons, we have the opportunity to meet and chat with the climbers who are preparing for the difficult climb to Everest’s summit. We see climbers moving slowly up the Khumbu Ice Fall - a mass of ice resembling a waterfall at 17,500 ft.-19,500 ft. elevation, that they must negotiate on the route to the summit. With its constantly shifting ice blocks climbers consider the Icefall to be the most dangerous part of their Everest summit attempt. After our brief visit to Base Camp, we return to Gorak Shep for the night. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 16 – We leave Gorak Shep and begin the descent to the village of Dingboche in the Imja River Valley, 14,450 ft. elevation, where we will spend the night. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 17 – Today we hike back down to Namche Bazaar where we will acclimate to the lower altitudes over the next two days. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 18 – We spend this day at leisure. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 19 – We spend most of the day on the trail back to Lukla where we will spend the night and celebrate with our Sherpas. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 20 – We fly back to Kathmandu for an evening of rest in our hotel. (breakfast, lunch,)
Day 21 – We spend the day taking care of any shopping needed before our departures for home tomorrow. Tonight we celebrate our success and new friendships with a farewell dinner. (dinner)
Day 22 –Transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport for our departing flights.
Day 23 – Arrive back in USA.
INCLUSIONS & COSTS
Includes roundtrip Kathmandu-Lukla airfare, 13 nights tented camping, 4 nights hotel accommodation, tents, all meals while trekking, 2 meals Kathmandu, full support team with AMGA certified guides, Sherpas, yaks, all group mountain, safety and first aid gear, park fees and trekking permits. Group sizes 4 to 10 persons.
USD $3,400 per person based on double occupancy. Price listed above is a reasonable expectation of land package costs only.
Airfare from your home city to trip starting point, and from trip ending point back to your home city
Tips and gratuities for trip guides and trip support team members
October 4-26, 2008
March 29-April 20, 2009
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