Everest base camp is the most popular adventure destination in Himalaya ever since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa climbed the Mount Everest in 1953. Trekking to the Everest base camp in Nepal is an ultimate goal for trekkers and a beginning of the expedition bid for the climbers. The journey to Everet base camp and Kalapathar is once in a lifetime adventure of great challenge and achievement with thrill of being so close & standing face to face with tallest mountain on planet. The scenery is breathtaking with parades of glistening snow-capped peaks, spectacular glaciers, fascinating Sherpa settlement and culture, ancient ornate monasteries and friendly ever-smiling people. Historical Everest base camp trek to leave the footprint We have time for trek orientation and preparation before we take an exciting flight to Lukla STOL airport to start the adventure to Everest base camp. Hiking along the Dudh Koshi river, we climb up to the busting Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar where we spend two nights to ensure proper acclimatization. Mountain Monarch’s medical trained and experienced trek group leader customizes the exploration and acclimatization hike around Namche and Dingoche. Leaving Namche we hike to hidden valley to Khunde and Khumjung and on to Dingboche via Phortse village following the less trodden route to base camp, no doubt different trekking routes than many other groups. Picturesque Dingboche nestles in the sunny valley facing the most beautiful Amadablam peak – a great place to spend two nights to adjust the thinner oxygen level before we climb up above 5000 meter. The alpine sceneries become more rugged as we trek above the tree line on the Khumbu glacier moraines to Lobuche and then Gorak Shep, the last settlement before Everest base camp. Climbing to the landmark destination of the Mount Everest base camp to leave the footprint over the boulder-strewn moraines can be challenging but very rewarding for the sense of achievement. We climb up the Kalapathar peak at the height of 5545 meters, the highest elevation on our entire Everest base camp trek, an experience never to be forgotten. If you have ever longed to set eyes on the highest himalayan peaks and rugged pristine glaciers around you, the view from Kalapathar will stay with you forever. We trek down via the Pheriche and Thyanboche monastery with visit to the places of interest and exploration even after we are returning back to Lukla after the hike to Everest base camp - a historical adventure destination in Himalayas.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and Transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day02: Discussion about trekking and Half day Sight seen in Kathmandu Valley.
Day03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla(2840m.)30 min. and trek to Phakding(2610m.)3h.
Day04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar(3440m.)5-6h.
Day05: Day Excursion in Namche Bazar for akklimatisation.
Day06: Trek from Namche to Thame village(3820m).5-6h
Day07: Trek from Thame to Khumjung Village(3780m.)6h.
Day08: Trek from Khumjung to Tenboche(3860m.)5h.
Day09: Trek from Tenboche to Dingboche(4410m.)5h
Day10: Day Excursion in Dingboche for akklimatisation.
Day11: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche(4910m.)5h.
Day12: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep(5140m.), and Visit Everest Base Camp(5364m.)6h.
Day13: Earley Morning Climb to Kalapathar(5550m.) for Sunrise and Views and after breakfast treak to Phiriche(4240m.)6h
Day14: Trek from Phiriche to Phortse(3810m.)5-6h.
Day15: Trek from Phortse to Namche(3440m.)6h.
Day16: Trek from Namche to Phakding(2610m.)5h.
Day17: Trek from Phakding to Lukla(2840m.)4h.
Day18: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu(1300m.)35min.
Day19: Rest day in Kathmandu.
Day20: Final depature to own distination.
Many people spend a lot on gear that isn't entirely necessary, so consider carefully what you need and remember that if conditions are horrible, it is unlikely that we will be climbing. Conditions may worsen during the day but if that is the case, we will be on our way down.
However, if you are a real climber and don't mind climbing in rougher conditions, should that be the case, then bring good gear and we won't waste an opportunity.
What to expect
When it is sunny with no wind a thermal top is enough, backed up by a fleece or light down jacket for rest stops and a windproof breathable jacket for when the wind picks up (Gore-Tex, Windstopper or similar).
This assumes you have all the trekking gear like warm hat etc. The majority of this gear is available from us or in Kathmandu , and some of it can be rented.
+ high quality sunglasses. Side pieces are not essential; we can always use tape for a day. Ski goggles are unnecessary.
+ neck gaiter or balaclava
+ balaclava, only if you don't have a neck gaiter
+ new liner gloves (ie thin gloves)
+ fleece gloves/windstopper gloves
+ windproof gloves/mittens if you don't have windstopper ones.
+ trekking pole
+ ice axe, non-technical is generally better
+ light harness (Black Diamond Alpine Bod is perfect)
+ belay device: ATC or figure of 8 etc
+ two locking carabineers, two ordinary ones
+ two prussics, one short, one longer
+ windproof pants - these don't have to be fancy and you can buy in Kathmandu cheaply
+ snow gaiters
+ Plastic boots/leather boots - see the discussion below
+ leather boot waterproofing (snow seal etc)
Down-filled bags (4-5 season) are the best to bring because high altitude nights will be cool, and there is nothing worse than to be cold at night.
Sleeping bag liner
Cotton, silk or fleece. Saves washing your sleeping bag and adds warmth. Cotton or silk ones can be made in Kathmandu but are more easily bought from home. Fleece ones is readily available in Kathmandu and will cost you next to nothing.
This should be comfortable and a good waistband that transfers some of the weight to the hips is most important. It needs to be big enough to take a jacket, fleece, water, camera and odds and ends. You pack your daypack in the morning and give the rest of your baggage to the porters. You should have everything you need trough the day with you, since it is likely that we don’t see the porters again before we camp for the night.
This is something you don’t want to miss on those cool evenings. If you don't already have a down jacket they can easily be rented in Kathmandu for around $1 a day.
It is always sensible to climb with a helmet, but it is one more thing to carry and only use for a few hours. For the trekking peaks it is rare for climbers to use a helmet, but that is your decision. On Island Peak rockfall is possible but rare.