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One of the most famous treks in the world takes you deep into the heart of the Nepalese Himalaya. You’ll trek four to five hours a day surrounded by many of the world’s highest and most beautiful mountains. Along the way there’s a chance to soak up local food and culture and you’ll sleep in traditional, warm and friendly tea houses run by Sherpa families.

Base Camp itself is spread out below the dramatic tumbling Khumbu Icefall, and views of the famous Everest peak. As well as Everest, you’ll meet impressive views of its neighbours: Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam.

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Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel

Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital and cultural hub of Nepal! We’ll be waiting with a warm greeting and easy transfer to your hotel. Plan on an evening briefing on last-minute specifics about your trek will meet you with your trekking guide and an early lights-out, you have a big day ahead.

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Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2,850 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,656 m)

Altitude: 2,850 m/ 9,184 ft (Lukla)

2,656 m/ 8,698 ft (Phakding) Walking

Distance: 8 km (3-4 hours)

After a short morning flight to Lukla, you’ll be introduced to your porter. Kick off your trek with an easy walk through Chaurikharka village and descent towards Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530 m/ 8,300 ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River until Phakding (2,652 m/ 8,700 ft), where we will be staying for the night to acclimatize. Enjoy your free time in Phakding, a popular stopping point.

 

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Day 3: Trek to Namche (3,450 m)

Altitude: 3,450 m/ 11,283 ft

Walking Distance: 10 – 12 km (5 – 6 hours)

All distances and time estimates are approximate.

We’ll have breakfast in Phakding before gearing up for the trek to Namche Bazaar, the biggest sherpa village in Nepal. Our trail takes us first over the Dudhkoshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through a beautiful pine forest to Monjo, about two hours away. Soon thereafter, we will approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park for a brief permit check and then descend to Dudh Kosi River (spotting Mani stones along the way!) en route to Jorsale. Lunch will be served here, and then it’s uphill to Namche. Our path along the riverbank is flanked by two crossings, one of which is the Hillary Suspension Bridge. It’s a tough climb up the hill to our resting place, but you’ll be rewarded in Namche Bazaar with your first glimpse of Everest in its majesty.

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Day 4: Rest day in Namche for acclimatisation

Altitude: 3,450 m/ 11,283 ft

At this point, we take a well-deserved break! Today will be spent resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude. There’s an optional 2 hour hike to Everest View Point, an uphill walk that will help speed acclimatization. Otherwise, spend the day exploring Namche Bazaar. Check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open for trading and an intimate look at the locals’ marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment.

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Day 5: Trek to Tengboche (3,867 m)

Altitude: 3,867 m/ 12,684 ft

Walking Distance: 10 km (5/ 6 hours)

All distances and time estimates are approximate.

Breakfast in Namche Bazaar fuels us for another day of trekking towards Everest Base Camp today! Breathtaking views of the Himalayas – Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde – are some of the highlights not be missed. A short drop takes us to the riverside, then it’s across the river upwards through the forest pass. Brace your legs for a continual uphill trek at this point, alternating between a gradual grade and some seriously steep ground! Our destination, Tengboche, is known as one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region. Its views, which include Ama Dablam, are legendary. We’ll stop in on the Tengboche monastery, which is one of the largest in Khumbu. Nourish your spirit with a guided tour of the monastery grounds, followed by chanting and prayer with the resident Buddhist monks.

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Day 6: Trek to Pheriche (4,252 m)

Altitude: 4,253 m

Walking hours: 5/ 6 hrs

From Tengboche we start our day by descending through forests of birches, conifers and rhododendrons to the village of Debuche. From here the level trail passes many Mani walls in a deep rhododendron forest. After crossing the Imja Khola River the route climbs past some magnificently carved Mani stones to Pangboche (3860m). This is the highest year- round settlement in the valley, and the Pangboche gompa is the oldest in Khumbu and once contained relics that were said to be the skull and hand of a yeti. Beyond Pangboche the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line, mostly consisting of scrub juniper and tundra. We will cross the Khumbu Khola river and arrive in Pheriche, which is a labyrinth of walls and pastures (4:30 hrs).

 

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Day 7: Acclimatisation day in Pheriche

he most important thing to acclimatization to high altitudes is a slow ascent. Therefore it is imperative that we spend an additional night at Pheriche to aid the acclimatization process. A good way to spend the day is to hike to the small summer settlement of
Chhukung at 4,730 m. From here we have tremendous views of Island Peak (6,189 m), the south face of Lothse and the south eastern face of Ama Dablam. After enjoying the views here we return back to Pheriche (4 hrs).

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Day 8: Trek to Lobuche (4,940 m)

he most important thing to acclimatization to high altitudes is a slow ascent. Therefore it is imperative that we spend an additional night at Pheriche to aid the acclimatization process. A good way to spend the day is to hike to the small summer settlement of
Chhukung at 4,730 m. From here we have tremendous views of Island Peak (6,189 m), the south face of Lothse and the south eastern face of Ama Dablam. After enjoying the views here we return back to Pheriche (4 hrs).

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Day 9: Trek to Everest base camp (5,350 m) and O/N at Gorakshep (5,160 m)

Altitude: 5,160 m/ 16,994 ft (Gorekshep) /  5,350 m/17,598 ft (EBC)

Distance of walking: 15 km (7-8 hours)

All distances and time estimates are approximate.

This is it! Our big day kicks off with an initial, relatively easy trek from Lobuche to Gorekshep. The subsequent, straight trail to Everest Base Camp is harder, involving rocky dunes and moraine, formed the accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris. On the way to our destination, we’ll approach the famed Khumbu Glacier and icefall, located on the slopes of Everest. At the Base Camp, our goal, you’ll have the chance (during the spring climbing season) to meet climbers attempting to scale the mountain’s summit. Break out your cameras for unbelievable views of breathtaking beauty. As the afternoon sun starts to wane, we’ll head back to Gorakshep for some much-needed rest and relaxation after a grueling and busy day.

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Day 10: Trek to Kala Patthar (5,550 m) and back to Pheriche (4,252 m)

Altitude: 5,550 m/ 18,192 ft (Kalapathar) & 4,252 m/ 14,173 ft (Pheriche)

Walking distance: 12 – 13 km (6 – 7 hours)

All distances and time estimates are approximate.

We’ll wake before dawn today to trek towards Kalapathar (which means “black rock”) for a fiery, glorious sunrise over Mt. Everest. The day’s first light will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse Nup, Changtse and Lhotse. This may be, of the whole journey, your most opportune moment to snap amazing pictures of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Afterward, it’s back to Gorekshep for breakfast and down in the direction of Pheriche, our
nighttime stop. Our pace will be a lot brisker as we descend, and the walking is easier going this way.

 

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Day 11: Trek back to Namche (3,450 m)

Altitude: 3,450 m/ 11,284 ft

Distance of walking: 13 – 15 km (6 – 7 hours)

All distances and time estimates are approximate.

The walk from Pheriche back to Tengboche is mainly downhill, although it does, counterintuitively, require an hour scaling a hill. We’ll be in Namche by late afternoon and off to bed before our last day on the mountain.

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Day 12: Trek back to Lukla (2,850 m)

Altitude: 2,800 m/ 9,184 ft

Walking Distance: 16 km (6 – 7 hours)

All distances and time estimates are approximate.

After breakfast, we trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages. Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in our last Tea House and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you’ve accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet.

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Day 13: Fly Kathmandu

Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft

Flight time: 35 min

In the morning, you’ll hop a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and ends. You’ll transfer to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We’ll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants near to your hotel, where we’ll be eager to hear your feedback on the trip.

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Day 14: Depart Nepal

It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.

Set Departures

2nd to 15th May 2019

For enquires into Set Departures please email us at: info@africanascents.com

Service

There is only one type of service for this expedition. Please email info@africanascents for more information and prices

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