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The Everest Base Camp trek is a classic walk from Lukla to Kala Pathar close to the base camp of the world's highest mountain. It is a popular route, one having some of the most breath taking mountain scenery imaginable. The trail to base camp has a network of small lodges which have recently seen big improvements in food and accommodation facilities. This now makes the program ideally suited to lodge-based trekking. The trip is taken at a relaxed pace, with rest day allowing for proper acclimatisation. A sound level of fitness is required to make the most of this excellent trek. The walking is at times strenuous; there will be days when you will be very tired, particularly on the climb to Kala Pathar, but the rewards are enormous.
The mountain views on this trek are arguably the best in Nepal. The towering snowy peaks surround you at all times. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8511m), Makalu (8481m), Nuptse (7879m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kwangde (6194m) and the list goes on. It's pure Himalayan magic our trekking crews in the Everest (or Khumbu) area are the famous Sherpas. Originally from Tibet, they were believed to have come from the Kham province over the Nangpa La (North-west of Numche) a distance of 2000kms from their present homeland. They have traditionally been traders, herders and recognition for their accomplishments as high-altitude porters, mountain trekking guides and even more recently, as climbers in their own right. Their warmth, friendliness and experience are a great bonus on our Everest trek.
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Day 01 Kathmandu (1360m)
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. A pre-trek briefing, given by our staff, will be scheduled for the late afternoon. They will discuss the trekking programme and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. The evening is free, perhaps for a group meal.

Day 02 Kathmandu
This morning, we explore Kathmandu on a sightseeing tour, visiting places of interest such as Boudnath Stupa, is one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We can visit the surrounding monasteries and perhaps watch the monks as they chant their daily mantras. We will also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we will see Hindu holy men (or Sadhus), pilgrims bathing, and, occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The afternoon is free for your own explorations, to shop or to rest. In the evening, we will check your trek pack and prepare for tomorrow's departure.

Day 03 Fly Lukla - Trek to Phakding (2600m)

There is about 3 hours of trekking today. We fly in the early morning from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m). The flight itself is awe-inspring as we fly parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal Tibetan China. The flight time is approx. 40 munutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the Mid-sixties. After landing, we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. In the afternoon, we descend on a wide trail towards the Dudh Koshi river, and then join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, the Khumbu's capital. The walk is easy, and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), we cross the Dudh Koshi to our accommodation at Phakding.

Day 04 Trek to Monjo (2835m)
About 3 hours trekking. An easy day to aid our acclimatisation. From Phakding, we head up valley on a bust trail; porters from the lower Solu district in the south ferrying supplies to Namche, Sherpas with Zopki (half yak, half cow) taking trekking ro climbing expedition equipment to the higher valleys. We follow the river valley amongst beautiful alpine scenery, blue pine, and rhododendron forest before we re-cross the Dudh Koshi at Benkar, where we have tantalizing glimpses of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). We stay overnight at our lunch spot in Monjo (2835m). The afternoon is free to relax or to explore the beautifu pine forests.

Day 05 Trek Namche (3446m)
Trekking time approx. 4hrs. It is only a morning's walk, but it includes the climb out of the valley to Namche Bazaar.  Leaving Monjo, we again cross the Dudh Kishi, to the western bank. At Jorsalle (2805m), we take a break, while National Park entry permits are obtained. We continue upstream to the confluence of the Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi. It is here that we start our steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, after crossing the large suspension bridge. Walking at a slow pace, we have fantastic opportunities for photographs, as the peaks of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8511m), Nuptse (7879m), and Ama Dablam (6542m) come into view for the first time. We stay in the heart of the village, with the afternoon free to bargain in the shops for 'Tibetan' artifacts, relax over a cup of tea and apple pie, talk with our Sherpas, and simply  marvel at the beautiful scenery.

Day 06 Namche (3446m)
Rest and acclimatisation
We remain at Numche for a second night allow for proper acclimatisation. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large, protected hollow. It gained its improtance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today, since the Chinese occupation of the region only a limited amount of trade exists between Nepal and Tibet over the Nangpa La Pass. Rising early, those who climb the ridge above Namche will be rewarded with the stunning sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks. After breakfast, a number  of options exist; one can walk towards Thame (3810m), along the beautiful Bhote Khola River Valley, or visit the National park Headquarters to see interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. Others many perfer to relax in the friendly atmosphere around the village. An undemanding day, but certainly one that helps in our acclimatisation.

Day 07 Trek Khumjung (3790m)
Trekking time approx. 3 hrs. From Namche, we climb out of the village bowl and follow a small trail high above the Dudh Koshi River. The view is incredible. Behind, to the west of the region, the ridge of Nupla and Kwangde Himal (6194m), across the valley to the valley to the south, the towering ice-fluted walls of Thamserku (6623m), and to the east at the head of the head of the valley, the Lhotse and Nuptse wall, towering a full three and a half thousand meters above the valley at Dingboche. Everest looms above the ridge, a black, triangular rock – Sagarmatha, "Goddess Mother of Earth", is a truly magnificent sight. On a small ridge across the valley, the Monastery of Tengboche can be seen, a small speak against the gigantic mountain background. We reach the airstrip at Syangboche and then ascend towards the Everest View Hotel, where hot chocolate and views of Everest are the order of the day.  We descend to Khumjung for lunch and in the afternoon, visit the hospital at Kunde set up by the Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust. A short day but again, essential to aid our acclimatisation process.

Days 8/9 Trek Tengboche (3875m)
Trekking takes about 5 hours, in the morning, we descend to the village of Shanasa and then contour to Transhinga, where the trail drops steeply to cross the Dudh Koshi at Phunkitenge (3250m). We take a break here by series of water-driven prayer Wheels. In the late morning, we initially climb a steep path before the trail leavels out to ascend gradually towards Tengboche. It is a steady ascent of approximately two and a half hours through pine fir, black juniper, and rhododendron forests. Tengboche is set in a beautiful meadow, high on a ridge surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks. A peaceful, tranquil position, surely one of the wonders of the world. We have allowed a rest day in the beautiful surroundings of Tengboche to aid acclimatisation.

Day 10 Trek Dingboche (4360m)
The trek takes about 6 hours. From Tyangboche, we descend through a forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron, to the nunnery at Deboche. Keep an eye open for the Danphe pheasant here and high on the steep slopes of the valley, the Himalayan Thar. We cross the Imja Khola, ascending gradually, with the beautiful Ama Dablam dominating the skyline, to visit the Monastery. Our afternoon walk follows a trail high above the Imja Khola. A little further upstream, we cross the tributary stream and ascend over glacial moraines to our Lodge in the summer settlement of Dingboche.

Day 11 Dingboche (4360m)
Today we rest and acclimatise. Dingboche is a beautiful land of small fields enclosed by stone walls, protecting the crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds. It is occupied mainly through the monsoon months, when large numbers of yaks are brought there to graze on the valley pastures. Those looking for a pleasant walk can head up the valley towards Chukung. Some may wish to relax and absorb the environment from our lodge situated at the foot of Ama Dablam. The views are fantastic; the towering south face of Lhotse to the north, Island Peak in the center of the valley, and the fluted ice-walls of the nameless peaks that line the southern end of the valley from a hauntingly beautiful sight. A more strenuous trip would be the steep climb to the hill above our campsite. Once again, fantastic views are prominent, including that of the fifth-highest mountain in the world, Makalu (8484m), which i not visible from the valley floor.

Day 12 Trek Lobuche (4930m)
Today's trekking takes approximately 4 hours. Ascending to the small ridge behind the village, it is a gradual climb high avobe the Pheriche valley. Taweche and Cholatse (6440m) seem to lean towards us from across the valley in the west. To the north, Lobuche Peak (6119m) and the snowfields of the Cho La dominate the skyline behind Ama Dablam, forming an incredible panoramic view. After a short descent to cross the Khumbu Khola At Dughla (4620m), we take a light lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines of the Khumbu glacier flowing off Everest. In the afternoon, there is a short but steep climb over a rocky trail to the top of the moraines. This is hard work, with everyone noticing the effects of the altitude. On the crest of the ridge, we pass a line of memorial cairns, built in the memory of Sherpas who have died on various Everest expenditions. The view here is spectacular; Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m) Zumbutse (6623m), and across the border in Tibet, Changtse (7550m) at the head of the valley. Everest cannot be seen as it lies hidden behind the towering walls of Nuptse.
After a short descent over moraines, we cross a stream and follow a narrow trail on the western side of the huge lateral moraines of the Khumbu Glacier to the tea houses at Lobuje. A short but tiring day, amply compensated by the fantastiv scenery and the sunset over Nuptse.

Day 13 Trek Gorakshep (5160m)
There is approximately 3 hours of trekking today. in the morning, we follow the broad valley running parallel to the Khumbu glacier. It is a gradual ascent, one enabling us to build the slow, steady, rhythm required when walking at high altitude. Soon we reach the moraines of Nup Glacier; a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns. Around a bend on the trail, below us we see a flat, sandy basin of Gorak Shep (5160m). The afternoon is free.

Day 14 Trek Lobuje (4930m)
Approximately 5 hours of trekking. Today, we have a demanding walk. Leaving Gorak Shep early in the morning, we ascend steeply to Kala Pathar (5545m), a small, rocky peak on the south-west ridge of Pumori. A slow, steady pace, is once again, the best attack. Avoid rushing, stop and occasionally turn around; the scenery is fantastic it is a hard climb, but the view from the to p surpasses the wildest imagination. Huge creaking glaciers surround us. The mountains of Khumbu are laid out in front of us, and an incredible panorama comprsing Pumori, Neptse, Changtse, Ama dablam, Taweche, kantega and Everest all await us. Hard work, yes, but the rewards are fantastic ! We descend to Gorakshep for a cup of t ea and a light lunch before returning to Lobuje.

Day 15 Trek Tengboche (3875m)
We trek for about 5 hrs. After tiring ascent ot Kala Pathar, today's is an easier walk o the lower altitudes. We initially follow the same foute back to the terminal moraines at Dughla, and then we follow the wode alpine valley vocered in scrub juniper through to the temporary settlement of Phulung Karpo (4343m), then on the Pheriche.
A small settlement, Periche has a number of welcome tea-houses that often have for sale "leftovers" from various climbing expeditions. It may be possible to find imported chocolate, tinned prawns or smoked oysters; wven vegemite ! There is also a trekkers' aid post here, supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association. Though not manned year round, it is well worth the visit if open.
Continuring on, we cross the Khumbu Khola and ascend steeply to the top of a small ridge. Here, we have great views of the Imja valley, Ama Dablam, and Kantega. We descend to Orsho for lunch, then on through Lower Pangboche and down to Deboche and our lodge at Tengboche.

Day 16 Trek Monjo (2835m)
About 6 hours of trekking. Leaving the Monastery, we descend steeply through beautiful forests of Juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. Here we stop by the small stream with the water-driven prayer wheels, and enjoy a welcome cup of tea. We continue and cross the  Dudh Koshi, then ascend steeply on a dusty trail to Trashinga. We then contour round to our lunch spot at Shanasa. Here, Tibetan traders with numerous "artifacts" bargain hard in an attempt to persuade trekkers to part with a few rupees. In the afternoon, we continue to contour high above the river valley, back to namche Bazaar. We make a short stop for a final look round and a cup of tea before descending on the steep trail to the Bhote Koshi. Crossing the river, we follow the bank for a short distance to its confluence with the Dudh Koshi. From here we trek to Jorsale, then re-cross the Dudh Koshi to stay at Monjo.

Day 17 Trek Lukla (2800m)
Trekking takes about 5 hours. we retrace our steps along the Dudh Koshi. It is a beautiful and easy walk, through blue pine and rhododendron forests, with views of Kusum Kangaru behind us. We walk to Ghat for lunch, then start the gradual climb out of the river valley to Lukla. We arrive in the mid-afternoon, still with plenty of time to relax, explore, sort out equipment, or maybe enjoy a glass of local beer ("chhang") with our crew. In the evening, a farewell dinner may be followed by a few celevratory drinks and dancing with our Sherpa companions.

Day 18 Fly to Kathmandu (1360m)

We rise early in the morning to be ready for the arrival of our aricraft, and the flight back to Kathmandu. From the airport, we transfer to our hotel for a welcome shower and bath.

Day 19 Kathmandu (1360m)
Another day spent in Kathmandu for sightseeing and exploring the bazaars.

Day 20 Kathmandu (1360m)
After breakfast we transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
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