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Trip Facts

  • Trip Destination: Everest Base Camp Trekking
  • Group Size: Min-2, Max 12,
  • Highest Altitude: Kalapathar 5550M
  • Grade: Challenging
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle, Domestic Flight, Chartered Helicopter
  • Type of Tour: Trekking, Hiking, Walking, Culture
  • Trekking Hour: Approximately 5-6 hours each day
  • Total Days: 11 Days
  • Trip Cost: USD 2000
  • Helicopter Charter: USD 10,000 to be shared amongst trekkers. Maximum 4-5 trekkers per chopper

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Best of Nepal Trekking

“It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten path for ourselves.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

Trip Overview

This is a perfect trek if you do not have the time to do the regular trek to the Everest base camp. This trek is designed to hike to EBC and fly out in a chartered helicopter.

This trek to Everest Base Camp has been designed to offer views uniquely different from what other trekking companies offer, by taking trekkers to the base of one of the most beautiful mountains in the region – Amadablam. The base camp at Amadablam is rarely visited by trekkers, and the hike up to Amadablam base camp take you along the tree line into high altitude alpine forest and through summer pastures with stunning views of the Maha Langgur range, which cannot be seen from the main trail to Everest Base Camp. This trek also bypasses the overcrowded Thyangboche Monastery area, and trekkers stay at the superb Pangboche, where the “responsible” in our adventure brings business to the lodge owners here who are in need of the income.

Everest Base Camp TrekkingMount Everest is the highest peak seen along this trek, standing at 8,850 m, this peak’s imposing majesty has inspired awe and wonder to all those who live beneath, as well as to those who have read about Mt. Everest, seen films about her, and have always dreamed of visiting this most famous of mountains.

This trek follows in the in the famous footsteps of Everest’s greatest climbing parties, as we trek first through Sherpa country, past fields and villages before the really hard work begins: the climb to Namche Bazaar. Once about the tree line, the scenery is stark but spectacular. In the distance, set with Ama Dablam, Everest and other mountains behind, we can view the incredible monastery at Thyangboche in the most unique setting.

Our goal is to climb Kala Pathar (5,545 m), for the ultimate view of Mt. Everest, where the spirit of this mountain legend can be captured and savored. Your experienced Group Leader and Sherpa Guides make your health and welfare a priority throughout this trek, and provide everything possible for a safe and memorable adventure. Flying out by helicopter also saves you several days of walking back down the same trail, making the end of this adventure all the more relaxing.

Trip Information

Day to Day Outline Itinerary

Day   Activities
Day 1 - Arrive in Kathmandu, Check-in, and then an Adventure briefing with the group
Day 2 - Fly to Lukla, and then trek to Phakding (2,840 m) with overnight stay (3 hour walk)
Day 3 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 m) with overnight stay (5 hour walk)
Day 4 - Acclimatisation and exploration day in Namche Bazaar
Day 5 - Trek to Pangboche via the famous Thyangboche monastery (3790 m) and the Deboche Nunnery with overnight stay (7 hours walk)
Day 6 - Hike to Amadablam base camp, where we continue to climb to an altitude of 5000 m, which is perfect for further acclimatisation, and also gives us a chance to follow trails only taken by mountaineers and village herders. (6-7 hours walk) Overnight in Lodge
Day 7 - Trek to Dingboche (4320 m) and towards Nakardzong Ridge with overnight stay (5-6 hours walk)
Day 8 - Trek to Lobuche (4900 m) with overnight stay (5-6 hours)
Day 9 - Trek to Kalapathar and overnight stay at Gorakshep (5120 m) 5-6 hours of hiking.
Day 10 - Helicopter pickup and shuttle to Pheriche, and then fly back to Kathmandu
Day 11 - International departure day

Day to Day Detail Itinerary

Day   Activities
Day 1 - Arrive in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. Relax in afternoon. Evening meal to try the local fare and to get acquainted with the group. Evening: A get together for drinks and briefing about the next morning's departure is given, which will be followed by dinner.
Day 2 - Fly to Lukla (2,840m) for a spectacular view of the Himalayas.
We trek through mountain villages, which are home to the Sherpas and people of various ethnic backgrounds. Phakding. Overnight lodge. 2650m.3 hours trek
Day 3 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m)
We will continue towards the north following the path of the Dudh Kosi River and on to Monjo and Jorsale from where we will enter Mt. Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. It is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the Imja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi), which is followed by a steep climb (around 2 hrs) to Namche Bazaar, the main village in the Khumbu. Half way up the hill, if the weather is clear we can get our first view of Mt. Everest and Lhotse. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa village and an important trading centre with a Saturday market. Fresh foodstuffs are brought up from lower villages by Sherpas. (5 hours walking) Overnight lodging.
Day 4 - This will be the first of our acclimatisation and exploration days.
We will visit the Sherpa Cultural Centre and the National Park headquarters. The views of Ama Dablam (6856m), Kwangde (6011m), Tawache (6501m), Thamserku (6608m) and Kangtega (6779m) from here are fantastic.
Day 5 - Trek to Pangboche via the famous Thyangboche Monastery (3790m) along with overnight lodging
We have designed the next couple of days to lose the crowds by passing the often popular and crowded Tengboche monastery and hiking an extra 90 minutes to Pangboche where very few trekkers stop for the night. We will ascend out of the village and follow a high-level path above the Dudh Kosi River enjoying the spectacular mountain views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse as we move on. We will pass through various shops set up by Tibetans selling trinkets and then descend through forests of blue pine to cross the Dudh Kosi again at Phunki Tenga (3250m). Sometimes, the track becomes quite dusty by yak trains. We will reach the spectacularly sited Thyangboche Monastery (3867m) from where we can see the spectacular views of Everest (8850m), Lhotse (8501m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and Taboche to the north and the northeast, Thamserku (6608m) and Kantega (6779m) to the southeast and Kwangde (6011m) to the southwest. Thyangboche Monastery was seriously damaged by fire in 1989. However, it has been rebuilt and there will be time to visit both the monastery and the museum. We will stay below the monastery at Deboche which is 6 hours walk away.
Day 6 - DAY EXCURSION TO AMA DABLAM BASE CAMP (4,576m) 6-7 hrs approx.
Ama Dablam (6,856m) is one of the most loved and admired mountains in Khumbu. After crossing the Imja Drangka river, followed by a gradual ascent to Lhabarma you are suddenly standing right in front of the mountain ridge. You can walk to its foothill and absorb the enormity of the mountain. Ama Dablam Base Camp sits at 4,576m on an open yak pasture beneath the west face, with the summit some 2,300m almost straight up above. Base Camp affords particularly fine views of Kan Tega (6,783m), Thamserku (6,618m) and Tawache (6,542m). We will proceed further up on a ridge up to 5000m - perfect for acclimatisation. This itinerary not only allows you to see one of the most beautiful and off-the-beaten-path parts of the region but also helps a lodge in Pangboche to make some income as very few trekkers stop overnight here. Overnight Pangboche.
Day 7 - Trek to Dingboche (4320m) along with Overnight lodge
We are now well above the treeline and our walking today brings us to Dusa from where we descend to a stream at 4580m. Immediately above we reach the teahouse of Dughla and continue to a ridge, which has several memorials of Sherpas and other climbers who died on expeditions to Everest. We will continue along the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, with views of Kalar Kala and Pumori to reach Lobuche at 4930m. About 5-6hours of walk.
Day 8 - Trek to Lobuche (4900m) Overnight lodge
We are now well above the treeline and our walking today brings us to Dusa from where we descend to a stream at 4580m. Immediately, above we reach the teahouse of Dughla and continue to a ridge, which has several memorials of Sherpas and other climbers who died on the expeditions to Everest. We will continue along the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, with views of Kalar Pattar and Pumori to reach Lobuche at 4930m. About 5-6hours of walk.
Day 9 - Trek to Everest Base Camp and overnight lodging at Gorakshep (5120m)
At first the trail is fairly level but then starts to ascend and descend across moraine to reach Gorak Shep at 5120m. Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble. From Gorak Shep its a steep uphill climb, sometimes over rock slabs, to the top of KalaPathar at 5545m. The views from the summit are outstanding, with Everest (8850m) directly to the east, together with Lhotse 8501m Nuptse 7864, Pumori 7145 Changtse 7553m from close range. We will return by the same route- a long path but a rewarding walk.
Day 10 - Fly out to Kathmandu in Chartered Helicopter
Day 11 - International Departure

Fact Finder

Duration - 11 day
Trip Details: -
  • Experienced Nepalese guides & leader
  • Porters to carry personal gear
  • 2 Nights in Kathmandu
  • Safe food handling and hygiene on trek
Activities - Cultural, Touring, Walking
Trip Grade - Challenging
Mode of Travel - Private coach, domestic flights.
Group & Staff - Min 2 Responsible Adventures leader, local guides plus driver.
Accommodation - Comfortable lodges throughout 8 day trek
Land Cost - Deluxe Package - Now USD 2000
Helicopter Charter: - USD 10,000 to be shared amongst trekkers. Maximum 4-5 trekkers per chopper

Departure Dates

Kodari to kodari Kailash 2015

Start Date End Date Trip Cost/ Pax Availability Trip Booking
4th January 14th January UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
18th January 28th February UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
1st February 11th February UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
15th February 26th February UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
1st March 11th March UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
15th March 25th March UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
29th March 8th April UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
12th April 22nd April UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
26th April 6th May UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
10th May 20th May UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
24th May 3rd June UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
7th June 17th June UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
21st June 1 July UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
20th September 30th September UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
27th September 7th October UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
11th October 21st October UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
25th October 4th November UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
8th November 18th November UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
22nd November 2nd December UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
6th December 16th December UD$ 2000 Available Book Now
20th December 30th January UD$ 2000 Available Book Now

Trip Cost

Cost Includes:-

  1. Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
  2. Hotel/ Lodges on twin sharing basis
  3. All transportation
  4. Responsible Adventures' Expert Trek leader (Click to watch video of trek leaders)
  5. Complimentary T-Shirt
  6. Use of trekking kit bag during trek
  7. 1 Assistant guide between 4 trekkers
  8. Trekking "Chef" - We are the first and only trekking company that has this post
  9. 1 porter between two trekkers
  10. Good clothing for porters and crew
  11. Food for porters & crew members (We are one of the few trekking companies that provide this facility)
  12. Insurance for crew and porters
  13. All permits
  14. Twin sharing room on trek
  15. All meals on trek (best trekking meals in the whole of the Himalaya)
  16. Domestic airfare.

Cost Does Not Include:-

  1. Visas
  2. All optional additional tours or activities during free time
  3. Transportation outside of the tour program
  4. Travel insurance (Compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
  5. Tips(suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only); Leader's tip at your discretion
  6. Items of a personal nature e.g alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir etc.
  7. Helicopter charter US$ 2500.

Client Reviews

2 thumbs up for Responsible Adventures! We had a very enjoyable and unforgettable time throughout the trek - starting from Lukla and all the way back to Lukla at the end of the trek. Our heartfelt gratitude for the professional services rendered, be it through the bad and the good times for all of us in the team. A big thank you to your boys for making sure that our needs were fulfilled at all times.

The EBC trek has opened our eyes to really appreciate the magnificent views of beautiful snow-capped mountains, icy flowing rivers, beautiful lakes not forgetting the bluest skies one could ever imagine.

We hope to come back to Nepal and hopefully it would be with Responsible Adventures again. Thank you so much and god bless!

Wan Adibah Zulkhefli
Central Bank of Malaysia

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