Trekking in Everest Region ~ Everest Base Camp Trekking
15 days :- Everest Trekking
March 16: Day 1: Kathmandu - Lukla (2880m) - Phadking (2743m). Our early morning flight by Twin Otter aircraft to Lukla, the most renowned mountain airstrip. many of the world’s highest mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (the world’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest respectively) may sometimes be seen from the window of the plane. On arrival, we meet our Sherpa, we pick up the trail out of Lukla. Overnight at Phakding.
March 17: Day 02: Phadking - Namche (3445m). After a gentle trek torwards Chumoa and the entry way for Sagarmatha National Park, we begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar. About half-way up to the hill, a gap in the trees allow us to see Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear, the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse Mountain ridge. Namche Bazzar is the most prosperous and the largest town in the Khumbu. The right hand side photo is Namche bazzar. A bazaar is held here every Saturday. People can buy meat, grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots here. Over night at Namhe Bazzar.
March 18: Day 3: Namche - Rest / acclimatisation day. Today you will take the day off to allow your bodies to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere before ascending to higher altitudes. Kumjung is one of the most beautiful villages in Khumbu. The Himalayan Trust has a school here, as well as a medical post (for locals and trekkersas well) in nearby Khunde.
March 19: Day 4: Namche - Tengboche (3863m). The trail this morning descends to the Dudh Khosi. There are spectacular views of Ama Dablam (6696m) and Kantega (6779m) as well as Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8501m). Keep a look-out too for pheasant in the undergrowth. We cross the river at Phunki Thanga and climb through the afternoon amongst rhododendron forest to the saddle at the top of the hill. Suddenly in front of us is Tengboche, the principal monastery of the Khumbu area; the views from here are unforgettable.
March 20 Day 5: Tengboche - Rest/acclimatisation day. Another catch-up day for our bodies. Nearby ridges offer the opportunity for a half-day hike to get close-up views of Ama Dablam, whilst the monks usually give conducted tours around the monastery.
March 21 Day 6: Tengboche - Periche (4280m). We follow the path down from Tengboche through the rhododendron forest to Deboche and cross an exciting bridge with the boiling, roaring Imja Khol beneath our feet. A gradual climb takes us to the village of Lower Pangboche. We are now in the heart of the Khumbu, with spectacular views across to Ama Dablam. The afternoon stroll takes us along a path that hugs the valley wall and then across wide plains to a split in the valley. The Khumbu breaks left, up to Periche. The Himalayan Rescue Association operates a medical post here and the western doctors conduct excellent seminars on Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) here on most afternoons.
March 22: Day 7: Periche - Rest/acclimatisation day. Rather than just sitting around in the tea house, we encourage you to attempt one of two hikes. The shorter option ascends the hill immediately behind Periche, to drop steeply down to Dingboche. The longer option is to continue from Dingboche and trek up the Imja Tse valley towards Island Peak. The views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Cho Polu from here are outstanding. After a few hours the trekker terminus of Chukung is reached, and after a rest we return down the valley.
March 23: Day 8: Pheriche - Dugla (4600m). We climb up to the ridge behind Periche and stay high, mesmerised by the views of Tawoche and Cholatse, until we reach the tea houses at Dughla. Many people continue from here to Lobuche. But, it makes for better acclimatizing to ascend slowly. There are basic lodges here offering accommodations.
March 24: Day 9: Dugla - Lobuche (4931m). From Dugla we have continue our stiff ascent to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The top of the climb is marked by a series of stone monuments to commemorate some of the climbers that have not returned from expeditions to this region. Loboche is a windswept collection of huts tucked in a narrow meadow between the glacier and the Loboje Peak (6156m). The Lhotse ridge is simply awesome from this angle. We will continue past Lobuche arriving at our evening’s accommodations at the Pyramid (the Italian Research Center).
March 25: Day 10: Lobuche - Kala Pattar (5545m) – Gorak Shep (5170). We trek along the rough path along the side of the Khumbu glacier to the tea houses at Gorak Shep. Behind rises the attractive 7000m peak of Pumori which dwarfs our trek’s summit of Kala Pattar. The route up is straightforward and takes most people between 90 minutes and 2 hours. All the peaks - Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and scores of other lesser peaks can be seen from this wonderful vantage point.
March 26: Day 11: Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp (5364m) - Lobuche (4930m). In the early morning we follow the Khumbu Glacier into Base Camp. Although the views are not as good as from Kalla Pattar, we can have a chance to get to the foot of the Khumbu Ice Fall from Base Camp. We will also have a chance to meet the trekking expedition advance parties. After visiting Base Camp (about 2 hrs from Gorak Shep), we’ll return to to Lobuche.
March 27: Day 12: Lobuche – Pangboche (4252m). We descend all morning past Pheriche to Pangboche, following the contours of the Dhud Kosi River.
March 28: Day 13: Pangboche - Kumjung (3791m). We now descend through a forest to the Dudh Kosi. Eventually we turn south off the main trail to Khunde and Khumjung, contouring past the Everest View Hotel.
March 29: Day 14: Kumjung – Thame (3801m). Today we traverse west, enjoying marvellous view of Kwangde Ri and the waterfalls that cascade off its flanks. The trail stay high up on the bank of the Bhote Khose, and we wander through a yellow and white rhododendron forest that comes into full bloom in May. As we cross the river, we look back down the valley for beautiful views of Thamserku and Kusum Kangru (6369m), before ascending through more rhododendron forest to pasture lands in front of Thame. This is the birth place of Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who made the first ascent of Everest with Hillary in 1953. Our lodge is located in meadows at the edge of the village. The hour-long climb to the cliff side monastery is well worth the effort. From this point, we can skirt above the village to climb across the ridge in order to view the route to the Nangpa La, a pass to Tibet frequently used by the Sherpas and their yaks during the monsoon.
March 30: Day 15: Thame - Namche (3,445m) We return back down the valley via Thamo, a hillside nunnery, and then take the trail to Namche.
March 31: Day 16: Namche-Lukla (2880m) Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys and our memories help us up the deceptively long, final climb into Lukla.
April 1: Day 17: Lukla - Kathmandu. Another chance to enjoy this great flight. Please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to un-flyable conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimise the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the trying circumstances which can occur will be greatly appreciated.
This itinerary is only a guideline, and is occasionally subject to change to suit local conditions, particularly on this trek where a lot of time is spent above 4000m.
Ker & Downey Nepal