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Adventure Boutique 'Mount Everest Base Camp': 2016, 19 Nights

Mount Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest Base Camp

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Itinerary Description

This expedition presents the opportunity to add your name to the list of people who have trekked to Mount Everest Base Camp, but this expedition offers the opportunity to accomplish it in relative style. Justifiably a very popular trek, it is also one of the greatest of all the trekking itineraries available today. Nepal offers a range of picturesque scenery including thick forests, stunning valleys and glacial rivers. With a magical blend of culture, scenery and strenuous undertakings, this will always be one of the most rewarding mountain journeys a person can make. As well as hotel accommodation at both the start and end of the trip, you will also benefit from high-end logistics whilst out on the trek, giving your trip the edge over most others. Moreover, the expedition team will go to great lengths to ensure all kit is of the highest specification – creature comforts that can mean a lot at 5,000m+ above sea level.

Destination

Accommodation

Stay

Fly London to Nepal

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Today your incredible journey starts!

Kathmandu

1 night

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Travel to Kathmandu where you'll be met by an amazing blend of cultures, religions and people. Today will give you the chance to check-in to your luxury hotel, relax post flight and prepare for the trek. In the evening you will receive a comprehensive brief from your Expedition Leader on the adventure you are about to undertake.

Dinner is included.
 

Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

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The next day starts with an early morning flight into Lukla (2,800m).Please note that there may be weather dependent delays to internal flights to and from Lukla by a day or so. In the case of a delay suitable accommodation and meals will be provided.

Monju

1 night

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From Lukla you’ll begin the trek into the Khumbu region. The views from the aeroplane are amazing, providing dramatic scenes of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants, as the plane flies beneath the summits of nearby mountains. After landing on one of the world’s most exhilarating runways you’ll meet the rest of the team, including your Porters, and will begin a three to four hour trek to Monju (2,835m), where you’ll spend the night camping.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Namche Bazaar

2 nights

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The trek continues along the banks of the Dudh Kosi. Crossing this roaring river on suspension bridges laden with prayer flags is a thrilling experience. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar (3,400m), the gateway to the Khumbu region and the lively trading post of the valley.

The following day is a rest and acclimatisation day. Namche is the Sherpa capital and a bustling village filled with markets and traditional Sherpa houses. There’s a morning hike to the Sherpa museum from where there are views of Mount Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world- 8,516m) and the beautiful Ama Dablam (6,812m). The Sherpa Museum houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyles and a fabulous photography display. The rest of the day can be spent at leisure.

You will spend both nights camping at 3,400m.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included on both days.

Deboche

1 night

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From Namche Bazaar, you will trek along the contour of the hills, looking down onto the deep and lush valleys below. The route travels through Thyangboche, the spiritual centre of the Khumbu. At Thyangboche there is a famous monastery, which is home to incredibly ornate wall hangings, a giant sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. Some time can be spent here before the trek continues downhill into rhododendron forests, culminating in Deboche (3,800m) where a secluded camp is your accommodation for the night.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Dinboche

2 nights

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The trek continues along the roaring glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. You’ll cross another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climb to Pangboche amongst thousands of inscribed Mani stones. From Pangboche the route winds high above the valley floor, passing through various Sherpa settlements until it reaches Dingboche (4,300m), where you will spend the next two days camping.

Now above 4,000m, the next day is a valuable rest and acclimatisation day to allow you to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere. There is the option of a light hike up the valley to take a few more photographs of the spectacular 6,000m peaks of Tawoche, Cholatse, Island Peak and the 8,000m wall of Lhotse. On a clear day you may see Mount Makulu, another giant standing above 8,000m and the fifth highest mountain in the world. Today’s activities can be varied and flexible to suit you.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included on both days.

Pheriche

1 night

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Today, you’ll make your way further up the valley to Pheriche. Take a gentle hike through the valley or visit the Himalayan Association Medical Clinic in Pheriche. You will spend the night camping at 4,300m. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Lobuche

1 night

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From Dingboche, the trail traverses through farmlands and meadows. Stop in Dzugla (4,570m) for lunch before continuing along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. En route you’ll pass stone memorials to climbers who have died on the mountains - look carefully and you’ll find touching memorials to famous mountaineers. The trail concludes at Lobuche (4,900m) with your camp for the night set up just below the terminal moraine of the tributary glacier. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Gorak Shep and Kala Patthar

1 night

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An early morning start winds through the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier to a camp at Gorak Shep (5,410m), situated at the base of Kala Patthar. This was the original Base Camp used by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on their successful ascent of Everest, before the Base Camp moved closer to the mountain on the edge of the Khumbu Icefall. From Gorak Shep, ascend the non-technical Kala Patthar (5,550m) and admire the incredible views. From here you will be able to clearly see the summit of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Here’s the unforgettable chance to watch the sun set slowly onto Everest. This is the classical shot so often used for iconic pictures of Everest and highlights the beauty of nature at its best.You will spend the night camping at 5,500m. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Mount Everest Base Camp

1 night

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Journey to the Base Camp of Mount Everest (5,550m), as used by today’s best mountaineers, located at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. This can be a strenuous day but the satisfaction of having achieved your objective, and conquering a significant part of Mount Everest will make it all worthwhile. The entire day will be spent at Everest/Lhotse Base Camp, giving you the chance to explore this historic area in detail. You will spend the night camping at 5,500m.Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Gorak Shep

1 night

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Drop back down to Gorak Shep (5,410m) today as you begin yur descent.Spend the night camping at 5,410m.Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Pangboche

1 night

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Follow the route back down the Khumbu Valley to Pangboche (3,850m) where you will spend the night camping.Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Namache

1 night

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Descend to Namche (3,400m) where you will spend the night camping.Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Lukla

1 night

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Arrive back in Lukla (2,800m) where you will be greeted once again by the normality of a functional village. Here you will be able to relax and enjoy the local culture of the village, which offers many shops, restaurants and teahouses. You will spend the night camping.Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

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The next day, fly from Lukla back to Kathmandu.Please note that there may be weather dependent delays to internal flights to and from Lukla by a day or so. In the case of a delay suitable accommodation and meals will be provided.

Kathmandu

3 nights

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Check-in to your hotel located in the heart of the city. You will be able to use the rest of the trip to relax and explore the area. Kathmandu offers the chance to visit Durbar Square, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, that houses the palaces of the Malla and Shah kings who once ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square holds courtyards of temples that boast fantastic architecture. Surrounding the square are bustling markets where you will be able to find a whole range of Nepalese goods from clothing, jewellery to cultural handicrafts. This is a wonderful place to get a real feel for the city. You will also have the option to visit one of the holy places of Hinduism, The Temple of Pashupatinath, which is situated north of Kathmandu, next to the Baghmati River, and is where the Hindu ritual of cremation washing takes place. Many relatives who join the funeral procession take a bath in the Bagmati River, which is thought to purify the people spiritually. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included on all three days.

Fly Nepal to London

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Questions & Answers

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Do I need to be fit and have technical abilities?
You won’t be using ropes and crampons, so special technical skills are not needed to embark on this expedition.  You will be in the hands of some of the finest Expedition Leaders who will make the trip as comfortable for you as possible. A lot of walking is involved, the majority of it uphill. Not only that, you’ll be going into a more rarefied atmosphere the further you climb, which makes it tougher. With greater fitness comes greater enjoyment of the trek, so it is worth spending some time working on your fitness before you leave, but you don’t need to be an athlete to go on the expedition. The key to your fitness should be endurance. You will have support every step of the way, even before you depart, you have the opportunity to receive expert advice and a comprehensive personalised training plan should you desire it.

What are the toilet facilities on the mountain?
‘Portaloos’ are carried all the way up the mountain to each of the campsites. This offers you the comforts that are missed on many other mountain treks.

How do you cater on the mountain?
A cook and kitchen team will accompany the group when camping throughout the trip and you will be provided with proper balanced meals to replenish you. These meals will be tailored to your dietary needs.

Will I require any spending money?
Throughout the experience, you won’t need much spending money as the trip is comprehensively covered in the initial cost. You may require money for the very occasional meal not shown on the schedule and any alcoholic drinks. You may also wish to buy some souvenirs or make a satellite phone call home or for work purposes. It will be best to bring your usual currency and this can be changed into local currency soon after arrival.

What clothing/equipment do I need?
The expedition team will give you a full comprehensive kit list when you sign up and be on-hand if you have any questions before the expedition.

Do I need special insurance?
You should not need specialist-climbing insurance, but check with your insurer that you are covered trekking to the altitude you will be reaching (5,550m).

Do I need visas?
This is dependent on your nationality, the expedition team can advise you on this upon signing up. British citizens can obtain, in advance, from the Nepalese Embassy in London or on arrival in Nepal.

Do I need any vaccinations?
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide. You should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. Visit www.fco.gov.uk and ask your GP or a specialist clinic.

Is there a minimum and maximum age for this expedition?
The minimum age is 16 years old accompanied by a legal guardian or 18 years old otherwise. As long as you are in good health and fitness, there is no maximum age limit.

Will my mobile phone work?
You will find very little mobile phone reception on the mountain so don’t be surprised if your phone does not work. However, a satellite phone is carried by the team in case of emergencies, but this can be used for a charge.

Do the Porters carry everything for me?
Yes, the Porters are there to make life as easy as possible for you without detracting from the challenge of climbing part of the highest mountain in the world. All you need to carry is a very light daypack, containing essentials such as water, snacks, waterproofs, warm clothing, camera, sun cream.

Best time to travel


The best time to trek to Mount Everest Base Camp is in April, May, October or November. However, the time between December and March is still possible, but will be a lot quieter and colder. If you have a pre-formed group (family, friends or an organisation) expeditions can be organised around dates to suit your group.

The climate during your trip will vary between warm in Kathmandu (20° - 30°C), to relatively warm on the lower trekking trails (15° - 25° daytime) to cold at the higher elevations (0° - 5° daytime). Nighttime temperatures at Gorak Shep and Base Camp can be as low as -15°C during the trekking season with snow. Generally it should be dry but windy, but dry weather cannot always be guaranteed.

Please note that there may be weather dependent delays to internal flights to and from Lukla by a day or so. In the case of a delay suitable accommodation and meals will be provided.

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