Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek: 16 days

Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek

Everest base camp kalapathar trek is truly an incredible experience of this glorious region and its fascinating people with their long held tradition. From Lukla (2,805m.) we commence our trek to Namche Bazaar (3,436m.) for a day of acclimatization and optional hikes. From Namche we explore the Sherpa villages of Khunde and Khumjung before heading for Thyangboche Monastery. After visiting Chukung Ri trek to Lobuche for a day-hike along the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp (5,364m.) and a climb of Kala Patthar Peak (5,550m.) for a close encounter with Mt. Everest.

Trip Facts:

Activities: Trekking
Start/End: Kathmandu
Destination: Everest Nepal
Trip Duration:  16 days
Max. Altitude: 5400 meters
Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.12
Best Season: February, March,  April, May, June, September, October, November & December
Trip Grade: Strenuous
Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
Cost: Please contact us

Trek Map:

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Everest base camp kalapather trek – itinerary

Day 01: A Scenic flight from Kathmandu to lukla(2886m.) and trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m.)
Transfer to the domestic airport for our flight to Lukla. Lukla is a small town with an airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. Our trek commence from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. We descend a mountainside path that merges into our route to Everest, with views to a valley to our right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as we pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. We continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding.

Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)
four and half hours trekking. This day we trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. We can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. We can also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La.

Day 03: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization we walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.

Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867 m.)
Five hours walking. From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. Now we have a glimpse of first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, the trail descends steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga (3250m.).The village has an excellent place for lunch and we can take a short rest before making the steep climb to Tyangboche. Although exhausting due to the zigzag path, the trek has numerous attractions like rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds chirping and superb mountain scenery making our trek exciting. Tyangboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region.

Day 05: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.)
About five hours walking. We gradually descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily up to the village of Pangboche. This is directly opposite to Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the Gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. As we gradually ascend, we find thick forests. This part of the trail is full of thorny and juniper bushes. A further two and half hour’s walk brings us to Dingboche. Here we can see Sherpa people working hard in the agricultural farm.

Day 06: Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion in and around the places. Here we can steeply climb up to Nakartsang Gompa for the rare outstanding view of Mount Makalu (8463m.) along with Lhotse, Island Peak, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The another option provided is a small side trip to Chhukung which takes about 2 and half hours to go up and 1 and half hours to come back to Dingboche. There are some of the lodges which serve we the delicious food items.

Day 07: Trek from Dingboche(4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.)
Takes about four hours walking. The trail gradually ascends up to the Chhukung. On the way, we can see summer huts made especially for keeping the livestock’s in summer time. Along this, we enjoy the beautiful mountain views in and around the valley.

Day 08: Trek from Chhukung to Chhukung Ri (5546m.) to Lobuche (4930m.) via Dongla (4620m.)
Takes almost six hours walking. From Chhukung Ri we can have a view of Mt. Nuptse (7896m.), Mt.Lhotse (8511m.), Baruntse peak (6800m.),Ama Dablam peak(6856m.),Thamserku peak (6608m.), Konde Ri or peak(6187m.), Tawoche peak(6542m.), Cholotse peak (6441m.) and more. Now we begin our trek to Lobuche via Dongla which offers us panoramic view of the mountains along the way. The teahouse at Dongla is a good spot to have lunch, before zigzagging up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone caves, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche (4900m.) to Gorakshep (5180m.) and retrace back to Gorakshep.
This takes about three and half hours. We take lunch at Gorakshep, take rest and if we feel fine, the participants can walk to Everest Base Camp (5486m.). We will spend about 4 and half hours trek up to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep. The trek is on glacier and snow capped rocks. We can also see many small frozen lakes around the Everest Base Camp and return back to Gorakshep.

Day 10: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and back to Pheriche (4243m.) This takes about six hours. We accomplish an early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) to enjoy the view of sunrise. From Kala Patthar we can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. Pheriche is the place where we can make phone calls to any part of the world. We can see the mountain Yaks in Pheriche. Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town. There we can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. There is located Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post and foreign volunteer doctors are to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people.

Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Phortse (3750m.)
This takes almost four and half hours. The trail descends to Pangboche and now the trail starts turning up and down in every half an hour to Phortse. On the way there is an opportunity to see wild life in and around the area like mountain goat, musk deer and many species of Himalayan birds. There are village monasteries in Pangboche and Phortse rich in cultural heritage of Sherpa people. Along this, we see an old monastery in Pangboche which is believed to have been established during 16th century. The Pangboche village is known to have highest permanent settlement throughout the year.

Day 12: Trek from Phortse (3750m.) to Khumjung (3790m.)
This takes almost three and half hours. The trail here descends for early twenty minutes and ascends up steeply for almost one hour to Mongla (4000m.). From this spot, we can see the panoramic view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Now the trail descends and ascends frequently up to Khumjung. The Khumjung village is said to have the largest settlement of Khumbu region. There is well-equipped high school built by Edmund Hillary in 1960. Not limited to this, there is an old monastery where the skull of Yeti is believed to have preserved. The neighboring village of Khumjung is Khunde where a well equipped Hospital is built by Edmund Hillary in 1964.

Day 13: Trek from Khumjung to Thame (3800m.)
This takes about four hours. Thame is a place where we can visit many ancient monasteries. We will be able to experience the real Sherpa culture and at the most, from Thame we can take a glance at the beautiful mountain peaks.

Day 14: Trek from Thame to Monjo (2835m.)
This takes about six hours. While trekking from Thame to Monjo we come across few Sherpa settlements and we will meet friendly Sherpa people. Trekking this day is little bit easier in comparison to other days. Monjo is a small village and the area is mainly for agriculture. We can see people being engaged in agricultural activities.

Day 15: Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2800m.)
This takes about four and half hours. This day the trail gradually descends and ascends as well. We cross the Dudh Koshi river over suspension bridges.

Day 16: We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla and it takes almost 30 minutes.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Why choose us?

Mission Eco Trek aware that there are many companies seeking your business as you plan your adventure holidays in the Nepal Himalayas. We believe we offer the very best value for money and take your safety, comfort and ultimate holiday experience very seriously.

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Service Includes

  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Basic Lodge) during the trekking period
  • National park permit
  • Domestic airfare (if necessary)
  • Domestic airport tax (if necessary)
  • English speaking guide
  • Highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing & salary
  • Staffs insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Airport picks up & drops
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • TIMS Card (Trekker's Information Management System)
  • All Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be provided from the guesthouse/teahouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same teahouse/lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

Trekking Equipments:-

The following equipment lists are suggested and essential for both camp & teahouse trekking in the Himalayas. Make use of this list as a guideline; some of the equipment can be hired in Katmandu as well. Besides, keep in mind trekking gear can be bought in the many adventure shops in Katmandu, the majority of gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) although it is becoming more common for gear to be imported from China and therefore of better quality.

Luggage:

1) 1 large duffel bag: This will carry all your personal gear on the trekking. It should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.
2) 1 rucksack or day pack: This should accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:
1. Sunhat
2. A Bandana
3. Sunglasses
4.Warm hat
5. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor
6. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

Hands:
1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:
1. T-shirts
2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best
3. Underwear
4. 2 Long shorts
5. 2 Trousers- (loose and comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:
1. Down Jacket
2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)
3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)
4. Waterproof pants
5. Baggy pants
6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)
7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:
1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)
2. Spare laces
3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks
5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:
1. Water Bottle
Purification equipment- Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:
1. 30-40 liter daypack
2. Water Proof Bag- A water proof bag to cover the rucksack
3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:
1. Bandage for sprains
2. Plasters/Band-aids
3. Iodine or water filters
4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters
5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts
6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller
8. Oral rehydration salts
9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)
11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)
12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)
13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:
1. Binoculars
2. Reading book
3. Trail Map/Guide book
4. Journal & Pens
5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:
1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel
2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
4. Deodorant
5. Nail clippers
6. Face and body moisturize
7. Feminine hygiene products
8. Small mirror

Some Frequently Ask Questions by our valued customers

How can I book this trip?
When you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 15% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process. For the details, please Contact us.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Everest base camp kalapathar trek?
Everest base camp kalapathar trek is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 6 -7 hours daily.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Everest base camp kalapathar trek. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
Well, it is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday trips are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your trip plan.

What kind of accommodation I can have during the trip?
Whilst Kathmandu, we do provide standard accommodation with good bathrooms but during the trekking, we provide you local lodges which is called Tea house. Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route.

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Trekking holidays in Nepal is a exiting and adventure trip. We trek up to 6000m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Well, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Normally, most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Diffidently, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of Mission Eco Trek with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Can I extend my holiday?
Everest base camp kalapathar trek can extend and there are many options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions.

-2 nights / 3 days Chitwan Jungle Safari
-2 full day sightseeing tour in Bhaktapur, Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu valley
-1night/2 days Trisuli or Bhote Kosi river rafting
-08 days overland tour to Tibet
-Everest mountain flight.

Acclimatization

Mission Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff
http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm

Further Information

Our homepage contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 23742 (Jitendra), 0977 98510 23758 (Thakur).

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Travel Insurance

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

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Contact Address

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