Western Nepal is iconized by the Annapurna massif and the popular tourist destination, Pokhara. The Annapurna region encapsulates the world’s best trekking routes. The major and popular trekking routes lead to Jomsom, Mustang, Manang, Annapurna Sanctuary and around the Annapurna range. Most of the treks, in Annapurna Region, including the &ld
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Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek is a covetous undertaking for any adventure aspirant. Simply setting your feet in the Everest region, gives you goose bumps and unprecedented ecstasy, as you realize that you are at the vicinity of the world’s most premier peak, standing tall and handsome since the hoary antiquity. Mt. Everest, scaling 8,848 meters, undoubtedly the highest in the world, has induced an imperishable and insatiable desire in the hearts of quest freaks. Its dauntingly tantalizing zenith attracts people from around the world, many sleeve up to conquer it, but not all make it to the top!
Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek saunters you to the base of this enormous snow-clad giant and then to Kala Patthar- a greyish monticule and an exclusive vantage point that offers a jaw-dropping panorama of the entire Everest milieu. Get engrossed like never before, in the devilishly beautiful mountain views, simultaneously internalizing the life patterns and cultures of the mountain geniuses- the Sherpas. Blessed with a robust built, a lion’s heart and astoundingly amicable nature, the Sherpas are the guiding stars when it comes to piercing the way to the Everest. The grandeur of Everest, the challenging trails and unmatchable accompaniment and hospitality of the Sherpas, all make the Everest Base Camp trek really special. It’s not just about the Everest, you will be bewildered to behold the majesty of other mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse and Mt. Ama Dablam. Pay a visit to Namche bazaar, the local market gathering; amidst the hustle and bustle, you will have a rare opportunity to collect souvenirs representing the Sherpa’s way of life. Starting your trek after an early morning flight to Lukla from Kathmandu, we walk through the Sherpa land incessantly ascending the classic trail towards the base of the Everest via Namche, Thame, Khumjung, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorekshep and make our way back via Pheriche and Phortse village. Along the trails, we get to see some orthodox monasteries like Thame, Pangboche and Tengboche. The pre-dawn challenging ascent to the Kala Patthar, is something you will always boast on all your life. Perhaps it will be the first thing that you would enthusiastically want to relate in every rendezvous.....and why not... when it makes you daring and demanding !
Come, let’s do it. Let Marron be the adventure companion in your quest to stare at the mighty Everest right in its eyes!
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. Your first day will be a relaxed day as you check into your hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner where you will meet your guide for the upcoming trek.
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Orientation
Today will feature a easy tour of the city, including several of the World Heritage Sites. It is a day of visiting sacred Hindu temples, Buddhist shrines and historical monuments as you become acquainted with Nepalese culture and traditions. At noon, enjoy lunch as you will prepare for the trek at our special orientation.
Day 03: Kathmandu–Lukla–Phakding (2,652 m)
Fly to the village of Lukla and then enjoy a 3 – 4 hour trek to the village of Phakding. Today will be a short trek in order to get you acclimated to the elevation. Optional trek to a nearby monastery.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
Today's trek will take between 5 and 6 hours as you walk through pine forests leading along the Dudh Koshi River and over a series of suspension bridges. Today will feature the first view of Mt. Everest after a steep climb over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Spend the night at Namche Bazaar, the principle trading center of the region.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar (Day of Rest)
It may seem early to take a day of rest, but this is so your body will become acclimatized to the high elevation. It will not be a full day of resting, as there will be a day hike to your choice of Thame or Khunde or exploring the village of Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870 m)
Following breakfast, we resume trekking as we continue to climb to the village of Tengboche. Today you will see wonderful views of five different peaks, including Mt. Everest. This is a good day to see wildlife as we pass through forests. Today's trek takes 5 – 6 hours to Tengboche, which features the highest Buddhist monastery in the world.
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m)
Today's trek give an opportunity for great pictures of the Tengboche monastery. We will take the upper trail for great views on the way to Pangboche village, passing through several chhortens and Mani walls and small villages. Lunch will offer a great view of Mt. Ama Dablam. The second part of the day's trek will be more moderate as we enter Imja Valley until the final and steepest climb up to Dingboche where we will spend the night.
Day 08: Dingboche (Day Rest)
This will be our second rest as your body adjusts to the higher elevations of the Everest region. There will be a short climb to the top of the ridge north to the north where you will be able to see three of the six highest peaks in the world (Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyo) as well as other snow-covered peaks that make for an array of scenic beauty.
Day 09: Dingboche to Duglha(4,600m)
Today's trek is 3 – 4 hours as we are continuing to allow our bodies to adjust to the higher elevations. The walk is through an arid terrace, affording outstanding views of the valley. We will pass by Phulung Karpo where the 1953 Everest Expedition camped. Mt. Pumori (7,138 m/23,418 ft) comes into view. The trail descends and crosses a fast-flowing stream on a wooden bridge. We will stop at Duglha in order to allow the body to adjust to this elevation.
Day 10: Duglha to Lobuche (4.940m)
Today's trek is 2 -4 hours as we climb the steep terminal moraine of Khumbu Glacier. The trail hugs the ridge and affords incredible views. It is also a day that will remind us of those who have died climbing Mt. Everest as prayer flags and stones have been erected in their memories. The trek is slower today as the higher elevation will leave you feeling a bit breathless.
Day 11: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170m) - EBC (5,364m)
Today's trek is one of our longest, but we achieve our goal – Everest Base Camp. We will climb to the top of Thangma Riju where we will have an incredible 360° view of the mountains around us. There is no place to stay at Everest Base Camp, so we return to Gorak Shep.
Day 12: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5,545m) to Pheriche (4,280m)
The morning opens with sunrise over the high peaks of the Himalayas. The trek today will reveal many more mountains, including Mt. Everest as it rises into view. Those wishing to visit Everest Base Camp can take the longer 4 - 5 hour trek the Kala Patthar trek (8 – 9 hours). Many wish to return to Everest today in order to watch the sunrise on the mountain.
Day 13: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
We continue to descend as we begin our return trip which could take upto 5 - 6 hours. The trail will take us across the Dudh Koshi River and then along the Dudh Kosti gorge as it rapidly descends through the pine forests. There will be opportunities to see some Himalayan wildlife along the way.
Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m)
Today's walk takes us between 6 to 8 hours as we return to Lukla where we will spend the night.
Day 15: Lukla to Kathmandu
Finally a day with no trekking as you take the relaxing flight back to Kathmandu. Spend the day resting or touring the city before our celebration dinner.
Day 16: Departure
Fly today from Kathmandu, after experiencing a trip of a lifetime! You can always come back to visit more beautiful places of Nepal. We will happily arrange for your next adventure in Nepal.