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Location – Khumbu Valley, Nepal
Duration – 17 days (ex Kathmandu)
Highest Altitude – 5,545 metres/18,200 feet
Best time to go – 7 to 23 April or 21 April to 7 May, Or 10 to 26 Oct. or 1 to 17 Nov. 2019
Difficulty – Moderate degree of fitness, high altitude trekking
Tour Cost – Full Service: US$$2,150, £1,650, €1,850 (Converted 3-01-2019)
Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most iconic trekking experiences in the world, where you can trek to base camp on snow-free paths through green terraced villages, rushing rivers, suspension bridges, lush forests, stay in civilized ‘teahouses’ and camp in verdant meadows beneath towering peaks.
Summit Climb’s philosophy is to provide a top-quality high-altitude mountain climbing and trekking experience at the most efficient cost-level. We believe in providing affordable well-organized expeditions, while traveling responsibly and sustainably through the environments and cultures we visit – we actively contribute to the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development, and the implementation of a charity non-profit hospital and wider educational work.
Our climbing expeditions maximize many years of accumulated wisdom leading trips to the highest mountains on the planet, a strong record of reaching the top of 8000ers: Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Shishapangma and many other high altitude summits with safety as our key priority. We have conducted countless high altitude expeditions, and consider ourselves specialists in expedition development, organization, and delivery – getting teams safely to the summit and back down. We have been running expeditions for over 17 years catering from novice to expert, and we know all of the bureaucratic officials, liaison officers, yak drivers, and hoteliers/restaurateurs personally in the countries we visit. We must also give credit to our polite and highly experienced, hard-working climbing sherpas, high altitude guides, cooking, and office staff.
We have just returned from successful treks and climbing expeditions in the Himalaya, Africa, and South America, including climbs and treks to Ama Dablam, Cho-Oyu, Mustagata, Everest from Nepal, Everest from Tibet, Lhakpa Ri/North Col, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro/Mt. Kenya and Lhotse. We welcome individuals and small groups to join us for climbing and trekking; come join our team!
Everest Basecamp Trek Description
Introduction: Mt. Everest was first climbed in 1953 by Hillary and Tenzing. Their base camp was at Gorak Shep which we will visit along our adventure. Our trek to the base of the highest mountain in the world allows you to enjoy the incredible beauty of Nepal and walk to a very high altitude on good snow-free paths, providing spectacular views of Everest and the surrounding Himalaya Giants.
Leader and staff: Our friendly guides and trip leaders are experts at leading groups throughout Nepal. In addition, they have an intimate knowledge of the Sherpa people and customs and temples and shrines in each picturesque village you stroll through. We must also give credit to our polite and highly experienced, hard-working trekking Sherpas, cooking, and office staff.
On the trek: Our guide, together with friendly and helpful Sherpas, cooks and local people leading yak caravans carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, prepare and serve delicious meals, so you can relax and enjoy the trek. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the trek.
Sherpas: Our excellent Sherpas have an intimate knowledge of the beautiful trek to Everest and the comfortable villages we will visit because this is their home region. They live in this land, grew up on farms here, have family and friends in the fun areas we will pass through, making our visit less of the usual tourist experience and more involved with the unique and genuine culture of the Khumbu Valley. They go out of their way to help make your visit remarkable and create lasting ties with the majestic landscapes and the inhabitants who reside there. This is a very enjoyable trek with friendly people.
Everest National Park: The Park covers an area of 1148 square kilometres in the Khumbu region of Nepal. This includes Mt. Everest and several other well-known peaks such as Lhotse, Pumori, Island Peak , and Ama Dablam. Mt. Everest and the surrounding area is a ‘world biosphere reserve’. Since 1976 the park has served to safeguard unique cultural, physical and scientific values through sound conservation principles. Vegetation in the park varies from oak, pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes to fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods at mid-elevations. Scrub and alpine plant communities with bare rock and glacier are found above the tree line. 22 species of rhododendron bloom during the spring (April and May) and much of the flora is colourful throughout the year. Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are Himalayan tahr, goral, serow, musk deer, and well over 100 different bird species
Trek to basecamp: This is one of the most beautiful treks in the world with ancient snow-free paths winding past green terraced villages, rushing streams crossed on swinging bridges and each night a comfortable ‘teahouse’ or a good tent pitched in a quiet pasture beneath the highest peaks in the world. Throughout the trek we eat delicious meals prepared by our skilful cooks. The trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization, rest and site-seeing. Together we retrace the classic “Everest Approach March” made by Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The trek winds through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth, where you can relax in exotic, friendly Sherpa villages. Our trusty yaks and porters carry all of your baggage, so you don’t have to carry a heavy rucksack.
Kala Patar: Just above Gorak Shep is the small hill-ridge of Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet). It is a windy path up grassy, rocky slopes to reach the top. It was from here that Eric Shipton helped to choose the first ascent route on Mt Everest, which Tenzing and Hillary climbed in 1953. The mountain behind Kala Patar has an interesting story: Mallory wanted to name a peak after his young daughter. In the Sherpa and Tibetan languages, “Pumo” means girl, and “Ri” means mountain. So Mallory chose to name it Pumori. According to David Padwa, the peak was named during the first Everest reconnaissance.
1) Arrive in Kathmandu.
Trekking to Everest Basecamp:
3) Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2,840 metre/9,300 feet. Trek to Phakding, where we camp in a teahouse at 2650 metres/8,700 feet.
4) Walk to Namche Bazaar 3,440 metre/11,300 feet.
5) Rest, acclimate, and relax in Namche Bazaar.
6) Trek to Pangboche, 3,985 meters / 13,074 foot
7) Walk along to the village of Dingboche, 4,410 meters / 14,469 feet
8) Rest in Dingboche
9) Walk along to the village Lobuche, 4,930 metres/16,200 feet .
10) A short day up the Khumbu glacier takes us to the rocky outpost of Gorak Shep, with three cozy teahouses at 5,160 metres/16,900 feet for lunch. And walk up to Everest basecamp, which lies atop the Khumbu glacier at 5,300 metres/17,400 feet. Return to Gorak Shep.
11) Trek up Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet). This evening we stay in Lobuche or Thukla.
12) Walk back to Tengboche
13) We will walk back to Namche Bazaar for Lunch then rest in Jorsalley
14) Walk down from Jorsalley to Lukla.
15) Return flight to Kathmandu.
16) Extra day of rest and celebration in Kathmandu. Do take a taxi out to Bhaktapur if you wish to visit an impressive temple city.
17) Flight Home. Good Bye everyone, it was nice meeting you!
Mount Everest Foundation For Sustainable Development In Nepal/Tibet
The Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development (MEF) exists to help local families support themselves to build schools, hospitals and environmental projects in remote areas near Mount Everest. The MEF is a registered charity of Nepal number 326/060/61. The MEF works in cooperation and partnership with related agencies encouraging maximum utilization of local and natural resources. It is an MEF priority to support programmes addressing education, health, and environment from grass-root levels. The implementation of these services and activities directly benefits a large section of the people of remote Nepal.
We understand that it is necessary to give something back to the people and the areas we visit. Our efforts focus on helping local families support themselves by:
– Organize and lead medical, educational, environmental and cultural service-walks to help local people help themselves
– Educate Nepalese children by helping build new schools, hiring additional teachers and providing educational materials
– Educate local people to become teachers in the rural villages where they live, in order to build sustainable education opportunities
– Educate local people to become health workers in the rural villages where they live, in order to promote sustainable health services
– Work together with our sponsors to care for the environments and cultures we visit
– Support cultural preservation and restoration projects to sustain local foundations on the edge of disappearing, both physically and socially
– Support environmental cleanup projects and awareness in order to moderate the effects of tourism in the Himalaya and keep these majestic areas pristine