Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain in the world at 8,848m and a trek to Everest base camp is a life-changing trip. This trek is filled with breathtaking views of some of the tallest mountains in the world and of the Himalaya range along with the culture of the Sherpas.
Adventure Club trek’s 16 day-long itinerary is designed carefully to make sure you are adequately acclimatized and get to enjoy the views and the culture; it’s a once in a lifetime kind of trip after all. Our trek starts with a 30-35 minutes’ flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. From Lukla, we follow the trail up the Dudh Koshi Valley to Phakding for the night. The trail takes us to Namche Bazaar the next day. Namche Bazaar is not only the hub of the Khumbu region, but it is also your first window to Everest; you get your first views of Mt. Everest here.
We acclimatize in Namche for a day. Acclimatization period is very important before going above the 3,000 m (9843 ft.) While it is a lodge trek with well-routed trails and teahouses along the way, it is not an extremely easy trek. People with average physical fitness can complete the trek with adequate acclimatization and guiding. Along the trails that lead to the Everest Base Camp, we pass through quiet and beautiful Sherpa establishments like Tengboche.
Tengboche (3860m/12664 ft.) is located on a high ridge and offers a 360-degree panorama of Everest, Lhotse-Nuptse Wall, Ama Dablam, and Kantega. The century-old Tengboche monastery adds to the serenity of the vistas. As we leave behind one Sherpa settlement for another turning the wheels on one Mani wall after another, Everest slowly starts to get closer. We acclimatize at Dingboche at 4410m/14468 ft. Before hitting and crossing the 5,000m/1644 ft. Mark.
We set foot at the Everest Base Camp (5, 365m/ 17602 ft.) on the tenth day of our trek. You can inspect the massive Khumbu icefall up close from the base camp. Excellent views of Nuptse, Pumori, Everest, and Khumbutse among other mountains can be seen. The highest point in our trek is not Everest Base Camp though; it is Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar at 5,555m/18225m is the highest point in the trek and the best vantage point in the Everest region.
You get to enjoy the unsurpassable sunrise views of Everest including a dozen or more other mountains from the top of Kala Patthar. Once we have completed our trek to Kala Patthar, we start descending. We come back to the Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla for a flight back to Kathmandu. Adventure Club Trek also offers other trips to the Everest region. For those who wish to complete the Everest Base Camp Trek less than two weeks, we have Everest Base Camp Trek- 14 Days and Everest Base Camp Trek-13 Days itineraries.
Kathmandu to Lukla Flight Delays
The unpredictability of the weather in mountain areas directly affects the flights to and from Lukla. The Twin Otter planes that are used for transport from and to Lukla are reasonably reliable in good weather conditions. But, the flights may be delayed or canceled due to technical problems and extreme weather conditions.To ensure you stay on your schedule in case the Twin Otter flight cancels or delays too far, we can charter you a helicopter. While the helicopter can fly at the visibility of 15,000m, the Twin Otters require 5,000m visibility, according to Nepal Civil Aviation rules.
You can pay for the helicopter in US cash, credit cards or traveler’ cheques directly to our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for the payment which you can present to claim the amount back from your travel insurance company. Helicopter charges range from a minimum of US$500 to a maximum of US$3500. Also, we recommend you land in Kathmandu a day before we start the trek. You have enough time to buy trekking gears and beat off the jet lag. Having a few days extra left after your trek is also an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss your international flight in case of difficulties during the trek which might lengthen your trip. It also gives you a way to beat the flight cancellation to or from Lukla in case of severe weather.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna,Langtang, or any other regions.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.
The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.
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