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Everest Base camp & Kala Patthar Trek by Basecamp Adventures.
Mt Everest does not need any introduction, the highest peak in the world is not only the most sort after mountain to climb; even the Trek to Base Camp is equally popular. It is referred as ‘Mother of all Treks” The sheer presence of the world’s highest peak makes the trek more interesting. Trekking parallel to the gushing Dudh Koshi River and later the Kumbha glacier is an experience any adventure seeking person would not like to miss. The Best view of Mt Everest is from Kala Patthar that is located close to Gorakshep
Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel. Detailed briefing about the trek in the evening, O/N at Hotel
Half an hour morning flight to Lukla,one of the highest airports in the world. Start our trek to north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Monjo. Where it officially enters Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. O/N at guest house
Trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags brings us to the Namche Bazar, the Sherpa Capital town. O/N at hotel. Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar. Catch a first glimpse of Everest during a steep climb to Shangbouche.
Trek to Debuche. On the way we’ll be visiting Rongbuk, the highest monastery in the world. O/N at guest house.
Trek to Dingbouche. Here we will see beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. O/N at guest house. We will be trekking to Chukung and back on our second acclimatization day. O/N at guest house
Today’s trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. O/N at guest house
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. In the early afternoon we trek to the Mt Everest base camp (17,575 ft).We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. O/N stay at Gorakhshep
We start early in the morning around 3 AM to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. We come back to Gorakhshep and head down the glacier, reenter the lush and beautiful valleys, surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks. O/N at Periche.
Hike down a steep trail to the Dudh Kosi and climb to Namche Bazar. O /N at guest house.
The final day of our descent, we’ll have a long and leisurely trek back to Lukla. O/N at guest house
Weather permitting, we’ll fly back to Kathmandu today and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. O/N at Hotel.
EBC trek is such an iconic and well known trek that it needs no introduction. "Basecamp Adventures" did a wonderful job at making this experience an amazing one. Our expedition leader/guide was the co-founder of the company and was vastly experienced.
A long, strenuous and reasonably demanding trek. But it was worth it. Just hope that you get a good view when you are in that region as the weather gods need to show mercy to get those views that you go all the way out there for. And weather also plays a huge role in getting in and out of the place (getting stuck at Lukla for a few days and missing you international flight at Kathmandu or losing those days even before you take the flight to Lukla is not unheard of).
Prepare & pack wisely, train well and get all your trekking equipment in Nepal. Take on the climbs/descends at your own pace. It most definitely is not a race. :) Do your homework and learn about things like AMS, the terrain, common challenges faced etc. You have tons of videos on youtube.
This is a wonderful trek to do. But if you have more days to spare, do atleast one of the passes (Gokyo being the most well known). The views that they offer are supposed to be way more impressive.