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Everest Base Camp
Saturday 20th April - Sunday 5th May 2019

Join this trip of a lifetime in Spring 2019 - get 16 days of adventure trekking across stunning landscapes surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world - and you only need to take 9 days off work! 

OVERVIEW

On this breathtaking trek to Everest Base Camp, you'll follow in the footsteps of climbing legends, including Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. 

You'll have time to enjoy the friendly local Nepalese culture and hospitality as you make your way across the mountains on this well-known route - exploring remote villages, getting up close to beautiful monasteries, seeing strings of colourful prayer flags and crossing thrilling suspension bridges. In the evenings you'll sit down to enjoy hot meals in cosy teahouses and each day you'll be astounded by the views looking up the slopes of some of the tallest peaks in the world such as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam.

To get to Everest Base Camp you'll fly to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, then take another plane to the small mountain town of Lukla. When you get to Lukla you'll have a night to prepare before your real adventure begins!

EC adventures are informal, friendly and great fun! They're made up of singles, couples and small sets of friends with ages typically ranging from mid 20s to mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome. Whether it's your first time exploring the outdoors or you're an adventure professional, EC adventures are a great way to meet like-minded people in a safe, welcoming and fun environment. 

ITINERARY

Saturday 20th April - Arrival in Kathmandu (elevation 1,350 m)

You will be met by the trek leader at the airport you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to your accommodation in Kathmandu which will require approx. half an hour’s drive. After check-in at the hotel and a chance to refresh you will be briefed on your trek itinerary.

Sunday 21st April - Flight to Lukla (elevation 2,840 m) and Trek to Phakding (elevation 2,610 m)

We take an early morning flight to Lukla - a scenic flight that only takes around 40 minutes. Lukla itself is a beautiful mountain village. We will have a break for tea or coffee and you'll be able to buy bottled water or trekking gear if you still need anything. You will then trek about 4 hours to Phakding with lunch along the way.

Monday 22nd April - Trek to Namche Bazaar (elevation 3,440 m)

After breakfast we start our journey to Namche Bazaar – the Sherpa capital and base for any Everest expedition. You'll cross six suspension bridges over the beautiful Dudhkoshi River. There are plenty of nice small tea shops along the way where you'll stop for some drinks and lunch, and you'll stay overnight in a local teahouse.

Tuesday 23rd April - Trek to Phortse Village (elevation 3,860m)

In the morning you'll start your 5-6 hour trek to Phortse - a beautiful farming village in Khumbu Valley. A relaxed day trek - in the evening you'll stay over in Phortse.

Wednesday 24th April - Trek to Dingboche (elevation 4,410 m)

We will leave early for this 6 hour hike to Dingboche - our resting place for the next two nights. Dingboche is probably one of the highest villages in Nepal - at this elevation people still do farming - mainly potato, wheat and vegetables.

Thursday 25th April - Acclimatization day in Dingboche

Today you'll stay in Dingboche to acclimatise. There is a choice of optional hikes today - you can cross over Imja Khola river and climb up to the bottom of Ama Dablam, one of the most remarkable peaks in this area (a steep hike but worth it for the beautiful views!). Another option is a hike to Pokalde Peak from where there is another magnificent view of the mountains in the area.

Friday 26th April - Trek to Lobuche (elevation 4,910 m)

You're getting closer to Everest every day now! On today's 6 hour walk you will cross the Thukla pass where we will get even more dramatic mountain views. At the top of the ridge you'll see an array of stones with prayer flags as a monument to the many tragically failed Everest expeditions. We will stay overnight in a lodge or teahouse in Lobuche.

Saturday 27th April - Trek to Gorakshep / Everest Base Camp (maximum elevation 5,364 m)

Today you will arrive at the world-famous Everest Base Camp. Seven hours steady uphill trek will bring you to the place where all mountaineers get acclimatised for their Everest expeditions. After exploring Base Camp you will descend back to Gorakshep where you will spend your highest night on this trek at 5,194 m.

Sunday 28th April - Kala Pathar / Trek to Pheriche (maximum elevation 5,550 m)

Kala Pathar / Trek to Pheriche. You might find this to be the real highlight of the trip! You'll wake up early and climb to Kala Pathar to enjoy a beautiful sunrise view behind Everest. After this you will go back to Gorakshep to enjoy breakfast before descending to Pheriche which lies at an elevation of 4,240 m.

Monday 29th April - Trek to Tengboche (elevation 3,860 m)

This peaceful trek will take you to the well known and beautiful Tengboche monastery. You will arrive after around 6 hours trekking and stay overnight in a teahouse. You will get the chance to visit the monastery - and if you are lucky you can chat with the monks and the Lama!

Tuesday 30th April - Trek to Phakding (elevation 2,610 m)

After a good night's sleep you'll slowly trek back to Phakding.

Wednesday 1st May - Trek to Lukla (elevation 2,840 m)

This is your final trekking day and you'll be staying overnight in Lukla ready for the return flight back to Kathmandu.

Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th May - Flight to Kathmandu & departure back to the UK (allow 3 days)

Flights from Lukla might be delayed if the weather is bad so there are a few extra insurance days scheduled in just in case! You’ll either have some extra days to relax, go rafting down a local river or explore Kathmandu city, or you can be transferred straight to the airport (please note you might want to book your return flight to the UK on Friday 4th or Saturday 5th in case of delay)

EXPERIENCE

The path from Lukla to Everest Base Camp is only about 40 miles long, but you will gain more than 2,400 metres in elevation. For a successful and enjoyable trip, it’s important to be in good physical shape and to move slowly up the path to give your body time to acclimatise to the altitude.

Although you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to trek to Everest Base Camp, to fully enjoy the trip we strongly advise:

  • A clean bill of health
  • A good level of fitness
  • Some experience of hill walking

Basically the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the days of trekking, the less tired you will be, and the faster your body will recover. The best training possible is getting out on the hills, but any exercise will be of benefit and there are lots of free training plans on the internet (for example see a range here). 

You might also experience some altitude sickness, as we're going above 2,800 metres when it is common for people to feel effects of high altitude. We will acclimatise you slowly and you will be taking the walk at a manageable pace, but we recommend you bring some altitude sickness medication, protect yourself from the elements and drink plenty of water throughout the expedition to minimise the effects on your body. 

WHAT'S INCLUDED 

  • Return transfers from Kathmandu airport to your hotel
  • Two nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (nights of 20th April and 3rd May)
  • Domestic return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla 
  • All necessary permits (National parks and TIMS Card)
  • Qualified, experienced and English-speaking trek leader Hari, who has over 20 years of experience guiding travellers to Base Camp
  • Two assistant Sherpa guides
  • Six porters to carry the bulk of your equipment and bags
  • All tea house accommodation throughout the trek

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • International return flights to Kathmandu
  • International personal travel insurance. Please note this is compulsory and it must cover both medical & emergency evacuation with worth of USD 100,000 minimum. A copy of your travel insurance must be provided upon your arrival in Kathmandu. 
  • Visa for entry into Nepal - you can apply in advance or on arrival at the airport (please bring extra passport photos and USD $50 cash)
  • Any personal equipment and kit (please see below for our recommended kit list)
  • Food and drinks throughout the trek
  • Tips for porters and guides (this is voluntary but if you want to tip it's around £10 for porters and £20 for guides)
  • Extra nights' accommodation in Kathmandu at the end of the trip

KIT LIST

You can download our recommended kit list HERE.

PAYMENT

  • Discounted earlybird price for EC CLUB Members - £999 (if deposit is paid before 23rd April 2018)
  • Discounted earlybird price for non EC CLUB Members - £1,049 (if deposit is paid before 23rd April 2018)
  • Standard price for EC CLUB Members - £1,049
  • Standard price for non EC CLUB Members - £1,099

You'll need to pay a £350 deposit on booking with the remaining balance due by 21st October 2018.

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QUESTIONS?

If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.


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