Everest Base Camp Trek Sept-Oct 2019

Hiregoudar

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We had tied with Explore Vacation our tour organisers based in Nepal, who had planned the trek and were responsible for all arrangements. I had been to Kailash Manas Yatra through them in 2017 and was familiar with their competence.

Their contact is Mr. Rabi Panday (+977 985 1197846) in case anyone wishes to use them. They charged us Indian Rs. 77,500 per head.

I am sharing their trek program that they had tailored for us.

Everest Base Camp Trek -16 days
Maximum altitude:
5545 meters
The trek commences with an early flight from Kathmandu to the air strip at Lukla in the heart of the Khumbu Region, the rest of the day is an easy one of around three hours to our first overnight at Phakding. We continue north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Namche Bazaar, Namche was once a small village but is now the major trading hub of the region. Tibetan people travel regularly here to sell their wares; a day is spent for acclimatization - good food and accommodation.
From Namche the trail follows the Imja Khola, on route there are some spectacular views of the Khumbu Himal, Thamserku and Kantega with Amadablam in the distance, dominating the skyline ahead are Everest and Lhotse.
We spend the night at Thyangboche, the site of one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in the Khumbu region where we have an opportunity to visit. The trail ascends, climbing gradually up the Imja Khola eventually emerging above the tree line before Dingboche. Here we take further acclimatization with a side trek to Chhukung Ri (peak).
From Chhukung there are some amazing views of the south face of Lhotse to the north with a ring of smaller peaks surrounding it. Dingboche to Kalapatthar takes a further two days via the lateral moraine of the Everest glacier for a truly experience of Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse which tower above. A further five days are taken retracing to Lukla and the flight back to Kathmandu. An attainable trek for anyone who is reasonably fit with the itinerary set to minimize any affects of altitude.

ITINERARY
20th Sept 2019 - DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU

Arrival in Kathmandu, we will meet you at the airport and transfer to Hotel.
21st September - DAY 02: FLIGHT TO LUKLA - TREK TO PHAKDING [2656M] 3 HRS
A flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.
22nd September - DAY 03: TREK TO NAMCHE [3450M] 6 HRS
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the delicate mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.
23rd September - DAY 04: REST DAY IN NAMCHE
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.
24th September - DAY 05: TREK TO TENGBOCHE [3867M] 5 HRS
From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. We get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam rising in the horizon can be seen from the campsite.
25th September - DAY 06: TREK TO PHERICHE [4252M] 5 HRS
We descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours walk brings us to Pheriche.
26th September - DAY 07: AT PHERICHE
A day for rest and the acclimatization, we also get to wander up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. We can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche for the view of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Mt.Lhotse.
27th September - DAY 08: TREK TO LOBUCHE [4930M] 6 HRS
We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.
28th September - DAY 09: TREK TO GORAK SHEP [5184M] 7HRS
To reach our next stop, Kala Pattar, we follow the Khumbu Glacier. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place: Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, KALA PATTAR [5554M]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.
29th September - DAY 10: TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP [5357M] 6/7 HRS
A very early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche.
30th September - DAY 11: TREK TO PANGBOCHE [3985M] 5/6 HRS
Today’s trek is mostly downhill. As we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, we arrive at The Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s aid post and worth a visit. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.
1st Oct - DAY 12: TREK TO NAMCHE [3450M] 5 /6 HRS
We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.
2nd Oct - DAY 13: TREK TO LUKLA [2800M]
Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration. We have a party with our sherpa guides and porters. We sample some change (local beer) and try out some Sherpa dance steps and Overall an end to a memorable trip on a merry notes.
3rd Oct - DAY 14: FLY TO KATHMANDU
We pack up early and head for the airstrip to trip a flight back to Kathmandu on touchdown, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last minute shopping and packing, or send a few post cards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known center for tourists in Asia.
4th Oct - DAY 15: BUFFER DAY IN KATHMANDU
Today we keep your day at leisure as spare day for unexpected situation. Sometimes the program may affect due to weather conditions so it would be safe to keep a buffer day in the program so that you may not miss any important sights or your international return flight. You can even utilize this day for shopping or relaxation on your own along with any sightseeing tour activities on your wish. Overnight at Hotel.
5th Oct - DAY 16: DEPART FROM KATHMANDU to DUBAI/DELHI.
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home.

Tour Cost details
Nationality: Indian
No of pax: 4 Adults
Trek Cost: INR 77,500/- Per Person

THE COST INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:

1. 3 Nights Kathmandu & 12 days mountain lodge trek
2. Guesthouse accommodations on the trek-trail
3. Your meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
4. Tea / coffee during each meal
5. TIMS card
6. Conservation fee / Everest Area National Park fee
7. Supporting crew (1 trekking guide + 2 porters)
8. Meals, salary, personal equipment, transport and insurance for supporting crews
9. Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu air ticket
10. Domestic airport tax
11. Domestic airport transfers in Kathmandu
12. All applicable taxes and service charges
THE COST EXCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
1. Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
2. Bottle drinks while on
3. Your travel insurance
4. Insurance for any loss & damage
5. Rescue & evacuation service
6. Bottled drinks while on trek
7. Tips for guide & porter
8. Any additional cost due to unforeseen circumstances
 
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Hiregoudar

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20th Sept 2019:

We reached Kathmandu and it took some time to complete the immigration and collect luggage (huge rush in the mornings as many flights land). Even our Fly Dubai landing was delayed due to busy airstrip. Tribhuvan airport has one strip.

We then took NCELL 30 days validity prepaid connection for Nepali Rs 800 (it gave 5 GB 4G data and 40 mins talk time). I had read that NCELL have a good network on EBC area (It did not work after Namche Bazar). They need a photograph and passport copy for the connection.

We were received by Explore Vacation representative and transferred to our hotel in Thamel "Hotel Marshyangdi". We checked in, freshened up and were hungry as we had skipped breakfast. We went for lunch as Supriya was to land at 13:00 and we were sure it would be late to wait for her. Had Everest beer while waiting for lunch. Food in Nepal is always freshly cooked.

Then we did some shopping (backpack cover, dry fit T-shirts, pants, including water purification tablets. Rabi was to meet us at 17:00 in the hotel lobby to update us of the trek and introduce their tour manager Ram. Supriya had checked in and joined us for the meeting. We exchanged some money (I exchanged UAE Dhs) required for the trip (NRs 15K) and for balance payment to Explore Vacation.

Rabi told us that our flight to Lukla was at 8:00AM (Sita Air) and we had to leave the hotel by 6 AM. We were given duffel bags and told to pack 10-12 kgs only and our back pack to 3 kgs.

We repacked and then all 4 went to Thamel market for second round of shopping and then took a hotel taxi to Pashupatinath temple for darshan and seek blessing for safe trek to EBC.

Had early dinner and went to bed thrilled that the trek was to begin.

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Night view of Kathmandu from Swayambhunath Temple.
 
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Hiregoudar

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21st Sept

Got up early by 5 AM and were down in hotel lobby by 6 AM with luggage to be taken forward and to be kept back in hotel. Breakfast was packed. Ram came in at 6AM and we were good to go to airport by 6:15.
Reached airport by 6:45 AM as there was hardly any traffic. We reached the check in counter of SITA Airlines and our flight was the first flight of SITA for that day. Collected boarding passes and then sat in lounge waiting area.
Ram got a call by 8:30 AM from his associate that the climatic condition were not good at Lukla and we have to wait till it improves. We had our breakfast and waited and waited and waited. All Lukla flights were delayed that day and none took off. By 14:00 hrs we got news from SITA Air that there would no flights for today and we have to try tomorrow. We were very disappointed but had no choice but to return to the hotel. Ram told us that we can try for tomorrow but we could travel only after all confirmed passengers booked for 22nd Sept were accommodated. This meant all passengers of today were wait listed for tomorrow. Since Ram knew SITA Air management he would try to accommodate us tomorrow. ](*,)

Went back to hotel and rechecked in and went out for lunch. Did some window shopping. In the evening we went walking to Swayambhunath Temple for a small trek and climb. Dinner we had in the hotel. Ram had told us to be ready by 8AM since we would not be on the first flight.

Sita Air Check in Counter (all ready and thrilled).

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Boarding Pass

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Rear Side

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Breakfast and waiting for ever.......so many passengers....so many flights to Lukla.

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Swayambhunath Temple

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Retired for the night, praying for a sunny day at Lukla.
 
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