2 Week Everest Base Camp Trek and 2 Week Volunteer Combo – 1500$

EBC

A very popular trekking excursion for good reason, the Everest Base Camp trek brings you to the foot of the highest peak on Earth. Enjoy our two week trek with a two week volunteer gig to complete an amazing month of experiences in Nepal. Gaze up at the mountain that claims the lives of many every year and inspires climbers, hikers and travelers from all over the world to take on all of its 8,848 meters. This trip is no small commitment, our 12 day itinerary is designed to minimize the risk of AMS by slowly increasing altitude daily. Two different rest days are included in along the way as the altitude rises, so you should have plenty of time to enjoy the ride. This trip extended above the tree-line, brininging you closer and closer to these massive Himalayan peaks.

Trek and Volunteer

We will custom fit a volunteer program of your choosing, based on your total length of time you want to stay including the Everest Base Camp trek. Teach basic computer skills at a local school, support a construction project in a mountain village or help a women’s shelter educate disabled women. Whether you have 4 weeks, 6 weeks or many months, we can organize your transportation, hotel accomdodations, volunteer applications and set you up with experienced guides for the trekking to the base camp of the world’s highest peak.

The EBC Trek

The 12 day trekking package days are designed to minimize the risk of AMS by limiting daily altitude increases. Two rest days are included as the altitude rises. The first is at Namche Bazaar: explore the town and nearby Khumjung to experience the culture, lifestyle and beliefs of the Sherpa People.

Trek to the hilltop village of Tengboche which has a vibrant Buddhist Monastery. Continue through Pangboche to Dingboche for the second acclimatisation day: walk to Nangkartshang Gompa for unparalleled views of the Nuptse glacier,  Ama Dablam’s north face glacier and to the east, Makalu.

As the altitude rises, temperatures fall: forests and farmland give way to alpine scrub; then rock and ice. After a night at Lobuche trek to the highest village at Gorak Shep for lunch. Follow the trail to the ring of peaks surrounding the upper Khumbu Glacier – and the ice fall towards the summit. Base camp is laid out annually on the ice opposite the ice fall. Return to Gorak Shep for the night

A pre-sunrise climb from your teahouse up Kala Patthar offers superb views of Everest, the South Col, Nuptse and the lower glacier.

The easier four day downward trek uses an alternative lower route and overnights in different villages.

Facts About Trip:

Trip Name: Everest Base Camp trek

Duration: 16 days

Trek Days: 13 days

Country: Nepal

Region: Everest Region

Altitude: 5364m (EBC) 5545m (Kalapathar)

Difficulty: Medium

Highlights: Mountain Views of Mt. Everest and other Himalayas, Sherpa Culture

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (1 300m/4 260ft)

After completing passport, immigration and visa requirements, we will meet you outside the terminal building (look for your name board) and transfer you to your hotel: afternoon free.  Evening: a welcome dinner, introduction to your guide and a briefing on the trek with a check on necessities. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing OR A Day at Leisure

Take a day tour to five of the Kathmandu Valley’s cultural world heritage sites: Swayambhunath, the famed “monkey temple;” the city’s historical Durbar Square with ancient temples, unique art, architecture, and the chance to see the Kumari (living goddess); Patan’s Durbar Square; the Hindu temple Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath, the world’s largest stupa.
A car and driver will take you to each site-entrance and wait for you. (Entry tickets and lunch are not included.)

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla (2 800m/9 190ft) – Phakding (2 610m/8 560ft), 35 min flight, 3-4 hrs trek

After breakfast, drive to the Domestic Airport for the flight to Lukla in the Khumbu region – south of Everest. Meet your local porters and begin the discovery by trekking into the Dudh Koshi Valley: to Cheplung (2 700m) and Ghat (2 530m). Another hour’s walk takes you to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding

Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3 440m/11 290ft), 5-6 hrs

Walk through pine forests along the Dudh Koshi, crossing tributaries, to the Sherpa villages of Benkar (2 710m), Chumoa (2 820m), Monjo (2 840m) and Jorsale (2 830m). This is the gateway and permit checkpoint to the Sagarmatha National Park. Thamserku (6 618m) glistens east of the village. Follow the river to its confluence with the Bhote Koshi: the major rivers draining the Khumbu District. Climb steadily, crossing the high Tenzing-Hilary Bridge, to the first glimpses of Everest and the Nuptse-Lhotse ridge. A further 3 hr forested climb leads to the region’s administrative and trade centre at Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization and exploration day

This is the first scheduled acclimatization day. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) experts recommend at least a 24 hr rest period. Keep active: climb high and sleep low is the acclimatisation advice.

Only Namche offers ATMs, cyber cafés, restaurants and bakeries, plus a colourful market each Friday evening and Saturday morning. The Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Visitor’s Centre has informative displays on Sherpa culture, local flora and fauna.

The village of Khumjung (3 780m) will present a more traditional view of Sherpa life than Namche. Spend a morning walking up to the village. A circular trail is possible. At very least, visit the closer Everest View Hotel (3 880m).

A more adventurous five hour trek west to Thame (3 820m): below the impressive Kongde Ri Ridge (6 187m), offers panoramic Himalayan landscapes not visible from the Gokyo or Everest trails.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3 870m/12 700ft), 5-6 hrs adventures adventuress

From the top of Namche, the trail contours around a hill to Sanasa (3 600m); and a trail fork: NW to Gokyo, NE to Everest. Look for Himalayan tahrs on high ground, shy spotted deer, and birds – including the colourful (male) national bird: the Danphe pheasant. Descend to water driven prayer wheels at Phunki Thenga (3 250m, lowest point north of Namche). Cross the Dudh Koshi near its confluence with the Imja Khola and climb steeply for 2 hrs up the Imja Khola Valley through rhododendron and dwarf conifers to the hilltop village of Tengboche.

Good views from the village include the Everest group. There is an important monastery that is well worth visiting. At October’s full moon the colourful, Mani Rimdu festival is held; with Tibetan Opera and masked dancing.

Overnight in Tengboche.

Day 07: Tengboche – Dingboche (4 360 m/14 300ft), 5-6 hrs

Descend to the scattered stone village of Debuche (3 820m): with a nunnery. Cross the Imja Khola to the north and gradually ascend to Pangboche (3 860m) with rear views of towering Ama Dablam (6 856m). The trail follows the river to its confluence with the Lobuche Khola and continues to Dingboche: the last year-round settlement in the region. Walled terraced fields protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from icy winds and marauding animals during the short growing season at this altitude. Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 08: Dingboche: Acclimatization and exploration day

To acclimatise: head north to the Nangkartshang Gompa ridge (4 800m) for views of the Nuptse Glacier, Chhukhung Ri (4 230m, which masks Lhotse’s glaciers) and Imja Tse (6 189m). Further east, along the Mahalangur Himal Ridge, is imposing Makalu (8 463m). Towards the south is, Amphu Lapcha’s fluted ridge (5 845m) and the unusual view of Ama Dablam’s north face and glaciers. Return to the teahouse in Dingboche.

Day 09: Dingboche – Lobuche (4 940m/16 210ft), 4-5 hrs

Ascend slowly to a ridge and the hamlet of Duse (4 500m) with western views of Taboche and Cholatse. Continue through kharkas to Duglha (4 620m). Then ascend the Khumbu Glacier’s huge stony terminal moraine (1 hr). Landmark balanced-stone memorials to lost climbers have been placed along its rim. To the north, border peaks along the Mahalangur Himal include Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Pumori. Everest is hidden by the imposing Nuptse-Lhotse wall. Continue to and overnight in Lobuche.

Day 10: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5 160m/16 930ft) – Everest Base Camp (5 360m/17 590ft) – Gorak Shep, 7-8 hrs

A desolate trail along the moraine heads for the last, seasonal, village of Gorak Shep below Pumori. After an early lunch, trek to cold EBC: positioned on the Khumbu Glacier opposite the dreaded icefall – the most nerve wracking section of an Everest ascent.
During the April-May ascent season, porters scurry in and out with supplies like an army of ants and the site is a riot of colourful tents perched on the dirty ice. Out of season it is bleak and silent, bar birds wind and avalanches. Everest and the Cwm are hidden behind the West Ridge. Walk back to Gorak Shep for the night.

Day 11: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5 550m/18 210ft) – Pheriche (4 280m/14 040ft), 7-8 hrs

From the village, a pre-dawn climb (2-3 hrs) up Kala Patthar, offers sunrise over: Everest (8 848m/29 028ft), Lhotse (8 516m), Nuptse (7 861m) and Changtse (7 550m, north of the Rongbuk Glacier). Then Pumori (7 145m), Lingtren (6 697m) and Khumbutse (6 623m) amidst countless other peaks that crowd your horizon. Cho Oyu (8 201m) can be seen further to the west:

After breakfast: retrace your steps to Lobuche (4 940m) and the landmark memorials on the glacier’s snout. Descend the moraine and follow the western trail to lower and warmer Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche.

Day 12: Pheriche – Phortse (3 810m/12 500ft), 4-5 hrs

Climb gently up an alternative trail to Pangboche (4 280m): and the Khumbu’s oldest monastery (17th C). A quieter trail north of the river passes through ‘game country’ (including musk deer) to Phortse, on the Gokyo Lakes trail. Overnight in Phortse.

Cost Info:

Costs Include

  •  All the airport/ Hotel transfers
  • Two Star Hotel in Kathmandu, Thamel for 3 night with the  bed and  breakfast
  • Well come and farewell dinner
  • Full day Kathmandu city tour on  private car/Van/ Bus
  • Professional govt. registered tour Guide

Cost Exclude

  • Kathmandu city tour monument fees
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except welcome and farewell dinner
  • All the soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance and evacuation
  • Tip ( not compulsory but expected)