(5th Annual) EVEREST BASE CAMP: Trek 2019
- 12 full days in Nepal; 13 nights
- High Difficulty (serious training is required)
- Elevation: 4500 feet to 18500 feet (begin hiking at 9383 ft)
- Average Distance: 7-8 miles/day
- Hikers carry day packs; large backpacks/duffel bags carried by porters or yaks
- All meals included
- Dates: Sept 22 - Oct 5, 2019 (must land in KTM by Sept 22 by 2 PM, group flight to Lukla very early on Sept 23 (6:30 a.m!) Departure flights can be booked on Oct 5 after 11 am at the earliest)
- Cost: $2950 (Includes transportation to/from airport, two nights with Sherpas in Kathmandu, all meals, full trek to EBC, all tipping for guides and porters). Does not include airfare from your location to and from Kathmandu, full trek travel insurance which includes helicopter rescue (required), incidentals, alcohol, extra gear, or leaving the trek early)
This once-in-a-lifetime trip to Everest Base Camp offers a unique Himalayan experience to exercise body and mind while hiking through some of the most beautiful and unique scenery, customs, and people in the world. The trip begins in the busy city of Kathmandu. From there, the group flies to the Himalayan airport of Lukla to begin the trek to Everest Base Camp. Each of the next 11 days offers different challenges, views, and adventures.
The cost of $2950 includes all transportation to and from Kathmandu airport, our Sherpa home stay on Sept 22 and Oct 4, all teahouse lodging and food during the trek, guides and porters (as well as all tips to guides and porters), roundtrip flights from Kathmandu to Lukla (approximately 45 minute flights in small aircraft), trekking permits, and park permits. It does not include flights to and from Kathmandu, travel insurance with Himalayan helicopter rescue (required), excessive alcohol (not recommended anyway at altitude), and any personal items. Most participants only spend extra money on souvenirs and personal items during the trip, and Nepali rupees are easily obtained from ATMs or with our Sherpa family with no transaction fees.
Sept 22: Arrive in Kathmandu (before 2 pm is best!), Transfer to Sherpa home (pickup from airport included); Traditional dinner with Sherpas, (Start Diamox Sept 21); Early to bed!
Sept 23: Fly to Lukla; Trek to Monjo; Transfer to airport for flight to Lukla; Flight from KTM -> Lukla in Everest Region, cameras in small bags, check backpacks; Arrange porters, begin trek to Monjo (approx. 8.5 hours on trail!); Photograph along the route, snacks provided (fruit, cheese, snacks); Lunch; Continue hiking; Arrive to Monjo teahouse; Free time to rest, shower, dinner. (Lukla 9383 ft -> Monjo 9350 ft, 8.8 miles, "roller" hills up and down all day)
Sept 24: Trek from Monjo to Namche Bazaar; Breakfast in teahouse; Trek to Namche Bazaar (4-6 hours UPHILL), Photograph on trail and late lunch at Namche; Relax and rest and enjoy the views! Namche has the most amenities such as clothing, medicines, great coffee. (Monjo 9350 ft -> Namche Bazaar 11,200 ft, 5 miles, uphill day!)
Sept 25: Acclimatization Day. Trek from Namche Bazaar to Kyangjuma; Breakfast in teahouse (acclimatization day!); Start trek (2.5-3.5 hours only), Lunch at teahouse; Afternoon – rest, relax, and acclimatize. This is not a strenuous day, only a few hundred feet in elevation, so catch your breath and sleep. (Namche Bazaar 11,200 ft -> Kyangjuma 11,876 ft, 3 miles, easy uphill)
Sept 26: Trek from Kyangjuma to Pangboche; Breakfast in teahouse; Trek; Lunch; Continue hike to Pangboche; Enjoy temple and views this evening. Consider this a long day (Kyangjuma 11,876 ft -> Pangboche 13,074 ft, 7.5 miles, some big hills!)
Sept 27: Trek from Pangboche to Dingboche; Breakfast in teahouse; Trek to Dingboche (4-5 hours) – cafe here, rest, warm clothes will come on in Dingboche. (Pangboche 13,074 ft -> Dingboche 14,436 ft, 3 miles, some good uphill)
Sept 28: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche; Breakfast in teahouse; Trek to Lobuche (6.5-7.5 hrs); weather gets colder; lunch at teahouse before steep ascent; arrive to teahouse, rest, dinner. (Dingboche 14,436 ft -> Lobuche 16,077 ft, 7.5 miles, BIG UPHILL)
Sept 29: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep; Breakfast in teahouse ; Trek to Gorak Shep (3-4 hrs), short but high altitude, lunch and the teahouse in Gorak Shep; Trek to Everest Base Camp (four hours round trip) back to Gorak Shep, dinner, to bed EARLY! (Lobuche 16,077 ft -> Gorak Shep 16,995 ft, 3 miles, but then GS -> Everest Base Camp 17,600 ft, and back will take about four hours total, so consider this a 7-8 day of hiking. We return to GS)
Sept 30: Sunrise Summit of Kala Patthar staring at 4 a.m. (optional) ; Breakfast in Gorak Shep; Trek from Gorak Shep to Pheriche. (Gorak Shep at 16,995 ft -> Kala Pattar 18,514 ft (optional), four hours round trip then to Pheriche 14,340 ft, 8 miles at least, long day)
Oct 1: Trek from Pheriche to Phortse; Breakfast in teahouse; Trek to Phortse (very long day – 8hrs, but downhill mostly); Lunch in Pangboche before "Lord of the Rings" Trail. (Pheriche 14,340 ft -> Phortse 12,959 ft, 6-7 hours, much downhill)
Oct 2: Trek from Phortse to Namche Bazaar; Breakfast in teahouse; Trek to Namche Bazaar by way of Khumjung; En route lunch at traditional Sherpa House (relatives of Sherpa guides) and temple visit (optional); Arrive to Namche Bazaar; rest and dinner
Oct 3: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla; Breakfast in teahouse; Trek to Lukla (very long day – 9hrs, but rollers downhill); lunch along the way; Dinner in Lukla, prep to fly, and rest at teahouse in Lukla.
Oct 4: Fly to Kathmandu early, usually 7 or 8 a.m; Breakfast in teahouse; Massages in Kathmandu and shopping around town; Farewell Dinner; Flights can be booked for May 4 and we will get you to the airport. Note that flights from Lukla are NOT reliable and we MAY have to stay in Lukla until flights occur (weather can stop flights).
Oct 5: Flights home; Breakfast with the Sherpas; last goodbyes to all of our new friends; Shuttles to airport begin. Guests are welcome to stay an extra few days with the Sherpas at a nominal cost with help getting around town. I highly encourage this. My personal schedule won't allow for extra days this year, but you'll find that the Sherpa and their team of guides are wonderful and will help out anyway they can.
Joel has been working intimately with his Sherpa for many years, producing a 2013 documentary on corneal transplant there (Before I Burn) and a current documentary on Nepali music and having trekked and guided multiple times on this trekking route. His connections with Sherpa and his teaching make the trek a culturally fascinating experience, with more tools to capture the essence of the people and their mountains. Our trek prides itself on intimate knowledge of the region, the best guides in the business with a family-oriented Sherpa experience, and the guides who are like family.
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PACKING LIST (SUGGESTED)
Our philosophy is pack what you need. Remember that your main backpack or duffel bag will be transported along the entire route of the trek, so you can be a bit more generous than if you were backpacking. Your day pack will stay with you on the short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, and you will want to keep this on your back during the hike.
Day pack suggestions (on your back):
- Camelback-type drinking water system or water bottles. A 2L-3L system is suggested. Clean water is obtained every morning by staff. You are welcome to further treat it, but it is not necessary. Joel likes to infuse Tang for no particular reason.
- Camera (optional). Most trekkers carry a camera on them.
- Waterproof rain gear. A waterproof jacket/coat is required. Waterproof-pants are optional (our guides usually do not use them).
- Snacks / Personal items. Important medications should stay with you. We have regular access to snacks on the trail.
- Wallet / ID / Passport / Cash / Credit Cards (cleared for Nepal)
Large Backpack/Duffel Bag (portered for you):
- Sleeping bag (Zero-degree is highly encouraged) in waterproof bag.
- Sleeping mat (not encouraged as your sleeping bag will be laid on a cushioned bed or cot. We are staying in lodges, aka "teahouses" throughout the trek.)
- Hiking shoes or boots. Waterproof is preferred and having them well broken in is a must. I prefer waterproof hiking shoes.
- Socks. Several pairs. Worn in. Be familiar with them.
- Thermal underwear, top and bottom. A layering system is suggested as the lower elevations can be very warm and higher elevations very cold. Nights will always be chilly to downright cold.
- Hiking pants / shorts. Zip offs are interesting, but pants will be desirable as we gain elevation.
- Layered tops. Have several layers available to you: thermal top, shirt, midweight, heavier sweater or pullover, coat.
- Gloves. Highly encouraged, especially for higher elevations. You'll wish you had them.
- Warm hat and visor. Highly encouraged, especially for higher elevations.
- Waterproof coat (for daypack, as above). It should have a hood.
- Sunglasses. Highly encouraged.
- Head wrap/cloth. Optional, but encouraged. Many people like to sling it around their head for sun protection and warmth.
- Personal items: sunscreen, medications (in daypack), small first aid kit, acetazolamide (Diamox)
- Hiking poles. Optional, but many people like having them. Collapsible to fit in your airplane luggage.
- Camera gear. Camera body (daypack), camera lenses (daypack), several 16 or 32 or 64 GB cards, several charged batteries, battery recharger, lens cleaner/wipes.
- Journal / notepad / pens /pencils
- Book or audiobook. If you forget, there are great bookstores in Kathmandu with cheap, excellent favorites.
May 1, 2019 - full payment due (Full refund before July 15, 2019; 50% refund before August 15, 2019; no refund on/after August 16, 2019)
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Photographing all along the way, with Nuptse and Lhotse in the background, Himalayas, Nepal. Photography by Joel Addams