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Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar

Our trek to the base of Mount Everest will surpass your expectations. We ascend in true expedition style savoring the quintessential trekking experience with our guides, crew and porters as we ascend to the base of the world's highest mountain. Our carefully devised itinerary reflects our proven track record, with time for safe acclimatisation - the key to any successful trek in the Everest region. Our trail leads through the famous villages of Namche and Khumjung as well as Thyangboche monastery that reflect the renowned Sherpa culture. We include ascents to Kala Pattar (5545m) from where our guides will point out the classic climbing routes to the summit. A foray is also included to Everest Base Camp from where expeditions prepare to climb the world's highest peak. All nights are spent in our exclusive private eco campsites and hand picked eco lodges.

Inclusions

16 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 13 dinners (including boiled drinking water on trekking days and all meals on trek valued at US$650)
Airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 17 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions
Flights Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu valued at US$356
An extra 5kg luggage allowance on Lukla flight, total 20kg
Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
Accommodation on trek in a combination of our comfortable eco lodges and private eco campsites with off the ground camp beds, mattresses and pillows
Use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
All park entrance fees and trekking permits
Hightlights
Ascend to Everest Base Camp with our experienced team of guides, crew and porters
Climb Kala Pattar (5545m) for unrivalled views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and surrounding peaks
Acclimatise safely on a well paced trek
Stay energised with three hearty meals a day prepared by our outstanding cooks
Experience the wonder of Thyangboche Monastery beneath the shadow of Ama Dablam
Experience a breathtaking mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
Take in the sights of Kathmandu including the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath and the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath
Relax each evening at our private eco-campsites, with off the ground beds and a heated dining room
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
17
Price From
AUD $3,490
Start Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
End Location
Nepal
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Cycling/Trekking
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
11 Nov 201827 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,490
18 Nov 201804 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,490
25 Nov 201811 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,490
02 Dec 201818 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,490
09 Dec 201825 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,490
16 Dec 201801 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
26 Dec 201811 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
09 Jan 201925 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
20 Jan 201905 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
01 Feb 201917 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
08 Feb 201924 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
22 Feb 201910 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
03 Mar 201919 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
10 Mar 201926 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
17 Mar 201902 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
24 Mar 201909 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
31 Mar 201916 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
07 Apr 201923 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
14 Apr 201930 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
21 Apr 201907 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
28 Apr 201914 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
05 May 201921 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
11 May 201927 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
19 May 201904 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
29 Sep 201915 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
02 Oct 201918 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
06 Oct 201922 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
13 Oct 201929 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
20 Oct 201905 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
27 Oct 201912 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
03 Nov 201919 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
10 Nov 201926 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
17 Nov 201903 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
24 Nov 201910 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
01 Dec 201917 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
08 Dec 201924 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
15 Dec 201931 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,590
25 Dec 201910 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,590
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ItineraryExpand
Day 1
You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. Evening drinks are held in the hotel for all World Expeditions clients arriving today. Drinks and snacks will generally be served from 6:30 pm until 7:15pm, and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.
Day 2
This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Durbar Square, Patan, Swayambhunath or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. It is possible that the Kathmandu sightseeing tour will take place at the conclusion of your trek instead of at the beginning. If this is to occur with your group, your leader will brief you locally.
Day 3
We transfer to the airport for the 45 minute flight to the STOL airstrip at Lukla. This was the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends to service the Everest Region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. It is a memorable flight, with marvellous views of the Eastern Himalaya. At Lukla we are immediately impressed by the scale of the huge peaks that surround the village but this is only a foretaste of what is to come. Our crew assemble and we head downhill towards the Dudh Kosi, a raging river that flows from the highest peaks. The broad and well-marked trail meanders around fields of potats and buck-wheat and passes through small villages, as we pass rows of tree dahlia to make our way to our first overnight stop at our private eco campsite at Ghat.
Day 4
Today we cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river, named "Dudh" (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour. Sections of today's walk are through pine forest and cleared areas reveal terraced fields and a variety of crops. We pass small groups of donkeys and yaks carrying trading goods and trek-gear along the trail. A dzopko is a yak-cow crossbreed while a yak is a full-blood long haired male, more commonly found at higher altitudes. Spectacular mountain peaks unfold above us and seem to hover above the tree-line as they rise above the deep river valley. Shortly after leaving camp we cross the Kusum Khola, a tributary stream to the Dudh Kosi, and the peak of Kusum Kangru (6369 m) can be seen to the East, at the head of the valley. Further along the trail, across the valley to the North-West, Nupla (5885 m) and Kongde Ri (6093 m) rise above the forested ridges. At a turn of the trail, Thamserku (6808 m) rises majestically, seemingly from the river floor. We will see our first Mani walls today. These stone structures are a compilation of many stone tablets, each with the inscription "Om Mani Padme Hum" which translates to "Hail to the jewel in the lotus", and is mantra (chant) venerated by Buddhists and Brahmans alike. Buddhists will walk to the left of these Mani Walls and chortens, but you may notice that people of the lowlands who have no knowledge of Buddhism do not follow this practice. The allure of the mountains is hard to resist, but we must be patient, as it is very important to acclimatise slowly and thereby fully appreciate our time at higher altitude. Today's walk is not a long one, and you will be eager to press on. Slow down, and enjoy the journey. Overnight at our private eco camp site above Monjo.
Day 5
This morning we pass through the gates of the Sagamartha National Park. The establishment of this national park is a significant attempt to stem the use of fire-wood in the area and the few local people who have a permit to cut wood must gain approval from the authorities on the basis of it being primarily for their personal use. We follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi, and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa 'capital' of Nepal. It is a tough climb as the trail passes through forest of pine to a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt Everest. The trail continues to climb and meander to Namche, and the sight of this prosperous village spread within a horse-sh shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri is worth every step. After lunch you may wish to peruse the Tibetan trader's stalls or the Sherpa shops in search of a bargain. Our accommodation will be at our private eco campsite.
Day 6
Sagarmartha National Park Headquarters just above our private eco campsite offers a very interesting display of photographs, memorabilia and information on the park, and the hill above is a wonderful vantage point for the spectacular view up the Imja Khola Valley towards Everest. The change from the narrow lowland valleys to the broad glacial ones is immediately obvious. The steep-sided glacial valley before us gradually winds towards the base of Everest, broken only by the moraines left by retreating glaciers. Its more gradual rate of climb is a blessing for those trekking higher. Towering to over 4000 metres above the valley floor, spectacular peaks seem to engulf us. Around us are Taweche (6542 m), Thamserku (6808 m), Kantega (6685 m), Ama Dablam (6856 m), Nuptse (7896 m) and Lhotse (8511 m). The greatest of all, Mt Everest (8848 m), rises at the head of the valley. The Sherpa Cultural Centre has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs. Those who are fit and acclimatising well may wish to take the optional walk to the Everest View Hotel (4-5hrs) where spectacular views of Everest and Ama Dablam may be seen. For those feeling well acclimatised there is also the option of a day walk to the pretty village of Khumjung. Khumjung is where Sir Edmund Hillary built his "Schoolhouse In the Clouds" and the famed Khunde hospital is close by. World Expeditions supports both of these famous community facilities, as well as the many other projects operated by the Himalayan Trust. There will generally be the opportunity for you to visit the hospital and school. We will also be able to visit the monastery at Khumjung where we may have the opportunity to see the "scalp of a yeti". Overnight accommodation will be at our private eco campsite.
Day 7
The walk to Deboche is one of the most spectacular trekking days in Nepal. The trail meanders easily around the ridges and Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon ahead before we descend through splendid rhododendron forests for lunch. After lunch we cross the Dudh Kosi and begin the ascent to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. Our trail takes us through pine and rhododendron forest, and, as this is a devout Buddhist region, the wildlife is unharmed and not too shy. As a result there is a possibility that we may see Himalayan Thar, Musked Deer or pheasants in the forest and around our campsite. As we approach the ridgeline we pass through a traditional gateway and around a chorten before cresting the ridge onto a wide grassy meadow at the monastery village of Thyangboche. The monastery was re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. The views of the Everest massif, as well as all the other major peaks of the area are astounding. After a rest and visit to the monastery we head downhill to our private eco campsite at Deboche.
Day 8
This morning we begin a steady ascent. The stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Kantega, Thamserku, Ama Dablam and Nuptse are spectacular throughout our walk today. We head down to cross the Imja Khola before an easy climb along a wide, open trail to the small village of Pangboche (4000m). We may take a slight detour to visit the Pangboche Gompa - the oldest monastary (around 300 years old) in the Khumbu Region. We cross the river again and then gradually trek up to Dingboche, situated just beneath the impressive Ama Dablam. Overnight private eco camp
Day 15
Leaving Namche we descend through the forest towards the Dudh Kosi, and continue our return journey crossing and re-crossing the river. It will seem like a long time since we ascended through the villages on our first days of the trek, as we have witnessed many stunning views on our trek into the highest mountain range in the world. Retracing our steps along the valley, we pass through a variety of settlements and forests before a gentle climb to Lukla. We savour our final mountain sunsets of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey. Our last evening of the trek is a good time to have a small party for all the team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here. There is usually lots of music, dancing and singing and if we are lucky, one of the superb cakes that our Nepali chefs are renowned for. Overnight lodge.
Day 14
If the weather is clear, the mountain views from Thyangboche monastery as we pass through are outstanding - Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are at the head of the valley, their line of sight flanked by Taweche on one side and Ama Dablam on the other. Almost directly above us are Kantega and Thamserku. Completing a 360 degree panorama of mountains are Khumblia and Kongde Ri which encircle us from across the valley. It's a pleasant walk down to Namche, and as we near the village we pass through terraced fields that are home to a brightly colored pheasant, the Danphe Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal. Overnight in private eco campsite.
Day 13
There can be a tendency now to rush, particularly as we are walking downhill, but there is still much to see. We descend to Pangboche and visit its historic old monastery, thought to be the oldest in the Khumbu. Continue on to our private eco camp at Deboche for the night.
Day 9
An important acclimatisation/rest day today with the option of hiking high up to the ridge overlooking the village, or perhaps up to Chukung Village. Excellent views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Chukung Peak and Imja Tse (6189m) are had from both in the valley or from the ridge above the camp. Massive glaciers drape beneath cliffs that soar up to 3,500 metres in this dramatic valley. Overnight private eco camp.
Day 11
We trek alongside the Khumbu Glacier as the path winds over the rocky moraine towards the settlement of Gorak Shep. We are high, among the glaciers of the world's highest peaks. Following our arrival at Gorak Shep we have an early lunch before we commence our trek to Everest Base Camp. In the pre monsoon season many expeditions can be seen at base camp and this excursion is one of the highlights of the trek. Overnight lodge.
Day 10
We are gaining altitude and it is important that we move at a slow, steady pace. The slopes are quite barren now as we move above the tree line. Views of different peaks, such as Cholatse and Lobuche, unfold before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape. We move up the Dhugla Ridge and onto moraine towards the Khumbu Glacier. Rock cairns can be seen, many of which are dedicated to the memory of climbers attempting the high mountains of the area, including Everest. The temperatures drop here as we are more exposed amongst this glacial moraine. We enjoy spectacular views all day today of Pumori and Nuptse. The hill above the town affords fine sunset views of Nuptse. Overnight eco lodge.
Day 16
This morning we fly to Kathmandu, a thrilling flight over forests, fields and villages, with the Himalaya in the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 12
Kala Pattar is not a Nepali name but a Hindi name and translates to "black rock". From these black rocks atop the hill the views are spectacular. Most eyes are locked on the mass of Everest and its rocky buttresses immediately before us. Many of the famous ascent routes are quite clear. Below us the Khumbu Glacier snakes towards the icefall and Western Cwm. We can see the area where expeditions set their base camp but the original site was at Lake Camp, now known as Gorak Shep. Take a look in every direction and soak it in. The view south and our route out is particularly beautiful. In the afternoon we make the return trek to our private eco camp at Dingboche, soon after setting off we reach the site of a row of cairns to Sherpa climbers who died on Everest, before we continue to the small settlement at Tugla. Our path on an old lateral moraine takes us to the sheltered village of Dingboche and our permanent camp. To the east at the head of the Imja Khola valley sits the pyramid peak of Imja Tse (6189 m). This afternoon we can walk up the ridge behind Dingboche for sunset views of Nuptse, Lhotse and Chhukung Peak.
Day 17
After breakfast arrangements cease unless further ones have been made. Those people departing by aircraft will be transferred to the airport.