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Everest Base Camp Trek (16 Days)

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A short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla leads to the start of the classic EBC trek. Follow trails to Sherpa villages that head, between towering peaks, towards Everest. Once above the tree line, you will be closer to the ice-giants than on any other trail. 

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.

Day 01: Arrival   Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport (1 300m/4 260ft). We will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 02:  In the City Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour OR a free day. Trek preparation

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

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

Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Rest, acclimatization and exploration day

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

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

Day 08: Dingboche: Rest, acclimatization and exploration day 

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

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

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

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

Day 13: Phortse – Monjo (2 840/9 320ft), 5-6 hrs               

Day 14: Monjo – Lukla (2 800m/9 190ft), 5-6 hrs                

Day 15: Lukla – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 35 min flight

Day 16: Final Departure Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your onward destination.

NB: Cloud and turbulent weather along the mountain ranges is common and may lead to internal mountain flight delays or cancellations. We suggest you add at least one extra day after your trek before flying out of Nepal.

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.

Day 13: Phortse – Monjo (2 840m/9 320ft), 5-6 hrs

Trek south through Mong La (3 975m) to Sanasa (3 600m). Join the broad main trail and walk back to Namche (3 440m). Then drop into the greener valley and Jorsale (2 830m). Exit the National Park and walk down to Monjo; at a comfortable altitude. Overnight in Monjo.

Day 14: Monjo – Lukla (2 800m/9 190ft), 5-6 hrs.

Follow the Dudh Koshi, through farming villages to Phakding (2 610m). Cross the suspension bridge at Thado Koshi and walk to Cheplung (2 700m). Descend and then climb steeply back to Lukla: where your porters will take their leave. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 15: Lukla – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 35 min flight

After an early breakfast, take the return flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel. Rest of day free.

Day 16: Final Departure

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination.

NB: Cloud and turbulent weather along the mountain ranges is common and may lead to internal mountain flight delays or cancellations. We suggest you allow at least one extra day after your trek before flying out of Nepal.

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
  • Domestic flight ( Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • Full meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the treks
  • All necessary paper work permit and TIMS ( National Park Permit and TIMS)
  • An English speaking professional govt. registered trekking Guide and porter ( 2 trekkers 1 Porter ) above the 4 trekkers 1 assistant Guide
  • Hot drinks ( tea and coffee)
  • Safe drinking water ( Chlorine/ Iodine water)
  • All the Mountain accommodations
  • 4 nights' accommodations with the independent bathroom/ hot shower which is very good after many days trekking
  • Rest of the night comfortable private room with sharing toilet and Bathroom
  • Guide and Porter salary, meals, accommodations, insurance, flight and equipment
  • All the government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Trekking equipment four season sleeping bag down jacket rain coat walking poll many more as per necessary

Cost Exclude

  • Kathmandu city tour monument fees
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except welcome and farewell dinner
  • All the soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Boiled water
  • Personal  expenses
  • Hot shower except 4 night
  • Travel insurance and evacuation
  • Tip ( not compulsory but expected)

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Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes

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Been planning this adventure for a few months, after emailed over dozens of trekking companies, I came across Landmark Discovery Treks. Prem (owner) was very quick to response to all my inquiries and the price was very reasonable. Prem is also very accommodating, he was happy to follow my itineraries and weeks leading to the start of the trekking, I wanted to change the trekking dates, with no question asked, Prem rearranged everything for me. I was well looked after from the arrival to departure in Kathmandu.

During the trek, I was well looked after by my guide, Mahesh. He always made sure I have enough to eat and always there to give me advices as what to eat to help reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Accommodation was basic but very cleaned and sometimes with bathroom attached so that was a bonus! I have to thank Mahesh for helping me carried extra things when I really struggled.

So thank you Prem and Mahesh for the amazing trip.

I highly recommend Landmark Discovery Treks to anyone for their excellent services and reasonable pricing.

Source: Tripadvisor

Address: melbourne
Published on: 2017-12-12

Everest Base Camp November 2017

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As a 65th birthday present to myself, I elected to go trekking in Nepal. Unfortunately my planned companion became ill and could not come. Accordingly I went by myself. Prem was very helpful in setting this up, and willing to take me as an individual. Trekking with his brother Badri and our porter was a pleasure. At all times I felt safe and well taken care of. They had picked the most "luxurious" tea houses. Some even had electric blankets! From airport pick up to airport drop off everything was handled by Landmark Discovery Treks. Prem had recommended November as the best month for good weather, and we had perfect sunshine. I feel his vast experience made my trip the trip of a lifetime that I will never forget. If you have considered this trek, I would highly encourage you to proceed, and can highly recommend Landmark Discovery Treks

Source: Tripadvisor

Address: Seattle, Washington
Published on: 2017-12-12

Incredible Everest Base Camp Trek

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Me and my friends planned to visit Everest Base Camp so we booked this amazing trip with Landmark Discovery Trek and we went to Nepal on 1st Oct. The price is so affordable and the service was great. Prem was so prompt to reply all my emails. When we arrived there, we faced one problem because of the weather condition. Most of the flight to Lukla were cancelled due to cloudy weather for few days so do our flight but Prem helped us a lot to get the earliest flight on the next day (which is very difficult at that point of time with so many desperate passengers who want to fly Lukla asap). But thanks to him we got to fly on the next day with the earliest flight.

The trekking experience is really mind blowing! I have no word to describe how amazing it was. Photos and videos cannot really capture the real beauty of the nature, you must go and see it for yourself. But unfortunately I was having sore throat and sick.The guide and porter help me a lot while I was very weak and need to go very very slowly. I am really thankful to all of them. And then I got altitude sickness after 4 days of trekking and need to go down immediately so only one of my friends make it to the base camp.

But Prem arrange another itinerary for us. After we rest for 2 days, we got to go to Pokhara City and saw a lot of snow mountains with amazing sunrise view. After we came back from Pokhara we had one day tour in Kathmandu. If you are the history and heritage lover, this is the place for you. All the temples are very beautiful with full of interesting history.

Last but not least, for this trip although I was so sad that I didn't make it to the base camp we still have unforgettable experiences in Nepal, all thanks to Landmark Discovery Trek Team! I will prepare better and will go back again to Everest Base Camp with this Tour. :)

Source: Tripadvisor

Published on: 2017-10-29

EBC trek this may 2017

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This year in may i have been on a EBC trek with landmark discovery treks. Ive booked this trip together with my friend.

This has been the best trip in years, not only because of the beauty from Nepal but also because of the really good care by Landmark discovery and theire guide Badri.

He was taking such good care of us. Badri my thanks to you fore youre knowledge of the Nepal customs and the way of the mountain life, making sure that we eat and drink enough and fore the good accommodations in the lodge on the way to the basecamp.

After the trip we had an private chaufeeur to see some amazing things in Khatmandu.

I would like to go back and do the jungle trip with you.

Friendly regards,

Gerry.

Source: Tripadvisor

Published on: 2017-05-09

Once in a Lifetime HONEYMOON Trek to EVEREST BASE CAMP!!!

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WOW!!! WOW WOW!!! I'm still coming off the high of the most amazing trip of my life with my husband thanks to Prem and Landmark Discovery Treks. After scouring through a handful of trekking agencies (of which there are 1200+ in Nepal!) we received this recommendation through a friend of ours who had lived several years in Nepal and had already done several trips with Prem and his company through the Annapurna region. Hands down it was the BEST trip recommendation we have ever received especially since Prem has 20+ years experience and is AMS mountain certified.

Prem took care of everything from airport pickups/hotel in Kathmandu to EBC lodging, food and of course mapping out our trekking itinerary taking into account all we wanted to see, our budget and time. He set us up with a phenomenal day tour of Kathmandu and even gave us great guidance on where we could buy last minute hiking supplies that we wanted to buy in-country. We had SO many questions for him up front but he was super responsive and welcomed all of them.

I could go on about each amazing day during our hike but I think it's important to mention that aside from Prem's vast knowledge of the region (we learned so much from him), he also knew how to handle my AMS symptoms, which were not fun at all and could have been very serious. He remained calm and professional, checking in on me and had an action plan in place if I needed to be evacuated. If it weren't for Prem's guidance, I may not have been able to finish the trip and so I will forever be grateful to him and Landmark Discovery Treks!!!

Last note I'll write, our final day out of the EBC region, flights had been cancelled for two days in a row beforehand due to weather and it was looking like our plane would never arrive so Prem reading the situation, changed our tickets with his local travel agent and got us on the next plane out!!! We had the whole 16-seater to ourselves haha. Talk about honeymoon service.

THANK YOU SO MUCH Prem and Landmark Discovery Treks!!! We hope it will not be too long before we see you again!

Source: Tripadvisor

Address: Maputo, Mozambique
Published on: 2017-04-15

Trip Facts

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

Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing,

Accommodation: Hotel/Guest House

Transportation: Private Car/ Van/ Bus in Kathmandu / Flight Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu

Best month: February-May/ September- December

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Cost:  Ask the Landmark Discovery Treks

Group Member Min: 2 Maximum -10 

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