This amazing 9-day trek offers the best of both worlds, incorporating a trek to Everest Base Camp and a helicopter flight!
Sherpa Expedition & Trekking have bundled two adventures into one – on foot to Everest Base Camp and a helicopter flight from Gorak Shep back to Kathmandu. This is a bucket-list adventure following in the footsteps of those who have conquered Mt Everest (8848m).
After an initial flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, we trek to Phakding and then on to the famous culturally rich town of Namche Bazaar passing through pine and cedar forests. After arriving at Namche Bazaar we climb to the Everest View Hotel for some of the most exhilarating views of Mt.Everest (8848m), Tawache (6495m), Lhotse (8516 -4th highest in the world)and Ama Dablam (6812m). A visit to Tengboche Monastery (3860m) is a must-see, where you can witness the extraordinary Buddhist culture in this region.
The trail to EBC first takes us to Dingboche and then on to Nagarjuna set in a lush green hillside offering far-off views of the Himalayas, including Lobuche East (6119m), Thamserku (6608m) and Khangtega (6685m). From Dingboche we follow the trail to Gorak Shep and then on to our ultimate destination - Everest Base Camp (5364m) at the foot of the Khumbu Glacier (the world’s highest glacier, 12 km in length extending from 4900m to 7600m. The last leg of our journey takes us back to Gorak Shep where our helicopter awaits to take us back to Kathmandu. The ultimate experience and a photographer’s dream-come-true offering unparalleled views of Everest and other towering Himalayan peaks. All this in just 9 days!
Alert: There will be a slight change in the itinerary, especially the days when you take the domestic flights. In April & May and October & November of 2019, the government shifted the operation base for flights to and from Lukla (This is the actual starting point of the trek) from Kathmandu to Manthali, a town 4 to 5 hours drive away from Kathmandu. As a result, anyone who signed up for any Everest trek or climb had to go to Manthali to catch their flight. They moved the base because of renovation and high air traffic for Kathmandu's airport which is also the only international airport in Nepal. This change in the airport will continue in 2020 as well. Though right now there have been direct flights, we expect from March the airport will be shifted.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom - until Namche which is a thriving town seeing many more tourists and a greater range of accommodation. It should be noted that at higher elevations the quality of accommodation may not be as good, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Khumbu region is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpas started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu to Lukla and return.
EBC is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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This trip takes your breath away, in more ways than one! This is one slick and well-versed trek that easily swerves the potential to be repetitious and does Sherpa Expedition and Trekking proud. Our tour leader, Ram barakoti, and his able assistants went out of their way to ensure each and every one of us maximized the enjoyment and wonderment of the journey. Definitely a life-affirming trip.... you must be considering taking the plunge to be reading this, well don't dally just do it! I will definitely come back for the Kanchenjunga circuit trek with Sherpa Team and Mr. Ram!
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