Everest Base Camp trek has been rated as one of the best adventures in the world by travelers and trekkers. Mount Everest is the most elevated mountain on the planet at 8,844 meters (29,016 ft) above ocean level. On Everest Base Camp Trek, we experience astounding mountain views, get glimpses of the life of the world-famous mountain climbers (the Sherpas), enter Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site and tour high altitude Buddhist monasteries. Your trek up into the Himalayas comes full circle with an overnight stay at the Everest Base Camp. The route and trails in this trip will make you walk up the hills and down past the winding trails, through green farmlands, Sherpa bazaars and villages, Buddhist monasteries and white rivers. Mt. Ama Dablam is also seen from all angles despite the fact that your definitive objective is to achieve the Everest Base Camp at a rise of 5340m. However, Mt. Everest is not seen from the base camp so you have to ascend to Kalapatthar a rise of 5545m (Kalapatthar really signifies ‘Dark Rock’) found comfortable foot of Pumori (7161m) or more Gorakshep while in transit to Everest Base Camp.
Trekking starts with a 40 minutes short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport. Everest Base Camp trekking course advances along Dudhkoshi River. Crossing this smooth stream at few focuses over suspension spans, you will stroll past Ghat to Phakding. From Phakding, the trail crosses beautiful forest of rhododendron which offers adequate open doors for Himalayan natural life see. Leaving from there, you will touch base at Namche Bazaar (gateway to the Khumbu) which is the capital of Sherpa Land. On the way, you visit the Sagarmatha National Park, home to some rare fauna & flora. Trail proceeds through the tea house in Dingboche to Lobuche from where you will trek to Gorakshep before landing at Everest Base Camp. You can get astonishing panoramic perspectives of Himalayan Mountain Range from Base Camp. Aside from the Base Camp itself, there is a spectacular close up view of Everest from the highest point of the trek at Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar is called the Everest View Point. Also seen from here are Mount Pumori and Ama Dablam. This trek is a lifetime opportunity to witness the white giant, Mt. Everest.
Arrival in Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport). Transfer from airport on a private bus to hotel. Free evening, short pre-tour briefing before dinner.
Guided tour around Kathmandu, which includes visits to places listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites and some historic and religious significance, such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath & Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Hindu temples, Old palaces (in and around Durbar Square Area) and inner-city market squares.
An early morning stunning scenic flight to Lukla, gateway to the Everest. Start of the trek from this region of the legendary Sherpas who have distinct features much apart from the Nepalese encountered so far. Trek north towards Phakding along meandering trails which are lined with stone walls, eventually leading to the night stop.
Our trail takes us first over the Dudhkoshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then the trail heads north as it gently starts to rise through rhododendron & magnolia forests with giant fir trees to the village of Jorsalle, where the lunch break will be taken. After a brief stop-over for lunch, the climb proceeds towards Namche Bazaar, a delightful mountain village and so-called ‘Sherpa Capital' of Khumbu. It’s a tough climb up the hill to our resting place, but you’ll be rewarded in Namche Bazaar with your first glimpse of Everest in its majesty.
This particular day is utilized to get acclimatized and adjusted to the high altitude and the thinning air. We can explore the local markets, mingle with the people, walk up to the Everest viewpoint, visit the museum, and happily laze around and bask in the sun later in the afternoon. We can also hike up the Syangboche Airport and the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest-placed hotels in the world. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas including Mt Everest.
The trail turns northeast from Namche along a tributary valley and the mountain views start to open up, becoming more dramatic as the steep climb approaches the holy ground of Tyangboche. It is located within the Sagarmatha National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tyangboche monastery is the highest monastery in the world which offers amazing views of myriad of impressive mountains, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kwangde, Nuptse, Lhotse & Ama Dablam, and it is also the home to the highly revered Rinpoche, a Buddhist Monk. Overnight in Tyangboche.
Continue to trek from Tyangboche crossing several suspension bridges, past Pangboche, where a Gompa holds the famous 'Yeti scalp'. This region lies in high altitude; therefore, agriculture is only barely possible, and the lives of the local Sherpas are Spartan by any standard. Much of the walking in this area is comparatively of gentle gradient, although a leisurely pace is recommended due to the high altitude. Upon reaching Dingboche- famously referred to as “the summer valley” of the region, you can relax and take in the mesmerizing views of the Everest peaks that tower over the village quite dramatically.
It is time for another acclimatization day. There are day hikes available to Nagarjun Hill (approx. 5050m) or Chukung village, which offers magnificent views of Amadablam, Makalu mountains & other peaks, as well as those of lakes and glaciers in that region. After spending some time at the vantage point, you will hike back down. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Leaving Dingboche, the trail ascends gently but still at easy pace. Walking along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits, we reach Lobuche where stone houses sit amongst icy wilderness of stunning beauty. Once in Lobuche, sense of being close to the ultimate goal overwhelms you.
The whole day of trekking to the Base Camp, and then back to Gorakshep. The trek Sirdar will navigate the Khumbu glacier as the trial makes its way to the Base Camp of Mount Everest at 5365 m, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. The infamous Khumbu icefall is seen imposing itself at the base of the tallest mountain on Earth. Eventually, the reverse set off descends back to Gorakshep for the night.
This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. The day will start earlier than usual with the aim of reaching Kala Patthar, a small peak at 5,555 m, before sunrise, the best vantage point for viewing Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8,848 m, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the giants such as Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. A feeling of being in unison with the mighty nature overwhelms you as you ascend to the top of Kala Patthar. The views are amazing and Everest is breath taking. Continue to descend to sandy flat expanse of Gorakshep, and then to Pheriche where overnight break is taken.
Trek down back towards to Tyangboche. The trail descends gently, crossing Dudh Koshi through wooden bridge. The trek continues downwards passing several yak herders and tea shops to Shomare. Leaving behind alpine meadows, the trail descends to Tyangboche for the night stop.
Descend to Monjo via Namche Bazaar where the trail descends steeply to Dudh Kosi river. Slightly warmer climate of Monjo greets you at this altitude.
The last day in Khumbu Region. The trail that is followed is fairly easy with some steady climbs through scrub forests with a final steep ascent that leads to a Tamang village and shortly thereafter to Lukla, where the time to relax in Sherpa ambience is abundant.
The flight back to Kathmandu is short but spectacular, bidding the Everest peaks goodbye for the last time. Rest of the day can be spent exploring, shopping or simply just chilling out in numerous cafes in Thamel before the group meets for end of the trek celebration dinner at The Rum Doodle Restaurant.
Transfer to airport by chartered vehicle.
- 1-day tour in Kathmandu
- All Private transport
- KTM-Lukla & Lukla-KTM by flight
- Guide for all tour/Trek
- Hotel in Kathmandu
- All meals in trekking
- Tea house Accommodation, All permits
- Travel Insurance
- Meals at Kathmandu
- Personal equipment
- International flight
USD 1290 per person
Single supplementary: USD 300
Trekking season in Nepal: The usual trekking season starts from September to May. During the remainder of the year, Monsoon makes travelling difficult due to wet areas and offers little in the way of mountain views. Some treks that cross high passes are better attempted in months other than December and January because of the heavy snowfall in some parts of the country. The temperature rises considerably under altitudes of 3000 ft. in April and May in some parts of the country, therefore it is wise to plan accordingly.
Teahouses in mountain: Teahouses are in the mountains where you will be staying are simple yet hospitable with good enough food and stunning views. Compare to city area teahouses are very basic but after 5-6 hours walking in the mountain you will relish the comfort. Most of these lodges have 08-to 12 room can sleep 15 to 20 people, with good food and fairly high hygiene levels. The basics of conversation and ecology are now being practiced with some success.
Guide and Porters: All guides who work with Skylark Himalayan have considerable local experience. The guide concern is his group’s welfare, health, safety and he aims to ensure you are relaxed while providing the best possible food and accommodation. And he’ll also strive to earn your friendship and will be keen for you to come to know and love Nepal.
And all the guides who work with Skylark Himalayan have guiding license from Nepal government, basic first aid training from red cross Nepal, wilderness training from SOLO outdoor school (locally known Initiative Outdoor), Child protection training and others.
Most porter come from rural areas and a farmers for 6 to 7 months of the year. These porter work hard and with care and have aims to progress into guides. Typically they live hard and frugal lives and they are used to carrying heavy loads.
Meals-Food on mountain region of Nepal
A large variety of food is found in the mountain region during trek. Even our clients say there is better food in mountain than in hotels of city. The food variations are defendant on the culture and region background but the tea-house have a menu and they do have varieties of food. Some common day meal is follow:
Porridge, eggs any style-usually scrambled, boiled or fried eggs, toast local bread (Gurung bread), chapatti (Indian flat bread), honey or peanut butter, organic fresh tea, coffee and many more.
In many regions, the chief will provide a simple common hot meal in lunch. That could be potatoes, noodles, curry, salad, rice and lentil, fresh meat, vegetables and fruits. Sometimes when walking through high passes, there will be a packed lunch which may consist of common packed able lunch like bread with jam and honey, sandwich, boiled eggs, fruits, chocolates, bottle of juice. While arriving to teahouses there will be tea, coffee.
With basic equipment they manage to make excellent cake, apple tarts, pizzas, fried potatoes, chips, spaghetti, pasta. Chefs in tea-houses are well trained in producing a variety of food and almost always ready to serve the food of specific request.
While trekking in Nepal our chefs, and assistant guide are well trained to serve and take order of the food in hygienically way. Vegetarian and vegan meals are easily catered for.
Transportation: Skylark Himalayan using a best transport company for our clients. Before departing on a trip, we using vehicle, we always check insurance of vehicle, good condition of vehicle (seatbelt, seat, wheel, looking glass, all windows etc.), Driver (driver attitude, make sure drunk or not, smartness, driving speed etc.)
Airlines: In Nepal, we have more than 10 Airlines Company but at Skylark Himalayan we only use 3 airlines which we recognize at the most reliable, safest, good companies, 1 airline company (Tara Air) for rural area like short length runway. And another 2 airlines companies (Yeti airlines & Buddha Airlines) for urban area like Pokhara, Kathmandu, Chitwan etc.
Insurance: As strongly recommended by Skylark Himalayan Travel to the clients agree to effect what they consider to be adequate Travel Insurance to cover their person and their personal effects for duration of the tours, Trekking, Rafting or any of activities in Nepal
Health and Safety: Fundamentally we have experienced staffs that have been trained in how to look after clients safely, and what to do in the event of an emergency. Almost all the company’s staffs are experienced, all leaders have done advanced first-aid training from Initiative Outdoor school, Nepal (authorized by SOLO WILDERNESS MEDICINE SCHOOL), Child Protection training, and they are well aware of the high standards that we want in maintain. We also have strong relationships with local communities, health care facilities
Responsible Travel: Skylark Himalayan completely follow tall rules, regulation and code of Nepal responsible trek organizer of responsible tourism. Responsible tourism is an action based on a sustainable idea. We work under eco-friendly environment and we want you to follow and help to save the environment. Skylark Himalayan are keen to preserve and protect the historical places and mountain to show the value of those things to coming generation.
Skylark Himalayan Travel are always aware to operate tours, trekking and other activities in eco- touristic destination to preserve natural and cultural heritages. Skylark Himalayan always aim to make extensive use of the local available products to help local communities. Skylark Himalayan staffs and guides are also employed from local communities, which helps more authentic experience for travellers. We believe that all the staffs including guide, porter, Sherpa are the back bone of organization so its our responsibility to make them happy by providing protections insurance, good salary and outdoor gear. So that, they are happy to serve good service. Without them organization can't serve the costumer need.
Customizing a Trip: The itineraries of all the trips on our website have been organized and put together by us however it does not mean you have to follow the program. If you have your own itinerary or you want to add or decrease number of days or place, we are more than happy to design your own unique itinerary with your entire favorite elements. Choice is yours with the flexibility of our tailor made itineraries.
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Skylark Himalayan Travel & Treks
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Visa Information: Nepal Government makes things easy for foreign travellers. The easiest way to get a tourist visa in Nepal is by applying on arrival in Kathmandu at international airport (TIA) or at any of the land border crossing open to foreigners (each has immigration offices). But you can also apply in advance at one of Nepal's foreign consulates from abroad.
There are three options for the length of a tourist visa (for south Asian country, the first 30 days is free. The cost of visa is depending upon the days you stay. The multiple-entry visa valid for 15, 30 and 90 days costs $25, 40 and 100 USD. It is good idea to keep a number of passport photos with your passport. Indian passport holder doesn’t need a visa to enter Nepal.
You can extend your visa from immigration office in only Kathmandu and Pokhara up to 150 days per calendar year. It will cost $30 USD for 15 days and $2 USD per day after 15 days. Visa extension required your passport, the fees, one passport sized photo and an application form to complete the process.
And for more information about visa please click below link: https://www.welcomenepal.com/plan-your-trip/visa-nepal-information.html
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High Altitude Sickness:
1) What is altitude sickness?
- Altitude sickness is a negative health effect of high altitude on ones health, caused by acute exposure to low amounts of oxygen at high altitude.
- The exact cause of AMS is not exactly known. It is thought to be a response of the brain to the lower oxygen levels in the blood at higher altitudes. This produces some swelling of the brain.
2) Acute mountain sickness (AMS)
- AMS is also called altitude sickness.
Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is the effect on the body of being in a high altitude environment. Especially while people are trekking around the Himalayas they face problem related to moving in high altitude areas. AMS is common at high altitudes, that is above 8,000 feet (2,440 meters). Three-quarters of people have mild symptoms of AMS over 10,000 feet (3,048 meters). The occurrence of AMS depends on the altitude, the rate of ascent, and individual susceptibility and activeness.
3) Acute mountain sickness common symptoms?
Symptoms usually start 12-24 hours after arrival at altitude and include
- Headache (not relieved by medication)
- Decreased coordination (Normal activity is difficult.)
- Shortness of breath,
- Loss of appetite
- Disturbed sleep
- General feeling of malaise.
- Inability to walk
- Decreasing mental status
- Fluid build-up in the lungs
- Loss of energy
- Difficulty in urination
#These symptoms tend to be worse at night when respiratory drive is decreased.
4) Prevention of AMS?
- Take special care if you have previously had acute mountain sickness (AMS).
- If symptoms of AMS develop, delay further ascent.
- If symptoms become worse, move down (descend) as soon as possible.
5) Treatment of AMS?
- The most important treatment if you start to develop symptoms of mild AMS is to stop your ascent and to rest at the same altitude
- For most people, symptoms will improve within 24-48 hours with no specific treatment.
- Simple painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol will help the headache.
- Anti-sickness medication may also be used. (Acetazolamide)
- Treatment with oxygen and the medicine nifedipine may also help symptoms but does not replace the need for descent.
Note- all the trekking leaders and guide from skylark Himalayan are well trained about altitude sickness, AMS and other related sickness in mountain. You should mention, if you previously have any health problem.
TREKKING SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT
(Up to 5,500 m.)
- 1 Pair strong mountain / hiking boots (well worn-in and with ankle support)
- 1 Small daypack
- 1 Sleeping bag (comfortable to -10C)
- 1 Down jacket / all weather Anorak
- 1 Light water & windproof jacket
- 2 - 1-litre water bottles
- 1 Inner sleeping sheet (?)
- 1 Torch / flashlight & spare batteries
- 1 Medium sized travel towel (quick drying)
- 1 Washing kit: include Personal toiletries
- Talcum powder, Blister plasters, Toilet paper
- Bio degradable soap / shampoo
- Anti-bacterial gel for 'washing' hands
- First-Aid kit (please make sure it is trek and wilderness specific) and any personal medication
- 1 Pair sport shoes/sandals (for the time off the trek)
- 2 Pairs lightweight trousers
- 2 Pair shorts
- 1 Fleece / warm sweater
- 1 Sweatshirt / light sweater
- 2 T-Shirts
- 2 Long sleeve cotton (or polypropylene) shirts
- 3 Pairs heavy wool socks
- 2 Pairs light socks
- Walking poles
- Underwear (including thermals)
- Cotton Headscarf / bandanna
- Sunglasses (with side shields and UV protective lenses) and sunhat
- Sunscreen Lotion (30-50 SPF), Money belt (?)
- Warm hat and gloves (preferably waterproof)
- 3 to 4 Plastic bags (for wrapping clothes)
- Water purification tablets/ solutions (preferably iodine)
- Insect repellant
- Adapter plug (for charging camera batteries and other electronic devices)