🏔️ Nepal: Hike to Everest Base camp! Himalayan Views & rural village interactions - the challenge of a lifetime!

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This is IT - the ultimate bucket list activity & one of the most famous places on earth... EVEREST BASE CAMP! - Stand at the base of Mt Everest in awe of its majestic dominance & sheer size - Witness the sun setting over Everest from Kalapatthar, known as the Everest viewpoint - Fly into the high-altitude Hilary Tenzing Airport at Lukla, an experience in itself - Visit Sherpa villages with their Tibetan-like peoples and yak herders. - Stay in Namche Bazaar, the starting point for all Everest expeditions - Be stunned by the chilling beauty of the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefalls - Pass through Sagarmatha National Park with its unique flora and fauna - Visit Tengboche Monastery, with its strong spiritual connection. This is not a regular trip; this is an experience of a lifetime! I want you to feel rest assured I have researched for what feels like HOURS over YEARS the BEST company to use whilst taking cost into consideration as a factor too. There's regular scams for insurance money such as taking people up too quickly so they don't acclimatize correctly & need a helicopter etc, guides claiming good experience when they don't have the knowledge they claim etc. I have been in contact regularly with these guys since being recommended them a few times and I am SUPER confident they will be amazing. They have only had 1 evacuation via heli in 4 years and that was due to Dengue fever. They have been so keen to assist with ALL the details even to the point where they have asked me about our personalities/ages/interests etc to match us to the right guides ensuring our time is even more enjoyable. They are responsive, welcoming and very helpful! I hope you can trust me that although this is not the cheapest expedition you’ll find online, it is definitely a fair priced one for what they include & a company who I truly believe will look after us extremely well. If anyone wants to get sponsored to help cover costs or raise money for charities, not a problem, you can always forward me the logo from the brand, so we can put on the team hoodies! 👋🏽 I am 31, British 🇬🇧 & have been traveling solo for over 15 years across 70 countries! I used to organise volunteering group trips in International schools globally but more recently I switched to now work in the luxury travel sector assisting families with their person & business related travels. I live, sleep, east and breathe travel and I am excited to share my passion with you! You can read more about me & my sustainability focused travels on my profile 🥰 This trip includes: ➡️ Accommodation (Teahouses shared with other members of the group - this will vary in gender & in the number of people in a room throughout the 2 weeks) ➡️ All meals whilst on Everest trek: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner ➡️ Breakfasts whilst in Kathmandu ➡️ Farewell cultural dinner on final day ➡️ Activities as mentioned in the itinerary ➡️ All car transfers as mentioned below ➡️ Return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla ➡️ Base camp expedition matching group hoodies ➡️ Experienced & knowledgeable Nepalese base camp guides ➡️ Experienced & knowledgeable Nepalese base camp porters ➡️ Sagarmatha National Park Entry Park ➡️ Local mountain Entry Permits ➡️ Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS card) ➡️ Tips for mountain porters and guides ➡️ Duffle bags for transferring expedition kit into for porters to carry ➡️ Pre-departure guidance & NO responsibility for booking anything ➡️ Destination-specific WhatsApp group for general travel questions & to meet your team before arriving EXCLUSIONS: ➡️ International flights ➡️ All Drinks (Examples are $3-4 fizzy drinks, $2-3 tea/coffee, $7-8 beer - These are top prices we’d expect to see on the mountain and will be cheaper in Kathmandu) ➡️ Lunches & dinners whilst in Kathmandu (Apart from farewell dinner mentioned above, approx $25 in total if you were to order a standard meal, but of course depends on how much you eat 🤷🏽‍♀️) ➡️ Approx $96 for charging electrical items overnight & hot showers at teahouses ➡️ Any kit needed to be purchased prior to the expedition ➡️ Travel & Medical Insurance including rescue assistance ➡️ Visa (British - $30) 🗺 ITINERARY: The itinerary schedule will be mostly adhered to due to the limited time frame we have for the whole climb. HOWEVER there may be exceptions due to weather - this is, unfortunately, unpredictable hence why all trekkers need to be happy enough to ‘go with the flow to an extent. FITNESS: You need to have a reasonable level of fitness to complete this trek. Luckily we have lots of time - I recommend get 12.5-15K steps a day as very basic training. 📍 MEETING POINT: Transfers at a certain time will be included to the central Kathmandu guesthouse (Time TBC closer to the departure date). If you are not on the suggested flight, we will meet you at the guesthouse and making your own way there will be additional cost but I can help you to arrange :) 📝 VISAS: Most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival for Nepal & the 15-day visa costs $30. Please check BEFORE booking that you are eligible for a visa & you have a valid passport – these essentials are down to you to check & ensure validity. You will also need to check if Nepal has any alternative entry requirement forms or documents you need on arrival to be able to enter the country. For example, currently, you must be covid vaccinated. ❤️‍🩹 INSURANCE: Trekkers will need to purchase special travel & medical insurance for hiking base camp.. details will follow once sign-up is complete 📱WHATSAPP GROUP: I will be making a ‘Base Camp’ specific group WhatsApp before we depart for us to start these conversations where I can answer any questions you may have about the trip.
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Kathmandu

Day 1-3
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu! Accommodation: Hotel in central Kathmandu On our arrival into Kathmandu, we will be met by the Everest base camp trekking team and transferred to our hotel. This will be a comfortable, traditional Nepalese guesthouse with 2-3 of us in each room. There will be the opportunity to meet the MAIN MAN today who will guide us all the way to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world over the next two weeks so take this opportunity to ask any questions you may still have about your trip & go through your kit. If there is any last minute things you forgot before arriving into Nepal you will be able to grab these in the Kathmandu markets that are lined with shops selling trekking gear. DAY 2: Full day in Kathmandu Accommodation: Hotel in central Kathmandu Today is a free day to relax as you please. Some of us may want to head off sightseeing, others may want to relax & some may want to finish prepping for the expedition etc. Whatever activity you decide to do today is at your own expense as I know some people have already been to Nepal so I didn't want to charge everyone for specific activities when they might have already done those.
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Everest Base Camp

Day 3-14
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding & start trekking Flight time: 35 to 40 minutes Trek time: 3 to 4 hours Accommodation: Tea House Trek Distance: 6.2 km/3.8 miles The journey involves a four-hour drive from Kathmandu during the night. The flight from Manthali will depart early in the morning and take 20 minutes. On arrival in Lukla, we will be met by the local porters. Heading off on the very first part of our base camp trek we will commence on the trail to Phakding - here is where you'll already start noticing the fluttering Tibetan prayer flags and meet the local people reciting Tibetan mantras as they walk past us. Day 4: Phakding to Namche Trek time: 5 to 6 hours Accommodation: Tea House Trek Distance: 7.4 km/4.6 miles Today the trail takes us through forests, traditional villages with plowed fields, and yak pastures. As we reach the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, we will be able to see Thamserku rising above us. After lunch, we continue on to Namche Bazaar; this is the largest Sherpa village in the Khumbu Region and is the starting point for expeditions and trekking groups. Here you can purchase a few last minutes items (such as snacks) should you have forgotten to do so in Kathmandu. Day 5: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazar Trek time: 5 to 6 hours Accommodation: Tea House Today is an acclimatization day to allow our bodies to adjust to the high altitude. But DUH! That doesn’t mean we do nothing! The best way to acclimatize is to be active. We will visit the school set by Sir Edmund Hillary in the Khumjung village as a thank you for all the assistance the Sherpa people gave him in his successful ascent of Mt Everest. Some of the mountains on view today are Kwangde (6,011m), Thamserku (6,623m), Kangtega (6,782m), Nuptse (7,861m), Lhotse (8,516m), Ama Dablam (6,812m) and, of course, Mount Everest (8,848m). Day 6: Namche to Tengboche Trek time: 5 to 6 hours Accommodation: Tea House Trek Distance: 9.2 km/5.7 miles We will have plenty of time to concentrate on photography today as it is nice and flat! Stupas (Buddhist shrines), prayer flags, mani walls (walls with Buddhist prayers carved into them), and mountains, such as Ama Dablam, and Tengboche Monastery, are all worth photographing. The trail up to Tengboche is a dusty switchback route, but the panoramic views from the monastery make it all worthwhile. Hopefully we will be lucky enough to attend a service (for which a small appreciated donation) within the community - you can light some butter lamps & delve into your inner spirit (my yogi bums will love this!) Day 7: Tengboche to Dingboche Trek time: 4 to 5 hours Accommodation: Tea House Trek Distance: 12 km/7.45 miles Today as always, the trail is very scenic but it's also quite challenging. We follow the Imja Khola before climbing up to Dingboche’s windswept fields (mainly potatoes are grown here). This is the highest Sherpa settlement in the Khumbu Region. Ama Dablam’s views from here are spectacular and dramatic as we will arrive at Dingboche in time for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax with a book or gaze at the surrounding mountains. Day 8: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche Trek time: 4 to 5 hours Accommodation: Tea House With the ever-rising altitude, it is important to take another day to acclimatize. There are several options available for short hikes today such as visiting the base of Nangkar Tshang Peak, with its sacred sites and views of Mt Makalu. This trip is a 3.5 to 5 hours round trip, and the ascending altitude on this hike will help our bodies prepare for the high altitudes ahead. Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche Trek time: 4 to 5 hours Accommodation: Tea House Trek Distance: 8.5 km/5.2 miles Today the trek begins with a gentle climb toward the Pheriche Valley. Trekking above the valley floor, we pass through alpine scrub and yak pastures. On display are Tawoch and Cholotse, with Ama Dablam behind us. From here, it appears Ama Dablam is rising directly from the valley floor. The trail continues on to Thokla Pass, where the ascent is challenging. Again a photographer’s paradise as there are panoramic views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, and a few other 7,000-plus meter peaks! After crossing the pass, we reach Lobuche. Not a very attractive settlement in itself, but the scenery surrounding it is beautiful and dramatic. Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep (Afternoon hike to Kalapatthar) Trek time: 6 to 7 hours Accommodation: Tea House Trek Distance: 15 km/9.3 miles This is an exciting day! Today we ascent to the VIEWPOINT FOR EVEREST!! First, the trail takes us for about 3 hours over boulders and rough terrain to the small settlement of Gorakshep. After lunch, it starts out for Kalapatthar from where the views of Everest are simply the best views you can possibly get (5,545m). This is the highest altitude we can trek in Nepal without requiring climbing permits. It's name means black rock, which is more of a ridge than a mountain. If the weather is not clear, we may leave Kalapatthar for the morning as sunrise over Everest is equally awe-inspiring as the sunset. Should we decide on this option, we will hike to Everest Base Camp today. Please be aware trekking groups do not go right into the base camp where expeditions are set up. This is so we do not disturb the climbers’ activity or risk their health (We don’t want to give them our colds and flu when they embark on such an epic journey!) - BUT we get a good view of all the ongoing activity. Day 11: Gorakshep to Pheriche (Morning Hike to EBC) Trek time: 7 to 8 Hours Accommodation: Tea House Trek Distance: 19.6 km/6 miles If we didn’t make it to Kalapatthar yesterday, we would do it this morning, returning to Gorakshep for breakfast. Similarly, if we did not visit Everest Base Camp the day before, we will do that this morning. Each trip takes 3 – 4 hours to return from Gorakshep. After breakfast, we head to Pheriche, which takes approximately 4 hours. This little settlement houses the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic. Long established, it is now a hospital but still focuses on altitude sickness and altitude-related problems of trekkers and climbers as well as the health of the local people. Staffed mainly by volunteer medical personnel, this is an interesting area to see. Day 12: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar Trek time: 6 to 7 hours Accommodation: Tea House Trek Distance: 16 km/9.9 miles The trail descends quite considerably today, but some uphill's must be tackled! As we approach Namche, the forests and greenery return. This is a long day of walking, made harder by the hard hiking the day before. But push on because a good dinner and a hot shower await! NOW is the opportunity to celebrate your successful trek to Everest Base Camp with a beer! Wifi will be available here, so it's the perfect time to get in touch with loved ones at home and perhaps upload a few pictures of your trip! GET IT ON THE 'GRAM! Day 13: Namche to Lukla Trek time: 5 to 6 hours Accommodation: Tea House Trek Distance: 16 km/9.9 miles In the earlier part of the day, take a good final look at the magnificent Himalayan mountains, and say goodbye to the Khumbu Valley and Mount Everest. Then get your heads down as we make a final long ascent back into Lukla!
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Kathmandu

Day 14-15
Day 14: Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight approx 30-40 minutes) Accommodation: Same hotel as first 2x nights in central Kathmandu This morning says goodbye to Mt Everest and the Khumbu Region as we board our flight back to either Kathmandu or Manthali Airport. Depending on which airport is open at that time and, of course, weather conditions, either we will be back in Kathmandu for brunch or in the early afternoon. Then there is time to do some shopping before our farewell dinner in the evening. Day 15: Departure After breakfast, the day is yours until our flight. You might want to finish any sightseeing you didn’t get to complete before the trek, relax with a bevvy or get some souvenir shopping in. Late afternoon our trekking guides will take us back to the airport in time for our flight home.
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