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NEW Trip – Kyrgyzstan & the Tian Shan MountainsJoin 19 August 2024 Departure

18 Days$2890USD

Activities
  • 14 day trek
Accommodation
  • 2 nights hotel
  • 9 nights eco lodge
  • 6 nights private eco campsites
Meals
  • 14 Dinners
  • 14 Lunches
  • 17 Breakfasts
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Everest Base Camp Trip highlights


  • Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of World Expeditions' pioneering trips with a banquet dinner in Thyangboche
  • 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
  • Immerse yourself in Kathmandu
  • Relax each evening at our private eco-campsites, with off the ground beds and a heated dining room

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 journey to the base of the world's highest mountain. Our carefully devised itinerary reflects our proven track record by factoring additional time for safe acclimatisation - the key to any successful trek in the Everest region. Our trail leads through the famous villages of Namche, Khunde and Khumjung, the site of Sir Edmund Hillary's famous 'Schoolhouse in the Clouds' and hospital.We include an ascent to Kala Pattar (5545m) from where our local guides will point out the classic climbing routes to the summit. All nights are spent in our exclusive private eco campsites and handpicked eco lodges. We make our way back to the heart of the Himalaya, Thyangboche, to celebrate World Expeditions' 50th Anniversary with a black tie banquet dinner hosted by some of the people who helped shape World Expeditions into the pioneering adventure travel company it has become today, including Tim Macartney-Snape, Garry Weare and Soren Kruse Ledet.

Meals included
in the price
Valued at USD$650
Trip Code: EBE

This morning we cross the green/aqua waters of the Dudh Kosi and 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. Self-contained trek groups must use only kerosene fuels for cooking, a philosophy we follow everywhere in Nepal, whether we are in a national park or not. Tea-houses and lodges are encouraged to use kerosene, yak dung or electricity but unfortunately continue to use mostly fire-wood for cooking, heating and for hot water for trekker's showers. This practice continues to deplete the forests. 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-shoe 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. Overnight: Radisson Hotel or similar

Meals:  Nil

Depending on flight schedules, you will either have a free day to explore Kathmandu's bustling streets and significant landmarks or embark on a bus ride to Ramechap, a small town that operates flights to Lukla, the gate way trekking in the Everest region. Overnight: Radisson Hotel or Private eco-camp *NB: Domestic flights to/from Lukla may operate from Manthali Airport, Ramechap during spring and autumn trekking seasons (March to May and October to December). This is determined by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and dates are subject to change. Your leader will brief you on flight arrangements locally.

Meals:  B

We have an early start with a short flight to STOL airstrip at Lukla. The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla was established by Sir Edmund Hillary to help access the Everest region and the Sherpa people. It is a picturesque flight with marvelous views of the Eastern Himalaya. Once at Lukla we are immediately presented with views of huge peaks surrounding the village, offering a glimpse of what is to come. Our crew assembles 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 potatoes and buck-wheat, passing through small villages and rows of dahlia trees to our first overnight campsite at Ghat. Overnight: Exclusive eco-comfort camp

Meals:  B,L,D

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: Exclusive eco-comfort camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Today’s trek begins as we enter Sagamartha National Park. This National Park was established to address rising concerns of deforestation and stem the use of fire-wood in the area. The few locals who do have a permit to cut down trees must first gain approval from authorities on the basis the wood is for personal use only. We follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi, cross a high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa 'capital' of Nepal. It is a challenging climb through pine forests to the vantage point where we get our first look at the formidable Mt Everest. The trail continues and meanders to Namche, a prosperous village nestled in a horse-shoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri. After lunch you may wish to explore the Tibetan trader's stalls or the Sherpa shops in search of a bargain. Overnight: Eco-Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

Our trek will start with an incline to Syangboche airstrip and along the ridgeline towards Everest View Hotel. We are welcomed with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains including Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Khangtega, Ama Dablam and many more. After a quick break, we continue towards Khumjung and visit Sir Edmond Hillary’s famous “Schoolhouse in the clouds.”This school was the first in the entire Khumbu region being built in 1961 with the help of the Sir Edmund Hillary and the Himalayan Trust. The school originally opened with only two classrooms but has since expanded to cater for over 350 students. We descend and follow the trail for approx 25 minutes to our new exclusive campsite at Kyangjuma. For those who are feeling the early effects of altitude can opt for a shorter acclimatization walk of around 2 hours directly from Namche to Kyangjuma. Overnight: Exclusive eco-comfort camp

Meals:  B,L,D

The walk to Pangboche is one of the most spectacular trekking days in Nepal. The trail starts with a gradual descent through rhododendron and pine forests as we approach a suspension bridge to cross the Dudh Kosi. We start our climb through pine forests to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. If we are lucky, we may come across local wildlife including the Himalayan Thar, Musked Deer and the vibrant Danphe Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal. A traditional gateway and chorten welcomes us to the village of Thyangboche. From the steps of the Monastery we will be rewarded to a clear view of Everest between Nuptse and Lhotse as well as Peak 38, Shartse and Ama Dablam. Thyangboche is considered the spiritual heart of the Khumbu Valley and the monastery was re-built with the help of Sir Edmund Hillary after being decimated by a fire in 1989. We continue down hill to Deboche for lunch before making our final push to Pangboche. Overnight: Exclusive eco-comfort camp

Meals:  B,L,D

We follow the Imja Khola to stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Kantega, Thamserku, Ama Dablam and Nuptse as we descend into the valley and cross the suspension bridge. As we reach the town of Shomare, we gradually ascend above the tree line where the terrain becomes increasing sparse, barren and dotted with high altitude shrubbery. The views of mountains are spectacular as we reach our overnight campsite at Dingboche, situated just beneath the impressive Ama Dablam. Overnight: Exclusive eco-comfort camp

Meals:  B,L,D

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: Exclusive eco-comfort camp

Meals:  B,L,D

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 (please note that single supplements cannot be guaranteed at Lobuche during peak periods).

Meals:  B,L,D

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 (please note that single supplements cannot be guaranteed at Gorak Shep during peak periods).

Meals:  B,L,D

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 exclusive eco-comfort 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. Overnight: Exclusive eco-comfort camp

Meals:  B,L,D

The walk to Thyangboche is one of the most spectacular trekking days in Nepal. The trail meanders around ridges and Everest can be seen on the horizon ahead before descending through rhododendron forests for lunch. After lunch we cross the Dudh Kosi and begin ascending to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. Our trail takes us through pine and rhododendron forest into a devout Buddhist region where the wildlife is protected and unharmed. 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 ridge line, we pass through a traditional gateway and around a chorten before cresting the ridge onto the wide grassy meadow of Thyangboche Monastery. The monastery was re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after being destroyed by fire in 1989. Overnight: eco-lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

You will have a full day to explore the village or to kick your feet up and take a well earned break with one of the best views in the region. Ask your leader to point out the peaks surrounding the village that include Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Khumbila and numerous other peaks that form an unobstructed 360 degree picture perfect backdrop. Celebrations will commence in the early afternoon as multiple groups converge to celebrate World Expeditions' 50th Anniversary of pioneering trips. The dinner will be hosted by Tim Macartney-Snape, Garry Weare and Soren Kruse Ledet. Overnight: eco-lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

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 Monjo, 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: Exclusive eco-comfort camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Leaving Monjo 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 passed through the villages on our first days of the trek. 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 celebrate a successful journy and 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: Eco-lodge.

Meals:  B,L,D

We start the day with a stunning morning flight over forests and villages to Kathmandu directly or to return via Ramechap. Upon arrival, you be will be transferred back to the Radisson Hotel and have the remainder of the afternoon free. There will be plenty of time to relax or do some last minute shopping/sightseeing. Overnight: Radisson Hotel or similar

Meals:  B

After breakfast arrangements cease unless further ones have been made. Those departing Kathmandu will be transferred to the airport.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 17 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 15 dinners including a special anniversary banquet valued at US$650
  • Airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 18 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions
  • Flights Ramechap/Lukla/Ramechap 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

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips
  • International flights
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance

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  • Meals valued at USD$650
  • Internal flight valued at USD$356
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  • Hotel only Single supplementUSD$140
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