Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour (15 D & 14 N)
Upon Your Arrival In The Kathmandu Airport, You Will Be Greeted By A Representative From Tiger Trek Nepal. After Completing Your Custom Formalities (Visa, Etc) Pick Up Your Luggage And Look For Our Representative With A Tiger Trek Nepal Display Board At The Arrival Gate. You Will Be Then Transferred To Hotel. After Check In, You Will Visit Tiger Trek Nepal Office; Meet Your Trekking Guide As Well As Other Participants. Later In The Evening We Will Organize A "Welcome Dinner" At An Excellent Traditional Nepalese Restaurant Where You Will Enjoy A Nepalese Cultural Program Along With A Fine Meal.
Breakfast At The Hotel.Full Day Sightseeing Tour Of Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath And Patan City.
Kathmandu City,Durbar Square :
Kathmandu Durbar Square In The Heart Of Old Kathmandu City In Basantapur Never Fails To Impress First Time Visitors With Its Intricate Wood Carvings And Rich History. Surrounded By Concrete Buildings, The Complex Is An Oasis In A Fast Developing, Chaotic Modern City. Once The Residence Of Nepal’s Royal Family, All Coronation Ceremonies Were Held Here. The Palace Is An Amalgamation Of Eastern And Western Architecture With Additions By Rana And Shah Rulers Over The Centuries. An Unbelievable 50 Temples Lie Within The Vicinity Including The Temple Of The Titular Deity, Taleju Bhawani. The Durbar Is Divided Into Two Courtyards, The Outer Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, And Shiva-Parvati Temple, And The Inner Section Consisting Of Hanuman Dhoka And The Main Palace. Some Floors Have Been Converted To Museums Dedicated To Three Generations Of Shah Kings. Most Parts Of The Palace Premises Are Open To Tourists Throughout The Week.
Some Important Monuments To See In This Area Are:
The Taleju Temple Is The Tallest Of All Structures, Built By King Mahendra Malla In 1549 Ad. This Temple Is Open To The Public For One Day Each Year During The Dashain Festival.
The Jagannath Temple, Built In The 16Th Century Is Known For The Fascinating Erotic Figures Carved On The Wooden Struts.
The Kal Bhairav, One Of The Largest 17Th Century Stone Statues In Kathmandu, Representing The Terrifying Aspect Of Lord Shiva.
Swet-Bhairav - The Temple Is Open To The Public Once In Year During Indra Jatra Festival.
The 17Th Century Kumari Temple (The Temple Of Living Goddess) Is An Example Of Highly Developed Nepali Craftmanship.
Kaandasthamp, From Which Kathmandu Derives Its Name, Is Said To Have Been Built From The Timber Of A Single Tree.N Autalle Durbar (The Nine Storied Palace).
Swoyambhu Literally Means ‘self-Existent One.’ Swoyambhunath Is Believed To Have Been Established More Than 2,500 Years Ago. According To Translations From An Inscription Dating Back To 460 A.D., It Was Built By King Manadeva And By The 13Th Century, Swoyambhunath Had Developed Into An Important Center Of Buddhism.
Legend Has It That Swoyambhu Was Born Out Of A Lotus Flower That Bloomed In The Middle Of The Lake Which The Kathmandu Valley Once Was. The Largest Image Of The Sakyamuni Buddha In Nepal Was Recently Built On The Western Boundary Of Swoyambhu. Behind The Hilltop Is A Temple Dedicated To Manjusri Or Saraswati - The Goddess Of Learning. Chaityas, Statues And Shrines Of Buddhist And Hindu Deities Fill The Stupa Complex. The Base Of The Hill Is Almost Entirely Surrounded By Prayer Wheels That Were Recently Installed. Devotees Can Be Seen Circumambulating The Stupa At All Times.
The Stupa Sits Atop The Hill And The Exceedingly Steep Stone Steps Leading Up To The Shrine Is Quite A Challenge. However There Is Also A Road Going Up Almost To The Top And You Can Drive Up. A Large Numbers Of Buddhists And Hindus Alike Visit Swoyambhunath Throughout The Day. Swoyambhu Is Perhaps The Best Place To Observe Religious Harmony In Nepal.
Some Important Monuments To See In This Area:
The Huge Gold Plated Vajra ‘thunderbolt’ Set In The East Side Of The Stupa.
Buddha Statue On The West Side Of Swoyambhu.
The Sleeping Buddha.
The Temple Dedicated To Harati, The Goddess Of All Children. It Is Said That She Was An Ogress Before Lord Buddha Converted Her To Be The Caretaker Of All Children.
The Dewa Dharma Monastery, Noted For A Bronze Icon Of Buddha And Traditional Tibetan Paintings.
Patan City, Patan Durbar Square:
Patan Durbar Square Complex Is Perhaps The Most Photographed Of The Three Durbar Squares. Located In The Heart Of Patan City, This Was Once The Palace Of The Kings Of Patan. The Square Is A Display Of Newari Architecture That Had Reached Its Pinnacle During The Reign Of Malla Kings Who Were Great Builders And Patrons Of The Arts. The Palace Has Three Main Courtyards: The Central And The Oldest Is Mul Chowk. To The West Of The Complex Are A Dozen Free Standing Temples Of Various Sizes And Built In Different Styles. A Masterpiece In Stone, The Krishnatemple,Bhimsentemple, The Golden Temple Of Hiranya Varna Mahavira And Sundari Chowk Mark The Artistic Brilliance Of The Newar Craftsment Of That Era. The Sundari Chowk With The Sunken Bath Of Tusha Hiti, Showcases Exquisite Woodcarvings, Stone And Metal Sculpture. Like The Other Palaces,Patan Durbar Squarealso Houses A Temple Dedicated To Taleju Bhawani.
Some Important Monuments To See In This Area Are:
The Golden Gate And Golden Windows Of The Old Palace.
The Famous Krishna Temple With 21 Golden Pinnacles.
The Bath With Many Carvings In Stone At Sundari Chowk.
The Taleju Temple.
The Temple Of Bhimsen With A Magnificient Golden Balcony Overlooking The Square.
Char-Narayan Temple, Which Is Among The Finest Examples Of Woodcarvings.
Overnight At The Hotel.
After Breakfast, We Will Be Escorted To The Domestic Terminal Of Kathmandu Airport For An Early Morning Flight To Lukla (2,800M/9,186Ft), A Gateway Destination From Where Our Trek Begins. After A 40-Minute Flight Above The Breathtaking Green And White Mountains, We Reach The Tenzing-Hillary Airport At Lukla. This Is One Of The Most Beautiful Air Routes In The World Culminating In A Landing On A Hillside Surrounded By High Mountains Peaks. Upon Arrival At Lukla, We Meet Our Other Crew Members And After Some Packing And Arrangements, We Start Our Trek Through The Prosperous Village Of Lukla Until We Reach Phakding. To Assist In Acclimatization, We Only Have A Short Hike Today. However, If Interested In Additional Activities We Can Take A Side Trip To A Nearby Monastery. Overnight In Phakding At Beer Garden Lodge Or Similar Hotel.
Walking Through A Beautiful Pine Forest, The Track Leads Us Along The Dudh Koshi River Through Many Suspension Bridges, One Of Which Is The Famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, We Catch The Wonderful Prospect Of The Glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 M). Through The Settlement Of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, We Come To The Check Post And Entrance To Sagarmatha National Park. We Pass Through The Last Village Of Jorsale Before Reaching Namche Bazaar. The Trail Climbs Through The Forests And Bridges Until We Reach The Confluence Of The Dudh Koshi And Bhote Koshi Rivers. After A Final Steep Ascent Of About Two Hours We Get Our First Sight Of Mt. Everest Peering Over The Lhotse-Nuptse Ridge. Upon This Juncture, We Stop At Chautara To Admire The View. We Still Need To Hike About 1.5 Hours To Reach Namche Bazaar, A Gateway To Mt. Everest And Main Trading Centre Of This Region. We Stay Overnight In Namche Bazaar At Local Lodge.
This Is The Scheduled ‘acclimatization' Day For This Trek. Health Experts Recommend That We Stay Active And Moving During The Rest Day Too Instead Of Being Idle. We Either Spend The Day Taking A Day's Hike To Thame Or Visiting Khunde Or Relaxing And Exploring Namche Bazaar Itself. Namche Bazzar Is The Main Centre Of The Everest (Khumbu) Region And Has Government Offices, Atms, Internet Cafes, Shops, Restaurants, A Bakery And A Colorful Market Each Friday Evening And Saturday. If We Trek A Few Hundred Vertical Feet During The Day, It Will Help Us To Properly Acclimatize. Our Guides Will Take Us To The Tourist Visitor Center Near The Headquarters Of The Sagarmatha National Park Where We Can Observe An Assortment Of Things Related To The First Everest Ascenders, Sherpa Culture And Learn About The Various Plant And Animal Life Of The Everest Region. We Also Take An Interesting Side Trip Up To Khumjung. We Further Climb Up To The Famous Airstrip At Syangboche. Just Above The Airstrip Is The Everest View Hotel, A Japanese Scheme To Build A Deluxe Hotel With Great Views Of The Highest Mountains On Earth. The Khumjung Valley, Surrounded By The Snowy Peaks Of Kongde And Thamserku And The Sacred Peak Khumbila, Hosts A Well Known Monastery That Houses A Yeti Scalp. We Also Visit The Hillary School Which Is At The Same Site. After Having Lunch And Spending Some Time In Khumjung, We Walk Back Down To Namche Bazzar. Overnight In Namche Bazaar At Local Lodge.
Upon Having Breakfast, We Start Our Trek Towards Pangboche Enjoying A Superb View Of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam And A Close-Up View Of Thamserku. Our Trek Follows On The Gradual Trail With Few Ups And Downs Overlooking A Magnificent View Of The Great Himalaya. Along The Way, We Can Spot Wild Lives Like Pheasant, Musk Deer, Or A Herd Of Himalayan Thar. The Trail Goes Gradually Down Up To Kayangjuma. The Path Eventually Reaches Sansa, Which Is The Major Trail Junction To Gokyo Valley And Everest Base Camp. The Track Then Follows Through The Pine Forests And After We Cross The Prayer-Flag Festooned Bridge Over Dudh Koshi River. Upon Crossing The River, We Reach Phunki Thenga, A Small Settlement With A Couple Of Teahouses And A Small Army Post Amidst The Alpine Woods. After Having A Relaxed Lunch At Phunki Thenga, We Then Have A Tough Little Climb That Goes Steeply Up Through The Pine Forests Until We Reach Tengboche. Tengboche Is A Great Place For Close-Up Views Of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, And Everest And It Has The Biggest Buddhist Monastery In The Khumbu Region. Walking Along Rhododendron Forests For About An Hou,R We Reach Deboche. Overnight In Deboche At Local Hotel.
We Start Our Trek After Our Morning Breakfast. We Pass Through Several Chortens, Mani Walls And Small Villages. While On The Journey, We Enjoy Lunch With Fantastic Close-Up Views Of Ama-Dablam. In The Afternoon, We Go North To Pheriche Or Take The Eastward Trail Beneath The Towering North Face Of Ama Dablam. From Here Onwards The Walk Is Fairly Moderate As We Enter The Imja Valley. The Valley Ahead Will Begin To Open Up As We Approach The Confluence Of The Lobuche River. Then After The Confluence, We Descend Into The River And Begin The Last And Steepest Climb Of The Day Up To Dingboche. Upon Arrival In Dingboche, We Enjoy The Beautiful Array Of Fields Enclosed By Stone Walls To Protect The Barley, Buckwheat And Potatoes From The Cold Winds And Grazing Animals. Overnight In Dingboche At A Local Lodge.
Today, We Start The Day With A Climb To Duglha Through The Khumbu Khola Valley. The Trek Along The Arid Terrace Is Awarding With Awesome Views Of Mountains On All Sides. As We Come To A Yak Herder'S Place Called Dusa, The Valley Begins To Narrow And We Continue Through Phulung Karpo, The Camp Sites During First Successful Everest Expedition In 1953. Above Phulung Karpo Is Chola Lake. As We Continue Our Trek The Majestic View Of Mt. Pumori (7138 M/ 23418 Ft) Comes Into View. As The Trail Descends And Curves, Mt. Pumori Hides And We Come Across A Roaring Stream. After Crossing A Small Wooden Bridge, We Ascend To Dugla. We Can See The Tip Of Nuptse From This Juncture As Well As Cholatse, Thamserku, And Several Other Magnificent Peaks. Spending A Night In Duglha Is Ideal For Acclimatization. Overnight In Duglha At A Local Guest House.
Beyond Duglha We Trek Up The Steep Terminal Moraine Of The Khumbu Glacier. We Find Our Way Through The Boulder-Strewn Slope As We Ascend Chupki Lhara, An Eerie Ridge Top With Dramatic Mountains Views. At The Top Of The Ridge, We Will Find An Array Of Stones With Prayer Flags Used As Memorials To Scott Fischer (American Mountaineer) And 10-Time Everest Submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Mountain Guide From Nepal) Who Perished On A Mission To Climb Everest. As The Trail Drops To The Khumbu Glacier Moraine, We Find Ourselves Right In Front Of Several Great Peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori And Mahalangur Himal. We Are Now In The Vicinity Of Everest But The Great Mountain Still Remains Hidden. Nuptse Towers To The Right As The Trail Crosses The Khumbu Glacier. As We Trek Along A Murmuring Stream We Do Not See The Khumbu Glacier Because Of Its Lateral Moraine Wall, And We Now Begin To Feel A Little Out Of Breath Due To High Altitude. Overnight In Lobuche At A Local Lodge.
The Trail To Gorak Shep Goes Ahead Through The Lateral Moraine Of The Khumbu Glacier. We Pass Though The Pyramid Sign Post. Ahead On The Trail, We See The Crest Of The North Ridge Of Everest Along With Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, And Nuptse. A Small Ascent Would Take Us To Thangma Riju From Where We Perceive A 360-Degree Vista Of The Snowy Mountains. Upon Climbing Steeply Up To The Top Through The Torrent Of The Changri Glacier, We Catch Our First Glimpse Of Kala Patthar, A Grey-Green Knoll Beneath The Mt. Pumori. As We Reach Gorak Shep, We Will Be Surrounded By Snow-Capped Mountains Looming All Around Us Including The Top Of The World - Mount Everest. After A Brief Lunch And Rest, We Take The Trail To Everest Base Camp Through The Once Vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing Straight Ahead, We Come Through The Indian Army Mountaineers' Memorials. As We Reach Everest Base Camp We Cannot Help Appreciating The Everest Climbers That Take The Hazardous Route Through The Khumbu Icefall. Mountaineers' Tents Stand Out In Bright Colors Against All The Dull Gray Surroundings (Especially In The Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste And Pumori Are The Mountains We Can View From Base Camp. Everest Actually Is Not Visible From This Juncture. By Now We Have Met The Ultimate Objective Of Our Trip.
However, The Sunset View From Kala Patthar Is More Admirable Than The Sunrise View, So It Is Recommended That We Visit Kala Patthar Today During Sunset. As The Setting Sun'S Rays Strike The Snow-Capped Mountains, The Resulting Scenery Is Incredible. For Those Trekkers Who Wish To Continue To Kala Patthar, Himalayan Glacier Guides And Sherpas Coordinate Our Hike To Kala Patthar For An Amazing Sunset View Today Rather Than Tomorrow. Overnight In Gorak Shep At A Local Lodge.
Today Is The Climax Of Our Trip. We Start Early At Dawn To Catch The Dramatic Views From Kala Patthar Witnessing The First Light Of Day Shining On Mt. Everest. However, We Need To Get Prepared For An Early Morning, Dark And Cold Temperature (-10 To -14 C) Departure Beforehand. Plus There Is Always The Potential For Chilly Winds Which Are Quite Common. Familiar Peaks Such As Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse Tower To The East Even As Everest Begins To Reveal Itself Emerging Between The West Shoulder Crest And Nuptse. During The Ascent To Kala Patthar We Can Pause To Catch Our Breath At Several Outstanding View Points To Snap Pictures. After Several Hours Of Ascent, We Reach Kala Patthar. From Here, We Scramble To Climb The Rocky Outcrop Near To The Summit Marked By Cairns And Prayer Flags. As We Reach The Top, We Sit On The Kala Patthar Rocks And Our Eyes Take In The Unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, Wandering From One Mighty Massif To Another. We Take As Many Pictures As We Possibly Can With Our Camera So They Can Last A Lifetime. On Returning To Gorak Shep, We Have Breakfast And Wait For The Other Participants To Return Back.
Those Visitors Who Plan To Visit Everest Base Camp Today Will Have An Early Breakfast To Start Early As Everest Base Camp Hike Takes Longer (4-5 Hrs) Than The Kala Patthar Hike. Upon Returning Back To Gorak Shep, The Group Will Have Lunch Together And Afternoon Time Is Taken To Descend Down To Pheriche For A Good Night Rest. Overnight At A Local Lodge.
At This Moment Of Time, We Trek Down Through The Hillside Blanketed By Rhododendron And Juniper Trees. If It Is Spring, Pink And Red Rhododendron Flowers Ablaze Our Surroundings. Depending On Our Hunger And Condition, We Either Have Our Lunch In Pangboche Or Wait Until We Reach Phunki Tenga. After Crossing The Prayer-Flag Festooned Bridge Over The Dudh Koshi River, The Trail Then Follows The Dudh Koshi Gorge Descending Rapidly Through The Pine Forests. The Path Eventually Reaches Sansa Which Is The Major Trail Junction In The Region. We Stop At Kyangjuma (3570 M/11,710 Ft) For A Relaxed Lunch. We Appreciate The Gorgeous Ama Dablam, Thamserku And Nuptse With Every Step Of The Way. After Our Lunch, The Trail To Namche Bazaar Clings To The Steeply Wooded Slope Beyond Kyangjuma, Winding Through Several Bends. We Keep A Lookout For Wild Life Such As Mountain Goats, Snow Leopards, And Colorful Pheasants While Passing Through The Forest. Upon Passing A Chorten, We Reach The Army Camp At Namche Bazaar. While Here, We Would Like To Take A Long Last Look (And Picture!) Back To Lhotse, The Tip Of Everest And Tengboche. On Reaching Our Lodge, We Take A Nice Hot Shower And Have A Very Relaxed Sleep In Our Room In Namche Bazaar. Overnight In Namche Bazaar At Local Lodge.
The Trail Descends Steeply Downward So We Need To Walk Slowly And Under Control As Our Shaky Legs Continuously Battle The Rocky Terrain. Upon Crossing The Suspension Bridges Over The Fast Flowing Dudh Koshi And Its Tributaries, The Trail Becomes More Level And Natural. Today Onwards We Start To Get Warmed Up By The Light Breeze. Any Remaining Sore Throats And Colds Will Be Gone By Today As We Pass Through The Charming Mountain Air. Although We Are Travelling The Same Route Down, We Have Completely Different Views. We Snap A Mixture Of Open Plains, Rhododendron And Pine Forests, And In The Distance, Snow-Covered Peaks. We Walk Through The Sherpa Villages' Noticing An Impressive Faith In Buddhism And A Culture Of Prayer Stones And Flags. Upon Arrival In Lukla, We Stretch Those Sore Legs And Recall The Experiences Of The Last Couple Of Weeks. We Experience The Culmination Of A Fantastic Trek On A Happy Note With Everyone Back Safe And Sound With Smiles On Our Faces! Overnight In Lukla At Local Lodge.
Today, We Fly Back To Kathmandu After Our Long Mountain Journey. The Early Morning Flight Drops Us In Kathmandu. We Can Rest And Relax Throughout The Day At Our Hotel. If We Get Interested To Take Some Gifts Home From Nepal For Friends And Relatives, We Can Visit To Some Fly Lukla To Kathmandu
Today, We Fly Back To Kathmandu After Our Long Mountain Journey. The Early Morning Flight Drops Us In Kathmandu. We Can Rest And Relax Throughout The Day At Our Hotel. If We Get Interested To Take Some Gifts Home From Nepal For Friends And Relatives, We Can Visit To Some Nearby Shops Or Venture Out In Thamel For Typical Nepalese Goods. This Short Excursion Either Can Be Assisted By Our Guides Or We Can Do It Ourselves Too. If We Want To Explore Any Other Areas In Kathmandu, We Can Manage Time For This Today As Well. In The Evening We Will Be At A Fantastic Celebration Dinner Together For Successfully Completing Our Trek To Everest Base Camp Hosted By Us! Overnight In Kathmandu At Hotel.
The Journey Comes To An End Today! There Is Nothing To Do But We Just Trade Emails To Travel Companions And Organize Our Photos. If We Have More Time We Can Do Some Shopping Or Sightseeing. A Representative From Tiger Trek Nepal Will Drop Us Off At The Airport Approximately 3 Hours Before Our Scheduled Flight. On Our Way To Home We Will Have Plenty Of Time To Plan Our Next Adventure Trip In The Wonderful Country Of Nepal.
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