Everest base camp and Lobuche peak

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Arrival in Kathmandu where you will be met the airport and transferred to Hotel, just walking distance to any styles of good restaurants and shops. Our Representative will give you short briefing on hotel facilities and safety. Tonight we only have a short introduction to the area, just what you need to know before the main briefing tomorrow. O/N Nirvana Garden Hotel in Kathmandu.
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After breakfast, trek briefing will take place around 10 am. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Patan Durbar Square. O/N Nirvana Garden Hotel in Kathmandu.
Take the morning flight a thrilling experience to the dramatic airfield at Lukla (2,860m) where we are immediately in amongst the peaks. The sudden change in altitude can leave some of us quite breathless, but we descend to Chaplung (2680m) before lunch to let ourselves adapt more gradually. The afternoon is an easy introduction to the trek up the beautiful Dudh Kosi river valley, passing huge carved mane stones and prayer wheel shrines, to our night lodge at Phakding. The lodges on the first half of the trek are good: twin rooms with comfortable mattresses and nice glazed dining rooms with stoves for cold weather days.  The menus include all sorts of wholesome favorites: pasta, noodle and rice dishes with remarkably fresh vegetables, puddings and every variety of hot drinks. The lodges have the same pattern all the way up, but understandably they become a bit more simple right at the top of the trek - though still remarkably good for the location. We always select the best of the standard lodges in each night stop. O/N Tashi Taki Lodge at Phakding.
Through blue pine and Rhododendron forests we continue gradually upriver to reach Monzo at the entrance to the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. Just beyond, after crossing the river on one of the excellent new pedestrian suspension bridges, we take lunch at one of the tea houses that line the banks at Jorsale (2775m). So far our gain in height has been barely perceptible, but the afternoon sets us a fairly tough challenge, exaggerated by the early stage of our acclimatization. Rising first to cross a marvelous bridge high above the Imja Khola, we then gradually ascend the ridge opposite. And halfway up, we should be able to look out for our first view of Everest ahead. We must also look out for pack-yaks which we will see from now on; generally good natured, we should still keep up-side of these huge beasts - avoiding a playful nudge! We arrive at Namche Bazaar, the Khumbu district capital, built within a natural amphitheatre setting surrounded by peaks, and now a thriving lodge town. O/N Yak Hotel in Namche.
After breakfast, we explore this next of Khumbu region; we hike upto Khumjung village and school founded by Sr. Edmond Hilary, Namche local market, Museum. There is plenty to do and explore around Namche, including the Sherpa museum above the village. O/N Yak Hotel in Namche.
This allows us to either take the short direct route up to Khumjung, or the more strenuous option up the beautiful Nangpo river, through undisturbed little villages, to the lovely village of Thame. After lunch here we can visit the monastery perched on the hillside above. This is one of the best active gompas in Khumbu, with marvelous paintings and approached by a path winding along the longest carved Mani wall in Nepal. Returning, we detour to the ridge line that separates the village from the amazing long view north toward the Nangpa La over into Tibet and Cho Oyu dominating the skyline. We return down river before contouring above Namche to reach the less touristy twin villages of Kunde and Khumjung (3780m), fine villages populated by more affluent Sherpa families, and dominated by the beautiful peaks of Ama Dablam. Those who took the short option straight up from Namche should at least go up to one of the many viewpoints, for a bit of a pre-view of the peaks to come including Everest, and to boost their acclimatization process. O/N Hidden Village Lodge in Khumjung.
A lovely morning making our way down through the forested hillside to the Imja Khola (3245m), with Tham Serku peak straight across the valley and the beautiful form of Ama Dablam ahead. It is worth taking a good break at the tea houses of Pungo Tenga over the bridge, as it is a continuous climb up from here to lunch. There are some wonderful water driven prayer-wheels here. On the winding way up through the rich forest we are very likely to encounter groups of Himalayan Tahr grazing on inaccessible slopes above our heads. We reach the famous monastery of Thyangboche (3930m) for lunch. As well as giving us our next view of the summit of Everest above Nuptse ridge, this is the most important gompa in the Sherpa region, and its second rebuilding this century is now nearly complete, after burning down in 1989. There is an increasing importance to comfortably integrate its religious role with the demands of western visitors, so that the sanctity of this wonderful site is maintained. Some lodges have been built here, under some pressure, fine to eat in and base our afternoon visit to the monastery itself, but they can get uncomfortably crowded at night. So, after plenty of time to absorb the tranquility and atmosphere of the whole setting, we head on a bit, a 20 minute gentle descent to our peaceful, comfortable lodge at Deboche in a garden set amongst these beautiful forests. O/N Amadablam Lodge in Deboche.
This is a short easy morning, first continuing down to recross the Imja Khola at a dramatic bridged gorge, before continuing the short way to Pangboche (3900m), where there is plenty of time before lunch to climb to the gompa above the village. This dates from the original settlement of the area by the Sherpas from their origins in Tibet, and is a more private and intimate gompa than Thyangboche; respect should be shown to not be obtrusive with cameras or dress. After lunch we continue up through beautiful mossy forests as the landscape starts to feel distinctly more elevated. The dramatic towers of Ama Dablam dominate overhead as the valley splits, the Imja to the right and the Khumbu to the left. We will be heading up the Khumbu to Everest, but now we have reached the right altitude to take another acclimatization day. Of the two villages that head the valleys, Dingboche on the Imja Khola is far the nicer, out of the wind down from the north that can make Pheriche, where the Himalayan Rescue Association post is located. O/N Island Peak View Lodge in Dingboche.
Today we start our final approach to the base camp area. It’s easy enough to start with, as we round the ridge above Dingboche by a single chorten, and contours along wide grassy slopes all the way to Duglha (4595m) our lunch stop. Then we climb steeply up the terminal moraine at the snout of the Khumbu glacier, until we come out alongside it at a ridge lined by hundreds of cairns dedicated to the many Sherpas who have lost their lives in attempts on Everest and other peaks. We continue alongside the glacier finally crossing what is now no more than a stream to Lobuche our lodge stop. There are limited individual rooms available here and in peak season we sometimes have to fall back on sleeping in the still very comfortable dormitory of the best lodge. O/N Sherpa Lodge in Lobuche.
We make an early start, about 6.30-7.00am, to cover the few hours alongside the Khumbu glacier up to Gorak Shep (5180m) at the base of Kalapattar. Crossing open unexpected sand flat we start to climb on a good well-trodden path. Its pretty breathless walking, but we adopt a deliberately slow, steady rhythm taking plenty of short breaks to watch the view gradually unfold as we go up. The final slopes become rocky as we approach the top (5555m), decked in colored prayer flags. A stunning 360 degree panorama awaits us. The dramatic free-standing form of Pumori directly in front of us, Changtse in Tibet, and across the wide space of the Khumbu glacier, the vast black pyramid of Everest itself, down as far as the South Col which joins it to Lhotse. This is the ideal time to be here, early enough to be most sure of clear views, but late enough to allow the sun to swing southward and light the peaks directly - too early and all you see is a silhouette! The dramatic end of the Nuptse ridge dominates the foreground, and so many lesser peaks spread away southward. We look down on base camp on the edge of the glacier. It is obvious why so many people go to this effort to stand here. Taking as long as we want at the top, we descend to Gorak Shep for lunch. We stay here tonight, so we can take it easy this afternoon. Clear sunsets in the Himalaya are rarer than clear dawns, but if there is even a hint of one, we should take our chance and go up Kalapattar again. Sunset on Everest from here is pure magic, gold to pink catching the tips of the peaks, subtly fading with the light - worth every effort. It turns very cold after losing the sun - wrap up in everything you brought, down jacket and all. Don't forget your head-torch for the descent. O/N Himalayan Lodge in Gorakshep.
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A choice of options today: base camp itself or the best view point of all on the slopes of Pumori. There is no view from the base camp area except a foreshortened one of the chaos of the Khumbu Icefall. The point of the visit is purely its historic significance, and some feel duty-bound to go there. The route is over the rock strewn surface of the glacier itself and is marked by large ice seracs, peculiar to the Himalayas. The route varies year by year, and there is not one particular site for the camp, as each expedition prefers a different location. If the visibility on the previous day was anything less than perfect, a return visit to Kalapattar is a far more rewarding option. A more challenging day's option is to take the route to Pumori base camp and then scramble the rocky path above to the best Everest viewpoint of all. Only from here is it possible to see right into the Western Cwm with the Lhotse face behind; all of the classic '53 route to the summit. It was right here on the first recce that Ed Hillary and Eric Shipton first discovered that, against all odds, the mountain would 'go' - there was a climbable route from this side. We should only take this Pumori viewpoint option if we're definitely feeling good with the altitude. Except for very small groups we can usually run both options. We walk down to Gorakshep and further downhill to Lobuche. O/N Himalayan Lodge in Lobuche.
Our return to Namche takes only 3 days, as we are now well acclimatized. Following the side of the glacier back to its snout at Thuglha where we have lunch, we continue in the afternoon to Dingboche. O/N Island Peak View Lodge in Dingboche.
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We now rejoin the Imja Khola and follow down the north bank through beautiful forests to have lunch at Pangboche. Recrossing the gorge it's an easy afternoon to Deboche our nightspot. O/N Amadablam Lodge in Deboche.
Leaving lobuche the route descends past some magnificently carved mani stones, there is short steep climb from Deboche through lush forest of National flower Rhododendron until you reach Tenboche where the most holy Monastery of Everest region is situated, visit of Monastery is a must, it’s a customary that every expedition group receives blessing from the high Monk of the monastery for safe journey and offer special ritual. O/N Lodge
We descend to Tashinga and tha to Sanasa, it’s an easy walk downhill enjoying bushes of junipers and chance of seeing national bird called Monal ( Ophorus). O/N Lodge in Namche.
Steeply down the ridge again to the suspension bridge, we follow the river down the way we came up, as far as Phakding for lunch. In the afternoon we continue down to Lukla. This is where we tip the staff (not compulsory but definitely customary), an impromptus little ceremony and always enormous Sherpa smiles. Then something of a party is inevitable. This will be your last night with your trekking crew except trekking Guide. Trekking crew will organize a farewell ceremony, Nepali song and dance, staff members will be allowed to drink to join the party. You may want to try local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong. O/N Kongde View Lodge.
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We catch the spectacular flight past the mountains back to Kathmandu. We are met and brought back to a warm welcome and the comforts of the Hotel Nirvana Garden.
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel or explore Kathmandu city, shopping etc. O/N Nirvana Garden Hotel in Kathmandu.
Today either you’ll have your holiday extension for another tour or we will transfer you to airport for final departure flight. You will require Rs. 1700 each for airport departure tax.
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Priya ShyamsundarProgram Director South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics

“Thank you very much for organizing the Poon Hill Trek for us.  It was an absolutely fabulous trek for us and our German friends.  Climbing 4000 steps to Ulleri was a bit tough for the kids (and us), but we all made it.  The help we got during the trip made all the difference –   our guide and wonderful porters helped with the children and we didn’t have to worry about any of the trek related details; everything worked as it was meant to.  The kids still talk about Subash.  We enjoyed every moment of it – the walking, the company, the tea house lunches, the clean beds and good meals at night, and the fabulous Himalayas.”

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David Wells, United Kingdom

“The service provided by Basanta Adventures was excellent from the time we were met at the airport and taken to the Hyatt where Basanta Adventures came to our hotel with a detailed itinerary including 2 days sight seeing and then a 6 night trip from Lakpa to Nanche Bazaar with Gelzing acting as the Sherpa guide and 2 porters for a group of 3. We stayed at comfort lodges and the trip was excellent in terms of organisation and the trek itself to the base of Everest.

One of the most exciting trips that we have undertaken.

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Edwige and Martine, Solveil Vert, France

“We like to share our experience with Basanta Adventure in Tibet. First we met Basanta during the heavy monsoon of August 2002. We did not have one drop of rain during our 10 days in lower Mustang and the organisation was great even if prepared only one day before! This encouraged us to choose Basanta Adventure for our trip to Tibet. Here the organisation was even greater than expected. Things are not really smooth in Tibet due to the control of the Chinese, particularly at the time of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Tibet, and also due to bad weather conditions in this huge Himalayan region. We really appreciated our driver Denpa. Without his experienced driving all people in our car would have left their life in the river. Our young guide Dorge was like a friend, a brother, a mother. His day started early in the morning and he never went to bed before he had settled everything for us for the day and prepared for the following day, everything in the smallest details. Guide and driver were available almost day and night.”

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Thomas Wells, Chairman of Future For Nepal.

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David Finnegan, United Kingdom

I was very grateful to Basanta Adventures, six years ago, for arranging my first visit to Nepal, the trek from Lukla to Chukhung and my climb of Island Peak….the company was superb in every way. So it was with total confidence that I asked them to help me put together a much longer and more varied trip for 2016.

What resulted was a totally bespoke trekking and climbing package for ‘two old gits’ that was not just substantially cheaper than the usual UK company offerings but was delivered with more professionalism, safety awareness and customer consideration than anything we had received from larger companies. Oh – and Gyalzen Sherpa brings another dimension with his cultural insights and explanations of living in the Khumbu region.

Highlights of our four week expedition? The 4WD journey from Kathmandu to where the road(?) ends and we start walking….the week we spent travelling through the foothills and learning about non-commercial life where few trekkers visit since the airport at Lukla opened….crossing all three major passes (17,000’+) made much easier by Basanta’s carefull preparation and acclimatisation…the blue of Gokyo Lakes……Everest, of course – but Ama Dhablam is more beautiful…..the Khumbu Icefall…the views from the three 18,000’+ peaks we climbed….Island Peak summit…….but above all these natural wonders is the highlight of meeting so many fantastic people and learning so much from them.

In summary, I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled to many places around the world and with many companies….if you can, you MUST go to Nepal and if you do, you cannot do better than let Basanta Adventures arrange your trip.

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Edwige Martine, Founder, Solveil Vert, France

We like to share our experience with Basanta Adventure in Tibet. First we met Basanta during the heavy monsoon of August 2002. We did not have one drop of rain during our 10 days in lower Mustang and the organisation was great even if prepared only one day before! This encouraged us to choose Basanta Adventure for our trip to Tibet. Here the organisation was even greater than expected. Things are not really smooth in Tibet due to the control of the Chinese, particularly at the time of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Tibet, and also due to bad weather conditions in this huge Himalayan region. We really appreciated our driver Denpa. Without his experienced driving all people in our car would have left their life in the river.

Cost Includes:

Transportation:

  • Transportation: Necessary airport transfers as per the itinerary
  • Airfare: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
  • Airfare for Guide
  • Domestic airport tax for guest and 1 guide

Climbing & Trekking Portion:

  • All the necessary permits ( Everest National Park, Tims)
  • Peak permit of Labuche East and Island Peak ( Imtsa Tse )
  • Service of climbing Sherpa
  • Bonus for climbing equipment for climbing Sherpa
  • Garbage deposit fee
  • Full board during the climbing period
  • All camping equipments, climbing instructors, sherpas, Kitchen team
  • High altitude insurance policy coverage for climbing guide and staff

Trekking portion:

  • Professional licensed Trekking guide
  • Accommodation during trekking
  • Necessary porter to carry your luggage ( 1 porter carry 30kg )
  • Insurance for Nepali staffs  ( Trekking Guide and porters)
  • Necessary equipment for trekking staff
  • Guide and porter daily allowance
  • Fully loaded medical kit box for staff
  • Complimentary Trekking kit bag

Cost Excludes:

  • Travel insurance (must cover expenses of rescue service including helicopter)
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee) during trek ( approx.US$ 15 per day)
  • Personal climbing and trekking Gears:
  • Any hotel in Kathmandu ( we can organize it )
  • Liquor beverages (soft and hard drinks)
  • Expenses of personal nature e.g. laundry, phone call etc.
  • Gratuity for staff
  • Expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Services not mention herein

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