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Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek is adventurous trek in Everest region in Solukhumbu. Khumbu region where all rage of the popular Sherpa people popular for Sherpa villages, ancient, fabulous scenery, culture, monasteries and panoramic closest views of natural landscape on the foothill of Mt. Everest. Phaplu Everest Base Camp trekking is breathtaking through consistent uphill and downhill terrain which makes up for it as you come face to face with some of the tallest mountains on earth.....leaving you awestruck....virtually! This longer expedition to Mt Everest follows in the footsteps of the early expeditions but with a slight variation heading to the first natural park of Nepal, Sagarmatha National Park.

Drive to the original trail head of Jiri to avoid the long bus, we fly into Phaplu to begin our trek through the much quieter Solukhumbu region. You trek over gentle ascent path all the way to Takshindo Gompa and descending from there you reach Ringmo. We follow the Dudh koshi north through terraced hillsides and small villages to join the main Everest trail below Lukla. The route passes through Lush valleys with abundant flora and fauna, spectacular forests of blooming rhododendron blue pine, valleys, and forests of rhododendron; pasture lands, green hills with lush vegetation’s, and flowery slopes. Along the trail, there are many ancient monasteries, chörtens and prayer flags and fir which has added the beauty of the trek. We pass through friendly Sherpa villages culturally rich and People of the area are very hospitable and able to preserve their unique culture and Buddhist monasteries of Namche Bazaar. You visit Tengboche monastery en- route before continuing on to your goal, an ascent of Kala Patthar, a rocky outcrop to the west of Everest from where the beautiful view of the mountain can be seen. This vantage point gives fantastic views of the Ice Fall and South Col as well as the immense south-west face of Everest. On your walking you will be rewarded with magnificent views of Everest 8848m, Cho Oyo 8152m, Lhotse 8516m, Thamserku (6506m), Makalu 8463m and Ama Dablam 6456m, Kantega and many more mountains.

Trekkers require experience of high altitude walking with good health and physical fitness. Trekking in Everest region is unforgettable adventure in life .We return via a different route through Pangboche to Lukla for the spectacular flight back to Kathmandu. This is truly a classic trek, which undoubtedly gives one of the best mountain views in the world. The exotic climate, biological features and the amazing views of world top mountains will certainly illusion you throughout the way. We, Above the Himalaya Trekking Pvt. Ltd has designed you trekking program guaranteeing you a life time experience with the nature and the hospitable lifestyle of  local people. The breathtaking panoramic views of mountains will delight your heart in Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:  Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

Day 02:  A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu (The capital city)

Day 03:  Early morning fly to Phaplu (2600m). 

Day 04:  Phaplu trek to Ringmo (2800m) walking hours: 4-5 hours

Day 05:  Ringmo to Kharikhola (2010m) walking hours: 7-8 hours

Day 06:  Kharikhola trekking to Puiyan(2770m) walking hours: 6-7 hours 

Day 07:  Puiyan treeking to Phakding (2652m) walking hours: 6-7 hours 

Day 08:  Phakding trekking to Namche Bazzar (3440m) walking hours: 4-5 hours

Day 09: Acclimatization day in Namche (3440m)

Day 10:  Namche Bazzar trek to Tengboche (3867m) walking hours: 4-5 hours

Day 11:  Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m) walking hours: 6 hours

Day 12:  Pheriche to Lobuche (4930m) walking hours: 4-5 hours

Day 13:  Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170m) walking hours: 3-4 hours

Day 14:  Gorakshep (5170m) trekking to Everest Base camp (5364m) to Lobuche walking hours: 5-6 hours

Day 15:  Lobuche to Pangboche (3860m) walking hours: 4-5 hours

Day 16:  Pangboche to Khumjung Village (3789m) walking hours: 6 hours

Day 17:  Khumjung to Monjo (2835m)  walking hours: 4-5 hours

Day 18:  Monjo trekking to Lukla (2,850) walking hours: 4-5 hours

Day 19:  Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu 

Day 20:  Farewell Departure

 

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. Where you will have your time to settle in and freshen up after that you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.

Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu; The capital city
The very next morning, after breakfast you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath might make you feel calm and peace and visit Patan the city of fine arts and Durbar Square is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments. On journey back to hotel, you can explore the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. After your dinner, you can perhaps take leisurely stroll through the famous streets like Thamel and Durbarmarg.

Day 3: Early morning fly to Phaplu (2600m).
The sights from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing in the village of Phaplu, we meet the rest of our staff and porters. The Phaplu is small airstrip in Solukhumbu. You then trek over a gentle ascending path all the way to Takshindo Gompa.

Day 4: Phaplu trek to Ringmo (2800m) walking hours: 4-5 hours
The Trekking trail follows Chiwang and Phera through a pine tree and rhododendron forest alive with birds. It’s an easy descent through pines to a large suspension bridge over the Dudh Khola at 2510m. From the river the trail snakes up through meadows to Ringmo; a Sherpa village dotted with apple, peach and apricot orchards. Today have some leisurely stroll in the village and spend your night.

Day 5: Ringmo to Kharikhola (2010m) walking hours: 7-8 hours
Above Ringmo, the trail climbs steeply through pine and rhododendron forest to a long mani wall of Pangoma; a remote lake set at 4500m beneath the wall. The trail crosses a picturesque stream on a suspension bridge and then dissolves into a clutter of loose rocks as it reaches Nunthala. From here the descent continues Dudh Koshi (Milk River), the largest river on the trek. The trail turn through fields of barley, wheat and maize to the sprawling Rai village of Jubing(1680m). Terraced fields and forest path took us a slow climb around a ridge to the village of Khari Khola.

Day 6:Kharikhola trekking to Puiyan(2770m) walking hours: 6-7 hours
The Kharikhola is crossed by a drooping suspension bridge at 1930m. The path makes a steep climb to Bupsa (2360m), set among cascading wheat and maize terraces below a dense oak forest.The path ascends through Sherpa villages and a forest inhabited by monkeys, and then winds steeply up and down through the Dudh Koshi canyon to Puiyan. Spend your night in any of the lodge.

Day 7: Puiyan treeking to Phakding (2652m) walking hours: 6-7 hours
The trail climbs for about an hour after Puiyan to a ridge at 2800m. Then up to another ridge. Passing through Lukla Airport follow a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Along the way you will have a view of Mt Nupla (5885m), Kusum Kangaru (6367m) and the Mount Kwongde Range. We then take an easy walk for about two hours to Phakding village for the overnight stop and rest of the time stroll around the village for local knowledge.

Day 8: Phakding trekking to Namche Bazzar (3440m) walking hours: 4-5 hours
From Phakding the trail follows the Dudh Koshi valley north, meandering through the pines, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park. Beginning with a slight climb to Jhorsalle, the trail passes waterfalls and other culturally and naturally occurring items of interest. Villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of Rhododendron, Magnolia and fir. Along the way to you will be rewarded with your first glimpse of Kusum Kangru (6369m) Thamserku (6608m), Everest (8848m) and Nuptse (7879 m). A steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche bazaar (3440m) will afford you further spectacular views and a comfortable place to spend the second night of the trek.

Day 9: Acclimatization day in Namche
Set in a natural amphitheatre looking across to the jagged ridge of Kongdi RI (6187m), Namche Bazzar is one of the most attractive settlements in the khumbu region. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization at a high altitude before heading off. We will have a full day rest so that we won't face any problem ahead. Today we make a short acclimatization trek up to Khumjung, a delightful Sherpa village above Namche. You have full day leisure for wonderful panoramic view or stroll around the market You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, and Kwangde and so on.

Day 10: Namche Bazzar trek to Tengboche (3867m) walking hours: 4-5 hours
We start our trek with pleasant walk through the forest with magnificent view of mountains. We follow a spectacular path that traverses around the hillside high above the Dudh Kosi River. After walking one hour you will arrive in Phungithanga. The trail climbs past some water-powered prayer wheels and begins a sustained climb through a forest of tall, mature rhododendrons. Look out for musk deer and Himalayan Tahr among the trees. The start of the Tengboche (3870m), the village is scattered across a wide, grassy saddle below a crescent-shaped ridge covered by scrub pines and firs. From the view point at the top of the hill, there are awe-inspiring views of distinctive peaks like Amadablam (6856m), standing proud of the massif containing Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8501m) and inspiring views of Himalayan giants. Tengboche Monastery, the largest in Khumbu region, is one of the beautiful monasteries as the center for whole Sherpa. Spend your night at Teahouse.

Day 11: Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m) walking hours: 6 hours
From Tengboche, the trail follows through a forest of dwarf confiers and rhododendron, keeping and eye out for monal pheasants and musk deer. It takes 5 hours crossing the Imja Khola and climbing past superb mani stones ( carved with the Tibetan Buddhist chant om mani padme hum) to Pangboche at 3860m. Visit Tengboche Gompa which have some impressive old thanks and murals painted. Beyond Orsho, the trail divides; you take the higher path to Pheriche.

Day 12: Pheriche to Lobuche (4930m) walking hours: 4-5 hours
Coming from Pheriche, follow the wide trail north along the bottom of the valley. Trail drop down to the glacial stream, rising up the other side to Dughla (4620m). From Dughla, the trail goes directly up the gravelly terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier for about an hour. The surrounding terrain is parched and desolate, with fingers of ice and snow dropping down sheer mountain walls on all sides. As you cross the ridge, the perfect peak of Pumori (7165m) soars into view. Passing through the scent of rhododendron bushes, make a laboured ascent to Lobuche.

Day 13: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170m) walking hours: 3-4 hours
The first section of the trail from Lobuche follows the narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain walls, past turn off to the Italian pyramid. Take time to detour to the edge of moraine to look over the Khumbu glacier. Along windy and rocky path with the wonderful view of Mt. Pumori, Nuptse and other magnificent peaks, we reach Gorakshep. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley.

Day 14: Gorakshep (5170m) trekking to Everest Base camp (5364m) to Lobuche walking hours: 5-6 hours
After lunch our adventure continues towards Everest Base Camp. The trail passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams. The Base Camp area provides an opportunity to experience the freezing and harsh conditions that mountaineers brave to summit this famous mountain. In Everest Base Camp the climbers gather for summiting Everest during the high expedition season. We explore base camp and its surroundings glacier and return back to Lobuche.

Day 15: Lobuche to Pangboche (3860m) walking hours: 4-5 hours
The route ascent through the terrain fields of meadows and dwarf rhododendron forests. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imjatse Valley. Stay your night at Pangboche. There also lays the oldest monastery founded in 17th century. Have some interesting accommodation alternatives.

Day 16:Pangboche to Khumjung Village (3789m) walking hours: 6 hours
We walk down to the river then start hiking up to Khumjung village. Khumjung valley is the largest village in Khumbu which sprawls below the peak of Khumbila (5761m). The day in Khumjung will be much prettier to visit the gompas and Admund Hillary School. Also there are views of AmaDablam and rocky pyramid of Thamserku. Stay overnight here in the village.

Day 17:Khumjung to Monjo (2835m)  walking hours: 4-5 hours
From Khumjung it is a short hike to Namche Bazaar. Here you will have some time to make any final souvenir purchases and continue on down the hill to Monjo. We will take in the breathtaking views from multiple suspension bridges, as well as spot mountain goats, musk deer and the Nepali national bird, Daphne. Monjo village has pretty setting beside the Dudh Koshi, and you can visit Gompa overlooking vegetable fields.

Day 18: Monjo trekking to Lukla (2,850) walking hours: 4-5 hours
It’s time to take it easy as we make our way down Namche hill. We will cross multiple suspension bridges, bask in the greenery surrounding us in the lower altitude climate and back into the green scenery of the lower altitude communities. As we slowly ascend back to Lukla, pine fragrances of nearby forests loft by as we watch local Sherpa farmers tending their gardens in the lush Khumbu Valley. We will spend out last night in the Himalayas in the small village of Lukla.

Day 19: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Saying final goodbye to our porters, we will have a flight back to Kathmandu of an exciting one hour. (It can also be a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla which makes the Lukla flight delayed and cancel.) At the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show exchanging greetings among friends and with all Nepalese people. You can buy some souvenirs.

Day 20: Farewell Departure
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.

Above the Himalaya Trekking have made every effort to keep our price as competitive as possible, by still providing an excelling service to our customer. We pay our porters and guide the legal wages agreed with the porters union, our trekking staffs are some of the best paid in Nepal which allow us to attract only the best guides and porters and we have same amount of Insurance for guide and porter which is more than Government fixed amount. All our price are nett and there are no hidden cost everything is clear on cost includes and excludes this is the main reason all our customer are happy from our service. For up to date cost for the trip please contact us.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
    Round Trip flight ticket for Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu.
  • Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals chosen from the Menu   (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Sagarmatha National Park fees.
    Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Passport and Visas:

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.


Get the required visa for Nepal.

You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information


Bring Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.


Money & Credit card Info

We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost.  So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel


Travel Insurance:

Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.


Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal

We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time.  Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here.  For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.


Flight delay:

Flight by plane and helicopter are prone to cancellations. Sometimes, flight may delay for notorious weather in remote areas. Some other times, operational complication may occur which is more likely to happen in Everest region -Lukla flight, Annapurna region- Jomsom flight, Dolpa, Simikot , Jumla region etc. As these flights have some problem with fixed schedule, it is also recommended to carry extra money for food and accommodations. Trekking in the remote areas, especially during odd season, you’re advised to reserve extra days to prepare with some delays and avoid frustrating consequence. In case of delay in flight prior to trek departure or at the end of the trek, you need to meet your accommodation, food costs by yourself.


Who can trek?

No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. However, in the areas over 3000m altitude, extra care should be taken. One can trek who have strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally, for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experienced trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. We encourage all men and women, families, students and professionals around the world to enjoy the enchanting trekking in Nepal. You can join us as an individual team member or with your own group. We commit to arrange a best trekking that delight you in the Nepal Himalayas. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.


Our Trekking Dates

Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.


Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal

Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list


Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu

It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.  


Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.


How to Book

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip

 

Q.Where is Mount Everest located?

Mount Everest is situated in Nepal in Solu Khumbu district. It is the Earth's highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 meters above sea level. It is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas. Everest is situated on the Tibetan Plateau known as Qing Zang Gaoyuan; the summit is directly between Tibet/China and Nepal.


Q.How tall is Mt. Everest?

The official altitude of the world's highest peak is 29,029 feet (8,848m). However, the National Geographic Society has determined the height to be 6 feet taller, 29,035 feet, but the Nepali government has not yet been made this new altitude official.


Q.How to enter the Everest Base trek?

We can start our Everest region treks with a scenic flight of about 35 min to Lukla airport. Namche Bazaar is the famous gateway village of Everest. You can also start from Jiri which is about 7-8 hrs from Kathmandu. Route of flight to Phaplu is also quite popular to avoid Jiri and Lukla.


Q.When is the best time to go to Everest Base Trek?

Mainly we have 2 seasons for Everest Base Camp trekking, the autumn (September, October & November) and spring (March, April & May)season are good when weather is pleasant, The monsoon rains have cleared the sky of dust and the views are often spectacular, clear sky, flowers are in blooming, good trail condition. The winter Dec, Jan and Feb is also good; Dec is Feb is better than Jan, only colder and some time foggy weather. The summer ( June, July, August is rainy season so visibility can be less and rain will be issue, considering Summer June is ok as in general rain will nearly from last week of June. The benefit to do the trek in off season is there are not many tourists, very easy to find the best rooms in the lodge.


Q.How fit do I have to be?

Trekking to Everest base camp is considered fairly strenuous trekking, some previous small hiking and trekking experience is the plus point for the trip however, people have no previous trekking or mountaineering experience also can do the trek easily. People who have good physical condition and able to work 5 to 6 hours daily in rocky trail can do the trek. We tailor made the trip itinerary depends on people fitness level.


Q.Do I really need to use a guide for any Everest region trek?

It depends on your skills and experience but I would almost always recommend some kind of help for the logistics. Long treks are a maze of details. Also, a great guide will make your overall experience more memorable.


Q.How difficult is the Everest Base trek?

Everest base camp trek is considered moderate to Strenuous trek and suitable for those who are moderately fit. The treks involve more walking up and down and climb to higher altitudes, where you will be rewarded with close-up views of big mountains. One should work often rough trails, rock and boulder at least 5-6 hours each day and crossing 4500m above high altitude passes, the treks will reach 5550 m at Kalapathar. People have general physical fitness can do the trekking, If have previous hiking and camping experience is more easy to do the trek, you can train yourself  for this trek, we have 76 years old man did the trek recently.


Q.How should I prepare for the trek?

The main things in the trek is one should able to walk 5-6 hours every day in rough rocky trail, so every day short walk up to 1 hour,1,2 month before the trek  is best suggestion, jogging, yoga will be also advisable.


Q.Can I trek as solo women, is it safe?

There is never problem trekking with solo women or join in the group, we have operated trek for many single female traversal our guide and porters are honest, trust worthy, reliable and carefully chosen for your trips, you will not face any problem trekking with your guide, you will meet many likeminded travelers during the trail.


Q.Can I drink the local water during Everest trek?

You can use the chlorine tablets and used the same water as locals do. bottled water also  available throughout the trek  but the prices are expensive, you can get a boiled or hot water also in the guest house, wise is get the water purification tablets and use the normal water.


Q.Can I charge my gadgets?

Yes, you can charge batteries along the trek (US$2-3 per hour) most of the  guest houses have electricity facilities. You may want to consider bringing a solar charger which is now widely available.


Q.Can I buy a Sim Card in Nepal and will it work on the trek?

You can buy the Ncell Sim very easily ( you need passport photo and passport copy) . It worked at most places during the trekking.


Q.Bank and ATM services are available or not?

Yes, you will have facilities like bank and ATM service in Namche Bazaar and Lukla. In both the mentioned places there are banks and ATM service. But it's better to carry cash as it's uncertain to function.


Q.Am I too old to do this trek?

We don’t think so you are too old, recently we have arranged the trek for 76 years ole man he did it very easily with taking 2 days more time. There are many trekkers who are older 60s walking much better than your trekkers. And remember the oldest lady to climb Everest was 73 when she did it. And the oldest men to climbed Everest were 76 years old from Nepal.


Q.What type of shoes should I buy?

Good comfortable trekking shoes is the most important for the trek, for shorter trek tennis shoes or snickers is ok while longer treks requites the good boots have good ankle support, plenty of tow room for long descents, a bit like timberlands, they are a bit heavier, but most importantly you want to get those that wrap the angle, this prevents you from twisting your ankles on uneven grounds. Good lightweight trekking boots or light all leather boots are perfect. Proper fit is a must for boots and must be lightly worn before use it for trekking.
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Q.Will I see Everest from Base Camp?

No the base camp is too near to give you a view. However you can see the top of the Everest from Namche and when you are walking to the base camp. The best views are from Kala Patthar. The sun rises over the Everest so the best light over the peak is in the evening. But in the evenings many a times clouds will rule.


Q.What if I get sick while on trek?

It depends on nature of sickness. Normally if you get sick you will descend to lower altitude with help of support staff. But if the case is critical we will arrange emergency helicopter evacuation service. Our guide will take immediate action according to the situation. Altitude sickness can affect everyone while trekking including young and healthy people and is a genuine concern in Khumbu.  If you feel dizzy, suffer palpitations or severe headaches, return immediately to a lower altitude. Do not take altitude sickness lightly. It can be fatal! 

These are the questions we are often asked and we hope that you will find the answers useful. We are often asked the above questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or just want to have a chat about the trek.

October, 2017

Departure DateAvalabilityDurationCost/PersonTrip NameJoin Group
October 21Guaranteed20 daysContact UsPhaplu Everest Base Camp Trek
October 24Guaranteed20 daysContact UsPhaplu Everest Base Camp Trek
October 28Guaranteed20 daysContact UsPhaplu Everest Base Camp Trek
October 31Guaranteed20 daysContact UsPhaplu Everest Base Camp Trek

November, 2017

Departure DateAvalabilityDurationCost/PersonTrip NameJoin Group
November 3Guaranteed20 daysContact UsPhaplu Everest Base Camp Trek
November 6Guaranteed20 daysContact UsPhaplu Everest Base Camp Trek
November 9Guaranteed20 daysContact UsPhaplu Everest Base Camp Trek
November 12Guaranteed20 daysContact UsPhaplu Everest Base Camp Trek
November 15Guaranteed20 daysContact UsPhaplu Everest Base Camp Trek
November 17Guaranteed20 daysContact UsPhaplu Everest Base Camp Trek
November 21Guaranteed20 daysContact UsPhaplu Everest Base Camp Trek
November 25Guaranteed20 daysContact UsPhaplu Everest Base Camp Trek

January, 2018

Departure DateAvalabilityDurationCost/PersonTrip NameJoin Group
January 21Guaranteed21 dayscontact usPhaplu Everest Base Camp Trek

February, 2018

Departure DateAvalabilityDurationCost/PersonTrip NameJoin Group
February 6Guaranteed-345 daysContact UsPhaplu Everest Base Camp Trek
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Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 20 Days

Max. Altitude:  Kalapathar (5545m.)

Trek Grade: Fairly Strenuous

Best Travel Time: February to May,  September - November are the best seasons.  Dec & January are Winter and cold can be snow on the trail,  June, July & August are rainy time, trekking can be done but visibility can be poor due to rain.

Trip Snippets: 20 days, 3 night’s hotels, 16 nights Lodges, Breakfast in the city and All meals on trek are included

Departure Dates: We are able to offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November and December for a group of 1 to 12 people.

Equipment Rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however in Kathmandu there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment

Your trek Back pack/duffle bag: Your baggage on trek will be carried by our porters, the maximum weight per trekkers is 15kg including your sleeping bag and down jacket, Other items not required on trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu

Transportation: Car/Van in Kathmandu, Flight to Phaplu and Flight Lukla to Kathmandu

Activity: City tour, Trekking

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Gear List

Personal necessary

The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.

01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants
05: T-shirts - 3
06. Fleece jacket or pullover or Sweater also recommended
07. 1 Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08. 1 Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket heavy one
09. Thermal Inners.
10. Socks, Cotton 2/3 pairs, Woolen 2/3 pairs
11. 2 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended, Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
14. Underwear (6)
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1

 
Other necessary equipments

1. Sleeping bag rated to (-20 degree Celsius), if traveling in winter sleeping bag liner also recommended
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
7. Toiletries
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.

For more ideas what should bring please visit the Equipment list Or get back to us on puru@abovethehimalaya.com