Jo with Mt Everest (left) and Nuptse (right) on the EBC Trek April 2019

Everest Base Camp/Kala Patthar Trek (5550m)

including a sacred mountain Sherpa Festival
Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass


 8 November 2019 - starts in Kathmandu

21 Nights / 22 Days

from R38,250.00 pp sharing 

This is an escorted tour with Joanne,  along with expert Mountain Guide and Porters. 

 Single rooms are only available in Kathmandu Hotels - all rooms on the trek are shared. 

 Please inquire for the single rate price.

 If originating from outside of South Africa your welcome to join up in Kathmandu email for the itinerary and pricing in USD$. 

Arrival Day 1 & 2  - Your adventure begins the moment you touch down at Tribhuvan International airport and pass through customs where our friendly Nepali representative and your tour escort, Jo -  will welcome you to Nepal and whisk you away through a bustling city to arrive at your hotel and settle you in. 

The sights and sounds of Thamel can be quite overwhelming at first but as you settle in and slow down your pace, find your rhythm amidst this vibrant hub of Kathmandu.  Leaving your work and worries behind you and begin to unwind and enjoy rest of the evening at leisure.   Time to sample delicious local cuisine of your choice at a nearby restaurant or wander the streets full of fascinating people selling their wares of every conceivable nature - from teas to hand spun clothing to Kumari dolls and Khukuri knives.  Welcome to the thriving area of Thamel! An exciting part of the Kathmandu Valley. 

Exquisite silks and sari's - beautiful gifts for family and friends

Tomorrow brings a full day of sightseeing to some of Kathmandu's most historical and/or cultural UNESCO World heritage sights.  Swayambunath (Monkey Temple) 2000 year old Buddhist temple where offerings to the Gods are a daily ritual.  Pashupatinath (one of the most holiest Hindu sites in the world) where we find the holy Sadhu men and the site of cremations ongoing upon the ghats placed along the Bagmati river. We'll visit the City of Arts - Patan Durbar Square-founded in the 3rd century A.D. and home to some of the finest crafts with monuments from the medevil Malla period of the 16th-18th century and my favourite Boudhanath where the people observe their faith by perambulating clockwise around this magnificent stupa - the largest in Nepal.  Marooned coloured robes of monks sitting chanting mantras and spinning prayer wheels or reciting precious sanskrit scriptures abound here - its a fascinating sight where people watching is a great past time.

Saddhu (Holymen) at Pashupatinath
Swayambunath 2000 year old Buddhist Stupa
Ancient Temples Patan Durbar Square

Day 3 Having had our trek briefing the previous evening  we are on our way with an early spectacular 40 minute flight over the Himalayas to Lukla (2827m) and a trek through to Pakding.  Every evening for the next 15 nights we'll be staying in local tea houses - here we can share stories with other trekkers in the communal dining areas, sample delicious mountain cuisine from the local momo's (dumplings), traditional dhal bhat (lentils and rice) and noodles done 10 different ways. I love a hot Lemon Ginger Honey tea to start (or end) my day, maybe your game enough to sample the local Raksi or Chhang beer brewed by the locals.

Departing to Lukla
Massive painted rocks throughout this forested area, make you feel so small in comparison 'Om Mane Padme Hum'
The beautiful picturesque Namche Bazaar

Day 4 & 5 Namche Bazaar - trekking through rhododendron and blue pine forest, we'll cross the Dudh Koshi with snow-topped scenes of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku etc. with a challenging climb up to Namche Bazaar - our reward is the sight of gigantic peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and of course the unmistakeable Ama Dablam.  We'll take a day here for acclimatisation taking in the enormity of our location and the majestic views of these Khumbu region giants.

Take a hike up to the view point to have some fun

 

Day 6-8 Tengboche and Mani Rimdu Festival  Taking our time here to ensure a proper acclimatisation we will be passing through mountain villages we'll move on through the forests of fir, black juniper, pine and rhododendron we'll make our way to Tengboche (3860m).  Here the surrounded by the gigantic peaks of Ama Dablam, Kantega, Everest etc., for the next 3 days we'll immerse into a world unlike any other.  This sacred festival of Mani Rimdu opens with Wong - the Blessing and Empowerment Day.  Cham - a masked dance and the making of offerings to the different deity's in this Tibetan Buddhist practice.  Jinsak - The Fire Puja and offerings to Agni the fire god and afterwards the dismantling of the great sand mandala and offered to the serpent gods or Nagas.  Surrounding by music of horns and cymbals its a spectacle to behold and witnessing a ceremony such as this - a extraordinary memory.

Day 9 – Trek to Dingboche (4410m)  Our route continues through trails of forest with glimpses of the Himalayas along the way.  Being mindful of yak trains hauling supplies and goods to mountain villages - only man and beast can pass by these steep slopes.   Crossing the Imja Khola by way of suspension bridge we reach Dingboche for overnight at the teahouse.

Beware of trains of yaks carrying supplies - keep to the hill side - many an unsuspecting trekker has found himself pushed over the edge of a steep ravine by one of these unforgiving beauties
If heights is not your thing you might want to think twice about a trek to Base Camp


Day 10: Hiking up to Lobuche 5hr (alt 4910m).  Leaving Dingboche the track goes up towards the Khumbu Glacier.   Theres a steep ascent to the crest of the moraine before the path flattens out prior to our arrival into the lovely village of Lobuche.  I always look forward to the Sherpa Stew here, its hearty, filling and sooooooo yummy.

Warm and cosy teahouse awaits
Delicious Sherpa Stew to fill a hungry tummy

 Day 11: Hiking up to Gorakshep  (alt 5140m)  A steady pace is required at these altitudes as we make our way and reach the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier.  Up and down continuing along until reaching the glacial sands of Gorak Shep.  Overnight at teahouse and possible ascent today to Kala Patthar (5550m) (weather dependant)

Gorakshep, (Pumo Ri in the background) a welcome sight after a tough days trekking


Day 12: Everest Base Camp (5380m) and Khumbu Icefall or early in the morning hiking up to Kala Patthar (5550m) to Dzongla -  if not accomplished yesterday, we can head to the highest point of our trek for sunrise.   Kala Patthar has excellent views of the Everest region including Mt Everest (8848m) and Pumo Ri (7,145m), Nuptse (7,861m), Khumbutse (6,623m), Lingtren (6,697m) and more which divides Nepal from Tibet and just above the Lho La pass we can see the huge face of Changtse (7,750m).  An incredible 360 degree view - well worth the effort.

Hanging prayer flags for friends and family who have gone onto their next life - 5550m in the air it's quite surreal.
I have a thing about dogs and this fella was already on top of the mountain. He must have felt my emotion and came to give me comfort.

 The Final Push - we head to Everest Base Camp.  The vista of the Khumbu Icefall is simply fabulous.  We might even be lucky enough to meet some of the seasons climbers or watch them in the 'Climbers Playground' practicing technical rope climbs and keeping up their fitness regimes before their time to head for the Summit of Everest.    After some time to enjoy and take photos we head back to Gorakshep pick up our gear and head to Dzongla.

Jo with Adventure Consultants 2019 Climbing Team
"Playing" in the Khumbu

Day 14 -  Cho La Pass (5420m) and Thagnak This will be another challenging day heading over the boulders and scree to the top of Cho La Pass.  A rest at the top, a bite to eat and we continue along the snowy trail for Thagnak teahouse and a well deserved rest around a cozy pot belly stove and some great trekkers food of Dhal Bhat is definitely the order of the day.

Over Cho La Pass we make our steady, careful descent
Smiling faces as we celebrate a successful Pass, safe and sound!


Day 15 : Hiking to Gokyo (4790m) 

Another significant day of the trek as we steadily make our way to the village of Gokyo. We will go by Gokyo Ri at the elevation of 5360mm. Making our way we will walk on the rocky moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier – the major glacier in Nepal in anticipation of the magnificent greenish-blue Gokyo Lake coming into view. The varied scenery of this enchanting Gokyo Valley flanked by Tibet and Cho Oyu can be enjoyed.  Overnight at teahouse. 

Our first Gokyo Lake - Crescent Moon just had to be done
The village of Gokyo at 4790m next to the lakes which are partially open - beautiful
If your lucky enough to see the lakes of Gokyo open - wow - either way they are still beautiful

 Day 16:  Early in the morning Hiking up to Gokyo peak 2-3hr alt(5360m)

Sunrise hike for excellent views of Mt: Everest & Makalu and other Himalayan giants.  Then its back to down Gokyo and head out to Dhole.  We start a gradual descent and a noticeable difference in landscape once again as trees and shrubs come into sight. Overnight at teahouse.

Sunrise at Kala Patthar
Mt Everest and Nuptse
Gokyo below, 2 hrs up and 1 hour down - breakfast time lets go!

Day 17:  Dhole - Pakding

 Day 18: Trek to Lukla 5hr alt (2840m). Overnight at Tea House. 

We arrive in the early afternoon. Lukla is famous for celebrating the end of the trek. Overnight at Tea House.

Day 19Early in the Morning fly to Kathmandu. (B)

We will wake up early in the morning and get ready for our flight back to Kathmandu.

Transfer back to your hotel the rest of the day at leisure.(B & B Twin Basis)

Day 20:  Flexible - O/N Hotel (B&B)  The next few days we need to be flexible in case of inclement weather and flights out of Lukla are delayed (sometimes by a day or more). If we are fortunate and our departure is straight forward, we can enjoy the following.

Day 21 – Full day tour to Bhaktapur & Changu Narayan

Pick up from our hotel after breakfast and take a leisurely 30-45 min journey to the beautiful City of Devotees – Bhaktapur. Listed in the World Heritage Sites in 1979 it is a Living Heritage, filled with vibrant depth of Newari culture. Here we view the 55 Windows Palace, The Golden Gate of 1754 A.D.  Beautiful wood carvings and the famous Peacock Window as well as the Bhimsen Temple (said to have been made from the wood of a single tree) are all found in the oldest part of the city Dattatraya Square.

 Moving on we’ll take a further drive to one of Kathmandu’s most important monuments and most ancient pilgrimage site.  Worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists Changu Narayan dates to the 3 rd century AD. Surrounded by historical pillars, stone statues and sculptures. We can also visit with a Master Thangka Painter here too.

This evening we will take in a farewell dinner along with a cooking class included in your package. Overnight at hotel. (B&B)

 Day 22 – Morning is at your wish for last minute gifts and trinkets until your transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your International onward flight. 

 Note from Jo:  I sincerely hope you decide to come with me to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes in the upcoming season.  I'll be there to assist you every step of the way and provide you with the very best guides and porters, hotels and tea houses, most meals and permits and transportation required.  Please send me an email through the contact form below to receive all the wonderful things I have been able to include in your package for a very fair price.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.  Namaste, Jo

Namaste and I'll see you again, because Nepal - Once is not enough!

A must visit to Potters Square


Exquisite handpainted Mandalas and Thangkas - This one is the Kalachakra Meditation Mandala



Garden of Dreams over Tihar Festival


 

 

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