Everest Base Camp trekking holiday
Description of Everest Base Camp trekking holiday
This classic Everest Base Camp trek gives you a once in a lifetime chance to get right up close to Everest. It is a tough trek that needs some preparation, but it is immensely rewarding. You will be supported by our experienced team of expert guides and porters as you take on this trek of all treks.
Your Nepalese journey starts in Kathmandu, where we spend a day taking a guided tour of this fascinating and lively city. The next morning we catch an early flight to Lukla to begin our two week journey trekking through the Himalayas. We pace the trek sensibly with acclimatisation days built into the itinerary. One at Namche Bazaar, considered the centre of Sherpa culture by many, and the other is at Dingboche which is on the southern slopes of Lhotse and above the tree line.
As we climb up through the mountains our days will be rewarded with incredible views of Mount Everest, with accommodation in comfortable trekking lodges dotted along the way. We make the final push up the Khumbu Glacier to our target of Everest Base Camp at an elevation of 5,364m. On this itinerary we also take a short trek up to Kalar Pattar for the best view of Mount Everest and Lhotse, weather permitting.
We then begin our decent winding our way gently back down the mountains before flying back to Kathmandu. Once back in Kathmandu, we transfer to Bhaktapur to enjoy the beautiful architecture and experience traditional Nepalese life. The next day make the short journey back to Kathmandu, stopping to see Boudhanath Buddhist stupa, and the Hindu pilgrimage temple of Pasupatinath en-route. The evening is free for a final celebratory meal in Kathmandu.
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Due to the decades of civil war in Nepal, the country has been left in severe poverty. We encourage travelers to tip persons who provide them with a service as much as possible. In Nepal, travelers are encouraged not to tempt children or any locals with food and sweets. The culture has to be respected at all times.
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