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Everest Base Camp

This trek is deservedly one of the most popular in Nepal. It offers an insight into the lives and culture of the famous Sherpa people combined with a journey into some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. We will trek through the heart of the Khumbu to Namche Bazaar and the beautiful village of Khumjung. Buddhist Monasteries, mani stones and chortens all add a spiritual feel to this spectacular mountain environment of Himalayan giants: Kangteiga, Ama Dablam, Kwangde, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Tawachee, none under 6000m high. Our rate of ascent has been carefully planned to maximise acclimatisation in preparation for the ascent of Kala Pattar. The sunrise on the snow capped peaks above the Khumbu Glacier is an unforgettable sight as we wend our way along the edge of the glacier to Gorak Shep. From here the bare summit of Kala Pattar will be pointed out, a mere 'pimple' dwarfed by the towering crags of 7,855m Pumo Ri. The effort required to reach the summit is worth every breath! Below, the Khumbu glacier stretches back towards Lobuche. Across the mass of ice, towers Nuptse and Everest....a worthy goal indeed!

This trek is one for the mountain connoisseur and the lover of high places. To see the worlds highest mountain is what many dreams are made of. It is a tough proposition and not to be taken lightly. Although trails are generally well graded there is a rough section along the Khumbu glacier. Beyond Namche ascents are not particularly steep though the effects of altitude may make them feel a lot steeper! It is suitable for reasonably fit people who are used to walking in the British hills and is a reasonable proposition for a first trek in Nepal.

Our guides are from the village of Khumjung nestled beneath the sacred peak of Khumbila. Many have summitted Everest (at least once!) and all are experienced mountain guides who have accompanied many famous expeditions on 8000m peaks. By trekking with a local guide you will get a very special insight into the Himalayan environment and local culture. You will also be helping them to directly better their lives and support us in our assistance for the education of guides children.

'I cannot praise our Sirdar and guide enough, they were both excellent and made the trek a very special journey indeed. They were great hosts and we learnt a lot from them both. It was great to have such a knowledgeable and helpful Sirdar - he was excellent!! In addition, the flexibility of trek was very good, as a group we decided to fly back to Kathmandu one day early, and this was accommodated brilliantly! The guys really know what they are doing ' R Pitt

' Both Kanchha and Maila were superb on all fronts, and always sincerely out to make sure we derived the maximum out of our trek. They're both extremely personable and can take 'stick' as well as dealing it out! They contributed significantly to the enjoyment of the trek. Drinking chang at Kanchha's house on the way back was representative of how hospitable they were, and was one of the highlights of the trek.' G Mills

Trek grade - moderate/demanding.
Maximum altitude - 4930m Lobuche, 5545m Kala Pattar
Accommodation - lodges on trek, 4 nights Hotel Yak and Yeti, Kathmandu. Full board on trek, breakfast only Kathmandu
Group size - minimum 2, maximum 12

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Fixed date group departures for 2008 - from £895 per person.

EBC 108 - 22 Feb - 12 Mar

EBC 208 - 14 Mar - 2 Apr

EBC 308 - 26 Sept - 15 Oct

EBC 408 - 7 Nov - 26 Nov

EBC 508 - 19 Dec - 07 Jan

We arrange many tailormade lodge trek departures or private treks - go at your own pace, take a detour and really meet the local people in a small group.

A classic trek into the heart of the Khumbu

Gorak Shep

Outline itinerary

Day 1 - Depart UK

Day 2 - Arr Kathmandu

Day 3 - Kathmandu sightseeing

Day 4 - fly to Lukla, trek to Monjo

Day 5 - Namche Bazaar

Day 6 - Namche/Khumjung

Day 7 - Khumjung

Day 8 - Tengboche

Day 9 - Dingboche

Day 10 - Dingboche

Day 11 - Lobuche

Day 12 - Ascend Kala Pattar/Gorak Shep

Day 13 - Visit Base Camp/Lobuche/Pheriche

Day 14 - Phortse

Day 15 - Khumjung

Day 16 - Phakding

Day 17 - Lukla

Day 18 - fly to Kathmandu

Day 19 - Kathmandu

Day 20 - Depart

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