Monday, July 27, 2015

Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trekking

Day 1:  Kathmandu - Lukla to Phakding (approximately 3 hours) – We fly 35 min. from Kathmandu to Lukla. We prepare for trek in Lukla (2800m.) From Lukla the trail descends gently to the Chheplung. That is Sherpa village, down is flowing Dudh Koshi (meaning:Milky River). We find the lots of lodges on the way. There is health post and apple project in Chheplung. Again trail descends to the suspension bridge. We cross another river, named Thado Koshi, and trail accents. We cross the Ghat village, many Buddhist Chorten, Mani, flags, Monastery, Buddhist script printed on the stone, etc. In Phakding (2650m.) There are many lodges and tea shops, shops. Today we have to walk 3 hours from Lukla to Phakding.

Day 2:  Phakding to Namche (approximately 6 hours) –Today is a little difficult day from Phakding to Namche (3440m.). We have to climb 800 meters. First half way we have to fallow the Dudh Koshi River. We have to cross 5 times suspension bridge over the Dodhkoshi River. We can see Thamserku peak from Monjo. At the end of Monjo, there is Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate. You must register there, get a ticket. We walk further little down. We get last village (Jorsalle) to Namche Bazaar, so we take lunch there. From Jorsalle, we have to walk an hour for last bridge and starts tough trail through the forest. If the weather is clear to north side we can see Mt. Everest and Lhotse-Sar from Top Danda (below Namche). Namche Bazaar is the biggest village of this region. There are many big lodges and hotels, bakery cafe, book shop, trekking shop, souvenir shop, internet, communication, post office, laundry service, massage center, airline sales agent, pony and yak service etc. There is Monastery, Museum, National Park Headquarter, Police office, Army post, Commercial Bank, Helipad.  

Day 3: Namche (acclimatization day) –  Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher. So almost all trekkers make extra day in Namche. You may not feel boring, rather we enjoy there are many places to go like Thame, Khunde, Syangboche, Khumjung. Khumjung is nice village. Syangboche is popular for Mountain View, there is 4 star hotel. We can walk somewhere 3-4 hours and return back to Namche. It is assumed that go high and sleep in down for acclimatization. 

Everest Base camp Trekking

Everest base camp trek is so popular because of the highest mountain Everest. Kalapathar is the best view point. The trek takes 13 days and reaches a maximum height of 5545m. at Kalapathar. The attractions include spectacular scenery and the outgoing Sherpa people of the Solu Khumbu, the region where Mt. Everest (8848m.) and its attendant lesser peaks are located. We can see Kusum Kangaru (6367m.), Kongde (6186m.), Thamserku (6608m.), kangtega (6685m.) Taboche (6367m.), Cholatse (6335m.), Amadablam (6856m.), Island Peak (6189m.), Lhotse (8414m.) Lobuche ( 6119m.), Nupse (7861m.), Pumo Ri (7165m.) and other many mountains and small peaks.
The Everest trek starts from Phakding (2840m.) and passes through Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is beautiful Sherpa village but now it looks like an alpine resort than a Sherpa village, because trekkers are increasing. Tengboche is popular place because of big monastery and view point.
We find many types of trees and wild life in this region. We can see Chir pine, Blue pine, Junipar, different types of rhododendron and many kinds of herbs and flowers. Probably we can see that birds are Impheyan Pheasant (national bird of Nepal), Crimson-horned Pheasant, Snow pigeon, Golden Eagle, Snow Cocks etc. and animals are Musk Deer (rare animal in the world) and Himalayan Thar etc. It is believed that Yeti lives in this region. We find lot of Yak and Jopkyo (crossed cow and yak) on the way. Yak and jopkyo are means of transportation for this region.

Everest Base camp Trekking
Everest Base Camp

Short overview

Day 1 - Fly to Lukla (2804 meters) trek to Phakding (2610 m.) 3 hours.
Day 2 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m.) 6 hours.
Day 3 - Acclimatization day, Trek to Syangboche, Khumjung (3900m.) 4 hours
Day 4 - Trek to Tengboche (3860m.) 6 hours.
Day 5 - Trek to Dingboche (4350m.). 5 hours.
Day 6 - Acclimatization day, Trek to Island Peak Base camp (5100m.) 6 hours.
Day 7 - Trek to Lobuche (4910m.). 5 hours.
Day 8 - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365m.) then trek back to Gorak Shep (5180m.). 7 hours.
Day 9 - Trek to Kalapattar (5555 meters) then trek down to Pheriche (4200m.) 6 hours.
Day 10 - Trek to Tengboche (3860m.) 3 hours.
Day 11 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 3 hours.
Day 12 - Trek to Lukla (3404 meters) 6 hours.
Day 13 - Morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu .

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