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Climate Change Trek Nepal Programme Description:
- Introduction: On this trek, while walking the beautiful Gokyo Valley, walking to Everest basecamp and up the amazing 'Kala Pattar view Ridge' you will have the opportunity join glacier researcher Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj and participate in research to understand the rate at which Mount Everest's glaciers are melting. You will help to set up and maintain glacier cameras in action. You will walk (Autumn trek) or paddle an inflatable boat (Spring trek) around glacial lakes, to see, close-up, the collapsing ice walls, as well as collect data first hand. This data helps scientist to understand and forecast the glacier's future. Himalayan glaciers pose an enigma to scientists: they are covered in rocks and dirt, which should insulate (protect) them, yet they are still melting and "down-wasting". University researchers have been focusing on the Ngozumpa glacier, which flows through Gokyo, and originates on Mount Cho Oyu, the 6th highest peak in the world. This glacier is riddled with supraglacial (surface) lakes. It turns out that the formation of lakes expose bare glacier ice walls, where sunlight can focus its power, leading to enhanced melting and ponding of water. Through time-lapse photography, we have been tracking major inputs and outputs at these lakes (things like rainfall, ice wall collapse, and drain events). Our goal is to determine the life cycles of these lakes and how they contribute to the bigger picture of the (diminishing) life cycle of the glacier. Your participation in this trek will help us to gain an understanding of what is happening to Mount Everest's glaciers.
View of one of the holy lakes of Goyko, after trekking down GokyoRi. Carrying the boat to a lake put-in point on Ngozumpa glacier.Boat put-in point at a glacial lake, Ngozumpa glacier. (Ulyana Horodyskyj )
- Mt. Everest was first climbed in 1953 by Hillary and Tenzing. Their base camp was at Gorak Shep which we will visit along our adventure. Our trek to the base of the highest mountain in the world allows you to enjoy the incredible beauty of Nepal and walk to a very high altitude on good snow-free paths, providing spectacular views of Everest and the surrounding Himalaya Giants.
- We trek to base camp on snow-free paths through green terraced villages, rushing rivers, suspension bridges, lush forests, stay in civilized 'teahouses' and camp in verdant meadows beneath towering peaks. There is ample time to experience the friendly and exotic culture of the Khumbu Valley, as we walk through some of the most spectacular natural settings and mountain scenery in the world, while staying in comfortable lodgings.
- These treks are in the spring and fall, the main climbing seasons for Everest and Ama Dablam. You will have a chance to sample expedition life and check out the basecamps of teams from around the world (photo right by Liz Stevens:
- You travel at a very careful pace without having to carry a heavy rucksack, while enjoying freshly prepared meals and lots of hot drinks, all important for acclimatization. The logistics are all taken care of, so just relax and enjoy the pure and pristine environment of the high Himalaya.
View of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. Top of Kala Patta. Crossing a bridge over the Dhudkhosi river on the way to Phakding. (Ulyana Horodyskyj )
- This easy, peaceful and interesting trek to Everest maximizes many years of accumulated wisdom in the Himalaya, a long and proven record of safe and fun trekking through Tibet, Nepal, China, Africa, and many other fascinating mountain destinations around the world. back to top
- Leader and staff:Ulyana is a PhD candidate at CIRES. She has climbed over a dozen peaks over 14,000 ft. in Colorado, Washington, Mexico, Tanzania and Nepal. Our friendly guides and trip leaders are experts at leading interesting groups of men and women throughout Nepal. In addition, they have an intimate knowledge of the Sherpa people and customs and temples and shrines in each picturesque village you stroll through. We must also give credit to our polite and highly experienced, hard-working trekking sherpas, cooking, and office staff (photo right by Tunc Findik: Namche Bazaar at 3,440 metre/11,300 feet, the capital of the Sherpa people. See this unique village on our trek to and from basecamp).
On trek: Our guide, together with friendly and helpful sherpas, cooks and local people leading yak caravans carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, prepare and serve delicious meals, so you can relax and enjoy the trek. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the trek.
- Sherpas: Our excellent sherpas have an intimate knowledge of the beautiful trek to Everest and the comfortable villages we will visit because this is their home region. They live in this land, grew up on farms here, have family and friends in the fun areas we will pass through, making our visit less of the usual tourist experience and more involved with the unique and genuine culture of the Khumbu Valley. They go out of their way to help make your visit remarkable and create lasting ties with the majestic landscapes and the inhabitants who reside there. This is a very enjoyable trek with friendly people. back to top
Standing next to an ice block from an ice calving event on a glacial lake,Ngozumpa glacier. (AngPhula Sherpa), Exploring one of many glacial lakes on Ngozumpa glacier.View of the terminus end of Ngozumpa glacier from the top of GokyoRi.(Ulyana Horodyskyj)
- Everest National Park: The park covers an area of 1148 square kilometres in the Khumbu region of Nepal. This includes Mt. Everest and several other well known peaks such as Lhotse, Pumori, Island Peak , and Ama Dablam. Mt. Everest and the surrounding area is a 'world biosphere reserve'. Since 1976 the park has served to safeguard unique cultural, physical and scientific values through sound conservation principles. Vegetation in the park varies from oak, pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes to fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods at mid-elevations. Scrub and alpine plant communities with bare rock and glacier are found above the tree line. 22 species of rhododendron bloom during the spring (April and May) and much of the flora is colourful throughout the year. Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are Himalayan tahr, goral, serow, musk deer, and well over 100 different bird species
Our Everest Nepal Basecamp trek is one of the most beautiful trips in the world (Bruce Manning). One of the many terraced hillsides on the trek to Everest basecamp (Elselien te Hennepe). Everest base camp. (Ulyana Horodyskyj)
- Trek to basecamp: This is one of the most beautiful treks in the world with ancient snow-free paths winding past green terraced villages, rushing streams crossed on swinging bridges and each night a comfortable 'teahouse' or a good tent pitched in a quiet pasture beneath the highest peaks in the world. Throughout the trek we eat delicious meals prepared by our skillful cooks. The trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization, rest and site-seeing. Together we retrace the classic "Everest Approach March" made by Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The trek winds through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth, where you can relax in exotic, friendly Sherpa villages. Our trusty yaks and porters carry all of your baggage, so you don't have to carry a heavy rucksack. back to top
- Kala Patar: Just above Gorak Shep is the small hill-ridge of Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet). It is a windy path up grassy, rocky slopes to reach the top. It was from here that Eric Shipton helped to choose the first ascent route on Mt Everest, which Tenzing and Hillary climbed in 1953. The mountain behind Kala Patar has an interesting story: Mallory wanted to name a peak after his young daughter. In the Sherpa and Tibetan languages, "Pumo" means girl, and "Ri" means mountain. So Mallory chose to name it Pumori. According to David Padwa, the peak was named during the first Everest reconnaissance (photo right by Fabrice Imparato: Everest basecamp on a misty morning). back to top
- Who is this trip for?
- We encourage men and women from around the world, of all ages to join us as an individual team member or with your own group, whether that is your spouse, partner, friends, sibling, clients, colleagues, etc. Most of our members join as individuals, our team dynamics work well, and we are able to build successful and safe groups of people that enjoy trekking, climbing, and traveling together (photo right by Dan Mazur: Our trek team is having fun on the way to Namche Bazaar. What a great group!).
- Previous camping experience is beneficial to enjoying the trip, although not required.
- It would be nice if you have some experience with foreign travel, although we are happy to advise and help you if this is your first time out of the country and, for many of our members, it is. back to top
- All of the work is done for you, such as cooking, carrying group equipment, setting up tents, etc. Yaks and sherpas will carry all of your personal items so you do not have to carry a heavy rucksack.
- It is not necessary to be in extremely good shape to enjoy this trek. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, then you can accomplish this trek.
Please "click" one of the links on the column on the upper right of your screen under "Climate Change Trek" to learn more about our trip.
* Our “full-service” trekking peak climb includes:
- Trek Leader: Ang Sangay and staff, fluent English speaker with over 10 years leading treks and climbs in Nepal.
- Organizer: Daniel Mazur, over 20 years experience trekking in Nepal;
- Nepalese Sherpa-English speaking guides for the group (we are also able to provide Sherpa French and German speakers);
- Transport to basecamp to/from Kathmandu, for you and equipment, including all internal / domestic flights Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu;
- Yak and porter transport for all your equipment from Lukla to and from to your final destination on the trek and back down;
- Three meals per day during the trek, normally these may be cooked, but sometimes, during trekking, they may be a "packed-lunch".
- All permit fees, trekking fees, climbing fees and liaison officers;
- Emergency equipment and supplies: basecamp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;
- All group equipment like ropes, anchors, tents, stoves, etcetera.
- Sleeping arrangements will be in comfortable and roomy bunks in teahouses;
- Your trip includes 2 free Kathmandu hotel nights at the beginning and two free Kathmandu hotel nights at the end of the trip. You will be sharing. If you want your own single room, the cost is an aditional $32 per night (during the included four free hotel nights) and for extra nights $65 per person for single occupancy. Please bring extra cash to pay for your extra nights and / or your single supplement. We often stay at the comfortable three star Hotel Shakti. Its an excellent and classic hotel surrounded by green gardens and located in the heart of the city action near many delicious restaurants, the city's best mountain equipment shopping, and abundant nightlife all within a few minutes walk. The Shakti also offers lots of entertaining day trip (and night outing) options such as city tours, walking tours, rock climbing, mountain biking, wild game safaris, horse back riding, art classes, volunteer opportunities at orphanages, hospitals, schools, women's centres, bird watching, cooking classes, sport fishing, day peak climbing, herbal medicine seminars, day hikes, pottery classes, car tours, sightseeing, temple tours, henna handpainting classes, massage, swimming, beauty salon, motorbiking, yoga retreats, river rafting, painting classes, golf, language courses, kayaking, writing seminars, bungie jumping, religious worship, canyoning, hot tubs, health club, saunas, fitness center, spa treatments, Mount Kailash Treks, night clubs, meditation retreats, gourmet restaurants, cultural dance performances, wine tasting, pedicures and manicures, casino gambling, barber shop, discotheques, airport transfers, Scenic flights around Mount Everest and much much more.
Sherpas and Equipment Transport: Our trek includes transport of all of your equipment from Kathmandu to your destination, and returned to Kathmandu. While on the trek, we DO NOT ask our members to carry heavy group equipment (although it is an option if you really want to), such as tents, rope, fuel, food, etcetera. We employ climbing sherpas, and high-altitude porters, to carry group equipment and supplies.
Ms. Elselien te Hennepe, looking out into the Imja Tso Lake on the left of the photo on our October 2005 trek. Behind her, on the right side of the photo is Island Peak basecamp at 5,100 meters (16,728 feet) (DL Mazur).
Cooks and Food: On the trek our experienced trekking cooks provide delicious meals. Our skillful and hard working cooks prepare three hot meals each day with a very healthy diet of fresh vegetables, cheeses, eggs, and fresh as well as tinned fruits, meats and fish (all meats and fish are prepared separately out of respect for the vegetarians in our midst). They supply you with unlimited hot-drinks, the key to successful acclimatization.
Group Equipment: We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: trekking tents; cookers, fuel, food, walkie-talkie radios, etcetera. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety.
Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma, are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, and permits.
Safety: Our expeditions are allowed access to our extensive communications equipment, medical supplies, first-aid kits, medical oxygen, and a gamow bag in case of emergency. Thank you for being a well-prepared and safe team member!
*What is not included?
- Visa and Passport: Your Nepal visa is conveniently purchased by you upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport. It is not necessary to purchase a Nepalese visa prior to landing in Nepal. In 2013, the cost of a 90 day visa was $100 USD. 30 days visa cost $60. Please bring cash and 2 extra passport-sized photos (extra photos are necessary to obtain the visa in the airport). Thank you. Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months fom the END of the expedition and contain at least 2 blank page
- Additional expenses like bottled or canned drinks on the trek, tips and gratuities, and expenses of a personal nature (ie: laundry or gift shopping) are not included.
Climate Change Trek daily itinerary, please scroll down.
Gokyo – Cho La Pass – Everest Base Camp Climate Change Trek (10 Oct – 30 Oct)
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu
- A representative will meet you when you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and will transport you to check‐in at the pre‐booked Hotel in Kathmandu for BB Plan overnight accommodation. Check into the hotel and tour Kathmandu, a beautiful exotic Hindu and Buddhist city with an abundance of ancient temples. There will be a short team meeting in the evening to discuss orientation, review gear and discuss where to locate any additional gear required. Back to top
Day 2 Kathmandu
- This day provides an opportunity for additional touring of Kathmandu area. Team dinner.Make arrangements to leave unnecessary gear at hotel while on trek.
Day 3 - Fly Kathmandu to Lukla(2,840 m/9,280ft) Trek to Phakding(2,652 m/8,710 ft) - 6.4 km/2-3hrs
- After arriving at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla we will organize porters and load yaks for the trek. The airport was built by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1964 to support his charitable work. Short trek to Phakding where we will spend the night in a teahouse.
Day 4 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,446 m/11,306ft) - 11.6 km/5–6hrs
- Namche Bazaar is the Sherpa capital and has the headquarters for the Sagarmatha National Park.
Day 5 Rest and acclimate at Namche Bazaar
- The extra day at Namche is to help with altitude acclimation. While there, a person can visit the Sherpa Cultural Center and/or take a short hike to places such as the Sherpa village of Thame or to a place on the Thyangboche trail with dramatic views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Nuptse.
Day 6 - Trek to Phortse (3,643 m/11,952 ft) -7 km/3-4hrs
- Phortse is a Sherpa village.
Day 7 - Trek to Dole (4,084 m/13,399 ft) - 4 km/2-3hrs
- Along the trail today you will pass through rhododendrons. Back to top
Day 8 - Trek to Machermo (4,465 m/14,649 ft) - 5 km/2-3hrs
- Machermo is the site of a reported Yeti attack. In 1974 a Sherpa girl was knocked down by a Yeti that then killed three of her yaks by breaking their necks. This is a short day, so it is possible that we will push on to Goyko.
Day 9 - Trek to Gokyo (4,759 m/15,584 ft) - 7 km/3-4 hrs
- Goykois on the edge of the dramatic and holy Gokyo Lakes. There will be climate change talks on the moraine. It is a short 20 minute hike to the moraine from the village.
Day 10 - Tour glacial lakes on Ngozumpa Glacier
- The Ngozumpa glacier moraine, five glacier lakes and the Cho Oyu Base Camp are accessible from Gokyo. From Gokyo there will also be an opportunity to trek 550m/1800ftto the top of Gokyo Ri Mountain (5,340m/17,520ft). GokyoRi is a steeper version of Kala Pattar the mountain near Gorak Shep and the Everest Base Camp. GokyoRi has the one of the finest views of Everest. Weather permitting you will be able to see Everest, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Ngozumpa Kang and many other Himalayan peaks. There will be an opportunity to camp at Ngozumpa Glacier.
Day 11 - Trek to Dragnag (4,960m/15,387 ft) - 4 km/ 1.5-2hrs
- There is a short trek to Dragang, crossing the Ngozumpa Glacier and viewing/exploring the infamous Spillway Lake on the glacier. We have the opportunity to explore the supraglacial (glacier surface) Spillway Lake by rubber raft and also to rest before the next day’s challenging trek across Cho La Pass. See the FAQ section for additional information about climate change, ongoing studies of glacier changes and Spillway Lake. Back to top
Day 12 - Trek across Cho La Pass(5,420m/17,782 ft) to Dzongla (4,830m/15,846 ft) – 10 km/ 6-7 hrs
- Trek across Cho La Pass to Dzongla. Cho La Pass is links the Goyko to the Tschola valley. Conditions can vary according to weather. It can be an easy rock scramble or may involve a snow adventure. The east side of Cho La can be snowy or icy. If icy, trekkers may require crampons, an ice axe and will be roped.
Day 13 - Trek to Gorak Shep (5,184m/17,008ft) xx km/ 6-7hrs
- There are stunning views at Gorak Shep. This is a rest day.
Day 14 - Remain at Gorak Shep and opportunity for ascent of Kala Pattar (5,644m/18,514ft )-1.5-2hrs
- Kala Pattar is large brown hill that sits below 23,494 Pumori. From the top of Kala Pattar you can view the base to the peak of Everest. There are two Kala Pattar summits. One is at 18,192ft and takes 1-1.hrs to ascend. The highest is at 18,514ft takes 1.5-2 hrs to ascend. There will be an opportunity to camp here. Back to top
Day 15 –Remain at Gorak Shep and round trip trek to Everest Base Camp (5,300m/17,388ft) - 7.5 km/ 4-6hrs
- We will trek to the Everest Base Camp. Its pans a large area. We will have an opportunity to explore the Khumbu Glacier lake on a rubber raft and to do ice climbing on the Khumbi. Khumbi Climbing School Sherpas may participate.
Day 16 - Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12,687) –21 km/7-8hrs
- Tengboche is the location of the Tibetan Buddhist Tengboche Monastery – also called DawaCholingGompa. (note: 1.Gorak Shep to Pheriche 10 km 3.5hrs. 2. Pheriche to Tengboche 10 km 3.5 hrs)
Day 17 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,446 m/11,306 ft) – 9 km/5-6hrs
Day 18 - Trek to Lukla (2,860 m/9,283 ft) – 11.6 km/xx hrs
Day 19 - Fly to Kathmandu (25 min)
- Check into pre-booked BB plan hotel, pick up any gear left at Kathmandu while trekking.This day is an opportunity to see Kathmandu area sights. The trek has an extra day in Kathmandu built into the return to accommodate a possible Lukla to Kathmandu flight cancelation.
Day 20 - Kathmandu area tours
Day 21 - Flight Home
- Check out of hotel and fly home.
While on the trek we will primarily stay in teahouses. The intent is to camp at the Ngozumpa Glacier on day 10. We may camp on day 14. However, if teahouses are crowded we may decide to do additional camping. Each evening on the trek, there will a talk about things we may have seen during the day and a discussion about the next day’s activities. Back to top
Thank you for joining our Climate Change Trek.
Please click one of the links below to view that section for the route on the Everest Basecamp Trek, or scroll down.
Everest was first climbed in 1953 by Hillary and Tenzing, their Base Camp was at Gorak Shep which we will visit. Just above Gorak Shep is the small hill-ridge of Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet). It was from here that Eric Shipton helped to choose the first ascent route on Mt Everest, which Tenzing and Hillary climbed in 1953. According to David Padwa, the peak was named by Mallory during the first Everest reconnaissance. The mountain behind Kala Pattar has an interesting story: Mallory wanted to name a peak after his young daughter. In the Sherpa and Tibetan languages, "Pumo" means girl, and "Ri" means mountain. So Mallory chose to name it Pumori.
This easy, peaceful and interesting trek to Everest maximizes many years of accumulated wisdom in the Himalaya, a long and proven record of safe and fun trekking through Nepal, Tibet, China, Africa, and many other facinating destinations around the world. Our friendly guides and trip leaders are experts at leading interesting groups of men and women throughout Nepal. In addition, they have an intimate knowledge of the Sherpa people and customs and temples and shrines in each picturesque village you stroll through. We must also give credit to our polite and highly experienced, hard-working trekking sherpas, cooking, and office staff. Many of these excellent sherpas who work for us have an intimate knowledge of the beautiful trek to Everest and the comfortable villages we will visit, because this is their home region. They live in this land grew up on farms here, have family and friends in the fun areas we will pass through, making our visit less of the usual tourist experience and more involved with the unique and genuine culture of the Khumbu Valley. They go out of their way to help make your visit remarkable, enjoyable along the way, and create lasting ties with the majestic landscapes and the inhabitants who reside there. This is a truly wonderful trek with an enthusiastic and polite group of friends.
Would you like to be involved in charity/service "non-profit" work in the Khumbu valley? Please visit our Service Trek site to learn more.
Style of Trekking-
The Basecamp Trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization and site-seeing and features the classic route to Everest basecamp, where you can follow "Everest Approach March" made by Sir Edmund Hillary and the famous: Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The trek passes through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth and through interesting and friendly Sherpa villages. Its enjoyable walking the wide trails on this relaxing and energizing trek, where our cooks pamper you and our trusty yaks and porters carry all of your baggage, so you don't have to. After a slow and careful walk up to high altitude, with plenty of time for rest and acclimatization, the team will stop at the tiny hamlet beneath Everest: "Gorak Shep". Using Gorak Shep as your basecamp (it was also Hillary's) you have the opportuntiy to spend an entire day walking up to the modern-day Everest basecamp, where all of the big Everest expeditions now go. The following day you can walk up to the ridge top known as "Kala Patar" for fabulous views of Everest. Full Service Cost includes return round-trip domestic flights, cook, food, porters, guide, and everything for your trek, even a visit to basecamp and a fun and easy climb to 5,545 metre/18,200 foot, Kala Patar. back to top
The proposed itinerary allows enough time for proper acclimatization and rest days. The weather at this time of year is normally quite good and stable. However, we all know the global weather is changing, and in case of storms, you will note the proposed itinerary includes extra days as well.
Throughout the trek temperatures can vary from 27°c to -7°c ( 80°f to 20°f). At night we stay in warm, comfortable teahouse lodges for most of the trek. The wind is the most chilling factor, and can be quite variable, with everything from a flat calm, to brisk at basecamp. There may be snow, rain, mosquitoes in wet areas, blowing dust, heat, and bright sunshine. It is slightly chillier during April trip than in May or October. The coldest portion of the trek is the morning we walk up Kala Patar, where it can get below freezing on average. back to top
Arriving in Kathmandu-
The trip begins in the ancient and colorful city of Kathmandu, and the staff will personally meet your flight at Tribhuvan airport. Tour Kathmandu, a beautiful exotic Hindu and Buddhist city with an abundance of ancient temples. If this is your first visit, we strongly suggest you tour the temples, including the Monkey Temple, atop a small mountain above the Vishnu Mathi river and the Thamel neighborhood, the Pashupatinath Temple, where the cremations are conducted along the Bagmathi River, Boudhanath , an enourmous white massive stupa first built in 600 AD that you can walk around, absolving a lifetime's sin, and finish at the Kathmandu Durbar or King's Square, where the 400 year old Kathmandu capital was situated.
Touring the exotic temples of Bakhtapur, in the Kathmandu Valley (Felix Berg). A holy man praying near the Baghmati River in Kathmandu (Chris Kinny).
We will take this day to finalize arrangements (such as issuing your trekking permit, etc), in between enjoying food and drink at some of the many westernized restaurants in the Thamel neighborhood. Today is an ideal day to pick up extra bits of trekking kit from the plethora of mountain shops selling a surprising variety of good quality new and used mountain clothing, shoes, and nearly everything you might find in a trekking shop in your home country. The local "supermarkets" are great places to stock up on imported chocolates, sweets, and some surprisingly tasty local trekking foods like energy bars, nuts, granola bars, etcetera. back to top
Trekking to Basecamp-
In a small twin engine, twin pilot, 18 seat propeller driven "Twin-Otter", the trusty workhorse of the Khumbu-Everest trekking trade, we will fly for 40 minutes from Kathmandu to the airstrip at 2,840 metre/9,300 foot-high Lukla and stroll a couple of hours down and through the forested and farmed Dudh Khosi valley with a small clean river ripping through a narrow green rocky mountain studded valley to the picturesque small town of Phakding, where we camp in a field on the river bank at 2,650 metres/8,700 feet. Throughout the entire trek, every day, our bags will be carried by porters and yaks. Interacting with the people transporting our equipment, as well as their livestock, will be an interesting part of our trip, and allow us to set foot into the local culture.
We arise early and have a typically wholesome breakfast of omelettes, toast, porridge and hot drinks, then walk 4-7 hours up through the fir trees and ever-rarer herds of Himalayan Tahr, an endangered large wild mountain sheep. Topping the rim of the Sun Khosi Gorge, we slowly and steadily walk into the steep village of 3,440 metre/12,800 foot high Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa region, which we will have time to explore. It’s important to drink lots of liquids during today's trek, and you will certainly appreciate the stunning views of Numbur Peak (6,959 metres/23,000 feet) over several cups of tea, in our terraced campsite, in what used to be a potato field on the upper slopes of the town. In 30 minutes walk on a trail traversing the slope towards Everest , we will see our first views of the stunning Ama Dablam and perhaps Everest itself. back to top
The Himalayan Tahr can grow to a metre high and weigh upwards of 100 kg. (http://www.americazoo.com/goto/index/mammals/420.htm)
We rest, acclimate, and relax, in order to soak in the comfortable exotic landscape of this Sherpa kingdom. One of the main features of spending a day in Namche is the opportunity to walk 15 minutes down the slope to partake in the tumult of this bustling sherpa and tourist village, especially the many tasty restaurants, tea-shops, pubs, billiard rooms, and internet cafes. All of the electricity here is locally made micro-hydro electric power, and the telephone and internet connections are wireless/satellite.
From Namche we drop down to the river and the famous tea-stop of Fungki Thangka and have a steep climb up through tree nurseries where you could help with the replanting of the Khumbu valley, which is starting to show signs of over-forestation by sherpas heating water for trekker's hot showers. If you are interested in helping, please check out our Service Trek website. Throughout this part of the walk, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of endangered herds of Tahr. Finally cresting a rise in a forest of gorgeous Sub-alpine fir and Hemlock, walking at the feet of the Khumbu giant peaks of Kusum Kanguru and Thamserku, we reach the Buddhist monastery at Thyangboche, which we can visit. The monastery burned in 1989, apparently due to an electric kettle being left on. Tragically the gompa's book collection was ravaged, and during the following years, groups of monks were seen spending hours each day writing with ball-point pens on stenographer's pads, trying to recall ancient texts from memory, which were burned when the fire tore through the library. Here we will find inspiring views of Everest , Nuptse, Lhotse , Ama Dablam , and a very welcome tea and lunch stop.
At the gompa of Thyangboche, which burned in 1989, Steve doing some exploring (Liz Stevens).
We will then carry on for an hour through the tiny old-style hamlet of Deboche, in a high altitude birch forest, inside the inspiring Khumbu gorge, where there is a spectacular bridge crossing. We will stay in Pangboche, 3,900 metres/12,800 feet, a religious village and the home of the Khumbu Lama, the most respected Buddhist leader in the upper Khumbu valley. This is a long day of trekking, but after all is said and done, you only gain 350 metres/1,150 feet. From Pangboche village, one can enjoy the most stunning views of Ama Dablam , Everest , and the imposing south face of Lhotse . back to top
The next morning we enjoy a walk along the beautiful Dudh Kosi gorge, to the enourmous flat valley where lies the village of Pheriche. At 4,250 metres/13,900 feet, it’s where the famous Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) health clinic is located. Pheriche is the last permanent Sherpa settlement. Here we have spectacular views of Nuptse, Lobuche, Cholatse, Ama Dablam and many others.
The Pangboche Lama blesses all of us. Here he is blessing our trek employee and trek leader, Ms. Kandu Sherpa. Kandu's sister Maya works for SummitClimb and has become the first Nepalese woman to climb Ama Dablam , Pumori, and Cho Oyu . Kandu would also like to become a climbing Sherpa one day (Liz Stevens).
Two bridges over the Pangboche gorge. The new bridge is the higher one. Sherpas love to hang prayer flags all over their bridges. Looking down on Pangboche at 3,900 metres/12,800 feet (Steve Miscione).
A few hours of walking up a rocky slope brings us to the former yak herder's outpost of Dugla at 4,620 metres/15,150 feet, where a comfortable lodge provides an ideal spot to spend the rest of the day and night, where we can relax, rest, acclimate and drink tea. back to top
Monuments to fallen climbers, known as "chortens" atop the Dugla Hill, with Ama Dablam in the background (Steve Miscione).
The view of Lobuche peak from the teahouse at Lobuche at 4,930 metres/16,200 feet (Liz Stevens).
Hiking across grassy hills, up the rest of the Dugla Hill and through enormous boulders brings us to 4,930 metre/16,200 foot Lobuche, with stunning views of Lobuche peak and Cholatse. Along the way we cross over the Dugla Hill where we are confronted by a knoll studded with chortens, monuments to fallen climbers and Sherpas who have died on Mt. Everest over the years. You will probably recognize several of the names on the memorials.
A short day up the Khumbu glacier takes us to the rocky outpost of Gorak Shep, with three cozy teahouses at 5,160 metres/16,900 feet. We will tuck into a comfortable tea house and marvel at the lovely views of Everest , Nuptse, Pumori, Lobuche, and so many other vast mountains that tower around us, as if our tiny teahouse was a crumb of bread in the jaws of a dragon. We eat and drink a lot up here, so you will have a good chance to rest and recuperate. The nights can be very chilly up here, so you will enjoy bundling up in your warm, fleece, pile, or duvet/down jacket, and wearing your wooly hat, especially in the evening. back to top
One interesting thing about trek life is being woken up every morning by these Himalayan Ular Snow Cocks (Web).
Sturdy and hardworking local gentleman carrying beer to sell to tourists in the teahouses (DL Mazur). These strong yaks carry our expedition equipment (Liz Strevens).
Ms. Elselien te Hennepe, looking out into the Imja Tso Lake on the left of the photo on our October 2005 trek. Behind her, on the right side of the photo is Island Peak basecamp at 5,100 meters (16,728 feet) (DL Mazur).
Those of us who are feeling well will wake up early and walk up to Everest basecamp which lies atop the Khumbu glacier at 5,300 metres/17,400 feet. There is a good trail on rocks and scee all the way to basecamp, where you will see several spectacular crashed Russian helicopters. Then we will return to Gorak Shep for another warm night, lots of tea, and a delicious meal.
With an early start we trek to the top of Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet) to see the breathtaking views of Everest . Here is where Shipton stood in 1952, to plan the successful ascent of Everest . After climbing to the top of Kala Patar, we shall walk down to Gorak Shep and have a relaxing lunch, followed by a short walk down to Lobuche and camp. We now walk back down the valley, retracing our steps to Pheriche, and enjoy the final stunning views of the stunning Everest massif. If you are joining our Island Peak trip , here is where you will branch off for the village of Chukkung. back to top
After packing up all of your equipment, supplies, and rubbish, you will make the return trek to Lukla. The following morning, you are up early, and fly back to Kathmandu, where you can enjoy a hot shower and a grand Nepalese western-style feast. In Kathmandu, you can have a day to relax, celebrate, tour the valley, write postcards, and do a bit more shopping, before heading home. We hope you had a safe, enjoyable, and successful adventure. Thanks for joining in! back to top
Thank You for joining our Climate Change Trek
Leadership: During the full-service trek, you will benefit from the leadership provided by Ulyana Nadia Horodyskyj. She was born in February 1986 in Rochester, New York. By the age of 6, she had her first taste of the mountains: the Swiss Alps, where she witnessed her first avalanche. Since then, Ulyana has traveled to all 7 continents, with experiences ranging from working on the back deck of an icebreaker in Antarctica to climbing Kilimanjaro in Africa. She has climbed over a dozen peaks over 14,000 ft. in Colorado, Washington, Mexico, Tanzania and Nepal. Currently, Ulyana is a PhD candidate at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her PhD work focuses on the changing state of the Himalayan glaciers, through the use of field instruments and time-lapse photography. She is fluent in English and Ukrainian.
For more about Ulyana Nadia Horodyskyj, please click here.
Organization: Your expedition is organized by our British, European, American, Nepalese, Tibetan, and Chinese office personnel working on-the-ground together as well as in your home-country. For example, one of our lead organizers is the very experienced Dan Mazur, trekking in Nepal since 1986 and climber-leader-organizer of Everest, K2, and 12 "eight-thousand-metre-peaks". He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with 25 years experience in helping people explore the mountains, with the highest attention to detail, comfort, and safety. For more about organizers, leaders, sherpa, and staff, please "click" here .
Sherpas: We hire Sherpas and high altitude porters in a support capacity, and now have 23 of these very experienced, friendly, strong, helpful, and loyal people on our staff, including some of Nepal's best climbers and some of Nepal's only women Sherpas. Some of our Sherpas have been to the summit of Everest more than 7 times and led treks to Everest Basecamp & up Island Peak countless times. One of our lady sherpas just became the first Nepalese woman to reach the summit of Ama Dablam, Pumori, and Cho Oyu. Many of our sherpas have personally assisted foreign climbers to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.
During our trek they will be carrying group equipment such as tents, rope, food, and gas. They are also there to assist in any rescues and provide help in the extreme case that there is a sick member. Many of them hail from the areas we will be trekking through, personally knowing the route, villages, and people we will experience on our visit. They have an intimate knowledge of the area, making our trek more authentic and rewarding for our members and less of a common tourist experience.
Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." in our busy agency office in Kathmandu is led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma. They are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, rescues, and permits.
Our staff in Kathmandu are available to assist you 24 hours per day, seven days per week. It does not matter which day nor at what time you arrive or depart Kathmandu, they will meet your flight, take you to the hotel, help you find essential things like money changing, shopping, arrange tours of the city, etcetera.
Top row from Left: Murari K. Sharma - Everest Parivar Exp. Pvt. Ltd(MD), Jangbu Sherpa - Climbing Sherpa, Pemba Sherpa - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Dorjee Lama - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Tempa Sherpa - Basecamp Kitchen Boy, Krishna Rana Marag - Trekking Guide, Deha K Shrestha - Manager. Bottom row from left; Jens Vogel, Kandu Sherpa - Lady Trekking Guide, Cho-Wang Sherpa - Friend, Maya Sherpa - Lady Climbing Sherpa.
Our leaders, staff, and sherpas look forward to serving you on our treks to form a successful team and create a rewarding experience.
Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal and at the bottom is a description of team equipment that we bring for you. (Click Link below to go directly to that section of the personal equipment list or just scroll down):
Please go to our personal & team equipment section of the "Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal Questions" for additional information and detailed discussion of the equipment lists below.
Where should I purchase my equipment?
Please "click here" to view our list of recommendations on where to purchase kit from our Frequently Asked Questions.
- 1 cotton t-shirt;
- 1 cotton long sleeved shirt;
- 1 polypropylene warm but light thermal long shirt;
- 1 fleece jacket;
- 1 wind/waterproof jacket with hood;
- Umbrella (optional); back to top
- 1 pr. warm poly thermal gloves, with plastic wind shell (the latter is optional);
- 1 cotton sun hat;
- 1 cotton head scarf;
- 1 fleece balaclava or very warm hat;
- 1 head torch with extra battery; back to top
- 2 pr. cotton underwear briefs;
- 1 cotton walking shorts;
- 1 cotton long trousers;
- 1 polypropylene warm but light thermal leggings;
- 1 pr. fleece/pile/trousers;
- 1 pr. wind/waterproof trousers;
Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top
- 2 pr. cotton socks;
- 1 pr. sandals for use in hotel;
- 2 pr. med. polypropylene thermal socks;
- 1 pr. sturdy, 100% leather, top-quality trekking boots with good ankle support ("broken-in" please);
- 1 pr. trainers, lightweight running shoes for trekking on flat, easy trails;
- Crampons (Not essential but recommended when crossing the Cho La Pass);
- 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F);
- At least 1 closed cell foam kari-mats (optional). Most of the tea houses we stay in have nice soft mattresses to sleep on.
Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top
Rucksack and Travel Bags-
- 1 medium backpack (40-60 liters, can be used for airplane carry);
- Waterproof rucksack cover (optional);
- 1 large kit-travel bag with lock (80-100 liters for checked bag);
- Please note that porters and/or yaks will carry a duffel bag. Limit is one per person and then a daypack that you carry while hiking. WE ARE NOW LIMITING OUR TREKKERS TO ONE 20 KILO BAG. back to top
- 1 toothpaste/brush;
- 1 bar soap/1 small towel;
- female or male hygiene supplies;
- 1 set earplugs;
Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor`s prescription;
Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no doctor's prescription.
- 1 bottle water-treatment tablets;
- 2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 tube skin sun cream (min.factor 15);
- anti-mosquito cream;
- 1 skin blister repair kit;
- 1 bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
- 1 bottle anti-headache pills;
- 1 bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
- 1 bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide;
- 1 small bottle stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.;
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On the trek we supply plenty of food for you and cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our sherpas will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 2 kilos/4 pounds, is a good amount. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country. Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.
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- 1 water filter;
- 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
- 1 telescoping ski stick/pole (3 section);
- 1 pr. glacier sunglasses (with side shields). For eyeglass wearers, prescription glacier glasses are best and are available inexpensively in Kathmandu with your prescription for just $40. Please order in advance if you are interested;
- extra prescription glasses, contact lens supplies. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu for just $20. Please order in advance if you are interested;
- 1 litre water bottle; (Please note; you can bring a water bladder or Camelbak if you wish a but it’s a good idea to bring a back-up Nalgene bottle too in case they freeze or burst);
- 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
- 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
- 1 compass, 1 small multi-purpose knife;
- 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
- 1 camera and film or digital camera with spare cards;
- 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
- passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
- separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
- Dollars, Pounds or Euros cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
- Credit cards (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc;
- Ice Axe and harness (Not essential but recommended when crossing the Cho La Pass)
- For water purification you may wish to bring a SteriPEN or some other sort of Ultra VioletPurifers? Please note that with the SteriPenyou may have difficulty with it at the higher altitudes, due to the cold. So, you would have to bring plenty of extra batteries - the lithium kinds are preferable. As a back-up, please bring iodine pills or something similar.
- Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment. Thank you.
This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions. Thank you. back to top
We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: trekking tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety.
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