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Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek + Optional Island Peak

  • christmastrek Christmas Trek Logo and Murari at Kalapather.
  • christmastrek Members entering Pangboche Gate. Photo Brain
  • Chirstmas Trek Members taking tea break with beautiful views. Photo Pia Eliason.
  • Chirstmas Trek Everest Base camp. Photo Ross
  • Chirstmas Trek View from Tangboche. Photo Pia Eliason
  • Chirstmas Trek At Kalapather. Photo Patty Burritt
  • Chirstmas Trek Walking up to Namche Hill. Photo Rob
  • Chirstmas Trek Buddhist player flag. Photo Mingma
  • christmastrek Member at the Everest Basecamp. Photo Alex
  • christmastrek On the way to Everest basecamp. Photo Ross
  • Chirstmas Trek Member at Everest Basecamp. Photo Rob
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  • A wonderful way to have fun over the holiday, do something different, make new friends, and have a blast.
  • Go to Everest during a less crowded time of year.
  • Dates : 17 Dec 2017 to 1 Jan 2018. Everest Basecamp Trek.
  • Add on Island Peak $1,350 to 4 Jan, 2018.
  • REDUCED PRICE! - Cost: $1,850, £1,350, €1,650. (Converted 16-08-2016)
  • Leadership: Mingma Sherpa & Yangjie Sherpa, professional experts in trekking and climbing in Nepal.
  • Organizer: Dan Mazur, over 20 years organizing treks and climbs in Nepal.
  • Add on a fun climb up Island peak.


  • Celebrate Christmas in the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and bring in the New Year in GorakShep, which is the closest village to Mount Everest
  • Walk to the world' s most famous basecamp and enjoy a beautiful trek with our friendly team.
  • Walk up the famous Kala Patar for fabulous Everest views.
  • 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.
  • The Nepal (south) side of Everest is warmer and less windy than the Tibet side of Everest.
  • We help you buy and rent inexpensive mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, and walking gear, equipment, clothing, boots, shoes for sale, purchase and hire at affordable, cheap, low prices.
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Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek Programme Description

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Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek Program Description

  • Introduction: 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 Henri getting bless from Pangboche Lama. Photo Alessexperience 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 Aless: Henri receiving a blessing from the local Buddhist Lama in Pangboche).
    • 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.
    • 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 topAless enjoying in Kala Patar. Photo Aless
  • Leader and staff: 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 Aless: Enjoying in Kala Patar.).
    • 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 topChristmas day at Namche. Photo Aless and Luke
  • 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 (Photo right by Photo Aless and Luke: Christmas day at Namche. Small kid enjoying the Christmas cap. ).
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).  photo by Fabrice Imparato: The Khumbu Icefall seen from basecamp. Everest is on the right behind Nuptse, with Lhotse in the center.
  • 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 topView from Tangboche, Everest, Nupste, and AmaDablam. Photo Aless
  • 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 Aless: View from Tangboche, Everest, Nupste, and AmaDablam. ). back to top
  • Who is this tripChristmas New Year Cake. Photo Aless. 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 Aless: Christmas New Year Cake).
    • 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.
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Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek Cost

* Our “full-service” trekking peak climb includes:

  • Trek Leader: Cost includes a very experienced and qualified British, European, or American leader;
  • 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. Meals in Kathmandu are at your expense.

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. To learn more, please click here .

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 pages.
  • 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.
Please ask any questions regarding cost at info@summittrek.com.

Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek Detailed Daily Itinerary | SummitTrek

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Day 1) Arrive ktm (group dinner);
 
Day 2) Fly to Lukla, trek to phakding;
 
Day 3) Walk to namche;
 
Day 4) Rest in namche
 
Day 5) Walk to tyangboche or deboche.
 
Day 6) Walk to pheriche;
 
Day 7) Rest in Pheriche, walk ridge above Dingboche for acclimatization;
 
Day 8) Walk to Lobuche; Christmas Eve Party
 
Day 9) Walk to Gorak Shep and climb Kala Patar; Merry Christmas!; Christmas day party
 
Day 10) Walk to Everest Basecamp. Sleep in Gorak Shep;
 
Day 11) Walk down to Pheriche (Island peak group departs this day)
 
Day 12) Walk down to Namche.

Day 13) Walk down to Jorsalle;
 
Day 14) Walk to Lukla;
 
Day 15) Fly to Kathmandu (Group dinner & New Year’s Eve Party);
 
Day 16) Fly to home country.(Happy New Year!)
 
Adding island peak (Amendment to the above itinerary)
 
Day 11) Say good bye to Everest Trek group, walk down to Dingboche;
 
Day 12) Rest and rope practice in Dingboche.
 
Day 13) Walk to Island Peak Basecamp; Happy New Year!;
 
Day 14) Climb Island Peak (sleep in Island Peak basecamp after summit)
 
Day 15) Walk down to Deboche;
 
Day 16) Walk down to Namche;
 
Day 17) Walk to Lukla;
 
Day 18) Fly to Kathmandu (group dinner, no drinks);
 
Day 19)  Fly to home country.

Thank you for joining our Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek.

Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek Detailed Route Description

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Introduction-

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

Itinerary-

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.

Weather-

Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler and the days are generally warm. Winter (December, January and February) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the winter months. Throughout the trek temperatures could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low. 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. You will experience increasingly cold night temps at higher elevations and you will likely experience a few days of clouds and or wind which will make for some bitter day-time trekking. While it is a dry time of year you may see some snow and will definitely find some spots of tricky ice on the well established trails.There may be snow, rain, mosquitoes in wet areas, blowing dust, heat, and bright sunshine. 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.

 

Dhug Koshi river with beautiful view of AmaDablam.  Photho Aless. Farming animal as goat. Photo Aless.

Dhug Koshi river with beautiful view of AmaDablam.  Photho Aless. Farming animal as goat. Photo Aless. 

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

 

Long stairs to reach Shoyambhu Nath. Photo Aless. One of the oldest stupa lies in Center of Kathmandu, which is call Shoyambhu Nath. Photo Aless.

Long stairs to reach Shoyambhu Nath. Photo Aless. One of the oldest stupa lies in Center of Kathmandu, which is call Shoyambhu Nath. Photo Aless. 

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 Mt. Everest , Nuptse, Lhotse , Ama Dablam , and a very welcome tea and lunch stop.

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 , Mt. Everest , and the imposing south face of Lhotse . back to top

Plan getting ready to take off from Lukla airport. Photo Aless. Christmas New Year Group at Pangboche with Lama Gasi. Photo Kaji Tamang.

                             Plan getting ready to take off from Lukla airport. Photo Aless.  Christmas New Year Group at Pangboche with Lama Gasi. Photo Kaji Tamang.

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.

 

Dhug Koshi river with beautiful view of AmaDablam.  Photho Aless. Farming animal as goat. Photo Aless.

Dhug Koshi river with beautiful view of AmaDablam.  Photho Aless. Farming animal as goat. Photo Aless. 

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

 

Long stairs to reach Shoyambhu Nath. Photo Aless. One of the oldest stupa lies in Center of Kathmandu, which is call Shoyambhu Nath. Photo Aless.

Long stairs to reach Shoyambhu Nath. Photo Aless. One of the oldest stupa lies in Center of Kathmandu, which is call Shoyambhu Nath. Photo Aless. 

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 Mt. Everest , Nuptse, Lhotse , Ama Dablam , and a very welcome tea and lunch stop.

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

Plan getting ready to take off from Lukla airport. Photo Aless. Christmas New Year Group at Pangboche with Lama Gasi. Photo Kaji Tamang.

Plan getting ready to take off from Lukla airport. Photo Aless.  Christmas New Year Group at Pangboche with Lama Gasi. Photo Kaji Tamang. 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.

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

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.

Budish stupa and amadablam. Photo Aless and Luke. Jokiyos are using for carrying load. Photo Aless and Luke.

Buddhist stupa and Amadablam. Photo Aless and Luke. Jokiyos are using for carrying load. Photo Aless and Luke. 

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

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

Aless rotating the player wheel. Photo Aless Tangboche Monastary gate, Aless and Luke posing for photo. Photo Aless

Aless rotating the player wheel. Photo Aless. Tangboche Monastary gate, Aless and Luke posing for photo. Photo Aless. 

Going Home-

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 Everest Basecamp Nepal Trek

Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek Leadership & Trekking Staff

 
 Leadership: During the full-service trek, you will benefit from the leadership provided by Mingma and Yangie Sherpa. Both speak fluent English, Sherpa and Nepali and have led countless treks and climbs up Island Peak, coming from climbing families in the Khumbu region. For more about Mingma, please click here. For more about Yangie, 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.

Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek - Your Experience & Training

Please "click" one of the links below to go directly to that information or scroll down.

Team Member Experience:

Extensive experience is not required for trekking to Everest basecamp. The most important thing is for members to be in adequate walking fitness. back to top

Fitness and Health:

It's not necessary to be in extremely good shape to enjoy this trek. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, you can accomplish this trek.

Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.

Note: You can purchase all necessary medicines inexpensively with no doctor's prescription in Kathmandu. On our application form we ask you to inform of us your condition, previous illnesses, health and medical situations we should know about, what medications you are taking, etcetera. Please help us to be informed by being honest and fully truthful when you complete it. Thank you. back to top

Training Prior to the Expedition:

  • If you are in good shape from regular exercise, it is likely you are already more than prepared to enjoy this trek. Here are some fun training tips below.
  • In the beginning, to see how you handle the training, and to avoid muscle strains that could slow your training down, you may wish to use shorter more frequent but less taxing workouts, and take more rest. After you get "up to speed" as it were, you could increase the rigour. Older walkers, please take note of the latter. Also remember that swimming and bicycling are a fun and excellent form of training because they do not put stress upon your joints. Thank you.
  • In order to train well for your trip you should work toward excercising a few times a week for about 30 minutes each time.
  • Adequate rest and a well balanced diet are also essential to avoid injury and illness before the trip. You should sleep at least 8 hours per night, and eat 3 nutritious meals a day. Don't forget that you will perspire when you train, so try to drink lots of water.
  • Utilising both gym equipment and the great outdoors will provide more balanced exercise. You should try to accomplish at least half of your workouts outside. This could include walking, running, and cycling, but above all should be fun. Hillwalking with a pack weighing 5-10 Kilos/10-20 pounds is good preparation for trekking.
  • We want you to arrive for your expedition in top shape, so please take plenty of rest and do not over-do it. back to top

Training During the Expedition:

  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, members are requested to participate in one to two days of orientation to how the trip will be conducted. There will be plenty of time for discussion, question answering, and for equipment review and purchasing. Training will be conducted both in Kathmandu in the areas of trekking techniques, safety techniques, medical equipment and procedures, communications equipment, camping techniques and high-altitude cooking. For the expert and beginner alike, it is important to review these techniques in order to enhance skills, ensure safety-awareness, and work together as a team.back to top

We hope that you will arrive for your Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal in good health, both mentally and physically prepared, so we can work together as a team and have a successful expedition.

Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek - Personal & Team Equipment

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.

Upper Body-

  • 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

Hands-

  • 1 pr. warm poly thermal gloves, with plastic wind shell (the latter is optional);

Head-

  • 1 cotton sun hat;
  • 1 cotton head scarf;
  • 1 fleece balaclava or very warm hat;
  • 1 head torch with extra battery; back to top

Lower Body-

  • 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

Feet-

  • 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;


Sleeping-

  • 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); back to top

Personal Hygiene-

  • 1 toothpaste/brush;
  • 1 bar soap/1 small towel;
  • female or male hygiene supplies;
  • 1 set earplugs;

Medical-

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.;
  • Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant. back to top
Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no doctor's prescription.

Personal Food-

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;
  • 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;
  • 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

Group Equipment:

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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Please submit any equipment questions or concerns to: info@summittrek.com

Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek Question & Answer Section

Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek - Trekking Video Movie Clips

Below are some short video clips taken along our recent Everest Basecamp Trek by our team members. Please click the picture or title in the left column to view each clip. In the right column is the description for each video.


EBC

A look at Everest basecamp and the Khumbu Icefall (Dale Wagner). 1:20 minutes (11 MB).


Kala Pattar

Views from the top of Kala Pattar, next to Everest (Dale Wagner). 0:40 seconds (6 MB).


Above EBC

A shot from above Everest basecamp, showing the west face of Everest and Nuptse (Dale Wagner). 0:45 seconds (6.5 MB).


Dughla

A panoramic view  from the Dughla Pass, looking at Lobuche East, Pumori, and other peaks in the Himalaya (Dale Wagner). 1 minute. (8.5 MB).

Namche

Namche Bazaar at 3,440 metre/11,300 feet, the capital of the Sherpa people (Scott Darsney). 0:50 seconds (7 MB).


Kathmandu

A few scenes of the ancient and colourful city of Kathmandu, where the trip begins (Scott Darsney). 0:25 seconds (3.5 MB).  


Kathmandu

Short clip of the bustling streets of Kathmandu (Dale Wagner). 1 minute (8.5 MB).


Lobuche

The view approaching Gorak Shep, looking at Pumori, Changtse, the Khumbu Glacier, and Nuptse (Dale Wagner). 0:45 seconds (6 MB).


Trek

A few scenes of the trek to basecamp, including the town of Tengboche (Scott Darsney). 0:55 seconds (7.5 MB).


Teahouse
Team members enjoying a delicious meal at one of the comfortable tea houses we stay in along our trek to basecamp (Scott Darsney). 0:40 seconds (5.5 MB).
 

If you wish to purchase our mountain climbing and trekking films, please contact Videoland Productions.

You can can go to their site www.videolandproductions.com and email info@videolandproductions.com or call (+1)360-491-1332 to buy any and all of the mountain climbing and trekking films we have. Please tell them we said hi!

We will be expanding this section with more Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal video clips.

Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek News & Expedition Dispatches - Stories

Archive news: Please click here

  • 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).

    Thank you for reading about our past Everest Basecamp Treks. To follow along with our ongoing trips around the world, please view our "Recent News" section.

Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek - International Members Application

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful trek. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal Frequently Asked Questions .

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download PDF Form for International Trekking Applicants

 

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment,
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
[ ] Proof of mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised).

Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you.
Welcome to our team.

Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek - US Members Application

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful trek. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal Frequently Asked Questions .

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download PDF Form for US Trekking Applicant

 

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment,
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
[ ] Proof of mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised).

Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you.

Welcome to our team.

Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek Reviews, Testimonials, Complaints, and Comments

Here is what Ali has to say: 

Hi, sorry I'm crazy behind on my emails I'm still catching up from Christmas & New Years messages from home!

The trek was truly fantastic, the small group was absolutely perfect & the trek leader and the porters were wonderful! The trek leader was extremely supportive and I know all of us would not have made it without him, his patience was exceptional. I'm so happy that I did that trek with your company & the chocolate cake was a very special touch you should definitely keep that in your Christmas trek.

Speak soon - Ali

Christmas Eve celebration. Photo Kaji.  Team at basecamp. Photo Kaji

Here is what Paul, Aidan, and Emma have to say:

Hi Summitclimb team - It was a magnificent journey and we thank all involved in making it so enjoyable and run so smoothly.  Special thanks to all of the Sherpas and the team in Kathmandu. The lead Sherpa was an amazing leader and his extraordinary  experience showed through with the Island Peak summit climb in very difficult conditions.   I have no hesitation in returning to climb and trek with Summitclimb and have no hesitation in recommending to others the professionalism and friendliness of the team. Thank you all so much and we hope to see you again soon. Paul, Aidan, Emma .

 
Emma Fitzgerald (16 year old from Australia) and Jeremiah O'Brien summit on Island Peak. Photo Jeremiah O'Brien. Sherpa and Aiden Fitzgerald on the summit of Island Peak. Photo Jeremiah O'Brien

Here is what Jerry has to say:

I hope this email finds you well. Thank you for the opportunity to share with you my viewpoint regarding the 'Christmas Trek and Climb' in Nepal - 2014 - 2015. I think the entire trip exceeded my expectations. I was delighted with the professional,cheerful and patient approach everyone took. Everyone' includes yourself, the staff in your office in Kathmandu, the hotel staff in katmandu, our guide, the sherpas, porters and all the staff caring for us in each teahouse/lodge during the trip. I was showered with many acts of kindness by many of your associates throughout the trip - for that,I am grateful. As much as everyone was of great help, the person who was of particular influence, was the Sherpa guide. I found him to be a man of great patience with a wonderful sense of humor. His many acts of kindness were very much appreciated. To compliment his wonderful personality is his incredible physical strength. He considered every possible detail daily - no small feat. He displayed great leadership on our climb of Imja Tse. Thanks to our guide, some of us made it to the summit - in challenging conditions - winter weather. It was a hell of a long day from base camp to the summit and back for me - only possible with the Sherpas. We were all inspired by their cheerful enthusiasm. I am humbled to think I had occasion to travel through the Himalaya with such wonderful people as our Sherpas and 4 porters. How I enjoyed our porters - such lovely personalities. I would not change a thing about our trip. It was all good - every trail, teahouse, meal, cup of tea and conversation I had. Anyone who wishes to attempt such a venture best know though - Imja Tse in winter conditions can be very serious - so bring good Sherpas. I will miss the people of Nepal. I will never forget the compassion shown to me, every day I was in Nepal. If you could ever pass on my regards to our staff, I would appreciate the opportunity - they had a huge impact on me.

Best Wishes to all the Staff @ SummitClimb - Jerry

 
Members taking tea break with beautiful views. Photo Pia Eliason. 

Here is what Alessandra has to say:

Just a quick note to let you know that all tigers + goat made it back safe at home and we are all already suffering the post-holiday blues in our various work/office locations!!!!

I wanted to thank you once again for what was an absolutely amazing trip – we were blessed  in so many ways that I cannot start to describe, first with your perfect organisation and advice, then with our fantastic guide and porters along the trek, who not only kept us safe and well, but also became lovely companions on our trip , and finally the weather was absolutely perfect and allowed us uninterrupted views of the fabulous valleys and mountains every single day of the trip.
 
I would definitely recommend them to go in winter as I thought it was an amazing time. I'd tell them the flight to Lukla was amazing fun :) Also make sure your kit is up to spec as I used almost everything we brought in the various stages, from clothing to medicine and we had some absolutely good advice from the team in KTM.

Do you have any photos or videos you would like to share?
Yep - given ALL to the guys in KTM

Thank you very much, Alessandra

Aless enjoying in Kala Patar. Photo Aless Everest Base Camp. Photo Scott

Aless enjoying in Kala Patar. Photo Aless. Everest Base Camp. Photo Scott. 
 

If you would like to contact our previous members, please send an email to info@summitclimb.com

 

We take our member's feedback and testimonials seriously. These help us to refine and make our trekking a successful, safe, and enjoyable experience for our future teams.

What our clients say?

  • Here is what Blake from Missouri, USA says:

     

    "I was lucky to have chosen SummitClimb. Being in Nepal I realized what an amazing operation you guys run and how respected the leaders are.  I was proud to have been a part of this year’s expedition and look forward to many more in the future.

    The leadership, organization and professionalism from everyone involved were great. Every problem was addressed immediately by the guides and solved seamlessly. The leaders were amazing and the porters they hired were first rate. Top notch work guys!"

  • Here is what Maria from Athens says:

    "Overall it was a very nice experience and we are very happy we participated in the trek and we would love to come back to climb."

  • Here is what Mike from Santa Monica says:

    "When about everything was good, all I can do is mention what was best. Our guide could not be surpassed! He could not have been more attentive, considerate and conscientious. He was a pleasure throughout the trek, and before in Kathmandu, and taught us much about the Sherpa culture and customs, which was one of my goals for this trek. The tea houses chosen were all fine, clean and comfortable, the food was tasty and substantial. I'd be happy to recommend SummitClimb to anyone. You guys have this program handled!"

  • Here is what Soon Keng from Singapore says:

    "Overall, an unforgettable trek for me: great guides, great porters, great trail mates. What more could one ask for? I'll be back."

  • Here is what Patty had to say:

    "What was good about the trek - the lodges, the peace and tranquility of the trek, the people of Nepal, the Yaks - EVERYTHING!!!

     

    We loved it. We got to meet other trekkers and have more interaction with the people in Nepal. Each lodge was so unique and the owners and their children so special. I loved the quiet of the

    trek... there were no motors running, the only sound was the people, dogs and yaks!

     

    To prepare for the trip... walk - LOTS! Hike if you have any hills/mountains in your area but WALK - WALK - WALK. I felt stronger and stronger the farther we went. They may also want to practice walking with poles. I never used them and they may have helped on the way down with my knees.

     

    What to expect - expect to enjoy the experience. Just let the little things go and open yourself up to living through one of the most amazing experiences in your life. Don't expect it to be like home... you are there to experience a different aspect of life, not your normal day to day existence.

     

    I also LOVE the fact that you have added on Island Peak - I would have done that FOR SURE!!! I'm very disappointed we didn't have that opportunity, which just reinforces my drive to go back. You know, we swore this was a once in a lifetime trip and we didn't think we would ever go again BUT we loved it. I was really tired by the time we got home and it took me a couple of day before I REALLY appreciated all that we had experienced. It didn't sink in until we were home, going through the pictures, handing out the gifts we had bought, etc. when it hit me - It was one of the BEST things I have ever done for me personally and for Rob and I as a couple. Not everyone takes the opportunity to experience life and to live life, the trek make us both feel like we have lived life a bit more... but we're not done yet!!!

     

    Let people know they can purchase almost ALL of their gear in Katmandu for much cheaper prices than in most countries and it is GOOD gear, not just junk. We would not have bought as much clothing, etc. to Katmandu if we would have known this. Not only would we have saved $$ BUT we would have supported more people in Katmandu. It may be a third world country, BUT the Nepalese know what trekkers and climbers need."

  • Here is what Wanda says:

     

    "My concern about any problems in Nepal I heard about before the trip were non-existent in the areas we traveled. We did not witness any such disturbance. Traveling as a single female, I am probably a little more cautious than most but I have to say that never once did I feel concerned about my safety."

  • Here is what Elselien says:

     

    "I think a good thing about this trip is having a trek included with the expedition. People really like having that look into the 'expedition world' but usually don't want the uncomfortable/cold suffering part themselves. They mostly like a night or two/three of camping but prefer (definitely higher up) the lodges. Another good thing is that this trip is being organized by very experienced people who know how things work in Nepal and can offer solutions to unexpected problems. Trekkers usually feel that this trip is relaxed and the leaders are flexible when and where they can. This gives them a feeling of being more part of the team because their questions and opinion are being heard.

     

    I really like the fact that it is fairly easy to achieve a high altitude while trekking the original Everest route from the 1920-1953 Everest expeditions."

  • Here is what Neil and Ariel have to say:

    Hi there, I was just looking through some photos of our trip and was inspired to write to you. It was a marvelous adventure and all four of us loved it and wanted to thank you for making it possible and giving us excellent Sherpa Guides and Porters. They worked tirelessly to ensure our safety and fun. Great stuff. (in fact my only gripe on whole trip was that I should have taken my good camera, really regret that!). So, where do we go from here? Not sure... I am thinking I may have to build a house first? Gordon and I are playing with the Mera peak/ Ama Dablam trip we briefly discussed but just not sure when. Keep us posted with your usual enthusiasm and adventures. Cheers and thanks again, Neil and Ariel