Welcome to Nepal and the Himalayas.
Travel to the Himalayas to see the mountains, trek, climb or meet local villagers, enjoy culture and hear about legends from ancient times, is high up on many people's bucket list.
It's a mythical place where man has lived by the foot of the mighty Chomolungma. We know here more often as Mt. Everest, and the locals call her "Sagarmatha" Mother of universe.
Let us take you with us to Nepal with a fully loaded program to enjoy Kathmandu's sacred temples, the narrow alleys of Thamel. We trek from Lukla to Mt. Everest Base Camp on a well-balanced program with plenty of time to acclimatize and enjoy. Welcome to The Search Expedition, Mt Everest Base Camp
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Planned Departure: Not Scheduled
Lenght of program: 19 days
Program by Royal Beach Camp, Nepal
Guided by The Search Adventures
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m ). Meet and greet at Airport and Transfer to your hotel
Welcome to Kathmandu. Once your international flight lands at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the official representative of The Search Adventures will greet you welcome. We will transfer you to your carefully selected hotel in Kathmandu. After a short rest we invite you to a welcome reception and short meeting with your local guide at the hotel.
Full day in Kathmandu, visit to Boudanath, Swayatatambhu and Pasphutinath temples
We start the day before the sunrise and head for the old Temple grounds in Kathmandu "Durbar Square" We wander in narrow alleys as the mist slowly dissolve and the day breaks. Locals are waking up with their morning routines, markets gets busy. We use all of our senses to take in the beautiful culture and experience. We hed back to our hotel for a full breakfast before we head out to see the Unesco World heritage sites of Kathmandu. We head for Boudanath Stupa which is a true Bhuddist landmark in Nepal. Pashputinath Temple is the Hidu temple with Bagmati river running through. We see the holy men "Sadu" and cremations being done by the riverbank. We end the day with magnificent views of Kathmandu at the Swayathatambu "Monkey Temple"
In the evening we enjoy a lovely dinner at some of the local restaurants selected by Ram Silwal. We are preparing for our trip to the mountains.
Morning Flight to Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Early in the morning, you’ll catch a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla. The tiny airstrip of Lukla is considered one of the most extreme airports in the world. The 40-minute flight will truly be a lifetime experience. You can peek out of the window to marvel at the marvelous scenery of high hills and snow-capped mountains.
Once you reach Lukla, you will get to meet the local staff and porters. You’ll begin the trek on a relatively easy trail towards Cheplung village. From the village, you’ll see the first sight of the mountain with the distant view of Mt. Khumbila. You’ll continue the gradual walk on the bank of Dudh Koshi River until you reach the village of Phakding. Please know: Flying into Lukla is highly unpredictable due to weather. The flights, in such circumstances, may likely be delayed or even canceled in worst cases.
Trek from Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)
On this day, you will walk through the pine forest, rustic villages, and occasional yak pastures. Once you leave Phakding, you will continue walking through the narrow trail alongside the Dudh Koshi River. Along the route, you’ll walk past several Sherpa villages, including Benkar and Chumoa, and cross a couple of suspension bridges to reach the entrance gate of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. After entering the national park, the trail heads uphill towards the village of Jorsalle. You’ll continue walking as the first glimpse of Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Everest, and Nuptse unfolds on the backdrop.
The trail further leads to a steep climb from Jorsalle to reach the colorful village of Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is surrounded by colorful markets, trekking shops, fancy restaurants, cafes, and local shops. It is regarded as the Sherpa Capital, and you’ll get to enjoy the close-up view of Kongde-Ri and Thamserku.
Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)
You’ll have a much-needed acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar. It is significant to have a leisure day to acclimatize with the increasing elevation and minimize the possibilities of altitude sickness.
On this day, you’ll hike to the beautiful village of Khumjung to keep your feet moving. You’ll get to visit the ancient monastery of the village and a local school built by Sir Edmund Hillary. On the way back, you’ll be visiting the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest luxurious hotels in the world. From here, you can relish the panoramic views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtega, Taboche, and Kwangde. Some of the highlights of these days:
Leisure day to acclimatize to high altitude.
A short hike to Khumjung village
Visit Khumjung school and monastery
Visit Everest View Hotel, the world’s highest luxurious hotel
Marvel at the sensational glimpses of the Himalayas
Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft) to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)
After the acclimatization day, you’ll continue the trek on a relatively pleasant trail through the dense forest. With the marvelous view of mountains on the backdrop, you’ll traverse through the hillside above the Dudh Koshi River towards Phungithanga. Once you walk past Phungithanga, the pleasant trail suddenly transforms into a more challenging uphill. The trail passes through an occasional water-powered prayer wheel and continues along the dense rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Tengboche is a small village scattered in a grassy saddle under the shades of a crescent-shaped ridge. It is home to Khumbu’s largest Buddhist monastery. From the outside of the monastery, you get to enjoy the spectacular view of the surrounding mountains, including Ama Dablam, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and others.
Trek from Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft) to Panboche (3,959m/12,988ft)
After breakfast, you will head northwards from Tengboche and cross the small suspension bridge at Imja Khola. You’ll continue the walk on a narrow path and will reach Panboche aleady before lunch. Spend the day, resting and taking short strolls up on the higher paths. Or visit the beautiful Panboache Monastery. This village is the home of many Everest legends. Early dinner and long night rest.
Trek from Panboche (3,959m/12,988ft) to Dingboche (4,410m/14,468ft)
After breakfast, The trail is mostly surrounded by rhododendron, birch and conifer trees. Furthermore, you’ll walk past several small villages, mani walls, and well-decorated chortens before reaching the overnight destination at Dingboche. At an elevation of 4,410 meters, Dingboche is the highest Sherpa settlement in the entire Khumbu region. The village is enclosed by stone walls to protect the crop fields. From Dingboche, the view of Ama Dablam is just a stone throw away.
Acclimatization Day at Dingboche (4,410m/14,468ft)
To cope with the high elevation and thin air, you’ll have another important acclimatization day at Dingboche. To keep up with the momentum, you’ll be going for a short hike to a nearby hill from the village. You’ll be going for a 400-meter climb to Nangkartshang Peak located towards the northern ridge of the village. It takes around two hours of steep ascent from the heart of Dingboche to reach the summit of the Nangkartshang Peak. At 5,083 meters, the summit of this peak offers magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse, Kantega, and Cho Oyu.
Acklimatization: Never skip the acclimatization day! It is crucial to take a day off not only to ease the sore muscles but also to cope with the thin air before heading to even higher altitudes.
Day 10: Trek from Dingboche (4,410m/14468ft) to Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft) You’ll begin the day with a gradual climb towards the valley of Pheriche. As you continue walking along with the alpine scrub and yak pastures, you’ll reach the Trekkers Aid Post at the valley. Up above, you’ll witness the soaring sight of Ama Dablam, Taboche, and Cholatse.
As you walk further ahead from Pheriche, the trail becomes more strenuous with steep climbs over the moraine of Khumbu Glacier. Upon climbing the ridge, you’ll arrive at Thukla Pass decorated with prayer flags and stone shrines in the name of climbers who lost their lives in the mountain. After crossing the pass, you’ll continue walking through the grassy valleys and rocky terrains to reach your overnight destination at Lobuche.
This tiny settlement is located in a narrow meadow between the towing Lobuche Peak and Khumbu Glacier. You’ll relish a marvelous sight of Nuptse and Taboche soaring above the settlement. In the evening, you will walk up to the narrow gap of mountain walls and moraine to take a glance at the Khumbu Glacier.
Trek from Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft) to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,863ft) and Excursion to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Remarkable day on the Everest Base Camp Trek! After breakfast, you’ll be departing from Lobuche and heading off on fairly rough and rocky terrain. The route passes through occasional ups and downs on the glacial path towards Gorak Shep. Along the way, you’ll get to enjoy the wonderful sight of Pumori, Nuptse, and other surrounding mountains.
Upon arriving at Gorak Shep, you’ll drop your backpacks at the teahouse and meander through the rocky trail towards the Everest Base Camp. You’ll come across the glacial moraine and several small streams along the way. Once you reach the Everest Base Camp, you’ll have the opportunity to stand at the foothills of the world’s highest mountain.
From the base camp, you’ll get a glimpse of marvelous spectacles of Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbu Icefall, and Khumbutse. After spending some time at the base camp, you’ll make your way back to the sandy lakebed of Gorak Shep.
Morning Hike to Kala Patthar (5,643m/18,513ft) and Trek to Pheriche (4,270m/14,009ft)
Today marks another highlight of the Everest Base Camp Trek. You’ll start the day early at dawn and hike uphill towards Kala Patthar, situated at an elevation of 5,643 meters. Kala Patthar is one of the most prominent viewpoints of the Everest region. Although it does not cover a considerable distance, the route to the summit of this landmark is fairly steep and rocky.
Upon reaching the top of the viewpoint, you will get to witness one of the most beautiful sunrises over the Himalayas. Here, you’ll be surrounded by a 360-degree panorama of huge massifs, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbetse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and so forth. After spending a brief spell on the top, you’ll retrace the path back to Gorak Shep and descend towards Lobuche. You’ll continue the walk along rough and rugged trails over moraine until Thukla Pass. From here, you’ll cross a bridge over a gushing glacial stream and head towards Pheriche. It takes around four hours to reach Pheriche from Kala Patthar.
Amid hotels and teahouses, this small settlement also accommodates the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic (HRA). It is a voluntary non-profit organization established to reduce the casualties while trekking or mountaineering in the Himalayas.
Trek from Pheriche (4,270m/14,009ft) to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)
On this day, you will leave the Himalayas behind and backtrack your route to Tengboche. You’ll begin the trek after breakfast on a relatively easy route compared to the last few days. Although the walk is pleasant most of the day, note that you’ll need to tackle a few strenuous uphill on the way.
Along the way, you’ll walk through the densely forested area, blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. Make sure to keep your eyes around the trail as you might get to witness some rare wildlife and birds, including musk deer, wild goats, Himalayan griffons, and pheasants if you’re lucky.
After about five hours of gentle walk, you’ll arrive at Tengboche. From the village, you’ll get a marvelous sight of the surrounding peaks, including Ama Dablam, Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse. Day 14:
Trek from Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Early in the morning, you’ll depart from Tengboche and make your way towards the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. You’ll begin the day with a steep descend towards the village of Phunki Tenga. Upon reaching this small settlement, the trail transforms into a gradual uphill. After climbing for almost an hour, the trail descends sharply towards the Dudh Koshi River. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, you’ll reach the village of Kyangjuma. This tiny village is a junction to three different trails of the Everest region — Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village, and Namche Bazaar. You’ll follow the route that leads to Namche Bazaar and head to the Sherpa Capital for overnight stay.
Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft) to Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft)
You start the day with a steep descent from Namche Bazaar on fairly rocky terrain. The route from the village to the bank of Dudh Koshi River is quite a challenge, especially if you’re not used to steep downhills. On the way, you cross the high suspension bridge over the river, which leads to a considerably pleasant path. Most of this day, you’ll be walking under the shades of rhododendron and pine forest alongside the Dudh Koshi River. You’ll also get to enjoy the distant view of the towering pinnacles before arriving at Phakding, a small Sherpa settlement. At Phakding, you’ll cross another suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and head uphill towards Lukla. On the way to Lukla, you’ll walk past numerous Buddhist monasteries, chortens, and mani walls. In the evening, you’ll celebrate the success of the Everest Base Camp Trek with the entire team before heading back to Kathmandu.
Fly from Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft) to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft)
This day is the final day of your adventure to the Everest Base Camp. After breakfast, you’ll bid farewell to the mountains and catch a flight back to Kathmandu. You also part ways with the local staff and porters in Lukla. The 40-minute flight to the capital city offers a sensational view of the Himalayas and surrounding landscape.
Upon arrival, the representative of The Search Adventures will receive you at the domestic terminal and escort you to the hotel. You can choose to take some rest back at the hotel or take a walk around the vibrant street of Thamel and buy some souvenirs if you want. Late in the evening, the representative of Nepal Social Trek will receive you at the hotel and take you for the farewell dinner.
Day 17: Full day in Kathmandu for shopping
This day is magic, enjoy a good sleep in, after a lovely hotel breakfast you can enjoy Kathmandu at your own pace. Do some shopping, visit some gardens, hang in some of the trendy coffee shops. Have lunch on your own at some of the many lovely small restaurants in Thamel. Afternoon we get together and we start our celebration, last day in Nepal and we make sure to make it special. Farwell dinner at selected venue in Kathmandu.
Your final day in Nepal! On this day, the representative of The Search Adventures will escort you from your hotel to the Tribhuvan International Airport for the final departure. Time to say goodbye. The Search is over...
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Lenght of program: 19 days
Program by Royal Beach Camp, Nepal
Guided by The Search Adventures
Arrival and departure transfer for both international and domestic flight
Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
Accommodation in Kathmandu (in three-star hotel including breakfast)
Two-way domestic flight from Kathmandu and Lukla
All dinners and lunches during the trip
Accommodation in tea house during the trek
Sagarmatha National Park entry fees and local entry permits
Licensed trekking guide with necessary staffs and porters
All government taxes
International flight ticket and airport tax
Nepal entry visa fees
Personal trekking gears and equipment
Tips for trekking guide, porters, and local staff/15 USD per day per person
Travel and medical insurance in case of emergency
Unforeseeable expenses incurred due to accidents, strike, natural calamities, political unrest, etc