Trek to South Side Base Camp
There is no greater mountain than the world famous Mount Everest. This trek, which is lodge based, will allow you to follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s most famous mountaineers. The trek will take you right through the amazing Sherpa country, as well as some picturesque villages. However, this is just the start, as we will then begin the difficult part – climbing up to Namche Bazaar. The scenes that you will encounter are like nothing you will have seen before, and the views are amazing. If you are a photographer, either amateur or professional, then you will find yourself in heaven when we get to the monastery at Thyangboche. There will be time to acclimatize yourself with this new environment throughout the journey, but the ultimate goal is the Everest Base Camp, which is situated on the Khumbu Glacier.
As well as this, there is also a chance to climb Kala Pattar, which will give you a fantastic view of the glorious Mount Everest.
On the first day, we will be departing from London.
Day 2 is when we will be arriving at Kathmandu during the evening. At this point, we will then move on to one of the many hotels..
Day 3 is the time for you to relax before we start our trek. A good idea is to use this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu, and there is a lot for you to see. If architecture is something that you are interested in, then you may wish to take a trip to Durbar Square, where the old Royal Palace is situated, boasting amazing wood carving. There are numerous temples for you to visit, each offering its own fascinating history. If you wish to expand your cultural experiences then it would definitely be worth visiting the various market stalls and shops in and around this area of Kathmandu. Another very popular attraction is the monkey temple which is located in Swayambunath. Perhaps you would prefer to visit some of the most famous Buddhist temples in the world? There really is something for everyone. During the day there will be a trek briefing for everyone to attend.
This is where your journey will start. We will begin by flying to the mountain airstrip in Lukla. Once here, we will start the first part of our trek, beginning by journeying north towards the famous river Dudh Kosi, also nicknamed as Milk River. Once we arrive here we will be moving down to the valley. This part of the trek is filled with some beautiful scenery and picturesque views. The first night of our trek will be spent at Phakding.
Day 5 – 6
Once morning breaks we will be travelling to the Everest View Hotel, which is quite a steep climb. This amazing hotel was built by the Japanese, and offers some of the most spectacular views that you will ever experience. You can not only see Everest, but also Ama Dablam. The next part of our trek will take us through some of the villages in this area such as Kunde and Khumjung. These villages are just below the peak which is said to be the most sacred to the Sherpa’s. whilst we are in the village of Kunde we will be taking a brief visit at the Edmund Hillary Hospital, and if you wish, there will also be the opportunity to visit the amazing monastery in Khumjung. Even more special is the opportunity to view the only Yeti skull in the world for a small donation. Carrying on through these areas during the day, we will be spending the night in Kyanjuma.
Starting the day, we will be journeying on down to the river, which will be crossed via the small village of Phunki Thangkha. Once this part of the trek is complete we will be climbing through a forest so that we can reach Thyangboche. This part of the trek will be completed by lunch time, which allows you to visit yet another world famous monastery, and there is also an opportunity to watch the most amazing sunset that you will ever experience, with views of the peaks surrounding Everest. Once here it is important that you follow the rules of this spiritual area, which includes not harming any living creature within this area. It is said that because of the rules in place, the wildlife are not as scared as they usually would be, and many deer have been spotted here.
Day 8 – 10
At this part of the trek we will be climbing out of Dingboche and down the valley which will eventually lead us to Dugla, which is situated at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Once we reach this point in our journey we will then be climbing Chukpo Lari . This area is littered with memorials to the many climbers who have perished trying to climb the fearsome Everest. This area also boasts some spectacular views of the various peaks around this area. We will then be travelling to Lobuje. Here there are a few little tea houses, and a small settlement. There are also some spectacular views to be seen here.
Day 11 – 12
These days are tough, and this is important to remember. We will be beginning by climbing up to Kala Patter which is just above the Gorak Shep. At this point you will notice that other base camps from expeditions are visible. Another plus point of this point of the trek is the ability to get a closer view at the glorious Mount Everest. Once this part is complete we will travel back to Lobuje where we will stop for food. After this we will travel downwards so that we can spend the night at Pheriche. It is important that you remember that weather conditions or the ability of some climbers may alter the order of this part of the journey.
Day 13 – 15
Here we will continue our journey through Pheriche. Here there is a bridge to cross which will then lead us to another short climb to take us to the Imja Khola Valley. This valley will take us through a meadow landscape. After this point we will be travelling down through forests which will eventually take us to the village of Devoche. After this point we will be travelling back up to Thyangboche. We will carry on our journey from here which will lead us back up to the Lukla airstrip.
At this point we will be making our journey back from the airstrip to Kathmandu where we will eventually end up at our hotel.
Now we will be back in Kathmandu, and you have the opportunity to do some more sightseeing whilst you are here.
We will be departing from Kathmandu after we have all eaten breakfast. Members of the group will be leaving for the airport at the same time after breakfast.
The price for this trek will vary greatly, depending on several factors such as the time of year, where you are flying from, the type of accommodation that you are going for, and also how long you are planning to go for. The price that you can expect to pay is likely to be between £1000 and £2000.
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