SHIVALAYA TO EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK 21 DAYS

Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  21 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Group Size:  2-12 Pax
  •  Trip Style:  Tea-house trek
  •  Diffculty:  Hard
  •  Best Season:  Mar - May & Sept - Nov

Overview

The trek from Shivalaya to Everest base camp via Lukla is the hard slog and pretty sparse in the breathing views department but you will at least shake the crowds. The trek doesn’t follow valleys; it cuts across them, so day after day it is a tiring process of dropping down one side of a steep valley and climbing up the other. By the time you reach the base camp your ascents will total almost 9000m, the full height of Everest from sea level! Sherpa settlement of Khumbu region and many beautiful breathtaking Buddhist monasteries. Before reaching to Namche Bazaar we get the privilege to cross various passes like Deorali (2,730m), Trakshindu (3,180m) Lamjura Bhanjyang (3,535m).After reaching to Namche Bazaar you will have one day rest to adapt to the prevailing situation. After a one day rest you continue your trek to famous Tengboche monastery (3,870) which is the monastery situated at the highest altitude in the world. The aim of this trek 3870m from sea level. The scenery is surrounded by panoramic Himalayan range, has been called one of the most beautiful places in the world. The aim of this trek is to climb Kalapathar at 5550m, from where the southwest face of Everest can be clearly seen, also a side trip to Everest Base Camp, which takes 6/7 hours round trips from Gorakshep. Then trek downhill to Lukla and 35 minutes flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

 

Everest base camp trek cover lowland from Jiri or Shivalaya to Highland Kalapathar (5545m). This is a breathtaking walking trip in Everest Region. Trekker requires a good walking experience and a good physical health condition. This trek is very interesting walking with its panoramic view of Everest 8848m, Cho Oyu 8152m, Lhotse 8516m, Makalu 8463m and Ama Dablam 6456m. Through the famous, the beginning of this trek retraces the route of the earliest Everest expeditions through the beautiful Alpine scenery. Most people find the extra seven days truly delightful, as well as providing good insight into traditions and lifestyles Ethnic Group of Nepal.

 

Highlighted picture from latest Shivalaya to Everest Trek 2016

Full Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival day in Kathmandu

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu. And your Trekking guide briefs you regarding our trek as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.

    (Pick up from Airport and drop to your Hotel) (1,300 meters ) (Hotel)
  • Day 02

    Drive to Shivalaya via Jiri or Manthali

    Drive to Shivalaya via Jiri(1838m) From early in morning after having breakfast go to Old Bus Park and catch a bus for Jiri. Though situated 210km away from Kathmandu the bus requires 8 to 9 hours for Shivalaya. Overnight at Teahouse.

    (7-8 hours drive by private transport ) (2330 Meters ) (Lodge )
  • Day 03

    Trek to Bhandar

    Today we will trek to Bhandar via Bharkaur, Mali Danda(2440m), Khimti valley Yelung Khola, Shivalaya, Deorali(2710m), Sangbadanda(2180m), Khasrubas(2330m) and Mahabir(2590m). The path is somewhere uphill whereas somewhere it is downhill.

    (2180 Meters ) (5-6 hours ) (Lodge )
  • Day 04

    Trek to Sete

    Walking from Bhandar the trail is downhill to the village of Doharpa and Baranda until crossing the steel bridge at Tharo Khola(1480m). Preceding our trek to the east bank of the river we will climb uphill towards Kinja and continue our trek to Sete.

    (2525 Meters ) (6-7 hours ) (Lodge)
  • Day 05

    Trek to Junbesi

    Today we will trek from Sete to Junbesi (2700m). The path is scenic walking through the Rhododendron, Magnolia, Maple and Birch. This trail is also well known for spotting birds like sunbirds. The highest point of today’s trek is Lamjura Bhanjyang between Jiri. Passing through the small village of Tragdobuk (2830m). Continue our trek we will be at Junbesi.

    (2700 Meters ) (7-8 hours ) (Lodge )
  • Day 06

    Trek to Nhuntala

    Start to trek early in the morning cross Junbesi Khola and climb uphill. From the top one can witness the spectacular vista of Everest, Thamserku, Kantega and Mera Peak. After passing Ringmo Khola the trail climbs uphill to Ringmo Village. After Ringmo we will climb Trakshindu La Pass (2930m) a superb example of Sherpa architecture. Now we will trek downhill until we reach Nhuntala.

    (2330 Meters ) (6-7 hours ) (Lodge)
  • Day 07

    Trek to Bupsa

    Trek downhill to Dudh Koshi and cross the river using 110m long suspension bridge. We will continue our trek to Jubing (1680m), Khari Khola (2010m) until we reach Bupsa.

    (2360 Meters ) (6-7 hours ) (Lodge)
  • Day 08

    Trek to Chheplung

    Starting with a gentle climb we pass to the village of Kharte from where we can witness the vista of Cho Oyu (8201m). we continue our climb until we reach Khari La Pass at an altitude of 2840m.walk downhill to the gorge of Paiya Khola after crossing the bridge overreach to the small settlement of Puiyan(2730m). After Puiyan the trail is zigzag and the trail offers the good view of Khumbu region and the trail descends to Surke (2290m). Preceding our walk further passing through Mani Walls we will reach the village of Chheplung.

    (2660 Meters ) (6-7 hours ) (Lodge )
  • Day 09

    Trek to Namche Bazaar

    After leaving Chepplung we will continue the walk to Tharo Koshi River. After crossing the river the trail ascends to Ghat (2600m) and walk climb to Phakding. We climb over steep and stony rim towards Benkar (2630m). Continuing our trek we cross the Kyashar Khola River and climb for Monjo (2840m). Just away from Monjo we enter Sagarmatha National Park. From here after crossing few rivers and climbs we will reach Namche Bazaar (3440m). Namche Bazaar is the main trading center of this region with hotels, lodges, and restaurants.

    (3440 Meters) (7-8 hours ) (Lodge )
  • Day 10

    Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

    After having ascended an altitude of 3,440 m (11,253ft), we will use the day for acclimatization. It is very important to have our body prepared for further ascending. You will have the day at your disposal and you can choose to do whatever you wish. One option can be to walk up to the Everest View Point Hotel and enjoy the view it offers. You can also choose to have a walk around Namche Bazaar and observe the local proceedings and lifestyle. If it is Saturday, there will be the traditional “Saturday Market” which is a wonderful experience and a great market to explore. There is also Sherpa Museum in Namche which would be the place to visit if you are interested into Sherpa’s culture and history.

    (3440 Meters ) (Lodge )
  • Day 11

    Namche to Tyangboche

    On the fifth day, after breakfast, we start our trek with a pleasant walk through the forest with a magnificent view of mountains. The great view of the mighty peaks of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde will be at our disposal all day long. Today’s trail ascends through the forest on its way to Tyangboche. The first thing that could draw your attention after reaching Tyangboche might be its beautifully big monastery. Tyangboche has a large campsite, tea houses and lodges overseeing Mt. Ama Dablam. We will finish the day by spending the night in a hotel in Tyangboche.

    (3,867m/12684ft) (5-6 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 12

    Tyangboche to Dingboche

    The day consists a lot of descending trail which goes from Tyangboche to Dingboche. On the way, we will pass rhododendron forests, cross a valley and walk through the plains to reach Dingboche. It is a relatively easy day, in terms of walking.

    (4,358m/14,295 ft) (6-7 hours ) (Lodge )
  • Day 13

    Acclimatization day at Dingboche

    It is another acclimatization day which is required for ascending to further altitudes. You can take complete rest during the whole day. If you wish so you can also take some couple of hours’ time to hike up to CHHUKUNG (4,730m) but only if you have an excellent physical CONDITION. Chhukung is a small hill station overlooking many mountains and glaciers. The main purpose of the day will be to prepare you physically for the rest of the trek.

     

    It is another acclimatization day which is required for ascending to further altitudes. You can take complete rest during the whole day. If you wish so you can also take some couple of hours’ time to hike up to CHHUKUNG (4,730m) but only if you have an excellent physical CONDITION. Chhukung is a small hill station overlooking many mountains and glaciers. The main purpose of the day will be to prepare you physically for the rest of the trek.

    (4,358m/14,295 ft) (4-5 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 14

    Dingboche to Lobuche

    There is a lot of vertical for today even though the trail length does not clock more than 4.5 miles. We will walk through the alpine meadows and yak pastures to cross the Khumbu Glacier. The end of the moraine of the glacier has a specifically steep trail which can be seen as a challenge. We will then continue along the rugged route in order to reach Lobuche where we will stay for the night. Lobuche is situated beneath the Lhotse Ridge.

    (4,928m/16164 ft) (6-7 hours ) (Lodge )
  • Day 15

    Trek to Gorak Shep & hike to Everest Base Camp

    For those of you who are doing the Everest Base Camp Trek for the first time, the day starts with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. Today you will be hiking up to the Everest Base Camp. This will be the most challenging day of the trek and at the same time the most fulfilling as well. The base camp is situated above 5,000m (16,000ft).
    We start off by hiking to Gorak Shep first. It is a small village sitting on the top a small frozen lake buried under sand. We will have our lunch there and hike further following the trails of the Khumbu Glacier. On the way up you will catch the glimpse of an intimidating black rock the world knows by the name of Mt. Everest. The way will lead us to the Everest Base Camp. Have you ever heard or read that Mt. Everest cannot be seen from the Everest Base Camp? You will find the answer yourself. We will spend quality time exploring the base camp and surrounding areas before returning back to Gorak Shep and spend the night there.

    (Gorak Shep 5,160m, Base Camp: 5,320m.) (6- 7 hours) (Lodge )
  • Day 16

    Early hike to Kala Patthar & trek back to Pheriche

    Our first destination for the day will be Kala Patthar. We will start especially early and your guide will arrange everything for the early departure. The reason behind leaving that early is to reach Kala Patthar before sunrise. Kala Patthar provides the most wonderful sight for a sunrise contemplation over Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks such as Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori. You would definitely not want to miss that. It will take a couple of hours to reach Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep. We will take our time, enjoying what Kala Patthar has to offer before heading down to Gorak Shep and then to Pheriche to stay overnight there.

    (5,550m/18,204ft) (6 - 7 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 17

    Pheriche to Kyanjuma

    From now onward, it’s all about descending. So our pace will be faster than earlier and the walks will be easier. The beauty of the Himalayan terrain will never leave us along the way. We will spend the night in Kyanjuma.

    (3,500m/11,480ft) (5 - 7 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 18

    Kyanjuma to Khumjung to Monju

    The highlight of the day will be our visit to the Hillary School, established by Sir Edmund Hillary. We will also visit a hospital runned by charity. We will walk the downhill trails to reach Monju and stay overnight there.

    (2,850m/9,348ft) (6-7 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 19

    Monju to Lukla

    You can walk at your own pace today as we head back to Lukla, which is from where we started our adventure. There will be mixed feelings today. You will feel delighted that you have successfully completed the trek and experience the thrills and beauty of it. But at the same time, you will also feel sad that you have to leave this beautiful adventure behind. But, there is always for next time, the adventure will already be waiting for you. The evening and the night will be marked with celebrations that will include a lot of singing and dancing. We will spend the night at a hotel in Lukla.

    (2,800m/9,186ft) (5 - 6 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 20

    Lukla to Kathmandu by 40 minute flight

    We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    (40 Minte flight Lukla to Ktm. ) (Breakfast ) (1,300 meters/4,245ft) (Hotel)
  • Day 21

    Departure from Kathmandu

    Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

    (Drop to Airport by Private Transport )
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Cost and Services

Cost includes
01. Pick up and drop from international airport.
02. Kathmandu accommodation (2 nights in star-level tourist standard hotel  with twin sharing basis room)
03. All land transfer as per given itinerary
04. Foods (BLD) & Accommodation (twin sharing basis room)
05. Sagarmatha National Park Conservation and Bharunche entry permit fees and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
06. Teahouse (twin sharing basis room)
07. Experienced English speaking guide/leader, necessary experience local helpers
08. -Lukla-Kathmandu Airlines Tickets.
09. Wages, food, accommodation, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs
10. Guide Airfare for Lukla -Kathmandu return trip

 

Cost excludes:
01: Visa Fee.
02. Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance
03. Gratitude for Guide & Porter
04. Hot Shower, Battery Charges
05. Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation
06: Meals in Kathmandu
07. Personal trekking Equipment.
08. Any others expenses which are not mentioned in Price Includes section.
9 Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.

Tour Details

#Gear List
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

 

You must bring the following items:
1. Hiking boots
2. Socks
3. Trekking trousers/pants
4. Waterproof overtrousers/rainpants
5. Base layer shirts
6. Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
7. Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
8. Waterproof jacket
9. Sunhat
10. Warm hat
11. Sunglasses
12. Thermal gloves
13. Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
14. Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
15. Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
16. Water bottles 1 L.
17. Antibacterial handwash
18. Small towel
19. Daypack, 25/30Litres
20. Trekking poles
21. Sleeping bag 4 or 5 seasons * (rated down to – 20ºC)
22. Warm jacket (down)*

 

Basic First Aid Kit including:
A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite) and Glucose tablets.

 

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu.

Organization

Because of bad weather, we could face problems with domestic flights to/from Lukla (Delayed or even canceled). It is very rare, but it could happen even in best trekking season. Thus, we always recommend you to add supplement night/s in Kathmandu after your trek if that is possible for you (just in case). If everything runs smoothly, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, white water rafting, wildlife activities, shopping, during the extra days.

Responsible

Responsible tourism is something which our company takes very seriously. This is why we recommend you to read the following lines and learn about responsible tourism before your trip.

 

Environment:

1. It is advisable to eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit, and vegetables.
2. Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.
3. Respect any animals and wildlife you might encounter. Do not feed any animals unless you are specifically given permission, avoid picking flowers no matter how beautiful they may be, do not touch or move fossils, and importantly, don’t stroke dogs – they can be aggressive towards strangers and stray dogs in Nepal may carry rabies.

 

Culture:

1. Before you buy souvenirs. Beautiful shahtoosh shawls are woven in the Himalayas from the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, or chiru. The chiru is now endangered as a result of hunting for its precious wool – avoid buying anything made from it.

2. Food & Taboos – once you’ve touched something to your lips, it’s considered polluted for everyone else. If you take a sip of your own, or someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips and don’t eat from someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.

3. Right or Left? Mmm… Right! The left hand is reserved for washing after defecating. You can use it to hold a drink or cutlery while you eat, but don’t wipe your mouth, or pass food with it.

4. Right hand & Manners. To show respect, offer money, food or gifts with both hands, or with the right hand while the left touches the wrist.

5. Keep Calm. The Nepalese are a very calm and contemplative people. You may find yourself in social situations that are completely out of your western comfort zone, but it is important to remember that the locals exercise discretion in expressing their feelings, anger, and affection towards each other. If you don’t understand something, ask quietly and be patient.

6. Think before you take pictures. It’s easy to get snap-happy when presented with Nepal’s incredible landscape and lifestyle. Remember, this may be your trip of a lifetime, but it’s their reality, so introduce yourself and ask permission. Whenever possible, it is a good idea to ask for a postal address and follow through by sending photographs back to local families.

7. A conservative country. Women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves. The forehead is regarded as the most sacred part of the body and it’s impolite to touch an adult Nepali’s head. Do not stretch your legs in public or point your feet at anyone as feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body.

8. Girls in Kathmandu and Pokhara do wear shorts or short skirts, but this is new to Nepal and you run the risk of being seen as sexually available if you do the same.

9. Spitting is normal in Nepal and you will see men, women, and children spitting on the street. The same goes for littering. Don’t pull a local up for these behaviors, but don’t join in either.

10. Avoid showing affection in public. Although some younger couples hold hands in public, this is relatively new and it is still frowned upon.

11. Ancient and sacred sites: there is a few protocol that is handy to know and easy to follow: don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there

12. When visiting temples, respect both the place and the people that pray there. Do not throw anything into the fire as it considered sacred and, if for some reason – time of day, particular prayer time – you are not permitted to enter, accept this graciously and ask your guide to ask when might be a better time to come back.

13. Some Hindu temples and their innermost sanctums are usually out of bounds for nonbelievers, who pose the threat of ritual pollution. If you are allowed in, be respectful, take your shoes off before entering and don’t take photos unless you’ve asked permission.

14. Though no one will ever ask, a small donation to the temple that you’re visiting will be much appreciated. Donations support the operations of the day. Place your donation on the altar, or if you want to make a specific donation look for a donation box.

15. If you’re granted an audience with a Lama at a Buddhist temple or monastery, it’s traditional to present him with a kata: a ceremonial white scarf (usually sold nearby).

16. If you are invited into a private home for a meal, you can bring fruit or sweets, but don’t expect thanks – it is considered offensive to make a fuss in these situations. Take your shoes off when entering, unless shown otherwise. When the food is served you may be expected to eat first, so you won’t be able to follow your host’s lead. Take less than you can eat – asking for seconds is the best compliment you can give. The meal is typically served at the end of a gathering and when the food is finished, everyone leaves.

17. Don’t give pens, money, or sweets to the local people you encounter on visits to villages and it can encourage begging and may be seen to establish a non-equal relationship between tourist and local with tourists being seen as simply ‘givers’ giving to ‘the poor’. Instead, buy local handicrafts directly from villagers and show an interest in their skills. Sweets may seem like an ideal gift for children, but access to dentists is extremely limited to rural dwellers and the last thing you want to give them is tooth decay!

18. Hassle by touts is on the rise in Nepal and it’s likely you’ll get accosted at the airport and in Kathmandu and offered drugs, treks, and sex. They’re not as aggressive as in India – ignore them and they’re likely to ignore you. If they don’t, ask politely if they’ll leave you alone – do not be rude, as they’ll take it personally.

19. Dealing with beggars is par for the course in Nepal. Adjust to the pathos quickly – few beggars are bona fide and helping those that are will only encourage those that aren’t. Do not give away medicines either; instead donate them to the destitute at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital, or at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kathmandu.

20. The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and reuse the ones you have, buy additional food from local markets to avoid packaging, take an empty plastic bag with you on treks, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.

21. Marijuana and other ‘recreational’ drugs are widely available in Nepal although totally illegal. If caught in possession, drugs carry huge fines and up to 20 years imprisonment.

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