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Mount Everest!

The highest mountain on Planet Earth is at an elevation of 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) above sea level. My love for climbing mountains started in my very early years in the Hills of Sahyadris and over the years done bits and bobs here and there to satisfy my urge to climb just one more. Climbing a mountain however small or big, however easy or difficult is absolutely your own decision: it is a challenge for some and a passion with many. You may struggle along the route, face challenges thrown to you by nature, and your own fit body may give up many a times to remind you that you are not Tarzan! But when you finally reach an impossible summit it is in a way proof that your brain has a distinct power to manipulate your body’s physiology and it is ultimately mind over matter!

Climbing a mountain with professionals who have been there done that is a life critical choice. MyPeople, we have an alliance with the most professional mountaineers and guides who are renowned and certified high altitude climbers and doctors, and you will only know and realise their expertise and your potential to reach upto the Base Camp of Mount Everest at an elevation of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) above sea level, when you start and finish your expedition safely with these champions with over 30 years of mountaineering experience.

I humbly present to you Everest Base Camp MyPeople!

HIGHLIGHTS

Everest Base Camp in Nepal – walk in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary

Trek through high altitude mountain passes and glaciers

Experience local Sherpa culture of Sherpa Norgay Tenzing

Visit scenic Buddhist Monasteries along the way

Spectacular views of the Himalayan Mountain Ranges

View many high peaks above 8000 meters or more altitude

  • Minimum 20 People
  • March – May or Sept – Nov
  • Kathmandu
  • 14 nights / 15 days
  • Medium to High
  • Approx 130 Km both ways
  • 5,545meters / 18,192 feet
  • 200 to 400 meters maximum
  • Above 12 and below 80
  • Average to High
    • Summer: Between -5 and -15 Celsius
    • Winter: Between -10 and -25 Celcius
    • Summer: Between 0 and 20 Celsius
    • Winter: Between 5 to -10 Celsius

SMALL LIST OF THINGS TO CARRY

  • Trekking Bag
  • Best Quality Hiking Shoes – Preferably Water Proof
  • Crocs Shoes / Sandals
  • Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Thermals – Top and Bottom
  • Water Disinfectant Drugs
  • Moisturizer
  • UV Protected Sun Glasses
  • Trekking Poles
  • Good Jacket to protect from Cold
  • Windcheater
  • Poncho for Rain
  • 1 Quick Drying Towel
  • Sunblock (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sunblock
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wet Tissue Paper / Baby Wipes
  • Headlamp, Torch with Spare Batteries
  • Gloves
  • Trekking Socks
  • Gaiters for Winter Hiking
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Dry Fruits and Chocolates

JOURNEY PLAN

Day 1. Arrive at Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu MyPeople ! Our representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your Hotel. As soon as you freshen up you will have your first briefing today afternoon and your permits will be issued. Today evening lets go to Thamel Street or Darbar Street to do your last minute shopping to these popular streets which have lots of restaurants, casinos and plenty of shops to buy or rent trekking gears and accessories.

Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800 meters / 9,184 feet)

Distance: 8 Km
Time: 3 to 4 Hours

After breakfast MyPeople we have a domestic flight of 35 minutes from Tribhuvan Airport, Kathmandu to Lukla. The aeroplane is a small one which takes you over the breath taking Himalaya Mountains and tiny Nepali Villages atop the mountain ranges.

Once you arrive in Lukla, our Trek Guide will be ready and waiting to receive you. After a short walk around Lukla we will start our trek towards Phakding.

MyPeople today is a simple walk which takes us up and down a few hills, past a few villages, and we will enjoy superb views of Mount Kusum-Kangru before we cross one of the first suspension bridges across Dudh-Koshi river on our way to Phakding village. Our overnight halt is at a nice cosy hotel or mountain lodge.

Put away all penknives, knives, sharp equipment like ice axes, lighters, matchboxes, liquids in your check-in bags to clear Airport Security without delay

Altitude Scaled : 788 meters / 2,585 feet

Distance: 10 to 12 Kms
Time: 5 to 6 Hours

Today after a nice breakfast we will begin our trek towards Namche Bazaar. We will be walking through mountain passes surrounded by greenery all around. Our day today has pleasant short uphill and downhill walks side-by-side Dudh-Koshi and BhoteKoshi Rivers over short and long suspension bridges. Magnificent views of Mount Thermasharkhu will stun us from Benkar village. MyPeople the area is congested with lots of trekkers and porters and we will join all of them heading towards Monjo Village for our lunch break.

Our climb gets a bit strenuous Monjo onwards on an inclining trail amidst thick green forests. You will pass by villages with water mills which are used for grinding barley and corn: staple diet of the Sherpas! Once you enter Sagarmatha National Park you are officially inside the climbing perimeter for Mount Everest ! Your Trekking Permits will be checked and cleared here and now MyPeople your names will go into the Record Register as Trekkers headed towards Everest !! You will reach Namche Bazar soon and we will check into our Hotel or Mountain Lodge for dinner a good night’s rest. Enjoy your evening amidst serene calm as you take in your first glimpse of Mighty Mount Everest.

Short Hiking

To tune your body to higher altitude you need to acclimatize MyPeople. A day spent in Namche Bazar is a way to get used to being up at 3,440 meters / 11,283 feet above sea level, and preparing for scaling another 2,105 meters / 6,909 feet.

You could explore Namche Bazar on your rest, recuperation and acclimatization day. This is a busy village with lots of coffee shops, bars, restaurants and more mountain gear shops. You can walk towards the Headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park towards Namche Museum or Namche Monastery during your free time : they are only a 20 minute short hike away.

Enjoy and be awed by the magnificent views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse Mount Kwangde and its sister Peaks. Exchange stories and warm up to the camp fires where Sherpas sing local folklore music and talk about the history of the Himalayas, great mountain expeditions, their culture and share their experiences on various other information about local life, flora and fauna of this Kumbha region of Nepal

Altitude Scaled – 430 meters / 1,401 feet

Distance: 10 to 12 Kms
Time: 5 to 6 hours

Rise and Shine MyPeople! Let’s go onwards and forward! After a hearty breakfast we start the first half of our day with fairly easy and simple walking. Within 20 minutes or so we would be at the top of Namche Bazar, and after another 2 hours or so we would be arriving at Shanasa. The flora and fauna of this area is amazing and you may spot the colourful Danphe Pheasant, the National Bird of Nepal. Spot many a Yaks, a musk deer or two or three or the Himalayan Mountain Goats called Thar – they look like antelopes!

Start descending slowly to reach Imjatse River and Phungitenga at an altitude of 3,250 meters. From here our walk becomes a bit strenuous for about another hour or so, before we reach the Buddhist Monastery which lies just outside the village of Tengboche

Sip some hot mountain tea and unwind for the rest of the evening in your cosy Tea House.

Altitude Scaled – 530 meters / 1,751 feet

Distance: 10 to 11 Kms
Time: 6 to 7 hours

Okay so we are at 4,400 meters / 14,435 feet above sea level! MyPeople lets go! Today are starting our day to trek towards Pangboche Village. Walk through magical forest paths with juniper, birch and fir trees, and wild and colourful rhododendron trees are in abundance to greet you along the way. After clearing the forest near Deboche village at 3,650 meters, you will see outstanding views of Mount AmaDablam, Mount Everest, Mount Nuptse and Mount Lhotse. We will trek onwards to Pangboche Village and stop for lunch.

After refreshing our senses we will trek onwards towards Pheriche Village and proceed to Imja Valley. Gurgling alongside side we see the Lobuche River where we start a steep ascent until we reach a huge mani-wall gate. Here onwards to Dingboche there are two paths and we are taking the picturesque route via Pangboche. Our evening halt is in Dingboche a quaint Village with stone walls around agricultural fields protecting them from cold winds and grazing animals.

Short Hiking

We have one more day today to adjust our bodies and acclimatize to high altitude. Enjoy the greenery and fields all around Dingboche village. Buckwheat, barley, and even potatoes are grown at this altitude.

Feel free to keep up with the walking pace and take either a small hike in the midst of Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu and Mount Cho Yu. Or relax and have a cuppa chai or venture out for a short hike of 3 to 4 hours towards Chukung at 4,730 meters. Chukung is towards the east within the Imjatse Valley. Though the trek is gradual you will feel it a bit strenuous as the oxygen in the atmosphere from this point onwards is less and you are in ‘thin’ air. Lots of Tea Houses around Chukung for you to sit around and take in the stunning views before heading back to Dingboche Village for the rest of the evening.

Altitude Scaled – 500 meters / 1,641 feet

Distance: 11 to 12 Kms
Time: 6 to 7 hours

Today our day starts gradually as we start trekking northwards on an easy path for an hour or so towards Dughla (4600meters). We will reach the Mani-Prayer Stupa and from here onwards the trail is slightly downwards towards Lobuche (4940m). Huge streams and mountain peaks including Mount Pumori (7,138meters), Mount Nuptse, Mount Cholatse and Mount Thamserku are around to greet you on the way.

MyPeople our trail towards Pheriche Village continues downwards, and when we pass by the Khumbu Glacier we will see the highest peaks such as Mount Khumbutse, Mount Lingtren, Mount Pumori and Mount Mahalangur. We will cross over the river of Khumbu Glacier on small wooden bridge and arrive at Thungla, where we can stop for a cuppa chai before we start our 3 hour strenuous walk towards Lobuche. Let’s unwind a bit and settle in for a good night’s rest in our cosy Guest House tonight as tomorrow is the day we have all been looking forward to – our day for Everest Base Camp!

Lobuche (4,900 meters) to Gorakshep (5,180 meters / 16,994 feet)

Gorakshep (5,180 meters / 16,994 feet) to Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters / 17,598 feet)

Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters / 17,598 feet) to Gorakshep (5,180 meters / 16,994 feet)

Altitude Scaled – 464 meters / 1,522 feet

Distance: 14 to 15 Kms
Time: 7 to 8 hours

MyPeople excitement and apprehension in the air today! This day is what we have trained for so long and trekked so far. We are so close to our final goal – Everest Base Camp here we come to pay our respect to you the Magnificent Mighty Mount Everest. Into Thin Air we start our adventurous journey and trek today over an absolute Glacier route towards Gorakshep (5,180m / 16,994 feet)

Our first hour or so is a mild trek upto the valley into grassy fields. A few more minutes and we will be near the rocky moraine dunes. We will from here clearly see icy-glacial ponds and icebergs which lie below the Khumbu Glacier. MyPeople this is the closest you will feel to Paradise on Planet Earth in the midst of Glaciers and Mighty Mountains you feel so very tiny and small and humbled to the Grace of our Creator who has made all this unparalleled beauty for us to experience and cherish – it is the best trekking experience ever today.

Our journey from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp is likely to be a moderate trek. Trekking at high altitude can be very misleading and all your senses must be focussed on the instructions given by your Lead Sherpa. Follow him absolutely as the paths through fields of snow and ice change every single season due to avalanches and glacial movements. You will see Mount Everest on the way but you will have a restricted view of it from the Base Camp.

Yes we have reached! After around 7 hours of walking we are at Everest Base Camp at altitude 5,364 meters / 17,598 feet. MyPeople it is rather an emotional and soul stirring moment for many as it is at this point that you realise it is mind over matter! Your brain pushed your body to challenge its limits and you have made it! After we have had our hearts fill up in the clouds with like minded Mountaineers we start our descent towards Gorakshep to rest our mind and body and dream of one day coming back here to climb Mount Everest not just upto Base Camp !!

Gorakshep (5,180 meters / 16,994 feet) to Kala Patthar (5,645 meters / 18,520 feet)

Kala Patthar (5,645 meters / 18,520 feet) to Lobuche (4,900 meters / 16,076 feet)

Altitude Scaled – 465 meters / 1,525 feet

Distance: 14 to 15 Kms
Time: 7 to 8 hours

MyPeople your day today is going to be a test of your perseverance! The walk is most strenuous for 2 to 3 hours to higher altitude towards Kala Patthar. Nonetheless today is the day you will be rewarded by the best of the best unrestricted and unparalleled view of the one and only Mighty Mount Everest. Kala Patthar is the only place on Planet Earth from where can see almost all the high peak mountains of the Himalayan Ranges.

We will be on our retreat hike after we leave from Kala Patthar. It is all downhill descent from now on and the trek becomes very easy this point onwards. Please mind your steps as the decline path is sometimes steeper than you imagine. After 3 to 4 hours we will reach Lobuche where we will rest for the night.

Lobuche (4,900 meters / 16,076 feet) to Tengboche(3,870 meters / 12,684 feet)

Distance: 14 to 15 Kms
Time: 7 to 8 hours

On our retreat path we will pass via Pheriche Village to reach Tengboche. Your difficult trek paths are over now and you can really enjoy pleasant and easy descending walks. You do need to take care of your knees as declines are always a high impact on them and more tiresome than uphill climbing. We will be descending to lower altitudes after trekking for about 6 to 7 hours and we will halt for a night at Tengboche

Tengboche(3,870 meters / 12,696 feet) to Monjo (2,835 meters / 9,301 feet)

Good Morning MyPeople! Wake up to lovely weather and after breakfast we move onwards slowly headed towards Monjo. Great photographic memories to capture – still a few more to shoot. Beautiful forests, distant mountains, gorgeous waterfalls, and with a song in your heart and a smile on your lips you simply give yourself up to Mother Nature and enjoy all that passes you by. After a simple easy walk of around 6 to 7 hours we reach Monjo and stay overnight.

Monjo(2,835 meters / 9,301 feet) to Lukla (2,800 meters / 9,186 feet)

We start our day today passing by Hillary Suspension Bridge and pass through several small mountain villages before we reach Lukla. Absolutely an easy day today to reflect upon your achievements and enjoy the calm and serene beauty around you. At Lukla we will arrive at our Tea House and as per tradition we will sit around camp fires and party with our Team and Trekking Crew. Thanks giving round of speeches for the great teamwork and perseverance skills that has helped MyPeople to make it against all odds! You have accomplished a physical feat which others can only dream of! Kudos to you and our Crew! Your last night on the mountain can be bittersweet as you so want to stay back here forever but go you must!

We bid Adieu to our Trekking Crew and proceed to the Airport for our flight to back to Kathmandu. Enjoy your evening in Kathmandu. Return all the equipment you may have hired and spend the last evening partying with your new found friends. Exchange your emails and phone numbers and plan your next Expedition!

After breakfast we will transfer you to Kathmandu Airport by 0900 am. Goodbye MyPeople ! See you all soon – Everest Mountain awaits you in all its glory !

Fitness Level Required

Climbing at and above 7,000 meters is inherently dangerous, and not the place to be learning mountaineering and camping skills.

MyPeople strongly recommends that you try this only after you summit a couple of 4,000 meters plus peaks to make this a safe, enjoyable and successful experience for you.

Please remember this is an expedition to the Everest Base Camp and not climbing Mount Everest. One should walk / trek as per the speed / pace you are comfortable with. The trekking route is indeed challenging and one should be convinced that he/she is going to take this challenge and complete the trek. More often than not, it will be our mental ability more than the physical capability or fitness level which will take us forward.

MyPeople advises you to start walking regularly for as long as possible for a minimum of 6 months before taking this challenge. If possible go for small hikes and treks before attempting EBC. Increase your walking distance daily for at least 30 days before your start date. Do not do any weight lifting activities at least 10 days prior to trekking as you may injure yourself. Cardio, Stretching and Walking on Tread Mills in Incline mode for longer durations will help. The reason we advise you to stop weightlifting as that has chances of muscle stiffing or muscle injuries and generally it takes a week or 10 days to get back to normal.

It is not possible or wise to reduce this itinerary or modify it in any way as we expect you to trust our experience when we recommend that the existing itinerary is the best for all experienced as well as for not so sturdy mountaineers. However, if you have some emergency a helicopter can be organized at extra cost to drop you at Kathmandu.

Our prices are inclusive of porters and we will not compromise on this ‘life support’ system for MyPeople. Our porters not only help to carry our luggage but they are our most trusted friends when it comes to our safety in the mountains. They are gurus in knowing and predicting the weather and ever changing route conditions, as well as knowing whom to approach and where to go for immediate medical help if any is required. If we are confronted with any emergency then it is the porters who are our biggest asset and single point of contact for immediate help. Throughout the trek, the porters walk all along with us and ensure we do not go towards edges or fall into ridges and all the time ensure our safety. Moreover, the porters are the locals of this region and they have no other source of income and their livelihood is dependent on this profession alone. At the end of the trekking expedition you realise that your porter was your friend philosopher and guide who actually was solely responsible for your safety and success.

8 year and above if accompanied by parents.

12 years and above if coming independently with written parental consent

No Upper Age Limit

Accommodations are with basic facilities and are comfortable to stay for the night. They have well maintained beds and bathrooms. These Tea Houses or Lodges will also provide our food if included with your package or at an extra cost, and in this region the understanding is where we stay is where we will eat as well. Independently arranging for hot food meals is extremely expensive whilst in the Mountains and will cost you no less than INR 20,000 or more per person if you decide to manage your own meals

Medical Centers to handle minor injuries and health issues exist throughout our route. Major injuries and health issues can be managed at the nearest Hospital located in Lukla. State of the art facilities are available at Hospitals in Kathmandu. Our package does not provide cost of rescue or evacuation due to medical issues or emergencies. These rescue and evacuation operations even by Helicopters can be arranged at an additional charge.

You will arrange for your own Insurance. You must ensure that your insurance provider is aware that you are going to be in Nepal for the EBC Expedition, and check if they cover helicopter rescue and cashless facilities

We do not have health guidelines and you must check with your doctor beforehand if you have any medical conditions and are fit to climb at high altitude.

March last week to May last week is the best time to visit Everest Base Camp. You will see the best of flora and fauna during this period. The weather is also very good, and visibility in this area is very high. September last week to November last week is also a good time to visit the Everest Base Camp. Weather conditions and visibility are also favourable at this time

You can choose a longer 19 days trek if you choose to see and cross two big mountain passes Renjo La Pass(5360 meter) and Cho La Pass (5,420 meters). Also you can see the Gokyo lakes and hike to GokyoRi for an excellent view of Mount Everest.

We advise you to have an external power-bank and bring it fully charged from Kathmandu. Along the route you will have charging facilities for an additional fees ranging between 300 NPR to 500 NPR.

Mobile connectivity is available in most zones but not all. Internet will be available for a phenomenal additional charge ranging from 20 NPR to 40NPR per minute.

Lukla Airport is a small table top airport with a very short run way and can be scary for landing and taking offs on its short strip. So only small air-crafts (Dornier Do 228) are allowed there as they can better negotiate the shorter run way path. Flying in these region is dangerous when weather guidelines are not followed by the airlines. In fact flying to Lukla will give you a wonderful aerial view of the Himalayas. Yeti Airlines do follow the safety procedure and MyPeople will only book and buy tickets from premier Nepal Government listed airlines.

You can buy bottled water in this region but these bottles are frightfully expensive and not always available. Are you going to be Responsible Trekkers and carry your used plastic bottles back to base? Many trekkers consume bottled water and dump plastics which harm this Paradise and MyPeople we are a lot sensitive to this irresponsible behaviour. So we strongly recommend and encourage you to use running stream water and purify it with tablets. We think this is a very small way of helping Mother Nature and we humbly request you to follow suit happily and contribute your mite towards saving this area for future generations also. However, we leave it to your choice.

Weather conditions can turn anytime in the Mountains and if we face any delay due to weather we will have to stay put and trek further once weather clears. We will complete the entire trekking expedition as planned. However please be aware there may be extensions on the number of days if we face any bad weather.

If you are motivated and have prepared to conquer EBC and feel the ultimate power of mind over matter Yes You Can! If you can walk for long stretches despite your body weight you should come for this. Yes it is more challenging if you have excess body mass but you are free to walk according to your pace and our porter will be there with you throughout even if all other trekkers have reached the destination.

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