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EVEREST BASECAMP

The trek through the Kumbu valley to Mt Everest base camp is truly one of the most spectacular and dramatic treks in the world. Many people dream of trekking in the Himalayas and for some the experience changes their lives and for everyone the memory remains with them forever.

 

This Trek is unique as it is hosted by Air New Zealand pilot Mike Allsop, one of a small group of New Zealand adventurers to have successfully summited Mt Everest. Mike, along with some of his sherpa friends who have summited Everest numerous times, will be your guides giving you a unique insight into climbing Everest, Sherpa life, culture and the picturesque Himalayan Mountains.

The Trek

Team members will arrive in Kathmandu, be met by one of our drivers and then taken to Hotel Manaslu - a friendly Nepalese style hotel. Here we will have a team meeting and briefing on the trip, then it’s off to town to purchase or collect rental gear.

There will be a team dinner and a few drinks. The next day involves more exploring around Kathmandu but also serves as weather day just in case anyone is delayed with flights. All of your “city clothes” can be left at the Hotel when we depart for the mountains so be sure to bring a spare bag.

The next morning we fly into the village of Lukla (9000ft), and land at the most dangerous airport in the world (very exciting!). Here we meet our Sherpa guides.
We start the trek from Lukla - it pays to take it nice and easy to let your body get used to the altitude. We will stop for some morning tea at a local tea house then continue trekking to Phakding where we will stop for lunch. Then it is about another two hours to Monjo where we will stay the night.

Throughout our journey we will be staying in Sherpa style tea house lodges, the accommodation is twin share and most lodges have a communal bathroom.

The next day we cross into the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park and we trek along side the Dudh Koshi River to the Namche hill - almost 2000ft of winding steep track into Namche Bazaar. This part we take nice and slow and always follow the rule “never stand between a Yak and a sheer drop off”.

We will stay in Namche Bazaar for two nights to rest and adjust to the altitude of 11,300 feet. Namche is the largest Sherpa village of the Khumbu valley; it is a trading post and has a large bustling market on Saturdays for the locals. There are plenty of gear and souvenir shops, Internet cafes and great local bakeries. We will be staying at Namaste Lodge owned by Palden Sherpa and his family. On the second day we will do a day trek over the hill to the village of Khumjung where Sir Edmund built his first school.
The next stage of our trek takes us to Tengboche where we will visit the Tengboche Monastery before descending into the beautiful Rhododendron forest to have our lunch at Deboche.

After a long lunch it is a short 1-hour trek to Pangboche where we will stay for one night. Here we will try and arrange a very special blessing from Lama Gershi before setting off for our next stop at Pheriche (14,010ft).

This part of the trek is fairly flat and will only take a few hours, once at Pheriche we will stay for two nights to help us acclimatise to the altitude. In Pheriche there are full time doctors at the Himalayan rescue association. If any one has any minor issues we treat these here before trekking higher. After a good rest we will set off up the valley past Dughla to Thokla pass, this is where there are many tombstones for the people who have died on Mt Everest. It is a very sobering place. 

Now the Kumbu Glacier starts as we trek to the village of Lobuche for one night, the next day it is up to the last village of Gorak Shep, here we will stay for two nights. Depending on the weather we will have lunch and then set off to climb Kala Patthar (18,300ft), this normally takes a few hours. From the top you get spectacular views of the sun rising over Mt Everest and the surrounding Himalayan mountains.

The next morning we set off to base camp and visit an actual climbers base camp where we will have lunch. Following lunch we will explore around base camp, avoiding other camps and walk up to the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. Here you will
find the remains of very old expeditions and see for yourself how dangerous the icefall is. The view is truly incredible; once you see Mt Everest with your own eyes it will stay with you forever. If there is space available we will stay overnight at base camp, otherwise we will spend a second night at Gorak Shep. The next morning we head down the valley staying one night in Pangboche, Namche, and then fly out of Lukla for Kathmandu. 

In Kathmandu we will go out for a celebration meal at a local restaurant and party the night away.


Itinerary  24th Oct - 9th Nov 2016

24th Oct: Arrive Kathmandu
25th : Kathmandu
26th : Monjo
27th : Namche
28th : Namche
29th : Pangboche
30th : Pheriche
31st : Pheriche
1st  : Lobuche
2nd : Gorak Shep
3rd:  Gorak Shep*
(base camp lunch/visit)
4th : Pangboche
5th : Namche
6th : Lukla
7th : Weather day (Kathmandu)*
8th : Kathmandu
9th : Kathmandu KTM- SIN

*We include one weather day to allow for contingencies as well as the extra days in Kathmandu that can be used at a pinch, to achieve our goals.
* Depending on space availability we will camp one night at Everest base camp.

Expedition fee

The expedition fee is $2990 USD inclusive.
This includes.
• All airport transfers
• Trekking fees and permits
• Guide and porter wages and costs
• 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu Twin share
• Breakfasts in Kathmandu
• Domestic flights Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
• All meals during the Trek (Breakfast/ lunch/ Dinners)
• Accommodation during the trek Twin share
• Celebration meal at the end of the Trek.

Not Included

• Air Travel to and from Nepal
• Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu (except celebration meal)
• Bottled water and alcohol during trek
• Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, extra food, batteries, showers at lodges)
• Entry visas to Nepal, travel insurances,
• Any rescue costs or early departure costs
• Gratuities/tips (Approx $100USD per person)

How to join the Everest Base Camp Adventure Tour

Contact mike at mike@mikeallsop.co.nz for bank account details.
Complete an application form, which will be emailed to you.
Deposit: $500 USD to secure your position.
Balance : $2490 USD payable by 25th August 2016

Medical, Travel Insurances, Documentation

- It is strongly recommended that you get a medical check up prior to booking your trip.
- All clients must present evidence of medical advise and vaccinations received from a
travel Doctor ( I recommend WorldWise Travellers health in Newmarket Auckland ).
- A good level of fitness is required, some days we will be trekking for up to six hours
- Prior to departure clients must present a copy of their travel insurance that covers but not
limited to helicopter evacuation from high altitude.
- Strongly recommended that clients take out cancellation insurance (see terms and conditions).
- Expedition members must provide 3 passport sized photographs and a copy of their passports 3 months prior to departure. These are for permits etc.
- Prior to departure all expedition members must complete an application form, and sign a
waiver.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

- The $500 deposit is non refundable
- Cancellation 60 days prior to departure date occurs 50% cancellation fee.
- Cancellation 30 days prior to departure date occurs 100% cancellation fee.
- Minimum number for the tour to commence is 10 people, maximum is 15 people.