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Small Group Explorations:

A Visit Beyond Small Group Exploration normally has no more than 2-5 people. It is not a
group tour in a big tour bus and expect therefore that you might only be 2 on the tour. And
being few, you can go places less travelled. Small group explorations bring you closer to
local life, increase flexibility and take you beyond the ordinary.

Shared Group Experiences:

A Shared Groups Experience normally has more than 2 participants in the group, but expect up
to at least 12. Most likely, you will therefore share your experience with others. Most
shared group experiences have fixed departure days so please check the booking calendar to
reserve your preferred day.
 

Everest Base Camp Trek 13 Days

Trekking through the enchanting Sherpahigh country and unspoilt Buddhist monasteries to Everest Base Camp and the amazing Khumbu Glacier. There is an opportunity to climb Kala Pathar, a 5554m-high peak on the way to the Everest Base Camp, which is the superb vantage point for magnificent views of the southwest face of Mt Everest and surrounding Himalayan Mountains. The trail along the Khumbu Glacier is taken to the foot of the Everest and gives an amazing perspective on the Khumbu Icefall.

Description
Trip length:
13 Day(s) 12 Night(s)
Unique Experience:
● Put your feet in the base camp of world highest moutain
● Get to walking into the thin air
● Experience the local Sherpa Culture
● Stunning Mountain scenery of over 8000 meter mountain
● Beauty of Himalayan monasteries
Locations Visited:
● Everest Base Camp
● Namche Bazaar
● Gorak Shep
● Tengboche Monastery
● Monjo
Start City:
Kathmandu
End City:
Kathmandu
Physical rate:
Type of transportation:
Flight,walking
Type of Accommodation:
Local Tea-House Stay with Shared Bathroom
Tour departure day(s):
Every day
Participants:
Small Group Exploration
Minimum 1* and maximum 8 participants
*Note that it is possible to book 1 person, but price is higher and we cannot guarantee more participants on the tour.
Children Policy:
Child age: Same rate as adults
This tour is not recommended for: Children below 12 years old considering heights and strengths of the trek
Included in Price:
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners
Accommodation: 12 nights in tea house/lodge
Entrance fees: Trekking permits
Transport: Transfers to/from the airport
Domestic flight and airport tax to Lukla and back to Kathmandu
English speaking tour guide: Trekking guide (English speaking), porter (s) and their accommodation, equipment, foods and insurance
Excluded From Price:
● Client's personal expenses (such as laundry, phone calls, cigarettes, bar bills/soft/Hot drinks /mineral water, extra snacks on the way etc).
● Hot showers and attached bathrooms; should these be available in the teahouses and should the lodge owner charges extra for these.
● Clients personal items such as medications, clothing and equipment (sleeping bag and down jacket could be hired in Kathmandu).
● Comprehensive travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation from remote mountain locations as well as the standard cover like trip cancellation, lost baggage etc.
● Any unforeseen expenses due to delays or diversions due to events outside the operators control, for example landslides or strikes.
All other expenses not stated as included in the above
Travel season:
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. You are heading into the worlds highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!
Essential to bring:
● Warm sweater
● Jackets
● Trousers
● Sunscreen
● Good Trekking boots

Day 1: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding
Early in the morning you head to the airport for your flight to Lukla. This is an approximately 45 minutes flight with incredible mountain views north to the Himalayan Range. After meeting the crew in Lukla, you head up the Dudh Koshi River Valley on a well-marked trail to Phakding.
Trekking time: approx. 4 hours
Heights: Kathmandu 1350m, Lukla 2840m, Phakding 2600m
Overnight in tea house

Day 2: Phakding - Namche Bazaar
This morning you continue north following the Dudh Koshi river and on to Jorsale where you enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here it is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the ImjaDrangpa (ImjaKhola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (BhoteKosi) where you cross once more on a suspension bridge. This is followed by a steep climb (for about 2hrs) up to Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market.
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Heights: Namche Bazaar 3440m
Overnight in tea house

Day 3: Rest day
Today is for letting your bodies rest and acclimatise. If you are feeling good you could go for an acclimatisation walk, or explore the village. Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. Options for acclimatisation walks include a visit to Khunde Hospital, or the one hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above Namche for the view of AmaDablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest, with many more in the mix as well.

Day 4: Namche - Tyangboche
From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the river and, as you go, you get great views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and AmaDablam. After dropping down steeply to the river at PhunkiTenga and having lunch, you have a long steep climb up through beautiful forest to tonight's lodge. Tyangboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu and you will stay near this monastery with Everest, Lhotse and AmaDablam in full view.
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Heights: Tyangboche 3860m
Overnight in tea house

Day 5: Tyangboche - Dingboche
After breakfast you head on up the trail to Dingboche. You firstdescend through stunning forest to Deboche and then cross the river and have a short climb to Pangboche which is a good lunch spot. On this side of the river stunning Ama Dablam is prominent and a stunning distraction from the trail as you continue up to Dingboche for the night.
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Heights: Dingboche 4300m
Overnight in tea house.

Day 6: Rest day
Today is for letting your bodies rest and acclimatise. If you are feeling good you could go for an acclimatisation walk up the valley for a wider variety of photos of the valley and mountains of the Khumbu region.

Day 7: Dingboche - Lobuche
Todayyou head up a widevalleybeneath the impressivepeaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. You 'turn right' and climb more steeplytowards the foot of the KhumbuGlacier, passingmanystonecairns, built as memorials to the manySherpaswho have died helping peopleclimbMt Everest. The paththenclimbsgentlyalong the glacier to reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Heights: Lobuche 4930.
Overnight in tea house

Day 8: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep and back to Gorakhsep
Today you will walk 3 hours to Gorakshep along Khumbu Glacier and lunch and after lunch continue walk to Everest Base Camp. The walk to base camp and back would require about 5-6 hours, following the Khumbu glacier, sometimes on moraine and sometimes on the glacier itself. On reaching the base camp, please respect the space of the expeditions based there, but enjoy this crowning moment, before returning down the long trail back to Gorak Shep.
Trekking time: approx. 9 hours
Heights: GorakShep 5170m, Everest Base Camp 5350m
Overnight in tea house

Day 9: GorakShep - Kalapattar - Pheriche
This morning you get up early to start the climb up to one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar 5554 m enjoying the sunrise over the mountains and the amazing views of Everest and the surrounding mountains you trek back to GorakShep. After breakfast you will walk downhill most of the way, as you retrace our steps to Duglha and then descend into Pheriche.
Trekking time: 8 hours
Heights: Kala Pattar 5550m; GorakShep 5170m
Overnight in tea house

Day 10: Pheriche - Phortse
Today you rejoin the ImjaKhola which you followed on the way up. Continuing along the river you return through Pangboche to gradual walk to Phortse.
Trekking time: approx. 5 hours
Heights: Phortse 3860m
Overnight in tea house

Day 11: Phortse - Namche Bazaar
From Phortse you descend to the bridge over the DudhKosi and from there you will steeply ascend to Mongla, after the descend and gradual walk back to Namche.
Trekking time: approx. 5 hours
Heights: Namche bazaar 3440m
Overnight in tea house

Day 12: Namche Bazaar - Lukla
From Namche Bazaar you will be amazed at how easy that steep trail is to go down (as opposed to the hard slog you had as you came up) as you descend back down to the village of Jorsale. Passing the villages of Phakding and Choplung, you the trail that cuts up to the airstrip at Lukla.
Trekking time: approx. 7 hours
Heights: Lukla 2840m
Overnight in tea house

Day 13: Lukla - Kathmandu
This morning you get up early to catch the morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla.

Index of notes:

Emergency Contact - Emergency Funds - Additional Expenditures - Tipping - Weather and Unpredictables - Meals - Group Leaders and Guides - Arrival - What to bring - Checklist - Visas - Laundry - Share Your Trip - Respectful Dress - Money, Dough, Loot & Booty - Departure Tax - Communications - Expect the Unexpected - Health & Fitness - Travel Insurance - Your Travel Buddies - Responsible Travel - The law and "the man"

Emergency Contact

In the event of a genuine crisis or emergency, Visit Beyond’s Nepal Office can be reached on Tel: +977 1 4700563 or 977-9851039480 (Hari Dharel). For further contact details please use the following page: http://www.visitbeyond.com/top-menu/contact-us

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Emergency Funds

We advise that you keep 20000 Nepalese Rupees for unforeseen incidents and circumstances beyond our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest, etc.)

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Additional Expenditures

Take into account your personal spending habits when deciding how much money to bring. How much will you drink and party? How many souvenirs to you intend to bring? How many gifts? Remember to include tips in your calculations.

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Tipping

Visit Beyond employs local guides who greatly appreciate recognition of services rendered. Tipping about NPR 200 per day (if you are happy with the service) is appropriate, but not compulsory. We suggest NPR 100 per day for porters (if applicable). For drivers who render services for several days in a row, 100 NPR per day is appropriate. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Restaurants and hotels often levy a 10% service charge on the bill. If there is no 10% extra on the bill then a small tip is normal.

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Weather and Unpredictables

Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to arctic cold. During the spring and autumn trekking seasons, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times.

Some trekkers who have encountered an easy day at altitude may spread the word that boots and warm clothing are not required. This is incorrect. Sudden storms occur at any time, dumping snow on the passes without warning. At that point anyone poorly equipped will not be able to proceed and may even be stranded for a number of days, risking their life and the lives of others. You are heading into the world’s highest mountain range. Take that fact seriously and be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!

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Meals

As every meal is provided, Visit Beyond gives you the opportunity to try authentic Nepalese food. You will enjoy the variety of food the cook prepares!

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Group Leaders and Guides

Visit Beyond will often provide experienced, local, English-speaking guides who know the destination and region well. Kindly note that it is sometimes necessary to change the guide at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances. Your guide is there for you. He will offer recommendations, history, useful phrases and more. We encourage you to ask questions. At Visit Beyond, we aim to support local guides who have specialized knowledge of the regions we visit.

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Arrival

If you have booked an arrival package then you can expect a Visit Beyond representative waiting for you with your name on a signboard at the Kathmandu airport. If you cannot find your agent at the airport, please call Visit Beyond office in Nepal, +977 1 4700563 or take a cab to the Visit Beyond office or your hotel in Thamel. We will refund the transportation charge. Visit Beyond does not offer refunds for missed transfers due to a change in flight or delays.

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What to bring

Pack according to the tour you have chosen. If you’re going trekking, bring appropriate shoes; if you’re going diving, bring your suit, etc. Visit Beyond encourages you to pack only necessities. Although there are some tours and trips in which you can leave your luggage behind for a day’s excursion, we generally require you to carry your own gear. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to pack using a backpack with straps and back support in addition to a smaller daypack. We strongly discourage traditional luggage!

Responsible travel (see below) dictates that we respect local cultures. Bring a camera and take pictures and video, but never intrude on people’s lives.

See our checklist below for more specifics.

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Checklist

This checklist is intended as a reference guide; it is not a complete packing list. Always keep in mind weight restrictions according to your airline of choice.

Travel documents: Passport and visas, travel insurance documents, tickets, Visit Beyond vouchers (if any).

Money: Cash, credit card, money pouch.

Day pack: First-aid kit, medication/prescriptions (consider carrying a doctor’s letter if you require a large amount of medication), sunscreen, refillable water bottle and purification tablets, flashlight, insect repellent, hat and sunglasses, traveler’s diarrhea tablets, prescription glasses, contact lenses and solution, phrasebook.

Large pack: Alarm clock, international outlet adapter, swimsuit, lightweight towel, earplugs and eye mask, comfortable walking shoes, raincoat, umbrella, waterproof jacket, outdoor sandals with good grip, waterproof bags for the rainy season, appropriate clothes for temples and religious sites. And, of course, your camera, film or memory cards and spare batteries!

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Visas

Please note it is your responsibility to arrange visas before you travel. Your travel agent can assist you. The following are the visa requirements at the time of printing: All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport. If you are obtaining your visa at the airport then be prepared for long queues. You will need to provide one passport photo and the following fees in US dollars cash only: single entry visa valid for 15 days - US $25: Single Entry Visa for 30 days - US $40 and multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $100

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Laundry

Some hotels offer laundry services for an additional charge. You can find additional laundry services in all major cities. If you choose to do your own laundry, kindly use non-polluting and biodegradable soap

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Share Your Trip

Go on, show off a little! Share your pictures on our Facebook page. We occasionally hold contests for those who provide the best shots, so stay on the lookout and you could win a free trip!

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Respectful Dress

Remember that styles of dress are generally conservative throughout Asia. This is especially true outside of major cities. Visit Beyond therefore strongly recommends modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. Avoid tank tops on the beach and never sunbathe topless. Men and women alike are often required to wear pants the cover the legs in temples and religious sites.

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Money, Dough, Loot & Booty

We recommend withdrawing money from ATMs, which are widely available throughout Nepal. This has the advantage of keeping your money safe in the bank; not vulnerable in your back pocket. Remember to bring your bank’s emergency contact details in the event that your card is stolen. In addition, notify your bank of your travels before you depart, as banks often place a temporary hold on cards due to transactions in foreign countries or other suspicious activities.

Visit Beyond does not recommend traveler’s cheques. Exchanging them can be a lengthy process and can pose difficulties due to banking hours and holidays. In addition to a commission, unfavorable exchange rates often apply to traveler’s cheques. If you insist on bringing traveler’s cheques then purchase them with a major brand and strong currency. Old cheques are rarely, if ever, accepted

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Departure Tax

There is no departure tax at Tribhuvan International Airport now. This is subject to change without notice and Visit Beyond is not liable for unexpected charges levied on departing tourists.

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Communications

The most reliable method of communication during your travels will be email. Although internet access is widely available in Nepal, we do visit areas of the country for several days at a time in which internet access is limited or unavailable. Please take this into account when planning your trip.

It is a good idea to leave your booking agent’s contact details or Visit Beyond’s contact information with friends or family in your home country in case of emergencies.

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Expect the Unexpected

Visit Beyond, as the name implies, brings you places that are beyond the well-worn tourist path. Out here, things sometimes go wrong and if they do, it is imperative that you tell your guide or tour leader immediately. They are best suited to help however they can. If this does not suffice then your guide will contact our manager.

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Health & Fitness

There are no health requirements for this trip. However, to get the most out of your trip, all travelers should be in good physical health. You should consult your doctor or physician before leaving your home country and you should honestly assess your ability to complete your vacation based on the detailed Visit Beyond trip itinerary. In general, the more you physically prepare for the trip, the more you will enjoy it. Depending on your trip, expect variable and difficult terrain and both high and extremely low temperatures. Visit Beyond and its guides reserve the right to exclude a participant without refund if said traveler is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to himself/herself or to the group.

Small and very handy first aid kits should be readily available in your home country. We recommend you purchase a kit before departure along with any personal medication you may require. Read the trip itinerary closely and bring medicine accordingly, as many trips entail travel on long, windy roads and require that you eat authentic Nepali food. Do not rely on trip leaders or guides, as they are legally prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache medicine and antibiotics.

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Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is obligatory to join a Visit Beyond trip. We recommend Gouda Travel Insurance for our European customers.

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Your Travel Buddies

Traveling in a group can be a very positive experience. You are likely to find that your travel buddies hail from all over the world. Therefore, you will get the double pleasure of experiencing a new part of the world and new friends to enjoy it with. In order to get the most out of your trip, each traveler must respect every member of the group, arrive on time according to the trip itinerary, and practice patience with one another. These are your responsibilities as a member of a group and we expect each member to follow them. For reasons of privacy, Visit Beyond will not provide personal information or contact details of your fellow travelers prior to departure.

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Responsible Travel

Traveling responsibly is a pillar of the Visit Beyond philosophy. To us, it means two things: respect for the environment and respect for local cultures. We practice low-impact tourism and make every effort to preserve the environment. We refuse to treat local people as mere photo-ops and insist that you engage with locals as human beings. You will have a better trip for it. Please refer to our Responsible Travel page for further details and suggestions for responsible travel.

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The law and "the man"

Visit Beyond does not tolerate illegal drugs nor do we tolerate visiting prostitutes. Both of these may be common among certain communities we visit but they are illegal nonetheless. Engaging in such activities puts you and your group at serious risk. Visit Beyond and group leaders reserve the right to immediately expel from the group anyone engaging in these activities.

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Disclaimer

This itinerary is an accurate account of your trip. Please note, however, that we regularly update each trip according to customer recommendations and changes on the ground. Varying conditions and unforeseen circumstances may alter this itinerary, which does not represent a contract between Visit Beyond and its customers. As your trip approaches, we recommend you check visitbeyond.com for the most accurate and up-to-date itinerary.

Adventure trips, trekking, hiking, and water activities including swimming, snorkeling and diving are done at your own risk. Visit Beyond recommends purchasing travel insurance before leaving your home country. We can recommend Gouda travel insurance for our European customers.

We reserve the right to make changes without prior notice.

 
 
 

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