Trek to Everest Base Camp at the Top of the World

Encounters Travel • Mt. Everest, Nepal

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Escape Kit

  • An 18-Day Trek Through Nepal, Including:
  • Round-Trip Domestic Flights Between Kathmandu and Lukla
  • All Ground Transportation and 24-Hour Airport Arrival and Departure Transfers
  • Double-Occupancy Accommodations for Three Nights at a Three-Star Kathmandu Hotel, 13 Nights at Trekking Lodges, and One Night at a Bhaktapur Guesthouse
  • 16 Breakfasts
  • Walking Tour of Kathmandu
  • Guides and Porters Throughout the Trek and in the Cities
  • All Entrance Fees to Sites Visited in the Itinerary, Trekking Permits, and Trips for Drivers
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)

The Destinations
They say the only way to see the wondrous country that is Nepal is by foot, winding your way along scenic trails spying ancient peaks, verdant valleys, rushing rivers, and rhododendron forests teeming with wildlife. On this life-changing adventure, courtesy of Encounters Travel, you'll touch down in Kathmandu (a bustling city of outstanding culture, culinary prowess and natural beauty within the Kathmandu Valley) before flying to Lukla to start your trek up to the main base camp of the iconic, literally unmissable and monumental Mount Everest—one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

The Itinerary
day 1: Arrive at the Kathmandu airport, where you'll be greeted by a local representative and transfered to your hotel in the Thamel tourist district.
Overnight at a three-star hotel.

day 2: After a pre-tour briefing in the morning, you'll head into Kathmandu for a walking tour of the city, where you'll visit the temples and royal palace of Dubar Square and walk to the top of Swayambunath Stupa. The evening is yours to explore the city's restaurants and nightlife.
Overnight at a three-star hotel. Breakfast provided. Inquire about an Everest viewing flight.

day 3: Board a morning flight to Lukla and begin trekking to Phakding (2,652 meters). The trail gently winds its way along the river and serves as an easy introduction to the harder days ahead.
Overnight at Phakding trekking lodge. Breakfast provided.

day 4: Make your way along the river to the entrance of the Sagamartha National Park, where you'll obtain trekking permits and register with the park authorities. Here, the trail rises for a long climb up to Namche Bazaar (3,446 meters).
Overnight at Namche Bazaar trekking lodge. Breakfast provided.

day 5: You'll have a free day to acclimatize in Namche Bazaar, a colorful Sherpa town with several shops and stalls selling everything from discounted trekking gear to Buddhist prayer flags. Internet cafes, bakeries, and coffee shops are also popular, as are local day hikes.
Overnight at Namche Bazaar trekking lodge. Breakfast provided.

day 6: Start the day by climbing over a ridge to Khumjung, a picturesque Sherpa village nestled in the next valley. There, you'll get your first glimpse of Mount Everest, weather permitting.
Overnight at Khumjung trekking lodge. Breakfast provided.

day 7: Start the day with a long descent through rhododendron forests down to the suspension bridge at Phunki Tenga (3,250 meters). From there, make the strenuous climb to Thengboche (3,870 meters), where, on a clear day, the views of Everest and Lhotse are magnificent. Thengboche is also the site of a large Buddhist monastery.
Overnight at Thengboche trekking lodge. Breakfast provided.

day 8: Trek through rhododendron forests as you follow the river up the Imja Valley toward Dingboche. Be on the lookout for the elusive musk deer, an endangered species indigenous to the area. End the day with a steep climb up to Dingboche (4,410 meters).
Overnight at Dingboche trekking lodge. Breakfast provided.

day 9: Spend the day acclimatizing in Dingboche, where you'll discover a beautiful Sherpa village made up of small fields enclosed by stone walls. Feeling adventurous? Head toward Chukung for even better views.
Overnight at Dingboche trekking lodge. Breakfast provided.

day 10: Climbing from Dingboche, you'll follow the valley until you reach Dughla (4,620 meters) and the entrance to the Khumbu Valley. There, a steep climb takes you over the Thokla Pass (4,830 meters), where you'll follow the edge of a glacial moraine onto Lobuche (4,910 meters).
Overnight at Lobuche trekking lodge. Breakfast provided.

day 11: Catch breathtaking vistas as you climb the Lobuche Pass (5,110 meters), then continue onto Gorak Shep (5,140 meters), where you'll take a break before making a short but steep ascent of Kalar Pattar (5,550 meters). The rest of the day is yours to explore and relax.
Overnight at Gorak Shep trekking lodge. Breakfast provided.

day 12: Continue up the edge of the Khumbu glacier until you reach Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters), where you might see expeditions preparing to climb Mount Everest. From there, it's back down to Lobuche.
Overnight at Lobuche trekking lodge. Breakfast provided.

days 13, 14, and 15: Head down the trail via Namche Bazaar to Lukla, where you'll have time to take in the sights.
Three nights at trekking lodges. Daily breakfast provided.

day 16: Catch the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where you'll transfer to the ancient center of Bhaktapur, which is full of old carved wooden temples—a great place to explore and get a feel for traditional Nepalese life. The rest of the day is free.
Overnight at a Bhaktapur guesthouse. Breakfast provided.

day 17: Spend the morning exploring Bhaktapur, or arrange a guided tour. Make the short journey back to Kathmandu, stopping to see Boudhanath Buddhist stupa, and the Hindi pilgrimage temple of Pasupatinath. The evening is free for a final meal in Kathmandu.
Overnight at a three-star hotel. Breakfast provided.

day 18: Do some last-minute souvenir shopping in Kathmandu before transferring to the airport for your flight home. Inquire about spending extra nights in Kathmandu, taking a wildlife safari to Chitwan or Bardia national parks, or rafting the Trisuli or Bhote Khosi rivers.

The Trek Dates (International Flights Not Included)
• August 4, 2013 ($999)
• October 6, 2013 ($1,099)
• October 27, 2013 ($1,099)
• November 24, 2013 ($1,099)
• December 22, 2013 ($999)
• Private Tour on Any Date ($1,199)
*Priced per person based on double occupancy (see fine print)

  • "Nowhere else can you trek for days or even weeks in incredible mountain scenery, secure in the knowledge that a hot meal, cozy lodge, and warm slice of apple pie await you at the end of the day. Nepal is nirvana for mountain lovers."

    -- Lonely Planet

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the fine print

  • Vouchers cannot be combined to extend stay
  • Reservations required and subject to availability
  • Not valid toward existing or room block reservations
  • Vouchers must be redeemed by June 19, 2013 to guarantee promotional price
  • Merchant cancellation policy applies. For more information, please see www.encounterstravel.com/booking_conditions.php
  • When purchasing and gifting vouchers please list name(s) exactly as given on your passport(s)
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the hotel. Single occupancy requires an additional fee of $302
  • Private trek departures are based on a minimum of 2 people travelling; single supplement of $470 per person applies. Please ask for details
  • International flights available on request
  • Voucher includes guides and porters throughout the trek and in the cities, 16 breakfasts, all entrance fees to sites visited in the itinerary and tips for drivers
  • Voucher does not include International flights, passport (with a minimum of 6 months validity), visa fees, travel insurance (compulsory), meals not indicated in the itinerary (allow approx. $280), drinks, snacks, gratuities and other personal expenses
  • Single travelers may choose to pay a single room supplement to guarantee themselves a single room throughout the tour. Alternatively, you may choose to share a twin room with another traveler of the same sex. If there are no other single travelers available to pair up with at the time of booking, then you will need to pay the single room supplement. Encounters Travel will refund this later if they are able to pair people together. Room shares are arranged in order of voucher redemption
  • Travel insurance covering medical costs and evacuation & repatriation for medical reasons is mandatory; policy details must be provided to Encounter Travels at least 1 month before departure (policy number, name of the issuing company, and the policy emergency contact details); travel insurance covering cancellation and baggage is recommended but not mandatory. A comprehensive policy is available from Encounters Travel for $200 per person; view all details at www.encounterstravel.com/travel_insurance.php
  • Nepal visa required for US or Canadian citizens and can be obtain on arrival at Kathmandu airport. Cost is $40 and 2 passport photos are required. Other nationalities are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.
  • This trek requires a good level of fitness. All travellers will be required to complete a questionnaire to help us assess your fitness and advise you on suitable preparation. No refunds are available if the trek cannot be completed.
  • Review the State Department's website for passport/visa requirements and important announcements before traveling to your destination
  • Hotels are subject to change to based on availability
  • Nights must be spent consecutively; all inclusions must be redeemed during one stay
  • The promotional value is valid only for date range purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates
  • Other conditions apply • PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON March 25, 2014 • Enjoy By March 25, 2014
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