Everest Base Camp is either one of two base camps on opposite sides of Mount Everest. South Base Camp is in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 metres, and North Base Camp is in Tibet at 5,150 metres.
|DURATION OF TRIP||15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS|
|MINIMUM REQUIRED||2 PAX|
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||PICKUP KATHMANDU/DROP KATHMANDU|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:30 PM/Depends on onward Journey|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, sunscreen.|
Day-01:- Arrive in Kathmandu
Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to Hotel. Orientation in the evening at around 5 PM. After your orientation meeting, welcome dinner with the cultural program (A program with dances and singing from different ethnic groups and cast of Nepalese community with Nepalese dinner) at Local restaurant.
Stay Overnight at Hotel Holy Himalaya. (D)
Day-02:- Kathmandu to Lukla by flight and trek to Pakhding (2600M.)
Early morning flight to Lukla, the gateway to Khumbu region to start the trek. The trek starts from the very day to the up-hill up-to Phakding for 3-4 hours. We will stop at Phakding and
Stay overnight at Sherpa Shangrila guesthouse. (B)
Day-03:- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3535M.)
Early morning after breakfast, we start our journey through a pine forest and walk alongside the Dudh Koshi river. We ascend on a steep trail and reach Namche Bazaar (5-6 hours) which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region.
Stay Overnight at Hotel Sherpaland. (B)
Day-04:- Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
To avoid the altitude sickness, we need to acclimatization in Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazzar is the most beautiful and primary town of the Everest region. The place is occupied by the colorful market with ATMs, government office, shops, restaurants and so on.
Stay Overnight at Hotel Sherpaland. (B)
Day-05:- Trek to Tengboche (3850M.)r
From here we ascend towards Tengboche village which houses the very famous Tengboche monastery which is the biggest monastery of the Everest region (5-6 hours).
Stay Overnight at Rivendell Guest House (B)
Day-06:- Trek to Dingboche (4350M.)
Our trail descends and passes through lush forests of birch, confer and rhododendron trees. While trekking we can admire good views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. We continue our walk to the Imja Valley and Lobuche River before ascending to Dingboche (5-6 hours).
Stay Overnight at Bright Star (B)
Day-07: Acclimatization in Dingboche
Spending a day in Dingboche will help us to acclimate to the high altitude. We can also admire the picturesque Imja Khola Valley and the beautiful Dingboche village.
Stay Overnight at Bright Star (B)
Day-08: Trek to Lobuche (4940 M.)
We ascend to the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing several great peaks including Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal (5-6 hours).
Stay Overnight at Mother Earth Lodge (B)
Day-9: Trek to Gorakshep (5160M) and hike about 2-3 hour to Everest Base Camp and trek back to Gorakshep
The trek to Everest Base Camp is not very difficult. However, we ascend and descend mostly on a glacier path. The Everest Base Camp is stunningly beautiful. We can enjoy amazing views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains from the base camp. After soaking in the beauty, we walk back towards Gorak Shep where we spend the night (6-7 hours).
Stay Overnight at Himalayan Guest House (B)
Day-10: Hike to Kalapathar (5545 M) and trek back to Pheriche
The day’s first light will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse Cholatse and Lhotse. This may be, of the whole journey, you are the most opportune moment to snap amazing pictures of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Afterwards, it’s back to Gorekshep for breakfast and down to Pheriche (5-6 hours).
Stay Overnight at Pumori Lodge (B)
Day-11: Trek down to Namche
The walk from Pheriche back to Tengboche is mainly downhill, although it does, counter-intuitively, require an hour scaling a hill. We’ll be in Namche by late afternoon and off to bed before our last day on the mountain (6-7 hours).
Stay Overnight at Hotel Sherpland. (B)
Day-12: Trek to Phakding
We snap a mixture of open plains and pine forests and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages’ noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages (4-5 hours).
Stay Overnight at Hotel Sherpa Sangrila. (B)
Day-13: Trek down to Lukla
After breakfast, you trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages. Your arrival in Lukla brings an evening in a proper hotel and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew (3-4 hours).
Stay Overnight at Hotel Mera (B)
Day-14: Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla
After the continuous trekking for 13 days, finally, you will catch the early morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. After reaching the Kathmandu, the airport representative escorts you to the hotel and have a special 30 minutes body massage at the hotel. Evening dinner and Overnight at Gokarna Forest Resort. (B.D).
Day-15: Kathmandu Sightseeing tour
After breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley in various sites which have been listed in the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. (Pashupatinath Temple or Kapan Monastery, Boudhanath, Swaymbhu and Patan Durbar square).
Stay Overnight at Gokarna Forest Resort. (B)
Day-16: Departure or Extra tour
You will have your breakfast in the morning and the airport representative will drop you to the airport for your International flight as per your flight schedule. Or if you are staying Nepal for few more days, you can join another trip. (B)
To avoid the risk of missing international flights, it is always recommended to have 2 or 3 days extra at the end of the trip to fly international, because Lukla airport is sensitive to fly and the chance of delay or cancel of the flight is always there due to unforeseen circumstances and sudden weather transitions.
Also be prepared to pay some extra money for Helicopter charter flights (approx. USD300-400) if the regular flights are cancelled or delayed for few days. Make sure that you have full-fledged Insurance at home to cover it.
If in case you gain those days, then you can spend extra days to go to Chitwan National Park, white water rafting or Pokhara valley tour or do Yoga, massage etc. at the end of the trip.
If in case the flight is cancelled or delayed more than 2 days, we will divert your trek to Annapurna Base Camp alternatively. In this case, we would give the complementary of Everest scenic flight for the betterment of your trip without any additional charge.
Note:- B = Breakfast, B.B = Bed & Breakfast, B.L.D = Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
PRICES BASED ON BUDGET ACCOMMODATION FOR UPGRADE PLEASE EMAIL
- Airport Pickup & drop
- Accommodation in Kathmandu first 1 night after your arrival (Holy Himalaya) on twin sharing bed basis with breakfast.
- Last 2 nights accommodation before your departure at Gokarna Forest Resort including one buffet dinner, half an hour massage, and two breakfast.
- Kathmandu city tour by car/van/Hiace with English speaking guide
- Accommodation in lodges during the trekking days with breakfast (Below Namche – 6 nights attached bathroom with hot running shower)
- Highly experienced, licensed and English speaking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers) or
- necessary Yaks and their all expenses (Meals, accommodation, insurance, and other expenses of trekking crew)
- Welcome dinner with Cultural program
- First Aid Kit
- Company T-shirt.
- Sagarmatha National Park fee and TIMS card
- Necessary equipment (Sleeping bag and Duffle bags – if necessary)
- Airfare Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
- Airfare for trekking crew
- Yoga classes in Kathmandu with expert Yoga Teacher
- All government taxes and office expenses
PRICES BASED ON BUDGET ACCOMMODATION FOR UPGRADE PLEASE EMAIL
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and trekking days. (Meal costs about 5$ – 8$ dollar per item depending on what you choose to eat)
- Personal equipment and clothing
- City sightseeing entry fees in Kathmandu (NPR 200+400+1000)
- Lukla trekking entrance fee (NPR 2000)
- Your travel insurance (Compulsory)
- International flight ticket
- Tipping to guide, porter and driver as per your satisfaction
Note: Please bring 2 Passport size photos, copy of passport and travel insurance at Orientation Meeting.
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Indian Culture: Traditions and Customs of India
India’s culture is among the world,s oldest; civilization in India began about 4,500 years ago. Many sources describe it as “Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara” — the first and the supreme culture in the world, according to the All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) organization.
Western societies did not always see the culture of India very favorably, according to Christina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London. Early anthropologists once considered culture as an evolutionary process, and ”every aspect of human development was seen as driven by evolution,” she told Live Science. “In this view, societies outside of Europe or North America, or societies that did not follow the European or Western way of life, were considered primitive and culturally inferior. Essentially this included all the colonized countries and people, such as African countries, India, and the Far East.”.
However, Indians made significant advances in architecture (Taj Mahal), mathematics (the invention of zero) and medicine (Ayurveda). Today, India is a very diverse country, with more than 1.2 billion people, according to the CIA World Factbook, making it the second most populous nation after China. Different regions have their own distinct cultures. Language, religion, food and the arts are just some of the various aspects of Indian culture. Here is a brief overview of the culture of India.
India has 28 states and seven territories, according to the World Health Organization. There is no official language in India, according to a Gujarat High Court ruling in 2010. Many people living in India also write in Devanagari script. In fact, it is a misconception that the majority of people in India speak Hindi. Though many people speak Hindi in India, 59 percent of India residents speak something other than Hindi, according to The Times of India. Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil and Urdu are some other languages spoken in the country.
India is identified as the birthplace of Hinduism and Buddhism, the third and fourth largest religions. About 84 percent of the population identifies as Hindu, according to the “Handbook of Research on Development and Religion” Edited by Matthew Clarke (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013). There are many variations of Hinduism, and four predominant sects — Shaiva, Vaishnava, Shakteya and Smarta.
About 13 percent of Indians are Muslim, making it one of the largest Islamic nations in the world. Christians and Sikhs make up a small percentage of the population, and there are even fewer Buddhists and Jains, according to the “Handbook.”
When the Moghul Empire invaded during the sixteenth century, they left a significant mark on the Indian cuisine, according to Texas A&M University. Indian cuisine is also influenced by many other countries. It is known for its large assortment of dishes and its liberal use of herbs and spices. Cooking styles vary from region to region.
Wheat, Basmati rice and pulses with chana (Bengal gram) are important staples of the Indian diet. The food is rich with curries and spices, including ginger, coriander, cardamom, turmeric, dried hot peppers, and cinnamon, among others. Chutneys — thick condiments and spreads made from assorted fruits and vegetables such as tamarind and tomatoes and mint, cilantro and other herbs — are used generously in Indian cooking.
Many Hindus are vegetarians, but lamb and chicken are common in main dishes for non-vegetarians. The Guardian reports that between 20 percent and 40 percent of India’s population is vegetarian.
Much of Indian food is eaten with fingers or bread used as utensils. There is a wide array of breads served with meals, including naan, a leavened, oven-baked flatbread, and bhatoora, a fried, fluffy flatbread common in North India and eaten with chickpea curry.
Architecture and art
The most well-known example of Indian architecture is the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to honor his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles. India also has many ancient temples.
India is well known for its film industry, which is often referred to as Bollywood. The country’s movie history began in 1896 when the Lumière brothers demonstrated the art of cinema in Mumbai, according to the Golden Globes. Today, the films are known for their elaborate singing and dancing.
Indian dance, music and theater traditions span back more than 2,000 years, according to Nilima Bhadbhade, author of “Contract Law in India” (Kluwer Law International, 2010). The major classical dance traditions — Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam and Kathakali — draw on themes from mythology and literature and have rigid presentation rules.
Indian clothing is closely identified with the colorful silk saris worn by many of the country’s women. The traditional clothing for men is the dhoti, an unstitched piece of cloth that is tied around the waist and legs. Men also wear a kurta, a loose shirt that is worn about knee-length. For special occasions, men wear a sherwani, which is a long coat that is buttoned up to the collar and down to the knees. The Nehru jacket is a shorter version of a sherwani.
Customs and celebrations
The country celebrates Republic Day (Jan. 26), Independence Day (Aug. 15) and Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (Oct. 2). Diwali is the largest and most important holiday to India, according to National Geographic. It is a five-day festival known as the festival of lights because of the lights lit during the celebration to symbolize the inner light that protects them from spiritual darkness. Holi, the festival of colors, also called the festival of love, is popular in the spring.
India is situated in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan.
The climate in India varies from a tropical monsoon climate in the south to a temperate climate in the north. If you are thinking of Visiting Delhi (the capital of India) then best to visit it in October, November, February and March. That’s when the nights are cool and the days are filled with a little sunshine. May, June and July are very hot with temperatures over 45 degrees (113 Fahrenheit). It is a dry heat and is sometimes accompanied by dusty desert winds. Most of the rain falls between July and September but they are not the tropical rains you’ll experience in India’s coastal cities.
- Experience the exhilaration of trekking to Everest Base Camp
- Trek up to 5545m through spectacular scenery
- Trek through the heart of Sherpa country
- Informative guides to uncover the history behind mystical sights
- Breathtaking views of the Everest region
- Get to know the gentle spirit of the Sherpa people
- Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and scores of other lesser crests seen from a peaked vantage point
- Get among the hustle and bustle of market town Namche Bazaar
- Suitable for people aged over 14 and below 65
- Guided tour of Kathmandu’s ancient temples
- Last two night stay at five-star wind down Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu with buffet breakfast and dinner and Spa Treatments.