This grade includes climbing peaks and the demanding treks in remote areas. Participants having basic knowledge of use of crampons and ice axes are required. First-time climbers can undertake one of our one-day pre-trek ropes and climbing training days to obtain some initial skills and experience.
Celebrate the Happy New Year at the naturally blessed Khumbu valley also famed as the Everest Region where you will be rewarded with special moments to enjoy the new year standing in the shadow of the world highest peak Mount Everest perceiving the awesome beauty of the stunning snow-fed peaks with toast and beer along with friends who have accompanied supporting your plan to rejoice on the new year party at the base of the world’s tallest peak that is well managed by the pioneering organization Langtang Ri Trekking and Expedition.
Special New Year Everest Base Camp trek takes you in connect with the amazing mountain scenery compilation of high hills, swinging bridges, culturally graceful villages dotted along the trail, captivating waterfalls that tumble from the top of the hill and mixes with the gushing rivers generating cascading sounds fostered by the Everest region that houses jaw-dropping snowcapped peaks sparkling with the golden-colored hues including the world’s highest peak Everest.
As the trek begins after the hair-raising flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airstrip following the narrow, and zigzag trail sharing with Yak and mules with heavy load and listening to the music of the Buddhist preaching and hymns combined with birds and insects chirping that prevails throughout the journey makes the New Year trip even more entertaining. And the best reward of the trek is the taking the snaps at the base of the world's highest peak on signature pose enjoying the New Year will be a lifelong experience that everyone yearns for the whole life.
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel; here you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage. Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel; here you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage.
We will transfer you from your hotel to the domestic airport to catch the very scenic flight to Lukla, just south of the entrance to the Sagarmartha National Park and the Mount Everest region. The flight is brief and takes only about thirty minutes. Once in Lukla and all your packs and equipment are organised you will start your trek with the walk northwards along the DudhKosi River valley to the village of Phakding and its impressive suspension bridge over the river far below. At this stage the scenery is a well vegetated and impressively large river valley with glimpses to the north of the towering snow-capped Himalayan peaks that await you.
The first stage of the walk takes you across the river and to the village of Monjo and the actual entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. Your guide will handle all the formalities of ensuring you are carrying the necessary permit to enter the national park. All necessary permits will have been arranged for you following your visit to our head office a day or two earlier. The second stage takes you upwards from 3,440m altitude Namche Bazaar - so a very substantial altitude gain of over 1,600m is achieved in this stage - so just take it slow and steady up the many steps to Namche Bazaar and enjoy the scenery and beautiful mountain summit vistas deeper in the national park.
Since you will now be at quite a significant altitude you must let your physiology adapt the the thinner atmosphere and reduced oxygen levels. This is an essential step in the proper management of the risk of altitude sickness. Your guide will personally instruct you on what to do during the day and how best to acclimatize and how to identify any early symptoms of altitude sickness. There is plenty to see and do in Namche Bazaar itself and in the immediate surrounding area. So taking a rest day can be an interesting and fun day too. Talk with your guide about visiting places such as the famous Edmond Hillary School established to assist the Sherpa community and residents of the region. Or perhaps pay a visit to the beautiful Everest View Hotel - the view of the Mount Everest summit can be inspiring for the next days of your trek.
Today you will head a little higher and closer to Everest Base Camp. Your walk will take you via one of the many scenic trails to the very important village of Tengboche and its world-famous Tengboche Monastery. Take your time and enjoy the gorgeous mountains along the trail. Look for the very distinctive twin-peak summits of Mount AmaDablam and the towering snow and ice-capped mass of Mount Thamserku. This walks takes about five hours to complete and the last section brings you up to the distinctive gates of Tengboche village. Take the time to visit the monastery. Your guide will explain some of the histories of the facility, its significance to the Sherpa community, and its importance to Buddhism. Then get some rest for the next stages of your trek.
Today you cross the altitude transition from trees and shrubs lining the trek path to the bare ground above the tree line. This is the point where the long hard winter and extended deep winter snow cover make it impossible for trees to establish and grow. Today you can clearly see that you have gained some substantial altitude since the commencement of your trek at Lukla. You start your five-hour walk through grazing lands and beautiful rhododendron forests as you head towards the little village of Pengboche. Take a short break in Pengboche and visits its Buddhist gompa, a place of study and contemplation for monks learning the ways of Buddhism. Then continue on to Dingboche and soak up the stunning Himalayan vista that surrounds you.
The altitude at Dingboche means there is just 61% of the oxygen available to sea level. So as you gain altitude your lungs and heart have had to work much harder to supply the oxygen your body requires for walking and even just sitting and resting. Your body is also adjusting in less obvious ways to make your blood more efficient at capturing and transporting oxygen. Your body is also adjusting to the different way it stores and moves fluid at high altitude. Your Sherpa guide and porters have the natural physiology to handle the effects of altitude; however, you must give your body time to adjust before you can more safely proceed higher to Everest Base Camp and any of the even higher vantage points that offer spectacular mountain views. So listen to your guide and that the advice to rest and acclimatize properly today.
Another five-hour walk today that takes you to an altitude of almost five kilometers - many aircraft do not even fly this high! You will pass little settlements were a short break and a cup of tea will fuel you for the next stage. As you reach Lobuche you will be walking the southern section of the mighty Khumbu Valley and be walking beside the shattered and creaking ice and moraine of the Khumbu Glacier that drains from the flanks of Mount Everest itself. This is a high Himalayan landscape that can leave some trekkers thinking they are exploring another planet. Today's walk will also take you past the tiny settlement of Periche that is home to the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post. This wonderful facility is staffed by international volunteer doctors and can provide excellent care to trekkers or expedition members suffering signs of altitude sickness.
Your trail will take you along the western edge of the Khumbu Glacier initially to the small settlement of Gorakshep. This is a very well appointed location with accommodation and all the facilities a trekker may need. A quick tea stop might be useful before pushing on to the goal of this trek - Mount Everest Base Camp. The walk continues northward along the edge of the glacier before arriving at the shattered jumble of ice and snow that is the main campsite for expedition parties attempting to summit Mount Everest. However, it depends on the month you visit as to whether expedition parties will be encamped. There are short seasonal windows before and after the annual monsoon when the ascent of Mount Everest is potentially possible. But once you arrive at base camp the presence or absence of expeditions is immaterial - just take in the awe of Mount Everest, the Khumbu Icefall, and the many 7,000m plus peaks jutting towards the sky in every direction you look. This is the power of nature at its most impressive. You will complete the day be returning to your accommodation for the night at Gorakshep.
Sunrise from the top of Kala Patthar is just a spectacular sight you will always remember and no doubt record in many photos. But the walk up to the vantage point at 5,545m altitude is steep and a challenge, often requiring a slow two-hour walk. At the top, 5,545m, you have just 52% of sea-level oxygen available to you, so some exertion is required. But the rewards for this effort are beyond words - all of the most beautiful and inspiring Himalayan peaks and rugged icy landscapes are laid out before you as you are left speechless by the power and beauty of the west face of Mount Everest, its neighboring peaks of Nuptse and Lhotse and the nearby summits of AmaDablam, Thamserku and more peaks than you can count. Kala Pattar is the Himalayan vista high point, literally, of any Everest Base Camp trek.
You will find you walk a little easier and faster with each hour as you descend and gain a little more oxygen with each breath. But take your time, continue to enjoy the mountain scenery and perhaps pay a visit to the NagkartshangGompa on the way to Tengboche.
You head through familiar trails and scenes as you proceed largely downhill for four or five hours of easy walking. There are still a few hills to summit but you will find it easy going today. You will also pass through Khumjung and Khunde where you may like to take a break and visit its little monastery. Visitors are always welcome.
Today involves a four hour walk as you descend rapidly from Namche Bazaar and head for Phakding. Depending on your group and the weather conditions you may spend the night in Phakding or continue on to Lukla. Since this evening will be the last on your trek it will be time for some celebrations with your guide and fellow trekkers. A few drinks, some music and some Sherpa and Nepali dancing are often on the menu. So please celebrate your achievements and friendships of this trekking experience.
Your flight from Lukla will depart early in the morning and we will soon have you back in your Kathmandu hotel.
We will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport in plenty of time to meet your flight home.
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