Everest Basecamp + Ama Dablam - 120 km - 18 DAYS

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Everest Basecamp + Ama Dablam - october – 10/12/2019 to 10/29/2019

TREKKING EVEREST BASECAMP + AMA DABLAM BASECAMP

18 days – U$3350 (especial discount)

Date – 12/10/2020 a 29/10/2020

Total distance traveled: 120km
Accumulated Altimetry: 9045m

The Trekking to Everest Base Camp is one of the most beautiful tours in the world. Although extensive, it does not present great difficulty. The tracks are well delimited, because for more than a thousand years they are the only means of communication between towns.

As well as visiting amazing landscapes with the world’s tallest and most famous mountains, you will take a dip in the Eastern culture and meet the people of the mountains, the Sherpas. Also, you will share huts and restaurants with the climbers who challenge this magnificent Nepal mountains. This is an expedition that makes us rethink the meaning of life.

This hike provides some of the most spectacular views of the world’s highest mountains, so you will feel on top of the world!

We will go trekking with a pass through the base of Ama Dablam, one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.

If you are interested in the breathtaking Himalayan landscapes and joining a high altitude hike with light backpacking, this is the perfect journey for you.

Maximo Kausch and Pedro Hauck are the expedition guides, two of the most experienced climbers of Brazil.

Keep reading the information available here and we will be happy to answer all your questions.

Itinerary

Everest Basecamp + Ama Dablam - 120 km - 18 DAYS

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU – 900 meters
Provided: Transportation and 3 stars hotel.

You must book a fligh to the Tribhuvan International Airport– Kathmandu – Nepal (KTM).

Our staff will greet you at the airport and take you to the hotel. Then we’ll meet all members of the group for dinner.

DAY 2 – CITYTOUR IN KATHMANDU – 900 meters
Provided: Citytour with local guide and 3 stars hotel.

We will get to know Kathmandu city with a local guide, and at the end of the day we will have a meeting to discuss the tour.

DAY 3 – FLIGHT FROM KATHMANDU TO LUKLA/TREKKING TO PHAKDING – 2600 meters
Provided: Domestic flight, transportation, breakfast, lunch in Lukla, night in hostel and dinner.

We will try to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and land at the famous Lukla airport. This will be our first attempt to fly, because besides being known for its beauty, this flight is known to be so … let’s say … interesting … Due to bad weather, it is often canceled and we have to wait (so we have 2 extra days in the itinerary). Upon our arrival in Lukla we will pass the loads to the porters, have lunch and begin the 2 or 3 hour hike to Phakding.

Distance: 7,64 km

DAY 4 – PHAKDING – NAMCHE BAZAR – 3450 meters
Provided: Breakfast, lunch, night in hostel and dinner.

Lunch at Jorsale. Than we’ll have a 4 to 6 hours walk to Namche Bazaar, the sherpa capital. This will also be our place of rest and acclimatization for 2 nights. Here we can see the Everest for the first time.

Distance: 9.91 km

DIA 5 – ACCLIMATIZATION IN NAMCHE BAZAR – 3450 meters
Provided: Breakfast, lunch, night in hostel and dinner.

Day of rest and acclimatization. This is extremely important given the high altitude. If possible, we will visit local attractions, such as Syangboche Airport.

Distance: 3,17 km

DAY 6 – NAMCHE BAZAR – PANGBOCHE – 3950 METERS
Provided: Breakfast, lunch, night in hostel and dinner.

A 6 to 8 hours hike through truly wonderful landscapes! This Will be a day of many ascents and descents accompanying the Dudh Koshi river bank. We will climb up to 3620 meters, where we will have an incredible view of a stupa, and from there we will descend to lunch in Phunki Tanga, 3300 meters down. Then, we will go to the amazing Tengboche monastery, located at 3900 meters, where we will have a beautiful view of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Nuptse. From Tengboche we will have another 1.5 or 2 hours to Pangboche, our base city for Ama Dablam.

Distance: 9,29km
Accumulated Altimetry: 1225 meters

DAY 7 – PANGBOCHE – AMA DABLAM BASE CAMPCHE – 4350 meters
Provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and night in tent.

We will walk for 3 hours to the incredible base of one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, the impressive Ama Dablam (6816 meters). Let’s rest for the rest of the day.

Distance:  4,5km

DAY 8 – AMA DABLAM BASE CAMP – DENGBOCHE – 4350 meters
Provided: Breakfast, lunch, night in hostel and dinner.

Leaving Ama Dablam base, we will descend to Pangboche and from there we will return to the normal trail heading towards Dengboche.

Distance: 10,5 km

DAY 9 – DENGBOCHE – LOBUCHE – 4950 meters
Provided: Breakfast, lunch, night in hostel and dinner.

On this day we will walk from 5 to 7 hours. After the first 2:30 hrs, we will stop at Dhugla for lunch. So we’ll have to beat the “lunch wall” – an ascent of 1 hour that culminates in the incredible memorials of the deads on Everest, here are the memorials of people like Scott Fischer. In this spot we can see dozens of beautiful mountains in the horizon, such as Peak 41, Ama Dablam, Lobuche, Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Tawoche, Cholatse, Kantenga, among many others.

Distance: 7,85 km

DAY 10 – LOBUCHE – EBC – GOREK SHEP – 5160 meters
Provided: Breakfast, lunch, night in hostel and dinner.

Leaving Lobuche, we will walk from 2 to 4 hours to Gorek Shep, which is the last hostel complex before the Everest base camp. In Gorek Shep we’ll have lunch. At this point we will leave the heaviest material in the hostel’s rooms and leave for a 2.5 to 3.5 hour hike to Everest base camp. After enjoying the scenery and taking photos, it’s time to return. We’re going to sleep in Gorek Shep at 5160 m.

Distance: 7,81km

DAY 11 – GOREK SHEP – KALA PATTHAR – PHERICHE – 4250 meters
Provided: Breakfast, lunch, night in hostel and dinner.

On this day we will climb Kala Patthar, a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Pumori. The ascent of Kala Patthar is very popular with trekkers since it provides the most accessible closeup view of Everest. Also the views Ama Dablam, Pumori, Nuptse, Lingtren and Changtse are spectacular from Kala Patthar and there are glimpses of the northern flank and summit of Lhotse. We will leave early to get to see the sunrise from up there!!! The tour (Gorek shep> Kala Patar> Gorek Shep) is 2 to 3.5 hours. After breakfast at Gorek Shep we will start the descent on the way we already know to Dhugla. There we will have a light lunch and we will walk the last 2 hours to Pheriche. The night will be in Pheriche, in a beautiful hostel at 4950m.

Distance: 15,2km

DAY 12 – PHERICHE – NAMCHE BAZAR – 3440 meters
Provided: Breakfast, lunch, night in hostel and dinner.

We will continue the descent to Namche Bazaar and have lunch in Tengboche. We calculate 3 hours to Tengboche and 3 or 4 more hours to Namche.

Distance: 19km

DAY 13 – NAMCHE BAZAR – LUKLA – 2850 meters
Provided: Breakfast, lunch, night in hostel and dinner.

We will go down the Dudh Khosi river bank until we reach Lukla, our last trekking town. Lunch will be in Tok Tok, after 3.5 hours of descent.

DAY 14 – FLIGHT LUKLA/KATHMANDU – 1300 meters
Provided: Breakfast, lunch, flight and 3 stars hotel.

We will try to fly early in the morning on a twin-engined aircraft to Kathmandu.

DAY 15 – DAY IN KATHMANDU – 1300 meters
Provided: Breakfast, hotel, transportation.

If the aircraft has been able to take off the day before, we can now visit some of the places where the philanthropic expeditions money is applied. If the flight did not work due to bad weather, we will use this day to fly.

DAY 16 – EXTRA DAY IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER
DAY 17 – EXTRA DAY IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER  
DAY 18 – FLIGHT BACK HOME – 800 meters
Provided: Breakfast, hotel, transportation.

You will be taken to the airport to catch your flight back home.

** The above itinerary is subject to change due weather conditions, performance of the group, political / administrative problems and any other events not described.

Equipment

Having good mountaineering equipment is one of the key points to have a successful trip. Please note all your personal equipment will be checked by one of our guides before departure.

FAQ

“AT WHAT HOTEL WILL WE STAY IN KATHMANDU? HOW MUCH IS AN EXTRA DAY?”

We will be staying at the beautiful Holy Himalaya hotel in Thamel, Kathamandu. The 3 star hotel has a generous breakfast served between 7am and 10am and WiFi in all the rooms. The daily rate is 48 dollars for each room, double or single.

“I DO NOT WANT TO SHARE MY ROOM WITH ANYONE, CAN I STAY IN A ROOM ALONE?”

Yes of course! However you will be charged for the double room rates and you will not be able to use the free nights included in the package. The reason is that if you have a room just for you, someone else will also have to be alone in a room.

“I WANT TO ARRIVE SOME DAYS EARLIER TO GET TO KNOW THE CITY, SHOULD I BOOK THE HOTEL?”

Do not worry. We just need to know the details of your flight arrival.

“I DO NOT WANT TO STAY AT THE EXPEDITION HOTEL, CAN I STAY AT ANOTHER ONE?”

Yes, however, we can not take responsibility for the airport transportation. And the meetings for dinner and tours will leave from the expedition hotel and not from another one.

“CAN I TAKE A SHOWER EVERY DAY OF THE EXPEDITION? I CAN’T STAND WITHOUT SHOWER!”

It depends on the availability of gas or solar energy in the huts, so it is possible that you will need to be without a bath for 1 or 2 days. The baths are not included in the package and it cost from 300 to 600 rupees (3 to 6 dollars).

“HOW MUCH GEAR DO I HAVE TO CARRY?”

On the mountains you will need to carry the weight of your own backpack, should not exceed 8kg.

All group equipment will be purchased, assembled, cleaned and carried by guides and staff. To the last camp, you’ll be carrying your sleeping bag, crampons, clothes and some smaller items. If you feel that you will not be able to carry your own gear, you can hire a personal porter, which must be ordered in advance.

The duffel can weigh up to 15kg per person. This is the limit stipulated by the national park for each porter. 15kg is more than enough for the equipment you need for trekking.

“IS THERE A WEIGHT LIMIT ON THE FLIGHT FROM KATHMANDU TO LUKLA?”

During the flight you can board with 10 kg in the Duffel Bag, and 5 kg as carry-on luggage. After landing you can put 15 kg again in the Duffel to walk with light backpack. However if you exceed this weight (15kg), you will have to pay the excess of 300 rupees per kilo (about 3 dollars per kg).

“DO I NEED A VISA TO ENTER NEPAL?”

All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visa to enter Nepal. A visa for Nepal can be obtained in the arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. The visa fees for 30 days is USD 50.

Visa Fee Details:

  • You will need a valid passport and two passport-size photo with a light background.
  • Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen.
  • Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.
“WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN NEPAL?”

Today, the mysterious Kingdom of Nepal is the paradise of climbers. Kathmandu, its capital and largest city, is today a kind of world square. The city grew so much and so chaotic that it spread all over the Kathmandu valley, listed as a World Heritage Site. In high season it is easy to bump into climbers from all over the world in their restaurants, bars and cyber cafes.
Nepal is a very different place from everything you know and probably many unexpected things will happen. There are 34 castes in Nepal, there are dozens of languages completely different from one another, there are 4 calendars… We usually say T.I.N. (This Is Nepal), for being such a different place. To get an idea, their time zone has 45 more minutes instead of one hour. Anyway, RELAX and ADAPT! We usually say that in Nepal, in the end, everything works out!

“CAN I LEAVE MY THINGS AT THE HOTEL IN KATHMANDU? AND IN OTHER HOTELS?”

Yes! You can leave your things in Kathmandu hotel rooms, just store everything in a suitcase or bag. During the trekking, you can leave your things at Namche Bazaar, GorekShep and Lobuche.

“WHICH AIRLINE SHOULD I USE TO GET TO KATHMANDU?”

We recommend that you use as few airlines as possible to reduce the chance of equipment loss. Qatar Airways is an example of a good company for you to use.

“WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED FOR THIS TOUR?”
  • Passport valid for at least 6 months
  • 2 colored 3×4 photos
  • vaccination certificate for yellow fever
  • Travel / rescue insurance
“DO I REALLY NEED A YELLOW FEVER VACCINE?”

Yes! It is mandatory to take the yellow fever vaccine! It is quite risky to stay in lowlands like Kathmandu without this vaccine. In addition you should use mosquito repellent to minimize any contamination. Remember to take the vaccine at least 10 days before shipment, as the vaccine may cause adverse reactions.

“IS THERE A WAY TO COMMUNICATE ON THE MOUNTAIN?”

There is wifi at the hotel, so you will have easy access to communication. However, we will remain out of communication during the mountain climbing. But, there will be a satellite phone on the expedition for fast contact with our ground staff for any emergency your family have. We try to use it ONLY FOR EMERGENCIES, however it can be used for other reasons and the call costs about $ 3 / minute. Other than that we have VHF radios for communication between the guides.

“CAN I GET A CHIP FOR MY CELL PHONE IN NEPAL?”

Yes! We recommend you to buy one from Ncell. With 500 rupees credit ($ 5 equivalent) it’s more than enough for you to use the internet and call while you’re in Nepal. To get the chip the cost is 3 dollars and you have to attend Ncell’s office in Thamel with a 3×4 photo and your passport to register. The office is here: Map

“IS THERE A WAY TO NOTIFY MY FAMILY ON HOW I AM DOING?”

Of course! We always post photos and texts on the progress of the expedition, with daily updates.

“I HEARD EBC IS A LONG TREK, IS IT?”

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is LONG, about 110 km in total. There will be days with short walks of only 3 hours and days with longer walks of up to 7 hours.

“IS THERE ELECTRICITY DURING TREKKING TO CHARGE MY CAMERA OR PHONE?”

It depends on the lodge. You can charge the battery in a 220v plug powered by a solar charger, or we can charge phones and batteries with USB source using our own solar charger, but it depends on how much sun we have on the mountain. A telephone charge usually costs 200 to 600 rupees per charge (2 to 6 dollars).

“WHAT IF I GIVE UP ON THE EXPEDITION?”

If you give up the expedition while you are still in your country, it is possible to recover part of your investment. Contact us to learn more.

If you give up the expedition in Kathmandu, before going to the mountain, you can still enjoy the services we offer, such as transportation and hotel. However, we can not return the money you invested, because all the logistics will be already hired. Also, you will have to bear the costs of transportation and individual stay that are not on the scheduled itinerary.

If you give up during a climbing you will never have to go down alone! We coordinate your return with our staff or with partner expeditions. According to the size of our group, we hire more guides to ensure your safety.

“WHAT IS THE ANDES SPECIALISTS PHILOSOPHY?”

We work with women and men of any age, skills or ambition, we have proper tours for people with all levels of experience. We extremely value the group safety, so we ask the members of our expeditions to be patient and respect the leader’s decisions.

You are not paying a company to take you to a ridge. You are paying mountaineering professionals with years of experience to drive you up and back in the safest way possible.

We focus a lot on acclimatization and safety, so our itinerary may seem slower than other companies, but that gives us a better chance of reaching the goal.

“WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DO I NEED FOR THIS EXPEDITION?”

We recommend you start training at least 3 months in advance, depending on your fitness. Aerobic exercises like running and cycling are great. Ideally, ask a physical education professional to recommend a good aerobic training program. A very efficient exercise is go hiking with a backpack. BEWARE OF THE INJURIES! We have had a few cases of clients who have trained too much and ended up getting injured.

“WHAT EXPERIENCE DO I NEED FOR THIS EXPEDITION?” 

You will not be climbing a mountain, but you will be at a very high altitude! So we recommend you have had hiking experience lasting longer than 2 days, even if it is not at high altitudes. Do not forget to train your body to be in a good physical condition.

“HOW IS THE WEATHER IN NEPAL?” 

We have a big temperature variation depending on the altitude. In Kathmandu, the temperature will be pleasant during the day, around 24 degrees, falling a little at night. During the trekking we have pleasant temperatures to walk, but at sunset it will be quite cold, especially in the higher places (being as low as -10 degrees at night).

“WHAT IF I’M ON A SPECIAL DIET OR FOOD RESTRICTION?”

Please let us know in advance about any food restriction, and also inform the guides.

“WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET AN ALTITUDE SICKNESS?”

Our leader has extensive experience in dealing with mountain health complications and can solve most of the problems. In Namche Bazar and in Pheriche there are hospitals that can treat any simple or serious problems.

“WHAT IF I NEED TO BE RESCUED?”

Rescues can be made by helicopter from a few specific points on the mountain. The rescue made by land by the Everest guards is included in the permit we paid to the park. Helicopter rescues are not included and are extremely expensive, so it is imperative that you have insurance. We recommend the Global Rescue insurence, as it is the best company and able to perform rescue even in Nepal. Learn how it works: UNDERSTAND OUR RESCUE SYSTEM AND RISK PREVENTION.

“DO YOU RECOMMEND INSURANCE?” 

We recommend a rescue insurance plus travel insurance with Medical Assistance (like those that credit cards have). For the rescue insurence we recommend Global Rescue, as it is the best company and able to perform rescue even in Nepal. Learn how it works: UNDERSTAND OUR RESCUE SYSTEM AND RISK PREVENTION.

“WHAT LANGUAGE DOES THE GUIDE SPEAKS?”

All of our guides have the ability to communicate in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Check our team information to learn more about our guide’s communication skills.

“WHAT RATE OF CLIENTS ACHIEVE THE GOAL?”

That depends on several factors such as: experience, physical condition, psychological factor. But usually about 98% of our customers achieve the goal.

“HOW MUCH MONEY DO I NEED TO TAKE?”

You will need money to rent the absent equipment, pay Nepal visa (USD 50), tips and your food in Kathmandu. Once we leave Kathmandu, all expenses are covered by us (except for baths, sodas, beers, souvenirs, etc). We recommend the amount of 800 dollars. Remember to take more if you like to buy too many souvenirs or need to rent a lot of equipment.

We make the currency exchange in the streets of Thamel (tourist center of Kathmandu), we will take you in a known exchange house. We do not recommend exchanging dollars at the airport because the rate is too high.

Do not forget to enable your international debit/credit card before leaving your country. However, we recommend that you bring cash (dollars) to avoid any kind of Bank problems.

An estimate of expenditure:

– Visa 50 USD

– Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu = 96 USD

– 4 baths on the trail = 25 USD

– Rent / purchase gear (average) = 200 USD

– Tips = 75 USD

– Other expenses = 360 USD

TOTAL 800 USD

“WHY THE TIP IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE AMOUNT I PAID?”

At the end of the expeditions, it is standard for every climber to tip the staff who worked with us on the mountain. You can give a higher or lower value, but most people offer a tip of approximately 75 USD.

“CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT WITH A CREDIT CARD?”

It is possible, so be sure to unlock your card for international payments before leaving your country. But remember, in addition to the taxes of your home country, there is a 5% local tax charge. However, in order to avoid any inconvenience, we recommend you to walk with cash (dollars), since credit cards tend to have restrictions.

“CAN I RENT GEAR IN NEPAL?”

On the arrival day, the guides will check the equipment of each member of the group to check if there is something important missing. On the second day we will visit some shops where it is possible to rent gear.

Check out the list of equipment needed before buy anything.

“WHAT KIND OF PLACES DO WE SPEND THE NIGHTS DURING THE EXPEDITION?”

In Kathmandu you will have 4 nights in the Holy Himalaya 3 stars hotel, with a generous breakfast. Rooms are shared by 2 or 3 members of the expedition. Throughout the trekking we will stay in lodges with simple rooms.

“IS THERE WATER DURING THE HIKE?”

Water is a struggle on the trail, but we provide all the water for your consumption, and at night we supply hot drinks. Every day you will be able to fill your canteens with treated water for the walking hours.

“CAN WE GO TO THE BATHROOM ON THE MOUNTAIN?”

During the whole trip you can go to the toilets in the establishments we will sleep, called lodges, and in the places that we stop for lunch.

“WHAT IS THE OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE RATING OF THE SLEEPING BAG?”

We recommend that you bring a good sleeping bag with comfort temperature of 0°C (32 fahrenheit). Outside, the nighttime temperature of this region in summer can reach -10º (14 fahrenheit). However we will be sleeping in lodges and the temperature inside the rooms hardly decreases more than 0ºC.

Note that there are 2 types of temperatures shown on most sleeping bags, and we are not talking about the “limit temperature”, our recommendation is based on the “comfort temperature”.

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Cost

The investment is U $ 3,350 (special discount)

* For payment in installments on the credit card or deposit> US $ 4,020

* Check the payment terms to get the special discount

* See our cancellation policy.

What’s provided:
  • Maximo Kausch / Pedro Hauck leadership.
  • Assistant Sherpas (1 sherpa for every 3 or 4 trekkers).
  • Transportation from the airport to the hotel and vice versa.
  • Citytour.
  • Trekking Permit fees in Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal.
  • 4 nights in a 3 star hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu – rooms are shared by every 2 members of the expedition.
  • Round trip flight to Lukla.
  • Nights in lodges with simple rooms throughout the trekking.
  • Porters to load up to 15 kg throughout the trekking.
  • Use of emergency equipment such as oxygen, medicines and first aid.
  • Breakfast, lunch (or snack) and dinner throughout the trekking (details on the itinerary).
What’s not provided:
  • Airfare to Kathmandu and back home
  • Extra nights in Kathmandu in case of bad weather
  • Personal trekking equipment

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