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  This is a classic trek in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalaya, following steep-
  sided valleys lined with tall, imposing peaks to reach the highly glaciated approaches to
  Everest. This is a popular trekking destination, and deservedly so. Our tour offers a
  variation to the traditional, direct route in, starting with a side visit to Thami and less-
  frequented Sherpa villages located off the main trails. Once past Tengboche, we head to
  Dingboche which is generally considered to be more attractive than Pheriche, a
  traditional stop for many Everest treks. At this point an interesting side trip is made up
  the Imja Khola to Chhukhung, and a nice acclimatisation climb is made to just below
  Chukkung Ri (5550m), from where there are excellent views of Ama Dablam, the
  Nuptse-Lohtse Ridge and the Nuptse Glacier, and Island Peak with Makalu beyond.

   Moving back round into the heart of the Kumbu, you journey up to Gorak Shep and
   make the climb to Kala Patthar for classic views of Everest and Nuptse. A visit to
   Everest Base Camp itself is normally excluded owing to the absence of views, and the
   trail can be obscured unless expeditions are present.


  Tour Duration:                  This trip is 19 days, with arrival in Kathmandu on Day 1 and departure from
                                  Kathmandu on Day 19. 14 days are spent on trek.

   Grade:                         Strenuous - this is a high altitude trek requiring good all round trekking
                                  stamina. As a guide, participants should feel comfortable tackling 5-6
                                  hour outings on consecutive days over terrain akin to the Lake District or
                                  equivalent in the UK, and have a good level of general fitness.




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   Altitude:                      Much of the trek is spent at altitudes close to and in excess of 4000m and
                                  two high points are attained: Minor Summit of Chhukhung Ri and Kala
                                  Patthar (5550m).

   Style:                         The trek will be lead by an experienced, personable guide and supported
                                  by a team of porters. You will stay in Tea Houses/Local Lodges
                                  throughout.

   Best Time:                     March to May, and end of September until the end of November


  Trek Leader:
                                                     Ang Dawa Sherpa has been a “climbing” guide since 1999
                                                     and has climbed over 40 peaks above 6000m in his career.
                                                     He has summited both Makalu I (8462m) and Makalu II
                                                     (7678m) as lead guide, and Cho Oyu (8201m) as climbing
                                                     Sirdar. In 1997 he reached 7,800m on Everest as a
                                                     climbing Sherpa in support of a successful Malaysian
                                                     expedition. Other than being a highly effective and
                                                     organised trekking and mountain leader, Ang Dawa is
                                                     extremely personable and fun to be with. He speaks good
                                                     English and Spanish and is a master at Himalayan Rummy -
                                                     Beware of bear-hugs on departure!


   Itinerary
   Day 1 - Arrive in Kathmandu
   You will be met in the arrivals hall and will be transferred by vehicle to the Kathmandu Guesthouse
   in central Kathmandu. Once you have settled in, you will be given a short briefing to help you
   orientate in Kathmandu and about your forthcoming journey into the Everest region. Overnight in
   the Kathmandu Guesthouse.

   Day 2 - Free day in Kathmandu
   The Kathmandu Guesthouse is a quiet haven set back from the street in the Thamel district of
   Kathmandu. It is ideally located for exploring the principal cultural sanctuaries of the city.
   Kathmandu Durbar Square is a 20 minute walk and other important cultural and religious sites are
   easily accessed by taxi or rickshaw. In Thamel itself one can stock up on personal supplies and rent
   any specialist equipment required. It’s also an enjoyable place to relax, with a great variety of bars
   and restaurants close at hand. Overnight at the Kathmandu Guesthouse.

   Day 3 - Kathmandu to Lukla (2866m) /Phakdingma (2652m)
   You will be collected from your Hotel early in the morning and transferred to Kathmandu
   Airport for the 40 minute flight to Lukla. Weather permitting, you can enjoy views of the
   Himalaya on the approach to Lukla’s dramatically situated airstrip. After some refreshment in
   Lukla village, you will commence a three hour trek up the Dudh Kosi valley, flanked on either
   side by 6000m peaks. Overnight at Phakdingma in a Tea House.




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   Day 4 - Phakdingma to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
                                       Your trek continues through the villages of Toktok, Chumoa
                                       and Jorsalle to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi from the
                                       east and the Dudh Kosi from the west. All along this part of
                                       the trail, villages are interspersed with forests of
                                       rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early
                                       autumn and late spring the flowers on this portion of the trek
                                       make it a particularly beautiful walk. At the river confluence,
                                       the trail crosses the Dudh Kosi on a bridge suspended high
   above the river. The climb from the river to Namche is over 600m and takes you from a
   generally ‘safe’ altitude to one where the risk of altitude sickness is much greater; it is important
   to walk slowly on this hill. Cloud permitting, you may be lucky to get your first view of Everest
   peeking over Nuptse at Topdanda, a viewpoint just below Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a Tea
   House in Namche Bazaar.

  Day 5 - rest day in Namche Bazaar
  A rest day is spent in Namche Bazaar to assist with acclimatisation. Namche is a fun place to be
  for a day and it’s surrounded by beautiful scenery. There is plenty to do and your guide will help
  you with your options. If you don’t wish to go far, you can visit the village monastery,
  Sagarmatha National Park museum and the Sherpa House museum. There’s a Saturday bazaar
  which draws locals from the surrounding villages, second hand bookshops and gear rental shops,
  as well as a couple of cyber-cafes for those wishing to post emails home, and the excellent
  Hermann Helmer’s Backerei und Conditorei. Alternatively, you can use your rest day to help your
  acclimatisation by hiking in the vicinity, including a climb up to the controversial 5 star Hotel
  Everest View, situated 400m above Namche.

   Day 6 - Namche Bazaar to Thami (3750m)
   Before heading towards Everest, the next couple of days involves a side detour to Thami and
   Kumjung. Thami lies to the Northwest of Namche Bazaar above the Bhote Kosi. This is an
   interesting side trip that provides useful acclimatisation before moving on upwards. Traverse
   westwards, contouring high above the river, with views of Kwandge (6343m) to the south.
   Above Somde the scenery becomes even more dramatic and there are good views back to
   Thamserku (6608m), Kyashar (6770m) and Kusum Kangru (6367m). You’ll make a sharp
   descent to a bridge over the river before climbing steeply through rhododendron forest to the
   wide pastures before Thami. About an hour’s climb from the village is the Thami Gompa, a
   picturesque monastery overlooking the valley.

   Day 7 - Thami to Khumjung (3790m)
   Today you will retrace your steps to just before Namche, at which point you will take the high
   trail that ascends to the airstrip at Syangboche and on through Kunde to Khumjung (3790m),
   the largest Sherpa village in the Kumbu and one of the most beautiful. Lodge density is much
   lower than in Namche Bazaar and the village has a much more residential feel. Enjoy
   spectacular evening views across to Thamserku (6608m) and Kangtega (6685m) as the sun sets.




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   Day 8 - Khumjung to Tengboche (3860m)
                                         From Khumjung, the trail descends past chortens to rejoin
                                         the main trail along the Dudh Koshi river valley. There are
                                         superb views across to Ama Dablam (6696m) and Kantega
                                         (6779m). A significant drop is made through pine and
                                         rhododendron forest to cross the river at Phunki Tenga, a
                                         good spot for lunch or a snack, before making a sustained
                                         climb to a saddle on a forested ridge. This is the site of
                                         Tengboche Monstery and a smattering of lodges, grouped
                                         around a broad meadow. The monastery at Tengboche is
   an important religious centre for the region and was located for its fine view of Ama Dablam,
   the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and the tip of Everest from its meadows. The monastery burned down
   in 1989, but was rebuilt to the original specification thanks to contributions from the Sherpa and
   International communities, and the Himalayan trust.

   Day 9 - Rest day at Tengboche
   There is an attractive lodge house with a bakery attached to relax in, and the monastery can be
   visited and prayer time observed. Gentle walks can also be pursued. Overall, it’s a quiet place in
   which to relax and draw breath before the venturing into the higher stages of the trek.

   Day 10 - Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m)
                                      Today you start my making a short decent through woods,
                                      passing through pleasant groves and meadows to reach the
                                      Imja Kola. Cross the river and follow a contour path which
                                      ascends gradually to Pangboche, where the oldest
                                      monastery in the region is located. There are tremendous
                                      views eastwards to Ama Dablam, which rises dramatically
                                      above the Imja Khola, it’s profile changing as you move up
                                      and round to Dingboche. Dingboche is a pleasant, spread
                                      out settlement, with a handful of lodges and its from here
   you make a worthwhile detour up to Chhukhung, the last settlement in the Imja Khola valley.

   Day 11 - Dingboche to Chhukhung (4730), and ascend to 5400m on Chhukhung Ri
                                        Proceed up the Imja Khola to Chhukhung, a tiny settlement
                                        surrounded by peaks and glaciers on three sides. The valley
                                        is open and wide and it’s a pleasant walk up a gentle
                                        gradient.     Having found your rooms and taken
                                        refreshments at Chhukhung, make the climb to a viewpoint
                                        above a saddle below the summit of Chhukhung Ri. As
                                        you climb, the Nuptse-Lohtse ridge reaches up 2 kilometres
                                        above you, silhouetted against a navy blue sky. From the
                                        viewpoint, you get tremendous views of Ama Dablam
   (6696m), Baruntse (7220m), Island Peak (6189m - a deservedly popular Trekking Peak), and
   Makalu (8462m). The view of the Nuptse Glacier is particularly outstanding, and Pumo Ri
   pokes its head up in the distance. Return to Chhukhung for the night.

   Day 12 - Chhukhung to Lobuche (4910m)
   Today, you start by descending the Imja Khola valley to Dingboche, at which point you climb
   the spur that separates the village from Pheriche. From the top of the spur, you then make a
   gradually ascending traverse keeping high above Pheriche and the Lobuche Khola valley. You
   rejoin the main trail at Dughla, from where you’ll have tremendous views across to Cholatse

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   (6335m) and Tawache (6367m). From here the trail ascends steeply up and over the terminal
   moraine of the Khumbu glacier, before following the western lateral moraine, which is rough in
   places. At Lobuche, you’ll get superb views of Nuptse (7861m).

   Day 13 - Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5184m)
                                    Many groups make their ascent of Kala Patthar directly from
                                    Lobuche, and spend a second night here on return. Our
                                    trekking schedule should mean that you are suitably
                                    acclimatised to spend a night at Gorak Shep relatively
                                    comfortably. Climbing from here means you can reach Kala
                                    Patthar earlier in the morning and descend to a much lower
                                    elevation for your next night. If members of the group are
                                    experiencing difficulties sleeping at altitude, the guide may
                                    advise climbing directly from Lobuche, and some flexibility is
   required. From Lobuche the trail becomes steeper and rougher as you proceed and you will
   eventually cross the Changri Shar Glacier, hidden beneath moraine, before reaching Gorak Shep.
   Gorak Shep is situated beneath the conical peak of Pumo-Ri (7165m) which will come in to
   view as you trek up the edge of the glacier. On the lower slopes of Pumo-Ri, you’ll see the small
   peak of Kala Patthar (a Hindi name meaning Black Rock).

   Day 14 - Climb to Kala Patthar (5550m) and descend to Pheriche (4270)
   It’s a good idea to start in good time to reach Kala Patthar. Although not a lengthy climb (1 or 2
   hours), arriving early will give you the best chance of experiencing Everest in the usually
   sparkling morning air, before any cloud comes in. At Kala Patthar you’ll experience classic view
   of Everest, the Kumbu Icefall and Nuptse, and a short walk up the ridge from the summit of
   Kala Patthar, towards Pumo-Ri, will allow an unobstructed view of the South Col. Having had
   your fill of the sumptuous views, return to Gorak Shep for some refreshment, before heading all
   the way down to Pheriche. Note that a trip to Everest Base Camp is normally omitted as the
   Khumbu ice fall obstructs views, and the camp itself is littered with debris (although efforts have
   been made to clean this up). Furthermore, unless expeditions have crossed to base camp, the
   trail can be tricky to find.

   Day 15 - Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
   Rejoin the Imja Khola valley and return back down your original route to Tengboche, via
   Pangboche and Deboche. It’s worth stopping in Pangboche if you didn’t on the way up to visit
   the Gompa there, one of the oldest (400 years) and most respected in the region, as well as the
   nunnery and Gompa in Deboche, located in tranquil forest. Descend down through pine and
   rhododendron forest to the small settlement of Phunki Tenga on the banks of the Dudh Kosi
   before a steepish 300m climb through forest to Kyangjuma. Both spots are good for
   refreshment. From here follow a straightforward contour path that brings you to the top of
   Namche Bazaar.

  Day 16 - Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2866m)
  Trek down to Lukla, retracing the route followed on your ascent.

   Day 17 - Fly to Kathmandu
   Following a relatively early start, fly to Kathmandu. Your guide will arrange transport to your
   hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.




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   Day 18 - Free day in Kathmandu (buffer day)
   Overnight in Kathmandu.

   Day 19 - Departure
   You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport at a time arranged with your
   guide.



   Next Steps
   If you are seriously thinking about trekking, please do call our offices and we will be very pleased
   indeed to answer any questions you have in detail. We have extensive regional knowledge and
   can assist you in all aspects of planning your trip, including choice of equipment (what to take,
   what to hire locally and where), general precautions relating to health, what to do in and around
   Kathmandu etc. Should you wish to see more of the country, we are able to advise on where to
   go and put together a bespoke program of travel.


   Important Note
   As you will be travelling in a mountain environment, please note that actual travel may alter
   owing to factors such as prevailing weather conditions and group acclimatisation. Activities and
   timings may vary slightly from those outlined, and decisions relating to pace and route will be at the
   discretion of your guide, who will at all times endeavour to enable the group to meet its objectives
   safely. All of our treks have been designed to ensure that proper acclimatisation takes place, and a
   buffer day has been built in to give you the best chance of attaining objectives in the event of a bad
   weather delay.



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   Price:                                                  £880 per person sharing
   Single room supplement:                                 £25
   Notes:
   1. single room supplements apply to hotels “off” trek. On Trek, we would ask you to share rooms with another member of your party
       where suitable. However, if space is available, rooms are available for single occupancy if you prefer.
   2. Prices are subject to variation according to changes in local fares and room rates, and subject to hotel availability. Please refer to our
       booking form for our detailed price policy.

   Price Includes:
   Airport pick up and departure service (4 times) - Kathmandu to Lukla return Airfare (including guide’s fare) - 4
   Nights at the Kathmandu Guesthouse in Kathmandu with breakfast - Accommodation with all meals during trek -
   Guide, porters and their Insurance and all expenses on trek - National Park entry fee - Domestic airport taxes

   Price Excludes:
   International flights and taxes - Personal and medical insurance - alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek -
   international departure tax (NRS 1665) - all gratuities.


   Dates for 2007
   Arrive KTM from London - 28th October (fly to Lukla on 30th October)
   Depart KTM for London - 15th November (return from Lukla on 13th November)

   Dates for 2008
   Arrive KTM from London - 6th April (fly to Lukla on 8th April)
   Depart KTM for London - 24th April (return from Lukla on 22nd April)

   Arrive KTM from London - 19th October (fly to Lukla on 21st October)
   Depart KTM for London - 6th November (return from Lukla on 4th November)


   Note: Traverse Line can run bespoke treks and climbs on dates to suit you. Please do
   contact us for a quote.


  Will the Trek Run?
   The minimum group size for a fixed departure trek to Everest Base Camp is 3 persons.
   However, we will endeavour to run it with one or two participants, provided the participants
   agree. If less than 3 people go, then the cost of the trek will escalate as the staff to client ratio
   will be higher.


  When to go
   In general, Nepal’s weather patterns are largely governed by the movement of the Asian
   monsoon, which gives rise to Nepal’s wet season between June and September. The remainder
   of the year is predominantly dry; the period falling between the end of September/start October
   until the end of November is one of the best times to visit. The vegetation is lush after the
   monsoon rains and the air is dean and fresh, with good visibility. Another excellent time to
   visit is between February and May; the terrain is very dry at this time of year, and visibility can be

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   limited owing to haze below 4000m. However, the weather is warm and pleasant and it’s a great
   time to see many wildflowers in bloom. Visibility is usually excellent above 4000m and trails are
   less busy that the autumn period. December and January are still good in terms of climate and
   visibility but temperatures are lower; evenings in Kathmandu can be chilly and those trekking to
   high altitudes need to be properly prepared and equipped for comparatively lower
   temperatures.




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