***THIS IS A JOINT MEETUP WITH YOUNG ADVENTURERS.***
RSVP now open. Deposit is due by JULY 31, 2014.
Notes from the 5/18 Meeting:
Hi, all. We had a meeting last night and just a few things that were discussed--
1. Prep for this trip would require staying active and doing cardio. Also, hiking prior to the trip would be beneficial with a significant elevation gain of at least 2500 feet or more. 2. Other than trip cost, you pay for your international flight and purchase an emergency medical and evacuation insurance. You can easily google this and get a list of insurance providers. The cost can range from $25 and up.
3. I'll be sending out the gear list to paid attendees at some point but keep in mind we are staying in teahouses.
5. Visa can be obtained upon arrival at the airport for US citizens.
6.Consider arriving a few days earlier if you can in case of jetlag.
7.Accommodate is shared (2 beds in a room) unless you want own room for extra fee.
8. Book your trip by July 31. Keep in mind tho that there is a local flight to be booked. So do not wait last minute to reserve as you risk not getting a flight.
9. Drinking water on the trail- please bring a filter/purifier and also the tablets for drinking water. They are now strict on plastic bottle waste so we will have to do old school water filtering.
Who doesn't have Everest Base Camp trek on their list? Nepal is a wonderful trekking destination, no doubt, and the locals are some of the warmest people you'll ever meet. November also happens to be the best time to do the Everest Base Camp trek with clear skies and perfect hiking temperature (not too hot, not too cold).
For this trek, we will not only see the base camp, but also, Gokyo Lakes, Kala Pattar and Cho La Pass. This a GUIDED trek with stays at teahouses for a total of 18 days. The highest point is almost 18,000 feet.
NOTE: THIS IS A STRENUOUS HIKE. YOU'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING A DETERMINATION AS TO WHETHER YOU'RE FIT FOR THIS TREK. THIS IS AT HIGH ALTITUDE WITH SIGNIFICANT ELEVATION GAIN. HAVING SAID THAT, YOU HAVE AMPLE TIME TO TRAIN.
Nov 8/9 - FLY OUT FROM DC (en route on Nov 9/10)
Nov 11, DAY 01: International Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft)
Nov 12, DAY 02: Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft): Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Nov 13, DAY 03: Kathmandu - Lukla (2,800 m/9,184 ft) - Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft): 3 - 4 hrs
Nov 14, DAY 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): 5 - 6 hrs
Nov 15, DAY 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day
Nov 16, DAY 06: Namche Bazzar - Dole-(4,110 m/ 13,152 ft): 6 - 7 hrs
Nov 17, DAY 07: Dole - Machherma-(4,470 m/ 14,663 ft): 4 - 5 hrs
Nov 18, DAY 08: Machherma - Gokyo (4800 m/15,744 ft): 4 - 5 hrs
Nov 19, DAY 09: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to 5th and 6th Lakes
Nov 20, DAY 10: Hike - Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft) - Thaknak (4750 m/15,580 ft): 4 - 5 hrs
Nov 21, DAY 11: Thaknak - Cho-la Pass (5367 m/17,604 ft) - Dzongla (4830 m /15939 ft): 7 - 8 hrs
Nov 22, DAY 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 2 - 3 hrs
Nov 23, DAY 13: Lobuche - Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961ft] - Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft] - Gorak Shep: 8 - 9 hrs
Nov 24, DAY 14: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar - Pheriche [4280 m/14,070 ft]: 8 - 9 hrs
Nov 25, DAY 15: Pheriche - Pangboche - Tengboche - Namche Bazzar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 5 - 6 hrs
Nov 26, DAY 16: Namche Bazaar - Lukla: 6 - 8 hrs
Nov 27, DAY 17: Fly Back to Kathmandu
Nov 28, DAY 18: Final Departure
TOUR PRICE PER PERSON:
$1650 (18 days total with round trip flight from Kathmandu to Lukla).
Tour Cost Includes:
Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel; Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel ); Government license holder Trekking Guide; Trekking porter /Sherpa who will carry your bag pack during the trekking; Three time meal during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner; Trekker’s Information Management system (TIMS); Everest Conservation area fee; Kathmandu- Lukla – Kathmandu Round Trip Flight Ticket; Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag; Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary; Trekking guide and porters accommodation, fare, meal, equipments and salary & Insurance; All program as mentioned in itinerary; Government Tax and office service charge; Welcome Dinner; Airport drop.
Tour Cost Excludes:
Nepal Visa fee; International airfare to and from Kathmandu; Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu; Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay; Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, Soft drinks such as cola, shower & any Purely personal nature expenses etc); Travel and rescue insurance; Tips for guides and porters; Emergency rescue evacuation if needed; visa and city tour permits.
HOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT:
A $450 deposit is due now to save your spot. In addition, to reserve the domestic flight to and from Lukla, please send me your full name and a copy of the photo/main page of your passport (scan and email).
Deposit deadline: July 31, 2014. Any bookings after that will be subject to availability of the domestic flight.
Balance is due by August 15, 2014.
To reserve your spot, click the link below to send your $450 deposit via paypal:
PAY DEPOSIT FOR EBC TREK
Balance is due by August 15, 2014.
2. Juana (full balance paid)
3. Amy (deposit paid)
4. Amy's guest (pending)
5. Frank S(deposit paid)
6. Vince (pending); flight bought
7. Fran M (deposit paid)
8. Sanjay (pending)
9. Karthick (pending)
10. Jenny H (pending)
11. Alex (pending)
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS: You are responsible for booking your own flight. It's never too early to start looking. You must be in Kathmandu no later than November 10, 2014 or even sooner if you wish to get over the jetlag. It's also advisable to have a few days extra at the end in case there are issues with flights from Lukla. Hotel costs pre- or post-trek are separate costs apart from the tour price. However, Kathmandu is a host to so many hostels. We can either stay at the same hotel chosen by the tour agency or book a few nights in another place.
VISA: Visa cost is excluded from the tour price. For U.S. citizens, a 30 day visa can be obtained upon entry at the Int'l airport in Kathmandu and costs $40. If you're non-U.S. citizen, please make sure you are aware of the visa requirements as per your nationality.
GEAR LIST: This will be provided to confirmed attendees.
Questions? Email me.
A get together will be scheduled at some point.