This is definitely a bucket list type adventure. It is also tempered with safety and do-ability.
This event embodies adventure and the romance of traveling to far off places.
First of all, . . . this is NOT going up to the top of Everest (29,000). This is going to Everest Base Camp (17,600) also called EBC. Our starting elevation will be in Lukla at 9,400'.
With all that said . . . this is VERY doable at any age. You do not need to be a marathon runner. The truth is if you can manage walking 3-6 hours a day, up and down a hill, while carrying a light pack, you will be OK!
Professional guides and Porters to carry your gear are included. All that is left for you to carry is your water, snacks and camera.
But I don't have the needed gear?!
Our trip includes providing you with a North Face sleeping bag and parka, rated to -4F. As well as walking poles. So you don't have to buy them or pack in your suitcase.
Does this include food?
Yes. This includes meals.
What is lodging like? Are we sleeping in tents?
No. We are sleeping in a series of "Tea Houses" along the route. You will have bed in a shared room with roommate (from the group). Sorry, a solo room will not be available on this trip. We will pair up everybody.
What if I get sick or hurt. By the way . . . how dangerous is this?
This is NOT the summiting Everest with people dying from bad choices. We will be walking on an established, well used trail the entire time, and NOT on snow or ice. Stats from past years show that 30,000 people a year do the EBC trek. With all that said, . . . Our trip INCLUDES emergency insurance. For instance: this will cover a helicopter if needed.
Plain and simple, safety is our primary goal. We will have an experienced guide and porters, and Anna and I will be along the entire way too.
OK. How much does this cost?
INCLUDING AIR departing from LA the TOTAL cost is:
18 days for ONLY $3,480 (this includes air!)
If you want a breakdown to try and find a better flight, OR if you wish to use miles, OR if you wish to upgrade your flight, OR you are not flying out of LA
Everest Base Camp Trip $2,290 (15 Day, land only)
The (group) air portion $1,190 (departure LA)
Non-Refundable Deposit of $250 to hold your place by Jan 15th. Balance due by Feb 18th
There is not enough room on meetup to post the full detailed day to day itinerary. More is available upon request
If you have any questions call 8I8 52I 48I9, or RSVP, or PM or post a comment.
Apr 18th Depart 6:30PM
Apr 19th Flight time across time zones
Apr 20th Arrival in Kathmandu 10:30 AM(4,377') Night at hotel
Apr 21st Scenic flight to Lukla (9,383')(45 minutes) and trek to Phakding (8700/4-5 hrs/5mi
Apr 22nd Trek to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi)
Apr 23rd Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Syanboche (12,575')
Apr 24th Trek to Tengboche (12,664'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi)
Apr 25th Trek to Dingboche (14,469'/5-6 hrs/5mi)
Apr 26th Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Nagarjun Hills (16,676'/2 hrs)
Apr 27th Trek to Lobuche (16,207'/ 5-6 hrs trekking/4.4mi)
Apr 28th Lobuche to Gorakshep (16,942')- Everest Base Camp (17,600') (Everest summit is 29,029') and trek back to Gorakshep (7-8 hrs/9.3mi)
Apr 29th Gorakshep to Kalapathar (18,514') and trek to Pheriche (14,340'/ 6-7 hrs/9.3mi)
Apr 30th Trek back to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/9.3mi)
May 1st Trek to Lukla (9,383'/6-7 hrs trek/5.6mi)
May 2nd Scenic Flight back to Kathmandu (45 minutes flight). Last minute shopping
May 3rd Contingency Day
May 4th Drive to Kathmandu airport (20-30 minutes’ drive) and fly back to the home.
May 5 Arrive LAX Apprx 5PM
This is the adventure of a lifetime.
It is done in a safe manner and includes lots with no surprises.
For a compete list of what is included, and what is not included AND/OR for a Detailed Daily Itinerary and detailed packing list: RSVP, PM or post in the comments.
Note correct end date May 5th not May 1st. Meetup limits event posts 14 days max