Mount Everest Expedition - Everest Base Camp Trek


Get ready for the trip of a lifetime. Travel at elevations higher than any other place found on the continental United States. Your Mount Everest Base Camp trek will give you the opportunity to truly feel what it is like to live a high altitude ultralight (HAU) lifestyle. If you have been looking for a change to test yourself physically, mentally and emotionally look no further. Trek, stay, and connect with the sherpa people, and build friendships that will last a lifetime. Our trek to Everest Base Camp will allow you to experience your life from a new perspective. Enjoy life for all that it is meant to be. Welcome to the HAU Gear team. We look forward to experiencing this trek with you. BOOK NOW!!! Spaces are limited.

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Overview

    Upcoming 2018 Trip Dates

    Spring: April 4-20 (Becoming who you were meant to be - A Lifetime Adventure Experience)
    Fall: October 3-19 (Married Couples in Business Extreme Retreat)

    Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
    Day 02: Rest / Prep Day
    Day 03: Flight to Lukla; Trek to Phakding
    Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar
    Day 05: Acclimatization Day
    Day 06: Trek to Debuche
    Day 07: Trek to Dingboche
    Day 08: Acclimatization Day
    Day 09: Trek to Lobuche
    Day 10: Trek to Gorek Shep & Everest Base Camp
    Day 11: Climb Kala Pathar; Trek to Pheriche
    Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar
    Day 13: Trek to Lukla
    Day 14: Flight to Kathmandu
    Day 15: Spare Day
    Day 16: Rest Day / Tour the HAU Gear Training Center / Farewell Dinner
    Day 17: Depart Kathmandu


    Trip Highlights

    ✔ Visit the land of the popular Sherpa ethnic people and explore Sherpa villages
    ✔ See Buddhist Monasteries, Chhortens and Mani walls along the way
    ✔ View beautiful alpine flora and Fauna throughout the Khumbu region
    ✔ Rely on our care for your safety, comfort and satisfaction is our motto
    ✔ Enjoy the famous Sherpa food and experience the dal bhat power-24-hour.
    ✔ Trek through spectacular scenery with brilliant panoramic Himalayian Mountain views.
    ✔ Amazing hike to Kala Patthar 5,545m (18,192 ft)for a panoramic view of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse.
    ✔ The world’s deepest Khumbu glacier and Khumbu ice fall
    ✔ View breathtaking views of Everest from the Everest view hotel.
    ✔ Life changing Everest base camp trek.

    What to Expect

    The Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular and spectacular trekking destinations in the world. This trek begins with a spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, then our journey starts from Lukla to Phakding, which is home of the Sherpa people. We will follow the traditional expedition route of Sherpa that will lead us to the bustling market of Namche Bazzar, perched high above the Imja Khola river, that flows from the base of Mt, Everest. The journey to Everest Base Camp will provide us so many spectacular views as we walk up higher and higher towards the Khumbu Glacier. On day four, after we leave Namche Bazzar, we will reach Tengbuche, the home of the world’s most famous monastery, situated at 3900m above sea level, where we can see such as glorious and impressive backdrop of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Our journey continues upwards along the Dudkosi River and through the Sherpa villages. This trek takes us up close and personal onto the massive Khumbu glacier which leads up to the south Col...the same route taken by Sir Edmund Hillary on the first ascent of Mount Everest.

    The best time for this trek are during the months of March, April, September, October, November and December.

    Trip Itinerary

    Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu 1350m/4428ft.
    Our trip begins today in Kathmandu, Nepal. After clearing immigration and customs, you are met by our friendly staff and transferred to our host hotel in colorful Thamel, filled with restaurants, unique shops and outdoor outfitters to help you acquire any last-minute trekking gear. The afternoon is left open to rest and explore this unique area. Perhaps take a walking tour with your guide to become more familiar with the city. Meals on your own.

    Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing.
    Today we enjoy a guided tour of the ancient cities of Kathmandu and Patan that will last most of the day. Nepal is a country rich in religious diversity and our visits today to Hindu and Buddhist sacred sites including Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple), Boudhanath and Patan's magnificent Durbar Square will open many windows into these fascinating and ancient worlds. If time permits, we'll take an optional side-trip to the Tibetan Refugee Carpet center in Jawalakhel. The rest of the day will be on your own to explore before our evening orientation to review the trip's itinerary and gather recommendations on repacking your bags for tomorrow's departure. Breakfast included.

    Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2610m) and trek to Phakding (2810m) - 3 hrs.
    In the very early morning (prior to 6 a.m.) we transfer to the airport to catch our scenic flight to Lukla, the entrance into the Solu Khumbu. When we arrive, our supplies and gear are loaded onto yaks, then our trek begins with a 4-hour hike down through terraced hillsides and along stone fences to the Dudh Kosi River and across a hanging bridge to our first camp near Phakding. Take notice of the huge boulder inscribed with the Buddhist prayer, "Om mani padme hum" and be sure to hike clockwise around these special "mani (prayer) stones". Throughout the trek you'll encounter the local Buddhist people reciting this mantra over and over again – a virtuous deed believed to influence the next life. Arriving in camp in Phakding, your tent will be set-up for you and all of your gear delivered by our support staff. You can look forward to receiving a hot bowl of water at your tent each day after we arrive in camp – great for washing up or for doing a bit of light laundry. Then there is time for hot tea or hot drinks and well-deserved rest. This is our arrival routine in camp most afternoons/evenings, and you'll appreciate these little extras along with the rest of the exceptional care and attention you can expect to receive from our trekking staff. All meals included. Trekking: 4.5 miles, 3 to 4 hours. From Lukla (9,320'/2,840m) we lose 920'/280m over the first 3 miles, then hike a relatively flat final 1.5 miles to arrive in Phakding.

    Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,450m/11,315ft- 6hrs.
    The dawn's air is crisp as the sun won't reach the bottom of the Dudh Kosi Valley until mid-morning, but your morning wake-up call each day on our trek is delivered complete with a hot cup of tea and warm bowl of washing water delivered right to your tent. After a hearty breakfast, we set out on the trail as it wanders through rolling terrain, past traditional homes, plowed fields and pine and cedar forests. Ascending slowly to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, the snowy peak of Thamserku (21,680'/6,608m) gives us a taste of the unmatched mountain scenery to come. Lunch provides fuel for the final push, a steep 2,000'/610m hike to the village of Namche Bazaar. Namche is the largest Sherpa village and has long been the primary staging area for major Himalayan expeditions. It is a major establishment because of the abundant source of fresh water and its lively bazaar on Saturdays. We know you'll enjoy this very special place and we'll spend two nights here on our way up the mountain. All meals included. Trekking: 5.6 miles, 6 hours; elevation gain: 920'/280m over the first 4.2 miles, then 2,000'/610m in the final 1.4 miles for a total of 2,920'/890m to reach Namche Bazaar.

    Day 05: Rest and acclimatization.
    Temple horns and yak bells awaken us to a sunrise surrounded by snowy summits over 20,000'/6,100m high! Today is an acclimatization day, meaning we plan to hike high to gain strength, then descend again to sleep low, enabling our bodies to better adjust to the altitude before we continue our ascent. A slow and steady pace with adequate time for acclimatization is key to an enjoyable trek. Peaks we'll view as we set out today include Kwangde (20,930'/6,380m), Thamserku (21,680'/6,608m), and Kangtega (21,932'/6,685m). And what's more, as we ascend to around 12,500'/3,820m we earn truly stunning views of Nuptse (25,790'/7,861m), Lhotse (27,605'/8,414m), Ama Dablam (22,493'/6,856m) and even Mount Everest (29,035'/8,850m). Tonight we overnight again in Namche Bazaar. All meals included. Trekking: 3 to 3.5 miles, 4 to 5 hours; elevation gain/loss: 1,250'/380m.

    Day 06: Trek to Tengboche 3,860m/12,677ft- 4/5hrs.
    Back on schedule with the 0700 start. Today you will find to be very exciting as you officially make your journey up the Everest valley. Walking for about 5 hours directly underneath majestic peaks with Mt. Everest in the distance as your guide. Stop for tea at the Ama Dablam guesthouse owned and operated by Lhakpa Dorjee (who summited with the first Canadian on Everest Laurie Skreslet from Calgary) the trail winds along the top of the valley offering incredible views. At lunchtime you will drop down to the river for a wonderful lunch at the village of Phunki. This will be your last blast of rich air before making your way up to the top of the hill to Tengboche. Upon arrival in Tengboche you may arrive in time for a tour of the monastery. If not, catch the monks in the morning for a chant. You are welcome to go inside the monastery and join in with the monks magical morning chant at 0600.
    A SPECIAL NOTE: Thee most famous monastery in all of Nepal is here, the Tengboche monastery. It is one of the important centers of Buddhism in the region. The largest gompa in the Khumba region, it was built in 1921 and then destroyed due to a fire in 1989 and has been carefully rebuilt partly with a foreign aid and volunteers. From Tengboche, one gets a panoramic view of the Himalayan giants Kwandge, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantenga, and Thamserk. The sunset here is amazing. All meals included.

    Day 07: Trek to Dingboche 4,410m/14,485ft.
    Today's hike is an extended half-day, with a challenging and scenic climb to Dingboche. After ascending fairly gradually along the river Imja Khola for the better part of the morning, our trail swings off the main track to the east and climbs slowly up to the windswept potato fields of Dingboche village, the highest permanent Sherpa settlement in the region. Ama Dablam's razor edges are particularly dramatic here. We'll expect to have arrived and be enjoying a late lunch by around 1:00 pm, so consider packing an energy bar or snack in your daypack as we set out in the morning. After lunch, the remainder of the afternoon is yours to rest, journal, read, enjoy the views and soak in your surroundings. All meals included. Trekking: 4 miles, 4 to 4.5 hours; elevation gain: 1,575'/480m.

    Day 08: Acclimatisation.
    We've scheduled another important acclimatization day today. To this point in the trek, we've ascended over 5,150'/1,570m, and before we attempt to sleep any higher, we'll once again hike high today then descend to sleep low for one more night. There are many options available to us, and the most likely is one of our Sherpa guides' favorite hikes. Few visitors to the Everest region will ascend the base of Nangkar Tshang peak, and this 3.5 to 5 hour round trip leads past cliff-side sacred sites to a stunning view of Makalu, the world's 5th highest peak at 27,762'/8,462m. We'll hike as high as we reasonably can, reaching our high point somewhere between 15,700'/4,785m and 16,400'/5,000m, then return to 14,400'/4,410m. This should help the body acclimatize more effectively, as the next three days bring ever more increasing challenges. All meals included. - Optional trekking: 3 to 4 miles, 3.5 to 5 hours; elevation gain/loss: 1,300' to 2,000'/375m to 590m.

    Day 09: Trek to Lobuche 4,910m/16,110ft.
    Our ascent today begins with a gentle climb along the upper trail headed into the Pheriche valley. Well above Pheriche and the valley floor, we contour along the northwest side of the valley through alpine scrub and yak pastures, enjoying panoramic views of Tawoche (20,890'/6,367m) and Cholotse (20,785'/6,335m). Directly behind us, Ama Dablam appears to rise directly from the valley floor to its fullest snowy height. After about two hours of gradual ascent along this path, we reach Thokla Pass and begin a challenging but relatively short ascent of about 690'/210m. At the top of the pass, long strands of prayer flags connect monuments and memorials dedicated to Himalayan climbers who've perished in pursuit of their climbing dreams. The scenery becomes ever more exceptional as we crest the pass to panoramic views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and other 7,000+meter peaks. We continue hiking beyond Thokla Pass to reach Lobuche, a sparse trekkers' outpost amid dramatic alpine scenery where we'll stay for one night. The next two days will be very challenging, so it is important to eat well and drink lots of water tonight. You are likely to be tired by the end of this tough yet beautiful day of trekking. All meals included. Trekking: 5 miles, 5 to 6 hours, elevation gain: 690'/210m over 2.5 miles before ascending Thokla Pass, gaining 690'/210m over a steep, short .5 mile section. Then, 265'/80m over 1 mile to reach Lobuche (16,110'/4,910m ). Total elevation gain: 1,645'/500m.

    Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorkshep 5,185m/17010ft.
    The next two days host some of our trek's most exceptional highlights. On day 10, we pick our way through boulders and rock while trekking about 3 hours to reach Gorak Shep. This tiny outpost resides in the immediate shadow of Kala Patar. We arrive in time for lunch. After lunch we will head up on the 3-4 hour hike to Everest Base Camp, saving Kala Patar for the following morning. All meals included. Trekking from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (16,865'/5,140m): 3 hours; elevation gain to camp: 755'/230m.
    Round trip Gorak Shep-Everest Base Camp (17,600'/5,365m): 4.5 miles, 3 to 3.5 hours; elevation gain/loss: 735'/225m.

    Day 11: Hike to Kalapather 5,545m/18,187ft – Pheriche 4,250m/13,940ft.
    We’ll wake before dawn today to trek towards Kalapathar (which means “black rock”) for a fiery, glorious sunrise over Mt. Everest. The day’s first light will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse Nup, Changtse and Lhotse.This may be, of the whole journey, your most opportune moment to snap amazing pictures of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Afterwards, it’s back to Gorekshep for breakfast and down in the direction of Pheriche, our nighttime stop. Our pace will be a lot brisker as we descend, and the walking is easier going this way. All meals included. Altitude: 5,545m/18,192ft (Kalapathar) & 4,320m/14,173ft (Pheriche) Walking distance approx.(5-6 hours)

    Day 12: Trek to Namche 3,450/11,315 ft 6hrs.
    TThe walk from Pheriche back to Tengboche is mainly downhill, although it does, counterintuitively, require an hour scaling a hill. We’ll be in Namche by late afternoon and off to bed before our last day on the mountain. All meals included. Altitude: 3,440m/11,284ft Distance of walking: 13-15km (7-8 hours)

    Day 13: Trek to Lukla 2,850m/9,350ft- 6hrs.
    After breakfast, we trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages. Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in our last Tea House and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you’ve accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet. All meals included. Altitude: 2,800m/9,184ft Walking Distance: 16km (7-8 hours)

    Day 14: Fly Lukla/Kathmandu 35minutes.
    In the morning, you’ll hop a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and ends. You’ll transfer to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We’ll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants in town and reflect on your trip of a lifetime.

    Day 15: Spare Day - added just in case the weather requires us to spend an additional night in Lukla.

    Day 16: Rest and Gift Day - Today we will use the day to tour the famous Thamel District to purchase keep sakes and gather last minute gifts for family and friends. We will also take a taxi to visit the HAU Gear training center and experience first hand the work that we are doing in Nepal to help create sustainable income for the nepali people living in the most remote villages of Nepal.

    Day 17: Today will be the day to say farewell, for now, as we all depart for the airport to catch our international flights back home.


    All-Inclusive Trip Price: $2,290.00

    COST INCLUDES

    While in Kathmandu
    ✔ International and domestic Airport pick-up
    ✔ Hotel accomodations in Kathmandu, including WIFI, hot shower, and breakfast
    ✔ Kathmandu valley sightseeing with tour guide on hand
    ✔ Cultural Farewell Team Dinner

    While Trekking
    ✔ Private Chartered Helicopter Ride from Kathmandu to Lukla
    ✔ Domestic flight to and from Lukla
    ✔ Trekking lodge accomodations throughout the trek
    ✔ Three meals a day (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) during your trek
    ✔ Hot Showers at various tea-houses along the way (at select locations)
    ✔ A highly experienced and knowledgeable English speaking guide and a porter
    ✔ All food, accommodation, transportation, and insurance for the porter and guide
    ✔ FREE WIFI during trek (upon availability and weather permitting)
    ✔ Access to calling to the United States during your trek (where signal is available)
    ✔ All necessary paperwork, national park fees, and TIMS card
    ✔ Shared Porter/Guide for group sizes of 2 or more
    Plus, every HAU Gear adventure you embark on with us will help to equip, empower, and encourage women, living in remote villages throughout Nepal, to create sustainable income for themselves and their village

    COST EXCLUDES

    ✖ International airfare
    ✖ Trip Insurance
    ✖ Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport-Kathmandu)- $40 USD for 30 days Visa
    ✖ Lunch/Dinner while in Kathmandu (breakfast provided at hotel)
    ✖ Personal items, snacks, beverages, or alcohol

    Gear Checklist

    Travel Equipment

    Lightweight, stowable duffel bag
    Luggage locks (optional - customs might cut them during inspection)
    Luggage tags
    Passport/money belt
    Sleeping bag liner (optional)
    Travel plug adapters
    Electrical converter

    Travel Clothing

    (pre & post trekking)
    Synthetic or wool shirt
    Lightweight, travel-friendly pants/jeans
    Flip flops or sandals
    Midweight wool or synthetic socks

    Trekking Equipment

    Day backpack (40-45 liters)
    Pack liner (provided by HAU Gear)
    Sleeping bag comfortable to 0°F or down quilt (dependent upon season, forecast and preference)
    Trail running shoes (broken in - not new)
    Evening/sleeping booties (short down booties - optional)
    Flip flops or sandals
    LED headlamp with extra batteries
    Trekking poles

    Trekking Clothing

    Wicking, quick-dry boxers or briefs (optional)
    Wicking, quick-dry sports bra (for women)
    Heavyweight long underwear bottoms
    Heavyweight long underwear top
    Wool or synthetic T-shirt
    Wool or synthetic Long sleeve shirt
    Midweight down or synthetic parka with hood
    Convertible hiking pants
    Running/Shower Shorts
    Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket
    Midweight fleece gloves or wool gloves
    Liner gloves
    Midweight fleece/wool winter hat
    Sun hat
    Midweight wool or synthetic socks (2 pairs)
    Shower socks
    Heavyweight wool or synthetic socks (for sleeping)
    UV sun glasses
    Neck gaiter, balaclava, Buff or bandana

    Personal Items

    Water bottles (two 1-liter)
    Watch with alarm
    Video / still camera / or phone camera (optional)
    Spare camera battery and charger
    Spare camera memory card (optional)
    Camp Towel
    Pocket knife or multi-tool (must be stowed with luggage in-flight)
    Personal first-aid kit (travel size)
    Ear plugs
    Hand and toe warmers (optional)
    Small Notepad & Pen
    Book (digital only)
    Cash (Nepalese rupees and U.S. money - changed in Kathmandu)
    Credit card
    Cell phone in waterproof case
    Cell phone charging cable
    Local SIM card for cell phone (purchase in Nepal)
    Solar power device (for recharging phone or other electronics)
    Toiletries(to be purchased onsite)

    Additional Items
    Toothbrush (travel size)
    Toothpaste (travel size)
    Women’s hygiene items
    Hand sanitizer
    Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
    Lip balm (SPF 30 or higher)
    Shampoo (travel size)
    Soap bar (travel size / optional)
    Deodorant (optional)
    Skin lotion
    Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses
    Non-prescription medications (pain reliever/fever reducer, antibiotic ointment, allergy treatment, etc.)
    Prescription medications; medications for traveler’s diarrhea, altitude sickness

    Vaccinations
    There is no mandatory vaccination unless you have traveled to the countries infected by Yellow Fever within the past 6 months. Its very important that you consult your physician for the official advice. Most travelers consider vaccination against rabies and Hep A. As the trip involves high altitude, participants with heart and lungs issues, diabetic issues must consult with their physician before you sign up for this trip. You are responsible to determine that you are fit for the travel.

    For general travel health advice and information on vaccinations, please, visit the site of Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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    “People ask me, 'What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?' and my answer must at once be, 'It is of no use.'There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behaviour of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron... If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.” -George Mallory

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