Everest Base Camp Trek and NGO documentary photo project in Nepal
May 1 - May 17, 2018
$3,500 per person. Buy now price at $3,300

Everest Base Camp Trek and NGO documentary photo project in Nepal
May 1 - May 17, 2018
$3,500 per person. Buy now price at $3,300

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When John Haul visited the Khumbu region in 1953, he described it as follows “The mountain sides became more precipitous and rugged, civilization seems patchy and cottages are more scattered; the scenery became first more Alpine and then more truly Himalayan. Equally marked by the changed appearance of the people. We recognized the pronounced Mongolian features,broad and bland, the heavier, more decorative clothing. This "Sherpa Land” obtains its name"Khumbu" from its guardian deity "KhumbilaTetsanGelbu". The literal translation is "Khumbu Country with God"

Cost per person $3,500 double occupancy, not including airfare to Kathmandu


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The Everest trek involves a tremendous amount of up-and-down walking. All the rivers in this part of Nepal flow south form Himalayan glaciers, but the trek route proceeds east. Therefore the trail must climb to the ridge that separates two rivers, descended to the river itself, and ascend the next ridge. Even though the trek begins at an elevation of 1860m, on the sixth day it crosses the DudhKosi at only 1500m – after considerable uphill climbing, it will come to almost 5360m of elevation to Everest base camp. The Nepal Himalayas are best seen on this trek as one traces the main route through the Khumbu region from the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar. The trekkers get a close view of the world's greater mountains such as Mt. Everest (8,848m) and others mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, and Tawache.

The Everest Base Camp Trek takes one to the foothills of the mightiest of the mountains in the world. En route, traverse through rhododendron and pine forests, rivers, Sherpa villages and Buddhist Monasteries from temperate to snow line regions.

Photographic Opportunities.

Before the trek, we will be visiting the cultural centers of Nepal in Kathmandu. That will give us the opportunity to photograph some of Nepal's ancient architecture as well as the Nepali people as they go through there daily, and religious lives. On the trek we will be passing through mountain villages and Monasteries with ample time to photograph. The landscape along the trek is second to none we will explore landscape photography as well as night sky photography.

After the trek we will have the privilege of working with an NGO (Kids of Kathamndu) in Nepal that rebuilds schools devastated by the earthquake and runs an orphanage. We will be visiting their projects and getting an opportunity to photograph and document the work they do.

Dates: May 1-17, 2018

Pricing: $3,500 per person double occupancy, Airfare to Lukla is $350 and subject to change. Buy now price $3,300

Single Supplement: $850

Non-refundable deposit: $900.00

Whats included

  • 1. All transfers, sightseeing tours & drives as per itinerary in a private tourist vehicle accompanied by English speaking guide from Himalayan Holidays.
  • 2. 4 nights stay at hotel (as above) in Kathmanduon twin sharing basis including American breakfast and all taxes.
  • 3. Nepali Welcoming Dinner at a Nepali authentic restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • 4. Tea House Trek as per Itinerary including all meals, accommodation at Lodges and Tea Houses, and the service of English speaking trek leader and a team of experienced Sherpa assistant/s and a reliable porters.
  • 5. Sightseeing tours as per itinerary including applicable monumental entry fees
  • 6. Sagarmatha National Park fees.

Whats not included

  • 1. International airfares and airport departure taxes.
  • 2. Nepal entry visa (US$25 per person)
  • 3. Airfare for sector Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu (Quoted Seperately)
  • 4. Items of a personal nature such as; laundry, bar bills, alcoholic beverages (except on welcome dinner), extra mileage, optional tours such as Mountain Flights, telephone calls, internet services, personal gratuities as tips to guides, bell-hops or hotel porters, drivers, etc.
  • 5. Comprehensive Travel Insurance or “Umbrella Insurance” to cover – Illness, hospitalization, travel medicines, loss of valuables, thefts, change of itinerary, flight and tour cancellations due to unavoidable circumstances and most of all Emergency Helicopter Charter for evacuation purpose.
  • 6. Any items that are not mentioned in above the costs include section.

Details, and timing are subject to change due to conditions on the ground.


Arrival in Kathmandu    May 1
Upon arrival in Katmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet, assist and transfer to hotel. After welcome refreshments and room check in the hotel, there will be a short briefing and orientation about the trip. Rest of the day is free for leisure.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 / May 2
Trek preparation & Sightseeing in Kathmandu.    
Spend a day in Kathmandu for rest, sightseeing and Trek preparation.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 / May 3
Fly To Lukla& start Trek to Phakding (2,652m / 8,700 ft.) – 3 hrs.
Early morning transfer to the airport to fly to Lukla(2880m). This 45-minute flight provides a magnificent entry to the trek. It highlights the snowline of the Himalayan Range in the north and the rugged landing at the Lukla airport, which is said to be one of the most spectacular flights in the world. Upon arrival the guide will arrange the porters at the nearby lodge. During this break, the guests are welcome to explore this bustling town on top of a hill with rows of houses, hotels and shops lining both sides of the traditional cobbled street.         
The trek starts by following the trail leading to the northwest direction through the narrow street, which immediately descends from the end of the village on a trail through the open hillside. The trail is well defined and there are many shops and lodges catering to the trekkers. This day’s trek is an easy one and ultimately descends to the river at Phakding (2,652m).
Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 04 / May 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,447m / 11,300 ft) – 5~6 Hrs
Leave the main village and the follow the trail on the left bank of the DudhKosi River. It is a pleasant walk for the first half of the day as one passes through agricultural countryside and small wayside villages. Just before lunch, there is a steep climb of about 20 minutes to arrive at Monjo for Lunch. After lunch, trek up to the check post to check the permits and enter into the Sagarmatha National Park. Descend for 10 minute and then cross a suspension bridge to arrive at Jorsale (2,800m). Pass through several small villages and beautiful pine forest. This is a busy trail with plenty of human interest. Our first good views are of west ridge of KusumKangru (6,339m). Follow the DudhKosi River, crossing a rickety suspension bridge, which is in a dilapidated condition, and then slowly climb up a very steep trail to Namche Bazaar.  Near half waypoint, we enjoy our first views ofMt. Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,879m) and Lhotse (8,383m) - the big three. The climb is for nearly 3 hours as one gain in altitude making breathing difficult due to rarified air. Arrive at a gate with a sign saying, "Welcome to Namche Bazaar" but it is very misleading as it takes another 20 minutes to arrive at the main town. This prosperous town is the largest in Khumbu.Mt.Thamserku (6,648 m) and KwangdeRi (6,624 m) loom along the east and west of the village. The sacred mountain Khumbila (5,707 m) dominates the skyline along the west.
Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 05 / May 5
Rest day for acclimatization in Namche.  
In the morning after breakfast go for a walk and later return for lunch. After lunch the guest are free to rest or go around the bustling Namche Bazaar.
Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 06 / May 6
Trek toDevouche viaThyangboche Monastery (3,800 m / 12,464 ft) – 7Hrs Walk to the checkpoint to show the permits. Then walk uphill for a short period to reach a huge prayer stone from where the path straightens and we get great views of some of the Himalayan ranges. Later as we walk we descend through the rhododendron forest, watching for the blood pheasant and Imphayan pheasant in the undergrowth. As we reach the valley there is DudhKosi River where we stop for a lunch at PhunkiThanga(3,200m), next to several large water driven prayer wheels. The afternoon is spent climbing slowly on a steep trail to the Thyangboche Monastery. Thyangboche lies at the base of Kangtega and is a classic setting with superb views backs up the valley to the AmaDablam, and the Everest poking its southwest face over the huge ridgeline linking Nuptse and Lhotse. The Thyangboche Monastery is one of the most important monasteries of the Khumbu Region and the late afternoon can be spent visiting this ancient Monastery. It is the traditional place where all Everest Expeditions receive their blessings as they walk in towards the base camp. After visiting Thyangboche Monastery a short, steep and muddy descent to Devouche through theforest of briches, conifers and rhododendrons.
Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 07 / May 7
Trek to Pheriche (4,220 m / 13,840 ft.) - 5 Hrs
In the morning after breakfastis a short, steep and muddy descent to Devouche through a forest of birches, conifers and rhododendrons. After we pass the Devouche village there is steep climb up to the village of Pangbouche. For the next half an hour the path is on level ground with few gentle climbs. We have to go uphill for about 45 minutes to reach our lunch point. After lunch at Somare the trails goes up to the left, through the front yards of a few herders’ huts, over a stone wall and climbs a small ridge before descending to KhumbuKhola, crossing it on a wooden bridge. From the bridge it is 10-mins walk, usually in the wind to Pheriche which is a windier place and is colder than most places in Khumbu.
Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.


Day 08 / May 8
Rest day for acclimatization.
As per the study on high altitude sickness, it has been found that most of the people suffer or show signs of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) from the altitude of 14,000 ft. Thus it is highly recommended to have a rest day to acclimatize at this altitude before starting an ascent. The trekkers’ aid post operates at Pheriche, supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association and Tokyo Medical College. A western physician is usually in attendance during the trekking season. This establishment, and the doctors who operates it, specialize in the study and treatment of altitude sickness and strive to educate trekkers in the dangers of too fast an ascent to high altitudes.
Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 09 / May 9
Trek to Lobuche (4,931 m / 16,173 ft) – 5 Hrs
An ill- defined track traverse across the open landscape with a short steep ascent to arrive at a ridge to join the main trail coming up from Dingboche on the right and the trail from Cho la pass on the left. On the way you can watch the beautiful view of the Mt. Cholatese (6,442m) back on the Westside of the route and Mt. Amadablam to the rear. After arrival at the ridge, descend, for about ten minutes, cross a bridge and arrive at Thugla for a short break. After Thugla, there is a very steep ascent for about one hour to the ridge where there is a Sherpa memorial in remembrance to those brave mountaineers who died during Expeditions. Travel along the jumbled moraines and scattered rocks passing by the memorials of Rob Hall and Yasuko Namba and others who perished during the Mt. Everest disaster of 1996. The memorial chortens dots the skyline facing the mountains and overlooking the valley below. Further on the trail leads to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier with views of Pumori or Widow’s Peak in the foreground. The stark and the rugged beauty create almost a moonscape. Theteahosue at Lobuche is reached for lunch, after another hour of steady trekking through the moraine and is situated in a windswept valley with the views of the Tawatse (6,501m) and Nuptse (7,855m).
Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 10 / May 10
Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m) & climb Kala Patthar for sunset view (5,545 m) - 7 Hrs.
From Lobuche, a short climb brings one to another valley. Travel along the Khumbu Glacier through the jumbled moraines and scattered rocks. The trail continues to slowly contour on the open landscape through an ablation and after about an hour, there is a steep ascent for about 20 minutes. Climb slowly to a ridge and then continue on a trail of rocks caused by rockslides. On a clear day Mt. Everest can be seen looming behind Nuptse. Arrive at the ridge above Gorakshep and then descend to Gorakshep, a settlement with 2 teahouses to stay overnight. This was the base camp for the 1952 Swiss Everest expedition. In 1953 A.D. the British Everest expedition called this “lake camp’. GorkShep or "graveyard of the crows” has a small lake that is usually frozen and several monuments to climbers who have died during various Everest expeditions. The carved stone in memory of Jake Britenbach, US expedition and the monument of Indian Ambassador H. Dayal, who died during a visit to the Everest Base Camp after the 1965 A.D, Indian expedition, are northeast of the lake. -  3 Hours. After lunch at Gorakshep keep your bag - packs in the lodge and take the left-hand side trail and head straight up the hill to Kala Pattar (5,545m) for views of Mt. Everest. The trek up to the top is an arduous one and takes about an hour and half to two to reach it. The afternoon is the best time to view Mt. Everest from this vantage point as the sun is behind the observer and directly on the mountains in front. The climb to the Kala Pattar though tough, is well worth it as the views from here are breathtaking. The giants of the earth are all around Pumori (7,145m), Everest (8,848m), and China’s peak Changtse (7,553m), Nuptse (7,855m), Lhotse (8,516m),AmaDablam and many others. Later return to Gorakshep.
Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 11 / May 11
Trek to Base Camp (5360m / 18,000 ft.) & back to Pheriche–8 Hrs.
The trip to base camp, while fascinating, is not spectacular as the ascent of Kala Pattar because there is no view of Everest itself from the base camp. Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse, which loom over the Base Camp, shades the view of Everest. The trail continues on a ridge from where a small glimpse of Mt. Everest can be seen. At the end of the ridge, a scrabbling descent leads to the entry into Khumbu Glacier. The trail through the glacier is an interesting one in that one can actually feel as if one is inside a fridge with the cold seeping from all sides. The Everest Base Camp is also the site for the base camp for Lhotse and Nuptse. It is not actually a specific site as various expeditions have elected different locations for a semi-permanent camp during their assault on the mountains. Some of the sites that expeditions have used, as base camps are identifiable form debris on the glacier at 5360m or more. However the highlight of the trip to this place is the sight of the Khumbu icefall and the trek along the Khumbu Icefall is an interesting and an exhilarating one. Later return to Gorakshep for for lunch. After lunch continue your return trek Journey to Pheriche.
Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 12 / May 12
Back track to Namche Bazaar (3,447m / 11,306 ft.) – 7hrs.
Having been consistently at high altitude above 4,200m most trekkers welcome the thoughts of returning to warmer, softer climbs and the days walk to Debouche is a delightful way of doing so. The route starts back through the long walled paths of the village, and then descends to the bridge. Cross the bridge and a gradual ascent along the flanks of the hills brings us to the pass with a chorten. From here descend continuously and a little further the route joins the main trail coming from Dingboche. From here it takes about 45 minutes to the village of Somare at 3850 m. Pass through the village and then a 45 minute walk along the hill side high above the Dudhkosi brings us to the village of Pangboche (3,985m), we walk through the Pangboche village and ascend to a pass. Then we descend steeply for about 30 minutes to arrive at the spectacular little bridge over the Imjeriver and leads into the fir and rhododendron forest and a lovely afternoon's walk of another 40 minutes brings us to the meadows and the village to Devouche for lunch. After lunch, there is a steep ascent for 30 minutes to reach Thyangboche. It is a classic setting with superb views backs up the valley to the AmaDablam, and the Everest poking its southwest face over the huge ridgeline linking Nuptse and the Lhotse. At the rear is the beautiful west face of the Tamserku (6,608m) and Kang Taiga (6,685m). From here descent to the ImjaKhola and the small village of Phunki (3,250m) with its water powered Prayer Wheels takes about one and half hour. The original bridge built by Sir Edmund Hillary was washed away when a flood caused by the landside from the AmaDablam caused a flooding in this region. Cross the river over the smaller bridge and start the climb towards Sanasa. After Sanasa continue trek towards Namcheby following the path round the eastern flanks of the hills. Upon arrival check in at a tea house lodge.
Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 13 / May 13
Back track to Lukla(2,860 m / 9,380 ft.) – 7 hrs.
From Namche Bazaar head to the end of the village and then immediately start to descend to the river. If going up was tough it is equally hard to get the footing and walk down hill. Head along the banks of the river and then further descend to Monjo,pass through the village of Monjo. It is a steady descent of about 2 hrs to Phakdingfor lunch. After lunch continue trek to Lukla. It is interesting to watch others starting enthusiastically on the trek ahead as we head down to our lodge at Lukla.It is a surprising hard uphill climb to Lukla, which should take about 3 hours. It is a delightful ending to the trip as one enters into this busy village of Lukla.
Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 14 / May 14
Fly to Kathmandu (30 min) &transfer to hotel.
Early morning, fly from Lukla to Katmandu. Upon arrival, meet, assist and transfer to hotel.
Rest of the day is free for shopping and personal activities.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15 / May 15
Contingency & Sightseeing day in Kathmandu.
Am: After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City. It includes visit to the Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu DurbarSquare) - an ancient durbar (palace) with its numerous old palaces, temples and pagodas, the Temple of Living Goddess “Kumari”, and the Kasthamandap Temple, which is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree from which Kathmandu derives its name.

In addition also visit   the BoudhanathStupa- an ancient colossal stupa and the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world and the Pashupatinath Temple- the Temple of Lord Shiva situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River.

Pm: After lunch drive up to the SwayambhunathStupa situated atop a hill from where you could get a bird’s eye view of Kathmandu Valley. The SwayambhunathStupa is also known as the “Monkey Temple”!!

Eve:Group Farewell dinner at nice restaurant in Kathmandu.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 16 / May 16 Visit Orphanage and Bhakatpur

Day 17 / Final Departure


Details, and timing are subject to change due to conditions on the ground. 

From our visit to the Kids of Kathmandu orphanage and school rebuilding site.