Everest Base Camp Trek -15 Days

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  • Duration 15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Type Logde Based Trekking
  • Best Season Spring (March - May) & Autumn (Sept - Nov)
  • Group Size 16
  • Maximum Altitude 5,545 m

Highlights

  • Enjoy a great flight experience in/out of Lukla airport
  • Trek in the gorgeous Everest region and witness some of the most stunning and giant mountains in the world
  • Trek through lush forests, beautiful villages, and terraced fields
  • Cross thrilling suspension bridges, streams, and pass by lovely waterfalls
  • Get to see the lifestyle of the mountain people and their intriguing cultural heritage
  • Visit ancient monasteries and stupas along the trail
  • Explore the Everest Base Camp and relish glorious sunrise from Kala Patthar
  • Enjoy breathtaking Himalayan landscapes throughout the trek

Adventurous trail, ancient cultural heritage of Sherpas, towering mountains, breath-taking landscapes, friendly locals, and the Everest Base Camp, this is what our Everest Base Camp Trek 15 Days looks like in short. During the Everest Base Camp Trek, you will be exploring the exclusive Khumbu region and its surreal beauty.

"Everest Base Camp Trekking is all about experiencing a remote lifestyle, testing your endurance, pushing your limits, and making lifelong memories alongside fellow trekkers from all around the world."

From Kathmandu to base camp Everest, you will gain 5,364 meters in elevation. With our Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary, you will have ample rest days that will allow your body to gradually acclimatize with the altitude as you go higher and let you spend more time with locals. The Everest Base Camp Trek route is thrilling and involves many ups & downs through dense forests of rhododendrons and other alpine vegetation.

Views during the Everest Base Camp Trek

While you can't see Mount Everest from base camp, you will get to witness breathtaking panoramas of the world's highest mountain from several other points throughout the Everest Base Camp Trek.

Snow-capped Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), and numerous others are visible throughout the Everest Base Camp Trekking. Likewise, the stunning sunrise from Kala Patthar (5,644 m) is something to look forward to during the trek. Apart from the mountains, the sceneries along the Everest Base Camp Trek route are phenomenal too.

Kathmandu Lukla Flight

From the Kathmandu domestic airport, you can take a direct around 35 minutes flight to Lukla airport (Tenzing-Hillary airport 2,846 m). The flights are usually on time but get delayed or canceled sometimes due to bad or unstable weather. In case the flight gets canceled, we will arrange the next flight as soon as possible or take a heli ride back to Kathmandu. Heli ride will cost you an additional charge. The cost per person will not be way expensive in a group.

How hard is it to walk to Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp Trek is graded moderate to difficult by professionals. Anyone can become part of this adventurous venture under proper guidance and a well-planned itinerary.

Training for the Mount Everest Base Camp Trekking

You can train your body for Everest Base Camp Trek 15 Days by doing exercise and hiking. Other activities like swimming, cycling, and jogging also work to increase stamina. You have to make your core body and legs ready for the long trek on the rugged terrain. Likewise, you also have to prepare mentally to deal with bare minimum facilities, a simple lifestyle, and high altitude.

You don't need to worry too much or go through extensive preparation to reach base camp Everest. Regardless of your fitness, you can stick to your pace once you are on the trail, and as the days will pass by, you will get attached to the surroundings.

What do we offer?

Overall, Everest Base Camp Trek 15 Days offers a good balance of adventure and cultural experience. If you are looking for the best Everest Base Camp Trek, then this is it. Our extensive expertise in leading individuals in the Himalayas, top-notch service, and genuine price points make us the most reliable Everest Base Camp Trekking partner.

Join our Everest Base Camp Trek 2022 voyage and enjoy this out-of-the-world venture. To know more in detail about the Everest Base Camp Trek guide, please go through our Useful Information section.

Check out other similar packages - Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annaurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake  etc.

If you do not have time to trek to EBC or couldn’t do so because of health issues, then you can also consider Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour perfect for people of every age group and experience.

Itinerary

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Our team will receive you at the airport and drop you at the hotel. Take your time and explore your surroundings. As you will be staying in the tourist hub of Kathmandu, Thamel, you can see travelers from all around the world here. Later in the late evening, the company will organize a welcome dinner.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

Our EBC trek package has a guided Kathmandu tour. The tour takes you to famous monuments like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Monkey Temple, Basantapur, etc. All of these places are significant historical sites for Nepalese. The tour lets you have a close look at Nepali art, architecture, and history.

In the late afternoon, there will be a quick meet and greet with the trek guide who will be leading the group in the Himalayas. Take your time to ask him questions and later do the final packing. If you missed any trekking-related clothing or gear, then you can buy or rent in Thamel.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

The Kathmandu Lukla flight is short but offers amazing aerial views of the snow-capped mountains. Once you will land at the Lukla airport, our other crew members will introduce themselves, and after quick refreshment, we will begin trekking towards Phakding village. The trail descends through Chaurikharka village and Dudh Koshi Ghat before reaching Phakding.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,650 m

From Phakding to Namche Bazar, the trail gets difficult. Trekking along the northern bank of the Dudh Koshi river, you will cross many streams and thrilling suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river. At Monjo, we will register our trekking permits and enter the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail ascends steeply through dense forests. Namche Bazar will welcome you with the first view of Mt. Everest.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,440 m

For acclimatization, we will go on a hike to the Syangboche Airstrip and Everest View Hotel. The Everest View Hotel is popular for luxury accommodation and stunning views of the Himalayan mountains from its windows. If you can walk, hike further to Khumjung monastery (3,790 m/12,430 ft). It is the oldest monastery in the Everest region.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,440 m

The trail to Tengboche ascends and descends through several lush forests of rhododendron and presents stunning views of mountains like Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Likewise, along the way, you may get to see wildlife like musk deer, Himalayan Tahr, and pheasants. Before reaching Tengboche, you will pass by Phunki Thenga village.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,860 m

Leaving Tengboche behind, the trail heads towards Dingboche, passing by mani walls, chortens, and small villages. You will reach Pangboche and gradually ascend through terraced fields to the beautiful Dingboche village. Dingboche is known as the summer village, where different kinds of crops like buckwheat, potatoes, etc are grown.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,410 m

Today, we have a second rest day in Dingboche for acclimatization. It is crucial to gain elevation and allow your body to adjust to the elevation simultaneously to avoid altitude sickness. To spend the day, we will be hiking to the nearby hill that offers spectacular views of snow-capped mountains like Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu, and Island Peak.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,410 m

The route continues to climb a short ridge above Pheriche village. You will soon begin walking alongside the Khumbu Glacier and ascend to the Thukla Hills. Further, passing by the memorials of the climbers, continue to walk to Lobuche village.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,930m

The trail today finally leads you to the lap of the world's highest mountain, Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,598 ft). From Lobuche, you will walk through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and reach Gorak Shep. Further, continue ascending on a rough and rocky path to the base camp. Here, you get to spend some time and take some pictures. Later, descend to Gorak Shep to spend the night.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude5,180 m

You will wake up early in the morning to ascend to Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,519 ft), a famous viewpoint that offers gorgeous sunrise and a breathtaking mountain panorama. The route from Gorak Shep steeply ascends along a rugged path to the Kala Patthar. After spending some time here, you will descend to Pheriche following the same path.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,200 m

The trail from Pheriche goes through dense forests of rhododendron and juniper. You will come across the Imja Khola bridge. Crossing the bridge, you will reach Tengboche. Continue walking through small villages and forested paths and descend to Namche Bazar. Towering mountains will keep accompanying you throughout the trek.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,440 m

After breakfast, you will steeply descend through lush forests and cross many small settlement areas. Likewise, the trail has numerous suspension bridges before taking you to Phakding. From here, you will ascend to Lukla via Toktok for the night stay.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,840 m

A short flight will take you back to Kathmandu, offering the last aerial views of the Himalayan mountains. Upon landing here, we will take you to the hotel. The rest of the day, you can unpack and explore the bustling market of Thamel. Later in the late evening, we will meet you during the farewell dinner.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Farewell Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

It's your last day in Kathmandu. You will fly back to your home country or your next destination today. Our team will drop you at the airport and bid you our last goodbye.

  • MealsBreakfast

This is our standard and recommended itinerary. If this itinerary doesn’t suit to you, we can customize your trip as per your interest and time-frame. Click here for Tailor-Made program. 

Includes

  • All grounded transportation as per itinerary by private car
  • One expert tour guide for Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing inclusive entrance fees
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast
  • Round flight ticket (Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu) inclusive domestic airport taxes
  • Three times meal (Breakfast/lunch/dinner) and accommodations during the trekking
  • One highly experience, English speaking & friendly trekking guide and required porter including their expenses 
  • Sagarmatha National Park permit and TIMS card
  • Everest Base Camp Trekking map
  • Nepal Gateway Company T-shirt and achievement certificate
  • Local fresh fruit
  • First aid kit
  • Evacuation assist if needed
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance
  • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa quickly upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa suitable for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 50 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 135. Please bring two passport-size photos.
  • Your international flight ticket to/from Kathmandu
  • Your personal nature expenses, equipment and medical kit
  • All kinds of hot and cold drinks and alcoholic beverage in trekking
  • Hot shower, internet and phone call unless it is free
  • Tipping to field staffs (Tipping is not mandatory but expected)

Dates & Price

Date StatusPrice 
Start DateStart: WednesdayOctober 05, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayOctober 19, 2022StatusGuaranteedPriceUS$1390
Start DateStart: SaturdayOctober 08, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayOctober 22, 2022StatusGuaranteedPriceUS$1390
Start DateStart: WednesdayOctober 12, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayOctober 26, 2022StatusAvailablePriceUS$1390
Start DateStart: SaturdayOctober 15, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayOctober 29, 2022StatusAvailablePriceUS$1390
Start DateStart: MondayOctober 17, 2022End DateEnd: MondayOctober 31, 2022StatusAvailablePriceUS$1390
Start DateStart: SaturdayOctober 22, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayNovember 05, 2022StatusAvailablePriceUS$1390
Start DateStart: WednesdayOctober 26, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayNovember 09, 2022StatusAvailablePriceUS$1390
Start DateStart: SaturdayOctober 29, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayNovember 12, 2022StatusAvailablePriceUS$1390

This is our set fixed departure date. The arrival and departure date to/from Kathmandu, Nepal. The date and price are specified for group joining. 
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Useful Info

Everest Base Camp Trek distance

The Everest Base Camp Trek distance is 130 kilometers (round trip). Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary varies anywhere from 12 days to 16 or 17 days. Some people also do this trek in less than 12 days, but those people are either very experienced in trekking in the Himalayas or have included heli drop or pick up from the base camp Everest.

Everest Base Camp Trek route

Talking about the trail, it has mixed terrain with numerous ascends and descends throughout the trek. There are both rugged, steep tracks and gentle paths. You have to trek 5 to 6 hours a day at least, and the trail might go through lush forests, crossing suspension bridges and old wooden bridges.

Life suddenly gets very simple, and you have to survive without the comfort of modern living standards. The food options get limited, and the accommodation becomes basic.

Altitude Sickness

With the increase in elevation, the air gets thin, and you continuously have to be aware of altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is a common illness that trekkers have to face during the high-altitude journey.

It happens because of a drastic change in the altitude and if your body does not acclimate properly during the trek. You can do the following things to avoid altitude sickness:

  • Drink plenty of water during the trek.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks or smoke. It dehydrates the body.
  • Maintain gain in elevation by no more than 500-600 meters a day.
  • Carry prescribed medicine to deal with headaches and body aches.
  • Check the itinerary and see if it has ample rest days or not.
  • Listen to your body and spend the night at the lower altitude if you find difficulty in breathing, sleeping, or feel nauseous.
  • Remember to climb high, sleep low, and do not feel shy or afraid to ask for help.

Everest Base Camp Trek Solo/Private/Group

If you want to do Everest Base Camp Trek solo, then contact us anytime. We organize custom trips for travelers who want to explore the Himalayas on their own terms. During the solo trek, you will be accompanied by a professional guide and a native porter.

Likewise, if you want, you can also join our Everest Base Camp Trek fixed departure dates and trek with travelers from all around the world. Or, go on Everest Base Camp Trekking with your group.

What permits do I need for the Everest Base Camp Trek?

You have to get two permits to trek in the Everest region. The first one is Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit, and the second is Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. If you are trekking with us or any local trekking agencies, all the necessary permits will be arranged by the company.

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit costs: NPR 2000, per person

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit costs: NPR 3000, per person

*Note: If you are trekking from Jiri, then you also have to get an additional permit for Gaurishankar Conservation Area from Nepal Tourism Board that costs NPR 3000 per person.

Everest Base Camp Trek best time

March to April and October to November are the most trekked months in the year. These months are part of the spring and autumn seasons, which is considered the best time of the year to trek to Everest Base Camp Trek.

The clean air and clear view after the monsoon mark the beginning of autumn in Nepal. The weather in the Himalayas gets stable with a moderate climate and fantastic views. You can see fellow trekkers from all around the world relishing spectacular beauty and serene Himalayan surroundings.

Accommodation & Food

During the Everest Base Camp Trek, you will stay in a lodge. The trekking route has great options of accommodation ranging from budget-friendly to luxurious. Our Everest Base Camp Trek package includes decent, comfortable lodges to stay overnight.

For your information, the rooms are usually small with a few pieces of furniture and a private washroom. The facilities in the lodge are limited, and you may have to pay a few extra bucks to use services like a hot shower, charging station, and WiFi.

You will get breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek. All the meals are cooked and prepared by the lodge owners. The meals range from dal bhat, curries (veg/non-veg), chapati, steak, Tibetan bread, burger, pasta, pizza, momo, thenduk, thukpa, soup, mashed potato to sandwich, egg, toast, oatmeal, muesli, tea, coffee, etc.

Trek Responsibly

  • Do leave your litter behind or throw trash on the trail.
  • Some high-quality Nepali brands manufacture almost the same quality of trekking clothes and gear at affordable prices. Give them a chance and buy locally.
  • Use sustainable and eco-friendly products as much as possible during the trek.
  • Carry reusable water bottles.
  • Buy from local vendors and help promote Nepali art, crafts, clothes, etc.
  • Respect locals and their culture.

Travel Insurance

Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days is a high altitude journey, therefore a travel insurance is needed to book the trip. Your travel insurance should cover air evacuation up to 6,000 meters and medical bills. Travel insurance will be your lifesaver in an emergency. As you will be traveling in a remote area, the lack of basic infrastructures makes the trek risky.

You can also add flight cancellation and theft/loss of personal property in the travel insurance if you want. You cannot buy travel insurance in Nepal, therefore get one in your home country and double confirm all the clauses.

Everest Base Camp Trek Safety

Your safety is our topmost priority during the trek. As you will be trekking with our experienced and professional trekking guide, there is nothing to worry about during the Everest Base Camp Trek. He will take care of your needs and make sure the trek goes smoothly.

Moreover, our trekking guides are trained to tackle medical emergencies in the Himalayas and are certified first aid providers. So, you will be trekking with a reliable partner with us.

Last Minute Booking for Everest Base Camp Trek

We always recommend having a couple of weeks at least on your hands before the beginning of EBC Trek. You can prepare your body and mind for the journey. But if you want to book Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days at the last minute, then we do have a provision for it.

You have to pay 100% of the package cost and show us the necessary documents to confirm the booking. After getting the confirmation notice, you will have 24 hours to deposit the payment and prepare for the trek. Our team representatives will help you with everything.

Travel Tips (electricity, internet, ATM, luggage, tipping, personal expenses)

Extra batteries or a solar charger will come in handy during the trek. You can charge your device at the charging stations in the lodge, but it may cost a few bucks.

WiFi or cellular data both will be unstable on the trail, especially at the higher elevation. There are internet cafes in Namche Bazar, where you can use the internet.

No ATM above Namche Bazar, so withdraw enough cash to use throughout the trek. You may need money to buy extra beverages, snacks, or other services.

Each trekker has a weight limit of 10 kgs for duffel bags. The duffel bags are carried by the porters during the trek.

You can keep extra clothing or luggage in the hotel's locker room free of cost while trekking.

Tipping is not mandatory but highly appreciated. It is up to you and your satisfaction level from the service offered by the crew members. You can tip USD 2 to the driver, USD 5 to the tour guide, and USD 100 to the guide/porter.

Any additional expenses like beverages, snacks, tips, souvenirs, travel insurance, etc, are not included in the package cost.

FAQs

  • Q1. Is it worth to do Everest Base Camp Trek?

    Being on the base camp of the top of the world is everyone’s dream in the world. So it is definitely worth effort trekking with its spectacular scenery being witness to visit centuries old monasteries.

  • Everest base camp is situated on the eastern part of Nepal at elevation of 5,364 m.

  • There are two main season for Everest base camp trek. Spring (March to May) and Autumn (October to November) are the best time of the year to do Everest base camp trek.

  • It takes normally 13 to 15 days to complete Everest base camp trek. However, it can be also done within 10 days.

  • You can do walking, running, cycling at home to prepare yourself for the Everest base camp trek.

  • No, you will not need supplemental oxygen at the Everest Base Camp. Even though Everest Base Camp is located at a high altitude, trekkers generally don't need oxygen masks or anything.

  • You do get phone signal on this trekking if you use Nepal Telecome or Ncell sim. Although some places you don’t get single because of coverage and weather condition.

  • Yes, internet is available along the Everest base camp trekking route. You can directly pay at the lodge to use internet.

  • Yes, you can sleep at Everest base camp but you have to be a part of Mount Everest expedition. As you are doing only a trek to Everest base camp, you are not allowed to sleep there. You sleep at Gorak Shep on Everest base camp trek.

  • No, you do not need to carry oxygen for Everest base camp trek.

  • No, Everest base camp trek is not harder than Kilimanjaro. It is longer days trekking and slowly takes you to the destination. 

  • We climb slowly, gain altitude 300m to 500m a day, doing acclimatize after climb 1000m, drinking lots of fluids etc are recommended things to prevent altitude sickness.

  • It is common to get altitude sickness on Everest base camp trek while you gaining elevation day by day. But you do not need to worry about you. Our experience guide will look after you well under our guidance and well planned itinerary.

  • Yes, you need travel insurance. It is compulsory to everyone and your insurance should cover high altitude evacuation if needed.

  • You walk around 38 miles to complete Everest base camp trek.

  • No, previous hiking and trekking experience does not require for Everest base camp trek. Anyone can do Everest base camp trek under proper guidance and well planned itinerary. As you are physically fit for walking 5-7 hours a day, it should be enough for doing Everest base camp trek.

  • Yes, you can take a helicopter to Everest Base Camp. Check out Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour and Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek to see the itinerary with helicopter drop/pickup at the base camp.

  • Everest base camp trek is graded as moderate trail for trekking. It is not walking like in the park, you have to climb uphill several times and downhill too. As long as you are physically fit, you can do Everest base camp trek with your good knees.

  • Yes, you can drink normal drinking water during the trek. For extra safety, trekkers also use water purification tablets. The washrooms are clean, but the water can get cold. Likewise, you can get a hot shower facility at most places. You may have to pay a few extra bucks to use a hot shower.

  • Our representative will help you with the packing list. You can purchase or rent most of the trekking clothing and equipment in Kathmandu. So, you don't have to carry a huge load while traveling from your home country to Nepal.

  • Yes, sometimes people do die while trekking to Everest Base Camp. It's all because of negligence or unavoidable accidents. It rarely happens, still, you have to be careful while trekking, be well prepared, and know about all the difficulties the journey holds.

  • Everest Base Camp Trekking lasts from 12 to 16 days. It depends upon your walking speed and itinerary.

  • Everest Base Camp Trek can cost you anywhere around USD 1200 and above, depending upon your itinerary and the services. Contact us to know more in detail about the Everest Base Camp Trek price.

Client Reviews

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  • At the age of 78, trek to Everest base camp

    After having two new knees in 2007, my friend Jo and I decided to hire Raj of Nepal Gateway Trekking to take us first on a trek to Ghorepani  Poon Hill which we successfully completed in 2010, and then the next year we trekked to EBC.  Raj was the perfect guide and saw to all our needs, even supplying hot water bottles for our sleeping bags!!! It was a fantastic trek, and the tea houses were very comfortable, food good, but unfortunately, I lost my appetite, which lots of climbers do, due to altitude. I was 68 and Raj was very proud I completed the Everest Base Camp trek. After this, we spent 3 nights in Chitwan National Park which is thoroughly recommended. To say this was the end of my trekking would be a lie, as I completed 3 more treks with Raj, one to Gokyo Lakes, and the other two again to Mt. Everest Base Camp, although the last one, at the age of 78 got too much for me and I called it a day at Dingboche and my son carried on and finished the trek. Raj and my son, Paul, collected me on the way back down. 
    I thoroughly recommend Nepal Gateway Trekking for an enjoyable and safe trek.

    Christine Jarvis
    Christine JarvisUnited Kingdom, Travel Date: 05/11/2019
  • Thank you for the most special journey of my life!

    Chomolungma (Mt. Everest, Sagarmatha)
    Kia Ora Goddess, Mother of Planet Earth
    60 years I dreamed of you
    First to climb like Tenzing and Hillary
    Now to gaze in awe at you,
    Majestic, Supreme, Glorious
    Flanked by courtiers Lhotse, Nuptse, Lola
    You kiss the sky
    I bow my head in gratitude, Kia Ora

    Thank you, Raj, Ram, and especially my guide/porter/friend Dinesh for helping me fulfill my dream of climbing Kala Pattar and getting up close to mighty Chomolungma.
    You took the utmost care to make my trip special, a vivid, wonderful memory for the rest of my life. I will always remember exiting the Khatmandu Airport terminal and seeing Dinesh’s smile of welcome and placard with my name. The Moonlight Hotel was a perfect choice for my night in Thamel. Raj provided wise counsel regarding the current Lukla weather, the challenges of flying, and the helicopter alternative. When I got the word at the airport that Lukla was fogged in I quickly found 4 others to share a chopper. Raj and Ram later provided documentation to support my successful insurance claim with Nomad Insurance.

    Every day on the trail was a delight and my warm-hearted companion Dinesh answered all my questions about the surrounding mountains and local culture. All the guest house accommodation was spectacular with highlights being the Green Tara in Namche and the New EBC Guesthouse in Lobuche. After every nutritious dinner, I received a special dessert plate of sliced apple and pomegranate! I like to hike at a steady clip and Dinesh was always just behind like a ninja warrior! My excitement reached a feverish pitch when we arrived at Gorak Shep at 9.30 am after 7 days on the trail. We enjoyed a light brunch of soup and rice and then began the ascent of Kala Pattar. I wanted to run upwards in my haste to see Chomolongma but oxygen depletion and good sense prevailed. I maintained a steady pace and after 30 minutes I was rewarded with my first unimpeded view of the Goddess in all her unsurpassable glory. We paused breathlessly gazing at her magnificence. After another 30 minutes, we were sitting on Kala Pattar's narrow, prayer-flag bedecked, summit. Chomolungma revealed all from lofty summit to glacier foundation. Words like rapture, ecstacy, relief, gratitude, wonder, and awe were insufficient. I sat silently in the warm sun as tears of emotion gently filled my eyes. I read my ode to Chomolongma while Dinesh made a video with my smartphone. It is now two months later and I still struggle to describe the emotions I experienced in the presence and under the watchful eye of Chomolungma, Goddess Mother of Planet Earth.
    Kia Ora Dinesh, Ram, and Raj…thank you for the most special journey of my life!

    Peter Riley
    Peter RileyNew Zealand, Travel Date: 09/03/2019

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