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Nepal: Everest Basecamp

World famous trek into the heart of the Himalayas - Trip for singles

Book From   € 899,-
GROUP SIZE: 2-24 | 18 DAYS

Nepal: Everest Basecamp

This trip offers a breathtaking and unforgettable trek through the snowy peaks of the Himalayan massif. Edmund Hillary was the first explorer who climbed the roof of the world. Since then, it has been the dream of many adventurers to get up close to Mount Everest. Let yourself be surprised by the way of the Sherpa culture and inspired by the impressive surroundings as Mount Everest beckons from a distance. Once used to the eternal silence during the Everest Base Camp trek it is a lively return to Kathmandu where the friendly locals will make you feel welcome.

Travel documents

Travelling with the correct travel documentation is your own responsibility. Please ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the finish date of your trip.

For Nepal, a visa is required for many nationalities in order to gain entry. Please check this information in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one. To arrange your visa, you should either contact your nearest Nepalese embassy or use an agency such as CIBT.

Accommodation and transport

Transport
The domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu are included. This is a trekking trip so your main mode of transport will be you and your feet!
The transfers to and from the airport of Kathmandu are not included.

Our slideshow (Streaming media) gives a good impression of the transportation that Shoestring uses in Nepal.

Accommodation
We sleep in Kathmandu in 2-person rooms with private bathroom. Travellers who book alone will share a room. We keep in mind to pair people of the same sex. If you wish for a single room in Kathmandu then please select this when making your booking and a single supplement will be charged.

During the trek we stay in simple huts with small rooms for 2 (in the mountains there are no single rooms). The shared bathroom is limited and the food is simple. You should bring a sleeping bag with you. The larger part of your luggage will be carried by the porters (up to 7 kg per person, the rest you can leave in Kathmandu) and then any items you need whilst trekking, like water, jacket, camera etc, you can carry yourself in a day-pack.

Festivals

HOLI PHAGUA FESTIVAL

The Holi feast of Phagwa or Holi is a colourful Hindu festival that is celebrated annually throughout India (and Nepal). This spring festival is the sign of the beginning of a new season and is known also as the harvest festival. It is also considered a victory party: the victory of good over evil.

The old Hindu story around the festival is about Narasimha, an incarnation of the great Vishnu killing Hiranyakashipu, the great demon king. On the eve of the Holi the scene of burning Holika is re-enacted all over India. Wood fires are lit and a living object such as a plant is given up. Rice is thrown into the fire, which is considered a symbolic expulsion of evil. The ceremony also includes prayer, music and singing.

The next day Hindus return to the scene of their fire and smear themselves with the ash. Then in the afternoon they sprinkle one another with scents, perfumes and dyes with different colours having different significances.

During these holidays there is an atmosphere of freedom and happiness. Make sure you bring some old clothes, because most likely you will not be spared and you too will end up buried under coloured powders!

Tour leader

Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.

Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).

Trip rating

This trip is in category D

The difficulty of our travels varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that travel difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular holiday we have developed a classification system.

Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D:
A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.

According to our categorization the Everest Basecamp trip is a category D journey. The trek is one of the heavier in Nepal. You must have good endurance and it is very important to wear well-worn, comfortable boots/shoes. The route is strewn with roots of trees, stony mountain paths, snow filled and dry riverbeds. Consider the extreme weather conditions, take care to bring warm clothes and a good sleeping bag. You sleep in simple mountain lodges. The room where you will eat is generally heated, however your sleeping area is not heated. In almost all the lodges you can wash, sometimes with a simple shower, sometimes with a bucket of cold or warm water. Some accommodations have solar energy so they can at least provide some hot water.

The guide (s) and carriers will introduce you to all aspects of life in the mountains, the fauna and flora that are so wonderfully adapted to extreme climatic conditions and the mountain people. Please remember that you are travelling in a developing country with much lower living standards than you are used to at home. Hotel rooms can be less comfortable, the electricity can sometimes fail and it could be that you suddenly have a shortage of hot water whilst taking a shower. Also, roads may be temporarily blocked because of the weather or owing to their state of repair, in which case a detour is unavoidable. A flexible and positive attitude is just as important as a good physical condition.

Nature of the trip: This trip will start in Kathmandu and then you will take the short flight to Lukla, which offers spectacular views over the lofty white peaks of the Himalayas. You will begin your trek through pristine pine forests and visit the village of Namche Bazaar, where you have time to see the museum, bakery and others shops. From here, you will take a walk further towards Thame where you will have spectacular views of several mountains, all 6000 m plus, including Pigpherago Shar (6718 m). You continue into the higher echelons of Dingboche and Lobuche and witness the extraordinary site of the suns' rays setting onto the crisp white mountain tops. You then have a long walk to Gorak Shep, next to a frozen lakebed and beyond that is Everest Base Camp. You will be feeling tired but please summon the energy to see the  Khumbu icefall- the formations are simply stunning! Continuing onward, make sure you have your camera to hand as the best 360 degree views will be available of peaks including Pumori, Khumbutse and a full view of the 'Roof of the World', Everest. Absorb the culture in beautiful Monjo village as your trek nears its conclusion. Back in Lukla you fly back to the capital where you have a couple more days to do as little or as much as you desire and to reflect on what you have seen during your time in the Himalayas. 

Sustainability

We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here

Insurance

Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.

Address

Shoestring International
Entrada 223
1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, The Netherlands.
www.shoestring.com                    

You can call us on number +31 20 6850203 or +44 (0)1306 744797 and email us at info@shoestring.com           

Opening hours Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM (Local times in Netherlands).

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