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Kalapathar Trekking


With Experience Nepal Treks & Expedition you can marvel beauty of the world`s highest Sagarmatha national parks in the shadow of highest peaks of Mt. Everest and climb the panoramic view point at Kalapatthar where you will be surrounded with breathtaking view in 360 degree. Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular trekking destination in the Khumbu region. This an amazing hiking trip offers marvelous grand journey, Everest base camp hiking in the midst of rich old Buddhist culture and traditions in the warm hospitality of the highlanders, the Sherpa tribe. This splendid & awesome adventure begins with a sweeping scenic short flight of Lukla the gateway to Everest, walks to lead to Khumbu`s Sherpa capital at Namche Bazaar, the famed Thyangboche Monastery and to the unmatched view point of Kalapatthar (5,545 m) and to the exciting Everest Base Camp with extraordinary viewpoints of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Lho-La peak, Nuptse, Everest, Lhotse, Ama Damlam, Thamserku,Tawache and the remorseless Khumbu icefall and its glacier .



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Day 01:
Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300 m and transfer to respective hotel & free day at leisure.

Day 02:
In Kathmandu with full day private guided city tour.

Day 03
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Fly to Lukla 2,846 m & trek to Phakding 2,652 m/40 minute flight & 03 hrs walk.

Day 04:
Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m/06 hrs.

Day 05:
Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization day or side excursion

Day 06:
Trek to Tengboche 3,867 m/05 hours.

Day 07:
Trek to Dingboche 4,358 m/05 hours.

Day 08:
Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and side excursion.

Day 09:
Trek to Loboche 4,928 m/05 hours.

Day 10:
Trek to Gorakshep 5,160 m & continue to Everest Base Camp 5,337 m & returned back to Gorakshep/07-08 hrs

Day 11:
Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m & trek to Pheriche 4,250 m/07-08 hrs.

Day 12:
Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m/03 hours.

Day 13:
Trek to Monjo 2,775 m/06 hours.

Day 14:
Trek to Lukla 2,846 m/05 hrs & afternoon free at leisure.

Day 15:
Fly to Kathmandu & rest day or free for individual activities.

Day 16:
Spare and free day in case of flight delay at Lukla or Kathmandu valley city sightseeing

Day 17:
Transfer to airport for international departure.

Service includes
• Airport pick up & drop off by private vehicles
• KTM to Lukla airfare for member and staff/s
• 4 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on 3 star category B/B plan
• 2 days sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by private vehicle & professional tour guide
First day: Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath & Swayambhunath
Next day: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan & Bhaktapur
• TIMS & National park entry permit fee
• Basic accommodation during the trek
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during trek
• English speaking guide & porter during trek
• Food and salary for staff and porter
• Trekking gears for the local trekking staffs (shoes, jacket & trouser)
• Insurance for local trekking staffs
• First Aid Kit box/bag

Service does not include
• Nepal entry visa fee, Photographs & international flights fare
• Meals in Kathmandu (lunch & dinner)
• Personal nature expanses: telephone calls, cyber bills, bar bills, laundry service, battery recharge bills, hot shower (On trek),washing water, pots of hot drinks, bottle/boiled water, alcoholic and soft drinks
• Additional cost incurred due to extending your stay at hotel due to cancel and delay of flight because of poor visibility due to heavy raining/snowing/cloudy from Lukla airport & go fly into Lukla from Kathmandu too.
• Essential trekking gears
• Travel & health insurance
• Tipping for all trekking staffs (guide & porter/s)
• An emergencies or rescue evacuation cost/charge (helicopter), if required

  Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airports our Botanical Treks & Excursion staff will receive and transfer you to respective hotel, at the hotel our guide will brief with orientation program of the hotel, Kathmandu, trekking, do`s and don’ts and other related information while you are in Nepal with Botanical Treks & Excursion.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with full day private guided city sightseeing tour.
Kathmandu is full of world heritage sites; the Hindus temples in Pagoda & Shikhara styles mostly, monasteries, Stupas & monuments, ancient Kings Palaces, water taps & well, old traditional houses with masterpiece woodcarving and courtyard; full day private guided sightseeing tour will be interesting and a memorable tour before setting for the mountains with Botanical Treks & Excursion.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,846 m & trek to Phakding 2,652 m/03 hrs walk
Starting this wonderful adventure with an early morning flight of Lukla with panoramic views en route as the plane landed at Lukla, the first day walk an easy and moderate way to Phakding village, the trail although it is moderate with ups and down along with the grand views of Kwangde and Kusumkanguru peaks and beautiful landscapes of the villages and farm fields and Buddhist religious stupa, prayer walls then reaching the overnight stop at Phakding village by the glacial river Dudh Koshi, afternoon free to immerse with the local culture.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m/06 hrs.
After a nice time of Phakding followed the river Dudh Koshi upstream with awesome views of Thamserku peak 6,623 m, Khumbila peak 5,840 m, the patron god of Khumbu region with the moderate nice walk reaching at Monjo village then to the entrance of Sagarmatha national park, from here a short descend with a gradual walk to the Jorsalle village, the last village till Namche Bazaar is reached, walking on the river bank till the path leads to the last bridge over the Imjatse river, from here trek along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar with magnificent view of Kwangde peak, Kusumkanguru Mt. Everest, Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Tawache after ending the last uphill walk reaching the famed Namche Bazaar, the big village with lodges and hotels are situated in an amphitheatre shape.

Day 05: Rest days at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and some side hike.
Recommended activities include a short walk uphill to Sagarmatha national park headquarter with panoramic views of mountains Ama Dablam,Thamserku, Kwangde, Tawache, Lhotse and Everest & visit the museum information on history of the Himalayas, geographic settings, culture, history of mountaineering, flora and fauna of this region. Other activity is hikes up to Everest View Hotel, world highest hotel at 3,880 m with an excursion to Khumjung and Khunde villages beneath the sacred Mt. Khumbila.

Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m/05 hours.
After a good time for Namche Bazaar,adventure continues with fairly easy for the first half walk follow on the gradual trail with few short ups and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde Ri peak after a pleasant walk of two to three hours coming at Phungitenga 3,250 m, a small settlement with couple of teahouses and an Army barrack serving as park wardens the area is surrounded with alpine forest of silver firs, blue pines, rhododendron, Juniper, magnolia and birch trees, the uphill from here of two hours reaches Thyangboche Monastery for the overnight stop. This beautiful spot offers view of the majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam with Everest looming above the Nuptse wall of the north with Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche 4,358 m/05 hours.
With an amazing beautiful morning at Thyangboche, the treks descend into lovely alpine forest with magnificent view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. After the bridge, the walk are gradual uphill most of the way to Pangboche at 3,900 m, from here a short climb to Somare for lunch a small settlement with fantastic close up views of Ama Dablam. After a nice break journey continues towards east beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam, after another small bridge the trails climbs slowly winding above the Imjatse river to a big Mani wall, from here the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with view of the eastern snowcapped mountains including the Island peak or Imjatse 6,189 m, which is a popular peak among all the trekking peaks in Nepal.

Day 08: Rest days at Dingboche for acclimatization.
Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of the field enclosed in stone walls, protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Dingboche has about more 20 lodges& pretty big Sherpa village
Well deserved rest days for short hikes, there are places where one go for a short walk to Chhukhung 4,730 m. At Chhukhung, there are about five teahouses overlooking superb view of the snow capped peaks and glaciers of Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Imja glacier, Chhukhung the last settlement in eastern Khumbu.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche 4,928 m/05 hours.
After Dingboche our route leads north with gradual up for an hour or two till Thugla is reached on route mind blowing views of tall snow capped mountains of Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde 5,741m, Kongmatse 5,820 m and Nuptse. After a pleasant trek of 2 hours the trail from Pheriche joins at Thugla, from Thugla, an hour steeped up brings to the top with the number of memorials to the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions to the mountain of this region, walk for another hour with gradual up to Lobuche, Lobuche has about 06 Lodges.

Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep 5,160 m and continue to Everest base camp
5,357 m/07-08 hrs round trip.
From Lobuche walk towards final destinations of this wonderful journey to Everest base camp, the walk from here follows the rocky moraine path and icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below Khumbu glacier. After the moraine dunes a short downhill walk brings to Gorakshep situated below Kalapatthar 5,545 m and Mt. Pumori 7,145 m. Gorakshep has four lodges, after a short break here walk towards Everest Base Camp, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the route leads over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till Everest Base Camp is reached this spot is lively during the high expedition season. At Base Camp great view of the Khumbu icefall and other giant peaks that rears above you. After a glorious time here return to Gorakshep for the overnight stop.

Day 11: Morning hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m continue walk to Pheriche 4,243 m/06 hrs.
Morning leads to a steep climb to Kalapatthar the awesome panoramic view points, on reaching the top of Kalapatthar a rocky small peak the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori, fantastic views from here as Mt. Everest is within a stone throw distance including Everest Base camp way down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier, after a gorgeous time here descends to Gorakshep and continue walk to Pheriche, the route is fairly easy about downhill slopes most of the way of the flat Pheriche Valley, afternoon time is very windy here, after a good walk reaches you at Pheriche for the overnight stop.

Day 12: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m/05 hrs.
Walk back Thyangboche with few ups in between Shomare and Pangboche on reaching the bridge back to treelines and vegetation with an hour uphill to Thyangboche for the overnight stop.

Day 13: Trek to Monjo 2,775 m/06 hrs.
Retrace the journey back, on reaching Namche Bazaar downhill all the way to Monjo for the overnight stop, located by the Sagarmatha National Park.

Day 14: Trek to Lukla 2,846 m/05 hrs.
The last final day trek of this wonderful walking journey to Lukla , apart from few short up hills the only long climb is just before Lukla which takes 45 minutes from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla check into respective lodges and last day dinner with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.

Day 15: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.
A short scenic flight of Kathmandu in the early morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, the flight can be delayed sometime due to bad weather, this scenic flight from Lukla of 35 minutes reaches to Kathmandu, with awesome views during the flight. On reaching Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staffs will receive and transfer you back to respective hotels.

Day 16: Free days at leisure.
We have reserved this days in case of flight delay at Lukla if all goes well a free day in Kathmandu, inform our staff for short guide sightseeing tours of around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 17: Transfer to airport for international departure.
Last days in the magic awesome Himalaya and with grand memorable time in the mountains with Botanical Treks & Excursion, as per your flight time BTE staff will transfer you to airport for your final departure for homeward bound.

USD 1945 Per Person of the group is of 1 Pax, USD 1645 Per person if the group is of 2 Pax, USD 1625 Per Person if the group is of 3 Pax or more


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 Health Requirements
You are preparing for a trek in the higher altitudes of remote Himalayan region. Hence during this treks, the physically, emotionally & mentally demanding mountain trek & you may face Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), if you trek/hike quickly/ascended too fast as well as other health related problems. In this regard, Botanical Treks & Excursion strongly recommends for those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lungs and blood pressure/diseases make know to us before booking this trip.
Experience Requirements
The remote mountain trekking requires 4 – 6 hours walking in per day a basis and at times it even exceeds to 7 – 8 hours depending on your walking pace, age groups, weather condition & seasons. Despite this fact, we do not suggest you for mandatory hiking or technical climbing experiences. Yet, it will be better if you have a regular jogging habit of few weeks before booking this trip.
Travel Insurance
Botanical Treks & Excursion does not sell or arranges any kind of insurance plan/packages for foreigners except local staff/s. Yet, it will be mandatory to join our trips that you should be insured for comprehensive expenses that may arise from the trip for your own safety. Your Insurance plan must be covering medical/travel issues as well as unforeseen accidents that may occur to the trips. In such a case, you may to take the facility like an air ambulance, helicopter rescue, Clinical attention and so on.
Acclimatization
Trekking in higher altitudes may even cost the life of travelers! The more you go higher elevation/height, the lesser will be availability of Oxygen pressure in the air. Therefore, your body requires a few days too many days to adopt the newer situation/climate in an environment with less oxygen. The higher you climb the more will be the possibility of undergoing through Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) problems. Hence, Botanical Treks & Excursion`s itineraries are extremely concern on this problem/issue. With our expert team, you can easily cops with altitude sickness problems. The AMS will attract you after 3,000 m. The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), non-profitable medical institution recommends to all trekkers/hikers to ascend slowly after 3,000 m (either ascends 300 m each day or every 600 m spend an extra night, the same altitude). The rule is slowly ascents to go higher elevation to be safe!
Trekking Crew Arrangement
To facilitate the best trekking experience in the Himalayas, Botanical Treks & Excursion has arranged most hospitable as it is possible, more professional and long-terms experienced crew members. Your local trip member/s will have most extensive knowledge about mountain trails, mountain names & its height/elevation, people & their cultures, religions, socio-cultural aspects, eco-system, flora & fauna, geography of the respective treks/trips and history of the local regions. Besides, our crew members are fully undergone through Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Mountaineering, Intensive wilderness First Aid knowledge, Trekking guides, Eco trekking, knowledge about Responsible tourism business, Sustainable development, English language, Conservation & preservation basic knowledge and Bio-diversity trainings.
Meals Facilities
During the trek in the mountains, you will be served 3 times meals a day with typical Nepali food/meal along with Tibetan, Chinese, Indian, Continental & Italian dishes, depending on your choices. You will have an access to have hot chocolate, tea and other hot drinks as well, breads and snack as well in the camping/tented treks. The early morning breakfast and dinner will be served at the same tea houses or at the local lodges where you spend the night. At times, you too have to enjoy the breakfast and the lunch at the camping overnights sites. Unlike this, you will take your lunch on the way in the mountain trails in the side trips/day excursion. The lunch will be prepared for your team member of the camping/tented treks & in teahouse/lodges treks at local lodge/guest houses. At the climax of the trip, you will enjoy a trip celebration dinner in Kathmandu.
Accommodations Arrangements
During your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan & other cities, you will enjoy the budget accommodation to best class hotel /resorts accommodation depending on your budget, interest & hobbies where as on the other hand in the mountain trail, you will have to adjust at twin sharing, double bed & single bed rooms basis accommodations at the standard lodges or tea houses, mostly common sharing bathroom & toilet/rest rooms. However, you have to consider the remoteness of travelled places where single room may not be feasible at all the times & need to be the share with someone else in the peak season. Most of the teahouses/lodges are either double bed rooms or twin sharing rooms. Some of the majors trekking destinations, there are deluxe comfortable hotels & Resorts is also available.
Porter Care
We are tremendously concern over the rights of the porters who facilitate traveler`s adventure dreams in the Himalayas. Without porters hard working, your dream to go to mountains will not be certain/guaranteed. It is our serious concern that the porters should be well paid, make sure their warm clothing, well equipped and treated equally even in the harsh situation in the remote Himalayas. In case of emergency situations, we give equal to rescue facilities as other team members get in the adverse situation in the higher altitude including rescue services by Helicopter. Besides this, we too are concern about International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) which works in the field of trekking porter/s by protecting the rights of porter, basic language training to express their problems, make sure for enough warm clothing & other equipment, compulsory Insurance facility. In doing so, we recommend all our trekkers in the Himalayas just to keep their luggage under 30 kg so that it can be handled by porters smoothly in the higher mountains. If possible, try to make about 25 Kg. over 4,000 m & high passes.
Environmental Concerns
Being human beings, it is our responsibility to protect natural & cultural order, to conserve environment and to love nature. Himalayan region is ecologically very much fragile and hence we try to practice “to leave just footprints and take photos” so that future generation will to have chances to experience the beauty of Himalayan region. Respecting natural balance and being sensible towards local environment yields into protecting local cultures as well. Hence, our trip operations tremendously focus on environmental issues in the Himalayas and thereby eco-tourism.
Trekking Group Arrangement
Botanical Treks & Excursion generally provides one trek guide/trekking leaders for the trip operation and porter/s for luggage carrying. It means if there are 4 trekkers, there will be one trek guide & two porters. In the case of porter/s arrangements, there will be one porter for each two paying trekker. This arrangements helps to carry out the trip smoothly even in the adverse situation. Our trips generally accommodate the group of 10 people at a time. Despite this arrangement, we can adjust or run the trips over than 10 people at a time as well as.
Best Seasons
The best seasons of travelling/trekking in the Himalayas are autumn season (September-November) and spring season (March-May). Apart from these two seasons, there is a possibility of trekking in the Himalayas even in the winter and summer seasons which is called off-seasons. In the winter season, cold, snowing & flight delay or cancellation slightly affects the trips & high passes could be closed. But, travelling/trekking in the summer season comes with tremendous rewards for a passionate botanist despite of rainy days, flooding, landslides, flight delay or cancellation like winter season. It will be great in the least rain fall regions & high passes, where are lots of wild orchid blooming.


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