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UPCOMING: Oct. 20, 2017

Nepal & Everest Base Camp Adventure

A Gay Himalayan Hiking Trip

DESCRIPTION

Nepal is a hiker’s paradise laden with ancient kingdoms, majestic mountains, and monasteries galore. Our trip begins with two days exploring the busy streets of Kathmandu, before we fly over the haunting Himalayas en route to the Everest region. Over two weeks we'll grace the same trails where many of the mountain’s epic ascents begin, slumbering in the tea houses of the world's highest inhabited villages. Our own hike reaches its own impressive heights with a visit to Everest Base Camp (5,364m), where we can bask in the majesty of the Mother of the Universe, that epic mountain herself.

QUICK FACTS

Duration: 17 Days/16 Nights
Starts In: Kathmandu
Ends In: Kathmandu
Group Size: Min 4, Max 16
Deposit: $750 USD
Accommodation: 3-Star +, Mountain Tea Houses
Physical Rating: 4.5/5
Prices: Based on double occupancy

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

Oct. 20, 2017 to Nov. 5, 2017 - 3795.00 USD
March 2, 2018 to March 19, 2018 - 3795.00 USD
Oct. 19, 2018 to Nov. 4, 2018 - 3795.00 USD

HIGHLIGHTS

• Explore Kathmandu’s bustling Thamel neighbourhood
• Spy on monkeys at Swoyambhunath Temple
• Marvel at the stark white architecture, and sheer size, of the Boudhanath Stupa
• Wander amidst (mostly restored) teak and brick temples in Kathmandu Durbar Square
• Take a flight over Nepal's massive mountain peaks
• Watch the sun glisten off Mount Everest
• Trek to Everest Base Camp, the ultimate achievement
• Explore charming Sherpa Villages
• Stay in quaint mountain teahouses
• Discover remote monasteries

AREA MAP

ITINERARY:

Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. Today’s agenda is limited to an essential meeting at 5PM, where you’ll meet your group leader and we’ll discuss the journey ahead. This will be followed by an optional dinner near our hotel where you can start getting to know your fellow travellers. PLEASE NOTE: travel delays are possible given the destination, so please fly in the day before if possible.

Today kicks off with a tour of Kathmandu. We’ll visit the Monkey Temple (Swoyambhunath), the sacred Hindu Pashupatinath Temple, and the Boudhanath Stupa. The afternoon includes a guided walk through Durbar Square, where one of the Kingdom’s royal palaces awaits. As Nepal was recently hit by a massive earthquake, some of these sites may remain under construction. That said, tourism dollars are vital to the reconstruction of these ancient sites, and the city remains a fascinating place to visit.

This morning we fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m/9,200ft) to begin our trek through the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'milk river'). We’ll descend into the forest and cross several tributary streams on our way to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), a settlement where we’ll spend the night. Most of our tea houses feature private rooms, en-suite washrooms, and hot running water you’ll warmly relish. While the rooms aren’t heated, you’ll be given an electric blanket or a surprisingly effective hot water bottle to keep you toasty through the night. Today’s hike: about 3 hours.

This morning’s journey takes us through more magnificent forests that are ablaze with flowers every spring and fall. Prepare for several ascents and descents, but know that you’ll get your first glimpse of Mt Everest today. Once we reach Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,300ft), there will be time to explore the town, or to kick back with local beer while soaking in the view.  Today’s hike: about 6 hours. 

After a morning hike we’ll lunch at the Everest View, once said to be the world’s highest hotel. We’ll then carry on to Tashinga (3,400m/11,100ft) for the night, a tranquil village set amidst pine forests, with breathtaking views of the Dudh Koshi Valley.  Today’s hike: about 5 hours.

Today begins with a short descent and bridge crossing, followed by a steep ascent through a shaded, cool forest. This takes us to the village of Thyangboche, from which we’ll descend to the end of the tree-line, followed by one more climb to Pangboche (3,930m/13,000ft) where we’ll spend the night. The Lama Sange Dorje (who brought Buddhism to the region) is said to have flown here from his Tibetan monastery, over the Himalayas no less. Today’s hike: about 4 hours.

Passing through yak pastures before the area’s true sparseness reveals itself, we’ll encounter few villages, the odd wildlife, and perhaps a sherpa on our way to Pheriche (4,280m/14,500ft). For the next few days, the simple tea houses will reflect our serene surroundings… allow yourself to be immersed in this Buddhist calm. Today’s hike: about 4 hours.

Today you may rest or partake in our optional (but highly recommended) acclimatization hike. We’ll either visit Nagajun Hill (5,050m,16,570ft) or Chukkhung village, soaking up views of lakes, glaciers, and famous peaks like Ama Dablam and Makalu. Today’s hike: about 5 hours.

Moving at a sensible pace, we’ll traverse ice-covered torrents to Lobuche (4,930m/16,175ft), where stone houses sit amidst a frozen wilderness of stunning beauty. Sleep well and dream about tomorrow’s ultimate goal: Everest Base Camp! Today’s hike: about 5 hours.

What a day! It’s our final assault towards Everest Base Camp (5,367m/17,600ft) – capture the moment with some selfies and share the glory with your fellow travellers. After the celebration, we’ll descend to the frozen lakebed of Gorakshep (5,160m/16,930ft), with stop at the world’s highest glacier (Khumbu). Today’s hike: about 8 hours.

Without doubt, the best place to see Everest is from Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,190ft), and we’ll be there at sunrise for a breathtaking moment that truly leaves you feeling the world at your fingertips. We’ll then revisit the sandy expanse of Gorakshep on our way back down to Pheriche (4,280m/14,500ft). Today’s hike: about 7 hours.

Today we return to Tashinga (3,400m/11,100ft) via Tengboche for lunch. It’s a gentle descent that crosses the Dudh Koshi torrent, which is fed by the Khumbu Glacier. Leaving behind alpine meadows, we’ll make our way through Deboche and Pangboche, with a chance to visit the region’s largest, most revered monastery. Today’s hike: about 6 hours.

Retracing our steps from the beginning of our journey, we’ll spend tonight in Monjo (2,700m/8,860ft) at the newest, most luxurious of our tea houses. Sit back, relax, and savour your second last night in the Everest region! Today’s hike: about 5 hours.

Our last day of hiking includes a trek back to Chaunrikhara. We’ll leave the main trail for a short climb to Lukla, where our base camp adventure began! Why not treat yourself to a beer as we revel in the glory of our time together in the Himalayas? Today’s hike: about 5 hours.

This morning we fly back to Kathmandu. We typically book the earliest flight available for flexibility, in case there are weather delays. The rest of your day is free, after we check-in to our hotel.

Today offers more free time, and flexibility should we encounter flight delays or cancellations from Lukla. However, if everything proceeds as planned, we’ll have many excursions to consider, such as a visit to the stunning town of Bhaktapur, which is hard at work recovering from the 2015 earthquake. There will also be an optional farewell dinner, followed by before drinks on the town.

There are no activities planned today – this simply allows time given the possibility of flight delays or cancellations from Lukla.

• Arrival/departure transfers to/from accommodation booked through OUT Adventures 
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour 
• 16 breakfasts, 12 dinners
• 3-star hotel (4 nights), simple tea houses (12 nights)
• Expert Mountain Guides during our trek to Everest Base Camp

• Guided city tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square (Kathmandu) 
• Return flight from Kathmandu to Lukla 
• Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss

• International Airfare
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
• Gratuities for Group Leader ($85-$170 USD)

• Gratuities for Mountain Crew ($100 USD)
• Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters (approximately $50 USD)

RATING:

Olu

Nepal & Everest Base Camp Adventure

In three words: Challenging, Rewarding, Incredible. I had an amazing experience on this trip. I'm normally a "5-Star" vacation guy and this trip has shown me the error of my ways. The tours of the Kathmandu Valley were excellent and the trek was utterly incredible; being surrounded by such incredible natural beauty with a great group of travelers, being led by friendly and knowledgeable guides and having a superb tour leader made this easily the most memorable, positive, and self-affirming vacations I've ever embarked upon.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 4/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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James M

Nepal & Everest Base Camp Adventure

Nepal... a land of majestic beauty that will not fail to impress you. The Himalayas will challenge you physically, emotionally and mentally. I highly recommend it, and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. OUT Adventures... thank you for a life-altering experience.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Devar

Nepal & Everest Base Camp Adventure

I cannot formulate enough words to describe how wonderful this experience was. Our guide and assistant guides were amazing. Everyone was helpful and supportive. They made you walk when you needed to, and made you rest as much as you needed. Our tours of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur were equally as good. The guides were very informative and very forthcoming with there experiences. Out Adventures really went the extra mile to make sure everything went as planned. Definitely look forward to my next trip with them.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 4/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

RATING:

Scott M

Nepal & Everest Base Camp Adventure

Amazing experience, hard going sometimes but was always worth it. Stunning views, friendly people and unlike other tours we had hot showers.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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