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Everest Base Camp • Guided Trek

Namche Bazaar, Khumbu Valley and Kala Patar

Details

Length:

18 days in Nepal

Trekking Season:

Spring & Fall

Trekking Grade:

Cost

$2150 - $3900

Climbing Grade: Advanced

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain above 8000 meters. Class 5.6 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Intermediate

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain at high altitude. Class 4 ice or 5.8 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Intermediate

This climb requires snow and ice climbing skills with proficiency on steep and icy terrain. Strong backpacking and excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Prior climbing experience is required. High altitude experience is beneficial.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Beginner

Prior climbing experience is beneficial. Basic snow and ice climbing skills are introduced during the program. Above average physical conditioning is requisite for this climb. No high altitude experience is required.

Climbing Grade: Beginner

No prior climbing experience is required. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Easy

No experience required.

Trekking Grade: Moderate

This trek requires 4-6 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 1000-2000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Strenuous

This trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 2000-3000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and great physical conditioning are requisite.

If you have further questions about our climbing or trekking grades; or about your qualifications for a particular expedition, trek, climb or course, please contact us.

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Everest Base Camp Trek

Mountain Gurus is proud to offer three options while trekking to Everest Base Camp. Once at Everest, you’ll enjoy the sights and sounds of expedition life first hand as our trek overnights at our comfortable Everest Expedition Base Camp. During the trek to Everest, we stay in family owned lodges handpicked by our guides for their quality and service. Read more about our Nepal trekking adventures.

“Mountain Gurus, The very best there is. When you absolutely, positively, have to climb every peak on the planet; accept no substitutes.” Grey Y. Spring 2015

Sherpa Guided Trek • 18 days

Experience Mount Everest with Mountain Gurus. We offer our classic Sherpa guided trek during the spring and fall trekking seasons. The 18-day Himalayan journey includes 4 nights in Kathmandu and 13 nights of trekking in the Khumbu region of Nepal (starting at $2150 per person). During the trek you’ll hike Kala Patar, visit Everest Base Camp and experience the rich culture of the Sherpa people. While in Kathmandu we overnight near Thamel in comfortable deluxe accommodations as well as stay among the very best family owned lodges while trekking in the Khumbu. For those with higher aspirations we offer the option of climbing Island Peak or trekking over the Cho La pass to Gokyo Lakes for more spectacular views of the Himalaya during the trek. For those will less time, we offer a shorter 13-day version of our Sherpa guided trek which hikes to Pangboche and Ama Dablam Base Camp. Or choose 5-star accommodations and stay at the historic Hotel Yak & Yeti or stylish Hotel Mulberry in Kathmandu and The Beyul Hermitage + Farm in Chhuserma.

Expedition Trek • 18 days

Our 18-day Expedition Trek + 3-day Island Peak climb spends one night at Everest Base Camp during the spring climbing season. The trek begins in Kathmandu in early April and is hosted by an American mountain guide. The Expedition support trek allows for more acclimatization along the route. Everest Base Camp is an exciting place and a center of the mountaineering world every spring. We stay at the Hotel Yak & Yeti or Hotel Mulberry in Kathmandu as well as The Beyul Hermitage + Farm in Chhuserma and very best family owned tea house lodges while trekking in the Khumbu. We also offer the option to climb Island Peak following the trek.

2018 Spring Itinerary w/ Dennis Broadwell
Day 1 • Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 • Kathmandu Tour
Day 3 • Flight to Lukla • Chhuserma
Day 4 • Namche Bazaar
Day 5 • Namche Bazaar
Day 6 • Khumjung
Day 7 • Pangboche
Day 8 • Pheriche
Day 9 • Pheriche
Day 10 • Lobuche
Day 11 • Everest Base Camp
Day 12 • Dingboche
Day 13 • Kenjoma
Day 14 • Monjo
Day 15 • Lukla
Day 16 • Flight to Kathmandu
Day 17 • Kathmandu
Day 18 • Depart Home

Sherpa Luxury Trek • 18 days

We’re now offering a luxury version of our Sherpa guided trek (18-days in Nepal). This luxury trek stays at the Hotel Yak & Yeti in Kathmandu (4 nights), The Beyul Hermitage + Farm (luxury lodging and farm stay 1 night), the Yeti Mountain Home resort lodges (4 nights) & Everest Summit Lodges (1 night), plus one night at Everest Base Camp with our expedition climbing team during the spring trekking season. We also offer a shorter version of this trek.

Trek Overview

The ultimate Everest experience! Reaching Base Camp has never been more appealing. Our full service trek is truly one of earth’s most remarkable adventures. For most travelers the very thought of watching sunset over Mount Everest from Kala Patar or standing at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall at 17,600 feet is a dream come true. Everest Base Camp is situated within the Khumbu Region of Nepal and is home to the famous Sherpa people known for their friendly hospitality and fascinating culture traditions. During the trek you’ll encounter a land filled with sheer Himalayan peaks, ancient Monasteries, tales of legendary mountaineers and perhaps even the mythical Yeti. Our program allows more time for acclimatization greatly increasing your chance of completing the journey. This trek makes a great Himalayan experience for new or experienced trekkers and is surely one you’ll never forget. Strong hiking skills are requisite.

Why Trek to Everest Base Camp with Mountain Gurus?

Mountain Gurus founder has been guiding trips to Nepal since 1993. He believes Nepal is one of the best places on Earth to walk in the mountains. We know the Everest region and we know what makes a safe, successful and enjoyable trek. Both our Western and local Sherpa guides are friendly, knowledgeable and have vast experience leading first rate trips using the finest Tea House lodges, healthy food preparation and top-notch porter staff. Our trek provides amble time for acclimatization and allows you to trek at your own pace while photographing one of the most exciting destinations on Earth. Our trek is fully supported which means you only carry a small trekking backpack with your essential clothing and camera gear. During the spring climbing season when climbers are attempting Mount Everest we stay one or two nights at Everest Base Camp. While trekking we stay at the family owned Tea House lodges which provide private rooms and attached bathrooms as available, a heated dining area and adhere to hygienic food standards. In Kathmandu we stay at the historic 5 star Hotel Yak and Yeti located near Thamel. We’ll keep you safe throughout the journey as our guides are trained in altitude awareness, first aid and rescue preparedness. Mountain Gurus has one of the finest and most loyal Sherpa staff’s as we continually seek to exceed fair porter guidelines. Our experienced trek planners will make sure you have the right gear, best training and your prepared for every aspect of this remarkable journey.

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World Class Trekking Guides

Trek to the top of the world with Naga Dorgee Sherpa and Mountain Gurus founder Dennis Broadwell. These guides have committed their lives to the mountains. Naga Dorgee lives just down hill from Lukla with his lovely family where you will enjoy a taste of homespun Sherpa culture and cooking. Dennis has a passion for Nepal and has been trekking and climbing in the Himalaya since 1993 including a near ascent of Mount Everest. Join our Sherpa guided treks with Naga Dorgee or our spring Expedition trek with this tag team duo.

A very special trip. The sight of the Himalayas is very humbling and moving and I’m from Colorado! Every turn is a photo op. Thank you Dennis for your time in putting this together. It was an experience of a lifetime and made special with your direction and our Sherpa guide Naga Dorjee. Not one detail was missed and my concerns and frankly fears faded away allowing me to fully enjoy the experience. Bravo!” Spring 2011 Jim L

Trek Highlights

• 18 days in Nepal, 13 days trekking to Everest Base Camp
• Our trek allows amble time for acclimatization and allows you to trek at your own pace
• 4 nights Hotel Yak and Yeti in Kathmandu includes breakfast (5 star)
• Tea house trek in comfortable family owned lodges
• One night camping at EBC during the spring Everest climbing season
• Guided temple tour in Kathmandu
• Fully supported trek includes meals with porter service
• Lukla flight and airport transfers
• Orientation dinner in Kathmandu on Expedition treks
• English speaking trekking guides
• Friendly MG office staff will help prepare you for the adventure

Everest Base Camp and Kala Patar • 18 day trek

Our classic Everest Base Camp trek begins in the historic city of Kathmandu known for its fascinating Nepalese culture and ancient temples. We tour some of the cities famous world heritage sites including Durbar Square, Boudhanath and the always favorite Swayambhunath “the Monkey Temple“. We overnight at the historic Hotel Yak and Yeti located near Thamel where you’ll have a chance to shop and explore Kathmandu’s famous tourist district.

The flight to Lukla provides amazing views of the terraced Nepalese landscape and Himalayan giants including the crown jewel Mount Everest. Once in Lukla we’re welcomed with a cup of tea and meet our gracious Sherpa staff. The trek takes us along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River passing small Sherpa villages laden with prayer flags and Mani stones. We carry light packs as porters carry all of our heavy trekking gear.

You soon arrive in legendary Namche Bazaar the main trading center of the Sherpa people and gateway to the Khumbu Valley. The next day offers amazing Himalayan views as we begin the descent across the Imja River and trek up to Tengboche. We tour the historic Tengboche monastery and watch the sunset over the Khumbu from Deboche. Over the following days we enter the upper Khumbu Valley where our route takes us up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier passing stone memorials of fallen climbers.

After spending the evening in Lobuche we enter the dry glacier, meandering through glacial ice and debris until reaching the final outpost of Gorak Shep. We trek up Kala Patar. This vantage point allows for amazing views of Mount Everest. Here you’ll experience the highest mountain on earth, known by the Sherpa as Sagamartha “Head of the Sky“ or the Tibetans as Chomolungma “Mother Goddess of the Universe“. The next morning our trek continues to Everest Base Camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. We hike across the glacier passing Yak trains carrying supplies for Everest climbing expeditions.

During the spring climbing season when climbers are attempting Mount Everest our trek stays one-night at Everest Base Camp. Once at Base Camp you’ll experience the excitement of expedition life and meet climbers preparing for their adventure to the top of the world. After saying farewell to our Sherpa staff, we return to Kathmandu where you’ll have a chance to relax, shop and further discover Nepal’s ancient city. Then depart for flights home.

Island Peak Climb • 3 day extension

Climbing a twenty thousand foot trekking peak in Nepal provides for an excellent introduction into the world of Himalayan mountaineering. Mountain Gurus offers a three day climb extension to either Island Peak or Lobuche Peak. These peaks while never technical present a challenging yet truly spectacular expedition experience. View Slideshow

Gokyo Lakes • High Passes trek • 3 day extension

Known for its beautiful turquoise lakes and stunning Himalayan landscape the Gokyo Valley lies just west of the main Khumbu Valley and is often overlooked by trekkers. This trek combines the very best of the Everest Region giving more time to explore and has the advantage of fewer crowds and a pristine circuitous route while traversing over two high Himalaya passes. Amazing landscapes and another perspective of Everest. View Slideshow

Khumbu Discovery • 13 day trek

Our Khumbu Discovery trek is a magical journey that will lead you into the very heart of the Everest Region. The Sherpa Lodge Trek offers a shorter itinerary designed for trekkers limited on time or seeking a easier physical experience. This adventure allows you to encounter some the most fascinating places within the Khumbu Valley while exploring the indigenous homeland of the famous and friendly Sherpa people. Learn more about this trek

Private or Custom Departures

Mountain Gurus is able to arrange private or group departures for any dates or custom itinerary. For those short on time or not interested in exploring Kathmandu we offer trek only options. We’re also able to arrange private luxury treks on a custom basis. Please inquire for details.

Helicopter Service in Nepal

Over the past years helicopter service has become much more reliable and affordable in Nepal. Using helicopters effectively can help shorten itineraries, reduce backtracking and increase access to places like Lukla when weather is moderate and fixed winged aircraft is unable to fly. It’s even possible to fly out of Everest Base Camp.

The Beyul Hermitage + Farm

This mountain paradise offers expansive vistas, the joy of Sherpa hospitality, and the ability to wander and enjoy their lush gardens, farms, hills, woodlands, creeks, and waterfalls. This secluded luxury Farmhouse located along the old Hillary trail, takes trekkers a short walk from the bustle of the main Everest trail by providing the best of both worlds. Nima Sherpa, the BEYUL’S gracious host, owner and amazing chef who grew up in the Solukhumbu mountain community, has a deep love for his Sherpa culture. He delights his guests with stories about his mountain climbing and trekking experiences. Over 90% of the seasonal local organic food comes from the farm, local community gardens and surrounding villages. Please inquire for details.

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What customers are saying about Mountain Gurus!

“Thanks for everything, as hard as it was for me, it was perfect!! March 2012 George S

“Thank you for the experience Dennis. Your company is first rate. I will make sure that anyone that I know who is interested in high altitude adventure must call you first.” October 2011 John H

“Our guide was absolutely great!! I will definitely recommend Mountain Gurus to my friends who are interested in this or similar MG trips. I am more than satisfied. Thanks so much for allowing me this opportunity of a lifetime. I look eagerly towards the next adventure!” November 2011 Mel D

“Thanks again for all of your guidance, support, wisdom and encouragement on the mountain. The trip was amazing. Outstanding, Thank You” Spring 2011 Carlos N

“Thank you for organizing my Nepal trip. I loved every minute of it… Nepal really is a magical place for me!” Spring 2011 Dawn C

“I had a great trip. Kili and his Sherpa staff took very good care of me. My guide, Dorjee, was great. I plan on using Mountain Gurus in the future and will recommend you guys to others.” Fall 2009 Rick S

“Wow, Thanks for a wonderful experience, you guys are the best. Nepal was amazing and the guides were simply terrific, I’d travel with Mountain Gurus anywhere.” Spring 2009 Ann B

“Our month on Everest is an experience I’ll remember forever. In the months leading up to the trip, my conversations with Dennis were informative and exciting, and I was continuously impressed with how knowledgeable, experienced, and thorough his planning was. He anticipated exactly what we’d need on the trip, and was able to custom make our itinerary to fit our unique requests. His hard work paid off and our trek went off without a hitch. When you’re on the mountain and things are getting tough, you appreciate the little details. Dennis had taken care of all of them and it made our outstanding experience what it was!” Spring 2011 Nina G

Books about trekking in Nepal!

The Trek: Adventure and Enlightenment on a Climb to the Summit of Kala Patthar, Above Mount Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas. A great resource and a funny book describing one man’s trek to the summit of Kala Patthar. You’ll get a detailed, inside-view of the trek and accompany the author on his trek to the summit. You can get the details here.

Itinerary

Sample Flight Schedule: USA – Bangkok (BKK) – Kathmandu (KTM)

Trek begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal


Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 1 • Arrive Kathmandu

Transfer airport to hotel. Our trek begins in the historic city of Kathmandu, known for its fascinating Nepalese culture and ancient temples. The Hotel Yak and Yeti is located near the popular Thamel district jammed with restaurants and shops selling Nepali handicrafts. In the late afternoon we will have a trek orientation and equipment check.

Day 2 • Kathmandu

After breakfast we begin our tour of Kathmandu’s world heritage sites. Among them we visit Durbar Square a complex of palaces, courtyards, Hindu temples and home of the Living Goddess, Kumari Ghar. Next we visit the always favorite Monkey Temple known as Swayambunath, situated on a small hill which offers panoramic views of the city and very curious monkeys. As time allows we’ll visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. (B)

Day 3 • Phakding • 8,700ft

We transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic airport for our morning flight to Lukla. The views from the twin-engine Otter are nothing less than remarkable, providing amazing scenes of the terraced Nepalese hillside and Himalayan giants including the crown jewel Mount Everest towering in the distance. Once in Lukla we are welcomed with a cup of tea and meet our Sherpa staff. The trek into the Khumbu region begins with a few hour walk until we reach a long suspension bridge connecting the two sides of Phakding. (B, L, D)

Day 4 • Namche Bazaar • 11,300ft

The trek continues along the banks of the Dudh Koshi crossing the “Milky River“ many times as we pass small Sherpa farming villages laden with prayer flags and carved prayer stones known as “Mani Stones“. We carry light packs as porters carry all of our heavy expedition gear. After entering Sagamatha National Park, the trail climbs steeply through the forest giving us a chance of seeing our first glimpse of Everest before arriving in Namche Bazaar the main trading center of the Sherpa people and gateway to the Khumbu Valley. (B, L, D)

Day 5 • Namche Bazaar • 11,300ft

We begin our day with an acclimatization trek above Namche Bazaar to Sunrise Point and the Everest View Hotel. Here we’re rewarded with a spectacular view of Mount Everest rising above the massive Nuptse face with Lhotse and the distinctive Ama Dablam in sight. On the way down we explore the lively village of Namche with its interesting trekking shops and street merchants selling an assortment of Tibetan wares. As we walk the stone paved streets one can’t resist stopping by the local bakery for a cup of coffee and slice of pie. We spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the fresh mountain atmosphere. On Saturday mornings, a local market is held in the center of the village which allows for interesting people watching. (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Tengboche Monastery • 12,850ft

As we leave Namche our trekking route follows the steep hillside high above the Imja Khola. Magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku increase with every step. We descend to the river, crossing it and begin the steep climb to Tengboche, regarded by many as the hardest day of the approach trek. The afternoon is spent touring the historic monastery considered the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region and residence of the famous Rinpoche revered by Buddhist’s. The route drops to Deboche a quite village situated among conifer and rhododendron forest where we spend the night. (B, L, D)

Day 7 • Pheriche • 13,950ft

The next morning we continue trekking through rhododendron forest until crossing another suspension bridge high above the Imja Khola. The route climbs the sheer valley to Pangboche traditionally known as the last year round settlement in the Khumbu Valley. Our uphill trek enters the alpine climate zone and our route forks to Pheriche. Upon reaching the village of Pheriche, we visit the Himalayan Rescue Association’s Trekkers Aid Post. (B, L, D)

Day 8 • Pheriche • 13,950ft

Rest and acclimatization day. In the morning we can climb the ridge above Dingboche to 17,000ft for views of Makalu, the world’s fifth highest peak. In the afternoon you can visit the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Assoc.) for an acclimatization lecture. (B, L, D)

Day 9 • Lobuche • 16,100ft

We leave Pheriche following the river while passing yak herding grounds. Following the lateral moraine, we cross a glacial stream of the Khumbu glacier and ascend to Dughla. The trail climbs the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier and passes stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We follow the trail to Lobuche with remarkable views of Nuptse and Pumori as well as other surrounding peaks coming into view. (B, L, D)

Day 10 • Gorak Shep • 17,000ft – Kala Patar • 18,192ft

We trek out of Lobuche following the moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The route enters dry glacier and meanders glacial ice and debris until we reach the final outpost of Gorak Shep. In the afternoon we trek up Kala Patar, merely a high point on a ridge leading to Pumori. This vantage point allows for amazing views of Mount Everest. We’ll wait for the alpine glow to descend on the peak making for remarkable photographs of the world’s highest mountain and descend by headlamp. Everest, known by the Sherpa as Sagamartha meaning “Head of the Sky“ or the Tibetans as Chomolungma “Mother Goddess of the Universe“. (B, L, D)

Day 11 • Everest Base Camp • 17,600ft

In the event of bad weather, we have the opportunity for a second chance to climb Kala Patar. Today we continue our trek to Everest base camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. We trek across the glacier passing yak trains carrying supplies for Everest climbing expeditions. During the spring climbing season Everest base camp is crammed with activity as a small village of expedition tents arises at the edge Khumbu Icefall. While at Base Camp we can hike to the base of the icefall to get a closer view of the climbing route that weaves its way through the enormous jumbled seracs. (B, L, D)

Day 12 • Dingboche • 14,250ft

We head down the glacier and enter the lush and beautiful Khumbu Valley, surrounded by spectacular snow capped peaks. From here the views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and the north face of Ama Dablam are superb. (B, L, D)

Day 13 – 15 • Namche Bazaar • Lukla

Over the next three days we descend to Kenjoma, Monjo and Lukla. (B, L, D)

Day 16 • Kathmandu

After saying farewell to our Sherpa staff we depart to Kathmandu on an early morning flight. (B)

Day 17 • Kathmandu

Spend the day exploring the Thamel District. (B)

Day 18 • Depart

Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home. (B)


Kathmandu Tour

Day 1 • Kathmandu

An optional day is scheduled for exploring Kathmandu. A day tour of Kathmadu’s historic World Heritage sites including Bhaktapur, Patan and Chagunarayan is recommended.

Day 2 • Depart

Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home.


Island Peak Climb

Day 12 • Dingboche • 14,250ft

We head down the glacier and enter the lush and beautiful Khumbu Valley, surrounded by spectacular snow capped peaks. From here the views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and the north face of Ama Dablam are superb.

Day 13 • Island Peak Base Camp • 15,520ft

After breakfast we continue up the valley to Island Peak base camp. Basecamp is situated on the edge of a glacial moraine amidst an icy world of massive rock walls and hanging glaciers.

Day 14 • Island Peak High Camp • 18,000ft

Today we climb to high camp. We prepare for our summit day.

Day 15 • Summit Day • Imja Tse • 20,305ft

The day starts early. Once out of camp we climb rocky open slopes to a flat area occasionally used as an advanced base camp. We continue up a rock gully before traversing right and climbing a series of rolling benches. The route crosses a technically easy but exposed ridge before coming to the base of the glacier. Here we rope up and continue climbing the glacier until we reach the base of a steep snow and ice headwall. The headwall secured by fixed rope leads to the snowy exposed south ridge and on to the summit. The views of the surrounding 8000 meter giants Lhotse (27,890ft) and Makalu (27,805ft) are nothing less than astonishing. Ama Dablam (22,493ft) and Baruntse (25,328ft) as well as a sea of Himalayan peaks lay in the distance. We descend the route to Chhukung.

Day 16 – 20 • Lukla • Kathmandu 

Over the next five days we descend to Lukla and return to Kathmandu for flight home.


Bangkok Tour

Day 1 • Arrive Bangkok

Airport transfer to Old Bangkok Inn. Evening walking tour of old Bangkok and Kao San road.

Day 2 • Bangkok

Tour of Bangkok’s historic Grand Place, the temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho and Wat Arun ~ Temple of Dawn. River boat and canal tour on the Chao Phraya. Enjoy famous Phad Thai lunch at Tip Samai and dinner near the river at Khin Lom Chom Saphan. Overnight at Old Bangkok Inn.

Day 3 • Arrive Kathmandu

Transfer to airport for morning flight to Kathmandu.


Itinerary Notes: Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the particular needs of the group. Please request a detailed itinerary for a list of scheduled and non-scheduled meals. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Details

Mountain Gurus proudly presents Expedition and Sherpa treks. Expedition treks are hosted during the spring trekking season by an American mountain guide who will offer a uniquely western perspective on the Himalaya. Sherpa treks are led by English speaking native local guides who offer a deeper cultural understanding of Khumbu Region.


Everest Base Camp Trek
begins and ends in Kathmandu

Land Cost

18-day Sherpa guided trek
Price per person: $2300 (based on minimum of 2 trekkers)
Price per person: $2150 (based on minimum of 4 trekkers)

Single Supplement: $300

Option to stay 4 nights at the Hotel Yak & Yeti or Hotel Mulberry in Kathmandu and 1 night at The Beyul Hermitage + Farm in Chhuserma. Price Per person: $300 based on double sharing. Option to overnight at EBC during the spring climbing season. Price Per person: $100.

18-day American guided Expedition trek w/ Dennis Broadwell
Includes Hotel Yak & Yeti, The Beyul Hermitage + Farm, 1 night EBC in spring
Price per person: $3900 (based on minimum of 6 trekkers)
Price per person: $4400 (based on minimum of 4 trekkers)

Single Supplement: $500

During some treks we have the option of utilizing helicopter service from Kathmandu to Lukla or return. This requires a surcharge of $300-$500 per person per flight depending group size.


3-day extension options

Island Peak Climb: $1400 (based on minimum of 2 climbers)
Gokyo Lakes High Passes: $600


Deposit and Payments

$700 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application
Balance due 90 days prior to departure


Services included

Sagamartha NP entrance fee
Round-trip domestic airfare – Kathmandu – Lukla
All scheduled land transportation in Nepal
4 nights Hotel Yak and Yeti accommodations in Thamel, Kathmandu (5 star)
13 nights Tea House Lodge
Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
Scheduled meals during the trek
Professional, American guide or English-speaking Sherpa guide
Porter service
Baggage transport (limited to 20kg – 44lbs)
All group equipment for the trek (including emergency oxygen)


Services not included

International airfare – USA – Kathmandu
Non-scheduled meals
Snack food during the trek
Personal gear
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
Staff gratuities

For single travelers requesting double room accommodations and do not wish to pay an additional fee for single supplement, every effort will be made to match you with another trekker. Single supplement will apply if a match cannot be made or if there is a last minute cancellation.


Additional Services

Personal Porter Service
Cultural Dinner in Kathmandu
Sherpa Homestay
Kathmandu Tour – Bhaktapur, Patan and Chagunarayan
Bangkok Tour – Grand Place, Temples and Chao Phraya River
Island Peak Climb extension
Gokyo Lakes High Passes extension
Chitwan National Park extension
Jiri Trek extension
Private luxury lodge treks

Gear List

Trekking Peaks • Nepal

Head and Face:
• Warm Synthetic/ Wool hat: One that covers the ears.
• Sun Hat or Baseball cap
• Sunglasses: Essential eye protection at altitude.
• Sunscreen: SPF 40 or more.
• Lip Balm: SPF 20 or more.
• Bandanas: Tied around neck they give good sun protection.
• Headlamp: Bring plenty of batteries.

Upper Body:
• Upper Body Layers: We recommend you have three warm layers for the upper body. Items must be made of synthetic or pile. Make sure all layers fit comfortably over each other and supply good insulation. A good combination is a long underwear top, a sweater, and a pile jacket. Cotton items do not provide adequate insulation and are completely useless when damp.
• Synthetic Fleece Jacket and/or Pullover: Medium weight
• Shirts: Three synthetic shirts for trekking. Three cotton shirts for lodges.
• Hard Shell Rain Jacket w/ hood: Rain and high wind can be common.
• Insulated Synthetic or Down Jacket: Medium weight
• Wind Shirt: A nylon wind shell (not waterproof), optional

Handwear:
• Heavyweight Synthetic gloves: One pair

Lower Body:
• Quick Dry Hiking Shorts: One pair. Good for hiking at lower elevations in the mountains.
• Long Underwear Bottoms: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
• Pile/Fleece Pants: One pair that fit loosely and comfortable.
• Hard Shell Pants: Bring a good pair of rain/wind pants.
• Trekking Pants: Synthetic, comfortable to climb in and provide good warmth on cool misty days.
• Undergarments: Enough for the duration of the program.

Footwear:
• Trekking Socks: Six pair synthetic medium weight
• Hiking Boots or Trekking Shoes: One pair medium weight hiking boots/shoes large enough to be comfortable with sock.
• Sport Sandals or Camp Shoes: These are to wear in camp or lodges.

Sleeping:
• Sleeping Bag: Mountain temperatures can get below zero degrees Fahrenheit so bring a warm bag (rated to minus 0-10 degrees Fahrenheit).

Packing and Backpack:
• Frameless backpack: One lightweight small size (2500-3000 cubic inches) comfortable pack with some support, adequate to carry personal gear.
• Duffle/zip Bag: One large size, transporting gear via yaks or porters. (8000-9000 cu in)
• Duffle/zip Bag: One small/medium size, store non-mountain gear during the trek.

Trekking Gear:
• Trekking poles: adjustable and collapsible

Drinking:
• Water Bottle: Two, one liter wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE©
• Water Treatment: We recommend you bring one bottle of iodine in a bottle, to treat drinking water.

Personal Health and First Aid
• Small personal first-aid kit and medications
• Personal Items

A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Travel

International Programs • Nepal

Program start time & location: begins and ends in Kathmandu (KTM)

Visa/Entry Information: A passport and visa are required. American citizens may obtain a visa prior to travel or purchase 15 day multiple-entry visa ($25), 30 day multiple-entry visa ($40), or 90 day multiple-entry visa ($100) upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

Health & Immunizations: Immunizations are not required for entry into Nepal.

Flight Travel Information: USA – Bangkok (BKK) – Kathmandu (KTM)

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Meals and Food: All meals are provided as per meal schedule. (see itinerary for meal schedule)

Gear: A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even the most experienced climbers have questions and if this is your first time on an Expedition, Trek or Northwest Climb you’re sure to have them. We provide information about such things as travel dates, itineraries and required equipment throughout our website. However, if you can’t find the answers you seek anywhere else, we try to provide them here!

Travel & Insurance

When do I need to arrive and depart?

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Domestic Departures: Regarding Northwest programs our itineraries reflect the date and time the program begins at a particular start location (North Cascades NP, Olympic NP, etc.). When flying to Washington State you’ll likely need to arrive the day before the climb begins in order to meet the group at the program start location. In regards to your departure flight, our return time to the program start location is often unpredictable. We suggest a hotel reservation for the night of the last day and plan to return home the day after the end of the program.

What if I want to arrive early or depart later than the program? Mountain Gurus can assist in arranging accommodations before or after the program. Our Operations Director can recommend things to do if you desire.

Will a Mountain Gurus agent greet me at the airport? For International programs depending on your arrival time, we coordinate ground transportation. We either greet you at the airport or arrange transportation to your hotel. In most cases the program formally begins the morning after arrival day.

Do you recommend trip cancellation insurance? Mountain Gurus highly recommends purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance. This comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.

Do I need any other insurance? Make sure you provide yourself adequate traveler’s medical and evacuation insurance for coverage should you have a problem during the trip.

Should I have concerns when traveling internationally? We recommend registering with the United States Department of State when traveling anywhere internationally. Registration is voluntary and is your sole responsibility. Also, the United States Department of State maintains a travel Warning/Alerts list for most countries around the world. www.travel.state.gov

Experience and Fitness

What are climbing and trekking grades? Mountain Gurus provides climbing and trekking grades to help our client choose which programs are best suited for their experience level, knowledge of climbing and overall physical conditioning. Mountain travel can be extremely challenging yet profoundly rewarding. We offer programs of various skill levels and difficulty. Regardless which program you choose we expect our clients to be physically and mentally prepared for the demands of the journey.

Can anyone participate on your MG programs? We feel that anyone in reasonably good physical fitness should be able to join us on many of our programs. Mountain Gurus guides will introduce basic trekking and climbing skills needed during the course of the program. Remember your ability to participate in the program is largely dependent upon your overall health and fitness. An expedition, trek or climb shouldn’t be taken lightly and we encourage you to prepare for it by physically conditioning yourself for the strenuous aspects of the program. We strongly advise anyone who is considering a climb with Mountain Gurus, who may have a medical condition or medical history that may affect their performance, first consult with their physician. If you have further questions or concerns please contact us and our Operations Director can discuss which program is best suited for you.

Domestic & International Programs

How can I find out about necessary visas or entry requirements for the country I am visiting? Mountain Gurus will send you all necessary visa information contained within our pre-departure package. In most case American citizens can obtain a visa upon arrival. It is your responsibility to send in all pre-required visa applications and associated fees. In addition most countries maintain websites that provide all necessary information and application forms.

How can I find about necessary immunizations for the area where I am traveling? As part of your itinerary, we’ll provide you with current recommended/required immunizations for the country where you are traveling. You can always consult the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov

Can I hire an additional porter? On International programs Mountain Gurus can arrange hire of a personal porter if desired for an additional cost. Please notify MG in advance if you’re considering a personal porter.

Can additional gear or clothing be stored during the program duration? In most cases additional items can be stored at the hotel or with our ground operator.

What type of accommodations can I expect?

Hotels: During our stay in international destination cities you can expect to stay in high quality hotels. When available we opt to stay in smaller boutique style hotels that provide a friendly atmosphere and high quality experience.

Camping or Lodges: When camping we provide our clients with high quality mountaineering tents. Depending on the expedition or climb clients participate in setting up tents and help in establishing camp as well as participate in cooking. On Treks and Tours, Mountain Gurus provides our clients with a fully supported experience, your tent will be set up and waiting when you arrive in camp and you’ll be greeted with hot water and a cup of tea. Destinations like Nepal we often opt to stay in high quality lodges (also known as Tea Houses) as an alternative to camping. Due to our local knowledge we choose from the finest lodges available which provide great food and a friendly warm environment.

Do you provide single accommodations? International programs that include hotels, a single room supplement is available for an additional cost if desired. For those traveling alone who do not wish to pay an additional cost for a single room, we will pair you in a room with another same-sex team member. In the event another team member of the same sex is not available for room pairings, you will be assigned a single room. During Northwest climbs single tent accommodations are not available.

How heavy a pack do I need to carry?

On Northwest programs you will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food, in addition to your personal gear. This should be taken into consideration when deciding what you should bring. Be prepared to carry between 40-65 lbs. depending on the length of the program and group size.

For International programs pack weight varies greatly depending on the type of program. On our fully supported Treks and Tours you will only be expected to carry a small to medium sized day pack with each trekking day’s necessary clothing and essentials. 15-30 lbs. Expeditions will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food in addition to your personal gear. 40-65 lbs. On fully supported Expeditions we utilize high altitude climbing porters which greatly minimizes the need to carry group gear. 35-50 lbs.

Private and Custom Programs

I have a group of family/friends/colleagues and we have specific dates we would like to climb. Can you customize a program for us? All of our programs can be run on a private basis. The beauty of a private program is you climb what you want, with who you want, when you want. We’ll take care of the entire program. We are also able to provide you with a custom itinerary depending on your interests. We may require a $100 non-refundable deposit for custom program planning which will be applied towards your program cost at the time of reservation.

Equipment

Does Mountain Gurus rent equipment? We do provide limited rental gear on our Northwest programs. All rental gear is limited and needs to be reserved and paid in advance. See Northwest Climbs and Courses for details. Currently we do not rent any equipment for international programs. Also, many local climbing and outdoors stores rent gear for reasonable rates.

Rental items include: Ice Axe, Crampons, Harness, Helmet

Where should I buy equipment? We can help you find a local climbing and outdoor shop where you can purchase the equipment you’ll need.

General

Is it customary to tip your support staff or mountain guide? On international programs where we utilize support staff (porters, cooks, kitchen staff, etc.); it is Mountain Gurus practice to take a group tip and divide it among the support staff. Tipping of Mountain Guides for a job well done is always appreciated.

How can my family get in contact with me when I’m on a on a Mountain Gurus program? After your application and deposit are accepted; you will be provided with a detailed itinerary which will include hotel and ground outfitter contact information for your program. Due to the nature of the wilderness areas we travel it is likely you will be out of contact during the duration of the program. Telephone and internet access is available in some destinations at you own expense.

What if my spouse, family or friends don’t climb; can they still join me on safari? We would be delighted to make arrangements for non-trekking family and friends to join you after the climb. We suggest you extend your safari a few days to take advantage of Tanzania’s remarkable wildlife parks and diverse landscape.

Can my son or daughter join me on the program? What’s the minimum age requirement? Possibly, we would prefer to talk with you about the program you’re interested in and see if it’s an appropriate choice for someone under the age of 18. We accept participants 16 years or older on our regularly scheduled trips, accompanied by a legal guardian.