Walk very very slow going up. You have plenty of time.
Fantastic 13 day hike from Lukla to Everest Base Camp booked through Nepal Spirit Adventure Pvt. Ltd. Ram was an easy communicator. Chin was a fantastic, and intelligent guide. I ended up booking a separate trip through them after this trip.
If you are looking for a trekking agency that is easy, responsible, respected, licensed, local, and fair to it’s Sherpa’s, then look no further.
The trip was a little easier than I had expected, although, I did end up getting altitude sickness at the base camp.
The trip was a little warmer than I had expected too. I never wore my shell gear. It only rained on the last hour, of the last day. I’d say the weather was perfect.
You won’t starve. The food portions in the tea houses are large.
- Day 1. Fly into Kathmandu, (1315meters/4315ft), on May 09, 2014. Fall into the hands of Nepal Spirit Adventure, a locally based trekking company.
- Day 2. Scenic mountain flight to Lukla (2840m/ 9318ft) begin trek to Phakding (2640m/8690ft) 3-4hrs trek overnight in lodge.
- Day 3. Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) 5-6 hours trek overnight in lodge.
- Day 4. Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) overnight in lodge.
- Day 5. Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867m/12684ft) 5-6 hours trek overnight in lodge.
- Day 6. Tengboche to Dingboche (4350m/14271ft) 5-6 hours trek overnight in lodge.
- Day 7. Acclimatization at Dingboche over night in lodge.
- Day 8. Dingboche to Lobuche (4931m/16177ft) 5-6 hours trek overnight in lodge.
- Day 9. Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170m/16962ft) and side trip explore to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17598ft) 4-5 hours trek overnight in lodge.
- Day 10. Visit to Kala Patthar (5545m/18193ft) and trek back to Pheriche (4280m/14042ft) 5-6 hour trek overnight in lodge.
- Day 11. Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) 5-6 hours trek overnight in lodge.
- Day 12. Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m/9318ft) 5 hours trek overnight in lodge.
- Day 13. Flight back to Kathmandu (1315m/4314ft) 41 minute flight transfers to your hotel overnight in Kathmandu.
What I ended up taking, (and was more than sufficient):
Shell, outer layer:
-NorthFace Condor tri-climate jacket. - Donated this to my porter at the end.
-Cheap poncho - I never had to use this
-Marmot Precip Pants - I never had to use this
-1 pair of light weight fleece gloves
-1 pair of heavyweight, waterproof gloves - I never had to use this
-Hot Chili's thermal top and bottom.
-3 Nike Pro compression shorts
-1 pair Nike Pro compression pants
-3 pair of Nike dri fit T-shirts
-2 pair Canyon Creek convertible full synthetic trekking pants.
-Merrell Moab mid waterproof hiking boots.
-Merrell mixmaster 2 running shoes.
-3 pair synthetic hiking socks
-Platypus 2L water bag
-Sleeping bag - rented in Kathmandu
-I did not get this, but I would recommend a UV water filter. I borrowed my trekking partners a whole bunch of times.
-ULA circut Backpack (this bag rocks)
-3 -4 ditty bags
-1 tall kitchen trash bag - Never had to use this
-a handful of ziplock bags to hold electronics, paper documents, etc.
-Trekking poles - rented in Kathmandu
-Sony Cybershtot (Point-and-shoot) digital camera (nothing fancy)
-3x batteries for digital camera
-1 extra SDLC 16 GB memory card
-Wipes (must have wipes)
-Sunscreen (must have sunscreen)
-lip balm - Maybe some vaseline. Chapstick seemed ineffective when we got higher.
-Small first aid kit with the basics - I never had to use this
-Emergency contact numbers
-Proof of insurance
-Proof of vaccinations
-copies of passport, insurance, vaccinations, and contact numbers
-small notepad and golf pencils (you'll thank yourself if you keep a journal)
Nepal Spirit Adventure provided a sleeping bag, and offered a down jacket if I needed one.
Extra snacks are not covered. Services such as laundry, repair, and massage are not covered.
Additional days in Nepal are not covered.