Driftwood EBC Trek
Fixed Departure Date
- 11th April to 25Th April 2018
- Scenic flight to and from Lukla
- Experiencing life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of Himalaya
- Visiting Tengboche Monastery
- Remarkable views of Khumbu Ice fall
- Climbing Kalapatthar at elevation of 5,555 m
- Everest Base Camp and walking on the Khumbu glacier
Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying a Malla Treks signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight stay at hotel Shangrila (bed and breakfast included).
Day 02: Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:
Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the BagmatiRiver. It is a square two tiered pagoda temple built on a single tier pinth which is famous all over the world.
Boudhanath: Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of BhupatindraMalla,famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsalatemple,Bhairavnathtemple,Duttatrayatemple,PujariMuth and Palace of 55 windows.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Overnight at Hotel Shangrila.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla& Trek to Phakding 2652m.
A spectacular flight and hair raising landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla 2850m. After meeting the crew, we head up the DudhKosi Valley on a well-marked trail to our first camp near the river at Phakding. We stay at Tshering’s Home (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 04: Trek to Namche 3450m.
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight stay at lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 05: Rest day in Namche 3450m.
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. Options for acclimatization walks include a visit to Khunde hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Everest view hotel above Namche for the sunset view of AmaDablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the national park centre and museum just above the town. Overnight stay at lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche Monastery 3860 m.
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the DudhKosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860m.today. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot Sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the days trekking went. Overnight stay at lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche 4350 m.
From Thyangboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the ImjaKhola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and AmaDablam. We take our time so we avoid getting affected by the altitude. Overnight stay at lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 08: Rest day explore to the Chhukung 4710 m. and back to Dingboche
Today you can enjoy another day for acclimatization. We will have trip to Chhukung valley via the ImjaKhola valley to get a marvellous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse's massive south wall, then return to Dingboche in the evening. Overnight stay at lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche 4910 m.
Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits.We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910 meters at Lobuche which is really just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. Overnight stay at lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 10 :Lobuche to Gorakshep 5184m.
While enduring a climb of approximately two hours and arriving at GorakShep, trekkers are treated to yet another beautiful view of Mt. Everest and Pumori - reaching Kala Patthar (within two hours of trekking). Once observing one of the most up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar, trekkers return back to GorakShep for an overnight stay. Overnight stay at lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 11 : Hike up to Kalapattar 5555 m. early in the morning and trek down to Pheriche 4240 m.
This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of morning in this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555meters. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028ft, 8848meters, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to GorakShep, a tiny hamlet at 5180 meters then trek down to Pheriche. Overnight stay at lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 12: Pheriche to Namche 3450m.
Today we follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the DudhKosi at PhunkiTenga, where there are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche. Overnight stay at lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 13: Namche to Phakding 2652m
The steepest downhill section comes after Namche until we hit river bed of Dudh Koshi river. From here the route follows on the busy main path winding down all the way to Phakding . You can walk at your own leisurely pace enjoying the lush green scenery and the amazing view of the surrounding mountains. Once again Ama Dablam presents herself in all her glory, and you also get to see Mount Everest one more time as you turn around to soak up the Himalayan splendour.. We stay overnight at Tshering’s Home (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 14: Phakding to Lukla 2800m.
Our final day's trekking follows the DudhKosi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where we can sample some chang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience. Overnight stay at lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu 1350m.
We pack up early and head for the airstrip for the flight back to Kathmandu. We will have farewell dinner. We stay overnight at Shangrila Hotel (Breakfast included)
Day 16: Fly back to Home.
This is your final day in Kathmandu before catching your flight to home, ensure you have all the stuff packed and arrive at the airport in plenty of time, Fly to home.
Cost per person twin sharing: Us$ 3450.00 (above 5 pax)
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
- Five star or similar accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Tea -house accommodation during the trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private AC vehicle as per the itinerary
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla–Kathmandu-)
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek Guide (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Medical kit (carried by your trek Guide )
- All government and local taxes
- Duffle bag
- Farewell Dinner
- Sleeping Bag
Cost does not Include
- Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
- Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
- International airfare and airport departure tax
- Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
- Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.
In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.
We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
- Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary Malla Treks duffel bag for you to keep.)
- Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
- Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
- Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
- Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
- 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
- T-shirts (2).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
Lower Body – Legs
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
- 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
- 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
- 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
- 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
- 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
- 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
- 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
- 1 pair sandals (Optional).
Medicines and First Aid Kits
- Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
Miscellaneous, but Important !
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money& passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
- Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
- Binoculars (Optional).
- 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
- A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.
Terms & Conditions Agreement
1. THE CONTRACT:
Please go through the following Terms and Conditions that govern the relationship between you (client) and Malla Treks P ltd (hereinafter referred as "The Company"), Registered Company Number 3593/88/89. Please note that while booking a trip, you are agreeing to be bound by the Terms and Conditions as well as the cancellation policy and certain limitations of liability. Both parties agree to these Terms and Conditions to resolve any legal or other disputes that may arise during the trip.
2. BOOKING A TRIP:
A 'trip' refers to any product itinerary or activities that you buy with us including Trekking, Tours, Expeditions, and/or other adventure and tour programs.
A booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when the Company sends a confirmation invoice or email. It is at this point that a contract between the Company and the Client comes into existence.
Before your booking is confirmed and a contract comes into force, the Company reserves the right to increase or decrease brochure prices.
Please note that the company would not be liable to any warranty, collateral agreement, prior agreement, description of services, or conditions, other than as expressed herein.
3. DEPOSIT REQUIREMENT:
(a) Nepal Trips:
For Nepal Trips, you will have to make a non-refundable deposit of 15% of trip cost at the time of booking the trip. You can pay the remaining amount before the trip departure.
The non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its Agent. The Company's Tailor Made trips may require a higher deposit or full payment at the time of booking. If deposit is different from that outlined in this clause, you will be advised by the company at the time of booking.
Payment: please contact Briana Gallo
4. FINAL PAYMENT/ACCEPTANCE OF BOOKING/CLIENT DETAILS:
Final payment on trekking must be paid 30 days prior to departure.
5. CANCELLATION BY THE CLIENT:
Any cancellation by a Client must be made in writing and acknowledged by the Company. The date on which the request to cancel is received by the Company or its Agents will determine the cancellation charge applicable.
The cancellation charges are expressed hereafter as a percentage of the total tour price
- Cancellation 60 days or more before departure: Loss of deposit.
- Cancellation 59-21 days before departure: 20% of cost of services booked.
- Cancellation less than 21 days before departure: 50% of cost of services booked.
The Client is strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of making the booking.
Please note that no refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a trip for any reason after the trip has begun. No refunds will be made for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals or services not utilized.
6. CANCELLATION OF A TOUR BY THE COMPANY:
The Company reserves the right to cancel any trip you booked unless guaranteed to run.
Malla Treks P ltd reserves the right to cancel any trip, including a guaranteed trip, prior to departure due to reasons beyond its control (i.e. due to natural disasters, flight cancellation, consequences of strikes, industrial action, wars, riots, sickness, quarantine, government intervention, weather conditions, or other untoward occurrences. In such a case, Malla Treks P ltd will refund the trip price only. If The Company cancels a departure which is guaranteed to run, we will refund the trip price, or you are entitled to take an alternative trip of the same value.
Please also note that significant alterations do not include a change of airline carrier, flight time tables or itineraries provided the departure and arrival dates remain unchanged, the substitution of a vessel, modification of itineraries, and change in cabin category or hotel accommodation provided it is of the same category.
The Company is not responsible for any incidental expenses or consequential losses that the Client may have incurred as a result of the booking such as visas, vaccinations, non-refundable flights or rail, non refundable car parking or other fees, loss of earnings, or loss of enjoyment, etc.
7. MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The Company must be notified in writing at the time of booking of any medical conditions, physically challenged conditions or any other mental and or physical condition which may affect fitness to travel and or any medical condition. Failure to notify the Company may result in the client being refused travel. Failure to notify the Company of any such condition that results in cancellation will result in 100% cancellation fees to the Client.
Some trips may be unsuitable for Clients due to age, mobility, pregnancy or physical or mental conditions. It is the Client's responsibility to check prior to booking. The Company is not required to provide any special facilities unless it has agreed to do so in writing. The Company will do its best to meet Clients special requests including dietary, but such requests do not form part of the Contract and therefore the Company is not liable for not providing these requests.
Medical facilities vary from country to country and the Company makes no representations and gives no warranties in relation to the standard of such treatment.
8. TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable) and personal liability. The Company also recommends it covers trip cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested by the company employees or suppliers. The company reserves the right to cancel or suspend your participation on a trip or in certain activities that comprise part of a trip, at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund, if you are unable to provide proof of insurance when requested.
9. FLIGHT DELAYS AND CHANGES IN THE ITINERARY:
Please note that mountain adventures are always unpredictable. Bad weather in mountain regions can cause domestic flight delays. In case of delayed domestic flights, Malla Treks P ltd will meet departing city accommodation (Guest House) and food (Lunch & Breakfast) costs prior to your trip. However in case of delayed return flights, the client is responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation costs. If you wish to make an alternative arrangements such as Helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, all additional cost would be your responsibility.
Moreover, Malla Treks P ltd does not accept any responsibility for costs incurred as a result of missed international flight, but would assist to make alternative arrangements wherever possible. Please also note that while on the field, we may have to make some changes in the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances.
10. TRIP AMMENDMENT:
If the booking amendment request is received by Malla Treks P Ltd 21 days or more prior to your original trip departure, the company will make the necessary amendment with a charge of US$50 per person. In case you wish to make amendments within 21 days of the trip departure, the cost of amendment may be higher depending upon the company's arrangements with other parties such as hotels, Guest Houses, ground operators or airlines.
11. VISA & PASSPORT:
You must carry a valid passport and have obtained the appropriate visas when traveling with Malla Treks P Ltd. Please ensure your passport is valid for 6 months beyond the duration of the trip. Nepal Visa is available on arrival in Nepal. Visa fees for 30 days Usd 40.00
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas for the countries you are traveling to. Malla Treks P ltd cannot accept responsibility if you are refused entry to a country or places because you lack the correct visa documentation.
12. INJURIES AND EVACUATION:
Malla Treks P ltd would not be liable for any injury/health conditions/emotional or other conditions suffered by the client during the trip. Similarly, our package cost does not include any personal insurance. Hence, we advise the clients to take adequate insurance packages, including medical emergencies and evacuation by Helicopter.
13. SERVICES MISSED OR UNUSED:
There will be no discounts or monies refunded for missed or unused services, this includes voluntary or involuntary termination/departure from tour, i.e. sickness, death of a family member etc, late arrival on the tour, or premature departure either voluntarily or involuntarily.
14. UPDATING OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
The Company reserves the right to update and amend these terms and conditions at anytime. It is the responsibility of the Client to keep updated with any changes. The current version of terms and conditions will always be found on the website www.mallatreknepal.com and will be the terms referred to in any dispute.
Briana Gallo* is a Fine Art Photographer, a Photo Philanthropist, Film Maker and a Travel Blogger with Huffington Post & Anew Traveller. She is located in La Jolla, CA. Briana believes in the power of Photo Philanthropy to inspire hope and understanding, and to connect people around the world, as well as in our local communities. She has worked in Honduras, Cuba, Ethiopia, Chiapas, and recently Nepal 2016. She will be traveling to Hue, Vietnam in the winter of 2017. Briana forges real connections with communities when she shoots turning her lens into a bridge rather than a wall.
Chhering Tendi Sherpa
A resident of the Phakding, Solukhumbu region of Nepal, he is a trained trekking guide and has been working with Malla Treks since 1989. He can talk in English, Nepali and Hindi languages as well his native language Sherpa & Tibetan. He has been to trekking zones like Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Upper mustang, round Dhaulagiri, Upper Dolpo, Humla Trek many times with different groups. As he believes in good customer service, he has always tried to look after the guests in the best possible way. He is happy with his job and loves the thrill that he experience every time he embarks on a trek.