Kongde Base Camp Trek
Kongde trek begins in Kathmandu where we will visit cultural and historical monuments and places of interest. Next day we drive from Kathmandu to Bhandar where our trek begins. We trek from Bhandar to Sete and Junbesi, which are traditional Sherpa villages. We pass through beautiful alpine forests along river valleys.
We follow the trail that leads to Nunthala and trek further to reach Buspa. The trail continues until we reach Surke and then to Phakding. From Phakding we travel to Namche Bazaar and enjoy the Bravura region which offers great views of beautiful mountains of the Himalayan range. Leaving Namche behind we trek along a high traversing path where we have our first sight of Mt. Everest. Walking further we reach Thyangboche Monastery. The steady walk following the glacier takes us to Lobuche from where we get to see the spectacular views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Taweche and other peaks in this mountain range. Hiking further we reach to Gorak Shep. We carry on our journey to reach the famous vantage point, Kala Patthar, which offers a wonderful panoramic view of the world's tallest mountains.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing
Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2,845m) & trek to Phakding
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m)
Day 5: Acclimatization day/explore around Thamo or Synboche
Day 6: Trek to Thame (3800m). Around 5 hours trekking
Day 7: Thame day hike
Day 8: Day at leisure/ reserve day in case of flight cancel/Hotel
Day 9: Trek to Kongde (4,250m). Around (7-8) hours trek
Day 10: Drive to Airport for Return flight
Day 11: Kongde day hike
Day 12: Trek to Phakding. (2,610m). Approx 4-5 hours walking
Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2850m) 3-4hrs trekking
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu
UPPER BODY LAYERS
Walking t-shirt -2 merino wool, capilene or synthetic fabric over cotton t-shirt which is quick dry.
Sleeping t-shirt -1 it can be cotton.
Thermal base layers top -1 mid weight long sleeved t-shirt of merino wool or polyester, capilene or polartec power dry.
Insulating layers -1mid weight fleece that can be worn over other layers
Fleece vest optional -advisable for those who feel cold
Rain jacket -1 essential
Down jacket -1 essential it’s very cold above 4,000 meters.
LOWER BODY LAYERS
Underwear - enough for trek (notice you can wash along them along the way)
Hiking trousers -2 quick dry and light weight trousers no cotton, but zip offs are good.
Sleeping trousers 1 light weight yoga style evening sleeping, but no jeans.
Trekking shorts -1 if no zips off trousers . below the knee for ladies.
Rain pants -1 advisable
Thermal long johns 1 for evening or sleeping.
Duffle bag pack 1 to store excess luggage in at hotel. Soul Himalaya provides duffel bags for the duration of the trek. These are easier for the porters to carry.
Day pack with rain cover -1to carry your personal items during the treks eg camera and chocolate, water.
Sleeping bags -1 3season (4season oct-feb).
Compression stuff sack -1 for sleeping bags.
Trekking boots -1 must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support.
Socks -3 good and warm enough and worth spending money on quality socks.
Flip flops or camp shoes-1 light weight for evening use.
Water bottles -2 one or two liters nalgene or sig style or a bladder. Bladders are preffered
Water purification drops -1 it is cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (piyous).
Lip balm -1 with SPF factors.
Sunglass -1 essential good uv protection.
Suncream we recommend SPF 30 greater.
Bandana -1 this useful for a variety of purposes.
Baseball head (cap) it is useful for sun during the hiking.
Warm woolen hat -1 it is very useful evening and morning when we hike above the 3500m.
Flash light or head torch -1head light is best as it leaves your hand free and extra batteries.
Personal first aid kit -1 include any prescribed medication (should be your all personal medication).
Travel towel -1 light weight and compact.
Wash kit -1 travel items for the trek.
Instant hand sanitizer -enough for trek and alcohol based for keeping your hands clean.
Camera with charge and enough batteries for your treks
Book or journal as you like.
Pack of cards/travel board games for evening fun.
Trekking snacks enough for trekking and good selection available in Kathmandu.
Toilet roll and rubbish bag it is very important we don’t leave rubbish in the mountains.
Trekking poles optional and advisable for anyone with knee issues.
Gloves warm enough. Preferably warmers as well
Neck warmer \Buff.
A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND ATTITUDE IS ESSENTIAL -DONT COME WITHOUT IT NAMASTE.
All of above the equipment you can get cheaply in Kathmandu. If you have any queries please feel free to ask.