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Footsteps of Hillary

Prices From: $1042 AUD
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Tour Code: GIEB
Tour Duration: 16
Countries Visited: Nepal


Local Payment will not apply to tours (other than African tours) after December 31st 2012.


Overview

Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first ones to summit Everest in 1953. Even though you won't be climbing the great mountain you'll still feel the rush of being up there where it all began.(Was Everest Base Camp)


Tour Map



Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu

Surely one of the highlights of any trek is the forced carb loading? Break out the stretchy pants and tuck into some guilt-free pizza, pasta, cheese spaghetti and momo dumplings.

Day 2: Phakding

Fly to Lukla then head off on foot from the airstrip. Towering above our route to Phakding are the icy peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru.

Day 3-4: Namche Bazaar

Yes, that's right. You're looking at Everest. Spend a bit of time acclimatising in Namche, which means "no strenuous activity". See if you can find the yak parking area above the market and gorge yourself at the bakeries (you're still carb loading, remember).

Day 5: Khumjung

You'll come to appreciate the tern "short walking day". Stop by the National Park Museum, Everest View Hotel and a hospital built by Sir Edmund Hilary on our way to Khumjung.

Day 6: Thyangboche

As far as monasteries go, this one takes the cake. If you don't feel a sense of calm sitting at 3867m in Nepal's spiritual centre of Tibetan Buddhism while looking at Mt Everest, then you might be a robot.

Day 7-8: Dingboche

Everest is so close you could touch it. We know you're excited but pace yourself because altitude sickness can sneak up when you least expect it.

Day 9-11: Kala Patar - Base Camp

Yes folks, it's the one you've all been waiting for - Everest Base Camp. Look out for expedition groups on their way to the summit. They're the rock stars of the climbing world (without all the groupies).

Day 12-14: Thyangboche - Lukla

Say goodbye to our Sherpa crew at Lukla, where they'll entertain us with a bit of a traditional song and dance. Get together with the rest of your group and pool your tips.

Day 15-16: Kathmandu

Time to celebrate with a tongba (hot millet beer) and a plate of ziva (pastry fingers filled with cheese), while you relax your weary but incredibly toned legs. You've earned it.

Tour Grade: Trekking

Think about the feeling you get after completing one of the world’s great treks: seeing Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate after gruelling days on the Inca Trail; looking down on Africa from its summit, Kilimanjaro; relaxing by Pokhara’s perfect lake after tackling Annapurna’s rugged tracks. The legs might ache but the feeling of pride in your achievements is overwhelming. More than that though, trekking gets you up close and personal with the world’s finest landscapes and many interesting cultures. Walk through remote jungle to visit the tribes of northern Thailand and Vietnam, or explore China’s iconic Tiger Leaping Gorge by foot, and you’ll find the country opens up in a whole new way, the slow pace all the better for appreciating the surroundings. It’s definitely better to travel than to arrive – particularly when the travel’s all on your own steam.


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Included

- Gecko's expert English-speaking local tour guide and trekking staff. - 16 day trek along the classic route to Everest Base Camp. - Return local flights from Kathmandu to Lukla. - Twin-share lodge accommodation, generally in rooms with sleeping mattresses. - Porterage on trek. - Ascent of Kala Patar. - Acclimatisation days in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche. - Gecko’s kit bag and first aid kit.

Not Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre or post tour accommodation, all other meals, optional tours sightseeing or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, fully comprehensive travel insurance (obligatory on all trips and must include helicopter evacuation and repatriation), tips, items of a personal nature, laundry, cost of showers on trek (if available) and flights unless specified. Please note that no meals are included in this tour. Some brochure versions incorrectly state that 12 breakfasts and one lunch are included.


Tour Dates

Start DateEnd DatePrice
02 Mar 201317 Mar 2013$1290
09 Mar 201324 Mar 2013$1290
16 Mar 201331 Mar 2013$1042
23 Mar 201307 Apr 2013$1290
30 Mar 201314 Apr 2013$1175
06 Apr 201321 Apr 2013$1175
13 Apr 201328 Apr 2013$1175
04 May 201319 May 2013$1175
11 May 201326 May 2013$1290
18 May 201302 Jun 2013$1290
14 Sep 201329 Sep 2013$1290
21 Sep 201306 Oct 2013$1290
28 Sep 201313 Oct 2013$1290
05 Oct 201320 Oct 2013$1290
12 Oct 201327 Oct 2013$1290
19 Oct 201303 Nov 2013$1290
26 Oct 201310 Nov 2013$1290
02 Nov 201317 Nov 2013$1290
09 Nov 201324 Nov 2013$1290
16 Nov 201301 Dec 2013$1290
23 Nov 201308 Dec 2013$1290
30 Nov 201315 Dec 2013$1290
07 Dec 201322 Dec 2013$1290
14 Dec 201329 Dec 2013$1290
21 Dec 201305 Jan 2014$1290
28 Dec 201312 Jan 2014$1290
04 Jan 201419 Jan 2014$1175
11 Jan 201426 Jan 2014$1175
18 Jan 201402 Feb 2014$1175
25 Jan 201409 Feb 2014$1175
01 Feb 201416 Feb 2014$1175
08 Feb 201423 Feb 2014$1175
15 Feb 201402 Mar 2014$1175
22 Feb 201409 Mar 2014$1175
01 Mar 201416 Mar 2014$1290
08 Mar 201423 Mar 2014$1290
15 Mar 201430 Mar 2014$1290
22 Mar 201406 Apr 2014$1290
29 Mar 201413 Apr 2014$1290
05 Apr 201420 Apr 2014$1290
12 Apr 201427 Apr 2014$1290
19 Apr 201404 May 2014$1290
26 Apr 201411 May 2014$1290
03 May 201418 May 2014$1290
10 May 201425 May 2014$1290
17 May 201401 Jun 2014$1290

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