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Trek to Everest Base Camp

Trek the famous undulating trails to Everest Base Camp as you experience Sherpa-life. 15 days.

I'M UP FOR
Wild Hikes
DURATION
14 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
COMFORT
Basic
LOCATION
Nepal
SEASON
March—May, September—November
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Trekking through the Everest region offers not only the thrill and excitement of following in the footsteps of world-famous climbers but also the tranquillity and raw serenity of these mountains. On the way to Everest Base Camp, your route will cross suspension bridges, pass monasteries and snake through breathtaking valleys. This iconic trek gives you the opportunity to sightsee around Sagarmatha National Park as well as get a closer look at the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world - all this before even reaching the main event - Everest Base Camp!

The opportunity to embark on the remarkable journey that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa took and the feeling of being able to view the mighty Everest up close is second to none.

For a challenging alternative trek to Everest Base Camp, check out the Everest Circuit via Gokyo Lakes.

All meals and hot drinks are included on the trek, scroll below to find out why this is better for you and for the environment.

Your unmissable adventure includes:

  • 13 days of trekking
  • 2 days of acclimatisation and exploration
  • 12 nights of accommodation on the trek
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Internal flights to/from Kathmandu - Lukla
  • Local, professional English-speaking guides
  • Assistant leader on 4:1 basis
  • Porter on 2:1 basis
  • All meals during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • Transfers to/from Kathmandu city
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for:
Keen hikers who want to tick this off their bucket list and get a glimpse into the life of world famous climbers.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • International airport tax
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance (incl. Helicopter Evacuation)
  • Tips for guides (optional)
  • Late check out in hotels
  • Small extras like device charging in tea houses

This trip will run with a maximum of 12.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

We choose to include all the meals and hot drinks while you are on the trek. Although this isn’t industry standard we think starting each day sorting a bill isn’t exactly ideal - and this means that the guide can ensure we are getting the best freshest produce available. Groups sometimes choose to eat the same dish which also means less cooking so fewer trees felled to fuel the fire!

Having all meals included certainly doesn’t mean a lack of variety. Breakfast is usually either hot porridge, muesli or Tibetan bread served with an omelette or boiled eggs. The menus in the teahouses are very similar at every stop and there will usually be a choice of traditional Nepalese dhal bhat (a mixed plate of lentils, rice, vegetables and pickles - delicious and healthy!), Nepalese dumplings (momo’s), mixed noodles, pasta and even pizza. Although meat is available at some teahouses, we suggest you ask your guide for their advice re consumption as it tends to depend on how far it has travelled as to whether it is a safe option.

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

You’ll hike from 4 to 7 hours a day, averaging around and gradually ascend from 2610m to 5550m. While the trail is generally good, there are some more challenging uphill sections of the journey.

Much of the trek is within the capabilities of people with average fitness who are keen trekkers. Still, it is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 3000m/10,000ft is more demanding on the body than walking at low elevations.

When you trek in the mountains, there always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. We would expect most trekkers to feel some mild symptoms of altitude sickness (headache, sleeplessness, heavy breathing) when over 3500m. Our guides are trained to identify the symptoms of altitude sickness so if any more serious symptoms are noted, there is a strict procedure regarding extra care or a rapid descent if needed. All of our trips have been designed with altitude best practice in mind so acclimatisation days have been built in and our experienced guides follow advice to ‘walk high and sleep low’.

We work with some of the best leaders in the industry. Every single one of them is government licensed and very experienced.

In order to ensure guides’ high standard of performance, the host provides them with top-notch in-house training that covers, Leave No Trace (LNT) principles, advanced wilderness first aid, hyperbaric chambers, oxygen system, mountain rescue and incident management.

Tipping is strictly optional, but very common practice in Nepal. If you do wish to show your appreciation for their efforts, as a broad guide, tips of approximately $4-5/day for trip leaders and from $2-$4 for each porter are standard. These can be given to the trip leader in a lump to distribute at the end, or you may wish to tip individually.

There are 3 different seasons for trekking in Nepal:

Winter (Dec-Feb): Despite being seen as ‘off-season’ this is often the best time to trek in Nepal. The nights can be very cold (down to minus 20ºC) but the trails are quieter and the mountain views are often at their best due to the clear sunny skies.

Pre-Monsoon / Spring (March-May): Temperatures rise significantly in Spring and flowers are in full bloom in the lower lands. Although it can still drop below freezing at night, the daytime temperatures tend to sit between 10-15ºC.

Post-Monsoon / Autumn (Sept-Nov): This is the most popular time to trek in Nepal with sunny and mild days generally. It can get cold and windy at higher altitudes however skies are usually clear.

Of course, mountain weather is notoriously hard to predict and snow can be expected on any trip so come prepared.

You will be provided with a local English-speaking guide, private vehicle and all of the entry fees to the sites and attractions.

The tour includes: - The Swayambhunath, a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site;
- The Pashupatinath Temple, one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for the devotees of Shiva;
- Kathmandu Durbar Square which lies in front of the royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom;
- The historical Bhaktapur monument.

All of our trips include a porter per every two trekkers. They will carry up to 15kg of kit so your overnight bags and spare clothes will be transported for you (7.5kg per person). You will only need to carry a ‘day pack’ with essentials in (extra layer, snacks, water, suncream, camera etc).

Your host recommends packing the following:

  • 1 rucksack/duffle bag for the porters to carry with your overnight kit.
  • 1 day pack as above (approx 30ltr) with waterproof cover
  • 1 waterproof jacket
  • 1 pair waterproof trousers
  • 1 down jacket
  • 1 pair lightweight trekking trousers
  • 1 set of thermals (merino is ideal)
  • 2 trekking t-shirts/shirts (shoulders covered)
  • 1 mid-layer (fleece or similar)
  • 1 pair trekking boots (must be worn in)
  • 1 pair lightweight trainers for evenings
  • 1 pair waterproof thick gloves
  • 3 pairs thick walking socks / 3 pairs lighter walking socks
  • 1 warm wool hat
  • 1 buff or similar
  • 1 sunhat or similar
  • Spare underwear
  • Swimming costume

Kit - 4 season down sleeping bag - Sleeping bag liner - Trekking poles if needed - Travel towel - Sunglasses - Personal medication and first aid kit - Hand gel - 2 x 1ltr water bottles - 1 x headtorch - Suncream - Water purification tablets/system - Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountain/to camp each day - 2 x passport photos for trek permits

On some trekking days/acclimatisation days there will be some downtime at the teahouses. A pack of cards and a book may come in handy here.

A metal SIG bottle can be useful to fill with hot water before bed and used as a hot water bottle.

There is a weight restriction on the flight to and from Lukla of 10kg checked baggage plus 5kg hand luggage. It is not a problem for you to check in 1-2kg more than this as long as you are happy to pay an excess luggage charge (approx. £1 per kg). Some items may be left in the hotel in Kathmandu if necessary.

Please remove all unnecessary packing before you leave home and ensure you take all plastic off the mountain to be disposed of in Kathmandu.

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Location

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Kathmandu is famed for its World Heritage sights with include of the holiest Hindu temples and one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Despite the 2015 earthquake which brought devastation to parts of the city, the heart of Kathmandu is as intoxicating and exciting as ever.

Mount Everest - the highest mountain in the world - is one of the most famous and awe-inspiring mountains, capturing the excitement of mountaineers and trekkers alike since the 1920s.

Combining the breathtaking scenery and unique Sherpa culture with the overwhelming sense of achievement from following in the footsteps of famous climbers, this Everest trek is one of most unforgettable and sought after adventures going.

Start point

Kathmandu Airport - anytime

Your adventure begins at Kathmandu Airport (KTM) with your private airport transfer. Private transfers are included, so you’re free to book any flight. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area and will take you to your hotel. You’ll meet your trek leader and fellow adventurers for dinner later that evening.

Finish point

Kathmandu Airport - anytime

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Kathmandu Airport in time to meet your return flight. You’re free to book any flight.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), your host will pick you up via private vehicle and drop you at your hotel. After checking in, you will have a 5:00pm pre-departure meeting with your guides to run through the final plans and arrangements for the trek.

Finish your first day with a team dinner to get to know everyone before you fly out to Lukla tomorrow!

Day 2: Flight to Lukla, trek to Phakding

This is your first day of trekking in Nepal after a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport in the Everest region.

Upon arrival at Lukla, you meet the other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, start the trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until reaching Phakding which lies on the Dudh Kosi River. You will spend the night in the village and should have time to visit some of the nearby monasteries.

4 hours of hiking

Day 3: Phakding to Namche

Your day will begin walking through the beautiful pine forests and along the track to the Dudh Koshi River. One of the (many) suspension bridges is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge with a wonderful viewpoint of the gleaming Mt. Thamserku (6618 m).

You will continue through the last village of Jorsale before a challenging uphill climb to Namche Bazaar. Here, you will get your first glimpse of Everest…

5 hours of hiking

Day 4: Acclimatisation and Exploration in Namche (3440m)

Today will be a rest day in order to acclimatise to the altitude. But don’t think we’ll leave you to get bored! Instead, you’ll be able to hike to a nearby viewpoint to enjoy one of the spectacular views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and so on.

On the way back, you’ll walk around the Khumjung valley and you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Hillary School and Khunde Hospital, before heading back to camp for the night.

Day 5: Namche to Tengboche

The trail now forks northeast along a tributary valley with dramatic mountain views. The climb can be challenging in parts here as you approach the holy ground of Tengboche (3860m).

However, upon rising, you’ll be met with a monastery, yak pasture and the world’s highest sacred institution combined! Team this with amazing views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Everest and that’s a day well earned.

5 hours of hiking

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche

As you trek past the Gompa, which holds the famous Yeti scalp, you’ll pass the summer yak pastures on the way to Dingboche, where you will stay for the night.

Much of the walking in this area is of comparatively gentle gradient, although a leisurely pace is anyway recommended due to the high altitude

6 hours of hiking

Day 7: Explore and Acclimatise at Dingboche

You will have your second acclimatisation day at Dingboche (4910m), which is vital considering the particularly high altitudes you’ll be reaching now.

Fear not! Because as always, we have organised some optional hikes to the nearby Nagajun Hill or Chukung Village which boast views of Ama Dablam, Makalu and other peaks, interspersed with lakes and glaciers.

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche

Ascending at a leisurely pace, you will begin to traverse ice covered torrents until reaching Lobuche (4910m). Here, you’ll be met with stone houses sitting amongst a frozen wilderness of stunning beauty.

Only one more night until your goal.

6 hours hiking

Day 9: Lobuche to Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp

On the tenth day, you will ascend to Everest Base Camp (5380m).

Here the Sirdar’s duty is to safely navigate the Khumbu Glacier and leave you with only the awesome, humbling South Face beyond. With the last climb, you will reach Everest Base Camp and spend some time to reflect and enjoy it. Many a new profile picture has been composed here.

Once you’ve spent enough time here, you will continue back to Gorak Shep (5364m) for the night before beginning the descent tomorrow.

6 hours hiking

Day 10: Gorak Shep to Pheriche via Kala Patthar

The best vantage point for viewing Everest and the surrounding peaks is at sunrise and so it will be an early start to experience these breathtaking views.

You will ascend to Kala Patthar (5550m), the highest point of the trip so far, for its views of Everest and many other mountains, before heading on down to Pheriche, for your the overnight.

7 hours hiking

Day 11: Pheriche to Tengboche

And so down to Tengboche (3860m).

The trail will descend gently, crossing the Dudh Koshi torrent and leaving behind the alpine meadows. Finally, you will arrive in Tengboche for the night.

6 hours of hiking

Day 12: Tengboche to Namche

After seeing the magnificent view from Tangboche, you will descent down to Phunke Tenga (3440m), and then on another few hours to Namche, where you will stay for a night of celebrations.

5 hours of hiking

Day 13: Namche to Lukla

Today is the final descent into Lukla (2860m). On the way, you will trek through the forest of rhododendrons and pine until reaching the Sherpa village. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to say a final goodbye and thanks to the local team staff before moving on to Lukla.

Day 14: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Today will be the last day at Khumbu region as you fly back to Kathmandu after the incredible mountain journey. Back in Kathmandu, you can spend some time reflecting on the trek and doing last-minute souvenir shop in Thamel.

Your team will meet up for some beers and dinner in the evening to celebrate a successful completion of the trek.

Day 15: Last day in Kathmandu

Enjoy a lie and breakfast in at your hotel. You can spend your last day exploring the city or take the transfer back to the airport, and back to reality.

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

Generally, most adventures to Nepal are based in remote areas where the accommodation will be basic. On the trek you will stay in ‘teahouses’ - these are mountain lodges that tend to have a communal dining area and basic toilets. The bedrooms are almost all twin-share however there may be the odd night where a triple room will be used in peak season. There’s no heating so your warm sleeping bag is needed. Wifi is often available for a small cost, and many places offer hot showers for a small surcharge. There is usually the option to also pay a small amount to charge your goods so pack an adaptor if needed.

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay in a centrally located tourist hotel so can expect an en-suite room with air-con and wifi included. The hotel is located in the heart of Thamel, close to the main shopping area and the heritage sites.


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