Trek to Everest Base Camp

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

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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.

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

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. There are different star hotels available in the city area but during the trek we will be staying at tea houses. They have dorm rooms, shared toilets and common areas. There’s no heating, so you need a sleeping bag. Wifi is often available for a small cost, and many places offer hot showers.

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay at the centrally situated Kathmandu Resort Hotel. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television and wifi. Should you wish to treat yourself to a more comfortable place in Kathmandu, just let your host know and they will upgrade you to stay at the renown Kathmandu Guest House. The hotel is located in the heart of Thamel, close to the shopping centres and the heritage sites. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television, 24/7 room service, and a balcony to look over the city.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu - Deluxe Room Payable Before Departure
Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu £55.00
Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu £65.00
Additional Night in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Additional Night in Kathmandu £25.00

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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?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Aiport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport. Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 12.

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

Nepal has a huge variety in different foods. Your guide will help you experience the vast array of foods available but ultimately you can pick what you like at a variety of prices. We recommend trying the Dal Bhat - a spiced mixture of lentils and rice - as it is the traditional Nepali day-to-day dish (not to mention it’s extremely healthy and affordable)

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 good fitness. 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. The symptoms can vary from one person to the next – from a headache to breathing heavily or numbness in your fingers – and if you find any of these symptoms, you must descend the mountain. Your guide will always be around to help and instruct you to avoid any danger.

From October to December and March to May the weather is general warm at 10 - 15°C but as you climb higher, the temperatures will drop significantly.

Yes, of course. We work with some of the best leaders in the industry. Every single one of them is government licensed.

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.

Trekking in the Monsoon season - June to August - is generally not recommended unless you enjoy rain, cloudy skies and very slippery trails. Outside of the monsoon months of June to September you can do an Everest Base Camp trek at pretty much anytime. October is thought to be the premium month to trek when skies are clear, temperatures warm during the day and not too cold at night, but this means the trails are at their busiest.

In the spring, there is more colour on the route to Everest Base Camp with flowering rhododendroms and verdant terraced fields on the lower part of the trek. April and May are the most popular spring months on the trail to Everest but, if you are seeking more solitude March is a good option.

For those who really don’t mind the cold, a Winter Everest Base Camp trek is a fantastic option. However, the temperatures are considerably colder, and can be quite harsh. Though it will be colder, especially at night and at higher altitudes, but this might be a small price to pay to escape the crowds.

Yes, of course. Just send any enquiries to the host and they will create a bespoke itinerary that suits your needs. Alternatively, have a look at our shorter itineraries.

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.

Your host recommends to pack the following:

  • 1 pair rucksack/backpacks
  • 2 pair lightweight trousers
  • Sunglasses
  • 1 small daypack (20-30l)
  • Trainers
  • Money belt
  • Sunhat / warm hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • 1 Torch / flashlight
  • 1 Swiss army knife
  • 1 Swimming costume
  • 1 pair shorts
  • Underwear (including thermals)
  • Personal medication / first aid kit
  • 1 Washing kit
  • 1 pair of strong walked-in mountain boots
  • 1 four-season sleeping bag (comfortable to -15c)
  • 1 down jacket / All-weather anorak
  • 1 water bottles (1 ltr.)
  • 1 pair waterproof gaiters / over trousers
  • 1 Inner sleeping sheet
  • 1 Medium sized towel
  • 1 Fleece/warm sweater
  • 1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
  • 2 Long sleeve cotton or (polypropylene) shirts
  • Warm waterproof gloves
  • 3 Pair heavy wool sock, 2 pairs light socks
  • Cotton headscarf/bandana
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Sunblock / lotions
  • Water purifying tablets (if you don’t want to buy bottled water)

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Aiport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport. Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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