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Trek to Everest Base Camp

Trek the famous undulating trails to Everest Base Camp as you follow the footsteps of Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay.

I'M UP FOR
Wild Hikes
DURATION
13 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
COMFORT
Basic
LOCATION
Nepal
SEASON
September—May

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!

For an alternative trek to Everest Base Camp that includes the Gokyo Lakes, check out the Everest Circuit via Gokyo Lakes.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 11 days of trekking (including 2 days of acclimatisation)
  • 11 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 to transport luggage
  • 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:

  • Meals and drinks while on the trek
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Tips for the guides (optional)
  • Showers and charging while trekking

We do not include meals on the trek as from experience we know that altitude and physical exercise can mean appetites vary hugely. The cost of food rises as we ascend as it is all carried in by porters and yaks and as we get higher up, very little food can be grown. How much you spend per day will vary according to your choice of meal but generally, people spend between $15-$25 per person per day on meals. Below is an approx. breakdown of some items, you will of course spend more if you purchase snacks etc.

  • Dal Baht: $4 to $7C
  • Chow Mein: $2 to $4
  • Eggs: $2 to $4
  • Toast: $1.50 to $3
  • Tea/Hot Chocolate: $1.00 to $3.00
  • Chocolate Bars: $2 to $4

Teahouses will provide cold water free of charge however it needs to be treated to enable you to drink it. Please read the FAQ re our advice here. Other extra costs to be considered:

  • Shower: $2-$4
  • Wifi: $2-5
  • Electricity: $2-5

The trip will run with a maximum of 14.

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

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.

Although most teahouses have the option to buy bottled water, we advise against it to reduce the use of plastic in the mountains (this ends up being burnt or in landfill out of sight). You will instead be provided with cold water that needs treating. There is a wide range of products available these days which are more effective than traditional purification tablets - some trekkers like to use UV handheld devices such as a Steripen but other options are available (just check the performance in freezing conditions).

You’ll hike from 4 to 7 hours a day, averaging around 10km a day 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. Some training beforehand will help and we advise doing at least one weekend of back to back days walking. The guide will set the pace and as with all altitude treks, the theme is ‘slowly slowly’ to ensure we adjust to the altitude. So although this trek is rated ‘Challenging’ there are plenty of hours factored into each day to ensure it is completed by all.

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.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but the norm in Asian culture means there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice however we suggest the below as a guideline per person:

  • Porters: You will have a porter per two people - we suggest US$1-$2 per person, per porter, per day.
  • Assistant Guide: We suggest US$2-$3 per person, per assistant guide per day.
  • Guide: You may also consider tipping your guide for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however, as a guideline US$3-5 per person, per day can be used.

Of course, you are free to tip more or less and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

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.

We recommend checking the Travel Health Pro site for up to date information: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/159/nepal

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 (duffel can be purchased in Kathmandu for approx. $20)
  • 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

You can hire a down jacket and sleeping bag in Kathmandu for the below approx. prices. Please ask your host if this is needed so they can assist you with how to arrange the hire.

4-Season Sleeping Bag Rent: Approx $2 per day Deposit: $80

Down Jacket Rent: Approx $1.5 per da Deposit: $50

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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Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal so check with your embassy before leaving - there is usually the option of obtaining before or upon arrival. All nationalities also require a passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.

The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu at the end of the trip is usually reliable however if the weather is poor cancellations can happen and there is the chance that you will have to fly the next day. So to play it safe we advise you consider booking an extra night’s accommodation in Kathmandu at the end of the trip.

We’ve sourced some great optional activities for you to do in and around Kathmandu should you wish to explore that little bit further. Please discuss these directly with your host who will be able to book them for you.

Cook Like a Local: This short cooking workshop (approx. 3 hours) teaches you how to cook popular Nepali dishes like MoMo and Dal Bhat. You’ll meet your teacher and accompany them shopping, then head to the kitchen and learn to cook alongside them. Price: Pay what you think the workshop is worth!

Shop Local: A 2/3 hour guided exploration of the markets of Kathmandu. Prepare to learn about the vendors that line the crowded narrow alleyways and to witness everything you could ever imagine being sold, haggled and bargained for. A great experience to learn about the melting pot of cultures that exist in Kathmandu. Price: $9-$50pp depending on the group size

Master the of Arts: Patan Durbar Square is popular for its Fine Arts and this trip will explore the local factories where handicrafts are made. We’ll visit 2-3 factories and learn about traditional processes and see art being produced. Price: $14-$59pp depending on the group size.

Introduction to Shamanism: Shamanism, which is believed to heal many diseases, is not practiced widely these days however this trip enables you to meet a practising Guru and learn all about this age-old tradition. We’ll visit a small house to have an introduction, followed by lunch and a drumming session where we’ll learn the importance of rhythm pattern to healing. Price: $90-$150 depending on group size

Got a question not covered here? Contact the host.

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.

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 and a transfer will be arranged from your hotel.

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 we’ll have a pre-departure meeting with our guides to run through the final plans and arrangements for the trek. We’ll finish the day with a group dinner to get to know your team.

Day 2: Flight to Lukla, trek to Phakding

Today starts with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport in the Everest region.

Upon arrival at Lukla, we’ll meet the other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we’ll start the trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until reaching Phakding which lies on the Dudh Kosi River. We’ll 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

We start today with a walk through 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…

6 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 rest assured, there’ll be no time to get bored! Instead, there’s the option 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, we’ll walk around the Khumjung valley and we’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.

6 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 a 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 (4410m), which is vital considering the particularly high altitudes we’re now reaching.

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, we’ll 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.

5 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 guide’s duty is to safely navigate the Khumbu Glacier and leave us with only the awesome, humbling South Face beyond. With the last climb, we’ll reach Everest Base Camp and spend some time to reflect and enjoy it. Many a new profile picture has been taken here.

Once we’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 Pangboche 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, for its views of Everest and many other mountains, before heading on down to Pangboche, for your the overnight.

8 hours hiking

Day 11: Pangboche to Namche

After seeing the magnificent view from Tengboche on the way down from Pangboche, you will descent down to Phungi Thanga through Tengboche, and then on another few hours to Namche, where you will stay for a night of celebrations.

6 hours of hiking

Day 12: 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 13: 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 14: Last day in Kathmandu

Enjoy a lie and breakfast 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. In unforseen situations such as natural disasters, political demonstrations and flight cancellations, there may be extra expenses payable by you that can be claimed on your insurance.

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. The rooms are sorted by gender however if there is an odd number in the group, there may be the odd occasion that the gender will be mixed while in the mountains. 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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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.

Additional Night in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Additional Night in Kathmandu Single · · · Per Night
Additional Night in Kathmandu Twin/Double (shared) · · · Per Night