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Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp
4.9
| 89 reviews

Trek to Everest Base Camp

Trek the famous trails to Everest Base Camp and follow in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

Duration

14 nights

Annual Leave

2 weeks off work

Group Size

Up to 12 people

Season

Sep—May

Location

Nepal

Meeting Point

Kathmandu Airport, Nepal

Classic Accommodation

Hotel · Glamping · Teahouse

Customer Reviews

(89)

4.9

Difficulty

Challenging

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4.9
| 89 reviews
Wonderful adventure
April 2024
Adam S.
Wonderful adventure
April 2024
Adam S.
Wonderful adventure
April 2024
Adam S.
Wonderful adventure
April 2024
Adam S.
Wonderful adventure
April 2024
Adam S.
Guides were incredible 10/10
April 2024
Samuel H.
Guides were incredible 10/10
April 2024
Samuel H.
EBC March 2023
April 2024
James S.
Tembi Sherpa is your man/guide for all hiking needs in Nepal
March 2024
James H.
Superbly organised trip!
January 2024
Charles B.
Superbly organised trip!
January 2024
Charles B.
Superbly organised trip!
January 2024
Charles B.
Superbly organised trip!
January 2024
Charles B.
Superbly organised trip!
January 2024
Charles B.
The trip was incredible. Without a doubt th...
November 2023
Andy
The trip was incredible. Without a doubt th...
November 2023
Andy
The trip was incredible. Without a doubt th...
November 2023
Andy
The trip was incredible. Without a doubt th...
November 2023
Andy
The trip was incredible. Without a doubt th...
November 2023
Andy
What an incredible adventure! The team were...
November 2023
Binaca
What an incredible adventure! The team were...
November 2023
Binaca
What an incredible adventure! The team were...
November 2023
Binaca
What an incredible adventure! The team were...
November 2023
Binaca
This is an incredible once in a life time t...
October 2023
Megan
This is an incredible once in a life time t...
October 2023
Megan
This is an incredible once in a life time t...
October 2023
Megan
Amazing trip, Nepal is a beautiful country...
October 2023
Daniel
Amazing trip, Nepal is a beautiful country...
October 2023
Daniel
Amazing trip, Nepal is a beautiful country...
October 2023
Daniel
Much Better Adventures’ EBC Trek was fantas...
June 2023
Will

Hike undulating trails, cross suspension bridges, navigate glaciers and dodge yaks as you trek through mountaineering history

Drown in the dramatic mountain views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Mount Everest - the world's tallest mountain

Ascend from Everest Base Camp to Kala Patthar at 5550m for views of Everest that only a select few will ever see

Unsure which trek in the Everest region is for you? Read our handy guide or check out the Everest and Gokyo Lakes Circuit

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu

View across the rooftops of temples in Kathmandu, Nepal.

After checking in you'll have a pre-departure meeting with your guides to run through the final plans and arrangements for the trek. You'll finish the day with a group dinner to get to know your team for the next few weeks.

Day 2

Journey to Manthali

Aerial view of Kathmandu, Nepal at sunset with a stupa rising into the skyline.

You'll have the morning free to explore a little more of Kathmandu before jumping on the bus and heading to Manthali. This remote region is where most Lukla flights now depart from (although if you're lucky they sometimes depart from Kathmandu) and you'll spend the night in safari tents near to the small airport so you're ready to jump on the first flight in the morning.

Day 3

Trek to Phakding

Landing at Lukla Airport, Nepal

Hiking

4hrs · 7.5km · 610m up · 830m down

Today starts with a short flight to Lukla Airport in the Everest region. After meeting the other crew members you'll start your trek, passing through the prosperous village of Lukla before reaching Phakding on the Dudh Kosi River. You'll spend the night in the village and should have time to visit some of the nearby monasteries.

Occasionally Lukla flights can be delayed or cancelled - please see the FAQs for further information.

Day 4

Namche

Bridge on the EBC Trek, Trek to Everest Base Camp

Hiking

6hrs · 10.5km · 1670m up · 880m down

Start the day with a walk through beautiful pine forests and along the track to the Dudh Koshi River. One of the (many) bridges is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge with a particularly epic viewpoint of the gleaming Mount Thamserku (6618 m). From here you'll continue through the village of Jorsale before a challenging uphill climb to Namche Bazaar, where you'll get your first glimpse of Everest.

Day 5

Acclimatise and explore Namche (3440m)

Namche Bazaar Village, Nepal

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 opportunity to hike to a nearby viewpoint and enjoy mammoth vistas of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse...we could go on. On the way back, you’ll walk around the Khumjung valley and have the chance to visit the Hillary School and Khunde Hospital, before heading back for the night.

Day 6

Namche to Tengboche

 Tengboche Monastery, EBC Trek

Hiking

6hrs · 9.3km · 1270m up · 840m down

Things get challenging as the trail forks northeast along a tributary valley and you approach the holy ground of Tengboche (3860m). There you’ll be met by a monastery, yak pasture and the world’s highest sacred institution combined! Team this with more epic views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Everest and you'll find it's worth every puff.

Day 7

Tengboche to Dingboche

Tengboche to Dingboche EBC Trek

Hiking

6hrs · 10.4km · 930m up · 440m down

Trek past the Gompa holding the famous Yeti scalp and pass summer yak pastures on the way to Dingboche, where you'll stay for the night. Most of the trekking in this area is comparatively gentle, although taking it easy is recommended due to the high altitude.

Day 8

Explore and acclimatise at Dingboche

Ama Dablam from Dingboche, Trek to Everest Base Camp

Today you 'll have your second acclimatisation day at Dingboche (4410m), which is vital considering the high altitudes you’re now reaching. Fear not, you can get still involved in some optional hikes to the nearby Nagajun Hill or Chukung Village which both boast panoramic views of Ama Dablam and Makalu.

Day 9

Dingboche to Lobuche

Dingboche to Lobuche, EBC Trek, Trek to Everest Base Camp

Hiking

5hrs · 7.8km · 690m up · 120m down

Climb at a leisurely pace and cross ice covered torrents until you reach Lobuche (4910m). Here, you’ll be met with stone houses that sit amongst the frozen wilderness. Only one more night until your goal.

Day 10

Everest Base Camp

Gorak Shep settlement

Hiking

6hrs · 11.6km · 630m up · 380m down

Ascend to Everest Base Camp (5380m). Congratulations, you're in the company of legends. Take some time to reflect and enjoy it. Many a new profile picture has been taken here! Once you’ve taken in the views and given yourself a massive high-five, you'll continue back to Gorak Shep (5364m) for the night before beginning the descent tomorrow.

Day 11

Pangboche via Kala Patthar

Panoramic view of himilayas from Kala Patthar

Hiking

8hrs · 21.4km · 820m up · 2050m down

The best way to see Everest (and its surrounding peaks) is as the sun comes up so be prepared for an early start. You'll ascend to Kala Patthar (5550m), the highest point of the trip, with awesome views of Everest before heading down to Pangboche for the night.

Day 12

Pangboche to Namche

Shrine Pangboche to Namche

Hiking

6hrs · 13.5km · 1140m up · 1660m down

Descend down to Phungi Thanga and then continue on to Namche, where you'll stay for a night of celebrations.

Day 13

Lukla

Lukla

Hiking

6hrs · 18km · 1720m up · 2290m down

Set off for the final descent into Lukla (2860m). On the way, you'll trek through a forest of rhododendrons and pine until you reach a Sherpa village. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to say your final goodbyes to the local team before moving on to Lukla.

Day 14

Back to Kathmandu

View from the plane Lukla airport

Fly back to Ramechhap after your incredible mountain journey. You'll drive back to Kathmandu in time for some well-earned beers and a celebration dinner.

Day 15

Last day in Kathmandu

Typical street in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Enjoy a well-earned lie in and breakfast at your hotel, then spend your last day exploring the city before heading back to the airport, and reality.

Included

Internal Flights

Internal flights from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla (return)

Guides

You'll be led by local, expert, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

2 nights in Kathmandu and 11 nights in teahouses on the trail

Meals

2 breakfasts plus welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu

Transfers

Airport transfers and transfers to and from Kathmandu City

Porterage

A porter will carry your overnight luggage on the trek

Permits

All your permits and entry fees are covered and sorted

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Glamping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 13

Teahouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 14

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 15

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Traditional Nepalese meal of dhal bhat.

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 advice about consumption as it tends to depend on how far it has travelled as to whether it is a safe option.

Dairy-free, vegan or vegetarian diets can be catered for while trekking although meals may get a bit repetitive - dhal bhat will likely be your go-to staple. Gluten-free/coeliac diets are tricky to cater for on teahouse treks (beware that powdered soups and seasonings used often contain gluten, and cooking oil is commonly reused and may cause cross-contamination). Please explain your dietary requirements to your guide so that they can assist when ordering, and bringing along some extra food/snacks is advisable.

What is the accommodation like?

In Kathmandu

You’ll stay in a centrally located tourist hotel in the heart of Thamel, close to the main shopping area and heritage sites.

In Manthali

You will stay at the Manthali Resort in safari-tents. There is a swimming pool on site.

Himalayas traditional teahouse, Nepal. Photo:  GettyImages-168856419
On the trek

Generally, most adventures to Nepal are in remote areas where the accommodation will be basic. On the trek you will stay in 'teahouses' – mountain lodges that tend to have a communal dining area and basic toilets.

The rooms are sorted by gender – however, if there is an odd number in the group they may occasionally be mixed. There’s no heating, so you'll need your warm sleeping bag. WiFi and hot showers are often available at a small cost. You can usually charge your phone up, again, you guessed it, for a cost. So remember to take an adapter.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for the two nights in Kathmandu only (not available in the teahouses), subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking: see Optional Extras below for prices.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Kathmandu Airport (KTM)

Anytime on Day 1

Ends

Kathmandu Airport (KTM)

Anytime on Day 15

Transfers

Airport arrival and departure transfers are included no matter when you arrive and depart (even if booking extra nights before or after the trip), provided you have completed your passenger information form and have supplied your flight details in advance.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Kathmandu from major airports in the UK and Europe.

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What do I need to bring?

  • Day pack with rain cover (30 litre +)
  • Rucksack or duffle bag (for the porters to carry overnight kit)
Clothes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight down jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Lightweight trekking trousers
  • Hiking shorts (if trekking in the summer)
  • Thermals (top and bottom, merino ideal)
  • 2/3 trekking t-shirts/shirts
  • Fleece or warm mid-layer
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Glove liners
  • Hiking socks and lighter walking socks
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Spare underwear
  • Buff or similar
Shoes
  • Worn in waterproof hiking boots
  • Lightweight trainers (for the evenings)
Sleeping
  • 4 season sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Pillow case (optional)
Other
  • Trekking poles
  • Travel towel
  • Sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses)
  • 2 water bottles (1 litre each)
  • Metal SIGG bottle (useful to fill with hot water to use as a hot water bottle at bedtime)
  • Headtorch
  • First aid kit and/or personal medication
  • Water purification tablets/system
  • Biodegradable wet wipes
  • Hand gel
  • Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountain
  • Toilet paper/tissues
  • Powerbank
  • Universal plug adaptor
  • Book/kindle/cards for downtime
Winter departures only (end Nov-March)
  • Gaiters
  • Microspikes
  • Extra warm layers (add an extra warm item to all key items above)
  • Extra set of thermals (pair to walk in, pair to sleep in)
  • Merino trekking socks
  • Merino glove liners

What's available to hire?

The below can be rented in Kathmandu:

  • Down jacket: costs approx. $1.5/day with a deposit of $50
  • Sleeping bag (3 season only available): costs approx. $2/day with a deposit of $80
  • Spikes (for Winter departures only) costs approx. $1.5/day.

(Please ask your host if this is needed so they can assist you with how to arrange the hire)

What can you buy in Kathmandu?

Kathmandu has many outdoor gear shops - some are real with kit that is the same price you will find it at home and some are filled with cheaper imitation gear that may not be of the same quality. You will however find a soft duffel bag easily that the porters can carry.

Weight Restrictions

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.

*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Optional Private Room Upgrade (Kathmandu x 2 nights)

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade (Kathmandu x 2 nights)

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Single)

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Twin/Double)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Twin/Double)

Benjamin M.(April 2024)