Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp
4.9
| 105 reviews

Trek to Everest Base Camp

14 nights
Challenging

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

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with you'll be led by local, expert, English-speaking guides

All accommodation

2 nights in a hotel in Kathmandu, 1 night glamping, 11 nights in teahouses on the trail

Meals

2 breakfasts plus welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu

Internal Flights

Internal flights from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla (return)

Transfers & Permits

Airport and local transfers, porters to carry your luggage on the trek, entry fees and permits

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 105 reviews
An Amazing Trip to Everest Base Camp
May 2024
Thomas O.
Trip of a lifetime!
May 2024
Vera S.
Trip of a lifetime!
May 2024
Vera S.
Trip of a lifetime!
May 2024
Vera S.
Wonderful trip.
May 2024
Robert N.
Wonderful trip.
May 2024
Robert N.
Wonderful trip.
May 2024
Robert N.
Wonderful trip.
May 2024
Robert N.
This trip was absolutely amazing.
April 2024
Jeanette L.
If You're Thinking About It, Do It!
April 2024
Ephraim A.
If You're Thinking About It, Do It!
April 2024
Ephraim A.
Base camp trek
April 2024
Erin G.
Base camp trek
April 2024
Erin G.
100% Recommended
April 2024
Ryan H.
Trip of a lifetime
April 2024
Robert S.
Trip of a lifetime
April 2024
Robert 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.
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.

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

Key Information

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.

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.

This trip has been rated as Challenging

Much of the trek is within the capabilities of people with a good 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 help you adjust to the altitude.

What will I need to carry?

This trip includes one porter for every two trekkers. They will carry up to 20-25kg of kit so your overnight bags and spare clothes will be transported for you (maximum 12kg per person). You will only need to carry a ‘day pack’ with essentials in (extra layer, snacks, water, suncream, camera etc.

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 20°c) 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 10-15°c.

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.

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)

Jamie H.(June 2024)
Once in a lifetime trip!

This trip exceeded my expectations, and it was all thanks to the wonderful team at Freedom Adventures. From Prashant meeting us in Kathmandu at the beginning and end of our trip...to the amazing Pujan Sapotka as our lead guide who kept us safe, made us laugh, and taught us all we wanted to know about Nepal... to the assistant guides Vijaya and Roshan, who were kind, supportive, knowledgeable, and always with a smile on their faces.. and to the amazing porters Prasna, Krishna, Nabin, and Bagdhan who carried our bags and still managed to have a smile on their face at the end of the day. We genuinely could not have done this trip without any one of these guys, and our trip would not have been the same! We truly all felt like a family, it is an experience I will never forget!

Kendall M.(May 2024)
Unbelievable experience!!!

This trip was nothing short of AMAZING!! The knowledge of our guides Pujan Sapkota, Vijaya, and Rosan was incredible. We laughed so much and learned about the culture while doing so. Our porters are actual hero’s and without them I couldn’t have completed this trek!! Prasna, Krishna, Nabin, and Bagdhan! This trip was so well put together I felt safe and taken care of the whole way. The Himalayas give you the once in a lifetime opportunity to connect with Mother Nature in an incredible way. Without These people and Much Better Adventures I wouldn’t have had the amazing memories that I have. If you’re on the fence about booking this trek… this is your sign!! And I really hope you get to experience it with this amazing team! THANK YOU MR PUJAN!!!!

Thomas O.(May 2024)
An Amazing Trip to Everest Base Camp
An Amazing Trip to Everest Base Camp

I had such an amazing time during my trek. EBC has been on my bucket list for years and I couldn't have picked a better group to go with.

Pujan, along with his assistant guides Birdhoj, Roshan and Nabin made sure we had everything we needed and made us feel well looked after. Their attention to detail and passion for making the trip an enjoyable experience was apparent throughout.

Also, our porters Krishna, Haal, Baghdan, Prashna and Nanda were amazing. Every day they carried our bags up and they were waiting outside our rooms for us when we got to the tea houses.

Whilst getting to EBC was the highlight, the journey there really made the trip unforgettable. Getting to know Pujan, Birdhoj, Roshan and Nabin so well was something I didn't expect before hand and I felt as though I came away having met some really great people.

If anyone's considering Freedom for their upcoming trek I couldn't recommend them more!!!

mark b.(May 2024)
Almost perfect....

EBC/Kathmandu was an amazing place to visit. The scenery in the lead up to EBC is very special. MBA and Freedom were very good. Our guide(Tenbi Sherba) and his crew were very friendly and made the two weeks effortless and good fun.

I removed a star as I think there are some crucial details not disclosed via MBA until you've paid/or already in Kathmandu: 1/ there is an expectation of paying tips, at least $140. I don't resent paying this...I paid more. Our guide/porters deserved and more! But if you're on a budget it's useful to know. 2/ Bad weather can easily ground you on the way in and out of Lukla. If you're unlucky you may only have the option of getting a helicopter. The cost here depends on demand...but can cost $500 per person / each way! Again, we avoided delay inbound and was delayed only one day outbound. Luckily everyone had free days after the hike...so didn't impact anyone too much. But...factor the potential cost in!

I would like to see MBA add some notes around these points to their website. But even with these points the trip was great fun, with some amazing sights to and from EBC and thamal in Kathmandu is a very visitor friendly area with some great world heritage sites within walking distance.

Beth H.(May 2024)
An amazing trip!

I recently embarked on the Everest Base Camp trek with Freedom Adventures, and I must say, it was an unforgettable journey. From the moment I signed up, Freedom Adventures proved themselves to be an exceptional travel company. One of the standout features of Freedom Adventures is their unparalleled knowledge and expertise. Throughout the trek, our guides Sanjeet and Rgawang demonstrated an impressive understanding of the terrain, culture, and history of the region. Their insights added a rich layer of depth to our experience, making each step feel not only like a physical challenge but also a cultural immersion. Moreover, the level of care and attention to detail provided by Freedom Adventures was truly commendable. They ensured that every aspect of our journey was meticulously planned and executed, from accommodation to meals to safety protocols. I felt reassured knowing that we were in capable hands every step of the way. But what truly sets Freedom Adventures apart is their genuine passion for adventure and exploration. It's clear that they are not just in the business of organising treks; they are driven by a sincere desire to share their love for the outdoors and inspire others to push their boundaries. This enthusiasm was infectious and added an extra layer of excitement to our trek. In conclusion, I cannot recommend Freedom Adventures highly enough. If you're looking for an unforgettable adventure with a company that is knowledgeable, attentive, and passionate, look no further than Freedom Adventures. They exceeded all my expectations and left me with memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you, Freedom Adventures, for an incredible journey!

Vera S.(May 2024)
Trip of a lifetime!
Trip of a lifetime!
Trip of a lifetime!
Trip of a lifetime!

I had the most wonderful trip to Everest base camp - cannot recommend enough! The scenery changes throughout the journey were really beautiful, and it was incredible to wake up to 360 snow-capped mountain views. The leaders and supporting staff were extremely proactive and friendly in serving us, and I was so lucky to have the most wonderful group to trek with :) Memories for a lifetime and a privilege to have experienced this trip

Robert N.(May 2024)
Wonderful trip.
Wonderful trip.
Wonderful trip.
Wonderful trip.
Wonderful trip.

This trip is exactly what you would imagine - tough on the body and the mind but rewarding in every way throughout and on completion. The Himalayas are beautiful and the Nepalese people are genuinely friendly and smiley both of which give a great sense of perspective. I was worried before I joined the trip as to how I would cope with altitude but our wonderful guide team made me feel extremely safe, relaxed and comfortable throughout the trip. As a group we genuinely got on very well with our guides Tembi Sherpa, Birdhoj Tamang and Ang Furba Sherpa and built great fun relationships with them whilst we hiked. These three gentlemen are almost superhuman in their energy and enthusiasm and keep the morale in the group high. I’m completely in awe of the strength and humility of these men as well as our wonderful porter team who carry huge weight up the same trails that we struggled up. In particular, Tembi Sherpa runs the team with a quiet authority which is very impressive. He clearly gets on well with his team and is liked by them but he is well known on the trail. On many occasions we would walk into a busy tea house and yet Tembi would have a table for us and drinks in a flash because he is well known on the trail and the tea house owners clearly look out for his arrival. We felt very lucky with our wonderful team.

Two pieces of advice I’d pass onto anyone booking are:

  1. you really don’t need as much gear as you think you do. The weight allowance is ample because you simply won’t want to shower and change every day due to the cold. Sacrifice clothes for snacks, basic medicines and useful hiking accessories like spare laces, cards or battery packs.

  2. get yourself in the best shape you can. It’s certainly true that anyone can get up this trail regardless of fitness but it’s just a reality that you’ll be on your feet for 6-8 hours per day and you just have to be prepared physically and mentally for that.

Jenna P.(May 2024)
A trip you will never forget!

An amazing adventure! The trip was incredible from start to finish. The crew, the landscape and the adventure. If you are hesitant about booking, I would 1000% recommend. The team we had (Suman Tamang, Pemba Rinji Sherpa, Kama Rita Sherpa, Susil Rai, Utar Kubir Rai, Ngawang Sherpa, Pema Doma Sherpa and of course our leader Kushahari Phuyai) were amazing! Nothing was too much trouble for them. They were supportive and knowledegable and just amazing. Thank you Freedom Adventures and Much Better Adventures for a trip I will never forget!

Nicola O.(April 2024)