Everest Base Camp Trek
15 Days / 14 Nights
Everest Base Camp Trekking is one of the most popular and sought out trekking route in the Himalayas. It’s a dream of every hiker to be at the foot of Mt. Everest at the Everest Base Camp (5,320m). An important feature of this trek is the hike to Kalapathar. Kalapathar is a rocky hill at 5,550 meters which commands some spectacular panorama of the Khumbu Himalayas including Mt. Everest. Visit the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar. Tengboche Monastery, the biggest in the Khumbu region. Hike to the Everest View Hotel just above Namche Bazaar for a spectacular view of the Khumbu Himalayas. The Everest Base Camp Trek is in a bucket list of every adventure enthusiast.
The trek can be done by any average person who is moderately fit enough and no previous experience as such is required. Though running, swimming, hiking are recommended before your start your trek. For preparation, you should start training at least two to three months before your trek.
The best training would be hiking in relatively steep ascents and descents.
Our itineraries are suggestions and are fully customisable according to your needs, interests and budget.
Treat these itineraries as inspiration and one of our experts will create your uniquely tailored holiday with your requests in mind so that you can truly experience Nepal with Seven Senses.
Day 1. Arrive Kathmandu (-/-/-)
After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by your guide and who will then transfer you to your hotel. If time permits, you can either explore your surroundings or relax at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2. Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation (B/-/-)
The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken to Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva which is always crowded with Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, visit to a Buddhist pilgrimage site, Swayambhunath (better known by the name of Monkey temple among tourists). Later conclude the sightseeing at the Boudhanath Shrine. Transfer back to the hotel, where a short meeting will take place to discuss the upcoming trekking plans. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3. : Kathmandu – Fly to Lukla –Trek to Phakding (alt. 2,652m) (B/L/D)
(3-4 hrs trekking)
You will have to wake up early as the flight to Lukla leaves in the morning. The super scenic flight takes around 40 minutes to Lukla. You can see the most amazing views from the airplane window. After landing in Lukla, the trek to Phakding will start after lunch. You will reach Phakding before sunset where you will get ample time to stroll around the village. Overnight at the best available lodge.
Day 4. Phakding to Namche Bazaar (alt. 3,440m) (B/L/D)
(5-6 hrs trekking)
From Phakding, the route gets a head start by crossing suspension bridges on the Dudh Koshi River towards Namche Bazaar. On the way, you will pass Sagarmatha National Park where you could see varieties of flora and fauna. Soon, you will have to make a descent towards Jorsalle village crossing Bhote- Koshi River through a suspension bridge. You will reach Namche Bazaar, the main trading town also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest in the Khumbu Region before sunset. Overnight at the best available lodge.
Day 5. Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, Hike to Everest View (B/L/D)
(3-4 hrs trekking)
Getting acclimatized is very important while embarking on a high altitude trek. For this purpose, the day is reserved for the acclimatization process where you will spend a full day to get used to the altitude and the environment of higher altitude places.
After lunch, you will be taken for a short hike towards Everest view hotel. From the hotel premises you can see a panoramic view of the Everest region. Overnight at the best available lodge.
Day 6. Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (alt. 3,860m) (B/L/D)
(5-6 hrs trekking)
The day will start with a hike towards Tengboche traversing different forests. The route offers magnificent views of mountains like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak.
After reaching Tengboche, you will visit Tengboche Monastery which is renowned as one of the famous monasteries in the region. The monastery is situated in a beautiful location from where you could witness amazing sceneries. Overnight at the best available lodge.
Day 7. Tengboche to Dingboche (alt. 4,410m) (B/L/D)
(5-6 hrs trekking)
The day’s trek will proceed towards Dingboche also known as the Summer Valley. The route will start by descending through rhododendron forests to reach the village of Pangboche. After a few hours of hike, you will reach Dingboche, a small village in the Chukhung Valley. Overnight at the best available lodge.
Day 8. Dingboche to Lobuche (alt. 4,910m) (B/L/D)
(5-6 hrs trekking)
Climbing through Duglha via Khumbu Khola Valley, on the day, you will proceed towards Lobuche. Descending via Duglha village, you will reach Lobuche before sunset. Overnight at the best available lodge.
Day 9. Lobuche to Gorak Shep & Hike to Everest Base Camp (alt. 5,320m) (B/L/D)
(5-6 hrs trekking)
This is going to be one of the most exciting days in the trek reaching the Everest Base Camp. You will have to make some steep ascent towards the base camp. However, during the climb you can enjoy the natural splendor of Khumbu Glacier and ice fall from the base camp site.
Also, you will have to pass over rocky dunes, moraine and streams to make you way towards the base camp. After a brief stay at the amazing high altitude site, also known as the departure point of Everest expeditions, you will have to hike backwards on the earlier route until you reach Gorak Shep. Overnight at the best available lodge.
Day 10. Gorak Shep to Kala Pathar (alt. 5,550m) to Pheriche (B/L/D)
(5-6 hrs trekking)
Today you will hike towards Kala Pathar known for offering splendid 360-degree panoramic views of the world’s tallest mountains including Mt. Everest. At the Kala Pathar site, you can enjoy mesmerizing views of snow laden giants over your head. After getting enthralled at the amazing place for some time, the trek descends to Pheriche via Gorak Shep. Overnight at the best available lodge.
Day 11. Pheriche to Kyanjuma (alt. 3,500m) (B/L/D)
(5-6 hrs trekking)
Walking downhill and crossing Phungithanka via Tengboche, you will proceed towards Kyanjuma, the junction of the trinity ways to Gokyo Valley. The trail passes through suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. Later, leaving few rhododendron forests behind, you will reach Kyanjuma for an overnight stay. Overnight at the best available lodge.
Day 12. Kyanjuma to Khumjung to Monju (alt. 2,850m) (B/L/D)
(5-6 hrs trekking)
This is an exciting day as you trek past Khumjung, a village in Khumbu region inside Sagarmatha National Park crossing a bridge over Imja River to reach Monju. En route, you will visit the Hillary memorial school. Later, the trail ascends to the Syangboche airport and then towards Namche Bazaar. You can explore the bazaar for some time, before heading towards Monju for an overnight shelter. Overnight at the best available lodge.
Day 13. Monju to Lukla (alt. 2,800m) (B/L/D)
(5-6 hrs trekking)
This is the final day of the trek as you prepare yourself to hike to Lukla following the lower altitude trail in the Everest region. Traversing various Sherpa settlements, and hiking past some dense forest areas covered with beautiful rhododendron and pine trees, you will slowly proceed towards Lukla. On the way, you will also see few monasteries that resemble unique Buddhist culture and tradition. You will reach Lukla before sunset. Overnight at the best available lodge.
Day 14. Lukla to Kathmandu Flight (B/-/D)
You have completed your trekking as you wait to board a Kathmandu bound flight from Lukla. You excitement level will proliferate as the plane flies between hills before it reaches to a required elevation. The 40 minutes flight will also give you a bird’s eye view of glorious Kathmandu city by the time it prepares to land. After landing at the Tribhuvan airport, the company representative will transfer you to you hotel.
Farewell dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurant.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 15. Departure (B/-/-)
You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight departure. A day to bid farewell to this glorious country situated in South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture to other destinations within this majestic country in the near future.
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on circumstances.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS FROM £1,450 per person
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Twin sharing accommodation in a double/twin room in 4 star hotels in Kathmandu,
the best available lodges along the trek.
Quality private air-con vehicles & experienced drivers for all transfers and sightseeing.
Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight
Highly experienced, helpful and friendly government licensed English speaking trekking guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
TIMS Fee - Trekkers' Information Management System.
Sagarmatha National park entrance Permit and fees.
Meals as stated in the itinerary without drinks (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
First aid medical kit.
Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Nepal. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Visa fee for Nepal.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
What is the best season for Everest Base Camp trek?
The best season is from pre-monsoon springtime (February, March, April, May) and post-monsoon fall (September, October, November). December and January is the winter and is colder and June, July, August is the summer/monsoon, so rain might be an issue.
What kinds of clothing are required for the trek?
We suggest warm clothes that includes down jackets, thermal longs & tops, comfortable trekking shoes, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, gloves. Thamel, the main tourist hub, in Kathmandu has lots of trekking shops with both local and branded where you can also buy these clothing.
What kind of meals do we get during the Everest Base Camp trek? Is it organic, hygienic?
Lodges in the Everest trail serve organic and hygienic meals and mostly a typical meal includes daal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, pasta or potato dishes along with vegetables and egg/chicken/meat dishes. Some desserts like apple pies, pancakes can also be found. Breakfast includes porridge, muesli and toasts with peanut butter and honey.
Is there any mountain sickness problems?
To avoid any AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) problems our itineraries are carefully designed. AMS normally occurs from 3,600 meters/11,808 feet and above. During the trek you gently and slowly gain altitude with day’s rest for better acclimatizing. Most people will feel some affect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly light headed which is fairly common. Our experienced guide will be with you who shall advise you how to avoid AMS. Drinking more water, walking slowly, not skipping the acclimatization days is suggested to avoid AMS.
How fit I have to be to participate in this trek?
The trek is good for any average people who are moderately fit enough and no previous experience as such is required. Though running, swimming, hiking are recommended before your join your trek. For preparation, you should start training at least two to three months before your trek. The best will be hiking in relatively steep ascents and descents.
What is the maximum group-size?
The maximum group-size for this trek is 14 people as this group size makes a perfect team with the trek guide can also give attention to each individual time and again.
What kind of accommodation is expected while trekking?
We use lodges/teahouses which are clean and having basic facilities, and they also provide quilt or blankets. The toilets in the lodges have essential and basic facilities and always outside the room.
What‘s the weather will be like in the mountains?
Himalayan weathers are rather hard to predict. Generally nights are colder than the days.
In winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is colder but days are beautiful with clear skies. A bit of snowfall is expected in winter.
In spring (Mar-Jun) the average temperature is 17 degrees C with a maximum of 25 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.
In monsoon (Jun-Aug) the maximum temperature averages to 25 degrees C during sunny days with a minimum -15 degrees C in the morning and night at areas above 4000 meters. The average temperature tends to be around a comfortable 18 degrees C.
In autumn (Sep-Nov), the average temperature during the fall is 15 degrees C with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters altitude.
How about my trekking guide?
We have experienced trek guides who have been in the field for a long time and know the area where you will be trekking. They are also government recognized trek guides and well trained in mountain first-aid plus friendly and helpful individuals. They are also insured during the trek.
Where can I store my luggage before trek?
You can store your luggage in your hotel for free. Take along the essential items for your trek and the rest can be left at the hotel, later on claim after returning back from trek.
Do I get to shower while on trek?
Major places like Lukla/Namche has hot shower and other areas have hot water in a bucket. The cost comes to US$3-4 per shower.
Can I use credit card while trekking?
In the cities like Kathmandu, yes, but during trekking only cash is accepted. Please change into Nepali rupees before heading for trek.
Are there ATMs in the Everest area?
ATMs are available only in Namche and Lukla but it’s service might not work or may be out of cash. So changing into rupees before trek is suggested.
What if I have to call home, friends, families?
Landline telephones are available in most of the villages along the trek route from which you can make international calls. Mobile phone services are available and even at the Everest Base Camp but the reception quality varies depending upon the locations. Internet facilities can be found but is expensive.
How about charging batteries?
Charging your cameras etc comes to about Nepali rupees 200-1000 approx.
Will I need insurance for Everest Base Camp trek?
While trekking in the Himalayas insurance is highly recommend covering both medical and evacuation. You should also be careful of the insurance policy while buying the insurance as some insurance companies may have special exception of evacuation from certain altitude only.
How about drinking water while on the trek?
Boiled water is available at the lodges. Bottled water will cost US$2 at lower places and US$4 at higher places per liter. If you have brought purifying aid you can use them in normal tap or spring water.
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