The Everest Base Camp trek is widely considered the world’s most awe-inspiring and iconic mountain adventure.
Immerse yourself into the exotic world of sherpas, Nepalese culture, colorful prayer flags and Buddhism. Experience the tranquil Namche Bazzar, the Sagarmatha National Park, and the incredible view point on Kala Patthar. Imagine yourself reaching Everest Base Camp and witnessing four of the world’s six tallest peaks: Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho-Oyu. The Everest Base Camp trek begins with an inspiring mountain flight out of Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla and so begins your adventure of a lifetime.
There are a variety of approaches and it is also possible to do ancillary Everest treks such as the Three Pass Trek (which includes Base Camp) Chola Pass, Gokyo Valley Trek, Thame Valley Trek and more.
The Everest Base Camp trek has the reputation of being the grandest in the land of the Himalayas. This trek is best suited for guests who are physically fit, in good health, and have some trekking experience.
DURATION: 15-17 DAYS
DESTINATION: EVEREST BASE CAMP
ACTIVITIES: TREKKING, CULTURAL TOURS
BEST SEASONS: AUTUMN AND SPRING
PEAK ALTITUDE: 800M TO 5,560M
EVEREST BASE CAMP ITINERARY
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
You are greeting by one of our staff at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) 1300m, Transfer to Hotel. Enjoy dinner. Rest and shower.
Day 02: Sightseeing and Preparation
Experience a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Monkey Temple (Swyambhunath Temple), Kathmandu Durbar Square and Buddhist Shrine Great Boudhanath Stupa. Orientation consists of a pre-trip group discussion followed by trek preparation. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Monjo (2650m / 8694ft)
Duration: 5-6 hours
After breakfast, we drive you to airport and a short flight takes us through the mountains to the city of Lukla. Here we meet with our porters and sherpas and begin our trek to Monjo on the Milky River (Dudh Koshi). We will have the opportunity to cross several suspension bridges.
Day 04/05: Namche Bazar (3446m/11,306ft)
Duration: 3-4 hours
As we ascend into the mountains, the trek is short, but also challenging. Namche is a centuries-old trading centre between Tibet and Nepal and it is also the last town we encounter before reaching Base Camp. Life is most interesting here. Yaks roam the streets and the magical sounds of their bells fill the air. We spend two nights here for acclimatizing. Views of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Lhotse are spectacular from this hillside town.
Day 06: Tengboche / Deboche: (3,868m /12687ft)
Duration: 5-6 hours
The trek to Tengboche consists of varied terrain. Expect 3 hours of both flat and downhill, and then we begin to climb. Tengboche Monastery sits on the hill at the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and the Imja Khola River with the clear view of Everest. While it is a challenging hike to the monastery, it is one of the most important spiritual centres for Buddhists. Witness the Lamas (high priests) performing prayers and chanting their hypnotic songs.
Day 07/08: Dengboche (4400m/14080ft)
Duration: 5-6 hours
From Tengboche, the hike to Dengboche takes 5-6 hours. As we gain more altitude, we work to ensure health concerns from high altitude are assessed and met. For this reason, we’ll spend two nights here before continuing on. The following day we hike to Nagarjung (4,500m).
Day 09: Lobuche (4960m /15872ft)
Duration: 4-5 hours
From Dengboche, after a good rest and breakfast we will trek to a scenic and spacious valley. A large mound of rugged rock found at Dhukla, is actually the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We will spend a quiet moment at the site of the stone memorials for fallen Everest climbers, called “Chortens” in Tibetan.
Day 10: Base Camp – Goreshep
Base Camp : 5360m/17,585 ft
Gorak Shep : 5150m/16,480 ft
This is the most exciting day of them all… We arrive at Everest Base Camp, stop at Goraksehp to freshen up and enjoy lunch. Afterwards, we hike along the Khumbu Glacier moraine to our destination at the foot of Everest. Congratulations!! There, we celebrate and bask in an experience relatively few people will ever know. We then return to Gorakshep for overnight.
Day 11: Kalapattar (5560m / 17,792 ft) Pheriche (4350m / 13,920 ft)
Early the next morning, we ascend Kala Pattar to 17,792 ft. The summit is the highest point of the trek and it provides an extraordinary view of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. Once back at Gorakshep, we start our descend through the Khumbu Valley.
Day 12: Pheriche to Kyangjuma
Day 13: Phakding (2600m)
As we descend, the air becoming more oxygen-rich and the days get easier.
Day 14: Phakding to Lukla (2800m)
In the morning of our last day of trekking, we head uphill arriving at Lukla for night. We celebrate our last day with all guests and the team. Guests fly back to Kathmandu the next morning.
Day 15: Return to Kathmandu
From Lukla airport, fly Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Enjoy Kathmandu
Rest and relax, shopping, and a farewell dinner with the team.
Day 17: Saying Goodbye… But Only For Now!
Homeward bound. Your adventure comes to an end on this day and a team member will escort you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.
All Treks Include:
– Arrival: Airport pick up and drop by car / Hotel. Departure: Hotel / Return to Airport
– 2 guests share a room in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included
– Guided city tour in Kathmandu in private vehicle
– All standard meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
– Private rooms double occupancy
– Licensed, professional English-speaking guide
– Local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (One porter for every two guests)
– Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
– Everest National Park permits and TIMS permits for trekking
– Down jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (To be returned upon completion of trek)
– Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees for Kathmandu
– Farewell dinner in Nepali Restaurant with cultural show on second to last day
– All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
– Official expenses
Treks Do Not Include:
– Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
– Additional night(s) in Katmandu (necessary for the Annapurna Trek)
– Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation
– International airfare and airport departure tax
– Nepal Entry Visa
– Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, soft drinks)
– Personal trekking equipment (See the trekking equipment section)
– Tips for guides, porters and drivers (Tipping is expected)
– International airfare to/from Kathmandu
– Additional nights in Kathmandu, and any expenses of a purely personal nature
– Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
– Sightseeing and entrance fees in Kathmandu to any temples or monasteries
– Alcoholic beverages
– Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the ‘All Treks Includes’ section
To make your trek as safe, enjoyable and comfortable as possible, we recommend that you bring the following list of supplies:
– Info bracelet (Road ID)
– Credit card / USD cash
– Appropriate light pack
– Rain cover for pack
– Puffy down jacket
– Rain gear – Jacket & pants
– Sun hat
– Sunglasses (UV Protection)
– Camera with full battery (plus extra battery/memory)
– Camera case
– Gloves – 2 pairs (light cycling gloves for poles & warm/waterproof)
– Warm ski-type beanie
– Hiking poles
– Space blanket
– Lip balm
– Throat Lozenges
– Insect Repellent
– Hand sanitizer or towelettes
– Emergency TP
– Water bladder – 3 litre
– Water filtration pump
– Clip to attach camera to pack
– Head light – plus extra batteries
– First aid kit – plus Mole skin
– Small face towel with clip for pack (sweat)
– Food / snacks (Nutrition Bars 2 per day)
– Spot GPS
– GPS with maps
– Topo maps
AND DON’T FORGET:
– Hiking pants with detachable legs
– Underwear (2 for 6 day trek or 4 for 15 day trek)
– T-shirts: 2-4
– Casual pants for after hike
– Warm thermal top and bottom
– Ear plugs for sleeping with group
– iPod with ear buds/Optional
– Phone with movies / ibooks (optional)
– Toiletry bag with tooth brush and basics
– Eye drops
– Sleeping bag ( Good to -15º)
– Inflatable pillow (Suggest Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow – large)
– Comfortable shoes
– Flip flops for showers
– Electrolyte tabs (Camelback elixir – raspberry lime)
– Charging cables – phone, ipod, camera
– Adapter for electrical sockets
– Micro pikers