Everest Base Camp

from $2,995

This unforgettable trip is your chance to conquer a “bucket list” trek, soak up Nepal’s rich cultural history, and walk in the footsteps of legends.

 

  • Price
    $2,995
  • Duration
    19 Days Door to Door
  • Activity Level Moderate
    3/8
  • Elevation
    5380m | 17,600 ft.

Overview:

If it’s a “bucket list trekking adventure” you’re after, then the challenge of trekking to the world’s highest mountain needs to be high on your list! Not only will you spend your days walking through the breathtaking Khumbu region of Nepal, but you will also be following in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest mountaineers and explorers!

We have two trekking seasons for Everest Base Camp – April/May and October/ November. April is a magical time to embark on the trek, as you will have the opportunity to join our Expeditions’ team for a few nights in Base Camp itself!

October/ November is a quieter time on the trail and often has the best weather – so it’s entirely up to you as to which season suits you best!

Also bear in mind that on arrival at Everest Base Camp, you will have reached an altitude of 5360m above sea level. Responsible acclimatization is therefore one of our and the reason why we include at least two full acclimatization days on the trip.

Skill Level

Our pace on the trail is slow and steady to conserve energy, allowing you to fully appreciate the spectacular scenery that changes with each day, and to give your body time to adjust to the change in altitude. As such, the trip is suitable for those with moderate levels of fitness. Two of the days include steep uphills, so those that include frequent stair climbing and long walks in their training before the trip will be able to cope beautifully.

The adventure package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included?Items that are included in the cost of package price.
  • Conservation/National Park fees and all Government taxes
  • All trekking permits
  • Four nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a bed-and-breakfast basis (twin beds sharing)
  • Half-day world heritage sites tour with a guide and private transport
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • Domestic airfares (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) and domestic airport taxes
  • All accommodation and meals whilst on trek
  • Hot drinks – tea, coffee, hot chocolate and boiled water
  • Western leader/facilitator
  • Nepali Leader
  • An experienced Sirdar/Head Sherpa
  • Assistant guides as required
  • Porters as required
  • Insurance for all Nepalese staff
  • General first aid kit
  • Tents and sleeping mats at Base Camp (if applicable)
  • Dining tent at Base Camp (if applicable)
  • Welcome dinner before the trek
  • Celebration Meal after the trek
What is not included?Items that are not included in the cost of package price.
  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature – personal gear, telephone calls, laundry etc.
  • Travel and Medical Rescue Insurance
  • Staff/ guide gratuities
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, besides those mentioned above.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks and mineral water
  • Personal medical expenses, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Any costs arising from flight cancellation/ delays, political disturbance or natural disasters.
  1. Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu

    You’ll be met at Kathmandu’s Tribubhan Airport by an Adventures Global representative and transferred to our charming hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. After a short briefing you can explore this mystical city with its multitude of trekking and souvenir shops, internet cafes, hotels, restaurants and bars, bakeries, moneychangers, vegetable and spice markets, temples and stupas. Wander through the maze of narrow, cobbled streets filled with vendors, touts, eccentrically clad backpackers and ubiquitous rickshaws with their persistent drivers offering you their services.

    Overnight: Hotel

  2. Day 2 Kathmandu

    This morning we will enjoy a half-day tour of Kathmandu, visiting some wonderful cultural sights in the company of a knowledgeable local guide.

    Climb the many steps to Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple), with its commanding views of Kathmandu (at 1420 m), its whitewashed stupas and its unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism.

    We then move on to the striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa that attracts pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. In the midst of traditional gompas, and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, Boudhanath attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations of the stupa.

    We then visit the Hindu Pashupatinath and its sacred temple complex on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and saffron sit serenely meditating – when they’re not posing for photos-for-rupees.

    In the afternoon, we will do a gear check to ensure that you have all the necessary items for the trek. You will have the opportunity to do some last minute shopping in Thamel should you need to replace or augment any gear.

    Overnight: Hotel

  3. Day 3 Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding (2800m)

    We fly on a twin-engine Otter to the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The views from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic vistas of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants.

    After landing in the village of Lukla (2800m), we meet the rest of our staff and porters and trek for about three hours to Phakding.

    Trekking Time: 3 hours

    Overnight: Sunrise Lodge

  4. Day 4 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

    We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region.

    Namche Bazaar is a colourful panoply of lodges, houses and restaurants and is nestled in a u-shaped bowl amphitheatre surrounded by mountain ranges on three sides and opening out to the Bhote Khosi on the other. Namche Bazaar is a prosperous trading town and many Tibetans cross the nearby border via the Nangpa La to trade their wares.

    Trekking Time: 5 hours

    Overnight: Kyamde Base Lodge.

  5. Day 5 Namche Bazaar

    Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.

    Optional activities include an early hike above town, before the clouds move in, rewarding trekkers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam.

    Visit the Sherpa Museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, its geography, culture, mountaineering history and information of flora and fauna of this region.

    Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher and taking a day hike to Khunde or Khumjung will be beneficial in this regard. Explore the wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, or indulge in the delights of the local bakeries.

    Overnight: Kyamde Base Lodge.

  6. Day 6 Trek to Tengboche (3870m)

    The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We pass through Sanasa, which is inhabited primarily by Tibetans, after which the trail drops to Phunki Thanga (3250m).

    It’s a 2-hour climb from here to Tengboche, through forests and around mani stones up to the saddle where the monastery sits, in a clearing surrounded by dwarf firs and rhododendrons. Views from here of the Himalayan giants are deemed to be the most magnificent in the world.

    Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 6m sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. If our group is fortunate, we will see the resident Lama perform a ceremony and hear the mystical Buddhist chanting and music.

    Trekking Time: 6 hours

    Overnight: Gompa Lodge

  7. Day 7 Trek to Dingboche (4410m)

    It is a short, steep and muddy descent through a forest of birches, conifers and rhododendrons to Debuche. Look out for Nepal’s national bird, the impeyan pheasant. After crossing the Imja Khola on a swaying suspension bridge high above a spot where the river rushes through a narrow cleft, the trail climbs past some magnificently carved mani stones to Pangboche at 3860m.

    Beyond Pangboche, the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line. The vegetation is predominantly scrub juniper and tundra. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam (“Mother’s Charm Box”).

    Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals.

    Trekking Time: 6 hours

    Overnight: Everest Resort

  8. Day 8 Dingboche

    Today is an important acclimatization day, prior to venturing into the upper reaches of the Khumbu valley. The day can be spent visiting the monastery in Dingboche, famous for its Yeti scalp and hand, and exploring the Imja Khola. There are also some breathtaking views of the north face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak.

    Today’s walk is short allowing for an opportunity to relax in the afternoon and either do some laundry, reading, writing, photography etc. or just laze in the sun.

    Overnight: Everest Resort.

  9. Day 9 Trek to Lobuche (4930m)

    From Dingboche, the trail traverses through farmlands and meadows before continuing along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the small village of Duglha (4620m), before climbing up to a viewpoint with stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. The trail drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche. The sunset on Nuptse, seen from Lobuche, is a memorable sight.

    Trekking Time: 6 hours

    Overnight: Alpine Lodge.

  10. Day 10 Trek to Gorak Shep (5160m)

    The trail initially follows the western side of the broad Khumbu Valley and ascends gently through meadows beside the glacial moraine. The ascent becomes steeper and rougher and the trail is constantly changing.

    En-route to Gorak Shep, the conical peak of Pumori comes into view – on its lower slopes, a ridge extending to the south terminates in a small peak. This peak is called Kala Pattar (meaning ‘black rock’) and at 5545m high provides the best vantage point for viewing Mt Everest.

    The trail makes a short descent onto the sandy, flat expanse of Gorak Shep.

    Trekking Time: 3 hours

    After enjoying something to eat and hydrating well, we set off on our ascent of Kala Pattar. A slow, steady pace is the best approach – avoid rushing! It’s a tough climb, but the views from the summit surpass the wildest imagination.

    The Icefall, the South Col, the entire Everest south face and the North Ridge are visible, as well as the Lho La (the pass between Nepal and Tibet). You are also rewarded with magnificent views of Changtse, Nuptse, Tawache, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Pumori.

    These are poignant moments that will be cherished for the rest of your life.

    We then descend for a well-earned rest at Gorak Shep.

    Climbing Time: 3 hours

    Overnight: Buddha Lodge.

  11. Day 11 Trek to EBC (5310m)

    In the event of bad weather on Day 10, we have the opportunity for a second chance to climb Kala Pattar.

    Today we also continue our trek to Everest Base Camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu icefall. The route follows the Khumbu Glacier, sometimes on the moraine and sometimes on the glacier itself.

    Base Camp is spread over a wide area and resembles a tented town with expeditions from all over the world vying for a favourable location and ensconcing themselves as comfortably as possible.

    Trekking Time: 4 hours

    Overnight: Tents

  12. Day 12 Everest Base Camp

    After enjoying hot tea in our tents, we have a late breakfast and soak up the morning sun. The earlier support trek hikes in with the Adventures Global climbing team and helps establish Base Camp, while the later treks usually experience the acclimatization process and summit attempts of the climbing teams.

    Overnight: Tents

  13. Day 13 Everest Base Camp

    While hanging out at Base Camp, we can hike to the base of the Khumbu Icefall to get a closer view of the precarious route that weaves its way through enormous jumbled seracs to the Western Cwm and beyond.

    Overnight: Tents

  14. Day 14 Trek to Pheriche (4240m)

    We retrace our steps, heading down the glacier and re-enter the lush and beautiful valleys, surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks.

    Upon reaching the village of Pheriche, we visit the Himalayan Rescue Association’s Trekkers’ Aid Post. The center attracts world-renowned physicians who acquire data to analyse the effects of high altitude on human physiology.

    Trekking Time: 6 hours

    Overnight: Himalaya Lodge

  15. Day 15 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

    Today we trek back along the Dudh Kosi River through a magnificent rhododendron forest and past brilliant waterfalls.

    Shortly before reaching Namche, the trek takes us through a pine forest, where musk deer often graze in the early morning.

    Arriving in town, we may see lowland porters, highland Sherpas, and Tibetan people trading food and supplies during Namche’s market time.

    Trekking Time: 7 hours

    Overnight: Kyamde Base Lodge.

  16. Day 16 Trek to Lukla (2800m)

    Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla.

    Trekking Time: 7.5 hours

    Overnight: Khumbu Resort.

  17. Day 17 Fly to Kathmandu

    If the weather is clear, the morning flight back to Kathmandu will be a scenic and smooth farewell to the mountains.

    Overnight: Hotel

  18. Day 18 Kathmandu

    A free day catching up on any sights we missed during our first few days in Kathmandu, shopping, lounging at the pool, strolling to Durbar Square or perhaps a trip to the medieval city of Patan.

    Tonight we will enjoy a final Celebration Dinner!

    Overnight: Hotel

  19. Day 19 International Departures

    Sadly, we leave the kingdom of Nepal behind, as we make our way home after a life-changing experience.

Gear List:

A variety of clothing is necessary for the trip. You will need clothing for around Kathmandu, trekking in the humidity and heat, and to protect you from the cooler temperatures in the mountains. This list is designed to help you choose the right gear for the demands for this trek and is the minimum requirement. These items are mandatory for survival in the mountains, so ensure you have everything on the list.

The emphasis on equipment necessary for mountain travel follows two simple tenets: lightweight and functional. The items you choose to take should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme conditions. The quality of the equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain, so be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing. Comfort lends itself to a more enjoyable experience!

The layering system outlined below is usually sufficient for most people, but if you tend to be colder, bring one extra medium layer (such as a vest), which will be ideal for extra warmth around camp. When making the final decision as to what goes into your pack, remember that it’s a fine art of taking just enough clothes and accessories to do the job, while not over-burdening yourself with items you probably will not use.

Cotton clothing must be avoided because it dries very slowly and is a poor insulator when wet. Instead, choose wool or synthetic fabrics that “wick” the sweat and moisture away from your skin to keep you much warmer.

 

FOOTWEAR:

  • 4 pairs sock liners
  • 4 pairs trekking socks
  • 1 pair hiking boots
  • 1 pair running shoes
  • 1 pair sandals

 

TECHNICAL CLOTHING:

  • 3 T-shirts
  • 2 thermal long-sleeved shirts
  • 1 fleece long-sleeved top
  • 1 long-sleeved hiking shirt
  • 2 women’s sports bras
  • 1 fleece jacket
  • 1 down jacket
  • 1 waterproof jacket with hood
  • 1 pair long thermal underwear
  • 1 pair long hiking pants
  • 1 pair tracksuit pants
  • 2 pairs hiking shorts
  • 1 pair waterproof pants
  • 3 pairs underwear

 

HANDWEAR:

  • 1 pair liner inner gloves
  • 1 pair fleece windstopper gloves
  • 1 pair waterproof shell gloves

 

HEADWEAR:

  • 1 beanie or balaclava
  • 1 sun hat or peaked cap
  • 1 pair 100% UV protection sunglasses with side shields

 

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

  • Day pack (50 litres)
  • Sleeping bag
  • 1 large duffel bag for gear
  • 1 pair trekking poles (optional)
  • 1 headlamp
  • 2 water bottles (wide-mouth Nalgene) with insulators
  • 1 camp towel
  • 1 medical kit
  • 1 toiletry kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Wet wipes
  • Favourite snack foods (optional)
  • Stuff sacks for food and gear storage – large Ziplock bags are also useful
  • Water purification tablets (optional)
  • Pee bottle (optional)
  • Spare batteries and bulbs

 

PRE & POST TREK:

  • Large waterproof duffel bag x1
  • Locks
  • Shorts and t-shirts
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Books
  • Passport and travel documents
  • Passport photos x4
  • Certified copies of all travel documentation
  • Currency / credit cards
  • Pens and pencils
  • Journal
  • Reading glasses (optional)
  • Camera equipment
  • Battery chargers
  • International adaptors
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Playing cards (optional)
  • Clean clothes for travelling home

 

Visas and Training.
Visas & Vaccinations:

Visas

Tourist entry visas can be obtained at Tribuvhan International Airport on your arrival in Kathmandu for US$ 25. You need 2 colour photos for your entry visa (bring 5 in total as you will need additional colour photos for trekking permits etc.)

 

Vaccinations

The following vaccinations are suggested:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Typhoid
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria- Re-vaccination recommended every 10 years
Training Guide:

This training information is intended as a guideline and should be used as such. If you are unsure about anything, please chat to us!

Most importantly, before you embark on any exercise program, please consult your doctor or exercise physiologist to make sure that you are ready for the increased workload.

A focused training program should begin 3 – 4 months before the trip, but working on your base fitness before that is important as it lays a good foundation for the harder work that will follow.

 

Physical Conditioning

Climbing big mountains requires cardiovascular endurance (via aerobic training), strength endurance (through strength conditioning) and climbing-specific training (i.e. hiking with a pack).

Being in strong physical shape is one of the most important aspects for a successful trek into Everest Base Camp. You should be planning to progressively increase your aerobic training and speed of weekly training hikes to give you climbing-specific conditioning that cannot be matched by any other sort of training.

 

Cardiovascular Conditioning

Suggested activities include running, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, walking on an inclined treadmill, doing stair stepping or stepmill training, trail running, walking up and down hills, or participating in step aerobic classes.

When first beginning a cardiovascular training program, begin with three workouts (i.e. Monday, Wednesday and Friday) of 30 minutes of sustained activity at a moderate intensity, and build up to 4-5 aerobic sessions of sustained effort for at least 45 – 60 minutes (taking Wednesday and Sunday as rest days, for example).

Be sure to include a 5-10 minute gentle warm-up before working at your target heart rate for the day. For most workouts, choose a level of exertion that allows you to connect a few words together in a phrase, but leaves you feeling comfortably tired at the end of the workout.

Remember to cool down with 5-10 minutes of appropriate stretching of the muscles you used most in your activity, including lower back, calves, hamstrings, hips and quadriceps.

 

Strength Conditioning

Training with weights, backpacks and gym machines will help you build overall strength, particularly in the lower back, abdominals, upper back, shoulders and legs. Developing strength in your upper back and shoulders will help with carrying a pack and using trekking poles.

The calves, hips, quads, hamstrings and glutes are all involved in ascending and descending steep sections and scree slopes, which will be encountered on our trek into Everest Base Camp.

Before embarking on any weight training, please consult with a qualified gym instructor so that you are well briefed in terms of using the equipment. Most important in strength training is to be sure that you maintain proper form at all times in order to prevent injury or strain.

 

Climbing Conditioning

This involves hiking steep outdoor trails, going up and down stairs or training on an inclined treadmill. In the months leading up to the expedition, it is important to do some long walks in the mountains.

 

Remember: All of your training is geared towards giving you the strength and endurance to trek into Everest Base Camp, and enjoy every moment!

You do not need any trekking experience or time at altitude in order to successfully trek into Everest Base Camp. You will obviously need to get some miles on those legs beforehand – either at the gym, hiking or climbing a fair amount of stairs – see our training guide for more information. Just remember that the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your time on the mountain!

Overall Rating
5/5
Luke, Sydney
Reviewed On 18/04/2019
5/5

An amazing experience, no under-statements. Scenery unimaginably beautiful, an experience worth a million bucks. Thanks Ronnie

Per, Sweden
Reviewed On 18/04/2019
5/5

“A great start on a Himalayan journey that will make dreams meet reality. I’ll come back as soon as possible for new challenges and new dreams. Not sure if the next group will be as fantastic as ours, but if they are, what a ripper it will be

Nella, Sydney, Australia
Reviewed On 18/04/2019
5/5

Well, it was challenging, but WOW! What an experience! To do this with my dad and brother, to get to EBC and share the experience with them, was truly gratifying

Derick, Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed On 18/04/2019
5/5

It was like a pilgrimage, rather than a trek. Walking together to go pay respect to the big mountain. Loved every second.

Lisa, Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed On 18/04/2019
5/5

Only after coming back home and letting a trip like this settle, does one actually realise what a life changing experience the trek to Everest Base Camp actually is. The mountains hold a very special space where one can completely let go and surrender to their majestic size, energy, power and stillness. The team that lived by our side for the fourteen days that we were on the mountain was exceptional. The Nepali people are gentle and welcoming and do everything in their power to make their home, your home, away from home. I had the most incredible experience and trip of my life and I am already planning my next visit back to the mountains

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