This trip is one of the highlights of any trekker’s career and is a truly amazing experience. The quickest route into the region is by air, leaving from Kathmandu on a thirty minute flight into the village of Lukla, which sits at 2,853m/9,360ft. The Everest Region, also known as the Solukhumbu Region, is characterized with sweeping glaciers, picturesque mountains and forests, and is inhabited by a wide range of animal and bird species as well as world famous monasteries. The Sherpa people dwell in this region, living along the trails, welcoming you to their villages as you move up the valley towards Mt. Everest. READ a review of one of our sleeping at base camp treks.
The trek to Everest Base Camp is a wonderful and challenging trek, which should not be taken lightly. When going to these levels of altitude, your body’s acclimatization to the lack of oxygen is the real key to success, and because of this, we have added an extra day to this trek at the critical point of the acclimatization process, which has given us 99% success rate. We will also cover the daily distances on the trail at a very slow and steady pace, in order to aid the acclimatization process. Even though we are giving you the best chance of success with our acclimatization schedule, you still need to play your part and come physically prepared for this adventure. We are available five days a week in support of your Everest Base Camp Trek.
Check out our itinerary for this amazing adventure:
Day 1: Fly to Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu. Plan on arriving the day before the start of the trek. You will be able to do some sightseeing in Kathmandu and pick up any last minute items. We can book extra nights’ accommodation for you if needed and would need to be done in advance. One night either side of the trek is included in the price.
Day 2: 3 or 5 hours trekking
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. We will make an early morning start for the Twin Otter flight to Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft), the gateway to the Khumbu Region. This is an exciting flight, which should give a glimpse of Everest in the distance. In Lukla, we will meet the rest of our trek staff and porters and set off straight away for our first night’s stop at Phakding or Monjo. Depending on what time we arrive in Lukla, we may decide to go all the way to Monjo, and we would then have lunch in Phakding before continuing on. Both villages are situated on the banks of the Dudh Kosi, which drains the whole of the Khumbu Region, this small hamlet is on the main trade route through the area and there are a number of clean, well-built lodges where we can spend the night.
Day 3: 5/6 hours trekking
Trek to Namche Bazaar. We will continue up the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo where we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park. We will then cross the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi on a high suspension bridge and climb steeply for about two hours up ‘Namche Hill’ to reach Namche Bazaar 3,440m (11,155ft). This is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region. Many Tibetans cross the nearby border to trade their wares here, and the local market is a fascinating spectacle. This is a good place to buy genuine Tibetan artifacts. Just across the valley to the east stand the peaks of Thamserku and Kangtega, both very impressive mountains.
Day 4: 1/2 hours trekking
Today, we will walk to the Sherpa Museum 3,600m (11,811 ft) for stunning views of Mt. Everest and surrounding mountains. The key is to rest, relax and acclimatize at this height and will make all the difference as we go higher and extreme altitude. The afternoon will be at leisure in Namche Bazaar, resting, eating, and enjoying the sites! Remember that it is still important to drink 4-5 liters of water on these necessary acclimatization days.
Day 5: 3/4 hours trekking
This is where we are different. Instead of heading up to 3,900m (12,795 ft) and sleeping in Tengboche, we stay in Namche another night giving you the best possible acclimatisation program. During this critical acclimatization phase, we will spend time resting and trekking to higher altitudes to aid in the process. This will allow our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of 3,450m (11,300ft). We will wake early for our walk up to the Shangbouche Hill (3,900m/12792ft) for beautiful vistas of the whole Everest Region, before returning to Namche for lunch. The afternoon can be spent sampling the delights of the Namche bakery and get to bed early for the next day!
Day 6: 6 hours trekking
Trek to Tengbouche 3,900m (12,795 feet). From Namche, the well-worn Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the Dudh Kosi. As we follow the path, we will get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we will cross the Dudh Kosi River and make a steep climb to Tengboche, home of an impressive and recently rebuilt monastery. We have plenty of time to look around Tengbouche (and have a cake at the bakery)!
Day 7: 5 hours trekking
Trek to Dingboche. Shaded by rhododendron trees, the trail crosses an airy suspension bridge just beyond Deboche. An hour’s walking from here will bring us to Pangboche, an excellent viewpoint for Ama Dablam (‘Mother’s Charm Box’) and home for the Sherpas who work on this imposing mountain each post-monsoon season. Contouring up the valley side, we will re-cross the river and turn up the Imja Valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche at 4,410m (14,465ft) above sea level.
Day 8: 3 hours trekking
Today is spent as another acclimatisation day. This is a great stop at 4,410m (14,465ft) prior to our ascent up the upper section of the Khumbu Valley. While in Dingboche, will ascent to 4,900m (16,076 ft) for stunning views of the massive peaks around you. This is Ian’s favorite day of the trip! Getting up to this height gives your body the chance it needs to acclimatize to the low levels of oxygen. We will head back to Dingboche and relax in one of the local bakeries before the last few days up!
Day 9: 5/6 hours trekking
Trek to Lobuche. We will continue along the trail up on a platform above the valley bottom towards Dugla. Ahead of us is the trekking peak of Lobuje East 6,119m (20,075ft), and to our left is the formidable north face of Taweche, the scene of many cutting-edge Himalayan ascents of the 1980s and 1990s. After three hours we reach the small collection of lodges at Thukla 4,620m (15,153ft). After lunch we continue the walk up for approximately one hour to the Everest memorials, there are outstanding views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Taweche. From Thukla, the trail starts steeply to climb up beside the glacier moraine. After a few hours the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuche 4,920m (16,207ft).
Day 10: 7/8 hours Trekking
We will be up early to start our trek to Gorak Shep. About three hours beyond Lobuche we reach Gorak Shep 5,180m (17,126ft), the site of the 1953 Everest Expedition’s base camp. We will have lunch here and rest in our room before making our attempt on Kala Pattar, at 5,545m (18,188ft). We will aim to arrive at the summit of Kala Pattar in time to watch the sunset. The climb takes at least 3 hours and can be hard work, but the effort is rewarded by the classic view of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, as well as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori immediately above. We will return to Gorak Shep to sleep.
Day 11: 3 hours Trekking
Today we will trek to Everest Base camp 5,364m (17,600ft), and get up close and personal with the base camp of the highest mountain on Earth! Once we arrive to Base Camp, we will walk around the Camp, go to the edge of the Icefall and see the start of the climbing route up Mt. Everest and Lhotse. We will then set up camp and have the unique experience of sleeping at Everest Base Camp. Dinner will be served in tents and we will enjoy the unique experience of staying at Everest Base Camp.
Day 12: 6 hours Trekking
After breakfast you will have your last chance to soak up the Everest Base Camp experience, and then we will then retrace our steps to Lobuche and onto Pheriche or Pangbouche for the night.
Day 13: 7 hours Trekking
Trek from Pheriche or Pangbouche all the way back to Namche Bazaar, this is long walk passing the Tengbouche monastery on the way back along the trail to Namche. Once we arrive in Namche, we will eat dinner and then you will have a chance to spend some time enjoying the local nightlife in Namche Bazaar!
Day 14: 7/8 Hours Trekking
Today we will make the long trek back to Lukla. We will aim to leave Namche by 9 am for a long seven or eight hour trek back to Lukla, where we stay the night as flights only leave early in the morning.
Day 15: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning and spend the rest of the day at Leisure in Kathmandu or fly back to your home destination. For those eager to see as much of Kathmandu as possible, an early start is worthwhile to visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath and districts of Bhaktapur and Patan. Durbar Square is also on the essential list, as is the shopping area of Thamel or get a treatment at the Kathmandu spa.
Day 16: In Kathmandu
At leisure in Kathmandu and transfer to the airport and homeward bound.
Brief Synopsis of Itinerary
This Famous trek to Everest starts at 2,850m (9,000 ft) walking up to 5,545m (18,192 ft) spread over 11 days to reach this height. The distances can be up to 22km (13.6 miles) a day, however most days are less than this. It is vitally important that you are used to walking these kinds of distances on a regular basis with added weight in a backpack to give better conditioning to your legs at lower levels of altitude. The best way to condition the body is walking up hill with added weight of 6 – 10kg (13 -22lbs), as this will help you when you get higher up on the trail and your body is fatigued.
The Cost Includes:
– Internal flights
– Professional guide services
– Porters / YAK (Carrying 15kg/33lb per person)
– 2 nights hotel and breakfast in Kathmandu (2 people sharing, 3***)
– All mountain Lodge accommodation
– All permits, national park fees, Tim’s cards
– Insurance cover for our staff (We have full time staff)
– All ground transfers from the point of the beginning of the program to its end in Kathmandu. 4 in total.
– Using the communal basic medical kit, oxygen, local registering and trekking permits
– Camping equipment for night spent in Everest Base Camp
– 3 meals a day while in the mountain region
– 5 days a week support available to you prior to the trip
The Cost Does Not Include:
– Nepalese visa charges ($40, which can change at any time)
– International flights
– Trekking insurance (obligatory)
– Tips for Porters/Guides (recommended $150)
– Personal equipment
– Lunch, dinner and drinks while in Kathmandu
– Using our local mobile & Satellite phones