The Allure of Everest, and the world’s highest mountain brings us back time and time again. We boast 99% success rate to date on our Everest base camp trek, this is achieved by adding in one extra day in the critical acclimatization period and helping clients come physically prepared. We spend 3 nights in Namche Bazaar giving you the best chance of making a safe and enjoyable journey to Everest base camp. We include continuous training support and advice along with our 45 page booklet on the trek. Check out our upcoming treks in 2017 2018 or 2019.
We have a great team of trusted staff who deliver every time. Ian has climbed Everest to the top and lead 20+ Everest base camp treks. Making the journey through the Everest Region is not only a visually stunning region, you will discover amazing cultural diversity, Monasteries, adventure and not to mention the most genuine people you will ever encounter, the Sherpa people. This trip is one of the highlights of any avid trekker’s career and achievable for most fit walkers. The Everest base camp trek is rated one of the best treks in the world and a journey never to be forgotten. Check out our upcoming trips in 2017 & 2018 Read our top tips CLICK HERE for another Everest base camp trek video
A little bit more about our Everest base camp trek
The quickest route into the region is by air, leaving from Kathmandu on a thirty-five minute flight into the village of Lukla, we use Goma air the newest airline to enter the Everest region. Lukla sits at 2,853m/ 9,360ft. The Everest Region, also known as the Solukhumbu Region, is characterized with sweeping glaciers, picturesque mountains and forests, 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. Recent statistics show that an extra day in Namche Bazaar gives you the best chance at making the journey to Everest Base Camp. So on all our treks we will spend three nights acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar giving you the best chance at making a safe and successful Everest Base Camp Trek. Check out our food and accommodation video.
Our Everest base camp trek is by no means an easy task. With our expertise and experience and unique itinerary, we will provide you with all the necessary information you need to make your trip a success. You need to be training hard and getting prepared to make it a successful and enjoyable adventure. We are available to help you get prepared both physically and mentally, helping you receive the best training advice. and have all the necessary gear and equipment that will make your trip to Everest Base Camp trek a pleasurable and successful adventure. So get in touch today. READ MORE TIPS for when you are on the Everest base camp trek.
On the second day of your journey you enter Sagarmatha National Park, which holds one of the most scenic vista’s in the world, with magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku, to name a few. You will also venture through Sherpa villages like Khumjung village and Namche Bazaar, sampling the wonderful hospitality these genuine people have to offer. While you are in the Everest region why not consider climbing a 6,000m peak. Prices start from $2,600. Read more about our daily distances on our Everest Base Camp Trek.
What people said
“While climbing Mont Blanc in 2008 with Ian Taylor, I met some wonderful people who I still know as friends. Ian’s love of mountaineering is infectious and he encourages climbers to not just endure the trek, but enjoy it. He encourages a fun atmosphere. Mountaineering can be scary but it’s much easier to relax and enjoy yourself when you feel safe. This is achieved by Ian’s attention to the preparation and training of his climbers. He always has words of motivation in your tough moments too. And so my decision to go on another expedition to the most vast and breathtaking mountain range in the world, the Himilaya, with Ian in 2010 was an easy one. Unforgettable.”
Leona Gilchrist, Everest Base Camp Trek 2010
“We are just back from our Everest Base Camp Trek, we had the journey of a lifetime. I wish I had of trekked here many years ago. We will be back next year to trek the Annapurna Circuit with you. Ian I want to thank you for your encouragement, I am not sure I would have made this journey without your help. Everyone looked after us so well and this trip exceeded our expectations. Thanks again. Frank Myers, Everest Base Camp Trek 2013
“First class all the way, great food, best lodges, excellent preparation and training advice, amazing service before and during the trek. I have used other operators but Ian Taylor’s service was by far the best. The additional acclimatization really paid off and I had the best journey of my life.” Trevor Regis, Everest Base Camp Trek 2014
“I have trekked for 15 years with a range of different companies. Ian Taylor was the best. The service, information, training support was perfect, spot on and Ian and team were an excellent resource to myself and my wife. Top notch all the way, we were treated like family and can not say enough about the trip, extra acclimatization and service prior to the trip.” Tom Myers, Everest Base Camp Trek 2015
Fly to Kathmandu, Some people may choose to fly in a day early to have an extra day in Kathmandu enjoying this fast paced city and help after the earthquake. You should aim to arrive in the morning or afternoon, the day before the trek. There are plenty of sights to visit and explore and you can pick up any last minute items on the streets of the Thamel district. You can also pick up any last minute items. Two nights accommodation in Kathmandu is included in the cost of the trip. One night before and one night afterwards.
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. We will make an early morning start. Usually up at 5am and journey to the airport for the Twin Otter flight to Lukla (2,853m/ 9,360ft), the gateway to the Khumbu Region and start of your Everest base camp trek. This is an exciting flight, which should give a glimpse of Everest in the distance. In Lukla, we will meet more of our trekking staff, porters or yak herders and set off straightaway for our first night’s stop at either Phakding (2,600m/8,500ft). Or continue on to Monjo 2,850m/ 9,350ft. Both villages are situated on the banks of the Dudh Kosi, which drains the whole of the Khumbu Region, these small villages sit on the main trade route through the area and there are a number of clean, well-built lodges where we can spend the night.
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/11,286ft). 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. This is a 640m/ 2,099 feet elevation gain.
Today will be used as an acclimatization day as we need to adjust to the low oxygen levels. We will take a stroll up to the Sherpa Museum and learn about Local area, Khumbu or Everest region, the Sherpa people and much more. We will aim to climb high and sleep low. The museum is just below 3,600m/ 11,800 feet. We will stay there for a while to gain the additional acclimatization needed for going higher. We will return to our lodge in Namche for lunch. The afternoon can be spent sampling the delights of the Namche bakery! or playing pool in Cafe Danfe. You can also visit Kancha Sherpa, he is the last remaining Sherpa climber from the 1953 Everest Expedition.
We will spent as another day in and around Namche. We will take a hike up to Shangbouche hill (3,900m/ 12,800ft) with stunning panoramic views of the whole Everest Region. 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 (3,440m/ 11,286ft). After this breath taking hike we will returning to Namche for lunch. The afternoon can be walking the back streets of Namche, sample the delights of the bakery or playing pool in Cafe Danfe. You must keep well hydrated drinking 4 to 5 liters of water per day. 440m/ 1,443 feet elevation gain today.
Trek to Tengbouche at (3,900m/12,800ft). From Namche the 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. We descend down to our lunch stop passing by several small villages and numerous tea shops, we will cross the Dudh Kosi River. After our break we will make the long climb on a dusty zig zag trail. This hike up to Tengbouche should take about two hours. Tengbouche is home of an impressive and rebuilt monastery. We have plenty of time to look around Tengbouche (and have a cake at the bakery!). We will stay at a new lodge across from the monastery. From the Lunch spot to Tengbouche is a 2 hour 600m/ 2,000 feet elevation gain.
Today we will trek to Dingboche. We will make an initial descent down through Rhododendron trees the trail crosses a new suspension bridge just beyond Deboche. An hour’s walking from here will bring us to Pangboche, an excellent viewpoint for Ama Dablam which was badly damaged in the recent earthquake. 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). There are a few internet cafes, some nice lodges and some new bakery’s. It is important to keep hydrated and relax for the rest of the day.
Today is spent as another acclimatization day. We will make an morning ascent of the ridge which sits behind Dingbouche and we will try and ascend up to (4,900m/16,000ft) This acclimatization hike gives us great views of Ama Dablam (6,856m/22,495ft), Island Peak (6,189m/ 20,305ft) and Tabuche (6,367m/ 20,890ft) We will descend back to Dingbouche for the afternoon. While in Dingboche, you can attend a seminar about high altitude acclimatization at the hospital in nearby Pheriche (4,200/13,780ft) run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. The walk over to Pheriche and back will also serve as good acclimatization training. Watch some footage. We will gain 500m/ 1,640 feet elevation gain today. Remember you also have to come back down.
Trekking to Lobuche starts off easy and early in the day. We will continue along the trail up on a platform above the valley floor. This will lead us up towards Dugla. Ahead of us is the trekking peak of Lobuche East (6,119m/ 20,075ft), and to our left is the formidable north face of Tabuche, the scene of many cutting-edge Himalayan ascents of the 1980s and 1990s. After three hours we reach the small collection of busy lodges at Dugla (4,620m/15,153ft). After lunch we continue the walk up the steep hill to the Sherpa memorials, there are outstanding views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Tabuche. From Dugla, the trail starts steeply up towards the glacier moraine, levels out and after a few hours the trail eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft). Everest base camp lies 1,000 ft above this point.
Trek to Gorak Shep. We will start early this morning. 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 be sleeping here tonight on return from Everest Base Camp. We will fill up with more water and continue the famous trail to Everest Base Camp. Some treks climb Kala Pattar (5,545m/ 18,188ft) on this afternoon and head to Everest Base Camp the following morning. If heading into Everest Base Camp, we will need to be careful as there is a chance of some small rock fall on our left as we move onto the Khumbu Glacier. This is it, you will walk the final section of your Everest Base Camp trek, walk around base camp, go to the edge of the Khumbu Ice fall. If you are trekking in from the end of March to May you will meet some of the climbing teams preparing to summit the world’s highest mountain and experience this magical place, before leaving Everest base camp and back to Gorak Shep which may take 2 hours. This is a 8/9 hour hiking day. Watch some footage.
Today we will either make the ascent of Kala Pattar at (5,545m/ 18,188ft) (this can also be done on the day before) It is highly recommended to make this ascent of Kala Phattar. This famous view point of Everest is dramatic, stunning and one of the most spectacular mountains views you will ever see. Fingers crossed for great views over Everest. The climb takes 3 hours and can be hard work towards the top, but the effort is rewarded by the classic view of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, as well as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori immediately above. You will also see the full Everest base camp trek from the Everest memorial all the way to Everest Base Camp. This view of Everest will leave you inspired, maybe change your life in simple, small and in ways you never imagined. From the morning summit we will return to Gorak shep, pack your bags and move down the trail back to Pheriche (4,200m/13,780ft) or Dingbouche (4,410m/14,465ft). The trek up and down Kala Phatar should take 3 hours. From Gorak Shep to Pheriche or Dingbouche is 5/6 hours.
Trek to Tengbouche (3,900m/12,800ft). We will retrace our steps down past Pangbouche and return down the Khumbu Valley, stopping for plenty of breaks and pictures on route to Tengbouche. We will cross the river and start the slow 20 minute ascent back up to Tengbouche where we will spend the night. There is an opportunity to revisit the Monastery or hang out in the bakery. This is a 4/5 hour trek.
We will try and make an early start and make the journey back to Namche Bazaar. We will make the long decent back down the dusty hill toward the valley crossing and start a steep ascent back up the other side of the valley, passing some of the small villages and top out at our lunch spot with some amazing lunch views of Thamserku. We will continue the traverse along the side of the mountain and drop back into Namche bazaar. You can spend the rest of the day playing pool and celebrate your success in cafe Danfe. This is a 3/4 hour trek.
Trek to Lukla. Leave Namche by 9am for a long seven hour trek back to Lukla, we will cross bridges and see the Khumbu valley from a different view on the return journey. We arrive back to Lukla where we stay the night as flights only leave early the following morning. This is a 7/8 hour trek.
Your Everest base camp trek is over and time to 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 as the rebuilding happens. Durbar Square is also on the essential list, as is the shopping area of Thamel.
Do some last minute shopping and take a trip to the Kathmandu spa before being dropped off at the airport and your return journey home. Your Everest Base Camp Trek is offer. Time to start planning your next adventure.
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