VIP Everest Base Camp Trek

VIP Everest Base Camp Trek

Arrival

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Kathmandu Marriott Hotel for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

At around 1800 (subject to flight timings) you'll be met by your guide for your pre-climb briefing to discuss tomorrow's trek and go through any questions you may have.

Trek

Day 1: Fly to Namche Bazaar 3400m (around 60 min) and acclimatisation trek.

We leave the hotel very early, before breakfast, and aim to arrive in Namche Bazaar by helicopter between 0800 and 0900 (dependent on weather conditions and airport permissions). 

We have breakfast at Namche Bazaar before easing into our high altitude exertions with a gentle walk in the vicinity of Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Panorama Lodge and Restaurant* at 3400m.

*This is currently the top rated lodge at this altitude. If you wish to use another lodge, please advise us during the expedition planning phase.

Day 2Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

Today is one of our acclimatization trek days. As you trek up behind Namche Bazaar, the trail is quite steep and you can feel the lack of oxygen while you ascend 460m / 1,509ft to Syangboche Airport, then cross the runway and head another 100m / 328ft up to Syangboche Hill at 3,900m / 12,795ft. We will enjoy the stunning views and relax for 30-45 minutes before descending some 100 vertical metres to Hotel Everest View at 3,800m for overnight.

Distance: 3 km / 1.8 miles. Approximately 4 hours. 

Day 3 - Namche to Tengboche (3867m)

Today we will hike towards Tengboche, at 3,900m / 12,795ft. After ascending out of Namche, the first 2 hours are relaxed walking, traversing the left hand side of the valley, high above the valley floor.

The trail then descends towards the river for our lunch stop. From here it will take 2 – 3 hours to hike up the long hill to the town of Tengboche where we overnight at Rivendell Lodge

Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles. Approximately 5 to 6 hours. Your GPS track. (Get a GPS track viewer here: Android / iOS.)

Day 4: Tengboche to Dingboche (4358m).

From Tengboche we trek to Dingboche at 4,400m / 14,436ft. The trail starts downhill and undulates gradually before crossing the river and ascending towards Pangboche* for lunch, a hike of around 2-3 hours. From here a gradual uphill trek brings us to the Imja Valley from where we can now see Island Peak.  An hour later we arrive in Dingboche where we overnight at Hotel Goodluck

*Pangbouche was one of the villages on the trail that suffered most from the recent earthquakes.

Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles. Approximately 5 to 6 hours. Your GPS track.

Day 5: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.

Today, we spend another night in Dingboche to further the acclimatization process. From here we will aim to reach the height of 4,900m / 16,076ft, gaining 500m / 1,640ft, in this acclimatization trek which should take approximately 3 hours. We will enjoy the views and rest for about 30-45 min. At the high point before dropping back down for lunch and an afternoon of relaxing. 

Distance: 3 km / 1.8 miles. Approximately 3 hours. Your GPS track.

Day 6: Dingboche to Lobuche (4828m). 

From Dingbouche we will head to Lobuche, at 4828m. The trail heads back towards the Khumbu valley and continues on a long and slow trek across a beautiful elevated route towards Dugla, where we will stop for a while to eat lunch and rest. This stretch usually takes 2 hours and after lunch, from Dugla to Lobuche, will be an additional 3 hours with plenty of rest stops. After stopping at Dugla we have a long uphill section over the Thukla Pass to top out at the Everest Memorial, before heading on to Lobuche where you will stay overnight at Oxygen Altitude Home

Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles. Approximately 5 hours.

Day 7: Lobuche to Gorak Shep - EBC - Gorak Shep (5160m - 5365m - 5160m)

Today we travel from Lobuche to Gorak Shep at 5,160m. Today's trek is very beautiful and unique, crossing a lot of loose rock and Glacier moraine. The up and down trail into Gorak Shep takes approximately 3 hours. We will have lunch here before continuing an additional 3 hours to reach Everest Base Camp, where we will spend some time enjoying the Base Camp of the World's highest mountain! The hike back to Gorak Shep is another 2 hours. Today is a very challenging day for most people. You will stay overnight at The Everest Inn.

Distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles. Approximately 7 to 8 hours.

Day 8: Hike to Kala Patthar, Helicopter Flight to Kathmandu

After a good night’s rest in Gorak Shep, those who feel ready and able, will wake up very early and hike up Kala Phattar to see the sun rise over Everest.

Thukla Pass

This is a difficult 3 hour up-hill hike which is very hard work, but well worth it for the amazing views of Everest in the early morning.

Kala Patthar

Once you return back to Gorak Shep, you will have breakfast and get a helicopter to fly to Kathmandu where you will spend a night at Kathmandu Marriott Hotel

You will have a chance to freshen up at your hotel, and be collected for a farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant. 

Departure

A driver will collect you from your hotel around 3 hours before your departing flight and transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), ensuring that you arrive there at least 2 hours before your flight departs. Please let us know if you'd like to be collected earlier.

Prices per person

The following prices include our proprietary customisations at lodges to include the best available lodges and tea houses, and porterage and use of enhanced bedding arrangements and private bathroom usage. For our standard climb arrangements with return flights to / from Lukla, trek costs start at USD 1,995 per person for a 12 day trek. Details are available here.

With the prices detailed below, for a group of 2 climbers, the price with helicopter transfers both ways would be USD 8,300 per person.



No. in group πŸ‘‰ Solo 2 🧍 3 🧍 4 🧍 5+ 🧍
Trek $4,900 $4,400 $4,100 $4,000 $3,900
Helicopter - Kathmandu to Namche $3,200 $1,700 $1,500 $1,400 $1,300
Helicopter - Gorak Shep to Kathmandu $4,200 $2,200 $1,900 $1,800 $1,700

Mobiles: scroll right for larger groups πŸ‘‰

What's included in the costs?

Note that conversely with many other operations, our prices do indeed cover meals in tea houses along the route, and return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla. You will need cash for additional beverages, and tips.

  • Return airport transfers from Kathmandu Airport (KTM) to your hotel in Kathmandu
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin-share, bed and breakfast basis - one night before and one night after the trek
      • Helicopter transfer from Kathmandu to Namche Bazaar before the trek
        • Helicopter transfer from Gorak Shep to Kathmandu after the trek
          • Twin-share accommodation in the best available tea houses along the trek, with our proprietary customised upgrades to include superior bedding and private bathroom usage
            • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on the trek
              • Services of our highest rank guide available and necessary porterage support
                • Wages, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation for your guide and porters
                  • Free kit hire of the following items: duffel bag, down jacket, sleeping bag
                    • Preparation of all required documentation and purchase of trekking permits
                      • Use of required medications - as carried by your mountain guide
                        • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at an authentic Nepali restaurant

                          Additional cost considerations

                          • Nepal tourist visa fee (please bring exact amount in USD and two passport sized photographs)
                            • International flights to and from Nepal
                              • Meals other than breakfast while on Nepal
                                • Additional nights required to be spent in Kathmandu if arriving earlier or departing later than as per the above schedule
                                  • Travel and rescue insurance
                                    • Costs associated with personal spending choices while in Kathmandu or on the trek, such as phone calls, use of paid WiFi, laundry, alcoholic beverages
                                      • Tips for your support crew

                                        Do we carry emergency oxygen on a Base Camp trek?

                                        No, unlike on Kilimanjaro where there is no permanent infrastructure along much of the route, and we do indeed carry it on all our treks, in the Solu Khumbu every tea house village has supplemental oxygen available, as does Everest Base Camp itself. The altitudes reached on an EBC trek are not sufficient to require supplemental oxygen for emergency application. Supplemental oxygen at these altitudes is useful only for palliation when experiencing sustained difficulty breathing while awaiting continued descent.

                                        Current COVID-Related Entry Requirements for Nepal

                                        Contrary to previous travel advisories issued by the Nepalese governments that required a visa to be obtained in advance, the following are the current requirements:

                                        1. Passengers arriving into Nepal should have completed an Arrivals form prior to entry and should download and print the resulting summary PDF, for presentation on arrival.

                                        Passenger arrival form πŸ§Ύ

                                        2. On arrival, passengers are required to provide evidence of having completed a full course of vaccination against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to entry to Nepal. The vaccination certificate should feature a QR code that links to a verification page on the website of the issuing government laboratory.

                                        3. Passengers must present a valid negative PCR test result for a test taken not more than 72 hours prior to leaving your home airport en route to Nepal.

                                        4. Passengers must be willing to have their temperature taken on arrival and may (though this appears to be very unlikely at present) be asked to take a rapid antigen test. A positive result will require quarantine.

                                        Sadly, those unable or unwilling to be vaccinated are required to be quarantined for 10 days on arrival, which of course effectively precludes their visiting Nepal at this time.

                                        5. Prior to leaving Nepal, most travellers (including US residents from 6th December 2021) are required to obtain another negative PCR test. Testing is possible until 8pm in the evening, and from 6am in the morning, and may be conducted at the climber's hotel. The cost is USD 25 per person.

                                        6. Within 24 hours of departing from Nepal, travellers should complete a Departures form and print out the result PDF for presentation on boarding their flight.

                                        Passenger departure form πŸ§Ύ See the latest travel advisory

                                        As from March 2021, PCR testing (or rather, sample-taking) is now available at Seronera and Ndutu airstrips in the Serengeti. This facility has been implemented to prevent clients having to either curtail their safaris or dissect their safaris with a journey to Arusha or, more recently, Karatu (FAME Hospital), mid-safari - so as to satisfy the "less than 72 hours old" validity rule that most airlines are required to enforce. 

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