Everest Base Camp

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 Hotel Buddy in Kathmandu for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

White Water Rafting

A driver will collect you from your hotel at approximately 0700 (after an early breakfast). Transfer to Charaudi (2 - 3 hour journey) to the rafting put-in-point, where you will meet your raft crew. The leader of the raft will give a short briefing on safety procedures before you spend the day white water rafting, during which you will encounter several big and small rapids.

Early evening return to Kathmandu for overnight at Hotel Buddy.

City Tour

After breakfast, you'll be met by your local guide and will be taken to Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites, where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Other heritage sites to be visited are the Pashupatinath Temple (a temple of Shiva, sacred to Hundus), the "Monkey Temple", Swoyambhunath, (sacred to Buddhists), and Boudhanath Shrine.

Briefing

At around 1800 you'll be met by your guide for your pre-climb briefing to discuss tomorrow's trek. Overnight at Hotel Buddy on bed and breakfast basis.

Trek

Day 1: Fly to Lukla (35 min) and trek to Phakding 2652m

We leave the hotel very early, before breakfast, and aim to arrive in Lukla between 0700 and 0900 (dependent on weather and flights). We have breakfast at Lukla before easing into our high latitude exertions with a gentle downhill walk to Phakding 2652m lasting around 3 hours.

Depending on the guide's assessment of the group's physical condition, we may proceed a further 2 hours to Monjo 2860m for a relaxed evening and overnight - in which case, lunch will be taken at Phakding.

As when you climbed Kilimanjaro, please ensure you remain well hydrated at all times, aiming to drink some 3 to 5 litres of water daily.

Distances - Lukla to Phakding: 9.0 km / 5.6 miles. Phakding to Monjo: 4.0 km / 3.2 miles.

Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m

Today, after starting your hike, you will cross some famous suspension bridges, while gradually moving up-hill towards the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, the official entrance to the Everest Region. Continue downhill for a short time before it levels out to flat ground on mixed terrain. The trail then follows the river to the final high suspension bridge before you begin the long β€˜Namche Hill’, which can take 2 hours, to reach the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. Today you will be hiking for approximately 6 hours with plenty of breaks along the way.

Distance - Monjo to Namche Bazaar: 7.3 km / 4.5 miles. (Phakding to Monjo: 4.0 km / 3.2 miles).

Day 3: Acclimatization Day to 3900m from Namche Bazaar

From Namche Bazaar, we hike up a steep trail and might start to feel a little breathless as we ascend 460m to Syangboche Airport, and a further 100m up Syangboche Hill 3900m where we stop for 30-45 minutes to relax and enjoy the stunning views. Afternoon return descent to Namche Bazaar for overnight.

Distance - Namche to Syangboche viewpoint and back: 3.6 km / 2.2 miles.

Day 4: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3867m

Today we ascend to Tengboche 3900m from Namche. For the first 2 hours, the hike will be gentle while traversing the left hand side of the valley, high above the valley floor. The trail then descends down towards the river, where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we continue hiking for 2 – 3 hours up a long hill to the town of Tengboche. This is a gradual but long ascent which usually takes 5 - 6 hours.

Distance12.0 km / 7.5 miles.

Day 5: Tengboche to Dingboche 4358m

From Tengboche, we begin with a gentle, mostly downhill hike but soon find ourselves climbing steeply before crossing the Imja Khola River and then gradually continuing uphill towards Pangboche for lunch. (Pangboche was one of the villages most affected by the earthquakes of 2015).

After lunch, we continue our gradual uphill trek towards the Imja Valley looking towards Island Peak, before arriving into Dingboche around an hour later. Today's total trekking time will be around 5 to 6 hours.

Distance:  12.0 km / 7.5 miles.

Day 6: Acclimatisation Day at Dingboche

From Dingboche we aim to attain an altitude of 4900m, ascending some 500m to acclimatise.  Today’s hike will take around 3 - 4 hours, including a lunch stop at the high point. This evening we relax at the tea house and aim to eat and hydrate well.

Distance:  3.0 km / 1.9 miles.

Day 7: Dingboche to Lobuche 4828m

Quitting Dingboche, 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 stop to eat lunch and rest. This stretch usually takes around 2 hours.

After lunch we ascend to the Thukla Pass where we pause at the Everest Memorial before continuing to Lobuche. The total trekking time today will be around 5 - 6 hours.

Distance:  12.0 km / 7.5 miles.

Thukla Pass

Day 8: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp 5365m. Descend to Gorakshep 5160m

Today we hike from Lobuche to Gorak Shep 5160m along a very beautiful and unique stretch of the mountainscape, crossing loose rock and glacier moraine. The frequently undulating trail rises into Gorak Shep after around 3 hours where we stop for lunch. After lunch we continue hiking for another 3 hours to reach Everest Base Camp. This final section of trail is rugged and very arduous, and should not be under-estimated - especially since we're struggling with around 55% of the oxygen we're used to at sea level.

The hike back to Gorak Shep takes another 2 hours, before ending your day after a total of 7 to 8 hours of hiking. T

Distance: 10.0 km / 6.2 miles.

Day 9: Ascend Kala Patthar 5555m. Descend to Pheriche 4358m

After an early night in Gorak Shep, we aim to wake very early and ascend Kala Patthar 5555m, to watch the sun rise over Mount Everest. This is a challenging 3 hour climb but is well worth the effort and will certainly be remembered as one of the great highlights of this expedition.

On returning to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and then continue the descent all the way to Pheriche 4358m, which takes around 4 hours, making today's total hiking time some 7 - 8 hours.

Distance: 18.0 km / 11.2 miles.

Kala Patthar

Day 10: Descend to Namche Bazaar 3440m

Today we continue the descent from Pheriche back to Khyangjuma. This day is very long, requiring some 7 to 9 hours' hiking. On reaching Namche Bazaar we enjoy the delights at the Namche Bakery or play a few rounds of pool at CafΓ© Danfe.

Distance: 22.0 km / 13.7 miles.

Day 11: Descend to Phakding 2652m. Ascend to Lukla 2860m

Today will be another long day and one of the most difficult days because your body will be fatigued from the ascent and will not recover fully until we reach a much more oxygen-rich environment. We descend Namche Hill before the long hike back to Lukla. Once we pass Phakding, remember that there's 200 vertical metres of ascent before we reach Lukla for our overnight stay.

Distance: 21.0 km / 12.1 miles.

Day 12: Return Flight to Kathmandu 1300m (35 minutes)

This morning we have just a 10 minute stroll back to Lukla Airport for your flight to Kathmandu, where you will be returning to Hotel Buddy for your overnight stay.

This evening, we'll visit an authentic Nepalese restaurant for dinner and some traditional Nepali songs and dance.

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



No. in group πŸ‘‰ Solo 2 🧍 3 🧍 4 🧍 5+ 🧍
12 Day Trek $3,180 $3,120 $3,060 $3,000 $2,940
Additional day on trek $240 $230 $220 $210 $200
Rafting $270 $180 $150 $135 $126
City tour* $180 $90 $60 $45 $36
Extra night, Hotel Buddy $60 $30 $40 $30 $40

Mobiles: scroll right for larger groups πŸ‘‰

*World Heritage Site fees payable on the City Tour are chargeable in addition, at around USD 25 per person

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
      • Twin-share accommodation in tea houses along the trek
        • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on the trek and a cup of tea or coffee with each meal
          • Return domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla
            • Services of a guide and porter (1 porter for every 2 trekkers)
              • Wages, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare (where applicable), food and accommodation for your guide and porter
                • 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

                        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 as at 13th December 2021:

                        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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