It is known as the ultimate trekker’s adventure; the journey to the highest crown of all. The Everest Base Camp trek is the mission to reach the footsteps of our planet’s highest point and in many ways, it proves to be one of Mother Nature’s most adrenaline-filled and endurance-testing, yet gratifying quests.
Since the 1920s, some of the world’s most daring explorers such as George Mallory and Tenzing Norgay have embarked on the Everest mission, paving the way for people from all walks of life to attempt this journey as fit to their abilities
Today, the journey to Everest, or its Base Camp takes place initially by flight to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla which has been previously dubbed as the world’s most dangerous airport. From here, the trek to the Everest Base Camp starts through the Sagarmatha National Park, passing through the hillside town of Namche Bazaar , Tengboche , Dingboche , Lobuche and Gorakshep .
Due to the restricted access, extreme height and its associated weather condition, the most suitable seasons for this trek are Autumn (September to December) and Spring (March to May) when the summer monsoon rains and the extreme cold of the winter are not an issue. However, for travelers who are happy to compromise pleasant weather conditions in order to trek in off-season conditions when the trails are less busy, winter (December to February) and summer (June to August) options are available.
Accomplish a true bucket list item: trek to base camp at Mount Everest
• See stunning Himalaya views, including Khumbu Ice Fall, Makalu, and more
• Follow local guides with huge experience on a fully-supported trek
• Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites and learn Buddhist and Hindu traditions
Day 1: Meet and Greet in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu Tour and Trek Preparation
Consider this as a cultural and physical acclimatization to the country when you can find out about the long and rich history of Nepal. While depending on your interests, this day can be customized to meet your interests, we highly recommend our package to take you to Kathmandu Valley’s most iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites, including a visit to Lord Shiva’s sacred Pashupatinath Temple (1500 AD), the Kathmandu Buddhist and Hindu vantage point of Swayambunath (Monkey Temple) (500 AD), Bhaktapur Durbar Square (1427 AD), as well as other potential destinations such as Boudhanath and Basantapur Durbar Square.
If you are interested in other activities such as shopping, visiting museums, and dining in small local restaurants or exquisite restaurants, we can customize your day trip to meet your requirements. Furthermore, if you need to buy any equipment for your trek, we can organize for this to happen on this day.
Finally, in the evening, we will have a briefing in the hotel about the contents of the trek and get you ready and hyped up about the start of your journey into the unknown the next day.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding
The quest into the unknown really starts on this day as we take a highly scenic and thrilling 35 minute morning flight to Lukla’s Tenzing-Hillary Airport. From this altitude of 2800m, we meet our Sherpa crew and porters and start our descending 3-hour trek to Phakding (2600m). After a relatively easy day, we will take rest overnight at a guest house, in preparation for the mission to the hill side town of Namche Bazaar.
Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Taking an early start and embarking on the day’s trek that will take us through the Sagamartha National Park, we ascend to 3440 meters, reaching arguably the biggest and most comfortable settlement on the way to the Everest; Namche Bazaar. Here you can enjoy a variety of attractions, from restaurants and fresh bakeries to the thrilling view offered from the village overlooking the adjacent valleys. Lodging will be in a guest house/hotel depending on your requirements.
Day 5: : Acclimatization
As there is around 2000m altitude left to gain in the following days, it is of importance that we spend a day in Namche Bazaar, hiking the hillside attractions, enjoying all the town has to offer including beautiful sunrise and sunsets, before we set off on the next day on the remainder of the trek.
Day 6: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery
After having acclimatized and rested at Namche Bazaar, the real portion of the expedition starts with this day’s 5-hour trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860m). At this location, there are lots of opportunities to witness Buddhist spiritualism through the monastery, hear local chants/music and, take part in prayer ceremonies and visit the Buddha statue, and also take rest for the night before marching onward.
Day 7: Tengboche Monastery to Dingboche
In another day of descent and overall ascent, we trek for 5.5 hours through Debuche, passing those thrilling suspension bridges you have seen in pictures, before reaching Dingboche (4350m) where we will take rest for the rest of the day, easing the acclimatization of the coming days. Here we will stay at a guest house where food and lodging will be provided.
Day 8: Dingboche to Chhukung to Dingboche
Depending on your well-being and fitness you have the option to stay at Dingboche today for rest and acclimatization or preferably take a short hike of 4.5 hours up to Chhukung for gorgeous views and training for the oxygen levels in the coming days. The second option is recommended as it will keep you in your rhythm as well as helping you get a glimpse of the 4700m altitude climate. Regardless, we will stay at Dingboche overnight where the lodging and food conditions will be similar to the night before.
Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche
Nearing the altitude of 5000m, and reaching places where we come face to face with glaciers, this day’s trek really starts to show the tremendous effort needed to summit the giant Mount Everest as we pass memorials of fallen climbers, and start to feel the lack of oxygen clearly. Nevertheless, this takes us only one day away from the Everest Basecamp, and after a 5-hour trek, we arrive in Lobuche (4910m) and stay overnight for rest and anticipation of the grand finale.
Day 10: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp - Gorak Shep
This is the day. This is as close as we can get to the sleeping giant visually and physically without the need of physical mountaineering equipment. In a course of 8 hours, we cross the Khumbu Glacier, gaining around 400 meters to reach Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep after enjoying the beautiful views. Rest will be necessary on this day as the highest altitude that we will reach on the trek will happen on the next day.
Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kalapatthar to Periche
Starting the day with an ascent to the highest point of the trek, we will summit Mt. Kalapatthar (5555) for a soul-lifting yet mind-boggling panoramic view of the Everest as well as Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and much more. From here, the descending trend back to Lukla will start our trek down to Gorak Shep and onward to Pheriche where we will stay overnight at a guest house. The total trekking time for this day is 7 hours and while proving to be the most difficult day of the trek, it will also be the most rewarding one.
Day 12: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
Descending down for nearly 800m from Pheriche and taking a different route to our previous destination, Namche Bazaar, we walk for around 6 hours, visiting Pangboche where the oldest monastery in the region is and where it is claimed that the remains of ‘Yeti’ can be seen. Finally, we arrive at Namche Bazaar where we will spend the night.
Day 13: Namche Bazaar - Lukla
On the descending path, we return from the same path taken earlier on the trek, reaching the airport town and enjoying the last evening in these mountains. This trek which was done over the course of two days earlier will only take 6 hours on the way back and here we will stay in a guesthouse overnight, gearing up for the return to modern civilization.
Day 14: Lukla - Kathmandu
Saying goodbye to the remote landscapes at the footstep of the world’s tallest mountain, we take the 35min flight from Lukla, returning to the capital where you will be taken to your accommodation. It is important to note that the flight between Lukla and Kathmandu is highly dependent on the weather conditions of the region. While flights are generally quite reliable, it is not out of the ordinary that they are canceled for one or two days. For this reason, it is advised that you plan your return trip to last at least one or two days more than your trek schedule in order to minimize the impact of missing your international flight in such a case.
Day 15: Departure
Now that your journey has finished, you can enjoy your last day as required by the nature of your next adventure in or out of Nepal. If you are leaving the country, we will arrange your transportation to the airport, and if not, we can offer you other adventures through the country, the details of which you can find in the tours section of our site.
|INCLUDED|| Airport transfers from the airport to your hotels .
3 nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis ( Breakfast included )
12 nights accommodation in teahouses while on the trek on twin sharing basis
All necessary paperwork and permits required for the trek.
Domestic return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla including the guide who will be traveling with you from Kathmandu.
Qualified, Experienced and Certified Guide for the trek. ( If there are 6 or more than 6 people in a group, 1 assistance guide will also be provided. )
Porters to carry the luggage ( 1 porter for 2 people, 10 kg weight per person . If there is a single traveler then a porter cum guide will be provided. )
First Aid Kit .
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation.
All government and local taxes.
- Hiking boots: Good ankle support.
- Hiking shoe or sneaker: As an extra, or to use in Kathmandu.
- Sandals: Slip on sandals or flip-flops, they will give your feet a breather during the evening.
- Woolen socks: 3 pair of hiking heavy woolen socks (75-86% wool).
- Light socks: 3 pair of light woolen socks (at least 50% wool).
- Tri-climate jacket: It gets windy in the Himalayan range during evenings and sometimes it rains. Additionally, for early morning trekking, this jacket can be layered up with your down or fleece jacket.
- Down jacket: It’s light and warm. At least, 700-fill goose down insulation for lightweight warmth. It gets very cold at night and in the early morning.
- Fleece jacket: Your fleece can be layered with your tri-climate or down jackets.
- Hats: Warm one for the morning and baseball cap or sun hat for the afternoon.
- Gloves: Insulated gloves to keep your hands warm on the cold morning trek and liner gloves for cool temper in the evening
- Hiking pants: 2 pair of hiking pants, one convertible (it can get hot in the afternoon).
- Cargo Pants: 1 pair of jeans and 1 pair of cargo pants for while you are in Kathmandu, and either fleece or other heavy sweat pants to wear during the evening downtime.
- Long underwear tops: At least 3 – to wear as a base layer for warmth.
- Underwear: 7 pairs of underwear.
- Tee and Tank: 5 performance tees or tanks to layer with the long underwear tops.
- Long underwear bottoms: 2 mid-weight long underwear bottoms to layer with your hiking pants during cooler points of the trek; or to provide extra comfort under your fleece pants in the evenings.
- Day backpack: 25-35 L backpack (depending on one’s preferences). It should be large enough to comfortably carry your camera, water bottle, extra clothes and snacks while you are on your daily trekking route. Porters usually take off early in the morning and complete the trek with greater speed. You would not see them until later in the evening upon reaching your destination.
- Duffle bag XL: (140L-165 L) / (32 x19x19). You can purchase a duffel bag in Kathmandu for a real bargain.
- Small lock: Bring a small lock for your duffle bag.
- Sack /Plastic bags: 2 sacks or plastic bags in which to organize and store your dirty laundry.
- Trekking Poles: These will provide you with balance and support – your knees will really appreciate this on the downhill portions of your trek.( You can buy this in Kathmandu )
- Sleeping bags: -10° C /14° F for a teahouse (rustic lodging) and -20° C/-4° F or warmer for camping treks. Guesthouses on your trekking route will only provide you with blankets.
- Trekking Towels: 1 large, 1 medium and few wash clothes (quick dry is plus!).
- Cameras, batteries, and memory card: Trekking through the unmatchable beauty of the Everest region will make you a paparazzo! Bring extra batteries (charging cost $1-$2.5 along the trail). 32 GB of memory should be sufficient.
- Sunglasses: Make sure they have 100% UV protection.
- Head lamp: You will need this to light your way during the early morning portions of the trek.
- Binoculars: These are useful while trekking; mountains, flora and fauna are all brought closer to you.
- Tablet computer: For entertainment in the evening; there isn’t much to do after 4pm. It is also quite cold and windy in the higher altitudes. Many trekkers choose to stay in their rooms at night; this being especially true once you have trekked into the more desolated regions beyond Namche Bazaar. If you don’t have a tablet, you should bring along books, mp3 players or playing cards to pass the time. These will become your best friends if you ever get stranded at Lukla Airport!
Personal & Medicals
- Water bottle: Bring 2 bottles for your trek. Make sure they can hold both hot and cold liquids.
- Water purification tablets: These are optional; but if you want to buy them, it is recommended that you do this at your hometown trekking store. The tablets being sold in Kathmandu are questionable.
- Pain reliever: Almost all trekkers suffer from an occasional light headache; these will help you ease the pain.
- Sun block (35+SPF) and lip balm with sun protection are essential.
- Personal first aid kit: Having your own kit on the trek is a plus.
- Band-Aids: Untreated blisters could make your trek very difficult; fabrics are best.
- Baby wipes: Hot showers are limited. Wipes will come in very handy.
- Hand wipes: For hand washing in the morning – otherwise good luck with very cold water!
- Snacks and goodies: Trail mix, granola bars, energy bars, chocolate, nuts, candy bars, and powdered drink mix are all great to sweeten the trail and to give you a boost of much needed energy. Don’t stress on the high calories, you will burn it off in no time while trekking.
- Plastic zip lock bags: They are useful in so very many ways.
SAFETY AND GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR TREK
Snowyoda has done everything possible within the budget of the trip to ensure that our trips give you a rewarding and relatively safe experience. However, you must acknowledge that adventure travel, treks, trek-climbs and expeditions all involve some degree of risk. The same elements that contribute to the adventure of trekking or climbing can also contribute to the loss or damage to gear, injury or illness to self, or in the extreme and unlikely case, can sometimes result in fatality.
When travelling within Nepal we believe there are risks that you should be aware of:
- We travel in locally hired transport and as Nepal is still a developing country, cars and buses may be old and the roads are rough. The risk of accidents is lowered however as vehicles generally travel at relatively slow speeds.
- Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla are in small 16-19 seats twin-engine propeller aircraft piloted by local pilots. The planes are well-maintained but flying to the airstrip is visual. For this reason, pilots will not take off unless there is good clear weather, which could result in delays but we believe safety is more important. We will be travelling to the Sargamatha National Park when the skies are clear and the weather is warm and dry. From January to March, the Nepalese winter can make the airstrip icy. From May to August the monsoon makes the skies very cloudy and the airstrip wet.
- While trekking and climbing, you should carry adequate water, sun protection and clothing appropriate to the conditions. We provide equipment lists and will answer any questions about gear that you may have prior to the trek and on the trail. We also inspect your equipment prior to leaving for the trek. Good quality equipment such as down jackets and alpine climbing equipment can be hired. You will be traversing rugged terrain: high mountain passes, snow and ice, wind exposed and rough trails, and crossing streams and rivers by rough bridges or slippery rocks. There is a low risk of falling, rock fall, landslides and collapsing bridges.
- Close contact with any wild and domestic animal including the yaks and horses that carry our bags on some treks should be minimised for your safety. Nepal has leopards and other animals, however, the risk of an incident is extremely low.
- Water should be purified or treated before drinking. This includes ALL tap water in cities, towns and villages, and all stream water. Cleaning your hands before eating and after toilet functions is important in preventing gastroenteritis.
- You will travel, trek and/or climb to extreme altitudes. Altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness: AMS) is a common risk which can be harmful or even life-threatening if ignored. It can affect anyone, even the young and physically fit. Altitude sickness occurs when your body gains altitude too quickly and does not have enough time to acclimatise/adjust to the lower amounts of oxygen and changes in air pressure. Most altitude sickness is mild and self-limiting and fortunately, most people eventually acclimatise to high altitudes. Initial symptoms of mild altitude sickness include headaches, lethargy, insomnia, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. Our guides will do their best to help everyone with acclimatisation by planning a slow ascent over a period of days and to ensure everyone drinks plenty of water. Medications such as Diamox tablets do help with symptoms but ultimately, altitude sickness is treated by a rapid descent to a lower altitude.
- Western-standard hospital care is often not available although there are some professional clinics in Kathmandu. While trekking and travelling you may be several hours to several weeks from any medical facility. Helicopter rescue is available in Nepal and it is important that you are insured for this.
- Our guides will use their expertise and do everything in their power to maximise safety for the group, however, trek participants are responsible for their own safety and must show consideration for the safety of other members at all times.
- This list only serves as a guide and more information on travelling to Nepal.
Fitness: If you like hiking, are in good shape and enjoy the flavour of adventure, then you’ll enjoy Snowyoda’s treks. We recommend training for all of our trips and the more you put in beforehand, the more you’ll gain and enjoy the experience. Our experienced team can recommend training and preparation tips for you when you book.
A Typical Day Hiking: A typical day in the Himalayas starts early, so after a hearty breakfast, it would be normal to be on the trail by about 7:30 am to take advantage of the early morning views and drier weather. At around 11 am we would stop for lunch, and start walking again from 12 pm until 3-3:30 pm or until we reach the tea house. Generally, you could expect to be hiking from five to eight hours per day, with plenty of time in the afternoon to rest and take in the surroundings. You will be accompanied by an Active Adventures Himalayas trip leader and a support crew so you can hike at your own pace. Trekking in Nepal is all about taking your time.
Accommodation: The Everest Base Camp Trek ‘EBC’ is an active, high-altitude trek that follows the famous Everest Base Camp route in the remote Nepal Himalayas. We’ll stay in a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu, and in local tea houses (small guesthouse) selected for their comfort, cleanliness and style while on the trek. All the tea houses are located in spectacular surroundings with stunning views.
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