Everest Base Camp Trek (18 days)
The Everest Base Camp trek is arguably the most famous trekking route in the world and the most popular in Nepal. It gives an great insight into the lives and culture of the Sherpa people combined with a journey into some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Himalayas.
Our ascent is steady and well paced to best suit the acclimatisation needed. Sunrise on the snow capped peaks above the Khumbu Glacier is an unforgettable sight from the summit of Kala Pattar. This trek is one for the lover of high places and those wanting to push themselves to the limit. It is a tough challenge and one not to be taken lightly, with generally well graded paths but some tougher sections along the Khumbu glacier. It is suitable for fit people who are used to walking in the European hills and mountains. Upon our arrival in Kathmandu we will be met by our local Nepalese team and transferred to our hotel. we will have time to relax and visit some of the famous sights around Kathmandu, before a full expedition briefing with our climb manager and head Nepalese guide. The following morning after a good breakfast we depart Kathmandu early for our flight into the Himalayas and Lukla, this is where our trek to Everest Base Camp begins!
Included in the price of the trip
3 night’s accommodation in Kathmandu
Airport transfer in Kathmandu
14 night’s Tea house accommodation during expedition
Qualified Mountain Leader (Groups 6+)
Qualified Nepalese Trekking Guide/s with first aid training
Local support crew and sherpas
National Park Fees
Expedition transfers to starting points
Satellite telephone and VHF radio back up
Not included in the price of the trip
Flights to and from Lukla (approx. £280)
Meals allow $25 -$30 per day
Additional excursions outside the itinerary
Personal spending money
How to book your challenge
The easiest way to book your trip is online via the website, simply click Date and Availability, You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £250.00 at the time of booking.
It is possible to reserve a place on this challenge by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, however you will need to pay your deposit of £250.00 to confirm your place on this trek together with completing a booking form.
The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.
Day 1 & 2
Arrive in Kathmandu and trek preparation with time for some sightseeing.
Kathmandu is rich in artistic and cultural heritage and full of fascinating sights, vibrant and eclectic Kathmandu is the the perfect launching point for the adventure ahead. We visit Swayambhunath – the Monkey Temple, take stroll to Durbar Square, a great place to watch the world go by and home to the Kumari Devi – considered a living goddess. Sit in a cafe with a cup of spicy hot chai, wander the markets or tuck into some Nepalese cuisine. A full expedition briefing will be given in the evening.
Today we have a very early (approx. 6.30 am) flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (45 minutes). If the weather is good, the views of the Himalayas from the small plane are amazing! After breakfast in Lukla (2840 m), a short safety talk and an introduction to our porters, we gear up and commence our trek. Today is a fairly gentle introduction, following the milk-white Dudh Kosi River approximately three-hours to Phakding. Overall Altitude gain between places we sleep is -190m
Today we trek 9 km to Namche (approx. 6 hours), Following the torrent of the Dudh Koshi, the trail climbs north through forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs, to the village of Jorsalle for lunch, before ascending to Namche Bazaar, the largest village often called the ‘Sherpa Capital’ of Khumbu.
This will be your last chance to check your equipment and hire any additional gear for the high altitudes from Dingboche onwards. Namche Bazaar is also the last chance for a hot shower, yummy feast, to enjoy the local nightlife or to take to the pool hall and video parlours.
Today is for acclimatisation to the high altitude; adjust by exploring the local markets, mingle with the people, walk up to the Everest view point, breathing deeply and happily lazing around in sunshine.
The trail now forks northeast along a tributary valley with the mountain views opening up to become very dramatic as the steep climb approaches the holy ground of Tengboche. Monastery, yak pasture and world’s highest sacred institution combined! Amazing views, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Everest.
Trekking past the Gompa, which holds the famous Yeti scalp, at Pangboche, are the summer yak pastures and here lies no doubt as to the Spartan lives of Sherpas. Beyond this, it is as well to understand that overnight sleeping facilities can reflect the harshness of our surroundings. Much of the walking in this area is of comparatively gentle gradient, although a leisurely pace is recommended due to the high altitude. (O/nt Altitude 4,360m/5hrs approx.)
A second acclimatisation day, with optional hikes to Nagajun Hill (approx. 5,050m) or Chukung village, with fine views of Ama Dablam, Makalu and other peaks, interspersed with lakes and glaciers.
Ascending at a sensible pace, traversing ice covered torrents, to Lobuche where stone houses sit amongst a frozen wilderness of stunning beauty and where a thrilling sense of closeness to our ultimate goal. (O/nt Altitude 4,930m/5hrs approx.)
The goal that is Base Camp is a demanding day. We have views across the Khumbu Glacier so as to have Khumbu’s infamous icefall impose itself, leaving only the awesome, humbling South Face beyond. (O/nt Altitude 5,160m/9hrs approx
The best vantage point for viewing Everest and the surrounding peaks at sunrise; as if not just Everest but the entire world is breath taking. Then descend to the flat and sandy expanse of Gorakshep, and on down to Pheriche.
(O/nt Altitude 4,240m/6hrs approx.)
We make our way down to Tengboche. The trail descends gently, crossing the Dudh Koshi torrent that higher up had been the glacier of Khumbu, then, leaving behind alpine meadows, the trail descends to Tengboche for the night. (O/nt Altitude 3,860m/4hrs approx.) Depending on timing and our fitness we decide to descend lower.
Via Namche Bazaar to the less harsh climes of Monjo.(O/nt Altitude 2,700m/6hrs approx.)
The trail followed is almost easy, up and down through scrub forests and a final steep ascent leading to a Tamang village and so to Lukla, where the time to relax in Sherpa ambience is abundant. (O/nt Altitude 2,820m/4-5hrs approx.)
Short, spectacular flight back to Kathmandu. Trek ends – own time; relaxing or exploring, shopping or chilling out. Group meets for ‘end of the trek’ celebration dinner.
Free day at leisure; overnight Kathmandu