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Everest Base Camp Trek

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Everest Base Camp Trek
Country: Nepal | Destination: Everest | Activity: Lodge Trek | Grade: 5 - Challenging

Towering Himalayan peaks from Everest to Ama Dablam, picturesque Sherpa villages, and sacred Buddhist monasteries - aspects that define the magical and inspiring landscape of the Khumbu region in eastern Nepal. Khumbu is the home of Mount Everest (8,850m) - better known as Sagarmatha among Nepalis and Chomolongma among Tibetan -speaking communities. Located in the Sagarmatha National Park, many visitors come to this region to glimpse the world’s highest peak but come away with much more: an appreciation of the local people who make their home in this high and difficult landscape, a spirit of adventure that brings them back to the Himalayas, and life-changing personal experiences.

On the Everest Base Camp Trek, as you hike through villages of the famous Sherpa people, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of snow-capped mountains that rise above the clouds. From Gorakshep at 17,100 ft., your highest camp, hike to the Everest Base Camp the site from where every year hundreds of climbers attempt to reach the summit of the tallest peak in the world. Also climb Kalapathar (18,195 ft) for an up-close view of the south face of Everest. Return to Lukla via Khumjung, one of the largest Sherpa villages.

We offer scheduled departures but will also run private treks for a minimum of two participants. Book early and we will NOT charge you extra for a private trip.

We do understand that our cost is slightly higher than most Nepali Operators but that is because our trips are all inclusive (we do NOT nickel-and-dime on services) and exclusions are clearly listed in cost details. Some companies will advertise trips for very low prices but they have a lot of exclusions. Contact us to learn more...

Our standard program is 17 days. But if you wish to trek at a slower pace incorporating an extra day on the trek and a day for exploration of Kathmandu prior to the start of the trek, we would recommend the 19 day program. Write to us for details.

Day 01 – Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)
Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner.

Overnight Hotel Tibet. (Dinner)

Day 02 - Kathmandu to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft)
Your day will start early today as most flights to Lukla are scheduled for the morning hours. Be ready for a wait at the airport as your flight can be delayed due to weather. The flight is approximately 25 minutes and the landing at Lukla airport is very dramatic. After a brief stop at Lukla, set off on your Everest trek. Past Lukla, descend to Chaurikharka and continue on a fairly level trail to Choplung. Continue on a descending trail to Ghat. There is a monastery, numerous prayer wheels, mani stones and a chhorten at Ghat. Whenever possible, please remember to turn all prayer wheels in a clock-wise direction and to walk on the left side of shrines and manes (i.e. keeping these sacred objects to your right. From Ghat, it is approximately 20 minutes to Phakding.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 03 - Phakding to Namche (3,435m/11,270ft)
The day's trail follows the Dudh Koshi until you begin your ascent to Namche. Pass several villages to Monju. Before reaching Monju is the village of Chumoa where in the 1970's, an eccentric but creative Mr Hagayuki lived without a visa for almost 10 years - farming and running the Hatago Lodge - before being deported. Just beyond Monju is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park where your park permit will be checked. Depending on the time you reach this point, lunch will be either at Monju or the village of Jorsalle inside the park.

Past Jorsalle, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi and crosses it only to recross it at the base of the hill which climbs up to Namche. The climb is long and steep. The switchback trail is well-worn and wide through a pleasant pine forest.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 04 - Namche (3,435m/11,270ft)
Today is an acclimatization day. You are free to visit the National Park Museum or wonder around Namche town.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)


Day 05 - Namche to Tengboche (3,931m/12,900ft)
Climb to the top of Namche Bazaar, then walk on a fairly level trail to Kenjuma and Sanasa. Here there are extensive displays of souvenirs to tempt you. Bargaining is very much in order! The trail descends to Dudh Koshi which must be crossed to reach Phungi Tenga. There is a now-deserted army post here. Past this point, the trail ascends to Tengboche monastery through conifer and rhododendrons forests.

Visit Tengboche monastery in the evening or watch the setting sun cast its last rays over Everest if the skies are clear. There is also an eco-centre with historical and cultural exhibits in the monastery compound. If monks are performing prayer ceremonies when you visit, please do not take flash photos or otherwise disturb the ceremonies.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 06 - Tengboche to Dingboche (4,252m/13,950ft)
From Tengboche, the trail descends steeply to the small village of Debuche, where quietly tucked away in the trees is a nunnery. Well past Debuche, cross the Imja Khola and climb to the village of Pangboche. Past Pangboche, the trail climbs to Shomare and then to Orsho on a shelf above the river. Beyond Orsho, the trail divides, the left leads to Pheriche and the right to Dingboche. We will take the trail to DinOn%20the%20trailgboche in the Imja valley.

From today, you will start to notice the change in the landscape. Forests give way to arid landscape with shrubs.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 07 - Dingboche (4,252m/13,950ft)
Rest day for acclimatization. Free to go for a day hike or to just relax.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 08 - Dingboche to Dughla (15,300ft)
Today is a short trek day. Take the high route over Feriche to Dughla. Ascend gently to the ridge above Dingboche for about 45 minutes. The trail then levels till you get on the steep switch-backs to Dughla.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 09 - Dughla to Lobuche (16,200ft)
Climb directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier into an area dedicated to climbers who have perished on Khumbu's mountains. Past this point, it is a very gradual incline to Lobuche. After you have settled in at your lodge, you are welcome to visit the varioius memorials to those who have perished on Everest, or hike up one of the ridges above the village for excellent views of Nuptse and Lhotse.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)


(Rinji, climbing guide, at Kalapathar with Mt. Everest in the background)

Day 10 - Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,212m/17,100ft)
Another short trek day to Gorakshep (2 hours). Begin the climb today by ascending gently through meadows in the Khumbu valley. Then cross several steep moraines while also walking on an active glacier. Gorakshep is situated on a sandy and flat section that served as base camp for the 1952 Swiss Everest expedition. Continue to Everest Base Camp and return to Gorakshep. The hike to Base Camp and back to Gorakshep can take upto 6 to 7 hours.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)


(Everest Base Camp)

Day 11 - Gorakshep to Feriche/Pangboche
The trek to Kalapathar (18,195ft) is the final high-altitude climb of this trip, as a result of which you will perhaps achieve the highest reward for your perseverance. The trail ascends steeply to Kala-Pathar, but the view from here is one you are unlikely to forget. Return to Gorakshep and descend to Feriche.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 12 - Feriche/Pangboche to Khumjung
Descend sharply to the Dudh Koshi river and then ascend to Mong danda. Retrace trail to Namche.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 13 and 14 - Namche to Monjo to Lukla
Yatapola%20TempleDescend to Monjo. Retrace trail to Lukla.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 15 - Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Day free in Kathmandu.

Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast)

Day 16 - Kathmandu

Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu: visit Swayambhunath, the monkey temple. Then drive to Bhaktapur, the city of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square.

Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (All meals)

Day 17 - Depart for home
Final departure. (Breakfast)

Total Package Cost Per Person: USD 1,750

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Detailed Cost Information (valid until June 30, 2018)

(Costs are based on 2 or more participants) 

2 - 3 persons: US$1,950 per person
4 or more persons: US$1,750 per person

Single supplement: US$200

ADD $150 per person if you wish to do the 19 day version of this trek.


US$150 per person discount on departures in November, December, January and February

Price includes:

  • All airport transfers
  • One full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.
  • Three nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu.
  • Round trip airfare: Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lodge trekking as indicated in the Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary
    • Three meals a day
    • Boiled water for your bottles two times a day
    • Use of Steripen to sterilize water
    • Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals
    • Guide and staff insurance
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee
  • Gamow Bag (High altitude pressure chamber)

Price does not include:

  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you)
  • Travel insurance (Required)
  • Other expenses of a personal nature

Available Dates

01 October , 2017 To 17 October , 2017

15 October , 2017 To 31 October , 2017

07 November , 2017 To 23 November , 2017

21 November , 2017 To 09 December , 2017

05 December , 2017 To 23 December , 2017

07 May , 2018 To 23 May , 2018

14 May , 2018 To 30 May , 2018

01 October , 2018 To 17 October , 2018

15 October , 2018 To 31 October , 2018

05 November , 2018 To 21 November , 2018

19 November , 2018 To 05 December , 2018

10 December , 2018 To 26 December , 2018

Book this trip now as spaces are available.

This trip has the minimum sign ups required and is guaranteed to run.

Limited spaces are available so please contact us to inquire about the departure status.

This date is unavailable. please contact us to inquire about other trip departure dates or booking this trip as part of a Custom Itinerary.

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