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Duration: 15 days
Grade: 5 - challenging
Max Elevation: 5,645m/18,400ft
Accomodation: Tea house

This trip is similar to the Everest Base Camp Trek – just faster paced. You will complete the trek in 15 days rather than 19 days. The ascent is similar to the Everest Base Camp Trek program (minus one day at Dughla). But the descent to Lukla is in three days rather than five days.

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.

Our fast-paced Everest Base Camp Trek are all private trips for a date of your choosing.

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 that is usually not clear. Contact us to learn more…

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Trip at a glance

Brief Itinerary

Day Description Overnight Altitude
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu Kathmandu 1340m/4,300ft
Day 2 Kathmandu – Phakding Phakding 2,651m/8,700ft
Day 3 Phakding to Namche Namche 3,435m/11,270ft
Day 4 Namche Namche 3,435m/11,270ft
Day 5 Namche to Tengboche Tengboche 3,931m/12,900ft
Day 6 Tengboche to Dingboche Dingboche 4,252m/13,950ft
Day 7 Dingboche Dingboche 4,252m/13,950ft
Day 8 Dingboche to Lobuche Dughla 4,640m/15,300ft
Day 9 Lobuche to Gorakshep Gorakshep 5,212m/17,100ft
Day 10 Gorakshep to Feriche Feriche 4,280m/14,100ft
Day 11 Feriche to Namche Namche 3,435m/11,270ft
Day 12 Namche to Lukla Lukla 2,835m/9,290ft
Day 13 Fly Lukla to Kathmandu Kathmandu 1340m/4,300ft
Day 14 Explore Kathmandu Kathmandu 1340m/4,300ft
Day 15 Final Departure    
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner.

MEALS: D

Day 2Fly to Lukla. Trek 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.

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 3Phakding 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)

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 4Namche (3,435m/11,270ft.)

Today is an acclimatization day. You are free to visit the National Park Museum for great views of Everest and Amadablam or just wander around Namche town.

Overnight lodge.

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 5Namche 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.

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 6Tengboche 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 Dingboche 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.

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 7Dingboche (4,252m/13,950ft.)

Rest day for acclimatization. Free to go for a day hike or to just relax

Overnight lodge.

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 8Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940m/16,200ft.)

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. 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.

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 9Lobuche 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.

MEALS: B,L,D

DAY 10 Gorakshep to Feriche

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.

MEALS: B,L,D

DAY 11 Feriche to Namche

Descend sharply to the Dudh Koshi river and then ascend to Mong danda. Retrace trail to Namche.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 12Namche to Lukla

Retrace trail to Monjo and to Lukla. A contingency day is included for possible health or weather delays.

Overnight lodge.

MEALS: B,L,D

DAY 13 Fly to Kathmandu

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Day free in Kathmandu.
Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar.

MEALS: B

DAY 14Explore 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.

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 15Final departure

Transfer to airport for departure. (B)

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Detailed Cost Information

Cost Details here

1 person: US$2,600

2 – 7 persons: US$2,080 per person

8 or more persons: US$1,820 per person

Single supplement: US$300 

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

 

 

Price Includes

All airport transfers, Two full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.3 Nights Hotel Accommodation, Four 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 Excludes

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

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Options

If you don’t have 15 days to spare, we can shorten the trip by 3 days (total trip – 12 days) by arranging a helicopter to fly from Gorakshep to Kathmandu. This would be an additional $5,000 and would be a viable option if there are 3/4 participants in the group.

If you don’t want to do a fast-paced trek, we would recommend the 19 day Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary. The 19 day version has an extra day for the ascent and two additional days for the descent.

If you’re short on time but don’t wish to do a fast paced trek to high altitude, check out our Everest – Tengboche Monastery trek. This trek goes up to Tengboche Monastery with excellent views of Everest.

If you’re looking for a more luxurious trek with en suite rooms, Western toilets and daily showers, our Luxury Everest Trek is a good option for you. We use Everest Summit Lodges and Yeti Mountain Homes which are at a far superior standard than other lodges on the trail with a garden area, comfortable lounge and a professional staff.

If you have more time and wish to be more adventurous, check out our Ultimate Everest Trek that crosses the Cho La pass taking you from the Everest Base Camp to Gokyo lake and the Renjo La pass taking you from Gokyo lake to Thame. Both passes do not require any climbing skills though they can be icy at times.

If you’re looking to climb a Himalayan 20’er (first or otherwise), check out out our Island Peak climb.

And, YES, we would be happy to custom-design any of our program for you for a minimum of two participants.

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

When is the best time to do the Everest Base Camp Trek?

There are two preferred seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek: Spring (March through May) and Fall (October through December). Day time temperatures range in the 50’s and 60’s (10 to 15 Centigrade) while night-time temperatures are in the 30’s and 40’s (0 to 5 Centigrade). Expect night time temperatures of below Freezing near the Base Camp. Expect some late-afternoon showers in the Spring which is the season for rhododendrons and magnolias. October is historically regarded as the best month to trek with clear skies and better views of the mountains.
We highly encourage you to trek in the winter months of December, January and February when days can be quite sunny and warm (40F – 5 Centigrade) although you should expect temperatures below freezing on most nights starting from Namche (11,300 ft.). But the trails and lodges aren’t as crowded. We offer a $150 per person discount for treks in the Winter.

How much does the Everest Base Camp Trek cost?

You can: A) organize your own trek B) choose a Nepali company or C) choose a western guided trek. Option A is the cheapest. If you’re doing the Everest Base Camp trek on your own look to pay around $30 – $40 per person per day (without alcoholic beverages) for meals and accommodations. Add cost of guide and/or porter plus airfare and permits. There are a few luxury lodges on the trail that charge around US$150 per person per day for room. Meals are extra. Option B is mid-range and can cost between $1,000 – $2,500 with varying inclusions and exclusions. Make sure you understand what is included and what is not included in the package. The best way to choose a Nepali company is to ask for references. Option C would cost above $3,000.

How fit do I need to be to the fast-paced Everest Base Camp Trek?

Anyone who is reasonably fit and can hike 10-12 miles a day can sign up for the fast-paced Everest Base Camp Trek. Allowing for optimal acclimatization is the key. Most of the trek is on relatively level trail with some steep ascents and descents. That said, the better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy the trek. Children as young as six and adults over seventy have walked to Everest Base Camp. It is advised that anyone with a pre-existing condition consult their doctor before signing up for a trek.
We rate the Everest Base Camp Trek a 5 on a scale of 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging).

Can I drink tap water on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Nepali tap water is NOT safe to drink. Even if you see the locals drinking water straight from the tap, never drink water before boiling or sterilizing. Bring water purifying tablets or other water purifiers. At higher elevations during the coldest times of year the water will freeze, so you’ll need to buy boiled water from teahouses. If you plan to use a STERIPEN, bring wide mouth water bottles. You would need at least 2 one-liter water bottles for the trek. Even if you plan to bring a hydration pack, bring 1 one-liter water to sterilize the water before pouring into your hydration pack.

Crystal Mountain Treks will provide you with a Steripen to use on the trek for no charge.

What kind of food should I expect on the trek?

Meals on the Everest Base Camp trek start out being quite varied especially at the beginning of the trek in Lukla. But it becomes sparser as you ascend to the Everest Base Camp. In general, expect porridge (Oatmeal), toast, eggs (any style), muesli, hash browns, sausages etc for breakfast. And sandwich, pizzas, momos, noodles (dry and with soup), rolls, fried rice, Indian bread with vegetables etc for lunch and dinner. And expect Nepali dal-bhat (rice-lentils with vegetables and/or meat) at all the lodges.
Ours is an OPEN menu. Meaning we allow our clients to order anything from the lodge menu besides bottled beverages, specialty coffee and packaged snacks. We also don’t limit the number of items per meal as long as you aren’t wasteful. When choosing your trekking company, ask if meals are fixed or if you are only allowed to order one item from the menu. If this isn’t the case, costs can add up over 15/16 days.

Can I camp at the Everest Base Camp?

The Base camp only exists during the climbing season (March through May) – at other times of year it’s just a moraine with some prayer flags to mark a spot. During climbing season, it’s reserved for expeditions. If you are friends with the owners or operators of climbing expeditions, it is possible to camp with those expeditions. After the climbing season, all the camps are removed. Remember, the Base Camp is a glacier and is unstable.

Is there mobile signal on the trek? Is there wi-fi?

Most of the places on the Everest Base Camp trek route now has cell coverage. Lodges will offer wi-fi for between $1 to $10 per hour. You can also buy a Sim card with 5GB or 10GB data for under $25: do this in Kathmandu.

How should I prepare for the trek?

The more physically fit you are, the more you will enjoy the trip. There are three aspects to training for any trek. 1) Cardiovascular Training will make your body more efficient in using oxygen. Running, walking, swimming or biking, or any combination of these are great for cardiovascular conditioning. 2) Strength Training by either using free weights or machines at the gym will build hiking strength. Walking stairs, especially with a pack will simulate the hiking environment. We also recommend practicing squats. Trekkers will encounter low hanging obstacles to duck under, and many toilets are at ground level, which requires a low squat.
3) Endurance Training is where you build endurance in the months leading up to your trek, slowly increase your length of training sessions. By the time you are 2 weeks from the scheduled trek date you should be able to ascend 3,000 ft. in a 3-4 hour period.

In the end, the more your training simulates a trek, the better off you will be. So hiking 4-5 hours outdoors, uphill and downhill, about once or twice a week in addition to other cardio vascular training at the gym or at home will greatly benefit and prepare you for the trek.

Are there ATM's in the Everest region?

There are ATM’s in Lukla and Namche. But they may not always be working. So don’t rely on them. Bring cash for expenses en route.

What are the toilet facilities like on the trek? Will I have a chance to take a shower?

Most tea houses have a common toilet. Some tea houses, especially those at the beginning of the trek, have en suite rooms. While squat toilets are more prevalent, newer lodges have Western style toilets.

It is possible to shower in almost all the lodges. And hot shower usually means a bucket of boiled water. Be prepared to pay anywhere from $2-$5 for this service.

What gear do I need for the Everest Trek? Can I purchase/rent some in Kathmandu?

Layering is key. And it’s always recommended to trek with good branded gear. A good pair of hiking boots that’s been broken in is very important. Good top and bottom base layers, a mid layer (fleece or capilene), and an outer layer (Gore-tex or other material). If you tend to get cold quickly, bring a down parka especially for the evening at the lodge. On most days, you’d be hiking in a convertible hiking pant that can be converted into shorts and one or two top layers.

if you’re trekking with Crystal Mountain Treks, we provide a sleeping bag (rated to 0 degree F or -17 degree C), duffel bags, down jacket and Steripen for water purification to our clients for no charge.

It is possible to buy cheap and relatively functional gear in Kathmandu – convertible pants, down jackets, fleece, Gore-tex jackets. But remember, you get what you pay for. Wool gloves, hats, socks are available too.

There are quite a few branded stores too. North Face, Moutain Hardwear, Marmot and Sherpa. If you’re coming from Australia or Europe, items in these shops are probably cheaper than back home. But if you’re coming from the US, it’s better to buy branded gear at home.

Is it possible to store extra gear in Kathmandu that I will not need on the trek?

Yes. Most hotels do have a storage room where you can store your bags. Remember to ask for a token identifying your bags. For valuables, ask for a locker. But not all hotels will have this facility.

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Lisa MacKinnon

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I wanted to post a note on your website to say what an absolutely wonderful time we had on our trek and to recommend yourselves to others. We enjoyed the trip enormously and Manju is possibly the most patient and kindest man I have ever met – nothing was ever a problem for you or your team – thank you!

May 7, 2015