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Nepal

Everest Base Camp Trek

from $ 1690

Hike through Sherpa villages to the base of the world's highest mountain

Trip Dates

  • 07.Oct. - 22.Oct.2017
  • 28.Oct. - 12.Nov.2017
  • 11.Nov. - 26.Nov.2017
  • 09.Dec. - 24.Dec.2017
  • 05.Jan. - 20.Jan.2018
  • 16.Mar. - 31.Mar.2018
  • 06.Apr. - 21.Apr.2018
  • 05.Oct. - 20.Oct.2018
  • 26.Oct. - 10.Nov.2018
  • 09.Nov. - 24.Nov.2018
  • 07.Dec. - 22.Dec.2018

Trip Dates

07.Oct. - 22.Oct.2017 available Book now
28.Oct. - 12.Nov.2017 available Book now
11.Nov. - 26.Nov.2017 available Book now
09.Dec. - 24.Dec.2017 available Book now
05.Jan. - 20.Jan.2018 available Book now
16.Mar. - 31.Mar.2018 available Book now
06.Apr. - 21.Apr.2018 available Book now
05.Oct. - 20.Oct.2018 available Book now
26.Oct. - 10.Nov.2018 available Book now
09.Nov. - 24.Nov.2018 available Book now
07.Dec. - 22.Dec.2018 available Book now

Trip Highlights

  • Spend 12 days trekking Nepal's iconic Everest Base Camp route through the stunning Himalaya
  • Travel safely on a carefully planned itinerary that allows for proper acclimatisation
  • Contribute to environmental sustainability by staying at our eco-friendly permanent campsites
  • Enjoy the flexibility of having time to discover Kathmandu and its fantastic food, eye-opening philanthropy and intriguing culture
  • Learn to cook Tibetan momos and watch the sunset over Kathmandu from Monkey Temple
  • Explore the Sherpa 'capital' of Namche Bazaar
  • Visit Thyangboche Monastery

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu

Day 2 - Kathmandu

Day 3 - Mountain flight to Lukla, trek to Ghat

Day 4 - Trek to Namche

Day 5 - Acclimatisation day in Namche

Day 6 - Trek to Deboche

Day 7 - Trek to Dingboche

Day 8 - Acclimatisation day in Dingboche

Day 9 - Trek to Lobuche

Day 10 - Trek to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp

Day 11 - Trek to Kala Pattar, descend to Dingboche

Day 12 - Trek to Deboche

Day 13 - Trek to Monjo

Day 14 - Trek to Lukla

Day 15 - Fly to Kathmandu

Day 16 - Trip ends Kathmandu

The Sweat Level

HARDCORE

Fitness is an important aspect of our trips, and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. The trip has been assigned a Sweat Level of “Hardcore”. Trips with this grading include sustained physical activity over multiple days and may include trekking at altitudes above 5000m for an extended length of time. These trips require an excellent level of fitness and health and that you are comfortable trekking in all weather conditions. In preparation for the trip, we recommend partaking in full day walks or cycle trips each fortnight in order to build your endurance, coupled with cardio workouts three to four times a week, for at least three months prior to departure.

When To Go

The trekking season in Nepal extends from mid-September to May. From early September the monsoon rains decrease. By mid-October through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights and clear views. Daytime temperatures can reach 25-30˚C at low altitude in October and nights can drop to below 0˚C at higher altitudes.

Trekking in Nepal during winter, from December to February, offers cool to mild and clear days with often very cold nights. Daytime temperatures at low altitudes will be mild, around 20˚C and at night may drop to 0˚C or as low as -10˚C at the higher points. Occasionally winter storms can bring snow as low as 2500m.

In March, mornings are usually clear with cloud build-up occasionally bringing afternoon rain. Daytime temperatures increase quickly with temperatures of up to 30˚C and mild nights at low altitudes.

Trip Inclusions

  • 15 x breakfast
  • 9 nights private permanent campsites, 3 nights eco lodge, 3 nights hotel on twin share basis
  • Local English speaking trek guide
  • Cooking staff and porters to transport baggage during the trek
  • All internal transfers including internal flights from Kathmandu to Lukla return valued at US$350
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of the trip
  • 4 litres of drinking water per trekking day

Need help with flights?

Let one of our travel consultants know if you're interested in airfare or stopover ideas to Kathmandu and they'll send a detailed quote your way.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal! On arrival, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the group hotel in Kathmandu. The day is free for you to explore before meeting your fellow Yomads travellers and local Nepali trek leader in the evening to learn more about the upcoming days.

Meals: Nil

Day 2: Free morning in Kathmandu, momo cooking class and Monkey Temple

Today is reserved for discovering Kathmandu, the country's capital city, at your own pace. In the afternoon you'll participate in a momo cooking course where you'll learn the art of making this traditional Tibetan dish before an optional guided walk to Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) to take in the view over Kathmandu city at sunset.

Suggestions for your free time:

  • Explore the temples of Durbar Square
  • Visit the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath
  • Head to Boudhanath, one of the world's largest Buddhist stupas
  • Explore UNESCO listed Bhaktapur, the ancient Nepali capital

Meals: B

Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Ghat (2530m), walk approx. 2 hours

It's an early wake up call for the transfer to Kathmandu's domestic airport. Here, you'll embark on the thrilling 45 minute mountain flight to Lukla, known as the gateway to the Everest region. Lukla's airstrip was built by Sir Edmund Hillary, the first westerner to climb Everest, to service the region when he began his philanthropic work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. At Lukla you'll be immediately impressed by the scale of the huge peaks that surround the village yet this is only a foretaste of what is to come. After assembling with the trekking crew you'll head downhill towards the Dudh Kosi River and our first permanent campsite at Ghat as Kusum Kangru comes into view.

Meals: B

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m), walk approx. 7 hours

This morning we pass through the gates of the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park and ascend to the ancient trading village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Nepal. It is a tough climb through pine forests but you will be rewarded with your first glimpse of Everest. Tonight you'll be able to rest at the permanent campsite in Namche, our home for the next two nights.

Meals: B

Day 5: Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar

Today you'll wake up to the amazing amphitheatre of snow capped giants that surround Namche. Embark on an acclimatisation walk to Khumjung, where the famed Khunde hospital and Sir Edmund Hillary's 'Schoolhouse in the Clouds' can be found, as well as the Everest View Hotel for views of Thamserku, Kantega, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest at the head of the valley. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Namche.

Meals: B

Day 6: Trek to Deboche (3770m) via Thyangboche, walk approx. 6-7 hours

The walk to Deboche is one of the most spectacular trekking days in Nepal. The trail meanders easily around the ridges and Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon ahead. As we approach the ridge line we pass a chorten before cresting the ridge onto a wide grassy meadow at the village of Thyangboche, home to the most important monastery in the region, where you will find monks going about their daily lives. The views of the Everest massif, as well as the other major peaks of the area, are astounding as you continue trekking to our next permanent campsite at Deboche.

Meals: B

Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4360m), walk approx. 6-7 hours

This morning we begin a steady ascent out of Deboche. The views of Everest, Lhotse, Kantega, Thamserku, Ama Dablam and Nuptse are spectacular throughout our walk as we gradually make our way up to Dingboche. Here, our permanent campsite is situated just beneath the impressive Ama Dablam.

Meals: B

Day 8: Acclimatisation day in Dingboche

Today is an important acclimatisation day as we continue to reach higher altitudes. Embark on a hike up to the ridge overlooking the village where you'll be in awe of the mountain views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Chukung Peak and Imja Tse. While mountains can be appreciated from both in the valley and from the ridge above camp, massive glaciers drape dramatically beneath the cliffs. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Dingboche and relax at the campsite.

Meals: B

Day 9: Trek to Lobuche (4930m), walk approx. 6 hours

Moving up the Dhugla Ridge and onto glacial moraine, we continue towards the Khumbu Glacier. Here you will notice rock cairns dedicated to the memory of climbers attempting the high mountains of the area, including Everest. As altitude increases and temperatures drop, you'll enjoy spectacular views of Pumori and Nuptse en route to the eco lodge at Lobuche.

Meals: B

Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5288m) and Everest Base Camp (5360m), walk approx. 7-8 hours

Today's trek takes us alongside the Khumbu Glacier among some of the world's highest peaks. Following our arrival at Gorak Shep is an early lunch before continuing the trek to Everest Base Camp and experiencing the exhilaration of ascending to this historic point. Later, we return to the eco lodge at Gorak Shep for the night.

Meals: B

Day 11: Trek to Kala Pattar (5545m) and descend to Dingboche (4330m), walk approx. 7-8 hours

Grab your torch light and ascend Kala Pattar in the early hours of morning for breathtaking views of the mass of Everest. Many of the famous ascent routes are clear from this point as well as the Khumbu Glacier towards the icefall and Western Cwm, making this vantage point particularly beautiful. We return to the lodge for breakfast and, following the route we took several days before, begin the descent to our permanent campsite at Dingboche.

Meals: B

Day 12: Trek to Deboche (3770m), walk approx. 4-5 hours

Taking in the mountain vistas that surround today's open trail, we pass through Pangboche, home to one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu, and descend to our campsite at Deboche.

Meals: B

Day 13: Trek to Monjo (2850m), walk approx. 6-7 hours

It’s a pleasant walk toward Namche, passing terraced fields that are home to the brightly coloured Danphe Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal. By the late afternoon we arrive at our last permanent campsite at Monjo.

Meals: B

Day 14: Trek to Lukla (2800m), walk approx. 4-5 hours

Retracing our steps along the valley, we pass through a variety of settlements and forests before a gentle climb to Lukla. The final night of the trek is spent in Lukla celebrating your accomplishment as we farewell the porters who will return to their villages from here.

Meals: B

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu (1330m)

This morning we make the return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu where the rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure.

Meals: B

Day 16: Trip ends Kathmandu

The trip concludes today after breakfast. If you're flying home, you will be transferred to the airport.

Meals: B

Accommodation

Kathmandu 3N Hotel
Ghat 1N Permanent campsite
Namche Bazaar 2N Permanent campsite
Deboche 2N Permanent campsite
Dingboche 3N Permanent campsite
Lobuche 1N Eco lodge
Gorak Shep 1N Eco lodge
Monjo 1N Permanent campsite
Lukla 1N Eco lodge

Disclaimer

This itinerary may change at any time due to inclement weather, forces of nature and other circumstances beyond our control. Prices are valid up to 31/08/2018. For trips departing after this date, the price will likely increase subject to local inflationary pressures on operational costs.

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The Sweat Level

  • Hardcore
Easy – these are pretty relaxed and are suitable for most fitness levels. Expect though to push a little outside of your comfort zone with the included activities, but they are not for lengthy durations.

Moderate - these will include cycling, walking, kayaking and other activities which will put a sweat on the brow. You should do some pre trip training like going to the gym, jogging, brisk walking or cycling at least 3 times weekly for months before you go to get your fitness level up.

Hardcore - these will include sustained walking or cycling over multiple days and that means you’ll need to get into a great fitness regime before your trip. The best preparation you can do is day walks or cycle trips one a fortnight that build your endurance fitness coupled with some hour long ‘cardio’ workouts up to 3 times a week, and continue this for 3 months before departure.

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