Everest Base Camp Trek

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Mount Everest Base Camp has been a popular destination for trekkers since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1953. To reach this part of the Himalaya within a limited time, we have devised this two week trek to Everest Base Camp which runs directly to and from Lukla.

The Everest Base Camp trek, a very well known mountain trek, starts at the upper Phakding and follows the Dudh Kosi valley which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche, a bustling bazaar that’s a junction for trekkers, the local Sherpa and expeditions en route to the mighty Mt. Everest. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it the kind of walk you will remember for a long, long time.

From Namche, we trek along a high traversing path where we have our first good views of Everest and then head towards Thyangboche Monastery, which is a 2 hour climb. The monastery sits at 3867m in a clearing surrounded by dwarf firs and rhododendrons. The monastery is structurally located on a ridge top with commanding views of the Everest landscape. The view from this spot, seen to best advantage in the morning, is absolutely mesmerizing and stunning and is rightly deemed to be one of the most magnificent in the world.

We then descend to the Imja Khola and continue to the villages of Pangboche and Pheriche before finally approaching the Khumbu Glacier. We then follow the glacier, first to Lobuche, a vantage point for some spectacular views of the Ama Dablam, Taweche and other peaks and then hike to Gorak Shep for a breather.

We also have the opportunity to ascend Kala Pattar [5554m] from where we can get some awesome views of the Himalayan giants which literally numb your senses with breathless admiration that beholds the eye; and makes up for the lung-bursting climb that took you up there. You soon realize it was absolutely worth it. This also includes fantastic views of the south west face of the colossal Mt. Everest. We then trek down to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu ice fall before finally making our way back down to Lukla.



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Course Details

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    Price $2695.00

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    TREK D (Tough)

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    Location: Lukla region, Nepal

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    Guide ratio: 1:10

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    Season: Spring and Autumn

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    Duration: 19 Days


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The Everest base camp trip starts in Lukla, in the South East corner of Nepal. You will hike through the picturesque villages on the road to Everest, heading towards the Nepal – China border.

Further Information

What's included

  • Full state of the art expedition service
  • Expedition permit for Sagamartha National Park
  • Lukla return airfare
  • All food and accommodation
  • Sherpa support with equipment
  • Staff wages, insurance,
  • All necessary porters to carry load to and from base camp
  • All local transfers
  • satellite phone (pay call)
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu in a comfortable hotel on B&B

What's not included
  • Equipment rental
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to/from Kathmandu
  • Tips & items of a personal nature

Who is this for?

The Everest Basecamp trek suits those who are keen walkers, each day is normally 4-5hrs of walking, and each member only carries a light (5-6kg) Rucksack. The walking is not overly strenuous and the path is normally very good although it can be rocky.

All members have their personal equipment carried by our porters, we would expect people to have 10-12kg of equipment each, this excludes the small rucksack that we each carry with us each day. In order to enjoy to enjoy and make the most of our Everest base camp trek we would advise you have the following ability and fitness levels.

Accommodation and huts

Accommodation is in the Sherpa teahouses and Lodges all the way. These are fairly modern to begin with but
become a little more basic the further into the Khumbu we venture. They are always welcoming and warm with
a selection of drinks (including fizzy soft drinks) and great food – some local, some geared to western tastes,
such as omelettes and pizza.

The typical lodge will have twin rooms for sleeping and a large communal area for dining and relaxing that will
have a stove that will be lit in the evenings. Over the years we have built a great relationship with the owners
of these lodges and we consider them now friends. Lodges in the Khumbu are the best in Nepal. They’re not
ultra modern or luxurious, but they’re clean and comfortable, and all do have running water and clean toilet

Typical Itinerary

DAY 1 – Travel to KATHMANDU


After arriving at Kathmandu on the morning of the first day, we spend another complete day in the city, resting and preparing for our adventure. There is also time to experience the delights of Kathmandu itself.

DAY 3 – LUKLA (2840m)

An early morning start is rewarded with breakfast in Lukla and of course stunning views during the flight of distant snow capped mountains. It’s at Lukla that we meet our trusty staff for the expedition. The day’s trek places us at the entrance to the Everest National Park in Monjo (2835m) and the adventure truly begins.


After entering the park we walk next to the giant Dudi Kosi River before we wind our way slowly and steadily uphill to the Sherpa capital city Namche Bazaar.


Rest day in Namche Bazaar. Here we let our bodies get used to the increase in altitude. Some may take a gentle stroll to the Everest Hotel (3900m) to take in some of the breath taking views of the mountains, while others may wander the throbbing streets of Namche to experience the shops and, if you’re lucky, the Tibetan Market.

DAY 6 – DEBOCHE (3700m)

It’s back on the trail as we make our way around the mountainside, sharing the trail with Yaks and Porters carrying supplies up and down the valley. We pass incredible viewpoints and, from this point on, it feels like we are truly in the Himalayas. We drop down to the Dudi Kosi River again before we climb to the famous Thyangboche Monastery. There is time to explore this wonder of the Khumbu and to take in the history of the Lamas. Inside are beautiful wall hangings, ornate carvings and a giant Buddha. If the team is fortunate, it may be possible to see the Lamas praying which is a tremendously moving experience. We move down the hill a little to Deboche to spend the night nestled among the rhododendron trees in a quiet setting.

DAY 7 – DINGBOCHE (4410m)

A day that is dominated by the views of Ama Dablam (the ‘Matterhorn of the Himalayas’). We wind our way further into the Khumbu area and reach Pangboche. Here we stop for lunch and perhaps meet some of the high altitude Sherpa from the climbing team. They all live in this tiny village under Ama Dablam. From here we have a short trek to Dingboche where we stay with the Step Father of Namgel (another of our high altitude Sherpa) in his beautiful lodge.


Rest day. Just like we did in Namche, we let our bodies catch us up. If the weather allows, we may hike up above the village to a small summit that is strewn with prayer flags. Or of course we can simply rest, drinking the famous homemade fruit juice unique to this lodge.

DAY 9 – LOBUCHE (4900m)

We leave Dingboche and contour around the hillside to Dzugla, once again crossing the Dudi Kosi en route, this time on simple wooden planks. From Dzugla we climb the hill that puts us among the climber’s memorials. This is an area where stones have been piled to remember those who have died in the nearby mountains. It is a haunting and touching place and no-one passes without feeling moved by what they see and feel. A mellow walk takes us into Lobuche and our resting place for the night.

DAY 10 – GORAK SHEP (5220m)

A short trek gets us to Gorak Shep, where we spend the night. This was the site of Base Camp for the 1953 Everest expedition, and also the world’s highest ever cricket match in 2009. After lunch we will climb Kala Pattar to reach the top as the sun sets on the highest mountain in the world. The views are simply stunning.

DAY 11 – BASECAMP (5300m)

Base Camp itself. Close your eyes as we descend onto the glacier and try to picture Hillary back in ’53 as we ponder our own achievement. When the group is lead by our summit guide, you will also get the fantastic opportunity to spend a night at Base Camp with the Everest climbing Team, swapping your stories with theirs.

DAY 12 – BASECAMP (5300m)

The team will spend a whole day at Everest Base Camp to truly experience what expedition life is like. We can explore the lower part of the icefall or simply rest and take it all in.

DAY 13 – DINGBOCHE (4410m)

After saying goodbye to the climbing team, we retrace our steps down the valley to Dingboche to spend the night.

Day 14 – NAMCHE BAZAAR (3400m)

Although it should be downhill all the way we battle a few minor hills en route to Namche Bazaar once again.

DAY 15 – PHAKDING (2700m)

Trek to Phakding. Most teams will trek all the way to Lukla in a day but we feel that it’s best to split the walk, allowing our porters an easier time as well as ourselves. The end of a wonderful adventure is drawing to a close and it’s important to enjoy the last few precious days.

DAY 16 – LUKLA (2840m)

We finally make it back to Lukla. This should be an easy day but our tired bodies and the final section of uphill can make it feel like hard work. We arrive at the Paradise Lodge for a good meal and a small party with our Nepalese crew, reflecting on the last 15 days.

DAY 17

Return flight to Kathmandu, where again we will be met at the airport and taken back to the luxury of the hotel.

DAY 18

A leisure day in Kathmandu, time to soak up the atmosphere and grab gifts for loved ones at home. It’s also a chance to see those sights that we may have missed on the way in.

DAY 19

Return flight home.

PLEASE NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is an adventure in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, conditions on the trail, and the health of team members can all contribute to changes. The Guides and their Sherpa assistants will make every effort to keep to the itinerary but please understand if things need to change a little.


To maximise your chances of getting to Base Camp and enjoying the trek, it is important to
get as fit as you possibly can. If you have already been to altitude (4000m+), you will have
some idea of the endurance required to get there. Prior preparation is a good idea. The
process of training for your goal will help you focus on your goal, and having a goal will help
you focus on your training. So all in all, training is good!

Probably the best training is going on long days hill walking as this simulates the real thing as closely as possible and prepares the mind (exercising for long periods in poor weather
requires mental strength!) However not everyone has the opportunity to do this and so
alternatives such as running, cycling and gym workouts are good. The focus should be on
training Cardiovascular Endurance and so if in the gym, cycling/running/rowing machines are
much better than weight training. Try and exercise for up to a couple of hours at a time, 4
times a week. Remember to build up your workouts over time. If you are not used to
exercising much, your muscles and joints need time to build up to avoid injury.

Try and choose an activity that you enjoy and keep a note of what you do and your times –
this really helps with keeping the motivation up. If you are not used to training then your local gym will be able to advise you on a plan and schedule to help you achieve your goals.
Training does not work overnight! The fittest athletes train as part of their lifestyles and have been doing it for years – so you should start your training at least (ideally) 3 months before the expedition.

It is important to arrive in Nepal fit and healthy – so look after yourself before your expedition, don’t overdo the training, and don’t start a diet before you get here – you will lose weight at altitude, so give yourself a head start and arrive in Nepal feeling strong!

The Effects of Altitude

As one climbs higher the air gets thinner and so there is less oxygen in each breath we take.
The higher we go the less oxygen there is. This makes exercising much harder work than at
sea level and so we have to slow down to help compensate. Because we have slowed down,
we may feel colder.

Because there is less oxygen in the air as we get higher, this can lead to ‘altitude sickness’ or Acute Mountain Sickness (headache, nausea, weakness, fatigue, dizziness) and can develop
into a very serious and even fatal (in extreme cases) problem.

To avoid these problems and maximise your enjoyment of the trek, we need to acclimatise by
spending several days and nights at progressively higher altitudes, so our bodies can adapt
as we slowly gain altitude. This is a very important part of our preparation.

The itinerary is our tried and tested one that will allow all of us plenty of time to acclimatise, thus giving us maximum chance of completing the trek.

Please note: it is very important to tell your trek leader if you have a headache or feel unwell during the trek.

Kit List

1.Lightweight shorts (made of a quick drying / breathable material)
2.Trekking trousers (made of a quick drying / breathable material)
3. Socks (we recommend Merino wool for warmth and breathability – 3-4 pairs)
4. Underwear (3-4 pairs – wash as you go!)
5. Wicking t shirts and long sleeved tops (2 of each)
6. 2x Lightweight fleece
7. 1x Heavyweight fleece
8. Waterproof goretex trousers
9. Waterproof goretex jacket
10. Trekking boots
11. Flip flops / crocs / sandals for the evenings
12. 4/5 season down sleeping bag – some like a sleeping bag liner too
13. 4 season down jacket
14. 2 x water bottles (camelbacks are fine for the trek but can freeze at higher altitudes)
15. 2x good quality sunglasses (category 4 UV block) – 1 as spare
16. head torch and spare batteries
17. thermals
18. 2 pairs of warm gloves
19. warm hat
20. sun hat
21. quick dry ‘paclite’ towel
22. Insect repellent & antihistamines
23. Lipsalve with sunblock factor 30+
24. Wetwipes
25. Ipod / personal stereo, camera, book, Personal medical kit and wash kit – keep this to an absolute minimum!!!

You should carry a small daypack (25-30 litres is ideal) with your waterproofs, camera, water etc.

You should also bring a large kitbag for all items that you will not be carrying yourself while trekking. These will be transported from camp to camp by porters. Max weight limit (excluding personal rucksack) – 15kg.

It is possible to wash clothes as you go / get clothes washed in villages. Bowls of hot water are normally provided for washing in lodges, some of which also have showers.

It is possible to buy down gear relatively cheaply in Kathmandu, but we cannot guarantee the quality.

Booking info

Full course price includes:
Professional leader and local mountain guides
Internal flight costs and all internal airport transfer costs
Porters (15kg of personal gear)
Sagarmatha National park fees
Equipment and clothing for porters and local crew
All meals during trek and hot drinks during trek,
Accommodation during trek (Lodges and Tents at BC)
Accommodation in Kathmandu on Twin basis with breakfast

For expeditions we take a 20% deposit to secure your place on one of our courses, we take a further 50% of the course price 4 months prior to departure and we ask for the balance to be paid 8 weeks before the course start date.

Full course price does not include:
International flights
Personal equipment
Staff/guide gratuities,
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks during the trek
Bar bill, phone calls and laundry at the Hotel
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
Optional sightseeing trips
Travel Insurance
Country departure fee of approx. Rs. 1100 (just under £10)

Our leaders

Our trip to Everest Base Camp will be led by a qualified Mountain Leader or Guide. All of our leaders have a
valid first aid certificate, have a wealth of experience at altitude – and are highly versed in recognising and
dealing with the symptoms of altitude sickness. We are extremely careful in our selection of leaders, and
make sure that not only are all of our staff known personally to us, but also that we choose the right leader for
the right trip. With Dream Guides you will be looked after by someone whose experience in the Himalayas is
second-to-none, and to whom your safety and wellbeing are paramount.

Climate / Weather

Our spring trip is timed to coincide with the end of the monsoon season, therefore optimising the weather and
views – and the Rhododendrons are out. For the walk in, the weather is normally mild and the snowline
around 5000m. If it is sunny, the days are usually warm so you are likely to be trekking into base camp in
shorts or trekking trousers and a light fleece. However, you will need to carry waterproofs, and the evenings
will be cool – down jackets are normal night time attire! Our Autumn trip is timed to be post monsoon for better
weather and clear views.

Travel Arrangements

Some people like to arrive early and spend some time in Nepal before their trip, some may do this after the
trip: and others may be pushed for time and need to head back to work. In order to retain this flexibility we
offer a land-only package and you should arrange your own flights. We recommend doing this as soon in
advance as possible as flights to Nepal can be very busy in October. We have been impressed by the
services of Qatar (via Doha), but other airlines flying to Kathmandu include Virgin (via Delhi), Gulf Air (via
Bahrain), Etihad (via Abu Dhabi) and Jet (via Delhi). If flying via Delhi, you will need to organise an Indian visa
well in advance – please note you CANNOT obtain a transit visa on arrival in Delhi.

Our service includes an airport transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu, so you should let us know your flight
details and whether you require a transfer.

Passports and Visas

Everyone visiting Nepal must have a full passport (valid for 6 months after your stay) and entry visa. You can
apply for your visa in advance from the Nepalese embassy in your home country, or you can obtain one on
arrival at Kathmandu airport. For this you will need a passport photo and cash (dollars are preferable, but
euros & sterling are also accepted). The current price of visa on arrival is $40 for 30 days or $100 for 90 days.
Up to date information is available at www.travcour.com


Accommodation is in the Sherpa teahouses and Lodges all the way. These are fairly modern to begin with but
become a little more basic the further into the Khumbu we venture. They are always welcoming and warm with
a selection of drinks (including fizzy soft drinks) and great food – some local, some geared to western tastes,
such as omelettes and pizza.

The typical lodge will have twin rooms for sleeping and a large communal area for dining and relaxing that will
have a stove that will be lit in the evenings. Over the years we have built a great relationship with the owners
of these lodges and we consider them now friends. Lodges in the Khumbu are the best in Nepal. They’re not
ultra modern or luxurious, but they’re clean and comfortable, and all do have running water and clean toilet

Vaccinations and Health

You should consult your doctor for up to date information about vaccination requirements, but we would
recommend the following vaccinations: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A. If you are intending to extend
your trip to visit the Terai region (including Chitwan National Park) you might consider malaria prophylaxis.
You should also discuss the management of any health concerns with your GP and bring enough medication
to last the trip. We would also recommend visiting your dentist before a long trip to altitude.

First Aid

We will provide a substantial first aid kit with our trip for emergencies, but you should also bring your own
personal medical kit with the following items: plasters, painkillers, rehydration salts and diarrhoea treatment
(dioralyte and immodium), a broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream and tablets,
diamox and any other medication you might require. It is possible to buy all of the above over the counter in

Money and Tipping

The Nepalese currency is the rupee, and at the time of writing £1 is equal to 112 NRs. You can bring your
money in cash or travellers cheques – these are widely accepted (but not $20 travellers cheques). There are
many ATM machines in Kathmandu. Whilst on trek you will not spend much money – all food is provided and
there isn’t a huge deal to spend your money on. You may wish to have the odd coke or beer, especially in
Lukla, and it is a good idea to carry some cash (approx £100 worth) in the event that you need to stay in
lodges or descend in an emergency. Tipping is standard in Nepal and you should allow around £50-60 to tip
the local staff at the end of the trek. Your leader will assist with organising and collecting this. Currently the
international departure tax is 1695 rupees.

If you have any questions regarding this trip, please contact us through the website.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Olly Alkema

“This is a magical journey and one I’d recommend to anyone who loves the outdoors. Embrace the welcoming Sherpa culture to the base of Everest and sample the local culinary delights and amazing views along the way.”
Olly, Marketing and Operations

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