Everest Base Camp Trek
Trek to Everest base camp with Kenton Cool’s chosen expedition support team. Go with the best and most trusted local supplier in Nepal, one of the reasons behind Kenton’s 14 successful summits.
Everest Base Camp has been a popular destination for trekkers since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in 1953. To reach this part of the Himalaya within a limited time, we have devised this 17 day trek to Everest Base Camp which runs directly to and from Lukla airport all the while surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world.
The Everest Base Camp trek starts at the upper Phakding and follows the Dudh Kosi valley. The trail climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche, a bustling bazaar that is a junction for trekkers, the local Sherpa and expeditions en route to the mighty Everest region. 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. We 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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- Full state of the art expedition service
- Expedition permit for Sagamartha National Park
- Lukla return airfare
- All food and accommodation on the trek
- 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)
- Accommodation in Kathmandu in a comfortable hotel on Bed and breakfast basis
What's not included
- Equipment rental
- Travel insurance
- Travel to/from Kathmandu
- Snacks and evening meals in Kathmandu
- Tips and 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) backpack. The walking is not overly strenuous and the path is normally very good although it can be rocky in places.
All members have their personal equipment carried by our team of 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.
Accommodation and huts
Accommodation is in the Sherpa teahouses and Lodges along 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 beer) and great food – Mostly local dishes like Dhal Bhat. Some items on the menu are also 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 our 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 have running water and clean toilet facilities.
Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu
After arriving at Kathmandu, we spend the day resting and preparing for our adventure. There is also time to experience the delights of Kathmandu itself.
Day 02 Flight to Lukla (2900m) and Trek to Phakding (2660m)
We meet our trusty crew for the expedition at Lukla airport. The day’s trek places us at the entrance to the Everest National Park in Monjo (2835m) and the adventure truly begins.
Day 03 Trek to Namche (3440m)
After entering the national 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, crossing some impressive bridges along the way.
Day 04 Acclimatization Day in Namche (3440m)
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 energetic streets of Namche to experience the shops and, if you’re lucky, the Tibetan Market.
Day 05 Trek to Pangboche (3900m)
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 Himalaya. 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 Pangboche to spend the night nestled among the rhododendron trees in a quiet setting.
Day 06 Trek to Pheriche (4270m)
A day that is dominated by the views of Ama Dablam (the ‘Matterhorn of the Himalaya’). We head further into the Khumbu area and reach Pheriche. 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 where we stay with the Step Father of Namgel (another of our high altitude Sherpa) in his beautiful lodge.
Day 07 Acclimatization day in Pheriche (4270m)
A well earned rest day in Pheriche. Just like we did in Namche, we let our bodies catch us up. If the weather allows, we can 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 08 Trek to Lobuche (4930m)
We leave Pheriche and contour around the hillside to Dzugla, once again crossing the Dudi Kosi river 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 09 Trek to Gorak Shep (5184m) and attempt at Kalar Pattar Peak (5585m)
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 10 Everest Base Camp (5350m) – Return To Gorak Shep (5184m)
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. 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 11 Trek to Pheriche (4270m)
After saying goodbye to the climbing team, we retrace our steps down the valley to Pheriche to spend the night.
Day 12 Trek to Deboche (3600m) – or continue on to Namche (3450m)
Depending on how fresh our legs are we’ll either stop off at Deboche or continue to Namche.
Day 13 Trek to Namche (3450m)
Based on how well we did the previous day, we may already be in Namche enjoying some well earned rest and buying some presents to take home.
Day 14 Trek to Lukla (2900m)
Last day of trekking for us, as we make our way 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 our experiences.
Day 15 Flight to Kathmandu
Return flight to Kathmandu, where again we will be met at the airport and taken back to the luxury of the hotel and the familiar smells of the city of Kathmandu.
Day 16 Kathmandu
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 17 Fly home.
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 of the trail, and the health of team members can all contribute to changes. Your 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 chance of success and enjoyment during this trip it is important to get as fit as you possibly can. So we have partnered with Uphill Athlete, specialists in strength and conditioning for peak mountain performance.
Trekking is all about being able to exercise at a moderate intensity for many hours (typically 4-6 hours per day) and your training should reflect this.
We highly recommend this 12 Week Basic Trekking Plan to get you in shape for the trip.
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.
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
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+
25. Ipod / personal stereo, camera, book, Personal medical kit and wash kit
You should carry a small daypack (25-30 litres is ideal) with your waterproofs, camera, water etc.
You should also bring a large kitbag / duffle bag 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 clothing relatively cheaply in Kathmandu, but we cannot guarantee the quality.
For expeditions we take a 20% deposit to secure your place on one of our trips, followed by the remaining balance 12 weeks before your trip starts.
Our trip to Everest Base Camp are led by qualified Mountain Leaders and Guides. All of our leaders have a valid first aid certificate, 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 Adventure Base 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 trips are designed 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 snow line sits 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.
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 spring and autumn.
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 and 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
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.
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 Nepal.
Money and Tipping
The Nepalese currency is the rupee, and at the time of writing £1 is equal to 130 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 soft drink 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*.
*subject to change.
In short, no. Whilst we will always strive to get you to base camp safely, sometimes the weather or other factors like altitude sickness or your personal fitness will prevent you from reaching base camp. The lead guide will always conduct a meeting with the clients and other guides each evening to check how everyone is doing and to field any questions or concerns. All decisions will have client wellbeing as a top priority. But in 99 out of 100 cases you’ll make it!
What type of boots do I need for the trek?
You will need comfortable, durable trekking boots. Trail running shoes are also suitable but you may be a little cold on some mornings. Gore-tex will help ensure your feet stay dry and warm.
Is there wifi in the lodges?
Occasionally yes. Not all lodges will have wifi but some will, especially in bigger settlements like Namche Bazaar.
What are the lodges like?
The lodges are fairly basic but comfortable. You may sleep in dormitories on a shared basis, sometimes up to 6-8 per room but normally 2-4. The lodges offer breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as having a few snacks for sale.
What kind of fitness level do I need?
You need to be able to hike for 4-6 hours at a moderate pace. Trekking is all about having good cardiovascular endurance to be able to continue being active for long periods.
Do I need to have previous experience?
You don’t need any previous trekking experience but it is worth having some hill walking experience behind you. This will help prepare you for the amount of walking we’ll be doing on this trek. You must be able to walk comfortably on mixed ground for long periods of time.
What size backpack should I bring?
Your backpack should be between 20-30l. This will be your day pack and must be a comfortable fit, you’ll spend many days with it on your back. It must fit your essentials like water, snacks, extra layers, camera, etc. Your other luggage will be carried by our porters (max. 15kg)
What are the guides like?
Our guides and local team are all super friendly and knowledgeable. We send one of our English speaking guides to lead the trek along with our expert local guides and porters. Our local team is the same team that work with our co-founder and British mountaineer Kenton Cool on his Everest expeditions. They are the best in the business and play a big part in making sure ours and Kenton’s expeditions are successful.
What will we do if the weather is bad?
This depends on a few factors and how bad the weather is. We’ll always aim to continue the trek even if it’s raining/snowing as long as it is safe to do so. The weather in Spring and Autumn is generally very reliable, with clear skies and dry conditions following the monsoons. If the weather is truly terrible for a day or two we will rest in the lodge until it passes.
How many clients per guide?
Our trekking ratio is 10:1. It will feel like a higher ratio however, as our porters and local guides will be assisting the trek throughout.
Why choose Adventure Base for Everest Base Camp?
1. Experience – We have been guiding clients in the Everest regions since 2004 so we have built up a strong, reliable team of local suppliers and local knowledge.
2. Our guides – Our guides carefully selected and hand picked over many years. They are full of energy, fun facts and big smiles. They help create lasting memories.
3. Word of Mouth – Over 30% of new clients have been recommended to us by a friend or colleague. We don’t spend big on marketing campaigns, we stay true to our product, we pay attention to every detail and then let you do the talking.