Active Days, Rustic Nights

Everest Base Camp

15 days  |  Starts/Ends: Kathmandu  |  from USD $2,525  |   Guaranteed Departures  2 reviews

Rise to the challenge and follow in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary with this adventurous trek to Everest Base Camp. Take in Sherpa villages, monasteries, magnificent glaciers and the world's most majestic mountains.

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions
Reviews

Itinerary

Day 1

Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal and the start of your Everest adventure! Arrive into Kathmandu Airport and included transfer to your hotel. This evening have a welcome drink and attend a briefing about your trek.
Overnight: Kathmandu

Day 2

Lukla

Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakdingma. This morning take a scenic flight to Lukla, gateway to the Everest region flying over the Langtang and Jugal ranges that surround the Kathmandu basin and the Rolwaling Himal. After lunch at the riverside village of Ghat, we begin our expedition with a series of short trekking days to ensure we acclimatise. Following the banks of the Dudh Koshi river we begin our ascent to Phakdingma where we spend the night.
Overnight: Phakdingma (lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Namche Bazaar

Phakdingma – Namche. Crossing the river on a large suspension bridge we head over to Jorsale and continue trekking along the river today. The trail climbs out of the valley to Monjo where we enter the Everest National Park. Continuing on, we make a steep ascent to reach Namche Bazaar, our resting place for the night. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Himalayas and a famous trading place.
Overnight: Namche Bazaar (lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Khumjung

Namche Bazaar – Khumjung. Today we set off on a steep climb to the Shyangboche airstrip which serves the famous Hotel Everest View, before following the trail down to the Khumjung Village at the foot of the Sacred Mountain Khumbila. The panoramic mountain views en route today are superb!
Overnight: Khumjung (lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Phortse

Khumjung – Phortse. A steep walk takes us to the Mong La pass today with spectacular views of Ama Dablam and Khumbila mountains. Our camp for the night is in the very traditional Sherpa village of Phortse, where we may spot mountain goats or danphe, the national bird of Nepal.
Overnight: Phortse (lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Dingboche

Phortse - Dingboche. Enjoy wonderful views of Tengboche and Ama Dablam mountain during this morning’s ridge climb up the Imja Khola Valley to the village of Upper Pangboche with its ancient monastery. After lunch we continue up the glacial valley to Dingboche, passing some of Khumbu’s beautifully carved prayer stones.
Overnight: Dingboche (lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

The Chukkung Valley

Dingboche - Chukkung Valley - Dingboche. Today we’ll experience one of the highlights of the trek with an excursion to the incredible Chukkung Valley, flanked by Lhotse Mountain to the north, Ama Dablam to the south and the great fluted ice walls of the Amphu Laptsa Pass. We trek back to Dingboche where there is the option to spend a second night or trek on to Duglha if we’re not too tired.
Overnight: Dingboche (lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Lobuche

Dingboche - Lobuche. Continuing our journey, the trail gradually climbs to the tiny settlement of Duglha, nestled below the terminal morraine of the humbu Glacier. From here there’s the option to take a side trip to a breathtaking viewpoint overlooking Tshola Tsho glacial lake with a dramatic backdrop of rugged peaks including Cholatse, Taboche and the mountains at the head of the Khumbu Valley. Back on the trail it’s a steep climb up to Lobuche, where we can watch the sun set over Nuptse Mountain.
Overnight: Lobuche (lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 9-10

Everest Base Camp

Lobuche – Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp - Gorakshep - Pheriche. Continuing along the main trail to Everest, we hike to Gorakshep. This is a short distance but somewhat challenging at the present altitude. From here we can follow in the footsteps of the late, great Sir Edmund Hillary and trek up to Everest Base Camp, where he and Tenzig Norgay began their immense, record-breaking expedition to reach the highest peak on Earth! Take in the atmosphere and witness the ‘expedition life’ of those present day mountaineers attempting to reach the summit. Return to Gorakshep where we spend the night.

On day 10 we climb Kala Pattar for arguably the most magnificent mountain vista in the world - the west and south face of Everest, so close you can even see the incredible climbing route from base to summit. We descend back to Gorkashep for a rest before continuing our journey to Pheriche for the night.
Overnight: Gorkashep (1), Pheriche (lodges) (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 11

Namche Bazaar

Pheriche – Namche Bazaar. Our route today starts back through the long walled paths of the Pheriche Village and a gradual ascent along the flanks of the hills below the village before a drop to the Duh Koshi. A little further the route joins the main trail coming from Pheriche. We pass through the village of Pangbouche and stop for lunch in Thyangbouche. After lunch we descend steeply to Phunki Tanga. After a short break we start the uphill climb to Shanasa where they’ll be the opportunity to purchase traditional souvenirs from Tibetan traders. From Shanasa we take an easy trail to reach Namche Bazaar.
Overnight: Namche Bazaar (lodge)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

The Final Descent!

Namche Bazaar – Lukla. In the morning we retrace our steps down hill through the beautiful forest landscapes, continuing back to Jorsale where we leave the national park before stopping for a rest in Monjo. We further re-trace our steps along the Dudh Kosi, crossing to the western bank at Benkar. Lunch will be taken at Phakding and in the afternoon we ascend out of the river valley back to the airstrip and our lodge accommodation at Lukla.
Overnight: Lukla (lodges)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 13-14

Kathmandu

Lukla – Kathmandu. We fly back to Kathmandu to spend our final days at leisure. Sightsee, shop or simply relax after our exhausting but momentous adventure – the choice is yours!
Overnight: Kathmandu  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 15

Kathmandu

Saturday. Hotel check-out and included transfer to airport for your onward travel.
Breakfast

Trek Info

Area covered: Everest region
Grade: Strenuous
Walking duration: 4 - 7 hours daily
Altitude: Max. 5400m
Average group size: 2 - 8

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $2765
USD $660
2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $2765
USD $660
USD $2765
USD $660
USD $2765
USD $660
USD $2525
USD $660
USD $2525
USD $660
USD $2525
USD $660
USD $2765
USD $660
USD $2765
USD $660
USD $2765
USD $660
2018
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $2765
USD $660
USD $2765
USD $660
USD $2765
USD $660
USD $2765
USD $660
USD $2525
USD $660
USD $2525
USD $660
USD $2525
USD $660
USD $2525
USD $660
USD $2525
USD $660
USD $2525
USD $660

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Hotel Manaslu, Kathmandu

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set over 3 floors, Hotel Manaslu is a charming hotel decorated in a classic Nepali style - using local artisans to create an aura of beautiful Newari tradition. Guest rooms are well furnished with air conditioning and en suite facilities. The hotel also benefits from an out door pool, cocktail bar and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel can arrange shuttles into the centre of Kathmandu which is just over a mile away.

Trip Highlights

Trek to Everest Base Camp - Discover 8000 metre peaks, rhododendron forests, mountain villages and glaciers in the Everest region
The beautiful Chukkung Valley - Home to the great fluted walls of the Amphu Laptsa Pass
Spectacular views of Everest from Kala Patter
Namche Bazaar - Gateway for all Himalayan expeditions
Stay in the traditional Sherpa village of Phortse and enjoy interaction with the local people
Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Valley - Two free days to spend at leisure exploring, shopping or simply relaxing after your trek

Included

14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
Airport arrival and departure transfers any day, any time
Escorted by licensed English-speaking local guides
Everest National park fees & TIMS Permit
Personal insurance for trekking guide & porters during the trip
3 nights - 3 star hotels with private ensuite, 11 nights simple tea houses (shared facilities)
Return flight - Kathmandu to Lukla
Trek to Everest base camp with licensed trekking guide and porters
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights, domestic departure taxes and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$30-40, paid in local currency
Tipping - refer the 'Tipping' paragraph in the trip notes for a recommended guideline.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on 2 recent reviews

Hi Charlie,

I am back in the office now and the whole ordeal have been a positive experience.

From the moment of pickup from the airport, to the coordination to the hospital, your staff have made my experience seamless. Your local office in Nepal definitely have a well oiled machine when it comes to execution. Everyone was genuinely concerned for my well-being and comfort and their kindness was incredible.

I guess anyone can fall down and fracture their ankle but doing so in Nepal, requiring surgery in a 3rd world country makes it more glorious!

My husband is determined to finish this trek so I will be calling you in about 6 months from now to book him again, this time……without me!

Thanks so much and I look forward to connecting with you soon.

Sincerely,

Joy Leonte

• Submitted 08 Nov 2016
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Hi Ryan,

Wow! What a wonderful time we had and the care taken by your guides of us was very warm and assuring, certainly not sterile. From day 1 we felt part of the family. The lodges and camping en route were all that we expected. The extra information you gave was spot on. Thank you for a brilliant holiday, we are not exhausted in the least and will certainly be recommending on the go to our trekking friends who are also planning on travelling to Nepal in April next year.

• Submitted 13 Oct 2016
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Guide
Country

Hi Kelsey,

I returned from Nepal yesterday and just wanted to let you know that it was an absolutely awesome trip from start to finish - extremely well organised, absolutely trouble-free and all in all an unforgettable experience! Our guide was truly wonderful and took good care of us, and they organised everything from flight tickets to Lukla and the National Park permit to a trip to Bhaktapur on our last day. We had a nice and reliable driver and knowledgeable guides in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur and stayed at friendly hotels and pleasant lodges.

Thank you for the smooth booking procedure, and btw, incredible as it may seem, there is actually (more or less reliable) mobile phone coverage nearly all the way up to Base Camp :-)

David & Jean Goodsell • Submitted 06 May 2015

Tour Details
Starts
Kathmandu
Ends
Kathmandu
Departs
Saturdays - February to December
Hotel Rating
3 star & simple tea houses
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for included sightseeing & trekking
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 11, Dinner: 11

Hi Charlie,

I am back in the office now and the whole ordeal have been a positive experience.

From the moment of pickup from the airport, to the coordination to the hospital, your staff have made my experience seamless. Your local office in Nepal definitely have a well oiled machine when it comes to execution. Everyone was genuinely concerned for my well-being and comfort and their kindness was incredible.

I guess anyone can fall down and fracture their ankle but doing so in Nepal, requiring surgery in a 3rd world country makes it more glorious!

My husband is determined to finish this trek so I will be calling you in about 6 months from now to book him again, this time……without me!

Thanks so much and I look forward to connecting with you soon.

Sincerely,

Joy Leonte

Joy Leonte
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