Everest Base Camp
Kathmandu to Kathmandu
You don't visit Nepal without setting your sights on Mount Everest but while some can take a helicopter close to the mountain, the best way to get a feel for the mountain and what it is like living on the slopes, hike to Everest Base Camp. Hike to Everest Base Camp for the ultimate challenge from grassy terrain to snowy harsh slopes. This will test your determination and leave you feeling exhilerated, like a champion.
1 night(s) in hotels, 13 night(s) in basic huts
Travel by 1 flight(s)
Staff & Experts
English-speaking local guide(s) on excursions
What's Not Included
- Visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.
- Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Kathmandu
The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.
Today is an arrival day in Kathmandu.
Day 2 to 5 - Phakding – Namche Bazar – Diboche
This morning you catch the flight up to Lukla, lasting only 40 minutes before beginning the trek to Everest Base Camp. Today you hike only three hours to Phakding along easy paths and walks. After spending the night in Phakding, we begin a long day of hiking to Namche Bazaar. You pass rivers, forests and snow-capped peaks. It is a long walk of approximately eight hours arriving in Namche Bazaar at 3446m.
You spend two nights in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize to the altitude. You will have an acclimatisation walk up to higher altitudes before decending for the night. This allows your body to get a feel for what is to come. There are plenty of shops to browse although you might not purchase any souvenirs until your return.
Leaving Namche Bazaar we pass the Thyangboche monastry surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The monastry is considered the gateway to Everest and home to at least 60 monks. We arrive at Diboche after approximately 5 hours of hiking.
Day 6 to 8 - Dingboche – Lobuche
Leaving Diboche we begin our climb to Dingboche. Today is a long day hiking at least 6 hours and up to 4325m. At Dingboche you will be able to visit the internet cafe and send photos home or spend the night at one of the world's highest billiard parlours. We spend two nights here acclimatizing and resting our aching feet. During the full day we have here, you can take part is some acclimatisation excercises to make the journey onwards much more enjoyable.
After two nights in Dingboche we leave for Lobuche walking through the Khumbu glaciers. It starts getting even colder as we ascend up to 4768m in Lobuche.
Day 9 to 9 - Everest Base Camp & Gorekhshep
This morning we wake up early in Lobuche for our final ascent towards our destination. You have a full day trekking to Everest Base Camp and it is these hours that are the most testing and difficult to accomplish. Reach Everest Base Camp, the views are breathtaking and exhilerating. Admiring the view for as long as you need, we descend to Gorekhshep where we spend the night.
Day 10 to 14 - Pheruche – Namche Bazzar – Phakding – Lukla – Kathmandu
Your final day of trekking is a short one of only three hours finishing in Lukla, at a higher altitude than Phakding where we started that morning. At Lukla, you may get a chance for a hot shower and it will be a chance to relax before the flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu the following morning.
With the hardest part over, we descend the mountain with altitude sickness making every step easier. We spend a night in Pheruche before reaching Namche Bazaar. If you combine your Everest Base Camp trek with arriving in this tiny town on a Saturday, you can visit the weekly market and buy clothing and cheap souvenirs.
Day 15 to 15 - Depart Kathmandu
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Your Add-on comes to an end this morning.