The trek to the base camp of Everest is one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the Himalayas, along paths lined and carved out by multi-hued prayer flags, prayer wheels and Mani stones.

You will start your journey in Kathmandu with some sightseeing to the most fascinating places, before flying off to start your trek. The quickest route into the Khumbu is by air from Kathmandu on a forty flight into hilltop village of Lukla. Throughout the trek you'll encounter the local Buddhist people reciting the mantra of "Om mani padme hum" which you will also see inscribed on endless mani walls. The trek to base camp is about 5-8hrs walking per day with some days being longer.

Not only is the Base Camp close the worlds highest mountain (8,850m), Mt Everest, it is also home to the friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages, colourful festivals and monasteries.

This trek will take you up Kala Patthar where you can get incredible views across the Himalayas. You will also have the change to trek to the iconic Everest base camp itself at the base of the Khumbu glacier. It truly is a journey for the soul.


Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m)

Day-4: Trek Phakding to Namche (3,440m) (5-6 hrs).

Day-5: Rest day at Namche

Day-6: Trek Namche to Tengboche (3,860m) (5 hrs).

Day-7: Trek Tengboche to Pheriche (4,312m) (5 hrs).

Day-8: Trek Pheriche to Lobuche (4,920m) (4-5 hrs).

Day-9: Trek Lobuche to Gorekshep (5,140m) (4 hrs).

Day-10: Hike up to Kala Patthar (5,545m). / Retrace your steps to Dingboche (4,410m)

Day-11: Dingboche to Tengboche (3,860m)

Day-12: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).

Day-13: Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).

Day-14: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).

Day-15: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight.

Day-16: Free day

Day-17: Transfer to airport. Final departure.

Fast Facts

Altitude: 5495m

All year

Best: Spring/Autumn

Tour: 17 days

Hotels and Lodges

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Trek Grade: 2c (FP)

A combination of very long days with steep paths, boulders and mountain scrambling. Glaciers and snow may be encountered at high altitude. There is no need for technical climbing experience. Medium risk of altitude sickness. Altitudes up to 6000m. Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill walking. Backpacks will weigh about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Trek weight loss in the region of 4kg. Fully Portered

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Full day of guided sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley.

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m).

Our early morning hike to Everest Base Camp begins with a flight into Lukla - is a lifetime experience, in itself. The airfield is on a slope and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 460 meters! After meeting with guides and porters and a short break for tea we hike away from Lukla towards Everest base camp for a few hours along the Dudh Kosi River to the village of Phakding 2,610m.

Day-4: Phakding (2,610m) Namche bazaar (3,440m).

After leaving the village of Phakding the path takes us through a magnificent forest of rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant fir trees alongside the Dhud-Kosi river through small villages like Bekar and Monju. You will crisscross over the river a few times on high suspension bridges until you eventually come to the Sagarmatha Check Point where your permits needs to be checked. The climb then starts with a downhill trek down to the river and then all the way back up again to Namche. Namche is the largest Sherpa village and is the unofficial capital of the Khumbu region of Nepal. It is a major stop-off point for trekkers and climbers heading for Mount Everest

Day-5: Namche bazaar (acclimatisation 3,440 m)

We will spend time here on short treks to acclimatise. Although it says acclimatisation, this means you need to walk for the principle of climb high and sleep low, meaning we gain altitude, then descend again to sleep low, enabling our bodies to better adjust to the altitude before we continue our ascent. A slow and steady pace with adequate time for acclimatisation is key to a successful trek. So today we hike up to Everest View hotel for just that, a view of Mt Everest, assuming the weather is clear.

Day-6: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3,860m)

With incredible views of the Thamserku we steadily descend to the Imja Khola where we see a series of water driven prayer wheels at the little river side village of Pungi Tanga. After a lunch break we start the slow long steep climb up to the famous Tengboche Monastery (3,860m) - one of the most beautiful places in the world. We may continue down to Deboche for the night where it is warmer and accommodation options better.

Day-7: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m)

Continuing up the Imja Khola valley, we trek towards the summer village of Dingboche (4,410).  The trekking route is easier today will a lot less steep ascents than on the day to Namche or Tengboche. The terrain becomes like a tundra of grasses and vast open plains as the Khumbu valley opens up ahead of you. Dingboche village is the highest permanent Sherpa settlement in the region and also lies on the route towards Island Peak.

Day-8: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,920m)

Our trek today begins with a gentle climb away from Dingboche above the Pheriche valley. After ascending up a small ridge we contour around the base of Khumbu Glacier before climbing for about two hours up Thokla Pass for about 210m in altitude gain. At the top of the pass are several memorial sites with endless strands of prayer flags dedicated to Himalayan climbers who lost their lives in pursuit of their climbing dreams.  We then continue alongside the terminal moraine to Lobuche (4,930m).

Day 09: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) to Everest Base camp (6-8 hrs).

Our Distance today is quite far as we walk past the village of Gorekshep and continue to base camp itself. We then retrace our stapes to Gorek Shep for our night stop. If there is a chance of clear weather  in the afternoon though we may ascend Kala Patthar instead and watch the sunset though what we do today will be a decision with the group and guide. Overnight Lodge.

Day-10: Hike up to Kala Patthar (5,545m return to Dingboche.

After climbing Kala Patthar for early more sunrise views across Everest, you retrace your steps to Gorekshep, down to Lobuche and then trek to Dingboche (4,410m)

Day-11: Trek Dingboche to Tengboche (3,860m)

We have a relatively easy trek along the Imja Khola with a visit to the Gompa at Pangboche, before climb up to Tengboche Monastery.

Day-12: Trek Tengboche to Namche (3,440m)

We head down on a long descent down the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Namche.

Day-13: Trek from Namche to Phakding (2,610m)

We continue down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small village of Phakding.

Day-14: Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2,840m)

We walk through town to the little airstrip of Lukla

Day-15: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m).

Day-16: Leisure.

Day-17: Departure.

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What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
Flights: Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
Everest NP entrance fees
Teahouse trek arrangement (staying in lodges)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek (we do not restrict the orders) Meals include coffee or tea but not soft drinks, beer, milo etc
Guide and porter (s) on trek; their wages, insurance and expenses
Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural show
Duffel bag on trek

Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Meals while staying at the hotels in Kathmandu (only breakfast is included along with accommodation).
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa $40
Rescue and evacuation
Tips and gratuities
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $35 per night)
Single supplements if applicable
Cost for giving up the trek (and any unused portions which are not refundable), additional hotel days in Kathmandu as a result or costs incurred for changing the itinerary, if applicable, extra costs incurred for landslides and delays beyond our control etc.


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