Reaching a height of 5,545m (18,193 ft.) at Kala Pattar, Everest Base Camp Trek Nepal is extremely popular with those who want to say, ‘I have been to the base of the world’s highest mountain’. The challenging trek passes undeniably spectacular scenery and is traffick by local Sherpa people. The heights reached during this trek are dizzying until you acclimatise to the altitude, and the continuous cutting across valleys certainly has its ups and downs.’ – Lonely Planet. This superb trek begins with a dramatic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the starting point trek. Within two days, you reach Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Khumbu region and the acclimatisation point for two nights. En route to Everest, you can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries at Pangboche and Thyangboche, with an impressive backdrop of Everest and Ama Dablam. From here, you walk along trails lined with main walls and up through rhododendron forests before eventually emerging above the tree line into yak pasture en route to Everest Base camp. We include a side trip to Kala Patthar (5545m), which offers unrivalled views of Mt Everest.
Many people are interested in doing the trek in Nepal from the UK, specially the Mt Everest area. As you know, On this day in 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain (29,032 feet [8,849 metres]), after numerous failed attempts by others. The year 1953 marked the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey, and the first people to scale Mount Everest were Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing. Homeland of the Sherpa people, Buddhist cultural experiences, an ultimate dream for all adventurous people to see Mt. Everest, a Famous mountaineering region, unforgettable panoramic views, well conserved vast bio-diversity. According to the latest estimates by the Chinese and Nepali authorities, Mount Everest is 8,848.86 meters high above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal subrange of the Himalayas. The Chinese and Nepali authorities established the summit point’s elevation in 2020.
Max. Altitude 5545 m. Kalapathar needs an acclimatisation day, about 5-6 hr. Walk per day trail moderate to strenuous.
The Best season for Nepal’s Everest base camp trek is Sep to Dec and April to May. However, we can arrange a tour at any time with any group.
Destinations: Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp via Khumbu
Cultural tour and strenuous grade trekking
This trip can be arranged at any time of the year to suit your plans and be adapted to your needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more details.
A three-star hotel in Kathmandu. This is one of the most popular trekking routes globally; therefore, you find locally owned lodges and guest houses on the trails. Our priority is to provide the locals, guides, porters, and family-run lodges with an opportunity to generate income; therefore, we will stay in one of these lodges every night. In addition, however, you will have the advantage of being the guests to the traditional Sherpa families of this area. (We can arrange a camping trek on-demand only.)
This trip involves strenuous trekking that frequently requires 5-6 hours of walking uphill and downhill. It would help if you were physically fit and willing to walk. Overweight people with cardiac and pulmonary complaints may seek more comfortable options from our office in Kathmandu.
Moderate to somewhat challenging Longer treks going right into the high mountain country, to some famous mountaineering Base Camps over high passes. It is physically quite tiring. It involves approximately 6-8 hours of trekking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks. Usually, No previous experience is required; you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in high altitude conditions.
Tea House or Lodge trek Includes Accommodation in Lodge, guide, porters and all meals.
Trekking in the Everest region can be without logistics in terms of accommodation, as you will find plenty of clean and friendly lodges along the trail. We stay in single rooms where possible, but often you will have to share. Facilities in tea houses are limited but good enough to offer you a comfortable stay and hygienic meals. A few have electric lights, and all have a spacious dining room lounge. We can accommodate you and your group in a local lodge available daily. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance). Please remember that some are basic, and a sense of adventure is necessary. We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection to this itinerary unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have an exceptional choice. You can check the description of such hotels on our website.
We provide a standard breakfast, lunch and three-course dinner; tea or coffee will also include each meal. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not usually extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes and soup, and seasonal vegetables. In addition, various cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. Plenty of snacks such as biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks; in some areas, you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from a local lodge and shop en route, or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat it with water purification pills.
A porter or yaks will carry your main luggage during the trek. Please keep your luggage as light as possible, around 12 to 15 kgs. In addition, you take a day pack with a water bottle, camera, sunscreen, jacket, etc. You can leave your valuable items at your Hotel while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the Hotel’s safekeeping.
On the tea house trek, you will be accompanied by a team of local crew who aim to make the trek as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible. The Staff consists of a local leader (Sirdar or Headman) and a team of porters to carry all your gear. On average, there will be a ratio of one porter to every two trekkers. Sirdar speaks a reasonable amount of English, good enough to explain to you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eye.
We bring together a small group of like-minded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact with each other in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a group of a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, no minimum and maximum apply. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families, and colleagues, you can choose any of the trips at your convenience for any number of people (min 1 max 100 at a time).
Everest region is more expensive than the other regions in Nepal, as most of the goods must be shipped by aeroplane and then carried to their final destination by porters. This fixed scheduled trek will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas), tips, souvenirs, and hot showers in many places). Your support team appreciate suggestions after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, you allocate 5 – 10% of the tour cost as tips.
The starting point of the trek is in Lukla, which is connected by a 45 mins flight from Kathmandu. We will arrange transportation from your Hotel to the Airport (Kathmandu). Our car or bus will take you back to your Hotel on your return to Kathmandu.
There are a couple of telephone facilities in the Everest region up to Namche Bazaar. Cell phones work fine up to Tengboche. If you must contact your family or others, we can provide a mobile satellite phone (rental charge on request).
For trekking in the Everest region, you will need walking boots, a sleeping bag (4 seasons), a waterproof jacket and trousers, a fleece jacket, a warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, a water bottle, sun cream, and a day pack. For climbing: down-jacket, plastic boots, crampons, ice-axe, headlight, harness, jumar, carabineers, belay device, prussic. A comprehensive list of pieces of equipment will provide once you book your trip.
Each morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours, we stopped for lunch around midday. The afternoon walk is generally shorter, and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, washing, or simply relaxing with a good book. Some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime, and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures before heading to bed for a well-earned sleep.
You must pass on your International flight details to us for a ‘meeting and greeting’ service at the Airport. Then, you pass through the Customs and come out of the Terminal building, where you will see someone standing with a placard that states either the company name or your name.
The best season to trek to the Everest base camp region is Autumn (from mid-September till November’s end) and Spring (from the beginning of March until mid-May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher every day. The nights are cold (between -10 C to 5C), but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 20C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon and disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and winter is not recommended, as the visibility during monsoon is limited; upper parts and high passes could cover with snow during winter. Therefore, March, April, September, October, and November are the most favoured months. Please choose a date that is convenient for you.
Sherpas live in the upper regions of Solu Khumbu. They migrated from Tibet about 600 years ago. The Khumbu region has provided a strong group of non-disabled, hardy, fearless Sherpa porters and guides. Sherpas practise Tibetan Buddhism, which is also known as Lama Buddhism.
Losar is celebrated in February by the Sherpas. ‘Losar’ means New Year in Tibetan. Buddhist monks offer prayers for good health and prosperity at monasteries. People exchange various goods and gifts among themselves. Families organise feasts and perform dances. Dumke is celebrated to mark the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava). The celebration takes place in June and lasts for six days. It is celebrated in a big way in the villages of Namche, Thame, and Khumjung. Mani Rimdu is a festival celebrating Buddhism’s victory over Bon’s ancient animistic religion. This festival is celebrated in the monasteries of Thyangboche, Chiwang, and Thami. At Tengboche, the celebration occurs during the November- December full moon.
After talking with your guide, the itinerary can change depending on the situation. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. This is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.
We’ll ensure you know about the itinerary and list of services if you are okay. However, suppose the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period when the client wishes. In that case, we shall not be responsible or make a refund against unutilised days or services. Clients must pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.
All visitors except Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa. Visa can obtain from the nearest Nepalese embassy, diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. A permit is also issued at the entry points. It can extend to the Department of Immigration, Bhrikutimandap, and Kathmandu. Children under ten years need not pay any visa fees. People willing to get an entry visa at the Airport or any land point must be filled out a visa form with a passport photograph.
A visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 30 or equivalent convertible currency, and a visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US 2 per day. Tourist visas can be extended for 150 days in a single visa year (January – December). For up-to-date visa fees, please take a look at the government website.
As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you consult your doctor at least two months before the beginning of your trip. In addition, we recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis, and polio. At high altitudes, the primary health consideration is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Initially, you may experience mild symptoms, such as headache, lethargy, nausea, and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. People take’ Diamox’ pills to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). After consulting with your doctor, you can purchase these pills in Kathmandu.
Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatise properly and handle the low oxygen rate. We carry a medical kit with standard prescribed medicines and a user’s manual, which you can use at your own risk for your service. We do not take any medical liability since our staffs are not qualified to prescribe medicines. Suppose you have ever suffered from altitude sickness or have a heart or breathing complaint. In that case, we highly recommend you consult your doctor about your suitability for travelling to Everest Base Camp before booking. We suggest you take some pain-killing pills and enough medicine for cold, Diarrhoea, nausea and fever. In addition, some nasal ointment and throat-moistening capsules will significantly help those sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions. Age is no barrier to taking an unforgettable Everest Tour.
In case of severe sickness or a casualty, which we hope will not happen, you shall be rescued by a helicopter. However, since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, please ensure that your insurance covers it before assigning it or be prepared to pay on your own after returning to Kathmandu.
Before joining a tour, we recommend taking travel insurance to cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation, and emergency repatriation. In addition, there are good hospitals in Kathmandu where you can get good care.
The beautiful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. We are incredibly conscious of the environment and aim to minimise the detrimental impact on the environment as much as possible. Deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats, so we do not have campfires and use kerosene as cooking fuel. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Instead, many hotels may provide solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.
Garbage disposal is another major problem. Some busier trails are strewn with litter and garbage thrown by irresponsible trekking groups. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry non-biodegradable waste, which can be safely and efficiently burnt at the campsite. We aim to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy.
We ensure that all porters and other Staff climbing high altitudes (above 14000 ft.) have adequate Clothing and equipment. Furthermore, we provide that the porters we hire are insured. We try to run the trek according to the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG – www.ippg.net).
It’s a popular destination for trekkers, and the Trek leader Mr Siri is a professional and experienced person with tremendous knowledge of trek routes and locations. During the trek, the services in lodges and tea houses were better than expected; which is very clean (except for some toilets), and friendly & hospitable Staff with very professional English. I was worried about my health, but the meals during the trek were excellent. Bit expensive but very good dal-bhat (rice with curry), even right at the top! The itinerary was well-planned. Thank you, guys, for everything.” -Richard Johnson, UK.
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First, let’s look at the summary of the itinerary, which is as below.
Detailed itinerary Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a chain of memorable experiences that will stay with you for a long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the Airport and escort you to your Hotel. Welcome drinks will serve overnight at your Hotel.
Flight to Lukla – Trek to Phakding [2656m] A flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and stay overnight in Phakding.
Trek to Namche [3450m] From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, which was set up to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in Khumbu. It has a busy Saturday market – a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans crossing the glaciated Nangpa La.
Rest day in Namche Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops, and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day acclimatising to the new altitude before heading towards Tengboche. To acclimatise, visit Khunde Hospital, set up by Sir Edmund Hillary or take a one-hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. There are also excellent views from the National Park Centre and Museum above the town.
Trek to Tengboche [3867m] From Namche, the trail contours onto the side of the Valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. We get our first magnificent views of the high peaks of the Khumbu, including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The town is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here we can rest before doing the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes, birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam rising on the horizon can see from the campsite.
Trek to Pheriche [4252m] We descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam [6,856 m] and has exceptional mountain views, with the gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours walk brings us to Pheriche. Day 08 At Pheriche A day for rest and acclimatisation. We also get to wander up the Valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. Finally, we can climb onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche to view the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Mt.Lhotse.
Trek to Lobuche [4930m] We continue up the vast Valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is the perfect spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier’s terminal moraine. Many stone cairns are built at the top of the climb as memorials of Sherpa, who died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. Day 10 Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m] For the next stop, Kala Pattar, we follow the Khumbu Glacier. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place: Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, we reach the top of one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. As the light begins to fade, we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night preparing for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.
Trek to Everest Base Camp [5357m] A very early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can make a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the way to the South Col. We return to Gorak Shep or Lobuche.
Trek to Pangboche [3985m] Today’s trek is mostly downhill. As we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, we arrive at The Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s aid post worth a visit. After lunch, we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.
Trek to Namche [3450m] We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through the birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche, we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we see the water-driven prayer wheels before returning to Namche.
Trek to Lukla [2800m] Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla. A celebration is in order on this last evening. With our sherpas and porters, we have a party. We tried some Sherpa dance steps and sampled chang (local beer). Altogether an end to a memorable trip on an optimistic note.
Fly to Kathmandu. We pack up early and head for the airstrip to hop a flight back to Kathmandu. The rest of your day is free to do your things on touchdown. You could do some last-minute shopping and packing, send a few postcards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia.
Depart Kathmandu. Our Nepalese support team will take you to the Airport for your flight home. (Alternatively, stay longer for short tours such as game drives at National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour, mountain biking, etc.- please ask us).
Usually, our clients are very good to us, so we regularly organise complimentary trips. If you have extra time, then please feel free to let us know. It’s not compulsory; it’s optional. Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley is one of them, and Kathmandu is Nepal’s historical and cultural heart. It has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a beautiful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. In addition, Patan and Bhaktapur, their two major neighbouring cities, bear immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half-day guided tour to the famous and most significant Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Boudhanath, the 15th-century palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath.
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