Everest Base camp 16 day trek
On Our Everest Base Camp Trek
Our route will enable you to visit monasteries in the heart of Sherpa country, where you can observe the monks in their daily prayers. You’ll also hike out to the Khumbu glacier to visit the iconic Everest Base Camp, where climbers following the steps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay prepared for their summit attempts. You can stand at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall, where climbers begin their own odyssey.
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Whats included in your Everest Base Camp Trek?
Included in the Cost Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast Teahouse accommodation during the Everest base camp trek All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu) Experienced, English-speaking professional lead and assistant guides Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter) Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS) Medical kit (carried by your trek leader) All government and local
- Meals & Accommodation
- How To Book
- Health & Safety
- Best Time
- Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
- What To Pack
Day 01 – Arrival, meet at airport & transfer to hotel – O/nt. hotel.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will meet you at the airport after your immigration and customs formalities when you exit from the arrival terminal. A short drive (10 minutes) brings you to the hotel where you then check in. It will be in twin sharing basis with breakfast. This day there are no activities scheduled although it depends on your arrival in Kathmandu if you have time to explore some of Kathmandu’s World Sights.
Day 02 – Transfer to airport & fly Kathmandu – Lukla (2,840m.) & trek to Phakding (2,610m.) – O/nt. lodge.
Today, we have to get early flight and need to report an hour before your flight at the domestic airport. So, we’ll transfer you to the airport at 05.30 hrs. for a short flight of 40 minutes. Only 15 kg of personal baggage is allowed on the flight. A spectacular flight and hair rising landing on a steep mountain runway brings you to the start of this trek at the village of Lukla. Your guide will arrange local porters (1 porter for 2 persons / trekkers) then the trek commences towards Phakding that is fairly easy which takes 4 to 5 hour (trek time only without breaks; may differ for each person in a group).
Day 03 – Trek Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m.) – O/nt. lodge.
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park that was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt. Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market – a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that cross the glaciated Nangpa La. The trek today will last for 6 to 7 hours.
Day 04 – Acclimatization day in Namche & excursion to Syangboche (3,760m.), Khumjung (3,780m.) & Khunde (3,840m.) – O/nt. lodge.
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, teashops and souvenir shops. It also has a magnificent viewdeck hee ou can have a glimpse of Mt. Everest on a clear day. It is an ideal place for acclimatization for higher altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. An excursion to Syangboche, Khumjung and Khunde on this day will not only allow you to acclimatize, but gives you the feel of Sherpa life and culture as well as to see the peaks of Mt. Amadablam (6,856m.), Thamserku (6,608m.), Kangtenga (6,783m.) up close including Mt. Everest and Nuptse in distance. In Khumjung you would visit a school and a hospital in Khunde, both established by Sir Edmund Hillary. On the way back you could also visit a privately owned Sherpa Culture museum located above Namche Bazaar main settlement.
Day 05 – Trek Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3,860 m.) – O/nt. lodge.
The first leg of this day’s trek is half hour climb uphill just below the Syangboche airstrip from where a right turn is taken towards Kenjoma. Then the trail descends to a bridge over the Dudhkoshi River at Phunki Tenga. This village is an excellent lunch spot, and here you can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although tiring, the second leg of the hike up the zigzag path has numerous distractions, with rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Finally after 5-6 hours trek you will arrive in Tengboche, a beautiful monastic village where the legendary Tengboche Monastery is situated almost in the lap of Ama Dablam.
Day 06 – Trek Tengboche – Dingboche (4,410 m.) – O/nt. lodge.
We descend steeply through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This is directly opposite Mt. Ama Dablam that has exceptional views of the mountains, with the gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. Crossing several Sherpa villages such as Shomare, Orsho, Tsuro Wog and crossing a bridge over Khumbu Khola brings you to Dingboche after about 5–6 hours trek. Some prefer spending the night in Pheriche but Dingboche has better view when weather is clear and a bit warmer too.
Day 07 – Rest day to acclimatize in Dingboche – O/nt. lodge.
Provided the weather is clear, you will be astonished with the view of Mt. Ama Dablam on the south that is very different from Dingboche. We will visit a higher ridge above Dingboche to view mountain peaks such as Lhotse, Ama Dablam and several others including the valley below. This excursion will also help you get acclimatized.
Day 08 – Trek Dingboche – Lobuche (4,910 m.) – O/nt. lodge.
Though this distance could be covered quickly, we recommend you to walk on an easy pace due to high altitude & low level of oxygen where you may experience heavy breathing. Views of mountain peaks are abundant from different parts of the trail. This hike takes around 5 hours.
Day 9 – Trek Lobuche – Gorakshep (5,140 m.) via Kalapatthar (5,550 m.) – O/nt. lodge.
We will start the trek very early in the morning (4 a.m.) from Lobuche towards Gorakshep. But before going to Gorakshep, we will detour to Kalapatthar, the viewpoint to watch mountain peaks at 360 with a very close and panoramic view of Mt. Everest including several other mountain peaks. The reason that we start so early in the morning is that the weather is very unpredictable in the high Himalayan region. If we are there early then there is possibility of good weather that would allow you to see even sunrise.
Day 10 – Excursion Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp (5,364 m.) – & return – O/nt. lodge.
To reach Everest Base Camp, again a very early start is required, as it takes several hours on a trail that weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. Only an hour and half at the most is allowed at the base camp to witness the mighty icefall of Khumbu glacier, as weather here is very unpredictable. On the return leg, if the weather is good, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorakshep or if time permit to Lobuche. This trip could take around 8 to 9 hours in total with packed lunch from Gorakshep.
Day 11 – Trek Gorakshep – Pangboche – O/nt. lodge.
Today is downhill most of the way, as we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue Association has a trekkers’ aid post here and it is quite interesting to visit. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.
Day 12 – Trek Pangboche – Namche – O/nt. lodge.
We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga, where there are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.
Day 13 – Trek Namche – Lukla – O/nt. lodge.
Our final day’s trail descends down to Dudh Koshi and follows the river back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains would be an ideal opportunity to celebrate the completion of your trek together with the guides and porters.
Day 14 – Fly Lukla – Kathmandu, transfer to hotel on arrival – O/nt. hotel.
Again from Lukla you will fly (35 minutes) early morning. So you will need to rise early in the morning then take your breakfast. Be at the airport for checking in an hour before your actual flight to Kathmandu. On arrival, you will meet our company representative that will transfer you to your hotel or respective residence which ends your 13 days organized lodge (tea-house) trek.
Day 15 – Free day in Kathmandu (Buffer day just incase flight problem from Lukla) – O/nt. hotel.
Weather in the Himalayan mountain region can never be predicted precisely. If the weather is adverse the previous day, the flight which solely depends on weather factor could be cancelled on the scheduled day, so a buffer day is also required. If things go as planned, then you could spend this day to simply relax or do souvenir shopping to bring home to your friends and loved one.
Day 16 – Departure day from Kathmandu, transfer hotel to airport for onward flight.
– Group consultations and pre climb meetings for training, gear, medical and all details necessary.
– Airport transfers in Kathmandu on your arrival, departure and for your flight to and from Lukla.
– 4 nights at Hotel Marshyangdi (Annex) in Kathmandu in twin sharing room with breakfast.
– 13 days Everest Base Camp lodge trek with twin sharing lodge room & 3 meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner).
– 1 guide & porter (1 porter between 2 clients) to carry (30 kg maximum) of your personal baggage during the
trek, their daily wages, food, insurance (for Nepali crew only). There will be an assistant guide, if group consists of 8 persons or more for trek.
– Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and TIMS registration (similar to trekking permit) fees.
– Domestic airfare for trekking crew guide for flight Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu (if group bigger asst. guide).
– Domestic airfare for client for Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight with airport tax.
– Service charge and taxes.
– Lunch / dinner during stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
– Sightseeing tours, transfers, entrances and city tour guide in Kathmandu (can arrange on extra cost).
– Soft drinks, hard drinks, beer, bottled water and hot showers during your trek.
– Sleeping bag and inner for your trek (can hire on reasonable extra cost with us).
– Comprehensive travel insurance to cover all travel related matter including helicopter rescue to cover the
cost of flight from point of sickness / accident to Kathmandu and medical expenses.
– Airfare for Any destination – Kathmandu – back to destination flight (have to arrange it yourself in your own country).
– Expenses of personal nature and emergency cost due to unavoidable situation such as landslide and strike.
– All expenses of personal nature (telephone calls, internet use, laundry etc.) & tips to trekking staffs.
Your trip cost includes accommodations in Kathmandu and during trekking and climbing. In Kathmandu, you will have twin sharing accommodation in standard room in a 3 star hotel. During the trek, we will provide twin sharing lodge rooms. We will try to make sure that you get clean and comfortable rooms in the lodge. Toilets during lodge trek will be away (outside) from the room. For camping, it will be 2 men tent with self inflating Thermarest mattress for more comfort. Accommodation in Kathmandu could be upgraded, if you pay extra in a higher category of hotel.
Freshly prepared meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided throughout the teahouses (lodge restaurant) during the trek. Each day, dinner and breakfast will be provided at the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch, during trek, will be provided at teahouse in fairly pleasant surrounding on the trail. Meals during climbing period / at camp will also be freshly cooked by the accompanying trained cook. Meals at teahouses can be selected from the existing menu and during climbing will be variety in buffet style (Chinese, Indian, basic Italian and of course Nepali and Sherpa too). During your stay at hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast is provided at the hotel that you will stay. You can choose to eat lunch and dinner either at the restaurant of the hotel that you are staying or venture out to different restaurants that are located near your hotel.
PLEASE INFORM US:
- Which dates you would like to book for your expedition?
- How many will you be booking for?
- Please tell us about you and your outdoor experience
- Fill out the form
- We will send you a reservation details how to book directly from the website.
- Once we receive your 15% deposit we will confirm your booking by e mail.
- Your balance is due before you start the expedition.
PLEASE BE ADVISED;
- We respond to all Inquiries personally in 1 to 2 days. In addition, please check your spam mail as sometimes our mails get kicked to the spam section.
- Please book in advance. We do small and intimate groups so space is limited
Our decisions and methods are supported by contingency plans that take as many aspects of the expedition into account, and we only ever use the best tried and tested equipment i.e. (GlobalFix PRO GPS / EPIRB, UHF radios, Thuraya Satellite smartphone, advanced first aid kit). Unlike other expedition’s providers, we also has a dedicated Emergency Medical Technician and certified NEBOSH Health and Safety Supervisor as part of their team.
Best Time to Travel
This is an easy trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk for around 4-5 hours a day with a light day-pack. Exercising regularly for a few weeks prior to the trip is good idea to enhance strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform us before booking the trek. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.
Travel insurance is a must and not an option when joining trekking, tour and mountaineering trips. Your insurance policy should include helicopter rescue flight/s, medical treatment, hospitalization and repatriation apart from the normal coverage of loss of baggage, theft, flight / trip delay, cancellation etc. We suggest you to obtain such policy in your own country before setting on your trip as we do not arrange or sell insurance.
What To Pack
What to pack and bring during your trip can have a substantial effect on your trek. We have provided a guided list below to get you ready. Please take note that factors such as weather, season and duration of the trip may dictate the things you need to pack. You are entitled with a 15kg /33 lbs pack that your trekking porter will carry for you as part of our service. Some marked items below are provided by Mardi Himal Treks & Climbs inclusive in the service. Check out How To Pack Light.
Important documents and items
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
- Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
- Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
- Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
- Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
- Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Prescription sunglasses (if required)
- Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket
- Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
- 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
- 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
- 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
- Non-cotton underwear briefs
- 1 pair of Hiking shorts
- 1 pair of Hiking trousers
- 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
- 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
- 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
- 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
- 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
- 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
- 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
- Cotton socks (optional)
- Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
- 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
- Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
- 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
- 1 large duffel bag *
- A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
- Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
- 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
- Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
- 1 skin-blister repair kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Anti-headache pills
- Cough and/or cold medicine
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
- Water purification tablets or water filter
- 1 set of earplugs
- Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
- 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
- 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
- 1 compass or GPS(optional)
- 1 alarm clock/watch
- 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
- large Ziplocs
- 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
- 1 small folding knife
- Binoculars (optional)
- 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
- 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Female hygiene products
- Small mirror
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti-bacterial hand wash
- Reading book
- Trail map/guide book
- Journal and pen
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
- 1 modest swim suit
- Binoculars (optional)
- Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
- Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
- Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow
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