For an epic adventure, take on the world's tallest mountain and trek to Everest Base Camp. You will experience mind-blowing Himalayan views of snow-capped mountains, huge glaciers, the rich and vibrant Sherpa culture and you'll stay in tea houses in remote mountain villages. This is the most famous and well-known trek in the world!
When trekking to Mount Everest you will be following in the footsteps of famous mountaineers on their quest to conquer the highest peak on earth. The locals refer to Mount Everest as "The Goddess Mother of the World", a reflection of the sheer size, beauty, and power of this mammoth mountain.
A small airplane will fly you from Kathmandu to Lukla, the magical gateway to the Everest Region. On board you'll have dramatic views of Mount Everest and the Himalayas. Then the real adventure begins as you will spend the next 14 days trekking in the Everest National Park. Our expert Sherpa porters will carry your rucksack the entire journey allowing you to take in the breathtaking scenery. The basic yet charming tea houses, where you will spend your nights, are warmed by toasty fires and you will enjoy hot meals and drink, western toilets and hot water showers.
Our itinerary includes 3 acclimatisation days, 1 day more than what is included in standard itineraries, which means that almost everyone makes it Everest Base Camp. You will stay in the same mountain teahouse and at the same altitude for 2 consecutive nights allowing you to acclimatise well. During your acclimatisation days, there are side trails to trek and places to visit, such as monasteries and villages. Many trekkers may just want to relax, rest and build up their energy for the days to come.
Taking into account the 3 acclimatisation days, only 11 of the 14 days are spent trekking (seven on the way up and four on the way down). The uphill trekking will be difficult, but the return journey becomes progressively easier as you descend and the air becomes more oxygen-rich.
Due to the high altitude, the nights can be cold; however there is nothing more refreshing after a hard day's trek than sitting around the roaring fires in the teahouses enjoying a warm drink in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Mount Everest region is largely composed of rugged terrain and awe-inspiring views of the dramatic mountain range, Nepal's largest glaciers, ice falls, high altitude lakes, and ancient monasteries. There is an abundance of teahouses with good facilities (you will not usually walk more than an hour without passing one) as well as hospitable Sherpa communities. Here you can experience the rich culture and way of life of elite mountaineers and Mount Everest experts.
Contrary to popular expectations, there is no view of Mount Everest from Everest Base Camp. The spectacular views are actually seen from Kala Pattar. First we will trek to Everest Base Camp to see the tents of mountaineers preparing for their ascent, and then we will trek to Kala Pattar for the highlight of your trek.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel, and welcome dinner (1350m)
When you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your hotel. If you arrive early in the day, you can explore the city, rest in your hotel, or indulge in the tasty cuisines served up by the many appetising restaurants and cafes that cater to Western tastes. There is also a wonderful array of artisan shops selling everything from masala teas to luxurious pashminas to traditional Buddhist tankas (paintings that represent the images and stories of the Buddha).
Kathmandu is a chaotic yet charming city that can be an experience in itself. Many tourists become simply enthralled while wandering its labyrinthian streets and watching its unique city life unravel before them.
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and then trek to Phakding (2640m)
You start the Everest Base Camp trek by flying from Kathmandu (1350m) to Lukla (2886m) in a small airplane and you will see an amazing aerial view of Mount Everest. The flight lasts about 40 minutes, and from Lukla you will trek for 3 hours to Phakding (2640m). Depending on the time of the morning flight, you may have breakfast in Kathmandu or Lukla. From Lukla, you will have great views of Kusum Kangru (6369m). The trail to Phakding has numerous ascents and descents through forests and rocky cliffs.
Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m): 5 hours
The distance between Phakding and Namche Bazaar is not that far, however the high altitude can make this trek difficult. The best strategy is to trek at a slow and gentle pace. Namche Bazaar is a large town surrounded by two great valleys, Dudh Kosi and Bhote Kosi. It is also the gateway to Mount Everest. There are well-stocked markets and shops giving you one last chance to buy anything that you may have forgotten.
Day 4: Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar (3440m)
You will spend a second night at Namche Bazaar, which is a great place to spend an extra night when acclimatising. Even if you feel fantastic, it is important to sleep at this altitude as it will help in your ascent to Everest Base Camp. During the day, you can hike to the Sherpa village of Thami or Khumjung, or you can choose to relax and explore the mountain village of Namche.
Day 5: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m): 5 hours
On the trek to Tengboche, you will experience your first great views of the Everest, Lhoste, Nuptse and Ama Dablam peaks. The trail has a steep descent towards a bridge over the Dudh Kosi. Then you climb up a zigzagging path through rhododendron bushes. There are some superb mountain sceneries towards Tengpoche, which is famous for its legendary monastery - the largest in the Everest Region.
Day 6: Acclimatisation day in Tengboche (3860m) - optional side trek
This is the second day and night we will dedicate to acclimatisation. You can hike to Pangboche, climb the hill in Tengboche for great views, or explore the monastery. Without a second day of acclimatisation you are likely to suffer from headaches or more severe symptoms of altitude sickness further up the trail.
Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche (4312m): 5-6 hours
The trail starts with a steep descent through woods towards a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River. Then you begin a steady climb up to Pheriche via Pangboche, which houses the most ancient monastery in the region.
Day 8: Acclimatisation day in Pheriche (4312m) - optional side trek
As it is important to ascend slowly you'll spend another day acclimatising . As such, you will spend your third and final acclimatisation day in Pheriche. There are many day hikes you can take from here, or you can simply have a day of rest and save your energy for the days to come.
Day 9: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4920m): 4-5 hours
The trail continues up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse (6440m) and Tawoche (6542m). Afterwards, the climb gets steeper to reach the foot of the Khumbu glacier. It then zigzags up and through the boulders of the glacier terminal moraine. Here there are superb views of Nuptse.
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche,
Everest Base Camp (5400 m), and then back to Gorakshep
The trail continues along the side of the Khumbu glacier. The path becomes rocky and awkward as we keep climbing across the moraine. The sugar loaf dome of Pumori (7145m) lies directly ahead. On the right-hand side, Nuptse rises in a sheer spire and behind it is an elusive sight of Everest.
You will have all afternoon at Gorakshep to rest. You may also choose to continue on for an additional 6 hours to Everest Base Camp and back. Contrary to popular expectations Everest Base Camp, whilst still a fascinating place, does not provide any views of Everest. It is the following day at Kala Pattar that you get the amazing panoramic views.
If you are feeling tired and suffering from any altitude symptoms, it is recommended that you save your energy and rest for the following day's trek to Kala Pattar, one of the highlights of the trip.
Day 11: Hike up to Kala Pattar (5545m) and then retrace your steps back to Lobuche (4920m) via Gorakshep: 7 hours
Making the most of the clean morning air, you will trek to Kala Pattar. This is one of the most rewarding parts of the trip, as it is from here that you get the most impressive views of Everest. You will follow an intricate route threading its way between crevasses, almost translucent ice pinnacles, and over moraine ridges.
You'll glimpse an unforgettable vista from Kala Pattar: Ama Dablam, Makalu, Nuptse, Lhotse, and the impressive black pyramid of Everest. You'll then retrace your steps to Gorakshep and return to Lobuche.
Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Dingboche (4410m): 5 hours
In Dingboche, you'll enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Cho Oyo, Island Peak, Lhotse, and Makalu. You'll trek through high pastures and small stone villages of Sherpa summer houses used by the Sherpa in yak herding season.
Day 13: Trek from Dingboche to Tengboche (3860m): 5 hours
From Dingboche, you'll descend the Imja Khola Valley. As you are descending over 5000m to below 4000m, you should notice a difference in your body and most probably you will feel that you have more energy.
Day 14: Trek from Tengboche to Namche (3440m): 3 hours
This is the same route as Day 5, but in reverse. There are some superb mountain scenes from Tengboche towards Namche, and you will be able to see experience them for a second time.
Day 15: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2840m): 5-6 hours
As you have acclimatised and will be descending even further, you'll trek the same route as the first two days, but in one day. You will be exposed to great views of Kusum Kangru (6369m) along this route.
Day 16: Flight from Lukla (2840m) to Kathmandu (1310m)
Taking a morning flight to Kathmandu, the afternoon is free for you to relax and explore the city, buy souvenirs from many artisan shops, visit the attractions, or indulge in the tasty cuisines served up by Kathmandu's many cafes and restaurants.
Day 17: Free day
We always include an extra free day in Kathmandu as on occasions there are flight delays from Lukla and we like to be cautious. Kathmandu is also an exciting city to explore.
Day 18: Fly home
What is included in the Everest Base Camp Trek?
Rooms are based on 2 people sharing a twin room
If you are a solo traveller you will be matched with another solo traveller of the same gender. In the teahouses in the mountains, occasionally the rooms are based on an occupancy of 3. This is determined by the teahouse and the rooms available. If you prefer, a singles supplement can be paid so that you have your own hotel in Kathmandu.
What is not included in the Everest Base Camp Trek?
Equipment such as a rucksack, boots and a sleeping bag
When is the best time of the year to go?
There are 2 main trekking seasons in Nepal: October to November and March to May. However you can go all year round.
Who carries my things when trekking?
Our porters will carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. This is included in the price of each trek. We plan for 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance to the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general 12kg is more than sufficient.
Most trekkers carry a day pack that includes water, sun cream and a jumper etc.
It is very important that you understand that the accommodation on the trek is very basic. Please expect to stay in a room similar to the one below:
Teahouses are basic clean guesthouses made from stone and wood, typically they have rooms that have two single beds with a shared bathroom outside the room. Below is a picture of a basic teahouse and depending on the village, you'll often stay in teahouse of a slightly better standard.
For more information on what to
expect please see our article on teahouse
Altitude and acclimatisation
The altitude of the Everest Base Camp Trek classifies the trek as difficult. The trek includes 3 acclimatisation days where you will stay in the same mountain teahouse and at the same altitude for 2 consecutive nights allowing you to acclimatise well. How you cope with high altitude is largely determined by genetics, therefore a trekker with the same fitness level as another trekker may find the trek less demanding.
During your acclimatisation days, there are side trails and places to visit, such as monasteries, so you will certainly have activities to engage in if you so choose. Many trekkers may just want to relax, rest, acclimatise, and build up their energy for the days to come.
To combat the possibility of developing altitude sickness symptoms, our porters will be carrying your heavy items (12kg limit), we will have frequent breaks and there will be 3 acclimatisation days. Many trekkers take anti-altitude sickness tablets called Diamox, which helps the body to adjust to increased levels of carbon dioxide due to the higher altitude. As recommended by the NHS, a dosage of 125mg to 250mg twice daily starting two days before the trek is generally appropriate. Once you have reached the highest altitude, you should continue the dosage for 3 more days. Individuals worried about their physical capacity to complete the trek or who want more information about Diamox should consult their doctor.
The Everest Base Camp Trek is classified as difficult due to the high altitude, number of hours trekking per day and step inclines.
We recommend that all trekkers exercise 3 to 4 times a week prior to the trek as the fitter you are the easier it will be. A person who can manage a long hard day's walk (6 -7 hours) on a trail that has steep inclines and declines and then do it again the day after, or can complete strenuous exercise classes such as aerobics or spin three times a week, should be suitably fit for the Everest Base Camp Trek.
If you're looking for exercise to do to get you in shape for the trek we recommend using a stair master or steeply inclined running machine as a form of pre-trek training. It is not a problem if you are a slow trekker as we encourage people to trek at their own speed and we have plenty of breaks.
Flights and potential delays
Due to adverse weather conditions, your flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (the airport in the Everest Region), or flight from Lukla to Kathmandu could be delayed. Therefore we include two days extra to allow for delays and give you more time for sightseeing.
During these two days, you can explore Kathmandu and Baktapur an ancient Newari town in the eastern corner of the Kathmandu Valley. There are many interesting temples, stupas, palaces, and parts of the city to explore. Kathmandu is an experience in itself with its chaotic yet inspiring way of life.
Temperature and sleeping bags on the Everest Base Camp Trek?
As the temperature gets as cold as -12 degree Celsius at night in high altitude, a season 4 or 5 sleeping bag is recommended.
Season 1 = +5 degrees Celsius
Season 2 = 0 degrees Celsius
Season 3= -5 degrees Celsius
Season 4 = -10 degrees Celsius
Season 5 = -15 degrees Celsius
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You will experience Nepal's tropical weather on your 3-day jungle safari. The highlights include riding an elephant and close-up views of the one-horned Asian rhinos of Nepal. If you're lucky you may even see a Royal Bengali Tiger.
Descend the Rapti river in a hand dug-out wooden canoe and wonder at the crocodiles, aquatic wildlife, and birds. Top it all off with a visit to the elephant breeding and conservation centre and learn about the efforts to stop poaching.
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My incredible trek up the audaciously breath-taking mountains of the Himalayas, where I met some of the craziest and unforgettably amazing people ever. Food cooked by the power of burning Yak Dung, relentless chocolate eating for energy, and fitness creeping upon me by the day!
No doubt, you will feel rather foolish for dropping yourself into such a massive challenge at one point or another. BUT I will tell you this, when you conquer base camp as a team, it feels jolly wonderful! Do it! ...and if you like popcorn, you will be just at home. They have it by the mule transported basket load. Mmm....Amanda Quinn, 2013
This trip was a fantastic experience, partly down to the individuals on trip, but mainly down to approachable staff at Experience the Himalayas with their enthusiasm and professionalism.
There were a few difficulties that everyone going to Everest will experience, the unreliability of Lukla flights, the Basic and cold Tea houses (with frozen toilets), each with the same food as the last that gets monotonous. Being an experienced trekker of many high altitude jaunts round the world, I expected this to be 'Strenuous' and as the trip progressed higher it got very cold, and some of the group did well to keep going through illness. Kalar Pattar at 4.30 AM was a very stiff test.
All in all, I can't see why you would book a more expensive trip (like Exodus). The Tea houses are the same, the trails and the views are as amazing and the organisation is as good, and our guides simply couldn't be better!! The trip was also good for solo travellers.Paul Vokes, 2013
This was an amazing trip. The logistics were very smooth both in the UK and in Nepal, and could not be improved on. The equipment provided was brand new. Nepal in December was so beautiful and so quiet. It was not even as cold as we expected. It was so fantastic!
Phoebe and Sarah Dugdale, 2013
We would thoroughly recommend ExperienceTheHimalayas to everyone.
We can't really say enough good things about Tanka and Ranji, our guides or the rest of the set up that enabled all 10 of our group to reach Base Camp.
We will certainly recommend Experience the Himalayas to anyone else that I know is looking to undertake a trek.3 generations of the Marchi Family, 2013
What an exceptional thing to say that I have been to Everest Base Camp and Experience the Himalayas made it all possible.
Dendi and Sanjay our guides where both helpful and friendly and always had smiles on their faces. They were also hard as nails often carrying additional packs and fetching forgotten water bottles (no names mentioned).
Thanks so much for getting us all to Base Camp and back without any troubles. It's going to be hard trying to top getting to the roof of the world!!Shaun Ferguson, 2013
Being a 'spur of the moment' traveller I booked EBC a week before departing. David and Bijay (based in Nepal) were extremely helpful and ensured this was a breeze as I needed to get most items in Kathmandu and the team also provided me with other last minute necessities.
It wasn't only the scenery and adrenalin of trekking to EBC that made this journey so epic but our guides Dendi and Sanjay were awesome to be around. They were constantly sharing their banter and knowledge as well as looking after our safety. It was always 'more garlic tea', 'maybe some more garlic tea' or 'I think you should have some garlic soup' they were better than any room service I've had! It was great to be on a tour that was flexible to what we wanted on the trek as it really makes a difference.Karla Chapman, 2013
There were people with varying levels of fitness, myself being the slowest of the group. It was nice that I did not feel pressured to keep up with the young fitter members...I had one of the guides walk with me and on many days the company of a couple of the others in the group who also want to take in the sights at a more leisurely paceApril Jones, 2013
I had a fantastic time trekking up to Everest. Thank you kindly, I enjoyed my guide's company, Dendi Sherpa was a delight to trek with, and so helpful. Dipen who's company I really enjoyed, made my last two days in Kathmandu very pleasant (when I was initially thinking I would have rather have stayed up in the mountains)Ian Wright at Kala Pattar, 2012
I had an amazing experience! Nepal, the Himalayas, the people, it was all just mind-blowing.Alison Turton, 2012
It was a tough trek and I had some trouble with the altitude, but everyone suffers a little. The first few days were fun, the middle was okay, but getting up to Kala Pattar was just incredible! For sure this was the highlight of everyone's trip.
Without our guide, Tanka, I am not sure that I would have made it up Kala Pattar. It's a steep last climb that's a killer and with every step I just wanted to give up. Tanka encouraged us all and without him I would have been the only one in the group not to have made it. I can't comment for all Experience the Himalaya guides, but Tanka was a great guy and a great guide. He kept the spirits high and everything ran smoothly.
Vinod Sabherwal, 2014
Approximately 70% of our customers are solo travellers and there are no single supplements. Our trips are very solo traveller friendly.
Rooms are based on 2 people sharing a twin room. If you are a solo traveller you will be matched with another solo traveller of the same gender. In the teahouses that we use in the mountains occasionally the rooms are based on an occupancy of 3. This is determined by the tea house and the rooms available. If required a singles supplement can be paid so that you have your own hotel in Kathmandu.
Is it safe for single women?
Nepal is safe for female solo travellers. The mountains are very safe and Kathmandu is safe for a large city. However please take precautions when out late at night, where possible you should not get into a taxi on your own.
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What should I pack?
Which hotel do we use in Kathmandu?
In Kathmandu you will normally stay in the Nirvana Garden Hotel
in the Thamel area. The reasons that we use this hotel are:
a) It is located in central Thamel, which has many artisan shops, cafes, and restaurants.
b) It has a very large and peaceful garden.
What will I eat in the mountains?
For breakfast you have the option of porridge, fruit, omelettes, pancakes, toast with fried eggs, or tsampa (Tibetan porridge). For lunch and dinner you have the option of dahl batt (a tasty staple that consists of rice, a lentil soup, pickled vegetables, and curried potatoes), curried potatoes, pasta, spring rolls, lasagne, momo dumplings, or stir fry. It is not recommended to eat meat in the mountains.
Weight limits for internal flights?
If you are flying internally in Nepal (Everest Trek and Annapurna Circuit) there is a 12kg weight limit per person and this is the total weight of both the hand luggage and the checked in luggage.
Can I drink the tap water?
Tap water is not safe to drink in the mountains. To help prevent contamination of the environment, we discourage tourists from drinking from plastic bottles especially when in the mountains. Non-plastic bottle options include:
1) Drinking boiled water from teahouses.
2) Drinking ginger and lemon tea.
3) Purifying tap/river water using a chloride pump, iodine, or chloride tablets. The taste of the tablets is not appetising, so it is recommendable to use a dissolvable vitamin tablet to add flavour.
Do I need adventure travel insurance?
It is important that you have adequate travel insurance that covers helicopter airlifts whilst trekking. The need for a helicopter is unlikely, but the mountains are remote and not accessible by car. It is essential that you get insurance for the altitude of your trek as some companies only cover treks to only 2000m or 4000m.
We recommend companies the following companies as they currently cover the altitudes of all our treks on their standard policies.
For more information please see Personal travel insurance
Toilets and showers
On your trek, your accommodation will have western toilets and you will have access to western toilets during the day. At the beginning of the trek the showers are okay but as you get further up the mountain the quality reduces. You will be able to have a shower everyday but at high altitude it will be very basic and may consist of warm water being poured into a make shift outdoor shower. The good news is that at high altitude you need to shower less as it is colder.
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