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 and huge glaciers, the rich and vibrant Sherpa culture, and stay in tea houses in remote mountain villages. This is the most famous and well-known trek in the world.
A small airplane will fly us from Kathmandu to Lukla, the magical gateway to the Everest Region. On board we will have an excellent view of Mount Everest and the Himalayas. Out of the 18 days of the trip we will spend 14 days in the mountains trekking, which includes 3 acclimatisation days where we will sleep at the same teahouse and altitude as the previous night. Most companies only include 2 acclimatisation days, but our itinerary means almost everyone routinely makes it to Everest Base Camp. During the acclimatisation days, you have the option of exploring remote villages, putting your feet up and relaxing, or doing a side trek for the day in the surrounding mountain trails.
However, you should note that the trek is physically difficult due to the altitude, so make sure that you are in fairly good condition prior to leaving.
We stay in hotels in Kathmandu and sleep and eat in the remote tea houses in the mountains as we trek to Everest Base Camp. Due to the altitude, the nights can be cold; however, there is nothing more refreshing after a hard day's trekking than sitting around the roaring fires in the teahouses enjoying a warm drink in a relaxed atmosphere.
When trekking to Mountain Everest, the tallest and most famous mountain in the world, 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.
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 transported 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 abundance of 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)
We start the Everest Base Camp trek by flying from Kathmandu (1350m) to Lukla (2886m) in a small airplane and we will see an amazing aerial view of Mount Everest. The flight lasts about 40 minutes, and from Lukla we will trek for 3 hours to Phakding (2640m). Depending on the time of our morning flight, we may have breakfast in Kathmandu or Lukla. From Lukla, we will have great views of Kusum Kangru (6369m). The trail to Phaking 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 Bazzaar 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)
We will spend a second night at Namche Bazaar, which is a great place to spend an extra 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, we will experience our 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 we 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 we 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 we spend another day acclimatising . As such, we will spend our third and final acclimatisation day in Periche. 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 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 (5140m)
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 Gorak Shep 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 our steps back to Lobuche (4920m) via Gorak Shep: 7 hours
Making the most of the clean morning air, we 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. We will follow an intricate route threading its way between crevasses, almost translucent ice pinnacles, and over moraine ridges.
We will glimpse an unforgettable vista from Kala Pattar: Ama Dablam, Makalu, Nuptse, Lhotse, and the impressive black pyramid of Everest. We will then retrace our steps to Gorak Shep and return to Lobuche.
Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Dingboche (4410m): 5 hours
In Dingboche, we will earn well-deserved views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Cho Oyo, Island Peak, Lhotse, and Makalu. We will 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, we will 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 Tengpoche 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 we have acclimatised and will be descending even further, we will 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)
We will take 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
The accommodation on the trek is very basic
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
Tea houses are basic and clean guesthouses made from stone and wood and typically they have rooms that have two single beds inside with a shared bathroom outside the room. Below is a picture of a basic tea house and depending on the village we will often stay in tea house of a slighthly better standard.
For more information on what to expect please see our article on
Flights from London to Kathmandu?
What is included in the Everest Base Camp Trek?
All accommodation - hotels in Kathmandu and teahouses in the mountains
Guides and porters
Return flights to Lukla airport (foothill of Everest region)
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 tea houses 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.
What is not included on the Everest Base Camp Trek?
Equipment such as a rucksack, boots, and a sleeping bag
Fitness levels and altitude
The altitude of the Everest Base Camp Trek is what makes the trek classification difficult. The trek includes 3 acclimatisation days therefore you will trek for a minimum of 11 days out of the 14 days that are spent in the Everest National Park and have the option of 3 rest days. How you will 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.
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 fit 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 strenuous exercise classes such as aerobics or spin three times a week, should be suitably fit for the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Spending time on the stair master or a steeply inclined running machine is also a very good form of pre-trekking 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.
To combat the possibility of developing altitude sickness symptoms, our porters will be carrying your heavy items, we will have frequent breaks, there will be 3 days of acclimatisation where we stay in the same village for 2 consecutive nights, and we recommend taking anti-altitude sickness tablets called Diamox. Individuals worried about their physical capacity due to chronic illness or how about taking Diamox should consult their doctor.
Everest Base Camp Trek and Kala Pattar
Contrary to popular expectations, Everest Base Camp, whilst still a fascinating place, does not provide any views of Everest. It is the following day of trekking at Kala Pattar that you get the spectacular panoramas, and this will be one of the highlights of your trip. If you are feeling tired and suffering from any altitude symptoms, it is recommendable that you save your energy and rest for the following day's trek to Kala Pattar.
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 for sightseeing.
During these two days, we will 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.
Acclimatisation days on the Everest Base Camp Trek
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 so choose. Many trekkers may just what to relax, rest, acclimatise, and build up their energy for the days to come.
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 your lucky you may even see a Royal Bengali Tiger.
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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.
Approximately 70% of our customers are solo travellers and there are no singles supplements. Out trips are very solo travellers friendly.
Is it safe for single women?
Nepal is safe for single females. The mountains are a 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 late at night.
However 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 tea houses 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.
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What should I pack?
Which hotel do we use in Kathmandu?
In Kathmandu you will stay in the Nirvana Garden Hotel
in the Thamel area. The reason that we use this hotel is that
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 can 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.
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.
Companies such as Insure and Go, Virgin Money, The Post office, and True Traveller (you have to add the adventure pack option) currently cover the altitudes of all our treks. Columbus Adventure Travel Insurance also provides insurance from residents in countries all over the world. Please note that it is your responsibility to check that you have adequate insurance cover.
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.
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 to reduce the need for water consumption.
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.
Health and vaccinations?