Everest Base Camp, Nepal
Trek most iconic trail in the world to Everest Base Camp via the quieter and scenic Gokyo Lake route. Take the opportunity to climb Kala Pattar for magnificent views of Everest, the highest mountain on earth.
Where: Solukhumbu Region, Nepal
Duration: 19 Days
An unforgettable trek and a mountain lovers pilgrimage of a life time. Whilst Everest base camp is not a peak, you will travel in the shadow of some of the most iconic and beautiful mountains in the world. Base camp sits at the foot of the mightiest mountain of them all, Mount Everest sitting at 8848m. If conditions allow there'll be an opportunity to ascend Kala Pattar 5545m for an even more spectacular view of the mountain.
Aside from the stunning scenery, you will experience this unique Sherpa country and culture. You'll visit hill side monasteries, pass ornate prayer wheels, colourful prayer flags blowing in the winds and cross high suspended bridges looking like a scene out of an adventure film.
For a fit hill walker, the Everest Base Camp trek is an acheivable goal. You will gradually gain altitude allow the body to acclimbatise to lower oxygen levels and there are plenty of rest days in the itinerary to recoperate. You pass in the shadows of some of the most famous and iconic Himalayan peaks before arriving at Base Camp. The terrain is rarely flat and on days the its certainly challenging. Even the easiest of days are known as 'Nepalese Flat!'. I think you can guess what that means. The trails are well worn and easy to follow after generations of use.
Your journey will begin in the vibrant Nepalese capital, Kathmandu where an early flight in a small Twin Otter plane will take you through the mountains to the hill side airport and starting point of your trek, Lhukla 2866m, 'The gateway to the Everest region'. You'll trek through the valley, following the Dubh Kosi river to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazzar where you can immerse yourself in their culture and meet with other trekkers as it's the central hub and trading post of the region.
Each day will start early and the pace will be slow. This allows plenty of time to take photos and relax with a hot drink in one of the many tea houses. The owners always welcoming and with a warm beaming smile.
Dates and Prices
|Depart||Return||No. Days||Total Price||Deposit||Availability|
|21st October 2019||9th November 2019||21 days||£1695||£423.75||Taking bookings||Enquire Now|
This is a ‘Land Only’ package meaning you are responsible for arranging your own flights and your trip will begin on arrival in country. We will inform you of the best flight deals and times to suit your itinerary. However, feel free to search for an alternative. If you are arriving via another airport is it your responsibility to ensure you coordinate with our groups flights to arrange meeting point.
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Arrive Kathmandu – After arrival we will transfer to our beautiful hotel in the Thamel district of the city. The streets are bustling with life, colour and vibrance. You will have time to explore and soak up the atmosphere or relax in the cool and peaceful gardens of the hotel.
An early start will see us flying to Lukla and trekking to Phakding (approx 3-hours) – Flying into one of the world’s most iconic airports is always a thrill and, weather permitting, the flight allows amazing views of the Himalayas enroute. Once in Lukla we’ll descend to the mighty Dubh Kosi river and follow a winding trail to our overnight teahouse accommodation.
Trek to Namche Bazaar, The Sherpa capital – The days trek will cross a number of awesome cable bridges, looking as though they are straight of an Indiana Jones film! After soaking up the stunning scenery the final lung busting 800 metre climb brings us to the mecca that is Namche. The village is a bustling place with a rich history as the gateway to the Khumbu for decades of ground breaking expeditions and a trading post for locals. The village has a full range of bars, internet cafes and small shops plus a highly recommended bakery where we can eat pastries while sitting on the terrace enjoying the views..
A valuable acclimatisation day around Namche Bazaar 3450m. We will not be resting all day as we will acclimbatise better if we keep a little active. Walking to the viewpoint above the town, we'll get our first sighting of Everest and its surrounding peaks. We also take in the local museum before heading up further, stopping at the Everest View hotel for a well-earned hot drink, having gained approx 400m. Heading back to town, we can explore the markets and relax in the local bakery where we would have earned that chocolate cake and coffee!.
From Namche our route takes us up the valley to Dole. This leads us via the Mong La Col which is a great place to relax and drink with the bonus of stunning views across to Ama Dablam. After the long climb up to the Mong La we’ll drop down a long way before climbing back up to the isolated village of Dole.
DAY SEVEN / EIGHT
From Dole a pleasant short walk takes us to Machermo. We won’t go further today as we’re getting higher and need time to acclimatise. It’s a very good place to relax and we may also be able to attend the daily 3pm altitude talk at the medical base. We will have another well deserved rest day here.
This stunning day follows a beautiful valley leading to the famous Gokyo Lakes. The views get better and better the further we go and, as we approach Goyko Village, we’ll see the cirque of mountains where Cho Oyo sits and left of the village we’ll see the trail of tourists ascending Gokyo Ri (we can take this walk later in the afternoon if the team would like to).
It is well worth us giving Gokyo a day of our lives to continue the acclimatisation process. We’ll stretch our legs with one of the pleasant walks nearby. One popular option will take us up to Noddy’s Point for some excellent Everest views.
After leaving Gokyo we head across the moraine to the small settlement of Dragnag. This is a short walk (about 2 hours) but we need to take care as the exact route changes frequently due to the increasing lake size.
This is a big day. Our route takes us on a long climb over the Cho La pass and into the next valley – but it’s worth the effort! We’ll make an early start to ensure we have plenty of time in hand. Once over the pass we’ll get amazing views into the next valley and the surrounding peaks will take your breath away. This valley is the one you now follow (there’s some fairly steep but straight forward scrambly sections) down to Dzongla. We can stop at the lodge here or, time permitting, we will most likely decide to plough on to Loboche.
Depending on what we did yesterday we can either trek round to Loboche today or take a rest day if we arrived there last night. There are plenty of lodges in Loboche and it’s a famous stopping point.
From our lodge at Loboche we’ll make an early start to get to Gorak Shep, continue up Kala Pattar then return to Loboche in the same day. This means we get to keep the same room in Loboche, can travel light, and we still get plenty of time of Everest viewing. It’s a round trip of about 8 hours. An alternative option for this day is to head to Everest Base Camp.
It’s all downhill from here – physically at least! The walk from Loboche follows a lovely valley before we break round to the village of Dingboche. There are plenty of great lodges here as well as internet access and great views up the valley towards Island Peak and the South Face of Lhotse and, as always, Ama Dablam is visible from here too. As an alternative place to stay we may stay at Pheriche which is nearby.
Again we are gradually losing some of the height gained and, as we are getting onto the classic Everest Trail, the paths are likely to be busier. That said, this is one of my favourite stretches to walk as the terrain is varied, the views sublime and it always feels like we are right in the teeth of the mountains. We’ll arrive at the village of Tengboche in good time and it’s well worth us checking out the famous monastery which marks the villages place as a religious centre of the Khumbu.
From Tengboche we are now completing the loop back to Namche. Today follows a stunning valley with fantastic views so we’ll leave enough time to enjoy it. We’ll be in Namche in about 4-5 hours so it is worth us dropping down the steep hillside we climbed all those days ago and staying for the night in Monjo instead. This is a small village with a good range of lodges and this sets us up nicely for our final day.
We know this bit but it will certainly feel like a long time since we were last here! After heading along the valley floor we have the final long hill back up to Lukla.
We will be moving quicker now as the air becomes thicker with oxygen and our bodies feel stronger. On our descent back to Lukla, the options of where to stay for the night are more flexible.
On arrival in Lukla we will celebrate our achievements with our local guides and sherpa before our flight back to Kathmandu.
The flight back to Lukla leaves in the morning so we should be back to Kathmandu in plenty of time to relax and enjoy a final celebration meal.
A free day around Kathmandu. This will be your final opportunity to practice your bartering skills and grab those souvenirs. Tonight we will eat out together for the final time, celebrating our success and re-tell the stories from the whole experience.
DAY TWENTY - ONE
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Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. Your Leader and our local agent will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
- Follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest mountain expeditions.
- Experience the warmest of welcomes from the local Sherpa people
- Trek in the shadow of some of the most iconic and spectacular mountains in the world
- Grab an early morning opportunity to climb Kala Pattar to see a unique view of Everest
- Explore the vibrant and unique city of Kathmandu
There is no doubt that trekking in this Himalyan region in Nepal is a mountain lovers paradise. The breathtaking scenery changes daily as you traverse under some the worlds highest and most famous mountains - Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori and the mighty Everest.
Staying in teahouses (yes, no camping!!), these basic but comfortable homes are always welcoming. You will have a bed in a shared room and a communal living area with a warm stove. Here the owner and their family will take care of you. They'll supply simple but filling food and there is always hot water available for a drink.
Who is this Trek best for?
Everest Base Camp is a high altitude trek which is feasable to achieve with good level of hill walking fitness. The trails are well trodden but are continually undulating rising to a maximum altitude of 5,545m and the average is approximately 3,900m.. The trail crosses approximately three modern suspension bridges, all of which have mesh sides but some are quite long and high and anyone with a strong fear of heights or vertigo may find them difficult.
Participants should be fit and you should be comfortable walking 4-6 hours per day. Our trek requires strength & endurance. Being in sound physical condition is the single most important aspect for trekkers to maximise their enjoyment and potential success. The most frequent comment we have received over the years is that trekkers have underestimated the fitness level needed to fully enjoy their trip.
Additionally, inadequate fitness will affect the atmosphere, pace, and overall enjoyment of thetrek for all participants. We highly recommend checking with your doctor before undertaking any strenuous activity.
Preparation for trekking to Everest Base Camp
Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a serious undertaking. Just because you exercise regularly (four to six times per week) does not mean you have the conditioning needed to reach the Everest Base Camp.
Prioritise your training efforts in the following way, assuming that you are in good health and injury- free:
- Bag-loaded uphill hiking, walking, and stair climbing
- Strength training for the lower body and core
- Cardiovascular training, including both aerobic and anaerobic workouts without pack weight
- Flexibility training
Most people will need to train specifically for trekking to Everest Base camp for at least three to four months. During your training, you will need to progressively ramp up your hiking time, distance and elevation gain (at roughly 10% per week) to safely and effectively build your trekking-specific conditioning. Trying to rush this will increase the risk of experiencing some sort of training injury and not being ready for your trip.
This trek is challenging in itself, but the main challenge lies in the altitude.
Our route allows for excellent acclimatisation to the altitude and allows you to follow the golden rule of acclimatisation ‘Climb High, Sleep Low’.
Symptoms of being at altitude include tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches and nausea. Altitude affects people differently and being super-fit is no guarantee of being less likely to feel the effects. All of our leaders have experience of trekking at altitude and are medically trained. The leader will assess your progress as you climb and their decision is final if you need to descend for safety reasons.
For more information regarding the effects of altitude, please read our recent article.
- In-country accommodation - Hotels and Tea Houses. Based on 2 people sharing.
- All meals excl. celebratory meal and final day lunch
- All drinking water whilst trekking
- In-country transportation
- National Park trekking fees and permits
- Local Guides, Cooks and Porters
- Experienced UK Expedition Leader throughout
Whats not Provided?
- UK Transport to and from the airport
- International flights and taxes
- Personal Equipment
- Travel Insurance
- Unscheduled hotels and restaurant meals. approx. £30.00 per night.
- Tips for local staff. (£70 - £100)
- Entry Visas.
- Alcoholic or soft drinks not supplied during meals
- Entrance fees to monuments or tourist sights
- Items of a personal nature: phone calls, laundry, room service etc.
- Transport to airport or from airport due to differing departure times.
All international citizens are required to have a visa. For British nationals you can obtain this by one of 2 ways;
1. Prior to Departure
Apply to the Nepalese Embassy prior to departure (www.nepembassy.org.uk). Tourist visas are normally processed within 48 hours upon the submission of the visa application form to the Embassy in person, or 14 days by post.
Currently the visa fee is £35 for up to 30 days. Please read all of the visa information before applying.
2. On Arrival
Visitors may also obtain the tourist visa on arrival at Tribhubhan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu.
The requirements on arrival are: 2 passport size photos, completed prescribed visa form available at entry point and visa fee which is currently $40. You can only pay in $US and the process is usually very quick and simple. If you are not a British national please double check the requirements with the Embassy.
- Gore-tex or Leather hiking boots.
- Trainers or light footwear.
- Hut slippers (optional)
- 6 - 8 x pairs of trekking socks + Pairs of thicker socks for very cold conditions
- Gaiters - For keeping scree out of boots (optional)
- 4-5 x Thermal t-shirts (long and short sleeved / not cotton!)
- 2 x Fleece tops (1 thick, 1 thin) or Primaloft jacket.
- Walking type trousers (zip off legs are ideal)
- 1 x Shorts (if you don’t have zip off leg trousers)
- 1 x Pair light weight trekking gloves or liner gloves
- 1 x Pair Heavy weight Glove or Mitten. Must be big enough to fit over liner gloves
- Warm hat to cover ears & Sunhat / Cap
- Neck gaiter or Buff
- Fully waterproof over-trousers with taped seams. i.e. Gore-tex or eVent
- Waterproof Shell Jacket i.e.Gore-Tex +with hood
- Down Jacket with hood. essential for cold days and evenings around camp
- Extra pair of trousers for evenings
- Long Sleeved Shirt
- Long Thermal top and bottoms
- Swimming costume
DOCUMENTS AND MONEY
- Passport + Photocopy
- 2 x Passport photographs
- Visa Money
- Money to be changed in country. We recommend approx £300 (In US dollars)
- Money for tips £70 - £100 (in US dollars)
- Credit Card
- Insurance Documentation
- Immunisation Card
- Airline Tickets
- Money Belt
- No suitcases! Using a zip top expedition bag is easier for access. Also a small mesh bag is useful forleaving item at the hotel.
- You must only carry 1 bag and your day bag. Weight on the flight is limited and porters can only carry a certain amount of weight so please pack responsibly.
- Each item is required unless specified as optional.
- It is possible to hire items of equipment. Our preferred provider is: www.expeditionkithire.co.uk
CAMPING AND GENERAL KIT
- Soft Expedition holdall 90 - 110 Ltr
- Waterproof Rucksack liners or small dry bags to keep clothing dry and organised
- Rucksack - 25 - 30 Ltr with good hip belt and suitable for carrying all day
CAMPING AND SLEEPING
- Sleeping bag - 3/4 season minimum
- Light Weight Dry bag for sleeping bag
- Pillow case
- Sleeping bag liner (optional)
- Head Torch (Battery operated only)
- Spare batteries for head torch
Wide necked pee bottle (optional)
- 2 x 1ltr Water bottles (wide necked is better)
- Water bladder (Caution - tubes are prone to freezing)
- Water Purification Tablets (for back up only)
- Vit C Tablets and/or Hydration Tablets
- Water Flavouring
- Hand Sanitiser (LOTS!)
- 1 x Toilet roll in a zip lock bag + plastic nappy bags
- Ear Plugs
- Wet Wipes
- Essential wash kit/personal hygiene items
- Light Weight Towel
- Trekking Poles - highly recommended
- Sun Glasses. Cat.3/4 100% UVA/UVB(Wrap Around style is preferred)
- Extra snacks. High energy and lightweight (a couple per day. Can be bought in Nepal)
- Luxury treats which you can share with the group. i.e. chocolate or coffee
- iPod / Book / Kindle / Diary
Charging cables and plug adaptor
PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT
- High Factor Sun Block SP50+ and Lip Balm / Block
- Anti- Diarrhoea Tablets (Imodium)
- Rehydration Sachets
- Blister Plasters (Compeed)
- Throat Lozenges
- Personal medication
- Vaseline petroleum jelly to rub on your feet, to reduce friction with boots / socks
- Diamox (Acetazolamide). Seek advice on its use
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