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Everest Base Camp Trek

Himalayas

  • Duration: 16 Nights, 17 Days
  • Walks and Treks
  • All Trips
  • Challenging
  • Available During: March, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

About this Adventure

Mount Everest at 8848m is the highest mountain on earth. Why do you want to go? Because of the mystique surrounding the mountain, the idea of seeing the highest place on earth, or maybe setting your sights even higher than base camp

Quick Facts

  • 14 days guiding by experienced trekking leaders
  • We'll pick you up and drop you off at Kathmandu Airport
  • Option to use UK leaders or local leaders at lower cost
  • Porter assistance for the entire route
  • Set open dates or bespoke courses for individuals to larger groups - just ask if the date you want is not listed
  • Many years’ experience in providing these courses
  • You need to have a good level of fitness and be prepared for 'lodge-living' whilst on the trek
  • One of the ultimate challenges - but well worth it!

More Information

Mount Everest, locally also called Chomolungma or Sagamartha is, at 8848m, the highest mountain on earth. This is a two-and-a-half week trip to visit the base camp on the southern, Nepalese side. This was the start point for the original ascent and is still the most frequented line today. First climbed in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, this mountain has become the mecca for world mountaineering.

Mount Everest is flanked by Lhotse and Nuptse to give a fantastic horseshoe of the world's highest mountains. The trek to Base Camp is a two-week-plus round trip from the UK with approximately 14 walking days. Accommodation is in hotels in Kathmandu and lodges on the trail. This trek reaches very high altitudes. We firmly believe it is sensible to have this time frame for the trip due to the high altitudes involved. The more time you have to acclimatise, the more chance you have of reaching base camp and the more chance you will have of enjoying it. Don't be tempted to rush up and down to Base Camp in a short time frame as this greatly increases the chance of altitude sickness. We offer this trip either with a dedicated UK guide or with an all-local team which is English-speaking, certified, and highly reputable.

After arriving in Kathmandu we spend a day in this intriguing city exploring the Thamel district before flying on to Lukla at 2800m. It's a good idea to sit on the left side in the plane on the flight up as you will get the best views of the mountains. In Lukla we are greeted by a pile of sherpas, porters, touts and others clamouring for our attention. After some friendly banter we head north on the trail out of Lukla towards Phakding.

Itinerary

We normally run this Everest Base Camp trek over 16 nights, 17 days. This means 14 trekking days starting on a Thursday and running through to the weekend two weeks later. If you would like to do this at any other time then please contact us.

We will meet you when you arrive at Kathmandu Airport and then transfer you to your hotel. At this time our representatives will go through the planned route and carry out an equipment check to ensure you have everything you need to enable you to enjoy the trip. Your trek starts next day after a flight to Lukla.

A typical day on the trek starts with a wake-up call at about 6am depending upon what your activity will be for the day. Breakfast at 6:30 or 7:00 followed by trekking start at 7:30am. You can stop for tea during the morning and probably break for lunch at about 11:30 or 12:00. If you need to walk in the afternoon then you will generally be at your day's destination by about 3 or 4pm. An evening meal will be served at about 6:00 or 6:30 before an early bed time. Of course these times are flexible but the rhythm is dictated by daylight and you will need a lot of sleep! A typical itinerary looks like this:

Day 1 - Arrival Day: Arrive in Kathmandu. Collected at the airport by a local Maximum Adventure representative. Transfer to hotel. Evening meal in Nepali restaurant.

Day 2: Early pick up from the hotel (about 5:30am - time to be confirmed locally). Transfer to domestic airport. Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Your first opportunity to see some of the giants of the Himalayas. If possible, sit on the left side of the plane on this flight (but don't lose your dignity scrambling for the last left-sided seat pushing someone infirm out of the way!!) Arrival in Lukla and walk to Phakding (2610m). Lunch and tea breaks on the way of course!
Overnight in Phakding. Walking time approx. 3hrs.

Day 3: Trek along the Dudh Koshi to Monjo at the entrance to the Sagamartha National Park.
Overnight in Monjo (2835m). Walking time approx. 2hrs.

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar the administrative centre of the Solo Khumbu region.
Walking time approx. 3hrs. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3440m).

Day 5: Rest/acclimatisation day in Namche. Explore the local Tibetan market, visit the bakery, or hike to a neighbouring village. Use this day to relax, enjoy the scenery and soak up the atmosphere.
Acclimatise! Overnight in Namche.

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche. On this day you should have your first view of the summit of Everest peaking over the Nuptse wall. Visit the monastery in the afternoon.
Walking time approx. 4 hrs. Overnight in Tengboche. (3860m).

Day 7: Trek to Pheriche. This is the last permanent settlement in the valley (and you can tell). Pheriche is home to the Himalayan Rescue Association. There is usually a western doctor in attendance during the trekking season and an afternoon lecture (3pm) on altitude sickness. This is a good place for medical advice should you be experiencing any problems.
Walking time approx. 4 hrs. Overnight in Pheriche (4270m).

Day 8: Rest/acclimatisation day in Pheriche. Side trip to Dengboche, Nagkartshang Gompa or just a rest day if you wish. The idea is to acclimatise.
Overnight in Pheriche.

Day 9: Trek to Dughla. Whilst it is possible to do considerably more walking in a day than we are planning the altitude increase limits how quickly we can ascend.
Walking time approx. 2hrs. Overnight in Dughla (4620m).

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche.
Walking time approx. 2hrs. Overnight in Lobuche (4910m).

Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep (the highest lodge).
Walking time approx. 2hrs. Overnight at Gorak Shep (5140m).

Day 12: Visit Everest Base Camp (5400m).
Return trip walking time approx. 5hrs. Overnight at Gorak Shep.

Day 13: Visit Kala Pattar (5550m) and descend to Pheriche. An early start and a long day but you will feel great as you descend.
Walking time approx. 7hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Namche. It is possible to vary your descent route to take in villages like Khumjung and Khunde. This is up to you, the group and the guide to decide.
Approx. walking time 6hrs. Overnight in Namche.

Day 15: Trek to Lukla. By this time you will be feeling better with the altitude, but also tired.
Approx. walking time 6hrs. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 16 Fly Lukla to Kathmandu; afternoon is yours to do as you wish. Celebratory meal with the group.

Day 17 Check out of hotel. Return flight from Kathmandu to your departure airport.

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members' fitness and weather conditions or for any other reason the guide may deem necessary. This trip involves travel to high altitudes and to areas where short notice of a change of itinerary may be necessary. In particular the flight from Kathmandu - Lukla and return can suffer from weather related delays.

Charity Information

Want to complete this challenge for charity?

Pay a £199 deposit and confirm with your charity their minimum fundraising requirements for the balance. This will typically be double the cost of the adventure, less the registration fee. For more details of how fundraising works please read our step by step guide here or contact us for help.

Inclusions

  • Professional event organisation.
  • Experienced trekking leaders from Nepal
  • Arrival and departure transport from Kathmandu Airport.
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation in comfortable hotels in Kathmandu. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
  • Half board accommodation in mountain lodges.
  • Porter assistance for the duration of the trek.
  • Group first aid kit with qualified first aiders

Exclusions

  • Travel to/from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and evening meals whilst in the hotel
  • Evening meals whilst trekking
  • Internal flights

Departures

Should you wish to travel outside the dates of our scheduled departures, then we can provide you with a bespoke trip on dates of your request with either UK and Nepalese leaders or just local guides. Please drop us a line on 01768 371289 to discuss your dates.  
 

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