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Everest Base Camp

Trip type: 
Walking & Trekking
Trekking level: 
5. Strenuous
Max group size: 
16
Avg user rating: 
0
Asia, Nepal | 17 days
Trip code: 
HNXE
What's included: 
  • Transport - In country flights, bus, on foot
  • Accommodation - Teahouses (12nts), Gueshouse (2nts)
  • Meals - None
Trip Highlights: 
Complete this famous 12 day trek to EBC
Enjoy superb views of Everest & surround peaks
Pass through villages & witness traditional mountain life
Explore colourful and crazy Kathmandu
see full itinerary >>

Trip Highlights: 
Complete this famous 12 day trek to EBC
Enjoy superb views of Everest & surround peaks
Pass through villages & witness traditional mountain life
Explore colourful and crazy Kathmandu
see full itinerary >>
What's included: 
  • Transport - In country flights, bus, on foot
  • Accommodation - Teahouses (12nts), Gueshouse (2nts)
  • Meals - None
Trip Overview: 

The Everest Base Camp trek is a classic Himalayan trek with incredible views and rewards. The Khumbu region is the home of Mount Everest, at 8,848m the world’s highest mountain, as well as several other giants. You'll see vistas of these mighty peaks as you trek towards your ultimate goals - Everest Base Camp and Kala Patar. Everest is one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights and makes an Everest base camp trek the perfect adventure!

Itinerary: 
Day
1-2

Kathmandu

Take an overnight flight - on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Namaste! Welcome to Nepal.

Please arrive by 14:00 on Day 2 as we will have an important group briefing. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where and when this important meeting will take place. Please ask a member of reception for this information. It is also recommended that you have lunch beforehand, as we will be heading out after the meeting to visit Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP), an Intrepid Foundation project.

Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal, is a fascinating blend of traditional architecture and symbols of the 20th Century. Its rich artistic and cultural heritage is evident where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples.

If you arrive early we recommend you check out Durbar Square, home to the palace of the Kumari Devi, who is considered to be a living goddess. It is also worth the climb to visit the Swayambhunath - the 'monkey temple'. Explore the network of street markets and alley bazaars and witness the burning ghats at Pashupatinath. For those with a few extra days in Kathmandu, the neighbouring towns of Patan and Bhaktapur are well worth a visit.

After our welcome meeting we'll visit KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project), a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that aims to minimise the negative influences of tourism by advocating and promoting 'minimum impact' trekking. Its aims are two-fold: to provide impartial and independent information to travellers; and to ensure the future ecological and cultural prosperity of Nepal through positive-impact tourism and outreach project work. At the organisation's information centre we will get practical advice about conservation, trekking, mountain safety, causes of deforestation, ecotourism, and the do's and don'ts of Nepalese society.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

During your trip: While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly. 

Included Activities

  • Kathmandu - Visit to KEEP

Optional Activities

  • Kathmandu - Durbar Square - NPR750
  • Kathmandu - Swayambhunath Temple - NPR200
  • Kathmandu - Bodhnath Stupa - NPR200
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple - NPR1000
  • Kathmandu - Day trip to Bhaktapur - NPR1500
  • Kathmandu - Day trip to Patan - NPR400
  • Kathmandu - Everest scenic flight - USD190

Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 nt)

Day
3
Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

Sitting at 8848 m Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world, is one of the greatest trekking destinations. Locally known as Sagarmatha, the mountain has long been revered as the home of the gods. First conquered by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953, Everest has traditionally been the ultimate goal for mountaineers. On this trip you will take on the challenge of reaching the mountaineer's base camp and gain an insight into the world famous Sherpa culture. You will cross glaciers and broad plains, traverse valleys and climb high passes to reach the picturesque Everest Base Camp. Our accommodation comprises small, basic teahouses along the track. These basic but cosy remote houses are operated by the mountain Nepalese to cater for trekkers and also offer simple yet filling and delicious meals to sustain our efforts. This is a challenging trip and involves difficult trekking at high altitudes but the whole experience is simply awe-inspiring!

Details of the trip, which are subject to change due to weather conditions or any other factors outside of Intrepid's control, are as follows (please note all trekking times are approximate):

Day 3 - Phakding (2610 m) 
Today we have a very early (approx. 6.30 am) flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (45 minutes). If the weather is good, the views of the Himalayas from the small plane are amazing! After breakfast in Lukla (2840 m), a short safety talk and an introduction to our porters, we gear up and commence our trek. Today is a fairly gentle introduction, following the milk-white Dudh Kosi River approximately three-hours to Phakding. 
Overall Altitude gain between places we sleep is -190m

Accommodation

Teahouse (1 nt)

Day
4

Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Today we trek 9 km to Namche (approx. 6 hours), the administrative centre of the Khumbu region. This will be your last chance to check your equipment and hire any additional gear for the high altitudes from Dingboche onwards. Namche Bazaar is also the last chance for a hot shower, yummy feast, to enjoy the local nightlife or to take to the pool hall and video parlours. 
Overall Altitude gain between places we sleep is 830m

Accommodation

Teahouse (1 nt)

Day
5

Namache Bazaar

Today is an acclimatisation day where we will also visit the local museum and surrounding villages. The best way to acclimatise is to do a strenuous walk up to a high altitude then come back down to sleep. Remember - it doesn't matter how fit you are, anyone can be affected by altitude, so have a chat to your doctor before you leave to talk about the symptoms and what to expect.

Accommodation

Teahouse (1 nt)

Day
6

Phortse Gaon (3810 m)

Today we trek for about 6-7 hours to cover the 9 km from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Gaon. This route offers amazing insight into the life and culture of the sherpas, and that night we stay in a village that is home to a number of sherpas who have reached Everest's summit. Looking out from Phortse Gaon, the views of Amadablam are great.
Overall Altitude gain between places we sleep is 370m

Accommodation

Teahouse (1 nt)

Day
7

Dingboche (4410 m)

Climb above the tree-line and trek approximately six hours covering the distance of 8 kms to Dingboche.
Overall Altitude gain between places we sleep is 600m

Accommodation

Teahouse (1 nt)

Day
8

Dingboche (4410 m)

Today is another acclimatisation day. Staying the night in Dingboche we take day hikes to Amadablam base camp, Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung.

Accommodation

Teahouse (1 nt)

Day
9

Lobuche (4900 m)

The trek to Lobuche is about five hours and covers 7 km, bringing us close to our ultimate goal! 
Overall Altitude gain between places we sleep is 490m

Accommodation

Teahouse (1 nt)

Day
10

Everest Base Camp (5364 m)

From Lobuche we trek to the Everest Base Camp and then back down to our lodge at Gorakshep (5140 m). Here we have astonishing views over the Himalayas.
Overall Altitude gain between places we sleep is 240m

Accommodation

Teahouse (1 nt)

 

Day
11

Kala Pattar/Pheriche or Orsho

Today we witness some of the Himalayas most recognisable sights. We make an early start to avoid the early morning clouds and trek to Kala Pattar (5545 m) to witness the best views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and other surrounding peaks. It's a tough walking day (approx. 7 hours), and depending on how the group feels, your leader will decide where you spend the night.

Accommodation

Teahouse (1 nt)

 

Day
12

Tengboche (3840 m)

Trek to Tengboche (approx. 4 hours), for excellent views of Amadablam and a visit to the Tengboche Monastery and the Sherpa Heritage Foundation.

Accommodation

Teahouse (1 nt)

 

Day
13

Monjo (2860 m)

Trek downhill and out of the national park to the small settlement of Monjo (approx. 5 hours)

Accommodation

Teahouse (1 nt)

Day
14

Lukla

This morning we descend to Lukla for the night before flying back to Kathmandu.

This is a trek that requires an excellent level of fitness as there are plenty of ascents and descents and the walking is very strenuous. The weather can be harsh in December and January, with a combination of snow and frosts.

This trip is lead by an experienced English speaking local guide and two assistants who help with the daily logistics. Though you are expected to help carry your gear, there are porters provided to assist.

Included Activities

  • Porter for trek
  • Everest Base Camp trek
  • Return flight Kathmandu to Lukla

Accommodation

Teahouse (1 nt)

 

Day
15

Kathmandu

Weather permitting we take a short early morning fight from Lukla to Kathmandu on day 14 (approx 45 minutes). We'll return to the Kathmandu Guest House and have free time during the afternoon for further sightseeing or shopping. Shop in some of Kathmandu's many markets for clothing, embroidery, carpets or ceramics. If shopping is not your thing, take a trip over the Bagmati River to the adjacent city of Patan, with its abundance of temples and monasteries. We enjoy a final night together, reliving the trek and our extraordinary achievements.

Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 nt)

 

Day
16-17

Tour ends

Your adventure ends today and you will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Note - If there is bad weather or low cloud conditions our flight back to Kathmandu may not go, giving us an extra day in Lukla to relax or do a day walk. In this case, we will return to Kathmandu by late morning on day 16.

Video highlights

Watch this short video to get an insight into what you can expect on this trip.

Kathmandu to Namche BazaarThe first stop on any trekking holidays to Everest base camp is the bustling capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. You have time to wander the narrow streets here and will be able to discover the temples and stupas that provide much intrigue in this fascinating city. After exploring Kathmandu you fly to Lukla from where your Everest trekking holiday commences. The Everest Base Camp trek follows the course of the Dudh Kosi, the ‘River of Milk’, gradually climbing through forests of rhododendron and magnolia. There are rest days at Namche Bazaar (the delightful Sherpa capital) and at Dingboche village (set below the spectacular peak of Ama Dablam) to help adjust to the altitude. All the while as you are trekking Everest, the peaks of the Himalaya will loom above you, providing outstanding views as you walk.

Base Camp & Kala PatarThe dramatic landscape around you changes as you continue to climb higher and higher. By the time you reach Lobuche, the temperature has dropped and you’ll be walking among frozen rivers in an icy wilderness. From here you make the trek to Everest base camp itself in its dramatic location at the foot of the world’s highest peak. The next day it’s on to the final highlight – Kala Patar (5545m), with stunning views of Everest and the Khumbu Glacier cascading below. From here you descend to Lukla, marvelling at what you have achieved and all the while with stunning views and fantastic scenery all around you! This trip is popular for solo travellers and groups alike.

Our Everest Base Camp trip is just one of our Nepal tours. To find out more visit our Nepal holidays page.