Conquer the climb to Everest Base Camp trekking in Nepal

Take on the adventure of a lifetime trekking in Nepal to reach Everest Base Camp. First conquered by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953, Everest has traditionally been the ultimate goal for mountaineers. Today hard-core trekkers seek the challenge of reaching the mountaineer's Base Camp. Flying in to Lukla, explore the mountains and valleys around the towering peak, rest in Nepalese teahouses, learn about the traditions and cultures of the famous Sherpa and spend time in exotic Kathmandu.


Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Country
Nepal
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
HNXE
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Help Nepal get back on its feet by retuning to the country, and discover how Kathmandu still remains a legendary destination while the post earthquake rebuilding continues

  • Explore timeless Kathmandu

  • View the mighty Himalaya Mountain range on the flight to Lukla.

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp, from where mountaineering climbs of the worlds highest peak begin.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a strenuous 12 day trek that reaches altitudes above 5500m.

  • We trek between 4-8 hours per day.

  • Please ensure you have understood the fitness requirements for this high altitude trek.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017


Namaste! Welcome to Nepal.
Please arrive by 14:00 on Day 1 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.
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 with it's temples, markets and busy atmosphere. It is also worth the climb to visit the Swayambhunath - the 'monkey temple'. Explore the network of street markets and alley bazaars and Pashupatinath. For those with a few extra days in Kathmandu, the neighbouring towns of Patan and Bhaktapur are well worth a visit.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kathmandu - Durbar Square - NPR1000
  • Kathmandu - Swayambhunath Temple - NPR200
  • Kathmandu - Bodhnath Stupa - NPR250
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple - NPR1000
  • Kathmandu - Day trip to Bhaktapur - NPR1500
  • Kathmandu - Day trip to Patan - NPR500
  • Kathmandu - Early Morning Everest Scenic Flight - USD220
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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!
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 includes one or more overnight stays over 3500 metres/11500ft, where there is a genuine risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If left untreated AMS can be life-threatening. We would expect the majority of a group to notice the effects of being at high altitude, and while most will only feel discomfort, it is not uncommon for a small number of people to need extra care which will be provided by our leaders and local staff. All our trips that spend time at High Altitude follow our standard altitude safety measures.
A number of medical conditions or medications can also reduce your body's ability to acclimatise, and thus will affect your performance at altitude and make you more susceptible to AMS. If you are worried about any pre-existing condition (e.g. heart problems), or unsure of your physical ability, you must seek medical advice prior to booking. You may also wish to discuss medication such as Diamox that may help aid acclimatisation.
Please note that while we endeavour to assist all our clients in achieving their goals, there may be times your leader makes the decision to either delay or stop your ascent based on your medical conditions and AMS symptoms.
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.
The itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions or any other factors outside of Intrepid's control. On occasion due to weather conditions we are unable to fly to Lukla as planned. In these cases, you will be accommodated at your joining hotel (at your expense - you may be able to claim this on your travel insurance post tour) until the weather clears.
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 (2610 m).
Overall altitude gain today between places we sleep is -190m.
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Nepal Trek - Porter
  • Kathmandu - Flight to Lukla
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we trek 9 km to Namche (approx. 6 hours), the administrative centre of the Khumbu region. Its a harder day with steep trekking today, but we have a few days to rest in Namche to acclimatise.
Make sure you try the delicious apple pie from one of the local bakeries.
This is one of your last chances to check your equipment and hire any additional gear for the high altitudes from Dingboche onwards.

Overall altitude gain between places we sleep is 830m.
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.

Maybe walk to the Sagarmatha National Park Visitor's Centre. If you're lucky you get have your first glimpse of Everest from the Tenzing Norgay monument.

There are a lot of interesting things to do in Namche including the Museum of Sherpa Life, as well as other museums dedicated to local flora and traditional medicines.

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 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is another acclimatisation day. Staying the night in Dingboche we may take day hikes to Amadablam base camp, Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung.
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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 night)
Included Activities
  • Nepal Trek - Everest Base Camp
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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 night)
Included Activities
  • Kala Patar - Day trek
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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 night)
Included Activities
  • Tengboche - Sherpa Heritage Foundation
  • Tengboche - Monastery
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Trek downhill and out of the national park to the small settlement of Monjo (approx. 5 hours)
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

This morning we descend to Lukla for the night before flying back to Kathmandu.
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lukla - Flight to Kathmandu
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.
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 15 and the trip will end with an arrival transfer back to our hotel.
Accommodation
  • Kathmandu Guesthouse or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Day 15 is departure day and we say 'Namaste' for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.
At the end of your tour please consider donating to the KEEP Porters Clothing Bank. As you will have come to realise on your tour, porters play a vital role in the tourism industry enabling tourists to visit Nepal’s most picturesque and difficult terrain. The majority are subsistence farmers who travel from lower areas of Nepal to the higher elevated trekking routes to find employment. Contrary to the belief that porters are well-adjusted to the cold and altitude of the Himalayas, every year many porters suffer from a variety of illnesses such as altitude sickness, snow blindness, hypothermia and frostbite and some even die as a result. The Clothing Bank was set up in 2009 to provide ill-prepared porters with better clothing suitable for trekking in a mountain environment and reduce the number of unnecessary illnesses and fatalities which occur each year.
Usually donations of used jackets and trousers/pants from Westerners do not fit Nepali porters who tend to be smaller. However donations of other clothing items such as socks, boots, sunglasses, warm gloves and sleeping bags are always welcome. Your leader can ensure that your donation is passed on.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Plane

Accommodation

Guesthouse (2 nights), Teahouse (12 nights)

Included Activities

  • Nepal Trek - Porter
  • Kathmandu - Flight to Lukla
  • Nepal Trek - Everest Base Camp
  • Kala Patar - Day trek
  • Tengboche - Sherpa Heritage Foundation
  • Tengboche - Monastery
  • Lukla - Flight to Kathmandu

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Important notes

1. This trip starts in Kathmandu on Day 1 at 2pm. This allows time after the joining meeting to explore Kathmandu.
2. Due to the demands of travelling at high altitudes a Passenger Self Assessment Form is required for this trip.
3. A single supplement is available on this trip. A single room is only available for nights 1 and 14 in Kathmandu. Trekking tea houses do not have enough rooms for single supplements when trekking
4. Please bring 2 passport sized photos to your joining meeting
5. Please see important note about extreme weather, flight cancellations to/from Lukla and insurance claims

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