Everest Base Camp Trek

15 Days | Walk among giants, test your limits and discover your strength

5 out of 5 based on 472 reviews submitted.
Walking & trekking
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AUD $1,976
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Base Camp. Two little syllables that conjure up dreams as immense and powerful as the Himalayan Mountains themselves. This 15-day trekking trip is your chance to make these dreams come true, to challenge yourself and discover both the majesty of the mountains and your own potential. Walk among giants of nature and revel in the sense of freedom that comes from leaving Wi-Fi and Netflix behind for card games in tiny teahouses, learning about Sherpa life and watching the sunrise over Everest. Plus, Intrepid's commitment to the rights and fair treatment of porters and trekking guides means you can rest assured knowing you’re doing the trek of a lifetime the ethical way.

ALTERNATE ITINERARY:
In case of weather conditions leading to cancellations or delays in included flights, this trip will operate on an alternate itinerary. Please see day 1 of the itinerary for more details.

Trip overview

Map of Everest Base Camp Trek including Nepal
Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Theme
Walking & trekking
Destinations
Nepal
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
HNXE
This trip generates 20.41 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • In addition to immense rugged mountains, witness everything from still alpine lakes and glacial plains to frothy rivers and valleys covered in pink blossoms, depending on the season.
  • A trek like this is the bonding experience of a lifetime and the genuine comradery formed between members of your small group will stay with your forever.
  • Get your first glimpses of the mighty Himalayan range on the included flight from Kathmandu to Lukla – the famous airport in the sky.
  • Hike with an experienced and passionate English-speaking local leader as well as a team of guides and porters who will introduce you to rich Sherpa culture.
  • Intrepid partners with local mountaineering and porter welfare programs, so you can trek easier knowing that while our porters are taking care of you, there’s someone looking out for them.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Sagarmatha Next. Donations help them remove waste responsibly and turn rubbish into art in the Everest region.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The weather can be unpredictable in the Himalayas and every year a significant number of trips have flights to or from Lukla delayed or cancelled due to weather conditions. See day 1 of the itinerary for the alternative plans should this happen on your trip.
  • Hiking the Himalayas is no walk in the park. But seriously, this trip includes 12 days of trekking for up to eight hours per day, reaching altitudes of over 5500 metres. Depending on the time of year, the weather can be harsh. Ask anyone who has done it and they will say the rewards are worth it, but we can’t stress enough that you must be in excellent health to participate. Think you’re up for it? Find our step-by-step training guide here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/trekking-training-guide-tips/.
  • The trekking lodges, known as teahouses, that we stay in on the trek are very simple with only basic facilities. Access to electricity points for charging devices will cost extra. Wi-Fi is available at some locations, but connections may be poor.
  • The scenery and conditions vary between seasons. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to trek in and consult this packing guide https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/packing-guide-for-trekking-in-nepal/.
  • The Everest Base Camp trek is a very popular route and you will encounter many other trekkers and groups on the trail and at the teahouses. If you are after a trek that sees less travellers and spends more time trekking through communities rather than on a more established route, see our Tamang Heritage & Langtang Valley Trek (HNXV).
  • This trip includes one or more overnight stays over 3500 metres (11500 ft) where there is a genuine risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If left untreated AMS can be life-threatening. While the vast majority 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 and 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. Read more about AMS here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/altitude-sickness

Itinerary

Map of Everest Base Camp Trek including Nepal

Inclusions

Transport

Private vehicle, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Teahouse (12 nights)

Activities
  • Everest Base Camp – Porterage of One Bag (10kg/22lbs max)
  • Everest Base Camp – 12D/11N Trek
  • Namche Bazaar - Acclimatisation Hike
  • Dingboche - Acclimatisation Hike
  • Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar Sunrise Trek
  • Tengboche - Monastery
Add on activities
  • Kathmandu - Rickshaw Night Explorer Urban Adventure - USD55
  • Kathmandu - Spiritual Nepal Experience Urban Adventure - USD68
  • Kathmandu - In Focus: Cook in Kathmandu Urban Adventure - USD66
  • Kathmandu - Panorama Hike Urban Adventure - USD57
  • Kathmandu - In Focus: Handmade Kathmandu - USD93
  • Kathmandu - Exploring Patan & Bhaktapur Urban Adventure - USD97

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Important notes

1. This trip starts in Kathmandu on Day 1 at 2 pm. 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. You will be trekking on hilly terrain, generally on well-defined paths, walking anywhere between 2–7 hours per day, on average about 5 hours a day. Altitude may exceed 5545 metres.
3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement will only be included on Days 1,14 (Hotel) and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
4. In case of weather conditions leading to cancellations or delays in flights, this trip will operate on an alternate itinerary. Please see day 1 of the itinerary for more details.
5. You must bring an emergency fund of USD 500 in cash with you on this trip, which you may need to use in case of delayed or cancelled flights, as itinerary changes will be at the travellers expense.
6. We advise allowing a few extra days in Kathmandu at the end of your trip should your return flights from Lukla be delayed due to weather conditions.
7. The minimum age for this trip is 15 at time of travel.
8. Your health and safety is our priority. Your leader may delay or stop your ascent based on your medical conditions and AMS symptoms. Please ensure your insurance includes coverage for activities above 3000m, mountain rescue, and helicopter evacuation costs. Without adequate insurance cover, helicopter evacuation requires upfront payment.
9. You may be asked to provide 2 passport size photographs for your trekking permit.
10. Please be aware that in the event of an emergency evacuation, Intrepid does not have control over which helicopter service may be used. Some helicopters are not in regular use with Intrepid and have not passed our internal safety auditing.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 472 reviews submitted.
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Katie · Traveled April 2024
My recent trip to Everest base camp was incredible and truly a once in a lifetime experience, only made possible by our fantastic group leader Phurba, our three assistant guides Bullram, Becass & Pherba (apologies for the incorrect spelling) as well as our 8 terrific porters. We were catered to and looked after 24/7 and all four of our guides truly treated us like apart of their family. Their knowledge of the EBC track, as well as their knowledge of Nepal is outstanding and it was incredible for them to share all of their knowledge with us. I would honestly recommend intrepid to anyone and everyone as truly being one of the most caring and safest countries that I've ever been on tour with. I also think that our porters, assistant guides and especially deserve a raise and a lot more credit than they are given as they are fantastic at that job and I wouldn't have wanted to be on this trip with any other company or staff. Thank you so much, I can't wait til my next intrepid trip. & thank you Phurba for truly being the best guide ever.
Review submitted 30 Apr 2024

Avril · Traveled April 2024
An amazing trip lead by an amazing team - it really has been a life changing experience- a dream fulfilled to see Everest in real life ! And a bonus to learn so much about Nepal and the people - I will defo be back !
Review submitted 30 Apr 2024

Harry · Traveled April 2024
Review submitted 30 Apr 2024

Dmitry · Traveled April 2024
Amazing trip to famous Everest Base Camp is challenging and rewarding. Intrepid team makes if safe and fun. One of the best 2 weeks spent. Highly recommend 👌
Review submitted 28 Apr 2024

Junya · Traveled April 2024
Small challenges will broaden your world. These challenges will change your life. Trekking to Everest Base Camp will definitely deepen your happiness. All you need is the courage to take the first step!
Review submitted 29 Apr 2024
Everest Base Camp Trek
From
AUD $1,976