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Everest Base Camp Trek

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

5 out of 5 based on 405 reviews submitted.
Walking & Trekking
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GBP £1,135
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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 19.6 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 405 reviews submitted.
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Lachlan · Traveled January 2024
If you are coming to Nepal, I couldn’t recommend the Everest Base Camp trek with intrepid any more highly. It been one of the most memorable experiences of my life and i hope everyone is as fortunate as me to have had this opportunity.
Review submitted 02 Feb 2024

Tim · Traveled January 2024
Excellent trek - highly recommended EBC (especially with guide, Krishna!)
Review submitted 02 Feb 2024

Imogen · Traveled January 2024
This was an adventure of a lifetime. I also highly recommend Krishna, biru and lakpa as guides for this journey, nothing could ever compare to the memories and experiences our group shared because of their leadership!!
Review submitted 02 Feb 2024

Bridie · Traveled January 2024
Our trip leader Kris was amazing, he had so much knowledge about our trip, and the country and Nepalese culture. It was a fantastic trip to be on with Kris as our leader, our assistant guides Lapa and Briu were so friendly and always had a smile :) this qas my first Intrepid trip, and I had such a great time, our group was fantastic and I always felt I was in safe hands. The teahouses we stayed at were nice and better than I was expecting. We had adequate breaks for the hours we were trekking, and it was a great experience :) I definitely recommend Intrepid!
Review submitted 03 Feb 2024

Jessica · Traveled December 2023
Adventure of a lifetime…Dipendra lead our group to Basecamp and what an amazing journey this was. The scenery is out of this world, the friendships, the laughs and the safety and well equipped crew to help you get there . They simply are so good at what they do and highly experienced. I never felt unsafe or like I couldn’t do it. Nepal is stunning and I will be back .
Review submitted 13 Jan 2024
Everest Base Camp Trek
From
GBP £1,135