• Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: As Per Itinerary
  • Food: As Per Itinerary
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges

Everest Basecamp Trek is in the bucket list of trekkers and travelers all over the world.The world famous mountain trek takes you into the lap of the Himalayas and offers a fascinating natural and cultural experience. Meandering through the Sherpa villages, the journey winds up to the base camp of the most acclaimed mountain in the world, the Mount Everest (8848m). Moreover, the intricate trails in the Sagarmatha National Park weaving the moments of joy along the trek add more grace to the experience.

The 15-day journey kicks off with your arrival in Kathmandu.From Kathmandu, you fly to the Lukla and start the trek. The trail takes you to pass suspension bridges, prayer flags,Chortens, andmonasteries to Namche Bazaar. After a day for acclimatization at Namche, the trek continues you head towards Tengboche and then to Dingboche. Here, you also hike to the top of Nangkar Tshang Peak (5616m). Hereon, passing Thukla and Lobuche, you reach Gorakshep. Along the trek route, you get to observe the biodiversity of the region and admire the scenic views of the mountains. You make your way through the Khumbu glacier and icefall to reach the Everest Base Camp. There, you can get a 360-degree view of the mountain peaks. After exploring the base camp, you move towards Gorakshep. The hike to Kalapatthar from Gorakshep is the major highlight of this trek. From this viewpoint, you can witness the panoramic views of the mountain peaks like the Mt. Everest (8,848 m),Nuptse (7,861 m), Lhotse (8,414 m), Ama Dablam (6,856 m) and many others.Everest Base Camp Trek is not only famous for natural beauty and culture but also for the heart-warming hospitality of the Sherpa people. The best season for Everest Base Camp Trek is from September to December & March to May.

Himalaya Summit Club is a leading operator of trek and mountain expedition in Nepal. We provide you with a local tour guide who knows the area like the back of his palm and will provide you a complete insight on the surrounding and culture. The company will arrange your trek permits and transport.

Highlights

  • Explore the natural beauty and cultural diversity of the Khumbu region
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas including the Mt. Everest (8848m) from Kalapatthar viewpoint
  • Visit the ancient Buddhist monasteries and Sherpa museums along the journey
  • Trek to the base camp of the Mt. Everest at 5,364 meters
  • Hike the Nangkar Tshang Peak (5,016m)

Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m).
  • Day 02Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610m).
  • Day 03Phakding (2,610m) – Namche Bazar (3,440m).
  • Day 04Namche Bazaar (3,440m).
  • Day 05Namche Bazar (3,440m) – Debouche (3,820m).
  • Day 06Debouche (3,820m) – Dingboche (4,410m).
  • Day 07Acclimatize day and Hike to Nagarjun peak (5,016m).
  • Day 08Dingboche (4,410m) – Lobuche (4,910m).
  • Day 09Lobuche (4,910m) – Everest Base Camp (5,364m) – Gorakshep (5,170m).
  • Day 10Gorakshep (5,170m) – Kalapatthar (5,545m) – Pheriche (4,270m).
  • Day 11Pheriche (4,270m) - Namche Bazaar (3,440m).
  • Day 12Namche Bazaar (3,440m) - Lukla (2,840m).
  • Day 13Lukla – Kathmandu (1,300m).
  • Day 14Kathmandu (1,300m).
  • Day 15Kathmandu – Onward Destination.

What's Included

  • Air port Pickups and drops from hotels and airport
  • Accommodations in 3 star hotels in Kathmandu (Moon light Hotel or Yatri Suites spa Hotel or Hotel Marsyngdi)
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • All meals and lodging (with sharing Bases) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Domestic flight from ktm-Lukla-ktm
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • An experienced English-speaking UIAA certified trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper work and permits (Sagarmatha National park permit, TIMS)
  • A comprehensive medical kit with Oxygen bottle with mask regulator for High Altitude sickness
  • All government and local taxes
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Useful Information

The Trekking Group

For the Everest Base Camp trek, there will be one UIAA Certified Trek leader, assistant Trek leader (5 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers:1 porter) This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to book this trip for a large group then that can be arranged too.

Accommodations

We will be staying at Hotel Marshyandi/Moon light Hotel/Yatri Suites Spa Hotel in Kathmandu, and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD. Himalaya Summit Club will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Meals

During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Himalaya Summit Club trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Acclimatization

This trek's itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less-oxygen. During this trip, a separate day is set aside in Namche & Dingboche for acclimatization.

Himalaya Summit Club advises guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are symptoms of AMS. Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff, whether once you getting in Kathmandu you can we will arrange to meet with Expedition Doctor Mr. Nima Namgel Sherpa. Himalaya Summit Club itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS as much as possible. But, it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, we can accomplish this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Himalaya Summit Club before booking the trek.

Best Time to Travel

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to December) are the best months for this trip. Although this trip can be taken during winter, there might be a problem due to obstructed pass due to ice or snow. The trekking routes are crowded during Spring and Autumn but during Monsoon and Winter the routes are not packed and we could enjoy rather best of nature.

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, broken in )
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, low ankle high version

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid Small, personal tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow