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Your walking holiday in Nepal

Everest Base Camp | Guided Group

Total Distance 79 miles (127km) | Average distance per day 7 miles (11km)

Trek to the most iconic base camp of all, at the foot of the greatest mountain in the world, Mount Everest (8848m).

This is one of the world's classic treks. Starting the walks through Sherpa country past cultivated fields and small villages, we have time to acclimatise before reaching spectacular high altitude scenery: the incredible monastery at Thyangboche, views of Ama Dablam, Everest and other mighty Himalayan peaks.

As well as reaching Everest Base Camp, you have the opportunity to climb Kala Pattar (5545m) for magnificent views of the highest mountain on Earth.

What not to miss

  • Classic trek to Base Camp
  • Soak up Nepalese Sherpa culture
  • Incredible views of Everest
  • 12 days point to point trekking

What’s included

  • Meals (All breakfasts included)
  • 3 nights standard hotels, 12 nights in teahouses
  • Tour leader, plus local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
  • Airport transfers
Your walking holiday in Nepal

Everest Base Camp | Guided Group

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Royal Singi Hotel, Kathmandu

4-star

For the three nights in Kathmandu we usually stay at the Hotel Royal Singi, located within walking distance of the Thamel district. All rooms have en suite facilities and there is a restaurant, a bar and an outdoor courtyard. There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby and Wi-Fi codes are available from reception for the rooms. 

Teahouse Lodges

The twelve nights on trek are spent in lodges (teahouses). The teahouses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains.

The hub of the teahouse is the dining room, usually decorated with colourful traditional rugs, sometimes with a stove or heater. Most teahouses sell snacks and other essentials such as tissues, soap and toilet paper.

Almost all lodges have electricity but it is not wholly reliable and lighting may not be bright enough to read by – a torch is essential. Electrical charging facilities are generally available only in the dining room (charged at approx. Rs150-350 per hour per device). Many of the lodges use solar power so sometimes there is not enough electricity for charging. Many lodges have Wi-Fi these days – in some areas it works well but in others it is slow and temperamental.

We book twin-share bedrooms throughout this trek. Beds with foam mattresses, bedsheets and a pillow are provided. Bedrooms are unheated and can get cold at night so you will need to bring or hire a sleeping bag.

Most lodges have only one or two basic toilets and sometimes these are located outside the main lodge building. Toilets are usually Asian ’squat’ style; although many lodges have now installed ‘western style’ seated ones. Toilet paper is not provided so you should bring your own or buy it locally (please dispose of it the bin provided – do not put it in the bowl). If there is not a flush handle, there should be a container of water to pour down – if it is empty (or frozen) please either refill it or ask the lodge to.

Some lodges now have hot 'showers' (charged at approx. Rs250-500 per shower). Sometimes a hot shower is simply a bucket of hot water and not a shower head.

Standards of cleanliness vary especially in the peak trekking season and in winter when the water freezes at night. Please report any problems to your leader or the lodge and be vigilant in your personal hygiene regime – use soap or hand sanitizer gel before and after toilet breaks, snacks and meal times.

As a general rule, the higher altitude you go to, the more basic the lodges and the more expensive food and services become.

Your walking holiday in Nepal

Everest Base Camp | Guided Group

15 nights / 16 days

Day 1

Start Kathmandu.

The tour starts at our hotel in Kathmandu. There will be a full trek briefing in the evening.

Meals included: none

Day 2

Short but spectacular flight to Lukla (2800m); trek to Phakding| Distance 5 miles (8km) | Elevation 2,652m | Duration 3 hours

You fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first short leg of the trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'milk river'). We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m). 

Tea-house altitude: 2,652m
Meals included: breakfast

Day 3

Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar.| Distance 9 miles (15km) | Altitude gain 790m | Duration 6 to 7 hours.

Heading out of Phakding we follow the Dudh Kosi river valley northwards. This day's walk takes us through magnificent forests with glimpses of the mountains ahead. You cross the river several times by bridges as you pass through the villages of Benkar, Monzo and Jorsale. A final bridge brings you to the foot of the steep climb to Namche. Halfway up this ascent, you may get your first glimpse, cloud-permitting, of the summit of Everest appearing majestically behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. A last 300m of climbing brings us to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and the main town in the area. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre. It has a weekly market on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning but the town bustles all day every day with trekkers, coffee shops, bakeries and trekking stores.  

Tea-house altitude: 3,440m
Meals included: breakfast

Day 4

Acclimatisation walk to Kunde and Khumjung; descend to Kyanjuma.| Distance 6 miles (10km) | Altitude gain 160m | Duration 6 hours.

Today you climb steeply out of Namche past the airstrip at Shyangboche, to the Everest View Hotel, the highpoint of our day at 3,880m. Built by the Japanese this spectacularly situated hotel with wonderful views of Everest and Ama Dablam is an ideal place for a tea break. Descending through forest we come to Khumjung, where we have lunch close to the Sir Edmund Hillary School. After lunch, we walk up to Kunde and visit the Edmund Hillary Hospital. The twin villages of Kunde and Khumjung are set below Khumbila, the rocky peak sacred to all Sherpas. For much of the walk, we have great views of Ama Dablam and other Himalayan giants. We walk back down through Khumjumg, to the monastery. Sadly it was damaged in the earthquake but is now being repaired. Inside is a small box and after paying the entry fee (which goes towards the repairs) we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! Descending to the main trail we spend the night at Kyanjuma.

Tea-house altitude: 3,600m
Meals included: breakfast

Day 5

Trek through the Sherpa heartland to the monastery at Thyangboche.| Distance 4 miles (6km) | Altitude gain 270m | Duration 6 hours.

This morning we descend to the river; we cross it at the little settlement of Phunki Thangkha at 3,250m, then climb steeply through the forest to Thyangboche at 3,867m. We will be here by lunchtime and in the afternoon we will visit the famous monastery. The sunset and sunrise on the fantastic panorama of mountains surrounding us are not to be missed - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam provide a wonderful backdrop to our teahouse. Look out for Himalayan Tahr in the forest surrounding the monastery.

Tea-house altitude: 3,600m
Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

Continue up the Khumbu Valley and then the Imja Valley to Dingboche. | Distance 6 miles (10km) | Altitude gain 480m | Duration 6.5 hours.

We descend through the forest to Devoche and a little further on we cross the rushing Imja Khola, whose valley we now follow. Climbing steadily the trail enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. Ascending the valley, we have lunch at Shomore, after which we leave the trees behind and cross a wooden bridge at the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Kholas. A short steep climb brings us to Dingboche, at 4,530m, a summer settlement where great peaks surround us. 

Tea-house altitude: 4,350m
Meals included: breakfast

Day 7

Spend the day at Dingboche for acclimatisation. | Distance 5 miles (8km) | Altitude gain 480m | Duration 5 hours.

We spend a day at Dingboche to continue our acclimatisation. Those adapting well to the altitude can climb Nangkartshang Peak at 5,100m for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawoche and Ama Dablam.

Tea-house altitude: 4,350m
Meals included: breakfast

Day 8

Continue the ascent to Lobuje. | Distance 4 miles (8km) | Altitude gain 580m | Duration 5 to 5.5 hours.

The trail climbs steeply out of Dingboche past a chorten and ascends the valley gradually to Dugla at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here we have a short, steep climb up to Chukpo Lari, a beautiful, yet poignant place where there is a line of memorials in tribute to the climbers who have died on Everest and from where we have a beautiful panorama of the peaks lying on the Nepal-Tibet border. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuje, a tiny hamlet with a few teahouses. The sunset on Nuptse is not to be missed. 

Tea-house altitude: 4,930m
Meals included: breakfast

Day 9

Visit Everest Base Camp; overnight at Gorak Shep. | Distance 8 miles (13km) | Altitude gain 250m | Duration 9 to 12 hours.

A very long, hard day today as we leave very early, following the Khumbu Glacier northwards to Gorak Shep (5,184m). The trail undulates up and down the moraine with some short steep sections. The trail is rocky in places as we are now on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. It will take us about 3 hours to reach Gorak Shep where we will have a rest and something to eat. From here to base camp and back there are no lodges so we will fill our water bottles and take some snacks for the walk to Everest Base Camp. We start by walking across the sandy flat at Gorak Shep and climb onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for a couple of hours before finally descending onto the rocky glacial moraine itself. The trail winds up and down through fascinating ice seracs to the area known as Everest Base Camp, where in spring, we might see in the distance some of the expedition teams as they prepare to climb the mountain. From the Base Camp we get fantastic close up views of the Khumbu Ice Fall and we can appreciate just how difficult it is for the climbers to negotiate a route through the huge blocks of ice. Nuptse towers above us and Pumori rears up behind us. After a short photo stop by the Base Camp rock we retrace our steps to Gorak Shep. 

Tea-house altitude: 5,184m
Meals included: breakfast

Day 10

Climb Kala Pattar (5545m) for classic mountain views of Everest; descend to Pheriche. | Distance 9 miles (14km) | Altitude loss 940m | Duration 10 to 11 hours.

Another hard day as we climb steeply above Gorak Shep to the small peak of Kala Pattar, 'Black Rock', at 5,545m from where we can look down over the base camps of the various Everest expeditions. This climb affords a magnificent view of the Khumbu Glacier and above all a close-up view of the world's highest mountain. We return to Gorak Shep and retrace our steps to Lobuje for lunch and then continue on down the valley to the lower altitude of Pheriche for the night. Please note that the walk to Everest Base Camp and the climb of Kala Pattar are both very tough. Sometimes we may change the order in which we tackle the walks depending on the group's ability and weather conditions). 

Tea-house altitude: 4,243m
Meals included: breakfast

Day 11

Retrace our steps to Kyanjuma. | Distance 8 miles (13km) | Altitude loss 650m | Duration 7.5 to 8 hours.

Descending through Pheriche, we cross a small bridge and have a short climb before descending to join the main Imja Khola Valley. We follow the valley down to Pangboche through an alpine meadow landscape. We drop down to the rushing river then walk through the peaceful rhododendron forests to the village of Devoche from where we climb back up to Thyangboche on the ridge for lunch. We descend off the ridge to Phunki Tenga and walk back to Kyanjuma, where we spend the night. 

Tea-house altitude: 3,600m
Meals included: breakfast

Day 12

Descend through Namche to Monzo. | Distance 7 miles (11km) | Altitude loss 750m | Duration 4.5 to 5 hours.

The walk to Namche Bazaar takes us along a beautiful undulating trail high above the Dudh Kosi. We have some time in Namche and after lunch we descend through Namche Bazaar and pick up our outward trail again to Monzo, where we stay tonight.

Tea-house altitude: 2,850m
Meals included: breakfast

Day 13

Continue to Lukla. | Distance 8 miles (13km) | Altitude loss 50m | Duration 4.5 to 5 hours.

We retrace our steps to Chaunrikhara where we start the last climb to the airstrip at Lukla.

Tea-house altitude: 2,800m

Meals included: breakfast

Day 14

Fly to Kathmandu.

We fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. 

Meals included: breakfast

Day 15

Free day in Kathmandu to explore the city.

Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu (it is also a spare day to allow for any delays in the flights to or from Lukla). You may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. We offer a full range of sightseeing tours, which can be booked and paid for locally. Please see the Optional Excursions section within the Trip Notes or the Exodus notice board in the hotel in Kathmandu. 

Meals included: breakfast

Day 16

Ends Kathmandu.

For land only travellers the tour ends after breakfast. 

Meals included: breakfast

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Your walking holiday in Nepal

Everest Base Camp | Guided Group

Package Prices 2018 (Flights and Transfers Included)

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
14 September – 30 September 16 £2519
28 September – 14 October 16 £2399
03 October – 19 October 16 £2549
12 October – 28 October 16 £2549
17 October – 02 November 16 £2499
19 October – 04 November 16 £2539
24 October – 09 November 16 £2499
26 October – 11 November 16 £2549
02 November – 18 November 16 £2549
09 November – 25 November 16 £2549
16 November – 02 December 16 £2549
30 November – 16 December 16 £2549
12 December – 28 December 16 £2429
19 December – 04 January 16 £2779

Package prices are indicative, please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Tour Only Prices 2018

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
15 September – 30 September 15 £1579
29 September – 14 October 15 £1599
04 October – 19 October 15 £1599
13 October – 28 October 15 £1599
18 October – 02 November 15 £1599
20 October – 04 November 15 £1599
25 October – 09 November 15 £1599
27 October – 11 November 15 £1599
03 November – 18 November 15 £1599
10 November – 25 November 15 £1599
17 November – 02 December 15 £1599
01 December – 16 December 15 £1599
13 December – 28 December 15 £1589
20 December – 04 January 15 £1629

Package Prices 2019 (Flights and Transfers Included)

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
11 January – 27 January 16 £2349
15 February – 03 March 16 £2439
01 March – 17 March 16 £2439
15 March – 31 March 16 £2439
22 March – 07 April 16 £2439
27 March – 12 April 16 £2439
05 April – 21 April 16 £2489
12 April – 28 April 16 £2489
17 April – 03 May 16 £2489
19 April – 05 May 16 £2489
26 April – 12 May 16 £2349
13 September – 29 September 16 £2599
20 September – 06 October 16 £2599
27 September – 13 October 16 £2639
02 October – 18 October 16 £2639
04 October – 20 October 16 £2639
09 October – 25 October 16 £2639
11 October – 27 October 16 £2639
16 October – 01 November 16 £2639
18 October – 03 November 16 £2639
23 October – 08 November 16 £2639
25 October – 10 November 16 £2639
30 October – 15 November 16 £2639
01 November – 17 November 16 £2639
06 November – 22 November 16 £2639
08 November – 24 November 16 £2639
15 November – 01 December 16 £2639
22 November – 08 December 16 £2639
29 November – 15 December 16 £2639
06 December – 22 December 16 £2539
18 December – 03 January 16 £2839

Package prices are indicative, please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Tour Prices 2019

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
12 January – 27 January 15 £1629
16 February – 03 March 15 £1669
02 March – 17 March 15 £1669
16 March – 31 March 15 £1669
23 March – 07 April 15 £1669
28 March – 12 April 15 £1669
06 April – 21 April 15 £1669
13 April – 28 April 15 £1669
18 April – 03 May 15 £1669
20 April – 05 May 15 £1629
27 April – 12 May 15 £1629
14 September – 29 September 15 £1629
21 September – 06 October 15 £1629
03 October – 18 October 15 £1669
05 October – 20 October 15 £1669
10 October – 25 October 15 £1669
12 October – 27 October 15 £1669
19 October – 03 November 15 £1669
26 October – 10 November 15 £1669
02 November – 17 November 15 £1669
09 November – 24 November 15 £1669
16 November – 01 December 15 £1669
23 November – 08 December 15 £1669
07 December – 22 December 15 £1669
19 December – 03 January 15 £1669


Extras

Single room supplement: £80

Expedition Departures

We also offer ‘expedition departures’ with the exclusive opportunity to spend two nights camping at Everest Base Camp in spring, at a time of year when the climbing parties are preparing for their Everest summit attempts. 

Solo travellers

On this tour we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.

When to go

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go. Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as to minus 10ºC at the highest altitudes.

Winter: December to end February. Despite the cooler conditions this is an ideal time to trek in Nepal. Skies are usually very clear especially in December and the mountain views are at their best. Nights will be very cold with temperatures down to minus 15ºC to minus 20ºC at the highest altitudes but days are pleasant and sunny. The trails are also much less busy at this time of year. In Kathmandu maximum daytime temperatures are 19ºC.

Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but often a haze will build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

Your walking holiday in Nepal

Everest Base Camp | Guided Group

Total Distance: 79 miles (127km)

Average distance per day: 7 miles (11km)

Altitude: maximum 5545m, average 3900m

Suitability

Minimum age 18.

For those confident of their physical fitness, this is a challenging grade trek providing the chance to walk to Base Camp and ascend Kala Pattar, from where we get superb close-up views of the highest mountains in the world. 

There are 12 days point-to-point walking with full porterage throughout - you need only carry your daypack. You should have some previous trekking experience and if you do not partake in regular exercise or hill walking then you should do some physical preparation beforehand. The trail crosses approximately seven modern suspension bridges (twice), all of which have mesh sides but some are quite long and high and anyone with a strong fear of heights or vertigo may find them difficult.

The maximum altitude on this trek is 5,545m and the average is approximately 3,900m. Ample time is given for acclimatisation, but altitude is a factor and must be considered.

Walking hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated exclude lunch stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

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