Epic Everest: A Trek To Basecamp
*Prices are per person in a basic tea house accommodation during the trek
16 days of walking through natural wonders
Visiting 1 country: Nepal
This is it. The most iconic location Mother Nature has gifted us. And you are about to embrace the adventure of a lifetime, as you hike to Everest Basecamp. As you set foot for the first time on Himalayan terrain, you’ll think forward to the times that lie ahead and experience a rush of emotions; the feeling of being at one with the incredible environment that encapsulates you, immersing yourself in the famous Sherpa culture, hours spent pushing your body as you acclimatize to your surroundings, and knowing that from here on, it’s up to you and your feet to get on with this immense journey.
Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300 meters)
Welcome to your Everest Adventure; we bet you’re feeling pretty thrilled right now, huh? We too are ecstatic, at meeting and leading you on this trip, which begins here. After a warm welcome at the airport, we’ll whisk you away to your hotel where you can drop your bags, unwind a little, and have a chat about what to expect… The experience is starting to get very real!
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Optional additional costs)
Before diving straight into the deep end, we’ll limber up with a day of sightseeing and tourism in historic Kathmandu. Our tour guide will take you around the city informing you about the traditions that formed the Nepalese capital and the landmarks that create the stories that illuminate Kathmandu.
Meanwhile, back at our HQ, we’ll be grafting away securing your trekking permits and TIMMS documentation, giving you peace of mind to explore freely, whilst you spend a carefree, leisurely day jaunting about town. Don’t say we’re not good to you.
Day 3: Kathmandu – Lukla (flights) (2160 m)
Rise and shine campers, it’s time to go!
Set your alarms very early, as our guide picks you up from the hotel at 05:30 a.m.…yikes! We’ll get you to Kathmandu Airport and onto your 06:30 a.m. flight to Lukla (2750 m) in a little over 45 minutes. Just enough time for a quick car nap!
Upon arrival we’ll take some time to have breakfast, before setting off on a 4 hour walk to Phakding (2160 m), a simple, rural settlement inhabited by Sherpas. Our day continues with a short walk following the Dudh Kosi River upstream where you will find our lodge for the evening. Not too much of a strenuous start…just you wait, it’s all fun and games from here on in.
Dat 4: Phakding – Namche Bazar (3440 m)
You + Today’s Hike = 7 hours walking and a 1300 meter elevation. We told you it’d be fun!
Our target today is to reach Namche Bazar, Solukhumbu Province. Sure, it’s your first truly challenging day on the trek, particularly the final 3 hours which get pretty trying. For your exertions, however, the payoff is massive – jagged mountain peaks pierce the sky, the colourful rooftops of Namche Bazar welcome you, and the Sherpa hospitality will ensure you a pleasant stay. Not too shabby, eh?
Our retreat from the night is a local teahouse. Sip and sleep your way through the evening.
Day 5: Acclimation Visit Up To 4000 Metres
Oh boy. 4000 metres above sea level is quite the height. You know it. We know it. Our bodies most definitely know it. That’s why today we’ll stay put in Namche Bazar and dedicate ourselves to acclimatizing our bodies to the testing conditions.
Of course, some of us may get itchy feet, and who are we to stop you from exploring further on your personal adventure? There’s an opportunity to undertake a day hike to the local village of Khumjung, a curious wee place that’s home to a sacred cave where Tibetan Buddhism was established, and a Monastery, or as the locals call it a ‘Gompa’, where they reportedly have the scalp of a Yeti. Yep, you read that right, they have a YETI’S SCALP. That alone is worth the visit.
Day 6: Namche Bazar – Tengboche (3860 m)
OK folks, with a whole day of acclimation under our belts, our bodies should be good to go. If not, we’ll get you on the way back down!
Our day consists of a 6-7 hours hike to Tengboche, where you’ll lay your eyes on the ethereal peaks of the Eastern Himalayas of Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Whilst the entire region is undeniably breath-taking, the sight of these peaks really conjures exciting emotions, and underlines the beauty of our World.
Day 7: Tengboche – Dingbuche (4450 m)
Shifting down the gears is key today, as pace is not going to get us anywhere fast. With a sharply increasing altitude, taking today step by step will get us to Dingbuche in 6-7 hours. What’s that old parable about the hare and the tortoise, slow and steady wins the race? Couldn’t be more applicable than today!
Day 8: Acclimatization Day Visit Up To 5000 Meters
Acclimatization and recuperation are invaluable on this epic quest, and toady we’ll be taking our second rest day to prepare you for the final push to Everest Basecamp. A wander up to the lodge village of Chhukung Valley will allow you to take in the Lho and Nup glaciers.
Get some good rest for the next few days as we make the final ascent to Everest Basecamp.
Day 9: Dinboche – Lobuche (4950 m)
Edging closer to the almost unfathomable heights of 5000 metres, we’ll roll out on to Lobuche, our final stop before we get to Basecamp…excited yet?! We’ll be on our feet 5-6 hours today, and upon arrival we’ll be greeted by panoramas of the glorious Pumori, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse mountains. Once you have a minute from being completely struck by your surroundings, it is a good time for a photo or two for your scrapbooks.
Day 10: Lobuche – Gorakshep – Everest Basecamp – Gorakshep (5160 m)
Today’s the day you’ve been waiting for, Everest Basecamp beckons. Are you pumped?? cause we certainly are!
First, we traverse from Lobouche to Gorakshep, a fairly short hike for only 3-4 hours, allowing you to conserve energy for the final ascent. The second most important event of the day is about to take place – lunch. With bellies sufficiently full and legs well rested, ladies and gentlemen, let’s do this.
Each passing step towards our destination fills you with awe and wonder, what a truly astonishing and majestic location you’ve wound up in. Timing our ascent to Basecamp means we’ll be there for sunset. Imagine it – the final shards of light glimmering orange and red across the sky seductively roll over the Himalayas as another day turns to dusk, and then to night. Sorry to get all poetic on you there, but holy moly, if the thought of it alone can make you go weak in the knees, think how incredible the reality will be!
Once you’ve taken in every last spectacle, we’ll drag you away to Gorakshep, where this special day comes to a close.
Day 11: Gorakshep -Kalapatthar – Pheriche (4200 m)
The great descent begins! Starting at an altitude of 5550 metres we will drop approximately 1300 meters over the course of today, hence we get the ball rolling first thing in the morning. A 2 hour march on to Kalapatthar is where we make our first port of call for the day. Why? Kalapatthar is noted as being the perfect vista encapsulating all the major peaks of the Himalayan Range, including Everest itself. Maybe, just maybe, if lady luck is on our side we’ll bare witness to sunrise over the Range, and spend a few arresting moments immersing ourselves in the remarkable daybreak. A true high point of the entire excursion and an idyllic photo opportunity. Shuffling on to Pheriche we locate our accommodation, contemplating whether sunset or sunrise was more impressive. Hard life!
Day 12: Pheriche – Tengboche (3860 m)
A rather lengthy descent at 6 hours culminates at Tengboche where we’ll lay down our packs for the night. Sure, this isn’t a particularly thrilling day, but at least you have the awesome scenery to keep you inspired.
Day 13: Tengboche – Namche Bazar (3440 m)
Back on the horse we get and strive for Namche Bazar, where the thriving markets will provide you with your first semblance of society in about a week, though by that point, you’ll probably prefer the peace, quiet, and serenity of the mountains!
Day 14: Namche Bazar – Lukla (2700 m)
Our final day before we head back to Kathmandu, the 8 hour walk is certainly the longest out of the descent days, as we spend one last evening in the pleasant company of Everest and the Himalayan Range, before bidding an emotional farewell to the magnificent mountains.
Day 15: Lukla – Kathmandu (Flight) (1300 m)
Boarding the plane back to the capital, you’ll feel a range of emotions, but most notably joy, stemming from the natural beauty you’ve been captivated by the past few days and the sense of achievement for reaching the iconic Everest Basecamp. You’re a rare breed, and you deserve to feel this satisfied, even a little smug, by successfully completing this trek.
Transfers to your hotel from Kathmandu Airport are provided, and to round off the excursion, please come and spend your last evening with us as we host an evening of Nepalese culture. A perfect end to an amazing trip, where you can learn more about the local cultures and really let your hair down. After all, you totally deserve it.
Day 16: Departure Transfer
Whether you’re flying onwards or staying in Nepal, we’ll ensure that you get to your point of departure without any drama, as we offer complimentary transfers when you need them.
EPIC JOURNEYS: ADVENTURES & EXPEDITIONS, INTO THE WILD: ACTIVE/NATURE
2 Weeks +
We begin Everest Base Camp Trek with a short domestic flight to Lukla from where we rely on our own feet for the rest of the journey. From the very first day you will get to taste the intoxicating blend of mountain views and local Sherpa culture.
Nights will be spent mostly in lodges and enough time will be allocated for acclimatization whenever great significant altitude shift is involved. You need not necessary climb Everest or any other mountain for an adventure experience—you will realize at the end of this of this trip.
For the kind of scenery that you can expect, just view our gallery consisting of Everest photos and other scenes during the trail.
Everest Base Camp Trek follows the Dudhkoshi River (upstream), passes through Dudhkoshi Valley surrounded by Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru peaks, the colorful Namche Bazar and Tengboche and finally ascends to Kalapatthar, the highest point on our way. In addition to Mt. Everest, the Lhotse-Nuptse Wall, Ama Dablam and Kantega are the major attractions in this tranquil region. You will also have the opportunity to explore the Mountaineering Museum in Namche Bazar, witness mountain life in Khumjung, and many monasteries, lamaseries and temples during the trip, including the famous Tengboche Monastery.
3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner, which you can choose from the menu) during the trek; breakfast in Kathmandu
- Accommodation: Basic teahouse accommodation during the trek (Toilet and bathroom will be outside of the room; Deluxe accommodation for 3 nights in Kathmandu.
- Meals: 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner, which you can choose from the menu) during the trek; breakfast in Kathmandu
- Transportation: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight ticket for clients and Guide. Airport – hotel – airport transfers by car
- Documentation: Trekking permit (Sagarmatha National park) and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card
- Equipment/Accessories: Down jacket, sleeping bags, first-aid kit, water purifying solution (iodine-based)
- Human resource: A professional and experienced trekking guide (English-speaking); a porter per two trekkers (carrying up to 25 kg); all the expenses for the guide and porter(s) are covered (wages, accommodation, meals, transportation, insurance, etc.)
- Tax/Service Charge: All applicable taxes, service charges or fees. We hereby guarantee you of no ‘hidden charges’ afterwards.
- Complimentary: Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (authentic Nepalese cuisines with live cultural show)
- Emergency Rescue Service: Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. However, you must be already insured for such emergencies, and your insurance policy must cover helicopter evacuation. Moreover, you should provide your policy details and authorize us to deal directly with your insurance company on your behalf.
Cost does not include:
- Beverage (cold/Alcoholic drinks, bottled Mineral Water, boiled water, tea/coffee, etc.)
- Any other expenses of personal nature (extra meals, battery charging fees, WIFI, photography charges, Hot Shower, etc.)
- Tips or donations
- Your travel insurance
- Nepal Visa
- EUR 1498 for a solo Trekkers
- 2 Person group size basis EUR 1410 Per Person
- 3 to 5 Person group size basis EUR 1130 Per Person
- 6 to 10 Person group size basic EUR 1015 Per Person
- 11 to 15 Person group size basic EUR 970 Per Person
- 16 and above group size will be EUR 915 Per Person