EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

Trek in the footsteps of legends on our 17-day iconic pursuit for the ultimate symbol of challenge and adventure, Mt. Everest Base Camp. Each step of the expedition keeps you immersed in alluring mountain scenery and rich Buddhist culture. Sleep in modest teahouses each night while exploring the local Sherpa way of life first-hand by day. Enjoy sipping tea with local villagers and learning about their spiritual lifestyle while discovering different plants and animals that inhabit various elevations of the mountain range on this once in a lifetime journey.

Triumph, revel in your accomplishment, and stand in awe at the captivating sight of the world’s highest peak. Let us help you achieve your goal of trekking to Mt. Everest Base Camp today.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Trek

ACTIVITY LEVEL: WWTrek Supreme Challenge

TRIP LENGTH: 17 days/16 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 10-18

TRIP COST: From $4,800/person

DATES

Oct. 20 – Nov. 5, 2017

April 22 – May 8, 2018

Nov. 2 – 18, 2018

Custom Dates Available

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the majestic Khumbu Valley
  • Experience the vibrant culture of the local Nepalese people
  • Cross the trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp off your bucket list
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Swayambhunath, the “Monkey Temple”

MEDIA

TEASER VIDEO

TREK TIPS: NEPAL

MAP

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive to Kathmandu, Nepal (4,600')

  • Guests will purchase visa, advance through customs, and transfer to hotel
  • Optional afternoon walking tour to Durbar Square, a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kathmandu Valley
  • Welcome reception, dinner, and folk dancing show
  • Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Kathmandu Cultural Tour

  • Morning orientation and briefing
  • Kathmandu Cultural Tour of parts of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kathmandu Valley, including:
    • Swayambhunath (“Monkey Temple”)
    • Bagmati River
  • Return to hotel for gear check
  • Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (9,000') then Hike to Monjo (9,301')

  • Box breakfast at Yak and Yeti for early departure to domestic airport
  • Charter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (9,372′)
  • Trek to Monjo (9,301′)
  • Overnight: Monjo Teahouse
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Trek from Monjo to Namche Bazaar (11,500')

  • Trek from Monjo to Namche Bazaar
  • Overnight: Namche Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day

  • Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day
  • Day hike around Namche
  • Explore the Namche Local Trading Market, which is held each Saturday morning
  • Tour the Everest History Museum and the Sherpa Cultural Museum
  • Overnight: Hotel Namche
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Deboche (12,660')

  • Trek from Namche to Tengboche Monastery (12,738’)
  • Overnight: Deboche Teahouse
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Trek from Deboche to Pangboche (13,993')

  • Trek from Deboche to Pangboche (13,993’)
  • Overnight: Pangboche Teahouse
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Trek from Pangboche to Pheriche (14,250')

  • Trek from Pangboche to Pheriche (14,250′)
  • Overnight: Pheriche Teahouse
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Pheriche Acclimatization Day (14,250')

  • Acclimatization and recovery day in Pheriche
  • Short acclimatization hike
  • Himalayan Rescue Association’s High-altitude Medical Lecture
  • Overnight: Pheriche Teahouse
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (16,200')

  • Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (16,203’)
  • Overnight: Lobuche Teahouse
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (16,800') | Optional Hike on Kala Patthar (18,300')

  • Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep
  • Gorak Shep to the summit of Kala Patthar (18,300’) (optional)
  • Return to Gorak Shep
  • Overnight: Gorak Shep Teahouse
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 12: Trek from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp (17,688')

  • Trek from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp! (17,688’)
  • Photo opportunities
  • Descend to Gorak Shep for lunch
  • Descend to Lobuche for the night
  • Overnight: Lobuche Teahouse
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 13: Trek from Lobuche to Deboche (12,660')

  • Trek from Lobuche to Deboche
  • Overnight: Deboche Teahouse
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 14: Trek from Deboche to Monjo (9,301')

  • Trek from Deboche to Monjo
  • Overnight: Monjo Teahouse
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 15: Trek from Monjo to Lukla (9,000')

Day 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (4,600')

  • Domestic charter flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Free afternoon for shopping and relaxation
  • Celebration dinner!
  • Overnight: Hyatt Regency
  • Meals included: B/D

Day 17: International Departures

  • Depart Kathmandu for international flights home
  • Meals included: B

Lobuche Peak Climb Add-On

If you would like extend your visit to Everest Base Camp by five days, bring your crampons and ice axe and add a climb of Lobuche Peak (20,075′)

Note: Many factors play into our movement.
YOUR GUIDE WILL ADJUST THE PLAN TO GIVE YOU THE BEST CHANCE FOR SUCCESS.

Day 1: Depart Everest Base Camp for Lobuche

  • We descend from Everest Base Camp and head to Lobuche
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 2: Trek to Lobuche High Camp

  • We will make our way up to Lobuche High Camp and spend the night there
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Climb from High Camp to Lobuche Summit and Return to High Camp

  • Today we will begin at high camp, reach the summit of Lobuche, and return to high camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Trek from High Camp to Pangboche

  • Trek from high camp to Pangboche
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

  • Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

  • Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

  • Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight included
  • Meals included: B

Day 8: International Departure

  • Prepare for international departure from Kathmandu Airport (KTM)

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT IN NEPAL

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities. We have a number of diverse projects in Nepal that WWTrek guests can get involved with.

The Human Outreach Project started with the decision to support Ang Pasang’s children after his tragic death. Our projects in Nepal have grown to include trekking dental supplies in to the remote Namche Dental Clinic, supporting the Himalayan Rescue Association by rebuilding the Manang medical clinic, and improving the conditions at Juving Secondary School by adding a solar powered computer center and an industrial water filter. We have also supported many other projects, including emergency earthquake relief and cataract surgeries; find out more at HumanOutreachProject.org

TRAVEL NOTES

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT:

  • Spring: March through May
  • Fall: September through November

This prime trekking weather is due in part because Nepal experiences two main seasons: wet and dry. You might end up drenched during the monsoonal period from June through September.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES:

This trip begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal. You will fly into and out of Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).

*Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS:

International airfares are not included in program pricing. WWTrek has an expert travel agent that can help you with all of your travel arrangements. Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to review the many flight options from the U.S. to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, we do not recommend using them due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

CUSTOMS, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION:

You will need a Nepal Entry Visa. Upon clearing customs in Nepal, you will be required to purchase a 30-day entry visa. The visa costs $40, so make sure to bring cash with you. It helps to have exact change. In addition, remember to bring two passport photos for the visa. Waiting to try and have these taken in the Kathmandu airport will not only cause you undue delays, but it also tends to be exceedingly expensive.

ADD-ON ADVENTURES:

GRATUITIES:

As in many parts of the world, gratuities are a symbol of a job well done. In addition to recognizing service people such as taxi drivers, restaurant, and hotel personnel, we also acknowledge our staff with a gratuity.

You should plan to tip any service person that helps you, 10% for taxi drivers and restaurant staff is the norm. Check to see that a gratuity is not already included in the bill. Remember, if tipping in US dollars, when calculating the exchange rate, be careful not to tip too much. As you know, tipping is your option, and a reflection of the quality of service you receive.

Trekking Staff: At the trails-end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented as we say our goodbyes.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE:

You can easily exchange money in Kathmandu after you arrive. We will allot time for guests to do so. Local currency is best on the trek. Spending varies depending on the person, but we always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals, sodas, snacks, or souvenirs.

GENERAL INFORMATION

COUNTRY:

A land locked sovereign nation, Nepal encompasses an area of 56,827 square miles. The rugged, mountainous terrain plays a key role in both the preservation of the nation’s deep cultural heritage, and as well as a hinderance to its worldly development.

POPULATION:

27.8 million

TIME ZONE:

Nepal Standard Time (NPT) is the time zone for Nepal. With a time offset from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) of +5:45, all over Nepal Standard Time is one of only three time zones with a 45-minute offset from UTC.

CAPITAL CITY:

Kathmandu, Nepal

PEOPLE:

Sherpas: The people of the Khumbu

The Sherpas are an eastern, indigenous people living in the eastern regions of Nepal. The word Sherpa is a combination of two Tibetan words, “Shyar,” meaning east, and “Pa,” or people. They are indeed easterners both in origin and present location of settlement, as they migrated from Eastern Tibet and now live in Eastern Nepal. Traditionally, Sherpas were farmers and traders. Known for their strength and relationship to the mountains, the Sherpas now primarily work in mountaineering, trekking, or portering. Therefore, the Khumbu region is well known as “Sherpa Land.”

LANGUAGE:

There are over one hundred different languages spoken in Nepal by the various ethnic groups. The main language spoken throughout the regions of Nepal, is Nepali. Our trek will take us through the Khumbu Valley where the villagers speak Sherpa, a Tibetan dialect, as well as Nepali.

CULTURE & RELIGION:

The people of Nepal are as diverse as the land that sustains them. Inhabiting different altitudes, various ethnic, tribal, and social groups have maintained their unique heritage for centuries.  Since the 1950’s, many Tibetan refugees now call Nepal home and contribute to the country’s vast array of culture.

Eighty percent of the population practices Hinduism. Hinduism is the world’s third largest religion as well as the oldest. Originating in India, Hinduism’s eclectic religious, philosophical, and cultural roots are characterized by their belief in reincarnation—one absolute being or soul reborn multiple times in various manifestations until enlightenment is achieved. Ten percent of the population practices Buddhism while the remaining 10% are either Muslim, Christian, or Kirant (an indigenous religion). Both participants of Hinduism and Buddhism share many of the temples throughout Nepal, as their beliefs are similar. Often times, religious and cultural practices are difficult to distinguish as many individuals often employ dual-faith practices.

MONEY:

The official currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee Introduced in 1932, the Rupee is abbreviated Rs. Check online for current conversion rates.