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: Strenuous

TRIP LENGTH: 17 days/16 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 16

TRIP COST: From

Double Occupancy

$ 4,900

per person

Single Supplement

$ 1,200

per person

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”

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EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK TIPS SERIES

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*If you’re interested in adding on our Lobuche Peak Climb check out our Everest Base Camp Trek + Lobuche Peak Climb page.

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 or comparable
  • 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 or comparable
  • 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 or comparable
  • 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 or comparable
  • 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')

  • Trek from Monjo to Lukla
  • Overnight: Yeti Mountain Home or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

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 or comparable
  • Meals included: B/D

Day 17: International Departures

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

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Visit:

Spring (March – May) and Fall (September – November) offer the best trekking weather in Nepal. During these seasons temperatures are moderate and skies are clear; whereas the monsoonal season (June – September) is extremely raining and the winter is frigid.

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. There are many flight options to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) and our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to help you with all your travel arrangements. 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, Visas, & 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.

*Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least six months after you depart your home country. Make two copies of your passport, leave one at home and bring the other with you to Nepal along with two extra passport photos in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend purchasing travel insurance, which will protect you in the event of an unanticipated cancellation of your trip, and depending on the plan you choose, can refund all the costs already paid (including flights, trip costs, and your payment to us). Please note: you must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. There are three plans that we recommend choosing from: Cavalry, Rip Cord or Harbor. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Accommodations:

Before and after the trek, enjoy the nicest lodging available in Kathmandu. The journey will start with a  night The Yak and Yeti, which has been converted from an old royal palace from the Kingdom of Nepal. Learn more about Kathmandu Accommodations with our Trek Tip Series!

Along the trail to Everest Base Camp, we will stay at the best Tea House Lodges available. Tea houses, which are often family-run, are basic accommodations created to support the tourism on the trail. Lower in the valley, the houses will have power outlets, hot showers, and bathrooms in private rooms. As we move up higher into the valley the accommodations become more rustic. Learn more about Nepal Tea Houses with our Trek Tip Series!

Transportation:

A World Wide Trekking representative will privately transport you from the airport to your lodge. During the trek, travel light while carrying just your daypack. Yaks will carry all other bags and equipment.

Meals:

Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the success of all our adventures. Rest assured that you will be served hearty, delicious meals and that we will happily accommodate for all dietary restrictions. Guests will have the opportunity to choose their meal from the menu for all meals but lunch, which is served family style. Although afternoon snacks will be available, we recommend bringing your favorite trail snacks as well.

Health & Safety:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified guides before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits.

Prior to the trip, you will need to get a prescription from your physician for Diamox, for altitude sickness. Other medications that you may wish to have on had include Cipro, Imodium, throat lozenges, and Visine. In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel vaccination clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, MMR, and Yellow Fever.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801.943.0264 or visit our trek tips series on YouTube.

Our Team:

Once you sign on with WWTrekking, we are here for you every step of the way! You will be assigned an adventure specialist who will help you prepare for your trip. Whether your questions or needs are regarding flights, packing, early arrivals, departures, accommodations or anything else, your adventure specialist is only a phone call away!

Once your trip begins, World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew on all trips of 8 people or more. We provide medically certified, Professional Western guide(s) for all adventures of 8+ passengers as well as a plethora of local professionals to aid the group along the trek including porters, a yak teams, chefs, servers, dishwashers, and more. Additionally, you have access to a Local Operations Manager throughout your adventure.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you a tipping guide once you sign up for a trip.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

Add-on Adventures:

Many guests prefer to arrive early or leave late so they can add more adventure into their vacation. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply. Below are some of our favorite and most popular add-on adventures.

Lobuche Peak Climb

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.

Fitness & Nutrition Training:

We provide a complimentary 6-week extensive fitness and nutrition program to help our guests prepare for their journey ahead. The program is tailored specifically for our trips and includes virtual 1 on 1 coaching sessions with our Fitness and Nutrition Specialist.

Learn more here!

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.

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′)

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