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Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest base camp trekking – a great challenge and achievement – a thrill being so close to the highest peak on earth.

 Everest base camp trek – the trek in Nepal that started it all!

To trek to Everest Base Camp is one of those things that we always hear about and wonder if we'll ever be lucky enough or brave enough to do it. Ever since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa climbed Mount Everest in 1953 the route to base camp has been something of a pilgrimage for adventure seekers. Not just about getting to Base Camp, this trek also takes us to the summit of Kala Patthar at an incredible 5545m, or 18,192ft. Members of our team have skydived from altitudes lower than this - it's truly a remarkable feat to reach here.

Surrounded by breathtaking scenery at every moment of your trek, it's hard to put into words the trekking experience for anyone that has yet to do it. This classic Everest Base Camp trek sums up what it means to come to the Himalayas, follow in the footsteps of international heroes and trek in Nepal.

From 360 panoramas of snow capped glistening monolithic mountains, to ancient Buddhist monasteries, to vast creaking glaciers and the opportunity to see all sorts of unique and captivating wildlife - this Himalayan trek offers uncountable sights and experiences that you'll never find anywhere else. Learn about the traditional ways of life and culture of the Sherpa mountain people and support the local economy through our rigorously ethical practices.

Our local staff are paid a decent living wage, get provided with all the right gear and are always well looked after. We pride ourselves on this.

After what may well be the most beautiful flight of your life, flying within touching distance of enormous mountains and making a hard-to-believe landing at Lukla mountain airport, we get stuck into the trek, setting off to the famous Khumbu Valley. The lush greenery of the terraced farmland and villages around Lukla soon fade away as we weave along the Dudh Koshi river, crossing hair raising high wire suspension bridges and climbing on until we reach the thriving Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar - where there is plenty to do and see as we acclimatise.

Soon we find ourselves face to face with the true geological royalty of the Himalayan ranges. We trek for some days in the Shadow of the glorious Mt. Ama Dablam, watching the sunrise and set on the picturesque peak and hanging glacier of the "mother and her necklace". We move onwards cautiously but steadily - our expert guides monitoring the progress of each of us as we acclimatise to the thinner air, lower oxygen level and all new surroundings. We ensure we have enough trekking guides in the team that if you have to slow down to acclimatise, someone will always be with you.

As the days go by and we get close to Mt Everest and to Everest Base Camp, we find ourselves up close and personal with the Khumbu glacier and a number of 8000m+ peaks that can leave you speechless. After passing the imposing face of Nuptse we make our way to Gorak Shep, where we'll spend the night at a whopping 5170m. Weather permitting, we'll see the sun set on the side of Mount Everest after perhaps our biggest challenge - reaching the summit of Kala Patthar (5545m), before we descend under the glow of the Milky Way.

The next day will be the day it all comes together, as we make an early start from Gorak Shep, to follow the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and take ourselves all the way to Everest Base Camp (5365m).


Fast Facts

  • Max altitude: 5545m / 18,192ft
  • Trek length: 15 days
  • Difficulty:
  • Sleeping: Hotels / Teahouses
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Everest Base Camp - The Epic Trek

Everyone's heard about the Everest Base Camp Trek. Many have said they'd love to experience to. Fewer people have actually considered doing it and fewer still have actually done it. For the elite few that make it to Nepal to Trek to Everest Base Camp, there is no experience quite like it. Are you going to be one of them?

Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1: Welcome, briefing & prep
  • Day 2: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding
  • Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 4: Acclimatisation hike, return to Namche
  • Day 5: Namche to Tengboche
  • Day 6: Hike to Dingboche
  • Day 7: Acclimatisation climb of Nangkartshang Peak
  • Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche
  • Day 9: Gorak Shep & Kala Patthar Summit
  • Day 10: Everest Base Camp & Pheriche
  • Day 11: Return to Namche Bazaar via Tangboche
  • Day 12: Trek Back to Lukla
  • Day 13: Return flight to Kathmandu & dinner

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Memorable Moments

Climb Kala Patthar

Climb the challenging summit of Kala Patthar - 5545m altitude. Stand in the shadow of the mighty Pumori as you watch the sun go down on the top of the world.

Reach Out

High altitude trekking is a challenging experience and the people you're with start to feel like family. An adventure like this can form lifetime frendships.

Experience Altitude

5000m (16400 ft) is high enough to sky-dive. Oxygen and atmospheric pressure are lower, thinking and moving are both more challenging. How will you go?

The top of the World is waiting for You!

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Why choose us?

  • A Fair Deal

    We pay our staff properly. We make sure they have the right gear and the right insurance. We take pride in our ethics.

  • Staying Safe

    Your safety is our priority. We make sure we always have ample, well trained guides on every trek, prepared for any eventuality.

  • Support Nepal

    We source all of our staff equipment from Nepali companies, mostly family owned. This helps to ensure prosperity for hundreds of local people, not corporations.

  • Expert Advice

    If you can't find what you're looking for in our Nepal trekking advice pages, we offer a free Q&A advice service for all our customers.

What's included

  • Hotel in Kathmandu on the night before the trek
  • Welcome dinner, briefing and cultural show the night before the trek
  • Awe inspiring (and a little hair raising) flights to/from the mountains
  • Hotel in Kathmandu on the night after the trek
  • Airport transfers for domestic flights
  • Airport meet & greet on arrival into Kathmandu
  • Comfortable Teahouse style accommodation during the trek
  • Breakfast every morning (except arrival day of course)
  • Dinner each night on trail (except arrival day)
  • Hot drink of your choice every morning & evening
  • High quality sleeping bags provided for trek
  • Down jackets available on request
  • English speaking, skilled & experienced Nepali group leader
  • Ample additional English speaking guides for the group
  • Well paid local porters to carry your gear
  • Proper, quality mountain gear to keep our porters safe and warm
  • Insurance of all staff, including porters
  • Trekking permits and Sagarmatha National Park entry fees
  • Full pre-departure briefing and trip information

What's not included

  • International flights / transport
  • Any costs incurred as a result of flight delays or cancellations
  • Nepal visa fees (payable on arrival)
  • Trekker's travel insurance
  • Additional drinks and luxuries on the trek
  • Personal needs (e.g. laundry, postcards)
  • Tourist attractions in Namche Bazaar
  • Tips for your Guides & Porters

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