The Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular treks in Nepal, and for good reason! Not only do you get to stand at the foot of the highest mountain in the world, but you also get to trek through some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth while enjoying the rich Nepali culture.
Our trek starts with a two day hike to Namche Bazaar, the bustling market town in the heart of the Sherpa homeland. We spend some time here, acclimatizing with a day hike to an Everest viewpoint and with free time to explore the town.
From Namche, we follow the Khumbu valley towards Everest Base Camp, passing impressive peaks such as Ama Dablam (often referred to as ‘the most beautiful mountain’). There is ample rest time built in to the itinerary, as well as side trips and day hikes to allow everyone to properly acclimatize.
The route then heads North to Everest Base Camp, via Lobuche and Gorak Shep. Kala Patthar (5,550m) is the highest point on the trek, situated on the rocky peak above Everest Base Camp. From here we get unparallelled views of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and the famous Khumbu Icefall. In spring, you will also see the sprawling multi-colored tents that make up Everest Base Camp, and possibly even see climbers making their way up to the mountain.
We visit Everest Base Camp itself, for a closer view of where climbers launch their expeditions into the Khumbu Icefall.
This trek requires a good level of fitness, with back-to-back days hiking at high altitude. People looking to join this trek should have some hiking experience, as well as good cardio and endurance. You don’t need to be a serious trekker, nor do you need any prior experience at altitude. Be prepared to push yourself on some of the harder days (e.g. Kala Patthar), but be aware of altitude sickness and don’t push yourself beyond your limits.
There are many opportunities to see wildlife in Sagarmatha, such as the Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, Musk deer, Pikka (mouse hare), weasel and occasionally Jackal. Other rarely seen animals are Himalayan black bear, wolf, lynx and snow leopard. Birds commonly seen are Impeyan pheasant, blood pheasant, snow cock, snow pigeon, red billed and yellow billed chough, Himalayan griffon vulture and lammergeiers.
The Everest High Passes trek starts with a scenic mountain flight to Lukla and ends with the same flight back to Kathmandu.Prices shown below are for public trips, meaning other guests may be on the same trip. Public trips only run once 2 or more guests are confirmed.
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|1||Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel|
|2||Relax and Kathmandu sightseeing tour|
|3||Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (2,610m)|
|4||Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,400m)|
|5||Acclimatization day hike up to Everest view point|
|6||Trek to Deboche (3,700m)|
|7||Trek to Panboche (4,000m). Optional acclimatization hike to Ama Dablam base camp|
|8||Trek to Dingboche (4,410m)|
|9||Acclimatization hike above Dingboche|
|10||Trek to Lobuche (4,940m)|
|11||Trek to Gorak Shep (5,170m). Day hike to Everest Base Camp (5,365m)|
|12||Climb Kalapatthar (5,555m) for sunrise. Trek to Periche (4,200m)|
|13||Trek to Kyangjuma (3,550m)|
|14||Trek to Monjo (2,835m)|
|15||Trek to Lukla (2,840m)|
|16||Fly back to Kathmandu. Free afternoon|
|17||Contingency day in Kathmandu (in case of delayed flight)|
|18||Depart Kathmandu for home|
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee that we will stick to this plan. Weather conditions and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The trip leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
The trip cost includes 4 star category hotels in Kathmandu on B&B (Bed & Breakfast) basis. Team members will be accommodated on a twin share basis in en-suite rooms. Single rooms are available if you prefer, for which a supplement is payable. A member of the Outdoor Explore team will be more than happy to show you around Kathmandu and suggest good restaurants, shopping areas, tourist sites etc.
Important note: Power cuts are a regular occurrence in Nepal, especially throughout Kathmandu. Although the hotels usually have generators, there may be times when these won’t work.
Most of the lodges in this area will have hot showers available at the charge of US $5-10 per shower which is not included in your trip cost. Some of the showers are solar heated and hot water may not be available.
Note: Irrigation in the Khumbu Valley feeds into rivers and streams. It is advisable (if possible) to bring a biodegradable soap which will be more sensitive to the environment.
Group Size: Small - medium group
Groups of 4 - 12 clients per trip. For smaller or larger groups, or for private trips, please contact Outdoor Explore.
Trip Timing: March - May or October - November
Spring and Autumn are the best time to trek in Nepal. The winter is very cold, and the summer monsoons bring lots of rain. The Spring trekking season is generally longer and has warmer days, with a wider variety of colourful wild flowers. The Autumn trekking season usually has better weather and clearer skies, however it is colder.
Location: Sagamartha National Park, Nepal
The Himalayas are the highest mountain range on Earth, spanning the borders between China and Pakistan, Nepal, India etc. The tallest mountain, mt Everest (8848m) is located on the border between Tibet (China) and Nepal in Sagarmatha National Park, situated North-east of Kathmandu.
Sagarmatha is rugged with deep gorges, glaciers and steep ice and rock faces. Locally known as the 'Khumbu', it is the home of the famous Sherpa people. The Sherpas make a living by farming barley and potatoes, and graze their yaks in high altitude pastures. Young Sherpas have also made their name in mountaineering and the trekking industry has of late become the community's economic mainstay. In 1979 the park was declared a World Heritage Site.
Famous for its spectacular mountain peaks and the loyalty and friendliness of its inhabitants (the Sherpas), the Everest region (Khumbu) is one of the most popular destinations for trekking in Nepal and offers a wide variety of adventurous routes.