Everest Base Camp Trekking Adventure

Considered by many as one of the best treks on the planet, a successful Everest Base Camp trek will provide an incredible sense of accomplishment and a new understanding of the humble and welcoming people of Nepal. Interested in this trip? Call us at 888-849-6637 or email adventures@backwoods.com to reserve your spot!

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Adventure Itinerary

 
Day 1 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by one of our airport representatives. He will help you get transferred to your hotel. Further details about the plans and programs will also be provided.

Meals Included: N/A

 
Day 2 - Kathmandu valley signtseeing tour and preparation for the trek.

Spend the morning sightseeing in Kathmandu. Relax and get acquainted with your trek mates. Welcome dinner in Kathmandu.

Meals Included: Dinner

 
Day 3 - Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

From Kathmandu, a flight to Lukla commences the trek. The Lukla flight is one of the most dramatic short flights in the world. The Lukla Airport itself is located on a hill and contains a single runway that drops off towards its end to the deep gaping valley below. Surrounded by tall mountains and jaded hills, the airstrip at Lukla is quite fascinating and the flight is deemed as a little thrilling adventure in itself. Upon arriving at Lukla, the change in the scenery is immediately felt. The mountainous landscape becomes quite prominent and the air carries a crisp freshness to it that only Himalayan atmosphere carries.

From Lukla, the trekking trail slowly moves towards the Cheplung Village. View of the sacred Mount Khumbila from the village at Cheplung is beautiful. From there, a gradual walk downwards leads to the village of Phakding. The terrain is amazing and tall hills surround the trail like giant mounds of emeralds. From Phakding, the sight of the Kusum Kangraru Mountain can be seen. The village of Phakding lies in the Dudh Koshi River valley north of Lukla and contains many guesthouses and lodges that cater to tourists and trekkers. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Elevation: 2652m/8699ft

Walking Details: 8km, 3 Hours

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 4 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar

After breakfast at Phakding, the trail further opens out to reach the celebrated mountain town of Namche Bazaar. En route to Namche, several smaller villages are crossed, like Jorsale and Monjo. Monjo lies north of Phakding and is the entry point of the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail ventures through the national park and finally arrives at Namche. Walking along the trekking route through the Sagarmatha National Park presents many virtues, like its alpine woods, small rivers, and brooks and deciduous forests. Thick acreages of Pine and Cedar cover the lands and provide a pleasant atmosphere to trek through. The Namche Bazaar, because of its strategic location, is the commercial hub of the Khumbu region. It is located on a mountainside and views of the Thamserku Peak and the Kongdi RI Himal from here are amazing.

Elevation: 3440m/11283ft

Walking Details: 10-12km, 6 Hours

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 5 - Acclimatization Day - Hike to Everst View Hotel

Namche is a great place to acclimatize. The sights around Namche are spectacular and beautiful. After breakfast, you can visit the Syangboche Airstrip that lies on a hill above the town. From here, you can get a panoramic view of Namche and can see amazing sights of the Himalayas as well. Further from Namche lies the Everest View Hotel. The hotel is the highest located hotel in the world and provides a view of Mount Everest and many other Himalayan peaks from all of its windows. Back at Namche, you can visit the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum as well.

Walking Details: 3-4km, 3-4 Hours

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 6 - Namche to Tengboche

An easy trail from Namche opens out towards the Dudh Koshi Valley at the settlement of Phungki Thanka. From the settlement, the views of Mount Everest are magnificent. Following the trail that marches along the right side of the Dudh Koshi River, the village of Tengboche is reached. The journey from Namche to Tengboche is filled with the amazing natural scenery of rivers, hills and Himalayan peaks. The village of Tengboche is located at the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and the Imja Khola Rivers and is surrounded by tall hills that are covered in rhododendron trees. The village is also famous for Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery of the Khumbu region. The monastery is a hamlet from where the sight of Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, and numerous other peaks are beautiful to look at. The Tengboche Monastery is also regarded as the spiritual hub of the Khumbu region and is surrounded by forests that are inhabited by Impeyan Pheasants and eagles.

Elevation: 3860m/12660ft

Walking Details: 10-11km, 5 Hours

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 7 - Tengboche to Dingboche

The trekking trail crosses the Imja River via a suspension bridge and moves towards the village of Dingboche. Along the way, the village of Pangboche is passed. Dingboche is called the “Summer Valley” of the Khumbu and contains a kilometer long wall built to protect the village’s crops from the cold winds that descends down the Imja Valley. Dingboche, as the name reflects, receives more sun too. Graceful views of Lhotse, the Ama Dablam, and the Island Peak from Dingboche are quite amazing.

Elevation: 4410m/14464ft

Walking Details: 11-12km, 5 Hours

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 8 - Acclimatization Day - Hike to Nagerjun and Return

Dingboche is also a great village for acclimatizing. A hike to Nagerjun is a great way to spend time at Dingboche. Nagerjun is located at the height of 5100 meters and lies just above Dingboche on a hill at the edges of the Chhukung valley. The hike is uphill and steep and requires a bit of strenuous energy. Walking for approximately 3-4 hours, we will reach Nagerjun from where a marvelous panorama of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Kangtega (6685m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), and the Ama Dablam (6856m) can be seen. If you are lucky, you can also spot stunning sights of Mount Makalu, the world’s fifth tallest peak on a clear day. The view of the Pheriche Valley from here is also splendid. Returning back to Dingboche is also very beautiful. After finishing our lunch, we can take a rejuvenating sunbath and relax at the village.

Walking Details: 5-6km, 4-5 Hours

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 9 - Dingboche to Lobuchet

Making our way to Dhungla from Dingboche, you will come across the Trekkers Aid Post- situated at Pheriche (4210m). It is run by the Western Volunteer Doctors and assisted by The Himalayan Rescue Association. The aid post helps in the treatment of trekkers. The Chupki Lhara is then reached. It is a rock-strewn oblique from where the sight of magisterial mountains can be seen. The path follows further down to the Khumbu Glacier moraine from there. The views of mountain peaks like Khumbutse, the Mahalangur Himal, Lingtren and the Pumori from the moraine are amazing. Mount Nuptse also looms up ahead once the glacier pass is crossed. We shall then check into our guesthouse at Lobuche for the night.

Elevation: 4910m/16105ft

Walking Details: 11-12km, 5 Hours

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 10 - Lobuche to Everest Base Camp

An anticipated day of the trip, it will commence with a slow walk. Avoiding altitude sickness, a slow walk further on from Lobuche runs alongside the sight of the world’s highest glacier- the Khumbu Glacier, to the right. Walking for about 2-3 hours from Lobuche, we will get to Gorakshep (5181m/16994ft), a tranquil location dotted with some lodges. From here, the path moves all the way to the top of the edge, finally arriving at the Everest Base Camp. Here, the sight of the Khumbu Icefall and the view of the Khumbutse and Lingtren mountains are quite heavenly. After spending some time at the base camp enjoying the sights and the environment, we shall return back to Gorakshep.

Elevation: 5364m/17594ft

Walking Details: 14-15km, 8 Hours

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 11 - Gorakshep to Kala Pathar and Pheriche

An early morning hike to Kalapatthar from Gorakshep is another highlight of the trip. Kalapatthar is a famous vantage point popular for providing panoramic views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Chagatse, Lhotse and the Pumori among many other peaks. Hike to Kalapatthar is done early at dawn because the sight of the rising sun seen from the vantage point is absolutely amazing. The sun rises from amidst the Mount Everest Mountains and it changes the color of the mountains from silver to gold. After spending time at Kalapatthar, we will return to Gorakshep and walk down to Pheriche.

Elevation: Kala Pathar 5545m/18188ft - Pheriche 4210m/13812ft

Walking Details: 13-14km, 7 Hours

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 12 - Pheriche to Namche

The trail follows the Imja River again all the way to Tengboche. From Tengboche, we will move down towards Phungki Thanka, pass the Kyangjuma and reach Namche. It is a relaxing hike back and the sight of the landscape and the Himalayas can be enjoyed pleasantly. The villages are also live with people and you can observe their customs and activities as you pass through.

Elevation: 3440m/11283ft

Walking Details: 14-15km, 7 Hours

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 13 - Namche to Lukla

The hike back to Lukla follows a trail that moves steeply downwards and crosses a suspension bridge. Chortens, prayer flags, Mani-stone walls, and small Gompas line the villages and the trail. The Dudh Koshi River gushes by and adds a beautiful ambiance to the natural setting. Open plains, pine and rhododendron forests, as well as snow-covered peaks, decorate the beautiful picturesque settings. As we reach Lukla, we can just relax. In the evening, we may celebrate the victory of accomplishing the trek as well.

Elevation: 2800m/9184ft

Walking Details: 18-19km, 7 Hours

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 14 - Lukla to Kathmandu

A 30-minute flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla ends the trekking part of the journey. You can revel in the changing sights of the landscapes one last time while on the flight. After landing in the Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to the Hotel where you shall stay overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 
Day 15 - Free Day in Kathmandu

Most people tour the city as there are many sites to see. Some of the top things to do are: Boudhanath (Stupa), Swayambhunath Temple, Garden of Dreams, Cultural tours, the Rum Doodle (restaurant/climbers gathering spot) and Thamel. On the evening of Day 19, we’ll have a cultural evening and experience an authentic Nepalese dinner celebration.

Meals Included: Dinner

 
Day 16 - Farewell

We will transport you to Kathmandu International Airport around 3 hours before your scheduled flight from where you will depart

Meals Included: Breakfast

 
 
 

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Trip Details

 
Start

Kathmandu, Nepal

Finish

Kathmandu, Nepal

Duration

16 Days

Fitness Level

Activities
Backpacking
Hiking
Camping
Cultural Touring
Glacier Exploration
Mountaineering

Everest’s awe-inspiring summit soars above you as you trek towards its base camp at 17,590 ft. After discovering the historic treasures of Kathmandu, you’ll set off on your trek towards the highest peak on earth. Staying in villages set against the Himalayan backdrop, you’ll immerse yourself in the unique culture of the Sherpas. You’ll hike trails lined with mani stones engraved with Tibetan Buddhist prayers, walk by cairns built by travelers in honor of their loved ones and be surrounded by prayer flags aimed, in part, at blessing the surrounding countryside. You’ll discover remote mountain monasteries and learn about the Sherpas’ spiritual perspective on the mountains they call home.

 
What's Included
  • Al ground transport in a private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner at the Typical Nepalese Restaurant in Kathmandu
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours, including all entry fees, tour guide and private transportation
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek. Private bathrooms with hot showers are provided at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. 1 assistance guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Duffle bag for trekking
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medicine kit including oximeter to monitor oxygen level while on the trek.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge
What's Not Included
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Soft drinks including water
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot showers during the trek except when in Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • WiFi internet and phone call unless it’s free.
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
 

Additional Information

Meals

Menus in the mountain lodges will include a variety of Nepali and western-style foods including rice, noodles, vegetables, Nepali pizza, soups and stews, eggs, porridge, cereal, peanut butter, jam, bread, yak cheese, fish, canned and fresh fruit, crackers, cookies, snacks, juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc. During the trek, you will be provided three meals; Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily. Hot drinks are included with these meals. You’re free to purchase juice, soda, beer, and water at your expense, and chocolate and snacks in local stores along the way.

Accommodations

We stay in 3-4 star hotels in Kathmandu. We will stay in comfortable, high-quality teahouses in all the villages. Please realize that the teahouses and hotels in Nepal are often not as modern and do not have the same amenities as you might be accustomed to. Hotels subject to change based on availability.

Passport/Visa Requirements

You must hold a valid passport and visa to enter Nepal. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the return date of your trip. You can obtain your visa at the airport upon your arrival in Nepal. You will need to present your passport, two passport size photos and @$40.00 in USD for a 30 day multiple entry visa. Visas can also be obtained ahead of departure through the Royal Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your home country prior to departure.

* Don’t forget to bring two passport photos if you are planning to obtain your Visa in Nepal.

Health Considerations

Travelers will be required to have a physician sign a form stating that they are healthy enough to participate in this activity. The most common medical problems, which occur during a trek in Nepal include diarrhea from the food or water and the change of diet, “trekker’s cough”, and/or altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS). There are no specific factors such as age, sex or physical conditions that correlate with susceptibility to mountain sickness; however those in poor physical condition are the most susceptible. Symptoms usually appear within a few hours. The major cause of mountain illness is going too high too fast. Given time, your body can adapt to the decrease in oxygen at specific altitudes. This acclimatization usually takes 1-3 days at each elevation. Our schedule is planned to allow you time to acclimatize.

Single Supplement

All prices are calculated for double-occupancy. To ensure your comfort, we will always match you with a roommate of the same sex – and if we're unable to match you with a roommate, you may end up with your own room free of charge. If sharing is not your idea of fun, you can request a single supplement for a small upcharge when you pay your final amount. You will be able to make this election on your trip registration.

 
 
 

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Meet Your Guides

 
 
Ryan McNeely
 
Ryan McNeely

Ryan McNeely leads our buying department here at Backwoods, which means he’s responsible for fantastic selection of outdoor goods you’ll find in-store and online. He’s a four-year Backwoods veteran, but before that he cut his teeth at Austin Canoe and Kayak, and Outpost Wilderness Adventure. When he’s not stocking the shelves with awesome gear, or hosting our Everest Basecamp Adventure, you’ll find him bouldering around Austin and fishing with his family.

 
 
 

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