Everest Base Camp Trekking Adventure

Everest Base Camp Trekking Adventure

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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!

ADVENTURE #: itemMatrix-5270

Reserve your spot with a $500.00 deposit



START: Kathmandu, Nepal
FINISH: Kathmandu, Nepal
International Travel Airfare Required Outdoor Accommodations High Fitness Level

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
  • Transportation between airport and hotel in Kathmandu (arrival and departure)
  • Hotel room in Kathmandu (twin share basis)
  • Buffet breakfasts in Kathmandu
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Round-trip flight between Kathmandu and Lukla
  • All lodges along the trek (twin share basis)
  • All meals while trekking (Breakfast, lunch, & dinner)
  • All National Park fees and trekking, expedition, and trekking permits
  • Charges for Sherpas, porters, and insurance for all Sherpas and porters.
What's Not Included
  • Airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Passport and Nepal entry Visa
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Personal trekking gear and clothing
  • Personal expenses (alcohol, gifts, laundry, massage, etc.)
  • Travel/Rescue insurance (Required – we can provide recommendations upon request)
  • Lodging and/or transportation needs caused by delays of any kind or if you leave the trip early.
  • Evacuation or rescue expenses including costs associated with sending a Sherpa out with you if needed.
  • Sherpa and porter fees and wages, their meals and lodging, and your food and lodging if you get sick or injured and need to return back to Kathmandu
  • Any other charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of the trip or if you leave early.
  • Tips for your Guide, Sherpas
  • Dining not mentioned in Meals Provided


Backpacking, Hiking, Camping, Glacier Exploration, Mountaineering , Technical Climbing


Day 1 - Arrive in Kathmandu
Welcome and transfer to hotel.
Day 2 - Free Day In Kathmandu
Spend the morning sightseeing in Kathmandu. Relax and get acquainted with your trek mates. Group welcome dinner in Kathmandu. (Meals: D)
Day 3 - Flight to Lukla
Transfer to the Kathmandu airport for the flight to Lukla airstrip (9,275 ft). From there we fly via a Twin Otter STOL to the landing strip in Lukla. This flight will offer amazing views of the eastern Himalayas (assuming the weather cooperates). After meeting our Sherpa staff we will load yaks and begin our journey to base camp. There is a slight drop in elevation on our first day and we travel mostly on flat lands through pine forests, magnolia trees and rhododendron along the Dudh Kosi (“milk river”) to Phakding (8,560 ft). (Hiking time: 3-4 hours. Meals: B, L, D)
Day 4 - Trek up to Namche
We will continue along the Dudh Kosi through Jorsale (9,200 ft) and enter into the Sagarmatha National Park. Passing through the canyon we will continue to meander through the small pine forest with stones and huge boulders that line the trail and are inscribed with the holy inscription, “Om mani padme hum”. The trail rises steeply at this point and leads us to the village of Namche Bazaar (11,286 ft) – and your first view of Everest! – where we will spend the night and enjoy a rest day. This historic village is a trading post for Nepalese and Tibetan traders. (Hiking time: 5-6 hours. Meals: B, L, D)
Day 5 - Rest Day in Namche*
Spend the day acclimatizing and exploring Namche’s many shops, the Namche market, and have the opportunity for a short hike to the park headquarters for great views of Everest and a chance to acclimatize. This is a great place to re-supply on treats, batteries, etc. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 6 - Short Trek to Khumjung
We climb up and over the hill into the beautiful little village of Khumjung (12,600 ft). A highlight of the day is our visit our Sherpa’s home where you’ll experience their culture and traditions firsthand. Overnight in Khumjung. (Hiking time: 2-3 hours. Meals: B, L, D)
Day 7 - Trek to Phortse
We will travel from Khumjung to Phortse (12,500 ft) stopping for tea at one of our favorite tea houses. Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse are all visible to the north, as are Kantenga and Thamserku to the south. You will have time to tour the Khumjung monastery and we hope to receive a blessing for the trek. We also have the opportunity to visit the Edmund Hillary school, which was funded and built by Sir Edmund Hillary (the first person, along with his partner Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, to summit Mt. Everest). (Hiking time: 3-4 hours. Meals: B, L, D)
Day 8 - Trek to Pheriche
We hike to the village of Pheriche (14,000 ft). Here the canyon begins to widen into high alpine meadows with the mountains of Tawache and Ama Dablam sweeping upward to each side of the valley. The trail climbs gradually to Pheriche, a small hamlet with teashops, stores, a trekker’s medical post and a high altitude research center. This world-renowned center attracts physicians who study the effects of high altitude on humans. We will have time to chat with the doctors at the center and possibly attend a class on high altitude illnesses. (Hiking time: 7-9 hours. Meals: B, L, D)
Day 9 - Rest Day in Pheriche*
We will spend an extra day in Pheriche to rest and acclimatize. There will be optional day hikes for those who want to participate. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 10 - Trek to Lobuche
After our stay in Pheriche, we begin the 2-day trek to our next major destination, the village of Gorak Shep. En route to Gorak Shep, we will encounter the small village of Dughla and more importantly the stone memorials that were built for climbers killed on expeditions of nearby summits. The majority of them are from Everest expeditions. This is a peaceful, impactful place that sits atop a beautiful ridge crest. For many it offers an opportunity to reflect and take in the silence and magnificence of the Everest region. From here the trail heads northeast to the more primitive lodges of Lobuche (16,175 ft), situated below the terminal moraine of a tributary glacier. While in Lobuche, a climb to the ridge crest to the west provides stunning views, especially at sunset. Overnight in Lobuche. (Hiking time: 5-6 hours. Meals: B, L, D)
Day 11 - Trek to Gorak Shep
We will continue through the glacial moraine and high tundra into the “Valley of the Gods,” where we will come to the sporadically occupied hamlet of Gorak Shep (16,942 ft). Outside of Gorak Shep lies Kala Pattar, the black hill (18,515 ft). From its summit you can see the giants of the earth looming: Everest, Pumori, Lhotse and the Tibetan peak Changste. We often choose to climb Kala Pattar on this afternoon to see the sunset on Everest which often offers up a spectacular alpenglow. Overnight in Gorak Shep. (Hiking Time: ???. Meals: B, L, D)
Day 12 - Everest Base Camp!!!
Today we make our way to Everest Base Camp to visit one of mountaineering’s most famous places. This time of year, Base Camp will most likely be deserted, but if you look hard enough you just might find a souvenir to take home. Everest Base Camp sits at the foot of the Khumbu glacier (17,575 ft) and can be reached from Gorak Shep in a few hours. We will travel over the rubble-covered surface of the Khumbu glacier and see many serac formations along the way. Once at Base Camp, we will have an hour or two to explore the area and take pictures of the infamous Khumbu Icefall. Overnight in Pheriche. (Hiking time: 7-9 hours. Meals: B, L, D)
Day 13 - Reserve Day**
(Meals: B, L, D)
Day 14 - Trek to Thyangboche
We will continue our walk downhill from Pheriche reaching the village of Thyanboche (12,664ft). Here, will visit a monastery. (Hiking Time: ??? Meals: B, L, D)
Day 15 - Trek to Namche
We will continue to walk downhill to the trading village of Namche Bazaar. Upon reaching the village, we can once again enjoy the traders and their treasures, and pick up souvenirs for family or friends. Many men also make time for a shave (yes, they are known for this in Namche!) and those that want a shower can often grab one here! We’ll end our day with a meal from one of the local restaurants – pizza is often on everyone’s list! Overnight in Namche Bazaar. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 16 - Trek to Phakding
Trek from Namche to Phakding (Hiking Time: 3-4 hours. Meals: B, L, D)
Day 17 - Trek to Lukla
The walk from Phakding to Lukla will take half the day. Once in Lukla, our Sherpas will prepare our gear for the flight back to Kathmandu as we settle in to our lodge. We will spend the last night celebrating with the Sherpa people and enjoying their gift of friendship. This is a memorable night that will be cherished by all! (Hiking time: 3-4 hours. Meals: B, L, D)
Day 18 - Return Flight to Kathmandu
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. This day is kept very open and flexible as flights from Lukla can often be delayed due to weather, overbooking or other factors. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Meals: B)
Day 19 - 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: D)
Day 20 - Flights home from Kathmandu
Transfer to Kathmandu International Airport. Depart for home. (Meals: B)

Note: Itinerary is subject to change depending on permit availability, weather, trail and course conditions, travel, health and well-being of the trip participants, and interests of the group.



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.


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.

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