In November 2018 we will be trekking to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the highest mountain in the world. On the way we pass through countless typical small villages, historic monasteries and beside snow covered spectacular mountain scenery.
Hiking to Everest Base Camp is one of the most spectacular and historic of all mountain journeys. The trek itself is 11 days of hiking and we also spend a few days at the beginning and end to explore the ancient bustling city of Kathmandu.
This is an all inclusive trek and we will be fully supported by a local guide and a team of Sherpa to transport our luggage each day. All accommodation and meals (except lunches and dinners in Kathmandu) are also included, together with local flight to Lukla for the start of the trek.
The trek has become one of the great hikes of the world since the very first expedition carried out by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953. We follow a good mountain trail, which is safe, well used and one of the most ancient trails in the Khumbu region. The route is suitable for both experienced trekkers and regular hill-walkers and is not technically difficult.
We will be taking the historic route from Lukla through Namche Bazaar, to Tengboche monastery, Lobuche, Dingboche and Gorak Shep. The whole route is stunningly beautiful, with its backdrop of awesomely high mountains. The people, villages and monasteries are equally fascinating and humbling in their beauty.
A trek to Everest Base Camp, however does not only offer a chance to admire the beauty of the mountains and the culture of the area, it is also a tough physical challenge which should not be underestimated. It is within the capabilities of any normally fit person, however, the altitude does have an effect and therefore we will take the route slowly with stops to acclimatise on the way.
We will follow the classic trekking route, used by mountaineers such as Sir Edmund Hillary. We pass through historic villages including Namche Bazaar, where will stop for an acclimatization day, ancient monasteries and beneath some of the highest mountains in the world.
There will be a total of 11 days on trek :
Day 1: Fly to Lukla (2,840m), trek to Phakding (2,610m) 3hrs, 400m ascent, 630m descent, 10km
Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 5hrs, 1150m ascent, 400m descent, 10km
Day 3: Acclimatisation Day walk (3,800m)
Day 4: Trek to Deboche (3,8200m) 6hrs, 985m ascent, 700m descent, 11km
Day 5: Trek to Dingboche (3,930m) 6hrs, 870m ascent, 420m descent, 12km
Day 6: Acclimatisation Day walk (4,576m)
Day 7: Trek to Lobuche (4,931m) 6hrs, 500m ascent, 11km
Day 8: Trek to Gorak shep (5,160m), afternoon to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) 8hrs, 500m ascent, descent 270m, 9km
Day 9: Ascend Kala Patar (5,550m) and trek to Upper Pangboche (4,040m) 8hrs, 500m ascent, 1400m descent, 16km
Day 10: Trek via Phortse to Namche (3440m) 6hrs, 600m ascent, 800 descent, 14km
Day 11: Trek to Lukla (2,840m) 7hrs, 700m ascent, 600m descent, 13km
There are two acclimatization days, where we will take a local day hike and explore a small summit or a scenic walk.
We will spend 2 nights at the beginning and end of the trek in a good quality hotel in Kathmandu.
The 11 days on trek will be in traditional Nepalese Tea houses. The quality varies and is generally better lower down than higher up the valley, but will be in twin rooms, with shared bathroom and sometimes showers.
Schedule and Itinerary
Friday 2nd November : Fly out UK
Saturday 3rd November : Arrive Kathmandu (hotel) : evening briefing and welcome dinner
Sunday 4th November : Kathamandu : free day to recover from jetlag, buy any last minute gear, explore (hotel, B)
Monday 5th November : short flight to Lukla, altitude 2810m, trek to Phakding (teahouse)
Tuesday 6th November : trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar altitude 3440m (teahouse)
Wednesday 7th November : acclimatisation walk from Namche Bazaar and return (teahouse)
Thursday 8th November : trek Namche – Deboche altitude 3820m (teahouse)
Friday 9th November : trek Deboche – Dingboche altitude 4410m (teahouse)
Saturday 10th November : acclimatisation walk from Dingboche and return (teahouse)
Sunday 11th November : trek Dingboche – Lobuje altitude 4910m (teahhouse)
Monday 12th November : trek Lobuje – Everest Base Camp altitude 5364 -Gorak Shep altitude 5140 (teahouse)
Tuesday 13th November : trek Gorak Shep – Kala Pattar altitude 5550 – descend to Upper Pangboche altitude 4040 (teahhouse)
Wednesday 14th November : trek Upper Pangboche – Phortse – Namche altitude 3440(teahouse)
Thursday 15th November : trek Namche -Lukla altitude 2810 (teahouse)
Friday 16th November : fly back to Kathmandu (hotel)
Saturday 17th November : contingency day/sightseeing (hotel)
Sunday 18th November : fly back to UK, return same day
Total Cost £1375
Optional Single Room Supplement for the four nights we are in Kathmandu – £100
To book, click add to basket and then checkout to pay your initial deposit of £225.
The remaining payment of £1150 is paid in two staged payments of £575, six months before departure and £575, two months before departure.
Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
We pre-book and pay for all of the accommodation months in advance, so appreciate prompt payment of the deposit and balance
- Fully guided hiking throughout by Kevin Blissett who is a qualified International Mountain Leader
- Plus a local guide throughout
- Airport pickup and transfers
- All accommodation – 15 nights( 4 nights Kathmandu Hotel, 11 nights traditional Tea Houses)
- All meals on trek
- Bed and breakfast basis in Kathmandu
- Return flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
- Daily luggage transfer on trek by sherpa and/or yaks
- National Park fees and permits
Not included :
- Return flights from UK to Kathmandu
- Nepalese Visa
- Travel Insurance – compulsory
- Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu
- Any additional personal expenses eg soft drinks/snacks, laundry, extra charges in teahouses for showers, electricity charging if applicable
Exchange rate fluctuations:
Our prices are listed in UK pounds and calculated on 1st October 2017 based on the current exchange rates. However we have to pay for accommodation and food in US Dollars during the trek. Therefore we reserve the right to charge a supplement in the event that the exchange rate changes by more than 10% between 1st October 2017 and date of departure.
We would suggest flying out from the UK to Kathmandu on Friday 2nd November for arrival early on Saturday 3rd. There are plenty of airlines that fly out from various airports with a stop over in the Middle East or India.
We will be meeting in Kathmandu on Saturday 3rd depending on arrival time and we will have a group briefing in the evening followed by dinner.
Once the trip is fully confirmed, we will let you know so that you can book your flights.
Please note that the porters for the luggage transfer ask that you bring a ‘soft’ bag and not a wheeled or hardcase bag. The weight limit for your main luggage while on trek is 12kg and no perishables or valuables should be inside. The weight limit for the local flight is 10kg for your main luggage and 5kg for your hand luggage.