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Nepal - Trek to Everest Base Camp, 18 days

Trek through the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp and experience the breathtaking scenery and culture, see this planet's most beautiful sunrises and sunsets, climb over the mountains, meet the locals and have an experience you'll never forget!

The northeastern part of Nepal is called Khumbu and is the home to the Sherpa people and Mount Everest. Many trekkers in the area fly to Lukla and others travel via roads and paths to the town of Jiri to begin their trek. After a few days of hiking through the highlands around Lukla, you are at the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park and the town of Namche Bazaar which is the start of the Everest trek.

From Namche Bazaar, you can choose to walk towards Mount Everest Base Camp or Lake Gokyo. The move is physically challenging, both because of the long distances and the height. This is where the many alpinists in the area are located. Furthermore, the area is incredibly beautiful, and it is certainly not just Mount Everest worth seeing.

There are also many other great beautiful mountains than Everest, such as Amadoblam and Cho Yu. There are also many good trekking routes in the area. Mera Peak and Island Peak, which in turn offers several challenging and exciting mountain passes such as Cho La Pass, Tashi Lapcha Pass, Amphu Lapcha Pass, Mera La. The towns in the area are very beautiful and inhabited by the hospitable Sherpa people.

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If you can select the date in the calendar on this page, then the tour can start on that date.

Accomodation

Hotels, Lodges and Tea-houses

On this trek you will be staying in hotels, lodges, and teahouses. In Kathmandu it will be hotels and once you reach the mountains it will be lodges and teahouses. We have included some photos of common accommodations in the mountains. It is not given that you will stay in the same places.

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Day 1 Arrival to Katmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel. After a short rest, you can look around the Thamel area, which is the city's tourist center.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2 Sightseeing i Kathmandu (Hindu- og Buddhist-temples)

Today you will have the opportunity to see Kathmandu. After a delicious breakfast you will be shown around the city. You can see the famous Hindu temple Pasupatinath dedicated to the god Shiva and situated on the banks of the holy river Bagmati. The temple is built in pagoda style with beautiful carved silver doors and is one of the holiest temples in Hindu culture. The Pasupatinath Temple is a destination for Hindu pilgrims from all over the world who visit the temple during Shivaratri (Hindu festival celebrating the god Shiva). Only Hindus can enter the central courtyard of the temple. The tourists can "only" see the temple from the opposite bank of the Bagmati River.

If you follow the riverbank you will find the Guheshwori Temple (also known as Akash Yogini), which is at the top of a hill and surrounded by forest. Like Pasupatina, the Guheshwori Temple is also a regular part of the pilgrim's route and inside the temple is an altar dedicated to the god Parbati (Shiva's spouse).
The excursion also offers the opportunity to see the cremation rituals of the Nepalese Hindus, which are practiced in full public on the banks of the Bagmati River.

Next is the trip to the Buddhist Temple Bouddhanth, which is the largest Stupa (Buddhist mound) in South Asia and the center of Buddhism in Nepal. The ancient and colossally large Stupa was built in the 600s by King Man Dab during the Lichhabi dynasty. The stupa rests on three large terraces and from above it takes the form of a lotus flower. The lotus flower has a particularly sacred meaning in the Buddhist faith.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3 Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding

After an early start, the trip goes to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, from which a 30 minute (and incredibly beautiful) flight leads to the village of Lukla which is at 2804 meters altitude. After arriving, there will be time to explore the village while your guides get the trekking gear ready. Then the trip begins. First you will descend to the Dudh Kosi River, where you will find the route to Namche Bazaar, which is just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). It is an easy walk and as soon as you have passed the small village of Ghat (2550m), there is only a short distance to Phakding.

Todays trek: 3½ hours
Accommodation: Tea house

Day 4 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m)

The trek continues along the banks of the Dudh Kosi River and will several times lead across the river via suspension bridges, all covered with prayer flags. As you approach Sagamartha National Park, the trails become steeper and the views more beautiful. Before you reach the Namche Bazaar, if the weather permits, you will be able to see Mt. Everest! Namche Bazaar is best known as “The Gateway To Everest” and here you will find many good restaurants, cabins, shops, exchange facilities, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche Bazaar is one of the largest of the villages along the Everest route.

Todays trek: 5 hours
Accommodation: Tea house

Day 5 Namche Bazaar – Acclimatization

The day is spent in the Namche Bazaar to acclimatize and accustom the body to the beginning of thin air. However, the day is not only used to relax and there will also be a small trip to the local museum where they celebrate and exhibit the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. From the museum you can get a glimpse Mt. Everest on the horizon. You can also choose to walk up to the old Syangboche airport, close to the Everest View Hotel. From here there is a beautiful view of the Himalayas and the fantastic sunrises and sunsets over the Khumbu peaks.

Todays trek: 0-1 hours
Accommodation: Tea house

Day 6 Trek to the Tengboche-monastery (3860m)

The tour continues along the effervescent river Dudh Kosi which offers magnificent mountain views. As you approach Tengboche, you can see the local monastery. Behind the ornate walls of the monastery you will find a six-meter-high statue of Buddha, as well as llamas' musical instruments and cutters. Depending on how the day's trek has gone, you will be able to attend the morning ceremony or evening.

Todays trek: 5 hours
Accommodation: Tea house

Day 7 Trek to Dingboche (4350m)

From Thyangboche it goes downhill to Debuche and on the way you will cross a suspension bridge at Imja Khola. Then it goes back uphill, past thousands of mani-stones (stones on which Buddhist prayers are written) to Pangboche. The walk continues to the cozy and traditional little Sherpa village of Dingboche. From here you can enjoy the magnificent views of Lhotse, Island Peak and Ama Dablam. A good amount of time is spent on the trip to Dingboche, so you avoid being affected by the altitude.

Todays trek: 4½ hours
Accommodation: Tea house

Day 8 Trek to Chhukung (4710m) og trek back to Dingboche

Acclimatizing. During the day, visit the Chhukung and Imja Khola Valley to experience the magnificent views of the surrounding mountains - especially from Lhotse's south side. Then the trip returns to Dingboche.

Todays trek: 5 hours
Accommodation: Tea house

Day 9 Trek to Lobuche (4910m)

Today the trek continues along the Khumbu Glacier. Along the way you will pass a memorial stone in honor of the climbers who have died on the surrounding peaks. The route continues uphill and ends at 4910 meters altitude in Lobuche - a "village" that can be more accurately described as a couple of cabins at the foot of the massive Lobuche peak. During the move, breathing problems may occur due to the altitude.

Todays trek: 4½ hours
Accommodation: Tea house

Day 10 Trek to Gorak Shep (5200m)

Today it is not a long hike or a steep climb. However, today's trek is still tough due to the altitude. On the trek you can see Mt. Nuptse, Lobuche Peak and other mountains. The route leads along open paths, with small surrounding glaciers, to Gorak Shep. After eating you can enjoy half a day's relaxation.

Todays trek: 3½ hours
Accommodation: Tea house

Day 11 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5400m) and back to Gorak Shep (5200m)

Today it offers a long and challenging trek along the Khumbu Glacier, up to Everest Base Camp at 5400 meters altitude. It is the closest you can get to Mount Everest without having climbing gear. There is likely to be a Base Camp climbing team preparing for a trip to the top. The view of Khumbu Icefall from the Base Camp is amazing! After visiting Base Camp, return to Gorak Shep, where you will spend the night.

Todays trek: 6 hours
Accommodation: Tea house

Day 12 Hike to Kalapattar (5550m) and early in the morning descent Periche (4250m)

Most of the morning is spent climbing Kala Patar, which is a small peak (compared to the Himalayan standard) at 5550 meters altitude. The descent is challenging, but you will experience a fantastic mountain panorama on the way: Mt. Everest (the highest point of the planet at 8848 meters), Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless other peaks. It then quickly descends to the small village of Gorak Shep and from there down to Periche.

Todays trek: 7 hours
Accommodation: Tea house

Day 13 Trek to Tengboche (3860m)

From Periche, another route is taken down to Orsho and then to the village of Pangboche. Here you will find the region's oldest monastery, which - it is said - houses the scalp and bones of a Yeti (abominable snowman). Afterwards, you trek to Tengboche.

Todays trek: 4 hours
Accommodation: Tea house

Day 14 Trek to Manju (2840m)

After breakfast you start the hike down to Manju via Namche Bazaar, where you previously stayed.

Todays trek: 6 hours
Accommodation: Tea house

Day 15 Trek to Lukla (2804m)

Then the trip goes back to Lukla, where it all started. It will feel like forever since you were last here! There will be time to reflect on the magnificent trip you have just returned from, and the great achievement it has been. There will also be opportunities to explore the city further.

Todays trek: 4 hours
Accommodation: Tea house

Day 16 Early flight back to Kathmandu

During the 30-minute flight back to Kathmandu, enjoy the last glimpse of the mountains you just visited. When you arrive in Kathmandu you will be taken to the same hotel as on arrival. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing and looking around.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 17 Sightseeing in Bhaktapur and relaxation

Bhaktapur - also known as bhadgaon - was once the capital of Nepal. Today it remains as a true treasure trove of ancient treasures, art and architecture. An ancient legend says that the city was founded in the year 899 by King Anand Deb, who belonged to the Lichhabi dynasty. The city is designed as a "Khat-Kon" (Star of David). Bhaktapur means “The City of the Devotees” and the city is known for pottery and weaving. The city also offers Nepal's best yogurt and countless small factories that make masks and wood art.
After visiting Bhaktapur you will be driven back to Kathmandu where you can relax and enjoy the rest of the day.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 18 Departure

It is time to go home. You will be taken to the airport. It is also possible to extend the stay or travel further from Kathmandu.

Price includes

  • All accommodation (hotels and guesthouses)
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Transport to / from the airport
  • Land transport
  • Local Flights (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • Sight seeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Sherpa guide and carriers for carrying the luggage on the move
  • TIMS (Tractor Information Management System)
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park permits
  • All Temple tickets in Kathmandu
  • Food and drink, cabins, good salaries, insurance, medical equipment, airline tickets, land transport for trekking staff
  • All taxes
  • 24-hour emergency hotline during the entire tour
  • This is a packaged holiday and is therefore covered by The Travel Guarantee Fund - See which benefits this means for you - click here
Not included
  • Flights to/from Nepal
  • All meals on the move (can be selected - see practical info)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
EUR 1,149.00

Practical info

General information

This is an individual trip. This means, it is only you who are on the trip and you have your own guide and carriers. For example, if you do not mind being put together with other travelers, then you can let us know and we will put you together with others if they have the same wish.

It is possible to buy this tour with or without the flight included. If you choose not to include the flight, we will ensure that you are picked up and brought to the airport, no matter what time of day you arrive.

On this tour you have local guides and porters on the tour. Your guides speak English and are experts in the area and have traveled many times before.

Transportation / Flights

The flight to/from Kathmandu is not included in the price. We suggest that you find your flight via a search-engine such as momondo.com or skyscanner.com.

Please wait with buying the flight until we have confirmed your holiday.

Food & drink

Breakfast is included in Kathmandu, but you must buy the other meals yourself. Meals during the trek are not included in the price, but you can opt for "all meals during the trek" when booking the trip.
 
If you opt for all meals on the trip
(this can be opted in when booking the trip or later from your "My Travel" page)
On the move you will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea and coffee. In addition, you get hot drinks three times a day. It is customary to eat at the tea house where you spend the night. Lunch is eaten along the way when it fits. It is good solid food served at the tea houses and the menu cards are basically the same at all the tea houses. You can buy bottled fresh water at all the tea houses, as well as hot tea, coffee, cocoa, beer and soda.

Accommodation

In Kathmandu you are staying at a good tourist class hotel, which is centrally located in the Thamel district. On the trip you spend the night at teahouses, as they are called in Nepal. The tea houses are guesthouses that are run and owned by local families. The quality of the tea houses varies, and we strive to make room for the best, but you must be prepared for relatively primitive conditions. The tea houses often have a cozy common room which is heated by a wood stove. We usually spend the night in double rooms, but in some tea houses there may be dorms with 4-6 beds in each room. The rooms are not heated. In some teahouses it is possible to buy a bath but remember to ask if the water is heated by solar heat, so that we can help protect the vulnerable forest growth.

Sanitary conditions

In the hotels in Kathmandu you will find a bathroom with clean toilet facilities and hot shower. You should not expect particularly good toilet facilities during the trek.

Luggage

Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will get a duffle bag for your main luggage during the trek.

Sleeping bag

You need a good warm sleeping bag with a comfort tempeture down to minus 8-10 Celcius on the trek as the sleeping rooms are not heated in the lodges and it gets really cold at high altitude.

A day on the trail

A typical trekking day begins with a morning wake-up call between 06.00 - 06.30. After you get dressed and have breakfast, you pack your luggage, and you start the hike approximately around 8:00am. It is important that you walk at your own pace and take the breaks you need. Around 11.30 - 12.00 you take a long lunch break for a good hour before continuing on the afternoon walk. You arrive at the property in the afternoon and when you have been given your room, there is plenty of time to relax, experience the village, or read a little book. Dinner is served between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and you choose from the menu. Most people choose to go to bed early.

Travel insurance

We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by an necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.

Passports and visa

Visas for Nepal can be arranged from home at the Nepalese Embassy or issued upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Remember to bring 3 passport photos for a visa and a trekking permit.

Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or you personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. Please note that you should bring your vaccination certificate when you travel to Nepal.

Trip notes and equipment list

When booking the trip, you will receive our trip notes including the equipment list for the Everest Base Camp Trek.

Climate

The best seasons for trekking in the Everest region are spring and autumn. March, April, May and October, November are great times to go trekking. It is usually clear weather and beautiful sunshine in the morning. During the afternoon, some clouds often form from the evaporation of the snow in the mountains, and it often clears up again in the evening. In the mountains, the temperature varies greatly depending on the height and time of day. In the middle of the day it can easily be snug at even high altitude with up to 20 degrees at 4,500 -5,000 meters altitude. When the sun goes down, the temperature drops dramatically and it can easily drop to minus 10 ° C at night at the same altitude.

The Travel Guarantee Fund

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