Everest Base Camp Adventure
Trek through breathtaking Nepal to Everest base camp
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Group Size: Avg 10, max 15
Trip code: ANEA
Duration: 15 days
Trekking to Everest is every mountaineer’s dream: You may not scale the summit but you can achieve something awesome on this 15-day trek adventure to Everest base camp. Kick-start your trip in the Nepalese capital city of Kathmandu and fly over stunning mountain scenery to begin your trek. Follow in the footsteps of famous mountaineering legends as you enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful journey to base camp, which has been dubbed "the steps to heaven" for good reason! Trek through gorgeous scenery, Sherpa villages and past glaciers as you mingle with the locals and stay in traditional teahouses. Open the door to the top of the world as you scale great heights on this once-in-a-lifetime trekking challenge!
- Stay in local Teahouses en route and mingle with the locals in the Himalayas in beautiful Nepal
- Trek to the market hub of Namche Bazaar and spend some time acclimatising with walks to the ‘green village’ past elaborately-carved Buddhist mani stones
- Take in breathtaking views of the mountain ranges from the Tengboche Gompa and soak up the scenery from Dingboche
- Trek all the way to Everest base camp and celebrate your amazing achievement!
- See the sunrise at Kala Patthar and be inspired by your final views of Everest before trekking back through stunning mountain scenery
Day 1: Kathmandu. Arrive at any time and get ready for the adventure trek of a lifetime – Everest awaits!
Days 2-4: Phakding/Namche Bazaar. Hop on a mountain flight to Lukla where you will begin your trek, bound for Phakding, trekking for 3 hours on day 2. On day 3, you’ll trek for 6 hours (9km) to Namche Bazaar and then spend 2 nights acclimatizing in Namche before beginning the trek towards Everest base camp.
Day 5: Tengboche. Trek for 6-7 hours today, through gorgeous scenery, woods and rhododendron forests on your way to Tengboche.
Days 6-7: Dingboche. Trek onwards for 6 hours on day 6 (8km), towards your next destination, Dingboche. On day 7 you’ll have time to acclimatise in Dingboche, and you can opt to hike up to Chhukung or Nagarzhang Peak for some breathtaking mountain views.
Days 8-10: Lobuche/Everest Base Camp. A 5-hour walk (7km) and challenging climb past the Khumbu Glacier brings you to Nuptse on day 8. On day 9 a 3-hour hike takes you across the Changri glacier to Gorakshep, followed by a 6km afternoon trek to complete the final stage of your journey to Everest base camp – you’ve made it! On day 10 you’ll take a 1.5 hour sunrise walk to Kala Patthar for some unforgettable Everest views and then back down a 5km descent to Pheriche.
Days 11-13: Tengboche/Monjo/Lukla. Descend through Pangboche with its impressive Gompa, trekking through larch and rhododendron forests back to Tengboche and on to Monjo and finally back to Lukla.
Day 14: Kathmandu. Your trek is officially at and end! Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu, where you can rest, relax and reflect on your amazing achievement.
Day 15: Kathmandu. Your Everest adventure ends today in Kathmandu and you can depart at any time.
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You will need to arrange your arrival into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, in time for an early evening briefing meeting at your hotel. Airport transfers are not included.
Please note, we can arrange an airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
The airport is located around 7km from downtown Kathmandu and you will need to take a taxi. A prepaid taxi can be booked through the counter outside the airport’s baggage hall, which is run by the Airport Queue Taxi Service Management Committee for about 500 NPR (approx £3.50). Please avoid offers from people wanting to help you with your bags at the airport as they will ask for money once you get to your taxi.
14 nights’ shared accommodation are included as part of this trekking adventure.
While on the trek route you will stay in teahouses. Teahouses are small, cosy yet remote establishments run by local Nepalese living in the mountains to cater for trekkers. They are a combination of guesthouse, restaurant and social space and offer all you’ll need after a hard day’s trekking.
No meals are included on this trip (please allow USD420-550 for meals not included). The teahouses you will be staying at along the route offer simple, filling and delicious meals to keep your energy up for the trek. Breakfasts and dinners will usually be eaten in the Teahouse and typical Nepali food includes Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup and some serve a local take on pizza, pasta and French fries. Lunches will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants.
Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available along the route and in the Teahouses and Nepali milk tea is served everywhere. All tea houses offer boiled water for trekkers to top up their own water bottles. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail as plastic bottles have become an environmental problem in Nepal.
The minimum age to take part in this trekking adventure is 18.
Please note: As this trip includes serious high-altitude treks and heavy exercise you will need to have a high level of physical fitness in order to take part.
Visitors from the UK will require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport. It’s your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Visa rules are subject to change without prior notice, so please do check visa requirements at the time of your trip.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.