A high altitude escapes to a culturally rich and fascinating region of the Himalayas.
Trekking enthusiasts have been making this epic journey to Everest Base Camp since the early 90’s following in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s – the first mountaineers to climb Mt Everest. Surrounded by enormous peaks, this trek takes you to a region rich in culture, fauna and flora and offers views of many peaks soaring over 800m into the sky. Magnificent lakes and ice sheets are also a feature of this journey passing Sherpa villages rich in heritage and traditions, such as Tengboche Monastery, Sagarmatha National Park and of course the unheralded views from Kala Patthar . Especially in spring, you will pass through the breathtaking colorful Rhododendron forests and get to see wildlife such as musk deer.
The great Everest Base Camp adventure begins with a 40-minute plane trip to Lukla, then a trek towards Phakding and then on to the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar often referred to as the gateway to Everest. From Namche Bazaar, the trail takes us to Tengboche, where we come across a Buddhist fortification (Dawa Choling Gompa). Leaving Tengboche our trek heads to Dingboche that offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. As we climb to higher altitudes the difficulty increases, requiring us to adjust after passing through Dingboche and then on to Lobuche(4940m). The final leg of our journey takes us to Everest base camp (5,364m) At EBC we get to view the enormous Khumbu Ice Sheet that begins at 4,900m and ends at 7,600m. After leaving EBC we then trek back to Gorak Shep (5185m). Early the following morning we climb to the well-known viewpoint Kala Patthar (5555m) where we are blessed with the most awesome views of Mt. Everest and the Khumbu Ice Sheet.
We then trek back to Gorak Shep then to Pheriche and then descend on a steep trail to Namche Bazaar. The final leg of our journey takes us back to Lukla and then by plane returning to Kathmandu.
Alert: There will be a slight change in the itinerary, especially the days when you take the domestic flights. In April & May and October & November of 2019, the government shifted the operation base for flights to and from Lukla (This is the actual starting point of the trek) from Kathmandu to Manthali, a town 4 to 5 hours drive away from Kathmandu. As a result, anyone who signed up for any Everest trek or climb had to go to Manthali to catch their flight. They moved the base because of renovation and high air traffic for Kathmandu's airport which is also the only international airport in Nepal. This change in the airport will continue in 2020 as well. Though right now there have been direct flights, we expect from March the airport will be shifted.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfortable and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom - until Namche which is a thriving town seeing many more tourists and a greater range of accommodation. It should be noted that at higher elevations the quality of accommodation may not be as good, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Khumbu region is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpas’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu to Lukla and return.
EBC is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes and sizes who have completed the trek.The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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Based On 4 Reviews
A truly amazing trip that was enjoyable and memorable from the first day to the last. Organized brilliantly to take in the fantastic landscape of Nepal and the Himalayas together with the many and diverse cultural and religious aspects of the region. Recommended for anyone with a spirit of discovery and adventure.
Without a doubt, the most memorable trip of my life. It was hard, probably harder than I expected, but I've come home with a massive sense of achievement, and the most amazing views imaginable engraved in my mind! The photos just don't to it justice. The Sherpa Team were Very professional!
Professional Sherpa Team! This was a wonderful trip, very well organized, tough but enjoyable. Anyone with a good level of fitness would enjoy this trip and the sense of achievement when you reach the top of Kala Pattar and look across at Everest makes it all worthwhile.
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