Iconic Everest Base Camp Trek with Kalapattar climb
The journey to Everest Base Camp is steeped in mountaineering history, taking in the famous Tengboche Monastery and bustling Sherpa capital of Namche Bazar.
The famous trail takes you in to the heart of the highest mountain range in the world, offering mesmerising views of the ‘roof of the world’!
After reaching base camp you will climb the nearby peak of Kalapattar for close-up views of Mt. Everest.
This is a true bucket-list trek which will not disappoint!
- Classic trek to Everest Base Camp
- Explore Namche Bazaar and soak up the Sherpa culture
- Extra days in Kathmandu, including guided tour of main sites
- Walk amidst the world’s highest mountain range, with incredible views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam
- Visiting the hill top monastery at Tengboche
- Chance to ascend Kala Pattar for close up views of Mt Everest
- Reach Everest Base Camp
- Climb Kalapattar peak for views of Mt. Everest
|TRIP START POINT||Kathmandu International Airport|
|DURATION||17 days (11 days trekking)|
|TRIP TYPE||Teahouse Trekking|
|SEASON||October to December & March to May|
|CHALLENGE LEVEL||4/5 – Challenging trek|
Arrival to Kathmandu
Activity: Arrival and transfer to hotel Accommodation: Hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu
You will be picked up from Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival to Kathmandu and transported to your hotel in Thamel for your first night.
You will have some down time to rest, have a shower and recuperate after your flight.
This evening you will meet your fellow teammates and be introduced to your guide, who will brief the team on your adventures ahead.
Kathmandu city tour / acclimatisation day / preparation day
Activities: Sightseeing and acclimatisation Accommodation: Hotel in Thamel
This morning you will enjoy your first Nepali breakfast at the hotel in Thamel. Then begins your city tour visiting the famous Swayambhunath, which is known as “Monkey Temple” of Kathmandu, Then to Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. After our temple tours, we will travel back to Thamel for lunch. After lunch we will have free time to wander the streets of Thamel, purchase last minute trekking supplies or rest in your hotel
Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding
Activities: Flight and half day trek Accommodation: Teahouse in Phakding Difficulty: Easy/Moderate (very short day to continue acclimatisation)
This morning we will have breakfast at the hotel and then travel back to Kathmandu Airport for a short domestic flight (35 minutes) to the village of Lukla.
Upon arrival in Lukla, we will be immersed in the Sherpa and Tamong cultures of the Khumbu Valley. At the airport, you\’ll meet your support team (Sherpas and porters) and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek to begin the journey to Everest Base Camp as we begin walking slowly from Lukla to the village of Phakding.
Today’s walk is mostly downhill and will take roughly 3 hours. Upon arrival in Phakding, we will check into our teahouse and have some down time to take in the area before being served our nutritious Nepali dinner.
Trek Phakding to Namche
Activity: Trekking Difficulty: Moderate Accommodation: Teahouse in Namche Bazar
After breakfast, we will embark on a journey to the famous Namche Bazar! From Phakding, we will cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond the village of Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. If the weather is clear, we will have our first glimpse of Mt Everest.
Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu valley and has a traditional busy market. Traditionally, Hindu traders from the lowlands would meet Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Once we arrive in Namche, we will check into our rooms, change clothes and have some free time. At a designated time, we will meet at the guest house for dinner and after dinner we will deliver the plan for the next day.
Rest/ Acclimatisation day in Namche
Activity: Acclimatisation day / Short walk Difficulty: Moderate Accommodation: Teahouse in Namche Bazar
Today we will sleep in and have a late breakfast. We will be staying in Namache in order to acclimatise to the altitude and rest before ascending higher.
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the magnificent peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of guest houses, tea shops and souvenir shops. After breakfast, we will choose to either visit the Khunde hospital, which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a walk up to the ridge above Namche for the amazing view of the mountains Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.
We will come back for lunch at the guest house and then have the afternoon free. It is a great day to drink Chia(tea), read books, send post cards or hang out around the fire with the locals. We will determine a time to meet for dinner where we deliver the plan for the next day.
Trek Namche to Tengboche
Activity: Trekking Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging Accommodation: Teahouse in Tengboche
This morning we will wake up early in Namche, have a big breakfast and continue walking slowly along the waters of the Dudh Kosi (Milk River). We will follow the ridge for amazing views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse en route to our destination. Tonight we will be staying in the village of Tengboche, home to the famous Tengboche Monastery. Inside the monastery, we will see large wall hangings, a 20-foot Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the local Lamas. Depending on how our arrival time, we will observe a local prayer ceremony.
We will be eating dinner and sleeping in a local Tea house in Tengboche.
Tengboche to Dingboche
Activity: Trekking Difficulty: Challenging Accommodation: Teahouse in Dingboche
This morning we will enjoy a hearty breakfast served with chia (tea). After breakfast, we will depart from Tengboche on “Nepali flat” terrain (Ups and Downs). We will be walking through the villages of Debuche and Pangboche. If time allows, we can visit Lama Geishe in Pangboche for a pray ceremony and expedition blessing. We will then ascend to the traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche.
From Dingboche we will have amazing views of Mt. Lhotse, Imja Tse and Ama Dablam. We will check into our rooms and have some down time to freshen up before being served dinner. After dinner, our guides will provide the plan for the next day.
Rest day explore to the Chhukung 4710 m
Activity: Acclimatisation day – day trek Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging Accommodation: Teahouse in Dingboche
This morning we will sleep in and have a leisurely morning for purposes of acclimatisation. After copious amounts of chia and a hearty breakfast, we will take off on a day hike through the Imja Khola valley to the village of Chhukung.
Chhukung is the village on the way to Island Peak. If we have adequate time and the team is feeling adventurous, we can keep going another hour to the Island peak base camp. We will have lunch at Chhukung and then descend back to Dingboche for dinner and to sleep for the night.
This is an important day that will help with acclimatisation before continuing higher, following the \”climb high, sleep low\” principle.
Trek Dingboche to Lobuche
Activity: Trekking Difficulty: Challenging Accommodation: Teahouse in Lobuche
This morning we will wake up, eat a large breakfast and depart Dingboche. The trail to EBC continues along the lateral moraine (glacier made ridge) of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by memorials for climbers who have died on nearby mountains.
We will continue to ascend higher into the mountains until we arrive at the small outpost, Lobuche, named for the peak which stands to the south. Once in Lobuche, we will eat food, drink water and chia and have some time to acclimatise and rest.
Lobuche to Gorak Shep-Everest Base Camp (5,364m)-Gorak Shep (5,160m)
Activity: Trekking to Everest Base Camp Difficulty: Challenging Accommodation: Teahouse in Gorak Shep
This morning we will wake up at Lobuche, eat breakfast and depart for the village of Gorak Shep. We will walk for roughly 2 hours with the most beautiful views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Pumori. Once we arrive in Gorak Shep, we will check into our rooms and have a light lunch. After lunch we will begin walking slowly to Everest Base Camp (5,320m.). Upon arrival at base camp, we will celebrate with group photos and celebratory treats! In the climbing season (March to May), there will most likely be Mountaineering teams attempting to climb Mt. Everest staying at EBC. We will have incredible views of the highest mountains in the world as well as the Khumbu Icefall.
Once the team is ready, we will begin to descend back to Gorak Shep where we will rest, drink and have a hearty dinner. On a clear night there are great chances of photos of the sun setting over the mountains, giving a warm orange glow to the higher peaks.
Hike up to Kalapattar 5555m, early in the morning and then trek down to Lobuche
Activity: Climb Kallapattar and then descend to Lobuche Difficulty: Challenging/Tough Accommodation: Teahouse in Lobuche
Today will be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding days of the trek.
This morning we will wake up early at around 5am, grab a hot drink and head out into the mountains to attempt to climb Mt. Kala Pattar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555m, which offers the best view you will get of Mt. Everest in Nepal without climbing it! You can also get magnificent views of other giants, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Chagatse and Mt. Lhotse.
This portion of the trek is optional but we highly encourage participation. After the ascent, we will head back to Gorak Shep, where we will eat and pack up our things before a gradual descent to the village of Lobuche.
Once in Lobuche, we will check into our rooms, freshen up and have free time until dinner is served. We will be ready for a well deserved, good night sleep!
Trek Lobuche to Tengboche
Activity: Trekking Difficulty: Moderate Accommodation: Teahouse in Tengboche
This morning we will have a hearty breakfast and begin our decent out of the mountains. We will follow the river and climb back up to the Sherpa village of Tengboche. We will have great views of the giant Himalayan range consisting of such mountains as Kwangde, Tawache, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku! We will check into our guest house and spend the evening relaxing. After dinner, our guides will provide the plan for the next day then take the well deserved good night sleep.
Trek Tengboche to Monjo
Activity: Trekking Difficulty: Moderate Accommodation: Teahouse in Monjo
This morning we will wake up early, have breakfast and retrace our steps down to Phunki Thenga, then climb the ridge towards Namche Bazar. We take our lunch in Namche and then descend down to another small Sherpa village called Monjo, where we will spend overnight in a teahouse. Spend the evening relaxing and enjoy nice dinner. After dinner, our guides will provide the plan for the next day.
Trek Monjo to Lukla
Activity: Trekking and Celebrations Difficulty: Moderate Accommodation: Teahouse in Lukla
This morning we will wake up early, have breakfast and follow the Dudh Kosi (Milk River) down to Phakdinga and Chhuthawa. Then climb to the village of Lukla. This is our last day trekking before returning back to the lowlands. Once in Lukla, we will check into our guest house, have dinner and let the celebratory party commence. This will be our last night with our local guides and porters and will be a good opportunity to say a farewell thank you. Additionally, this will be a good opportunity for you to try some local “Rocksi, Chang, or Tungba”! We will dance and sing traditional songs until the night is over!
Fly to Kathmandu
Activity: Flight and Transfer Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu / Lukla Teahouse
This morning we have breakfast and head to the airstrip for our flight back to Kathmandu. There are 2 potential scenarios for this day.
Because of the uncertain nature of the weather in Lukla, sometimes flights are postponed, delayed or even cancelled. If our flight is delayed or cancelled, we have a contingency day and will relax in Lukla. If we do fly to Kathmandu, we will transport to our hotel, take showers, have down time and visit Kathmandu Durbar square. After the tour of Durbar Square, we will return to Thamel and have free time until we meet for dinner, where the plan for the next day will be discussed.
Kathmandu rest and relaxation
Today is free time for relaxation and shopping until we meet for dinner. Tonight will be your last night together in Nepal. We will make it a good one with farewell dinner in a Nepalese restaurant with cultural dance!
Activities: Transfer to airport and fly home
Today is the final day of your Nepali adventure. Our shuttle driver will come to your hotel 3 hours before your flight departure and deliver you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your international flight.
Want to join one of our open-group adventures, but don’t see any suitable dates that work for you? For most of our trips, you can request new dates and we will set up a new open adventure.
When in Kathmandu or Pokhara at the start and end of your trip we use a comfortable 3-star hotel. In Kathmandu we stay in Thamel, the heart of the tourist district. It is possible to upgrade hotel on private departures.
When on trek we stay in traditional teahouses along the routes.
Teahouses across Nepal offer comfortable access deep into the mountains. The teahouses are owned and run by local people from the communities through which you pass and are a big part of the mountain history and trekking traditions.
The teahouses vary in quality and comfort as you travel higher and further into the mountains, as all materials have to be carried by porter or yak! They all have great character and many have been there for decades, all have common key features: twin rooms, basic bathrooms, communal dining hall/bar and yak dung fire!
You take your own (or hired) sleeping bag with you to the teahouse (carried ahead by porters) as they can get very cold, even when inside when higher up.
Food is included as part of your stay in the teahouse. You will be served a hearty breakfast and evening meal as well as served copious amounts of lemon/ginger/honey tea on arrival. There will be a selection of Western and Nepali dishes to choose from for your evening meal.
When staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara your hotels are on a ‘Bed and Breakfast’ basis, allowing you to choose your own dining options in the evenings. Both cities have a wide range of Western and local restaurants.
The majority of tourist restaurants are in the Thamel district. You’ll find good quality western restaurants and bakeries but its well worth exploring the local specialities such as Tibetean momos, Indian Tandoori and the ubiquitous Nepali Dhal Bhat!
Restaurants in Pokhara are centralised around the ever expanding Lakeside area. Again there are a good mixture of western and Nepali restaurants and bakeries.
Food on trek
On trek you will eat at the teahouses you stay at along the way. A hearty and varied breakfast is usually served in the morning and a menu offering a mix of Western and Nepali food each night. As well as this the teahouses will serve copious amounts of lemon/ginger/honey tea, said to help with acclimatisation!
GROUP & LEADER
You will be accompanied by an expert, English speaking, local tour leader.
All of our guides hold the trekking guide licence from the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). This involves undertaking guide training, first aid and leadership training from the Nepal Tourism Board and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN).
We operate a maximum ratio of 1 guide to 4 trekkers, with maximum group sizes of 12.
The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go. Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.
Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are usually above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as to minus 10ºC at the highest altitudes.
Winter: December to end February. Despite the cooler conditions this is an ideal time to trek in Nepal. Skies are usually very clear especially in December and the mountain views are at their best. Nights will be very cold with temperatures down to minus 15ºC to minus 20ºC at the highest altitudes but days are pleasant and sunny. The trails are also much less busy at this time of year. In Kathmandu maximum daytime temperatures are 19ºC.
Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. This is the main climbing season for Mt. Everest and other high altitude peaks. For trekking, both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but often a haze will build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.
WHAT YOU'LL CARRY
Porter Supported Trek
This trek is fully supported by a team of porters who will transport your main baggage. You will only need to carry a light daypack at the very most. A 35l rucksack is a useful size to comfortably fit in essential items such as water bottle, camera, wet-weather gear and extra layers etc.
There are strict luggage allowances on the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Each trekker will be allowed 10kg checked luggage and 5kg carry on, extra baggage fees apply above this and are also subject to availability (it is a small plane!). Excess luggage can be left securely in the hotel in Kathmandu.
Tipping at meals and in hotels is normal practice. It is also customary to tip the local trekking staff and guides. For this trip we suggest allowing around $80 for tips. Detailed tipping guidance will be sent in your pre-departure information
LANGUAGE & TIMEZONE
Language: Nepali is the official language but English is the ‘commercial’ language and is widely spoken in areas of tourism.
ALTITUDE & FITNESS
Altitude – Very high altitude
This itinerary travels to a maximum altitude of 5,545m when ascending Kala Pattar. Everest Base Camp itself is at around 5,300m.
Much of your trek is above 3,000m where you will certainly feel the affects of altitude and where there is a risk of developing Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You are likely to experience some mild symptoms such as a dull headache, shortness of breath, difficulty sleeping and a loss of appetite.
The ascent profile of the trek is gradual and allows time for your body to slowly acclimatise. Your tour leader will also ensure a suitably slow pace and monitor for signs of more serious symptoms. There are also two ‘acclimatisation days’ built in to the itinerary which allow for more recuperation.
Taking it slowly and following good practice for acclimatisation such as drinking plenty of fluids, most people are able to acclimatise well and complete this trek.
Fitness – Challenging trek
This is a challenging trek due to the altitude, steep climbs and sustained multi-day trekking.
The altitude will add to the physical demands of the trek and therefore being in good shape will be extremely beneficial to your enjoyment and chances of success. Even if you consider yourself fit, you might still find the climb very hard, depending on how well your body acclimatises to high altitude.
There are also sections crossing high bridges, that trekkers with vertigo may not enjoy!
If you are used to regular multi day hill walking you will have the right level of fitness to fully enjoy your time on this trek. Previous walking experience is not essential but will help you get the most out of this trip. Non hill walkers must come with a reasonable degree of fitness.
Country specific information and advice is published by Fit For Travel, and useful information about healthcare abroad, including a country-by-country guide of reciprocal health care agreements with the UK, is available from NHS Choices.
The risks to health whilst travelling will vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, e.g. activities abroad, length of stay and general health of the traveller. It is recommended that you consult with your General Practitioner or Practice Nurse 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. They will assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines and /or antimalarial tablets. This is also a good opportunity to discuss important travel health issues including safe food and water, accidents, sun exposure and insect bites. Many of the problems experienced by travellers cannot be prevented by vaccinations and other preventive measures need to be taken.
We recommend taking your trip itinerary with you to this appointment and highlighting remoteness of trek and level and type of activity, as this may affect the recommendations. e.g. Rabies risk is higher in remote areas where access to appropriate treatment may be delayed, so it is strongly recommended to discuss rabies vaccination with your medical practitioner for all of our trips.
Most of Nepal has ‘Low to no risk’ of Malaria, according to the NHS fit for travel website, including the high altitude trekking areas we use in our itineraries.
Dengue Fever is present in some parts of the country, so mosquito bite avoidance measures should be taken.
You will need a visa to travel to Nepal. You can either apply for a visa before you go or obtain a visa on arrival at Kathmandu Airport. If planning on getting your visa on arrival you will need a passport photo and $40 (for a 30 day visa) in cash.
For more information see below or visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nepal/entry-requirements.
To apply for a visa in the United Kingdom you should contact the Embassy of Nepal, 12A, Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QU (telephone: +20 7229 1594 or 6231 or 5352).
Visas are available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport and at some land borders. To obtain a visa upon arrival by air in Nepal you must fill in an application form on arrival and provide a passport photograph. A single-entry visa valid for 15, 30 or 90 days costs US$25, 40 or 100.
At Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport the fee is payable in any major currency (some land crossings insist on payment in US dollars), Children under 10 require a visa but are not charged a visa fee. A Nepali visa is valid for entry for three to six months from the date of issue.
You must have a valid visa in your passport to leave Nepal. If your visa has expired you will have to arrange an extension at the Department of Immigration, before your departure.
Overstaying without authority is serious and you can be detained or refused permission to leave until a fine is paid.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months when you submit your application for a visa.
If you are planning to take medication into Nepal you should bring the prescription. For further details contact the Embassy of Nepal.
The currency in Nepal is the Rupee (NPR) but you cannot get rupees outside of Nepal – therefore take UK sterling or US$ and exchange on arrival in Kathmandu. ATMs and change bureaux are available in the arrivals hall at the airport and in Kathmandu. It is best to change all the money you need in Kathmandu.
FLIGHTS & ARRIVAL
The starting point of this itinerary is Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport.
International flights will usually often fly via the Middle East (Etihad, Qatar, Turkish Airlines).
If you book a LAND ONLY package you will need to get to Kathmandu Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Alternatively you can meet the team at the team hotel.
If you book a FLIGHT INCLUSIVE package we will book your flights for you. We will contact you to confirm the best departure airport, timings and final price of your flight. Please note flight prices are dependent on availability and any price listed on our website is an estimate of the flight cost from London. You will be advised of the final flight cost before committing to pay for it. Most flights are non-refundable and need to be paid for upfront before they can be booked (due to the flight terms of the airlines).
Please do not make any non-refundable travel arrangements or flight bookings until your booking has been confirmed (by email from us) and your trip is guaranteed to run. Note: the automated booking response does not constitute these confirmations.
Note: Any domestic flights listed in the itinerary, such as to Lukla for Everest Base Camp or Pokhara for Annapurna are included in the land only package.
IT FOR ME?
This is one of the most famous treks in Nepal, if not the world! It is a spectacular route that offers some of the best views of high mountains you will see and will be on the bucket list of many a trekker!
Teahouse trekking is a good way of visiting the mountains in relative comfort, where you can spend your time soaking up the views, atmosphere and culture.
The trek is challenging but within reach of people with reasonable fitness who are willing to do some walking beforehand in preparation.