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Everest Base Camp in Style

19 Days & 18 Nights
  • Taking in Mount Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse from Kala Pattar (5545m)
  • Reaching Everest Base Camp (5364m), below the Khumbu Icefall
  • Experiencing the land of the Sherpas, the Solu Khumbu region
  • Staying in style and comfort for seven nights at luxury trekking lodges
  • Kathmandu; Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Patan
  • Visiting the iconic Buddhist monastery at Tengboche with stunning panoramic views
Trek to Everest Base Camp staying in luxury trekking lodges and the best available local lodges. Experience Everest Base Camp, Kala Pattar, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery and Kathmandu on one of the world’s finest treks. The Solu Khumbu region of Nepal offers some of the world’s finest trekking and is home to numerous Himalayan Giants including Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Pumori. Snow and ice covered Himalayan peaks are your constant companions as you trek through lush green valleys between Sherpa villages. The trek to Everest base Camp has always been associated with camping or very basic trekking lodges but now you can trek to Everest Base Camp in style and comfort. At lower altitudes you will stay for seven nights in Yeti Mountain Home luxury trekking lodges which offer guests en suite rooms with comfortable beds with sheets, blankets, hot showers, down pillows and electric blankets. At higher altitudes we choose the best available trekking lodges, which although more basic are comfortable. Although the objective of this trek is Everest Base Camp, and the view of Everest from the summit of Kala Pattar (5545m), there are so many other highlights; the charming hospitality of your Sherpa hosts, the relaxed ambiance of our luxury trekking lodges, the terraced green fields around Lukla and Phakding, Buddhist mountain monasteries, the camaraderie of meeting trekkers from around the world and the ever-changing mountain views.
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What To Expect

Experience one of the world’s classic treks by staying in luxury lodges and the best available local trekking lodges. With plenty of time for acclimatisation, this is the best way to trek to Everest Base Camp.

Trip Style:

Private Guided | Alone or with your chosen companion(s), benefit from a private guide throughout most of your trip.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Avid Adventurers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Personal Growth
  • Alpine & Mountains

Featured in our collections:

  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded strenuous, due to the extended length of time spent trekking at high altitudes. You should be in good physical fitness and have experience of multi day trekking or walking prior to undertaking an Everest Base Camp Trek. The effect of altitude should not be underestimated, The trails are generally well maintained and a good walking surface although the going can be rough once you reach the base of the Khumbu Glacier and on the final approach to Everest base Camp.

Navigation

Quality guides make the difference between a great trip and an unforgettable experience. Our Nepali guides are qualified and trained. All have many years experience of guiding trekkers in Nepal, and speak fluent English. They bring a wealth of knowledge to your journey, opening your eyes to the legends, culture, food, flora and fauna of the Himalayas. Additionally they are first aid trained and fully trained and experienced in dealing with cases of Altitude Sickness. Your luggage will be transported by porters (1 porter between 2 people). 

Accommodation Information

This in-style trekking trip combines luxury trekking lodges, the best available trekking lodges and deluxe Kathmandu Hotels.

During your trek you will stay 7 nights at Yeti Mountain Homes luxury trekking lodges in the Everest Region. Yeti Mountain Homes lodges offer guests the opportunity to experience the magnificent scenery of the Himalayas in style and comfort whilst staying in en suite rooms with comfortable beds with sheets, blankets, hot showers, down pillows and hot water bottles.

Where luxury trekking lodges are not available we stay in the best available trekking lodges, these are traditional mountain lodges operated by local Sherpa's. The lodges have a comfortable central living and eating room which is heated. We will always try to book private twin share rooms wherever possible but occasionally dependent on availability you may stay in larger dorm-style rooms shared with other guests. Toilets and washing facilities are shared and hot showers may be available for an additional charge in some lodges.

In Kathmandu you stay at Gokarna Forest Resort. Situated within the city limits of Kathmandu Gokarna Forest Resort is located inside the serene temperate Gokarna Forest, the former private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal.

Meals

Kathmandu accommodation includes breakfast and a farewell dinner in Kathmandu on your last night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included while on trek as well as tea and coffee at meals. Food while on trek is simple but tasty. It does get more basic the higher you climb as fewer ingredients become available. Pancakes, bread and cereal form the basis for breakfast, lunch is normally a warming noodle soup at a convenient tea house on the trail and the evening staple dish while trekking is dal bhaat, this is a filling dish of lentil soup, rice and curried vegetables.

Alternative Kathmandu Hotels

If you would prefer to stay in the heart of Kathmandu just let us know and we can book your stay at the Yak & Yeti Hotel or Annapurna Hotel for a small supplement. You may also wish to upgrade to the lovely Dwarika’s Heritage Hotel.

Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

Single rooms are available on this tour, but a supplement is applicable. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this trip to solo walkers.

Included
  • All airport transfers
  • 3 Nights superior accommodation on a twin share basis in Kathmandu
  • 7 Nights Yeti Mountain Home luxury trekking lodges on full board basis
  • 8 Nights twin share accommodation in standard trekking lodges during the trek on full board basis
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu including entrance fees
  • Return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla with 15 kg luggage (10kg hold baggage and 5kg hand baggage)
  • All National Park fees, TIMS and trekking permits
  • 1 Trekking guide, 1 Sherpa helper for every 4 trekkers and 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • All Nepali staff and porter's insurance and wages
  • City maps and trekking maps
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack including Trailblazer guide book: Trekking in the Everest Region
Excluded
  • International flights to/from Nepal
  • Lunches and dinners while in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • Nepal Visa
  • Extra drinks and snacks, hot showers, laundry
  • Excess baggage charges for internal flights
  • Tips for your trekking crew (expected, but not mandatory)
Extras
  • Additional nights in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation upgrade in Kathmandu
  • Additional nights on trek
  • Extension to Chitwan National Park

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day of the year from the end of September through to May.  The most popular times to go trekking in Nepal are October/November, when the post-monsoon mountain air is clear and fresh, and March to April when the weather is dry and pleasant and the rhododendrons bloom. You can start your trip on any date in the season.

Average daytime temperatures between October-November and April-May range from approximately 25c in Kathmandu to approx. 14c at 3000m, and approximately 3c at 5000m. From December through to April, the temperatures will be about 5c lower. Nighttime temperatures are lower and will get to below freezing once above 3000m.

Getting to the Start

Flights to Kathmandu are available daily from the UK and Europe via the Gulf or India. Airlines include Jet Airways, Emirates Airlines, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways & Etihad Airways. Kathmandu is also very well served from North America and Australasia.

Getting from the End

Flights from Kathmandu are available daily to the UK and Europe via the Gulf or India. Airlines include Jet Airways, Emirates Airlines, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways & Etihad Airways. North America and Australasia are also very well served from Kathmandu.

Baggage Transfer

Travel insurance which includes evacuation cover and covers trekking to the altitude of Everest Base Camp (5545m) is a requirement for this trip.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, (for example, proper rain gear jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunscreen). Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Altitude Sickness & Trekking at Altitude

Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness is a major concern when trekking in Nepal and although our itinerary is designed to minimise the chances of you suffering from AMS each individual is affected differently by altitude. The majority of trekkers will suffer from at least mild altitude sickness.

Your leaders are all trained in dealing with AMS but your health is your responsibility and you should educate yourself on AMS. If you have any pre-existing health conditions that you think may make you more susceptible to AMS we recommend that you consult your doctor before booking this trip. You should also report any illness to your guide right away.

Your guide will carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or oxygen for use in emergencies. 

Air Travel in Nepal

Due to the nature of our treks in Nepal, access to the start point is often only possible by taking an internal flight. Flying in Nepal is an acknowledged risk due to the changeable nature of mountain weather and the fact that the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of the UK and other western nations. However, we have taken steps to ensure that our customers travelling to Nepal are as safe as they can possibly be by becoming stakeholders in an independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators in 2015. This audit deemed several airlines as safe to fly to with including Yeti Airlines and Tara Air, and our itineraries will only include flights with these particular airlines. Tara and Yeti Airlines have also fulfilled the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) which is a new global safety standard for commercial airlines operating smaller aircraft. Whilst we have taken the above steps, you should be aware that flying in mountainous areas like Nepal does carry with it a certain amount of risk. If you would like to find out further information on flying on Nepal and the associated risks, you can read advice on the UK Foreign Office Travel Advice page

Visa

Please be aware that you need a tourist visa for Nepal to enter. You can get this upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, where a few forms need to be filled out before you can go through customs. You will need to make sure you have the right amount of USD with you and two passport photos in order to obtain your visa. Alternatively Nepali embassies will also issue visas. 

Additional nights and extensions

Our treks are tailor made for you so if you wish to add trekking days, extra days in Kathmandu or extensions you can do so. If you have extra time we would recommend adding an extra night in Kathmandu at the start of your trip to better recover from your flight, an extra night in Tengboche on the way up to aid acclimatisation and perhaps an extra night in Kathmandu at the end of your trip to see more of the city.

You may also like to consider extending your trip to visit Chitwan National Park or Pokhara.

Equipment

While trekking you will only have to carry a day bag with water, snacks, spare clothes and your camera. Your main bag will be moved by a porter. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person. It is possible to store excess luggage at your hotel in Kathmandu. We will supply you with a detailed equipment list as part of your pre-departure information pack. You will need normal walking and travelling gear as well as a sleeping bag and warm clothes. Trekking equipment is available to hire in Kathmandu.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu Day 2 Flight to Lukla Day 3 Lukla to Monjo Day 4 Monjo to Namche Bazaar Day 5 Namche Bazaar Acclimatisation Day Day 6 Namche Bazaar to Phortse Day 7 Phortse to Pangboche Day 8 Pangboche to Dingboche Day 9 Dingboche Acclimatisation Day 10 Dingboche to Lobuche Day 11 Lobuche to Gorak Shep & Ascend Kala Pattar Day 12 Visit Everest Base Camp (5364m) and Descend to Pheriche Day 13 Pheriche to Deboche Day 14 Trek Namche Bazaar Day 15 Namche Bazaar to Phakding Day 16 Phakding to Lukla Day 17 Flight to Kathmandu Day 18 Kathmandu Sightseeing Day 19 Depart Kathmandu

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