EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

"To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles"

OVERVIEW

Trek with Mt Everest Summiteer Jason Black for 17-days on a very personal historic trek through the Khumbu Valley to the foot of Mt Everest (8,848m). Everest Base camp is arguably one of the best-known expeditions in the world and one of the most popular routes for trekkers to undertake.

The seduction of a trek to Everest base camp has long been known in adventure travel for its unmatched views of Everest, immersed in the peaceful world of Tibetan Buddhism and framed by the majestic Himalayas. This  Everest trek through the Khumbu valley offers more than just a walking holiday, it is for many a pilgrimage not only to the highest mountain in the world but into the heart of the warm, rugged Sherpa culture.
This 
remarkable country will leave you with vivid memories of the beautiful people who live there, and a gentle reminder of the simplicity of life that is the envy of the world.

EVEREST BASE CAMP COST

2495 Deposit €399
  • Date: April 30 - May 16, 2022
  • Deposit €399
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INCLUDED

Trek lead by Mt Everest Summiteer and expedition leader Jason Black.

  • Airport transfers
  • Internal flight to Lukla
  • Trek accommodation in lodges/tea houses (twin rooms with beds and mattresses)
  • All meals per day during the trek with a hot drinks.
  • Fees for Sagarmatha National Park and Village Development Committee, and waste management
  • Sherpa guides (English speaking, professional, experienced and trained in first aid)
  • Porters (max weight carried for you is 13kgs)
  • Staff food, insurance, accommodation and equipment
  • All group gear consisting of first aid kits, mountaineering equipment, cooking equipment etc
  • Stress free experience 
  • Expert designed itinerary
  • Expedition Buff

EXCLUDED

  • International flight from your home country to Kathmandu arriving 30th April.
  • Personal costs like meals in Kathmandu and alcoholic drinks, laundry.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical vaccinations.
  • Additional Porters if your bags or packs are overweight – €13 per kilo
  • Visa
  • Personal spending and tips.

ITINERARY

Day 1: 30th April 2022 Arrive in Kathmandu. We will pick you up at the airport and settle you into your accommodation. This is historically the ‘climbers hotel’ where many expeditions have stayed over the years. We enjoy a welcome dinner with the team.

Day 2: City tour of Kathmandu, we visit the Boudhanath (one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu), the Pashupatinath, and the Swayambhunath (aka the “Monkey Temple”). After the tour we have dinner, then prepare for an early morning flight to Lukla.

Day 3: We fly by fixed wing aircraft into Lukla, and begin our trek! We pass through several Sherpa villages, and enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. After crossing the river by suspension bridge, we arrive in the village of Phakding.

Day 4: We continue trekking along the Dudh Kosi River through the village of Monjo, then up the hill to Namche Bazaar. Here we will spend 2 nights in our comfortable lodge acclimatizing and enjoying the sights and cafes in Namche.

Day 5: We go for an acclimatization hike and return to our lodge to rest and prepare for the next day of trekking.

Day 6: After breakfast we head out of Namche and traverse the magnificent valley towards Tengboche. Here we have spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam for the first time. We arrive in Tengboche and tour the famous Tengboche Monastery, and then continue to Debuche where we spend the night in the Rivendell lodge.

Day 7: Depart Debuche and trek through the rhododendron forest then cross the river and hike up the short hill to Pangboche. Here we visit with Lama Nawang Paljur, the high lama of the Khumbu Valley, who many climbers visit for blessings before heading to climb peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, or Island Peak. We continue up the valley to Dingboche to stay this evening.

Day 8: Today we do an acclimatization hike above Dingboche to gain spectacular views of Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Lhotse, then return to our lodge in Dingboche to spend the night.

Day 9: After breakfast we trek onward past Thugla and arrive in Lobuche, the highest yak grazing ground in the Khumbu Valley. We overnight in Lobuche.

Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep. After checking into our lodge and having lunch, we hike up nearby Kala Patthar for an amazing view of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and the other surrounding peaks. We return to Gorak Shep for dinner.

Day 11: We trek to Everest base camp and visit one of the climbing teams that are in operation for the season, then spend the night in tents at EBC. Spending the night in base camp is an extraordinary experience.

Day 12: We awake in base camp to magnificent views of the surrounding peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Khumbutse, Lingtring, Pumori, and Lobuche. It’s truly a scenic location for breakfast, after which we say goodbye and begin our trek down the valley to Debuche where we are acquainted with our friends in the Rivendell lodge.

Day 13: From Debuche we trek to Namche, where we enjoy the many cafes and shops of the “capital of the Khumbu.”

Day 14: Trek to Lukla and spend our final night in the mountains.

Day 15. Fly to Kathmandu check into the hotel.

Day 16: Extra day for touring Kathmandu, visit shops and restaurants.

Day 17: Depart Kathmandu for home

 

PACKING LIST

You do not need specialised gear

Firstly, you do not need specialised equipment or new expensive clothing. Just your normal trekking gear you’d wear at home on the trail’s and warm clothing for night. Here is my list. 

Base Layers

  • Merino wool Underwear (2-3 pair): non-cotton style underwear
  • 1 x Lightweight Long leg Base Layer.
  • 2x long sleeve base layer merino wool doesn’t smell
  • 2x Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt or T-shirt

 

Mid Layer

  • 1 x Trekking shorts for low down on trail.
  • 1x Soft Shell Jacket: to be worn over other layers
  • 1x Lightweight Nylon walking Pants 
  • 1 x Heavyweight Nylon walking Pants 

 

Waterproof/Rain Layers

  • 1x Hard Shell Jacket with hood: waterproof and breathable 
  • 1x Hard Shell Pants: waterproof and breathable 

 

Insulation Layers 

  • 1x good quality Insulated Down fill Jacket with hood (gets cold at night)

 

Headwear

  • 1x Warm Hat: synthetic or wool hat (ski hat)
  • 1x Baseball Cap or other sun hat: to shade your face/neck from the sun on a hot day
  • 2x Buff: to protect your neck/face from the sun and high winds

 

Eyewear 

  • 1x Good quality Sunglasses: High protection 

 

Gloves

  • 1x Lightweight  Base Layer Gloves: for wearing on a hot day
  • 1x heavier ski Gloves: to wear for moderate cold/wind

 

Footwear

  • Liner Socks (3 pairs)
  • Wool or Synthetic Socks (3 pairs)
  • Hiking Boots/Shoes: comfortable boots or shoes for the trek to base camp
  • crocs for wearing in lodges with good thick warm socks. 
  • Booties (optional): bit posh for wearing indoors about the lodges. 

 

Sleeping Equipment

  • Sleeping Bag: rated to at least -4°F (rent one from Jason €35)
  • Earplugs (A must if a light sleeper) 

 

Trekking Gear

  • Trekking Backpack: to carry on the trek to base camp. Simple and light 40ltrs.
  • Compression Stuff Sacks: for reducing the volume of the sleeping bag, down parka, etc., in your pack/duffels
  • A few strong trash/Black Bag: to line backpack.
  • Trekking Poles adjustable
  • Headlamp: with 2 extra sets of new batteries

 

Travel Items

  • Large 120L Duffel Bags with Locks  for porters transporting your gear head (rent from jason €35)
  • Carry-on Backpack: can use trekking backpack, approximately 18” x 16” x 10” (46cm x 41cm x 26cm)
  • Travel Clothes: for days in cities and towns
  • Lightweight journal, sketchbook, pencils, pen
  • Wait and do your currency exchange (in kathmandu) to purchase SIM cards or merchandise in cities and villages.

 

Additional Food Items

  • (Get in Kathmandu it’s all there) Snack Food: bring a few days’ supply of your favorite climbing snack food such as bars, gels, nuts, etc.variety of salty and sweet is good

 

Other Equipment

  • Water Bottles (2): wide mouth bottles with 1-liter capacity (easy buy in KMD) 
  • Water Treatment (optional): UV-based or tablets
  • Sunscreen: SPF 50 or better
  • Lip Screen (2 sticks): SPF 30 or better
  • Toiletry Bag: include small towel, toilet paper and hand sanitizer
  • Pee bottle: 1-liter minimum bottle for convenience at night (personally a must to avoid cold night walk to outdoor toilet) 
  • Female Urination Device (FUD)
  • Small Personal First-aid Kit: include athletic tape, band-aids, Ibuprofen, blister care, cough drops, etc.
  • Medications and Prescriptions: bring antibiotics (Azithromycin, etc.), and altitude medicine such as Diamox and dexamethasone

 

Optional Electronics

  • Country-appropriate power plug adapters and power transformers
  • Personal Power System: such as Goal Zero Nomad 28 Plus Solar Panel and Sherpa 100AC Power Bank
  • Digital Entertainment: movies, tv shows, music, books loaded on to smartphone, iPad, Kindle
  • Camera: bring charger, and memory cards.

    HOWEVER IT’S GREAT TO JUST TALK TO FELLOW TREKKERS OR SIMPLY LISTEN TO NATURE.

FAQ

Most frequent questions

There’s no limit on our adventures, as long as participants are healthy and willing! We have had families with kids as young as 7 years do the Everest Base Camp Trek and our eldest trekkers have been in their late 70s. We generally suggest that families schedule a private trek and schedule a few extra days. Don’t hesitate to ask us about arrangements.

We get a lot of first time trekkers in our groups so even if you don’t have experience you will be in good company. Your fitness level should be such that your comfortable walking all day. Previous, hiking or trekking experience is always a plus.

Generally, most places in Kathmandu do take credit cards however on the trek its cash. There are ATMs in Kathmandu and you can get a good exchange rate withdrawing rupees. 

Our trekking packages are pretty much all inclusive from the time you arrive in Nepal, except meals in kathmandu. We generally suggest you plan on about 300 or 400 euro for extra expenses including tips. Extra expenses include items such as: Your Nepal Visa, sleeping bag or down jacket rental, showers, Wifi, snacks and charging electrical devices at tea houses along the way.

We can arrange extra hotel nights for you in Kathmandu before or after the trek at additional cost. Please let us know before you arrive in Nepal so we can make the arrangements as required. 

Trekking in the Everest Region is challenging but leisurely, but comfortable with good fitness from training and determination.
We’re here to enjoy ourselves take in the surrounding its not a race. The trek consists of 5 to 8 hours of walking a day. In general, we start trekking around 9 am after breakfast and reach the destination for the day around 4 pm.

We encourage everyone in the group to keep a slow pace at our pre-trek briefings. It’s about enjoying the mountains and not a race to the next tea house. The head guide will normally stay at the back of the group with the slowest trekkers.

We can provide a -20C sleeping bag for a €35, large 120ltr duffle bag €35, Trekking poles €15 rental fee all for the duration of the trek. These will be available at the briefing the night before your flight to Lukla and you can just let Jason know now in advance that you need one.

Generally, we recommend a day pack of about 40 L, or roughly the size of a school backpack to hold your extra layers as well as essentials for the day.

The main limitation on the weight is the luggage limit on the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is 10kg (22lbs) and another 5kg (11lbs) for a carry-on for a total of 15Kg or 33lbs.

Make sure to keep all of the items in your carry on during the flight. You don’t want to be without important documents or medication if your luggage is delayed for some reason. You should carry these in your day pack on the trek as well.

Yes, you can leave any luggage at the hotel during the trek.

Yes, either myself or our airport representative will be there to greet you as you step out of the airport. Please look for our driver with a Jason black adventures signboard. 

Most guests are eligible to get a visa on arrival at the airport and it takes between 20 minutes to an hour depending on the rush. Guests are responsible to check and verify all visa requirements before arriving. Your passport needs to have at least 6 months validity on the date you are entering Nepal. Check this as soon as you book your trek.

We use tea houses for lodging on all of our treks. This is probably the most popular style of trekking and simply involves going from teahouse to teahouse. Teahouses are essentially small hotels found in local villages that offer both a place to sleep as well as home cooked meals. Rooms are typically shared with 2 trekkers per/room. Bring your own pillow case and sleeping bag. Bathrooms are shared as well and in the Everest region they usually have running cold water and western style toilets. 

Food on an Everest Base Camp trek is very good quality, a mixture of local Nepali / Sherpa food and western recipes. Omelets, toast, boiled eggs, noodle soup, fried rice, macaroni, momo, vegetarian curries, pizza or chow mein.Burgers and chips are a common meal, as is dal bhat with rice. You will find everything from fresh pastries to beer, stir fries to deep fried Mars bars available in the lodges and shops.  And there are many shops selling all types of drinks and snacks, sweets and chocolate. The biggest challenge will be avoiding all the unhealthy foods and sticking to a simple diet of rice and dal!

This is not a problem and in fact we recommend that everyone stick with a vegetarian diet on the trek as the local meat is not refrigerated properly. If you have special dietary requirements just let us know and we will make sure to assist with the proper menu.

They have electricity at the tea houses in the common areas. They do charge an extra fee of $1 to $4 an hour for charging.

Some of the lower elevation tea houses offer wi-fi for an extra charge of $3 to $10. Another option is to get a Nepalese SIM card in Kathmandu for both internet and calls. Even if you have a SIM card data use is mainly limited to lower elevation tea houses. You can also use your guides phone for international calls as long as you reimburse him for the charges which tend to be fairly reasonable.

Most of the tea houses have western style flush toilets and cold running water. In almost all cases the bathrooms are shared and not attached to the individual rooms. Some of the higher elevation tea houses have the Asian style toilets which consists of a ceramic basin on the ground.
Most of the time you can use the bathrooms in one of the tea houses or lodges, but if it’s urgent you can go off the trail and find some privacy.

It’s always a good idea to take toilet paper in your day pack. I use kleenex tissues small and compact. 

The best way to avoid problems with altitude is to ascend slowly and all of my Everest treks are designed to average about 300m or 1000ft a day in elevation gain which helps to minimize any elevation problems and is the rate recommend by high altitude doctors. Jason Black is a high altitude expert  experienced at recognizing symptoms related to AMD and carries a pulse oximeter and will monitor your blood oxygen level on a regular basis.

We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. If necessary, your guide will utilise your travel insurance information to call a rescue helicopter, and you will be flown to Kathmandu for medical attention.

All of our guides are certified by the Red Cross and also have an international WAFA certification. Wilderness Advanced First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. Our guides are all equipped with pulse oximeters and in addition to keeping a close watch of your condition they will take daily readings of your blood oxygen saturation levels. In addition our guides carry a basic first aid kit and have a mobile phone. In an emergency situation the guide will coordinate rescue efforts with the office in Kathmandu where our team is available 24/7.

Comfortable, sturdy trekking shoes or boots are a must. Look for shoes with ankle support, and ideally your footwear will have Gore-Tex or similar lining, along with thick soles. This will ensure that your feet stay warm and dry, and that you are comfortable walking on rocky paths. It’s always best to break your boots in before you arrive and make sure they are comfortable. If you start to get a blister it’s best to stop immediately and cover it with duct tape or moleskin. 

All of the water in Nepal needs to be treated before drinking. If you want to avoid treating the water you can buy bottled water on the trek or in Kathmandu. Whether trekking or in Kathmandu its best to avoid uncooked vegetables. To be on the safe side make sure all your meals are cooked and avoid meat on the mountain.

We strictly follow the nepalese government health guidelines and vaccine entry advice. We generally recommend the standard vaccinations as per the CDC (See link). If you have any pre-existing medical conditions please let us know at the time of making the deposit.

While not mandatory, tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks. Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for the team’s hard work and devoted attention to your happiness. A personal €65 is a sufficient tip. 

Our treks are all-inclusive and cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible.. Travelers generally bring a small amount of pocket money to cover bottled water, snacks, or tea beyond your included meals, souvenirs, tips, or donations to monasteries along the route (if you are inclined to give one). Trekkers find that around $15 to $20 USD a day is reasonable for these extras although if your on a tight budget you can get by with less.

It’s sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we do not offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

Jason runs small number unique trekking groups. He never shares personal data but we can give you a general idea on nationalities, sex and approximate age ranges, if you contact us directly. 

Your smile and an open mind and an open heart.