EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
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 classic Everest trek through the Khumbu valley offers more than just a walking holiday, it is for many a pilgrimage to the highest mountain in the world, in a remarkable country which will leave you with vivid memories of the people who live there.
Trek with Everest Summiteer Jason Black for 17-days on the historic trek through the Khumbu Valley to the foot of Mt Everest (8,848m). Everest Basecamp is arguably one of the best-known expeditions in the world and one of the most popular routes for trekkers to undertake.
EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK COST
Date: April 30 - May 16, 2022
- Trek lead by Mt Everest Summiteer and expedition leader Jason Black.
- Training Weekend.
- 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
- 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
- Personal spending and tips.
EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK ITINERARY
Day 1: 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
ACCOMODATION ON THE TREK
Accommodation is in comfortable lodges (formerly known as tea houses) which are run by Sherpa families. Each lodge has a central communal area with a large stove that provides heat and a cosy atmosphere. The bedrooms are unheated and generally have two beds with mattresses, pillows and a blanket. You will need to bring a sleeping bag (3 season is normally enough) and i always recommend your own pillow case.
The lodges generally have showers which are powered by gas and they mostly use sit down flush toilets (some lodges do also have squat toilets). Food on an Everest Base Camp trek is very good quality, a mixture of local Nepali / Sherpa food and western recipes. 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!
PACKING LIST FOR EVEREST BASE CAMP
- Merino wool Underwear (2-3 pair): non-cotton style underwear
- Lightweight Long Underwear (1-2 pair): long sleeve shirt and long pants
- Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt (1-2) Use to hike in warm days and insulate on cold days.
- Soft Shell Jacket: to be worn over other layers
- Lightweight Nylon walking Pants (1 pair)
- Heavyweight Nylon walking Pants (1 pair)
- Hard Shell Jacket with hood: waterproof and breathable shell jacket
- Hard Shell Pants: waterproof and breathable shell pants
- Insulated Down fill Jacket with hood (gets cold at night)
- Warm Hat: synthetic or wool hat (ski hat)
- Baseball Cap or other sun hat: to shade your face/neck from the sun on a hot day
- Bandana or Buff: to protect your neck/face from the sun and high winds
- Good quality Sunglasses: High protection
- Lightweight Synthetic Base Layer Gloves: for wearing on a hot day
- Soft Shell Gloves: to wear for moderate cold/wind
- Shell Glove with Insulated Liner: to wear for severe cold/strong wind
- Liner Socks (3 pairs)
- Wool or Synthetic Socks (3 pairs)
- Hiking Boots/Shoes: comfortable boots or shoes for the trek to base camp
- Booties (optional): for wearing indoors about the lodges or crocks
- Sleeping Bag: rated to at least -10°F
- Earplugs (A must if a light sleeper)
- Trekking Backpack: to carry on the trek to base camp. Simple and light.
- Compression Stuff Sacks: for reducing the volume of the sleeping bag, down parka, etc., in your pack/duffels
- A strong trash Bag: to line backpack and stuff sacks.
- Backpack Rain Cover (optional)
- Trekking Poles adjustable
- Headlamp: with 2 extra sets of new batteries
- Large Duffel Bags with Locks (2): for porters transporting your gear
- 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
- Cash for $ currency exchange (in kathmandu) to purchase SIM cards or merchandise in cities and villages
- They mostly prefer Dollars
Additional Food Items
- Snack Food: bring a few days’ supply of your favorite climbing snack food such as bars, gels, nuts, beef jerky, etc.variety of salty and sweet is good
- Water Bottles (2): wide mouth bottles with 1-liter capacity
- 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
- 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
- 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
HOWEVER ITS GREAT TO JUST TALK TO FELLOW TREKKERS OR SIMPLY LISTEN TO NATURE
- Camera: bring charger, and memory cards›
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS) FOR TREKKING TO EVEREST BASE CAMP
WHAT IS THE LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE ON THE FLIGHT TO LUKLA?
Please note that the luggage limits vary on the internal flights from 15kg – 20kg for hold and hand luggage. You can take more if you wish and the excess cost ranges from $2 – $3.00 per kilo. You can of course wear your trekking boots and jacket to help cut down on the weight of your bag. You can also leave any city clothes or extra travel kit in Kathmandu at your hotel.
Heavy bags also require us to employ extra porters to carry them, if any bags are over the 15 kg weight limit you will be charged extra, which can be paid to your guide at the time, however 15kg is more than adequate to cover all your gear.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE TO TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?
The Everest Base Camp trek is a well trodden path all the way, although it can be rocky and uneven in parts. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or ‘mountaineering’ which requires equipment. It is a walk all the way to Everest, although some of the hills can be steep and at the time perhaps, never-ending! The final section to Everest Base Camp, on the Khumbu glacier itself, can be a bit slippery underfoot with ice and loose rock or scree. Poles are useful for balance and support.
Nothing is particularly demanding, but the combination of long days hiking and high altitude with obviously varied mountain weather, does make this trek a challenge. It’s wise to be fit in advance if only to ensure your body can convert oxygen to energy more efficiently. The best advice is to go hill walking at home beforehand with a pack on, and in the gym you can work on quads and thigh muscles because the uphill slopes are quite long. The pace of the trek is slow and there is always time to rest and recover before the next section. Altitude will make you feel exhausted and you will pant and feel tired more quickly, so it’s vital to follow the essential rules of safe walking at altitude – go slow, drink well, eat well, sleep well and if you feel bad then stop and rest.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TREK TO BASE CAMP OF EVEREST?
This Nepal trek is a feasible goal for most fit hill walkers. The paths are well trodden, they are the highways and byways of the Sherpa people, so you find yourself passing through many villages and getting up close with the culture. The average group size is six and you will have Sherpa guides and a team of porters to assist you all the way there.
It is more remote than, say, the Annapurna Circuit trek; the final part of the trek is on the Khumbu glacier itself, which ends at the camp used by climbers attempting to ascend the mountain. Over the high wall of mountains beyond base camp is Tibet, so you will have reached the northern border of the country.
There is nothing technical about the trek, no climbing or even scrambling, but the path is rocky and hilly and at the end of the trek it is on moraine and finally on the glacier itself. With a good pair of boots, there should be no need for concern though, the biggest issue is hiking at altitude and staying fit and strong for the final ascent of Kala Patthar. This is a walking holiday but the usual concerns for weather and remoteness and handling the high altitude require common sense and a slow pace.