1953 Everest Base Camp Trek
“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles”
Following the original 1953 Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary route through the lower sherpa villages, never seen by the commercial trekking companies, uniquely designed by Mt Everest Summiteer Jason Black.
Mt Everest Summiteers Jason Black will personally guide you uniquely following the original 1953 Tenzing and Hillary route through the Khumbu Valley to the foot of the greatest mountain on the planet Mt Everest (8,848m). 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.
- AIRPORT PICK-UP & DROP : Airport – Hotel transfer – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
- ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU : 3 nights sharing twin bedroom at the hotel in 4 Star category in Kathmandu on a bed & breakfast basis.
- WELCOME DINNER : One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
- PERMITS : All necessary paper works: Sagarmatha National Park permit, Tims card & Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry fee.
- INSURANCE : Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
- MAP : Everest Region Trekking map.
- MEMBER TRANSPORTATION : Air Transportation: (Domestic Flight) Fly from Kathmandu – to Lukla and while returning Lukla – to Kathmandu, with a Guide as per itinerary.
- MEMBER LUGGAGE : Up to 15 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carried by porters.
- FOODS & LODGING : 3 meals a day (B/L/D; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation sharing a twin bedroom at Hotel/Lodge during the trek.
- DRINKS : 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
- TREKKING GUIDE : Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sight-seeing in Kathmandu valley.
- PORTERS : Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) during the trek.
- STAFF SALARY & ALLOWANCE : All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
- VALLEY SIGHTSEEING : Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, Swoyambhu (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square by a professional guide.
- MEDICAL KIT : Comprehensive Medical kit.
- INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE : International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
- NEPAL VISA FEES : Nepali Visa fee is $60 USD per person for 30 days and to be applied for 60 days is $120 USD.
- LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
- EXTRA NIGHTS IN KATHMANDU : Extra nights accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- INSURANCE : Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, helicopter medical & emergency evacuation. *Mandatory
- RESCUE EVACUATION : Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests, and Hospitalisation costs.)
- PERSONAL EXPENSES : Telephone, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will serve soft drinks for members in base camp).
- PERSONAL EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
- TOILETRIES : Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
- INTERNET SERVICE : Not included during the trek.
- TIPS : Tips for guide and porters.
- EXTRA : Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary. Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.
Everest Base Camp Itinerary
Day 1 | Elevation: 1400m
Arrive Kathmandu, Gear check and team briefing over welcome dinner.
Day 2 | Elevation: 2460m | Travel Time: 4h
Fly from Kathmandu – to Lukla, and trek to Phakding (2,800m)
Day 3 | Elevation: 3440m | Travel Time: 4h
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3,440m)
Acclimatisation at Namche Bazzar
Day 5 | Elevation: 3840m | Travel Time: 5\6h
Trek from Namche Bazzar to Dibuche (3,870m)
Day 6 | Elevation: 4252m | Travel Time: 5h
Trek from Dibuche to Dingboche (4,243m)
Rest Day in Dingboche
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940m)
Trek from Lobuche to Everest Basecamp and back to Gorakshep (5,170m)
Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar 5,545m and back to Pheriche (4,371m)
Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazzar
Trek from Namche to Lukla
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel
Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
Transfer to International Airport for final departure
- Merino wool Underwear (2-3 pair): cotton smell
- 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 for low down on the trail.
- 1x Trekking shorts for low down on trail.
- 1x Soft Shell or hoodie or fleece top to be worn over other layers
- 1x Lightweight walking Pants
- 1 x Heavyweight walking Pants (higherup)
- 1x Hard Shell Jacket with hood: waterproof and breathable
- 1x Hard Shell Pants: waterproof and breathable
- 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
- 1x Lightweight Base Layer Gloves: for wearing on cool morning starts.
- 1x heavier ski Gloves: to wear for cold days, Cold nights or days with high winds
- Comfortable Wool or Synthetic hiking Socks (3 pairs)
- Hiking Boots/Shoes: comfortable boots or shoes for the trek to base camp.
- crocs style footwear for wearing in lodges with good thick warm socks
- Sleeping Bag: rated to at least -4°F
- Pillow case to put over the pillow supplied in the tea houses.
- Earplugs (A must if a light sleeper)
- 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 2/3 extra sets of new batteries or can charge each night in tea houses
- Large 120L Duffel Bags with Locks for porters to carry each day transporting your gear head
- 2 sets of Travel Clothes, for days while back in kathmandu
- Wait and do your currency exchange (in kathmandu) to purchase SIM cards or merchandise in cities and villages
- 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
- Country-appropriate plug adapters to charge phone camera etc.
- Camera: bring charger, and memory cards.
- books, iPad or Kindle
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 accommodation and meals in kathmandu. We generally suggest you plan on about 300 or 400 euro for extra expenses including tips. Other expenses include items such as: Your Nepal Visa, Phone sim card, extra 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.
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 to and from 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 30 minutes to an hour depending on the rush. Guests are responsible to check and verify all visa requirements before arriving, and that includes your current Covid vaccine card. (you will not get in if not vaccinated). 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.
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.
Insurance – Visas – Flights
Do i need Travel Insurance
On any trip its advised to take out travel insurance appropriate to the countries you are visiting and what you will be doing when you get there. It is important to take out your policy as soon after booking your trip as possible. If you need to cancel for a legitimate reason then your trip costs and flight costs will be covered.
Our recomended Insurance provider is
Irvine Cambell travel insurance policies are sold for an individual trips or as annual cover if a frequent climber.
Some companies sell an annual travel insurance policy as part of a package which might include house and car insurance, but in our experience those travel polices may not cover the sorts of activities that we provide like trekking at altitude and mountain climbing, but they will cover holidays like wildlife safaris. Do always check that what you buy covers what you are planning to do.
Areas to be aware of.
Coronavirus update: since the global pandemic and the introduction of travel corridors and advisories against travel by the FCO in Ireland and other Governments, insurance companies have adjusted their policies and some are offering cover for travel to countries which are on the FCO list for ‘all but essential travel’ and there are some offering cover for cancellations due to covid-19.
Proof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers trekking as an activity up to the trek max altitude. Some policies require that you pay for evacuationup front and will reimburse you when you get home and submit the documents. Evacuation can cost up to €5000 so make sure that your policy will actually pay for any expenses while you are travelling. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking.
It does not happen often but if you are evacuated and want to make an insurance claim its mandatory to get a hospital report in the country as soon you get off the mountain. Often, trekkers with altitude sickness feel better once they get to a lower elevation, but it’s important to get the proper medical documentation for claims. The hospital will charge you a fee of $150 for the medical report required by your insurance. You are responsible for any evacuation or medical bills that are incurred. Most insurance companies will cover these costs for you before you leave the country, but some will want you to pay all costs out of pocket and then reimburse you. We suggest that you check your insurance policy and ensure that they will cover all costs upfront in the event of an evacuation.
We allways encourage you to know what your insured for and check specifics before you arrive.
Measure twice cut one.
Do i need a visa
You will need to check if you require a Visa to enter the country of the trip. Please ensure you do this immediatley as it generally can be a lenthly process.
Google the visa requirements required on the internet. If you have any diffictult reach out to Jason for advice.
When do i book my flights
Once you have booked your trip you can book your flights to coinside with the arrival and departure date’s required for the expedition.
Check in with Jason on exact arrival and departure dates.