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Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek

Fully guided lodge-based trekking holiday

  • Group Size:Min 1 Max 12
  • Duration:17 days
  • Max Altitude:5,545m/18,193ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse/Lodge
  • Activity:Trekking in Nepal
  • Meal:Meals included
  • Trip Grade:Challenging
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
Package difficulty Challenging  

Trek to Everest Base Camp & Kalapathar following a well-paced itinerary with proper rest and acclimatization and walk the less trodden route via Khumjung and Phortse. 

Trip Overview

Highlights

  • Journey to the base camp of the world's highest mountain and Kalapathar
  • Tread the less trodden route to Everest base camp
  • Lively villages of legendary Sherpas
  • 17 days of pure adventure with a full support crew

Everest Base Camp Trek 

Everest Base Camp Trek is the most popular trek in the whole 2,400km stretch of the Himalayas in Nepal offering spectacular sceneries, real Himalayan experiences along with the extraordinary culture of the Sherpa community, all the while trekking the foothills of Mt. Everest.

Experience the grandeur of Mount Everest [8,848m/29,029ft] from up close along with the views of many other snow-capped mountains on our all-inclusive Everest Base Camp Trek. The journey to Everest Base Camp got its limelight when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa climbed Everest for the first time in 1953 and ever since this has been the preferred choice for beginner climbers.

The trail goes over [5,000m/16,400ft] for the last few days before reaching Everest Base Camp but the trek isn’t as strenuous as imagined and does not require prior trekking experience while promising a fulfilling journey. Adding to the fun-filled Everest base camp trekking tour, the panoramic views of the Himalayas, monasteries, culture and the mountain flight to Lukla are a few of the highlights of this trip.

Better Itinerary

Our Everest base camp trek itinerary has been devised carefully keeping more acclimatization, visiting less trodden routes and exploring hidden valleys. Instead of following the standard route from Namche to Dingboche, we detour from Namche Bazar for 3 days and explore the side villages such as Khumjung and Phortse. This side tour also minimises the rapid ascent from Namche Bazar [3450m/11319ft] to Dingboche [4412m/14475ft] and provides a better-acclimatized walk. 

Your journey to Everest base camp gets into gear at the ancient valley of Kathmandu. After a night at Kathmandu, we embark on a fantastic mountain flight to Lukla airport built with the help of the famous mountaineer we all know as the late Sir Edmund Hillary, for whose namesake this famous trail of the Everest Base Camp was born. On touchdown at Lukla airport, we meet our senior guide and the other crew members, sort out our equipment and sooner than later, we hit these famous trails to the foothills of the king of all peaks – Mt. Everest.

We begin our hike slow & easy by the banks of the clean waters of the Dudh Kosi River, into the soul of Sherpa country onto the thespian high alpine scenery beyond the horizons. We get off the primary trails sometimes and stroll into friendly villages, including the hustling bazaar of Namche. The village towns of Khumbu, Namche Bazaar and Dingboche are ideal spots to get well acclimatized; before we make a beeline on routes used by famous mountaineers to reach Everest Base Camp. Apart from visiting Khumjung and Phortse, we will spend 2 nights at Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft] and another 2 nights at Dingboche [4,412m/14,475ft] for proper acclimatization and allow our body to adapt to the high altitude.

This trip is not only about Everest Base Camp; we also get the chance to climb Kala Pattar at (5545m) for fantastic views of Mount Everest. Highland Expeditions is proud to offer what we are really sure is the best trek available to Base Camp…in the sublime Khumbu region of Nepal.

All-Inclusive Everest Base Camp Trek

Our Everest base camp trek is an all-inclusive trip meaning you will only need cash for your personal expenses and meals in Kathmandu. Accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trek, three meals per day on the trek valued at USD 450, Use of (Down jacket, sleeping bag and waterproof duffel bag), all required permits for the trek, guides, support staff, internal airfares, transfers to and from Kathmandu and etc are all included.

 Check out our Everest Base Camp Trek Guide and Information

Why trek with Highland Expeditions?

At, Highland Expeditions, it is our aim to provide a wonderful holiday in our part of the world and to ensure that our clients enjoy the holiday as much as possible with minimized risks and a worry-free trip should it be monetary, physical or emotional. Read below to find out what makes your journey to Everest base camp with Highland Expeditions special:

  • All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be done prior to your arrival providing you with a hassle-free trip 
  • On the trek, you will be led by an experienced and medical-trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio. 
  • Considering the safety of our utmost priority, all our Everest Base Camp trek groups are backed up by a Supplementary oxygen system, oximeter and medical kit be it a group of 1 participant or 15 participants. 
  • An all-inclusive trip to Everest Base Camp. During the trek, all meals and accommodation are included and we provide you with an option of an OPEN/CHOICE menu meaning you can choose your meal straight from the menu. 
  • Our itineraries are also devised keeping every aspect in mind such as acclimatization, good campsites, real-life experiences etc.
  • We also provide a sleeping bag, down jacket and waterproof duffel bag to each participant. Lastly, Highland Expeditions has been awarded as a trekking company of the year 2018/19 in Nepal by Travel and Hospitality Awards, USA.

Is this trek for you?

Everest Base Camp Trek is a 17 days trek reaching up to a maximum elevation of [5,545m/18,193ft] at Kalapathar and [5,364m/17,559ft] at Everest base camp while the maximum elevation for overnight is [5,140m/16,864ft] at Gorekshep for one night. Your trek will start from Lukla [2,800m/9187ft] and you reach an elevation of [5000m/16,400ft] in eight days including two rest and acclimatization days at Namche Bazaar and Dingboche. Physically challenging due to the higher elevation, involves daily trekking of approximately 6–8 hours. No previous trekking experience is required but you should be moderately fit and must enjoy walking and be adaptable to high altitude conditions.

Need to customize the itinerary?

We would be glad to customize the itinerary if it doesn’t meet your preferences or requirements. Kindly get in touch with us and we will be glad to assist you.

Note: Itinerary customization is only available for private trips.

Short in time and yet want to trek to Everest Base Camp? Check out other Everest Treks such as Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days or Everest Base Camp Heli Trek 13 Days. We also have a special Everest base camp trek departing in April and May every year which allows trekkers to sleep at Everest base camp.

Trip Map 

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while travelling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street and at eventide relish a welcome dinner at typical Nepalese restaurant.

    • Meal: None
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 02 - In Kathmandu for preparation and exploration [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Today after breakfast, there will be a trip briefing by your trek guide. We will discuss and review the important aspects of the trek and do the final preparation before we begin our trek.
    If you have any last-minute shopping to do, exchange local currency etc then you can do it today. Rest of the day is free to explore.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 03 - Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding [2,600m/8,531ft]

    Wake up early in the morning for our flight to Lukla. Flights to Lukla are scheduled from 6 am and as per your flight time, we will leave Kathmandu and begin our journey to Everest base camp. Flight time from Kathmandu to Lukla is about 30 minutes. At Lukla, we are immediately overcome by the scale of the massive peaks that surround the village but this is only an indication of what is to come. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.

    Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 1,250m/4,100ft

    Update: All STOL flights to and from Lukla may be conducted from Ramechap airport during peak season time (April-May & Sept to Nov), making Ramechap a base for all Lukla flights. This change in the flight base for Lukla flights is being introduced in order to ensure smooth flight operation without any air traffic and delays. 
    Ramechap airport is located 130 km east of Kathmandu and takes 4 hours drive to reach. If the flights are conducted from Ramechap airport then you will need to wake up at around 2 am and drive 4 hrs to Ramechap airport and then board a flight to Lukla. The flight time from Ramechap airport to Lukla is only 12 minutes.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 04 - Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]

    We will continue our journey along Dudhkoshi River which will take us through pine forest. After crossing suspension bridges at several points and passing through small settlements of Zapute, Toktok, Benkar and Chumoa, we will reach Monjo. Ahead of Monjo is the entry to the Sagarmatha National Park planned to look after and preserve the fragile mountain environment. Lowering down from the park, crossing another suspension bridge, we will proceed towards high Hillary Bridge located at the foot of the hill. Crossing this bridge, we will climb uphill to the Namche Bazaar. We can get view of Thamserku Mountain. If weather is clear, we can also have first view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Kusum Khangru mountains.

    Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 850m/2,788ft

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 05 - Rest and acclimatization day [3,450m/11,319ft]

    We remain at Namche for a second night to allow for proper acclimatization to the altitude. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large protected hollow. After breakfast, there are a number of options: perhaps a hike up to Everest view hotel, Khumjung and Khunde, or walk towards Thame (3810m) above the beautiful Bhote Khola river valley, or a visit to the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and details of the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides will be on hand to offer advice and escort you on your walks.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 06 - Trek to Khumjung (3780m/12400ft)

    Instead of following the usual standard itinerary, we have devised our itinerary from Namche to Dingboche to allow better acclimatization and visit hidden valleys. The trail to Khumjung and Phortse are less trodden as compared to the standard route.
    Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 330m/1083ft

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 07 - Trek to Phortse (3840m/12,598ft)

    Another day on the less trodden route as we may our way to Phortse. Phortse is also a village popularly known as the summiteers village. This village alone holds the highest number of summiteer in the Everest region. There is also a newly built climbing centre here in Phortse if you wish to visit.
    Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 60m/197ft

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 08 - Trek to Dingboche [4,412m/14,475ft]

    We hike through a few Chortens, mani walls and some small villages after which, we haul up for some grub and while enjoying our meals we savour some upfront views of Amadablam towering just above us; We trek via Pangboche, the highest of the true lasting settlements in the valley and reach the regular settlement, the final steepest climb of the day on our way to Dingboche. Agriculture is the chief occupation of locals in Dingboche. We can see fields enclosed by stonewall in Dingboche. Buckwheat, potatoes and barley are the major crops.

    Overall elevation gain tonight from previous tonight: 572m/18,77ft

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 09 - Acclimatization hike to Nagartsang Peak [5,083m/16,625ft]

    Climb high and sleep low!! This is a day to haul up and rest without being idle. Our acclimatizing gets a further boost with our hike to Nagartsang Peak [5,083m/16,625ft] and as we top it with gasping breath we soon realize the gritty climb was worth the go. Doing this acclimatization helps in adapting with the high altitude, afterwards retrace back to Dingboche for a free afternoon to rest.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 10 - Trek to Lobuche [4,910m/16,109ft]

    After crossing by some of the teahouses of Duglha, we plod higher onto the pretty risky moraine of the Khumbu glacier, passing a chain of stone monuments built in memory of Sherpas who have died on mountaineering expeditions to Mt Everest. From hereabouts, the trail lowers and goes by the west side of the valley to Lobuche. The sunset on Nuptse from this point is an amazing sight to behold.

    Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 498m/1,633ft

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 11 - Trek to E.B.C [5,364m/17,559ft] and retrace back to Gorekshep [5,140m/16,864ft]

    A real early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the risky route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a grand view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to Gorakshep for a restful night.

    Overall elevation gain tonight from previous tonight: 230m/754ft

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 7-8 hrs
  • Day 12 - Hike up to Kalapathar [5,545m/18,193ft] and retrace back to Pheriche

    Today is the most important part of our trip. We start early at dawn to catch the dramatic views from Kalapatthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to expose itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kalapatthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding viewpoints to click pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kalapatthar. From here, we scuttle to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kalapatthar rocks and our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan views, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we possibly can with our camera so they can last a lifetime. After this we make our way back to Pheriche with a slow descent; for a good night’s rest which we truly deserve.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 8-9 hrs
  • Day 13 - Trek to Namche Bazar (3450m/11,319ft)

    Today we descend down, we revert to the standard route to Namche Bazar via Pangboche and Tengboche. Once again the views of the mountains are magnificent. From Kyanjuma, the panoramic views of mountains are surreal with Ama Dablam right in front of you. From Kyanjuma, its another 1:30 hrs walk to Namche Bazar

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 14 - Trek to Lukla [2,800m/9187ft]

    Our last day of trek following the Dudh Kosi River down to Lukla. From Namche, it's a steep descent for a few hours and then It’s mostly a gradual walk along the Dudhkhosi river. We’ll have lunch on our way and we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla.
    The rest of the day is free and you can relax under the warm sun & reflect on the emotional experiences we had while hiking through these massive mountains that have probably helped us re-discover ourselves in ways least expected. This is our final day in these fantastic mountains. Later we celebrate our successful completion of the trek with our Sherpa guides and porters who we’ve got to know so well & are now good friends. It’s a pleasure to end this wonderful trip on a happy note. We then slumber into blissful sleep.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 15 - Fly back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    We get up early in the morning, enjoy our b/fast & get ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Kathmandu. On our touchdown at the Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of your day is free to do your own things.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 16 - Contingency/Free day at Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Enjoy a leisure day in Kathmandu. This day can also be used as a contingency for any possible delays due to flight cancellation etc.

    Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 17 - International departure

    Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: None

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Dates & Price

Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private group basis.

If you are looking for a group to join this trip please click the Fixed Departures tab for more information on departure dates, availability and price. All our fixed departures are guaranteed to run. Or, if you would like to do this trip alone, or with your friends, families & colleagues in a private group style, please fill out the contact form in Private Group tab and send us your message. We will organize a private trip for you at your preferred dates catering any request you may have.

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Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B,L,D) included during the trek with tea & coffee.
  • Hot boiled water for drinking purposes
  • Twin-sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 4 nights with breakfast
  • Twin-sharing accommodation at teahouses/lodge on the trek
  • All required permits for the trek 
  • Domestic flights to and from Lukla with airport taxes and 15 kgs baggage allowance
  • Experienced local trek leader
  • Full support crew (1 assistant guide for every 3 trekkers & 1 porter for every 2 trekkers)
  • Half-day sightseeing of Kathmandu's highlights including guide and entrance fees
  • International/Domestic airport transfers as per your flight time
  • All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary on private vehicle
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with high-altitude medicines
  • Supplementary oxygen system with mask and regulator for emergency purposes on the trek
  • Duffel bag, Sleeping bag with liner and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of the trek)
  • Staff equipment, insurance and allowances
  • Trek completion certificate (Upon request)
  • Group welcome or farewell dinner at Kathmandu

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on the trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for staff

Essential Information

Difficulty

Grading: 5-6 (Challenging)

Everest Base Camp Trek is considered challenging due to high altitudes and longer duration. The trail is relatively easier following good paths and yak trails but due to the increasing altitude, it's graded challenging. Please be prepared to walk for 6-7 hrs every day on average carrying your backpack, which will consist of your valuable items, water, extra fleece, snacks etc. Longer treks reaching up to an elevation of 5500m where some of the famous mountaineering Base Camps are located and you need to sleep at an elevation of 5000m+ for 1 night at Gorekshep

Prerequisites

No previous experience of trekking is required but you should be moderately fit and must enjoy walking and adaptable to high altitude conditions. Having a previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not must to participate for this trip. All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. We strongly advise you to prepare yourself for the trip at least 3 months prior to your trip date by doing regular exercises, going on hiking, running or gym. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience of trekking. All our trip itinerary has been devised keeping every aspect in mind and allows ample time for acclimatization

Meals

All meals are included during the trek to Everest base camp (Day 03 to Day 15). We will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. The menus in the teahouses are varied, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat, Momo (Dumpling) to pizza and apple pie. Despite the fact that meat is available in the teahouses, we prompt against eating it on the trek. The meat has frequently been conveyed in the warmth from lower elevations for a few days before arriving at the teahouses and can cause stomach upsets or disease. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the teahouse/lodge where you stay and Lunch will be along the way.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to pass your message to your guide. For a gluten-free diet, we highly recommend you to bring extra foods especially for breakfast as your options for the breakfast will be limited. Meals worth USD 450-500 are included on this trip. In Kathmandu, only breakfast will be provided to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where what and with whom to eat for lunch and dinner.

Accommodation

Hotel: 4 Nights, Teahouse/Lodge: 12 Nights

Kathmandu: 
In Kathmandu, we stay at Kathmandu Guest House, a well-known hotel where many famous celebrities like Beatles, Ricky Martin, Jeremy Irons and others have stayed. Centrally located in Thamel, the hotel also boasts of a beautiful garden where you can relax and enjoy the greenery. Breakfast will be provided in the hotel and your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have a single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price as stated in the trip costing.
Regardless of whether you're coming back from the mountains or touching base from the airport, come and unwind at the hotel beautiful garden, request some fine Italian espresso or a chilled Beer, and escape in the memorable surroundings of Kathmandu's most adored guesthouse.

On Trek:
Your accommodation on the trek will be on a simple mountain lodges run by the local people with basic and shared facilities. Trekking in the (Everest area) does not need tremendous logistics in accommodation as there are many clean and friendly Lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets but with a wonderful view from your window.  All the teahouses/lodges have a spacious warm dining room-lounge. The rooms are fairly basic. Blankets are generally provided by the teahouse but we will provide a warm sleeping bag to everyone. Bathrooms are mostly shared and toilets are squat type in most places. We will arrange for you and your group to stay in local lodges daily. Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.

Single supplement: 
A Single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room and it will cost USD 150 per person. A single supplement is only available in Kathmandu for 4 nights. On the trek, there is a limited amount of lodging available and during busy months it's generally impossible to arrange private rooms. This is the case even if you're willing to pay extra since the lodge owners will not give out a private room if it means someone else goes without a room.

Travel Insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

More information: Travel Insurance

Drinking Water

We offer hot-boiled water for drinking purposes on our treks to minimize the environmental impact of single-use plastic bottles. Please remember to bring a reusable water bottle or Thermos that can withstand hot water, and feel free to ask our guides to refill it during meal times, particularly at breakfast and dinner.

While bottled water is available at lodges, prices may range from USD 1 to USD 3 as we ascend in altitude. Alternatively, you can bring water purification tablets or a filtration device for your convenience.

Group Size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate the trip is 1 and the maximum is 12 people.

Guide

We possess a deep passion for alpine adventure & the outdoors, and with the small professional group we have on board, we’ve notched up experience that spans almost 3 decades on some of the most isolated trails and highest peaks. We take great pride in calling ourselves a ‘high-altitude adventure specialist’ and all this is due to our diverse and qualified team of guides. Most of our guides were born in these parts & have relatives living in other parts of the regions where they were born in.

Your trip will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter to every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide to every 4 participants. 

Training

Everest Base Camp Trek is a premier trek that most ardent backpackers, hikers, and lovers of wild places aspire to. The trek is graded challenging and training yourself well ahead will definitely improve your performance during the trek. Answering this question can be a challenge because everyone is starting from a different base of fitness, age, lifestyle, and diet (what you eat on a daily basis). 

Always consult with your doctor first to establish if you are healthy enough for the challenges of all-day trekking at high elevation for over a week. Once cleared for takeoff, so to speak, consulting with a qualified trainer, and a nutritionist may also prove beneficial, though many do not.

Read this to find out more about how to train for Everest base camp trek. This is an outline prepared to offer some guidance and tips as to how to begin training for Everest base camp trek.

Baggage and Weight Limit

Each client will receive an individual duffel bag for packing their gear. Our duffel bags have an approximate capacity of 80 liters, and we kindly ask clients to ensure that their duffel bag weight remains under 15 kgs. The baggage allowance for Nepal's domestic airlines is a total of 15 kg (10 kgs for the duffel bag and 5 kgs for the backpack) but we can offer additional baggage allowance. We request clients to keep the duffel bag weight under 15 kgs due to porter weight restrictions, allowing maximum of 30 kgs weight per porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants.

During the trek, clients are required to carry only a day pack containing essentials such as a water bottle, camera, sunscreen, spare jacket, etc. This light load ensures a more enjoyable trekking experience. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will provide clients with a duffel bag, and any additional luggage or items not needed during the trek can be stored at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Safety

Safety is always a priority while travelling with Highland Expeditions. Our Everest base camp trek itinerary is devised keeping every aspect in mind, allowing proper acclimatization, rest days and walking hours. On all our Everest base camp treks, we send a supplementary oxygen system and a comprehensive medical kit be it a group of 1 or 12. Besides, we also have a high staff-to-client ratio on all our treks. 

Itinerary

Our route to the Everest base camp trek follows a careful approach with ample time for acclimatization, a less trodden route and breathtaking sceneries along the way. With over 30 years of experience in trekking and climbing in the Himalayas, we have carefully tailored each of our itineraries. We put a lot of care into all the details when it comes to executing any of your ventures. Safety is always a priority while travelling with Highland Expeditions and we have applied this strictly in our approach.

Typical Day

Daily wake up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided a night before during the briefing time. The time table for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.

After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. After 3-4 hours of walk, we stop for lunch mid-day.  The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, to wash your clothes or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Best Season

The best seasons to trek to the Everest base camp are Autumn (latter half of September till December) and Spring (latter half of March until mid-May). On both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain etc.)

Autumn/Fall:
Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing best mountain views, days are warmer and night time will get cold and frosty. The temperature during Autumn varies from lowest -10 degree Celsius at Gorekshep to warmest 25 degree Celsius at Lukla/Phakding.

Spring:
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day. During the spring season, the base camp will be full of tents as Apr-May are preferred time to climb Mt. Everest.

Read more about the best time: https://highlandexpeditions.com/best-time-to-visit-nepal/

Trip Style

Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private basis. If you are looking for a group to join this trip please check our departures section for availability, dates and price. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people. If you want to do something that is not included in our trip list, we are ready to tailor a trip to suit your exact requirements. In short, we will make every effort to get you on the trip you want, when you want.

Itinerary Disclamier

The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the prevailing situation and your travel style, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion must coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into a remote mountain region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original program.

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

Passport: All foreign visitors to Nepal must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond their planned departure date. 

Visa: Nepal visa can be obtained on arrival at Kathmandu airport (Tribhuvan International Airport) or you can obtain Nepal visa prior to your arrival through the Nepalese embassies, diplomatic missions and consulates near your location. Nepal Visa is also issued at the entry points if you are entering Nepal by land. 

Visa Fees: Nepal visa fees are listed below as per the duration. 

Multiple entry 15 days – US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days – US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days – US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency

Important Note: It is always advisable to verify the visa requirements upon booking your trip. Visa requirements may vary depending on where you are from and its also recommended to check the transit country requirements as well.

While we share this information in good faith, it is crucial for you to independently verify it and acknowledge that you bear full responsibility for your visa requirements. 

Other Information

Point of Arrival:
Your point of arrival should be Tribhuvan International Airport  located in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Meeting Instructions:
Your meeting point is at Kathmandu’s airport, Tribhuvan International Airport. Upon arrival at Kathmandu’s Airport, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), kindly pay your visa fee and proceed to immigration to apply for VOA (Visa On Arrival), customs clearing and then collect your luggage. Outside the arrival hall, please look out for our team member holding a placard stating ‘Highland Expeditions ’ and you will be escorted to your hotel for checking in.

Airport Pickup and Drop:
We will provide airport pickup and drop-off according to your flight schedule. Your airport transfers are organized based on the flight information you provide to us. If there is a change in your flight schedule, please inform us promptly, and we will adjust the transfers accordingly. Upon arrival, please be on the lookout for our team member holding a placard that reads 'Highland Expeditions' in the arrival area. You will be greeted and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Similarly, for your departure, we will take you to the airport in accordance with your flight schedule.

Emergency Contact for Airport Transfers: +9779860763929 (Dawa Sherpa)

Equipment List

The gear listed below is recommended for Everest Base Camp Trek. We encourage you to get all the equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Thamel,Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.

Head gears:

  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat (should cover head & ear comfortably)
  • Buffs X 2
  • Sunglasses (High-quality, UV-blocking sunglasses with good all-around protection)
  • Headlamp with spare batteries (200-300 lumens output)

Upper Body:

  • Thermal or fleece base layer top X 2
  • Short Sleeve Trekking shirts X 2
  • Full Sleeve trekking shirts X 2
  • Soft-shell jacket/fleece jacket X 2
  • Light down jacket X 1
  • Hardshell jacket with a hood X 1
  • Insulated Down Jacket (provided by us at request)

Lower body:

  • Thermal or fleece base layer bottom X 2
  • Trekking trousers/pants X 2
  • Warm trekking trousers X 1
  • Hardshell pants (Non-insulated and waterproof)       
  • Insulated down pants (optional)                                                                                              

Underwear:

  • 5 pairs of underwear (synthetic or wool fabrics only)
  • 2 Sports Bra for women

Footwear:

  • Waterproof Hiking Boots (GoreTex and Good Tread)
  • Hiking socks X 4 pairs medium to heavy (synthetic and wool)
  • Liner socks X 2
  • Camp shoes to wear at the teahouse
  • Gaiters (If you are trekking in March)

Handwear:

  • Softshell gloves X 1
  • Heavyweight gloves X 1

Gears / Personal equipment:

  • Daypack 30-35 litres with rain cover
  • Waterproof Duffel bag (provided by us at request)
  • Down Sleeping bag (-15 C rated) (provided by us at request)
  • One-litre capacity water bottle X 2 (Nalgene & Thermos)
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera with charger or spare batteries
  • Personal snacks and energy bars (you can buy them during the trek too)
  • Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
  • Padlock (Optional) 
  • Rain Poncho
  • Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
  • Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from the trek.
  • Sandals or sneaker (To wear around camps and Kathmandu) 

Toiletries and hygiene

  • Quick-drying towel
  • Small face towel
  • Toothbrush &Toothpaste
  • Face mask
  • Water treatment tools or tablets (Recommended: Aquatabs)
  • Soap and Shampoo/Dry shampoo (Smaller bottle)
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Sunscreen SPF30+ and Lip balm SPF 30+
  • Hand sanitiser/Antiseptic wipes
  • Hygiene products
  • Basic first aid kit (Pepto Bismol, Cipro (500mg tablets), Metronidazole, Hydration salts, Eye drops, Azithromycin (250mg tablets), Diamox (250mg tablets, approx. 20 total), and variety of standard painkillers including Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc)

Documents

  • Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
  • 2 copies of passport-size photos (For sim card and travel purposes)
  • Credit cards in case of emergencies
  • Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport
  • Travel Insurance and Flight tickets

Read more about the equipment list for the Everest base camp trek

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