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Everest Base Camp Tour

Everest Base Camp

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Kathmandu, Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Tyangboche, Everest Base Camp, Kalapattar
16 days
The tour will end on a Sunday 16 days after the start date
Kathmandu (Tribhuvan) International Airport (KTM)
Kathmandu (Tribhuvan) International Airport (KTM)
Maximum 20 persons
Minimum age : 18
Going Solo? : Over 70% of those on our tours start off as solo travellers
COVID-19 PROTECTION GUARANTEE : If by the end of 2023, you have not been able to travel due COVID-19, we will refund any payments made. You also have the flexibility to change your dates as many times as you need, free of charge
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Itinerary

DAY 1 (SAT): Arrival - Kathmandu

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport. Transfer to the hotel and overnight in Kathmandu.

DAY 2 (SUN): Kathmandu

Trek briefing and preparation day. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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DAY 1 (SAT): Arrival - Kathmandu

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport. Transfer to the hotel and overnight in Kathmandu.

DAY 2 (SUN): Kathmandu

Trek briefing and preparation day. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 3 (MON): Kathmandu to Phakding

Fly to Lukla (2886m), approximately 30 minutes. Our trek to Phakding (2640m) starts directly from the airport and will take three to four hours. You will trek along a pleasant trail gently descending, with a steep climb from Tarhe Khola, where you have a superb view of the Kusum-Kangru (6,369m). After another short climb, you reach Ghat village, and after another 1½hrs of trekking you arrive at Phakding village. Overnight in Phakding.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4 (TUE): Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m), approximately 5-6 hours. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River, the walk is pleasant with a few short uphill climbs and then downhill, with magnificent views of Thamserku (6,808m). From the village of Benkar, you will cross a long suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River once more, and then continue on this trail of trekkers, Ghopkyo (mix of yak and cow) and porters, before finally arriving at the small village of Monjo. Monjo is situated below the magnificent peak of Thamserku and near to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. After a few minutes walk from Monjo, you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park, where your trekking permit is checked. From here there is a short descent to Jorsalle village, the last village before Namche Bazaar. You will continue to trek by the river until the last bridge over the Imjatse River is reached.

From here the walk is along a winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with views of Kwangde Peak and its other sister peaks to the east, with Kusum Kangru behind you as you climb higher. There are also views of the Mt. Everest - Nuptse Wall, Lhotse and a closer view of Taweche Peak, which can be seen all the way up to Thop Danda, where there's a resting stonewall for porters and trekkers. From here, there is still another 1-2 hour walk, which brings you to the famed Namche Bazaar, with its colourful houses situated in an amphitheatre shaped bowl. Namche Bazaar is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. It is also a meeting place for Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached the town by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight in Namche Bazzar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5 (WED): Namche Bazaar

Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, teashops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatisation to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. As part of our acclimatization process we undertake a morning walk, in order to follow the rule of walk high, sleep low. As a group we will head to Syangboche (3800m) where the Everest View Hotel is situated offering (subject to weather) outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. From here we return to Namche for lunch and you are at leisure to spend the afternoon as you wish.

For those of you with sufficient energy, you may wish to undertake the short, uphilll walk to the Sagarmatha National Park headquarters, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with spectacular views of the surrounding snow-capped giants and the valleys way down below. There is also an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, its geography, culture, mountaineering history and information on flora and fauna of this region. Overnight in Namche Bazzar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

DAY 6 (THU): Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3870m), approximately 5-6 hours. The trail leads along a winding path high above the Dudh Koshi with great views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and a close-up view of Thamserku. You will come to a busy place called Shanasa, and in this area there is a much higher chance of seeing the beautifully coloured Danphe pheasant, the national bird of Nepal, the elusive musk deer and sometimes, even a herd of Himalayan Thar (mountain goat). From Shanasa, the trail steeply drops to a bridge over the Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga (3250m), a small settlement with a couple of teahouses in the midst of the alpine woods of mostly silver fir blue pines, rhododendron and some magnolia and birch trees. The village has an excellent place for lunch and you can take a short rest before making the steep climb to Tyangboche.

The walk from here is strenuous for an hour on a winding trail through shaded woods until a small religious monument of prayer stones covered with rhododendron leaves and junipers is reached. From here the walk is uphill for another hour, with views of Thamserku and Kangtenga. Tyangboche is one of the most beautiful places in the Himalayas, and the first thing that you will see is a big Ghompa (monastery) beneath the peak of Ama Dablam, with Everest looming above, the Nuptse wall to the north, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar to the north east and many more peaks all around you. Tyangboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. It also has an amazing bakery, offering tempting treats to tired and hungry trekkers. Overnight in Tyangboche.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7 (FRI): Tyangboche to Dingboche

Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4410m), approximately 5-6 hours. Trekking today you gently descend through a forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron and come out at a lovely spot at Deboche (3,650m) with further views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. From Deboche you will walk past the long mani prayer wall and the path is gradual until you reach a small bridge over the narrow gorge of the Imjatse River. The walk continues gradually uphill, passing through Pangboche village and then continuing onto Shomare, a small settlement with a fantastic close-up view of Ama-Dabla.

From here your journey continues eastwards, after an hours walk, before a small wooden bridge the road splits two ways and we take the route leading east beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. The trail climbs slowly, winding above the Imjatse River, until you come to a big mani stupa. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with views of the eastern snow capped mountains. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stonewalls protecting the crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight in Dingboche.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8 (SAT): Dingboche

Rest at Dingboche for acclimatisation and a local excursion. Here you can climb steeply up to Nakartsang Gompa for the rare outstanding view of Mount Makalu (8463m) along with Lhotse, Island Peak, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku or head up the Imja Valley to Chhukung, a small summer settlement at 4730m, with fantastic views. It is also the staging place for climbers attempting Island Peak. Overnight in Dingboche. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9 (SUN): Dingboche to Lobuche

Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) via Dongla (4620m), approximately 6-7 hours. Today’s onward journey leads north for about 40-50mins until you come to a mani prayer stupa. The trail is gentle, looking down to Pheriche village below. Today's walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde (5,741m), Kongma-tse (5,820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After a walk of 1½-2hrs the trail from Pheriche joins another near Dugla (4,595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. You will stop at Thukla, for lunch, before continuing for an hour up a steep hill to the top.

As you summit the hill you enter a memorial ground of prayer flags and monuments dedicated to climbers who have lost their lives attempting to reach the lofty pinnacles of these majestic mountains. From here you have unrivalled views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind. Overnight in Lobuche.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10 (MON): Lobuche to Gorakshep

Trek from Lobuche (4910m) to Gorakshep (5140m), approximately 4 hours and then on to Base Camp (5486m), a further 6-7 hour round trip. The first hours walk is gradual followed by a short 20 minutes climb to the top of the pass. The walk from here follows a rocky moraine path, and as you walk you can see the icy, glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep on a flat field below Kalapatthar (5,545m) and Mt.Pumori (7,145m). Gorakshep has two teahouses, and it was used as base camp in the early 50's Edmund Hilary expedition to Mt. Everest. You will have lunch and a rest at Gorakshep, and for those who feel up to it, you can walk to your ultimate destination, Everest Base Camp. The walk is strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air and it passes over rocky dunes, moraine and streams. A great view of the Khumbu Icefall awaits you. Overnight in Gorakshep.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 11 (TUE): Gorakshep to Pheriche

Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) for sunrise and down to Pheriche (4243m), approximately 8-11 hours. This morning you have the option to ascend to the summit of Kalapatthar for sunrise. A few minutes of easy walking on the sandy fields brings you to the base of the peak, then a steep climb for 45 minutes brings you to a near level field. The walk from here is gradual until you reach a rocky spot after an hour. From here, it’s another steep climb to the top of about 1 ½ hrs. At the top of Kalapatthar is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt.Pumori, the view from here is beyond the imagination, as Everest looks within a stones throws distance. Between the summit of Nuptse, Lho-la and Lhotse, the panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish, and you’ll feel the hard climb was worth it, as you get the feeling of being on top of the world.

All of the high snow capped giants that dominate, will be all around you. To the south the Khumbu glacier sweeps below you and you can also see Everest Base Camp nestled on its moraine. From here you will head back down to Gorakshep for breakfast and then on to Pheriche. Pheriche is known as the Windy Town and is home to the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post, manned by foreign volunteer doctors. Here you can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. Overnight in Pheriche.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12 (WED): Pheriche to Namche

Trek from Pheriche to Namche (3810m), approximately 6-7 hours. Descend down to Phunki Tenga (3250m), then climb up to Khyangjuma (3550). From here you will and mostly contour all the way to Namche Bazar. Overnight in Namche.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 13 (THU): Namche to Lukla

Trek from Namche (2800m) to Lukla (2800m), approximately 7-8 hours. From Namche you will retrace your day 3 route back down to Phakding, where we will have lunch, before starting the gradual ascent back up to Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 14 (FRI): Lukla to Kathmandu

Early morning flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax or further explore the city.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

DAY 15 (SAT): Kathmandu

Projects Day at Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, Nepal, where you will have the opportunity to meet the children who will benefit from all your hard work.

This evening we will enjoy a final dinner together at one of Kathmandu's best restaurants.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 16 (SUN): Departure - Kathmandu

That's it - it's the end of an incredible trip and time to go home!

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Travel Highlights

The Everest Base Camp Fundraising Trek is a trek with an important purpose! All monies you raise for the trek will go directly towards supporting the running costs of local NGO, Volunteer Service in Nepal’s Shining Stars Children’s Home, which will help with education, health, food, utilities, clothing, activities and the homes staff salaries.

And better still you will be helping the local community! Shining Stars is currently home to 18 children, 6 girls and 12 boys, aged around 15 – 22 and studying in classes 9 – 13.  We also have 3 kids with Down’s Syndrome who attend a local day care facility.

All of the children have grown up with VSN and VSN has been their main family for the last 11 – 13.5 years. Those who where once toddlers, are now amazing young adults with strong personalities and dreams of what they want to achieve with their lives, and its people like you who are helping make these dreams come true.

All of the children have some family.  Some have just a mother, others are from remote and backward districts of Nepal, but all have come from difficult or deprived backgrounds.  It is VSN’s policy to promote as much contact as possible between the children and their family members in order to ensure relationships are maintained, as upon completion of their class 12 education, they will return to live with their families or relatives to either go on to higher education, or work and live once again within their own family unit. 

Accommodation and Meals

Locations

  • Kathmandu
  • Lukla
  • Namche Bazaar
  • Tyangboche
  • Everest Base Camp

What’s Included

Airport meet and greet - Accommodation throughout the trip
All in-country transport
24/7 support from our experienced local guides
All tour activities included in the itinerary
Heaps of meals!
Experienced, knowledgeable and professional guides to accompany you along the way
Porters to help carry your gear
Trekking passes - In-country transport including return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla

FAQ

In short - anything that's not on the "What's included?" list in the info pack! The main things you'll absolutely need to get that aren't included are:

International flights - we have people join us from all over the world so we leave these flexible so you can choose the departure airport and airline that suits you best.

Travel insurance - you can choose your own travel insurance or we can organize this for you. You can find details on the travel insurance here and will be able to add this on to your booking when you pay your program fee.

Visas - All non citizens visiting India will require a visa. This needs to be applied for BEFORE you arrive in the country. Please see below for more details.

Arrival

You need to book a flight that lands into Kathmandu International Airport (KTM) on the Saturday that the tour starts.

Departure

This tour ends on the Friday 14 days later in Kathmandu. You can book your departure flight from Kathmandu international airport (KTM) for any time on this day

Passport holders of several countries can get a visa on arrival into Nepal for approximately USD $35 meaning you will not need to get a visa before you travel. We recommend you visit the official Nepal Immigration website to get access to the latest and most up to date information on entry requirements: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

This largely depends on you. All the breakfasts throughout the tour are included as are some other meals. Any meals not stated in your guide are up to you to purchase, if you are having local meals it will cost a couple of dollars, if you prefer western food it will be more depending on where you eat.

Make sure you bring some cash with you to change into the local currency (Nepalese Rupee) but you will also be able to withdraw more from cash points in the major cities whilst you are away.

You will be invited to a Facebook group before you travel to Nepal where we will share loads of extra information on visas, arrivals and projects.

This depends on your home country and your vaccination history. You should visit a local travel clinic and see what they recommend.
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