Everest Base Camp trek, Nepal

“An eighteen day, tailor made trekking trip to Base Camp Everest, walking for 14 days. Staying in lodges, not camping. Moderate grade. Max elevation 5,550m.”

Highlights

Kathmandu | Dudh Kosi Valley | Khumba Valley and glacier | Namche Bazaar | Kalapathar | Crossing of Imja Khola and Dudh Kosi Rivers | Thame, Thyangboche and Pangboche monasteries | Himalayan wildlife | Everest Base Camp

Description of Everest Base Camp trek, Nepal

Trek to Everest Base Camp for incredible views of the world's tallest mountains, all in the company of our expert guide.

The trip starts in historic Kathmandu, with its atmospheric temples and bustling streets. You will spend two nights there, acclimatizing and sight-seeing, before flying over dramatic scenery to Lukla for the start of the trek.

The actual trek lasts for 14 days and takes in some of the most impressive sights in the Himalaya region. You begin in the scenic Dudh Kosi valley, passing over into the Khumba valley before finally climbing the Khumbu glacier for fantastic views of Everest and other Himalayan peaks. The mountain views will take your breath away, but you will also see majestic rivers, lush forests and silent high pastures with magnificent views all the way to Tibet.

This region is home to smiling, hospitable people whose way of life has changed relatively little over the centuries. You will spend time in Namche - a bustling Sherpa town, as well as remote villages and monasteries, giving you an insight into the traditions and way of life in this northern corner of Nepal.

You will stay overnight in the best available lodges en route. Meals are not included in the price, but are very reasonably priced (expect to spend about £13 per day).

Why choose this trek?

We are a UK-based company who have worked closely with a reputable Nepali trekking company since 2001. Our Nepali guides are highly experienced and treat health and safety with the highest priority, tailoring the trip in line with your fitness, acclimatisation needs and weather conditions.

Our guides will make sure you see the very best of their country. They speak good English and will be delighted to tell you all about the wildlife, traditions and history of the area. We choose comfortable lodges en route with no camping on this itinerary. Our UK office will give a very personal and friendly service, proving plenty of advice pre-departure and acting as a point of contact while you are there.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 01:You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel in Kathmandu. Our representative will get you settled in and give you a basic introduction to the local area.
Day 02:Thorough briefing on all aspects of the trek. After lunch a guided tour of the city. Dinner in a local restaurant with your guide.
Day 03:Fly to Lukla over fabulous scenery. Trek to Phakding
Day 04:Trek to Namche bazaar, a bustling Sherpa town.
Day 05:Rest day at Namche bazaar with opportunities to visit local sights.
Day 06:Trek to Thame, visiting attractive local monastery. Continue to Khumjung
Day 07:Trek to Pungo Tenga, then continue to famous Thyangboche monastery. Trek to Deboche
Day 08:Trek to Pangboche, visiting its ancient Sherpa monastery. Continue to Dingboche.
Day 09:Trek to Lobuche on the Khumbu glacier
Day 10:Trek to Gorak Shep at the base of Kalapathar, visiting outstanding Everest viewpoint.
Day 11:Trek to historic Everest base camp or alternatively to Pumori Ridge for the best views. Return to Gorak Shep.
Day 12:Trek to Thugla at the snout of the glacier. Continue to Dingboche
Day 13:Trek to Pangboche, then Deboche.
Day 14:Trek past Thayangboche to Kyangjuma, then Namche Bazaar.
Day 15:Trek to Phakding for lunch. Continue to Lukla. Farewell celebration evening with your crew.
Day 16:Fly to Kathmandu
Day 17:Day at leisure
Day 18:Transfer to airport for final departure

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Departure information

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Responsible tourism

Everest Base Camp trek, Nepal

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

We are committed to reducing carbon emissions on all of our projects. Here’s how:

• For each participant that goes away with us, we plant a tree in Africa with our charity partners Tree Aid
• Where food is provided, it is locally produced and sourced, reducing food miles, supporting local industry and minimising single-use plastic
• As a traveller you will learn about the importance of reducing our carbon footprint, both pre-departure and through your trek
• Once at the trek start point, this is a walking trek
• The only way to get to the trek start point is via internal flight to Lukla. This is a popular route with most seats filled to reduce the carbon emissions per person
• Where possible, and without jeopardising safety or quality, transfers are done on a shared basis to reduce carbon emissions

Environment

We are passionate about this beautiful part of the world and want to keep it that way. We keep our groups small (10 maximum) to minimise their impact on the local environment. This means that the effect of their footfall on paths and vegetation is minimised.

All our trekkers are urged to be mindful of deforestation and use hot water only where there is solar power or a local electricity supply. We ask that only biogradeable soaps are used and that any clothes washing is done in designated areas rather than in water that may be used for drinking.

In order to minimise the risk of littering we ask that any rubbish that cannot be easily burnt is brought back to Kathmandu and that space is allowed for this. We advise against bottled water and recommend taking refillable water bottles and then buying boiled water or using water purification tablets. Careful briefing is given on responsible toileting and the burying of human waste.

Our UK office is also committed to supporting the environment. We believe in the policy of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Our office recycles paper and makes sure that paper that has been wrongly printed is reused. Our headed paper comes from a recyclable source.

Protecting the world:
We are passionate about encouraging our travellers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic and electricity usage.

We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.

Cultural sensitivity:
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in Nepal. Our policy is to send people out in small groups or individually. This minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.

Community

We have been involved with community projects in Nepal since 2001. We want our treks to embody the very best of tourism, bringing employment to local people whilst encouraging them to value and conserve their culture and traditional way of life.

We keep our groups small, so that remote villages are not swamped with tourists. Group sizes are kept to 10 people or less. We also make sure that participants are fully briefed about the cultural differences, so that they do not offend local people by the way they dress or act. This includes, for example, taking photographs of them without permission. We also encourage a respectful attitude towards our local staff (porters etc).

Treks such as ours have become an important source of income for people living in remote areas of Nepal. Our participants support this by eating local food, staying in lodges rather than camping and buying locally-produced crafts. We employ local guides and porters from a reputable trekking company, ensuring good working conditions and a fair wage. In addition, we donate a proportion of our income to specific community projects with which we have an ongoing relationship.

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