Hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364m)

There are only fourteen peaks in the world that rise 8000m high.

All of them are here, in the Himalayas-Karakorum.

Scoured by gales and blizzards during the monsoon months, these mountains are among the most hostile places on Earth. Twice a year, however, a route clears to follow the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa, towards the heart of mountaineering history.

You are invited to join, hiking with endlessly skilled local Sherpa guides to Everest Base Camp (5,364m).

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5 things to know when hiking to Everest Base Camp

  1. Stay three nights in Namche Bazar. Save yourself a week of constant headaches and take the extra night to acclimatise to the altitude!
  2. Porters can’t carry more than 15kg safely. Use our packing list.
  3. Avoid the monsoon season. Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) are the best times to visit. Summer is monsoon season, so it’s often impossible to fly to Lukla and start your trek. The winter is brutally cold!
  4. Bring a good camera. Photos can’t impress the full size and magnitude of the Himalayas, but can bring back fantastic memories!
  5. Pack a game. Your guides love a good card game in the evenings.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Fly to Kathmandu. You'll be met at the airport by your guides and taken to your hotel, to recuperate before your welcome dinner. Namaste.

Day 2: Kathmandu valley sights (2,835m)

Today you will have an opportunity to explore Kathmandu and visit the local monastery which overlooks the whole city. Watch out for the monkeys!

Kathmandu Monestary

Day 3: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (2,610m)

Your local guide will transfer you back to Kathmandu airport to catch your internal flight to Lukla (2840m). You will be met there by our team of porters and this is where your trek into the Khumbu valley will begin. Today’s trek will take you to an overnight lodge in Phakding.

Day 4: Trek to Namche (3,400m)

Making your way deeper into the Khumbu valley and ascend up to Namche Bazaar. Along the way, you will experience some breath-taking views as you cross the bridge over the confluence of Dudh Kosi. Top tip: Stand uphill of the passing Yaks as they can sometimes give you a little nudge.

The final part of the day will take you steeply uphill to Namche Bazaar (The capital of the Khumbu region) where you will rest in your overnight lodge.

Namche Bazaar at night, with the mountains in the background, is incredible

Day 5 – Day 6: Acclimatisation in Namche

The air feels very thin here – with just 65% of the oxygen that you had at sea level.

Explore the local markets and stores of Namche Bazaar, challenge the locals to a game of football if you like (good luck running up here) and soak in the incredible views of Ama Dablam (6,812m) which is often considered the most beautiful mountain in the world. Your guide will make sure you take a look at sunrise!

Spending 3 nights here is vital to avoid a week of headaches. You will push the altitude a little in the day with two short acclimatisation hikes up to 3,900m, but come back down to Namche in the evenings so that you sleep well.

Day 7 – Trek from Namche to Debouche (3710m)

You will trek past the incredible Thyangboche monastery and soak in amazing views of Everest itself, before heading to your accomodation in Debouche.

Day 8: Trek to Dingboche (4,410m)

Trek to Dingboche. It is here that you will get some incredible views of Ama Dablam. A beautiful mountain that sees climbers from all over the world attempting. You will stay in an overnight lodge with fantastic landscape views of this farming village.

Dingboche on the Everest Base Camp trek

Day 9: Acclimatisation day in Dingboche (4,410m)

Acclimatisation day in Dingboche. There are various small treks that you can do today. Your local Sherpa guide will give you a few options. Accommodation in overnight lodge.

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4,940m)

Ascend up the steep path besides the glacial moraine up to Lobuje. Accommodation in overnight lodge.

Labouche

Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m)

Today is the big day! You trek to Everest Base Camp Via Gorak Shep. Upon arrival in Gorak Shep, you will stop for a quick break before heading off to the world famous Base Camp. You will spend the night in Gorak Shep.

Day 12 - Trek to Pheriche (4240m) via Kala Patthar (5550m)

You will have an opportunity to ascend up Kala Patthar (5,550m), with incredible views of Mt Everest before making your descent to Pheriche (4240m).

Day 13 – 14: Return to Lukla (2,840m)

Descend the valley back down to Lukla, stopping overnight at teahouses along the way.

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, and then stay in a hotel in Kathmandu for the night.

Day 16 – Fly home

An amazing trip to the Himalayas concludes on this day. You will be dropped off at the airport for your flight home. Have a safe flight back!

1. Requirements

Fitness: We advise that you train six weeks before the trek. Expect to trek at altitude for a maximum of 6 - 8 hours per day.

Skill Level: Beginner

2. Logistics

This trip includes all internal flights, airport transfers, hotels and other logistics. It excludes food, personal equipment, travel insurance and international flights.

3. Equipment

You will need clothing suitable to -15C and appropriate hiking gear (rucksack, walking poles). A full kit list is provided within the course PDF.

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10.0/10 based on 8 reviews

Zany P

Reviewed on 7 Mar 18

5

Jagan and his team are awesome.
I know Jagan personally. He is a Local from Pokhara, Nepal. He is NOLS.edu instructor, a mountaineer, ultra himalayan trail runner and a friend. I hung out with him in pokhara and they hooked me up with paragliding which was awesome. I spent 3 days there and I will be back for more. He also has summited everest 3 times. He is humble down to earth and a kind human.

Clive Grylls

Reviewed on 2 Mar 18

5

As an experienced traveler and photojournalist.....this outfit ticks all the right boxes.......wonderful and clear communication concerning all aspects of the trips that are on offer......good back-up support.......and experts in all their fields.....I recommend them for standing out among their competitors.......

Winston L

Reviewed on 11 Apr 17

5

Greeted by Ajay upon arrival in Kathmandu, we were well looked after from the start. He was incredibly friendly and helpful right up to when we left for our trek. Arun greeted us upon our return and made sure we were all set for sightseeing in Kathmandu. We were also joined by a local guide for a day going around the sites in the city who was knowledgeable and friendly. 

Our guide and porter, Nurbu and Lakpa, made the trip what it was - they were fun and friendly, and spent the evenings on the hike with us chatting around the stove in the teahouses and playing pool in Namche. We ended up treating them as good friends rather than our guide and porter!

Even though one of us unfortunately got AMS, they still managed to accommodate both of us to do separate itineraries - one of us had to go down whilst the other carried on to EBC, but both of us still had a great time and found other walks to fill the days not going up to EBC, making the most of the trip. 

Overall, everything was well organised and we were looked after at all times. Nurbu and Lakpa had great knowledge of the mountains and super personalities, which made it all the more fun to be around for the trek. 

We wholeheartedly recommend these guys if you're looking for a fun, memorable trip through the himalayas.

Charlotte Le Moignan

Reviewed on 8 Mar 17

5

Definitely by far the best trip I have ever taken. Jagen was the best, his experience having summitted Everest twice and as a very experienced climber was just incredible. Everyone we came across on the trek knew him and he found us the most idyllic little tea houses to stay in across the way. He even helped my friend Brian across the bridges when he was scared of heights. You will never find a better guide than Jagan and your experience will be that much better going with him. He also made a point of finding us gear in Kathmandu before we got there which was really useful. He absolutely made the trip of a lifetime and my group were incredibly grateful for having such a knowledgable and lovely person to guide us! Thanks again,

Kiran M

Reviewed on 4 Mar 17

5

This being my first solo trip all of a sudden without planning , I thought I'd be roaming around Nepal like a lost puppy. But on the contrary, it just felt like a perfectly planned trek once after meeting them.
The Freedom Explorers..there can't be any other apt name for this bunch of supercool people that im grateful to have met and all thanks to them for not making me the "lost puppy"..
Jagan sir, Ajay sir and their entire crew.. if not for them I wouldnt have fallen in love with this place as I've now..
Ever heard about the Red Everest and night glowing Everest ? Me too.. I havent heard about it until they told me about it.. Magical sight that can be seen just in a particular time in certain conditions.. Ive always heard what calm minds can do to us..But I've felt it for the first time..

This was just possible because I was lucky enough to meet this reliable, professional , hard working and team having clear understanding of the industry and a passion to be the best by delivering outstanding trekking services.

Thanks team FREEDOM EXPLORERS hoping to meet you guys for the next trek 

1. What is included?

The trip includes:

  • Porters and guides
  • Airport transfers and internal flights
  • Accomodation in Kathmandu and on the trek
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Filtered water on the trek

It excludes:

  • International flights
  • Food - we recommend you allow $250-350 for food on the trek.
  • Warm showers in the tea houses (usually c.$4)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any visa fees
  • Personal travel and rescue insurance

2. What are the visa requirements?

Please note it is your responsibility to arrange visas before you travel. Currently, all foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport. If getting the visa at the airport be prepared for long queues. You will also need to provide one passport photo and the following fees in US dollars cash only: single entry visa valid for 15 days - US $25: Single Entry Visa for 30 days - US $40 and multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $100

3. Do I need immunisations?

We recommend you check at http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx  .

4. Am I fit enough?

Everest Base Camp requires you to trek at altitude for sometimes up to 8 hours per day, with a small 10kg rucksack on. You are recommended to train with long hikes and/or a sport of your choice (e.g. running).

5. How old do I need to be?

The minimum age for this trek is 18.

 

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