Hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364m)

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

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

Soured 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.

We invite you to join us, 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 the can bring back fantastic memories!
  5. Pack a game. Our 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 the Skyhook team 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!

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.

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. We’ll 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.

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.

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

Today is the big day! We trek to Everest Base Camp Via Gorak Shep. Upon arrival in Gorak Shep, we 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. Skyhook Adventure staff will drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. 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

We include all internal flights, airport transfers, hotels and other logistics. All you need to do is let us know your flight details and we'll sort the rest.

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.

Availability & Prices

28 Apr 12pm
Sun 13 May 8pm
(£97.00 deposit)
3 spaces
6 May 12pm
Mon 21 May 12pm
(£97.00 deposit)
6 Oct 12pm
Sun 21 Oct 8pm
(£97.00 deposit)
3 spaces
10 Oct 12pm
Thu 25 Oct 12pm
(£97.00 deposit)
20 Oct 12pm
Sun 4 Nov 8pm
(£97.00 deposit)
4 spaces
13 Apr 12pm
Sun 28 Apr 12pm
(£97.00 deposit)
5 spaces
27 Apr 12pm
Sun 12 May 12pm
(£97.00 deposit)
5 spaces
4 May 12pm
Sun 19 May 12pm
(£97.00 deposit)
4 spaces
12 Oct 12pm
Sun 27 Oct 12pm
(£97.00 deposit)
11 spaces

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1. What is included?

We include:

  • 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

The course excludes:

  • International flights
  • Food - we recommend you allow $250-350 for food on the trek, or you can purchase this as an upgrade with us up to 7 days before the course.
  • 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 can't advise you on this, but 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. We recommend you train with long hikes and/or a sport of your choice (e.g. running).


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