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!

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. 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.

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! 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, stoppi

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!
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Ivaylo Yanev

Reviewed on 15 Nov 18

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It was an amazing experience. I was taken care of ever since i landed in Kathmandu until my departure. The guide(Pujan Sapkota) and the assistant guide (Benja) were great and they took care of us along the route. The porters were amazing. They helped not only with carrying our bags but also by brightening up the mood every day. It was an amazing experience and service and i am really thankful for all the people that helped us get to our final destination! 

Ivaylo Yanev

Reviewed on 15 Nov 18

5

It was an amazing experience. I was taken care of ever since i landed in Kathmandu until my departure. The guide(Pujan Sapkota) and the assistant guide (Benja) were great and they took care of us along the route. The porters were amazing. They helped not only with carrying our bags but also by brightening up the mood every day. It was an amazing experience and service and i am really thankful for all the people that helped us get to our final destination! 

Kirsten Vaught

Reviewed on 12 Nov 18

5

Adventure of a lifetime!

I just got back a while ago from my trek through the Himalayas and I still cannot stop thinking about the incredible, life-changing experience. Let me start from the beginning... I had always wanted to trek to the legendary Everest Base Camp, and decided that 2018 would be my year to accomplish my goal. I wanted to go with a reputable and fun trekking company, and researched many companies in the process. I came across Skyhook on Facebook and was immediately intruiged. From the start, I was impressed with Alan and Damien, as well as the stellar reviews of their trips. I knew I had to sign up, and booked the trek for October 13th shortly after.

From my arrival in Nepal, I knew I had made the right choice. Our guides were all wonderful, and became fast friends. Everyone in the group was such a joy to be around. I couldn't have asked for a better group of people. The porters were always all smiles and hard working. I would not have completed the trek without any of these people. 

As for the trek... it is simply unreal. Walking amongst some of the highest peaks in the world really humbles you. It makes you dream of reaching higher mountains and walking on more treks. And it's not just the majestic Himalayas. It's the culture. It's the food. It's the teahouse experiences. Be prepared to be in awe of the landscape. Be prepared to fall in love with this place and the people that live there. Be prepared to fall in love again with life, and daydream about future treks in the area. Be prepared to miss the mountains like crazy when you go home.

I cannot wait to go on another trip with Skyhook; they are the best!

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 $400-$450 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.

6. Do i need specialist 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.