Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

You’ll be picked up whenever you arrive in Kathmandu Airport, and taken to your hotel. From here you can relax for a few hours, or explore the city, before your welcome dinner. All accommodation and transport is included on this trip. You can contact Krishna at +977-9841536581 or Bishal at +977-9856087715, just in case

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Today you’ll have a guided tour of Kathmandu and visit Buddhist Stupa, which overlooks the whole city. In the evening you’ll travel to the remote village of Ramechhap where you’ll stay in tented accommodation for the night. This is the only night of camping on the trip - for the rest of the trip you’ll stay in tea houses or hotels.

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From Ramechhap you’ll take an internal flight to Lukla (included). From here you’ll trek through the incredible Khumbu valley, to the small village of Phakding.

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On day 4, you continue along the Khumbu valley to Namche Bazaar - the largest town on the trek. Along the way you'll experience some breath-taking views, overlooking the Dudh Kosi river.

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The air is very thin here – with just 65% of the oxygen at sea level – so days 5 and 6 are used to acclimatise. You’ll do two short but spectacular acclimatisation hikes, so that you’re refreshed and ready for the trail ahead. The views of Ama Dablam (6,812m) are also spectacular from here, which is often considered to be the most beautiful mountain in the world.

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Today you'll do the second acclimatisation hike around Namche.

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

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Today you’ll trek to the tiny settlement of Dingboche, with impressive views of the Himalayan mountains around you.

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Today is an acclimatisation day in Dingboche, with a short trek followed by time to relax and take in the views in the afternoon.

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Today you’ll follow a steep path along the site of an old glacier, to the remote town of Lobuche.

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You start the day by hiking to Gorak Shep, stopping for a short break before heading off to Everest Base Camp! Here you can spend a few hours taking in the views and mountaineering history, before heading back to Gorak Shep for the night.

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Today you will have the opportunity to hike up Kala Patthar (5,550m) – the highest point of the trip – with incredible views of Everest itself. Afterwards you’ll trek back to the town of Pangboche (3800m).

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Today you'll be heading mostly downhill, back to Namche.

You’ll continue back down the valley to Lukla airport, stopping overnight at tea houses along the way.

You'll fly from Lukla to Ramechhap, and then stay in a hotel in Kathmandu for the night.

On the final day, you’ll be dropped off at Kathmandu airport ahead of your flight home.

38 verified reviews

Rated 5.0
Kasia
Kasia

Traveled Oct 2022

Great, well organised trip. Our guide Nurbu and his assistant Ngwang were excellent, catered everything to our needs. Our porters did a great job carrying our luggage.

Alison
Alison

Traveled Oct 2022

Awesome trip. Freedom Adventures was excellent - knowledgeable and kind guides. Really the experience of a lifetime. Couple of bits of feedback: * Walking poles and a warm sleeping bag are essential. Plastic shoes for showers helpful. * Food is expensive and I would say you need $600 dollars or more for the trip, plus tips and spending money. Overall - epic.

Thomas
Thomas

Traveled Oct 2022

Amazing trip with amazing guides from the airport to Everest Base Camp back to Kathmandu. Our guide Dakman and his assistant Ganga were amazing. Weather affected our flight out of Rammechap but rather than go to an alternative itineray like so many others did, Dakman came up with a plan that ensured we made it to basecamp. Can't recommend it enough.

Robin
Robin

Traveled May 2022

Absolutely exemplary service from the local Freedom Adventures team. Despite not having any experience of any other Nepal based companies for thsi type of experience I think you would be hard pushed to find a better standard of professionalism, hospitality, service and personnel. Far be it from me to prevent anybody from pursuing thier dreams I would advocate far tighter medical checks prior to this trip. We had one team member who was very close to me medically unsuitabel for this excursion. I understand there is a self-disclaimer governing the decision for an individual to go but it puts undue and unnecessary resposnbility on the local based teams to cover a disproportinate duty of care almost immediately and from Day one of the trip

Ibrahim
Ibrahim

Traveled May 2022

Best holiday I have ever had thanks, for professionalism, friendly and caring guides and porters, I certainly recommend skyhook for everybody please don’t go on y own or other companies use skyhook

Nanda
Nanda

Traveled Apr 2022

Memorable trek. Well organised through local company Freedom Adventures.

Mark
Mark

Traveled Apr 2022

It was a trek of a lifetime! I recommend anyone to trek to base camp, it is so much more than the final picture at EBC. The culture, the Nepalese people, the sights, Kathmandu and making friends for life.

Barbara
Barbara

Traveled Oct 2019

this amazing trip from skyhook adventures started in october 2019 with 5 other guys and lhakpa, THE guide. perfect journey, amazing nature, best group and best guide. lhakpa and of course skyhook/freedom made this trip to a very well-organised tour. i always felt comfortable and safe. i got sick on day 5, lhakpa helped me with some medication etc...whenever i had a problem, he was here to help. cool, competent guy who loves his job and of course, the beauuuuuutiful nature of nepal:). after we returned in kathmandu, we had a few more days to explore kathmandu and for sure, to enjoy the nightlife of nepal. also there, lhakpa was our guide, altough the tour had ended. thank you skyhook adventures and thaaank you lhakpa. would book for sure skyhook again. and when i return to nepal, only lhakpa is my guide🤙🏽🤙🏽

Kimberly
Kimberly

Traveled Oct 2019

My husband and I just finished our trek to Everest base camp in Nepal and it was incredible! It was the trip of a lifetime. Our guide lakpa sona and his awesome dad/guide nuru were especially exceptional! Lakpa was everything our group needed and more. He was very knowledgeable throughout the trek and made the entire experience more enjoyable. Although our tour group started as strangers we ended as friends, including lakpa. We were a bit crazy at times but lakpa stayed professional throughout while still making sure we had a great time. Not only was he our guide for EBC but he stayed with us till the end when we finally departed Kathmandu (even after we missed our flight). He knew cool places for us to go and made sure we enjoyed our trip while staying safe. Also big shoutout to the porters! We would not have made it to the top without any one of them!! Would thoroughly recommend to any family or friends. Kimberly & Kevin Perez

Thomas Joseph Stefan
Thomas Joseph Stefan

Traveled Oct 2019

Had a absolutely amazing time in Nepal doing the EBC trek couldn’t have asked for a better service, our main guide Nurbu Sherpa and his team was brilliant they made us welcome, safe, full of knowledge and when we arrived at the tea houses we didn’t have to do anything because they sorted it all. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants a challenge or wants to try something new...but definitely request Nurbu and his team top class!!!

Martin
Martin

Traveled Oct 2019

A thrilling adventure for which will be the talking point for years to come. What made the trip equally memorable was the people of Nepal and our guides and Sherpas really did take care of us.

Samantha
Samantha

Traveled Oct 2019

Extremely competent training from excellent instructors. Allan and James were highly professional, knowledgeable and great company too . Thoroughly enjoyed myself on Toubkal this winter. I highly recommend Skyhook and will be attending the ice climbing course next year.

Kim
Kim

Traveled Oct 2019

Huge thank you to Sherpa Nurbu an his team for all the care help support an laughter, definitely recommend them and skyhook to anyone who’s thinking of going on a adventure ???? x

Xavier
Xavier

Traveled Oct 2019

Just got back home from an Amazing adventure in Nepal, did the everest base camp trek with a group of Amazing people . Everything was perfect planned , and the guides where the best they made sure that averything went perfectly , always happy and friendly , always there of we had questions or of somthing was wrong and in the theahouses they did everything to make us feel at home so there for a special thanks to Phuraa gelzen sherpa Raii anil Santosh sewa Tashipurba And the porthers Who i have so much respect for ,they carried the bags form lukla to ebc and back , i carried my own stuff to ebc and back so i know what im telling. One great group of people thank you for the Amazing 2 weeks Im deffently going back !! Greetings x.v sherpa

Gareth
Gareth

Traveled Oct 2019

From start to finish this trip was amazing. On meeting Phura Gelzan Sherpa at the hotel I new we were in good hands. Everything was explained well each day and the atmosphere was very relaxed. The views you get on this trip are second to none and the guides are very knowledgeable of the area. I would also like to say a big thank you to the porters who carried our main bags between the tea houses.

Paige
Paige

Traveled Oct 2019

The Everest Base Camp Trek was absolutey amazing. Phura and his team we're amazing guides and took care of us every step of the way in the tea houses and on the trails. Would highly recommned them and this trip!

Edyta
Edyta

Traveled Oct 2019

We did a 12 days EBC Trek in October with Skyhook and their fantastic team from Freedom Adventures (Phura Gelzen Sherpa, Phura 2, Anil Raii, Santosh Sewa and all porters). The trek was simply unforgettable. We were very well looked after from the moment we have landed in Kathmandu. The accommodation in the city and in the mountains were great, places we have eaten offered variety of tasty meals, we had access to hot showers and wi-fi wherever that was possible. Trekking was never boring as Phura and his Team entertained group with songs and dances and they were supporting us during those difficult times making sure we are drinking water and taking breaks. We truly had an amazing time from start to finish and will highly recommend Skyhook and Freedom Adventures to anyone who is looking to do EBC or similar trip. Huge THANK YOU to all for looking after us and for those beautiful memories you give us!

Kirk
Kirk

Traveled Oct 2019

Kirk & Simone’s Excellent Adventure! Mission Accomplished! THANK YOU SKYHOOK AND FREEDOM ADVENTURES FOR THE PERSONALIZED SERVICE FROM THE BEGINNING AND ALL THE WAY TO THE END! TEAM CRESTO reached Everest Base Camp on Thursday 17 OCT 2019 at 1:32pm local Nepal 🇳🇵 time (which is 3:47 am ET and 0:47 am PT in the United States 🇺🇸 also on Thursday 17 OCT 2019). We saw a sign that said, “Discover the Real Nature!” I think we discovered a lifetimes worth in a few weeks! Our local Nepal Guide Tika Ram was beyond amazing with his service and safety focus! He never relented keeping us the customer #1 every step of the way! Our Nepal Porter Naresh Rai was equally amazing carrying our bigger bags the entire journey with quiet and kindness and strength! Both these gentleman represented their company and organization and country in the best way possible. 5 Star Super Service! I hope any of you on a future Trek get one or both of these fine men! Truly kind great people and two people we have been blessed to meet and call friends. Had a lot of fun completing so many miles on foot......we can’t forget: - Tika Time! - Nepali Flat! - Around The Corner! - Baaaaa Baaaaaa! - The sound of a Yak Bell! - And our favorite Tika line......from Dude Where’s My Car.....And Thennnnnn? So we end by saying, Namaste! For us the most appropriate final, final words from this EPIC journey and Excellent Adventure are to think about and contemplate what is next for US....... AND THEEEEENNNN!!!!

Duncan
Duncan

Traveled Oct 2019

Excellent trip, great guides, lovely group and we were blessed with amazing weather.

Tanel
Tanel

Traveled Oct 2019

Trip for a lifetime!

Catherine
Catherine

Traveled Sep 2019

Unforgettable

Christian
Christian

Traveled Sep 2019

I will not be able to say enough about how awesome this experience has been! After nearly 6 months of preparation it all came together and went exceptionally well with the guidance of skyhook and their incredibly talented primary guide, Furaa Sherpa. Furaa did a fantastic job! His emphasis on safety, camaraderie, having fun, and assessing our strengths and areas for growth was phenomenal. Skyhook put together a fantastic team comprised of lead Sherpa, Furaa, assistant guide, Sunil and two Porter’s. We were challenged appropriately and all four of us successfully made it to Everest base camp. I will always remember this experience and look forward to utilizing Skyhook in the future for other trips (currently booked for Kilimanjaro in October!). I have no reservations regarding their competency to put together these kind of adventures safely and efficiently. I Highly recommend.

Fred
Fred

Traveled Sep 2019

I booked the group trek to Everest Base Camp. What a fantastic trek with an amazing group of people and guides! Pujan, Tika and Ngima were first class and made sure we were safe, enjoyed ourselves, educated us on the region and became friends that I shall stay in touch with. We had a 100% success rate on reaching base camp, which I can safely say was down to the guides expertise and help from the porters; Pradip, Ngima, Padam and Ramesh. I hope this team can continue to work together and bring success to many others! Thank you for an unforgettable holiday and providing a great service.

Elizabeth Margaret
Elizabeth Margaret

Traveled Sep 2019

Excellent organisation, guides & other participants and challenge. A great experience which I would recommend.

Paul
Paul

Traveled May 2019

An unforgettable experience from start to finish . Kathmandu is a captivating city . Well organised trip Guides and porters were brilliant and so hard working and knowledgeable Nothing was ever too much trouble The only negative point was due to airport having maintenance done we had to get to Ramachep airfield, a long hot rather unpleasant journey to stay in tents at a campsite ! I advise finding a room if this happens again Breathtaking views throughout the Himalayas And I’ve made so great friends too I’ll deffo be back to Nepal someday soon

Robert
Robert

Traveled Apr 2019

This trip was an epic journey made very interesting and fun by everyone. The relentless efforts by the guides and porters unsured it all went smoothly. I had a great time and would recommend it to anyone. The weather could'nt have been better even though having to take the helicopter back to Kat £400 it was my mistake as flight home was too soon. The shops were full of good mountain gear at very cheap prices so buy stuff out there. Well done Skyhook and freedom!

Paul
Paul

Traveled Apr 2019

A really good trip. Rasmus is just amazing very informative. Your made really welcome his cooking is spot on. I would definitely recommend this trip I'll certainly be going again

Ian
Ian

Traveled Apr 2019

I can't praise skyhook enough for this trip, it was organised to perfection. Our guide Sher and the team made sure we were well looked after say all times, they were really knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. The experience itself was the trip of a lifetime and I can't recommend it enough

Matthew
Matthew

Traveled Apr 2019

BRILLIANT 👏👏👏👏

Eric
Eric

Traveled Apr 2019

Service and communication!!!

FAQs

Included:

  • Porters and guides
  • Transport (including airport transfers and internal flights to Lukla)
  • Accommodation
  • Permits & national park fees
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Filtered water on the trek

Excluded:

  • International flights to Kathmandu
  • Food - we recommend you allow $400 USD for food on the trek
  • Warm showers in the tea houses (usually c.$4)
  • Tips
  • Visa fees (typically $50 USD)
  • Personal travel/rescue insurance

Everest Base Camp requires you to trek at altitude for up to 8 hours per day, with a small 5-7kg rucksack. We recommended to train with long hikes and/or a sport of your choice (e.g. jogging).

Documents

• Passport

• Travel insurance details

• Boarding passes for flights

• 2 passport photos

• Cash USD

• Credit/Debit Card (ensure you have $500 on your card in case an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)

Sleeping

• City footwear: sandalsmend one with a comfort rating of -15C or 5sF)

• Sleeping bag liner (optional)

Footwear

• Trekking boots: 3 or 4 season lightweight

• City footwear (e.g. sandals)

• Shoes for the plane and tea houses (optional)

Clothing

Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking.

• Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)

• Fleece/windproof jacket

• Waterproof jacket

• Down jacket for warmth

• Travel clothes and city wear

• Underwear

• Base-layer trousers (optional)

• Waterproof trousers

• Trekking trousers

• Trekking shorts (optional)

• Thick wool mountaineering socks

• Lightweight and breathable trekking socks

• Gloves and wool hat

Other

• A daysack: 35 litres

• A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (max 8kg of weight for porters to carry)

• Dry liner or dry bag

• Water bottle/thermos: At least 2L woth (we recommend Nalgene bottles).

• Sunglasses

• Suncream

• Personal medication – Inhaler, blister pads etc

• General toiletries, contact lenses, glasses (if needed)

• Towel

• Electronics - head torch, travel adaptor, phone & charger

• Lipsil

• Book

• Headphones

• Travel wash

• Hand sanitizer, wet wipes

You can see the latest NHS advice at https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-east/nepal 

You stay in hotels in the city of Kathmandu and tea houses whilst you are on the trek. The hotel will be 3 stars, and you'll stay in a twin shared room, but a single suppliment is available if you want your own room (you can request this on your trip form after booking). The hotel has showers and intermittent internet access.

The teahouses are in remote locations and very basic. Some of them have squat style toilets, and the showers do not always offer warm water. Most tea houses will charge a small fee for hot showers.

Meals are available from all tea houses, but please be aware that the food has been carried up there by porters, so it becomes a little more expensive as you get closer to base camp. Some tea houses do have access to the internet for a small fee, but it can be slow and unreliable.

The minimum age for this trek is 18, or 16 with a parent/guardian.

It is customary in Nepal to tip guides and porters. You can give any tips to your lead guide at the end of your trip, which will then be shared amongst the whole team. 

As part of our transparancy initiative, the lead guide will distribute the tips to the guides and porters in your presence.  

A good rule of thumb is to budget around $150 in total for tips, although the amount you give is entirely your choice.  

Yes - there is far less oxygen as you get to higher altitudes on the trek. For most people, this means that you will find trekking more challenging, and the guides will set a slower pace to adjust for this.

The itinerary is designed to allow plenty of time for your body to acclimatise, with several rest days. However, everyone reacts to the altitude differently and it is possible that you will experience some symptoms of altitude sickness (e.g. headaches or nausea). The guides are trained in high altitude first aid, and will also ask you to let them know if you experience any symptoms.

In extreme cases altitude sickness can prevent you from continuing your trek, and in this case the guides can arrange for you to descend quickly (by foot or by helicopter). Your safety is always the number one priority.

To be sure that you make your trek, or return from it, it may be necessary to make the flight to/from Lukla by a chartered helicopter. Helicopters can operate in some weather that aircrafts cannot. In the rare case that a helicopter will be needed, it will be at the expense of the travellers and can cost around $600/person. Please make sure you have travel insurance, and we recommend speaking to them to check they cover this scenario.

Whilst weather delays do occur, they're usually temporary and it's much more normal to simply wait for a later flight time. If a helicopter does become a more viable option, a collective decision will be made by the group on how to proceed.   

The average group size is 12 people, with a maximum of 14.

The porters will carry up to 8kg for you, in accordance with recommended safe loads. 

The weather can change rapidly, and the guides may be forced to change the trip itinerary accordingly. Travellers need to be prepared for all weather conditions. For more information please read the kit list provided. 

Low Season (End Nov - March) 

Daytime temperatures will be cooler, and the nights will be very cold. The days can bring winter storms, with regular snowfall above 2500m. Domestic flights are difficult at this time of year.  

Monsoon (Jun – Mid Sep) 

Temperatures are hot, with heavy rainfall almost every day. Trails can be very muddy, with frequent thunderstorms and high winds. 

Trekking season (End Mar-May & Mid Sep – End Nov) 

The most popular time to trek with mild – warm days and cold nights. The mornings tend to be clear, with some short rainfall in the late afternoons. In the higher altitudes, the temperatures often drop below freezing in the evening. At Everest Base Camp, the temperatures can drop as low as -15°C.
 

You can arrive at any time on the start date of your trip, and you’ll be picked up from the airport. We recommend you fly out on the afternoon of the last date of your trip, as the internal flights the day before can be delayed in poor weather. You can see the itinerary on your dashboard after booking, with the specific dates for your trip.

The currency used in Nepal is Nepalese Rupees (NPR). You are unable to get NPR outside of Nepal and therefore you will need to get it when you arrive. Most people withdraw money from ATMs whilst in Kathmandu, but please do check with your bank in advance that they allow this, and ideally bring 2 cards to be safe. Alternatively, you can bring US dollars (or euros) and exchange them on arrival. Please Note: If using your card directly in Nepal, then you will often be charged a 4% service charge. Many places outside of Kathmandu and in the mountains will not accept cards, so it's important to take out cash in Kathmandu for the trek.

When traveling in countries such as Nepal, it's important to maintain vigilance with hygiene and food safety. Bring plenty of hand sanitiser. 

Water

Whilst on the trek you have a few options for water. You can buy bottled water from the tea houses or you can fill up from the tap. If filling up from the tap, be sure to use the free purification tablets. These will be provided by your guide. Bottled water can be quite expensive to buy.  

Food

It may be a good idea to consider going vegetarian when you are trekking to Everest Base Camp. It is not uncommon for meat to be carried up to the Tea Houses for a few days in the hot sun by the porters.  

Timber House Nepal, Paknajol Marg, Kathmandu 44600

Currently, all foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad, or on arrival at Kathmandu's Airport. If getting the visa at the airport be prepared for long queues. You will also need pay US$30 for 15 days and $50 for 30 days visa. Please make sure to bring followings to get visa on arrival. 1. Fully vaccinated certificate. 2. If not fully Vaccinated: COVID19 PCR negative report, obtained within 72 hours of the departure from the first port of embarkation. 3. A barcode generated from the online application of the Online International Travel Arrival Form. See https://www.ccmc.gov.np/.

Flights go from Ramechhap to Lukla. Because of the ever changing weather, your internal flight may be cancelled or delayed for safety reasons. In this instance, your guides will book you onto the next available and safe flight at no extra cost. You will however be required to pay for accommodation at the hotel for any additional nights not noted on the itinerary, so we recommend having travel insurance that covers delayed flights. The internal flight is included in the cost of your trip. It is important that you provide your passport information after booking, which you can do in your trip form, so that we can book the internal flights for you. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure. In the event that the flights are cancelled on day 3 and 4 of your itinerary and no helicopters are available, it will not be possible for you to ascend to Everest Base Camp safely and with the required acclimatisation stops. In the unlikely event that the above does happen, the group will be taken on the Annapurna Base Camp trek, which requires no internal flights. Annapurna Base Camp is also a 16-day itinerary which reaches a maximum altitude of 4,130m, starting in the beautiful city of Pokhara.

Many different ethnic groups coexist in Nepal, and as a foreigner you may be an object of curiosity. You may find that in certain places, the locals will want to talk to you or take pictures with you.  

You will almost certainly be subject to a bit of hustle and hassle in Nepal, getting a dose of it immediately when you arrive in the airport. Nepal has a haggling culture, with almost every monetary transaction (outside of hotels and restaurants etc) involving haggling.

It is likely that you will see beggars in Kathmandu. This can include children.

Please be vigilant with your valuables, especially when in the city.   

Your head guide is Jagan

All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run Freedom Adventure, based in Pokhara.

By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!

Jagan