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 relaxe for a few hours, or explore the city, before your welcome dinner. All accommodation and transport is included on this trip.

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Today you’ll have a guided tour of Kathmandu and visit the local monastery, 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 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 variety of short treks to choose from with your guide.

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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 Pheriche (4240m).

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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.

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5.00 (23 reviews)

Kimberly
Verified - Travelled October 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 exceptio ...read more

Thomas Joseph Stefan
Verified - Travelled October 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 ...read more

Martin
Verified - Travelled October 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
Verified - Travelled October 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 reco ...read more

Kim
Verified - Travelled October 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
Verified - Travelled October 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 tha ...read more

Gareth
Verified - Travelled October 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 vie ...read more

Paige
Verified - Travelled October 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 ...read more

Edyta
Verified - Travelled October 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 unforget ...read more

Catherine
Verified - Travelled September 2019

Unforgettable

Christian
Verified - Travelled September 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 thei ...read more

Fred
Verified - Travelled September 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, ed ...read more

Robert
Verified - Travelled April 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 any ...read more

Ian
Verified - Travelled April 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 ...read more

Eric
Verified - Travelled April 2019

Service and communication!!!

Laura
Verified - Travelled March 2019

just come back from a trek to Everest BaseCamp booked through Skyhook. The whole experience was fantastic. It was my first time doing anything like that but I really felt at ease with everything. The ...read more

Nicolo
Verified - Travelled March 2019

Amazing Trip! Sher Phunu, our main guide, went above and beyond for us, and his connections throughout the region allowed us to meet the Hillarys who happened to be in Nepal at the time, and get us in ...read more

Ivaylo
Verified - Travelled October 2018

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 alon ...read more

Verity
Verified - Travelled October 2018

Awesome team, awesome work, kind, caring, responsible, engaging, interesting and informative. Fantastic.

Kirsten
Verified - Travelled October 2018

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 ...read more

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

Documents

• Passport

• Travel insurance details

• Boarding passes for flights

• 2 passport photos

• Driver’s license (if needed)

• Cash USD

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

Sleeping

• Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)

• Sleeping bag liner (Optional)

Footwear

• Trekking boots: 3 or 4 season lightweight

• City footwear: 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. Nalgene bottles best.

• 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

• MP3/Music and headphones

• Travel wash

• Hand sanitizer, wet wipes

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 to provide one passport photo and the $50 USD fee if staying for less than 30 days.

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

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).

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

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 stay in Hotels in the city of Kathmandu and Tea Houses whilst you are on the trek. The Hotel will be 3 stars. The Hotel is a twin shared room, but you can get your own room for the 3 nights for an additional charge. The hotel has access to showers and intermittent internet.
If you would like to book any additional nights at the hotel, then please contact them directly. 

The teahouses are very basic. Some of them have squat style toilets, whilst others have Western style. Showers do not always offer warm water and most teahouses will charge you for use of a hot shower. 

Meals are available from teahouses, but all food has been carried up there by porters, so the higher up you go, the more expensive it becomes. Some teahouses do have access to the internet but at a cost. 

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

Hotel Holy Himalaya, Bramhakumari Marg, Thamel, Nepal.

The currency used in Nepal is Nepalese Rupees (NPR). You are unable to get NPR outside of Nepal and therefore you will need to exchange money in Kathmandu. The easiest currency to exchange are USD and Euro’s. You can also withdraw NPR from the ATM, but check with your bank about the relevant charges to do this.  

Please Note: If using your card in Nepal, then you will be charged a 4% service charge. Many places outside of Kathmandu and in the mountains will not accept card.   

While the itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation you are likely to feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation whilst on this trek. Please be aware that your guide may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower altitude. 

When you go above altitudes of 2,500m, you need to allow your body time to acclimatise properly. When you are at altitude, you enter a lower oxygen environment. All relevant itineraries are designed to ensure that this process is met.  

So, what does this mean? This may mean that you may need to follow a longer route during the ascent phase to achieve the end goal. In this case, reaching Everest Base Camp. It may also mean that you must rest for a day or so at certain altitudes to ensure that our bodies
acclimatise properly to the change in environment. This will allow you to ascend safely and have a much more enjoyable experience. 

High altitude sickness can happen to anybody – old or young, in a good shape or not. Being in hurry in the mountains of Nepal can be deadly. Your body can adjust to this altitude, but only if given enough time. If you find symptoms of altitude sickness, then you must descend at any cost. The symptoms are totally different from one person to other. Sometimes you might feel headache, you may feel you need to throw up, your fingers may go slightly numb or you may start breathing heavy. If you have these kinds of symptoms you should stop at this height. Drinking lots of water can help you out.  

You are advised to move slowly, don’t rush and ensure you protect yourself from the weather.  

It is customary in Nepal to tip guides and porters. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. You can give any tips to your lead guide at the end of your trip. This will then be shared amongst the whole team. 

For full transparency, the lead guide will distribute the tips to the guides and porters in your presence.  

A good rule of thumb is around $150 as a tip, although the amount you give is entirely your choice.  

The Himalayas 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.
 

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.  

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 live in a haggling society where almost every monetary transaction (outside of hotels and restaurants etc) involves haggling.
 

It is likely that you will see beggars in Kathmandu. This can include children. Please be vigilant with your valuables when in this busy city.   

Flights go from Ramechhap to Lukla. Because of the everchanging 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 be required to pay for
accommodation at the hotel for any additional nights not noted on the itinerary. All local flights (excluding helicopters) are included in the cost of your trek unless otherwise noted. It is important that you provide your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. 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. This 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.  

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. Should a helicopter be needed, it will be at the expense of the travellers. Please seek further advice about this from your insurance provider. 

Hopefully, weather delays will not occur, or if they do it will be for a limited time. Should the delays stretch into days and neither helicopter nor flight are a viable option, a collective decision will be made by the group on how to proceed.   

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

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