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Everest Base Camp Trek

EBC

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  • 19 Days - US$3,999

Trip Introduction

Signature Trip High ResWe invite you to join us for one of our most incredible journeys, and certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, to reach Everest Base Camp. Retrace the footsteps of the world’s greatest mountaineers to the starting point of climbs to the highest peak on Earth. We’ll begin our journey in Kathmandu, Nepal’s bustling and colourful capital city, before taking a short flight to Lukla, high in the Himalayas, the gateway to the Solu Khumbu region and the starting point for our trek to Everest Base Camp.

Needless to say, the scenery is mind blowing – no matter which way you look, you’ll be staring straight at another towering snow-capped peak or jagged ridgeline. On this trip, we’ll hike through deep river gorges and forests, ascend high ridges and wide open valleys and visit remote Buddhist monasteries in the most improbable locations. The rewards of this trek go beyond simply reaching Everest Base Camp or seeing Mt Everest from the summit of Kala Patthar; what makes this trip really special is the sense of achievement you’ll get from trekking to such an incredibly high and remote area and the new perspectives from the people – both locals and other travellers – you’ll meet along the way.

If you'd prefer to trek at lower altitudes and still see Mt Everest, we recommend checking out our ‘Khumbu’ trip. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to chat about the various options.

Highlights

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Explore the colourful and vibrant city of Kathmandu
  • Visit Namche Bazaar Hike through Sherpa villages
  • View Mt Everest from Kala Patthar
  • Visit Swayambhunath “Monkey” Temple
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What's included in our EBC trip?

  • All guiding services
    - Two experienced guides per trip. One of our local Nepalese guides and an experienced Kiwi trip leader, as well as a team of local porters.
  • All accommodations
    - Local tea houses and lodges chosen for their comfort, cleanliness and charm.
  • All meals
    - Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rest assured you'll be well fed and well hydrated.
  • All activities
    - Trekking, trekking permits, Nepalese government royalty fees, temple visits (Tengboche and Swayambhunath), local markets and maybe even cricket with the locals! 
  • All domestic transport
    - Airport transfers.
    - Domestic flights to and from Lukla.
  • Hiking poles, down sleeping bag and puffer jacket
    - To keep you warm on your journey, so you don't have to bring your own
  • Itinerary with 3 acclimatisation days
    - With an easy going pace and 3 days to acclimatise as we hike towards EBC, you'll be set up to succeed! 

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Daily itinerary

Monday — Arrive in Kathmandu

Your trip starts in the lively and bustling city of Kathmandu with an explosion to the senses - take a deep breath! You will be met at Kathmandu Airport by a friendly face from Active Adventures Himalayas, who will accompany you to our hotel. If you arrive early, you can head out to explore the city's labyrinth of back street courtyards, colourful market stalls and ancient temples on your own for your first taste of Nepal's culture and friendly people. This afternoon, your trip leader will meet you at our hotel and run through what to expect from the days ahead. Tonight, your guide will take you for dinner at a local restaurant for your first experience of Nepalese dining - a culinary crossroad between the influences of China, India and Europe which makes for some really interesting flavour combinations.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Dinner)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Tuesday — Visit Swayambhunath Temple

Today we’ll walk a short distance out of town to an ancient stone pilgrim stairway that leads to the Swayambhunath Temple. Keep an eye out for Macaque monkeys as they often join us on the walk up the stairway – they’ve even been known to steal hats on occasion, so stay alert! According to local legend, Swayambhunath (meaning “self-arisen”), was said to have risen up from a lake that once covered the land where Kathmandu now stands. Up on the hilltop temple, the smell of incense and butter lamps will follow you as you gaze out over the sprawling city of Kathmandu below. Local devotees come here daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the centre piece stupa (a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine) and spin the prayer wheels set into its base. Later, we’ll make our way back down into town and make preparations for our journey to Lukla and the Everest region tomorrow.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (All meals)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Wednesday — Journey to Lukla, hike to Phakding

This morning we’ll take a short flight to the mountain settlement of Lukla. This small town high in the Himalayas is the gateway to the Everest region and an important base for mountaineering expeditions. After a last gear check with our guides, we’ll lace up our boots and hit the trail, hiking down into the Phakding village on the banks of the Dudh Kosi River. When we arrive in Phakding, you can relax at your home for the night, a local tea house with great views out to the surrounding mountains and down to the river and the fertile valleys it supports.
Tashy Tagey Lodge, Phakding (All meals)
Hiking distance: 7 kilometres (4.3 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Phakding - 2610 metres (8560 feet)

Thursday — Hike from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

This morning we’ll set off through a narrow valley divided by the Dudh Kosi River, passing terraced crop fields, small villages and ever-present prayer wheels (always pass on the left and spin them clockwise!). As we approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, we’ll be greeted with sensational views of massive snow-capped Himalayan peaks with names you’ll soon become familiar with, such as Thamserku and Kangtega. Sagarmatha National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a wide range of plants and animals. Himalayan tahr (a type of wild goat), musk deer and Himalayan monals (a bird in the pheasant family) are known to frequent this area, so keep your eyes peeled and a telephoto lens handy if you’re a keen photographer. After lunch, we’ll begin our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, home to the world’s highest marketplace and incredible 360° views.
Hotel Namche, Namche Bazaar (All meals)
Hiking distance: 12 kilometres (7.5 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

Friday — Acclimatisation day, Namche Bazaar, hike to view Mt Everest

With its remote alpine setting and outlook across to Kongde Ri at 6187 metres (20,298 feet) and surrounding peaks, Namche Bazaar is one of the most beautiful villages in the Himalayas – a great place for a relaxed, acclimatisation day. Namche Bazaar is a fairly small town, so you can wander its narrow, cobbled streets to explore the monasteries and tea houses without worrying too much about getting lost. The town was historically an important stopping point for trading expeditions across the Nangpa La to Tibet and is still an important supply point for mountaineers and trekkers today, so the local market is definitely worth a look. This afternoon we will hike above Namche Bazaar for a great panorama. It’s a steep trail, but the views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam are mind blowing and make the effort thoroughly worth it! Look out for Himalayan tahr and the Danphe pheasant (Nepal’s national bird).
Hotel Namche, Namche Bazaar (All meals)
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

Saturday — Hike to Deboche and visit a Monastery

This morning, we'll set off early with fantastic views of Everst and head back down to the Dudh Kosi River. We'll stop at a local Sherpa tea house for a lunch, take a few moments to soak in the surroundings and then carry on along up the trail. As we draw closer to Tengboche, we'll be greeted with even closer perspectives of Ama Dablam 6856 metres (22,493 feet) and Nuptse 7861 metres (25,791 feet) until finally, upon our arrival at Tengboche, Mt Everest and Lhotse begin to loom ahead in the distance. Looking south, we'll have a view of numerous other peaks such as Kangtega, Thamserku and the jagged ridgeline of Kongde Ri. We'll then carry on to Deboche and stay at Rivendell Lodge.
Rivendell Lodge, Deboche (All meals)
Hiking distance: 12 kilometres (7.5 miles), 6 hours
Elevation: Deboche - 3681 metres (12,076 feet)

Sunday — Acclimatisation day in Deboche, visit Tengboche Gompa

We'll take today as an acclimatisation day, letting our bodies adjust to the higher elevation. Today is yours to enjoy. We're in Thamserku and Kangtega's shadow with stunning views of where we've come from over the last couple of days. The vistas are extraordinary. If you're up for a game of cricket, we'll find some locals to join in! Your trip leader will point out some great side hikes and photo locations, or for those who are keen, we'll visit the Tengboche Gompa, an important Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region. Here, we'll find a sacred stone with a foot imprint believed to have been left by Lama Sange Dorje as he flew around the Himalayas in the 17th century. If there's time, we'll sit in on a Buddhist puja ceremony as the local monks chant their scriptures. Even if you're not spiritually inclined, it's an amazing experience.
Rivendell Lodge, Deboche (All meals)
Elevation: Deboche - 3681 metres (12,076 feet)

Monday — Hike from Deboche to Dingboche

We'll begin our day's hike by passing through a dense forest of dwarf conifers. Musk deer and monal pheasants are often spotted here, so keep your cameras ready. Our trail then drops steeply through the forest until we cross over the surging waters of the Dudh Kosi River before beginning our ascent to Dingboche. Today, we'll leave the forest for the last time until we return from Everest Base Camp. From here, it's a much more austere landscape of boulders and alpine meadows. The final stretch of the day's trek takes us alongside the fast flowing Imja Khola River, which drains directly from the snows of Lhotse, before we spend the night in Dingboche.
Valley View Guesthouse, Dingboche (All meals)
Hiking distance: 11 kilometres (6.8 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Dingboche - 4303 metres (14,117 feet)

Tuesday — Acclimatisation day in Dingboche, hike to Nangkartshang

The golden rule of acclimatising slowly is 'climb high, sleep low', and that's exactly what we'll be doing today. Just outside Dingboche is a small peak called Nangkartshang. It's a steep climb up the ridge, but we'll be taking it slow and steady. We'll be looking straight at Makalu, Lhotse and Cho Oyo – three of the six highest mountains in the world – it's an incredible vista (and there's more to come over the next few days). It's your holiday and nothing is compulsory, so if you'd prefer not to do this side hike, you can hang out, rest up, read and chat with fellow trekkers in Dingboche instead.
Valley View Guesthouse, Dingboche (All meals)
Elevation: Dingboche - 4303 metres (14,117 feet)

Wednesday — Hike from Dingboche to Lobuche

We'll set off in the morning up the Khumbu valley, passing yak herders' shacks along the way. From here, the views of the twin peaks of Taboche and Cholatse, as they rise steeply above the open alpine valley, are outstanding. Arakam Tse appears steadily closer as we continue ascending to the village of Dughla. We'll take a breather at this little streamside town before the final stretch up over the Thokla Pass to Lobuche, our home for the night and the last stop before our trek to Everest Base Camp tomorrow.
Oxygen Lodge, Lobuche (All meals)
Hiking distance: 7.5 kilometres (4.6 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Lobuche - 4910 metres (16,110 feet)

Thursday — Everest Base Camp

Today is the day! We’ll make our way up the trail in between the Khumbu glacial moraine and the mountain walls. We’ll pass massive boulders before reaching the town of Gorak Shep, where we’ll stop for a well-earned lunch. Recharged, we’ll make our way past the moraine wall of the Khumbu Glacier; slow and steady is the name of the game as we weave our way up the path which leads us to Everest Base Camp at 5364 metres (17,598 feet). Situated at the base of the Khumbu Icefall, the camp is the stuff of legends, having been the launching point for numerous expeditions by the world’s greatest mountaineers for many years. Mountaineers have the best chance of reaching the summit of Mt Everest using what’s known as ‘siege’ techniques, where they’ll spend weeks establishing a series of high camps stocked with food and oxygen cylinders ready for a push to the summit when the conditions are right. During the climbing season, Everest Base Camp becomes a village of brightly coloured tents and there’s an incredible atmosphere in the air. After taking in this awesome experience, we’ll leave Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep for the night. Congratulations!
Yeti Guesthouse, Gorak Shep (All meals)
Hiking distance: 8 kilometres (4.9 miles) to Everest Base Camp, 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) to Gorak Shep, 9 hours
Elevation: Gorak Shep - 5140 metres (16,860 feet)

Friday — Hike to Kala Patthar, descend to Pheriche

We'll don our headlamps and set off before sunrise this morning to the ridgetop of Kala Patthar. At 5550 metres (18,208 feet), this is the highest point we'll reach during the trip and the location of one of the most dramatic views anywhere in the Himalayas – an amazing accomplishment! From the summit of this rocky knoll, you'll have a panoramic view of Mt Everest and the surrounding peaks – the views from this place are simply off the charts! After lunch at Lobuche, we'll descend to Pheriche and spend a comfortable night at the Edelweiss Lodge - hot showers, yak steaks and cold beers await!
Edelweiss Lodge, Pheriche (All meals)
Hiking distance: return hike to Kala Patthar 2.5 hours, 15 kilometres (9.3 miles), 8 hours
Elevation: Pheriche - 4240 metres (13,910 feet)

Saturday — Hike from Pheriche to Deboche

With Mt Everest behind us, and Ama Dablam ahead, we'll descend with the Dudh Kosi. As you descend into more oxygen-rich air today, you'll feel like you could run a marathon (in fact, today's walk is part of the world's highest marathon). With this in mind, we'll be able to make good progress all the way to Deboche, once again getting low enough to see rhododendron and pine forests across the valley.
Rivendell Lodge, Deboche (All meals)
Hiking distance: 12 kilometres (7.4 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Deboche - 3681 metres (12,076 feet)

Sunday — Hike from Deboche to Khumjung

This morning we’ll make our way down through beautiful forest, where we’re sure to hear the now familiar bells of yaks grazing nearby. As we head through the forest keep an eye out for musk deer that are often seen here. As we descend, the air becomes richer, the air temperature warmer and the sounds of raging rivers louder. We’ll stop for tea beside the Dudh Kosi River, before winding our way up towards the picturesque village of Khumjung and past a tree nursery established by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. As proud Kiwis, we’ll be sure to tell you all about Sir Ed! After arriving in Khumjung, we may get the chance to visit a local monastery and then it’s time to rest our legs in a comfortable lodge before enjoying dinner. Khumjung is famous for its potatoes and green roofs. It’s also a bit quieter than Namche Bazaar, and a favourite overnight stop amongst our hikers.
Tea house, Khumjung (All meals)
Hiking distance: 8 kilometres (4.9 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Khumjung - 3780 metres (12,400 feet)

Monday — Hike from Khumjung to Jorsalle

After a leisurely start, we’ll pass the largest school in the area, also established by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1961. After crossing a small hill with great views back to Everest, we’ll pass Syangboche Airport one of the world’s highest, used to fly in supplies and equipment for the expedition climbers tackling the surrounding peaks. We’ll then take on the switch backs that descend down the valley back to the Dudh Kosi River and from here the trail happily flattens out somewhat as it follows the river to Monjo. This attractive village sits near the boundary of the Sagarmatha National Park and is one of the lesser-known stopping points on the trekking trail so we’ll often have this place virtually to ourselves.
Nirvana Lodge, Jorsalle (All meals)
Hiking distance: 5 kilometres (3.1 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Jorsalle- 2750 metres (9022 feet)

Tuesday — Hike from Jorsalle to Lukla

This is our final full day on the mountain trails of the Khumbu region so it's time to put our boots on one last time. We'll stop for tea in Phakding village before making the climb back up to Lukla. We'll share a final meal with our local team of porters and cooks to celebrate our incredible achievements and experiences on the trek, and to thank the team that helped make it all happen.
Everest Eco Lodge, Lukla (All meals)
Hiking distance: 12 kilometres (7.4 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Lukla - 2840 metres (9320 feet)

Wednesday — Return to Kathmandu

This morning we'll take our last look at the Himalayas from Lukla, before the short flight back to Kathmandu. For those who are keen this afternoon, we'll walk to Durbar Square, the place where Nepal's kings were crowned in past times. The square is in the centre of old town Kathmandu, and is the city's greatest example of traditional architecture, so much so that it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Dinner this evening will be yours to explore and experiment at one of the many great restaurants in town.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Lunch)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Thursday — Free day in Kathmandu

Today you're free to explore the winding streets, atmospheric temples and markets of Kathmandu. Every now and then, flights out of Lukla can be delayed due to the weather, so there's a chance we may be flying back into Kathmandu today instead. Either way, you can take the time to soak up the sights and sounds of this energetic, colourful culture. Tonight, we'll meet at a local restaurant for our final dinner together to celebrate our achievements and adventures in the Himalayas.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Dinner)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Friday — Depart Kathmandu

Today is the final day of your Himalayas trekking trip with us amongst the highest mountains in the world. If you have extra time after your trip, we're happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of it. On the other hand, if you're on your way home today, we'll send you back refreshed and invigorated from the great hiking and adventures you've had with us in Nepal!
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Itinerary

Monday — Arrive in Kathmandu

Your trip starts in the lively and bustling city of Kathmandu with an explosion to the senses - take a deep breath! You will be met at Kathmandu Airport by a friendly face from Active Adventures Himalayas, who will accompany you to our hotel. If you arrive early, you can head out to explore the city's labyrinth of back street courtyards, colourful market stalls and ancient temples on your own for your first taste of Nepal's culture and friendly people. This afternoon, your trip leader will meet you at our hotel and run through what to expect from the days ahead. Tonight, your guide will take you for dinner at a local restaurant for your first experience of Nepalese dining - a culinary crossroad between the influences of China, India and Europe which makes for some really interesting flavour combinations.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Dinner)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Tuesday — Visit Swayambhunath Temple

Today we’ll walk a short distance out of town to an ancient stone pilgrim stairway that leads to the Swayambhunath Temple. Keep an eye out for Macaque monkeys as they often join us on the walk up the stairway – they’ve even been known to steal hats on occasion, so stay alert! According to local legend, Swayambhunath (meaning “self-arisen”), was said to have risen up from a lake that once covered the land where Kathmandu now stands. Up on the hilltop temple, the smell of incense and butter lamps will follow you as you gaze out over the sprawling city of Kathmandu below. Local devotees come here daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the centre piece stupa (a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine) and spin the prayer wheels set into its base. Later, we’ll make our way back down into town and make preparations for our journey to Lukla and the Everest region tomorrow.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (All meals)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Wednesday — Journey to Lukla, hike to Phakding

This morning we’ll take a short flight to the mountain settlement of Lukla. This small town high in the Himalayas is the gateway to the Everest region and an important base for mountaineering expeditions. After a last gear check with our guides, we’ll lace up our boots and hit the trail, hiking down into the Phakding village on the banks of the Dudh Kosi River. When we arrive in Phakding, you can relax at your home for the night, a local tea house with great views out to the surrounding mountains and down to the river and the fertile valleys it supports.
Tashy Tagey Lodge, Phakding (All meals)
Hiking distance: 7 kilometres (4.3 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Phakding - 2610 metres (8560 feet)

Thursday — Hike from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

This morning we’ll set off through a narrow valley divided by the Dudh Kosi River, passing terraced crop fields, small villages and ever-present prayer wheels (always pass on the left and spin them clockwise!). As we approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, we’ll be greeted with sensational views of massive snow-capped Himalayan peaks with names you’ll soon become familiar with, such as Thamserku and Kangtega. Sagarmatha National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a wide range of plants and animals. Himalayan tahr (a type of wild goat), musk deer and Himalayan monals (a bird in the pheasant family) are known to frequent this area, so keep your eyes peeled and a telephoto lens handy if you’re a keen photographer. After lunch, we’ll begin our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, home to the world’s highest marketplace and incredible 360° views.
Hotel Namche, Namche Bazaar (All meals)
Hiking distance: 12 kilometres (7.5 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

Friday — Acclimatisation day, Namche Bazaar, hike to view Mt Everest

With its remote alpine setting and outlook across to Kongde Ri at 6187 metres (20,298 feet) and surrounding peaks, Namche Bazaar is one of the most beautiful villages in the Himalayas – a great place for a relaxed, acclimatisation day. Namche Bazaar is a fairly small town, so you can wander its narrow, cobbled streets to explore the monasteries and tea houses without worrying too much about getting lost. The town was historically an important stopping point for trading expeditions across the Nangpa La to Tibet and is still an important supply point for mountaineers and trekkers today, so the local market is definitely worth a look. This afternoon we will hike above Namche Bazaar for a great panorama. It’s a steep trail, but the views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam are mind blowing and make the effort thoroughly worth it! Look out for Himalayan tahr and the Danphe pheasant (Nepal’s national bird).
Hotel Namche, Namche Bazaar (All meals)
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

Saturday — Hike to Deboche and visit a Monastery

This morning, we'll set off early with fantastic views of Everst and head back down to the Dudh Kosi River. We'll stop at a local Sherpa tea house for a lunch, take a few moments to soak in the surroundings and then carry on along up the trail. As we draw closer to Tengboche, we'll be greeted with even closer perspectives of Ama Dablam 6856 metres (22,493 feet) and Nuptse 7861 metres (25,791 feet) until finally, upon our arrival at Tengboche, Mt Everest and Lhotse begin to loom ahead in the distance. Looking south, we'll have a view of numerous other peaks such as Kangtega, Thamserku and the jagged ridgeline of Kongde Ri. We'll then carry on to Deboche and stay at Rivendell Lodge.
Rivendell Lodge, Deboche (All meals)
Hiking distance: 12 kilometres (7.5 miles), 6 hours
Elevation: Deboche - 3681 metres (12,076 feet)

Sunday — Acclimatisation day in Deboche, visit Tengboche Gompa

We'll take today as an acclimatisation day, letting our bodies adjust to the higher elevation. Today is yours to enjoy. We're in Thamserku and Kangtega's shadow with stunning views of where we've come from over the last couple of days. The vistas are extraordinary. If you're up for a game of cricket, we'll find some locals to join in! Your trip leader will point out some great side hikes and photo locations, or for those who are keen, we'll visit the Tengboche Gompa, an important Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region. Here, we'll find a sacred stone with a foot imprint believed to have been left by Lama Sange Dorje as he flew around the Himalayas in the 17th century. If there's time, we'll sit in on a Buddhist puja ceremony as the local monks chant their scriptures. Even if you're not spiritually inclined, it's an amazing experience.
Rivendell Lodge, Deboche (All meals)
Elevation: Deboche - 3681 metres (12,076 feet)

Monday — Hike from Deboche to Dingboche

We'll begin our day's hike by passing through a dense forest of dwarf conifers. Musk deer and monal pheasants are often spotted here, so keep your cameras ready. Our trail then drops steeply through the forest until we cross over the surging waters of the Dudh Kosi River before beginning our ascent to Dingboche. Today, we'll leave the forest for the last time until we return from Everest Base Camp. From here, it's a much more austere landscape of boulders and alpine meadows. The final stretch of the day's trek takes us alongside the fast flowing Imja Khola River, which drains directly from the snows of Lhotse, before we spend the night in Dingboche.
Valley View Guesthouse, Dingboche (All meals)
Hiking distance: 11 kilometres (6.8 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Dingboche - 4303 metres (14,117 feet)

Tuesday — Acclimatisation day in Dingboche, hike to Nangkartshang

The golden rule of acclimatising slowly is 'climb high, sleep low', and that's exactly what we'll be doing today. Just outside Dingboche is a small peak called Nangkartshang. It's a steep climb up the ridge, but we'll be taking it slow and steady. We'll be looking straight at Makalu, Lhotse and Cho Oyo – three of the six highest mountains in the world – it's an incredible vista (and there's more to come over the next few days). It's your holiday and nothing is compulsory, so if you'd prefer not to do this side hike, you can hang out, rest up, read and chat with fellow trekkers in Dingboche instead.
Valley View Guesthouse, Dingboche (All meals)
Elevation: Dingboche - 4303 metres (14,117 feet)

Wednesday — Hike from Dingboche to Lobuche

We'll set off in the morning up the Khumbu valley, passing yak herders' shacks along the way. From here, the views of the twin peaks of Taboche and Cholatse, as they rise steeply above the open alpine valley, are outstanding. Arakam Tse appears steadily closer as we continue ascending to the village of Dughla. We'll take a breather at this little streamside town before the final stretch up over the Thokla Pass to Lobuche, our home for the night and the last stop before our trek to Everest Base Camp tomorrow.
Oxygen Lodge, Lobuche (All meals)
Hiking distance: 7.5 kilometres (4.6 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Lobuche - 4910 metres (16,110 feet)

Thursday — Everest Base Camp

Today is the day! We’ll make our way up the trail in between the Khumbu glacial moraine and the mountain walls. We’ll pass massive boulders before reaching the town of Gorak Shep, where we’ll stop for a well-earned lunch. Recharged, we’ll make our way past the moraine wall of the Khumbu Glacier; slow and steady is the name of the game as we weave our way up the path which leads us to Everest Base Camp at 5364 metres (17,598 feet). Situated at the base of the Khumbu Icefall, the camp is the stuff of legends, having been the launching point for numerous expeditions by the world’s greatest mountaineers for many years. Mountaineers have the best chance of reaching the summit of Mt Everest using what’s known as ‘siege’ techniques, where they’ll spend weeks establishing a series of high camps stocked with food and oxygen cylinders ready for a push to the summit when the conditions are right. During the climbing season, Everest Base Camp becomes a village of brightly coloured tents and there’s an incredible atmosphere in the air. After taking in this awesome experience, we’ll leave Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep for the night. Congratulations!
Yeti Guesthouse, Gorak Shep (All meals)
Hiking distance: 8 kilometres (4.9 miles) to Everest Base Camp, 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) to Gorak Shep, 9 hours
Elevation: Gorak Shep - 5140 metres (16,860 feet)

Friday — Hike to Kala Patthar, descend to Pheriche

We'll don our headlamps and set off before sunrise this morning to the ridgetop of Kala Patthar. At 5550 metres (18,208 feet), this is the highest point we'll reach during the trip and the location of one of the most dramatic views anywhere in the Himalayas – an amazing accomplishment! From the summit of this rocky knoll, you'll have a panoramic view of Mt Everest and the surrounding peaks – the views from this place are simply off the charts! After lunch at Lobuche, we'll descend to Pheriche and spend a comfortable night at the Edelweiss Lodge - hot showers, yak steaks and cold beers await!
Edelweiss Lodge, Pheriche (All meals)
Hiking distance: return hike to Kala Patthar 2.5 hours, 15 kilometres (9.3 miles), 8 hours
Elevation: Pheriche - 4240 metres (13,910 feet)

Saturday — Hike from Pheriche to Deboche

With Mt Everest behind us, and Ama Dablam ahead, we'll descend with the Dudh Kosi. As you descend into more oxygen-rich air today, you'll feel like you could run a marathon (in fact, today's walk is part of the world's highest marathon). With this in mind, we'll be able to make good progress all the way to Deboche, once again getting low enough to see rhododendron and pine forests across the valley.
Rivendell Lodge, Deboche (All meals)
Hiking distance: 12 kilometres (7.4 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Deboche - 3681 metres (12,076 feet)

Sunday — Hike from Deboche to Khumjung

This morning we’ll make our way down through beautiful forest, where we’re sure to hear the now familiar bells of yaks grazing nearby. As we head through the forest keep an eye out for musk deer that are often seen here. As we descend, the air becomes richer, the air temperature warmer and the sounds of raging rivers louder. We’ll stop for tea beside the Dudh Kosi River, before winding our way up towards the picturesque village of Khumjung and past a tree nursery established by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. As proud Kiwis, we’ll be sure to tell you all about Sir Ed! After arriving in Khumjung, we may get the chance to visit a local monastery and then it’s time to rest our legs in a comfortable lodge before enjoying dinner. Khumjung is famous for its potatoes and green roofs. It’s also a bit quieter than Namche Bazaar, and a favourite overnight stop amongst our hikers.
Tea house, Khumjung (All meals)
Hiking distance: 8 kilometres (4.9 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Khumjung - 3780 metres (12,400 feet)

Monday — Hike from Khumjung to Jorsalle

After a leisurely start, we’ll pass the largest school in the area, also established by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1961. After crossing a small hill with great views back to Everest, we’ll pass Syangboche Airport one of the world’s highest, used to fly in supplies and equipment for the expedition climbers tackling the surrounding peaks. We’ll then take on the switch backs that descend down the valley back to the Dudh Kosi River and from here the trail happily flattens out somewhat as it follows the river to Monjo. This attractive village sits near the boundary of the Sagarmatha National Park and is one of the lesser-known stopping points on the trekking trail so we’ll often have this place virtually to ourselves.
Nirvana Lodge, Jorsalle (All meals)
Hiking distance: 5 kilometres (3.1 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Jorsalle- 2750 metres (9022 feet)

Tuesday — Hike from Jorsalle to Lukla

This is our final full day on the mountain trails of the Khumbu region so it's time to put our boots on one last time. We'll stop for tea in Phakding village before making the climb back up to Lukla. We'll share a final meal with our local team of porters and cooks to celebrate our incredible achievements and experiences on the trek, and to thank the team that helped make it all happen.
Everest Eco Lodge, Lukla (All meals)
Hiking distance: 12 kilometres (7.4 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Lukla - 2840 metres (9320 feet)

Wednesday — Return to Kathmandu

This morning we'll take our last look at the Himalayas from Lukla, before the short flight back to Kathmandu. For those who are keen this afternoon, we'll walk to Durbar Square, the place where Nepal's kings were crowned in past times. The square is in the centre of old town Kathmandu, and is the city's greatest example of traditional architecture, so much so that it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Dinner this evening will be yours to explore and experiment at one of the many great restaurants in town.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Lunch)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Thursday — Free day in Kathmandu

Today you're free to explore the winding streets, atmospheric temples and markets of Kathmandu. Every now and then, flights out of Lukla can be delayed due to the weather, so there's a chance we may be flying back into Kathmandu today instead. Either way, you can take the time to soak up the sights and sounds of this energetic, colourful culture. Tonight, we'll meet at a local restaurant for our final dinner together to celebrate our achievements and adventures in the Himalayas.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Dinner)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Friday — Depart Kathmandu

Today is the final day of your Himalayas trekking trip with us amongst the highest mountains in the world. If you have extra time after your trip, we're happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of it. On the other hand, if you're on your way home today, we'll send you back refreshed and invigorated from the great hiking and adventures you've had with us in Nepal!
(Breakfast)

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Dates

Trip Date Price Status  
Sep 25 ’17 – Oct 13 ’17 US$3999 Full
Oct 2 ’17 – Oct 20 ’17 US$3999 Full
Oct 9 ’17 – Oct 27 ’17 US$3999 Almost full Check Availability
Oct 16 ’17 – Nov 3 ’17 US$3999 Full
Oct 30 ’17 – Nov 17 ’17 US$3999 Almost full Check Availability
Nov 6 ’17 – Nov 24 ’17 US$3999 Almost full Check Availability
2018
Mar 5 ’18 – Mar 23 ’18 US$3999 Filling up Check Availability
Mar 9 ’18 – Mar 27 ’18 US$3999 Full
Mar 12 ’18 – Mar 30 ’18 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Mar 19 ’18 – Apr 6 ’18 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Mar 26 ’18 – Apr 13 ’18 US$3999 Almost full Check Availability
Apr 2 ’18 – Apr 20 ’18 US$3999 Filling up Check Availability
Apr 16 ’18 – May 4 ’18 US$3999 Filling up Check Availability
Apr 23 ’18 – May 11 ’18 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Apr 30 ’18 – May 18 ’18 US$3999 Filling up Check Availability
May 7 ’18 – May 25 ’18 US$3999 Filling up Check Availability
Sep 24 ’18 – Oct 12 ’18 US$3999 Filling up Check Availability
Oct 1 ’18 – Oct 19 ’18 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Oct 8 ’18 – Oct 26 ’18 US$3999 Filling up Check Availability
Oct 15 ’18 – Nov 2 ’18 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Oct 22 ’18 – Nov 9 ’18 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Oct 25 ’18 – Nov 12 ’18 US$3999 Full
Oct 29 ’18 – Nov 16 ’18 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Nov 5 ’18 – Nov 23 ’18 US$3999 Filling up Check Availability
2019
Mar 4 ’19 – Mar 22 ’19 US$3999 Filling up Check Availability
Mar 11 ’19 – Mar 29 ’19 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Mar 18 ’19 – Apr 5 ’19 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Mar 25 ’19 – Apr 12 ’19 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Apr 1 ’19 – Apr 19 ’19 US$3999 Filling up Check Availability
Apr 15 ’19 – May 3 ’19 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Apr 22 ’19 – May 10 ’19 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Apr 29 ’19 – May 17 ’19 US$3999 Great Check Availability
May 6 ’19 – May 24 ’19 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Oct 7 ’19 – Oct 25 ’19 US$3999 Great Check Availability

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Useful Info

No Forced Single Supplement

Most other travel companies charge all solo travellers a single supplement fee. We don't! When it comes to accommodation, our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate, which means we'll match you up with another person of the same gender to share a room with. If there's no one suitable to share with, there's no forced single supplement! Having said that, if you specifically request your own room, you can opt to pay the additional single supplement fee for the hotel nights in Kathmandu.

Trip start

If you arrive on the first day of the trip, a friendly face from Active will meet you at the Kathmandu airport (KTM), whenever you fly in, and take you to our hotel. If you’re already in Kathmandu, you’ll meet your trip leader and your group in the lobby of Hotel Thamel Eco Resort at 5pm.

Trip end

You’ll be in Kathmandu in time for flights departing at any time on Friday, the last day of your trip.

Recommended flights

You can fly into Kathmandu at any time on the first day of the trip. On the last day of the trip, you can fly out at any time too. Keep in mind though that flights to and from Lukla airport are weather dependent and can sometimes be delayed. Therefore you might want to book changeable flights, just in case we’re in Lukla for a bit longer than expected. If you want to arrive earlier or leave later, we’re happy to help out booking extra hotel accommodation.

Accommodation

The Everest Base Camp trek is an active, high-altitude trekking trip that follows the famous Everest Base Camp route in the remote Nepal Himalayas. We’ve chosen local tea houses (small guest houses) and lodges to stay in based on their comfort, cleanliness and charm. All the tea houses and lodges are located in spectacular surroundings with stunning views.

Flexibility at altitude

Just like the mountaineers who are climbing in this region, safety is always the number one priority, so during the highest part of our trek, we may need to be flexible with the order of our itinerary to accommodate local weather conditions and individual fitness levels. Your guide will let you know if the itinerary for the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar days needs to be adjusted for any reason.

Fitness

If you like hiking, are in good shape and you're keen to push yourself to get to one of the most iconic locations, then you’ll enjoy our Everest Base Camp hike. We recommend some regular training for the EBC trip – a few hikes with an incline before you leave home will help to get you in shape! Our experienced Active Adventures team can recommend training and preparation tips for you when you book. If you'd prefer to trek at lower altitudes and still see Mt Everest, we recommend checking out our ‘Khumbu’ trip. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to chat about the various options.

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Reviews

  • EBC with Dan K

    “I had a great time with wonderful team members, guides and porters. I will remember this trip as one of the best and treasure the memories for long, long time.”
    Fusa Iwamoto – Massachusetts, United StatesJune 2017
  • The EBC Trip Exceed Expectations

    “This trip exceeded my expectations, almost solely due to DK, Sheree, Bibek and the porter crew. The guys work hard, have a good sense of humor and go out of their way to answer any and all questions.
    The culture of Nepal and the trekking region was an eye opener and something we should all experience.
    A must do trek for any world adventurer!”
    Roland Robinson – Alberta, CanadaJune 2017
  • Worth Every Penny!

    “I had the pleasure of trekking EBC this May and man, I'm struggling to find words to sum up what I believe to have been a once in a life time experience. DK is a wonderful, knowledgeable, and well respected guide all throughout the Himalayas and all over Nepal. He made the experience what it was for me. His love and passion for the Nepali people always made for a warm welcome and a sense of feeling like family in each tea house along the way. This was hands down the highlight for me and what ultimately made me extend my travels in a place that feels like home.

    It was important to me that the porters were well looked after and not being taken advantage of, and this company promotes that! The boys (porters), were so friendly it was incredible that these guys carry the weight of others and constantly have a smile on their face - it's inspiring to see and something I learnt from. Thanks Active for choosing such a great group of hardworking individuals and having their best interests at heart.

    Being 23 I know I still have ages of experiences to come my way, but I can confidently say that there won't ever be one quite like it. Active is a great company to book your adventures with - they're well organized, experienced and all around good-hearted people. Next year I hope to find myself in South America and I'll definitely be booking my trekking through Active!

    Thanks again to everyone who made this an epic experience!”
    Ashley Hebner – Alberta, CanadaJune 2017
  • Everest Base Camp Trek!

    “I feel blessed to have gone on the EBC trek. It was more than just waking up early and putting one foot in front of the other to get to the next destination. It was a personal journey, where we all had a chance to interact with the Nepali people, and experience life the way they do. My advice to anyone wanting to do this trek is to laugh and smile on the difficult days, be generous to the ones guiding and helping you, and do as the Nepalese do. Eat dal bhat with your hands, drink up a lot of great tea, and let your guard down on the dance floor (when the opportunity arises)! The trail isn’t easy, but I guarantee as soon as you reach EBC you will feel like a new person! Thank you DK for your thoughtfulness and knowledge of Nepali culture. Thank you Kim for your encouragement and smile on the tough days. Thank you to Suri, our assistant Nepali guide, and the porter men (who are the most humble and strongest people I have ever met). This is much more than a trek, it’s an experience!

    -John Doiron
    Durham, NH - USA”
    John Doiron – New Hampshire, United StatesJune 2017
  • EBC Trip May 2017

    “First of all, Nepal is amazing! From the people and the culture to the scenery and history, Nepal was fascinating! I grew up in a small town and read about Mt. Everest, but I never thought I'd ever make it to see it for myself. So surreal! As for the trip itself, the accommodations were about what I expected, in some cases even better then expected, and the guides were superb. DK is awesome, not just for knowledge of Nepal, but his interaction with locals and his explanations for local customs and traditions makes the trip that much more impressionable. You can tell he has made many friends in the area through working for Active and through his charity, as there's so many people we met along the way that love DK. Really awesome guide for these trips, can't say it enough. Our other guide, Kim, was coming into her own, and I feel will do really well as a guide in the future as well. I'd like to give the porters a shout out as well, they were the real muscle behind our trip and they do their jobs kidding and playing with us along the way. Biebek for president! I'll keep this review short and sweet, once in a lifetime experience, wish I could relive it over again...Thanks”
    Tyler Friesen – Alberta, CanadaJune 2017
  • EBC trek 3/27-4/14, 2017

    “To behold many of the highest mountains in the world on the trek, the one word that kept popping up in my head was GLORIOUS! Yes the trek was demanding in many ways; very dusty, sometimes seemingly endless steps or loose irregular rocks that go up and down even when traversing to a destination with the same altitude as the departure point, very basic bathroom facilities, sharing crowded trails with other trekkers and yak caravans.
    The trek was long and tiring and when it was done, I needed a few weeks to recover. But now after being home awhile, I look at my pictures of the trip and think what a great time I had and want to go back!”
    Randy Yee – Hawaii, United StatesMay 2017
  • EBC 2017 Trip

    “What an amazing experience! There was so much more to the trek than was advertised. The immersion into the Nepali culture was unexpected and a delight. DK and his crew are professionals! They kept us safe and got us across across the finish line. We had a blast while we were doing it. I can not say enough about our porter team too! What a terrific group of men. Whom ever does your hiring should get a raise. Keep up the awesome adventures.”
    Jim Lauer – Ohio, United StatesMay 2017
  • Amazing adventure

    “Can't say enough about how great our guides were and how amazing our trip to Basecamp was! A defining moment in our lives for sure! Thank you for the most awesome adventure in our lives!”
    Beth Dunphy – Nova Scotia, CanadaApril 2017
  • Endurance and Joy

    “My trek to EBC was probably the most difficult single thing I have ever attempted and succeeded at. The first couple of days on the trail I just wanted to turn around and go back, but both DK and Gokul were there cheering me on like they were my biggest fans. That alone gave me the right mental attitude to charge ahead. My fellow trekkers were awesome giving me plenty of encouragement.I live in a beautiful place but the Himalayas are in a class all their own. When I reached EBC I was utterly exhausted but overwhelmed with incredible joy. I learned a few things about myself and and know that I can succeed at what I put my mind to. When I am ready for another trek Active Adventures will be my guide.”
    Wade Balmer – Washington, United StatesFebruary 2017
  • EBC Nov 2016

    “Quit my job, booked my flights and off I went. I had no expectations as I did not have much time to prepare and plan. Perhaps that's what made it an even better adventure. You will be challenged. You will need to dig deep. When things get tough at the higher altitudes, just put one foot in front of another and stay positive!”
    Megan Rath – Pennsylvania, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Incredible experience from start to finish

    “This was my third trek with Active and like every trip I've been on with them, they exceeded all expectations by miles. The entire EBC Trek is unbelievable and breathtaking from start to finish. Our guides, Brad and Arjun, did a fantastic job in all aspects. Their knowledge and expertise helped lead our group of 6 trekkers through the trails and into the most beautiful sights Nepal has to offer. Their warm personalities, extensive knowledge of the region, and their ever-present good spirits and optimism led our group of 6 through the streets of Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp. The carefully planned itinerary of the trek proved to be the perfect formula for tackling a difficult region at a pace that allowed our group to take in the incredible surroundings without ever feeling rushed or fatigued. Even on the hardest of days, Brad, Arjun, and our friendly team of sherpas provided us with reassurance and instilled us with the confidence that helped us tackle the many lengthy (sometimes seemingly impossible) treks up daunting steep trails and into the heart of the Himalayas. All of the logistics behind the long trek were handled perfectly - there was never any doubt that at the end of a long day of hiking we would be staying in the best accommodations available and served the best food the region had to offer. From start to finish, we were treated to incredible views and wonderful companionship that made the entire experience a treat that exceeded all expectations. It was the trip of a lifetime and one I will never forget. I would absolutely recommend booking with Active Adventures to anyone who wants to trek one of the most gorgeous regions the world has to offer with the best guides and companions you could ask for. Thanks for the amazing trip and I look forward to my next adventure with your company :)”
    Evan Anderson – Colorado, United StatesDecember 2016
  • Amazing Experience!

    “The EBC trek was fantastic, I found it challenging in parts but fantastic none the less. The active team were great! I genuinely could not have asked for better guides and local sherpas. Would recommend this trip without a doubt!”
    Hannah Snart – Lincolnshire, United KingdomDecember 2016
  • The best thing I have Ever done

    “Great Trip...Great People...EPIC”
    Louise Navarro – BOI, New ZealandDecember 2016
  • Can't believe I did it

    “Right when we touched down at Lukla airport, I began to get sick. I didn't think there would be any way that I could continue, but my guides were well-prepared with medicine and advice to help get me back on track, and they let me walk at my own pace. Mercifully, I rebounded and made it through some of the most stunning hiking that you can do anywhere on earth. Everyone in my group was positive and a joy to be around.”
    Ehren Meditz – Georgia, United StatesDecember 2016
  • Just go, you won't regret it!

    “If Everest Base Camp has ever been on your bucket list or even if it has just recently caught your attention, don't hesitate, just GO! You are in the most capable hands with Active Adventures! First off DK... I really truly can't say enough about his guy! He is genuinely interested in every traveler. If you need encouragement he is right there cheering you on rewarding you with a big hug at the end! He will remind you frequently to drink your water and you'll do it to keep him happy! He knows the people, culture, geography and language and shares it readily with the group. Gokul our second guide is the vision of patience and compassion and the most ridiculously hilarious Spoons player on the planet hands down! Then there are the porters... just, wow! The hardest working guys I've ever met. I respect these guys immensely and they can all sing and dance the evening away even after lugging our crap around the entire day. I think it took me about an hour to miss the experience that is Nepal and I hadn't even boarded the plane yet! This trip isn't for the faint of heart, it gets cold like really cold, you are not a 4 star hotel so expect simplicity, and yes, you walk every single day so it requires physical training but every minute you spend training with be rewarded in spades on the trail. There really isn't any place on the planet that will humble, awe and inspire you like Nepal does. Namaste!”
    Jamie Sulea – British Columbia, CanadaDecember 2016
  • 10 years to Everest.

    “Since the age of 13 I have had a love of the mountains. On the 6/11/06 I took my last alcoholic drink, and to celebrate, I booked the EBC trek.
    I've. Been dreaming of going to see Everest most of my life and now I've bone it.
    Thanks to DK Gokul, Bibek and the rest of the boys I struggle to think how this trip could have been better. Absolutely superb on every level. From accommodation to food to local knowledge from the guides, scenery, atmosphere speed of trekking, relaxed and professional. It really was the dream trip of my lifetime.
    The all inclusive package worked brilliantly for me, we had the best accommodation avaliable on. Route and I'm sure I ended up spending less overall.
    Can't recommend active adventures highly enough.
    I won't be looking at any other trekking companies next time I go to the hills.
    Superb brilliant magical spiritual journey.
    DK Gokul Bibek and the boys, you are legends thank you from the bottom of my heart. X”
    Nigel Stafford-Haworth – Lancashire, United KingdomDecember 2016
  • EBC October 2016

    “The whole trek from start to finish was an incredible adventure. It was far tougher and more challenging than we thought but that only added to the achievement. The people were great, our guides were outstanding, the mountains were stunning and even the stars in the night sky were amazing.”
    Terry Snart – Lincolnshire, United KingdomNovember 2016
  • “A lot tougher than I expected, we all agreed on that. It wasn't always enjoyable but that is part of the challenge.....I think!!!”
    Russell Turner – Cornwall, United KingdomNovember 2016
  • “The ebc adventure was fabulous. Dan and gokul could not have been better leaders. And the group of travelers was uplifting.
    This was, truly, the trip of a lifetime. Thank you active adventures. You guys saved my life with the down jacket and sleeping bag. And it was so much fun to get the active adventure buff and cap.
    I have passed my excitement on to several friends - we will be back with you in the near future.

    Thanks again.”
    Rob Scott – Arizona, United StatesNovember 2016
  • “An incredible journey through a truly mystical land.”
    Ramona Bosnyak – Alberta, CanadaNovember 2016
  • EBC Oct 2016

    “I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to everest base camp. It was challenging but ultimately very rewarding. The whole crew from active adventures were absolutely brilliant.”
    Ian Ruddell – Northland, New ZealandOctober 2016
  • Best trip yet!!

    “A great trip of a life time!! Beautiful sceanry and awesome experience.”
    Jose Piedra – California, United StatesAugust 2016
  • EBC April 2016

    “Our guides DK and Gokul made this trip full of great experiences and memories. They had a great sense of humor and playing cards at the tea houses and DK's singing and playing the guitar or ukulele made time go fast. The weather was fantastic and the sights majestic. This was an epic trip and I hope to make another trip with this duo in the future.”
    Dennis Wilson – Wisconsin, United StatesJune 2016
  • Truly the trip of a lifetime

    “EBC had been #1 on my bucket list for years & it did not disappoint. It was challenging and it was beautiful. This was my 5th trip with Active and again they did not disappoint. I believe it was thanks to our knowledgable guides that the majority of the group (of 11) made it successfully to Base Camp in good health & in good spirits.”
    Kristy Woodward – California, United StatesJune 2016
  • Amazing!

    “Best trip ever. The guides were super knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. I couldn't have asked for a better company or group to go with! Love AA. Kate, Gokhal and Bishal were excellent!!”
    Laurie Kyser – California, United StatesJune 2016
  • EBC May 9, 2016

    “DK was so professional and caring. I had some health issues on the trip and he was most attentive. He, Mel, and Gokul were so competent. It was incredible.”
    Elaine Robak – California, United StatesJune 2016
  • Great employees

    “We had many trekking companies to choose from for our first Nepal trip, so it was a happy serendipitous chance finding yours. Any company can impress when business goes as planned, but the true quality of an organization reveals itself when things go awry. Active Adventures was superior in taking care of us when my wife became ill and had to descend prematurely. Mel was encouraging on the trail, Dan looked in on us all night long my wife was sick, and Gokul was exemplary while accompanying us to a clinic. As long as Active Adventures retains employees like these, its success in this highly competitive field will be assured. Feel free to use us as a reference for prospective clients.”
    Robert Robak – California, United StatesJune 2016
  • Alan Roth - Amazing Journey

    “Honestly, it was even more than I expected. You are lucky to have DK as the man on the floor. He is honest, inspiring and loves his job. Mel was also fantastic but DK is a blessed dude.”
    Alan Roth – Florida, United StatesJune 2016
  • EBC

    “Nepal was great. Kate is obviously very passionate about Nepal. The local guides were great as well. Shame it snowed and we didn't see all the views but I was the only one outside at Lobuche taking photos of the snow. Never see a lot of snow at home so it was all good.”
    Wayne Reilly – Bay of Plenty, New ZealandJanuary 2016
  • “I had originally booked my trip for May and of course due to the earthquake it had to be cancelled. I will start here because the way it was handled was exceptional. I was convinced to rebook for oct and I feel quite lucky I did. Active did a most exceptional job w all their team down to every detail and the fact that Nepal was less crowded made for a good trip. By the Nepalese were so grateful we were there and I was glad active convinced me to go. I would not have liked the trip had the trails been more crowded. So for me it was perfect timing. My only comment would be that the 2 days at end of the trip in Kathmandu were too much. Wld of rather had the last inn on trail as the extra day. Thank u active team for a wonderful and lifetime journey.”
    Penny Fink – California, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Everest Base Camp, Oct 2015

    “Scenery was beautiful, trail conditions great, weather great in early October. The tea houses were an indoor camping experience with no heat or plugs in the rooms but beds were comfortable and food was excellent. Dingboche was my favorite town for sure. Monks playing volleyball in their long red robes was unreal.”
    Peggy MacKellar – New York, United StatesDecember 2015
  • The Gents, that took us made the trip

    “Thank you heaps”
    Nick Pike – New South Wales, AustraliaNovember 2015
  • Everest Base Camp Oct 19, 2015

    “This trip met all of my objectives and more. Completed trek to base camp, awesome scenery along the entire trip up and back. Was exposed to and interactive with Nepali citizens in villages along the way and the big city of Kathmandu. Enjoyed the company and expertise of clients, guides and porters during the entire trip. Food and accommodations were beyond expectation though it got a wee bit cold from time to time at night and in the mornings at higher elevations. Was able to purchase gifts at great prices along the way and in Kathmandu. Side trips in Kathmandu were exciting and very educational. Our base hotel in Kathmandu was clean, comfortable, and convenient.”
    Don McLaughlin – Iowa, United StatesNovember 2015
  • Trip objective was achieved, but I was not really the customer!

    “Purpose of this trek was to hike to EBC and to climb Kala Pattar and these objectives were achieved, bravo to Dan Keys for that! An unfortunate in-your-face downside was that DK was impressively condescending to me on almost a daily basis. It became painfully clear that DK's preferred customer was really the Nepalese people and that I was essentially there to transfer my money into their income. DK would do far better with a crash course in customer service - as the payer of $3995 - I am the customer!!”
    Chris Sedlack – New York, United StatesNovember 2015
  • Nancy Werner

    “Everything was well done. DK and Arjun were excellent guides. It was great fun to see Arjun again after Annapurna. He and DK make an excellent team. Bebek was an excellent assistant guide. Everyone was very respectful to the guests, guides and porters. Accommodations were very good and the food, excellent. Scenery was the best ever!”
    Nancy Werner – Arizona, United StatesOctober 2015
  • “Absolutely amazing part of the world. If you like trekking this trip is for you. Easy enough but yet challenging too. Safe, experienced guides and excellent food!”
    Beth Hesseltine – New York, United StatesOctober 2015
  • Review of trip of a life time (EBC)

    “Having never trekked at a height before it was with anticipation that we met with other members of our team in Kathmandu. Seven in all were to attempt the trek (five would succeed). Nick and I had trained but not at heights. The reassuring aspect of the trek was that the Leader, DK was informative and considered everyone's needs. The trip was largely successful due to the planning and understanding of DK. The plan was to reach Everest Base Camp, not to see who could get there first! I cannot thank DK and 'the boys' enough for the effort they put in to ensure we made it. Trip of a lifetime.”
    Dave Owens – New South Wales, AustraliaOctober 2015
  • Above and Beyond...

    “I love to travel, and I've done a lot of it. This trip was a little out of the norm for me, since I chose to go with an adventure company rather than organize everything on my own. But I couldn't have been happier with the results! Active puts together a GREAT trip, and it was wonderful to just be able to get up and enjoy myself every day and not worry about any of the details. I really and truly enjoyed myself!! The hiking, the food, the people, the scenery...words (and even my pictures) can't possibly do it justice. You're just going to have to come out and experience this for yourself! Thank you, Active, for helping me check this trip off my bucket list...you can rest assured that I will be back to take another trip with you guys!”
    Naomi Ballard – Idaho, United StatesMay 2015
  • A trip to remember

    “It is hard to describe the beauty that surrounds you the entire trek. The scenery is constantly changing from the green of the lower mountain to the rugged views of the the upper mountain. All of this while surrounded by the snow covered mountains. This is an experience I will always remember as one of the best times of my life.”
    Bob Kelly – Texas, United StatesMay 2015
  • Best Guide Ever

    “It was an amazing trip and Mel went beyond what she had to do from tucking me into bed at night to taking my bday suit photo for me :) and she got me a birthday cake with balloons!!!!!”
    Vanessa Bournazel – British Columbia, CanadaApril 2015
  • Revisiting and retracing my step to Nepal & Everest Region

    “By now, I trust you folks know I had an excellent trip with great experiences, accomplishments and memories. Trip of a life time, well I think any long term trip to Nepal is a trip of a life time. I have now been fortunate enough to experience three of them. As I mentioned to the Team at our farewell dinner, I have been fortunate to been to the Everest region on three occasions, and to now revisit and retrace all of my original steps after over 20 years. With that, I offered to my Team that sharing this trip with them made it the best of the three. I continue to standby that assessment. Thanks guys!!”
    Tom Grimm – New Jersey, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • “Amazing part of the world that can't be appreciated until you actually experience it. There aren't enough words to describe the beauty of the Himalayas and the people that live in Nepal. Fantastic trip!”
    Carol Meyer – Alaska, United StatesDecember 2014
  • EBC Nov 2014

    “Trekking in the Himalaya was a life list dream come true!! Breathtaking mountain views around every bend in the trail and to be able to experience the culture of the Nepali people was what made this trip extra special. This trip was a blend of adventure and culture that has changed me forever.”
    Chet Yacek – Massachusetts, United StatesDecember 2014
  • Incredible Trip

    “I join all the other reviews in saying this was a trip of a lifetime. The trip was well-organized, the guides were awesome and the people of Nepal were so kind, helpful, inviting and warm. And of course the scenery was breathtaking all the way up to Base Camp/Kala Patthar and back. Lucked out by joining up with a fun group of travelers who love to laugh despite the thin air.”
    Annette Meredith – Colorado, United StatesDecember 2014
  • Everest Base Camp

    “This was an amazing trip. Much tougher than the previous Active trips we have done and with so many more risks. On the mountain it seems everything can be against you-altitude, cold, dust,risk of sickness,etc but we felt very confident with our team of guides and porters. Duck was a thorough and extremely competent guide and "Daddy" and cared for us all as individuals and as a group in general.”
    Susan Walsh – Prince Edward Island, CanadaDecember 2014
  • Everest Base Camp

    “This was an amazing trip. Much tougher than the previous Active trips we have done and with so many more risks. On the mountain it seems everything can be against you-altitude, cold, dust,risk of sickness,etc but we felt very confident with our team of guides and porters. Duck was a thorough and extremely competent guide and "Daddy" and cared for us all as individuals and as a group in general.”
    John Walsh – Prince Edward Island, CanadaDecember 2014
  • Shorten Your Bucket List!!!

    “A superb once in a lifetime trip, with great people and extremely well organised by Active Adventures..... Make no mistake, this is not an easy trek, mainly due to its shear length, daily changes in temperature, altitude and (dare I mention it) sanitation! That said, I'm so glad that I went with Active Adventures and Dan T whose professionalism and attention to detail got our whole group to EBC and back in one piece, allowing for a lot of laughs along the way.”
    James Hooper – London, United KingdomDecember 2014
  • Trekking among the world's biggest mountains!

    “I live in the mountains of Colorado. I have always wanted to do a trek among the world's largest mountains. The trek with Active Himalayas made this dream come true for me. Every morning of our trip I awoke with excitement on what I might see that day. I was never disappointed. The views, the people, our guides made everyday of this trip a memorable one for sure.”
    Joe Heidt – Colorado, United StatesDecember 2014
  • EBC October 2014

    “This trip was amazing. Although the destination (EBC) was the reason we signed up, it was the journey that made it such an epic experience! The scenery as we trekked in the Himalayas was spectacular and the small villages along the way gave us a unique way of connecting with the wonderful Nepalese people. Our tour guides were awesome and our fellow traveling companions were so much fun combining to truly make this a trip of a lifetime.”
    Judy Labelle – British Columbia, CanadaNovember 2014
  • A Trip Beyond Words!

    “My Everest Base Camp Trek with Active Adventures went way beyond what I expected, it was life-changing. Not only is Nepal a magical place, the scenery indescribable, and its culture one to fall in love with, but our guide, DK, was knowledgeable and well-connected to the Nepali people and the customs and traditions of this vibrant country; we, as trekkers, were treated with the utmost care and kindness. We learned some of the Nepali language, ate incredible foods, sipped on yak butter tea and other fine teas, and endured some of the most giving AND unforgiving landscapes in the world. In addition, we enjoyed native music and dance, toured Monasteries and experienced a Puja ceremony, and observed firsthand, the everyday life, crafts, and skills of these peaceful people. We recognized immediately, the value in traveling this country with an experienced guide/outfitter for many reasons, partly feeling as if we had VIP treatment. We would definitely travel with Active Adventures again. And though it was heartbreaking to leave Nepal; I hope to make my way back again some day.”
    Risa Heidt – Colorado, United StatesNovember 2014
  • Nepal EBC trek

    “Great trip! DK & the guys are the best. The scenery is remarkable. The pace was easy & allowed everyone to acclimate. Everything was well planned. I'm only bummed out we missed out on fresh Yak steaks. Ha!”
    Allan Goffe – Oregon, United StatesNovember 2014
  • EBC hike in May 2014

    “We really enjoyed the EBC hike. Guides were the best, scenery was awesome and the people we hiked with were a fantastic bunch. Would recommend this hike to anyone!”
    Rita Clark – Alberta, CanadaJuly 2014
  • Unique challenge

    “What an adventure, hard to put in words the breathtaking views everyday, the physical challenge of hiking so long and at such altitude, the exhilaration at accomplishing the challenge. And now I want to do the Annapurna hike. Kate was a level headed quietly encouraging guide. I would love to do another trek with her.”
    Annie Allen – California, United StatesJune 2014
  • Challenging, but well worth it!

    “This was NOT a relaxing vacation in a luxury resort. It was mentally and physically challenging, and I enjoyed every minute of it (almost). The Himalayas are breathtaking and the Nepali people warm and friendly. Active took great care to keep us safe and as comfortable as possible. I can't wait to go back and trek Annapurna region. Nepal is truly Never Ending Peace And Love.”
    Brenda Klaunberg – Maryland, United StatesJanuary 2014
  • Great walk

    “This was a great and challenging trek. Great guides, all around good time.”
    Rob Yonaitis – New Hampshire, United StatesJanuary 2014
  • A great trip to a place of astounding beauty.

    “Your EBC trip is a phenomenal outdoor adventure. Many compliments to the folks who devise the trips plan. Our guides, Kate and Gokul, we're fantastic. They and our porters were always very helpful and fun.”
    Jim Shackleton – Washington, United StatesDecember 2013
  • Awesome Trip

    “Our leader, Huw, could't have been better. Not only did he doctor me from an injury on a trip prior to my Nepal trek, he also doctored me back up when I wasn't feeling so hot from the altitude. And Sudip, our local guide was just as fantastic. The trip as a whole was SO wonderful and fun!! The group even pulled out all the stops and surprised me with thoughtful balloons and a birthday cake all the way in the Himalayas for my birthday. I felt like I was with family that I had known forever. I couldn't possibly think of a thing that could have made it better than it was. THANK YOU ACTIVE!!”
    Tiffany O'Brien – New York, United StatesDecember 2013
  • EBC Trek, November 18 2013

    “What an unbelievable adventure! The country, culture and scenery were beyond all of my expectations. The Active Adventures guides were top notch. They took care of everything so we could enjoy the trip. This trek is certainly arduous, but well worth the effort. Thanks so much, Active Adventures!”
    Mick Owens – Florida, United StatesDecember 2013
  • “Hey guys I would be more than happy to share my thoughts on the trip....it was fantastic - so good it is hard to explain to friends. Our guide Huw was excellent and made for this job. Huw is such a great people person and looked out for us all of the time. If I could hire Huw I would. Your Nepali guide Sudip was very good as well and he and Huw made a great team and really cared about everybody on the trip. The challenge was a good one and the trip well planned. The scenery outstanding and our group of 8 hit it off right away and enjoyed each other very much. A+ trip guys I will definitely go on another trip with you guys in the near future.”
    Joe Ryan – Michigan, United StatesDecember 2013
  • One 'WOW' Moment After Another

    “I don't think words accurately describe the beauty of Nepal. Every time I looked up and around, it was a 'WOW' moment. I am not sure I will go on another trip that was as exciting, exhilarating and as challenging as EBC. It was a trip of a lifetime. If you want an adventure, Nepal is for you.”
    Amy Legg-Rogers – Colorado, United StatesDecember 2013
  • Has to be see to be believed

    “This trip is one that can only be experienced, it is like no other place on earth. There is no confusing it's grandeur with the Alps, Rockies or Southern Alps.”
    Daniel Oster – Florida, United StatesDecember 2013
  • Life Altering Trip

    “Ever wonder what its like to trek on another planet? This trek may be the closest you'll get to that experience on Earth. From the awe inspiring mountain peaks that surround you on all sides, getting passed by yak trains hiking food to Everest Base Camp, the sound of avalanches crashing around you and the sight of the Khumbu Icefall, this is an experience that cannot be missed for avid hikers. The mountains are amazing, but there are so many more fulfilling things about this trek beyond the mountain views. The Nepalese lifestyle and culture will touch your core. Visiting Buddhist temples along the way, meditating in mountain villages, and savoring daily tea breaks were some of the most memorable moments from this trip. The guides and Sherpas are incredible people eager to share information about the trek and the culture. Also, you will never go hungry as delicious meals await at each stop during the day. I would recommend this trek to all of my friends and to anyone interested in seeing some of the most amazing mountains in the world, and experiencing living a completely different way of life.”
    Michael Allan – Colorado, United StatesDecember 2013
  • Mt Everest Base Camp

    “Breathtaking at every corner! Awesome guides and Sherpas! Simply amazing!”
    Starr Montoya – California, United StatesNovember 2013
  • Wow! Amazing! Awesome! Fabulous! No real words to describe it!

    “It really was the trip of a lifetime, and a dream come true for me. A epic experience in every way! It was my first time in Nepal, really my first time in a developing country. As I had arrived early and already trekked Annapurna Sanctuary, I was up for the challenge of EBC. We had really great guides...Katie and Sudip...they were very attentive to our needs, professional, very informative and knowledgeable, personable and a lot of fun to be with! Bibek our assistant guide was always there to lend a hand and make the trip easier. And our porters continued to entertain us and provide much needed transport support, always with a big smile:))) The trekking terrain in the Himalayas is stellar! Every day provides new vistas, new experiences, more cultural awareness. The camera was always on duty! And never bored! The experience of being at such altitude...(which our guides prepared us for very well), in such a remote area of the world despite the hordes of people...the trekking culture...life in the tea houses..local people and their daily life and work...the hill country, forests, different vegetation...all made for such a rich and life changing adventure. I loved every aspect of life on the trail and experiencing all that Nepal had to offer. It was not always easy, it had its own challenges and hardships..but was worth every moment. I can't wait to go back......!”
    Corinne Cook – British Columbia, CanadaNovember 2013
  • New standard

    “What an incredible trip. With every step and turn a new photo framed itself ready to shoot. The scenery is spectacular through the lens, but nothing as spectacular as being there soaking in the grandeur of it all.”
    Gary Fields – New Mexico, United StatesNovember 2013
  • A challenging rewarding trip

    “I was telling one of my co-workers before I left on the trip that it was going to be a challenging trip both mentally and physically and how rewarding it would feel when completed. The trip lived up to my expectations. Everything from the guides, local people, and the scenery were all fantastic. The unexpected snow only made it better by enhancing the beautiful mountains. Our guides Kate and Sudip were awesome.”
    Monica Gleason-Potter – New York, United StatesNovember 2013
  • EBC Trek Nepal

    “I enjoyed the trip and glad we did it, but it was much more difficult than I thought it would be - physically and mentally. It is a beautiful country with great people. Kate and guides were GREAT!!”
    Kathy Champlain – Colorado, United StatesNovember 2013
  • Go Active!

    “The EBC trip was awesome! To walk among the Himalayan mountains with fresh snow on them was simply breathtaking. It was so interesting to see the culture of the Nepali people as we walked along. Katie, Sudip and Bebeck were the best!”
    Kathryn Gleason-Terra – New York, United StatesNovember 2013
  • Trekking to Gorak Shep

    “Breathtaking beauty with every steep step!”
    Sandy Fields – New Mexico, United StatesNovember 2013
  • Really fun

    “Really handsome tour guides and local tour guide Gokul had a superb mustache. My impression was that relative to other guides DK has a much more solid understanding of the culture, local history, trekking, and appreciation of the local flair than other foreign guides. In addition, his relationship with local guide Gokul was first class. You will obviously have to cope with long hikes, cold, and altitude but I thought the Active team did a great job of making everything they could as easy as possible and keeping the attitude optimistic. All-in-all really enjoyed the trip. From what I understand, DK also has a vision to continue to improve the trip so that future participants should be even safer, learn even more about the local flora, fauna, and people through iPads etc.”
    Gyan Kapur – Alabama, United StatesNovember 2013
  • Best Group of Guides and Porters

    “The trip to Everest Base Camp was awesome. The trek was challenging but our guides - Kate and Suideep - gave all of us encouraging words, and helped us carry on. Active is a great company - I felt taken care of and treated special. The guides and porters looked after us. I have only heaps of praise...”
    Pat Gleason-Wynn – Texas, United StatesNovember 2013
  • Mar 25 2013 Everest Base Camp trek with Dan K

    “I can't say enough about what an outstanding trip this was and I wish it could've lasted longer. The Himalayas are simply jaw droppingly beautiful and the people were great. A trip of a lifetime that will be remembered for the rest of my life. What I especially liked was the pace that was set by our guides. I never felt rushed or left behind, and they were there at every turn looking out for our safety and well being. I would highly recommend Active Adventures for any trip you plan where you want to get out and see things instead of looking at them from the back of the bus. My biggest piece of advice - get in shape for this trip early - it will make it so much more enjoyable for you! - kudos to DK, Gokul and Sudip!”
    Ron Bagliere – New York, United StatesJuly 2013
  • This trip was more amazing than I ever could have imagined.

    “You look at pictures and read about Nepal before you go, but nothing could prepare you for the experience you will have. The scenery, people, and hiking is more than I feel I could absorb while I was there. I would recommend this trip to anyone who has an open heart and appreciation for the outdoors.”
    Sara Schulze – Colorado, United StatesJune 2013
  • Everest Base Camp Trek Spring 2013 was fabulous!

    “This trip was fabulous! It was truly the adventure of a lifetime. Our guides, DK, Gokul, and Sudip, took excellent care of us and made the trip even more fun. They really went above and beyond, and so did our wonderful porters. They always had a smile and could not have been kinder or more helpful. The scenery was amazing and it was a dream come true to make it to Base Camp. I highly recommend it, but make sure you prepare by doing lots of stairs!”
    Allison Ludeman – Minnesota, United StatesApril 2013
  • Mar 19 Chomolungma with Dan K.

    “The enchantment and beauty of the Himalayas is unrivaled! Every time that I stopped to catch my breath and look up, I was newly amazed at the awesome size and grandeur of the majestic mountains. At times the trek was difficult, but well worth the effort!”
    Jeannie Land – California, United StatesApril 2012
  • Chomolungma Trek

    “Every other mountain range I have ever seen would qualify as a foothill to Himalayas. Simply viewing these mountains takes ones breath away.Trekking in them made me treasure very molecule of oxygen as if it were a rare and valuable element (which indeed it is). The experience of hiking to Everest base camp will loom as one of those adventures that will continue to visit me for the rest of my life....thank you Active Himalayas for making it all happen.”
    Steve Land – California, United StatesApril 2012

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