Everest Base Camp Trek

  • 19 Days
  • Avg Group Size: 12
  • Activity Level 5
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  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip End: Kathmandu
Everest Base Camp Trek Nepal

Tick off an adventure of a lifetime on our Everest Base Camp Trek.

Knowing you're in good hands is the first step in accomplishing your Everest Base Camp trek dream. Starting in Kathmandu, you'll join our Kiwi and Nepalese guides and be given all the tools and knowledge you'll need to complete your trek. After taking a short flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Solu Khumbu region, you'll start your journey. By gradually making your way up to the base camp of the tallest mountain in the world, you'll have plenty of time to acclimatize and enjoy your surroundings. Knowledgeable guides will be with you every step of the way as you learn about the customs and cultures of the Nepalese, view Mt Everest for the first time from Kala Patthar, and visit the bustling village of Namche Bazaar. Upon taking your first step into Everest Base Camp, there's no doubt you'll throw your hand up in pure joy over the accomplishment you just achieved. We 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.

Trip Highlights

Everest Base Camp

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Through Sherpa villages

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Explore Kathmandu

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Namche Bazaar

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View Mt Everest from Kala Patthar

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Visit the Monkey Temple

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Everest Base Camp Trek ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Kathmandu Trip End: Kathmandu

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  • Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu

  • Day 2Visit Swayambhunath Temple

  • Day 3Journey to Lukla

  • Day 4Hike to Jorsalle

  • Day 5Hike from Jorsalle to Namche Bazaar

  • Day 6Acclimatization day, Namche Bazaar, hike to view Mt Everest

  • Day 7Hike to Deboche and visit a Monastery

  • Day 8Hike from Deboche to Dingboche

  • Day 9Acclimatization day in Dingboche, hike to Nangkartshang

  • Day 10Hike from Dingboche to Lobuche

  • Day 11Everest Base Camp

  • Day 12Hike to Kala Patther, descend to Pheriche

  • Day 13Hike from Pheriche to Deboche

  • Day 14Hike from Deboche to Khumjung

  • Day 15Hike from Khumjung to Jorsalle

  • Day 16Hike from Jorsalle to Lukla

  • Day 17Return to Kathmandu

  • Day 18Free day in Kathmandu

  • Day 19Depart Kathmandu

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Kathmandu

    #261

    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 streets, courtyards, colorful market stalls and ancient temples for your first taste of Nepal’s culture and friendly people. This afternoon, your guide will meet you at our hotel and run through what to expect from the days ahead. Tonight, they’ll take you out 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 flavor combinations. Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 meters (4600 feet)

    Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Dinner)

  • Day 2

    Visit Swayambhunath Temple

    #263

    Today we’ll head 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 centerpiece 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. Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 meters (4600 feet)

    Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 3

    Journey to Lukla

    #265

    This morning we’ll start our journey with a drive to Ramechhap, a small-town east of Kathmandu, and from there 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 start with a local hike around Lukla. The aim of today is to give you a gentle introduction to altitude change, everyone’s body can react differently, and so easing ourselves into this new environment is really important. This gentle start will lay the foundations to make the coming days more easily manageable for us on our journey towards Base Camp. Elevation: Lukla - 2860 meters (9383 feet)

    Everest Eco Resort, Lukla (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 4

    Hike to Jorsalle

    #267

    Today we hit the trail, first hiking down to the village of Phakding on the banks of the Dudh Kosi River. It’s an undulating trail ending up around 250 meters (820 feet) lower than our start point in Lukla. For the most part, we’ll be amongst the trees, and we’ll get regular glimpses across the fertile valleys of the region. These valleys are refreshed and replenished annually during the monsoon season, and so are rich with plant life, especially the colorful rhododendron, Nepal’s national flower. We’ll pass by local porters, and other trekkers, and pack animals along our trek to Jorsalle today, this trail form part of an important trade route, used to move supplies around the region, and so is a well-established track. 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 (an extremely colorful member of the pheasant family) are known to frequent this area, so keep your eyes peeled and a camera handy if you’re a keen photographer. Elevation: Jorsalle - 2750 meters (9022 feet)

    Nirvana Lodge, Jorsalle (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 13.7 kilometers (8.5 miles), 6-7 hours, elevation + 140 metres (459 feet), elevation - 250 meters (820 feet)

  • Day 5

    Hike from Jorsalle to Namche Bazaar

    #269

    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). Today is a relatively short day on the trail, and we'll cross the Hillary Bridge before our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, home to the world’s highest marketplace and incredible 360° views. We'll arrive in time for lunch, and will have the afternoon to relax, explore the village and marvel over the views up to Everest. Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 meters (11,066 feet)

    Tea House, Namche Bazaar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles), 3-4 hours, elevation + 623 meters (2043 feet)

  • Day 6

    Acclimatization day, Namche Bazaar, hike to view Mt Everest

    #271

    With its remote alpine setting and outlook across to Kongde Ri at 6187 meters (20,298 feet) and surrounding peaks, Namche Bazaar is one of the most beautiful villages in the Himalayas – a great place for a relaxed, acclimatization 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’ll 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). Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 meters (11,066 feet)

    Tea House, Namche Bazaar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Optional hike to Everest View Hotel: 5 kilometers (3 miles), 2-4 hours

  • Day 7

    Hike to Deboche and visit a Monastery

    #273

    This morning, we’ll set off early with fantastic views of Everest 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 the trail. As we draw closer to Tengboche, we’ll be greeted with even closer perspectives of Ama Dablam 6856 meters (22,493 feet) and Nuptse 7861 meters (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. Elevation: Deboche - 3820 meters (12,532 feet)

    Rivendell Lodge, Deboche (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 12 kilometers (7.5 miles), 5-7 hours, elevation + 447 meters (1466 feet)

  • Day 8

    Hike from Deboche to Dingboche

    #275

    We’ll begin our day’s hike by passing through a dense forest of dwarf conifers where musk deer and monal pheasants are often seen. 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. Elevation: Dingboche - 4303 meters (14,117 feet)

    Good Luck Hotel, Dingboche (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 11 kilometers (6.8 miles), 3-5 hours, elevation + 483 meters (1584 feet)

  • Day 9

    Acclimatization day in Dingboche, hike to Nangkartshang

    #277

    The golden rule of acclimatizing 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. Elevation: Dingboche - 4303 meters (14,117 feet)

    Good Luck Hotel, Dingboche (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Optional hike to Nangkartshang Gonpa: 5.6 kilometers (3.5 miles), 4-5 hours, elevation +/- 700 meters (2300 feet)

  • Day 10

    Hike from Dingboche to Lobuche

    #279

    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. Elevation: Labuche - 4910 meters (16,110 feet)

    Oxygen Lodge, Lobuche (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 7.5 kilometers (4.6 miles), 4-6 hours, elevation + 607 meters (1991 feet)

  • Day 11

    Everest Base Camp

    #281

    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 meters (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 colored 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! Elevation: Everest Base Camp - 5380 meters (17,600 feet) Elevation: Gorak Shep - 5140 meters (16,860 feet)

    Everest Inn, Gorak Shep (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Hike to Everest Base Camp: 8 kilometers (4.9 miles), 6-7 hours, elevation + 454 meters (1489 feet)
    Hiking: Hike to Gorak Shep: 3 kilometers (1.9 miles), 2-3 hours, elevation - 224 meters (734 feet)

  • Day 12

    Hike to Kala Patther, descend to Pheriche

    #283

    We’ll don our headlamps and set off before sunrise this morning to the ridgetop of Kala Patthar. At 5550 meters (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 view from this place is simply off the charts! After lunch at Lobuche, we’ll descend to Pheriche and spend a cozy night at the Edelweiss Lodge - hot showers, chicken curry and cold beers await! Elevation: Pheriche - 4240 meters (13,910 feet) Elevation: Kala Patthar - 5643 meters (18,531 feet)

    Edelweiss Lodge, Pheriche (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), 9-10 hours, elevation - 900 meters (2952 feet)

  • Day 13

    Hike from Pheriche to Deboche

    #285

    With Mt Everest behind us, and Ama Dablam ahead, we’ll descend with the Dudh Kosi. As you descend into more oxygen-rich air, 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. Elevation: Deboche - 3820 meters (12,532 feet)

    Rivendell Lodge, Deboche (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 12 kilometers (7.4 miles), 4-6 hours, elevation - 420 meters (1377 feet)

  • Day 14

    Hike from Deboche to Khumjung

    #287

    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 favorite overnight stop amongst our hikers. Elevation: Khumjung - 3780 meters (12,400 feet)

    Tea House, Khumjung (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 8 kilometers (4.9 miles), 3-5 hours, elevation - 40 meters (131 feet)

  • Day 15

    Hike from Khumjung to Jorsalle

    #289

    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 Mt 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 switchbacks that descend down the valley back to the Dudh Kosi River and from here, the trail follows the river to Jorsalle. 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. Elevation: Jorsalle - 2750 meters (9,022 feet)

    Nirvana Lodge, Jorsalle (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 5 kilometers (3.1 miles), 3-5 hours, elevation - 1030 meters (3379 feet)

  • Day 16

    Hike from Jorsalle to Lukla

    #291

    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. Elevation: Lukla - 2840 meters (9,320 feet)

    Everest Eco Lodge, Lukla (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 12 kilometers (7.4 miles), 4-6 hours, elevation + 90 meters (295 feet)

  • Day 17

    Return to Kathmandu

    #293

    This morning we’ll take our last look at the Himalayas from Lukla before we begin the journey 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 center 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. Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 meters (4,600 feet)

    Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Lunch)

  • Day 18

    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, colorful culture. Tonight, we’ll meet at a local restaurant for our final dinner together to celebrate our achievements and adventures in the Himalayas. Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 meters (4,600 feet)

    Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Dinner)

  • Day 19

    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 adventures you’ve had with us in Nepal!

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Included

  • Our own highly experienced trip leader, with you from start to finish
  • A team of specialist local guides and porters for the duration of the Nepal treks
  • Industry-leading Guest-to-Guide ratio (averaging 6:1)
  • Your own ‘Travel Wallet’, an online space with everything required for your adventure
  • Our knowledgeable Customer Service Team to answer your queries - just a phone call, email or chat away
  • Customer Service pre-trip phone calls to ensure you’re 'trip ready'
  • All accommodations for the duration of your trip
  • All meals except where indicated in the itinerary
  • Unlimited snacks to keep you fueled
  • Flights as outlined in the itinerary
  • All activities outlined in the itinerary 
  • All necessary equipment (well-maintained and safe) for activities
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, and hiking poles for the duration of the Nepal treks
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  • All hiking and park entry fees and permits 
  • Transportation in our air-conditioned vans - safe, clean, modern, and comfortable!

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Where does the trip start?

On the first day of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Kathmandu airport (KTM), whenever you fly in on Day 1, or Hotel Thamel Eco Resort at 5pm. For the Airport location, a representative from Active Adventures will show you to our hotel taxi van. They will be holding an Active Adventures Himalayas sign so they are easily recognized. 

You are welcome to book your pre-trip stay at Hotel Thamel Eco Resort with our partner, Earthbound Expeditions, please contact our team in Nepal on earthboundnpl@gmail.com and they will assist you with arranging your requests, as well as airport transfers and additional pre or post trip services. You’re also welcome to book your pre-stay at any other hotel in Kathmandu, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Kathmandu Airport in time for flights departing any time or anywhere in the Central Kathmandu downtown area after breakfast.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: If you’re flying in on the first day of the trip, you can fly into Kathmandu at any time.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, you can depart at any time too.

Note: 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. 

What do I bring to the first night trip briefing?

Please bring along your passport and a photo copy of your passport. We need all of these to collect your trekking permits and your domestic flight tickets. Your passport will be returned to you once these permits are made.

What's a typical day like hiking on the EBC?

A typical day in the Himalayas starts early, it’s normal to be up at 6am to pack up your camping equipment, and after a hearty breakfast, be on the trail by about 7:30am to take advantage of the early morning views and clear skies. At around 11am we would stop for lunch, and start walking again from 12pm until we reach camp. Generally you could expect to be hiking from five to eight hours per day, with plenty of time in the afternoon to rest and take in the surroundings. You will be accompanied by an Active Adventures Himalayas trip leader and team of support crew so you can hike at your own pace. Trekking in Nepal is all about taking your time.

How fit do I need to be for this trek?

As an Activity Level 5 trip, you’ll need a solid level of fitness for this trek. This is classic trekking, at altitude. Hiking in altitude is hard work and so the more preparation you do the better – but not to the point of over exerting yourself or stressing your body especially a few days before the climb. Some might even call it ‘expedition-style’ You should be in the habit of doing regular aerobic exercise, regular hill walking and carrying a daypack. Nepal is famous for their “undulations” – these are the largest mountains in the world. There are lots of steps on this hike so we highly recommend you tackle many a steep hill or some stairs whenever you can: a step-master at the gym, or up and down the stairwells of a high-rise building. Advance preparation means you’ll enjoy the active and outdoor nature of your trip all the more.

Please head to our Fitness Guide for great tips on how to prepare along with a workout plan!

What accommodations do we stay at on this trip?

We’ve chosen local tea houses (small guest houses run by the local people) and lodges to stay in which are modest and homely with great service. For the most part the tea-houses will have an ensuite with your twin/double room though the further up you hike, the service becomes more simple so some tea-houses may have bathrooms down the hall from your room. Please note there is no heating in the bedrooms. There are bathrooms along the way each day, usually where you stop off to have tea and/or a break, some may be European while others may be more long-drop style. There will be some what of a shower available though there may only be warm water and the higher we get, the colder the water will become. However nothing is guaranteed!
All tea houses have a communal dining area where you can read, play cards or simply gaze out the window at your spectacular location with stunning views.

Please note; no single rooms are available in the teahouses and the single supplement price takes this into account.

We recommend bringing enough clothing to only have to do laundry where necessary during your trek. While there may be opportunities to do laundry, they may not be convenient or efficient, so hand-washing technical or delicate fabrics yourself is recommended along with fast drying clothing while walking, as the cold mountain air makes it hard for things to dry. 

How much luggage can I bring on this trip?

You are allowed one piece of luggage on your trip, plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage should not exceed 22 pounds (10 kilograms) and can be anything from a duffle bag to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase. You’ll also want a good quality daypack sized 25-30 liters (2000 cubic inches) with a maximum 11 pounds (5 kilograms) to use throughout the days. 

We’ll give you an Active Adventures Himalayas porter bag to put your main gear into (in Kathmandu) to give to your porter (in Lukla). 

You’re welcome to bring extra gear and you can store remaining gear at the hotel in Kathmandu while we trek. 

Do you provide porters on this trip?

Yes included in your trip fare is the services of our group porters who carry your overnight gear, including your sleeping bag, leaving you to walk at your own pace with your day gear in your daypack. Porters will carry a maximum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) per person, equivalent to around 50 liters of space.

We’ll give you an Active Adventures Himalayas porter bag to put your gear into (in Kathmandu) to give to your porter (in Lukla).

Do you provide any gear on this trip?

Yes we can provide a good quality, custom made, 4 seasons ‘super-down’ jacket; a warm down sleeping bag with an inner sheet included, rated to -26°C (-14°F); and a set of hiking poles.

The jacket has 800 loft/fill which we know is suitable for conditions on the trail. We also recommend bringing along a lighter down jacket for use in the tea houses at nights.

If you prefer to bring your own gear please ensure it is of mountaineering standard with a minimum loft of 800 for the jacket, and a minimum rating of -26°C (-14°F) for the sleeping bag. 

Please select these items on your Travel Wallet so we know you require them.

How do you navigate unexpected changes to the itinerary?

Nepal is located in a developing part of the world, and we can’t tell you that everything runs like clockwork there all of the time. What we can tell you is that we are experienced adventure travel leaders, and we know how to keep things operating as smoothly as possible, even when conditions are challenging. That’s why we are here! Likewise, all adventure travel requires a certain amount of flexibility, and we sometimes must make minor changes to the accommodation or day’s activity because of weather and availability, but we have options up our sleeve and the experience to keep your trip running seamlessly.

On the odd occasions, adverse weather may prevent the operation of fixed wing flights to Lukla. In this event, and weather permitting, our team on the ground may offer you the option to upgrade to a Helicopter transfer at your own cost.

We’d recommend ensuring that you have a credit card, with pin, available in case of the unexpected, pack your patience, and let us take care of the details.

What is not included?

Flights to and from trip start/end points
Pre/Post accommodation
Travel insurance
Gratuities for your guides and porter(s)

Is tipping expected in Nepal?

Tipping is accepted in Nepal (and appreciated!). Your loose change (or 5%) is fine in cheaper places; around 10% in more expensive restaurants. Round up the fare for taxi drivers. Most people do choose to tip their Active Adventures guides and we recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, for your Active Adventures trip leader and also your local Nepali guide and starting from USD$100 per guest to be shared amongst your Nepali porter team. You are welcome to tip an equivalent amount in the local currency. There are plenty of ATM’s in Kathmandu.

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travelers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travelers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travelers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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Himalayas

Everest Base Camp Trek

USD $5999/per adult
$500 USD deposit per person required to secure your place on the trip

What To Expect

  • Place your booking
  • Receive your confirmation email & details to set up your Travel Wallet
  • Our dedicated team will keep you up to date all the way to the departure date

Dates

2024
2025

September 2024

Monday 9 September 2024
To Friday 27 September 2024
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Monday 16 September 2024
To Friday 4 October 2024
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Monday 23 September 2024
To Friday 11 October 2024
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Monday 7 October 2024
To Friday 25 October 2024
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Monday 4 November 2024
To Friday 22 November 2024
Filling Up

Monday 24 February 2025
To Friday 14 March 2025
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Monday 3 March 2025
To Friday 21 March 2025
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Monday 24 March 2025
To Friday 11 April 2025
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Monday 14 April 2025
To Friday 2 May 2025
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Monday 28 April 2025
To Friday 16 May 2025
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Monday 5 May 2025
To Friday 23 May 2025
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Monday 8 September 2025
To Friday 26 September 2025
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Monday 15 September 2025
To Friday 3 October 2025
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Monday 6 October 2025
To Friday 24 October 2025
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Monday 20 October 2025
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Monday 27 October 2025
To Friday 14 November 2025
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