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Everest Base Camp Trek

EBC

4.74 out of 5 (from 216 reviews)

  • 19 Days - US$4699

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 on 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

Day 1—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)

Day 2—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)

Day 3—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)
Elevation: Phakding - 2610 metres (8560 feet)

Day 4—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.
Himalayan Cultural Home, Namche Bazaar (All meals)
Hiking distance: 12 kilometres (7.5 miles)
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

Day 5—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).
Himalayan Cultural Home, Namche Bazaar (All meals)
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

Day 6—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)
Elevation: Deboche - 3681 metres (12,076 feet)

Day 7—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)

Day 8—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)
Elevation: Dingboche - 4303 metres (14,117 feet)

Day 9—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)

Day 10—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)
Elevation: Lobuche - 4910 metres (16,110 feet)

Day 11—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
Elevation: Gorak Shep - 5140 metres (16,860 feet)

Day 12—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)
Elevation: Pheriche - 4240 metres (13,910 feet)

Day 13—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)
Elevation: Deboche - 3681 metres (12,076 feet)

Day 14—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)
Elevation: Khumjung - 3780 metres (12,400 feet)

Day 15—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)
Elevation: Jorsalle- 2750 metres (9022 feet)

Day 16—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)
Elevation: Lukla - 2840 metres (9320 feet)

Day 17—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)

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, 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)

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 and adventures you've had with us in Nepal!
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Itinerary

Day 1 — 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)

Day 2 — 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)

Day 3 — 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)
Elevation: Phakding - 2610 metres (8560 feet)

Day 4 — 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.
Himalayan Cultural Home, Namche Bazaar (All meals)
Hiking distance: 12 kilometres (7.5 miles)
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

Day 5 — 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).
Himalayan Cultural Home, Namche Bazaar (All meals)
Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

Day 6 — 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)
Elevation: Deboche - 3681 metres (12,076 feet)

Day 7 — 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)

Day 8 — 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)
Elevation: Dingboche - 4303 metres (14,117 feet)

Day 9 — 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)

Day 10 — 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)
Elevation: Lobuche - 4910 metres (16,110 feet)

Day 11 — 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
Elevation: Gorak Shep - 5140 metres (16,860 feet)

Day 12 — 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)
Elevation: Pheriche - 4240 metres (13,910 feet)

Day 13 — 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)
Elevation: Deboche - 3681 metres (12,076 feet)

Day 14 — 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)
Elevation: Khumjung - 3780 metres (12,400 feet)

Day 15 — 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)
Elevation: Jorsalle- 2750 metres (9022 feet)

Day 16 — 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)
Elevation: Lukla - 2840 metres (9320 feet)

Day 17 — 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)

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, 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)

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 and adventures you've had with us in Nepal!
(Breakfast)

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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.

Reviews

  • EBC - March/April 2018

    “This truly was the Adventure of a Lifetime!! We had high expectations and they were exceeded in every way; our wonderful guides Amanda and Gokul, the incredible scenery, the fantastic hospitality everywhere we went!”
    Cindy Franz – Virginia, United StatesJune 2018
  • Awesome Trip

    “This trip was everything I hoped for. The guides were the best; professional and knowledgeable in the local people, customs, language and high alpine trekking. This was the first time in a lifetime of travel and outdoor adventure that we had ever used a guide. I didn't know what to expect as we have always been "on our own" during climbing, hiking, traveling and camping. It was a good choice as trekking in Nepal is obviously serious and can be a complicated event. especially when you factor in the remoteness and especially the altitude. Our guides were the best in every respect and I now count them as good friends. I have no complaints about anything as I didn't expect (or want) plush accommodations and gourmet food. We went there for the mountains, the history and for a tough physical challenge, which we had in spades. We hope to go back again at some point to climb Island Peak. Especially after seeing other guide services while there, we were very happy we chose Active Adventures as our guides. You guys are the best we saw. I loved that our group was small too. In my opinion that makes a big difference in the experience. I will recommend Active to everyone I know that is considering a trip to EBC. Thanks again for your professional and friendly service. It was worth every penny.
    Paul”
    PJ Roarke Jr. – Florida, United StatesJune 2018
  • Fantastic EBC Trip, Even if Cut Short...

    “Even though I got sick at Gorak Shep and I failed to make the 3k final afternoon trek to base camp, this trip was a once in a lifetime adventure. The trip leader, Claire, and guide, Shree, were beyond professional and caring. I am definitely glad that Active Adventures was my choice as an outfitter. All aspects of the trek were defined and all we had to do was trek and enjoy the beauty of the people and the scenery of the Himalayas.”
    David Schaeffer – Texas, United StatesJune 2018
  • Experience of a Lifetime

    “To start, everything was 10/10. Especially the two wonderful people that we were fortunate enough to have as our guides, Elder and Amrit. Consummate professionals, exceptionally friendly, extremely knowledgeable, with a real concern and attention to my well being. Simply outstanding!

    When you're with the right people, the rest of the trek will take care of itself. Stay healthy, have fun, listen to the advice of your guides, put in the elbow grease, and you'll slide into base camp like a dolphin down a water slide. ”
    Branden Roarke – Florida, United StatesMay 2018
  • Active Accomodates!

    “Active went above and beyond expectations when my traveling companion suffered from altitude issues. They re-organized our trek in Namche to route us to villages nearby where my partner could enjoy the local culture as well as enjoy the fantastic views all around us. Kudos to Amanda, Gokul and Bibek (who was exceptional in his guidance and friendship to my partner throughout).”
    Ron Bagliere – New York, United StatesApril 2018
  • In the footsteps of some great people

    “Nothing compares with the Himalayas and with Mt Everest in particular. That is because of the uniqueness of the place, the history, the geography, the people, and the culture. And it is because, for me, this was a personal test unlike any I have ever attempted, and probably ever will. Active Adventures provided the opportunity, the expertise, and the support to enable this experience. It was and will always be much much more than simply getting to Everest Base Camp. That is an achievement, but the journey there and back was at least as important as the point of arrival.”
    Chris Eichbaum – , New ZealandDecember 2017
  • Everest Base Camp, Sept - Oct 2017

    “Great trip. Elder and Arjun are so great. They make an awesome team and really care about the people on the trip and the people working with them. The Himalayas are too hard to describe and pictures do not do them justice. There is no scale to compare them to when talking about them. You simply have to see it. Oh, Ama Dablam is magnificent. There were times when the scenery literally brought tears to my eyes. In a good way. Kathmandu is an experience for sure, but have mixed emotions about the city itself.”
    Brandon Kibby – Indiana, United StatesOctober 2017
  • “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
  • 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. Yaks are cute and scary at the same time. Baby yaks are just super cute! The Khumbu glacier is really, really big! Don't use outhouses unless absolutely necessary! Bushes and rocks are better than the outhouses. ”
    Peggy MacKellar – New York, United StatesDecember 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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