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Everest Base Camp


Highlights

  • Embark on one of the World's most famous treks
  • Visit cultural sites: temples, monasteries, and villages
  • Experience the tremendous size of the Himalayas' mountains and valleys
  • See roaring rivers, waterfalls, broad valleys and towering peaks
  • Reach a peak elevation of over 17,000 feet near Everest Base Camp
  • Have an opportunity to climb a mountain (18,000+ feet high) with stunning views of Everest
  • Enjoy fantastic, local cuisine on the trail and in tea houses
  • Soak up the experience of a lifetime on this 17-day adventure!


Description

The high mountains of the Khumbu Valley shadow the famous route to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, known as Sagarmatha to the local Nepali people. The summit of Everest sits at 29,029 feet, so even trekking to the base camp (17,590 ft.) is no small task. While we will be trekking uphill on the way to Everest Base Camp, the trek is considered "Nepali Flat", meaning there are many ups and downs consistently throughout the 38.5 mile trek. However, we will be hiking with light day packs, while supporting the local community by hiring porters to carry the majority of our group and personal gear.

On this 17-day Wildland Trekking hiking tour, we will travel through remote villages inhabited by the Sherpa people, visit Buddhist monasteries and sleep in rustic Sherpa tea houses. We will be accompanied by expert local mountain guides, local porters and one or more Wildland Trekking guides from the USA. We will have breakfasts, lunches and dinners in tea houses along the way ensuring cultural interaction. Additionally, we will visit the Kathmandu temples of Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and Durbar square. The natural mountain scenery coupled with the rich culture of the Khumbu Valley, makes the Wildland Trekking Everest Base Camp trek one of the best treks in the world.

This trip is officially operated by Wildland International, a partner company of Wildland Trekking. Click here to read more about Wildland International.


 

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
On this Nepal hiking tour, Wildland Trekking will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal and transport you to our guest house in Thamel (tourist section of Kathmandu). We will have some down time to rest, have showers and eat. This evening we will meet for team introductions. Subsequently, we will go out to dinner at our favorite local Tibetan restaurant. Be sure to drink copious amounts of water in route, as flying and traveling will certainly dehydrate you. Self care begins immediately.


Day 2

This morning we will enjoy our first Nepali breakfast at the guest house in Thamel. Then we will visit the famous "Monkey Temple" of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath. Once we are ready to leave Swayambhunath, we will travel to the largest Buddhist stupa in the world, Boudhanath. After our temple tours, we will travel back to Thamel for lunch. After lunch we will have free time to wander the streets of Thamel, purchase last minute trekking supplies or rest in your room. We will set a time to meet for dinner and preparation for the following day. Additionally, we will meet our in-country guides for a thorough introduction of our itinerary to the Khumbu valley and Everest Base Camp.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 3.9 miles
Lowest Elevation: 8,700 feet
Highest Elevation: 9,186 feet
Trekking Duration: 4 hours


This morning we will have breakfast at the guest house and then travel back to Tribhuvan International Airport for an in-country flight (35 minutes) to the village of Lukla. Upon arrival in Lukla, we will be immersed in the Sherpa and Tamong cultures of the Khumbu Valley. At the airport, we will meet our porters for the expedition and arrange our personal and group gear accordingly. This begins our journey to Everest Base Camp as we begin walking slowly from Lukla to the village of Phakding. Today’s walk is mostly downhill and will take roughly 3 hours. Upon arrival in Phakding, we will check into our tea house and have some down time to take in the area before being served our nutritious Nepali dinner. Note: If time permits, we will visit the Buddhist lamasery (Buddhist orphanage) across the river and get a glimpse into the life of Buddhist orphans.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 4.6 miles
Lowest Elevation: 8,700 feet
Highest Elevation: 11,286 feet
Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours


After breakfast, we will embark on a journey to the famous Namche Bazaar! From Phakding, we will cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond the village of Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. If the weather is clear, we will have our first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu valley and has a traditional busy market. Traditionally, Hindu traders from the lowlands would meet Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Once we arrive in Namche, we will check into our rooms, change clothes and have some free time. At a designated time, we will meet at the guest house for dinner and after dinner we will deliver the plan for the next day.


Day 5

Hiking Mileage: 1 mile
Lowest Elevation: 11,286 feet
Highest Elevation: 11,586 feet
Trekking Duration: 1-2 hours


Today we will sleep in and have a late breakfast. We will be staying in Namche in order to acclimatize to the altitude and rest before ascending higher. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the magnificent peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of guest houses, tea shops and souvenir shops. After breakfast, we will choose to either visit the Khunde hospital, which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a walk up to the ridge above Namche for the amazing view of the mountains Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. We will come back for lunch at the guest house and then have the afternoon free. It is a great day to drink Chia(tea), read books, send post cards or hang out around the fire with the locals. We will determine a time to meet for dinner where we deliver the plan for the next day.


Day 6

Hiking Mileage: 3.7 miles
Lowest Elevation: 11,286 feet
Highest Elevation: 12,687 feet
Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours


This morning we will wake up early in Namche, have a big breakfast and continue walking slowly along the waters of the Dudh Kosi (Milk River). We will follow the ridge for amazing views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse in route to our destination. Tonight we will be staying in the village of Tengboche, home to the famous Tengboche Monastery. Inside the monastery we will see large wall hangings, a 20-foot Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the local Lamas. Depending on how our day goes, we will observe a local prayer ceremony. We will be eating dinner and sleeping in a local Tea house in Tengboche.


Day 7

Hiking Mileage: 5.6 miles
Lowest Elevation: 11,286 feet
Highest Elevation: 14,297 feet
Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours


This morning we will enjoy a hearty breakfast served with chia (tea). After breakfast we will depart from Tengboche on "Nepali flat" terrain (Ups and Downs). We will be walking through the villages of Debuche and Pangboche. If time allows, we can visit Lama Geishe in Pangboche for a pray ceremony and expedition blessing. We will then ascend to the traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche. From Dingboche we will have amazing views of Mt. Lhotse, Imja Tse and Ama Dablam. We will check into our rooms and have some down time to freshen up before being served dinner. After dinner, our guides will provide the plan for the next day.


Day 8

Hiking Mileage: 5.6 miles
Lowest Elevation: 14,297 feet
Highest Elevation: 15,518 feet
Trekking Duration: 4 hours


This morning we will sleep in and have a leisurely morning for acclimatization purposes. After copious amounts of chia and a hearty breakfast, we will take off on a day hike through the Imja Khola valley to the village of Chhukung. Chhukung is the village on the way to Island Peak. If we have adequate time and the team is feeling adventurous, we can keep going another hour to the Island peak base camp. We will have lunch at Chhukung and then descend back to Dingboche for dinner and to sleep for the night. (The reason we are going up is to aide in your acclimatization to the altitude).


Day 9

Hiking Mileage: 7.4 miles
Lowest Elevation: 14,297 feet
Highest Elevation: 16,167 feet
Trekking Duration: 7 hours


This morning we will wake up, eat a large breakfast and depart Dingboche. The trail to EBC continues along the lateral moraine (glacier made ridge) of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by memorials for climbers who have died on nearby mountains. We will continue to ascend higher into the mountains until we arrive at the small outpost called Lobuche, named for the peak which stands to the south. Once in Lobuche, we will eat food, drink water and chia and have some time to acclimatize and rest.


Day 10

Hiking Mileage: 6.5 miles
Lowest Elevation: 16,167 feet
Highest Elevation: 17,585 feet
Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours


This morning we will wake up at Lobuche, eat breakfast and depart for the village of Gorak Shep. We will walk for roughly 2 hours with the most beaufitul views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Pumori. Once we arrive in Gorak Shep, we will check into our rooms and have a light lunch. After lunch we will begin walking slowly to Everest Base Camp (17,590 ft.). Upon arrival at base camp, we will celebrate with group photos and celebratory treats! Additionally, there will most likely be Mountaineering teams attempting to climb Mt. Everest staying at EBC. We will have incredible views of the highest mountains in the world as well as the Khumbu Icefall. Once our team is ready, we will begin to descend back to Gorak Shep where we will rest, drink and have a hearty dinner. After dinner our guides will provide the plan for the next day.


Day 11

Hiking Mileage: 11.8 miles
Lowest Elevation: 13,910 feet
Highest Elevation: 18,188 feet
Trekking Duration: 8-9 hours


Today will be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding days of the trek. This morning we will wake up early at around 5am, grab a hot drink and head out into the mountains to attempt to climb Mt. Kala Pattar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 18,188 ft. which offers the best view you will get of Mt. Everest in Nepal without climbing it! You can also get magnificent views of other giants, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Chagatse and Mt. Lhotse. This portion of the trek is optional but we highly encourage participation. After the ascension, we will head back to Gorak Shep, where we will eat and pack up our things before a gradual descent to the village of Lobuche. Once in Lobuche, we will check into our rooms, freshen up and have free time until dinner is served. We will be ready for a well deserved, good night sleep!


Day 12

Hiking Mileage: 8.8 miles
Lowest Elevation: 11,286 feet
Highest Elevation: 13,910 feet
Trekking Duration: 7-8 hours


This morning we will have a hearty breakfast and begin our decent out of the mountains. We will follow the river and climb back up to the Sherpa village of Tengboche. We will have great views of the giant Himalayan range consisting of such mountains as Kwangde, Tawache, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku! We will check into our guest house and have a relaxing evening. After dinner, our guides will provide the plan for the next day then take the well deserved good night sleep.


Day 13

Hiking Mileage: 4.6 miles
Lowest Elevation: 8,700 feet
Highest Elevation: 11,286 feet
Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours


This morning we will wake up early, have breakfast and retrace our steps down to Phunki Thenga, then climb the ridge towards Namche Bazar. We will have lunch in Namche and then decend down to another small Sherpa village named Monjo where we will stay the night. After dinner our guides will provide the plan for the next day.


Day 14

This morning we will wake up early, have breakfast and follow the Dudh Kosi (Milk River) down to Phakdinga and Chhuthawa. Then climb to the village of Lukla. This is our last day trekking so make sure you are being present in the moment. Once in Lukla, we check into our guest house, have dinner and let the celebratory party commence. This will be our last night with our local guides and porters and will be a good opportunity to say a farewell thank you and provide gratuities. Additionally, this will be a good opportunity for you to try some local "Rocksi, Chang, or Thumba"! We will dance and sing traditional songs until the night is over.


Day 15

This morning we have breakfast and head to the airstrip for our flight back to Kathmandu. There are 2 potential scenarios for this day. Because of the uncertain nature of the weather in Lukla, sometimes flights are postponed, delayed or even canceled. If our flight is delayed or canceled, we have a contingent day and will relax in Lukla. If we do fly to Kathmandu, we will transport to our hotel, take showers, have free time and visit the Kathmandu Durbar square. After the tour of Durbar Square we will return to Thamel and have free time until we meet for dinner, where the plan for the next day will be discussed.


Day 16

Today is our contingent day. If we wake up in Lukla, we will fly back to Kathmandu, check into our hotel, take showers and have some free time before exploring Durbar square for the afternoon. If we wake up in Kathmandu, we will explore the ancient city of Bhaktapur or the hill monastery of Namobuddha and free time for shopping until we meet for dinner. Tonight will be our last night together in Nepal. We will make it a good one with farewell dinner in a Nepalese restaurant with cultural dance!


Day 17

Today is the final day of the Wildland Trekking, Everest Base Camp trek. Our shuttle driver will come to your hotel 3 hours before your flight departure and deliver you to Tribhuvan International Airport. If you are remaining in Nepal, please let us know. We can arrange extra activities in Nepal. Thanks for choosing Wildland Trekking.


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
  • Hotel lodging before and after the trekking portion of the trip
  • Tea house lodging during the trek
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • Professional, knowledgeable, certified Himalayan hiking guides (U.S. and local)
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour originating and concluding in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Trip insurance that includes $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
  • Gratuities (industry recommendation is 10-15% of the trip cost, distributed as guests feel appropriate to their guides, chefs, porters...etc)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

This Nepal hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guide. We'll have dinners at carefully selected, wonderful restaurants in Kathmandu as well as meals prepared on the trail by your guides and/or support staff, and meals in our nightly tea houses.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

We will meet you at the airport on Day 1 and transport you to the first night's hotel (included), where we'll conduct an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the first evening (your flight should arrive in Kathmandu before 5PM). Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our Global Destination trips are led by professional hiking guides (U.S. and local) along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Finally, we've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) for more information.

In the interest of your safety, it's important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.


Guides

Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals (both U.S. and local) with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 10 guests and 2-3 guides, with a minimum of 4 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 888-966-TREK (8735) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in Nepal

Nepal is home to the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas. Kathmandu is at an elevation of 4600 feet (1400 meters), but the high points on our Nepal Treks are very high (13,000 to 18,000 feet). Because of these wild elevation changes, the temperatures and weather can also vary wildly.

The average temperatures and precipitation in the Himalayan region are:

Kathmandu Namche (11K ft)
Month Hi Low Precip Hi Low Precip
March 75° F 46° F 10 mm 49° F 27° F 31 mm
April 82° F 54° F 29 mm 55° F 31° F 36 mm
May 84° F 59° F 70 mm 57° F 38° F 55 mm
June 84° F 63° F 129 mm 59° F 42° F 171 mm
July 81° F 64° F 325 mm 60° F 45° F 283 mm
August 81° F 64° F 239 mm 60° F 45° F 261 mm
September 81° F 63° F 175 mm 58° F 42° F 161 mm
October 77° F 57° F 67 mm 54° F 34° F 63 mm