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EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

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A journey to the world’s most famous Base Camp.

Not all Base Camp treks are the same!

  • Optimum acclimatisation
  • Additional day in Kathmandu as well as flexible days in the mountains
  • All meals on trek; free trek holdall
  • Our guides are fully qualified and experienced to ensure your safety
  • Helicopter bond to ensure no delays in evacuation emergencies

Our specifically designed itinerary is robust and flexible. From the moment you land at Lukla, the excitement of this iconic trekking route will be apparent. Your journey takes 9 days to reach Everest Base Camp passing through many varied villages from the bustling hub of Namche Bazaar to the tiny hamlets.

Our extended acclimatisation takes place in Namche and Dingbouche, passing Tengbouche in between famed for its monastery and a yes, a ‘German bakery’ where looks are often a priority over taste! Once you reach the highest tea house (Gorak Shep, 5100m), it’s time to head to Everest Base Camp. This famous Camp is located at the foot of the dramatic tumbling Khumbu Icefall. The following morning before breakfast, you have the opportunity to climb Kala Patthar (5,600m). From this lofty summit, you get excellent close up views of the summit of Everest and its impressive neighbours: Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam before descending back down to warmer temperatures.

It is then just a glorious 4 days of descending to Lukla and a well deserved pat on the back. Our return route incorporates a quieter and less commercialised trail via Phortse to experience traditional Nepalese village life overnight.

Everest Base Camp and children
If you want to go all the way, talk to us, it is possible – 01529 488159.
If you want to experience the Everest region, try the Everest Experience.

At A Glance   

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £2145
Land Only, from £1545
Trip Duration 18 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 13 Days
Max Altitude 5500m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels/Tea Houses
All meals on trek, B'fast hotels

A journey to the world’s most famous Base Camp.

Not all Base Camp treks are the same!

  • Optimum acclimatisation
  • Additional day in Kathmandu as well as flexible days in the mountains
  • All meals on trek; free trek holdall
  • Our guides are fully qualified and experienced to ensure your safety
  • Helicopter bond to ensure no delays in evacuation emergencies

Our specifically designed itinerary is robust and flexible. Your journey takes 9 days to reach Everest Base Camp passing through many varied villages from the bustling hub of Namche Bazaar to the tiny hamlets. Our extended acclimatisation proves invaluable as the altitude increases. Once you reach the highest tea house (Gorak Shep, 5100m), it’s time to head to Everest Base Camp. This famous Camp is located at the foot of the dramatic tumbling Khumbu Icefall. You also climb Kala Patthar; close up views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. It is then just a glorious 4 days of descending to Lukla and a well deserved pat on the back.

Everest Base Camp and children
If you want to go all the way, talk to us, it is possible – 01529 488159.
If you want to experience the Everest region, try the Everest Experience.

At A Glance

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £1950
Land Only, from £1300
Trip Duration 11 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 6 Days
Max Altitude 3200m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels/Tea Houses
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

Poon Hill
Stunning sunrise

No Compulsory Single Supplement

FREE 90l holdall

Domestic Flights
Included

Hotels/Tea Houses

ATOL Protected

Trip Information

Trip Information

Day 1 – Depart UK

Day 2 – Arrive Kathmandu

Day 3 – Domestic flight to Lukla – Trek to Monjo 2835m

Day 4 – Namche Bazaar (3500m)

Day 5 – Namche Bazaar (3500m)

Day 6 – Namche Bazaar – Khumjung (3800m)

Day 7 – Namche Bazaar – Pangbouche (3900m)

Day 8 – Pangbouche – Dingbouche (4300m)

Day 9 – Dingbouche – Acclimatisation Day

Day 10 Dingbouche – Lobouche (4900m)

Day 11 – Lobouche – Gorak Shep (5100m) – Everest Base Camp (5300m)

Day 12 – Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5500m) – Down to Pferiche (4200m)

Day 13 – Pferiche – Phortse (3810m)

Day 14 – Phortse – Monjo

Day 15 – Monjo – Lukla

Day 16 – Lukla – Kathmandu

Day 17 – Kathmandu – Free/spare day, B

Day 18 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal

Day 1 – Depart UK
Fly from London (afternoon departure), bound for Kathmandu.

Day 2 – Arrive Kathmandu
You will arrive in Kathmandu in the morning, collected by our Representative and transferred to the hotel (25 mins). There will be a meeting with your Guide in the afternoon allowing further and final preparations.
Our friendly staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance.

Day 3 – Domestic flight to Lukla – Trek to Monjo 2835m
An early start for your domestic flight to Lukla. Enjoy a late breakfast in Lukla whilst watching the flights come and go from this unique mountain airstrip.
 Begin trekking, Lukla (2840m) – Monjo (2835m)
Today is an easy 5 – 6hrs of trekking through the village of Phakding en route to Monjo where you will stay the night. BLD

Day 4 – Namche Bazaar (3500m)
The entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park is just on the outskirts of Monjo (checkpoint for Permits) and once through that, it is a steady hour following the river before you cross the final of 7 suspension bridges and begin the 90 min steep ascent up to Namche.
This is the first of the ‘big’ hills so take it steady. You will catch your first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance from a rest point (weather permitting).
 Namche Bazaar is by far the biggest village in the region with shops and even internet cafes.
Expect to arrive at lunchtime. 4 hrs. BLD

Day 5 – Namche Bazaar (3500m)
Acclimatisation Day. Your Guide will take you out on a trek to a variety of places in the local region primarily to gain some additional altitude and assist your body in its acclimatisation process (trek high, sleep low) and to see more of the stunning surroundings.
Today, you are likely to head out to the village of Thame. BLD

Day 6 – Namche Bazaar – Khumjung (3800m)
An additional acclimatisation day with a slight increase in altitude.
It is a short trek over the ridge to Khumjung (via the Everest View Hotel) where the Edmund Hilary Himalayan Trust school is located. BLD

Day 7 – Namche Bazaar – Pangbouche (3900m)
A beautiful and easy trek down and out of Khumjung and then down into a deep valley before ascending up to Tengbouche for lunch.
Famed for its hilltop Monastery, this village has one of the best views of Everest.
After lunch, it’s a short’ish trek to Pangbouche (about 90 mins – 2 hrs). BLD

Day 8 – Pangbouche – Dingbouche (4300m)
After the initial steady climb for an hour or so, the trail levels off for a while before crossing a river followed by a climb up to the village of Dingbouche. BLD

Day 9 – Dingbouche – Acclimatisation Day
Dingbouche is another important stop as the Nepalese Rescue Association (NRA) has an outpost here. The actual medical station is located in Pferiche just over the ridge and manned (during the trekking season) by volunteer qualified Doctors. Through experience, if you are going to suffer from altitude sickness, symptoms will begin to surface here.
Your Guide will encourage you to take an acclimatisation walk, once again to gain some altitude to assist your body to acclimatise. Wonderful views.
Take the opportunity to go to the free daily presentation on altitude sickness, given by the volunteer Doctors and rest as much as you can. BLD

Day 10 Dingbouche – Lobouche (4900m)
A lovely day’s trekking. A short sharpe rise out of Dingbouche and onto the ‘high path’ that leads to the small cluster of  tea houses known as Dughla (2 – 2 1/2 hrs). This sits at the base and the very front end of the Khumbu glacier.
Your next section is to climb up the front of the glacier (although not on ice!), a steep but relatively short section (~45 mins). Be sure to spend some time at the top for there lies many memorials to climbers who have lost their lives in this region. It is a moving place.
From here it is just 60 – 90 mins into Lobouche. 5 – 6 hrs. BLD

Day 11 – Lobouche – Gorak Shep (5100m) – Everest Base Camp (5300m)
An early start to reach Gorak Shep in 3hrs for breakfast; your final and highest tea house on this trip (5100m).  Once you have rested here, it’s onto Everest Base Camp! Savour the moment before returning to Gorak Shep. The Base Camp itself is potentially enormous; it has to house some 250 – 300 people during the main climbing season. The centre is not marked but is generally known to be a cairn with prayer flags. There is an excellent close up view of the Khumbu ice field. Climbers have to negotiate this dangerous section every time they go up for acclimatisation or to summit. This is a demanding day so be sure to rest and sleep as much as you can. BLD

Day 12 – Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5500m) – Down to Pferiche (4200m)
A pre-dawn rise to summit the highest point on this trek (although this is optional). It is a 90 min tough ascent (and potentially very cold) but gives you excellent views of the summit of Everest.
The descent is much faster; time for breakfast! At about 0900hrs, you will begin the trek back, first back across the moraine and then through Lobouche (stop for coffee), Dughla and then you drop down onto the valley floor into Pferiche). You will appreciate the lower altitude and warmer temperatures! A long day but relatively easy going. 8 hrs. BLD

Day 13 – Pferiche – Phortse (3810m)
Cross the river out of Pferiche, up and over the small pass and from there is a breeze down to Pangbouche, maybe a coffee stop?
Then, we switch tracks to Phortse; few people go here so it’s much easier walking. BLD

Day 14 – Phortse – Monjo
Down and out of Phortse, cross the river and contour round towards Khumjung, avoiding Tengbouche.
Once you join the main track again, it’s 90 mins to Namche, lunch and then a further 90 mins – 2 hrs downhill to reach Monjo. BLD

Day 15 – Monjo – Lukla
The final section takes approx 5 hrs with a break in Pfadking.
You will be elated to reach Lukla having completed one of the classic treks in the world; well done. BLD

Day 16 – Lukla – Kathmandu
An early start to have breakfast and be ready for your flight back down to Kathmandu. You should reach your hotel by midday; plenty of time to enjoy the facilities that Thamel has to offer. You can continue with any sightseeing, have a post trek massage (very inexpensive in Nepal), shop ‘till you drop or simply relax in one of the many cafes, restaurants and bars soaking up the atmosphere. BLD

Day 17 – Kathmandu – Free/spare day, B

Day 18 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
14 - 31 Mar 2018 £2245 £1545
18 Apr - 5 May 2018 £2195 £1545
2 - 19 May 2018 £2145 £1545
26 Sep - 13 Oct 2018 £2345 £1645
10 - 27 Oct 2018 £2345 £1645
31 Oct - 17 Nov 2018 £2345 £1645
18 Mar - 4 Apr 2019* (includes HOLI Festival, 1 extra day in Kathmandu) £2380 £1680
10 - 27 Apr 2019 £2345 £1645

Deposit – £250
Group Size – 2 – 12.

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

What the Price Includes

  • International flights London – Kathmandu, return, economy
  • Return airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Return domestic flights Kathmandu – Lukla, including transfers and airport departure taxes
  • 3 nights hotel Kathmandu, twin share, B&B basis*
  • 13 nights lodge accommodation, twin share
  • All meals on trek, B&B in hotels (see itinerary for full meal plan)
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • Local porter assistance on trek
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits
  • Free trek holdall and route map
  • Detailed information about the trip and the kit required
  • Support and advice from our UK team who have extensive personal experience of this trek.

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa (see further details in this document)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Drinking water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging

What the Price Includes

  • Return airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Return domestic flights Kathmandu – Lukla, including transfers and airport departure taxes
  • 3 nights hotel Kathmandu, twin share, B&B basis*
  • 13 nights lodge accommodation, twin share
  • All meals on trek, B&B in hotels (see itinerary for full meal plan)
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • Local porter assistance on trek
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits
  • Free trek holdall and route map
  • Detailed information about the trip and the kit required
  • Support and advice from our UK team who have extensive personal experience of this trek.

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa (see further details in this document)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Drinking water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging

The sole occupation charge is only payable if you request the service. If requested – £120.

The fee covers sole occupation for:
3 hotel nights in Kathmandu

It does NOT cover sole occupation for accommodation on trek as this cannot be guaranteed. You may request it from the Guide who will manage this with the local accommodation on a night by night basis. The chances are, it will be available. A small fee will be payable.

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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It’s All In The Detail

Passport – Must be valid for at least 6 months when you apply for your visa. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Nepal.

Visa – A tourist visa is required for Nepal. Included as part of your confirmation is a document explaining the options for obtaining your visa.

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

You will be walking between 5 – 7 hours per day, occasionally longer if it is necessary. Distances in mountainous terrain is measured in hours, not distance.

Temperatures during the day (sun up) will vary between 15°C and 25°C. As soon as the sun drops, the temperatures will fall and the night temperatures will drop to well below zero. You need a sleeping bag that will take you comfortably down to -10°C.

This trek can be physical in places but taken at your own pace, is it perfectly achievable. The altitude is highly likely to be more of a challenge than the hills. The maximum altitude is 5500m (Kala Patthar) although your max sleeping altitude is 5100m (Gorak Shep). We limit your stay to just 1 night here. Your level of fitness needs to be reasonable, not super fit but it goes without saying the fitter you are, the more comfortable you will cope with the rigours of the trek.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

High Altitude Trekkingmore information >>

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board on trek.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, toast, eggs, etc.. plus a hot drink.
  • There is a tea/coffee/biscuits break mid morning.
  • Lunch is usually light such as sandwich or mixed rice.
  • Evening meal is two courses; starter + main meal or mail meal + desert. Hot drink.

Accommodation

  • Hotels – twin share basis, same sex.
  • On trek – twin share basis, same sex.
  • Declared couples (ie married) will be paired together.
  • If there is an odd number, someone gets lucky with sole occupation at no additional cost.
  • Sole occupation cost – £120 (hotel only, see ‘Sole Occupation’ tab above).

International Flights – Our default flights are London Heathrow (LHR) – Kathmandu (KTM). We use a variety of high quality airlines using one stop (there are no direct flights to KTM from London). Included luggage allowance in the aircraft hold is a min of 20kg but more commonly 23 – 30kg.

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible, such as Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

Domestic Flights – Included as part of this trip are return domestic flights Kathmandu (KTM) – Lukla. The flight takes approx 25 mins in a light aircraft, twin engines prop and they have a capacity of about 18 pax.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations for Nepal:

  • Usually advised for Nepal: Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid
  • Consider: Cholera; Hepatitis B; Japanese Encephalitis; Rabies
  • Yellow Fever – consult the website below
  • Information source – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/nepal.aspx
  • Malaria – very much depends where you go in Nepal. Generally speaking if you going onto Nepal’s southern border with India (the Terai), then you may need anti-malarials. If you just going into the mountains, then the risk is very low. Consult the fitfortravel website above for a malaria map coverage.

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

We recommend budgeting approx £300 – £400 for miscellaneous expenses during your trip. This includes meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, supplementary snacks and tips etc. but this amount does depend on your personal spending habits and your wish to buy souvenirs.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter should always be carried for emergencies.

Nepal’s currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). The currency is not on the open market and therefore you will not be able to obtain any prior to arrival.

We recommend that you do change your cash into NPR as local purchases will be much cheaper. Most major currencies are acceptable for exchange in Nepal (cash) including Sterling, US Dollars and Euros. Traveller’s Cheques are not accepted in Nepal. Note that you will exchange a fair amount of your money soon after arrival and if you prefer not to carry all your money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card, although be aware that they can be unreliable.

There are money exchanges at the airport (both before and after immigration), however you will get far better rates in local exchanges in Thamel. There is no commission charge on exchanges and you will find rates to be similar in the area.

During the trek, you will be able to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and even beer on most days. You will also be able to charge mobile phones and other batteries in tea houses for a small fee as well as pay for showers. Be aware that tea houses may struggle to change larger denomination notes in the hills so collect smaller notes during your first few days in Kathmandu.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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