Everest Base Camp Trek (Short Version)
Why take this trip?
- Trek from one Buddhist village to the next in the shadow of Mount Everest and through Nepal’s Khumbu valley ethnic mountain communities
- Experience one of the most exhilarating flights on earth as you land into Lukla village in the heart of the Himalayas
- Reach the base of Mount Everest and get close to the Khumbu Ice Fall, the start of any Everest climb
- Explore the cities of Kathmandu with some of their more iconic Hindu and Buddhist temples
- Highly experienced and professional guides and porters will assist you along the way and provide insight on the culture, flora, fauna and history of Nepal
Pumpkin soup at camp, crossing the equator, sleeping lion & above all making my way to the summit at night are all memories that are hard to wipe out! My life has been forever changed by this magical travel experience!!
Hala Mohie Eldin
The trip was beyond awesome!!
This trip really exceeded my expectations! Wild Guanabana offered me a life altering experience that I'll never forget for as long as I live. They had us well prepared & everything was well organized upon our arrival :)
- Sightseeing and/or relaxation
- Light adventure, no previous experience or training required
- A challenge, no previous experience necessary. A moderate level of fitness and preparation are required
- Previous experience and intensive training is required
- Basic: lodging in guest houses, small hotels and/or camping. Mix of private and public transportation
- Standard: Clean and comfortable accommodation and/or well-maintained campsites. Mostly private transportation with occasional public transport when unavoidable.
- Luxury: Hand-picked luxury lodging or pampered campsites. Private and upgraded transportation facilities.
tCO2 = Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
How we do it
As an ethical and responsible travel company, we reduce our carbon footprint by designing trips that are low carbon impact and carefully calculating the impact with the help of an environmental consultancy. We then buy carbon credit equivalents to offset all emissions that cannot be reduced including those resulting from our day-to-day business operations. Our offsetting is done through an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya. On request, every traveller receives their own PDF offset certificate post-travel. Wild Guanabana is the first carbon-neutral travel company in the Middle East & North Africa. Note: We do not sell or issue flight tickets ourselves so consequently we don't offset those emissions.
What does offsetting mean anyway?
It's a way of reducing your ecological impact by 'neutralizing' the impact of your carbon footprint. Actions associated with travel amount to around a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon offsetting offers a solution to reduce the impact of your travel by purchasing carbon credits that are invested in activities that reduce CO2. While this doesn't erase all of the environmental impact, it does serve to help reinvest into the planet and contribute to activities which help its conversation. For more information on Carbon offsetting read more from our partners ERCC Carbon and our Sustainable Travel International.
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Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions
Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu (1,330m)
Upon your arrival, a representative from Wild Guanabana will be waiting outside the airport gates to take you to the hotel. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in. Please let us know if there is anything special you would like to do while in Kathmandu and we can help you arrange that.
Day 2: Flight to Lukla (2,652m), Trek to Phakding - (B/L/D)
Transfer to domestic airport to board an incredible 45-minute mountain flight through the Himalayas. From Lukla, we trek downhill towards the Dudh Koshi (milky river), a raging river that flows from the glacier of the highest mountains. The trail is fairly easy and well marked and meanders around the fields of potatoes and wheat. We will pass through many traditional villages to reach the vicinity of Phakding for our first overnight stay. Average trekking time is 5-6 hours.
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) - (B/L/D)
After Breakfast we start our trek passing through pine forest, rhododendron, magnolia and cultivated terraces. We cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river of the day before to reach the mountain capital aka Namche Bazaar. We are now in the Sagarmatha National Park property. We will often see groups of yaks carrying trek gear and goods being traded along the trail. Spectacular mountain peaks like Nupla (5,885m), Kongde Ri (6,093 m) and Thamserku (6,808m) rise majestically above us throughout most of the day. Average trekking time is 5 to 6 hours.
Day 4: Acclimatization day hike to Shyangboche (3,833m) - (B/L/D)
It’s important to spend an extra night at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization purposes before venturing higher. There is plenty to do around the valley’s central trading hub. We will do a short day hike up to the Everest View Hotel in Shyangboche for stunning views of Ama Dablam and Mount Everest. Average trekking time is 4-5 hours.
Day 5: Trek to Thyangboche (3,780m) - (B/L/D)
We leave for Thyangboche early in the morning after breakfast. The trail follows around the ridges and offers spectacular views of Ama Dablam. Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon before we descend through splendid rhododendron forests for lunch. After lunch we cross Dudh Koshi river once again and begin a long winding ascent that takes us to the famous Buddhist monastery of Thyangboche (built in 1912 and considered the spiritual and cultural center of these highlands). The monastery has been recently re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. As this area is a devout Buddhist region, the wild life is unharmed so there is always a possibility that we may see some wild animals such as musk deer, mountain goat and Pheasants in the forest. Average trekking time is 6-7 hours.
Day 6: Trek to Dingboche (4,365m) - (B/L/D)
The trail now ascends up to Imja Khola before an easy climb along a wideopen trail to a small mountain village named Pangboche (3,901m). Incredibly, there is a similar number of Sherpa’s here who have climbed Everest than the rest of the world combined! We may take a slight detour to visit an old monastery where Lama Geishi gives his blessings to those attempting to stand on Sagarmatha’s highest point. Then we head gradually uphill to Dingboche as the trail passes through the valley surrounded by awe-inspiring mountains all around. Average trekking time is 6-7 hours.
Day 7: Trek to Lobuche at (4,955m) - (B/L/D)
Walking on barren slopes above the tree line we see impressive peaks such as Cholatse, Lobuche and Pumori unfold before us. Rock Cairns can be seen at Dugla Ridge dedicated to the memory of climbers who have died attempting the world’s highest mountains. Walking further up we begin to follow the Khumbu Glacier (the longest in Nepal) to the settlement of Lobuche for ourovernight. We will feel the temperature drop here as we become more elevated and exposed to the upper slopes of the valley. Average trekking time is 6-7 hours.
Day 8: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,395m) - (B/L/D)
The trail follows the rocky moraine of the Khumbu glacier towards the high settlement of Gorak Shep. We stop here for lunch and continue our journey higher along the moraine towards the infamous Everest Base Camp (5,340m). We spend some time here taking in the views and later on descend back to Gorak Shep for a night’s sleep. This spectacular village is surround by beautiful mountains including Pumori (7,145m), Lingtren (6,697m), Nuptse (7,745m) and of course Everest (8,850m). Average trekking time is 8-9 hours.
Day 9: Climb Kalapattar and back to Kathmandu- (B)
We are up early this morning to Climb Kala Pattar at 5,545m which can from 2 to 4 hours depending on the pace of the group. If the weather is on our side, once we reach the top of the hill, we may be treated to one of the best views of the mighty Mount Everest. We will then take the helicopter back to Kathmandu for a well deserved rest
Day 10: Fly back home (1,330m) - (B)
We will transfer you to the airport and assist with check-in procedures.
- Based on a minimum of 4 people
- Consultation on every aspect of preparation including physical and mental
- All public transfers during the trip
- Three daily meals during the trek (B=Breakfast,L=Lunch,D=Dinner)
- Internal Flight to Lukla including airport tax
- Basic lodging during the trek
- Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
- Experienced English speaking guides
- Public transport from Kathmandu to and from trek start and end points
- First-aid kit and trained professionals in its use
- Trekking permit (Everest Conservation fee)
- Helicopter back from Gorakshep to Kathmandu
- Insurance for all staff including porters
- Offsetting all carbon emissions of the journey in an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya (Wild Guanabana is the Middle East and North Africa’s first carbon neutral travel company)
- Flight to and from Kathmandu, Nepal
- International Airport Tax
- Drinks, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Your travel and health insurance
- Nepal Visa fee
- Tips to guides and porters
- Flight to and from Kathmandu, Nepal