Everest Base Camp Trek
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
The team members, Marwa included, were not only professional but also wonderful people who accommodated our lunacy and made us feel safe and secure the whole way up and down the mountain.
Reema Bandar Al-Saud
I never trekked in my life & seeing Everest was on my bucketlist. I doubtfully booked EBC with Omar Samar (May 2017) and it was AMAZING . You will be amazed by the beauty around you to forget all about the pain or altitude .The group was amazing, leaders & guides were super encouraging & tolerant from beginning till end. Everything was just accommodating to everyone on group despite their level .This was my FIRST trekking experience but definitely won't be my LAST !
Trekking the Himalayas has been a dream for me for quite some time, finally I did it last May (2017) on Omar Samra's 10th year anniversary summiting Everest (that was definitely an honor to get to know him and hear about his journey while trekking the same route he walked 10 years ago). Obviously, it took me some 6 months to write the review (: but that was probably due to me digesting the trip - yes its that awesome! Personally I'm a different person after the EBC trek - so its literally a "life changing journey". EPIC is an understatement for the overall experience we all had - from the surreal views/terrains of the Himalayas to the Nepalese people to the WG team. On a more specific note, trekking EBC with WG gives you the best guides, porters, service and a very good level accommodation. One can easily notice the difference between our guides/assistant guides and others - the knowledge, service, professionalism and above all nice/witty and fun. I highly recommend visiting Nepal whether its EBC or any other trail - you'll definitely fall in love.
- 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, Trek to Pheriche (4,252m) - (B/L/D)
We get up early morning to climb Kalapattar (5,545m). This can take anything between 2 to 3 hours. With the weather on our side, once we have reached the top of the hill, we may be treated to one of the world’s best views of the great black pyramid that is Mount Everest. From this vantage point it looks difficult, almost unclimable. We then descend to the village of Pheriche. Average trekking time is 8 hours (excluding Kala Pathar).
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) - (B/L/D)
There can be a tendency to rush, particularly as we are walking downhill and have already been to Everest Base Camp. However, if we have not done so on the way up, we like to make a stop at the famous Pangboche monastery, the oldest in the region. Otherwise we can stop at the village to admire the view of Ama Dablam. Average trekking time is 8-9 hours.
Day 11: Trek to Lukla (2,652m) - (B/L/D)
We retrace our steps along the river. It is a beautiful and easy walk through pine and rhododendron forest with a view of Kusum Kanguru and other splendid mountains behind us before a gradual climb out of the river valley to the trek starting point Lukla to savor our final mountain sunset of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey. Average trekking time is 7-8 hours.
Day 12: Fly Back to Kathmandu - (B)
Early morning we once again board our flight through the Himalayan mountain range back to Kathmandu. On arrival, we are transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free. This day also acts as a buffer day in case our flight to or from Lukla is cancelled for weather reasons.
Day 13: Free day in Kathmandu (1,330m) - (B)
There are plenty of interesting sites to visit in the Kathmandu valley like the Old Palaces at Patan, Bhaktapur, Durbar square, Swayambhunath (the monkey temple or you may wonder down town Thamel to shop for souvenirs and sample the various restaurants of Kathmandu. We are happy to offer you some recommendations.
Day 14: Fly back home (1,330m) - (B)
We will transfer you to the airport and assist with check-in procedures.
- 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 and from 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)
- Trekking region map
- 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)
- Consultation on every aspect of preparation including physical and mental
- Flight to and from Kathmandu, Nepal
- International Airport Tax Rupees 1695 per person
- Drinks, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Your travel and health insurance
- Nepal Visa fee (c. US$40 for 2 months)
- Tips to guides and porters
- Flight to and from Kathmandu, Nepal