Everest Base Camp Trek

Trek to the base camp of the world's highest mountain on this classic 12-day walk, with time also in Kathmandu

Everest Base Camp Trek

Trek through the Sagarmatha National Park to the base camp of the world's highest mountain, Everest, in this most popular of Nepal trekking itineraries. You will begin your journey in Kathmandu, flying to Lukla and then journeying along the Khumbu trail, passing Tok Tok, Namche Bazaar, and Dingboche before reaching your goal at Everest Base Camp. Those looking for an extra challenge have the option to take on Kala Patthar.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

    You will be met on arrival in Kathmandu and transferred to your hotel in the city centre.

  2. Day 2: Half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

    Embark on a half-day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, taking in Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Taleju and Jaggannath Temples.

  3. Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2,900m). Trek to Phakding, 3-4 hours

    Depart Kathmandu this morning on the early flight to Lukla, from where you begin your trek into the Khumbu region.

  4. Day 4: To Namche Bazaar (3,450m), 4-5 hours

    We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this roaring river on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags.

  5. Day 5: Sightseeing in Namche Bazaar

    Today is set aside as a rest and acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar.

  6. Day 6: To Tyangboche (3,864m), 4-5 hours

    From Namche Bazaar, we follow a ridge route to Thyangboche, with amazing views into the deep and lush valley below.

  7. Day 7: To Pheriche (4,252m), 4-5 hours

    Our trek continues along the roaring glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi, with magnificent views of the high peaks. We cross another exciting suspension bridge over the Imja Khola, and climb to Pangboche, a small settlement situated amid thousands of Mani stones.

  8. Day 8: Acclimatisation day in Pheriche

    Today is an acclimatisation day. Most trekkers will begin to feel the effects of altitude above 4,000m, so it’s important to take the time to rest and allow your body and lungs to adjust to the thin air.

  9. Day 9: To Lobuche (4,900m), 5-6 hours

    From Pheriche, the trail traverses through farmland and meadows. We stop in Dzugla (4,570m) for lunch, before continuing along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.

  10. Day 10: Gorak Shep (5,410m) and Kala Pattar (5,550m)

    An early morning start brings us closer to our two objectives.

  11. Day 11: To Everest Base Camp (5,346m), 4-5 hours

  12. Day 12: Descend to Pangboche (3,985 m), 4-5 hours

    Today we follow the route back down the Khumbu valley to Pangboche, where we camp.

  13. Day 13: To Namche Bazaar (3,440m), 3-4 hours

    Back down to what will seem after all our time in the hills the booming town of Namche. Get ready for all those luxuries you may have missed!

  14. Day 14: To Lukla (2,840m), 3-4 hours

    Our last day on the trail sees us hike from Namche to Lukla, where we overnight.

  15. Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m)

    The scenic morning flight back to Kathmandu gives us one last chance to say farewell to the mountains.

  16. Day 16: Departure

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your international flight home/onward transfers.

Price guide

Price based on a group size of 2-5 and shared tented accommodation. For more detail, please refer to our "Nepal Trekking Rates" or contact us for a quotation based on your estimated group size and preferred travel dates.

16 days from £2074pp


16 days from £2074pp

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