Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek + Optional Island Peak
Everest Basecamp Christmas New Year`s Trek + Optional Island Peak
Mt. Everest was first climbed in 1953 by Hillary and Tenzing. Their base camp was at GorakShep which we will visit along our adventure. Our trek to the base of the highest mountain in the world allows you to enjoy the incredible beauty of Nepal and walk to a very high altitude on good snow-free paths, providing spectacular views of Everest and the surrounding Himalaya giants. The trip includes a day hike to the top of Kala Patthar; where some of the most famous pictures of Everest have been taken.
Our full-service expedition includes:
- British, European, or American leader
- Expert Sherpa
- Transport to base camp to/from Kathmandu
- Transport of all equipment to and from basecamp
- Three meals each day
- Group emergency equipment and satellite phone
- All permit fees and liaison officers
- Use of group gear and supplies
- Shared accommodations in tea houses (private rooms available for an additional fee)
- Two nights stay in a Kathmandu hotel on arrival and two nights prior to departure in a double room. Private rooms are available for a small additional fee.
- Airport transfers
What is not included?
- International flights to/from Kathmandu
- Mountain climbing rescue and travel insurance
- Personal climbing equipment and clothing
- Gratuities for staff
- Nepalese visa
1) Arrive in Kathmandu
3) Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2,840 meters/9,318 feet. Trek to Phakding, where we stay at a teahouse, 2650 meters/8,694 feet.
4) Walk to Namche Bazaar 3,440 meters/11,286 feet.
5) Rest, acclimate, and relax in Namche Bazaar.
6) Trek to Pangboche, 3,985 meters / 13,074 foot.
7) Walk along to the village of Dingboche, 4,410 meters / 14,469 feet.
8) Rest in Dingboche.
9) Walk to the village Lobuche, 4,930 meters/16,175 feet.
10) Walk to GorakShep, at 5,160 meters/16,929 feet for lunch,
11) Trek up to Kala Patar, 5,545 meters/18,192 feet.
12) Walk up to Everest basecamp, which lies atop the Khumbu glacier at 5,300 metres/17,388 feet. Return to Gorak Shep.
13) Walk to Pheriche.
14) Walk back to Namche Bazaar.
15) Walk to Lukla.
16) Return flight to Kathmandu.
17) Extra day of rest and celebration in Kathmandu.
18) Flight home.
Adding Island Peak (Amendment to the above itinerary)
Day 13) Say good bye to Everest Trek group, walk down to Dingboche.
Day 14) Walk to Chukkung. Sleep in Chukkung, 4,730 metres / 15,518 feet.
Day 15) Walk to Island Peak Basecamp and practice skills at 5150 metres / 16,890 feet.
Day 16) Climb Island Peak (6189 metres / 20,305 feet), sleep in Island Peak basecamp after summit.
Day 17) Walk to Deboche
Day 18) Walk to Namche
Day 19) Walk to Lukla
Day 20) Fly to Kathmandu
Day 21) Extra day of rest and celebration in Kathmandu.
Day 22) Fly to home country.
Sherpas: We employ some of Nepal, Tibet, and the Karakorum’s best local mountaineers and Sherpas to assist team members in realizing their summit goals. Our friendly and loyal high altitude climbing staff has supported teams to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.
- 1 cotton t-shirt
- 1 cotton long sleeved shirt
- 1 polypropylene warm but light thermal long shirt
- 1 fleece jacket
- 1 wind/waterproof jacket with hood
- Umbrella (optional)
- 1 pair warm poly thermal gloves, with waterproof wind shell (the latter is optional)
- 1 cotton sun hat
- 1 scarf (optional)
- 1 fleece balaclava or warm hat
- 1 head torch/headlamp with extra batteries
- 2 pair underwear
- 1 pair walking shorts
- 1 pair long trousers
- 1 pair warm but light thermal leggings
- 1 pair fleece/pile pants
- 1 pair wind/waterproof pants
- 2 pair socks
- 1 pair sandals for use in hotel
- 2 pair medium weight wool socks
- 1 pairof sturdy, leather trekking boots ("broken-in" please)
- 1 pair trainers/lightweight running shoes for trekking on flat, easy trails
- Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F)
- Closed cell foam kari-mat/sleeping pad (optional).
- Medium backpack (40-60 liters)
- Waterproof rucksack cover (optional)
- 1 large kit-travel bag with lock (80-120 liters)
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Bar of soap and small towel
- Female or male hygiene supplies
- Face Mask
- Hand sanitiser
- Disposable gloves
- Disinfectant wipes
Medical: Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu without a prescription.
- Small personal first-aid kit: blister repair, first-aid tape, plasters/ Band-Aids, personal medications, etc. The leader will have an extensive first-aid kit.
- 10 anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium, Loperamide)
- 10 anti-headache pills (Paracetamol, Tylenol)
- 10 anti-inflammatory pills (Ibuprofen)
- 20 cough lozenges, cough sweets, Strepsils, Halls
- 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide
- 10 stomach antibiotic pills: (Ciprofloxacin, Norfloxacin)
- 6 broad spectrum antibiotic pills: (Azithromycin)
- Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant
- Steripen, bottle of water purification tablets, or water filter
- Small bottle of hand-sanitizer
- Sunscreen for skin and lips. At least 30SPF
- We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food. 2 kilos/4 pounds is a good amount.
- Bathing suit
- Trekking poles
- Glacier glasses
- 1 liter water bottle
- 1 small roll of repair tape
- Small multi-purpose knife
- Battery powered alarm clock/watch
- Camera, extra batteries, charging cords
- 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
- passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary
- separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance
- Dollars, Pounds or Euros cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc
- Contact lens supplies and an extra set of prescription glasses
Extensive experience is not required for trekking to Everest Basecamp. The most important thing is for members to be in adequate walking fitness. You may attempt this trek as a novice and we will teach you what you need to know.
Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.
Please fill out an application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit to hold your place on the team.
- Application for US Team Members : PDF Form or MS Word Doc
- Application for all other Team Members : PDF Form or MS Word Doc
In addition to your application, we will need the following at least two months before the trip begins:
- Completed Payment
- Oxygen order (if any)
- Sherpa order (if any)
- Trip Registration form
- 1 Passport sized photo
- A scan of your passport identification pages
- Complete flight itinerary
- Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance. We strongly recommend Global Rescue, with at least $50,000 worth of helicopter rescue insurance.
- Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is recommended
Please contact us with any questions you may have.
Here is what Christine says: A big thank you to our leader as well as to all the sherpas of summit climb and the porters who perform a herculean work... I was so happy to leave with a group that considers the life of the locals and the environment as the sacred part of the approach in the high mountain.
Here is what Brad says: Just got back to Kathmandu from a successful Island Peak expedition and loved every minute of it! I appreciate all that Summit Climb did to make this experience so memorable for me. Hopefully I’ll be able to do another climb with you guys in the future." - Brad
Here is what Ali has to say: Hi, sorry I'm crazy behind on my emails I'm still catching up from Christmas & New Years messages from home!
The trek was truly fantastic, the small group was absolutely perfect & the trek leader and the porters were wonderful! The trek leader was extremely supportive and I know all of us would not have made it without him, his patience was exceptional. I'm so happy that I did that trek with your company & the chocolate cake was a very special touch you should definitely keep that in your Christmas trek.
Speak soon - Ali
Here is what Paul, Aidan, and Emma have to say: Hi Summitclimb team - It was a magnificent journey and we thank all involved in making it so enjoyable and run so smoothly. Special thanks to all of the Sherpas and the team in Kathmandu. The lead Sherpa was an amazing leader and his extraordinary experience showed through with the Island Peak summit climb in very difficult conditions. I have no hesitation in returning to climb and trek with Summitclimb and have no hesitation in recommending to others the professionalism and friendliness of the team. Thank you all so much and we hope to see you again soon. Paul, Aidan, Emma .
Here is what Joe has to say: Writing about my trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) requires the use of lots of superlatives...it was a lifelong dream of mine to see everest...from the time I was nine years old and read about Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reaching the summit. I made the December-January trek, which meant fewer crowds (and yes there were a number of large groups we met going up and down) and much cooler temperatures. As for the trip itself, from home in the states to EBC and back was smooth as good be. I was met at the airport in kathmandu, driven to the hotel, welcomed as expected, and over the next day or two, met my three fellow trekkers, had all of our gear checked by a local Summit Climb representative, which I appreciated, and we met Kaji, our guide -- a patient, thoughtful and considerate person, as i learned first hand. We met our porters, two exceedingly helpful and pleasant young men, at Lukla and began our great journey. All the paper work at the Park was taken care of for us by Kaji, and each lodge we stayed in, or stopped in for lunch, was pleasant, clean and comfortable -- and all the costs were included. As individuals, we paid for only one thing, battery charging -- a modest fee, as I recall. The trek itself was just one spectacular scene, vista, view, call it what you wish, after another. I admit that I stood transfixed (and cried tears of joy) when Kaji stopped me, pointed to the horizon, and said "Joe, that is Everest." I had told him that seeing Everest had been a dream of mine for most of my life. The swinging bridges (after gingerly crossing my first one) are exhilarating! The mountains are (sorry to use such a cliche) breath-taking, awesome, inspiring and humbling. The people we met, Nepalese and other tourists, were open, friendly and gracious. Walking uphill, so to speak, to get to 18,000 feet is a challenge, but I never felt hurried. Each day was planned carefully so we could acclimate, rest, and make steady progress toward EBC. We had a Christmas dinner and a New Year's celebration, complete with cake and gifts, courtesy of Kaji and our porters. I hope this brief sketch illustrates my enthusiasm for the trek, my respect for Nepal and its people, my admiration for Kaji and our porters, and my appreciation for the folks at Summit Climb who planned, coordinated and executed every step (almost literally, I'm tempted to write) of the trip flawlessly. I want to go back. And if you have a life-long dream, as I did, or just a fancy to do something out of the ordinary, I cannot urge you too strongly to sign up and get going. It is the trip of a lifetime. (after writing this, I see that I am to report when I was there...was four years ago in december-january.