Trek, Walk, Hike To Everest Base Camp Nepal
Trek, Walk, Hike To Everest Base Camp Nepal
Full Service Cost: $2,550, £1,950, €2,550.
2023 and 2024 Dates: 7 February to 23 February OR 7 March to 23 March OR 6 April to 22 April OR 20 April to 6 May OR 31 October to 16 November and 3 January to 19 January . 17 Days in Nepal (Other dates available throughout the year. Call for more info) Optional Island Peak add on
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.
Everest Base Camp Video by Mario H.
Our full-service expedition includes:
- British, European, or American trip coordinator
- Expert Sherpa Guide
- Gear check in Kathmandu and guided shopping at the gear hire / purchase shops
- Round trip return flights from KTM-Lukla and Lukla-KTM. 23kg / 50 lbs of luggage included free
- Full service teahouse trek to / from basecamp
- Yak and porter transport of all your equipment during each day of the trek
- Three meals each day
- Trek permits and National park fees
- Two nights stay in a good quality 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, then trek up Kala Patar, 5,545 meters/18,192 feet.
11) Walk up to Everest basecamp, which lies atop the Khumbu glacier at 5,300 metres/17,388 feet. Return to GorakShep.
12) Walk to Pheriche.
13) Walk back to Namche Bazaar.
14) Walk to Lukla.
15) Return flight to Kathmandu.
16) Extra day of rest and celebration in Kathmandu.
17) Flight home.
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.
- Everest Nepal Trek for World Team Members (UK Office) : PDF Form or MS Word Doc
- Everest Nepal Trek for US Team Members (US Office) : 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 Steve says: The three of us are home. We had an unbelievable adventure with summit climb. Thanks to the leader for your leadership and friendship on the trek. -Steve
Here is what Neil and Ariel have to say: Hi there, I was just looking through some photos of our trip and was inspired to write to you. It was a marvelous adventure and all four of us loved it and wanted to thank you for making it possible and giving us excellent Sherpa Guides and Porters. They worked tirelessly to ensure our safety and fun. Great stuff. (in fact my only gripe on whole trip was that I should have taken my good camera, really regret that!). So, where do we go from here? Not sure... I am thinking I may have to build a house first? Gordon and I are playing with the Mera peak/ Ama Dablam trip we briefly discussed but just not sure when. Keep us posted with your usual enthusiasm and adventures. Cheers and thanks again, Neil and Ariel
Here is what Elselien says: "I think a good thing about this trip is having a trek included with the expedition. People really like having that look into the 'expedition world' but usually don't want the uncomfortable/cold suffering part themselves. They mostly like a night or two/three of camping but prefer (definitely higher up) the lodges. Another good thing is that this trip is being organized by very experienced people who know how things work in Nepal and can offer solutions to unexpected problems. Trekkers usually feel that this trip is relaxed and the leaders are flexible when and where they can. This gives them a feeling of being more part of the team because their questions and opinion are being heard. I really like the fact that it is fairly easy to achieve a high altitude while trekking the original Everest route from the 1920-1953 Everest expeditions."
Here is what Wanda says: "My concern about any problems in Nepal I heard about before the trip were non-existent in the areas we traveled. We did not witness any such disturbance. Traveling as a single female, I am probably a little more cautious than most but I have to say that never once did I feel concerned about my safety."
Here is what Patty had to say: "What was good about the trek - the lodges, the peace and tranquility of the trek, the people of Nepal, the Yaks - EVERYTHING!!!
We loved it. We got to meet other trekkers and have more interaction with the people in Nepal. Each lodge was so unique and the owners and their children so special. I loved the quiet of the trek... there were no motors running, the only sound was the people, dogs and yaks!
To prepare for the trip... walk - LOTS! Hike if you have any hills/mountains in your area but WALK - WALK - WALK. I felt stronger and stronger the farther we went. They may also want to practice walking with poles. I never used them and they may have helped on the way down with my knees.
What to expect - expect to enjoy the experience. Just let the little things go and open yourself up to living through one of the most amazing experiences in your life. Don't expect it to be like home... you are there to experience a different aspect of life, not your normal day to day existence.
I also LOVE the fact that you have added on Island Peak - I would have done that FOR SURE!!! I'm very disappointed we didn't have that opportunity, which just reinforces my drive to go back. You know, we swore this was a once in a lifetime trip and we didn't think we would ever go again BUT we loved it. I was really tired by the time we got home and it took me a couple of day before I REALLY appreciated all that we had experienced. It didn't sink in until we were home, going through the pictures, handing out the gifts we had bought, etc. when it hit me - It was one of the BEST things I have ever done for me personally and for Rob and I as a couple. Not everyone takes the opportunity to experience life and to live life, the trek make us both feel like we have lived life a bit more... but we're not done yet!!!
Let people know they can purchase almost ALL of their gear in Katmandu for much cheaper prices than in most countries and it is GOOD gear, not just junk. We would not have bought as much clothing, etc. to Katmandu if we would have known this. Not only would we have saved $$ BUT we would have supported more people in Katmandu. It may be a third world country, BUT the Nepalese know what trekkers and climbers need."
Here is what Soon Keng from Singapore says: "Overall, an unforgettable trek for me: great guides, great porters, great trail mates. What more could one ask for? I'll be back."
Here is what Mike from Santa Monica says: "When about everything was good, all I can do is mention what was best. Our guide could not be surpassed! He could not have been more attentive, considerate and conscientious. He was a pleasure throughout the trek, and before in Kathmandu, and taught us much about the Sherpa culture and customs, which was one of my goals for this trek. The tea houses chosen were all fine, clean and comfortable, the food was tasty and substantial. I'd be happy to recommend SummitClimb to anyone. You guys have this program handled!"
Here is what Maria from Athens says: "Overall it was a very nice experience and we are very happy we participated in the trek and we would love to come back to climb."
Here is what Blake from Missouri, USA says: "I was lucky to have chosen SummitClimb. Being in Nepal I realized what an amazing operation you guys run and how respected the leaders are. I was proud to have been a part of this year’s expedition and look forward to many more in the future.
The leadership, organization and professionalism from everyone involved were great. Every problem was addressed immediately by the guides and solved seamlessly. The leaders were amazing and the porters they hired were first rate. Top notch work guys!"