Hike to Everest Base Camp (Copy)

Location

Nepal

When to Go

April/May or October/November

Fitness Level

Level 3: Active/Moderate

Cost

$3990

Hike to Everest Base Camp (Copy)

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It’s the mountain of all mountains – the highest point on planet earth. For many years, Mt Everest was only accessible to the local villagers who call it home and the bravest of mountain explorers. Now, this high altitude legend can be traversed by practically anyone who aspires to witness its majesty firsthand.

There a few things on Planet Earth that eclipse the feeling of trekking through a mammoth mountain range, and the Khumbu Region is as big as it gets. The ascent from the mountain hub of Lukla, through fertile fields, past towering peaks to the lunar landscapes of the Khumbu glacier is a worthy trek for even the most avid adventurer.

Every step you take towards Base Camp robs more vital oxygen from your already heaving lungs, every step becomes slower and more lethargic yet somehow the old-fashioned practice of one foot in front of that other gets you to the end of another day. It's a battle of mind over matter that may see the fastest fail, as the methodical march on towards the nightly teahouse, one chapter closer to their ultimate goal.

The ever-changing landscapes, bustling villages and passing yak trains provide a welcome distraction from the constant uphill slog, set to the background sounds of gushing mountain streams, tinkling prayer wheels and giggling school kids.

 

Additional information

Location

Nepal

Budget

Moderate

Fitness Level

Intermediate

Landscape

Mountain

Timing

April

Sport

Hike

Our expeditions to Everest Base Camp (EBC) are so much more than a hike in the Himalayas. With Best Life Adventures, your journey to the roof of the world will be one of cultural immersion, deep insight and connection with this awe-inspiring landscape.

We lead two seasons of expeditions to Everest Base Camp: March – April and September – November. As part of our commitment to supporting various charities, we run these journeys as ‘Extreme Fundraisers’. We also operate private VIP expeditions to EBC for corporate groups, families and beyond.

Best Life Adventures have a 100% success rate for getting our clients to Everest Base Camp. We also invite children aged 14+ to join us on our expeditions to the base of the world’s highest mountain.

Following the success of our recent expeditions, we’ve revised and improved our EBC itinerary to take you places other bog-standard trekking and travel companies don’t even know about! We give you a seriously unique adventure in the Himalayas that includes glacial lake swimming, overnight accommodation at a research station inside a glass pyramid, a local Nepali cooking class, and once you’re back in Kathmandu, the best traditional Japanese Shiatsu massage you can find.

If you trek with us in the spring season (March/April), you get to overnight at Everest Base Camp with the summit teams rather than stay at Gorek Shep. This is something no other trekking company offers.

We make a donation to the Australian Himalayan Foundation, on behalf of everyone who books a trek with us, to help improve living standards in the Himal region through better education and training, improved health services and environmental sustainability.

DAY 1 Group welcome. Optional Half Day Cultural Tour (see optional extras) Nepalese Cultural Dinner.
DAY 2 Drive / fly to Lukla (2804m). Trek 8km to Phakding (2610m).
DAY 3 Trek 12km to Namche Bazaar (3340m).
DAY 4 Acclimatisation return walk. Rest and cultural excursions in Namche.
DAY 5 Trek 10km to Tengbouche (3860m).
DAY 6 Trek 12km to Dingbuche (4410m ).
DAY 7 Acclimatisation day in Dingbuche. Visit glacial lake. Nepali cooking class.
DAY 8 Trek 12km to Lobuche (5050m).
DAY 9 Trek to Gorek Shep (5170m). Ascend Kala Pathar (5545m) and return to Gorek Shep (Trek is 11km).
DAY 10 Trek 16km to Everest Base Camp (5365m) and descend to Pheriche (4250m).
DAY 11 Trek 12km from Pheriche to Namche (4410m).
DAY 12 Trek 21km down to Lukla.
DAY 13 Fly to Kathmandu.
DAY 14 Best Life Adventures expedition ends.

 

**This itinerary is subject to change**

Kathmandu Cultural Tour – 1/2 day – $50US

Head out and explore Kathmandu with your newly-formed trekking crew, an English-speaking guide and visit some of the most historic, iconic tourist sites including:

  • The Monkey Temple
  • Swayambhunath Stupa

All transport, entrance fees, rooftop lunch and bottled water are taken care of.


 

Explore & Sleep Above the Clouds (+ $1200 AUD) (Available in April)

  • Two nights accommodation at Everest Base Camp
  • Helicopter flight from EBC to Lukla (avoid return hike)

Experience what it’s like to stay at Everest Base Camp alongside expeditions preparing to summit Mt Everest. Dine under the stars, hear stories from Sherpa mountaineers and wake up in one of the coolest places on earth. You’ll also have the chance to walk to the bottom of the infamous Khumbu Icefall. To complete your epic journey, take to the skies in a private helicopter and fly over the stunning route you’ve trekked. Arrive and overnight in Lukla before departing for Kathmandu the next day. This option is the same duration as the standard trek.


 

Ultimate EBC Trek & Wind-Down (+ $1800 AUD) (Available in April)

  • One night accommodation at Everest Base Camp
  • Helicopter flight from EBC to Lukla
  • Two nights luxury accommodation at Gorkana Forest Resort

After staying at Everest Base Camp for a night to soak up the majesty of the Khumbu Glacier, take to the skies with a private helicopter flight back to Lukla for an overnight stay, before returning to Kathmandu. After the exertion of the last week trekking, you’ll be pampered, massaged and brought back life in the salubrious surroundings of Gorkana Forest Retreat for the next two days. With an indoor pool, 18-hole golf course, luxury spa and yoga retreat you’ll be back in perfect condition in no time at all. This option is the same duration as the standard trek.

Cost: $3,990 per person – twin share. (Single Supplement Price $500 paid in addition to above price)

INCLUSIONS:

  • Airport collection and drop off in Kathmandu
  • Return airfare and taxes from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • All hotels and teahouses for the 14 days listed in the itinerary. We will stay at Manaslu Hotel in Kathmandu, and in a variety of teahouses while on the trek, including The Pyramid Research Station just outside Lobuche and overnight in tents at Everest Base Camp (April only)
  • All meals (except where stated), soft drinks and water, local transport, guides, entrance fees etc.
  • Responsible porter service
  • Certified trekking guide, wilderness first aid, certified group leader, assistant guide and chef
  • Medical first aid, oxygen and mask
  • Conservation fees and TIMS permits for Everest Base Camp
  • Arrival dinner in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural program

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International airfare to and from Event, and any additional helicopter transport in case of inclement weather
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional personal expenses including visa and passport fees
  • Tips for guides and porters (approx. $150US)
  • Additional accommodation and associated costs before or after the Event
  • Specialist/specific personal gear and equipment suitable for the Event
  • Additional sightseeing trips or optional extras
  • Meals, other than those specified above
  • Alcohol
  • Fines or penalties incurred during the Event
  • Medical and associated costs including medical evacuation
  • Legal costs incurred during the Event

Flights:  Best Life Adventures do NOT include flights into and out of Nepal. You will need to book these, details will be provided after you register.

Insurance: Travel insurance is essential for this trip. Remember to get a policy that covers you for trekking to 6000m with emergency helicopter evacuation, and in case of trip cancellation (e.g. due to low numbers or weather conditions).

 

INCLUSIONS:

 

  • Airport collection and drop off in Kathmandu
  • Return airfare and taxes from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • All hotels and teahouses for the 14 days listed in the itinerary. We will stay at Manaslu Hotel in Kathmandu, and in a variety of teahouses while on the trek, including The Pyramid Research Station just outside Lobuche and overnight in tents at Everest Base Camp (April only)
  • All meals (except where stated), soft drinks and water, local transport, guides, entrance fees etc.
  • Responsible porter service
  • Certified trekking guide, wilderness first aid, certified group leader, assistant guide and chef
  • Medical first aid, oxygen and mask
  • Conservation fees and TIMS permits for Everest Base Camp
  • Arrival dinner in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural program

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International airfare to and from Event, and any additional helicopter transport in case of inclement weather
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional personal expenses including visa and passport fees
  • Tips for guides and porters (approx. $150US)
  • Additional accommodation and associated costs before or after the Event
  • Specialist/specific personal gear and equipment suitable for the Event
  • Additional sightseeing trips or optional extras
  • Meals, other than those specified above
  • Alcohol
  • Fines or penalties incurred during the Event
  • Medical and associated costs including medical evacuation
  • Legal costs incurred during the Event

Flights:  Best Life Adventures do NOT include flights into and out of Nepal. You will need to book these, details will be provided after you register.

Insurance: Travel insurance is essential for this trip. Remember to get a policy that covers you for trekking to 6000m with emergency helicopter evacuation, and in case of trip cancellation (e.g. due to low numbers or weather conditions).

Having the correct equipment and clothing for the trek to Everest Base Camp is essential, and whilst the weather is usually clear and cool during the vast majority of the expedition, as we’re in the mountains it can change in minutes.

What you decide to wear is very much a personal preference that you’ll tailor and simplify during your training for the adventure, but to help your decision making, our official gear partners, Wild Earth (based in Burleigh, Queensland) host our suggested packing list on their website.

 

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:

If you have specific dietary requirements you’ll find travel throughout Nepal is fairly accommodating and caters for western tastes. On the trek itself the food options become more limited the higher we climb and we’ll always do our best to cater for food allergies, vegetarians and vegans. Please let us know in advance on your Participant Information form that will be issued to you once your pay your deposit.

 

These guys are quality. The Best Life Adventures team go above and beyond to make sure your trip with them is an awesome experience. On our trip to EBC they had thought of every detail and were incredibly organised and experienced. 100% would recommend.
Rowan Grant

Entrepreneur

Had the most incredible experience with Best Life Adventure and the team trekking to Everest Base Camp for MND and ME Foundation. They were there for us around every corner to help us get to the bottom of the top of the world. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you sign up for one of their next adventures! It was life changing!!!
Jessica Mechielsen

Nature Girl