Everest Base Camp
Upcoming trips and Pricing
September, October, November. Our 2014 Everest Base Camp tours are scheduled during the dry season, September through November. With ample clear skies and unspeakable views, this is a great time to go trekking in one of the world’s most remote and magical places.
The Bottom Line
The spirituality of the Himalayas is famous, the economic challenges of the region are very real, and the history of the people of Nepal is fascinating. Our trek to Everest Base Camp is truly once in a lifetime, and is a journey that never truly ends.
Ok, let’s get serious
Our trek to Everest Base Camp is an incredibly strenuous adventure, with:
• long days,
• heavy packs,
• technical river and land crossings,
• lower than normal oxygen levels,
• an altered diet,
• limited lodging luxuries,
• and last but not least, the trek requires excellent physical and mental health.
Our guide is an Irish mountaineer who has extensive experience in leading expeditions to and up Mt. Everest. He is a believer in being well prepared and will train you on the proper equipment to bring and how to use it, as well as training tips before the trek. He has an amazing 96% success rate to date.
Safety is our top priority, and our professional, seasoned guide is committed to making your trek an enjoyable one.
Interested in Everest Base Camp? Let’s talk!
Trekking to Everest is a struggle that will test everything inside of you, and can bring rewards that last a lifetime.
First, you’ll fly into Kathmandu, the quirky and colorful capital of Nepal. With your hotel in Kathmandu included on the trip, you won’t have to worry about where you’re staying, and instead you can focus on exploring a city teaming with history.
On days two and three, you’ll leave Kathmandu and fly prop-style to Lukla. Hiking the banks of the Dudh Kosi, you’ll experience suspension bridges, wildlife, and enter Sagarmatha National Park to your next stop in Namche Bazaar, the so-called ‘capital’ of the Khumbu region. Namche is a bustling trading post with a stimulating market to explore.
Day four will be a critical acclimatization day. We will trek from Namche (11,155ft) to Shangbouche Hill (12,800ft). Expect short breaths and breathtaking views! This day is critical in preparing your body for the days ahead, so it will be a “staggered” climb with rests along the way. We will return to Namche the same day, and you’ll be able to spend the afternoon sampling the delicious food and meeting new people.
Day five will be spent in the same region. We can hike to Thame (12,500ft) or Khunde (12,600ft), home of the first summiteer of Everest, Tingsay Norgay. A prize awaits at the end: a chicken sizzler at the Himalayan lodge.
Day six will give you your first true views of the Khumbu region: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. As we hike from Namche to Tengbouche (12,800ft), we’ll once again be following the mighty Dudh Kosi on an especially twisty section of the trail.
It is now day seven- you’ve made it this far! Just a few more days and you’ll be standing at the base of the world’s most famous mountain. But first, we need to get to Dingboche (14,465ft). We will pass rhododendron trees and cross suspension bridges along the way, and you’ll also be treated to a wonderful view of Ama Dablam (22,493ft), one of the most popular mountains to climb in the Himalayas, and certainly one of the most striking. In Dingboche, there will be internet access and a bakery. Time to relax!
Day Eight is again centered around acclimatizing. We will try to ascend a ridge behind Dingboche up to 16,000 feet for some awesome views of Ama Dablam, Island Peak (20,305ft), and Tabuche (20,890ft). Once we’re back in Dingboche, you can attend a seminar about high altitude acclimatization run by the Himalayan Rescue Association.
It’s day nine and you’re more than halfway done! By the end of today, you will be standing at a whopping 16,200 feet above sea level in the at Lobuche- more than half the elevation of Everest. To get there, we’ll pass the north face of Tabuche, a popular spot for climbers to innovate their technology in the 80s and 90s. After lunch, things start getting steeper and more alien. Sherpa memorials line the hillsides, the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, and Tabuche surround you, and glacier moraine (glacier deposits) dominate the valley floors. The small cluster of tea houses at Lobuche will be a welcome sight!
Ten days in and you’re exhausted yet driven to get to Everest. You have eaten, rested and hydrated properly, so your body is ready for the last step. Today, we will leave Lobuche and trek up to Gorak Shep (17,126ft), site of the famous 1953 Everest expedition. On the way to our modern-day Base Camp, we’ll move onto the precarious and infamous Khumbu Glacier, watching for rock falls and steep slopes. Around base camp, we can hike to the edge of the Khumbu Icefall. Those two words describe one of the most famous- and dangerous- places in all of mountaineering. Trekking back to Gorak Shep will take two hours.
Day eleven will take us to the highest point of the trek- 18,188 feet above sea level! It is important that we get an early start; the sunrise over Everest is a sight to behold. This two to three-hour hike is a challenging one, but this is what you came for. You’ve made your journey and you’ve found your destination. The peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Pumori towering above you humbles you, yet makes you feel incredibly human. The spirituality and realness of the region makes sense to you more than ever. You will always remember this. At the end of this morning trek, we’ll head back down to Gorak Shep.
Days thirteen and fourteen involve backtracking past Tengbouche (we can stop at the monastery), arriving in Namche Bazaar on day thirteen, and finally arriving in Lukla at the end of day fourteen. Get some sleep- tomorrow morning’s flight back to Kathmandu is early!
Day Fifteen is your oyster. Feel free to explore more of Kathmandu or return home, or just stay forever. If you want to explore more of the city, be sure to visit the Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath temples, the Bhaktapur and Patan districts, and go do some shopping in Thamel.
Day sixteen is your final goodbye to the mighty Himalayas- until you come back, of course. Have a safe journey home!