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EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

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May 6, 2019 - May 25, 2019
May 13, 2019 - June 1, 2019
October 7, 2019 - October 26, 2019
October 14, 2019 - November 2, 2019
November 18, 2019 - December 7, 2019
December 9, 2019 - December 28, 2019

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Duration: 19 days
Grade: 5 - Strenuous
Max Elevation: 6000m
Accomodation: Tea House

Towering Himalayan peaks from Everest to Ama Dablam, picturesque Sherpa villages, and sacred Buddhist monasteries – aspects that define the magical and inspiring landscape of the Khumbu region in eastern Nepal. Khumbu is the home of Mount Everest (8,850m) – better known as Sagarmatha among Nepalis and Chomolongma among Tibetan -speaking communities. Located in the Sagarmatha National Park, many visitors come to this region to glimpse the world’s highest peak but come away with much more: an appreciation of the local people who make their home in this high and difficult landscape, a spirit of adventure that brings them back to the Himalayas, and life-changing personal experiences.

On the Everest Base Camp Trek, as you hike through villages of the famous Sherpa people, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of snow-capped mountains that rise above the clouds. From Gorakshep at 17,100 ft., your highest camp, hike to the Everest Base Camp the site from where every year hundreds of climbers attempt to reach the summit of the tallest peak in the world. Also climb Kalapathar (18,195 ft) for an up-close view of the south face of Everest. Return to Lukla via Khumjung, one of the largest Sherpa villages.

We offer scheduled departures but will also run private treks for a minimum of two participants. Book early and we will NOTcharge you extra for a private trip.

We do understand that our cost is slightly higher than most Nepali Operators but that is because our trips are all inclusive (we do NOT nickel-and-dime on services) and exclusions are clearly listed in cost details. Some companies will advertise trips for very low prices but they have a lot of exclusions. Contact us to learn more…

Trip at a glance

Brief Itinerary

Day Description Overnight Altitude
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu Kathmandu  
Day 2 Exploring Kathmandu Kathmandu  
Day 3 Kathmandu – Phakding Phakding                2,651m/8,700ft         
Day 4 Phakding to Namche Namche 3,435m/11,270ft
Day 5 Namche Namche 3,435m/11,270ft
Day 6 Namche to Tengboche Tengboche 3,931m/12,900ft
Day 7 Tengboche to Dingboche Dingboche 4,252m/13,950ft
Day 8 Dingboche Dingboche 4,252m/13,950ft
Day 9 Dingboche to Dughla Dughla 4,640m/15,300ft
Day 10 Dughla to Lobuche Lobuche 4,940m/16,200ft
Day 11 Lobuche to Gorakshep Gorakshep 5,212m/17,100ft
Day 12 Gorakshep to Feriche Feriche  
Day 13 Feriche to Khumjung Khumjung  
Day 14-16 Namche to Monjo to Lukla                          Lukla  
Day 17 Lukla to Kathmandu Kathmandu      1340m
Day 18 Explore Kathmandu Kathmandu 1340m
Day 19 Final Departure Kathmandu 1340m
Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner.

MEALS: D

Day 2Exploring Kathmandu

Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will be accompanied by our in-house city guide. In the morning, visit Bodhanath, the Stupa of a Million dew drops, to watch monks and devotees circumambulate the largest stupa in the world. Then visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Drive to Patan for lunch in the garden of the Patan Museum Café. After lunch, visit the well-maintained Patan Museum storing ancient Nepali artifacts, followed by a tour of Patan Durbar Square. Drive back to Kathmandu.

MEALS: B, L

Day 3Kathmandu - Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft.)

Your day will start early today as most flights to Lukla are scheduled for the morning hours. Be ready for a wait at the airport as your flight can be delayed due to weather. The flight is approximately 25 minutes and the landing at Lukla airport is very dramatic. After a brief stop at Lukla, set off on your Everest trek. Past Lukla, descend to Chaurikharka and continue on a fairly level trail to Choplung. Continue on a descending trail to Ghat. There is a monastery, numerous prayer wheels, mani stones and a chhorten at Ghat. Whenever possible, please remember to turn all prayer wheels in a clock-wise direction and to walk on the left side of shrines and manes (i.e. keeping these sacred objects to your right. From Ghat, it is approximately 20 minutes to Phakding.

Overnight lodge.

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 4Phakding to Namche (3,435m/11,270ft.)

The day’s trail follows the Dudh Koshi until you begin your ascent to Namche. Pass several villages to Monju. Before reaching Monju is the village of Chumoa where in the 1970’s, an eccentric but creative Mr Hagayuki lived without a visa for almost 10 years – farming and running the Hatago Lodge – before being deported. Just beyond Monju is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park where your park permit will be checked. Depending on the time you reach this point, lunch will be either at Monju or the village of Jorsalle inside the park.

Past Jorsalle, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi and crosses it only to recross it at the base of the hill which climbs up to Namche. The climb is long and steep. The switchback trail is well-worn and wide through a pleasant pine forest.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 5Namche (3,435m/11,270ft.)

Today is an acclimatization day. You are free to visit the National Park Museum for great views of Everest and Amadablam or just wander around Namche town.

Overnight lodge.

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 6Namche to Tengboche (3,931m/12,900ft.)

Climb to the top of Namche Bazaar, then walk on a fairly level trail to Kenjuma and Sanasa. Here there are extensive displays of souvenirs to tempt you. Bargaining is very much in order! The trail descends to Dudh Koshi which must be crossed to reach Phungi Tenga. There is a now-deserted army post here. Past this point, the trail ascends to Tengboche monastery through conifer and rhododendrons forests.

Visit Tengboche monastery in the evening or watch the setting sun cast its last rays over Everest if the skies are clear. There is also an eco-centre with historical and cultural exhibits in the monastery compound. If monks are performing prayer ceremonies when you visit, please do not take flash photos or otherwise disturb the ceremonies.

Overnight lodge.

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 7Tengboche to Dingboche (4,252m/13,950ft.)

From Tengboche, the trail descends steeply to the small village of Debuche, where quietly tucked away in the trees is a nunnery. Well past Debuche, cross the Imja Khola and climb to the village of Pangboche. Past Pangboche, the trail climbs to Shomare and then to Orsho on a shelf above the river. Beyond Orsho, the trail divides, the left leads to Pheriche and the right to Dingboche. We will take the trail to Dingboche in the Imja valley.

From today, you will start to notice the change in the landscape. Forests give way to arid landscape with shrubs.

Overnight lodge.

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 8Dingboche (4,252m/13,950ft.)

Rest day for acclimatization. Free to go for a day hike or to just relax

Overnight lodge.

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 9Dingboche to Dughla (4,640m/15,300ft.)

Today is a short trek day. Take the high route over Feriche to Dughla. Ascend gently to the ridge above Dingboche for about 45 minutes. The trail then levels till you get on the steep switch-backs to Dughla.

Overnight lodge.

MEALS: B,L,D

DAY 10 Dughla to Lobuche (4,940m/16,200ft.)

Climb directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier into an area dedicated to climbers who have perished on Khumbu’s mountains. Past this point, it is a very gradual incline to Lobuche. After you have settled in at your lodge, you are welcome to visit the varioius memorials to those who have perished on Everest, or hike up one of the ridges above the village for excellent views of Nuptse and Lhotse.

Overnight lodge.

MEALS: B,L,D

DAY 11 Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,212m/17,100ft.)

Another short trek day to Gorakshep (2 hours). Begin the climb today by ascending gently through meadows in the Khumbu valley. Then cross several steep moraines while also walking on an active glacier. Gorakshep is situated on a sandy and flat section that served as base camp for the 1952 Swiss Everest expedition. Continue to Everest Base Camp and return to Gorakshep. The hike to Base Camp and back to Gorakshep can take upto 6 to 7 hours.

Overnight lodge.

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 12Gorakshep to Feriche

The trek to Kalapathar (18,195ft) is the final high-altitude climb of this trip, as a result of which you will perhaps achieve the highest reward for your perseverance. The trail ascends steeply to Kala-Pathar, but the view from here is one you are unlikely to forget. Return to Gorakshep and descend to Feriche.

Overnight lodge.

MEALS: B,L,D

DAY 13 Feriche to Khumjung

Descend sharply to the Dudh Koshi river and then ascend to Mong danda. Retrace trail to Namche.

Overnight lodge. (All meals)

MEALS: B,L,D

DAY 14, 15 and 16 Namche to Monjo to Lukla

Descend to Monjo. Retrace trail to Lukla.

Overnight lodge.

MEALS: B,L,D

Day 17Lukla to Kathmandu

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Day free in Kathmandu.
Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar.

MEALS: B

DAY 18Explore Kathmandu

Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu: visit Swayambhunath, the monkey temple. Then drive to Bhaktapur, the city of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square.

Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar.

MEALS: B,L,D

DAY 19Final departure

Transfer to the airport for final departure.

MEALS: B

Detailed Cost Information

(Costs are based on 2 or more participants) 

2 – 3 persons: US$2,450 per person

4 or more persons: US$2,250 per person

Single supplement: US$200 

(CONTACT US FOR QUOTES IN AUS$, GBP and EURO)

US$150 per person discount on departures in December, January and February

Price Includes

All airport transfers, Two full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.3 Nights Hotel Accommodation, Four nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu, Round trip airfare: Kathmandu to Lukla, Meals as indicated in the itinerary, Lodge trekking as indicated in the Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary, Three meals a day, Boiled water for your bottles two times a day, Use of Steripen to sterilize water, Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals, Guide and staff insurance, Sagarmatha National Park Fee, Gamow Bag (High altitude pressure chamber)

Price Excludes

Your international airfare, Nepal Visa, Meals not indicated in the itinerary, Tips and gratuities, Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you), Travel insurance (Required), Other expenses of a personal nature

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

How Much Does the Everest Base Camp Trek Cost?

The Everest Base Camp trek can cost under US $500 for shoestringers who walk in from Jiri, then straight in and straight out to Everest Base Camp, unguided, over 24 days or so in low season, or over $10,000 for people who book luxury treks with helicopter transport.

We flew in and out of Lukla, walked at a leisurely pace through Gokyo with a porter-guide who carried the bulk of our gear, staying at cheap lodges and purifying our own water but enjoying the odd beer, pudding and bucket wash: 19 days in the mountains cost us around $1100 per head, including $280 on flights, all food, fees, accommodation, passes and tips.

How Fit Do I Need to Be to Do the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Children as young as six and adults of over 70 have walked to Everest Base Camp, and the straight-in, straight-out trek is less demanding than you would think, provided you allow yourself the time to acclimatise to altitude that YOUR body needs, and listen to your body when it tells you to stop.

Because of steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, rock steps and some moraine walking, the Everest Base Camp trek isn’t suitable for anyone with knee problems or weak ankles, while people carrying significant extra weight are likely to struggle with this at altitude. Anyone with heart trouble or lung problems should check with their doctor. Be aware that medical facilities on the trail are very, very basic.

Although the days of walking are short enough for even slow walkers to manage them comfortably, provided you are travelling at your own pace, a reasonable level of fitness is required. If you get puffed out climbing a few flights of stairs, then ascending over 3000 vertical metres with lots of ups and downs along the way is not for you.

As a rule of thumb, if you are reasonably fit, have some experience of hiking at altitude, have done some mountain or gorge hiking, and have done hikes that last multiple days and involve basic conditions, you’re fit enough to get to Everest Base Camp and should also enjoy it. For many, a porter will be a wise investment: in my experience, carrying 10kg at 5000m is like carrying 30kg at sea level.

What Is Everest Advanced Base Camp?

When mountaineers climb Everest they set up their base camp on the moraine below the Khumbu Icefall, and proceed up the mountain in a series of different camps. Advanced Base Camp, also known as Camp 1, is on the other side of the Khumbu Ice Fall, the lethally dangerous series of ice slabs where sixteen climbers were killed fixing ropes in 2014: getting there requires mountaineering skills, mountaineering equipment and expedition-level support. The route across the ice fall is set by professional teams of Sherpas during the March-May climbing season each year: to use it, you’ll need to be a mountaineer, or pay top dollar to tag along with a mountaineering expedition.

Don’t confuse this with Everest Advanced Base Camp in Tibet, which is accessed from the Chinese side.

Can I Camp at Everest Base Camp?

Base camp only exists during the climbing season – at other times of year it’s just a moraine with some prayer flags to mark an abstract spot. During climbing season, it’s reserved for expeditions: Mountain Madness, which also runs climbing expeditions, runs treks that include a night camping at Base Camp. Out of climbing season, because of the instability of the moraine – basically heaps of rubble atop a half-decayed glacier – camping is discouraged. Even organised camping tours camp at Gorak Shep, the cluster of lodges an hour or so’s walk from base camp proper.

Is There Mobile Signal on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

The main Everest Base Camp route now has decent cell coverage – although be aware that you will need to pay from 200 to 600 NPR per hour to charge your devices. You can buy a local Ncell SIM with 5gb of data for under $25: do this in Kathmandu or Pokhara, not Lukla!

I’ve Never Trekked Before. Can I Do the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Before committing to at least eleven days hiking in (generally) basic conditions, it’s a good idea to establish that you like hiking and don’t mind basic conditions, so that you can actually enjoy the experience when you do it. Bank a two- or, optimally, three-day hike to see how you feel about walking each day and being away from home comforts before you commit.

Is There Mobile Signal on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

The main Everest Base Camp route now has decent cell coverage – although be aware that you will need to pay from 200 to 600 NPR per hour to charge your devices. You can buy a local Ncell SIM with 5gb of data for under $25: do this in Kathmandu or Pokhara, not Lukla!

How Should I Prepare for the Everest Base Camp Trek?

The Everest Base Camp trek is less physically strenuous than some people make out – although not a walk in the park. The main issue is going up and down steep slopes and steps, and so the best preparation is to go up and down lots and lots of stairs with the weight that you’ll be carrying when you trek. The trek starts at Lukla, 2,860m above sealevel, and culminates at Gorak Shep, over 5,160m above sealevel, so it’s worth banking some higher altitude trekking experience before committing to it.

Can I Drink the Water on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Nepalese tap water is not safe to drink. Bring water purifying tablets or a water purifying stick to save money and the environment. Note that at higher elevations during the coldest times of year the water will freeze, so you’ll need to buy boiled water from teahouses. Buy a decent thermos flask or plastic water container in Kathmandu so that you can top up with hot, boiled water at the beginning of the day – starting with hot water will stop it freezing.

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Bob Held

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Hi Jwalant, I think I can safely speak for the group in saying that we were thrilled with Crystal Mountain. Staff on the trek were exceedingly attentive to us, always making us feel safe, well cared for and having a wonderful time. The guides displayed unsurpassed kindness, good humor and patience. Somehow, they always knew when to lend an extra hand. The office staff that we met, you, Jordan and Ramhiri, were helpful and always available if needed. I’ve heard bad stories about guide behavior on treks. I felt confident that our experience with Crystal Mt would be a great one and my confidence was fully justified. Please don’t be surprised if some suggestions for improvement come from our group. I believe they will be fully intended to help make Crystal Mt even better. As for the weather, I think we were lucky that the worst of the storm didn’t hit the area we were in. We were ready to be starting down to lower elevations, so we merely sped up our pace a bit. The trails were fine and the hiking was quite beautiful. I felt Buddhi and I worked together very nicely to make decisions that were well informed and cautious. Hiking over Thokla pass in the snowy and cloudy conditions was quite magical. No one was there, I felt I had the entire place to myself, yet I was hearing voices. Four porter loads were waiting on a bench, the porters were probably sheltered nearby, talking. What a memorable moment. I have posted several of my favorite pictures on my blog at Bobbygoestrekking.blogspot.com. Please take a look and add comments! I will gladly email you any photos that you would like. Thanks for all that you and your staff did for us. I especially note that you gave us so many extras – an extra day of guide assistance in Kathmandu, our visit to Changu Narayan and so forth. We are all deeply grateful and we take away from our visit to Nepal nothing but delightful memories, great pictures and wonderful feelings, Bob

August 24, 2017