The ultimate Everest experience! Reaching Base Camp has never been more appealing. Our Himalayan trek is one of earth’s most remarkable adventures. For most travelers the very thought of watching sunset over Mount Everest from Kala Pattar at 18,519 feet or standing at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall at 17,600 feet is a dream come true. Mountain Gurus is proud to offer our full-service trek to Everest Base Camp. Our Expedition trek is led by an experienced American mountain guide who will offer a uniquely western perspective on the Himalaya.
Once at Everest, you’ll enjoy the sights and sounds of expedition life first hand as our trek overnights at our comfortable Everest Expedition Base Camp during the spring climbing season. Mountain Gurus has developed personal relationships with our local Sherpa staff for over 20 years, forming connections to their culture and region, and helping us grow our knowledge of the mountains and environment.
Walk amongst the Earth’s greatest peaks and listen to the sound of yak bells – Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and Ama Dablam. During our trek to Everest, we stay in family owned lodges handpicked by our western guides for their quality and service. The trek allows more time for acclimatization greatly increasing your chance of completing the journey.
Everest Base Camp Trek • 18 Days
Everest Base Camp is situated within the Khumbu Region of Nepal and is home to the famous Sherpa people known for their friendly hospitality and fascinating culture traditions. During the trek you’ll encounter a land filled with sheer Himalayan peaks, ancient Monasteries, tales of legendary mountaineers and perhaps even the mythical Yeti.
Our 18-day Expedition Trek + 3-day climb spends one night at Everest Base Camp during the spring climbing season. The trek begins in Kathmandu in early April, at the height of the Everest climbing season and is hosted by an American mountain guide. Everest Base Camp is a breathtaking destination and the epicenter of the mountaineering world every spring. Our expedition support trek provides more time for acclimatization along the route, allowing for a 98% success rate.
We stay at the Hotel Yak & Yeti while in Kathmandu as well as The Beyul Hermitage + Farm in Chhuserma and very best family owned tea house lodges while trekking in the Khumbu. We offer the option of climbing Island Peak or Lobuche Peak before concluding the journey. During the fall trekking season, Everest Base Camp is barren of climbers, and overnighting is not feasible. Instead we hike up Kala Pattar from Gorak Shep and visit Ama Dablam basecamp from the village of Pangboche.
Island Peak Climb • 3 Days
Climbing a twenty-thousand-foot trekking peak in Nepal provides for an excellent introduction into the world of Himalayan mountaineering. Mountain Gurus offers a three day climb to either Island Peak or Lobuche Peak. These peaks while never technical present a challenging yet truly spectacular expedition experience.
Why Trek to Everest Base Camp with Mountain Gurus?
Mountain Gurus founder has been guiding trips to Nepal since 1993. He believes Nepal is one of the best places on Earth to walk in the mountains. We know the Everest region and we know what makes a safe, successful and enjoyable trek. Both our Western and local Sherpa guides are friendly, knowledgeable and have vast experience leading first rate trips using the finest tea house lodges, healthy food preparation and top-notch porter staff.
Our trek provides amble time for acclimatization and allows you to trek at your own pace while photographing one of the most exciting destinations on Earth. Our trek is fully supported which means you only carry a small trekking backpack with your essential clothing and camera gear.
During the spring climbing season when climbers are attempting Mount Everest we stay one night at Everest Base Camp. While trekking we stay at the family owned tea house lodges which provide private rooms and attached bathrooms as available, a heated dining area and adhere to hygienic food standards. In Kathmandu we stay at the historic 5-star Hotel Yak and Yeti located near Thamel.
We’ll keep you safe throughout the journey as our guides are trained in altitude awareness, first aid and rescue preparedness. Mountain Gurus has one of the finest and most loyal Sherpa staff’s as we continually seek to exceed fair porter guidelines. Our experienced trek planners will make sure you have the right gear, best training and your prepared for every aspect of this remarkable journey.
World Class Trekking Guides
Trek to the top of the world with Naga Dorgee Sherpa and Mountain Gurus founder Dennis Broadwell. These guides have committed their lives to the mountains. Naga Dorgee lives just downhill from Lukla with his lovely family where you will enjoy a taste of homespun Sherpa culture and cooking. Dennis has a passion for Nepal and has been trekking and climbing in the Himalaya since 1993 including a near ascent of Mount Everest. Join our Sherpa guided treks with Naga Dorgee or our spring Expedition trek with this tag team duo.
The Beyul Hermitage + Farm
This mountain paradise offers expansive vistas, the joy of Sherpa hospitality, and the ability to wander and enjoy their lush gardens, farms, hills, woodlands, creeks, and waterfalls. This secluded luxury Farmhouse located along the old Hillary trail, takes trekkers a short walk from the bustle of the main Everest trail by providing the best of both worlds. Nima Sherpa, the BEYUL’S gracious host, owner and amazing chef who grew up in the Solukhumbu mountain community, has a deep love for his Sherpa culture. He delights his guests with stories about his mountain climbing and trekking experiences. Over 90% of the seasonal local organic food comes from the farm, local community gardens and surrounding villages.
How challenging is an Everest Base Camp Trek?
It is no walk in the park – but is drastically less rigorous than a full-on Everest summit climb. Participants should be active, in good health, and ready to hike for 4 – 6 hours each day. Nepal is by nature hilly, so be prepared for long, slow inclines as well as more extreme vistas – and all of it amazing.
Mountain Gurus prides itself on its safety record – proper planning, the best equipment, and experienced guides are hallmarks of our trips. We prepare by giving personal attention to ensure you are well trained and ready for an incredible and successful adventure.
How safe is an Everest Base Camp Trek?
At Mountain Gurus, we work hard to make sure our Mount Everest Base Camp trek is challenging but does not affect safety. There are many aspects of high-altitude trekking that can pose hazards – altitude and weather being foremost. But our guides – each with over a decade of experience – have lead hundreds of treks in Nepal and Everest.
We employ dedicated Nepal-based trekking guides who understand western culture, speak English fluently, and have traveled extensively abroad. Many of our staff guide summit climbs on Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, and other 8000-meter peaks. You can rest assured they have been where you will be going and have the experience to keep you safe.
Proper planning combined with knowledge and experience will keep you safe throughout your journey. A base camp trek with Mountain Gurus is thrilling and allows you to enjoy all the spectacular vistas of Mount Everest in a once in a lifetime experience!
- 13 days trekking to Everest Base Camp
- Our trek allows amble time for acclimatization and allows you to trek at your own pace
- 4 nights Hotel Yak and Yeti in Kathmandu includes breakfast (5 star)
- Co-led by an American mountain guide and Nepalese guide
- Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
- Guided temple tour in Kathmandu and lunch at Boudhanath Stupa
- Tea house trek in comfortable family owned lodges
- One-night camping at EBC during the spring Everest climbing season
- Fully supported trek includes meals with porter service
- Lukla flight and airport transfers
- Friendly MG office staff will help prepare you for the adventure
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1 • Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 • Kathmandu Tour
Day 3 • Flight to Lukla • Chhuserma
Day 4 • Namche Bazaar • 11,300 ft
Day 5 • Namche Bazaar
Day 6 • Phortse
Day 7 • Pangboche
Day 8 • Pheriche • 13,950 ft
Day 9 • Pheriche
Day 10 • Lobuche • 16,100 ft
Day 11 • Everest Base Camp • 17,600 ft
Day 12 • Dingboche
Day 13 • Kenjoma
Day 14 • Monjo
Day 15 • Lukla
Day 16 • Flight to Kathmandu
Day 17 • Kathmandu
Day 18 • Depart
Day 13 • Island Peak Base Camp • 16,300 ft
Day 14 • Island Peak High Camp • 18,000 ft
Day 15 • Summit Day • Imja Tse • 20,305 ft
Day 16 – 21 • Chhukung – Kathmandu
What customers are saying about Mountain Gurus!
“Mountain Gurus, The very best there is. When you absolutely, positively, have to climb every peak on the planet; accept no substitutes.” Grey Y. Spring 2015
“Thanks for everything, as hard as it was for me, it was perfect!! March 2012 George S
“Thank you for the experience Dennis. Your company is first rate. I will make sure that anyone that I know who is interested in high altitude adventure must call you first.” October 2011 John H
“Thanks again for all of your guidance, support, wisdom and encouragement on the mountain. The trip was amazing. Outstanding, Thank You” Spring 2011 Carlos N
“A very special trip. The sight of the Himalayas is very humbling and moving and I’m from Colorado! Every turn is a photo op. Thank you Dennis for your time in putting this together. It was an experience of a lifetime and made special with your direction and our Sherpa guide Naga Dorjee. Not one detail was missed and my concerns and frankly fears faded away allowing me to fully enjoy the experience. Bravo!” Spring 2011 Jim L
Everest Base Camp Expedition Trek
Trek begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal
Day 1 • Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal (KTM). A Mountain Gurus representative will transfer you to the Hotel Yak and Yeti. Our trek begins in the historic city of Kathmandu, known for its fascinating Nepalese culture and ancient temples. The hotel is located near the popular Thamel district jammed with restaurants and shops selling Nepali handicrafts. In the late afternoon we will have a trek orientation followed by our welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2 • Kathmandu
After breakfast we begin our tour of Kathmandu’s world heritage sites. First up, we visit the popular Monkey Temple known as Swayambhunath meaning ‘Sublime Trees’, situated on a small hill which offers panoramic views of the city and very curious monkeys. We then visit Pashupatinath. The Pashupatinath Temple is a famous and sacred Hindu temple complex that is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. We enjoy lunch at Boudhanath Stupa at a roof top café served with a traditional Nepalese meal. Boudha Stupa dominates the skyline with its wisdom Eyes of the Buddha. Built in the 14th century, Boudhanath is among the largest stupas in the world. (L, B)
Day 3 • Flight to Lukla • Chhuserma
We transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic airport for our morning flight to Lukla. The views from the twin-engine Otter are nothing less than remarkable, providing amazing scenes of the terraced Nepalese hillside and Himalayan giants including the crown jewel Mount Everest towering in the distance. Once in Lukla we are welcomed with a cup of tea (or cup of coffee) and meet our Sherpa staff. Our trek into the Khumbu region begins with a few hours walk, passing small farming villages, giant rhododendrons and Buddhist shrines until we reach a suspension bridge crossing the Dudh Koshi river which leads us to The Beyul Hermitage + Farm in Chhuserma. In the afternoon we can explore the old hermitage. (B, L, D)
Day 4 • Namche Bazaar • 11,300 ft
We depart Chhuserma, saying good bye to our friends at the Beyul. For the next hour we hike the old forested trail to Everest, walked by early mountaineers such as Sir Edmund Hillary. If time allows we’ll visit the Thaktul Monastery. The trail soon merges with the main Everest trail and continues along the banks of the Dudh Koshi crossing the “Milky River“ many times as we pass small Sherpa farming villages laden with prayer flags and carved prayer stones known as “Mani Stones“. We carry light packs as porters carry all our heavy expedition gear. After entering Sagarmatha National Park, the trail climbs steeply through the forest giving us a chance of seeing our first glimpse of Everest before arriving in Namche Bazaar the main trading center of the Sherpa people and gateway to the Khumbu Valley. (B, L, D)
Day 5 • Namche Bazaar • 11,300 ft
We begin our day with an acclimatization trek above Namche Bazaar to Sunrise Point. Here we’re rewarded with a spectacular view of Mount Everest rising above the massive Nuptse face with Lhotse and the distinctive Ama Dablam in sight. On the way down, we explore the lively village of Namche with its interesting trekking shops and street merchants selling an assortment of Tibetan wares. As we walk the stone paved streets one can’t resist stopping by the local bakery for a cup of coffee and slice of pie. We spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the fresh mountain atmosphere. (B, L, D)
Day 6 • Khumjung • 12,402 ft / Phortse • 12,900 ft
After breakfast, we trek above Namche to the Syangboche airport and visit the Everest View Hotel for a cup of tea. After a short hike we arrive in Khumjung for an additional night of acclimatization before heading to higher altitudes. During the afternoon we enjoy a walk to the Khumjung School also known as Hillary School, as well as opportunities to visit the local hospital and a nearby monastery which displays a claimed Yeti scalp. (B, L, D)
Alternatively, if the group is feeling well acclimatized, we continue trekking to Phortse, a small but beautiful Sherpa farming village located at 12,900 feet off the main trekking circuit. We cross the Mong La and descend to Phortse tenga. After crossing the Dudh Koshi River we climb uphill to reaching the Phortse.
Day 7 • Pangboche • 13,100 ft
As we leave Khumjung our trekking route descends and briefly merges with the main Everest trail. Departing from Khumjung allows us the advantage of avoiding the large crowds of trekkers hiking from Namche. On our return journey from Everest Base Camp we’ll trek the main Everest trail to Namche giving you an opportunity to enjoy a unique trail experience each direction, reducing the need for backtracking the same route. Magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku increase with every step. The route then climbs the sheer valley to Pangboche traditionally known as the last year-round settlement in the Khumbu Valley. (B, L, D)
Day 8 • Pheriche • 13,950 ft
After breakfast we visit the upper Pangboche monastery where Lama Geshe offers a blessing of safety and success to mountaineers attempting to summit Mount Everest. The trail offers nothing less than spectacular views of Ama Dablam meaning “mother’s charm box“. Some in the group may opt to venture to Ama Dablam Base Camp at 15,000 feet. Trekking to Ama Dablam Basecamp adds about three to four hours to the days trek and is only recommended for those feeling fit and well acclimatized. Our uphill trek enters the alpine climate zone and our route forks to Pheriche. (B, L, D)
Day 9 • Pheriche • 13,950 ft
Rest and acclimatization day. In the morning we can climb the ridge above Dingboche to 17,000 ft for views of Makalu, the world’s fifth highest peak. In the afternoon you can visit the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) for an acclimatization lecture. (B, L, D)
Day 10 • Lobuche • 16,100 ft
We leave Pheriche following the river while passing yak herding grounds. Following the lateral moraine, we cross a glacial stream of the Khumbu glacier and ascend to Dughla. The trail climbs the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier and passes stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We follow the trail to Lobuche with remarkable views of Nuptse and Pumori as well as other surrounding peaks coming into view. (B, L, D)
Day 11 • Gorak Shep • 16,942 ft • Everest Base Camp • 17,600 ft
We trek out of Lobuche following the moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The route enters dry glacier and meanders glacial ice and debris until we reach the final year-round outpost of Gorak Shep. Following lunch, we continue our trek to Everest base camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. We trek across the glacier passing yak trains carrying supplies for Everest climbing expeditions. During the spring climbing season Everest base camp is crammed with activity as a small village of expedition tents arises at the edge Khumbu Icefall. While at Base Camp we can hike to the base of the icefall to get a closer view of the climbing route that weaves its way through the enormous jumbled seracs. We settle into our expedition camp and enjoy a tasty meal prepared by our basecamp staff in the main dining tent. We overnight at basecamp during the spring climbing season staying in mountain tents. You may have an opportunity to enjoy conversation with some of the Everest Expedition team members and learn about their quest to reach the top of the world. (B, L, D)
(During the fall trekking we overnight at Gorak Shep and climb Kala Pattar. The next morning, we make a day trip to Everest Base Camp. Overnighting at Everest Camp is only available during the spring climbing season as climbers are attempting Mount Everest. There are no camping facilities during the fall season. We trek up Kala Pattar, merely a high point on a ridge leading to Pumori. This vantage point allows for amazing views of Mount Everest. We’ll wait for the alpine glow to descend on the peak making for remarkable photographs of the world’s highest mountain and descend by headlamp. Everest, known by the Sherpa as Sagamartha meaning “Head of the Sky“ or the Tibetans as Chomolungma “Mother Goddess of the Universe“.)
Day 12 • Dingboche • 14,250 ft
We head down the glacier and enter the lush and beautiful Khumbu Valley, surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks. From here the views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and the north face of Ama Dablam are superb. (B, L, D)
Day 13 • Tengboche Monastery • 12,850 ft • Kenjoma
We leave Dingboche and descend to Pangboche, we cross another suspension bridge high above the Imja Khola. The trail continues dropping to Deboche, a quite village situated among conifer and rhododendron forest for lunch. After a short climb, we visit the historic Tengboche monastery considered the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region and residence of the famous Rinpoche revered by Buddhist’s. We descend to the river, crossing it and begin the climb to Kenjoma. We continue trekking through rhododendron forest until reaching Kenjoma. If time allows, we have the option of trekking two hours to Namche.
Day 14 – 15 • Namche Bazaar • Lukla
Over the next two days we descend to Monjo and Lukla. (B, L, D)
Day 16 • Flight to Kathmandu
After saying farewell to our Sherpa staff, we depart to Kathmandu on an early morning flight. (B)
Day 17 • Kathmandu
Contingency day. Spend the day exploring the Thamel District. (B)
Day 18 • Depart Kathmandu
Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home. (B)
Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
Island Peak Climb: $1600
Lobuche Peak Climb: $1600
Rates are quoted based on double sharing hotel accommodations while in Kathmandu and lodges during the trek. Single room fees apply.
Deposit and Payments
$1000.00 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application
Balance due 120 days prior to departure
- Round-trip flight to Lukla
- Sagamatha NP fees
- Scheduled land transportation in Nepal
- Hotels in Kathmandu
- Lodges during the trek
- Tented accommodations
- Guided sightseeing tour
- Scheduled meals during the trek
- Professional mountain guide
- Scheduled porter service based on the itinerary
- Baggage transport (limited to 15kg – 33lbs)
- All group equipment for the trek (including emergency oxygen)
Price Does Not Include
- International airfare and meals during travel
- Visa fees
- Non-scheduled airport transfers
- Non-scheduled meals
- Personal gear
- Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
- Single room supplement (hotels only) $600
- Medical and evacuation coverage
- Helicopter flights due to delays
- Early departure fees
- Excess baggage fees
- Tips and gratuities
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in the PreClimb information upon reservation.
Head and Face
- Warm Hat: Wool/ synthetic, one that covers the ears.
- Buff or Neck Gaitor
- Sun Hat or Baseball Cap
- Sunglasses: Essential eye protection at altitude.
- Sunscreen: SPF 30+
- Lip Balm: SPF 30+
- LED Headlamp: Bring one extra set of batteries.
- Baselayer Tops: Three synthetic shirts are best for trekking. Three cotton shirts for lodges.
- Mid-layer Top: This is a synthetic or fleece top.
- Softshell Jacket: This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket. Hoods are highly recommended.
- Hardshell Jacket: GORE-TEX© or a fully waterproof shell. Hoods are highly recommended.
- Light Insulated Jacket: Light synthetic insulated jacket
- Insulated Jacket: 700+ fill down.
- Lightweight Gloves: One pair (WINDSTOPPER© is recommended)
- Baselayer Bottom: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
- Trekking Pants: One pair. Synthetic, stretchy, non-insulated
- Hardshell Pants: Bring a good pair of rain/wind pants.
- Insulated Pants: One pair of synthetic insulated pants with full side zips.
- Trekking Socks: Six pair synthetic medium weight
- Hiking Boots or Trekking Shoes: One pair medium weight hiking boots/shoes large enough to be comfortable with sock.
- Sport Sandals or Camp Shoes: These are to wear in lodges.
- Sleeping Bag: Bring a warm bag (rated to 20ᵒ fahrenheit).
Packing and Backpack
- Backpack: One 30L pack with good support, adequate to carry personal.
- Duffel: One large duffel for transporting gear via porters
- Liner Bags: One large plastic contractor bags.
- Trekking Poles: Adjustable and collapsible.
- Water Bottle: Two, 1L wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE©
Personal Health and First Aid
- Snacks and drinks
- Small personal first-aid kit and medications
- Toilet paper, blue bag or wag bag
TRAVEL & FITNESS
Begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal
Passport must have six months or more validity remaining at the time of entry. American citizens may obtain a visa prior to travel or upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. 30 day multiple-entry visa ($40), or 90 day multiple-entry visa ($100)
Health & Immunizations:
Immunizations are not required for entry into Nepal
Flight Travel Information:
Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), Kathmandu, Nepal
Itineraries reflect the date and time you will need to arrive in country for a program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries destination city. When booking your flight, you will need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It is easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you will need to arrive.
Meals and Food:
All meals are provided as per meal schedule. See itinerary.
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.
Everest Trek Fitness & Training
Trekking Grade: Advanced
The approach trek requires 5-7 hours hiking per day carrying a 20 lbs. pack, utilizing porter support for personal gear. We will spend each evening in local tea houses to rest and recharge. Good physical conditioning and experience at altitude are ideal to make this trek a pleasant experience.
Prior to the expedition we recommend running, hiking local peaks, backpacking and trekking to gain strength and stamina for the climb.
Here’s a suggested progression of treks before attempting the Everest Basecamp Trek
- Mount Fuji, Morocco High Atlas, Mustang Explorer, Bhutan Explorer, Machu Picchu
- Northwest Climb (Mount Baker), optional
Frequently Asked Questions
This trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a small day pack. Elevation gains of 2000-3000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and excellent physical conditioning are required.
Our expedition treks are led by a professional American mountain guide with experience leading international mountaineering expeditions. They will be assisted by a staff of highly experienced Sherpa guides and porters.
The best time to trek is in the pre-monsoon Spring season, March-April-May and the post-monsoon Fall season, October-November. Nepal experiences the monsoon (heavy rains and snow) from June to September. Winter is very cold in the high mountains (December-February).
During the trek you will only carry the gear you’ll use for each day. Porters will carry all your extra clothing items and overnight gear. At no point will you carry camping gear or equipment for overnight. Daypacks should not weigh more than 15-20 lbs. for your comfort.